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Will consult Kashmiri leaders before talks with India Sharif

Will consult Kashmiri leaders before talks with India: Sharif

ISLAMABAD: Ignoring India’s opposition, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today said Pakistan will hold dialogue with Kashmiri separatists to take them into confidence before engaging in peace talks with India. “It is… Read more »

Rajapaksa calls snap polls to seek record third term

Rajapaksa calls snap polls to seek record third term

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa called early elections today, seeking an unprecedented third six-year term in office amid signs of a drop in popularity and demands of his powers… Read more »

China rejects reports of its troops training Pak soldiers

China rejects reports of its troops training Pak soldiers

BEIJING: China today dismissed reports that its troops are training Pakistan Army soldiers along the India-Pakistan border, saying that the allegation is not backed by facts. “There are no facts… Read more »

Pak Hindus seek PM Sharif's support against atrocities

Pak Hindus seek PM Sharif’s support against atrocities

ISLAMABAD: A Hindu representative body in Pakistan has sought support from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for the formation of an inter-faith committee in an effort to end rising atrocities against… Read more »

Death toll in Pak suicide attack at Wagah Border rises to 61

Death toll in Pak suicide attack at Wagah Border rises to 61

LAHORE: The death toll in the horrific suicide attack that shook Pakistan minutes after the popular flag-lowering ceremony at Wagah climbed to 61 today, even as security agencies arrested about… Read more »

US offers help to Pakistan to probe Wagah Border terror attack

US offers help to Pakistan to probe Wagah Border terror attack

ISLAMABAD: The US today offered to provide any assistance to Pakistan to track down the perpetrators behind the “senseless” terrorist attack at Wagah Border that killed at least 61 people…. Read more »

Myanmar may amend constitution barring Suu Kyi from presidency

Myanmar may amend constitution barring Suu Kyi from presidency

NAYPYIDAW: Myanmar’s parliament will consider amending the country’s constitution – which currently bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president – ahead of elections next year, an official… Read more »

Nearly 200 people buried in massive landslide in Lankaka

200 buried in massive landslide in Lanka

COLOMBO: Nearly 200 people were feared to have been buried alive in Sri Lanka after a devastating landslide triggered by rains destroyed the homes of mostly Indian-origin plantation workers, as… Read more »

China-Afghanistan to crackdown on Xinjiang

China-Afghanistan to crackdown on Xinjiang

BEIJING: China and Afghanistan have agreed to step up crackdown on the training camps of Uighur militants active in China’s restive Xinjiang province even as it eyed major investments in… Read more »

B'desh tribunal sentences Jamaat-e-Islami chief to death

Bangladesh tribunal sentences Jamaat-e-Islami chief to death

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami chief Matiur Rahman Nizami was today sentenced to death by a special tribunal for the war crimes committed by him during the 1971 independence war against… Read more »

India seeks transit from Pak to supply wheat to Afghanistan

India seeks transit from Pak to supply wheat to Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: India has sought permission from Pakistan to export over a million tonnes of wheat through its territory to Afghanistan, a move opposed by the local milling industry which fears… Read more »

Hindus in Pakistan demand holiday, aid package on Diwali

Hindus in Pakistan demand holiday, aid package on Diwali

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s minority Hindu community leaders have asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to accept their demand for a public holiday on Diwali and announce a special aid package for them… Read more »

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Pak needs to ‘incite’ those ‘fighting’ in Kashmir: Musharraf

ISLAMABAD: In the wilderness for a long time, former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf has made an anti-India rant by saying Pakistan needs to “incite” those “fighting” in Kashmir. “We… Read more »

Pak PM wants India to immediately halt firing

Pak PM wants India to immediately halt firing

 ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today said India should not misunderstand his desire for peace, asking it to immediately halt firing across the borders. Sharif asked India to immediately honor… Read more »

55 Indian fishermen captured by Pak; 8 boats seized

55 Indian fishermen captured by Pak; 8 boats seized

AHMEDABAD: In the second such incident within a week, the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) has apprehended 55 fishermen from Gujarat in the Indian waters and also seized their boats… Read more »

New Afghan President Ghani takes oath, seeks peace talks

New Afghan President Ghani takes oath, seeks peace talks

KABUL: Ashraf Ghani, a one-time US-based academic, was sworn in as new president of Afghanistan today and used his inaugural speech to call for Taliban insurgents to join peace talks… Read more »

Pakistan's powerful spy agency gets new chief

Pakistan’s ISI gets new chief

ISLAMABAD: Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar, considered a close confidante of army chief Gen Raheel Sharif, was today appointed as new head of Pakistan’s powerful spy agency ISI. Lt Gen Akhtar… Read more »

Ex-Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia's graft trial begins

Ex-Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia’s graft trial begins

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s main opposition leader and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia went on trial today accused of embezzling about USD 680,000 in two corruption cases that could see her jailed… Read more »

Sri Lanka, China strike defence cooperation deal

Sri Lanka, China strike defense cooperation deal

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka and China today clinched defense and maritime security cooperation deal with Colombo pledging to support silk trade route, a pet project of Chinese President Xi Jinping. These… Read more »

China's Xi launches USD 1.4 bln Sri Lanka port city

China’s Xi launches USD 1.4 bln Sri Lanka port city

COLOMBO: Describing Sri Lanka as an “all-weather” friend, China today put bilateral ties on a firm footing with President Xi Jinping launching the construction of a USD 1.4 billion port… Read more »