Category Archives: Human Rights

Farmers to sow mushrooms within stipulated time-frame: Experts

Agriculture experts of Kasur have advised the farmers to sow mushrooms within stipulated time-frame.

They said that recommended kinds of mushroom including button mushroom, European mushroom and Shah Batol mushroom could be grown in indoor gardens, shelves, polythene bags with normal temperature and in the moisty and humid environment throughout the year

Source: Radio Pakistan

Russia urges countries to avoid action destabilizing Middle East

Russia has expressed deep concern after Israeli forces shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters and urged the countries to avoid action that might inflame tensions in the Middle East.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said today that from the very beginning, Moscow expressed concern that actions by the United States could provoke tensions in the Middle East and unfortunately, that is exactly what happened.

He said the Kremlin is monitoring the situation on the Gaza border closely and added that the death of many Palestinians can only elicit the deepest concern.

Dmitry Peskov said we continue to consider that all sides, all countries and especially the participants of the Middle East Quartet should avoid any action provoking such flashes of tension.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Quake Strikes Tajikistan, Tremors Felt In Kabul, Islamabad

A strong earthquake has struck a remote region of Tajikistan, with tremors felt in the capitals of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 6.2-magnitude quake was centered in a mountainous border region near Afghanistan, at a depth of 112 kilometers.

In Islamabad and Kabul, people fled their offices and homes.

There were no reports of deaths or widespread damage.

Two children were injured when the roof of a home in eastern Afghanistan’s Khost Province collapsed, according to Mohammad Omar Mohammadi, spokesman for the national disaster management ministry.

Earlier on May 9, a 5.1-magnitude earthquake rattled parts of eastern Pakistan, near the border with Afghanistan.

Ten students were reported to have been injured when that quake caused a stampede at a school in the northwestern city of Bannu.

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UN: April Afghan Air Attack Killed Mostly Children

An Afghan Air Force attack on an open-air religious gathering killed 30 children and wounded 51 more last month, according to a United Nations investigation published Monday.

At least six adults also were killed and 20 wounded when Afghan helicopters attacked the site in Kunduz province, where a group of men and boys had gathered to celebrate students’ memorization of the Quran.

The Afghan government says it was targeting senior Taliban leaders, including members of the Quetta Shura, the group’s Pakistan-based leadership council.

Kabul has acknowledged civilian casualties occurred, but initially suggested almost all of those killed were Taliban. It has promised to further investigate the incident.

The U.N. was not able to determine whether senior Taliban leaders were at the gathering. Witnesses told U.N. investigators that Taliban members attended, with some working as security guards.

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan remained near record-high levels in the first quarter of 2018, according to U.N. figures. Between January and March, 2,258 civilians were killed or injured.

The vast majority of civilian casualties were caused by insurgent attacks. But the Afghan Air Force has also come under greater scrutiny as it gains greater ability to carry out airstrikes.

Strategy questioned

Witnesses to the Kunduz attack say the incident began when Afghan MD-530 light attack helicopters fired several rockets, the first of which struck the children who were sitting toward the rear of the ceremony.

When the crowd dispersed, the helicopters circled back, firing rockets and .50 caliber machine guns at the fleeing crowd and into the nearby village, according to the U.N. report. The U.N. says it could not determine whether the helicopters deliberately targeted civilians.

“However, even if the Government had a legitimate military target, UNAMA [United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan] questions the extent to which the [Afghan] Government undertook steps and concrete measures to prevent civilian casualties, in accordance with its Civilian Casualty Mitigation Policy,” the report said.

The attack raises “questions as to the Government’s respect of the rules of precaution and proportionality under international humanitarian law,” the report continued.

More bombs

Kabul has steadily ramped up air raids since it gained the ability to conduct airstrikes two years ago. The Afghan Air Force (AAF) now carries out between 4 to 12 airstrikes every day, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

The international coalition fighting in Afghanistan has also rapidly expanded its air campaign. The U.S.-led coalition dropped more bombs during the first quarter of 2018 than it has in the same period in any of the last 15 years, according to a VOA analysis of monthly data released by the Pentagon.

President Donald Trump last year announced an open-ended U.S. commitment to the war in Afghanistan, now in its 17th year. U.S. military officials have acknowledged the conflict remains a stalemate.

U.S. officials have pointed to the Afghan Air Force’s growing capabilities as evidence the new strategy is beginning to work. One bright spot, they say, is the AAF’s burgeoning ability to operate the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter.

Kabul currently has only a handful of Black Hawks. But the U.S. plans to supply a total of 159 refurbished Black Hawks to the Afghan government by 2024, including 58 fitted with extra battlefield weaponry to provide close air support to ground forces.

But the Afghan defense forces overall experienced a tough year. Afghan police and army forces saw an almost 11 percent decline in the past year, according to a report released last week by a U.S. government watchdog. In 2017, the Afghan National Police shrunk by more than 23,000 people. The Afghan National Army saw a 4,818 person decrease.

The Afghan government controls just over half the country’s districts, according to the report by the Special Inspector General on Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR.

Source: Voice of America

52 heat stroke relief centres established by Pak Rangers Sindh

Pakistan Rangers Sindh has established fiftytwo heat stroke relief centres across the province to provide relief to the people.

A Rangers spokesman said thirty five heat stroke centres have been established in Karachi, seventeen in Larkana, Mirpurkhas, Sukkur, Rohri, Khipro, Hithongo, and other parts of the province.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Murad directs to make functional closed schools

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed Sindh Education Foundation to make functional the closed schools in various districts of the province.

He was chairing Board meeting of Sindh Education Foundation in Karachi on Friday.

The meeting was informed that nine hundred forty one schools are closed in Thatta, Sujawal, Badin, Dadu and Jamshoro districts.

Source: Radio Pakistan