Watch: Taliban warns Pakistan, threatens jihad till ‘freedom’ is achieved

The aim of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is to implement Sharia in Pakistan by force. Fighters of the TTP – also known as Pakistani Taliban – are fighting a war against Pakistan because of this Image Courtesy AP

Islamabad: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is carrying out attacks against the Pakistan Army in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces of Pakistan almost on a daily basis.

Now the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has warned the Shehbaz Sharif government of Pakistan.

In a video that has gone viral on social media platforms, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander Omar Shahid has threatened to launch a religious war against the Pakistan government.

“We are offering sacrifices in Pakistan jihad following the footsteps of the Prophet’s Companions in the Battle of Badr. God willing, we shall liberate Pakistan and break the shackles of slavery,” TTP commander omar Shahid is heard saying in the video.

The aim of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is to implement Sharia in Pakistan by force. Fighters of the TTP – also known as Pakistani Taliban – are fighting a war against Pakistan because of this.

This threat of TTP commander is being considered as a big threat for Pakistan. TTP terrorists are active in Imran Khan’s home provice of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and several areas bordering Afghanistan.

Many MPs in Pakistan have mentioned the attacks of TTP terrorists in the Parliament. These MPs claim that TTP terrorists have captured many areas of Swat, Waziristan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Even the police are afraid to enter these areas.

Videos of checkposts set up by terrorists are also being shared on social media.

Pakistan slams Afghanistan

The Pakistan government claims that TTP terrorists hide in Afghanistan after carrying out attacks. In such a situation itbecomes very difficult to find them.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has even threatened to sever ties with the Taliban over TTP. He even claimed that the Pakistani army had the right to enter Afghanistan and carry out operations.

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2022 In Tech: From ChatGPT to 200MP smartphone cameras, here are the most vital developments of the year

2022 In Tech: From ChatGPT to 200MP smartphone cameras, here are the most vital developments of the year- Technology News, Firstpost













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2022 saw some seriously impressive pieces of tech being launched for regular consumers. From OpenAI’s ChatGPT and DALL-E to 200MP smartphone cameras, we made some pretty awesome leaps this year.

The rate at which tech as a whole has been growing annually has been phenomenal. 2022, however, was in a league of its own. There have been some magnificent pieces of tech that have gone mainstream this year. From Generative AI bots like ChatGPT and DALL-E to an all-screen laptop that can actually be folded or flattened out like a tablet, consumer tech saw a lot of things.

We take a look at some of the best pieces of tech that the tech industry had to offer this year. Clearly, these things have the potential to impact the tech industry for a long time to come.

Generative AI – Dall E and ChatGPTSeveral organisations have been working on Generative AI for almost a decade now, but the advances we saw this year were simply phenomenal. Image Generators like DALL-E were wildly popular earlier this year. However, nothing beats the notoriety that ChatGPT got.

Finally, we have an AI language Model that actually works as it should. And while it may not be the perfect substitute for a Google search yet, we just can’t wait to see what happens with ChatGPT, when it finally gets trained on data sets from after 2021, and can actually start pulling results off of the internet as.

Hybrid Architecture in CPUsIntel introduced the concept of hybrid architecture in desktop and laptop CPUs with their 12the Gen processors. With the 13th Gen Intel CPUs, they elevated hybrid architecture to a whole new level.

Not only are the modern CPUs much more powerful and steady when dealing with high-intensity tasks, but the 13th Gen Intel CPUs are also more power efficient as well. Hybrid Architectures, from Intel as well as AMD, will be a key feature in CPU designing for years to come.

Nothing Phone (1)Smartphone manufacturers have started to play it safe with the design of their devices. As a result, smartphone designs have become rather boring. Apart from making a pretty great phone, Nothing Company took a massive leap forward in terms of design with their first phone, the Nothing Phone (1).

The glyph interface that they implemented on Phone (1) may not seem that big a deal initially. However, it is by far, the most innovative thing a smartphone manufacturer has done in terms of design, in years. We can only imagine how Nothing Phone (2) or the spiritual successor to the Nothing Phone (1) will be like.

Insta360 Link UHD 4K AI WebcamThere are webcams and then there is the Insta360 Link UHD AI webcam. The Insta360 Link is an AI-powered 4K webcam mounted on a 3-axis gimbal. It comes with a range of capture modes and capabilities, like AI movement tracking, that will appeal to video makers.

