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NSG, Azhar issues must not be 'Stumbling Blocks' in ties: China
BEIJING, Jan 18 (Agencies): China today said differences over India's NSG membership bid and designating of JeM chief Masood Azhar as a terrorist by the UN should not be "stumbling blocks" in developing ties and asserted that both sides must respect each other's core interests and major concerns. Appreciating Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks that the rise of India and China offered an "unprecedented opportunity" for both countries, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing here that it is very important for both countries to have sound and stable cooperation. "As for Prime Minister Modi's positive remarks, we appreciate that. The two leaderships are in frequent touch with each other and had extensive exchanges," she said. "The consensus is that the ...
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Terrorists using social media 'very effectively': Raheel
DAVOS, Jan 18 (Agencies): Terrorists are using social media and digital platforms very effectively, including for recruitment, Pakistan's former Army chief Raheel Sharif has said while pitching for intelligence sharing at international level. Speaking at a session on terrorism in today's digital age, he said sharing of intelligence is very critical in fight against terror and countries can make a big difference by sharing and acting on inputs from each other. Addressing the WEF gathering here, he said it helped in Pakistan when everyone came together to fight terrorism and there is a need for a synergy at international level, possibly through a common platform. Talking about digital media platforms being used by terrorists, he said, "It gives them a huge advantage. I personally feel th...
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More than 100 killed as Nigerian Air Force mistakenly bombs refugee camp
Maiduguri (Nigeria), Jan 18 (Agencies): A Nigerian Air Force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp today, killing more than 100 refugees and wounding aid workers, a Borno state official said. The state government official was helping to coordinate the evacuation of wounded. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters. Military commander Maj Gen Lucky Irabor confirmed the accidental bombardment in northeast Rann, near the border with Cameroon. Among the wounded were two soldiers and Nigerians working for Doctors Without Borders and the International Committee of the Red Cross, he said. This is believed to be the first time Nigeria's military has admitted to ma...
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Earthquake of magnitude 3.6 jolts Karachi
KARACHI, Jan 17 (Agencies): A low-intensity earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale today struck several parts of this Pakistani city. The 3.6 magnitude earthquake hit the Gulshan-i-Iqbal area at 10:45 AM at a depth of 12 kilometres and its epicentre was Karachi, the MeT office said. The tremor lasted for 12 seconds but it caused no loss of life or damage to property. The tremor triggered panic and people came out of their houses and offices. The tremors were felt with most intensity in areas surrounding the University of Karachi campus, said a Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) official. Students attending classes at the University of Karachi and NED University came out of their classrooms. Experts of the PMD said that the coastal city is located on a fault line which r...
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Zardari to attend inauguration ceremony of Donald Trump
KARACHI, Jan 16 (Agencies): Pakistan's former President Asif Ali Zardari will attend the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Donald Trump in the US on January 20, according to media reports. Zardari, co-chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), was invited to the January 20 ceremony by the US government which he accepted. He will leave for the US on January 17, the Daily Times reported. Zardari, who returned to Pakistan late last month after spending about 18 months in a self-imposed exile, would be accompanied by a delegation, which would include ex-Pakistani ambassador to US Sherry Rehman, former interior minister Rehman Malik and other party leaders. It is also said that he would proceed to France from the US. His son, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, is expected to join him in the US ...
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Palestinians turn to God, Putin against Donald Trump's US embassy move
Tel Aviv, Jan 14 (Agencies): Palestinians on Friday stepped up their campaign to prevent President-elect Donald Trump from carrying out his pledge to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas asked his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for help, while the Grand Mufti told worshippers the move would constitute an assault against Muslims worldwide. The Palestinians consider such as move as recognition of Jerusalem as Israel`s capital, warning it would inflame tensions in the Middle East and possibly sink what remains of peace efforts. In his Friday sermon at Al-Aqsa mosque in annexed east Jerusalem`s Old City, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein warned that believers around the world would not accept such a move. "The pledge to move the embassy is...
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Pak evicting Pashtun refugees to set up terror camps, selling N-weapons to rogue nations'
ISLAMABAD, Jan 14 (Agencies): In a major embarrassment for Nawaz Sharif establishment, a Pashtun activist has alleged that Pakistan is trying to evict the Pashtuns so that it can set up terror camps in the residing area. Umar Khattak, a Pashtun activist, claimed that Pakistani Army has destroyed several houses and kidnapped many girls from SWAT and Waziristan area to kept them as sex slaves in Lahore. Defining the Pakistani Army's action as 'catastrophe', Khattak told ANI that besides destroying houses, looting markets, the Pakistani forces also raped women. “According to UNHCR about five lakh people from the area have fled to Afghanistan to escape atrocities of Pakistan Army,” Umar Khattak said. Making a serious charge against the Pakistani establishment, the Pashtun activist claimed...
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Don't want to join arms race in South Asia: Pak
ISLAMABAD, Jan 12 (Agencies): Pakistan does not want to join an arms race in South Asia, a senior official told a delegation of Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) here today, amid efforts by Islamabad to join the elite grouping that includes India and controls export in high-end missile technologies. "Pakistan has always remained in the forefront to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction," Additional Secretary at the Foreign Office Tasneem Aslam told the MTCR delegation led by by Director General HAM Sang-wook. Making a case for Pakistan's entry into the 35-member elite club, Aslam stressed Islamabad's non-proliferation credentials and said that it has "always followed international standards while delivering weapons". She also said that Pakistan does not want to join the...
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‘N Korea has enough plutonium for 10 N-bombs’
SEOUL, Jan 11 (Agencies): North Korea now has enough plutonium to make 10 nuclear bombs, South Korea said today, a week after leader Kim Jong-Un said it was close to test-launching an intercontinental ballistic missile. The isolated communist state, which has carried out five nuclear tests and numerous missile launches, is thought to be planning a nuclear push in 2017 as it seeks to develop a weapons system capable of hitting the US mainland. Analysts are divided over how close Pyongyang is to realising its full nuclear ambitions, but all agree it has made enormous strides since Kim took over as leader from his father Kim Jong-Il who died in December 2011. Seoul's defence ministry said the North is believed to have some 50 kilogrammes of weapons-grade plutonium as of the end of 2016 -- ...
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Barack Obama delivers farewell speech, says ‘we rise or fall as one’
Chicago, Jan 11 (Agencies): Addressing the nation for the last time as the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama on Tuesday advocated for religious freedom and called on supporters to pick up the torch and forge a new "social compact". Saying goodbye to the US citizens in a dramatic reinterpretation of a presidential farewell address, Obama asserted, "Democracy does require a basic sense of solidarity, for all our outward differences, we are all in this together," adding, "we rise or fall as one." Capping his eight years in office, Obama returned to his adoptive hometown of Chicago to recast his "yes we can" campaign credo as "yes we did." He said that he recieved a lot of messages and it was his turn to say thanks. While noting that he America was a better place now,...
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5 Pak terror groups banned by US
ISLAMABAD, Jan 11 (Agencies): Recently, a legislation was introduced in the US Congress by two lawmakers aimed at designating Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism. For a while now, India and Afghanistan has been accusing their neighbour of supporting terrorist organisations. The United States of America has designated few Pakistan-based groups as Foreign Terrorist Organisations, out of which some are also active in India, Bangladesh and other neighbouring countries. Here are 5 groups from Pakistan designated as terror organisations by US: 1. Harakat ul-Mujahideen (HUM) Formed in 1985, the HuM initially fought against the Soviet forces in Afghanistan. After 1989, when the soviet forces withdrew, the HuM terrorists shifted their focus and created disturbances in the Kashmir valley of...
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