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Top Pakistani official urges India to resume talks

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's advisor on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz has urged India to start the foreign secretary-level talks for resolving various issues, media reported on Sunday.

Aziz, at a seminar titled Muslim-Sikh Dosti Di Tarjman - Baisakhi here, said on Saturday that the Pakistani foreign ministry wondered why India cancelled the talks on its own without consulting Pakistan, Dawn online reported.

34 dead in Afghan suicide attack, IS claims responsibility

Kabul: At least 34 people were killed and more than 100 injured on Saturday in a suicide bombing outside a bank in Jalalabad city in Afghanistan. The Sunni radical group Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

If verified, it would be the first major attack by the extremist group in the South Asian country.

The attack occurred early Saturday when dozens of people, including government officials, were waiting outside the entrance to a Kabul Bank branch to collect their salaries.

'State, central governments prepared to deal with mischief by Pakistan, terrorists'

Jammu: The central and state governments are fully prepared to deal with any mischief by Pakistan or the terrorists, Jitender Singh, minister of state in Prime Minister's Office, told reporters on Saturday.

He was responding to media queries about displaying of Pakistan flags at a separatist rally in Srinagar on April 14.

"The central and the governments are fully prepared to deal with any mischief made by Pakistan and terrorists," he told media in Katra town of Reasi district in Jammu region on the sidelines of a two-day BJP convention.

Saudi Arabia pledges $274 million for relief work in Yemen

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has issued an order to allocate an amount of $274 million for humanitarian relief work in war-torn Yemen through the UN, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.

The donation came after the UN appealed on Friday to provide emergency assistance to millions of affected people in Yemen.

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stresses its stand fully by the brotherly people of Yemen, and prays to Allah Almighty to restore security and stability to sisterly Yemen," an official statement quoted as saying.

Pakistan arrests 48 Indian fishermen

Islamabad: Pakistan's Maritime Security Agency (MSA) has arrested 48 Indian fishermen and captured eight boats for illegal entry in Pakistani waters, media reported on Saturday.

The fishermen were arrested from Kajjar Creek while fishing beyond the permissible limit. India and Pakistan routinely arrest fishermen on charges of illegally entering their territorial waters as the maritime boundaries between the two countries are poorly defined, ARY news reported.

Hafiz Saeed calls for Pakistan's intervention in J&K

Islamabad: The chief of Pakistan's banned terror outfit Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD), Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, has expressed support for Kashmiri separatist leader Masrat Alam who has been arrested on sedition charges.

"We condemn #MasratAlam arrest! India has always used these failed tactics to suppress Kashmiris, will fail again PakSalutesMasratAlam," Hafiz Saeed tweeted on Friday.

He also said the Pakistan government should intervene in Kashmir.

Over 25,000 flee military operations in Iraq

United Nations : Over 25,000 people have fled Iraq's Ramadi district due to the ongoing military operations launched on April 8, a UN spokesperson said.

More than 2,000 families have fled the Iraqi city of Ramadi, with a little more than clothes on their backs as the Islamic State (IS) terror group closed in on the region, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

According to official reports, the fleeing Ramadi residents were settling in Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, and tents, food, and other aid were being sent to them.

Chinese president to address Pakistan parliament

Islamabad : Chinese President Xi Jingping will address a joint session of both houses of Pakistan's parliament on April 20, which is being summoned by President Mamnoon Hussain, media reported on Saturday.

The Chinese president will arrive in Islamabad on Monday on a two-day official visit. This would be his first foreign visit this year.

Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, governors and chief ministers of all four provinces, heads of the armed forces, and diplomats will attend the joint session, Geo News reported.

22 killed in Afghanistan suicide bombing

Kabul : At least 22 people were killed and over 50 injured on Saturday in a suicide bombing at Jalalabad city in Afghanistan.

"A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden jacket near a local bank," a police official told Xinhua news agency.

The attack took place near the New Kabul Bank branch and the city's municipality office building.

Police found and safely defused a roadside bomb near the first explosion site, the official added.

Hezbollah lashes out at Saudi-led aggression in Yemen

Beirut : Head of Lebanon's Hezbollah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah chastised weeks of Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen.

Addressing hundreds of supporters at a rally on Friday , Nasrallah said the airstrikes' real objective is to restore the Saudi-US hegemony over Yemen, instead of Riyadh's claim of defending Yemen's Arab identity.

Saudi Arabia has championed an Arab military operation against Yemen's Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels since late last month in a bid to restore the rule by the absent Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.