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Karzai asks Central Asian nations to cooperate on terrorism

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Nur-Sultan, Nov 12 The former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, on Tuesday considered it necessary that Central Asian countries, together with Russia and China, cooperate to prevent the spread of extremism and terrorism in the region to reduce dependence on the United States.

Karzai told Efe at the Astana Club conference, which addressed the issues confronting Eurasia, that the recent attack by jihadists on a Tajik border post after crossing from Afghanistan is a clear indication of the challenges facing the region in this area.

At least 15 members of the Islamic State terrorist group died in the security operation, and four others were arrested, the Tajik Border Guard reported.

“This must bring us all, the Central Asian countries, Afghanistan, and especially the major powers in the region such as Russia and China, to cooperate together and to take this matter into our own hands and prevent the spread of extremism and terrorism,” he said.

He hoped that “the United States would sincerely engage with Afghanistan and the rest of the region” to prevent the spread of terrorism and extremism, but believed that “in the past 18 years, in spite of the loss of life and suffering of the Afghan people, it was not achieved.”

“If extra-regional forces cannot do this, then it is upon the region in the form of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and especially with the backing of Russia and China, to put all our resources together to bring an end the extremism from which our people are suffering,” he said.

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5 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan

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alat (Afghanistan): Five militants were killed after the Afghan security forces targeted Taliban hideouts in Afghanistan’s Uruzgan and Kandahar provinces on Sunday, Afghan Army said in a statement.

The security forces backed by fighter planes struck the militants’ hideouts outside Tirin Kot, the capital of Uruzgan province, killing two insurgents and wounding three others, early Sunday morning, Afghanistan’s Army was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.

Similarly, the security forces targeted a Taliban hideout in Khakriz district of the neighboring Kandahar province in the wee hours of Sunday, killing three armed insurgents.

Taliban militants have yet to make a comment.

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Arms (Amendment) Bill turns law, gets President’s nod

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New Delhi: The new Arms (Amendment) Act has come into force with President Ram Nath Kovind’s assent to a Bill cleared by Parliament earlier this week to help the government in controlling proliferation of illegal arms and ammunition in the country.

Kovind gave his approval on Saturday to the Act which provides for enhancement of period of arms licence from three years to five years and issuance of arms licence in its electronic form for rationalising and facilitating the licensing procedures for use of firearms by individuals as well as to curb crimes committed by using illegal firearms.

The Act aimed at providing effective deterrence against violation of law.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 1 of the Arms (Amendment) Act, 2019 (48 of 2019), the Central Government hereby appoints the 14th day of December, 2019, as the date on which the provisions of the said Act shall come into force,” a Gazette notification issued on Saturday reads.

The Arms (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was cleared from Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, a day after it was passed from the Lok Sabha, proposing stringent punishment for illegal weapons and ammunition traffickers.

The Act is an amendment to the six-decade-old Arms Act, 1959 to effectively curb crimes committed by using illegal firearms in the wake of spurt in illegal arms smuggling.

It bans the manufacture, sale, use, transfer, conversion, testing or proofing of firearms without a license. As per the amendment, even the punishment for offences under the act has been increased to between seven years and life imprisonment, and a fine.

Previously, the punishment for offences under the act was between three to seven years, along with a fine. The security forces this year, seized 438 illegal guns and 30,480 ammunition, said the Minister, adding that in coming years the government will add provision to give licence in form of smart card and will do away with the licence book.

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Shooter Vartika Singh wants to hang Nirbhaya killers

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Lucknow:International shooter Vartika Singh has written a letter in blood to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, expressing her desire to execute the capital punishment to the four convicts in the Nirbhaya rape case who are facing a death sentence.

Vartika Singh told reporters on Sunday that she wanted to hang the four convicts in order to send a message that a woman can execute men if they violate her.

She further said that she wanted support for her initiative from women actors, lawmakers and other celebrities.

Reports of the imminent hanging of the four men convicted in the infamous Nirbhaya rape and murder case have been gaining grounds as the convicts are running out of legal options.

The Tihar Jail officials, where the four are presently lodged, have asked the Buxar Jail in Bihar to prepare ropes for the hanging and the Uttar Pradesh government has been asked to provide hangmen.

The Buxar Jjail has expertise in making ropes suitable for hanging while Uttar Pradesh has a ‘certified’ hangman Pawan in Meerut.

Vartika Singh had made news a few months ago when Babri plaintiff Iqbal Ansari had accused her of heckling him to concede the then disputed land to Hindus. She had accused him of attempting to assault her.

Besides Singh, 42-year-old Tamil police Head Constable S. Subash Srinivasan, a police gallantry medal winner and grandson of INA veteran, has also volunteered to hang the killers of Nirbhaya in Tihar Jail. Srinivasan has also written a letter to the Tihar Jail authorities on December 6.

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