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Modi accepts invite to attend SAARC summit in Islamabad

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Ufa (Russia), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday accepted an invitation from his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif to attend the 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad next year.

According to the joint statement read out after talks between Modi and Sharif here: “Prime Minister Sharif reiterated his invitation to Prime Minister Modi to visit Pakistan for the SAARC summit 2016. Prime Minister Modi accepted the invitation.”

medium_13601This will mark Modi’s first visit to Pakistan after becoming prime minister.

Modi’s visit to Pakistan was under a cloud following growing tension in ties between the two neighbors, over continuing ceasefire violations on the border and sharp statements from Pakistan on the Kashmir issue.

The hour-long talks between the two leaders here has given a push to normalcy in bilateral ties, and also made more plausible Modi’s visit to Pakistan in an environment of relative peace.

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee of the BJP-led NDA had attended the 12th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Islamabad on January 4-6, 2004.

The fourth SAARC summit in Islamabad saw then Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi attending. Benazir Bhutto was the Pakistani prime minister then. (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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