#AceNewsReport – Jan.09: Murree is a mountain resort town north of the capital Islamabad. Local media reported on Friday that tourists were getting stranded due to snow.
#AceDailyNews says according to BBC World News Report: Many dead as heavy snow traps drivers in their vehicles: The military is attempting to clear roads and rescue those still trapped near the hilltop town of Murree: Around 1,000 vehicles were trapped on a highway during a blizzard, according to Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid.
More than 100,000 cars had entered Murree in recent days to see the unusually heavy snowfall. This caused a huge traffic jam on roads leading in and out of the town, police said.
Police said at least six people had frozen to death in their cars, but it is not yet clear how others had died. Asphyxiation after inhaling fumes has been given as a possible reason.
The area has now been declared a disaster area and people have been urged to stay away.
“People are facing a terrible situation,” Usman Abbasi, a tourist stuck in the town where heavy snow was still falling, told the AFP news agency by phone.
“It’s not only the tourists, but the local population is also facing severe problems” including gas and water shortages, he added.
“For the first time in 15 to 20 years such large number of tourists flocked to Murree, which created a big crisis,” Mr Rashid said in a video message.
Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed shock over the “tragic deaths” of the tourists.
“Have ordered inquiry and putting in place strong regulations to ensure prevention of such tragedies,” Khan said in a tweet.
Murree was built by the British in the 19th century as a medical base for its colonial troops.
#AceNewsReport – Dec.08; Priyantha Diyawadanage, 48, a factory manager in the city of Sialkot, was beaten to death on Friday and his body set alight.
#AceDailyNews says according to BBC India News Report: Killing of Sri Lankan accused of blasphemy sparks protests with more than 100 people have been arrested so far, said Pakistan PM Imran Khan and he has described the incident as a “day of shame” for his country.
The victim’s family in Sri Lanka have told the BBC they are in despair.
His wife, Nilushi Dissanayaka, called on both Pakistan and Sri Lanka’s governments to conduct a full investigation to “bring justice to my husband and my two children”.
“I saw that he was being attacked on the internet… it was so inhumane,” she said.
Nilushi Dissanayaka is distraught over her husband’s killing
Videos of the lynching proliferated across social media over the weekend, and showed scenes of the incensed crowd dragging Mr Diyawadanage from his workplace and beating him to death.
They then burnt his body, and several people in the crowd were seen taking selfies with his corpse.
What led to the mob violence?
The violence had begun after rumours spread that Mr Diyawadanage had allegedly committed a blasphemous action, in tearing down posters with the name of the Prophet Muhammad, local police chiefs said.
But a colleague, who rushed to the site in a bid to save him, told the Associated Press of Pakistan that Mr Diyawadanage had only removed the posters as the building was about to be cleaned.
His wife has also refuted the blasphemy claim.
“I totally reject reports that said my husband tore down posters in the factory. He was an innocent man,” she told the BBC.
“He was very much aware of the living conditions in Pakistan. It is a Muslim country. He knew what he should not do there and that’s how he managed to work there for eleven years.”
The scale of the vicious killing on Friday – involving hundreds of people – has shocked the nation and sparked vigils.
Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the “horrific vigilante attack” and vowed that “all those responsible will be punished with the full severity of the law”.
Blasphemy is defined as speaking insultingly about a particular religion or god. In Pakistan, it can carry a potential death sentence for anyone who insults Islam.
The country’s blasphemy law prohibits disturbing a religious assembly, trespassing on burial grounds, insulting religious beliefs or intentionally destroying or defiling a place or an object of worship.
Making derogatory remarks against Islamic personages is an offence – and in 1982, a clause prescribing life imprisonment for “wilful” desecration of the Koran, the Muslim holy book, was added.
In 1986, a separate clause was inserted to punish blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad and the penalty recommended was “death, or imprisonment for life”.
In Pakistan, even unfounded accusations can incite protests and mob violence against alleged perpetrators. Human rights critics have long argued that minorities are often the target of accusations.
The horrific vigilante attack on factory in Sialkot & the burning alive of Sri Lankan manager is a day of shame for Pakistan. I am overseeing the investigations & let there be no mistake all those responsible will be punished with full severity of the law. Arrests are in progress— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) December 3, 2021
He said he had also spoken with Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa “to convey our nation’s anger and shame to the people of Sri Lanka.”
Sri Lankan authorities have yet to comment fully on the case, fearing potential unrest and retribution against Muslim communities locally.
Mr Diyawadanage’s body is due to be returned to Sri Lanka on Monday, and some expect protests to be held in the capital Colombo.
#AceNewsReport – Nov.17: Facebook said the group, known in the security industry as SideCopy, shared links to websites hosting malware which could surveil people’s devices. Targets included people connected to the government, military and law enforcement in Kabul, it said. Facebook said it removed SideCopy from its platform in August.
#AceDailyNews EXCLUSIVE Report: Facebook says hackers in Pakistan targeted Afghan users amid government collapse: The social media company, which recently changed its name to Meta, said the group created fictitious personas of young women as “romantic lures” to build trust and trick targets into clicking phishing links or downloading malicious chat apps. It also compromised legitimate websites to manipulate people into giving up their Facebook credentials according to Elizabeth Culliford November 16, 20212:12 PM GMT:
“It’s always difficult for us to speculate as to the end goal of the threat actor,” Facebook’s head of cyber espionage investigations, Mike Dvilyanski, said. “We don’t know exactly who was compromised or what the end result of that was.”
