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A UN report said al Qaeda still considers Afghanistan a safe haven but the health of its leadership was uncertain. It also said the Islamic State remains much stronger than al Qaeda.
PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said the govt could only take action if the terrorists were operating within Sri Lanka. The govt also revised the death toll of the attacks to 253, citing a calculation error.
Dawn journalist Cyril Almeida was forced to flee Pakistan after a 2016 report uncovered the country's contentious military-terrorism ties.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman Khalil is founder of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, blamed for the 1999 Kandahar hijacking.
Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nepal are members of the UN Human Rights Council. India, with a brilliant record of upholding human rights, has no representation.