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Pakistani journalist reporting on deadly floods while neck-deep in water goes viral

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  • A Pakistani news anchor has gone viral for reporting on the country’s flooding while immersed in neck-deep waters.
  • A video clip shows only the reporter’s head above water as he reports on the disaster.
  • Since mid-June, torrential downpours and flooding have left a third of the country flooded and at least 1,033 people dead, including 348 children along with 1,527 more injured.
  • The country is going through its eighth monsoon cycle, although it typically only goes through three to four cycles.
  • The clip has garnered over 34,000 views since being uploaded on Saturday.

A viral video shows a Pakistani anchor reporting on the country’s deadly flooding while submerged up to his neck in water.

In a clip shared to Twitter by @anuragamitabh, the anchor can be seen clinging onto a nearby rock with one hand while holding a microphone in the other. As he reports on the floods in Pakistan, only his head and arms can be seen as he continues to drift away with the flood’s current.

Nearly 6,000 glaciers in China have disappeared due to global warming

  • Scientists reported that 5,956 miniature alpine glaciers have disappeared in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, also known as the Tibetan Plateau in China, in the past 50 years because of global warming.
  • Besides the disappearance of the glaciers, 25,901 glaciers out of the 34,578 discovered in the region have also shrunk dramatically.
  • The scientists also noted that 1,907 glaciers became larger while 2,721 became smaller during that period.
  • Known as the “water tower of Asia,” there are over 48,500 glaciers found in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, with a total area of around 51,840 square kilometers (5,184,000 hectares).
  • Citing data from the China Academy of Sciences, Reuters reported that the glaciers in the neighboring Qilian Mountains retreated 50% faster during 1990 to 2010 than during 1956 to 1990.

Almost 6,000 glaciers in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, also known as the Tibetan Plateau in China, have reportedly disappeared in the past 50 years as the region saw a temperature spike because of global warming.

Scientists reported that 5,956 miniature alpine glaciers have disappeared in the region out of the 34,578 glaciers they discovered 50 years ago, while 25,901 glaciers have shrunk dramatically, according to Sixth Tone.

‘Fire erupts wherever I am’: Pakistani TikToker accused of starting forest fire for views

  • Pakistani TikToker Humaira Asghar, also known to her 11.5 million TikTok followers as Dolly, is facing severe criticism for filming in front of a forest fire amid one of South Asia's intense heat waves.
  • In her now-deleted TikTok video, Asghar can be seen walking in front of a burning hillside while dressed in a silver ball gown.
  • “Fire erupts wherever I am,” she wrote in the video’s caption.
  • The TikToker denied all accusations stating that she started the fire in Margalla Hills National Park in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad.
  • Pakistani officials have reportedly filed a First Information Report (FIR) against Asghar following the viral incident.

A Pakistani TikToker with millions of followers is facing severe criticism for filming in front of a forest fire amid one of South Asia’s intense heat waves.

Humaira Asghar has been accused of starting a forest fire in Margalla Hills National Park in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. The online star, known to her 11.5 million TikTok followers as Dolly, can be seen in her now-deleted TikTok video walking in front of a burning hillside while dressed in a silver ball gown.

Group behind Karachi suicide bombing warns China of more deadly attacks if ‘exploitation’ continues

  • The Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), the Pakistani separatist group who claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s bombing at China's Confucius Institute at the University of Karachi, has warned Beijing of “even harsher” attacks unless China stops its “exploitation projects” in the Balochistan province.
  • “Hundreds of highly trained male and female members of the Baloch Liberation Army’s Majeed Brigade are ready to carry out deadly attacks in any part of Balochistan and Pakistan,” Jeeyand Baloch, a spokesperson for the separatist group, said.
  • Four people, including three Chinese teachers and the Pakistani bus driver, reportedly died when a woman suicide bomber detonated a bomb as their vehicle approached outside the university on Tuesday.
  • Only four suicide attacks in Pakistan over recent years have  been carried out by women, and the BLA noted Tuesday’s deadly event marked their first.

