#AceNewsReport – July.20: Most worrying is that censorship under Islamic blasphemy laws in Pakistan is no longer only confined to that country alone. It is now being exported globally.
#AceDailyNews says now that the freedom of speech is hanging on by a string in once-free societies, which are rapidly growing too comfortable with Sharia restrictions, reports out of Pakistan such as the one below are becoming less and less shocking to read that a man was sentenced to life imprison over blasphemy on social media,” 24 News, July 16, 2021:
The Sharia values of Pakistan are corrupting free societies via relentless efforts by Islamic supremacists and the passive acceptance by globalists. Pakistan and Muslim Brotherhood-linked groups have worked for decades to erode the foundations of Western societies using the “Islamophobia” subterfuge — all in the name of expanding the influence of Islamic Sharia.
This isn’t the first time that Pakistan has gone after those it deems to be blasphemous on social media, and the country designates these “offenders” as “terrorists.” In 2017, “in a first verdict of its kind, a Pakistani court sentenced a man to death for committing blasphemy on Facebook.” A “counterterrorism court” handed down the verdict on Taimoor Raza because of “derogatory” remarks he was accused of making “about Sunni religious figures and the prophet of Islam’s wives.”
A Special Anti-Terrorism Court (SATC) Friday sentenced a culprit to life imprisonment under Section 295c for blasphemy on social media.
It is the first-ever case in which a culprit named Ibtisam Al-Mustafa was convicted for using social media to spread blasphemous material under Section 295c in Pakistan.
According to the 24NewsHD TV channel, the SATC Judge Shaukat Kamal Dar sentenced the culprit under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATC) and other provisions of the Cyber Crime Act (CCA).
The court convicted the culprit with a total of 40 years imprisonment and a fine of Rs2.5 million, as well as his all movable and immovable properties, were also ordered to confiscate….
#AceNewsReport – July.15: Inspector General Moazzam Jah Ansari, the top police official of Khyber-Paktunkhwa, the province where the incident occurred, said two soldiers and two locals were also among the dead and several people were injured.
#AceDailyNews says that Pakistan bus blast has killed at least-13, including 9 Chinese CPEC workers – China demands further details but it is not yet clear whether the explosion was a targeted attack or an accident, as conflicting reports emerged.
Pakistani authorities present conflicting reports about whether the incident was an attack or an accident
The Chinese government is calling it an “attack” and demands punishment for the assailants
The Chinese nationals were traveling to Dasu dam, a part of the CPEC project that is controversial among locals
“The bus plunged into a deep ravine after the blast and caused heavy losses. The rescue operation is launched and the entire government machinery has been mobilised to rescue the injured by air ambulance,” a senior government official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
Mr Ansari told Reuters that police were investigating.
“Looks like sabotage,” Mr Ansari said as he left on a helicopter for the site.
At least three other officials had confirmed to Reuters that a blast hit the bus.
Meanwhile, Asim Abbasi, an assistant commissioner in Kohistan, told AP that authorities believe the incident was an accident but were investigating whether there was some type of explosion in the bus.
He said a gas cylinder may have exploded and it was possible that explosive material was in the vehicle; explosives are often used by engineers in construction projects.
A senior administrative officer of the Hazara region told Reuters the bus was carrying more than 30 Chinese engineers to the site of the Dasu dam in Upper Kohistan.
The Dasu hydroelectric project is part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a $65 billion investment plan under Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative that is aimed at connecting western China to the Gwadar sea port in southern Pakistan.
Chinese engineers and Pakistani construction workers have been working on the Dasu hydroelectric project and several others for several years in the region where the blast took place.
China demands punishment
The Chinese Embassy in a statement called the incident an “attack.”
“Recently, our workers at a business on a certain project in Pakistan were attacked and have suffered deaths and injuries,” the statement said.
“We have notified Chinese citizens in Pakistan to avoid venturing outside unless required by work or business and pay special care to their safety.”
In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said China was “shocked by and condemns the bomb attack in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.”
“We mourn over the Chinese and Pakistani personnel killed in the attack and express sympathies to bereaved families and the wounded,” Mr Zhao said at a daily news briefing.
“We have demanded the Pakistani side get to the bottom of the incident, arrest and strictly punish the assailants as soon as possible, and earnestly protect the safety of Chinese personnel, institutions and projects in Pakistan,” he continued.
Chinese nationals targeted in the past
In April, the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for a deadly suicide blast at a luxury hotel hosting the Chinese ambassador, who escaped unhurt, in southwest Balochistan.
The group has recently claimed a string of attacks not only in Pakistan’s restive tribal areas along the Afghanistan border but also in the country’s cities, including the capital Islamabad.
Beijing has poured billions of dollars into Pakistan in recent years to boost the country’s infrastructure.
But Chinese-funded projects have sparked resentment, particularly among separatist groups, who say locals see little benefit, with most jobs going to outsiders.
In 2019, gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Balochistan overlooking a flagship Chinese-backed project – the deep-water seaport in Gwadar that gives China strategic access to the Arabian Sea – killing at least eight people.
And last June, Baloch insurgents targeted the Pakistan Stock Exchange in the commercial capital of Karachi, which is partly owned by Chinese companies.
#AceNewsReport – July.11: Shahid Gill, the Catholic father of the girl, Nayab Gill, pleaded that his daughter was underage and could not legally marry or change her religion on her own, but the Lahore High Court upheld a ruling of a lower court, giving custody to the Muslim man, identified as 30-year-old Saddam Hayat, Morning Star News reported.
#AceDailyNews says that Pakistan high court forces 13-yr-old-Christian girl to return to captor’s home as his ‘wife’ and convert to Islam according to Morning Star News report
Justice Shahram Sarwar Chaudhry last week rejected the girl’s official birth documents showing she was 13, while siding with Hayat who claimed she had converted to Islam of her own free will on May 20.
#AceNewsReport – July.02: The streets are deserted and residents hunker down as best they can to weather temperatures that can top 52C (126F)………….When it gets that hot, you can’t even stay on your feet,” explains one resident, Zamir Alam.
