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Pakistan: Hafiz Saeed’s JuD to contest elections in 2018



Pakistan: Hafiz Saeed’s JuD to contest elections in 2018

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Islamabad defying US calls for action against terror “safe havens”

Contrary to US call for indiscriminate action against terrorist “safe havens” in Pakistan, Mumbai 26/11 terror attack mastermind Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has announced that his Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) will contest in 2018 general elections in the country.

According to The Express Tribune, Saeed, while talking to senior columnists at Jamia Qadsia in Lahore, on Saturday, said that the decision to field his party in the political arena was aimed at helping to “highlight the Kashmir cause internationally”. JuD was placed in an anti-terror watch list in February this year.

Saeed said that India was maligning the “Kashmir cause” at international level and also criticised present Pakistan government for allegedly bowing down to “appease New Delhi”. He said that Pakistan cannot abandon Kashmir issue “which is not possible”.

“This is the right time to enter the country’s politics to persuade the world community by establishing an independent foreign desk to highlight the Kashmir cause,” he said.

Pak National AssemblyIn the recent by-election in Lahore after Nawaz Sharif’s resignation, a new political party, named Milli Muslim League (MML), was among the contestants.

At that time JuD chief Hafiz Saeed extended support to MML saying, “I firmly believe that after winning elections, MML will be able to work decisively for the Kashmir cause… this is why I support it.”

After getting released from 10 month house arrest on November 24, Saeed had vowed to gather people across Pakistan for the “cause of Kashmir” and help the Kashmiris secure “freedom”.

“No matter what, we will not abandon the Kashmir cause. The government has failed to achieve any breakthrough or help the Kashmiris through its back channel diplomacy,” he said on Saturday.

He appreciated Burhan Wani’s “sacrifice” and pointed out that Kashmir would secure “independence” only through sacrifices. “After Wani’s sacrifice, the Kashmir independence struggle gained momentum,” he asserted.

Burhan Muzaffar Wani, the commander of Hizbul Mujahideen was killed in an encounter in July 2016. In the follow up unrest in the Kashmir valley- 90 people were died while over 15000 civilians and more than 4000 security personnel were injured. The violence was described as “worst unrest” since 2010 Kashmir unrest.

According to Hafiz Saeed India had forced Nawaz Sharif government for his arrest after he dedicated 2017 for Kashmir struggle. However, he said, “They had to release me because they were unable to collect any [incriminating] evidence against me.”

Saeed indicated his intention on how he would behave if he gets some share in the government’s decision making after 2018 elections. He said that on Kashmir cause, Pakistan Army, the people and the government should think alike.

Meanwhile, The News Intentional reports on Sunday from New York that US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has called indiscriminate action against terrorists “safe havens” in Pakistan in its own interest and for enduring peace in the region. Mattis is arriving in Islamabad on Monday.

The statement issued in Washington on Saturday, said that US wants progress in Pak-US relations. Mattis began his five-day four-nation tour on Friday. It will take him to Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan and Kuwait.

According to Pakistani media reports, Mattis will meet with PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Bajwa for the discussion on regional security, peace, Afghan conflict and other bilateral issues.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Earthquake leaves 11 dead in Pakistan, tremors shake North India

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake that rattled parts of Northern India on Tuesday night, left at least 11 people dead and over 160 others wounded in neighboring Pakistan, reports said.



Pakistan Earthquake

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake that rattled parts of Northern India on Tuesday night, left at least 11 people dead and over 160 others wounded in neighboring Pakistan, reports said.

According to reports by Pakistani media, tremors were felt in Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Quetta, Peshawar, Kohat, Lakki Marwat, and other areas of the country. In a statement, Pakistan Meteorological Department said the epicenter of the quake—which hit at a depth of 180 kilometers, at a latitude of 36.09 and a longitude of 71.35. — was the seismically active Hindu Kush region in Afghanistan.

Reports said that tremors and aftershocks were also witnessed in Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sialkot, Kot Momin, Madh Ranjha, Chakwal, Kohat and in Gilgit-Baltistan areas.

Pakistani news channels showed panicked citizens running out of their home and on the streets to seek refuge from the tremors.

According to a report by Pakistan-based Geo News, eleven people, including two women were killed while over 160 people were injured due to the earthquake.

