Pakistan cannot be isolated in the world: Pakistan HC to India

NEW DELHI: Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Monday said how come a country that is the biggest victim of terrorism be isolated, adding that Pakistan would not be isolated in the world.

The Pakistani HC to India was delivering address at New Delhi’s Indian Institute of Peace and Conflict, where he said that all the issue could be solved between the two countries through negotiations.

He said that Kashmir is the bone of contention between Pakistan and India, adding that the 2003 Ceasefire should be made formal.

Abdul Basit said that blaming Pakistan for Uri attack is unfair as the country did not even know what was going on at that time.

He added that it is wrong to blame Pakistan for instigating those attending Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) leader Burhan Wani’s funeral.

The Pakistani High Commissioner said that he is glad that Karan Johar’s movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is out of difficulty.

The movie stirred controversy as it casts Pakistan heartthrob Fawad Khan. Earlier, MNS activists had threatened to vandalize cinemas which would show the movie.

The relations between the two countries deteriorated after escalation of violence in Indian Occupied Kashmir after Burhan Wani’s killing in July and the Uri attack.

In wake of these events, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi threatened to isolate Pakistan in the entire world.

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Ronaldo and Messi go head-to-head for Ballon d’Or again

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will resume their perennial battle to be crowned the world’s best footballer after they headed the shortlist of 30 players for the 2016 Ballon d’Or announced on Monday.

Barcelona’s Argentine great Messi, who took the honour for a record fifth time last year, or Real Madrid’s Portuguese three-time winner Ronaldo have taken the coveted accolade every year since 2007, when AC Milan’s Kaka won.

Despite a dip in form this season, Ronaldo, who inspired Portugal to the Euro 2016 title and Real Madrid to the Champions League crown last season, is hot favourite to regain his title.

He is one of six Real Madrid players on the list with Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos and Pepe as the European champions boast more candidates than any other club.

Messi and his two Barcelona striking partners, Neymar and Luis Suarez, scorers of more than a century of goals between them in 2016, also feature on the list along with team mate Andres Iniesta.

Romantics will be delighted to see that Leicester City, fairytale winners of the Premier League, are represented by pauper-to-prince striker Jamie Vardy and England’s players’ player of the year, Algerian Riyad Mahrez.

Mahrez and Borussia Dortmund’s Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are the only players on the list who hail from outside Europe or South America.

France, with Antoine Griezmann, Hugo Lloris, Dimitri Payet and Paul Pogba, and Argentina, with Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala, are the best-represented nations with four players each.

France Football magazine, who have awarded the Ballon d’Or every year since 1956, announced the shortlist, with the winner set to be announced in January.

For the past six years it was the FIFA Ballon d’Or until world football’s governing body ended its association with the award in September.


Sergio Aguero (Manchester City/Argentina)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund/Gabon)

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid/Wales)

Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus/Italy)

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City/Belgium)

Paulo Dybala (Juventus/Argentina)

Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid/Uruguay)

Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid/France)

Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus/Argentina)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United/Sweden)

Andres Iniesta (Barcelona/Spain)

Koke (Atletico Madrid/Spain)

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid/Germany)

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich/Poland)

Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur/France)

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City/Algeria)

Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina)

Luka Modric (Real Madrid/Croatia)

Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich/Germany)

Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich/Germany)

Neymar (Barcelona/Brazil)

Dimitri Payet (West Ham/France)

Pepe (Real Madrid/Portugal)

Paul Pogba (Manchester United/France)

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid/Spain)

Rui Patricio (Sporting/Portugal)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Portugal)

Luis Suarez (Barcelona/Uruguay)

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City/England)

Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich/Chile)

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Regional peace cannot be achieved without resolving Kashmir issue: NA speaker tells world

ISLAMABAD/ GENEVA:  Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that the Kashmir issue was not only a threat to peace and prosperity of South Asia but also to the entire world.

“Peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people is imperative for the peace and development of the region,” said this while addressing the 135th General Assembly of the Inter Parliamentary Union Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

The NA speaker said that gross violations of human rights were occurring in every part of the world.

“Ominously, situations of human rights violations are spiraling into outright conflict within and between countries,” he added.

He said that this was the responsibility of parliamentarians around the world to ensure that the cycle of human rights violations and conflicts were broken.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq urged that we needed to ensure delivery of the fundamental rights of people, as enshrined in every democratic country’s constitution. If parliaments fail in this primary task then outright violations of rights are inevitable and conflicts become unavoidable, he said.

