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#Pakistan - #PPP - Bilawal Bhutto takes notice of Kathore Morr firing incident

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday took notice of deaths in a firing incident near Kathore Morr, M-9 motorway, ARY News reported.

The PPP leader has sought a report from Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and directed to launch an inquiry into the matter.
He also directed to provide the best medical facilities to injured.
At least three people were shot dead and two others sustained injuries, in a firing incident near Kathore Morr.
According to the rescue sources, the firing incident took place during an ongoing protest of the goods transport vehicles’ drivers. The bodies and the injured were moved to a nearby hospital.

Meanwhile, the drivers are observing protest by parking their vehicles at the Kathore link road and M-9.
The concerned authorities have reached the spot to hold talks with the protesting drivers and ensure the smooth flow of the traffic.

#Pakistan - #PPP - Govt will be responsible if anything happens to Zardari: Bilawal Bhutto

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Tuesday said that incumbent government would be responsible if something happened to his father and former president Asif Zardari in jail.

Bilawal in his Twitter message wrote, “The Pakistani state continues to try and use my father’s ailing health to pressure my party.” He said despite being detained without being convicted of anything since August, Asif Zardari is still to receive medical care.
The PPP chairman further said despite multiple medical reports from the government’s own doctor that he should be provided with medical facilities in prison and shifted to hospital for investigation and treatment he has been denied his fundamental rights.
He added that not only has he not been taken to hospital he has still not been provided with a fridge to keep his insulin and medicine.
Bilawal continued that if anything was, God forbid, to happen to my father we will hold this government responsible, adding that despite these tactics we will not compromise on our principles or democratic politics. Meanwhile, a delegation of Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCI), Larkana, called on PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari at the residence of Nisar Ahmed Khuhro on Tuesday and apprised him of the issues faced by the residents and the business community. The delegation consisted of its president Haji Ghulam Sarwar Shaikh, former president Abdul Ghaffar Shaikh, Masood Babu, Jamal Mustafa Shaikh, Mumtaz Ali Shaikh and others. They informed the chairman that work on uplift schemes is going on at snail’s pace which may be accelerated in the city. They told him that there is no Ladies Park in the entire city due to which women of Larkana are facing recreation and amusement problems which may be resolved on priority basis. The delegation further informed him that the condition of Sindh Small Industries (SSI) is very bad as there are cleanliness and massive prolonged electricity outages issues faced by the traders which may also be resolved immediately. They demanded of the Chairman that in development schemes of the city and in Sindh Small Industries they should be consulted and one of their representatives may be included in the development committee. They said work on some of the schemes demanded before is underway but its pace is very slow which may also be intensified. 
Abdul Ghaffar Shaikh requested Bilawal to have personal eye on all uplift schemes which will ensure change of fate of Larkana district.

State is responsible for creating jobs for its citizens: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari says it is state’s responsibility to create jobs for its people, ARY News reported on Wednesday.
He was talking to media after inaugurating HIV Treatment Support Centre in Rato Dero, Larkana.
Bilawal said his party has decided support Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman’s Azadi March against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government.
Commenting on Larkana PS-11 by-polls, the PPP leader said his party is contesting against Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) backed candidate. “Only Maulana can clarify his party’s position on PS-11 by-election.”
The PPP chairman said his party is working in collaboration with the UNICEF and other organisations to find the cause behind increasing number of HIV cases in Sindh, specially in Larkana.
He also underlined the need of short-term and long-term planning to eliminate HIV from the province.
Replying to a query, he said the state is responsible for creating employment opportunities for its people, but unfortunately, here in Pakistan, the employment is increasing with every passing day.
He appreciated Prime Minister Imran Khan’s role for defusing tensions in the middle east and said Afghan war caused huge loss to us.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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The Pakistani physicist’s work led to the discovery of the Higgs boson, but he was disowned in his home country for his faith. Now a Netflix film is putting him back in the spotlight.

By Abigail Beall
In 1979, Pakistani scientist Abdus Salam won the Nobel Prize for physics. His life’s work was key to defining a theory of particle physics still used today, and it laid the groundwork for the 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson – the particle responsible for giving all other particles mass.
Salam was the first Pakistani to win a Nobel, and his victory should have been a historic moment for the country. But instead, 40 years on, his story has largely been forgotten by the country in which he was born – in part because of the religious identity he held so dear. Now a new documentary on Netflix, Salam, The First ****** Nobel Laureate, is seeking to bring Salam and his achievements back into the spotlight. “Salam was the first Muslim to win a Nobel science prize,” Zakir Thaver, one of the film’s producers, tells BBC Culture. “[He] was so committed to his roots and bettering the plight of his people that he wore a turban in Stockholm to receive the prize from the King of Sweden.” During his acceptance speech, Salam quoted the Koran.
The film portrays Salam’s unwavering dedication, in the face of testing circumstances, to three things: his physics, his faith and his nationality.
Salam stood out right from the moment he was born in 1926 in the city of Jhang, then part of British India. His father, a teacher, believed Salam’s birth was the result of a vision from God he had received during Friday prayers, and so growing up, Salam was treated as a superior being to his siblings – made exempt from household chores like milking the cow and emptying the toilet area, and afforded time to work on his astounding skills in mathematics. Yet his childhood was not a particularly luxurious one. When he left his city to attend Government College University in Lahore, it was the first time he had seen an electric light. There, Salam’s skills in mathematics and physics set him apart from his classmates. He won a scholarship to attend Cambridge University, where he became one of the few South Asian faces at the time in St John’s College. But the pull of home was strong: after completing a doctorate at Cambridge, he then moved to Lahore to work as a Professor of Mathematics.
Reconciling science and religion
Throughout his life, Salam was a dedicated Muslim. He listened to the Koran on repeat while he worked in his office in his London home. He never saw his religion as a barrier to his science. In fact, he saw them working together, and claimed to colleagues that many of his ideas came to him from God. He was striving for a unified theory that would explain all of particle physics, which was in line with his religious beliefs. “We [theoretical physicists] would like to understand the entire complexity of inanimate matter in terms of as few fundamental concepts as possible,” he once said. But there were aspects of science, which directly contradicted his beliefs, that he did not accept – like the Big Bang theory.
While his faith was deeply important to him, it was also a source of great pain, thanks to the way in which his particular sect of Islam, the Ahmadiyya Muslims, has been treated in Pakistan. The Ahmadiyya movement was formed in 1889 in Punjab, in British India. Ahmadi Muslims believe their founder, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, to be the messiah. However other Muslims do not agree, and instead they believe they are still waiting for the prophet. “The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a law-abiding, loving community,” says Adeel Shah, an Ahmadi Imam based in London. “However, it has been subject to various forms of persecution and discrimination especially in Pakistan.”
In 1953, the trouble really began for the Ahmadiyya Muslim community with a series of violent riots in Lahore against the movement. The Punjab government inquiry found the official death toll from these riots to be 20 people, but other estimates put it much higher, some in the thousands. A law passed in 1974 declared Ahmadis to be non-Muslims and deprived them of their rights. As recently as 2010, two Ahmadi mosques in Pakistan were attacked, with 94 people killed and more than 120 injured.

