Saturday, November 24, 2018
Demonstrators gathered in protest of police violence after authorities admit that the suspect they killed following a shooting at an Alabama mall was ‘likely’ not the actual shooter.
Around 200 people came together at a mall in Hoover Alabama, the site of a shooting on Thanksgiving which left two people, including a 12-year-old girl, hospitalized. Their anger, however, comes from what happened after the shooting, when Alabama police gunned down the wrong suspect in connection to the crime.
Police initially released a statement after the incident saying an officer had killed the shooter, but were later forced to retract the information after investigation revealed that the man killed, while possibly having been involved in the altercation, was “likely” not the shooter. He was identified as 21-year-old Emantic "EJ" Bradford Jr., who was shot when he was seen near the scene brandishing a handgun. Alabama is an open carry state, meaning it is legal for citizens to carry weapons.
The protesters held picket signs which read “black lives matter” and “love one another”, marching inside and outside of the mall, before holding a moment of silence at the place where Bradford was killed.
The protest was organized by Carlos Chaverst Jr., president of the Birmingham activist group Justice League, who are demanding that the body camera footage from the incident be released. Bradford's stepmother Cynthia described her step-son as a respectful young man, and the son of a Birmingham police officer.
پېښور کې ۲۳۰۰۰ ماشومانو ته د ګوزڼ څاڅکي نه دې ورکړل شوي - No polio drops were given to 23000 kids in Peshawar,Pakistan
د خېبر پښتونخوا په پېښور کې د ګوزڼ مخنیوي کارکوونکیو لخوا په سمه توګه د کار نه کولو له کبله د نومبر میاشتې په کمپاین کې شاوخوا څه باندې ۲۳ زره ماشومان له ګوزڼ ضد څاڅکو بې برخې پاتې شوي دي.
د وزیر اعظم د ګوزڼ مخنیوي پرواګرم ویاند بابر بن عطا نن [نومبر ۲۴مه] مشال راډیو ته وویل چې په دې وروستیو کې د وایرس نه ختمېدو په اړه شوو پلټنو کې دا خبره مخې ته راغلې وه چې د ګوزڼ مخنیوي لپاره د دې پروګرام ۱۴ کارکوونکي خپل کار په سمه توګه پر مخ نه وړي.
نوموړی وايي دا کارکوونکي هغه خلک ول چې د انکاري مېندو او پلرونو نومونه يې نه لیکل او کله چې بیا موږ پلټنې وکړې نو معلومه شوه چې دوی جعلي معلومات ورکړي دي.
"دا ۱۴ کارکوونکي اوس له خپلو دندو لیري کړل شوي دي. موږ به اوس د انکاري کېسونو لپاره د یونین کونسل په کچه کار کوو."
په دې اړه د خېبر پښتونخوا د صحت ښځینه کارکوونکو او په پېښور کې د درېیو یونین کونسلونو د ګوزڼ مخنیوي پروګرام مشره عایشه حسن وایي چې انکاري کېسونه ډېر شوي دي.
دا وایي چې اکثره خلک د ګرانۍ، د بجلۍ او ګېس لوډشېډنګ او د ډېر بلونو راتلو له وجې هم له حکومته ګیلې کوي او وایي چې د پولیو څاڅکو ورکولو لپاره خو حکومت کار کوي نو بيا دا نور کارونه ولې نه سموي.
نوموړې زیاتوي، که حکومت او ریاست چیرته سختي پیل کړه او چې کوم خلک ماشومانو ته د پولیو مخنیوي څاڅکې نه ورکوي نو پر هغوی دې برېښنا قطع کړي او شناختي کارډونه دې يې ور بند کړي.
تر دې وړاندې د نومبر پر ۱۰مه هم حکومت په اسلام اباد کې د ګوزڼ ضد څاڅکې ورکوونکي پروګرام ۱۰ کارکوونکي له خپلو دندې لیري کړي ول.تر دې وړاندې د نومبر پر ۱۰مه هم حکومت په اسلام اباد کې د ګوزڼ ضد څاڅکې ورکوونکي پروګرام ۱۰ کارکوونکي له خپلو دندې لیري کړي ول.
