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Pakistan Admits Mistakes in Handling Terror Groups

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Foreign Minister suggests action to escape embarrassment

Now it is official. Pakistan government has, for the first time, admitted the presence of terror groups in territory under its control and government’s inaction against them. Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif has asked his government to set its “house in order” for avoiding embarrassment in the international community.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, while talking to Geo News on Wednesday said, “We need to tell our friends that we have improved our house. We need to bring our house in order to prevent facing embarrassment on the international level.”

He clearly admitted that Pakistan had made some mistakes in the past and it should have not participated in the proxy war in Afghanistan during Zia-ul-Haq presidency. He was also quoted saying, “We need to break our false image. We have no stake but there is baggage. We need to accept the history and correct ourselves.”

Khwaja Asif also referred to China’s changing stance and remarked that “countries shouldn’t put pressure on countries they share a close relationship with.” 

Pakistan foreign minister’s statement reflects the severe pressure Islamabad is currently going through. The BRICS leaders, in their declaration issued last Monday, at the end of their 9th Summit held in Xiamen, China, named Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad as terror groups. Earlier US President Donald Trump had warned Pakistan that it must stop harbouring terrorist organisations.

Earlier on Tuesday, as part of Islamabad’s damage control exercise, Khwaja Asif inaugurated a three day envoys conference in Islamabad and set the tone of the brainstorming session aimed to find answers to the multiple challenges in fast-changing geo-political realities of the region and the world at large that Pakistan faces. The conference was attended by the ambassadors of US, Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Afghanistan, Iran and India.

Meanwhile Islamabad based Pakistan Observer reports that Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir has, on Tuesday, said that his country has no “safe haven” for terrorists on its soil and rejected the declaration naming terrorist groups in the region by the leaders of member countries at the BRICS Summit in China on Monday.

Dastgir Said, “40% of Afghanistan is a safe haven for terrorists,” and added that “Pakistan has taken action against all groups on its soil and only the remnants of some are left.”

Meanwhile, Dawn, a leading newspaper, began its editorial on Wednesday saying, “The message is uniform from friend and foe alike: Pakistan’s tolerance for externally oriented militant groups is no longer acceptable and a serious national effort needs to be made if the country is to remain on the right side of international opinion.”

The daily admitted India’s diplomatic success at the BRICS Summit held in China a close friend of Pakistan. The daily said, “The presence of India in the five-nation bloc clearly influenced the language of the declaration in implicitly pointing towards Pakistan, but China, Russia, Brazil and South Africa will only have added their voices to the growing chorus of concern because of genuine considerations of their own.”

On the other hand, another leading newspaper The Dawn says in its editorial published on Wednesday said, “The BRICS declaration suggests an international trend that Pakistan cannot afford to ignore. The domestic fight against militancy must be made smarter, harder and more purposeful.”

Meanwhile, The Nation commented more on India’s diplomatic success at BRICS Summit. It said, “This war, to portray Pakistan as a sponsor of terrorism – and hence delegitimize the Kashmiri struggle for freedom – has been going on in full force since Narendra Modi took the office of Prime Minister of India. It has now received a significant boost.”

Pointing to the Beijing’s shifting stance towards Pakistan, the daily said, “Considering that the summit contains China, was held in China, and was stage-managed by the Chinese president, this is crucially the first time Pakistan’s “all weather friend” has explicitly called out militant groups in the country – and tacitly Pakistan as well.”

The Nation recalled that it was “China’s firm support that had emboldened Pakistan to take a firm stance after US President Donald Trump’s scathing Afghanistan speech.” However, the daily expressed its surprise by saying “Now – this statement.”

Discussing about historic ties with China, the daily said that this “Change of public stance must surely concern Pakistan. Perhaps it is time to realise the China’s friendship is not really “higher than the Himalayas, deeper than the ocean”- it is only prudent.

Around the inauguration of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in November last year, Pakistani radio stations broadcast advertisements and jingles on the friendly ties between the two countries were described through “higher than Himalayas, deeper than the oceans” slogans.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Microsoft outage: Banks, airports, media outlets face technical disruptions worldwide

A worldwide outage becomes a cause of distress for the economy, travel, and businesses around the world.

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The Microsoft outage is causing disruptions in multiple sectors, including flights, the stock market, and banking operations globally. A worldwide outage today becomes a cause of distress for the economy, travel, and businesses around the world.

All the flights have been grounded by world-major airlines like US airline, American Airlines, United and Delta, as specified by the federal aviation administrator in Australia, The world’s most crowded and industrious airport, Sydney Airport, faced its effect weekend on the corner, it became obstacle for many.

According to reports, many people experienced long queues at Australian stores like Woolworths due to payment system failures and difficulties accessing financial institutions such as the National Australia Bank.

Over 200 flights have been cancelled by the Indian aviation system indigo alone called off 192 flights yet. CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity firm serving various industries, experienced outages across parts of the world on Friday morning, disrupting news broadcasts and grounding flights.

An outage from Microsoft had far-reaching effects, including major disruptions to air travel. Challenges in operations were faced by prominent airlines like Akasa, IndiGo, Air India, Vistara, and SpiceJet in India. Furthermore, Frontier Airlines, Allegiant, and SunCountry, among other low-cost carriers in the US, faced service-related problems.

Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) issues advisory in the wake of Microsoft Windows outage.

