Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency » Asia http://www.khaama.com The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:56:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Pakistan kills 92 insurgents including foreign fighters http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-kills-92-insurgents-including-foreign-fighters-28082 http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-kills-92-insurgents-including-foreign-fighters-28082#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:34:54 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=45129 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan airstrike in North WaziristanInter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistani Army’s media information source says that they have killed 92 insurgents and destroyed their six hideouts in fresh air strikes in North Waziristan and Khyber Agency.

ISPR states that 76 insurgents were killed in Datakhil area of North Waziristan and 16 others in Khyber Agency.

According to ISPR information, 12 foreign fighters were among the ones killed.

Pakistan widened its offensive against insurgents after a warning issued by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Mullah Fazlullah of carrying out more attacks like the one on a school in Peshawar that left over 250 people killed or injured, most of them school children.

On December 16 2014 a group of 6-7 gunmen stormed a school in Warsak Road area of Peshawar and sprayed bullets on school children, leaving 141 killed and over 130 injured.

Few of the slain were school staff and the remaining were all school children.

Mullah Fazlullah after the attack issued a video justifying the attack.

He said the school was indeed a training camp for Pakistan Army where they were raising soldiers to fight with them.

He further said in his video message that his fighters only killed the ones over 18 who along the military could join the fight against Taliban. He warned to kill the sons of Pakistani military personnel who have turned eighteen where ever they find them.

Pakistan-Teachers receiving weapon trainingSince the school attack last month, Pakistan issued weapons to school teachers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province which is a primary target for Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Hundreds of teachers both male and female have received weapon training and more are either under the training or scheduled to be trained.

After the threats of more attacks on schools the daughter of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif and some other high ranking government officials discharged their children from schools in Pakistan.

Reports surfaced that they were planning to send their kids abroad the country to study.

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35 insurgents including foreign fighters killed in North Waziristan http://www.khaama.com/35-insurgents-including-foreign-fighters-killed-in-nw-28069 http://www.khaama.com/35-insurgents-including-foreign-fighters-killed-in-nw-28069#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:18:36 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44969 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan airstrike in North WaziristanPakistan’s military officials say to have killed 35 insurgents in fresh air strikes in North Waziristan.

A statement issued by Pakistani military’s media office states their air force carried out several air strikes on militant centers and hide outs in Dadakhil area of North Waziristan late yesterday.

As a result of which 35 insurgents including several foreign fighters were killed and their centers and hide outs were destroyed, the statement adds.

The statement does not give details about the nationalities of the foreign fighters killed but foreign fighters hiding in North Waziristan are reportedly most of them Arabs, Uzbek and Chechens.

Pakistan started large scale operations against militants in North Waziristan and adjourning areas in June 2014 after their peace talks failed and then Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) with the assistance of Uzbek fighters carried out a massive attack on Karachi airport in Pakistan’s business hub Karachi.

The attack left at least 28 people dead.

Since June 2014 Pakistan claim to have killed more than 2, 000 militants and breaking back bone of terrorists hiding in Pakistan.

This operation was taken more serious after another deadly attack by TTP in Pakistan.

The attack in Peshawar left at least 141 people killed and more than 130 injured, most of them school children.

On 16 December 2014 a group of six-seven TTP fighters stormed a school in Warsak Road area of Peshawar and sprayed bullets on school children leaving 141 killed and over 130 others injured.

At least eight wounded people including school children and school staff died of wounds in the hospitals.

A TTP spokesman later contacted media and claimed responsibility for the attack.

The spokesman claimed that the attack was revenge for their people killed in North Waziristan in Pakistani military operations.

TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah in a video later said that children killed in Peshawar attack were of military personnel who were under training to join Pakistani military against them.

Mullah Fazlullah threatened will target sons of military personnel above eighteen years of old wherever they are found.

He also said that if military finds chance they can do the same to him.

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Pakistan fire shells on India ahead of Obama’s visit http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-fire-shells-on-india-ahead-of-obamas-visit-28065 http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-fire-shells-on-india-ahead-of-obamas-visit-28065#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:48:11 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44931 Read the full article...]]> Obama and PM ModiIndian officials say Pakistani forces fired shells on India hours before US President Barak Obama’s was scheduled to arrive.

Indian officials say their soldiers retaliated to the unprovoked fire and the exchange of fire continued for little while in Kashmir but there was no loss of life.

Pakistani officials confirmed the skirmish.

Pakistani forces say the fires were retaliation to the rounds received from across the border.

Although Pakistani and Indian forces occasionally exchange gunfire along the border in Kashmir but there were no reports of such an event in at least last two weeks.

US President Barak Obama on Sunday arrived in India for a three days visit to discuss terrorism, enhance economic cooperation and trade.

Reuters reports that US President Barak Obama ahead of his arrival to India supported India’s quest to have a permanent seat at the UN Security Council.

President Barak Obama was given a warm welcome By India’s premier Narendra Modi in New Delhi upon his arrival.

President Obama is now busy in meetings with Indian officials.

He will leave India on Tuesday for Saudi Arabia to pay tribute to Saudi nation for the death of King Abdullah Abdulaziz Al Saud.

King Abdullah Abdulaziz Al Saud passed away at the age of 90 on Friday.

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Barak Obama arrives in India for a three day visit http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-barak-obama-arrives-in-india-for-a-three-days-visit-28061 http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-barak-obama-arrives-in-india-for-a-three-days-visit-28061#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 05:26:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44908 Read the full article...]]> Barak Obama in India2US President Barak Obama landed in New Delhi, capital city of India on Sunday morning for a three days visit to meet Indian officials on various topics.

Indian media reports that both leaders will talk about the militant hide outs in India’s neighboring Pakistan and its threats.

Yesterday British based Telegraph reported US President Barak Obama giving a strait warning to Pakistan to close terrorist save havens.

Reuters reports that President Barak Obama has also supported India’s quest for a permanent seat on UN Security Council.

President Barak Obama is scheduled to be the chief guest at India’s Republic Day parade tomorrow.

Both leaders are also expected to talk on various topics including nuclear deal, enhancing ties, economic cooperation, strengthening trade and climate changes.

Tight security measurements were taken in New Delhi ahead of Obama’s visit.

President Barak Obama will leave India on Tuesday for Saudi Arabia to pay tribute to Saudi nation for the death of late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud who died at the age of 90 on Friday.

He will also meet Saudi Arabia’s new King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud who took office after the death of his half-brother King Abdullah.

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ISIS warns to kill Japanese hostages if ransom not paid http://www.khaama.com/isis-warns-to-kill-japanese-hostages-if-ransom-not-paid-28039 http://www.khaama.com/isis-warns-to-kill-japanese-hostages-if-ransom-not-paid-28039#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 07:10:11 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44689 Read the full article...]]> IS ThreatIslamic States of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS/IS/DAESH) in a new video threatens to kill two Japanese hostages if ransom is not paid.

In the video the group has asked for $200 million in exchange for the release of these hostages.

Two men are shown standing on their knees in the video whom DAESH claims to be Japanese hostages in their custody.

A man is seen holding a knife in his hands who is standing behind the hostages and threatens to kill these hostages if ransom is not paid in three days.

Although IS have executed hostages in the past but a ransom demand for release of hostages seems to be a new trend in their strategies.

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Newborn baby mysteriously catches fire in India http://www.khaama.com/newborn-baby-mysteriously-catches-fire-in-india-8968 http://www.khaama.com/newborn-baby-mysteriously-catches-fire-in-india-8968#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:25:46 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44641 Read the full article...]]> rahulbaby_660_081013061337A mysterious case has been reported in Viluppuram district at Tamil Nadu state of India a newborn baby who is mysteriously catching fire.

According to the local media reports, the 10-day-old baby boy is currently being tested by the doctors in Kilpauk Meical College and Hospital (KMCH) in Chennai.

The mother of the baby has said her child caught fire and his feet burst into flames last Thursday when he only six day old.

A four-member special committee headed by KMC dean Dr N Gunasekaran, and comprise chief pediatrician Dr Sathya Moorthy, chief plastic surgeon Dr Nirmala Ponnambalam and chief psychiatrist Dr Raja Rathinam was formed by the state governmnet to investigate the mysterious case.

The KMCH dean Dr Gunasekaran has said they have conducted blood, creatinine and electrolyte tests immediately after the infant was admitted, and the results were normal.

“The child suffered burns on the legs. Today morning, the wound swab culture was sent for tests to detect bacterial infection if any. The results will be known after 48 hours,” Gunasekaran quoted by The Indian Express said.

This comes as a 3-month-old baby belonging to the same family was also admitted to the hospital in August 2013 where doctors conducted a series of tests.

According to the results of the tests, the baby had not caught fire mysteriously which raised concerns at that time that the baby may have been abused by relatives or burnt in an accidental fire.

In the meantime, the doctors have said they will on Monday discuss about further investigations and study the latest case in-depth.

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4 insurgents killed in US drone strike in NW http://www.khaama.com/4-insurgents-killed-in-us-drone-strike-in-nw-28035 http://www.khaama.com/4-insurgents-killed-in-us-drone-strike-in-nw-28035#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:31:12 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44626 Read the full article...]]> DronePakistan’s local media reports that a US drone strike killed four suspected militants North Waziristan on Monday.

As per the information published by Pakistan’s local media the drone targeted a compound of suspected militants in Shahikhel area of North Waziristan leaving four suspected insurgents killed on the spot.

Previous reports published indicate that US drone strikes have killed several high ranking Al-Qaeda leaders and foreign fighters beside local insurgents in North Waziristan in the past.

However, these strikes are not largely popular in Pakistan.

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No terror attack during Obama’s visit to India, US warns Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/no-terror-attack-during-obamas-visit-to-india-us-warns-pakistan-9263 http://www.khaama.com/no-terror-attack-during-obamas-visit-to-india-us-warns-pakistan-9263#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 07:54:16 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44596 Read the full article...]]> obama_modi_4The United States has asked Pakistan to make sure there is no cross-border terror incident during President Barack Obama’s visit to India later this month, according to local media reports.

Washington has also reportedly warned Islamabad of “consequences” if any such attack is traced.

Obama is expected to arrive in India on January 25 and will be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations on January 26.

The local newspapers have also reported that New Delhi is also expected to hold crucial talks over Afghanistan with the US President.

According to the reports the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold talks on various issues with President Obama, including the possible rise of ISIS, the Al-Qaeda adn also the sudden surge in activity by Pakistan.

Sources told One India newspaper last week that Afghanistan will be a very vital issue during the talks between the two leaders.

Sources further added that the issue of Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Mohammad Omar who is kept in a safe house by Pakistan is also in the agenda as the Prime Minister’s think tank is gearing itself up to discuss a host of issues.

Other issues included in the agenda are heightened Pakistan activity in Afghanistan as India has seen Pakistan increasing funding and providing weapons and also aiding the Taliban with strategic planning.

Enhancing trade relations specifically in energy sector and natural resources of Afghanistan, training the Afghan police and cooperation to curb drug trafficking would also be discussed, according to the paper.

