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Islamabad: An Indian-American man was offloaded from a Qatar Airways flight at Islamabad airport in Pakistan on Friday after he allegedly raised a “false alarm” claiming that there was a bomb on the aircraft.

Ajit Vijay Joshi, travelling to Washington via Doha, was offloaded at the Benazir International Airport around 3 am in the morning after Qatar Airways refused to board him on its plane for raising a bomb threat which turned out to be a hoax, The Express Tribune reported.

Joshi was reportedly kept under detention by the airport security in Islamabad and was only released after the flight landed safely in Doha, the newspaper reported.

Security has been tightened around the world on various airports in the wake of deadly terror attacks in Paris on November 13 and downing of a Russian plane on October 31, killing 224 people.

On November 19, a passenger plane flying from Poland to Egypt has made an emergency landing in Bulgaria, after it was reported that a bomb was placed on board the aircraft.

“A 64-year-old passenger reported about the bomb and is already being questioned by law enforcers,” Xinhua news agency quoted Bulgaria’s Nova TV as saying.

The passengers were evacuated from the plane flying from Warsaw to the Egyptian resort city of Hurghada.

On November 18, a woman on a Boston-bound British Airways flight, who tried to open an exit door mid-flight, was taken into custody after the plane landed in Boston, police said.

Investigations had determined that the 30-year-old woman was intoxicated, Efe news agency quoted Massachusetts State Police as saying.

No known nexus to terrorism, however, was found, police said.

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Vow To Hold Peace Talks With India: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan

Since taking power in August Khan has also sought loans from allies such as China and Saudi Arabia, promised to recover funds stolen by corrupt officials

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan prepares to speak at the opening of the Future Investment Initiative conference, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. VOA

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday vowed to hold peace talks with arch-rival India following elections in the neighbouring country, after a similar offer from the former cricketer was “rebuffed.”

Khan made the announcement during a speech at a Saudi Arabian investment conference where the newly minted leader launched a charm offensive targeting potential investors as Pakistan seeks to secure funds amid a yawning balance of payment crisis.

“When I won the elections and came to power the first thing I tried to do was extend a hand of peace to India,” Khan told the crowd at the Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Riyadh, saying the overture was later “rebuffed” by Delhi.

“Now what we are hoping is that we wait until the elections then again we will resume our peace talks with India,” he added, referring to upcoming nationwide polls scheduled to take place by mid-May.

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In September India pulled the plug on a rare meeting between its foreign minister and her Pakistani counterpart on the sidelines of a UN summit — a move that was termed “arrogant” by Khan and unleashed a barrage of insults from both sides.

India has long accused Pakistan of backing militants in Kashmir, a Himalayan territory divided between the two countries but claimed in full by both since independence in 1947.

Delhi has stationed about 500,000 soldiers in the portion of Kashmir it controls, where separatist groups demand independence or a merger with Pakistan.

Khan’s call for peace talks comes as his administration is desperately seeking funds from “friendly” countries, including Saudi Arabia, to shore up Pakistan’s deteriorating finances.

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, surrounded by host country representatives and other participants, attends an investment conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. VOA

The prime minister’s attendance at the FII comes as leading policy-makers and corporate chiefs shunned the conference in response to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

During his address at the FII Khan confirmed that Pakistan was also in talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over a new bailout.

Also Read: Pakistan Fears Economic Turmoil, Re-thinks ‘Silk Road’ Project With China

Since taking power in August Khan has also sought loans from allies such as China and Saudi Arabia, promised to recover funds stolen by corrupt officials, and embarked on a series of high-profile populist austerity measures.

But help has been in short supply and economists’ warnings have grown increasingly urgent. (VOA)