News from South Asia, Tuesday 4th June 2013

Pakistan:

Zee News: Pakistani political party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman has dismissed the idea of the party participating in peace talks with the Taliban. “In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Rahman said neither has there been any contacts, nor has the government approached the JUI-F regarding the talks, reports The Nation.

The Pakistani Taliban refused to participate in peace talks with the country’s new government and vowed to take ‘revenge in the strongest way’ after Wali ur-Rehman, the second-ranking leader of the group, was killed in a suspected U.S. drone strike.”

Afghanistan:

Pakistan Daily Times: The Afghan Taliban have sent a delegation to Iran. “’Some while ago a delegation headed by the Islamic Emirate’s political office chief had a three-day visit to Iran’s capital, Tehran,’ the Taliban said in an emailed statement using the group’s formal title. ‘The visit was to discuss mutual interests of both sides after which the delegation returned back.’ No further details were given about who the Taliban met in Tehran or the exact dates or purpose of the visit, which was the first reported trip by insurgent representatives to Iran. A separate Taliban group also made another visit to Iran to attend a conference, the statement said.

India:

The Times of India: Following the attack by Maoist rebels on May 25, seven new police stations have been set up throughout the state of Chhattisgarh.

“Soon after the gruesome Maoist attack that took place on May 25, killing 30 persons including senior Congress leaders, the state police has sanctioned seven new police stations in several districts of Chhattisgarh to improve law and order situation.

The proposal for new police stations, which was lingering since long was sanctioned by inspector general of police G P Singh on May 30. As per the orders, Kabirnagar and Sejabahar would get two police stations in Raipur while a new polic station would be at Akla Dongri in Dhamtari district. Atarmara at Panduka block in Gariyaband district, Kurushnar in Maoist hot-bed of Narayanpur district, Gurgum at Jagdalpur district and Faraspal and Mahendra Karma’s native place in Dantewada district would have one new police station each.”

Bangladesh:

The Indian Express:  Bangladesh’s main opposition party, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has returned to the Parliament after an 83-day government boycott.

“Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), led by chairperson Khaleda Zia, returned to the House yesterday and staged a dramatic walkout soon after. They returned to the Parliament again today but surprisingly preferred not to initiate talks on restoring the caretaker government system, their primary demand. ‘Yes, we are joining the session in the afternoon certainly we will return,’ senior BNP lawmaker and former law minister Maudud Ahmed told PTI. But he added that for ‘technical reasons’ the opposition has decided not to place any proposal for restoring the scrapped caretaker government system for overseeing elections despite their prolonged and massive campaign over the issue.”

Bangladesh News 24 Hours: One of Islami Chhatra Shibir’s leaders, Tarek Hossain, has been arrested.

Police nabbed Islami Chhatra Shibir President of Chittagong Metropolitan (south) Tarek Hossain from a house in the port city’s Ek Kilometre area. He was nabbed during a raid around 2:00 am on Monday, Kotwali Police Station Officer in-Charge AKM Mahiuddin Selim said.

The Shibir President was allegedly carrying out organisational operations in the district from that house. Tarek was named in multiple cases pertaining to incidents of violence that had taken place in Chittagong after the death verdict against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee was pronounced.”

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