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What Would You Say to a Christian Who Denies the Inerrancy of Scripture?

What would you say to a professing Christian who denies the inerrancy of Scripture? Dr. John MacArthur explains how to engage a professing Christian who denies the inerrancy of Scripture.
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Why Are There So Many False Doctrines?

False ideas and false doctrines surround us on every side. In this Q& A video from one of our live Ask Ligonier events, W. Robert Godfrey explains why the error is so prevalent and how Christians should respond to it. Just ask Ligonier to get clear and trustworthy answers to your biblical and theological questions.
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What's the Best Way to Help People at Your Church Learn Church History?

From one of our live Ask Ligonier events, W. Robert Godfrey gives advice to pastors who want to teach their congregations about church history. 
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An Introduction to Christ in The Old Testament

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Google Clarifies on Android Updates For Huawei Phones


There has been a lot of speculations and news regarding Huawei and the US Government over the past couple of days. Much like any other hot topic, it comes with a fair amount of assumptions, misinformation, and miscommunication.
Huawei has risen to being the second largest smartphone maker in the world which is also the spot it enjoys in Pakistan currently.
For the convenience of everyone, after intensive research, we have collected statements available to the public online and put together a quick guide on some of the concerns, questions, and misconceptions customers have regarding their Huawei devices.

Your Huawei Device Will Not Stop Working

There has been a lot of confusion amongst owners of Huawei phones that their phones will stop working however that is simply not true. Your phone will continue to operate just like it normally does like any other phone. It will also continue to be serviced by Huawei. In a public statement, the company mentioned:
"Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally.”

Your Phone Will Receive Its Usual Updates

The good news is that all phones that have been released by Huawei, be it purchased or in store will continue to receive security updates for Android and regular Google app updates from the Google Play Store.
Here is Google’s statement: “We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications. For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices”.
So there you have it. As Google’s official statement suggests, Huawei’s current devices will have complete access to the Play Store and get security updates from Android.

Huawei is One of the Biggest Android Partners

When you purchase a Huawei product, you must know you are buying from one of the largest Android partners with the most innovative technology. Huawei promises to continue providing support for all its devices for the whole lifetime of that phone.
It’s also worth noticing Huawei stops at nothing with plans for launching new phones. The Honor 20 was recently launched globally while a new Y series phone from Huawei is also all set for a release soon. This means that Huawei is confident in its products and willing to support the end-user whatever the outcome of the current issue at hand be.

"13 Reasons Why" Linked to Uptick in US Adolescent Suicides | Study


AFP | Another study about "13 Reasons Why," which follows the story of a high school girl who takes her own life, has found that suicides among US youths rose significantly in the months following the popular Netflix show´s release.
The latest paper, which was published in JAMA Psychiatry on Wednesday, estimated a 13 percent spike in suicides among 10- to 19-year-olds between April and June of 2017, with a higher proportion among females.
It drew on the same data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as another paper with similar findings published a month ago in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
That study estimated an additional 195 suicide deaths -- an increase of nearly 29 percent -- among 10- to 17-year-olds in the nine months after the show´s release.
The new research was conducted by a team led by Thomas Niederkrotenthaler of the Medical University of Vienna´s Center for Public Health.
"The associations identified here must be interpreted with a substantial degree of caution, but they do appear to demonstrate an increase in suicides that is consistent with potential contagion by media," they wrote.
The team looked at suicides from 1999 to 2017 to establish a model that controlled for variables such as seasonal variations, like known spring peaks in adolescent suicides.
Since Netflix does not publicly share its viewership data, the researchers established a proxy to estimate its popularity via the buzz the show generated on social media platforms Twitter and Instagram, which is especially popular among US youths.
The show was released on March 31, 2017, and generated some 11 million tweets within the first three weeks alone, before tailing off.
"Because of the absence of social media attention after June 2017, we defined the exposure window as April to June," the researchers wrote.
The estimated 13.3 percent increase in deaths corresponds to 94 more suicides for the age category that would otherwise be expected over the time period.
The proportion was higher among girls, which the authors attributed to the show´s focus on the suicide of 17-year-old student Hannah Baker.
No similar increase in suicide was seen among the other age groups.
The authors cautioned that the research´s reliance on so-called "ecological data" -- that is to say, estimates based on proxy measures -- was a limitation, noting "it was not possible to ascertain whether the excess suicide decedents had actually watched ´13 Reasons Why.´"
Netflix said in a statement: "Experts agree that there´s no single reason people take their own lives - and that rates for teenagers have tragically been increasing for years." The company added that it was difficult to extract causality for spikes, including increases seen among girls in November 2016 and March 2017, which both predated the show.
A study commissioned by Netflix and carried out by Northwestern University last year found that a majority of teens said the show helped them understand depression better and empathize with victims of bullying. 

