[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]No public outcry for Mugabe, military takeover remains unchallenged
Robert Mugabe and his family’s political future remains hanging as Harare witnessed usual business on Thursday. No people’s outcry was reported over the sudden taking over all powers by country’s military to target “criminals” close to the outgoing leader.
According to the reports, the military takeover went unchallenged and efforts have apparently begun to form a transitional government. Special envoys of South African President Jacob Zuma arrived in Harare on Wednesday evening. Zuma, as chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), has called for an emergency meeting in Botswana on Thursday.
CNN reports that discussions were taking place with military leaders with the tacit support from key African nations. Tanks were seen at important intersections of the capital throughout Wednesday. The downtown residents described the situation as “quite calm” despite deployment of military armoured vehicles.
There are reports that Robert Mugabe might be offered safe exit from Zimbabwe without facing any prosecution.
A student told in Harare, “There are military tanks on the streets, which has never happened before. The military is obviously now in charge despite their insistence that it’s not a coup. It is.”
A senior member of Zimbabwe’s opposition party, Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change has reportedly said, “There are active talks underway to form a transitional government and that transitional government will need to include the opposition.” The unanimous source said, “It looks as if it is a done deal.”
Zimbabwe was plunged into political uncertainty on Wednesday when army spokesman Maj. Gen. S.B. Moyo announced that army was conducting an operation to target “criminals” close to Mugabe. He also assured that Mugabe and his family were safe and sound.
Meanwhile, South African President Jacob Zuma has said that Mugabe is being detained at his home and he is unable to leave. Military personnel were deployed at presidential palace, parliament, airport and the state broadcaster building.
Meanwhile, Kudzanai Chipan, head of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) Youth League, has issued an apology for criticizing the head of the armed forces earlier this week. He spoke on public broadcaster on Thursday.
However, South African President Jacob Zuma did not choose to denounce the Zimbabwe military’s move. Instead he called on military leadership to show restraint and expressed hope they “will not move and do more damage.”
He further said, “I am hoping that the situation is going to be controlled so peace and stability comes back to Zimbabwe.”
A meeting of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was called by Jacob Zuma on Thursday in Botswana. The meeting will include foreign ministers and delegates from Angola, Tanzania and Zambia.
The US embassy in Harare said in a statement, “We call on Zimbabwean military leaders to exercise restraint, respect the rule of law, uphold the constitutionally-protected rights of all citizens, and to quickly return the country to normalcy.”
Farhan Haq, the deputy spokesman of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has also appealed for “calm, nonviolence and restraint”.
The military takeover is followed by a succession battle in Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF, especially after recent removal of Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Observers believe that Mugabe was preparing to hand over powers to his wife Grace Mugabe.
Pakistan: 34 killed, 130 injured after blast near mosque in Balochistan
City Station House Officer (SHO) Mohammad Javed Lehri asserted that the explosion was a suicide blast
In a tragic incident, nearly 34 people were killed and more than 130 people were injured in a suicide blast near a mosque in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province on Friday, according to reports. The incident took place when people were gathering for a rally to celebrate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad. Reports state that the explosion occurred near Madina Mosque in the Mastung district.
Mastung’s Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Nawaz Gashkori, who was on duty for the rally, was among the deceased. The explosion took place when hundreds of people were gathering to mark Eid Miladun Nabi, the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad.
Speaking about the matter, City Station House Officer (SHO) Mohammad Javed Lehri asserted that the explosion was a suicide blast and that the bomber exploded when he himself was standing next to DSP’s car. Mohammad Javed Lehri further affirmed that the wounded are being shifted to a medical facility for immediate treatment while an emergency has been imposed in the hospitals.
Local media reports quoted Dr Saeed Mirwani, who is the chief executive officer of Shaheed Nawab Ghous Bakhsh Raisani Memorial Hospital as saying that nearly 34 people were killed and more than 130 people were injured in the blast in Balochistan. Some of the injured are in critical condition, as per reports.
