VIDEO: Blast in police lines mosque in Peshawar, dozen of people injured

VIDEO: Blast in police lines mosque in Peshawar, dozen of people injured 1

Peshawar: Reportedly, over 70 injured after a blast in a mosque. According to initial reports, it looks like there was a suicide bomber, who blew himself up.

According to sources, the suicide attacker was present in the front row during Zohr prayers when he exploded himself, injuring dozens of faithful.

Another victim of the suicide bombing at the Imambargah in Peshawar has succumbed to his injuries, bringing the death toll from the terrorist attack to 63.

Aqiq Hussain Bangash was attending the Imambargah for Friday prayers with his nine-year-old son, Faheem Abbas. The nine-year-old died in the bombing, while his father, Aqiq, sustained critical injuries and had been undergoing treatment at Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar.

The father and son hailed from Parachinar in the Kurram tribal district. Their deaths bring the total number of casualties from Parachinar to 14, with another 30 injured.

Aqiq was laid to rest next to his son in their ancestral graveyard.

MNA Sajid Turi from Parachinar said that the government had failed to fulfil their duty, with members of his constituency hit hard by economic woes and terrorism.

On Friday, a suicide bomb killed 63 worshippers at an Imambargah in Peshawar, at least seven of them reportedly children. Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the three perpetrators of the attack had been identified, while Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid said police and security forces were close to apprehending them.

Since the start of the year, a series of terrorist attacks have rocked the nation. Last year, Pakistan experienced a 56 per cent increase in violent, militant attacks from the year prior. At least 388 people died and another 600 were wounded in terrorist attacks in Pakistan in 2021, according to Islamabad-based think tank Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS).

Rescue team pulls out 25 bodies from Yeti Airlines crash site in Pokhara

Nepal Plane Crash

NEPAL: The Rescue Team has so far pulled out 25 bodies from a Yeti Airlines crash site in Pokhara of Kaski district in western Nepal.

Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police Rudra Thapa confirmed with the Post that 25 bodies have been taken to different hospitals in Pokhara for post-mortem. Thapa said the police came to know about the crash at around 11am.

Police Inspector Gyan Bahadur Khadka at Kaski District Police Office said the rescue operation is underway in a full-swing.

Scores of people are feared dead after an ATR 72 aircraft of Yeti Airlines with a call sign 9N-ANC that took off to Pokhara from Kathmandu at 10:32am crashed at Nayagaun of the city famous among tourists this morning. The aircraft contacted the control tower at 10:50am before it went off the radar.

A total of 68 passengers and four crew members were on board the aircraft that crashed between the old airport and the Pokhara International Airport, Sudarshan Bartaula, spokesperson of Yeti Airlines, told the Post.

Among the passengers are three infants, three children and 62 adults. According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, the passengers included 53 Nepalis, five Indians, four Russians, one Irish, one Australian, one Argentinian, two Koreans and one French. Two helicopters were deployed from Pokhara airport while additional choppers are on standby in Kathmandu, CAAN said in a press release.

Following the crash, the Pokhara International Airport has been closed for today for all inbound and outbound flights, Teknath Sitaula, Spokesperson for Pokhara airport told Rastriya Samachar Samiti.

The details of the crash are awaited. Security personnel along with locals are carrying out rescue operations at the crash site. Images and videos posted on social media platforms showed plumes of smoke billowing from the crash site.

Yeti Airlines plane had 5 Indians, 4 Russians, 1 Irish, 2 south Korean nationals onboard

Nepal Plane Crash

Nepal Plane Crash News Live: At least 40 people were killed on Sunday when an aircraft crashed in western Nepal’s Pokhara, Nepal aviation authority official said, as hundreds of rescue workers scoured the hillside crash site. Yeti Airlines plane had 5 Indians, 4 Russians, 1 Irish, 2 south Korean nationals onboard, said Nepal airport official.

PM Dahal calls emergency cabinet meeting following plane crash

PM Dahal

Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Sunday called an emergency meeting of the Council of Ministers following an aircraft crash in Pokhara.

Expressing his sadness over the crash, the prime minister called the meeting.

The prime minister has directed Home Ministry, security personnel and all the government agencies to carry out immediate rescue and relief operations.

Prime Minister Dahal has left for Kathmandu airport to find out details of the crash.

Scores of people are feared dead after an ATR 72 aircraft of Yeti Airlines that flew to Pokhara from Kathmandu crashed in Pokhara of Kaski district this morning.

A total of 68 passengers and four crew members were on board the aircraft that crashed between the old airport and the Pokhara International Airport.

