Afghan president charges Taliban for bloodshed, destruction

KABUL, Afghanistan: Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday blamed the Taliban for the raging bloodshed and destruction while ruling out surrendering the government to the advancing insurgents. Addressing a Cabinet session, Ghani said there was no “secret deal” or surrendering the government to the Taliban under consideration. “When the US announced its exit plan, I had said that Pakistan and the Taliban should take their decisions. They chose to (wage) war. … Now, the responsibility of all the destruction and bloodshed lies on their shoulders and their backers,” he…

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As Middle-East sits on a powder keg how will FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 happen?

By Haider Abbas There is a lot happening in Middle East, particularly even when the 11 days war between the state of Israel and Palestine resistance group Hamas ended in a ceasefire, on May 21, but there have been multiple violations from Israel, which is quite a routine, even when Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu had to be replaced by a unity government led by Neftali Bennett.  Israel Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on his first visit to UAE opened up Israeli embassy in Dubai as a part of diplomatic workout as…

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APCR reprobates the complicit role of State in Stan’s death

New Delhi, June 07, 2021: We are deeply pained and outraged to learn about the death of Fr. Stan Swamy under judicial custody. Father Stanislaus Lourduswamy was a priest and human rights defender who dedicated and sacrificed his life in seeking rights and justice for the marginalised. The NIA arrested Swamy for alleged links to Maoist forces in the Bhima Koregaon violence case, and booked under draconian UAPA law. The 84-year-old was kept in jail for more than nine months and denied bail, sought on medical grounds. Stan Swamy had been diagnosed with…

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Mehbooba Mufti’s 70-year-old mother summoned by ED for ‘unknown charges’

Srinagar: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday summoned Gulshan Nazir, the mother of former J&K Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti, for a personal appearance in Srinagar on July 14. Confirming the news, Mehbooba Mufti said that the Enforcement Directorate has summoned her mother Gulshan Nazir to appear in person in Srinagar on July 14, and linked it to PDP’s decision not to meet with the Delimitation Commission. “On the day the PDP chose not to meet the Delimitation Commission, the ED sent a summon to my…

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Assam Chief Minister justifies encounter killings

New Delhi: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday justified a series of encounter killings while speaking at the first-ever face-to-face meeting with the Officers In-Charge (OCs) of all police stations of Assam. “If an accused tries to snatch the service gun and run away, or even simply flee, and on top of it he is, say, a rapist, law allows shooting at such a person on the leg, but not on the chest,” Sarma said. “When someone asked me whether shooting incidents are becoming a pattern in the state,…

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