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Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will discuss the stalled dialogue between Pakistan and India with US President Barack Obama during their upcoming meeting on October 22, adviser to the prime minister on foreign affairs and national security Sartaj Aziz said.

“A number of other issues would also be discussed between the US president and Sharif,” Dawn quoted Aziz as saying on Monday.

He said Indian state institutions, including the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), are involved in terror activities in Pakistan, adding that there would be no compromise on Pakistan’s foreign policy. Rising tensions between the two countries are “hazardous to world peace”, he added.

Aziz said the dossier alleging Indian involvement in subversive activities in Pakistan, which was given to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon last month, would also be shared with other friendly countries.

The comments came after the Delhi-bound Samjhauta Express, carrying both Indian and Pakistani passengers, was recently called back from the Wagah border to the Lahore railway station after Indian authorities cautioned their Pakistani counterparts of disruptive farmers protests in India’s Punjab province.

(IANS)

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Nawaz Sharif Denied Assistant, Told to Maintain Jail Room Himself

The prisons chief said Sharif's case was highly sensitive due to which he was not allowed to go outside his barracks in the prison

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Ousted Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif appears with his daughter Maryam at a news conference at a hotel in London, Britain, July 11, 2018.

Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, lodged in the city’s Kot Lakhpat Jail, has been denied an orderly and told to clean his prison room himself.

The Punjab province government on Wednesday said it could not provide a prisoner to the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) leader who could serve as his “orderly” and that he would have to maintain his room on his own, Dawn newspaper reported on Thursday.

Inspector General of Prisons Shahid Saleem Beg said that Sharif was asked to maintain his room to serve the seven-year “rigorous” imprisonment handed down to him in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills/Hill Metal Establishment corruption on December 24.

A petition was submitted in the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday to register a treason case against ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif following his controversial remarks on 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Sharif denied assistant, told to maintain jail room himself. IANS

The National Accountability Bureau, Pakistan’s anti-corruption body, while sentencing Sharif had ruled that Al-Azizia Steel Mills — a Saudi Arabian firm carrying the name of his son — belonged to the former Prime Minister, who was unable to demonstrate how the project was funded.

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The three-time Premier was provided with a “B-class” room in the Kot Lakhpat Jail with a TV set, bed, blanket, heater, a chair and table. The prisons chief said Sharif’s case was highly sensitive due to which he was not allowed to go outside his barracks in the prison.

He said Sharif’s “rigour had been kept within his barracks”. However, he later clarified to Dawn that Sharif had not been put to any rigour and that they were sensitive to how Sharif was treated because the country’s reputation was at stake. (IANS)