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          Pakistan's immediate balance of payment crisis is over: finance minister       Cache   Translate Page      

Finance Minister Asad Umar on Tuesday claimed that Pakistan's "balance of payment crisis is over" and assured that China is committed to providing short-term relief to Pakistan as well — the modalities of which, he said, will be discussed in a new round of discussions in Beijing on Friday.

"The long-term solution to the balance of payment crisis is to increase our exports, and to do that we should have enough income so that we do not need to borrow," Umar, who was a part of the Prime Minister Imran Khan-led delegation that visited China recently, explained during a press conference today. "In this regard, we have received a commitment from the highest level.

Finance Minister Asad Umar claims Pakistan does not have a balance of payment crisis now. —DawnNewsTV
Finance Minister Asad Umar claims Pakistan does not have a balance of payment crisis now. —DawnNewsTV

"Regarding the doubling of our exports, we are not talking long-term. We have [this target] for the ongoing year. We have also discussed short-term reliefs. A decision in principle has been taken, but to discuss its modalities our contingent is going to Beijing on November 9.

"So this curiosity that the people have will also be resolved soon. We had told you about the $12bn financing gap, of which $6bn have come from Saudi Arabia, and the rest has come from China so the immediate balance of payment crisis of Pakistan has ended. I want to make that clear in unequivocal terms. We do not have any balance of payment crisis now. "

A statement released by the finance ministry echoed Umar's remarks, adding that "a senior level delegation comprising of federal secretaries of finance, foreign affairs, planning & development and commerce along with the State Bank of Pakistan's governor will undertake a visit to China during the current week to work out the modalities".

Foreign minister says Pakistan 'out of the woods' after China trip

Foreign minister addresses a presser on China visit. — DawnNewsTV
Foreign minister addresses a presser on China visit. — DawnNewsTV

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, meanwhile, claimed that the trip to China was "productive to the extent that we are out of the woods".

The foreign minister said that the purpose of the visit to China was to "send a message to the international community" and also "move the two countries' strategic relationship towards an economic partnership".

He said that a total of 15 memorandum of understanding (MoUs) were signed in China, of which he highlighted a quartet.

"We decided that our strategic dialogue must be upgraded and its level be raised to the FM level," he said. "It was also decided to transfer our citizens sentenced there and theirs sentenced here so that they can serve their sentences in their own countries.

"Thirdly, the MoU which is important to me is poverty alleviation. China is a country that has taken 700 million people out poverty in the last 30 years. One-third of our population also lives below the poverty line — so the purpose of this MoU was to learn from the Chinese experience."

"The fourth MoU was regarding agricultural cooperation," he said. "We think that through transfer of technology, we can get a lot from China. We can learn how to increase our productivity and our per-acre produce."

Qureshi claimed that the trip also served to rubbish the notion that the Pak-China relationship would suffer under the PTI government.

"The perception that some people here tried to give that the government was not paying attention to our relationship with China," he said. "There is nothing to it. I can say that our relations with China are not just great but could get even better than before.

"This visit helped us in moving our relationship towards an economic partnership. We have always had good strategic relations so our aim [this time] was to figure how to advance the economic footprint."

The foreign minister said he is confident that the discussion with the Chinese counterparts would help Pakistan "double its exports".

He further said that the two sides would try and wrap up the second phase of the Pakistan-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA) by April 2019.

          CJP takes notice of 'huge losses of lives, property' in riots following Aasia Bibi verdict       Cache   Translate Page      

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday took notice of the "loss of lives and property caused to the general public" in riots that followed the court's acquittal of Aasia Bibi last week.

On October 31, the SC had acquitted Aasia Bibi — a Christian woman previously condemned to death on blasphemy charges — after accepting her appeal against her sentence.

The top court's decision had angered reliogiopolitical parties, including the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), which had taken to the streets and staged violent sit-ins and protests across the country.

The protests had at times escalated into riots, with protesters setting vehicles on fire and on one occasion even pillaging the push cart of a child selling bananas.

The chief justice, according to SC spokesperson, today took notice of the "losses of property and lives caused to general public" with the intent to "compensate the victims who lost their valuables or properties during the tragic incidents".

The notice, the court added, was taken on media reports that significant losses were caused to the general public in the wake of the apex court's verdict in the Aasia Bibi case.

Furthermore, the chief justice has directed the federal and provincial governments to furnish within three days their reports detailing the estimated losses.

          'Almost all' Pakistani banks hacked in security breach, says FIA cybercrime head       Cache   Translate Page      

In a shocking revelation, the head of the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) cybercrime wing has said data from "almost all" Pakistani banks was stolen in a recent security breach.

"According to a recent report we have received, data from almost all Pakistani banks has been reportedly hacked," FIA Cybercrimes Director retired Capt Mohammad Shoaib told Geo News on Tuesday.

When pressed to clarify, the official said data from "most of the banks" operating in the country had been compromised.

Speaking to DawnNewsTV, Shoaib said hackers based outside Pakistan had breached the security systems of several local banks. "The hackers have stolen large amounts of money from people's accounts," he added.

"The recent attack on banks has made it quite clear that there is a need for improvement in the security system of our banks," he observed.

He said the FIA has written to all banks, and a meeting of the banks' heads and security managements is being called. The meeting will look into ways the security infrastructure of banks can be bolstered.

"Banks are the custodians of the money people have stored in them," Shoaib said. "They are also responsible if their security features are so weak that they result in pilferage."

It wasn't immediately clear when exactly the security breach took place.

According to Shoaib, more than 100 cases are being investigated by the agency in connection with the breach.

"An element of banking fraud which is a cause of concern is that banks hide the theft [that involves them]... and the clients report [the theft] to the banks and not to us, resulting in a loss of people's money," he told DawnNewsTV.

"We are trying to play a proactive role in preventing bank pilferage," he added.

Shoaib said the agency has arrested many gangs involved in cybercrimes and recovered stolen money from them.

A gang was arrested last week whose members used to disguise themselves as army officials and withdraw money from banks after gathering people's data, the official added.

'Data of over 8,000 account holders sold'

The disclosure comes days after around 10 banks blocked all international transactions on their cards, as concerns about a breach of credit and debit card data spread in the banking circles.

Sources told Dawn the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has been informed by several commercial banks that they have blocked international payments on debit and credit cards as a precautionary measure after cyber attacks on their clients’ accounts.

According to a digital security website, data of over 8,000 account holders of about 10 Pakistani banks was sold in a market of hackers.

A large Pakistani bank sent messages to its clients that online mobile banking services would be terminated for a temporary period from November 3 onwards on ‘technical grounds’.

The first cyber attack was reported by BankIslami on October 27. The bank said that Rs2.6 million was stolen from international payment cards after which it has stopped such transactions and allowed biometrically verified payments only on ATM cards within Pakistan.

Next day, the SBP issued directives to all banks to ensure that security measures on all information technology systems — including those related to card operations — are continuously updated to meet future challenges, ensure real-time monitoring of card operations related systems and transactions and immediately coordinate with all the integrated payment schemes, switch operators and media service providers.

          In Senate, opposition parties criticise government for not being forceful enough in dealing with TLP       Cache   Translate Page      

The Senate convened on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani to debate the law and order situation after the Supreme Court's acquittal of Aasia Bibi in the blasphemy case against her.

Before the debate formally began, Minister of IT Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui filed a motion to withdraw proposed amendments to the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act on behalf of the government, which was approved by the house.

The minister argued that the bill had been authored on the directives of deposed Islamabad High Court judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui and it was therefore proper that the government re-examine it.

Right after, the opposition pushed for a debate on Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan's (TLP) nationwide protests.

"We do not want the state and Constitution to be sullied like this," the PPP's Parliamentary Leader, Senator Sherry Rehman said.

"The entire nation was at a standstill for three days. If we start to examine [what happened], they [the government] will say 'This was also done before; the state entered a similar agreement last year as well," she continued.

"[But] what happened this time is a grave tragedy. We are not here to taunt and challenge the government — enough of that was done on the streets for [those] three days.

"[But] Our army chief was called out by name. The judiciary, the state and the army were dragged [into the mess]: what kind of message is being sent with these actions?" she asked.

"The government was all talk and no action. This was the first time we've heard the state challenged like this. How can this challenge be ignored?"

"We will not politic on this: the PPP has always toed the patriotic line in times like these. [However,] we will demand that the state provide protection to everyone.

"The state ought to protect the judges. Whether they give right decisions or wrong ones, the state should be behind them. Those who are openly rebelling against the law and Constitution should be dealt with. This is a trying time for Pakistan: the government should not try to bypass parliament," she concluded.

The PPP veteran also sought answers from the government over loans secured from foreign governments and foreign policy.

"The parliament was not taken into confidence on [foreign] loans," she regretted.

"We have also promised to mediate the Yemen-Saudi Arabia dispute: on what terms will this mediation be done? We should tackle our own wars first," she said.

Taking over, Senator Raza Rabbani regretted that the country was shut down for three days and Constitutional institutions were attacked.

He said the Senate ought to address a matter of this nature but his demand was ignored, prompting him to register a protest.

"If parliament itself cannot address a challenge to the [supremacy of the] Constitution, who will?" he asked. "It is incumbent upon us to defend the Constitution."

Taking over, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) attacked the judiciary and Supreme Court for a judgement that he described as "the murder of justice".

His party actively organised and participated in protests calling for the death penalty to be administered to Aasia Bibi despite the apex court finding glaring inconsistencies in witnesses' statements and other aspects of the case.

"[Tell us], did America or the west interfere [in the judicial process]? What took the Supreme Court so long to decide the case," he said.

"The chief justice claims to love the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and then lets the person who insulted him go," he said.

His remarks were swiftly expunged by Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani.

"There can be no debate over the conduct of judges," he said. "All personal remarks against judges and their judgements should be expunged from the day's proceedings," he ruled.

Regretting the line taken by the opposition, Murad Saeed, the minister of state for communication, said: "I had come here expecting some good suggestions to come out of this debate."

"The Constitution accords the right to peaceful protest to every citizen," he noted. "Every party had said we do not want a repeat of Lal Masjid or the Model Town tragedy," he reminded the opposition parties, addressing criticism of the government not having done enough to address the protests.

Conflicting messages?

The strong stance taken by the opposition against the government's settlement with TLP leaders appears to be at odds with its own desire to resolve the matter with talks ahead of the weekend.

On Thursday, former opposition leader and PPP stalwart Khursheed Shah had condemned Prime Minister Imran Khan for taking an adversarial stance by warning protesters to not clash with the state in a televised address a day earlier.

"There was violence in his [PM Khan's] tone. You cannot bring peace with this tone," Shah had said.

He had been backed up by the PML-N's former railways minister, Khawaja Saad Rafique, who had said: "We believe that Imran Khan's body language and tone was aggressive during his address."

Later the same day, Opposition Leader Shahbaz Sharif had made it clear that the opposition would not stand by the government in case of a crackdown on mobs and urged a resolution to the ongoing crisis with "political shrewdness".

"The supremacy of the Constitution is the foundation of this country. Institutions should not be disrespected. [However,] we will not support the use of force under any situation," Sharif had stated in clear terms.

A day later, while the government sought a joint parliamentary resolution condemning the protests, former PPP prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf had reiterated that his party would not support the use of force.

"We want a resolution through dialogue," Ashraf had said.

Meanwhile, the PML-N had refused to discuss how to tackle the issue over a tiff on the adjournment of the National Assembly due to a lack of quorum on that day.

"Given the current situation, if the government proceeds with the policy it has undertaken, it will cause things to worsen," former PML-N defence minister Khawaja Asif had warned while calling for the National Assembly to be reconvened to discuss the matter.

          Alice Wells discusses progress in bilateral ties during meeting with Foreign Office officials       Cache   Translate Page      

Senior US diplomat Alice Wells on Tuesday held delegation-level discussions with senior officials of the Foreign Office to review progress on bilateral relations.

Wells, the US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, headed the visiting delegation while the Pakistani side was led by Additional Secretary FO (Americas) Aftab Khokher. Senior officials from the interior and defence ministries also attended the talks.

US diplomat Alice Wells holds delegation-level talks with FO officials. — Photo: FO
US diplomat Alice Wells holds delegation-level talks with FO officials. — Photo: FO

"The meeting took stock of the understanding reached between Foreign Minister [Shah Mehmood] Qureshi and Secretary [Mike] Pompeo to rebuild the relationship based on mutual trust and respect," FO spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal said in a statement.

Pakistan during the meeting stressed the need to increase commercial and economic cooperation and people-to-people contacts in order to diversity bilateral US-Pakistan relations, the handout said.

The evolving regional situation and peace and stability in Afghanistan were also discussed during the meeting.

"The US delegation appreciated the need to strengthen the bilateral relationship with Pakistan which [is] an important country of the region," the statement revealed.

The two sides agreed to continue efforts to promote the shared objectives of peace and stability in the region and to diversify their bilateral relationship.

Meeting with finance minister

The US envoy also called on Finance Minister Asad Umar.

During the meeting, Wells and Umar discussed the present state of Pakistan-US ties — with an emphasis on economic cooperation — and the overall security situation in the region, a Ministry of Finance press release said.

"Matters related to international cooperation to curb terror financing also came under discussion," the statement said.

The finance minister was quoted as saying during the meeting that Pakistan had made great strides in the war against terrorism in recent years and "it will continue to take all possible steps to root out terror financing and money laundering".

Umar shared the government's vision to reform the country's economy with the diplomat, who informed the minister about the US efforts for regional security.

The finance minister said "such visits contribute to enhancing understanding of each other’s point of view on issues of bilateral significance".

Ambassador Wells had arrived in Pakistan earlier today on a one-day visit.

The Government of Pakistan official Twitter account had announced that Wells would discuss "Pakistan-US ties, regional situation and Afghan peace process".

The purpose of the meetings between Wells and Pakistani officials would be to follow up on Foreign Minister Qureshi's meeting with Pompeo earlier this month "with a view to further strengthen bilateral relations", the spokesperson had said yesterday.

Her visit comes ahead of a meeting of regional countries on Afghan peace, involving Iran, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbe­kistan and Turkmenistan, which is being hosted by Moscow on Friday. A delegation of Taliban will also join the talks.

With additional reporting by Sanaullah Khan in Islamabad.

          'Bid to mislead NRC process to facilitate migrants' inclusion'      Cache   Translate Page      
GUWAHATI, Nov 6 - Some evil forces are trying to identify the 'Deshi Janagosthiya' people of Assam with the 'Miyans', which has a political connotation. While the former are aboriginals of Assam, the latter are the migrants from the erstwhile East Pakistan (presently Bangladesh) or their descendants, said Enamul Haque, president of the Deshi Janagosthiya Jatiya Samsad, in a statement here today.
          UN denies forcing Aasia Bibi's lawyer to leave Pakistan       Cache   Translate Page      

The United Nations on Tuesday denied that it had forced Saiful Mulook, the lawyer of Aasia Bibi, to leave the country.

Saiful Mulook had fled to the Netherlands after violence erupted over the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the conviction of Aasia Bibi, who was on death row until her acquittal.

At a news conference in The Hague on Monday, Mulook said he was “put on a plane against my wishes” even though he had refused to leave the country without ensuring that his client was out of prison.

The UN, however, rejected his claim today, with its spokesperson Eri Kaneko explaining: “The UN in Pakistan extended its assistance to Mr. Mulook at his request and did not force him to leave the country against his wishes, nor can the UN force someone to leave Pakistan against his or her will."

Mulook said he contacted a UN official in Islamabad after the outbreak of clashes.

“And then they (the UN) and the European nation ambassadors in Islamabad, they kept me for three days and then put me on a plane against my wishes,” he said.

Asia Bibi had spent nearly a decade on death row after being accused of blasphemy following a dispute with fellow villagers over drinking from the same bowl of water.

But she remains in Pakistan after Prime Minister Imran Khan struck a deal with the hardliners behind the protests to bar her from leaving until a final court appeal is heard.

Mulook, her attorney, had previously told AFP before his departure on Saturday that he was leaving because “in the current scenario, it's not possible for me to live in Pakistan”.

          Court to decide whether Aasia Bibi will be placed on ECL, says religious affairs minister       Cache   Translate Page      

Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Noorul Haq Qadri while speaking to the media on Tuesday said that the court would decide on the matter of placing Aasia Bibi's name on the Exit Control List (ECL).

The government and Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) had on Friday reached an agreement after which the latter ended its three-day-long nationwide protests against the Supreme Court's acquittal last week of Asia Bibi who had been sentenced to death in 2010 for blasphemy.

One of the points both parties agreed on was that the government would "initiate the legal process" to place Aasia Bibi's name on the no-fly list.

When asked whether her name had been placed on the ECL, Qadri said: "If you read the agreement, you'll see it says that legal process will be undertaken to place her on the ECL."

"When there are cases in the Supreme Court and high court, the court itself says that so-and-so should be placed on the ECL. So we will follow that process."

"The TLP also said that some miscreants used their platform to damage public property and had behaved inappropriately. The state will take action against them," he added.

"We stand by the agreement, and it will be acted upon," Qadri asserted.

When asked whether the TLP would be banned, the minister said that there was no plan to ban the TLP.

"However, if someone's intentions or designs are in conflict with the national narrative and policies, then hopefully steps will be taken against them," he replied.

Qadri said that the role of the state and the government is like that of a mother, and the government's first responsibility is to restore peace.

The minister said that the government was formulating strategies in anticipation of similar situations in the future.

Qadri also commented on the recent death of Maulana Samiul Haq calling it a unfortunate incident, and described it as part of a greater conspiracy.

Chief of his own faction of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam, Maulana Samiul Haq was assassinated in his house in Bahria Town on November 2.

Qadri said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had given orders for an investigation into the murder of Maulana Sami while he was still on his trip in China.

          PM briefs civil-military officials on China visit in first NSC meeting       Cache   Translate Page      

Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired his first National Security Council (NSC) meeting on Tuesday afternoon where he briefed top civil-military officials about his recent trip to China, DawnNewsTV reported.

According to a statement released by the PM Office, the meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, and senior officials.

During the meeting, a review of the security situation in the country was also conducted and it was concluded that the progress and prosperity of Pakistan lie in peace, stability, and rule of law".

COAS calls on PM, President Alvi

Prior to the NSC meeting, COAS Bajwa called on PM Khan at PM Office.

PM Khan and Gen Bajwa discussed various issues, including recent security developments and the prime minister's four-day trip to China.

COAS Bajwa also called on President Dr Arif Alvi at the Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad today to discuss matters related to the national security, according to president's secretariat.

During the meeting, President Alvi commended the unmatched sacrifices rendered by the armed forces of Pakistan in fight against terrorism and extremism.

          Sarfraz determined to break New Zealand jinx       Cache   Translate Page      

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed insists his team can end an 11-match losing run to New Zealand when the two sides meet in the first one-day international in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Pakistan crushed New Zealand 3-0 in the preceding Twenty20 series on Sunday — their second whitewash in a week following a romp over Australia, also in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

But Sarfraz, part of the team in the last 11 one-day internationals all of which Pakistan lost, wants to finally win against New Zealand.

“It's important to break that losing streak and we need to bring improvement in our performance in one-day internationals,” said Sarfraz on Tuesday.

Pakistan lost the last two matches in a 3-2 series defeat in United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2014, before losing 2-0 in 2015, 2-0 in 2016 and 5-0 in January 2018 — all in New Zealand.

“If you look at our losses most of them were in New Zealand where conditions were different and we lost due to top order failure where we need to improve,” said Sarfraz.

Pakistan also failed to qualify for the final of the Asia Cup held in UAE two months ago, losing both their matches against arch-rivals India and going down to Bangladesh in a clash which decided the finalist.

India won the Asia Cup by beating Bangladesh.

Sarfraz said a tough opponent in New Zealand — ranked third to Pakistan's fifth in one-day standings — will help the team build for next year's World Cup in England.

“New Zealand is a good team of this format but we have momentum of the Twenty20 series so we must win this series and that will help towards building towards the World Cup,” said Sarfraz.

The last two matches are in Abu Dhabi (Friday) and in Dubai (Sunday).

Pakistan then play South Africa in South Africa, Australia (in UAE) and England in England -- five one-day internationals each — before the World Cup.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson played down the winning streak against Pakistan, saying it will be a new series.

“It's a new series and a fresh start,” said Williamson. “I guess it's a nice statistic to have but at the end of the day, come tomorrow, its a new series.” Williamson praised Pakistan as a limited over side.

“They are always a strong side and no matter the format,” said Williamson. “They have a lot of depth. We simply know they have been here for some time and they know these conditions and they have had lots of success. We are in here for a tough battle.”

New Zealand will welcome pace spearhead Trent Boult who missed the Twenty20 series due to personal reasons while also adding batsman George Worker and spinner Ajaz Patel (as a cover for injured Todd Astle) in the squad.


New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling, George Worker

Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Khan Shinwari

          Khursheed Shah mocks information minister's 'send miscreants to space' remarks       Cache   Translate Page      

A day after the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and the PPP members exchanged barbs and nearly got into a physical altercation in the National Assembly, the session resumed on Tuesday morning with opposition members tearing into recent comments by the government.

Chaired by NA Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri, the sitting began with a speech by senior PPP leader Khursheed Shah.

Shah took a jibe at Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry's remarks from yesterday, in which the minister had suggested that the people protesting on roads and certain politicians should be sent to space for causing unrest in the country.

Replying in the same mocking tone, Shah said he had heard that the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) had been "asked to transport miscreants to space".

"[I] have heard that Suparco has asked for the data of last five years. The House will be empty, if the plan goes on," he said, suggesting that the majority of those who have been creating unrest during the last five years are sitting in the National Assembly.

"We demand the commission to seek data of only last three months," he added.

The PPP stalwart maintained that whatever happened in the assembly on Monday was unpleasant. "We don't want to create unrest in the assembly. The speaker had called us in his chamber and the opposition was there but the treasury members did not turn up," he claimed.

He warned the government members against continuing with the "politics of name-calling".

Resolution seeking holiday on Iqbal's birthday opposed

The assembly later discussed a resolution seeking a public holiday on November 9, the birth anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal.

Interestingly, the resolution was moved by PML-N MNA Dr Nisar Cheema but it was opposed not only by the government and the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), but the PML-N itself.

Cheema said in order to pay homage to the great poet and thinker, it would be appropriate to declare Nov 9 a public holiday. He called that Allama Iqbal Day was observed as a holiday previously, but it was ended a few years ago.

He said the government had allowed 52 offs annually by declaring Saturday as a weekly holiday along with Sunday, but it was not ready to observe one holiday meant to pay tribute to Iqbal.

PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal said the same proposal was placed before him for consideration last year as well when he was the interior minister.

He said instead of enjoying picnics and parties and sitting idle on a holiday, schools and colleges should be asked to arrange special ceremonies and programmes to pay tribute to Allama Iqbal on Nov 9.

Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi opposed the resolution, saying that Prime Minister Imran Khan and his cabinet members believed in hard work and they had not taken even a single holiday.

Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari also opposed the idea and expressed surprise as to how the PML-N MNA had moved the resolution when his own party was not supporting it.

The mover of the resolution, Cheema, argued that the reasons given by the lawmakers in their opposition to the resolution should also apply for Quaid-i-Azam's birth anniversary and thus there should be no public holiday on December 25 either.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ali Mohammad Khan suggested that the resolution should not be rejected and instead the mover should be asked to either withdraw it or bring improvement in it.

After opposition from the house, however, the PML-N lawmaker did not press for the resolution.

The NA later unanimously passed a resolution paying tribute to slain Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam chief Maulana Samiul Haq and condemning his murder.


Two PPP and PTI lawmakers who had a verbal clash and nearly exchanged blows on Monday also spoke during today's session.

Syed Rafiullah of the PPP said he was ashamed over the incident, but asked the speaker to stop the treasury members from using what he called derogatory language.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf's (PTI) Abdul Majeed Khan said the opposition should desist from ridiculing a tribe or clan in their speeches. He was referring to a remark by PPP's Shazia Marri, who had likened the deal reached between the government and religious groups protesting against the Aasia Bibi verdict to the 1971 surrender by Gen Niazi that led to the separation of East Pakistan.

"Calling Niazis as traitors is wrong," Khan stressed, adding that when Gen Niazi had surrendered in 1971 "we were not even born".

The session was subsequently adjourned till 11am on Wednesday.

          SC takes up NAB's appeal against IHC's suspension of Sharifs' sentences in Avenfield case       Cache   Translate Page      

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday challenged before the top court the Islamabad High Court's (IHC) decision to suspend the punishments of the main accused in the Avenfield corruption case.

The IHC on September 19 had granted bail to Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt retired Mohammad Safdar after suspending their respective prison sentences handed down by an accountability court.

A three-member Supreme Court special bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, heard NAB's appeal.

NAB's counsel argued that the IHC had crossed a line by commenting on the facts of the case, which, he argued, could only be done if the convict's life was in danger or if the date of appeal was not fixed for a long period of time.

The anti-graft body said that the IHC had instead commented on the facts of the case while hearing a constitutional petition.

The CJP pointed out that the NAB counsel had given similar arguments earlier as well. He further agreed that the court could not comment on the facts of an ordinary case, but said this case was a special one.

He then directed Nawaz's lawyer, Khawaja Haris, to present his arguments.

"The verdict was issued on a writ petition," Justice Nisar said, noting that the IHC had declared that the evidence provided by NAB in the case was questionable.

"How can the high court point out faults in evidence while giving a verdict on an appeal for bail? This is what NAB has challenged," he observed.

He added that the apex court had earlier rejected NAB's appeal out of "mercy".

"How about we nullify [IHC] verdict?" asked the chief justice, before telling Haris to produce "one court verdict" that can be considered as precedent to justify the IHC's decision.

Haris responded saying that the case against Nawaz and his family was that of assets beyond income, but that the assets in question belonged to Nawaz's children and it was up to NAB to prove that the assets exceeded their income.

The CJP, however, said that if Nawaz had admitted that his children owned the Avenfied properties, he must also provide details of his income at the time they were purchased. He noted that according to income tax laws, the burden of proof lies on the accused.

The hearing was subsequently adjourned till Nov 12 and both parties were ordered to submit their arguments in writing.

Suspension of sentences

In its appeal, filed through special prosecutor Akram Qureshi, NAB has pleaded the apex court to set aside the high court order and recall the relief of suspending the sentence and the grant of bail to all the accused.

On Sept 19, a division bench of the high court had set free Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar after accepting petitions seeking the suspension of sentences awarded to them by the accountability court on July 6. Accountability Judge Mohammad Bashir had convicted the three in the Avenfield apartments reference and awarded 10 years, seven years and one year imprisonment to them, respectively.

In its appeal, NAB contended that the high court had failed to appreciate that through its order, it had seriously prejudiced the case of the prosecution by holding that the trial court judgement suffered from obvious and glaring defects and infirmities and that the convictions and sentences handed down to the accused might not sustain ultimately.

According to NAB’s appeal, the high court did not appreciate the settled proposition of the law that questions of facts could not be raised in a constitutional jurisdiction. It said the counsel representing the Sharifs indulged into the same exercise of referring to evidence contained in the proceedings of the trial court.

Thus, it was clear and unambiguous that in the garb of their case before the high court, an attempt was made on part of them to argue the appeal and seek re-appraisal of evidence which was not permissible in the exercise of the constitution jurisdiction of the high court, the appeals said.

          Aasia lawyer holds EU, UN responsible for his Pakistan exit       Cache   Translate Page      

THE HAGUE: The lawyer, who saved Aasia Bibi convicted of blasphemy from death row, disclosed on Monday that the UN and EU made him leave the country “against my wishes” because his life was at risk.

Saiful Mulook, who has fled to the Netherlands, said he contacted a United Nations official in Islamabad after violence erupted following the Supreme Court’s acquittal of Aasia Bibi on Wednesday.

“And then they (the UN) and the European nation ambassadors in Islamabad, they kept me for three days and then put me on a plane against my wishes,” the lawyer told a press conference in The Hague.

“I pressed them that I would not leave the country unless I get Aasia out of the prison... I am not happy to be here without her, but everybody said that you are the prime target at the moment and the whole world is taking care of Aasia Bibi.

“They were of the view that I was the prime target to be killed, and that my life was in imminent danger. For three days they did not let me open the door, one day I called the French ambassador and said I do not want to be here.” The lawyer had previously said before his departure on Saturday that he was leaving because “in the current scenario, it’s not possible for me to live in Pakistan”.

Mr Mulook arrived in The Hague at the weekend after a short stopover in Rome, with the help of the HVC Foundation, a Dutch group that focuses on the human rights of Christian minorities.

The government struck a deal with the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) group after its supporters blocked main roads in major Pakistani cities in protest against the court judgement.

Mr Mulook dismissed the deal as a “face-saving” exercise for the TLP and insisted that Aasia would “100 per cent” be freed soon.

“This compromise is nothing but a piece of paper that can be thrown in the dustbin,” he said.

It was not clear whether Aasia had had any firm offers of asylum if she left Pakistan, added the lawyer, who said he was “legally authorised” to choose a country for her.

The lawyer said a UN official in Pakistan told him “we are taking care of her” but that “when I said which country, they said we can’t say.

“I asked the French ambassador `would your country be willing to offer asylum to Aasia Bibi. He said if you request us legally, I said ‘OK I request her’.”

Published in Dawn, November 6th, 2018

          Atrocities by Indian forces can never suppress Kashmiris' just political struggle: ISPR       Cache   Translate Page      

Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, the director general of Army's media wing, on Tuesday took to Twitter to pay tribute to Kashmiri martyrs on the 72nd Jammu Martyrs Day.

Kashmiri people on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world are observing Jammu Martyrs Day today.

"Tribute to Kashmiri martyrs of 6 November 1947 and till date on Kashmir Martyrs Day," DG Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) tweeted.

"Their great sacrifices shall accrue result InshAllah. Continued atrocities by Indian occupation forces can never suppress just political struggle for their legitimate right of self determination," he added.

Kashmiris across the world are observing the day to reaffirm the resolve to continue the martyrs’ mission till the realisation of their right to self-determination, Radio Pakistan reported.

Take a look: Understand the Kashmir crisis through moving stories and commentary

Hundreds of thousands of Kashmiri people were killed by the "forces of the then ruler of Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh, the Indian Army and Hindu extremists in different parts of the Jammu" region during the first week of November in 1947.

AJK President, PM pay tributes to martyrs

Paying tributes to the martyrs, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) president and prime minister called the first week of November "the bleakest chapter of Kashmir liberation struggle, when ruler in Jammu shed the blood of innocent Muslims on November 6 in 1947".

In his message on Jammu Martyrs Day, AJK President Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan noted that the savagery and brutality demonstrated on the day by the savage Hindu extremists and Mahraja forces in Jammu against Muslims gave a new impetus to Kashmir liberation struggle.

"Around 250,000 Muslims who wanted to migrate to Pakistan were mercilessly massacred by Hindu fanatics in connivance with despotic forces of Mahraja in Jammu," he added.

AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan pledged that people of Azad Kashmir would never lag behind in the struggle for Kashmir liberation, "no matter how big sacrifices they might have to offer".

He said Indian forces along with puppet government in the Indian-occupied Kashmir have been stifling the voice of Kashmiris, committing all sorts of atrocities and repressions against them but gallant people of Jammu and Kashmir are offering exemplary resistance for their freedom.

PM Haider maintained that after the martyrdom of Burhan Muzaffar Wani and Mannan Wani, the Kashmir liberation struggle has entered into a new phase. "Kashmiri youth are out now to do or die to freeing their State from Indian subjugation," he remarked.

          Video conferencing by Pak scribe      Cache   Translate Page      
GUWAHATI, Nov 6 - Pakistani journalist, broadcaster, expert on policy advocacy, strategic and corporate communications Munir Ahmed will interact with the members of the Guwahati Press Club on Friday. Ahmed will be available through video conferencing from Islamabad between 3 pm and 5 pm on that day.
          Pak-China luxury bus service embarks on maiden trip from Lahore to Kashgar       Cache   Translate Page      

A Pak-China luxury bus service has embarked on its maiden journey from Lahore to the city of Kashgar in China's Xinjiang province, Radio Pakistan reported on Monday.

The PTDC and Shuja Express together have launched the luxury bus service. ─ Photo courtesy Nauman Liaquat
The PTDC and Shuja Express together have launched the luxury bus service. ─ Photo courtesy Nauman Liaquat

The Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) and Shuja Express together launched the bus service between Pakistan and China to facilitate tourists as part of an initiative to connect both countries via road under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

The Lahore-Kashgar bus will run four days a week, on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, while the Kashgar-Lahore bus will run on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The journey will take a total of 36 hours, and the bus will make five stops along the way before it crosses into China at the Khunjerab Pass.

The journey from Lahore to Kashgar will take 36 hours. ─ Photo courtesy Nauman Liaquat
The journey from Lahore to Kashgar will take 36 hours. ─ Photo courtesy Nauman Liaquat

Travellers will require a valid visa and ID card to make the journey.

The one-way fare is Rs13,000, while a round trip will cost Rs23,000, according to Radio Pakistan.

PTDC official Mukhtar Ali told APP on Monday that the bus service would allow visitors, especially monks, to visit sacred Buddhist sites dating back to the Gandhara era.

          Buyers must pay 20pc upfront to join PM housing scheme       Cache   Translate Page      

ISLAMABAD: After making widespread publicity for Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ambitious Naya Pakistan Housing Programme (NPHP), the government on Monday revealed that applicants will have to bear 20 per cent of the total cost of their dream house as down payment.

“Every person has to pay 20pc of the cost of the house. The remaining 80pc will be undertaken by the government,” said ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Syed Firdous Shamim Naqvi at a joint press conference with Task Force on Housing chairman Zaigham Rizvi and Punjab Minister for Housing, Urban Development and Public Health Engineering Mehmoodur Rashid.

It is for the first time the government revealed that applicants will have to pay 20pc of the total cost as down payment. No such announcement had been made by any government quarter since the programme was unveiled by the prime minister soon after taking office.

Task force official says remaining 80 per cent will be undertaken by government

“If the cost of the lowest category house/apartment is Rs3 million, the applicant will have to pay Rs600,000 as down payment,” said Mr Naqvi.

A senior official of the housing ministry, who did not want to be named, told Dawn that 20pc cost of the house would be shared by the applicants.The remaining will be paid by the banks.

Mr Naqvi said that under the NPHP, 5m houses would be constructed — which means a million houses every year.

“According to a survey, 300,000 to 350,000 houses are being built every year in the country and we have to increase that number to 1m,” he said.

Mr Naqvi said the NPHP was based on the mortgage housing system, under which the owner of the house would return the entire cost in 20 years. He said the government had prepared a comprehensive strategy for accomplishing the goal, adding that the government would provide people their own shelter, helping them get rid of rental expenses.

He said that under the programme, new housing authorities would be established in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtun­khwa and Gilgit-Baltistan. “We know that housing is a provincial subject, but the Centre and the provincial governments will work together for the success of the programme.”

Answering a question about the return of mortgage money, he said housing finance was considered the safest form of loans all over the world.

Zaigham Rizvi said former prime ministers Nawaz Sharif and Yousuf Raza Gilani had also announced housing schemes during their governments, but their level of commitment could be assessed by the fact that they did not convene even a single meeting on the issue.

“On the other hand, Prime Minister Imran Khan has presided over 10 meetings on the housing programme in 60 days,” he added.

Responding to a question, he said that the media should not spread disappointing ideas that the 5m housing programme cannot become a successful endeavour, adding that India had already launched such a plan and it was going well. He said not only in urban centres but houses would also be constructed in rural areas.

In reply to a question, he said the government would also give some relaxation in taxes to the applicants so that they could pay the instalment of their houses more easily.

Speaking on the occasion, provincial minister Mehmoodur Rashid said that in the first phase in Punjab, the project would be implemented in Sialkot, Faisalabad, Lodhran, Chiniot, Baha­walna­gar and Jhelum districts as well as Muzaffarabad in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. “Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate the first phase of the programme on Jan 1, 2019,” he added.

He said land was available for the project and private developers were taking a lot of interest in the scheme. Mr Rashid said the financial model of the project was currently being prepared.

Published in Dawn, November 6th, 2018

          PIA defends move to change aircraft emblem       Cache   Translate Page      

ISLAMABAD: Defending its decision of replacing the Pakistani flag on the tail of Pakistan International Airlines aircraft with the picture of markhor, the PIA management on Monday informed the Supreme Court that the rebranding initiative was intended to make a comeback to the global arena.

