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NAB conducts raid at Shehbaz Sharif’s residence

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Lahore, April 5 (IANS) The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday conducted a raid at the residence of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif to arrest his son Hamza in the assets beyond means case.

A press release by the anti-corruption body said a team had gone to Sharif’s residence to arrest Hamza Shehbaz on the basis of evidence against him in the assets beyond means and alleged money laundering case.

It added that NAB officials were manhandled by Hamza Shehbaz’s guards, their clothes were torn and death threats were given, Geo News reported.

The press release added that Hamza Shehbaz had violated the law and the bureau on the basis of evidence against him and in light of the Supreme Court directives would arrest him.

Shehbaz Sharif and his sons Hamza and Salman are facing multiple NAB inquires, including those into the Ashiana Housing scandal, Ramzan Sugar Mills and assets beyond means.

Speaking to reporters outside the residence, Hamza Shehbaz said that for “the first time he felt like a terrorist as this was the type of action taken against them”.

“Teams came to the house and tried to enter it. Like Superman they came to arrest me. For the first time I felt like we were like terrorists,” he said.

“What was the need to conduct a raid like that?

Hamza Shehbaz said Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government was crumbling and this was a reaction to that, according to Geo News.

PML-N leaders claimed that the raid was carried out without any warrant or prior notice. A number of party workers and supporters gathered outside Sharif’s house and staged a sit-in, raising slogans against NAB.

Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in a tweet said if NAB had raided Shehbaz Sharif’s home without a warrant then it was highly condemnable.

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Bangladesh: 6 activists shot dead in Chittagong Hill Tracts

The Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh have been affected by what has been described as ”genocide” or ”ethnic cleansing” for many years, say activists.

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Dhaka, July 7 : Six indigenous activists were shot dead on Tuesday in an ambush by a rival group in Bangladesh”s restive Chittagong Hill Tracts where scores have died in an insurgency in recent years, police said.

The incident is alarming as it shows the power conflict between several insurgent groups in the hill tracts of Bangladesh, said an official to IANS.

Locals and police said the killing might have taken place over establishing supremacy by two regional groups in the area. Three injured persons were admitted to Sadar Hospital.

Last March, a 31-member committee of JSS reformist group was formed. After the formation of the new committee, a rivalry began between the reformists and JSS (Santu Larma) groups.

The incident took place at around 5 am on Tuesday near Baghmara Bazar in Rajbila union, 20 km from the district town.

Local Union Parisad member Se Pru Marma said an armed group stormed into the house of reformist JSS president in the morning and started firing indiscriminately, killing the five on the spot.

The Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh have been affected by what has been described as ”genocide” or ”ethnic cleansing” for many years, say activists.

In the 1960s and 1970s, thousands were forced off their lands to make way for reservoirs and hydroelectric projects, a displacement made worse by massacres against the Jumma people (the collective name for all indigenous peoples in the region). In 1997 a peace accord recognised the rights of the Jumma people over their lands.

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Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus

Brazil has reported by far the highest number of coronavirus cases in Latin America and is second only to the United States.

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Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for the coronavirus, local media reported.

On Monday night, he said he went to the hospital for a lung scan and would take a new test for the virus, after he developed symptoms, including a fever. It was later revealed that the separate medical exam had shown his lungs were “clean”.

Bolsonaro has reportedly canceled all his official activities until he gets the results of his test. “The president, at this time, is in good health and remains at his residence”, his office said on Monday.

In recent months, several of Bolsonaro’s aides have become infected with Covid-19. However, the president has often been seen defying restrictions such as mask wearing and social distancing.

Bolsonaro has repeatedly downplayed the threat of the virus, saying it was just a “little flu” and condemning governors for imposing lockdowns that are causing job losses.

Brazil has reported by far the highest number of coronavirus cases in Latin America and is second only to the United States.

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52 killed in Japan due to torrential rain

In Omuta, about 200 people were left stranded at two evacuation centres after floodwaters surged in the area.

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Tokyo, July 7 : The death toll due to the torrential rain in Japan’s Kyushu region increased to 52 on Tuesday, with the government issuing its highest alert as the Chikugo river in Oita prefecture overflowed.

Kumamoto prefecture registered the highest number of victims at 51, while 11 people were reported missing, The Japan Times quoted authorities as saying.

The 52nd victim, a woman in Omuta Fukuoka prefecture, was found at her submerged home on Monday night and was confirmed dead Tuesday at a hospital.

In Omuta, about 200 people were left stranded at two evacuation centres after floodwaters surged in the area.

The Chikugo River, the largest in the Kyushu region, overflowed in Hita, Oita prefecture, prompting a local meteorological observatory and the land ministry to issue the highest-level alert to residents on Tuesday morning.

The death toll from the heavy rains that started in the early hours of July 4 is expected to climb as search efforts for the missing continued at sites hit by landslides and floods.

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