Category Archives: Pakistan

The labour movement against the escalation of the war

“We say NO to WAR”

42 persons of India’s para- military force, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), were killed in a suicide terror attack at Pulwama, Kashmir, on February 14, 2019. 100 companies of CRPF were moving in vehicles on a highway when a car laden with heavy explosives hit one of the buses killing 42 and injuring many.
Trade Union Solidarity Committee condemned this terrorist attack and joined all organisations and individuals in countries across the globe. Our sympathies are with the grief stricken families of those who lost lives and faced untold sufferings. Terror and unjust violence cannot find solutions to any issues.
In the two weeks since February 14 the region of India-Pakistan found heightened atmosphere of retaliatory actions and the escalation led to air strikes on February 26 within the international boundaries of the two nuclear weapon states. Calls for war were in the air.
Having experienced ill effects of war in the past saner voices wanted peace to prevail and resolution of conflicts without war. People around the world, in all countries and continents, expressed their zero tolerance to terrorism and wanted de-escalation of conflict between India and Pakistan.
Trade Union Solidarity Committee stands for peace and holds the view that a war would cause incalculable harm and damage to the working people, the poor and the marginalized in India and Pakistan and it would fetch huge dividends to a handful of corporate houses in
weapon business and their cronies in other fields as well.
We say NO to WAR. Terrorism must be fought by other means, diplomatic, economic and political.
N. Vasudevan
Convenor, Trade Union Solidarity Committee (Mumbai)

India | Rapprochement, Dialogue, and a Peaceful Resolution of Jammu and Kashmir

by Nyla Ali Khan

During the last two decades, each military crisis between India and Pakistan has been followed by attempts at diplomatic rapprochement, which have turned out to be fiascos. The two countries go through sporadic peacemaking efforts, characterized by negotiations. For instance, in January 2004, the then Indian prime minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and the then Pakistani president, General Pervez Musharraf, agreed “to the resumption of a composite dialogue” on all issues “including Jammu and Kashmir, to the satisfaction of both sides.” Musharraf assured the Indian government that he would not permit “any territory under Pakistan’s control to be used to support terrorism in any manner” (The Hindu, 6 January 2004). But this joint statement could not mitigate the existing skepticism.

Pakistan | Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan warns of nuclear war with India, after both sides shoot down warplanes and Kashmir crisis escalates

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan called for talks with India and warned of miscalculations that could lead to nuclear war in a national television address on Wednesday, hours after his nation’s air force claimed to have shot down two Indian warplanes and captured a pilot.

Pakistan | Pakistan army says Indian aircraft cross Line of Control in the Kashmir region

The Pakistani military said on Tuesday that Indian warplanes violated the Line of Control (LoC) in the Kashmir region and dropped «payload» hastily.

Pakistan military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor, chief of the army’s Inter-Services Public Relations, said Pakistan Air Force «immediately scrambled and Indian aircraft went back.»

Pakistan | Pakistani court seeks expenditure details of Saudi crown prince’s visit

A Pakistani high court has demanded details of the government expenses for the two-day visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and his 40-member delegation to Islamabad.

The Lahore High Court was hearing a petition over details of expenses incurred by Islamabad for the royal visit, Express News reported Monday.