Thousands of Croatians Rally Against Abortion


AFP | Thousands of anti-abortion marchers took to the streets on Saturday in three cities around Croatia, a largely Catholic country where activists say reproductive rights are increasingly under threat.
In Zagreb, police briefly detained around a dozen women´s rights protesters who tried to block the annual "March for Life", which drew some 5,000 people to the centre of the capital.
The crowd was full of children with balloons while demonstrators marched with a banner that read: "Let´s protect the most endangered minority in Croatia -- unborn children."
Thousands of other anti-abortion activists also marched in the coastal towns of Split and Zadar.
"A child should be protected from conception till birth," said 34-year-old Ivan Plese, a theologist walking with his wife and 10-month baby boy.
Ivana Lozo, a 19-year-old at the rally, told AFP that "abortion should be completely banned."
Abortion is legal until the 10th week of pregnancy in Croatia under a 1978 law from when the country was still part of communist Yugoslavia.
But the procedure is becoming more restricted as rising religious pressure sways doctors to refuse abortions on moral grounds.
Some 60 percent of gynecologists at public hospitals do not offer abortions by citing a legal right to "conscientious objection", according to a survey conducted earlier this year by RTL television.
The country´s parliament is supposed to re-write the abortion law after a court ruled in 2017 that the current legislation is outdated.
Rights groups fear this could pave the way for more restrictions.
Zagreb´s rally concluded with a concert from the popular but controversial right-wing singer Marko Perkovic Thompson, who has drawn criticism for being sympathetic to Croatia´s World War II pro-Nazi regime.
The demonstration was held on the eve of European parliament elections in Croatia. Organisers denied any political affiliation.
Nearly 90 percent of Croatia´s 4.2 million people are Catholics and the Church plays a central role in society.

Facebook Plans Cryptocurrency Launch Next Year, BBC


London, UK (AFP) | Facebook has been in contact with US and British financial regulators with a view to launching its own cryptocurrency next year, the BBC reported on Friday.
"GlobalCoin" would work with a new digital payments system in about a dozen countries, starting in the first quarter of 2020, the broadcaster said on its website.
Previous reports have said Facebook is taking a serious look at blockchain technology under its "Project Libra", in part to tackle doubts about privacy among its many users following a series of scandals.
But the targeted date appears new. The BBC said Facebook had already spoken to Bank of England governor Mark Carney and to officials at the US Treasury and was expected to flesh out its plans this northern hemisphere summer.
Facebook´s currency would be "stable coin", a digital unit pegged to the dollar in contrast to more anarchic means of virtual payment such as bitcoin, according to earlier reporting by Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal among others.
With more than two billion users across its platforms, which include WhatsApp and Instagram, Facebook could have the clout to take cryptocurrency mainstream and emulate the likes of WeChat in China, where the US site is banned.
WeChat allows its users to chat, shop and play games without leaving its platform, generating more revenue by offering a one-stop portal.
Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has said that adding e-commerce is the logical evolution of the company´s advertising-based business model.
But such a step is likely to invite more intense regulatory scrutiny at a time when Facebook is already under a cloud for abuses of privacy and the spread of fake news.
Facebook said it had disabled 2.19 billion fake accounts in the first quarter of this year, nearly double the number of the three months prior.
But Zuckerberg on Thursday rejected the idea of breaking up the social media giant, saying that would hamper the fight against deceit and harmful online content.

Ali Sadpara Becomes First Pakistani to Conquer World's Seven 8000m Peaks


Islamabad, Pakistan (APP) | Renowned mountaineer Ali Sadpara became the first Pakistani to scale half of world’s 8000 metre peaks when on Friday he successfully climbed 8,463m Mt Makalu.
“Yes, he has become the first Pakistani to scale seven eight 8000 meter or above peaks out of the total 14 such peaks in the world,” Karrar Haidri, secretary Alpine Club of Pakistan told APP while confirming Sadpara’s successful summit of Makalu.
“This is another big feat by the mountaineer as he is also the first Pakistani, who conquered Nanga Parbat in winter in 2016,” Haidri added.
Located in the Mahalangur Himalayas some 19 km southeast of Mount Everest, Mt Makalu is the world’s fifth highest peak.
Its first climb was made by an American team led by Riley Keegan in the spring of 1954.The 44-year-old Sadpara climbed 8,516m Mount Lhotse last week, which is the fourth highest peak of the world.
The other over five 8,000 metres high peaks ascended by Sadpara include K2 (8,611m), Gasherbrum I (8,080m), Gasherbrum II (8,034m), Nanga Parbat (8,126m) and Broad Peak (8,051m).

