Renowned Indian actor and comedian Jaaved Jaaferi has emerged as a vocal advocate for the Palestinian cause, utilising his social media platforms to shed light on the issue. The post defined "Hamaslighting" as a “form of gaslighting used to distract or confuse when a country, specifically Israel, carries out genocide against innocent Palestinians. The post also cited the statement, "Israel has a right to defend itself," as an example of "Hamaslighting" as well. In one post on X, Jaaved shared two screenshots of news articles. ‘Palestinians Are Not Numbers, They're Human' | Piers ... https://t.co/AwPMQaIWaQ via @YouTube — Jaaved Jaaferi (@jaavedjaaferi) November 15, 2023On Instagram, where he has a following of 159,000, Jaaved has continued to amplify Palestinian voices.
November 25, 2023 17:28 UTC
Those who had dropped the axe on him had never thought about Pakistan, he added. Also read: Nawaz Sharif denies fourth power bidIn 1993, he pointed out that the country was experiencing significant economic growth. He playfully quizzed Ishaq Dar, present at the gathering, about his stint in prison, prompting laughter throughout the conference room. Continuing, Nawaz highlighted the disparity in export refinance rates during his tenure compared to the present, citing a rise from three per cent to 19 per cent. He said twice the Indian premier visited to Pakistan during his tenure.
November 25, 2023 17:13 UTC
BANGKOK: Iran facilitated Friday’s release of 10 Thai hostages from Gaza, providing a list of names to Palestinian group Hamas after a request to do so by Thailand’s Foreign Ministry and parliamentary speaker, Iran’s embassy in Thailand said on social media on Saturday. A Thai foreign ministry spokesperson told Reuters that: “we have provided lists since the beginning to everyone,” including Qatar, Egypt, Israel and Iran. A group of Thai Muslim politicians had travelled to Tehran and met senior Hamas officials in October. Thailand’s Foreign Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-nukara also held talks with senior officials in Cairo and Doha over the release of Thai hostages. About 30,000 Thai nationals work in Israel, forming one of its largest groups of migrant workers, many in agriculture.
November 25, 2023 16:43 UTC
XIA’N: Pomegranate, introduced to China over 2,000 years ago from Central Asia, has become a symbol of free trade propelled by the Silk Road. Now a sought-after fruit in Xi’an, the capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, pomegranate-made products from Azerbaijan, one of the fruit’s main producers, drew attention at the 7th Silk Road International Exposition, which ended on Monday. The previous six editions of the Silk Road International Exposition had welcomed more than 10,000 overseas exhibitors from over 190 countries and regions, with the total value of contracts signed for foreign investment projects exceeding $45.3 billion. China has signed more than 200 documents with 152 countries and 32 international organizations on cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), covering 83 percent of the countries with which China has established diplomatic relations. The expo’s role as a platform for BRI partner countries to tap into the huge, ever-expanding Chinese market is becoming more prominent.
November 25, 2023 16:10 UTC
For the fourth consecutive season, Florida State Seminoles soccer is headed to the Women’s College Cup. The Seminoles earned their spot by taking down the Pitt Panthers on Friday, riding a second-half surge to dominate the scoreboard 3-0. Florida State outshot the Panthers 20-13 (9-5 shots on goal), with FSU goalkeeper Cristina Roque logging five saves on the night. Onyi Echegini capped things off with a goal just a minute later, solidifying the win for the Seminoles. Florida State is now 12-4-2 all-time in the NCAA quarterfinals (80-19-5 in the NCAA Tournament Overall).
November 25, 2023 14:21 UTC
The defense had as many negative plays as they had points allowed against Texas Tech. How about another fun stat for how dominant the Texas defense was on Friday? You combine that with how Texas didn’t allow the Texas Tech passing game get out of neutral, then you get the result we saw on Friday. Fortunately, Texas has a kicker who is on an absolute heater right now and thankfully the Texas defense was absolutely suffocating. That was not the case on Friday against Texas Tech.
November 25, 2023 13:32 UTC
The question of increasing the upper age limit in Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) combined competitive exams warrants careful consideration. This analysis delves into the merits and demerits of extending the upper age limit in SPSC examinations. Inclusivity and Diversity: Extending the age limit accommodates candidates with delayed entry into the job market, promoting diversity and enriching the talent pool. Competitive Disadvantages for Younger Candidates: A higher age limit may disadvantage younger candidates, potentially undermining fair competition. In conclusion, the decision to increase the upper age limit in SPSC exams is complex, with both advantages and disadvantages.
November 24, 2023 23:09 UTC
Average inflation in Pakistan surpasses that of other South Asian countries, leaving our society vulnerable to the whims of a select few elites who prioritise power politics over the welfare of the people. Despite a reduction in petroleum prices, there has been no corresponding relief in electricity prices, with indications pointing towards further increases in the pipeline. Historically, those in power have focused on self-enrichment rather than addressing the fundamental problems faced by the public. The continuous surge in electricity prices and the burden of taxes have disproportionately affected the common man compared to capitalists, leading to a 40% increase in production costs. The closure of thousands of power looms has brought businesses to a standstill, resulting in widespread unemployment.
