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India Pakistan war: Kashmir fighting sees Indian aircraft downed

Pakistan says it has shot down two Indian military jets and captured a pilot in a major escalation between the nuclear powers over Kashmir.

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India said it had lost one MiG-21 fighter and demanded the immediate and safe return of its pilot.

Pakistani PM Imran Khan said the two sides could not afford a miscalculation with the weapons they had.

India and Pakistan – both nuclear-armed states – claim all of Kashmir, but control only parts of it.

They have fought three wars since independence from Britain and partition in 1947. All but one were over Kashmir.

PM Imran Khan orders steps to keep Torkham border operational round the clock

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed officials to make necessary arrangements for keeping the Torkham border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan operational round the clock in a bid to boost bilateral ties between the two countries.

The move, PM Khan said, would be instrumental in boosting bilateral trade ties between the two brotherly countries.

The prime minister said that it would also enhance people to people contacts between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

“I have tasked the relevant govt stakeholders to make necessary arrangements for the Torkhum border to work round the clock within next 6 months. This step will be instrumental in boosting bilateral trade and enhancing people to people contacts between the two brotherly countries”.

Khan’s post followed an announcement by KP Finance Minister Taimur Saleem Khan Jhagra, who said that the federal and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments had decided to expedite the reopening of the Torkham border crossing.

Torkham is a major border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan. connecting Nangarhar province with Pakistan’s erstwhile FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

It is the busiest port of entry between the two countries.

source: thenews

Pakistan gets first-ever Hindu female judge

Suman Pawan Bodani, of the Hindu community, has been appointed as Pakistan’s first female judge hailing from the country’s esteemed minority group.

Daughter of Dr. Pawan Podani, Suman belongs to the rural area of Shahdadkot in Sindh. She stood 54th in the merit list for the appointment of civil judge/judicial magistrate.

Coming from a downtrodden area, Suman excelled beyond all obstructions to build a career that she had always dreamt of.

After completing her LLB from Hyderabad, she moved to Karachi to pursue her LLM from the reputed Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST). She was then affiliated with renowned advocate Justice (R) Rasheed Rizvi’s law firm under which she practiced law for two years.

According to a report, Suman had chosen the dignified profession of law as per her father’s desire.

Source form thenews.

Trump announces deal to reopen US government

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Friday announced a deal with opposition Democrats to temporarily reopen the US federal government, shut down for a record five weeks by a bitter row over funding for a US-Mexico border wall.


“We have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government,” Trump said. “In a short while, I will sign a bill to open our government for three weeks, until February 15.”

US lawmakers and the White House were under intense pressure to resolve the impasse, as hundreds of thousands of federal workers headed into a second month without paychecks, and the political stalemate began to disrupt some of the nation´s busiest airports.

While staunchly defending his wall project — which he claims is needed to keep out criminals and drug traffickers – Trump made no announcement regarding his demand for $5.7 billion to fund the barrier, a key promise made to his right-wing supporters.

Instead, he said a “bipartisan conference committee” of lawmakers from the Republican-held Senate and Democrat-controlled House would set to work on the question of border security, with the issue of wall financing at the top of their agenda.

“Over the next 21 days, I expect that both Democrats and Republicans will operate in good faith,” said the president — who went on to threaten a new shutdown three weeks from now should Congress refuse to approve the funds.

“We really have no choice but to build a powerful wall or steel barrier,” he said.

“If we don´t get a fair deal from Congress, the government either shuts down on February 15th again, or I will use the powers afforded to me under the laws and Constitution of the United States to address this emergency.”

Tribute to federal workers

Trump has spoken for weeks about using his presidential authority to declare an emergency on the US border with Mexico in order to fund the controversial project without congressional approval.

After two competing bills to end the partial shutdown failed in the Senate on Thursday, lawmakers were urgently scrambling for a fix that would get federal employees back on the job.

Normally paid every two weeks, 800,000 workers missed a second straight paycheck Friday, a situation that has reached a crisis point for thousands of American families.

The urgency was underscored as flight delays rippled across parts of the eastern US due to staffing shortages in airports where employees, including air traffic controllers, have been ordered to work without pay.

Trump — whose administration has been accused of being deaf to the shutdown´s impact — paid tribute to those affected.

“I want to thank all of the incredible federal workers and their amazing families who have shown such extraordinary devotion in the face of this recent hardship,” he said.

The president went on to reassert that many federal workers had backed him over the shutdown.

“In many cases you encouraged me to keep going because you care so much about all our country and about its border security,” he said.

source from The News