In a report furnished before the Supreme Court through senior counsel Naeem Bokhari, the PIA management explained that the airline embarked upon the renewed branding initiative in April 2016 and used the emblem of markhor, the national animal of Pakistan, to define PIA’s journey as a resilient national icon striving to make a comeback to the global arena.

The SC is seized with a case regarding reports that PIA accumulated losses of Rs360 billion till December 2017 and that the total liabilities amounted to Rs406 billion against assets of Rs111 billion and plans were afoot to sell off the national asset at a throwaway price.

Decision was part of rebranding initiative to show airlines’ comeback to global arena, SC told

Last month the Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) in a report had blamed the absence of a professional and experienced leadership for the present state of affairs at PIA and regretted that the corporation was being run like a non-business entity.

PIA was also blamed for wasting money in changing the livery of the aircraft by replacing the Pakistani flag with the emblem of markhor.

PIA explained that the rebranding of the airline with the symbol of markhor was presented to the PIA board. The board approved that two aircraft namely A320 (AP BLU) and Boeing 777 (AP BMH), which were already in the hangers requiring paint, would be the candidates for the new livery.

The report furnished by the PIA management stated the markhor livery was selected to be applied by the modern method of decals for quicker turnaround and more vibrant look. Since the engineering department showed its inability to do so, it was decided that brand management section would spearhead the project and get it done through the scope of promotional material printing.

Subsequently, necessary approvals were obtained from the relevant authorities and a tender was floated with the involvement and full information of stakeholders. After completion of the process, the purchase order was issued to the qualified party, PIA management explained.

The task was completed and payments were processed, but to create pressure on the then PIA CEO, the provisional purchase order (PO) was released to the media and unions were incited, the report added.

With regard to the hiring of the brand consultant, the brand consultancy process was done in full compliance of the PPRA (Public Procurement Regulatory Authority) regulations through open tender and evaluations by multiple departments, the report contended.

Hiring, renewal of contracts

Referring to a ban placed by the SC on recruitment of employees in PIA, an application was filed to seek court permission to allow advertisement for the key vacant positions to hire employees having specific skills to efficiently deal with the consistently deteriorating situation.

The application explained that some key positions were lying vacant across the organisation as the specific skill required to fill those positions was not available within PIA.

In 2010, the PIA board of directors had decided to appoint skilled workers on a contractual basis so that they could assist PIA to reach its desired objectives.

The apex court was assured that the hiring would be carried out on a merit basis conforming to the approved human resource budget while the salaries to be paid would correspond to the existing market rates as the management had every intention to maximise PIA’s efficiency and profitability.

The PIA management also sought a direction of the apex court for renewal of contracts of the existing contractual employees.

It said this was required urgently as a number of contractual employees were already approaching the competent courts of law for renewal of their contracts.

Ex-CEO seeks permission to travel abroad

On Sept 3, the Supreme Court had set aside the appointment of Musharraf Rasool Cyan as PIA chief executive officer for being against the rules and procedure.

Mr Cyan later approached the apex court with a request to order removal of his name from the Exit Control List (ECL).

In the application, Mr Cyan gave an undertaking that he would return to Pakistan within three days of notice by the court or required by the auditors appointed on the orders of the apex court to conduct audit of the airline.

He contended that he needed to go to the US and his trip would not exceed more than 15 days. He added that his wife and two children were in Pakistan and wished to remain in the country.

The former CEO explained that he had to attend to his property matters in the US but the applicant’s name still figured on the ECL in pursuance of the SC observations.

He explained that he had already deposited Rs2.3 million with PIA being the cost of passengers who were taken by PIA on the inaugural air Safari trip of the PIA to promote the flight for additional revenues. The persons were selected by the commercial department of PIA and not by him, he contended.

Published in Dawn, November 6th, 2018

          ‘PM advised to sign convention against enforced disappearances’       Cache   Translate Page      

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Human Rights has suggested that the prime minister sign the International Convention against Enforced Disappearances, Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari said on Monday.

She also said that the PTI was committed to ending enforced disappearances.

“Country-wide legislation takes a lot of time as bills get stuck in different ministries. So for quick redress, we should sign the convention with reservations over three clauses which do not suit Pakistan,” she said at a meeting of the Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights.

Although she did not reveal what these three clauses are, it has been suggested during various parliamentary committees to express reservations over section 26 of the convention, which empowers a United Nations body to conduct raids in countries and make surprise visits to check missing persons.

Truth and reconciliation commission should be established, work will continue on domestic enforced disappearances bill, minister says

Dr Marazi added that “we can ratify the convention later”, but signing the convention would send the message to the people and the international community “that we are serious about it”.

She said families were suffering while their loved ones had been missing for years, so a truth and reconciliation commission should also be established.

She said Prime Minister Imran Khan also wishes to address the issue, as he spoke about it while in opposition.

The minister said that they would simultaneously continue working on the domestic bill and “with the passage of time we will pass a comprehensive domestic bill regarding enforced disappearances”.

There is a long list of missing persons, which has even been tabled in parliament, Senator Dr Jehanzeb Jamaldini from the Balochistan National Party (BNP-M) said during the meeting.

“The people of Balochistan have confidence in Justice Kamal Mansoor’s report. However, they have reservations over the reports of Justice Noor Mohammad Meskanzai and Justice Javed Iqbal on enforced disappearances.

“Retired Justice Iqbal says that the majority of missing persons are out of the country and others are in feudals’ jails. According to him, only 3pc of missing persons are in internment centres. If this is correct, why are the relatives of missing persons running after politicians and wasting their time,” he asked.

Senator Jamaldini said that under the National Action Plan (NAP), missing persons are to be produced in court within 10 days of their arrest. However, this could not be implemented.

“Relatives are waiting for their loved ones, and they have every right to know if those missing persons are alive or not. Moreover, the committee should record the statements of those who have been recovered,” he added.

Committee chair Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar from the PPP said enforced disappearance is a burning issue. The National Commission on Human Rights (NCHR) had drafted a bill on enforced disappearances which was rejected by the government, he added.

There is currently no law regarding enforced disappearance in Pakistan, and a law should be made at the earliest, he said.

“While we were in government we tried to sign the International Convention against Enforced Disappearance, but failed. It could not be signed during the PML-N government and may not be signed during the PTI government. So serious efforts should be made for domestic legislation along with the signing of the convention,” he said.

The committee has decided to hold its next meeting solely on the missing persons issue and associated legislation.

Piera briefs senators

The committee was also given a comprehensive briefing by the chairman of the Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority regarding steps taken against undue fee increases by private schools.

Senators were told the matter was deliberated on at length by the NCHR and a committee has been constituted under the federal ombudsman by the Supreme Court as well to report on the matter.

The committee decided to defer the matter until the end of the month so the report may be discussed.

Published in Dawn, November 6th, 2018

          JUI-S seeks exemplary punishment for Sami’s killers       Cache   Translate Page      

NOWSHERA: Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Sami has demanded of the government and security agencies to trace the killers of Maulana Samiul Haq and award them exemplary punishment.

The demand was made during an emergency meeting of the executive committee of JUI-S held in Akora Kahttak here on Monday.

The central leaders of JUI-S including Maulana Abdur Rauf Farooqi, Bashir Ahmad Shad, Syed Yousaf Shah, Shah Abdul Aziz, Maulana Abdul Khaliq and Fehmul Hassan Tahnoli addressed a press conference after the meeting.

They announced that Maulana Hamidul Haq, the elder son of Maulana Samiul Haq, was appointed acting chief of JUI-S. They said that JUI-S would continue its struggle for implementation of Islamic system in the country.

Read: ASWJ leaders ask govt to expose Sami’s killers

They said that general body meeting of the party would be held on November 11 and 12 in Lahore to chalk out future line of action. They said that protest against the murder of Maulana Samiul Haq would be held on Friday next.

The JUI-S leaders said that other religious parties would be invited to take part in the protest. They said that JUI-S was waiting for the outcome of investigation into the murder of Maulana Samiul Haq. They said that they would chalk out a joint strategy with other religious parties if found any laxity in the investigation.

The JUI-S leaders said that Maulana Samiul Haq was killed by the enemies of Pakistan as they wanted to create law and order situation in the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Hamidul Haq Haqqani said that they would continue the mission of Maulana Samiul Haq. He said that they would try to bring his killers to justice.

He said that Maulana was targeted by anti-Islam elements. He said that some anti-Islam powers were making propaganda against Maulana Samiul Haq. He added that they would disclose facts and trace the people involved in the killing of Maulana Samiul Haq.

Meanwhile, a large number of political and religious leaders and students including Federal Minister Mohammad Ali, Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour and Pir Sabir Shah visited Darul Uloom Haqqnia to condole the death of Maulana.

Published in Dawn, November 6th, 2018

          Pensioner deprived of Rs3m fraudulently       Cache   Translate Page      

ISLAMABAD: A retired government official has claimed that Rs3 million was withdrawn fraudulently from his bank account a few days ago.

Dr Yousuf Khilji, who served as chief scientist in the Khan Research Labora­tories, has urged Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar to intervene in the matter to recover his whole life’s saving.

In his application to the chief justice, he said that someone had withdrawn Rs3m from his account in Model Town Humak branch of the Bank Islami Pakistan Limited (BILP), Islamabad, within 17 hours.

Dr Khilji said he received a phone call from an unknown number on Oct 25. The caller introduced himself as an official of BILP and sought “my name, account number and date of birth”, he said, adding that the caller told him that the information was required for sending him a code.

After providing the information to the caller, Dr Khilji said, he brought the matter into the notice of the bank manager who, after asking some questions, assured him that there was nothing to be worry about.

“The next day, on Oct 26, I went to the bank and inquired about the balance in my account. I was shocked to know that an amount of about Rs3m had been fraudulently withdrawn from my account,” he said in his application, adding that he came to know that 2,015 withdrawals were made in about 17 hours.

“Such abnormal pattern of transactions is evidence of the alarming situation,” he said, adding that astonishingly, the bank officers and staff did not notice the fraud.

Published in Dawn, November 6th, 2018

          Is TLP here to stay?       Cache   Translate Page      

WE are reeling from another ‘surrender’ of the state. The hyperbole surrounding the ‘surrender’ was as extreme as was the praise that followed the prime minister’s speech earlier. From the withdrawal of a tweet to these recent two dharnas, ‘surrenders’ come thick and fast in Pakistan. And none of them are of the ordinary kind; each is a ‘surrender’ worthy of a comparison to 1971.

It’s a wonder we have any territory left.

Take a look: Another surrender

But the last two ‘surrenders’ — to the TLP — by the PML-N and the PTI have once again highlighted the state’s relationship with religio-political parties, which since the start of the Afghan war has always focused on the Deobandi groups. However, the rise of Khadim Rizvi and the TLP may change this.

Until recently, our angst was reserved for the state’s flirtation with and nurturing of Deobandi groups. From the Afghan war to the Kashmir issue in the ’90s, these groups were used in the neighbourhood as a cost-effective measure to further policy goals. And if in the process we had to pay a price domestically — sectarian violence being a case in point — it was deemed not too high.

Until recently, our angst was reserved for the state’s flirtation with Deobandi groups.

(There were a few unusual voices such as Vali Nasr who focused on electoral politics and how the state’s appropriation of Islam meant that Pakistan was one of the few Muslim countries where religio-political parties remained rather marginal in electoral politics. This was quite unlike most of the Muslim world where the opposition to the state inevitably took the shape of a religio-political party such as the Muslim Brotherhood or the clergy in Iran. But the more publicised argument always was about the adverse effects of the patronage of the militant groups.)

The post-9/11 world finally forced a change of thinking on the state. The change in policy was forced not by international considerations but by domestic compulsions. The spread of militancy from Fata to Swat to beyond and the spate of terrorist attacks in urban centres and the lives it cost forced the state to move against the use of violence.

The relationship status became ‘complicated’. Some groups were abandoned immediately, some over time, with some a love-hate relationship continued while with others, the flirtation continued but more secretly than before.

But for everyone, the Deobandis, the troublesome children, were the focus of attention. The Barelvis, on the other hand, were the peaceniks no one worried about. In fact, in the post 9/11 world, the latter were even given donor support in order to nurture the more ‘peaceful Islam’ as if the problem were of interpretation rather than politics.

But 2010 brought a change in this bifurcation.

The assassination of Salmaan Taseer and the chain of events it set off has culminated in the rise of the TLP which seems to combine a threat of violence with an electoral challenge.

However, the threat of violence — so far — seems to be of a different kind than the Deobandi groups present. If the latter were feared for violent militias and the challenge they posed to state authority by controlling pockets of territory (as the TTP did), Barelvi violence has rattled society by mob violence.

Since the assassination of Taseer, there have not been any more such high-profile killings by believers of this school of thought — whether this is because the former governor’s death put an abrupt end to the debate he provoked or for other reasons is unclear.

The rest of the violence around his death (from Shahbaz Bhatti’s assassination to Taseer’s son’s kidnapping) was linked to the TTP. There is a level of convergence between the Barelvis and Deobandis on the emotive issue of blasphemy, but generally the parties within the electoral system tend to stand up for the blasphemy law. This doesn’t appear to be an issue where the militant groups and TLP are standing together.

Other than that, the TLP has opted for electoral politics where some analysts argue that more than the vote bank of the PML-N, the party has eaten into the votes of the more mainstream religio-political parties such as the Jamaat-i-Islami and JUI-F.

But despite its more mainstream choice, its relationship with the state is not as simplistic as the one portrayed. Its street protests and the related violence seems to rattle the state enough to think that there is no option but negotiations.

During the previous dharna, it was assumed that the protesters were encouraged to some extent by the civil-military disconnect, but this time round, it’s hard for anyone other than conspiracy theorists to accept this argument wholly. And yet, the end of the protest differed only in how quickly it came.

Another way to look at it would be to consider the language Rizvi and others around him used for state institutions and for those heading them. Such abusive language would not be uttered by the leaders of Deobandi groups, especially not those who take part in electoral politics.

Take the case of the accusations against a senior military official which Rizvi and his cronies mentioned in his speeches. This accusation was first brought up by a Deobandi figure (who has also been part of parliament) and within days he recanted — undoubtedly because of the displeasure expressed by those in power. However, no one seems to be in a position to wield a similar influence over Rizvi.

Neither is the TLP mob violence or street protests as controllable as, say, the protests by the Difa-i-Pakistan Council, which has both Barelvi and Deobandi parties under its umbrella; however, the stronger ones are from the latter school of thought. DFC’s protests are turned on and off, with little fear of the situation spiralling out of control.

It is too soon to assess the impact the TLP will have on the country’s electoral scene (usually parties with a one-point agenda do not manage to last long in the election cycle) or the religio-political scene in general. However, its efficacy in mobilising people — for votes or protests — do not indicate a short political life or impact. But a more realistic evaluation will require time.

The writer is a journalist.

Published in Dawn, November 6th, 2018

          Senate panel recommends allowing INGOs to operate       Cache   Translate Page      

ISLAMABAD: The Senate functional committee on human rights on Monday recommended allowing international non-government organisations (INGOs) to work as, in the light of a Supreme Court verdict, the interior ministry was not authorised to ban or stop them from working.

“The 2016 apex court verdict clearly says that only the government, which is the federal cabinet, can take decisions, but in this case without seeking approval from the cabinet it was decided that the controlling authority of INGOs would be the interior ministry rather than the Economic Affairs Division. The interior ministry cannot be controlling authority unless the federal government decides about it,” said Senate committee’s chairman Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, who belongs to the Pakistan Peoples Party.

“Moreover it was unfair that the INGOs were not informed about the reason for which they were stopped from working. That decision not only triggered criticism but also allowed foreign envoys to write a letter to the prime minister asking him why INGOs were not informed about their unlawful activities,” he said.

Shireen Mazari says by writing to the prime minister foreign envoys overstepped their limits

On Oct 29, the Senate committee took notice of banning of INGOs and directed the interior secretary to brief it on Nov 5. The notice was taken after criticism on social media and circulation of a joint letter of foreign envoys which requested the prime minister to look into the matter.

Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari said that by writing the letter to the PM foreign envoys overstepped in Pakistan’s mandate.

“They cannot force Pakistan to change the rules. A number of Muslim INGOs are not allowed to work in Europe. In Pakistan, INGOs are given the right of appeal, but Pakistanis, who try to get work permit in the West, are not granted this right. Moreover, some German INGOs were not doing social work and had political agenda as they were attached with German political parties. Some INGOs were doing mapping in Pakistan and they entered in security domain,” she said.

“However, I agree that INGOs should have been told the reason why they were stopped from functioning because if that was done the issue would not have blown up,” Dr Mazari said.

Earlier, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Interior Mohammad Siddique informed the committee that it was a four-year-old issue and needed to be linked with the war on terror and incidents of terrorism in the country.

“Policy for INGOs was revised in 2015 and earlier this sector was unregulated. Some INGOs were working beyond their mandate so we limited them to socio-economic development. Applications of all INGOs were examined by a body which has representation of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, ministries of Foreign Affairs and Interior, the Intelligence Bureau, Inter-Services Intelligence, etc. Applications of 74 INGOs were approved and 27 were rejected,” he said.

“Nine INGOs decided to leave the country, but 18 filed appeals. All of them were given an opportunity of personal hearing and after that some applications were rejected. They have been directed to wind up their operations within two months and leave the country. They can again apply after six months but they would be limited to issues such as clean drinking water, education, health, etc. In the past, they were holding debates on homosexuality, etc,” Mr Siddique said.

“It has been decided that the German INGOs would be handled by the ministry of foreign affairs. We are not against any country as INGOs, which have been stopped from working, belong to different countries including Japan and the US,” he said.

Representative of an INGO Khurram Hashmi said that during a number of meetings he was never told about any illegal practice.

“We provided all the documents demanded by the body, but 18 INGOs were directed to stop operations on the same date. Now we are being told to apply again after six months. INGOs would not return if they were directed to leave the country. A large number of people are losing jobs,” he said.

Another representative of an INGO Saba Gul Khattak asked how organisations could change their programme if they were not told about their flaws.

The committee directed the interior ministry to share the reasons with INGOs for which they were directed to stop operations.

Published in Dawn, November 6th, 2018

          Oil industry wants forex exposure impact part of pricing       Cache   Translate Page      

ISLAMABAD: The oil industry is seeking to include the impact of its foreign exchange exposure in the pricing of petroleum products in view of rising consumption, increased reliance on imports and abrupt currency fluctuations.

This is part of the new downstream petroleum policy 2018 which is currently being firmed up. At a meeting last week, the industry had also reportedly made a case for continuation of 7.5 per cent deemed duty on diesel refining and in some cases an increase to 9pc as opposed to a call by the Senate standing committee on petroleum to abolish the deemed duty.

Sources said import of finished products had put an additional burden on oil companies owing to foreign exchange availability and fluctuation and, therefore, should be worked out by the ministries of energy and finance to make it part of the pricing of petroleum products.

Rising consumption, increased reliance on imports and abrupt currency fluctuations cited as reasons

The meeting presided over by Asad Hayaud Din, secretary in charge of the petroleum division, was warned of serious supply chain consequences in the absence of a clear policy on utilisation of high sulfur furnace oil (HSFO).

It was reported that there was a crisis relating to non-utilisation of HSFO in October last year that led to almost closure of local refineries which annually produce about three million tonnes of HSFO.

Although there had been a strict policy not to import HSFO, recent developments showed Pak-Arab Refinery had only two days’ ullage in its tanks which could lead to supply problems.

On the other hand, the government has not been able to streamline import of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for the power sector despite availability of two import terminals having capacity of 1.2 billion cubic feet per day and yet significant gas shortages in the country. “There should be a forward looking predictability developed through close coordination of power and petroleum divisions about the demand and requirement of HSFO and LNG during the Nov-Jan period,” an official said.

Oil companies, including the Pakistan State Oil (PSO), said they would not be able to import HSFO on short notice if needed during winter months of low hydropower availability. A decision, it was put on record, had been taken in September last year to set up a committee comprising top officials of the petroleum and power divisions as well as the PSO and Oil Companies Advisory Committee on the subject, but the committee has yet to be operationalised.

The meeting also discussed the issue of increase in smuggling of petroleum products from Iran and the participants believed this would further go up in the coming days with re-imposition of US sanctions on Tehran as people across the border could resort to phenomenal dumping at low prices.

These policy adjustments should be made in the initial days of the new government for predictability over the next four years as the consumption of all petroleum products is set to go up. For example, the country’s petrol consumption is estimated to surge by 80pc to 14 million tonnes and the overall oil demand will increase by about 18pc despite a 65pc fall in furnace oil needs in five years. The demand for petrol currently stood at about 7.97m tonnes would jump to 14.17m tonnes in 2021-22, showing an increase of about 78pc.

On the other hand, the consumption of furnace oil is estimated to reduce by almost 65pc to 3.2m tonnes in five years from about 9m tonnes. In fact, the furnace oil consumption would drop to 3.2m tonnes next year and then remain flat at that level for five years due to diversion of power generation to imported LNG and coal. Fuel switch in the power sector is estimated to save about $2.5-3 billion per annum.

The demand for total petroleum products is estimated to increase from 27m tonnes this year to about 32m tonnes in five years, showing an increase of 17.5pc. High speed diesel will be another major driver for growth in consumption of petroleum products. Its consumption is estimated to increase by 46.4pc to 13.7m tonnes in five years from 9.3m tonnes.

The demand for kerosene and light diesel oil is also estimated to increase by 8.24pc each to 141,000 tonnes and 25,000 tonnes, respectively, in five years.

The deficit of petrol currently stood at 4.8m tonnes owing to insufficient refining capacity in the country will surge by 122pc by 2021-22. Likewise, the HSD deficit will increase from 3.9m tonnes to 6.3m tonnes, showing an increase of more than 62pc.

Published in Dawn, November 6th, 2018

          Govt, opposition come to blows in NA as PPP lawmaker terms deal with protesters a 'surrender'       Cache   Translate Page      

Members of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and the PPP on Monday exchanged hot words and nearly got into a physical altercation after the opposition criticised the agreement reached between the government and religiopolitical groups, who protested the acquittal of Asia Bibi for three days last week.

The fracas began after PPP MNA Shazia Marri termed the deal finalised between the government and protesters as a "surrender document", and in a taunting reference to Prime Minister Imran Khan's surname (Niazi), compared the agreement to the surrender document signed by Gen A.A.K. Niazi that led to the creation of Bangladesh in 1971.

Editorial: Another surrender

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan objected to Marri's remarks and asked her to desist from ridiculing an entire clan or tribe for an individual's act. He said it was true that Gen Niazi had surrendered before Indian troops in 1971 but there are other Niazis who are "rendering great services and sacrifices for the nation".

Speaker Asad Qaiser interjected with a warning that no member would ridicule any tribe or clan in their speeches in the future.

However, when Marri insisted she was actually mentioning the name of Gen Niazi and that she would continue to do so, a number of treasury backbenchers stood up and lodged a noisy protest to prevent the PPP lawmaker from continuing her speech.

Meanwhile, a PPP MNA from Karachi, Syed Rafiullah, and PTI's MNA from Layyah Abdul Majeed Khan exchanged some hot words.

Getting angry over some remarks uttered by Khan, which could not be heard in the galleries due to noise, Rafiullah was seen charging towards the PTI MNA, but he was physically stopped by a number of lawmakers.

The speaker called the sergeants-at-arms to expel both members from the house. However, after failing to control the situation, he adjourned the sitting till Tuesday morning.

'Govt will always defend blasphemy laws'

Earlier, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri defended the government's act of entering into a deal with Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) leaders for ending their protest sit-ins over the Supreme Court verdict in Asia Bibi case.

Speaking during the session, the minister, who was a signatory to the agreement, said the government had not used force to disperse the protesters as per the desire of the opposition parties.

He said Prime Minister Khan was constantly in touch with them from China and had also instructed them to resolve the matter peacefully.

He recalled that the previous government of the PML-N had also signed a deal with the same protesters (during the Faizabad sit-in), but it was signed after three weeks and after its law minister resigned. In contrast, he said, the PTI government had succeeded in reaching an agreement in three days and without any resignation.

Qadri stressed that the PTI-led government "will always defend Section 295-C of blasphemy laws".

He said the speech of Prime Minister Khan about the establishment of writ of the state in the country was a policy and it would be implemented during its five-year tenure.

"There is a need to formulate a long-term strategy to avoid such a situation [in the future]," the minister said.

'Govt took a U-turn'

Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had earlier demanded that some government minister should brief the House about the agreement signed by the government with the protesters. He alleged that the government had a non-serious attitude towards important national issues.

Abbasi claimed the government had itself pointed out a lack of quorum on Friday and "ran away from the parliament".

Rana Sanaullah, another PML-N leader, said the government had handled the protest in a non-serious manner.

Without naming TLP leaders, he said these religiopolitical leaders had all of a sudden entered the political arena even though "none of them had contested even the municipality election before". He said these people were brought into politics during the by-election in NA-120, when Kulsoom Nawaz was contesting the polls, and they were later allowed to field candidates from all constituencies in the July 25 elections.

When some PTI members interrupted and asked him to identify the forces who allegedly backed the religiopolitical groups, Sanaullah said they were the same elements "who brought people from south Punjab to Banigala and into the PTI fold".

He said the agreement signed with religious groups during the PML-N government's tenure had been "forced" on them and they had not done so willingly.

Sannaullah said the opposition had suggested not to use force only at three places — Faizabad in Islamabad, The Mall in Lahore, and in Karachi — as protesters had gathered at these places in large numbers.

He said the prime minister in his speech had categorically stated that the writ of the state would be established at all costs, but in the next three days the nation saw no state or government.

"After the prime minister's speech, the government took a U-turn and entered into a deal with the protesters," the PML-N leader said.

Sanaullah also asked the government to disclose the whereabouts of Asia Bibi. "Has Asia Bibi been released as per the SC order or is she still in jail as per the agreement [with protesters]?" he asked.

He said the government had started registering cases against the protesters and there was a fear that innocent people could also be picked up in the drive.

'Opposition did not take political advantage of protests'

Earlier in the evening, Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif told PML-N lawmakers that the opposition had "not tried to take political advantage" during the crisis-like situation that had resulted from religious groups' countrywide protests against the acquittal of Asia Bibi last week.

Opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif chairs a meeting of PML-N's parliamentary party. — PML-N Twitter
Opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif chairs a meeting of PML-N's parliamentary party. — PML-N Twitter

Sharif, who is currently in the custody of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), was chairing a meeting of PML-N's parliamentary party at the Parliament House.

The PML-N president deferred his address to the National Assembly today and is now expected to address the House tomorrow.

According to a series of tweets by the PML-N, Sharif during the meeting briefed party members on the steps that helped in improving the law and order situation in the country during the past few days.

Also read: Fawad Chaudhry thanks PPP, PML-N for 'maturity' in supporting govt over handling of protests

"[Sharif] briefed party members on the positive role played by the opposition during recent sit-ins," the party said in a tweet.

He claimed that although the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) had exploited occasions like these for "political gains", the current opposition prioritised national interest instead of doing politics on the issue.

The PML-N president was also quoted as saying that the PTI government had gained nothing from Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to China this week.

In a statement issued, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said the meeting had taken stock of the overall political, economic and internal security situation of the country and deliberated upon a strategy for the future.

The PML-N members also criticised as an "unparliamentary act" the adjournment of the session on Friday after a lawmaker pointed out lack of quorum five minutes after it started.

"The way the government ended the session in such a sensitive situation by pointing out the [lack of] quorum shows the government lacks the ability and courage to deal with challenges," the statement read.

The adjournment of Friday's NA session considerably irked the opposition, which had already expressed its disappointment a day earlier over Prime Minister Khan's absence from the Lower House at a time when the country was facing nationwide protests by religious groups.

Soon after a recitation from the Holy Quran, Agha Hassan of the Balochistan National Party (Mengal) had pointed out lack of quorum. Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri subsequently ordered a head count and then adjourned the session till Monday after finding that the quorum was not complete.

The opposition later used the adjournment of the assembly as a pretext to refuse a meeting with a government delegation that had requested bipartisan support for a parliamentary resolution against the protesters.

'No economic vision'

The meeting expressed concerns over the state of the economy, saying the government has "no economic vision or strategy" to deal with the crisis-like situation.

"The increasing economic instability and uncertainty could have... serious implications for the national security," the party said.

"Economic, agricultural, commercial and industrial activities are witnessing gradual decline which could become the harbinger of an economic disaster."

It was decided during the meeting that the PML-N will issue a fact sheet on the PTI government's performance of first 100 days and "inform the people about the details of the current government's failures".

The meeting also condemned complaints and reports of media censorship in the country, saying: "The PML-N considers freedom of press an essential pre-requisite to strengthen democracy."

Shahbaz's arrival

Ahead of Monday's session that began at 5pm, a NAB team brought Shahbaz to Parliament House, where he held a meeting with former NA speaker Ayaz Sadiq, PML-N's Sindh representative Shah Muhammad Shah and MNA Kheal Das regarding matters related to the party's reorganisation across the country.

According to PML-N party sources, Sharif also met his lawyer Amjad Pervaiz with his team during which the ongoing NAB cases against him were discussed. The PML-N president, whose physical remand is to end day after tomorrow, consulted his lawyer about their future strategy.

          Religious fundamentalism weakens Pakistan’s bargaining power with China      Cache   Translate Page      
While Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, was on his first official visit to China, major cities in Pakistan were at a standstill due to anti-blasphemy protests by supporters of religious fundamentalists. Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city and economic capital, was paralysed as roads were blocked at more than 30 spots. In the capital, Islamabad, violent protesters set fire to cars and trucks. There was a complete media blackout of the protests and cell phone services were suspended...
          Lawyer who saved Pakistani woman convicted of blasphemy from death says EU, UN made him leave ‘against my wishes’      Cache   Translate Page      
The Pakistani lawyer who saved a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy from death row said on Monday that the UN and EU made him leave the country “against my wishes” because he was a “prime target.” Saif-ul-Malook, who has fled to the Netherlands, said he contacted a United Nations official in Islamabad after Islamist violence erupted following the Pakistani Supreme Court’s acquittal of Asia Bibi on Wednesday. China promises more economic aid for Pakistan, but...
          Why Not Vote? Anarchists and Libertarians Weigh In      Cache   Translate Page      
Conscientious non-voters have many reasons for not voting. Don't listen to them. by Katie Herzog
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You'd think after nearly 250 years we'd have this voting thing down by now, yet all across the country Americans are once again marking Election Day by waiting in long-ass lines. (Except, that is, for the three enlightened states that have adopted vote-by-mail, which, coincidentally, were also the first three states to legalize weed.)

Voter participation is expected to be record high this week, but voting rates in the U.S. are still abysmally low compared to many countries. Australia, where voting is mandatory, ranks at the top of the heap, followed by Malta, Chile, Belgium, Italy, and Luxembourg, all of which have a voter turnout of over 90 percent. On the lower end, you have Russia, Switzerland, Pakistan, and the United States, where, on a good year, only around 60 percent of eligible voters show up. Why doesn’t nearly half the popular vote? I suspect it's because most people just don't give a shit and their stories are on. If you asked this apathetic portion of the populace who the Attorney General is, I’m guessing they'd say, "What army?" But there's also a population of people who do give a fuck but who still opt not to participate in this particular part of the civic process: conscientious non-voters.

For some conscientious non-voters, it all comes down to who's running. A 53-year-old home-builder who is primarily concerned about government spending (and who benefits from it) told me that he will "vote again when we have a viable third party that values freedom for all, not just the ones whose ideas they favor but especially for those who have ideas they despise." He will not, he added, "vote again until I see politicians that understand and prioritize spending within our means."

I also spoke with a 28-year-old conservative who told me that he was so disappointed in Obama's victories in 2008 and 2012 that the prospect of getting invested and losing again just isn't worth it. Another non-voter, an anarchist and philosophy PhD student, said that voting is damaging because it allows people to "focus on policy and what people in power do instead of what they can do themselves." When I asked what the public should do about policies they disagree with—for example, separating and imprisoning immigrant families—he advocated for direct action like assisting immigrants at border crossings instead. "Voting does matter in the aggregate," he said, "but it doesn't matter if you are talking about the individual.”

This point—that individual votes don't matter—is also made by Katherine Mangu-Ward, the editor-in-chief of Reason, the libertarian magazine based in Washington, D.C. For her, it all comes down to numbers. "You are very, very, very, very, very, very unlikely to be a decisive vote," Katherine said. "Your vote turning the outcome of an election is vanishingly rare, whereas, there are all kinds of things you can do with the hour or two hours of your time that it takes you to vote that are objectively, clearly good."

When I asked Katherine if voting took less time—if she could, say, vote-by-mail, which takes about as much time as walking to your mailbox—she would still feel it’s a waste of time, she said that there are other, more affirmative arguments against voting. "If you think the system is basically corrupt or broken, I think there's a very strong case to make that you actually have a duty not to vote."

On that, we disagree. Democracy isn't inherently corrupt. It's corrupt when the people running it are corrupt, and one of the only means of swaying who is steering the ship is to show up and vote. Sure, your individual vote might not change the outcome of an election, but as Kant would argue, if everyone failed to vote, the system itself would fail. For some non-voters (for instance, the anarchist philosophy student), that may be the goal, but Katherine says she's not in favor of the collapse of the system as we know it. Rather, she prefers to participate in the system in other ways, including calling her elected representatives.

Still, I'm not convinced. Sure, calling your representative is one way to be heard, but if your representative is, say, a rabid, God-fearing, conservative who thinks non-Christians should burn on Earth and will burn in hell, he's probably not going to listen when you call up and demand he vote in favor of access to abortion. Same if you're represented by a member of the DSA and you've got a complaint about tax rates on the rich. So what can you, as an individual, actually do? Show up to vote. Your particular vote might not change the election, but the collective vote does, and the collective is just a bunch of individuals taking action.

Now, I understand why people don't trust the system. Just look at recent history, namely the 2000 and 2016 presidential elections, both of which were ultimately won by the person who got fewer votes. But the only way to correct the system is to elect candidates who will at least try and fix it—and right now, there's only one party in the running that is even remotely interested in that. The other side is busy starting trade wars and locking up children. When the stakes are this high, when the chance to curb Donald Trump comes down to our ballots, I don’t see how not voting can be morally justified—unless, that is, you vote Republican. In that case: Listen to Katherine.

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          Asia Bibi, Christian woman accused of blasphemy, seeks asylum amid violent protests | Fox News      Cache   Translate Page      
The Christian woman in Pakistan who was on death row for nearly a decade before being acquitted by the country’s top court last week is now seeking asylum elsewhere, after widespread violent protests throughout the country. Source: Asia Bibi, Christian woman accused of blasphemy, seeks asylum amid violent protests | Fox News Opinion – This […]
          UN denies forcing Pakistani lawyer to leave      Cache   Translate Page      
The United Nations on Tuesday denied that it had forced the Pakistani lawyer of a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy to leave the country.
          'Threats' to Dutch envoy in Pakistan over Wilders tweets      Cache   Translate Page      
The Netherlands said Tuesday that its ambassador to Pakistan has faced "threats", reportedly from Islamists angry over anti-Islam tweets by the far-right politician Geert Wilders.
          Canada says safety of Pakistani woman in blasphemy case a 'priority'      Cache   Translate Page      
Canada urged Pakistan on Tuesday to ensure the well-being of a Pakistani Christian woman whose life is in danger after having been acquitted in the South Asian country last month of blasphemy charges against Islam, a ruling that sparked mass protests.
          Lawyer of freed Pakistani Christian woman to seek asylum in Netherlands - media      Cache   Translate Page      
The lawyer who helped free a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan will seek political asylum in the Netherlands, Dutch news website reported on Tuesday.
          England cricketers urged to win away in Sri Lanka and put down big Ashes marker      Cache   Translate Page      
Jonathan Trott sees today's stars emulating 2010-11 England side that used Pakistan triumph as springboard to beat Australia
          Pakistan reports card-skimming, but says no mass bank data breach      Cache   Translate Page      
KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's central bank rushed on Tuesday to reassure investors and consumers that its banking system had not been hacked after a mass skimming operation hit customers' credit and debit cards. The skimming took details of nearly 20,000 debit and credit cards from 22 Pakistani ...
          Italy says will help Pakistani woman in blasphemy case leave her country      Cache   Translate Page      
Italy said on Tuesday it will help a Pakistani Christian woman leave her country because her life is in danger following charges of blasphemy against Islam that put her on death row for eight years.
          PHF announces team management for Odisha World Cup Hockey Tournament      Cache   Translate Page      
Lahore : Pakistan hockey team will participate in the Odisha World Cup Hockey Tournament to be played in Bhubaneshwar from 28th November till 16th December 2018. Brig. (Retd) Muhammad Khalid S. Khokhar, President PHF is pleased to appoint team management comprised of the following officials:- MANAGER:                  Mr. Hassan Sardar HEAD COACH:             ...
          Pakistan’s progress lies in rule of law: NSC      Cache   Translate Page      
Lahore : A meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC), headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday reiterated that progress and prosperity of Pakistan lies in peace, stability and rule of law. The meeting reviewed security situation of the country. The prime minister also apprised the participants about his recent visit to China. The meeting ...
          CJP notice the protest staged by TLP      Cache   Translate Page      
Lahore : The Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr.Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has taken notice of huge losses of property and lives caused to general public by riots and mobs in response to judgment of Supreme Court of Pakistan so as to compensate the sufferings of the victims who lost their valuables or properties during tragic incidents. The ...
          Toxoid Vaccines Market to Witness Steady Expansion During 2017-2025      Cache   Translate Page      

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/06/2018 -- When the immune system is attacked by bacteria-generated toxins, the patient may suffer from severe, harmful reactions. For example, tetanus is a serious bacterial infection that attacks the human nervous system and makes the muscles tightened. Other symptoms may include fever, sweating, and headache. In order to inactivate these toxins in the human and animal bodies, toxoid vaccines are used. A toxoid vaccine is basically made of formalin (solution of formaldehyde and sterilized water). It is adsorbed onto calcium and aluminum salts to improve the immune response.

