Rabwah| Two-Truck Accident Near Darra |Drivers Seriously Injured

Tonight approximately at 11pm a horrific accident between two trucks has been occurred near Rabwah Darra. According to the sources speeding, fatigue, and improper lane change become the reason of this devastating accident.

The 1122 squad came on time just after the accident and take the crew of trucks safely out. The drivers were seriously injured, and they chose to go through to hospital by ambulance for further treatment of their injuries.

The road was however temporally closed due to further clean up operations and removal of the trucks from the road. 1122 team removed the debris  of trucks from road and opened it for the traffic.

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Pakistan ranks second for most selfie deaths

Pakistan ranks second for most selfie deaths

 

NEW DELHI: 

Pakistan took second place in the global killer-selfie rankings with nine deaths, according to a study published by US-based Carnegie Mellon University and Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi.

Meanwhile, India topped the list with 76 selfie-takers who lost their lives. In the quest for the coolest selfie, more people have died in India in the past two years than the total number of selfie-related deaths in the rest of the world, according to the study titled “Me, Myself and My Killfie: Characterizing and Preventing Selfie Deaths“.

Using special search techniques to trawl the internet and social media, the researchers identified 127 confirmed selfie deaths since March 2014.

They blamed people’s desire for more “likes” and comments on social media for driving increasingly risky selfie-taking.

“(The) clicking dangerous selfies (has proved) to be so disastrous that during the year 2015 alone, there have been more deaths caused due to selfies than shark attacks all over the world,” the researchers said in a blog post.

Three students in northern India died trying to take a daring selfie in front of an oncoming train, according to the study published last week.

Another student lost his life when the cliff he was standing on for a photo cracked, sending him plunging 18 metres into a ravine.

A selfie-taking Japanese tourist died after he slipped down the stairs at the Taj Mahal while seven people posing for a group selfie died when the boat they were in capsized.

Pakistan took second place, followed by the United States with eight and Russia on six.

India’s population of 1.25 billion is nearly four times the size of the US’s and over six times the size of Pakistan, but that fails to account for the huge discrepancy between the number of fatalities.

According to the study, China with its population of 1.37 billion only had four selfie-related deaths.

The group behind the study hopes their work will raise awareness of the killer trend — and maybe encourage people to just appreciate the view.

source The Express Tribune news

Sikh man mistaken as Muslim abused, harassed at US store

Sikh man mistaken as Muslim abused, harassed at US store

 

A Sikh student at Harvard Law School was allegedly abused and harassment at a store near his campus after he was mistaken for being Muslim.

Harmann Singh, 22, a first year law student said he was shopping at a store in Massachusetts and talking to his mother over the phone when a man walked inside and told the counter clerk, “Oh look, there’s a (expletive) Muslim.”

“Over the weekend, I was confronted by a man who called me a ‘(expletive) Muslim’ and followed me around a store aggressively asking where I was from, and no one in the store said a thing,” said a dismayed Singh.

“I was on the phone with my mom the entire time, and we were both concerned for my safety as this man stood inches away from me,” Singh recalled his experience.

Singh, who is from Buffalo, New York, said he tried to ignore the man and continued to talk to his worried mother. The man then chased Singh to the checkout counter.

“I told him, ‘Hey I’m actually from New York. I live here now down the street. Is there anything I can do to help you?’” Singh explained. However, the harasser did not respond, forcing him to leave the store.

Meanwhile, the owner of the store told Boston.com that he was going back and forth inside the shop when the incident occurred on November 11 and saw the man speaking to Singh.

“I don’t know where that guy came from and I hope I don’t see him again,” the owner said on the condition of anonymity.

Since the election of Donald Trump there has been a steep rise in incidents against Muslims. The Republican candidate has been highly outspoken against Muslims, minorities and immigrants, raising concerns and fear among the said groups and ethnicities.

More than 200 incidents of hate, harassment and intimidation have been witnessed across the US ever since Trump emerged victorious in the presidential elections on November 8.

