Jamat-e-Ahmadia’s Rabwa office raided, four members held over ‘hate speech’

Jamat-e-Ahmadia’s Rabwa office raided, four members held over ‘hate speech’

The Express Tribune 

LAHORE: 

A day Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif acknowledgedcontribution of first Pakistani Nobel laureate Dr Abdul Salam, an Ahmadi by faith, Punjab Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) conducted a raid on the community’s headquarters and arrested four members on charges of ‘hate speech’.

According to sources, CTD officials rounded up four members after allegedly ‘barging’ into the office of Jamat-e-Ahmadia in Rabwa near Lahore. Those taken into custody were affiliated with the community’s magazines — Alfazal and Tehreek-e-Jadeed. However, the CTD produced only two suspects before the court for obtaining their remand.

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Five others were booked under Sections 298-B, 298-B (a) and 298-C of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and 9-II (w) of Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). The raiding party allegedly damaged the CCTV cameras installed at the office and took away computers and cell phones with them.

According to the FIR, the CTD officials conducted the raid to stop the printing of ‘banned’ magazines, although the matter remains pending before the Lahore High Court (LHC) which had issued a stay order in the case.

In this regard, a petition filed by Syed Jamshed Ali Shah was taken up by Justice Ali Akbar Qureshi on Tuesday, which demanded to stop the printing of the magazine. However, when the judge was informed that Justice Ayesha A Malik of the LHC had already granted a stay and the matter is pending before her, Justice Qureshi referred the matter to the same judge.

Meanwhile, Saleemudin, Jamat-e-Ahmadia spokesperson, told The Express Tribune that the magazines were banned in December 2014, and the court subsequently granted a stay in June 2015. “Since then the magazine is being published,” he claimed.

On the other hand, CTD Punjab chief Additional IG Rai Muhammad Tahir told The Express Tribune that he consulted his legal team about the court stay and was informed that “there is no stay order intact until now”.

He said a CTD team deliberated on the point and it was decided that there “is no judicial bar” on conducting a raid. “It is not correct to associate the raid with Dr Salam’s acknowledgement,” he said, adding the raid had nothing to do with any pressure group.

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British PM joins Gulf summit for post-Brexit trade talks

British PM joins Gulf summit for post-Brexit trade talks

DUBAI: British Prime Minister Theresa May is to join Gulf Arab leaders at a summit in Bahrain on Tuesday for talks on trade after Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Defence ties are also expected to loom high on the agenda as Britain builds a new naval base in Bahrain. Advocacy groups urged May to use the opportunity to raise human rights concerns too.

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She is the first British premier and the first woman to attend the annual summit of the six oil-rich Gulf Cooperation Council states.

Her two days of talks come as her government faces mounting domestic criticism that it has not done enough to avoid post-Brexit disruption to British trade, which is currently carried out under EU agreements.

“I will have the opportunity to talk to all six leaders about how we can develop our trade relationship, as well as cooperation on security and defence,” May said ahead of her arrival in the Bahraini capital Manama late on Monday.

May will discuss the possibilities for post-Brexit free trade arrangements with the six GCC states — Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, her office said.

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“As the UK leaves the EU, we should seize the opportunity to forge a new trade arrangement between the UK and the Gulf,” May said.

“This could transform the way we do business and lock in a new level of prosperity for our people for generations to come.”

Ahead of the summit, May held talks with Bahraini officials that also focused on defence ties, the official Bahrain News Agency reported.

In October last year, Britain began building a naval base at Mina Salman, outside Manama, its first new permanent base in the Middle East in four decades.

Bahrain’s King Hamad “looks forward to expanding joint cooperation in the fields of trade, investment and security,” BNA said.

Western ties with Bahrain have come under criticism from international human rights groups.

The kingdom’s Sunni minority rulers have cracked down heavily on dissent since they crushed protests led by the Shiite majority for a constitutional monarchy with an elected prime minister in 2011.

The main Shiite opposition group, Al-Wefaq, once the largest in parliament, has been dissolved and scores of Shiites have been stripped of their citizenship.

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Amnesty International said on Monday that the summit gave May a “unique opportunity to raise concerns over a pattern of recurring human rights violations throughout the region”.

“In recent years across the Gulf we have seen human rights activists, peaceful political opponents and government critics systematically targeted in the name of security,” the London-based watchdog’s Middle East and North Africa director, Randa Habib, said.

