China’s biggest e-commerce company, Alibaba Group, broke into the Pakistani market on Tuesday by fully acquiring the Daraz Group.
“With the acquisition, Daraz will be able to leverage Alibaba’s leadership and experience in technology, online commerce, mobile payment and logistics to drive further growth in the five South Asian markets that have a combined population of over 460 million, 60% of which are under the age of 35,” said a press release issued by Daraz.
Founded in Pakistan in 2012, Daraz has since expanded in Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Nepal. It will continue to operate under the same brand, said the press release.
Hailing the move, Daraz Co-CEOs Bjarke Mikkelsen and Jonathan Doerr said that there is still a long way to go on the e-commerce journey. “We have still only scratched the surface of the potential,” they said.
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A Pakistani student at Cornell University has translated the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Sindhi language. The full text and audio versions of the Sindhi translation is now available on the United Nations website.
When the UN High Commissioner for Human Right’s 10-year project #Standup4humanrights was initiated in December 2017, Sindhi language was not included in the list of languages in which the declaration was to be promoted across the globe, primarily because there was no proper translation of the Universal Declaration in Sindhi Language.
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Report by: Mohammad Hussain Khan, Dawn
Four people, including two women, were booked on blasphemy charges in Jamshoro on Thursday for solemnising a marriage under what is known as “Shariat-i-Latifi” (the Code of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai) police told Dawn.
Khanot police lodged first information report (FIR) No. 22/17 under Section 295-A of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) after a video clip surfaced showing a woman solemnising the marriage of a man and a woman under “Shariat-i-Latifi”.
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“I have bond and love with people of my land (Sindh) who will reclaim me one day. Bharat’s leaders also reclaim their Liaqat who has sent me in exile. Leaders exported from Bharat are telling me this land doesn’t belong to me. It is now Pakistan.”
~ Hashoo Kewal Ramanni
Note: Above quote of Hashoo Kewal Ramanni is adopted from Social meida (Facebook).
By Ali RazaAli Raza
Japan is known for manufacturing and selling millions of vehicles across the globe yet it has expressed strong interest in three-wheeler rickshaws from Pakistan. Exports of the rickshaws from Pakistan have risen over the past months. The Japanese market has been importing 4-stroke CNG auto rickshaws from Pakistan. These rickshaws are manufactured by Sazgar Engineering which is based in Pakistan.
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Hundreds of Quebec lumber workers among first to lose work after Trump’s softwood tariffs
Starting Monday, one Quebec company is cutting shifts and delaying the start of forest operations, a move that will affect more than 1,200 workers.
MONTREAL—Hundreds of Quebec forestry workers are experiencing the first sour tastes from the softwood lumber battle with the United States as they prepare for the start of layoffs.
Starting Monday, Resolute Forest Products is cutting shifts at seven sawmills and delaying the start of forest operations that will affect 1,282 workers.
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See more >> https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/05/14/quebec-forestry-workers-feel-the-heat-from-donald-trumps-new-lumber-tariffs.html
Daughter of the murdered ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto, Bakhtawar bhutto Zardari, has tweeted on tuesday against the Ehtaram-e-Ramazan bill which was approved by the Senate Standing Committee for Religious Affairs.
In her tweet she claimed that not every one was fit enough to fast. Those who cant might die of dehydration or heat stroke. Hence, she claimed that it is a “ridiculous law”.
Read more >> Pakistan Today
See more >> https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/05/12/ehtaram-e-ramadam-bill-is-a-ridiculous-law-bakhtawar-bhutto/
The head of the Iranian armed forces warned Islamabad on Monday that Tehran would hit bases inside Pakistan if the government does not confront militants who carry out cross-border attacks.
Ten Iranian border guards were killed by militants last month. Iran said Jaish-al-Adl, a militant group, had shot the guards with long-range guns, fired from inside Pakistan.
The border area has long been plagued by unrest from both drug smuggling gangs and separatist militants.
“We cannot accept the continuation of this situation,” Major General Mohammad Baqeri, the head of the Iranian armed forces, was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA.
