Former Pakistan PM Imran Khan Indicted in Leaked Documents Case Updated 9 minutes ago

Posted By: Anita Mamgai Posted On: Oct 23, 2023

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has been formally charged with leaking official diplomatic cables, a case that could potentially result in a 10-year jail sentence and a lifetime disqualification if the charges are proven. This comes as a result of a case where Khan had claimed he was ousted as part of a US conspiracy backed by the military establishment. However, both the United States and the Pakistani military have denied this allegation.

The charges were officially filed on Monday, as confirmed by Shah Khawar of Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency outside Adiala Jail, where Khan is currently incarcerated. Imran Khan, a former cricketing superstar, had previously been jailed in August for three years over graft, but his sentence was later overturned, leading to his continued custody on the more severe charge of sharing state documents.

The case revolves around a cable that Khan had presented as evidence of his ousting, but according to a report by the government's Federal Investigation Agency, it is not supported by evidence. Furthermore, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the vice chairman of Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party and a former foreign minister, has also been indicted in connection with this case. Legal experts suggest that these charges could carry a maximum jail term of 14 years.

Adding to the complexity of the situation, CNN News18 recently revealed that a former US ambassador had given a statement against Imran Khan and his government, asserting that their meeting with US counterparts was on record and made no mention of any threat. The communication sent to the Foreign Secretary was a routine process, and no mention of a threat or conspiracy was found in these records.

“The actual details of the meeting were shared with the Foreign Secretary and nothing suggesting a conspiracy was mentioned. This conclusion was drawn by the then Imran Khan government,” Majeed told the court, according to sources in Pakistan. The statement, suggesting that Khan created the controversy against foreign partners for his own political benefit, will cost him a lot, said sources.

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India building world’s largest renewable energy project in salt deserts bordering Pakistan

Posted By: Pawan George Posted On: Dec 06, 2023
Workers tighten screws on the support structure for solar panel installation at the construction site of Adani Green Energy Ltd?s renewable energy park in the salt desert of Karim Shahi village, near Khavda, Bhuj in Gujarat. (AP)

Rising from the bare expanse of the large salt desert that separates India from Pakistan is what will likely be the world's largest renewable energy project when completed three years from now.

The solar and wind energy project will be so big that it will be visible from space, according to developers of what is called the Khavda renewable energy park, named after the village nearest to the project site.

At the site, thousands of laborers install pillars on which solar panels will be mounted. The pillars rise like perfectly aligned concrete cactuses that stretch as far as the eye can see. Other workers are building foundations for enormous wind turbines to be installed; they also are transporting construction material, building substations and laying wires for miles.

When completed, the project will be about as large as Singapore, spreading out over 726 square kilometers (280 square miles). The Indian government estimates it will cost at least $2.26 billion.

Shifting to renewable energy is a key issue at the ongoing COP28 climate summit. Some leaders have voiced support for a target of tripling renewable energy worldwide in any final agreement while curbing use of coal, oil and natural gas, which spew planet-warming gases into the atmosphere.

What makes this heavy industrial activity peculiar is that it's taking place in the middle of the Rann of Kutch in western India's Gujarat state. The Rann is an unforgiving salt desert and marshland at least 70 kilometers (43.5 miles) from the nearest human habitation but just a short army truck ride away from one of the world's most tense international borders separating the two South Asian nations.

Ground zero of India's clean energy transition

When The Associated Press visited the renewable energy park, two days of unseasonal heavy rains had left the ground muddy and water logged since the only escape for water in this rough terrain is evaporation. This made it even harder for the workers to do their job.

Notwithstanding the tough conditions, an estimated 4,000 workers and 500 engineers have been living in makeshift camps for the better part of the past year toiling to get this project up and running.

Once completed, it will supply 30 gigawatts of renewable energy annually, enough to power nearly 18 million Indian homes.

As India aims to install 500 gigawatts of clean energy by the end of the decade and to reach net zero emissions by 2070, this project site will likely contribute significantly to the world's most populous country's transition to producing energy from non-carbon spewing sources.

As things stand, India is still mostly powered by fossil fuels, especially coal, which generate more than 70% of India's electricity. Renewable energy currently contributes about 10% of India's electricity needs. The country is also currently the third-largest emitter of planet-warming gases behind China and the United States.

