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Pakistan must stop giving safe haven to terrorists, Kerry tells Sharif

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New York : Pakistan must stop giving a safe haven to terorrists, US Secretary of State John Kerry has told Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, while expressing “strong concern” over the attack on the Indian army base in Uri.

When they met here on Monday, Kerry “reiterated the need for Pakistan to prevent all terrorists from using Pakistani territory as safe havens”, State Department spokesperson John Kirby said in a statement on Tuesday.
He said that “the Prime Minister and Secretary Kerry expressed strong concern with recent violence in Kashmir – particularly the army base attack – and the need for all sides to reduce tensions.”

Kerry also “stressed the need for restraint in nuclear weapons programs”, Kirby said.

Their discussions centered on the “strong, long-term bilateral partnership” and how “to build upon the US-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue,” Kirby said. Afghanistan also figured in their talks.

Kerry made the remark about Pakistan stopping safe havens for terrorists “while commending recent efforts by Pakistani security forces to counter extremist violence”, Kirby said.

Pakistani media reported that during the meeting Sharif had asked for US help resolve India-Pakistan issues.

“I expect the US administration and Secretary Kerry to use his good offices to help resolve issues between Pakistan and India,” Dawn quoted Sharif as saying. “I still remember (former) president (Bill) Clinton’s promise that the US will play its role to help out in resolving bilateral disputes and issues between Pakistan and India.”

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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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