Blast Targets Mosque, Killing 2, Injuring 13 in Quetta, Pakistan


Quetta, Pakistan | A blast at a mosque left at two people dead and 13 injured on Friday in Quetta's Pashtoonabad area, Geo News reported on Friday.
The TV correspondent said the blast took place in Rehmannia Masjid which was heard by residents several blocks away. 
Three of the injured were said to be in critical condition at Civil Hospital.
The blast was so loud that it left windowpanes of the houses in densely populated  shattered 
Police and paramilitary troops have cordoned off the area while rescue officials are said to have shifted the injured to nearby hospitals. Nature of the blast was not immediately known.

Pakistan’s Supreme Court to Start e-Court System From Monday


Islamabad, Pakistan | Supreme Court of Pakistan will start the e-court system on Monday, May 27.
It is for the first time in the judicial history of Pakistan that courts will be connected through the application of video connectivity.
It will benefit the lawyers as well as litigates and make the judicial system more responsive to the needs of the people approaching courts for redressal of their grievances, said a press release issued by the apex court here Thursday.
Initially, this facility is being started at the Principal Seat, Islamabad, and the Supreme Court Branch Registry, Karachi.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa will start hearing of cases through e-court facility from Monday.

Pakistan Urges UN Security Council to Resolve Kashmir, Palestine Conflicts


Islamabad, Pakistan |  Pakistan's permanent Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi has urged the UN Security Council to resolve the longstanding conflicts on its agenda including Kashmir and Palestine.
Speaking in an open Council debate on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflicts At the United Nations,, she said Indian occupation forces are continuing human rights violations in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
The Ambassador pointed out that reports of the use of torture as an instrument of repression in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir have been verified by the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions and Torture and by prominent rights groups in India.
She said the Security Council, as the primary body tasked with maintaining international peace and security, should focus on the root causes of emerging and longstanding conflicts, including Palestine and Jammu and Kashmir, and find inclusive political solutions to them.

SpaceX Launches First 60 Satellites of its Internet Network


Washington, USA (AFP) | SpaceX on Thursday launched a rocket carrying the first 60 satellites of its "Starlink" constellation, which is intended to provide internet from space and could one-day number 12,000 satellites.
One of the company´s Falcon 9 rockets blasted off without incident from Cape Canaveral in Florida around 10:30 pm (0230 GMT).
An hour later, the rocket began to release the satellites at an altitude of 280 miles (450 kilometers).
The satellites than had to separate and use their thrusters to take up their positions in a relatively low orbit of 340 miles (550 kilometers).
That is slightly higher than the International Space Station, but well below the majority of terrestrial satellites, the highest of which sits in a geostationary orbit of 22,400 miles (36,000 kilometers).
The launch was originally scheduled for last week but was postponed, first due to high winds and then due to the need for a software update.
Billionaire Elon Musk´s firm, which is leading the private space race when it comes to rocket launches, is now looking to seize a chunk of the future space internet market.
The launch will make it an early forerunner, along with rival OneWeb, a startup, but well ahead of Amazon´s Project Kuiper, the brainchild of Musk´s space rival Jeff Bezos.
Each of the satellites weighs just 227 kilograms (500 pounds) and was built in-house in Redmond, near Seattle.
Starlink will become operational once 800 satellites have been activated, which will require a dozen more launches.

Pakistani Woman Scientist Asma Zaheer Honoured with IBM’s Highest Award


Pakistani computer scientist Asma Zaheer has been honored with IBM’s highest prestigious award “Best of IBM 2019”. Big Blue's senior leaders landed on the Indonesian province Bali along with 1,000 "Best of IBM (BOI) Honorees" and their guests during this week.
These honorees have been instrumental in leading IBM's return to growth and positioning as the leader in Artificial Intelligence, Hybrid Cloud, Analytics and Cyber Security. The Best of IBM 2019 "winners" were selected from all business units and roles. It was meant for those IBMers who further the success of the company, clients and the world at large. Those who work tirelessly to drive the business forward and in turn achieve tremendous results.
Miss Asma Zaheer is the first Pakistani Computer Scientist who has been awarded with this highest prestigious award of the company. Ms. Virginia Marie "Ginni" Rometty the current chairman, president, and CEO of IBM presided over the event and applauded the efforts of key performers. Asma completed her undergraduate in Computer Science form Punjab University and Masters from National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (FAST), Lahore. She has been working with IBM Pakistan since 2013 and her role is IGNITE & Test Innovation Practice Leader for IBM’s Global Business Services, Client Innovation Centre (CIC). Asma’s core area of interest is analytics, cloud computing, and cognitive computing systems. This is a moment of pride for the whole nation that tech graduates of the country are really doing well in their respective fields and setting examples for the juniors as well as young graduates.