“There are people working here from all over India," said KSRK Verma, Khavda project head for Adani Green Energy Limited, the renewable energy arm of the Adani Group, which the Indian government has contracted to build 20 gigawatts of the project. Verma, with over 35 years of experience building dams across turbulent South Asian rivers and enormous natural gas tanks under the Bay of Bengal, says this is one of the most difficult projects he's undertaken.

“It's not at all (an) easy site to work at, there is no habitation, the land is marshy, there are a lot of high winds, rains and this is a high earthquake prone area," said Vneet Jaain, managing director of Adani Green at its headquarters in the city of Ahmedabad.

Jaain who has overseen multiple ambitious projects for the Adani Group said the first six months were spent just building basic infrastructure. “From April this year is when we started working on the actual project," he added.

The Adani Group has been in the limelight this year ever since the U.S.-based short-selling Hindenburg Research firm accused the Group and its head, Gautam Adani, of “brazen stock manipulation" and “accounting fraud." Adani Group has called the allegations baseless.

Jaain of Adani Green says the allegations have had little impact on its ongoing projects including work at the Khavda renewable energy park.

An Example To Emulate

“Twenty years ago, India was exactly where a vast expanse of (the) developing world was," Ajay Mathur, director general of the International Solar Alliance, said of the country's renewable energy production. The alliance has 120 member countries and promotes renewable energy — primarily solar — across the world.

About 200 kilometers (124 miles) away in the industrial city of Mundra, also located along the Gujarat state's coastline, the Adani Group is manufacturing the solar and wind energy parts needed for the project. It's one of the few locations in India where most solar energy components are made from scratch. Some of the factories are run like laboratories, with protective gear, face masks and head covers required to avoid dust particles that can compromise solar cells.

The nearby wind energy factory aims to produce 300 turbines a year, with each blade stretching nearly 79 meters (86 yards) and weighing 22 metric tons (24 tons). Each wind turbine generator is capable of producing 5.2 megawatts of clean energy. They will be India's biggest.

As Mathur of the solar alliance said, “India has traveled a long way," and its largescale renewable energy projects including the Khavda park will be inspiring for other developing countries. “Here is a country that was exactly where they are today and was able to make the change," he said.

Environmental impact

While acknowledging the importance of transitioning to renewable energy, environmental experts and social activists say India's decision to allow clean energy projects without any environmental impact assessments is bound to have adverse consequences.

“The salt desert is a unique landscape" that is “rich in flora and fauna," including flamingos, desert foxes and migratory bird species that fly from Europe and Africa to winter in this region, according to Abi T Vanak, a conservation scientist with the Bengaluru-based Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment. Vanak has overseen multiple environment-related research projects in the Kutch region.

Kutch and other similar regions are classified as “wastelands," by the Indian government — and Vanak says this is extremely unfortunate. “They are not recognized as valid ecosystems," he said.

With renewable energy projects exempt from environmental impact assessments, “There is no system in place" to determine the best places for them, according to Sandip Virmani, an environmentalist based in Kutch.

At a little over 45,000 square kilometers (17,374.5 square miles), the Kutch district is as big as Denmark and is India's largest district. Given this, Virmani said there is enough land in Kutch for various renewable energy projects. But he fears that dairies and other local businesses in the region might be impacted by large-scale projects. “It has to be in the context of not compromising on another economy," he said.

Meanwhile, longtime residents are still waiting to see how this huge project near their village will affect them.

Hirelal Rajde, 75, who has spent most of his life in Khavda, is mindful of the upcoming energy project as well as the increase in tourism in recent years in this otherwise desolate region. “I think these developments are both good and bad," said Rajde.

“I think overall though it will benefit more than it will cause problems," he said. "I tell everyone who lives here to hold onto their land, don't sell it. In a few years, I tell them they'll have so much business that they won't be able to rest even at night."

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Pak would have taken Poonch

Posted By: Jogendra Kumar Posted On: Dec 06, 2023
New Delhi: J&K National Conference MP Farooq Abdullah speaks in the Lok Sabha during the Winter session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Wednesday (PTI)

Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and National Conference (NC) President Farooq Abdullah defended Jawaharlal Nehru, correcting Home Minister Amit Shah's ‘Nehruvian Blunder’ remark.

Farooq Abdullah said that ‘Lord Mountbatten and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had also suggested that this (Jammu and Kashmir debate) should go to the United Nations'.

