UNITED NATIONS: Expressing “critical” concern over terrorism originating from Afghanistan, Pakistan Tuesday known as on the Taliban to stop the Afghan territory from being utilized for assaults by terrorist teams, similar to Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), in opposition to neighbours or every other nation.
“Particularly,” Ambassador Munir Akram advised the UN Safety Council, “eliminating the menace posed by ISIL-Okay that’s Da’esh, the TTP, ETIM (East Turkestan Islamic Motion) and IMU (Islamic Motion of Uzbekistan), in addition to Al-Qaeda and different terrorist teams, is of important significance for Pakistan.”
Talking within the 15-member Council’s debate on the state of affairs in Afghanistan, the Pakistani envoy mentioned the current rise in excessive profile focused killings and bombings, together with in opposition to the Russian embassy is a trigger for “particular concern.”
“Ought to we fail to supply the required and continued long-term financial options to the Afghan folks and to the authorities in Kabul, there’s a threat of anti-Taliban teams, notably ISIL-Okay (Da’esh)gaining additional energy within the nation,” he warned.
“We count on the Taliban to stop Afghanistan’s territory from being utilized for terrorism in opposition to neighbours or every other nation,” Ambassador Akram, including that Pakistan will assist all honest efforts to neutralize and get rid of these terrorist teams whereas totally respecting Afghanistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
However, Ambassador Akram mentioned, the function of spoilers – an obvious reference to India – who want to assist and abet terrorism in opposition to Pakistan from Afghan soil should even be checked and the terrorist networks they’ve established should be eradicated in Afghanistan and the area, as Islamabad has a significant stake in peace and stability of the neighbouring nation.
Pakistan, he mentioned, want to see an Afghanistan that’s at peace with itself and the world, and which respects and nurtures all its residents, with out regard to gender, ethnicity and faith.
“A peaceable, affluent and related Afghanistan is in our collective curiosity,” the Pakistani envoy mentioned, mentioning that Pakistan has led the humanitarian efforts to assist Afghan brothers and sisters of their current state of affairs.
The Pakistani envoy urged the worldwide neighborhood to reply positively to the UN Secretary-Basic’s enchantment for $4.2 billion in humanitarian and financial help to Afghanistan and launch the nation’s monetary reserves, held by the US, to revive its banking system.
US ban on Chinese language tech companies will solely ‘harm world worth chain’: Specialists
BEIJING: The US Federal Communications Fee (FCC) on Friday banned 5 Chinese language companies from promoting communications tools within the US, citing the catch-all excuse of “nationwide safety,” a transfer Chinese language specialists warned will solely harm the worldwide worth chain and will certainly backfire.
The FCC “adopted new guidelines prohibiting communications tools deemed to pose an unacceptable threat to nationwide safety from being approved for importation or sale within the US,” learn an announcement launched on its web site.
Chinese language main know-how companies Huawei, ZTE, Hytera Communications, Hikvision Digital Know-how, and Dahua Know-how had been added to the record.
The US has been stepping up efforts to crack down on Chinese language telecom operators over latest years. From ZTE, Huawei to China Telecom (Americas) Corp and China Cell Worldwide USA Inc. “Practically all Chinese language telecom giants have been viciously focused by the US,” Ma Jihua, a veteran telecom observer, instructed the World Occasions on Saturday.
But, the impression of the newest ban on Chinese language companies is restricted, as a lot of them have lowered enterprise operations within the US as a consequence of Washington’s hostile angle, Ma stated.
The so-called nationwide safety menace is groundless. It has change into more and more clear that the US’ crackdown has seen diminishing marginal impact; whereas Chinese language know-how companies cannot solely survive, however will maintain develop robustly, specialists stated.
Huawei reported a 113.7-billion-yuan ($15.9 billion) internet revenue in 2021, surging 75.9 % year-on-year. The agency’s complete gross sales earnings totaled 636.8 billion yuan, in response to the corporate’s annual report.
