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Pakistan Slams US for Declaring Anti-India Kashmir Group as ‘Terrorist’

ISLAMABAD Pakistan has criticized the United States for designating Hizbul Mujahideen, the largest militant group fighting Indian rule in the disputed Kashmir region, as a foreign terrorist organization.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Nafees Zakaria told reporters Thursday that Islamabad is disappointed at the U.S. decision. He said that Kashmir is an internationally recognized territorial dispute between Pakistan and India, and there have been U.N. Security Council resolutions pending implementation for decades.

The 70-year-old indigenous struggle of Kashmiris in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir remains legitimate. The designation of individuals or groups supporting the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination as terrorist is completely unjustified, Zakaria said.

The U.S. State Department added Hizbul Mujahideen to its list of global terrorist organizations on Wednesday, saying the action is a bid to deny the group the resources it needs to carry out terrorist attacks. It said the group has claimed responsibility for several attacks, including a bombing in Kashmir more than two years ago that injured 17 people.

The designation blocks any assets Hizbul Mujahideen may have under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibits Americans from doing business with it.

Several hundred supporters of the group took to the streets Thursday in Muzafarabad, the central town of the Pakistan-administered portion of Kashmir, to denounce the U.S. decision.

A prominent separatist leader in Indian Kashmir, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, expressed his disappointment at the U.S. decision, saying militant groups fighting Indian occupation should not be called terrorists.

They are not global terrorist organizations who are attacking targets outside Kashmir or killing innocent people. Kashmir is an international dispute and we are seeking its resolution international pledges. But India is not ready to resolve this issue peacefully and is prolonging it, Farooq told the VOA Urdu service.

Hizbul Mujahideen was established in 1989. Its Pakistan-based founder, Syed Salahuddin, was designated a global terrorist by the U.S. in June. The militant leader swiftly denounced and rejected the action, vowing to continue fighting until India quits Kashmir.

Both Islamabad and New Delhi claim the region in its entirety and have fought two full-scale wars over the divided Himalayan region. It remains the primary source of bilateral tensions, with military clashes routinely taking place along the cease-fire line, or the Kashmir Line of Control.

India has been struggling to restore normalcy and suppress a new wave of protests that has gripped the two-thirds of Kashmir under its control since July 2016 when Indian security forces, in an encounter, killed 22-year-old Burhan Wani, a popular commander of Hizbul Mujahideen.

Human rights groups have since accused Indian security forces of using brutal force in their bid to disperse stone-throwing crowds taking to the streets almost every day, and prompting authorities to occasionally impose a curfew and other restrictions.

Scores of people have died in clashes with security forces in the last year and thousands more have been wounded, deepening anti-India sentiment in Kashmir, where support is reportedly growing for armed fighters among the youth.

India accuses Pakistan of supporting and arming Kashmiri separatists, a charge denied by Islamabad.

Source: Voice of America

RANGERS ARRESTED 20 AFGHAN SUSPECTS DURING IBOS IN ATTOCK, DERA GHAZI KHAN, AND LAHORE

Pakistan Rangers Punjab along with police and intelligence agencies have arrested twenty Afghan suspects during Intelligence Based Operations (IBOs) in Attock, Dera Ghazi Khan and Lahore.

According to an Inter Services Public Relations, huge quantity of explosive, illegal weapons and ammunition were also them.

They are affiliated with banned TTP. The explosive and weapons were likely to be used for terrorist activities in major cities of Punjab.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Former Pakistani PM Turns To Court To Challenge His Removal From Office

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has filed petitions with the country’s Supreme Court challenging his disqualification from office over undeclared assets.

Environment Minister Mushahidullah Khan, who is also a member of Sharif’s party, said on August 15 that three petitions have been filed with the court by the former premier’s lawyers.

“It is our right to seek a review,” the Reuters news agency quoted Jan Achakzai, an official at the ruling PML-N party, as saying. “People of Pakistan haven’t accepted the decision.”

Sharif, 67, resigned during his third term as prime minister shortly after the same court ruled on July 28 that he should be disqualified and ordered a criminal probe into his family’s wealth.

The investigation stemmed from the so-called Panama Papers leaks in April 2016, when documents from a Panama-based law firm revealed that three of Sharif’s four children owned offshore companies and used them to buy properties in London.

According to Achakzai, the appeals seek a review of the disqualification on the fact that two of the five Supreme Court judges, who had already given a dissenting note in an April verdict ruling, were not supposed to sit on the panel that gave the final ruling in July.

Within days of the court decision, Sharif moved quickly to have the PML-N’s strong majority in parliament approve Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as his replacement.

Sharif held a series of rallies across the country last week, criticizing the court ruling and seeking to whip up popular support.

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Former Pakistani PM Turns To Court To Challenge His Removal From Office

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has filed petitions with the country’s Supreme Court challenging his disqualification from office over undeclared assets.

Environment Minister Mushahidullah Khan, who is also a member of Sharif’s party, said on August 15 that three petitions have been filed with the court by the former premier’s lawyers.

“It is our right to seek a review,” the Reuters news agency quoted Jan Achakzai, an official at the ruling PML-N party, as saying. “People of Pakistan haven’t accepted the decision.”

Sharif, 67, resigned during his third term as prime minister shortly after the same court ruled on July 28 that he should be disqualified and ordered a criminal probe into his family’s wealth.

The investigation stemmed from the so-called Panama Papers leaks in April 2016, when documents from a Panama-based law firm revealed that three of Sharif’s four children owned offshore companies and used them to buy properties in London.

According to Achakzai, the appeals seek a review of the disqualification on the fact that two of the five Supreme Court judges, who had already given a dissenting note in an April verdict ruling, were not supposed to sit on the panel that gave the final ruling in July.

Within days of the court decision, Sharif moved quickly to have the PML-N’s strong majority in parliament approve Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as his replacement.

Sharif held a series of rallies across the country last week, criticizing the court ruling and seeking to whip up popular support.

Copyright (c) 2015. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036.

ANTI POLIO CAMPAIGN TO BEGIN IN 4 DISTRICT OF KP ON TUESDAY

A three-day anti polio campaign will be started in four districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday.

Sources of Provincial Health Department told Radio Pakistan Peshawar’s correspondent, these districts include Swabi, Buner, Haripur and Torghar.

During the campaign, more than six hundred thousand children up to five years of age will be administered anti-polio drops.

About two thousand four hundred teams have been constituted which will visit door to door to ensure administering anti polio drops to all children upto five years of age.

Special security arrangements have been made to ensure security of polio teams.

Source Radio Pakistan

CONTRIBUTION OF NAWAZ SHARIF IN COUNTRY’S DEVELOPMENT IS UNPRECEDENTED: MUSHAHIDULLAH

Minister for Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan has said that contribution of former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in the development of country is unprecedented.

Talking to newsmen in Lahore on Sunday, he said that energy crisis has almost been resolved and Pakistan of 2017 is much better than that of 2013.

The Minister said Parliament is the supreme institution of the country.

Source: Radio Pakistan