Toxoid vaccines are safe to use and less vulnerable to changes in the atmosphere. Currently, toxoid vaccines are manufactured by culturing the highly toxigenic strain of Clostridium tetani. It is followed by ultrafiltration. Components of toxoid vaccines include antigens, stabilizers, adjuvants, antibiotics, and preservatives. Most toxoid vaccines are administered through the parenteral (intramuscular) route.

The global toxoid vaccines market is driven by several factors such as rising prevalence of tetanus and diphtheria (Bibersteinia trehalosi infection, Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis infection, enterotoxemia, pox, etc. in animals); increasing awareness about the severity of tetanus; high rate of diagnosis and treatment of tetanus and diphtheria and recommended number of doses of toxoid vaccines In the next few years, the toxoid vaccines market is likely to face challenges such as pain at the site of injection, side-effects, high prices of vaccines, weak supply chain network in developing countries, and stringent regulatory policies.

On the other hand, new treatment options, government initiatives to implement vaccination programs in developing countries, investments in the development of toxoid vaccines, and technological breakthroughs are anticipated to open new avenues for growth of the market in the near future.

Based on vaccine type, the global toxoid vaccines market has been categorized into tetanus vaccines, diphtheria vaccines, pertussis vaccines, and others (botulism). Currently, toxoid vaccines are used in humans as well as animals to counter the bacterial toxins. Hence, in terms of application, the global toxoid vaccines market can be segmented into human vaccines and veterinary vaccines. The veterinary vaccines segment has been sub-classified into companion animals and livestock animals. Based on end-user, the global toxoid vaccines market has been categorized into hospitals, independent clinics, households, and others (including government camps and health centers).

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Geographically, the global toxoid vaccines market has been classified into five regions such as North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the number of reported tetanus cases worldwide declined by more than 95% between 1974 and 2014 and the current incidence rate is around 0.1 per 1 million people per year.

The European Center for Disease Prevention & Control reported 117 cases of tetanus in human population in Europe in 2017, of which Italy accounted for 41% of cases. The average notification rate was 0.3 cases per 1 million human population in Europe in 2015. In the Asia Pacific region, neonatal and maternal tetanus is considered one of the major health concerns by health care practitioners. In the Asia Pacific region, the number of deaths have been going down since last five years.

According to a study published in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine in 2017, the number of neonatal tetanus cases declined significantly from 80,000 in 1980 to 500 in 2013. The same trend is also observed in China and countries in South Asia including Pakistan in 2016, owing to the rise in awareness about hygiene and increase in vaccinations. North America and Europe are estimated to hold a significant market share of the global toxoid vaccines market during the forecast period.

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Prominent players that have commercialized toxoid vaccines for human application are MassBiologics, Sanofi Pasteur, GlaxoSmithKliene Biologics, Grifols, Panacea Biotec, Halfkin Bio-Pharmaceuticals Corporation Ltd., Bengal Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Serum Institute of India, Bharat Pharmaceuticals, and Henry Schein Medical. On the other hand, Colorado Serum Company, Zoetis, and Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp have commercialized toxoid vaccines for veterinary application across the world.

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          UN Denies Forcing Lawyer To Leave Pakistan After Defending Asia Bibi      Cache   Translate Page      
The United Nations has rejected a claim that it forced a Pakistani lawyer to leave the country after successfully defending a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy.
          I musulmani coraggiosi che hanno salvato Asia Bibi ora rischiano la vita      Cache   Translate Page      

I musulmani coraggiosi senza i quali Asia Bibi sarebbe morta – di Leone Grotti Dall’avvocato musulmano Malook al giudice Mian Saqib Nasir, che ha avuto il coraggio di assolvere la donna: «Non amo Maometto meno degli altri, ma non sono giudice solo per i musulmani». Vanno avanti senza sosta in Pakistan le proteste contro l’assoluzione […]

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          Re: Debunking Christianity: Another Weekly Reminder, You Too Could Be A Jamiat Ulema-e-Islamist...      Cache   Translate Page      

Two news items in the Boston Sunday Globe, Nov 4, that again show the harm caused by religions, may be of interest:

(1) Defense lawyer in blasphemy case flees Pakistan
ASSOCIATED PRESS ISLAMABAD — The lawyer for a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy charges after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan has fled the country, fearing for his safety, the woman’s brother said Saturday.

(2) "In abuse scandal, spotlight squarely on bishops"

A joint review by the Globe and the Philadelphia Inquirer finds misdeeds rife in the church hierarchy but accountability largely absent despite 2002 vows.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bishop Robert Finn wasn’t going anywhere. He never alerted authorities about photos of young girls’ genitals stashed on a pastor’s laptop. He kept parishioners in the dark, letting the priest mingle with children and families. Even after a judge found the bishop guilty of failing to report the priest’s suspected child abuse — and after 200,000 people petitioned for his ouster — he refused to go.

“I got this job from John Paul II. There’s his signature right there,” Finn had told a prospective deacon shortly after the priest’s arrest in 2011, pointing to the late pontiff’s photo. “And that’s who I answer to.” Sixteen years after the clergy sexual abuse crisis exploded in Boston, the American Catholic Church is again mired in scandal. This time, the controversy is propelled not so much by priests in the rectories as by the leadership, bishops across the country who like Finn have enabled sexual misconduct or in some cases committed it themselves.

          Pakistan, ecco a che giocano i bimbi cresciuti da estremisti islamici – Video      Cache   Translate Page      

Pakistan. Bambini giocano a «impiccare Asia Bibi» – articolo della redazione di Tempi Ti potrebbe interessare anche Asia Bibi ha aspettato il miracolo per 3420 giorni, ora può tornare dai 5 figli È inquietante il video pubblicato su internet da Wilson Chowdry, a capo dell’associazione dei cristiani perseguitati in Pakistan, British Pakistani Christians, per mostrare […]

L'articolo Pakistan, ecco a che giocano i bimbi cresciuti da estremisti islamici – Video proviene da IxR.

           Local lexical intrusions in english dailies: A comparison of Malaysian, Singaporean and Pakistani newspapers       Cache   Translate Page      
David, M.K. and Kuang, C.H. and Shaikh, Q.A. (2008) Local lexical intrusions in english dailies: A comparison of Malaysian, Singaporean and Pakistani newspapers. In: International Congress of Linguists, 21-26 July 2008, Seoul, Korea. (Submitted)
          A dressing down of the West Indies; A way forward      Cache   Translate Page      

Windies will have to play it by ear in their hunt to square their 3-match T20I series, when they partake in history at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow; this after losing the first match by 5 wickets to hosts India. If their indecisiveness on this tour is anything to go by, when narrative was available, Windies fans have the green light to panic. What would be a pleasant surprise on this tour, however, would be Windies batsmen giving their young and obviously savvy bowlers some backing.

To see a Windies batsman whose second nature is to rotate strike and play with “soft hands” is to be surprised; but it would be a welcomed addition if the coaching staff attempted to implement this strategy into this young West Indian team. Caribbean players are seen as naturally gifted boundary-hitters, which translates into the ability to take the game away from any opposition at an unsuspecting moment. If this Windies team, having that same ability, was now able to add heavy rotation of strike to their arsenal, imagine the results. In so doing, recall that as Khaleel Ahmed marked his run up to deliver the 18th over of Windies’ innings, the visitors had already soaked up 59 dot balls. Although, no one would be foolish enough to even think to suggest to the reigning and two-time World Champions to change their approach; as they prepare to head into a period of transition in the shortest format of the game, who in that dressing room will assume the responsibility to strive for perfection? The result would be West Indies entering a match 20/30 runs (minimum) better off before a ball is even bowled.

How realistic is this, given that the functionality of Windies’ learning curve, specifically in the shorter formats, is so steep? We have seen the Caribbean side, after being dismissed for a mere 153, largely in part to a swinging ball, come out playing away from their bodies immediately following that display to be dismissed for 104 in the 5th ODI. The lack of initiative and game awareness within this generation of West Indies players is indeed a cause for worry. Imagine there is a swinging ball, yet no one shows initiative; no one bats outside of their crease nor does anyone come across their stumps in attempts of negating the swing. Imagine batsmen being comfortable in allowing Jasprit Bumrah to storm in and have his way with no one trying to put him off–as if Bumrah needs any encouragement.

So far, there has been 2 Tests, 5 ODIs and 1 T20I where the West Indian batsman have not been able to pick Kuldeep Yadav, Kudos to Kuldeep. However, how does Windies explain batsmen who aren’t able to pick the very length he is bowling;? West Indies’ in trouble.

Therefore, it must be reiterate that it is the small things such as; the decision making, the unwillingness to stick to the basics and the lack of appreciation for the nuances of the game which holds the Caribbean team back, so much so that there are:

  1. leg spinners by trade, to not flighting the ball
  2. batmen getting out in a spinners final over, going for big shots when there are sufficient overs remaining subsequent to that over
  3. bowling units watching the opposition bowlers working out a wicket and then coming out reworking it as if they were asleep in the dressing room and
  4. batsmen not inclined to drag their feet in Test matches, nearing lunch, to ensure minimum deliveries faced before the interval.

Until West Indies and their backroom becomes more aware, we will remain in deep, deep trouble.

If the West Indies team is not inclined to employ even these, the things which make cricket “cricket” ,then they are not playing the gentleman’s game. However, admirable (or even a relief) it was to see Powell finally utilize the sweep shot in the first T20I, it took the Jamaican five consecutive innings of underwhelming performances to add a spike to his personal learning curve. Having talent is one thing; a thing which we have found in abundance in likes of Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Oshane Thomas, Nicholas Pooran, Keemo Paul and Obed McCoy. However, nurturing these young men into the spine of a winning unit will require much more than just their respective talents. Pakistan, for instance, was not too long ago as inconsistent a team as the West Indies. It took an almost ‘obsessed’ (with perfection) man, a man demanding more, not just after games but during, from his charges to drag Pakistan up to the standard Sarfraz Ahmed demand for his nation. Who will drag Windies up?

          L'appello all'Italia del marito di Asia Bibi: “Aiutateci a lasciare il Pakistan”      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Kommentar Verfolgte Christin in Pakistan: Markus Söder, übernehmen Sie!      Cache   Translate Page      
Im Fall der in Pakistan verfolgten Christin Asia Bibi könnte Bayerns Ministerpräsident zeigen, dass er mehr kann als Kruzifixe aufhängen. Asyl sofort! mehr...
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Die Christin Asia Bibi bleibt in Pakistan in Haft. Ein Wissenschaftler erklärt, warum religiöse Fanatiker die Regierung im Würgegriff haben.
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          11/4/2018: Worldwide: Pakistan blasphemy lawyer flees country in fear for his life      Cache   Translate Page      
THE Pakistani government has been accused of caving in to hardline Islamists by agreeing to stop a Christian woman leaving the country following her acquittal for blasphemy. Under the terms of the deal made on Friday night, prime minister Imran Khan’s...
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Armed with up to a dozen nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles, India’s INS Arihant is said to have completed its first nuclear […]
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          Paris mayor, right-wing leader call on France to take in Asia Bibi      Cache   Translate Page      
Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo says she is ready to welcome Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi to the French capital and mainstream-right leader Laurent Wauquiez has called for her to be granted asylum. Despite being acquitted on blasphemy charges, Bibi is still in jail and has received numerous death threats, as have her family. Pakistan's Supreme Court a ...
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          Religion and Politics in Pakistan      Cache   Translate Page      
In a replay of 1977 anti-government demonstration against the government of Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the government of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is facing violent protests by religious parties to destabilize the newly elected government.
          Asia Bibi pide asilo en España: “Tenemos que abandonar Pakistán lo antes posible”      Cache   Translate Page      

Islamistas radicales exigen la muerte para Asia Bibi, absuelta de un delito de blasfemia por el que estuvo condenada a la horca. /EFE

La situación de Asia Bibi, católica que lleva más de 8 años encarcelada en Pakistán por un delito de blasfemia contra el islam del que ha sido finalmente absuelta y por el que estuvo condenada a muerte es crítica.

Pese a las componendas inicales del Gobierno con las turbas islamistas radicales para rebajar la tensión de los primeras horas tras conocese la sentencia firme absolutoria, más de 1.800 personas han sido detenidas en Pakistán tras los disturbios convocados por el partido islamista radical Tehrik-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP).

Aunque el Ejecutivo paquistaní ha "iniciado el proceso legal" para poner a Asia Bibi en la lista de personas que no pueden abandonar el país y las gestiones para conseguir su pasaporte y visado son harto complejas, Asia Bibi se ha dirigido por carta a través de a los ministros de Asuntos Exteriores y Cooperación y del Interior para "solicitar respetuosamente la protección internacional en España". "se ha comprometido a hacerse cargo de mi familia y de la familia que me está ayudando en el caso de que España acceda a acogernos", explica en su carta

Asia Bibi refiere en la misiva cómo trata de obtener su pasaporte y visado aún desde la cárcel, al tiempo que expone la difícil situación de quienes han estado de forma incondicional a su lado.

"Mi situación y la de mi familia, y la de la familia queme está ayudando en Pakistán es crítica: todos ellos están amenazados de muerte, han puesto precio a mi vida, se han convocado manifestaciones para pedir mi muerte en ciudades de toda Pakistán", lamenta.

"Tenemos que abandonar Pakistán lo antes posible ¿Puede ayudarme su país acogiéndome?", suplica Bibi en la carta, en la que comparte con los responsables ministriales que "se ha comprometido a hacerse cargo de mi familia y de la familia que me está ayudando en el caso de que España acceda a acogernos".

Para reforzar la petición de Asia Bibi, ha puesto en marcha una campaña de apoyo a la que se pueden sumaer cuantos ciudadanos quieran.

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 pide a Exteriores que colabore para acoger a Asia Bibi      Cache   Translate Page      

Eisham, la hija pequeña de Asia Bibi, durante el congreso #WeAreN2016 /

La plataforma en defensa de la libertad religiosa, convoca para este lunes 5 de noviembre de 2018 a las 19:00 horas una concentración de apoyo a la familia de Asia Bibi, la cristiana católica pakistaní que permanece encarcelada desde hace 9 años acusada de un delito de blasfemia contra Mahoma del que ha sido recientemente absuelta.

El acto está convocado a las puertas del Minsterio de Asuntos Exteriores y Cooperación del gobierno de España, a cuyos responsables se va a pedir la máxima implicación para facilitar la salida de Pakistán de Asia Bibi, su familia y las personas cuya vida corre peligro por haberla ayudado.

En los últimos días, la plataforma, que lleva 7 años colaborando con la familia de Asia Bibi, ha recibido algunos mensajes excepcionalmente preocupantes: "Te pido si podéis hacer algo urgente para llevarnos a España. Cuando digo urgente significa dentro de uno o dos días. Si podéis, por favor, hacedlo".

No es para menos. Los islamistas radicales, que han presionado a lo largo de estos nueve años de todas las formas posibles a los tribunales, incluso mediante el asesinato de dos cargos públicos que expresaron su apoyo a Bibi (Shabbaz Bhatti, ministro de Minorías y Salman Taser, gobernador del Punjab), siguen desplegando su violencia y amenazas. El abogado de Asia Bibi, Saif Ul Malook ya ha huído del país, dado que el Gobierno de Pakistán se hanegado a procurarle la seguridad necesaria.

Otro mensaje recibido por del entorno de Asia Bibi, resume con crudeza la situación: "Los musulmanes paquistaníes están encolerizados con la sentencia y la situación es muy mala, por eso es necesario actuar urgentemente al respecto. Asia todavía está todavía en la cárcel y entendemos que está a salvo allí hasta que estemos listos con el plan de salida, está más segura. Hasta que no tengamos un plan para salir de Pakistán, Asia Bibi está a salvo en la cárcel".

Y añadían: "Gracias siempre por vuestro apoyo y, como sabéis, prefiere venir a España, vuestro país es siempre la primera opción para nosotros

La entrada pide a Exteriores que colabore para acoger a Asia Bibi aparece primero en Actuall.

          11/7/2018: IDÉES&DÉBATS: MENACE CONTRE L’AMBASSADE DES PAYS-BAS      Cache   Translate Page      
L’ambassadrice des Pays-Bas au Pakistan fait face à des « menaces » après que des tweets du député néerlandais anti-islam Geert Wilders ont provoqué la colère des islamistes pakistanais. Ce dernier a publié des dessins et des caricatures qui ont...
          Azərbaycanla Pakistan arasında müdafiə sənayesi sahəsində əməkdaşlıq məsələləri müzakirə edilib      Cache   Translate Page      
Azərbaycanın Pakistandakı səfiri Əli Əlizadə bu ölkənin yeni müdafiə istehsalı üzrə federal naziri xanım Zubeyda Cəlal Xan ilə görüşüb. AZƏRTAC xəbər verir ki, görüşdə Azərbaycan ilə Pakistan arasında müdafiə sənayesi
          Asia Bibis öde fortfarande ovisst      Cache   Translate Page      
Den kristna kvinnan Asia Bibi frikändes från hädelse av Pakistans Högsta domstol i förra veckan. Men efter tre dagars omfattande protester har regeringen ingått en överenskommelse med det islamistiska parti som lett demonstrationerna. Asia Bibis advokat, som flögs till Europa efter frikännandet, är övertygad om att den kristna fembarnsmamman snart blir fri på riktigt.
          Chceme trest smrti, protestoval dav islamistů proti propuštění Bibiové. Její manžel žádá o pomoc Británii i USA      Cache   Translate Page      
Pákistánská policie zadržela přes 150 lidí kvůli násilí při demonstracích, jimiž tento týden dav islamistů protestoval proti osvobozujícímu verdiktu nad křesťankou Asiou Bibiovou.
          Hottest couples alive!      Cache   Translate Page      

Celebrity couples who rule our hearts; Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds Together since: 2011 Where they met: On the sets of Green lantern 2010. John legend and Chrissy Teigen Together since: 2008 Where they met: On the sets of  ‘Legends’ stereo music 2007. Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo Together since: 2011 Where they met: At victoria’s secret fashion show Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux Together since: 2010 Where they met: On the set of tropic thunder 20018.   Beyonce and Jay Z Together since: 2000 Where they met: In the biz in late 90’s. Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid Together since: 2015 Where they met: At the Music Awards 2015. Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Together since: Spring 2012 Where they met: On the sets of 70’s show. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Together since: 2009 on and off Where they met: On the sets of Last song 2009.

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          The conversation between Parineeti Chopra & Nick Jonas, is the cutest thing you’ll see today!      Cache   Translate Page      

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          STANDOUT CONFIDENT!      Cache   Translate Page      

People will tear you, break you, hate you, make you feel unwanted, make fun of you, makes you go all crazy, target your weak points and bully you but all you have to remember is that you are strong enough to turn their heads down and pick yourself up from the trap they have been building and hit them hard in the faces. As being a woman I can feel what body shaming and bullying will lead you to. Women feel so much pressure to stand out in the crowd. The are usually hiding their bodies under baggy clothes and always reaching the mark to look slim and pretty. So what is beauty according to our society? Is the acceptance only available for the people who have great bodies? Being plus size is not something someone wants. It’s not something someone intentionally loves. It just happens where you can’t start judging the other person on the basis of the appearances. Whatever, the social media makes you believe you start believing it. Your preference will not be a plus size woman in front of a model of course. because that’s what has been taught to us by the social media and even the people around us. Unfortunately the people in the society are raised with such low standards regarding women. The only definition which is taught to them is what we are aware of. Degrading someone to the extent where they don’t feel confident about themselves is an unacceptable gesture. You deserve much more than being offended by the comments of the strangers who doesn’t even matter in your life. Let’s speak out for yourself. What really matters is the confidence you wear; despite of hearing negative comments from all around the corners you must still manage to mock those people right off right in their faces. If you are comfortable in anything you wear or eat just do it without even bothering to think of the people who criticise you because eventually people will criticise you no matter what. It doesn’t matter whether you are fat you can be thin, black, white, bald or whatsoever, people will still speak about you. They just need a chance to spill out the frustrations and makes the other person feel miserable about themselves. These are the one’s who are already suffering from lack of attention in their life so just don’t care because there words means nothing. There are some people who are coming forward and speaking for themselves which is a good sign. If you will let them take over you they will gradually take you down. But what if; you will fight against them then definitely you are hitting the mark. So just be confident. Love yourself. Fight against the odds. Stand for yourself and you will cope up with every worst nightmare in the society.

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I have rounded up the five most-popular drugstore highlighters real people all over the internet swear by. Check them out, below, and get swirling.

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          Camila Cabello bags 4 awards at MTV EMAs      Cache   Translate Page      

With six nominations, US singer Camila Cabello, whose hit song “Havana” reached the top of the US charts in January, is in prime position for the MTV Europe Music Awards held Sunday in Spain. Best song, best video, best artist, the 21-year-old Cuba-born singer is riding high, fresh from winning prestigious prizes at the MTV Video Music Awards in August — artist of the year and video of the year. Her album “Camila” also topped the US charts in January, and the audio version of “Havana,” which features rapper Young Thug, has had more than 1.3 billion hits on YouTube. Last year the former member of the band Fifth Harmony was also named best pop artist at the MTV Europe Music Awards. Next up at the awards in the northern Spanish city of Bilbao are singer Ariana Grande and rapper Post Malone with five nominations, followed by Canadian artist Drake and Britain’s Dua Lipa with four. Shawn Mendes, a double award-winner last year, landed the Best Live award. Dua Lipa won Best Pop. Panic! At the Disco won Best Alternative, and performed “High Hopes.” Best Electronic winners Marshmello closed the show amid giant inflatable Marshmello heads. THE WINNERS BEST ARTIST Camila Cabello BEST VIDEO Camila Cabello – “Havana” ft. Young Thug BEST SONG Camila Cabello – “Havana” ft. Young Thug BEST POP Dua Lipa BEST NEW Cardi B BEST LOOK Nicki Minaj BEST HIP HOP Nicki Minaj BEST LIVE Shawn Mendes BEST ROCK 5 Seconds of Summer BEST ALTERNATIVE Panic! At the Disco BEST ELECTRONIC Marshmello BIGGEST FANS BTS BEST WORLD STAGE Alessia Cara, MTV Spotlight @ Hyperplay, Singapore 2018 BEST PUSH Grace VanderWaal (December 2017) BEST U.S./WORLDWIDE ACT Camila Cabello

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          FIVE PLACES TO INVEST IN THIS SEASON.      Cache   Translate Page      

Winters are coming; ready to feel cold and witness some pleasurable environment all around you. So you have been tired working the entire year and now are you planning to go out for a vacation this season? Here are some suggestions for the places you can always visit in winters all around the globe which undoubtedly, will give you an immense favors with the cold breezes : 1. Turkey: The land that turns into heaven! Winters in turkey is always a treat. You can enjoy the snowfall, ice skates and the silent calm weather. Its an ideal place to visit in winters because you get a chance to go through the eye catching view of that beautiful country. Skiing is also very fun in winters in Turkey. Plus it’s extremely cold in there; so people who can bare the utmost level of cold weather you are definitely up for it. 2. Costa Rica: Costa Rica has always been admired because of their alluring beaches. There are numerous beach sides and volcanoes to explore. It’s is interesting if you really want to explore something new. Its not very cold in Costa rica but it runs by a moderate climate in winters so you can enjoy their beaches in winters with little breezes on the shore. It’s a great option for the people who don’t like to engage with extremely cold climate. 3. New York city: I love New York. Oh well, its New York fellas. Winters temperatures can drops fast breezing no more mistakes; so this place is an icebox trust me on that. New York is beautifully decorated in the winter season because of the Christmas; so you can enjoy the walk on the streets of new york all night long. One of the amazing factors is shopping we can avail the discounts generously. 4. Thailand Phuket, Thailand the tropical land. This is a cool place with a moderate balanced climate consisting of so many beaches and forestry. As its a tropical land there are heavy rains most of the time and the weather af that is all you ever need to see. This is the time where you can relax at beaches and have drinks. The climate is very moderate approx. 20 to 25 degrees Celsius. It’s best for the people who loves to enjoy the essence of  a peaceful yet wintry atmosphere. 5. Paris: It’s one of the beautiful cities every tourist fall in love with. Flat topped plane and chest nut trees are still holding their leaves, gardens are in full blooms.The streets are covered in a blanket of fluffy white snow. If you are lucky enough to visit this place in this season so enjoy it to the fullest. Grab a cuppa of hot chocolate and have a sip with the most astounding Eiffel tower sight-seeing.

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          Why Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle wear shorter dresses during pregnancy!      Cache   Translate Page      

The general public seems pretty concerned at all times about what the royal women – mainly Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle – are deciding to get dressed in. And we, as much as everyone else, love finding out the secret meanings and other reasons behind some of their clothing choices. The latest revelation we all need to hear? Well, it’s all about Kate and Meghan’s royal maternity wardrobes. If you have a very keen eye for detail, you may have noticed that all three times Kate Middleton was pregnant, she started wearing slightly shorter hemlines than before. In fact, InStyle spoke to Cecile Reinaud, founder of maternity brand Seraphine, who confirmed this fact. She said: “[Kate] did [go shorter] for sure. She went shorter, on a couple of occasions well above her knee, which she never does normally. And especially in winter, because when she wore opaque black tights, it looks okay. It doesn’t look too much because it’s not bare legs.” And Cecile predicts that Meghan Markle is likely to go down a certain route. Why? Well, it’s a winter pregnancy and: “she’s likely to have quite a big bump because she’s quite a petite build … so highlighting legs and arms is always a good trick to keep a nice silhouette.” Of course Meghan has already gone for shorter hemlines during the pregnancy so far, we just didn’t know at the time that she was expecting… Whatever she decides to wear – we can’t wait to see Meghan’s maternity style evolve!

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Celebrities are just like us and love to travel! Of course, they can afford to do it in more style and extravagance. These stars have the travel bug. Bill Murray The legendary Bill Murray tries to fit in as much travel as he can while he works. He loves to take a solo and discover new places. Bill Murray took 4 years break from the acting and moved to Paris and then to Prague. George Clooney George Clooney lives la dolce vita in Italy and is a regular on Lake Como, where he has a huge estate. Parts of his blockbuster movie Ocean’s Twelve were filmed at his villa in Laglio. He also returned to get married to Amal Alamuddin in Venice in 2014 and the newlyweds spent time traveling through the Italian countryside via a Vespa moped and Fiat 500. Bear Grylls It’s one thing to have the travel bug, yet Bear goes further and chows down on it. The British explorer is well known for his basic instincts. He’s tanked fecal fluid from elephant dung, eaten deer droppings and utilized the body of a sheep as a resting bag. He doesn’t do this since he’s down and out; this is his bread and butter, not that you’ll ever observe him eating anything as ordinary as that. His most loved goals incorporate Mount Everest, Greenland’s tremendous field of wild and the impressively less-hostile Panama City. Angelina Jolie This prolific traveler has traveler will also continue to have some awesome journeys in her work as Goodwill Ambassador for the UN. So far she’s visited Sierra Leone, Cambodia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Pakistan. Chris Hemsworth Chris Hemsworth was certainly not content with being the king of Asgard, quite evident from his around the world trips and those make-you-jealous travel photos. Chris Hemsworth is a serious surfer who travels around the world looking for his next great set. Chris’ Instagram account is laced with surfing photography and videos, and after checking out a few of them, it’s easy to see that he has some serious skills.

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          After Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh kicks off wedding festivities!      Cache   Translate Page      

After Deepika Padukone flew down to Bengaluru for Nandi Puja last week, groom-to-be Ranveer Singh kicked off wedding celebrations with a Satyanarayan puja and haldi ceremony on Sunday. The actor, who was shooting Simmba in Goa, flew down to Mumbai for a day. “When Ranveer informed Rohit Shetty that he will be taking a day off for the pre-wedding celebrations, the director happily obliged. He flew down on Saturday evening, well in time for the Satyanarayan puja that was held on Sunday morning. It was followed by a haldi ceremony. Arjun Kapoor and casting director Shanoo Sharma attended the function, apart from Ranveer’s friends from outside the industry,” informs a source. The actor’s Bandra residence was bedecked with flowers for the occasion. Clad in a white kurta and pyjama, Singh was spotted at his balcony as he posed with Sharma for selfies.

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          Varun Dhawan asked if Katrina should marry Salman Khan on Koffee with Karan!      Cache   Translate Page      

The sixth season of Karan Johar’s much loved celebrity talk show Koffee with Karan has started with a bang. While the opening episode of the show saw Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt as the guest we also saw the jodi of Akshay Kumar and Ranveer Singh followed by Aamir Khan in a solo appearance. Now as per the latest promo, the next episode of the show will see none other than Varun Dhawan and Katrina Kaif as the guest. While the promo starts Karan Johar asked Katrina if she would date Varun. To which, she responded by saying absolutely no. Karan even insisted that Varun ask her whether she would marry Salman Khan, whom she has dated in the past. The promo ends on a cliff-hanger leaving the fans wanting for more. Well, aren’t you excited for the episode!

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          Italy Offers To Help Relocate Pakistani Christian Woman Acquitted Of Blasphemy      Cache   Translate Page      
Italy joins other western countries seeking to help the woman at the center of a simmering dispute between the government and hard-line religious groups.
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She has been jailed for 10 years for asking "what has mohammed done for world peace?" Oh, and apparently she was thirsty and drank from a cup of water reserved for muslims only. # This is exactly what liberals in the West don't comprehend when they defend Islam- Islam is a hateful disease. Sahih Bukhari (52:177) - "The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. "O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him." Sahih Bukhari (11:626) - [Muhammad said:] "I decided to order a man to lead the prayer and then take a flame to burn all those, who had not left their houses for the prayer, burning them alive inside their homes." Tabari 7:97 "Kill any Jew who falls under your power." Tabari 9:69 "Killing Unbelievers is a small matter to us" The words of Muhammad, prophet of Islam. Quran (47:3-4) - "Those who disbelieve follow falsehood, while those who believe follow the truth from their Lord... So, when you meet, those who disbelieve, smite at their necks till when you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind a bond firmly on them, (i.e. take them as captives)... If it had been Allah's Will, He Himself could certainly have punished them (without you). But (He lets you fight), in order to test you... ." So many open ended calls to hatred. There are 109 in the quran alone whilst there are NONE in the new testament and the calls to violence in the old testament were to clear the land of Israel only. Big difference in open ended and closed but liberals lack the brain power to comprehend this. Also note that there was no call for the tribes of Israel to make war on those who disbelieved- there was no war to convert ever. Islam however is a global scourge, dedicated to our complete destruction.
          Asia Bibi, Christian woman accused of blasphemy, seeks asylum amid violent protests      Cache   Translate Page      

Published November 04, 2018

Last Update 5 hrs ago

By Travis Fedschun | Fox News

The Christian woman in Pakistan who was on death row for nearly a decade before being acquitted by the country's top court last week is now seeking asylum elsewhere, after widespread violent protests throughout the country.

Asia Bibi was convicted in 2010 after she allegedly contaminated a water jug -- an offense viewed as blasphemy in the Muslim country.

Pakistan's top court acquitted the 47-year-old on Wednesday and ordered her release in a move that infuriated the country's hard-line Islamists, who have held nationwide protests demanding her execution.

Bibi's husband, Ashiq Masih, released a video in Punjabi on Saturday asking the U.K. to grant his family asylum amid fears for their safety, Sky News reported.

"I am requesting the prime minister of the UK help us and as far as possible grant us freedom," he said in a message directly to British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Pakistani protesters burn a poster image of Christian woman Asia Bibi in Hyderabad, Pakistan. (AP Photo/Pervez Masih)

Masih also called for asylum from President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the clip, according to Sky News. France and Spain have offered Bibi asylum, but her path out of the country may have grown more complicated.


After three days of nationwide protests demanding her execution, the Islamists ended the violent clashes after the government agreed to impose a travel ban on Bibi and to allow her case to be reviewed.

On Sunday, police said that more than 150 people have been arrested on charges of arson, vandalism and violence during the protests.

Protesters shout slogans during a rally to condemn a Supreme Court decision that acquitted Asia Bibi, a Christian woman, who spent eight years on death row accused of blasphemy, in Lahore, Pakistan, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

Her lawyer, Saiful Malook, left Pakistan abruptly after fearing for his safety. Malook told The Associated Press earlier this week that he would have to leave Pakistan because the followers of hard-line cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi had threatened to kill him as well as the judges who acquitted Bibi.

Blasphemy against Islam is punishable by death in Pakistan, and the mere rumor has caused lynchings. Islamists have made the blasphemy law a central rallying cry.

Pakistan's top court acquitted Bibi who was sentenced to death in 2010 on blasphemy charges, a landmark ruling that could ignite mass protests or violence by hard-line Islamists. (AP Photo)

Rights groups have called for Bibi's release and criticized the blasphemy law, saying it has been used to settle scores or abuse religious minorities. The court upheld the blasphemy law, but said there was not enough evidence to convict Bibi.

Pakistan's Supreme Court has not been known to reverse its decisions, but court reviews typically take years, according to the AP. Bibi's ordeal looks set to continue until the review is completed.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed


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On warm evenings in the affluent Karachi neighborhood of Defence, there’s often a steady stream of SUVs pulling off the main drag, Khayaban-e-Bukhari, onto tucked-away side streets. Arriving at a wall painted in the style of either South Asian truck art or kitschy Pakistani film, the occupants get out and hand their keys to a valet. There’s no nightclub or luxurious restaurant on the other side of a velvet rope, though, just a handful of plastic tables and chairs planted on sandy, open-air plots of land. By nightfall, the tables are packed with people ordering chai — the local term for tea, usually prepared with milk — and parathas, and documenting it all on Instagram.

Over the last few years, upscale roadside cafes serving tea mixed with elaborate ingredients like coffee or Cadbury chocolate, along with novelties like pizza parathas, have proliferated throughout Karachi’s wealthier districts. The spaces often resemble beer gardens, lit up by the bright signage of neighboring businesses and imbued with the mood of late nights, caffeine-fueled conversations, and board games. The crowds range from 20-somethings in skinny jeans and T-shirts to families in chauffeured cars. One Friday in January, Humaida Sabir, a 22-year-old student at Baqai Medical University, was having a girls’ night out. “If you just want to have a cup of tea in the open air,” she told me, there’s no place quite like one of these new roadside cafes.

