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A Heliconius hecale butterfly is seen during the inauguration of the Metropolitan Butterfly Farm in Panama City
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Anti-Trump protesters holding placards gather in front of "Big Ben" as parliament debates whether or not to allow Donald Trump a state visit in London
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Dancers from China's Inner Mongolia Art Troupe perform at the Abdulhusain Abdulredha theatre in Kuwait City
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INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY - 21 FEBRUARY
2017 Theme: "Towards Sustainable Futures through Multilingual Education"

To foster sustainable development, learners must have access to education in their mother tongue and in other languages. It is through the mastery of the first language or mother tongue that the basic skills of reading, writing and numeracy are acquired. Local languages, especially minority and indigenous, transmit cultures, values and traditional knowledge, thus playing an important role in promoting sustainable futures.


MULTILINGUAL EDUCATION:
- Multilingual education facilitates access to education while promoting equity for populations speaking minority and/or indigenous languages, especially girls and women:
- It emphasizes the quality of teaching and learning with a focus on understanding and creativity;
- It reinforces the... more »

INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY - 21 FEBRUARY
2017 Theme: "Towards Sustainable Futures through Multilingual Education"

To foster sustainable development, learners must have access to education in their mother tongue and in other languages. It is through the mastery of the first language or mother tongue that the basic skills of reading, writing and numeracy are acquired. Local languages, especially minority and indigenous, transmit cultures, values and traditional knowledge, thus playing an important role in promoting sustainable futures.


MULTILINGUAL EDUCATION:
- Multilingual education facilitates access to education while promoting equity for populations speaking minority and/or indigenous languages, especially girls and women:
- It emphasizes the quality of teaching and learning with a focus on understanding and creativity;
- It reinforces the cognitive aspect of learning by ensuring the direct application of learning outcomes to the learner’s life through the mother tongue
- It enhances dialogue and interaction between learner and teacher by allowing genuine communication from the beginning.
- It facilitates participation and action in society and gives access to new knowledge and cultural expressions, thus ensuring a harmonious interaction between the global and the local.___

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A Heliconius hecale butterfly is seen during the inauguration of the Metropolitan Butterfly Farm in Panama City
AFP / RODRIGO ARANGUA

A Heliconius hecale butterfly is seen during the inauguration of the Metropolitan Butterfly Farm in Panama City
AFP / RODRIGO ARANGUA___

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Anti-Trump protesters holding placards gather in front of "Big Ben" as parliament debates whether or not to allow Donald Trump a state visit in London
AFP / Justin TALLIS

Anti-Trump protesters holding placards gather in front of "Big Ben" as parliament debates whether or not to allow Donald Trump a state visit in London
AFP / Justin TALLIS___

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Syrian woman sits with injured children at a hospital following an airstrike in Barzah
AFP / Saria ABU ZAID 

Syrian woman sits with injured children at a hospital following an airstrike in Barzah
AFP / Saria ABU ZAID ___

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MOTHER AND DAUGHTER - MEETING FOR THE FIRST TIME

Palestinian Gazan Jumana Daoud carries her 7-month-old daughter Maryam at Makassed Hospital in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem on February 20, 2017, as they meet for the first time since the baby's premature birth.
Hospitals in Gaza do not have the facilities to care for premature babies, said paediatrician Mohammed al-Najjar at Makassed Hospital in east Jerusalem where Maryam was born.

Daoud and rights groups said she had submitted an application several months ago to reenter Israel to retrieve baby Maryam from a hospital in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, but received no reply.
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip need to apply for individual permits to enter or transit Israel, but do so through the Palestinian Authority.
The PA circulated a document showing that the request had been submitted.

Tiny Maryam smiled... more »

MOTHER AND DAUGHTER - MEETING FOR THE FIRST TIME

Palestinian Gazan Jumana Daoud carries her 7-month-old daughter Maryam at Makassed Hospital in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem on February 20, 2017, as they meet for the first time since the baby's premature birth.
Hospitals in Gaza do not have the facilities to care for premature babies, said paediatrician Mohammed al-Najjar at Makassed Hospital in east Jerusalem where Maryam was born.

Daoud and rights groups said she had submitted an application several months ago to reenter Israel to retrieve baby Maryam from a hospital in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, but received no reply.
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip need to apply for individual permits to enter or transit Israel, but do so through the Palestinian Authority.
The PA circulated a document showing that the request had been submitted.

Tiny Maryam smiled as she was picked up by her mother for the first time since her premature birth on August 1.___

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2017-02-21 00:35:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

"NOT MY PRESIDENT" MARCH

About 10,000 anti-Trump protesters marched in New York to shouts of "not my president!" Monday, joined by others in cities across the United States as the nation celebrated its Presidents Day holiday.
After a raucous first month in office, President Donald Trump is due to return to Washington after spending a weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Miami Beach, Florida, dubbed the "Winter White House."
The "Not My Presidents Day" protests aim to show grassroots opposition to the Republican president remains fervent one month after his January 20 inauguration.

"NOT MY PRESIDENT" MARCH

About 10,000 anti-Trump protesters marched in New York to shouts of "not my president!" Monday, joined by others in cities across the United States as the nation celebrated its Presidents Day holiday.
After a raucous first month in office, President Donald Trump is due to return to Washington after spending a weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Miami Beach, Florida, dubbed the "Winter White House."
The "Not My Presidents Day" protests aim to show grassroots opposition to the Republican president remains fervent one month after his January 20 inauguration.___

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LT GEN HR MCMASTER - NEW US NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR

President Trump has announced that Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster will be his new national security adviser. McMaster will replace retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign after revelations that he had misled top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.
The president made the announcement in a brief appearance before reporters at Mar-a-Lago, his resort estate in Florida on Monday. He spent part of the weekend interviewing generals after his first choice — retired vice admiral and former Navy SEAL Robert Harward — turned down the job.

McMaster, 54, is a three-star Army general known for being a military intellectual. A West Point graduate who earned a doctorate in history from the University of North Carolina, he wrote his dissertation based on newlydec... more »

LT GEN HR MCMASTER - NEW US NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR

President Trump has announced that Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster will be his new national security adviser. McMaster will replace retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign after revelations that he had misled top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.
The president made the announcement in a brief appearance before reporters at Mar-a-Lago, his resort estate in Florida on Monday. He spent part of the weekend interviewing generals after his first choice — retired vice admiral and former Navy SEAL Robert Harward — turned down the job.

McMaster, 54, is a three-star Army general known for being a military intellectual. A West Point graduate who earned a doctorate in history from the University of North Carolina, he wrote his dissertation based on newly declassified documents from the Vietnam War. The dissertation became a 1997 book — Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam.
As NPR's Tamara Keith said on All Things Considered, "In U.S. military circles that book is a classic, and it's also a cautionary tale." Keith points out that it is essentially a book about generals who deferred to politicians and regretted it. For that reason, McMaster isn't thought to be one to back down if challenged by anyone in the White House. "He's his own man and will tell you exactly what he thinks," Keith said.

In a New Yorker article about the Iraq War in 2006, George Packer wrote that McMaster pushed for a "more imaginative and coherent response to an insurgency that he believed was made up of highly decentralized groups with different agendas making short-term alliances of convenience."
McMaster is credited with demonstrating how a different strategy could work to defeat insurgents in Iraq, and is known for having been critical of the George W. Bush administration's handling of the war.

During the first Iraq War, McMaster was awarded a Silver Star for heroism while fighting in a tank battle with Iraqi troops known as "73 Easting," in February of 1991.
Two parts of his past will surely return to him as national security adviser. During the second Iraq War, he was key in applying counter-insurgency tactics and pacifying the city of Tal Afar, a city later taken over by ISIS, a foe McMaster will have to help devise a new strategy to defeat.
In 2010, he was deployed to run anti-corruption efforts in Afghanistan, another issue that persists.___

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2017-02-20 23:25:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

INDIA'S REAL MILITARY PROBLEM
And It's Not Pakistan or China
Daniel Darling, The National Interest, 17 February 2017

The Indian government has unveiled its budget estimates for the coming fiscal year, with defense once again in line for a 10 percent year-on-year nominal increase. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley delivered the budget 2017 speech on February 1, with the defense outlay estimated at 2.74 trillion rupees ($40.4 billion), minus pensions, which is up from the 2.49 trillion rupees ($36.8 billion) revised allocation for its current fiscal year. India's new fiscal year begins on April 1, 2017, and runs through March 31, 2018.

On its face, the bump in year-to-year defense investment appears a welcoming sign for Indian military modernization, but once the budget estimate curtain is pulled back, the actual picture indicates something more complex.

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INDIA'S REAL MILITARY PROBLEM
And It's Not Pakistan or China
Daniel Darling, The National Interest, 17 February 2017

The Indian government has unveiled its budget estimates for the coming fiscal year, with defense once again in line for a 10 percent year-on-year nominal increase. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley delivered the budget 2017 speech on February 1, with the defense outlay estimated at 2.74 trillion rupees ($40.4 billion), minus pensions, which is up from the 2.49 trillion rupees ($36.8 billion) revised allocation for its current fiscal year. India's new fiscal year begins on April 1, 2017, and runs through March 31, 2018.

On its face, the bump in year-to-year defense investment appears a welcoming sign for Indian military modernization, but once the budget estimate curtain is pulled back, the actual picture indicates something more complex.


From a broad perspective, India's military modernization plan reaches across the service spectrum, requiring major capital investments in new hardware for the air, land, sea, surveillance and electronics spheres. It spans from new assault rifles for infantrymen to tactical transport aircraft and landing platform docks. The price tag for all the rearmament requirements under the Ministry of Defence's “Long-Term Integrated Perspective Plan,” which runs through 2027, is more than $230 billion.

Therefore, India will need to allocate around $16 billion per annum toward the capital head portion of the defense budget (funding earmarked for hardware acquisitions) over the coming eleven years, if it intends to meet all of its modernization goals. This funding outline does not take into account the inflationary and currency value fluctuations likely to be encountered across the coming ten-year period. India's Ministry of Defence has yet to fund more than $13.5 billion in capital head expenditure in any given year since the launch of the Long-Term Integrated Perspective Plan in 2012.