Major online platforms and email providers including Facebook, Twitter Inc (TWTR.N), Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google and Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) LinkedIn have said they took steps to lock down Afghan users’ accounts during the Taliban’s swift takeover of the country this past summer. read more
Facebook said it had not previously disclosed the hacking campaign, which it said ramped up between April and August, due to safety concerns about its employees in the country and the need for more work to investigate the network. It said it shared information with the U.S. State Department at the time it took down the operation.
Investigators also said Facebook had last month disabled the accounts of two hacking groups which it linked to Syria’s Air Force Intelligence.
Facebook said one group, known as the Syrian Electronic Army, targeted human rights activists, journalists and others opposing the ruling regime, while the other targeted people linked to the Free Syrian Army and former military personnel who had joined opposition forces.
Facebook’s head of global threat disruption, David Agranovich, said the Syria and Afghanistan cases showed cyber espionage groups leveraging periods of uncertainty during conflicts when people might be more susceptible to manipulation.
The company said a third hacking network in Syria, which it linked to the Syrian government and removed in October, targeted minority groups, activists and members of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Syria Civil Defense, or White Helmets.
Reuters: Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford in New York Editing by Matthew Lewis
As global leaders come together for COP26, this is a critical time for Pakistan. It has been ranked the 8th most vulnerable country to climate change, and by 2100, rising temperatures mean 36% of glaciers along the Hindu Kush & Himalayan range will be gone.
The UK has already achieved notable successes. 90% of the world’s economy is now covered by net zero targets, up from less than 30% when the UK took on the Presidency of COP26. This will help the most vulnerable countries like Pakistan.
The new funding for climate change in Pakistan is split into three parts:
*A 5-year climate resilience programme – worth £38 million – will help Pakistan’s poorest communities to protect themselves from the changing climate;
*A 5-year water governance programme – worth £15 million – will make water use in Pakistan more sustainable and water access fairer;
*An additional £2.5 million to support new ways of attracting much needed climate investment to Pakistan, including on the development of a Nature Performance Bond. On World Environment Day in June alongside Prime Minister Imran Khan the UK committed to this. The British High Commissioner was due to announce the urgently needed new programmes at a high-level reception for climate change stakeholders at the British High Commission in Islamabad this evening (November 4th).
Dr Christian Turner CMG said: “For Pakistan, climate change could be catastrophic. That is why we are working together on trees and finance, and mobilising leading Pakistani businesses. This £55m new funding will ensure Pakistan becomes more resilient to climate impacts, with more sustainable water use and greater access to climate finance, so improving lives and livelihoods.
On COP26, the UK has been working with Pakistan on:
A #26For26 campaign to have 26 Pakistani companies commit to halving emissions by 2030 and getting to net zero by 2050. 29 companies have so far signed up;
Pakistan successfully joining more than 100 countries to pledge to end and reverse deforestation by 2030.
Even before COP26, the UK had been working closely with Pakistan on climate change, and will provide £7m this year to help the country achieve its climate change objectives. Earlier this year the UK launched a new programme in Lahore to promote cleaner brick production practices which will help improve air quality, reduce smog and fight climate change.
Additional Notes On Announcement:
COP26 is the largest international event of its kind ever to be held in the UK with more than 25,000 delegates arriving in the city of Glasgow, including world leaders, opinion formers and top businesses. It will work to prevent global temperatures rising above 1.5C and protect our planet and people from the impacts of climate change.
On World Environment Day, at an event hosted by Prime Minister Imran Khan, the UK, alongside other countries agreed to start a dialogue with Pakistan on the development of a Nature Performance Bond. Today’s announcement is a follow up to this dialogue. Funds to attract climate investment will help structure financing instruments and investment deals, and will include the next stage of work to develop a Nature Performance Bond structure for donors and investors to consider
As hosts of COP26 (co-hosted with Italy), the UK has been driving international action and support to adapt to the effects of climate change, which are already impacting lives, livelihoods and natural habitats across the world. Thirty five countries have joined the Adaptation Action Coalition, and over 2,000 businesses, investors, regions, cities and other non-state actors have joined the Race to Resilience. Over 40 countries and organisations have joined the Risk-Informed Early Action Partnership, committing to make 1 billion people safer from disaster by 2025.
Climate finance will be key at COP26. To support the transition to net zero, climate resilient economies, getting public and private finance flowing is crucial, especially to emerging markets and developing economies. Under the UK’s COP26 & G7 Presidencies, we have seen clear moves towards this goal. G7 countries have committed new finance towards the $100bn in climate finance goal, including more funding for adaptation. Ends
#AceNewsReport – Oct.25: The charge sheet presented by the NIA states that Mizha Siddique had travelled to Tehran with her accomplices and intended to cross over to Syria illegally, but failed. Mizha was working under the direction of the Kerala ISIS kingpin, Mohammad Ameen, and recruiting Muslim youth for ISIS. Mohammad Ameen is now behind bars. Mizha had recruited her cousins Shifa Harris and Mushab Anwar for jihad and inspired them to join ISIS. Shifa had sent funds to their Kashmir module; they were planning Hijra, Islamic religious migration, to Kashmir. About seven young jihadis were set to migrate to Kashmir from Kerala.