The first Muslim to win the Nobel Prize in science had the very word ‘Muslim’ whitened out from his gravestone –  Zakir Thaver
“Even now, if an Ahmadi Muslim was to use an Islamic salutation [in Pakistan] he or she could be imprisoned for three years and this would be considered lawful,” says Shah. “Ahmadi Mosques are damaged, Ahmadi graves are desecrated, Ahmadi shops are looted and most of the time, the state turns a blind eye to what is happening.”
After the riots in 1953, Salam decided to leave Pakistan. He returned to Cambridge for a few years, before moving to Imperial College, London, where he helped set up the theoretical physics department. Despite the rejection from his home country he had suffered, he did not let Pakistan go, continuing to be involved in the country’s most prominent scientific projects. In 1961 he established Pakistan’s space programme while during the early 1970s, Salam was, controversially, involved in Pakistan’s efforts to build a nuclear weapon. But after the Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto passed the law against the Ahmadiyya Muslims in 1974, Salam’s involvement with the country’s administration finally diminished. He went on to be outspoken against nuclear weapons.
In 1979, just five years after the law had been passed in Pakistan declaring him non-Muslim, Abdus Salam became the first Pakistani to win a Nobel Prize. To the world, he was the first Muslim to win a Nobel Prize in Physics. But in the eyes of his own country, he was not. On Salam’s gravestone, in the Pakistan town of Rabwah, he was described as the first Muslim Nobel Laureate, until local authorities scrubbed out the word ‘Muslim’. Thavar says they decided to replicate this defacement in the title of their documentary “as therein lies the story as well as the irony, the tragedy,” says Thaver. “The first Muslim to win the prize in science has the very word ‘Muslim’ whitened out. It’s the final affront to the most illustrious son of the soil.”
Unearthing a legend
Thaver says he and his co-producer Omar Vandal only learnt about Salam when, in the mid-’90s, they moved from Pakistan to the US to study at university. “We read Salam's obituary in the New York Times. Back home his story had been buried.”
Reading more about Salam, the pair discovered his story was buried because of his religion. “We became aware of the amazing potential Salam's story of humble beginnings had to inspire people to pursue science, and since have learnt of many who in fact have derived inspiration from his story,” says Thaver.
Salam’s contribution to physics was significant. He developed the theory of the neutrino, a subatomic particle first proposed by Pauli in 1930, and he worked on electroweak theory, for which he won the Nobel Prize.
The electroweak theory is fundamental to the Standard Model, which describes the smallest, most fundamental building blocks that make up all matter, called elementary particles, and how they interact through three different forces: electromagnetism, and what are known as weak and strong ‘interactions’. Salam worked on combining the theories of the electromagnetic and weak forces into one.
Despite his persecution, Salam’s dedication to his country and the people of Pakistan did not waver. He was offered British and Italian citizenship, but remained a Pakistani citizen until he died. Imam Adeel, who was also born in Pakistan but moved to London because of discrimination, says this is because of the Ahmadi way of thinking. “Ahmadi Muslims, including myself, still hold great love for Pakistan and will always be at the forefront of serving their nation whenever it calls them,” he says.
Beyond supporting his country, meanwhile, he was also passionate about promoting scientists in the developing world. To that end, in 1964 he founded the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), in Trieste, Italy, specifically to provide a place for students from developing countries to connect with academics from around the world.
Piecing together the film detailing his life took Thaver and Vandal 14 years. “We were unknown, young, foolishly ambitious, aspiring filmmakers, and had set out to do something significant and hopefully historical,” he says.
The film features extensive archive footage, including of Salam, much of which has never been seen before. “It took a lot of time and effort to restore, catalogue and transcribe all our archives,” Thaver says. “We edited for almost two years.”
The pair filmed people who had never spoken on camera before, including Professor Salam’s secretary from the ICTP. “The family opened up their homes, so we could go through notebooks and hunt down old family pictures and video,” he says. “When you spend over a decade on a project, people want to be a part of your journey and help you out.”
Ahmad Salam, Salam’s eldest son, who appears in the film to talk about his father’s life, describes it as “a wonderful film made by two very dedicated, committed young men, who wanted to tell the unique story for the benefit of 200m fellow countrymen, most of whom have never heard of Abdus Salam,” he says.

