The Taliban took full control of Afghanistan in August this year and within a month, Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund was made the acting Prime Minister of the country and Mullah Baradar was named as the deputy PM. Before the announcement, Baradar was said to be in the running for PM. The change is said to have been because of stiff opposition from the Haqqani network.
The last 2 days saw many reports reporting that Mullah Baradar, a co-founder of the Taliban, was found dead after the shootout with the Haqqani group at the presidential palace.
Soon after when the reports started making headlines, Mullah Baradar released an audio statement on Monday in which he said that he is still alive. In the clip, Baradar said that there had been news about his death but he is still alive and is safe wherever he is. But we don’t know when the message was recorded.
This is not the first time that a terrorist leader returned from the dead and gave proof of being alive. Here are some terrorists, who were rumoured to be dead but returned, and some who returned many times but failed just once:
Ayman Mohammed Rabie al-Zawahiri was the leader of Al Qaeda since 2011, he was the successor of Osama Bin Laden. However, he was also rumoured dead after the ghastly attack that took place in 2011. Recently, a video started surfacing on the internet on 9/11 in which he spoke about several issues in a 60-minute-long video. After the video started circulating, people started assuming that he is not dead. In the video, he talked about the raid on the Russian military base that took place in January by Al Qaeda-aligned Hurras al-Deen in Syria and various other things.
Osama Bin Laden
The world’s most wanted man was killed in 2011 in a raid conducted by US intelligence forces in Pakistan’s Abbottabad. The raid took place for 40 minutes and eventually ended with Osama’s death. However, there are many conspiracy theories about his death and people still believe that he is alive as no photos were released to the public. On the other hand, some people believe that US officials did not tell the whole truth. Some people also said that the whole thing was mysterious as Osama Bin Laden’s burial took place at the sea and that gave more reasons to people to build more alternate theories.
Velupillai Prabhakaran was the founder-leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The LTTE fought for Tamil Eelam, a homeland for Sri Lankan Tamils, with arms and tried to unseat the Sri Lankan government with daredevil bombings and suicide attacks. But the Sri Lankan military under then President Mahinda Rajapaksa took the fight to the rebels and killed the LTTE forces, its wounded, its women and whatever else that stood in the way. Prabhakaran and his son were captured alive and shot dead in 2009. Some countries in the world are seeking Sri Lanka’s answers on the wanton Tamil genocide during 2009 in which Prabhakaran was killed and mutilated. India has not been able to lend voice to that chorus because of the LTTE assassinating former PM Rajiv Gandhi in 1991.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was an Iraqi terrorist and the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) from 2014 till 2019. Baghdadi was known for his cunning and brutality, and he was found dead at the age of 48. It was reported that he killed himself when a US military operation took place in northwest Syria. Former US President Donald Trump even announced his death from the White House in 2019 and said that Baghdadi died by suicide after falling into a tunnel by the military’s dogs.
Dust storm, light rain expected in Delhi-NCR today, heatwave conditions to abate
IMD claimed in a tweet that Thunderstorm dust with light to moderate intensity rain and gusty winds with speed of 30-50 km/hr would occur over and adjoining areas of many places of Delhi, North Delhi, North East Delhi, North west Delhi, West Delhi, Central Delhi, East delhi and NCR( Loni Dehat, Hindon AF station, Ghaziabad, Indrapuram, Chapraula) Sonipat, Rohtak, Kharkhoda (Haryana) Baraut, Bagpat, Meerut, Khekra, Modinagar, Kithor , Garhmukhteshwar, Pilakhua, Hapur ,Gulaoti ,Siyana ,Sikandrabad , Bulandshahr , Jahangirabad (UP)
On Wednesday, a dust storm with light to moderate rain is expected in numerous locations in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR). The India Meteorogical Department (IMD) stated the city’s maximum and minimum temperatures are predicted to be in the range of 40 and 25, respectively.
