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    Peshawar Zalmi to include two Chinese players in squad

    Peshawar Zalmi has decided to include two Chinese cricketers in its squad to promote cricket in China, a press release by Peshawar Zalmi said on Friday.

    The cricketers, Jian Li and Yufie Zhang, will be a part of the Zalmi squad for the third edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) scheduled to begin in February 2018.

    "Peshawar Zalmi is not only pleased to assist in top notch coaching and mentoring of cricketers in China, but also providing them a platform to recognise their talent and motivate them to achieve international recognition," said Zalmi's owner Javed Afridi at an event at the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad.

    Muhammad Akram, the director of cricketing affairs for Peshawar Zalmi, said that the team's coaching staff will travel to China for a seminar to kick off collaboration with the Chinese board and hold coaching programs subsequently to identify and groom young Chinese talent.

    He also revealed that a China Zalmi team will participate in tournaments organised by the franchise under its "Global Zalmi" initiative with representation from 25 clubs from across the globe.

    Former Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Zhang Chunxiang was also present in the ceremony.
     
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    PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar resigns from defence committee

    PPP's Senator Farhatullah Babar resigned from the Senate's Standing Committee on Defence on Friday.

    He refused to comment on the reasons for his resignation but raised questions over parliamentarians visiting the General Headquarters (GHQ).

    When the GHQ was asked to produce documents by the parliament, it was informed that sensitive documents cannot be brought out of the GHQ, Babar said while talking to DawnNews after his resignation. "Can the GHQ not ensure security of sensitive documents for even 15 kilometres?" Babar asked, adding that the "GHQ should come to the parliament rather than the parliament going to the GHQ".

    Babar will be replaced by PPP's Farooq H. Naek in the committee.

    Members of the standing committees of defence of the Senate and National Assembly had visited the GHQ and met with the Chief of Army Staff last month. During the visit, Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa had said that he wanted enhanced interaction with parliament.
     
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    Chinese embassy says its envoy may be attacked, requests more security

    The Chinese embassy in Pakistan has requested more security for its ambassador in the wake of information that he is likely to be attacked.

    Quoting sources, Express News reported that in a letter written to the interior ministry, the Chinese embassy has said that a terrorist had entered the country to attack Yao Jing.

    The embassy has requested the government to take immediate action on the intelligence information, and provide security to the ambassador.

    The letter, the sources said, written by the focal person for CPEC, Ping Ying Fi, identifies the militant as Abdul Wali who belongs to the banned East Turkestan Independence Movement (ETIM) – an extremist group which largely operates in the border Xinjiang region. The memo has demanded his immediate arrest and handover to the Chinese embassy.

    The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will connect this region of China with Pakistan’s seaport Gwadar through a network of rail, road and pipeline projects.
     
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    Mutilated bodies of two police constables found in Buner district, say police

    Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police on Saturday recovered beheaded bodies of two police constables from Elum Mountain in Buner district, DawnNews reported.

    The constables, identified as Faisal Wahid and Tariq, had reportedly gone missing two days ago when they were on a patrolling duty in the area. There had been no news about them for the past two days, until today, when their bodies were recovered by the police.

    Following the recovery of mutilated corpses, the law enforcement agencies cordoned off the area and started investigations into the incident.
     
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    Retired Pakistani senator exposes Pak Fauj's hand in removing Ganja

    Contours of the endgame


    The creeping coup has taken quite a long time to reach the endgame.
    It all started soon after the newly elected government of Muslim League led by Nawaz Sharif assumed power after winning the general election in 2013.
    The fault lines between the elected civilian government and the so-called permanent state (security establishment) appeared quite soon.

    The first issue that led to a rift between the two sides was the determination of Nawaz Sharif to normalize relations with the neighbors in general and with India in particular.
    The policy of reconciliation with India is a red rag to the security establishment as a confrontation with the big neighbor to the east is the ideological basis of the security state and a justification for the hegemony of security establishment over the state system.
    The second issue that polarized relations between civilian and military branches of the state were the decision of Nawaz Sharif government to put the former military dictator General (r) Pervez Musharraf on trial for abrogating the Constitution.
    General Musharraf has the dubious distinction of abrogating the Constitution twice; first in 1999 and again in 2007.

