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Pak summons Indian envoy for 2nd day over border tensions
ISLAMABAD, Jul 20(Agencies): Pakistan summoned on Thursday the Indian Deputy High Commissioner for a second consecutive day and lodged a formal protest over ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir resulting in the killing of two civilians. The Director General of South Asia at the Foreign Ministry, who summoned the Indian diplomat, condemned the "unprovoked ceasefire violations" by the Indian Army in Nikial and Nezapir sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) on Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry said. "Despite calls for restraint, India continues to indulge in ceasefire violations. In 2017 to date, Indian forces have carried out 594 ceasefire violations along the LoC and international border," the statement said. "The deliberate targeting of civilians is indeed deplorable and contrary t...
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Pak summons Indian DyHC, protests
`2 civilians died, 6 injured in Indian firing on LoC’
ISLAMABAD, Jul 19(Agencies): Pakistan on Wednesday summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh and lodged a formal protest over the death of two civilians in what it said was firing by Indian troops across the LoC a day earlier. The civilians, including a woman, were killed on Tuesday in firing by Indian forces in Barho and Tandar sectors, a Foreign Office statement said. The statement said six other persons were injured in the Indian firing. The Indian diplomat was summoned by the Director General of the South Asia Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Faisal, who "condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations," a Ministry statement said. "The deliberate targeting of civilians is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights...
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Kashmir core dispute between India, Pak: Sartaj Aziz
ISLAMABAD, Jul 19(Agencies): The Kashmir issue remains the core dispute between India and Pakistan, and its resolution is imperative for bringing peace in the region, Pakistan's top diplomat said on Wednesday. Sartaj Aziz, the Prime Minister's advisor on foreign affairs, made the remarks during his meeting with a 9-member delegation of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (Pakistan Chapter) here, the Foreign Office said in a statement. "The adviser noted that Jammu and Kashmir remains the core dispute between India and Pakistan, and its resolution is imperative for bringing peace to South Asia," it said. "Pakistan continues to pursue its principled position on Jammu and Kashmir and extends its steadfast support to the Kashmiris in their just struggle, as Kashmir cause remains close to the h...
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No substantial Pak action against LeT, JeM, others: US
WASHINGTON, Jul 19(Agencies): The US on Wednesday listed Pakistan among the nations and regions providing "safe havens" to terrorists, saying terror groups like the LeT and JeM continue to operate, train, organise and fundraise inside the country in 2016. In its annual ‘Country Report on Terrorism', as mandated by the Congress, the State Department said that Pakistani military and security forces undertook operations against groups that conducted attacks within Pakistan such as Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan. "Pakistan did not take substantial action against the Afghan Taliban or Haqqani, or substantially limit their ability to threaten US interests in Afghanistan, although Pakistan supported efforts to bring both groups into an Afghan-led peace process," the State Department said. "Pakistan...
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Chinese media rejects report from Pak that said '158 Indian soldiers were killed'
BEIJING, July 18 (Agencies): After India, China has denounced 'groundless' reports from Pakistan which claimed that the Chinese army had killed 158 Indian soldiers. In a report, the People's Daily cited the article carried by Dunya News as fake. The article had said that at least 158 Indian soldiers had been killed and several had been injured by the Chinese army. India on Monday categorically denied reports that the Chinese Army killed 158 Indian soldiers and fired rockets across the Sikkim border. It came a day after China's army conducted new drills in Tibet that included targeting enemy aircraft and tanks. "Such reports are utterly baseless, malicious and mischievous. No cognisance should be taken of them by responsible media," Ministry of External Affairs Minsiter official spok...
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Don't use Dokalam stand-off to achieve political targets,China warns India
BEIJING, July 18 (Agencies): India should not use "trespass" into the Dokalam area in the Sikkim sector as a "policy tool" to achieve its "political targets", China said on Tuesday, asking New Delhi to immediately withdraw its troops to avoid any escalation. The Foreign Ministry also said it was in "close communication" with foreign missions in Beijing on the stand-off with India, but refused to confirm whether it held a special briefing for them on the issue. "Since the illegal trespass by Indian border personnel, many foreign diplomats in China felt shocked about this and (wanted) to confirm whether it was true," the ministry's spokesman Lu Kang said when asked about the reported briefing. "The Chinese side maintains close communication with the foreign diplomatic missions on the iss...
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4 killed as building collapses in Pakistan
KARACHI, July 18 (Agencies): At least four persons, including a woman and a child, were killed and 12 others injured on Tuesday when a dilapidated three-storey building collapsed in Pakistan's port city of Karachi, officials said. Rescue workers pulled out the survivors and bodies from under the rubble in Liaquatabad town and shifted them to a hospital, several other residents are feared stuck in the rubble. Four bodies, including those of a woman and a child, were recovered from the debris. An eyewitness said that 20 people were residing in the building, the Geo News reported. According to area residents, the 60-80 yard building was in a derelict state and the third storey had been illegally built a few months earlier. Deputy Commissioner Central Capt (retired) Fariduddin Mustafa s...
