Briefly World: Pak was involved in sectarian attack,says Afghanistan

Pak was involved in sectarian attack,says Afghanistan

Written by Agencies | Published: June 20, 2012 1:22 am

Pak was involved in sectarian attack,says Afghanistan

KABUL: The Afghan government on Tuesday accused Pakistan of involvement in a bloody attack last year on minority Shia Muslims. The December 6 attack killed dozens of people. Afghan Attorney General Mohammad Esaaq Alako said,“It was started from Peshawar and this (attack) was administrated by our neighbour’s intelligence organs.”

Pashto singer Javed shot dead in Pak

Islamabad: Well-known Pashto singer Ghazala Javed and her father were shot and killed by unidentified men in Peshawar city of northwest Pakistan,police said Tuesday. The singer’s younger sister,Farhat Bibi,escaped unhurt. The attackers,who were riding motorcycles,escaped after the shooting.

Two sentenced to death for Myanmar violence

YANGON: A court in Myanmar has sentenced two men to death for the rape and murder of a Buddhist woman whose killing last month set off communal violence in which more than 50 people died,state media reported Tuesday.

Greek three-party coalition govt today

ATHENS: Greek socialist party head Evangelos Venizelos says a three-party coalition government could be formed by Wednesday. Venizelos’ PASOK party came third in elections.

25 dead in Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria

LAGOS: The Nigerian Red Cross says at least 25 people have died after radical Islamist sect Boko Haram launched multiple attacks on civilains and the police in the northeastern city of Damaturu. Two schools were also burned.

Bo Xilai: Frenchman held in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH: Police have arrested a Frenchman reportedly linked to politician Bo Xilai at the centre of China’s biggest political scandal in years. Cambodian authorities informed the French Embassy of the arrest of Patrick Devillers.

Romanian PM accused of plagiarism in thesis

BUCHAREST: Romanian PM Victor Ponta said Tuesday he would not resign over accusations of plagiarism against him. Ponta defended himself after magazine Nature said over half of Ponta’s 432-page,2003 thesis on the International Criminal Court for his doctorate at the University of Bucharest was duplicated.

Terror suspect arrested in Germany

BERLIN: German officials say they have arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of membership in al-QaEda,after he was deported from Tanzania. The federal prosecutor’s office said Tuesday German national Emrah E.,who has been identified by Tanzanian officials as Emrah Erdogan,was arrested Monday upon his arrival from Africa at Frankfurt airport.

Violence spikes across southern Afghanistan

KABUL: Violence spiked in southern Afghanistan’s Kandahar province where militants stormed a NATO military base and attacked a police checkpoint,while a US service member was killed by gunmen wearing Afghan security force uniforms and eight civilians died in a roadside bomb explosion,authorities said Tuesday.

Ravi freed,won’t be deported to India

India-born student Dharun Ravi was released from a US prison on Tuesday after he completed 20 days of his month-long jail term following his conviction for spying on his gay roommate,but will not be deported to India.

A bearded and smiling Ravi,20,was escorted out of the Middlesex County jail by his lawyer Steve Altman after his release at 8:35 am.

The former Rutgers University student was convicted on charges of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy for spying on his gay roommate,Tyler Clementi,who later committed suicide. The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said earlier that Ravi would not be deported to India after taking into account his record.

Gilani loses title of longest serving Pak PM

Islamabad: Besides losing his post as prime minister,Tuesday’s Supreme Court verdict took away Yousuf Raza Gilani’s distinction of being the longest serving Pakistani premier. On May 27,Gilani,after staying in office for four years,two months and two days,had created a new record in national history,surpassing the tenure of first prime minister of the country,Liaqat Ali Khan. Gilani assumed power on March 25,2008. However,the SC verdict which disqualifies him as a prime minister with effect from April 26,makes him the second longest serving premier in the country.

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