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Pakistan‚ India DGMOs meet: discuss ensuring peace at LoC

 Pakistan‚ India DGMOs meet: discuss ensuring peace at LoC

Director General Military Operations of Pakistan and India concluded their meeting at Wagah on Tuesday. They discussed a mechanism to ease tension and ensure peace at the Line of Control.
This is the first time that DGMOs from the two nuclear-armed neighbours are holding face-to-face talks. The meeting lasted for two hours.
Pakistani side was led by Director General Military Operations Major General Aamer Riaz while the Indian side by Lieutenant General Vinod Bhatia.
One brigadier from each side and three lieutenant colonels were also present at the meeting.
“The meeting took place in a good atmosphere,” said the Director General of Inter Services Public Relations (DG-ISPR).
Decision for the meeting of DG MOs to take place was taken on a political level, he further added.
Earlier, both countries had agreed to arrange a meeting of their DGMOs after talks between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York in September.......IPSNEWS

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Treason case: Musharraf fails to appear in court after bomb scare
 The special court formed to try former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf for treason under Article 6 of the Constitution on Tuesday adjourned its hearing until Jan 1 whereas the former military failed to appear in court after a bomb scare earlier during the day.
The start of former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf's trial for treason was delayed over security fears Tuesday after explosives were found near the road he was to take to court.
Lawyer Anwar Mansoor Khan told the special treason tribunal that the former
general would not be able to attend, after police found five kilograms (11 pounds) of explosives and detonators.
Justice Faisal Arab, heading the three member bench, said he understood the
“gravity” of Musharraf's situation and that treason was a non-bailable offense.
He asked the former military strongman's lawyers to file an application to exempt their client from appearing in person.
Moreover, Musharraf's senior counsel Barrister Sharifuddin Pirzada raised objections to the formation and appointment of judges for the bench hearing the case.
Justice Arab remarked that such objections should be submitted in writing.
The prosecuting lawyer requested the court to order Musharraf to appear in court adding that non-bailable warrants be issued upon failure to appear in court.
Advocate Ahmed Raza Kasuri, another lawyer for Musharraf, emphasised before
the court, the threats faced by his client citing two previous attacks and other intelligence reports of possible attacks on him.
Justice Yawar, at this point, granted exemption to the former president from
appearing for today's hearing.
According to reports, police officials themselves informed some of the TV channels about the recovery of the explosive material and explosives and asked them to send the camera teams.
The court decided to adjourn the hearing until January 1.
Talking to media persons after hearing of the case, advocates of Musharraf, Ahmed Raza Kasuri and Khalid Ranjha stated that objections have been submitted to challenge the authority of the special court and  to object to the appointment of the prosecutor and that the objections will be heard at the next hearing.
The government had on Nov 17 announced its decision to formally prosecute
former president General Pervez Musharraf under Article 6 of the Constitution.
The Supreme Court had already given a ruling in the case in October 2012 and then in July this year disposed off all petitions against the ruling giving the government a green signal to continue proceedings.
In the ‘high treason’ case against the former president, the government has charged him with abrogating, subverting, suspending, holding in abeyance and attempting to conspire against the 1973 Constitution by declaring emergency and overthrowing the superior judiciary in November 2007.
Armed paramilitary Rangers remained deployed around the National Library building during the hearing and shipping containers were put in place to form a security barrier to the compound.IPSNEWS
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Snowden declares 'mission accomplished' on leaks

LONDON: Rogue American intelligence analyst Edward Snowden has declared his “mission accomplished” after unveiling huge US surveillance programmes, but urged citizens to insist their governments stop spying on them.

In excerpts of his first major media appearance since claiming asylum in Russia — which will be broadcast on British television on Christmas Day — Snowden issued a staunch defence of individual privacy.

“Together we can find a better balance, end mass surveillance and remind the government that if it really wants to know how we feel, asking is always cheaper than spying,” he says in extracts released by Britain's Channel 4.

The former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor sent shockwaves around the world by revealing the extent of Washington's electronic eavesdropping.

The short, pre-recorded broadcast will be his first television appearance since arriving in Moscow in June.

The 30-year-old has also given his first in-person interview since claiming asylum, telling Tuesday's Washington Post: “I already won.

“For me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission's already accomplished,” he said.

“As soon as the journalists were able to work, everything that I had been trying to do was validated,” he added.

“Because, remember, I didn't want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself.”

Snowden leaked explosive details of the secret surveillance schemes to media including the Washington Post and Britain's Guardian, and has fled the United States to avoid prosecution.

He arrived in Russia in June as a fugitive and spent more than a month holed up in a Moscow airport before being granted a year's asylum.

US federal prosecutors have filed a criminal complaint against him, charging him with espionage and felony theft of government property.

His leaks have deeply embarrassed President Barack Obama's administration by revealing the massive scale of America's spying efforts, including on the country's own allies such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The young know no privacy

In his Christmas Day broadcast to Britain, Snowden says that children born into today's world will “grow up with no conception of privacy at all”.

“They'll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves — an unrecorded, unanalysed thought,” he says in the broadcast, due to be aired at 1615 GMT.

“And that's a problem because privacy matters. Privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.” He signs off the broadcast by wishing Britons a merry Christmas.

Channel 4 has aired a short “alternative” Christmas message every year since 1993, intended as a response to Queen Elizabeth II's annual Christmas Day broadcast on the rival BBC.

The channel caused a political row in 2008 when it chose former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as its Christmas broadcaster.

The NSA's collection of communications data has grown dramatically since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

On Friday, Obama said he welcomed a debate about the NSA's role as he weighs possible changes to its broad powers amid a public outcry over rights to privacy.

The president said he would make a “pretty definitive statement” in January about how the NSA should be overhauled.

A panel of legal and intelligence experts chosen by the White House has recommended curbing the agency's powers, warning that its sweeps in the war on terror have gone too far.

And a federal judge has warned that the NSA's routine collection of nearly all Americans' phone records was probably unconstitutional.

Snowden insisted in the Post interview that he had not been disloyal to his former employers.

“I am not trying to bring down the NSA, I am working to improve the NSA,”he said. “I am still working for the NSA right now. They are the only ones who don't realise it.”

Snowden blamed lawmakers' decision to keep the NSA programmes hidden and their failure to ask probing questions for his decision to spill the secrets.

“The system failed comprehensively, and each level of oversight, each level of responsibility that should have addressed this, abdicated their responsibility,” he said....IPSNEWS.

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