UAE Offers Golden Visas to Investors, "Exceptional Talents"


Dubai, UAE (AFP) | The United Arab Emirates said Tuesday it has launched a permanent residency scheme to attract wealthy individuals and highly skilled workers to the oil-rich Gulf country.
The "Golden Card" programme is open to investors and "exceptional talents" such as doctors, engineers, scientists, and artists, said UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, who is also Dubai´s ruler.
"We want them to be permanent partners in our journey. Residents are an indispensable part of our country," he said in a statement.
The first group of 6,800 investors with investments totaling 100 billion dirhams ($27 billion, 24 billion euros) were being given permanent residency, he said.
It is the first such scheme in the Gulf, where foreigners are generally only given limited duration residence permits under the "kafala" sponsorship system.
Foreigners account for 90 percent of the population of around nine million in the UAE, the Arab world´s second-largest economy which has seen rapid development in recent years.

Kamyab Jawan Program: Youth can get Rs 100,000 to Rs 5 Million Loan


Islamabad, Pakistan | Federal Cabinet, which met under the chair of Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday, approved 'Kamyab Jawan Program' to economically empower youth.
Under the Kamyab Jawan Program’, youth can get a loan from Rs 100,000 to Rs million. 25 percent of the loan will be granted to women.
Briefing the media about the decisions of the cabinet, Prime Minister's Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan has announced.
Firdous said “Under the program, youth can get a loan from Rs 100,000 to R 5 million in two categories. In the first category banks will provide loan up to Rs 500,000 at six percent mark-up with lending equity of 10 percent of the amount applied.”
She added under the second category, an applicant can get loan up to Rs5 million at a mark-up of eight percent and the equity ratio of 20 percent, Radio Pakistan reported.
The program has been initiated to make youth self-employee and overcome inflation and joblessness.
She went on to the cabinet also pondered upon the rupee depreciation and its impact on inflation.
The cabinet was informed that Prime Minister's Advisor on Finance Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh will unveil a long term economic plan on Saturday.
She said the cabinet also approved the decisions of the last meeting of Economic Coordination Committee.

Citizens Should Not Spread Fake Threat Alerts | ISPR


The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has appealed to the people not to spread fake threat alerts in the country.
The statement said that some people are spreading fake threat alerts on social media mentioning ISPR as their source while it did not issue such appeals.
The ISPR has appealed that citizens should not trust any fake news and confirm it at ispr.gov.pk, an official website of the ISPR.

Pakistan, China in Close Contact Over Marriage Scandal Allegedly Involving Chinese Nationals, Foreign Office


Islamabad, Pakistan | Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan has responded to questions regarding media reports of law enforcement action on incidents involving Chinese and Pakistani nationals.
Foreign Office spokesperson, in a statement, stated that the relevant authorities from both governments were in close contact on this issue.
Government of China had offered all possible cooperation on the issue, which was highly appreciated. Both sides are closely coordinating their efforts. In this context, a Chinese team visited Pakistan recently and held meetings with our law enforcement officials, the spokesperson said.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Pakistan Missions in China are closely monitoring the situation and extending all possible assistance to Pakistani citizens who may have any complaints on the subject.
“We have noted the statement by the Chinese Embassy referring to an investigation by the Chinese Ministry of Public Security on the issue. According to this investigation, there is no forced prostitution or sale of human organs of Pakistani women who stay in China after marriage with Chinese nationals.”
In light of the aforementioned statement, it is essential to avoid sensationalization and report on sensitive matters only on the basis of established facts.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, all other relevant departments of the government and the concerned Chinese authorities will continue to coordinate on the matter to address the grievances of the affected individuals, bring the culprits to justice, and ensure that such incidents do not recur in the future.
The Spokesperson underlined that Pakistan and China are 'All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partner'. The friendship between the two countries enjoys strong public and institutional support in both countries.
Both sides remain committed to strengthening this abiding friendship and strategic partnership in all dimensions.

70 Countries Urge North Korea to Scrap Nuclear, Ballistic Weapons

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United Nations (AFP) | Seventy countries urged North Korea on Friday to scrap its nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles and related programs, decrying the "undiminished threat" posed to world peace.
Signatories included the United States and South Korea, as well as nations in Asia, Latin America, Africa, and Europe.
Russia and China, supporters of Pyongyang, did not sign the document drafted by France.
With two missile launches in a week, Pyongyang is walking a fine line between increasing pressure on the US and not derailing nuclear negotiations -- all while giving itself room to escalate, analysts say.
According to a diplomatic source, about 15 countries asked to sign on to the request for North Korean disarmament after the new missile firings.
The signatories "strongly deplore the grave and undiminished threat to regional and international peace and security posed by the ongoing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles programmes that the Democratic People´s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has developed," the text said.
"We encourage the DPRK to avoid any provocation," it added. "We also call for the DPRK to continue discussions with the United States on denuclearization."
Pyongyang fired two short-range missiles Thursday following an earlier drill on Saturday. The North had not launched any since November 2017, shortly before leader Kim Jong Un embarked on diplomatic overtures.
Kim declared an end to the testing of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles during rapid rapprochement last year.

