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Blasphemy accusation in Pakistan sparks ransacking of Hindu temple, school

Blasphemy accusation in Pakistan sparks ransacking of Hindu temple, schoolKARACHI/ISLAMABAD, Sept 16 (Reuters) – A crowd in Pakistan ransacked a school and Hindu temple after a Hindu principal was accused of blasphemy, police said on Monday, the latest case to raise concern about the fate of religious minorities in the predominantly Muslim country. The enraged crowd ransacked the school and damaged a nearby temple, a district police chief said. “It seems the principal had not done anything intentionally,” the district police chief, Furrukh Ali, told Reuters.



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India 'sowing seeds of war' with Kashmir actions – Pakistan military spokesman

India 'sowing seeds of war' with Kashmir actions - Pakistan military spokesmanPakistan’s military spokesman said on Wednesday that India’s actions in disputed Kashmir were endangering regional peace, after New Delhi revoked the autonomy of Indian Kashmir last month. “The situation in Kashmir has become a big danger in the region…the Indian action in Kashmir is sowing seeds of war,” said Major General Asif Ghafoor, chief spokesman for Pakistan’s armed forces in a televised press conference.



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Pakistan grants India access to alleged spy on death row

Pakistan grants India access to alleged spy on death rowPakistan granted consular access to an alleged Indian spy on death row Monday, sparking claims from New Delhi that the prisoner was under “extreme pressure” and unable to speak freely during the meeting. The consular visit comes weeks after the International Court of Justice in July ordered Islamabad to provide the prisoner and alleged spy — Kulbhushan Jadhav — with consular access but rejected India’s demand he be freed. “While we await a comprehensive report, it was clear that Shri Jadhav appeared to be under extreme pressure to parrot a false narrative to bolster Pakistan’s untenable claims,” said India’s foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar in a statement.



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The Latest: Trump speaks with leader of Pakistan

The Latest: Trump speaks with leader of PakistanThe White House says President Donald Trump has spoken by telephone with Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, on the need to reduce tensions and moderate rhetoric with India. Earlier in the day, the White House said Trump had a similar call with India’s prime minister over the situation in Kashmir.



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Taliban chief's brother killed in Pakistan blast: militant sources

Taliban chief's brother killed in Pakistan blast: militant sourcesThe Afghan Taliban leader’s brother was among four people killed in a blast at a mosque in southwestern Pakistan Friday, insurgent sources and a Pakistani official told AFP. The Taliban have not officially commented, but an unofficial statement circulating among Taliban fighters on WhatsApp and seen by AFP confirmed the claim. The blast comes at a delicate moment as a deal between the insurgents and Washington to end America’s war in Afghanistan is believed to be imminent.



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Brother of Afghan Taliban leader killed in Pakistan mosque blast

Brother of Afghan Taliban leader killed in Pakistan mosque blastQUETTA, Pakistan/KABUL (Reuters) – The brother of the leader of the Afghan Taliban was among at least four people killed in a bomb blast at a mosque in Pakistan on Friday, two Taliban sources told Reuters, an attack that could affect efforts to end the Afghan war. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast which took place as the Taliban and the United States are in the final stages of talks on an agreement that would see America withdraw its troops from neighboring Afghanistan. The imam of the mosque, 25 kilometers (15 miles) from the southwestern city of Quetta, was among those killed, police said.



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UPDATE 2-Brother of Afghan Taliban leader killed in Pakistan mosque blast

UPDATE 2-Brother of Afghan Taliban leader killed in Pakistan mosque blastQUETTA, Pakistan/KABUL, Aug 16 (Reuters) – The brother of the leader of the Afghan Taliban was among at least four people killed in a bomb blast at a mosque in Pakistan on Friday, two Taliban sources told Reuters, an attack that could affect efforts to end the Afghan war. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast which took place as the Taliban and the United States are in the final stages of talks on an agreement that would see America withdraw its troops from neighbouring Afghanistan. The imam of the mosque, 25 kilometres (15 miles) from the southwestern city of Quetta, was among those killed, police said.



