South Asia

Pakistan PM inaugurates water treatment plant at Hindus holy site

AMRITSAR: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated a water treatment plant installed at Amar Kund (sacred pond) in Katasraj cluster of Hindu temples in Chakwal district of Pakistan. While talking to TOI on Thursday, Pakistan’s Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Farooq ul Saddiq informed that Sharif not only came all the way to inaugurate the water treatment plant but …

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PoK Muslim sends sacred soil to Kashmiri Pandits in India

By: Ishfaq-ul-Hassan | Srinagar | Emotional scenes were witnessed when a small packet containing the holy soil of ancient Sharada temple arrived from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). No sooner was the packet opened in a function at Jammu, the Kashmiri Pandits lined up to apply the sacred soil on their foreheads as a mark of respect and devotion to Goddess …

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Iraqi fighters reclaim church destroyed by Daesh

The militants trashed other faiths’ places of worship and blew up ancient sites. Father Charbel Issu stands before a shattered altar, spreads out his hands and begins leading a group of Kalashnikov-wielding militia fighters in prayer. On the wall in front of them, graffiti scrawled in black spray paint. Iraqi fighters battling to oust Daesh from Mosul captured the Mar …

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‘Know Your Rights’ app for Saudi women attracts 50,000 subscribers

  A Saudi lawyer, who developed a free smartphone app to educate women in her country about their legal rights, said the app now has more than 50,000 subscribers, Al Arabiya English reported. Nasreen Al-Issa, a corporate lawyer in Saudi Arabia, launched Know Your Rights in July after realising many women did not know many of their “basic rights”. “I …

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Muslim Woman Devotes Her Life to Helping Christians Displaced by ISIS

BY SAMUEL SMITH , CP REPORTER                 Many are familiar with “The Vicar of Baghdad,” Canon Andrew White, the head of one of the most prominent relief charities helping thousands of Christians displaced by ISIS, but many don’t know that much of the work White gets credit for is actually carried out by …

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Bangladesh ulemas, imams emerge as key counter-terror force

BySanjib KR Baruah n a tactic that many multi-cultural countries can draw a lesson from, ulemas (Islamic theologists) and imams (those who lead Friday prayers) are emerging as key people in countering the forces of terror in Bangladesh. The move was decided in a special meeting of the countrys Cabinet Committee on Law and Order on July 10, just nine …

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A Gandhi-Edhi Plea For India-Pakistan Peace On 70th Independence Day

Sudheendra Kulkarni ‘In the dark times/Will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing/About the dark times.’ These soul-stirring lines were written by Bertolt Brecht, the great German anti-Nazi poet and playwright, at a time when the dark clouds of the Second World War had started to hover over the European sky. The sky over India and Pakistan …

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Local Muslims rescue Amarnath Yatra pilgrims injured in Kashmir road accident

The driver of the mini-bus carrying the pilgrims died of injuries after the vehicle met an accident near Bijbehara town in Anantnag district. By: IANS | Srinagar | Updated: July 14, 2016 1:54 pm Defying curfew restrictions on Wednesday, local Muslims risked their lives to rescue the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims injured in a road accident on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway No.1 …

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South Asians everywhere mourn slaying of the Spritual Singer, Amjad Sabiri

by Irfan Al-Alawi Lapido Media [London] Amjad Farid Sabri. Fatiha. Amjad Farid Sabri, was a beloved qawwal or Sufi singer known throughout Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh, as well as the South Asian Muslim diaspora. Drive-by motorcyclists murdered him in his car with a companion in Karachi on 22 June. Just 45, Amjad Sabri was driving to a television studio for …

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Muslim farmers build church for Christian neighbours

uslim farmers in a village in near the city of Gojra in Pakistan’s Punjab province are putting their savings together and helping build a church for the Christians in their neighbourhood. How does such tolerance and harmony exist in a place known for religious violence? Saba Eitizaz explores. Extracted from BBC news

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