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Kathmandu: A top Madhesi leader who suffered injuries in a clash between the agitating Madhesi Morcha and the police at the Biratnagar-Jogbani border last Saturday, was being flown to New Delhi on Friday for further treatment, a party official said.

Sadbhawana Party chairman Rajendra Mahto is one of the key leaders heading the over four-month-old agitation in Nepal’s southern plains by Madhesi political parties and ethnic groups of the Nepal Terai demanding amendments in the new Constitution which they deem discriminatory and ignoring their rights.

According to Manish Suman, the party’s general secretary, Mahto was taken from Nepal’s Dharan city, where he was being treated for his injuries, and flown to Kathmandu on Friday afternoon. He was scheduled to leave for New Delhi on an Indian Airlines flight, later on, Friday.

Mahto received injuries on his head and limbs. Two fingers of his left hand were broken in the clash.

Attending doctors said that though he has marginally recovered from his injuries, he is now suffering from high level of blood sugar and blood pressure.

He will be taken to Medanta in Gurgaon for treatment, according to Suman. Madhesi leaders have had a indifferent relation with India.(IANS) (image courtesy: Yahoo.com)

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Nepal, Pakistan agree to revitalise Saarc process

Nepal and Pakistan on Tuesday agreed to revitalise the Saarc process for "greater peace, security and prosperity in the region"

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  • Nepal and Pakistan agreed to revitalise Saarc
  • This is done to promote greater peace and security
  • It will be apparently beneficial for both the nations

Nepal and Pakistan on Tuesday agreed to revitalise the Saarc process for “greater peace, security and prosperity in the region” during talks that visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi held with the Himalayan nation’s leadership.

Nepal and Pakistan to revitalise SAARC process. Wikimedia Commons
Nepal and Pakistan to revitalise SAARC process. Wikimedia Commons

Abbasi on Tuesday met Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari and addressed a programme at the Saarc Secretariat here. He also held a meeting with CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” in the morning.

Bhandari and Abbasi hoped to reinvigorate the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) as an important regional organisation. The Pakistani leader said that “issues of the countries in the region should not affect the activities of Saarc and its performance”.

He emphasised the need to make Saarc “more effective” in the days ahead. Both sides agreed to enhance cooperation in all areas of mutual importance, including political, economic, defence and cultural fields.

On Monday evening, Abbasi met his Nepali counterpart K.P. Sharma Oli and both decided to revitalise the stalled Saarc process.

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The Pakistani leader sought to host the 19th Saarc Summit of the regional grouping and asked Nepal to create a “favourable environment” for the same. The summit has been postponed since 2016 after a military attack on an Indian Army base in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir.

After the attack, India unilaterally suspended its participation from the summit. Several member states rallied behind India’s position.

Nepal is the current chair of the regional grouping. Oli’s chief political advisor Bishnu Rimal said “both leaders held a common view on taking the Saarc forum ahead as it was a common platform for all member countries and still significant”.

The step is taken to improve relationships between the two countries.

Addressing a function at the Saarc Secretariat in Kathmandu, Abbasi said peace, security and mutual friendship were essential for the prosperity of South Asia.

“Pakistan has undivided belief in the Saarc objectives, ideologies and principles,” he said, adding that Islamabad was fully committed to the Saarc charter.

Abbasi also announced doubling the scholarships provided to Nepal by the Pakistan government and proposed to set up a joint parliamentary panel between Kathmandu and Islamabad. IANS

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