Pakistan rejects Afghan allegations about safe heavens of Haqqani network in North Waziristan
Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Sates Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry says Pakistan and Afghanistan should work together on counter-terrorism operations.
In an interview with Washington Times, he vehemently denied Afghan intelligence accusations that Haqqani Network is operating from Pakistan's North Waziristan region. Haqqani Network is on the run in the wake of large-scale counter-terrorism offensives in North Waziristan and they have moved into Afghanistan and need to be taken care of there. Scapegoating Pakistan for failures in Afghanistan will not help improve security situation in either country.
Pakistan becomes chair of WHO Executive Board
In a major development, Pakistan was elected as chair of the World Health Organization’s Executive Board. The elite group considered the highest global policy forum on health comprising of 34 members countries elected Pakistan as its chair during its 141st session held on 1st June in Geneva where after Director General Health of Pakistan Dr. Assad Hafeez formally assumed office as Chairman of the Executive Board. Pakistan was first elected by the group of 22 countries comprising the Eastern Mediterranean Region and later at the global forum by the Executive Board comprising of 34 countries. Minister for National Health Services, Saira Afzal Tarar congratulated the nation over the development and said it was indeed a great honor for Pakistan and recognition of the important role the country was playing in the global health arena.
HRW criticizes Indian Army’s actions in IOK
The New York-based world rights body, Human Rights Watch has criticized the Indian Army’s recent actions in occupied Kashmir where a civilian was tied to the front of a jeep and used a human shield, terming it as violation of domestic and international laws. Major Gogoi had strapped a civilian, Farooq Ahmed Dar, to the bonnet of his jeep on April 9, 2017 in a Budgam area during the so-called Indian Parliamentary by-elections and paraded him in many villages for several hours. On May 22, Major Leetul Gogoi was awarded with Army Chief’s Commendation Card for his inhuman action.
Mattis praises China's efforts on North Korea , dials up pressure on South China Sea (Reuters)
US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said the threat from North Korea is clear and present as it has increased its pace and scope of developing nuclear weapons. He was speaking at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. He called for international cooperation to denuclearise Korean Peninsula. The United States is encouraged by China's efforts to restrain North Korea but Washington will not accept Beijing's militarization of islands in the South China Sea.
Germany to deport Afghan criminals and those posing a threat
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that Germany will expel only those Afghan refugees who are considered a threat to the country. Talking to journalists she said that those Afghan refugees who are involved in criminal activities or have not disclosed their identity will also be deported. Her statement came at a time when demands for expulsion of Afghan refugees from Germany intensified after the Kabul bomb blast. Some 3,300 Afghans returned of their own volition last year. Sixty-seven people were deported to Afghanistan last year and more than 100 have been deported so far this year.
Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Peru, Poland, Ivory Coast Elected to U.N. Security Council
The United Nations General Assembly has elected Kuwait, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Peru and Poland as non-permanent members of the Security Council. These will fill seats to be vacated by Egypt, Japan, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay on December 31. All new Council members will take their seats on January 1, 2018, for a period of two years. The Netherlands was elected for a one-year term after reaching a deal with Italy last year to split a two-year term. Voting between the pair was deadlocked last year so they agreed that Italy would serve on the council for 2017 and then step down to allowing the Netherlands to be elected for 2018.
Iraq’s PMU enters Syrian villages in spite of Kurdish warning
Iraq’s mostly Iran-backed Shiite paramilitary forces known as Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have entered Syrian villages, leading to the flight of hundreds of local families, who feared possible retaliation from Syrian militias on ground. Kurdish fighters, said it will never accept the presence of Iranian affiliates and they will never under any circumstances act as a bridge between PMU and the Tehran-backed Syrian regime. PMU had made it clear previously that it wanted to enter Syria.
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