|16 Indian fishermen arrested by Lankan navy|
|COLOMBO, Mar 23 (Agencies): Sixteen Indian fishermen have been arrested separately by Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly poaching in the country's territorial waters.
Eight Indian fishermen were arrested along with a steel hull fishing trawler for poaching in the northwest of Analathivu Island, Sri Lankan Navy said.
Having brought the fishermen and items to the naval base SLNS Elara, they will be handed over to the Jaffna Fisheries Director for further investigations.
Eight more Indian fishermen were arrested while engaging in "illegal" fishing activities in the sea area north of Mannar district, the Navy said.
The fishermen are due to be produced before the Mannar Fisheries Director, the Navy said.
The arrest of the fishermen comes weeks after Sri Lanka released all Indian fishermen in i...|
|Islamic State group claims responsibility; PM Theresa May says assailant was British-born|
|LONDON, Mar 23 (Agencies): The Islamic State group on Thursday claimed the responsibility for the attack outside UK Parliament, AFP quoted IS-linked agency as saying.
Four people, including the attacker and a police officer, PC Keith Palmer who was on guard at Parliament, had died in yesterday`s incident.
"Four people have died. That includes the police officer who was protecting parliament and one man we believe to be the attacker who was shot by a police firearms officer," Britain`s top counter-terrorism officer Mark Rowley had told reporters.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Theresa May said today that the man who launched yesterday`s deadly attack was born in Britain and known to the intelligence services.
"What I can confirm is that the man was British-born and that some years ago he wa...|
|7 arrests after raid on six addresses; toll lowered to three|
|LONDON, Mar 23 (Agencies): The British Police has arrested seven people in connection with Wednesday`s terror attack at the British Parliament.
The arrests took place in London and Birmingham.
"We have searched six addresses and made seven arrests," Acting Deputy Commissioner and Head of Counter Terrorism Mark Rowley told reporters in London.
Rowley added that the latest figures were that there were four dead including the....|
|Former Paki President Zardari starts weekly show with TV channel|
|ISLAMABAD, Mar 20 (Agencies): Former president of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari has started his weekly show with a local private TV channel in which he appears as a political analyst.
The former president's show named "Pakistan Khappay with President Asif Ali Zardari" will be aired every Sunday at 9:30 pm (local time), Bol TV said.
Zardari's first show was aired yesterday in which he appeared live from his residence Bilawal House in Karachi and responded to questions posed by an anchor.
Zardari, 61, targeted the government for failing to appoint a full-time foreign minister.
"If the government does not have a foreign minister, then, I believe, there is no concern for Pakistan's position on the global stage and the numerous challenges the country is facing," he said.
Zardari the second pr...|
|Hearing on Hafiz Saeed's petition adjourned, govt lawyer seeks time|
|LAHORE, Mar 20 (Agencies): The hearing on the petition filed by JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and four others challenging their house arrest under the anti-terrorism act was adjourned today?after a government lawyer requested for more time to prepare for the case.
"We could not get time to prepare the case as we were informed about today's hearing in the nick of the time," the government lawyer told a two-member Lahore High Court bench headed by Justice Syed Kazim Raza Shamsi.
Accepting his request, the court adjourned the hearing till tomorrow.
Mumbai attack mastermind Saeed, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdur Rehman Abid, Qazi Kashif Hussain and Abdullah Ubaid have filed the petition in the Lahore High Court and challenged their detention through senior advocate A K Dogar.
The government on January 3...|
|China slams India for inviting Dalai Lama To An International Buddhist Seminar|
|BEIJING, Mar 20 (Agencies): China today warned India not to go against its "core concerns" to avoid disruption in bilateral ties after New Delhi invited the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to an international Buddhist seminar in Bihar.
"In recent days the Indian side, in total disregard of China's stern representation and strong opposition, insisted on inviting the 14th Dalai Lama to attend the international conference on Buddhism held by the Indian government," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters here.
"China is strongly dissatisfied and firmly opposed to it," she said.
"We urge the Indian side to clearly see the anti-China splittist nature of the Dalai group and honour its commitment on Tibet and related questions, respect China's core concerns and avoid Chi...|
|Security alert after car bomb threat at White House|
|NEW YORK, Mar 19 (Agencies): Security officials got alerted after the driver of a car claimed to have a bomb in his vehicle as he drove up to the White House.
There was no confirmation of any device in the vehicle, but security at the White House was immediately upgraded, CNN reported.
