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NSA talks virtually off as India, Pakistan stick to stands

New Delhi/Islamabad : Prospects for NSA talks between India and Pakistan looked increasingly bleak on Saturday as Pakistan insisted it will take up the "core" issue of Kashmir while India said that Islamabad must abide by the agenda agreed to at Ufa and only discuss terrorism.

Pakistani National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz, who is slated to travel to India on Sunday for the talks, said at a press conference in Islamabad that he is willing to come for the talks but Kashmir would be on the table and he would also speak with the Kashmiri separatists.

Still ready to go to Delhi for talks: Sartaj Aziz

Islamabad: Pakistan's National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz said here on Saturday he is still prepared to go to New Delhi for talks with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval and it will be regretful if the talks were cancelled on "flimsy grounds".

"I am still ready to go to New Delhi to hold (NSA) talks without any preconditions," Aziz told the media here as uncertainty loomed over the talks between India and Pakistan's National Security Advisers in New Delhi.

Three dossiers on India's involvement in Pakistan: Aziz

Islamabad: Pakistan's National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz on Saturday said they have prepared three dossiers on alleged activities of India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) on its soil.

Aziz told the media that he would carry the dossiers and hoped he gets a chance to hand over them to his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval.

Aziz is slated to meet Doval in New Delhi on Aug 24.

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

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.

Take 'Indian aggression' seriously: Pakistan leader

Islamabad : Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah has expressed concern over "growing Indian aggression" against Pakistan and urged the government to effectively raise the issue at international forums, media reported on Friday.

He criticised the ministry of foreign affairs for its alleged failure to take up the issue of India's continuing "interference" in Pakistan with the international community, Dawn online reported.

After Kashmir row, Pakistan axes Commonwealth meet

Islamabad : Pakistan on Thursday refused to host the 61st Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference after declining to change its stance on not inviting the speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly.

The announcement was made by National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, who said Pakistan would not compromise on its stand on Jammu and Kashmir which it considers a disputed territory.

India had threatened to boycott the meet, scheduled here from September 30 to October 8, if an invite was not extended to the Jammu and Kashmir assembly Speaker, Kavinder Gupta.

Modi's UAE visit a wake-up call for Pakistan: Daily

Islamabad: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the UAE should be a wake-up call for Pakistan as "India is on the move in the region", said a leading Pakistani daily on Thursday.

An editorial in the Dawn said that Modi’s August 16-17 visit to the United Arab Emirates, and the joint communiqué issued afterwards, "should be nothing less than a wake-up call for Pakistan".

Islamic Declaration on Climate Change calls Muslims to support Paris meet in December 2015

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Istanbul/New Delhi: An ‘Islamic Climate Change Declaration’ has called on the world's Muslims to play an active role in combating climate change and has urged governments to conclude an effective universal climate change agreement in Paris at the end of the year.

Israeli court hears plea on release of Palestinian hunger striker

Jerusalem : Israel's top court held a hearing on Wednesday to decide whether to release a high-profile Palestinian prisoner who has been on hunger strike for 64 days.

The Supreme Court has yet not decided on whether to accept a petition to release Mohammad Allan on health grounds. Allan is protesting his imprisonment without trial since November 2014, Xinhua reported.

Earlier on Wednesday, the State Attorney's Office ordered a medical examination and said Allan could be released immediately if a permanent damage is diagnosed.