Chief Editor: Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Signal issue: Fareed Express escapes accident at Walhar Railway Station

KARACHI, JULY 17 (DNA) – The Fareed Express that was moving towards Karachi has escaped an accident as the signal problem at Walhar Railway Station continued.It seems that the authorities have not taken any proper step to improve the railway issues despite deadly Rahim Yar Khan trains incident.

Indian plea to free Kalbhusan rejected; ICJ orders counselor access to Yadev

HAGUE:  (DNA) – Indian plea to free Kalbhusan has rejected by The International Court of Justice (ICJ) and orders counselor access to Yadev.Commander Jadhav — an Indian Navy officer was working for Indian covert agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) — was arrested on March 3, 2016, from Balochistan after he entered into Pakistan from Iran.Jadhav was tried in a military court which sentenced him to death for espionage and subversive activities.

Malaysian high commissioner lauds Pak strides in combating terrorism

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ISLAMABAD, JUL 17 (DNA) –High Commissioner of Malaysia Ikram Mohamed Ibrahim has said Pakistan has made significant strides in combating terrorism towards achieving durable peace and security in the country.“While the terrorism threats have indeed significantly been reduced, we commend the Pakistani security agencies for remaining vigilant to prevent any possible terrorist attacks”.The Malaysian high commissioner said this in an interview with DNA.

Pakistan greatly values ties with Belgium, President tells outgoing envoy

ISLAMABAD, JUL 17 (DNA) – Pakistan attaches highest value to its relations with Belgium both bilaterally and within the context of the European Union, said President Dr. Arif Alvi, while talking to the Outgoing Ambassador of Belgium, Mr. Frederic Verheyden, who paid farewell call on him at Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Wednesday.Appreciating the cordial bilateral relations, the President underscored the need for convening of joint commission meeting to further intensify dialogue for strengthening cooperation between the two in spheres like economics, trade, and tourism.

President Emaan Islamic Banking meets Uzbek ambassador

ISLAMABAD, JUL 17 (DNA) – President of Emaan Islamic Banking (structure of Silk Bank) Jawad Majid Khan met Ambassador of Uzbekistan, Furqat Sidiqov in order to discuss further strengthening of interbank and financial relations between Uzbekistan and Pakistan.With the assistance of Embassy of Uzbekistan an important agreement was concluded on interbank cooperation between JSC Asaka Bank and Emaan Islamic Banking.

US ‘incredibly supportive’ of Kartarpur Corridor initiative

WASHINGTON, (DNA) – The United States (US) welcomed the Kartarpur Corridor initiative between Pakistan and India and said Washington was “incredibly supportive” of the project, said a statement released by the Department of State.“We encourage it. Anything that increases people-to-people ties between India and Pakistan is something that we’re incredibly supportive of,” said States Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus while addressing the media in Washington.

You Can’t Force People to Assimilate. So Why Is China at It Again?

The Communist Party’s past efforts to coerce minorities failed. Repression in Xinjiang will too. The Chinese government’s campaign of internment in the northwestern region of Xinjiang is extraordinary, by dint of its scale — but also, its contradictions.Up to 1.5 million people from predominantly Muslim Turkic minorities — Uighurs, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz — have been arbitrarily detained in political re-education camps designed in part to make them renounce their religious beliefs.