India vs England: Rohit Sharma returns to lead Men in Blue as BCCI announces ODI, T20I squads

The BCCI announced India’s squads for the limited-overs leg against England on Thursday evening. Captain Rohit Sharma will return to action after missing out on the fifth Test match.

The squad for the first T20I will be the same that played the two T20Is against Ireland except for the addition of Rohit Sharma. For the second and third T20Is, the likes of Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, and Jasprit Bumrah will return. The senior players will be rested for the first T20I as it will be played immediately after a day’s break from the Test match.

Rohit Sharma who was earlier ruled out of the Test match as he continued to test positive for Covid-19 will lead the team from the first T20I. The BCCI, however, has strangely not announced his deputy for the white-ball games.

The ODI squad will also see the return of veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan, whose ouster from the shortest format has raised many questions. Besides Dhawan, Shardul Thakur, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, and Mohammed Siraj will also return to the shorter formats.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been left out of the white-ball format. Another notable absentee from the squads is wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who is in rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy. All-rounders Washington Sundar and Shahrukh Khan who were a part of the squad against West Indies will also miss the flight. Sundar has signed a deal with county team Lancashire once he recovers from his injury.

The BCCI press release stated, “The All-India Senior Selection Committee has picked the squads for the three-match T20I and ODI series against England to be played after the fifth Test.”

India’s squad for 1st T20I: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaekwad, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik

India’s squad for 2nd and 3rd T20I: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Umran Malik

India’s squad for 3 ODIs: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, J Bumrah, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Shami, Mohd Siraj, Arshdeep Singh

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National Postal Workers Day 2022: Find history and significance here

The day encourages people to take a moment and appreciate postal workers, who deserve to be acknowledged for their unending efforts

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On 1 July every year, National Postal Workers Day is celebrated. It is a day to express gratitude for the postal workers who put in great efforts to deliver our mail on time.

Apart from recognising their efforts, the day is also dedicated in creating awareness about the contributions of postal workers, who have done their best in keeping communication lines open. Before digitization could make its way, people depended solely on postal workers for their communication.

Those who are engaged in postal services work tirelessly to ensure smooth communication by delivering our mail on time. Sometimes, to deliver letters or packages at our doorsteps, postal workers travel several kilometres away.

During the coronavirus pandemic, postal workers played a significant role in transporting medicines, COVID-19 testing kits and medical packages around the country. No matter the difficulties they faced, these people played a pivotal role as frontline workers during the pandemic.

History:

In the year 1997, the National Postal Workers Day was declared on 1 July by a Seattle-area postal carrier. The day was founded to honour fellow employees and recognise their efforts in the service. Since then, it is celebrated every year on this day.

Significance:

People may have grown closer due to the advent of newer modes of communication technology, but postal services are still essential for sending across messages or parcels, especially in rural sectors and small towns.

Postal services do not only include delivering your letter/package to the correct address, but also includes services like sorting the mails and preventing any mix-up of parcels.

The day encourages people to take a moment and appreciate postal workers, who deserve to be acknowledged for their unending efforts.

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From dancing on tables to bursting crackers: Here’s how supporters and colleagues celebrated Eknath Shinde’s victory

Rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde took oath as Maharashtra chief minister while BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as his deputy in Mumbai on Thursday

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June 30, 2022 21:59:12 IST

Screengrab showing Rebel Shiv Sena MLAs celebrating in Goa after Eknath Shinde’s name was announced as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. ANI

Supporters of Eknath Shinde-faction broke into celebrations after the Shiv Sena leader was sworn in as the 20th chief minister of Maharashtra on Thursday. BJP stalwart Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the deputy chief minister

Earlier, rebel MLAs staying at a hotel in Goa, celebrated following his name being announced as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. They danced in joy as the Fadnavis-Shinde joint press conference was being broadcast on a large television screen. In the video, two MLAs eventually climbed on to the top of the table.

Supporters in Maharashtra also joined in the celebrations:

They had also raised slogans in Shinde’s favour:

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Explained: Who are hybrid terrorists? How are they putting Kashmir back on edge?