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By Jawed Naqvi
NEW DELHI: Chinese Ambassador Luo Zhaohui has called on India to join its One-Belt-One-Road project and assured New Delhi that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would not impinge on anyone’s sovereign rights.
The Chinese embassy on Monday released the text of Mr Luo’s remarks made to an Indian think-tank on Friday.
“Some people in the West misread China and tend to think that the ‘Dragon’ and the ‘Elephant’ are inevitable rivals, and that China would not like to see India developing. This conception is wrong. We hope to see India develop well and we are more than happy to help India develop to achieve common development,” he said in an address at the United Services Institute.
Despite recent tensions between the two countries, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have opportunities to meet each other on the sidelines of summits to be held by the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, G20 and BRICS.
The perception that China was partial to Pakistan over others was erroneous. “Some Indian media say that China always puts Pakistan first when handling its relations with South Asia countries. I want to tell you this is not true. Simply put, we always put China first and we deal with problems based on their own merits. Take Kashmir issue for example, we supported the relevant UN resolutions before 1990s. Then we supported a settlement through bilateral negotiation in line with the Simla Agreement. This is an example of China taking care of India’s concern.”
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See more >> https://www.dawn.com/news/1331943/china-invites-india-to-join-one-belt-one-road-project
Pakistani student Mashal Khan was killed by a mob on a university campus after being accused of blasphemy against Islam. His father says there is no freedom of expression in the country.
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ISLAMABAD: The United Nations family in Pakistan has condemned the heinous lynching of a student of Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan.
“We are especially saddened this happened in place of education done by young people who were his fellow students. The brutality of their actions are a discredit to the millions of students in Pakistan working for a better future in the principles of tolerance and social justice central to Pakistan’s constitution and the United Nations,” a statement issued here Saturday said.
“Our thoughts today remain with the student victims and their families. We urge the authorities to take firm action and bring the perpetuators to speedy justice. Pakistan has strong legal institutions and it is unacceptable for anyone to take the law into their own hands,” said Neil Buhne, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Pakistan.
Read more >> Pakistan Today
The US State Department on Wednesday updated its travel advisory for Pakistan and advised US nationals against all non-essential travel to the country.
“Pakistan continues to experience significant terrorist violence, including sectarian attacks.,” said the state department advisory.
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Since the publication of her first book, The Sole Spokesman, in 1985, Ayesha Jalal has been Pakistan’s leading historian. Educated at Wellesley College in the United States, and Trinity College at the University of Cambridge, she received the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 1998 for showing “extraordinary originality and dedication in [her] creative pursuits…”
Jalal has taught in the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Harvard University and Columbia University, and is now working as Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University. She also delivered the Lawrence Stones Lecture Series at Princeton University in 2011. These lectures gave shape to her book The Pity of Partition – an intellectual history of the life and works of Saadat Hassan Manto, who is also closely related to her.
The Sole Spokesman is the single most influential academic work on the dynamics of the Pakistan Movement and the role played by Muhammad Ali Jinnah in it. In a follow-up book, Self and Sovereignty, Jalal meticulously worked through colonial archives and multiple other sources to trace the origins and shaping of the Muslim community and its identity in British India.
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NEW DELHI: BJP patriarch L K Advani today rued that the Pakistani province of Sindh, where he was born, is not a part of independent India.
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Separate Balochistan from Pakistan if it hangs Kulbhushan Jadhav: Indian Minister
DELHI – “If Pakistan hangs (Kulbhushan) Jadhav, then India must recognise Balochistan as an independent country,” said BJP minister Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday, reacting to Pakistan’s announcement of the death sentence to RAW agent Kulbhushan Yadav.
The minister asked the Indian government to ‘declare Balochistan as independent state.’
The minister further said if Pakistan commits another atrocity after this then its Sindh province should also be “seceded out of ” what’s left.
Swamy also urged the Balochis in Delhi to form a government in exile. “Ultimately Pakistan will end up in four pieces,” he said. Accusing Pakistan of being a ‘terror friendly state’ Swamy said New Delhi cannot deal with Islamabad in a civilised manner.
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Germany announced a financial package of €109 million for Pakistan in order to develop economic ties between the two countries.
