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Pak is 'Terrorist State', uses terrorism as instrument of State Policy: India to UN
United Nations, Sep 22 (Agencies): In its sharpest attack on Pakistan, India today called it a "terrorist state" which carries out "war crimes" by using terrorism as an "instrument of state policy", after Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif glorified Hizbul commander Burhan Wani at the United Nations. India also strongly rejected Sharif's call for "a serious and sustained" bilateral dialogue "without any conditions", saying that Pakistan, which "seems to be run by a war machine rather than a government", wants talks with a "gun in its hand". Strongly reacting to Sharif's remarks at the UN General Assembly session, Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar described them as full of "threat, bluster and complete disregard of facts" as he said glorification of Wani by him at the w...
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26 dead, 19 missing in Indonesian landslides, floods: Official
Jakarta, Sep 22 (Agencies): The death toll from devastating floods and landslides in Indonesia has risen to 26, an official said today, with hopes fading for 19 others still missing. Aid has begun pouring into Garut in the west of Indonesia's main island of Java, where 23 people died and 18 remain missing after torrential rain and fast-rising floods swept through the region, the national disaster agency said. Receding flood waters revealed scenes of destruction, with houses reduced to rubble and upturned cars and debris strewn throughout muddy streets. Among the dead or missing are more than a dozen children under 12 years of age, though several have yet to be formally identified, the agency said. Relief teams and army personnel have moved into Garut to search for those still missing,...
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Saudi-led raids kill 20 civilians in Yemen rebel port: Official
ADEN, Sep 22 (Agencies): Saudi-led air strikes killed 20 civilians in the rebel-held Yemeni port city of Hodeida late yesterday just hours after the rebels celebrated the second anniversary of their seizure of the capital, a government official said. The raids hit the Suq al-Hunod district of the Red Sea port, the official in the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi which is supported by the Saudi-led coalition told agencies. The strikes were also reported by the rebel administration in the capital Sanaa, which reported civilian casualties without giving a specific toll. The loyalist official said the residential neighbourhood was "probably hit in error." He said the presidential palace in Hodeida was also hit. Dr Khaled Suhail of Hodeida's Al-Thawra hospital said his facil...
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Pakistan says won't cap nuke programme, end India's
NEW YORK, Sep 21 (Agencies): Pakistan today said its nuclear programme "cannot be limited" and the world should first put an end to India's atomic activities, a day after the US asked Islamabad to exercise restraint in its nuclear ambitions. Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the UN Maleeha Lodhi, addressing a joint press conference with Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry here, said US Secretary of State John Kerry had urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to limit Pakistan's atomic programme. However, she said it had been conveyed to the US Secretary of State that the proposals which were expected from Pakistan should also be implemented by India. Read also: Sharif Raises Kashmir With Leaders at UNGA Amid Isolation Fears "Pakistan's nuclear programme cannot be limited," Lodhi said. "Th...
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US Lawmakers introduce Bill to designate Pak a terrorist state
WASHINGTON, Sep 21 (Agencies): Two powerful American lawmakers have introduced a bill in the US House of Representatives to designate Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism, saying it was time the US stopped paying the country for its "betrayal". The 'Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act (HR 6069) has been moved by Republican Ted Poe and Democrat Dana Rohrabacher, who is a ranking member of the influential Congressional Committee on Terrorism. "It is time we stopped paying Pakistan for its betrayal and designate it for what it is: a state sponsor of terrorism," said Poe, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism. "Not only is Pakistan an untrustworthy ally, Islamabad has also aided and abetted enemies of the US for years," Poe said. "From harbouring Osama bin Laden...
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10 drowned, 150 rescued from capsized migrant boat off Egypt
CAIRO, Sep 21 (Agencies): At least 10 people drowned when a boat carrying migrants capsized off the Egyptian coast today, with rescue teams saving at least 150 passengers, officials said. Search teams were looking for more survivors from the incident which took place off the Mediterranean port city of Rosetta, two police officials said. "There are 10 dead and three injured," health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said....
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Boat capsizes, 13 dead, 25 missing in Bangladesh
Dhaka, Sep 21 (Agencies): At least 13 people, including five woman and a child, were dead and many others remained missing after an overcrowded boat capsized in south-central Bangladesh. There were over 50 people in the boat when it capsized in Sandya river amid strong currents. "So far, 13 bodies, including five of women and a minor, had been recovered," police Assistant Superintendent Motaleb Hossain said. "Many passengers of the sunken boat are still missing," an official in coastal Barisal district said. He said fire service divers with assistance of police and people in the neighbourhood were carrying out rescue efforts. A fire service official said that their divers have located the sunken vessel and were preparing to look for more bodies feared to be trapped inside. "Some 25...