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Pak court lifts ban on airing of Indian teleplays
LAHORE, Jul 18 (Agencies): A Pakistani court today lifted a ban imposed by the country’s media watchdog on airing of Indian teleplays calling it “unreasonable” restrictions. The Lahore High Court declared the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’s (PEMRA) ban on airing Indian teleplays null and void after the federal government told the court that it has no objections on Pakistani private TV channels telecasting Indian TV shows. Although PEMRA’s ban on the airing of Indian films on television channels was lifted in February, permission to air teleplays or television dramas was not granted. The petitioner’s counsel Asma Jehangir argued in court today that a ban on Indian teleplays appeared strange while Indian films were being openly aired. LHC Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah ...
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Amid standoff, Chinese army conducts live-fire drills in Tibet
BEIJING, July 17 (Agencies): China's military has conducted live-fire exercises in Tibet amid the ongoing standoff between Indian and Chinese troops at the Dokalam area in the Sikkim sector. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) conducted live-fire exercises in Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, state-run China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Friday, without mentioning the exact timing of the drills. The brigade that conducted the drills was from the PLA's Tibet Military Command and is one of China's two plateau mountain brigades, Global Times reported today. The PLA Tibet command guards the Line of Actual Control (LAC) of the India-China border along several sections connecting the mountainous Tibetan region. According to the CCTV report, the brigade has long been statione...
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In 6-yrs, Syria war has claimed over 330,000 lives: Monitor
Beirut, July 17 (Agencies): More than 330,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict since it started six years ago, around a third of them civilians, a monitor said today. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it has documented the deaths of 331,765 people across Syria since the conflict erupted in mid-March 2011 with anti- government protests. Included in the overall death toll are 99,617 civilians, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP, adding that the figures were for the period between March 15, 2011 and July 15, 2017. A total of 18,243 children and 11,427 women were among the civilians killed, the Observatory said. The figures were the latest provided by the Observatory since March when it said 320,000 people, including 96,000 civilians, had be...
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US-based private body helping India curb child porn: Centre to SC
NEW DELHI, July 16 (Agencies): The Centre has told the Supreme Court that it is taking the help of a US-based private body, which gives technical details on uploading of child porn to 99 countries, to curb the menace in India. In a status report to be filed in the top court, the Centre has said that US-based National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) acts as a resource centre for information about missing and exploited children and they provide "free" details through a secure channel to the central law enforcing agency of the US and 99 other nations. The government has told a bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra that as per information conveyed by the NCMEC, they are trying to establish the "secure link" with the law enforcing agency in the country. "The NCMEC, USA is a ...
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RAW operating from Afghanistan to create tension: Pak army
KARACHI, Jul 15 (Agencies): Pakistan is aware of the threats emanating from hostile intelligence agencies, especially India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), against the country and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a senior Pakistani Army officer has said. According to Dawn News, Chairman Joint Chiefs of the Staff Committee, General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, said on Saturday RAW was operating from Afghanistan and other locations to create unrest in Pakistan, especially in Balochistan. "Their designs (and) oblique actions to sabotage CPEC are also well known," he said while attending a ceremony at the Pakistan Naval Academy near Karachi. Pointing to the existential threat emanating from India, Hayat said that asymmetry had reached a critical threshold in the east. In order to cou...
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China to Pak Army: Reign in JIT on Nawaz Sharif to ensure smooth progress of CPEC
ISLAMABAD, July 14 (Agencies): Top officers of the Pakistan armed forces have been undertaking a flurry of visits to China in connection with the Panamagate issue and its fallout on the Pakistan political system, which China fears could lead to the derailing of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. Since October 2016, senior Pakistan Army officials have been reassuring the Chinese leadership that the CPEC will take priority over the potential Panama Leaks fallout on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. On its part, China has firmly told Pakistan`s top military brass that the Joint Investigation Team ( JIT ) must not be allowed to derail the CPEC under any circumstances. Between October 30 and November 4, 2016, Pakistan`s Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman visited Beij...
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China warns Botswana against Dalai Lama's visit
Beijing, July 14 (Agencies): China on Friday warned Botswana against the scheduled visit of the Dalai Lama, saying it hoped the African country understands Beijing`s "concerns" about the Tibetan "separatist". According to news reports, the Tibetan spiritual leader will attend a three-day human rights conference in Gaborone from August 17. He will also meet Botswana`s President. "The Dalai Lama 14th is a political exile who is engaged in anti-China activities and wants to separate Tibet from China on the pretext of religion," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said here. "China firmly opposes his contact in any form with officials of any countries. China`s position is clear cut. Hope relevant countries and accommodate the concerns and interests of China." China calls the Dalai La...
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Aggressive China did not anticipate strong Indian response in Doklam: EU Vice President
Brussels, July 14 (Agencies): An aggresive China did not anticipate India stepping in a strong manner to defend Bhutan`s territorial sovereignty during its unilateral move to build a motorable road from Dokala in Doklam area towards the Bhutan Army camp in Zornpelri, according to Ryszard Czarnecki, vice president of the European Parliament. In an article written for EP Today, Czarnecki has exposed Beijing`s lie of assuring the international community that its `peaceful rise` would not in any way threaten the established order, but instead promote a peaceful international environment. He clearly states that China has been following a foreign policy that squarely infringes on internationally accepted norms.Referring specifically to the tri-junction politico-military impasse in Doklam invo...
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