The article originally appeared on The Times of India

Melania Trump and son may stay in NYC for now

Melania Trump and son may stay in NYC for now

 

WASHINGTON,: 

Donald Trump’s wife Melania and young son Barron will probably stay in New York when the president-elect moves into the White House, the transition team suggested Sunday.

The parents are wary of pulling their son out of school now, team communications director Jason Miller told reporters.

“There’s obviously sensitivity to pulling their 10-year-old out of school in the middle of the school year. A more formal statement will be coming in the future,” Miller said.

He was responding to a New York Post report that Melania Trump, 46, and her son will keep living in Trump Tower at least until the end of the school year so the boy can continue attending his private school in Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Trump, speaking to reporters in New Jersey, said “yes, White House” when asked if he was planning on moving into the presidential residence.

He was then asked whether his wife and son would be joining him there. “Very soon. After he’s finished with school,” Trump said.

Trump will be sworn in as president on January 20.

US presidents have lived in and worked at the White House since John Adams took up residence there in 1800.

source The Express Tribune news

Indonesia: Thousands march for tolerance in Jakarta

Indonesia: Thousands march for tolerance in Jakarta

Although the November 4 rally began peacefully, violence erupted after dusk, leading to police using tear gas. One person died of an asthma attack and several others were injured.

Around 3000 protesters have rallied in the Indonesian capital calling for unity and tolerance.

Around 3000 protesters have rallied in the Indonesian capital calling for unity and tolerance, amid rising ethnic and religious tensions sparked by allegations of blasphemy against the city’s Christian governor.

Earlier in the week, police named Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, commonly known as Ahok, as a suspect in a blasphemy case over accusations that he insulted Muslims in remarks about the Koran.

The police’s move came after more than 100,000 Muslims rallied earlier in November demanding Purnama, a member of the ethnic Chinese minority, be arrested for blasphemy.

Participants in Saturday’s rally, far smaller than the November 4 anti-Purnama protest, were dressed in red and white, the colours of the country’s flag.

‘We’re here to celebrate the country’s motto: Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity),’ said Amir Hamzah, who took part in the rally.

Although the November 4 rally began peacefully, violence erupted after dusk, leading to police using tear gas. One person died of an asthma attack and several others were injured.

The blasphemy allegations stemmed from remarks made by Purnama during a meeting with Jakarta residents in September.

Purnama said his opponents in next year’s gubernatorial election had used a verse from the Koran to deceive voters and prevent him from winning another term.

Many Muslims in Indonesia interpret the text in question as prohibiting them from electing non-Muslims as their leaders, although many fellow Muslims disagree that Purnama’s remarks amounted to blasphemy.

Purnama became Jakarta’s first ethnically Chinese governor when he took over from Joko Widodo, now Indonesia’s president, in 2014.

Backed by Joko’s Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, he is seeking another term in the election scheduled for February 15. The General Election Commission has said Purnama’s status would not affect his candidacy.

DPA

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Perspective: I’m a Muslim for loyalty | Dania Sohail

Perspective: I’m a Muslim for loyalty | Dania Sohail

 

“I chose to react in peace and harmony by publicly showing that we as Muslim-Americans are steadfastly loyal to and love our country.”

On Nov. 8, Donald J. Trump was named the president-elect of the United States of America. As a young Muslim-American, I originally felt a feeling of total disbelief over these results because of the implications to the many minority groups residing in our country. I was surprised after speaking to my parents at their calm resolve and lack of worry about the future of our nation. They told me that this was what America had democratically chosen and it was our duty, as Muslims, to accept the result. “This,” they said, “this is where our faith really matters.”

So I chose to respond with peace and patience as we await Trump’s presidency and policies to follow. On Veterans Day, only a few days later, I organized a group of Muslim-Americans from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to build a float and march in the San Jose Veterans Day parade. We did this to publicly demonstrate our loyalty to this country and our appreciation for those who have fought to defend it.

