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Haqqani Network Remains Primary Source of Pakistan-US Tensions

November 29, 2017 |

ISLAMABAD Just days before U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is scheduled to visit Pakistan for crucial talks, the top American general in Afghanistan has alleged the Pakistani spy agency continues to maintain ties with the Haqqani terrorist network …

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Top US General: Pakistan Has Yet to Act Against Afghan Taliban

November 29, 2017 |

WASHINGTON � Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of the U.S-led NATO forces in Afghanistan, said Islamabad has yet to take action against the Afghan Taliban sanctuaries in Pakistan where the group’s senior leadership still resides.

As you have heard our president say, as you have heard all of our senior leaders say, we have got to see movement on this reduction of sanctuary and support for those insurgents and terrorists operating from Pakistan who are attacking our forces and our coalition diplomats and forces, as well as the Afghans inside this country, Nicholson said Tuesday, speaking to reporters at the Pentagon via teleconference from Afghanistan.

Pakistan denies allegations

Announcing his South Asia strategy in August, President Donald Trump demanded Pakistan stop providing support and sanctuaries to the Afghan Taliban group. He blamed Pakistan for housing terrorist groups that are fighting Afghan and American forces in Afghanistan, and vowed not to be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for the Taliban, and other militant groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond.

Pakistan has denied the allegations that it provides safe havens to the Taliban and maintains that the country has been a victim of terrorism and militancy itself.

Nicholson said the Pakistanis have been engaged in a tough fight against extremists in their own country and many of the Pakistani Taliban fighters have been displaced by Pakistani military offensives, but he said the Pakistani military has failed to take similar action against the Afghan militant groups on its soil.

The ones who were not displaced were the Afghan Taliban, the Haqqani network who continue to reside on that side of the border, Nicholson added.

Haqqani network

The Haqqani network, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, is considered the most lethal terrorist group in Afghanistan and has been blamed for some of the deadliest terror attacks, including attacks on embassies in Kabul, different Afghan government institutions, and U.S. military bases across the country.

General Nicholson said Islamabad needs to act against the Afghan Taliban sanctuaries in Pakistan.

The offensive operations against sanctuaries would be in other areas that we have identified with the Pakistani leadership on a number of occasions, Nicholson said.

When asked if the international coalition has seen any significant change in Pakistan cracking down on militants crossing into Afghanistan, Nicholson told reporters at the Pentagon, We are hoping to see those changes, we are hoping to work together with the Pakistanis going forward to eliminate terrorists who are crossing the border.

We have not seen those changes implemented yet, he added.

Target Taliban safe havens

In a recent interview with VOA, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Alice Wells urged Islamabad to take action against Afghan Taliban safe havens.

We would like to see the same commitment that Pakistan brought in 2014 to the fight against Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan; that same strategic commitment to the other militant proxy groups who take advantage of Pakistan territory, Wells told VOA.

Source: Voice of America

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Shi’ite Mosque in Pakistani Capital Attacked

November 29, 2017 |

ISLAMABAD Suspected militants attacked worshipers outside a Shi’ite Muslim mosque, killing at least one person and wounding four others late Wednesday in the Pakistani capital.Police said four gunmen arrived on motorbikes at the mosque in Islamabad’s…

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US, Britain, France Accused of Snubbing Anti-nuclear Nobel Prize

November 29, 2017 |

OSLO � The anti-nuclear group which won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize accused the United States, Britain and France on Wednesday of snubbing its disarmament work by

planning to send only second-rank diplomats to the award ceremony next month.

“It’s some kind of protest against the Nobel Peace Prize,” Beatrice Fihn, director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), told Reuters of a plan by the three nations to send only deputy chiefs of mission.

“They like their nuclear weapons very much and don’t like it when we try to ban them,” she said, accusing the three of wrongly opposing ICAN’s work “when North Korea and the United States are exchanging threats to use nuclear weapons”.

