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At UN, Pakistan presses on it’s demand for end to illegal drone strikes

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has demanded an immediate cessation of drone strikes that violate the territorial integrity and sovereignty of States, saying such attacks also breach the fundamental rights of the victims and further fuel violence and extremism. Speaking in the U.N. General Assembly, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi condemned the continued use of …

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Bangladesh commandos rescue 13 hostages, kill six gunmen as siege ends

DHAKA:(Web Desk)- Suspected Islamic gunmen attacked an upscale cafe in the Bangladeshi capital popular with foreigners before police stormed the building on Saturday and rescued at least 13 hostages, officials said. Six gunmen were killed during the police operation and one was captured alive, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said …

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US vice president voices concerns over ‘negative developments’ in Bahrain

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk)- US Vice President Joe Biden has expressed “strong concerns” over the Bahraini regime’s intensified crackdown on dissent. According to a statement released by the White House on Friday, Biden voiced “strong concerns regarding recent negative developments in Bahrain” during a phone conversation with Bahraini King Hamad bin …

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65th anniversary of Pak-China diplomatic ties celebrated in Beijing

ISLAMABAD: (News Desk): The Embassy of Pakistan held a reception at a local hotel in Beijing on Friday to celebrate the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China. Assistant Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, People’s Republic of China, Kong Xuanyou was chief guest on the occasion. Ambassador Masood …

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No evidence of restrictions on fasting in Xinjiang: clerics

ISLAMABAD:(News Desk)- A team of Pakistani clerics and functionaries maintained on Friday that they found no evidence of restrictions on Ramazan fasting in Xinjiang. The high-powered four-member delegation was led by Director-General of Research of the ministry of religious affairs Noorul Islam Shah. It included a Cleric of the Faisal …

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White House accepts: US airstrikes killed up to 116 civilians

WASHINGTON: (News Desk)- US aerial strikes “outside areas of active hostilities” have killed up to 116 civilians since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, according to a report by the White House. The strikes were conducted by drones, traditional aircraft or cruise missiles in Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and …

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Bomb blast kills 27, injures 40 in Afghan capital

KABUL: (Web Desk)- A bomb attack has targeted vehicles carrying police cadets on the western outskirts of the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least 27 people and injuring 40 others. An Interior Ministry official, who declined to be named, said details are still being verified. Initial reports said two bombs …

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