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میڈیا عالمی اشتراکی جدت طرازی کے حصول کے لیے کوشاں

July 7, 2017 | General, Urdu

شنگھائی، چین، 7 جولائی 2017ء/سن ہوا-ایشیانیٹ/– 2017ء جی20 اجلاس 7 جولائی کو ہیمبرگ میں شروع ہوگا۔ اس اجلاس کا موضوع “ایک باہم منسلک دنیا کی تشکیل” ہے، جو 2016ء جی 20 ہانگچو اجلاس میں مقرر کی گئی ایک آزاد عالمی معیشت کی تعمیر کے موضوع کا تسلسل ہے۔ اس پس منظر کے ساتھ چین اور […]

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‫زیارت نو ہانگ چو، 2016ء جی20 اجلاس کا میزبان شہر –”ای ڈبلیو ٹی پی” ہانگ چو کو “آن لائن شاہراہ ریشم” کے تزویراتی مرکز کی حیثیت سے ترویج دے گا

July 7, 2017 | General, Urdu

ہانگ چو، چین، 7 جولائی 2017ء/سن ہوا-ایشیانیٹ/– 16 جون کو یو جی ایل جی ایشیا پیسفک ریجن “دی بیلٹ اینڈ روڈ” لوکل کوآپریشن پروفیشنل کمیٹی (بی آر ایل سی) باضابطہ طور پر ویسٹ لیک میں صدر دفاتر رکھتی تھی اور ہانگ چو کی مستقل “مکین” بنی، مشرقی چین میں 2016ء جی20 اجلاس کا میزبان شہر، […]

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Revisit Hangzhou, Host City of 2016 G20 Summit – “eWTP” to promote Hangzhou as strategic hub of “Online Silk Road”

July 7, 2017 | General

HANGZHOU, China, July 7, 2017 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/– On June 16, UCLG Asia Pacific Region “The Belt and Road” Local Cooperation Professional Committee (BRLC) was officially headquartered by the West Lake and became a permanent “resident” of Hangzhou, the host city of 2016 G20 Summit in East China, which is aiming to build itself into a strategic […]

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Midea Strives to Achieve Global Collaborative Innovation

July 7, 2017 | General

SHANGHAI, China, July 7, 2017 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/– 2017 G20 Summit will soon kick off in Hamburg on July 7. This summit is themed as “Shaping an Interconnected World”, which continues the subject of building an open world economy set at 2016 G20 Hangzhou Summit. Against this backdrop, China and Germany have been actively conducting innovative cooperation […]

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Facebook Meets With Pakistan Government After Blasphemy Death Sentence

July 7, 2017 | Business

ISLAMABAD � A senior Facebook official met with Pakistan’s interior minister on Friday to discuss a demand the company prevent blasphemous content or be blocked.

The meeting comes after a Pakistani counter-terrorism court sentenced a 30-year-old man to death for making blasphemous comments on Facebook, part of a wider crack-down.

Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s vice president of public policy, met Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan, who offered to approve a Facebook office in Pakistan, which has 33 million users of the network.

Khan said Pakistan believes in freedom of expression, but that does not include insulting Islam or stoking religious tensions.

“We cannot allow anyone to misuse social media for hurting religious sentiments,” Khan said.

Facebook called the meeting “constructive.”

“Facebook met with Pakistan officials to express the company’s deep commitment to protecting the rights of the people who use its service, and to enabling people to express themselves freely and safely,” the company said in an email.

“It was an important and constructive meeting in which we raised our concerns over the recent court cases and made it clear we apply a strict legal process to any government request for data or content restrictions.”

Pakistan’s social media crack-down is officially aimed at weeding out blasphemy and shutting down accounts promoting terrorism, but civil rights activists say it has also swept up writers and bloggers who criticize the government or military.

One of five prominent writers and activists who disappeared for nearly three weeks this year later told a U.N. human rights event in March that Pakistan’s intelligence agencies had kidnapped him and tortured him in custody.

Others’ families said right-wing and Islamist parties had filed blasphemy accusations against them to punish them for critical writings.

