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Book On Kargil Brings Military Establishments Of Pakistan Under Pressure

New Delhi: A book titled 'From Kargil to Coup' written by veteran Pakistani journalist NasimZehra has thrown light on the country's military misadventure in Kargil in the summer of 1999 that had only boomeranged.The Pakistani establishment was already under pressure of late due to public revelations through books. The Pakistani military has already pulled up a former chief of its intelligence agency ISI for co-authoring a book named 'The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI, and the Illusion of Peace' with a former RAW chief and an Indian journalist and imposed travel restrictions on him on charges of violating military code of conduct and putting the national security at stake.

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US To Move Ahead With Its Plans To Levy 25% Tariffs On $50 Billion Of Imported Chinese Goods

New Delhi: The Trump Administration said the US would move ahead with its plan to levy 25% tariffs on $50 billion of imported Chinese goods, despite recent remarks by Steven Mnuchin, the treasury secretary, and other administration officials that the tariffs would be suspended while the countries continued their negotiations. The White House said that on Monday that it would proceed with plans to impose a series of punitive trade-related measures on China next month, intensifying pressure on Beijing as trade talks between the countries continue.

The administration had previously announced a list of goods that would be subject to tariffs, including flatscreen TVs and medical devices. It then held a series of hearings on the tariffs, giving the public a chance to influence the final list. The White House said it would detail the final list of goods that will subject to the tariffs by June 15, and the duties would be imposed shortly after that, the statement said.

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Pakistan Rejects India’s Protest On Administrative And Financial Freedom To Gilgit-Baltistan

New Delhi: Pakistan has rejected protests by India against its decision to give greater administrative and financial freedom to Gilgit-Baltistan and its claim over Jammu and Kashmir. It also raked up the issue of alleged human rights abuses by Indian security forces.

India has strongly objected to a decision on Saturday by Pakistan’s National Security Committee, the top body of civilian and military officials, to give greater administrative and financial powers to Gilgit-Baltistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

On Sunday, India summoned Pakistan’s deputy high commissioner Syed Haider Shah and told him that any move to alter the status of any territory under Islamabad’s “forcible occupation” would have no legal basis.

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Pakistan claims, it was forced to test nuclear weapons due to hostile posturing by India

New Delhi: Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal issued a statement on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the May 28, 1998 nuclear tests, in which it was insisted that the testing of atomic bombs by India eliminated chances of a nuclear weapons-free South Asia.Pakistan also claimed on Sunday that it was forced to test nuclear weapons two decades ago due to “hostile posturing” by India.

“Pakistan was forced to take that decision as a response, in self-defence, to the nuclear tests and accompanying hostile posturing by its neighbour. These developments unfortunately put an end to the prospect for keeping South Asia free of nuclear weapons - an objective which Pakistan had actively pursued,” he said, hinting at India. India conducted a series of five nuclear bomb test explosions at the Pokhran in May, 1998, which was soon followed by Pakistan’s tests.

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Welcoming Conciliatory Statement From North Korea, Trump Says Talks Still Possible

New Delhi: US President Donald Trump welcomed the conciliatory statement from North Korea saying it remained open to talks after on Thursday he called off a summit with North Korea’s autocratic leader, Kim Jong Un. Trump said on Friday said it was possible a planned summit with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un could still take place on June 12 as originally planned, just a day after he cancelled the meeting citing Pyongyang’s “tremendous anger and open hostility.”

“It was a very nice statement they put out,” Trump said as he left the White House to deliver a commencement address at the US Naval Academy. “We’ll see what happens - it could even be the 12th.

“We’re talking to them now. They very much want to do it. We’d like to do it.”Earlier on Twitter, Trump had noted “very good news to receive the warm and productive statement from North Korea.”