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Pakistan welcomes Russia’s offer to resolve tension between Islamabad, New Delhi

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has welcomed offer of mediation by Russian President Vladimir Putin to resolve tension between Islamabad and New Delhi. The reaction to the offer of the Russian President came during weekly briefing by Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria in Islamabad on Thursday. He pointed out that showing complete disrespect to the Holy month of Ramazan, Indian forces martyred more than 25 Kashmiris and injured over 200 using pellet guns in Occupied Kashmir. Grand Jamia Masjid was locked down and Kashmiris…

Whole world will be in tension on June 4: Waqar Younis

Former Pakistan’s express pacer and captain, Waqar Younis is looking forward to the big game between Pakistan and India on June 4 of Champions Trophy. He believes that the whole world will be in tension on that day. “I think not only me, but many people will be in tension, whole India will be in tension, whole Pakistan will be in tension, whole world will be in tension,” he said while talking to ARY News. “Because it will probably be the biggest match of the tournament,” he added. “Pakistan and India do not play…

Tension escalates between Sindh, center over arrest of PSP leadership

ISLAMABAD: Tension has escalated between the Sindh and federal governments over arrest of the top Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) leadership. The former wants to register a case against them, while the latter wants them to be released, ARY News reported. Police on Sunday arrested several senior Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) leaders including chairman Mustafa Kamal, Waseem Aftab, Raza Haroon and Dr Sagheer from their rally on Shahrah-e-Faisal in Karachi. PSP held a protest march demanding basic necessities of life for the…

Palestinian prisoners hunger strike heightens tension with Israel

JERUSALEM/GAZA: A hunger strike by more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners over their treatment in Israeli jails has turned into a heated dispute over whether the leader of the protest secretly broke the fast, and whether Israel tempted him to do so. The strike, which began on April 17, followed a call by Marwan Barghouti, the most high-profile Palestinian in Israeli detention, for a protest against poor conditions and an Israeli policy of detention without trial that has applied to thousands of prisoners since the 1980s.…

Amid tension, Taiwan says wants ‘new era’ of peace with China

TAIPEI: Taiwan aspires to create a "new era" of peace with China as military action cannot resolve problems, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said in a letter to Pope Francis, lauding Taipei's peaceful intentions at a time of tension with Beijing. The issue of self-ruled and proudly democratic Taiwan has shot to the top of the international agenda since US President-elect Donald Trump broke with decades of precedent last month by taking a congratulatory telephone call from Tsai. That, along with subsequent comments by Trump…

Pakistan puts cotton imports from India on hold as tensions mount

KARACHI/MUMBAI: Pakistan has suspended cotton imports from its top supplier, India, saying shipments failed to fulfil phyto-sanitary certification, threatening the $822 million-a-year trade, government and industry officials said. Traders say rising hostility between the neighbours might have prompted Pakistan to restrict imports. The decision will help other cotton suppliers such as Brazil and the United States to increase exports to Pakistan. "We had received some complaints regarding insects, pests, in cotton…