Security forces and intelligence agencies in Kashmir define hybrid terrorists as those not listed as ultras but radicalised enough to carry out a terror strike and then slip back into routine life. They are hard to track and trace as they live among the general populace

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Authorities in Kashmir are facing a new challenge – hybrid terrorists.

Security forces and intelligence agencies in Kashmir define hybrid terrorists as those not listed as ultras but radicalised enough to carry out a terror strike and then slip back into routine life.

Let’s take a closer look

Who are they?

Security agencies describe these terrorists as “boys next door” who are kept on standby mode by terror groups, as per News18.

What makes them different from ‘regular’ terrorists?

That they live their normal lives in between their assignments. Security agencies find it hard to track and trace them as they live among the general populace.

Who is directing them?

Officials told PTI the trend is occurring in the Valley on the directions of Pakistan and its spy agency, the ISI.

Where did the term come from?

As per News18, the term “hybrid terrorist” likely first emerged after suspected militants believed to be affiliated with The Resistance Front (TRF) killed two non-Muslim teachers at a government school in Srinagar on 7 October.

What is their aim?

The officials said the aim is to spread fear and stop businesses and social activity that targets terrorists and their ecosystem.

Security personnel stand guard where an encounter between militants and security forces took place in Jammu and Kashmir. ANI

They target and silence voices that are speaking against separatism and against the perpetrators and instigators of violence, that is the aim, the officials said.

The security agencies believe this type of targeting is not random, but properly planned.

“It is never random. It involves watching movement patterns and finding a weak part of the routine. The spotter could be an OGW or even a hybrid terrorist who is not on the police list, but has a pistol and intent to kill just like a mercenary shooter paid to kill a target,” officials said.

It is an ecosystem where only numbers matter hence the victim may have no particular Wtrait to get killed just a convenient soft target. For the killer, who it (the target) is, does not matter, they added.

What do intel services say?

“The desperate nexus is modifying methods. Their desperation is showing. Now, it is the preference for pistol-based targeting of soft targets. Targets which are unarmed and unlikely to retaliate like businessmen [including from the minority community], activists, political leaders without protection and off-duty policemen,” sources said.

Sources told News18 jihadi groups are also not deterred by security forces eliminating these hybrid terrorists. Since it is difficult to prove the association of these hybrid terrorists with specific terror groups, eliminating them leads to more locals taking up guns, creating more bodies for terrorist ranks.

Intelligence agencies have also noticed a change in weapons being used by these terrorists. Sources said that hybrid terrorists targeting civilians have started using sticky bombs and carrying smaller weapons.

“Instead of moving with an AK-47, they think it better to keep one small pistol in the pocket as it is easy to carry,” an intelligence source said. The quality of the pistol has also improved from Chinese fibre to a more sophisticated make.

In 2021, officials told PTI they were witnessing attacks on soft targets in the Valley, including in the Srinagar city, by pistol-wielding youth who are not listed as terrorists with the security agencies.

Speaking to India Today, an officer in the Jammu and Kashmir Police said Pakistan has been sending consignments of pistols every single day from across the International Border. Although several consignments have been seized, many have made it into the hands of hybrid terrorists, who are now unleashing terror, he added.

“I don’t recall this sense of uncertainty even in the 1990s,” the policeman said. “It is impossible to go out with my family now. Even though I have tried to change my routine, anyone can be a target now. I have a domestic help who is a migrant. I have told my family there are only two possible targets in the house – him [domestic help] and me, and both of us have to be extremely careful henceforth.”

Police had in the first week of September 2020 declared Srinagar city as terrorist-free. However, there have been attacks on civilians and policemen after that as well and the officials believe the attacks are the handiwork of the hybrid terrorists.

