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Obama hails BSA with Kabul as framework for targeting al-Qaeda, training Afghan forces -
WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (APP): US President Barack Obama on Tuesday hailed the formal conclusion of Bilateral Security Agreement with Afghanistan, saying it provided American forces the legal framework to target al-Qaeda remnants beyond 2014 and training the Afghan National Security Forces.


Kashmiris protest outside White House as Modi begins Washington visit -
WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (APP): Hundreds of Kashmiri-Americans protested  India's blatant violation of human rights in the Indian Occupied Kashmir, holding a vociferous demonstration outside the White House when President Barack Obama hosted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a private dinner Monday evening.



Pakistan seeks improved ties with Afghanistan under new leader -
NEW YORK, Sept 30 (APP):  Pakistan hopes to work with Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani to reverse a recent deterioration in its relations with Kabul, Sartaj Aziz, the adviser to Prime Minister on national security and foreign affairs has said.


Modi to hold talks with Obama; Indian minorities to protest -
WASHINGTON, Sep 29 (APP): Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to meet with President Barack Obama Monday evening at the White House, amidst support for his economic emphasis among Indian-Americans as well as protests from Indian minorities for his party’s extremist views and the Gujarat government’s alleged collusion in the 2002 massacre of Muslims.


UN congratulates Afghan President Ghani on inauguration -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 29 (APP): The United Nations welcomed the inauguration of new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and reaffirmed the Organization’s commitment to cooperate with the national unity government in the country’s progress to peace, stability and development.


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Usman finished 14th in Asian Games Skeet shooting
From Ehsan Qureshi

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept. 30 (APP):  Pakistan’s Usman Chand finished 14th at the conclusion of individual five rounds of qualification in skeet shooting event of XVII Asian Games here at the Gyeonggldo International Shooting Range on Tuesday.
 
Shahnaz, Kumar compliment Imran Butt for excellent show
INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 30 (APP): Coach Shahnaz Shaikh and Malaysian goalie S.Kumar showered praised on Imran Butt for his excellent show which steered Pakistan in the final of Asian Games hockey.
 
Butt stars as Pakistan wins shootout thriller to cruise in Asian Games Hockey final
INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 30 (APP): Custodian Imran Butt made three awesome penalty strokes saves as Pakistan cruised into final of XVII Asian Games Hockey Tournament after a heart-stopping 7-6 shootout victory over Malaysia at Seonhak Hockey Stadium here on Tuesday.
 
Hong Kong routs Pakistan 72-0 in Asian Games Rugby
INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 30 (APP): Hong Kong humiliated minnows Pakistan by whooping margin of 72-0 in their opening group match in XVII Asian Games Rugby here at the Namdong Asiad Rugby Field on Tuesday.
 
Pakistan went down 23-11 against India in Asian Games Kabbadi
INCHEON, South Korea, Sept. 30 (APP): Pakistan grapplers despite a narrow win in the second half, went down 23-11 against old adversary and defending champion India in their third and final league encountyer of XVII Asian Games Kabbadi at Songodo Gymnasium court on Tuesday.
 
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Aafia didn’t shoot at US agents, no fingerprints on gun: Defence lawyer PDF Print E-mail
NEW YORK, Jan 12 (APP) “A lawyer for Aafia Siddiqui, the Pakistani neuroscientist accused of shooting at FBI agents in Afghanistan, told a pre-trial hearing on Monday that the defence team rejected the charge since there were no fingerprints or other forensic evidence that she even picked up the gun. “We’re not saying she did it in self-defence. We’re not saying it was an accident. We’re saying she simply did not do it,” Defence attorney Linda Moreno told U.S. District Judge Richard Berman ahead of Ms.  Siddiqui’s trial on January 19.
At a previous pre-trial hearing, Ms. Siddiqui, 37, had also forcefully denied the charge. “I didn’t fire any bullets,” she had told the court. “I am innocent of all the charges and I can prove it, but I will not do it in this court.”
Meanwhile, Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher La Vigne Christopher Levine made it clear that the government will not argue that Ms. Siddiqui was a member of Al-Qaeda, Taliban or any other terrorist organization.    
Lawyer Moreno argued that a jury, which will be selected on Wednesday, should only consider whether Ms. Siddiqui fired a weapon not her motive.
Under questioning from the judge, the lawyer indicated that the defence would question the credibility of the eye-witnesses that the prosecution will call to testify in support of the charge.
Since the very beginning, Ms. Siddiqui has said that she has no confidence in the American judicial system or the lawyers appointed for her by the court—even those retained by the government of Pakistan—and that she wants to make peace and knows how to do it.
“They are not my attorneys,” Ms. Siddiqui said moments after being escorted into a Manhattan courtroom Monday. “I have fired them many times.” She later said: “There’s too many injustices in this court.” Ms. Siddiqui is accused of grabbing a U.S. Army officer’s rifle during an interrogation in Afghanistan in July 2008 and exchanging gunfire with U.S. soldiers and FBI agents.
No American was hit, but she survived a gunshot wound to the stomach and was brought to the United States in August to face federal charges of attempted murder and assault.
On Monday, defence attorneys asked judge Berman to bar testimony and evidence from Siddiqui’s capture in Afghanistan the day before the shooting.
Prosecutors allege she was carrying a list naming the Stature of Liberty and other New York landmarks, and notes about chemical and biological weapons.
La Vigne, the government attorney, told the judge that the material found on Siddiqui should be allowed as evidence to “provide context to these events.” The judge said he would rule Wednesday morning before jury selection begins.
 

     

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