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RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Wednesday condemned, following days of unrest in Indian-held Kashmir, the brutal killing of Kashmiri youth by Indian authorities during the monthly Corps Commander Conference at the General Headquarters.

The army chief reiterated that the world needs to recognise aspirations of the Kashmiri people, their struggle for freedom and help resolve the long standing dispute for lasting amity in Kashmir and to promote enduring peace in the region.

External security situation was comprehensively discussed with particular emphasis on the situation in Afghanistan.

To scrutinise cross border movement and to ensure strict check on militant movement, the forum reviewed progress of measures being taken for effective border management.

During the monthly forum, the army chief also appreciated the relentless efforts of intelligence and law enforcement agencies in enduring peace and security during Eid in the face of numerous threats.

Uptick in violence

It is the worst civilian violence to hit the restive region of Indian-held Kashmir since 2010, when mass protests broke out against Indian rule.

Wani, a 22-year-old commander of Kashmir's largest pro-independence militant group Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), was killed along with two other separatists during a brief gun battle with Indian government forces.

Wani joined the HM group at the age of just 15, and was viewed as a hero by many in Kashmir. The state's former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted after his death that he had become the “new icon of Kashmir's disaffected”.

Witnesses said tens of thousands attended his funeral despite a curfew imposed by Indian authorities, chanting independence slogans and firing pistol shots in his honour.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called an emergency meeting to discuss escalating violence in India-held Kashmir amid anti-India protests that have left at least 30 people dead and hundreds injured in clashes with authorities.

Pakistan's Foreign Office has also condemned the violence in Indian-held Kashmir.

HM is one of several groups that for decades have been fighting around half a million Indian troops deployed in the region, calling for independence for Kashmir or a merger with Pakistan.

Kashmir has been divided between rivals India and Pakistan since 1947, but both claim the territory in its entirety.

Tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, have died in the fighting since 1989.

Violence has sharply declined in recent years following a major crackdown by the hundreds of thousands of forces deployed in the region.

But a recent uptick in militant attacks has galvanised frustrated young Kashmiris, many of whom deeply resent the military's presence.


Comments (213) Closed



Jai Jul 13, 2016 06:15pm

Why Pakistan is so much concerned about india's internal affairs

Singh.ra Jul 13, 2016 06:16pm

I think he should condemns the poster in various cities of Pakistan to take over democratic Govt.

Fact Checking Jul 13, 2016 06:20pm

Bilateral relations are not going to improve with this type of attitude.

Pravin Shastri Jul 13, 2016 06:18pm

This is strange. Have you ever heard General Dalbeer Singh Suhag ,the Indian army chief condemning any killings in Pakistan? Our armed forces chiefs confine themselves only to the matters military.

Peace_keeper Jul 13, 2016 06:20pm

Beside the debate on right or wrong, When army get to have a stance on a political issues and when it get nation wide media cover, you know how well democracy is working out. Peace.

Saifullah Jul 13, 2016 06:22pm

Sir the situation has gone beyond condemnation after all kinds of atrocities and brutalities unleashed upon helpless Kashmiris by the indian occupation forces.

Taimoor Khan Jul 13, 2016 06:24pm

THE man has spoken. The world will take notice now.

Ash Jul 13, 2016 06:26pm

It is an internal matter for India. Pakistan has no moral high ground and should refrain from making statements like this.

Abhishek Jul 13, 2016 06:27pm

Pakistan must clear its stand on good terrorism

Houlbelat Jul 13, 2016 06:28pm

@Jai : Because it is also our internal affair!

Aafaaq Ali Khan Jul 13, 2016 06:27pm

@Jai Its not India's internal matter, its disputed territory and recognized by UN. if India in realty want peace they should let it go.

IAhmed Jul 13, 2016 06:28pm

@JAI, Kashmir is not India's internal affair!.

Comments Jul 13, 2016 06:29pm

Very good. A brave soldier condemns the brutal killing of muslim kashmirirs in kashmir. Hope other pakistani politicians would issue strong statements as well.

Get Real Jul 13, 2016 06:29pm

Same responses...Same reactions...Different Day!

AHA Jul 13, 2016 06:30pm

And what about them supporting terrorists and taking law in hands?

Pak sarzameen Jul 13, 2016 06:32pm

As Pakistani we should read our history and then comment

Comments Jul 13, 2016 06:32pm

@Pravin Shastri Why you are so nervous on brave statements from Gen. Raheel.

Suraj Jul 13, 2016 06:34pm

He is an army officer, such comments are not expected by him...

KoBE - The Flasher Jul 13, 2016 06:34pm

@Jai If this was India's internal affair then why the Kashmiris wrapped Wani's body in Pakistani flag? Y not an indian flag was used? Is there any shortage of Indian flags, that too in Indian-occupied Kashmir or there is a bitter truth which u guys never want to face?

A Jul 13, 2016 06:36pm

Out of your protocol..

East indian Jul 13, 2016 06:35pm

Modi is correct in saying, there are too many actors in pakistan, ready to talk to india.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Jul 13, 2016 06:36pm

Excellent statement. Killings of innocent Kashmiri civilians at the hands of the 3rd biggest military machine in the world is highly disgusting and grossly shameful to say the least. What kind of sham democracy is this where people can't even protest or take part in a funeral?

