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Pakistani cross-border terrorism is root of current Kashmir situation: India at UNHRC

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NEW DELHI: Cross-border terrorism from Pakistan is at the root of the current situation in Kashmir and it has also victimised the people of the part of the state occupied by Pakistan, India said at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) meeting in Geneva, dismissing Islamabad’s attempts to raise the Kashmir issue at the world body.

“Jammu and Kashmir is an integral and inseparable part of India and will always remain so” despite Pakistan’s use of “terrorism as a state policy” for territorial acquisition,” Sumit Seth, a First Secretary in India’s UN Mission in Geneva, said while exercising the right of reply to Pakistan’s allegations about India.

“The present situation in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir is the direct result of sustained cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan,” he said.

“The high number of casualties sustained by Indian security forces is a reflection of the tremendous amount of restraint displayed by them under these difficult circumstances.”

His remarks came after Pakistan’s Permanent Representative in Geneva, Farukh Amil asserted that reports of atrocities and human rights abuses emanated from the Indian state and not from the part of it occupied by his country.

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USAID-funded training empowers 143 young girls: Deputy CG John Warner attends graduation ceremony!

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EDITED BY: M. M. ALAM

KARACHI: Deputy Consul General John Warner today attended the graduation ceremony of 143 young girls trained under a USAID-funded training.

The program was implemented at Aman Tech – one of Pakistan’s leading vocational training institutes for under-served youth.

Speaking on the occasion Deputy CG Warner said: “I am glad that USAID and Aman Tech have been able to open the doors to prosperity for these young girls through a mix of vocational training and education.  This project has provided them with the tools they need to become productive citizens with a positive influence on their families and society.”

CEO, Aman Foundation, Malik Ahmad Jalal maintained: “Aman Foundation strongly believes in empowering women, as they play a vital role in nurturing their families and hence the nation as a whole. We thank USAID for continued support and hope our mutual mission of empowering women and transforming lives will brighten Pakistan’s future.” 

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PS: This was the second group of trainees to graduate from the “Training and Reading for Adolescents in Need” project under USAID’s Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program.  The young girls from Karachi received basic education for five months, along with technical training in the art of stitching, for three months where they learned the skills of making bedsheets, curtains, and women’s apparel.

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Advanced cyber attack targets the Saudi kingdom!

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RIYADH: Saudi authorities have informed that they had identified an advanced cyber attack targeting the Kingdom here on Monday (20th of November). 

According to details hackers attempted to disrupt government computers. 

Sources have informed that the NCSC has detected a new Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) that is targeting Saudi Arabia. 

Attack sought to penetrate computers using email phishing techniques. 

It is pertinent to mention here that Saudi Arabia has come under numerous cyber attacks, including  Shamoon, the forceful disc-wiping malware active in attacks against the Saudi energy sector in 2012.

The world’s biggest oil company, Saudi Aramco, was among the firms hit by Shamoon, in what is said to be the worst cyber attack in country’s history.

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Trump wants a complete travel ban for few Muslim populated countries

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WASHINGTON DC: Trump administration has asked the United States Supreme Court to permit its latest travel ban to take full force here yesterday (20th of November, 2017). 
It is pertinent to mention here that a Federal Appeals Court ruling last week had permitted President Donald Trump’s latest version of the ban to take effect partly.
The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals permitted the administration to ban people from six (mostly Muslim populated) countries unless they have a relationship with someone in the US.
Last month, a federal judge in Hawaii had congested most of Trump’s third travel ban just before it was due to take effect.
A judge in Maryland distinctly blocked it to a lesser degree, saying “Trump could block people from Chad, Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen as long as they did not have “bona fide” relationships with people or organizations already in the US”.
The travel ban also pertains to travelers from North Korea and to some Venezuelan government officials and their families, but the lawsuits did not challenge those restrictions.
Preventing the president from enforcing the government’s application it was held: “His national-security and foreign-relations judgment will cause ongoing irreparable harm to the government and the public, especially by requiring the executive to disregard the identified inadequacies and by undermining the proclamation’s goal of inducing cooperation by other nations.”

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