Abdus Salam strived to make developing countries invest in education, science and technology – and that message is as relevant now as it was 50 years ago – Ahmad Salam
Footage in the film reveals a side of Salam never seen before. His old colleagues reveal the quirks of his research habits, explaining how he would come up with endless ideas – the majority of them eccentric but a vital few worthy of a Nobel Prize. His son Ahmad describes him as fiercely loyal. Once, he says, when Salam needed a suit tailored last-minute, the shop he visited made special arrangements to have it ready for him in time. He continued to buy suits at that shop for the rest of his life.
However, Ahmad says, part of the story is missing. “It focuses on Pakistan, and sadly, therefore, it doesn’t have time to explain Abdus Salam’s passion and anger to help overcome the greed and arrogance of the developed countries towards the developing countries,” he says.
Since the idea for the film was born, the documentary has become more and more important, says Thaver.
“In the early days, we felt it was an important story to tell because of its power to inspire children back home and to educate about a Pakistani, Muslim Nobel Prize winner who was an unsung hero,” says Thaver. “Over the years the plight of religious minorities in Pakistan, as well as the sub-continent at large, has worsened, and that’s given greater present-day significance and relevance to the story.” On top of this, he says, rising Islamophobia in the West makes Salam’s story even more relevant by celebrating Muslim achievement, particularly in science, where the Islamic world’s contribution has been underappreciated.
“Inequality in every sense is higher now than ever in history,” says Ahmad. “Abdus Salam strived to make developing countries invest in education, science and technology to help their economic prospects, whereby they would grow faster and more sustainably with the support of the developed countries. That message is as relevant now as it was 50 years ago.”
Salam: The First ****** Nobel Laureate is available on Netflix now.

Pakistan Faces Blacklisting Over Terrorism Financing and Money Laundering

Pakistan is trying to avoid getting blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force, a global watchdog, when it meets Wednesday in Paris.
A report earlier this month by the task force’s Asia Pacific Group, which monitors Pakistan’s progress, is not encouraging.
The report says Pakistan has fully implemented only one item from a list of 40 measures that the country should be taking to curb terrorist financing and money laundering. The other 39 measures were either partially implemented or in some cases overlooked entirely.
Iran and North Korea are currently the only two countries on the blacklist.
Being blacklisted would be a serious blow for Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan as he tries to boost its faltering economy and attract foreign investment and loans.
Pakistan got a mixed review for its efforts to curb terrorist financing and money laundering as it tries to avoid getting blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force, a global watchdog, when it meets Wednesday in Paris.
A report earlier this month by the task force’s Asia Pacific Group, which monitors Pakistan’s progress, was not encouraging. It found Pakistan had fully implemented only one item from a list of 40 measures that the country should be taking to curb terrorist financing and money laundering, if it wants to stay off the blacklist. The other 39 measures were either partially implemented or in some cases overlooked entirely.
Iran and North Korea are currently the only two countries on the blacklist.
Just as Pakistan has been trying to get on its feet financially, having secured a $6 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund and a $6 billion package from Saudi Arabia, it might get knocked back down by getting put on the list.
“It would no longer be business as usual in Pakistan,” said Amir Rana, director of the Islamabad-based Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies.
Being blacklisted could even jeopardize Pakistan’s multi-billion dollar part in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, a global endeavor aimed at reconstituting the Silk Road and linking China to all corners of Asia. In Pakistan, it has been billed as a massive development program that will bring new prosperity to the South Asian nation, where the average citizen lives on just $125 a month.But if Pakistan is blacklisted, every financial transaction would be closely scrutinized, and doing business in Pakistan would become costly and cumbersome, said Rana. He said restrictions could be imposed on international lending agencies, including the International Monetary Fund, Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, which are all key money lenders to Pakistan.Rana also said Pakistan hasn’t made the institutional changes it needs to seriously tackle terrorism financing and the terrorist-declared groups that still operate in Pakistan — some of whom have been resurrected under new names.
He blamed police and bureaucratic incompetence, mismanagement and a conflicted military and intelligence apparatus. These security agencies are still undecided about whether to break all ties with groups they have long considered “assets,” particularly against neighboring India, Pakistan’s longtime nemesis.
At one juncture, Rana said Pakistan had sought to differentiate between what it considered bad and worse groups. Authorities put anti-India groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba in the less dangerous category, and put groups like al-Qaida, Tehrik-e-Taliban and the Baluchistan Liberation Army on the more dangerous list.If Pakistan’s security establishment was serious about breaking ties, Rana said, it needs to lay out a plan of action, one that details a reintegration plan for members of these groups as well as a strategy of how it would arrest and prosecute those who carry out acts of terror in other countries.Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told reporters Friday that the economic affairs minister Hammad Azhar was already in Paris preparing for the meeting. Pakistan’s State-run television on Monday said Azhar presented Pakistan’s case to the task force ahead of its deliberations starting Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Qureshi accused neighboring India of lobbying to get his country blacklisted.
“India tried its best to get us blacklisted. God willing, you will see that all such efforts will fail,” he said.
Pakistan has reportedly lobbied both Turkey and Malaysia to seek an extension at the task force meeting, promising to be 100% compliant by June 2020.
Qureshi, meanwhile, said the government has spent the last 10 months taking steps to curb both money laundering and terror financing.
But the job is a big one.
Pakistan has banned 66 organizations declared terrorist or terrorist-supporting groups and listed another estimated 7,600 individuals under its anti-terrorism act. India’s most wanted man, Hafiz Saeed, lives in Pakistan and has a $10 million U.S.-imposed bounty on his head.Also based in Pakistan is the terrorist-designated group Jaish-e-Mohammad, which claimed responsibility for a February suicide attack in the Indian-controlled portion of the disputed Kashmir region. That attack killed 40 Indian soldiers and caused tensions to spiral upward between India and Pakistan, bringing the two nuclear-armed nations unsettlingly close to war. They’ve already fought three wars since Britain ended its colonial rule over the Indian subcontinent in 1947.Earlier this year, the United Nations added Masood Azhar, the head of Jaish-e-Mohammed, to its blacklist after several unsuccessful attempts. After the February attack, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government took control of the many schools run by Azhar’s group as well as clinics and even an ambulance service.Dozens of his activists have been arrested, but Rana, the security analyst, said the legal system is hindered by its use of what he called “secret courts.” He advocated for a free and transparent court system, rather than the current judicial procedures held behind closed doors or in military courts, also closed to public scrutiny.
The Asia Pacific Group report — which is set to be reviewed during this week’s task force meeting — said that while Pakistan seized some assets, the amounts seized were very small considering the extent of the money laundering and terrorist financing believed to be going on in the country. The report also criticized Pakistan’s efforts at stemming the movement of illicit money across borders.
The report gave good marks to Pakistan’s banks and larger exchange companies at putting in controls to detect and protect against money laundering and terrorism financing. However, it said the State Bank of Pakistan “does not have a clear understanding of the ML (money laundering) and TF (terrorist financing) risks unique to the sectors it supervises.” But it is improving, the report added.
Overall, much of the report suggested Pakistan had mostly failed at making the institutional changes needed to ferret out those who finance terror and put an end to it. Whether Pakistan joins Iran and North Korea on the blacklist remains to be seen.

