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Deal struck for new Asian bank

Deal struck for new Asian bank

Twenty-one Asian countries that are willing to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as founding members yesterday signed the Memorandum of Understanding on establishing the Bank. Chinese President Xi Jinping met the representatives of the 21 countries after the signing ceremony in the morning. The countries are Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, the Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. The AIIB aims to fund rail, road, power and other projects across the region. The Bank's authorised capital is $100...

Sectarian attack kills 8 Shias in Pakistan

Eight Shia members of Pakistan's ethnic Hazara minority were killed, and one wounded, yesterday, after gunmen opened fire on a bus in the volatile province of Baluchistan, police said. No one immediately claimed responsibility. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a radical Sunni militant group, has carried out many gun and bomb attacks on Hazaras in the past. The men were returning from a vegetable market when gunmen intercepted the bus. "Two gunmen boarded the bus and shot the men," police officer Imran Qureshi told Reuters. All...

Pakistan Taliban sack spokesman for IS vow

Pakistan Taliban sack spokesman for IS vow

Pakistan Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid has been sacked after pledging allegiance to Islamic State (IS). The militants said he had been replaced but did not name his successor. A statement reiterated support for Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar. It emerged last week that Shahidullah Shahid and five other Pakistan Taliban (TTP) commanders had defected to...

Tarique sued for calling Sheikh Mujib ‘Pakbandhu’

Tarique sued for calling Sheikh Mujib ‘Pakbandhu’

A sedition case was filed against BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman today for terming Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as “Pakbandhu (Friend of Pakistan)”. Advocate Moshiur Rahman Malek, president of Bangabandhu Foundation, filed the case with the Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate in Dhaka. After hearing the charges brought against Tarique, Metropolitan Magistrate Asaduzzaman Nur...

Pakistani jets hit militant hideouts, killing 21

Pakistani jet fighters struck five militant hideouts in a northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan on Thursday, killing at least 21 insurgents, the army said. The "precise" strikes were carried out in the Tirah valley in Khyber tribal region, a military statement said. It provided no further details and only said the strikes "killed 21 terrorists." There was no way to independently confirm the claim. Pakistan's tribal areas are off limits to journalists. Pakistan's air force often targets suspected militants and their hideouts in...

Rookie spinner for Pakistan

Pakistan Tuesday named uncapped leg-spinner Yasir Shah to replace the suspended Saeed Ajmal in their preliminary 19-man squad for the two Tests against Australia starting next week in the United Arab Emirates. Shah, 28, was one of the leading wicket-takers in the domestic season last year, with 48 scalps, but had little success in one-dayers or the two Twenty20s he played on the tour of Zimbabwe three years ago. He has yet to play a Test but chief selector Moin Khan...

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World wants welfare, not warfare

World wants welfare, not warfare

THE Norwegian Nobel Committee has sent a powerful message by awarding the peace prize for this year to the Gandhian in Delhi, Kailash Satyarthi, and the extraordinarily courageous Pakistani Malala Yusufzai, wandering in exile: the world applauds welfare, not warfare. Someone in Pakistan's military-religious  complex  of Pakistan should clean his ears and start...

Indo-pak Border Clashes

Gunfire resumes after brief pause

India and Pakistan exchanged gunfire across the Kashmir frontier yesterday, Indian military officials said, ending a pause in fighting that has already killed 17 civilians in the two countries in the worst skirmishes in a decade. After nine days of attacking each other with mortars and heavy machine guns, the two armies abruptly stopped fighting on Thursday night, although their governments kept up the war of words blaming the other of launching unprovoked fire. But yesterday, Pakistan border guards targeted 10...

Modi's bravado ups the ante in India-Pakistan fighting

Modi's bravado ups the ante in India-Pakistan fighting

To judge from the shrill outrage of India's TV news channels, the past week's bloody clashes along the border dividing Kashmir are all Pakistan's fault: one network has been plugging the Twitter hashtag #PakBorderDare. However, military officers in both countries and officials in New Delhi say the violence that has killed nearly 20 civilians...

Indo-Pak Border Clashes

Pause in fighting brings respite for civilians

Fighting between India and Pakistan paused yesterday after days of heavy shelling and gun battles across their disputed Himalayan border, the worst skirmishes between the nuclear-armed rivals in more than a decade. Despite escalating tensions, Pakistan said war with India was not an option and that both sides should work to try and defuse the conflict, reports Reuters. Nine Pakistani and eight Indian civilians have been killed since both sides' security forces started firing more than a week ago along a...

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