#AceDailyNews says according to a report by Ashlyn Davis Interrogation of two female suicide bombers named Shifa Haris and Mizha Siddique of the Islamic State’s Kerala module has revealed that around 3200 ISIS sleeper cells are operating in Kerala, India: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) team from Delhi arrested both of the women from a residence at Thana in Kerala’s Kannur in August of this year.
This large-scaled permeation of sleeper cells suggests that the ideologues of the Islamic State are now embedded across Kerala, and its growth is difficult to monitor or check. Most of the members of the ISIS sleeper cells are part of its cyber brigade, are incorrigibly indoctrinated, and could pick up arms at any moment to fight for a caliphate led by the Islamic State.
These jihadis are mostly modern, highly qualified, and adept at using the latest technologies and gadgets. Apart from grooming, many were lured into this cause with promises of sex, money, positions, drugs, or foreign jobs. The Kerala brigade also involves people from the film and media industries, who are working closely with each other.
These members promote the jihad ideology, albeit covertly. They commonly use social media to transmit information and spread propaganda; they often hold meetings and assist their “military brigade” (a kill squad) stealthily. They are the main mediators between the Islamic State and foreign intelligence groups such as Pakistan’s ISI.
The Talibanization of this southern state of India and the growing tendency among well-educated people in recent years to turn to jihad is not a fluke. It is the well-planned strategy of Pakistan-based jihad outfits that plan to use India’s home-grown jihadis, such as the ones in Kerala, to launch jihad terror attacks all over the country.
The Kerala-based jihadis, along with their Pakistan-based handlers, are operating in Kabul, and their next target could very well be Kashmir. In light of the repeated recent targeted killings of non-Muslims in Kashmir, the possibilities of a renewed jihad terrorist insurgency in the valley cannot be dismissed. The Kerala-based ISIS sleeper cells may move to Kashmir to advance the cause of the jihadis in case of such a planned insurgency.
According to Hindu Post: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted raids at eleven locations in Bharat yesterday to uncover a cell of the dreaded Islamic State (ISIS). That many locations were linked to the Popular Front of India (PFI) did not surprise many but the organized protests that followed the raids did. The PFI threatened the media against ‘dragging’ their name into the raids and demanded those who did should tender apologies.
March 17, 2021
The local ISIS agents are accused of recruiting young radicalized Muslim youth and their families for terrorist operations to establish a global Caliphate during the 2015-2019 period in terrorist-infested countries like Syria and Afghanistan. Many of the recruits were killed in action while their families (women and children) rot in various jails in countries like Afghanistan. The survivors have requested our government to let them back into Bharat.
Mohammed Ameen, an ISIS operative who was detained a few days ago from Delhi, apparently spilled the beans on his co-conspirators. Mushab Anwar, Dr. Rahees Rashid, and a woman, have also been detained from Kerala and at least two more are being interrogated.
Mohammed had returned last March from Bahrain and was hiding in Delhi, trying to establish connections with Jammu & Kashmir-based collaborators. This batch was planning to migrate to J&K to engage in terrorist activities. They are also accused of indulging in these nefarious anti-national activities as per instructions from their handlers in Pakistan.
The group was allegedly handling the ISIS-linked channels on social media and was using encrypted chat platforms for propaganda. The group was also planning to form an organized terror unit to create havoc in Bharat and many of their accomplices are based out of Kerala. They are also accused of planning to assassinate high-profile targets in Bharat.
These early morning raids conducted in secrecy by the NIA in collaboration with Delhi Police’s special cell and ATS of the Kerala police involved multiple intelligence officers. The raids took place at multiple locations in Kerala, two in Bengaluru, and the Jaffrabad area of New Delhi which was a hotspot during the anti-Hindu Delhi riots last year. In Kerala, the NIA raids took place in Malappuram, Kollam, Kannur, and Kasargod districts. It involved most of their personnel attached to their Kochi office and the rest were flown in from other locations.
The residences of PFI Chelari area secretary, Haneefa Haji, and his son-in-law Rahul Abdullah were raided. This was when the PFI Malappuram area president P Abdul Aziz issued a statement that the NIA raids were not linked to the PFI and warned the media of ‘serious repercussions’ if the news is published.
It was also reported that following reports of violent threats and protests, the questioning in Chelari of Malappuram district had to be shifted to the local police station. Chelari is a known hot-bed of radical activities in the Malappuram district and has seen a spurt in anti-national activities off late.
An NIA statement added that the raids have yielded digital devices that include laptops, mobiles, hard drives, multiple sim cards, and incriminating documents which will be scrutinized using digital forensics.
Local radically linked media reports claimed that no official explanationhas emerged from investigating agencies suggesting deception, but they probably forgot to check social media. They also forgot the fact that Bharat’s investigating agencies do not report to the PFI anyway.