Hyderabadi Jul 13, 2016 06:35pm

@Aafaaq Ali Khan Kashmir has been removed by UN from list of disputed regions in 2010. Live with it.

Nav Jul 13, 2016 06:38pm

This is the problem with Pakistan, it has to make it's priority right. No one gives any importance to the statement of the Army chief in world affairs. A statement by External affairs ministry or even a defence ministry has much more value every where. Any engagement involving Army chief - may be a visit to the another country will confined only to meet the army chief of that country and may be the defence minister will meet him. Did you see such statements from China, US, France or even Indian army chiefs - in their respective foreign affairs?

mano Jul 13, 2016 06:38pm

@Jai Kashmir is not India's internal issue. Period.

N.Sid Jul 13, 2016 06:37pm

Kashmir is a disputed territory as per UN clauses and later by Simla agreement, so very much an internal affair of Pakistan. Indian troops brutalities and barbarism is evident here with reports about 100 Kashmiri youths loosing there eyesight with the pellet guns fired directly at them.

Also so far 36 youths has been martyred and Burhan Wani death has given a new impetus to the freedom movement. This is as worst as the Gaza massacre by the Israelis with them using the same tactics. Learn from history, India need to accept the demand of self determination of Kashmiris.

Sayyid Jul 13, 2016 06:40pm

Where is Our Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif? Oh he is very busy doing his business empire ... So Pak Army has to do everything... Next time I will vote for them ...

Usman Jul 13, 2016 06:40pm

@Pak sarzameen Yes Mukhti Bahani Terrorism and than East Pakistan Attacked on 21 / NOV /1971 by the same country which attacked East Pakistan . History reviewed corrected.

Ashok Jul 13, 2016 06:42pm

Expected

Usman Jul 13, 2016 06:44pm

@Singh.ra He denied.

naveed Jul 13, 2016 06:42pm

@Jai kashmir is not an indian issue its a disputed issue

MEHMOOD BHANJI Jul 13, 2016 06:43pm

@Jai Guten Tag: KASHMIR is not an internal matter of INDIA, it is disputed territory, it does not have a defined border it has LOC. The future of KASHMIR and is resolution has be agreed upon by all countries and it is laid down in the UN Resolution. KASHMIRIS have the inalienable right of Self Determination through Plebiscite. Ignorance is not cool.

Pluralist Jul 13, 2016 06:46pm

Brutal Killing of Kashmiri youth need to be condemn, even by the saner elements in India as this is against the basic human rights as funeral was fired upon and even hospitals attacked by the Indian troops.

Oz Jul 13, 2016 06:45pm

@Jai Kashmir is and never was not your internal affair, it is a disputed territory between the two countries, off which majority population wants to be with Pakistan and India has tried several techniques to outnumber the local view point.

Oz Jul 13, 2016 06:44pm

@Fact Checking : Bilaterals will never improve until Kashmir issue is settled in line with the wishes of Kashmiri people and UN Charter.

Bombay_boy Jul 13, 2016 06:44pm

Don't know who is ruling Pakistan....Modi ji rightly said there are many state actors in Pakistan whom to talk?

Farrukh Jul 13, 2016 06:48pm

This is what a great Army Chief does; wanting peace in the world!

pandy Jul 13, 2016 06:49pm

everyone wants peace . so let us sit and have a dialogue which is fruitful without any suspicion. some mistakes were commited by india ,some mistake were commited by pakistan . mature governments understand and try to solve the problem and not complicate it. if kashmiri people do not want to remain with india atleast have a proper dialogue and try to understand the truth. in the end what matters is peace and harmony and not how much land do we have. for the counterargument that separatist movement will be galvanised I only have one answer mature government will always have proper talks even with separatist and try to solve the problem and help in development and peace and not answer militarily. that is the power of democracy.

AZ Jul 13, 2016 06:51pm

@Jai .. Mate, its not an internal affair of India. It was tabled at UNSC and there are many resolutions on the same. Plebiscite was agreed by India which was never done; and thus all this fuss is created. If its an internal matter of India; why dont they do a referendum. If you would read the history of Kashmir, the Raja acceded the state to India against the wishes of the people. The same rule was applied by Nizam of Hyderabad and Nawab of Junagarh, which was forcefully occupied by India. So India has applied two separate logic for the same issue, accordingly to their liking.

Killing of civilians by a police force which has very few locals is condemnable from a human angle as well, leave aside politics; be it in any country.

vmo Jul 13, 2016 06:51pm

@Oz - disputed says who ? learn to read , gets your facts right

Oz Jul 13, 2016 06:54pm

@Abhishek There is no good or bad when it comes to this, and Pakistans actions and operations speak lounder than words. However, India has to stop its proxy role from Afghan side most certainly.

Sajid Khan Jul 13, 2016 06:54pm

@Fact Checking ...Bilateral relations are not going to improve with this type of attitude...agree...the type of attitude moodi is showing towards Pakistan by helping Afghanistan to promote terrorism in FATA and balochistan.

N.Sid Jul 13, 2016 06:54pm

@Bombay_boy Who is ruling India, not a political party. Read reports of Modi government giving presentation to RSS, the supreme commanders about the performance of the Modi government.

This BJP political government is just a hogwash, India is ruled by the extremist Hindutva, and it is evident with Dadri killing, killings of writers and leftist pro-secular elements like Kalburgi. Rising intolerance with educated Indians raising hue and cry.

