US halts Afghans training after attacks
Coalition forces, local army relations in strain
Kabul—The U.S. military has halted the training of Afghan government-backed militias for at least a month to give the Americans time to redo the vetting of new recruits after a string of attacks by Afghan soldiers and police on their international allies, officials said Sunday.
There have been 34 insider attacks this year — at least 12 in August alone — that have killed 45 international troops, putting intense strain on the relationship between coalition forces and the Afghans they live and work with. The shootings also have thrown doubts on one of the pillars of the U.S.-led coalition’s planned withdrawal by the end of 2014 — training Afghan forces so they can take the lead for security in the country.
Rimsha case Court grants 14-day judicial remand to Imam
Islamabad—The Rimsha Masih case took a new turn when Islamabad police arrested the prayer leader of Ameenia Mosque in Mehrabadia area of G-11, Khalid Jadoon on Saturday night on charges of fabricating the evidence, which he had used to accuse Rimsha Masih of committing blasphemy by allegedly burning the Quran pages.
Blindfolded Khalid Chishti was produced in the court of Judicial Magistrate Islamabad Nasr Minallah Baloch by Islamabad police on Sunday amid high security and sought a remand for 14 days. The court reserved the decision on the matter on Sunday and he will again be presented in the court on 15th September.
ICA upholds stay order
Hague—International Court of Arbitration (ICA) has upheld the stay order in Indian held Kashmir Kishanganga project case.
A two-member team, comprising Pakistan’ Indus Water Treaty Commissioner Asif Baig Mirza and advisor to PM on water resources Kamal Majeed Ullah, attended the proceeding of the International Court of Arbitration in the Netherlands which lasted for 10 days.
Unauthorised cell phones playing havoc with human lives
Islamabad—Unauthorised pre-paid cell phones which have turned into a lethal weapon in the hands of terrorists are playing havoc with lives of people of Pakistan.
Sources in the Interior Ministry said according to investigations, all major strikes in the country including Kamra Air Base, Mehran Base and GHQ were conducted by terrorists using such unauthorized cell phones.
The Government has claimed to ward off possible terror attacks during the last Eid Holidays by suspending cell phone service for several hours.