Top Saudi, UAE diplomats arrive in Pakistan to discuss Kashmir

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Both dignitaries - Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel al-Jubeir and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan - pledged to cooperate with Pakistan in resolving the issue of occupied Kashmir with India.

Al-Jubeir earlier paid a daylong visit to Islamabad in March as part of Riyadh's efforts to seek de-escalation in tensions between Pakistan and India.

However, S.C.L. Das, a joint secretary in the Home Ministry, told reporters in India that the two sides could not finalize the agreement because of Islamabad's "persistent inflexibility" on the issue of charging a service fee for the pilgrims.

The Indian military said it had detained two suspected members of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group when they were trying to cross into Indian Kashmir. Qureshi had said Tuesday that the diplomatic visit followed direct appeals from Khan.

The prime minister took to Twitter to highlight the plight of Kashmiri people, as he has done since India unilaterally made a decision to annex occupied Kashmir on August 5 and enforce a lockdown.

Ever since India's move on Kashmir PM Imran has been vocal on the micro-blogging site of how New Delhi's strong-arm tactics in the disputed Himalayan region.

Kashmir has waged a three-decade-long armed rebellion against Indian rule with tens of thousands of lives, mostly civilians, lost in the conflict.

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"India's actions in occupied Kashmir come at a time when the region as a whole is inching towards stability, but India is sowing the seeds of a new war", Pakistani army spokesman Maj. Special rules that prevented outsiders from buying land, and which many Kashmiris believe protects the demography of India's only Muslim-majority state, also disappear.

Last month, the nation also celebrated its 73rd Independence Day as Kashmir Solidarity Day to express full support to Kashmiri brethren in their just struggle for right to self-determination.

There is no denying that these ideas have significant popular support, a fact that has even led to rendering the Congress party nearly mum on the Kashmir issue despite the wellsprings of its secular existence under Nehru.

"Pakistan is attempting infiltration every night", Lt. -Gen.

Now in its fifth week, the clampdown to quell violent protests in Kashmir has spurred severe global criticism of India.

A senior government source told AFP last week that at least 500 protests and incidents of stone throwing have occurred since August 5, leaving almost 100 civilians and 400 members of the Indian security forces injured. "Men have been taken away & thrown into prisons across India".

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