International News

CIA chief Leon Panetta in secret Israel talks on Iran: report

CIA chief Leon Panetta has held secret talks in Israel with top officials who assured him the Jewish state would not launch a surprise strike on Iran, a report said on Thursday. According to the public radio report, Panetta arrived in Israel two weeks ago for a round of talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defence Minister Ehud Barak and other top officials. The talks focused on Iran's nuclear programme, which the United States and Israel suspect is aimed at developing an atomic bomb, a claim denied by Tehran.

India unable to deceive world: KSC

Oslo, May 14: Executive Director Kashmir Scandinavian Council, Sardar Ali Shahnawaz Khan, has said that India has failed to mislead the world community over its gross human rights violations in Kashmir. 
Thanking the Norwegian government and Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre for appealing the international community to mediate between Pakistan and India on Kashmir issue, he said Kashmiris were thankful to Norwegian government for a positive stand on Kashmir. 

Shawl greets IHK people for boycotting parliamentary polls

London, May 13 (KMS): The Executive Director of Kashmir Centre London, Professor Nazir Ahmad Shawl has congratulated the people of occupied Kashmir for their candid rejection of Indian parliamentary elections.

Nazir Ahmad Shawl in a statement said that by staying away from the farcical polls the people of Kashmir proved that they wanted only right to self-determination for which they had been struggling for last six decades.

Norwegian Christian Democrats put emphasis on human rights in Kashmir

 OSLO, May 11 (APP): The Party Congress of the Norwegian Christian Democrats (KrF) has urged the Norwegian government to play a crucial role by urging both India and Pakistan to resolve decades old Kashmir dispute. “The conflict in Kashmir has been in a dead lock for 60 years, and Norway should offer to take the role as a mediator and put more pressure on the parties of the conflict to reach a final solution,” Deputy Chair of the KrF Inger Lise Hansen said in a party release.

Hizb-e-Islami rejects talks with Afghan govt

Kabdul, May 11, 2009  The news: Afghanistan's Hizb-e- Islami has rejected the media report of holding talks with Afghan government and said Hizb-e-Islami’s view is crystal clear in this connections.
The spokesman of Hizb-e-Islami said dialogues with government would be possible only if it will fulfill the conditions of deadline of foreign troops withdrawal, deployment of Islamic countries troops for limited period and establishment of interim government. He termed the reports of talks as baseless.

Somali mosque mortar attack soars toll to 39

 Monday, May 11, 2009    MOGADISHU: A mortar shell hit a mosque in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Sunday, killing at least 14 people as the death toll from days of fighting between Islamist rebels and government forces soared to 39.
The mosque was hit just as worshippers were filing in for afternoon prayers, witnesses said. "The mortar shell struck at the gate of the mosque. I counted about 14 people who died instantly and 10 others were wounded," Hassan Abdifatah, a worshipper at the mosque in southern Mogadishu, told.

Younis regains top spot in Test rankings

Monday, May 11, 2009
LONDON: Pakistan captain Younis Khan regained the number one spot as West Indies' Shivnarine Chanderpaul lost his place at the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) world batting rankings in the latest edition issued on Sunday.
The Guyanese left-hander, the ICC's player of the year for 2008 and arguably the West Indies' best batsman since the retirement of Brian Lara, dropped into second place after being dismissed for nought and four during the 10-wicket first-Test loss to England at Lord's, which ended on Friday.

Indian troops sans peace posting for 20 years

New Delhi, May 11: Many Indian troopers of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) either fell to bullets or became prey to deadly diseases while waiting for more than 20 years for a peace posting.

US scholars release policy report on South Asia

Jammu, May 10: Nine scholars of South Asia have constituted a Working Group on South Asia which aims to discuss the politics of knowledge concerning South Asia as it connects academic and policy work in the United States of America.