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Hillary Clinton has to go to jail: Trump Donald


Washington, Oct 13: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton "has to go to jail" over her email server issue -- comments that mark a major departure from the American political tradition.

Trump on Wednesday, firing up a large crowd of loyal supporters during a swing through Florida, also laid into the Democratic nominee over her health and seized on disclosures from hacked emails of her campaign chairman, John Podesta, released by Wikileaks, CNN reported.

The broadsides came as Trump sought to get the focus back on his presidential rival, following a slump in his poll numbers triggered by his latest debate performance along with lewd and sexually aggressive remarks on a 2005 video that surfaced last week.

At a morning rally in Ocala, Trump said that he was "embarrassed" Congress had not done more to probe Clinton after the FBI decided not to seek charges against her over the private email server she used as secretary of state.

"Do they make deals like this?" Trump asked.

"This is the most heinous, the most serious thing that I've ever seen involving justice in the US -- in the history of the US."

"We have a person that has committed crimes that is now running for the presidency."

Later on, after moving on to Lakeland, Florida, Trump again renewed his vow to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton if he is elected.

Clinton "has to go to jail," Trump warned, adding that the lawyers working for her over the email issue should also be incarcerated.

Spanish diplomat found dead in Pakistan


Islamabad, Oct 13: A Spanish diplomat was found dead in his home in Pakistan in what appeared to be a suicide, said a police official on Thursday.

According to the police, John Jenner was found dead in his F7-2 residence in Islamabad, locked from inside. 

A 38 bore pistol was also found near the dead body, reported The News International.

He was living here for the last 34 years, the police said.

Pope Francis makes fresh appeal for peace in Syria


Rome, Oct 12: Pope Francis on Wednesday made a fresh appeal to end to Syria's "inhuman" and "cruel" conflict, starting with an immediate ceasefire.

"I want to emphasise and reiterate my solidarity with all victims of inhuman conflict in Syria," Francis told pilgrims and tourists at his weekly general audience in St Peter's Square, reported Vatican Radio.

"It is with a sense of urgency that I renew my appeal, begging, with all my strength, those responsible, that steps be taken toward an immediate ceasefire," he said.

The truce should be observed for long enough "to allow the evacuation of civilians, especially children, who are still trapped under cruel bombardment," the pontiff stated.

Russian-led airstrikes resumed over the past 24 hours, concentrating on targets within the besieged city of Aleppo.

At least 25 people are reported to have died, including children. according to the Britain-based Syrian Human Rights Observatory. The Syrian Civil Defence, a team of emergency responders and the activist media group Aleppo Media Centre put the death toll at 41.

The bombardments continued Wednesday and follow a temporary lull called by the Syrian government, in part to allow civilians to leave rebel-held areas in the east of the city.

The United Security Council is deadlocked over how to respond to the Aleppo crisis, with Russia and the US failing to agree on renewing a cease-fire. No assistance has entered Aleppo since July.

No surgical strike, only cross-border fire: Pakistani envoy


New Delhi, Oct 12: Pakistan on Wednesday stuck to its stand there was no surgical strike across the LoC on September 29 as India says, with its High Commissioner Abdul Basit saying there was only cross-border firing.

"There was no surgical strike. Had there been any surgical strike, Pakistan would have retaliated," said Basit in an interview to TV Today, adding Indian forces only fired across the Line of Control (LoC).

Asked what message Pakistan has got from the strikes, he said since there was no strike, there is no question of Pakistan getting any message.

To the point that many prominent Pakistan media organisations have written about the surgical strikes, Basit said that he can't comment on media reports.

He also rubbished the question that a Pakistani Police officer talked about the strikes on televising, saying he did not say what was being claimed.

"Your entire discourse is based on media reports. My stand is there was no surgical strike," he reiterated.

On being asked if he would accept that Pakistan was isolated internationally after Uri terror attack, he said that Pakistan has suffered more from terrorism than any other country. 

"We don't need any lecture from anybody on it," he said.

About SAARC summit, which was to take place in Pakistan next month, he said it being postponed was a loss for every country concerned.

"We are confident that Pakistan will host it next year. It is not the first time SAARC summit has got postponed. Pakistan would like to implement our Prime Minister's vision of peace for development " he added.

To the question on political asylum by India to Baloch leader Brahamdagh Bughti, the envoy said: "A handful of individual don't represent Balochistan." He added that he questioned the idea of destablising Pakistan and "if that happens we will see how this pans out".