He said that the parliament of Pakistan was actively engaged in further strengthening the human rights of women in our country. The creation of an independent National Commission on the Status of Women and a National Commission on Human Rights through Acts of Parliament are major achievements in Pakistan, the Speaker said.

He informed that over the past ten years, the parliament had enacted around two dozen bills, to safeguard the rights of women and children.

He further said that the presence of all-parties Women’s Parliamentary Caucus, consisting of 87 women parliamentarians, had ensured a balanced gender perspective in the legislative work of the parliament.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan has ratified seven core international human right treaties at the international level.

“We are also fully engaged in various human rights fora in developing, monitoring and implementing international human rights norms. This reflects Pakistan’s commitment to international human rights standards” he said.

While addressing the assembly, the speaker said that the peace cannot prevail without addressing the discrimination and violence too often unleashed against people demanding their just and natural rights.

“In our part of the world, peace is imperiled by the violence unleashed against the people of Indian Occupied State of Jammu & Kashmir. The people of Occupied Kashmir have been under general curfew” he said.

The speaker paid tribute to the continuous efforts of the brave Hurriyat leaders and their families and particularly mentioned Yasin Malik for his persistent freedom struggle for Kashmir. He added that heart wrenching accounts of the plight of innocent Kashmiri women and children in the face of vicious brutality inflicted on them by Indian security forces has left us speechless.

He said that such barbaric acts perpetrated on innocent Kashmiris by Indian armed forces surmount to breech of all local and international human rights doctrines.

He lamented that India had employed brutal practices in the occupied valley including unprovoked firing with shotgun pellets, attacking ambulances, hospitals and funerals, clamping curfews, blacking out media, detaining Hurriyat leadership, closing down offices of Amnesty International and other International Human Rights Organizations and refusing to allow UNHCRs’ fact finding mission in Indian Occupied Kashmir to gag the Kashmiri freedom movement.

He thrashed India’s lame claims of being democratic and secular and stated that it didn’t even allow the people in Kashmir to offer Eid prayers.

He hit out at India’s jingoism aimed at Kashmir freedom movement and called it a pretense to repress the freedom movement which has gained fresh momentum after the Shahadat of Burhan Wani. He said that Indian efforts to bury the indigenous Kashmiri movement under the façade of terrorism are a malicious attempt to silence the voice of thousands of suppressed Kashmiris.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq reiterated that Pakistan never has and never will back away from supporting peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue under the auspices of the UN Charter.

He said that all Parliamentary parties are united in their support for the Kashmir cause, as being strongly reiterated in the ongoing Joint Sitting of the Parliament. He informed that both houses of the Parliament have passed more than half a dozen resolutions to strongly denounce the reprehensible acts of unprecedented state terrorism by Indian forces in the occupied Valley.

While concluding, he urged the international community to take notice of the deteriorating situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir and seek condemnation of the Indian brutalities at the highest level.

The speaker called on India to end the inhumane repression as early as possible and resolve the issue in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions, which allow Kashmiris to exercise their right of self-determination under a UN supervised plebiscite.

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Four Pakistani polio workers awarded in France

ISLAMABAD/ PARIS: Four Pakistani polio workers were awarded with prestigious Louis Pasteur medals by the Pasteur Institute of France in recognition of their laudable services towards eradication of polio from Pakistan.

The polio workers, Mohammad Khuram Shehzad, Syed Latif, Azra Altaf, and Aziz Memon were awarded the medals in an impressive ceremony held on Monday in Pasteur Institute in Paris on the occasion of Polio Day.

The Ambassador of Pakistan to France Moin ul Haque, representatives of the World Health Organization and the government of France presented the awards.

Speaking on the occasion, the Moin ul Haque said that eradication of polio was a national priority and a commitment at the highest political level.

He further said that recognition of courageous role and services of the Pakistani polio workers is also an acknowledgement of the dedicated and collective efforts of the government of Pakistan and all the stakeholders to achieve the target of declaring Pakistan a polio free country.

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LIVE: 13 injured as terrorists attack police training center in Quetta

QUETTA: A number of terrorists entered a police training center  in Quetta city of Balochistan and opened indiscriminate fire upon police cadets, security sources told ARY News on Monday night.

