Rest In Peace Kervin Pinerua (1991-2016)

Rest In Peace Kervin Pinerua (1991-2016)

Venezuelan volleyball star player, Kervin Pinerua, passed away this Friday morning in Turkey after suffering from a heart attack. He was only 25 years old. Kervin played for Afyonkarahisar in the Turkish League. He played his final match last Saturday scoring 25 points and led his team to win against Fenerbahce in an epic 5 set match.

The opposite spiker joined the national team in 2010. At the 2015 FIVB World Cup, his last major FIVB tourney, he was one of the tournament’s top scorer. He also led his team at the 2016 South American Olympic Qualification and almost beat eventual winners Argentina in a 5 set marathon.

Professionally, he also played in Lebanon, Italia, Argentina and Slovakia.

You will be missed Kervin.

Pakistan among 10 worst countries for internet freedom

Pakistan among 10 worst countries for internet freedom

KARACHI: 

The government’s attempts to tighten its grip on the internet — the information superhighway — through a series of controversial laws and policies has placed Pakistan among the 10 worst countries for internet freedom for a second straight year.

The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) 2016, also seems to have done little to improve the state of internet access or opening up content and upholding rights of citizens to use the internet.

 

According to the “Freedom on the Net 2016” report, by Washington DC based activist group Freedom House, Pakistan is ranked 10th, just above the likes of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

The annual report gives Pakistan a score of 69 out of 100 (with 100 the worst score) and is included in the ‘not free’ category.

Over the past five years, Pakistan’s score fell from 55 in 2011 to 69 in 2014 and has remained stagnant since. The scores are marked for three key areas including access to internet, restrictions on accessing certain content and violations of a user’s rights.

While access to the internet has greatly improved in the country, Pakistan’s overall score has suffered due to greater restrictions on content in the country and increasingly impinging on a user’s rights of privacy, freely acting on the internet and repercussions for online activity including legal prosecution, imprisonment, physical attacks, or other forms of harassment.

In this regard, the report pointed how in two separate cases, two men were sentenced to 13 years in prison for promoting religious or sectarian hatred online. Further, a political activist was charged by Peshawar police for tweets regarding a judge’s relative.

Stranglehold

With internet freedom in the country “repressive”, the worst scores attributed to Pakistan were for the greater restrictions placed on content online and violations of rights.

While the report noted that restoration of YouTube, blocked for nearly four years owing to a sacrilegious film, through a localised domain was positive, it said that people feared that “YouTube PK would be subject to stricter censorship than its international counterpart”.

 

This fear was not helped by the fact that Pakistan enacted policy and laws which granted sweeping powers to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to “monitor and manage content”.

This was done first through the Telecommunication Policy 2015 and then further reinforced through the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 passed in August which grants PTA the powers to “issue directions for removal or blocking of access of any information through any information system” which runs afoul of “the glory of Islam or the integrity, security and defense of Pakistan”. The report noted that a “lack of transparency extends to content affected by censorship”.

“There are no published guidelines outlining why content is blocked or how to appeal. Individuals and groups can also initiate censorship by petitioning courts to enact moral bans on online or traditional media content,” the report added.

A prime example was how in January 2016 PTA sent a list of 429,343 websites to internet services providers with directions to block them at the domain level. While a bulk of the websites were pornography websites, which a court had ordered the authority to block, the list contained a number of legitimate websites as well.

“The manner in which the list of websites has been vetted to avoid non-pornographic websites from being blocked has not been made clear to the public,” the report said.

“Pakistan has ranked low for five consecutive years because of the repressive regime of internet laws in the country,” said Nighat Dad, the executive editor of Digital Rights Foundation (DRF), which had contributed to the report.

 

Zarb-e-Azb laid strong foundation for peace, progress in Pakistan: Army chief

Zarb-e-Azb laid strong foundation for peace, progress in Pakistan: Army chief

Army chief General Raheel Sharif on Friday said Operation Zarb-e-Azb has laid a strong foundation for peace and progress in the country.

The army chief was addressing students and faculty members during his visit to Government College University Lahore, Radio Pakistan reported. He visited various sections of the premier institute.

Expressing optimism for a bright future of the country, the army chief said, “Pakistan is a great nation and our human resource is our real asset.” He added that the youth can play an important role in taking Pakistan to new heights.

In September, General Raheel said enemies must realise Pakistan has always been strong, and now it has turned unconquerable.

“I want to make it clear to all enemies of Pakistan that Pakistan has always been strong and today it is invincible,” General Raheel said while addressing a gathering in connection with Defence Day at GHQ, Rawalpindi.

Talking about the challenges the country is facing, he said: “I want to make it clear that we are fully aware of all covert and overt intrigues and intentions of our enemies.”

source The Express Tribune news

Misbahul Haq becomes first captain to lead Pakistan in 50 Tests

Misbahul Haq becomes first captain to lead Pakistan in 50 Tests
Misbah cuts cake to celebrate 50th match as Test captain. PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

Misbah cuts cake to celebrate 50th match as Test captain. PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

Pakistan team celebrated middle-order batsman Misbahul Haq’s 50th match as Test captain in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday.

Pakistan are currently playing the first of two-Test series against New Zealand, and the series opener was Misbahul Haq’s 50th as Test captain. He is Pakistan’s most capped Test skipper, surpassing legendary Imran Khan previously during the series against the West Indies in UAE.

 

PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

However, the Mianwali-born’s milestone Test was not a joyful one as Pakistan were bowled out for 133 in the first innings at Hagley Oval in Christchurch during the second day’s play. Misbah himself scored 31.

Nevertheless, the 42-year-old’s teammates celebrated their captain’s achievement by having a cake-cutting ceremony.

Earlier, when asked about the 50th Test milestone during an interview, Misbah had said that these records don’t matter much to him. “Records aren’t as important as performances,” he said.

 

PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

He added: “Individual character as a player should be considered above pride. However, it is always a happy moment to cross a milestone.”

After concluding the two-Test series in New Zealand, Misbah will lead the five-day side in the series against Australia, which includes three Tests, starting with a day-night affair in Brisbane.

If all goes as planned, the right-handed batsman would have led Pakistan in 54 Tests – that is if he decides to retire after the tour of Australia.

source The Express Tribune news

UK: Young Ahmadi Muslims back Poppy Appeal

UK: Young Ahmadi Muslims back Poppy Appeal

 

This is the ninth year that AMYA members have partnered with the Royal British Legion and to date have raised more than £200,000 for them through the Poppy Appeal with more than 600 volunteers nationally this year.

YOUNG Muslims from Farnham and Haslemere are raising thousands of pounds collecting for the Poppy Appeal at various locations including Wembley Stadium, London Underground stations, Heathrow airport and locally.

More than 100 youngsters from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) have been out in force with collection boxes for the Poppy Appeal.

They launched their campaign on Friday, November 4, at The London Mosque in Southfield (London’s first mosque), the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden (UK’s largest mosque), in Epsom and in Yorkshire.

They were joined by MPs, members of the armed forces and The Royal British Legion. The Caliph and worldwide leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness, Mirza Masroor Ahmad said: “Muslims are obliged to be loyal to the country in which they live.

“Honouring those who fought to defend and safeguard one’s country is an important principle of Islam and in fact is an important principle of peace – especially when it is carried out with a sincere heart and for the sake of winning God’s pleasure.”

This is the ninth year that AMYA members have partnered with the Royal British Legion and to date have raised more than £200,000 for them through the Poppy Appeal with more than 600 volunteers nationally this year.

Since October hundreds of young Muslims belonging to the AMYA have been collecting in high streets, rail and tube stations, stadiums and airports around the UK. During 2014 the youth were also actively involved in the Tower of London Poppy installation.

This is part of long-running nationwide initiatives by the AMYA to contribute to the country in different ways.

Other activities include blood drives, elderly home visits, feeding the homeless, charity events, green initiatives, peace conferences and interfaith meetings.

The Royal British Legion community fundraiser co-ordinator, Deborah Armantrading, said: “AMYA have been crucial in raising funds for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal for several years, participating in mass collections all over the UK.

“The Legion are extremely pleased with the enthusiasm and commitment from all of the volunteers.

“We enjoy working with AMYA as they are dedicated and passionate about their charity work, and the Poppy Appeal would not be the same without their help.”

The AMYA is the UK’s largest organised Muslim youth organisation and the leading Muslim youth group challenging extremism in the UK.

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Indonesia: Police Name Christian Governor of Jakarta Suspect in Blasphemy Case

Indonesia: Police Name Christian Governor of Jakarta Suspect in Blasphemy Case

Ahok apologized for the flap that he had caused, but some Muslim organizations reported him to the authorities after a video recording of the event went viral online.

Indonesian police Wednesday named Jakarta Gov. Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama a suspect in a blasphemy case, following mass protests demanding his prosecution, but this will not bar him from seeking reelection in February, officials said.

Ahok, a Christian and first member of Indonesia’s ethnic Chinese minority elected as governor of the capital, had been questioned by police on more than one occasion over alleged anti-Muslim comments he had made in September. On Tuesday, national police held a 10-hour, closed-door hearing in Jakarta to determine whether they should declare Ahok a suspect, during which dozens of witnesses and experts testified.

“Even though it was not unanimous, we reached an agreement that this case should be processed in an open trial,” Gen. Ari Dono, the commander of the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department who presided over the hearing, told reporters at national police headquarters on Wednesday.

“Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, alias Ahok, has been named a suspect,” Ari said.

Ahok, who said he was still in the race for the gubernatorial election in February despite the announcement by police, is accused of blasphemous speech for telling attendees at an event in September that people might “fool them” into not voting for him by using the Quran’s Surah Al-Maida Verse 51 – which some interpret as prohibiting Muslims from having non-Muslim leaders.

Ahok apologized for the flap that he had caused, but some Muslim organizations reported him to the authorities after a video recording of the event went viral online.

Muslim anger over his remarks did not die down and led to mass demonstrations against the governor. On Nov. 4, an anti-Ahok demonstration that drew some 100,000 protesters to central Jakarta ended in violence as angry crowds attacked police barricades, set fires and looted stores.

‘Not ineligible’

According to the Indonesian General Election Commission, Ahok will be allowed to contest the upcoming polls, although police have now named him as a suspected blasphemer. Under the laws of Indonesia, the country with the world’s largest Muslim majority, speech deemed blasphemous or offensive to members of a particular faith is open to prosecution.

“[He is] not ineligible, unless the court later decides to sentence Ahok to five years or more,” Sumarno, chairman of the Jakarta office of the General Election Commission, told BenarNews on Wednesday.

Citing Indonesian electoral regulations, Sumarno said that a person’s candidacy for public office would be terminated if a court convicted and sentenced a candidate to the long prison term.

Reacting to Wednesday’s announcement, Ahok said he remained confident that he would still win the election, and that he would allow the potential criminal case against him to go through the courts without trying to block it.

“I am grateful to the police for the process. I will accept [this]. I think this is a good example for democracy,” MetroTV quoted Ahok as saying.

More protests coming?

Now that Ahok is officially a suspect in the blasphemy probe, one political observer expressed hope that this could calm tensions and anger among Muslims who have demanded that he be prosecuted.

“[The noise] can certainly be reduced,” Adi Prayitno, a political analyst from the State Islamic University of Jakarta, told BenarNews. “The anger of Muslims at least can be eased.”

After police made the announcement, plans of another anti-Ahok demonstration circulated, but Indonesia’s police chief urged people to hold off on more protesting because the legal process against the governor was now under way.

“So, if anyone wants to take to the streets, for what? There is only one answer – the agenda is not about Ahok,” National Police Chief Tito Karnavian said.

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Ghana: Shun violent politicians, says Ahmadiyya elder Bin Salih

Ghana: Shun violent politicians, says Ahmadiyya elder Bin Salih

Maulvi Bin Salih was speaking at a forum in Accra, which sought to educate Ghanaians, particularly the Muslim Community, on their responsibility for maintaining peace before, during and after the elections.

The Ameer and leader  of the Ghana  Ahmadiyya Mission, Maulvi Alhaji Mohammed  Bin Salih, has urged the youth, particularly those in Muslim communities, to shun politicians who try to involve them in any violent act.

According to him, most of the youth were still naive about the consequences of violence, and were likely to be incited by politicians to instigate violence on December 7.

“As religious leaders, we need to continue drawing the attention of the youth to the need for peaceful elections because a peaceful Ghana will lay a better foundation for their future aspirations’,’ he said.

Enhancing peace

Maulvi Bin Salih was speaking at a forum in Accra, which sought to educate Ghanaians, particularly the Muslim Community, on their responsibility for maintaining peace before, during and after the elections.

Organised by the Islamic University College of Ghana (IUCG), the forum was on the theme, “Towards a Peaceful Election 2016: Role of the Muslim Community in Ghana”.

The spiritual leader bemoaned how some youth allowed themselves to be used as agents for violence.

“If we destroy our country, the youth will suffer more because the elders will not be there to bear its consequences, hence do away with violence,’’ he advised.

Maulvi Bin Salih called on religious leaders to continue educating their followers, particularly the youth, on the need to preserve the peace to sustain national development.

Be rational

He,therefore, advised Ghanaians to be wise in making their choice of who would lead the country on December 7.

Appealing

For his part, the President of IUCG, Dr Mohsen Maarefi, appealed to stakeholders to ensure that the December election was free and fair so the peace in the country would not be compromised.

