|Petition seeks of FIR against Modi in Pak|
|LAHORE, July 22: A petition was filed on Friday in a Pakistani court seeking registration of an FIR against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the "killings of innocent Kashmiris".
Advocate Abdul Hameed filed the petition on Friday in the Lahore High Court on the ground that "innocent" people were killed in Kashmir on the "orders" of Modi.
He said the court is requested to order registration of an FIR against Modi under murder and terrorism sections of Pakistan Penal Code and Anti-Terrorism Act.
The petition appears to be a counter to the one filed in an Indian court against Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for "hatching a conspiracy to provoke riots in Jammu and Kashmir".
President of Anti-Terrorist Front of India Viresh Shandilya had filed the petition in the court of Chief Judici...|
|Polling for PoK election ends, counting begins|
|MUZAFFRABAD, July 21 (Agencies): Counting of votes for 41 directly-contested seats of the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) Legislative Assembly has begun as voting concluded at 5 PM on Thursday.
PoK Chief Election Commissioner Justice Ghulam Mustafa Mughal visited polling stations in Muzaffarabad, reported Radio Pakistan.
Mughal said no complaint of mishap or violence was reported during the polling from anywhere in the valley.
He thanked the federal government and Pakistan Army for ensuring the transparent conduct of polls.
The PoK elections were held after aggressive campaigns by contesting parties that saw scathing verbal duels and bloody violence prompting deployment of army troops for a peaceful conduct of the democratic exercise.
As many as 423 candidates, from 44 political part...|
|Pak wants UNHRC to send fact-finding team to Kashmir|
|ISLAMABAD, July 21 (Agencies): Pakistan today said it has approached the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to send a fact- finding team to Kashmir to investigate the alleged human rights violations and recent killings of innocent people.
“We have requested UNHRC to send a fact-finding mission to Kashmir (in India) and probe recent killings of innocent Kashmiris,” the Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said.
Briefing journalists at the Foreign Office here, he urged the international community to take notice of the situation in Kashmir and extend its support to the Kashmiri people. Aziz repeated the words of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that Kashmir is not India’s internal matter.
“Kashmir is not India’s internal matter because it is recognised under the United Nation...|
|100 Indian tanks near border is bad for business: China|
|BEIJING, July 21(Agencies): Criticising the reported deployment of battle tanks by the Indian army near the Indo-China border, Chinese state-run media on Thursday said that the move may affect flow of Chinese investments into the country and called for joint efforts to avoid misunderstandings.
"A media report stating that nearly 100 Indian tanks have been positioned near the Indo-China border to counter any possible threat grabbed people's attention as more Chinese firms are looking to increase their investment in India," an article in the state-run Global Times said on Thursday.
"However, it is puzzling that while deploying tanks near China's border, India still strives to woo Chinese investment," it said.
"The deploying of tanks near the Indo-China border may hit a nerve within the C...|
|PLA, Pak troops launch joint border patrols near Xinjiang|
|BEIJING, July 21 (Agencies): Chinese and Pakistan border troops have for the first time launched joint patrolling of the border connecting PoK with Xinjiang province amid reports that over 100 Uighurs have fled the restive region to join ISIS.
The state media reported about the joint patrol even as Chinese President Xi Jinping asked the Chinese Muslims to practice their religion 'as part of Chinese society and direction'.
The People's Daily Online On Thursday published a dozen photos with a caption "the frontier defence regiment of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in Xinjiang, along with a border police force from Pakistan, carry out a joint patrol along the China-Pakistan border".
The photos show teams of armed troops from both sides conducting foot patrols in a number of areas.
|PLA, Pak troops launch first joint border patrols near Xinjiang|
|BEIJING/ISLAMABAD, July 21 (Agencies): Chinese and Pakistan border troops have for the first time launched joint patrolling of the border connecting PoK with Xinjiang province amid reports that over 100 Uighurs have fled the restive region to join ISIS.
The state media reported about the joint patrol even as Chinese President Xi Jinping asked the Chinese Muslims to practice their religion 'as part of Chinese society and direction'.
The People's Daily Online today published a dozen photos with a caption "the frontier defence regiment of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in Xinjiang, along with a border police force from Pakistan, carry out a joint patrol along the China-Pakistan border".