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Fierce fighting between Yemeni forces and Houthi rebels http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-fighting-ongoing-at-yemens-presidential-palace-28028 http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-fighting-ongoing-at-yemens-presidential-palace-28028#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:38:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44576 Read the full article...]]> yemeni-shia-houthi-rebels-seize-the-control-arman-city-aFierce fighting erupted between the guards of Yemen’s presidential palace and Houthi fighters in the capital Sanaa on Monday.

A report about the casualties was not issued until the writing of this story.

Huthis who claim to be fighting for their rights are blamed for a proxy war in Yemen for Iran.

They seized most parts of the capital Sanaa in September.

They are also blamed for abduction of Chief of Army Staff of Yemen’s president in Hada area of the city which has a strong presence of Huthi fighters.

Ahmed Awab Bin Mubarak was kidnapped along with two of his guards on Saturday.

War engulfed in larger flames in Yemen after vast protests forced President Ali Abdull Saleh to step down in 2011.

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3 Muslims killed in Muslim-Hindu violence in India http://www.khaama.com/3-muslims-killed-in-muslim-hindu-violence-in-india-28027 http://www.khaama.com/3-muslims-killed-in-muslim-hindu-violence-in-india-28027#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 04:19:11 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44566 Read the full article...]]> Burned villageThree Muslims have been burned to death after Hindus burned their Houses in India.

The violence occurred in Muzaffarpur area of Bihar state on Sunday after Hindus found dead body of a Hindu boy who went missing over a week ago.

Hindus blamed Muslims for the killing as the boy was friendly with a Muslim girl in their village.

Security forces arrested 14 people in connection to the violence occurred in Azizpur village.

On Sunday after a crowd of angry Hindus attacked the village and started to burn huts, most of the villagers escaped.

A spokesman for Bihar police says at the time of the violence they were unable to enter the village for several hours but by the time they entered the village everything was burned.

He said that the situation is now under control.

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Officials say Ahmed Awab bin Mubarak and two of his guards were abducted at an insurgent check point in Hada area on Saturday.

Until writing this story, no group had claimed responsibility for the kidnapping but officials suspect Shia Houthi militiamen are behind the abduction.

Most of the capital Sanaa is in the hands of Shia Huthi militiamen.

Ahmed Awab bin Mubarak was nominated by the president for the post of prime minister in 2014 but was largely opposed by the Shia Huthis.

Yemen’s current instability occurred in 2011 following a large scale demonstrations that forced president Ali Abdulla Saleh to resign from his post.

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Pakistan arrest Afghan Taliban who opposed ISIS http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-arrest-afghan-taliban-who-oppose-is-28020 http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-arrest-afghan-taliban-who-oppose-is-28020#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 07:59:04 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44480 Read the full article...]]> paksitani police 9

Killid Radio reports that two Afghan Taliban commanders who had opposed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) or (DAESH) in Logar province have been arrested by Pakistan.

Killid Radio quotes the police chief of Logar province Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai as saying that after the Afghan Taliban commanders opposed DAESH flag in Charkh district they were called to go to Pakistan and put in jail upon their arrival.

Killid Radio further quotes the police chief as saying that these commanders had fought with the supporters of DAESH in their area.

Before Logar, officials in Helmand, Zabul and Farah provinces reported the existence of DAESH supporters in their provinces.

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Gunmen attack another school in Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/gunmen-attack-another-school-in-pakistan-28015 http://www.khaama.com/gunmen-attack-another-school-in-pakistan-28015#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:49:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44428 Read the full article...]]> Pakistani Police

Reports suggest that gunmen have attacked another school in Swabi area of Khayber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province of Pakistan.

The attack took place this morning.

Police officer of Swabi area confirming the attack says gunmen opened fire at the school but escaped after a retaliation of fire by the watchmen.

According to the police officer no one was killed or injured in the attack.

Following the attack parents of the students arrived and took their children back home.

This comes after Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) threatened to carry out more attacks against Pakistani forces and their sons who are over eighteen wherever they find them even in schools.

Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah in a recent video claimed that they had told fighters to kill children of soldiers who are above eighteen in a recent attack at a military-run school in Peshawar.

The attack left at least 141 dead and over 130 injured, most of them school children.

Attackers who were wearing military uniform entered a military-run school in Warsak Road are of KPK’s main city of Peshawar and sprayed bullets on school children on December 16, 2014.

The responsibility of the attack was claimed by TTP.

A TTP spokesman told media that the attack was a revenge for their people killed in Pakistani Army operation in North Waziristan.

TTP leader Mullah Fazlullah by issuing a video recently threatened to continue his war against the current government of Pakistan and its forces.

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Drone strike kills 6 insurgents in North Waziristan http://www.khaama.com/drone-strike-kills-6-insurgents-in-north-waziristan-28011 http://www.khaama.com/drone-strike-kills-6-insurgents-in-north-waziristan-28011#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 06:48:39 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44405 Read the full article...]]> DroneA US drone strike killed six suspected militants in the North Waziristan on Thursday.

According to Pakistani Media, the drone targeted a militant position in North Waziristan’s Shawal area.

North Waziristan is reportedly a hideout to local and foreign fighters.

Pakistani forces have started a mass operation against the insurgent in North Waziristan and adjacent areas since June 2014.

Pakistan claim to have killed over 2, 000 local and foreign insurgents in this operation and have confiscated large amount of explosives, weapons and ammunition.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif says insurgents have been weakened due to the ongoing military offensive against them in North Waziristan.

Mohammad Nawaz Sharif also says that the military operation will continue until the elimination of terrorists.

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Pakistani premier’s granddaughter discharged from school in Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-premiers-granddaughter-withdrew-from-school-in-pakistan-28002 http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-premiers-granddaughter-withdrew-from-school-in-pakistan-28002#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:52:47 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44327 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan-Maryam NawazPakistani premier Mohammad Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz has discharged her daughter from school in Pakistan.

According to Pakistan’s Express News, Maryam Nawaz has said that she is not afraid and she loves other kids like her own kids.

She said that her daughter will study in Pakistan like other kids but at this time discharging her from school was necessary for the security of other school children.

She rejected the reports that she is sending her daughter to London for study.

This comes after Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan vowed more Peshawar like attacks in Pakistan.

Peshawar attack that took place on 16 December 2014 left more than 140 killed most of them school kids.

A group of gunmen attacked a military-run school in Warsak Raod area of Peshawr on 16 December 2014 and sprayed bullets on school children.

After leaving more than 140 killed and around 130 injured, the attackers were killed in the explosions of their own explosives and by the security forces.

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Military Operation in NW Significant: Kerry http://www.khaama.com/military-operation-in-nw-significant-kerry-28000 http://www.khaama.com/military-operation-in-nw-significant-kerry-28000#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 07:52:37 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44321 Read the full article...]]> John Kerry with PM Nawaz Sharif 2John Kerry, U.S Secretary of State, on his two days visit to Pakistan praised the military operation in North Waziristan.

John Kerry arrived in Pakistan on Monday and so far has met Pakistan’s premier Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister Sartaj Aziz and Army Chief General Rahil Sharif beside some other high ranking Pakistani officials.

Kerry asked Pakistani side to continue the fight against terrorism and extremism with no distinction.

Delegation accompanying Kerry to Pakistan has said that Washington wants more serious efforts against Taliban, Haqani Network and other armed militant groups in both the neighboring countries.

Delegation says these terrorist groups pose threat not only to Pakistan and Afghanistan but also to the interests of the United States.

Washington plans to provide $250 million assistance for those internally displaced due to the military operations in Pakistan.

Pakistan following the failure of peace talks with Taliban launched a military offensive against them in North Waziristan and adjacent areas in June 2014 causing heavy casualties to them.

According to Pakistani officials more than 2, 000 insurgents have been killed since the operation began.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry also commended Pakistan for reopening of Peshawar school that was cloase after a deadly Taliban attack leaving more than 140 people killed most of them school children.

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Through Afghanistan, India involved in activities in Pakistan: Sartaj Aziz http://www.khaama.com/through-afghanistan-india-involved-in-activities-in-pakistan-sartaj-aziz-2702 http://www.khaama.com/through-afghanistan-india-involved-in-activities-in-pakistan-sartaj-aziz-2702#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 08:42:26 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44247 Read the full article...]]> ????????????Sartaj Aziz, National Security Advisor to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif says activities taking place in Pakistan from Afghanistan, India is involved in it.

Sartaj Aziz has told Dawn News, a Pakistani Media, in an interview that both the neighboring countries have promised not to let each other’s territory used against the other.

He has told Dawn News that the previous policies applied by Pakistan did not have a positive impact on the national security.

According to the paper Aziz has said that for the national interests, the current governments decided not interfere in other countries, rather than that, Pakistan will try to make good relationship with neighbors.

Sartaj Aziz according to the paper has said that when India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office he told Pakistan to forget Kashmir for good relations with India, he said but Pakistan rejected the call.

India wants negotiations with Pakistan based on their interest but Pakistan cannot accept that, Sartaj Aziz was quoted by the paper as saying.

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Pakistani man beheaded in a video released by Taliban and ISIS http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-man-beheaded-in-a-video-released-by-taliban-and-isis-9236 http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-man-beheaded-in-a-video-released-by-taliban-and-isis-9236#comments Sun, 11 Jan 2015 09:16:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44209 Read the full article...]]> Pakistani man beheadedThe former Pakistani Taliban leaders who have announced their allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISSI) on Saturday released a video purportedly showing the beheading of a man whom they identify as a Pakistani military soldier.

According to the SITE Inteligence Group, the video was released by ISIS on Twitter and Jihadi forums, showing the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP’s) former spokesman Shahidullah Shahid along with dozens of other militants in a wooded area.

SITE Intelligence Group is a US-based terrorism monitor which offers a variety of services to assist in monitoring and understanding jihadist news and trends.

The video released on Saturday also purports to show militant leaders who identify themselves as from Afghanistan and Pakistan pledging their support to the Islamic State group.

This comes as the residents of soutehrn Helmand province of Afghanistan have said that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has started operations in this province.

According to the local resients the group is led by a local commander identified as Abdul Rauf are operting in Zamin Dawar area of Sangin and also parts of Kajaki district.

The security institutions in Afghanistan have not independently confirmed the operations of ISIS in Afghanistan. However, insurgents belonging to a faction of the Hezb-e-Islami led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said earlier in September last year that they consider to join the Islamic State militants who are currently fighting in Syria and Iraq.

This comes as a notorious anti-government armed militant commander who is believed to have links with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), was also arrested by Afghan security forces in Paktia province earlier in December last year.

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57 killed in traffic accident in Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/57-killed-in-traffic-accident-in-pakistan-2693 http://www.khaama.com/57-killed-in-traffic-accident-in-pakistan-2693#comments Sun, 11 Jan 2015 05:49:36 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44186 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan Bus CrashA traffic accident has left 57 people killed and 10 others wounded in Pakistan.

The accident took place in Pakistan’s Sindh province between a passenger bus and a fuel tanker.

Officials say after the accident both vehicle gutted leaving 57 people dead on the spot and 10 others wounded.

Hospital sources say the wounded are also in critical condition.