Pakistan Finds Itself Isolated at Anti-Terror FATF Meet, On Verge of Being Placed in 'Dark Grey' List: Report

An official said that Pakistan is on the verge of strong action by FATF, given its inadequate performance, whereby it managed to pass in only six of 27 items.

In bad news for the Imran Khan government, Pakistan is on the verge of strong action by the international terror financing watchdog FATF and the country may be put in the 'Dark Grey' list, the last warning to improve.
Officials attending the ongoing plenary of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) here said as per indications, Pakistan will be isolated by all members for not doing enough.
Pakistan is on the verge of strong action by FATF, given its inadequate performance, whereby it managed to pass in only six of 27 items, an official privy to the development said. The FATF will finalise its decision on Pakistan on October 18.
According to FATF rules there is one essential stage between 'Grey' and 'Black' lists, referred to as 'Dark Grey'.
'Dark Grey' means issuance of a strong warning, so that the country concerned gets one last chance to improve, another official said. 'Dark Grey' was the term used for warning up to Third Phase. Now it's just called warning — that is the fourth phase.
The FATF is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system.
Pakistan was placed on the Grey List by the Paris-based watchdog in June last year and was given a plan of action to complete it by October 2019, or face the risk of being placed on the black list with Iran and North Korea.
If Pakistan continues with the 'grey list' or put in 'Dark Grey' list, it would be very difficult for the country to get financial aid from the IMF, the World Bank and the European Union, making its financial condition more precarious.

Number of dengue cases in Pakistan crosses 31000

The total number of Dengue cases has reached 31,076 across the country, with 47 deaths this year so far, ARY News reported on Tuesday.

According to the health ministry, the tally of dengue patients across the country has jumped over 31,000 with the recent addition of 978 cases, reported during the last 24 hours.
Sources said, 8,626 patients have been tested positive with dengue fever in Islamabad, 6,833 cases have been reported in Punjab, 5,331  in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) 5,362 in Sindh, 2,843 in Balochistan and 1,355 cases have been reported in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
During the current year, 49 deaths have been caused by dengue so far, said sources.
Moreover, at least 144 cases of dengue fever were reported in a single day from Karachi.
After the new 144 cases, the total figure of dengue cases has reached up to 2,140 in Karachi in the month of October, as per the report of the dengue surveillance cell.
The mosquito-borne disease which may prove fatal if not diagnosed and treated in time has spread rapidly throughout Pakistan and has caused serious concern among the masses.
Sources said that the special monitoring cell established to monitor the spread of the virus has forwarded its report to the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza.

Monday, October 14, 2019

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Pakistani Christian girl, Sumara Anwar aged 14, faced sexual harassment and raped at a brick factory in Raiwind Lahore

Anwar Masih son of Sulakhan Masih aged 58, a poor Christian works for more than 15 years at Ghafor Bricks, village Maqu Wali Jhalar Raiwind Road, District Lahore and live here along with his children for more than 15 years; his wife has died a few years ago due to some health issues. There are more than 35 other families live in the factory quarters including Muslims. We can call it a small town/bricks factory colony. The families are cooperative and respect each other, caring about the social values and norms.   In spite of this binding, the incident of raping a minor occurred on 1st October 2019 at about 12 pm. When Sumara Anwar, a young girl aged 14, was alone at home while the other family members working in the brick’s factory. 

A local resident, Amjad Malooka aged 30, entered the home silently as he knew that Sara was alone at home, he took Sumara to a room and forcibly attempted rape, he slapped her when she showed resistance and refused doing so, and she shouted and screamed. Amjad threatened her and warned to shut her mouth otherwise she and her family will face consequences. But Sumara continually shouting, a neighbor followed the screams and shouting, came up at the spot and saw the happening. The news spread in the locality and Amjad ran away from the place of occurrence.

The distressed and poor family of Sumara Anwar has approached CTS on October 05, 2019 for legal assistance as well as for the protection of the family especially Sumara the minor, is in mental stress at the moment. 

Sumara reported CTS that Amjad often harassed her sexually, and wanted to touch her body. He attempted to rape her twice and threatened her for life if she tells to anyone. He often warned about the helplessness of her poor family that they cannot punish her. 

She further stated “I was afraid to share all happening me to my family; I was in doubt that they will not trust me and deliberately accuse me as guilty”.  

The family reported that Amjad is a habitual, and involved in such incidents previously too. He is a criminal mind and often have quarrel in the town. 

