|CPEC a game changer for South Asia region: Sharif|
|ISLAMABAD, Aug 29 (Agencies): The USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would be a "game-changer" for Pakistan as well as for the entire South Asia region, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said today.
Addressing the inaugural session of CPEC Summit and Expo at Pak-China Friendship Centre here, Sharif said CPEC is a new approach in development based on shared goals and aspirations as it is based on a unique model of economic development and international cooperation.
"The project would be a 'game-changer' for Pakistan and for the entire region of South Asia," he added.
"Our region has witnessed a lot of conflict and deprivation in the past. Time has come to turn a new leaf in the history of the region by bringing peace and prosperity and addressing the challenges of poverty,...|
|Kerry arrives in Bangladesh amid wave of attacks on minorities|
|DHAKA, Aug 29 (Agencies): US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived here today on a day-long visit to hold talks with the top Bangladeshi leadership on key issues like security and terrorism amid a series of brutal attacks on minorities in the Muslim-majority nation. "Kerry will focus on strengthening our longstanding bilateral partnership on democracy, development, security and human rights," the US State Department had said in a statement ahead of his visit.
The US and Bangladesh have a "longstanding partnership" with "programmes in place for many, many years that deal with counter-terrorism and security partnership," a senior US State Department official said ahead of Kerry's arrival.
In Dhaka, Kerry will call on Prime Minister Shikh Hasina, hold talks with his counterpart A H Mahmood...|
|Bangladesh police kills JMB comdr involved in temple attack|
|DHAKA, Aug 29 (Agencies): Bangladesh police today shot dead a commander of outlawed militant outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, who was involved in an attack on a temple and a bid to kill an Italian priest last year, along with his aide during a raid on their hideout.
The two militants of the banned Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were killed in a shootout with police in Bogra district's Sherpur Upazila at around 4 AM.
Khalid Hasan alias Badar Mama, 30, of Chapainawabganj, was JMB's northern region military wing commander. The other was identified as Ripon, 25, of Rajshahi.
The gunfight broke out between the police and militants after police raided the area following a tip-off.
"Sensing police presence, the militants started firing. Police returned fire. Two persons were injured in the...|
|Balochistan province assembly resolution condemns Modi|
|Isalamabad, Aug 28 (Agencies): Pakistan's Balochistan Province Assembly has adopted a resolution condemning Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks on Balochistan and asked the federal government to take up the issue at international fora.
The resolution was moved by ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lawmaker Muhammad Khan Lehri yesterday.
The resolution was supported by all political parties in the Assembly.
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri along with other legislators also signed the resolution.
"The Indian Prime Minister's statement about Balochistan has proved that terrorism in the province was clearly sponsored by India," the resolution said.
Commenting on the resolution, Lehri said: "Indian Prime Minister has violated the sovereignty of Pakistan and Uni...|
|LeJ terrorists involved in Lanka cricket team attack killed|
|LAHORE, Aug 28 (Agencies): Four LeJ terrorists who were allegedly involved in the attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009 were shot dead by Pakistan police in the wee hours today here.
According to the Crime Investigation Department (CID) of the Punjab police, seven terrorists attacked a CID team in Manawan area of Lahore where offices of the department are located.
"The police team which came under attack of terrorists returned the fire, killing four of them on the spot while the remaining three managed to escape by taking advantage of darkness," a CTD spokesman said.
He said the police have launched a search operation in the area to trace the absconding terrorists.
"The dead terrorists have been identified as -- Zubair alias Naik Muhammad, Abdul Wahab, Adnan Arshad and Attiqur Reh...|
|Turkish bombardment kills 20 civilians in Syria: Monitor|
|Beirut, Aug 28 (Agencies): Turkish shelling and air strikes killed at least 20 civilians in Syria today, the fifth day of an incursion against Islamic State group jihadists and Kurdish militia, a monitor said.
"At least 20 civilians were killed and 50 others wounded by Turkish artillery fire and air strikes on Sunday morning at Jeb el-Kussa," a village south of Jarabulus, said Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It comes after Turkey suffered its first fatality on Saturday, blaming Kurdish militia in a fight for control of the border region.
Airport in Turkey's southeast hit by rocket fire: Report
Istanbul, Aug 28 (Agencies): Kurdish militants fired four rockets at the airport in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir, without causing casualties, the Doga...|
|6 killed in heavy rains in Pakistan's Sindh|
|KARACHI, Aug 28 (Agencies): At least six people, including three children, have been killed and several others injured in heavy rainfall that has lashed parts of Pakistan's southern Sindh province, including the port city of Karachi.
The sudden downpour led to traffic jams, flooding of low-lying areas and power breakdowns in many parts of the city.
Rescue officials said that six deaths had been reported from different areas since the rains started yesterday night with three young boys among those killed in rain related incidents.
A 12-year-old-boy and and his three friends were badly injured when the wall of their house collapsed in Gadap town. He later died in the hospital.
In another incident, two boys were drowned while swimming in Sheedi Goth area of Shah Latif town here.
|Dhaka cafe attack 'mastermind', 2 others killed in encounter|
|DHAKA, Aug 27 (Agencies): Bangladesh police today raided a militant hideout on the outskirts of the national capital, killing Dhaka cafe attack 'mastermind' Canadian-Bangladeshi Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury and two other Islamist extremists.
"The gunfight erupted this morning after police started raiding a building at Naraynganj's Pikeparha," Counter-terrorism Unit's Additional Deputy Commissioner Sanowar Hossain was quoted as saying by the bdnews24.Com.
The unit's chief Monirul Islam earlier said the raid was conducted upon information gleaned from an arrested operative of the banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). Police spokesman Jalaluddin confirmed to PTI that Tamim Chowdhury was among those killed this morning during the raid, the second major clampdown after the nine suspected Is...|
|Barrel bombs kill at least 15 civilians in Syria: Monitor|
|Beirut, Aug 27 (Agencies): At least 15 civilians were killed in a barrel bomb attack on a rebel-held district of Syria's Aleppo city today, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.
The Britain-based group said regime aircraft had dropped two explosive-packed barrel bombs several minutes apart on the Maadi district of eastern Aleppo.
The strikes hit "near a tent where people were receiving condolences for those killed this week in the neighbouring district of Bab al-Nayrab," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said.
"There was a first barrel bomb and when people gathered and the ambulances arrived, a second barrel struck and there were more deaths," an AFP reporter in the rebel-held part of the city said.
"One ambulance was completely destroyed," he added, citing the lo...|
|'Pak army committing tsunami of rights violations in Balochistan'|
|BALOCHISTAN, Aug 27 (Agencies): Pakistani forces are engaged in a "tsunami of human rights violations" in Balochistan, a top Baloch leader alleged today as he sought the help of the international community including India in the Baloch nationalist movement.
Brahumdagh Bugti, president of the Baloch Republican Party and the grandson of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti who was killed in an encounter with the Pakistani army 10 years ago, also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for recently raising concern over the situation in Balochistan.
"Pak forces are engaged in tsunami of human rights violations. We do not want to live with Pakistan anymore," said Switzerland-based Bugti as he demanded a referendum of Baloch people under the supervision of the United Nations.
|India, Pak should continue dialogue to address concerns: US|
|WASHINGTON, Aug 27 (Agencies): India and Pakistan should continue a dialogue process to address their differences and issues, including Kashmir, the US has said as it asked the two nations to refrain from indulging in rhetoric.
"What I would say that the extent to which both countries are seeking to continue a dialogue process that will do more to address concerns and tensions than perhaps other approaches. So I would just say that it is our hope and our counsel to (the two) continue to push forward on a process of talks between the two governments to try to address concerns," a senior State Department official said.
The United States, the official noted, has also said that with respect to the issues emanating from Kashmir, that it believes that this is something that the two countries ...|
|Pak regrets India's rejection to 'discuss Kashmir' proposal|
|ISLAMABAD, Aug 26 (Agencies): Pakistan today "regretted" India's virtual rejection of its proposal for talks on Kashmir even as it briefed the ambassadors of the P-5 and European Union countries about the situation there in yet another attempt to internationalise the issue.
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz briefed the Ambassadors of the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council -- China, France, Russia, the UK and the US -- and the European Union -- here about the alleged "killings and serious human rights violations" being committed in Kashmir, a Foreign Office statement said.
While regretting "the refusal from the Indian side" to hold talks on Kashmir, Aziz also briefed the ambassadors over the exchange of letters between Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Aiz...|
|Pakistan politician attacked in Karachi|
|KARACHI, Aug 26 (Agencies): A leader of Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party miraculously escaped unharmed when armed men opened fire on his vehicle here today.
Faisal Wada was returning home from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) office when unidentified men in a car fired at least four to five shots at his vehicle.
Imran Ismail, another party leader said whose car was behind Wada's vehicle, said, "The armed men fled in their car after my guards opened fire on them in retaliation." In May 2013, agencies Vice-President Sindh chapter, Zahra Shahid Hussain, was killed in an attempted robbery incident on the eve of re-polls in Karachi’s NA-250 constituency....|
|7 killed as gunmen storm beach restaurant in Somali capital|
|Mogadishu, Aug 26 (Agencies): Seven people were killed in an attack by Shabaab jihadists on a beachfront restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu, a spokesman for the city authorities said today.
"Nine people including two Shabaab gunmen were killed in the attack" yesterday, Mogadishu city spokesman Abdifatah Halane told agencies.
Al-Qaeda linked Shabaab jihadists attacked the Banadir Beach Restaurant close to the city's Lido Beach, setting off a car bomb before exchanging fire with security forces.
The restaurant is popular with young people and government officials. Around 20 people managed to escape from the restaurant during the gunfight.
By this morning officials said the attackers had been killed.
All the "attackers have been gunned down and the restaurant is now under the fu...|
|11 Turkish policemen killed in bombing, PKK blamed|
|ANKARA, Aug 26 (Agencies): Eleven Turkish police officers were killed and 78 people injured today in a suicide truck bombing by suspected Kurdish rebels, three days into a two- pronged Turkish offensive against jihadists and Kurdish militia in neighbouring Syria.
The early morning blast almost completely destroyed the police headquarters in the southeastern town of Cizre, just north of the Syrian border. "At 6:45 am (0915 IST), a suicide attack with a vehicle laden with explosives was carried out by the PKK terror group on the building of anti-riot police," the provincial governor's office said in a statement.
Eleven police officers were killed and 78 people injured, three of them civilians, the statement added.
Health Minister Recep Akdag said four people were in critical condition.
|Missile test 'greatest success', says Kim Jong-Un|
|Seoul, Aug, 25 (Agencies): North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un declared a submarine-launched missile test the "greatest success", state media said today, as the UN weighed a condemnation of the launch which appears to advance Pyongyang's nuclear strike capability.
The US mainland and the Pacific are now "within the striking range" of the North's army, the official KCNA news agency reported Kim as saying after Wednesday's launch.
The missile was fired from a submarine submerged off the northeastern port of Sinpo on Wednesday, according to South Korea's military. It flew 500 kilometres towards Japan, far exceeding any previous sub-launched tests.
The UN Security Council met for two hours yesterday to discuss North Korea's latest provocative move and agreed to consider a statement condemning ...|
|Support people's right to protest: UN on reports of PoK protest|
|United Nations, Aug 25 (Agencies): The UN said it supports people's right to demonstrate their opinions peacefully about issues they care about, amid reports that women in PoK had offered their bangles to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during protests for 'not doing enough' on the Kashmir issue.
"I think we are... We are fully supportive of everyone's right to demonstrate their opinions peacefully about issues that they care about," Ban's spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters here yesterday. He was asked to comment on some reports in the Pakistani media of women in Muzaffarabad offering their bangles to Ban as a kind of insult aimed at him over perceived inaction over violence in Kashmir, where tensions have escalated following the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani.
|Pak expresses 'grave concern' over 'delay' in Samjhauta probe|
|ISLAMABAD, Aug 23 (Agencies): Pakistan today expressed its "grave concern" over what it called "unnecessary delay" in the investigation of the 2007 Samjhauta Express bombing case. "Pakistan has conveyed its grave concern to India over (the) unnecessary delay in the free and fair investigation of Samjhauta Express terrorist attack," the Foreign Office said in a statement.
"We also call upon the Indian government to share information about the investigation proceedings of the terrorist attack," it said.
More than 42 Pakistani nationals lost their lives in the bombings, the statement said. It said that the "Indian attempts to exonerate some of the individuals" involved in the attacks have raised serious questions over the due process of law and dispensation of justice.
Powerful bombs ripp...|
|'UK Imam killed by ISIS supporters for practising black magic'|
|LONDON, Aug 23 (Agencies): A 71-year-old Bangladeshi-origin imam, who was bludgeoned to death in February, was killed by two ISIS supporters because they viewed his practice of Islamic healing as "black magic", prosecutors have told a UK court.
Jalal Uddin was attacked in a children's play area in Rochdale, near Manchester, on the evening of February 18 this year.
The imam was targeted after he left the mosque where he usually prayed, ate a meal at a friend's house and then walked home, Manchester Crown Court heard.
"Mohammed Hussain Syeedy, the defendant, and an associate of his named Mohammed Abdul Kadir were supporters of ISIS and so they subscribed to the view that those who practised Ruqya (Islamic healing) deserved such punishment," Prosecutor Paul Greaney said.
"Jalal Uddin was...|
|Pak's Punjab Assembly adopts resolution against Modi's remarks|
|LAHORE, Aug 23 (Agencies): Pakistan's Punjab Province Assembly today adopted a resolution condemning Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks on Balochistan and Gilgit-Biltistan and asked the federal government to take up the issue at international fora, including the UN.
Tabled by Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, the unanimously adopted resolution said the House strongly condemned Modi's statement on Balochistan and Gilgit-Biltistan and termed it as interference in Pakistan's affairs.
"The federal government should raise this matter at international forums including the United Nations. The world should be told about the Modi government's interference in Pakistan's affairs," the resolution said.
Pakistan Peoples Party legislator Khurram Wattoo asked the chair to also request the feder...|
|Nepal deputy PM calls visit to India 'successful'|
|KATHMANDU, Aug 23 (Agencies): Terming his India visit as "successful", Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister Bimlendra Nidhi today said all "obstacles" in the bilateral relationship have been cleared ahead of Premier Prachanda's trip to the country next month.
Nidhi had paid a four-day visit to India from August 17 to 22 as the special envoy of Prime Minister Pushpakamal Dahal "Prachanda".
Nidhi said his visit was "successful" in improving Nepal-India ties that were at an all-time low since the promulgation of the Constitution in Nepal last year and over the Madhesi agitation.
"All the obstacles in the bilateral relationship have been cleared after the visit," he said.
Nidhi's visit was mainly centred to prepare ground for Prachanda's upcoming official visit to India on September 15, the firs...|
|Toxic gas leak at B'desh fertiliser unit sickens 250, plugged|
|DHAKA, Aug 23 (Agencies): About 250 people, including children, have fallen sick and hundreds of residents have been evacuated from their homes after a toxic gas leak from a fertiliser unit in Bangladesh's port city of Chittagong, officials said today.
Di-ammonium phosphate (DPA) leaked from the DAP Fertiliser Company Limited on the bank of Karnaphuli river last night and firefighters battled until late morning to plug the leakage.
DPA is one of a series of water-soluble ammonium phosphate salts that can be produced when ammonia reacts with phosphoric acid.
Reports quoting officials said one of the gas tanks with 500 tonne capacity leaked at around 11:30 PM last night.
The gas quickly spread across large parts of the city.
Strong winds blew the gas across a 10-kilometre radius and r...|