Eruption near supervolcano? Mount Sinabung could rain down hell

An Indonesian volcano near an ancient volcano that once nearly destroyed humankind is getting ready to erupt. At the moment, it’s throwing smoke high into the sky.

Sinabung volcano in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia, is only 35 kilometers from the Toba volcano whose super-eruption, according to scientists, put mankind on the brink of extinction almost 70,000 years ago by causing a “nuclear winter,” which could have lasted several years

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Pakistan Military vows befitting response against Indian aggression

RAWALPINDI – A Formation Commanders’ conference on Wednesday reiterated the armed forces resolve to defeat enemy’s designs, and defend the territorial integrity of Pakistan at any cost.

The conference was held here at the General Head Quarters (GHQ), which was presided over by Army Chief General Raheel Sharif and attended by Corps Commanders, Principal Staff Officers and all Formation Commanders.

It took serious notice of the recent Indian hostile rhetoric coupled with covert and overt actions to destabilise Pakistan. It was termed “highly regrettable” that Indian politicians not only indulged in actions which were in violation of the United Nations’ Charter, but also took pride in claiming their interference in the internal affairs of other states.

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India will carry out military strikes at any ‘place and time’, says minister

By DAWN.COM

Following a rare cross-border attack conducted by the Indian Army in Myanmar, Junior Minister for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said that based on intelligence “we will carry out surgical strikes at the place and time of our own choosing”.

“Western disturbances will also be equally dealt with,” the information minister said during a press briefing on Wednesday when asked if attacks could be carried out on the western (Pakistan) border, according to a report published on IBNLive.

The statements came after the minister lauded the Indian Army and Air Force for their operation in Myanmar that killed 20 suspected militants on Tuesday.

“Our PM ordered hot pursuit in which two camps were completely annihilated. While the army carried out the strike, helicopters were on stand-by,” he said.

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Mumbai residents donate Rs450,000 for Pakistani girl’s treatment

Residents of Mumbai have raised Rs450,000 for the treatment of a Pakistani teenage girl suffering from Wilson’s Disease.

Nazia Tarikh Ahmed travelled to Mumbai from Karachi with only R80,000 to treat her 15-year-old daughter Saba.

Following a report by Indian newspaper Mid Day, residents of Mumbai raised money for Saba’s treatment at Jaslok Hospital.

“Soon after the article was published, total strangers approached the hospital with donations,” Dr Abbha Nagral, Liver Specialist and Senior Gastroenterologist at Jaslok Hospital, who is treating Saba, said.

“We managed to raise R450,000 which enabled us to sustain the medical expense of her treatment,” he added.

Nagral further said Saba is responding well to medication.

“Though she has her frequent ups and downs, there is an overall improvement in her health,” her mother said.

Read more » The Express Tribune
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No one dare cast an evil eye on Pakistan, army chief hits back at India

By Kamran Yousaf

Taking note of recent anti-Pakistan rhetoric by Indian politicians, Army chief General Raheel Sharif warned on Wednesday that Pakistan will defeat their designs and defend Pakistan’s territorial integrity at any cost.

“No one should dare cast an evil eye on Pakistan,” the army chief was quoted as saying by DG ISPR Asim Bajwa.

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MSCI review: Pakistan may rejoin emerging markets in 2016

By Kazim Alam

KARACHI: MSCI, a leading provider of international investment decision support tools, said on Wednesday it may reclassify the MSCI Pakistan Index from ‘Frontier Markets’ to ‘Emerging Markets’ next year.

“We will add the MSCI Pakistan Index to the review list for its potential reclassification to Emerging Markets as part of the 2016 Annual Market Classification Review,” MSCI said.

Global institutional investors use different MSCI indices — such as frontier, emerging, China and US markets – to create balanced portfolios aimed at generating maximum returns while keeping in view their overall risk appetite.

Read: Confidence boost: MSCI includes two Pakistani companies in frontier index

The decision may appear to be a routine reclassification of economies by MSCI, but it has the potential to dramatically change dynamics of the Pakistan equity market: MSCI Emerging Market Index is tracked by global funds worth about $1.7 trillion, according to Bloomberg data.

“Not only the size of passive fund flows will increase, many large Emerging Markets funds may return to Pakistan,” says Topline Securities investment analyst Muhammad Tahir Saeed about the possibility of the elevation of the MSCI Pakistan Index to Emerging Markets next year.