Amit Shah on Wednesday blamed the first prime minister of Independent India Jawaharlal Nehru for Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK). In a boldly worded speech replying to questions on the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, tabled in the Lok Sabha, Amit Shah said ‘PoK is ours'.

Farooq Abdullah said, “...At that time, the army was diverted to save Poonch and Rajouri. If it had not been done, Poonch and Rajouri would have also gone to Pakistan...There was no other way than this, Lord Mountbatten and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had also suggested that this should go to the United Nations..."

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China Formally Accords Diplomatic Recognition to Taliban Govt in Afghanistan Published 54 minutes ago

Posted By: Tarun Kumar Posted On: Dec 05, 2023

China has become the first country to confer diplomatic status to a Taliban-nominated official as Afghanistan's Ambassador to Beijing, thereby formally recognising the Taliban-run administration as a legitimate government in Kabul.

As a long-standing friendly neighbour of Afghanistan, China believes that Afghanistan should not be excluded from the international community, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a media briefing on Tuesday when asked whether China recognised the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan.

Earlier reports from Kabul said China has given Bilal Karimi, a Taliban nominee the status of Ambassador and he has submitted his credentials to the foreign ministry.

China along with Pakistan and Russia maintained its embassy in Kabul after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August 2021 following the withdrawal of American troops from the war-ravaged country.

While maintaining close contact with the Taliban interim administration, Beijing withheld recognition, especially over global criticism of the Taliban's treatment of women and girls, excluding them from educational institutions.

No other country has formally recognised the Taliban government, which has been criticised over human rights violations and crushing women's rights.

Defending China's move, Wang said, We hope Afghanistan will further respond to the expectations of the international community, build an open and inclusive political structure, adopt moderate and prudent domestic and foreign policies, firmly combat all forms of terrorist forces, develop friendly relations with other countries, especially with its neighbours, and integrate itself into the world community. We believe that diplomatic recognition of the Afghan government will come naturally as the concerns of various parties are effectively addressed, Wang said.

China, which shares borders with Afghanistan, also has serious concerns over the regrouping of East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), a banned outfit comprising Uighur militants from the volatile Xinjiang province, and pressing the Taliban administration to crack down on the outfit.

Significantly, China's diplomatic recognition comes at a time when Pakistan, Beijing's all-weather ally, is having serious problems with the Taliban which it once nurtured.

Pakistan is now blaming the Taliban government for recurring terrorist attacks in the country and criticised it for not cracking down hard on Pakistan Islamic militant groups, especially the Pakistani Taliban, operating from Afghanistan.

In retaliation, Islamabad has ordered forceful evacuation of thousands of Afghan refugees living in the country for decades.

Source: News18
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Seven Persons Killed in Terror Attack in Pakistan's Gilgit Baltistan Updated 1 hour ago

Posted By: Pawan George Posted On: Dec 05, 2023

At least seven people were killed and eighteen injured as terrorists opened fire on a passenger bus in restive northwest Pakistan on Saturday, police said. The bus was travelling from Ghizer district in Gilgit Baltistan to Islamabad when terrorists opened indiscriminate fire, an official said.

The bus caught fire after lethal firing by the terrorists, the police said. The dead and injured included military servicemen as well as civilians.

The assailants managed to escape from the scene after the attack. The injured have been transferred to a nearby hospital, the police said.

It said the condition of several persons is critical and that the death toll is expected to rise further. The police said an investigation has been launched into the attack and a search operation is on to apprehend the terrorists.

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India Overtake Rivals Pakistan to Set New Record After They Clinch T20I Series Against Australia Published 19 minutes ago

Posted By: Anita Mamgai Posted On: Dec 02, 2023

As India managed to seal the five-match T20I series against Australia thanks to the all-round efforts of various players. India will now head to the final game with nothing to lose as they have already clinched the series 3-1.

Team India has had a long history in the shortest format. They started in the T20 scene in 2006-07, where they went up against South Africa in a one-off game. The legendary opening batter, Virender Sehwag, led the side and since has come a long way.

READ MORE: Harmanpreet Kaur to Lead as India Announce Squads For T20I and Test Series Against England and Australia

Mahendra Singh Dhoni led a young Indian side into the inaugural edition of the World Cup as well where they went on to defeat Pakistan in the 2007 T20 World Cup to become the first-ever champions in the format as well.

Since then India has gone on to play many more T20Is and after their win over Australia in Raipur managed to set a new record with the most wins in T20I history. India managed to pip their arch-rivals Pakistan to set a new record. The Indian side now stands at 136 T20I wins getting over Pakistan at 135 wins.

