Indian army moves heavy artillery guns along LoC

Indian army moves heavy artillery guns along LoC

Indian army moves heavy artillery guns along LoC

Days after militants killed 17 of its soldiers in the Uri sector of disputed Kashmir, Indian army has reportedly moved heavy artillery along the Line of Control (LoC).

According to a BBC Urdu report, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spent his day at a military operation room where he monitored his army’s movement along the LoC.

The assault, in which four commando-style gunmen burst into the brigade headquarters in Uri at 5:30 am (midnight GMT) on September 18, was among the deadliest in held Kashmir, and has raised new fears of military conflict between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

Lahore-Islamabad motorway closed for ‘routine’ PAF drill amid India tension

In a knee-jerk reaction to the attack on the brigade headquarters, India’s civil and military leaders squarely blamed Pakistan with media commentators calling for a military response. Pakistan, however, dismissed the Indian allegations as ‘baseless and unwarranted’.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) closed Lahore-Pakistan motorway on Thursday to let it practice landing jets on the road, in what it said was routine training not related to heightened tension.

“You referred to some exercises on Pakistan’s side. Let me tell you that these are routine exercises,” Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said, adding that the armed forces and the entire nation of Pakistanremain ready to defend country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity at all costs.

‘India will not attack Pakistan or AJK’

Military officials privy to the developments along the LoC confirmed the news, saying large-calibre guns were installed with bofors guns in the area to target Pakistani defense establishments.

The latest gearing up was carried out after observing “Pakistan Army’s movements”, Indian army officials told the BBC.

Indian military sources added they were preparing for war but the latest exercises were carried out ‘to preempt the chances of any assault in future’.

India has long accused Pakistan of playing a role in the 27-year-long insurgency against its rule in occupied Kashmir, its only Muslim-majority state. Calls for a military response have increased since the Uri attack, particularly from some politicians within Modi’s ruling nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

‘India will not attack Pakistan or AJK’

Pakistan denies sending fighters into Indian held Kashmir but voices support for separatists seeking to end Indian rule there. The countries have fought two of their three wars over the Himalayan region. India’s portion of Kashmir has been under a major security lockdown during more than two months of protests triggered by the July 8 killing by Indian security forces of Burhan Wani, a popular young commander of the Kashmiri separatist group Hizbul Mujahideen, whose leader is based in Pakistan.

In New York, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called on the UN General Assembly to investigate atrocities Pakistan alleges that Indian forces have committed in Kashmir. At least 78 civilians have been killed and thousands wounded in more than two months of clashes between protesters and Indian security forces there.

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Mumbai police promise security to Pakistani actors in India

Mumbai police promise security to Pakistani actors in India

Mumbai police promise security to Pakistani actors in India

As tensions between Pakistan and India continue to simmer, Mumbai police on Saturday said that Pakistani actors, who were given a warning to leave the country within 48 hours by India’s nationalist party, will beprovided security if required.

“All foreign nationals, who are in Mumbai on valid documents providedby the government of India, need not worry. We will provide adequate protection as and when required,” Deven Bharti, joint commissioner ofpolice, Mumbai said.

Indian nationalist party gives Pakistani actors 48-hour ultimatum to leave country

The film workers’ association of Indian nationalist party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Friday ‘ordered’ all Pakistani actors working in India to leave the country in 48 hours.

Further, Shalini Thackeray said if the artists continued to work in the city, “the MNS will stop their shoots mid-way. Moreover, the party activists will see to it that films starring Pakistani artistes are not released in Mumbai and in the state as well,” Times of India reported.

“We gave a 48-hour deadline to Pakistani actors and artists to leave India or the MNS will push them out,” The Indian Express quoted Amey Khopkar of the MNS Chitrapat Sena as having remarked.

Famed singer Abhijeet calls for Pakistan actors to be kicked out of India

Khopkar also threatened to assault Pakistani artists and those who cast them. “Pakistani artists will be beaten up and so will the producers and directors,” (Pakistani kalakaar toh maar khaayenge hi, saath mein jo yahan producer/director hain unko bhi peetenge), he said.