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Five killed as Pakistan and India trade fire amid Kashmir tension

Five killed as Pakistan and India trade fire amid Kashmir tensionThree Pakistani troops and two civilians were killed during a clash with India over the disputed frontier in Kashmir, as Imran Khan warned of the ethnic cleansing of Muslims after Delhi revoked the region's autonomy. Pakistan's military said India had opened fire over the fortified line of control killing three soldiers, before a counter attack had killed five Indian troops. India denied any of its soldiers had died and accused Pakistan of breaking a ceasefire. The fighting came as  Pakistan held a symbolic “black day” of protest to coincide with India's Independence Day. Mr Khan, the prime minister of Pakistan, warned there would be "radicalisation and cycles of violence" across the Muslim world if the international community ignored abuses inside Indian-administered Kashmir. Pakistan claims ownership of the disputed territory and has reacted with fury to last week's decision to revoke Indian-administered Kashmir's special status. In efforts to divert attention from precarious situation in IOJ&K;,Indian Army increases firing along LOC. 3 Pakistani soldiers embraced shahadat. Pakistan Army responded effectively. 5 Indian soldiers killed, many injured, bunkers damaged. Intermittent exchange of fire continues. pic.twitter.com/wx1RoYdiKE— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) August 15, 2019 Thursday saw newspapers print editions with black borders and politicians, including Mr Khan, replaced their social media pictures with black squares. Mr Khan accused the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, of forcing Muslims out of the state of Gujarat when he was chief minister in 2002. Likening the situation in Kashmir to the massacre of Bosniaks during the Bosnian War, Mr Khan said: “Will the world silently witness another Srebrenica-type massacre and ethnic cleansing of Muslims in Indian-occupied Kashmir? I want to warn the international community if it allows this to happen, it will have severe repercussions & reactions in the Muslim world setting off radicalisation and cycles of violence.” A man waves a Pakistan-administered Kashmir flag as he takes part in Independence Day celebrations in Karachi on August 14, 2019, Credit: AFP Pakistan says India's abolition of Kashmir's self-rule move was illegal and has started a diplomatic push to try to persuade the United Nations to intervene. Yet the country's foreign minister has also admitted India's trading power and Pakistan's isolation leave Islamabad with little leverage. Despite India imposing a strict military crackdown in what is India's only Muslim-majority state, Pakistan's allies in the Gulf have remained quiet. Mr Modi told an Independence Day gathering that Kashmir's special constitutional status had encouraged corruption and nepotism, while creating injustice for women, children and minority communities. “Today every Indian can proudly say 'One Nation, One Constitution'," he said from the ramparts of the Red Fort in Delhi. Mr Modi also used his speech to warn of an unchecked population boom in the world's second largest nation. He said: "It is time to accept the challenges up front… population explosion. It will bring a lot of challenges for the future generations of this country." "We have to think if we can do justice to the aspirations of our children. There is a need to have greater discussion and awareness on population explosion.” The prime minister hailed an "informed section" of Indians who were already having smaller families as "playing a big role in doing good for the country".



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Pakistan observes 'Black Day' over Kashmir with march by militant group

Pakistan observes 'Black Day' over Kashmir with march by militant groupMUZAFFARABAD/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan observed a ‘Black Day’ on Thursday to coincide with India’s Independence Day celebrations, as one of the main militant groups fighting Indian rule in Kashmir led a protest through Pakistan’s part of the disputed region. India’s decision this month to revoke special status for its portion of Kashmir, along with a communications blackout and curbs on movement, caused fury in Pakistan, which cut trade and transport links and expelled India’s envoy in retaliation.



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Pakistan vows to respond to any Indian aggression in Kashmir

Pakistan vows to respond to any Indian aggression in KashmirPakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed Wednesday the time had come to teach Delhi a lesson and promised to “fight until the end” against any Indian aggression in the disputed region of Kashmir. The warning represented a dramatic escalation in rhetoric after Islamabad said last week that they had ruled out a “military option” over the Kashmir dispute. The remarks come as tensions skyrocketed between the nuclear-armed rivals following India’s surprising move to revoke the autonomy of its portion of the disputed Himalayan territory last week.



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