Shaukat Masih brother of Sumara informed CTS that Amjad Malooka is arrested at the spot, they called an emergency police helpline 15 police responded to the incident immediately. Case FIR no.2069/19 has been registered, offense under section 376 & 511 of Pakistan Penal Code dated on October 1 at Police station Raiwind City District Lahore. 

After arrest of Amjad the aggrieved family of Sumara faced serious threats. He asked the victim’s family for compromise and settle down the matter outside the court. 

The family facing life threats asked protection and support from CTS. 

The women, adolescents, and youth are in need to be trained to defend them at the scene instead to seek help or be victimized.

Balochistan: Families of disappeared Baloch anxious for their loved ones

The relatives of enforced-disappeared Baloch persons continue to search for their loved ones have expressed concerns about the safety and whereabouts of their loved ones.
Families of disappeared Baloch have been flooding in the protest camp of Voice for Baloch Missing Persons to record the details of their missing relatives.
The aged and frail mother of abducted Abdul Rasheed son of Saleh Mohammad on Sunday made a passionate appeal from the camp of VBMP in Quetta for her son release on ‘humanitarian grounds.’
Her son was abducted on 15 November 2014 from Nohski Balochistan.
 The family of another four Baloch disappeared persons named Niaz Mohammad son of Qadir Dad, Mehran son of Rasool Bakhsh, Hameed son of Shahdad and Izzat son of Khorsheed have also appeal for the release of their loved ones.
The men were abducted on 5 April 2019 from their house in Kohaad area of Tump in district Kech Balochistan.
On Saturday, the family members of Elahi Bakhsh Bugti and Kado Bugti organised a protest at Lasbela Press Club to demand his immediate release.
Elahi Bakhsh was abducted Pakistani intelligence agencies on 2nd June 2011 whereas Kado Bugti was abducted on 5 December 2012.
The protesters who include women and children were carrying placard and banners for Elahi Bakhsh’s release.
The VBMP is a human rights organisation comprising families of disappeared persons from Balochistan which started its struggle for recovering of missing persons in 2009.

Air pollution: An inaudible killer in Pakistan

By: Yousaf Ajab Baloch
The report: “The State of Global Air 2019” ranks Pakistan as fifth country with fatal effects of Air pollution. Health and environmental experts’ term air pollution as emerging public health emergency in world and in Pakistan. Air pollution has been named as one of the leading cause of deaths in Pakistan with death toll reported to be 59,000 people every year.  Various reasons cause air pollution in country; however, solid moves and policies can be tangible measures to cope with the issue.
According to US-based Health Effects Institute and University of British Colombia report, ” The State of Global Air’ states: “Air pollution is the fifth leading cause of early death world-wide responsible for more death than malaria, road accidents, or alcohol.”  The mentioned report puts Pakistan among top 5 countries with highest mortality rate due to pollution. Shockingly, the top five countries with the highest mortality rate due to air pollution were all in Asia: China, India, Pakistan, Indonesia and Bangladesh.
At the same time, World Health Organization (WHO) estimates death of seven (7) million people annually worldwide. The pollution leads to the diseases such as stroke, heart diseases, lung cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), respiratory infections as well as pneumonia.
Similarly, the available statistics of WHO reveals that 9 out of 10 individuals die every year owing to high level of pollutants, like black carbon which penetrates deep into lungs and cardiovascular system. These pollutants then cause pneumonia, sever respiratory infections and heart diseases.    
The air pollution is being termed as a silent or invisible killer. WHO data demonstrates that 24 %( 1.4 million deaths) all stroke deaths are attributed to air pollution. When it comes to air pollution and heart diseases so 25% (2.4 million) heart diseases deaths are caused by air pollution annually. Likewise, due to air pollution 43% (1.8 million deaths) of all lung diseases, such as lung cancer, are the leading cause of pollution yearly.
In addition, there are a large number of affecting contributors to toxic air which put Pakistan at fourth position with considerable human health hazards. One of the chief reasons to air pollution includes large scale industries which burn fossil fuels as source of energy. Apart from it, a number of small and large scale factories use furnace oil having higher sulfur contents, these include power plants, cement, and sugar and fertilizer industries. Waste recycle plants, bricks kiln are also add to releasing contaminants.
Among the main causes of air pollution, burning of solid waste is another issue. Because more than 55,000 tonnes of solid waste is produced on daily basis in Pakistan. Thus, burning of solid waste results emitting of toxic gases such as carbon monoxide and some other poisonous gases. Similarly, in the last two decades a huge increase has also been observed in the growing number of vehicles in Pakistan. Moreover, the massive traffic is massively contributing element to the air pollution in Pakistan. As carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide are the greenhouse gases which are contributing to the global warming.
Different studies and experts expect serious impacts on Pakistan’s papulation by 2030. According to the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (PAK-EPA) air pollution levels for the major Pakistani cities have been recorded seven times higher than those quoted by WHO. However, complete implementation of environmental policies and laws as well as enforcement of national environmental quality standard can be a productive measure to cope with the discussed burning issue. 
Finally, the air pollution can easily be confronted if the aforementioned measures are taken, such as (a) creatinine awareness on air pollution along with afforestation and plantation in urban areas can improve environment to fight toxic air. (b) Proper maintenance of machineries, vehicles and traffic free transportation can be effective measure to reduce impacts of air pollution. (c) Promotion of new technology in the industry can be tangible to reduce use of chemicals or smoke from industry which increase air pollution. (d) Developing public transportation system, control of burning solid waste and provision of pollution free fire at domestic and commercial level. Indeed, can assist   to overcome alarming situation of air pollution in Pakistan.