China Says NO Evidence of Pakistani Women Being Forced into Prostitution


Islamabad, Pakistan | Chinese Embassy in Pakistan has responded to media reports that several Chinese nationals were taken into custody for alleged fraud, forgery of documents, human trafficking, sale of organ and forcing Pakistani women into prostitution after contracting marriages.
The Federal Investigation Agency have launched a crackdown after Pakistani women reported that they were trapped into fake marriages by Chinese nationals. Over 20 Chinese and Pakistani agents have been taken into custody during raids from Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, and Islamabad.
A statement issued by the embassy spokesman Friday said China’s position on the issue of transnational marriage is very clear, that is to protect legitimate marriages and combat crimes.
“If any organization or individual commits a crime in Pakistan under the banner of the cross-border marriage, China supports the Pakistani side to crack down on it according to Pakistani laws.”
The Ministry of Public Security of China sent a task force to Pakistan to carry out law enforcement cooperation with the Pakistani side, it said.
The spokesman further added that the Chinese government conducted an investigation into the claims but found no forced prostitution or sale of human organs for those Pakistani women who stay in China after marriage with Chinese.
“China will further strengthen cooperation with the law enforcement agencies in Pakistan, effectively combat crime, so as to protect the legitimate rights and interests of the two peoples, and jointly safeguard China-Pakistan friendly relations.”
“It is worth noting that several media reports have fabricated facts and spread rumors.”
The embassy in Pakistan had earlier clarified the rumors by issuing a statement on 13th April.
The spokesman urged media to seek truth from facts, be objective and fair.
“We hope the people of China and Pakistan do not believe the rumors. We will never allow a few criminals to undermine China-Pakistan friendship and hurt the friendly feelings between two peoples,” it concluded.

WhatsApp Will Soon Stop Working on Lots of Phones


New York, USA | WhatsApp has announced to end support for all versions of Windows Phone operating systems after December 31, 2019. 
In a blog post on Thursday, WhatsApp announced that Windows Phone users won't be able to use the instant messaging app on their devices beginning 1 January 2020. 
The mobile app had earlier ended support for Nokia Symbian S60, Nokia Series 40 operating system, BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10. WhatsApp, which discontinued support for Windows Phone 7 back at the end of 2016, noted in the post that it will stop working on old versions of Android (v2.3.7 and older) and iOS (iOS 7 and older) on February 1, 2020, as well.
It means that the company will not offer any product or security updates for the WhatsApp messenger app, in-line with its Lifecycle policy. Earlier, Microsoft had recommended that the users of Windows 10 Mobile should migrate to Android and iOS devices.
Meanwhile, WABetainfo has claimed that WhatsApp is working on Universal Windows Platform (UWP) behind the scenes. The platform will allow WhatsApp messenger to work across all Windows 10 devices, including Xbox One and its other mobile devices.
But according to WABetaInfo - a fan site that tests new WhatsApp features early, a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app is under development which possibly will be available for both Windows Desktop and Windows Phone platforms. 

Marriage Fraud | 11 Chinese, Two Pakistanis Remanded to FIA Custody


Lahore, Pakistan (The News International) |  The court of a judicial magistrate on Thursday granted two-day physical remand of 11 Chinese nationals and two Pakistanis to the Federal Investigation Agency, allegedly involved in sex and organ trade.
The accused include Hongfa Yang, Chuanji Liu, Libing Liu, Bo Wang, Gongze He, Tiyanyi Liu, Feng XNU, Song Guoqlang, Liu and others. FIA officials produced the accused before the Magisterial Court of Aamir Raza and sought their physical remand to carry out investigations.
Meanwhile, the FIA issued a press release on Thursday, stating that the FIA started investigations on a complaint moved by Nazir Ahmad whose daughter was trafficked to China for commercial sex. It stated that Nazir Ahmad married her daughter to Chinese national Chan Yen Ming through a marriage agent. The agent told Nazir and his family that the Chinese would reside permanently in Pakistan but will spend a few months a year abroad with his wife. It was further informed that Chan Yen Ming is newly-converted to Islam and his new name is Musa. After some days of marriage, Ming took his wife to China. A few days later, Nazir’s daughter called her family to tell them that they had been defrauded. She said Ming is forcing her into prostitution and physically tortured her on her refusal.
The FIA claimed that the girl informed her family that some people in China are running a business of luring Pakistani women to China to force them into prostitution along with organ trade. After hearing her daughter, Nazir contacted the agent who had arranged the marriage. He was told to contact their boss Wei Lin Ping, alias David, in Islamabad. When Lin Ping was approached, he told Nazir he had paid Rs 2 million to the agent for the woman, and until he returns the money, his daughter would either have to engage in prostitution or sell her organs.
After meeting Lin Ping, Nazir approached the FIA and the FIA contacted the Pakistan High Commission in China and the woman was repatriated to Pakistan. After her return to Pakistan, she told the FIA about the racket and their whereabouts after which the FIA conducted raids in Lahore and arrested the 11 Chinese and locals.

