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If India boycotts CPC meet, it’s their choice: Pakistan

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Islamabad: If India boycotts the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) here because the Jammu and Kashmir assembly speaker was not invited, it is India’s problem, a Pakistani official has said.

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Photo Credit: phclondon.org

But come what may, Pakistan won’t budge from its stand, said Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, speaker of the National Assembly who is also the president of the CPC.

The Dawn on Tuesday quoted Sadiq as saying that Pakistan’s position on Jammu and Kashmir was clear.

“Pakistan will not invite the speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly to the (CPC) (next month).

“The assembly of Indian-held Kashmir is not legitimate so we will not accept it,” he said on Monday.

“If India does not attend the conference, because of the Kashmir issue, it is their choice. We cannot budge from our stand,” he added.

The speaker said Jammu and Kashmir was on the UN agenda and had been an unsettled dispute since 1947.

India has refused to attend the Commonwealth meet in protest against the refusal of Pakistan to invite the Jammu and Kashmir speaker.

(IANS)

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TikTok Still Unavailable on Google, Apple App Stores: Report

TikTok refused to share anything more than what it had said on Wednesday

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The logo of the TikTok application is seen on a screen in this picture illustration taken Feb. 21, 2019. VOA

TikTok remained unavailable for download on both Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store on Thursday – a day after the Madras High Court’s Madurai Bench lifted the ban on the short video-sharing app.

Sources in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said that official communication to the technology companies would be made after it receives the court directive.

The IT ministry had earlier asked Google and Apple to block the app following the Supreme Court’s refusal to stay the Madras HC’s call for ban on the app on April 3.

Deciding the case filed by advocate Muthukumar, the Madurai Bench on Wednesday vacated its interim order banning the app, subject to conditions that pornographic videos will not be uploaded on it, failing which contempt of court proceedings would begin.

Owned by Chinese company ByteDance, TikTok claims to have over 120 million monthly active users in India.

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TikTok has over 54 million monthly active users (MAUs) in India. Pixabay

A search for the app on Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store on Thursday did not yield any result.

While Google and Apple refused to share any official statement, the companies would be able to reinstate the app only when they receive an official directive revoking the ban.

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TikTok refused to share anything more than what it had said on Wednesday.

“We are glad about this decision and we believe it is also greatly welcomed by our thriving community in India, who use TikTok as a platform to showcase their creativity,” TikTok had said. (IANS)