The terrorists entered the hostel of the police training center located on Sariab Road and opened indiscriminate fire on cadets and police personnel, leaving at least 12 of them injured.

Area residents claim hearing two blasts from within the center.

Inter Services Public Relations later confirmed that five to six attackers have entered the police training center while army and FC personnel have reached the spot to counter the threat. An operation has been started.

A FC personnel was also reported injured, taking the number of injured victims to 13. The injured were moved to Civil Hospital for medical treatment.

Provincial health department imposed emergency in all the hospitals across the city and cancelled leaves of doctors.

Modi interfering in Muslim religious affairs

Indian premier Narendra Modi has started interfering in religious affairs of Muslims as he on Monday hinted at prohibiting the Muslim practice of ‘triple talaq’.

Opposing the Islamic way of parting of ways at a rally in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, the Indian prime minister said the he could not allow lives of Muslim women to be ruined by ‘triple talaq’.

“Now the issue of talaq has come up. Just like if any Hindu commits female feticide he will have to go to jail, similarly what is the crime of my Muslim sisters that someone says talaq over phone and her life is destroyed,” he said, according to Indian media.

Urging news channels to not label the issue as ‘Hindu versus Muslim’, Modi said: “In democracy, there should be discussion. The government has put forward its position. Those who want to digress from triple talaq are instigating people…in the country, lives of Muslim women cannot be allowed to be ruined by triple talaq.”

At the rally, the Indian prime minister was also seen asking the participants ‘whether the rights of Muslim women should be protected or not and whether they should get equal rights or not?’

“Getting the Muslim women their rights as per the Constitution is the responsibility of the government and the people of the country,” he said, regardless of the will of the Muslim women themselves.

The statement prompted strong reaction by Muslim organisations in India.

Source: Geo News

Muslim woman fired for wearing headscarf wins legal battle in Switzerland

BERN: Swiss court has ruled in favor of a Muslim woman who was fired by her a longtime employee after she began wearing headscarf, marking one of the first such rulings in Switzerland, media reported Sunday.

A regional court in Bern ruled last month that a 29-year-old Serbian woman was fired without just cause from a dry cleaning business, and ordered the company to dish out back-pay and damages to her, the Le Matin Dimanche weekly reported.

The woman, identified only as Abida, was fired in January 2015 from a job she had held for six years, after she began wearing the Muslim headscarf, it reported.

Her employer in Bern had told her the headscarf violated hygiene rules, and told her to remove it or be let go.

She reportedly offered to wash her headscarf daily or wear disposable headscarves, but her employer refused.

The Bern court ruled that the company had violated her constitutional right to freedom of expression, according to the paper.

It said wearing a headscarf can only be grounds for termination in cases where it makes it impossible to carry out duties described in the employment contract or if it “substantially affects” the working environment.

The case is one of the first of its kind in Switzerland, Le Matin Dimanche said, pointing to only one other known case dating back to 1990, when a machine manufacturer in the east of the country was also faulted for firing a woman for wearing a headscarf.

The ruling was hailed by several Muslim groups.

“It shouldn’t matter if a woman wears a headscarf or a man wears the Jewish kippa. At work, competence should be the criteria and not the clothes that you wear,” Onder Gunes of the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Switzerland told the paper.

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Smartwatch sales tumble, dragged down by Apple

WASHINGTON DC: Global smartwatch sales slid 51.6 percent in the third quarter, amid a steep decline for the Apple Watch ahead of its updated device, a market tracker said Monday.

The IDC survey said total smartwatch volumes were 2.7 million units, less than half the level of a year earlier. Apple, the largest smartwatch vendor, saw its sales down 71.6 percent.

But IDC analyst Ramon Llamas said the decline is not as ominous as it appears — because many consumers were waiting for the new version of the Apple Watch and upcoming Android devices.

“The sharp decline in smartwatch shipment volumes reflects the way platforms and vendors are realigning,” Llamas said. “Apple revealed a new look and feel to watchOS that did not arrive until the launch of the second generation watch at the end of September.”

Llamas added that Google’s decision to hold back the Android Wear 2.0 operating system has also limited sales.

“Samsung’s Gear S3, announced at (the trade show) IFA in September, has yet to be released. Collectively, this left vendors relying on older, aging devices to satisfy customers.”