Roadside cafes are hardly unusual in Pakistan; they have long sustained the country’s working class. What’s innovative about this new wave is the packaging: High-end cafes are taking the tea culture of the proletariat, wrapping it in a glossy coating, and using rhetoric about families, modernity, and cleanliness to sell it to the city’s elites and upwardly mobile for sizable profits. Saad Afridi, an airline pilot, ran the upscale, now-closed Season of Smiles, which was known by customers as SOS Tea Bar. “People don’t want to go to restaurants all the time,” he said. “They want to sit outside in the open air.”

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1. India announced that it would extend a USD 310 million loan to Zimbabwe to finance a rehabilitation project for a thermal power plant that would entail upgrading the station and extending its lifespan. 

भारत ने जिम्बाब्वे को एक बिजली संयंत्र की पुनर्वास परियोजना (पूरी तरह से चालू हालत में लाने) के लिये 31 करोड़ डॉलर का ऋण देने की घोषणा की। इसका इस्तेमाल संयंत्र के उन्नतिकरण और उसके जीवनचक्र को बढ़ाने में होगा। 

2. The prestigious IPI India Award for excellence in journalism has been given to Namrata Biji Ahuja of 'The Week' magazine this year. 

‘द वीक’ पत्रिका की वरिष्ठ पत्रकार नम्रता बिजी आहूजा को इस साल के इंटरनेशनल प्रेस इंस्टीट्यूट-इंडिया (आईपीआई-इंडिया) अवॉर्ड के लिए चुना गया है। 

3. Vice Admiral (retired) M P Avati, who commanded a naval unit of East Fleet (Eastern Fleet) in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, passed away. He was 91. 

साल 1971 के भारत-पाकिस्तान युद्ध में पूर्वी बेड़े (ईस्टर्न फ्लीट) की एक नौसैनिक इकाई की कमान संभालने वाले वाइस एडमिरल (अवकाशप्राप्त) एम पी अवती का निधन हो गया। वह 91 वर्ष के थे। 

4. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated the Signature Bridge over the Yamuna in the national capital Delhi. 

दिल्ली के मुख्यमंत्री अरविन्द केजरीवाल ने राजधानी दिल्ली में यमुना नदी पर नवनिर्मित सिग्नेचर ब्रिज का उद्घाटन किया। 

5. Russia's Karen Khachanov clinched the biggest win of his career with a 7-5, 6-4 upset of Novak Djokovic to claim the Paris Masters title. 

रूस के कैरेन खाचानोव ने रविवार को नोवाक जोकोविच को 7-5 6-4 से हराकर उलटफेर करते हुए पेरिस मास्टर्स टेनिस टूर्नामेंट का खिताब अपने नाम किया। 

6. Industrialist Mukesh Ambani is keen on the e-governance space and has set up a subsidiary company in the Northwestern European nation Estonia to get a grip on the solutions. 

उद्योगपति मुकेश अंबानी ने उत्तर-पश्चिमी यूरोपीय देश एस्तोनिया में एक संयुक्त कंपनी बनायी है जो इंटरनेट के जरिए लोगों तक सरकारी सेवाएं पहुंचाने के समाधान निकालने पर काम करेगी। 

7. Controversial Uzbek businessman Gafur Rakhimov was elected president of the International Boxing Association (AIBA). 

उज्बेकिस्तान के विवादास्पद व्यवसायी गाफूर राखिमोव को अंतरराष्ट्रीय मुक्केबाजी संघ का अध्यक्ष चुना गया। 
8. India and Zimbabwe have signed six agreements, including on mining, Information and communications technology (ICT), visa waiver and traditional medicine. 

भारत और जिम्बाब्वे ने खनन, सूचना और संचार प्रौद्योगिकी (आईसीटी), वीजा छूट और पारंपरिक चिकित्सा सहित छह समझौतों पर हस्ताक्षर किए हैं

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ROME (AP) " Italy said Tuesday that it is working to help relocate the family of a Pakistani Christian woman acquitted eight years after being sentenced to death for blasphemy, amid warnings from her husband that the family's life is in danger in Pakistan.The Foreign Ministry said it was coordinating with other countries to ensure safety for Asia Bibi and her family. In a statement, the ministry said it was ready to act on whatever the Italian government might decide " an indication [...]
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“He’s been dubbed the ‘hipster terrorist’ for the glamorous social media shots of him posing in snazzy shirts and designer sunglasses, an iced latte in hand and jacket slung casually over a shoulder,” the Chicago Tribune reports. The hipster terrorist is Aws Mohammed Younis al-Jayab, and last week in Chicago he pleaded guilty to aiding a terrorist organization and lying to U.S. immigration officials.

Though also described as a “California man,” al-Jayab came to the United States in 2012 as a refugee from Syria, Agence France-Presse reported, and later returned there to fight with al Qaeda affiliate Ansar al-Islam. Al-Jayab told immigration officials he was going to Turkey to visit his grandmother. When the Islamic fighter returned to the USA he moved to Sacramento, California, took courses at American River College, and worked at a Ramada Inn.

After his arrest in early 2016, the Sacramento Bee reported, “On the surface, Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab appears to be a typical young man trying to make it in America.” He was a student, worked at a hotel and judging by photos on Facebook “he evidently likes sleek, fast cars,” and “has a penchant for posing before the Golden Gate Bridge and elsewhere wearing the chic clothing you might see young hipsters wearing at any American shopping mall.” But as federal officials charged, al-Jayab has “another, darker side.”

The Bee cited al-Jayab’s public defender, Benjamin Galloway, that “there is no indication that Mr. Al-Jayab planned any acts of terror in this country.” In similar style, U.S. Attorney, Benjamin Wagner, an appointee of POTUS 44, said al-Jayab represented “a potential safety threat” but “there is no indication that he planned any acts of terrorism in this country.” This was not the first time Wagner had played down the prospects of terrorism.

In early 2015 a Bee reporter asked him, what is our first line of defense?  Wagner cited a “community resilience exercise” at Sacramento State University with 30 members of the Muslim community along with law enforcement. The Muslim community, Wagner said, wants to be seen as “part of the solution.”

By Wagner’s count, about 150 Americans had tried to join ISIS but “a lot of people who have been recruited didn’t have a long-term, religious involvement. A lot of this seems to be a teenaged fantasy.” Recruiters “have an appeal to angry, disaffected young people, and that really doesn’t have much to do with religion.” The Bee reporter then asked Wager if Californians were in danger from the Islamic State and al-Qaeda.

“I would say it’s not a very high threat,” Wagner responded. “What I’m more concerned about is some sort of backlash crime here – something gruesome will happen in Syria and someone will take revenge on the local community.” Wagner quoted POTUS 44 that “We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam.” Religion doesn’t cause terrorism, Wagner said, and “with grisly story after grisly story, there’s been a growth in Europe of xenophobic, anti-Islamic political movements.” Someone in his community project said “negative feelings toward Muslims in the U.S. are even worse than they were after 9/11.”

In August, 2018, the FBI Joint Terrorism Taskforce arrested Omar Abdulsattar Ameen, 45, an accused ISIS and al-Qaeda terrorist who lied about his background to gain entry to the United States. Ameen had been an al-Qaeda member since 2004 and teamed with ISIS in Iraq.

In 2012, Ameen showed up in Turkey asking for asylum in the United States, claiming that his father had been killed because he had cooperated with U.S. forces.  In June, 2014, Ameen gained approval to come to the United States as a refugee but he returned to Iraq many times. At the time of his arrest Ameen was living in Sacramento, taking college classes, and working an at auto body shop.

In 2005, federal officials broke up an al-Qaeda cell in Lodi, California and charged Hamid Hayat, 22, with traveling to Pakistan for terrorist training. Hayat was born in California but attended a madrassa in Pakistan and never considered himself American. In recorded interviews, Hayat said he was “so pleased” that jihadis had cut “Jewish” Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl “into pieces,” which was a “good job.”

CAIR and the Muslim Legal Fund of America pushed for a new trial in and last January federal judge Deborah Barnes ordered an evidentiary hearing. Hayat’s defenders charged “anti-Muslim bias in American courtrooms” and contended that his 2006 attorney Wazhma Mojaddidi, a former CAIR president in Sacramento, failed to provide adequate defense. The hearing allowed friends and relatives of Hayat to testify in a live video feed from Pakistan.

In March, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Hayat’s 2006 conviction. Current U.S Attorney McGregor Scott, who served in that office at the time of Hayat’s conviction, told reporters, “Hamid Hayat remains a terrorist convicted in the open courts of this country,” and described the prosecution as “righteous” and the result “just.”

Meanwhile, “hipster terrorist” Aws Mohammed Younis al-Jayab will be sentenced on April 26, 2019.

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The media’s go-to Muslim darling and ex-terrorist self-promoter, Maajid Nawaz, is currently having a Twitter spat with Lily Allen (that virtuous pop singer who has promised and failed to give a room to even one single asylum seeker in any of her several properties, in spite of breaking down in tears on TV at Calais and apologizing to the world on behalf of the UK).

Maajid is using the usual buzzwords that keep the cash flowing in his direction: “the regressive left,” “Muslim fundamentalists,” and then he ends their debate by stating that Lily is discrediting the work of the three million British Pakistanis who are trying to address and improve the situation of the over-representation of Pakistanis in grooming gangs in the UK. In reality, however, the entire Pakistani community knew, and still knows, about the rape of white British girls. They are a close-knit community. They would have seen gangs of girls hanging around kebab shops. At no point did anyone try on-street intervention. They would have heard their friends bragging about who and how many non-Muslim girls they had raped last night. They would have heard about the rape parties where non-Muslim girls were drugged and passed around the men to be raped. The wives, too, would have heard these conversations on the telephone, in the next room, or in the shops where their husbands work. The taxi drivers who shuttled the non-Muslims girls back and forth to houses and hotels to be raped were also aware of what was going on.

Contrary to Maajid’s claims, none of these three million Pakistani Muslims chose to speak up. A handful of Ahmadiyyas protested on the streets, and the UK media were in a frenzy to let us know that Muslims oppose violence and rape. The media, as usual, neglected to note that Ahmadiyyas are not considered by mainstream Sunni Muslims to be real Muslims. They are considered apostates, who have every chance of being beaten and killed, just the same as any other non-Muslim does. Literature in the Muslim Council of Britain and Kennington mosque declare this sect to be apostates, and essentially fair game.

I remember a radio conversation in which a Muslima was being interviewed and she said that the entire Pakistani communities knew and still know what is going on. She was so sickened and appalled by what her community was doing to non-Muslim girls that she took her infant child and fled, for her safety, and in order that she could speak about it, from the South to the North of England. What a brave soul. A single mother, on her own, running into poverty and uncertainty in order that she could do one single radio interview.

Where are these three million Pakistanis Maajid is talking about? I’m seeing a handful on the TV who all exhibit the same tendency of bringing Jimmy Savile’s name into the conversation that they’re having about solving the Pakistani grooming gang problem. They’re not solving the problem so much as trying to shift the attention away from it. Jimmy Savile is a different problem to be solved. And we will solve it, and we won’t be called racist for doing so. We can’t solve all problems at once, and yet if we focus on Islamic rape gangs we’re racist and using the issue as a political tool. The same thing wasn’t said when the focus was on the Catholic Church. No one hesitated in attempting to get to the bottom and root cause of the pandemic of pedophile priests. Muslims tend to enjoy special status in relation to rape and grooming. If you talk about their behaviour, you’re a racist. Forget the lifetime trauma that the raped girls will never get over. Forget the ruined lives so that a bunch of animals could have five minutes of pleasure. Forget the suicide and drug addiction rates we will be seeing in later years as a result of Maajid’s community’s behaviour.

The other thing to note is that Maajid insists, with his spat on Twitter with Lily Allen (who apparently hasn’t yet been shamed enough to know when to keep her mouth shut), that he himself is a British Pakistani. Now how can this be? Unless you’re brought over to Britain after your formative years in Pakistan where you have been steeped in a cultural tradition, how can you be both things at once? Your roots might lie in Pakistan or Ireland, but if you’re brought up in the UK, then you are British – end of story. Maajid slips up at the end of their Twitter spat. He forgets to call himself a “Brit-Pakistani,” and he calls himself a “Pakistani” instead. Very Freudian.

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Trump should end the alliance with Pakistan. Pakistan is not an ally of the United States and has not been for a considerable period, if, indeed, it ever was. The treatment of Asia Bibi ought to be the occasion for the official ending of this sham alliance.

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Nếu như sáng kiến “Vành đai và con đường” của Trung Quốc đã gieo rắc nỗi ám ảnh tại nhiều quốc gia mới nổi khi họ nhận ra cái giá phải trả cho các khoản tín dụng ưu đãi từ Trung Quốc là mất đất đai, cảng biển rơi vào tay nước ngoài… thì đâu đó vẫn còn một số quốc gia sẵn sàng tạo mọi điều kiện thuận lợi đảm bảo cho kế hoạch của Trung Quốc thành công, ít nhất là tại Việt Nam.

Thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc bắt tay với Tổng Bí thư, Chủ tịch Trung Quốc Tập Cận Bình. (Ảnh: VGP)

Theo nguồn tin từ đặc phái viên TTXVN, Thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc vừa có cuộc gặp với lãnh đạo tối cao của Chính quyền Bắc Kinh ông Tập Cận Bình nhân chuyến tham dự hội chợ Nhập khẩu quốc tế Trung Quốc CIIE 2018 hôm 4/11.
Tại đây, Thủ tướng đánh giá cao các sáng kiến của Trung Quốc đang “đóng góp cho hòa bình, ổn định và thịnh vượng ở khu vực và trên thế giới”, nguồn tin cho biết.
Đồng thời, ông hoan nghênh sáng kiến “Vành đai và Con đường” của Trung Quốc trong việc thúc đẩy hợp tác cùng có lợi và hỗ trợ các nước đang phát triển trong xây dựng kết cấu hạ tầng.
Bên cạnh đó, Thủ tướng ủng hộ việc kết nối sáng kiến “Vành đai và Con đường” với khuôn khổ hợp tác “Hai hành lang, một vành đai kinh tế Việt – Trung” tại Việt Nam. (1)
Thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc khẳng định Việt Nam ủng hộ cơ chế hợp tác Lan Thương – Mekong (2) gắn với khuôn khổ hợp tác tiểu vùng sông Mekong mở rộng (GMS). (3)
Bên cạnh đánh giá cao các sáng kiến và cơ chế hợp tác vùng của Trung Quốc, Thủ tướng nhấn mạnh luôn coi trọng phát triển quan hệ bền vững với Trung Quốc và xem đó là một trong những ưu tiên hàng đầu trong chính sách đối ngoại của Việt Nam, theo nguồn tin TTXVN.Bề vấn đề biển Đông, Thủ tướng tiếp tục hoan nghênh những “kết quả tích cực” đạt được trong đàm phán về bộ Quy tắc ứng xử ở Biển Đông giữa ASEAN và Trung Quốc vừa qua. Đồng thời ông kêu gọi hai bên tôn trọng lợi ích chính đáng, giải quyết tranh chấp bằng biện pháp hòa bình, phù hợp với luật pháp quốc tế.
Trước đó trong buổi tọa đàm với các tập đoàn, doanh nghiệp Trung Quốc, người đứng đầu Chính phủ Việt Nam cũng bày tỏ hoan nghênh các doanh nghiệp Trung Quốc đầu tư vào Việt Nam, và khẳng định Chính phủ sẽ tạo mọi điều kiện thuận lợi để các nhà đầu tư Trung Quốc đầu tư thành công tại Việt Nam.
Trong khi đó, cùng với xu hướng quốc tế mà phát khởi đầu tiên là Mỹ đang xem xét lại các thỏa thuận hợp tác thương mại với ĐCSTQ, nhiều quốc gia mới nổi như Malaysia, Úc, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal… sau khi nếm vị đắng từ các khoản tín dụng cho vay dễ dãi của Trung Quốc – thường gắn liền với quyền tiếp quản dự án cảng biển, đất đai khu vực dự án hay quyền khai thác tài nguyên thiên nhiên các quốc gia đi vay – đã và đang lần lượt hủy bỏ dự án hợp tác với Trung Quốc.
Chẳng hạn, tân thủ tướng Malaysia Mahathir mới đây đã công khai hủy 3 dự án do Trung Quốc tài trợ với tổng trị giá 22 tỷ USD. Trước đó vào tháng Mười Một năm ngoái, chỉ trong vài tuần, cả Pakistan, Nepal và Myanmar đã đồng loạt hủy bỏ dự án thủy điện lớn của các công ty Trung Quốc. Hay như một đồng minh thân cận của Trung Quốc là Philippines – Tổng thống Duterte của quốc gia này mới đây cũng đã không dưới một lần lên án ĐCSTQ, kêu gọi Bắc Kinh “tái định hình” và “hành động ôn hòa” về vấn đề Biển Đông đang gây tranh cãi.
Nếu như sáng kiến “Vành đai và con đường” của Trung Quốc – gieo rắc nỗi ám ảnh và đẩy nhiều quốc gia lún sâu vào bẫy nợ của Bắc Kinh – đã được các nước nhận diện và có biện pháp đề phòng, thì đâu đó vẫn còn một số quốc gia sẵn sàng tạo mọi điều kiện thuận lợi đảm bảo cho kế hoạch của Trung Quốc thành công, ít nhất là tại Việt Nam.
Chú thích:
(1) Hợp tác phát triển hai hành lang một vành đai kinh tế Việt Nam – Trung Quốc bao gồm hành lang kinh tế Côn Minh – Lào Cai – Hà Nội – Hải Phòng, hành lang kinh tế Nam Ninh – Lạng Sơn – Hà Nội – Hải Phòng, và vành đai kinh tế Vịnh Bắc Bộ đã được lãnh đạo cao cấp hai nước thỏa thuận xây dựng.
(2) Cơ chế hợp tác Lan Thương – Mekong (LMC) nhằm thúc đẩy kết nối giữa Trung Quốc với 5 nước Mekong (Campuchia, Lào, Myanmar, Thái Lan và Việt Nam). Kết thúc hội nghị thượng đỉnh LMC lần thứ 2, nhà lãnh đạo các nước đã đồng ý xem xét một loạt các dự án do Trung Quốc tài trợ. Tổng các khoản vay và trợ cấp mà Trung Quốc cam kết là gần 12 tỷ USD cho cho 5 nước Mekong.
(3) Tiểu vùng sông Mekong mở rộng (GMS) là khu vực rộng lớn với số dân 340 triệu người, bao gồm 5 quốc gia Mekong và hai tỉnh Vân Nam, Quảng Tây của Trung Quốc, do Ngân hàng Phát triển châu Á (ADB) khởi xướng. Đây là sự mở rộng của Tiểu vùng sông Mekong vốn không có các tỉnh của Trung Quốc. Hiện, GMS có hơn 222 dự án với trị giá 65 tỷ USD đã được thông qua.
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          Pakistan's central bank denies mass data breach      Cache   Translate Page      
Pakistan's central bank denies mass data breachEarlier, the head of the Federal Investigation Agency's cyber-crime unit told two television stations that "almost all" banks had been hit by hacking and a "large amount of money" had been stolen, though he gave few details.
          India’s First Domestic-Made Nuclear Submarine Takes Its First Successful Patrol      Cache   Translate Page      

India said on Monday its first domestically built nuclear-powered submarine had recently completed a “deterrence patrol,” giving it the capability to fire nuclear weapons from land, air and sea in the event of any “misadventure” by enemies. With nuclear-armed China to its north and nuclear-armed Pakistan to its west – both of which India has [...]

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          On eve of IMF talks, Pakistan says balance of payments crisis over      Cache   Translate Page      
It was unclear if Umar meant that Pakistan would no longer require any IMF assistance or if the country would seek lesser funding.
          Pakistan needs IMF bailout, panda bond issue: Habib Bank CEO      Cache   Translate Page      
The bank is also urging Pakistan to tap China's nascent "panda bond" market, which enables oversees issuers to raise yuan-denominated bonds there, as soon as possible after IMF funding is secured.
          Top US State Department official in Pakistan for crucial talks      Cache   Translate Page      
Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal confirmed that Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Ambassador Alice Wells is visiting Islamabad on November 6.
          Asia Bibi: Pakistan's Judicial Betrayal - Giulio Meotti      Cache   Translate Page      
          Quelle horreur ! Des enfants pendent une effigie d’Asia Bibi      Cache   Translate Page      
Quelle horreur ! Des enfants pendent une effigie d’Asia Bibi
On est révulsé de voir des garçonnets pakistanais, nourris au lait du mahométanisme, se livrer à une telle horreur… Religion d’amour, de tolérance et de paix ! Prions pour qu’Asia Bibi, sa famille et ses soutiens puissent quitter rapidement le Pakistan et trouver, enfin, la sécurité et la tranquillité…

          Asia Bibi, le jour de toutes les craintes…      Cache   Translate Page      
Asia Bibi, le jour de toutes les craintes…
Je viens de recevoir, voici quelques minutes, un communiqué particulièrement urgent de la British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA). En voici la traduction d’un extrait. « La pétition [adressée par les islamistes] contre l’acquittement d’Asia Bibi, sera soumise à la Cour suprême de Lahore [aujourd’hui] 5 novembre. La BPCA appelle les chrétiens dans le monde entier à […]

          Asia Bibi : une belle méditation sur “Belgicatho”      Cache   Translate Page      
Asia Bibi : une belle méditation sur “Belgicatho”
Belgicatho, blogue catholique d’outre-Quiévrain, nous livre ce matin une méditation aussi belle que brève sur le sort d’Asia Bibi. La voici… « Comment ne pas voir dans les évènements du Pakistan où la foule crie “Pendez-la, pendez-la !” un rappel tragique de ces évènements fondateurs de notre foi où le Juste fut condamné à mort par […]

          Bolstered Black Caps' 11-match, four-year ODI winning streak against Pakistan      Cache   Translate Page      
Kane Williamson claimed he was unaware, but his Black Caps will be buoyed by an 11-match, four-year ODI winning streak against Pakistan in their series opener in Abu Dhabi.
          Kenya: Kenya: Kakuma New Arrival Registration Trends 2018 (as of 31 October 2018)      Cache   Translate Page      
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Yemen, Zimbabwe

          Turkey: DTM Turkey Migrant Presence Monitoring - Overview of the Situation with Migrants, Quarterly Report | July - September 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Source: International Organization for Migration
Country: Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Morocco, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Somalia, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, World

Background and Key Findings

According to the latest available figures from the Turkish Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM) there are currently an estimated 3.9 million foreign nationals present in Turkish territory seeking international protection. Most are Syrians (3,567,658* individuals) who are granted temporary protection status, while according to UNHCR 361,693 asylum seekers and refugees from countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, The Islamic Republic of Iran and Somalia constitute another significant group of foreign nationals seeking Turkish humanitarian and legal protection. Like the previous reporting period, since June 2018 the number of Syrians residing in camps has decreased by 36,538

          Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st ODI Highlights – Nov 7, 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

1st ODI (D/N), New Zealand tour of United Arab Emirates 2018, Watch NZ v PAK Cricket highlights today – First one day international from Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi (U.A.E) Wednesday 7th November 2018. Pakistan and New Zealand played a total 103 ODI matches of all time 53 won by Pakistan and 47 won by […]

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          Fall Asia Bibi – Bärtige Islamisten zeigen ihre Macht in Pakistan      Cache   Translate Page      
Das Militär hat in Pakistan Islamisten und Terroristen gezüchtet und gefördert. Jetzt sind diese ausser Kontrolle – die Regierung hat Angst vor den aufgehetzten Massen.
          Bereit zum «Märtyrertod» – Pakistans Islamisten erpressen den Staat      Cache   Translate Page      
Asia Bibi habe den Propheten nicht beleidigt und sei aus der Haft zu entlassen – so befand das oberste Gericht Pakistans. Die Christin sitzt jedoch weiter in Haft und schwebt in Lebensgefahr.
          [TobagoJack] Let us see whether ‘free-trade’ survives, when a buyer wishes to buy, and a sell...      Cache   Translate Page      
Let us see whether ‘free-trade’ survives, when a buyer wishes to buy, and a seller shoes from selling

China upgrades nuclear reactors to wean itself off coalAdvanced designs use homegrown and foreign technology as West looks on warily
November 04, 2018 12:03 JST

BEIJING -- China's state-owned power plant operators are introducing safer, more efficient nuclear reactors as the government looks to raise its nuclear power capacity by 50% by 2020 to reduce its reliance on coal.

So-called generation III plus reactors have safety features that automatically shut down the unit if the power is cut off. At least three advanced reactors will be operating in China by the end of the year, and more are on the way.

In Zhejiang Province, China National Nuclear Power, a unit of China National Nuclear Corp., began commercial power generation of its Sanmen-1 reactor in September, becoming the first company in the world to operate an AP1000 pressurized water reactor designed by Westinghouse Electric of the U.S.

Construction began in 2009. In April, the reactor received regulatory approval and was loaded with fuel. The 1,250 megawatt reactor was hooked up to the grid in June and was test run for 168 consecutive hours.

State Power Investment Corp.'s Haiyang plant in Shandong Province also has a Westinghouse AP1000 reactor, which began trial runs in August. Last month the advanced 1,250 MW reactor was declared ready for commercial operation. Eventually the power station will have six AP1000 reactors.

China General Nuclear Power Group's Taishan-1 in Guangdong Province is a European-type pressurized water reactor, or EPR, designed by French company Areva. The reactor was successfully powered up in June and trial runs are underway. If they go as planned, 1,750 MW plant will begin commercial operation by the end of the year.

According to China's National Energy Administration, more than 40 nuclear reactors are operating in the country, with a total capacity of 38,000 MW as of the end of August. Although that represents a near tripling of China's nuclear capacity compared with just five years earlier, nuclear power still accounted for less than 4% of the country's total output in 2017, while coal-fired plants had a 70%-plus share.

China's President Xi Jinping aims to raise the country's nuclear power output to 58,000 MW by around 2020, and to 150,000 MW by 2030, which would make it the world's biggest generator of nuclear power, ahead of the U.S. If it reaches that goal, nuclear power will grow to 8% of China's forecast electricity output.

Beijing is keen to develop its own nuclear reactor technology. Its Hualong One is a domestic version of the pressurized water reactor design, which it developed through its experience building and operating plants in China. It also incorporates technologies from overseas.

Even as China applies itself to developing nuclear power, the German and U.S. governments are wary of cooperating too closely, despite the business opportunities, due to concerns over technology leaks and possible military applications.

Plans are underway to build a number of Hualong One reactors, including at the Fuqing power plant in Fujian Province in China's southeast, and at the Fangchenggang nuclear project in the Guangxi-Zhuang Autonomous Region. China is also promoting exports of its homegrown advanced reactor in the U.K., Pakistan and elsewhere.

The U.S. Department of Energy in October announced new restrictions on exports of civilian nuclear technology to China. The German government in August blocked an attempt by Yantai Taihai Group, a metalworking and chemical company based in China's Shandong Province, to buy German precision equipment maker Leifeld Metal Spinning, whose machines can be used to fabricate nuclear plant components.

Although the new U.S. rules will not affect Westinghouse's AP1000 projects in China, Chinese companies hoping to use new American technology will have to offer more transparency about how it will be used.

Striking a balance between security and commercial interests will also be challenging for Washington. According to Chinese news outlets, U.S. exports to China of nuclear equipment totaled $170 million in 2017, making it the second-largest buyer of U.S. products after the U.K.

          China promete a Pakistán seguir apoyando su corredor económico      Cache   Translate Page      
El presidente chino, Xi Jinping, prometió al primer ministro pakistaní, Imran Khan, seguir apoyando el Corredor Económico China-Pakistán (CPEC) e impulsar su cooperación comercial, informaron hoy los medios locales. Leer
          [TobagoJack] admittedly from suspect bloomberg, but good enough for triangulation purpose, at...      Cache   Translate Page      
admittedly from suspect bloomberg, but good enough for triangulation purpose, at least a point to mull over

and if of veracity whether deliberate or accidental, then should be put on watch & brief

at some juncture there may be congressional hearings on "who lost [ ]?" w/ [ ] to be filled in with either russia and / or china.

it is like the folks in charge never played that which jack is good enough in, "risk"

Trump’s Trade War Is Making Russia and China Comrades Again

Facing U.S. sanctions and tariffs, Moscow and Beijing are finding lots of common ground.
More stories by Marc ChampionNovember 6, 2018, 5:00 AM GMT+8

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin toast with vodka during a signing ceremony on May 21, 2014, in Shanghai. Russia and China signed a 30-year contract for supply of gas.
Photographer: Sasha Mordovets/Getty ImagesFu Ying recalls vividly how, as a young woman, she’d get woken by sirens in the middle of the night for drills to practice for a Soviet invasion. It was the time of China’s traumatic Cultural Revolution and, although the farm she’d been sent to was more than 200 miles from the border, the threat seemed imminent—strong enough, it turned out, to throw Maoist China into the arms of its capitalist nemesis, the U.S.

Today’s world could hardly look more different. The U.S.-China realignment that began with President Richard Nixon’s 1972 visit to Beijing has been reversed in the most consequential geopolitical shift since the fall of the Berlin Wall. China and Russia are now as close as at any time in their 400 years of shared history. The U.S., meanwhile, has targeted both countries with sanctions and China with a trade war.

“There is no sense of threat from Russia. We feel comfortable back-to-back,” says Fu, now chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, over drinks in a hotel bar near the Black Sea resort of Sochi, where she’s attending a conference. The two countries have settled the border dispute that produced a brief war in 1969.

She’s less sure about the U.S. In a speech last month, Vice President Mike Pence said the U.S. was responding to “Chinese aggression” with military spending and trade tariffs. Beijing, he said, was expanding at the expense of others and trying to drive the U.S. from the western Pacific. That kind of talk won’t be easy to forget, even if Trump and Xi agree to a trade truce at a scheduled meeting at the end of November. “I just hope that if some people in the U.S. insist on dragging us down the hill into Thucydides’ trap, China will be smart enough not to follow,” Fu says, referring to the ancient historian’s observation that rising and established powers tend to end up at war.

Even without bloodshed, this reconfiguration of the nuclear and economic superpowers is significant. Chinese investment and energy purchases make it easier for Russia to resist economic pressure over Ukraine; Russian sales of oil, missile defense systems, and jets are changing U.S. calculations in the Pacific by raising the potential cost of any future showdown with China.

Coordination in the United Nations Security Council allows the two Eurasian powers to frustrate U.S. goals and support each other’s. Nor is the U.S. the only one affected. India, which for decades relied on Russia to help balance China and Pakistan, is deeply concerned that Moscow is falling under Beijing’s sway. Russia already supplies the engines for Chinese-Pakistani fighter jets. “India needs a reconciliation between the West and Russia” to squeeze China’s strategic space, says C. Raja Mohan, director of the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore.

Western analysts and leaders for a long time dismissed the Sino-Russian rapprochement and its trappings—such as the NATO-lite Shanghai Cooperation Organization—as a “marriage of convenience,” doomed to fail by geography, history, and a growing disparity in strength. And the economic relationship still lags far behind the political rhetoric.

But complacency has given way to alarm. A recent study by the National Bureau of Asian Research, a Seattle-based think tank, debated whether U.S. policy was at fault for driving Russia and China together and asked if the U.S. should correct course by accommodating one Eurasian giant to isolate the other. Some among the 100-plus participants called for Washington to prepare for the worst-case scenario the realignment implies: a two-front war.

Robert Sutter, the study’s principal investigator, said at an October panel to discuss the findings that he’s had a big change of heart since he wrote in a U.S. government National Intelligence Estimate that the Russia-China relationship was an axis of convenience. “The situation is pretty bleak for the United States,” Sutter said. “And there is no easy way to fix it.”

The bromance between Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping is certainly hard to miss. They meet with each other more than with any other world leaders, have awarded each other medals, and even cooked blinis and noodles together for their respective state TV channels. Joint military exercises are routine. This year, China took delivery of Russia’s most advanced S-400 air-defense system and Sukhoi SU-35 fighter aircraft, a level of trust that’s likely to thwart U.S. national security adviser John Bolton’s recent attempt to convince Moscow it faces a security threat from the East.

China has become Russia’s biggest single trade partner, even if it remains far behind the European Union as a bloc. Russia displaced Saudi Arabia as China’s top supplier of crude oil in 2015. A new pipeline, Power of Siberia, is due to start delivering as much as 38 billion cubic meters (1.3 trillion cubic feet) of natural gas per year to northern China in December 2019. Chinese entities own 30 percent of Russia’s new Yamal liquefied natural gas project in the Arctic. Russia and China have nonconflicting security concerns—in the Pacific for China and in the former Soviet bloc and Middle East for Russia. At the same time they perceive a common threat (the U.S.) and a shared goal of changing what both see as an American-dominated global order.

Their economies also are complementary: China is the world’s biggest manufacturer, and Russia is among the largest exporters of energy and raw materials. China has a shortage of arable land, and Russia a surfeit. Even their demography offers opportunities. China has a majority of men, whereas Russia has the opposite. “I could see that there are many more men in China, and people started to ask me if I could help them to find women,” says Pavel Stepanets, who started a Beijing-based matchmaking service, Meilishka, six months ago. The company website claims to have 244 “Slav girls looking for a Chinese husband.”

Russian analysts and officials say they aren’t pivoting east as much as they’re diversifying their economic and security relationships. Europe and China “are two independent destinations and two independent routes” for gas and oil, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said in an October interview. “We do not see any need to redirect volumes.”

What the new eastbound pipelines will do, according to Vasily Kashin, a senior research fellow at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics, is to make Russia about 60 percent—down from 90 percent—dependent on European markets. They’ll also make China less vulnerable to a potential U.S. sea blockade should there be conflict over Taiwan. “Every pipeline project is negotiated for a decade and then built for a decade,” Kashin says. “But once it’s completed, you have an irreversible geopolitical change.”

The new geopolitical infrastructure is slowly falling into place. In January, Russia doubled its capacity to pipe crude oil to China, to about 600,000 barrels per day. In addition to the Power of Siberia project, negotiations to build two other natural gas pipelines connecting China to Siberian fields are advancing well, Novak says.

The reconciliation began with the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev. Even so, U.S. and Western policies since 2014 have done a lot to accelerate the Russian-Chinese rapprochement, according to Angela Stent, director of Georgetown University’s Center for Eurasian, Russian & East European Studies. Take natural gas. South Stream, a pipeline project to carry 63 billion cubic meters per year from Russia to Austria, was under construction when the European Parliament voted to block it in April 2014, a month after Russia annexed Crimea. One month after that, Russia broke the deadlock in its decade-long negotiation with China to build Power of Siberia, part of a gas purchase deal valued at about $400 billion. “It would behoove the U.S. to consider how much further to go with sanctions on Russia and how far with a China trade war,” Stent says at the same conference near Sochi as Fu.

The courtship hasn’t been easy. There was deep disappointment within Russia when China didn’t immediately flood the country with investment after 2014. Instead, it appeared to take advantage of Moscow’s weak position to get cheaper gas. Nor have the reasons for skepticism about the strength and durability of the partnership disappeared. Chinese nationalists still talk about the 230,000 square miles Russia took in the 19th century under what Beijing considers unequal treaties. And Russia was at first wary of China’s “ Belt and Road” initiative, which seemed to compete with its plans for a Eurasian Economic Union. Putin and Xi have parked both issues (they agreed in 2015 to coordinate their Central Asian strategies), but competition could reemerge.

Even when the two countries were allies, in the 1950s, it was an unhappy—because unequal—partnership. When Mao Zedong came to Moscow in December 1949, Stalin kept the leader of newly communist China waiting 17 days for a second meeting, to make clear who was boss. “I came here to do more than eat and shit,” Mao complained bitterly.

Today the imbalance between the two powers has been reversed. China’s economy is six to eight times the size of Russia’s, depending on how it’s measured. “I don’t think a lot is happening” in terms of Chinese business investment, says Bruno Maçães, a senior fellow at Beijing’s Renmin University, who last year spent six months crisscrossing the region’s borders for a new book, The Dawn of Eurasia. In Southeast Asia, small Chinese businesses are highly visible as well as the big state companies, but not in Russia, Maçães says. More Chinese tourists are coming to Moscow, but it’s nothing like the throngs in Paris or New York. Visiting an island in the Amur River, which the governments have touted as a tourism zone, he found “a world from 40 years ago. To visit, I had to go through eight hours of security interviews.”