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Vinayaka Chaturthi 2022: Date, puja vidhi, rituals, significance and mantras

This festival is also called Varad Vinayaka Chaturthi, which means “praying to God to fulfil any wish one has.” On this day, devotees observe fast and offer prayers to please Lord Ganpati. They present offerings to the god and ask him to remove negative influences from their lives

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Vinayaka Chaturthi is a festival that takes place every month to honour Lord Ganesha. The day is solely dedicated to Lord Ganesha, who is often addressed as Pratham Pujya, meaning the God is worshipped first.

As per the Hindu calendar, Vinayak Chaturthi falls in Shukla Paksha and Sankashti Chaturthi falls in Krishna Paksha. This month, Vinayaka Chaturthi will be observed on 3 July.

This festival is also called Varad Vinayaka Chaturthi, which means “praying to God to fulfil any wish one has.” On this day, devotees observe fast and offer prayers to please Lord Ganpati. They present offerings to the god and ask him to remove negative influences from their lives. People also pray to ensure prosperity, peace and harmony in their families.

Vinayaka Chaturthi Date and Time:

Vinayaka Chaturthi begins from 03:16 pm on 2 July 2022 (Saturday) and ends at 5:06 pm on 3 July (Sunday). The auspicious time for fasting and worship is from 11:02 am to 01:49 pm on 3 July.

Rituals to follow while observing fast:

-Those observing a fast need to wake up early in the morning, take a bath and wear clean/new clothes.

-While getting ready for the puja, devotees need to align their thoughts in a positive manner to observe the vrat sincerely.

-Offer water to the rising sun before beginning the fast.

-During the day, one can consume only milk, fresh fruits and few vrat recipes after performing puja.

-While observing the fast, strictly avoid eating garlic, onion and meat. Intake of tobacco or alcohol is also prohibited.

-Do not forget to read the Vrat Katha and end the puja by performing a special aarti.

Mantras to recite:

Om Ekdantaaye Viddhamahe

Vakratundaya Dhimahi

Tanno Danti Prachodayat

Significance of Vinayaka Chaturthi:

Lord Ganesha symbolises knowledge and wisdom, which is why devotees observe this day to broaden their abilities/skill and succeed in life. People also worship the god to remove all obstacles from their lives.

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World UFO Day 2022: All you need to know about its history and significance

The underlying aim to observe the day is to make sure that the UFO community reaches and challenges the beliefs of millions of potential believers. It is a day when the believers and non-believers of UFO interact and discuss their knowledge

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World UFO Day is celebrated annually on 2 July to make people aware about Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO). The day is significant, especially for those who believe in the existence of aliens and extraterrestrial beings from some other planet, who allegedly visit Earth on their special aircraft. On this day, people usually indulge in sky-watching activities to look out for unidentified flying objects.

Dates

In the past, there were two days that were celebrated as World UFO Day – 2 July and 24 June. However, World UFO Day Organization (WUFODO) declared 2 July to be the official World UFO day in order to avoid any confusion.

History and Significance

According to aviator Kenneth Arnold, nine unusual objects reportedly flew over Washington on 24 June in the early 1900s. These were then described as “saucer-like” or “a big flat disk”, which is now a symbol of imagined alien spacecraft.

The day is celebrated with an aim to raise awareness about the undoubted existence of UFOs, and also the intelligent beings from outer space.

The day aims to encourage governments to declassify their knowledge about the UFO sightings throughout history. Many governments, including the US government for instance, are believed to have exclusive information about UFOs through their military departments.

The underlying aim to observe the day is to make sure that the UFO community reaches and challenges the beliefs of millions of potential believers. It is a day when the believers and non-believers of UFO interact and discuss their knowledge.

How is the day celebrated?

People look at the sky together on this day and indulge in other UFO themed activities like watching UFO movies together and even meditate in groups on the subject. People collectively open their minds on the subject for one day and send a message mentally that UFOs are welcome on this earth.

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Jos Buttler appointed as England’s new white-ball captain

England batter Jos Buttler has been announced as the new limited-overs format captain of the English team after the retirement of veteran Eoin Morgan.

The English and Wales Cricket Board confirmed the appointment through a media release.