    The government wanted to put him on trial for the second abrogation because unlike other cases in the past, the Supreme Court neither upheld the abrogation in 2007 nor was it later condoned by the Parliament.
    So it appeared an open and shut case.
    When the Special Tribunal decided to indict Pervez Musharraf in the high treason case, the retired general took refuge in a military hospital and refused to appear before the court.
    After a brief standoff between state institutions, the former dictator was allowed by the court on “ medical grounds” to go abroad after some behind the scene manipulations.
    Once out of the country, General Musharraf wasn’t shy of saying on record that he was helped by the former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif in going abroad.

    Be that as it may, these developments made the gap between the elected government and the security establishment unbridgeable and the later decided to go for the former.
    Most of the older political parties had learned their lesson in the musical chairs game of 1990.
    But Imran Khan of the PTI was prepared to lend his shoulder to the deep state for use against Nawaz Sharif government in hope for a shortcut to power through political engineering.
    The sit-in in 2014 against “ rigged elections “ was phase one.
    The nerve center of the civilian power in Islamabad was under a menacing physical siege for months.
    Parliamentarians and Supreme Court judges had to reach their chambers through back doors as the main gates were occupied by putschists who were publicly declaring their allegiance to the umpire who was expected to raise his finger for sending the elected Prime Minister (PM) back to the pavilion.
    The rabble-rousers to justify the intervention of anti-democratic forces attacked state television station.
    Not only that.
    Now we know that special messengers had also called upon the PM warning him to resign or be prepared to face the music of the martial law.
    But that was not to be for two reasons.
    One, most of the political parties rallied around the Constitutional system and publicly declared to unite against the putsch.
    Two, the PM kept his nerve and refused to bow to the machinations of the deep state.
    After the horrible massacre of school children and teachers in APS Peshawar in December 2014 in a terrorist attack, the putschists were forced to back off.
    But as we learned later, the retreat was temporary.
    They were waiting for the first available opportunity.

    Leakage of Panama Papers in 2015 provided what was later called a God-given opportunity by the putschists.
    The deep state and its cheerleaders pounced on this opportunity in the name of “ accountability, “ and the creeping coup that had started in 2014 found a way to enter the next stage.
    As the contours of the endgame are now emerging the irony is crystalizing.
    After all, it is the same old game.
    “ Accountability” has been the main political plank of all the putschists for showing the door to civilian government, from Ayub Khan to Zia-ul-Haq and Pervez Musharraf.
    The only difference is that the process would start after the dismissal of the civilian set up but this time rounds a sitting Prime Minister has been targeted by successful political engineering of the deep state.

    Probably after 18th Constitutional Amendment (2010), there is no room for direct open interference by the non-democratic forces.
    So the higher judiciary equipped by JIT had to do the job.
    But the job is done quite crudely.
    Out of hundreds of names in Panama Papers, only one family has been singled out for “accountability.
    ” As if that wasn’t enough, the deepest irony is that after so much sound and fury over Panama Nawaz Sharif wasn’t disqualified on it.
    He was disqualified over a UEA stay visa and the proposed salary from his son’s firm that wasn’t withdrawn by him.
    Even after his ouster, the siege of the government is intensifying, and it is quite evident that this government will not be allowed to hold Senate’s election in March 2018 and general elections after that.
    The ground is being paved for some “ caretaker” set up.
    Efforts for creating yet another king’s party are now a matter of public knowledge.
    Remarks by the Chief Justice about receiving “ calls from the public “ for taking action indicate the direction of the unfolding situation.
    In the past higher judiciary would be used to uphold the decision by the deep state for removing the civilian government.
    This time around it will be the advanced contingent in removing the civilian setup.

    The answer to the following two questions can determine the outcome of the next round of the power politics.
    One, Nawaz Sharif during the last four years weakened himself by sidelining the Parliament and by ignoring the significance of alliance among democratic forces.
    Has he learned his lessons and will he behave differently in the new round? Two, Pakistan is facing severe prospects of international isolation on the question of extremist militancy in the country.
    Will the security establishment, which cannot deny links with the elements as mentioned earlier anymore, is willing to or capable of jettisoning this liability?
     
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    Tortured body of transgender person found in Peshawar, say police
    Ali AkbarUpdated October 21, 2017

    Peshawar police on Saturday recovered the body of a transgender person, who had reportedly been murdered three days ago, police officials informed DawnNews.

    Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sajjad Khan said that the body of a brutally tortured transgender person was recovered from Ashiqabad area near Warsak Road in Peshawar.

    The corpse, the SSP claimed, was three days old and bore signs of torture. He further said that the police have not been able to identify the body so far, though fingerprints and DNA samples have been collected.

    The police had asked the local transgender community if they could identify the body, however, none of them was able to recognise the deceased. The head of transgender association, Laila Khan, said that the slain was not from Peshawar.

    A case has been registered by the police against unidentified persons.

    More than 50 transgender persons were killed in 2015 and 2016, according to TransAction President Farzana — a rights organisation in Peshawar.

    The status of the transgender community, also known as khawajasiras, is opaque in the country, to say the least.

    They number at least half a million in the country, and according to several studies — up to two million, says TransAction.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1365300/tortured-body-of-transgender-person-found-in-peshawar-say-police
     
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    Afghan Ambassador rips apart Pakistani anchor

     
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    Caitlan Coleman breaks silence on captivity, says 'was in Pakistan for more than a year'

    (More egg on face of ISPR :basketball:)

    Disputing claims about her rescue, the recently recovered Caitlan Coleman has said that she was in Pakistan for at least a year before she was "rescued" by Pakistan Army in an operation near the Pak-Afghan border earlier this month.

    While speaking to the Toronto Star in her first interview since her recovery, Coleman said: "Right now, everybody’s shunting blame and making claims. Pakistan says no, they were never in Pakistan until the end. The US says, no they were always in Pakistan; it was Pakistan’s responsibility. But neither of those are true."

    She also said that she is certain that they were held in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. "We were not crossing into Pakistan that day. We had been in Pakistan for more than a year at that point."

    Coleman, an American national, revealed in the interview — published on Monday — that the couple were moved to Pakistan immediately after being kidnapped in Afghanistan.

    "They first took us out of Afghanistan; it was several days’ drive," said Coleman, who still wears a hijab after being released. She refused to comment on whether the couple have converted to Islam.

    She said that her kidnappers took them to Miramshah in North Waziristan where they were kept for almost a year, adding that they knew where they were because her husband, Joshua Boyle, could understand some Farsi.

    "It was very bad. My husband and I were separated at that time. He wasn’t allowed to see Najaeshi or spend any time with us."

    Najaeshi Jonah is their oldest son.

    "Then we were moved to the north of Miramshah, to the house of a man who said he was called Mahmoud. He was very nice to Najaeshi and would provide us with amenities [that] we wouldn’t have otherwise," she told the Toronto Star. "He would take Najaeshi out to get him sunlight and nobody else did that at any other point."

    She does not exactly remember the events around her rescue but does recall a gun battle while she was in the trunk of a car.

    "Our first fear — why we were not poking our heads up and yelling for help — was that it was another gang trying to kidnap us. Possibly just part of the Haqqani network fighting with another part. They’re all just bandits," she said about her rescue.

    "You’re a prisoner for so long, you’re so suspicious. I was still thinking we don’t know these people, we don’t know where they’re taking us."

    Of her reaction on realising it was the Pakistani forces and not another group of captors, she said: "I think I was mostly just in shock."

    While revealing details of the rescue, Pakistan Army had said that the family had been moved from Afghanistan into Pakistan the day the operation took place, not earlier.