This article originally appeared on The Times of India

Yousuf urges ICC to take action against BCCI’s statement

Yousuf urges ICC to take action against BCCI’s statement

Yousuf urges ICC to take action against BCCI’s statement

Muhammad Yousuf heads to practice on the eve of his Test return at The Oval on August 17, 2010. PHOTO: AFP

Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf said on Saturday that the International Cricket Council (ICC) should take notice of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur’s ‘political’ statement.

“The ICC keeps on saying it will not tolerate politics or governmentinterference in member boards and the BCCI president is making political statements. Either he should speak as a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader or as a BCCI head,” said Yousuf as quoted by Press Trust of India.

BCCI chief rules out cricket series with Pakistan

Yousuf’s reaction came after Thakur, on Friday, said that India is not ready to play against Pakistan who allegedly sponsor terrorism.

“No question of playing cricket. Today, priority is to expose Pakistan as a country which sponsors terrorism. We can’t even think of such thing (playing cricket with Pakistan),” said Thakur.

Former right-hand batsman, who holds the Test record for most runs in a calendar year, also said that India, for some reason, avoided playing Pakistan even when the two countries had good relations.

‘No relationship with Pakistan until terrorism ends’

“I just don’t understand what he [Thakur] wants to say,” said Yousuf. “For the last eight years, India has avoided playing us in a proper bilateral series even when relations were better.”

The 42-year-old further said that people of both countries enjoyed the matches between Pakistan and India however, now, there is no series.

India’s intentions clear: Rashid Latif

Another former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif believes Indian board had earlier made their intentions clear of not playing against Pakistan thus rendering Thakur’s statement weightless.

Uri assault may be a reaction of atrocities in Kashmir: Nawaz

“The last time we went to India in 2012 as a goodwill gesture for a short series of ODI and T20I matches. But since 2007, the Indian board has avoided playing us at a bilateral level in a full series,” he said.

Latif said at least the PCB knewnow where it stood as far as relations with BCCI were concerned.

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Four al Qaeda , members killed in, suspected, US drone strike, officials,

Four al Qaeda members killed in suspected US drone strike: officials

Four al Qaeda members killed in suspected US drone strike: officials

Four members of al Qaeda’s Yemen branch, including a local commander, were killed in a suspected US drone strike on a vehicle traveling east of the capital Sanaa, two local officials said on Saturday.

They said the attack in Marib province, controlled by forces loyal to exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, occurred late on Friday. A local commander of the militant al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), known as Abu Khaled al-Sanaani, was killed along with three associates, they said.

Drone strike kills seven al Qaeda operatives in Yemen: official

It was the second drone strike in two days to target a local commander of the militant group regarded by US officials as one of the most dangerous branches of al Qaeda.

A drone strike on a vehicle in al-Bayda province in central Yemen killed a senior AQAP leader known as Abdallah al-Sanaani, identified as a regional commander of the group, on Thursday.

The United States has been using drones to target the militant group which has exploited Yemen’s civil war to carve out a foothold in the impoverished country. Several leaders of the group have been killed by drone strikes in recent years.

Drone strike kills four al Qaeda suspects in Yemen

US officials have said AQAP is one of the most potent security threats in the Middle East. The group, whose attacks have mainly targeted the Yemeni government and the Iran-allied Houthi group, claimed responsibility for an attack last year on the Paris office of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Three dead in shooting at mall in Washington state

Three dead in shooting at mall in Washington state

Three dead in shooting at mall in Washington state

WASHINGTON DC: 

A manhunt was underway after a gunman killed at least three people and wounded two others late Friday during a shooting at a mall in the US state of Washington.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Mark Francis said there was at least one suspect in the shooting at Cascade Mall in Burlington, describing him as a “Hispanic male wearing gray.”

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Officials initially released a still from video surveillance of the younger-looking suspect holding what appears to be a rifle, before releasing a closely cropped image of the same still showing only the suspect’s head and torso.

