GEOPOLITICAL WRANGLING IN THE STRATEGIC KASHMIR REGION OF GILGIT-BALTISTAN

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On 15 November, the two million people of Gilgit-Baltistan will go to the polls for their legislative assembly, which currently has minimal powers and is largely governed directly by Pakistan.  However, on 1 November, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan announced a “Provisional Status of the Province” during a visit to the scenic northern region of…

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21 OCTOBER ’20 | PRAY FOR PAKISTAN

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Dear prayer partners, On Friday 16 October, thousands of protesters gathered in the central Pakistan city of Gujranwala in an anti-government demonstration. The protest was organised by a new alliance of 11 opposition political parties that declared that this was the “beginning of the end” for Prime Minister Imran Khan. Three-time former prime minister, Nawaz…

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INDIA’S NEW RESIDENCE LAW TRIGGERS ANGER AND FEAR IN KASHMIR

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government has introduced a new set of laws for India-administered Kashmir, including a controversial residence law which gives new rights for people from other parts of India residing in the territory. Under the new law, those who have resided for 15 years or studied for seven years in…

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KASHMIR CRISIS: TENSIONS BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN EASE

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By Donnelly McCleland The military escalation between India and Pakistan appears to be winding down for now. On Friday [1 March], Islamabad handed over Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, whose plane the Pakistan Air Force had shot down two days earlier. New Delhi declared it is committed to “maintaining peace and stability in the region”, suggesting…

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