On the investigation into the Pathankot attack and trial of the accused on the Mumbai attack, Basit said that trials do take time. 

Pakistan is committed but without India's cooperation it can't go ahead, he said, noting that last year, Pakistan asked for some information on Mumbai attack but India has not responded yet.

"Trial is underway and the accused are behind bars. It is for India to cooperate," he added. 

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte to visit China


Beijing, Oct 12: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte will pay a state visit to China from October 18 to 21 at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang said on Wednesday.

During the trip, Xi and Duterte will discuss improving bilateral ties, deepening cooperation and international and regional issues of common concern, Xinhua news agency reported.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and top legislator Zhang Dejiang will also meet Duterte, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.

China hopes the visit will help the two nations strengthen political trust, deepen cooperation, continue friendship, properly handle disputes and promote bilateral relations, Geng said.

Geng said a good China-Philippines relationship was a common desire of the two nations.

Connecting with nature at Namaste France Festival


Paris, Oct 12: The Namaste France Festival with its ongoing exhibition 'Life will never be the same' connects with the audiences here by accentuating a lamenting tone to nature.

Indian artist Jayashree Chakravarty's soaring works with long suspended scrolls that have nature both as the subject and as the material, have been displayed at the exhibition which will be on till February 15 at Musée Des Arts Asiatiques in Nice, France.

"There is an urgent need to remain connected to nature, which is the basic necessity and is being overlooked," Jayashree Chakravarty told IANS on Wednesday. 

"I believe audiences in any part of the world will be able to connect with my reading of present urban shelter for nature, and how ecology needs a balance between nature and culture, human and the rest of the species on this earth."

The artist's preoccupation with the shrinking natural habitats has been central to her work for some time. And she explained why.

"As I witnessed growing of a new township in Kolkata, I have been documenting what I have experienced since 1981 to 2016 and also through my mind's eye what I imagine. I have tried to put all my reading through lines and marks into my work," she said. 

"Change of natural land and shrinkage of water body creates a sense of loss that we are losing out on the natural quality of the land," she added.

The exhibition encapsulates many overlapping emotions and personal experiences of the artist. 

Schematic forms of tiny houses are drawn all over, while the outsized pair of fish clings to each other. Humans enter the frame at times, poised in meditation and withdrawal, searching within for inner calm and a pure space.

Whirling concentric rings in dense black and white smoky lines amplify spatial and temporal turbulence, with man-made structures tossed carelessly by this onslaught.

While the easel paintings could not contain the artist's exploding universe, she had to find newer ways to hold the profuse outpouring of her imagery. She took to preparing paper scrolls, and from there, moved on to creating physical structures in paper.

"Suffocating visuals surrounded by growing concrete jungle, the heaviness in the air, increasing heat, throwing away weeds or unnecessary plants from the gardens made me rethink about the material I use in my work," Chakravarty said. 

"I started picking up smashed weeds, roots, dry leaves or young plants for my work, and embedded them within the paper scrolls to give these natural aspects a life after death," she added.

Aung San Suu Kyi to visit India


New Delhi, Oct 12: In what can be seen as a milestone in New Delhi's "Neighbourhood First" policy, Myanmar's State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi will pay a state visit to India at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from October 17 to 19.

"The State Counsellor will be accompanied by several key Ministers and senior officials," the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. 

"During her visit, the State Counsellor will call on President of India Pranab Mukherjee and have meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj," it stated. 

Suu Kyi will also attend a business event during which she will interact with leading Indian business leaders on ways of bolstering bilateral economic and commercial relations. 

"The visit of the State Counsellor will provide an opportunity for the two sides to discuss issues of mutual interest and seek ways to further strengthen the close and friendly ties that exist between the two countries," the statement said.

This will be first official visit of Suu Kyi to New Delhi since her National League for Democracy (NLD) assumed power in Myanmar in March this year.

Last month, Modi met Suu Kyi on the sidelines of the 14th India-Asean Summit and the 11th East Asia Summit in Vientiane, Laos.

Suu Kyi spent a considerable part of her early life in India and was educated at Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi.

On April 6 this year, the 70-year-old Nobel peace laureate assumed charge as State Counsellor as she was constitutionally barred from the presidency after becoming the country's first female foreign minister on March 30.

Prior to visiting New Delhi, Suu Kyi will attend the BRICS-Bimstec Outreach Summit to be held in Goa on October 15-16.

