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After BJP leader's call to demolish Jinnah House, Pak asks India to protect building
ISLAMABAD, Mar 30 (Agencies): Pakistan on Thursday expressed concern over the safety of 'Jinnah House' located in Mumbai and said India should show respect towards it, days after a BJP MLA demanded that the building be demolished. Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria, at his weekly briefing, said, "We have clarified our position on the Jinnah House matter to the Indian government." He expressed concern over the safety of 'Jinnah House', the residence of Pakistan's founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah in south Mumbai, after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Mangal Prabhat Lodha last week demanded that the building be demolished and a cultural centre built in its place. Zakaria said that the Indian government should realise the importance of the building and show respect towards it. Lodha, ...
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42 Christians accused of murder in Pak told 'acquittal is guaranteed' if they embrace Islam
ISLAMABAD, Mar 30 (Agencies): In a shocking statement, a senior Pakistani prosecutor asked dozens of Christians to embrace Islam to avoid conviction in the killing of two Muslims in mass violence two years ago. Violence erupted in Youhanabad, the Christian neighbourhood of Lahore, on March 15, 2015, after suicide blasts targeted Sunday mass in two churches. Forty-two Christians were charged with the lynching of two Muslim men, whom they suspected to be involved in the blasts. Joseph Franci, a rights activist who is legally assisting the accused, said that Deputy District Public Prosecutor (DDPP) Syed Anees Shah told the accused that they can be acquitted if they renounce Christianity, reported The Express Tribune. "He told them if they embrace Islam, he can guarantee them their acquitt...
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OIC to renew request for Kashmir visit
ISLAMABAD, Mar 29 (Agencies): The visiting members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) Human Rights Commission regretted denial of permission by India to assess the situation in Kashmir, saying they would continue to refresh their request, officials here said. The OIC reaction came in response to a "demand" by Pakistan-administered Kashmir's Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider that the commission visit Kashmir at the earliest to review the situation there, Dawn online reported. "The only weapon being used by the struggling Kashmiris are stones, but in response they are being hit by bullets and pellets which have left hundreds dead and thousands wounded," Haider said. Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) Chairman SK Kaggwa said his organisation had been man...
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'China will never own Pak's problems'
ISLAMABAD, Mar 28 (Agencies): China has its own vision, and given its issues with the US and India, Beijing would never own Islamabad`s problems, a former envoy has said, adding that Pakistan needs to address its issues. Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, a former ambassador to the US, India and China, said this while speaking at a seminar titled "US Foreign Policy and Trump Presidency: A Review and Outlook" on Monday. Qazi said that since 1979 China has been progressing. Initially, it emerged as regional power as well as second largest economy, and by 2030 it would become the largest economy of the world, "but the US and Europe, collectively, would remain the biggest economy of the world". "Though it (China) is emerging as significant player in the entire region and Indian Ocean, it has not challe...
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Pak to declare Gilgit-Baltistan its fifth province?
UK condemns move, says it belongs to India
LONDON, Mar 25 (Agencies): The British Parliament has passed a motion condemning Pakistan's move to declare Gilgit-Baltistan as its fifth frontier, saying the region is a legal and constitutional part of Jammu and Kashmir illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947. The motion was tabled on March 23 and sponsored by Conservative Party leader Bob Blackman. It stated that Pakistan by making such an announcement is implying its attempt to annex the already disputed area. "Gilgit-Baltistan is a legal and constitutional part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India, which is illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947, and where people are denied their fundamental rights including the right of freedom of expression," the motion read. It was further noted that the attempts to change the demogra...
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At least 16 killed in air-strikes on a prison in Syria
Beirut, Mar 25 (Agencies): At least 16 people were killed overnight in air strikes on a prison in the rebel-held city of Idlib in northwest Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said today. It said the dead included prisoners and prison guards, but did not have an immediate breakdown of the toll. The strikes were believed to have been carried out by Russian warplanes, which have been flying sorties in support of President Bashar al-Assad's government since Moscow began a military intervention in September 2015. The Observatory, which relies on a network of sources inside Syria for its information, says it determines whose planes carry out raids according to type, location, flight patterns and munitions used. It added that guards opened fire in the aftermath of the st...
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16 Indian fishermen arrested by Lankan navy
COLOMBO, Mar 23 (Agencies): Sixteen Indian fishermen have been arrested separately by Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly poaching in the country's territorial waters. Eight Indian fishermen were arrested along with a steel hull fishing trawler for poaching in the northwest of Analathivu Island, Sri Lankan Navy said. Having brought the fishermen and items to the naval base SLNS Elara, they will be handed over to the Jaffna Fisheries Director for further investigations. Eight more Indian fishermen were arrested while engaging in "illegal" fishing activities in the sea area north of Mannar district, the Navy said. The fishermen are due to be produced before the Mannar Fisheries Director, the Navy said. The arrest of the fishermen comes weeks after Sri Lanka released all Indian fishermen in i...
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Islamic State group claims responsibility; PM Theresa May says assailant was British-born
LONDON, Mar 23 (Agencies): The Islamic State group on Thursday claimed the responsibility for the attack outside UK Parliament, AFP quoted IS-linked agency as saying. Four people, including the attacker and a police officer, PC Keith Palmer who was on guard at Parliament, had died in yesterday`s incident. "Four people have died. That includes the police officer who was protecting parliament and one man we believe to be the attacker who was shot by a police firearms officer," Britain`s top counter-terrorism officer Mark Rowley had told reporters. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Theresa May said today that the man who launched yesterday`s deadly attack was born in Britain and known to the intelligence services. "What I can confirm is that the man was British-born and that some years ago he wa...
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7 arrests after raid on six addresses; toll lowered to three
LONDON, Mar 23 (Agencies): The British Police has arrested seven people in connection with Wednesday`s terror attack at the British Parliament. The arrests took place in London and Birmingham. "We have searched six addresses and made seven arrests," Acting Deputy Commissioner and Head of Counter Terrorism Mark Rowley told reporters in London. Rowley added that the latest figures were that there were four dead including the....
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