One person was taken into custody after the incident and the vehicle was checked.
Several streets around the White House were closed in what remained an ongoing operation....|
|Paki's Sikh community disappointed at being 'left out' from census|
|ISLAMABAD, Mar 19 (Agencies): Members and leaders of the Sikh community in Peshawar expressed their disappointment at being "left out" of the national census, saying they feared their community would not be adequately represented in Pakistan`s first national headcount in 19 years.
"The concerned department has not included the Sikh minority in the ongoing count. It is not only unfortunate for us, it is also a point of great concern for the community to have been missed out in the counting exercise," Radesh Sing Tony, chairman of a Sikh committee, told the Dawn on Saturday.
He complained that a sizeable number of Sikhs was living in Pakistan, but the community was not counted among the religions included in the census form.
He noted that Sikhs would be counted under the "other" religion...|
|Nizamuddin clerics are safe in Karachi and will be back in Delhi on today: Sushma|
|KARACHI, Mar 19 (Agencies): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday confirmed that Syed Nazim Ali Nizami is in Karachi and Nizamuddin Dargah clerics will be back in Delhi on Monday.
"I just spoke to Syed Nazim Ali Nizami in Karachi. He told me that they are safe and will be back in Delhi tomorrow," Swaraj wrote on Twitter.
Earlier, on Saturday, Sindh Police officials had confirmed that two Indian clerics who went missing in Pakistan have been found.
The two clerics of Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah were reportedly found in a remote village of Sindh province with no mobile connectivity.
Both were sent to Karachi, from where they will be deported to India on March 20.
Syed Asif Ali Nizami, 80, and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami, were visiting Data Darbar in Lahore when they ...|
|Amid pushback, Pak shelves Gilgit-Baltistan move|
|KARACHI (PAKISTAN), Mar 18 (Agencies): Strong opposition from the leadership of both parts of Kashmir has forced Pakistan to shelve its plans to grant provincial status to the Chinese-bordering northern region of Gilgit-Baltistan, according to Foreign Ministry officials and politicians.
With the ministry denying reports that Islamabad is seriously considering declaring the strategic Gilgit-Baltistan region -- a key route of the $51 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project -- as its fifth province at Beijing’s demand, a senior government official insisted that the plan was very much there.
“It is true that the government was seriously considering the proposal for the last several months. But strong opposition from various stakeholders in Kashmir, especially the Hurriyat le...|
|Position on Kashmir not affected by CPEC: China|
|BEIJING, Mar 18 (Agencies): The Chinese Foreign Ministry has said that the development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will not affect Beijing's stance on the Kashmir issue.
Answering a question regarding India's objection to Pakistan's plan to declare Gilgit-Baltistan, the region north of the Line of Control in the Pakistan-administered Kashmir, its fifth province, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chun¬ying said China's position on the Kashmir issue was "consistent" and "clear-cut".
"As a leftover issue from history between India and Pakistan, it needs to be properly settled through dialogue and consultation between the two sides. The development of the CPEC does not affect China's position on the Kashmir issue," she said at a press briefing on Friday.
The CPEC passes ...|
|Basit advises India to create conducive environ for addressing core issues|
|ISLAMABAD, Mar 18 (Agencies): Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit has urged the Indian government to create a conducive environment by restoring the spirit of cooperation, thus paving way for settlement of core issues like Jammu and Kashmir.
“What I underline is that we need an overall conducive environment. When we are not talking to each other, when we are avoiding each other and when there is no environment of cooperation, then how you can expect to move forward," he said in response to queries from the host of India Today TV programme "India Conclave 2017" telecast on Saturday.
Basit said the two countries needed to decide over the fundamental issues like Jammu and Kashmir first before moving to other issues like terrorism which also posed an equal challenge to both the ...|
|Aziz urges global community to play ‘active role’ in Kashmir|
|LONDON/ISLAMABAD, Mar 17 (Agencies): The International community should play a “more active role” in Kashmir, Pakistan’s top diplomat Sartaj Aziz has said during a meeting with the British National Security Advisor in London.
Aziz, the Pakistan Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs advisor who is in the UK to attend the 50th meeting of Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, raised the issue of alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir during a meeting with British National Security Advisor Mark Lyall Grant, Radio Pakistan reported.
Aziz underscored the need for the international community to play a “more active role” in Kashmir, it said.
He also emphasised the need for a criteria-based approach for any new member in the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), the report said.