Pakistan on Saturday detained scores of protesters in a continuing crackdown against followers of a hardline Islamic cleric who led three days of protests over blasphemy laws and whose arrest overnight triggered violent clashes with police.
Members of cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi’s Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP) party had shut down major cities in protest earlier this month at the acquittal of a Christian woman who had spent eight years on death row on blasphemy charges. At least five people were wounded in last night’s clashes between Rizvi’s supporters and police in the eastern city of Lahore after police arrested the cleric on Friday night.
A spokesman for the Punjab chief minister’s office said Rizvi’s second-in-command, Afzal Qadri, had also been detained.“Afzal Qadri and Khadim Rizvi have been sent to jail. Qadri has been admitted to the jail’s hospital. A crackdown is underway across Punjab against TLP activists,” Shahbaz Gill told Reuters.Information Minister Fawwad Chaudhry said on Twitter that Rizvi had been placed in protective custody after he refused to withdraw a call for further protests on Sunday.
“It’s to safeguard public life, property and order,” he said.
Rizvi had urged his supporters to take to the streets if he was arrested. Late on Friday his son said he had been taken away in a raid on his religious school, or madrassa, in Lahore. A police document seen by Reuters listed 10 other leaders of Rizvi’s group who had also been detained.
TLP leaders had threatened the Supreme Court judges who acquitted Asia Bibi - urging their cooks and servants to kill them.
But the group called off protests following negotiations with the government and an agreement to open a review of the court’s decision on Bibi. It is unclear whether Rizvi will appear before a court to face charges. Pakistan has detained Islamist leaders in the past but failed to keep them in custody. Bibi and her family are in hiding after her release. She was convicted in 2010 for allegedly making derogatory remarks about Islam after neighbors objected to her drinking water from their glass because she was not Muslim. She has always denied committing blasphemy.
In 2011, a bodyguard assassinated Punjab provincial governor Salman Taseer after he began pushing for Bibi’s acquittal. The TLP was founded out of a movement that supported the assassin, Mumtaz Qadri.
The lives of more than 5,000 people having heart attacks were saved at the seven chest pain units (CPUs) of the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) at Karachi’s various intersections and busy spots during the last one year as the patients were provided timely first aid there before being dispatched to the institute for further treatment.
“These seven chest pain units of the NICVD in Karachi have emerged as the world’s most successful and unique cardiac-emergency program where the lives of over five thousand people were saved in a year who could not reach any public or private hospital on time,” Executive Director NICVD Prof Nadeem Qamar said while speaking at the Nagan Chowrangi Chest Pain Unit on Thursday.
On this occasion, Prof Nadeem Qamar along with eminent cardiac surgeon Dr Pervez Chaudhry and other NICVD staff cut cakes on the completion of one year of the unit and felicitated its staff on saving hundreds of lives by working day and night at one of the busiest intersections of the city.
Prof Qamar said the chest pain units were among the “most popular” health facilities in Karachi, where hundreds of people were visiting on a monthly basis and they were provided quality cardiac-care services, consultation and advice free of charge.
During the last one year, more than 116,000 people visited the seven units and got themselves examined by cardiologists and technicians, he said, adding that around 5,000 of them were having heart attacks and received timely first aid from the doctors, who sent them to the NICVD where primary PCI or angioplasty was performed on them to save their lives.
Since November 22, 2017, as many as 1,7042 people suffering chest pain had visited the Nagan Chowrangi CPU, of which 969 people had actually been having heart attacks and they were not only provided first aid but were referred to the NICVD, Prof Qamar noted.
“As soon as a person with heart attack reaches our chest pain unit, he is given immediate first aid and dispatched to the main NICVD for the further treatment.” He urged people to visit the nearest CPU in case of any heart-related emergency or chest pain.
Keeping in view the success of the program and its popularity among the masses, the NICVD management had decided to set up 10 more such units in the city, Prof Qamar said, adding that by the end of next year, the number of these units in Karachi would become 16, while one satellite centre would also be functioning to provide top-quality cardiac health facilities to people.
