In the wake of French President Emmanuel Macron’s comments on Islam, Pakistan’s National Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution to call back its envoy from Paris. What makes the move interesting is the fact that Pakistan does not have an ambassador in France right now!
Pakistan’s last ambassador to France, Moin-ul Haq, left France three months ago as he was transferred to China. Since then, Pakistan has not sent a replacement for Haq to Paris.
Interestingly, and ironically, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi was one of the movers of the resolution in the national assembly. Despite being the head of Pakistan’s Foreign Office, Qureshi seemed unaware of the fact tghat the country didn’t have an envoy in France.
Meanwhile, Pakistan on Monday summoned the French ambassador in Islamabad, a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan accused French President Emmanuel Macron of attacking Islam by defending the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
The Pakistan National Assembly also unanimously passed a resolution condemning the publication of blasphemous caricatures in France and the “resurgence of Islamophobic acts” in some countries after a noisy session that witnessed the government and opposition delivering fiery speeches against each other.
The recent incidents are set to deteriorate the relations between Pakistan and France as the former from the last few days had chided the French leader over his remarks in the aftermath of the killing of a teacher in Paris after he had shown cartoons of the Prophet during a class he was leading on free speech.
On Sunday, Pakistan PM Imran Khan had slammed President Macron and said that he has “chosen to deliberately provoke Muslims”. Taking to Twitter, Khan said, “Hallmark of a leader is he unites human beings, as Mandela did, rather than dividing them. This is a time when Pres Macron could have put healing touch and denied space to extremists rather than creating further polarisation and marginalisation that inevitably leads to radicalisation… By attacking Islam, clearly without having any understanding of it, President Macron has attacked and hurt the sentiments of millions of Muslims in Europe and across the world.”
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Pakistan: Restaurant manager arrested after acid served in water bottles
Bizarre news has made it to the headlines from Pakistan when a restaurant served acid in water bottles. The incident occurred at historic Greater Iqbal Park’s ‘Poet Restaurant’ on September 27. The minors are still undergoing medical treatment at a hospital.
The restaurant manager has been arrested by the Lahore police. An FIR has been registered against the manager for serving acid to two minors in water bottles at a birthday party at an eatery. According to the FIR, Muhammad Adil said he had a family birthday party at the poet restaurant.
“As the staff served the water bottles my nephew Ahmad washed his hands with it. Soon afterwards he started crying and we witnessed that his hands and arms suffered burn injuries as acid contained the water bottle,” complainant Adil said.
The other victim Wajiha, a two-and-a-half-year-old girl, niece of Adil, started vomiting as she had drunk the acid in another water bottle.
Both were rushed to the hospital where the condition of Wajiha is stated to be critical.
Following section 336B of the Pakistan Penal Code (punishment for harm by corrosive chemicals), police have filed a case against the restaurant management and five other staff members.
Police official Tahir Waqas told PTI on Monday, “We have detained the restaurant manager Muhammad Javed, and raids were being conducted for the detention of others listed by the complaint.”
According to him, the eatery has been shut down by the police until they conduct their investigation. The officer declared, “This is an unusual situation, and we are looking into it thoroughly.
Uttrakhand: Rescue ops underway for 28 climbing trainees caught in avalanche at Danda-2 peak
According to Uttarakhand’s chief minister, Pushkar Singh Dhami, up to 28 people could be trapped in an avalanche that struck Draupadi’s Danda-2 mountain summit on Tuesday.
The imprisoned people, who are all students at the Nehru Mountaineering Institute in Uttarkashi, are the subject of rescue operations. An avalanche reportedly struck the team this morning around 9:00.
“Information about 28 trainees of the Nehru Mountaineering Institute being trapped following an avalanche in Draupadi’s Danda-2 mountain peak has been received. Rapid relief and rescue operations are underway by the district administration, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel,” CM Dhami said.
At the earliest, rapid relief and rescue operations are being carried out by the district administration, NDRF, SDRF, Army and ITBP personnel along with the team of NIM to rescue the trainees trapped in the avalanche in Draupadi’s Danda-2 mountain peak,” tweeted the chief minister, Dhami.
A team from the SDRF has hurriedly arrived at the Sahastradhara Helipad in Dehradun to rescue the trainees caught in an avalanche for rescue activities.
CM Dhami claimed that he had called Rajnath Singh, the defence minister, and asked for the army’s assistance in accelerating the rescue effort.
He has assured us that he will give us every possible help from the centre. A rescue operation is being conducted to bring out everyone,” Dhami said.
Meanwhile, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also took to Twitter and expressed his anguish over the loss of lives and consoled the bereaved families who lost their family members.
“Deeply anguished by the loss of precious lives due to the landslide which has struck the mountaineering expedition carried out by the Nehru Mountaineering Institute in Uttarkashi. My condolences to the bereaved families who have lost their loved ones,” Rajnath Singh said in a tweet.