China and Chinese language tech firms have been ramping up efforts in new know-how analysis and improvement (R&D). Huawei’s R&D funding reached 142.7 billion yuan in 2021, accounting for 22.4 % of its annual income. The 5G frontrunner has greater than 6,000 chief specialists and scientists, in addition to over 100,000 engineers.
Over the previous decade, China’s funding in science and know-how has elevated considerably from 1.03 trillion yuan to 2.79 trillion yuan, rating second on the planet, in response to the Ministry of Science and Know-how.
As an alternative of containing China’s improvement, the US’ “de-coupling” insurance policies will solely harm the worldwide industrial chain and world financial progress, in addition to systematically degrade the US’ market surroundings and Individuals’ livelihood, specialists famous.
Taliban condemn UN official’s ‘disrespectful’ assertion about Islamic penal code
KABUL: The Spokesperson of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Zabihullah Mujahid took to Twitter on Saturday to sentence a press release by a UN official as “disrespectful” to Islam.
A day ealier, the spokesperson of the United Nations Excessive Fee for Human Rights and representatives of Western International locations had known as the punishment of flogging an “inhumane and merciless act”.
Mujahid mentioned that this comment on the implementation of the penal code of Islam was “disrespect to the Holy Faith of Islam and towards the worldwide requirements”.
Additional, he acknowledged that nations and organisations shouldn’t permit people to make “irresponsible and provocative statements” on their behalf concerning the “blessed faith of Islam”.
This response got here following the UN Rights Workplace Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani’s assertion on Friday towards corporal punishment in Afghanistan.
Shamdasani mentioned that the UN Human Rights Workplace was appalled by the mass floggings in public by the de facto authorities, calling an finish to this “abhorrent type of punishment”.
The assertion termed corporal punishment to be merciless and inhuman, including that it’s prohibited below the Conference towards Torture and Different Merciless, Inhuman or Degrading Therapy or Punishment and the Worldwide Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, each of which Afghanistan is celebration to.
Shamdasani famous that for the reason that Taliban rule started in Afghanistan on August 15, 2021, the UN Human Rights Workplace has documented quite a few circumstances of such punishment given in public, usually for alleged violations of non secular codes.
The assertion concluded that corporal punishment is a human rights violation below worldwide regulation.
NASA Orion spacecraft enters lunar orbit: officers
WASHINGTON: NASA’s Orion spacecraft was positioned in lunar orbit Friday, officers mentioned, because the much-delayed Moon mission proceeded efficiently.
A little bit over every week after the spacecraft blasted off from Florida certain for the Moon, flight controllers “efficiently carried out a burn to insert Orion right into a distant retrograde orbit,” the US house company mentioned on its web site.
The spacecraft is to take astronauts to the Moon within the coming years — the primary to set foot on its floor because the final Apollo mission in 1972.
This primary check flight, with no crew on board, goals to make sure that the car is secure.
“The orbit is distant in that Orion will fly about 40,000 miles above the Moon,” NASA mentioned.
Whereas in lunar orbit, flight controllers will monitor key techniques and carry out checkouts whereas within the atmosphere of deep house, the company mentioned.
It is going to take Orion a few week to finish half an orbit across the Moon. It is going to then exit the orbit for the return journey dwelling, in accordance with NASA.
On Saturday, the ship is predicted to go as much as 40,000 miles past the Moon, a report for a liveable capsule. The present report is held by the Apollo 13 spacecraft at 248,655 miles (400,171 km) from Earth.
It is going to then start the journey again to Earth, with a touchdown within the Pacific Ocean scheduled for December 11, after simply over 25 days of flight.
The success of this mission will decide the way forward for the Artemis 2 mission, which can take astronauts across the Moon with out touchdown, then Artemis 3, which can lastly mark the return of people to the lunar floor.
These missions are scheduled to happen in 2024 and 2025, respectively.
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