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At least 30 civilians killed in air strike near pine nut field in eastern Afghanistan

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At least 30 civilians were killed and 40 injured in an air strike conducted by the Afghan security forces, backed by US air support, in eastern Afghanistan, officials said on Thursday. The attack on Wednesday night was aimed at destroying a hideout used by Islamic State (IS) militants, but it accidentally targeted farmers near a […]

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‘They gave me electric shocks in a dark room’: Screams in the night in occupied Kashmir

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The soldiers came after midnight, Abid Khan says, his hands trembling, one of around two dozen young men in just one part of occupied Kashmir who say they have been tortured by the Indian army. The alleged abuse, residents say, is aimed at creating a climate of fear after India stripped the long-restive, blood-soaked Himalayan […]

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US recalls Taliban negotiator, vows to keep troops in Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON: The chief Taliban negotiator has been recalled to Washington and the US is not withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan, announced the Trump administration on Monday amid threats by the Taliban to inflict more losses. However, there was also an indication from the US government that the process of reconciliation with the Taliban would continue. […]

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Pakistan rejects India’s efforts to portray ‘normalcy’ in occupied Kashmir

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Pakistan “categorically rejected” on Sunday Indian government’s attempts to “portray normalcy in India-occupied Jammu and Kashmir”. A press release issued by the Foreign Office today said that despite the Indian government’s claims, occupied Kashmir was still under a lockdown while Kashmiri leaders remained under house arrest. “Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir continues to be the largest […]

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Pakistan successfully tests surface to surface ballistic missile Ghaznavi: ISPR

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Pakistan has successfully carried out the night training launch of Ghaznavi, a surface to surface ballistic missile, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said on Thursday. The missile “is capable of delivering multiple types of warheads up to 290 kilometres”, said Maj Gen Ghafoor via a tweet, which also included a […]

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UN experts urge India to end ‘collective punishment’ in Kashmir

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A group of UN human rights experts on Thursday urged India to end the communications blackout imposed on Kashmir, warning it amounted to “collective punishment” and risked exacerbating regional tensions. They voiced alarm over the measures imposed by India since it revoked autonomous rule in occupied Kashmir on Aug 5, including a near-total communications blackout. […]

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US urges India to free detainees, restore rights in occupied Kashmir

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The United States called on India on Tuesday to quickly release detainees and restore basic liberties in Indian-occupied Kashmir to ease tensions in the flashpoint region. “We continue to be very concerned by reports of detentions, and continued restrictions on the residents of the region,” a senior State Department official told reporters. “We urge respect […]

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Pakistan to take Kashmir dispute with India to International Court of Justice

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The government announced on Tuesday it would take the Kashmir dispute with India to the International Court of Justice, after New Delhi revoked special status for occupied Kashmir earlier this month, to the fury of Islamabad. “We have decided to take Kashmir case to the International Court of Justice,” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told […]

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‘World must seriously consider safety, security of India’s nuclear arsenal in control of fascist Modi’

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Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday expressed concern about the “safety and security of India’s nuclear arsenal” and urged the international community to take notice. In a series of tweets, the premier said that the fact that India’s nuclear weapons are in the control of “the fascist, racist Hindu supremacist Modi government […] impacts not […]

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India says may rethink ‘no first use’ policy on nuclear weapons

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India has stuck to its commitment of ‘no first use’ of nuclear weapons but future policy will depend on the situation, the defence minister said on Friday, which analysts said introduced a level of ambiguity in a core national security doctrine. India had declared itself a nuclear power after conducting underground tests in 1998 and […]

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