PAKISTAN: Hotter than the human body can handle as city boils in world’s highest temperatures with only the few that have any air conditioning, and blackouts mean often there is no mains electricity, as the hospital fills with heatstroke cases from those whose livelihoods mean they must venture out according to Telegraph written by By Ben Farmer Jacobabad 28 June 2021 • 12:30pm
Experts fear Jacobabad’s extreme heat and humidity may worsen with climate change – and that other cities may join the club as the full midsummer heat hits and the city retreats inside as if sheltering from attack.
“It’s a very, very difficult time when it goes beyond 50C. People do not come out of their houses and the streets are deserted,” Abdul Baqi, a shopkeeper, adds.
This city of some 200,000 in Pakistan’s Sindh province has long been renowned for its fierce heat, but recent research has conferred an unwelcome scientific distinction.
Its mixture of heat and humidity has made it one of only two places on earth to have now officially passed, albeit briefly, a threshold hotter than the human body can withstand.
With this region of Pakistan along the Indus Valley considered one of the places most vulnerable to climate change in the world, there are fears that Jacobabad’s temperatures may increase further, or other cities may join the club.
“The Indus Valley is arguably close to being the number one spot worldwide,” says Tom Matthews, a lecturer in climate science at Loughborough University. “When you look at some of the things to worry about, from water security to extreme heat, it’s really the epicentre.”
The researchers examined what are called wet bulb temperatures. These are taken from a thermometer covered in a water-soaked cloth so they take into account both heat and humidity.
Wet bulb thermometer readings are significantly lower than the more familiar dry bulb readings, which do not take humidity into account. Researchers say that at a wet bulb reading of 35C, the body can no longer cool itself by sweating and such a temperature can be fatal in a few hours, even to the fittest people.
“It approximates how warm it feels to humans because we cool via sweating,” Mr Matthews says. “We rely on that exclusively. When you use that measure, the wet bulb temperature, the two regions that stand out on earth are the shores of the Gulf and the Indus Valley in Pakistan. They are truly exceptional.”
Jacobabad crossed the 35C wet bulb threshold in July 1987, then again in June 2005, June 2010 and July 2012. Each time the boundary may have been breached for only a few hours, but a three-day average maximum temperature has been recorded hovering around 34C in June 2010, June 2001 and July 2012. The dry bulb temperature is often over 50C in the summer.
Patchy death records mean it is not clear whether the crossing of the threshold resulted in a wave of fatalities. The effects of entering the danger zone are likely to be blurred, for example with cooler interiors of buildings temporarily sheltering residents from the worst. It also depends on how long the threshold is crossed.
Mr Matthews said: “Even though it’s theoretically been crossed according to the weather station measurements in that part of the world, whether or not it’s been crossed in the hyper local environment where people are living, and for long enough to really translate into widespread deadly conditions, is another question.”
In the wealthy UAE, where electricity and air conditioning are plentiful, the threshold may have little effect on residents. In Jacobabad, where many subsist on wages of only a couple of pounds a day, residents must find other ways to adapt.
Jacobabad’s crown for unsurvivable temperatures may conjure pictures of Death Valley-like deserts, but it is an agricultural hub fed by irrigation canals. The city in Sindh’s rice belt is named after John Jacob, a long forgotten British general and colonial administrator. The region sits on the Tropic of Cancer, meaning the sun is close to overhead during the summer. The winds blow already warm and humid air off the Arabian Sea and it gets more muggy as it travels up the valley.
Stretches of the town’s bazaar are dedicated to keeping cool. Shops sell electric fans and low-tech washing machine-sized coolers that emit a refreshing mist.
Electric solutions are undermined by frequent power cuts however. In the city centre, residents often lose power for three or four hours, while in more distant areas the gaps are longer.
The solution for some is a solar panel, though at £36 each they are expensive for many. Cheap Chinese batteries are also available. “Everyone needs electricity here. It’s not for television, it’s for keeping cool,” says one electrical goods trader called Mohammad Iqbal.
Ice is also popular, with factories making huge blocks which are then hacked into 10p chunks at roadside stalls. When all else fails, there are hand fans and people also simply dunk buckets of water over their heads.
For those who can afford it, there is the chance to spend the summer in Quetta or Karachi, which are still fiercely hot, but offer some relief. Most stay.
“The people are used to it, they have developed a resistance,” shrugs one administration official. People also said the heat was only one of many problems they faced. Price hikes have caused economic devastation, while there is a lack of fresh drinking water and the city’s supplies are brackish.
World Bank research in 2018 warned weather changes risk badly denting the living standards of hundreds of millions in South Asia. Scorching weather comes with increasingly short, warm and early spring seasons which have left Pakistan’s farmers struggling to deal with new weather patterns. The heat has dried out farmland and hit profits by causing fruit and vegetables to ripen earlier, meaning they are smaller.
As temperatures rise and rainfall patterns shift, difficulties with farming, irrigation, disease and labour are predicted by 2050 to badly hit people’s quality of living in parts of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Jacobabad’s residents said they felt the temperature in the town was getting higher, but they had few options.
“People are aware that the heat is getting up and up, but they are poor people. They can’t go anywhere, they can’t leave their places,” said Zahid Hussain, a market trader. “I myself have been thinking about shifting, but have never got around to it.”
#AceNewsReport – June.26: Now they are refusing to allow her to return home to her parents unless they pay a ransom, according to a report:
The Muslim man, identified only as a medical doctor named Altaf, recently told the parents of Neha, the Christian teenager, that she had embraced Islam and he and his wife were keeping her as their servant, the U.K.-based nonprofit Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement said in a statement Thursday about the abduction: By Anugrah Kumar, Christian Post Contributor
Pakistani Christians in prayer in Karachi on November 15, 2015. | ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images: Christian Post:
Neha’s father, Munawar Masih, and his wife, Mehtan Bibi, who live in Muzaffargarh district, are economically poor and had hoped that their daughter would earn a little money by working in Altaf’s house.
The young Christian teen has seven siblings and their parents earn only about $50 a month.
Altaf was introduced to Masih as someone who was looking to employ two girls to work in his house. Initially, Masih sent Neha and her sister, Sneha, to work in Altaf’s house, and the two worked there for four years despite being treated as slaves, CLAAS said.
The sisters “complained about mistreatment by the family, who would swear at them and even physically assault them. … They told the family that they wanted to go back home and live with their family, but Dr. Altaf did not allow them to leave.”
The girls were promised $65 a month but were only paid $20.
Due to her deteriorating health, Altaf allowed Neha’s sister to return to her parents. But when Masih requested Altaf to return also, he was told that Neha had embraced Islam and therefore could not live with her parents any longer.
Altaf told Masih that it was not possible for them to allow any non-Muslim to enter the kitchen and touch their food items and kitchen utensils so she had to convert.
He also claimed that he had mistakenly overpaid Masih $1,750 and told him he must pay him that amount if he wants to get his daughter back.
“Perhaps Pakistan is the only country where such crimes are happening on a daily basis under the cover of Islam,” CLAAS-UK Director Nasir Saeed said. “It cannot be justified at any cost that a young girl was converted to Islam against her will and without her parents’ knowledge and now she cannot be returned to her parents because her parents are Christians, and she cannot be allowed to live them.”
A 2014 study by The Movement for Solidarity and Peace Pakistan estimated that about 1,000 women and girls from Pakistan’s Hindu and Christian communities were abducted, forcibly married to their captor, and forcibly converted to Islam every year.
International persecution watchdog group Open Doors USA ranks Pakistan No. 5 on its 2021 World Watch List of countries where Christians face the most severe persecution due to an “extreme” level of Islamic oppression. Pakistan is also listed by the U.S. State Department as a “country of particular concern” for tolerating in or engaging in egregious violations of religious freedom.
#AceNewsReport – June.20: Local human rights activist “Lala Robin Daniel expressed his disappointment at the police’s attitude: ‘As Christians we are a minority and we are alone. For us there is no justice and no equal rights.’”
PAKISTAN: Christian man abducted and raped by a group of attackers in Faisalabad,” by Shafique Khokhar, Asia News, June 14, 2021:
Even though his father reported his son’s disappearance, the police did not act. The victim was eventually able to make it home alone after five days in captivity.
The story began on 6 June when the young man went missing; two days later, his father Daniyal alerted the police about his disappearance, but nothing was done.
At that point the father decided to turn to human rights activist Lala Robin Daniel, who spoke to AsiaNews about the case.
According to what is known so far, Danish was drugged and rendered unconscious before he was kidnapped by a Muslim named Ali Raza and his gang. They held him captive in an unknown place and raped him, then dumped him at a place near Faisalabad, from where the young man was able to go home and inform his family.
Lala Robin Daniel expressed his disappointment at the police’s attitude: “As Christians we are a minority and we are alone. For us there is no justice and no equal rights.”
Although the authorities are now looking for the culprits, no one has been arrested. For their part, Danish’s family are demanding justice.
“We are committed and will not spare any of them,” said Lala Robin Daniel. “We shall try our best to bring them to court and see them punished according to the law. We call upon high police officers to cooperate and arrest these monsters as soon as possible,” he added.
Danish’s is not an isolated case. Violence against Christians in Pakistan is commonplace. Amid the rising number of abductions, child sexual abuses, forced conversions and forced marriages, the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) organised a seminar at the Sacred Heart parish in Sahiwal to ask the federal and provincial parliaments to adopt new legislation to put an end to such practices…..
#AceNewsReport – June.16: Working as a correspondent for the Daily Jang – Pakistan’s largest Urdu language newspaper – in the southern city of Mirpurkhas, Zubair Mujahid’s reporting exposed local corruption and human rights abuses. Zubair Mujahid was murdered in November 2007 during the turbulent downfall of the regime of Pervez Musharraf:
Strikingly, some of his most impactful stories exposed wrongdoings by the local police in Mirpurkhas, which led to the dismissal of various police officers. As a consequence, Zubair Mujahid received threats from individuals within the police department. This very same department was tasked with investigating the murder.
The report reveals serious errors in the official police investigation. Specifically, it finds that police investigators did not analyse the bullet with which Zubair was shot and did not search for eye witnesses around the crime scene.
Cycle of impunity
The report calls for an effective and impartial investigation team to re-investigate the murder. This must be done under the auspices of the High Court of Sindh.
“Zubair Mujahid was murdered for exposing the truth. The murder must now be adequately investigated and justice must be achieved,” said Christophe Deloire, Secretary General of RSF.
“Killing a journalist is the world’s safest crime: in nine out of ten cases the killer goes free,” said Leon Willems, Director at FPU. “To break the cycle of impunity, Pakistan’s authorities must step up their efforts to ensure justice for Zubair Mujahid.”
“Pakistan has seen almost total impunity for the murder of journalists over the past decade,” said Joel Simon, Executive Director of CPJ. “Re-investigating the case of Zubair Mujahid is an important step towards breaking the cycle of impunity.”
Pakistan is one of the most dangerous countries for journalists. According to research by the CPJ, at least 61 journalists have been killed since 1992. On the most recent World Press Freedom Index published by RSF, the country ranks 145 out of 180.
The report “Breaking the Silence: An Investigation into the Murder of Zubair Mujahid” was published as part of A Safer World For The Truth, an initiative by FPU, RSF and CPJ), to pursue justice for murdered journalists worldwide. The report is the second in a series of investigations into unsolved murders of journalists worldwide.
#AceNewsReport – June.15: Rochdale grooming gang member who got a girl pregnant and trafficked a 15-year-old said ‘we have not committed that big a crime’ as he said it would breach his human rights to be sent back to Pakistan:
ROCHDALE: Grooming gang member, 51, who got girl, 13, pregnant and trafficked a 15-year-old says ‘we have not committed that big a crime’ as claims it would breach his human rights to be sent back to Pakistan,” by Katie Weston, MailOnline, June 8, 2021:
Adil Khan, 51, and Qari Abdul Rauf, 52, have been told they are to be deported from the UK for the public good after both were part of a notorious gang convicted of a catalogue of serious sex offences against young girls.
