Imran Khan Asks Pakistan Army to 'Respond Decisively' to Any Indian Aggression

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The statement said Prime Minister Khan has authorised the armed forces of Pakistan to "respond decisively and comprehensively to any aggression or misadventure by India".

The IOC's decision comes hours after International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) President Vladimir Lisin announced that all the allotted 16 Olympic quotas for the 2020 Games originally up for grabs in New Delhi would be scrapped.

"Looking at the situation in general between India and Pakistan, we are deeply concerned at the increasing tensions between the two countries in the wake of the attack on Indian security personnel on February 14 in Pulwama", Dujrraic added.

In the Himalayan region of Kashmir, one part is ruled by Pakistan, which India calls as Pak occupied Kashmir (Pok) and alleges that is the hub of Pak-backed Kashmir rebels.

"In this regard, Pakistan has sincerely offered investigation of the incident as well as the offer of dialogue on the issue of terrorism among other disputed issues".

The PoK government letter also advised residents to take "safe routes while commuting". "Unnecessary lighting should be avoided after sunset and people should refrain from travelling on roads located close to LoC", the local disaster management agency warned residents in Chakothi.

"This is Naya Pakistan ... and we are determined to demonstrate to our people that the State is capable of protecting them ... we believe that the monopoly of violence stays with the State only", Prime Minister Imran Khan said while addressing the meeting.

3m Nine killed in Kashmir gun battle
The firing resumed around 9 am as the forces assessed that two or three Jaish terrorists were still hiding in the area. India has said it also has Washington's support to defend itself against cross-border attacks.

Condemning the attack and subsequent violence, Guterres said: "It is essential that there be accountability under global law and the perpetrators of terrorist acts be brought swiftly to justice".

The International Olympic Committee has chose to "suspend all discussions" with India regarding hosting of global sporting events after Pakistani shooters were not issued visas for the World Cup in New Delhi.

Pakistan has been on the grey list since June, making it harder for it to access worldwide markets at a time when its economy is stumbling. The officials declined to be named as the talks were still underway in Paris.

Pakistan's finance ministry did not immediately respond to Reuters' request for comment.

India has accused its neighbour of not doing enough to control the militant groups responsible for the Kashmir attacks.

It has canceled Most Favored Nation trade privileges for Pakistan and imposed 200 percent duty on goods coming from Pakistan, further squeezing the barely $2 billion bilateral trade.

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