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  1. ?In the next few days, we will reach 1 million confirmed cases and 50,000 deaths worldwide,? says WHO DG on coronavirus spread
  2. US Commission on International Religious Freedom urges Modi government to protect religious minorities
  3. Photo: FileLONDON: Analyst have expressed concern over the spiraling Iran crisis and worry about the oil supply over the Strait of Hormuz — a vital shipping lane for a fifth of global crude — and also over Iraq's output. Oil prices had surged last Friday after US President Donald Trump ordered the drone assassination of Iran's top general Qasem Soleimani, but the market stabilised on Monday and Tuesday with Middle East crude supplies unaffected. However on Wednesday, the oil market shifted higher once more after Tehran launched revenge attacks to target US forces in Iraq, making good on its pledge to hit back over the killing. Iran fired missiles overnight at Iraqi bases housing the US and British military, officials in Washington and Tehran said. Also read: Oil prices jump in international markets amid US-Iran tensions British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab voiced concern over "reports of casualties". But Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif insisted that the country does "not seek escalation or war". Traders remain fearful nevertheless that Tehran could seek to block the Hormuz waterway — a key artery for crude that stretches between Oman and Iran. Hormuz, one of the world's most congested transit points, links up the region's oil producers with markets in Asia, Europe and North America. Disruptions at forefront"Supply disruptions were put at the forefront of the agenda for investors," said Mihir Kapadia, CEO of Sun Global Investments. "These concerns have been fuelled by Friday's killing of Soleimani and it is likely Iran will try and disrupt oil exports that travel through the Straits of Hormuz. "However ... it remains unclear as to what the next developments will be." The US government's Energy Information Administration describes Hormuz as "the world's most important oil transit chokepoint" through which 21 million barrels of crude per day passed in 2018. Also read: Middle East war concerns push oil up after top Iranian general killed in US strike The strait had already been rocked last year by a string of attacks that Washington and its allies blamed on Iran, accusations Tehran firmly denied. Its Western foes have also accused Iran of being behind a major attack on Saudi oil installations and Iran has in recent months also repeatedly seized tankers operating in the Gulf. Traders remain less fearful over the loss of Iranian oil because the Islamic republic remains under punishing US sanctions that were re-imposed by Trump in 2018. Energy Aspects analyst Christopher Haines noted traders were instead worried about oil output from Iraq — particularly if US troops are pulled out. America's military strategy in Iraq was thrown into confusion on Monday as the Pentagon admitted a letter from a general informing the Iraqi government of an imminent US troop pullout was sent by mistake. "There is a potential risk of disruption on Iraq, whose crude exports represent (about) 3.5 million barrels per day," Haines told AFP. Also read: Crude and gold extend gains, stocks sink on fear of US-Iran war "If US troops leave, it will leave the area less secure," he added. Iraq is currently the second biggest player in oil cartel OPEC after kingpin Saudi Arabia. SEB analyst Bjarne Schieldrop agreed that Iraqi production could be impacted by the current crisis — but so far no oil supplies have been affected. 'Not single drop lost'"Eventual loss of supply in the Middle East may however be in Iraq down the road and not so much due to near term retaliations, though so far not a single drop of oil supply has been lost," he said. Soleimani's assassination, which was carried out by a drone near Baghdad airport, sparked concern about a spreading conflict. Europe's benchmark oil contract Brent and US counterpart West Texas Intermediate crude had initially won more than three percent each on Friday. However, those gains fell far short of September 16, when both contacts had rocketed about 14 per cent on news of attacks on Saudi Arabian oil infrastructure.
