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وزیرستان: شدت پسندوں سے جھڑپ میں پاکستانی فوج کے کیپٹن سمیت دو فوجی ہلاک، دو زخمی ہو گئے

پاکستان میں شمالی اور جنوبی وزیرستان کے ضلعوں کی سرحد پر غوریم کے قصبے سے پانچ کلو میٹر جنوب مشرق میں سکیورٹی فورسز کے ایک گشتی دستے پر شدت پسندوں کی فائرنگ سے پاکستانی فوج کے ایک کیپٹن سمیت دو فوجی ہلاک جبکہ دو جوان زخمی ہو گئے ہیں۔
دوسری طرف پاکستان کے زیر انتظام کشمیر میں لائن آف کنٹرول پر سرحد پار سے ہونے والی فائرنگ میں ایک تیرہ سالہ بچی ہلاک جبکہ اس کی والدہ اور بھائی زخمی ہو گئے ہیں۔
ان دونوں واقعات کی تفصیلات پاکستانی فوج کے شعبہ تعلقات عامہ آئی ایس پی آر نے اتوار کو اپنی ویب سائٹ پر شائع کی ہیں۔
آئی ایس پی آر کی فراہم کردہ تفصیلات کے مطابق شمالی اور جنوبی وزیرستان ضلعوں کی سرحد پر شدت پسندوں کے حملے کے جواب میں کی جانے والی کارروائی میں ایک شدت پسند بھی ہلاک ہوا۔
یہ بھی پڑھیے
شدت پسند پاکستان کے قبائلی علاقوں میں دوبارہ اکٹھے ہو رہے ہیں؟
آئی ایس پی آر کا مزید کہنا تھا کہ اس کے بعد علاقے میں تلاشی کے دوران شدت پسندوں کے ایک ٹھکانے کا علم ہوا جسے تباہ کر دیا گیا۔
اس تصادم میں ہلاک ہونے والے کیپٹن کی شناخت صبیح اور سپاہی کی شناخت نوید کے نام سے کر دی گئی ہے۔
تصویر کے کاپی رائٹلائن آف کنٹرول پر فائرنگ، شہری پریشان
لائن آف کنٹرول پر پیش آنے والے واقعے کے بارے میں آئی ایس پی آر کا کہنا تھا کہ انڈین فوج نے گزشتہ رات حاجی پیر اور بدوری سیکٹروں میں بلا اشتعمال فائرنگ شروع کر دی اور شہری آبادی کو نشانہ بنایا۔
آئی ایس پی آر کے بقول بدوری سیکٹر کے مینسر گاؤں میں انڈین فوج کی بے دریغ فائرنگ سے ایک تیرہ سالہ بچی اقرا شبیر ہلاک اور ان کی والدہ اور بارہ برس کا بھائی زخمی ہو گئے۔
آئی ایس پی آر نے مزید کہا کہ پاکستان فوج نے انڈین فوج کی بلااشتعال فائرنگ کا مؤثر جواب دیا۔
واضح رہے کہ لائن آف کنٹرول پر اس سال جنگ بندی کی خلاف ورزیوں میں خطرناک حد تک اضافہ دیکھنے میں آیا ہے۔

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Pakistani Actress Mahira Khan Supports Afghan Refugees

Mahira Khan, a well-known Pakistani actress, who partnered with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Pakistan (UNHCR) last year in order to raise awareness about refugees residing in Pakistan, on Friday, June 21, announced her support to Afghans who are living in Pakistan.

Figures by the Pakistani government show that at least 2.7 million Afghan refugees are living in Pakistan and almost 1.4 million of them have been registered.

On World Refugee Day, Khan took to social media to remind everyone that just like us, Afghan refugees are people; the only difference is that they are victims of terrorism and displacement.

“They’ve been denied a home… but we haven’t denied them hope,” read Mahira’s tweet.

“Pakistan has been hosting millions of Afghan refugees over several years and continues to do so, we have given them a home within our motherland,” she added.

She also uploaded a video in which the actress drew attention to the fact that refugees are actually victims of war and terrorism; and that they have suffered hardship, loss and displacement.

