Pakistani court allows 5-day probe in Chinese mission attack

In this file photo, Pakistani security personnel move in the compound of Chinese Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan. (AP)
Updated 12 January 2019
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Pakistani court allows 5-day probe in Chinese mission attack

  • An official claimed the detainees were linked to the Baluch Liberation Army
  • For over a decade, separatist groups in Baluchistan have been engaged in a low-level insurgency demanding greater share from province’s gas and mineral resources

KARACHI: A Pakistani court has ruled that police may have five days to investigate the five suspects accused of helping a separatist group attack the Chinese Consulate in Karachi in November, killing two civilians and two policemen.
Officer Nusrat Shaikh said Saturday that anti-terrorism court judge Abdul Malik ordered that formal charges be leveled against the five after the investigation.
Senior officer Amir Sheikh said earlier the men confessed to facilitating three assailants who were killed during the Nov. 23 attack at the consulate.
Sheikh claimed the detainees were linked to the Baluch Liberation Army, a Baluchistan-based group which claimed responsibility for attacking the Chinese mission.
For over a decade, separatist groups in Baluchistan have been engaged in a low-level insurgency demanding greater share from province’s gas and mineral resources.


Turkey’s Erdogan offers support for Venezuela’s Maduro

Updated 24 January 2019
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Turkey’s Erdogan offers support for Venezuela’s Maduro

  • The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Maduro over the phone to stand tall
  • The Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro severed ties with US after they declared their support for the opposition leader

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and offered his support after a Venezuelan opposition leader declared himself interim president, a spokesman for the Turkish president said on Thursday.
“Our president called and extended Turkey’s support to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and said ‘My brother Maduro! Stand tall, we stand by you!” Ibrahim Kalin said on Twitter.
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president on Wednesday, winning the backing of Washington and many Latin American nations and prompting socialist Maduro, who has led the oil-rich nation since 2013, to break relations with the United States.