Russia’s Foreign Investment Advisory Council—chief executive officers from the 50 biggest foreign companies invested in Russia, who meet annually with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev—still has no member from China, says Alexander Ivlev, Ernst & Young LLP’s managing partner for Russia, who coordinates the event. Still, he rattles off a list of projects Putin and Xi have signed and sees his business’s future increasingly tied to China.

Measuring the true scope of Chinese investment in Russia isn’t easy. According to Russia’s central bank, the total as of December 2017 was only $4.5 billion, a misleading figure. (Cyprus, an offshore conduit for investment from around the world, had invested $175 billion.) In a February search of an Interfax database, Kashin found 5,868 companies with Chinese equity operating in Russia, registered everywhere from Moscow to Vladivostok. That’s a higher number than for German companies (although those tend to be bigger and better established).

It may be that the Chinese are coming but are held back by the same adverse conditions deterring other investors: a sluggish economy, a weak currency, sanctions risk, and tight monetary policies that have dried up credit. That was the experience of Yema Group Co., a trading company in Xinjiang province. It set up operations in Russia in 2012 to break into the market for heavy construction machinery, dominated by more expensive European suppliers. Initially, Yema sold about 500 excavators, trucks, and other pieces a year, says Du Xuemei, a spokeswoman. “We withdrew most of our operations team in 2016, because of an economic downturn and the depreciation of the ruble,” says Du, adding that the company wants to return.

Back in Sochi, Fu draws a series of triangles on a piece of paper to show how the relationship between Russia, China, and the U.S. has changed. “This one is going to be shorter and shorter,” she says, running her pen over the line connecting Russia to China. It’s a friendship that wasn’t caused by the U.S., isn’t aimed at it, and won’t end if the U.S. alters its policies, she says. Then the Chinese legislator marks the ever more distant locations for the triangle’s American apex. “The U.S. can be here, here, or here,” she says. “It’s your choice.”With Peter Martin, Dandan Li, and Annmarie Hordern

          Il marito di Asia Bibi: "Italia, aiutaci!"      Cache   Translate Page      
Nei giorni scorsi Giorgia Meloni, leader del partito “Fratelli d’Italia”, ha invitato il governo italiano a «offrire un posto sicuro dove vivere ad Asia e alla sua famiglia: l’Italia non può essere indifferente».

(ANSA) - ROMA, 6 NOV - "Chiedo al governo italiano e faccio un appello: aiutateci a fare uscire dal Pakistan me e la mia famiglia perché siamo in pericolo": questo l'appello urgente del marito di Asia Bibi, la donna cristiana condannata 8 anni fa all'impiccagione per blasfemia e di recente assolta dalla Corte Suprema, ma che non può lasciare il Paese a causa delle proteste dei fondamentalisti islamici. Ashiq Masih ha lanciato la sua richiesta di aiuto all'Italia in un videomessaggio ad Aiuto alla Chiesa che Soffre. "La nostra vita è in pericolo, abbiamo difficoltà anche a trovare da mangiare", dice Ashiq Masih, marito di Asia Bibi, nel suo appello all'Italia. Lui e la figlia Eisham erano stati in Italia lo scorso 24 febbraio come testimoni dell'evento di Acs 'Colosseo Rosso' in occasione del quale il monumento romano era stato illuminato in solidarietà con chi è perseguitato per ragioni di fede. "È molto importante l'attenzione della comunità internazionale e dei media per mantenere viva Asia Bibi e per proteggerci", conclude. [Fonte]    

          Ventimila clandestini armati di coltelli verso l'Italia, accampati a est      Cache   Translate Page      
Milano, Milano! I pachistani lo gridano in coro alzando il dito
all’islamica seduti sui binari della stazione ferroviaria
di Sarajevo, da dove progettano di partire per l’Italia
A proposito di chi si lamenta perché Salvini sta respingendo i clandestini che superano i nostri confini orientali, più di 20mila sono ammassati sul confine bosniaco-croato per cercare di entrare e poi dilagare verso l’Italia e il resto dell’Europa occidentale.
Lo riporta il più grande quotidiano austriaco, Kronen Zeitung, citando dati del governo austriaco.
I clandestini, come un esercito nemico in attesa della primavera, si sono concentrati intorno alla città di Velika Kladusa in Bosnia ed Erzegovina. La Croazia ha rafforzato la sicurezza delle frontiere, erigendo anche una sorta di barriera. Secondo il rapporto, il 95 percento dei clandestini è giovane e maschio, molti – se non tutti – sono armati di coltelli. La maggior parte è arrivata dal Pakistan, dall’Iran, dall’Algeria e dal Marocco. Non ci sono siriani. [Fonte]

          China to provide financial assistance package to Pakistan: FM Asad Umar      Cache   Translate Page      
China to provide financial assistance package to Pakistan: FM Asad Umar Umar said that after these commitments by China, Pakistan#39;s balance of payments issue was effectively resolved.
          Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen ist zurück      Cache   Translate Page      

Der Film „Bohemien Rapsody“ zeigt die Geschichte der Band Queen, wenn auch etwas einseitig aus der Fokussierung zu Freddie Mercury. Die Schauspieler wurden aber genial besetzt. Bryan Singer der eher für die X-Men Serie bekannt ist, bringt den Film sehr süffig auf die Leinwand. In den 70er Jahre war Farrokh Bulsara (Rami Malek), ein pakistanischer Sohn, ein Arbeiter auf dem Flughafen in London. Wie jeder Jugendlicher geht er gerne auf Konzerten. Da traf er auf die Band „Smile“ die er absolut toll fand. So extrovertiert wie er war, wollte er bei ihnen Leadsänger werden. Nach Gesprächen mit der Gruppe warnen diese einverstanden und wollten es mit ihm versuchen. Von da an nannte sich Farrokh, Freddie. Er kam beim Publikum sofort gut an und so tourten sie durch England. Er lernte auch seine Freundin Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton) kennen. Ein erstes Album kam zu einem grossen Plattenvertrag und einer Tour in Amerika. Freddie erkannte mit der Zeit, dass er zu Mary eine ganz besondere Beziehung hat, interessiert sich aber immer mehr für Männer. Dies gestand er ihr dann ein, wollte sich aber nicht trennen. Das nächste Album war sehr umstritten, da die Lieder an eine Oper erinnert und nicht dem Mainstream entsprach. Das gab Stress mit der Plattenfirma und ein neues Label musste her. In den 80er Jahren trennte sich Freddie von Brian May, Roger Taylor und John Deacon da er die Touren satt hatte. Er zog sich nach München zurück um dort in Ruhe seine solo Alben komponieren und sein Leben ausleben zu können. Zu der Band zurück kam er um an Live Aid Konzert Teil zu nehmen. Der Film ist zu Beginn recht leicht gemacht. Der Erfolg der Band läuft so vor sich hin. Das wird recht schön gezeigt. Die Reihenfolge der Ereignisse entsprechen jedoch nicht immer der Tatsachen wie diese waren. Es wurden hier immer wieder Anpassungen gemacht und verändert. Dies wohl zu Gunsten der Stimmung in der Gruppe und dem Film. Denn sehr lange scheinen die Probleme der Band bez. das narzisstische verhalten von Freddie Mercury nicht aufzufallen. Dies tut dem Film zwar nichts schlechtes an. Es geht ja um die Band und nicht alleine um den Leadsänger. Jedoch werden dann die jeweiligen Solokarieren nicht genauer angeschaut und was die anderen in der Zeit taten, bleibt im dunklen. Lediglich und eher oberflächlich werden die Partys welche Freddie gab gezeigt und wie er etwas verloren war so ohne halt. Doch der Fokus liegt ganz klar auf Freddie. Der Höhepunkt des Filmes ist der Auftritt bei Live Aid. Aber die Band machte nach dem Auftritt noch 2 weitere Studio Alben und eine Filmmusik was gänzlich weggelassen wurde. Auch die doch längere Krankheit wird nicht gross thematisiert, leider. Denn auch Freddie schweig lange über diese und erzählte es nicht mal seinem Partner Jim Hutton. Die Schauspieler und hier allen voran Rami Malek leistet hier hervorragende. Man sieht wirklich Freddie auf der Bühne. Die Live Shows und die Art wie sich Malek bewegt entspricht genau jenem Verhalten von Freddie. Obwohl die Abfolge der Ereignisse nicht genau der Wahrheit entspricht, ist Bohemian Rhapsody ein Film der unter die Haut geht. Meine Bewertung  

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          Pakistan ve Çin'den karşılıklı ticarette dolar yerine yuan kullanma kararı      Cache   Translate Page      

Pakistan ve Çin, karşılıklı ticarette dolar yerine yuan kullanmakta anlaştı. Çin, Pakistan'ın en önemli ticari ortağı durumunda.

Pakistan ve Çin arasındaki ticarette dolar yerine yuan kullanılması kararlaştırıldı. 

Pakistan Enformasyon ve Yayıncılık Bakanı Favad Çaudri, bundan sonra Çin ile ticarette dolar yerine yuan kullanılacağını söyledi.

Çaudri, alınan kararla birlikte Çin'e karşı 12,66 milyar dolar ticaret açığı olan Pakistan'ın dolar varlıklarını koruyabileceğini ifade etti.

Çin tarafından fonlanan 60 milyar dolarlık Çin-Pakistan Ekonomik Koridoru'nda yuan kullanımının Çin tarafından da istendiği biliniyor.

Hindistan ve Venezuela'nın da aralarında olduğu kimi diğer ülkeler de dolar kullanımını bırakarak yerel para birimleriyle uluslararası ticaret yapmak istiyor.

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1. Mở bài 

Tại đại hội 19 của đảng CSTQ, Tập Cận Bình tuyên bố: “Đã đến lúc Trung Quốc phải giành vị trí trung tâm trên trường quốc tế”. 

Để thực hiện “Giấc mộng Trung Hoa” (The Chinese Dream), Tập Cận Bình đưa ra chiến lược “Một Vành Đai. Một Con Đường” (Nhất Đới, Nhất Lộ), thành lập ngân hàng với số vốn 124 tỷ USD, cho vay và đầu tư vào các quốc gia nằm trên tuyến đường từ Châu Á, Châu Phi và đến Châu Âu.

Trung Quốc đã lập một vành đai căn cứ quân sự gọi là “Chuỗi Ngọc Trai” (String of Pearls) để bảo vệ vành đai kinh tế. 

Các nhà quan sát nêu nhận xét, Trung Quốc càng phát triển thì mối đe dọa càng cao đối với Hoa Kỳ. 

Tổng thống Donald Trump quyết ăn thua đủ với Tập Cận Bình, ông triển khai chiến lược “Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương Tự do và Mở rộng” làm đối trọng với chiến lược Vành Đai Con Đường của Trung Quốc. 

Về quân sự thì Mỹ tăng ngân sách quốc phòng, bố trí lại sức mạnh số một của Hải Quân Hoa Kỳ để khống chế Trung Quốc. 

Các đồng minh của Mỹ tích cực tham gia bảo vệ tự do hàng hải đi qua Biển Đông. 

Trong khi cuộc chiến thương mại đến hồi căng thẳng, Tổng thống Trump tuyên bố “Trung Quốc sẽ không có một tấc đất nào ở Biển Đông”. Bộ trưởng Quốc phòng Trung Quốc, Ngụy Phụng Hòa đáp trả “Trung Quốc sẽ không bao giờ từ bỏ một tấc lãnh thổ dù đó là Đài Loan hay ở Biển Đông” 

Tình hình nóng bỏng như thế có thể gây ra chiến tranh, vì cá tính dám nói dám làm của Tổng thống Trump. “Làm cho nước Mỹ vĩ đại trở lại”. 

2. Sự hình thành của chiến lược Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương “tự do” và “mở rộng” 

Chiến lược Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương tự do và mở rộng (The U.S. “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” Strategy. Viết tắt là FOIP) do Tổng thống Donald Trump triển khai để chống lại chiến lược “Một Vành Đai-Một Con Đường” của Tập Cận Bình. 

Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương là khu vực chỉ các quốc gia nằm ven hai đại dương là Ấn Độ Dương và Thái Bình Dương. 

Về kinh tế 

Hiện có 3 quốc gia với nền kinh tế lớn nhất hoàn cầu là Mỹ, Trung Quốc và Nhật Bản. Ngoài ra còn một số quốc gia có tốc độ gia tăng kinh tế rất nhanh. 

Về quốc phòng 

Bảy trên 10 quốc gia tại khu vực nầy có quân đội lớn nhất thế giới là: Hoa Kỳ, Trung Quốc, Nhật Bản, Ấn Độ, Hàn Quốc, Úc và Pakistan. 

Theo đánh giá của các nhà nghiên cứu thì sự ra đời của chiến lược Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương phát xuất từ hai yếu tố then chốt: 

Một là: Do sự trỗi dậy mạnh mẽ của Trung Quốc, đặc biệt là việc xây dựng và quân sự hóa các đảo nhân tạo làm tiền đồn ở Biển Đông, đe dọa con đường tự do thương mại đi qua vùng biển nầy. 

Hai là: Trung Quốc đẩy mạnh “Sáng kiến Một Vành Đai-Một Con Đường” thách thức vai trò lãnh đạo thế giới của Hoa Kỳ. Trong khi đó khu vực Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương chưa có một cơ chế đa phương, thống nhất hành động để bảo vệ tập thể, mà chỉ có những hiệp định song phương như Hiệp ước an ninh Mỹ-Nhật, Hiệp ước phòng thủ chung Mỹ-Hàn. 

Hoa Kỳ thấy cần phải có một cơ chế, tổng hợp lực lượng của đồng minh, thắt chặt quan hệ hợp tác có cả Ấn Độ để chống lại Bắc Kinh. Những đồng minh của Mỹ là Nhật, Hàn Quốc, Ấn Độ, Úc, Indonesia. 

Đó là chiến lược mà Tổng thống Donald Trump đang cổ xúy. 

2. 1. Vai trò của Ấn Độ 

Thủ tướng Nhật Shinzo Abe và Thủ tướng Ấn Độ Narendra Modi 

Ấn Độ sẽ đóng một vai trò quan trọng mang lợi ích không những cho Hoa Kỳ mà còn cho các quốc gia khác trong khu vực. 

Phó Phụ tá Ngoại trưởng Mỹ đặc trách Đông Á Thái Bình Dương, ông Alex N. Wong nêu nhận xét, Ấn Độ là quốc gia phát triển theo hướng tự do và mở cửa. Hoa Kỳ bảo đảm Ấn Độ sẽ là một quốc gia có tầm ảnh hưởng lớn trong khu vực. Ngoài Ấn Độ ra, các quốc gia có tầm ảnh hưởng lớn như Nhật Bản, Australia, Hàn Quốc cũng đã có vai trò trong khu tích cực trong khu vực. 

Hoa Kỳ chủ trương thương mại tự do, bình đẳng, có qua có lại. 

2. 2. Hai yếu tố quan trọng của chiến lược Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương 

Ngày 2-4-2018, Phó Phụ tá Ngoại trưởng Mỹ đặc trách Đông Á Thái Bình Dương, ông Alex N. Wong, giải thích hai yếu tố quan trọng của chiến lược là “Tự do” và “Mở rộng”. 

1). Về tự do. 

Các nước trong khu vực được tự do theo đuổi con đường riêng mà không bị ép buộc. Hoa Kỳ mong muốn các quốc gia nầy được hưởng quyền tự do hơn, bao gồm tự do quản lý, quyền hạn căn bản, minh bạch và chống tham nhũng. 

2). Về mở rộng 

Ông Wong cho biết, Mỹ mong muốn khu vực AĐD-TBD được mở rộng hơn nữa, đặc biệt là đường biển và đường hàng không đi qua Ấn Độ Dương và Biển Đông, vì có hơn 50% hàng hóa thương mại đi qua tuyến đường nầy. 

Cơ sở hạ tầng là gì?
Cơ sở hạ tầng 

Chiến lược mới của Tổng thống Trump còn bao gồm mở rộng về cơ sở hạ tầng (Infrastructure) gồm có bến cảng, cầu đường, đường bộ, đường sắt, bịnh viện, trường học… để các quốc gia hội nhập vào khu vực tốt hơn, kinh tế mạnh thêm. 

Mỹ mong muốn các quốc gia trong khu vực phát triển hạ tầng cơ sở để tăng trưởng kinh tế. 

Về thương mại thì được đặt trên cơ sở tự do, công bằng, có qua có lại. 

Tóm lại, với ý niệm mở rộng, các quốc gia trong khu vực AĐD-TBD được hoan nghênh khi vào hợp tác, ngay cả những thành viên của Đối tác xuyên Thái Bình Dương (TPP=Trans-Pacific Partnership) 

3. Mỹ hiện thực hóa chiến lược Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương 

Chính quyền của Tổng thống Donald Trump đang gia tăng triển khai chiến lược Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương, nhằm cạnh tranh với chiến lược “Một Vành Đai-Một Con Đường” của Trung Quốc. 

Ngày 30-7-2018, trước chuyến viếng thăm ba nước Singapore, Malaysia và Indonesia, Ngoại trưởng Mike Pompeo phát biểu tại Phòng Thương mại Mỹ, ông cho biết, Mỹ sẽ đầu tư 113 triệu USD vào kinh tế, công nghệ nặng và cơ sở hạ tầng trong khu vực Ấn Độ Dương-Thái Bình Dương. 

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Ngoại trưởng Pompeo 

Trong 113 triệu có 25 triệu để mở rộng xuất khẩu công nghệ cao của Mỹ sang khu vực. Đồng thời sẽ bổ sung 50 triệu USD để hỗ trợ các nước sản xuất và lưu trữ năng lượng, và thiết lập một mạng lưới hỗ trợ thúc đẩy sự phát triển cơ sở hạ tầng. 

Ông Pompeo nêu rõ, số tiền trên 100 triệu USD chỉ là khoản tiền thanh toán trước về sự đóng góp trong lãnh vực kinh tế của Mỹ để thúc đẩy hòa bình và thịnh vượng của khu vực AĐD-TBD. 

Với chiến lược AĐD-TBD, Tổng thống Donald Trump muốn gởi một thông điệp rằng, mặc dù Mỹ đã rút tên ra khỏi Hiệp định Đối tác xuyên Thái Bình Dương (TPP), nhưng Mỹ vẫn coi trọng và hoan nghênh thành viên của TPP vào việc làm ăn, đầu tư ở AĐD-TBD. Đó là ý nghĩa của hai trụ cột “tự do” và “cởi mở”. 

4. Chiến tranh thương mại giữa Mỹ và Trung Quốc 

4. 1. Tổng thống Donald Trump đánh thuế vào hàng hóa Trung Quốc nhập khẩu vào thị trường Hoa Kỳ 

Tổng thống Donald Trump mở màn cuộc chiến bằng cách đánh thuế hải quan 25% trên 50 tỷ USD hàng hóa Trung Quốc nhập cảng vào Mỹ. Tiến thêm một bước, là đánh thuế 25% lên 200 tỷ USD. Việc đánh thuế nhập cảng nầy có tác động đến kế hoạch phát triển kinh tế của Bắc Kinh. 

Hàng hóa Trung Quốc bị đánh thuế cao nên giá thành trên thị trường Mỹ cũng cao hơn hàng hóa cùng loại của các nước khác, nên khó cạnh tranh. Mỹ cứ tiếp tục tăng thuế cho đến khi nào hàng hóa Trung Quốc không còn con đường sống trên thị trường Hoa Kỳ. 

Trong cuộc chiến nầy, thị trường chứng khoán của Trung Quốc giảm 21%, và tiếp tục tuột dốc hàng ngày. 

Đồng nhân dân tệ mất giá 8% so với đô la Mỹ. Mỹ là thị trường lớn nhất của Trung Quốc, mất thị trường nầy cũng đảo lộn xuất khẩu. 

4. 2. Mỹ chận đứng hai con đường hàng hóa Trung Quốc vào Mỹ 

Ba quốc gia Bắc Mỹ là Canada, Hoa Kỳ và Mexico có hiệp định Thương mại Tự do NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) được ký kết ngày 12-8-1993, cho phép hàng hóa được tự do lưu thông giữa ba nước nầy. 

Để ngăn chặn hàng hóa Trung Quốc vào Mỹ bằng hai con đường từ Canada và Mexico, Tổng thống Trump và hai quốc gia Bắc Mỹ ký một hiệp định mới USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement), một trong nội dung là cấm các thành viên của 3 quốc gia nầy ký hiệp ước song phương với các nước “phi kinh tế thị trường tự do”, mục đích cấm hiệp định song phương với Trung Quốc. Nghĩa là không cho phép hàng hóa Trung Quốc đến Canada và Mexico để tự do vào thị trường Hoa Kỳ. 

Nói thêm về “phi kinh tế thị trường tự do” của Trung Quốc. Tổ chức Thương mại Thế giới (World Trade Organization=WTO) là sân chơi của các quốc gia có nền kinh tế thị trường tự do tức là các công ty tư nhân cạnh tranh với tư nhân mới công bằng. Trái lại, các công ty có nguồn vốn nhà nước, quốc doanh, mà cạnh tranh với tư nhân là không công bằng, vì vốn nhà nước luôn luôn to hơn vốn của tư nhân. 

Việt Nam và Trung Quốc còn rất nhiều công ty và tập đoàn quốc doanh cho nên chưa chính thức là thành viên thật sự của WTO, mà phải chờ đến khi nào tư nhân hóa, cổ phần hóa các công ty quốc doanh mới chính thức được công nhận là kinh tế thị trường tự do. Thời gian nầy Trung Quốc ở tình trạng “phi kinh tế thị trường tự do” mà Tổng thống Trump đã nêu trên. Công ty quốc doanh bán giá rẻ trên thị trường quốc tế cũng bị kiện và bị phạt tiền về tội bán phá giá. 

4. 3. Mỹ đe dọa sẽ đánh thuế vào toàn bộ hàng hóa Trung Quốc nếu hội đàm Trump-Tập thất bại 

Ngày 30-10-2018, tờ Bưu Điện Hoa Nam Buổi Sáng (SCMP=South China Morning Post-Hongkong) đưa tin, Mỹ chuẩn bị đánh thuế vào toàn bộ hàng hóa Trung Quốc nếu hội đàm giữa Tổng thống Trump và Tập Cận Bình thất bại. 

Hội đàm giữa hai lãnh đạo nầy sẽ diễn ra bên lề cuộc họp thượng đỉnh G-20 tại Buenos Aires của nước Argentina. 

Toàn bộ hàng hóa nhập vào thị trường Hoa Kỳ trị giá 257 tỷ USD, bao gồm sản phẩm tiêu dùng kể cả điện thoại di động, máy tính, quần áo, giày dép… 

Yêu sách của Tổng thống Trump về việc thay đổi sâu rộng chính sách thương mại công bằng, có qua có lại… 

Đe dọa của Tổng thống Trump cho thấy Mỹ sẵn sàng leo thang chiến tranh thương mại với Trung Quốc. 

Chiến tranh nào cũng gây tổn thất, thiệt hại cho cả hai bên, thế nhưng việc trọng đại của hai quốc gia không có thể giải quyết dứt khoát trong cuộc đàm phán tại Buenos Aires của nước Argentina vào cuối tháng 11 nầy. Có thể hai lãnh đạo nhất trí trên nguyên tắc và sẽ có nhiều cuộc đàm phán sẽ diễn ra giữa hai bên. 

4. 4. Những bí ẩn trong vụ mua bán 100 USD ở Cần Thơ 

Ngày 30-1-2018, công an thành phố Cần Thơ ập vào bắt quả tang vụ mua bán 100 USD của anh thợ điện Nguyễn Cà Rê (38 tuổi) tại tiệm vàng Thảo Lực do ông Lê Hồng Lực làm chủ. 

Việc bắt phạt có nhiều bí ẩn, đó là lịnh xét nhà có một cái gì đó mờ ám. 

Quyết định khám nhà được ký vào ngày 24-1-2018 và bắt quả tang việc mua bán đô la vào ngày 30-1-2018, tức là sau đó 6 ngày. 

Vì sao có việc chậm trễ như vậy? 

Đó là công an rình mò, chờ đợi để bắt quả tang vụ mua bán ngoại tệ như thế. 

Còn có một hành vi mờ ám nữa là việc công bố nội vụ vào tháng 9 năm 2018, tức là hơn nửa năm sau vụ việc xảy ra. 

Anh Nguyễn Cà Rê mất tờ 100USD mà còn bị phạt 90 triệu đồng. Chủ tiệm vàng Thảo Lực bị phạt 295 triệu đồng về tội mua bán ngoại tệ trái phép. Công an Cần Thơ khám nhà để tìm thêm đô la Mỹ, nhưng không có. Bản chất bất lương của công an là tịch thu tài sản cá nhân gồm 20 viên kim cương và đá quý trong két sắt gia đình của ông Lê Hồng Lực ở tầng trên của tiệm vàng, với lý do là không có hóa đơn hay chứng từ về xuất xứ của tài sản cá nhân đó. 

Sự việc không chỉ đơn giản trong vụ mua bán ngoại tệ trái phép bằng tờ 100 USD ở Cần Thơ mà nó còn ẩn chứa một âm mưu ở tầm mức quốc gia, có liên hệ đến đồng nhân dân tệ (Yuan), đồng đô la Mỹ và tiền đồng Việt Nam (VNĐ) 

4. 5. Việt Nam quốc tế hóa đồng nhân dân tệ 

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"Let’s Have a War with Russia!: 
I’d Rather Be Ruled by Autistic Hamsters"
 by Fred Reed

"The United States seems to be contemplating war with Russia, Iran, China, or all three Washington pushes NATO ever closer to Russia, leaves the nuclear-missile treaty and tries to destroy both countries and China economically. Why the push for war?

Simple. Asia is awakening. China (from which I have just returned) grows economically at a scorching pace–and all power rests on economic power. China is a large country, America a medium-sized one. America’s roughly two hundred million whites do virtually all of the scientific work on which national power depends. China has a billion increasingly educated Han Chinese, a five-to-one advantage. China’s stated aim is to united Eurasia among other places in one vast commercial union. Washington’s pugnacity has pushed China, Ira, and Russia together. The chain of nations, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey all totter between looking east and looking west. If Washington doesn’t stop this growth, the American Empire will be marginalized within decades. This doesn’t threaten the American public. It threatens the Empire and Israel.

What would a war with Russia look like, even assuming that it didn’t go nuclear? A great military thinker–me, actually–once said that military stupidity comes in three levels: normally stupid; really really stupid; and invading Russia. From Chuck XII to Adolf I it has proved a poor career move.

The US military has not won a war since 1945, with the exception of the First Gulf War, which the LAPD could have won. It lost decisively in Vietnam. It got run out of Lebanon with 241 dead Marines as its only accomplishment. After seventeen years it shows no signs of defeating barely armed Afghan peasants. Iraq has been a complete botch, achieving none of its goals, control of the oil, permanent bases, and a puppet government. Just now the military is losing in Syria.

Nothing short of genius can account for losing so consistently given the enormous resources available to American forces. In light of this very low level of military competence, maybe wars are not our best choice of hobby.

What sort of war is envisaged? The United States cannot fight a sizable land war. Iran can. Russia can. The American military means air power and little else.  The Army hasn’t fought a serious war since 1973, the fleet since 1945. In long periods of inaction, things deteriorate because they do not seem important. Crucial supplies cease to exist, spare parts aren’t there, the logistics train quietly becomes inoperable.  Money goes instead to pricey weapons of little practical use.

The Army recruits from a soft millennial population. America is no longer a country of tough rural kids. Social engineering has rotted the ranks. The military has suffered years of feminization, SJW appeasement, affirmative action, lowered physical standards, and LGBTQ insertion. Conscription is politically impossible. The Army cannot defeat Afghans even with the advantages of unlimited air power, artillery, gun ships, medevac, helicopters, and drones, It would last a very short time if it had to fight the Afghans or Iranians, on even terms. Muslims are more virile than today’s Americans and have proven tenacious.

A military that never fights a war that it has to win, that never encounters an enemy that can dangerously hit back, inevitably deteriorates. Militaries come to believe their own propaganda. So, apparently, do  the feral mollycoddles in the White House and New York. The American military’s normal procedure is to overestimate American power, underestimate the enemy, and misunderstand the kind of war it is getting into. Should Washington decide on war with Iran, or Russia (unless by a surprise nuclear strike) there will be the  usual talk of the most powerful, best trained, best equipped etc., and how the Ivans and towelheads will melt away in days, a cakewalk. Bet me.

Militaries have a very poor record of predicting outcomes of wars. This might provoke thought. The American Civil War was expected to be over in an afternoon; this was wrong by 650,000 dead and four years. When Napoleon invaded Russia, he did not expect Russians to occupy Paris. Germany thought that WWI would be a war of movement over in weeks; in fact a ghastly war of attrition lasting four years. When Japan attacked Pearl, it was not intentionally inviting GIs to the geisha houses of Tokyo. When Germany invaded Poland, occupation of Germany by Russia and America was low on its list of expectations. When France re-invaded Vietnam, it did not foresee Dien Bien Phu and utter defeat by les jaunes. When America invaded Vietnam, it did not expect a decade-long losing war. When Russia invaded Afghanistan it did not expect to lose to Afghans in sandals. When America invaded Afghanistan, having seen what had happened to Russia, it did not expect the same result.

We do not know what a war with Iran, or Russia, or China  would look like or what the Iranians might do. An overconfident military and an inexperienced government in Washington will predictably predict a short war and speak of precision weapons and surgical strikes. The Navy will guarantee that it can keep the Straits open, and speak of its advanced technology. The expectation will be that there will be nothing unexpected. The White House will believe that  Iran will lie there and be bombed without response. Russia? The nukes will fall on the European countries from which the attack came. Germany might ponder this carefully.

America could of course destroy much of Iran and kill millions of the defenseless. This is what America now calls “war.” It would be amusing to see what would happen if the Air Force had to fight an enemy that could fight back, but this would mean only Russia or, perhaps, just possibly, barely, to some extent, China. It is a coward’s way of war and, to judge by South Vietnam and Afghanistan, not very effective. Killing lots of people and winning a war are not the same thing.

What if Iran did stop petroleum traffic in the Persian Gulf with, say, missiles mounted on pickup trucks. Is this possible? I don’t know. Neither, I suspect, does the Navy–which will insist that it can handle mere pickup trucks with its superb this and that, its best trained, best equipped, the only hyper-power, and so on. But tankers are not going to run even a small risk of going up in flames. How long would the Straits have to be closed with the world screaming for oil before Washington, desperate, its vanity bruised,  full of huge egos, would have to do something stupid to save face?

Further, American leadership is of dangerously low quality. An essentially absentee Congress, the sordidness and criminality of the Clintons, Trump’s utter crassness and shady past, the submission to Israel, the widespread and never punished corruption. In this sorry brew no one seems interested in the well being of the county, only unseemly grasping at benefits for the arms industry, big oil, Wall Street, Tel Aviv, and the Empire. Note that wars generate huge profits for the arms makers and the longer the war can be kept going, neither winning nor losing, the greater the profits. War against Iran would be a magnificent profit center. Since American casualties are extremely low, permanent war has few downsides.

At the top of government we have an unprepossessing bunch that would make Kaiser Wilhelm’s court seem wholesome. Their chief characteristics are pathological aggressiveness and a severe case of Beltway Bubble Syndrome. There is Trump with his weird eruptions. The ever-combative Nikki Haley. Steve Bannon, prophesying and hoping for war with China. Mike Pompeo, threatening Iran, threatening, Venezuela, threatening North Korea. John  Bolton of the codiece mustaches, always counseling a war he won’t fight in, like Trump a drat dodger with something to prove. The life of millions depends on this freak show? I need a drink.”

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Sáng kiến Vành đai và Con đường (Belt and Road Initiative – BRI) là một dự án đầu tư khổng lồ được Chủ tịch Trung Quốc Tập Cận Bình thúc đẩy, với kỳ vọng sẽ tạo dựng được quyền lực mềm cho quốc gia này. Từ cuối những năm 2013, Bắc Kinh đã rót gần 700 tỷ USD ngân sách vào hơn 60 quốc gia, mà đại đa số trong số đó là những dự án hạ tầng khổng lồ cùng những khoản vay hậu hĩnh ban đầu cho đến khi các chính phủ nhận ra họ đều đang “há miệng mắc quai”. Mục tiêu, cuối cùng, có vẻ chỉ là kéo những quốc gia này lại gần Bắc Kinh hơn trong khi vẫn gia tăng được quyền lực mềm Trung Hoa trên thế giới.

Nhưng điều bất ngờ là Trung Quốc hiện đang phải đối mặt với những phản ứng tiêu cực từ cả trong và ngoài nước đối với đại dự án Vành đai – Con đường. Một bộ phận người Trung Quốc bắt đầu phàn nàn rằng nó chỉ phí phạm tiền của quốc gia. Mặt khác, trên trường quốc tế, các yếu tố địa chính trị khiến càng ngày càng nhiều quốc gia dè chừng ảnh hưởng ngày càng gia tăng của Trung Quốc.

Khác với những chủ nợ phương Tây – vốn yêu cầu bên vay phải đáp ứng những tiêu chuẩn nghiêm ngặt về kiểm soát tham nhũng, về bảo vệ nhân quyền hay kiểm soát thu chi ngân sách để hướng tới tài chính bền vững – Trung Quốc hầu như không đòi hỏi gì cả. Chính sách đầu tư “không ràng buộc” này châm thêm dầu vào ngọn lửa tham nhũng ở nhiều quốc gia, trong khi cho phép những chính phủ này vung tay quá trán với những khoản nợ họ biết rằng mình không thể trả.

Công dân của rất nhiều quốc gia nhận nợ vay đang thể hiện sự tức giận của mình đối với Trung Quốc bằng nhiều cách, và có thể cảm nhận được cơn giận dữ đó trong các cuộc bầu cử gần đây. Thay vì mở rộng quyền lực mềm Trung Quốc, Vành đai và Con đường dường như đang làm những điều hoàn toàn ngược lại.

Cuộc bầu cử ở Malaysia tháng 5 năm 2018 là một minh chứng không thể rõ ràng hơn về sự hoài nghi nói chung dành cho quyền lực mềm Trung Quốc. Cựu Thủ tướng Mahathir Mohamad chiến thắng trước đương kiêm Thủ tướng Najib Razak với một chiến dịch phản đối một cách trực diện ảnh hưởng của Trung Quốc trên quốc gia này. Ông Mahathir khẳng định Thủ tướng Najib đang cố tình chấp thuận những dự án hạ tầng đắt đỏ thuộc BRI để tạo nên một ảo giác tăng trưởng cho dân chúng, trong khi tiếp tục tham ô ngân sách quốc gia vào túi riêng của mình. Nói là làm, ngay sau khi nhậm chức, ông Mahathir đã hủy bỏ thỏa thuận đối với hai dự án lớn nhất của Trung Quốc ở Malaysia – với 20 tỷ USD cho hệ thống đường sắt và 2,3 tỷ USD cho đường ống dẫn dầu, khí – với lý do đất nước ông không có khả năng để trả khoản nợ này trong tương lai.

Thủ tướng Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad (trái) tỏ ra rất cứng rắn với các dự án Vành đai – Con đường của Trung Quốc. Ảnh: The Star.

Nhưng câu chuyện không dừng lại ở đó. Pakistan đã nhận hơn 62 tỷ USD từ Trung Quốc cho các dự án tương tự như đường cao tốc, đường sắt và cảng Gwadar. Quốc gia này thường xuyên được các ngân hàng Trung Quốc bảo lãnh và giải cứu. Sự hào phóng chính trị này dẫn đến bong bóng nợ công Pakistan đạt tới mức gần như không thể kiểm soát, cùng sự trỗi dậy của các nhóm chống BRI nói riêng và chống Trung Quốc nói chung.

Tháng 7 năm nay, chính phủ mới của Thủ tướng Imran Khan, dù không theo phương pháp quyết liệt như của Malaysia, cũng buộc phải cân nhắc lại toàn bộ các phương án trả nợ vay cho Bắc Kinh, bao gồm cả khả năng đơn phương dừng hoặc kéo dài kỳ hạn trả nợ. Và cũng trớ trêu là vì mắc nợ Trung Quốc mà nay Pakistan đang lên kế hoạch đàm phán với Tổ chức Tiền tệ Quốc tế nhằm cấp cứu thanh khoản cho nước này khỏi các khoản nợ vay Trung Quốc, điều mà chính Thủ tướng Khan ban đầu cũng không muốn làm.