The release stated, “Lancashire’s Jos Buttler has been appointed captain of the England Men’s white-ball teams by the England & Wales Cricket Board. He succeeds Eoin Morgan, who retired from international cricket earlier this week. The ECB Interim Chair, Martin Darlow, and Interim Chief Executive Officer, Clare Connor, approved the appointment on Wednesday evening following the recommendation by the Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket, Rob Key.”

Eoin Morgan announced his retirement from all international cricket on Tuesday.

Buttler has been a part of the English side for more than a decade now after he made his debut in 2011. He has 151 ODI and 88 T20I caps to his name so far and has been an integral part of the white-ball team.

“It is a great honour to take over from Eoin, and the place he has left English white-ball cricket in is exciting, and I’m inspired for the challenges ahead,” Buttler stated in the press release.

He further expressed his gratitude to his predecessor. “I would like to offer my sincere thanks and gratitude to Eoin Morgan for his outstanding leadership over the past seven years. It has been the most memorable period for everyone involved. He has been an inspirational leader, and it has been fantastic to play under him. There are lots of things that I have learnt from him that I’ll take into this role.”

Buttler has captained England on quite a few occasions earlier. The latest being in the third ODI against the Netherlands when Morgan was out with an injury. “It is the greatest honour to captain your country, and when I have had the chance to step in the past, I have loved doing it. I can’t wait to take this team forward,” Buttler added.

Rob Key, the managing director of the England Men’s cricket team said that Buttler was the perfect replacement for Morgan.

Clare Connor, the interim ECB CEO also said that Buttler is a fantastic role model for the players within the team. “I’m excited to see where Jos and Matthew Mott take things from here, particularly as we build towards the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.”

Buttler will start his captaincy stint with the T20I series against India starting 7 July, followed by the ODI series that begins on 13 July.

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Bhopal pulled up for not following school bag policy? A look at what the government guidelines say

After it was observed that textbooks, notebooks, guides, water bottles and lunch boxes contribute to the heavy weight of bags, the Centre, in 2018, issued guidelines that instructed schools to ensure students don’t get overburdened by the heavy weight of bags. But how many states follow them?

The Bhopal court on Wednesday issued a notice to the district education department for not following the school-bag policy that was implemented by the Human Resource Development Ministry in 2020.

District judge, SPS Bundela mentioned that the Central government had issued instructions for the state governments to follow the school-bag policy back in November 2020.

“Heavy school bags are a big concern and the school-bag policy should be implemented. I have issued a notice to the DEO of Bhopal. Children are an important part of society. The policy must be implemented without any delay,” he said, according to a report in The Times of India.

The court has given the Bhopal district education 15 days to reply.

What is the school-bag policy?

According to the ‘School bag policy, 2020’ that was released by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), a survey found that children from primary classes carried school bags that weighed between two to 3.5 kilogrammes (kg). While students from Class 6 onwards carried bags that weighed between three to six kg. The items that contributed to the excessive load included textbooks, notebooks, lunch box, and water bottle.

The survey also revealed that students wanted to carry school bags but felt that they were burdened with excessive weight.

Considering the plight of students, recommendations were made in order to reduce the weight of school bags.

As per the circular, every school should maintain and follow the universally accepted ratio of the weight of a school bag as 10 per cent of the body weight for all classes. Teachers should ensure that the weight of school bags is monitored regularly. In addition to this, schools must ensure that facilities like mid-day meals and potable water are in place so that students can avoid carrying the extra weight of lunch boxes and water bottles.

The weight of school bags, according to the policy, should be 1.6 to 2.2 kg for Classes 1 and 2, 1.7 to 2.5 kg for Classes 3, 4, and 5, two to three kg for Classes 6 and 7, 2.5 to four kg for Class 8, 2.5 to four kg for Classes 9 and 10 and finally 3.5 to five kilograms for Classes 11 and 12.

While selecting textbooks for students, the council recommended that the criterion of weight should be taken into consideration. For students with special needs, lockers may be installed so that they can store their books and retrieve them later.

How did the policy come into force?