Increasing annual levels of equipment funding for the military to meet future modernization plans remains difficult, considering India's domestic environment.

For starters, with an election on the horizon in 2019, the current government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has one more “spare” year to pump extra money into defense before the inevitable election-year turn toward infrastructure and welfare spending in an attempt to appease voters on the electoral margins. Future governments may be less keen on promoting defense expenditure at the expense of other areas, thus rendering any long-term aspirations wobbly from the start.

Second, although India's economy continues to grow, it is not expanding fast enough to underwrite annual capital head defense budget allocations of around 1.08 trillion rupees. This is the minimum required spending level going forward that would enable the Ministry of Defence to maintain pace with modernization funding requirements.

Growth for fiscal year 2016 is already slowing year-on-year by almost 1 percent, partially due to a government demonetization initiative aimed at curbing black-market activity. The Indian economy has expanded by 10 percent of GDP just once in the past twenty years, and forecasts from the International Monetary Fund through 2021 do not project another year of double-digit growth.

Without sizable economic expansion, the government is hindered by revenue intake (allowing for increased expenditure) and political realities. Short of an outbreak of conflict—or the imminent appearance thereof—generating a popular wellspring of support for a massive expansion of the defense budget may prove politically difficult for both current and future governments.

Third, India's defense budget is squeezed by the need to recruit, train, outfit and house a 1.25-million-strong military. On top of that, Indian soldiers allege that they endure poor working conditions and inadequate care, which makes personnel welfare a crucial political component within the defense budget for politicians. Strong upticks in capital expenditure for modernization without commensurate defense budgetary increases would therefore elicit charges of funding a foreign vendor over the welfare of soldiers.

Perhaps even more problematic is the issue of financial mismanagement within the Ministry of Defence. For the past three fiscal cycles, the Indian Ministry of Defence has proven incapable of fully utilizing the tranche of funding provided to it within the capital head portion of its budget. Thus, finalized defense expenditures (the revised estimate) for the past two years resulted in topline figures equaling 95 and 91 percent of the original budget estimate (fiscal years 2014–15 and 2015–16, respectively).

Even worse, much of this unspent funding comes from the capital head—this at a time when India faces technological obsolescence across much of its military's hardware spectrum. In fiscal year 2015–16, the Ministry of Defence only spent 87 percent of its defense equipment budget allocation. It will miss the 100 percent mark again in fiscal year 2016–17, coming in at 91 percent of what had originally been budgeted.

The capital head allocation for the coming year will be around 864 billion rupees ($12.7 billion), up from the 785 billion rupees ($11.5 billion) provided in the current fiscal cycle. Spending from the capital head earmark is generally devoted to legacy equipment commitments rather than future commitments.

The 10 percent rise in the equipment investment earmark should help defray some of the defense inflation normally incurred in military projects, as well as help cover the direct government-to-government purchase of thirty-six Dassault Rafale combat aircraft from France and part of the $3 billion worth of various missiles, tank engines, rocket launchers and ammunition procured from Russia and Israel to replenish depleted Indian armed forces stocks.

But this still leaves a bevy of expensive, big-ticket projects—many of them pressing, particularly in the areas of combat aircraft, artillery, fixed-wing transports and submarines—to be contracted for and funded.

Thus, India finds itself well behind the rearmament timeline it has fixed for itself, as many of these projects take years just to wind through the labyrinthine defense procurement process and be consummated, let alone be delivered and begin operational use.

More importantly, year-on-year the final defense budget allocation—the revised estimate—comes in lower than the original budget estimate. For example, the fiscal year 2016–17 defense budget estimate figure was 2.58 trillion rupees, which was ultimately revised downward by 3.5 percent to the aforementioned total of 2.49 trillion rupees. This negative trend parallels the steady decline in India's defense investment, minus service pensions, as a share of national wealth. The latest figures show Indian defense budgets at around 1.65 percent of GDP, down from 2.19 percent in 2009–10.

So while India's economy continues to expand, its level of investment in defense is steadily declining. This decoupling comes as China's People's Liberation Army Navy continues to expand its presence in the Indian Ocean region, and Beijing invests in a network of roads, railways and pipelines linking it to India's fiercest rival, Pakistan.

All of this, of course, is fine should India expect its immediate strategic environment to remain calm across the coming decade. But the outbreak of conflict, like economic hiccups, is often unpredictable.

Thus, the picture that emerges from behind the curtain is one far less advantageous than a 10 percent year-on-year increase and one of the world's largest defense budgets would appear to indicate.___

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Corps Commander Peshawar Lieutenant General Nazir Ahmed Butt visited Loi Shaliman in Khyber Agency today where he was briefed on prevailing security situation in the agency.
During his visit Corps Commander interacted with troops deployed on the forward posts and expressed his satisfaction on operational preparedness.

Corps Commander Peshawar Lieutenant General Nazir Ahmed Butt visited Loi Shaliman in Khyber Agency today where he was briefed on prevailing security situation in the agency.
During his visit Corps Commander interacted with troops deployed on the forward posts and expressed his satisfaction on operational preparedness.___

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2017-02-20 07:29:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

PAKISTAN AND EGYPT INTERESTED IN JOINT PRODUCTION OF DEFENCE EQUIPMENT

Rana Tanveer Hussain Federal Minister for Defence Produuction of Pakjstan held a meeting with Dr. Muhammad Said El Assar Minister for Military Production of Egypt. Rana Tanveer Hussain is on 05 visit to UAE to attend International Defence Exhibition IDEX-2017 on invitation of Defence Minister of UAE. Pakistan’s Ambassador to UAE Mr Muazzam Ahmed Khan and Commodore Arshad M. Khan Joint Secretary Foreign Collaboration Ministry of Defence Production were also present in the meeting.
During the meeting with Dr. Muhammad Said El Assar, matters of enhanced defence cooperation between the two countries came under discussion.
Other matters of bilateral importance were also discussed. Dr. Assar said that Egypt is ready to expand defence ties with Pakistan. Two sides agreed to enhance cooperation between the two brotherlyc... more »

PAKISTAN AND EGYPT INTERESTED IN JOINT PRODUCTION OF DEFENCE EQUIPMENT

Rana Tanveer Hussain Federal Minister for Defence Produuction of Pakjstan held a meeting with Dr. Muhammad Said El Assar Minister for Military Production of Egypt. Rana Tanveer Hussain is on 05 visit to UAE to attend International Defence Exhibition IDEX-2017 on invitation of Defence Minister of UAE. Pakistan’s Ambassador to UAE Mr Muazzam Ahmed Khan and Commodore Arshad M. Khan Joint Secretary Foreign Collaboration Ministry of Defence Production were also present in the meeting.
During the meeting with Dr. Muhammad Said El Assar, matters of enhanced defence cooperation between the two countries came under discussion.
Other matters of bilateral importance were also discussed. Dr. Assar said that Egypt is ready to expand defence ties with Pakistan. Two sides agreed to enhance cooperation between the two brotherly countries to face contemporary challenges besetting the Islamic Ummah. They also expressed the desire for collaboration in joint production of defence equipment and showed agreement to exchange expert level delegations to work out modalities for future cooperation.
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2017-02-20 07:21:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

PAF HITS HIDEOUTS OF MILITANTS IN NORTH WAZIRISTAN KILLING SEVERAL TERRORISTS.

PAF HITS HIDEOUTS OF MILITANTS IN NORTH WAZIRISTAN KILLING SEVERAL TERRORISTS.___

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2017-02-20 07:07:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

MUNICH SECURITY REPORT 2017
Post-Truth, Post-West, Post-Order?

Is the world facing disorder and the rise of illiberal actors? Just ahead of the 53rd edition of the Munich Security Conference from February 17-19, the Munich Security Conference Foundation released the third edition of its annual report on key issues in international security (download a PDF version of the report here).
Entitled "Post-Truth, Post-West, Post-Order?", the Munich Security Report 2017 offers analyses, data, statistics, infographics, and maps on major developments and challenges in international security. The report aims to serve as a companion and conversation starter for the discussions at the Munich Security Conference 2017 and as background reading for participants. At the same time, it is also made available to the interested public. Last year's report was downloaded more than 25,000 times,... more »

MUNICH SECURITY REPORT 2017
Post-Truth, Post-West, Post-Order?

Is the world facing disorder and the rise of illiberal actors? Just ahead of the 53rd edition of the Munich Security Conference from February 17-19, the Munich Security Conference Foundation released the third edition of its annual report on key issues in international security (download a PDF version of the report here).
Entitled "Post-Truth, Post-West, Post-Order?", the Munich Security Report 2017 offers analyses, data, statistics, infographics, and maps on major developments and challenges in international security. The report aims to serve as a companion and conversation starter for the discussions at the Munich Security Conference 2017 and as background reading for participants. At the same time, it is also made available to the interested public. Last year's report was downloaded more than 25,000 times, with significant press coverage in both German and international media. Twitter discussions about the report are led under #MSCreport and the hashtag for the Munich Security Conference, #MSC2017.
Central topics of the new edition include the crises of the international order and of liberal democracy as well as European security and defense policy. In addition, the report assembles information on the jihadist threat, the manipulation and "weaponization" of information, and the security situation in the Pacific and the Middle East.
For this report, the Munich Security Conference, which was recently rated the world's "Best Think Tank Conference" by the University of Pennsylvania's "Global Go To Think Tank Index" for the fourth year in a row, cooperated with numerous renowned institutions and think tanks. These include the International Crisis Group, IHS Markit, Chatham House, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Nuclear Threat Initiative, the Hertie School of Governance, and McKinsey & Company.