India was able to do this thanks to contributions from various players in the fourth T20I match. Rinku Singh and Jitesh Sharma managed to hold their own in the latter stages of the innings to push India to set a target of 175 runs for the Aussies.

READ MORE: Axar Patel Traps Aussies in His Vicious Web After Rinku Singh Sets up Tone in Raipur for India's Series Win

Despite the quick start from Travis Head, the Indian spinners were able to dominate the proceedings from the powerplay to restrict the Australian side to just 154 runs. Bishnoi picked up the one-wicket for just 17 runs and Axar Patel was the star with the ball picking up three wickets which included the likes of Travis Head, Ben McDermott and Aaron Hardie for just 16 runs to help seal the series for India.

India will now travel to Bengaluru where they go against Australia for the final match of the series and will look to best prepare themselves for the T20 World Cup 2024 jointly hosted by the West Indies and the United States of America where the Men in Blue will look to get their hands on the title which has eluded them since the inaugural edition.

Source: News18
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Big Relief for Nawaz Sharif as Pak Court Acquits Him in Avenfield Case Published 15 minutes ago

Posted By: Vanshika Pathak Posted On: Nov 29, 2023

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday acquitted former Pakistan Prime Miniter Nawaz Sharif in the Avenfield reference. The verdict was announced by a two-member bench on Nawaz's appeal against his conviction in the case.

In July 2018, an accountability court sentenced the PML-N supremo to rigorous imprisonment for a term of 10 years with a fine of £8 million in the Avenfield Apartments corruption reference for owning assets beyond known sources of income and an additional year for not cooperating with National Accountability Bureau (NAB), both of them to be served concurrently.

Nawaz, who was declared a proclaimed offender in December 2020, returned to Pakistan last month, seeking the restoration of his appeal. The IHC set aside the accountability court's verdict, citing a lack of evidence and legal flaws. Nawaz's lawyer argued that the prosecution failed to prove the link between Nawaz and the Avenfield properties. The court highlighted the suspension of Nawaz's sentence based on previous Supreme Court judgments.

The case revolves around the purchase of four flats in Avenfield House, London. Last year, the IHC had acquitted Nawaz's daughter, Maryam Nawaz, and her spouse, retired Capt Safdar, in the same case. The verdict holds significance in the context of PML-N supremo's political future and the ongoing legal battles.

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Lareb Hashmi Stabbing

Posted By: Tarun Kumar Posted On: Nov 27, 2023

Lareb Hashmi, the 20-year-old accused who has been arrested for attacking a bus conductor with a cleaver after a dispute in Uttar Pradesh's Prayagraj, has revealed the reason for attacking the conductor.

The engineering student claimed that the dispute was over ticket fare and alleged that the conductor used “casteist” words.

The accused Lareb Hashmi also revealed that he follows the teachings of Pakistan's Maulana Khadim Hussain Rizvi. He said that though he has not met Rizvi in person but has seen him “on the internet”.

What Led to the Attack?

The incident took place on Friday when Hashmi took a cleaver to bus conductor Harikesh sending him to hospital with serious wounds. Hashmi was nabbed the same day later from Chandi village after a gunfire encounter with police during which he was shot in the leg.

The incident came to light when a video shot by Hashmi went viral on social media. “He was abusing a Muslim. Insha Allah he will not survive,” Hashmi says in the video referring to the bus conductor.

“Nobody should think that the government is of Modi and Yogi. Only Mustafa rules our hearts. Allah hu Akbar, Allah hu Akbar,” he said.

Who is Maulana Khadim Hussain Rizvi?

Maulana Khadim Hussain Rizvi was known for his fiery oratory in Urdu and Punjabi and his memorisation of Arabic verses from the Quran, which he often quotes in his speeches.

Rizvi memorised the Quran and was an ardent follower of the Islamic theologian Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi, who was born in Bareilly, UP in the 19th century and founded the Barelvi school of thought.

Rizvi was the head of a religio-political party Tehrik-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), a radical grouping of the Barelvi sect among Sunni Muslims. He, however, weaponised Barelvism in a way unparalleled in the subcontinent in recent history.

Rizvi has been confined to a wheelchair since 2006 ever since an accident near Gujranwala. He died in 2020 at the age of 54 due to an unknown cause.

