US President Donald Trump once again offers to mediate on Kashmir

Gen Bajwa to stay at helm amid India tensions

Pakistani prime minister calls out India's "fascist, racist" government as tensions escalate

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal on Thursday has said that Indian forces have turned occupied Kashmir into biggest jail by arresting the people living there.

"Kashmir is a very complicated place. You have Hindus and you have the Muslims and I wouldn't say they get along so great", Trump said at the White House.

"I will do the best I can to mediate or do something".

This comes after various leaders around the world asked Pakistan to engage bilaterally with India to end tensions that escalated following New Delhi's decision to reorganise the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

"There are reports that around 4,000 Kashmiri people have been detained by occupation forces due to fear of a strong reaction", he said, adding that Pakistan will "raise the issue at the (UN) Human Rights Council".

Criticizing the Modi administration's policy towards occupied Jammu & Kashmir, Adam Smith encouraged Pakistan and India to engage in dialogue to prevent escalations, and resolve the conflict in a peaceful manner.

Trump also said religion was one of the main reasons for uneasy ties between India and Pakistan.

Delhi, which has always refused third-party mediation on Kashmir, accuses Pakistan of fuelling terrorist activity in the region. The protest was attended by a huge gathering including the Europe-based Kashimris, Pakistanis and their sympathizers.

Expressing concern at the reports that security forces were conducting night raids on private homes leading to the arrests of young people, the United Nations experts said the allegations against them must be investigated. However, such actions appeared to have halted after the revocation of Kashmir's special status, and officials were focused on maintaining law and order by enforcing a strict curfew.

France makes a call to the parties for restraint, de-escalation, and easing the situation. Primary schools in the Valley had reopened on Monday, but saw low attendance.

Smith said, "The constituents I met with all had family in Kashmir or Jammu".

"Every person, young and old, men and women, should march after Friday prayers", the Joint Resistance Leadership, which represents all major separatist groups, said on one poster.

He added that the case would centre on alleged human rights violations by India - which it denies - in Muslim-majority Kashmir. Political observers around the world, therefore, feel Imran's cacophony over Kashmir at a time when the country's economy remains in a shambolic state is merely theatrics which caters to a domestic audience.

During the interview at the Prime Minister's Office in Islamabad, which NYT said was Imran's first with an global news organisation aimed at publicising anger over the situation in occupied Kashmir, the premier said: "There is nothing more that we can do".

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