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8 I October 15, 2021   § Vol: 22  No: 42                                                                                 
                                                                         SOUTH ASIA

        Sri Lanka among top wellness Father of Pakistan’s

        tourism destinations                                                                              nuclear weapon

        COLOMBO, Sri Lanka       healing.                                                                 program passes away
                                  Minister Ranatunga said
          Sri Lanka has been ranked  that following the COVID-
        among the top five Wellness  19 situation, most of the                                             ISLAMABAD, Pakistan
        Tourism Destinations in the  tourists in the world had
        world this year, Tourism  paid more attention to their                                             Pakistani scientist Abdul
        Minister       Prasanna  mental,  spiritual  and                                                  Qadeer Khan, who was
        Ranatunga said on Monday.  physical well-being.                                                   considered the father of his
          According to the Global  He said there was a high                                               country's nuclear weapon
        Wellness  Institute,  Sri  demand for Ayurveda and                                                programme, and a self-
        Lanka has been ranked    traditional medicines, which                                             confessed proliferator, who
        number four as the world's  had been in existence in Sri                                          passed nuclear secrets to
        top   Wellness  Tourism  Lanka for many years and                                                 Iran, Libya and North
        Destination while Bali tops  the government of the island  IT'S THE LEADING DESTINATION FOR SPIRITUAL HEALING  Korea, died due to lung  1976 to pioneer his country's
        the list this year, reports  nation was working on                                                problems on Sunday, his  nuclear programme - set up
        Xinhua news agency.      developing it further.                                                   family said. He was 85.  to counter neighbouring
          The Institute ranked Sri  According  to  official  Bandaranaike International  40,000 tourists have visited  Khan's health condition  India, which had tested a
        Lanka   as  the  leading  statistics, following the re-  Airport for tourists in  Sri Lanka with over 13,000  started deteriorating on  nuclear device in 1974. His
        destination for spiritual  opening   of     the  December 2020, more than  arriving in September alone.  Saturday night, after which  work  was  mainly  on
                                                                                                          he was rushed to the Khan  centrifuges required to
                                                                                                          Research    Laboratories  purify the uranium.
                                                                                                          Hospital  in  Islamabad,  However, his maverick
                                                                                                          according to his family  tendencies made him a bad
                                                                                                          members.                team player, and his quest
                                                                                                           In   August,  he  was  for publicity also worked
                                                                                                          admitted to the same    against him.
                                                                                                          hospital  after  testing  Khan, who was already in
                                                                                                          positive for COVID-19 and  the cross-hairs following the
                                                                                                          was   discharged  after  Dutch     government's
                                                                                                          recovery.               accusations  of  stealing
                                                                                                           Pakistani Prime Minister  centrifuge designs, began
                                                                                                          Imran Khan expressed his  transferring information to
                                                                                                          condolences  to  Khan's  both North Korea and Iran
                                                                                                          family, saying on Twitter  from the late 1980s. As
                                                                                                          that he was loved by the  Pakistan faced sanctions
                                                                                                          nation because of "his  after testing a nuclear device
                                                                                                          critical  contribution  in  in 1998, his role came under
                                                                                                          making Pakistan a nuclear  further scrutiny and in
                                                                                                          weapon state".          2003, the US handed over a
                                                                                                           "For  the  people  of  dossier of his proliferation
                                                                                                          Pakistan he was a national  activities to the then Pervez
                                                                                                          icon," he said.         Musharraf government.
                                                                                                           Pakistani President Arif  On February 4, 2004, a
                                                                                                          Alvi said in a tweet that the  tearful Khan appeared on
                                                                                                          nuclear scientist has helped  national  television  to
                                                                                                          Pakistan "develop nation-  confess his proliferation
                                                                                                          saving nuclear deterrence,  activities and seek the
                                                                                                          and a grateful nation will  nation's apologies. He was
                                                                                                          never forget his services in  pardoned  by  President
                                                                                                          this regard".           Musharraf the very next day,
                                                                                                           However, most of the   but placed under house
                                                                                                          world saw him differently.  arrest.  In  2009,  he
                                                                                                           After   training  and  successfully moved court to
                                                                                                          working in metallurgical  have  the   restriction
                                                                                                          sciences in western Europe,  withdrawn.
                                                                                                          Khan set up the Khan      However, he was never in
                                                                                                          Research Laboratories in  the limelight again.

                                                                                                          Afghan families engaging in child

                                                                                                          marriages for money, weapons

                                                                                                          KABUL, Afghanistan      common before, but after
                                                                                                                                  the fall of the Afghanistan
                                                                                                           Poverty, unemployment  government and the ensuing
                                                                                                          and   severe  economic  economic turmoil, more
                                                                                                          problems in Ghur province  families are forced to take
                                                                                                          of Afghanistan have led to  this route.
                                                                                                          child marriages, and a    Habiba   Jamshidi,  a
                                                                                                          number of families are  women's rights activist in
                                                                                                          letting their underage girls  the west of the country, said
                                                                                                          marry middle-aged men in  women form half of the
                                                                                                          exchange  for   money,  society's population and
                                                                                                          weapons or livestock, Raha  they should not be treated
                                                                                                          Press reported.         inhumanely or in a non-
                                                                                                           Some shocking stories  Islamic manner.
                                                                                                          have come to light where  Jamshidi said the families
                                                                                                          families have sold their one-  that are ignorant about girls
                                                                                                          year-old  daughters  for  and women's statutes, abuse
                                                                                                          money,   livestock  and  them.
                                                                                                          weapons, the report said.  Jamshidi emphasised that
                                                                                                           The buying and selling  one of the reasons of child
                                                                                                          rate of an underage girl is  marriage is the lack of
                                                                                                          usually between 100,000  proper awareness of the role
                                                                                                          and 250,000 Afghanis in  and position of women, the
                                                                                                          the province.           report said.
                                                                                                           According to sources, if  Taliban officials in Ghor
                                                                                                          the buyer does not have  province  refused   to
                                                                                                          cash, he will give the girl's  comment on the issue.
                                                                                                          family weapons or livestock
                                                                                                          in return.
                                                                                                           According to the report,
                                                                                                          such incidents occur more in
                                                                                                          the remote districts of the
                                                                                                          province  than  in  the
                                                                                                          national capital.
                                                                                                           Buying and selling of girls
                                                                                                          or  child  marriage  in
                                                                                                          exchange for money were
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