  4. Joe Root admitted that the illness of three front-line bowlers was a concern. Photo: APEngland captain Joe Root admitted on Sunday that the illness of three front-line bowlers was a concern with the start of a Test series against South Africa only four days away. England's final warm-up match, a non-first-class three-day fixture against South Africa A, petered out in a draw at Willowmoore Park on Sunday with the sick trio — Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer and Jack Leach — yet to bowl a ball in a match situation in South Africa. James Anderson was easily England's outstanding bowler, taking three for 41 in 19 overs, as South Africa A made 325 for five in reply to England's 456 for seven declared before play was called off in mid-afternoon. Root said the England management would have to make some "very shrewd decisions" in finalising their bowling line-up ahead of Thursday's first Test at Centurion. "It's going to have to be managed really well but we're on it, trying to make sure we give them the best chance possible," said Root. After missing England's first match and staying at the team hotel on the first day of the South Africa A game, Broad, Archer and Leach travelled to Benoni on Saturday and Sunday and spent some time practising. "Those guys have been very frustrated," said Root. "They've trained as well as they can and over the next few days I'm sure they'll give a very good account of themselves and make sure they do everything they can to be ready. That's all you can ask." But the England captain suggested they would only be picked for the Test if they were fully recovered. "It's very rare for guys to go into a game carrying an illness. A big part of it is you don't want to let the rest of the guys down. It'll be a fine balance." Root said England's batting, which included hundreds from Joe Denly and Ollie Pope, was a highlight of the drawn match and an example of how England wanted to approach batting, "in the first innings in particular". He said Anderson, 37, had set an example to younger players with the way he had built up his fitness after being out of action since suffering a calf injury in the first Test against Australia in August. "He hit his straps really well," said Root. "Jimmy is in great shape, probably as strong as I've seen him." Keegan Petersen, a late replacement in the South Africa A team, made 111 and shared century partnerships with Rudi Second (55) and Kyle Verreynne (74).
  5. Actor Priyanka Chopra is currently in Delhi shooting for her next Netflix film The White Tiger and has expressed the amount of difficulty she is facing to shoot in such a severe level of pollution in the city. She has conveyed her disappointment on the deteriorating air quality in the city, saying how it isn't possible to shoot under such conditions. The actor took to her Instagram account and posted a selfie while wearing an anti-pollution mask, covering almost all of her face. She wrote, "Shoot days for #thewhitetiger. It's so hard to shoot here right now that I can't even imagine what it must be like to live here under these conditions. We r blessed with air purifiers and masks. Pray for the homeless. Be safe everyone. #airpollution #delhipollution #weneedsolutions #righttobreathe.” (sic) View this post on Instagram Shoot days for #thewhitetiger. It's so hard to shoot here right now that I can't even imagine what it must be like to live here under these conditions. We r blessed with air purifiers and masks. Pray for the homeless. Be safe everyone. #airpollution #delhipollutionð· #weneedsolutions #righttobreathe A post shared by Priyanka Chopra Jonas (@priyankachopra) on Nov 3, 2019 at 8:52am PST Earlier, Priyanka had shared a video stating her happiness to be in Delhi. The video was captioned, “Early morning shoot, when it is still in the middle of the night. Fun!” However, since Diwali, the Capital is witnessing a dip in air quality across Delhi-NCR. The entire city is covered in a thick blanket of smog due to air pollution from the past many days now. The condition is such that Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) has issued a public health emergency due to the bad air quality. Besides, on the work front, PeeCee will also be part of the much-anticipated animated flick Frozen 2 as Elsa which is set to release on November 22. For the Indian fans, the Hindi version of the film will have PeeCee and Parineeti Chopra take on the voice roles of Elsa and Anna. View the full article
  6. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/19009808faea48bf8773ce9425a7354a.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTAvMzAvMjAxOSA0OjM4OjAyIFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9WEhvK1dUZ0hsU0FWbDB4RzNsL0VLZz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x...
