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“Tunisia is showing that democracy can sustain in Arab World”

By TCN News,

Aligarh: The flame of Arab Spring is still burning in Tunisia, said Shiekh Rashid al-Ghannushi, the Tunisian politician, President and co-founder of the Ennahda Party of Tunisia.

“Even though unfortunate events have followed the renaissance of Arab Spring but Tunisia is showing the world that democracy can sustain in the Arab World,” Shiekh Rashid said here at the Aligarh Muslim University’s (AMU) Polytechnic during his maiden visit.

Pakistan's apex court forms commission to probe poll ringing

Islamabad : Pakistan's Supreme Court announced the formation of a commission headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk to probe the alleged rigging in the 2013 general election, media reported Thursday.

The three-member commission was formed following the ordinance issued by President Mamnoon Hussain to proceed with the formation of a judicial commission, Dawn online reported.

It would investigate the allegations of poll rigging, a demand made by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) during the party's 126-day-long sit-in in Islamabad last year.

11 civilians killed in mortar attacks in Egypt

Cairo: At least 11 civilians were killed and six others injured on Wednesday evening as mortar shells hit two houses in North Sinai province of Egypt, a security source said.

"The mortar shells launched by extremists targeted the armed forces south of Sheikh Zuweid city but they mistakenly hit the said two houses," the source told Xinhua.

Meanwhile, five militants were killed during clashes with security forces in the province as part of the security raids on militants' hideouts in the peninsula.

India for dialogue with Pakistan in violence-free environment: Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said India was open to dialogue with Pakistan on all outstanding issues but in an environment free of violence, adding that "peace can only thrive when the climate is right".

In an interview to Hindustan Times, his second to the media since taking over in May last year, with the first being to CNN's Farid Zakaria, Modi said the "Simla Agreement and Lahore Declaration have to be the basis for going forward" in reference to holding dialogue with Pakistan to normalize relations.

IS releases over 200 Yazidi captives in Iraq

Baghdad : The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group released 216 Yazidis it kidnapped months ago in Iraq, a Kurdish security source said on Wednesday.

The Kurdish security forces, Peshmerga, received all those released Yazidis from the IS militants in the town of al-Rashad, some 40 km southwest of the city of Kirkuk, the source told Xinhua news agency on condition of anonymity.

The captives were held in the militant-seized city of Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province, some 400 km north of the capital of Baghdad, the source said.

Yemen evacuations extended till Thursday

New Delhi : Operation Rahat to evacuate Indians from strife-torn Yemen has been extended by a day, the government said on Wednesday.

The operation, which was to end on Wednesday, was extended till Thursday as officials said there were requests from a group of nurses stuck there.

"Responding to needs of 140 nurses India extends air evacuation from Yemen by a day. Flights planned for tomorrow also, subject to clearances," external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted.

Iranian foreign minister arrives in Pakistan to discuss Yemen

Islamabad : Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday for talks over the Yemen crisis, according to media reports.

Soon after his arrival, Zarif met Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, and shared details of the Iran-Turkey talks held in Tehran on Tuesday, Dawn online reported.

Zarif's two-day visit to Pakistan comes amid heightened regional diplomacy over the Yemen conflict, and against the backdrop of Pakistan's much-speculated participation in the Saudi-led military campaign against the Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen.

263 militants, 35 soldiers killed in Pakistan's Khyber Agency

Islamabad : At least 263 militants and 35 soldiers were killed in the ongoing military operation in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of Khyber Agency, an army statement said on Wednesday.

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) of the Pakistan army released the statement saying the troops killed the hardcore terrorists after surrounding them in restive Tirah Valley area of Khyber Agency, a militancy-infested tribal region along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Egypt refers 379 Muslim Brotherhood members to criminal court

Cairo : Egypt's prosecutor general on Wednesday referred 379 members of the Muslim Brotherhood group to the criminal court over charges of premeditated murder and sabotage, Egypt's state-run MENA news agency reported.

Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat also referred police officers to the criminal court for torturing to death Karim Hamdy, a lawyer, at a police station.

Saudi woman searches for her Indian mother in UAE

Dubai : A Saudi woman who was separated from her Indian mother after her parents divorced is trying frantically to locate her mother and the search has brought her to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), media reports said Wednesday.

The 41-year-old Saudi woman, identified as Kholoud, was taken away by her father following her parents' divorce 35 years ago, Emirates 24X7 reported on Tuesday.