Due to the heavy burns, it is difficult to identify many of the dead bodies.

The accident took place in Sindh province close to the provincial capital last night.

According to the officials the accident was the result of the negligence of the fuel tanker’s driver.

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According to the Pakisani police officials, the incident took place on Thursday overnight in the village of Saeed Khan, some 230 kilometers (140 miles) north of the city of Karachi.

The victims included two girls and three boys, aged between three and 13.

Police officer Qamaruddin Rahimo told AFP that the perpetrator has been identified as Ali Nawaz Leghari who is around 40 year old.

“The man’s financial condition was bad but he was also learning black magic and it seems that he made the sacrifice to excel in the craft,” Rahimo added.

He also added that the Leghari had attempted to poison the family’s dinner but was spotted by his wife, resulting in a bitter quarrel.

The provincial police chief Amjad Sheikh confirmed that Leghari was undertaking a 40-day spiritual journey, known as a ‘Chilla’ prescribed to him by a pir (living saint) that he hoped would teach him the art of alchemy.

According to the police officials, the eldest of the six children survived as he had left the home with his mother who had gone to her parents house after the fight.

A search operation has also been launched to detain a a black magic practitioner whom Leghari used to visit frequently for help as he was in bad financial condition.

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Film star Jackie Chan’s son jailed for drug crime in China http://www.khaama.com/film-star-jackie-chans-son-jailed-for-drug-crime-in-china-8935 http://www.khaama.com/film-star-jackie-chans-son-jailed-for-drug-crime-in-china-8935#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 16:35:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44118 Read the full article...]]> Jackie Chan's son jailedThe son of kung fu movie star Jackie Chan has been sentenced to six months in jail in Beijing after he was convicted on a drug charge in a Beijing court on Friday.

Jaycee Chan, 32, was also found guilty of “hosting others to take drugs,” was fined 2,000 yuan ($320).

After the 90-minute trial at the Dongcheng District people’s Court, Chan bowed to the judge and prosecutor and said “I committed a crime and deserve to be punished.”

“It doesn’t mean I have received mercy and forgiveness – I hope to earn them with my future actions,” he was quoted as saying in a message by the court’s official microblog.

Chan was arrested during a police raid on his home in August 2014 amid a drug use crackdown in China after President Xi Jinping ordered police to use strong measures to stop drug use.

Police had found over 100g of cannabis and arrested Chan along with a Taiwanese film star Kai Ko. At least 10 locally known stars were detained following the crackdown last year.

Chan is expected to be released in mid-February, having already spent five months in jail.

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Imran Khan got married to BBC weather girl Reham Khan http://www.khaama.com/imran-khan-got-married-to-bbc-weather-girl-reham-khan-8927 http://www.khaama.com/imran-khan-got-married-to-bbc-weather-girl-reham-khan-8927#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 11:41:53 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=44091 Read the full article...]]> 247461F900000578-2898260-image-m-3_1420558847836The prominent Pakistani political leader Imran Khan got married to a former BBC weather girl and presenter Reham Khan, a week after rumors went viral regarding their secret wedding.

According to Pakistani media reports, the couple’s nikkah ceremony took place on Thursday at the politician’s residence in Bani Gala.

The wedding was a low-key affair due to the Peshawar tragedy where over 140 people, mostly children were massacred by Taliban militants.

“The event was a low key affair because we did not want to celebrate due to the Peshawar school massacre,” a leader of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Imran Ismail said while speaking to the Express News.

Reports regarding the secret marriage of the 61-year-old cricketer-turned-politician surfaced late in December.

Reham Khan is a 41-year-old mother of three children and has lived in Britain for part of her previous marriage, when she was a presenter on a regional news program in BBC.

There had been a backlash on social media in Pakistan regarding the rumored marriage, with photos of Reham in revealing clothes and a video of her doing a tango while working for the BBC circulating online and the reactions have been mostly negative.

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Pakistan announced head prices of top Taliban commanders http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-announced-head-prices-of-top-taliban-commanders-2678 http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-announced-head-prices-of-top-taliban-commanders-2678#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 17:06:18 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=43936 Read the full article...]]> Maulana FazlullahPakistan announced head prices of top Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commanders including the group’s leader Mullah Fazlullah.

A list of top 615 Taliban leaders and high ranking commanders has been issued with a total reward of 77 Crore Pakistani Rupees (7,621,470.65 USD), conversion rate of 05 January 2015.

According to the list the reward on Mullah Fazlulla, Mangal Bagh, Qari Bashir and Samiullah is one Crore (98,980.14 USD) each, conversion rate of 05 January 2015 .

Mullah Fazullah is TTP’s leader who has been fighting the government of Pakistan for years.

Mangal Bagh is reportedly leading a group of thousands of fighters under the name of Lashkar-e-Islam in Pakistan.

Qari Bashir and Samiullah are wanted to the government of Pakistan for a massive jailbreak in Pakistan’s tribal area of Dera Ismail Khan.

The jailbreak let 175 inmates go in 2013 after dozens of gunmen stormed the jail.

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Volleyball ground explosion leaves 5 killed, 10 injured in Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/volleyball-ground-explosion-leaves-5-killed-10-in-pakistan-2667 http://www.khaama.com/volleyball-ground-explosion-leaves-5-killed-10-in-pakistan-2667#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 06:54:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=43893 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan policeA blast in a volleyball ground has left five civilians killed and ten injured in Pakistan.

Officials say the explosion took place in the tribal area Lower Orakzai agency of late Sunday after.

According to the eyewitnesses there was a volleyball match going on and a lot of people gathered in to watch when the explosion occurred.

Security officials believe the explosives were planted in the ground from before and were exploded with a remote control.

Orakzai agency, one of the semi- autonomous tribal areas of Pakistan is believed to be one of the hotspots of Pakistani Taliban.

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Pak-India fire exchange leaves 2 killed, 10 injured http://www.khaama.com/pak-india-fire-exchange-leaves-2-killed-10-injured-2653 http://www.khaama.com/pak-india-fire-exchange-leaves-2-killed-10-injured-2653#comments Sat, 03 Jan 2015 09:07:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=43786 Read the full article...]]> Indian border security forcesReports indicate that Pakistani and Indian forces late Friday night began exchanging fire which continued till Saturday afternoon.

Paktani officials say a 14 year-old girl was killed and another eight year-old injured due to the rounds of Indian forces which landed on civilian houses across the border.

On the other side, Indian Border Security Forces say Pakistani soldiers late last night started shooting their security check posts as well as nearby villages in Kashmir which left a villager killed and nine others wounded.

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) says that Indian soldiers responded accordingly and the exchange of fire took hours.

In past few situation has been tense on the joint border between the two neighboring countries.

Both sides have been shelling heavy and light weapons on each other.

Last week one Indian and two Pakistanis soldier were killed when the two sides exchanged fire.

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TTP reportedly released video of Mullah Fazlullah’s son justifying war in Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/ttp-reportedly-released-video-of-mullah-fazlullahs-son-justifying-war-in-pakistan-2651 http://www.khaama.com/ttp-reportedly-released-video-of-mullah-fazlullahs-son-justifying-war-in-pakistan-2651#comments Sat, 03 Jan 2015 05:03:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=43774 Read the full article...]]> Mullah Fazlullah's sonAfter about two weeks of Peshawar’s deadly attack, Pakistani Taliban known as Tahrik-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP reportedly released a video of a child justifying their fight against the government of Pakistan.

The video has been received by the SITE Intel Group, a site which usually publishes stories about TTP.

According to the group the child says “Regarding our battle today with the tyrants, which include the Pakistani government and its apostate army, I will clarify for you their reality, it is an American army and it has no zeal or morals. Those bastards, hypocrites, polytheists and agents of the Jews and the Christians, those thieves, highway robbers and drunkards… Our war will continue with them until the war meets its end.”

The child in the video has been identified as the son of TTP’s leader Mullah Fazlullah, the SITE Intel Group says.

According to the SITE Intel Group the video was released at the end of December 2014 after a deadly attack at a military-run school in Peshawar on December 16, 2014.

The attack left around 141 killed and over 130 injured, most of them school children.

TTP later claimed responsibility of the attack stating that this was a revenge for the death of their people who were killed in the military operations of Pakistan’s Army in North Waziristan.

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Pakistani and Indian soldiers again exchange fire, 3 killed http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-and-indian-soldier-again-exchange-fire-3-killed-2643 http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-and-indian-soldier-again-exchange-fire-3-killed-2643#comments Wed, 31 Dec 2014 15:38:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=43668 Read the full article...]]> IndiaOne soldier from India and two from Pakistan were killed after the two sides exchanged fire with each other on the joint border on Wednesday.

Pakistani commanders say a commander of India requested a meeting with them.

The commanders add that when two of their representatives contacted Indians they were shot dead.

But defense ministry of India says a patrol of their soldiers was attack by Pakistani soldier where they lost one soldier.

The defense ministry adds that Indian soldiers retaliated accordingly.

According to the defense ministry of India, Indian soldiers stopped firing on Pakistani soldiers after Pakistan soldiers waved a white flag for removing their dead bodies.

India’s Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar says Pakistan will face a double response if they fire at Indian soldiers.

Indian and Pakistani soldiers exchanged fire on the joint border in October and November which left at least twenty dead.

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Imran Khan secretly married a BBC weather girl and presenter http://www.khaama.com/imran-khan-secretly-married-a-bbc-weather-girl-and-presenter-9198 http://www.khaama.com/imran-khan-secretly-married-a-bbc-weather-girl-and-presenter-9198#comments Wed, 31 Dec 2014 09:50:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=43653 Read the full article...]]> Imran KhanAccording to reports, a prominent Pakistani political leader Imran Khan has remarried in secret to a former BBC weather girl Reham Khan.

The 61-year-old cricketer-turned-politician has reportedly tied the knot at the weekend, sources close to the couple quoted in a report by Daily Mail have said.

Reham Khan is a 41-year-old mother of three children and has lived in Britain for part of her previous marriage, when she was a presenter on a regional news program in BBC.

The news of Khan’s remariage has neither been confirmed nor rejected so far. However, Farhat Javed Rabani, a well-known news anchor in Pakistan, twitted on Saturday “Ahmmm… an anchor has married a politician today… #WeddingBells <3 #HappinessAllAround ;)”.

In the meantime, Khan’s ex-wife Jemima Goldsmith had said in October that her ex-husband was about to remarry. “My ex-husband, Imran, recently announced that he intended to get remarried soon, which made me think it’s probably time to change my name back to Goldsmith,” she added.

There has been a backlash on social media in Pakistan regarding the rumored marriage, with photos of Reham in revealing clothes and a video of her doing a tango while working for the BBC circulating online and the reactions have been mostly negative.

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2 year old kid kills mom in the US http://www.khaama.com/2-year-old-kid-kills-mom-in-the-us-2634 http://www.khaama.com/2-year-old-kid-kills-mom-in-the-us-2634#comments Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:35:14 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=43620 Read the full article...]]> ToddlerA two year old kid has accidentally discharged the pistol and killed his mom in the US state of Idaho.