  7. Virat Kohli-led Indian Premier League franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore were literally the least impressive team to play in the league in the past month and a half as they finished at the bottom of the points table with 11 points, 5 wins and 8 losses under their name. The men in Red and Gold ended their IPL 2019 journey with a meaningless 4-wicket win against a depleted SunRisers Hyderabad on 4th May 2019 as Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Mann rallied RCB to victory in the final over, but that was the end of the road for the Play Bold Team this season. The byproduct of the match, however, was an RCB fan getting all the fame in the world overnight. While the match was in progression, the big screen present at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium displayed Deepika Ghose, a die-hard RCB fan, cheering for her side. Soon after, her video took over the internet and made her go viral, bringing in more than 2,75,000 followers on her Instagram account within the span of a day. View this post on Instagram #RCB girl forever â¤ï¸ð A post shared by deepika (@deeghose) on May 4, 2019 at 12:51pm PDT Her following became so crazy that fake Instagram accounts began to pop up in her name, displaying some of her best images online. However, when the good kind of fans were done idealising her, the bad, vulgar and unruly trolls of the internet got their eyes on the fan who became famous as 'The RCB Girl'. Concerned with all the negativity, the vulgarity and the horrific things she got to read about herself led her to come out and address this issue openly: View this post on Instagram My name is Deepika Ghose & that is probably the only thing that is being said about me which is 100% TRUE. It all started on the Saturday of the RCBxSRH IPL match. I have been attending RCB matches for many years. It has become a family tradition to watch, cheer and support our Bengaluru team. When we went for the match on May 4th, I did not expect it to be different. I did not want any recognition or realise the number of times that I was on camera. I am no celebrity, just an ordinary girl who was enjoying the match. I did nothing to warrant the kind of attention that ensued after the TV images appeared & I certainly did not seek it. I have much to be proud of - I am a kind, artistic & hardworking woman. I am well educated, well-travelled and well loved by my friends and family. I have many talents and have excelled at my work as a stylist and as a dancer/teacher/entrepreneur. I do NOT consider being seen on TV at an IPL match an achievement. Many people ask me how my life has changed. It has NOT! The only thing that has changed is the number of my Instagram followers. I am as much in shock as all of you. While I am grateful for the love, I am disturbed by the unnecessary negativity. It has been an extreme case of abuse, trauma and mental torture. I am confused as to how people found my name/profile. My identity, privacy & life have been hacked in an instant. A lot of the overnight followers are men who have used this platform to be crude, vulgar, vicious & entirely disrespectful. Even more shocking is the hate I have received from women. How quick & cruel you have been to say mean things to & about me without even knowing me. I AM ONE OF YOU! The world desperately needs more women supporting & uplifting each other. I am appalled by how I have been judged & condemned instead of being given a compassionate hearing. Stop & think about how it is as a girl to have been subjected to this unwanted attention. So many people have asked me why they should follow me - and you are right to question this. Now that this has happened, I am going to turn this into something genuine, meaningful & fabulous. Yes, I am #theRCBgirl but I am SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. A post shared by deepika (@deeghose) on May 12, 2019 at 3:33am PDT This is the full statement from Deepika Ghose: My name is Deepika Ghose & that is probably the only thing that is being said about me which is 100% TRUE. It all started on the Saturday of the RCB versus SRH IPL match. I have been attending RCB matches for many years. It has become a family tradition to watch, cheer and support our Bengaluru team. When we went for the match on May 4th, I did not expect it to be different. I did not want any recognition or realise the number of times that I was on camera. I am no celebrity, just an ordinary girl who was enjoying the match. I did nothing to warrant the kind of attention that ensued after the TV images appeared & I certainly did not seek it. I have much to be proud of — I am a kind, artistic & hardworking woman. I am well educated, well-travelled and well loved by my friends and family. I have many talents and have excelled at my work as a stylist and as a dancer/teacher/entrepreneur. I do NOT consider being seen on TV at an IPL match an achievement. Many people ask me how my life has changed. It has NOT! The only thing that has changed is the number of my Instagram followers. I am as much in shock as all of you. While I am grateful for the love, I am disturbed by the unnecessary negativity. It has been an extreme case of abuse, trauma and mental torture. I am confused as to how people found my name/profile. My identity, privacy & life have been hacked in an instant. A lot of the overnight followers are men who have used this platform to be crude, vulgar, vicious and entirely disrespectful. Even more shocking is the hate I have received from women. How quick and cruel you have been to say mean things to and about me without even knowing me. I AM ONE OF YOU! The world desperately needs more women supporting & uplifting each other. I am appalled by how I have been judged and condemned instead of being given a compassionate hearing. Stop & think about how it is as a girl to have been subjected to this unwanted attention. So many people have asked me why they should follow me — and you are right to question this. Now that this has happened, I am going to turn this into something genuine, meaningful & fabulous. Yes, I am #theRCBgirl but I am SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT.
  8. Retired Argentina forward Diego Maradona (top C) reacts before the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Nigeria and Argentina at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on June 26, 2018. Photo:AFPSAINT PETERSBURG: Diego Maradona roared and...
  9. Gul Bukhari. Photo: TwitterISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Maryam Nawaz on Wednesday expressed concern over the 'abduction' of renowned social activist Gul Bukhari from Lahore.Earlier reports on social networking platforms suggested...
  10. There is a huge market for Android devices out there. The OS is an open source and anyone can install it on almost any hardware configuration. Reports have recently emerged that smartphones and tablets shipped by many OEMs are infected with malware, and what is even more concerning is the fact that, even companies like ZTE, Archos and myPhone have been affected. Researchers at Avast Threat Labs say that more than 100 different low-cost Android devices come with malware pre-installed. Users in more than 90 countries, including India are said to be infected. The researchers found adware installed mostly on devices that are not certified by Google. Users with infected phones will see popup ads and other annoying problems like system slow down. These adware apps are incredibly difficult to remove because they exist at the firmware level of the software. © Avast Labs The malware in question creates an overlay to display ads on the device and has been active for at least three years. It consists of two APKs, 'CrashService' and 'ImeMess.' The package disguises itself as a system application in the launcher to avoid detection. Some of the package names included 'MediaService,' 'eVideo2Service,' and 'VPlayer.' These apps are backed by advertising frameworks of Google, Facebook, and Baidu. Avast reported the findings of their research to Google, who has "taken steps to mitigate the malicious capabilities of many app variants on several device models, using internally developed techniques.” The top countries affected are Russia, Italy, Germany, the UK, India, and France. Avast managed to disable the dropper server via takedown requests, but it was quickly restored using another provider. © Tech Hive Avast has identified roughly 18,000 devices infected by the malware in over 100 countries, including Russia, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Portugal, Venezuela, Greece, France, and Romania. A detailed list of the models is now available (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1RXkReFfgyBhri-B5ZFsTPk8asRLi_MKtFQnbDYhpf50/edit#gid=0), but Avast says that only some variants of said devices may contain the malware. If a device is infected, it should automatically disable both the dropper and the payload. Avast Threat Labs has observed a drop in the number of devices infected by new payload versions, after Play Protect started detecting Cosiloon (that's the service provider who is currently backing the ad requests). Source: Avast Labs
  11. A meeting of the National Security Committee chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi took place on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: A meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan...
  12. Photo: FileKARACHI: Officials of State Bank of Pakistan on Monday expressed concern over the rising value of dollar in the open market but ruled out the possibility of a fall in the rupee's value, said sources. In a meeting, held earlier today,...
  13. Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal. Photo: Geo News fileISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Sunday expressed concern over the suspension of Geo News and other channels of the organisation in parts of Pakistan. Speaking on Geo News' programme...
  14. US President Donald Trump arrives at the Joint Base Andrews via Air Force One, in Maryland, US, July 28, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump is expected to express American unease over a Turkish cross-border offensive into Syria, in a call scheduled with counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, US officials said Tuesday. "They are likely to talk soon," said a senior US administration official, confirming reports of a Trump-Erdogan call set for Wednesday. The US is urging restraint from Ankara after the Turkish military hit Kurdish militias that had aided the American-led fight against Daesh. The US government and the National Security Council are "concerned about the situation", said a second senior administration official. "We hear and we take very seriously Turkey?s legitimate security concerns," but, he added that "It detracts from efforts to fight [Daesh]". "We are urging Turkey to exercise restraint in its military actions and rhetoric (and) to ensure that its operations are limited in scope and duration," the second official added.
  15. MOSCOW: Russia on Saturday voiced concern and urged restraint over a new Turkish operation to oust Kurdish militia from a northern Syrian enclave, with Moscow responding by withdrawing its troops from the zone in question. "Moscow is concerned at this news. We call on the opposing parties to show restraint," the foreign ministry said after the launch of an operation which has also drawn US warnings. The Turkish incursion prompted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to discuss the issue with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Lavrov's ministry said. They discussed "measures to take aimed at securing stability in the north of the country," it said on Facebook and agreed . Moscow said the conversation was a US initiative. The Russian defence ministry said its troops were withdrawing from around Afrin "to prevent potential provocation and exclude the threat to the life and wellbeing of Russian military" after Ankara launched a new air and ground operation to oust People´s Protection Units (YPG) militia. Turkey deems the group a terrorist organisation. Reacting to the offensive, the Russian military criticised Washington for having "provoked an extremely negative reaction from Ankara" with "uncontrollable arms deliveries" to the US-backed rebel group. Ankara had over recent days expressed fury over a US plan to train a 30,000-strong body of local fighters, including the YPG, as a "border security force." Pentagon officials backtracked midweek, insisting the force will operate within Syria to protect areas liberated from Daesh after Turkish foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned of "irreversible damage" to Turkish-US relations. A Russian army statement blasted what it termed "irresponsible acts on the part of the Americans in Syria (which) threaten to undermine the process of a peaceful resolution" of the conflict. A defence ministry statement said Russia seeks a resolution "based on territorial integrity and respect for the country´s sovereignty." Following a partial December withdrawal of its troops from Syria, where Russia intervened on behalf of the regime in September 2015, "the main objective of Russian forces remaining in the country is to ensure respect of the truce in de-escalation zones," the ministry said.
  16. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/b13de845f0605a28c4cdcf53b61e7b18.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS80LzIwMTggMToyMDo0OSBQTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPWZRck9rZEp0UmxnaUV6UTJIc25yTHc9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif said on Friday that the United States is targeting Pakistan, which is a cause of concern for everyone including the civil-military leadership. Shehbaz Sharif was addressing a ceremony at Safe City project Lahore, where he said that despite passing of 70 years, the US is still accusing us and the statements are hurting our self-respect. ?Pakistan didn?t come into being so that anyone can ridicule it,? said CM Punjab. CM Punjab said that every stakeholder in Pakistan should make decisions after consultations, asking the US to solve issues with us respectfully, as Pakistan doesn?t need its loans and aid. CM Punjab sends legal notice to two private channels CM Punjab Shehbaz sent legal notice to two private channels through his advocate Mustafa Ramday. According to the legal notice, the channels ran false news during Shehbaz?s recent visit to Saudi Arabia. If the channels didn?t respond to the notice within 14 days then the right to legal action will be preserved, stated the notice.
  17. Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua/File photo ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua on Friday expressed deep concern over US Vice President Mike Pence?s comments regarding Pakistan and its role in the war against terrorism during his unannounced visit to Afghanistan. Addressing the Senate's Standing Committee on External Affairs, Janjua said the recent comments by the US vice president and Pentagon were worrisome, and urged the United States to treat both Pakistan and India on an equal footing. In an apparent warning to Pakistan during his surprise visit to Afghanistan on Thursday, Pence said that Pakistan has ?much to gain from partnering with our efforts in Afghanistan. The days to shelter terrorists have gone. It has much to lose by continuing to harbour terrorists." Pence also said President Trump has "put Pakistan on notice for providing safe haven" to the terrorists on its soil. Pakistan has much to lose from harbouring terrorists, says Pence on Afghanistan visit Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with US, much to lose from harbouring terrorists, says US Vice President Expressing her reservations over Pence?s statement, Foreign Secretary Janjua pointed out that during US Defence chief James Mattis? recent visit to Pakistan, the regional security situation and bilateral relations between the US and Pakistan were brought under discussion. She said Mattis had assured Pakistan of resolving the issue of use of Afghan soil by terrorists to carry out attacks in Pakistan. The United States should take into consideration Pakistan?s concerns, and treat both Pakistan and India equally, she said. The foreign secretary said Pakistan has destroyed terrorists? safe havens on its soil. She added that talks between Pakistan and US are ongoing regarding the US? one-sided statements. She reiterated that Pakistan wants to resolve all issues through negotiations with India. India, however, only wants talks on terrorism. India is carrying out state-terrorism in Occupied Kashmir, she lamented. Hailing the United Nations? resolution condemning US decision on Jerusalem by 128-9 vote, Janjua said Pakistan adopted a clear stance on Palestine. ?Surprisingly, India also voted in favour of the UN resolution,? she added.
  18. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/633eeef830a46738e745cc81115b1b4b.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTIvMjEvMjAxNyAyOjQ0OjExIFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9WmZnZUhQUkVBeDRSM0dIYzFNc0U4dz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] RAWALPINDI: The National Command Authority, presided over by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, on Thursday expressed concern at destabilising actions in Pakistan?s neighborhood, said a press release by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The meeting took stock of the regional security environment, in addition to the "massive arms build-up in the conventional domain, nuclearisation of the Indian Ocean Region". Concern was also expressed over plans for the development and deployment of a ballistic missile defence system by a neighbouring country. The meeting was attended by the civil-military top brass, according to an Inter-Services Public Relations. The army?s media cell added that the authority, while expressing full confidence in Pakistan?s capability to address any form of aggression, reiterated "Pakistan?s policy of developing and maintaining Full Spectrum Deterrence, in line with the policy of Credible Minimum Deterrence and avoidance of arms race". The meeting was attended by federal ministers for defence and interior, chairman JSC, chiefs of the three armed services, director general Strategic Plans Division, director general Inter-Services Intelligence, secretary foreign affairs and other senior officials. During the session, the authority was briefed comprehensively on the strategic environment, said the press release. The NCA congratulated the scientists and engineers on their contributions to strengthen the national defence capabilities, the ISPR further said. The authority appreciated the technological sophistication demonstrated during the tests of Babur III SLCM and Ababeel Missile System, which have ushered a new era in technological sophistication of Pakistan?s strategic capabilities. The NCA reviewed in detail the nuclear security regime and expressed full confidence in the command and control systems, and security measures in-place for the strategic assets and materials. The committee re-affirmed that, as a responsible nuclear state, Pakistan would continue to contribute meaningfully towards the global efforts to improve nuclear security and nuclear non-proliferation measures. The NCA appreciated the high standards of training and operational readiness of the strategic forces to meet all kinds of threats, according to the ISPR statement. ?The NCA noted with satisfaction, the implementation of national comprehensive export control measures, which are in line with international export control regimes. It reiterated that Pakistan has the requisite credentials to become part of various non-proliferation regimes, including the NSG, for which Pakistan seeks adoption of a non-discriminatory criteria based approach,? read the statement. During the session, the authority was also briefed on National Space Programme ? 2047 and ?Nuclear Power Programme? for peaceful uses of nuclear technology, to meet growing energy needs, the ISPR informed. The army?s media cell said that the NCA fully endorsed both these programmes, as these are essential for future national, socio-economic prosperity and growth. The NCA appreciated the role of nuclear applications in the fields of health, agriculture, medicine and industry, reiterating Pakistan?s interest in expanding international cooperation in these areas and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, said the statement.
  19. PM Abbasi, King Abdullah II of Jordan meet in Istanbul. Photo: APP ISTANBUL: Pakistan and Jordan have expressed deep concern on the implication of the United States? decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move its embassy there. This was discussed during a meeting on Wednesday of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and King Abdullah II of Jordan at the sidelines of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit in Istanbul. They underscored that the decision was contrary to the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and General Assembly, and undermined international legitimacy. The decision was rejected by more than 1.5 billion Muslims of the world. The two leaders discussed the importance of further strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries. The prime minister invited King Abdullah II to visit Pakistan. Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and Pakistan's Ambassador to Turkey Syrus Sajjad Qazi also attended the meeting.
