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PAK FM Qureshi dares India on Kashmir dialogue

Islamabad, Jan 27 : Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has dared India to come to the dialogue table with Pakistan over the Kashmir dispute, if it is so sure about its stance and standing on the matter.

Qureshi accused India of being ‘fearful of dialogue’ because of what he called, its ‘state-run brutalities in Jammu & Kashmir.’

‘India did not pay heed to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s offer for peace talks. The country instead took measures that further escalated the situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir,’ he said.

Qureshi claimed that Kashmir is an internationally recognised dispute, urging that use of force is not the solution to resolve the longstanding issue between Pakistan and India.

‘India has been suppressing the rights of Kashmiris and taking atrocious steps against them for decades,’ he alleged.’Kashmir has turned into a flashpoint between the two nuclear-armed neighbours,’ he added.

Presenting Pakistan’s stance on the matter, Qureshi said that the country ‘demonstrated to the global community with its actions that Islamabad desires peace and stability in the region.’

‘Economic stability is linked with peace. Investment would only come to the region if it is peaceful,’ Qureshi said, adding that regional peace is based on resolution of the Kashmir dispute as per the ‘desires and aspirations of the Kashmiri people.’

Lashing out at India on the issue of protesting farmers, Qureshi said that the Modi government has not been able to suppress the voice of the protesting farmers.

‘The entire India is endorsing their voice,’ he claimed.

Experts believe that Pakistan’s reiteration of its stance on Kashmir and targeting India with accusations of human rights violations in Jammu & Kashmir, is linked with the new administration of President Joe Biden in the US and with India’s intentions to become a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Pakistan has urged the newly-elected US administration to deal with a ‘changed Pakistan’ and India. On the other hand, Pakistan has strongly opposed India’s attempt to become part of the UNSC, as it would weaken Islamabad’s position on Kashmir at the global platform of the United Nations going forward. (With IANS Inputs)

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South Africa confirms third wave as COVID-19 cases continue to Soar

(Asian News Hub) – South Africa logged morethan 10,000 COVID-19 cases, which represents a 15.7% positivity testing rate.

According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), figures from the past seven days show that South Africa is now experiencing the third wave.

“South Africa technically entered the third wave today as the national seven-day moving average incidence of 5,959 cases, which now exceeds the new wave threshold, as defined by the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC),” the NICD said.

The majority of the new infections are from Gauteng 61%.

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Internet services restored in six districts of Balochistan after five years

(Asian News Hub) – The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has issued instructions to telecom operators to restore internet service in KP’s Khyber district and six districts of Balochistan after five years.

People will now be able to use the internet in the following areas.

Turbat city

Kech

Panjgur

Awaran

Washuk

Kalat

Awaran-Bela Road

The decision has been taken “in pursuance of the government’s vision of providing internet services across the country.”

The instructions were issued after the security situation in the areas was reviewed.

Cellular mobile operators have been told to upgrade their existing infrastructure from 2G to 3G/4G.

“The restoration of data services will help residents to fulfill their educational, health, commerce, and communication needs,” the PTA said in a press release.

Internet services will be restored in other areas in a “phased manner”, according to the authority.

People and students in Balochistan staged protests against the lack of internet coverage in the province. They claimed that they faced difficulties as their educational institutions shifted to online classes because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Bangladeshi woman cuts off attacker’s penis in Spain

The woman was arrested after admitting to the assault, alleging that her boss was attempting to rape her

(Asian News Hub) – Police in Spain arrested a Bangladeshi woman in her thirties for allegedly cutting off her boss’s genitals with a knife, which she said she had done as he was attempting to rape her, reported Daily Mail.

She told officers she was trying to defend herself against sexual assault at a bar in Sant Andreu de la Barca around midnight on Tuesday.

The sliced man was rushed to the hospital for an emergency operation to reattach his penis.
The woman is currently being held at a police station following her arrest.

Officers have initiated an investigation into her statements that she was acting in self-defense but have not eliminated the prospect of arresting the bar owner once he is conscious enough to be questioned.

According to police sources, the woman had told them she had been being harassed for months and was forced to have sex with her boss several times before she assaulted him with the knife during his latest alleged rape attempt.

A representative for the regional Mossos d’Esquadra police force confirmed on Tuesday that the woman was arrested for the crime of wounding in the early hours of the morning after she contacted police to explain what happened.

The man’s nationality has not been revealed yet, but he is believed to be from Bangladesh or Pakistan.

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