November 24, 2023 20:14 UTC
The alarming revelation not only sheds light on India’s clandestine manoeuvres but also emphasises the urgency for transparent and responsible conduct in international relations. India’s espionage network extending to orchestrating plots abroad raises serious questions about state sovereignty and responsible behaviour in international affairs. Such intrusive activities beyond borders undermine the sovereignty of other nations, jeopardising global stability and mutual trust among states. India’s reckless conduct, violating international law and the UN principle of state sovereignty, demands a unified and concerted effort among nations to hold accountable those engaging in such activities. Upholding international law, respecting state sovereignty, and fostering transparent conduct in international relations must take precedence to prevent such detrimental activities from jeopardising global peace and stability.
November 24, 2023 20:14 UTC
ISLAMABAD: In a resounding victory over India, Pakistan on Friday was elected as Vice Chair of UNESCO Executive Board from the Asia Pacific Group for the 2023-2025 term. The elections were held at the 218th Session of the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Executive Board in Paris, a Foreign Office press release said. Of the 58-member Executive Board, Pakistan secured 38 votes as compared to India’s 18. She said that Pakistan would carry out its responsibilities with a deep sense of commitment, credibility, honest dialogue and mutual respect. Earlier during the UNESCO General Conference, Pakistan had been successfully re-elected to the Executive Board at the elections held on November 15.
November 24, 2023 19:39 UTC
Comedian and content creator Junaid Akram has drawn flak for sharing his compilation video on Karachi beaches, mocking common visitors on the site. Akram captioned the video with “Beaches be like”, questioning the crowd that Karachi’s seaside pulls in. Internet users flocked to Akram’s post, disproving his documentation of people partaking in harmless fun and compiling it into an allegedly disparaging edit. https://t.co/PIACoO8go8 — Zulfikar Ali Bhutto ذوالفقار علي ڀٽو (@BhuttoZulfikar) November 23, 2023The post further called out Akram for staring at people. let them do whatever makes them happy https://t.co/kXEf1YRcQj — Aima 🇵🇸 (@Aimaimrankhan) November 23, 2023Underscoring the classist implications of Akram’s comedy, another jibed, “How dare these people enjoy themselves?
November 24, 2023 17:09 UTC
On Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend an amazing TEDxLUMS event where I got to listen to Dr Faisal Sultan, former special assistant to the PM on health, who spoke about Pakistan’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr Faisal said that data-driven decisions played a key role in ensuring we took sprinklers where there were fires instead of hosing down the entire building. He shared that one day, Mr. Asad Umar, the Chair of the NCOC at the time, gave them the seemingly impossible task of administering around 300,000 COVID-19 vaccines in a day. However, despite multifaceted challenges, from procurement to delivery, on peak day, the team managed to administer 2.3 million doses. I think this represents a great example of our resilience as a nation and shows that we can overcome any challenge if we set our minds to it and if our institutions work collectively towards a unified goal.
November 24, 2023 08:35 UTC
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday asserted that his political pursuits were not fuelled by personal ambitions to reclaim power for a fourth term. In a speech delivered at the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) workers' convention in Murree, Nawaz, a three-time former prime minister, conveyed his sincere desire to witness a positive transformation in the destiny of Pakistan. Describing Murree as his "second home", the former prime minister underscored the necessity of developing the region. The former prime minister also reminisced about diplomatic achievements during his tenure, recalling the visits of two former Indian prime ministers to Pakistan. He referred to the visits of Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1999 and incumbent Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's surprise visit in Dec 2015.
November 24, 2023 06:20 UTC
President Biden told Americans that "we have to bring the nation together" when he called into the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on Thursday. "On this Thanksgiving Day, Al, we have to come together," Mr. Biden told Al Roker. Mr. Biden continued that "we should focus on dealing with our problems and being together." "'Dad, you've got to run,'" Mr. Biden wrote that Beau told him, and he wrote that Hunter said, "'We want you to run.'" Beau Biden died in May 2015, and Mr. Biden ultimately opted not to run for president in 2016 amid the family tragedy.
November 24, 2023 02:58 UTC
Targeted counter terrorism operations in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s tribal belt are frequently being employed to eliminate militants, based on intelligence information. The success of these operations is, in turn, the success of Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) and is a guarantee of security. For now, these operations, like the one conducted in Balochistan’s Kech district killing four terrorists, serve as a viable counter terrorism strategy. In view of the spike in militant activities, a package of $4million has been announced by the United States (US) for counter terrorism training in Pakistan. Counter terrorism must be multi-pronged, with a flexibility to evolve as quickly as the tactics of militants evolve, even ahead of that.
November 23, 2023 20:24 UTC