Police storm car outside Australian state parliament

A man was dragged from his car by armed Australian riot police who stormed the vehicle after a tense two-hour standoff outside the New South Wales parliament today.

AFP| Updated: Dec 20, 2013, 19:32 PM IST

Sydney: A man was dragged from his car by armed Australian riot police who stormed the vehicle after a tense two-hour standoff outside the New South Wales parliament today.

Parliament went into lockdown and surrounding streets were cordoned off after the man drove a white car, believed to contain a container of flammable liquid, onto the footpath in front of the building.

Remaining inside the car, he apparently demanded to see NSW Premier Barry O`Farrell. Reports said he threatened to harm himself and even blow himself up.

After failed negotiations, police in flak jackets stormed the car as the man attempted to light a cigarette lighter, smashing its windows and firing what appeared to be a smoke canister before dragging him out and bundling him to the ground.

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch praised the response of his officers.
"When that man attempted to light a cigarette lighter, wind the windows of the car up with what we believe to be a container of flammable liquid (inside), those officers put their lives on the line and they resolved the situation in a peaceful manner," he said.

Reports said the man, in his fifties, was known to police and wanted O`Farrell to launch an investigation into a dispute with his former employer, a taxi company.

"We can confirm that two UNMISS Indian Battalion troops were killed in action. UNMISS can also confirm that one injured Indian soldier has been transported to the Mission’s medical facility in Malakal," a UN press release said.
Pakistan parliament hails UN resolution against drone attacks
Islamabad: Pakistan`s parliament Friday hailed a resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly against American drone strikes.

The General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution Thursday which called for measures, including the use of remotely piloted aircraft, to comply with international law.

Pakistan`s UN mission said it had successfully coordinated with like-minded states to include references to the use of drones in the resolution. This was the first instance of a reference to the issue of drones in a UN resolution.

The National Assembly or Lower House of Pakistan`s parliament unanimously passed a resolution appreciating the efforts of the Pakistani government which resulted in the adoption of a resolution by the UN General Assembly against the use of drones, Xinhua reported.

The resolution, moved by cabinet minister Chaudhry Birjees Tahir, called upon the US to immediately end drone attacks on Pakistani territory which are against international law.

Pakistan`s foreign ministry also welcomed the UN General Assembly resolution terming it a big step forward.

Foreign office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said that the resolution reflects international public opinion and also speaks of legality and illegality of the use of drones.

Speaking at weekly briefing in Islamabad, she reiterated Pakistan`s position on drone attacks saying these strikes violate the sovereignty of a country and cause collateral damage.

The spokesperson said the next move is to approach the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva against drone attacks. She said Pakistan would continue to build international opinion against drone attacks.

Despite Pakistan`s protests, the US has refused to change its stance on the drone attacks in the Pakistani tribal regions, insisting the operation is effective to target Taliban militants.