The pair are appealing against a deportation order served last July. Khan told an immigration tribunal hearing today: ‘We have not committed that big a crime.’
He claims to have renounced his Pakistani citizenship which would make him ‘stateless’ and would be a bar to deportation.
Khan got a 13-year-old girl pregnant but denied he was the father then met another girl, 15, and trafficked her to others using violence when she complained.
He was sentenced to eight years in 2012 and released on licence four years later.
At an immigration tribunal hearing on Tuesday in London, Khan complained about the press coverage of the case.
Speaking via a videolink and through a Mirpuri translator, he said: ‘The journalists have made our lives a living hell.
‘We are not that big a criminal. We have not committed that big a crime. I’m innocent.
‘I’m not committing any crime. The journalists made us out to be big criminals.’
Khan, Rauf and two others were among nine Asian men convicted of sex offences against vulnerable girls in 2012.
For two years from early 2008, girls as young as 12 were plied with alcohol and drugs and gang-raped in rooms above takeaway shops and ferried to different flats in taxis where cash was paid to use the girls.
Police said as many as 47 girls were groomed.
Khan and Rauf were among four of the gang with dual UK-Pakistani citizenship, so liable to be stripped of UK citizenship and deported, after then-Home Secretary Theresa May ruled it would be ‘conducive to the public good’ to deprive the four of the right to remain in the UK.
The pair, along with another man, Abdul Aziz, then fought, and lost, a long legal battle against the deprivation order, losing a final Court of Appeal ruling in 2018.
But the failure to then deport any of the four, almost a decade after their convictions, has heaped public criticism on a number of home secretaries and led to anger in Rochdale, where victims were living alongside their tormentors….
#AceNewsReport – June.07: Rescue teams took the injured to nearby hospitals and it is thought that several are in a critical condition:
PAKISTAN: Train Crash: 36 killed in collision: Officials said that one train travelling in Sindh province had derailed and landed on another track. A second train packed with passengers then collided with it and overturned.
43 minutes ago: Footage shows the aftermath of a collision between two trains in Pakistan.
PM @ImranKhanPTI expresses grief over the horrific train accident at Ghotki, which claimed lives of 30 passengers. The PM has asked Railway Minister to provide all-out support to the bereaved families, and has ordered detailed investigation into railway safety faultlines. pic.twitter.com/zR4BmmG642
Pakistan has seen a string of deadly train accidents over the past years.
Between 2013 and 2019, 150 people died in such incidents, according to local media reports.
A senior official in the Ghokti district, Usman Abdullah, told Reuters news agency it was hard to know how many people were still trapped in the train.
“There are about six to eight bogies [carriages] that are totally smashed… there is a sleeper train, AC [air conditioned] class, as well as economy class, in which there were between 47 to 50 people on this side and around 50 to 60 people on the other train,” he said.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was “shocked” by the accident and promised a full inquiry.
Footage from the site shows the wreckage of several carriages lying on their side. It is not clear what caused the derailment.
Several people are though to remain trapped. News agency AFP quoted a railway spokesperson as saying: “The site is far and that’s why we are facing some trouble in the rescue work.”
Hospitals in the area have been put on emergency alert to deal with the casualties.
The accident happened early on Monday when the Millat Express coming from Karachi derailed, falling onto another track. The Sir Syed Express coming from Rawalpindi collided with it and overturned.
Local media have cited officials as saying that a relief train has been dispatched to the crash site while helpline centres have been set up for passengers.
Railway accidents are not uncommon in Pakistan, often caused by derailment and collisions at unmanned railway crossings.
Train travel is an extremely popular mode of travel in the country, especially among middle and lower income groups, with tracks spanning the length and breadth of Pakistan.
However, carriages are often overcrowded and many of the trains are in poor condition.
Last July 21 people were killed near Sheikhupura, Punjab province, when a train travelling from Karachi to Lahore hit a van carrying Sikh pilgrims in deadly Pakistan train crash
In October 2019 a fire caused by a gas cylinder killed more than 70 passengers on a train travelling from Karachi to Rawalpindi, and another 20 people were killed in a train crash a few months earlier, in July 2019.
Data from Pakistan Railways shows there were 757 train accidents between 2012 and 2017 – an average of about 125 incidents a year.
According to the authorities, the three major causes of train accidents in Pakistan are lack of track maintenance, signal issues and older engines.
Casualty figures are often high because trains are packed with far greater numbers of passengers than they were designed for.
#AceNewsReport – June.06: The CAA lead to unrest from Muslims when it was passed in December 2019. Mass protests led to violence across India, and Al-Qaeda called for Muslims in India to wage jihad from within:
INDIA: Muslim group goes to Supreme Court over Citizenship Amendment Act offering refuge to persecuted non-Muslims: The invitation to these countries’ non-Muslims constituted the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The CAA fast-tracked Indian citizenship for Christian, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, and Parsi immigrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh who arrived in India before 2015: IUML Moves SC Against Centre’s Notification Seeking Applications From Non-Muslim Refugees,” The Wire, June 1, 2021:To find out more about India’s Citizenship Amendment Act, and why it was necessary, click HERE.
A relentless propaganda barrage against India came from Pakistan, Kuwait and across the Muslim world. Muslims also appealed to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, with complaints against India over “Islamophobia.” This reaction, in fact, proved exactly why infidels need rescuing from the wrath of Islamic supremacists and jihadists everywhere.
The reason for the so-called “discriminatory,” “Islamophobic” CAA was because of Muslim persecution of religious minorities in those countries; they were being offered a level of safety in India. Note, by contrast, that open-door immigration policies in the European Union have led to mass Muslim migration, and are now causing a nightmare during ongoing coronavirus lockdowns, as mostly Muslim economic migrants have steadily crashed the borders of European countries illegally (and entered the UK via the English Channel). But in the early days of the war in Syria, which created genuine refugees, Muslim refugees in UN camps attacked and terrorized Christians, and the Christians could not escape. It’s about time that some country thought of the minorities who are victims of jihad and Sharia oppression. India should be applauded for doing so.
