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2,384 Pakistanis in Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) Jailed for Minor and Major Offenses

The committee was informed that there were 1,834 Pakistanis detained in Saudi Arabia, while 550 were languishing in UAE prisons

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Islamabad, October 25, 2016: A total of 2,384 Pakistanis are languishing in various jails in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for minor and major offenses.

It was disclosed during a meeting of the Standing Committee of the National Assembly on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development that met on Monday with Mir Aamer Ali Khan Magsi in the chair.

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The committee was informed that there were 1,834 Pakistanis detained in Saudi Arabia, while 550 were languishing in UAE prisons.

The committee ordered the authorities concerned to take necessary steps for the release of the Pakistanis detained for minor offenses and provide counsellor access to those jailed for major crimes.

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The issue of behaviour of the Kafeels and employers towards the Pakistanis in both countries was also discussed.

The committee was informed that the attitude of the majority of employers and owners of big companies was good and the workers, including Pakistanis, were satisfied with their work. However, there were some issues regarding the direct employment visas that caused problems for Pakistani workers.

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The committee considered the issue of an apartment building in Islamabad and expressed concern over its fate due to litigation. It was informed that the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation had sent a reference to the Capital Development Authority for taking necessary action regarding the building. (IANS)

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?