Pakistan fears ‘genocide’ in Kashmir says Foreign Minister | AFP

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi warns the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that a “genocide” could be looming in the Indian Kashmir. SOUNDBITE

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Flies overwhelm Pakistan’s Karachi in monsoon ‘hell’ | AFP

Swarms of flies, water-borne illnesses, and rivers of sewage have brought Pakistan’s Karachi to its knees this rainy season after decades of mismanagement turned the commercial capital into one of the world’s least liveable cities.

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Thousands rally in Pakistan over Kashmir after PM Khan calls for nationwide demos | AFP

Pakistanis rally in Islamabad after Prime Minister Imran Khan calls for mass demonstrations against New Delhi’s actions in Indian-administered Kashmir.

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Straight outta Karachi: Pakistan’s surprise hip hop hub | AFP

Haunted by gang violence and poverty for decades, Lyari was long considered one of Pakistan’s most dangerous areas, but its grim realities have inspired a generation of new artists and spawned a burgeoning hip hop scene.

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Crisis in Kashmir: India and Pakistan Are On the Verge of War

Firdous Ashiq Awan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan talks to VICE News’ Hind Hassan about the prospect of war between India and Pakistan over the disputed region of Kashmir.

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Pakistan Wants The World To Do Something About India And Kashmir

Muneeb Ur Rehman was at home with his family when a mortar shell hit the house and killed him.

“He was hit in the head once, and one shell piece hit his leg. There was huge bloodshed, so much blood just flowing inside the house,” said Nazakath Ali Khan, Muneeb’s cousin.

Battal lies on the Pakistani side of the so-called Line of Control, a de facto border that splits the disputed region of Kashmir with Pakistan controlling one side and India controlling the other.

Islamabad and Delhi both claim Kashmir in full, but since the 1949 U.N.-brokered ceasefire, they control only parts of it — territories recognized internationally as Indian-administered Kashmir and Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

The two countries are on the verge of war over Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move earlier this month to revoke Article 370, a constitutional provision that had granted special status to the region of Kashmir that it controls.

Khan told VICE News that since Modi’s move on Aug. 5, there’s been an upsurge in violence.

“It has become routine here — people dying here day by day. You can find there is more bombardment from India, there are more fighters, there’s more targeted killings from the Indian side,” Khan said.

To try to stifle any violent reaction, India has put the region it controls on lockdown. The military patrols the streets, and the internet has been blacked out. It’s the only Muslim-majority state in India, leading many in Pakistan and Pakistan-administered Kashmir to believe Modi’s move is motivated by extreme Hindu nationalism.

The situation has become serious enough that the United Nations Security Council met on Aug. 16 to discuss the crisis, the first time it met formally to discuss Kashmir since 1971.

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