New Delhi: The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has moved the Supreme Court challenging the Centre’s notification inviting non-Muslims belonging to Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan and residing in 13 districts in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Punjab to apply for Indian citizenship.
The interim application argued that the Centre is trying to circumvent the assurance given to the apex court in this regard in the pending petition filed by the IUML challenging the constitutional validity of the provisions of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019.
It said that the Centre provided assurance that staying of the Amendment Act was not necessary since the rules of the Amendment Act had not been framed.
The CAA grants Indian citizenship to non-Muslim minorities – Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian – who migrated to India from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh till December 31, 2014, following persecution over their faith.
The fresh plea said the Union home ministry on Friday issued a notification to this effect for immediate implementation of the order under the Citizenship Act 1955 and Rules framed under the law in 2009 even though the rules under the CAA enacted in 2019 are yet to be framed by the Ministry of Home Affairs is manifestly illegal and runs counter to the provisions of the Act.
Also read: With CAA Rules on Hold, Centre Invites Applications in 13 Districts Under 1955 Parent Act
IUML in its plea before the top court said that the Centre had, during the course of the hearing of its plea challenging the constitutional validity of CAA, submitted before the apex court and provided assurance that staying of the Amendment Act was not necessary since the rules of the Amendment Act had not been framed.
“However, the respondent Union, in a roundabout way, and in an attempt to circumvent the assurance given to this court, have sought to implement their malafide designs envisaged under the Amendment Act through the recently issued order dated May 28,” the plea said.
IUML submitted that if the Centre’s notification is implemented and citizenship is given to persons on the basis of their religion, and, thereafter, if this court strikes down the Amendment Act and Rules, whereby the act of providing citizenship on the basis of religion is declared void, “Then, to take back the citizenship of these persons, granted pursuant to the present order, will be a herculean task and would be near impossible to implement. In the event the said exercise is conducted, it would render the entire batch of writ petitions (challenging CAA) as infructuous,” the plea said.
The petition has sought directions to the Centre to stay any further proceedings pursuant to the May 28 order issued by the Union of India, Ministry of Home Affairs till such time the plea challenging CAA is pending……
#AceNewsReport – June.01: Critics also claim that the recent move to radicalize the education system will only further embolden radicals to oppress Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, and other religious minorities.”
PAKISTAN: ‘Imran Khan to Islamize school curriculum, denigrating Christians, Jews and Hindus Prime Minister Curriculum,” International Christian Concern, May 24, 2021: Yet the current curriculum does not represent Islam enough, at least not according to Khan’
Khan, despite the contempt and hatred for minorities that he is now hammering into Pakistani children, is one of the loudest voices globally in advancing the “Islamophobia” canard. Christians already suffer under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. Conditions will worsen for Christians and all minorities with the implementation of this new curriculum.
05/24/2021 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – Prime Minister Imran Khan and his team are preparing to implement a new national curriculum in Pakistan that will Islamize the education system through an emphasis on the Quran and Islamic teaching. The new curriculum will force students to read the entire Quran and memorize a number of prayers and hadith. Schools must also employ a pair of Hafiz, or individuals who have memorized the Quran.
Critics believe that the move will create deeper fault lines within an already-divided population. Religious communities in Pakistan have deep distrust of each other as it is. Pakistan’s religious minorities are regularly persecuted, including by the country’s blasphemy law which is one of the severest in the world. Punishments for blasphemy range from life in prison to the death penalty.
Current Pakistani curriculum already contains bigoted and hateful material and makes derogatory references to various religious minority communities in Pakistan. Critics also claim that the recent move to radicalize the education system will only further embolden radicals to oppress Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, and other religious minorities.
The Prime Minister’s ill-conceived move comes at a time when Pakistan is facing increasing scrutiny of their dismal human rights record…..
#AceNewsReport – May.23: Israel is losing out. They’re losing the media war despite their connections. The tide is turning,” the Pakistani foreign minister told CNN anchor Bianna Golodryga:
NEW YORK: CNN anchor flies into rage after Pakistani FM says Israelis control media: ‘During a live interview with CNN on the latest Israeli war, Qureshi was accused of “invoking an anti-Semitic slur” after he simply said Israelis “control the media,” and have influential “connections”.
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An apparently outraged Golodryga, who is Jewish herself, put aside her supposed journalistic impartiality, pouncing on the remarks to accuse Qureshi of anti-Semitism.
The journalist followed the statement asking for clarification on what their connections were. “Deep pockets,” he replied, adding later, “they are very influential people. They control media.”
Golodryga went on to accuse the FM of making an anti-Semitic remark, to which he responded, “Well, you see, the point is, they have a lot of influence. They get a lot of coverage. Now, what balances that is the citizen journalist who has been reporting, sharing video clips, and that has jolted people, and woken up people, and people who were sitting on the fence are today speaking up.”
Golodryga then took her inquisition to the next level, asking if the FM would condemn the anti-Jewish sentiment that is allegedly taking hold due to the Israeli violence in Palestine.
According to Gaza’s Health Ministry, 248 Palestinians were killed in the new Israeli offensive, including 66 children and 39 women, and at least 1,910 were injured.
Golodryga repeated her accusation later as she tweeted a clip of the interview, saying, “I had planned to speak with Pakistan’s foreign minister about paths towards a peaceful resolution between Israel and Hamas. Instead, he began the interview by invoking an anti-semitic slur.”
The interview prompted a chorus of support for the Pakistani foreign minister, while pro-Israeli voices cast scorn at his remarks.
Journalist and talk show host Fereeha Idrees defended Qureshi.
“He didn’t even utter the word ‘Jew’ or even made a feeble reference to it. All he said was media is controlled by Israel,” Idrees wrote on Twitter.