Yeti Airlines plane crash: Prime Minister and Home Minister reach control room of TIA


Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal  ‘Prachanda’ and Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Rabi Lamichhane have reached Tribhuvan International Airport to get details about the plane crash of Yeti Airlines in Pokhara.

Prime Minister Prachanda and Home Minister Lamichhane are in the control room of the airport and taking updates on the accident.

Nepal plane crashes with 72 onboard in Pokhara, death toll reaches 16

Nepal Plane Crash

An ATR 72 aircraft belonging to Yeti Airlines carrying 72 people, including four crew members, crashed in Nepal’s Pokhara at 11 am on Sunday. News agency Reuters quoted a Nepal Army spokesperson as saying that at least 16 people have died in the crash.

Nepal Plane Crash
Nepal Plane Crash Site Picture

According to preliminary reports, the aircraft, with 68 passengers onboard, crashed about 20 minutes after it took off from Kathmandu for Pokhara, a few kilometers away from the destination.

Musk confirms Twitter can soon expand or kill 280-character limit

Musk confirms Twitter can soon expand or kill 280-character limit 2

New Delhi, Oct 30: Elon Musk on Sunday confirmed that Twitter can soon expand or even get rid of the 280-character limit on the platform.

Responding to a user who asked if we can get rid of character limits, or at least greatly expand it, Musk said: “Absolutely”.

Musk, who has acquired Twitter for $44 billion after a bitter battle, said in April this year that the micro-blogging platform needs long-form tweets which is “way overdue”.

Twitter currently allows people to post in 280 characters.

Reacting to a follower’s tweet thread, Musk said: “My most immediate takeaway from this novella of a thread is that Twitter is way overdue for long form tweets!”

Earlier, Musk demanded an Edit button, and the micro-blogging platform announced that it is working on such a feature that will allow users to correct errors in their tweets, albeit with some rules.

Twitter launched 280 characters in November 2017 to all users in supported languages, including English.

The company first announced the controversial plan to move beyond its traditional 140 characters in September 2017 with a small group of users.

Several Twitter users had argued that 280 characters would make Twitter less readable as the platform’s defining characteristic is the brevity of posts.

However, Twitter’s decision to double its character count from 140 to 280 characters did not dramatically change the length of Twitter posts.

According to the company, Twitter is still a place for briefer thoughts.

Only 1 per cent of tweets hit the 280-character limit, and only 12 per cent of tweets were longer than 140 characters, according to the data provided by the company a couple of years back. Only 5 per cent of tweets were longer than 190 characters.

West says no biological weapons in Ukraine, Russia disagrees

West says no biological weapons in Ukraine, Russia disagrees 3

United Nations: The US and its Western allies on Thursday dismissed Russia’s claims that banned biological weapons activities are taking place in Ukraine with American support, calling the allegation disinformation and fabrications.

Russia’s UN ambassador said Moscow will pursue a UN investigation of its allegations that both countries are violating the convention prohibiting the use of biological weapons.

The dispute came in the third UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine-related issues that Russia has called since Tuesday.

This one focused on a 310-page document that Russia circulated to council members this week alleging there is military biological activity in Ukraine with support of the US Defence Department.

The document includes an official complaint to the council, allowed under Article VI of the 1972 biological weapons convention, and a draft resolution that would authorize the Security Council to set up a commission to address Russia’s claims.

Russia’s allegation of secret American biological warfare labs in Ukraine has been disputed by independent scientists, Ukrainian leaders and officials at the White House and Pentagon.

An Associated Press investigation in March found the claim was taking root online, uniting COVID-19 conspiracy theorists, QAnon adherents and some supporters of former President Donald Trump.

Ukraine does have a network of biological labs that have gotten funding and research support from the US.

They are owned and operated by Ukraine and are part of an initiative called the Biological Threat Reduction Program that aims to reduce the likelihood of deadly outbreaks, whether natural or manmade.

The US efforts date back to work in the 1990s to dismantle the former Soviet Union’s program for weapons of mass destruction.

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield called Thursday’s meeting a colossal waste of time, rejected Russia’s allegation as pure fabrications brought forth without a shred of evidence.

She said the claim is part of a Moscow disinformation campaign that is attempting to distract from the atrocities Russian forces are carrying out in Ukraine and a desperate tactic to justify an unjustifiable war.

Ukraine does not have a biological weapons program, she said. The United States does not have a biological weapons program. There are no Ukrainian biological weapons laboratories supported by the United States.

British Ambassador Barbara Woodward told the council that since Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine it has repeatedly spread disinformation, including wild claims involving dirty bombs, chemical weapons and offensive biological research.

How much more of this nonsense do we have to endure? she asked.