Francis told reporters that three women were killed and two men were wounded, with one suffering life-threatening injuries. He had earlier estimate the toll at four dead.

Police received calls around 6:58 pm (0058 GMT) that shots were fired at the mall, located about 70 miles (110 kilometers) north of Seattle in the US Pacific Northwest state, Trooper Rick Johnson told CNN.

Charlotte hit with second night of unrest after police shooting

“Right now we can’t assume anything. So they’re still interviewing witnesses and trying to get a good idea of exactly what action to take next. We’re just asking people to, obviously, stay away from the area. Stay inside and obviously report anything suspicious that they may see.”

The suspect was last seen walking toward the Interstate 5 highway from the mall before police arrived, Francis said on Twitter, adding: “We’re actively searching for suspect, tracking leads, etc.”

The mall was evacuated, police swarmed the area and medics rushed to the scene to help the wounded after the mall was initially placed on lockdown and cleared.

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Multiple law enforcement agencies and sniffer dogs were searching for the suspect.

Francis said survivors were being transported by bus to a nearby church.

Witnesses told KOMO News that a shooter walked into Macy’s and opened fire. Nearby businesses were evacuated, the television station added.

Man axed to death over domestic disputes in Sargodha

Man axed to death over domestic disputes in Sargodha

Man axed to death over domestic disputes in Sargodha

SARGODHA: A young boy axed to death his elder brother over domestic dispute today and fled the scene.

Police said that the incident took place in a suburb of main Sargodha town, where the young boy after exchange of hot words with elder brother over minor domestic issues axed him to death. The culprit managed to escape from the scene, after committing the murder.

The body was shifted to District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital for postmortem. The police after registering a case against the murderer at respective police station started raids for his arrest.

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Uri attack may be backlash of Indian barbarism: Nawaz

Uri attack may be backlash of Indian barbarism: Nawaz

Uri attack may be backlash of Indian barbarism: Nawaz

LONDON – Rejecting Indian allegations as “irresponsible” and “without any evidence”, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday said Uri attack could be a backlash to Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir.

Talking to media in London, he said India has been reluctant to discuss its own barbarities in Kashmir but is quick to level allegations against Pakistan.

He said India has killed 108 people and blinded hundreds in Occupied Kashmir and blamed Pakistan for the army base attack within 12 hours. “This is not reasonable,” he said.

He said New Delhi should have held an inquiry and waited for the findings of the investigation before hurling allegations.

He said the achievement of lasting peace in the region was impossible without the resolution of Kashmir dispute. Nawaz said the whole world knew about the Indian atrocities in the Occupied Kashmir.

The prime minister wondered how India had hurled accusations against Pakistan only hours after the Uri incident without holding any inquiry or investigation.

Nawaz, in response to a question said, while addressing the UN General Assembly, he had spoken on all important issues and presented his country’s viewpoint before the world leaders.

“There was a specific time for the speech and whatever was important was said,” he added. To another question, the prime minister said the whole world including the United States did not believe in the issue of Balochistan raised by India.

To a question about the anger of PML-N workers over the planned PTI rally in Raiwind, Nawaz said the PML-N workers have been directed not to create any hurdle, or come in the way of PTI rally, and he believed the workers would follow the party direction. He, however, added that it was time for all the political forces to stand united and work for the betterment of the country and nation.

To a question about the reports that India was pressurising the SAARC member countries not to attend the regional summit scheduled to be held in Pakistan in November, the prime minster said Pakistan was preparing for the summit and he hoped all the member countries would attend the summit.

To a question about possibility of his meeting with PPP Co-Chairman Asif Zardari in London, Nawaz said exchange of views and consultation among the political parties should continue. He said Asif Zardari completed his tenure with respect, adding “We did not make any effort to destabilise their government, and we are also taking them along.”

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Nigeria: Ahmadiyya leader dines with Journalists

Nigeria: Ahmadiyya leader dines with Journalists

Nigeria: Ahmadiyya leader dines with Journalists

Besides inciting hatred against Muslim minority communities in the country, ASWJ has also opposed any reforms in Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Nigeria has urged leaders at all levels of governance to shun corrupt tendencies and take appropriate measures to ensure food sufficiency.