CrimemasterGogo Jul 13, 2016 06:52pm

Keep condemning

Syed Jul 13, 2016 06:53pm

Statements for last 70 years and will continue for another 1070 years but nothing will change.

Shoka Laddoo Jul 13, 2016 06:57pm

How can be my indians friends so naive? Kashmir problem is not AN INTERNAL matter of India. Please read some history, UN resolutions, or if you dont have time ask an ordinary Kashmiri and he will explain to you.

Zak Jul 13, 2016 06:57pm

'Kashmir has been divided between rivals India and Pakistan since 1947, but both claim the territory in its entirety.'

No Sir, Kashmir is pending UN plebiscite. Pakistan awaits the final results of plebiscite, while India in breach of UN resolution claims it. This is correct statement.

Syed Jul 13, 2016 06:57pm

@Taimoor Khan Even small countries like Sri Lanka and Bhutan don't take notice of such statements and nothing will change.

Zak Jul 13, 2016 06:57pm

@Jai because it's Pakistan and Kashmirs affairs as well. It is the nation of kashmir, why foreign invader still there killing and not wanted. Leave.

Adeel Jul 13, 2016 06:58pm

@Fact Checking I think India has been shames time and time again over their fake propaganda , samjhota express , hijacking, supreme court then pathan got. International community knows all these claims were proven false and just fabricated now killing over 30 innocent people ?

Ahsan Gul Jul 13, 2016 06:58pm

Indian should think twice about inflicting casualties on minorites like Kashmirees. Kashmire belongs to kashmees only. It doesn't belong to Pakistan or India.

khawaja Jul 13, 2016 06:59pm

@AZ How stupid it would be to say that Kashmir is a disputed territory. In 2010 itself, UN has removed Kashmir from the list of disputed territories.

Zak Jul 13, 2016 07:00pm

@Pravin Shastri COAS spoke because every person feels the pain of kashmiri deaths. They should have voted in plebiscite and been part of pakistan , living in peace like Azad kashmiris.

taju Jul 13, 2016 06:59pm

@mano yes. it is India's internal affair.

T.M. Reddy Jul 13, 2016 07:00pm

I hope Pakistan has a P.M. and Foreign Affairs Minister to give statements.

Muhammed Ali UK Jul 13, 2016 07:00pm

@Jai Well if you terrorist supporting govt stopped messing in our country, and are willing to give the Kashmiris what they are demanding then maybe we can be friends...but until you stop killing innocent people you will get no peace..comprende??

Ahsan Gul Jul 13, 2016 06:59pm

These Pakistan's actors and bilateral activities must stop between the two countries until India learn to respect human rights. Pakistan must stop playing double roule in Kashmir. If Pakistan wants to help Kashmirees then she must stop all kind of trade etc.

Hamaad Jul 13, 2016 07:02pm

General Raheel Sharif must present the Indian brutalities against Kashmiri Freedom Fighters, to the whole world. NS is too busy trying to multiply his family wealth and business interests.

Zak Jul 13, 2016 07:03pm

@Houlbelat internal as in UN resolution number 47.

NT Jul 13, 2016 07:05pm

Okay fine. But why didn't gen. Raheel protested against the killing of unarmed protesters by the police in Model Town?

Tamil Jul 13, 2016 07:07pm

Such killings are not supported by majority indians. We in Tamil Nadu are against it.

nadir baloach Jul 13, 2016 07:05pm

@Jai kashmir is pakistan and pakistan is kashmir

CanadianR Jul 13, 2016 07:08pm

This is natural human reaction of resisting against democratic right of citizens protest by the so called champions of democracy why Indian commentators are irritated? Have they lost all common sense and human values or they are numb like rest of the world for killing Muslims?

Zak Jul 13, 2016 07:11pm

Sad to see US and west so engrossed in their global agenda that they have purposely looked the other way not realizing , kashmir is a flash point that could lead to a Nucleuar war,nude to indian excessive brutal oppression.

M. Asghar Jul 13, 2016 07:13pm

@Jai : Kashmir is not India's internal affair, and trying to make it as an internal affair through force, creates the mayhem you see there.

anony Jul 13, 2016 07:13pm

Long live Gen. Raheel.

We stand united with our Kashmiri brothers and sisters. You will get independence from India soon inshallah.

N.S Jul 13, 2016 07:13pm

Kashmiris are waving and fluttering Pakistani flags, Burhan Wani body was wrapped in a Pakistani flag, with tens of thousands of people attending and Indian government has this illusion and delusion that Kashmir is 'atoot ang' of India.

Need to wake up to the reality and accept the demand of self determination of Kashmir people. Other wise Kashmir will keep on bleeding India and will help other insurgencies in the region.

ali Jul 13, 2016 07:16pm

@Pravin Shastri - your leader don't have to do that as your RAW is fully involved in Pakistan internal matters.

Desi Jul 13, 2016 07:17pm

Kashmir is a state of Indian union whether Pakistan accepts or not. India only going after terrorist setups. Freedom fighters do not take up arms, grenades and blow up establishments.

Tamil Guru Jul 13, 2016 07:17pm

An unnecessary and irresponsible statement by the army chief that is not going to help in bilateral relations.

Akbar Khan Jul 13, 2016 07:21pm

Let leave the foreign policy to the experts and focus on domestic security.

