World News – All Pakistani News All Pakistani News Thu, 06 Aug 2020 08:36:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 TECNO FLIES TOP PERFORMING DEALERS TO U.K FOR LIVE SOCCER MATCH Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:35:46 +0000 TECNO FLIES TOP PERFORMING DEALERS TO U.K FOR LIVE SOCCER MATCH

Match Highlights Taken With Camon CX Salman Wadiwala ( Marketing Head United) is with Inam Ul Qyyum watching live match in Manchester Taimoor Arif Along with Dealers live at Manchester

TECNO sets a new standard of company-dealer relationship through Dealer Reward Program.
TECNO has flown top performing authorized dealers from Pakistan to Manchester (United
Kingdom) where they watched a sizzling soccer match between Manchester City and Arsenal.
The premier smartphone brand under TRANSSION HOLDINGS, has arranged this visit to create a
healthy competition between its dealers spreading across Asia, Middle East and Africa.
It is worth mentioning here that TECNO had announced its multi-year partnership with
Manchester City Football Club in November 2016. As the Official Tablet and Handset Partner of
Manchester City Football Club, TECNO Mobile will work with the Club to grow its strategic
marketing and advertising campaigns across the globe and to connect with fans and customers
to provide them with unparalleled mobile experience.
Taimoor Arif, Regional Manager North for TECNO and United Mobile’s Salman Wadiwala was
also present at this breath-taking event. It is pertinent to mention here that United Mobile is
the official distributor for TECNO Mobile in Pakistan.
Last month, Tecno has launched its newest addition, the Phantom 8 in Middle East and Africa
region. The regional launch took place in Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai in the presence of 200
guests and Top performing retailers from Pakistan.
TECNO Mobile Marketing Head for Pakistan Mr. Jeff Liu in his message said that “TECNO Mobile
gives importance to its authorized dealers stretching from Asia to Middle East and Africa. The
company will maintain this type of activity in future so that the distributors and employees get
solace from their hectic schedules.”
TECNO Mobile established in 2006 is a premium smartphone brand that has offered first dual-
SIM handset in Africa. TECNO is dedicated to transforming state of the art technologies for
emerging markets, providing tailor made products under the guideline of Think Globally, Act
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TECNO MOBILE UNVEILS NEW PHANTOM 8 IN THE MIDDLE EAST Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:13:34 +0000 Event phantom 8 pics

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, October 23, 2017 – TECNO, a premier mobile phone brand under TRANSSION HOLDINGS, has launched its newest addition, the Phantom 8 in Middle East and Africa region. The regional launch took place in Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai in the presence of 200 guests. Representatives of United Mobile, the sole distributor of TECNO Mobile throughout Pakistan, Urdu Point and ProPakistani, the Digital Media Partners of TECNO Mobile also participated in this star studded event.


The newly launched Android operated Phantom 8 features a revolutionary camera, attractive design and high-speed experience. According to Google’s Consumer Barometer, in the UAE and KSA, 73% and 70% of smart phone users access their mobiles to takes photos or videos. Phantom 8 caters to this local demand with its state-of-the-art dual camera, that has the power to achieve 10 times super zoom and auto refocus.


“The MEA region is very dynamic and one that appreciates intelligent innovation coupled with aesthetically pleasing design. The all-new Phantom 8 embraces the region’s requirements and is more powerful than ever in both speed and photo quality”, said Arif Chowdhury, Vice President of TRANSSION HOLDINGS.


“We are pleased to continue our successful journey in the Middle East and Africa to bring about an enhanced mobile experience to those in the region,” he concluded.


TECNO Mobile is the pioneer phone brand aiming to create an entertainment ecosystem tailor-made based on the needs and habits of young consumers across markets on an Android platform. This customisation differs for each market and target audience.


TECNO Mobile’s Phantom 8 comes with a front facing camera at 20 megapixels alongside a smart dual selfie flash. Moreover, the double front ring flash ensures taking photos even in a low light environment. With 150 minutes of talk time with only 10 minutes of battery charge, it’s priced at 1399 AED.


Phantom 8’s diamond style design comes with a 3D Lighting, unibody metal edge and a 2.5 D Drip Screen-curved battery cover. It also possesses a 6 GB RAM plus 2.6 GHz CPU ultra-fast experience that supports 4G+ and download speed up to 300Mbps.


The new Phantom8 is compatible with Micro SIM or Nano SIM Card and supports up to 2TB (Terra Bytes) TF (Trans Flash) Card, and it holds 4 modules, 20 bands and covers more than 200 countries and zones.


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PM Sharif Rings Modi Promises Probe into Air Base Attack Wed, 06 Jan 2016 05:35:51 +0000 Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday telephoned his Indian Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and expressed sorrow over the loss of lives in Pathankot terror attack.

Nawaz Sharif - Narendra Modi

Nawaz Sharif – Narendra Modi

The prime minister who is in Sri Lanka on an official visit, assured Modi that Pakistan would investigate in detail on the leads and information provided by the Government of India.

Sharif said terrorists always try to derail the peace process between the two countries.

Both the leaders also expressed their resolve to fight terrorism through mutual cooperation of their governments.

According to Indian External Affairs Ministry, Prime Minister Modi received a call this afternoon from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif regarding the terrorist attack on the Pathankot airbase.

“Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif assured Prime Minister Modi that his government would take prompt and decisive action against the terrorists,” it said.

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US Issues Global Travel Alert Due to Terrorist Threats Tue, 24 Nov 2015 05:55:38 +0000 The United States issued a worldwide travel alert warning American citizens of “increased terrorist threats” in the wake of the Paris attacks.

American Citizens

American Citizens

A massive manhunt is underway in France and Belgium for Belgian-born Salah Abdeslam, suspected of playing a role in the coordinated shooting and suicide bombings of November 13 claimed by the Islamic State group.

The United States has been on heightened alert in the wake of the attacks, which killed 130 people.

“Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Daesh), Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions,” said a State Department travel advisory.

“US citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation,” it said, advising Americans to avoid large crowds or crowded places and to “exercise particular caution during the holiday season.”

Citing recent attacks in Denmark, France, Mali, Nigeria and Turkey, it also noted the threat of “lone wolf” attacks by unaffiliated persons inspired by terror groups.

The alert, which expires February 24, warned that “the likelihood of terror attacks will continue as members of ISIL/Daesh return from Syria and Iraq.”

It was referring to foreign fighters who return home after having fought alongside IS extremists.

“Extremists have targeted large sporting events, theaters, open markets and aviation services,” the alert added.

The State Department often issues individual country travel alerts, but this notice was a rare “worldwide travel alert” that comes in the wake of a series of attacks.

New “attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests,” it said.

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Obama Apologises to MSF for Deadly Kunduz Air Strike Fri, 09 Oct 2015 07:20:15 +0000 Barack Obama

Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday apologised to Doctors Without Borders (MSF) for a deadly US air strike on an Afghan hospital, as the medical charity demanded an international investigation.

Three separate probes — by the US military, Nato and Afghan officials — are under way into Saturday’s catastrophic strike in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz which left 22 people dead.

The US military has offered a series of shifting explanations for the bombing raid, from initially talking about “collateral damage” to now admitting, as Obama did in his call to MSF chief Joanne Liu, that the strike was a mistake.

One report said the top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan thought American forces had broken their own rules of engagement in carrying out the strike, which sparked international outrage.

Obama called Liu to “apologise and express his condolences for the MSF staff and patients who were killed and injured when a US military airstrike mistakenly struck an MSF field hospital in Kunduz,” White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said.

Read: Kunduz air strike: Witness recounts horror of US bombing

The president told Liu of his “great respect” for MSF’s work and assured her that the Pentagon probe would “provide a transparent, thorough and objective accounting of the facts and circumstances of the incident,” Earnest said.

Obama also called Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to express his condolences and commended the “bravery” of Afghan forces battling to secure the city of Kunduz from Taliban fighters.

He also said he looked forward to working with Ghani and the Afghan government to “support their efforts to provide security for the Afghan people,” the White House said.

But the charity, which condemned the attack as a war crime, stressed the need for an international inquiry, saying the bombing raid was in contravention of the Geneva Conventions.

“We cannot rely on an internal military investigation,” Liu told reporters in Geneva, insisting that the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission should probe the bombing.

“This was not just an attack on our hospital — it was an attack on the Geneva Conventions,” Liu said.

“This cannot be tolerated.”

MSF’s US chief Jason Cone later called on Obama to consent to the commission, which he said would “send a powerful signal of the US government commitment to… international humanitarian law and the rules of war.”

The fact-finding commission, which was officially constituted in 1991, requires a request by one of the 76 signatory nations to begin its work, according to its website.

Liu’s remarks come a day after General John Campbell, the top US and Nato commander in Afghanistan, said the “hospital was mistakenly struck” when Afghan officials called for the raid.

But MSF brushed aside that explanation, saying “a mistake is not an answer for us” and insisting on knowing “the facts, the intention, the criteria” behind the raid, which lasted more than an hour.

International aid groups, the United Nations and a growing tide of global revulsion have added to the pressure on Washington to come clean over the strike, which came days after the Taliban overran Kunduz.

The strike killed 12 MSF staff and 10 patients, prompting the charity to close the trauma center, seen as a lifeline in a war-battered region with scant medical care.

Hungry, thirsty and war-wounded residents, slowly emerging from their houses after days of pitched street battles, complained that Kunduz lacked essential medical support.

“One of my family members has a bullet stuck in his leg,” Zabihullah, a local resident, told AFP, adding that another relative had a wound that “hasn’t been stitched yet.”

“But with no good hospital, where can we possibly go for treatment?”

The New York Times on Tuesday, citing officials close to Campbell, said US special forces in Kunduz were unable to verify whether the hospital was a legitimate target before the bombs were dropped.

Under US rules of engagement, air strikes are called in to eliminate insurgents, protect American troops and assist Afghans who request air support.

But the US special forces on the ground most likely did not ensure that the required strike met any of those criteria, Campbell said in private discussions with his colleagues, according to the report.

In testimony to the US Congress on Tuesday, Campbell stressed that while it was the Afghans who called for the strike, ultimately the decision to launch rested with Americans.

His remarks provoked no immediate response from Afghan officials, but they have previously claimed that insurgents were using the hospital as a position to target troops and civilians.

A Taliban official told AFP that militants visited the hospital to reassure staff that they would not be harmed but left the facility 12 hours before the bombing.

Campbell has urged Washington to consider boosting its post-2016 military presence to repel a Taliban upsurge and stabilise a “tenuous security situation” in the war-ravaged nation.

The White House is reviewing whether to press ahead with plans for the final exit of US troops by late 2016, the end of Obama’s presidency, and leave an embassy-based force of about 1,000 in Afghanistan.

US forces in Afghanistan currently stand at about 9,800. Campbell said Obama has provided him with “flexibility” to slow the drawdown.

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Record Floods Kill Nine in US State of South Carolina Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:45:20 +0000 The death toll from record floods in the US state of South Carolina jumped to nine Monday, as tens of thousands of people lost power and had no drinking water.

South Carolina

South Carolina

Shaken residents sought refuge in shelters, while authorities carried out evacuations by air since hundreds of roads and bridges were closed to traffic.

Some 26,000 South Carolinians did not have electricity and 40,000 had no drinking water, Governor Nikki Haley told reporters on the outskirts of the capital Columbia, which has been especially hard hit.

Haley, who confirmed the latest toll, has called the extreme floods a once-in-a-thousand-year event.

At least nine dams have failed, according to Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin.

President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration, which makes federal aid available.

Covering the counties of Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, and Williamsburg, the assistance can be used for things such as emergency housing.

Water distribution points opened in Columbia for 1.5 hours before the curfew, in place for a second night from 7:00 pm to 6:00 am.

Drinking from the city system was considered unsafe after breaches in the canal supplying the city.

Other distribution centers were due to be added around the state in the coming days.

Local media reported firefighters were pumping fresh water to the water systems of Columbia’s hospitals, which, like the rest of the city, had been advised to boil water before using it.

Schools were still closed in Columbia, along with most government offices and shops.

The tropical air mass that has drenched the southeastern state since Thursday dumped 14 inches (36 centimeters) of rain over the weekend, a new record, according to the National Weather Service.

That downpour caused sudden and dramatic flooding throughout the state on Sunday, leaving residents scrambling for safety.

“Our house, car — we lost everything. Everything is underwater. We didn’t get time to do nothing,” said Patricia Harde, 48, who fled with her two adult daughters and their four small children, including a four-month-old baby, to a school-turned-shelter.

“The water was coming up to my waist when we left,” she added.

“I went back to try to get things for the baby — milk and Pampers — but I couldn’t. Everything was covered in water.”

Firefighters came to rescue them. But while some rode in a boat, others had to walk through the rapidly rising, dirty water.

The water was still rising when they got to first shelter, so they moved on.

“I’d always seen this on TV, but I never thought it would happen to us,” said Harde, whose birthday was Monday.

The Red Cross has opened some 30 shelters across South Carolina.

Even residents who were able to remain home were rattled.

“It was traumatic, I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Phyllis Jones, a 50-year resident of Columbia, the state capital.

Jones lives in an upstairs apartment at a complex called Willow Creek, whose namesake waterway completely inundated the ground-floor units Sunday with flash floods.

The water receded Monday, but Jones said she has not left her apartment “for fear of looting.”

She had stocked up on drinking water ahead of the flooding, but then she lost power.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever seen this,” said Ken Hart, 49, as he sat on a cot at a Red Cross shelter at St Andrews Middle School in Columbia.

Several people slept, their faces buried under sheets bearing the humanitarian group’s emblematic red cross, while children played on a stage in the school theater.

Several dozen people were still sheltering and eating here, helped by volunteers. The night before, there were twice more — about 150 — according to the Red Cross.

Rescue and repair workers were hard at work, Haley said, adding that 25 helicopter evacuations had already been conducted.

Across the state, some 550 roads and bridges — some of which were completely washed out by flash floods — were closed to traffic.

In the historic coastal city of Charleston, population 130,000, more than 900 people were being housed in 25 emergency centers Monday.

Eva Gadsen, 72, heard someone at her door Sunday morning saying she needed to get out.

“When I opened the door, the water was at my waist,” she said, and when she opened it, the water rushed in.

“When we got around the corner, I saw the fridge coming out of my apartment, going across the water,” she said.

“Thank God I am still alive and I have a place to stay. People who went back to the building say everything is lost.

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Biometric Verification of Mina Martyrs Begins Tue, 29 Sep 2015 07:56:49 +0000 The process regarding the biometric verification of Mina martyrs has been initiated, as Saudi officials have begun taking fingerprints from the bodies.

Mina Martyrs

Mina Martyrs

The data of fingerprints from the martyrs’ bodies will be matched with those present at the central data.

The finalized list of martyrs will be compiled according to their respective nationalities only after the identification process is completed.

It should be mentioned here that bodies of most of the martyrs are beyond recognition owing to severe stampede amid soaring temperature above 45 degree centigrade at Mina around Jamarat.

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Son of Dubai Ruler Dies of Heart Attack Sat, 19 Sep 2015 11:21:33 +0000 Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, eldest son of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and ruler of Dubai, died of a heart attack at age 34 on Saturday.

Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

“We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return,” the Dubai Ruler Court said as it mourned Shaikh Rashid’s death on Saturday.

Prayers will be offered at Zabeel Masjid this evening, followed by funeral at Umm Harir cemetery in Bur Dubai.

The Dubai Ruler’s Court has announced three days mourning in Dubai, beginning today. Flags will fly half-mast at all government institutions during the mourning period.

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UN Security Council Urges Calm Restraint at Al Aqsa Fri, 18 Sep 2015 07:26:50 +0000 Al Aqsa Mosque

Al Aqsa Mosque

The UN Security Council appealed for calm and restraint Thursday after three days of clashes this week at Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa mosque compound between Israeli police and Muslim protesters.

In a unanimous declaration, the 15-member panel also expressed its “grave concern” and called for maintaining the rules governing the sensitive site seen as holy by both Muslims and Jews.

Read: Saudi king seeks ‘urgent’ UN action on Al-Aqsa

“The members of the Security Council called for the exercise of restraint, refraining from provocative actions and rhetoric, and upholding unchanged the historic status quo” at the compound “in word and in practice,” a statement said.

The third-holiest site in Islam, the compound is also the holiest site in Judaism, which venerates it as the Temple Mount.

It is located in East Jerusalem, annexed by Israel in 1967 and at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Both sides see the site as a symbol of religion and nationalism.

Under longstanding regulations, Jews are allowed to visit but cannot pray there to avoid provoking tensions.

Palestinians are deeply suspicious that Israel will seek to change rules governing the site, although Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly said he has no intention of doing so.

Read: EU warns against ‘provocation’ at Al Aqsa mosque

Netanyahu assured UN Secretary-General Ban Ki moon late Thursday that his country was determined to strictly apply the status quo.

The council said both worshippers and visitors should be without fear of violence or intimidation while at the compound.

Council members called for an end to the clashes, so that “the situation returns to normality in a way which promotes the prospects for Middle East peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.”

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US – Turkey Join Forces to Drive Islamic State from Syria Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:48:10 +0000 The US and Turkey have agreed to work together to drive Islamic State (IS) militants from northern Syria, senior US officials said Monday, as Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vowed to press ahead with parallel strikes against Kurdish militants.

