It is a dream come true for the avid social media followers of famous influencers/Social Media Stars such as Mian Kashif Zameer and Zafar Sapari. Today, they have been welcomed with open arms at Tahir Aslam Khan’s house in Wah. This visit brings immense delight to the young people connected to social media networks, who have always been eager for such an opportunity. The residence is overflowing with friends gathering to enjoy the special occasion and indulge in the delicious meals prepared by Aslam Khan. The Instagram-able photo ops and TikTok videos are bringing further joy to these social media stars and their fan.
This visit has been an absolutely amazing experience for all involved, creating a memorable experience for the attendees.
Today was a memorable day for the youth of Wah, Pakistan. Mian Kashif Zameer, Zafar Sapari, and other well-known social media stars were welcomed at the residence of Tahir Aslam Khan with immense delight.
Friends and family flocked to the residence on hearing the news of the special occasion and were greeted with meals and hospitality by the Khan family. This was an amazing opportunity for the locals, especially for the young people connected to various social media networks, to get up close and personal with the influencers. The youth were able to take selfies, capture short videos and get on Tik Tok to share the amazing experience.
Longtime friends of Tahir Aslam Khan, the presence of these stars made the occasion even more special, creating an atmosphere of camaraderie. This was certainly a night to remember as people embraced photos and video opportunities, forever immortalizing the occasion. With these kinds of gatherings, it is not unusual for social media stars to make their way to the Khan’s residence.
It was no surprise that the atmosphere of the gathering was electric, as the young people enjoyed a unique opportunity. To have such highly esteemed social media personalities visit the Khan family’s home was an amazing experience for everyone, both young and old, who were involved. It is rare for the youth of Wah to having such memorable events, making this an occasion that will live on in memory.
To have such stars spend time in the presence of loved ones and friends is absolutely delightful. With their presence, the energy of the gathering was raised to new heights and the content created will be shared on social media to be remembered forever. It was a night that the locals of Wah will never forget as they celebrate this special occasion with the content created by these influencers.
The interaction with these influencers made the gathering a precious experience for the people.
Given their strong friendship, it is common for these celebrities to visit Aslam Khan’s dwelling.
Overwhelmed rescuers struggled to save people trapped under the rubble as the death toll from a devastating earthquake in Turkiye and Syria surpassed 5,000 on Tuesday, with despair mounting and the scale of the disaster hampering relief efforts.
An official 51-member Pakistani rescue team was also set to touchdown in Istanbul today, federal minister Saad Rafiq said on Twitter.
In the Turkish city of Antakya near the Syrian border, where 10-story buildings had crumbled onto the streets, Reuters journalists saw rescue work being conducted on one out of dozens of mounds of rubble.
The temperature was close to freezing as the rain came down and there was no electricity or fuel in the city.
The magnitude 7.8 quake hit Turkiye and neighboring Syria early on Monday, toppling thousands of buildings including many apartment blocks, wrecking hospitals, and leaving thousands of people injured or homeless.
In Turkiye, the death toll climbed to 3,381 people, Turkiye’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said.
The death toll in Syria, already devastated by more than 11 years of war, stands at more than 1,500, according to the Syrian government and rescue service in the insurgent-held northwest.
Freezing winter weather hampered search efforts through the night. A woman’s voice was heard calling for help under a pile of rubble in the southern Turkish province of Hatay. Nearby, the body of a small child lay lifeless.
Weeping in the rain, a resident who gave his name as Deniz wrung his hands in despair.
“They’re making noises but nobody is coming,” he said. “We’re devastated, we’re devastated. My God … They’re calling out. They’re saying, ‘Save us’ but we can’t save them. How are we going to save them? There has been nobody since the morning.”
Families slept in cars lined up in the streets.
Ayla, standing by a pile of rubble where an eight-story building once stood, said she had driven to Hatay from Gaziantep on Monday in search of her mother. Five or six rescuers from the Istanbul fire department were working in the ruins — a sandwich of concrete and glass.
“There have been no survivors yet. A street dog came and barked at a certain point for a long, I feared it was for my mother. But it was someone else,” she said.
“I turned on the lights of the car to help the rescue team. They took out only two bodies so far, and no survivors.
In Kahramanmaras, north of Antakya, families gathered around fires and wrapped themselves in blankets to stay warm.
“We barely made it out of the house,” said Neset Guler, huddling with his four children. “Our situation is a disaster. We are hungry, we are thirsty. It’s miserable.”
Ankara declared a “level 4 alarm” that calls for international assistance, but not a state of emergency that would lead to the mass mobilization of the military.
AFAD official Orhan Tatar said 5,775 buildings had been destroyed in the quake, which had been followed by 285 aftershocks, and that 20,426 people had been injured.
The Turkish disaster agency said 13,740 searches and rescue personnel were deployed and more than 41,000 tents, 100,000 beds, and 300,000 blankets had been sent to the region.
The earthquake, which was followed by aftershocks, was the biggest recorded worldwide by the US Geological Survey since one in the remote South Atlantic in August 2021.