In August, Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw was in New Delhi on his first official visit abroad after assuming charge.

His visit came less than a week after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's visit to Nay Pyi Taw.

Bangladesh puts 22-day ban on Hilsa fishing


Dhaka, Oct 12: The Bangladesh government on Wednesday imposed a 22-day ban on Hilsa fishing across 27 districts of the country to sustain the population of the popular food fish, said a government official.

The Hilsa fish move from coastal areas to the Padma and Meghna rivers to lay eggs around this time and bans imposed during the last few years were successful in sustaining their population, said Chandpur Fisheries Chief Scientific Officer and Hilsa Specialist Md Anisur Rahman.

Catching, selling, transportation, storage and also exchange of the most-sought food fish species was banned across the country and particularly across the 7,000 sq. km. designated area of Hilsa breeding zone, bdnews24 reported.

Fishermen on the Padma and Meghna rivers in Munshiganj, Chandpur, Laxmipur and Barisal were forbidden from using their fishing nets to catch Hilsa.

The Hilsa fish are from the herring family and part of the Bengali cuisine and popular among a large population in India, Bangladesh, and other South Asian countries -- Malaysia, Thailand, China, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. 

Officials said fishermen observing the ban in the 76 sub-districts would be compensated with 20 kg of rice each by the Ministry of Relief and Disaster Management.

The government has deployed coast guards, naval police and other security forces to ensure that the ban is observed.

Anyone found flouting the ban could face a fine up to Taka 10,000, (around Rs 8,500) or confiscation of his fishing equipment and even a prison term for two years, said Chandpur Fisheries official Md Safiqur Rahman.

According to an estimate of the fisheries department, the hilsa output during the fiscal 2014-15 was 385,000 tonnes, while it rose to more than 400,000 tonne in 2015-16.

There was hardly any Hilsa business in the last five to seven years, but tough measures by the Bangladesh government ensured that Hilsa fish were available almost everywhere between 2014-16, Fisheries Minister Muhammed Sayedul Hoque said.

British pound recovers slightly following post-Brexit fall


London, Oct 12: The British pound showed some signs of recovery on Wednesday, rising more than 1 per cent against the US dollar and the euro.

The tentative rise came following a steep fall in the value of the pound sterling as world markets continued to react to the financial uncertainty of Brexit, EFE news reported.

On Wednesday morning, however, the pound rose some 1.24 per cent against the US dollar, sitting at around $1.227, and gained 1.18 per cent against the euro, rising to 1.100 euros.

Since the British electorate opted to leave the European Union (EU) in the June 23 referendum, the pound has slumped 18 per cent against the US dollar.

Experts believed that the latest depreciation in the pound was triggered by concerns on the world market that the UK would opt for a 'hard' Brexit, meaning it would choose full control of its borders over access to the common European market.

This option may include the introduction of high tariffs on the UK's future trading with EU member nations.

The British government indicated that it would enact Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which triggers a two-year secession negotiation process with the bloc, at the end of March 2017.

Pakistan seeks bigger Saarc to counter India's influence


Washington, Oct 12: Pakistan is exploring the possibility of creating a greater South Asian economic alliance to counter India's controlling hold on the eight-member South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc), diplomatic observers said.

A parliamentary delegation from Pakistan, which is now in New York, pitched this idea during its five-day visit to Washington last week, Dawn online reported on Wednesday.

"A greater South Asia is already emerging," said Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, in one of his interactions with the media.

"This greater South Asia includes China, Iran and the neighbouring Central Asian republics."

He described the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor as the key economic route linking South Asia with Central Asia.

The Gwadar port, he said, would be the nearest warm water port, not only for China but also for the land-locked Central Asian states.

"We want India to join this arrangement as well," said Hussain, an offer Indians are unlikely to accept as they are comfortable with the advantage that Saarc provides them.

Last month, India used its influence in Saarc to isolate Pakistan when it announced that it would not attend the regional group's 19th summit, scheduled in Islamabad on November 15 and 16.

India cited Pakistan's involvement in the September 18 terrorist attack at an Army camp in Uri town of Kashmir, in which 19 soldiers died, as the reason for its decision to boycott the summit.

India has blamed Pakistan for the attack, a claim which Islamabad has denied. Other Saarc nations -- Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka -- joined India to boycott the meeting.

According to Dawn, the boycott has led to an indefinite postponement of the summit and exposed Pakistan's isolation within the region.