"Biggest Pressure" On Pakistan From Anti-Terror Watchdog FATF

Last week the FATF told Pakistan it had failed to fully implement a UN Security Council resolution against Hafiz Saeed and other UN-designated terrorists, as well as outfits like Jaish-e-Mohammed and the Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Pakistan is under pressure from global anti-terror watchdog FATF to crack down on terror groups operating from within its borders, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval said today at a meeting of Anti-Terrorism Squad chiefs in Delhi. The anti-terror agency, which last week told Pakistan it had failed to fully implement a UN Security Council resolution against Hafiz Saeed and other UN-designated terrorists, as well as outfits like Jaish-e-Mohammed and the Lashkar-e-Taiba, began a six-day session in Paris on Sunday to decide whether to retain it in a list of countries with inadequate controls over terrorism financing. "The biggest pressure on Pakistan comes from the functionaries of the FATF, which is meeting now," Ajit Doval said in his speech, adding, "The proceedings of the FATF have created so much pressure that probably no other action could have done the same".
In a 228-page report released last week, the Asia-Pacific Group of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) said Pakistan was fully compliant with only one of 40 recommendations on curbing terror-financing. It further said the country was partially compliant on 26 and non-compliant on four.
Pakistan is now relying on allies within the FATF, like China, which holds the rotating presidency of the agency, Turkey and Malaysia to avoid being blacklisted, which could lead to being downgraded by the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank and facing negative assessments from credit agencies like Moody's and Standard & Poor's. India has lobbied hard for this blacklisting, arguing that Pakistan's anti-terror laws remain out of sync with FATF standards and UN Resolution 2462, which calls for criminalizing terrorist financing.
Interestingly, the rotating presidency of the Financial Action Task Force is currently held by China, meaning India will be keenly watching the Paris meeting.Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping at an informal two-day summit in Chennai last week, where the Chinese leader is understood to have recognised the importance of working together, on a non-discriminatory basis, to strengthen frameworks against the training, financing and supporting of terror groups.
In his speech Mr Doval attacked Pakistan for making terrorism "state policy" and highlighted the difficulties of apprehending a criminal who has the support of the state.
"If a criminal has the support of a state, it becomes a great challenge. Some of the states have mastered this, in our case Pakistan has made it as an instrument of its state poli
cy," the NSA said, adding, "They not only recruit, provide training, weapons, intelligence, etc. but also give them resources and technology".
He spoke about the need for states investigating terror cases to network with each other and build a bank of "quotable and sustainable" evidence that could be presented to global agencies like the FATF.
"Pakistan has been using terrorism as the instrument of state policy. We all know Pakistan sponsors terrorism but in international forums we need evidence. Don't destroy this evidence... you have plenty of it. Let the world know about it," he said.
Mr Doval also indicated that the media had to play its part in the war on terrorism.
"We are not targeting one country. We need to have evidence. Put facts, use facts, don't destroy evidence, use them. How we did it against Pakistan? Give it to the media, use it," he said.
Pakistan has told the FATF that it has done enough by seizing over 700 properties belonging to the Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jamaat-ud-Daawa, Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation and the Jaish-e-Mohammed but India and other FATF members have pointed out that seizures do not necessarily indicate compliance.

India and China to join forces in Kashmir as Pakistan fume at Beijing betrayal

INDIA have secured a big step forwards in its fight with Pakistan over disputed Kashmir after Islamabad ally China suggested military cooperation with New Delhi.

President  met with  Prime Minister Narendra  this week as the two countries looked to resolve their own conflict in the region. India and China have been at odds over the disputed Ladakh region in Kashmir, which sits near the Indo-Chinese border and has been the setting for conflict between the two countries for decades. Border disputes have led to skirmishes as recently as last month. In 1962, a war between New Delhi and Beijing was sparked in the Kashmir region spilling into Ladakh, with conflict engulfing the Himalayan territory for a month.
In 2017, a standoff occurred at the Doklam border as India resisted a road being built in the region by China, and earlier this month, Chinese and Indian military clashed again when the Chinese People’s Liberation Army objected to Indian patrols in Ladakh.
Despite this, talks were positive according to both parties, with Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale saying: “One of the understandings the two leaders reached was that a new mechanism will be established to discuss trade, investment and services.”Crucially however, Xi Jinping reportedly suggested that Beijing and New Delhi will seek increased military cohesion in the Kashmir region, despite China being a longstanding ally to Pakistan and its Prime Minister .
The move is motivated by a need for boosted trust between China and India, but Pakistan will be doubting the reliability of Xi Jinping given the tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad.
India has placed a curfew and other restrictions on people in its part of Kashmir since downgrading the special status of the disputed Himalayan region on August 5.
Article 370 granted the region autonomy, self governance and self identity – but Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi changed the legislation meaning the region is now split into two union territories.
Kashmir lost its right to frame its own laws and non-residents were allowed to buy property there in changes the Indian governm
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has called on India to lift curfews in the region which has been engulfed by violence for decades.
There has since been regular exchanges of fire between the two countries as Khan accused India of killing a Pakistani solider just two days ago.
In September, the war of words between Islamabad and New Delhi reached new levels when Khan hinted at nuclear warfare.

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U.S: Racists Are Recruiting. Watch Your White Sons.