Getting OR Renewing a Pakistani Passport | Requirements And Process


Here is the process you must undergo before getting your Pakistani passport.

The applicant will go through the following stages at the Regional Passport Office (RPO) for obtaining the Machine Readable Passport (MRP):
NOTE: Before arrival at the Regional Passport Office (RPO), Original Bank Challan receipt must be acquired from the authorised branches of the National Bank in Pakistan & relevant bank branches for Foreign Missions respectively, by depositing a Prescribed Passport Fee.

o The arrival of Applicant at Customer Service Counter. Process Flow Chart

o Token Counter + Capturing of Photograph

o Biometric Data Capture. (Finger Prints)

o Data Entry.

o Verification as per Office Record. (ECL/BL)

o Interview and Decision by Assistant Director.

o Passport Delivery Time (Collection of Passport).

Step 1 - Arrival of Applicant at Customer Service Counter

The applicant will approach the customer service counter at the Regional Passport Office.
The applicant will be guided about the process flow of the System for applying for the passport.
In case the applicant has all the requisite documents he/she will be guided to the Token Counter.
The separate passport will be issued to each and every applicant irrespective of age.

ALL SORTS OF ENDORSEMENTS INCLUDING NAMES OF CHILDREN IN PARENTS PASSPORTS IS Not-Allowed in the Machine Readable Passport.

Step 2 - Token Counter + Capturing of Photograph

The applicant will produce the original CNIC/Smart-Card/NICOP or Children Registration Certificate (CRC), in case of below 18 years of age, along with its copies and Bank Chalan Form.

The Camera operator will proceed with capturing of applicants photograph.

Token will be issued to the applicant.

Step 3 - Biometric Data Capture (Finger Prints)

The applicant after obtaining token will approach the Biometric Counter as soon as his token appears at Biometric Capturing Counter.
Data Entry Operator (DEO) at the Counter will capture his right thumb, right index finger, Left Thumb and Left index finger impressions.

Step 4 - Data Entry

The Applicant will move to the Data Entry Counters as soon as his token number appears on the Counter.
The Data Entry Operator will enter all the required data of the Applicant while the data entry screen will also be visible to the Applicant.
In case of any modification in data, the Applicant should guide by the Data Entry Operator accordingly. After the data entry is completed Data Entry Form will be printed by the operator and will be presented to the Applicant for verification.

The Applicant will verify all its contents by signing the form.
The applicant will be asked to collect a duplicate token from the data entry counter.

NOTE: ANY CHANGE IN THE DATA SHOULD BE POINTED OUT AT THIS STAGE. ONCE THE INFORMATION HAVE BEEN SAVED, FOR ANY MODIFICATION THE TOKEN WILL HAVE TO BE CANCELLED AND THE APPLICANT WILL HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE WHOLE PROCESS AGAIN. AFTER ALLOWING "GO AHEAD" THE DATA BY THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, NO CHANGE IN THE DATA WILL BE POSSIBLE.

Step 5 - Verification as per Office Record (ECL/BL)

The verification against office record will be carried out.
Verification against Exit Control List (ECL) and Black List (BL).
In case of slightest doubt about the National Status of the applicant the case may be referred to Special Branch/IB for confirmation of his National Status as a citizen of Pakistan or otherwise.

Step 6 - Interview & Decision by Assistant Director

Finally, the applicant will appear before Assistant Director when his token appears on AD counter along with all the original documents.
The Assistant Director will interview the Applicant and declare his verdict to the applicant whether his case is to be allowed go-ahead or overruled.
Assistant Director will defer the case of Applicant below 18 years of age and will handover the printed form to the applicant for attestation of his photograph from a Class 1 Govt. officer.
The attester will have to write his/her CNIC/Contact No. along with the official stamp on the form.
On production of data form (duly attested) the deferred Token will be allowed go-ahead.

Passport Delivery Time (Collection of Passport)

After successful completion of the above stages, the Applicant will be given:-
10 working days time to collect his/her passport; in case of normal passport.
04 working days time to collect his/her passport; in case of urgent passport.

NOTE: Passports dispatched from the Headquarters for delivery to the applicants within prescribed processing period could be tracked through SMS & Online Passport Tracking System, but to reach their destination i.e. respective Regional Passport Office (RPO) or Foreign Mission (FM) they may take some shipment time.