Norway’s ambassador, Mona Juul, said: The sole purpose of these false allegations is to provide a smoke screen that’s sowing confusion and drawing attention from Russia’s unprovoked, illegal and brutal warfare in Ukraine.

French Ambassador Nicolas De Riviere condemned this umpteenth attempt made by Russia to make us forget that it is violating the United Nations Charter and accused Moscow of again using the Security Council as a propaganda platform.

Other council members including China and India focused on a key problem with the biological weapons convention: Unlike the convention banning the use of chemical weapons, it has no provision to verify compliance and investigate complaints.

China’s deputy UN ambassador, Geng Shuang, urged a late November conference of the 197 state parties to the convention to restart verification negotiations that have been stalled for more than 20 years.”

Last month, the state parties met at Russia’s request on the activities at biological laboratories in Ukraine, but a final report said it wasn’t possible to reach consensus.

Adedeji Ebo, the UN deputy high representative for disarmament, told the council that this was the first time Article VI of the convention had been invoked with a complaint to the Security Council.

He repeated statements in March and May that the United Nation is not aware of any such biological weapons programs and currently has neither the mandate nor the technical or operational capacity to investigate this information.

But Ebo said: Should the council initiate an investigation, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs stands ready to support it.

In his briefing, Russia’s Nebenzia accused the US of conducting work in Ukraine with deadly pathogens including cholera, plague, anthrax and influenza that couldn’t be justified under the guise of public health.

He said documents and evidence recovered by Russian authorities suggested a military application.

Nebenzia said the Russian military had recovered drones capable of spraying bioagents as well as documents that he said related to research on the possibility of spreading pathogens through bats and migrating birds.

Thomas-Greenfield called Russia’s claims absurd for many reasons, including because such species, even if they could be weaponised, would pose as much a threat to the European continent and to Ukraine itself as they would to any other country.

Nebenzia took the floor for a second time at the end of the meeting, saying Western ambassadors routinely accuse Russia of sounding a false alarm, disseminating disinformation and distracting the Security Council from discussing more important issues.

At the same time, he said, our Western colleagues have nothing to say on the substance” of Russia’s claims.

He said Russia will move ahead on the resolution calling for a Security Council investigation. He said a second meeting of council experts is the next step, and then we will be deciding when we’ll put it to the Security Council. (AP)

Several Facebook Users Complain Losing Followers

Several Facebook Users Complain Losing Followers 4

New Delhi- Several users of Meta’s Facebook are complaining losing majority of their followers on the social media platform due to unknown reasons.

Meta founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has lost over 119 million followers which has brought down his follower count to below 10,000.

“Facebook created a tsunami that wiped away my almost 900,000 followers and left only 9000 something on the shore. I kind of like Facebook’s comedy,” exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen tweeted.

When contacted, a Meta spokesperson said, “We’re aware that some people are seeing inconsistent follower count on their Facebook profiles. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

Russia unleashes biggest attacks in Ukraine in months

Russia unleashes biggest attacks in Ukraine in months 5

Kyiv: Russia retaliated on Monday for a weekend Ukrainian attack on a critical bridge by unleashing its biggest and most widespread attacks against Ukraine in months.

The lethal barrage against multiple cities smashed civilian targets, knocking out power and water, shattering buildings and killing at least 14 people.

Ukraine’s Emergency Service said nearly 100 people were wounded in the morning rush hour attacks that Russia launched from the air, sea and land against at least 14 regions, spanning from Lviv in the west to Kharkiv in the east. Many of the attacks occurred far from the war’s front lines.

Though Russia said missiles targeted military and energy facilities, some struck civilian areas while people were heading to work and school. One hit a playground in downtown Kyiv and another struck a university.
The attacks plunged much of the country into a blackout, depriving hundreds of thousands of people of electricity into Monday night and creating a shortage so severe Ukrainian authorities announced they will stop power exports to Europe starting on Tuesday.

Power outages also often deprive residents of water, given the system’s reliance on electricity to run pumps and other equipment.

Andriy Yermak, a senior adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said the strikes had no “practical military sense” and that Russia’s goal was to cause a “humanitarian catastrophe”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said his forces used “precision weapons” to target key energy infrastructure and military command facilities in retaliation for what he claimed was Kyiv’s “terrorist” actions — a reference to Ukraine’s attempts to repel Moscow’s invasion, including an attack on Saturday on a key bridge between Russia and the annexed Crimean Peninsula that Putin said was masterminded by Ukrainian special services.

Putin vowed a “tough” and “proportionate” response should Ukraine carry out further attacks that threaten Russia’s security. “No one should have any doubts about it,” he told Russia’s Security Council by video.

