COAS lauds army team’s ‘commendable’ performance in international military exercise

COAS lauds army team’s ‘commendable’ performance in international military exercise

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif has appreciated the “commendable performance” of a Pakistan Army team, which secured a gold medal at an annual international military patrolling exercise held in the United Kingdom last month.

The army chief met members of the winning team on Thursday, the military’s media wing, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement on Thursday.

A total of 122 teams participated in ‘Exercise Cambrian Patrol’, one of the toughest patrolling tests for military personnel, the communiqué added.

“The COAS appreciated the team for their commendable performance in winning the medal, and keeping Pakistan’s flag high.”

 

This was the third time Pakistan Army won gold in the Cambrian Patrol. The military’s team had last year shared the first place award with the Royal New Zealand Army, beating 140 teams from armies across the globe. The Indian army secured second place, winning a silver medal.

The international military patrolling exercise marks an important event in British army’s training calendar. Run by the 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales, over a 140 countries compete in the exercise, which puts the soldiers’ strength to the test.

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Saad Hariri named Lebanon’s new prime minister

Saad Hariri named Lebanon’s new prime minister

Leading Sunni political figure Saad Hariri was named as Lebanon’s new prime minister on Thursday, the office of President Michel Aoun announced.

“After the necessary parliamentary consultations… the president has entrusted Saad Hariri with the formation of a government,” said a statement read by the president’s chief of staff Antoine Choukeir.

Lebanon set to elect president, ending two-year vacuum

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The nomination comes days after Aoun was elected, with Hariri’s surprise support, ending a vacuum of more than two years. Hariri was endorsed by 110 members of the 127-seat parliament, with only the Shiite Hezbollah movement, the Syrian Social National Party and the Lebanese Baath party — all supporters of Syria’s government — declining to back him as prime minister.

But his return was assured as part of the deal he struck to throw his support behind former general Michel Aoun, a Hezbollah ally.

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Hariri returns to the post of prime minister five years after his last cabinet collapsed when his longtime rival Hezbollah and its allies pulled their ministers from a unity government that had taken months to form.

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Pochettino blasts Spurs after ’embarrassing’ defeat against Leverkusen

Pochettino blasts Spurs after ’embarrassing’ defeat against Leverkusen

LONDON: 

Mauricio Pochettino warned his Tottenham flops they are on the brink of Champions League elimination after an “embarrassing” defeat against Bayer Leverkusen.

Pochettino’s side crashed to a 1-0 loss at Wembley on Wednesday that leaves them third in Group E with just two games remaining.

If Tottenham lose in Monaco in their next fixture and Leverkusen beat CSKA Moscow, the north Londoners would be eliminated from the competition and Pochettino knows they will have to improve dramatically to make the knockout stages.

“Now we must win against Monaco, if not forget Champions League. That is the truth,” he said.

“If we win that one, then we must win against CSKA. If not, bye bye Champions League.

 

“Of course we need to improve. We don’t have much time. We need to lift the players because they were very disappointed.  We need to look in the mirror and say ‘come on we need to improve’.

“If we aren’t realistic in our analysis it is difficult to improve.”

After two dismal displays in their matches at Wembley, which is serving as their temporary home for European matches while White Hart Lane is redeveloped, Pochettino was asked if playing at the English national stadium had unsettled his players.

But the Tottenham manager responded by insisting the team had to take the blame for their predicament rather than look for excuses.

“We cannot blame Wembley. Wembley for me was fantastic. I enjoy coming here a lot,” he said.

“We can make a lot of excuses, but tell me one place better than here to play football.

“It is where football was born. The problem is inside us. It is not Wembley.

 

“It is embarrassing for me and the players feel the same.

“We need to show more. We were poor again. We need to find the answer ourselves. We need to be critical of our performance. We were the problem, not Wembley. Don’t blame Wembley.”

Tottenham have failed to win any of their six games in all competitions since an impressive victory over Manchester City and Pochettino believes the strain of competing in both the Premier League and Champions League might be taking its toll on his players.

