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Pakistan to import fuel worth $400 mn

Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered the finance ministry to urgently arrange for PKRs.4,000 crore (nearly $400 million) to import petrol and furnace oil for two months in the wake of the fuel crisis that has hit the country, a media report said Friday.

Dawn said Sharif asked the finance ministry Thursday to arrange for the money to import at least 10 shiploads of petrol and furnace oil.

JuD says will continue to operate in Pakistan

Islamabad:The Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) Thursday said it would continue its "charity work" across Pakistan, in its official response to the ban imposed by the government, media reported.

Pakistan's foreign office said Thursday that the bank accounts of JuD have been frozen and foreign travel restrictions imposed on the organisation's leader Hafiz Saeed, Dawn online reported.

JuD, in an e-mailed official reaction, accused Pakistan of having banned the organisation under pressure from the US to "please India".

Saudi King Abdullah dies

Riyadh: King Abdullah died early Friday of complications from pneumonia and has been succeeded by his brother Salman, the Saudi Arabian royal household said in a statement.

"His Highness Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and all members of the family and the nation mourn the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who passed away at exactly 1 a.m. this morning," the statement said.

The monarch was hospitalised Dec 31 for medical tests.

India, Pakistan trade fire on international border in Jammu

Jammu: Indian and Pakistani troops traded fire overnight on the international border in Samba district of Jammu after the BSF reacted to 'suspicious movements on the border'.

"At 10.55 p.m. yesterday (Thursday) BSF troops at the Regaal border post of Samba district noticed some suspicious movements following which they fired four to five rounds of light machine gun fire," a senior police officer said here Friday.

"Pakistan Rangers at the Dhandhar post on their side also fired a few rounds in retaliation."

Pakistan not on the brink but on a rethink: Experts

By Vikas Datta,

Jaipur : Pakistan is not on the brink, and recent developments have led it to change its policy towards its western neighbour Afghanistan and the same may be possible on its eastern side provided India enters into a dialogue, experts say.

Saudi Arabia seeks closer educational ties with India

Aligarh : Saudi Arabia is keen to intensify bilateral ties with India with education being a priority, said Saudi Ambassador Saud Mohammad Al-Sati during his address at Aligarh Muslim University.

While addressing the University Polytechnic Wednesday, Al-Sati emphasised on close educational ties between the two countries.

Pakistan, India must hold talks at all costs: Kasuri

By Vikas Datta,

Jaipur : India and Pakistan must hold talks at all costs, said Pakistan's former foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri whose forthcoming book reveals how tantalisingly close the two countries came to a solution to the Kashmir issue in 2007.

"If America and (North) Vietnam could hold talks in a Paris hotel every Tuesday despite bombing equivalent to five atomic bombs going on Vietnam, then India and Pakistan can do likewise," Kasuri told IANS in an interview at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 Thursday.

India, Bangladesh officials, border guards to work jointly

Aizawl : The district administrations and border guards of India and Bangladesh would deal jointly with various border issues and crimes, officials said here Thursday.

District magistrates and other officials of Mizoram's two districts - Mamit and Lunglei -- met the deputy commissioners of Bangladesh's districts of Rangamati and Bandarban (under Chittagong division), and discussed border crimes, setting up of more border outposts (BOPs), erection of border fencing and better coordination between the district administrations of both sides.

Bangladeshi student leader succumbs to blast injuries

Dhaka : A student leader of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Thursday died of wounds suffered during an explosion while "making bombs" in a house in Dhaka's Lalbagh.

Mahbubur Rahman Bappi died around 6 a.m. Thursday, said Mozammel Haque, sub inspector of the police outpost at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital.

Bappi was the general secretary of BNP student front Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal's New Market unit.

Police said the 25-year old student leader was making bombs at his brother-in-law's house Wednesday when the explosion took place.

Pakistan bans Haqqani network, JuD

Islamabad : Pakistan has banned the Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) and the Haqqani network after the US insisted it do so, a media report said Thursday.

"The US has sought a ban on the Haqqani network and the Jamaat-ud Dawa but the matter was being delayed," Dawn online quoted an interior ministry official as saying

The Pakistani government took action against militant organisations without making a distinction between the good Taliban and the bad Taliban after the attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar Dec 16 by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, the report said.