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Pakistan says it values China's support for SCO membership

Islamabad: Pakistan Friday said it appreciates China's support for the country's quest to become member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as the group has agreed to expand its membership.

On Thursday Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said his country welcomes and supports India and Pakistan to become new formal members of the SCO at the earliest possible date, Xinhua reported.

The agreement on new members came in a legal document passed at the 14th SCO summit held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan Sep 12.

Pakistan says navy officers behind dockyard attack fled country

Islamabad: Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said Friday that two navy officers, who had been involved in a recent terrorist attack on navy targets, have fled the country.

A navy officer and three attackers had been killed in the attack on the Karachi Dockyard in the port city of Karachi Sep 6 after militants breached the navy defence with inside help, Xinhua reported.

Pakistani Taliban and the newly launched Al Qaeda India branch had separately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Curfew imposed in Rawalpindi

Islamabad : Authorities in Pakistan's Rawalpindi city imposed 48-hour curfew Friday following intelligence reports of terrorist threats.

The district administration imposed Section 144 in the district for the next 48 hours, Radio Pakistan reported.

The imposition of Section 144 means assembly of four or more people, carrying weapons or any article which may be used as a weapon, use of laud speaker and pillion riding are prohibited.

Modi calls for greater cooperation with Bangladesh in energy

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday called for greater cooperation between India and Bangladesh in the areas of energy, power, infrastructure and tourism.

As visiting Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali called on him, Modi reiterated India's resolve to continue extending full support to efforts of Bangladesh for its socio-economic development.

"In this context, he called for greater cooperation between India and Bangladesh in the areas of energy, power, infrastructure development and tourism," a PMO statement said.

Lahore high court terms Qadri supporters' detention illegal

Islamabad : Terming the arrest of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers as unlawful, the Lahore High Court (LHC) Friday directed the authorities to apprise the court in written after releasing the arrested political activists, a media report said.

Cleric Tahir-ul Qadri's party PAT had challenged as illegal the arrests of 56 of its workers in a petition, DawnNews reported.

17 killed in Iraq bomb attacks

Baghdad : A total of 17 people were killed and 55 others wounded in bomb attacks in Iraq Friday, police sources said.

Seven people were killed and 28 others were wounded when a parked car bomb exploded in the Karada district of central Baghdad just before noon. Several nearby shops and civilian cars were destroyed by the huge blast, a police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Sharif accuses protesting parties of incitement to mutiny

Islamabad : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Friday accused two protesting parties of "inciting people to opt for mutiny" but made it clear that a few thousand people would never succeed in their "sinister designs" to derail the system.

Several thousand supporters of Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) and religious leader Tahirul Qadri's Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) have camped in Islamabad for five weeks to press their demand for the resignation of the prime minister.

France launches first airstrikes against IS in Iraq

Paris : France's President Francois Hollande said Friday French jets have launched first airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq where they seized major towns and threatened the region's security.

"This morning, at 9.40 a.m., our Rafale jets launched the first strike against a logistics depot of the terrorists," Hollande said in a statement issued by his office, according to Xinhua.

IS uses chemical weapons against army in Iraq

Baghdad : The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has reportedly launched a chemical attack on Iraqi forces in Saladin province, media reports claimed Friday.

The attack took place Wednesday and Thursday in the town of Dhuluiya, and left around a dozen people and army personnal affected, Press TV reported citing local media.

Dhuluiya has been under IS control for more than two months.

Earlier in July, Iraq had warned that the IS militants have taken control of a huge former chemical weapons facility northwest of Iraq's capital Baghdad.

15,000 illegal expats arrested in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh : More than 15,000 illegal foreign workers were arrested in Saudi Arabia's Jeddah city for violating the country's residency and labour regulations, a media report said Friday.

The arrests were made over the past few months, Arab News quoted police spokesperson Aati bin Attiyah Al-Qurashi as saying. He added that those arrested included beggars and street vendors as well as cleaners of cars on streets.