Sunday, July 27, 2014

[Breaking] | Pakistan: Violent mob sets fire to Ahmadi homes in Gujranwala under police watch | Updated

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"Pakistanis celebrate end of Ramdhan by burning down Ahmadi houses, " said Imarn Jattala, chief editor of Ahmadiyya Times, in a social media post. 

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By Staff report | July 26, 2014
First posted: 12:05 PST

While the local police watched, Ahmadi houses are set on fire by a Islamist mob in People's Colony of Gujranwala town in the central Punjab, a Province of Pakistan.

The incident stated in the evening on Sunday, July 27th.

According to Mr. Saleem-ud Din, the Ahmadiyya community representative in Pakistan, the fire truck responding to to the fire were turned back by the mob and the local police was keeping away all help from the burning structures.

A large contingent of police was unwilling to stop the violent mob and multiple houses were on fire as of the last reports .

"Pakistanis celebrate end of Ramadan by burning down Ahmadi houses," said Imarn Jattala, chief editor of Ahmadiyya Times, in a social media post.

Dr. Basharat Nazir, national spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in the UK, stated through his private Twitter account that the ultimate fault for the anti-Ahmadiyya crimes rest with the government of Pakistan.

"Pakistan govt continues to refuse that Ordinance XX makes Ahmadis a fair game for arson, murder, harassment anytime anywhere." wrote Dr. Nazir.

Pakistan’s Tahirul Qadri: The rise and fall of a revolutionary man

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His new found fame in politics and as a TV presenter at state television, the only TV channel in the country at that time, made Qadri venture into dangerous domains of spiritual leadership.

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By Mansoor Jafar | July 27, 2014

The Canada-returned fiery speaking scholar, Dr. Tahirul Qadri, has been creating ripples in Pakistan’s political scene for the last few weeks. A Canadian national since 2005, Qadri returned to Pakistan flexing political muscles against the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, warning that the “revolution” he has been calling for has now become the writing on the wall and will overthrow the entire corrupt system which allows only the capitalists and corrupt to get elected disallowing the same to the poor

The double-talking Qadri has been speaking to media almost every other day at his party secretariat in Lahore, the capital of country’s largest province, Punjab, where police shot down at least 8 workers and injured 85 while resisting the removal of security barricades. The iron-gates and barriers around the party secretariat and his nearby home had been causing inconvenience for local residents who had moved the High Court against Qadri.

Pakistan: Four Ahmadis killed over alleged blasphemy

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Those killed included 55-year-old woman Bashiran, a minor girl Kianat, 7-year-old Hira and an unborn child, who died because of suffocation.

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By Staff Report | July 27, 2014

Gujranwala: Furious over alleged blasphemy, an angry mob on Sunday night attacked Ahmedis community in Gujranawala, killing four people.

Those killed included 55-year-old woman Bashiran, a minor girl Kianat, 7-year-old Hira and an unborn child, who died because of suffocation.

Injured were rushed to the district headquarters hospital, where their condition is said to be ‘critical’.

According to a report on BBC Urdu website, the mob burned five houses over an alleged ‘blasphemous material’ posted on a Facebook page.

BBC Urdu quoted People Colony Circle’s Deputy Superintendent of Police as saying that mob gathered and start protesting after an Ahmadi youth allegedly posted ‘blasphemous material’ on the social networking website.

Perspective: Eyes shut at home | Bina Shah

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One of the most ridiculous things being asked on the internet, and I’m sure elsewhere, goes like this: ‘Why isn’t Malala Yousafzai speaking out about the atrocities in Gaza?’

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By Bina Shah | July 26, 2014

PAKISTANIS like to think of themselves by nature as a compassionate people, with large hearts that bleed for the poor, oppressed and suffering all over the world.

These days, private citizens are organising donation drives for the displaced people of North Waziristan. The army is collecting donations, young people are putting together relief goods and clothes, and with the approach of Eid, gift packages are being put together for children that include toys and books.

Just like the Kashmir earthquake of 2005, Pakistanis have been eager to assist those who have lost their homes and livelihoods because of events that are out of their control. It’s an admirable quality in us, the desire to help, to offer comfort and succour, and to pledge solidarity to people who need allies in a hostile world.

UK: Iftar brings community closer

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“But more importantly it is about finding a suitable location. Sometimes people are quite reluctant to go the mosque because they do not quite understand what exactly goes on in there."

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By Dewsbury Reporter | July 27, 2014

A school threw open its doors in an effort to unite a community during Ramadan.

St John’s Infant School invited residents of all faiths and ethnicities to attend its iftar function, a meal eaten by Muslims after sunset during the holy month.

Members from St John’s Church, Dewsbury Minister and from the school went to the event last Friday.

The Muslim holy month began on Wednesday July 10, during which Muslims abstain from food and drink from before dawn until dusk.

Organiser Arif Ahmad said he was overwhelmed by the response from the community.

From Archives: Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, which will oversee the programme, confirmed its launch and wrote that its aim was to “strengthen Israeli public diplomacy and make it fit the changes in the means of information consumption”.

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By Ben Lynfield | August 13, 2013

In a campaign to improve its image abroad, the Israeli government plans to provide scholarships to hundreds of students at its seven universities in exchange for their making pro-Israel Facebook posts and tweets to foreign audiences.

The students making the posts will not reveal online that they are funded by the Israeli government, according to correspondence about the plan revealed in the Haaretz newspaper.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, which will oversee the programme, confirmed its launch and wrote that its aim was to “strengthen Israeli public diplomacy and make it fit the changes in the means of information consumption”.

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