Anything deemed insulting to Islam or the Prophet Muhammad carries a death penalty in Pakistan, and sometimes a mere allegation can lead to mob violence and lynchings. Right groups say the law is frequently abused to settle personal scores.

In April, a Pakistani university student, Mashal Khan, was beaten to death by a mob after being accused of blasphemous content on Facebook. Police arrested 57 people accused in the attack and said they had found no evidence Khan committed blasphemy.

Source: Voice of America

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Afghans Stage Rare Anti-Iran Rally, Denounce Iran’s Rouhani

July 7, 2017 | General, Sports

Residents and civil society activists staged a protest Friday in southern Afghanistan to denounce neighboring Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani for criticizing Afghan water management and dam projects. Hundreds of demonstrators peacefully marched through…

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Over 120 Nations Adopt First Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons

July 7, 2017 | Legal & Politics

UNITED NATIONS � A U.N. conference adopted an international treaty banning nuclear weapons Friday, but the world’s nine nuclear powers boycotted the proceedings, leaving its impact in doubt.

The treaty � adopted by 122 countries, with the Netherlands voting against it and Singapore abstaining � was greeted with sustained applause and a standing ovation by delegates.

The treaty prohibits states that sign and ratify it from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing or otherwise acquiring, possessing or stockpiling nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices.

It also forbids parties from using or threatening to use nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices.

The treaty will enter into force once 50 states have signed and ratified it.

“This is something historic for humanity,” said Ambassador Elayne Whyte Gomez of Costa Rica, president of the U.N. Conference that negotiated the treaty.

“We are just a few moments away from saying to the survivors, to those impacted by nuclear weapons, that after so many decades we have managed to sow the first seeds of a world free from nuclear weapons,” she said just ahead of the adoption. “We are just a few moments away from saying to our children, ‘Yes, it is possible to inherit a world free from nuclear weapons.’ “

North Korean test

The adoption of the treaty came in the same week that nuclear tensions escalated on the Korean Peninsula, highlighting the urgency of the issue.

On Tuesday, North Korea test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time, in violation of U.N. resolutions prohibiting it from developing nuclear and ballistic missile technology. The move brought widespread international condemnation, and states are considering whether to further sanction Pyongyang for its behavior.

The treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons complements earlier conventions banning biological and chemical weapons, land mines and cluster munitions. Despite being illegal, however, land mines still are frequently used in conflicts, chemical weapons have been used in Syria, and cluster munitions reportedly have been used in Libya, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen.

The nine nations that have nuclear weapons boycotted the treaty negotiations, which began in February. They are Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel.

The U.N. ambassadors of Britain, France and the United States issued a joint statement after the vote, saying their governments did not intend “to sign, ratify or ever become party” to the treaty. “Therefore, there will be no change in the legal obligations on our countries with respect to nuclear weapons.”

The three nuclear powers also noted that other states possessing nuclear weapons and other states relying on nuclear deterrence did not participate in the treaty negotiations.

“This treaty offers no solution to the grave threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear program, nor does it address other security challenges that make nuclear deterrence necessary,” the ambassadors added. “A ban treaty also risks undermining the existing international security architecture which contributes to the maintenance of international peace and security.”

Road to elimination

“Today the international community rejected nuclear weapons and made it clear they are unacceptable,” said Beatrice Fihn, the executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons [ICAN], a Geneva-based coalition of more than 450 nongovernmental groups.

Fihn said the treaty was in large part aimed at erasing the image of prestige and power that nuclear weapons convey. She said nuclear-armed countries would see it in their interest to sign on to the treaty when the stigma grew for possessing weapons that indiscriminately kill massive numbers of civilians.

“At some point they are just going to be shameful, really expensive, messy weapons that have no actual military utility,” Fihn said. “We see this as really a solid treaty that will set us on a good path toward the elimination of nuclear weapons.”

The treaty also provides a path for nuclear states that become signatories to eliminate their nuclear weapons, stockpiles and programs.

