26 Oct 2020
NAWAZ SHARIF ASKS PAK ARMY CHIEF TO ANSWER FOR COUNTRYS SITUATION
Addressing the rally via video link from London, PML-N supremo and
three-time former prime minister Nawaz Sharif again blamed Army chief Gen
Qamar Javed Bajwa and ISI Director General Lt Gen Faiz Hameed for
Pakistan''s current situation.
Gen Bajwa, you will have to answer for record rigging in the 2018
elections, for horse-trading in the Parliament, for making Imran Niazi prime
minister against people''s wishes and [by] tearing apart the Constitution
and laws, for pushing people towards poverty and hunger," 70-year-old Sharif
He also accused the ISI chief of "interfering in politics for several years
with impunity" in violation of his oath. Sharif said that he names
individuals "because I don''t want my army to be defamed".
Pakistans powerful army has denied meddling in politics. Prime Minister
Khan also denies the army helped him win the election in 2018.
"Looking at this enthusiasm, I am sure that no one will be able to violate
the voter''s mandate now. I saw this enthusiasm in Gujranwala and Karachi,
and now I''m seeing it in Quetta," Sharif said, addressing the huge crowd at
"I am aware of Baloch people''s problems, Nawaz Sharif knows [...] the
missing persons issue is still there. I feel pain when I see the victims,"
he said, in an apparent reference to the forced disappearance of hundreds of
He said that the PDM has risen against "unconstitutional powers that have
made Pakistan hollow from inside and out".
Sharif concluded his speech by giving three messages. First, for the
soldiers and officers of our army: you have taken an oath to protect the
country, but also to safeguard the constitution of the country, he said,
urging them to honour their oath. The second message was for civil servants.
It is becoming difficult to get away with wrong doings. You should not come
under pressure, he warned. His third message was for the people. Protest
and freedom of speech is your right. No one can take it away from you. Its
your right to vote and elect your government, he said.
Pakistans major Opposition parties on Sunday held their third massive joint
rally despite security threats in the troubled southwestern Balochistan
provinces capital Quetta, as part of their nationwide campaign to oust
Prime Minister Imran Khan.
WHO CHIEF WARNS AGAINST 'VACCINE NATIONALISM', CALLS FOR GLOBAL SOLIDARITY
Addressing the World Health Summit in Berlin, Director-General of the WHO,
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cautioned the rich nations saying that if they
keep treatments to themselves they cannot expect to remain safe if poor
countries remain exposed.
He warned against 'vaccine nationalism' and called for global solidarity in
the rollout of any future Coronavirus vaccine.
"It is natural that countries want to protect their own citizens first but
if and when we have an effective vaccine, we must also use it effectively.
And the best way to do that is to vaccinate some people in all countries
rather than all people in some countries," he said. Let me be clear: vaccine
nationalism will prolong the pandemic, not shorten it," he said.
Tedros has also said that COVID-19 could be less when those countries who
have the funding are committed to this. He further warned that the COVID-19
pandemic cannot be defeated in a divided world.
"We need global solidarity every step of the way. A vaccine must be a global
public good. Vaccines, tests, and therapies are more than lifesavers. They
are economy savers and society savers," Guterres said.
TREATY BANNING NUKES RATIFIED BUT US, MAJOR POWERS NOT ON BOARD
The United Nations has announced that 50 countries have ratified a UN treaty
to ban nuclear weapons triggering its entry into force in 90 days, a move
hailed by anti-nuclear activists but strongly opposed by the US and the
other major nuclear powers.
As of Friday, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, known as the
TPNW, had 49 signatories, and UN officials said the 50th ratification from
Honduras had been received.
The US had written to treaty signatories saying the Trump administration
believes they made a strategic error and urging them to rescind their
ratification. The US letter, obtained by The Associated Press, said the five
original nuclear powers - the US, Russia, China, Britain and France - and
Americas NATO allies stand unified in our opposition to the potential
repercussions of the treaty.
It says the treaty turns back the clock on verification and disarmament and
is dangerous to the half-century-old Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty,
considered the cornerstone of global non-proliferation efforts.
The TPNW is and will remain divisive in the international community and
risk further entrenching divisions in existing non-proliferation and
disarmament fora that offer the only realistic prospect for consensus-based
progress, the letter said.
It would be unfortunate if the TPNW were allowed to derail our ability to
work together to address pressing proliferation.
FRANCE REACTS TO BOYCOTT CALLS; RECALLS ITS AMBASSADOR FOR CONSULTATIONS
The French Foreign Ministry said in a statement Sunday evening that its
diplomats were mobilizing to ask countries where boycotts were being
organized or hate calls issued not to back them, and to provide assurances
that French citizens would be safe.
In numerous countries of the Middle East, calls to boycott French
products...and more generally, calls to demonstrate against France, in
sometimes hateful terms, have been relayed on social media, the French
Foreign Ministry said. It added that such calls denature Frances
positions on freedom of expression and conscience.
