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Pak appoints Moin-ul-Haque as High Commissioner to India

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday appointed career diplomat Moin-ul-Haque as the High Commissioner to India.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday approved appointments of over two dozen ambassadors in various countries including India, China and Japan.

Haque, the current ambassador to France, has previously served as chief of protocol at the Foreign Office.

 

The post of High Commissioner to India fell vacant after Sohail Mehmood was appointed Pakistan’s new foreign secretary.

The decision came after a detailed meeting with Prime Minister Khan, who formally approved the new appointments, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said in a video message.

Qureshi said: “New Delhi, India, is very important…After consultation I have decided to appoint Moin-ul-Haque, the current ambassador in France, who will be sent to (New) Delhi, and I hope that he (Haq) will deliver.”

He said Indian elections are coming to end and it is possible that after the elections a new process of engagement could start.

He expressed hope that Mr Haque would perform his new job with best of his abilities.

Confirming the major appointments, the foreign minister said Naghmana Hashmi, career diplomat, is being sent to China, which is a “very important” country for Pakistan.

She will replace Masood Khalid, the incumbent envoy to China, after completion of his tenure.

Additional Secretary Imtiaz Ahmad was appointed ambassador to Japan while Zaheer Janjua, currently serving as additional secretary to Europe, was sent to Pakistani mission in Brussels.

Additional Secretary Amina Baloch was appointed Ambassador in Malaysia, Javed Khattak in Portugal, Saqlain Sayeda in Kenya, Rukhsana Afzal in Singapore, Khalid Jamali in Czech Republic and Ataul Munim in Algeria.

Sarfaraz Ahmad was appointed as ambassador to Sudan, Imran Haider as ambassador in Tajikistan, Major General Abdul Aziz Tariq in Brunei and Major General Muhammad Khalid Rao in Bosnia Herzegovina.

Mr Qureshi said council generals appointed included Khalid Majeed in Jeddah, Ayesha Abbas Khan in New York.

Ambassador in Kuwait Ghulam Dastagir will replace Muazzam Ali Khan in Abu Dhabi, while Qazi Khalilullah, serving as ambassador in Russia, was being given an extension of six months.

Mr Qureshi said he hoped that the newly-appointed ambassadors and consul generals will play a pivotal in promoting the soft image of Pakistan and will adopt the best behaviour with Pakistani community living abroad.


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Anantnag attack: Injured SHO succumbs at AIIMS

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Srinagar, June 16: Station House Officer (SHO) Arshid Ahmad Khan who was injured in Fidayeen Attack on June 13 succumbed to his injuries today at AIIMS Delhi.

Arshid was airlifted to AIIMS hospital in Delhi today from SKIMS. On Saturday morning the SHO was shifted to SKIMS from army’s 92 base hospital Badamibagh where he was admitted on June 13.

A police officer told news agency that SHO succumbed to injuries in AIIMS hospital this evening.

 

SHO along with three paramilitary CRPF men were injured in Fidayeen Attack near KP road in Anantnag on June 13. Five CRPF troopers including two officers of ASI rank were killed also killed in the attack. One of the militants was later gunned down by the joint team of forces. A teenage girl was also injured during the incident. (GNS)

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J&K on high alert after Pakistan warns India of Pulwama-type attack

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Srinagar, June 16: Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir are on high alert after Pakistan reportedly warned India of a Pulwama-type attack.

Pakistan shared intelligence inputs with India and the US regarding the threat of a possible attack in Pulwama district, The Indian Express reported. According to the intelligence inputs, militants may carry out an attack using an improvised explosive device (IED) mounted on a vehicle to avenge the killing of Zakir Musa. The Jammu and Kashmir Police is on its toes after the alert.

“The Pakistanis shared this information regarding the possibility of such an attack with our High Commission in Islamabad. They had also shared this information with the Americans, who too, informed us. So this information has come directly as well as via the Americans to us. The attack, the Pakistanis say, is being ostensibly planned to avenge the killing of Zakir Musa,” a top security official was quoted as saying.

 

Zakir Musa, the head of the Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, a group affiliated with the Al-Qaeda, was killed by security forces in an encounter at Tral in May. He launched his Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind after breaking away from the Hizbul Mujahideen in May 2017. Pakistan PM Imran Khan Makes Veiled Attack on India Over Kashmir During Address in SCO Summit 2019.

“We are reading Pakistan’s sharing of this information in two ways. It is either a way to make sure that they avoid blame if a big attack takes place, because they have already shared the information with the Americans. Or it is a genuine attempt to inform us ahead after they found out, particularly because the information is regarding a plan to attack by members of an al-Qaeda linked group. We also understand that any activities of militants linked to al-Qaeda are seen differently by them (Pakistan),” the official said.

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Tendulkar sues Australian cricket bat maker over $2 million in royalties

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Sydney: Sachin Tendulkar has filed a civil lawsuit against an Australian bat manufacturer, accusing it of using his name and image to promote products and then failing to pay him $2 million in royalties.

In Federal Court papers filed this month and reviewed by Reuters, Tendulkar said Sydney-based Spartan Sports International agreed in 2016 to pay him at least $1 million a year to use his image, logo and promotional services to sell “Sachin by Spartan” sporting goods and clothing.

The retired star batsman soon went to work promoting the products, and appeared at a range of promotional events in places such as London and the Indian financial hub of Mumbai, the documents showed.

 

However, by September 2018, Spartan had failed to make a single payment owed, Tendulkar said, and he made a formal request for payment. When none came, he ended the agreement, asking the company to stop using his name and likeness.

Yet Spartan continued to do so, according to the documents.

Spartan, whose legal representative was not listed on the Federal Court website, did not respond to an email request from Reuters for comment.

Les Galbraith, listed by the court documents as its chief operating officer, did not respond to a private message sent to his LinkedIn page.

The law firm listed as representing Tendulkar, Gilbert + Tobin, declined comment.

Tendulkar’s civil claim accused the Australian company of misleading or deceptive conduct, “passing off”, or suggesting an official endorsement when none existed, and breach of contract. It did not say what damages were sought.

Tendulkar became the world’s leading run-scorer in tests and one-day internationals, with more than 34,000 runs and 100 centuries, in a 24-year career that ended in 2013.

In 2012, he was made an honorary member of the Order of Australia, one of the country’s highest civil awards.

The court website showed the lawsuit was filed on June 5, with the first court date in Sydney on June 26. Reuters

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