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US commission wants Pakistan designated for violations of religious freedom

By Arun Kumar

Washington : An independent US commission has asked the State Department to designate Pakistan and seven others as "countries of particular concern," where governments "engage in or tolerate systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom."

Welcoming the release of State Department's International Religious Freedom Report, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said the next step is to promptly designate the worst violators as CPCs and to press for much-needed reforms in those countries.

Akram, Akhtar to return to Pakistan over security concerns

Chennai: Former Pakistani pace greats Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar, who are currently in India for their commentary commitments with a television sports channel, will return to Pakistan and won't be here for the last One-Day International (ODI) between the hosts and South Africa.

The development comes a day after the International Cricket Council (ICC) was forced to withdraw Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar from the remaining two matches in the ongoing five-match ODI series, reports ESPNcricinfo.

Pakistan urges US to play role in resolving Kashmir dispute

Islamabad: Pakistan has urged the US to play its role to ensure strategic stability in South Asia and in resolving the Kashmir issue.

During Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visit to the US, we will talk about the tension with India on the Line of Control (LoC), Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry told the reporters in Washington on Monday.

Pakistan wants to have good and peaceful ties with its neighbours, including India, and Sharif went to New Delhi for this purpose, but no positive response was received from Indian side, Radio Pakistan quoted Chaudhry as saying.

ICC withdraws Pakistani umpire from India-South Africa series

New Delhi: The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Monday that it has withdrawn Aleem Dar from the remaining matches in the ongoing series between India and South Africa.

The ICC made the decision following Monday's incident in Mumbai where a group of Shiv Sena activists stormed the headquarters of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in order to prevent BCCI chief Shashank Manohar from holding talks with his Pakistan counterpart Shahryar Khan.

Indian maid lost arm due to fall from building: Saudi police

Riyadh : Riyadh police on Friday said that an Indian maid lost her arm due to a fall from a building and not because of an attack by her Saudi employer as was reported in India and elsewhere.

According to media reports earlier this month, Kasturi Munirathinam, 55, was allegedly attacked by her employer, which led to severe injuries and the amputation of her hand. The incident was quickly condemned by India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Jamia organises interactive session on West Asia, film screening on Afghanistan

By Staff Reporter,

New Delhi: The Subject Association of Academy of International Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia on Wednesday organized an Interactive Discussion on the current political crises in West Asia.

The programme was formally inaugurated by Professor Tasneem Meenai, Dean Students’ Welfare and Director, Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace & Conflict Resolution, JMI.

India concerned over escalation in Israel-Palestine violence

By Arvind Padmanabhan

Jerusalem : Amid global concerns over recent escalation in conflict in Israel and Palestine, President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday said India denounces all forms of violence, calling for any dispute to be resolved peacefully.

"We are disturbed at the recent violence. India condemns all forms of violence," the president said during his meetings with the Israeli leadership here.

"We have always sought a peaceful resolution of disputes," he added, soon after he was accorded a ceremonial welcome here on Wednesday morning.

Separated by a barbed wire, torn apart by politics: Families on the LOC

40,000 people flee amid clashes, airstrikes in Syria: UN

United Nations: Up to 40,000 people fled towns in northern Syria amid intensified conflict between government forces and rebel groups, a UN spokesman has said, citing the report of UN relief agency.

Between October 4 and 9, around 7,000 households (up to 40,000 people) fled towns in northern rural Hama in Syria, Xinhua cited the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) as saying on Tuesday.

Iran ready to implement n-deal: Rouhani

Tehran: Iran is ready to start implementing the nuclear deal reached with the world powers in July, President Hassan Rouhani has said following its approval by the Majlis (parliament).

"After the Guardian Council announces the endorsement, the government will start necessary measures" to implementing the nuclear agreement, titled Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Xinhua quoted Rouhani as saying on Tuesday.