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  • Clashes erupt over Nazir calls for Kashmir, Khalistan independence

    Clashes Erupt Over

    Clashes erupted in London on Friday evening since Lord Nazir Ahmed, a pro-Pakistan peer in the House of Lords, who is noticed to be the highly controversial figure, attempted to hold a "black day" protest.

    According to reports, the Pakistan-backed 'black day' campaign, that coincided with India's Republic Day and held outside the Indian High Commission which is in the heart of Central London, aimed at highlighting the "oppression in India".

  • Indian man told to go to Pakistan in Delhi metro

    Delhi Metro

    New Delhi: In a shocking incident, an old man was allegedly humiliated and denied a seat in the violet line of Delhi metro, because of his appearance. The senior citizen approached 2 young men sitting on the senior citizens’ seat and requested to them if they could vacate it but they said no.

  • Pak new types of nuclear weapons worries US


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    Pakistan is up in making new types of nuclear weapon have become a worry for America's intelligence chief warned on Tuesday, which includes short-range tactical ones that bring more risks to the region.

    Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats' remarks came days after a group of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists struck the Sunjuwan Military Camp in Jammu on Saturday that has killed 7 people including 6 soldiers.

    “Pakistan is developing new types of nuclear weapons, including short-range tactical weapons,” Coats told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing on worldwide threats organised by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

    Pakistan continues to produce nuclear weapons and develop new types of nuclear weapons, including short-range tactical weapons, sea-based cruise missiles, air-launched cruise missiles, and longer-range ballistic missiles, he warned. “These new types of nuclear weapons will introduce new risks for escalation of dynamics and security in the region,” Coats said, reflecting on the risks involved in developing such types of nuclear weapons.

    Coats said North Korea will be among the most volatile and confrontational weapons of mass destruction (WMD) threats to the US over the next year.

    North Korea’s history of exporting ballistic missile technology to several countries, including Iran and Syria, and its assistance during Syria’s construction of a nuclear reactor — destroyed in 2007 — illustrates its willingness to proliferate dangerous technologies.

    In 2017 North Korea, for the second straight year, conducted a large number of ballistic missile tests, including its first Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) tests. Pyongyang is committed to developing a long-range, nuclear-armed missile that is capable of posing a direct threat to the United States. It also conducted its sixth and highest yield nuclear test to date.

    “We assess that North Korea has a longstanding Biological Weapons (BW) capability and biotechnology infrastructure that could support a BW programme. We also assess that North Korea has a Chemical Weapons (CW) programme and probably could employ these agents by modifying conventional munitions or with unconventional, targeted methods,” he said.

    Coats said state efforts to modernise, develop, or acquire WMD, their delivery systems, or their underlying technologies constitute a major threat to the security of the United States, its deployed troops, and its allies. Both state and non-state actors have already demonstrated the use of chemical weapons in Iraq and Syria.

    Biological and chemical materials and technologies — almost always dual-use — move easily in the globalised economy, as do personnel with the scientific expertise to design and use them for legitimate and illegitimate purposes. Information about the latest discoveries in the life sciences also diffuses rapidly around the globe, widening the accessibility of knowledge and tools for beneficial purposes and for potentially nefarious applications.

    (With agency inputs)

  • Selfie with a journalist makes Pak win

    Zainab Abbas Selfie With Cricketers

    New Delhi: Pakistan knock down Sri Lanka and made its position in the semi finals. Now Pak will fight with England in semi finals. Few days earlier something happened which was astonishing but not happened for the first time. Before match Pak journalist took a selfi with Sri Lanka captain Anjelo Mathew and after that Pak won the match.

  • Why are the Pak cricketer blurred with Dhoni's behavior?