US - Turkey

US – Turkey

The potentially game-changing accord with the US comes with ambassadors from all 28 NATO countries due to meet on Tuesday in Brussels — at Turkey’s request — to discuss Ankara’s campaign against IS and Kurdish militants.

Turkey, meanwhile, fuelled the growing anger of its Kurdish minority by shelling a Kurdish-held village in northern Syria while its warplanes continued to pound Kurdish targets in northern Iraq.

Referring to the Islamic State group by the acronym ISIL, a senior US official told AFP that Ankara and Washington aimed “to establish an ISIL-free zone and ensure greater security and stability along Turkey’s border with Syria”.

Details of the zone “remain to be worked out”, the official, who asked not to be named, said during a visit by President Barack Obama to Ethiopia, while adding that “any joint military efforts will not include the imposition of a no-fly zone” — a long-standing Turkish demand.

It would, however, entail Turkey, Nato’S only mainly Muslim member, supporting US “partners on the ground” already fighting IS militants.

But many question whether Turkey is more interested in limiting Kurdish capabilities in Syria and Iraq than tackling IS.

Davutoglu said on Monday that Turkey would press ahead with military operations against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) until the group disarmed.

The PKK has fought a decades-long insurgency in southeastern Turkey but maintains rear bases in northern Iraq and Ankara regards the main Syrian Kurdish group fighting IS — the Democratic Union Party (PYD) — as the PKK’s Syrian branch.

Turkey has lumped its campaigns against the PKK and IS together into a broad “war on terror,” even though the secular PKK and Islamist IS are themselves bitterly opposed.

“We will continue our fight until we obtain a certain result,” Davutoglu told ATV television, urging the Kurdish separatists to deliver on a 2013 promise to lay down arms.

Turkey has called an extraordinary Nato meeting over its “anti-terror” offensive against the Kurdish rebels and IS, and the military alliance’s 28 members are due to attend the talks in Brussels on Tuesday.

US State Department spokesperson John Kirby said that Turkey had a “right to defend itself” against the PKK, which the US also labels a terrorist organisation, while Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg also backed Ankara.

The Nato official, however, told the BBC on Sunday that “self-defence has to be proportionate”, while French President Francois Hollande said on Monday that Turkey must “be careful not to confuse the target”.

Stoltenberg also cautioned Ankara about burning bridges with the Kurds.

“For years there has been progress to try to find a peaceful political solution,” he told Norwegian state broadcaster NRK.

The Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) — which routed IS from the flashpoint Syrian town of Kobane with the help of Western air strikes this year — said Turkish tanks hit its positions and those of allied Arab rebels overnight in Zur Maghar village in Aleppo province, wounding four rebels and several villagers.

But Turkish officials denied the military was deliberately targeting Syrian Kurds and said it was responding to fire from the Syrian side of the border.

Davutoglu told a group of Turkish newspaper editors that Ankara’s intervention in Iraq and Syria would “change the balance” in the region, but ruled out sending ground troops into Syria.

Turkey has also given the United States the green light to use its Incirlik air base to attack IS after months of tough negotiations.

Davutoglu said Ankara’s demands for a no-fly zone were addressed “to a certain extent”, according to the Hurriyet daily.

“Air cover is important, the air protection for the Free Syrian Army and other moderate elements fighting Daesh,” he said, using the Arabic acronym for IS.

Davutoglu ordered the air strikes and artillery barrages after a devastating suicide bombing last week in a Turkish town close to the Syrian border that killed 32 people. Ankara blamed the attack on IS.

The bombing in the predominantly Kurdish town of Suruc incensed Turkey’s Kurds, who have long accused the government of colluding with IS, allegations the authorities categorically deny.

More than 1,000 people with alleged links to IS, the PKK or other far-left groups had been rounded up nationwide.

The PKK said a truce between the government and the militants that has largely held since 2013, while peace talks were ongoing, had been rendered meaningless by the attacks.

Gunmen shot dead a paramilitary police commander late on Monday in a predominantly Kurdish part of eastern Turkey. No one claimed responsibility for the assault in the province of Mus but suspicions fell on the PKK.

On Sunday, the PKK’s military wing claimed the killing of two Turkish soldiers in a car bombing in Diyarbakir province.

And last week, two Turkish policemen were shot dead in their beds in the southeast, killings claimed by the PKK.

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