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Pakistan Says Four Soldiers Killed After Shelling By Indian Forces In Kashmir

July 17, 2017 |

The Pakistani military says four soldiers were killed when their vehicle was struck by shelling that they blame on Indian forces in the disputed region of Kashmir.Pakistani officials on July 16 said the vehicle dove into the Neelum River after being hi…

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Suicide Attacker Targets Pakistan Paramilitary Force, Killing At Least One

July 17, 2017 |

Pakistani officials say at least tone soldier was killed and four others wounded when a suicide bomber hit a vehicle carrying Pakistani paramilitary force members in the morning on July 17.The Pakistani Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the at…

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Pakistan’s Opposition Calls on Court to Oust Prime Minister

July 17, 2017 |

ISLAMABAD � Pakistan’s Supreme Court is holding high-profile hearings to determine the fate of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the basis of a probe that accuses him and his children of money laundering, tax evasion and concealing overseas assets.

After looking into the financial wealth and overseas assets of the family, the Joint Investigation Team, or JIT, appointed by the court concluded last week that Sharif, sons Hussain Nawaz and Hassan Nawaz, as well as daughter Maryam Nawaz, are living beyond their means.

Investigators also accused the daughter, Sharif’s presumed heir, of signing forged documents to obscure ownership of expensive London apartments.Sharif and his children have denied any wrongdoing.

At Monday’s inaugural hearing inside the tightly guarded Supreme Court building, lawyers for opposition political parties called on the three-judge panel to immediately disqualify and remove the prime minister from office in light of the JIT’s conclusions.

Attorneys for the Sharif family questioned the legality of the JIT and its findings, saying the investigators have exceeded their mandated authority.The attorneys were making arguments when the judges adjourned the proceedings until Tuesday.

Legal experts say despite objections and denials by the Sharif family, the Supreme Court could put the prime minister on trial on corruption on the basis of the JIT report, which contains documentary evidence about overseas assets and business Sharif has not revealed to tax authorities in Pakistan.

The 67-year-old politician twice served as prime minister in the 1990’s and on both occasions, his government was dismissed on charges of corruption and mismanagement.

Sharif was elected for a third time in the 2013 parliamentary elections after returning from years of exile in Saudi Arabia.He has consistently denied corruption charges.

The court case against the prime minister stems from leaked financial documents known as the Panama Papers that also listed Sharif’s sons and daughter, along with hundreds of other Pakistanis, as holders of offshore bank accounts and posh property.

Imran Khan, the opposition leader heading the court battle against Sharif, has been demanding the prime minister’s immediate removal since the family’s names appeared in the Panama Papers.Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party has also staged anti-government protests.

The powerful military institution notorious for ousting elected governments in Pakistan has denied its role in the legal battle on Sharif’s current tenure.The prime minister has a history of tensions with the military, which removed him in a bloodless coup in 1999 and exiled him.

Source: Voice of America

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Afghan Forces Retake Key Southern District From Taliban

July 17, 2017 |

ISLAMABAD � Afghan security forces, backed by U.S. military advisers and air power, have evicted insurgents from a strategically important southern district, nine months after the Taliban had overrun it.

A regional military spokesman, Wali Mohammad Ahmadzai, told VOA that Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANDSF) entered Nawa district in southern Helmand province early Monday and established government control over it following two days of intense battles with the Taliban.

He said overnight U.S. airstrikes against three important Taliban bases in the area killed more than 20 insurgents and made it easier for Afghan forces to retake control of the district center.

The Taliban has not yet commented on official victory claims.

Ahmadzai said a search and clearing operation is currently underway in the district where insurgents have heavily mined areas around key installations. He promised to release details of casualties suffered by both sides, saying the Taliban lost dozens of its fighters since Afghan forces launched a large-scale offensive on Saturday to retake Nawa.

The agriculturally-rich Afghan district is located about 30 kilometers west of the provincial capital of Lashkarga and its collapse had enabled the Taliban to stage repeated assaults on the city in their bid to capture it.

Lashkarga hosts hundreds of U.S. marines who returned to Afghanistan earlier this year to assist struggling local forces reverse Taliban advances in Helmand. The insurgents control many of the districts in the country’s largest province and poppy producing region.