  20. The All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) expressed concern over the sudden closure of television channels and their transmission following police operation against protesters in Islamabad on Saturday. The access to television channels and social media sites was restricted after the arbitrary order of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA). In a joint statement, APNS President Sarmad Ali President and Secretary General Umar Mujib Shami strongly condemned PEMRA for ordering the closure of TV channels and preventing live coverage of police action against the 'Faizabad dharna' [Faizabad protest]. The APNS stated that the objective could have been achieved if the stakeholders were duly consulted. "The sudden and arbitrary action has caused grave confusion and flow of rumours among people exploited by the vested interest which has resulted deterioration of law and order situation all over the country," read the statement. The APNS also stated that any step to curb freedom of press has proven to be counter productive in any democratic dispensation. They urged the federal government to immediately withdraw the PEMRA action and consult the stakeholders for the guiding measures of the coverage of the operation. Access to news channels, social media suspended in Pakistan The services were restored after 3pm but went on the blink again shortly after. After PEMRA's orders to take all news channels off air, social media access via internet browsers to Facebook, Youtube and Twitter were also blocked Saturday afternoon. The access to services was temporarily restored after 3pm but was blocked again shortly after. PEMRA directed news channels to ensure the security of their staff while the situation persisted; in light of which, Geo News as per its tradition of responsible reporting was and continues to abide by the rules. Earlier, PEMRA had barred media from live coverage of Islamabad operation under Media Code of Conduct 2015. While Facebook, Twitter and Youtube were blocked across Pakistan on internet browsers, Geo.tv had received reports from certain users who are still able to access the services. Countrywide protests The operation to clear Faizabad Interchange from protesters staging a sit-in, which had commenced early morning on Saturday, was put on hold later in the day. According to reports, the operation against protesters was suspended at approximately 2:30 PM. Islamabad protest: Over 200 people injured, Pakistan Army summoned The Government of Pakistan summoned the army under Article 245 in aid of civil power The situation remains tense in the federal capital. Heavy contingents of police, FC and Rangers were deployed to the interchange, where they used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protesters, who had paralysed the federal capital for almost three weeks. At least 200 people have been injured in the clashes including 90 police and FC personnel. Following the operation, protests were staged in different cities including Lahore, Karachi, Hyderabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Peshawar among others.
  21. LAHORE: Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Monday referred to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan as a puppet and said he would fail like the 'puppets in Karachi'. The PPP scion, while speaking to the media, also commented on Karachi's political situation and said a strange game was being played in the metropolis. He added that the PPP wants to bring development, justice and a 'clean' governance to the city. Bilawal also said the political game being played in Karachi will fail as the PPP will provide leadership to the city after the general elections. Referring to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, he expressed hope that the courts would serve justice in Nawaz's cases and further stated that the Model Town case should be picked up by the courts. On Sunday, Bilawal said that Karachi's citizens will not give any importance to 'puppet politicians.' "Karachi's political situation is odd," he said, adding ?a strange game is being played with the people of Karachi.? "We are struggling to give Karachi a sense of ownership and we know Karachi's citizens won't pay heed to puppet politicians," said Bilawal while speaking to media after attending the death anniversary of former PPP Secretary General Jahangir Badar. The PPP scion was referring to developments this week between the Pakistan Sarzameen Party and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan, which announced a political alliance and then proceeded to hurl serious allegations against each other, including that the two were brought to the table by the 'establishment'.
