PAKISTAN CELEBRATES ONE YEAR AFTER DOWNING INDIAN JET Feb 28, 2020 0 1670 12345 PEOPLE watch Pakistani jets perform aerobatic manoeuvres during a ceremony to commemorate Pakistan Air Force’s ‘Operation Swift Retort’ against the Indian Air Force last year in February, in Karachi, on Thursday. Pakistan declared national celebrations on Thursday to mark one year to the day since it shot down an intruding Indian fighter jet, in a move seen as provocative and bizarre. Prime Minister Imran Khan praised the air force in an address to political and military leaders on Wednesday night and an air show was conducted on Thursday as part of a commemorative ceremony. Khan said his air force caught regional rival India off guard with its response and warned of a similar retaliation for any future intrusions. National dailies carried full-page segments congratulating the nation for what the government dubbed ‘National Surprise Day’, as ‘HappySurpriseDayIndia’ became a top trend on Twitter. (DPA) RELATED ARTICLES Trump downplays epidemic fears of new coronavirus Feb 28, 2020 0 1604 Erdogan denounces ‘massacres’ in India over citizenship law, toll rises to 33 Feb 28, 2020 0 1614 Virus at ‘decisive point’ as world battles spread: WHO Feb 28, 2020 0 344 covid Malaysian parliament to vote on new PM amid crisis Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s parliament will vote on Monday on the country’s next prime minister in a bid to end a political crisis, but if no candidate has enough support there will be a snap election, Mahathir Mohamad said. .. Japan PM calls for nationwide closure of schools over virus Tokyo: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday urged schools nationwide to close for several weeks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, as authorities reported the country’s fourth death linked to the .. New South Korean virus infections exceed new cases in China Seoul: South Korea on Thursday reported 505 new infections from the coronavirus, a greater number of new cases than were reported in China for the same period. The new infections bring the total number of cases in South .. Assange’s UK extradition hearing paused until May London: A British judge on Thursday paused Julian Assange’s extradition hearing following four days of intense legal wrangling over Washington’s request for the WikiLeaks founder to stand trial there on espionage .. Far-left German MPs accuse Merkel over Soleimani killing AFP Frankfurt am Main Eight MPs from Germany’s radical-left Left party said on Thursday they had filed a criminal complaint against Chancellor Angela Merkel and her ministers, accusing them of complicity in the US .. Indonesians stranded after Saudi Arabia bans religious pilgrims Jakarta: More than 6,000 Muslim pilgrims were stranded at Indonesian airports on Thursday after Saudi Arabia suspended the entry of visitors seeking to worship in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina in an attempt to .. US urges India to allow peaceful assembly after riots THE United States on Thursday urged India to respect the right to peaceful assembly and called on all sides to refrain from violence. “We echo (Modi’s) call for calm and normalcy and urge all parties to maintain peace, .. US, South Korea postpone joint military exercises over virus AFP Seoul The US and South Korean militaries on Thursday postponed forthcoming joint exercises as the Asian country announced its biggest increase in coronavirus cases to date. The decision to delay the training was ..