Balochistan interim Information Minister Jan Achakzai stated that rescue teams have been dispatched to Mastung. He further added that the critically injured persons are being transferred to Quetta and that an emergency has been implemented in all the hospitals.
Jan Achakzai underlined that the enemy wants to destroy religious tolerance and peace in Balochistan with foreign blessings. He added that the explosion was unbearable.
He also affirmed that caretaker Chief Minister Ali Mardan Domki has directed concerned authorities to arrest those responsible for the blast. In addition, interim Interior Minister Sarfraz Ahmed Bugti strongly condemned the blast.
Hardeep Singh Nijjar killing: Canada is committed to building closer ties with India despite credible allegations, says Canadian PM Justin Trudeau
Canadian Prime Minister stated that the US has assured that Secretary of State Antony Blinken would be raising the allegations made publicly about India’s role in Nijjar’s murder during the meeting with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday asserted that Canada is still committed to building closer ties with India, despite credible allegations that the Indian government was involved in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
Addressing a press conference, the Prime Minister said that India is a growing economic power and important geopolitical player. He added that as they presented their Indo-Pacific strategy last year, they are very serious about building closer ties with India.
Justin Trudeau underlined that at the same time, as a rule of law country, they need to emphasises that India needs to work with Canada to ascertain that they get the full facts of this matter. He further mentioned that he thinks it is extremely important that Canada and its allies continue to engage constructively and seriously with India.
In addition, the Canadian Prime Minister also stated that the US has assured that Secretary of State Antony Blinken would be raising the allegations made publicly about India’s role in Nijjar’s murder during the meeting with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.
He noted that the Americans have been with them in speaking to the Indian government about how important it is that they be involved in following up on the credible allegations that agents of the Indian government killed a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil.
Referring to Canada’s charges about the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, Justin Trudeau stated that this is something that all democratic countries, all countries that respect the rule of law, need to take seriously. He added that his country is moving forward in a thoughtful, responsible way anchored in the rule of law along with all their partners, including the approach of the Government of India.
In the past few days, there has been an escalating diplomatic standoff between India and Canada after PN Justin Trudeau told the Canadian House of Commons that the Canadian security agencies had been actively pursuing credible allegations of a potential link between agents of the Indian government and killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
Google celebrates its 25th birthday with a special doodle
Birthdays can also serve as an opportunity for reflection, even though we at Google are always looking to the future.
The world’s largest search engine, Google, is marking its 25th birthday today with a unique doodle. Although Google Inc. was founded on September 4, the firm has been commemorating its birthday on September 27 for more than ten years.
In order to commemorate this unique event, the organisation today took a walk down memory lane and displayed several doodles. The GIF accompanying today’s Google Doodle changes Google into G25gle. The IT company claimed that it was utilising today as a time to reflect while remaining focused on the future.
Google said in a blog post, the Doodle for today honours Google’s 25th anniversary. Birthdays can also serve as an opportunity for reflection, even though we at Google are always looking to the future. Take a trip down memory lane to discover how we were created 25 years ago.
Sergey Brin and Larry Page, two PhD students at Stanford University studying computer science in the late 1990s, developed Google. The two quickly discovered that they had similar goals for the World Wide Web, including making it more user-friendly. According to its blog, the duo put in a lot of effort from their dorm rooms to create a prototype for a better search engine.
They transferred the operation to Google’s first workplace, a rented garage, as they made significant headway on the project. The formal founding date of Google Inc. is September 27, 1998, it stated.
The company further said that although a lot has changed since 1998, its goal has not changed, to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Google said in a statement that it was grateful to users for evolving with us over the past 25 years and added, we can’t wait to see where the future takes us, together.
Google’s current CEO Sundar Pichai wrote a letter to commemorate the company’s birthday last month. He reflected on the company’s history, its contribution to the transformation of technology, and the way ahead. He expressed his appreciation for the customers, staff members, and collaborators who contributed to Google’s success. He also expressed gratitude for the commitment of both former and current Google employees as well as the ongoing challenge to innovate.