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To our $33 billion, Pak gave us nothing but lies: Trump

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Washington, Jan 01: Issuing a tough warning to Pakistan, US President Donald Trump on the first day of the year alleged that this South Asian nation has given America nothing but lies and deceit and has given safe haven to terrorists.
“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools,” Trump said in a strongly worded tweet. “They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!” Trump said in his first tweet of the year.
This is the strongest warning that has come from the US president. In his new South Asia Policy unveiled in August, Trump had called for tougher measure against Pakistan if it did not cooperates the US in its fight against terrorism.
Pakistan has been under the scanner on the international front. Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj targeted Pakistan on similar lines.
Swaraj criticised Pakistan and its role in harbouring known “terrorist” organizations in the United Nations General Assembly meet in September. She stated that while India has created institutions like IITs and IIMs, Pakistan has built LeT, Hizbul Mujahideen and the Haqqani Network.
She has recently ruled out any possibility any India-Pakistan cricket matches, pointing the 800 border violations by Pakistan this year.
Earlier in October, India and the United States asked Pakistan to dismantle the “terrorist” infrastructure operating from its soil, asserting that “terror havens” inside that country would not be tolerated.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, after holding wide-ranging talks, said Islamabad needed to take concrete action against such groups to ensure peace and security in the region, particularly in Afghanistan. Tillerson said he had asked the Pakistani leadership to take action against such groups and said an enhancement in their capabilities may pose a threat to the government in Islamabad.
“Terror havens will not be tolerated,” Tillerson said at a joint press conference with Swaraj.


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Will visit Jammu and Kashmir if required: CJI

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Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Monday said that if required he will visit Jammu and Kashmir High Court to take stock of the situation amid allegations that people are unable to approach the court. “If a need arises, I may visit Jammu and Kashmir High Court to take stock of the situation,” he said while hearing a plea on the restrictions since the abrogation of Article 370.

The CJI also asked the Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court to send a report on the matter. “It is a serious issue,” the court observed after child rights activist Enakshi Ganguly submitted that litigants are not able to approach the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

Earlier today, the Supreme Court had asked the Central government to file an affidavit on the petitions challenging the abrogation of the provisions under Article 370. Last month, Parliament had passed the Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganization) Act, 2019, bifurcating the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir with legislature and Ladakh without it.

 

Following this, a batch of petitions were filed in the top court challenging it.

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Will take legal course to challenge Farooq Abdullah”s detention under PSA: NC

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Srinagar, Sep 16: The National Conference (NC) on Monday said the party would take legal course to challenge the detention of its president Farooq Abdullah under the Public Safety Act (PSA) in Jammu and Kashmir.

“They have no justification to do that, but if they have booked him (Abdullah) under the PSA, then what can we do. We can only approach the courts. We will take constitutional and legal recourse,” senior NC leader Mohammad Akbar Lone told reporters here.

Lone, the MP from north Kashmir, said the government”s move is unfortunate and it is a matter of shame that Abdullah has been booked under this act.

 

“If there was anyone who would talk of India here, it was Abdullah. If anyone has been abused, it is Abdullah and today, this is how India pays him. This is very unfortunate,” he said.

Abdullah has been detained under the stringent PSA, which enables authorities to detain any individual for two years without trial, sources said

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Day 39: Normal life still out of gear in Kashmir; schools remain shut, public transport off roads

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Srinagar: Normal life remained affected in Kashmir as the stalemate following the abrogation of Article 370 entered its 39th day on Thursday with schools closed and public transport off the roads, officials said.

Restrictions on the movement or assembly of people have been lifted from most areas of the valley, but security forces continued to be deployed to maintain law and order, the officials said.

They said the authorities were also considering easing out restrictions on mobile communications and restoring voice call services.

 

While landlines across the valley were functional, voice calls on mobile devices were working only in Kupwara and Handwara police districts of north Kashmir.

However, normal life remained severely affected across the valley due to shutdown which entered 39th day on Thursday, the officials said.

Markets and other business establishments remained closed, while public transport was off the roads across the valley, they added.

Internet services remained suspended across all platforms, the officials said.

The efforts of the state government to open schools have not borne any fruit as parents continued to keep children at home due to apprehensions about their safety.

Most of the top-level and second-rung separatist politicians have been taken into custody while mainstream leaders including three former chief ministers — Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti — have also been either detained or placed under house arrest.

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