“Spoke to CM Uttarakhand, Shri @PushkarDhamiand took stock of the situation. Rescue operations are underway to help the mountaineers who are still trapped. I have instructed the IAF to mount the rescue and relief ops. Praying for everyone’s safety and well-being,” Singh said.
Bombay High Court grants bail to Anil Deskmukh, remains in jail
In a money laundering case brought by the Enforcement Directorate, the Bombay high court on Tuesday granted bail to former Maharashtra minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Anil Deshmukh.
The bail was granted on a surety amount of Rs 1 lakh. The ED has asked for a two-week delay in the order’s implementation.
Deshmukh was arrested in November of last year and moved the high court after his bail request was rejected earlier this year by a special PMLA court.
Deshmukh has been given bail in the ED case, but he will continue to be held in relation to the CBI case that was brought against him in April of last year.
The Supreme Court had earlier ordered the High Court to quickly hear and resolve the NCP leader’s case because it had been pending for six months.
Deshmukh’s lawyers, Vikram Chaudhari and Aniket Nikam, argued that the senior NCP politician ought to be given bail in light of his age (72), good health, and lack of prior convictions.
Karnataka: Three dead after house wall collapsed due to heavy rain in Raichur
In Karnataka’s Raichur district, a family’s house wall collapsed due to heavy rains, killing three family members—including a child—officials said on Monday.
According to the officials, the incident happened in Kurdi village in Manavi taluk of Raichur district on Sunday night, and the deceased have been identified as Paramesh, 45, Jayamma, 40, and Bharat. 4.
The houses’ walls in Manavi Taluk, according to the police, have crumbled as a result of the three days of relentless rain.
“The family was asleep when the building collapsed. We were informed about the neighbours, and with the help of locals, we searched the debris, but all of them died on the spot,” said a senior district police officer.
Four women perished while crossing a bridge in the Koppala district of Karnataka late on Saturday night as a result of heavy rainfall.
According to residents, the women labourers were returning from work and trying to cross the submerged bridge at Sankanur village in Yellaburagi of Koppala when the incident took place.
“The women had gone to work in the morning hours, and returned by the evening. While returning, they thought that if they wait any longer, the water levels might increase. They held hands and tried to cross the bridge. Most of them managed to cross over, but the four victims have swept away. We tried to save them but failed,” said a resident, who didn’t wish to be named.
The villagers attempted to rescue the victims, but unfortunately, they could not be saved. The villagers requested that I should give my word that the bridge work will be completed soon. The proposal is already before the government, and I will get it approved as soon as possible,” the resident added.
Fresh weather forecast suggested that Karnataka may have some rainfall beginning in October.
According to the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC), scattered to widespread very light to moderate rains are forecast over south interior Karnataka and Malnad districts, while isolated heavy rains are probable over north interior Karnataka and coastal areas.
Additionally, a yellow alert was issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) for the following districts: Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Belagavi, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Koppala, Raichur, Ballari, Chikkamagaluru, Chitradurga, Davanagere, Hassan, Shivamogga, and Kodagu.
Important notice for Round 1 reporting candidates: NEET UG 2022 Counselling
Important notice for NEET UG 2022 Counselling has been released by the Directorate General of Health Services. The notice has been released for those candidates who have reported to Round 1 schedule. Candidates can check the official notice on the official site of MCC at mcc.nic.in.Candidates who have joined the colleges can resign the seat of Round 1 starting from 3 October to 10 October, 2022, as per the official notice.The resignation letter of the candidate should be generated online by the allotted college, failing which the resignation will be treated as ‘Null & Void’. In such a case, candidate will be deemed to occupy the seat still, and rules of Round-2 will apply. In case candidate is resigning by sending email to college, s/he should make sure that they receive Resignation Letter generated through online portal of MCC, any offline resignation/letter is not permissible.Further more, Round-1 joined candidates who neither participate in Round-2 nor resign the seat of Round-1 will be considered part of Round-2 after the stipulated time. For more related details candidates can check the official site of MCC.
While in J&K, Amit Shah visits Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine
Union Home Minister, Amit Shah is on a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir. During his visit to the union territory, he visited the famous Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine which is situated on top of Trikuta hills on Tuesday on the occasion of Maha Navmi. Maha Navmi is seen as the concluding day of the nine-day Navratri celebrations.
Shah will fly to the border district of Rajouri to address a public rally after leaving the shrine. On Monday, Shah also met many people from varied communities like Pahari, Gujjar, Rajput and Bakarwal.
To assess the security situation and take part in public meetings, the home minister has arrived in the union territory. The minister will attend the security meeting on Wednesday along with the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha, as well as senior members of the Army, paramilitary forces, and state police. Shah will also lay the cornerstones for several projects in Srinagar before his stay is over.
Several organisational meetings are on the cards for Shah, including the state core group meeting and meeting with party MPs and MLAs.
This is the second visit by Amit Shah to Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370 by the Modi govt in 2019.
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