    'Captors killed child because Joshua refused to join them'
    Backing her husband's earlier claims of Coleman being raped in captivity and the forced abortion of their child, she said that the assault on her happened because they wanted the couple to stop contacting people who were not their guards or captors.

    The Taliban had refuted the claims, saying that the child had died naturally and that the woman had not been raped in captivity.

    They named their unborn child "Martyr", she said, who was killed because the captors were angry at Boyle for not joining them.

    They killed the child using using high amounts of estrogen in their food and boasted of what they had done, she told the daily.

    Her next two pregnancies were kept secret and the babies were delivered by Boyle using a flashlight.

    "We had a pen they didn’t know about and we were taking little scraps of paper and trying to hand out notes to anyone and everyone that wasn’t one of the guards or commanders involved in killing Martyr," she said regarding the alleged assault against her.

    "But then they took us, separated us, and beat us and that was when the assault on me happened because they wanted us to stop."

    Naming houses in Afghanistan, Pakistan
    The couple and their children were frequently moved between Pakistan and Afghanistan, according to Coleman. They were usually drugged and kept in the trunk whenever they were moved, she said.

    From their house north of Miramshah, they were then taken to Spin Ghar in Afghanistan. Coleman also shared lighter moments they had in captivity, including naming the places they were kept in.

    They called one "Cat Hotel" because it looked like a hotel to them. She claimed they could see the Pak-Afghan border from there. The kidnappers acquired a Pakistani-styled "jingle truck" from there, told Coleman, and moved them to an area between Kohat and Bannu.

    Their last "home" was named "Dar Al Musa", she said.

    "Outside everyday they were doing some training or something was going on, and some guy was shouting and we laughed because whoever Musa was, he was not doing a good job," she said.

    "He was always yelling, 'No, no, no, Musa Musa.'"

    They were there since November 2016, she said, and were then transferred to the "Mud House" just two days before their recovery.

    Speaking on the couple's decision to have two children in captivity, she said that, among other things, she wanted a large family and they did not know when they would be released.

    "It was a decision we made. We did think about it [...] it’s difficult to explain all the reasons, but, for me, a large part was the fact that it has always been important to me to have a large family," she said.

    "This took our life away from us — this captivity with no end in sight. And so I felt that it was our best choice at that time. We didn’t know if we would have that opportunity when we came back. We didn’t know how long it would be. It was already unprecedented, so we couldn’t say, 'Oh, we’ll only be here a year or six months.'"

     
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    Pakistan bemoans US 'trust deficit' over Afghan conflict

    Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has told the BBC there is a "huge trust deficit" between his country and the US over the conflict in Afghanistan.

    Mr Asif was speaking after meeting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

    He is the first senior US official to visit Pakistan after President Trump accused the country of providing "safe havens" to the Taliban.

    Mr Tillerson repeated Mr Trump's call for Pakistan to do more to eradicate militant groups within its territory.

    But Mr Asif insisted that there are no "safe havens" in Pakistan.

    "They do not need our territory any more. Almost 40% of Afghan territory is now under the direct control of the Taliban."

    US military sources suggest the Taliban control about 10% of Afghanistan and contest some 30% of the country.

    US and Afghan officials believe the militants are able to use sanctuaries across the border in Pakistan to plan attacks in Afghanistan.

    Some have alleged that the ISI - Pakistan's intelligence service - even collaborates with Afghan militants.

    But Mr Asif blamed the "ineptitude" of American and international forces in Afghanistan for not ending the conflict.

    He dismissed the possibility of economic sanctions being levelled against Pakistan by the US if his country is not deemed to be doing enough to tackle the Taliban.

    Pakistan only received "a trickle" of economic assistance from the US, he said.

    "We do not get any military hardware from them. We are not like in the past when we were their proxy.

    "Having said that there is a willingness on both sides to bridge this [trust] deficit."
     