The annual December 10 Nobel prize ceremony in Oslo, attended by King Harald and Queen Sonja, is the highlight of the diplomatic calendar in Norway. The prize comprises a diploma, a gold medal and a check for $1.1 million.

Olav Njoelstad, director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, confirmed the three nations would send only deputies. He said the awards committee always preferred to see chiefs of mission.

“That being said, we are neither surprised nor offended by the fact that sometime foreign governments prefer to stay away from the ceremony in protest or, as in this case, because they prefer to be represented by their deputy chiefs of mission,” he told Reuters.

“The Nobel Peace Prize is, after all, a political prize. The Norwegian Nobel Committee takes notice of the joint decision of the British, French and U.S. embassies,” he said.

The British embassy confirmed it was sending a deputy ambassador and said in a statement “the U.K. is committed to the long-term goal of a world without nuclear weapons. We share this goal with our partners across the international community including U.S. and France.”

The U.S. and French embassies were not immediately available for comment. Last month, U.S. President Donald Trump nominated Kenneth Braithwaite to the post of ambassador in Oslo, currently held by an acting ambassador.

ICAN, a coalition of grassroots non-government organizations in more than 100 nations, campaigned successfully for a U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was adopted by 122 nations in July this year.

But the agreement is not signed by – and would not apply to – any of the states that already have nuclear arms, which include the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France, as well as India, Pakistan and North Korea.

Israel neither confirms nor denies the widespread assumption that it controls the Middle East’s only nuclear arsenal.

It was not clear whether other nuclear powers would send Oslo ambassadors to the Nobel ceremony.

The absence of ambassadors from the United States, Britain and France “is disappointing but at the same time we are focused on getting a majority of states in the world to join this treaty,” Fihn said.

She said the three nuclear states were exerting pressure on other nations “not to engage in this treaty.”

Source: Voice of America

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Pakistani Military’s Mediation to End Protest Raises Questions About Political Interference

November 29, 2017 |

The Pakistan army’s mediation role in ending a disruptive and deadly 20-day protest in the capital has sparked allegations that the powerful military is again going beyond its limits at a time of tense relations with the country’s civilian government.

Supporters of the small Tehreek-i-Labaik party had been camped out for the last three weeks, demanding the resignation of a law minister over an omitted reference in a parliamentary bill that Prophet Muhammad is the last prophet in Islam.

The minister, Zahid Hamid, apologized for the omission, saying it was a clerical error that was later corrected.

Some say the deal Pakistan’s government struck with the Islamist group Monday to end the protest represented a complete capitulation to all of the protesters’ demands � including the resignation of Hamid � and then some. The protest leader claimed the army had yielded on issues that hadn’t even been on the list of demands.

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal justified the deal in a tweet, saying it was not desirable but there was little choice because if situation had persisted another 24 hours there would be riots.

Court and media criticism

During a hearing on the case Monday, a top judge of the Islamabad High Court, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddique, lashed out at the government and the army for not playing their constitutional roles and said the civil administration had been stabbed in the back.

How long is the state going to bear all this? Siddique asked. “Who is the army to adopt a mediator’s role?”

Government officials said they were presented with a done deal that they had no choice but to sign to avoid riots that could have spun out of control.

The Dawn newspaper called the deal a devastating blow to the legitimacy and moral standing of the government and all state institutions.

It is a surrender so abject that the mind is numb and the heart sinks, Dawn said in an editorial. In one brief page and six gut-wrenching points, the state of Pakistan has surrendered its authority to a mob that threatened to engulf the country in flames.

In addition to raising questions about who really holds power in a country where the army has staged coups and otherwise interfered repeatedly in civilian affairs, the end of the protest was in line with Pakistan’s increasingly conservative path in which all religions are being marginalized behind mainstream Islam with a blasphemy law used to suppress dissent.