Such statements also highlight the issue of the kind of penetration that these Islamists have over the local media and the kind of biased journalism that Keralites are exposed to, on a daily basis. Sidhique Kappan, a PFI worker and journalist attached with such online portals was arrested on charges of sedition and conspiracy to promote violence in UP. He is also the Secretary of the Kerala Union of Working Journalists! Charges and evidence were so strong that Kappan who was arrested in October of last year, still languishes in jail.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.20: During the prevailing security milieu, a strict monitoring watch has been kept by Pakistan Navy to safeguard maritime frontiers of Pakistan,” the ISPR said.
#AceDailyNews says according to The Dawn News reports The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the navy showed “unremitting vigilance and professional competence” in ascertaining and blocking the attempted entry of the Indian vessel.
It added that the Oct 16 incident was the third time an Indian naval submarine had been detected and tracked by the Pakistan Navy’s long-range maritime patrol aircraft.
“The recent incident reflects the deplorable Indian machinations vis-à-vis commitment and resolve of Pakistan Navy to defend maritime frontiers of the motherland,” the statement reads.
The last such reported incident occurred in March 2019 when the navy had detected and thwarted a similar attempted entry by an Indian submarine. “The Pakistan Navy used its specialised skills to ward off the submarine, successfully keeping it from entering Pakistani waters,” a statement from the navy’s spokesperson had said at the time.
Another attempt was made in November 2016 when an Indian submarine was tracked and pushed clear out of Pakistan’s waters.
The UN Convention on Law of Sea does not allow a state to carry out manoeuvres or exercises in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and in the continental shelf of another coastal state without its consent. EEZ signifies an area of coastal water and seabed within a certain distance of a country’s coastline that cannot be entered without permission or prior information.
The area of Pakistan’s territorial waters is 12 nautical miles while its seabed territory (EEZ) grew to 290,000 square kilometres in 2015. —-
#AceNewsReport – Oct.08: Authorities say the death toll may increase, and that many people were killed when structures collapsed: Many of the dead were women and children, the Reuters news agency said.
#AceDailyNews says that according to reports that on Thursday Pakistan was hit by a 5.7-magnitude #earthquake according to the US Geological Survey who said it was a 5.9 magnitude quake that struck at a shallow depth of 9km. Shallow quakes can cause more damage that has killed at least 20-people and local official say up to 150-injured in Balochistan province but these figures may rise
Local officials told BBC Urdu that at least 150 others are thought to have been injured, with several of them rushed to hospital in critical condition.
Rescue operations are under way, and local media reported that military doctors and paramedics have reached earthquake hit areas to assist with relief efforts.
A number of critically injured people were air-evacuated to the provincial capital Quetta in Pakistan army helicopters.
Some people were treated on stretchers with medics using phones as torches, Reuters said.
More than 100 mud houses have collapsed and a large number of buildings were damaged, leaving hundreds of people homeless, an official told the agency.
Sending his condolences via Twitter, Prime Minister Imran Khan said: “I have ordered immediate assistance on an emergency basis for the Harnai, Balochistan, earthquake victims & for an immediate assessment of the damage for timely relief & compensation.”
EPA: Injured people in Quetta were rushed to hospitals
Yazdani TareenImages from Balochistan showed collapsed walls and houses
Images on social media showed people in the provincial capital of Quetta out on the streets in the aftermath.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.29: In recent months, a disturbing spike in sexual assaults against Christian women and girls in Pakistan has been documented by International Christian Concern (ICC). In July and August alone, ICC discovered 12 incidents in which a Christian woman or girl was sexually assaulted or abducted, forcefully converted to Islam, and forcefully married to one of her abductors..….
In Pakistan, Christian women and girls are doubly vulnerable to persecution. This is due to both their religious identity as Christians and their gender. Below is a summary of the incidents of persecution documented by ICC in the months of July and August 2021.
On July 5: Muhammad Akbar, a Muslim man, filed a police report against Shamim Bibi, a Christian mother of five, claiming that Shamim had converted to Islam and married him. Muhammad filed the report despite Shamin living with her Christian family in the district of Sheikhupura. Shamim refused the allegation and reported that Akbar was attempting to forcibly convert her to Islam.
On July 7: Aleesha, a 9-year-old Christian girl and resident of St. Paul Christian Colony in Hyderabad, was raped by a 45-year-old Muslim man named Baber. On the day of incident, Aleesha was alone in her house when Babar forcefully entered the home, beat Aleesha, and raped her.
On July 18: Samina, age 18, was abducted in front of her parents by Muhammad Ramzan and forcibly converted to Islam in Sangla Hill. The family continues to fight Ramazan to recover custody of their abducted daughter.
On July 21: Kainat, age 16, was abducted at gunpoint and raped by Muhammad Adeel while her parents were at work….
While 12 cases were documented by ICC over the course of these two months, the actual number of incidents of persecution against Christian women and girls is likely to be much higher.
