Digest of international stories for week Sep 17 – Sep 23, 2016
Peshawar: The death toll from a Taliban suicide bombing at a packed mosque in Pakistan’s restive northwest tribal region rises to 36 after several of those injured in the attack died in hospitals, officials says.
Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin accuses Syrian rebels of using a fragile ceasefire to regroup, as diplomatic tensions between Moscow and Washington simmered over a lack of humanitarian aid access.
Lahore: Pakistan police arrests eight Islamic State militants who were planning “large-scale” terror attacks on government installations in Punjab province.
New York: A powerful explosion struck a bustling upscale neighbourhood in New York injuring 29 people in what the mayor describes as an “intentional act” as police found a second explosive device nearby, a pressure cooker with wires, hours before world leaders descend here for the 71st UN General Assembly session.
Moscow: Russians votes in parliamentary polls, with parties loyal to President Vladimir Putin expected to maintain their dominance despite the longest economic crisis of his rule.
Margarita Island: Continuing with its efforts to internationalise the Kashmir issue, Pakistan raises the matter here at the NAM summit, saying the 120-nation group should be “outraged” by the situation there.
Geneva: In a blunt message, India asks Pakistan to stop supporting terrorism and vacate illegal occupation of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir as it highlighted human rights violations in Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh and persecution of minorities including Hindus.
New York: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif seek help from the US to resolve tensions between India and Pakistan, as he raises the issue of alleged human rights violations and killings in Kashmir.
Kandahar: A US air raid kills eight Afghan policemen in the country’s volatile south, officials says, in the first apparent “friendly fire” incident since American forces were granted greater powers to strike at insurgents.
United Nations: US President Barack Obama asks nations engaged in “proxy wars” to end them, warning that if communities are not allowed to co-exist, the “embers of extremism will continue to burn” causing sufferings to countless human beings and export of extremism overseas.
Aleppo: The United Nations suspends all humanitarian convoys in Syria following a deadly air strike on aid trucks that killed 20 people, as fighting intensified after the regime declared an end to a week-long truce.
New York: US Secretary of State John Kerry asks Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to prevent terrorists from using Pakistani territory as safe havens, as he expressed strong concern over the violence in Kashmir particularly the terror attack on an Indian army base.
United Nations: Raking up Kashmir at the UN, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif glorifies slain Hizbul commander Burhan Wani as a “young leader” even as he expressed readiness for a “serious and sustained dialogue” with India for peaceful resolution of all outstanding disputes, especially Jammu and Kashmir.
Cairo: At least 42 people drowns after a boat carrying more than 600 illegal migrants capsized off the Egyptian coast, about 140 km north of Cairo.
New York: Pakistan says its nuclear programme “cannot be limited” and the world should first put an end to India’s atomic activities, a day after the US asked Islamabad to exercise restraint in its nuclear ambitions.
New York: Demanding comprehensive reform of the UN Security Council, the G4 nations of Brazil, Germany, India and Japan assert that they are legitimate candidates for permanent membership in the top UN body on account of the “geopolitical realities” of the 21st century.
United Nations : In its sharpest attack on Pakistan, India call it a “terrorist state” which carries out “war crimes” by using terrorism as an “instrument of state policy”, after Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif glorified Hizbul commander Burhan Wani at the United Nations.
United Nations: Rejecting Pakistan’s repeated pleas to the UN to resolve the Kashmir dispute, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon tell Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that Pakistan and India should address their outstanding issues, including Kashmir, through “dialogue”.
Moscow: India and Russia kick off the eighth edition of their joint military exercise in Vladivostok with a focus on counter-terror operations.
Aleppo: Missiles rained down on rebel-held areas of Syria’s Aleppo, causing widespread destruction that overwhelmed rescue teams, as the army prepared a ground offensive to retake the city.
Islamabad: Pakistan warn India that by granting asylum to Baloch leader Brahamdagh Bugti, it will become an “official sponsor of terrorism”.