Pakistan on Tuesday decided to set up military courts in PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan for the speedy trial of terrorists in a meeting held here to review the implementation of anti-terror National Action Plan (NAP).
China has said it would like to have more cooperation with the Pakistani armed forces to combat terrorism, following the brutal terror attack on an army-run school in Peshawar that killed 148 people, mostly children.
More than six decades have passed since the line dividing the state of Jammu and Kashmir into Indian side and PoK was drawn, forcing thousands to take shelter on this side of the border, many of whom complained they are living in pitiable conditions because of government apathy.
Lambasting previous NC, PDP and Congress governments for their failure to grant compensation to over 15 lakh refugees from PoK in Jammu region, BJP today said it is committed to address the problems of all categories of refugees in Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan today asserted that it will go ahead with all development projects in PoK and criticised India for asking China to cease its involvement in infrastructure projects, including the multi-billion economic corridor there.
A BJP member on Thursday made a strong plea that India should ask China to withdraw a latest map published by a Chinese news agency showing some parts of Pak-occupied Kashmir (PoK) as part of Pakistan.
The government is likely to announce a comprehensive rehabilitation package soon for over 36,000 families displaced from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), many of whom have come to India during Partition.
Government needs to take strategic view and congnisance of the ongoing activities by China and Pakistan in the PoK and be prepared for possible consequences, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval said on Saturday.
The chairman of Anjuman Minhaj-e- Rasool, an Islamic organisation working for peace and communal harmony, on Sunday said that if given a chance the residents of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) would love to join the Union of India.
Islamabad: Nearly half a million people in Pakistan have been hit by the deadliest flood in the country's history that has claimed 243 lives, as authorities braced to save major towns along the swollen Chenab river, which has left a trail of devastation.
Flood waters submerged thousands of homes after the Chenab river rose dramatically over the weekend, rendering people homeless.
Severe damage has been caused by the Jhelum and Chenab rivers, which swelled after heavy monsoon rainfall last week.
The showers which started last week continued through the weekend in Punjab and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). The major damage has been done in Punjab.
More than 4,36,000 people have been affected in Punjab and 30,000 in PoK due to flooding.
The death toll from the devastating floods triggered by heavy monsoon rain today rose to 241, a National Disaster Management Authority official said.
The NDMA said 168 people have been killed in Punjab, 64 in PoK and 11 in Gilgit-Baltistan region.
The victims include 12 worshippers who were killed today when a two-storey mosque in a densely-populated area of Lahore collapsed.
More than 400 people have been injured in floods and rain-related incidents.
Army and civilian rescue agencies mounted relief efforts to get villagers to safety with the help of helicopters and boats.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who visited the flood-hit areas in the province, said the floods were the "deadliest in the history of Pakistan".
Although the rains have stopped, the flood waters are likely to submerge hundreds of more villages. Pakistani authorities were bracing for worsening conditions as water level in the Chenab was rising.
The immediate attention is on Trimmu barrage in Jhang district, where Jhelum river joins Chenab.
The two rivers are carrying more than 900,000 cusec water against the maximum 700,000 cusec capacity of Trimmu.
After Jhang, the central city of Multan is also on the flood list.
Dunya TV reported that only option to save the city is to create several breeches in the embankments of the river, which will flood several more villages and hamlets.
Chenab has left a trail of devastation in Sialkot, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin, Sargodha and Khushabad and Jhang districts.
The Federal Flood Commission (FFC), Pakistan Indus Water Commission (PIWC), Indus River System Authority (Irsa) and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) met yesterday to review coordination in rescue efforts.
Over 200 people were killed and nearly 400 injured in floods and rain-related incidents in Pakistan, mainly in Punjab province, with four days of torrential downpour leaving a trail of death and devastation.