Pakistan vows to raise with EU issue of civilian deaths in Kashmir 

Kashmiri protesters engulfed in tear gas smoke clash with Indian paramilitary soldiers during a protest against the killing of rebels in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, April 1, 2018. (AP)
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Updated 03 July 2020

Pakistan vows to raise with EU issue of civilian deaths in Kashmir 

  • Outrage follows a viral photo of a toddler sitting on grandfather’s corpse in Sopore, Indian-administered Kashmir
  • Qureshi called the killing of the man ‘cold-blooded murder’ by Indian security forces 

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday evening said he would raise with the European Union the issue of civilian deaths in Indian-administered Kashmir, after the heart-wrenching image of a young boy sitting on top of the blood-soaked body of his grandfather in Sopore has been widely shared by media.
The man was killed during an encounter between security forces and militants, Indian authorities said. Identified as 51-year-old Bashir Ahmed Khan, he was traveling with his 3-year-old grandson from Srinagar to Handwara town, when the two were caught in the crossfire.
Qureshi called the incident “cold-blooded murder” and the latest in a growing list of “extrajudicial killings in the valley.”
He said in a statement he had informed the European Union about the situation in Kashmir and requested that immediate notice be taken, as he reiterated Pakistan’s resolve to raise its voice on atrocities in the valley at every forum.
Last month, Pakistan condemned “extra-judicial killings” of Kashmiris in fake encounters and cordon-and-search operations.
“It is the responsibility of the world community to urgently act and protect the Kashmiris from the wanton killings and other brutalities being inflicted on them by the Indian occupation forces. Pakistan will continue to call for holding India accountable for its crimes against the Kashmiri people,” the Foreign Office said in a statement on June 9.


Nine-year-old Pakistani girl beats Indian professor to set world record in chemistry

Updated 03 August 2020

Nine-year-old Pakistani girl beats Indian professor to set world record in chemistry

  • Lahore’s Natalia Najam wins title after arranging all elements of periodic chart in just 2 minutes and 42 seconds
  • Record previously held by Indian economics professor Meenakshi Agarwal who completed the task in 2 minutes and 49 seconds

ISLAMABAD: A nine-year-old Pakistani girl from Lahore has broken the record of an Indian professor to become the fastest and youngest person in the world to arrange the chemical elements of the periodic table.

“The fastest time to arrange all elements of the periodic table is 2 min 42 secs, and was achieved by Natalia Najam (Pakistan) in Lahore, Pakistan, on 18 July 2020,” the Guiness Book of World Records said on its website. “Natalia broke the previous record by 7 seconds.”

The record was previously held by Indian economics professor Meenakshi Agarwal who completed the task in 2 minutes and 49 seconds.

Local media reported that Najam has never had formal education and was home schooled by her parents. Videos on social media showed her screaming and jumping with joy as the judges announced her time.