A FEW SELECT HIGHLIGHTS OF THE REPORT:
- An exclusive analysis by McKinsey & Company assesses and compares the number of major weapons system categories used by the armed forces of the United States and of European states: 178 in Europe, 30 in the US. The analysis also shows how the defense industry in Europe has consolidated over recent decades.
- Projections by IHS Jane's Defence Budgets show that until 2020, defense expenditures will barely rise in Western Europe but will increase by more than 3% annually, on average, in Eastern European countries.
- Analyses by multiple sources find that a mounting number of citizens who live in democracies believe in authoritarian solutions, and indicate a decline of freedom in the world.
- Data compiled by IHS Conflict Monitor establish that only 20% of Russian air strikes in Syria in 2016 were targeted at Daesh/ISIS.
- Exclusive polls on public opinion in Iran conducted by the Center for International Security Studies at Maryland show: a majority of Iranians is convinced that European countries are moving slower than they could to trade and invest with Iran due to fear and pressure of the United States.
- Newly assessed and in part unpublished data by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) illustrate the number of ceasefire violations in Ukraine as well as how the conflict parties have been obstructing the work of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission.
- Previously unpublished analyses carried out by the Hertie School of Governance compare the budgets and social media reach of state-funded public international broadcasters: Russia's RT and China's CCTV rank especially high. In recent years, these states have also made strides in expanding the global presence of state-funded cultural institutes.
- New analyses by the International Institute for Strategic Studies' "Military Balance 2017" show the current state of Russian missile capabilities in Kaliningrad as well as China's expanding naval capabilities. Moreover, an overview of the US presence in the Pacific is provided.
- An analysis by the Center for Nonproliferation Studies and the Nuclear Threat Initiative documents North Korea's advancement towards a nuclear intercontinental missile that could reach the West Coast of the United States.
- A framework of risk-enhancing factors created by Chatham House depicts how the outbreak of a deadly disease can evolve into a global pandemic. Chatham House also shows, based on WHO data, that 60% of all attacks on health care infrastructure since 2014 were deliberate.


Read/ Download the report:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/peacealliance/1109405822522033/___

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2017-02-20 06:47:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

"TERRORISTS AREN'T CHRISTIANS OR MUSLIMS OR BUDDHISTS OR HINDUS. THEY ARE TERRORISTS, THEY ARE CRIMINALS" - KHAWAJA ASIF

At the Munich Security Conference 2017, Defence minister of Pakistan Khawaja Muhammad Asif denounced the idea of associating terrorism with any religion.
“Terrorism is not synonymous to any religion. Terrorists aren’t Christians or Muslims or Buddhists or Hindus. They are terrorists, they are criminals,” said Asif while addressing the audience.

In a panel discussion on countering extremism and terrorism, the minister said more than ninety percent of individuals killed by terrorists are Muslims.
Strongly opposing the term ‘Islamic terrorism,’ Asif said: “I have heard the term “Islamic terrorism” maybe a dozen times since morning, President Trump uses it frequently and this is fuelling Islamophobia because terrorism is beingbranded as Isla... more »

"TERRORISTS AREN'T CHRISTIANS OR MUSLIMS OR BUDDHISTS OR HINDUS. THEY ARE TERRORISTS, THEY ARE CRIMINALS" - KHAWAJA ASIF

At the Munich Security Conference 2017, Defence minister of Pakistan Khawaja Muhammad Asif denounced the idea of associating terrorism with any religion.
“Terrorism is not synonymous to any religion. Terrorists aren’t Christians or Muslims or Buddhists or Hindus. They are terrorists, they are criminals,” said Asif while addressing the audience.

In a panel discussion on countering extremism and terrorism, the minister said more than ninety percent of individuals killed by terrorists are Muslims.
Strongly opposing the term ‘Islamic terrorism,’ Asif said: “I have heard the term “Islamic terrorism” maybe a dozen times since morning, President Trump uses it frequently and this is fuelling Islamophobia because terrorism is being branded as Islamic terrorism.”
The minister stated that the fight against terrorism is a common fight for mankind and humanity, and Pakistan expects and hopes that its brothers across the border from Afghanistan will cooperate to counter this threat.
In a statement harshly criticising the United State’s policies, Asif said Pakistan is determined to fight terrorism: “Let me assure the world community that Pakistan is a frontline state in this war and it will continue to fulfil its obligations to its own people and the international community but if the West’s policies are going to be isolationist or exclusive it won’t help the fight against terrorism, only fuel it.”
Discussing the armed forces’ performance, the minister admitted that Pakistan made mistakes in the past but continued to say that the country’s armed forces did a commendable job in the past three years.
He said the state of Pakistan intends to continue its fight against “the disease and infection,” of terrorist elements that have become a threat to the human race.

Among this year's participants are UN Secretary-General António Guterres, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, and the Presidents of Ukraine and Afghanistan.
Senior government officials and premiers of various other countries are participating, including China, Norway, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Iran.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates and singer and activist Bono are also among the participants.___

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2017-02-20 06:00:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Dancers from China's Inner Mongolia Art Troupe perform at the Abdulhusain Abdulredha theatre in Kuwait City
AFP / Yasser Al-Zayyat

Dancers from China's Inner Mongolia Art Troupe perform at the Abdulhusain Abdulredha theatre in Kuwait City
AFP / Yasser Al-Zayyat___

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2017-02-20 05:59:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Feliz cumpleaños
The elephant Trompita enjoys a piece of birthday cake made of vegetables and fruit during her 56th birthday celebration at the Aurora zoo in Guatemala City
AFP / JOHAN ORDONEZ

Feliz cumpleaños
The elephant Trompita enjoys a piece of birthday cake made of vegetables and fruit during her 56th birthday celebration at the Aurora zoo in Guatemala City
AFP / JOHAN ORDONEZ___

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2017-02-20 05:46:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

A Palestinian girl peers through the door of her house in an impoverished area in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis
AFP / SAID KHATIB


A Palestinian girl peers through the door of her house in an impoverished area in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis
AFP / SAID KHATIB
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2017-02-20 05:27:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

This program "Fatah Ka Fatwa" on Zee News is notoriously partisan and biased. At times, it can even be considered offensive and prejudicial. And this program disturbing communal harmony of Indian society. And also making fun of one sect of society. Zee News is helping to further the social divide amongst the citizens of the India.


This program "Fatah Ka Fatwa" on Zee News is notoriously partisan and biased. At times, it can even be considered offensive and prejudicial. And this program disturbing communal harmony of Indian society. And also making fun of one sect of society. Zee News is helping to further the social divide amongst the citizens of the India.
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2017-02-20 05:19:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

WHO IS PROFITING MOST FROM THE WARS ?

1. Lockheed Martin Corp.
> Arms sales: $36.44 billion
> Total sales: $46.13 billion
> Profit: $3.61 billion
> Employees: 126,000
Maintaining its position as the world’s largest defense contractor, Lockheed Martin’s revenue from arms sales totaled $36.44 billion in 2015. The company’s reach into military and defense technology is difficult to overstate. Lockheed and its subsidiaries manufacture many of the U.S. military’s workhorses, including the F-16 and F-22 fighter jets, the Black Hawk helicopter, and the Vector Hawk unmanned drone. The company also designs and manufactures air-to-air missiles and missile defense systems.
Like many other major defense contractors, Lockheed’s biggest customer is the U.S. government — accounting for 78% of the company’s 2015 net sales, the vast majority of which camefrom the DoD.... more »

WHO IS PROFITING MOST FROM THE WARS ?

1. Lockheed Martin Corp.
> Arms sales: $36.44 billion
> Total sales: $46.13 billion
> Profit: $3.61 billion
> Employees: 126,000
Maintaining its position as the world’s largest defense contractor, Lockheed Martin’s revenue from arms sales totaled $36.44 billion in 2015. The company’s reach into military and defense technology is difficult to overstate. Lockheed and its subsidiaries manufacture many of the U.S. military’s workhorses, including the F-16 and F-22 fighter jets, the Black Hawk helicopter, and the Vector Hawk unmanned drone. The company also designs and manufactures air-to-air missiles and missile defense systems.
Like many other major defense contractors, Lockheed’s biggest customer is the U.S. government — accounting for 78% of the company’s 2015 net sales, the vast majority of which came from the DoD.

2. Boeing
> Arms sales: $27.96 billion
> Total sales: $96.11 billion
> Profit: $5.18 billion
> Employees: 161,400
Chicago-based Boeing is not nearly as dependent on federal spending as other major U.S. contractors. Less than one-third of Boeing’s 2015 revenue of $96.11 billion came from its defense, space, and security operations. The remainder was attributable to Boeing’s commercial airplane business. Of the revenue generated from defense contracts, 62% came from sales to the U.S. DoD.
Like many large U.S. manufacturing companies, including top government contractors, widely expected higher military spending under President Trump will certainly help Boeing. Favorable outcomes under Trump are not guaranteed, however. While the Air Force signed deals with Boeing last year to design parts of Air Force One, for example, Trump, citing concerns over cost, called for the deal to be cancelled.

3. BAE Systems
> Arms sales: $25.51 billion
> Total sales: $27.36 billion
> Profit: $1.46 billion
> Employees: 82,500
Some 93% of BAE Systems’ $27.36 billion in 2015 revenue came from defense contracts. The company manufactures a range of military equipment, including war ships, munitions, amphibious combat vehicles, and fighter jets. BAE is the company behind the Harrier jet, capable of take-off with a short runway, as well as vertical landings. Cyber security and intelligence services also comprise a small share of the company’s business.
Though BAE Systems is headquartered in the U.K., deals with the British government comprise less than a quarter of the company’s annual revenue. BAE’s biggest clients are in the United States, with corporate and government contracts comprising over a third of the company’s total 2015 revenue. BAE’s other major markets include Australia and Saudi Arabia.

4. Raytheon
> Arms sales: $21.78 billion
> Total sales: $23.25 billion
> Profit: $2.07 billion
> Employees: 61,000
Waltham, Massachusetts-based Raytheon is known for its missiles and missile defense systems. According to the company, 13 countries use primarily Raytheon air and missile defense. This January, the U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon a $235 million contract to supply missiles for Aegis cruisers and destroyers.
Raytheon purchased cybersecurity provider Websense in 2015 for $1.9 billion. The deal was an indication of the growing threat of cyberattacks, as well as Raytheon’s effort to diversify and move into commercial markets and away from dependence on defense contracts.

