‘No longer a symbol of hope’ Amnesty International strips Aung San Suu Kyi of highest honour

Amnesty International on Monday stripped Aung San Suu Kyi of its highest honour over the de facto Myanmar leader’s “indifference” to the atrocities committed by the military against Rohingya Muslims. It was the latest in a string of awards the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner lost since Myanmar’s military drove 720,000 Rohingya out of the Buddhist majority country in what the United Nations has called an act of genocide. The London-based global human rights organisation said it was revoking the Ambassador of Conscience Award it gave Suu Kyi in 2009…

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Minutes after take-off from Jakarta, Lion Air plane with 188 on board crashes into sea

Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said on Monday a Lion Air passenger flight from Jakarta, the capital, to the city of Pangkal Pinang off the island of Sumatra, had crashed into the sea. The flight was carrying 188 people, including crew, an Indonesia transport ministry official said. The debris, including plane seats, have been found near the offshore facility of Indonesia energy firm Pertamina in Java sea, a company official said. The plane lost contact 13 minutes after takeoff, the official said, adding that a tug boat leaving the capital’s…

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Will once again extend hand of friendship to India after 2019 polls: Imran Khan

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that he would once again extend a hand of friendship to India after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as he believed New Delhi rebuffed his offer of talks because Pakistan is an issue in the elections in the neighbouring country. Speaking at the high-profile Future Investment Initiative forum in Riyadh, Khan said Pakistan wants “peace with all our neighbours particularly India and Afghanistan for regional peace and stability.” “Peace with India would help the two countries to divert their resources towards human development…

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Over IWT Pakistan to launch aggressive campaign against India

Pakistan will launch an aggressive campaign against India to highlight its concerns over the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) after New Delhi failed to let Pakistani officials visit two hydropower projects in Jammu and Kashmir, a media report said Tuesday. Pakistan’s Commissioner on Permanent Indus Water Commission Syed Mehr Ali Shah said the Indian water commissioner had promised on the conclusion of the August 29-30 annual meeting to arrange a visit to the 1,000MW Pakal Dul and 48MW Lower Kalnai in Jammu and Kashmir in the last week of September.…

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Delhi using chemical weapons in Kashmir: Pakistan Foreign Office

Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal Thursday accused New Delhi of using chemical weapons in Jammu and Kashmir said asserted that Kartarpur border crossing cannot be opened till India responds. “Pakistan was not pleading with India to hold talks, but that it was the latter who had initiated contact,” the FO said. He said Pakistan “could only try” to co-exist peacefully with its neighbour. Faisal said 18 Kashmiris have been killed by Indian forces in the past two weeks in Kashmir. He condemned the killing of Kashmiris as well as…

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‘Small men occupying big Offices’, Disappointed at India’s arrogant response: Imran Khan

Reacting sharply to the cancellation of talks between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan, Imran Khan on Saturday termed India’s move as “arrogant” and “negative” to his call for resumption of dialogue between the two countries. “All my life I have come across small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger picture,” tweeted Khan. Imran Khan @ImranKhanPTI Disappointed at the arrogant & negative response by India to my call for resumption of the peace dialogue. However, all my life I have come…

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Pakistan releases special stamps of Burhan, Pellet Victims

Slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani has been declared a ‘freedom icon’ by Pakistan as they expressed their solidarity with Kashmiris in their ‘fight against the Indian oppression’. To commemorate the ‘victims of atrocities by Indian troops in Kashmir’, Pakistan has issued 20 such special postage stamps. A Times of India report quoted a senior official of Pakistan Post as saying that stamps — many with disturbing images – were issued from its headquarters in Karachi on July 24 to locally and internationally highlight the plight of people living in…

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New Pakistan govt sells 70 luxury cars including Mercedes, BMW

The cash-strapped Pakistan government on Monday sold 70 cars “above their market price” as it started the process of auctioning of 102 luxury vehicles of the PM House under Prime Minister Imran Khan’s austerity drive, a media report said. Apart from luxury cars, the government, facing huge debts and liabilities, plans to auction eight buffaloes kept by deposed and jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif at the PM House for his “gastronomic requirements”, a senior aide to Khan said last week. It will also sell the four surplus helicopters lying…

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Pakistan gets Turkey’s backing to use UN report on Kashmir at UNGA sidelines

Pakistan plans to use a report on Kashmir by the UN Human Rights Office to highlight the issue during a conference that will be held on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said. “At the UN, there will be a separate conference on Kashmir on the sidelines. It happens every year, but it is different this time because a new UN report has come out which sheds light on (Jammu and Kashmir),” Qureshi said. There has been a surge in the…

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Proposal ready to resolve Kashmir Issue: Pakistan Minister

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government is preparing a proposal to resolve the Kashmir issue, a senior Pakistani minister has said, describing the draft as a “model for conflict resolution.” Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari made the revelation during a TV talk show, but she did not share the details of the proposal. “We will prepare the proposal within a week and circulate it among all the stakeholders,” Mazari told the anchor of the Urdu language news channel 24NewsHD early this week. She said the proposal, which is a “model…

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