It also requires that states assist victims of nuclear weapons use and testing, and it demands environmental remediation of contaminated areas.

The treaty will be open for signatories at a U.N. ceremony on September 20, during the week that leaders gather at the world body for their annual meetings.

Source: Voice of America

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Facebook Meets With Pakistan Government After Blasphemy Death Sentence

July 7, 2017 | Business

ISLAMABAD � A senior Facebook official met with Pakistan’s interior minister on Friday to discuss a demand the company prevent blasphemous content or be blocked.

The meeting comes after a Pakistani counter-terrorism court sentenced a 30-year-old man to death for making blasphemous comments on Facebook, part of a wider crack-down.

Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s vice president of public policy, met Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan, who offered to approve a Facebook office in Pakistan, which has 33 million users of the network.

Khan said Pakistan believes in freedom of expression, but that does not include insulting Islam or stoking religious tensions.

“We cannot allow anyone to misuse social media for hurting religious sentiments,” Khan said.

Facebook called the meeting “constructive.”

“Facebook met with Pakistan officials to express the company’s deep commitment to protecting the rights of the people who use its service, and to enabling people to express themselves freely and safely,” the company said in an email.

“It was an important and constructive meeting in which we raised our concerns over the recent court cases and made it clear we apply a strict legal process to any government request for data or content restrictions.”

Pakistan’s social media crack-down is officially aimed at weeding out blasphemy and shutting down accounts promoting terrorism, but civil rights activists say it has also swept up writers and bloggers who criticize the government or military.

One of five prominent writers and activists who disappeared for nearly three weeks this year later told a U.N. human rights event in March that Pakistan’s intelligence agencies had kidnapped him and tortured him in custody.

Others’ families said right-wing and Islamist parties had filed blasphemy accusations against them to punish them for critical writings.

Anything deemed insulting to Islam or the Prophet Muhammad carries a death penalty in Pakistan, and sometimes a mere allegation can lead to mob violence and lynchings. Right groups say the law is frequently abused to settle personal scores.

In April, a Pakistani university student, Mashal Khan, was beaten to death by a mob after being accused of blasphemous content on Facebook. Police arrested 57 people accused in the attack and said they had found no evidence Khan committed blasphemy.

Source: Voice of America

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Facebook Meets With Pakistan Government After Blasphemy Death Sentence

July 7, 2017 | Business

ISLAMABAD � A senior Facebook official met with Pakistan’s interior minister on Friday to discuss a demand the company prevent blasphemous content or be blocked.

The meeting comes after a Pakistani counter-terrorism court sentenced a 30-year-old man to death for making blasphemous comments on Facebook, part of a wider crack-down.

Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s vice president of public policy, met Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan, who offered to approve a Facebook office in Pakistan, which has 33 million users of the network.

Khan said Pakistan believes in freedom of expression, but that does not include insulting Islam or stoking religious tensions.

“We cannot allow anyone to misuse social media for hurting religious sentiments,” Khan said.

Facebook called the meeting “constructive.”

“Facebook met with Pakistan officials to express the company’s deep commitment to protecting the rights of the people who use its service, and to enabling people to express themselves freely and safely,” the company said in an email.

“It was an important and constructive meeting in which we raised our concerns over the recent court cases and made it clear we apply a strict legal process to any government request for data or content restrictions.”

Pakistan’s social media crack-down is officially aimed at weeding out blasphemy and shutting down accounts promoting terrorism, but civil rights activists say it has also swept up writers and bloggers who criticize the government or military.

One of five prominent writers and activists who disappeared for nearly three weeks this year later told a U.N. human rights event in March that Pakistan’s intelligence agencies had kidnapped him and tortured him in custody.

Others’ families said right-wing and Islamist parties had filed blasphemy accusations against them to punish them for critical writings.

Anything deemed insulting to Islam or the Prophet Muhammad carries a death penalty in Pakistan, and sometimes a mere allegation can lead to mob violence and lynchings. Right groups say the law is frequently abused to settle personal scores.

