Sun, Apr 30, 2017 | updated 01:03 AM IST

Trump must pressure UN to drop war crime charges against Lanka, says President Sirisena

Updated: Nov 27, 2016 16:53 IST      
Trump must pressure UN to drop war crime charges against Lanka, says President Sirisena

Colombo [Sri Lanka], Nov.27 (ANI); Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has asked U.S. president elect Donald Trump to put pressure on the UN Human Rights Council to drop war crimes allegations against his country's troops.

A statement issued by the office of the president, said that Sirisena has forwarded a special message to Trump, seeking American intervention to end the possibility of Colombo being censured for wartime atrocities.

"I sent a special message to Donald Trump asking him to support us at the (council). I am asking him to help completely clear my country (of war crimes allegations) and allow us to start afresh," President Sirisena said in his statement.

Sirisena said he was making a similar appeal to the incoming UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

When outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Sri Lanka last month, President Sirisena had asked him for more time to investigate the war crimes, which is a sensitive political issue in Sinhala-dominant Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka has said it will set up special courts to address issues of accountability, but the promised judicial mechanisms have yet to be established.

There have been allegations that Lankan troops killed up to 40,000 minority Tamils during the final battle against separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009, a period when Sirisena's predecessor and strongman leader Mahinda Rajapakse was in power.

The UNHRC has asked Sri Lanka to ensure credible investigations into war crimes, pay reparations to victims and their families and ensure reconciliation after 37 years of ethnic war which claimed at least 100,000 lives. (ANI)

Karachi [Pakistan], April 29 (ANI): Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Saturday said that the notification regarding the Dawn Leaks would be released by his ministry, which will be in line with the recommendations made by the inquiry committee.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], April 29 (ANI): Former Pakistan ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani on Saturday questioned the Pakistan Army's 'rejection' of the official notification cleared by the Federal Government.

Full Story >>

Tehran [Iran], Apr 29 (ANI): Lashing out at Pakistan's government for failing to prevent terror attacks against Iran from its soil, Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said that the neighboring country has become a "safe haven" for terrorist cells.

Full Story >>

Sargodha [Pakistan], April 29 (ANI): Punjab Province Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday said he would quit politics if Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan is able to prove that his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had offered the latter Rs. 10 billion to stay silent on the Panamagate case.

Full Story >>

Brussels [Belgium], April 29 (ANI): With the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) progressing at full steam, senior leader from Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Abdul Hamid Khan has asserted that the "dream" of the Pakistan Army and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of building the CPEC would never come true.

Full Story >>

Brussels [Belgium], Apr. 29 (ANI): Asserting that India has never committed any atrocities on the people of Gilgit or forcefully occupied its land like Pakistan, senior leader from Gilgit Baltistan Abdul Hamid Khan stated that if a referendum was to take place then the people from the disputed territory would chose New Delhi over Islamabad for governance any given day.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Apr 29 (ANI): The Pakistan Army on Saturday rejected the federal government's notification on the Dawn leaks inquiry, saying that it is incomplete and not in line with the recommendations made by the inquiry board.

Full Story >>

Pak Varsity bans 'bed sharing' in girls' hostels

Updated: Apr 29, 2017 15:51 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], Apr 29 (ANI): In what can be termed as a bizarre move, a well known university in Pakistan has banned "bed sharing" in girls' hostels.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Apr 29 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday approved the recommendations of the Dawn leaks inquiry committee to remove Tariq Fatemi as Advisor on Foreign Affairs.

Full Story >>

Rome: Pope Francis rents private beach for 'disabled'

Updated: Apr 29, 2017 15:21 IST     

New York [U.S.], Apr. 29 (ANI): His Holiness Pope Francis has rented a private beach near Rome in order to help a charity group people with disabilities enjoy the sea and sands.

Full Story >>

Kathmandu [Nepal], Apr 29 (ANI): Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has admitted to technical difficulties in holding the May 14 polls in two phases and sought support from other political parties over the issue.

Full Story >>

Dubai [United Arab Emirates), Apr.29 (ANI): Pakistan's relations with Iran have nosedived after the recent killing of ten Iranian border guards at Mirjaveh on the Sistan-Baluchistan border by the Pakistan-based Sunni terror outfit, Jaish al-Adl or "The Army of Justice".

Full Story >>

Dubai [United Arab Emirates], Apr.29 (ANI): Pakistan's relations with Iran have nosedived after the recent killing of ten Iranian border guards at Mirjaveh on the Sistan-Baluchistan border by the Pakistan-based Sunni terror outfit, Jaish al-Adl or "The Army of Justice".

Full Story >>

Kabul [Afghanistan], Apr 29 (ANI): The Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan has said that the U.S officials are considering a further deployment of around 5,000 additional troops, even though the new administration's strategy for Afghanistan has not yet been finalised.

Full Story >>

Google CEO Sundar Pichai made nearly $200 million in 2016

Updated: Apr 29, 2017 10:41 IST     

New York, Apr. 29 (ANI): Google CEO Sundar Pichai doubled the amount he made in 2015, as he received nearly $199.7 million in compensation last year.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Apr 29 (ANI): Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has said he will reveal the identity of the individual who offered him Rs10 billion to back down from the Panamagate case against the Nawaz Sharif family, in court.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Apr 29 (ANI): Pakistan's Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has given perhaps the first bold reality check on the much praised China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) by saying that at best it would create 85,000 Jobs for the Pakistani youth and not one million jobs as claimed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Full Story >>

Trump terms N Korea missile test as `disrespect of China`

Updated: Apr 29, 2017 06:42 IST     

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], Apr 29 (ANI): President Donald Trump on Friday condemned the ballistic missile launched by North Korea, saying that it has disrespected the wishes of China.

Full Story >>

Ten Palestinians injured in clash with Israeli forces

Updated: Apr 29, 2017 06:40 IST     

Ramallah [Palestine], Apr 29 (ANI): Dozens of Palestinians were injured in the clash erupted between the Israeli forces and Palestinians demonstrating in support of jailed hunger striker, in the occupied West Bank on Friday, Anadolu news agency reported, citing a Palestinian Red Crescent.

Full Story >>