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    Pak Media On How Pakistan's Connection To Mumbai Incident Revealed By Former Top Pak Investigator

     
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    Pakistan blogger Aasim Saeed says he was tortured

    A Pakistani blogger who went missing earlier this year has applied for asylum in Britain after alleging he was tortured by a "state intelligence agency" during his disappearance.

    Aasim Saeed was one of a group of five liberal social media activists who were abducted in Pakistan in January 2017 before being released after several weeks. The Pakistani military has repeatedly denied any involvement in the case.

    Mr Saeed told the BBC that prior to his abduction he had been involved in running a Facebook page critical of Pakistan's military establishment, called Mochi, "because since the inception of Pakistan they've always been ruling us directly or indirectly".

    Pakistan has been ruled by the military for nearly half of its 70 years.

    Mr Saeed was working in Singapore but visiting Pakistan for his brother's wedding in January 2017 when he says a number of men in plain clothes arrived at his house and ordered him into a car.

    "'Do you know why you've been picked up?' they asked. I said, 'I have no idea'. Then he started to slap me. They said, 'Let's talk about Mochi'."

    Mr Saeed told the BBC he had been ordered to hand over the passwords to his email accounts and mobile phone before being taken to a secret detention facility where he was held alongside men he believed to be "religious terrorists."

    The independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan reported that 728 people were forcibly "disappeared" in 2016. Pakistan's intelligence services have been accused of "disappearing" social and ethnic nationalist activists, as well as those accused of links to militant groups, instead of producing them in court.

    Authorities in Pakistan have often said the security services are unfairly blamed for disappearances and that the number of missing people is inflated.

    Few first-hand accounts have ever emerged of what happens to those in detention. Mr Saeed alleges he was beaten with a leather strap.

    "I don't remember what happened, I fell down and someone was holding my neck in his feet, and the other guy kept beating and beating and beating."

    He describes his arms and back being left "shades of purple, blue and back".

    At another detention facility which he believes to be near the capital Islamabad, Mr Saeed says he was made to undergo polygraph tests whilst being repeatedly questioned about links to the Indian intelligence service, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

    "Have you ever been associated with RAW? Who is your handler? Have you ever received money from RAW?"

    He denies any links to any foreign intelligence services and says interrogators also analysed his Facebook posts and questioned him about why he was "critical of the army".

    In May 2017 Human Rights Watch raised concerns that the Pakistani government was "clamping down on internet dissent at the expense of fundamental rights".

    Protests were held across cities in Pakistan by other liberal activists calling for the release of Mr Saeed and the other "missing bloggers", as they came to be known. Mr Saeed, though, says he believed while in detention that he would be killed, because normally "missing persons don't go home".

    Whilst pressure was building on the Pakistani authorities to provide information about the whereabouts of the bloggers, a counter-campaign was begun by right-wing religious clerics and TV anchors accusing them of having committed blasphemy.

    Blasphemy is legally punishable by death in Pakistan and a number of those accused of it have been murdered by lynch mobs.

    Mr Saeed returned home after several weeks in detention. He told the BBC it was only then that he realised he had been accused of blasphemy. He denies any involvement in writing blasphemous material.

    One of the other missing bloggers has alleged the blasphemy allegations were an attempt "to shut us down - to threaten our families - to build pressure on us".

    Mr Saeed returned to Singapore shortly after being released and arrived in the UK in September to visit friends. He told the BBC he had then decided to apply for asylum as the terms of his employment visa in Singapore meant he had no guarantee he would be allowed to keep living there if he ever lost his job, and his life would be in danger if he returned to Pakistan.

    Nonetheless, Mr Saeed told the BBC he did not regret his activism, as "people have to stand up".
     
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    'If Pak fails to act against terrorists, US will get it done in a different way'

    "We have communicated our expectations to Pakistan numerous times that they must take decisive action against terrorist groups based within their own borders," Nauert said.

    At a news conference in Geneva, his last stop on the current foreign travel, Tillerson said the US had "a very healthy exchange of information on terrorists, which is what we really hope to achieve with Pakistan."

