India has changed stance, no change in our position, says Pakistan

Islamabad : If India has a right to impose its stance on "talks on terrorism only", then Pakistan has a right to insist on its position too, said a top Pakistani lawmaker on Saturday following Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's statement in New Delhi.

Regarding the statement of Sushma Swaraj, Pakistan Information Minister Parvaiz Rashid said that Pakistan desires to discuss topics during the NSA level talks which it deems important.

UN chief concerned over tensions on Korean Peninsula

United Nations : UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was deeply concerned by rising tensions on Korean Peninsula after the two sides traded artillery fire, an official said.

Ban has closely followed the reports of rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula. He urged the parties to refrain from taking any further measures that might increase tensions, Xinhua cited Eri Kaneko, associate spokesperson for the UN chief as saying on Friday.

"He also calls the parties to engage in dialogue to reduce tensions and to promote peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula."


India, Pakistan talks must go on: Shabir Shah

Srinagar : India and Pakistan talks must go on, said Jammu and Kashmir separatist leader Shabir Shah on Saturday as he left for Delhi to attend Pakistan National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz's reception party on Sunday.

While leaving for the airport from his Hyderpora residence here, the Hurriyat Conference leader told the media: "The talks must go on to subside the pressure on both sides of the Line of Control."

Who stopped UNESCO from declaring Delhi a Heritage City?

By Saeed Naqvi

I was on the third floor balcony of a friend's apartment in Mehrauli, Delhi's first city. It had a commanding view of green, lush foliage stretching upto the railway tracks where the Delhi Metro glides past at frequent intervals.

"And that on your left is the Qutub Minar," said my friend proudly, pointing towards dark spaces. "Where?" I asked. "There, right there," he insisted. There was only darkness on view.

Erdogan supports early elections in Turkey

Ankara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his support on Friday for holding early legislative elections on November 1, with a transitional government taking charge in the meantime.

The Supreme Electoral Council suggested this date on Thursday to hold the early elections after negotiations to form a coalition government had failed, reports Efe.

The constitutional 45-day mandate to form a government expires in two days, on August 23, while the parliamentary parties weighed in on the council's proposed date

Ex-Thai PM offers nearly $200,000 for arrest of those behind bombing

Bangkok: Thailand's former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, whose party was overthrown by the current military junta, has offered $196,448 for the arrest of those behind the bomb attack here early this week that killed 20 people.

Two million baht (around $56,000) will be given to whosoever providing information leading to the capture of the perpetrators and five million baht to officials who successfully investigate the case and carry out the arrests, Thaksin's oldest son, Oak Panthongtae, said on social media, reports Efe.

Can't talk with Hurriyat provocation, India tells Pakistan

New Delhi/Jaipur : India declared on Friday that "unilateral imposition of new conditions and distortion of the agreed agenda cannot be the basis for going forward" with the NSA level talks with Pakistan but stopped short of calling off the dialogue.

In a strongly-worded statement, India questioned Pakistan's insistence that national security adviser Sartaj Aziz would meet Kashmiri separatists, calling it "a complete departure" from the agreement reached between Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi at Ufa, Russia.

Pakistan will meet Hurriyat leaders

Islamabad: Pakistan said on Friday that it will make no compromise over its planned meeting with Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders ahead of talks between the two countries' national security advisers.

This was decided at a meeting of Pakistan's political and military leadership here that was chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and also attended by army chief General Raheel Sharif.

Geo News reported that the meeting "decided that India's demand not to meet Kashmiri leaders is unacceptable".

Thai police seek woman over Bangkok blast

Bangkok: Thai police have launched a search operation for a "woman wearing a black shirt" over the deadly bombing of a shrine in capital Bangkok, a media report said on Friday.

"I would urge her to come forward to provide information to police," Lt. General Prawut Thavornsiri, spokesperson of the Royal Thai Police, said.

However, no further details have been provided about the woman as of now, CNN reported.

Not appropriate to talk to Hurriyat, India warns Pakistan

New Delhi: Taking a tough stance, India on Friday said it had advised Pakistan that it would "not be appropriate" for its NSA, Sartaj Aziz, to meet Hurriyat representatives here ahead of a meeting with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval.

"India advised Pakistan yesterday (Thursday) that it would not be appropriate for Sartaz Aziz to meet with Hurriyat representatives in India," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

"Such a meeting would not be in keeping with the spirit and intent of the Ufa understanding to jointly work to combat terrorism," he said.