According to a 2014 study by The Movement for Solidarity and Peace Pakistan, an estimated 1,000 women and girls from Pakistan’s Hindu and Christian community are abducted, forcefully married to their captor, and forcibly converted to Islam every year. The issue of religion is also often injected into cases of sexual assault to place religious minority victims at a disadvantage. Playing upon religious biases, perpetrators know they can cover up and justify their crimes by introducing the element of religion.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.27: Four soldiers of the Pakistani frontier corps were killed and two were injured in a bomb attack on a vehicle in the southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan, Pakistani media reported on 26 September…….
#AceDailyNews says that Sputnik reports that an explosion in Southwestern Pakistan Kills Four Soldiers, Two Injured, Reports Suggest
According to the Dawn newspaper, officers of the border corps were performing their patrolling duty on 26 September in the Khosat area of Harnai district when their car hit an improvised explosive device. Other security officers arrived at the scene and took the wounded to the hospital.
Responsibility for the attack was claimed by the militarised organisation Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), banned in Pakistan as a terrorist group. In June, the BLA claimed responsibility for the attack on the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) in the country’s largest city of Karachi.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.18: New Zealand’s Henry Nicholls and Tom Latham during a practice session in Rawalpindi on Thursday: The Black Caps were due to play Pakistan in the first of three one-day internationals in Rawalpindi on Friday before moving to Lahore for a five-match Twenty20 series.
#AceNewsDesk says New Zealand men abandon Pakistan tour over ‘security alert’ after N.Z decision to abandon their tour came after “an escalation in the N.Z government threat levels for Pakistan”.
England’s men’s and women’s teams are due to play in Rawalpindi next month and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said it will decide “in the next 24-48 hours” whether the matches will go ahead.
The men and women are scheduled to play double-header T20 internationals on 13 and 14 October before the women’s side play three ODIs on 17, 19 and 21 October.
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has said it will not comment on the details of the security threat with plans being put in place for the team to return home.
“I understand this will be a blow for the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board), who have been wonderful hosts, but player safety is paramount and we believe this is the only responsible option,” said NZC chief executive David White.
With international teams opting not to tour because of security fears, Pakistan have played the majority of their ‘home’ matches since 2009 in the United Arab Emirates, often in front of sparse crowds.
Pakistan assured New Zealand Cricket of ‘fool-proof security arrangements’
In a statement, the PCB said that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan – a former Pakistan cricket captain – had spoken to his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern and told her that “no security threat of any kind exists for the visiting team”.
“Earlier today, New Zealand Cricket informed us they had been alerted to some security alert and have unilaterally decided to postpone the series,” the statement said.
“Pakistan Cricket Board and the Pakistan government made fool-proof security arrangements for all visiting teams. We have assured New Zealand Cricket of the same.
“The Pakistan Prime Minister spoke personally to the Prime Minister of New Zealand and informed her that we have one of the best intelligence systems in the world and that no security threat of any kind exists for the visiting team.
“The security officials with the New Zealand team have been satisfied with security arrangements made by the Pakistan government throughout their stay here.
“PCB is willing to continue the scheduled matches. However, cricket lovers in Pakistan and around the world will be disappointed by this last-minute withdrawal.”
An ECB statement said: “We’re aware of New Zealand’s decision to pull out of the Pakistan tour due to a security alert: “ We are liaising with our security team who are on the ground in Pakistan to fully understand the situation. The ECB board will then decide in the next 24-48 hours whether our planned tour should proceed.”………Last week, the final Test between England and India at Old Trafford was called off at the last minute after the tourists reported a number of Covid-19 cases within their camp, while England have postponed their own planned tour of Bangladesh to 2023.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.10: Seven persons, all Pakistan nationals, were taken into custody, and 336 kg heroin was seized in the operation earlier this week.
#AceDailyNews says that according to the New Statesman the Sri Lankan Navy has seized 336 kg heroin and apprehend 7 Pakistanis: The trawler, reportedly acting as a multi-day fishing trawler, was transporting drug consignments, with a street value of around Rs 3.1 billion, to other boats.
The trawler, reportedly acting as a multi-day fishing trawler, was transporting drug consignments to other boats, and investigations are still in progress. No weapons were recovered so far. The stock of heroin weighing 336 kg with a street value of around Rs 3.1 billion was detected by the Sri Lanka Navy was found in this operation.
A seven-member crew was found to be Pakistan nationals with a multi-day fishing vessel used to transport the heroin from a foreign port.
The operation was the culmination of a stringent three weeks of surveillance and information sharing between the Navy and intelligence agencies.
The Sri Lankan navy was recently involved in an incident with Indian fishing boats. The fisheries department alleged that Sri Lankan navy personnel pelted stones on Indian boats causing damage to about 60 of them and also damaged fishing nets in around 25 boats, news agency PTI had reported. The boats involved in the incident were fishing near Katchatheevu on August 21.
In a similar incident, the Lankan navy had chased away fishermen from the Palk Strait on July 4 and damaged their fishing equipment. Lankan navy personnel allegedly chased away the Indian fishermen at gunpoint on t and “cut the nets up each costing about one lakh rupees,” fishermen association chief Sesu Raj told news agency PTI, adding that such instances have been on the rise and that Central government should intervene.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.04; Taliban sources told Reuters news agency that they had seized the area, but the resistance fighters they are battling denied this: One of the resistance leaders, Amrullah Saleh, dismissed claims he had fled, but said the situation was “difficult”….
