Dominated by strategic concerns for two decades, the relationship appears to be caught between US policy drift towards India and its new ‘Cold War’ with Beijing.
Voting takes place amid heavy security presence in first direct elections in India-administered Kashmir since New Delhi annexed the region last year.
Former Pakistan Ambassador to the US, Sherry Rehman, speaks out about allies abandoning Pakistan, Azad Kashmir, accusations of sponsoring terrorism and the terrible lows of Pak-US relations.
Although Islamabad has always supported Kashmir's UN-sanctioned Right to Self Determination, it has also been wary of Kashmiri nationalism that envisions a state free from both India and Pakistan.
The reverberations of the British Empire cannot be ignored as the two territories remain caught between the iron fists of New Delhi and Beijing.
The 5.8 magnitude quake struck the region's Mirpur area, causing property and infrastructure damage and also injuring more than 500 people, officials say.
Magnitude 5.8 quake shakes cities in eastern Punjab province and a portion of disputed Kashmir with all deaths reported from Mirpur district, officials say.
"When atrocities get to their peak, people would prefer that death is better than this insulting life," Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan says.
Kashmiri bodies have always been used as a battleground for Indian forces in the region and the latest move from India comes with the looming threat of further violations.
In a letter to UN chief, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi accuses India of trying to alter demography of Muslim-majority Kashmir, arguing it could affect outcome of UN-backed plebiscite in the disputed region.
Banners reading "#Justice for Kashmir" and "India stop genocide & free Kashmir" were flown over Headingley during India-Sri Lanka match, in second such World Cup incident.
Indian troops used live bullets and pellet guns on hundreds of protesters in Shopian district, south of the major city of Srinagar, hospitalising dozens with serious injuries.
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