5. Northrop Grumman Corp.
> Arms sales: $20.06 billion
> Total sales: $23.26 billion
> Profit: $2.0 billion
> Employees: 65,000
Northrop Grumman was awarded in October 2015 the highly coveted $80 billion contract to supply the U.S. military with 100 long-range strike bombers. The deal is the biggest from the Pentagon in more than a decade. The B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is the predecessor of the newly named B-21 Raider.
The company’s 2015 arms sales, valued at $23.26 billion, included $1.8 billion for the F-35 fighter jet program, $1.1 billion for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye early warning aircraft program, and $947 million for the Saudi Arabian Ministry of National Guard Training Support program.

6. General Dynamics Corp.
> Arms sales: $19.24 billion
> Total sales: $31.47 billion
> Profit: $2.97 billion
> Employees: 99,900
General Dynamics manufactures and sells a range of military equipment, including ammunition, amphibious vehicles, armoured vehicles, and combat tanks. In addition, General Dynamics owns Bath Iron Works, a naval shipyard that is currently under contract to build the U.S. Navy’s new Zumwalt Class DDG-100 destroyer. The ship costs approximately $4 billion.
Well over half of General Dynamics’ revenue comes from arms sales, the vast majority of which are through contracts with the U.S. DoD. Only 13% of the company’s 2015 revenue came from contracts with foreign governments.

7. Airbus Group
> Arms sales: $12.86 billion
> Total sales: $71.48 billion
> Profit: $3.0 billion
> Employees: 136,570
Europe’s largest aircraft manufacturer, Airbus Group, has three divisions: commercial, defense and space, and helicopters. The company is the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, with a 47% market share. Most of helicopters the company sells are for military purposes. Other military related products include cybersecurity technology development as well as fighter jet and unmanned drone manufacturing.
Despite ranking among the world’s largest defense contractors, less than a fifth of Airbus’s 2015 revenue were weapons related. The company also manufactures a range of non-military satellites, and it delivered 635 commercial aircraft in 2015.

8. United Technologies Corp.
> Arms sales: $9.50 billion
> Total sales: $61.05 billion
> Profit: $4.36 billion
> Employees: 197,200
A major conglomerate with interests in a range of industries, United Technologies reported over $61 billion in sales in 2015, only 16% of which came from defense contracts. Still, the company ranks as the eighth largest defense contractor in the world. The company’s aerospace division develops and manufactures a range of military technology, from submarine stealth composites to fighter jet ejection seats. Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies subsidiary company, manufactures engines used in military aircraft worldwide, including the F-22 Raptor and F-16 fighter jets. Pratt & Whitney accounted for $4.23 billion of the company’s total 2015 sales.
United Technologies’s commercial subsidiaries include air conditioning unit manufacturer Carrier and Otis, the world’s largest elevator installer and maintainer.

9. Finmeccanica
> Arms sales: $9.30 billion
> Total sales: $14.41 billion
> Profit: $584 million
> Employees: 47,160
Italian aerospace company Finmeccanica, after a wave of restructuring, mergers, and consolidation, was renamed Leonardo in the middle of last year. The change somewhat reflects the financial struggles of companies that depend on government spending in European countries, many of which have implemented severe austerity measures in recent years. Finmeccanica posted in 2011 a net loss of $3.0 billion, which the company attributed to ongoing corruption probes in Italy but also partially to market fluctuations across the continent. At the end of last year, the Canadian government selected Airbus Group over Leonardo for a contract to replace the country’s 19 search-and-rescue planes.
The company remains one of the largest military procurement companies in the world, and as of its latest fiscal year had returned to profitability.

10. L3 Communications
> Arms sales: $8.77 billion
> Total sales: $10.47 billion
> Profit: $282 million
> Employees: 38,000
L3 Communication divides its business into three segments: electronic systems, aerospace systems, and communication systems. Though the company has private and commercial clients, including airports worldwide that use L3’s screening technology at security checkpoints, it is primarily a defense contractor.
Defense contracts accounted for some 84% of the company’s $10.47 billion in 2015 sales. Recently, the company won a contract with the U.S. Navy to manufacture power distribution and switchgear components for Virginia Class Submarines.

Courtesy: SIPRI___

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GLOBAL ARMS TRADE HIGHEST SINCE COLD WAR - SIPRI
Report released 20 February 2017

"India was the world’s largest importer of major arms in 2012–16, accounting for 13 per cent of the global total. Between 2007–11 and 2012–16 it increased its arms imports by 43 per cent. In 2012–16 India’s imports were far greater than those of its regional rivals China and Pakistan."

The volume of international transfers of major weapons has grown continuously since 2004 and increased by 8.4 per cent between 2007–11 and 2012–16, according to new data on arms transfers published today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Notably, transfers of major weapons in 2012–16 reached their highest volume for any five-year period since the end of the cold war.
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GLOBAL ARMS TRADE HIGHEST SINCE COLD WAR - SIPRI
Report released 20 February 2017

"India was the world’s largest importer of major arms in 2012–16, accounting for 13 per cent of the global total. Between 2007–11 and 2012–16 it increased its arms imports by 43 per cent. In 2012–16 India’s imports were far greater than those of its regional rivals China and Pakistan."

The volume of international transfers of major weapons has grown continuously since 2004 and increased by 8.4 per cent between 2007–11 and 2012–16, according to new data on arms transfers published today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Notably, transfers of major weapons in 2012–16 reached their highest volume for any five-year period since the end of the cold war.
The flow of arms increased to Asia and Oceania and the Middle East between 2007–11 and 2012–16, while there was a decrease in the flow to Europe, the Americas and Africa. The five biggest exporters—the United States, Russia, China, France and Germany—together accounted for 74 per cent of the total volume of arms exports.

Asia: major increases for some states
Arms imports by states in Asia and Oceania increased by 7.7 per cent between 2007–11 and 2012–16 and accounted for 43 per cent of global imports in 2012–16.
India was the world’s largest importer of major arms in 2012–16, accounting for 13 per cent of the global total. Between 2007–11 and 2012–16 it increased its arms imports by 43 per cent. In 2012–16 India’s imports were far greater than those of its regional rivals China and Pakistan.
Imports by countries in South East Asia increased 6.2 per cent from 2007–11 to 2012–16. Viet Nam made a particularly large jump from being the 29th largest importer in 2007–11 to the 10th largest in 2012–16, with arms imports increasing by 202 per cent.
‘With no regional arms control instruments in place, states in Asia continue to expand their arsenals’, said Siemon Wezeman, Senior Researcher with the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme. ‘While China is increasingly able to substitute arms imports with indigenous products, India remains dependent on weapons technology from many willing suppliers, including Russia, the USA, European states, Israel and South Korea’.

Middle East: arms imports almost double
Between 2007–11 and 2012–16 arms imports by states in the Middle East rose by 86 per cent and accounted for 29 per cent of global imports in 2012–16.
Saudi Arabia was the world’s second largest arms importer in 2012-16, with an increase of 212 per cent compared with 2007–11. Arms imports by Qatar went up by 245 per cent. Although at lower rates, the majority of other states in the region also increased arms imports. ‘Over the past five years, most states in the Middle East have turned primarily to the USA and Europe in their accelerated pursuit of advanced military capabilities’, said Pieter Wezeman, Senior Researcher with the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme. ‘Despite low oil prices, countries in the region continued to order more weapons in 2016, perceiving them as crucial tools for dealing with conflicts and regional tensions.’

Arms exporters: the USA accounts for one-third of total
With a one-third share of global arms exports, the USA was the top arms exporter in 2012– 16. Its arms exports increased by 21 per cent compared with 2007–11. Almost half of its arms exports went to the Middle East.
‘The USA supplies major arms to at least 100 countries around the world—significantly more than any other supplier state’, said Dr Aude Fleurant, Director of the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme. ‘Both advanced strike aircraft with cruise missiles and other precision-guided munitions and the latest generation air and missile defence systems account for a significant share of US arms exports.’
Russia accounted for a 23 per cent share of global exports in the period 2012–16. 70 per cent of its arms exports went to four countries: India, Viet Nam, China and Algeria.
China’s share of global arms exports rose from 3.8 to 6.2 per cent between 2007–11 and 2012–16. It is now firmly a top-tier supplier, like France and Germany which accounted for 6 per cent and 5.6 per cent, respectively. The ongoing lower rate of French arms export deliveries may end soon because of a series of major contracts signed in the past five years. Despite a spike in arms exports in 2016, German arms exports—counted over a five-year period—decreased by 36 per cent between 2007–11 and 2012–16.

