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The top United States official in charge of South Asia is scheduled to visit New Delhi and Islamabad amid rising tensions in the region.

 

Pakistan was thrown into turmoil after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigned as the Pakistan Supreme Court unanimously disqualified him from holding the top government post for life after an investigative panel found his family's wealth was far above their earnings.

 

Pakistan said on July 27 that India's stipulation for granting visa to Pakistani nationals were "highly regrettable" and was against diplomatic norms.

 

On the eve of Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval's China visit to attend the BRICS security summit, Beijing made clear that India's pullback from Doklam on the Bhutan border remained the "precondition" for any dialogue on the issue.

 

UN Under-Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman has urged Sri Lankan leaders to ensure an end to impunity for crimes when he met them during a visit that followed harsh criticism by a UN human rights official of what he called “routine and endemic” torture directed mainly against Tamils.

 

At least 25 people were killed and dozens injured July 24 when a suicide bomber exploded himself near an IT Park in Pakistan's Lahore city.

 

The US has slammed Pakistan for failing to crackdown on terror groups operating from "safe havens" inside its territory, and said the Nawaz Sharif government did not take any action against the LeT and JeM, which continue to operate openly.

 

China on June 12 said it was ready to play a "constructive role" in improving India-Pakistan ties over Kashmir, where the "situation has attracted the attention of the international community".

 

Pakistan is seeking dialogue with India and wants to resolve all outstanding matters, including Kashmir issue, through talks, a senior Pakistani official has said.

 

In growing ties between Russia and Pakistan,  Russia’s largest gas company Gazprom and Pakistan’s Oil and Gas Development Company Limited have signed a sign joint venture deal to aid Pakistan’s energy sector. 

 


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