“Google doodle” joins ranks of Pakistan Independence Day celebrations

Pakistan gets one of the 21st century’s ultimate anniversary markers: a customized homepage on the Google search engine for August 14 when it celebrates its independence from the British Empire on August 14, 1947. (Photo: screen-grab of Google homepage)
Updated 15 August 2019

“Google doodle” joins ranks of Pakistan Independence Day celebrations

  • August 14 doodle shows historic Khyber Pass of Peshawar, a mountain road once a glory of the British empire 
  • Google has in the past dedicated doodles to legendary musician Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, philanthropist Edhi and others

ISLAMABAD: This year, aside from the swag of official events to mark 72 years of Pakistan’s inception, the country also got one of the 21st century’s ultimate anniversary markers: a customized homepage on the Google search engine.
Pakistan celebrates its independence day on August 14 each year to mark when Britain divided its Indian empire into Muslim Pakistan and mainly Hindu India in 1947.
The August 14 doodle shows the historic Khyber Pass of Peshawar, a tortuous mountain road that was once a glory of the British empire and remains a legend of high adventure.
This is not the first time that Google has featured a doodle for a Pakistani event or milestone. In the recent past, doodles have been dedicated to the birthdays of legendary musician Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi, the king of the ghazal form Mehdi Hassan, and Pakistan’s most prominent and prolific artist, Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi.
 


Indictment postponed for alleged Mumbai attacks' mastermind

Updated 39 min 14 sec ago

Indictment postponed for alleged Mumbai attacks' mastermind

  • JUD chief's indictment on terror financing charges will now take place on Dec. 11
  • Pakistan is striving to convince FATF it is doing its best to curb illicit financial flows

LAHORE: An Anti-Terrorism Court on Saturday could not indict Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, chief of the proscribed Jamaat-ud-Dawa organization, since one of his co-accused, Hafiz Zafar Iqbal, could not be brought before the judge by the authorities.
Saeed’s indictment on terror financing charges was expected on December 7, but the court adjourned the case against him after instructing the authorities to produce all accused individuals on the next hearing.
“Hafiz Saeed was produced before the court but the proceedings were adjourned till December 11,” his lawyer, Imran Fazal Gill, told Arab News. “The prosecution had not attached scrutiny report with the challan. The co-accused, Hafiz Zafar Iqbal, could not be produced in the court since he had to attend the proceedings of another case in Gujranwala. That deferred the indictment process.
Saeed was brought to the court amidt high security from Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail. It is worth mentioning that the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of the Punjab Police has registered 23 complaints against the JuD chief and his accomplices on terror financing charges in various cities of the province.
According to the authorities, Saeed collected funds using various trusts and non-profit organizations to finance terrorism. Under pressure from the international community, Pakistan has been probing JuD and its affiliate organizations.
Saeed is accused of being the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks that claimed about 160 lives in India’s commercial capital. The United Nations Security Council, through a resolution, put sanctions on his organization and declared its office bearers as terrorists.
Implementing the UN resolution, Prime Minister Imran Khan recently directed the authorities to implement the National Action Plan while chairing the National Security Committee’s meeting. Subsequently, investigations were launched against Saeed and his fellows.
The government also took over the religious seminaries and schools run by the trusts operated by Saeed and the JuD.
Pakistan is striving to come out of the FATF grey list and has told the global watchdog that it is doing everything to curb money laundering and terror financing.