The photos show teams of armed troops from both sides conducting foot patrols in a number of areas....|
|Indian tanks near China border may hurt investments: Media|
|CHINA, July 21 (Agencies): Criticising the reported deployment of battle tanks by the Indian army near the Indo-China border, Chinese state-run media today said that the move may affect flow of Chinese investments into the country and called for joint efforts to avoid misunderstandings.
"A media report stating that nearly 100 Indian tanks have been positioned near the Indo-China border to counter any possible threat grabbed people's attention as more Chinese firms are looking to increase their investment in India," an article in the state-run Global Times said today. "However, it is puzzling that while deploying tanks near China's border, India still strives to woo Chinese investment," it said.
"The deploying of tanks near the Indo-China border may hit a nerve within the Chinese busines...|
|Top JMB militant arrested in Bangladesh|
|DHAKA, July 21 (Agencies): Four Islamist militants of the banned homegrown JMB group, including its top regional head, were arrested today, who authorities said were responsible for Bangladesh's worst terror attack on a cafe here in which 22 people, mostly foreigners, were killed.
The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) raided a hideout of militant outfit Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in Gazipur's Tongi this morning and arrested the four militants.
Mahmudul Hassan Tanvir, the 'Amir' of the group's southern region was among the arrested persons, the RAB spokesperson said.
The other three have been identified as Ashiqul Akbar Abesh, Najmus Shakib and Rahmatullah Shuvo.
RAB's media wing Director Mufti Mahmud Khan said a huge quantity of weapons, ammunition and bomb-making material have b...|
|India should hold plebiscite in Kashmir: Sharif|
|ISLAMABAD, July 20 (Agencies): Kashmir is not an internal matter of India, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said today and asked it to hold a plebiscite there to respect the rights of Kashmiris as Pakistan observed a 'Black Day' to express solidarity with the people of the Valley.
In his message, Sharif said, "Today we are observing Black Day to express solidarity with Kashmiris and are giving a strong message to the world that Pakistanis are with them (Kashmiris) for their struggle to get their rights."
“India cannot suppress the voice of Kashmiris through force as they will eventually get freedom. The United Nations has declared Kashmir a disputed territory and India should hold plebiscite to respect the rights of Kashmiris. Terming Kashmir issue internal matter of India is not justifiable...|
|Burhan’s killing a real incident of HR violation: Lodhi|
|ISLAMABAD, July 20 (Agencies): Pakistan continued to raise the Kashmir issue with top UN officials and submitted letters to UN chief Ban Ki-moon and Security Council President expressing “concern” over alleged human rights violations in the Valley after the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi briefed officials on the situation in Kashmir, saying fundamental human rights were being “blatantly violated” in the state.
A statement issued by Pakistan’s mission to the UN here yesterday said Lodhi also forwarded letters written by Adviser to the Prime Minister, expressing “Pakistan’s serious concern at the alarming situation” in Kashmir and “drawing attention to the brutal killings of innocent civilians and grave violations of the fundamental...|
|Pakistan raises Kashmir issue with UN officials|
|ISLAMABAD, July 20 (Agencies): Pakistan continued to raise the Kashmir issue with top UN officials and submitted letters to UN chief Ban Ki-moon and Security Council President expressing "concern" over alleged human rights violations in the Valley after the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani.
Pakistan's Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi briefed President of the Security Council for July Japanese Ambassador Koro Bessho, Ban's Chief of staff and Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman on the situation in Kashmir, saying fundamental human rights were being "blatantly violated" in the state.
A statement issued by Pakistan's mission to the UN here yesterday said Lodhi also forwarded letters written by Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz t...|
|260 missing amid hunt for extremists: Bangladesh|
|BANGLADESH, July 20 (Agencies): At least 261 people across Bangladesh are missing, officials announced early today, sparking fears many of them have joined homegrown Islamist extremist outfits or the Islamic State group in the Middle East.
The country's elite security force, the Rapid Action Battalion, published the list on Facebook around midnight and called on citizens to report the whereabouts of the missing.
"We have to find them," RAB spokesman Mufti Mahmud Khan told agencies.