The Declaration of Intent, which was signed following a meeting between Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dr Gerd Muller on Thursday, promises €109 million to Pakistan in the next two years.
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“Muller proffered the prospect of new funding for bilateral technical and financial cooperation,” said an official handout issued by the German Embassy in Islamabad.“The bilateral economic cooperation could reach a significant level of up to €109 million for the two-year period of 2017-2018.”
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As relations between China and Pakistan continue to grow stronger, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has decided to honour the Chinese president by naming the new Islamabad airport after him.
“The new Islamabad airport will be named after Chinese President Xi Jinping,” sources privy to the development told The Express Tribune. The airport will now be called Xi Jinping airport, he added.
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We believe in the citizens of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom (the CANZUK countries) benefiting from a freedom of movement initiative, advancing the ever growing cultural, historical, economical and political connections that we already share through our Commonwealth ties.
Because of the unique relationship and socio-economic bonds that Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom share, we believe that each country can benefit from a free movement agreement with each other, similar to the policies of the European Union and the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement (T.T.T.A) between Australia and New Zealand.
We propose that the governments of the aforementioned countries finalise agreements (and inevitably, legislation) which make it possible for citizens to move freely with no restrictions regarding work permits or visa controls.
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The British Parliament has declared that Gilgit-Baltistan, currently under Pakistan’s control, belongs to India. It condemned Pakistan’s move to declare it as its fifth province. The British Parliament also called the construction of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor as illegal.
Read more » India Today
See more >> http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/british-parliament-pakistan-gilgit-baltistan-india/1/912572.html
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said optional routes are available for Afghanistan if the enemies of the country think to block the trade route to the country.
Speaking during a gathering in Mazar-e-Sharif city, the provincial capital of Balkh, President Ghani said Afghanistan has become an inseparable part of the Central Asia.
President Ghani further added that the northern Kunduz, Mazar and Herat provinces will be connected via railway network that will eventually connect Iran and China via Afghanistan.
Read more >> The Times of Islamabad
This documentary is produced by National Fund for Mohenjodaro, Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Antiquities – Government of Sindh for awareness of Mohenjodaro development and history after first excavation by Sir John Hubert Marshall. There are rare video clips in this short documentary.
Courtesy: National Fund for Mohenjodaro, Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Antiquities – Government of Sindh
The search for any indigenous Brahmi based scripts often starts & terminates at Hat-Wanaki. This despite that fact that Sindhu-Saraswati civilization of Sindh had the very nucleus of not only Indus valley civilization but of Vedic civilization as well. Arabic Writer Al- Burni in his writings on ancient Sindh did mentioned three scripts to be in vogue before the Arab invasion of Sindh viz. Malwari, Hinduvi & Ardhanagri. Yet confusion remains. One of the reasons of such confusion had been lack of historical evidences to counter verify the usage of Brahmi based scripts in Sindh. In 1958 a team led by researchers led by F A Khan did find some sort of evidences of the scripts used in ancient Sindh city of Bhanbhor which was approximately 40 Miles from the Sindh’s capital Karachi. Unfortunately the volume of such evidence is too little to construct the entire script as it existed in ancient Sindh. One of the main reasons needless to say had been the massive Arab Invasion of Sindh which swept all traces of Hindu culture. What Arabs destroyed never got rebuild.
In the context of Writing Systems in Sindh one can conveniently divide Sindh’s History in two parts. Viz. One before the Arab invasion and the other that followed after the massive upheaval that changed Sindh in all possible manner – culturally, socially and politically. Needless to say while almost all the North and west Indian Scripts could easily be traced to its brahmi , Sindhi never been that much fortunate. A close analysis revels more than once reason for loss of Historical loss of archeological evidence viz.
A) Post Arab Invasion there was an virtual slaughter of Sindhi Hindu Sadhus- the custodian of Learning in ancient India – Such void had a disastrous effect on Sindh which never could be reversed.
