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New Delhi: In a bizarre incident, a three-year-old toddler from Islamabad in Nawaz Sharif ruled Pakistan was booked in a land grab case on Saturday.

Reportedly, an FIR was filed against the three-year-old child for  land grabbing of a plaza and for stealing property from inside the plaza.

The infant’s family approached the court to get an anticipatory bail. Upon looking at the matter, the judicial bench expressed its displeasure over the Islamabad police’s actions.

The court demanded to know from the child’s legal counsel if seeking the bail was even warranted. The counsel in his plea informed the court that since the child was named in the FIR, it was obvious that the bail was sought apprehending arrest.

The court has summoned the Station House Officer and the investigation officer on January 7 next year to explain their position.

The incident points out the gaping loopholes in the Pakistani administration. Though Pakistan claims to be a democratic nation, but such incidents indicated the autocratic nature of the country’s administration.

Earlier reports of a nine-months-old child charged with murder drew flak from all quarters of the globe. The family had to go into hiding fearing harassment by the Pakistani law and order forces.

The anarchy-ravaged country, where blasts are frequent, needs to buckle up and look into such matters so that they do not bring more shame to the government.(Inputs from agencies) (Picture courtesy: blogspot.com)

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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)