Pakistani students partake in dramatic public performance for Kashmir awareness

Shoppers watch and film from the multistory mega mall as university students perform a skit on Kashmir to raise awareness on the plight of Kashmiris in Indian administered Kashmir. (AN photo by Sib Kaifee)
Updated 22 September 2019

Pakistani students partake in dramatic public performance for Kashmir awareness

  • Wife of jailed Kashmiri leader, Yasin Malik, appealed to the United Nations on eve of UNGA session
  • Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed to campaign for the rights of Kashmiris at the UN

ISLAMABAD: University students in Pakistan’s capital of Islamabad participated in a dramatic re-enactment of a humanitarian crisis in Indian-administered Kashmir, which was flooded with troops and stripped of its special legal status by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Aug. 5th, with a near-total communications blackout and curfew in place since.
The student performance took place in central Islamabad, in the city’s largest mall, with the wife of jailed Kashmiri leader, Yasin Malik, invited to speak to the audience.
Speaking to Arab News during the event, Mushaal Mullick said bilateralism had proven to be a failure, and appealed to the UN and international community to intervene.
“This is the responsibility of the first world, the United Nations (must) take action,” she said.
“Right now, I would expect the United Nations to refer our case to the ICJ (International Court of Justice) because they (India) have revoked all multilateral agreements and all bilateral treaties, and 50 years of bilateralism has been an ultimate, spectacular failure,” she said, on the eve of the 74th UN General Assembly session in New York where Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed to campaign for the rights of Kashmiris in his speech on Monday.
Pakistan and India have fought two of their three wars over the Muslim majority Himalayan region of roughly 12 million people, which both countries own in part but claim in full. India has maintained that the abrogation of Kashmir’s partial autonomy is the country’s internal matter.


Pakistanis among dead in Madinah bus accident

Updated 17 October 2019

Pakistanis among dead in Madinah bus accident

  • The crash took place when a privately chartered bus carrying 39 pilgrims collided with a loader
  • Reports indicate only four bus passengers survived the tragedy, some in critical condition

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday expressed profound grief and sorrow over the tragic road accident that claimed the lives of 35 pilgrims in Saudi Arabia.

According to media reports, the accident happened when a privately chartered bus carrying 39 passengers collided with a loader near Madinah at about 7pm on Wednesday.

Pakistan’s foreign office confirmed in a press statement that “the deceased also include a certain number of Pakistani nationals.”

“Of the four survivors,” the handout continued, “there is one Pakistani named Mr. Akbar, who is seriously injured. The Pakistan Consulate General in Jeddah has established contact with him and is in touch with the concerned Saudi authorities and staff of the King Fahad Hospital, Madinah, to ascertain details of casualties of Pakistani nationals.”

Reacting to the development, the foreign minister said his ministry was in touch with the Saudi authorities to ascertain the causes of the accident.

“Our diplomatic mission is in contact with the Saudi authorities to ensure that the injured get the best medical facilities and the bodies of the deceased are smoothly flown back to Pakistan,” Qureshi added.