It also has exceptionally amazing auto-exposure and colour reproduction. Sure, it is very expensive and overkill for most people, but for streamers, it is totally worth the price. The Insta360 Link has set the benchmark for what webcams are supposed to be.

Samsung’s 200MP smartphone camera sensorThis year saw the first 200MP camera sensor in a smartphone. The sensor in question was the Samsung ISOCELL HP1 sensor, which has been featured in a bunch of smartphones this year, and we bet in 2023, we will see many more smartphone manufacturers taking this route.

Samsung has already started working on a 400MP camera sensor and is likely to launch it by 2024, or 2025. The South Korean giant has already revised the existing 200MP ISOCELL HP1 sensor, and launched the ISOCELL HP3 sensor earlier this year. The HP3 is a much more refined sensor and will be first seen in Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S23 Ultra.

Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLEDFoldable screens have been around for quite some time. However, laptops, with foldable screens are surely going to take the concept mainstream. Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED in this regard, might very well be a game changer, for it’s a whole new form factor for a laptop. You can either use the laptop with its 17.3-inch 2560 x 1920 screen fully unfolded and paired with a Bluetooth keyboard and trackpad.

Or you can bend the screen to get two 12.5-inch 1920 x 1280 displays. The lower display can either be used as a touchscreen keyboard or covered with the magnetically attached keyboard for a more traditional laptop-style experience. We bet, that in 2023, we will see even more laptops of this form factor.

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‘We don’t play away series often’: Litton Das’s reply to R Ashwin on reaching levels of ‘Fab Four’

Litton recently revealed his reply to Ashwin during the conversation.”I had a conversation with Ash bhai in the swimming pool during the second Test in Mirpur. He told me that when he saw me for the first time in 2015, he thought that I could reach the levels of all those players you mentioned. But I told him that things were different back then. I was young and the more you play cricket at the highest level, the more you grow,” said Litton, as per Sportstar.

“Secondly, we don’t play away series too often. Though we have played against New Zealand, we have not played a bilateral series in Australia, we don’t play too often in South Africa or in India or Pakistan. So, if you don’t play against top four-five teams on a regular basis, you won’t be able to grow as a cricketer,” added Litton.”That’s what I told Ash bhai. The Indian team plays regular cricket against Australia, England, New Zealand, so the players benefit.

Even during the IPL, the Indian players get an opportunity to play with these cricketers and when you play with top-level cricketers regularly, then you get to learn a lot,” said Litton, who has been acquired by Kolkata Knight Riders for IPL 2023.

Japan aims to hit China, North Korea; intends to develop long range missiles by 2035

Japan is now attempting to develop multiple long-range missiles that will have the ability to hit China and North Korea Image Courtesy KYODO

Tokyo: Inspired by its age-old Samurai tradition, imperial Japan had laid several countries of Asia to waste during the Second World War.

Following its defeat in World War II, Japan adopted a pacifist policy for the next seven decades. However, the expansionist policies of China and repeated sabre rattling by Chinese stooge North Korea seems to have re-awakened the ancient Samurai spirit of Japan.

Japan is now attempting to develop multiple long-range missiles that will have the ability to hit China and North Korea. According to the the defence ministry of Japan, these missiles will have a range of up to about 3,000 kilometers. Japan intends to develop these missiles by the 2030.

According to a report by the Kyodo news agency, the Japan government aims to deploy a missile with a range of 2,000 km range by the early 2030s. Japan also intends to develop and deploy and a hypersonic missile with a range of 3,000 km that will be able to hit North Korea and large parts of China by around 2035.

Earlier this month, Japan had unveiled the biggest budget for the Japanese military since World War Two with a $320 billion package with the aim of buying missiles capable of striking China and boost its abilty to carry out sustained conflict.

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BBL: Watch Melbourne Stars’ Marcus Stoinis smash four sixes in an over against Adelaide Strikers

Marcus Stoinis scored a brilliant 74 from 35 deliveries with five boundaries and six maximums at a strike rate of 211.43.


Marcus Stoinis boosted Melbourne Stars to a mammoth 186 runs total. cricket.com.au/ Twitter

Marcus Stoinis, playing for Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League 2022 (BBL) smashed four sixes against Adelaide Strikers’ Henry Thornton in the 18th over of the first innings.

