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UAE frees Briton sentenced to life as spy after pardon

ABU DHABI/DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates on Monday pardoned and released a British academic jailed for life on spying charges, granting a request for clemency after showing a video of him purportedly confessing to membership of the UK’s MI6 intelligence service. The case has strained ties between the long-time allies, leading London to issue a forceful diplomatic response after last week’s verdict was handed down, with a warning that it could hurt relations. The UAE president issued the pardon as part of a mass…

FM Qureshi hopeful Pakistan will win Kulbhushan Jadhav case in ICJ

MULTAN: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday said he is hopeful that Pakistan will win the case against convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav in the International Court of Justice (ICJ). “We have solid evidence against Jadhav and are hopeful we will win the case in the ICJ,” Qureshi said while speaking to media in Multan. The foreign minister said that Pakistan will make all efforts to present its stance in an effective manner before ICJ, a world court that sits in The Hague. The trial of Jadhav has…

Former ISI chief Asad Durrani’s name placed on ECL

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Interior has placed the name of former chief of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lieutenant General (retd) Asad Durrani in the Exit Control List (ECL). The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has been informed about the decision, the sources at interior ministry said. A high level meeting at the interior ministry decided to place the name of General Asad Durrani in the no exit list. The Pakistan army on Monday ordered a probe against former ISI chief Lt. Gen. (retd) Asad Durrani over his…

Lavrov says spy poisoning could be ‘in interests’ of UK govt

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday suggested that the poisoning of a former double agent could benefit the British government by distracting attention from problems around Brexit. The March 4 attack on Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury has triggered a wave of tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats between the West and Russia and sent relations plunging to new post-Cold War lows. "This could be in the interests of the British government which found itself in an uncomfortable…

Russia calls British PM’s allegations over poisoning ‘insane’

MOSCOW: A Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman on Thursday described allegations by British Prime Minister Theresa May that Russia was to blame for the nerve agent poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal as insane. The spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, also said Moscow was still working on retaliatory measures against Britain for London’s decision to expel 23 Russian diplomats over the poisoning, which left Skripal and his daughter critically ill. Her comments followed a statement by British Prime Minister Theresa May on…