“It is high time for allies of the GCC to stop putting business and security cooperation before human rights, and Theresa May must not squander this opportunity to raise key rights issues,” she added.

Mass grief as India political star Jayalalithaa dies

Mass grief as India political star Jayalalithaa dies

CHENNAI, INDIA: Grief-stricken fans on Tuesday mourned the death of one of India’s most popular politicians, Jayalalithaa Jayaram, as fears of unrest loomed in her state where she enjoyed almost god-like status.

The 68-year-old former film star was known simply as Amma, or mother, in her native Tamil Nadu where she remained wildly popular despite allegations of corruption, which saw her briefly jailed twice.

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A woman walks past a portrait of J. Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister of the southern state of Tamil Nadu, in Chennai, India, March 13, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS

But nothing could dent her popularity in Tamil Nadu, where she served three terms as chief minister during which it became one of India’s most prosperous states.

“Our beloved leader, the Iron lady of India… Amma, is no more,” her political party, AIADMK, said on Twitter.
Her body was put on display at a public hall in an open casket, wrapped in an India flag, as thousands of followers began to file past to pay their final respects from early morning.

Several of the mourners could be seen breaking down in tears as they filed past the coffin in the state capital Chennai, according to television images.

Hundreds of devotees had kept a round-the-clock vigil outside the private hospital in Chennai — the city formerly known as Madras – since she was first admitted in September suffering from a fever.
A man lays a wreath under a portrait of Jayalalithaa Jayaram, a powerful politician who died on Monday in Chennai, to pay his homage in Kolkata, India December 6, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

When she first fell ill one supporter set himself on fire, while an elderly man suspended himself from a crane with steel hooks pierced through his skin.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is to head to Chennai later in the day, offered his condolences.

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“I will always cherish the innumerable occasions when I had the opportunity to interact with Jayalalithaa ji (honorific). May her soul rest in peace,” Modi said on Twitter.

The southern state had been tense since Sunday after reports that her health had worsened and she had been put on life support.

Earlier on Monday, scuffles broke out outside the hospital as many from the thousands of her supporters who had gathered outside tried to break through the police barricades.

Images on Indian news channels from across Chennai showed many men and women crying after her death was finally confirmed.

When her political mentor and former on-screen love interest M. G. Ramachandran died in 1987, riots and looting broke out across the state.

Ahead of Jayalalithaa’s death, police and security presence had been beefed up across Tamil Nadu over fears of chaos from her emotional followers.

Jayalalithaa had earned the loyalty of many voters with a series of populist schemes, including “Amma canteens” that provided lunch for just three rupees (five cents) and vast election-time giveaways that ranged from laptops to kitchen appliances.

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Several of her supporters resorted to self-harm when she was briefly jailed in 2014 on charges of corruption.

Her conviction, later overturned on appeal, sparked mass protests and even some reported suicides.

Thousands of directors, actors and producers in the successful Tamil language film industry went on hunger strike to demand her release.

Jayalalithaa’s death has plunged one of India’s most economically powerful states into a period of political uncertainty.

Her trusted cabinet aide, O Panneerselvam, was sworn-in as the chief minister, but observers worry whether a loyalist, without real charisma or mass support, will be able to rule smoothly.

After midnight, thousands of people lined both sides of the roads in Chennai trying to catch a glimpse of the late leader as her body was taken from the hospital to her residence in another part of the city.

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Two Muslim NY women subjected to hate crimes: officials

Two Muslim NY women subjected to hate crimes: officials

NEW YORK: Two Muslim women working for authorities in New York suffered hate crimes just 36 hours apart, officials said Monday, following an explosion in such incidents across America since Donald Trump’s election.

A uniformed city transit employee was taken to hospital with injuries to her knee and ankle after being pushed down the stairs at Grand Central, the bustling rail hub in the heart of Manhattan, en route to work Monday.

A male suspect allegedly pushed the station agent and called her “terrorist,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

On Monday, another man was held on a $50,000 bail on a hate crime charge after an off-duty Muslim police officer was harassed in Brooklyn while out with her 16-year-old son Saturday evening, prosecutors said.

Cuomo said a subway train was also found vandalized with swastika graffiti on Saturday and that Ku Klux Klan fliers and business cards were distributed at two stations on the Long Island Rail Road last week.

The Democratic governor, an ally of Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton, said hate crimes would be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible.

“The work of the Hate Crimes Task Force has never been more urgent and we will continue to crack down on this type of criminal behavior,” Cuomo said.