Other notable developments
- Algeria was the largest arms importer in Africa with 46 per cent of all imports to the region.
- The largest importers in sub-Saharan Africa—Nigeria, Sudan and Ethiopia—are all in conflict zones.
- Total arms imports by states in the Americas decreased by 18 per cent between 2007–11 and 2012–16. However, changes in import volumes varied considerably. Colombia’s arms imports decreased by 19 per cent, while Mexico’s arms imports grew by 184 per cent in 2012–16 compared with 2007–11.
- Imports by states in Europe significantly decreased by 36 per cent between 2007–11 and 2012–16. Initial deliveries to Europe of advanced combat aircraft as part of major contracts started in 2012–16 and further deliveries will drive import volumes up in the coming years.
- Imports by Azerbaijan were 20 times higher than those of Armenia in 2012–16.___

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PAKISTAN AT IDEX-2017
ABU DHABI 19 - 23 February 2017

Fol are participating:

1. POF (Pakistan Ordnance Factories)

2. HIT (Heavy Industries Taxila)

3. NRTC (National Radio Telecom Corporation)

4. GIDS (Global Industrial and Defence Solutions)

5. National Systems

6. Shibli Electronics

PAKISTAN AT IDEX-2017
ABU DHABI 19 - 23 February 2017

Fol are participating:

1. POF (Pakistan Ordnance Factories)

2. HIT (Heavy Industries Taxila)

3. NRTC (National Radio Telecom Corporation)

4. GIDS (Global Industrial and Defence Solutions)

5. National Systems

6. Shibli Electronics___

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PAKISTAN ORDNANCE FACTORIES (PAKISTAN'S LARGEST ARMS SELLER) TO SET UP OFFICE IN UAE
POF is projecting at least a 100 per cent increase in sales only in the UAE

Pakistan's largest arms and ammunition manufacturing facility, Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF), will open a sales and marketing office in the UAE within the year to "cater not just to the defence and military requirements of the country but also of the entire Middle East".
This was revealed by POF chairman Lt. Gen Omar Mahmood Hayat to Khaleej Times on the sidelines of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (Idex) in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
"The UAE is a very important country for us. Unfortunately our (arms and ammunition) exports do not reflect this kind of relationship," said Hayat. "Our exports to the UAE in the last three years were just between $5-10m (Dh18.35-36.7m) per... more »

PAKISTAN ORDNANCE FACTORIES (PAKISTAN'S LARGEST ARMS SELLER) TO SET UP OFFICE IN UAE
POF is projecting at least a 100 per cent increase in sales only in the UAE

Pakistan's largest arms and ammunition manufacturing facility, Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF), will open a sales and marketing office in the UAE within the year to "cater not just to the defence and military requirements of the country but also of the entire Middle East".
This was revealed by POF chairman Lt. Gen Omar Mahmood Hayat to Khaleej Times on the sidelines of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (Idex) in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
"The UAE is a very important country for us. Unfortunately our (arms and ammunition) exports do not reflect this kind of relationship," said Hayat. "Our exports to the UAE in the last three years were just between $5-10m (Dh18.35-36.7m) per year."
"What we are planning to do is to open a sales and marketing office in the UAE not only to cater to this country but also to the entire region. The UAE has become the commercial hub of the Middle East so it makes a lot of sense for us to set establish an office within the year," Hayat underlined.
The POF chairman added that they are projecting at least a 100 per cent increase in sales only in the UAE.
Last year, POF registered its single largest export order with a $100m (Dh367m) sale to Saudi Arabia. According to a Market Watch report, the global small arms market could be worth $4.92 billion (Dh18b) by 2020 and the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions are expected to generate most of the foreseeable growth."
Hayat said POF is aggressively looking at increased sales to overseas markets with affordability and technological upgrades as their main selling points.___

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INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR PEACE

- Understand others with patience, tolerance and respect.

- Make others understand with reason and logic.

- Respect and love each other for peace and prosperity.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/peacealliance

INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR PEACE

- Understand others with patience, tolerance and respect.

- Make others understand with reason and logic.

- Respect and love each other for peace and prosperity.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/peacealliance___

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WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE - 20 FEBRUARY
2017 Theme: "Preventing conflict and sustaining peace through decent work”

Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.

The UN’s central mission to maintain international peace and security was strongly reaffirmed by the new Secretary-General, António Guterres, on his first day in office pledging to make 2017 a year for peace. In expressing his concern for the millions of people “suffering massively in wars with no end in sight”, he stated that “peace must be our goal and our guide”.
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WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE - 20 FEBRUARY
2017 Theme: "Preventing conflict and sustaining peace through decent work”

Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.

The UN’s central mission to maintain international peace and security was strongly reaffirmed by the new Secretary-General, António Guterres, on his first day in office pledging to make 2017 a year for peace. In expressing his concern for the millions of people “suffering massively in wars with no end in sight”, he stated that “peace must be our goal and our guide”.
The enormous human and economic cost of conflicts and the difficulty in preserving global stability highlights the complexity and challenges that the UN and its member States face in preventing conflict, sustaining peace and delivering on the new and ambitious development goals. Furthermore, the efforts and resources needed to rebuild devastated communities and regions require a wide range of stakeholders and actors over many years of arduous work and is ultimately more costly than devising and putting in place effective preventive measures.
Peaceful and inclusive societies, as well as decent work and equitable growth, are key priorities of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda states that sustainable development cannot be realized without peace and security and encourages member States to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies that provide equal access to justice and that are based on respect for human rights.
Recent General Assembly and Security Council resolutions that seek to improve the United Nations peacebuilding architecture, consistently call for the entire United Nations system to work more closely together around the goal of sustaining peace.
Employment and income generation are fundamental elements to prevent conflicts and to address the post-conflict challenges. The ILO, PBSO, UNDP and the WB are involved in a joint initiative aiming to spell out the direct contribution of employment programs to peace consolidation and social justice.
For communities and individuals, participation in the reconstruction can provide job creation and initial income, skills and entrepreneurship development that are essential means for recovery and development, confidence building and promotion of equality and social justice. Employment is key in reaching out to young people to help build more resilient societies as well as vital in reintegrating crisis affected societies and specific groups such as former combatants, refugees, IDPs, returnees, and provide opportunities for the most vulnerable in fragile, conflict and disaster settings.
This focus on young people as part of prevention strategies, particularly with regard to employment, helps tap into the positive energy and skills of youth. Youth often find themselves trapped in a vicious cycle of illiteracy poverty, violence and social exclusion. Striking a balance between priority security concerns and equity considerations would therefore be important, especially when targeting specific individuals or groups formerly associated with armed forces and groups.
Urban and rural areas present different challenges and opportunities with regard to employment and reintegration. The characteristics of basic labour markets, the levels of organization and training of labour, and the potential for employment programmes to generate desired results, all differ significantly between these areas.
Transitions from conflict to peace are vital opportunities for social and economic change which should be managed to benefit, to the extent possible, of the entire population. Employment creation strategies, if developed and administered equitably, can deliver the immediate peace dividends and new and sustainable socio-economic benefits to the most affected populations.
Substantial investments in infrastructure could optimize the use of employment-intensive and employment-friendly techniques that provide access to assets and services that facilitate direct job creation and enable longer term economic, social and environmental development.
Peacebuilding processes need to focus on governance and improving the rights of the affected populations, with particular attention to reducing inequalities towards women and youth and to previously disenfranchised groups, through political, economic and labour market reforms.
Recent international analyses call for coherent and comprehensive strategies for post-conflict employment promotion and reintegration, including the provision of stable income generation and emergency employment, local economic recovery for employment opportunities and reintegration as well as sustainable employment creation and decent work.
The UN Secretary-General has pointed to the inability of the international community to prevent conflict and maintain global security as its greatest failure. To address this problem, he has encouraged the member States and the UN system to focus on building stronger institutions and contributing to more resilient societies.
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the General Assembly’s establishment of the World Day of Social Justice (A/RES/62/10), the theme of “Preventing conflict and sustaining peace through decent work” has been selected and will provide an opportunity for the UN to explore specific actions that are contributing towards this goal.
The ILO has been promoting social justice and is supporting peacebuilding processes through decent work in many countries.___

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A DRUZE MOSQUE

Amir Shakib Arslan mosque designed by Lebanese architect Makram el-Kadi at the entrance of the Druze heartland village of Mukhtara in Lebanon's Chouf mountains.

Despite practising a faith that is an offshoot of Shiite Islam, the Druze do not worship at mosques, and the building strays far from the traditional rendering of a Muslim prayer house.
But the Amir Shakib Arslan mosque is intended to make visitors reflect on religion and modernity -- and on the symbolic gesture of constructing a mosque in a village whose residents worship elsewhere.
It is named after the grandfather of Walid Jumblatt, the head of Lebanon's Druze community, who commissioned and funded the project, and replaces a mosque that once stood in Mukhtara but was destroyed decades ago in a feud.

A DRUZE MOSQUE

Amir Shakib Arslan mosque designed by Lebanese architect Makram el-Kadi at the entrance of the Druze heartland village of Mukhtara in Lebanon's Chouf mountains.

Despite practising a faith that is an offshoot of Shiite Islam, the Druze do not worship at mosques, and the building strays far from the traditional rendering of a Muslim prayer house.
But the Amir Shakib Arslan mosque is intended to make visitors reflect on religion and modernity -- and on the symbolic gesture of constructing a mosque in a village whose residents worship elsewhere.
It is named after the grandfather of Walid Jumblatt, the head of Lebanon's Druze community, who commissioned and funded the project, and replaces a mosque that once stood in Mukhtara but was destroyed decades ago in a feud.___

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DHAMAL
Renowned Pakistani dancer Sheema Kirmani on Sunday performed dhamal at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar responding to the recent terror attack at the shrine in the sufi way.

DHAMAL
Renowned Pakistani dancer Sheema Kirmani on Sunday performed dhamal at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar responding to the recent terror attack at the shrine in the sufi way.___

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SECRET ARAB-ISRAEL MEETING 2016
Netanyahu confirms peace summit with Sissi, Abdullah was his idea

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took part in a secret summit in Aqaba a year ago where then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry presented a plan for a regional peace initiative including recognition of Israel as a Jewish state and a renewal of talks with the Palestinians with the support of the Arab countries.
Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi were also present at the meeting in the Jordanian city.
Netanyahu did not accept Kerry’s proposal and said he would have difficulty getting it approved by his governing coalition. Still, the Aqaba summit was the basis for the talks that began two weeks later between Netanyahu and opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) on establishing a unity government.

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SECRET ARAB-ISRAEL MEETING 2016
Netanyahu confirms peace summit with Sissi, Abdullah was his idea

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took part in a secret summit in Aqaba a year ago where then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry presented a plan for a regional peace initiative including recognition of Israel as a Jewish state and a renewal of talks with the Palestinians with the support of the Arab countries.
Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi were also present at the meeting in the Jordanian city.
Netanyahu did not accept Kerry’s proposal and said he would have difficulty getting it approved by his governing coalition. Still, the Aqaba summit was the basis for the talks that began two weeks later between Netanyahu and opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) on establishing a unity government.