Idrees pointed out that during the recent aggression, Israeli jets had leveled a high-rise building in Gaza that housed the offices of several media outlets, including the Associated Press and Al Jazeera.
#AceNewsReport – May.09: Ahead of the visit, Pakistan’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved the establishment of the council – a body created for streamlining bilateral cooperation between the two countries – to ‘remove hurdles’ to investment deals signed during the crown prince’s visit to Pakistan in February 2019:
Saudi Arabia, Pakistan sign agreement to establish Saudi-Pakistani Supreme Coordination Council
Representatives from both countries also signed a memorandum of understanding on illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and chemical precursors, Saudi news agency SPA reported.
“Another MoU for financing eligible projects in the fields of energy, infrastructure, transportation, water, and communications between the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan was signed as well,” Al-Arabiya TV reported separately.
A Framework MoU for financing eligible projects in the fields of energy, infrastructure, transportation, water and communications was signed between the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.#SPAGOVpic.twitter.com/pfHuHqK6eP
Khan arrived in the Kingdom on Friday evening for a three-day visit on the invitation of the crown prince, who was present at Jeddah airport to receive him and the first lady. He is accompanied by a high-level delegation, including the foreign minister and other members of the Cabinet.
The crown prince and Pakistani leader held wide-ranging talks on bilateral, regional and international issues in Jeddah, a statement from Pakistan’s foreign office said.
“The two leaders reaffirmed the strong and historic bonds between the two countries rooted firmly in shared beliefs, common values, mutual trust and longstanding tradition of mutual support,” the statement said, and added that the two parties agreed to “further strengthen, deepen and diversify the existing bilateral political, economic, trade, defense and security ties.”
“Special emphasis was laid on increasing Saudi investments in Pakistan, collaboration in the field of energy, and increased job opportunities for Pakistanis in Saudi Arabia,” the statement said.
Saudi Arabia is home to more than two million Pakistanis who remit billions of dollars back home every year.
On regional issues, Khan outlined his vision of a ‘peaceful neighborhood.’ He lauded the crown prince for efforts and initiatives aimed at reinforcing and promoting regional peace.
Khan highlighted the situation in Indian-administered Kashmir and stressed the importance of a peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. He also said Pakistan had made consistent efforts to support peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, the statement reported.
The Afghan question is important in the region against the backdrop of foreign troops pulling out of Pakistan’s neighboring country after a war that has lasted two decades, and that ends with the Taliban controlling huge swathes of the country.
During talks, issues related to the environment and climate change were discussed and the PM reportedly appreciated the crown prince’s ‘Green Saudi Arabia’ initiative.
Khan has reportedly also invited the crown prince to visit Pakistan at his earliest convenience, the foreign office said.
On Friday, Pakistani army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, whose official visit preluded Khan’s, held talks with the Saudi crown prince and reviewed bilateral ties.
He also discussed defense cooperation with the Saudi military chief of staff.
#AceHealthReport – May.09: Under Pakistan’s partial lockdown, all but essential shops, businesses and markets will close until 16 May: Transport in and between regions and cities is restricted to private vehicles, taxis and trains, all with reduced capacity:
#CoronavirusNewsDesk PAKISTAN: Enters partial lockdown as Eid nears as non- essential businesses and tourism sites must close and travel across the country is restricted from 8-16 May: The country is currently battling a third wave of #COVID19 infections, recording more than 140,000 cases and 3,000 deaths in April and health officials had warned restrictions could be necessary given neighbouring India’s devastating surge in cases.
Pakistan recorded an additional 4,109 positive cases on Saturday, according to the health ministry. The actual number of infections is likely to be higher because of under-reporting as fears of ‘impending doom’ as Covid threatens Pakistan
Officials are keenly aware that people could spread the virus as they gather to celebrate Eid with their families this week. On Friday Dr Faisal Sultan, who advises Prime Minister Imran Khan on health, said that the country was facing a “critical period” as the holy month of Ramadan draws to a close.
While he said there were “very initial signs of some stability” in cases, infections could again surge if measures were not taken now.
While local authorities have been imposing restrictions to try to contain the spread of the virus, Prime Minister Imran Khan has resisted another nationwide lockdown, saying last month he wanted to avoid such measures because of the harm it could cause to the economy.
But Pakistani officials are mindful of neighbouring India’s ongoing battle with a deadly second wave. Inside India’s rundown rural hospitals unable to cope with the Covid crisis
Countries around the world are sending medicines, oxygen and ventilators by the planeload to try to ease the crisis gripping India’s health system. The country has recorded hundreds of thousands of new cases each day for weeks, and infections are now spreading from cities to the countryside.
Asad Umar, Pakistan’s federal minister for planning, posted a series of tweets on Saturday warning that “the entire region is exploding with cases & deaths”.
“The need for caution is clear,” he tweeted. “The danger is higher than ever and knocking at our doors.”
Thousands of people would normally travel to Pakistan from all over the world for Eid, however travel restrictions are in place for many countries.
#AceNewsReport – May.06: Punjab Police, citing an initial post-mortem report, told English-language newspaper Dawn that Ms Zulfiqar had been shot in the neck and arm:
PAKISTAN: ‘Mayra Zulfiqar Shooting: Men sought over killing of Londoner in Lahore after she was found in a pool of blood in her flat on Monday’ Identified as Mahira, 25, she was found shot dead at her rented house in Defence on Monday as two makle friends booked according to The Dawn News – Pakistan
A case has been registered against two men over the death of a dual British-Belgian woman of Pakistani origin in Lahore’s DHA neighbourhood, it emerged on Tuesday.
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The law graduate from London had been threatened by two men who both wanted to marry her, according to legal documents seen by the BBC.
Mourners attended Ms Zulfiqar’s funeral in Lahore, while a special memorial service has been held at a mosque in Hounslow, west London.
Ms Zulifqar’s brother Faizan Muhammad, who was among those who attended the mosque, said his father had left for Pakistan.
BBC Material Mourners paid their respects to Ms Zulfiqar at a funeral service in Lahore
In Pakistan, the chief investigating officer in the murder inquiry told the BBC that police teams were targeting addresses in Islamabad and Lahore but that no arrests had yet been made.
