World’s best and worst passports revealed

World’s best passports (by number of countries granting visa-free access)

1. Germany — 177

2. Sweden — 176

3. Finland, France, Italy, Spain, UK — 175

4. Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, U.S. — 174

5. Austria, Japan, Singapore — 173

6. Canada, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Switzerland — 172

7. Greece, New Zealand — 171

8. Australia — 169

9. Malta — 168

10. Czech Republic, Hungary, Iceland — 167

11. Slovakia — 165

12. Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Slovenia — 164

13. Latvia — 163

14. Estonia, Lithuania — 162

15. Poland — 161

16. Monaco — 160

17. Cyprus — 159

18. San Marino — 156

19. Chile — 155

20. Hong Kong — 154

World’s worst passports

94. Liberia — 43

95. Burundi, North Korea, Myanmar — 42

96. Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon, Sri Lanka — 39

97. Kosovo, South Sudan, Yemen — 38

98. Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Nepal, Palestinian Territory, Sudan — 37

99. Libya — 36

100. Syria — 32

101. Somalia — 31

102. Iraq — 30

103. Pakistan — 29

104. Afghanistan — 25160301100336-sweden-passports-01-exlarge-169

UFO Entering Interdimensional Portal Above CERN – HOAX

On 7 December 2015, the YouTube Channel “Section 51” published a video purportedly showing a UFO entering an inter-dimensional portal. An accompanying article claimed that the event was filmed in Geneva, Switzerland, near the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.Geneva, Switzerland. US tourists filmed UFO/strange orb entering Interdimensional Portal in the sky of Geneva, just over CERN area.

The video soon became fodder for publications such as Yahoo News, The Mirror, and The Daily Mail, all of whom reported that the clip had stirred online debate about the authenticity of the video.
While it’s true that some internet commentators are claiming that a UFO really did enter an inter-dimensional portal over the Large Hadron Collider, that simply isn’t the case. This is a fake video created by a YouTube channel that specializes in hoax videos.
Section 51 has previously published fake videos purportedly showing “ancient pyramids in Antarctica,” a “giant UFO over parliament”. Section 51 is so prolific that it even promises to provide “new UFO sightings every Monday & Thursday.”cern-hoax-ufo-portal.png

Qazi Jalal arrested in Peshawar for a Tweet


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Today the Pakistani FIA arrested a twitter activist Jalal Qazi from Peshawar for making a tweet on 22nd Sept, they placed upon him charges for violating the Electronic Transaction Ordinance of 2002 specifically clause 36: Violation of Privacy of Information and 37: Damage to Information Systems (read clauses below) these are, as per my understanding (?), non-bailable offenses permitting the FIA unbridled arrest of Jalal Qazi for up to 90 days without follow-up



Digging into the issue after his arrest, it seems the case hovers around a set of tweets made by Qazi Jalal on 22nd September (tweets deleted) where he posted referencing to an engagement card of a certain Mr Faizan Malik – who would be the son-in-law of Justice Irshad Qaiser, the judge who granted bail to the Vice Chancellor of Abdul Wali Khan University Ihsan Ali who was arrested a few days earlier for corruption. Faizan Malik is a lecturer who has also been under investigation of the 1400 appointees who were appointed into the university during the ANP tenure – he specifically started his tenure as a lecturer in May 2012. FYI this CV hosted on the university website establishes the Faizan Malik being the son of Ghulam Mohy-ud-Din Malik.

On 15th September the VC of Abdul Wali Khan University Ihsan Ali and three other people were arrested by Ehtisab Commission and sent to 14-day remand to Peshawar Central Jailforinvolvement in corruption to the tune of Rs 550 Million, the media published reports on this arrest playing a sympathetic anti-educationist angle almost blaming Ehtesab commission for wrongdoing, this case took an interesting twist when on 22nd September, 7 days later after the arrest the VC Ihsan Ali he was granted bail by Justice Irshad Qaiser. Which may have, in normal circumstances been a routine had it not been for some investigative sleuthing of Jalal Qazi who established a conflict-of-interest of the judge and linked her son-in-law Faizan Malik to Abdul Wali Khan University, and his own ongoing investigation.