"Apparently, the showdown forced Pakistan to conclude that in its present shape, Saarc will always be dominated by India. That's why they are now talking about a greater South Asia," said a senior diplomat, confirming reports that Pakistan is actively seeking a new regional arrangement.

"Pakistan hopes that this new arrangement will give it more room to manoeuvre when India tries to force a decision on it," said another diplomat.

Diplomatic observers in Washington said the proposed arrangement also suits China as it is worried about India's rapidly growing influence in the region.

They argued that China can play an important role in persuading Central Asian republics and Iran to join the new arrangement.

But, according to the observers, Saarc members will have little interest in supporting the idea.

There is not much benefit for Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka in joining a land route far from their borders and Dhaka as well as Colombo have their own ports.

The member that is likely to get the most benefits from a greater South Asian alliance is Afghanistan, which is technically a land-locked Central Asian nation.

But observers believe that Afghanistan is too closely linked to India to join any arrangement that hurts New Delhi's interests.

Afghanistan's presence in Saarc, however, justifies Pakistan's argument that Central Asian nations can be included in a greater South Asia.

Saarc member states imposed a stipulation for Afghanistan to hold general elections, which were held in late 2005, enabling the country to join the group as its eighth member in April 2007.

But, as a South Asian diplomat pointed out, even if a greater South Asia became reality, there's no guarantee that its members would support Pakistan in its disputes with India.

"Many Central Asian states have strong ties with India and Iran too has problems with Pakistan," the diplomat said.

Russia shows interest in investing in Rajasthan


Jaipur, Oct 11: Investors from Russia have evinced interest in investing in Rajasthan, state government officials said here on Tuesday.

Russian Minister for Industry & Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov, accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising senior government officials and representatives of Russian businessmen, met Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje here.

Discussions during the meeting revolved around Russia-Rajasthan collaboration in several areas including mining, agriculture, infrastructure development and heavy engineering and machinery.

The visit of the Russian delegation follows Raje's participation in the international industrial trade fair 'INNOPROM 2016', held in Russia earlier this year.

"There is a strong potential for growth in specifically Rajasthan's trade with Russia. With increasing economic growth, the infrastructure requirements in Rajasthan are growing and Russia can help address this need," said Chief Minister Raje, in a statement.

She was of the view that Russia can complement Rajasthan's efforts in strengthening the state's engineering industry, specifically in automotive, mines and minerals.

Earlier in the day, the Russian delegation attended the Russia-Rajasthan Business Forum organised by the Government of Rajasthan and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

US stocks tumble as earnings season begins


New York, Oct 12: US stocks traded sharply lower on Tuesday as investors focused on the third quarter earnings season.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 160.97 points, or 0.88 per cent, to 18,168.07. The S&P 500 lost 20.98 points, or 0.97 per cent, to 2,142.68, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Nasdaq Composite Index slumped 64. 41 points, or 1.21 per cent, to 5,264.26.

Alcoa Inc. kicked off the earnings season by missing estimates on both the top and bottom line. Its shares plunged nearly 10 per cent around midday.

Oil prices were also in focus, which retreated around midday on Tuesday as traders became cautious after recent solid gains.

There is no major economic data due Tuesday. Investors will keep a close eye on the Federal Reserve's minutes from its September meeting scheduled for release on Wednesday, for more clues on the timing of a next rate hike.

On Monday, US stocks ended higher as Wall Street digested the latest information from Sunday's second US presidential debate amid rising oil prices. 

Pakistan lawyer moves court for return of 'Dancing Girl' from India


Lahore, Oct 11: A Pakistani lawyer has moved the Lahore High Court, asking it to direct the government to bring back the famous 'Dancing Girl' statuette from India, it was reported on Tuesday.

The ancient bronze statue excavated from Mohenjo Daro was sent for exhibition to India on the request of the National Arts Council, Delhi, some 60 years ago. New Delhi later refused to return the statue, the petitioner claimed, Express News reported.

Barrister Javed Iqbal Jafree made his request to bring back the 'Dancing Girl' to the Lahore High Court through a writ petition filed on Monday.

He claimed the statuette was actually a property of the Lahore museum, and urged the high court chief justice to take suo motu notice of the matter and direct the government to get the statue back from India.

Jafree contended that the 5,000-year-old statuette enjoyed the same historical importance in Pakistan as Mona Liza in Europe. He pleaded that the bronze piece of art was Pakistan's cultural heritage and needed to be protected.

