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Pakistan: 4 killed, 17 missing in boat sinking incident

Pakistan: 4 killed, 17 missing in boat sinking incident

ISLAMABAD: At least four people died and 17 others went missing on Wednesday after three boats sunk in Raghagan Dam, local media reported. A boat carrying 18 people on board sunk in Bajaur district of Pakistan's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province when it went to deep water on a recreational trip, reported Xinhua. To rescue them, two boats were rushed to save the drowning tourists, but the rescue boats with seven personnel too sunk in the dam. Another group of rescuers started operation and rescued four persons and took out four bodies from the water reservoir. The bodies and other four…
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US, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan to form new quad grouping

US, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan to form new quad grouping

WASHINGTON: The US, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan have agreed in principle to establish a new quadrilateral diplomatic platform focused on enhancing regional connectivity, the Biden administration has said. “The parties consider long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan critical to regional connectivity and agree that peace and regional connectivity are mutually reinforcing,” the state department said on Friday. Recognising the historic opportunity to open flourishing interregional trade routes, the parties intend to cooperate to expand trade, build transit links, and strengthen business-to-business ties, it said. “The parties agreed to meet in the coming months to determine the modalities of this cooperation…
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Beijing steps in to probe Pakistan bus blast case after death of 9 Chinese nationals

Beijing steps in to probe Pakistan bus blast case after death of 9 Chinese nationals

Beijing: Day after nine Chinese nationals were killed in an explosion in a bus in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province, China has decided to step in to assist its ally to probe the matter. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Thursday announced that the country is set to send a cross-department workgroup to assist Pakistan on the case, Global Times reported. The Chinese probe is being allowed even though the Imran Khan government has repeatedly stated that it won't allow foreign security set up on its land. The incident took place on July 14 in the Dasu area of Upper…
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Pakistan guards use tear gas to disperse crowd at Afghan border

Pakistan guards use tear gas to disperse crowd at Afghan border

CHAMAN, Pakistan: Pakistan guards used tear gas Thursday to disperse hundreds of people who tried to breach a border crossing into Afghanistan, a day after the Taliban seized control of the Afghan side of the frontier, officials said. "This morning a mob of some 400 unruly commuters tried to cross the gate forcefully. They threw stones, which forced us to use tear gas," said a security official at the southwest Chaman border, who asked not to be named. "We had to baton charge because people were getting unruly," said a second border official, who also did not want to be…
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China senior diplomat urges Pakistan to investigate bus blast

China senior diplomat urges Pakistan to investigate bus blast

BEIJING: Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi urged Pakistan to investigate a blast on a bus that killed 13 people, including nine Chinese workers, but stopped short of calling it an attack, according to a post on Thursday on the foreign ministry's website. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson called the Wednesday blast a bomb attack later that day but Pakistan said a mechanical failure caused a gas leak that led to the explosion. The blast sent the bus crashing into a ravine in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province in northwest Pakistan where Chinese engineers have for several years been working on hydroelectric projects as…
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Taliban claims capture of key town in Kandahar, Pakistan seals border

Taliban claims capture of key town in Kandahar, Pakistan seals border

ISLAMABAD: The Taliban on Wednesday claimed to have captured a key town in the southern Kandahar province that serves as Afghanistan’s major border crossing with Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province. Pakistani authorities sealed the Chaman-Spin Boldak border crossing for all kinds of trade and travel after the Taliban captured the area, border security officials said. In a video shared with TOI, an Afghan insurgent leader called it a "peaceful" takeover of the border post in Wesh town of the southern Afghan province and claimed that 50 border guards had joined them without putting resistance. The video shows Pak-Afghan flags being hoisted…
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India’s investment seems sinking in Afghanistan, warns Pakistan army

India’s investment seems sinking in Afghanistan, warns Pakistan army

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Army spokesperson Major General Babar Iftikhar claimed on Saturday that India’s investments in Afghanistan seemed to be "sinking" and added that "Indian propaganda" against Pakistan and its role in the peace process was "not gaining traction". New Delhi and Kabul share deepened economic and trade links despite uncertainties about achieving a political settlement to the lingering conflict in Afghanistan. India has invested over $3 billion in reconstruction and relief work since 2001 when US-led troops drove the Taliban out of Kabul. Delhi still firmly supports President Ashraf Ghani’s government. In an interview with a local TV channel, Gen…
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Pakistan bans air travel for unvaccinated people

Pakistan bans air travel for unvaccinated people

KARACHI: Pakistan has imposed a ban on air travel for people who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19, a move deemed to curb the further spread of the virus, it was reported on Saturday. In its announcement on Friday, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) reportedly said the ban will come into effect from August 1. The latest measures come after an increase in coronavirus cases was witnessed throughout the country, as well as the impending threat of an outbreak of the Delta variant. Besides the travel ban, the NCOC also made it mandatory for all adult students to…
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Pakistan PM Imran Khan indicates he is considering ‘talking to insurgents’ in Balochistan

Pakistan PM Imran Khan indicates he is considering ‘talking to insurgents’ in Balochistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday indicated that he is considering "talking to insurgents" in Balochistan and blamed the insurgency in the restive province on previous governments which failed to carry out development work in the region. Balochistan province has been host to a long-running separatist insurgency. Activists in Balochistan say thousands of campaigners have gone missing in recent years and accuse the Pakistani military of brutally suppressing the region's aspirations for autonomy. Addressing a gathering of local elders, students and businessmen in Gwadar during his day-long visit to the port city, Khan said that he is considering…
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Pakistan says India was behind June bomb blast in Lahore

Pakistan says India was behind June bomb blast in Lahore

KARACHI: Pakistan's national security advisor has accused India of orchestrating last month's deadly car bombing in the eastern city of Lahore, saying Sunday that an investigation has shown it was organized by an Indian intelligence operative. In a news conference in Islamabad, Moeed Yousuf said the probe showed that the man was an Indian citizen living in India who works for that country's RAW intelligence agency. He did not name the alleged mastermind. "Through the forensic analysis, electronic equipment, which has been recovered from these terrorists, we have identified the main mastermind and the handlers of this terrorist attack. And…
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