Faith Jul 13, 2016 07:26pm

Mashallah COAS we really luv you from bottom our hearts...you are the only one who speak for PAK poor nation and you do feel and share the pain with this nation your remain in our hearts forever. To be honest we trust you 1000% please dont leave us in the hands of butcher politicians...

Azeem Jul 13, 2016 07:27pm

@Nav our COAS is given much more protocol in US than our PM.

zafar Jul 13, 2016 07:26pm

Pakistan's strongman on the forefront again. This is the least we can do for the Kashmir cause!

Abraham Haque Jul 13, 2016 07:26pm

@Houlbelat what Indian Kashmir is not internal matter of Pakistan

valache S Jul 13, 2016 07:26pm

@ Pluralist what you are saying is utter lie..

Abraham Haque Jul 13, 2016 07:29pm

@naveed who told you that

Singh Jul 13, 2016 07:27pm

That's what's different about Indian Chief of army he knows what his job his and does not get involved in other affairs which undermine the elected govt.

Shivan Jul 13, 2016 07:31pm

@Taimoor Khan Well!

atif Jul 13, 2016 07:32pm

@Jai Kashmir is our affair and so is yours dont pretend that it is your internal matter. We were the same country before so you cannot just get away making this statement.

Tajinder Jul 13, 2016 07:33pm

COAS of Pakistan is quite different from Indian counterpart. COAS of Pakistan speaks on every issue like a politicians , where as Indian COAS just focus on Army.

raja hindustani Jul 13, 2016 07:35pm

Sir, I respect you being Pakistan Army chief but Army General doesn't looks good speaking on political matters in any democracy. Let Mr. Sharif and Aziz or any other political leaders speak on this matter.

atif Jul 13, 2016 07:35pm

@Suraj now we need to take lessons from you on what we should say or not!! come on grow up.

Pluralist Jul 13, 2016 07:38pm

@valache S Check this reports below. There are many news reports about Hospitals and ambulances attacked by the Indian forces. Can be Google searched.

https://asongfornextday.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/indian-forces-attacking-ambulances-and-hospitals-in-kashmir-it-is-a-war-crime-jkccs/

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/jammu-and-kashmir-attacks-hospitals-and-medics-must-be-prosecuted

Adnan 2 Jul 13, 2016 07:38pm

For those who say that why Pakistan interfere India. Didn't India block US gave Pakistan F-16 and other things ? Thats gross interfere.

Pluralist Jul 13, 2016 07:39pm

Protestors and doctors have reported that injured people have been attacked on their way to hospitals, and even in the hospitals. Doctors at Shri Maharaja Hari Singh hospital in Srinagar told Amnesty that the security forces had fired tear gas shells inside the hospital compound and harassed hospital staff.

Doctors also reported multiple eye injuries to protestors following the use of pellet-firing shotguns to police the crowds. The use of pellet-firing shotguns is not in line with international standards on the use of force, as they fire a large number of small pellets spreading over a wide range and cannot ensure well-targeted shots, so risk causing serious injury to bystanders or protesters not engaging in violence.

N.Sid Jul 13, 2016 07:42pm

A man who was accompanying an injured protestor to the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital in Srinagar told Amnesty that they had been stopped by the security forces several times and beaten. He said:

“The security forces cut and pulled out glucose and blood drips from the injured, and the window panes of our vehicle were also broken.”

This is from Amnesty Intl' UK report, they have some presence in IOK.

Javed Mir Jul 13, 2016 07:44pm

@Jai ,because Kashmir is Pakistan!

ZULFIQAR Jul 13, 2016 07:44pm

@Jai Its Not India Internal affairs its Disputed Kashmir Remember India Took case of Kashmir at UN as Plebicits Secondly India is kept more half Million Force to Crush apparising so where Case of India Internal Wake Up My Friends you are living in 21st Century

Namo Jul 13, 2016 07:44pm

@East indian you hit the nail on the head .

Shivan Jul 13, 2016 07:44pm

@N.Sid Friend nobody denies that most BJP workers including most ministers are from RSS. But it is too far-feched to think that orders are taken from the Sarsangh chalak to run the country. India is a pluralistic society and nobody can change that. Likewise it is too big and has its own momentum and no ideological cliques can run the country.

ZULFIQAR Jul 13, 2016 07:44pm

@Ash its not India Internal Issue its Disputed Kashmir Wake up Call

N.Sid Jul 13, 2016 07:46pm

Zahoor Wani, Amnesty India Campaigner, said:

“Any attacks on health facilities or medical professionals are unacceptable, and must be prosecuted.

“The authorities in Jammu and Kashmir have a duty to protect lives, but they must use force only where it is necessary and to the extent required.

“The security forces must distinguish between persons engaging in violence and peaceful demonstrators or bystanders.

KJ Jul 13, 2016 07:45pm

Pakistan is politically making it impossible for PM Modi to have talks between India and Pakistan. Does Pakistan understand that? I guess not.

CanadianR Jul 13, 2016 07:48pm

All Indians dreaming of greater role in the region need to first grow up mentally as suppression of human rights will lead them to dark alley with no way back. Accept the harsh reality that you are oppressors every where by discriminating against human values by imposing Hinduism and rejecting rights of Muslim India population. As a Pakistani, I feel disgusted about the dual standards of UN for not enforcing the resolution to free Kashmir from India let them out of your Natzi rule soon or pay the heavy price

Mushtaq Malik Jul 13, 2016 07:48pm

Brave statement by brave leader.