Meanwhile, Pakistan and a bloc of Muslim nations condemned, without using
insults, remarks by Mr. Macron last week in which he refused to condemn the
publication or showing of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
BIDEN BLASTS TRUMP AS COVID-19 CASES MOUNT AND PENCE STAFF ENDURES OUTBREAK
Vice President Mike Pence forged ahead with campaigning on Sunday despite a
COVID-19 outbreak among his aides and President Donald Trump claimed
progress as the United States set records for daily infections, prompting
Democratic challenger Joe Biden to accuse Trump of surrendering to the
With nine days to go before the Nov. 3 election in which Mr. Biden is facing
the Republican president, the White House cited Mr. Pences status as an
essential worker as justification for his campaign travel despite exposure
to his chief of staff, Marc Short, who tested positive on Saturday.
Multiple senior aides to Mr. Pence also tested positive for COVID-19, the
White House chief of staff said.
The United States in the past two days has registered its highest number of
new COVID-19 cases - about 84,000 on Friday and about 79,900 on Saturday.
The pandemic, which has killed about 225,000 people in the United States and
left millions of Americans jobless, remains front and center in the
Even as the novel coronavirus surged in many parts of the United States, Mr.
Trump told the rally: Theres no nation in the world thats recovered like
While numerous COVID-19 vaccines are being developed, none has been approved
for use in the United States.
Were not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the fact
that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigation areas, White House
Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told CNNs State of the Union program.
In a statement released by his campaign, Mr. Biden seized on those comments,
saying Meadows stunningly admitted this morning that the administration has
given up on even trying to control this pandemic, that theyve given up on
their basic duty to protect the American people.
SPAIN ORDERS NATIONWIDE CURFEW TO STEM WORSENING OUTBREAK
Spain has declared a national state of emergency and imposed a night-time
curfew in an effort to help control a new spike in Covid-19 infections.
Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said the curfew, between the hours of 23:00 and
06:00, would come into force on Sunday.
Under the emergency measures, local authorities can also ban travel between
regions, Mr Sánchez said.
He said he would ask parliament to extend the new rules, initially in force
for 15 days, to six months.
Spain was hit hard during the first wave of the pandemic earlier this year
and imposed a much more restrictive lockdown - one of the toughest in the
Like many other European regions, however, it has been hit by a second wave
In Italy, new restrictions were also announced on Sunday. The government
said the steady rise in cases there was causing a huge strain on the
country's health services.
AFGHAN FORCES SAY THEY KILLED AL-QAEDA TERRORIST AL-MASRI
Afghan forces have killed Abu Muhsin al-Masri, a senior Al-Qaeda mastermind
for the Indian subcontinent, the countrys National Directorate of Security
said in an e-mailed statement.
The special operation was carried out in the Andar district of Ghazni
province in Afghanistans eastern region, according to the statement.
Al-Masri, also known as Husam Abd-al-Rauf, is an Egyptian national who
figured in the Federal Bureau of Investigations(FBI) list of most wanted
terrorists. The US issued a federal arrest warrant in 2018 after he was
charged with conspiracy to kill American nationals and providing material
support and resources to foreign terrorist organizations, according to
information on the FBIs website.
MALAYSIA'S KING REJECTS PM MUHYIDDIN'S REQUEST TO IMPOSE EMERGENCY RULE
Malaysia's king Al Sultan-Abdullah on Sunday rejected a proposal by Prime
Minister Muhyiddin Yassin for a state of emergency to be imposed because of
the coronavirus crisis.
The king believes the government has handled the pandemic well and is
capable of continuing to manage the crisis under Muhyiddin, the palace said
in a statement.
Muhyiddin had made the request following a resurgence in coronavirus cases
and amid a power struggle for the premiership post, sources have told
SEYCHELLES OPPOSITION WINS PRESIDENCY FOR FIRST TIME IN 43 YEARS
The Seychelles elected an opposition candidate as president for the first
time since 1977, authorities announced on Sunday, and winner Wavel
Ramkalawan reaffirmed a pledge to hike the minimum wage after Covid-19
stifled the tourism dependent economy.
Ramkalawan, a former Anglican priest, defeated President Danny Faure after
three decades of unsuccessful runs for the presidency of the East African
nation, an Indian Ocean archipelago famed for its natural beauty and rare
Ramkalawan captured 54.9 per cent of the vote while Faure got 43.5 per cent
in the vote held from Thursday through Saturday, the electoral commission
Ramkalawan promised to continue working with Faure, an unusually
good-natured transfer of power for the nearby African continent where many
rulers are eliminating term limits and cracking down on political
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Ramkalawan on his historic win
and said he looks forward to strengthening the close and traditional
relationship between India and Seychelles.