“We are in a bad moment. After Manchester City we don’t win,” he said.

“In both games at Wembley we didn’t show our real quality for different reasons.

“The attitude wasn’t the problem. Playing the Champions League is tough and demands a lot of mental and physical energy.

oughest competitions in the world, it’s good to analyse how we deal with that. It’s maybe one of the reasons.”

While Pochettino ponders how to get Tottenham back on track, Leverkusen manager Roger Schmidt was celebrating a much-needed victory that eased the pressure on him after a poor run in the Bundesliga.

“From the start we were courageous and bold. In the second half we were solid and strong in defence after we scored,” he said.

“Playing here was a very special game. It was an exceptional situation.

“I looked forward to it and enjoyed the fact we played well and fought hard.

“Our team showed we were together and ready to work hard.”

Schmidt, whose second placed side are two points ahead of Tottenham, still expects a fight to the finish to qualify from Group E.

“Nothing is decided and I think it will go down to the last matchday,” he said. “We are in a good position now. From the start I believed we could be in the top two.”

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Two US military personnel, 16 Afghans killed in clash

Two US military personnel, 16 Afghans killed in clash

KUNDUZ, AFGHANISTAN: Two US service members were killed on Thursday while helping Afghan security forces fighting the Taliban around the northern city of Kunduz, the US military said, while Afghan officials reported at least 16 civilians were killed.

Although the US military gave no details, Afghan officials said there had been heavy fighting about 5 km (3 miles) from the city centre overnight.

The Taliban said in a statement a US air strike had destroyed many houses and killed women and children.

There were angry protests by civilians who brought the bodies of at least 16 dead into Kunduz, Mafuzullah Akbari, a police spokesman said.

The deaths underline the precarious security situation around Kunduz, which Taliban fighters managed to enter last month, a year after they briefly captured the city in their biggest success in the 15-year long war.

hat units they served with and there was no immediate detailed comment on the circumstances of their deaths.

There was also no immediate word on whether any air strikes had been carried out.

“The service members came under fire during a train, advise and assist mission with our Afghan partners to clear a Taliban position and disrupt the group’s operations in Kunduz district,” the US military said in a statement.

Although US combat operations against the Taliban largely ended in 2014, special forces units have been repeatedly engaged in combat, providing assistance to the Afghan army and police.

Masoom Hashemi, deputy police chief in Kunduz province, said police were investigating to try to determine if any of the dead were linked to the Taliban.

 

Thousands of US soldiers remain in Afghanistan as part of the NATO-led Resolute Support training and assistance mission and a separate counterterrorism mission.

The deaths come a month after another US service member was killed on an operation against Islamic State fighters in the eastern province of Nangarhar.

Afghan forces, fighting largely on their own since the end of the international combat mission, have suffered thousands of casualties, with more than 5,500 killed in the first eight months of 2016.

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Bangladesh PM promises new home for teenage sensation Mehedi Hasan

Bangladesh PM promises new home for teenage sensation Mehedi Hasan

DHAKA: 

Bangladesh’s teenage spin sensation Mehedi Hasan is to have a new home built for him on the orders of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after his match-winning heroics in the historic Test victory over England.

The 19-year-old off-spinner took 12 wickets in the second Test as Bangladesh wrapped up a 108-run victory in Dhaka on Sunday — their first ever Test triumph for the cricketing minnows over England.

Hasan had been living with his parents in a basic home in a working-class district of Khulna but Hasina, who is a keen cricket fan, told local authorities to build something more befitting a national hero.

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“We are now trying to find a good spot to build Mehedi a new home following the prime minister’s directive,” said Khulna district administrator Nazmul Ahsan.

While there was no immediate word from Hasan himself, Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said it should help drive Hasan — who is the son of a taxi-driver — to greater heights.

“It is a gift to the wonderboy from our premier for the brilliant performance in the Test series against England,” Chowdhury told AFP. “It will surely inspire him to work hard and do better in the future.”

