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Bangladesh court warns government on blockades

Dhaka : The Bangladesh High Court on Monday asked the government why its "lack of action" in imposing "reasonable restrictions" on blockades and shutdowns should not be declared "illegal".

A bench of justices Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Abu Taher Md. Saifur Rahman also asked why the blockades should not be declared "unconstitutional".

The observations came after the initial hearing of a petition filed by the country's four major business bodies, reported.

Are Muftis try to break off BJP alliance: Omar

Srinagar : Is Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and his daughter Mehbooba Mufti trying to force the BJP to break their alliance, wondered former chief minister Omar Abdullah on Monday.

"Has Mufti decided the Modi-Mufti accord was a mistake? Are the father-daughter duo trying to force BJP to break off the alliance?," tweeted Omar after Sayeed credited peaceful polls in the state to Pakistan, separatist Hurriyat leaders and militants.

Mehbooba Mufti defends Sayeed's remarks on Pakistan

Jammu : Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said she stood by the remarks made by her father and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed who gave credit to separatist leaders, militants and Pakistan for the smooth conduct of the assembly election.

Pakistani court summons federal, district magistrates over Lakhvi

Islamabad : The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday sent notice to the federal and district magistrates seeking their replies on the detention order of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, an alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack.

During Monday's hearing, Lakhvi's counsel Advocate Rizwan Abbasi contended that it was the third time his client had been issued with the detention orders, Dawn reported.

The court sought replies from the district and federal magistrates and adjourned the hearing to March 5.

Search warrant against Khaleda Zia's office

Dhaka : A Bangladesh court has issued a search warrant against former prime minister Khaleda Zia's Dhaka office after reports that she could be hiding fugitives and explosives there, media reported on Monday.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate S.M. Masud Zaman issued the warrant on Sunday, bdnews 24 reported.

Police have asked for the warrant in the explosive case filed against the bombing over a procession outside Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan's office on February 16 which killed at least 11 people.

The issuance of the warrant was kept under wraps.

'Normalisation of ties between India-Pakistan urgently needed'

Islamabad : The Pakistani prime minister's key advisor, Sartaj Aziz, has said normalisation of Indo-Pakistan relations is urgently needed to reduce tensions on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

"It is premature to predict the outcome of foreign secretary level talks between Pakistan and India scheduled for March 3, but chances of a decision to resume a composite dialogue are likely either in the upcoming or the follow-up meetings," Dawn Monday quoted Aziz as saying.

IS releases 19 abducted Christian Assyrians

Damascus: The Islamic State (IS) militants on Sunday released 19 Christian Assyrians they had kidnapped last month, a monitoring group reported.

The 19 people are the first batch of 29 Assyrians the sharia court of the IS exonerated on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, Xinhua reported.

On February 23, the IS abducted 220 Christian Assyrians during an assault it had waged on predominantly Assyrian areas, mainly in the area of Tal Tamr and its countryside in Syria's northeastern province of al-Hasakah.

British schoolgirls flee to Syria to join IS

London: British schoolgirls as young as 15-16 years are believed to have fled to Syria via Turkey to join the Islamic State (IS) jihadi group, media reported on Sunday.

CCTV images captured last month showed three Bethnal Green Academy girls -- Shamima Begum and Amira Abase, both 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16 -- on the Turkish leg of what is believed to have been their journey to join the IS in Syria, BBC reported.

Iraq violence kills over 1,100 in February: UN

United Nations : Latest figures released by the United Nations show that ongoing violence and terror activities claimed the lives of more than 1,100 people across Iraq in the month of February.

The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said in a statement on Sunday that 611 civilians were among the 1,103 people killed last month. The rest were members of the security forces.

UNAMI further said 2,280 people, including 1,353 civilians, were wounded across Iraq last month, adding that the capital city of Baghdad was the worst hit with 329 people dead and 875 injured.

Bangladesh to seek FBI's help in Avijit Roy murder probe

Dhaka : Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali Sunday said it has decided to take help of the US' Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the probe into writer-blogger Avijit Roy's murder following Washington's offer.

The minister conveyed the decision to a group of Dhaka-based diplomats including those of the US, while briefing them on the ongoing political situation Sunday, reported.

Ali said the government had decided to "positively respond" to the US offer to engage the FBI in unearthing the motive and real culprits behind the murder.