The IMD tweeted an advisory that thunderstorms, dust with light to moderate intensity rain and gusty winds with speed of 30-50 km/hr would occur over and adjoining areas of many places of Delhi, North Delhi, North East Delhi, North West Delhi, West Delhi, Central Delhi, East Delhi and NCR (Loni Dehat, Hindon AF station, Ghaziabad, Indirapuram, Chapraula) Sonipat, Rohtak, Kharkhoda (Haryana), Baraut, Bagpat, Meerut, Khekra, Modinagar, Kithor, Garhmukhteshwar, Pilakhua, Hapur, Gulaoti, Siyana, Sikandrabad, Bulandshahr, Jahangirabad (UP).
For the next two hours, light to moderate intermittent rain is expected over and near Adampur, Hissar, Hansi, and Meham (Haryana).
On Thursday, May 18, light rain is predicted for in Delhi based on the seven-day prediction for the city. The sky will mainly be cloudy, with the potential of a light rain or drizzle, according to the weather office.
The air quality will continue to be deteriorated in the city after strong winds with dust swept across the Delhi-NCR on Tuesday. Following this, visibility had reduced to 1000 metres. Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of regional forecasting centre, said the dry atmosphere is one of the reasons for the dust storms.
Following Tuesday’s severe winds and dust storm that blasted across the Delhi-NCR, the city’s air quality had taken an alarming dip.
The monsoons, which are awaited across India, are likely to make landfall in Kerala on June 4. Usually, the monsoon arrives on May 31 or June 1 but the delay will be made up as the phenomenon progresses on its south-west to north-east arc. With extreme temperatures right from a cold sytart to May to dust-laden winds in mid-May, the weather in the country is paying the price for accelerating climate change.
Security lapse at Navjot Singh Sidhu’s Patiala home, says it will not deter him from raising his voice against Punjab
After his release from jail, he slammed the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government for its law and order in the state.
Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has filed a complaint with the Punjab Police after he spotted a suspicious person wrapped in a grey blanket on his terrace. He alleged a security lapse at his Patiala home. He couldn’t catch him as he fled after his servant raised an alarm.
Taking to Twitter, Sidhu said, Today on the terrace of his residence an unknown suspicious character wrapped in a grey blanket was noticed around 7:00 pm, the moment his servant went out raised the alarm, and called for help, he immediately ran and escaped.
The 59-year-old further said that he has spoken to DGP Punjab Police and has also informed SSP Patiala. He said the security lapse will not deter him from raising his voice for Punjab.
Punjab Police registered a case in this matter. According to the reports, the Patiala Senior Superintendent of Police Varun Sharma visited his residence after the complaint and is currently investigating the matter. The CCTV footage of the area is also being scanned, reports state.
Cricketer-turned-politician came out of the Patiala Central Jail on April 1 after serving nearly 10 months in a 1988 road rage case. After his release from jail, he slammed the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government for its law and order in the state.
He said Democracy is in chains. Punjab is the shield of this country. When dictatorship came in this country, a revolution also came, led by Rahul Gandhi.
Sidhu also slammed the Mann government over the pruning of security of slain singer Sidhu Moosewala and also making it public.
Air India Delhi-San Francisco flight suffers tech glitch before take-off, returns to stand
The airline has not given any official statement in this matter.
Air India flight which was en route to San Francisco from Delhi on Monday had to be returned to the stand because of a technical glitch. The San Francisco-bound flight suffered a tech issue before take off.
According to the reports, the aircraft which was carrying over 200 passengers from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) had to be replaced with another aircraft. Later, the passengers were accommodated in another aircraft.
The airline has not given any official statement in this matter.
Earlier today, another Air India incident occurred where a London-bound flight returned to Delhi’s IGI airport after a mid-air brawl between an unruly passenger and the flight’s cabin crew.
A brawl ensued between a passenger and the crew members shortly after it departed from the airport at around 6:35 am. The onboard ruckus forced the plane to turn around and return to Delhi again where the raucous passenger was deboarded and handed over to the police at the airport.
Air India apologized to the passengers on the affected Delhi-London flight for the delay and inconvenience caused to them due to the incident and assured them that efforts will be made to ensure such incidents do not occur in the future.