#AceDailyNews as the #Talibanprepare to set-up governance across Afghanistan the ‘Fate of Panjshir Valley’ is in balance amid heavy fighting to gain complete control against militant forces as claims and counterclaims are reported by both sides that they had seized the area ….
The fighting in Panjshir is reported to have left hundreds dead.
In Kabul and other cities several people were killed and others injured by celebratory gunfire, reports say.
Panjshir Valley, north of the capital Kabul, is one of Afghanistan’s smallest provinces and the only one not to have fallen to the Taliban.
The traditional anti-Taliban stronghold is home to somewhere between 150,000 and 200,000 people, and is hidden behind mountain peaks.
The resistance – which includes former Afghan security force members and local militias – is led by local tribal leader Ahmad Massoud. His father successfully fought the Soviets who invaded in the 1980s, and the Taliban in the 1990s.
In a video message sent to the BBC, Mr Saleh, a former vice-president of Afghanistan, said there had been casualties on both sides.
“There is no doubt we are in a difficult situation. We are under invasion by the Taliban,” he said.
But he added: “We will not surrender, we are standing for Afghanistan.”
He said he was sharing the video to assure people that reports suggesting that he had left the country were false. However the BBC was unable to independently confirm his location.
Ali Nazari, a spokesperson for the National Resistance Front (NRF) fighters, told BBC World News that the rebels had pushed the Taliban on the back foot.“There are well over a few hundred Taliban who are trapped. And they are running out of munitions and they are negotiating terms of surrender right now,” he said.But Taliban officials have been claiming victory in the area, with one commander telling Reuters news agency: “By the grace of Allah Almighty, we are in control of the entire Afghanistan. The troublemakers have been defeated and Panjshir is now under our command.”
The are now in control of the rest of the country, and are expected to announce a new government in the coming days.The European Union and UK on Friday joined the US in saying they will deal with the Islamist group, but won’t recognise them as Afghanistan’s government: The EU also said it was planning to re-establish a diplomatic presence in Kabul to oversee evacuations and ensure that a new Afghan government fulfils commitments on issues including security and human rights: But its foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said any engagement would be subject to strict conditions and would only be to support the Afghan people.
The BBC’s chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet, who is in Kabul, says that while the Taliban are seeking international acceptance, they are seeking it on their terms. If the West does not want to deal with them, there are other powers such as China, Russia and Pakistan they can turn to, our correspondent adds.Meanwhile, the Taliban are said to have issued strict orders against aerial firing after unconfirmed reports of a number of deaths caused by celebratory gunfire in Kabul and elsewhere.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.28: His exact age is unclear, but he is believed to have been born in either Afghanistan or Pakistan between 1973 and 1980, according to the FBI, which placed him on its Most Wanted list and is offering a $5 million reward…
His father, Jalaluddin Haqqani, founded their namesake jihadist group and handed over leadership before his death in 2018 at 71. The father had been paralyzed for a decade by then. But in the 1980s, the elder Haqqani was among the U.S.-backed mujahedeen warlords battling a Soviet Union invasion and was a close friend and mentor of the slain al Qaeda terrorist Usama bin Laden, according to the U.S. Director of National Intelligence’s Counterterrorism Guide.
“The Haqqanis are considered the most lethal and sophisticated insurgent group targeting U.S., Coalition, and Afghan forces in Afghanistan,” according to the DNI report. “They typically conduct coordinated small-arms assaults coupled with rocket attacks, IEDs, suicide attacks, and attacks using bomb-laden vehicles.”
U.S. officials have blamed the Haqqani network for numerous high-profile attacks in Afghanistan, including the 2011 attack on the Kabul International Hotel and a pair of suicide bombings at the Indian Embassy. The group had also attacked the U.S. embassy in Kabul in 2011 and is blamed for “the largest truck bomb ever built,” a 61,500-pound device intercepted by Afghan security forces in 2013.
In February 2020, the younger Haqqani wrote an op-ed that appeared in The New York Times, claiming he was “convinced that the killing and the maiming must stop.” The paper identified him as “the deputy leader of the Taliban” but left out his position as the head of a terrorist group.
Even after the paper received criticism for the op-ed, including from within its own newsroom, the author blurb attached to the op-ed still made no mention of his terror ties when accessed Thursday.
“We are about to sign an agreement with the United States and we are fully committed to carrying out its every single provision, in letter and spirit,” he wrote at the time.
Those provisions included an agreement that the Taliban would not allow terror groups like al Qaeda to operate out of Afghanistan as they did before the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks that prompted the U.S.-led invasion.
“The Haqqanis expose the lie that there is a line between Taliban and other jihadist groups, especially al Qaeda,” retired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a Trump-era national security adviser, told The Wall Street JournalThursday.
Since 2008, Sirajuddin Haqqani has been wanted for questioning in connection with a Kabul hotel bombing that killed six people, including one American. He is also suspected of coordinating and taking part in attacks against U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan and playing a role in the failed assassination attempt of former Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
He has a long lists of aliases, according to the FBI: Siraj, Khalifa, Mohammad Siraj, Sarajadin, Cirodjiddin, Seraj, Arkani, Khalifa (Boss) Shahib, Halifa, Ahmed Zia, Sirajuddin Jallaloudine Haqqani, Siraj Haqqani, Serajuddin Haqani, Siraj Haqani and Saraj Haqani.