The Russian president has been under intense domestic pressure to take more aggressive action to stop a largely successful Ukrainian counteroffensive and to react forcefully to Saturday’s attack on the Kerch bridge, whose construction he used to cement his 2014 annexation of Crimea.

Putin’s increasingly frequent descriptions of Ukraine’s actions as terrorist could portend even more bold and draconian actions. But in Monday’s speech, Putin — whose partial troop mobilisation order last month triggered an exodus of hundreds of thousands of men of fighting age — stopped short of escalating his “special military operation” to a counterterrorism campaign or martial law.

Zelenskyy has repeatedly called on world leaders to declare Russia a terrorist state because of its attacks on civilians and alleged war crimes.

Moscow’s war in Ukraine is approaching its eight-month mark, and the Kremlin has been reeling from humiliating battlefield setbacks in areas of eastern Ukraine it is trying to annex.

The head of Ukraine’s law enforcement said on Monday’s attacks damaged 70 infrastructure sites, of which 29 are critical.

Zelenskyy said that of the 84 cruise missiles and 24 drones Russia fired, Ukrainian forces shot down 56.
Blasts struck in the capital’s Shevchenko district, which includes the historic old town and government offices, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said.

Some of the strikes hit near the government quarter in the capital’s symbolic heart, where parliament and other major landmarks are located.

A glass-covered office tower was significantly damaged, with most of its blue-tinted windows blown out.
Zelenskyy, in a video address, referred to the rush hour timing of Monday’s attacks, saying Russia “chose such a time and such targets on purpose to inflict the most damage”.

The strikes sent residents of Ukraine’s two largest cities — Kyiv and Kharkiv — into bomb shelters, including subway stations.

Zelenskyy’s wife, Olena, posted a video showing people sheltering on the stairs of a Kyiv subway station singing a Ukrainian folk song, “In a Cherry Garden”, whose final lines are: “My dear mother, you are old and I’m happy and young. I want to live, to love.”

While air raid sirens have continued throughout the war, in Kyiv and elsewhere many Ukrainians had been ignoring the warnings after months of calm.

Just as traffic was picking up on Monday morning, a commuter minibus was struck near Kyiv National University. Nearby, at least one missile landed in Shevchenko Park, leaving a large hole near a children’s playground.

Another target was the Klitschko pedestrian bridge — a central Kyiv landmark with glass panels. Video footage showed a huge explosion under the bridge, with smoke rising, and a man running away, apparently unhurt.

The mayor posted a video later while walking on the bridge, pointing out a crater on a sidewalk below and broken glass and missile fragments on the bridge surface.

Air raid sirens sounded in every region of Ukraine except Russia-annexed Crimea for four straight hours.
Associated Press journalists saw bodies at an industrial site on the outskirts of Dnipro. Four people were killed and 19 injured in the city, officials said.

Witnesses said one missile landed in front of a bus during the morning rush hour, damaging the vehicle but not killing any passengers.

Natalia Nesterenko, a mathematician, saw one missile fly by her Dnipro apartment balcony as she was in her kitchen, then she heard two explosions.

“It’s very dangerous. I immediately called my kids to see how they are because anyone can be hit — women, children,” she said.

Kharkiv was hit three times, Mayor Ihor Terekhov said. The strikes knocked out the electricity and water supply. Energy infrastructure was also hit in Lviv, regional Gov. Maksym Kozytskyi said.
Three cruise missiles launched against Ukraine from Russian ships in the Black Sea crossed Moldova’s airspace, said the country’s foreign affairs minister, Nicu Popescu.

The attacks prompted fresh international condemnation of Russia.

The Group of Seven industrial powers scheduled a video conference on Tuesday on the situation, which Zelenskyy will address.
US President Joe Biden said the missile attacks that killed civilians “again demonstrate the utter brutality of Putin’s illegal war on the Ukrainian people”.

He said the United States and its allies will ”continue to impose costs on Russia for its aggression, hold Putin and Russia accountable for its atrocities and war crimes, and provide the support necessary for Ukrainian forces to defend their country and their freedom”.

French President Emanuel Macron expressed “extreme concern”. British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly tweeted that “Russia’s firing of missiles into civilian areas of Ukraine is unacceptable”.

Some feared Monday’s attacks may mark the start of a new Russian offensive. As a precautionary measure, Ukraine switched all schools to online learning.

In an ominous move, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko announced on Monday that he and Putin have agreed to create a joint “regional grouping of troops”. He offered no details.

Lukashenko repeated his claims that Ukraine is plotting an attack on Belarus, sparking fears he would take preemptive action. His defence minister, Viktor Khrenin, later issued a video warning Ukraine not to provoke Belarus, but added: “We don’t want to fight.” (AP)