The wheelchair-bound preacher was also a former Pakistan government employee and hails from Attock district in the Punjab province of Pakistan.

How Khadim Rizvi Shot to Prominence?

Khadim Rizvi shot to prominence when he resigned from his government job to lead the charge against the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader and governor of Punjab Salmaan Taseer.

He smeared Taseer for committing blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad and called for the governor's death.

Taseer, a prominent name in Pakistan, was pleading for mercy on behalf of Asia Bibi, who was famously accused of blasphemy and languishing in prison. In 2011, a policeman from the governor's security Mumtaz Qadri, inspired by Rizvi, shot and killed Taseer.

Khadim Rizvi's Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan magnified the slogan ‘Sar Tan Se Juda' among the masses of Pakistan to shield Qadri for the murder of Salman Taseer.

?Sar Tan Se Juda? Slogans in India

The slogan – ‘Sar Tan Se Juda', which has been raised in several protests across India in the past few years, traces its roots to Moulana Khadim Hussain Rizvi.

Rizvi has often invoked “Man Sabba Nabiyan Faqtolohu”, which translates into “Whoever Insults a Prophet, Kill him”. During his rallies, he would raise a question to the audience during the mass demonstrations, “Gustakh-e-Rasool ki Ek hi Saza?” (What's the only punishment for the Blasphemer?) to which the protestors would respond by chanting “Sar Tan Se Juda, Sar Tan Se Juda”.

Later, his followers normalised the slogan through YouTube videos and popularised it in protests. The slogans were also raised during the protests against BJP leader Nupur Sharma for her remarks against the Prophet and in Hyderabad during protests against Raja Singh's derogatory remarks.

Source: News18
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Champions Trophy to be shifted out of Pakistan or held in hybrid model

Posted By: Ramesh Sharma Posted On: Nov 27, 2023
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash, File) (AP)

The 2025 edition of Champions Trophy, the second biggest multilateral One-Day International (ODI) cricket tournament after the World Cup, would be shifted out of Pakistan or played under hybrid model, reports said on November 27.

The tournament could be moved to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), or played under an Asia Cup-like hybrid model with matches scheduled in both the countries, the media reports claimed.

Livemint could not independently verify the development.

Pakistan is currently scheduled to host the Champions Trophy 2025, but speculations are rife that the International Cricket Council (ICC) may come out with an alternative plan as India may decide against sending its national team to the neighbouring nation due to political and security reasons.

Also Read: Will India play ICC Champions Trophy 2025 in Pakistan? Here's what Anurag Thakur said

A similar scenario emerged during the recently held Asia Cup, which was originally scheduled in Pakistan. However, after India decided against sending its team to the country, the tournament was held under hybrid model in Sri Lanka.

Four Asia Cup matches were played in Pakistan, whereas, the remainder of the tournament was held in Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has urged the ICC to sign the Champions Trophy 2025 hosting rights agreements with it, stressing that the PCB should be compensated if India refuse to travel to the country citing political and security reasons, reports said on November 26.

Also Read: Pakistan seeks BCCI's 'written guarantee' to PCB on India's 2025 CT participation

A highly reliable source in the PCB told news agency PTI that while the ICC has marked Pakistan as the host of the tournament, the global body is yet to sign the important hosting agreement with it.

The source reportedly disclosed that PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf and COO Salman Naseer had met the ICC executive board in Ahmedabad to discuss the hosting of the Champions Trophy in Pakistan in February-March, 2025.

“Pakistani officials discussed the probability of the Indian board (BCCI) again refusing to send its team to Pakistan and made it clear that in any given situation the ICC must avoid taking unilateral decisions on the tournament," the person was quoted as saying.

He said the PCB officials had told ICC that if India refuses to play in Pakistan on security grounds, the global body should appoint an independent security agency.

The PCB further said the agency could liaison with Pakistan government and security officials to assess the security situation of the participating teams including India.

“The PCB officials said many top teams had toured Pakistan in the last two years without any security concerns.

“They also made it clear that in case of India not sending its team and its matches being moved to another country, then the ICC must compensate Pakistan for this," the source was further quoted as saying.

(With PTI inputs)

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Hasan Ali wrestles Pakistan Cricket team's masseur

Posted By: Ajay Rawat Posted On: Nov 25, 2023
Pakistan'cricketer Hasan Ali (AFP)

In a video that has gone viral Pakistan cricketer Hasan Ali is seen involved in a fun wrestling match with team masseur Malang Ali. The video was uploaded by Sports Paktv on their YouTube channel.