The Central Board of Secondary Education has, for over 15 years, pushed schools to come up with a solution to fix an appropriate about of weight that can be carried in school bags. In fact, it issued circulars in 2007 and more recently in 2018 to reduce the load of school bags.

Soon after it was observed that textbooks, homework, notebooks, rough work notebooks, guides, water bottle and lunch box contribute to the heavy weight of school bags. The Ministry of Human Resource Development, in 2016, issued guidelines that instructed schools to ensure students don’t get overburdened by the heavy weight of school bags.

In May 2018, the Madras High Court said that NCERT books should be made compulsory to carry and the weight of school bags should not exceed 10 per cent of the student’s body. “Children are neither weightlifters nor school bags loaded containers,” the court remarked, according to an Indian Express report.

In October 2018, the ministry ordered all states and Union Territories to form guidelines to “regulate the teaching of subjects and weight of school bags in accordance with the Government of India instructions”.

Which states have implemented this policy so far?

Maharashtra: The Maharashtra state school department, in 2021, planned to introduce a single textbook for Class 1 in a bid to reduce the weight of school bags. The four subjects, English, Marathi, Maths, and play and learn, have been integrated into one textbook per four semesters. As a result, instead of carrying four textbooks for each subject, students can carry four parts of a single textbook.

Karnataka: In 2019, the Karnataka government ordered all schools to ensure that a student’s school bag should not exceed 10 per cent of his or her own weight. The order also mentioned the prescribed weight of a school bag that should be carried by students of each class.

Delhi: Last year, Delhi government capped the weight of school bags to 3.5 to five kg for students in primary, secondary and senior secondary levels.

The criticism against the policy

Poor implementation of the policy in states like Maharashtra has invited backlash from the public. After taking decisions such as replacing books with e-tablets, creating locker rooms so that students can leave their books in school and introducing lighter weight bags, the government has been unsuccessful in implementing the school-bag policy.

The government had claimed, after schools reopened post-summer vacations in 2017, that as a result of a successful implementation of the policy schools bags had gotten much lighter than before. However, education activists noticed that school bags were heavier by one kilogram.

Again in December 2017, the Maharashtra government claimed that 88 per cent of school bags in the city were lighter than before, but citizens were sceptical on this claim as a Hindustan Times report shows that only 10 per cent of schools were surveyed.

How do heavy school bags affect posture?

A heavy school bag can pull muscles that are present on the neck which can trigger headaches, shoulder pains and arm pains. To make things worse, if carried for a long time and in an unregulated manner, heavy bags can disturb a child’s posture, according to a report by India Today.

Younger students are more susceptible to these dangers as a child’s body is constantly growing and developing. Chances of their spines and skeletons getting deformed as a result of heavy school bags are higher than older students.

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Pakistan and FATF: Islamabad’s cosmetic war against terrorism

The recent arrest and sentencing of Sajid Mir to fifteen-and-a-half years, also for terrorist financing, in early June, has been aimed at placating the FATF

Pakistan has been on the FATF (Financial Action Task Force) grey list since June 2018. FATF is a body, established in 1989, tasked with controlling money laundering. Post 9/11, its mandate was enhanced to include countering terrorist financing and in 2012, its role was further expanded to incorporate countering financing to prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The grey list, in which Pakistan remains, is increased monitoring for shortfalls against money laundering and terror financing.

Pakistan is not new to the grey list. It was initially its guest in 2008, subsequently from 2012-15 and is currently has been there since 2018. Being on the grey list adds to difficulties in assessing funds from global financial institutions. The IMF and other global financial institutions have been demanding that Pakistan comply with the FATF’s directions prior to funding.

In March this year, the FATF announced that Pakistan would remain on the grey list, even though it had fulfilled 26 of the 27 listed action points. The pending issue was “prosecution of senior leaders and commanders of UN proscribed terrorist groups”. It was FATF pressure which led to Pakistan sentencing Hafiz Saeed, the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), to 31 years in prison in Apr this year. LeT has been blamed by the US and India for the 2008 Mumbai attacks. He was not jailed for terrorism but for terrorist financing.

In January 2021, Pakistan had similarly sentenced Zaki Lakhvi, a LeT operations commander, to five years for terrorist financing. The sentencing of both were timed to coincide with the meetings of the FATF or its affiliate APJG (Asia Pacific Joint Group).

The recent arrest and sentencing of Sajid Mir to fifteen and a half years, also for terrorist financing, in early June, was again aimed at placating the FATF. Sajid Mir was directly in communication with terrorists during the Mumbai attack. He was also the handler of David Coleman Headley, currently under US custody. Pakistan had initially declared that Sajid Mir does not exist, then stated that he was deceased, however, with FATF unrelenting, he was arrested and sentenced. It is known that Pakistan arrests only those who have outlived their utility.

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Prior to the June meeting of the FATF, there were reports that China, Malaysia and few other nations, including possibly the US, were working quietly to bring Pakistan out of the grey list, mainly on account of its poor financial condition. The FATF announced on 17 June that it would take its final decision on Pakistan post its team’s visit to the country later this year. Pakistan may finally be out of the grey list. Possibly Masood Azhar, currently claimed missing, would also be sentenced prior to the visit of the FATF technical team.

It is to save Pakistan from further FATF pressures that China imposed a technical ban on the deputy leader of the LeT, Abdul Rehman Makki, from being designated a global terrorist by the UNSC. A technical ban lasts for six months, enough for Pak to exit the FATF Grey List. India and the US had pushed the case. Had he been designated Pakistan would have been compelled to punish him, prior to being permitted to leave the grey list.

Pakistan has historically provided shelter to most of the world’s terrorist groups and its leaders. A US congressional report of Oct 2021 states that Pakistan is home to 12 designated foreign terrorist groups, of which five are India-centric. US State Department’s Country Reports on Terrorism 2019 states that Pakistan has, “continued to serve as a safe haven for certain regionally focused terrorist groups”. Pakistan has always selfishly exploited terrorists to its advantage.

In his memoirs, Musharaff mentions that Pakistan was paid millions of dollars by the CIA for handing over 369 Al Qaeda operatives. These included Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the architect of 9/11. The payments were clandestine as they were paid to a state. This also cemented Pakistan’s relations with the west, enabling it to play both sides, including supporting the Taliban. Reports mention that Musharaff also sold Dr Aafia Siddiqui to the US for $55,000. She is currently serving an 86-year sentence in the US.

American investigative journalist, Seymour Hersh, stated in an interview to Pakistan newspaper Dawn, “In 2010, a former senior Pakistan intelligence officer (currently settled in the US) approached the CIA station chief in Islamabad and offered to tell the CIA where to find Bin laden.” It was reported that he was paid $25 million, the offered ransom. Seymour added, “the most blatant lie (circulated in Pakistan) was that Pakistan’s two most senior military leaders, General Kayani (the army chief) and General Pasha (ISI chief) were never informed (of the US special forces raid to eliminate Bin Laden)”. The Pakistan army chief had insisted that Osama be killed (not captured). Despite all claims, the Pakistan Army was complicit in the elimination of Osama bin Laden. Whether it was paid for its silence is unknown.

Attorney Robert F Horan was the prosecutor in the murder trial of Mir Aimal Kansi, a Pakistani who killed two CIA operatives in Virginia in 1993, subsequently fled to Pakistan, only to be captured and brought back post announcing a reward of $2 million. Horan stated during the course of the trial, “I am sure there are people over there (Pakistan) who would turn in their mother for $20,000, let alone $2 million.” Pak clergy protested these remarks but then this has been historically true for Pakistan.

Hafiz Saeed carries a bounty of $10 million, Al Qaeda leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, known to be sheltered by the ISI, carries a bounty of $25 million, while Sajid Mir carries one of $5 million. Abdul Rehman Makki, whom China continues to protect, carries a bounty of $2 million. All are sought for extradition to the US as they were responsible for killing of US citizens in either terrorist strikes or Afghanistan.