Khadim Hussain, a Pakistani author on militancy, told VOA Deewa that the military’s direct role in defusing the Islamists’ protest shows its political ambitions and shows its motive of destabilizing the civilian government.

Religious parties protest

The protest began when members of three religious political parties began a sit-in at the Faizabad Interchange, which connects the two busiest highways between Islamabad, the capital, and the garrison city of Rawalpindi. The roads were closed, and the main bus service was shut down.

The protest focused on a change to election law that had required candidates to declare an oath on the Khatm-e-Nabuwwat � the finality of the prophethood of Muhammad. The words on oath were omitted in what government officials called a clerical error, and they were restored.

After the demonstrators defied officials’ calls and court orders to disperse, the Islamabad High Court ordered their eviction by any means necessary.

Subsequent negotiations failed, and the protesters were given until Saturday morning to leave.

When the deadline passed, the government ordered a police operation to clear the area that left up to six dead and dozens injured. Protests broke out in other cities and more protesters rushed to Faizabad. Most private TV networks and social media sites were shut down.

The government then called the army for help, but it refused to use force. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Qamar Bajwa told Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi that public trust in the army can’t be compromised for little gains.” He then became the chief negotiator, spawning the agreement and the end of most of the unrest Monday.

The terms of the agreement included blanket immunity for all those arrested during the crackdown, compensation for the protesters and public funds to pay for the property damage that they caused.

The government has been humiliated and the military leadership has further improved its standing with sections of the public for helping end the protests � but at what cost to the country and its people? the Dawn editorial asked. “A menacing precedent has been set by the protesters that will surely embolden others and invite copycats. It is no exaggeration to suggest that no one is safe.

Source: Voice of America

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‫غالبية المستهلكين قد يتوقفون عن مزاولة الأعمال التجارية مع الشركات التي تتعرض لاختراقات البيانات وذلك وفقاً لما توصلت إليه Gemalto

November 28, 2017 | General

يشعر ربع المستهلكين فقط (27%) من المستهلكين أن الشركات تتعامل مع أمن بيانات المستهلكين بجدية بالغة في حين يشعر 62% من المستهلكين بأن الشركات مسؤولة عن أمن البيانات وأن لديها نظامًا أمنيًا رديئًا وتخفق في الاستفادة من الإجراءات الأمنية المتاحة لها مثل المصادقة ذات العاملين (41%) لحسابات وسائل التضامن الاجتماعي أمستردام، 28 نوفمبر 2017 – […]

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‫16 ویں ایشین میراتھون چیمپیئن شپس کا چین کے ڈونگ گوان میں آغاز

November 28, 2017 | General, Other Language, Urdu

ڈونگ گوان، چین، 27 نومبر 2017ء/سن ہوا-ایشیانیٹ/– 26 نومبر کو 16 ویں ایشین میراتھون چیمپیئن شپس اور ڈونگ گوان انٹرنیشنل میراتھون 2017ء ڈونگ گوان، چین میں شروع ہوئی۔ اس دوڑ میلے نے 18 ممالک اور خطوں سے تعلق رکھنے والے 40 پروفیشنل ایتھلیٹس اور 30,000 دوڑنے والوں کی توجہ اپنی جانب مبذول کروائی۔ بھارت کے […]

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‫غالبية المستهلكين قد يتوقفون عن مزاولة الأعمال التجارية مع الشركات التي تتعرض لاختراقات البيانات وذلك وفقاً لما توصلت إليه Gemalto

November 28, 2017 | General

يشعر ربع المستهلكين فقط (27%) من المستهلكين أن الشركات تتعامل مع أمن بيانات المستهلكين بجدية بالغة في حين يشعر 62% من المستهلكين بأن الشركات مسؤولة عن أمن البيانات وأن لديها نظامًا أمنيًا رديئًا وتخفق في الاستفادة من الإجراءات الأمنية المتاحة لها مثل المصادقة ذات العاملين (41%) لحسابات وسائل التضامن الاجتماعي أمستردام، 28 نوفمبر 2017 – […]