Pakistan Test squad will tour Australia for three Test matches scheduled from December 14 to January 7, 2024. Following the recent ICC World Cup 2023, Pakistani cricket has seen many changes, including the departure of Babar Azam in his role as captain.

Shan Masood will be leading the side in his first assignment as Test captain. He was named Pakistan's captain for the ICC World Test Championship 2023-25 cycle after taking over the reins from Babar Azam last week.

Left-handed opening batter Saim Ayub and right-arm fast bowler Khurram Shahzad have earned maiden Test call-ups for the three-match series.

Pace bowling all-rounder Faheem Ashraf, who last appeared in Tests for Pakistan during England's tour of Pakistan in late 2022, has returned to the squad.

Left-arm pacer Mir Hamza, who registered 32 wickets at 20.88 in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2023-24, and right-arm pacer Mohammad Wasim Jnr are making a return to the squad as well.

The two fast bowlers were part of Pakistan's squad during New Zealand's tour of Pakistan that took place from December 2022 to January 2023.

"The squad has been assembled keeping in mind the challenging Australian conditions. We have kept the pitches in mind and added more pace bowling resources to the team to ensure that the management can be flexible with the team combinations in all three Test matches," Chief Selector Wahab Riaz said, according to an official statement.

"Saim Ayub has been added to the squad after the extraordinary domestic season he has had this year. He has impressed with the bat during the Quaid-e-Azam trophy and Pakistan Cup, pushing the case for his selection. His inclusion will strengthen our solid batting line-up," he added.

He said Pakistan has started off the ICC World Test Championship 2023-25 really well, after their success in Sri Lanka earlier this year.

"We hope that the team can carry this momentum ahead in Australia as well. We have tried to ensure that the team has all relevant resources to find success in Australia," Riaz said.

Pakistan squad for Australia Tests: Shan Masood (captain), Aamir Jamal, Abdullah Shafique, Abrar Ahmed, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Khurram Shahzad, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Noman Ali, Saim Ayub, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Saud Shakeel and Shaheen Shah Afridi.

*With Agency Inputs

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Pakistan Continues Crackdown on Hindu Temples

Posted By: Aditya Gogoi Posted On: Nov 24, 2023

In yet another series of egregious human rights violations, authorities in Pakistan have reportedly targeted places of worship belonging to Hindus. The Hinglaj Mata Mandir (temple) in Sindh province became a victim of this crackdown on religious minorities, as officials in the Tharparkar District cited a court order to justify the demolition of this Hindu temple in the city of Mithi.

Adding to this, exclusive information from CNN News18 reveals the demolition of another Hindu site – the Sharda Peeth Mandir (temple) near the Line of Control (LOC). This action occurred despite a standing Supreme Court order aimed at protecting the temple. There are reports indicating the construction of a coffee house near the temple, scheduled for inauguration in November this year.

Top government sources acknowledge that such atrocities against Hindus are not isolated incidents in Pakistan. The community has faced persistent challenges, including targeted violence, killings, and encroachments on their lands. Local involvement in these acts, often followed by government endorsement, has been a recurring pattern.

Even the Sharda Peeth, recognised as a UNESCO site, did not escape destruction. The demolition contradicts international preservation efforts and raises questions about protecting cultural and religious heritage in the region. These incidents highlight the continued persecution faced by Hindus in the country.

