Journalists from Kashmir and Pakistan march toward Line of Control

A group of journalists from Pakistan and Azad Kashmir brought out a procession from Muzaffarabad’s press club in Azad Kashmir on Saturday August 24, 2019 to express solidarity with the people of Indian-administered Kashmir. ( Photo courtesy : social media )
Updated 24 August 2019
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Journalists from Kashmir and Pakistan march toward Line of Control

  • Media people express solidarity with the residents of Indian-administered Kashmir
  • Pakistan authorities have already warned India could carry out genocide of Kashmiri Muslims

ISLAMABAD: A group of journalists from Pakistan and Azad Kashmir brought out a procession from Muzaffarabad’s press club on Saturday to express solidarity with the people of Indian-administered Kashmir who have been living in a security lockdown since August 5 when the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi revoked special constitutional status of the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region and merged it with the rest of the Indian union.
The march was led by the president of Kashmir’s Central Union of Journalists, Safeer Mir, and was also joined by journalists from Pakistani cities of Murree and Islamabad.
Initially, the 350-strong group of journalists went up to the Burhan Wani Square, named after a 21-year-old Kashmiri youth who was killed by Indian forces in July 2016. However, it then moved on to the Line of Control, the de facto border separating the Indian and Pakistani sides of Kashmir, in Chakothi.
The district authorities negotiated with journalists, urging them to stay short of their destination and settle down in College Ground in Chinari instead.
People in different Pakistani cities have protested New Delhi’s recent decision to scrap Article 370 of the Indian constitution that promised political autonomy to the disputed region along with Article 35-A which prevented Indians from buying the property or competing for government jobs in the Muslim-majority state.
With a major communications blackout in the area where India has beefed up its forces and confined furious residents to their homes, the administration in Islamabad has tried to bring the attention of the world community to the smoldering issue and warned that the situation could lead to a genocide of Kashmiri Muslims.


UAE citizens in Pakistan cast votes as balloting begins for Federal National Council

Updated 22 September 2019
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UAE citizens in Pakistan cast votes as balloting begins for Federal National Council

  • More than 200 UAE citizens in Pakistan are expected to cast their vote
  • Half of the council this year is expected to be women: UAE envoy

ISLAMABAD: The UAE envoy to Pakistan was the first to cast his vote on Sunday at the UAE embassy, as balloting began for the country’s citizens residing or working abroad to elect a political candidate to represent them in the Federal National Council (FNC), a parliamentary body for the seven emirates that make up the UAE.
According to UAE officials, more than 200 of the country’s citizens live in Pakistan including over 60 residing in the capital, Islamabad.
“This is the fourth election for the Federal (National) Council in UAE, and we are really proud of this democracy process in UAE,” Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Salem Al-Zaabi, UAE Ambassador to Pakistan said while speaking to Arab News during the balloting session at the embassy in Islamabad.
The UAE has more than 118 diplomatic missions around the world which have set up polling booths for citizens to cast their votes, Al-Zaabi said.
“The (polling for the FNC) election in Pakistan will be held in Islamabad and at the consulate in Karachi on September 22 and 23. The big election in UAE will be held between October 2 to 4, followed by results... announced on October 5,” the UAE Ambassador said.
FNC, as per the provision of the UAE Constitution, was established in 1971 and comprises of 40 members representing the Arab peninsula’s seven Emirates; with Abu Dhabi and Dubai having the most number of seats followed by Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah, and less populated Fujairah, Ajman, and Umm al Quwain with the least.
In the past, all members were appointed by the emirates’ respective rulers, but in 2006 the method was revised to introduce a partial form of democracy that allows the people of UAE to elect 20 FNC members through an electoral process.
“We started in 2006 and now we are in 2019 and this year it is totally different because half of this council will be women. UAE and its leadership support women empowerment and encourages females to be part of the country’s legislative decisions,” Al-Zaabi said.
The Ambassador, widely known for his philanthropic activities in Pakistan and his continued efforts to strengthen fraternal ties between the two countries said: “We have reached our goals to support democracy and encourage the people in UAE to be part of this democratic process.”