Details about the summit and the plan emerged from conversations between Haaretz and former senior officials in the Obama administration who asked to remain anonymous. The Prime Minister’s Bureau refused to comment.
It was Kerry who initiated the conference. In April 2014, the peace initiative he had led collapsed, negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians entered a deep freeze and U.S. President Barack Obama declared a time-out in U.S. attempts to restart the peace process. Over the next 18 months Kerry focused on attaining an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program; an agreement was reached in July 2015 and ratified by Congress in mid-September.
In October that year, Kerry renewed his work on the Israeli-Palestinian process following an escalation of tensions over the Temple Mount and a wave of violence in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
At the end of October, Kerry was able to achieve understandings confirming the status quo on the Temple Mount by Israel, the Palestinians and Jordan. As part of these understandings, Israel and Jordan launched talks over the placement of closed-circuit cameras on the Temple Mount, an idea that was never implemented.
Two weeks later, Netanyahu came to Washington for his first meeting with Obama in more than a year – a period when the two leaders badly clashed over the nuclear deal with Iran.
During his meeting with Obama in the Oval Office on November 10, Netanyahu said he had new ideas for renewing talks with the Palestinians. Obama, who no longer believed that Netanyahu had serious intentions, asked him to discuss the matter with Kerry.
The following day Netanyahu met with Kerry and proposed a series of significant gestures to the Palestinians in the West Bank, including permits for massive construction by Palestinians in Area C, the area of the West Bank under Israeli military and civilian control. Netanyahu asked that in exchange Washington recognize that Israel could build in the large Jewish settlement blocs in the West Bank, but did not make clear whether this meant construction outside the blocs would cease.
Two weeks later, Netanyahu held two long meetings with the security cabinet in which he tried to drum up support for the steps he planned for the West Bank. But a number of terror attacks at that time, along with staunch opposition by his coalition partners on his right – Habayit Hayehudi ministers Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked – cooled Netanyahu’s enthusiasm.
When Kerry came to Israel on November 24, Netanyahu informed him that the proposals he had presented just two weeks before were no longer on the table. Kerry, who was shocked at Netanyahu’s backtrack, met with Herzog the same day to explore whether the possibility of Zionist Union joining the government was a realistic one. Herzog’s reply did nothing to improve Kerry’s mood.
“There are zero signs of a change in Netanyahu’s policy or approach,” Herzog told Kerry. Under those circumstances, Herzog said there was neither a chance nor a reason for Zionist Union to join the coalition.
Kerry left the region frustrated and angry. In a speech to the Saban Forum in Washington a week later, he was severely critical of Netanyahu, saying the policy of Netanyahu’s government would lead to a binational state.
After the failure of Kerry’s mission, the Palestinians reverted to their steps against Israel in the United Nations, including a draft resolution at the Security Council on the settlements. In Israel, the security cabinet began discussing the possibility of the fall of the Palestinian Authority. In Europe, France began to prepare for a meeting of dozens of foreign ministers on the Israeli-Palestinian issue.

Despite the dead end, Kerry did not intend to give up. With his advisers in December and January, he crafted a document that included principles for the renewal of talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians in the framework of a regional peace initiative with the participation of the Arab countries. The plan he formulated in early 2016 was identical to the one he presented at the end of that year – three weeks before Donald Trump entered the White House. The following are the six principles.
* International secure and recognized borders between Israel and a sustainable and contiguous Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders, with agreed-on exchanges of territory.
* Implementation of the vision of UN Resolution 181 (the Partition Plan) for two states for two peoples, one Jewish and one Arab – which recognize each other and give equal rights to their citizens.
* A just, agreed-on, fair and realistic solution to the issue of Palestinian refugees that conforms to a solution of two states for two peoples and will not influence the basic character of Israel.
* An agreed-on solution for Jerusalem as the capital of both countries, recognized by the international community and ensuring freedom of access to the holy sites in keeping with the status quo.
* A response to Israel’s security needs, ensuring Israel’s ability to protect itself effectively and ensuring Palestine’s ability to give security to its citizens in a sovereign, demilitarized state.
* The end of the conflict and of demands, which will allow a normalization of ties and increased regional security for all, in keeping with the vision of the Arab Peace Initiative.

On January 31, Kerry met with Netanyahu in the resort town of Davos, Switzerland. During the meeting, with only the two men present, Kerry presented the document of principles and the regional-peace initiative to Netanyahu along with a tempting idea – a first-of-its-kind summit with King Abdullah and Sissi to discuss ways to push the process forward.
On January 31, Kerry told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of his discussion with Netanyahu in Davos. After Netanyahu agreed to the meeting, Kerry and his people began to organize it.
In the lead was Kerry’s adviser and confidant Frank Lowenstein, the special envoy for Palestinian-Israeli negotiations. After behind-the-scenes talks with the Israelis, Jordanians and Egyptians, it was decided that the summit would take place on February 21 in Aqaba. The summit would remain secret and no side would release details about it.
Abbas did not take part in the summit, but was aware that it took place. On the morning of February 21 he met with Kerry in Amman. From the statements released by both sides at the end of the meeting, not even a hint could be gleaned of what was to take place a few hours later. Kerry ended his meeting with Abbas, and together with a few of his advisers and Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, boarded a small Jordanian Air Force plane. They landed in Aqaba 45 minutes later.
Before the four-way meeting, Kerry met separately with each of the leaders. A former senior U.S. official said Kerry asked during his meetings with Abdullah and Sissi to show support for his plan. He asked that they persuade additional Arab countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to support the plan as well, and take part in a regional diplomatic move that would include a renewal of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
Kerry sought to have Abdullah pressure Abbas to agree to renew the talks based on the American plan, and Sissi would do the same vis-a-vis the Israeli government. The former senior U.S. official noted that Abdullah and Sissi agreed to express support for the plan even though it included recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. Nevertheless, the official added, Sissi, who did not want a confrontation with Netanyahu, made clear to Kerry that he thought persuasion would be more effective than pressure and compulsion.
Former senior U.S. officials noted that at a meeting with Netanyahu in the context of the summit, the prime minister evaded a clear answer on the proposed plan. They said Netanyahu presented a series of reservations, arguing that the principles were too detailed and that he would have difficulty winning support for them in his coalition government.
The four-party meeting was highly dramatic. Even though the subject was the regional peace initiative, a substantial chunk of the discussions related to the situation in the overall region. Abdullah and Sissi took Kerry to task for the Obama administration’s policies in the Middle East, both regarding Iran and Syria. Still, the two reacted positively to his proposal and tried to convince Netanyahu to accept it.
The former senior U.S. officials said Netanyahu was hesitant. Instead of relating exclusively to Kerry’s plan, they said he presented a plan of his own at the four-party meeting, which he called his five-point plan. Through the plan, Netanyahu expressed a readiness to take the steps regarding the Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip that he had spoken with Kerry about in November 2015. He also said he would release a statement relating positively to the Arab Peace Initiative.
In return, Netanyahu asked that the negotiations with the Palestinians be resumed and that a regional peace summit be convened that would include attendance by senior representatives from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other Sunni Muslim countries.
After several hours of talks, the leaders returned to their capitals agreeing to consider the various proposals. But the secret summit in Aqaba had an almost immediate effect on domestic Israeli politics. It provided the basis on which two or three weeks later Netanyahu and Herzog discussed a national unity government.
During the contacts, Netanyahu briefed Herzog on the summit in Aqaba. Herzog, who was skeptical, tried to clarify whether there was anything to it. He spoke by phone with Kerry, Abdullah and Sissi on the details.
The leaders of Egypt and Jordan were skeptical over Netanyahu’s ability to advance a genuine diplomatic process with his governing coalition. The two viewed the entry of Herzog or Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid into Netanyahu’s coalition as “earnest money” on the part of Netanyahu that would justify their pressing the Palestinians, or an effort to enlist the participation of Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries in a regional summit.
Yesterday, Herzog refused to confirm that the phone calls took place, or to provide details of any kind on the subject. Still, the information that Herzog received in March 2016 regarding the secret summit in Aqaba as well as the Kerry plan and the positions taken by Abdullah and Sissi are apparently what convinced him to enter intensive talks with Netanyahu and to publicly state on May 15 that a rare regional-diplomatic opportunity had been created that might not recur.
But just a few days after Herzog made his comments, the coalition negotiations ran aground. Netanyahu decided to abandon the talks with Herzog in favor of having Yisrael Beiteinu join the government, along with the appointment of the party’s leader, Avigdor Lieberman, as defense minister.
On May 31, minutes after Lieberman was sworn in at the Knesset, he and Netanyahu told the cameras that they supported a two-state solution to the conflict with the Palestinians. They added that the Arab Peace Initiative included positive components that could help revive the talks with the Palestinians.
In the nine months that have elapsed since, there has been no progress on the diplomatic front. Last Wednesday, at a White House press conference with Trump, Netanyahu again called for the advancement of a regional peace initiative.
“For the first time in my lifetime, and for the first time in the life of my country, Arab countries in the region do not see Israel as an enemy, but, increasingly, as an ally,” Netanyahu said. Addressing Trump directly, he added: “I believe that under your leadership, this change in our region creates an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen security and advance peace. Let us seize this moment together.” ___

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TRUMP REFERS TO SWEDEN TERROR ATTACK WHICH NEVER HAPPENED
"You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They're having problems like they never thought possible," ~ Donald Trump

Bowling Green, Atlanta and now... Sweden?
US President Donald Trump was speaking to supporters on Saturday when he apparently referred to the Scandinavian country as the site of a terror incident -- the latest example of his administration naming a non-existent attack.
The Republican was addressing a campaign-style rally in Florida when he launched into a list of places that have been targeted by terrorists.
"You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden. They took in... more »

TRUMP REFERS TO SWEDEN TERROR ATTACK WHICH NEVER HAPPENED
"You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They're having problems like they never thought possible," ~ Donald Trump

Bowling Green, Atlanta and now... Sweden?
US President Donald Trump was speaking to supporters on Saturday when he apparently referred to the Scandinavian country as the site of a terror incident -- the latest example of his administration naming a non-existent attack.
The Republican was addressing a campaign-style rally in Florida when he launched into a list of places that have been targeted by terrorists.
"You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They're having problems like they never thought possible," he said in an energetic stream-of-consciousness speech, defending his order last month that blocked refugees and travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States.
The order has been suspended by a federal appeals court, and Trump vowed to introduce a new order this week as a means of protecting Americans at home.
He went on to name Brussels, Nice and Paris -- European cities that have been struck by deadly terror attacks.
A Trump spokeswoman did not immediately respond to an AFP request early Sunday for clarification on the president's comment.
Users on Twitter, Trump's favorite communication platform, cracked jokes about the apparent miscue using the hashtags #lastnightinSweden and #SwedenIncident.
Former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt asked: "Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound."
Gunnar Hokmark, a Swedish member of the European Parliament, retweeted a post that said "#lastnightinSweden my son dropped his hotdog in the campfire. So sad!"
Hokmark added his own comment: "How could he know?"
Numerous internet wags responded with Ikea-themed tweets. Some posted photos of the impossible-to-understand instructions for assembling Ikea furniture, calling it "Secret Plans for the #SwedenIncident."