 By Joanna Schroeder
Parents need to understand how white supremacists prey on teen boys, so they can intervene.
Raising teenagers can be terrifying. Our squishy little babies become awkward hormonal creatures who question our authority at every turn.
I expected that. What I didn’t predict was that my sons’ adolescence would include being drawn to the kind of online content that right-wing extremists use to recruit so many young men.
The first sign was a seemingly innocuous word, used lightheartedly: “triggered.”
As my 11- and 14-year-old sons and their friends talked and bantered — phones in hand, as always — in the back seat of the car, one of them shouted it in response to a meme, and they all laughed uproariously.
I almost lost control of the car. That’s because I know that word — often used to mock people who are hurt or offended by racism as overly sensitive — is a calling card of the alt-right, which the Anti-Defamation League defines as “a segment of the white supremacist movement consisting of a loose network of racists and anti-Semites who reject mainstream conservatism in favor of politics that embrace implicit or explicit racism, anti-Semitism and white supremacy.” People associated with this group are known for trolling those who disagree with them, and calling critics “triggered” is a favorite tactic.
The next red flag: I watched my son scroll through Instagram and double-click on an image, lighting up a heart that signifies a “like.”
“Hold on a minute,” I said, snatching his phone. “Was that Hitler?”
The meme showed a man in contemporary clothing tipping off the Nazi leader to the invasion of Normandy. My son said he hadn’t even read it, he’d just assumed the time traveler was trying to kill Hitler, not help him. He was shocked and embarrassed when I pointed out the actual message: that it would have been better if the Holocaust had continued.
“I’m not stupid enough to like a Hitler meme on purpose, Mom,” he said. “And anyway, I’m sure my friend shared it to be ironic.”
I didn’t see the irony and my son couldn’t explain it. I talked to him about the Holocaust, the trauma and violence that Jewish people all over the world still experience and my late friend Edith, whose delicate arm displayed a number tattoo that stopped my heart every time I saw it. He knew all this already, but I worried that he was forgetting. I worried that he was being pulled toward a worldview that would see this painful history as fodder for jokes, or worse, as something to celebrate.
At a time when the F.B.I. reports a 17 percent rise in hate crime incidents from 2016 to 2017, the most recent year for which there is data, white parents like me have had recent, terrifying reminders that we must prevent our sons from becoming indoctrinated by a growing racist movement that thrives online and causes real-life devastation.
In August, a young white man who admitted to targeting Mexicans killed 22 people in an El Paso Walmart. In New Zealand, 51 people were killed when a gunman attacked mosques filled with worshipers observing Friday prayers. In the past year, a total of 12 worshipers were killed in the U.S. in two hate-motivated attacks on synagogues in Pittsburgh and San Diego.
In each of these cases, the killers were white men with a history of extremism. The San Diego gunman, for instance, left a manifesto on 8chan also claiming responsibility for a mosque fire. And the San Diego and New Zealand gunmen posted hate-filled online manifestoes that included internet-culture references, such as references to memes and a notorious shout-out to a noteworthy YouTube personality. Both of them mentioned or alluded to the “white genocide” — which the Anti-Defamation League defines as the white-supremacist belief that the white race is “dying” because of growing nonwhite populations and “forced assimilation.”
But of course, it’s not just that we want to prevent our sons from becoming perpetrators of mass shootings. We want to raise them to be the kind of men who would never march with the neo-Nazis who chanted “Jews will not replace us” in Charlottesville before one of them killed a counterprotester, Heather Heyer. Beyond that, we want to keep them from becoming supporters of the racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and gender- or sexuality-based hatred that is on the rise.
Unfortunately, extremists know how to find new recruits in the very place our sons spend so much of their time: online. And too often, they’re more aware than we are of how vulnerable young white men are to radicalization.
According to Jackson Katz, author of “The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help,” it’s not necessarily the ideology behind white nationalism, anti-feminism or the alt-right that initially appeals to young white men and boys as much as it is the sense of being part of a “heroic struggle.”
Participating in the alt-right community online “offers the seductive feeling of being part of a brotherhood, which in turn validates their manhood,” Dr. Katz says. YouTubers and participants in chat forums like 4chan, the defunct 8chan and Discord “regularly denigrate liberal or progressive white men as soft, emasculated ‘soy boys’ and insufficiently aggressive or right-wing white men as ‘cucks.’” It also seems to me, as a mom, that these groups prey upon the natural awkwardness of adolescence. Many kids feel out of place, frustrated and misunderstood, and are vulnerable to the idea that someone else is responsible for their discontent. When they’re white and male, they’re spoon-fed a list of scapegoats: people of color, feminists, immigrants, L.G.B.T.Q. people. If they really embrace this, it’s not hard to convince them that there’s a “white genocide” happening and that these people — and the “leftists” who represent their interests — are to blame.
So what can parents do? First, we need to understand how this works. A favorite activity for many boys is to watch gamers playing video games on YouTube. According to John Duffy, author of “Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety,” the problems come with advertisements that may appear during the videos. Kids can be exposed to dozens of ads in a sitting. They might hear about the border, or “Crooked Hillary” or a conspiracy theory on how the left works, Dr. Duffy said. Many of these spots are created and promoted by organizations like PragerU, which, Dr. Duffy notes, is not an accredited university but a propaganda machine that introduces viewers to extremist views via video. And YouTube’s recommendation algorithm offers videos that become more and more extreme as viewers watch them.
“There is sophisticated psychology at play,” Dr. Duffy warns, noting that today’s teenagers have been using smartphones and tablets their whole lives. They like to dive deeper into topics that pique their curiosity, which is a great thing. The problem is they often turn to the internet before their parents for answers. Recommended videos and comments left on YouTube can lead them to threads full of racism and conspiracy theories on forums like 4chan. Google may lead them to white nationalist outlets like The Daily Stormer, where hate and harassment are normalized. Often, they have no idea which sources are reputable.
They may also find videos by more mainstream figures, including members of the so-called intellectual dark web like Jordan Peterson, a Canadian psychologist and professor at the University of Toronto, whose conservative perspectives on feminism and gender are very popular among young men and often are a path to more extreme content and ideologies.
In an interview with the actor Alan Alda for the podcast “Clear+Vivid,” Christian Picciolini, a former Nazi, explains that modern white supremacists create friendships and build trust in online spaces such as autism chat rooms and gaming-related forums. They “go to these places and they promise them paradise,” he says.Inevitably, kids who have encountered these messages will mimic extremist talking points, and those of us who find these views repulsive may be tempted to yell at them, ground them or take away their devices in a futile attempt to keep them away from this propaganda.The problem is, punitive responses often create a sense of shame that can feed a growing sense of anger — an anger the alt-right is eager to exploit.
What really hooks many white teenagers is the alt-right’s insistence that white men are under attack in America, the true victims of oppression. If your child has already been punished for his opinions, this message is especially resonant. They find a home for their rage, a brotherhood of guys like them, and that oh-so-alluring heroic struggle — and that’s how an extremist is born.
One family Dr. Duffy sees in his clinical practice found that the key to opening up conversation with their son, who was showing signs of indoctrination into alt-right communities, was to start by saying they were proud of his efforts to develop opinions that weren’t spoon-fed to him and to promise to listen to their son’s perspective if he would listen to theirs.
According to Dr. Duffy, once the family started communicating more openly and their son’s views lost their status as a mark of edginess or rebellion, the teenager softened his stances and even disabled his alt-right meme accounts.
Parents also need to encourage our sons how to think critically about the things they’re hearing online. One term I’ve debunked in this way for my kids is “snowflake.” An insult embraced by moderate conservatives and the alt-right alike, it’s used to dismiss people who complain about racism, sexism or homophobia as laughably delicate.
When one of my kids used it, I smiled and, in a conspiratorial tone, asked him to think about this: Who is more of a delicate snowflake? The person who wants people to stop racial slurs or mocking of gay people or the person who is upset and offended by the use of the phrase “Happy Holidays” — a common talking point during Fox News’s infamous War on Christmas segments?
He thought about it and laughed at the irony. He, like the rest of us, sees that Christmas is promoted everywhere in society and isn’t going anywhere. I also took the opportunity to explain that calling someone who is upset or offended a “snowflake” or “triggered” is just a lazy — and often hypocritical — way to justify treating that person poorly. For my sons, this conversation was effective. After all, they don’t want to hurt anyone, and they’ve long understood that a person who refuses to take responsibility and apologize is probably a jerk. But they needed a reminder.
Perhaps the best tool is prevention. Kids need to understand — before they encounter their first alt-right memes — what white supremacy looks like. It’s not just a person in a K.K.K. hood but also the smooth-talking YouTuber in the suit or the seemingly friendly voice in the video game forum.
If we avoid talking about our values about race and the experiences of marginalized people, strangers on the internet will be happy to share theirs.
“Right now, our fear about addressing race causes us to leave kids guessing,” says Shelly Tochluk, a professor of education at Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles, and author of “Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It.” “They fill in the blanks with whatever they see online, and this includes horrifically twisted messages from white nationalists.”
Parents of white kids need to talk about race and racism and how they’ve played out in this country — a lot. That history includes horrors and tragedies, but as Dr. Tochluk says, it also “includes the fact that there have always been groups of white people in the United States who have fought for freedom and liberty for all.”
“In our choices and actions,” she says, “white people can align ourselves with that lineage.”
Dr. Katz suggested, “To counteract the seductiveness of that appeal from the right, we need to offer them a better definition of strength: that true strength resides in respecting and lifting up others, not seeking to dominate them.”
I’m working hard to instill these values in my kids. But keeping them away from the radical right is a continuing project for me and should be for any parent. I have confidence that they’re more equipped than they were a year ago to detect and reject hateful messages, but in the meantime, every time they laugh at a so-called edgy meme, I’m going to make it my mission to find out what’s so funny.