Another earthquake of 5.6 magnitudes struck central Turkiye on Tuesday, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre said.
Monday’s quake was the deadliest in Turkiye since one of similar magnitude in 1999 that killed more than 17,000. Nearly 16,000 were reported injured in Monday’s quake.
Poor internet connections and damaged roads between some of the worst-hit Turkish cities, homes to millions of people, hindered efforts to assess the impact and plan help.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, preparing for a tough election in May, called the quake a historic disaster and said authorities were doing all they could.
In the Turkish city of Iskenderun, rescuers climbed an enormous pile of debris that was once part of a state hospital’s intensive care unit in search of survivors. Health workers did what they could to tend to the new rush of injured.
“We have a patient who was taken into surgery but we don’t know what happened,” said Tulin, a woman in her 30s, standing outside the hospital, wiping away tears and praying.
In Syria, the effects of the quake were compounded by the destruction of more than 11 years of civil war.
In the rebel-held northwest, the death toll stands at more than 740 people, according to the Syrian civil defense, a rescue service known for digging people from the rubble of government air strikes.
The civil defense said hundreds of families were trapped under the rubble and time was running out to save them.
“Every second means saving lives and we call on all humanitarian organizations to give material aid and respond to this catastrophe urgently,” said Raed al-Saleh, head of the civil defense.
A top UN humanitarian official in Syria said fuel shortages and the harsh weather were creating obstacles to its response.
“The infrastructure is damaged, the roads that we used to use for humanitarian work are damaged, we have to be creative in how to get to the people … but we are working hard,” UN resident coordinator El-Mostafa Benlamlih told Reuters in an interview via video link from Damascus.
The death toll in Syrian government-held areas rose to 812, the Syrian state news agency SANA reported.
PM Shehbaz is to leave for Turkiye tomorrow
Meanwhile, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will depart for Turkiye tomorrow.
She tweeted that the premier will meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and express condolences with the lives lost in the earthquake.
Later in the day, Aurangzeb said that PM Shehbaz has decided to launch the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund to support earthquake victims in Turkiye in these difficult times.
“The federal cabinet has decided to donate their one-month salary to the relief fund,” she revealed.
Separately, PM Shehbaz said in a tweet that the destruction in Turkiye and Syria was mind-numbing.
“24 hours after the devastating earthquake hit Turkiye & Syria, scenes of death and destruction are mind-numbing. It breaks the heart to witness the sheer scale of unfolding human tragedy,” he said.
The premier added that solidarity with Turkiye and Syria should translate into “tangible and timely material support for suffering humanity”.
The first batch of relief items arrive in Turkiye
On Tuesday morning, the first batch of relief items from Pakistan reached Turkiye, a Pakistan Air Force spokesperson said.
“Pakistan Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft carrying members of search and rescue teams and blankets from PAF Base, Nur Khan has landed in Turkiye,” he said in a statement.
The PAF aircraft is carrying relief goods from the people of Pakistan for the earthquake-affected brethren of Turkiye, the spokesperson added.
Earlier, the Pakistan Army’s media wing said that two contingents; an urban search and rescue team — comprising rescue experts, sniffer dogs, and search equipment and a Medical team comprising army doctors, nursing staff, and technicians along with 30 bedded mobile hospital, tentage, blankets — and other relief items had been dispatched to Turkiye.
“The aid contingents have flown to Adana via a special Pakistan Air Force aircraft on the night of February 6-7, 2023, to undertake relief efforts for the Turkish people while working in close coordination with the Turkish government, AFs, and their Embassy in Islamabad,” a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
It stated that the contingents would stay in Turkiye until the completion of the relief and rescue operation.
“People and AFs of Pakistan stand with our Turk brethren and offer all available support in this hour of need,” the statement added.
Additionally, Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said that a Pakistan International Airline (PIA) airplane will take a 51-member rescue team to Istanbul today.
“PK-707 will depart from Lahore for Istanbul with the Pakistani rescue team and their special equipment,” he tweeted, adding that measures for the delivery of relief items had also been completed.
Rafique further said that the delivery of relief goods has been made cost-free on all PIA flights to Istanbul and Damascus. The items can be delivered to PIA’s cargo terminal through the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
A disturbing video showing a group of men dragging a woman by her hair, brutally kicking and assaulting her with sticks, while she screams and cries surrounded by onlookers is going viral on social media platforms. As per credible SM and Twitter accounts the disturbing footage of the violent incident took place in UP where a Dalit girl is being subjected to extreme violence, taking place in an open field near a water body, on the charges of her bathing in the nearby water; making the water impure/ de-sanctifying it for upper-class Hindus. The footage has again uncovered the charade from the face of India claiming to be on the path of social and economic progress and lay bare the inherent flaws in Hindutva ideology. As reported by Beena Pallical –General Secretary of the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights in India; for centuries, Dalit minorities in South Asia have faced discrimination, marginalization, stigma, and violence. And this violence stems from the illogical phenomena of descent-based discrimination. According to the International Dalit Solidarity Network, there are an estimated 260 million Dalits worldwide. The Dalit live in South Asia (India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) and in communities that migrated from South Asia across the globe.