The on-ground reports from Peshawar is that, FIA is responding and harassing Jalal Qazi on the instructions of Justice Irshad Qaiser, the arrested/release V/C Ihsan Ali, ANP Senator Sitara Ayaz (who is ironically also subverting arrests from Ehtisab Commission under a treasure cove of ‘stay orders’ issued by Justice Irshad Qaiser, Jalal Qazi reported on her case as well) and also being fully pushed by the ANP party as they are intrinsically involved in the corruption scandal.

The more pertinent issue is if this tweet was wrong as deemed by the honorable judge, Jalal Qazi should have been asked by the honorable judge, even in pursuant of a proper legal proceeding to ask him to delete &/or apologize for this inaccurate information, but quite ironically she chose to bully and harass Jalal using the FIA to exercise the ETO ordinance 2002, which if you read the clauses below, there is truly no direct violation under which Jalal Qazi should be arrested, unless they choose to draw hypothetical conclusions to the wordings of the law, best past is that a tweet gathering a mere 8 retweets was deemed damaging the repute of the corrupt people involved in the AWKU and others directly/indirectly involved.

Nine office bearers, activists arrested in Karachi: MQM


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KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in a press statement released on Thursday claimed that nine of the party’s office bearers and activists were arrested from different areas of Karachi.

“Rangers and police arrested nine MQM office bearers and activists by raiding their houses. The raids were conducted without warrants and the arrested workers were shifted to an undisclosed location,” said the MQM press statement.

“Aijaz and Rana Maqsood, from Shah Faisal unit 108, Kamal and Arshad Naveed of unit 107, Altaf Haider of unit 106 and Nadeem and Zeeshan of unit 105 were arrested,” added the statement

The press statement released by the party also stated that Imran who is the area in-charge of Korangi unit 75, Qasim of unit 70 and Atif Fazal of Mehmoodabad UC-2 were also picked up by security forces.

“The family members of those arrested today are concerned for their safety,” added the statement.

Earlier in August, Rangers had conducted a surgical action in Ranchore Line area and arrested six alleged target killers having reported ties with MQM, according to a Rangers spokesperson.

A few days later, in another raid conducted in the city’s Landhi-VI area, Rangers had claimed to have arrested multiple alleged criminals including target killers in a surgical operation. According to the paramilitary force’s spokesperson, those arrested were also activists of MQM.

Condemning the arrests of its workers, the MQM had said that certain quarters were trying to sabotage its possible dialogue with the federal government.

The party blamed the Sindh Rangers for patronising its rival, Muhajir Qaumi Movement, better known as MQM-Haqiqi, and to allow its cadre to occupy parts of Landhi at gunpoint.

Earlier, the Karachi Corps Commander Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar had reiterated his trust in Rangers and other law enforcement agencies leading the ‘Karachi operation’, which he said, was “apolitical, indiscriminate and free of any compromise” aimed at bringing the violence-hit city back to normality.

“Karachi operation is apolitical. It is indiscriminate and free of any compromise and pressure. Terrorists, their aides and facilitators are targets of the operation. We will not leave any stone unturned to achieve these targets,” he had said.

It is pertinent to mention here that the MQM resigned from Parliament last week in protest against the Rangers-led operation in Karachi. The political party claims it is being targeted under the garb of the Karachi security operation, whereby its workers are being detained and killed illegally.

No unregistered madressah sealed in Karachi, many other districts


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KARACHI: The closure of only 28 unregistered seminaries in Benazirabad and 139 in Hyderabad since the launch of a province-wide operation against 1,423 unregistered seminaries has displeased the authorities who have directed the law-enforcers to ‘go for a fierce hunt’, it emerged on Wednesday.

At least 579 unregistered madressahs — two dozens of them being allegedly involved in extremism — have been functioning in Karachi besides hundreds of others elsewhere in the province, but the law-enforcers appear to be reluctant to take action against them because of the street power many of them wield and the support they get from religious groups and parties, according to officials.

The progress was reviewed at the latest meeting of the apex committee which discussed the issue threadbare and such figures disappointed both Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Corps Commander Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar who said the situation should have been much better than what was being presented before them.

