Pakistan fully capable of defending itself, PM Nawaz


LAHORE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday gave an address on the occasion of Youm-i-Takbeer and said that Pakistan is fully capable of defending itself against any possible aggressive designs, DawnNews reported.

The premier congratulated the nation on the event and said that the country’s nuclear assets were in safe hands, adding that it was for peaceful purposes.

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Two foreigners injured in attack on US consulate vehicle in Herat, Afghanistan


HERAT: At least two foreign security personnel were wounded in an attack on a US consulate vehicle in the western Afghan city of Herat on Wednesday, officials said.

The vehicle was on its way to the airport when an unidentified gunman on a motorbike shot at it with a rocket-propelled grenade in Enjeel district of the city, district chief Basher Ahmad told AFP.

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Four police killed in attack on Tunisia minister’s home


TUNIS: Four Tunisian police officers were killed in a “terrorist” attack overnight on the home of Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou in the west-central Kasserine region, a ministerial spokesman said Wednesday.

“Four police officers were killed and another injured during a terrorist attack with Kalashnikov rifles that targeted the Kasserine home of the interior minister,” spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui told AFP.

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Taliban’s Mehsud faction severs ties with TTP

PESHAWAR: The spokesman of the Mehsud faction of the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Azam Tariq on Monday announced that his group has formally separated from the central outlawed militant group.

The spokesman of the Mehsud group, who was also a central member of the Taliban shura, made the announcement in a press conference.

He added that the other Taliban factions were also becoming distrustful of the main organisation.

Azam further said that the Mehsud group had tried to reform the TTP, adding that despite its efforts, conniving elements in the organisation had emerged successful.

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India visit a success, insist Sharif aides


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returned to the federal capital on Tuesday evening where he was greeted by a volley of criticism from the media, which was up in arms that he had not mentioned Kashmir during his visit to India while he had been greeted by the T word (terrorism).

However, it did not take long for the prime minister’s senior aides to jump into action and address the criticism. They tried hard to convince many that the meeting had been a success.

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Deaths as suicide blast hits Afghan capital


A suicide bomber has struck an army minibus in the Afghan capital, killing at least two people and injuring two others, the defence ministry has said.

“A suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated his explosives near an army minibus,” ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi told Reuters news agency on Monday.

Kabul police spokesman Hashmatullah Stanikzai told AFP news agency that there were casualties among the soldiers but was unsure of how many.

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Turkey warns citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Libya, Nigeria


The Foreign Ministry has warned Turkish citizens to defer non-essential travel to Libya due to recent armed clashes in Benghazi and Tripoli, as well as to Nigeria because of a recent rise in terror and kidnapping incidents.

The Foreign Ministry posted separate warnings concerning these two countries on its official website on May 26. The citizens who are currently in Libya and who will still travel to the country despite the warning should take the required measures and be vigilant with their safety, the ministry said.

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