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IS poses grave threat to Pakistan, says MQM chief

Islamabad: Pakistan's Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief, Altaf Hussain, has said that the Islamic State (IS) is the new threat to Pakistan, media reported.

Addressing a press conference in Karachi via telephone from London Friday, the MQM chief said that Taliban militants were joining IS ranks, The News International reported.

20 militants killed in Pakistan clash

Islamabad: At least 20 militants and four security personnel were killed Saturday in a clash in Pakistan's federally administered Orakzai Agency, an official said.

Three security personnel were also injured during the clash in Shirin Dara area, Dawn online reported. The firefight lasted several hours, it said.

Saturday's clash comes as the army is engaged in an offensive against local and foreign militants in North Waziristan and Khyber.

Three Iraqis arrested on terror charges in Switzerland

Geneva: Swiss authorities Friday said they arrested three Iraqi nationals suspected of planning a terrorist attack in Europe.

The office of the attorney general of Switzerland said in a statement that the suspects were arrested and held in pre-trial detention at the end of March, Xinhua reported. The office has been conducting criminal investigations ever since.

It added the arrests were confirmed only now to prevent jeopardising the outcome of ongoing probes which "aim to identify possible accomplices and to uncover networks in Switzerland and abroad".

Palestinians protest against Israeli measures in Jerusalem

Ramallah: Clashes broke out Friday between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers in several West Bank towns when hundreds rallied in Gaza against the recent Israeli measures in Jerusalem.

Medics said that at least eight Palestinians were shot and injured Friday evening during clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian stone throwers at an Israeli checkpoint in northern Jerusalem, Xinhua reported.

No plans for Modi-Sharif meeting at SAARC: India

New Delhi : India Friday denied any plans for a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif during the SAARC summit in Kathmandu.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin, in answer to a query at a briefing, said there is "no such proposal at hand" and that the issue is not under discussion.

He added that no request has been received from Pakistan for such a meeting and that "there is no request that we intend to give".

PLO holds Israel responsible for Mideast peace failure

Ramallah : A senior Palestinian official Friday held Israel responsible for the failure of the Middle East peace process due to the Jewish state's measures and practices on the ground.

Saeb Erekat, the official in Palestine Liberation Organization and a veteran negotiator, said in an official press statement that the Israeli government was fully responsible for the current deterioration and the collapse of peace, Xinhua reported.

Boko Haram seizes control of Nigerian town

Nairobi : Militants of the Boko Haram radical Islamist group have seized the important northeastern Nigerian town of Mubi, days after the government confirmed that ceasefire negotiations were still continuing, media reported on Friday.

Eyewitnesses said that Boko Haram attacked the second most populous town in the state of Adamawa Friday as the group's fighters clashed with Nigerian forces.

Citing the witnesses, the daily Nigeria Today reported that the militants stormed and burned the police headquarters and opened the doors of the prisons.

Court reserves order in Musharraf's high treason case

Islamabad : A special court here Friday reserved judgement on dismissing the high treason case against Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf and others till Nov 21.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice Faisal Arab resumed hearing of the case earlier in the day during which Musharraf’s counsel Farogh Naseem submitted a rejoinder in the court, Geo News reported.

Sit-ins delayed building powerhouses: Nawaz Sharif

Islamabad : Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Friday blamed sit-ins for delaying the construction of powerhouses in the country, as cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan continued protesting with supporters in the capital city for over two months.

While presiding over a special cabinet meeting, Sharif reviewed the performance of three ministries including railways, petroleum and planning and development, Geo News reported.

21 IS fighters killed in US-led airstrikes in Syria

Damascus : Twenty one Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in US-led airstrikes against the Sunni radical group's positions in the predominantly Kurdish town of Kobane on the Syrian-Turkish border, a monitoring group said Friday.

An IS commander and a Danish IS fighter were among those killed, Xinhua reported citing the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The US-led anti-terror coalition has recently focused its strikes against the IS positions in Kobane, also known as Ayn al-Arab, to keep the group from capturing that strategic city on the Syrian-Turkish border.