The separatist group behind the recent suicide bombing of a school in Karachi, Pakistan, has threatened China  with more deadly attacks if the country continues with its Belt and Road Initiative in the Balochistan province.

In a statement published in English, Jeeyand Baloch, a spokesperson of The Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), warned Beijing of “even harsher” attacks unless China stopped its “exploitation projects” in the Balochistan province, as part of the country’s Belt and Road Initiative, and “occupying of the Pakistani state.”

Woman suicide bomber kills 4, including 3 Chinese nationals, outside Confucius Institute in Karachi

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  • The Baloch Liberation Army’s Majeed Brigade claimed responsibility for the attack on a van that killed three Chinese nationals and a Pakistani driver at the University of Karachi’s Confucius Institute in Pakistan.
  • The suicide bomber was identified as Shari Baloch, whom the group says was their first woman assailant involved in a sucide attack.
  • The Chinese Embassy in Pakistan confirmed the deaths of three Chinese teachers, including the director of the institute, and called on Pakistan “to make every effort to treat the wounded, conduct a thorough investigation of the attack, and severely punish the perpetrator.”
  • Chinese nationals have been the targets of separatists from Balochistan, a province where Beijing is involved in infrastructure plans as part of its Belt and Road Initiative, who resent the presence of foreign mining in the region.

A woman suicide bomber from a Pakistan separatist group killed four people in an attack on a van carrying staff from China’s Confucius Institute at the University of Karachi.

In surveillance footage shared to Twitter on Tuesday, the woman can be seen standing by the entrance gate of the institute with her back towards an approaching white van before an explosion occurs.

Pakistan PM condemns mob who stoned mentally ill man to death for alleged Qur’an burning

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  • Pakistani police have arrested dozens of people in connection to the death of a mentally ill man who allegedly burned pages of the Quran inside a mosque in the province of Punjab province on Saturday evening.
  • The victim, identified as Mushtaq Ahmed, 41, was snatched from authorities by an angry mob.
  • Officer Mohammad Iqbal and his colleagues were reportedly attacked by the mob while trying to save Ahmed.
  • By the time reinforcements arrived, the mob had already stoned Ahmed to death and hung his body from a tree.
  • “Who could possibly justify the barbaric act of stoning to death a mentally ill person?” Tahir Ashrafi, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s special representative on religious harmony, said in a televised press conference.
  • Khan condemned the killing in a tweet on Sunday and ordered Punjab officials for a “report on action taken against perpetrators of the lynching” and “against the police who failed in their duty.”

Dozens of people have been arrested in connection to the death of a mentally ill man who was stoned to death by an angry mob for allegedly desecrating the Qur’an.

The man, identified as Mushtaq Ahmed, 41, was lynched by the mob after he allegedly burned pages of the Qur’an inside a mosque in a village in the province of Punjab on Saturday evening, Associated Press reported.

Women’s rights activist Ayesha Malik becomes first female Supreme Court justice in Pakistan

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  • Gender equality activists are celebrating Ayesha Malik’s appointment to the Supreme Court in light of gender disparities in Pakistan and Malik’s own robust track record as a women’s rights advocate.
  • Malik’s appointment succeeded by a narrow 5-4 margin.

On Jan. 24, a judiciary committee appointed 55-year-old Ayesha Malik to Pakistan’s Supreme Court bench by a narrow margin.

Domestic and international activists have been celebrating the appointment of Malik to Pakistan’s Supreme Court as an important step towards women’s rights in the country. Female judges make up only 4% of Pakistan’s high courts, BBC reports.

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, culture lead to another vigilante justice death after man beaten by mob of hundreds

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The murder of a Sri Lankan Christian man in Pakistan has sparked a national conversation around controversial blasphemy laws and the surrounding culture, which leads many religious extremists to take the law into their own hands.

Mob lynching: Priyantha Kumara Diyawadana, the victim of a recent lynching last Friday, was a factory worker in Sialkot, Pakistan. Diyawadana was attacked by a mob of hundreds of people, including some of his coworkers, who accused him of tearing down posters at the factory, thus disrespecting the Muslim prophet Muhammad.