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As Imran marches on, Islamabad security given to army

Islamabad : As a protest march continued in Pakistan, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Tuesday announced that the army has been entrusted with the responsibility of securing Islamabad's sensitive Red Zone area.

The move came as protestors from Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) persisted with their threat to march to Constitution Avenue in the federal capital city, Dawn online reported.

Army not behind anti-Sharif protest, says Pakistan minister

Islamabad : Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Tuesday evening dismissed speculations that the Pakistan Army was behind the ongoing protest demanding the prime minister's resignation.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf's (PTI) chief Imran Khan is staging a protest here to demand Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation.

Imran Khan claimed that the 2013 elections were rigged and that Sharif has a "fake mandate".

He also demanded that fresh elections be held.

UN to launch major operation to help refugees in Iraq

Geneva : The UN Wednesday will launch a major land, sea and air operation to provide aid to around half a million people displaced by extremists of the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist group in northern Iraq.

The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) is expected to begin distribution of the aid in a four-day airlift between Aqaba in Jordan and Erbil, the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti condemns Islamic terrorism

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh Tuesday termed extremist militant groups as "the first enemy of Islam" and stressed that the ideas of extremism and terrorism do not belong to Islam at all.

Referring to the Islamic State Sunni extremist group and Al Qaeda-affiliated groups in a statement titled "Foresight and Remembrance", the Grand Mufti said more dangerous ideas are those ideas that are being marketed in the name of religion, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

What was the understanding with Nawaz Sharif, asks Congress

New Delhi: Accusing Pakistan of causing derailment of bilateral talks with India by "forcefully" raking up the Kashmir issue, Congress leader Anand Sharma Tuesday also asked the government whether any understanding had been reached with the neighbouring country before agreeing to hold the foreign secretary-level meeting.

"As the preparations were being made for a dialogue with foreign secretaries, Pakistan forcefully put Kashmir on the top of the agenda," the former commerce minister told the media here.

Were seven PMs wrong in facilitating separatists' talks: Yasin Malik

New Delhi: Claiming seven past Indian prime ministers had "facilitated" meetings between Kashmiri separatists and visiting Pakistani leaders in India, JKLF leader Yasin Malik Tuesday asked if they were all wrong and the present Narendra Modi government, which called off talks with Pakistan, was "Mr Right".

Calling off talks with Pakistan not mature reaction: Mehbooba

Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti Tuesday criticised the calling off of the India-Pakistan foreign secretary level talks, saying the "aggressive posture" of the Narendra Modi government is "not a mature reaction".

Speaking to Times Now television channel, Mehbooba, the Anantnag MP, said that good ties between India and Pakistan "is good for both the countries... We have been fighting against each other and gained nothing. It has a deep effect on Jammu and Kashmir relations, and the people have suffered a lot."

India, Bangladesh border guards' to plant millions of saplings

By Sujit Chakraborty,

Akhaura (India-Bangladesh border) : Border guards of India and Bangladesh have taken up an ambitious plan to plant millions of trees along the frontier to protect environment and to reinforce friendship among them, officials said Tuesday.

Senior officials of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Border Security Force (BSF) at a brief function at Akhaura border checkpost (near Agartala city) Tuesday exchanged saplings of various fruit trees to green the areas that they guard along the 4,096 km India-Bangladesh borders.

Egypt condemns terrorist acts by Islamic State

Cairo : Egypt has condemned all forms of terrorist acts conducted by the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremists group in Iraq where scores of civilians have been killed and injured, the state-run MENA news agency reported.

A statement released by the Egyptian foreign ministry Tuesday said such crimes contradict the teachings of the Islam and represent a flagrant violation of humanitarian international laws.

Talks off but Pakistani envoy meets Kashmiri separatists

New Delhi : Pakistan continued its hobnobbing with Kashmiri separatists as its envoy Tuesday met hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and then moderate leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, a day after India called off foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan over the issue.

Geelani met Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit for two-and-half hours at the Pakistan High Commission, emerging from the talks at 2.30 p.m.

Later, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leader Mohammad Yasin Malik and the Mirwaiz also met the Pakistani envoy.