Asia Briefs: Thai PM won't quit if Aug referendum fails

Thai PM won't quit if Aug referendum fails

BANGKOK • Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday that he would not resign if Thais reject a military-backed draft Constitution when they vote in a referendum in August.

"I won't resign. I am the one who lays out the rules for this country," General Prayut told reporters at Bangkok's Government House, insisting that Thais should not compare him to British Prime Minister David Cameron, who announced his resignation last week after Britain voted in a referendum to quit the European Union.


Pakistan arrests 3 suspected militants

LAHORE • Police have arrested three men affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) who were planning to attack government buildings, the authorities said yesterday. The raid came as police said the Pakistani Sunni extremist group Lashkar-e-Janghvi (LeJ) had been seeking to build relations with ISIS before LeJ chief Malik Ishaq was killed last July.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 28, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe