#Khaadi Has FINALLY Responded To Those Allegations With Their Side Of The Story

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Renowned clothing brand Khaadi on Monday issued a clarification regarding a social media campaign against the brand.

The brand which was under fire for allegedly mistreating and firing its workers is facing a boycott campaign on social media after rumours one of its workers attempted suicide after being fired.

In a short statement, the brand categorically confirmed  hat it has not terminated 32 of its employees and the story regarding apparent attempted suicide of a young female worker is baseless.

“We categorically confirm that Khaadi has NOT terminated 32 of its employees. Another malicious story being spread and linked to the above is of the apparent attempted suicide of a young female worker. Why anyone should spread this outright lie is beyond understanding, but this just goes to show how some vested interests will stop at nothing to premeditatedly plan to try and cause reputational harm to Khaadi,” said the statement issued by the brand.

The statement adds that Khaadi, being a responsible corporate citizen, has always endeavoured to maintain and adhere to the highest standards in all operations-which also includes following best practices with regard to its biggest assets, the brand’s employees.

The brand also appealed to all social media users not to share or spread news that is pure hearsay, or base your comments on speculative news, no matter shared by who, without fully knowing the facts yourself.

A number of social media activists started calling for boycott of Khaadi after video of protest by people claiming to be workers of the brand went viral on social media.

A hashtag #BoycottKhaadi is also trending on the Twitter with social media activists calling for the nationwide boycott of Khaadi.

PIA crew members detained, aircraft searched by authorities at London Heathrow Airport

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British authorities on Monday “thoroughly searched” and detained the crew of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight after it landed at Heathrow Airport, PIA spokesperson Mashhood Tajwar said.

Flight 785 from Islamabad to London arrived at Heathrow Airport at 2:50pm on Monday. Upon landing, as passengers disembarked, the flight crew and aircraft were searched by the authorities, the spokesperson said.

Fourteen crew members were released after being detained for nearly two hours by the British authorities, Tajwar added.

“We have not been informed as to why was the crew detained,” said Tajwar.

According to the spokesperson, the flight will return to Lahore at 11:30am on Tuesday.

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Earlier, GeoNews reported that the crew members were detained over “alleged security threats” and “interrogated” by the authorities.

The national carrier often comes under fire for poor performance, low safety standards and unprofessional attitude of staff.

In January, as many as seven passengers were forced to stand throughout the over three-hour flight from Karachi to Madina after the airline boarded excess passengers in a serious breach of air safety regulations.

More recently, PIA came under fire when it emerged that a senior pilot operating the Islamabad to London flight handed over the aircraft to an under-training pilot soon after the take-off and took a two-and-a-half-hour nap in the passenger compartment, compromising air safety and putting the lives of over 305 passengers at risk.

Members of PIA crew have also been sacked for smuggling banned items and money laundering.

The airline has taken a firm stance against corrupt practices and recently announced “termination from service” will now be the only punishment if any staffer of PIA is involved in smuggling.

Alibaba group set to enter Pakistan; signs first MoU

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Pakistan on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Alibaba Group Holdings Limited to promote country’s worldwide exports by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) through e-commerce.

The agreement between Alibaba and Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) was signed by Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir and Michael Evans, President of Alibaba Group, and Douglas Feagin, Senior Vice President of Global Business of Ant Financial, on behalf of Alibaba, during the visit of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to the headquarters of the company.

Alibaba Group’s Executive Chairman, Jack Ma and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif witnessed the signing ceremony.

Under the terms of the MoU, Alibaba, Ant Financial, and TDAP agreed to foster growth of worldwide exports of products by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Pakistan through e-commerce.

Online and offline training programs for the SMEs would also be conducted by Alibaba in a bid to assist SMEs with on-boarding on to Alibaba’s platforms and optimizing exports through e-commerce.

TDAP will help identify suitable SMEs to participate in the training programs while Alibaba will be responsible for providing industry analysis to TDAP to assist them in their selection process.

In addition, Alibaba, Ant Financial and TDAP have agreed to promote the growth of financial services in Pakistan in areas such as mobile and online payment services.

The parties have also agreed to adopt cloud computing services to support the online and mobile e-commerce businesses of SMEs in Pakistan.

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Pakistan closely coordinating with China for planning, implementation of CPEC: Nawaz

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif  shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping. —AFP
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif shakes hands with China’s President Xi Jinping. —AFP

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan strongly favours cooperation and synergetic partnerships across regions to ensure socio-economic development and prosperity.

He was speaking at the leaders’ roundtable on policy synergy in Beijing on Monday, Radio Pakistan reported.

“It is imperative that we appreciate the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative in its proper perspective of interconnected development. It is now turning into the centre of gravity for half of the world’s economies in Asia, Africa and Europe,” the prime minister was quoted as saying.

The premier said as part of the same initiative under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) banner, “we have made phenomenal progress in a short span of time through active participation in the areas of infrastructure, energy, industrial zones, and telecommunications”.

He, however, said four areas require more focus.

“First, overall progress should be reviewed as we all stand to benefit from early harvest projects. Second, we need more synergy in our development strategies both at the regional and international levels. Third, this initiative must continue to deliver “win-win” outcomes. Four, we should build on the solid foundations of One Belt One Road to make it a living, growing and organic partnership,” the premier was quoted as saying.

Nawaz said Pakistan is harmonising national development plans with CPEC project, closely coordinating with China for planning and implementation of CPEC and liaising with international financial institutions for policy alignment.

He called for expanding consensus for One Belt One Road, enhancing cooperation in development and implementation and prepare a blueprint and roadmap for long-term cooperation.

Speaking in the second session of the roundtable on ‘connectivity cooperation for interconnected development’, the premier said Pakistan is pursuing vision of a peaceful, inter-connected and prosperous neighbourhood with great determination.

“Rapid digitalisation and next generation connectivity are at the heart of our agenda for transforming into a knowledge-based economy,” he said.

The prime minister was of the view that CPEC is creating new supply and logistic chains, as well as manufacturing networks. “It has infused Pakistan’s economy with new vitality and dynamism.”

He said Gwadar Port, which is the pivot of CPEC, will link up East, West and South Asia. It will also reach out to African and European markets.

Core of the “One Belt-One Road” initiative is connectivity and long-term development, especially in developing countries, the premier concluded.

BCB surprised at PCB decision to call off tour

The PCB said it was cancelling this year’s tour because Bangladesh had not shared with a return visit

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The BCB expressed surprise at Pakistan’s decision to call off their tour of Bangladesh in July-August this year. BCB’s chairman of the media and communications committee however, said they are yet to receive official confirmation from the PCB.

“We are really surprised. Even a month ago we knew that the tour was on. There was a discussion between both board chiefs (Nazmul Hasan and Shaharyar Khan) during this week’s ICC meeting in Dubai. This upcoming series was ours to host, in accordance with the FTP (Future Tours Programme),” said Jalal on Thursday.

“In 2015, the two boards went into a deal according to which we were supposed to play two series in the following two years in Bangladesh,” he added.

According to the board director, Bangladesh don’t want to play in Pakistan and are willing to stick to the previous FTP.

“There was even a financial issue, which was dealt with at the time. They said they wanted to play here (Bangladesh) till 2017. They wanted Bangladesh to play two T20Is in Pakistan before continuing the series here. We don’t want to play there. We want to stick to our schedule, according to which the whole series was supposed to be played in Bangladesh,” explained Jalal.

Jalal informed that they got to know about Pakistan’s decision to call off the Bangladesh tour through media.

“If the series does get officially cancelled, we have to go into discussions with them. We have cleared the financial issues so there’s no need to talk about those things now. We haven’t heard anything from them in official correspondence. We heard it through media that they want to cancel the tour,” he said.

The last time Bangladesh toured Pakistan was in 2007-08, for five ODIs. Since then, Pakistan have toured Bangladesh twice, in 2011-12 and 2015.

The PCB said it was cancelling this year’s tour because Bangladesh had not shared with a return visit. If the tour is finally called off, Bangladesh will have a break in July as there are no fixtures announced yet after the 2017 Champions Trophy.

However, there is a proposed home series against Australia in late August after the CA postponed its FTP tour, which was scheduled for October, 2015.

Donkey meat in Lahore, hides in Karachi

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The Sharae Faisal police said they raided a shop at Abbas Residency in Block 12 of Gulistan-e-Jauhar and recovered a huge cache of hides. The SHO said they have arrested a Chinese national and six Pakistanis. The gang used to bring the hides from Lahore via train, he added. PHOTO: PPI

The Sharae Faisal police said they raided a shop at Abbas Residency in Block 12 of Gulistan-e-Jauhar and recovered a huge cache of hides. The SHO said they have arrested a Chinese national and six Pakistanis. The gang used to bring the hides from Lahore via train, he added. PHOTO: PPI

KARACHI: After reports of donkey meat being sold in Lahore, the police in Karachi claimed on Wednesday to have recovered over 4,000 hides of the herbivores during a raid on a shop in Gulistan-e-Jauhar Block 12.

We have recovered a total 592 bags and each bag contains eight hides, explained SHO Afridi. PHOTO: PPI

As many as 4,736 donkey hides were recovered from the shop while seven people were also arrested. The hides, according to the police, were to be exported to China.

Donkey meat may be cheap but its hides are valued in the international market, especially China, where it has been used for medicinal purpose. While the sale of donkey meat has been reported in various cities of the country, Lahore in Punjab has been a hub of selling donkey meat in the past few years.

