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Hotline between North and South Korea restored after North’s missile tests

Pyongyang has a history of using the hotlines as a bargaining chip in dealings with Seoul.

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North Korea restored dormant communication hotlines with South Korea in a small, fragile reconciliation step Monday in an apparent hard push to win outside concessions with a mix of conciliatory gestures and missile tests.

It’s obscured how largely the move will enliven ties between the Koreas, as Pyongyang has a history of using the hotlines as a bargaining chip in dealings with Seoul. It often unilaterally suspended them before reactivating them when it needed better ties with Seoul

North Korean liaison officers answered phone calls by their South Korean counterparts over a set of cross-border government and military channels on Monday morning for the first time in nearly two months.

“Long time no talk. We’re very pleased because the communication channels have been restored like this. We hope that South-North relations will develop into a new level,” a Seoul official said during a phone conversation with his North Korean counterpart over one channel, according to a video released by South Korea’s Unification Ministry.

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Body of missing instructor pilot recovered from Balochistan

Pilot of a gyrocopter died as the small lightweight aircraft crashed

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Body of missing instructor pilot recovered from Balochistan

Karachi: The dead body of Qazi Ajmal, an instructor pilot who has been missing for three days, has been recovered from Kand Malir, Balochistan.

According to details, a pilot of a gyrocopter died as the small lightweight aircraft crashed in Awaran area of ​​Balochistan. He flew from Karachi last night with his gyrocopter and entered Balochistan.

Balochistan Wildlife official Amanullah Sajidi confirmed that the plane crashed at Poldat area near Hingol National Park. The aircraft crashed after hitting mountain.

Qazi Ajmal belongs to the famous Qazi family of Peshawar and SP Lasbela Ayub Achakzai has also confirmed that Qazi Ajmal's zero helicopter was found in the area of Kand Malir.

SP Lasbela said that the body of Qazi Ajmal was being shifted from Kand Malir to Hub.

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Kamyab Jawan Sports Drive to be launch on Dec. 6

Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate the drive at Jinnah Stadium Sports Complex, Islamabad.

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Kamyab Jawan Sports Drive to be launch on Dec. 6

Islamabad: The government is launching ‘Kamyab Jawan Sports Drive’ in Islamabad on Monday (December 6), in a bid to revive sports culture for producing national heroes.

Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate the drive at Jinnah Stadium Sports Complex, Islamabad.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs Muhammad Usman Dar said this would be the biggest sports programme in the country’s history that would enable active participation of the youth in healthy physical activities.

He said under its first phase, twelve different games for male and ten for female would be arranged across 25 regions under the talent hunt programme. The age bracket for the both would be 11-25 years.

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Sialkot lynching:  124 rounded up over mob attack, raids underway

The heart wrenching incident occurred on Sialkot’s Wazirabad Road, where workers of private factory attacked their export manager and burnt his body.

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Sialkot lynching:  124 rounded up over mob attack, raids underway

Sialkot: Police has rounded up around 120 suspects over the lynching of Sri Lankan factory manager, Priyantha Kumara Diyawadanage in Sialkot.

On Friday, a mob in Sialkot tortured a Sri Lankan national to death and set his body ablaze.

The heart wrenching incident occurred on Sialkot’s Wazirabad Road, where workers of private factory attacked their export manager and burnt his body.

The First Information Report (FIR) was lodged against 800 to 900 unidentified people at Uggoki police station under sections of terrorism, attempt to murder, plot to murder, desecration of a human body and other sections.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was overseeing the investigation into “the horrific vigilante attack”, as he called it “a day of shame for Pakistan”. 

“Let there be no mistake all those responsible will be punished with full severity of the law,” Premier tweeted.

Meanwhile, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa expressed “deep concern” and “shock” over the incident— expressing confidence that Imran Khan would bring perpetrators to justice.  

A day after the violent mob, President Gotabaya, turned to twitter and wrote, “Deeply concerned by the incident in Sialkot, Pakistan”. 

He further added that Sri Lanka trusts that Imran Khan and the government of Pakistan will ensure justice is served and ensure the safety of the remaining Sri Lankan workers in the country.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Twitter, “Shocking to see the brutal and fatal attack on Priyantha Diyawadana by extremist mobs in Pakistan. My heart goes out to his wife and family”.

On the other hand, up to 120 people have been arrested and conducted raids in over 200 areas of the city, Punjab Inspector-General (IG) Rao Sardar Ali Khan said.  

Several gruesome video clips shared on social media showed a mob beating the prone victim. Some clips showed his body set ablaze, as well as the overturned wreckage of what was said to be his car.  

Incident

As per preliminary investigation, a dispute emerged when the victim Priyantha Kumara directed employees to remove some stickers from the walls of the factory in the wake of foreigners’ visit.

The workers, allegedly, didn’t act on the order due to which, Priyantha came forward and removed it himself at 10:28am. 

Shortly after the heated argument, the factory owner reached the spot to resolve the issue. Following which the manager apologised for the misunderstanding on his part.  

The matter was reportedly considered settled and the factory workers had dispersed. However, some workers who held grudge, incited their colleagues to attack the manager.  

Within a few minutes, a mob formed and set on the victim within the premises of the unit, eventually killing him. 

His body was later dragged outside the factory and burned.

Police received a phone call at 11:28am about the incident and reached the site within 12 minutes.  

Moreover, police have obtained CCTV footage of the attack from 160 cameras installed at the site.   

Autopsy report 

According to the postmortem report of Priyantha Kumara, most of his body was burnt while his bones were also broken due to severe torture. 

The autopsy report confirmed a fractured skull and brain protrusion and he died of brain damage. Around 99% of the body of the manager was completely burnt. 

All the bones, including his arms and hip, were broken with the exception of one foot. 

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