According to the officials and witnesses the kid was setting in a shopping cart in Walmart and accidentally triggered the pistol after reaching his mom’s purse.

Veronica J. Rutledge, 29 had taken four kids to Walmart for shopping and left her son in the same cart where her purse with a pistol was.

Police say the surveillance cameras and witnesses statements helped proof that it was an accident.

The manager closed Walmart after the incident and Rutledge’s son and three nieces were taken to a relative’s home.

Weapon Rules vary in the US states. However, Idaho allows carrying licensed/permitted handguns in a concealed manner.

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45 Afghans arrested in Peshawar http://www.khaama.com/45-afghans-arrested-in-peshawar-2630 http://www.khaama.com/45-afghans-arrested-in-peshawar-2630#comments Tue, 30 Dec 2014 09:27:10 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=43598 Read the full article...]]> Peshawar policePeshawar police have conducted fresh operations in different parts of Peshawar where they have arrested 45 Afghans.

Police say the arrested Afghans neither have Refugee Cards nor necessary travelling documents.

Beside unregistered Afghan Refugees there registered Afghan Refugees who are also issued a one month notice to leave the country.

Afghan government says they are in contact with the government of Pakistan to solve the problem.

UNHCR however, have asked the Pakistani government to house the registered refugees until the end of 2015.

The registered Afghan refugees have been issued Refugee Cards which legalize their stay in Pakistan until the end of 2015.

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Indonesian plane went missing with 162 on board http://www.khaama.com/indonesian-plane-went-missing-with-162-on-board-2613 http://www.khaama.com/indonesian-plane-went-missing-with-162-on-board-2613#comments Sun, 28 Dec 2014 04:56:11 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=43453 Read the full article...]]> An IndonesianAirAsia plane carrying 162 passengers and crew on board went missing Sunday morning.

AirAsia officials say they have lost contact with Airbus A320-200 after it took off.

AirAsia officials a Search operations was underway and as soon as they receive more information they will release it.

Airbus A320-200 with Flight number QZ8501 left Surabay for Singapore and was supposed to land at 08:30 am (local time).

Kabul is 2 hours and 30 minutes after Jakarta, Indonesia.

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35 insurgents killed in Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/35-insurgents-killed-in-pakistan http://www.khaama.com/35-insurgents-killed-in-pakistan#comments Sat, 27 Dec 2014 05:36:38 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=43403 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan FightingPakistan’s military officials say to have killed 35 insurgents in separate actions in Khayber Pakhtunkhwa province of the country.

Twenty three insurgents were killed in fresh air strikes in Datakhil area of North Waziristan and 12 were killed after a group of unknown gunmen attacked a security check post in Orakzai agency of the province early Saturday morning.

Sources say insurgents were killed in the retaliatory action, adding that five soldiers also sustained injuries by insurgents fire.

Pakistan has begun a crackdown on the insurgents following the deadly Peshawar attack which left 149 people killed and more than 130 injured.

Last week security forces of Pakistan raided a house in the commercial hub of Karachi where they killed 13 insurgents with six of them having affiliation to Al-Qaeda.

Pakistanis are in alert in the wake of a statement from Pakistan’s interior minister Chaudry Nisar Ali Khan that terrorists have planned another Peshawar like attack.

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Drone strikes kill 7 suspected militants in North Waziristan http://www.khaama.com/drone-strikes-kill-7-suspected-militants-in-north-waziristan-2604 http://www.khaama.com/drone-strikes-kill-7-suspected-militants-in-north-waziristan-2604#comments Fri, 26 Dec 2014 06:43:16 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=43359 Read the full article...]]> DroneAs per the reports seven suspected militants were killed in two separate drone attacks in North Waziristan Friday morning.

In one strike a compound of the Panjabi Taliban commander Qari Imran was hit leaving four militants killed in the Kund area of Shawal in North Waziristan.

A second strike was carried out at Mangroti area of Shawal in North Waziristan where two missiles hit a compound killing three foreign fighters more likely Uzbek.

The compounds were also damaged in the strikes.

Although there is a heavy casualties to the insurgents in the drone strikes in North Waziristan but according to a survey conducted in Pakistan this year, 66 percent of the 188 million estimated populations oppose these strikes.

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Major Challenges For Pak Army http://www.khaama.com/major-challenges-for-pak-army-8883 http://www.khaama.com/major-challenges-for-pak-army-8883#comments Fri, 26 Dec 2014 05:35:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=43354 Read the full article...]]> Peshawar school attackBy Manish Rai

The Peshawar school attack has shaken Pakistani society to the core. It also represents one of the most horrific incidents in a brutal insurgency against the Pakistani state and civil society by the Pakistani Taliban or Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The TTP is a loose coalition of militant groups, mainly comprised of tribal areas of Pakistan, particularly from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in the extreme northwest, who joined the Taliban in Afghanistan in the 1990s. Soon after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, these groups crossed the border and started engaging Pakistani military units deployed in the Tribal Areas as part of Pakistan’s U.S. alliance obligations. After 2004, these engagements grew into a domestic insurgency, with heavy fighting and significant military losses in the Tribal Areas and the Swat Valley. The TTP coalition was formed in 2007 after red mosque incident. The Pakistani military, in response to both domestic and international pressure, recently launched large-scale multiservice offensive operations, Zarb-e-Azb and Khyber one in an effort to destroy all insurgent bases in North Waziristan and Khyber agency which are quiet effective in destroying TTP strongholds. The wide extent of militant cooperation in the tribal areas has complicated matters for the Pakistani military intelligence agency to gather information and partners. Still Pakistani security forces are doing well in the clearing operations.

The army has reacted very strongly after Peshawar attack. The Pakistani military carried out dozens of airstrikes and ground operations in a remote part of northwestern Pakistan. The Pakistani military claimed that in less than three days of the Peshawar incident, 119 militants were killed in the FATA– 62 in ground operations and 57 in air strikes. Upon pressures from the military forces, the civilian government of Nawaz Sharif has also lifted a moratorium on death penalty. It shows that Pak Army the most respected and powerful institution in the country is willing to finish out this domestic Taliban menace forever now. The army has been facing many difficulties in conducting effective counter-insurgency operations even though it has deployed more than 150,000 soldiers in the Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa and FATA, and has suffered over 15,700 casualties, including over 5,000 dead since 2008. This is because of counterinsurgency campaigns of army have to overcome following challenges:-

Lack of Local Know How – The most soldiers deployed in the tribal areas know little about the demographic structures, topography, and local language, and thus are widely seen as an occupying force in the Pashtun society.

Inexperience in Fighting Guerilla War -The Pakistan army’s training and doctrine are largely informed by the country’s historical experience of fighting three wars with India in 1947, 1965, and 1971 and thus place a heavy emphasis on conventional war preparedness. This has made Islamabad largely incapable of fighting a protracted insurgency in the FATA – a tribal region where the central government has historically had minimal control, and thus delegated power to the tribal leaders.

Poor Command Structure – Pakistan army’s weak counterinsurgency campaigns are further compounded by the poor structure of its paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC). The FC soldiers are primarily drawn from the tribal areas, and thus are familiar with the local culture and terrain. This could make them an ideal counterinsurgent force. However, the FC is not a regular military force, and its training and preparedness focus on patrolling the frontiers and fighting cross-border smuggling. As a result, fighting insurgency and militancy have largely been alien to the FC personnel. When deployed for counterinsurgency purposes, along with Pakistani military forces, the FC has lacked the leadership and equipment, and demonstrated poor performance against the Taliban insurgents.

Lack of Credible Intelligence – Poor intelligence collection and coordination has added more challenges to Pakistan’s war on terrorism. Put simply, the army acquired strategic intelligence about the TTP’s possible intentions but it lacked any actionable intelligence on the potential targets. The problem of intelligence coordination is also evident in the overlapping responsibilities of the civilian-run Intelligence Bureau or the Federal Investigative Agency, and the military-controlled Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, widely known as the ISI. While each of the three agencies has some counterterrorism intelligence related tasks, there is no effective coordination among their collection and analytical efforts. The problem is further complicated as religious extremists in Pakistan operate with various names, making it hard for the agencies to monitor them.

Lack of Coordination among civil and military establishments – Another big problem in countering insurgency is Pakistan’s civil and military establishments are so divided over the issue. The politicians have a number of reasons for leaving the fight against the Pakistan Taliban (TTP) to the army alone. Privately, government ministers argue that the army’s total control of security policy means it is unreasonable for the generals to expect the civilians to take responsibility for what the army decides to do. The politicians are anyway deeply suspicious of an army that has frequently mounted coups to overthrow elected governments. The current Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, was kicked out of power, put in a dungeon and then exiled by the last military ruler Pervez Musharraf. Mr Sharif believes that despite his overwhelming popular mandate the army has never accepted his political comeback in 2013 and is once again plotting to remove him from power.

It would be a miracle if all political parties and the military, along with its intelligence services, end up on the same page in tackling the Taliban insurgency. All the stakeholders in Pakistan should understand that countering militancy and violent extremism will remain the country’s overriding security goal. Only concerted army operations launched with single-mindedness of purpose can stop the TTP juggernaut. Pakistan army has to rework on its strategy against Taliban in every aspect like- Intelligence gathering, finishing out the Taliban ideological base, dealing every militant outfit with the same way only then the desired results can be achieved.

(Author is a columnist for Middle-East and Af-Pak region and Editor of geo-political news agency www.viewsaround.com can be reached at manishraiva@gmail.com

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TTP threatened to target Media in Pakistan, 2nd Zarb-i-Azab will kick off http://www.khaama.com/ttp-threatened-to-target-media-in-pakistan-2594 http://www.khaama.com/ttp-threatened-to-target-media-in-pakistan-2594#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:43:11 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=43199 Read the full article...]]> PakistanTehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) blamed Pakistani media for taking the military side in the ongoing conflict.

Mohammad Khurasani, TTP spokesman on Monday threatened strict actions against media.

He said 120 of his men were killed in past 2 days but media was ignoring them.

Media in Pakistan has been targeted in the past too.

Mohammad Khurasani who has threatened media in his new statement is the person who claimed responsibility of the Peshawar Attack on behalf of TTP.

In the meantime Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif on Monday announced that his military will soon start second Zar-i-Azab operations against the militants.

He said in 1st Zarb-i-Azab which still continues militants were targeted in the tribal areas but 2nd Zarb-i-Azab will target rebellious in cities and villages.

He added that without differences any outlawed group would come under strike.

Mohammad Nawaz Sharif reiterated that the military operation will continue until the eradication of the terrorists from Pakistan.

Pakistan is taking strict steps towards its armed opponents after past Tuesday’s attack that killed 141 people and injured more than 130 others, most of them school children.

Pakistan’s government since then is under severe internal pressure towards the militants.

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UNHCR: Afghan Refugees not be expelled forcefully http://www.khaama.com/unhcr-afghan-refugees-not-be-expelled-forcefully-2592 http://www.khaama.com/unhcr-afghan-refugees-not-be-expelled-forcefully-2592#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:31:11 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=43169 Read the full article...]]> afghan-refugeesUnited Nations Humanitarian Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says the government of Pakistan has granted legal stay to Afghan Refugees in their country and therefore they should not expel them forcefully.

Qaisar Afridi, spokesman for UNHCR in Pakistan says the Refugee Cards issued to Afghans do not expire until the end of 2015.

Afridi said Afghans should not be made to leave unless they want to.

The federal government of Khayber Pakhtunkhwa, following a deadly Peshawar attack, issued a one month deadline for Afghans to leave their territory.

The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said they can no longer house Afghan refugees in their territory since it is damaging the economy.

But some Afghan Refugees in Peshawar say Pakistan is making excuse to receive funds from international donars.

They say Pakistan in the past also has issued statements like this but after receiving fund they would not expel the refugees.

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Another Peshawar like attack planned for Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/another-peshawar-like-attack-planned-2590 http://www.khaama.com/another-peshawar-like-attack-planned-2590#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:26:19 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=43148 Read the full article...]]> Peshawar school attackInterior Minister of Pakistan says there is information indicating another Peshawar like attack designed to be carried out in Pakistan.

Addressing a press conference on Sunday Pakistan’s interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan called on security agencies to be on high alert.

Khan ordered the mobile companies in Pakistan not to issue illegal SIM cards.

He ordered all the hotel owners to be strict in verification of the room renters and inform the security agencies regarding any suspected individuals.

Peshawar attack which was carried out past Tuesday left 141 people killed and more than 130 injured, most of them school kids.

Attackers targeted a military-run school in Warsak Road area of Peshawar.

The responsibility of the attack was claimed by the Tahrik-e-Taliban Pakistan also known as TTP, Pakistan’s armed opponent group.

Taliban’s spokesman told media that the attack was carried out as a revenge for Pakistan’s military operation in North Waziristan where they (TTP) has lost their people.

Taliban also emailed photos of some dead people to the media claiming to be the family members of their fighters killed in North Waziristan.

However, the minister of interior of Pakistan did not mention in the news conference that who is behind planning another attack.

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International Peace Conference to be held in Peshawar http://www.khaama.com/43116-2587 http://www.khaama.com/43116-2587#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 07:26:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=43116 Read the full article...]]> OICPakistan based Dawn news agency reports that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is mulling an International Peace Conference for Muslim countries in Peshawar.

According to the news agency the aim of the conference is to unite Islamic countries for a shared strategy for defeating terrorism.

The news agency adds that the promise was made by OIC Secretary General Iyad Amin Madani who is currently on a visit to Pakistan.

OIC is pondering international peace conference to bring Muslim countries together against terrorism after a deadly attack in Peshawar that killed at least 141 and injured more than 130 others.

In the meantime peace council of Afghanistan says until Pakistan is not honest to its commitment to fight against any terrorist group, the region will face insecurity.

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US airstrike leaves 5 militants dead in Pakistan’s North Waziristan http://www.khaama.com/us-airstrike-leaves-5-militants-dead-in-pakistans-north-waziristan-9150 http://www.khaama.com/us-airstrike-leaves-5-militants-dead-in-pakistans-north-waziristan-9150#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:33:59 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=43076 Read the full article...]]> MQ-9 reaperAt least five suspected militants were killed following a US drone strike in North Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan earlier today.

According to Pakistani security officials, the airstrike was carried out in DAtta Khel area, targeting a compound used by suspected militants.

A senior security official speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed that five militants were killed and that the death toll could rise.

In the meantime, another intelligence official has said a high-value target was likely among those killed but the identities of the militants yet to be ascertained.

North Waziristan is among the volatile districts in tribal region of Pakistan near the Afghan border where militants are actively opereting.

The area is alleged to be strongholds of Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, among others.

At least eight suspected militants were killed following a drone strike in North Waziristan late in the month of November.

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3 day countrywide mourning in Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/3-day-country-wide-mourning-started-in-pakistan-2560 http://www.khaama.com/3-day-country-wide-mourning-started-in-pakistan-2560#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:48:47 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=42976 Read the full article...]]> peshawar-650_121714120534Pakistan on Wednesday begin a 3 day countrywide mourning following a deadly attack at a military-run school in Peshawar that killed 141 and injured 124 others on Tuesday.

Pakistan’s flag was flown half all over the country as the funeral of the victims was offered in different parts of the city of Peshawar and later buried.

The attack prompted lifting ban on death penalty to convicted terrorists by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday.

Nawaz also vowed strict response to those responsible for the attack.

He said the operation will continue until the demolishment of the terrorists.

The attack was strongly condemned by world leaders including Afghanistan.

The death included at least 100 school children.

The responsibility was later claimed by Pakistani Taliban yesterday.

A Taliban spokesman has told media the attack was in the revenge for military operation in North Waziristan area where they also have lost their family members.

Pakistani Taliban have sent pictures of people they claim to be their people killed in Pakistan’s military operation in North Waziristan.

Pakistan military started a full-blown operation in North Waziristan in June which still continues. Pakistani officials say to have killed more than 1800 insurgents in these 6 months period.

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141 killed, 80 injured in Peshawar attack http://www.khaama.com/gunmen-attack-school-in-peshawar-2511 http://www.khaama.com/gunmen-attack-school-in-peshawar-2511#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:14:59 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=42856 Read the full article...]]> peshawar attack   2The attack which started at around 11:00AM Tuesday in Warsak Road area of Peshawar and continued till late afternoon has left 141 killed and 80 injured on Tuesday.

Most of the victims are students of the military-run school stormed by gunmen.

The attack also included explosions in the school where around 500 students were thought to be inside by the time of the attack.

According to the officials attackers were  6 persons.

Eyewitnesses say the attackers were wearing military uniforms.

Pakistan prime minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif has declared a three-day country wide mourning.

Tahrik Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Taliban spokesman has said that the attack was carried out to revenge Pakistan’s military operation under way in North Waziristan where they lost their family members.

TTP in the past also have carried out attacks in different parts of Pakistan in an apparent response to the military operation in the tribal belt.

Pakistan’s military has initiated a large scale operation in North Waziristan since June this year with last Monday marking 6 months.

Pakistan’s military sources claim to have killed over 1800 terrorists in this operation including Al-Qaeda and other foreign fighters.

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Pakistan detained 50 Indian fishermen, seized boats http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-detained-50-indian-fishermen-seized-boats http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-detained-50-indian-fishermen-seized-boats#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 08:24:13 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=42551 Read the full article...]]> Indian fishermenPakistani officials say that 50 Indian fishermen along with their 10 boats were arrested on Thursday for unlawfully entering to Pakistan territorial water.

Pakistan and India frequently arrest and accuse each other’s fishermen of violating their respective zones in the Arabian Sea.

Recently the relationship between the two neighboring countries have been narrowed due to the exchange of fire between their soldier on the border where dozens of people have been killed and as much wounded.

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17 rebels killed in past 24 hours http://www.khaama.com/17-rebels-killed-in-past-24-hours http://www.khaama.com/17-rebels-killed-in-past-24-hours#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 07:34:29 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=42545 Read the full article...]]> TalibanThe interior ministry of Afghanistan reports that the operations were conducted in in Nangarhar, Parwan, Baghlan, Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Ghazni, Khost and Paktika provinces jointly by Afghan National Police and National Directorate of Security personnel.

A statement issued by the ministry states that two insurgents were also wounded during the operations and another arrested.

The statement adds that 4 IDS were defused and admonitions were seized from the position of the terrorists.

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Pakistan in the hunt for Islamic State leader http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-in-the-hunt-for-islamic-state-leader http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-in-the-hunt-for-islamic-state-leader#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 06:24:12 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=42454 Read the full article...]]> ISIS in AfghanistanReports suggest that Pakistan is looking to recapture the fleeing leader of the Islamic States who has been designated for terrorist activities in the region.

Pakistan says Abdul Ghani Muslim Dost who an Afghan citizen is assigned by the terrorist group Islamic States to carry out terrorist activities in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Iran and other countries in the Middle East.

It is understood that Afghanistan and USA are also assisting Pakistan in the look for Muslim Dost.

Abdul Ghani Muslim Dost was a prisoner of Pakistan and Guantanamo.

Previous report suggested that some key leaders of the Tahrik-i-Taliban-i-Pakistan (TTP) had announced their allegiance to Islamic States also known as DAESH.

Unconfirmed reports including the main city Kabul also shows the presence of DAESH supporters in parts of Afghanistan.

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Drone strike kills Al-Qaeda commander for Afghanistan and Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/drone-strike-kills-al-qaeda-commander-for-afghanistan-and-pakistan http://www.khaama.com/drone-strike-kills-al-qaeda-commander-for-afghanistan-and-pakistan#comments Sun, 07 Dec 2014 10:18:54 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=42295 Read the full article...]]> Drone

Umar Farooq, and four others were killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan tribal belt on Sunday.

Sources say an American UAV fired two rockets on a compound in Khat Tangi area of Datakhil district in North Waziristan and where the militants were hiding, killing 5 including Umar Farooq and wounding 3 others.

Sources added that Umar Farooq was head of the operations of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Umar Farooq was believed to be the most high ranking Pakistani national within the leadership of Al-Qaeda.

Sunday’s strike comes a day after the Pakistan military killed wanted Al Qaeda leader Adnan Shukrijumah during a raid at a compound in Shin Warsak area of South Waziristan.

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Asia: people and governments are addicted to the deadly weed http://www.khaama.com/asia-people-and-governments-are-addicted-to-the-deadly-weed-8775 http://www.khaama.com/asia-people-and-governments-are-addicted-to-the-deadly-weed-8775#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 11:44:07 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=42220 Read the full article...]]> cegAccording to reports around 700 million Asians, mostly men, cannot get through the day without puffing on a cigarette.

The habit is thought to kill around 2.3m Asians every year, almost half smoking’s global victims.

Cancer and other tobacco-related diseases are rising sharply.

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and a major public health concern.

Tobacco use leads most commonly to diseases affecting the heart and lungs, with smoking being a major risk factor for heart attacks, strokes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema and cancer.

But health ministries are taking tougher action against smoking.

In Asia, Thailand, which banned it in most public buildings in 2003, is holding hearings on a plan to extend the ban to all places of entertainment.

China’s press said this month that cigarette makers would be told to put larger health warnings on their packets, including images of skulls, blackened teeth or diseased lungs.

In India import of cigarettes are band since several years but inside the country the domestic produce of cigarettes are booming meanwhile the price of cigarettes is also high.

In Afghanistan even the numbers of smokers are increasing day by day but still the central government do not have any clear agenda to control that social problem.

Cigarette consumption in China soared between 1970 and 1990 but has fallen slightly since.

There, as elsewhere in Asia, smoking among men is far more common than in the West.

The worry, says Burke Fishburn of the World Health Organization (WHO), is that Asia will follow the Western trend, with more women taking up smoking as men quit. In Vietnam, for example, cigarettes are being peddled to urban women as a “sophisticated” pursuit.

Western tobacco firms, their home markets shrinking, have turned their attention to developing Asia, drawing fire from anti-smoking groups. But, says Mr Fishburn, a bigger worry is the ambitious plan by China’s huge state tobacco monopoly to become a big exporter of cut-price smokes to the rest of the region. Thailand, while extending its smoking bans, also plans a giant new factory for its state tobacco firm.