A police report said Ms Zulfiqar’s uncle Mohammad Nazeer found her body after receiving a phone call from her father, who lives in Feltham in west London, to say she had been killed.
Mr Nazeer also said Ms Zulfiqar had told him she had become embroiled in a dispute with two male friends after she had refused their marriage proposals, and that they had threatened her with “dire consequences”.
Sayyed Ali, an operations superintendent at Punjab Police, told Dawn that forensic experts had visited and cordoned off the scene.
“We are also after two suspects and will share further details at a later stage,” he said, adding that Ms Zulfiqar’s phone had been found near her body.
He said the phone was being analysed and that CCTV footage was also being examined.
In a statement, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office said: “We are supporting the family of a British woman who died in Pakistan and are urgently seeking more information from the local authorities.
“Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.”
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#AceNewsReport – May.03: “It was tagged Monday evening and I was informed on Tuesday afternoon. I immediately alerted the gendarmerie and the prefect. I filed a complaint,” the mayor (without title) of the town, Jacques Martinier, stated to Le Figaro.
France: Pakistani flag painted on wall of 11th-century chapel: Hérault: an 11th century chapel tagged in Fabrègues,” translated from “Hérault : une chapelle du XIe siècle taguée à Fabrègues,” by Guillaume Poingt, Le Figaro, April 29, 2021:
“I think it is linked to Macron’s speech on Samuel Paty and the cartoons, there had been demonstrations in Pakistan,” recalls the mayor. “It is a building located on a high point, far from the city center. Those who did this could have come from anywhere,” continues the elected official, who sees it as “a symbolic act.”
The damage was initially revealed on Facebook by Fabrice Thiry, representative of East Hérault for the National Gathering, before being relayed by MEP Gilbert Collard on Twitter.
After the intervention of the municipal services of Fabrègues, the tag on the religious building was partially erased this Friday. An investigation by the Saint-Jean-de-Védas gendarmerie is underway to try to identify the perpetrators.
#AceNewsReport – May.02: A German intelligence agency for the state of Bavaria said last week in its new report that the Islamic Republic of Iran has not ceased its drive to obtain weapons of mass destruction during 2020.” Iran has never slowed down, and no deal will stop it:
German intelligence: Iran, Syria, and Pakistan are producing weapons of mass destruction: The Jerusalem Post reviewed the 380-page intelligence document which contains 28 references to the Islamic Republic. The report lists additional threats to Bavaria’s democracy.
“Iran still seeks mass destruction weapons – German intelligence report,” by Benjamin Weinthal, Jerusalem Post, April 28, 2021:
The German intelligence agency for the state of Bavaria said last week in its new report that the Islamic Republic of Iran has not ceased its drive to obtain weapons of mass destruction during 2020.
“Proliferation-relevant states like Iran, North Korea, Syria and Pakistan are making efforts to expand their conventional arsenal of weapons through the production or constant modernization of weapons of mass destruction,” wrote the Bavarian Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the formal name for the domestic intelligence agency.
“In order to obtain the necessary know-how and corresponding components, these states are trying to establish business contacts to companies in high-technology countries like Germany,” said the Bavarian intelligence report in its section on weapons of mass destruction.
The German agency is the rough equivalent of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency).
The intelligence report defines proliferation as “the unauthorized spread of atomic, biological, chemical weapons of mass destruction or the products used for their manufacture as well as the corresponding weapon carrier systems, including the necessary know-how.”
With respect to the section of the report on the Islamic Republic’s espionage activities, the intelligence document stated that “Germany remains in the focus of intelligence activities. This includes information from foreign and security policy as well as business and science. An additional focus [of Iran’s intelligence services] is the observation of, and fight against, opposition groups domestically and abroad.”
Hezbollah, the Iranian regime’s chief strategic ally in the Middle East, has 30 members in Bavaria….
#AceNewsReport – Apr.25: Pakistani rape gangs in Britain are an extension of such practice:
Iraq: ‘#AceNewsServices posted about these acts and sex slaves of the Islamic State were being auctioned off in Saudi Arabia, and the practice goes far beyond Saudi Arabia’
Slave auctions have been going on in the Middle East and Africa for thousands of years. Despite energetic anti-slavery campaigns by European nations in the 19th and 20th centuries, slavery persists in parts of the Middle East and Africa:
“Murphy’s Law: ISIL Slaving Survives”, Strategy Page, April 17, 2021:
ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) is still holding and selling captive Iraqi Yazidi women as slaves, and now some of these slave sales are being carried out on the dark web. These are internet sites that are deliberately kept from being found and listed by Internet search engines, like Google. All manner of secretive business takes place on the dark web, much of it of a criminal nature. Access to dark web sites is difficult to obtain, but once the web ID is known the owners and users can sometimes be tracked down. At the very least the server (hard drive holding the web site data and connected to the web) can be seized or forced to disconnect because it is now known. Dark web sites are used by smugglers, especially people smugglers who are moving or literally selling captive women. In one early 2021 incident Turkish police were notified that a seven-year-old Yazidi girl was being offered for sale. Families often continue searching for enslaved children and have found that dark web auction sites will often offer women or girls. The slavers don’t care if kin of their captive made the highest bid just to get a child or young girl back. In this case the relatives contacted Turkish police to assist, fearing that they might robbed by the kidnappers when they went to deliver the money and get the girl. Police staked out the pickup location and arrested the Iraqi men who had captured the girl and brought her to Turkey to sell her for a higher price via a dark web auction.
Slave auctions have been going on in the Middle East and Africa for thousands of years. Despite energetic anti-slavery campaigns by European nations in the 19th and 20th centuries, slavery persists in parts of the Middle East and Africa.
Islamic conservatives are responsible for most of the surviving slavery and they are now assisted by criminal gangs that specialize in moving illegal migrants to Western countries. Some of these migrants are enslaved women being sold into prostitution….
