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Protesting students arrested for demanding internet facilities Quetta
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Protesting students arrested for demanding internet facilities Quetta

The police in Pakistan’s Balochistan province arrested over two dozen students while they staged a protest from Quetta Press Club to Balochistan Assembly, demanding access to internet for online classes.The students have been staging a demonstration in Quetta for the past few weeks under the banner of Baloch Students Alliance. They are protesting against online classes in universities across the province.“We were protesting for the availability of internet for online classes,” said Mahrang Baloch, an activist and student leader, who was among the arrested female students.According to a police officer the students tried to organize a rally in the city when there is a complete ban on every kind of gathering as section 144 is imposed. The arrested students were shifted to different police sta
Nearly 1.25 lakh Indians returned from overseas under Vande Bharat Mission: Aviation Minister
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Nearly 1.25 lakh Indians returned from overseas under Vande Bharat Mission: Aviation Minister

Under the ‘Vande Bharat Mission’, India has been successful in bringing back home 1, 25,000 of its people from different countries until now, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on June 24."Vande Bharat continues to be a mission of hope and happiness for stranded and distressed Indians around the world. So far, nearly 125K Indians have come back on these evacuation flights and nearly 43K have flown out of India. On June 23, 6,037 people returned from different countries," Puri said in a tweet.As many as 2,50,087 Indian nationals stranded abroad have been repatriated since the beginning of Vande Bharat Mission last month, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement.The government started the mission on May 6 to help stranded people reach their destinations u
Female protester accuses Hong Kong Police officer of sexual assault
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Female protester accuses Hong Kong Police officer of sexual assault

The infamous pro-China Hong Kong police now has another stain on its reputation with a minor student alleging that a Hong Kong police officer sexually assaulted her during a protest last September.The 17-year-old student, known as "Student K", was quoted as saying that she was arrested on September 25 last year at Sha Tin MTR station under the suspicion of unlawful assembly and assaulting a police officer.She said that a female officer had squeezed her breasts several times and used derogatory language to "harass" her.She also alleged that her requests to use the bathroom were repeatedly denied for more than an hour by the police officer."Human rights are based on your freedom. You are an arrested person so you do not enjoy that freedom," she quoted the police officer.On the accusation tha...
Around 40% pilots in Pakistan have ‘fake’ flying licenses, says aviation minister
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Around 40% pilots in Pakistan have ‘fake’ flying licenses, says aviation minister

In a startling revelation, Pakistan’s Aviation minister Ghulam Sarwar has said that around 40 per cent of the pilots in Pakistan have fake flying licenses.This revelation came when Sarwar was presenting a provisional inquiry report in the National Assembly of Pakistan about the recent PIA plane crash in Karachi.“Pakistan has 860 active pilots, which includes PIA, Serene Air and Air Blue pilots as well. The inquiry which was initiated in February 2019 showed that 262 pilots did not give the exam themselves and asked someone else to sit for exam on their behalf,” the minister said.He said they have found out during the investigations that pilots with ‘fake’ licenses did not even have proper flying experience. The 40 per cent 'fake' license holders also include hundreds of pilots who are not
Analysts discuss oppression of Pakistan’s indigenous minorities during COVID-19
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Analysts discuss oppression of Pakistan’s indigenous minorities during COVID-19

Senior analysts, academics and experts came together for an online panel discussion titled “Oppression of Pakistan’s Indigenous minorities during COVID-19 “, to contemplate on the challenges, discrimination and religious and cultural ignorance that the minorities in Pakistan have had to face during the coronavirus pandemic.Tariq Fateh, a Pakistani-Canadian journalist and author, well-known for his outspoken views on Pakistan, stated that the people, including the minorities in Pakistan would continue to suffer until the country breaks into contiguous independent parts.“Sooner or later, Pakistan has to collapse and break away. And until Pakistan breaks away into four or five of its contiguous parts, it’s not that the minorities will suffer, it’s the people who will suffer. Their destiny wil
Pakistan is safe haven for terror groups: US State Department
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Pakistan is safe haven for terror groups: US State Department

