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Tibetans accuse China of sabotaging elections
Politics

Tibetans accuse China of sabotaging elections

China has been accused of trying to sabotage elections to the Tibetan government in exile and Tibetan Parliament held earlier in January with the Tibetan community saying that the biggest disruption to the process was witnessed in Nepal where the Chinese Communist Party has made inroads over the years.The Tibetan community has claimed that while the elections went on smoothly in India, Russia and other countries, there is evidence that Chinese officials tried to watch the voting process and note the names of those who voted in certain countries.“The biggest disruption to the elections happened in Nepal, after a Chinese high-level delegation visited the Himalayan country on December 27, to resolve the schism between the different factions of the Nepal Communist Party, said people aware of t
Imran Khan govt will be finished the day Opposition lawmakers resign: Maryam Nawaz
Asia, Politics

Imran Khan govt will be finished the day Opposition lawmakers resign: Maryam Nawaz

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Vice President Maryam Nawaz said that the Imran Khan-led government will be “finished” the day the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) lawmakers tender their resignations.She was addressing a large PDM rally in Bahawalpur when she posed the question to the audience whether the opposition parties should resign in order to mount pressure on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government.“Bahawalpur has given its verdict; this government’s days are numbered. So should [we] keep sitting in these sham assemblies or resign?” she asked the crowd, who largely responded with “resign”.“Remember, this government will be finished the day PDM tenders resignations,” she added.Mocking the PTI signature slogan of ‘tabdeeli’ (change), Maryam questioned whe
High-level Chinese delegation calls on Nepal President amidst political crisis
China, Politics

High-level Chinese delegation calls on Nepal President amidst political crisis

Amid political chaos in Nepal, a high-level Chinese delegation, led by a vice minister of the Communist Party of China on Sunday called on Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari ahead of meeting other top leaders to mend differences between the two warring factions of the ruling Nepal Communist Party.Vice Minister of the International Department of the CPC Guo Yezhou, who arrived in Nepal on Sunday morning met President Bhandari at the Rastrapati Bhawan. “They discussed matters relating to further strengthening centuries-old bilateral relations,” said an official at the President’s office.Guo, who personally knows all senior Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leaders, is scheduled to meet Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli on Monday, according to sources. He will also hold meetings with senior political
NSA Doval using insurgents to force Islamabad away from Kashmir issue, retd Pak Air Force officer
Asia, Politics

NSA Doval using insurgents to force Islamabad away from Kashmir issue, retd Pak Air Force officer

A Pakistani military veteran has alleged that India's National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval is using elements in the insurgent groups in Pashtun tribal areas and Balochistan to force the Pakistan Army away from the Kashmir issue.In an editorial titled 'Doval's dirty war', published on tribune.com.pk on November 22, senior Pakistani columnist and retired Pakistan Air Force officer Air Vice Marshal Shahzad Chaudhary said: "Reports of RAW teaming up splintered TTP elements under one control against Pakistan and synching them with Allah Nazar and the BLA in Balochistan, as indeed with some nationalists in the former tribal regions of Pakistan, is how Doval plans his next phase of war.""It is in play already and has gone on unremittingly, relentlessly and incessantly as Doval attempts at f...
ISIS set to become Islamist Frankenstein in Africa
Asia, Conflict, Opinion, Politics

ISIS set to become Islamist Frankenstein in Africa

On the run from Europe and Asia since 2014, terror organization ISIS is now desperately trying to establish its turf on the African continent by setting up links with local terror bodies. In the process, its Jihadist ideology has secured a fresh lease of life to expand the influence of the Islamic caliphate.Several countries of Africa where the civil-military differences are weakening the social and economic fabric are now the hunting grounds of ISIS. Even among them, ISIS prefers countries where Islamist politics have reared their head. The world has noticed the silence of orthodox Islamic clergy in face of rogue expansion of the Islamic terror bodies in Africa as they escape the western military forces in west Asia and Europe, specially from Syria and Iraq.It is perhaps as a result of th...
Brexit talks set to miss deadline and continue in Brussels
Business, Politics, World

Brexit talks set to miss deadline and continue in Brussels

Trade talks between the U.K. and European Union are set to be extended beyond this weekend’s informal deadline and continue in Brussels next week, according to two people familiar with the matter. Negotiators have been working round the clock in London since Monday, with both sides pinpointing the end of this week as the last moment they could strike a deal while still allowing enough time for parliamentary ratification before the U.K leaves the bloc’s single market on Dec. 31. While the talks haven’t reached a conclusion, officials think there’s enough progress to warrant carrying on. They will probably resume in Brussels, the people said, speaking on condition on anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. “We can get a deal done,” Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney told a D
India-US ties will grow stronger irrespective of who emerges victorious in US Presidential Election: Gautam Bambawale
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India-US ties will grow stronger irrespective of who emerges victorious in US Presidential Election: Gautam Bambawale

Former Indian ambassador to China, Gautam Bambawale said the bilateral ties between India and the US are not going to be affected and will only continue to grow stronger irrespective of who emerges victorious in the US presidential polls.Republican President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden are seeking the minimum 270 out of the 538 electoral votes needed to win the White House.While Biden is leading marginally in overall Electoral College vote tally, Trump has already claimed victory and has said he will move the Supreme Court to dispute the process of counting."The elections results are neck to neck so far. There are a few states left still and they are important as either of the two candidates can win. It really is for American people to decide who their president wi...
PDM Lahore rally a referendum against ‘incapable, incompetent’ rulers: PML-N leader
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PDM Lahore rally a referendum against ‘incapable, incompetent’ rulers: PML-N leader

Taking a jibe at the Imran-Khan led government in Pakistan, Rana Sanaullah, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Punjab president said that the upcoming Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) rally in Lahore on December 13 would be a referendum against "incapable and incompetent" rulers.Speaking at a press conference, he said that the event would prove that Lahore has awakened, after which entire Punjab and Pakistan would awaken.Sanaullah further asked how democracy would thrive if institutions are used for political objectives, and questioned who had made the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) controversial and who was blackmailing its chairman.He also claimed that he was arrested on fake and baseless charges and was implicated in a drug case when nothing incriminating was found against him...
US designates NACPU as Chinese Foreign Mission
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US designates NACPU as Chinese Foreign Mission

The National Association for China’s Peaceful Unification (NACPU) has been designated as a foreign mission of China by the US now, with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo adding that the NACPU is another arm of the Chinese Communist Party.“The United Front Work Department (UFWD) is the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) organ tasked with co-opting and neutralizing threats to the party’s rule and spreading its influence and propaganda overseas. The CCP regards this party apparatus as a “magic weapon” to advance Beijing’s policies,” Pompeo said in a statement by the State Department.“The Department of State designated a UFWD-controlled organization – the National Association for China’s Peaceful Unification (NACPU) – as a foreign mission of the PRC under the U.S. Foreign Missions Act. The goal
India will attack if we don’t release Abhinandan by 9 pm: Pakistan MP recounts in Parliament
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India will attack if we don’t release Abhinandan by 9 pm: Pakistan MP recounts in Parliament

A Pakistan MP speaking in Parliament has said that Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa was perspiring and his "legs were shaking" as Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said during a meeting that if Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was not released, India would attack Pakistan "at 9 pm".In a speech in the National Assembly, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Sardar Ayaz Sadiq claimed that the Imran Khan government had abruptly released Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, captured last February after a dogfight between Indian and Pakistani pilots.The PML-N leader told opposition leaders that Qureshi in a meeting with the parliamentary leaders, including PPP and PML-N and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, had asked for Abhinandan to be le...