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Hasan, who only made his Test debut in the opening Test in Chittagong, was named both the man of the match after his performance in Dhaka and the man of the series.

The victory in Dhaka, which meant the series ended tied, sparked wild celebrations among Bangladesh’s tens of millions of cricket fans.

Pakistani doctor banned from practice after beating daughter for going to Halloween party

Pakistani doctor banned from practice after beating daughter for going to Halloween party

A Pakistani-origin cardiologist in the United Kingdom has been banned from medical practice for a year for beating up his teenage daughter.

Dr Gohar Rahman, 57, who worked at the UN gave his teenage daughter a beating and labelled her a “prostitute” after she disobeyed his orders and went to a Halloween party last year, a medical tribunal heard.

The daughter, then 17, had gone to a Halloween party after telling her father she would be home from a friend’s house by 9:30pm. However, following the party she went for a night out and then slept over at the home of a male friend.

 

Furious, Rahman and his wife collected their daughter the next morning. During the journey home, Rahman leaned back in the car and grabbed his daughter’s hair and banged her head on the back of the passenger seat two or three times, The Telegraph reported.

After reaching home Rahman continued to beat her, kicking and slapping her while she lay on the floor. The daughter says she remembers being hit with a shoe and was assaulted to her arms back and bottom.

Police were called to the scene after Rahman’s daughter sent out an SOS message on social media using a Nintendo DS. Rahman was suspended for 12 months on Tuesday.

Chair of the tribunal at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service hearing in Manchester, Margaret Dodd said, “The tribunal considered that, in being convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, you have brought the profession into disrepute.”

 

Earlier in February, Rahman was given a 10-month suspended sentence at Liverpool Crown Court where he and was ordered to complete 100 hours’ unpaid work after he was found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Rahman graduated from Khyber Medical University in Pakistan before moving to the UK in 1998.

This article originally appeared on Mail Online.

Boy rides toy car into oncoming traffic in China

Boy rides toy car into oncoming traffic in China

BEIJING: 

Video of a toddler riding his yellow toy car into oncoming traffic during rush hour in a city in eastern China went viral this week.

The footage shows cars and motorbikes weaving around the three-year-old child in Lishui City before a police officer comes to the rescue.

Traffic chaos disrupts routine life

“It was very dangerous with many large vehicles around him, so without a second thought, I rushed to the kid immediately and took him to the side of the road,” officer Wu Feng, who has been hailed as a hero on social media, told state television CCTV.

Tragic: Seven of a family killed in accident 

China’s roads are among the deadliest in the world, with over 10,000 children under the age of 15 dying each year due to road accidents, according to the World Health Organization.

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Saudi man gets 15 years for Shia cleric support

Saudi man gets 15 years for Shia cleric support

RIYADH: 

A court in Riyadh has sentenced a Saudi national to 15 years in prison for supporting executed Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr, local media reported on Thursday.

Nimr and three other members of the kingdom’s minority Shia community were among 47 people convicted of terrorism and executed on a single day in January.

The executions provoked anger among Shias and concern in the West, and raised tensions between Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran.

Nimr was a driving force behind protests among Shias that began in 2011.

Saudi prince warns Iran against use of force

Those protests later developed into a call for equality in the kingdom where Shias, most of whom live in the kingdom’s east, complain of marginalisation.

Al-Riyadh newspaper did not name the convicted man, who it said took part “in rallies and marches” in the Shia-dominated Gulf coast district of Qatif.

He was also convicted of “chanting anti-state slogans and sympathising with the deceased Nimr”, as well as helping to block roads and burn tyres, it said.

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Among other accusations, the newspaper said he was willing to provide “the materials needed to make explosives” for attacks in the kingdom.

Nimr’s Qatif-area hometown of Awamiya has been the scene of repeated security incidents since 2011.

After the protests started, police issued a list of 23 wanted people. Many suspects on that list have already been detained or killed in shootouts.

source The Express Tribune news

Canada: Ahmadiyya Caliph shares message of ‘true Islam’ in Saskatoon

anada: Ahmadiyya Caliph shares message of ‘true Islam’ in Saskatoon

“When the mosque is open, then I hope neighbours and non-Muslim people living in this city would know much better about (our) message.”

