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Pakistan Prime Minister Abbasi to arrive Nepal on Monday

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KATHMANDU — Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is arriving in Kathmandu on Monday for his two-day state visit, in the first high-level visit here by a foreign dignitary after K P Sharma Oli assumed office as Prime Minister of Nepal.

The Pakistani PM is making his visit to congratulate PM Oli for being elected to the post of Prime Minister.

During his visit, Abbasi will also be engaged in high-level political talks.

The incumbent Prime Minister of Pakistan is making an official visit to Nepal after over three years when PM Nawaz Sharif had arrived here to take part in the 18th Saarc Summit.

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The Embassy of Pakistan in Kathmandu confirmed the planned visit but did not divulge details. “The visit of Prime Minister is taking place in the first week of March 2018. But we are still awaiting confirmation from Islamabad,” said embassy spokesperson Inayat Khan.

Although his visit itinerary is still being worked out, officials said Prime Minister Abbasi plans to arrive here on Monday afternoon and fly back home on Tuesday.

According to officials, Pak PM Abbasi will hold a meeting with Prime Minister Oli on Monday evening and pay a courtesy call on President Bidya Devi Bhandari before flying home the next day.

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32 dead, 1 missing in Papua attacks, Indonesian police say

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JAYAPURA, INDONESIA- Security forces tried to recover the bodies of 31 construction workers and a soldier who were killed in one of the worst separatist attacks in Indonesia’s restive province of Papua, officials said Tuesday.

Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said 24 workers were killed on Sunday when gunmen stormed a government bridge construction project in a remote mountainous village in Nduga district.

Citing reports from several witnesses, Diaz said, eight other workers fled to the nearby house of a local parliament member, but an armed group came a day later and killed seven of them. However the eighth managed to escape and remains missing.

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“This is the worst attack launched by the armed criminal group recently amid intensified development by the government,” Diaz told The Associated Press.

Separately, Papua province military spokesman Lt. Col. Dax Sianturi said an armed group attacked a military post in Mbua village in the same district late Monday, killing a soldier and injuring another.

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