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Board of directors meeting of Universal Insurance Company Limited

November 28, 2017 | Board Meetings

Karachi, Universal Insurance Company Limited informed Pakistan Stock Exchange that board of directors meeting of the company will be held on November 29, 2017 at Rawalpindi. The agenda of the meeting will to consider the allot Accounts for the period ended November 28, 2017. Further, the company has declared the closed period from November 28, 2017 to December 04, 2017 Universal Insurance Company Limited is a public limited company incorporated in Pakistan on May 9, 1958. The foundations of the company rely on the Companies Act, 1913 now referred to as Companies Ordinance, 1984. It is engaged in the business of non-life insurance business. The services of the company includes motor insurance, marine insurance, fire insurance, miscellaneous insurance, travel insurance and claim settlement procedures. The registered office of the company is located in Lahore. The stocks of the company are quoted on Karachi and Lahore Stock Exchange of Pakistan. The company is a part of the Bibojee Group of Companies. The operations of the company started in 1960. The reinsurers of the company are Hanover Reinsurance Company of West Germany, Somitomo Marine and Fire Insurance Company of Japan, Korean Reinsurance Company of Korea and J.B Boda & company broker of Singapore. This clientage of the company includes Textile/Spinning Mills, Flour Mills, Sports and Surgical Manufacturers, Garment Factories, Sugar Mills, Ghee Industries and various other industrial projects the number of which runs over fifteen thousand. The company is also on the approved panel of all the local and foreign Banks/Financial Institutions/Leasing Companies and Modarabas etc. The symbol “UVIC” is being used by the stock exchange for the shares of Universal Insurance Company Limited.

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Board of directors meeting of Universal Insurance Company Limited

November 28, 2017 | Board Meetings

Karachi, Universal Insurance Company Limited informed Pakistan Stock Exchange that board of directors meeting of the company will be held on November 29, 2017 at Rawalpindi. The agenda of the meeting will to consider the allot Accounts for the period ended November 28, 2017. Further, the company has declared the closed period from November 28, 2017 to December 04, 2017 Universal Insurance Company Limited is a public limited company incorporated in Pakistan on May 9, 1958. The foundations of the company rely on the Companies Act, 1913 now referred to as Companies Ordinance, 1984. It is engaged in the business of non-life insurance business. The services of the company includes motor insurance, marine insurance, fire insurance, miscellaneous insurance, travel insurance and claim settlement procedures. The registered office of the company is located in Lahore. The stocks of the company are quoted on Karachi and Lahore Stock Exchange of Pakistan. The company is a part of the Bibojee Group of Companies. The operations of the company started in 1960. The reinsurers of the company are Hanover Reinsurance Company of West Germany, Somitomo Marine and Fire Insurance Company of Japan, Korean Reinsurance Company of Korea and J.B Boda & company broker of Singapore. This clientage of the company includes Textile/Spinning Mills, Flour Mills, Sports and Surgical Manufacturers, Garment Factories, Sugar Mills, Ghee Industries and various other industrial projects the number of which runs over fifteen thousand. The company is also on the approved panel of all the local and foreign Banks/Financial Institutions/Leasing Companies and Modarabas etc. The symbol “UVIC” is being used by the stock exchange for the shares of Universal Insurance Company Limited.

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Attacks on mosques more than doubled in Netherlands, report says

November 28, 2017 | Business, Company News

There has been an increase in the number of attacks targeting mosques in the Netherlands, according to a report released by a Turkish university on Monday.Issued by Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University, the 2016 Netherlands Human Rights Report said that…

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Railways operation affected by ongoing protests

November 28, 2017 | Business

The ongoing protests in different parts of the country have affected Railways operation partially.This was stated by Pakistan Railways spokesperson Ms. Quratul Ain while talking to Radio Pakistan Lahore on Sunday.She said Karachi to Sahiwal and Lahore …

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