“On this occasion, I would urge the people of Karachi and the media to guide us on the spots where these CPUs should be installed so that the maximum number of people who cannot reach the NICVD on time due to long distance and traffic congestion could be provided timely treatment and first aid.”
By Irfan Husain
AT my age, few things shock me anymore. Over the years, I have seen enough horrors to harden me against most of the terrible things we do to each other.
But a short video clip that did the rounds on social media recently almost made my stomach turn. The brief film showed a few boys around seven or eight years old hanging a doll, shouting: “Aasia Bibi has been hanged!” The video concluded with the giggling kids chanting “Labbaik!”
I have no idea if the boys had been coached by their elders to play this gruesome charade for the camera, or whether they had thought of it on their own. In either case, the video is a telling reminder — if one was needed — of how far we have sunk as a society. Among the many awful things we have done to Pakistani children is the systematic brainwashing we have subjected them to.
Ignatius Loyola, the 16th-century founder of the Society of Jesus, or Jesuits, as the militant Catholic group was called, is supposed to have claimed: “Give me the child for the first seven years, and I will give you the man.”
Unless they are literate, young people can become a liability.
Operating on this principle, Gen Zia overloaded school curricula with Arabic and religious content during his baneful military rule. His acolytes in many religious parties have continued dragging children in state schools along this ruinous path ever since.
But not only are curricula full of xenophobic content, our schools themselves are hardly conducive to learning. On any given day, one out of five teachers are not in their classrooms; 65 per cent of government schools have no boundary walls; 55pc are located in dilapidated, often unsafe, structures; 55pc have no toilets, a great deterrent for girls wishing to study; and 64pc have no running water.
And this is the state of affairs when some 23 million kids — or 44pc of the school-going population — are out of school. So when Pakistani leaders boast — as Imran Khan did in Shanghai recently — of our “vibrant, youthful” population, they forget to mention the vast numbers with no education.
Apart from the children working and begging across the country, some 3.5m are estimated to be enrolled in our mushrooming madressahs. Here, they learn the scriptures parrot-fashion, with little or no emphasis on the tolerance and compassion that is at the heart of all great religions. Who would employ them on graduation, and what are they qualified for that would give them meaningful careers?
Add to these dismal facts the polluted water and inadequate diet available to the vast majority of Pakistani children, and you begin to get a picture of the criminal neglect we are guilty of. Our leaders keep saying they want to learn from China. Well, lesson number one is that despite its backwardness until the 1990s, the country’s Communist Party focused on education and health. As a result, it has a literate and healthy workforce. We, on the other hand, have consistently failed our children.
Politicians like to claim that young people are an asset. Actually, unless they can read and write, they can become a liability. In this age of high-tech equipment and integrated supply chains, the inability to read instructions is a great drawback.But socially and politically, the worst thing we have done to our children is to allow the most retrograde elements in society to take control of their education. Those rampaging in cities across the country recently against the Aasia Bibi judgement were clearly underemployed: who can take time out from regular work to spend day after day on violent street protests?
Some years ago, Herald published the results of a poll about changing social and religious attitudes among young men and women. The overwhelming majority supported the most backward interpretation of religious attitudes and punishments. Now many of Zia’s spiritual children are parents, and their kids are imbibing their values.
Clearly, then, Ignatius Loyola’s dictum has been learned and internalised by our clerics. Realising the importance of education as a tool to brainwash the young, they have firmly resisted any changes to school curricula that would bring them in line with modern requirements. Politicians and generals have caved in to these pressures time after time.
So when Imran Khan and his economic team talk about increasing exports and give Malaysia’s and China’s success as examples, they forget that both countries have literacy rates way beyond ours. If Bangladesh can raise its literacy rate to 72pc, we need to ask ourselves why we fail to educate our children.
Even the kids who do make it to school receive a substandard education. Indeed, the irony is that in a country with so much unemployment, it is difficult to find qualified candidates for high-tech jobs like the IT sector. And yet whistling up mobs to take the streets is no problem at all.
So Zia has the last laugh after all.
EDITORIAL: ''Inflammatory words'' - Pakistani Prime Minister says,'' Jesus Christ is not an historical figure.''