Note: This information has been copied from  digp.govt.pk. You can visit the website for further information.

Pak Women’s Trafficking to China | 14 more Chinese Held, Three Young Girls Recovered


Islamabad, Pakistan (Shakeel Anjum/The News International) | The Anti-Human Trafficking Cell of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), in a countrywide crackdown against the Chinese people involved in getting married with Pakistani girls fraudulently, arrested 14 Chinese natives from different areas of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
The FIA recovered three young girls from the custody of the gangsters and arrested four members of the gang, FIA told The News on Wednesday.
Seven Chinese among them were overstaying and their visa had expired since long but they kept involved in illegal activities of fake marriages with Pakistani girls who were later smuggled to China for the sex trade.
The FIA sources said that widening the areas of the crackdown, the FIA have started raiding different major cities of the country including Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi and Islamabad on the order of DG FIA Bashir Memon.
The FIA sources said that the DG FIA received information against the Chinese active in anti-social activities and directed the Anti-Human Smuggling Cell to search, investigate and arrest such gangsters. The sources said that the Pakistani gang members received Rs2,000,000 from the Chinese for arranging a young girl and fake marriage. The FIA have already arrested seven Chinese last day from a locality in Rawalpindi. The girls were smuggled to China for sex trade, the sources said and added the FIA had some evidence that the body parts of the girls, including kidneys, were removed to sell them out. Some 21 Chinese and their seven aides have been arrested in the last two days, sources said and added raids would continuously be conducted in different hideouts of the criminals.

Trudeau Declines to Say If Asia Bibi in Canada Due to "Security Issues"


Ottawa, Canada (AFP) | Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declined Wednesday to confirm whether Asia Bibi, the Christian woman at the center of a decade-long blasphemy row in Pakistan, has arrived in Canada.
"There are sensitive privacy issues and security issues on this and so I can’t comment," Trudeau told reporters outside parliament after Bibi’s lawyer Saif ul Mulook and multiple security sources in Pakistan told AFP that Bibi had gone to Canada.
Bibi -- a laborer from Pakistan’s central Punjab province -- was first convicted of blasphemy in 2010 and was on death row until her acquittal last year.
Her case has drawn worldwide attention to religious extremism in Pakistan, where the saga has sparked violent demonstrations and high-profile assassinations.
She has technically been free to leave Pakistan since January when the Supreme Court dismissed a legal challenge to her acquittal in October but awaited an asylum deal in a third country.
In November Trudeau said Ottawa was holding talks with Pakistan about bringing her to Canada.
On Wednesday British Prime Minister Theresa May appeared to confirm that Canada was her destination, saying its asylum offer was "right and appropriate."
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also said in a statement that she had "safely reunited with her family."

Asia Bibi "Safely Reunited" with Family | Mike Pompeo


Washington, USA (AFP) | The Christian woman at the center of a decade-long blasphemy row in Pakistan has been returned to her family, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday, months after her death sentence was overturned.
"The United States welcomes the news that Asia Bibi has safely reunited with her family," Pompeo said in a statement.
Bibi -- a laborer from central Punjab province -- was first convicted of blasphemy in 2010 and was on death row until her acquittal last year.
Pompeo did not confirm where Bibi had gone since leaving Pakistan, though British Prime Minister Theresa May appeared to confirm earlier that Canada was her destination.
"Asia Bibi is now free, and we wish her and her family all the best following their reunification," Pompeo added

Facebook Introduces New Tools For Business


Facebook announced two new advertising tools to help small businesses save time and resources so they can focus on growth: Automated Ads, Appointments and new video creative tools.
With Automated Ads, the business owner is asked a few simple questions about their business and their goals to help develop a customized marketing plan for their business.
Some of the most helpful features of Automated Ads include multiple versions of the ad.
Business owners can create up to six different versions of their ads automatically. The automated ads solution will suggest call-to-action buttons, text and other creative details based on information from the business’ Page, and once the ad is active, the solution will automatically show the best-performing version.
The tailored audience suggestion is the solution that will suggest audience options or recommendations based on information from the business’ Page.
The recommended budget that generates results: The solution will recommend a budget most likely to get business results based on the goal. Businesses can also provide their own budget and the solution will share the estimated results that they can expect.
Timely notification about your ads is also the feature. Businesses will receive notifications to help them understand how their ads are performing and how they can improve. These can include suggested changes like refreshing an image or notifications when the ad starts generating results like a lead or sale.
Jordi Fornies, Director, Emerging Markets, APAC at Facebook said: “Small businesses in South Asia don't always have the time or resources to gain marketing expertise, but this shouldn't prevent them from creating ads that drive results. Our new Automated Ads solution takes the guesswork out of creating effective ads that can run on Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and Audience Network and make it easier for SMBs to focus on growth”.
Facebook is also expanding its free tools for businesses, allowing them to book and manage appointments on Facebook. Businesses can use the appointments feature to enable new and existing customers to book services with their business. They can accept appointments online and send reminders to customers through Messenger or text message. They can also customize their business' menu of services, display availability and accept and manage all appointments directly from their business Page. And to keep things organized, they can also sync appointments with their personal calendar or another appointment management tool.
Appointments on Facebook are free for all businesses on Facebook and Instagram, including SMS and Messenger reminders to customers to prevent no-shows.
Facebooking is also introducing new ways to easily edit existing video with three new video editing tools: automatic cropping, video trimming and image and text overlays. These tools, available in both Ads Manager and Business Manager, can help reduce the resources needed to create compelling video content for SMBs. 