Pakistan continued to serve as a safe haven for certain regionally focused terrorist groups and allowed groups targeting Afghanistan, including the Afghan Taliban and affiliated Haqqani network, as well as groups targeting India, including LeT and its affiliated front organizations, and JeM, to operate from its territory, said a US State Department report.The suspension of US aid to Pakistan, which was announced by President Donald Trump in January 2018, remained in effect throughout 2019, the State Department said.“Pakistan took modest steps in 2019 to counter terror financing and to restrain some India-focused militant groups following the February attack on a security convoy in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir claimed by Pakistan-based JeM,” it said.In its Congressional-mandated an
Pakistan fails in attempt to charge Indian citizen as ‘global terrorist’ by UNSC sanction committee
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Pakistan fails in attempt to charge Indian citizen as ‘global terrorist’ by UNSC sanction committee

The United States of America has dealt a huge blow to Pakistan after the Islamic nation attempted to designate an Indian citizen as a ‘global terrorist’ by the United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) 1267 sanctions committee.As per sources, after Pakistan failed to produce enough evidence against the Indian citizen, the US blocked and terminated its proposal.It was further noted that the US conveyed to Security Council members about terminating Pakistan's terror charge proposal, which it had placed on 'technical hold' last year.Pakistan has been incessantly pressurizing the United Nations to list the Indian national as a terrorist, attempting to frame the person for carrying out alleged acts of terrorism on its soil.Pakistan has failed to produce any fresh evidence to link with any terror
Enforced disappearance policy is becoming a stimulus to declare Pakistan as terrorist state: Baloch leader
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Enforced disappearance policy is becoming a stimulus to declare Pakistan as terrorist state: Baloch leader

Instead of discouraging the Baloch youth through abductions and torture to end politics, the policy of enforced disappearance is becoming a stimulus to declare Pakistan a terrorist state at the international level, Chairman of Baloch National Movement (BNM) Khalil Baloch said.In just a single Twitter post, Baloch highlighted the case of Zakir Majeed, a student leader, who is in Pakistani torture cell since last 11 years.“Zakir Majeed has completed 11 years in Pakistani torture cells. Instead of discouraging the Baloch youth through abductions and torture to end politics, this policy is becoming a stimulus to declare Pakistan a terrorist state at the international level,” Baloch tweeted.Zakir Majeed was enforcedly disappeared on June 8, 2009 along with two of his friends Waheed and Basit Ba
South-east Asian nations warn of ‘alarming’ South China Sea incidents amid COVID-19 pandemic
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South-east Asian nations warn of ‘alarming’ South China Sea incidents amid COVID-19 pandemic

At an ASEAN meeting on Friday, Vietnam and the Philippines warned of growing insecurity in Southeast Asia amid concerns that China was stepping up its activity in the disputed South China Sea during the coronavirus pandemic.Both Hanoi and Manila lodged protests with China in April after Beijing unilaterally declared the creation of new administrative districts on islands in the troubled waterways to which Vietnam and the Philippines also have competing claims."Even as our region struggles to contain Covid-19, alarming incidents in the South China Sea occurred," Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told an online meeting of Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) leaders."We call on parties to refrain from escalating tensions and abide by responsibilities under international law," h...
Four ISIS militants killed near Philippine capital
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Four ISIS militants killed near Philippine capital

In a midnight raid on Friday, Philippine security officials killed four suspected Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-linked militants in a city just south of Manila.They were killed during a raid on a house where they were staying inside a gated community in Don Bosco district in Paranaque city, just an hour's drive from the capital.Police reports identified those killed as Bensaudi Sali, 37, Ramin Hussin, Jamal Kalimming, and a woman in her 40s, Merhama Abdul Sawari.One of the men fired at the policemen and tried to lob a grenade that went off prematurely.An officer was injured when his legs were hit by shrapnel."The unwanted presence of (terrorists) in Metro Manila... proves that terrorist groups know no pandemic," said General Felimon Santos Jr, the military chief."Not even Covid-19...