There can perhaps be no more bitter an irony. For at a time when Imran Khan has vowed to spearhead an international campaign against the defamation of religion — the Prime Minister chose to argue that Jesus Christ is not an historical figure.
This was a gross misstep. Also, a dangerous one. Regardless of the intended context. It is also strongly disputed. For both Roman and Jewish historians have mentioned Jesus of Nazareth. Indeed, as New Testament scholar Dr Simon Gathercole notes: Flavius Josephus, who wrote a history of Judaism around AD93, was the first author outside of the Church to talk of Christ. And then there is the question of denigrating an entire religion that takes as its premise belief in Jesus as a living being.
It is the job of the head of government to safeguard the interests of all Pakistan’s citizenry. This must include assessing the impact of words on, in this case, a minority community already under fire. After all, Asia Bibi is still in Pakistan despite being acquitted of blasphemy by the highest court in the land. The likes of Khadim Rizvi have not let up on their incitement to religious hatred and murder. Rather, they have likely been encouraged by the state’s capitulation to their resurgent and violent agenda. And now there is news that the former farm labourer’s family is on the move; constantly. For a number of clerics are reportedly going door-to-door. Armed with photographs, no less. All in a bid to hunt them down. If located, there will undoubtedly be yet more bloodshed. That much is understood.
Nevertheless, this is the context in which Khan chose to speak about Jesus. And in doing so, he stands accused of flaming the fires of anti-Christian sentiment. None of which will do. Not when shortly after sweeping to power in the summer he made his own social contract with the people. Namely, that he would serve as PM for all. But this must go beyond talk of healing the partisan divide to include non-Muslims and Muslim minority sects. For this was the promise of Naya Pakistan.
Instead, in its place is a return to the status quo. One that seeks action against religious defamation. At least when Muslim sentiments are hurt; as in the case of anti-Islam Dutch politician Geert Wilders and his now defunct controversial cartoon competition that for many crossed over into the realm of outright blasphemy. Of course, the Khan government was right to raise the issue with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Not least because European Islamophobia is an unwelcome reality. That being said, when any Pakistani leader fails to undertake similar efforts to safeguard the sentiments of the country’s religious minorities — regardless of what the Constitution stipulates — he or she unwittingly fuels a narrative which demands that the latter be punished for western Islamophobia.
The PM is promising to deliver an international declaration against the defamation of religion. Yet several already exist such as: the UN Declaration of the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief (1981). Thus it would surely make more sense for the Centre to strengthen its own commitments on this front. Both at home and abroad.
For it is time that state and citizenry recognises that every group holds its religious beliefs as dearly as those who enjoy majority status.
The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) have claimed responsibility for the failed suicide attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi. Thereby raising serious questions about how a group proscribed by the Pakistani state back in 2006 was able to carry out such an audacious attempt; in a provincial capital, no less.
In a statement, the group confirmed that the intended aggression was to send the message that “we will not tolerate any Chinese military expansionist endeavours on Baloch soil”. Be that as it may, Prime Minister Imran Khan was quick to denounce the incident as a “conspiracy” against Sino-Pak strategic cooperation. Thereby pointing the finger towards India as the unnamed hidden hand in this instance.
Some pundits are inclined to agree. After all, there were reports of New Delhi investing substantial funds to promote ‘Free Balochistan’ posters in Geneva last year. And then there is the matter of Indian national and suspected spy Kulbhushan Jadhav being picked up in the restive province back in 2016.
These developments are troubling. Not least because Pakistan could become the battleground for not one but two (interconnected) proxy wars. The first between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Last week saw Tehran offering to send combat troops here to try and curb cross-border terrorism. And then, of course, Riyadh is all set to build an oil refinery at Gwadar. The second: an Indo-US offensive targeting China. Washington, for its part, supports New Delhi’s claims that CPEC runs through disputed territory. While the BLA is said to enjoy safe-havens on the other side of the Durand Line.
