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Military operation in Karachi against terror groups to continue, says PM Nawaz Sharif

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Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the Karachi operation, which will complete its three years next month, was not going to end any time soon and there would be no compromise on efforts aimed at restoring peace to the city.

He promised that there would be no delays in the release of funds for the ongoing federal government-funded projects in the city, officials and sources said.

The fresh resolve came during his daylong visit to Karachi on Friday which was primarily aimed at launching of the Pakistan Navy Fleet Tanker at the Karachi Ship­yard and Engineering Works (KSEW) built with the cooperation of Turkey, Dawn online reported.
According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), during the operation over 12,000 people were arrested in more than 7,000 raids conducted by the Pakistan Rangers, out of which 6,000 people were handed over to police.

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ)  conducted attacks in the city in collusion with the Tehreek-i-Taliban (TTP) Pakistan

But in a brief meeting with the Sindh governor and the chief minister, Sharif conveyed the agenda of a meeting scheduled for August 23 which would seek inputs from the provinces for implementation of the next phase of the National Action Plan against terrorism.

“The prime minister was briefed about the security situation in Karachi in particular and in the province in general,” an official said.

He appreciated the efforts of the law-enforcement agencies and vowed to offer every possible cooperation to achieve the target of lasting peace,” he added.

The Karachi operation started in September 2013 at a time when criminality, targeted killing and kidnapping for ransom were at their peak in the city.

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Protests over Putin’s plans to hike retirement age

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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

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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

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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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