BEIJING - China expressed Monday its discontent to the Indian government after the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama attended a public event in India. An international conference on Buddhism, organised by India at Rajgir in Bihar, was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama and India's Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma and was also attended by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, reports Efe news. "In recent days the Indian side,
ISLAMABAD - Tehmina Janjua was on Monday named Pakistan's new Foreign Secretary, becoming the first woman to become the country's top diplomat. Janjua, who pipped several senior colleagues including High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit, will succeed Aizaz Chaudhary who was appointed as the new Ambassador to Washington. Presently serving as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva,
ISLAMABAD - The release of much-anticipated Bollywood film "Raees" starring Shah Rukh Khan and Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, was on Monday banned in Pakistan due to its "objectionable" content. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) said the Rahul Dholakia directorial, which marks Mahira Khan's Bollywood debut, will not release in the country. The film was scheduled to hit Pakistani cinemas on Sunday.
WASHINGTON - The US-based World Kashmir Awareness organisation expressed the hope that the US President-elect Donald Trump would help resolve long-standing Kashmir dispute to establish durable peace in the region. As Trump prepares to assume the presidency on January 20, the organisation's Secretary General Ghulam Nabi Fai, in a statement addressing the President-elect, said he hoped that Trump would help mediate...
ISLAMABAD - Amid rising tensions between Pakistan and India, Indian Hindu pilgrims have cancelled their visit to the revered Katas Raj temple in Pakistan, officials said. As many as 200 Hindu pilgrims from different parts of India were scheduled to visit the Katas Raj temple complex - one of the holiest Hindu sites in Pakistan - on November 28. Pilgrims were supposed to perform religious rituals during the three-day visit.
MUMBAI - Rights group, South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) on Monday urged the armies of India and Pakistan to open up regular channels of communication and curb escalation of cross-border firing in Jammu and Kashmir. Condemning the use of "any country's territory for terrorist activities anywhere," the SAHR called upon the Directors-General of Military Operations of both armies to take steps in this regard and...
SRINAGAR - A Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) trooper was killed and six other security personnel injured when guerrillas attacked their convoy on the outskirts of Srinagar on Friday evening, police said. An SSB trooper was killed and six other security men including five SSB troopers and a state police driver injured when militants attacked the convoy in Zakura area, 12 km from city centre Lal Chowk, around 7 p.m., police said.
JAMMU - Fresh firing across the de facto border between India and Pakistan on Tuesday intensified military tension between the already tense neighbours with Indian Air Force chief Arup Raha warning that the situation on the Line of Control (LOC) was still "live". The Indian Army alleged that Pakistan troops opened unprovoked heavy firing in at least three places on the LoC -- a ceasefire line that divides Jammu and Kashmir...
NEW DELHI - India and Pakistan troops exchanged fresh border fire on Monday, hours after top security advisors of the two countries spoke with each other in a bid to reduce escalating tension. It was for the first time that the two NSAs spoke to each other after the September 18 deadly terror attack at a military base in Jammu and Kashmir. Defence sources here said Pakistani troops, without provocation,
NEW DELHI - India-Pakistan tension escalated afresh on Saturday as forces of the two countries exchanged fire along the border in Jammu and Kashmir, sparking international concerns with UN chief Ban-Ki Moon offering mediation to negotiate peace between the rival neighbours. The skirmish in the Akhnoor sector of the International Boundary that caused no casualties came days after India claimed to have conduced...