Source: News18
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Latest News Samantha shared this image. (courtesy: samantharuthprabhuoffl Samantha shared this image. (courtesy: samantharuthprabhuoffl Samantha shared this image. (courtesy: samantharuthprabhuoffl Samantha shared this image. (courtesy: samantharuthprabhuoffl Samantha shared this image. (courtesy: samantharuthprabhuoffl
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Technology Chinese e-commerce platforms including JD.com, PDD Holdings' Pinduoduo and Alibaba's Taobao are offering big discounts on Apple's latest iPhone 15, with some going for up to 1,501 yuan ($205.14) below the retail price. Chinese e-commerce platforms including JD.com, PDD Holdings' Pinduoduo and Alibaba's Taobao are offering big discounts on Apple's latest iPhone 15, with some going for up to 1,501 yuan ($205.14) below the retail price.
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Latest News Many people turn to social media as a platform for voicing their grievances with companies. A passenger flying with Ryanair, also took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to share a complaint, however the response he received from the airline has left many people in splits.
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Latest News This was India's third gold in women's kabaddi which was introduced in the 2010 Asian Games. This was India's third gold in women's kabaddi which was introduced in the 2010 Asian Games. This was India's third gold in women's kabaddi which was introduced in the 2010 Asian Games.
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World Hostages remain an important political currency for the Hamas. Hostages remain an important political currency for the Hamas. Hostages remain an important political currency for the Hamas. Hostages remain an important political currency for the Hamas.
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Latest News Vijay Dashmi is a major cultural festival in India. Vijay Dashmi is a major cultural festival in India. Vijay Dashmi is a major cultural festival in India. Vijay Dashmi is a major cultural festival in India. Vijay Dashmi is a major cultural festival in India.
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Technology YouTube on Monday said it did not detect materials related to child sexual abuse on its platform despite multiple probes and also has not received evidence of such content on the video streaming platform from regulators. YouTube on Monday said it did not detect materials related to child sexual abuse on its platform despite multiple probes and also has not received evidence of such content on the video streaming platform from regulators.
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World Canadian police are searching for a suspect after three temples were robbed on Sunday. Canadian police are searching for a suspect after three temples were robbed on Sunday. Canadian police are searching for a suspect after three temples were robbed on Sunday.
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Latest News In a fur-tastic twist, a cat recently showed a heartwarming - and a tad bit hilarious - exception to the common cat-and-dog rivalry. How? The cat got very protective while hugging a dog and became angry with its human who tried to pet the pooch. In a fur-tastic twist, a cat recently showed a heartwarming - and a tad bit hilarious - exception to the common cat-and-dog rivalry. How? The cat got very protective while hugging a dog and became angry with its human who tried to pet the pooch.
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World Israel has formed an emergency government to conduct war against Hamas, five days after the group's fighters killed civilians in their homes and on the streets in an unprecedented assault on Israeli soil. Israel has formed an emergency government to conduct war against Hamas, five days after the group's fighters killed civilians in their homes and on the streets in an unprecedented assault on Israeli soil.
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Latest News Delhi High Court directed both platforms to refrain from using each other's copyrighted material Delhi High Court directed both platforms to refrain from using each other's copyrighted material Delhi High Court directed both platforms to refrain from using each other's copyrighted material
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World Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday thanked US Secretary of State Antony Blinken for United States' support to the country in the war against terror group Hamas saying that his visit is a tangible example of America's unequivocal support in the time where they should stand tall, proud and united against the sheer evil.
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World Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday alleged babies were murdered and burned by Hamas terrorists during their onslaught against Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday alleged babies were murdered and burned by Hamas terrorists during their onslaught against Israel.
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Latest News Ultra-luxury brands "play you," according to Nikhil Kamath. Ultra-luxury brands "play you," according to Nikhil Kamath. Ultra-luxury brands "play you," according to Nikhil Kamath. Ultra-luxury brands "play you," according to Nikhil Kamath. Ultra-luxury brands "play you," according to Nikhil Kamath.
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Life Style In a world where traditional work norms and relentless work hours have been the norm, a new trend is emerging that challenges these conventions and is poised to reshape India's workforce. Dubbed the “lazy girl job,” this trend champions work-life balance, defying the old paradigm of relentless work hours and potential burnouts. It has the potential to not only change the way we work but also transform gender inclusion and the gig economy.
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Latest News A video capturing impatient passengers rushing to enter a train through a narrow opening of the door, each vying for a coveted spot inside, was shared online. The video was posted on Reddit with a caption that reads, “Automatic door in Mumbai trains.” The clip shows how the passengers hurled themselves through the half-open doors.
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Latest News Humans of Bombay (HOB) recently filed a case in Delhi High Court against People of India (POI) over protecting their intellectual property. The platform's founder Karishma Mehta has now taken to Instagram to address the controversy around the case and also inform that the court has ‘upheld their contentions'.
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Technology The Meta-owned instant messaging application WhatsApp is reportedly planning to roll out a revamped interface by introducing new colours and icons. The Meta-owned instant messaging application WhatsApp is reportedly planning to roll out a revamped interface by introducing new colours and icons.
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World Darryl George,18, a black junior student at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, Texas was suspended from his school over his dreadlocks hairstyle. Darryl George,18, a black junior student at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, Texas was suspended from his school over his dreadlocks hairstyle.