VIF Neighbourhood News Digest: June 10, 2019
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PAKISTAN
Section 144 imposed in North Waziristan due to 'current law and order situation': Dawn
June 10, 2019

The district administration has imposed Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure — the law regulating the maintenance of public order — in North Waziristan tribal district in view of the existing law and order situation in the area, it emerged on Monday. An order imposing Section 144, issued by Abdul Nasir Khan, the deputy commissioner of North Waziristan, citing "public interest" and dated June 8 has taken effect for 30 days. Click here to read...

AFGHANISTAN
NDS Arrests Key Haqqani Insurgent In Kabul: Tolo News
June 10, 2019

A key Haqqani member suspected of being behind a number of suicide attacks in parts of the country, especially in Kabul city, has been arrested in Kabul, National Directorate of Security (NDS) said on Monday. The suspect, named Mawlawi Bashir, is an important member of Haqqani and is believed to have ties with the Taliban, the NDS said. A source from NDS said Bashir also had ties with Paskistan's intelligence agency, ISI, and is suspected of having been involved in a number of deadly attacks in the last 12 years in Afghanistan. Click here to read...

SRI LANKA
PM Modi concludes 2-nation visit to Maldives, Sri Lanka: Highlights: Times of India
June 10, 2019

In Sri Lanka, Modi held talks with top Lankan leadership and discussed ways to strengthen the bilateral ties with the island nation, reflecting the importance India attaches to its 'Neighbourhood First’ policy. Modi also received a special gift, a replica of the Samadhi Buddha statue from Sirisena. Click here to read...

CHINA
Russia visit sets the course for ties, more teamwork: China Daily
June 10, 2019

President Xi Jinping's just-concluded state visit to Russia set the course for Sino-Russian ties in the new era and also contributed positive energy to the changing world, officials and experts said. Xi's visit sent a clear message to the world that the consensus on deepening mutual trust between Beijing and Moscow is unbreakable, and that China's belief in win-win cooperation is unshakable, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at the conclusion of the visit. Click here to read...

Why did Hongkongers join ‘million-strong’ march to protest extradition bill? It’s about protecting freedom, and it’s in their DNA: South China Morning Post
June 10, 2019

Teenager Anna Chan Wah fought through a sea of demonstrators, undeterred by searing heat, the crawling pace of the protest – and even a gnawing fear of failure. “We know our street protest today is not going to change anything, but we are here to fight for democracy in Hong Kong and to show that we still have a voice,” she said. Click here to read...

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