  22. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) sits beside US President Donald Trump during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, US, November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/Files WASHINGTON: Despite President Donald Trump?s full-throated support for Saudi Arabia, the United States appears to be signalling a desire for Riyadh to take a more cautious approach in its regional power struggle with Iran, experts say. The Trump administration ? which shares Saudi Arabia?s view of Iran as a regional menace ? has strongly backed the Kingdom in the wake of a failed missile attack from Iran-aligned forces in Yemeni territory that demonstrated an ability to strike the Saudi capital. Trump has cultivated much warmer ties with the Saudis after a fraught relationship with the Obama administration ? the president made Riyadh his first stop on his maiden international trip ? and has vowed to take strong action to confront Iran. Nevertheless, Washington ? which has US forces in Syria and Iraq ? is telegraphing a more tempered stance toward the confrontation in a region beset with turmoil. On Thursday, the State Department called for ?unimpeded access? for humanitarian aid to Yemen, after Saudi Arabia imposed a blockade on the country to stem the flow of arms to Iran-aligned Houthi fighters. A day later, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made clear he still recognized as Lebanon?s prime minister Saad al-Hariri, who unexpectedly announced his resignation on November 4 from Riyadh. In announcing his decision on television, Hariri said he feared assassination and accused Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of sowing strife in the Arab world, thrusting Lebanon into the front line of the competition between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Two US officials said the Saudis ? led by Crown Prince Mohammed ? had ?encouraged? Hariri to leave office and Lebanese officials say he is being held in Saudi Arabia, a charge Riyadh denies. Hariri has not commented publicly on whether he is free to come and go as he pleases. 'That's significant' In a statement on Saturday, the White House said it ?rejects any efforts by militias within Lebanon or by any foreign forces to threaten Lebanon?s stability...or use Lebanon as a base from which to threaten others in the region?. When asked to comment on whether the United States was pushing for a more cautious Saudi response, both the White House and State Department referred to Saturday?s statement on Lebanon. Tillerson was ?not going along with the Saudi position in describing the Lebanese state as under capture by Hezbollah,? Paul Salem ? the senior vice president of the Washington-based Middle East Institute? said. ?That?s significant.? Tillerson was also ?signaling to the Israelis ... that now is not the time to go after Lebanon,? said Salem, referring to long-standing Israeli concerns about Hezbollah?s growing military prowess. Ray Takeyh ? a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations ? said he believed the Trump administration was still seeking to help the Saudis advance their interests against Iran without destabilizing the region. ?This is a delicate balancing act. It involves supporting allies in a policy that the administration agrees with while trying to mitigate aspects of it that it (sees as) overstated,? Takeyh said. Tillerson?s statement also urged ?all parties both within Lebanon and outside? to respect Lebanon?s independence and said there was no role for any foreign forces. The United States regularly criticizes Iran and Hezbollah for their role in Lebanon. Tillerson?s backing of Hariri and the Lebanese government contrasted sharply with the approach taken by Saudi Arabia, which has lumped Lebanon with Hezbollah as parties hostile to it. ?I see Rex Tillerson as being an old-fashioned American diplomat and old-fashioned American diplomacy in the Middle East is all about stability,? said F. Gregory Gause ? the chairman of the International Affairs Department at Texas A&M University. ?I?m not entirely sure that that is the position of the chief executive of the United States,? Gause added. Concerns with Saudi purge The Saudi actions coincide with an anti-corruption purge by the country?s future king that tightened his grip on power. Trump tweeted on Monday that he had ?great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia? following the mass arrests ? the biggest such purge of the kingdom?s affluent elite in its modern history. Trump also tweeted that ?they know exactly what they are doing.? Former and current US officials with deep knowledge of Saudi Arabia say Trump?s enthusiastic support for Prince Mohammed has emboldened the youthful Saudi leader. Tillerson told reporters the purge appeared ?well intended? but the mass arrests, which have swept up officials long known in Washington, also fueled US concerns. ?It raises a few concerns until we see more clearly how these particular individuals are dealt with,? Tillerson added. Trump?s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, the president?s senior adviser, who has cultivated a close relationship with Prince Mohammed, recently returned from Saudi Arabia, fueling speculation on whether he may have had wind of the Crown Prince?s plans. A senior administration official said they had no advance knowledge.
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