Quốc đảo Maldives đến gần đây cũng đang chịu nhiều áp lực phải kiểm tra, giám sát lại các dự án BRI. Chỉ trong tháng 9 vừa qua, cử tri đã loại vị tổng thống võ biền Abdulla Yameen và chọn nhà cải cách dân chủ Ibrahim Solih. Chiến thắng này tạo cơ hội cho các nhóm chuyên gia đánh giá lại chính sách vay nợ Trung Quốc một cách không kiểm soát dưới thời cựu Tổng thống Yameen, vốn được cho là sẽ dẫn đến tham nhũng và lệ thuộc vào Trung Quốc. Tân Tổng thống Solih đã thể hiện rõ quan điểm rằng ông sẽ phải thẩm tra lại tất cả những dự án BRI hiện hành. Dù có vẻ là Maldives không thể cắt đứt những thoả thuận lớn trị giá tới 1,3 tỷ USD với Trung Quốc, trong đó có cả công trình cầu nối sân bay Maldives đến thủ đô nước này, Tổng thống Solih rõ ràng đang đánh giá lại mối quan hệ của nước ông với Bắc Kinh.

Ngay cả khi vài chính phủ may mắn sống sót qua khỏi làn sóng “bài BRI” trong các cuộc bầu cử quốc gia cũng trở nên lo ngại hơn với các khoản vay từ Trung Quốc.

Tháng 8 vừa qua, Kenya bắt đầu chiến dịch bố ráp tham nhũng liên quan đến các dự án BRIs do nhà thầu Trung Quốc xây dựng kết nối hai tỉnh Nairobi và Mombasa. Nhiều quan chức địa phương bị bắt. Một số quốc gia khác, như Uganda hay Zambia, cũng bắt đầu lo lắng.

Vào tháng 6, một học giả người Zambia, ông Trevor Simumba, đã lên tiếng cảnh báo chính phủ nước ông rằng các khoản vay mà Zambia nhận từ Trung Quốc đang dần trở nên không bền vững, mặt khác có quá nhiều điều khoản không rõ ràng, thiếu minh bạch liên quan đến những vấn đề mấu chốt trong hợp đồng vay nợ. Chính phủ Uganda thì bị chỉ trích vì vay nợ Trung Quốc nhưng lại phải thuê lại các công ty Trung Quốc thực hiện dự án với mức vượt quá giá thị trường, trong khi lợi ích mà họ được nhận từ những dự án này thì không hiện hữu một cách rõ ràng.

Tham vọng Vành đai – Con đường của Trung Quốc. Ảnh: Bloomberg.

Chuyện gì đã xảy ra?

Làm sao vụ đầu tư đắt giá để giành được quyền lực mềm của Trung Quốc lại khiến Trung Quốc lạc lõng với chính những quốc gia mà Vành đai và Con đường giúp đỡ?

Một lý do rõ ràng nhất là các quốc gia đã trở nên thông minh hơn khi tiếp cận các điều khoản đính kèm trong BRI.

Ở buổi bình minh của BRI, nhiều người tin rằng tiền từ Trung Quốc sẽ là miễn phí, hoặc chí ít là có phí thấp nhất. Nhưng thực tế, những khoản vay này có giá cao hơn rất nhiều so với các khoản vay phát triển từ các tổ chức thế giới như Ngân hàng Thế giới. Đối với Pakistan, mức lãi suất quốc gia chính thức được ngân hàng trung ương nước này xác định chỉ khoảng 5%, trong khi nhiều khoản vay Trung Quốc bị bắt buộc bảo đảm lãi suất không dưới 30%.

Nhiều quốc nằm trong Vành đai và Con đường cũng ngờ vực cách hành xử của Trung Quốc như là một đối tác đầu tư. Năm 2017, Sri Lanka đã chấp thuận cho Trung Quốc thuê 99 năm một trong những cảng đáng giá nhất của mình để tránh vi phạm các khoản nợ thuộc BRI. Từ đó, nhiều quốc gia bắt đầu lo lắng về viễn cảnh không trả được nợ cho Bắc Kinh, cũng như lo ngại về tính thiếu chuyên nghiệp của chính phủ nước sở tại khi thực hiện đánh giá tác động và sự áp đặt một chiều hầu hết những hợp đồng vay phải đính kèm với việc sử dụng nhà thầu Trung Quốc, với bất lợi bị đẩy hết cho quốc gia nhận khoản vay.

Một điểm yếu chí tử khác của các khoản vay BRI, cũng chính là ưu điểm khiến BRI “cháy hàng” trước đó: Bắc Kinh không đòi hỏi hay yêu cầu cải cách, minh bạch gì từ quốc gia nước nhận.

Các quốc gia đang phát triển thường khó vay tiền từ các định chế tài chính phương Tây như Tổ chức Tiền tệ Quốc tế (IMF), Ngân hàng Thế giới (WB), hay kể cả Cơ quan Phát triển Quốc tế Hoa Kỳ (USAID). Các điều khoản đảm bảo như phát triển bền vững, báo cáo tác động môi trường và cơ chế kiểm soát tham nhũng có thể khiến việc nhận hỗ trợ tài chính rất khó khăn, nhưng nó cũng làm giảm rủi ro thất bại cho các dự án này.

Ngược lại, việc Trung Quốc từ bỏ những hàng rào kiểm soát nói trên khiến đồng tiền Trung Quốc tại những quốc gia tiếp nhận lại dẫn đến tham nhũng, độc tài, nợ công, lạm phát, các dự án thiếu hiệu quả kinh tế và không khả thi, v.v.

Công dân ở nhiều quốc gia đang xem Bắc Kinh vừa là thủ phạm, vừa là người hưởng lợi từ tình trạng tham nhũng tại quốc gia họ. Tại những quốc gia có ít nhất một số cơ chế kiểm soát dân chủ như Kenya, Malaysia, Pakistan và Zambia, cử tri đang bắt các lãnh đạo của họ phải chịu trách nhiệm. Các chính phủ may mắn tại vị thì bắt đầu cẩn trọng hơn với các dự án BRI, kiểm tra và đánh giá các dự án, chi phí, mức tổng nợ kỹ càng hơn.

Nếu chủ nợ Trung Quốc muốn không đòi hỏi quốc gia vay nợ phải có trách nhiệm giải trình, cử tri của những quốc gia đó đang làm việc này thay cho họ.

Nền dân chủ Maldives đã đưa Ibrahim Solih lên làm tổng thống, và đây là tin không vui với Bắc Kinh. Ảnh: DNA India.

Học cách yêu dân chủ

Những phản ứng quốc tế không phải là vấn đề duy nhất mà Vành đai – Con đường phải đối mặt. Ngay bên trong Trung Quốc, càng ngày càng nhiều người phàn nàn về kiểu chi tiền hào phóng dành cho các quốc gia thuộc nhóm Vành đai và Con đường. Khi mà Bắc Kinh tiếp tục chào hàng và quảng bá việc chính phủ đang chi tiêu hàng tỷ USD ở nước ngoài, người dân Trung Quốc đang bắt đầu tự hỏi vì sao số tiền này không được sử dụng để giải quyết các vấn đề trong nước như chăm sóc sức khỏe cộng đồng, nhà ở hay giáo dục.

Thật ra, các ngân hàng Trung Quốc đang phải chạy vạy khắp nơi để vay tiền USD cho các dự án BRI, họ không sử dụng dự trữ ngoại tệ quốc gia cho các hoạt động này. Nhưng không thể trách giới phê bình Trung Quốc không hiểu được những yếu tố phức tạp của thị trường vốn toàn cầu khi mà chính phủ nước này cứ tiếp tục đăng tải những thông tin hào nhoáng về các khoản đầu tư ra nước ngoài như thế.

Giới trí thức, như Giáo sư Xu Xangrun của Đại học Luật Thanh Hoa (Tsinghua) tại Trung Quốc, cũng thể hiện sự dè dặt của mình về cách mà Trung Quốc một mặt thúc đẩy tham vọng chi viện trợ ra nước ngoài, mặt khác đánh đổi việc chi tiêu cho các vấn đề trong nước. Số khác như nhà khoa học chính trị Zheng Yongnian thì cảnh báo lối khoa trương thiếu căn cứ xung quanh các dự án BRI sẽ chỉ khiến nhiều quốc gia tin rằng Trung Quốc đang ôm mộng bá quyền. Nhiều nhà phân tích khác thì chỉ trích việc các quốc gia tiếp nhận vốn không có được những tiêu chuẩn căn bản từ tài chính bền vững cho đến tác động môi trường.

Trong bối cảnh hệ thống truyền thông bị kiểm soát chặt chẽ tại Trung Quốc, nhiều người có thể cho rằng những lời phản đối công khai dành cho chính sách và sáng kiến ngoại giao của Tập Cận Bình thật ra chỉ là Chủ tịch Tập đang tự phê phán chính mình mà thôi. Dù sao chăng nữa, chính sách được dự định tăng cường quyền lực mềm Trung Hoa lại dẫn đến mức độ quan ngại cả trong và ngoài nước chưa từng có cho thấy ông Tập rõ ràng không dự trù trước được việc này.

Dù các lãnh đạo Trung Quốc đang đưa ra nhiều quan điểm nhằm cải thiện cái nhìn của các quốc gia đối tác trong chương trình BRI, không có bằng chứng cho thấy họ đang kiểm soát được thực tế tài chính và chính trị trong làn sóng phản đối Vành đai và Con đường. Việc cho vay bằng đồng USD khiến các quốc gia vay nợ buộc phải kiểm soát và tăng cường thặng dư USD, nhưng rõ ràng không phải quốc gia nào cũng đủ năng lực kiểm soát cán cân ngoại tệ. Hầu hết các dự án của BRI đều là các dự án hạ tầng dài hạn, mất nhiều năm để hoàn thành với nhiều lần các ngân hàng Trung Quốc sẽ phải chuyển nợ, đáo nợ. Nhưng Bắc Kinh đã tỏ rõ thái độ hoặc thu tiền đúng hạn, hoặc sử dụng các biện pháp chế tài như họ đã áp dụng tại Sri Lanka.

Điểm cuối cùng là rất nhiều quốc gia thuộc sáng kiến Vành đai và Con đường có mô hình nhà nước cấp tiến, cho phép công dân biểu đạt sự không hài lòng của mình, dù bằng báo chí hay con đường bầu cử. Không quen với hoạt động giám sát và phê bình dân chủ, Trung Quốc đang gặp rất nhiều khó khăn trong việc chào mời món hàng quyền lực mềm Trung Hoa.

Trong thời kỳ bình minh của Vành đai và Con đường, Bắc Kinh bao giờ cũng xem những luận điểm phê bình và chỉ trích dành cho sáng kiến này là việc phương Tây phủ nhận sự trỗi dậy của Trung Quốc, không hơn không kém. Nhưng cho đến nay, mối quan ngại và sự phản đối không đến từ phương Tây, mà từ các quốc gia Châu Phi và Châu Á, nơi mà chính phủ đang tuyệt vọng tìm cách kiểm soát mức nợ tăng cao cùng với những cơn thịnh nộ của công chúng. Nếu thật sự muốn xuất khẩu “mô hình” Trung Hoa, hay chí ít là đánh bóng tên tuổi của mình trên trường quốc tế, Bắc Kinh sẽ phải học làm quen với dân chủ, dù họ có thích nó hay không.

Lược dịch từ bài Why Democracies Are Turning Against Belt and Road, được đăng trên tờ Foreign Affairs ngày 24-10-2018. Bài được dịch theo phương pháp giữ nguyên ý gốc và diễn đạt lại bằng tiếng Việt nên không nhất thiết phải sát theo lời văn của bản gốc. Tựa đề bản dịch do Luật Khoa đặt. 

          Italy Offers To Help Relocate Pakistani Christian Woman Acquitted Of Blasphemy - NPR      Cache   Translate Page      


Italy Offers To Help Relocate Pakistani Christian Woman Acquitted Of Blasphemy
The Italian government says it will help a Pakistani Christian woman and her family leave that country following her recent acquittal on a charge that she blasphemed against Islam in a high-profile case. The woman, Asia Bibi, an illiterate mother of ...
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Pakistan needs to seek a bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and make "hard decisions" to avoid going back again, said Muhammad Aurangz...
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Italy announces it is working to help relocate the family of a Pakistani Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy charges, amid pleas of asylum from her husband who says the family's life is in danger in Pakistan.

          Musician Farhad Humayun battling brain tumour      Cache   Translate Page      

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          'I was a prime target': Pakistan blasphemy lawyer flees to the Netherlands      Cache   Translate Page      

Saiful Mulook was put on a plane against his wishes due to fear that he could be attacked after he helped overturn a Christian woman's conviction for allegedly insulting Islam.

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          Italy Working To Find Safe Home In West For Pakistani Christian Woman      Cache   Translate Page      
Italian officials say they are working to help relocate a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy in Pakistan to a country where she and her family would be safe from death threats.
          'We are in trouble': Husband of woman in Pakistani blasphemy case asks Trump for help      Cache   Translate Page      

The husband of a Pakistani Christian woman acquitted after spending eight years on death row on charges of blasphemy appeals to US President Donald Trump for refuge, citing danger to family members' lives.

          Pakistan: "Mit religiösen Gefühlen wird Politik gemacht"      Cache   Translate Page      

Nach dem gekippten Todesurteil gegen Asia Bibi wirft Forscher Yousuf der Regierung Angst vor Extremisten vor.

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[[i]This is an independent supplementary effort to the article, Naming The Names: Introducing The Pakistani War Criminals by Ahmed Ziauddin. Here I go by the list built by Dr.

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          Unionsfraktion: Die bedrohte Christin Asia Bibi soll Schutz in Deutschland finden      Cache   Translate Page      
Zur lebensbedrohlichen Situation der pakistanischen Christin Asia Bibi erklärt der menschenrechtspolitische Sprecher der CDU/CSU-Bundestagsfraktion, Michael Brand: „Obwohl die obersten Richter Asia Bibi Freiheit zugesprochen haben, ist ihr Leben jetzt auf das Höchste bedroht. Es ist Gefahr in Verzug. Aus dem hoffnungsvollen Richterurteil für mehr Religionsfreiheit ist jetzt eine dramatische Hiobsbotschaft geworden: Trotz Aufhebung des Todesurteils […]
          Pakistan: Islamisten protestieren gegen den Freispruch der Christin Asia Bibi      Cache   Translate Page      
Die islamistische Extremistengruppe Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) beendet die Protestkundgebungen, zu dem sie nach dem Freispruch der Christin Asia Bibi aufgerufen hatte, nachdem entsprechende Vereinbarungen mit der pakistanischen Regierung geschlossen wurden. Das Dokument soll eine Rückkehr zu Normalität in Pakistan ermöglichen, nachdem seit drei Tagen Proteskundgebungen in den wichtigsten Städten den Alltag gelähmt hatte. Die TLP […]
          "Kembali ke Tempat Asalmu, Belatung!!!", Iba kepada Hewan, Senator Muslimah Ini Dicerca      Cache   Translate Page      
Senator muslim Mehreen Faruqi, telah disebut 'belatung' dan disuruh kembali ke Pakistan, setelah dia men-tweet soal Melbourne Cup yang dinilai menyiksa kuda.
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Protidrogová polícia sa jej zastala. Češka dúfa, že si vypočuje oslobodzujúci rozsudok.
          Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 Has Been Launched in Pakistan ● Unboxing and Review ● Urdu Hindi      Cache   Translate Page      
سام سنگ کا گلیکسی اے سیون 2018 پاکستان میں لانچ ہو گیا۔ Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 has been launched in pakistan, with a price of Rs. 54,000 in Pakistan. The smartphone comes with 4Gb RAM and 128GB internal memory. It runs on 2.2 GHz processor and features 24+8+5 MP rear and 24 MP front camera. … Continue reading Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 Has Been Launched in Pakistan ● Unboxing and Review ● Urdu Hindi
          Asia Bibi’s family: ‘We no longer have anything to eat’      Cache   Translate Page      
They are pleading to be allowed to leave Pakistan
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An extremist group is challenging the validity of the decision
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          Pakistan reports card-skimming, but says no mass bank data breach      Cache   Translate Page      
Pakistan's central bank rushed on Tuesday to reassure investors and consumers that its banking system had not been hacked after a mass skimming operation hit customers' credit and debit cards.

          11/7/2018: NEWS WORLD: Asia Bibi’s husband says he is desperate for help      Cache   Translate Page      

The Pakistan government has failed to provide support to the family of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy, her husband told The National. Ms Bibi, 47, was convicted in 2010 for allegedly making derogatory remarks about Islam. Last...
          Italien lovar hjälpa kristna kvinnan att lämna Pakistan      Cache   Translate Page      
Italien har lovat att hjälpa kristna Asia Bibi att lämna Pakistan. Förra veckan friades hon från en dödsdom för hädelse av Högsta domstolen, men regeringen vill inte låta henne lämna landet. Samtidigt har kvinnas advokat sökt asyl i Nederländerna efter att ha utsatts för hot. 
          11/7/2018: SPORT: New Zealand look to extend ODI win streak over Pakistan      Cache   Translate Page      

New Zealand may have not lost a one-day international to Pakistan for four years, but captain Kane Williamson is not taking anything for granted when the sides take to the field in Abu Dhabi today. The Black Caps have won their past 11 games in the...
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Trump should end the alliance with Pakistan. Pakistan is not an ally of the United States and has not been for a considerable period, if, indeed, it ever was. The treatment of Asia Bibi ought to be the occasion for the official ending of this sham alliance.
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La donna cristiana, prosciolta dall’accusa di blasfemia, è tornata nel penitenziario di Multan. La famiglia non è protetta dalle forze dell’ordine. Attivista pakistano: “Solo Gesù Cristo è il nostro protettore. Amiamo il Pakistan con tutte le nostre forze”.

           Comment on Under the Pakistani volcano by Zara Ali       Cache   Translate Page      
Quite an accurate write up however it must be added here... Khan has certainly exposed both the 'fundamentalism' of religious zealots and the 'liberalism' of the fifth column... Khan symbolizes enlightened moderation... and in due time this notion of enlightened moderation will become the norm by and large... pushing the extremist element both the so called Western Liberalism and the sickness of religious extremism.
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(Bangkok, November 6, 2018,) The Thai government should ensure that recently arrested Pakistani asylum seekers are not returned to face persecution, torture, or other serious abuse in Pakistan, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the Thai prime minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha. Almost all of the dozens of detained asylum seekers are from Christian and Ahmadiyya communities that have been prosecuted under discriminatory laws or attacked by religious extremists in Pakistan.

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) should have constant and unimpeded access to the Pakistani asylum seekers to help ensure that no one is deported to a place where their lives or freedom are threatened, under the international customary law principle of nonrefoulement.

“The Thai government may not fully appreciate the grave dangers facing Pakistani Christians and Ahmadis back in Pakistan,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “It’s critically important for Thai authorities to free Pakistanis recognized as refugees from detention and not to return any into harm’s way in violation of international law.”

Pakistani refugees and asylum seekers have been targeted for arrest and prosecution for illegal entry or visa overstays as a part of a Thai immigration crackdown called Operation X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner in which thousands of people have been detained. In a number of instances, immigration raids have targeted buildings where Pakistani and other South Asian community members live.

Thai authorities should not detain recognized refugees under any circumstances, Human Rights Watch said. The Thai authorities should recognize the critical importance of careful case-by-case consideration of asylum claims and abide by UNHCR determinations to ensure respect for the principle of nonrefoulement. They should also ensure compliance with Thailand’s obligations under the UN Convention against Torture.


          Pakistan reports mass card skimming      Cache   Translate Page      
It was not immediately clear how much money was stolen using the cards.
          Calls for Aasia Bibi to be released and allowed to leave country      Cache   Translate Page      
The Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan must publicly support the Supreme Court’s recent acquittal of Aasia Bibi and ensure her safe travel out of the country Amnesty International said today.
          Comment on The U.S.-India Nuclear Deal Ten Years On: The View from Washington by Mir Nazir Ahmad      Cache   Translate Page      
I agree with the author that the nuclear deal has not lived upto the expectations. But that was bound to happen. It now turns out that nuclear weapons have been costly with least military or defence use. Even the argument that they act as 'deterent' weapon is highly debatable. For instance, 1999 Kargil between India and Pakistan was after the nuclear tests of the countries.
          Comment on Pakistan and the Politics of CPEC: A Rethink on the Anvil? by Zainab Akhter      Cache   Translate Page      
Dear Sir, Thank you so much for the comment. Your feedback matters. I agree to your point that criticism, especially by the US is good for CPEC and Pakistan because somewhere it has given a nudge that has lead to the current discussion on the significance of transparency in the transactions between China and Pakistan. But given the competition between China ( BRI) and the US (Indo-Pacific Policy) to gain global dominance and increase the sphere of influence in South Asia, the pressure tactics by the US comes across more as a strategy to cut China out of the race. Pakistan has to realize and seriously come clean on the debts as suggested by IMF, that will pressure the Chinese to re-think and re-look the CPEC.
          Khursheed Shah mocks Fawad over space mission remarks      Cache   Translate Page      
Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader Syed Khursheed Shah has said that if all "chaotic politicians" are sent into space the government benches in the National Assembly will be vacant. Shah was responding to Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry
          SC hints at quashing IHC verdict in Avenfield case      Cache   Translate Page      
ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar said on Tuesday that the Supreme Court had no choice but to suspend the Islamabad High Court (IHC) ruling in the Avenfield reference case against former premier Nawaz Sharif and his family members.
          Pakistan, US agree to promote regional peace and stability      Cache   Translate Page      
Senior US diplomat Alice Wells on Tuesday held discussions with senior officials of the Foreign Office and reviewed progress on bilateral relations. Wells, the US principal deputy assistant secretary of state for south and central Asia, was led the Americ
          No more balance of payment crisis: govt      Cache   Translate Page      
Finance Minister Asad Umar on Tuesday claimed that Pakistan's balance of payment crisis was over and added that China had committed to providing short-term relief to Pakistan- the modalities of which would be discussed in a new round of discussions in
          FIA says data from almost all Pakistani banks hacked      Cache   Translate Page      
ISLAMABAD: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Cyber Crime Wing Director Captain (r) Mohammad Shoaib on Tuesday revealed that customers' data from almost all major Pakistani banks was stolen in a recent security breach. "Almost all [Pakistani] bank
          Pakistan's progress lies in peace and rule of law: NSC      Cache   Translate Page      
A meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday reiterated that progress and prosperity of Pakistan lies in peace, stability and rule of law. The meeting reviewed security situation of the country. The prime
          Afghan Reconciliation Initiatives: vindication of Pakistan?      Cache   Translate Page      
The latest visit by a senior US diplomat Alice Wells took place just a few days ahead of a regional consultative meeting at Moscow involving Iran, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and the host Russia. A Taliban delegation
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Redamco Ministry Of Railways Govt Of Pakistan Jobs November 2018: REDAMCO, Rawalpindi is seeking services of dynamic, motivated, experienced and result

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Berlitz Pakistan Jobs Management Trainees: Berlitz is looking for Internees and Management Trainees at their offices in Lahore. Eligibility criteria for

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          Fawad urges YouTube, WhatsApp to combat fake news, hate mongering      Cache   Translate Page      
Two days after Twitter suspended Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) leader Khadim Hussain Rizvi's handle on the government's complaint, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday urged YouTube and WhatsApp to combat hate mongering. "Its so w
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Outfitters Jobs Assistant Manager Inventory:Outfitters is looking for an experienced and ambitious ” Assistant Manager Inventory” to oversee all functions

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          PTI govt to change VC appointment criteria in Punjab      Cache   Translate Page      
LAHORE: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led Punjab government has decided to change the criteria of appointment of vice chancellors (VCs) in public sector universities of Punjab. The government intends to replicate Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) model of app
          Pakistan-China bus service launched      Cache   Translate Page      
A bus service between Lahore and Kashgar, aiming to boost accessibility for the business community, was launched late Monday. According to Radio Pakistan, the initiative will connect Pakistan and China via road under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (
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Brighto Paints Pvt Ltd Jobs Software Engineer: Brighto Paints Pvt. Ltd is looking for a passionate Software Engineer to design, develop

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Broadpeak Technologies Jobs CRM Architect:We are hiring for a position of CRM Architect. If you have the required qualification and

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Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari late Monday night said efforts were underway to arrest him but that there was no evidence against him. "Ways are being found to arrest me but they are unable to find any evidence," he
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Deloitte Pakistan Jobs Recruitment Specialist: Deloitte Yousuf Adil is looking for recruitment specialist for Karachi office. Candidate must be graduate with

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Martin Dow Limited Jobs November 2018:We are searching for talented individuals for the positions of Senior Officer Packaging and Senior

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Weightlifting Federation (PWF) selection committee has announced the national squad for next year's South Asian Games. The Games, featuring athletes of various disciplines from South Asian countries, will be held in Kathmandu,
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ZEPCOM Pakistan Jobs November 2018: Promote or Apply: ZEPCOM is looking for Java Developer. Must have 4+ years of experience in

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          WAPDA win National Swimming Championship title      Cache   Translate Page      
LAHORE: Pakistan WAPDA and Pakistan Army won the men and women titles, respectively in the National Swimming Championship at the Sports Board Punjab International Pool here the other day. In the men's category, WAPDA claimed 13 gold, six silver and ei
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Muller & Phipps Pakistan Jobs Cashier: Muller & Phipps Pakistan is looking for Cashier in Hyderabad city. Qualification Commerce Graduate Candidate

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KOTLI: Pakistan WAPDA, Pakistan Army, Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Navy won their respective matches in the ongoing Captain Natha Khan Sher Jang Memorial Volleyball Tournament here on Tuesday. WAPDA beat Khyber Pakhtunkhawa 25-23, 25-16, 25-20, Army defea
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ORIX Leasing Pakistan Limited Jobs Relationship Officer: Job Title: Relationship Officer (Treasury-Certificates of Deposit) Qualification: BBA Experience: (o – 2) years

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ABU DHABI: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed insists his team can end an 11-match losing run to New Zealand when the two sides meet in the first one-day international in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday (today). Pakistan crushed New Zealand 3-0 in the preceding Twenty
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LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has reportedly asked the head of the cricket committee Mohsin Khan, former Pakistan opener, to avoid giving controversial comments. The PCB formed a three-member cricket to assist and advise the board's chairma
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Unicol Limited Jobs November 2018: HSE Supervisors required for Unicol Limited plant in Mirpurkhas. Ideal candidate shall be BE/ Graduate

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Raaziq International Internships November 2018:Position: Intern Marketing Qualification: BBA or MBA (Marketing) Location: Lahore Experience : Fresh Graduate salary Range:

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Sapphire Finishing Mills Limited Jobs Senior Assistant Manager Stitching:Sapphire Finishing Mills Limited, a part of Sapphire group of companies, is

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The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a multi-billion dollar project launched following the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Pakistan in 2015. The initiative will not only benefit China and Pakistan in terms of economic development and pr
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The head of the Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) cybercrime wing, Capt (rtd) Mohammad Shoaib, has dropped a veritable bombshell. That is, hackers have stolen data from "almost all" Pakistani banks. All that is known so far is that those be
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Islamabad espère apaiser à la fois les islamistes et les Occidentaux, sur fond de fondamentalisme et de crise financière.Emmanuel Derville Correspondant à New Delhi Une semaine après l’arrêt de la Cour suprême qui a innocenté Asia Bibi des ...
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MIDWOOD – An ivory colored structure stands sandwiched between two typical brick-colored three-story buildings between Avenue H and Glenwood Road on Coney Island Avenue. Though the stores next to it have closed and new ones have opened, Makki Masjid has stayed in that very spot since 1982. The Mosque, whose official name is the Muslim […]
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The Pakistani government on Friday (Nov. 2) capitulated to demands of Islamist groups protesting the acquittal of Christian mother Aasiya Noreen, better known as Asia Bibi, by agreeing to allow the possibility of a Supreme Court review of the verdict.
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Asia Bibi Pakistan– Zaprosiłem męża i rodzinę Asii Bibi na spotkanie w Parlamencie Europejskim. Proszę władze Pakistanu o wydanie im niezbędnych dokumentów podróżnych – ogłosił na Twitterze Antonio Tajani. Przewodniczący Parlamentu Europejskiego dodał, że „przepisy europejskie przewidują ochronę dla tego, kto jest zagrożony z powodu swej wiary”. Jednocześnie Tajani wysłał list z zaproszeniem do męża Asii, Ashiqa […]
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Odvetnik Asie Bibi, bogokletstva obsojene pakistanske kristjanke, ki jo je sodišče v Pakistanu v teh dneh po osmih letih predčasno izpustilo iz zapora, bo zaprosil za politični azil na Nizozemskem.
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Zatiaľ čo jeho manželka ešte stále čaká na prepustenie z väznice v Pakistane, rodina žije v strachu. Protesty fundamentalistov, ktoré naďalej žiadajú Asiinu popravu, prinútili jej príbuzných zdržiavať sa iba v bezpečí domu. Právnik Saif ul-Malook, ktorý Asiu počas procesu obhajoval, bol v predchádzajúcich dňoch nútený krajinu opustiť.
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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) A UAE resident who spent almost Dh40,000 on raffle tickets is now reaping the rewards after winning $1 million on Tuesday. "I'm in shock. When they called...
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Pakistani authorities have said that bank accounts of thousands of individuals have been compromised and money stolen as a result of a massive hack l
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Geert Wilders, the head of the Netherlands' opposition right-wing Party for Freedom, or PVV, has stirred up the Muslim world with his promises to ban the Koran, close down mosques and create a Prophet Muhammad cartoon competition. While some threatened to kill him, others have fought for banning the politician on Twitter, citing “hateful conduct."
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An ex-mortgage advisor and an ex-businessman charged unsuspecting members of Birmingham's Pakistani community thousands of pounds for poor immigration advice.
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If India decides to attend the meet, it would be the first time it will have shared a table with Afghan Taliban representatives in a multilateral forum. Russia has sent invitations to the talks to Afghanistan, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, the United States and the Afghan Taliban.
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Unsere liebe Schwester Asia Bibi ist freigesprochen worden. Der Freispruch vorigen Mittwoch führte zu aggressiven islamischen Protesten in weiten Teilen Pakistans. Die Muslime des Landes fordern den Tod unserer Schwester durch den Strang. Auch ihre Familie und ihre Verwandten sind bedroht und fürchten auch um ihr eigenes Leben. Die Muslime drohen mit Bürgerkrieg, wenn Asia Bibi nicht hingerichtet würde. In diesem Bürgerkrieg würden viele Katholiken durch Muslime ermordet werden. Die pakistanische Regierung machte deshalb einen Rückzieher vor den Muslimen und einigte sich mit ihrer Führung, dass die Muslime gegen das gerichtliche Urteil von Mittwoch letzter Woche Einspruch einlegen dürfen, so dass Asias Leben nach wie vor an seidenem Faden hängt. Satan und seine Dämonen, die den Moslems in Pakistan Kraft und Macht geben, damit unsere Schwester hingerichtet würde, haben ganze Arbeit geleistet!
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لاہور(ویب ڈیسک): آئی ایم ایف کاوفد پاکستانی حکام سے مذاکرات کے لیے اسلام آبادپہنچےگیا ہے. انٹرنیشنل مانیٹری فنڈ کا وفد پاکستان میں دو ہفتے قیام کریگا. تفصیلات کے مطابق وزارتِ خزانہ کے پہلے مرحلے میں‌آئی ایم ایف کی ٹیکنیکل ٹیم کے ساتھ بات چیت ہوگی جس میں آئندہ کا لائحہ عمل طے کیا جائیگا. مذاکرات ...

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لاہور (ویب ڈیسک) وزیر خزانہ اسد عمر کا کہنا ہے کہ ملک فوری معاشی بحران سے نکل آیا ہے. تفصیلات کے مطابق وزیر خزانہ اسد عمر کا کہنا تھا کہ وزیر اعظم کے دورہ چین میں سماجی و اقتصادی تعاون و ترقی، غربت کے خاتمے، زراعت ، ٹیکنیکل تعاون، جنگلات، ارتھ سائنسز، اعلیٰ تعلیم اور ...

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English Language For IBPS Clerk | 07- 11- 18
Dear Aspirants,

As IBPS has released the official notification of the Common Recruitment Process for selection of personnel for Clerical cadre Posts and the exam is tentatively scheduled to be held December 2018 & January 2019. Looking at the notification, we have now started subject-wise quizzes for the exam. It will include quizzes of all the subjects- Quantitative Aptitude, English, Reasoning and Computer. All these quizzes will be strictly based on the latest pattern of the IBPS Clerk exam and will be beneficial for your preparations. So, keep following the quizzes which will provide you a set of 10 questions daily. 

Here, we are providing you important questions of English Language for IBPS Clerk 2018 exam.

Q1-10. Find out the errors in the following sentences: 

Q.1- An opposition party (1)/ file a criminal complaint against the controversial (2)/ Gupta brothers who stand accused of wielding (3)/ undue influence over the President. (4)/ No Error (5)

Q.2- The Finance ministry assured CBEC officers (1)/ that there will be no reduction of manpower (2)/ under new GST regime and the HR policy will (3)/ be drafted after taking their views on board. (4)/ No Error (5)

Q.3- A plea seeking an immediate ban on 14 pesticides (1)/ as recommended by an expert panel on the (2)/ ground that they are carcinogenic have been moved in (3)/ Delhi High Court, which has sought the Centre's stand on the issue. (4)/ No Error (5) 

Q.4- Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri reeled off seven (1)/ successive birdies to make the play-off but (2)/ missed the title after losing to Thai Pavit Tangkamolprasert on (3)/ the final day of the Venetian Macao Open. (4)/ No Error (5) 

Q.5- A retired US general pleaded guilty of (1)/ making a false statement during a FBI probe (2)/ into a classified intelligence leak about a cyber-attack (3)/ against Iran's nuclear program. (4)/ No Error (5) 

Q.6- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (1)/ has said that if elected as the (2)/ US prez in the Nov general elections, he might meet Russian (3)/ Prez Vladimir Putin even before he took the oath of presidency. (4)/ No Error (5)

Q.7- Violating the ceasefire, Pakistani troops fired (1)/ from small arms and shelled (2)/ mortar bombs on forward posts along the LoC(3)/ drawing retaliation from Indian troops. (4)/ No Error (5)

Q.8- Dynamics is a branch of applied (1)/ mathematics concerned with the study of forces and (2)/ torques and their effect on motion, as opposed to kinematics (3)/ who studies the motion of objects without reference to its causes(4)/ No Error(5) 

Q.9- Normal life was disrupted in Kashmir (1)/ due to fresh snowfall, which leads to the (2)/ closure of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway (3)/ and affected flight operations here as well. (4)/ No error (5) 

Q.10- The benchmark BSE Sensex shed about (1)/ 55 points and the NSE Nifty slipped below the 8,400-mark in early (2)/ deals on sustained capital outflows by foreign funds and selling (3)/ by retail investors amid weak global cues. (4)/ No error (5) 


Q1. (2) use ‘filed’ as main verb of past tense required. 

Q2. (1) use ‘has’ before ‘assured’. 

Q3. (3) use ‘has’ unstead of ‘have’ 

Q4. (5) No Error 

Q5. (2) use ‘an’ instead of ‘a’ because FBI sounds vowel. 