Almost all Asian countries have signed the WHO’s tobacco-control treaty, committing themselves to restricting the marketing of cigarettes, curbing smoking in public and helping smokers to quit. But they will struggle to change entrenched social customs.

In our neighbor China, for example, cigarettes are a social lubricant, pressed on guests, whose attempts to decline them are often ignored, or on those from whom one wants a favour, whose acceptance of the cigarette implies the favour will be granted.

Tobacco firms are wriggling around the new restrictions. In India, most outdoor advertising has been taken down since it was banned in 2003 but firms are spending heavily on in-store promotional displays, which are still allowed.

Another big obstacle is that Asia’s governments are addicted to the huge revenues they earn from both tobacco taxes and the profits of state tobacco firms. Though Afghanistan’s government is promising to cap cigarette output by 2012.

Tobacco taxes provide a huge amount the Afghan economy a country which will face some economical problem after the international troops pull out by the end of this year.

However, both nicotine-addled countries may be wrong. In each, tobacco taxes are unusually low by world standards. Studies by the World Bank and others suggest that, though raising tobacco taxes succeeds in cutting smoking, it still increases government revenues.

Tougher curbs on cigarette smuggling can have the same effect.

Tobacco farmers could switch to growing, say, oilseeds, for which demand is booming. And Asia’s tobacco firms, in the short term, says Mr Fishburn, need fear neither higher taxes nor tougher advertising bans: they have so much scope to improve their efficiency that they could boost profits even in a shrinking market.

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Tobacco industry booming in Asia http://www.khaama.com/tobacco-industry-booming-in-asia-7865 http://www.khaama.com/tobacco-industry-booming-in-asia-7865#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 19:19:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=42099 Read the full article...]]> Pic of toboco userWhile much of the developed world has seen a big drop in the number of smokers, the opposite is true of many emerging and developing markets in Asia. Health officials are concerned.

Huge tobacco companies like big numbers, and they’re finding them in Asia, with the world’s largest and fastest growing population.

Take China with its estimated population of 1.3 billion people: More than 300 million Chinese already smoke. Or consider India with its 1.2 million people: Around 275 million people there are tobacco users, according to recent World Health Organization (WHO) figures.

But now the number of smokers  sagnefecntly increased in Afghanistan, a country with low income and huge number of people living under the poverty line.

Unconfirmed reports indicated that In Afghanistan, for instance, just over 2 percent of tobacco users are women and about 10 percent of teenagers smoke.

Afghanistan also has a smoking problem. Ahmad, a 33-year factory worker in Kabul, admits it’s sometimes tough not to smoke when everyone is smoking.

“People smoke because their parents smoke or their friends smoke or they’re stressed,” he told Khaama Press. “People smoke because it is also very cheap to smoke here. And they also like to copy movie stars.”

The WHO is acutely aware of Asia’s potentially dangerous demographics when it comes to having a puff.

“Countries with low numbers of people smoking are markets waiting to be tapped,” said Edouard Tursan D’Espaignet of WHO’s tobacco control program.

“In many Asian countries like China and India where men already smoke at an incredibly high rate, women and young people are now being targeted by the tobacco industry.”

Already, approximately 1 million smokers in China die each year from tobacco-related diseases and about 100,000 people die from exposure to second-hand smoke, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

If current trends continue, the non-governmental organization expects the country’s smoke-related death toll to reach 2 million by 2020.

But there is no official numbers of tobacco related death in Afghanistan a country which producer more than 90 percent of poppy in the world.

Kicking the habit may not be so easy for China, however.

The country is both the largest consumer and producer of tobacco in the world. More than 20 million Chinese farmers produce nearly 40 percent of the global supply. Clearly, there’s money to be made.

China’s tobacco sales in the first half of this year rose 2.8 percent from a year ago to 1.31 trillion cigarettes, according to the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration. And for the same period, the sector remained one of the countries most profitable, with state-owned tobacco companies reporting a combined profit of 152.04 billion yuan (US$24.08 billion). The government collected 480.7 billion yuan in tax revenues for the period.

Singapore is seen as one of Asia’s most determined countries to curb tobacco usage. Smoking is banned in nearly every public area. Cigarettes are expensive, about US$9 per pack, and packages already contain graphics. Yet the government says smoking is on the rise.

Indonesia, by comparison, is the complete opposite. The country of 240 million is one of the last vestiges of laissez-faire tobacco controls in the world and is paying with the price of growing addiction.

Its problem is illustrated with a video circulating on the Internet, showing a toddler with a 40-cigarette-a-day habit.

Indonesia has no ban on advertising. Consumers see ads of well-known athletes promoting smoking and even sporting events named after sporting events.

Some 17.3 million smoke in the Philippines, one of Asia’s highest rates, and about 87,000 people die per year of tobacco-related disease, according to Philippine Health Undersecretary Paulyn Jean Ubial.

WHO claims that tobacco kills half of its users.

The agency warns in its recently published Global Adult Tobacco Survey that if the current trend continues, it will cause up to 1 billion deaths in the 21st century.

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Clashes over Valentine’s Day celebration in Pakistan leaves 4 injured http://www.khaama.com/clashes-over-valentines-day-celebration-in-pakistan-leaves-4-injured-2790 http://www.khaama.com/clashes-over-valentines-day-celebration-in-pakistan-leaves-4-injured-2790#comments Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:23:55 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=32098 Read the full article...]]> 1392315659000-pakistan-valentinesAccording to reports, at least four university students were injured following clashes between two rival student groups in Pakistan.

Police officials in Pakistan said the incident took place in country’s northwest over celebration fo Valentine’s Day.

A local police official, Rahim Hussain, said clashes between the two groups started in University of Peshawar after a liberal group rallied in the favor of the romantic holiday.

Mr. Hussain further added that both members of the liberal group and conservative group started throwing stones at each other and used weapons to fire in the air.

He confirmed that four students were injured following the clashes which lasted for several minutes.

The young are increasingly using Valentine’s Day as a form of rebellion – some call it a silent revolution of sorts, despite conservatives in Pakistan every year call for people to boycott Valentine’s Day.

In a devout Muslim society where adultery is punishable by death and public displays of love are forbidden, celebrating on this day is a direct challenge to the rigid Islamic groups that hold sway in the country and who deem such displays as immoral.

However, the holiday is still widely celebrated in Pakistan where people buy flowers, pink teddy bears and heart-shaped balloons.

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Protesters denounce Valentine’s Day celebration in Pakistan http://www.khaama.com/protesters-denounce-valentines-day-celebration-in-pakistan-1374 http://www.khaama.com/protesters-denounce-valentines-day-celebration-in-pakistan-1374#comments Wed, 13 Feb 2013 06:54:15 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=23247 Read the full article...]]> Pakistan Valentines DayHundreds of protesters in Peshwar city of Paksitan on Tuesday staged a noisy demonstration to denounce marking Valentine’s day in Pakistan.

The protesters urged for a “day of modesty” instead of celebrating Valentine’s Day which they believe is an un-Islamic act.

The demonstration was organized by Pakistan’s main religious party — Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and was attended by hundreds of students outside the press club in the northwestern city of Peshawar, chanting slogans against Valentine’s Day, saying it had “spread immodesty in the world”.

The younger generation of Pakistan is celebrating Valentines’s Day which is increasingly getting popular in this country. Many of the younger Pakistanis are marking the Valentine’s Day by giving cards, chocolates and gifts to their sweethearts to celebrate the occasion.

However Pakistan is an Islamic country with a conservative society where many Pakistanis disapprove and call it an import of Western tradition.

But the protesters on Tuesday said the tradition encourages the younger and unmarried men and women to live together in sin and urged that February 14 should be marked a “day of modesty” by carrying banners.

Shahzad Ahmed, the local head of the student organisation said, “We will not allow holding of any Valentine’s Day function.”

He said, “The law enforcing agencies must prevent such gatherings, otherwise we will stop in our own way.”

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Nepal ex-crown prince ‘fired gun in row’ at resort http://www.khaama.com/nepal-ex-crown-prince-fired-gun-in-row-at-resort http://www.khaama.com/nepal-ex-crown-prince-fired-gun-in-row-at-resort#comments Tue, 14 Dec 2010 11:14:12 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=1356 Read the full article...]]>

Paras Shah was unpopular among Nepalis for his drunken antics

(BBC) – The former Crown Prince of Nepal, Paras Shah, is to be questioned after firing his gun at a jungle resort, police say.

The former heir to the now abolished throne was reportedly drunk, and threatened relatives of the deputy prime minister who were staying there.

The 39-year-old son of ex-King Gyanendra was unpopular among Nepalis for his drunken playboy lifestyle.

His cousin shot dead nine family members – including the king and queen – before killing himself in 2001.

An official inquiry blamed Prince Dipendra for the royal massacre which shocked Nepal and the world.

The Himalayan nation’s 240-year-old Hindu monarchy was abolished in 2008 after former Maoist rebels who waged a 10-year insurgency against the state came to power.

Police in the resort town of Pokhara in western Nepal, where Mr Shah is currently staying, are preparing to question the former prince.

The chief of police, Keshap Adhikhari, told the BBC he was outside Mr Shah’s hotel room.

He said he would detain him and take him to Chitwan, where Sunday’s shooting incident happened.

‘Derogatory remarks’

Reports say that Mr Shah fired a gun in the air after an argument with the daughter and son-in-law of Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister, Sujata Koirala.

He had reportedly been drinking when the incident occurred at Chitwan national park, a popular tourist destination.

“I am sure the government will take appropriate action as nobody is above the law,” Kathmandu police chief Ramesh Kharel told the BBC earlier.

The Himalayan Times online quoted Mr Shah as admitting that he had fired the weapon.

“I fired a shot in the air from my pistol in a fit of anger as I could not bear the insult of myself and the country,” Mr Shah was quoted as saying.

He said the incident was prompted by “derogatory remarks” against him, his family and Nepal by “two foreign nationals”.

Mr Shah moved to Singapore with his family in 2008 after having a heart attack.

He was a controversial and unpopular figure who had been at the centre of a number of scandals.

Last year he spoke out on the 2001 royal massacre in which his cousin killed nine family members before killing himself.

He said his cousin Prince Dipendra was angry at a failed arms deal, and also unhappy at his family’s rejection of his choice of bride.

Mr Shah said a second motive for Prince Dipendra was his anger King Birendra’s decision to end absolute monarchy in Nepal.

He had also dismissed the notion that Prince Dipendra was drunk or that he had shot his family – his parents, the King and Queen of Nepal and seven other royals – on impulse.

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China leadership ‘orchestrated Google hacking’ http://www.khaama.com/china-leadership-orchestrated-google-hacking http://www.khaama.com/china-leadership-orchestrated-google-hacking#comments Mon, 06 Dec 2010 06:00:53 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=1218 Read the full article...]]> BBC – Senior Chinese figures were behind the hacking of Google earlier this year which forced the search engine to quit the country, leaked US cables suggest.