Helmand borders Pakistan, where Afghan officials allege the Taliban has established recruiting and training centers, charges the neighboring country denies.

Meanwhile, the United Nations has warned the Afghan conflict continued to inflict record high levels of casualties on innocent civilians in the first six months of 2017.

The U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), in its mid-year report released Monday, documented a total of 1,662 civilian deaths between January 1 and June 30, showing an increase of two percent over the same period last year. The fatalities included 174 women and 436 children, it said. UNAMA began documenting civilian casualties in January, 2009, and has since recorded more than 26,600 civilian deaths and just under 49,000 injuries as result of the armed conflict in Afghanistan.

Source: Voice of America

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6 Killed as Indian, Pakistan Soldiers Trade Fire in Kashmir

July 17, 2017 |

SRINAGAR, INDIA � Four Pakistani soldiers, one Indian soldier and a child were killed Monday as Indian and Pakistani troops traded fire across a cease-fire line dividing the troubled Kashmir region between the two countries, officials said.

Indian army spokesman Lt. Col. Manish Mehta said Pakistani troops fired mortar shells and automatic weapons into the Rajouri sector of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Monday morning. A mortar shell landed on a bunker, wounding a soldier who later died at a hospital, he said.

Mehta called the Pakistani firing an unprovoked violation of a 2003 cease-fire between the neighbors and said Indian troops returned fire.

In Islamabad, the director general of military operations, Maj. Gen. Sahir Shamshad Mirza, accused Indian soldiers of attacking a Pakistani army vehicle, killing four soldiers.

Three civilians, two on the Indian side and one on the Pakistani-controlled part of the Himalayan region, were also reported injured.

Senior Indian police officer S.P. Vaid said in the Poonch area, near Rajouri, an 8-year-old girl was killed and her mother was wounded when a shell landed on their house.

Recent violence in the region has affected at least 5,000 civilians on the Indian side who have homes in the area, according to local civil administrator Shahid Iqbal.

Iqbal said all schools in the Poonch area have been closed and at least 120 students were evacuated from one school in armored vehicles after several shells landed nearby.

Kashmir is split between India and Pakistan but is claimed by both in its entirety. The nuclear-armed rivals have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir.

The two armies often blame each other for initiating firing across the cease-fire line.

Insurgents have been fighting for Indian-controlled Kashmir’s independence or its merger with Pakistan since 1989. India accuses Pakistan of arming and training the rebels, a charge Islamabad denies.

Source: Voice of America

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TCL’s new ad debuts in 15 countries across Eurasia

July 17, 2017 | General

The ad campaign rolls out in the key markets targeted by the Chinese government’s One Road, One Belt initiative BEIJING, July 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — TCL’s brand new ad campaign was rolled out in 15 countries worldwide including Russia, Italy and France on July 6, serving as an example of how a Chinese brand can […]

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ټي سي ايل د يوريشيا په ۱۵ هيوادونو کي نوي اشتهار پيل کړي دي

July 17, 2017 | General, Other Language, Urdu

د اعلاناتو کمپاين د هغو مهمو بازارونو کې چې د چين ون روډ ون بلټ يا يو سړک يوه لارے په  نوښت لخوا ټاکل شوي بيجنگ، د جوالي ۱۷، ۲۰۱۷ / پي آر نيوزواير / د ټي سي ايل نوي برنامه د جولاي په ۶ نيټه په ټوله نړۍ کې د روسيې، ايټاليې او فرانسې […]

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ٹی سی ایل کا نیا اشتہار یوریشیا کے 15 ممالک میں شروع

July 17, 2017 | General, Urdu

اشتہاری مہم چینی حکومت کے ون روڈ، ون بیلٹ منصوبے کی جانب سے ہدف پر رکھی گئي کلیدی مارکیٹوں میں شروع کیا گیا بیجنگ، 17 جولائی 2017ء/پی آرنیوزوائر/– ٹی سی ایل کی مکمل طور پر نئی اشتہاری مہم روس، اٹلی اور فرانس سمیت 6 جولائی کو دنیا بھر کے 15 ممالک میں جاری کردی گئی […]

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