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‘Backache' forces Pakistan Interior Minister to postpone crucial presser (18:48)
Islamabad, July 23 (IANS) Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Sunday postponed his much- anticipated news conference citing a severe backache, amid reports of a "patch-up" between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his upset yet powerful cabinet member.

Nawaz Sharif was employee of UAE-based firm, says counsel (17:24) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, July 23 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has admitted before the Supreme Court that he had worked for a UAE-based company till 2013 and also had a work permit (Iqama) for it at the time.

14 killed, 26 injured in Afghanistan road accident (16:46) IANS Photo Service
Kabul, July 23 (IANS) A total of 14 people were killed and 26 others injured as a passenger bus turned turtle in the northern Baghlan province in Afghanistan on Sunday, a local official said.

Ailing Bangladeshi Islamist cleric moved to New Delhi for treatment (15:16)
Dhaka, July 23 (IANS) The 96-year-old ailing chief of Hefazat-e-Islam, a pro-Islamist platform in Bangladesh, has been flown to the Indian capital for treatment after his health condition worsened, a media report said.

Russian firm delivers Mi-171E helicopter to Balochistan (14:08)
Moscow/Islamabad, July 23 (IANS) The Balochistan provincial government in Pakistan has received a Russian Mi-171E non-combat helicopter, Russian news agency Tass reported.

New school building funded by India inaugurated in Nepal (12:54) IANS Photo Service
Kathmandu, July 23 (IANS) Indian envoy to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri inaugurated a school building in Udayapur district and laid the foundation stone for construction of a campus building for another educational institution in Basaha in the same district, for which India has extended NRs 66.44 million as financial aid, a statement said.

Talk of new Pakistan PM just speculation, says Minister (21:18) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, July 22 (IANS) Amid talk that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif may have to quit over the Panama Papers case, Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Saturday said the notion of appointing a new Prime Minister was just a speculation.

Taliban chief's son among bombers killed in Afghanistan (16:52)
Kabul, July 22 (IANS) The son of the Taliban chief was one of the three suicide bombers who died earlier this week while attacking Afghan security checkposts in Helmand province, the terror group's spokesperson confirmed on Saturday.

US withholds aid to Pakistan over 'insufficient' counterterrorism action (Lead) (14:36) IANS Photo Service
Washington, July 22 (IANS) The Pentagon has said it will not give Pakistan the remainder of a key US military reimbursement fund allotted to the country for 2016 due to Islamabad's insufficient counterterrorism action.

US airstrike kills 16 Afghan policemen (12:16)
Kabul, July 22 (IANS) Sixteen police personnel were killed in a US-led coalition forces airstrike in Helmand province of Afghanistan, an official said on Saturday.

4 killed in Pakistan's Karachi (22:22)
Islamabad, July 21 (IANS) At least four persons, including three policemen, were killed and another was injured on Friday evening when unidentified gunmen opened fire at a police vehicle in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi, police said.

Up to 1 million undocumented Afghans being registered in Pakistan: UNHCR (20:38)
Geneva, July 21 (IANS) The UN refugee agency UNHCR on Friday said it welcomes this week's launching of a Pakistan government programme to register undocumented Afghans living in the country, estimated between 600,000 to one million.

UN hails Sri Lanka for setting up unit to trace war missing (20:28) IANS Photo Service
Colombo, July 21 (IANS) UN Secretary-General António Guterres has commended the Sri Lankan government for establishing the Office of Missing Persons (OMP), saying it was a significant milestone for all Sri Lankans still searching for their missing loved ones.

Five persons die in Bangladesh landslide (15:16)
Dhaka, July 21 (IANS) At least five members of a family were killed and another was reported missing when a landslide hit their house in Bangladesh's Chittagong region on Friday, police said.

US asks India, China to discuss border row (15:08)
Washington, July 21 (IANS) The US has said it wants India and China to engage in a direct dialogue to reduce tensions amid a dragging stand-off on the border between the two armies.

Nepal President, PM congratulate Kovind (14:22) IANS Photo Service
Kathmandu, July 21 (IANS) Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba have congratulated Ram Nath Kovind on his election as India's 14th President.

Pakistan's SC reserves verdict on Panama JIT report (14:00)
Islamabad, July 21 (IANS) Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday reserved its judgment in Panama Papers case after hearing arguments of all parties on the Joint Investigation Team's report submitted last week.

Masked men kill teacher in Afghanistan (13:26)
Kabul, July 21 (IANS) A teacher was shot dead by two masked gunmen in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, the latest in a string of targeted killing in the militancy-hit country, an official said on Friday.

Pakistani spy agencies given five days to produce Zardari aide (13:26) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, July 21 (IANS) The Islamabad High Court has given intelligence agencies five days to produce an aide to former Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari who was allegedly picked up from his house on April 4.

Ghani congratulates Kovind on being elected President (20:58) IANS Photo Service
Kabul, July 20 (IANS) Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday congratulated Ram Nath Kovind on his election as the 14th President of India.

Religious intolerance in India causing concern: Pakistan (20:14)
Islamabad, July 20 (IANS) Rising religious intolerance and bigotry in India is a cause of global concern, Pakistan said on Thursday.

Indian troops must be captured or killed: Ex-Chinese diplomat (18:28)
By Gaurav Sharma IANS Photo Service
Beijing, July 20 (IANS) If Indian troops don't withdraw from Doklam on the disputed border, they should be captured or killed, says a former Chinese diplomat who was once based in India.

Pakistan summons Indian envoy over border tensions (16:02)
Islamabad, July 20 (IANS) Pakistan summoned on Thursday the Indian Deputy High Commissioner for a second consecutive day and lodged a formal protest over ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir resulting in the killing of two civilians.

Key Taliban commander killed in Afghanistan (15:08)
Kabul, July 20 (IANS) A key Taliban commander, along with two other militants, was killed on Thursday in Afghanistan's Badakhshan province, an army official said.

Pakistani daily hails lifting of ban on Indian TV shows (14:34)
Islamabad, July 20 (IANS) A Pakistani newspaper on Thursday hailed as "a welcome development" the Lahore High Court's ruling striking down a ban on broadcast of Indian TV shows on private television channels.

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