Nonetheless, the market is showing limited growth, according to IDC.

“It has also become evident that at present smartwatches are not for everyone,” said IDC analyst Jitesh Ubrani.

“Having a clear purpose and use case is paramount, hence many vendors are focusing on fitness due to its simplicity.”

Despite its sharp sales drop, Apple maintained the top position with an estimated 1.1 million units sold and a 41 percent market share, according to IDC. Apple does not release sales figures for its smartwatch.

Garmin was the number two brand with sales of 600,000 and a 20.5 percent market share, followed by Samsung with 400,000 and a 14.4 percent share, according to IDC.

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Attack in Kirkuk, over 74 Daesh militants dead: Governor

KIRKUK: Iraqi security forces on Monday ended an attack by the Islamic State group in Kirkuk city killing at least 74 jihadists in three days of clashes the provincial governor said.

The attack is over and life has returned to normal Najmeddin Karim the governor of Kirkuk province told AFP. 

The security forces have killed more than 74 Daesh (IS) terrorists and detained several others including their leader. 

Karim said the initial confessions of the ringleader confirmed reports that around 100 fighters attacked Kirkuk early Friday some of them sleeper cells that joined up with militants infiltrating the city. 

Some attackers are also believed to have fled the city on Saturday later clashing with security forces in rural areas east of Kirkuk.

The spectacular attack led to three days of clashes that left at least 46 people dead mostly members of the security forces and the Kurdish controlled city under curfew.

The brazen raid on Kirkuk which lies in an oil rich area around 240 kilometres (150 miles) north of Baghdad appeared to be an attempt by IS to divert attention from Mosul.

Source: Geo News

Skype, WeChat, Snapchat among least secure messaging apps

Snapchat, Microsoft’s Skype and WeChat are placed among the least secure messaging apps and face constant threat of attack from cyber criminals and spying by state authorities, Amnesty International’s ‘Message Privacy Ranking’ revealed.

The organization’s new ‘Message Privacy Ranking’ assessed 11 companies with the most popular messaging apps on the way they use encryption to protect users’ privacy and freedom of expression across their messaging apps.

The human rights organization placed Chinese firm Tencent (producer of WeChat) on bottom, scoring zero out of 100, Tencent was ranked as the company taking least action on messaging privacy, and the least transparent.

It was followed by Blackberry and Snapchat scoring 20 and 26 respectively.

“Despite Microsoft’s strong policy commitment to human rights, it is still using a weak form of encryption on Skype, scoring 40 and leaving it four places from the bottom,” says Amnesty International.

“If you think instant messaging services are private, you are in for a big surprise. The reality is that our communications are under constant threat from cybercriminals and spying by state authorities. Young people, the most prolific sharers of personal details and photos over apps like Snapchat, are especially at risk,” said Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Head of Amnesty International’s Technology and Human Rights Team.


Facebook was ranked on top, as its Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp together have the highest score  73 out of 100. Facebook is doing the most out of the 11 companies assessed to use encryption to respond to human rights threats, and is most transparent about the action it’s taking.

However, despite including end-to-end encryption as an option with its new “secret conversation” feature, Facebook Messenger’s default mode uses a weaker form of encryption, which means Facebook has access to all the data.

WhatsApp uses end-to-end encryption by default and notably provides clear information to users about encryption within the app.

Apple scored 67 out of 100, providing full end-to-end encryption in all communications on its iMessage and Facetime apps.

“Most technology companies are simply not up to standard when it comes to protecting their users’ privacy. Activists around the world rely on encryption to protect themselves from spying by authorities, and it is unacceptable for technology companies to expose them to danger by failing to adequately respond to the human rights risks,” said Sherif Elsayed-Ali.

“The future of privacy and free speech online depends to a very large extent on whether tech companies provide services that protect our communications, or serve them up on a plate for prying eyes.”


Encryption helps protect people’s human rights online. By rendering digital data unintelligible, encryption helps ensure that private information sent over the internet stays private.

Amnesty International’s ‘Message Privacy Ranking’ ranks technology companies on a scale of one to 100 based on how well they do five things:

  • Recognize online threats to their users’ privacy and freedom of expression
  • Apply end-to-end encryption as a default
  • Make users aware of threats to their rights, and the level of encryption in place
  • Disclose details of government requests to the company for user data, and how they respond
  • Publish technical details of their encryption systems

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