International

Indian troops martyr three Kashmiri youth, injure several others

- At least three Kashmiri youth were shot dead and many injured after Indian forces opened fire on peaceful protestors in Charar Sharief and Beerwah areas of Badgam district on Sunday. The protesters were rallying against the sham Indian parliamentary elections being held for Srinagar constituency. Among the martyrs one has been identified as 15-year-old Faizan Ahmad Dar, another is Muhammad Abbas, while the identity of the third martyred youth could not be ascertained, so far. Two youth were martyred in Delwin area of Charar-e-Sharif while the other at Beerwah in Badgam district. Four youth were hit by pellets in…
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International

Syrian governor confirms air base operating again

HOMS (Reuters) - A Syrian air base targeted in a cruise missile attack is operating again, the governor of Syria’s Homs province confirmed on Saturday. The United States launched the missile strikes on Friday in response to a chemical attack that killed 90 people including 30 children. It says the Syrian government launched the attack from the Shayrat air base. Damascus has strongly denied carrying out the attack and says it does not use chemical weapons. The Syrian army said on Friday the attack had caused extensive damage to the base, which the United States says it targeted with 59…
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International

Indian anchor reads report of husband’s death on live TV

RAIPUR (AFP) - An Indian television presenter has been praised for her calmness and bravery after reading out a breaking news report of a road accident which killed her husband. Supreet Kaur was presenting a news bulletin on the IBC-24 news channel in Chhattisgarh state on Saturday when a reporter phoned in live with details of an accident which killed three of the five people travelling in an SUV.
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International

IS claims responsibility of Egypt church bombings: Amaq

CAIRO (AFP) - The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for bombing two Egyptian churches on Sunday in the deadliest attacks on the country s Christian minority in recent memory. "Islamic State squads carried out the attacks on two churches in Tanta and Alexandria," said the group s self-styled Amaq news agency in a statement published on social media accounts. The first bombing struck a church in the city of Tanta north of Cairo, killing 25 worshippers. The other attack, which the interior ministry said was caused by a suicide bomber, killed 11 people at a church in Alexandria. The ministry…
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International

US navy strike group heads toward Korean peninsula

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US Navy said Saturday it had sent a carrier-led strike group to the Korean peninsula in a show of force against North Korea s "reckless" nuclear weapons program. The move will raise tensions in the region and comes hard on the heels of a US missile strike on Syria that was widely interpreted as putting Pyongyang on warning over its refusal to abandon its nuclear ambitions. North Korea denounced Thursday s strike as an act of "intolerable aggression" and one that justified "a million times over" the North s push toward a credible nuclear deterrent. "US…
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Pakistan

PML-N Women Youth Wing declares Maryam ‘Great Leader’

A meeting of PML-N Women Youth Wing was held and was attended by various party leaders and workers, reported Dunya News. Chairperson of PML-N Youth Wing Fauzeen Gul addressed at the occasion and highlighted the role Maryam Nawaz in development of the country. She proclaimed Maryam Nawaz as ‘future leader’ during her speech. The chairperson let it be known at the occasion that Maryam nawaz played a crucial role in devising policy for education, health, women and minorities. She expressed that the negative propaganda by the political opponents elevated the political stature of Maryam Nawaz instead of harming it. At…
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Pakistan

Three Pakistanis executed by Saudi Arabia for smuggling heroin

JEDDAH (AFP) - Saudi Arabia on Sunday executed three Pakistani nationals convicted of smuggling heroin, bringing the number of executions in the kingdom to 26 this year. The state-run SPA news agency said the three had been found guilty of "smuggling quantities of heroin in their stomachs". It named the three men as Mohammed Ashraf Shafi Mohammed, Mohammed Aref Mohammed Anayt and Mohammed Afdal Asghar Ali. All three are Pakistani citizens. SPA reported 153 people being executed in the ultra-conservative kingdom last year, a number confirmed by London-based rights group Amnesty International. Among those executed was Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr,…
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Pakistan

Imam-e-Kaaba leads prayers at Badshahi Mosque

- Imam-e-Kaaba Shaikh Saleh bin Muhammad Ibrahim reached Lahore on Sunday as he met Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shehbaz Sharif, reported Dunya News. Most of the national and local leaders were also present during the meeting. Imam-e-Kaaba led the Asar prayers in Model Town as he set off for Badshahi Masjad after the meeting. A huge crowd was witnessed as Imam-e-Kaaba Shaikh Saleh arrived at Badshahi Mosque to lead Maghrib prayers at Badshahi Masjad. While addressing at the occasion, Imam-e-Kaaba let it be known that he had come to Pakistan to spread the mutual love as he conveyed the warm…
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Pakistan

JI to protest in Islamabad against riba system

Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) announced on Sunday that the party will stage a protest against the system of riba in the country’s economy. JI Chief claimed that the system of riba had hollowed Pakistan’s economy and made everyone in debt, adding that the party would protest in the capital for the establishment of an interest-free society. While addressing to the public gathering, JI Chief Siraj-ul-Haq stated that the party would be forced to surround NADRA offices if blocked identity cards of residents were not restored within one month. Siraj-ul-Haq also requested the Supreme Court Chief Justice to declare the verdict of Panama…
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Pakistan

PML-N aggravating old rivalry ahead of elections: Chandio

– Maula Bakhsh Chandio criticised the ruling authority on Sunday by mentioning three missing persons belonging to Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). He said that PML-N was aggravating the old rivalry with their party ahead of elections. The PPP leader blamed Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz for the missing people who had close ties with PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari. “The people of Sindh will not accept false allegations. We will not allow alternative route for Super Highway,” he added. While questioning the promises made by PML-N, he raised concerns whether the same motorway was made in Islamabad and Karachi. He said, “Panama…
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