And he’s not the only member of the Haqqani network with influence within the Taliban.
Sirajuddin Haqqani’s younger brother, Anas Haqqani, was freed as part of a prisoner exchange in 2019 that also secured the release of American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks, who had been held hostage by Taliban fighters for over three years. Then he led a Taliban delegation to meet with ex-officials of the toppled Afghan government earlier this month.
After the Taliban seized Kabul last week, Haqqani’s uncle, Khalil Haqqani, delivered public remarks at the city’s largest mosque – receiving cheers in response, according to The New York Times.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.27: Right now because of security concerns and several other operational considerations, Kabul airport is not going to be an option for the next week at least,” Rick Brennan, WHO’s regional emergency director, speaking from Cairo, told a Geneva briefing…..
#AceDailyNews says that #WHO says hopes for air bridge into northern Afghanistan in days to provide medical supplies to Afghanistanaccording to Reuters
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Insurance rates for flying into Afghanistan have “skyrocketed”, he said, speaking a day after bombs at Kabul airport killed dozens of people. “Once we can address that we can hopefully be airborne in the next 48-72 hours,” he added.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.23: The Chinese embassy in Pakistan strongly condemns this act of terrorism, extends its sincere sympathies to the injured of both countries, and expresses its deep condolences to the innocent victims in Pakistan,” it said in a statement.
#AceDailyNews says that according to the embassy the attack happened on Friday evening at the Gwadar East Bay Expressway project in Balochistan, in south-western Pakistan….The statement said several wounded people were sent to a hospital in Gwadar for treatment.
The embassy called on Pakistan’s authorities to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident and severely punish the perpetrators.
According to Pakistan’s ARY News, the attacker detonated himself about 15 metres from the motorcade at 7:00pm local time.
Two children, playing nearby, died in the attack while two others were injured, it added.
Fawad Chaudhry, Pakistan’s Minister for Information and Broadcasting, described the attack as “a game of sabotage”.
“[The] attack in Gawader is just another expression of game of sabotage against economic vision of great leadership of China and Pakistan,” Mr Chaudhry wrote.
In July, a suicide bomber attacked a bus carrying workers to a dam construction site in northern Pakistan, killing 13 people, including nine Chinese nationals.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistani Taliban militants known as Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were behind those attacks.
The TTP said it was not involved.
Beijing is investing more than $US65 billion ($91 million) in infrastructure projects in Pakistan as part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, under its wider Belt and Road initiative.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.19: The tricolour flag of the Republic of Afghanistan has been replaced with the white flag of the Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan, and in place of Afghan border security forces now stand gun-holding bearded Taliban militants….
#AceDailyNews says Pak/Afghan Border is fenced off from refugees trying to enter into Pakistan via the Torkham border as both security forces now guard the way out and way back in or out of both countries …..
They are now in control of Torkham – the busiest crossing with Pakistan.
A few days back, hundreds of panicked Afghan civilians gathered here for days, desperate for a way out.
Then what seemed inevitable happened: outnumbered Afghan police forces surrendered to the Taliban.
Pakistan, worried about a fighting spillover, had shut its side of the border prior to the Taliban’s takeover. But after brief closure it was reopened for trade and restricted pedestrian movement.
Normally, about 6,000-7,000 people would travel between the two countries daily – but today there are hardly 50 people standing on the Afghanistan side to enter Pakistan.
It’s taking longer than usual. Pakistani security officials say that they don’t want any militants to enter disguised as civilians. That’s why they have made the vetting process at the border more strict.
Torkham has been the main point of refugees’ influx into Pakistan for decades.
An Afghan man with a baby crosses into Pakistan at Torkham
Now the number of Afghans seeking refuge is much lower.
The Taliban are not letting anyone out. Only traders or those with valid travel documents are allowed to cross:
But it’s not the only thing keeping Afghan refugees away: Amid increasing violence across the border in recent years, Pakistan has been fencing itself off from Afghanistan. All border crossings are now heavily manned, making it impossible for Afghan refugees to enter without government consent.
Just a few metres away from the border, Ahsan Khan, 56, was busy taking out his luggage from a taxi. He was off to the Afghan city of Jalalabad.
“I have been travelling from this border since I was in school. There was a time when my father would take us directly to Jalalabad without any checks,” Mr Khan says.
Some of the few Afghans waiting to enter Pakistan, at the usually busy Torkham crossing
Since June 2016, the Pakistani government has made a valid passport and visa mandatory for all Afghans wanting to cross into Pakistan.
“How can you expect Afghan refugees to come to this border when the people they are trying to flee are standing right here. And where would poor uneducated Afghans get passport and a visa in these circumstances?” Mr Khan asks.
A small market just a few kilometres away from Torkham is frequented by Afghans who had fled to Pakistan.
Owaid Ali owns a small food stall. He says he hasn’t seen any Afghan refugees in the market since the Taliban took over the border.