The hijab-wearing police officer and her son were subject to “ugly acts of hate, including threats of violence, simply because they are Muslim,” said acting Brooklyn district attorney Eric Gonzalez.

“Those who commit hate crimes will be held accountable for their reprehensible and offensive actions,” he added. New York is America’s largest city and one of its most diverse with more than three million of its 8.55 million population foreign-born.

Nearly 900 incidents of hate and intolerance were recorded across the country in the first 10 days after Trump’s election, many by assailants apparently emboldened by his victory, an advocacy group reported last week.

Trump’s shock November 8 defeat of Clinton, who was bidding to become America’s first female president, was cheered by white supremacists and others fired up by his rhetoric disparaging immigrants, Muslims and women.

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Rabwah – Father killed his 5 children

Rabwah – Father killed his 5 children

Today very sad news from Rabwah where a father killed his 5 children and also got suicide. According to the source, he was jobless from some month and very hopeless. In Pakistan this not the first time when any person killed his son or got suicide. The government should fulfil their duty to save the lives of the peoples and try hard to resolves the problems of the poor people. Police also started the further investigations about this matters.

According to media reports……

Apple Watch sales to consumers set record in holiday week, says Apple’s Cook

Apple Watch sales to consumers set record in holiday week, says Apple’s Cook

Sales of the Apple Watch to consumers set a record during the first week of holiday shopping, and the current quarter is on track to be the best ever for the product, Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook told Reuters.

Responding to an email from Reuters, Cook said the gadget’s sell-through – a measure of how many units are sold to consumers, rather than simply stocked on retailers’ shelves – reached a new high.

Cook’s comments followed a report on Monday from technology research firm IDC estimating that the tech giant sold 1.1 million units of the Apple Watch during the third quarter of 2016, down 71 percent from the year-ago quarter.

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The comments offer a glimpse of the gadget’s performance during the holiday quarter, which is typically Apple’s strongest.

“Our data shows that Apple Watch is doing great and looks to be one of the most popular holiday gifts this year,” Cook wrote.

“Sales growth is off the charts. In fact, during the first week of holiday shopping, our sell-through of Apple Watch was greater than any week in the product’s history. And as we expected, we’re on track for the best quarter ever for Apple Watch,” he said.

Cook did not respond to a request for specific sales figures for the gadget.

Apple has disclosed few details about the performance of the Apple Watch, its first new product released under Cook. The company has not broken out sales of the gadget in its earnings, instead lumping it into an “other products” category that includes devices such as the iPod and Apple TV.

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Strong sales of the Apple Watch are to be expected during the holiday quarter as the gadget is a more natural gift than some of the company’s other products such as the iPhone or Mac computer, said analyst Bob O’Donnell of TECHnalysis Research. Apple also lowered the price of the gadget this year, potentially helping the holiday sales comparison, O’Donnell noted.

Apple is facing mounting pressure to show new sources of growth as sales of the iPhone, the company’s lifeblood, begin to level off. O’Donnell said he remains skeptical the Apple Watch can fill the void, citing uncertain demand among consumers for smartwatches.

“While I’m not surprised that there is a good week, there are still, I think, significant concerns about the category,” he said.

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Uber steps up efforts on artificial intelligence

Uber steps up efforts on artificial intelligence

SAN FRANCISCO: Uber announced Monday it was buying the artificial intelligence group Geometric Intelligence, to form the core of the ride-sharing giant’s own research center.

The move signals a stepped-up effort in artificial intelligence, helping research efforts to bring self-driving car technology into the mainstream.

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The acquisition, terms of which were not announced, will allow the 15 employees of the New York startup to form the base of Uber’s artificial intelligence efforts.

“Uber is in the business of using technology to move people and things in the real world. With all of its complexity and uncertainty, negotiating the real world is a high-order intelligence problem,” Uber’s Jeff Holden said in a blog post.

“It manifests in myriad ways, from determining an optimal route to computing when your car or UberEats order will arrive to matching riders for UberPool.

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“It extends to teaching a self-driven machine to safely and autonomously navigate the world, whether a car on the roads or an aircraft through busy airspace or new types of robotic devices.”

Uber, which operates in more than 60 countries and has a valuation of more than $60 billion, this year launched a test project for self-driving vehicles in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Middlesbrough edge Hull thanks to Ramirez header

Middlesbrough edge Hull thanks to Ramirez header

MIDDLESBROUGH: Middlesbrough moved away from the relegation zone with a 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Hull City thanks to a second-half header from midfielder Gaston Ramirez in the Premier League on Monday.

