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Islamabad, despite the reconciliation efforts by both Indian and Pakistani premiers in the Russian city of Ufa last week, former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf is still blaming New Delhi for its “high-handedness”, a media report said on Monday.

Musharraf, while talking to Ary News, said “the arch rival tried to maintain its high-handedness (in the meeting), but we must not be bullied”.

“We should raise the issue of Samjhauta Express to counter India while taking up the matter of 26/11 Mumbai attacks,” he said, adding “Pakistan should boldly face India”.

Musharraf, 71, further blamed the Nawaz Sharif-led government for not fully backing its military and the paramilitary force, Pakistan Rangers.

The former military ruler praised the military and said they were successfully acting against terrorists in the country, and advocated extension of the current army chief’s tenure.

“Army chief General Raheel Sharif is performing well and he must be given extension of his term,” Musharraf said.

Earlier, Senator Rehman Malik of the opposition Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) criticized the Ufa meeting.

The former interior minister compared Modi to “the Tsar of Russia” as he described how the two state leaders interacted.

Shireen Mazari of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf was equally disturbed at “the silence on the Kashmir issue” and “Indian involvement” in Baluchistan. “Modi raised Mumbai and Sharif agreed to ‘fast track’ the investigations. Not a word on Samjhauta Express (blasts) was uttered by Sharif,” she said.

(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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