#AceNewsReport – Apr.22: The Chinese ambassador Nong Rong was staying at the hotel but wasn’t there when the bomb went off:
‘Pakistan bombing narrowly misses Chinese ambassador: Pakistan’s Interior Minister told local TV channel ARY News this was a big blast and the Chinese ambassador was also staying at this hotel, but he wasn’t there at the time; he was out at a function’
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China’s ambassador to Pakistan had been staying at the hotel, but it’s not clear if he was the target
The Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility hours afterward, but authorities are still investigating who is behind it
Balochistan is home to Gwadar Port, considered the flagship project of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor under the Belt and Road Initiative
Mr Rong had earlier in the day met provincial Chief Minister Jam Kamal in the city, according to a tweet from the provincial government spokesman.
Provincial Home Minister Ziaullah Lango told reporters he’d spoken with Mr Rong since the explosion.
“I just met him. He is in high spirits,” adding the envoy would complete his visit to Quetta on Thursday.
The province of Balochistan, of which Quetta is the capital, hosts the newly expanded Gwadar deepwater port that is key to a planned $65 billion investment in China’s Belt and Road Initiative economic corridor.
It was not clear whether the envoy or members of his delegation were a target of the attack, but Chinese nationals and their interests in the region have been attacked before by Taliban militants and nationalist insurgents.
Hours after the attack, the Pakistani Taliban in a statement claimed responsibility, saying it was a suicide attack.
The Pakistani Taliban is a separate insurgent group from the Afghan Taliban.
Authorities are investigating to determine whether it was a suicide attack.
It was unclear who was behind the attack since no-one immediately claimed responsibility.
South-western Balochistan province is the scene of a long-running insurgency by secessionist groups like the Balochistan Liberation Front and the Balochistan Liberation Army.
They have for decades staged attacks to press their demands for independence. The Pakistani Taliban and Islamic State group also have a presence there.
Pakistan’s Interior Minister Mr Ahmed quickly blamed neighbouring India for the hotel bombing, although he provided no evidence to back up the allegation.
He told a Pakistani Geo news channel that Pakistan had only one enemy and it was neighbouring India, which he alleged was behind the bombing.
The hotel is frequented by foreigners as it is the city’s only luxury hotel and is considered safe.
#AceNewsReport – Apr.11: Blasphemy accusations have resulted in killings in the past, and human rights activists believe that these allegations have created a widespread climate of fear, especially for women’s rights advocates:
Pakistan: Women’s rights activists face new allegations of blasphemy: While organizers of Pakistan’s Women’s Marchhave long been the subject of threats and criticism, allegations of blasphemy could put women’s rights activists in a new kind of danger.
“Pakistan is not a democratic state but a religious state where clerics wield a lot of influence,” Mehdi Hassan, a former chairperson of Pakistan’s Human Rights Commission, told DW.
“Hurling allegations of blasphemy amounts to jeopardizing the lives of people here. We fear that the lives of women activists are in danger because there are so many extremists out there in the streets who could target them at any time.”
“At least seven people have been killed just because of blasphemy allegations. Therefore, it is important that the government provides them [the activists] with protection.”
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At least two local courts — one in the northwestern city of Peshawar and another in the southern port city of Karachi — have asked police to register cases against organizers of the march, alleging violations of blasphemy and other laws. A petition seeking to ban the annual gathering has also been lodged with the Islamabad High Court.
Lahore-based activist Shazia Khan said friends and relatives have pressured them to maintain a low profile following the accusations and legal cases.
“Hatemongers and misogynistic media personalities have been spewing venom against us, jeopardizing the lives of women in a country where people are killed merely due to false accusations of blasphemy,” said Khan.
Khan believes it is difficult to say who is behind these threats and litigation.
“However, the individuals and organizations that are issuing threats or registering cases are believed to have worked for the intelligence agencies in the past, or to have their support.”
“All the videos and posters have been fabricated or doctored. There is no truth to these accusations,” prominent activist Farzana Bari told DW.
Organizers of the march have also written an open letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan in order to draw his attention to the threats.
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Some prominent right-wing TV anchors and media personalities have also spoken out against the leaders of the march, accusing them of spreading Western culture.
“Blasphemous slogans were used during the Women’s March,” Ibrar Hussain, who filed a case against the activists, with a local court in Peshawar, told DW.
“I went to a police station to register a case, but my application was rejected, so I approached the court and now the court has ordered the police to register a blasphemy case,” said Hussain.
Meanwhile, Hafiz Ihtisham, who is associated with Islamabad’s “Red Mosque,” told DW that “blasphemy” was committed against “holy personalities.”
“Religious personalities were also insulted,” he said. “I approached the court, seeking an action against the organizers of the march, and a permanent ban on the event. I have also requested that the court probe the funding sources of the NGOs that hold the event,” he added.
Although Women’s Day is celebrated in Pakistan on March 8 every year, it has assumed a greater significance since the Women’s March was launched in 2018 by the Women Democratic Front and the left-wing Awami Workers Party.
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The event has triggered a debate over women’s rights in Pakistan, where thousands of cases of honor killings, domestic violence, sexual assaults and harassment against women are reported each year.
Women are also widely discriminated against in workplaces, political institutions and social gatherings. In particular, the march’s slogan, “my body, my control” earned the ire of conservative elements of society.
Taliban issues threats
This year, even the terrorist outfit Tehreek Taliban Pakistan publicly threatened the organizers on Twitter, much to the alarm of women’s rights activists.
The tweet said, “Fix your ways. There are still many young Muslims here who know how to protect Islam and the boundaries set by Allah.”
Yasmin Lehri, a female politician and leader of the National Party, believes that women could also be harmed while attending court hearings. Lehri said that the government should provide full protection to women’s rights activists and look into the accusations before registering the cases, due to the dangers posed to those attending the hearings.
However, despite the dangers, government officials have said the march organizers should face the charges.
“This is really very disturbing … All possible methods should be employed to probe these accusations,” said Lehri. “And if the videos and posters turn out to be fake, then those who leveled the accusations must be brought to justice.”