Uruguay international Ramirez, who was an influential figure throughout the match, broke the deadlock on the hour with a firm downward header at the back post from a Viktor Fischer corner.

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Ramirez, who had a loan spell at Hull from Southampton in the 2014/15 season, thought he had helped set up the opener for Fischer after 33 minutes but it was disallowed for offside.

The win takes the hosts up three places to 13th on 15 points from 14 games before they visit Southampton on Sunday with Hull second-bottom on 11 points as they next host Crystal Palace.

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Misbah raises Rs300,000 for fan’s medical treatment

Misbah raises Rs300,000 for fan’s medical treatment

KARACHI: Pakistan Test captain Misbahul Haq raised Rs300,000 for a fan’s medical treatment in Lahore.

Rohaan, 16, requires the treatment to correct a hole in his heart. The 42-year-old started a campaign to raise funds, to enable him to undergo the surgery.

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Misbah donated major chunk of the money himself as he handed the funds to Rohaan, whom previously met him during the 2015 World Cup.

However, the Test captain was unable to meet Rohaan this time as he was bound to leave for Australia.

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Misbah first heard of the teen through his mentor Tahir Shah, who resides in the same locality as Rohaan.

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Ton-up Warner helps Australia reclaim Chappell-Hadlee Trophy

Ton-up Warner helps Australia reclaim Chappell-Hadlee Trophy

CANBERRA: Opener David Warner slammed his sixth ODI century of the year to lead Australia to a crushing 116-run victory to reclaim the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series off New Zealand in Canberra on Tuesday.

Warner smashed 119 off 115 balls to propel the Australians to an imposing 378 for five after being sent into bat and then bowled out the Black Caps for 262 off 47.2 overs at the bat-friendly Manuka Oval.

New Zealand had to win in Canberra to keep alive their hopes of retaining the trophy after losing by 68 runs in the opening game in Sydney on Sunday.

Warner led the way in Australia’s third-highest ODI total and was supported by skipper Steve Smith’s 72 off 76 balls and Travis Head’s 57 from 32 balls, while Mitchell Marsh bludgeoned seven sixes in a unbeaten 76 off just 40 balls.

The Black Caps had a go at Australia’s hefty total and were 177 for three when Jimmy Neesham fell in the 31st over for 74 and ended a 125-run stand with skipper Kane Williamson.

Williamson was dismissed nine overs later for 81 off 80 balls with five fours and two sixes and with him went New Zealand’s remote chance of reeling in the Australian target.

Williamson’s gamble to send the Australians into bat back-fired spectacularly when the home side feasted on a perfect batting wicket.

The pugnacious Warner set the tone with his 10th ODI century off 101 balls to continue his outstanding form with the white ball.

It was his third century in his last five ODI innings and his first against New Zealand.

Only three other Australian batsmen have scored more hundreds in ODIs — Ricky Ponting (30), Mark Waugh (18) and Adam Gilchrist (16).

Warner was out to a low catch from Williamson at cover off medium-pacer Colin de Grandhomme in the 37th over, ending a 145-run partnership with Smith.

Smith followed up his career highest ODI score of 164 in Sydney with 72.

The Australian skipper, who was struck a painful blow in the groin by a de Grandhomme delivery on 56, sliced to Mitchell Santner at deep point when he was on top of the New Zealand bowlers.

Head hit his second half-century of the series before he was caught off Tim Southee.

Marsh provided some late fireworks with some prodigious hitting including three consecutive sixes off Matt Henry in his lusty cameo.

The Black Caps lost both openers by the ninth over with Tom Latham caught and bowled by Josh Hazlewood for four and Martin Guptill caught behind off Pat Cummins for 45.

Neesham looked in good touch with 74 off 83 balls before he was caught in the deep by Mitchell Starc off Josh Hazlewood in the 31st over.

James Faulkner got Colin Munro to hole out on 11 to long-on where Marsh took a safe catch and Starc had Colin de Grandhomme caught behind for 12.

Williamson was deceived by a Cummins slower ball and found Warner in the covers to leave the Black Caps 232 for six.

Wickets tumbled among the Black Caps lower order with Cummins finishing with four wickets for 41 as Australia cruised to victory ahead of Friday’s third and final ODI of the series in Melbourne.

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