His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the fifth Khalifa – or Caliph – of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community visited Saskatoon on Tuesday.

In the quiet halls of Prairieland Park, families lined up for a rare chance to meet a revered religious leader.

His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the fifth Khalifa – or Caliph – of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, was in Saskatoon for a special visit to mark 50 years of the faith’s establishment in Canada.

“The people love their spiritual leader, and the Khalifa loves his people – that’s why I’m here,” the Caliph told media in Saskatoon Tuesday morning.

Ahmad was elected to his lifelong position in April 2003. His visits usually involve an opening of a mosque or simply a chance to meet families in the community – for Saskatchewan, it’s both.

On Friday, the leader will be in Regina for the formal inauguration of a new mosque. Following the ceremony, the Caliph will lead Friday prayers, which will be broadcast to tens of millions of Ahmadiyaa Muslims worldwide.

Additionally, the trip also ramped up anticipation for the biggest mosque on the prairies, set to open just outside Saskatoon in the coming months.

“When the mosque is open, then I hope neighbours and non-Muslim people living in this city would know much better about (our) message,” the Caliph said.

People who practice the Ahmadiyya Muslim faith acquire knowledge from the Qur’an and through the unified voice of the Caliph.

He directs them to the “true teachings of Islam,” promoting the message of love for all, hatred for none.

“If people understand the true message of Islam, they appreciate it,” the Caliph said, adding the faith is not only rooted in prayer – but also humanitarian service to others.

The Ahmadiyaa Muslim Jama’at Canada is an entirely self-funded religious organization, with more than 80 chapters spanning from Newfoundland to British Columbia.

“They are very well-integrated into society. They are law-abiding people, they love their country,” the Caliph said.

The Amadiyaa Muslim faith is the fastest-growing religion in the world, with 500,000 people becoming members in 2016.

With that, the Caliph addressed the topic of radicalization, pointing out those who cause “chaos” are a small number who do not practice the true nature of Islam. He also called on the media to “do justice” by better reflecting the vast numbers of peaceful people of Muslim faith.

As for Donald Trump and the impending U.S. presidential election, the religious leader believes the businessman’s views will not take root.

“He’s representing some party, and party’s always have their manifestos,” the Caliph said.

“Even if he implements, there are millions of Muslims living in the United States who will use their voice against him.”

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Pakistan: Claims Police ‘Torture’ Christian Boy And Mother Accused Of Burning Quran

Pakistan: Claims Police ‘Torture’ Christian Boy And Mother Accused Of Burning Quran

“The mother and child have expressed in no uncertain terms that they had been interrogated and suffered torture during their four day detainment. However despite their treatment they both did not confess to the crime of blasphemy.”

A young boy and his mother said they were tortured while detained by police over blasphemy allegations in the Pakistani city of Quetta, said a Christian rights group.

Nine-year old Christian boy Inzam was accused of burning a copy of the Quran, which saw him being arrested and detained along with his mother, Shakil on Oct. 21, says the London-based charity British Pakistani Christians Association.

“The arrests were made without investigation on the testimony of a Muslim witness and was totally in accordance with the draconian blasphemy laws of Pakistan,” said a report on the charity’s website.

“A Muslim witness is given higher authority than non-Muslim testimonies under Shariah law; these are Islamic laws that determine Pakistani law,” the report said.

After four days of lobbying from rights groups and politicians the young boy and her mother were released Oct. 25.

“The mother and child have expressed in no uncertain terms that they had been interrogated and suffered torture during their four day detainment,” said the report. “However despite their treatment they both did not confess to the crime of blasphemy.”

Police said they found no evidence that a copy of the Quran had been burnt, said the report.

Blasphemy against the Quran is punishable with life imprisonment in Pakistan. Church leaders have long charged that the laws are abused for personal gain and that religious extremists are furthering their agenda by abusing blasphemy laws.

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