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Pakistani doctor wins Rolex Award for her Tele-Medicine delivery project

CEO and Co-Founder of a Tele-Medicine delivery system, Dr. Sara Saeed Khurram has been awarded Rolex Awards for Enterprise as Associate LAUREATE for her project called “Sehat Kahani”. The Rolex Award for Enterprise was announced in an official ceremony on Friday in Washington DC, which was attended by Dr. Sara Saeed. With this achievement, Dr. Saeed has now become the ... Read More »

German nurse accused of dozens of murders apologizes

Niels Högel is on trial for the suspected murder of 100 patients in two different hospitals. After his complete confession on opening day, he has now apologized to the relatives of his victims. A German nurse who is accused of having murdered more than 100 patients is being tried again by a court in Oldenburg, in the state of Lower Saxony. According to investigators, 41-year old Niels Högel intentionally injected patients with doses of medicine liable to cause cardiac arrest, so that he could then attempt to revive them and impress his colleagues. Högel's killing spree is one of the most serious cases of mass murder in post-war German history. On Thursday, during a hearing of the trial which began three weeks ago, Högel apologized to the victims' families, and said if there was anything he could do to help them right now, he would. "I am fully convinced now that I owe every relative an explanation," he told the court. "I am honestly sorry." He also said at the time of the murders, the killings had not affected him emotionally: "I didn't feel grief in that sense," he said. Germany's biggest killing spree The killings allegedly took place in the hospitals of Oldenburg and Delmenhorst, two towns in Lower Saxony, between 2000 and 2005. The youngest of his victims was 34 years old and the oldest was 96. Högel was already sentenced to life in prison in 2015 for six other crimes, including the murder of two patients and the attempted murder of two more. After the sentencing, the police continued to investigate and determined that the number of possible victims was much higher. Investigators suspect Högel could have killed more than 200 people, but they fear they might never find out because many of the possible victims were cremated. Police have exhumed 130 bodies of people who died while Högel was on shift. Investigators discovered traces of substances like potassium, Solatex and Gilurytmal (medicines used to control abnormal heart rhythms) or lidocaine (an anesthetic) in the exhumed bodies. Investigators have described the case as "unprecedented in Germany" to their knowledge. Högel's admission of guilt On the first day of the new trial, Högel stunned the courtroom when he admitted to all 100 suspected murders. Högel said he had previously not spoken about the murders "out of shame" and because it had taken him a long time to come to terms with how many people he had killed. While he was working at the two hospitals, Högel had gained a reputation as a jinx because so many patients had to be resuscitated or died under his watch. The hospital in Oldenberg had tried to get him to leave and wrote him positive letters of recommendation, but despite the suspicious number of deaths, a formal investigation was never opened. Högel continued to kill even when he moved to the new hospital in Delmenhorst, where he was finally caught in the act in 2005. The trial is expected to last until May 2019.

Niels Högel is on trial for the suspected murder of 100 patients in two different hospitals. After his complete confession on opening day, he has now apologized to the relatives of his victims. A German nurse who is accused of having murdered more than 100 patients is being tried again by a court in Oldenburg, in the state of Lower ... Read More »

Refugee abuse trial opens in Germany

The refugee abuse scandal sent shock waves through Germany when it became public nearly four years ago. Now, 30 guards and workers at the asylum center face a host of charges. The trial of 30 people accused of abusing refugees at an asylum center in Germany started on Thursday in the western town of Siegen. It has been nearly four years since shocking images of abuse against refugees in the small western town of Burbach triggered widespread outrage. The abuse was captured on cellphone photos. One of the Burbach photos showed a security guard posing with his foot on the neck of a handcuffed refugee lying on the floor, while another showed a refugee being forced to lie on a mattress stained with vomit. Security guards also took the refugees to a "problem room" where they were allegedly imprisoned, beaten and robbed. At the time the photos became public, Police Chief Frank Richter from nearby Hagen said: "These are images of the kind we've seen from Guantanamo Bay." The 30 guards and workers at the asylum facility face charges that include grievous bodily harm, deprivation of liberty, coercion and theft. Following the scandal, operations at the refugee center were transferred from the social services company European Homecare to the German Red Cross.

The refugee abuse scandal sent shock waves through Germany when it became public nearly four years ago. Now, 30 guards and workers at the asylum center face a host of charges. The trial of 30 people accused of abusing refugees at an asylum center in Germany started on Thursday in the western town of Siegen. It has been nearly four ... Read More »

Germany ex-spy chief Maassen may be fired for insultsGermany ex-spy chief Maassen may be fired for insults

Maassen reportedly heavily criticized the government to other European security chiefs in his farewell speech. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, who backed Maassen in other controversies, has declined to do so this time. Germany's controversial former domestic intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen looked likely to finally be getting the boot from government on Sunday. The Interior Ministry confirmed that it is reviewing Maassen's employment after more of his controversial statements came to light. Maassen, who headed Germany's domestic security service (the BfV) for six years, became the subject of outrage across Germany in September when he questioned well-documented reports of far-right violence against foreigners in the city of Chemnitz and gave no reason for his comments. There have also been reports that he passed sensitive information about Islamic extremism to the Islamophobic Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. Maassen faces the ax for insulting grand coalition Despite the uproar, Maassen's boss, conservative Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, continued to back him. An initial compromise between Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and coalition partners the Social Democrats (SPD) would have seen Maassen relieved of duty at the BfV but essentially promoted to deputy interior minister. After an outcry over the apparent promotion, he was shuffled sideways and made a consultant reporting directly to Seehofer. What finally may get Maassen fired has nothing to do with the far-right, and everything to do with how the 55-year-old spoke of the ruling CDU-SPD grand coalition in his farewell speech as BfV chief in front of European counterparts in October. While the Interior Ministry has not made the contents of Maassen's remarks public, he reportedly spoke derisively of Merkel's administration in front of the group of European security leaders. Even his former champion Horst Seehofer did not directly back him this time, telling reporters in Munich on Sunday that he could not comment on the matter yet. He will reportedly make a decision on Maassen's future when he gets the finished report on the incident at the end of the week. Maassen has been no stranger to controversy throughout his career, notably being accused in 2013 of having transferred all BfV data to the US National Security Agency.

Maassen reportedly heavily criticized the government to other European security chiefs in his farewell speech. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, who backed Maassen in other controversies, has declined to do so this time. Germany’s controversial former domestic intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen looked likely to finally be getting the boot from government on Sunday. The Interior Ministry confirmed that it is reviewing ... Read More »

Pakistan officials: Many killed in police center attack

پاکستانی شہر کوئٹہ میں دہشت گردی کی ایک کارروائی کے نتیجے میں کم ازکم انسٹھ افراد ہلاک جبکہ سو سے زائد زخمی ہو گئے ہیں۔ فوج کے مطابق اس مرتبہ نقاب پوش خود کش حملہ آوروں نے پولیس کی ایک تربیتی اکیڈمی کو نشانہ بنایا ہے۔ خبر رساں ادارے روئٹرز نے پاکستانی فوج کے حوالے سے بتایا ہے کہ اسلحے سے لیس خود کش حملہ آوروں نے کوئٹہ میں واقع پولیس کی تربیتی اکیڈمی پر دھاوا بولتے ہوئے کئی افراد کو یرغمال بھی بنا لیا تھا۔ بتایا گیا ہے کہ جب یہ حملہ کیا گیا، اس وقت اس اکیڈمی میں دو سو کے قریب کیڈٹس موجود تھے۔ پیر کی شام شروع ہونے والی حملہ آوروں کی یہ کارروائی پانچ گھنٹے تک جاری رہی، جس دوران حملہ آوروں نے کئی کیڈٹس کو یرغمال بھی بنا لیا تھا۔ بلوچستان میں کومبنگ آپریشن شروع، پچیس مشتبہ افراد گرفتار کوئٹہ حملہ، داعش کے بعد طالبان نے بھی ذمہ داری قبول کر لی بلوچستان میں تشدد کی نئی لہر، ’ہدف پاک چین اقتصادی راہداری‘ اس حملے میں زندہ بچ جانے والے ایک زیر تربیت پولیس اہلکار نے روئٹرز کو بتایا، ’’جنگجو سیدھے ہماری بیرک میں پہنچے اور انہوں نے اندھا دھند فائرنگ شروع کر دی۔ ہم چیختے چلاتے بیرک میں ادھر ادھر بھاگنے لگے۔‘‘ ابھی تک کسی گروہ نے اس حملے کی ذمہ داری قبول نہیں کی ہے۔ بلوچستان کے وزیر داخلہ سرفراز بگٹی نے میڈیا کو بتایا ہے کہ حملہ آوروں نے یہ کارروائی ایک ایسے وقت میں کی، جب اس تربیتی اکیڈمی میں کیڈٹس آرام کر رہے تھے یا سو رہے تھے، ’’دو حملہ آوروں نے خود کو دھماکا خیز مواد سے اڑا دیا جبکہ تیسرا حملہ آور سکیورٹی فورسز کی کارروائی میں ہلاک کر دیا گیا۔‘‘ انہوں نے مزید کہا کہ قبل ازیں ایسی اطلاعات تھیں کہ ان حملہ آوروں کی تعداد پانچ یا چھ تھی۔ روئٹرز نے بتایا ہے کہ جائے حادثہ پر ایک نو عمر لڑکے کی لاش کو ہستپال منتقل کیا گیا، جو مبینہ طور پر ایک حملہ آور تھا۔ یہ وہی حملہ آوار قرار دیا گیا ہے، جو سکیورٹی فورسز کی فائرنگ سے ہلاک ہوا۔ بتایا گیا ہے کہ وہ سر پر گولی لگنے سے مارا گیا۔ کوئٹہ میں ایک اعلیٰ فوجی اہلکار جنرل شیر افگن نے مقامی میڈیا کو بتایا ہے کہ گو کہ کسی نے اس کارروائی کا ذمہ داری قبول نہیں کی ہے لیکن ابتدائی تفتیش سے اندازہ ہوا ہے کہ ان حملہ آوروں کا تعلق سنی جنگجو گروہ ’لشکر جھنگوی‘ سے تھا۔ انہوں نے مزید کہا، ’’ہمیں معلوم ہوا ہے کہ یہ تینوں حملہ آور افغانستان سے ہدایات حاصل کر رہے تھے۔‘‘ انہوں نے کہا کہ ان حملہ آوروں کی کمیونیکشن کو انٹرسپٹ کرنے کے بعد یہ اندازہ لگایا گیا ہے۔ بلوچستان کے وزیر اعلیٰ نے مقامی میڈیا کو بتایا، ’’دو تین قبل ہمیں خفیہ معلومات موصول ہوئی تھیں کہ کوئٹہ شہر میں ممکنہ طور پر حملہ ہو سکتا ہے۔ اسی لیے سکیورٹی ہائی الرٹ تھی۔ لیکن انہوں (حملہ آوروں ) نے پولیس ٹریننگ کالج کو نشانہ بنایا۔‘‘

Several militants stormed a police academy in southwestern Pakistan, killing at least 60 people and injuring more than 120. Authorities blamed a militant group affiliated with the Pakistani Taliban for the attack. Gunmen wearing explosive vests raided a police training college near the southwestern city of Quetta late on Monday, killing at least 60 people and wounding more than 120, ... Read More »

Pakistan’s Edhi: A ‘failed state’ and a ‘messiah’

جہاں پاکستان کی ریاست اور حکومتیں عوام کی جانب اپنی ذمے داریاں پوری کرنے میں ناکام ہوئیں، وہاں فلاحی کارکن عبدالستار ایدھی نے چھ دہائیوں تک لوگوں کی خدمت کر کے اس خلا کو پُر کیا۔ ڈی ڈبلیو کی کشور مصطفیٰ کا تبصرہ۔ پاکستان ایک ایسا ملک ہے جہاں شہری اور عسکری بیوروکریسی انتہائی وسیع ہے۔ ملک میں بے شمار سرکاری شعبے ہیں، وزارتیں ہیں اور لاتعداد وزیر بھی ہیں۔ پاکستان کے سن انیس سو سینتالیس میں انگریز حکم رانوں سے آزادی کے باوجود اب تک ریاست اپنے شہریوں کو بنیادی سہولیات فراہم کرنے سے قاصر رہی ہے۔ 'پاکستان کے مدر ٹیریسا‘ کہلائے جانے والے عبدالستار ایدھی نہ سیاست دان تھے اور نہ ہی امیر بزنس مین، مگر عوامی فلاح و بہبود کے لیے ان کی لگن اور ان تھک محنت نے پاکستان کے غریب افراد کو وہ کچھ دیا جو ریاست نہ دے سکی۔ جب ایدھی کو یہ اندازہ ہوا کہ ریاست اپنی ذمے داریاں پوری نہیں کر رہی تو انہوں نے اپنے طور پر عوام کی فلاح کا بیڑا اٹھا لیا اور ایدھی فاؤنڈیشن کو قائم کیا۔ ابتدا میں یہ صرف لوگوں کو عارضی مدد فراہم کرنے والا ادارہ تھا، تاہم جب پاکستان میں انیس سو اسی اور انیسی سو نوے کی دہائیوں میں سکیورٹی کی حالت ابتر ہوتی گئی تو ایدھی نے اپنے مشن کو وسیع کرتے ہوئے دہشت گردی کا نشانہ بننے والے افراد کی بھی مدد کرنا شروع کی۔ ایدھی ایک بہت مشکل کام حکومت کی کسی بھی مدد کے بغیر کر رہے تھے۔ اور انہوں نے یہ کام اس قدر عاجزی اور سنجیدگی کے ساتھ کیا کہ پاکستان کے عوام نے اس کی مثال اس سے پہلے کبھی نہیں دیکھی تھی۔ انہوں نے اپنی زندگی سادگی سے گزاری اور اپنی زندگی میں ہی ان کو ایک ’درویش‘ کا درجہ حاصل ہو گیا۔ آج ایدھی فاؤنڈیشن کے پاس جنوبی ایشیا میں ایمبولینسوں کا سب سے بڑا نیٹ ورک ہے۔ وہ ’عوامی باورچی خانے‘ بھی چلاتی ہے جہاں سے ہر روز ہزاروں بھوکے افراد کو کھانا ملتا ہے۔ ایدھی کا فلاحی ادارہ ’دارالاطفال‘ بھی چلاتا ہے، جہاں وہ بچے لائے جاتے ہیں جن کا کوئی کفیل نہیں ہوتا۔ اسی طرح ایدھی فاؤنڈیشن گھریلو تشدد کا شکار خواتین کے لیے درالامان بھی چلاتی ہے۔ عبدالستار ایدھی کی زندگی، ان کی جدوجہد اور ان کا فلسفہء حیات ان لوگوں کو متاثر کرتا رہے گا جو انسانیت کی خدمت کرنا چاہتے ہیں۔ ان کی وراثت ثابت کرتی ہے کہ انسانیت کسی بھی قومی، لسانی اور مذہبی وابستگی سے بالاتر ہے۔ لاکھوں کی تعداد میں غریب افراد ایدھی صاحب کے بنائے ان اداروں سے مستفید ہوتے رہیں گے۔ اس عظیم فلاحی کارکن کو نو جولائی کو پاکستانی ریاست کی جانب سے پورے اعزازات کے ساتھ دفنا دیا گیا۔ فوجی اور سویلین قیادت نے ایدھی کی سماج کے لیے خدمات پر انہیں سیلوٹ بھی پیش کیا۔ تاہم ایدھی کو کسی ریاستی اعزاز کی ضرورت نہیں تھی۔ ان کی جدوجہد اس بات کو ظاہر کرتی تھی کہ ریاستی رہنما اپنی ذمے داری پوری نہیں کر رہے تھے۔ جو محبت اور عزت انہیں پاکستان کے عوام سے ملی وہی ان کے لیے سب سے بڑا اعزاز تھا۔

As the Pakistani state failed to fulfill its responsibilities towards its people, the philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi filled the vacuum and helped the destitute for over six decades. What legacy does he leave behind? Pakistan is a country with a huge civilian and military bureaucracy, many state departments and ministries and countless ministers. Yet, the state has failed to deliver ... Read More »

Rescuers race to find survivors in Afghanistan-Pakistan quake

Islamabad mobilized the military to begin a rescue mission for survivors of a massive earthquake that has killed hundreds. Roads destroyed in the disaster made it difficult to reach the remote regions most affected. The search area for victims of a deadly earthquake along the Afghan-Pakistani border was widened on Tuesday as authorities increased the death toll to upwards of 260. That figure is expected to rise further. The magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck in the Hindu Kush mountain range, near Afghanistan's borders with Pakistan and Tajikistan. The region's already weak infrastructure took a beating in the quake, blocking roads and cutting off the most remote areas in need of help. The epicenter of Monday's earthquake was in the rural Badakhsan province, vast swathes of which are still controlled by the Taliban. Authorities in Afghanistan were still able to estimate, however, that around 63 people were killed in the disaster and hundreds injured. Schoolgirls killed in panicked stampede Around a dozen of the dead in Afghanistan were a group of schoolgirls, all under 16, who were trampled in a crush to escape their swaying school building in the remote province Takhar. "When the relatives of the dead students came to collect their bodies, they were so distressed that they could not even talk to authorities to record their names," said Hafizullah Safai, leader of the Takhar health department. Pakistan sees most of the casualties Early estimates put the death toll in Pakistan higher, with more than 200 people believed perished and more than 1,800 injured, disaster management authorities said. Islamabad immediately mobilized its army and put all military hospitals on high alert, with the air force ready to assist in search and rescue missions. The quake lasted about one minute and sent shockwaves that were felt as far away as India and Uzbekistan. Traffic in Kabul came to a standstill as terrified people abandoned their cars as they waited for the quake to stop. The disaster prompted an outpouring of sympathy from around the world. Even Pakistan's bitter rival, India, offered its condolences, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeting words of consolation. The Hindu Kush range is frequently hit by earthquakes. In 2005, a 7.6 magnitude quake that struck there killed more than 75,000 people and displaced a further 3.5 million.

Islamabad mobilized the military to begin a rescue mission for survivors of a massive earthquake that has killed hundreds. Roads destroyed in the disaster made it difficult to reach the remote regions most affected. The search area for victims of a deadly earthquake along the Afghan-Pakistani border was widened on Tuesday as authorities increased the death toll to upwards of ... Read More »

Pakistani provincial minister killed in suicide attack

پاکستانی صوبہ پنجاب کے وزیر داخلہ شجاع خانزادہ کے ڈیرے پر اتوار کے روز ہونے والے ایک بم حملے میں خانزادہ سمیت کم از کم دس افراد جاں بحق ہو گئے ہیں۔ خانزادہ کی ہلاکت کی تصدیق ڈسٹرکٹ ایمرجنسی آفیسر ڈاکٹر اشفاق نے بھی کر دی ہے۔ اطلاعات کے مطابق اس بم دھماکے سے ڈیرے کی یہ عمارت مکمل طور پر تباہ ہو گئی، جب کہ 20 افراد اس کے ملبے تلے دفن ہو گئے۔ یہ بھی بتایا گیا ہے کہ اٹک میں وزیر داخلہ کے اس ڈیرے پر یہ حملہ ایک ایسے وقت پر کیا گیا جب وہاں 20 تا 30 افراد موجود تھے۔ ریسکیو ورکرز کے مطابق اب تک دس افراد کی لاشیں برآمد کی جا چکی ہیں۔

A suicide bomber has killed a Pakistani provincial minister and at least nine other people. Shuja Khanzada was very active in crackdowns on militants and Taliban insurgents. Shuja Khanzada, Home Minister of Punjab, was killed after the blast brought down the roof of a building where he was holding a meeting in Shadi Khan in the Attock district, local officials ... Read More »

Mugabe condemns killing of Cecil the lion

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe lashed out at US amateur hunter Walter Palmer for killing Cecil, saying the country's wildlife belongs to its people. He also blamed foreign tourists for destroying local resources. In a speech to mark Zimbabwe's Heroes' Day, aging president Robert Mugabe condemned the killing of Cecil the lion on Monday, blaming foreign visitors for destroying the nation's wildlife and natural resources. "Our wildlife, all our animals, belong to us. They should not be shot with a gun or with an arrow," the president, who has often come under fire for his human rights record in his decades-long tenure, told the thousands who gathered at a shrine on the outskirts of the capital Harare for the day's celebrations. "Even Cecil the lion is yours. He is dead. He was yours to protect and he [was] there to protect you," Mugabe said, referring to the early July incident where the popular lion, beloved of visitors to Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park, was killed by American dentist Walter Palmer. Walter Palmer the target of global ire Cecil's death sparked worldwide outrage when it was discovered that Palmer had paid a local safari company $55,000 (50,000 euros) to hunt and kill the lion with a bow and arrow. Palmer and his local guides allegedly lured Cecil, who was wearing a tracking collar as part of an Oxford University research project, outside the park grounds in order to kill him. Local tracker Theo Bronkhurst was subsequently arrested and charged with failure to prevent an illegal hunt. He has been temporarily freed on bail pending his September 28 trial. Palmer, a seasoned trophy hunter, and his dental practice became the targets of often vicious online fury and has gone into hiding following demonstrations outside his offices in suburban Minnesota. He has apologized for killing the lion, but blamed his local guides for the incident, saying they misled him as to the legality of the hunt. Mugabe took the opportunity Monday to lash out at international tourists who is his view, have come to "vandalize" Zimbabwe. "There are vandals who come from all over. Of course some may be just ordinary visitors but others want to vandalize, to irregularly and illegally acquire part of these resources." The authorities in Zimbabwe have launched a massive crackdown on poaching and illegal hunting in response to the international outcry over Cecil's death.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe lashed out at US amateur hunter Walter Palmer for killing Cecil, saying the country’s wildlife belongs to its people. He also blamed foreign tourists for destroying local resources. In a speech to mark Zimbabwe’s Heroes’ Day, aging president Robert Mugabe condemned the killing of Cecil the lion on Monday, blaming foreign visitors for destroying the nation’s ... Read More »

Deadliest, week-long Pakistan heatwave kills 1,233 in Karachi

Tens of thousands of people have been treated for heatstroke in Pakistan's southern port of Karachi. The heatwave, the worst on record, has already killed 1,233 people, local authorities say. About 65,000 heatstroke patients have been treated by doctors at Karachi's hospitals since June 20 according to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority. The heatwave has affected Sindh province, of which Karachi is the capital. Temperatures have reached 45 degrees Celsius (113 degress Fahrenheit). Operations director Nazar Mohammad Bozdar said that 1,923 patients with heat-related ailments were still being treated. There have been power outages and many people have spent nights outdoors in cooler air. "The government quickly responded by making arrangements for the treatment of heatstroke patients and the situation has improved now," he said. Pakistan's deadliest heatwave on record has taken place at the same time as the holy month of Ramadan, when the Muslim community fast from dawn to dusk. Salma Kausar Ali of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation said that temperatures in Pakistan's most populated city have started to come down, towards 36 and 37 degrees Celsius. There are 20 million people living in Karachi. Kausar Ali said that most of the victims of the heatwave were people aged more than 60 years or people who worked out of doors.

Tens of thousands of people have been treated for heatstroke in Pakistan’s southern port of Karachi. The heatwave, the worst on record, has already killed 1,233 people, local authorities say. About 65,000 heatstroke patients have been treated by doctors at Karachi’s hospitals since June 20 according to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority. The heatwave has affected Sindh province, of which ... Read More »

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