B) Post Arab invention every attempt was made to wipe out Hindu civilization & Culture including language from Sindh
C) In Kashmir & Punjab where even Hindus regained power from Muslims, the contemporary rulers reintroduced Brahmi based scripts but in Sindh Post Dahir Hindus never to could settle themselves and even those who did settle themselves after accepting Islam never bothered to reintroduce Sindhi Language in Sindh leave apart the Brahmni scripts
D) Ever since the massive Arab invasion Hindus were in a bitter struggle of existence. A struggle that continues even today in post-partition Sindh
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ISLAMABAD: Chinese companies will be investing $35 billion in 19 power projects which will generate 12,134 MW of electricity under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, said Secretary Water and Power, Mohammad Younis Dagha on Thursday.
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See more >> https://www.dawn.com/news/1319576/chinese-firms-to-invest-35bn-in-19-power-projects
This restaurant in Multan is providing Robotic Waiter service to its customers
A pizza place in Multan, Pizza.com, is all set to provide robotic waiter service to its customers. The amazing thing is that this robot in question and all of its underlying technology is completely made from the ground up in Pakistan.
The face behind this technology
The main force behind this whole operation is Syed Usama Aziz, an electrical engineering graduate from NUST. He is the son of restaurant’s owner and has a keen interest in the field of Robotics.
Source of motivation
Usama enrolled in Electrical Engineering department of NUST in 2011 and graduated in 2015. He wanted to study further and explore the field of Robotics by going abroad. His father, the owner of Pizza.com, encouraged him to stay in Pakistan and prove his mettle here.
Upon failing to convince his parents on going abroad for further studies, he decided to follow his passion right here in Pakistan. In order to improve his fathers’ hotel, he struck the notion that whole serving process should be automated to increase efficiency by many folds.
But when he realized that the cost of importing an automatic serving machine from other countries would set him back millions of rupees, he decided to develop one in Pakistan from scratch.
Meet the first Robotic Waiter of Pakistan
After 8 months of hard work, and investment of around 0.4 million Pakistani Rupees (4 lakh Rupees/ around 4 thousand dollars), Pakistan’s first robotic waiter is finally ready to be put to work. Usama is currently beta testing the robot in Multan branch of Pizza.com.
Read more » Tech Juice
See more >> https://www.techjuice.pk/this-restaurant-in-multan-is-providing-robotic-waiter-service-to-its-customers/
By Prasun Sonwalkar, Hindustan Times, London
India has responded to Pakistan’s allegations of rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir at the ongoing session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva by highlighting alleged atrocities in the Pakistani provinces of Balochistan, Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
The two countries clashed at the UNHRC session on Wednesday evening, with India’s permanent representative, Ajit Kumar, saying the “monster” of terrorist groups created by Pakistan is now “devouring its own creator”.
Under India’s “right to reply” after a statement by Pakistan law minister Zahid Hamid, Alok Jha, counsellor in the Indian mission, said Islamabad’s “trust in the methods of terror” was so deep it did not hesitate from using it against its own people.
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See more >> http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/india-raises-balochistan-sindh-at-unhrc/story-UenNnhZf7dQcUOtzIF0IrL.html
RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan army on Friday targeted militant hideouts across the Afghan border, killing several militants including a top commander of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, an offshoot of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.
Read more >> The News
See more >> https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/186995-Pak-army-destroys-militant-hideouts-near-Pak-Afghan-border
Congressman Sherman Responds to Terrorist Attack on the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Shrine in Pakistan’s Sindh Province
Press Release (Feb 17, 2017): “My sympathies are with the peaceful Sufi worshipers and the people of Sindh, who were attacked at the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sehwan on Thursday. The shrine, dedicated to the Saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, is an important site for the Sufi faith and attracts many thousands of pilgrims each year.
“Including today’s attack, over a hundred innocent Pakistanis were killed in multiple attacks around the country this week.
“As the Chairman of the Sindh Caucus and Ranking Member of the Asia Pacific Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I am well aware of the proliferation of terrorist organizations within Pakistan, and the need for more concerted efforts to combat terrorism in South Asia.
Read more » Congressman Sherman
See more >> http://sherman.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-sherman-responds-to-terrorist-attack-on-the-lal-shahbaz