The FATF compelled Pakistan to act against some terrorists. It also led to Sajid Mir rising from his ISI created grave. Pakistan’s history of handing over terrorists is food for thought for the current Pakistani leadership, especially as the country negotiates a financial crisis. Handing over those on whom bounties exist could provide financial relief, apart from enhancing Pakistan’s global image. Maybe India could also haggle for Dawood Ibrahim on financial terms. Precedence exists within Pakistan, just needs to be repeated. After all Pakistani’s are known to sell even their family members for a few dollars.

The author is a former Indian Army officer, strategic analyst and columnist. Views expressed are personal.

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12-year-old Archie Battersbee is at centre of life support row in UK. Here’s why

Archie Battersbee’s mother found him unconscious with a ligature over his head at their home in Essex’s Southend on 7 April. She believes her son had been taking part in an online challenge. Archie has never regained consciousness

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On Wednesday, three judges in the UK’s court of appeals ruled that the country’s high court should reconsider whether to end life-support treatment for a 12-year-old suffering brain damage.

But who is Archie Battersbee, the boy at the centre of the UK life-support row?

Who is he?

Described as a “born fighter” by his mother, Archie was an active young boy who participated in mixed martial arts and gymnastics, his family said.

That interest in mixed martial arts also spurred an interest in Christianity two years ago, after he saw other fighters praying before fights, they added.

What happened to him?

As per the BBC, on 7 April, Archie’s mother found him unconscious with a ligature over his head after an incident at their home in Essex’s Southend.

Dance believes her son had been taking part in an online challenge.

Archie has never regained consciousness.

What happened next?

As per Sky News, doctors treating Archie at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel told his family it is “highly likely” he is dead and that treatment should end.

Archie’s parents Paul Battersbee and Hollie Dance vehemently disagreed.

Doctors asked to conduct a brain stem death test, but Archie’s family denied consent leading the trust to bring a case at the High Court in London for permission for the test to be carried out.

As per Yahoo, Fiona Paterson, for Barts Health NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, told the judge the “priority” is a decision on whether Archie should have the brain-stem test, which she said is “endorsed nationally” and would be done in a way that ensures any risk is “minimised”.

However, Bruno Quintaville, representing r his parents, said they are “very concerned” that their son had not received treatment to relieve swelling on his brain.

“The concern is that he may be suffering every day more damage which could have been avoided,” he said.

How did the judge rule?

The judge in then ruled in favour of the trust.

“I find that Archie died at noon on 31 May 2022, which was shortly after the MRI scans taken that day. I find that irreversible cessation of brain stem function has been conclusively established,” the judge wrote. “I give permission to the medical professionals at the Royal London Hospital to cease to ventilate mechanically Archie Battersbee.”

How did the family react?

Dance said she was “devastated and extremely disappointed” by the judge’s ruling.

“After weeks of fighting a legal battle, when I wanted to be by my little boy’s bedside, basing the judgment on an MRI test – and that he is likely to be dead – is not good enough.

“This is believed to be the first time that someone has been declared ‘likely to be dead’ by an MRI test.”

She said she felt “sickened at the hospital” and the judge “failed”, adding that her son had not been given enough time.

“His heart is still beating,” she said.

“Until it’s God’s way I won’t accept that he should go.”

Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Dance claimed she had seen signs he could recover.

She said: “I don’t think I’m just fooling myself. I’m quite honest.

“What I do know is as a mother my gut feeling tells me my little boy is in there and I will continue to fight for him.”

She added: “I’m begging the judge to give him time.”

She said Archie had squeezed her hand in his hospital bed, and it was a sign that gave her hope.

She said: “Of course he’s not jumping up and boxing and shouting out and doing his gymnastics off the bed. I don’t expect that.

“But the fact that he is doing these little things [like squeezing her my hand] is progress.”

Now, the High Court will have to take a fresh look at the case.

A GoFundMe page for Archie has raised nearly ?30,000 in donations so far.

With inputs from agencies

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