Baloch activist Naela Qadri Baloch in Delhi to form government-in-exile


New Delhi, Oct 11: Baloch writer Naela Qadri Baloch, a long-time campaigner for Balochistan's independence from Pakistan, arrived here on Tuesday with a view to set up a Baloch government-in-exile.

Naela Baloch, who waited for almost three months to get an Indian visa, flew into New Delhi from Kabul where she lives.

"I am very happy to be here. I look forward to my stay in Delhi for a week and then travel to other cities," Naela Baloch told IANS.

"I have multiple engagements in Delhi. I am looking forward to meet a number of political leaders here to garner support to form a Baloch government-in-exile," she added.

She was received at the Indira Gandhi International Airport by her son Mazdak Dilshad Baloch, who reached New Delhi in August, and several other Baloch activists.

Mazdak Baloch told IANS: "My mother will take part in several seminars and programmes on the Baloch movement. She will meet people in the government to seek support of our campaign."

Several Baloch leaders from Pakistan and from other countries have begun visiting New Delhi since Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day address of August 15, highlighted the Baloch issue.

Balochistan, Pakistan's largest province in terms of area, has witnessed a long-running insurgency for which Islamabad blames New Delhi.

Shailene Woodley arrested during protest


Los Angeles, Oct 11: Actress Shailene Woodley was arrested for criminal trespassing while peacefully protesting the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

The protest took place in North Dakota on Monday against a huge oil pipeline project that will cross four states.

Woodley, who has been vocal about the pipeline, posted a video on Facebook Live streaming the incident, reports variety.com.

The two-hour long video takes a turn near the end, when police begin to get involved. At one point, an unidentified officer could be seen telling Woodley: "We can't talk right here, but you're going to be placed under arrest for criminal trespassing".

Woodley replied: "But I have one question: Why am I being arrested and no one else is who is down there, is my question? Is it because I'm famous? Is it because people know me?"

Another official can be heard telling Woodley: "It's because you trespassed on the property".

She said: "So did hundreds of people. We were all down there." She added that she was being arrested "because I have 40,000 people watching".

An official with the Morton County Sheriff's Department said that she was one of 27 people arrested at the protest, which started at about 7 a.m., variety.com reported. 

A federal judge on Sunday rejected the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's request for a permanent injunction to block the planned pipeline, which crosses the tribe's land and burial grounds. The 1,170-mile, $3.7 million pipeline would be responsible for transporting 470,000 barrels of oil a day.

US Supreme Court to hear Apple-Samsung design patent lawsuit


New York, Oct 11: The US Supreme Court is set to hear a design patent lawsuit on Tuesday that Apple filed against arch rival Samsung in 2011 and is touted as the longest-running dispute between the two smartphone giants.

According to a report in Digital Trends, if Samsung wins, it will set a precedent and affect other design patent cases.

"It would mean Samsung owes less money to Apple and the case would be kicked down to lower courts to decide the final amount," the report added.

"If Apple wins, Samsung pays up. There would be more trials related to other design patent cases between the two," it added.

The ruling can be expected toward the end of the year.

Apple had sued Samsung for copying the iPhone's design. Samsung also counter-sued for 3G patents and filed claims in Germany, Japan, and South Korea.

In 2012, the jury sided with Apple, awarding the US company $1 billion in damages.

The jury ruled that Samsung copied the iPhone's black rectangle shape and rounded corners, the bezel, and a patent that covered the graphical layout of icons on the iPhone.

After winning this lawsuit, Apple quickly filed another lawsuit targeting newer Samsung devices and the feud between the two smartphone makers continues.

Curbs on Pakistani reporter for reporting civil-military spat


Islamabad, Oct 11: A Dawn newspaper reporter who reported major differences between Pakistan's civilian and military leadership has been barred from leaving the country, the daily reported on Tuesday.

After a third denial of the October 6 story by the Prime Minister's Office, the Dawn said that staff writer Cyril Almeida had been put on the Exit Control List (ECL).

The ECL is a system of border control maintained by Islamabad. People on the list are prohibited from leaving Pakistan.

"I am told and have been informed and have been shown evidence that I am on the Exit Control List," Almeida tweeted.

His contentious report said that Pakistan's civilian leadership had bluntly told the military to act against militants or face international isolation amid strained India-Pakistan ties. 

A statement from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Office said that the contents of the report were "a fabrication". It was the third denial from the Prime Minister's Office, Dawn said.