- 'Nothing has happened'
Posts flooded into @sweden, the country's official Twitter account which is run by a different Swede each week.
This week's curator, Emma, who describes herself as a school librarian and mother, said the account had received 800 mentions in four hours.
"No. Nothing has happened here in Sweden. There has not (been) any terrorist attacks here. At all. The main news right now is about Melfest," she said, referring to the competition to pick the performer who will represent Sweden at the Eurovision singing contest.
Top Trump aides in his month-old administration have faced criticism and ridicule after speaking publicly about massacres that never took place.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway - who famously coined the term "alternative facts" -- referred to a "Bowling Green massacre" during an interview.
She later tweeted that she meant to say "Bowling Green terrorists" -- referring to two Iraqi men who were indicted in 2011 for trying to send money and weapons to Al-Qaeda, and using improvised explosive devices against US soldiers in Iraq.
And White House spokesman Sean Spicer made three separate references in one week to an attack in Atlanta.
He later said he meant to say Orlando, the Florida city where an American of Afghan origin gunned down 49 people at a gay nightclub last year.___

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BABUR HUNTING RHINOCEROS NEAR PESHAWAR
An Illustration from the Baburnama, c. 1590-1593

BABUR HUNTING RHINOCEROS NEAR PESHAWAR
An Illustration from the Baburnama, c. 1590-1593___

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REPLANTING HAND - MAYO HOSPITAL LAHORE

REPLANTING HAND - MAYO HOSPITAL LAHORE___

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REPLANTING HAND - MAYO HOSPITAL LAHORE
The Mayo Hospital plastic surgery department team of 4 surgeons comprising of Dr Muhammad Sohail , Dr Umer Nazir and two others replanted the hand of Arshad s/o mansha band road Lahore whose hand was amputated by printing press machine injury. The 8 hours long operation was done at AVH operation theatre of Mayo Hospital Lahore last night.

REPLANTING HAND - MAYO HOSPITAL LAHORE
The Mayo Hospital plastic surgery department team of 4 surgeons comprising of Dr Muhammad Sohail , Dr Umer Nazir and two others replanted the hand of Arshad s/o mansha band road Lahore whose hand was amputated by printing press machine injury. The 8 hours long operation was done at AVH operation theatre of Mayo Hospital Lahore last night.___

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REVIVAL OF A NEWBORN BABY
“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”

https://www.facebook.com/hameedurrehmanansari/videos/1657848907582732/

REVIVAL OF A NEWBORN BABY
“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”

https://www.facebook.com/hameedurrehmanansari/videos/1657848907582732/___

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WELL DONE GEN!
ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER.

Terrorism in Pakistan is a chronic disease. Constant vigilance is must to avoid relapse.
Requires continuous proactive thrust at all fronts: internal security, border management, counterintelligence, and diplomacy to root out the menace of terrorism. 

WELL DONE GEN!
ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER.

Terrorism in Pakistan is a chronic disease. Constant vigilance is must to avoid relapse.
Requires continuous proactive thrust at all fronts: internal security, border management, counterintelligence, and diplomacy to root out the menace of terrorism. ___

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JAMIAT UL AHRAR CAMPS NEAR PAK-AFGHAN BORDER DESTROYED BY PAK ARMY ACTION

JAMIAT UL AHRAR CAMPS NEAR PAK-AFGHAN BORDER DESTROYED BY PAK ARMY ACTION___

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FUNERAL OF US PRESIDENCY
Protesters hold an anti-Trump New Orleans-style funeral procession in Union Square in Manhattan on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2017.
Photo Credit: Anthony Lanzilote

FUNERAL OF US PRESIDENCY
Protesters hold an anti-Trump New Orleans-style funeral procession in Union Square in Manhattan on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2017.
Photo Credit: Anthony Lanzilote___

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LATA HAYA - RECITING HER INSPIRING POETRY IN AN INDIAN MUSHAIRA
کہیں بھی جنگ ہو، دہشت ہو یا پھر بم دھماکے ہوں
جسے دیکھو وہ بس اسلام پر تہمت لگاتا ہے
وہ مذہب خون بہانے کی اجازت دے نہیں سکتا
وضو کے واسطے پانی بھی جو کم کم بہاتا ہے
Talking about allegations of Terrorism on Islam, growing vulgarity in society and ever increasing incidents of rape.

https://www.facebook.com/hameedurrehmanansari/videos/1656975797670043/

LATA HAYA - RECITING HER INSPIRING POETRY IN AN INDIAN MUSHAIRA
کہیں بھی جنگ ہو، دہشت ہو یا پھر بم دھماکے ہوں
جسے دیکھو وہ بس اسلام پر تہمت لگاتا ہے
وہ مذہب خون بہانے کی اجازت دے نہیں سکتا
وضو کے واسطے پانی بھی جو کم کم بہاتا ہے
Talking about allegations of Terrorism on Islam, growing vulgarity in society and ever increasing incidents of rape.

https://www.facebook.com/hameedurrehmanansari/videos/1656975797670043/___

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SEHBA AKHTAR RECITING HIS POETRY
محبت، محبت، محبت کرو LOVE, LOVE, LOVE

https://www.facebook.com/hameedurrehmanansari/videos/1656878447679778/

SEHBA AKHTAR RECITING HIS POETRY
محبت، محبت، محبت کرو LOVE, LOVE, LOVE

https://www.facebook.com/hameedurrehmanansari/videos/1656878447679778/___

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NEED TO SUPPORT PAK EFFORTS TO COMBAT VIOLENT TERRORISM - US
Press Trust of India

Observing that Pakistan has suffered greatly at the hands of terrorists and violent extremists, the US has said it is in its long term interest to support Islamabad's efforts to combat violent extremism and build a more stable, tolerant and democratic society.
"We believe that US long-term interests are best served by supporting Pakistan's efforts to combat violent extremism and build a more stable, tolerant, democratic society," a State Department spokesperson yesterday told PTI responding to reports that Pakistan Army attacked suspected militant hideouts close to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
"We've seen the reports. We'd refer you to the government of Pakistan," the official said, adding "Pakistan has suffered greatly at the hands of terrorists and... more »

NEED TO SUPPORT PAK EFFORTS TO COMBAT VIOLENT TERRORISM - US
Press Trust of India

Observing that Pakistan has suffered greatly at the hands of terrorists and violent extremists, the US has said it is in its long term interest to support Islamabad's efforts to combat violent extremism and build a more stable, tolerant and democratic society.
"We believe that US long-term interests are best served by supporting Pakistan's efforts to combat violent extremism and build a more stable, tolerant, democratic society," a State Department spokesperson yesterday told PTI responding to reports that Pakistan Army attacked suspected militant hideouts close to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
"We've seen the reports. We'd refer you to the government of Pakistan," the official said, adding "Pakistan has suffered greatly at the hands of terrorists and violent extremists."
The United States has long stood in solidarity with the people of Pakistan and all who fight the menace of terrorism, the spokesperson said.
"We are grateful for the sacrifices the Pakistani military and people have made in combating terrorism, shutting down terrorist safe havens, and restoring government control to parts of Pakistan that have been used as terrorist safe havens for years," the official said.___

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'DEHSHAT GARD'
BY SEHBA AKHTAR (September 30, 1931 – February 19, 1996)

https://www.facebook.com/hameedurrehmanansari/videos/1656791131021843/


'DEHSHAT GARD'
BY SEHBA AKHTAR (September 30, 1931 – February 19, 1996)

https://www.facebook.com/hameedurrehmanansari/videos/1656791131021843/
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"Each drop of nation's blood shall be revenged, and revenged immediately. No more restraint for anyone."
Gen Qamar Bajwa COAS Pakistan

The Actions by our chief So Far:-
Four Markaz actually destroyed across the border, the deeper one will be engaged once the weather improves. 103 killed, 61 from held stock and remaining in actual combat/ raids. Culprits involved in Lahore and Sewan bombing arrested, will be made public after bursting the gang. Hangings will resume on tue.
Rangers will start op in Punjab from mon onwards (no body was able to get this done in the past) hanging will resume on tue, mil courts will start working in next 10 days. We will start fencing the border very soon. Nothing was done against the culprits as they were sitting with impunity across the border, now we have cleaned that muck.

"Each drop of nation's blood shall be revenged, and revenged immediately. No more restraint for anyone."
Gen Qamar Bajwa COAS Pakistan

The Actions by our chief So Far:-
Four Markaz actually destroyed across the border, the deeper one will be engaged once the weather improves. 103 killed, 61 from held stock and remaining in actual combat/ raids. Culprits involved in Lahore and Sewan bombing arrested, will be made public after bursting the gang. Hangings will resume on tue.
Rangers will start op in Punjab from mon onwards (no body was able to get this done in the past) hanging will resume on tue, mil courts will start working in next 10 days. We will start fencing the border very soon. Nothing was done against the culprits as they were sitting with impunity across the border, now we have cleaned that muck.___

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According to Afghan sources, 10 to 12 hideouts and training camps of the JuA and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan – including that of JuA commander Wali – have been destroyed in the blitz. “Fifteen to 20 terrorists, among them commander Rehman Baba, have been killed and many more injured,” one Afghan source added. Rehman Baba, a high value target, was responsible for training young terrorists and suicide bombers.