The Amir of the group, Dr Mashuud Fashola, a renowned economists, while speaking at a Post-Eid-el-Adha get-together with Muslim Journalists held at its headquarters, Ojokoro, Lagos said agriculture remain the only path to food sufficiency and economic growth.

Dr Fashola urged Muslims to shun corrupt tendencies, materialism and evil desires, advising leaders to urgently take bold steps towards banishing hunger from Nigeria. Earkier, it its Eid Adha message signed by Dr. Fashola, the group said: “Let us imbibe the lessons of Abraham’s sacrifice to Allah by shunning corrupt tendencies, selfish and evil desires, and toe the path of righteousness so that the country will be better.

“We congratulate the entire Muslim Community in Nigeria for the 1437 Hijra Eidul Adha celebration. We pray that Allah, The Gracious and Merciful, will accept our humble sacrifices and glorification of His Holy Name and reward us all abundantly and eternally.

“Today most human beings are not prepared to do the right thing or say the truth because of our love for materialism or worldly gains. At home, in the market place, in the offices, at schools, at workshops, and even at places of worship, most of us are dishonest, fraudulent, inconsiderate, and very selfish in our love for wealth and worldly pleasure. We cannot do away with our reckless immorality and corruption talk less of sacrificing our dearest things for the Pleasure of Allah and submission to His will. Yet we all claim to believe in the legacy of Abraham. We should realize the promise of God to Abraham covers only the faithful and not the unjust or wrong doers.

“It is unpardonable for prices of food to be rising while many are jobless and those who have jobs are being owed salaries or are having their salaries static or reduced. In the management of the economy, all tiers of government and all hands must be on deck to ensure that the poor do not get poorer or the situation of food and nutrition does not get worse for every citizen. And this is quite achievable with appropriate policies and determination irrespective of whatever happens to the fortunes of the economy. This is the least the rulers owed to the people.

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France: Burkini-Wearing Woman Gets Chased Off Villeneuve-Loubet Beach

France: Burkini-Wearing Woman Gets Chased Off Villeneuve-Loubet Beach

France: Burkini-Wearing Woman Gets Chased Off Villeneuve-Loubet Beach

“Why is this happening? I wanted to speak to the girls that have gone through all this stuff. Hopefully [there’s something] we can do to help these girls just live a normal life.”
Villeneuve-Loubet’s burkini ban has been overturned. But that didn’t stop beachgoers from threatening 23-year-old Zeynab Alshelh.

Zeynab Alshelh donned a blue burkini and walked onto a beach in southeastern France. The 23-year-old medical student had crossed 10,000 miles, flying with her family from her home in Sydney, Australia, to Europe, to reach the sands of Villeneuve-Loubet.

Her journey, she said, had been fueled by just one goal: to stand in solidarity with local Muslims after dozens of resorts in the French riviera banned the burkini, a kind of full-body swimsuit, earlier this summer.

The burkini ban in Villeneuve-Loubet was overruled in August by the country’s top administrative court. But that, as footage of Alshelh’s time in the resort town shows, did not stop beachgoers from chasing her away and threatening her with police action.

“I just wanted to see it for myself. I just wanted to see what is going on here,” Alshelh told Channel 7, an Australian TV network that filmed her experience on the French beach. “Why is this happening? I wanted to speak to the girls that have gone through all this stuff. Hopefully [there’s something] we can do to help these girls just live a normal life.”

In the Channel 7 clip above, Alshelh and her mother are seen dressed in burkinis, relaxing on the Villeneuve-Loubet beach.

A few strangers look at them disapprovingly. One woman gives the thumbs-down gesture; then a man tells the group that he’ll call the police if they refuse to leave.

“They weren’t happy with us being there, even though it was on the beach that the burkini ban was overturned but the locals were not happy,” Alshelh told Channel 7. “There shouldn’t be a connection between terrorism and the burkini and there shouldn’t be a connection between terrorism and Islam altogether.”

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