“A few days ago when the Taliban were rapidly taking control of cities, Afghans who came here told me how worried they are at the prospect of living under Taliban rule. But I don’t know how will they escape that life now,” Mr Ali says.
Almost three million Afghan refugees, half of them unregistered, have been living in Pakistan for decades.
But now the government in Islamabad says it has reached its limit and cannot accept more people from the war-torn country, despite pleas from the UN refugees’ agency.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.16: Although US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa say they’re “mindful” that Pakistan and the Pakistani people “also fall victim to terrorist activities that emanate from that region,” Islamic clerics in Pakistan are said to be soliciting support for the #Taliban and even calling for donations, with full support and aid from the Pakistani government. ….
#AceDailyNews reports that the US asks Pakistan to eliminate #Taliban safe havens along Afghanistan-Pakistan border as the Taliban leadership is still have HQ in Pakistan. According to Foreign Policy Magazine:
“Pakistan is supporting the Taliban’s offensive. Without Pakistani logistical support, the Taliban could not undertake the massive nationwide attack it is pursuing,” said Bruce Riedel, who served as a senior advisor on South Asia and the Middle East to four U.S. presidents. “The ISI [Pakistan’s powerful intelligence service] is already pleased it has ejected all the foreign troops from Afghanistan. The goal now is to induce panic in the Afghan government and army.”
This is all despite vehement denials from Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan: The Taliban supports al-Qaeda, an ongoing threat to America. Expect further escalations from America’s worst enemies in the face of a weak and incompetent administration.
“US asks Pakistan to eliminate Taliban safe havens along Afghan-Pak border,” by Shankhyaneel Sarkar, Hindustan Times, August 10, 2021:
During a phone call between US defence secretary Lloyd Austin and Pakistan army chief general Qamar Javed Bajwa, the US sent a strong message to Pakistan’s leadership asking them to take steps for eliminating Taliban terrorists’ safe havens along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
The US feels that these safe havens are causing insecurity and instability in the conflict-ridden nation. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said that Austin and Bajwa also discussed regional security issues and the bilateral defence ties along with the current situation in Afghanistan. Austin said that the US is interested in improving the US-Pakistan relationship.
“Secretary Austin and General Bajwa discussed the ongoing situation in Afghanistan, regional security and stability, and the bilateral defence relationship more broadly,” Kirby was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. He said the US does not feel ‘bashful’ to discuss the safe havens along the border with Pakistan’s leadership.
“We are also mindful that Pakistan and the Pakistani people also fall victim to terrorist activities that emanate from that region. So, we all have a shared sense of the importance of closing down those safe havens and not allowing them to be used by the Taliban or other terrorist networks to sow discord,” Kirby further added. He said that the US continues to continually raise issues related to the safe havens with the Pakistan leadership.
Afghanistan continues to allege that Islamabad is aiding Taliban terrorists and is also sending thousands of terrorists to the country to destabilise the government. Pakistan continues to deny any such role while highlighting that it is due to Islamabad’s efforts Taliban has sat down with the US and Afghanistan to talk peace and stability.
The US, however, has not made any changes to its troop withdrawal plans which has provided a fillip to the Taliban which is advancing at a fast pace and has captured several major cities and provinces in the conflict-ridden nation. Despite being on the peace committee, where the US and the Afghanistan government are stakeholders, the terrorist group has used violence to stamp its authority and take control of vast regions of Afghanistan. The US and Nato will withdraw all their troops by August 31…..
#AceNewsReport – Aug.09: Six civilians were also wounded in the blast that targeted a vehicle carrying 15 policemen near Tanzeem Chowk, Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani said in a statement as quoted by Dawn News: He said the improvised explosive device (IED) was placed on a motorbike….
#AceDailyNews says that two policemen have been killed and twelvewounded in Pakistan blast according to TOLONews the policemen were on duty when the explosion occurred, leading to the martyrdom of two,” police official Azhar Ikram said as quoted by Geo News.
Pakistan’s Interior Ministry Sheikh Rasheed ordered the police to carry out an investigation into the incident: Cowardly acts of terrorism cannot demoralise our forces,” the minister said. “The Centre will provide full support to the government of Balochistan to maintain the law and order: No group has claimed responsibility for the blast.
SOUTH WAZIRISTAN: Three soldiers were wounded in a landmine explosion and firing from across the Afghan border in South Waziristan and North Waziristan tribal districts on Sunday.
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) confirmed the gun attack in North Waziristan district. An ISPR statement said that terrorists from inside Afghanistan opened fire on a Pakistan military post in Dewagar, North Waziristan district.
The army responded in a befitting manner and during an exchange of fire, one soldier got injured.
The ISPR statement said Pakistan had consistently been requesting Afghanistan to ensure effective border management. “Pakistan strongly condemns the use of Afghan soil by terrorists for activities against Pakistan,” it added.
Meanwhile, two soldiers suffered injuries when a landmine exploded near their vehicle at Ladha, South Waziristan district.
Police said the explosion occurred in the Tangi Badanzai area. Officials said a small convoy was passing through a narrow pass when the landmine went off, leaving two soldiers wounded.
Security forces cordoned off the area and three suspects were arrested during a search operation.
#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.