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Indian police harass, detain Pakistani diplomat

ISLAMABAD: Indian police have started harassing staff of the Pakistani high commission as one of the diplomats was detained on Sunday. On protest of the Pakistani authorities, Indian police on Sunday released the Pakistani diplomat after detention for no reason. Sources said one of the officials of Pakistani high commission was arrested. The official was released only after Pakistan raised the issue with the Indian government, they added.  The sources said the Pakistani officer was forcibly made to sign a note…

Ambassador in touch with Russian authorities on Fakhr-e-Alam’s detention: FO

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office Spokesman on Monday said Pakistan’s ambassador to Russia was in touch with local authorities over the matter of detention of singer Fakhr-e-Alam due to his expired visa. Spokesman Muhammad Faisal in a Tweet said the ambassador had also spoken to Fakhr-e-Alam and hoped that the problem would be resolved soon. Fakhr-e-Alam was detained at the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Airport in Russia after he landed in the country with an expired visa while journeying across the globe on his project ‘Mission…

Man imprisoned for sending terror threats in Pakistan over detention of Czech woman

PRAGUE: A young Bulgarian man was sentenced to 40 months in jail by a Czech court over messages threatening terror attacks in Pakistan unless Islamabad freed a woman arrested with heroin in the country. According to Czech Radio website, the regional court in Plzen, west of Prague, found 21-year-old Nikolai Simeonov Ivanov guilty of sending the threats by email and text message to a television channel and news website in Pakistan. The threats demanded the release of a Czech woman he knew, named as Tereza H, who had been…

For Saudi tycoons freed from detention, cheers and a business challenge

RIYADH: Cheering supporters greeted Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal when he arrived at his skyscraper offices in Riyadh after his release from detention in an anti-corruption crackdown. But he and other tycoons freed from a luxury hotel in the Saudi capital face a challenge to get back into the swing of running their financial empires in the uncertainty hanging over the business community since their detention in early November. Their ability to do so could impact Saudi Arabia’s attempts to lure…

Saudi Arabian minister ‘resumes work’ after graft detention

RIYADH: A Saudi Arabian minister who was detained in a sweeping anti-government probe at a Riyadh hotel attended a cabinet meeting on Tuesday after he was proven innocent, media reported. The official Saudi Press Agency posted on its Twitter account pictures of Saudi King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the minister, Ibrahim Assaf, at the meeting. Saudi newspaper Sabq, which is close to the government, said that Assaf "resumed work" on Tuesday after being "recently proven innocent and leaving the…

Israel extends detention of three women from iconic Palestinian family

JERUSALEM: An Israeli court on Monday extended the custody of three Palestinian women detained after an alleged assault on Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank, the police said. They said the Ofer military court ruled that Ahed Tamimi, 17, her mother Nariman Tamimi, 43, and her cousin Nour Naji Tamimi, 21, would remain in custody until Thursday. All three women appeared in a video that went viral after it was shot on December 15 in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah. Read More: Guatemala to…