Harmony-1© Jul 13, 2016 07:49pm

@Pandy - Nice thoughts! Let's be good to all. Good always prevails over evil. A sincere dialogue can resolve many issues.

IBMX Jul 13, 2016 07:52pm

Kashmir IS India.

IamWani Jul 13, 2016 07:53pm

Well done Gen. Raheel Sharif every sensible person in the world should condemn the killing and do not stop at condemnation... Do something concrete. Mr. Nawaz Sharif you have missed once again.

hamza khan Jul 13, 2016 07:55pm

@Jai are you completely blind? kashmir is not an internal issue. we are with you kashmiris! may freedom be yours!

hamza khan Jul 13, 2016 07:57pm

@Fact Checking thats OK. kashmir is an unresolved issue of partition. we will ensure it does not die down as india wants it to.

Qaisar Jul 13, 2016 07:56pm

@Suraj Our civilian leaders are impotent, thats why Army has to step-in in all kind of affairs which impacts our country.

hamza khan Jul 13, 2016 07:55pm

@Pravin Shastri the kashmiri are fighting for independence, and its a disputed territory recognized by the UN. its not a part of india. you can try to deny this but the entire world recognizes this.

hamza khan Jul 13, 2016 07:57pm

@Peace_keeper pakistanis are ok with that. its the only way to ensure your version of brutal democracy that occupies people against their wish does not become a noose in everyone else's neck.

Raman Singh Jul 13, 2016 07:57pm

Pakistan should not waste its time on Kashmir. Pakistan can not succeed. Instead Pakistan should care about its own problems.

Salman Jul 13, 2016 07:57pm

He is a brave person who believes in action which is the reason behind indians' discomfort with his statement. Kashmir is not part of india and the only peaceful solution of the issue can be achieved thru holding a referendum to decide its fate.

hamza khan Jul 13, 2016 07:57pm

@Ash or what? you have and cannot do anything.

Dr.Ashfaq Ahmed Mangi. Jul 13, 2016 07:58pm

Mr. Raheel Sharaif You must take over !

Ravi Jul 13, 2016 07:58pm

If gen is legitimately concerned then he should sit with his civilian counterparts and devise strategy to negotiate with India.

Already Pakistan has failed 3 times. All talk of rights and largest democracy criticism is no going to help.

Better change strategy.

Tamil Guru Jul 13, 2016 08:04pm

India will do what it needs to do to eliminate terrorism and keep its 1.25 billion people safe no matter what.

Mustafa R. Jul 13, 2016 08:05pm

The real Sharif speaks up.

Mustafa R. Jul 13, 2016 08:09pm

@East indian;

'Modi is correct in saying, there are too many actors in pakistan, ready to talk to India.'

Too many to talk to but only one to listen.

Yaqut khan Jul 13, 2016 08:11pm

Kashmir is part of pakistan which is illegal occupied by india so indians should stop saying "it's india internal matter"..every indian should read the unbiased history of partition of india without any hinditva factor in it, they will come to know that india has occupied kashmir..

N.Sid Jul 13, 2016 08:10pm

@Ravi Check again, figure the international maps and not Indian government fake maps, 46% of Kashmir is with Pakistan, with AJK and Gilgit, Baltistan under Pakistan control.

I Know it is prohibited in India to show the real actual maps of Kashmir, be it AK, IOK or Gilgit, Baltistan. Yes Aksai Chin is under China control.

Shah Jul 13, 2016 08:09pm

Well done Gen. Raheel Sharif every sensible person in the world should condemn the killing and do not stop at condemnation... Do something concrete. Mr. Nawaz Sharif you have missed once again.

fahd Jul 13, 2016 08:12pm

Good show general like always . MashaAllah

fahd Jul 13, 2016 08:14pm

@Jai Indias occupation of a foreign land is its internal matter?

Taimoor Khan Jul 13, 2016 08:16pm

@Syed Watch the space, the statement is not really intended for Sri Lankan or Bhutanese audience.

Zealotx37 Jul 13, 2016 08:24pm

General that what is expected from you......bravo....

Ghaznavi Jul 13, 2016 08:24pm

The Lion has roared.

San Jul 13, 2016 08:32pm

It is not an internal matter of india...whatever happens in kashmir or anywhere in the world to Muslims.. it matters to us.

San Jul 13, 2016 08:34pm

It is not an internal matter of india. Whatever happens in kashmir or else where to Muslims, it matters us..I appreciate the concern showed by Army chief and political leaders as well.

N.Sid Jul 13, 2016 08:39pm

@Shivan You are contradicting your own statement. That India is a pluralistic society and most of the Indian cabinet ministers are from RSS, how is this possible.

Modi joined BJP a political party from RSS just to appeal to the leftist, educated class and started this development plank rhetoric, behind this veil lies the greater RSS extremist Hindutva agenda which they are dreaming for the last 100 years or more.

Asad Jul 13, 2016 08:40pm

and what difference does you condemnation makes, Pakistan is not even any near to their military powers, we batter make our self clear on Kashmir issue,

Harmony-1© Jul 13, 2016 08:47pm

@N.Sid - Top-class comments as usual.