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Hypocrisy towards terrorism will not do: India
It is principal cause of refugee movement: Akbar
UNITED NATIONS, Sep 20(Agencies): Describing terrorism as an “existential threat”, India has said that “hypocrisy” towards the menace is unacceptable and underlined that terrorism is the “principal cause” of the large-scale refugee movement. “It is important to stress that today the geo-politics of the crisis points and proves that terrorism is the principle cause of refugee movements. Can we ignore this fact, we cannot. We do so at our peril,” Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar said in his address to the UN General Assembly’s first-ever Summit for Refugees and Migrants here yesterday. Akbar asserted that terrorism is an “existential threat” and “hypocrisy towards this crisis will not do.” He underscored that for the millions of people fleeing conflict, war and poverty, t...
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US, UK snub Sharif on Kashmir situation
NEW YORK, Sep 20(Agencies): Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif raised the situation in Kashmir in his first meetings upon his arrival in New York on Monday for the annual UN general assembly Monday, but found no traction, particularly with neither the US nor the UK endorsing his views. On Monday, the Pakistani Foreign Office said that Sharif had sent letters to the US, Russia, China, Britain and France asking them to intervene “to halt more than two months of violence in Kashmir” which he claims is a threat to international peace and security. The latest Pakistani diplomatic offensive came a day after the terror attack suspected to have been carried out by Pak-based Jaish-e Mohammad in an army camp in Uri in Kashmir killed 18 Indian soldiers. His attempts to get world leaders to back...
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12 killed in strike on aid convoy in Aleppo: Syrian Monitor
Beirut, Sep 20 (Agencies): Twelve people were killed in an attack on an aid convoy in Aleppo province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that 32 civilians had been killed in total across the region. The monitor said 12 Red Crescent volunteers and drivers of trucks died in the Orum al-Kudra area after the Syrian army announced the end of a ceasefire. The attack on the convoy was confirmed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). "The situation on the spot is very chaotic and we are deeply shocked that humanitarian workers and missions have yet again suffered from the brutality of this conflict," ICRC spokeswoman Ingy Sedky told agencies....
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Designate Pak a state sponsor of terror: Indian-Americans to US
WASHINGTON, Sep 20 (Agencies): The Indian-American community has asked the US government to designate Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism and impose sanctions on it following the terror attack in Uri that killed 18 soldiers. "Enough is enough. It is time that Pakistan be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism," said Jagdish Sewhani president of American India Public Affairs Committee. Referring to various unilateral peace initiatives of Prime Minister Narendra Modi after coming to power in May 2014 including the invitation of his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif to his swearing in ceremony and Lahore visit last December, Sewhani said Islamabad had interpreted these overtures as India's weakness. "Leaders of Pakistan need to understand the price they might have to pay for their ...
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UN suspends all humanitarian convoys in Syria following attack
GENEVA, Sep 20 (Agencies): The UN said today it had suspended all humanitarian aid convoys in Syria after a deadly air raid hit trucks delivering aid near Aleppo, killing a Red Crescent staff member and civilians. As an "immediate security measure, other convoy movements in Syria have been suspended," Jens Laerke, spokesman for the UN humanitarian agency told reporters in Geneva. This marks a "very, very dark day for humanitarians in Syria and indeed across the world," he said, stressing that it was "paramount that we are able to establish the facts through an independent investigation." The UN said at least 18 trucks in the 31-vehicle convoy were destroyed late yesterday en route to deliver humanitarian assistance to the hard-to-reach town of Orum al-Kubra. The Syrian Observatory for...
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Sikh hailed as hero for helping arrest terror suspect
NEW YORK, Sep 20 (Agencies): A Sikh man in the US is being hailed as a hero for helping the police capture an "armed and dangerous" Afghan-born American wanted for the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey that injured 29 people. Harinder Bains, the owner of a bar in Linden found 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami sleeping in the doorway of a bar he owns. Bains said he was watching news on TV on his laptop from another business across the street. At first, he thought he was some "drunk guy" resting in the vestibule but then recognised Rahami and called police. "I'm just a regular citizen doing what every citizen should do. Cops are the real heroes, law enforcement are the real heroes," Bains said. When officers responded, Rahami pulled out a handgun and opened fire, striking an offi...
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Ban Ki Moon condemns Uri attack
UNITED STATES, Sep 19 (Agencies): Condemning the militant attack on an army camp in North Kashmir's Uri town that killed 17 soldiers, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hoped the perpetrators of the crime would be brought to justice and re-establishing stability and preventing any further loss of life would be the priority of "all involved." "The United Nations is following developments closely and shares the concerns of people living in the region for peace," a statement issued by Ban's spokesperson here said. Ban expressed hope that the perpetrators of the attack will be brought to justice and all stakeholders will meet their responsibilities to maintain peace and stability. "The Secretary-General hopes that the perpetrators of this crime will be identified and brought to justice," it s...
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Zero tolerance’ against terror international obligation: India
GENEVA, Sep 19 (Agencies): India today said it firmly believes that a policy of “zero tolerance” against terrorism is as much an international obligation as it is a commitment to its own people, a day after terrorists killed 18 soldiers in Kashmir in one of the deadliest attacks on its military. Making a statement during the 33rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) here, India also called upon the Council to urge Pakistan to put an end to cross-border infiltration; dismantle the terrorism infrastructure; and stop acting as an epicentre of terrorism. “It is time that moral and material support provided by Pakistan to the perpetrators of this continuing heinous violence on the Indian soil should attract this Council’s attention,” it added. Raising once again the “blatant abuse a...
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India diverting attention from Kashmir: Pak on Uri attack
ISLAMABAD, Sep 19 (Agencies): Pakistan today accused India of misleading the world opinion to cover up its "reign of terror" in Kashmir by a spate of "vitriolic" and "unsubstantiated" statements following the terror attack in Uri that killed 17 soldiers. "Pakistan has noted with serious concern the recent spate of vitriolic and unsubstantiated statements emanating from Indian civil and military leadership in the aftermath of yesterday's attack" in Uri, Sartaj Aziz, the advisor to Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, said. He said Pakistan categorically rejects the baseless and irresponsible accusations being levelled by senior officials in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Government. "It is a blatant attempt on India's part to deflect attention from the fast deteriorating humanita...
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Will soon apply for Asylum in India: Baloch leader Bugti
GENEVA, Sep 19 (Agencies): Exiled Baloch leader Brahamdagh Bugti, who is leading the Baloch movement against Pakistan, today said he will apply for asylum in India this week and many other leaders from Balochistan may follow suit. The leader of Baloch Republican Party (BRP) also said his party will approach International Criminal Court against former and current Pakistani Army Generals including Pervez Musharraf, Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Raheel Sharif besides top brass of ISI for the atrocities on people of Balochistan. Giving details of decisions taken at BRP's Central Committee meeting today, Bugti said the party will seek help of India, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to file a case against China at the International Court of Justice as Beijing was "involved" along with Pakistan in unleas...
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US 'friendly fire' kills 8 Afghan police: Officials
Kandahar, Sep 19 (Agencies): A US air raid has killed eight Afghan policemen in the country's volatile south, officials said today, in the first apparent "friendly fire" incident since American forces were granted greater powers to strike at insurgents. The incident occurred yesterday in the Tali area of Uruzgan province, where the Taliban recently attempted to overrun the capital city Tarin Kot in a major security breach. "The first airstrike killed one policeman. When other policemen came to help, they came under a second air strike, killing seven of them," Rahimullah Khan, Uruzgan highway police commander, told AFP. Mohammad Sediq, a policeman who survived the attack said their forces were "engaged in close fighting" with the Taliban when they were bombed. The NATO command centre i...
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India makes strong anti-terror pitch at NAM Summit
Porlamar (Venezuela), Sep 18 (Agencies): Making a strong anti-terror pitch at the NAM Summit here, India today asserted that "concrete action" was needed in the fight against terrorism and asked the 120-nation group to set up a mechanism to ensure effective cooperation in combating the menace. Vice President Hamid Ansari, who is leading the Indian delegation at the 17th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in the absence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said terrorism is one of the "most egregious sources of human right violations today" and its use as an instrument of state policy is to be unequivocally condemned. The time has come "for our movement to recognise the need for concrete action in the fight against terrorism", Ansari said while addressing the plenary meeting of the bloc. "We...
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8 injured in Minnesota Mall stabbing, suspect shot dead
Washington, Sep 18 (Agencies): A man making "some references to Allah" stabbed and injured eight people in a shopping mall in the US state of Minnesota, before being shot dead by an off-duty officer, police said. The suspect "asked at least one person if they were Muslim before he assaulted them," Blair Anderson, the police chief in the city of St Cloud where the attack took place, told journalists. But he emphasized that the assailant's motivation remained unclear and said "whether that was a terrorist attack or not, I'm not willing to say that right now because we just don't know." The attack came as 29 people were injured in a deliberate explosion in a busy New York neighborhood Saturday. Mayor Bill de Blasio said there was no known link to terror at this stage. Anderson said the a...
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Pak mosque bombing death toll rises to 36
Peshawar, Sep 18 (Agencies): The death toll from a Taliban suicide bombing at a packed mosque in Pakistan's restive northwest tribal region has risen to 36 after several of those injured in the attack died in hospitals, officials have said. The attack targeted the weekly Friday prayers in Mohmand agency, bordering Afghanistan. The bomber shouted 'Allahu Akbar' and blew himself up when the prayers were in progress. The death toll has risen to 36 after more people succumbed to their injuries, said assistant political agent of the agency Haseebur Rehman. Eight children died in the attack. Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, who visited the victims at Bajaur Agency's headquarters hospital in Khar, announced a compensation of 50,000 rupees to the injured from his personal funds....
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Air raids on Syrian army position kill 30 soldiers: Monitor
Beirut, Sep 18 (Agencies): Air raids on a Syrian army position in the country's east today killed at least 30 soldiers, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said. "The strikes near the Deir Ezzor airport killed between 30 and 35 Syrian army soldiers, but we could not identify which warplanes carried them out," said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman. The Russian and Syrian militaries have both accused the US-led coalition of carrying out the strikes which the Russian army said left 60 Syrian soldiers dead....
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