One cable, released by whistle-blowing site Wikileaks, cites a “well-placed” contact as saying the action against Google was “100% political”.

A politburo member is said to have been angered after Googling his name and finding critical comments online.

The cable says it is unclear whether China’s top leaders were involved.

Other cables show Beijing has been “extremely concerned” about the use of high-resolution satellite imagery on Google’s mapping software, Google Earth.

In January, Google said it had been subjected to a “sophisticated cyber attack originating from China” – it said the e-mail accounts of human rights activists were among those hacked.

In the ensuing row over internet censorship, Google abandoned mainland China and moved its Chinese-language operations to Hong Kong.

The company did not say who it thought was responsible but the cables, released by Wikileaks and published on the Guardian website, show the company had repeatedly raised concerns about the issue.

‘Forbidden fruit’

The BBC’s Nick Childs says the allegations contained in the cables will reinforce both the perception that the Chinese government is highly sensitive about the internet and suspicions that it was behind the hacking attacks on Google.

One cable from the US embassy in Beijing cites a “well-placed contact” as claiming “that the Chinese government coordinated the recent intrusions of Google systems”.

“According to our contact, the closely held operations were directed at the Politburo Standing Committee level,” it says.

The source, whose name is deleted from the text, told the US that the operations against Google were “100%” political in nature, not an attempt to reduce Google’s influence in China in favour of domestic search engines, such as Baidu.

But the writer of the cable notes that it is “unclear whether President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao were aware of these actions” before Google publicly announced its concerns.

The cable also reports on alleged concern in the Chinese government that, by challenging official censorship of the internet, Google had made itself seem more appealing to Chinese net users and given the impression that the US and Google were working together “to undermine Chinese government controls of the internet”.

“All of a sudden, XXXXXXXXXXXX continued, Baidu looked like a boring state-owned enterprise while Google “seems very attractive, like the forbidden fruit,” it says.

In cable dated 18 May 2009, US diplomats quote a Chinese source as saying that “the root of the problem” was an unnamed member of the politburo standing committee who wanted Google to stop linking to its international site from its sanitised version, google.cn.

The politician is said to have “recently discovered that Google’s worldwide site is uncensored, and is capable of Chinese language searches and search results”. He reportedly carried out a search for his own name and found sites personally critical of him.

Google consistently refused to remove the link, citing its own anti-censorship principles, and eventually left the Chinese mainland.

The cable says that while the US can neither confirm nor deny the allegations against Beijing, “the potential for continuing escalation by the Chinese, assuming Google sticks to its guns – and the likelihood of loud US Congressional and public outcry if it caves – suggest a high-level USG [US government] response may be in order”.

The following January, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged China to fully investigate the hacking allegations.

“Countries or individuals that engage in cyber attacks should face consequences and international condemnation,” she said.

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India’s Ambani hosts party for ‘world’s priciest home’ http://www.khaama.com/indias-ambani-hosts-party-for-worlds-priciest-home http://www.khaama.com/indias-ambani-hosts-party-for-worlds-priciest-home#comments Tue, 30 Nov 2010 04:21:21 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=1164 Read the full article...]]> Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani has hosted a lavish house-warming for his new 27-storey residence, believed to be the world’s most expensive home.

About 80 people attended the party in Mumbai on Friday, reported the Times of India. One guest described the house as “the Taj Mahal of the 21st Century”.

Mr Ambani, said to be India’s richest man, moved into the house last month with his wife and three children.

Reports suggest the residence is worth more than $1bn (£630m).

The skyscraper in Mumbai (Bombay), which overlooks sprawling slums, is said to have a cinema, swimming pools and a helicopter pad, and is named “Antilia” after a mythical Atlantic island.

Local newspapers said the house would require 600 members of staff to maintain it, and according to the Times of India, the first electricity bill, for September, is costing Mr Ambani 7m rupees (£98,000).

The house has sparked some controversy, with anti-poverty campaigners underlining the contrast between the luxury of the house and the plight of those who live in Mumbai’s slums, which house about half of the city’s 18 million people.

‘Versailles rival’

Guests at the house-warming included Indian novelist Shobhaa De, Bollywood stars Preity Zinta and Aamir Khan, and billionaire Kumar Mangalam Birla.

Ms De said the 174m (570ft) building was the “Taj Mahal of the 21st Century”.

She described “what has got to be the biggest, glitziest ballroom in India – the Palace of Versailles is a poor cousin”.

“There is a lot of marble, there is a lot of mother of pearl. There are areas and gardens and lotus pools and an absolutely beautiful Krishna temple. There is art, there’s sculpture, there is a huge bar, there is a swimming pool,” she said.

“The Taj Mahal was considered one of the wonders of the world, this is…I’m sure it’s going to be one of the wonders of modern India,” she told the BBC.

She said the house was built to the personal taste of Mr Ambani, and that people should not “grudge him his indulgencies”.

“He generates a great amount of employment for those very poor and contributes to the economy,” she added.

The house, which has a temple on the ground floor and a library on the top, was designed according to Vaastu principles, an Indian tradition similar to Chinese feng shui.

According to Forbes magazine, Mr Ambani, 53, has amassed a $27bn (£17bn) fortune.

He is chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries, one of the largest conglomerates in the world, and also owns the Indian Premier League team, the Mumbai Indians.

Mr Ambani’s brother, Anil, held a “parallel party” at the 14-storey residence which houses the rest of the family.

Relations between the brothers became strained during a dispute over the division of the conglomerate left by their father, Dhirubhai, who died in 2002 without a will.

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China calls for emergency talks amid Korea crisis http://www.khaama.com/china-calls-for-emergency-talks-amid-korea-crisis http://www.khaama.com/china-calls-for-emergency-talks-amid-korea-crisis#comments Sun, 28 Nov 2010 11:05:29 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=1102 Read the full article...]]> (BBC) – China has called for an emergency meeting of key nations amid tension in Korea over the North’s deadly shelling of a Southern island.

It proposed that members of the six nations that have been taking part in talks on North Korean nuclear disarmament should meet in December.

The two Koreas, the US, China, Japan and Russia are involved in the talks.

Correspondents say South Korea’s response has been non-committal and that it will consult other countries.

Tension remains high on the peninsula, with the US and South Korea undertaking joint military exercises the North has denounced as a provocation.

Angry protests

The six-party North Korea talks have been stalled since April 2009, and South Korea and the US say they should not resume until the North has made a genuine offer on halting its nuclear programme.

Some analysts think North Korea is trying to raise tensions in order to strengthen its negotiating position and force a resumption of the talks.

Wu Dawei, China’s representative to the talks, said on Sunday: “The Chinese side, after careful study, proposes to have emergency consultations among the heads of delegation to the six-party talks in early December in Beijing to exchange views on major issues of concern to the parties at present.”

He said this was not a proposal to resume formally the six-nation negotiations.

Mr Wu said “complicated factors” had arisen on the peninsula, adding: “The international community, particularly the members of the six-party talks, is deeply concerned.”

The BBC’s Chris Hogg in Seoul says the response of South Korea and its allies to China’s move has been less than enthusiastic.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said President Lee Myung-bak had told visiting senior Chinese foreign policy adviser Dai Bingguo that Seoul was not interested in the early resumption of the six-party nuclear talks themselves, as it was more urgent to deal with Pyongyang’s belligerence.

Japan’s Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Tetsuro Fukuyama said that Tokyo would “deal with the issue cautiously while cooperating with South Korea and the United States”.

The Korea crisis began when the North launched a sudden barrage of shells at Yeonpyeong island, close to the maritime border between the two countries, on Tuesday.

Two South Korean civilians and two marines were killed, sparking the resignation of the South’s defence minister and angry protests in the South.

Pyongyang insists it was provoked into the shelling by military exercises, which were being carried out by the South close to Yeonpyeong.

‘Unpredictable’

The US and South Korea on Sunday began new, pre-arranged military exercises in the Yellow Sea, about 125km (77 miles) south of the disputed maritime border between the two Koreas.

The aircraft carrier the USS George Washington and four other US navy vessels are being joined by South Korean destroyers, patrol vessels, frigates, support ships and anti-submarine aircraft.

Shortly after the exercises began, North Korea again vowed to hit back if its waters were violated.

“We will deliver a brutal military blow on any provocation which violates our territorial waters,” the North’s state-controlled KCNA news agency said.

Yonhap reported that Pyongyang had placed surface-to-surface missiles on launch pads in the Yellow Sea and had also moved surface-to-air missiles to frontline areas, but the South’s defence ministry could not confirm the deployment.

Residents of Yeonpyeong were ordered to shelter in bunkers when artillery fire was heard on Sunday, but the order was lifted 40 minutes later. Only about 20 of the 1,700 residents remain on the island.

The South Korean defence ministry has also now instructed journalists to leave by the end of Sunday as it cannot guarantee their safety.

“At this stage, it is unpredictable what kind of a provocative action North Korea will take using the South Korean-US joint drills as a justification,” the ministry said.

Yonhap also reported that South Korean troops on Sunday accidentally fired an artillery round into the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) that divides the nations. Seoul quickly sent the North a message saying it was an accident, the news agency said.

Earlier, Mr Dai had told President Lee that Beijing would try to prevent the situation deteriorating any further.

Mr Lee had urged China to take what he called a more fair and responsible position on the relationship between the two Koreas.

The chairman of North Korea’s parliament, an official known to be a close confidant of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, has been invited to visit Beijing next week.

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Plane from Karachi crashes with eight people on board http://www.khaama.com/plane-from-karachi-crashes-with-eight-people-on-board http://www.khaama.com/plane-from-karachi-crashes-with-eight-people-on-board#comments Sun, 28 Nov 2010 10:47:33 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=1098 Read the full article...]]> (BBC) – A plane carrying eight people has crashed shortly after taking off from Karachi airport in Pakistan, killing all those on board.

They say it was a Russian-made cargo plane heading to Sudan’s capital Khartoum and the crew was Russian.

The jet crashed into buildings that were under construction inside a naval base, close to Jinnah airport.

TV footage showed rescuers fighting a large fire. Reports say there were also casualties on the ground.

There were also reports of explosions.

‘Engine on fire’

“It (the plane) took off from Karachi at 0145 (2045 GMT) and after one-and-a-half minutes it crashed,” Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Pervez George told the AFP news agency.

“It was an IL-76 cargo plane. It was going to Khartoum. It had eight people on board,” he said.

Unconfirmed reports say that two construction workers on the ground also died in the crash.

The BBC’s Shoaib Hasan in Karachi reports that another worker – who was sleeping near the premises – told how he ran for his life when he heard the plane coming. The worker spoke while being treated for injuries in a local hospital.

If the plane had crashed just 500 metres (560 yards) away, it would have hit a much more densely populated area, our correspondent adds.

Rescuers later recovered several bodies from the crash site, reports say.

Witnesses say they saw that one of the plane’s engines was on fire, which suggests that the cause of the crash may have been a mechanical failure.

“The plane crashed 800m away from my house. We heard the bang and we rushed out,” Ayas Peer Mohammed, a retired brigadier who lives in the naval residential area, told the BBC.

