Tribute to victims of pallet shooting in Indian Occupied Kashmir. A Kashmiri artist, Mir Sohail, revisits poster of a 1960s movie “Kashmir- Ki- Kalli” to pay tribute to victims of pallet shooting in India Occupied Kashmir. Over 100 Kashmiris have lost either one or both eyes to pallet shooting by Indian occupation forces to disperse peaceful processions in the ongoing struggle of Kashmiri people, for exercise of their right of self determination through UN supervised plebiscite , as granted by UNSC resolutions; with nearly a dozen back-up UNSC resolutions; latest being in 1998.
President Trump is tasting the real power these days. Taliban have the military prowess to attack the places of their liking at the timing of their choosing. In the diplomacy domain, Taliban dictate the venue and agenda. And when they meet Americans, they field Guantanamo hardened Taliban negotiators to stare in the eyes of top American diplomats. Of late, peace talks between Taliban and US officials were cancelled over agenda disagreement. Senior Taliban members based in Afghanistan said “both sides have agreed to not meet.” Three meetings have already taken place between Taliban leaders and US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad. Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the UAE took part in the last round of talks in December. Reports last month about US President Trump’s plans to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan has triggered uncertainty. However, Afghan peace process is in disarray.Interestingly, as an afterthought, the US has taken a step back from the earlier hype of pulling out 7,000 troops from Afghanistan. An Afghan High Peace Council (HPC) representative has declared that if Taliban insist on not meeting Afghan government delegation, then, HPC won’t participate in Saudi Arabia session of talks. With these firmly grounded irritants and posturing, Afghan peace my not just be around the corner.