In its brief commentary on the decision, MSCI said most accessibility criteria of the Pakistani equity market meet the MSCI Emerging Markets standards, except for some potential issues with the stability of the institutional framework.

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Pakistan population growth rate is explosive

For the past few decades, the population growth rate is decreasing in both developed and underdeveloped countries. But when we analyze Pakistan in this regard, the situation is entirely different as rest of the world. According to preliminary results of the 2011 Pakistani census, population growth is higher than had been projected.

In 2011, Pakistan’s population figure was 197.4 million as compare to 134.7 million of census held in 1998. That mean there is increase of 62.7 million in twelve years. Pakistan’s population is increasing beyond the estimated population. Population has been increased by 20 million that is much more than had been forecasted in UN documents.

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani slams Pakistan for waging ‘undeclared war’ 

The Taliban have also declined to participate in any electoral process, calling instead for a new Constitution to be put in place.

by Praveen Swami | Doha

Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani launched a sharply-worded attack on Pakistan at an international conference on Monday, saying the country had been waging “an undeclared state of war with us for the past 14 years”. President Ghani’s comments were made in a videotaped address delivered to a meeting of scholars and diplomats organised in Doha — home to negotiators seeking a peace deal with the Taliban.

The Afghan President’s words came just days after he wrote a letter to the Pakistan government, demanding harsh action against the Taliban leadership based in that country. Facing intense criticism at home for signing intelligence and military cooperation pacts with Islamabad in hopes of securing a peace deal with the Taliban, pressure has further intensified on Ghani as the Islamist terror group’s most intense spring offensive in years has claimed scores of lives.

“Regardless of his firm commitment to peace, President Ghani has no choice but to become a war president to ensure the survival of his country and the safety of Afghan women and children,” the letter, released to the media, states. In the letter, the Afghan government asks Pakistan to prove its commitment to peace by taking eight steps, including placing the Taliban leadership in Peshawar and Quetta under house arrest, and an offensive against the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network,

“The Taliban have declared their spring offensive, massive terrorist attacks have been carried out,” the letter states. “The public is asking whether there has been any return from President Ghani’s efforts to secure enduring peace and cooperation with Pakistan?”

In his address to the conference, President Ghani made no reference to the dialogue process with Pakistan or the Taliban, arguing instead for action to address what he called the “ecological system” of terrorism.

Ghani pointed to the breaking apart of sovereign states, the use of non-state actors as proxies by states, the use of force without regional consensus, failures of governance, and the lack of consensus on “the rules of game” inside Afghanistan. Little progress has been made in talks with the Taliban, in the form of a recent dialogue conducted in Doha.

Sources here said, Ghani’s speech was unlikely to bring an end to efforts to reach out to the Taliban’s leadership — represented in Doha by a group of negotiators led by Tayyab Agha, a close associate of Mullah Muhammad Omar. The negotiators also include Sher Abbas Stanekzai, a graduate of the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun, who defected from Afghan forces in the mid-1970s to fight the Soviet Union.

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Do not mistake Pakistan for Myanmar, Nisar warns India

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar said on Wednesday that India should not mistake Pakistan for Myanmar.

The minister’s statement was in response to Indian Minister of State for Information Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore who hours after his country had carried out an operation against militants in Myanmar had said India will strike at a place and at a time of their choosing against all countries, including Pakistan, and groups harbouring “terror intent”.

Nisar emphasised that those who harboured bad intentions towards Pakistan should open their eyes and ears.

“Pakistan Army is fully capable of responding to any adventurism,” said Nisar.

Earlier on Wednesday, Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz demanded the international community and United Nations take notice of Modi’s statement.

Aziz addressing the Senate said such statements raised doubts over India’s sincerity to establish good relations with Pakistan.

News courtesy: The News
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Parachute commandos use helicopters in cross-border raid to retaliate against deadly ambush that killed Indian soldiers.

By Subir Bhaumik

Indian parachute commandos in helicopters have crossed over the border into Myanmar to strike separatist bases in retaliation against an ambush in Manipur state last week that left 18 Indian soldiers dead, officials said.

Military officials said between 30 to 50 rebels were killed in Tuesday’s surprise raids, but a rebel group led by Burmese Naga leader S S Khaplang said the Indian claims were “exaggerated” and that there were few casualties.

India’s junior information minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore told TV channels that the “hot pursuit strikes” on separatist bases in Myanmar had been authorised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Be it Yemen or Iraq, attacks on Indians are not acceptable. This is also a message to our neighbours who shelter terrorists,” Rathore said.

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