@Shivan - Modi considers himself answerable to RSS than the parliament. He went to RSS headquarters to present himself before the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, a Brahmin, and BJP’s parliamentary board were there to demonstrate their accountability to the RSS as well. Clearly, the RSS chief calls the real shots as government's policy maker as key government appointments are made with his blessing. This is happening where parliament is considered 'supreme'.

sohailmalik Jul 13, 2016 08:49pm

@Jai

It is not India's internal affair. It is a disputed territory regardless of what India says. If you remember, we have been negotiating over it so it is not internal affair. Internal affair is Punjab, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Naxilite, Mizzoram etc.

Kashmir has LOC not International border. When we we have border negotiated then it will be your internal affair. We don't interfere in Assaam because that's your territory.

sohailmalik Jul 13, 2016 08:48pm

@Abhishek India need too. Look at headlines.

sohailmalik Jul 13, 2016 08:49pm

@Desi It is not. LOC is not international border. Redcliff line is.

Zealot Jul 13, 2016 08:51pm

Kashmir is the part and parcel of pakistan...end of story

M Jamal Jul 13, 2016 08:55pm

@Jai My brother,why the Indian forces do not brutally kill innocent protesting people in other Indian states.Reason,they know that they are their own but the Kashmiris are separate and thus the matter is external.So please Jai bhai let the people live their own life as life is very short.

sbk Jul 13, 2016 09:00pm

Kashmir is integral part of India. Any doubt?

Zealot Jul 13, 2016 08:59pm

Salute to Burhan Wani

Kamal Jul 13, 2016 09:00pm

Bravo sir raheel.

Raja Jul 13, 2016 09:08pm

Some people talk about UN Resolution. Can someone please quote point by point UN Resolution on Kashmir? I will be highly obliged.

MIttha Khan Jul 13, 2016 09:09pm

@Raman Singh Kashmir is our problem, the sooner you guys understand it the better for all south asians

UD Jul 13, 2016 09:14pm

@Zealot GOOD LUCK.

ahmad Jul 13, 2016 09:19pm

Seems like kashmiris are integral part of Pakistan.

Shaw Jul 13, 2016 09:25pm

Indians seems furious, I found non of them are condemning innocents killings, they were just protesters, show some dignity.

Kamran Rasool Jul 13, 2016 09:26pm

@Jai I think every one is talking about Kashmir which is not an internal affair of India as Kashmir is not part of India.

Waheed Jul 13, 2016 09:26pm

@Bombay_boy your modi sahab knows very well whom to talk in Pakistan. But he dont want totalk.

pandy Jul 13, 2016 09:29pm

I am an indian. I request my brothers both from india and pakistan to avoid jingoism. and see the truth. even after 27 years our policy of keeping army in kashmir has failed to change people's mind. I also feel sad for the countless lives lost in kashmir(innocent civilians,kashmiri pandits and even our brave soldiers).rapes might be committed by some bad people in army but whole army is not like that. I personally think ASFPA should be removed. no one will like police or army person arrest you just on suspicion. in that process even innocent kashmiri lives are lost. it is a very complex problem and needs continuos dialogue . dialogue can only happen when there is trust. some rogue elements on both sides take advantage of this distrust and create hatred and animosity and complicate the situation further.kashmir problem should be solved politically and not militarily. let us start from this forum . even if people differ from their opinion . let us be atleast tolerant of each other.peace.

Mohammad Rahman Jul 13, 2016 09:37pm

@Jai Because India invaded and occupied Kashmir against the will of Kashmiri people. This is the issue which India can peacefully address by calling for a referendum vote and see how Kashmiris want the Kashmir to be governed by.

M.Sethi Jul 13, 2016 09:51pm

@Jai , FYI,Kashmir is acclaimed/recognized internationally and by the UN as being a disputed territory, not an integral part of India.

Then how can it be an internal affair ,please explain ?

Indian Jul 13, 2016 09:54pm

@IAhmed that's what you think, UN doesn't even gives a damn about this matter any more as stated by your own think tanks!

Fried Chillies Jul 13, 2016 09:59pm

@Pravin Shastri Because they stay true to the definition of Gentleman

Abdulla Hussain Jul 13, 2016 10:06pm

@Jai: My friend honestly speaking if you think this is India’s internal matter then please refer to the content of UNSC resolution No. 47 asking for plebiscite in Kashmir to allow Kashmiris to decide with whom they wanted to live with. How could you say that this is India's internal affair. Remember sooner or later Kashmiris will get their dream fulfilled. When Pakistan lost East Pakistan it accepted and recognized Bangladesh, what is the problem with India, why India is unnecessarily dragging the issue when the ultimate results can be seen right now. Innocent Kashmiris are being killed on daily basis. If India think it can change the minds of Kashmiris through brutalities then India is in denial mode.

Fareed N Jul 13, 2016 10:16pm

@Jai - Since when Kashmir has become an internal affair of India ? 1/2 million Indian army of occupation has not been able to control Kashmiris who do n't want to be part of India. Do n't you think about time to get out ?

Indian_from USA Jul 13, 2016 10:32pm

@Hyderabadi Good going bro !! Let the truth prevail

IBMX Jul 13, 2016 10:38pm

What is the Man going to do about it? It's an internal mater of a foreign country .

aamir ayub Jul 13, 2016 10:41pm

It is better both for pakistan and india to solve their all issues amicably like civilised nations to avoid clashes. It is fact that India and Pakistan like two brothers divided their property to live in separate homes. It is enough there is no need to live like enemy for ever. try to understand, there are lot of examples that the property was divided into two brothers to stop their fighting. once it was divided both should at least live with the peace if not with brotherhood

Indian Jul 13, 2016 10:43pm

@Aafaaq Ali Khan man you are not keeping yourself updated. Just check news regularly. In 2010 UN removed Kashmir from the disputed territory list. Check google at least.