The Delhi airport reported that some of its services were affected due to a global IT issue. They are working closely with all stakeholders to minimize the inconvenience to travellers. Passengers are advised to contact their airline or the ground help desk for updated flight information. The airport regrets the inconvenience caused to passengers.

Earlier in the day, Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said that MEITY is in touch with Microsoft and its associates regarding the global outage. The reason for this outage has been identified and updates have been released to resolve the issue. CERT is issuing a technical advisory. NIC network is not affected, he said in a post on X.

The airline company, Air India, issued a customer advisory and said that their digital systems have been impacted temporarily due to the current Microsoft outage resulting in delays. They regretted the inconvenience caused and requested their guests to plan their travel accordingly.

Similarly, Vistara also issued an advisory and informed their customer about the outage saying, they are experiencing technical challenges across various aspects of their operations due to a global outage at our service provider’s end. They said that they are working with them to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

Foreign airlines that have been affected are American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Allegiant, Sun Country Airlines, Ryan Air, Air France, Cathay Pacific, Eurowings, KLM, Scandinavian Airlines, and Vueling among others.

Airports that have been affected include New Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Berlin, Prague, Amsterdam, Madrid, and Barcelona.

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Trump shooter rejected by school shooting club for being really bad

He had slipped onto a rooftop 140 meters from the stage where Trump was speaking and began firing an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle.

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Thomas Matthew Crooks, the 20-year-old man, who tried to assassinate former US President Donald Trump, was rejected by the school shooting club for being a really bad shooter and making crass jokes, as per the reports.

The Trump shooter was shot dead by the US Secret Services when he attacked the 78-year-old Republican Presidential candidate at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania on July 13 evening. As Trump talked to a large crowd, a continuous gunfire broke out, causing widespread panic and prompting an immediate response from security personnel.

Crooks, who allegedly tried to assassinate former Trump, was a resident of Bethel Park, about an hour away from where the shocking shooting occurred, and he was a member of a local shooting club named Clairton Sportsmen’s Club. He was a high school student who was rejected from his high school’s rifle team for being a terrible shooter.

Crook was shot dead on Saturday, the Secret Service said in a statement. Afterward in the day, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) distinguished him as a Pennsylvanian man. He had slipped onto a rooftop 140 meters from the stage where Trump was speaking and began firing an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle. According to officials, the continued gunfire scuffed Trump’s right ear. The officials added that a 50-year-old man was killed in this incident, and two others were critically injured.

According to reports, Crooks graduated from Bethel Park High School in 2022. He received a $ 500-star award, from the National Math and Science Enterprise, officials also told that Crooks does not have a criminal history according to Pennsylvania’s public court records. Police added that they have not yet identified the official motive behind it.

An individual who claimed to be an eyewitness of the incident, in an interview with the international media, the individual said he and the individuals he was with began yelling at the man, attempting to alarm security. According to the security agency, the shots appeared to have come from outside the area secured by the Secret Service.

Addressing a conference, the FBI stated that they were still working through the security apparatus that the Secret Service had in place to understand what potentially happened. Kevin Rojek, the special agent in charge of the Pittsburgh office, remarked that it was able to fire multiple shots. He included that there is going to be a long examination into exactly what took put and how the person was able to get to the area, what type of weapon he had.

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Donald Trump survives assassination attempt, bullet pierces his right ear

The dead gunman has been identified as Thomas Matthew Crooks, aged 20, from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.

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Former US President Donald Trump was immediately rushed offstage to his motorcade, with blood visible on his right ear and streaking across his cheek after gunshots erupted at a rally in Pennsylvania in an apparent assassination attempt on Saturday evening.

According to US Secret Services, the former President was injured in a volley of gunfire at 6.15 pm from an elevated position outside the venue. The gunfire erupted a few minutes after Trump began his speech at a rally of supporters in Butler, a rural town in northwestern Pennsylvania.

The available witnesses and footage suggested around eight shots were fired at Trump. The footage also showed him grimacing and raising a hand to his right ear.

Following the incident, the US Secret Service officers neutralised the suspect at the scene. The agency’s spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said that one bystander was killed in the shooting and two others were critically injured.

The US Secret Service, which is responsible for shielding current and former presidents, said the suspected shooter had fired multiple shots towards the stage and that the assailant was now dead.

The dead gunman has been identified as Thomas Matthew Crooks, aged 20, from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.

The former US President Trump, in a post to his Truth Social network, said a bullet pierced the upper part of his right ear. Earlier, his spokesperson informed that he was receiving treatment at a local medical centre.

In a post, Trump said he knew immediately that something was wrong in that he claimed that he heard a whizzing sound, and shots, and immediately felt the bullet ripping through the skin. Trump further wrote that much bleeding took place, so he realized then what was happening.

The incident received condemnation from across the US political spectrum, with President Joe Biden, who spoke to Trump late on Saturday, describing the incident as sick and said the reason why the US needs to be united. There’s no place in America for this kind of violence, Biden asserted.

International leaders also have denounced the act of violence, with UK Prime Minister Keir Starmer saying, he was appalled by the shocking scenes. Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he would pray for President Trump’s speedy recovery. There were conflicting reports about the cause of Trump’s injury.

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, also expressed his concern over the assassination attempt on former US President Trump and said violence has no place in politics and democracies.

PM Modi wished him a speedy recovery. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased, those injured and the American people”, he added. 

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