According to Afghan sources, 10 to 12 hideouts and training camps of the JuA and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan – including that of JuA commander Wali – have been destroyed in the blitz. “Fifteen to 20 terrorists, among them commander Rehman Baba, have been killed and many more injured,” one Afghan source added. Rehman Baba, a high value target, was responsible for training young terrorists and suicide bombers.
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NATO CALLS FOR DEESCALATION OF TENSION BETWEEN AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN

"Any increasing tension concern us, it is negative and it is risky," Charles Cleveland, a spokesman for RS told a local news channel in Afghanistan. "all sides and everyone of us have got to figure out and work together so that we can commonly address terrorism,"
"Our strong recommendation and encouragement to everybody are to deescalate the tensions and work together, to try and solve these because we all recognize that terrorism is a terrible scourge and it must be wiped out by the work of everybody regardless of which side of the border you on," he said.
In response to given list of 76 insurgents "hiding in Afghansitan" by Pakistan, Cleveland said that there are many terrorist groups along Afghan-Pak border naming Islamic State (IS) in particular which according to him 70... more »

NATO CALLS FOR DEESCALATION OF TENSION BETWEEN AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN

"Any increasing tension concern us, it is negative and it is risky," Charles Cleveland, a spokesman for RS told a local news channel in Afghanistan. "all sides and everyone of us have got to figure out and work together so that we can commonly address terrorism,"
"Our strong recommendation and encouragement to everybody are to deescalate the tensions and work together, to try and solve these because we all recognize that terrorism is a terrible scourge and it must be wiped out by the work of everybody regardless of which side of the border you on," he said.
In response to given list of 76 insurgents "hiding in Afghansitan" by Pakistan, Cleveland said that there are many terrorist groups along Afghan-Pak border naming Islamic State (IS) in particular which according to him 70 percent of the group is made of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
“70 percent of IS [in Afghanistan] are former TTP members, they stay cross the border,” “we have killed several leaders including top 12 ISIS leaders, we have killed the leader of PGG who was responsible for horrible attack in a Peshawar school that killed about over 150 people," the RS spokesman said.
Clevland also stressed about the Afghan forces' operations in Nangarhar, he said the forces are effectively targeting IS members in the province.
"Last year, IS were present in about 11 districts in Nangarhar and now it has been reduced to two or three and their numbers were 2,000 and now down to about 700 in Nangarhar and a few hundred in Kunar."___

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IROM SHARMILA, THE 'IRON LADY' OF MANIPUR CONTESTING ELECTIONS

Rights activist Irom Sharmila, is contesting the Thoubal assembly seat as a candidate of her newly-formed party People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA). She had said that she wanted to beome Chief Minister of Manipur.

She plans to marry her fiance after the elections.
Sharmila had, during her 15-year fast against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, said she had fallen in love with Desmond Coutinho, a Goa-origin UK resident. 

IROM SHARMILA, THE 'IRON LADY' OF MANIPUR CONTESTING ELECTIONS

Rights activist Irom Sharmila, is contesting the Thoubal assembly seat as a candidate of her newly-formed party People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA). She had said that she wanted to beome Chief Minister of Manipur.

She plans to marry her fiance after the elections.
Sharmila had, during her 15-year fast against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, said she had fallen in love with Desmond Coutinho, a Goa-origin UK resident. ___

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"BLIND SHEIKH" Omar Abdel-Rahman died in a US prison aged 78.
كُلُّ نَفۡسٍ۬ ذَآٮِٕقَةُ ٱلۡمَوۡتِ‌ۖ ثُمَّ إِلَيۡنَا تُرۡجَعُونَ

His son, Ammar, said he had been phoned by a US representative to say his father had died in prison in South Carolina.
The Egyptian leader was convicted of bombing the World Trade Center in New York in 1993 and sentenced to life in prison in 1996 at the age of 55.

He was one of six suspects in that car-bomb attack which killed six people and injured about 1,000 others.
The blind cleric was the spiritual leader of Islamic group Al-Gama Al-Islamiyya, which was suspected to be behind attacks such as the 1997 massacre that killed 62 people in Luxor, Egypt.

He is accused of plotting to blow up the Holland Lincoln tunnels as well as other New York landmarks, like theUnited Nations and the New York headquarters of the FBI. more »

"BLIND SHEIKH" Omar Abdel-Rahman died in a US prison aged 78.
كُلُّ نَفۡسٍ۬ ذَآٮِٕقَةُ ٱلۡمَوۡتِ‌ۖ ثُمَّ إِلَيۡنَا تُرۡجَعُونَ

His son, Ammar, said he had been phoned by a US representative to say his father had died in prison in South Carolina.
The Egyptian leader was convicted of bombing the World Trade Center in New York in 1993 and sentenced to life in prison in 1996 at the age of 55.

He was one of six suspects in that car-bomb attack which killed six people and injured about 1,000 others.
The blind cleric was the spiritual leader of Islamic group Al-Gama Al-Islamiyya, which was suspected to be behind attacks such as the 1997 massacre that killed 62 people in Luxor, Egypt.

He is accused of plotting to blow up the Holland Lincoln tunnels as well as other New York landmarks, like the United Nations and the New York headquarters of the FBI.
He is also said to be involved in an assassination bid against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
In the 1990s, he pled not guilty to accusations that he, along with 15 other suspects, had been conspiring to "wage a war of urban terrorism against the United States".
At his sentencing he gave a statement that lasted over an hour and encouraged his followers to stand up to "infidel" America.
"America will go and be withered and this civilization will be destroyed," Abdel-Rahman said. "Nothing will remain. We will not kneel."
"The prosecution wants that we should kneel and be subservient to America and obey America," he added, "but we do not kneel to anyone, except to God."
Five years after he was sent to prison, terrorists from Saudi Arabia came to the US, learnt how to fly planes and bombed the Twin Towers again, killing more than 2,000 people.___

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A bird flies by flowers of an orange silk cotton tree, which is popular in central Myanmar for its edible flowers, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Feb. 11, 2017.

A bird flies by flowers of an orange silk cotton tree, which is popular in central Myanmar for its edible flowers, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Feb. 11, 2017.___

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Palestinian girls carry cardboard boxes to shield themselves from the rain, in Rafah, in the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian girls carry cardboard boxes to shield themselves from the rain, in Rafah, in the Gaza Strip.___

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A baby gorilla relaxes on her mother, Kibara, at the zoo in Leipzig, Germany.

A baby gorilla relaxes on her mother, Kibara, at the zoo in Leipzig, Germany.___

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ASSESSMENT OF QUALITY OF GOVERNESS - PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS OF PAKISTAN
Punjab(65.5%) tops followed by KPK(63.0%), Balochistan(60.5%) and Sindh(59.7%) at the bottom - PILDAT report, Feb 2017


- Punjab bags highest Scores in Rule of Law, Management of Economy and Service Delivery, while KP leads in Social Indicators and Administrative Effectiveness

- Parameters garnering a score of 60% and above are indicative of a significant improvement in governance from 2014-2015 to 2015-2016: Punjab demonstrated significant improvement in 22 parameters, followed by KP with significant improvement in 13 parameters, Sindh in 11 parameters and Balochistan in 10 parameters

- Punjab had the highest scores of all the Provinces in 11 out of 25 parameters, while Balochistan had the highest scores of all the Provinces in 7 parameters, KP in 6 parameters and Sindh in only one... more »

ASSESSMENT OF QUALITY OF GOVERNESS - PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS OF PAKISTAN
Punjab(65.5%) tops followed by KPK(63.0%), Balochistan(60.5%) and Sindh(59.7%) at the bottom - PILDAT report, Feb 2017


- Punjab bags highest Scores in Rule of Law, Management of Economy and Service Delivery, while KP leads in Social Indicators and Administrative Effectiveness

- Parameters garnering a score of 60% and above are indicative of a significant improvement in governance from 2014-2015 to 2015-2016: Punjab demonstrated significant improvement in 22 parameters, followed by KP with significant improvement in 13 parameters, Sindh in 11 parameters and Balochistan in 10 parameters

- Punjab had the highest scores of all the Provinces in 11 out of 25 parameters, while Balochistan had the highest scores of all the Provinces in 7 parameters, KP in 6 parameters and Sindh in only one parameter

- Punjab leads the way in the Use of Technology for Better Governance with a score of 74.1% - way ahead of the other three provinces

- Governance scores in Punjab and KP deteriorated in 1 parameter each, while governance scores in Balochistan and Sindh deteriorated in 3 parameters each compared to 2014-2015; additionally, one parameter in Sindh recorded no change in governance

- Highest and lowest scored Governance Assessment Parameters for each Province during the third year of governance (2015-2016) below:
-- Punjab scored the highest in Transparency (79.4%) and the lowest in Management of Population Growth (47.8%)
-- KP scored the highest in Devolution of Powers to Local Governments (86.9%) and the lowest in Public Transport (40.9%)
-- Balochistan scored the highest in Anti-Corruption (73.8%) and the lowest in Poverty Alleviation (38.8%)
-- Sindh scored the highest in Merit-Based Recruitments (85.6%) and the lowest in Investment Friendliness (40.0%)___

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A model displays a 2017-18 Fall/Winter creation by Spanish designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada during the Madrid's Fashion Week in Madrid.

A model displays a 2017-18 Fall/Winter creation by Spanish designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada during the Madrid's Fashion Week in Madrid.___

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A man prepares food at a roadside shop in Kolkata, India.

A man prepares food at a roadside shop in Kolkata, India.___

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A Kosovo girl peers through a giant Kosovo flag being displayed during the celebration of the 9th anniversary of the independence in capital Pristina.

A Kosovo girl peers through a giant Kosovo flag being displayed during the celebration of the 9th anniversary of the independence in capital Pristina.___

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