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Archive for February 25th, 2018

Rally in Mirpur against Kunanposhpora incident

February 25, 2018 | General, Official News

Mirpur, February 25, 2018 (PPI-OT): Students of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Mirpur University of Science and Technology took out a rally in the city to condemn the Kunanposhpora mass rape perpetrated by Indian forces on the intervening night of 23rd…

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Kashmiris greeted for zero crime record against tourists

February 25, 2018 | General, Official News

Srinagar, February 25, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has lauded Kashmiris for achieving the distinction of being a tourist place with zero crime record against tourists. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued…

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Jammu civil society demands Kashmir settlement

February 25, 2018 | General, Official News

Jammu, February 25, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement (JKPM) in collaboration with members of civil society held a peaceful sit-in at Press Club in Jammu seeking peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute. The protesters…

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Pellets injure many including one in eye in IOK

February 25, 2018 | General, Official News

Srinagar, February 25, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, several people were injured including one in eye during clashes between protesters and police in central, south and north Kashmir. Youth resorted to sloganeering and stone pelting immediately after Eid prayers. Police…

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Uttarakhand traders want Kashmiri traders to leave India

February 25, 2018 | General, Official News

Uttarakhand, February 25, 2018 (PPI-OT): A local traders’ body in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, has asked Kashmiris, who sell garments from rented shops, to leave the state. The report said that so far the association has not given the Kashmiris any written…

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Cop killed in attack on police post in IOK

February 25, 2018 | General, Official News

Srinagar, February 25, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, a policeman was killed in an attack on a police post outside Charar-e-Shareef shrine in central Kashmir’s Badgam district, today. The SSP of Budgam Tejinder Singh told media in Srinagar that the…

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Cop killed in an another attack in Srinagar

February 25, 2018 | General, Official News

Srinagar, February 25, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, an Indian policeman was killed when he was attacked at Soura in Srinagar district, today in the evening. SSP Srinagar told media in Srinagar that unknown gunmen fired at policeman in Bilal…

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Thousands attend funeral prayers of JI leader in Kulgam

February 25, 2018 | General, Misc., Official News

Srinagar, February 25, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, thousands of people attended the funeral prayers of veteran Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) leader Abdul Salam Kumar in Kulgam district, today. Abdul Salam, 76, passed away on Sunday morning after brief illness. He was…

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APHC lashes out at India, stooges

February 25, 2018 | General, Official News

Srinagar, February 25, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference has lashed out at India and its puppet authorities for resorting to customary tactics of placing curbs on the resistance leadership and gagging its genuine voice for…

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Provincial Government in Pakistan Under Criticism for Aiding Controversial School

February 25, 2018 | Business

The provincial government of Pakistan’s northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province came under sharp criticism for giving an Islamic seminary an estimated Rs.28million ($2,500,000) in aid.

The government, led by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, used government funds to support Darul Uloom Haqqania, a religious seminary. Pakistani religious schools have long been blamed for producing extremists.

“Government is supporting extremist elements � this will not help any move to curb militancy in the country. And if Pakistan is blamed for supporting militants, this proves it,” Syed Alam Mehsud, president of nationalist party Wolesi Tehreek, told VOA.

The same provincial government provided Rs.300million ($2,700,000) to the same religious school last year.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government responded to the criticism, asserting that financial aid is necessary to improve the religious schools and equip them to teach modern science.

The move has been criticized on multiple platforms, including the social and political arena. Some critics suspect the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led government is using public funds for personal political gain.

It is believed that Taliban leaders, including former Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar, attended Darul Uloom Haqqnia, run by Maulana Samiul Haq.

During an interview with Reuters, Haq called Omar “one of his best students.”Haq is also known as the “Father of the Taliban.” In a 2013 interview with Reuters, he supported the Afghan Taliban.

“Give them just one year, and they will make the whole of Afghanistan happy,” he said.

Pakistan-based madrasas

The Afghan government has long blamed Pakistani madrasas (religious schools) for producing extremists, and charge that the increase in violence in Afghanistan has roots in the schools.

“The reason that terrorism still exists in Afghanistan, although Afghan forces have killed thousands of them, are the madrasas on the other side of the Durand Line (the border line separating the two countries) that produce terrorists,” General Mohammad Radmanish, a spokesperson for Afghan Defense Ministry, told VOA.

Radmanesh added there are an estimated 10,000 religious schools operating in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa alone, some of which, he claimed, train militants for jihad in Afghanistan.

Afghan officials have long accused Pakistan of turning a blind eye to terrorist groups that train on its soil to carry out terror attacks across the border in Afghanistan. The claim that Pakistan is selective in its crackdown on terror groups.

Pakistan denies these allegations and maintains that its military operations have targeted militants of all kinds.

“Military-led counterterrorism operations have targeted terrorists indiscriminately, including Haqqanis, at a heavy cost of blood and treasure,” Pakistan army spokesperson Major-General Asif Ghafoor told VOA following an announcement last year of the Trump administration’s proposal to suspend hundreds of millions of dollars in military assistance to Pakistan.

Pakistan under scrutiny

Pakistan has three months to convince the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) that the country is complying with international anti-terrorist financing regulation to avoid being placed on a global terrorist-financing watch list.

In an attempt to demonstrate compliance with FATF regulation, Pakistan amended its anti-terrorism law early February. The change authorized the government to blacklist charities linked to Islamist leader Hafiz Saeed.

Saeed has been wanted by the United States since 2012 for planning the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks.

The list also includes Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and its subsidiary, the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), which according to experts, serves as the front organizations for Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Pakistani authorities announced a new program aimed at preventing billions of dollars in public donations to charities from ending up with banned militant groups.

The “Safer Charity” initiative announced two weeks ago urges people to use caution and donate to responsible humanitarian organizations. The move comes amid concerns that some militant organizations are using front organizations to collect money allegedly for humanitarian work.

According to government officials, people in Pakistan donate up to $4.5 billion annually to help the poor and needy as part of fulfilling the religious obligation of almsgiving, or Zakat.

The new program urges citizens to ensure the groups to whom they are donating have not been banned by the government.

Source: Voice of America

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Russia Changing The Signposts In Pakistan

February 25, 2018 | General, Sports

First, a Russian military delegation made a rare visit to Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas.Then Russian-language signposts were erected on roads in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.Now, Moscow has appointed an honorary consul in the city …

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Majlis Podcast: China’s Increasing Role Along Afghan Border

February 25, 2018 | Entertainment

In this latest episode of the Majlis podcast, we returned to northern provinces of Afghanistan that border Central Asia. Information about the presence of militants from the so-called Islamic State extremist group continues to be reported and it appear…

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