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China believes that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will help end terrorism in Pakistan

China believes that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will help end terrorism in Pakistan

Beijing, September 25 (NIA): China believes that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), linking Gwadar port in Balochistan and Xingkiang in China will help end Pakistan’s drift towards terrorism and bring peace to the entire South Asian region. Chinese scholar Hu Shisheng told The Hindu that the prime strategic motivation behind the CPEC project is to ensure Pakistan’s economic stability. He...

Fawad Khan, Ali Zafar, Mahira Khan: 7 Pak stars who may have to leave India after MNS threat

All Pakistani artistes have left Mumbai, those still in will be hunted down, says Indian ultra nationalist outfit

Mumbai, September 25 (ANI): Asserting that all Pakistani artists have left Mumbai following their 48-hour ultimatum, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Sunday continued to stay firm on their stand that no artist from the neighbouring nation will be allowed to work in Mumbai, adding that if anyone is still “hiding” in the city, they will be hunted down. Speaking...

“Ezhuga Tamizh” rally seen as jockeying for power in Tamil nationalistic politics irrespective of consequences

“Ezhuga Tamizh” rally seen as jockeying for power in Tamil nationalistic politics irrespective of consequences

Colombo, September 25 (NIA): The “Ezhuga Tamizh” rally and general strike which were organized in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province on Saturday, represent a jockeying for power and position in Tamil nationalist politics rather than a genuine attempt to find a realistic and sustainable solution to the Tamil question, say independent observers of the North Sri Lankan political scene. Scholarly...

Maldivian opposition welcomes C’Wealth Action Group’s decision to put Maldives on its agenda

Maldivian opposition welcomes C’Wealth Action Group’s decision to put Maldives on its agenda

Colombo, September 25 (NIA): The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), headed by the former Maldivian President Muhammad Nasheed, has welcomed the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group’s (CMAG’s) decision to place the Maldives on its formal agenda. A statement issued by MDP’s Colombo-based spokesman, Hamid Abdul Ghafoor, said on Sunday that the MDP also called upon the Yameen government to immediately sit for...

Peshawar’s last book store closes due to terrorism and iPhones

Peshawar’s last book store closes due to terrorism and iPhones

By Pamela Constable and Shaiq Hussain Peshawar, September 24 (The Washington Post): The demise of Shaheen Books could easily be the story of any independent bookstore in the United States overtaken by broad cultural and technological changes, but with a terrorist plot twist. In part it is a familiar saga of people losing interest in reading, becoming addicted to electronic gadgets and finding less...

Modi’s absence from UN General Assembly session helps avert a direct clash with Sharif

Modi says India is ready to fight a 1000 year war with Pakistan

New Delhi, September 24 (IANS): In his strongest attack yet on Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the sacrifices of 18 soldiers killed in the Uri terror attack will not go in vain and India will totally isolate Pakistan in the international arena for "exporting terror". Addressing a public meeting here as part of the BJP national council...

Pakistan to seek extradition of Baloch leader from Switzerland

Pakistan to seek extradition of Baloch leader from Switzerland

Islamabad, September 24 (ANI): Pakistan’s Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that the government has decided to write to Interpol for the extradition of Baloch separatist leader, Brahamdagh Bugti, who is now seeking political asylum in India after Switzerland turned down his request for further refuge. “The Federal Investigation Agency will send a formal reference to Interpol within...

Wigneswaran calls for peoples’ movement to strengthen hands of elected Tamil representatives

Wigneswaran calls for peoples’ movement to strengthen hands of elected Tamil representatives

Colombo, September 24 (NIA): The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, on Saturday gave a clarion call for a peoples’ movement to raise issues pertaining to the Tamil people and thereby strengthen the hands of their elected representatives. Speaking at the “Ezhuga Tamizh” (Tamils Arise) rally at Jaffna, Wigneswaran said that the problems of the Tamil...

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