The Bangladeshi government ordered security officials to collate the list in the wake of two major terror attacks by suspected Islamist militants who had been missing for months.
Khan refused to comment on whether the people listed had joined local extremists or the IS group.
Suspected members of a homegro...|
|Missile tests: Simulated nuclear strike on south, says North Korea|
|NORTH KOREA, July 20 (Agencies): North Korea said today its latest ballistic missile tests trialled detonation devices for possible nuclear strikes on US targets in South Korea and were personally monitored by supreme leader Kim Jong-Un.
Yesterday's test firing of three missiles in violation of existing UN resolutions was seen as an angry reaction to the planned deployment of a US missile defence system in the South.
The launch of the two Scud missiles and one intermediate-range Rodong was condemned by the United States, Japan and South Korea, who vowed a collective diplomatic response.
The tests were ordered and monitored by Kim Jong-Un and the range of the missiles was limited to simulate pre-emptive attacks on South Korean ports and airfields hosting US military "hardware", the Nort...|
|5 killed in Amphibian plane accident in Shanghai |
|BEIJING, July 20 (Agencies): At least five people were killed and five others injured when an amphibian plane hit a highway bridge near China's commercial capital Shanghai during its inaugural flight today, officials said.
The Cessna 208 B, carrying 10 people, was on its maiden flight from Shanghai's Jinshan District to Zhoushan City, Zhejiang Province, when it hit the bridge around midday. Five people died in hospital due to their injuries. One person with serious injuries is undergoing surgery, and four others sustained injuries, which were not life threatening, state-run Xinhua quoted a doctor at Jinshan Hospital in Fudan University.
Rescuers are retrieving the wreckage from the water.
According to Shanghai municipal government information office, the plane is owned by AVIC Joy Gene...|
|Hafiz Saeed leads march for Kashmir ‘freedom’|
|LAHORE, July 19 (Agencies): Mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack, Hafiz Saeed today led a ‘Kashmir Caravan’ from Lahore to Islamabad and vowed to march towards Jammu and Kashmir “till Kashmiris get freedom”.
Stretching several kilometers, the caravan left for Islamabad from Lahore’s Mall Road this afternoon. The workers of Jamaat-ud-Dawah, Jamaat-e-Islami and other religious parties will welcome the rally at the JuD headquarters in Muridke and Gujranwala on way to Islamabad.
It will reach its destination tomorrow where the JuD has planned a huge public meeting to express solidarity with Kashmiris. Speaking at the rally in Lahore, Saeed said in the first phase the ‘Kashmir Caravan’ would reach Islamabad to “wake up” the members of the National Assembly and Senate to raise their voice f...|
|Ensure proper settlement of Kashmir: China|
|BEIJING, July 18 (Agencies): China on Monday expressed concern over the casualties in Kashmir violence and called on India for “proper settlement” of clashes which left more than 40 people dead.
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lu Kang said China was concerned about the casualties due to violence in Kashmir, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Stressing that China's position on the Kashmir issue has been consistent, Lu said Beijing hoped that relevant parties could resolve the issue through peaceful means.
Violent clashes broke out between civilians and security forces in Kashmir on July 9, a day after a top militant leader was killed by security forces.
Twenty-two-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Burhan Wani along with two associates was shot dead in an encounter on July 8....|
|'No cut throat competition between India, China in Africa'|
|SOUTH AFRICA, July 18 (Agencies): Competition between India and China in Africa is rising but it doesn't necessarily result in cutthroat rivalry as their increasing presence in the African continent can be complementary to each other, an official media report said here today.
"Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to Africa has drawn great attention globally not only because the trip was his first visit to the continent since he assumed office in 2014, but also due to the increasing focus on competition between China and India in strategic and media circle," it said.
"As an emerging power, it is reasonable for India to strengthen its bilateral ties with African countries. Nowadays, there are more than two million ethnic Indians living in South Africa alone, with some becomi...|
|9 killed in avalanche in Tibet|
|TIBET, July 18 (Agencies): Nine persons have been killed along with hundreds of yaks and sheep after an avalanche hit southwest Tibet, officials said today.
The residents were of Dungru Village in Rutog County, Ngari Prefecture, more than 1,000 kilometers from the Himalayan region's capital Lhasa.
