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Iran rejects US threats over detained Americans

TEHRAN: Iran's government rejected US demands to release detained Americans on Saturday, saying it had no control over the judiciary. "The judiciary, courts and judges in Iran are completely independent, as in any other country," said foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi in a statement. "Any interventionist and threatening statement by American officials and institutions has no effect on the will and determination of the country's judicial system to try and punish criminals and violators of the country's laws and…

US calls for Iran’s immediate release of detained US citizens

WASHINGTON: The United States called on Iran Sunday to immediately release US citizens and other foreigners detained on "fabricated" national security charges, after Tehran said an unnamed American has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. "We call for the immediate release of all US citizens unjustly detained in Iran so they can return to their families," a State Department official said. The statement made no specific reference to any individual, but it came after an Iranian spokesman announced the sentencing of an…

Indian soldier who complained of bad quality food ‘detained, tortured by BSF’

NEW DELHI: An Indian soldier whose viral video of exposing provision of substandard food to the army men was tortured and detained by Border Security Force officials for speaking out his concerns in the public, his wife said. According to report in the Hindustan Times,  BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav’s wife Sharmila told the paper that she received a call from him on January 31, informing her that his voluntary retirement had been cancelled and he was kept under arrest by the force. In an audio conversation purportedly…

Muslims barred from flights to US, as others detained

TEHRAN: Iranians and Iraqis planning to fly to the United States were prevented from boarding on Saturday after US President Donald Trump's order to restrict arrivals from seven Muslim countries. Iran slammed the "insulting" ban and said it would reciprocate. On Friday Trump signed a sweeping executive order to suspend the arrival of refugees and impose tough new controls on travellers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. His move sparked widespread international criticism. Travellers from the Middle…

Maulana Mirza Yousuf taken into custody in Karachi

KARACHI: Law enforcement agencies on late Saturday took into custody Maulana Mirza Yousuf Hussain alongside detaining over two dozen suspects in different raids, ARY News reported. The raid to arrest Maulana Hussain was conducted at the scholar’s residence in Nazimabad area by Police and Rangers. Maulana Hussain is said to be Khateeb (Speaker) of Masjid Noor-e-Iman. Read: Law enforcers arrest former senator Abidi in Karachi The law enforcers have not disclosed the whereabouts of the religious leader where…

Two policemen detained over ‘fake’ police encounter at Nipa Chowrangi

KARACHI: The alleged police encounter that took place on Friday night at Nipa Chowrangi in Gulshan-e-Iqbal turns out to be ‘fake’. One Rangers school student was shot dead and his cousin was injured in the alleged encounter, ARY News reported. Inspector General Police Sindh AD Khawaja has taken notice and directed transparent inquiry of the incident. Police official sources said the two police officers involved in this incident have been taken into custody, while formal arrest will take place after investigation into the…