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Hindu extremist groups ties with Modi govt biggest hurdle to Indo-Pak talks: Pakistan Minister



Pakistan’s Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday termed Hindu “extremist” organisations and their “influence” on the present Indian government as the biggest hurdle to the Pakistan-India peace dialogue.

“In our eyes, the biggest hurdle is Hindu extremist organisations and their influence and relations with the current government,” he said.

Khan also termed Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s statement regarding Pakistan-India ties as “surprising”.

“If the Indian government is serious about mending ties with Pakistan, then they should declare exactly what forces do not want better ties between the two countries,” he said in a statement released by the Interior Ministry.

He was reacting to Sushma Swaraj’s remarks that there are “forces” which do not want good ties between the two countries.

Khan also stated that the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s good relations with any other head of state is linked to the country’s national interest.

“The Indian minister should not take it as the PM’s personal interest,” he elaborated.

Sushma Swaraj had in her press conference on Sunday said that the “warmth and ease” in ties between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif can help resolve complex issues between the two neighbours.

“Indian seriousness over the issue can be gauged by Prime Minister Modi’s speech to the US Congress,” Khan added.

Modi, in his speech at the US Congress earlier this month, had said in an apparent reference to Pakistan that while terrorism has spread across the world, it is “incubated in India’s neighborhood”.

He had also urged the US Congress to send a clear message to those who “preach and practice” terrorism for political gains by “refusing to reward them”.

“Refusing to reward them is the first step towards holding them accountable for their actions,” said Modi taking aim at the US aid to Pakistan.


Protests over Putin’s plans to hike retirement age



Russia protest over pension age

Moscow, Sep 22 (IANS) Members and supporters of Russia’s Communist Party took to the streets of the capital on Saturday to protest unpopular pension reforms planned by President Vladimir Putin.

Putin took measures to soften his proposed hike in retirement age in August by limiting the increase for women to 60 — up from 55 — instead of the initial suggestion of 63, Efe news reported.

But the change of plan has so far failed to quell protests against it. He stood by plans to raise men’s retirement age from 60 to 65.

Protesters held signs emblazoned with slogans such as “Putin Lies”. Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov also spoke at the rally.

The changes have been given a preliminary green-light by the State Duma, Russia’s lower parliament, but have provoked widespread outrage. An opinion poll showed that about 90 per cent of Russians were against increasing the retirement age.

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Ready to boost anti-terror cooperation with Iran: Putin



Vladimir Putin

Moscow, Sep 23 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed condolences to his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, over a deadly terrorist attack and reaffirmed readiness to intensify counter-terror cooperation, the Kremlin said on Saturday.

“We are outraged by this bloody crime. Hopefully, everyone involved will be held liable,” Putin said in his telegram to Rouhani, which was published by the Kremlin, Xinhua news agency.

At least 24 people were killed in a terror attack in a military parade in the southern Iranian Ahvaz city on Saturday, official IRNA news agency reported.

This incident is another proof of the need for “uncompromising war on any manifestations of terrorism,” Putin said.

“I would like to confirm our readiness to further enhance cooperation with our Iranian partners in the fight against this evil,” he said.

The President offered condolences to the relatives and friends of those killed in the attack and wished a speedy recovery to those injured, according to the Kremlin.

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Watch Prince Harry stealing samosa at Meghan Markle’s event



New Delhi, Sep 22: Prince Harry was caught on camera sneaking samosas from her wife’s Meghan Markle’s cookbook event. 

The Duke of Sussex had hosted an event at Kensington Palace to mark the launch her book “Together: Our Community Cookbook” on
Thursday and in the quirkiest way her husband was seen stealing Indian Snack ‘Samosas’.

The British television network, ITV shared a video on the @itvnews Twitter account on September 20.

In the video, Harry can be seen trying to hide the samosa as he caught red-handed. Later, he smiled and casually walked away checking his surroundings.

Meghan’s book features recipes from a group of women whose community was affected by the Grenfell Tower fire that claimed more than 70 lives.

As the video went viral, Twitterati’s just can’t stop laughing at the Royal Prince’s cheeky act.


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