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Will push India, Pakistan to hold talks: Nepal foreign minister

By Anil Giri,

Kathmandu : Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey said Monday that Nepal will push India and Pakistan to hold talks on the sidelines of the SAARC summit.

To end the deadlock between India and Pakistan, "we are trying to crack the nut", he said in a television interview without divulging much details.

Though official talks between India and Pakistan are still uncertain, Nepal is likely to push the two regional leaders to one table during the retreat organised at Dhulikhel, a popular hill station near Kathmandu.

Sharif, ISI DG meet, discuss national security

Islamabad : Director General of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt. Gen. Rizwan Akhtar Monday called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad and discussed internal security and the fight against terrorism.

The meeting took place ahead of the prime minister's visit to Nepal to attend the SAARC summit Nov 26-27, Dawn online reported.

Sharif is also scheduled to meet other leaders on the sidelines of the summit.

This was the second meeting between the prime minister and the ISI chief after he took office as director general.

Toll in Afghanistan suicide attack hits 57

Kabul : The toll in the suicide bomb attack at a volleyball match in Afghanistan at the weekend has risen to 57, with 66 injured being treated in hospital, authorities said Monday.

According to the government of Paktika province where the attack took place, 42 people were killed on the spot in the blast Sunday and 15 others succumbed to their injuries at a hospital overnight.

In the attack, a suicide bomber mixed in with a crowd watching the volleyball match and detonated an explosive device in a village in the southeast of the country.

Pakistan court orders case against Imran Khan's supporter

Islamabad : A district and sessions court in Pakistan Monday ordered the registration of a case against Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, a close supporter of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, for inciting violence, media reported.

Ahmed was accused of making a speech during a PTI rally in Nankana Sahib Nov 12, Dawn online reported.

During the speech, Rasheed had warned the government of 'judo karate' in case an attempt was made to restrict PTI's Nov 30 rally in Islamabad.

Stand up for your rights, Imran Khan tells Pakistanis

Islamabad : Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said Sunday that the people of Pakistan must stand up for their rights, when the party holds a rally Nov 30 in Islamabad.

Addressing a public gathering Sunday, the cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan said that the people of the country have rejected the ruling government and want a change, Dawn online reported.

“On Nov 30, it will be decided if the status quo will succeed, or whether there will be a new Pakistan,” he said.

270 Syrian refugees saved off coast of Cyprus

Nicosia : A boat carrying 270 Syrian refugees trying to reach Europe was towed to the Turkish controlled northern coast of Cyprus after drifting for several hours.

The rescue operation took place overnight between Saturday and Sunday, reported Xinhua citing a Turkish Cyprus media release.

According to the statement, the boat left the Turkish port of Mersin for Italy, a favorite destination of most illegal immigrants from the Middle East.

The authorities controlling northern Cyprus did not comment on the reports.

Focus shifts to 'political agreement' over Iranian nuclear issue

Tehran : Iran and six world powers would now look to negotiate a “political agreement" as a comprehensive deal by the Nov 24 deadline would be “impossible”, Iranian officials said.

"We haven't been interested in extending the nuclear negotiations and we aren't. We are working hard on a framework to reach a political agreement," the official said, Xinhua reported, citing the semi-official ISNA news agency.

Earlier Sunday, a member of Iran's negotiating team at Vienna said that it would be impossible to reach a deal by the Monday deadline, the report said, citing ISNA.

India does not rule out Modi-Sharif meet at SAARC

New Delhi : India Sunday did not rule out a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the SAARC Summit, saying that he is keen to have meaningful dialogues with as many south Asian leaders as possible.

Answering queries from mediapersons here, external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said India is for cooperative and peaceful ties with Pakistan.

The prime minister is keen "to have meaningful dialogues with as many south Asian colleagues as possible", he said.

India to host 4th business conference with Arab League

New Delhi : Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will inaugurate the 4th India-Arab conference here Wednesday to advance ties with a region so crucial for the country's energy security besides accounting for some $200 billion worth of bilateral merchandise trade.

The two-day event is being organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), in association with the Ministry of External Affairs and the 22-member League of Arab States, that is home to some 7.22 million Indians.

30 militants killed in Afghanistan

Kabul : At least 30 Taliban militants were killed in operations across Afghanistan, authorities said Sunday.

"Operations were carried out by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) against militants in Nangarhar, Baghlan, Farah and Helmand provinces of Afghanistan," Xinhua reported, citing from an official statement.

The ANSF confiscated rounds of ammunition, 10 motorcycles and eight vehicles during the operations, according to the statement.