India arrests ex-Kashmir chief minister Sep 18, 2019 0 118 12345 AFPNew DelhiA former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, seen as being pro-India, has been formally arrested under a law allowing him to be held for up to two years without charge, authorities said Tuesday.Farooq Abdullah, 81, has been under house arrest since early August when India stripped Kashmir of its autonomy, imposed a security lockdown and detained dozens of local politicians including those who back the region being part of India. But on Monday he was formally arrested under the Public Safety Act (PSA) and his home turned into a “judicial lockup”, Muneer Khan, a senior police official in Kashmir, said. It is the first confirmed case of a Kashmiri politician being arrested under the PSA since India’s August 5 move when it sent tens of thousands of troops to Kashmir and imposed a communications blackout. India’s national security adviser said earlier this month that a “majority” of Kashmiris supported its move except for a “vocal minority” backed by Pakistan, which India accuses of backing a decades-old insurgency that has killed tens of thousands of people.But in the wake of the lockdown, even pro-India politicians have spoken out about New Delhi’s intervention. A day after the Indian government revoked the special status, Abdullah climbed a wall of his house to address the media and condemned the move. That was the last time he was seen in public. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Afghan president escapes attempt on life in Taliban attack, at least 48 dead Sep 18, 2019 0 111 UK PM tried to silence parliament, SC told Sep 18, 2019 0 618 India says expects to gain control over Pakistan Kashmir one day Sep 18, 2019 0 1288 Daughter of Pakistan’s ex-premier allowed to stay in politics Islamabad: Pakistan’s election commission on Tuesday allowed the daughter and political successor of jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to hold a leading political role despite corruption allegations. “The .. Prosecutor can appeal ICC decision blocking Afghan investigation The Hague: The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court was granted permission on Tuesday to appeal a ruling by judges that blocked an investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan, a case that has put .. UN Security Council overcomes Chinese veto threat to renew Afghanistan mission Reuters UN The United Nations Security Council unanimously agreed on Tuesday to extend a UN political mission in Afghanistan after last-minute talks overcame a Chinese threat to veto if there was no reference to .. UN experts urge probe into Rohingya killings in Bangladesh AFP Dhaka UN human rights experts have raised new concerns about the treatment of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh following a deadly backlash over the killing of a ruling party official. The experts called for an .. 20 killed as truck plunges down ravine in Philippines AFP Manila Twenty people, including children, were killed Tuesday in the southern Philippines when the flatbed truck they were riding in plummeted into a ravine, police said. The vehicle was bringing a group of people .. Macron signals tougher line on immigration Paris: With an eye on re-election, France’s Emmanuel Macron has signalled a tougher line on immigration, arguing that the government must end its “lax” approach to prevent voters from drifting to the far right. Setting .. Trump’s ex-campaign chief defends him, blasts Democrats at impeachment hearing Reuters WASHINGTON Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and close confidant, on Tuesday stoutly defended his former boss and lashed out at Democrats during testimony to a US ..