The icon of honesty Jul 13, 2016 10:51pm

Dear Indians: Do you know who is Raheel Sharif? His brother Shabir Sharif is a Shaheed and was awarded Nishane Haider which is the highest award for defending Pakistan against India. Raheel Sharif's uncle was also awarded with the same award. Remember Raheel Sharif comes from the family of martyrs. We are proud of Raheel Sharif and loves this man.

Lahori Kid Jul 13, 2016 11:28pm

@Pravin Shastri, Thats because Pakistan's army chief is not only an officer, he is a Muslim and above all, a Pakistani, a man with character, heart, power and authority. People of Pakistan got his back, he pretty much can say anything and we would support him.

sohail Jul 13, 2016 11:45pm

@Jai it is not india's internal affair mind you

sohail Jul 13, 2016 11:46pm

@Ash oh come on this is not india's internal matter at all it is a disputed matter. Kashmiris are human not india's internal matter.

sohail Jul 13, 2016 11:47pm

@Abhishek we only support kashmiri and will continue to do so whatever the name india gives it to it.

qwekids Jul 14, 2016 12:10am

@Mohammad Rahman have ever read history?

Neutral Jul 14, 2016 12:15am

@Aafaaq Ali Khan : Let it go where?

J Jul 14, 2016 12:40am

@Aafaaq Ali Khan ...let it go what?

Arvind Jul 14, 2016 12:42am

@N.Sid Which clauses? Can you elaborate ?

venkob Jul 14, 2016 01:00am

@Kamran Rasool Modi is of course is confused because he is waiting for people like you to say that their own vote doesn't count and that democracy never existed from the day 1

Bharatiya American Jul 14, 2016 12:58am

My sincere bottom line message:

Peace to Pakistan. Peace to India. Peace to USA. Peace to Kashmir.

Peace to the whole world.

Please respect others, and be nice human beings -- that will lead to a much happier and peaceful India, Pakistan, and the world - simple fact.

ketan Jul 14, 2016 01:12am

@Taimoor Khan the man speaks after us drone strikes as well but no one listens....

ABC Jul 14, 2016 01:20am

@KoBE - The Flasher

Zak Jul 14, 2016 01:20am

@sbk yes, pakistani flags flying in Sri Nagar.

Objective View Jul 14, 2016 01:35am

@Jai hold a referendum in Kashmir and see if this is an internal matter. Hold it fairly and if the Kashamiri people easy they want to be part of the Union then you can claim it an internal matter.

Until then it is a humanitarian matter and hence a matter of concern for the whole world.

Raja Khalid Jul 14, 2016 01:59am

@Jai please do not label it as internal, you can say humanitarian issue.

Raja Khalid Jul 14, 2016 02:07am

This is the minority issue, or we can say the most appropriate word humanitarian issue.

raj Jul 14, 2016 02:16am

@Comments brave statements.

Neutral View Jul 14, 2016 02:48am

@Waheed you know whome to talk to?

Imran Altaf Jul 14, 2016 03:13am

@Jai Because in any democracy one can be concerned about anyone, thing or country. PS whi India so concerned about Kashmir - just let them vote for self rule.

Kyoorius Jul 14, 2016 04:57am

@Mohammad Rahman Correct your history and you will do yourself a favor.

Mukul Jul 14, 2016 05:58am

@mano just because you say so does not make it true

pk Jul 14, 2016 06:33am

@Taimoor Khan

A wishful thinking and comment. Good luck

Kashmiri Nationalist Jul 14, 2016 06:59am

@Jai Kashmir is not Indias "internal affair"

Kashmiri Nationalist Jul 14, 2016 07:05am

@Hyderabadi factually incorrect

Peace Jul 14, 2016 07:34am

@Aafaaq Ali Khan why you don't want peace. You should let it go.

Peace Jul 14, 2016 07:36am

@MEHMOOD BHANJI have you read the UN resolution. Go read and then comment.

Kalashnikov Jul 14, 2016 07:54am

@Fareed N since 1971

saqib Jul 14, 2016 11:20am

@KoBE - well said

umar arslan Jul 14, 2016 04:12pm

i wonder why indian fellas keep calling unrest in Kashmir an internal issue when they know very well that it is a disputed territory having international dimensions.

lafanga Jul 14, 2016 07:13pm

@Jai "Why Pakistan is so much concerned about india's internal affairs"

Because India is concerned about Pakistan's internal affairs.

lafanga Jul 14, 2016 07:20pm

@Jai "Why Pakistan is so much concerned about india's internal affairs"

Open your eyes please. They are waving Pakistani flags and DO NOT want to be ruled by India.

akshay Jul 14, 2016 07:21pm

@Oz Read UN thoroughly before commenting about UN charter.

akshay Jul 14, 2016 07:22pm

@M.Sethi In 2010 UN removed Kashmir from disputed territory list. Have knowledge before commenting.

akshay Jul 14, 2016 07:35pm

@Fareed N You are not spokes person of Kashmiris. FYI Kashmir has been removed from UNO in 2010 as disputed territory.