Q6. (4) use ‘takes’ instead of ‘took’ 

Q7. (5) No Error 

Q8. (4) use ‘which’ instead of ‘who’ 

Q9. (2) use ‘led’ instead of ‘leads’ 

Q10. (5) No error 

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November 04, 2018Under the Pakistani volcano

While Khan plays on a complex geopolitical chessboard, Chinese aid could be a financial lifeline as Islamabad faces off against deadly religious extremism

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with The Asia Times by special agreement with the author)
It has been a breathless week, huddled in the shadow of the simmering, bubbling, politico-religious volcano that is Imran Khan’s Pakistan.
And this week’s multi-faceted developments may just signal seismic shifts in Pakistan’s internal and external relations for the foreseeable future.
Before moving on to bloodier matters, let’s start with the “Mr. Khan Goes to China” episode – essential for reviewing all aspects of what is enthusiastically described by both sides as the “all-weather strategic cooperative partnership”.
Xi’s financial lifeline for Khan?
Prime Minister Khan, leading a fresh government elected in July and facing a range colossal challenges, set the tone from the start. He did not mince words.
“Countries go in cycles, they have their high points, they have their low points,” he said. “Unfortunately, our country is going through a low point at the moment with two very big deficits, a fiscal deficit and a current account deficit. And so we, as I’ve said, have come to learn.”
Arguably few teachers beat Chinese President Xi Jinping, praised by Khan as a role model. “China’s phenomenal achievements are worth emulating,” Khan said. “No other country has tackled poverty and corruption the way China has tackled it.”
The lynchpin of the strategic partnership is inevitably the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the flagship project of the New Silk Road, or Belt-and-Road Initiative (BRI). Before his stint as guest of honor of the First China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Khan met a crucial player in Beijing for CPEC financing: Jin Liquan, president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
Right from the start, Pakistan’s new Planning Minister Makhdoom Bukhtiar was confident that Islamabad would not need to reschedule around $2.7 billion in Chinese loans due for repayment in 2018. Instead, what’s in the cards is an improved economic package centered on taking CPEC to the next level.
A financially stable Pakistan is absolutely crucial for the success of BRI. A Pakistani audit of projects approved by the previous Nawaz Sharif administration called for streamlining CPEC, not curtailing it. Now, Team Khan does not subscribe to the notion of CPEC as a debt trap.
With Saudi Arabia and China stepping in with cash, Islamabad may avoid becoming further indebted to the IMF and its trademark “strategic adjustments”- widely dreaded across the Global South for producing a toxic mix of austerity and inflation.
Pakistan juggles China, Iran, Saudi, Turkey
Pakistan is all about its prime geopolitical location, the crossroads of South Asia, Central Asia and West Asia.
For Beijing, Pakistan as a key BRI node mirrors its new role as a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). As Khan has clearly identified, this interconnection can only turbo-charge Pakistan’s geo-economic position – under the institutional framework of SCO. The Xi-Khan partnership may actually center around an economic win-win for Pakistan and the SCO.
Of course, myriad challenges lie ahead.
Take for instance Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Lu Kang having to clarify that “all the cooperation between China and Pakistan has nothing to do with territorial disputes.”
Kang was referring to the hoopla surrounding the fact that a Pakistani company launched a bus service from Lahore to Kashgar via Islamabad; essentially the northern CPEC route via the Karakoram Highway, which skirts Kashmir. China does not want any interference whatsoever in the ultra-volatile Kashmir dossier.
Saudi Arabia is also making some not-too-subtle moves. Islamabad’s official position is that Riyadh’s recent financial offer came with no strings attached. That’s unlikely to be the case; Saudi traditionally casts a long shadow over all matters Pakistani. “No strings” means Islamabad should keep closer to Riyadh, not Tehran.
The House of Saud – paralyzed by the fallout of the bloody Istanbul fiasco – will go no-holds-barred to prevent Islamabad from getting closer to Tehran. (Or Ankara, for that matter). A possibly emergent, long-term, game-changing Turkey-Iran-Pakistan alliance was the talk of the town – at least during the first part of this week of weeks.
That brings us to the crucial visitor Khan received in Islamabad before his trip to China: Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Last month, 14 Iranian border guards were kidnapped by the Pakistan-based Jaish al-Adl Salafi-jihadi fanatics. Pakistan security forces have been helpless so far.
Khan and Zarif talked about that – but also talked about Khan’s offer to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia in trying to find a solution for the tragedy in Yemen. The fact is, a Tehran-Islamabad rapprochement is already a work in progress.
That is the sophisticated geo-political game Khan must play. Meanwhile at home, he has to get down and dirty as he gets to grips with violent domestic religious turmoil.
‘Go legal – or else…’
I’ve been in Islamabad since Monday – right on the lip of the volcano, and enjoying the privilege of being part of one of the most extraordinary geopolitical conferences in recent times, something that in the current polarizing dynamic could only happen in Asia, not the West. But that’s another story.
While I was parsing elaborate analyses of this geopolitical chessboard, reality intervened.
Or – perhaps – it was a graphic intimation that Pakistan may just be changing for the better.
Street blockades paralyzed key nodes of the nation because Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman laborer, in jail for nine years, was finally acquitted by the Supreme Court of spurious charges of blasphemy. There are less than 4 million Christians in Pakistan out of a total population of 197 million.
I was with a small group on the motorway to Peshawar, prior to taking a detour to Taxila – Alexander-the-Great land, where I planned further research on ancient Silk Roads – when suddenly we were halted.
A mullah was blaring his hate through a loudspeaker. A couple of his minions blocked all circulation.
Why the police would not dislodge this small group is the matter of all matters in Khan’s arguably new Pakistan. The highway standoff embodies the high-stakes grapple underway between the state and religion.
Back in Islamabad, as he led me around the campus of the National Defense University, Timoor Shah, a bright young man at the Center for Policy Studies, gave me a crash course on the nuances.
What a global audience should understand is this. On one side stand the state, the military and the judiciary. (Accusations continue to be hurled that Khan was privileged in the July elections by the military – the top institution in Pakistan – and an activist judiciary.) On the other side, stand fringe religious nuts and an opportunistic, discredited opposition.
The Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP), a minor extremist political party whose only platform is to punish blasphemy, has issued death threats against the three Supreme Court judges. Pakistan could do worse than import a strangle/bone-saw/dissolve-in-acid Saudi execution squad to deal with such groups.
It’s instructive to consider what the director general of the PR arm of the powerful intelligence service, ISI, Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor had to say: This is a legal matter and the Pakistan Army should not be dragged into it. Ghafoor also stressed, “We are close to winning the war against terrorism and our attention should not be diverted.”
Ghafoor told politico-religious parties protesting against the Supreme Court judgment – quite a few of which were firmly on the lunatic fringe – to go legal or else. Amid this, TLP chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi swears that that the Army has threatened to “destroy” his party.
The military sent a delegation, including ISI officials, to talk to the religious protesters. Ghafoor was careful to stress that the ISI is an intelligence department that reports to the prime minister.
In the end, the government caved in. Despite knowing that Aasia Bibi faces fundamentalist wrath and her only path to safety would be a one-way ticket out, they agreed to put her on something called the “Exit Control List.” Even that did not prevent TLP fanatics from threatening “a war if they sent Aasia Bibi out of the country.”
‘Taliban Godfather’ killed
As if all this were not toxic enough, on Friday evening Maulana Samiul Haq – the fabled “Godfather of the Taliban” – was stabbed to death in his house in Rawalpindi, Islamabad’s twin city.
Haq led the sprawling Darul Uloom Haqqania, a madrassa, or religious school, in Akhora Khattak, near Peshawar, founded in 1988. The madrassa graduated none other than Mullah Omar, as well as other Taliban notables.
Haq embodies a torrent of turbulence in modern Pakistani history – including his stints as senator during the Zia ul Haq and Nawaz Sharif administrations. He also tabled a notorious Sharia bill during Sharif’s last term.
But for me, the story was personal. In a tortuous way, Samiul Haq saved my life – courtesy of a letter of introduction he had signed after I visited his madrassa to follow a Talibanesque indoctrination in progress.
When, along with my photographer Jason Florio, we were arrested by the Taliban at a military base in Ghazni in the summer of 2000, we were only released from waiting six months to be tried as “spies” because of Samiul Haq’s letter.
This obviously pales when compared to the high-profile, principled move by the Pakistani Supreme Court to save Aasia Bibi from a death sentence.
But it could be the first salvo in a Khan-era Pakistani war against religious fundamentalism.

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          UN delegates praise Saudi Arabia’s rights record      Cache   Translate Page      

Above: Saudi delegates at today’s UNHRC review session GENEVA, November 5, 2018 – Saudi Arabia today won widespread praise for its human rights record as the fundamentalist regime was examined in a routine UN review, prompting strong protests from human rights activists. “Sadly, 75 out of 96 country delegations who took the floor at the UN Human Rights Council today expressed praise for the brutal and misogynistic Saudi regime,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based UN Watch, a non-governmental monitoring group. “It’s a betrayal of jailed Saudi human rights activists like pro-democracy blogger Raif Badawi, who has been wrongfully imprisoned since June 2012. Despite our appeals to Canada, and to Germany, Britain, Sweden, France and others, no one spoke up for Raif Badawi.” Despite today’s mandatory review of Saudi Arabia, in a standard exercise that all countries undergo every five years, the 47-nation UNHRC has never produced a single resolution, special session or commission of inquiry to condemn Saudi Arabia’s human rights record — not even for their confessed killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “On the contrary,” said Neuer, “Saudi Arabia is an elected member of the UN Human Rights Council.” In today’s meeting, China praised Saudi Arabia for “its adoption and implementation of the Saudi Vision 2030,” for its “efforts in the area of economic, social development and poverty elimination” and its “judicial reform and fight against corruption.” And in exchange, said Neuer, “tomorrow when China has its own turn to be examined, I predict that Saudi Arabia will take the floor to hail Beijing’s human rights record.” Likewise, in today’s session, Venezuela commended Saudi Arabia “for empowering women.” Pakistan praised Riyadh’s …

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          Saudi Arabia Praised by 75% of UN Delegates in Human Rights Review      Cache   Translate Page      

Above: Saudi delegate addresses today’s UNHRC session GENEVA, Nov. 5, 2018 — Following is a selection of the praise that Saudi Arabia received when its human rights record was reviewed today, as a part of a mandatory review that every country undergoes every five years at the UN Human Rights Council: Venezuela: “We commend Saudi Arabia for empowering women.” Pakistan: “We commend efforts [by Saudi Arabia] to empower women and promote gender equality.” United Arab Emirates: “We commend Saudi Arabia for mainstreaming human rights.” State of Palestine: “We believe that Saudi Arabia places great importance on human rights. We welcome its efforts in promoting human rights, protecting development and ensuring accountability.” Yemen: “We commend the support provided [by Saudi Arabia] at all levels to the people of Yemen.” Bahrain: “We hail the positive steps taken[by Saudi Arabia] to protect human rights.” Jordan: “The Saudi government has made human rights one of its main priorities.” Malaysia: “The efforts [by Saudi Arabia] in advancing women’s rights are commendable.” Mauritania: “We applaud progress [by Saudi Arabia] in the fields of women’s rights, children’s rights, and rights of people with disabilities.” Nigeria: “We commend efforts [by Saudi Arabia] in combating human trafficking and to promote the rights of domestic service workers.” Eritrea: “We commend symbolic steps taken [by Saudi Arabia] to ensure equality.” Gabon: “We commend reforms [by Saudi Arabia] to promote the rights of women and bring about their empowerment.” Senegal: “We commend efforts [by Saudi Arabia] made to combat human trafficking.” China: “We commend Saudi Arabia for its adoption and implementation of the Saudi Vision 2030, as well as for its efforts in the …

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          Pakistan-US ties renewal under way: Minister      Cache   Translate Page      

Islamabad, Nov 7 (IANS) Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that the renewal of ties between Washington and Islamabad were under way and that the two countries would be increasing their engagement in the coming days.

"There are indications of opening up. We must remember that the bilateral ties had come to an impasse," he told the media on Tuesday at the Foreign Office.

The Minister was responding to questions about visiting US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells, reports Dawn news.

Wells met Finance Minister Asad Umar and held delegation-level talks at the Foreign Office, which were also attended by officials from the ministries of interior and defence.

Qureshi said the inter-ministerial session went well and Wells informed the Pakistani side that senior US officials would be visiting Pakistan for talks on promoting trade and energy cooperation.

The Foreign Office, meanwhile, in a statement said that the two sides during the meeting took stock of the understanding reached between Qureshi and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to rebuild the relationship based on mutual trust and respect, Dawn news said.

The Pakistani side, it said, emphasised the need to diversify the relationship with particular focus on enhanced economic and trade cooperation and people to people contacts.

"The two sides agreed to continue efforts to promote the shared objectives of peace and stability in the region and diversify bilateral relationship," it added.



          Asiya Bibi verdict protests: Pak CJ seeks report on vandalism      Cache   Translate Page      

[Pakistan], Nov 7 (ANI): Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar on Tuesday sought a report from the central and federal governments over the damage caused to public and private property by the demonstrators during the nationwide protests against the verdict in the Asiya Bibi case last week.

According to a statement by the Pakistan Supreme Court, Justice Nisar took notice of the vandalism for the sake of compensating the affected citizens, Geo News reported.

On October 31, mass protests had erupted in various parts of Pakistan after the country's top court announced its verdict acquitting Asiya, a Christian woman in a blasphemy case. The demonstrations, led by the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) and other religious parties, blocked roads and vandalised public and private property.

A three-judge special bench headed by Justice Nisar, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel had heard Asiya's 2014 appeal against her conviction and death sentence and overturned the ruling in favour of her.

Even after rejecting reports of putting Asiya on the Exit Control List (ECL), the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government succumbed to pressure and reached an agreement with the TLP for taking legal actions to not allow Asiya and her family to leave the country.

Asiya was convicted and sentenced to death in 2010 for allegedly insulting Islam during an argument with three Muslim women.

The Pakistan government, however, decided to take action against miscreants involved in vandalism, torture and arson during the demonstrations, leading to a crackdown on rioters across the country.

On Monday, around 1,800 people were arrested by law enforcement agencies. Pakistan's Interior Ministry had said that the demonstrators were booked under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). (ANI)

          Pompeo exempts Iran's Chabahar Port from sanctions      Cache   Translate Page      

[USA], Nov 7 (ANI): United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has approved sanctions exemption for the development of Iran's Chabahar Port, which is related to Afghanistan's economic development and reconstruction assistance.

In a statement, a US State Department spokesperson told ANI, "After extensive consideration, the Secretary (Pompeo) has provided for an exception from the imposition of certain sanctions under the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012 (IFCA) with respect to the development of Chabahar Port and the construction of an associated railway and for the shipment of non-sanctionable goods through the Port for Afghanistan's use, as well as Afghanistan's continued imports of Iranian petroleum products.?"

The spokesperson added that the exception is related to the reconstruction assistance and economic development for Afghanistan.

"These activities are vital for the ongoing support of Afghanistan's growth and humanitarian relief," the spokesperson said.

"The President's South Asia strategy underscores our ongoing support of Afghanistan's economic growth and development as well as our close partnership with India. We seek to build on our close relationships with both countries as we execute a policy of maximum pressure to change the Iranian regime's destabilising policies in the region and beyond," the spokesperson added.

India considers the Chabahar Port a key strategic asset, giving it access to land-locked Afghanistan while bypassing Pakistan. The sanctions, which came into effect on Monday, had threatened New Delhi's ability to acquire financing for the port's development.

The Chabahar Port complex is expected to pave the way for millions of dollars in trade and is being developed as part of a new transportation corridor for land-locked Afghanistan. Both India and Iran had signed an agreement worth USD 85 million to develop the strategic port in south-eastern Iran.

On November 5, the Donald Trump administration had imposed the "toughest-ever" sanctions on Iran's banking, energy and shipping industries, in a move aimed at altering the "behaviour" of the country's regime.

The US will also penalise countries for importing oil and foreign companies that do business with certain Iranian entities. However, it granted waivers for oil sanctions to eight countries -- China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey. (ANI)

          International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences Jobs      Cache   Translate Page announced International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences Jobs jobs. International Center for Chemical and Biological S... This Government job / jobs opportunity is announced in daily Dawn newspaper of dated 07 November 2018, Wednesday for region Sindh Pakistan, located in Karachi University of Karachi. To see full details of this job and many more visit now.

          HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry Jobs 2018 for Professors      Cache   Translate Page announced HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry Jobs 2018 for Professors jobs. HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, University of... This Government job / jobs opportunity is announced in daily Dawn newspaper of dated 07 November 2018, Wednesday for region Sindh Pakistan, located in Karachi University of Karachi. To see full details of this job and many more visit now.

          COMSATS University Islamabad CUI Jobs 2018 for Managers      Cache   Translate Page announced COMSATS University Islamabad CUI Jobs 2018 for Managers jobs. COMSATS University Islamabad CUI, Pakistan seeks c... This Government job / jobs opportunity is announced in daily Dawn newspaper of dated 07 November 2018, Wednesday for region Islamabad Pakistan, located in Islamabad Comsats University. To see full details of this job and many more visit now.

          SAARC Development Fund Bhutan Jobs for Manager Communication      Cache   Translate Page announced SAARC Development Fund Bhutan Jobs for Manager Communication jobs. SAARC Development Fund, Bhutan invited application... This Government job / jobs opportunity is announced in daily Dawn newspaper of dated 07 November 2018, Wednesday for region Bhutan Pakistan, located in Thimphu SAARC Development Fund Secretariat. To see full details of this job and many more visit now.

          Divisional Forest Office Ghizer Jobs 2018 for Watchman      Cache   Translate Page announced Divisional Forest Office Ghizer Jobs 2018 for Watchman jobs. Divisional Forest Office Ghizer, Forest Department... This Government job / jobs opportunity is announced in daily Mahasib newspaper of dated 07 November 2018, Wednesday for region Gilgit Baltistan Pakistan, located in Ghizer Forest Department. To see full details of this job and many more visit now.

          Gilgit Baltistan Secretariat Jobs 2018 for UDC and LDC      Cache   Translate Page announced Gilgit Baltistan Secretariat Jobs 2018 for UDC and LDC jobs. Services General Administration and Cabinet Departme... This Government job / jobs opportunity is announced in daily K2 newspaper of dated 07 November 2018, Wednesday for region Gilgit Baltistan Pakistan, located in Gilgit Gilgit Baltistan Secretariat. To see full details of this job and many more visit now.

          Rohit Shetty has a emotional note for kid brother Ranveer Singh who’s all set to marry Meenamma Deepika Padukone!      Cache   Translate Page      

Today, Rohit Shetty took to his Instagram page and shared a photo with Ranveer Singh as they completed the shoot of their upcoming film, Simmba. Rohit even congratulated Deepika Padukone and Ranveer on their wedding. Ever since Ranveer Singh has united with Rohit Shetty for Simmba, the fans have been curiously waiting to know what’s in store for them.While their behind-the-scenes photos and videos have made sure to further build up the curiosity, the news of Ranveer and Deepika Padukone’s November wedding, too, has got fans excited.’ His post read as, ‘6th June 2018, Exactly 5 Months ago today, the journey of Simmba began and as this adventourous journey comes to an end. Simmba being our first film together, was full of fun, laughters and unending memories. It’s truly been wonderful knowing him as a person and as an actor who is honest hard working and so passionate about his craft. I can vouch today that no-one else could have been a better Simmba than Ranveer Singh making Simmba (as my team says) My best film so far.‘ When we started the film he was a young talented star for me But today as he performs his last shot for the film I know I’ve earned a Kid brother for life who is now set to embark upon a new beautiful journey with someone equally as charming and wonderful as him. I am proud to showoff today that my Simmba is marrying my Meenamma!!! I Wish them all the luck for a blissfully beautiful future together. @ranveersingh @deepikapadukone #simmba Check out Rohit Shetty’s post below:   View this post on Instagram   6th June 2018, Exactly 5 Months ago today, the journey of Simmba began and as this adventourous journey ends for our Simmba a.k.a. Sangram Bhalerao, I am filled with mixed emotions. Simmba being our first film together, was full of fun, laughters and unending memories. It’s truly been wonderful knowing him as a person and as an actor who is honest hardworking and so passionate about his craft. I can vouch today that no-one else could have been a better Simmba than Ranveer Singh making Simmba (as my team says) My best film so far. When we started the film he was a young talented star for me But today as he performs his last shot for the film I know I’ve earned a Kid brother for life who is now set to embark upon a new beautiful journey with someone equally as charming and wonderful as him. I am proud to showoff today that my Simmba is marrying my Meenamma!!! I Wish them all the luck for a blissfully beautiful future together. @ranveersingh @deepikapadukone #simmba A post shared by Rohit Shetty (@itsrohitshetty) on Nov 6, 2018 at 7:50am PST

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          Here is why Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh didn’t attend Shahrukh khan’s Diwali bash      Cache   Translate Page      

The diwali bash on the night of November, 3 hosted by Shahrukh khan; was not attended by Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh. However, many other actors participated in that evening, From Madhuri dixit to Katrina kaif, Anushka sharma and many more. Sources informed that their wedding rituals has started in full swing and they are not in a mood to step out in front of the social media.Deepika and Ranveer are both fond of Shahrukh khan especially Deepika but due to their festivities they stayed back from all the social interactions. They will be having a big extensive wedding with both the Punjabi and Kannada styles.The main event will take place at Lake Como, Italy soon and the guests will be inform accordingly.

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          Zero: Complaint filed against SRK and Anand L Rai for hurting religious sentiments      Cache   Translate Page      

Shah Rukh Khan starrer Zero is one of the much-awaited films of the year. The film's trailer has been receiving an amazing response from the audience.

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          After getting married to Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone to reunite with ex Ranbir for a special project?      Cache   Translate Page      

Time and again we have mentioned about how Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone are the coolest exes ever. After all, they have not only chosen to remain good friends but also didn’t let their breakup affect their professional relationship. Say for that matter, today the two are so secure in their own relationships that they hang out together with their better halves (Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt) in company. Remember that happy picture from Karan Johar’s house? Or the fact Alia and Deepika came together as partners on Koffee With Karan 6 is also another proof of the same. So it comes as no surprise that Ranbir and Deepika Padukone are now considering to collaborate for a project together. If a report in DNA is anything to go by then DP and Ranbir have signed an ad commercial for a brand together. Turns out DP came on board first, unaware that even Ranbir has been approached for the same. However, soon when she was informed about RK, she was super excited for this one. Reveals a source as quoted by DNA, “Deepika was in talks with the brand and just before the final deal was signed, she was informed that Ranbir will also be a part of it and she was excited.”

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          Hatmarscher i Pakistan för att kristna Asia Bibi benådats – advokaten har flytt      Cache   Translate Page      

ISLAM. Det fortsätter storma efter benådandet av Asia Bibi, den pakistanska kvinnan som satt åtta år i dödsscell dömd för blasfemi. Bibi har förbjudits att lämna landet och islamister marscherar i vrede och kräver att hon hängs. Bibis advokat har flytt till Nederländerna och Nederländerna fruktar för säkerheten för sin ambassadör. Kristna Asia Bibi, 47 år, drack vatten från samma källa som […]

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          ABBAS, SISSI HOLD RARE MEET ON BACKDROP OF CEASEFIRE.      Cache   Translate Page      
JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

LUKE 21:28-29
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)

JOEL 2:3,30
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)

ZECHARIAH 14:12-13
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)

47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE

Abbas, Sissi hold rare meet on backdrop of ceasefire, reconciliation efforts-Last publicly known time Palestinian, Egyptian leaders met was 10 months ago; Abbas praises Cairo’s ‘efforts’-By Adam Rasgon-TOI-NOV 4,18

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi met on Saturday in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm al-Sheikh, the official PA news agency Wafa reported.The last publicly known time the two leaders held a bilateral meeting was some ten months ago.“The two presidents discussed developments in the Middle East, especially those related to Palestine in light of the dangers the Palestinian issue is facing,” the Wafa report said.Abbas arrived in Egypt on Friday to meet Sissi and attend a conference in Sharm el-Sheikh.The PA president also praised Sissi “for the efforts the Arab Republic of Egypt has exerted” under his leadership, without elaborating.Azzam al-Ahmad, a Palestine Liberation Organization official who attended the meeting between the two leaders, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Egypt has recently made efforts to revive the reconciliation process between Hamas and Fatah, meeting with leaders from the two rival parties for separate talks in the past several weeks.In October 2017, Hamas and Fatah signed an Egyptian-brokered deal to advance reconciliation and bring the West Bank and Gaza under one government, but they failed to implement it.Hamas has controlled Gaza since ousting the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority from the territory in 2007.Egypt, alongside United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Nikolay Mladenov, has also recently played a key role in attempts to mediate a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel.Arabic media reports have said that if achieved, a ceasefire would include at least a partial lifting of Israel’s restrictions on the movement of goods and people into and out of Gaza.Israel holds that its restrictions on movement serve security purposes including preventing the entry of weapons into the Strip.Ramallah-based Palestinian officials have said Fatah-Hamas reconciliation should precede any possible ceasefire. They have also contended that the Palestine Liberation Organization is the sole party with the legitimacy to negotiate a ceasefire with Israel.Egyptian intelligence officials joined Palestinians protesting in the border region between Israel and Gaza on Friday, Deputy Hamas Chief in Gaza Khalil al-Hayya told the London-based Al-Ghad TV.Friday’s rally was largely peaceful. Hayya said the protests were scaled down to give the ceasefire efforts a chance, according to the Associated Press.The protests, which have included many violent acts, have taken place weekly since March 30. Their organizers have said the protests aim to achieve the return of Palestinian refugees and their descendants to lands which are now part of Israel, and pressure the Jewish state to lift its restrictions on the movement of people and goods into and out of the coastal enclave.Hayya suggested efforts to achieve a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas had been making progress.“Their success is becoming visible in the horizon,” he told Al-Ghad TV, referring to the efforts to conclude a ceasefire.On Saturday, the Egyptian Intelligence officials left Gaza through the Erez crossing, according to the Hamas-linked Palestinian Information Center.

U.S. allows eight importers to keep buying Iran oil for now-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-By Arshad Mohammed, Lesley Wroughton and Patricia Zengerle-November 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Friday it will temporarily allow eight importers to keep buying Iranian oil when it re-imposes sanctions on Monday to try to force Iran to curb its nuclear, missile and regional activities.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who announced the decision, did not name the eight, which he referred to as "jurisdictions," a term that might include importers such as Taiwan which the United States does not regard as a country.Having abandoned the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, U.S. President Donald Trump is trying to cripple Iran’s oil-dependent economy and force Tehran to quash not only its nuclear ambitions and its ballistic missile program but its support for militant proxies in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and other parts of the Middle East.On Twitter, in a message designed to emphasize his "maximum pressure" policy toward Iran, Trump included a photograph of himself modeled on a entertainment industry poster with the headline: "Sanctions are coming November 5."China, India, South Korea, Turkey, Italy, the United Arab Emirates and Japan have been top importers of Iran’s oil, while Taiwan occasionally buys cargoes of Iranian crude but is not a major buyer.Turkey has been told it will temporarily be allowed to keep buying Iranian oil, its energy minister told reporters, as has Iraq, as long as it does not pay Iran in U.S. dollars, three Iraqi officials said.India and South Korea were also on the list, said a source familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity. Under U.S. law, exceptions can be granted for up to 180 days.Oil prices fell on Friday for a weekly loss of over 6 percent, as investors worried about crude oversupply after the U.S. waivers.Brent crude futures fell 6 cents to settle at $72.83 a barrel, while U.S. crude declined 55 cents to end the session at $63.14 per barrel, a 0.86 percent loss.U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin also said Washington had told the Brussels-based SWIFT financial messaging service it was expected to disconnect all Iranian financial institutions that the United States plans to blacklist as of Monday. He declined to name the targeted institutions.Trump set in motion the resumption of sanctions on May 8, when he announced U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 deal between Iran and world powers under which Tehran had agreed to curtail its nuclear program in return for relief from sanctions."This part of the campaign is aimed at depriving the regime of the revenues it uses to spread death and destruction around the world, Pompeo said.ZERO CRUDE-Pompeo said Washington will issue temporary waivers to the eight Iran oil importers "only because they have demonstrated significant reductions in their crude oil and cooperation on many other fronts."Two would stop imports and the other six would greatly reduce them, Pompeo said.He later said the ultimate goal was to stop all Iranian crude exports."We will ultimately move Iran to zero crude oil. That’ll take us some number of months to do that," Pompeo told Fox News according to the transcript of the interview released by the State Department. "We’ve been able to do that in a way that hasn’t had a huge impact on crude oil prices. That’s a good thing for American consumers."Iran said it was not troubled over the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions, which target not only its vital oil and gas sector but also shipping, ship-building and banking industries."America will not be able to carry out any measure against our great and brave nation ... We have the knowledge and the capability to manage the country's economic affairs," Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi told state TV.However, ordinary Iranians fear an even more painful squeeze, from businesses struggling to buy raw materials to the sick and elderly unable to afford life-saving medicines."I cannot even buy rice to feed my children or pay my rent," said elementary school teacher Pejman Sarafnejad, 43, a father of three in Tehran.The European Union, France, Germany and Britain, parties to the nuclear agreement who are trying to keep it alive, said they regretted Washington's decision to re-impose sanctions. The EU is creating a special mechanism that would circumvent U.S. financial sanctions on Iran.The United States is able to pressure other nations to stop buying Iranian oil under a 2012 law that allows the president to cut off foreign banks, including central banks, from the U.S. financial system unless they significantly reduce purchases.The United States believes global oil supplies will exceed demand next year, making it easier for countries to cut Iranian oil imports to zero, Brian Hook, the U.S. special representative for Iran, told reporters.(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed, Patricia Zengerle, Lesley Wroughton; Additional reporting by Timothy Gardner and Humeyra Pamak in Washington, Devika Krishna Kumar in New York; Henning Gloystein in Singapore, Aizhu Chen in Beijing, Dmitry Zhdannikov in London; Hyonhee Shin in Seoul, Osamu Tsukimori in Tokyo, Gulsen Solaker in Ankara and Parisa Hafezi in Dubai; Editing by Susan Thomas, Grant McCool and Tomasz Janowski)

Fearing 'angry mob', lawyer of freed Christian woman leaves Pakistan-[Reuters]-By Saad Sayeed and Asif Shahzad-YAHOONEWS-November 4, 2018

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The Pakistani lawyer who helped a Christian woman overturn her death sentence for blasphemy said on Saturday he had left the country in fear of his life after her acquittal earlier this week sparked street protests by Islamists.Leaders of the ultra-Islamist Tehreek-e-Labaik (TLP) group blocked main roads in Pakistan's biggest cites for three days, calling for the murder of the Supreme Court judges who acquitted Asia Bibi on Wednesday -- urging their cooks and servants to kill them.Saiful Mulook had kept a low profile during the years he represented Bibi, a mother-of-five who has been on death row since 2010, due to the highly sensitive nature of the case. Two politicians who had tried to help her have been assassinated.Mulook told Reuters in a WhatsApp message he had gone abroad "just to save (my) life from angry mob" and because of fears for the safety of his family."I consulted and everybody is of this opinion (that I should leave)," he said, adding that he would return to the country to continue his work on the case if he was given protection by security forces.The TLP called off the protests late on Friday after striking a deal with the government that would see authorities seek to put Bibi on an 'exit control list' barring her from leaving the country.Bibi's whereabouts are unknown, but Islamists have warned the authorities against taking her out of the country."There will be a war if they send Asia out of country," TLP leader Khadim Hussain Rizvi said after the deal was reached.Earlier in the week one of Rizvi's deputies called for Pakistan's Chief Justice Saqib Nisar and two other judges who ruled in the case to be murdered."Whoever, who has got any access to them, kill them before the evening," TLP co-founder Muhammad Afzal Qadri told supporters.The TLP was founded out of a movement supporting a bodyguard who assassinated Punjab provincial governor Salman Taseer after he spoke in Bibi's defence in 2011. Federal minister for minorities Shahbaz Bhatti was also killed after calling for her release.Bibi was convicted of blasphemy in 2010 for allegedly making derogatory remarks about Islam after neighbours objected to her drinking water from their glass because she was not Muslim. She always denied having committed blasphemy.The case has outraged Christians worldwide and been a source of division within Pakistan, where Islamist parties such as the TLP have framed Bibi's release as Pakistan's government caving into Western demands.Bibi's acquittal is being reviewed, though it is extremely rare for a review to overturn a Supreme Court ruling.(Writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Helen Popper)


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GENESIS 6:11-13
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

GENESIS 16:11-12
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)

ISAIAH 14:12-14
12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14  I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)

JOHN 16:2
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)

UAE minister says Iran’s aggression to blame for renewed US sanctions-Anwar Gargash cites Tehran’s ‘aggressive policies’ as largely responsible for reintroduction of punitive measures that were lifted under 2015 nuclear deal-By TOI staff-TOI-NOV 4,18

The United Arab Emirates’ Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash said Saturday that Iran’s “aggressive policies” were “largely responsible” for the US decision to reimpose sanctions against the Islamic Republic, according to Reuters.The UAE along with Saudi Arabia have adopted a more confrontational approach to Shiite rival Iran in recent years, accusing it of supporting terror groups and fueling turmoil in regional countries.The two Sunni states head a military coalition in Yemen aimed at toppling the Iran-backed Houthi rebel group and returning the internationally recognized government to power.On Friday, the US announced that it will reintroduce sanctions against Tehran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal. They are the second batch the administration has reimposed since it withdrew from the international accord in May.The rollback, which will go into effect on Monday, ends US participation in the nuclear deal, which now hangs in the balance as Iran no longer enjoys any relief from sanctions imposed by the world’s largest economy.Shortly after the announcement, US President Donald Trump tweeted a poster-like image of himself in a play on TV show Game of Thrones, with the phrase “Sanctions are Coming, November 5.”— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2018-With limited exceptions, the sanctions will hit countries that do not stop importing Iranian oil and foreign firms that do business with blacklisted Iranian entities, including its central bank, a number of private financial institutions, and state-run port and shipping firms, as well as hundreds of individual Iranian officials.The waivers will be valid for six months, during which time the importing country can buy Iranian oil but must deposit Iran’s revenue in an escrow account. Iran can spend the money but only on a narrow range of humanitarian items. Pompeo said two of the eight countries would wind down imports to zero within weeks.

Florida imam: Palestine must be liberated, even at cost of millions of martyrs-Hasan Sabri says ‘Palestine in its entirety is Islamic land, and there is no difference between what was occupied in 1948 and 1967’-By TOI staff-NOV 4,18

During a recent sermon at the Islamic Center of South Florida, an imam called for the “liberation” of Palestine, even at the cost of tens of millions of Muslim lives.“If a land is occupied or plundered, it should be liberated from the occupiers and plunderers, even if this leads to the martyrdom of tens of millions of Muslims,” said Hasan Sabri in a sermon last month translated Friday by the Middle East Media Research Institute.“This is the ruling, and there is no room for discussion or concessions.”Sabri referred to “Palestine in its entirety” as “Islamic land” and asserted that there is no difference between the land captured by Israel in the 1948 Independence War and the 1967 Six Day War. “All of it is Islamic waqf land that was occupied by force. The responsibility for it lies with the entire Islamic nation, and the [Palestinians] should benefit from this land.”Florida Friday Sermon – Imam Hasan Sabri: Palestine In Its Entirety Should Be Liberated, Even If This Leads to the Martyrdom of Tens of Millions of Muslims— MEMRI (@MEMRIReports) November 2, 2018-The Imam also criticized the yet-to-be-released peace plan of US President Donald Trump. “They call it ‘the Deal of the Century.’ Why do they call it a deal?’ Because whoever is involved in this treason is not a man of principles,” Sabri said.“These are peddlers, not men with a cause. All they want are positions and jobs. That is why for them, the cause is nothing but a deal, a matter of give and take. For them, it is nothing but a deal.”