    Nasir Jamshed

    NewsMantra Bureau

    Pakistani batsman Fakhr Jamshed, who has scored a century against India in the Champions Trophy final, has recently revealed in an interview that when he scored a century in the final against Team India, then Indian captain Virat Kohli clapped for him, but Former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not do this

  • Zainab Ansari’s murder case: Killer gets death sentence


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    A court in Pakistan has given accused Imran Ali the death of sentences on 4 different grounds- murdering, kidnapping, rape of a minor and committing an unnatural act in Zainab Ansari murder case.

    This has been for the first time in history that the court has taken the decision so fast in such a shortest period of four days.

    Announcing the verdict at the Kot Lakhpat Jail here at in-camera trial amid high security, ATC judge Sajjad Hussain handed down the death sentence to 23-year-old Imran Ali on four grounds - murdering a child, kidnapping a child, rape of a minor, and committing an unnatural act with a minor.

    Imran has also been sentenced to seven years in jail with a fine of Rs 1 million for desecrating the body of a minor.

    He was arrested in January, two weeks after he raped and killed the 7-year-old girl and threw her body into a garbage dump in Kasur city, some 50 kilometres from Lahore.

    The brutal rape and murder of the child had sparked outrage and protests across the country. Her case was the twelfth such incident to occur within a 10 kilometre radius in Kasur city over a 12-month period.

    The arrest brought to light eight more such killings and many Pakistanis have demanded he be publicly executed.

    Prosecutor General Ehtesham Qadir, who spoke to media after the sentencing, said the accused had been given ample chance to defend himself, but he chose to confess his crimes.

    He said the prosecution had presented at least 56 witnesses against him in addition to forensic evidence, including the DNA and polygraph tests.

    "It was a fair trial in which the suspect was given a chance to defend himself," Qadir said, adding the ATC has awarded the sentence to the accused only in the case of the seven-year-old girl.

    "The suspect had also confessed to the killing of eight other girls. He will be tried in these cases separately, he said, adding this was the first ever trial in the history of Pakistan that concluded in four days.

    The girl's father Muhammad Amin expressed satisfaction over the verdict, saying: "We are satisfied on the verdict but we wanted him to be hanged publicly."

    The girl's mother said, "We want that the suspect should be stoned to death for his crime as hanging in jail is a punishment which is given to other criminals but this beast deserves either public hanging or stoned to death."

    Imran will now have 15 days to approach the court to file an appeal. However, the prosecutor general said he had confessed to his crime and was not interested in challenging the ATC verdict in higher court.

    "He regrets for his act. He says he became a pervert after having an addiction of watching child pornography on Internet," Qadir said.

    Advocate Mehar Shakeel Multani, the private counsel for the suspect, had withdrawn his power of attorney after the suspect made confession before the trial court.

    The lawyer claimed his conscience did not allow him to defend a serial killer.

    Later, the court provided the suspect with state counsel to complete the trial proceedings.

    Showing concerns about the fairness of the trial inside jail, rights activist and senior lawyer Asad Jamal said the trial could not be held in a free and fair manner unless the suspect was given an ample opportunity to defend himself through a counsel of his choice.

    He said the trial had been conducted in camera without access to independent observers, members of the bar and independent legal counsel for the suspect.

    He said the prosecution could not propose or nominate a lawyer to defend a suspect, as done in the case, because there had always been a clear conflict of interest.

    He said it was against the principles of due process of fair trial guaranteed under Article 10-A of the Constitution.

    Advocate Jamal said he had also filed an application with the jail authorities, seeking permission to meet the accused to consult him in private to access the need for the steps to be taken, including representation to defend him to ensure a fair trial.

    The Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 also requires a trial court to proceed with the trial on day-to-day basis and decide the case within seven working days.

    Prosecutor General Qadir, however, said, "All the requisites of justice and fairness had been strictly observed during the trial proceedings."

    He said the private counsel for the suspect had cross- examined at least 22 prosecution witnesses before he withdrew his power of attorney.

    "Later, the state lawyer appointed by the court completed the cross-examination of the remaining witnesses."

    (With agency inputs)