Two killed in gunbattle in Indian administered Kashmir — police

In this file photo taken on August 19, 2019, a security personnel patrols on a deserted road of the Lal Chowk area in Srinagar. (AFP)
Updated 21 August 2019
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Two killed in gunbattle in Indian administered Kashmir — police

  • It’s the first casualty reported by authorities since New Delhi revoked the autonomy of part of Kashmir it controls
  • US president Trump has urged both India and Pakistan to de-escalate tension in the region

NEW DELHI: A militant and a police officer were killed in a gunbattle in Indian Kashmir, police said Wednesday, as tensions simmered in the besieged territory.
The clash in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district was the first to be reported by the authorities since New Delhi revoked the autonomy of the part of Kashmir that it controls and imposed a curfew earlier this month.
“One terrorist killed... Arms and ammunition recovered,” Kashmir Zone Police said on Twitter, adding that one police officer had been killed and another was being treated in hospital.
A later tweet said that the dead militant was identified as a local man “affiliated” with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
LeT is a UN-listed militant organization based in Pakistan and is accused by India and Washington of masterminding the attacks on the western city of Mumbai in 2008 that killed 166.
Clashes are common between Indian security forces and militants opposed to Indian rule, with tens of thousands of people killed in the past 30 years, most of them civilians, adding to public resentment toward New Delhi.
India deployed tens of thousands of troops ahead of its August 5 move in order to contain public anger, severely restricting movement of people and cutting landlines, mobile phones and the Internet.
Some of the curbs have begun to be eased in recent days with few landlines operational again and schools re-opened, although next to no children attended.


Makkah, Karachi chambers agree to jointly develop business sector

Updated 16 min 22 sec ago
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Makkah, Karachi chambers agree to jointly develop business sector

  • Saudi Arabia is one of the top exporters to Pakistan
  • Mutual events and joint investment can help enhance bilateral business ties, says MCCI chief

MAKKAH: Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) chief Hisham bin Mohammed Kaaki met with his Pakistani counterpart Junaid Ismail, president of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on Sunday in a bid to explore ways of jointly developing the business sector of the two countries, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The meeting, headed by the visiting Saudi official, aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and to mull over areas of shared interests for the business community in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
Ibrahim Bardisi, secretary-general of the MCCI, was also in the attendance.
Kaaki said that the visit to KCCI would help strengthen mutual cooperation, exchange of expertise, arrange bilateral visits and events, in addition to organizing forums and exhibitions to help develop private sector and result in strong ties between the entrepreneurs on both sides. 
He added that interaction between the Saudi and Pakistani business community can be enhanced through various mutual activities, exhibitions and joint investments.
He lauded the relations between the two countries noting that he highly valued his visit to KCCI, which was Pakistan’s largest business body.
Ismail highlighted that Pakistan had a well developed textile and military industry, in addition to offering prospects in technology sector, civil engineering and other scopes of mutual interest. Organizing exhibitions would help strengthen bilateral ties indeed, he said.
The non-oil Saudi exports to Pakistan in the last five years are estimated at SR17 billion ($4.42 billion), including food items and construction material estimated at SR191 million and SR965 million respectively.
The Kingdom is one of the top exporters to Pakistan, while the latter exports textile goods, cloth, processed cotton, rice, meat, fruits, vegetables, spices, leather products, electronic and chemicals to Saudi Arabia.