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By Anjana Pasricha
Indian and Chinese leaders at an informal summit Saturday sidestepped their differences and said they will tackle a huge trade deficit that has been troubling India, and enhance measures to strengthen border security.  In the coastal heritage town of Mamallapuram in southern India, where the two leaders met, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that “we have decided to manage our differences prudently,” and not let them become “disputes.” He said both sides will remain sensitive to each other’s concerns so that the relationship “will be a source of peace and stability in the world.”
Without elaborating, Chinese President Xi Jinping said “we have engaged in candid discussions as friends,” as they sat down for talks.
Their sharp differences over the disputed region of Kashmir that came to the fore in the weeks ahead of the summit did not figure into the one-on-one talks held for several hours between Xi and Modi, according to Indian officials.
China has strongly backed Pakistan in raising strong objections to India’s move to scrap autonomy in the disputed Himalayan region, angering New Delhi, which says it is its internal affair.
Saying that there had been “visible progress” since Modi and Xi held their first informal summit in China last year, Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale told reporters that the summit had underlined that “there is no fundamental disruption and there is a forward-looking trajectory,” in their ties.
The informal summits are aimed at getting past decades of mistrust that have dogged their ties since they fought a war in 1962. Parts of their borders are still disputed and both sides claim parts of each other’s territories.
The immediate focus appears to be on addressing a $55 billion trade deficit in Beijing’s favor that is a huge irritant for India, especially as it is grappling with an economic slowdown.
The two countries will establish a high-level economic and trade dialogue led by senior leaders to improve business ties and better balance their trade.  
Calling the trade deficit economically unsustainable for India, Gokhale said “there is a very significant market in China and we need to find ways in which we can enhance exports and China can increase imports.”
Gokhale said Xi had welcomed Indian investment in pharmaceuticals and textiles – areas in which New Delhi has been seeking market access.
“China is ready to take sincere action in this regard and discuss in a very concrete way how to reduce the trade deficit,” he said.  
Indian officials also said that both leaders also resolved to work together in facing the challenges of radicalization and terrorism, which continues to pose a common threat.  
The Chinese leader has invited Modi for a third informal summit in China.
From India, Xi travels to Nepal, the tiny Himalayan country wedged between the two Asian giants. The first visit by a Chinese head of state to Nepal since 1996 comes as the two develop closer ties, raising some concern in India, which worries about Beijing’s growing influence in its immediate neighborhood.

Kathmandu hopes to sign agreements to begin infrastructure projects under Xi’s signature Belt and Road Initiative, which India has stayed away from but Nepal has joined.