Saturday, August 15, 2015

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President Obama's Weekly Address: Continuing Work To Improve Community Policing

Video - Biden: Chattanooga Gunman a 'Perverted Jihadist'

Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday called the slaying of four Marines and a sailor at a Chattanooga reserve center the act of a "perverted jihadist." He made the comments at a memorial to the five servicemen killed in last month's shooting rampage.

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Terrorists operating 3,000 websites to propagate agenda in Pakistan

 The government has revealed that terrorist organisations are operating around 3,000 websites to promote their nefarious agenda in the country.
This was disclosed by PML-N lawmaker Tahir Iqbal during the meeting of the sub-committee of National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication.
The committee met on Thursday to re-examine the proposals received on the ‘Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill, 2015’ at the Parliament House earlier in the day.
Iqbal said that the government wants to finalise the ‘Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill, 2015’ as soon as possible, since it was demanded by law enforcement agencies to implement the National Action Plan (NAP) in its accordance.
Members of the NA sub-committee discussed several offences and punishments one by one which were severely criticised by the opposition members in the committee, lawyers, NGO’s and members of human rights organisations.
The participants discussed the offences and punishments included in the ‘Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill, 2015’ including glorification of an offence and hate speech, unauthorised use of identity information, unauthorised interception, offences against dignity of natural person, cyber stalking, spamming, spoofing, retention of traffic data, power to manage intelligence and issue directions for removal or blocking access to any intelligence through any information system.

Pakistan - ''child sexual abuse incident'' - State of denial

Sporadic protests, political statements, suspended police officers, a lot of confusion and no accountability – this is Pakistan’s response to the biggest child sexual abuse incident in the country’s history. As news broke that 280 children were reportedly sexually abused and filmed over eight years in the Kasur district, some hoped that the incident would be a turning point over the silence seen in all quarters over the systematic sexual abuse of children prevalent in the country. It appears, though, that the opposite is happening. The small protests that have been held against the crime have focused more on the complicity of the police and pushed for trials of the accused via military courts. Responding to pressure on the police, the Punjab government suspended the Kasur DPO and other local police officials while promising that criminal cases will be registered if they are proven to be complicit. The head of the Punjab Special Branch has been removed for telling the chief minister that the matter was a land dispute. Police are still attempting to stop the parents and children from holding a protest in Lahore. Although police have confirmed obtaining more videos of the abuse, the attitude of the Kasur district administration and the Punjab government still appears to favour hushing up the entire matter. 

While a joint investigation team has been set up and 14 out of 15 suspects arrested, the way the matter is being handled is still deeply unsatisfying. An anti-terrorism court has remanded seven of the suspects for 27 days. But there is a need for Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to give a public briefing on the issue. Off the record, some police officials are even said to have commented that the ‘children did not look like they were resisting’ in the videos. Such an attitude reflects the deep state of denial this country has always been in when it comes to the issue of rape and child abuse. The demand for justice in this case must not become about revenge, but about instituting the right legal and social practices to avoid such a catastrophe again. The rush to clamour for trials in military courts is a way of putting the issue out of the public eye. Functionally, it means that the protesters are asking for the perpetrators to be sentenced to death out of the public eye. If one looks at media coverage around the case, the issue has already been replaced by the mundane everyday gimmickry of national politics. It is as if we do not want to admit that 280 children were systematically sexually abused and that our political, social and legal system was possibly complicit in the act. With the issue being muddled in the public imagination, it is clear that the government would rather proceed away from the public eye. While the Kasur children may get some form of reprieve, is there a plan to protect the tens of thousands of vulnerable children across the country? It seems not.

#BilawalForJinnahsPakistan: Bilawal Bhutto visits Mazar-e-Quaid

Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Friday visited Mazar-e-Quaid and laid wreath at the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam. Chief Minister Syed Qiam Ali Shah also accompanied PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto. They offered dua at the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam.