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  • This blue-eyed chaiwala is being called Pakistan's 'nuclear weapon'

    NEW DELHI: An Islamabadchaiwala, or tea seller, has become Pakistan's blue-eyed boy, with people on social media calling him Pak's "nuclear weapon" who could be unleashed for "surgical strikeson Indian girls."

    This picture was taken by a photographer called Javeria, or 'Jiah,' Ali, who posted the photo on her Instagram handle after which it went viral on social media platforms. Ali told The International Business Times (IBT) that she found him in the Itwar Bazaar area of Islamabad during a photo-walk she participated in a few months ago.

    which it went viral on social media platforms. Ali told The International Business Times (IBT) that she found him in the Itwar Bazaar area of Islamabad during a photo-walk she participated in a few months ago.

    "I took his picture during a photowalk I attended a few months back, but shared the post recently on Instagram and someone shared it on other social media platform after which it went viral," Jiah said.

    The photo became the top trend on Twitter in Pakistan late yesterday with the hashtag #ChaiWala.

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    Guys, There’s A Really Hot Chaiwala In Pakistan And The Internet Is Collectively Crushing On Him

     

    When Islamabad-based photographer Jiah Ali took and Instagrammed this photo of a tea seller, she had no idea what she was in for.

     

     

    “I took the photo was during a recent photo walk I attended in Islamabad. He had a tiny tea stall in the area near the vegetable section of the city’s Itwar Bazaar (Sunday mart). I spotted him while he was pouring some tea,” Jiah told BuzzFeed.

    “My first two shots were of him looking down concentrated on his chai, but I was lucky enough to capture the viral shot in the seconds he looked at me for. He shied away, smiling, as soon as he saw me,” Jiah told BuzzFeed.

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    Internet fandom of Pakistani 'chaiwala' expands to India, Middle East

    (Web Desk) – An instagram photo of a ‘chaiwala’ in Islamabad taken by aspiring photographer Jiah Ali went viral on social media platforms not because of his flavorsome tea but for his eye-catching and debonair looks.

    Overnight, ‘chaiWala’ became top Twitter trend with girls going mad after the latest internet crush.

     

    Arshad Khan, brother of 17 siblings, expressed his ecstasy on becoming famous in one day.

    Talking to Dunya News, he said that he is happy with his overnight popularity but it is irritating when people gather around him for pictures during working hours as he is supposed to work to earn livelihood.

    Meanwhile, he said that people have taken more than 150 pictures with him so far.

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  • Top Isis commander calls Donald Trump a 'complete maniac'

     

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     A top Isis commander in Afghanistan has called the President-elect Donald Trump a “complete maniac” and said his “utter hate towards Muslims” will make it “much easier" to recruit thousands more supporters.

    Mr Trump was widely condemned for his call, shortly after the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015, to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the country until he figured out "what the hell was going on".

    The Republican and his allies have consistently defended the ban, insisting the measure was about Americans’ "safety" and not about discriminating against religion.

    Trump: We're going to deport millions

    Mr Trump has since toned down his call for the ban saying he would temporarily suspend immigration from countries that have "a history of exporting terrorism."

    But Taliban commanders and Islamic State supporters have said the rhetoric Mr Trump used during his campaign will help their recruitment efforts, especially among disaffected young people in the West.

    "This guy is a complete maniac. His utter hate towards Muslims will make our job much easier because we can recruit thousands," Abu Omar Khorasani, a top Isis commander in Afghanistan, told Reuters.

    "Our leaders were closely following the US election but it was unexpected that the Americans will dig their own graves and they did so," Khorasani continued, describing President Barack Obama as a moderate infidel with a little more intelligence than Mr Trump.

     

     

    A senior Taliban commander in Afghanistan said the group had kept track of Mr Trump's speeches and anti-Muslim comments: "If he does what he warned in his election campaign, I am sure it will provoke Muslim Ummah [community] across the world and jihadi organizations can exploit it." 

    Al Qaeda, which launched the 11 September attacks on New York and the Pentagon, has not yet commented on Mr Trump's win.

    However, Hisham al Hashemi an adviser to the Iraqi government on Sunni jihadist movements, told Reuters that "Al Qaeda is known for its recruitment strategy that heavily quotes speeches of the White House and other Western officials.”

    Iraq's powerful Shia Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said in a statement: "He [Donald Trump] does not differentiate between extremist and moderate Islamist trends and, at the same time, he overlooks [the fact] that his extremism will generate extremism in return.”

    Mr Trump’s office did not immediately respond to request for comment on the statements from militants.

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  • Qatar’s Aleppo fundraiser collects over $650 million in first six hours

    People hold placards reading "Save Syria", during a demonstration in support of the people of the Syrian city of Aleppo, on Piazza Castello on December 18, 2016 in Turin. PHOTO: AFP

     A charity drive for the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo in Qatar has raised over $650 million in its initial six hours.

    Leading charity organisations came together on December 16 in Darb El Saai area to garner support for the people of the besieged city. The event was broadcast live on Qatar TV as well as Al Rayyan.

    The campaign came in the wake of the Persian Gulf state’s decision to cancel national day celebrations in solidarity with the people of Aleppo.

     

     UN to vote Monday on sending observers to Aleppo

    “We will continue receiving donations as long as people donate. There is no specific time frame”, an official from the organising committee said.

    Organisations taking part in the drive include Qatar Charity, Eid Charity, Qatar Red Crescent Society, Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF) and Afif Charity.

    Hundred boxes have been placed in Darb El Saai, with each participating organisation allocating 20 boxes for the purpose. Some of the boxes have started receiving donations, official added.

    On Monday, AFP reported that dozens of buses entered Aleppo to resume evacuations, but plans were called off at the last minute after gunmen attacked vehicles for a similar operation from two rebel-besieged villages.

     Aleppo has seen some of the worst violence of the near six-year Syrian civil war that has left over 310,000 people dead. 

     

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  • PIA flight PK-661 crashes enroute to Islamabad

     

    A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-661 carrying over 40 passengers crashed on the way to Islamabad from Chitral on Wednesday.

    Chitral airport sources confirm singer-cum-evangelist Junaid Jamshed, his family, and Deputy Commissioner Chitral Osama Warraich were on board the flight and are feared to be among the casualties. There are 31 men, 9 women and 2 infants on board the flight, including at least three foreigners.

    PIA's emergency response center can be contacted at 0092-21-99044890, 0092-21-99044376 and 0092-21-99044394.

    A photo of the crash site. ─ DawnNews

    A photo of the crash site. ─ DawnNews

     

    The ATR reportedly crashed at the Patola village near Pakistan Ordinance Factory, Havelian, and eyewitnesses reported seeing a plane crash hear Havelian, according to district police officer Abbottabad.

    Eyewitnesses said the damage on the ground is "substantial". There is a fire raging in the village where the aircraft crashed.

    Global aviation watchdog Aviation Herald said that PK-661 crashed near Abbottabad due to engine problems.

    The flight departed from Chitral around 3:30pm and was expected to land at Islamabad's Benazir Bhutto International Airport at around 4:40pm.

    Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan have directed the concerned federal departments to immediately initiate rescue efforts and help provincial government, Press Information Department said.

    Army troops and army helicopters have been mobilised to a site near Havelian, Inter-Services Public Relations said.

    "PIA's ATR-42 aircraft operating as PK-661, carrying around 40 persons lost its contact with the control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad a short while ago," PIA Spokesman Daniyal Gilani tweeted. "All resources are being mobilised to locate the aircraft."

     

    urces are being mobilised to locate the aircraft."

     

    A list of the passengers on board the flight. ─ DawnNews

    A list of the passengers on board the flight. ─ DawnNews

     

     

    Map showing the route of the plane, as well as the crash area.

    Map showing the route of the plane, as well as the crash area.

     

     

    This is a developing story that is being updated as the situation evolves. Initial reports in the media can sometimes be inaccurate. We will strive to ensure timeliness and accuracy by relying on credible sources such as qualified authorities and our staff reporters.

     

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