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Deal with Hamas boosts two-state solution: Abbas

Ramallah: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that the reconciliation deal reached with his rival Hamas movement will empower the principle of the two-state solution.

Abbas said in an statement that the reconciliation agreement reached with Hamas, which controlled the Gaza Strip by force in 2007, doesn't at all contradict with the peace negotiations with Israel, Xinhua reported.

Decide between peace with Hamas or Israel: Israeli PM to Abbas

Jerusalem/Gaza: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Wednesday reports of growing communication between the rival Palestinian Hamas and Fatah movements, demanding that the Palestinian president choose between peace with Hamas or with Israel.

"Instead of moving into peace with Israel, (Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas) is moving into peace with Hamas," Netanyahu said following a meeting with Austrian Foreign Affairs Minister Sebastian Kurz in Jerusalem.

Very much welcome Modi statement on relations: Pakistan envoy

New Delhi: Dismissing seemingly tough statements by the BJP and its allies about Pakistan as "poll rhetoric", Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit Wednesday said they "very much welcome" BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's latest statement that if he came to power, his government would follow a "balanced" foreign policy in which "no one should be able to intimidate us and neither should we do it”.

Bangladesh court rejects Khaleda's plea to scrap indictment

Dhaka: A court in Bangladesh Wednesday rejected Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia's request to scrap her indictment in the Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage Trust graft cases.

A bench comprising Justices Borhanuddin and K.M. Kamrul Kader issued the order Wednesday after hearing the review petition filed on the grounds that the charges were not framed "properly", reported.

On March 19, Dhaka’s Special Judge Basudev Roy indicted Khaleda Zia in the graft cases.

Palestinian rivals agree on government formation, elections

Gaza: The Hamas movement and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah Party agreed Wednesday to form a unity government and hold general elections, a senior Palestinian official said.

Mustafa Barghouti, a member of the delegation in talks with Hamas, told Xinhua that a transitional unity government would be declared within five weeks and the general elections will be held within six months.

Pakistani envoy welcomes Modi's statement

New Delhi : Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit Wednesday welcomed BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's statement that India-Pakistan relations should be "balanced" with no intimidation from either side and expressed his country's keenness to work with the new government.

"We are very much encouraged," Basit told media persons here reacting to Modi's statement in an interview to a news channel Tuesday night.

Syria announces name of first presidential candidate

Damascus : The Syrian parliament Wednesday announced the name of the first candidate who registered for the presidential election, media reported.

Muhammad Maher Hajjar, a Syrian parliamentarian, was the first to submit his application for the presidential election, Xinhua reported citing the official SANA news agency.

Registration for the June 3 election started Tuesday.

Hajjar submitted his application to the Supreme Constitutional Court, which is tasked with overseeing the presidential election.

Gas pipeline blown up in Pakistan

Islamabad : Suspected militants blew up a gas pipeline in Pakistan's Balochistan province Wednesday, an official said.

Militants planted an improvised explosive device (IED) close to a gas pipeline in the Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti district Wednesday, Dawn online reported citing a security official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

He said the IED exploded with a considerably loud blast, blowing up 16-inch diameter gas pipeline in the area.

"Gas supply to Sui purification plant has been suspended after the blast," the official was quoted as saying.

Pakistan's interior minister calls government-Taliban meeeting

Islamabad : Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has called a joint meeting Wednesday of the government and Taliban committees engaged in attempting to restore peace in the country's troubled north.

The meeting will discuss progress in dialogue process and chalk out future line of action, Geo News reported citing an interior ministry statement.

It will be the first meeting between government-appointed committees and Taliban after the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) April 16 announced end of its the 40-day-long ceasefire.

3G, 4G spectrum license auction begins in Pakistan

Islamabad : The auction process for 3G and 4G spectrum licenses in Pakistan began Wednesday and is expected to revolutionise the telecom sector and raise more than $1.3 billion, the sector's regulator said.

Four companies are participating in the bidding process, Dawn online reported.

The bidders have been assigned different colours which they will use instead of their company's name, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said.

In the first phase, services will be available in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta.