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Pakistan trained Hafiz Saeed to fight against India in Jammu and Kashmir: Musharraf

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Islamabad, Nov 14 Former Pakistani military dictator Pervez Musharraf has admitted that the Pakistan state not only gave a “hero’s welcome” to terrorists like Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed but also trained and supported them to fight against India in Jammu and Kashmir.

In an undated video interview of Musharraf, uploaded by former senator Farhatullah Babar, the former Pakistan President also acknowledges that Pakistan “introduced religious militancy” in Afghanistan in the 1980s, and at the time terrorists like Osama bin-Laden, Jalaluddin Haqqani were “our heroes”.

“From 1979 we changed it (Pak policy) a lot, we introduced religious militancy in favour of Pakistan to oust the Soviets (from Afghanistan).
“We brought in the Mujahideen from across the world, we brought the Taliban, we trained them with weapons…

“The Haqqani, they are our heroes of the ’80s, Osama bin Laden was our hero, Zawahiri was our hero.. Then the situation was different,” Musharraf told his interviewer.

“Now the situation has changed, now the heroes have become villains.”

Going to Kashmir, he says: “Take the 1990s, in Kashmir, Hafiz Saeed. There was a freedom struggle that started in 1990. They were beaten by the Indian Army, and they ran to Pakistan. They were supported by Pakistan, they were given a hero’s reception.

“They were properly trained, and we were in support of them. They were Mujahideen who would fight against the Indian Army for their rights. Then the Lashkar-e-Taiba was created, and a dozen other outfits… They were our heroes.

“They were fighting for their brothers and sisters in Kashmir, risking their lives.

“The whole thing should be understood. Now the situation has changed, and they have become villains, and people are asking for them to be caught and punished.

“Now it has been converted to terrorism. This religious mujahideen that was earlier a positive impact has turned into a negative activity,” he said.

Babar, attaching the video, wrote on twitter: “When Musharraf blurts that militants were nurtured and touted as ‘heroes’ to fight in Kashmir. If it resulted in destruction of two generations of Pashtuns, it didn’t matter. Is it wrong to demand Truth Commission to find out who devised self-serving policies that destroyed Pashtuns?”

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7 lakh jobs gone in 14 days, worst yet to come in US

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Washington, April 4 The worst stage of coronavirus pandemic became visible in the US when the Donald Trump government reported that employers cut over 7 lakh jobs in the first two weeks of March — close to the May 2009 financial crisis peak of 800,000 job losses.

Most of the job losses were reported from restaurants and bars, followed by retailers. It was the first decline in payrolls since September 2010, CNBC reported.

The unemployment rate rose to 4.4 per cent – from 3.5 per cent — the first job decline in a decade, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday.

The Labor report, however, doesn’t capture “the nearly 10 million laid-off and furloughed Americans who filed initial jobless claims in the past two weeks as much of the nation’s economy was shut down to contain the spread of the virus”.

According to a USA Today report, that’s because Labor’s survey was conducted the week ending March 14, before most states ordered residents to stay at home and nonessential businesses — such as restaurants, movie theaters and most stores — to close.

It means the job loss numbers for March will actually be way high.

The US Labor Department on Thursday revealed that another 6.6 million workers filed jobless claims last week.

“The report does capture the first stumble in the economy’s historic free fall. The number of workers filing initial jobless claims rose by 70,000 — the most since 2013 — to 282,000 in the week of Labor’s survey”.

The April jobs report, which won’t be released until May 8, could include the nearly 10 million Americans who filed for first-time unemployment benefits as the pandemic forced businesses to close and people to stay at home, CNN reported.

Job losses over the next few weeks will come from a wider range of sectors, according to Daniel Zhao, senior economist at careers website Glassdoor.

“White collar jobs are not safe from this,” Zhao was quoted as saying.

“If this is an indication of what was happening before the full force of the crisis hit, then it will be hard to come up with the words to describe the numbers in future months,” added Nick Bunker, economic research director at job search site Indeed.

By comparison, it took about two years for the US economy to lose nearly nine million jobs during the Great Recession.

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Washington, April 4 (IANS) The worst stage of coronavirus pandemic became visible in the US when the Donald Trump government reported that employers cut over 7 lakh jobs in the first two weeks of March — close to the May 2009 financial crisis peak of 800,000 job losses.

Most of the job losses were reported from restaurants and bars, followed by retailers. It was the first decline in payrolls since September 2010, CNBC reported.

The unemployment rate rose to 4.4 per cent – from 3.5 per cent — the first job decline in a decade, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday.

The Labor report, however, doesn’t capture “the nearly 10 million laid-off and furloughed Americans who filed initial jobless claims in the past two weeks as much of the nation’s economy was shut down to contain the spread of the virus”.

According to a USA Today report, that’s because Labor’s survey was conducted the week ending March 14, before most states ordered residents to stay at home and nonessential businesses — such as restaurants, movie theaters and most stores — to close.

It means the job loss numbers for March will actually be way high.

The US Labor Department on Thursday revealed that another 6.6 million workers filed jobless claims last week.

“The report does capture the first stumble in the economy’s historic free fall. The number of workers filing initial jobless claims rose by 70,000 — the most since 2013 — to 282,000 in the week of Labor’s survey”.

The April jobs report, which won’t be released until May 8, could include the nearly 10 million Americans who filed for first-time unemployment benefits as the pandemic forced businesses to close and people to stay at home, CNN reported.

Job losses over the next few weeks will come from a wider range of sectors, according to Daniel Zhao, senior economist at careers website Glassdoor.

“White collar jobs are not safe from this,” Zhao was quoted as saying.

“If this is an indication of what was happening before the full force of the crisis hit, then it will be hard to come up with the words to describe the numbers in future months,” added Nick Bunker, economic research director at job search site Indeed.

By comparison, it took about two years for the US economy to lose nearly nine million jobs during the Great Recession.

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Pak Senator urges UN to probe if COVID-19 is man-made

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Islamabad, April 4 (IANS) Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Rehman Malik has urged the UN to form a high-powered commission to probe if the COVID-19 was a man-made or a naturally grown virus and also to locate its origin, a media report said on Saturday.

In a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Malik, also a former Interior Minister, said the proposed commission on COVID-19 under the UN Convention on Biological Weapons, 1975 might comprise virologists, scientists, professors, researchers, analysts and experts in the fields of microbiology, reports Dawn news.

Making the letter public at a press conference through a video link, Malik on Friday said the commission should present its report to Guterres in three months, and its ‘terms of reference’ (ToR) should include recommendations to prevent future breakouts of such viruses, and international standards for coordination in case of a breakout.

For the proposed UN commission, Malik in his letter has proposed seven ToRs.

These include accurate identification of the geo-location of the COVID-19’s origin; identification of areas with zero patient; discovery as to why the behaviour, intensity and fertility rate of COVID-19 varies from country to country; investigation whether COVID-19 is a man-made or naturally-grown virus and examination of the allegations of transportation of the virus from one place to other destinations in the world, as a ‘biological warfare tactics’.

He said the deadly coronavirus pandemic had stirred up the worst global crisis since World War II.

Malik asserted that he was not blaming any government or a group or levelling any allegation or endorsing any media report about the origin of the disease, said the Dawn news report.

Pakistan has so far recorded 2,696 coronavirus cases with 40 deaths.

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