Christians in Egypt bury their dead after jihadist attack-Local Islamic State affiliate claims its gunmen killed 7 Coptic pilgrims in ambush attack near Cairo-By Samy Magdy and Hamza Hendawi-TOI-NOV 4,18

MINYA, Egypt (AP) — Hundreds of Egyptian Coptic Christians gathered Saturday for a funeral service south of Cairo to bid farewell to six of seven people killed the previous day when militants ambushed three buses carrying pilgrims on their way to a remote desert monastery.The service at Prince Tadros church in the city of Minya was held amid tight security and presided over by Minya’s top cleric, Anba Makarios. He and members of the congregation prayed and chanted over a row of six white coffins.Relatives of the victims cried and held each other for support.All but one of those killed were members of the same family, according to a list of the victims’ names released by the church, which said a boy and a girl, ages 15 and 12 respectively, were among the dead. A total of 19 were wounded in the attack, according to the Coptic Orthodox Church.The local Islamic State group affiliate, which spearheads militants fighting security forces in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, claimed responsibility for the attack south of Cairo. It said the attack was revenge for the imprisonment by Egyptian authorities of “our chaste sisters” but did not elaborate.The IS affiliate claimed that 13 Christians were killed and another 18 wounded, but it was not immediately possible to independently verify the claim or reconcile the discrepancy in the number of dead and wounded given by the group and the church.The attack was likely to cast a dark shadow on one of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s showpieces — the World Youth Forum — which opens Saturday in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. The forum is drawing thousands of local and foreign youth to discuss a wide range of topics, with Egypt’s 63-year-old leader taking center stage.The Islamic State has repeatedly vowed to go after Egypt’s Christians as punishment for their support of el-Sissi. As defense minister, el-Sissi led the military’s 2013 ouster of an Islamist president, whose one-year rule proved divisive. The group has claimed responsibility for a string of deadly attacks on Christians dating back to December 2016.El-Sissi, who has made security among his top priorities since taking office in 2014, wrote on his Twitter account that Friday’s attack was designed to harm the “nation’s solid fabric” and pledged to continue fighting terrorism. He later offered his condolences when he spoke by telephone with Pope Tawadros II, spiritual leader of Egypt’s Orthodox Christians and a close el-Sissi ally.In a somber message of his own, Tawadros said in a video clip released by the church that the latest attack would only make the Christians stronger.“I think that this is a terrorist act which is targeting Egypt through playing the card of the Copts,” said Begemy Nassem Nasr, priest of the church of St. Mary in Minya. “We know that … President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi is hosting the youth forum and they meant to embarrass him.”Embarrassingly, Friday’s attack is the second to target pilgrims heading to the St. Samuel the Confessor monastery in as many years, indicating that security measures put in place since then are either inadequate or have become lax. The previous attack in May 2017 left nearly 30 people dead.It was the latest in a string of IS assaults against Christians. Previous ones targeted churches packed with worshippers in Cairo, the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and Tanta in the Nile Delta north of the capital, leaving at least 100 people dead.The attacks led to tighter security around Christian places of worship and Church-linked facilities, where metal detectors and armed police are routinely deployed. They have also underlined the vulnerability of minority Christians in a country where many Muslims have since the 1970s grown religiously conservative and less tolerant of non-Muslims.The Interior Ministry, which oversees the police, said Friday’s attackers used secondary dirt roads to reach the buses carrying the pilgrims, who were near the monastery at the time of the attack. Only pilgrims have been allowed on the main road leading to the monastery since last year’s attack.Some Christians in Minya said police negligence was partly to blame for the latest attack, arguing that they stopped providing armed escorts for pilgrims’ buses headed to the old monastery.“They should have escorted them. They know it is dangerous to leave them alone on that road,” said Youssef Attya, a 38-year-old health worker from Minya.The Interior Ministry said police were pursuing the attackers, who fled the scene.Egypt’s Christians, who account for some 10 percent of the country’s 100 million people, complain of discrimination in the Muslim majority country. Christian activists say the church’s alliance with el-Sissi has offered the ancient community a measure of protection but failed to end frequent acts of discrimination that boil over into violence against Christians, especially in rural Egypt.In Minya, the scene of Friday’s attack, Christians constitute the highest percentage of the population — about 35 percent — of any Egyptian province. It’s also in Minya where most acts of violence, like attacks on churches and Christian homes and businesses, take place.Christians there accuse the local police of being soft on Muslims who attack them and complain that, in their pursuit of keeping the peace between the two communities, they insist on resolving sectarian disputes through tribal-like reconciliation meetings rather than rule of law.

Clocks 'fall back' on Sunday, offering 1 more hour of sleep-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-November 3, 2018

Twice a year, most Canadians change the time of their clocks by an hour.We "fall back," as we'll do this Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 a.m. And a few months later, on March 10, 2019, we'll "spring forward."We know that the time shift helps us make the most of light in the morning and evening, and that it can temporarily upset our sleep schedules.But why do we do it? The idea was first proposed by Benjamin Franklin in the 1770s, but wasn't implemented until around 1915. Germany was the first country to use it, then Britain. It was adopted more widely during the First World War, which is when Canada started using daylight time.Reducing energy consumption and making the best use of daylight hours were the main reasons daylight time was used.There have been changes to the dates when clocks would change over the years, most recently in 2007, when legislation in the United States moved the start of daylight time three weeks earlier in the spring and the return to standard time a week later in the fall.The change was aimed at trying to help save energy. Canada followed the move in the U.S. so the time zones would remain aligned. That means clocks now:Fall back the first Sunday in November.Spring forward the second Sunday in March.Only in some parts of Canada-Most of Saskatchewan has not observed daylight time since 1966, staying on central standard time all year round. Some border towns follow the time schemes of their neighbours in Manitoba or Alberta.Areas of Quebec east of 63 degrees west longitude do not change to daylight time and remain on Atlantic time year round. Pockets of Ontario and British Columbia do not use daylight time.Daylight time is observed in most of the United States. Just two states — Arizona and Hawaii — and three territories — American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands — do not participate.There have been debates about whether daylight time remains useful. A March 2013 telephone survey of 1,000 adults by Rasmussen Reports in the U.S., for example, suggested 45 per cent of people thought it had no value, and 19 per cent were unsure.A similar survey of Europeans in the summer of 2018 found 84 per cent want to stop changing their clocks twice a year. That prompted the European Commission to announce in August that it would recommend that European Union member states abolish daylight savings.The time change can also affect sleep cycles. "Falling back," is generally thought to be less physically stressful, because people can get an extra hour of sleep, but studies show that's not always the case.Time changes are not always beneficial to traffic and pedestrians. A study by U.S. researchers found there were more pedestrian deaths during the evening rush hour in November than October as drivers and pedestrians adjusted to the earlier darkness.Upcoming time changes (ET)-2019: Spring forward Sunday, March 10 at 2 a.m. Fall back Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 a.m.2020: Spring forward Sunday, March 8 at 2 a.m. Fall back Sunday Nov. 1 at 2 a.m.2021: Spring forward Sunday, March 14 at 2 a.m. Fall back Sunday, Nov. 7 at 2 a.m.

Federal ministers defend cannabis rollout after Enquête uncovers ties to organized crime-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-November 4, 2018

Federal ministers defended the rollout of legal cannabis Friday after a Radio-Canada investigation revealed that the financial backers of some producers have links to organized crime.The French-language investigative program Enquête found that two individuals connected to illegal drug trafficking, including one with links to the Rizzuto crime family, were able to invest in a major legal cannabis producer.Another individual with ties to the illegal market was able to sell his cannabis business to one of Canada's biggest legal players in exchange for shares in the company."It's not something that happens overnight, but there are laws in place to ensure that we do everything we can to capture individuals that are involved in organized crime," said Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould.RCMP Supt. Yves Goupil told Enquête that while the police force conducts background checks on those applying to be licensed producers, uncovering everyone who is investing in the venture is a much more costly process.He said the RCMP cannot afford to employ deep surveillance techniques on every producer.Opposition parties said it's a troubling sign that, two weeks into the era of legal cannabis, the black market appears to have infiltrated Canada's legal supply chain."On its face, problems begin to emerge," said Conservative Member of Parliament Gérard Deltell.NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice said it's essential that the government uncover who is financing Canada's legal cannabis producers."They take the patch off their back and put on their jacket and tie and become a legitimate businessmen and continue to profit off drugs," he said.Making the verification process more difficult is the use of trusts, the Enquête report found, which hide the names of beneficiaries from the public."We have robust physical and personnel security screening processes in place for the existing industry designed to guard against infiltration by organized crime," said Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair.He pointed to the fact that all officers and board members of a licensed producer are subject to background checks.Blair said the government has also proposed expanding those checks to board members of any company that controls the corporation doing the actual cannabis production.Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor defended the government's cannabis law, calling the current verification system "exhaustive."She reiterated that Health Canada had found no connections to organized crime in the companies approved to produce cannabis."It's a new regime. We will ensure that the right resources are in place," she said.At a news conference in Churchill, Man., Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged there is still work to do be done the cannabis file, but that he is happy with the rollout so far.With files from Radio-Canada.

          The Yasmin Series by Saadia Faruqi and Hatem Aly       Cache   Translate Page      
Hello, Saadia Faruqi! Welcome back to Watch. Connect. Read.! I’ve loved seeing all the positive reactions to Yasmin during conferences, school visits, and online. What has been the most exciting experience/moment since you launched the Yasmin series? 

Saadia Faruqi: It’s been a totally surreal experience! I didn’t realize myself how needed this series was, for kids all over the country and even around the world. The most exciting moments are really the smallest ones: parents sending a message thanking me over and over for writing something their child loves; a teacher sending a heartfelt tweet about a student whose eyes lit up at seeing Mama’s hijab; a librarian laughing about how the books are never on the shelves because the kids fight over them. It’s exciting to see the series take off, and so humbling to see how many children and families are enjoying it.

Please tell us about the four Yasmin titles you and Hatem Aly will release on January 1, 2019.

Saadia: Yes, the titles coming in January are sure to please our little readers. There is Yasmin the Teacher, in which Yasmin is left in charge of her classroom for a few minutes while Ms. Alex steps out, and chaos ensues. 

There is Yasmin the Chef, in which Mama asks Yasmin to make a new dish for a dinner party at their house, since she doesn’t like any of the things Mama has cooked. 

There is Yasmin the Zookeeper, in which Yasmin’s class goes on a field trip to the zoo. 

And finally there is Yasmin the Superhero, where Yasmin learns that you don’t need a villain to be a real life heroine.

Please finish these sentence starters:
I hope Yasmin continues to amaze and delight readers of all backgrounds, and continues to be an essential mirror and window to our children. We are living in turbulent times, when division and intolerance is seen as viable political strategies. Yasmin and her stories can maybe heal those wounds and help our younger generation understand the value of diversity.

School libraries are havens for all students, but especially marginalized children. My tiny school library, in a Catholic convent school in Pakistan, was my little slice of heaven where I learned the love of reading and writing. I don’t know where I’d be without my own school library.

Since the launch of Yasmin, I’ve had the honor of visiting all sorts of school libraries – big and small, poor and rich – and the one thing that connects them all is the librarian who really wants all students to see themselves in the pages of the books they read. This is just what we need, today and every day!

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me about my recent school visits. I’m traveling the country to meet my readers and it is the most wonderful feeling in the world! I especially love meeting children from a Pakistani or Muslim heritage, because they just can’t contain their excitement when they see me, a Muslim woman wearing the hijab. They want to ask me about my life, and they crowd around me to hug me. I can’t tell you how fulfilling and rewarding it is to see the realization dawn in their eyes, that their stories can also be told and enjoyed. 

Look for Yasmin the Teacher, Yasmin the Superhero, Yasmin the Chef, and Yasmin the Zookeeper on January 1, 2019. 

          Milano, ‘schiaffi’ alla figlia neonata e violenze sulla moglie: afgano di 30 anni condannato a tre anni e otto mesi      Cache   Translate Page      

Le accuse sono di maltrattamenti, lesioni e violenza sessuale. La donna, sposa bambina a 15 anni in Pakistan, ha denunciato anche diversi episodi di stupro. Le due ora sono al sicuro in comunità

L'articolo Milano, ‘schiaffi’ alla figlia neonata e violenze sulla moglie: afgano di 30 anni condannato a tre anni e otto mesi proviene da Il Fatto Quotidiano.

          Soldier injured in Pak firing hours after exchange of sweets at LoC      Cache   Translate Page      
Srinagar: The Indian and the Pakistan armies exchanged sweets and festive wishes on Tuesday on the eve of Diwali along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

'On the occasion of Diwali, as a confidence building measure, sweets were exchanged between Indian Army and Pakistan Army at Poonch and Mendhar on November 6,' the Jammu-based White Knight Corps said in a tweet.

Both armies exchanged greetings and pleasantries along with the sweets, it said.

Meanwhile, an Army jawan was injured on Tuesday in sniper fire from Pakistan's side of the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district, officials said.

The soldier was hit by a bullet fired from across the border at Kalal in Noushera sector and was immediately evacuated to hospital, they said.

The incident took place hours after armies of the neighbouring countries exchanged sweets and greetings.

          Italy Hopes to Help Pakistani Christian Facing Threats After Blasphemy Acquittal      Cache   Translate Page      
Asia Bibi's family warns that her life may be in danger in Pakistan
          Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st ODI Today Match Prediction      Cache   Translate Page      

Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st ODI  Today Match Prediction 7th Nov Sunday 2018. Who Will Win Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st ODI? live score ball by ball. you can get today match prediction and solid cricket prediction, cricket session prediction, predictions for today’s cricket match, from this great prediction Site for free and this match between Pakistan [...]

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          पाकिस्‍तान में बड़ा साइबर अटैक – सभी बैंकों से चुराए गए करोड़ो रुपए      Cache   Translate Page      

गंभीर आर्थिक तंगी के दौर से गुजर रहे पाकिस्‍तान पर हैकर्स ने बड़ा साइबर अटैक किया है। हैकर्स ने पाकिस्‍तान के सभी बैंकों को हैक कर लिया। ‘डॉन’ की रिपोर्ट के अनुसार, फेडरल इन्‍वेस्टिगेशन एजेंसी (FIA) में साइबर क्राइम के प्रमुख ने यह जानकारी दी है। उन्‍होंने बताया कि सिक्‍योरिटी ब्रीच के तहत हैकरों ने पाकिस्‍तान के तकरीबन सभी […]

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          Hockey Pro League - Le Pakistan jouera sa rencontre à domicile face à la Belgique à Uccle Sport      Cache   Translate Page      
Le Pakistan, 13e nation mondiale, jouera à l'étranger l'ensemble de ses rencontres de Hockey Pro League prévues à domicile, et notamment celle contre la Belgique, début avril à Uccle Sport. C'est ce que la fédération internationale de hockey (FIH) a fait savoir mardi via un communiqué.
          Emraan Hashmi Starrer ZEE5′s Tigers Just A Few Days Away      Cache   Translate Page      

ZEE5 one India’s biggest OTT player has announced its first Hindi Original film ‘TIGERS’ – Can a salesman be a hero?’ starring Emraan Hashmi, by Oscar-winning director Danis Tanovic. TIGERS is a true story based on a Pakistani salesman Syed Aamir Raza (played by Emraan Hashmi) and his fight against unjust practices in the baby […]

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          Developer Needed for creating a responsive WordPress Website/application - Upwork      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Terezu v Pákistánu těsně před rozsudkem všichni opustili: „Trest bude exemplární,“ říká expert       Cache   Translate Page      
Soud s Terezou H.(22) v Pákistánu se i přes další odročení chýlí ke konci. A pro českou občanku rozhodně nebude šťastný. Alespoň si to myslí bezpečnostní expert Andor Šándor (61). 
          Pakistan Blasphemy Death Sentence Overturned: A One-time Event or a Trend toward Justice?      Cache   Translate Page      
1 Nov 2018 - On 29 October 2018, the Supreme Court of Pakistan reversed the decision of lower courts sentencing to death Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of four for blasphemy. After 3,422 days of imprisonment in solitary confinement, the Supreme Court reversed a 2010 lower court verdict. Asia Bibi is now in seclusion and will probably leave the country as some 60 persons in Pakistan have been murdered since 1990, accused of blasphemy. Her case had drawn attention in Pakistan.
           Muslim senator Mehreen Faruqi called maggot on social media after tweeting about Melbourne Cup death       Cache   Translate Page      
New South Wales Greens senator Mehreen Faruqi, who moved to Australia from Pakistan in 1992, was been abused online after tweeting about the Melbourne Cup death of The Cliffsofmoher.
          Soud s Terezou přitvrzuje: Křížový výslech! Rozsudek padne každým dnem      Cache   Translate Page      
Začíná přituhovat. Uskutečnilo se další stání soudu s Češkou Terezou, kterou v lednu zadrželi pákistánští celníci s devíti kily heroinu v kufru. Tentokrát Terezin advokát řádně podusil klíčového svědka obžaloby. Obžalovaná Češka však mnoho důvodů k úsměvu neměla. Blíží se konec celé kauzy a Tereza ví, že pro ni rozhodně nemusí být šťastný…
          Railway Jobs – Application Form      Cache   Translate Page      
REDAMCO RAILWAY ESTATE DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING COMPANY (PVT) LIMITED Government of Pakistan MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS JOB OPPORTUNITIES REDAMCO, Rawalpindi is seeking services of dynamic, motivated, experienced and result oriented candidates…
          FN nektar for tvang       Cache   Translate Page      
FN nektar for at dei tvang den pakistanske advokaten som forsvarte blasfemi-frikjente Asia Bibi til å forlate heimlandet. Saif-ul-Malook flykta til Nederland etter at det braut ut vald i kjølvatnet av høgsterett si slutning om å frikjenne Bibi.
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          Comment on Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st ODI Today Match Prediction by ⭐LARA⭐ SIR⭐      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Comment on Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st ODI Today Match Prediction by From Kolkata      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Adnan Sami’s fake tweet is making rounds      Cache   Translate Page      

After watching the trailer of Shah Rukh Khan's film Zero which was released on Khan’s birthday, it was loved by everyone and the fans...

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          How to get rid of scalp flakes      Cache   Translate Page      

Dry scalp is one of the major issues that no one talks about, but everyone wants to fix it. Nothing is more distracting or embarrassing than white flakes collecting on your shoulders or being visible in the parts of your hair when you style it up. Switch out harsh chemicals from your hair routine for natural ingredients. Use products that are sulfates free because they are drying and silicones because they can prevent your scalp from breathing. Add aloe for the moisture, vitamin E, and these best ingredients for adding moisture. Seek for essential oils like lavender and rosemary and antioxidants like green tea and goji berries to boost scalp health as well. Only wash your hair two to three times a week. The scalp actually has populations of billions of good bacteria from hundreds of different species. The microbes help balance pH and actually work to out-compete the bad microbes for nutrients and by producing special defense molecules.” Daily washes can exacerbate a dry scalp and upset your scalp’s microbiome, so he suggests only washing two to three times a week. Stop using scrubs on your scalp. A scrub may feel like buffing away unwanted flakes, but it actually has the opposite effect. Heavy scrubs can cause more irritation to dry and unhappy scalps, so if you want to use the scrub to clean up the excess skin, make sure that it contains moisturizing ingredients as well. Don’t apply conditioner on your scalp. Avoid conditioner on the scalp because it coats the scalp and leads to the dryness that’s especially true if the conditioner is silicone-based. He does, however, encourage using the product you might not immediately think of scalp serum.

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          Modi celebrates Diwali with Army and ITBP troops at Harshil, offers prayers at Kedarnath      Cache   Translate Page      
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday celebrated Diwali with troops of the Indian army and the Indo Tibetan border police posted in Uttarakhands Harsil, situated at over 8000 ft from the sea level. Greeting the Indian Army and ITBP personnel posted at the icy heights, the PM said that their devotion to duty in extreme climates and tough geographical conditions adds to the strength of the nation and makes people feel secure.Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat and Director General Indo Tibetan Border Police Surjeet Singh Deswal were also present during the PMs meeting with the troops.On the occasion, the PM offered sweets to the jawans.The PM also visited the Kedarnath temple and offered prayers there.He also took a round of the whole re developed area that was hit by the flash floods in 2013.PM Modi , along with Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat also had a round of the ghats along the Mandakini that were buikt after the floods.Harsil station is situated at over 8000 ft from the sea level and it is close to India-China border and famous religious place Yamunotri Dham. It is the last most populated place in the valley and known for its scenic beauty. This was also an important transit station for traders travelling on the century old ancient silk route stretching from Central Asia to Europe . Traders used to stay here for both selling and procurement purposes. In 2015, the Prime Minister celebrated Diwali with BSF jawans on the LoC near the Indo-Pakistan border in Punjab, while in 2016, he was with ITBP jawans in Himachal Pradesh, on the occasion of the festival of lights.Last year, PM Modi celebrated the festival of light with Army soldiers at Gurej in Jammu and Kashmir. UNI APS AR 1151
          Pakistan A 331/4 * v New Zealand A      Cache   Translate Page      
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          FIA, SBP at odds over theft of bank accounts data      Cache   Translate Page      

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) Amid conflicting reports about a wide breach of bank accounts data, the top investigation agency of the country and the State Bank of Pakistan were found at odds on Tuesday, with the latter claiming that neither any bank nor any law-enforcement agency came up with such information. The Federal Investigation Agency said ‘international’ …

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          Everyone comes to power in Pakistan through ‘deal’, says Zardari      Cache   Translate Page      

NAWABSHAH (Web Desk) Everyone comes to power under a “deal” in Pakistan and so did [ousted prime minister] Nawaz Sharif and [Prime Minister] Imran Khan, none of whom know how to get jobs done and how to run the country’s affairs. This was stated by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, who is a …

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          Italy says it will help Aasia leave Pakistan      Cache   Translate Page      

ROME (Web Desk) Italy said on Tuesday it would help a Pakistani Christian woman, Aasia Bibi, leave her country because her life was in danger following charges of blasphemy that put her on death row for eight years. The Supreme Court had acquitted Aasia Bibi last month, but the decision sparked mass protests and her husband, …

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          Pakistan-US ties renewal under way, says Qureshi      Cache   Translate Page      

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Tuesday that the renewal of Pakistan-US ties was under way and that the two countries would be increasing their engagement in the coming days. “There are indications of opening up. We must remember that the bilateral ties had come to an impasse,” he told journalists at …

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          Pakistan und IWF verhandeln über Hilfskredit      Cache   Translate Page      
ISLAMABAD (dpa-AFX) - Pakistan und der Internationale Währungsfonds (IWF) haben am Mittwoch Verhandlungen über einen Hilfskredit aufgenommen. Das bestätigte der Sprecher des pakistanischen Finanzministeriums, Noor Ahmad. Ein Team des IWF werde nun die ...
          SEO Services Pakistan | Best SEO Packages Pakistan (Lahore )      Cache   Translate Page      
**DevDigs** is an outclass SEO Company in Pakistan which focuses on the delivery of supreme-quality and first-class All **[Best SEO Packages Pakistan][1]**. **SEO Agency Pakistan** is a talented group of SEO experts that are capable to collaborate with bo...
          Qui a envie de manger Charlène Downes, transformée en Kebab ?      Cache   Translate Page      
Les dernières révélations concernant Charlène Downes, petite Anglaise disparue depuis 15 ans, vraisemblablement violée, tuée, découpée en morceaux et servie dans les kebabs où travaillaient ses ravisseurs nous laissent écoeurés, révoltés, désespérés. Cette petite jeune fille a fait partie du groupe de ces fillettes exploitées sexuellement par tout un groupe de Pakistanais avec la complicité […]
          Kashmir Markhor Hunt in Pakistan with J Alain Smith      Cache   Translate Page      
Where else in the world does your guide carry an AK47? Follow J Alain Smith into the war torn mountains of Northern Pakistan where he pursues one of the rarest trophies on earth, the majestic Kashmir Markhor. This spiral horned king of the goat family lives in the steep rocky crags above the ancient Silk road winding thru the Himalayas towards China. Few other hunters have chased this elusive quarry and this is the first time one has been taken on camera for television
          Programme Manager Economic Justice, Governance and Accountability (INT5022)      Cache   Translate Page      
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Benefits: Oxfam offers staff a comprehensive benefits package including annual leave entitlements, sick pay provision, medical cover plus opportunities for learning and development.


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Oxfam’s vision is a just world without poverty: a world in which people can influence decisions that affect their lives, enjoy their rights, and assume their responsibilities as full citizens of a world in which all human beings are valued and treated equally. Oxfam in Pakistan has been working in the country since 1973. In the Pakistan, our goal is to contribute to...

          Newcomer Abigail Spanberger Takes 7th District Seat from Dave Brat      Cache   Translate Page      
With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Abigail Spanberger, a first-time Democratic candidate for Virginia’s 7th District House of Representatives seat, takes the stage in a Westin Hotel ballroom.

It’s been a long night. By 10 p.m. women abandoned their high heels in favor of stockinged feet on the floor, some of the children sitting near the stage have begun to lose steam, and many sip coffee as they check their phones for returns. But cheers ripple through the crowd every time the giant screens at the front of the room reveal more precincts in Spanberger’s favor, and volunteers lead an enthusiastic sing-along when Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” blares over the speakers.

Around 11:15 p.m., Spanberger’s husband and daughters follow her out and stand behind her among clusters of blue and white balloons as she addresses the jubilant crowd. In the audience are her family (some of whom are Republicans, according to her staff), volunteers, staff, supporters and friends who traveled from as far as Hamburg, Germany. Smiling ear to ear, she waits for the noise to die down before steadily delivering her victory speech.

“I will work to find common ground when possible, and I will hold my ground when necessary,” she tells the roomful of elated supporters. “I will listen to the people who elected me, as well as those who did not.”

Spanberger goes on to describe the 7th as an “unwinnable district,” noting that a Democrat hasn’t held the seat since 1968. As of midnight, Republican incumbent David Brat has not conceded the race. Halfway through her speech, Spanberger bends down to pick up her youngest daughter, who happily sits on her hip, alternating between smiling at the audience and resting her head on her mother’s shoulder.

Adela Parvaiz, a naturalized American citizen from Pakistan who lives in Henrico, says she’d never been politically active until the last two years. The morning after the 2016 presidential election, her then 8-year-old son asked her if their family would have to move back to Pakistan, an interaction she describes as heartbreaking. Spanberger, a good friends of hers, was one of the first to call to check in on her after President Donald Trump was elected.

“Trump’s hateful politics have made us so nervous about who we were. Were we Americans too? We felt loyal, we felt patriotic, we had the passports, but he made us feel like outsiders,” Parvaiz says. “And that’s precisely when Abigail called us.” Parvaiz was one of the first to discuss a potential campaign with Spanberger, and she says she’s on board since day one.

“I want you to know the Abigail that sits with me in my living room having a cup of coffee with me, because what she is on the inside she is on the outside,” Parvaiz says. “When she cries, she cries because she feels your pain. There is no hidden agenda with her.”

At a brief press conference after her speech, Spanberger answers questions about what’s next. She says her first priority is to restore people’s trust in elected officials, and she wants to address campaign finance reform right away.

When asked for comment on whether Brat concedes, Spanberger says he’s “welcome to make whatever decisions he chooses,” and that to her knowledge, her opponent had not yet reached out to her or her campaign.

          Retired scientist recovers Rs2.7mn amid cybercrime in Pakistan      Cache   Translate Page      

ISLAMABAD: A retired scientist from whose account Rs2.7 million had mysteriously vanished earlier this week was given the money back on Wednesday. Dr Yousuf Khilji was given the money after the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) sent a notice to the concerned bank. On Monday, the retired scientist was left searching...

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          Festival of Lights: Hindu community celebrates Diwali today      Cache   Translate Page      

The Hindu community residing in Pakistan and around the world is celebrating the Diwali festival today with traditional religious zeal and fervor. Known as the ‘festival of lights’, Diwali – or Deepavali – symbolises the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. According to...

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          Here’s how you can play safe with credit/debit cards amid grave security concerns      Cache   Translate Page      

The head of the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) cyber-crime division Captain (retd) Mohammad Shoaib has revealed that customers data from “almost all major Pakistani banks” was stolen in a recent security breach. The statement from Mohammad Shoaib comes after Group-IB, a global cybersecurity firm released a report on a new dump of...

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          Dr Aafia Siddiqui seeks Imran Khan’s help for her release      Cache   Translate Page      

ISLAMABAD: Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani scientist jailed in US, has requested Prime Minister Imran Khan for her release, diplomatic sources informed media on Tuesday. The Pakistani consul general in Houston paid Aafia a visit on October 9, the sources said, during which she made a request for conveying her...

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          IMF delegation to arrive in Pakistan today      Cache   Translate Page      

ISLAMABAD: A delegation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is arriving in Pakistan today to hold talks with the government on a bailout package, media reported. The IMF team is coming for monetary assistance talks on request of the government. According to the Fund’s Director Communication, Gerry Rice, the IMF...

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          11/7/2018: Classifieds / Sport: Astle doubtful for ODIS      Cache   Translate Page      
Spinner Ajaz Patel has received another late Black Caps callup, this time for the one-day internationals against Pakistan with Todd Astle rated a 50-50 chance of remaining on tour. Coach Gary Stead confirmed Patel, opener George Worker and fast bowler...
          Why MIRV technology is key in India-Pak missile race?      Cache   Translate Page      

New Delhi, Nov 7: Both India and Pakistan have been developing a variety of missiles with varying capabilities and range to assert supremacy in the subcontinent. These missiles can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads, and are primarily aimed to serve as deterrents. India has achieved its nuclear triad which means that it can fire […]

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          Schiaffi alla figlia di un anno "perché nata femmina": padre condannato a Milano      Cache   Translate Page      

Violenze anche sulla moglie sposata in Pakistan quando lei aveva 15 anni. Il gup lo condanna a 3 anni e 8 mesi anche per violenze sulla consorte

          Il marito di Asia Bibi chiede aiuto al governo italiano      Cache   Translate Page      
«Faccio appello al Governo italiano affinché aiuti me e la mia famiglia ad uscire dal Pakistan». È il drammatico appello al telefono con Aiuto alla Chiesa che Soffre di Ashiq Masih, marito di Asia Bibi. Mentre la donna resta ancora in carcere in attesa della registrazione della sentenza di assoluzione, la famiglia vive nella paura. […]
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          India, Pakistan troops exchange Diwali sweets at Wagah Border      Cache   Translate Page      
The troops at the Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers on Wednesday exchanged sweets at the Wagah Border in Punjab on the occasion of Diwali.
          Assessing Imran Khan’s Historic Visit to China      Cache   Translate Page      
By Adam Garrie Source Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has just concluded his five day visit to China which saw him hold meetings with top Chinese officials including President Xi Jinping in Beijing before flying to Shanghai where Xi, Imran and other world leaders opened the first China International Import Expo (CIIE). While Imran’s visit […]
          Büyükelçi'ye Wilders tehdidi      Cache   Translate Page      
Hollanda’nın Pakistan Büyükelçisi’nin İslam karşıtı sağ popülist siyasetçi Wilders yüzünden ölüm tehditleri aldığı belirtildi.
          سعودی عرب پاکستان کا مخلص ترین دوست      Cache   Translate Page      

تحریر : محمد شاہد محمود سعودی عرب نے پاکستان کو ایک برس کی مدت کیلئے تین ارب ڈالر دینے اور ہر سال تین ارب ڈالر کا ادھار تیل فراہم کرنے کی حامی بھر لی ہے۔ ادھار تیل فروخت کرنے کی سہولت تین برس کی مدت کیلئے ہو گی۔ اس کے علاوہ ، سعودی عرب نے […]

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          اقوام متحدہ اور یورپی یونین نے خواہش کے برعکس پاکستان چھوڑنے پر مجبور کیا      Cache   Translate Page      

اسلام آباد (جیوڈیسک) توہین رسالت کے مقدمے میں بری ہونے والی آسیہ بی بی کے وکیل سیف الملوک کا کہنا ہے کہ اقوام متحدہ اور یورپی یونین کے نمائندوں نے ان کی خواہش کے برعکس انہیں پاکستان چھوڑنے پر مجبور کیا۔ وکیل سیف الملوک نے آسیہ بی بی کی پیروی کی تھی اور سپریم کورٹ […]

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          صدر کا پاکستان اور سعودی عرب کے درمیان کاروباری وفود کے مزید تبادلوں کی ضرورت پر زور      Cache   Translate Page      

اسلام آباد (جیوڈیسک) پاکستان کے صدر ڈاکٹر عارف علوی نے پاکستان اور سعودی عرب کے درمیان کاروباری وفود کے مزید تبادلوں کی ضرورت پر زور دیا ہے۔ اس امر کا اظہار انھوں نے پاکستان میں سعودی عرب کے سفیر نواف بن سعید المالکی سے منگل کے روز گفتگو کرتے ہوئے کہی جنہوں نے منگل کے […]

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           Kommentar zu Pakistan: Islamisten protestieren gegen den Freispruch der Christin Asia Bibi von Felizitas Küble       Cache   Translate Page      
Mit dem evangelischen Verein meinen Sie wahrscheinlich Open Doors - außerdem empfehle ich die HMK (Hilfsaktion Märtyrerkirche) und die IGFM.
          پاکستان کیخلاف ون ڈے سیریز سے قبل نیوزی لینڈ کو بڑے جھٹکے      Cache   Translate Page      

ابوظہبی (جیوڈیسک) پاکستان اور نیوزی لینڈ کے درمیان ون ڈے سیریز کا آغاز کل سے ہونے جارہا ہے لیکن اس سے قبل کیویز ٹیم دو اہم کھلاڑیوں سے محروم ہو گئی۔ پاکستان کا متحدہ عرب امارات میں کامیابی کا سلسلہ جاری ہے اور گرین شرٹس آسٹریلیا کے بعد نیوزی لینڈ کو بھی ٹی ٹوئنٹی سیریز […]

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           Kommentar zu Pakistan: Islamisten protestieren gegen den Freispruch der Christin Asia Bibi von Karl Heinz aus Niederbrombach       Cache   Translate Page      
CitizenGo kann man vertrauen, ebenso Kirche in Not. Dann gibt es noch einen protestantischen/ökumenischen Verein, der sich für verfolgte Christen einsetzt (der Name ist mir entfallen). Auch diese sind vertrauenswürdig!
          پاکستان میں زیادہ تر بینکوں کا ڈیٹا ہیک کر لیا گیا ہے: ایف آئی اے      Cache   Translate Page      

اسلام آباد (جیوڈیسک) پاکستان میں زیادہ تر بینکوں کا ڈیٹا ہیک کر لیا گیا ہے جو بیرون ملک سے ہیک کیا گیا۔ وفاقی تحقیقاتی ایجنسی (ایف آئی اے) کے ڈائریکٹر سائبر کرائمز ونگ کیپٹن (ر) شعیب نے بتایا کہ پاکستان کے زیادہ تر بینکوں کا ڈیٹا بیرون ملک سے ہیک کر لیا گیا ہے، گزشتہ […]

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          Newcomer Abigail Spanberger Takes 7th District Seat from Dave Brat      Cache   Translate Page      
With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Abigail Spanberger, a first-time Democratic candidate for Virginia’s 7th District House of Representatives seat, takes the stage in a Westin Hotel ballroom.

It’s been a long night. By 10 p.m. women abandoned their high heels in favor of stockinged feet on the floor, some of the children sitting near the stage have begun to lose steam, and many sip coffee as they check their phones for returns. But cheers ripple through the crowd every time the giant screens at the front of the room reveal more precincts in Spanberger’s favor, and volunteers lead an enthusiastic sing-along when Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” blares over the speakers.

Around 11:15 p.m., Spanberger’s husband and daughters follow her out and stand behind her among clusters of blue and white balloons as she addresses the jubilant crowd. In the audience are her family (some of whom are Republicans, according to her staff), volunteers, staff, supporters and friends who traveled from as far as Hamburg, Germany. Smiling ear to ear, she waits for the noise to die down before steadily delivering her victory speech.

“I will work to find common ground when possible, and I will hold my ground when necessary,” she tells the roomful of elated supporters. “I will listen to the people who elected me, as well as those who did not.”

Spanberger goes on to describe the 7th as an “unwinnable district,” noting that a Democrat hasn’t held the seat since 1968. As of midnight, Republican incumbent David Brat has not conceded the race. Halfway through her speech, Spanberger bends down to pick up her youngest daughter, who happily sits on her hip, alternating between smiling at the audience and resting her head on her mother’s shoulder.

Adela Parvaiz, a naturalized American citizen from Pakistan who lives in Henrico, says she’d never been politically active until the last two years. The morning after the 2016 presidential election, her then 8-year-old son asked her if their family would have to move back to Pakistan, an interaction she describes as heartbreaking. Spanberger, a good friends of hers, was one of the first to call to check in on her after President Donald Trump was elected.

“Trump’s hateful politics have made us so nervous about who we were. Were we Americans too? We felt loyal, we felt patriotic, we had the passports, but he made us feel like outsiders,” Parvaiz says. “And that’s precisely when Abigail called us.” Parvaiz was one of the first to discuss a potential campaign with Spanberger, and she says she’s on board since day one.

“I want you to know the Abigail that sits with me in my living room having a cup of coffee with me, because what she is on the inside she is on the outside,” Parvaiz says. “When she cries, she cries because she feels your pain. There is no hidden agenda with her.”

At a brief press conference after her speech, Spanberger answers questions about what’s next. She says her first priority is to restore people’s trust in elected officials, and she wants to address campaign finance reform right away.

When asked for comment on whether Brat concedes, Spanberger says he’s “welcome to make whatever decisions he chooses,” and that to her knowledge, her opponent had not yet reached out to her or her campaign.

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