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Muslim World News

'SAARC meet will only be respite in India-Pakistan crisis'

Islamabad : Guns may fall silent when the SAARC meet takes place in November, but it would only imply respite rather than a long-term solution to the ongoing crisis between India and Pakistan, an editorial said Monday.

The 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit will be held in Nepal Nov 26-27, the Dawn online said in its editorial.

Pakistan finance minister meets Chinese president

Islamabad : Pakistan Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar has met Chinese President Xi Jinping, a media report said Monday.

Dar has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the establishment of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Representatives from other countries who had also signed the MoU were also present in the meeting which took place in Beijing Sunday, Dawn online reported.

Xi renewed his commitment on bilateral ties and said he looked forward to visit Pakistan, a statement issued by the finance ministry said.

Pakistan PM urged to probe London rally incident

Islamabad : Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Rehman Malik urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to probe a Kashmir rally incident in London, where Bilawal Bhutto was forced off the stage, media reported Monday.

He said that Bilawal raised his voice for Kashmiris and visited London to express his solidarity with them, The News International reported.

Malik spoke to the media at his residence in Karachi, where he also urged the prime minister to order an inquiry into the matter.

Thousands attended the Million March in London Sunday.

Four Lebanese troops killed in militant attack

Beirut: At least four soldiers, including two officers, were killed in an ambush by a terrorist group in Lebanon, army said.

The army guidance directorate said in a statement that "during its deployment in the Dhour Muhammara, troops were ambushed by a terrorist group. The army clashed with the gunmen and inflicted a number of gunmen. During the clashes four soldiers including two officers were killed."

17 killed, 30 teenagers abducted in Nigeria's Borno State

Abuja: At least 17 people were killed and 30 abducted by gunmen in a renewed attacks in northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, epicenter of Boko Haram violence, a local government chief said Sunday.

The gunmen raided villages in Maffa area, located in the central part of the restive northern province, from Thursday to Saturday, Xinhua quoted Shettima Maina, the local government chief of Maffa told reporters in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, as saying.

Five killed in Afghanistan twin blasts

Kabul: At least five people were killed and three injured as two roadside bombs went off in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, an official said Sunday.

The blasts occurred in Maiwand district Saturday afternoon, Xinhua reported.

"The first blast occurred in Shir Ali Kariz area targeted a vehicle of local police killing three civilians and a police personnel on the spot, and in the second blast which happened in Shahi Kariz area left a civilian dead on the spot," a senior police officer said.

15 Palestinians held in West Bank over riots

Jerusalem : Israeli security forces arrested 15 Palestinians in raids across the West Bank overnight Saturday for being involved in rioting and Hamas membership, the Israeli army said Sunday.

One man was apprehended in Jenin, while others were nabbed in villages in Ramallah, Bethlehem and Hebron areas, Xinhua quoted an army spokeswoman as saying, adding six of the detainees are linked to Hamas and are suspected of terror-related offences.

'Iran not to give in to restrictions on n-programe'

Tehran : Tehran will not give in to demands from the world powers for restrictions on its "peaceful" nuclear programme, according to Iranian Majlis (parliament) speaker.

The Islamic republic will not accept any limitation on its nuclear case but it is open to "logical" transparency measures asserted by the Iranian officials, Xinhua quoted Ali Larijani as saying at an open session of the Majlis.

He urged other parties engaged in the nuclear talks to avoid resorting to what he called "deceptive acts" in the course of negotiations.

Palestinians banned from using public transport in West Bank

Jerusalem : Israel has prohibited Palestinian workers from using Israeli public bus lines in the West Bank, a media report said Sunday.

The directive was issued by Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, Xinhua reported citing the Ha'aretz daily.

Under the order, Palestinian workers who travel to their day jobs inside Israel will not be able to ride buses that connect the West Bank with central Israel.

Israel-Palestine ceasefire dialogue postponed

Gaza : An indirect dialogue, reinforcing a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestine, has been postponed, an official said Sunday.

Khaled al-Batsh, a senior Islamic leader from Gaza, said in a statement that Egypt has postponed the dialogue between Israel and the Palestinian factions until further notice due to the security situation in the Sinai Peninsula, Xinhua reported.

He said that talks on restoring calm and peace in the Gaza Strip, building a seaport and an airport as well as the process of Gaza reconstruction, were scheduled to start in Cairo Monday.