Asia Bibi Leaves Pakistan


Karachi, Pakistan | Asia Bibi, a Christian woman acquitted by  Supreme Court in a blasphemy case, has left Pakistan, Geo News reported on Wednesday. 
Quoting sources close to the woman, the TV channel reported that Asia Bibi has been shifted to Canada.
After being convicted in 2010 and spending years on death row,  she was acquitted by apex court October last year. 
Last month Prime Minister Imran Khan told BBC Asia Bibi will soon leave Pakistan, without disclosing the date.
BBC News World Affairs editor, John Simpson, had asked the premier about the current status of the Christian lady who was acquitted by the Supreme Court in the blasphemy case.
A three-judge special bench, headed by the then chief justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, had acquitted Asia Bibi on October 31 last year.
The 56-page detailed judgment was penned by  Mian Saqib Nisar and included a concurrent opinion by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa.

China Takes Notice of Pakistani Women’s Smuggling


Islamabad, Pakistan | The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested at least eight Chinese nationals for luring young Pakistani girls into fake marriages and then forcing them into prostitution in China, authorities confirmed to AFP Tuesday.
The FIA said four Pakistanis who facilitated fake marriages have also been arrested. A spokesman for the FIA said more detentions were expected as the investigation continues. Those arrested included eight Chinese nationals and four Pakistanis, said Jameel Ahmad, a top official at the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), which deals with human trafficking. “We busted the gang after receiving information about increasing smuggling of Pakistani women to China where they are thrown into prostitution,” Ahmad told Reuters. He said several gangs were believed to be operating, mainly targeting members of Pakistan’s Christian minority.
The arrests came a week after Human Rights Watch said Pakistan should be alarmed by recent reports of trafficking of women and girls to China. It said the allegations were disturbingly similar to the pattern of trafficking of “brides” to China from at least five other Asian countries. The Chinese Embassy in Islamabad has also raised alarm over illegal, cross-border matchmaking services that are often a front for human trafficking.
Last month the embassy said China is cooperating with the Pakistani law enforcement agencies to crack down on illegal matchmaking. It denied reports that the women are being trafficked for sale of their organs as “misleading and groundless”. Ahmad said a police raid he led on a wedding ceremony last week in the eastern city of Faisalabad was a major breakthrough in the investigation. He said a man and a woman from China and a fake priest were arrested at the ceremony where a Christian girl was to be married.
“The gang members confessed that they had sent at least 36 Pakistani girls to China where they are being used for prostitution,” he said. 
The majority were Christians from different districts in eastern Punjab province, he said. 
“China is cooperating with Pakistani law enforcement agencies to crack down on illegal matchmaking centres. We remind both Chinese and Pakistani citizens to remain vigilant and not be cheated,” the Chinese embassy in Islamabad said.
A report revealed that middlemen trapped Pakistani girls by promising them Rs40,000 monthly besides mobile phones and Chinese visas.
A TV channel also aired images of several Chinese men with Pakistani women, including two teenage girls, at an illegal matchmaking center in Lahore. Thousands of Chinese are now living in Pakistan since the launch of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CEPEC) project in 2015. Many of them have even bought houses and cars. 
Some Chinese men have ulterior motives behind marrying Pakistani girls, as they take them to China after marriage and force them into prostitution and even sell their organs. The local facilitators told the TV channel they would lure families into an agreement by saying their would-be Chinese son-in-law was seeking Pakistani citizenship so he could invest in the country as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project. 
Banners for weddings: Roadside banners and posters can also been seen in Youhanabad — the largest Christian locality – in Lahore, inviting families to marry their girls with Chinese. The banners read: “Long live Pak-China friendship! Attention honorable Christians. Proposals of deserving, poor and good families are urgently required for China. Chinese family will bear all expenses. Education is not a problem.”

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Elders are to oversee the flock, but that doesn’t override the congregation’s responsibility in affirming truth.
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