    Tillerson said the message to Pakistan was: "Here's what we need for Pakistan to do. We're asking you to do this; we're not demanding anything. You're a sovereign country. You'll decide what you want to do, but understand this is what we think is necessary. And if you don't want to do that, don't feel you can do it, we'll adjust our tactics and our strategies to achieve the same objective a different way." {Wow}

    Tillerson said that he would not characterise his direct discussions with the Pakistani leadership as lecturing at all.

    "It was a very good and open exchange. In fact, we probably listened 80 per cent of the time and we talked 20 per cent. And it was important to me, because I have not engaged with Pakistani leadership previously. And, so my objective was to listen a lot, to hear their perspective," he said.

    "We put our points forward. We put our expectations forward in no uncertain terms. There has been significant engagement prior to my visit, and there will be further engagement in the future, as we work through how we want to exchange information and achieve the objective of eliminating these terrorist organisations, wherever they may be located," Tillerson said.

    Tillerson described his communication with the Pakistani leadership as very frank and very candid.

    "We had the joint meeting with Prime Minister Abbasi and the full leadership team. And then I had a second meeting with Army General Bajwa and a couple of his close advisers, so we could have a more thorough discussion about some of the specifics," he said, adding that he thinks that it was a very open, candid and frank exchange.

    "There's nothing to be achieved by lecturing, but we should be very clear about expectations and what we're asking. And either people will step up and meet those expectations or they won't. We are going to chart our course consistent with what Pakistan not just says they do but what they actually do," Tillerson said.

    Noting that the future course of action would be based on conditions on the ground, he said the entire South Asia strategy is a conditions-based strategy.

    Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif in a meeting yesterday with National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs said that Pakistan will neither surrender to the US nor compromise on its sovereignty.

     
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    Pakistan against US drone deal with India: FO

    The Foreign Office on Friday sounded its opposition to a United States (US) plan to sell drones to India, and called on global powers to exercise more "international responsibility" before committing to such agreements.

    US President Donald Trump had approved a $2 billion deal for the sale of unarmed surveillance drones in the run-up to his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June this year. The deal is subject to approval by the US Congress.

    FO Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said the balance of power in the region would be disrupted because of the deal, and that providing sensitive military technology to India was akin to incitement of its 'misadventures'.

    "Global powers should be aware of their international responsibilities before making such agreements," he said, adding that international agreements, regulations and treaties should be considered before providing India any such technology.

    The FO also said that all civil nuclear technology agreements should be governed by rules of nuclear non-proliferation.

    India, deviating from international rules, can use nuclear technology for military use instead of civil use, the FO claimed, adding that because of the Nuclear Suppliers Group's (NSG) loosening of restrictions in 2008, India is running three parallel nuclear programmes.

    The NSG is a 48-nation club dedicated to curbing nuclear arms proliferation by controlling the export and re-transfer of materials that could foster nuclear weapons development.

    The group's membership has signed the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty but India has refused to do so.

    The FO also said permission should not be granted for the construction of nuclear facilities that do not meet International Atomic Energy Agency safety standards.


    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in his visit to Pakistan called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and discussed bilateral and regional issues, the FO said.

    "There was a desire on both sides to strengthen relations based on better understanding of each other’s concerns and interests and cooperation in diverse fields," Zakaria said.

    He said Tillerson was apprised of India's alleged involvement in terrorism in Pakistan. The FO spokesman said New Delhi assists terrorists, including the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan among other militant groups.

    He claimed that Indian agencies use Afghan soil against Pakistan.

    Tillerson was also informed about Pakistan’s counter-terrorism operations and successes, he said, adding that the US official acknowledged Pakistan’s contribution and sacrifices in the fight against terrorists and the country’s strategic and economic importance in the region.

    Zakaria also introduced the incoming FO spokesman, Dr Muhammad Faisal, who currently holds the post of Director General South Asian affairs at the FO.
     

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