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Pakistan, India should look for solution to Kashmir: Boris Johnson

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Islamabad, 24 Nov 2016 : Visiting British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Thursday called for an end to violence in Jammu and Kashmir but added that Britain did not want to “prescribe a solution or act as a mediator” in the conflict over the “disputed” region.

“The longstanding position of Britain is that it is for India and Pakistan to find a lasting solution to the situation in Kashmir taking into account the wishes of the Kashmiri people,” Johnson told media.

“Of course we are concerned about recent incidents on both sides of the Line of Control in Kashmir and we call for an end to the violence,” he said, urging Pakistan and India to exercise restraint and maintain a dialogue.

Johnson, who is on two-day visit to Pakistan, said the “mutual sequestration” of the India-Pakistan economies was holding back the region from becoming a “boom zone”.

Johnson earlier met Pakistan’s foreign policy chief Sartaj Aziz at the Foreign Office to discuss bilateral ties, FO Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said on Twitter.

During the meeting, Johnson said he was excited to be in Pakistan and wants to “further consolidate the rock solid friendship between our two countries”.

Johnson’s visit comes days after British Prime Minister Theresa May was in India earlier this month.

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Pakistani man arrested for attacking Sikh shrine in England

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New Delhi/London, 25 May : A Pakistani man, who was trying to mobilise Sikhs against India over Kashmir in England, attacked the Guru Arjan Dev shrine in Derby on Monday morning. He was later identified and arrested.

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Italy registers 63,927 COVID-19 cases, toll touches 6,077

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Rome, March 24 : A total of 63,927 coronavirus cases have been assessed in Italy since the pandemic broke out in its northern regions on February 21, the Civil Protection Department managing the COVID-19 emergency has said, adding that 601 fatalities were also registered on Monday, with the death toll reaching 6,077.

The number of total infections grew by 4,789, or 8 per cent from 59,138 cases recorded on Sunday. The daily fatality figure dropped from Sunday’s 651 and Saturday’s 793, the department said, Xinhua reported.

Although still upward, the figures showed the daily rise in both the number of people testing positive and the number of deaths has been less marked for the second day in a row, Civil Protection Chief Angelo Borrelli told a press conference late Monday afternoon.

Health authorities, however, warned that it was still too early to confirm a decreasing trend in the ongoing pandemic.

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Lashkar founder Hafiz Saeed sent to jail for five years

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New Delhi/Islamabad, 12 Feb : Just ahead of the FATF review, founder and patron of the banned terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hafiz Saeed, was convicted in terror funding cases and sent to jail for five-and-a-half years by a Pakistani court on Wednesday.

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