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JAMMU: Prof.Bhim Singh, Convenor of Coordination Committee of All J&K Leaders & Intellectuals has urged the Govts of India and Pakistan to allow holding IIIrd ‘Heart to Heart’ Talks in New Delhi in the first week of February, 2019. In a letter addressed to the Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, the Convenor of the ‘Heart to Heart’ Talks has made a strong appeal to issue clearance for holding IIIrd ‘Heart to Heart’ Talks in New Delhi in the month of February 2019. Ist and IInd ‘Heart to Heart’ Talks in 2005 & 2007 when Dr. Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister of India. The Govts of India and Pakistan were gracious enough to permit such kind of ‘Heart to Heart’ Talks in New Delhi. Prof.Bhim Singh in his letter to the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh submitted an urgent letter to the Union Home Minister in this regard.

“This is an urgent proposal by Coordination Committee of All J&K Leaders & Intellectuals  to hold ‘Heart to Heart’ Talks, conference, in New Delhi on 1st, 2nd & 3rd February, 2019 among the representatives of the political parties as well as social activists from all sides of J&K.

2.Coordination Committee of All J&K Leaders & Intellectuals had organised two such ‘Heart to Heart’ Talks, conferences, in New Delhi in 2005 and 2007 when Dr. Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister of India. 

3.That the purpose to hold such ‘Heart to Heart’ conferences to have a free and frank discussion among the political and social leadership of J&K with the representatives of the political and social representatives of POK as well as that of Gilgit & Baltistan. During the first two such conferences representatives of Gilgit, Baltistan as well as POK participated. This information is available on the files of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India as well as in the National Press.

4.That this ‘Heart to Heart’ Talks was presided over by Late Sardar Mohd. Abdul Qayyum Khan, past Prime Minister & President of POK. These conferences were also attended by genuine leadership of Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh. Even representatives of Hurriyat Conference from Kashmir region attended the meetings during both conferences in 2005 & 2007. A Resolution for peaceful resolution etc. was also carried unanimously by the participants.

5.That the representatives from POK, Gilgit & Baltistan were also invited over tea by the then leader of the opposition in Parliament Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee & Shri L.K. Advani among others. Dr. Karan Singh also invited the participants for lunch at his residence. The then Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh also invited the visiting participants from Pakistan side over breakfast. 

6.That a resolution by the participants was also announced at New Delhi which was duly circulated among the national leadership and the media.

7.That this kind of ‘Heart to Heart’ Talks meeting could not be held after 2007 for the reasons beyond control which need no discussion at present. It is felt necessary to hold IIIrd ‘Heart to Heart’ Talks in the interest of peace and to promote cordial relations between India and Pakistan. 

I shall be grateful if your honour may kindly consider this urgent matter and allow the Coordination Committee of All J&K Leaders & Intellectuals   to hold this kind of conference in New Delhi in first week of February, 2019.”

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SRINAGAR: Pakistani Foreign Office says Kashmir is the core issue between Pakistan and India and opening of Kartarpur Corridor will have no impact on it.  Addressing weekly briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, the Foreign Office spokesperson Dr. Muhammad Faisal said the Kashmir issue would be resolved according to UN resolutions and aspirations of Kashmiri people. Replying to a question, the Foreign Office spokesperson said the Kartarpur Corridor will be completed before the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak Dev next year. On Afghanistan, he said Pakistan has always had a considered position that Afghan issue should be resolved through talks. He said talks continue to bring peace in Afghanistan and the recent visit of US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad to Pakistan, various activities in Qatar and our talks with Afghan are also step in that direction.  

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SRINAGAR: National Conference Vice President, Omar Abdullah on Wednesday, reacting to the Bulandshahr incident where a mob attacked and killed a policemen over allegations of cow slaughter, stated that the killers would be eulogized by the ruling party as ‘heroes’, while in Kashmir, such people would have been called ‘terrorists’. In a tweet, he said, while sharing a media report: In Kashmir people who kill cops & snatch weapons are called terrorists. In UP the ruling party will fete & eulogise these killers as heroes. ”

The mob in Bulandshahr violence was allegedly led by Yogesh Raj, an activist of the rightwing group Bajrang Dal, who had complained to the police about cow slaughter after carcasses were found scattered in a forest. The police, trying to placate the protesters, came under attack and fired shots in the air as the situation rapidly spiraled out of control, the report stated.

Human rights watchdog Amnesty International released a statement on the December 3 violence in Bulandshahr, placing responsibility on the ‘growing impunity’ for perpetrators of cow-related violence in Uttar Pradesh. The killed officer had been the investigating officer in the Mohammad Akhlaq lynching case.