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AJK police let family of Kashmiri poet Ahmed Farhad meet him

The family vows to fight legal battle in Azad Kashmir

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Muzaffarabad: The family of Kashmiri poet Ahmed Farhad finally on Wednesday met him at an Azad and Jammu Kashmir (AJK) police station hours after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) was informed about the whereabouts of the missing poet.

Farhad, known for his defiant prose, was allegedly abducted from his house on May 14.

Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) Mansoor Usman Awan, earlier informed IHC Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani that the poet has been "arrested and is currently in police custody" in AJK. The AGP revealed the information during the hearing of a petition seeking the recovery of the poet.

Urooj Zainab, Farhad's wife who moved to the IHC on May 15, sought her husband's recovery.

Farhad's brother told reporters the condition of his brother was stable and they would now fight a legal battle in the AJK.

 

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Israel attacks Syria's central region and Baniyas city, Syrian state media says

The strike kills child and injure ten civilians

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(Reuters): Israel launched air attacks on Syria's central region as well as the coastal city of Baniyas, killing a child and injuring ten civilians, Syrian state media said on Wednesday citing a military source.

"At approximately 19:30 pm, the Israeli enemy launched an air aggression from the direction of Lebanese territory, targeting a site in the central region and a residential building in Baniyas ... leading to the death of a girl, the injury of ten civilians," the source was quoted as saying.

Syrian state media reported earlier on Wednesday that the country's air defences had intercepted "hostile targets" over Homs, without giving further details.

There was no immediate word on the incidents from Israel, which typically does not comment on specific reports of strikes in Syria.

For years Israel has been carrying out attacks against what it has described as Iran-linked targets in Syria, where Tehran's influence has grown since it began supporting President Bashar al-Assad in the civil war that started in 2011.

Reported Israeli strikes on Syria have intensified sharply since the start of the war in Gaza last October.

In April, Iran retaliated by firing missiles at Israel after a presumed Israeli strike that destroyed a building in Iran's embassy compound in Damascus and killed several Iranian officers including a top general.

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Punjab Assembly session due on June 3

A notification from the assembly secretariat says that the session will commence at 2 pm

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Lahore: Speaker Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan on Wednesday convened a session of the Punjab Assembly on June 3 (Monday)after a requisition submitted by the opposition.

According to a notification from the assembly secretariat, the session will commence at 2 pm. The agenda includes discussions on the law and order situation as well as other pressing issues.

In the previous session, the government passed the controversial "Punjab Defamation Bill 2024" amid significant protests from the opposition and the journalist community. The bill aims to curb the spread of false, fabricated, and fictitious news through print, electronic, and social media in the province.

 

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