The Lahore police have also raided a number of illegal slaughterhouses. On Wednesday, the police in Karachi said the citizens of Lahore have been eating the meat of these donkeys while the skins are being recovered in Karachi. “We have recovered the skins and Lahoris have eaten the meat,” said Sharae Faisal SHO Israr Afridi.

The gang members who have been arrested include a married couple and a Chinese national. Police say the 10-member gang has been involved in the business for over six months and has already sent multiple consignments to China.

“We used to buy ailing donkeys from across the country initially for their hides,” police quoted a suspect as saying. “But when we saw that its meat also had a demand in the market, we started getting profit from it.”

 

The Sharae Faisal police said they raided a shop at Abbas Residency in Block 12 of Gulistan-e-Jauhar and recovered a huge cache of hides. “We have arrested a Chinese national and six Pakistanis, including a couple,” said SHO Afridi. “The gang used to bring the hides from Lahore via train.”

The arrested suspects were identified as Tu Zhong Xiao, a Chinese national, Afshan Bibi and her husband, Ahtisham Ahmed, Daniyal Khan, Faisal Ibrahim and a driver, Jumman, and a loader, Zeeshan, while the absconders included Muzaffar Abidi, Farooq Memon and Rafi.

“We have recovered a total 592 bags and each bag contains eight hides,” explained SHO Afridi. “Each skin is worth Rs25,000 while the worth of all the hides in the international market is Rs0.1 billion. We are sure that more of such groups would be involved in this illegal business across the country.”

 

According to Afridi, donkey hides are used to make gelatin in China for its use in traditional Chinese medicine, called Ejiao. “The medicine is beneficial in curing blood-related diseases, therefore, its demand had soared up,” he said.

The police said the arrested suspects would be handed over to Pakistan Customs for further investigations and legal action. Meanwhile, the police are also looking for their absconding associates.

Beskahi festival begins as Sikhs mark 319 years of Khalsa

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Around 1,500 Indian Sikhs with over 500 from various European countries and over 2,000 Pakistani Hindus and Sikhs have added colour to Beskahi festival that began in Hassanabdal on Thursday.

This year’s festival marks the 319th anniversary of Khalsa (the righteous Sikh brotherhood). In 1699, Guru Gobind Singh (the last Sikh Guru in human form) asked his followers to sacrifice their lives for him.

Ashnan takes place twice a day, early in the morning and at sunset and is followed by worship. The followers also keep embracing five Ks, the Kaccha (shorts), the Kanga (comb), the Karda (bracelet), the Kais (hair) and the Kirpan (sword). Embracing all these five Ks are obligatory in their religion and is practised since centuries.

Baisakhi is widely celebrated by Sikhs in Punjab, with festivities centred on Panja Sahib Complex in Hassanabdal.

A large number of Sikh yatrees arrives at Gurdwara Panja Sahib for religious rituals. —APP
A large number of Sikh yatrees arrives at Gurdwara Panja Sahib for religious rituals. —APP

Baisakhi, an ancient festival dating back to the 17th century, also marks the beginning of a new solar year and harvest season.

It is one of the most significant holidays in the Sikh calendar, commemorating the establishment of the Khalsa at Anandpur Sahib in 1699, by the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh.

The Sikh history revealed that Besakhi Festival marks the constitution of Khalsa Panth in 1699 by Guru Govind Singh Maharaj, with whom the miraculous tales of Punja (hand print) are associated. This guru also introduced Sikh practices of wearing a turban, carrying a dagger and never cutting the hair or beard.

The Khalsa Panth was meant for protecting the sanctity of Sikhism and fighting out social evils from society. During their stay at Gurdwara, Sikh yatrees sleep on the floor as a ritual and is a requirement of their belief.

Baisakhi is widely celebrated by Sikhs in Punjab, with festivities centred on Panja Sahib Complex in Hassanabdal. —APP
Baisakhi is widely celebrated by Sikhs in Punjab, with festivities centred on Panja Sahib Complex in Hassanabdal. —APP

Talking to APP at Punja Sahib, most of the yatrees appeared excited about visiting Pakistan and said they enjoyed their visit to the country more than what they were expecting before reaching here. They appreciated the arrangements made by the government of Pakistan to make their visit and stay comfortable and for the maintenance of their holy sites.

Sikh Yatrees group leader Sardar Balvinder Singh thanked the Pakistan government, Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) and the locals for the wonderful welcome and laudable arrangements for the yatrees.

He urged the governments of Pakistan and India to remove visa restrictions on senior citizens and relax some immigration laws to facilitate ordinary citizens of both the countries.

Balvinder Singh said Pakistan is like a second home to the Sikh community where they used to live. He said relations between Sikhs and Muslims would improve in the days to come.

The shrine is considered to be particularly important as the handprint of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak. —APP
The shrine is considered to be particularly important as the handprint of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak. —APP