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Friday, August 23rd, 2019


Hong Kong’s human chain protest against extradition bill

Protesters form a human chain along Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong on August 23, 2019. - The August 23 protest in Hong Kong coincided with the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way demonstration in 1989, which saw about 2 million people form a human chain that spanned over 600 kilometres across Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in protest against Soviet occupation. The Hong Kong protests, which have dragged on for nearly three months, started in opposition to a bill that would have allowed extradition to mainland China but soon bled into a wider pro-democracy movement. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)        (Photo credit should read LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images)

HONG KONG, (DNA) – Thousands of people held hands to form a human chain of peaceful protest against a suspended extradition bill. Demonstrators believe the bill could undermine Hong Kong’s legal freedoms and might be used to intimidate or silence dissidents. There have been nearly three months of pro-democracy protests. Clashes between police and demonstrators have led to claims that some police have used brute force.

CEC refuses oath-taking of new ECP members


ISLAMABAD, AUG 23 (DNA): Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan on Friday refused the oath-taking of the newly appointed Election Commission members. A statement issued by the CEC said that the appointment of new members is a violation of the constitution. “The appointment of new members was not in accordance with Articles 213 and 214 of the constitution”, he stated. CEC Raza Khan has formally notified Parliamentary Affairs in this regard. The federal government appointed two members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) — Khalid Mehmood SiddiquiRead More

Pak-Turkey educational linkage to get stronger: Ambassador Yurdakul


ISLAMABAD, August 23 (DNA): Turkish ambassador to Pakistan Ihsan Mustafa Yurdakul on Friday expressed the hope that Pakistan-Turkish educational linkage will get stronger and there will be more exchanges of students, with the passage of time. Addressing a Graduation ceremony of Turkish students on learning Urdu language at Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), he said the government of Turkey will encourage cooperative partnership among the Universities of the two countries to earn from each other and have a better understanding of contemporary knowledge. He said he was excited to seeRead More

FM, Japanese counterpart discuss Kashmir issue


ISLAMABAD, August 23 (DNA): Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi telephoned his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono today and apprised him about the blatant human rights violations in occupied Kashmir and the regional peace and security situation. The Foreign Minister said that India intends to change the demography of occupied Kashmir through illegal steps. He said curfew has been imposed in the occupied valley since 5th August. Resultantly, the people of Kashmir are faced with shortages of food and medicines. Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the presence of nine hundred thousand troops inRead More

PM informs German Chancellor about dire HR situation in IOK


ISLAMABAD, August 23 (DNA): Prime Minister Imran Khan held a telephonic conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday to discuss India’s illegal and unilateral actions aimed at altering the disputed status of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir and changing its demographic structure. The Prime Minister informed the Germany Chancellor that India’s actions are in direct contravention of the UNSC resolutions, international law and its own solemn commitments. He highlighted the dire human rights situation in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, including complete lockdown, blackout on all forms ofRead More

FM Qureshi discusses latest Kashmir situation with Maldives counterpart


  ISLAMABAD, AUG 23 (DNA) -Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a telephonic conversation with Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid to discuss the current situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The Foreign Minister briefed his Maldivian counterpart on the illegal and unilateral actions of India to alter the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir, which was in contravention of the international law and UNSC resolutions. He underlined that the steps taken by India in the occupied Jammu and Kashmir entailed a grave risk for peace and securityRead More