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Report in Prothom Alo, July 5, 2017 at 22:38 hrs
Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh on Wednesday thanked the law enforcers as well as the government for rescuing poet, essayist and political commentator Farhad Mazhar through their prompt action.
In a statement emailed to different media outlets Wednesday evening, the Islam-based group also thanked the prime minister Sheikh Hasina for the rescue of Farhad.
“The way the honourable prime minister played a role to save the life of an ordinary citizen, Farhad Mazhar, is praiseworthy and it reflected people’s aspirations,” read the statement.
The statement further …

China, Headline »

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by Wendy Wu in South China Morning Post, July 5, 2017
The Chinese yuan exchange rate has been stable, but it won’t always be and Beijing’s efforts to maintain its stability could hinder China’s global currency ambitions, an economist with Standard Chartered said.
Kelvin Lau, a senior China economist at the bank, said in an interview with the South China Morning Post that the yuan exchange rate was still subject to swings in the value of dollar and political risks in the European Union.
Beijing’s efforts to defend …

Bangladesh, Featured »

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By Arifur Rahman Rabbi, Afrose Jahan Chaity, & Md Sanaul Islam Tipu
The reported abduction of noted litterateur and columnist Farhad Mazhar, who went missing in the wee hours on Monday from his Dhaka residence, remains cloaked in mystery as it is still unclear who abducted him and why.
He was rescued in Jessore’s Nawapara area later in the day, sparking speculations over his mysterious disappearance.
Later, Farhad was brought to Dhaka on Tuesday around 9am and then taken to the Detective Branch office on Minto Road from Adabor police station for questioning.
Addressing …

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Gaibandha: More than a hundred members of law enforcement agencies began ‘anti-militant’ raids in remote areas of Gaibandha’s Sadar upazila on Wednesday morning.
A joint team of counterterrorism unit members and local police began the raids in the Kamarjani and Mollachar of upazila, looking for suspected militant hideouts there.
Gainbandha Sadar upazila police station officer-in-charge Mehedi Hassan told Prothom Alo this morning that the raids were being conducted in search of militant hideouts.
He also said the raids were being conducted in some places suspected to be militant dens.
Neither a militant hideout …

Af -Pak Scene, PAK US AFGHAN TIES »

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AFP report in Dawn, July 5th, 2017
KABUL: The United States is counting on Pakistan’s support to eliminate militancy, in particular the Haqqani network, Senator John McCain said during a visit to the Afghan capital on Tuesday.
“We have made it very clear that we expect they (Pakistan) will cooperate with us, particularly against the Haqqani network and against terrorist organisations,” said McCain, chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee, in Kabul.
“If they don’t change their behaviour, maybe we should change our behaviour towards Pakistan as a nation,” he insisted.
The senator’s …

Azad Kashmir, Featured, PAK SCENE – TERRORISM, PAK-US-INDIA »

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By Khursheed Sardar in Pakistan Today, July 5, 2017
The author is a freelance writer
On June 26 the US State Department designated Hizbul Mujahideen and United Jihad Council (UJC) commander Syed Salahuddin, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which “imposes sanctions on foreign persons who have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism.”
The sanctions on Salahuddin, who operates Hizb and UJC from Azad Kashmir, expectedly drew a strong reaction from Islamabad. The Foreign Office called out Washington ‘equating …