Stoinis also managed to sneak in a boundary along with four sixes on the fifth ball of the over.

Thornton tried to bowl full, but all the deliveries were in Stoinis’ arc and he exploited that to the best of his abilities to smash them into the crowd.

While the batter slogged the first two sixes on the leg side, the third one was lofted over long off. Three sixes were followed by a boundary as an inside edge ran away to the fine leg boundary. The last delivery of the over was again swiveled towards the cow corner.

This was after Nick Larkin took a single on the first ball and gave Stoinis the strike. The Stars mined 29 runs off the over.

Stoinis scored a brilliant 74 from 35 deliveries with five boundaries and six maximums at a strike rate of 211.43. Stoinis’ Hulk-like innings helped the Stars to put up 186 runs at the end of the 20th over.

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Strikers were able to score 105/2 at the end of the 13th over while chasing the target.

The Stars are placed seventh on the points table with a solitary win from five games and will require to have a magical turnaround in the next games to qualify for the playoffs. Strikers are better placed at fourth position with three wins from five games.

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Pakistan vs New Zealand: ‘We took a chance,’ says Babar Azam on declaration in first Test

Pakistan were 311/8 when the hosts announced the declaration on the final day of the Test with around 15 overs to go, leaving New Zealand 138 to chase.


File photo of Pakistan captain Babar Azam during a press conference. AP

Babar Azam on Saturday said that his team ‘took a chance ‘ after the Pakistan skipper made a shock declaration call on Day 5 of the first Test against New Zealand in Karachi.

Pakistan were 311/8 when the hosts announced the declaration on the final day of the Test with around 15 overs to go. Said Shakeel was batting on 55 along with Mir Hamza at the other end. New Zealand were eventually set a target of 138.

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In their reply, New Zealand could only manage 61/1, losing the only wicket of Michael Bracewell. The match eventually ended in a draw. The second and final Test begins on 2 January.

“We said we’d go after a result,” said Babar on Saturday, as per ICC’s official website. “We took a chance, you never know. It’s cricket. Anything can happen,” added Babar.

“Saud and [Mohammad] Wasim Junior’s partnership was vital for us because it brought us into the game. That put the idea in my head that we could declare.

Babar stressed on the need to take ‘brave’ decisions. “At times you have to take brave decisions and take chances,” the 28-year-old added.

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Pakistan: Mobile network shut for 5th consecutive day in Balochistan amid Gwadar protests

Business centers and shops in Gwadar and several other places in Balochistan remained closed in protest against ‘illegal fishing’ – specially by Chinese trawlers – and ‘unnecessary check posts’ by the Pakistan security forces Image Courtesy AFP

Islamabad: Cellular services and mobile networks remained suspended for the fifth consecutive day in Pakistan’s port city of Gwadar.

According to a report by the Express Tribune newspaper, business centers and shops in Gwadar and several other places in Balochistan remained closed in protest against ‘illegal fishing’ – specially by Chinese trawlers – and ‘unnecessary check posts’ by the Pakistan security forces.

Security was tightened in and around Gwadar. Police personnel were deployed to maintain law and order in the city. According to Pakistan’s newspaper, the Balochistan government has imposed section 144 to curb the display of weapons and pillion riding in Gwadar to maintain law and order.

In Gwadar, the Balochistan government has cracked down hard on the protesters. An emergency law banning the gathering of five or more people has also been implemented. Around 100 people have been arrested.

The Dawn newspaper reported that the arrests came a day after Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) was invoked in Gwadar.

“All kinds of rallies, protests, dharnas and gatherings of five or more people remain banned in Gwadar,” the Balochistan Home Department said in a statement. Despite the imposition of Section 144, activists and supporters of Maulana Rehman-led Haq Do Tehreek (HDT) continued their protest. He demanded the release of all the people and workers associated with the movement.

Tension continued in the port city of Pakistan following clashes with supporters of the HDT. This month, a protest against illegal fishing turned violent in Gwadar after some people were arrested. This was followed by clashes between the local people and the security forces.

The protesters have blocked the main highway connecting the port city with other districts of Makran division. Dawn quoted sources as saying that the provincial government had approached Jamaat-e-Islami leader Liaquat Baloch. It is expected that this will help in normalizing the situation as well as resolving the issues that have been the cause of contention between the government and the HDT.

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Biggest trend in world politics 2022: Self-interest above all

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“There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.”

Chanakya’s words could well define the outgoing year in politics. In hindsight, 2022 may well prove to be a watershed year in which the world order started getting reorganised, and ruthless self-interest was the fulcrum on which the axis of power turned.

As European Union High Representative Josep Borrell recently said, we are witnessing the coming of a “messy multipolarity” in which sub-superpowers like India, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Brazil insist on protecting their national interests, exert influence, and gain advantage in this global power shift.

For this fluid and keenly contested environment and loss of primacy of western powers, the West’s hypocrisy is to blame.

After spending enormous amounts of dirty energy to become economic powerhouses, for instance, the West wants India and China to compromise on their energy needs. Laughably, the per capita carbon footprint of China and India is a tiny fraction of the West’s.

And then came the Ukraine war.

After ditching Afghanistan and handing a brutal whip to the Taliban the previous year, the US and its western allies have pushed Ukraine to a crippling war against Russia. NATO has kept supplying Volodymyr Zelensky with arms and bravado but did not physically enter the war for a second. Ukraine was made a proxy in the West’s war against its arch-enemy Vladimir Putin.

But while the West was waging this proxy war, it continued to import billions of dollars of oil from Russia while lecturing the rest of the world to boycott Putin’s goods.

Just in October 2022, Germany imported EUR697 million worth of petroleum oil and gases, EUR565 million worth of mineral oil products, EUR102 million of coal, EUR44.5 million of semi-finished products and EUR40.7 million worth of fertilisers. German imports from Russia increased over the first seven months of 2022 by 32.6 per cent in annual terms, amounting to $27.9 billion.

France’s imports from Russia reached an all-time high of EUR1.436 billion in March, a month after the war broke out.

While the US brought down its Russian oil imports from over a billion dollars to zero by October, it continues to import wood, metals, rubber and other goods worth over a billion dollars from Russia.

This hypocrisy has been roundly snubbed. China anyway did not care. In spite of President Joe Biden’s visit, Saudi Arabia showed the US its place. Heading the 13-nation OPEC (its 10 allies are headed by Moscow) Mohammed Bin Salman angered the White House with its decision to reduce output by two million barrels a day from November, determined to ride the oil price tide.

Even Israel did not pander to Zelensky’s whining and did not cut off its ties with Russia.

India’s policy of global vision moulded by self-interest was on stellar display in 2022. While it led the world by sending COVID vaccines to more than 70 countries, it refused to be bullied into giving up its friendship with Russia. Now that India heads the G20 for a year, Zelensky recently requested PM Narendra Modi to come up with a “peace formula”.

Elsewhere in the world, gritty fights for one’s own self marked the year. China’s lonely battle with a debilitating COVID wave and popular unrest continue.

Iranian women fought against mullahs sacrificing their lives in spite of the relative silence of mainstream ‘liberal’ media. Islamism got its first rude shock even as its global Left and ‘liberal’ allies tried their best to downplay the women’s struggle against the Ayatollah’s morality police and hijab squads.

In India’s domestic politics, parties poured every ounce of energy into consolidating their ground and spreading rather than striking alliances. The Aam Aadmi Party extended its power from Delhi to Punjab with a sweep, and got nearly 13 per cent votes in Gujarat, further weakening the Congress.

The BJP posted an all-time record win in its bastion Gujarat, signalling that its near-complete dominance in national politics is here to stay.

The Congress, instead of trying too hard to forge alliances with TMC or AAP, has also tried to set its own house in order with an internal election, a victory in Himachal, and Rahul Gandhi’s painstaking Bharat Jodo Yatra to ensure that the ground does not further slip from underneath, especially in its remaining south Indian strongholds.

Politics is entering 2023 as if with Tagore’s ‘Ekla Cholo Re‘ playing in its head. The time for selfless friendships is decidedly over, at least for now.

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From supporting Taliban to border clashes: How did Pakistan’s ‘strategic depth policy’ in Afghanistan backfire?

File photo showing a soldier standing guard on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border along the Durand line. AFP

Islamabad: After the fall of Ashraf Ghani’s government in Afghanistan, Pakistan was one of the few countries to applaud the Taliban takeover of the war-ravaged country while hoping to reap benefits from what it regarded as a strategic victory.

However, the increased militancy in Pakistan and border clashes with the Taliban that have happened since August last year have indicated otherwise, according to columnist Ali Ahmad.

In his Afghan Diaspora Network report, Ahmad argued that the “strategic depth policy” of Pakistan has now turned into a “strategic menace.”

Pakistan has historically followed a “Strategic Depth Policy” towards Afghanistan, whereby it attempts to control the country as a political pawn and strategic hedge vis-a-vis India.

When the democratic government was ousted in August 2021, the then-Pakistan Intelligence Chief went there in Kabul to celebrate this takeover. “Pakistan, having supported Taliban with arms, ammunition and safe haven during their 20-year insurgency against the West and the Afghan government, believed that it was time for Taliban to reciprocate,” said Ahmad.

Tensions along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border

Since August 2021, incidents of border skirmishes between Pakistan and Taliban-led Afghanistan have increased significantly. “The latest border clash between the two countries in December 2022 had Taliban fighters and the Pakistani forces exchanging heavy artillery fire on each other in the Spin-Boldak-Chaman border,” said Ali Ahmad.

This cross-border firing killed reportedly many civilians on the Pakistani side and one Taliban fighter in Afghanistan.

Ahmad argued that these incidents show that the Taliban is not ready to accept Durand Line and would challenge Pakistan to ensure the sanctity of their sovereignty. “Pakistan’s desire to have a smooth ride on this issue remains a distant dream and Taliban appears to have woken up to the real intentions of Pakistan,” he added.

What is the Durand line dispute?

Touching Iran in the west and China in the east, the Durand line is around a 2700 km long border separating Pakistan and Afghanistan.

It was established in 1893 through an agreement between the British Indian government and the then Emir of Afghanistan.

Both of the British Indian provinces that touched the Durand line are today a part of Pakistan; Northwestern Frontier province (today’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) and Balochistan.

Pakistan as a succesor state to British India, claims it to be the final border.

However, Afghanistan looks at the issue differently.

The Durand line runs right through the area that historically has been inhabited by Pashtuns, who continue to live on both sides of it. The border divides people, who otherwise have nothing different. The extended families live on both sides and people cross the border regularly to visit their kin. The border to them has no relevance except an arbitrary line drawn over a century ago that divides them from their dear ones.

Afghanistan claims that the boundary was imposed coercively by the British. It asks the border with Pakistan to be moved further east towards the Indus where so as to do away with the division of Pashtuns.

Taliban’s Pakistan chapter

The US exit from Afghanistan had bolstered Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) activities with its base in the war-torn country still intact, Pakistan’s counter-terrorism authority in Islamabad told the country’s Senate Standing Committee on Interior earlier this month.

The TTP gained considerable ground and increased its footprint and magnitude of activities during the peace talks process, The News International newspaper reported.

Last month, the TTP formally withdrew its ceasefire agreement with Pakistan, which was formally declared in June. The withdrawal of the ceasefire agreement on 28 November was followed by a wave of terror attacks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

With inputs from ANI

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Rishabh Pant likely to miss Australia Test series, IPL 2023: Report

Sports injury expert reportedly suggest that Rishabh Pant’s injury from the car crash will take months to heal, forcing him to miss India vs Australia Test series and IPL 2023.


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December 31st, 2022

15:26:11 IST


Rishabh Pant in a file photo. AFP

Rishabh Pant is undergoing treatment at the Max Hospital in Dehradun after sustaining brutal injuries following a car crash on the Delhi -Dehradun highway in the early hours of Friday, and the cricketer now looks set to miss the upcoming home Test series against Australia, as well as IPL 2023.

Dr Qamar Azam, who is in charge of sports injuries at AIIMS -Rishikesh, said Pant will take upto three to six months to recover.

Also read: Rishabh Pant likely to receive further treatment in Delhi or Mumbai

“Pant will take at least three to six months to recover from the ligament injury. And if it’s severe, he may take more time. Further evaluation can be based on his detailed injury report,” the Doctor was quoted as saying to the Times of India.

Should Pant remain absent for the entirety of the IPL, that will be a huge blow for Delhi Capitals, where Pant captains his franchise.

Pant recently was part of the Indian team that beat Bangladesh 2-0 in the Test series in December.

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Updated Date: December 31, 2022 15:26:11 IST

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