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Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed optimism about winning US support against India during his meeting with President Barrack Obama on October 22, the media reported on Friday.

The English daily The Nation cited the Pakistan foreign ministry as saying that the meeting will give Sharif a chance to rebut India’s claims that Islamabad was disturbing regional peace and sponsoring terrorism.

At a meeting on Thursday with Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Tariq Fatemi and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Sharif had expressed confidence that his upcoming visit to the US will improve relationship between the two countries.

The Sharif-Obama meeting was intended to “advance our mutual interests and address areas of concern, particularly terrorist and militant attacks emanating from Pakistani soil”, The Nation cited a US National Security Council statement as saying.

The US and India have agreed to deepen cooperation in fighting terrorism and asked Pakistan to bring to justice the 2008 Mumbai attack perpetrators.

While addressing the UN General Assembly, Sharif had proposed a four-point “new peace initiative” calling for demilitarising Kashmir and the Siachen heights, and formalising the 2003 ceasefire.

In response, India said Pakistan “must stop supporting terrorism” before bilateral talks can be held.

A foreign ministry official here said Sharif will take up Pakistan’s case before President Obama and present proof of India’s “interference in Pakistan”.

“Sharif will tell Obama how much Pakistan has lost in the war on terror,” he added.

“India has been presenting us as promoters of terrorism. The PM will tell Obama who the real culprit is,” he maintained.

“The PM will urge the US president to play neutral,” he said.

He said Pakistan has always encouraged dialogue with India for sustainable peace in the region.

(IANS)

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Al-Baghdadi's fate is still unknown

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This image from video posted in July purports to show Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi delivering a sermon in Iraq, July 5, 2014. Islamic State media has announced the death of the leader's son.
This image from video posted in July purports to show Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi delivering a sermon in Iraq, July 5, 2014. Islamic State media has announced the death of the leader's son. VOA

The son of the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has died in a suicide attack mission in the city of Homs in western Syria, according to the IS media al-Nashir News.

Posting the photograph of a young boy, purportedly Hudhayfah al-Badri, al-Baghdadi’s son, the outlet said he lost his life in an operation against the Russian forces deployed in Homs and the Syrian government forces, referred to as Nusayriyyah by IS.

“Hudhayfah al-Badri (may Allah accept him), the son of the Caliph (may Allah safeguard him), was killed in an inghimasi [suicide] operation against the Nusayriyyah and the Russians at the thermal power station in Homs Willayah,” the news outlet reported.

Inghimasi refers to suicide operations in which a fighter, clad with explosive belt and armed with regular weapons, attacks an enemy position before detonating himself to inflict as much damage on the enemy as possible.

The U.S. military said it has seen the reports of al-Badri’s death but declined any confirmation.

“It would be inappropriate for us to comment on an attack on forces outside the Coalition. We have nothing more to provide,” U.S. Central Command told VOA.

An Iraqi national, al-Baghdadi, whose real name is Ibrahim Awad al-Badri, announced the Islamic State caliphate in the city of Mosul in June 2014 and made himself its caliph. The leader has since become the world’s most wanted man, with a $25 million bounty on his head.

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Al-Baghdadi’s fate is still unknown, with various reports claiming his death and injury several times, including a claim by the Russian Defense Ministry that he might have been hit by a Russian airstrike in 2017.

Those claims have been rejected by U.S. officials and the whereabouts of the elusive leader remain unknown.

Al-Baghdadi’s infamous role in IS has put a spotlight on his family. In March 2014, al-Baghdadi’s wife, Sujidah al-Dulaimi, was released, along with her two sons and daughter, in exchange for 13 nuns taken captive by al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front militants.

Also read: Will the Latest Message From Islamic State Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Provoke New Attacks in the West?

It was reported that only the girl was al-Baghdadi’s daughter. The two boys belonged to a man his wife had married before meeting al-Baghdadi. (IANS)