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Pak steps up diplomatic efforts to save death convict in Indonesia

Updated: Jul 26, 2016 14:40 IST      
Pak steps up diplomatic efforts to save death convict in Indonesia

Lahore/Islamabad, July 26 (ANI): Pakistan has intensified its diplomatic efforts for saving its citizen, Zulfiqar Ali, who is facing imminent execution in Indonesia after being convicted of drug-related charges.

According to a diplomat, Sartaj Aziz, adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs, who is in Laos for the Association of Sou­theast Asian Nations (Asean) Regional Forum meeting, has sought a meeting with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi on the issue, reports Dawn.

The Indonesian Ambassador Iwan Suyudhie Amri was summoned to the Foreign Office over the expected execution.

"Indonesian ambassador in Islamabad was also called in by the ministry and asked to convey the government of Pakistan's concern to his authorities," Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakariya said.

Ali, was arrested in November 2004 in connection with a 300-gram heroine case in Jakarta. Gurdip Singh, a co-accused in the case, retracted his statement against Ali, saying the confession had been coerced from him.

Meanwhile, the Justice Project Pakistan (JPP), a human rights law firm, has requested President Mamnoon Hussain to take up the matter with the Indonesian government.

"Despite this, the Pakistan embassy in Jakarta has received a notification that Ali will be executed in the near future and that the family will be given a 72-hour notice," it said.

Ali's wife, Siti Rouhani, has pinned her last hopes on the government saying, "If I get some support from Pakistan, something may happen and my husband may be saved." (ANI)

Bangladesh police arrests 3 'Neo JMB' militants

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 18:25 IST     

Dhaka [Bangladesh], Aug 22 (ANI): Three operatives of "Sarwar-Tamim" group of banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were arrested by Bangladesh Police on Tuesday from two upazilas of Narayanganj in Bangladesh.

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Uzbekistan's Foreign Minister Kamilov meets Sushma Swaraj

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 16:18 IST     

New Delhi [India] Aug 22 (ANI) : Uzbekistan's Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov met his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday.

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Trump focusses on Afghanistan, terrorism in speech

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 14:35 IST     

Washington [U.S.A], August 22 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump, on Monday night, unveiled a new U.S. strategy for war in Afghanistan without offering details about changes to troop levels.

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US-led strikes kill 42 civilians in Syria's Raqqa

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 14:18 IST     

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India welcomes Trump's new Afghanistan policy

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 13:11 IST     

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US ready to support peace talks between Afghan Govt., Taliban

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 12:57 IST     

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University of London cancels Pervez Musharraf's event

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 11:58 IST     

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Afghanistan to become ´graveyard´ for US, warns Taliban

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 11:45 IST     

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Trump lays down goals for war in Afghanistan

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 09:29 IST     

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Earthquake of 4.5 magnitude hits Nepal

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 07:53 IST     

Kathmandu [Nepal], Aug 22 (ANI): An earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale hit Nepal on Tuesday at around 6.20 a.m.

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Trump wants India to help U.S. in Afghanistan

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 07:35 IST     

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Trump at it again, terms U.S. media 'fake'

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 06:22 IST     

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Spain attack: Four suspects to appear in court

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 05:08 IST     

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Moscow [Russia], August 22 (ANI): The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that its warplanes have conducted 2,518 airstrikes in Syria in August and killed nearly 800 terrorists.

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