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New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday accused the BJP-led government of lacking a roadmap in its engagement with Pakistan, saying people wish to know its policy concerning the neighbour.

Stating how ahead of the Lok Sabha election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said talks could not held amid bomb blasts and gunshots, Congress spokesperson R.P.N. Singh said there has been repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan ahead of the National Security Adviser-level talks between India and Pakistan.

Referring to the Pakistan High Commission inviting Kashmiri separatist leaders to meet Pakistan national security adviser Sartaz Aziz before he meets his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval, the Congress leader said the government had earlier called off foreign secretary level talks on the issue.

“What will the government do now? People want to know what is the government’s policy,” Singh told IANS.

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The government had called off foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan in August last year after Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit met Kashmiri separatist leaders.

Taking a jibe at the BJP, Singh said differences even exist among the party members on the need to hold NSA-level talks at the present juncture.

Earlier in the day, Congress leader Anand Sharma accused the government of not having a roadmap on engagement with Pakistan.

Sharma also sought apology from Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over his reported remarks that time had come for debate on what extent can an “indirectly elected” house could hold reform proposals passed by the “directly-elected” Lok Sabha. The government lacks majority in the Rajya Sabha.

(IANS)

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Mother Convicted of Forcing Daughter to Marry

A British court has convicted a mother of forcing her daughter to marry a relative almost twice her age in Pakistan, in a first successful prosecution of its type in England.

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A British court has convicted a mother of forcing her daughter to marry a relative almost twice her age in Pakistan, in a first successful prosecution of its type in England.

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday convicted the mother of four of duping her then 17-year-old daughter into travelling to Pakistan on the pretext of a family holiday in 2016 and forcing her to marry there, the BBC reported.

The mother was found guilty of two counts of forced marriage and was scheduled to be sentenced.

The court heard the girl had been entered into a “marriage contract” with the man years before in Pakistan and became pregnant at 13. The victim had an abortion on returning to the UK, with her doctor reporting his concerns to social services.

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Prosecutors said the girl’s mother told them that her daughter and the man were just “two teenagers who had sneakily had sex” after she was referred, the BBC said.

The girl was tricked into travelling to Pakistan again in September 2016 and was forced by her mother to sign marriage papers.

When the daughter protested against the marriage, her mother threatened to burn her passport and assaulted her.

The mother was also convicted of perjury after she lied about the incident in the High Court.

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It is the first time a forced marriage case of this kind has been successfully prosecuted in an English court. Prosecutions for forced marriage, which became an offense in 2014, are rare. (IANS)

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