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Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that unprovoked Indian firing is not only an “aggression against the people of Kashmir but also amounts to targeting the conscience of the world community”. The remarks came amid growing incidents of cross-border shelling that have caused civilian deaths on both sides. Both countries accuse each other of violation of a 2003 ceasefire on the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir region.

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“Pakistan is continuously keeping the international community abreast of these provocations, ceasefire violations and trampling of human rights of Kashmiris by Indian troops,” Dawn quoted Sharif said during his visit to the Pakistan-administered Kashmir. He inaugurated a newly-constructed sports stadium at Bagh district in Kashmir as part of the developmental projects for the people affected by the 2005 devastating earthquake that had killed thousands in Kashmir and parts of Pakistan’s northwest. “Indian firing across Line of Control and the Working Boundary has increased in recent days posing threats not only to innocent people but also to peace and security of the region,” he said.

He said Pakistan was drawing attention of the UN and the international community towards these violations and the threat to peace. Talking about the country’s internal situation, the prime minister said Pakistan was playing a pivotal role in the global war against terrorism. “A successful operation against terrorism is continuing and its achievements are being acknowledged by the entire world. “Sharif conveyed to the world that people of Pakistan and their armed forces are fully resolved to eliminate terrorism at all costs. “We will also not forgive those supporting terrorists in any way. Pakistan would give gift of peace to the international community by eliminating terrorism.”

(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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