Jemima takes a jibe at Pakistani cleric over WikiLeaks claim

Jemima Goldsmith
Updated 08 November 2019

Jemima takes a jibe at Pakistani cleric over WikiLeaks claim

ISLAMABAD: Twitter is the gift that keeps on giving, and on Wednesday Jemima Goldsmith hilariously trolled Pakistani cleric Mufti Kifayatullah after he accused her of being cousins with what can only be described as his take on a human embodiment of WikiLeaks.

While featuring on a TV show this week, the cleric declared that he knew who “Wiki Leaks” actually was, assigning WikiLeaks a person called Vicky Leaks, who he confirmed was a cousin of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ex-wife Jemima Goldsmith.

Goldsmith retweeted the video circulating social media with the hashtags #VickyLeaks, and wrote a series of humorous jabs at Kifayatullah to her audience of over 3 million.

“For those who don’t speak Urdu — apparently I have a first cousin called “Wiki” — who set up Wikileaks — which is a Zionist tool, supporting Imran Khan’s Zionist agenda,” wrote Goldsmith in a tweet. “This from a so called Islamic scholar/cleric.... “Wiki’ cousin hai Jemima ka,” (Wiki is Jemima’s cousin) followed by a series of laughing emojis.


Cambodia to ban elephant rides at Angkor temples

Updated 15 November 2019

Cambodia to ban elephant rides at Angkor temples

  • The Angkor archaeological complex in northern Siem Reap attracts the bulk of the kingdom’s tourists
  • Apsara authority plans to end the elephant rides by 2020
PHNOM PENH: Cambodia will ban all elephant rides at the country’s famed Angkor temple park by early next year, an official said Friday, a rare win for conservationists who have long decried the popular practice as cruel.
The Angkor archaeological complex in northern Siem Reap attracts the bulk of the kingdom’s foreign tourists — which topped six million in 2018 — and many opt for elephants rides around the ancient temples.
But these rides “will end by the start of 2020,” said Long Kosal, a spokesman with the Apsara Authority, which manages the park.
“Using elephants for business is not appropriate anymore,” he told AFP, adding that some of the animals were “already old.”
So far, five of the 14 working elephants have been transferred to a community forest about 40 kilometers (25 miles) away from the temples.
“They will live out their natural lives there,” Kosal said.
The company that owns the elephants will continue to look after them, he added.
Cambodia has long come under fire from animal rights groups for ubiquitous elephant rides on offer for tourists, also seen in neighboring Thailand, Vietnam and Laos.
The elephants are broken in during training and rights groups have accused handlers of overworking them.
In 2016, a female elephant died by the roadside after carrying tourists around the Angkor Wat temple complex in severely hot weather.
The animal had been working for around 45 minutes before she collapsed.