“Ghana is the beacon of democracy in Africa, and the citizens must be proud of that,’’ he noted.

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Thailand: Internationally Acclaimed Kashmiri Ahmadi Muslim Veterinarian Honoured by IIFS

Thailand: Internationally Acclaimed Kashmiri Ahmadi Muslim Veterinarian Honoured by IIFS

India International Friendship Society (IIFS) is a voluntary organization of Indian national and expatriate international personalities, driven by the objective to promote and forge greater unity and friendship between resident and overseas Indians.

After achieving the feat of becoming first expatriate from India who was made honorary judge in the German judicial system, Dr Syed Basharat Ahamd Shah, was honoured by the India International Friendship Society (IIFS) with two prestigious Awards: the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Glory Of India Award (also known as Bharat Jyoti Award) and the corresponding Certificates Of Excellence at a glittering and prestigious function, the Global Friendship Day Banquet on October 4, 2016 at hotel Holiday Inn, Bangkok, Thailand.

The Awards were presented by His Excellency Korn Dabbransi, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand in recognition of the saga of Dr Shah’s multifaceted social, humanitarian, public, professional engagements and academic achievements.

India International Friendship Society (IIFS) is a voluntary organization of Indian national and expatriate international personalities, driven by the objective to promote and forge greater unity and friendship between resident and overseas Indians.

Dr Shah, who is a native of Bijbehara in south Kashmir, has travelled across the world including Germany, Canada, UK, almost all European countries and continents.

Dr Shah has already presented his scientific work successfully at different conferences in Canada, Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg, China, South Africa, Netherlands, Austria, France, Middle East, Thailand, Singapore, India and Pakistan, besides having the honour of being the life member of more than eleven international scientific and civic organisations.

An Arts and Law graduate, he is the lone Kashmiri recipient of the prestigious IAAVR AWARD at the 4th Indian Veterinary Congress in 2004 at IVRI Izatnagar, Bereilly.

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Israel: Proposal to quiet call to prayer draws Muslims’ ire

Israel: Proposal to quiet call to prayer draws Muslims’ ire

The bill, which received initial support from a committee of Israeli ministers this week, proposes to limit the volume of public address systems of all houses of prayer in Israel.

JERUSALEM — A proposal to make mosques reduce the loudspeaker volume of their call to prayer has sparked an uproar among Israel’s Muslims, underscoring their fraught relationship with the country’s Jewish majority.

Supporters of the bill, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have painted it as a matter of quality of life. But it has deepened a sense among the Arab minority that it is being increasingly marginalized by his hard-line government.

“The call to prayer came before the racists. The call to prayer will remain after the racists,” said Ayman Odeh, head of a joint list of Arab parties in parliament.

The bill, which received initial support from a committee of Israeli ministers this week, proposes to limit the volume of public address systems of all houses of prayer in Israel.

But the bill’s sponsor, a lawmaker from a nationalist Jewish religious party, made clear the target is mosque loudspeakers, and it has been dubbed the “muezzin bill,” referring to the man who delivers the call to prayer.

Loud calls to prayer are ubiquitous across the Middle East.

Pakistan bans its Ahmadiyya community, who are reviled by mainstream Muslims as heretics, from broadcasting the call to prayer. It also prevents religious leaders from blaring their sermons, fearing incitement.

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Scotland: Edinburgh Police dept attends Ahmadiyya – Fife Peace Conference in Edinburgh

Scotland: Edinburgh Police dept attends Ahmadiyya – Fife Peace Conference in Edinburgh

“We are the leading Islamic organization to categorically reject terrorism in any form. Our motto is ‘Love for All, Hatred for None’.” ~ Dr Abdul Hayee.

We attended at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Edinburgh and Fife Peace Conference on Saturday. Together with colleagues from the fire service and other partners, our Safer Communities and local policing officers were privileged to attend such an event.

Dr Abdul Hayee, president of the association, says ” The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a fast growing international revival movement within Islam. It spans over 206 countries, with membership exceeding tens of millions. Our current spiritual leader, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, resides in the UK. Our community propagates the true teachings of Islam, and the message of peace, harmony and tolerance within society. We are the leading Islamic organization to categorically reject terrorism in any form. Our motto is ‘Love for All, Hatred for None’.”

“Thanks for having us at the peace conference this weekend @AMA_Scotland – was an honour,” said Edinburgh Police Division in a Twitter post. “Love for All, Hatred for None – a motto many of us could learn from. Thanks for having us!”

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