Statistics Concerning the State of Dalits in India
Atrocities/Crimes against Schedule Castes have increased by 1.2% in 2021 (50900) over 2020 (50,291 cases). Uttar Pradesh (13,146 cases) reported the highest number of cases of atrocities against Scheduled Castes (SCs) accounting for 25.82% followed by Rajasthan with 14.7% (7524) and Madhya Pradesh with 14.1% (7214) during 2021. The next two states in the list are Bihar accounting for 11.4% (5842) and Odisha 4.5% (2327). The above top five states reported 70.8% of cases of atrocities against Schedule Castes. The recent incidents of atrocities against Scheduled Castes in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana reflect the harsh realities of caste-based violence against SCs and STs, said the group.
Violence against Adivasis
Atrocities/ Crimes against Scheduled Tribes have increased by 6.4 % in 2021 (8’802 cases) over 2020 (8,272 cases). Madhya Pradesh (2627, cases) reported the highest number of cases of atrocities against Scheduled Tribes (STs) accounting for 29.8% followed by Rajasthan with 24% (2121 cases) and Odisha with 7.6 %( 676 cases) during 2021. Maharashtra was next on the list with 7.17% (628 cases) followed by Telangana at 5.81% (512 cases). The above top five states reported 74.57% of cases of atrocities against Scheduled Tribes.
Dalit and Adivasi Women at the Receiving End
Cases of rape against Schedule caste women, (including minors) account for 7.64% (3893 cases), with 2585 cases of rape against Dalit Women and 1285 cases of minor rape, of the total cases reported. Cases of rape, attempt to rape, and assault on women, to outrage her modesty, and kidnapping of women and minors cumulatively stood at 16.8% (8570 cases). Cases of rape against Scheduled Tribe women stood at 15% (1324 cases) of the total cases reported. Cases of Rape, Attempt to rape, Assault on women to outrage her modesty, and kidnapping cumulatively stood at 226.8% (2364 cases). Cases of murder, Attempt to murder, and Grievous hurt were reported as 967, 916, and 1286 respectively against Scheduled Caste. Similarly for Scheduled Tribes. Cases of Murder, Attempt to murder, and Grievous hurt were reported as 199,148 and 114 respectively. Cases, trials in 10108 of atrocities against SCs were completed, and in 1947 cases for STs. A graphical display of crimes against Dalits/Scheduled Castes is enclosed herewith along with the source (National Crime Records Bureau).
Legal Forum for Kashmir (LFK) has released a fact sheet report, titled, ‘The Great Land Grab: Disempowering People in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir’. The fact sheet has exposed the occupying state’s Israeli model of systematic settler colonial process in IIOJK by allowing an ‘anti-encroachment drive’ against the civilian population of Jammu Kashmir with the aim to dislodge them from these agricultural and non-agriculture properties which would lead to their economic disempowerment.
The fact sheet has prepared the list of the Tehsil/Village wise area of land under the proper description and identified that land measuring 178005.213 acres in Kashmir region and 25,159.56 acres in Jammu forcibly taken by occupying the Indian authorities without serving any notices to the owners. “The Revenue departments’ 11737 pages’ list of the alleged ‘State land’ issued in 20 districts of IIOJK is basically owned by the Kashmiris under the Big Landed Estate Abolition Act (Agrarian reforms act), JK State land vesting of ownership Act 2001, JK Evacuees (Administration) of Property Act, Jammu and Kashmir Tenancy Act 1980, Jammu and Kashmir Common Lands(Regulation) Act 1956 and other numerous orders passed by the erstwhile state government in favor of Landless peasants.” Anti-encroachment drive was a process of demographic engineering to settle outside businesses and give them voting and other aligned rights. Modi regime is violating the human right and Humanitarian principles and also UNSC resolutions on Jammu & Kashmir. “The fact sheet also recommends that Secretary-General United Nations under Article 99 of the UN charter should use all diplomatic, humanitarian, and other peaceful means to assist Indian-occupied Jammu Kashmir in meeting its responsibility to protect its people from forced eviction, genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. It should take collective action in accordance with the United Nations Charter, as necessary.”
Indian-occupied Jammu Kashmir is under unprecedented censorship and facing Israeli-style settler colonialism since New Delhi unilaterally and illegally revoked its special status in August 2019. The Security Council should ensure accountability for crimes under international law committed in IIOJK, preferably by referring the situation to the International Criminal Court or alternatively by creating an ad hoc international criminal tribunal. Further, Security Council should adopt targeted individual sanctions, including travel bans and asset freezes against those who appear most responsible for serious crimes under international law, the statement demanded. Until the Security Council acts, the General Assembly or alternatively the Human Rights Council should create an independent, impartial mechanism to collect, consolidate, preserve and analyze evidence of violations of international humanitarian law and human rights violations and abuses and to prepare files to facilitate and expedite fair and independent criminal proceedings in international courts or tribunals.