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Saudi king orders reopening of border with Qatar for Hajj pilgrims

RIYADH: Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz has ordered the authorities to reopen the border with Qatar to facilitate the annual hajj pilgrimage.

The Arabian border with Qatar, Salwa border crossing, had been shut after seven Arab nations including Saudi Arabia Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing the tiny Gulf state of supporting terrorists.

“The announcement to reopen the border for Qatari pilgrims came after Saudi Arabia´s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received an envoy from Doha,” official Saudi Press Agency reported.

“The king has permitted “the entry of Qatari pilgrims to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through Salwa border crossing to perform hajj, and to allow all Qatari nationals who wish to enter for hajj without electronic permits”, it said.

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Pak Envoy tells UNGA that India is the mother of terrorism in SA

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NEW YORK: Responding to the allegations leveled against Pakistan by Indian Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj apropos terrorism, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative at the UN Maleeha Lodhi has said that India itself was the mother of terrorism in South Asia.

Maleeha Lodhi was addressing the UNGA here yesterday. She maintained that India was using terrorism as a state policy.

It is pertinent to mention here that Shushma Swaraj in her address to UNGA has stated: “Pakistan is recognized only as the pre-eminent export factory for terror.”

In an effort to add some substance to her rhetoric Maleeha Lodhi referred to the Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav who she said had confessed of committing terrorism in Pakistan.

Focusing on the topic of Kashmir she said India had illegally occupied the area that is not its part. Ambassador Lodhi held that Indian refusal to implement UN resolutions on Kashmir was an act of aggression. 

 

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Pak-Afghan relationship not defined by India

PESHAWAR: Afghan Consul General to Pakistan Abdul Wahid Pohan has said that Indian interest does not affect Pak-Afghan relationship.

While speaking at an event organised to mark the Afghan International Culture Day here today, Pohan rejected the impression that Kabul’s growing ties with New Delhi were harmful to Islamabad.

“Afghanistan has the right to maintain good diplomatic relations with other countries including India,” he said, adding that wherever Pak-Afghan relations come under discussion, everyone blames India.

The CG further went on to say that Afghanistan also has other neighbours including Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, but it has had a strong love and affiliation with the people of Pakistan for decades.

“The Pak-Afghan relationship is stronger than bonds with other countries and I hope that the relationship will further improve in future,” he added.

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Russia says Trump, Kim Jong-un behaving like ‘kindergarten kids’

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that the behaviour US President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un were showing resembled a “kindergarten fight between children.”

“We have to calm down the hot heads and understand that we do need pauses, that we do need some contacts,” Lavrov said in a press conference after his address to the General Assembly on Friday.

His remarks came after an escalating war of words between Trump and Kim ratcheted up a notch on Friday as the US president dubbed North Korea’s leader a “madman,” a day after DPRK hinted it may explode a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.

The two leaders launched the verbal clash after Washington announced tougher sanctions aimed at curbing North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile program.

Trump, in his speech, nicknamed Kim “Rocket Man” and declared him to be on a “suicide mission.”

“Kim Jong-un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!” Trump posted on his official Twitter account.

A day after Trump’s statement, Kim took aim at Trump, branding him “mentally deranged” and a “dotard”.

“Trump insulted me and my country in front of the eyes of the world and made the most ferocious declaration of a war in history”, Kim said in an interview.

“I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the US pay dearly for his speech.”

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