The Khan government has from the offset promised the people of Balochistan that the Corridor will afford them economic prosperity and desperately needed development. Indeed, Chief Minister Jam Kamal confirmed at the beginning of the month that the provincial government alone will have the authority to enter into contracts with foreign entities vis-à-vis mineral projects. Meaning that the Centre will be restricted to the role of mere facilitator. Yet even this circumvents the fundamental issues that many ethnic Baloch continue to raise. And even if ownership of natural resources rests with the provincial government — this still translates into the political apparatus exerting control of profit margins as well as where these will be directed. And then there are genuine concerns over the influx of foreign workers replacing predominantly Punjabi labour forces to side-line locals.
What becomes clear, therefore, is that the PM needs to come up with a strategy that may include dialogue with the BLA and other insurgent groups in the province. After all, while in opposition, the PTI supremo was known to back talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan; even going as far as to suggest that the militants be allowed to set up their own office. If this does not happen, the whole of Balochistan risks turning into a militarised region in order to protect Chinese workers from further attacks. Yet focus on Baloch grievances and why this group continues to feel economically disenfranchised and excluded from the federation must be central to any initiatives for peace.
Elsewhere, in a welcome break with tradition the premier had the CM Balochistan accompany him on his recent visit to China. Now is the time for even more profound confidence-building measures.
The terror attack on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi has left several alarmed as this definitely was a targeted attempt to dampen the strengthening of ties between China and Pakistan. The building comes under the red zone which is heavily guarded and it is difficult to maneuver an attack such as this. The security officials - Police Force, Rangers, and the FC personnel - should be commended for successfully managing the situation. The Rangers were alerted timely in order to manage the situation because, by the time they reached the location, the terrorists had made their way inside.
This is not the first attack of such nature. And it highlights how there are anti-CPEC forces working to jeopardise the security of the Chinese workers and bring an abrupt halt to the project. For this very reason, the Rangers had to clear out the area to check for explosives nearby. The three terrorists had also brought a bomb vest which did not explode. Two policemen, who were guarding the gates, also lost their lives and should be commended for their services. All the staff and the locals were sent to safer environments so that the clash between the authorities and the terrorists does not harm those who are innocent.
Pakistan has sent out a very clear and precise message regarding the attack that no terrorist activity will be tolerated in the country. All those behind the attack will be brought to justice and the country will do everything in its capacity to ensure that they streets become safe for the people. Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, has also reiterated the fact that Pakistan and China will crush all efforts to curb the progress of the OBOR initiative. All Chinese officials were safe during the incident and the Chinese Foreign Office was immediately dispatched a notice of the incident with the assurance that everything was under control. Although the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) has claimed responsibility for the attack, there are no sources to confirm the news and that is why a proper investigation into the matter is required.
A relief must be provided to the families of the victims and the security for foreign officials should be increased to ensure that no such mishap takes place again because Pakistan is under a strict scrutiny already due to being in the FATF grey-list.
Department of Social Sciences, Lahore Garrison University, Lahore, Pakistan
: June 26, 2017
The recruitment for ISIS have been going on in Pakistan for the past more than 3 years, but the Foreign and the Interior Ministries of Pakistan have been constantly denying the presence and activities of ISIS in Pakistan. Law Enforcement agencies have very recently arrested many people from Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi and Sialkot who were associated with ISIS networks. Men have been recruited as jihadis or mujahids and women as jihadi wives to provide sexual needs of fighters who are fighting in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Many women, impressed and convinced through brainwashing with the concept of Jihad-Bil-Nikah, got divorce from their Pakistani husbands and went to marry a Mujahid of ISIS for a certain period, came back gave birth to the child of Mujahid, and remarried their former husband. Some decide to continue that marriage for rest of their lives. All of this is being done to obtain worldly wealth and later eternal life in Heaven because ISIS is paying something around RS. 50,000 to 60,000 per month to every warrior, which is a hefty amount for an unemployed youth suffering in unemployment, poverty and inflation here in Pakistan, which is ruled by corrupt ruling elite for the past 68 years and masses only got poverty for being true Muslims and patriot Pakistanis.
Most secret and law-enforcement agencies have behaved like a silent bystander to the activities of ISIS in the country. Is this an unofficial channel of providing soldiers to provide the Saudi demands for fighters to fight on behalf of Saudi armies in Yemen and Syria?.