A report prepared by the Sindh Police and submitted to the home department shows that just 167 unregistered madressahs — 139 in Hyderabad and 28 in Benazirabad — have been sealed by the authorities so far. They included 95 Barelvi madressahs, 63 Shia, five Deobandi and four Ahl-i-Hadith madressahs.

No seminary has been sealed in Karachi, Mirpurkhas, Sukkur and Larkana at all, according to the report

“This should be unacceptable to everyone who is striving to restore peace to Sindh,” said a senior official in the home department, adding that the chief minister asked them to go for a ‘fierce hunt’ against all unregistered madressahs.

The report identified a total of 4,021 madressahs in Sindh. Of them, 2,598 were registered and 1,423 unregistered. But the report mentioned that a list of unregistered madressahs was still being prepared by police.

The district-wise number of madressahs documented by the home department shows Tando Allahyar with the least seminaries (30) and Karachi West with the most of madressahs (1,358).

Officials said they had sealed 139 out of 286 unregistered madressahs in Hyderabad and 28 out of 61 in Benazirabad. None of over 1,200 unregistered madressahs elsewhere in Sindh, which included 559 unregistered madressahs only in Karachi West, have been touched so far.

A total of 1,887 madressahs have been identified in Karachi out of which 1,308 are registered. Divided in seven zones, the breakdown of the registered madressahs is: Karachi East (86), Korangi (138), Malir (108), Karachi Central (295), Karachi South (46), Karachi City (76) and Karachi West (559).

An official of the home department said: “We are expediting our effort and orders have been placed to all the relevant departments including the industries ministry to amend its rules forthwith relating to granting permission for the construction of new madressahs.”

No action against new construction

Nearly half of the madressahs across the province were situated in Karachi, the officials said, admitting that no action had been taken so far to stop the construction of new madressahs without having formal permission and registration. “But we are trying to make all possible efforts to stop construction of unregistered seminaries and close the ones already open and spreading its influence and space,” the official added.

Sources privy to the apex committee meeting said that a pro forma had been finalized for the registration of seminaries in the province. They said the pro forma would require management of a madressah to fill in the details of students, teachers and sources of fund, if any, it received.

An official requesting anonymity told Dawn that the reluctance shown by the officials taking action against seminaries in Karachi and certain madressahs elsewhere in Sindh was because of the street power which a number of those seminaries manifested from time to time in the past and were considered to be the ‘reserve force’ for certain religious groups and parties.

“A large number of those seminaries are supported by some political and religious parties, which is the one greatest hurdle in our plan in addition to the street power,” the official said.

Official figures say 388,327 students are enrolled with madressahs in Sindh. Of them, 269,325 students were enrolled with 2,598 registered and around 119,002 enrolled with 1,423 unregistered madressahs.

Ten out of 663 foreign students are found to be enrolled with unregistered madressahs, according to the report.

Officials said majority of the madressahs were owned by Wafaq-ul-Madaris Arabia (Deoband), followed by Tanzeem-ul-Madaris Ahle Sunnat (Barelvi), Wafaq-ul-Madaris (Fiqh Jafria) and Wafaq Al-Sulfia (Ahle Hadith).

JI chief announces Rs1bn bounty for Modi’s arrest

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RAWALAKOT: Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) chief Senator Sirajul Haq on Monday announced Rs1 billion reward for anyone who arrests Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Addressing a gathering in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK)’s Rawalakot region, the JI chief said that India has failed to arrest Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin despite keeping a reward on his arrest.

“I want to say to Modi that you and your agents cannot arrest Salahuddin. And you say whoever will arrest Salahuddin, we will give him Rs 50 crore. I too say that whoever arrests Modi, we will give him Rs1 billion,” he added.

The JI chief was also critical of federal government for granting India the status of ‘Most favoured nation (MFN)’.

“Unless Kashmir issue is resolved, anyone who tries to befriend India is a traitor to both Pakistan and Kashmir,” he said, adding that, “If you want the friendship of Hindustan, then go to Hindustan, to Delhi and to Mumbai, there is no place for you in Islamabad.”

Haq blamed Modi for killing hundreds of civilians in Jammu and Kashmir and Gujrat and slammed the government for not paying heed to Indian atrocities in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Our relations with India are conditional to Kashmir’s freedom,” he said.