January 1: According to the report of a fact-finding team of eight civil liberties and democratic rights’ organizations carried by the Indian daily “Statesman”, an overwhelming majority of deaths in occupied Kashmir are the work of Indian military forces. »

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January 13: The Human Rights Watch, Asia, in a 49-page report entitled, “India’s Secret Army in Kashmir” – New Patterns of Abuse Emerge in the Conflict, observes that several state-sponsored militias commonly referred to as “renegades” in J&K are serving as India’s secret army and they are indulging in widespread human rights abuses including attacks on journalists, human rights activists and medical workers. »

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January 3: The creation of an Indian-puppet regime in occupied Kashmir “did not translate into improved human rights conditions”, says the Human Rights Watch report, issued in December 1997. The report says a fact-finding mission “documented a large number of extra-judicial executions that had occurred in the year since Farooq Abdullah’s government took power.” The report cites examples of killings by the special operations group (SOG) and cites the collaboration of Indian-sponsored terrorist units in such operations. »

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February 20: In response to an invitation by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the Prime Minister of India, Atal Behari Vajpayee, arrives in Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif receives Atal Bihari Vajpaye at Wahga border visits Pakistan. »

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May 23: The British High Commissioner to New Delhi, Sir Rob Young says that the British government would encourage any move that strengthens the possibilities of solving the Kashmir issue. During his meeting with APHC leaders in Srinagar, he says that efforts for solving this issue are very essential. »

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January 05: Head of visiting UK Parliamentary delegation to Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Phil Woolis voices concern over Indian atrocities and calls for granting Kashmiris the right to self-determination.

January 12: Member of the British Parliament Phil Woolis calls upon India to facilitate the All Parties Hurriyet Conference leaders intending to visit Pakistan and Azad Kashmir to hold talks with Pakistani and Kashmiri authorities. »

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January 4: The 12th SAARC Summit, a historic opportunity for Pakistan and India to build on peace moves, opens in Islamabad. During the summit, the SAARC leaders discuss a 6-point agenda finalized by their foreign ministers for South Asian Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA), additional protocol on terrorism and social charter, aimed at social development and poverty alleviation. Prime minister of Pakistan Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali and his Indian counterpart Atal Bihari Vajpayee meet on the sidelines of the SAARC summit, the first direct talks between leaders of the two neighboring countries in more than two years. »

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August 01: Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf addressing the concluding session of a four-day conference of Pakistan’s ambassadors from 20 capitals says, Pakistan will not allow the Kashmir issue to be sidelined in its dialogue with India. He says, Pakistan would continue its efforts for a peaceful solution of the dispute in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people. »

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January 01: Indian authorities deny issuing travel documents for performing Haj to All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman Syed Ali Gilani, his wife and a number of other Kashmiris.

January 04: 12th Summit meeting of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) begins in Islamabad. »

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January 01: Pakistan’s Foreign Office Spokesman Masood Khan says President Pervez Musharraf enjoys public support for a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute. In a telephonic interview with the China Central Television (CCTV), the spokesman says President Musharraf enunciated three guiding principles to settle the dispute. »

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January 02: Ahead of its Pakistan visit All Parties Hurriyet Conference leader says he would discuss the Kashmir leader issue with President Pervez Musharraf and other Pakistani leaders. ‘We have nothing in specific but we will be generally talking about every scenario vis-a- vis Kashmir’, says senior Hurriyet leader Abdul Ghani Bhat, who is also part of the delegation. »

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January 06: Kashmiri leaders including veteran Hurriyet leader Syed Ali Gilani in their meetings with the visiting members of the European Parliament, in New Delhi, underline the need of the European Union’s effective role in resolving the Kashmir dispute in accordance with Kashmiris’ aspirations. »

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