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The strong jolts also led to the collapse of several buildings in impacted regions while a stamped was witnessed in markets of Rawalpindi when the earthquake hit, according to The Express Tribune newspaper.

State-run Associated Press of Pakistan released a statement by Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who has directed disaster management authorities to remain vigilant to handle any situation while Federal Health Minister Abdul Qadir Patel declared an emergency in Islamabad hospitals.

A statement by the international seismological centre said that apart from Pakistan, tremors were also felt in India, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, China and Kyrgyzstan.

Tremors of the earthquake, that hit at around 10:17 pm on Tuesday night, were felt across Northern India including Delhi-NCR, Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh. However, no casualties were reported. However, reports of damages to buildings are coming in from different parts of North India.

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Rupert Murdoch set to marry for 5th time at 92

Murdoch, who met 66-year-old Smith last September at an event held at Murdoch’s vineyard in California, is planning to marry her in the summer.



Rupert Murdoch Smith

Rupert Murdoch, an Australian-born American business magnate, announced on Monday that he will be marrying for the fifth time at the age of 92. Murdoch is already engaged to former San Francisco police chaplain Ann Lesley Smith.

Talking about his fifth marriage, Murdoch, the 31st richest person in the United States, said he was very nervous, and dreaded falling in love, but he knew it would be his last. He said he is happy about it.

Murdoch, who met 66-year-old Smith last September at an event held at Murdoch’s vineyard in California, is planning to marry her in the summer. He said that they both are looking forward to spending the second half of their lives together. They will spend their time between California, the UK, Montana and New York, reports state.

Smith is the widow of an American country singer and media executive who died in 2008. Speaking about the relationship with Murdoch, Smith said the two bonded over their shared knowledge of the media business.

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She said for both of them it’s a gift from God. She said she is a widow for 14 years. Smith went on to say that like Rupert, her husband was a businessman. Worked for local papers, developed radio and TV stations, and helped promote Univision. So she speaks Rupert’s language. They share the same beliefs, she added.

Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corp., has six children from his first three marriages. Prudence MacLeod, with his first wife Patricia Booker, then Elisabeth and sons Lachlan and James with his second wife Anna Mann. He has two more daughters, Grace and Chloe, with his third wife Wendi Deng.

Later, he married former supermodel Jerry Hall for the fourth time. But the couple decided to part ways eight months ago after being together for six years.

According to Forbes, Murdoch is believed to have a fortune of around $17 billion. His empire includes Fox News, the Wall Street Journal and a string of other media assets around the world.

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Cabin crew members on SkyWest airplane fight over first class seat, flight delays by an hour

Reports said the incident happened on March 12 when the flight was about to take off from Los Angeles to Houston.



SkyWest airplane

Seems like aviation atrocities are not going to end anytime soon. Recently, a SkyWest flight got delayed for an hour after a clash broke out between two flight attendants.

Reports said the incident happened on March 12 when the flight was about to take off from Los Angeles to Houston. A video, now-deleted, was shared by a passenger, Ashley Brewer wherein a male flight attendant was seen arguing with his woman colleague after a disagreement.

Reportedly, a woman passenger requested the male flight attendant if she could exchange seats with a person in the economy to sit beside her husband during the journey. The male attendant agreed, however, his colleague refused.

This disagreement triggered the crew members to bicker about the airline’s rules and regulations. Things turned ugly when the female flight attendant decided to leave the aircraft. Further, the gate crew handled the situation and replaced both crew members.

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After the incident came to light, the SkyWest flight responded to it and claimed that the airline was not aware of the situation.

The company, in a statement, said it regrets the action of its staff members and also apologised for the inconvenience. It further apologised to the passengers onboard for the delay and informed them that an internal investigation is being conducted in connection to the incident.

A few days back, as many as 30 international passengers flying from Colombo became the victims of a human error at the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru. Reports said the passengers arrived on a Sri Lankan Airlines flight UL 173 and were dropped off at the domestic arrivals bus gate and entered the domestic baggage claim.

The passengers affected were shifted immediately to the international arrivals area for immigration after the airport staff members were alerted by the authorities. The airport spokesperson called it a human error.

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