According to the prefectural government of the Tibet Autonomous Region, more than 350 sheep and 110 yaks were also buried in yesterday's avalanche that shifted snow up to eight meters deep on to grazing land.
Cracks have since appeared on the surrounding glaciers, and rescuers are concerned that more avalanches may occur, according to local officials.
The officials confirmed the deaths without giving additional details.
Rutog County is in the northwest of Tibet, with an average elevation of...|
|New US troops 'a target': Iraqi cleric Sadr|
|IRAQ/USA, July 18 (Agencies): A powerful Iraqi Shiite cleric whose militiamen battled US forces after the 2003 invasion has said that hundreds more American troops being sent to Iraq are "a target for us".
Pentagon chief Ashton Carter announced on a recent visit to Baghdad that 560 extra military personnel would be sent as part of efforts to combat the Islamic State group, which overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014.
"They are a target for us," Moqtada al-Sadr said in a statement on his website on Sunday, responding to a question about Carter's announcement.
There are already thousands of American military personnel in Iraq as part of the anti-IS fight, meaning that Sadr's forces have had ample opportunities to target US troops if they were going to do so.
|3 Sufi Muslims attacked in Bangladesh, critical|
|BANGLADESH, July 17 (Agencies): Three elderly Sufi Muslims, including two women, were today attacked in their sleep by machete- wielding men in western Bangladesh's border town with India and suffered critical injuries in the latest in a spate of deadly attacks on religious minorities in the Muslim-majority nation. Eight to 10 assailants attacked several 'Bauls' (mystic singers) around midnight with sharp weapons, iron rods and bamboo sticks at their 'Akhra' (residing place) at Ektarpur village in Chadanga district, some 240 kms from here.
"The miscreants were equipped with bamboo sticks and machetes as they attacked the 'Akhra'... Three of the singers were injured in the assault as they were asleep," a police officer at the scene told agencies over phone.
Rashida Khatun, 60, Abdur Rah...|
|Professor, 2 others arrested over links to Dhaka terror attack|
|DHAKA, July 17 (Agencies): Acting deputy vice chancellor of a private university and two of his relatives have been arrested in Bangladesh for sheltering Islamists who carried out the country's worst terror attack at a cafe here in which 22 people were killed by suspected Islamic State militants.
Professor Uddin Ahsan of North South University (NSU) was arrested yesterday for renting out a flat to the Holey Artisan Bakery attackers.
"Our Counterterrorism and Transnational Crimes (CTTC) unit arrested him (professor)...He had rented out his apartment to the perpetrators of the attack," a police spokesman told newsmen.
He said despite police directives, Ahsan did not furbished the tenants details to the nearby police station when he rented out the apartment in May this year.
Ahsan is the...|
|Bangladesh PM seeks nationwide alert amid Islamist attacks|
|BANGLADESH, July 17 (Agencies): Fearing fresh Islamist attacks, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today sought a nationwide social alert advising neighbourhoods and institutions to develop their own security systems to supplement the security agencies.
"Once they (Islamists) started, they are unlikely to keep silent," the premier told a media briefing at her residence in the aftermath of the July 1 terrorist attack at an upmarket Dhaka cafe that killed 20 foreigners including an Indian girl, and a subsequent assault on an Eid congregation in northern Sholakia district.
She however said the attacks resulted in a "national unity" against Islamists with people from all walks of life including Islamic leaders joining hands in spearheading a countrywide social campaign at the grassroot...|
|Turkish govt cracks down after coup try, 6,000 detained|
|ISTANBUL/TURKEY, July 17 (Agencies): The Turkish government accelerated its crackdown on alleged plotters of the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with the justice minister today saying that 6,000 people had been detained in the investigation, including three of the country's top generals and hundreds of soldiers.
In addition to those mentioned by Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag, dozens of arrest warrants have been issued for judges and prosecutors deemed to be government opponents.
The government has also dismissed nearly 3,000 judges and prosecutors from their posts, while investigators were preparing court cases to send the conspirators to trial on charges of attempting to overthrow the government.
"The cleansing (operation) is continuing. Some 6,000 detentions have ...|