“My son wasn’t asleep and he saw the cockpit on fire and the crash. I went to the crash site immediately. Right now the fire vehicles are there and they are trying to extinguish the fire. The plane was in more than two parts. It’s totally burnt, it’s a wreck, there were many small pieces on fire,” he said.

“The plane crashed in an open area very close to the last inhabited building. I think the pilot tried to crash there on purpose,” Ayas Peer Mohammed added.

Our correspondent says that the blaze – which was fuelled by thousands of gallons of petrol – is now under control.

The explosion caused by the crash was so powerful that local residents thought it was triggered by a bomb, Karachi police chief Fayyas Leghari was quoted by the AFP as saying.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known, and an investigation is now under way.

The plane was carrying relief aid to Sudan.

Earlier this month, a small passenger plane crashed soon after take-off from Karachi, killing all 21 people on board.

In July, Pakistan’s Airblue passenger plane crashed into hills overlooking the capital Islamabad, killing all 152 people on board.

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Artillery fire on Korean border http://www.khaama.com/artillery-fire-on-korean-border http://www.khaama.com/artillery-fire-on-korean-border#comments Tue, 23 Nov 2010 07:28:35 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=985 Read the full article...]]> (BBC) – North Korea has fired artillery shells across its western maritime border, prompting return fire from South Korea, officials say.

Dozens of the shells landed on a South Korean island, from which plumes of smoke are rising. At least four soldiers are said to have been hurt.

South Korea has issued its highest non-wartime alert in response.

A BBC correspondent says this is one of the most serious incidents between the two Koreas since the end of the war.

Top leaders are meeting in an underground bunker in Seoul over the incident, Reuters news agency reported.

The incident comes days after North Korea revealed it had a modern uranium enrichment plant – potentially giving it a second route to a nuclear weapon.

Earlier, the US ruled out more denuclearisation talks while Pyongyang continued to work on the facility.

‘Illegal firing’

South Korean officials said artillery rounds landed on Yeonpyeong island, near the disputed inter-Korean maritime border to the west of the Korean Peninsula.

“A North Korean artillery unit staged an illegal firing provocation at 1434 PM (0534 GMT) and South Korean troops fired back immediately in self-defence,” a defence ministry spokesman told AFP.

A resident on the island told the agency that dozens of houses were damaged, while television pictures reportedly showed plumes of smoke rising above the island.

“Houses and mountains are on fire and people are evacuating. You can’t see very well because of plumes of smoke,” a witness on the island told YTN television station.

“People are frightened to death and shelling continues as we speak,” the witness said.

South Korea had deployed fighter jets to the island, Yonhap news agency said.

This western maritime border has been the scene of numerous clashes between the two Koreas in the past.

In March, a South Korean warship went down near the border with the loss of 46 lives.

International investigators say a North Korean torpedo sank the ship, although Pyongyang denies any role in the incident.

Since then relations between the two neighbours – who have not signed a peace treaty since the 1950-53 Korean War – have been very tense.

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Dozens die in new Mount Merapi eruption in Indonesia http://www.khaama.com/dozens-die-in-new-mount-merapi-eruption-in-indonesia http://www.khaama.com/dozens-die-in-new-mount-merapi-eruption-in-indonesia#comments Fri, 05 Nov 2010 05:23:53 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=725 Read the full article...]]> (BBC) – At least 49 people have been killed in the latest eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano – more than doubling the death toll since it became active again last week.

Dozens are being treated for burns and respiratory problems after a gas cloud hit villages with even greater force than the previous eruptions.

More than 90 people are now said to have been killed.

An estimated 75,000 residents have been evacuated from the area.

Mount Merapi, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, is located in a densely populated area in central Java.

The latest eruption began late on Thursday, sending residents streaming down the mountain with ash-covered faces.

Rescue workers said villages in the area were in flames and bodies burnt beyond recognition.

‘Danger zone’

Many of the dead are believed to be children from Argomulyo village, 18km (11 miles) from the crater, the Associated Press news agency quoted emergency officials as saying.

The agency quoted hospital spokesman Heru Nugroho as saying that 48 bodies had been brought in after the inferno, and that 66 others had been injured – although these figures were not independently confirmed.

Earlier, government volcanologist Surono told AFP: “This is the biggest eruption so far. The heatclouds went down the slopes as far as 13km (eight miles) and the explosion was heard as far as 20 kilometres away.”

The authorities have decided to widen the “danger zone” around the crater from 15 km (9 miles) to 20km (12 miles).

A rescue official told the BBC some of the casualties could have been avoided if residents had stayed away from the danger zone.

Scientists are warning of further eruptions in the coming weeks.

Indonesia is also dealing with the aftermath of another natural disaster, after a tsunami hit the Mentawai islands last week, claiming more than 400 lives and sending thousands into emergency shelters.
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Tajikistan Embassy Officially Opened in Kabul http://www.khaama.com/tajikistan-embassy-officially-opened-in-kabul http://www.khaama.com/tajikistan-embassy-officially-opened-in-kabul#comments Wed, 27 Oct 2010 05:33:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=309 Read the full article...]]> (Tolo News) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai Tuesday termed the inauguration of Tajikistan’s embassy in Kabul a cornerstone for strengthening relations between the two countries

During the inauguration ceremony of Tajikistan’s embassy in the capital Kabul, Tajikistan’s President emphasised on the improvement of relations between the two neighbouring countries and said cooperation of the two countries could be unique in the region.

Imam Ali Rahman, Tajikistan’s President remarked that exchange of merchandise has increased 20 times in the past six years and acknowledged efforts are on the ground to boost the commerce relation between the two countries.

“Tajikistan and Afghanistan could be an example in cooperation and friendly mutual relationships in the region,” Tajikistan’s President said.

During the ceremony, President Karzai said: “in reality the inauguration of the magnificent embassy of Tajikistan in Kabul is to strengthen and improve ties between the two countries.”

Tajikistan’s President also said that his country will soon take his part in reconstruction of Afghanistan.

During his visit, Mr Rahman signed five agreements including trade, expansion of water of Amu River, transit, counter-terrorism, norm and standard, railway construction and hydro power.

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Tajik President Meets Afghan leader in Kabul http://www.khaama.com/tajik-president-meets-afghan-leader-in-kabul http://www.khaama.com/tajik-president-meets-afghan-leader-in-kabul#comments Tue, 26 Oct 2010 10:58:34 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=286 Read the full article...]]> The president of Tajikistan in an unexpected visit to the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday morning met with the Afghan president and high-ranking government officials The president of Tajikistan, Imam Ali Rahman, after a meeting with Afghan president Hamid Karzai and other high-profile government officials, appeared in a press conference with president Karzai and emphasised on more trade relations between the two countries. During his visit to Afghanistan, five contracts were signed between the two countries in different areas including trade, energy and tourism. Mr Rahman also discussed border security issues, counter-terrorism and joint fight against drug trafficking. Mr Rahman also announced his support from the Afghan government peace talks. “Military option is not the only way to resolve Afghan issues. We back the Afghan government’s initiative and wish it success,” said Mr Rahman. “Enforcement of our joint 1400 km border is vital for both countries, so our joint fight against terrorism and drug smuggling that could be an example for others should be strengthened,” he said Addressing the joint press conference, President Karzai said: “during the past nine years, we have had good cultural, trade and educational improvements in our relationships.”

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Russell Brand and Katy Perry get married in India http://www.khaama.com/russell-brand-and-katy-perry-get-married-in-india http://www.khaama.com/russell-brand-and-katy-perry-get-married-in-india#comments Sun, 24 Oct 2010 04:52:13 +0000 http://www.khushnood.org/?p=179 Read the full article...]]> Comedian Russell Brand has married US singer Katy Perry in a private ceremony in India.

The wedding was conducted by a Christian minister and both Brand, 35, and Perry, 25, wore traditional Indian clothes, with the bride in a sari.

The couple met at the MTV Video Music Awards in September 2009, where Brand was host.

The ceremony took place at the Aman-e-Khas luxury resort outside the Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary.

Brand proposed to Perry in India outside the Taj Mahal last December.

A spokesman for the couple said the wedding service was carried out by a friend of the Perry family.

“The very private and spiritual ceremony, attended by the couple’s closest family and friends, was performed by a Christian minister and long time friend of the Hudson [Perry] Family.

“The backdrop was the inspirational and majestic countryside of northern India,” the spokesman said.

According to the news agency, Press Trust of India, 21 camels, elephants and horses formed part of Brand’s wedding procession from a nearby resort. He was also accompanied by traditional dancers and musicians.

Perry appealed for privacy on the social networking site Twitter while the couple got married.

She tweeted on Tuesday evening: “TWIT BREAK: Greatest gift you can give us is respect and love during this private time. No use wasting our time with STOLEN or FALSE info. Thank you for this.”

The National Park, which provided the backdrop for the wedding, is one of northern India’s largest sanctuaries.

In addition to stand-up comedy, Brand has established a Hollywood acting career after he appeared in the 2007 St Trinian’s film and Judd Apatow’s comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

His autobiography, My Booky Wook, was a best-seller and his second instalment has just recently been published.

Perry’s first hit was I Kissed A Girl in 2008, and her latest album is Teenage Dream.
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US inquiry into China rare earth shipments http://www.khaama.com/us-inquiry-into-china-rare-earth-shipments http://www.khaama.com/us-inquiry-into-china-rare-earth-shipments#comments Wed, 20 Oct 2010 07:40:25 +0000 http://www.khushnood.org/?p=121 Read the full article...]]> US trade officials say they are looking into a New York Times report that China is blocking shipments of rare earths to the US and Europe.

China mines 97% of the specialist metals crucial to green technology.

The report, citing anonymous industry sources, said Chinese customs officials had broadened export restrictions.

Meanwhile China’s commerce ministry has denied a report by the official China Daily that it will cut quotas by 30% next year to stop overmining.

“The report is completely false,” the ministry said in a statement.

“China will continue to supply rare earths to the world, and at the same time, to protect usable resources and sustainable development, China will also continue to impose restrictive measures on exploration, production and import and export of rare earths.”

Threat to economy

The US Geological Survey recognises 17 different rare earths.

They are used in everything from catalytic converters in cars to computer monitors, TVs and in pharmaceuticals.

Analysts say without these elements, much of the modern economy would shut down.

China accounts for about 97% of global rare-earth production. The BBC’s Paul Mason says the rare earth story goes to the heart of China’s relationship with the West.

The US, which is also a major buyer of rare earths, mined no rare earth elements last year.

US trade officials say they are now checking the New York Times report that China is blocking shipments to the US and Europe, following reports of a similar move against Japan.

The newspaper cited unnamed Chinese rare earths officials as saying that “the embargo is expanding”.

Nefeterius McPherson of the US Trade Representative’s office said: “We’re seeking more information in keeping with our recent announcement of an investigation into whether China’s actions and policies are consistent with WTO rules.”

Washington is investigating whether China is violating international trade rules by subsidising its clean energy industries.

Japan accused China of halting rare earth shipments last month amid a diplomatic row over Japan’s detention of a Chinese fishing boat captain whose trawler collided with two Japanese patrol boats.

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