In April, a Pakistani university student, Mashal Khan, was beaten to death by a mob after being accused of blasphemous content on Facebook. Police arrested 57 people accused in the attack and said they had found no evidence Khan committed blasphemy.

Source: Voice of America

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Afghan Government Arms Villagers to Fight IS in Tora Bora

July 7, 2017 | Education

NANGARHAR, WASHINGTON � In a remote district of eastern Afghanistan’s Tora Bora mountains, where Osama bin Laden once took refuge, hundreds of local villagers freed from Islamic State control have been enlisted as a militia force to fight the terror group, provincial authorities said.

The Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) is arming dozens of local men in the Pachiragam district of Nangarhar province, which shares a border with Pakistan. The move comes after Afghan forces backed by U.S. military air attacks ousted IS fighters from the area recently.

We have enlisted 300 local uprising members in the Pachiragam district who have been equipped and will soon start their activities, said Attaullah Khogyani, the Nangarhar governor’s spokesperson. The National Directorate of Security will finance them and provide them weapons.

Khogyani added that the militia, which was formed in coordination with local elders, would be deployed in the Tora Bora region to maintain security and keep IS fighters at bay.

Tora Bora

Last month, IS launched attacks on villages and Afghan Taliban positions in the region. The assault prompted local residents, who see IS militants as a serious threat to their region, to take up arms and join forces with the Taliban to push IS out.

Tora Bora, known for its complex set of mountain caves and rough terrain, was the site of a U.S. military offensive in December 2001, where now-deceased al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden reportedly was hiding before he sneaked into neighboring Pakistan.

The ongoing Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan has stretched the security forces thin on several front lines across the country, pushing locals in Tora Bora to take matters into their own hands and defend their region in the absence of an Afghan military presence. Parts of the area also have been in the Taliban’s control from time to time in recent years.

IS atrocities in the east

IS has been active in several districts in Nangarhar, as well as nearby Kunar and Nuristan provinces, repeatedly storming villages and government facilities. Hundreds of people have been killed and abducted in the attacks. The group has set homes and markets on fire, destroyed local schools and pushed thousands of local people to flee their homes in eastern Afghanistan.

IS militants also have taxed farmers in areas under their control, and have been involved in cutting down trees in some parts of the province in a timber-smuggling operation to neighboring Pakistan.

U.S. and Afghan forces continue anti-IS ground and air operations in Nangarhar’s Haskamena and Achin districts, and reportedly have cleared several remote and mountainous areas of IS fighters. The forces have reached areas that had been under the control of anti-government groups for years.

Locals ask for arms

In April, the U.S. Air Force dropped a Massive Ordinance Air Bomb (MOAB), informally known as the mother of all bombs, on an IS stronghold in Achin, killing at least 95 IS fighters, mostly foreign nationals.

Locals in Pachiragam have vowed to fight IS if they are supplied with weapons to counter militant attacks.

We ask the government to support us, provide us with arms and equipment. We will fight IS more effectively, Malek Sherzai, a tribal elder in Pachiragam, told VOA.

In a similar arrangement, about 500 local men were recruited by Afghan security forces last year and deployed in several security checkpoints in Pachiragam to defend their lands against IS fighters.

Source: Voice of America

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Afghan Government Arms Villagers to Fight IS in Tora Bora

July 7, 2017 | Education

NANGARHAR, WASHINGTON � In a remote district of eastern Afghanistan’s Tora Bora mountains, where Osama bin Laden once took refuge, hundreds of local villagers freed from Islamic State control have been enlisted as a militia force to fight the terror group, provincial authorities said.

The Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) is arming dozens of local men in the Pachiragam district of Nangarhar province, which shares a border with Pakistan. The move comes after Afghan forces backed by U.S. military air attacks ousted IS fighters from the area recently.

We have enlisted 300 local uprising members in the Pachiragam district who have been equipped and will soon start their activities, said Attaullah Khogyani, the Nangarhar governor’s spokesperson. The National Directorate of Security will finance them and provide them weapons.

