Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Vatican City: Pope praying for Christians in Pakistan, says family of slain minister

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“It’s also not just about Christians; there is serious unrest in Pakistan due to tensions between Shia and Sunni groups, as well as between various political groups.”

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By Anjali Lukose | September 1, 2014

Pope Francis is praying for persecuted Christians in Pakistan and the Vatican is working with Islamabad to ensure their security, says the family of a Roman Catholic former Pakistani minister, who was murdered by the Taliban for allegedly insulting the Prophet.

The family of Shahbaz Bhatti, who was sprayed with bullets as he left his Islamabad home on March 2, 2011, met the Pope during his weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square on August 27.

“We requested the Holy Father to remember the situation in Pakistan in his prayers. There is no peace and Christians continue to be persecuted,” Dr Paul Jacob Bhatti, Shahbaz’s brother and a former Pakistani minister for national harmony, said.

Israel must scrap illegal land grab in the West Bank: Amnesty International

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The plans, announced on Sunday by the Israeli military-run Civil Administration, would directly affect at least five Palestinian villages in the Bethlehem area.

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By Statement | September 1, 2014

The Israeli authorities’ outrageous plan to expropriate nearly 1,000 acres of land in the West Bank is illegal and must be rescinded immediately, said Amnesty International.

“Israel’s strategy of illegally confiscating land for settlements in the West Bank must stop once and for all. Not only it is illegal under international law but it is leading to a wide range of violations of Palestinians’ human rights on a mass scale,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

“Reports that that the Israeli cabinet justified this land grab as a reaction to the deplorable murder in June of three Israeli teenagers suggests this is an act of collective punishment and that Israel is moving further and further away from its obligations under international law.”

Monday, September 1, 2014

Sri Lanka: Court approves deporting of Pakistani refugees and asylum seekers

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Most of the Pakistanis are from the Ahmadiyya Islamic sect. The Ahmadi consider themselves Muslims, but a 1984 Pakistani law declared them non-Muslims and many Pakistanis consider them heretics.

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By Colombo Gazette | September 1, 2014

The Court of Appeal today gave permission to authorities to send back scores of Pakistani asylum seekers, after the government said they were a threat to the island’s security and public health.

Deputy Solicitor General Janak de Silva asked the Appeal court to lift an earlier suspension of deportations, saying there was evidence Pakistanis were committing crimes and bringing malaria into the country, which was otherwise virtually free of the disease, the Reuters news agency reported.

“Interim relief was vacated and the court has dismissed the application. Now all the asylum seekers are exposed to deportation if government wants,” said Lakshan Dias, lawyer of a 38-year-old Pakistani woman who complained after her husband, brother and father were detained pending deportation.

Saudis propose to move the Prophet Mohamed’s tomb

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The plans ... call for the destruction of chambers around the Prophet’s grave which are particularly venerated by Shia Muslims.

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By Andrew Johnson  | September 2014

One of Islam’s most revered holy sites – the tomb of the Prophet Mohamed – could be destroyed and his body removed to an anonymous grave under plans which threaten to spark discord across the Muslim world.

The controversial proposals are part of a consultation document by a leading Saudi academic which has been circulated among the supervisors of al-Masjid al-Nabawi mosque in Medina, where the remains of the Prophet are housed under the Green Dome, visited by millions of pilgrims and venerated as Islam’s second-holiest site. The formal custodian of the mosque is Saudi Arabia’s ageing monarch King Abdullah.

The plans, brought to light by another Saudi academic who has exposed and criticised the destruction of holy places and artefacts in Mecca – the holiest site in the Muslim world – call for the destruction of chambers around the Prophet’s grave which are particularly venerated by Shia Muslims.

The 61-page document also calls for the removal of Mohamed’s remains to the nearby al-Baqi cemetery, where they would be interred anonymously. [ more ... ]

Pakistan: Inqilab — when blood comes cheap

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In 1944 during the Second World War, the great Indian nationalist, Subhas Chandra Bose, motivated troops of the Indian National Army in Burma with the promise, “Give me blood, and I shall give your freedom.”

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By Jibran Nasir | September 1, 2014

For the past 12 hours on television I have been seeing injured people being carried out of the Red Zone, their blood painting the Constitution Avenue red. The sights reminded me of a historic speech.

In 1944 during the Second World War, the great Indian nationalist, Subhas Chandra Bose, motivated troops of the Indian National Army in Burma with the promise, “Give me blood, and I shall give your freedom.”

The INA was ready to shed blood. But just because a loyalist is willing to give his life does not mean the leader should take it as he pleases.

UK: Charity Fundraiser Tea Party by Ahmadiyya Muslims, St John’s Church

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Dignitaries and faith leaders, including 
Coun Paul Kane (Lab, Dews East) and Rev Canon Kevin Partington, were joined by members of the community for the tea party last Sunday.

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By Dewbury Report | September 1, 2014

Members of the St John’s Church in Dewsbury joined forces with the Spen Valley branch of The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association to raise money for charity.

More than 80 people turned up and raised £500 for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

Dignitaries and faith leaders, including 
Coun Paul Kane (Lab, Dews East) and Rev Canon Kevin Partington, were joined by members of the community for the tea party last Sunday.

Guests were treated to a range of food and drinks, including cakes, samosas, sandwiches and chocolates.

Local businesses donated raffle prizes and visitors also took part in henna painting and nail art sessions.

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