Moreover, the video stated that 85 percent of these Afghan refugees were denied shelters in developed countries like North Korea and the United States of America.

In another tweet, Mahira noted, “more than 70 million people were forced to flee in 2018. That’s one person every two seconds who have been denied a home”.

Figures by Afghanistan’s Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation show that almost six million Afghans have left the country over the past 17 years as the conflicts and violence continue in the country.

On June 19, Pakistani media reported that Afghanistan, Pakistan and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have unanimously agreed on a joint 12-point declaration aimed at the “safe and honorable” repatriation of Afghan refugees living in Pakistan for the past four decades.

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Afghan Director Begins Filming New Movie In Iran

Afghan filmmaker Ramin Rasuli has started filming his new movie “Dogs Did Not Sleep Last Night” in Iran, Tehran Times said in a report on Tuesday.

The film which is a joint production between Afghanistan and Iran, narrates the story of a remote Afghan village captured by the Taliban, and the exploits occurring after a village girl takes a US airborne soldier, who has survived a helicopter crash, into their village.

A cast of Iranian and Afghan actors is collaborating on this project, a public relations team announced on Tuesday.

“Dogs Did Not Sleep Last Night” is Rasuli’s second film in Iran with Iranian producer Siavash Haqiqi.

He made his debut film “Lina” in 2017 in Iran with a cast composed of prominent Iranian actors Amir Aqai and Homayun Ershadi and Afghan actress Hasiba Ebrahimi.

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Govt, UNESCO Criticized For ‘Inattention’ To Minaret Of Jam

A special meeting attended by officials from Ministry of Information and Culture and representatives of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was held in Kabul on Saturday to discuss ways to protect the 900-year-old Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan’s Ghor province – which is on the verge of collapse due to recent flash floods.

The minaret is located in Ghor, around 200 kilometers east of Herat in the west of Afghanistan, at the confluence of the Hari Rud and Jam Rud rivers. The isolated location of the minaret may have prevented the monument from intentional destruction over nearly 900 years.

The minaret is believed to have been built between 1163 and 1203 during the reign of the Ghurid sovereign Ghyias-ud-Din. It has been on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Properties in Danger since 2002.

The minaret is 62 meters high and was built entirely of baked bricks and is famous for its intricate brick, stucco and glazed tile decoration.

Minaret of Jam after the Qutub Minar in New Delhi is the second tallest brick-built minaret in the world.

A number of lames said the Afghan government, especially the Ministry of Information and Culture, and the UNESCO have not paid the required attention to protect the endangered monument in Ghor.

Herat officials, however, said that almost 300 employees were assigned to change the direction of the flood and their mission was successfully accomplished on Saturday.

“Palaces that are not even hundred years old (are being reconstructed), but cultural and historic heritages such a Minaret of Jam which is over 800 years old, unfortunately, have been forgotten and it is an obvious discrimination against the cultural heritage and historical sites of west zone,” Abdul Zahir Tamim, an MP, said.

“The Minaret of Jam’s budget documents should be assessed comprehensively,” Keramuddin Reza Zada, an MP said.

Acting Minister of Information and Culture Hasina Safi said at the meeting that they are working on protection of the minaret.

“It is not easy. It is not just a wall. It is not such an ancient site that we can reconstruct it. It is centuries of Afghanistan’s history,” Safi said.

The Presidential Palace in a statement said that it was decided in the cabinet meeting on Saturday to send a team to Ghor and assess the status of the minaret.

Imran Khan Massoudi, an advisor to the UNESCO office in Kabul, said millions of dollars are needed for protection and maintenance of the minaret.

Massoudi said UNESCO has allocated $2 million for assessing and protection of the minaret.

“At any level you want, UNESCO has an obligation to find experts from any corner of the world. But the order should come from the Ministry of Information and Culture and from the Afghan government. UNESCO alone never can make a decision or can take action,” said Massoudi.

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800-year-old Minaret of Jam at risk of demolition as flash floods hit Ghor province

The 800-year-old Minaret of Jam is in danger of a total collapse as devastating floods have hit Ghor province in North-west of Afghanistan.

The devastating flash floods hit the province on Wednesday with photographs being circulated on social media purportedly showing the historic Minaret’s vicinity is covered with water and mud.

According to reports, the river located close to the Minaret of Jam has overflown its banks, posing a serious risk to the historic Minaret.

The observers are saying that the collapse of the Minaret would be another major blow to the heritage properties of the country after the destruction of Bamiyan Buddhas if the officials did not pay immediate attention to protect the Minaret from flash floods.

The Minaret of Jam is located in Ghor province, Afghanistan, around 200km east of Herat, at the confluence of the Huri Rud and Jam Rud rivers.

Probably built between 1163 and 1203 during the reign of the Ghurdi sovreign Ghyias-ud-Din, its first rediscovery dates back to 1944, when the Minaret is mentioned in an article published by the Afghan History Society in the journal Anis, according to UNESCO.

The Minaret of Jam was included in the UNESCO List of World Heritage Properties in Danger since 2002.

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Angelina Jolie Describes Sahraa Karimi’s Appointment As Historic

Congratulatory messages poured in on the appointment of Sahraa Karimi as Director General of Afghan Film, the country’s state-run film production company established in 1968.

Filmmaker and director, Karimi, is the first Afghan woman who was appointed to the post through a merit-based process in the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission.

Angelina Jolie, a former Hollywood actor and the Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, in a letter to Karimi, described her appointment as a historic achievement for women in Afghanistan.

“I was moved to hear of your recent historic appointment as the Director General of the Afghan Film production company. I wanted to write to congratulate you on your remarkable achievement. Afghanistan is very close to my heart and I can imagine how much your appointment means to your fellow countrywomen in particular,” she wrote.

She pledged to support Karimi’s efforts for the filmmaking industry in Afghanistan.

“If there are ways that I or my office can support your efforts, and filmmaking in Afghanistan, I hope you will let me know,” the letter reads.

On Sunday, Karimi officially started her new job.

Acting Minister of Information and Culture Hasina Safi described Karimi as an outstanding and talented filmmaker.

“We have got our outstanding and talented sister Sahraa Karimi as director general of Afghan Film and she does not need more introduction,” said Safi.

Talking to TOLOnews, Karimi said that at first, she did not take Angelina Jolie’s letter serious but later she found out that it was a real appreciation from her success.

“First, I thought it is a joke. I wanted to say that it is not possible. One is a letter you receive from a person which represents from one person, but the other is one that you find a supporter. It means that my appointment to a job even brought joy to those outside Afghanistan,” Karimi explained.

“First, I thought it is a joke. I wanted to say that it is not possible. One is a letter you receive from a person which represents from one person, but the other is one that you find a supporter. It means that my appointment to a job even brought joy to those outside Afghanistan,” Karimi explained. 
Sahraa Karimi chatting with her new colleagues at Afghan Film.

She said that there is a lot to do in this field and in her new mission.

“If they ask me to bring a stone from the mountain in an hour, I find thousands of ways to bring that stone. It is normal for me. But if they say and explain how I will bring that stone, this will take some time. I want to say that I am a practical person rather than an administrative individual,” added Karimi.

Karimi, 30, has more than 10 years of experience in filmmaking and has directed at least 30 movies.

She has a Ph.D. in cinema from the Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Film and TV Faculty in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Karimi is the first and the only woman in Afghanistan who has a Ph.D. in cinema and filmmaking.

She has been actively engaged in filmmaking in Afghanistan in the last six years. She has produced and directed 30 short fictions, two documentary films, and one long-fiction film.

She has been actively engaged in filmmaking in Afghanistan in the last six years. She has produced and directed 30 short fictions, two documentary films, and one long-fiction film. 
Sahraa Karimi in her office at Afghan Film.

Her pictures “Afghan Women behind Driving the Wheel, Memoirs of an Immigrant Girl, and In Search of Fantasy” have won international awards.

In her latest movie, “Eve, Maryam, Ayesha”, she has reflected the real life of Afghan women.

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Afghan Treasures Displayed At China Exhibition

An exhibition of Afghan treasures and relics was held in Beijing on May 17 as part of efforts to expand cultural engagement between China and Asia Pacific.

“A nation stays alive when its culture stays alive” was the  words shown at the entrance of the exhibition at Tsinghua University Art Museum in Beijing.

China is one of the many stops on the nomadic journey of these Afghan treasures, which narrowly survived years of conflicts and destruction in the war-torn country, according to China’s state news agency, Xinhua.

The exhibition has toured France, Italy, the Netherlands, the United States, Canada, Germany, Britain, Australia, Japan and South Korea since 2006.

In 2017, China joined the global relay to protect and display these treasures in efforts to keep the crucial part of an ancient civilization alive.

In 2018, a 150-piece aboriginal art exhibition titled “Old Masters: Australia’s Great Bark Artists” was held in China, and a Chinese calligraphy and painting exhibition opened at the National Museum of Australia last month.

In March 2017, Director of Afghan National Museum Mohammad Fahim Rahimi traveled to China together with 231 pieces of his country’s national treasures and relics, which were later displayed in the Palace Museum in Beijing.

The three-month exhibition drew more than 8,000 visitors per day, who were amazed at the rich history and culture of Afghanistan and the concerted global efforts to keep the treasures in safe hands.

In 2001, the Taliban regime that ruled Afghanistan dynamited and destroyed two enormous 6th century giant Buddhas of Bamiyan, besides wreaking havoc on other precious cultural relics. The 231 precious items on display overseas were among a number of rare collections secretly saved by Afghan museum staff from the flames of war.

They represent the cultural heritage from the Bronze Age, the Hellenistic period and the Kushan dynasty, as well as the period between the invasion of the Yuezhi people and the establishment of the Kushan dynasty, showcasing the integration and mingling of ancient civilizations.

“Afghanistan has served as the crossroad of civilizations in the course of history that connects South Asia to Central Asia and as well as the East to the West,” said Rahimi as quoted by China’s state news agency.

Displaying Afghanistan’s cultural treasures in China, a peaceful and populous country, is vital for the introduction of Afghanistan’s civilization to the Chinese audience, he said.

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First Black Female Director to Compete at Cannes Calls for Equality in the Industry

Mati Diop, the first woman of African descent to compete for the top prize at Cannes with a haunting film about migrants, said on Friday the label made her “sad” but showed how much work there was to do for equality in the movie industry.

The director — whose debut feature film “Atlantics”, set in Senegal, evokes the impact of migrant journeys on those left behind — said she was also driven by a desire to see black lives represented on screen.

“It was really a need, a very urgent need,” Diop told a news conference. “It wasn’t the only motor of the film, because it is not a motor that is enough to write a story, but at the end of the script, I was like ‘Now I want to see these black actors’ … and a lot of people need that.”

The French-Senegalese filmmaker took an unusual path to get there, working with a cast of first time actors — some of whom were approached on the streets of Dakar.

Diop added that she was moved when seeing films with black stars, including those of “Get Out” director Jordan Peele.

Developed from Diop’s 2009 documentary short about a Senegalese man who died making a sea crossing to Spain, “Atlantics” shifts the focus to the women left behind as a group of men disappear on their journey.

Praised by critics for its absorbing atmosphere, the film is richly poetic, lingering on the waves crashing onto the coast — menacingly at times, pulling viewers into a trance at others.

“I think the first idea was to turn the ocean into an accomplice to people leaving by sea. I saw the ocean as a supernatural force which swallowed up youth into its depth,” Diop said.

The movie also has other mystical moments, as the narrative takes a ghostly turn.

Diop and three other female directors — Jessica Hausner, Celine Sciamma and Justine Triet — were picked as contenders in Cannes’ main competition this year, out of 21 entries.

Diop said it was striking that she was the first black women to make the cut.

“My first feeling, to be honest, was a little sadness, that this only happens now, today, in 2019. It is pretty late, and it is incredible that it is still an event today,” she said.

“It is always a reminder that so much work needs to be done still.”

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