Khogyani added that the militia, which was formed in coordination with local elders, would be deployed in the Tora Bora region to maintain security and keep IS fighters at bay.

Tora Bora

Last month, IS launched attacks on villages and Afghan Taliban positions in the region. The assault prompted local residents, who see IS militants as a serious threat to their region, to take up arms and join forces with the Taliban to push IS out.

Tora Bora, known for its complex set of mountain caves and rough terrain, was the site of a U.S. military offensive in December 2001, where now-deceased al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden reportedly was hiding before he sneaked into neighboring Pakistan.

The ongoing Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan has stretched the security forces thin on several front lines across the country, pushing locals in Tora Bora to take matters into their own hands and defend their region in the absence of an Afghan military presence. Parts of the area also have been in the Taliban’s control from time to time in recent years.

IS atrocities in the east

IS has been active in several districts in Nangarhar, as well as nearby Kunar and Nuristan provinces, repeatedly storming villages and government facilities. Hundreds of people have been killed and abducted in the attacks. The group has set homes and markets on fire, destroyed local schools and pushed thousands of local people to flee their homes in eastern Afghanistan.

IS militants also have taxed farmers in areas under their control, and have been involved in cutting down trees in some parts of the province in a timber-smuggling operation to neighboring Pakistan.

U.S. and Afghan forces continue anti-IS ground and air operations in Nangarhar’s Haskamena and Achin districts, and reportedly have cleared several remote and mountainous areas of IS fighters. The forces have reached areas that had been under the control of anti-government groups for years.

Locals ask for arms

In April, the U.S. Air Force dropped a Massive Ordinance Air Bomb (MOAB), informally known as the mother of all bombs, on an IS stronghold in Achin, killing at least 95 IS fighters, mostly foreign nationals.

Locals in Pachiragam have vowed to fight IS if they are supplied with weapons to counter militant attacks.

We ask the government to support us, provide us with arms and equipment. We will fight IS more effectively, Malek Sherzai, a tribal elder in Pachiragam, told VOA.

In a similar arrangement, about 500 local men were recruited by Afghan security forces last year and deployed in several security checkpoints in Pachiragam to defend their lands against IS fighters.

Source: Voice of America

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Pakistan Hails UN for Listing Jamaat-ul-Ahrar as Global Terrorist

July 7, 2017 | Entertainment

ISLAMABAD � Pakistan has hailed a United Nations Security Council decision to declare the group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, or JuA, a global terrorist organization. The anti-state militant group has claimed responsibility for a majority of recent terrorist attacks in the country.

The group, which split from the outlawed Pakistani Taliban in 2014, is associated with Islamic State and operates out of Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province as well as Pakistan’s tribal border district of Mohmand, according to information posted on the U.N. website Thursday.

The designation subjects JuA to an assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo.

“Pakistan welcomes the listing of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar by the U.N. Security Council. Pakistan had proposed this listing,” said a Foreign Ministry statement Friday in Islamabad.

JuA has not yet commented on the U.N. decision.

The Pakistani government banned JuA last November following a series of attacks that killed dozens of people, including members of the minority Christian community.

Authorities maintain that militants fleeing security operations have found refuge in “ungoverned” Afghan border areas where they have joined with Islamic State and launch terrorist attacks against Pakistan.

Military officials allege the Afghan intelligence agency is backing JuA extremists in plotting the violence and cross-border raids on Pakistani security forces.

The group also took credit for last year’s Easter suicide bombing in the city of Lahore that killed more than 70 people, including Christians and Muslims.

Kabul rejects allegations it harbors JuA and, in turn, blames Islamabad for sheltering Taliban insurgents and the dreaded Haqqani network involved in deadly attacks in Afghanistan.

In April, the Pakistani military announced the capture of Ehsanullah Ehsan, a central leader and JuA spokesman.

The detained militant, in a video confession, said the Afghan spy agency, with the support of Indian counterparts, harbored and used fugitive militants to orchestrate terrorist activities inside Pakistan.

Kabul and New Delhi rejected the accusations.

Source: Voice of America

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