First woman Prime Minister of Muslim world, BB’s 68th birthday celebrated today.

Karachi, The 68th birthday of the first woman Prime Minister of the Muslim world, Benazir Bhutto, is being celebrated today (Monday). Several events will be held for the the celebration in different cities, including Karachi. PPP Chairperson and the former PM’s son Bilawal Bhutto will cut a birthday cake for Benazir in the Sindh Assembly …

First woman Prime Minister of Muslim world, BB’s 68th birthday celebrated today.

Karachi,

The 68th birthday of the first woman Prime Minister of the Muslim world, Benazir Bhutto, is being celebrated today (Monday).

Several events will be held for the the celebration in different cities, including Karachi.

PPP Chairperson and the former PM’s son Bilawal Bhutto will cut a birthday cake for Benazir in the Sindh Assembly today.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, said in a video message on Benazir Bhutto’s birthday on Twitter, that she restored democracy in the country by sacrificing her life.

The Sindh CM said that Benazir had started vaccinating children in Pakistan’s campaign against polio herself, urging people to get vaccinated against coronavirus to pay homage to the former PM.

Poets from Pakistan, India, Europe, USA, Canada, Middle East and other countries paid homage to Benazir at an event titled ‘Dukhtar-e-Mashriq Ka Jashn-e-Benazir (Celebration of the Daughter of the East Benazir)’ in Brussels.

It was hosted by the PPP-International Conferences and Seminars Forum, PPP Gulf Middle East and Bazm-e-Naz International.

The mushaira was presided over by renowned poet and playwright Tanveer Anjum. The chief guest was human rights scholar Anis Haroon and it was moderated by Dubai-based poet and host Ayesha Sheikh Aashi.

Other prominent poets who participated included human rights activist Attiya Daud, Tasneem Abidi from Houston, USA, Dr Sarwat Zahra from Dubai, Tasneem Jowhar from Hyderabad Deccan, India, Dr Ishrat Mooin Seema from Berlin, Germany, Dr Hina Ambereen Tariq from Canada, Hina Abbas from Aligarh, India, Kulsoom Zaib and Ashbar Jadoon from Peshawar, Samia Naz Malik from Faisalabad and others.

This was reportedly the first all-women global online mushaira. The poets said Benazir was a role model for women. She is a martyr and will remain in our hearts forever, they added.

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Thousands Watch Last Online TV News From Hong Kong's Apple Daily

The pro-democracy newspaper will likely fold this week after its assets were frozen during a raid by the national security police.

Thousands Watch Last Online TV News From Hong Kong's Apple Daily

Thousands of people tuned in to watch the last online TV news broadcast by Hong Kong's Apple Daily newspaper on Monday, as its owners warned the paper would likely shut down entirely by next weekend.

"Welcome to Apple Daily news," the presenter said. "Sadly, I'm here to tell you that this broadcast will be our last news program."

Users left messages of protest and support on the paper's YouTube channel.

"Without the Apple Daily, we have zero confidence that the news we are getting is true," wrote user Elsie Wong, while tongtong417 wrote: "[I will] always support Apple."

"[You were] freedom fighters for press freedom ... the people of Hong Kong salute you," Yu Lok Tin added.

Many other users thanked the paper, which is owned by jailed pro-democracy media mogul Jimmy Lai's Next Digital, the headquarters of which was raided by national security police last week, and its assets frozen.

The board of directors will make a final decision on the matter on Friday pending the results of a bid to have the group’s assets unfrozen, the paper reported on Monday.

Next Digital’s board sent a letter to Hong Kong’s secretary for security, John Lee, requesting that some of the company’s assets be unfrozen so that employees can be paid, the report said.

"If the decision is taken on Friday to cease operations, the online news section of Apple Daily is expected to stop updating on Saturday morning at the earliest, while the final print edition will also be published on Saturday," it said.

Around 500 national security and uniformed police raided Next Digital's headquarters in Tseung Kwan O on Thursday, arresting five company executives on suspicion of "colluding with foreign powers to endanger national security" and freezing H.K.$18 million of the group's assets.

"The primary concern is the safety and well being of the staff, and everybody is doing all they can to make sure that they are taken care of," Mark Simon, an adviser to Jimmy Lai, told RFA.

"We are taking every action we can to stay alive," he said, but declined to go into details.

Articles predate relevant law

Simon said police had been cagey so far about exactly how articles published by the paper as early as 2019 could have violated the draconian national security law that was imposed on Hong Kong by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from July 1, 2020.

"If the accusation is collusion based on journalism, then the police refusing to show the articles means the accusations are lies," Simon told RFA.

"If the accusation is based on public, open documents, [then] show the people of Hong Kong and the world what documents and what articles you are talking about ... what news and opinion pieces you are talking about."

Next Digital CEO Cheung Kim-hung and Apple Daily editor-in-chief Ryan Law, were charged with "collusion with foreign powers" under the law, and were denied bail on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the organizers of an annual July 1 protest march, the Civil Human Rights Front, said they were canceling this year's march in the face of ongoing coronavirus restrictions and "the political atmosphere" amid an ongoing crackdown on public opposition and dissent under the national security law.

Temporary convenor Chung Chung-fai said the organization had basically collapsed after former convenor Figo Chan was jailed in May for taking part in an "illegal assembly" on Oct. 1, 2019.

Police have warned that they could take action against the group after it failed to register as an entity under the Societies Ordinance following a warning letter from the authorities in April.

Reported by Gigi Lee, Cheng Yu Yiu and Kay Lee for RFA's Cantonese and Mandarin Services. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.

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