San Jul 14, 2016 08:32pm

@zafar

Be happy with that only..

Facts Jul 14, 2016 10:10pm

Gen. Raheel's job is to take care of Pakistan's security. Maybe he should just focus on that instead of commenting on other nations' internal matters.

LUCKNOW Jul 14, 2016 11:48pm

It proves Mody's statement that there are many leaders in Pakistan.

Peyton Khan Jul 15, 2016 08:36am

@Imran Altaf ; And let people walk around naked in public--why should You be concerned? it is true that people often think they need independence but cannot government their new countries --See South Sudan--Just one example.Haiti--another. Maldives --yet another! Bangladesh--anyone?

Sudhir Neyalasinger Jul 15, 2016 09:39am

@Objective View Any referendum on Kashmir will have to involve 1.2 billion Indians. BTW, the Indian constitution doesn't allow referendums.

ROHIT PANDEY Jul 15, 2016 10:13am

@Taimoor Khan THE man has spoken. The world will take notice now.

Sure. The US Congress is urging that economic sanctions should be slapped against Pakistan for not doing enough to curb the Taliban.

raj Jul 15, 2016 10:12am
  1. Kashmir was never a part of Pakistan and was never agreed upon that it will become part of Pakistan.
  2. Lack of right education and constant brainwash is creating a defective bureaucracy in civil and military sector.
  3. Don't forget Kashmiris killed nearly all Hindus in Kashmir - I do not want to blame Pakistan for this. 4.China is not a Muslim country , while india has muslims who are in extremely predominant positions and enjoying the freedom
sky Jul 15, 2016 10:21am

GENERAL has vested interest to remain in power in Pakistan. Hence he makes his presence relevant to Pakistani public that fauz is the only answer.

zee Jul 15, 2016 10:48am

stop the rhetoric general, and workout a solution with india for the betterment of muslims on both sides.

saeed Jul 15, 2016 11:07am

JAI It is an international issue taken to UN

Mansoor Jul 15, 2016 12:24pm

Kashmir is a golden fleece for both India and Pakistan concerning its strategic location on the map, but both the countries do not want to solve the problem either as its solution will wipe out the future of the ruling political party. So, play politics on bodies.

BK Jul 15, 2016 12:44pm

@Taimoor Khan The world damp care about the developments.

BK Jul 15, 2016 12:47pm

@Aafaaq Ali Khan There is no dispute other than in your minds. If disputed, UN would have taken action very long before.

Muzaffar Ali Jul 15, 2016 02:33pm

Talk, talk is better than war, war!

They all have to cater to the public opinion.

David Rubin Jul 15, 2016 02:50pm

Kashmir is internal affair of India.

True Indian Jul 15, 2016 03:32pm

@Aafaaq Ali Khan , have you ever read Simla agreement ? In Simla Agreement, it is clearly mentioned that Kashmir Issue is a bilateral issue which will be solved only through bilateral discussion and both country will not interfere into each other internal matter. This Simla agreement automatically negated UN resolution as both India and pakistan is the signatories and in that agreement, it is clearly mentioned that only through bilateral discussion, Kashmir problem will be solved and obviously, plebiscite provision has been neutralized when you have signed in this pact.Now, you can not change the goal post.

kashmiri Jul 15, 2016 04:16pm

@Aafaaq Ali Khan ..how many times we told please read UN declaration..then comment..

Iftikhar Husain Jul 15, 2016 04:28pm

Tank you General for speaking for the atrocities committed by Indian army. This is not internal problem of India it is an international issue and UNO is involved in this dispute.

melbourne Jul 15, 2016 04:59pm

@Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad throwing stones and grenades at security forces, is that protest?

john Jul 15, 2016 05:03pm

if pak stops interfering there may be some hope for peace

Jarnail nathan singh Jul 15, 2016 05:17pm

India, a country where you are so free that you can get killed for eating beef, get burned alive for spreading word of jesus, get discrimintaed every day for being from south (google southerners in mumbai), you are kept behind in every aspect of life cayse you are scheduled caste,

Satheesh raghu Jul 15, 2016 05:22pm

I spent my time in Mumbai, everyday shiv sena threatens you to leave, go back to the south you can never be a real mumbaikar even if you have been there forever. Delhi should remove this hate group from Mumbai and make it liveable again.

Sudhakar Jul 15, 2016 05:25pm

Thank you dawn for covering the discrimination in india, all indian media is avoiding tough issues cause Modi and bjp threaten to blow em up, destroy their office and kidnap there reporters.

Nar Jul 16, 2016 02:19am

@Aafaaq Ali Khan Disputed by whom? Is it yours?

Nar Jul 16, 2016 02:23am

@Oz No, majority do not want Pakistan. It is propaganda by your military since it seems to be involved more and more in politics.

Nar Jul 16, 2016 02:25am

@N.Sid Really, what have you been eating....?

Secular Jul 16, 2016 02:28am

Looks like another term of Military rule will come in to existence in Pakistan. Why aren't people aggressive against anything which suggests the very existence of their democracy. You have allowed this to happen multiple times before, the Army chief taking over the existing elected government. This is a joke. Keep you administration and military different and limited to their respective roles. This will push the country back another 10 years making the progress on democracy futile. Too much of adulation of a man will lead to collapse if democracy is not protected with aggression.