The Prime Minister's Office contended that the report included "inaccurate and misleading contents which had no relevance to actual discussion and facts".

Dawn said on Tuesday that it considered it a sacred oath to its readers to pursue its reporting fairly, independently and, above all, accurately. 

"The story that has been rejected by Prime Minister's Office as a fabrication was verified, cross-checked and fact-checked.

"Second, many at the helm of affairs are aware of the senior officials, and participants (at) the meeting, who were contacted by the newspaper for collecting information, and more than one source confirmed and verified the details.

"Therefore, the elected government and state institutions should refrain from targeting the messenger and scape-goating the country's most respected newspaper in a malicious campaign."

Border closure will hit India-Pakistan ties: Chinese daily


Beijing, Oct 11: India's decision to seal its border with Pakistan by 2018 is "irrational" and will lead to a major setback in bilateral ties with Islamabad, a Chinese daily on Tuesday quoted analysts as saying.

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday announced that the 3,323-km border between India and Pakistan would be "completely" sealed by December 2018. 

The announcement came amid heightened tensions after a terrorist attack on an army base at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir and a later Indian surgical strike in Pakistani territory.

"India is making a very irrational decision, since no exhaustive investigation has been conducted after the Uri incident, and no evidence proves Pakistan is behind the attack," Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow from the Institute of International Relations of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times. 

Hu added that a "completely sealed" border would further hinder the already scarce border trade and talks between the two countries.

Wang Dehua, director of the Institute for Southern and Central Asian Studies at the Shanghai Municipal Centre for International Studies, told the Global Times that the sealed border would only disrupt peace efforts made by the two sides.

"(India's) decision reflects its Cold War mentality and would only cause deeper hatred among residents living in Indian- and Pakistan-controlled Kashmir," said Hu. 

Since Pakistan is China's all-weather strategic partner, India's decision would make China-Pakistan-India relations more complicated, Hu noted. 

He added that a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute was in the interest of China's homeland security too, especially its western regions.

Oxlade-Chamberlain relishing dual role for club and country


London, Oct 10: England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is enjoying playing in a central midfield role for the national football team despite being a winger for his club side Arsenal.

"Given the opportunity, I do enjoy playing in central midfield and last week in training with England I was playing more centrally. I really enjoyed that," he was quoted as saying by the Evening Standard on Monday,

"There have been players over time who have been asked to play in a position and maybe they don't want to play there but, with me, I'm honestly happy to do it. If I get told to play on the wing, there is nothing in me that is annoyed I'm not playing midfield. I know I have got qualities that suit the wing and I'm happy to express myself there," he added.

The 23-year-old pointed out that the presence of several quality midfielders in the Arsenal squad means that manager Arsene Wenger has no option but to employ him on the wings.

"At the moment, the general dynamic at Arsenal is that we have got a lot of central midfielders who are more specialists in that position and out of that group of players, if you were going to put me in there, I'd be the one who stood out as someone who could play on the wing.

"I see myself more as a winger for Arsenal as a result. Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Granit Xhaka, who has just come in, Jack Wilshere, when he's back, Mohamed Elneny and Aaron Ramsey, when he's fit," Oxlade-Chamberlain said. 

"They are all big players for us and out-and-out central midfielders, so I am more focused on playing wide and adding what I can out there for now."

Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has scored five goals in 24 matches for England, insisted that playing in multiple positions has helped him grow as a player. 

"Because I've been playing on the wing, I've focused more on my runs off the ball in behind. That's because I'm more naturally like a midfielder so I come towards the ball to receive it. That's something I've had to work on to become more of a winger," the former Southampton player said. 

"If I play in midfield, I'm still going to get the ball, look to go past people and drive forward with it. I don't think it stunts my development because there is no negative feeling on my behalf."

Burhan Wani was pride of Kashmir: Pakistan PM


Islamabad, Oct 10 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday praised slain Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani, saying he was a "freedom fighter and pride of Kashmiri people".

Sharif said Pakistan was committed to the Kashmiri cause, Radio Pakistan reported. "No power in the world can stop us from supporting the freedom struggle of Kashmiris. 

"India is mistaken if it considered that the freedom fight (in Jammu and Kashmir) could be equated with terrorism," he said. 

The Prime Minister was chairing a meeting of his party's Central Working Committee. The meeting condemned the Indian "aggression" along the Line of Control (LoC), the radio said.

More than 90 protesters have been killed in the Kashmir Valley in clashes with security forces since Wani's July 8 killing.