There is a lot of palpable tension and unrest in America right now. One reason is because minority groups are facing more discrimination and hate crimes as a result of Donald Trump’s harsh and hurtful rhetoric. Another comes from the divide in our country between Trump-supporters and Trump-opposers. One group is hurting because of feelings of alienation and discrimination within their own country, while another group has been hurting for the past eight years as they have watched the middle class shrink and economic issues grow.

Instead of reacting in protest, which is seemingly an appealing option for many of those who want to publicly dissent, I chose to react in peace and harmony by publicly showing that we as Muslim-Americans are steadfastly loyal to and love our country.

We have always taken pride in our faith and have never given into the fear of Islamophobia.

Marching down the streets of San Jose, the celebration of all the veterans that served was accompanied by a feeling of inclusiveness and welcoming support. A number of people came up to us, thanking us for coming out and even apologizing for all the recent treatment of Muslims and close-minded behavior. People in the crowd shouted words of encouragement which lifted everyone’s spirits even more. It’s strange to say that I felt almost surprised by all of this support because Muslims are often perceived in a negative light, but the immense kindness contributed not only to a successful parade but also a sense of belonging amongst my fellow Muslims. In a week that felt very categorized by divisions, this parade helped create unity with our fellow citizens.

Following the law of the land is a part of our faith; we fully support the Constitution and abide by the results of all democratic elections. As a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the oldest Muslim community in the United States, I live by our peaceful motto: Love for All, Hatred for None. As of now, we are willingly awaiting the outcome of the policies presented by Donald Trump, and only if these policies discriminate against minorities will we peacefully speak out in opposition. We all need to come together and have empathy for those who are hurting on both sides of the political spectrum. We have to build bridges, not burn them. So I’m calling on my fellow Americans to be the ones to remain peaceful and hopeful as we patiently await a more forbearing future.

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Indonesia: Calls Reemerge for Revocation of Blasphemy Laws

Indonesia: Calls Reemerge for Revocation of Blasphemy Laws

Activists have twice filed judicial reviews against the 1965 blasphemy law with the Constitutional Court in 2013 and 2008, but they were all rejected on the grounds that the law is necessary to maintain public order.

Jakarta. Calls are reemerging to revoke a set of legal provisions on blasphemy in Indonesia, which activists say have often been used to undermine minority ethnic or religious groups.

The calls come amid a blasphemy allegation launched by Muslim hardliners against Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama in the lead-up to next year’s gubernatorial election.

Police have charged the governor, who is seeking re-election, earlier this week for violating the 1965 law on blasphemy.

“The blasphemy laws should be revoked. As long as they’re still in place, they’ll be used to discredit minority groups,” Bahrain of the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation said on Friday (18/11).

Activists have twice filed judicial reviews against the 1965 blasphemy law with the Constitutional Court in 2013 and 2008, but they were all rejected on the grounds that the law is necessary to maintain public order.

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USA: Muslim Teacher in Georgia Found A Violent Islamophobic Message In Her Classroom

USA: Muslim Teacher in Georgia Found A Violent Islamophobic Message In Her Classroom

“As a Muslim, I wear a headscarf as a practice of my faith. I want to share this to raise awareness about the reality and climate of our community. Spreading hate isn’t going to ‘make America great again.’” 

 

“Your headscarf isn’t allowed anymore. Why don’t you tie it around your neck & hang yourself?”

Days after President-elect Donald Trump’s won the presidency, a Muslim high school teacher in Georgia found a chilling note in her classroom.

“Your headscarf isn’t allowed anymore. Why don’t you tie it around your neck & hang yourself?”

Mairah Teli, a language arts teacher at Dacula High School in Gwinnett County, uploaded an image of the anonymous note on her Facebook account on Friday. It is unclear who it was written by, or whether the writer was a student or teacher at Teli’s school.

The letter was signed “America.”

In a Facebook post about the incident, Teli wrote that she decided to share the note online to raise awareness how the political climate is affecting American Muslims.

“As a Muslim, I wear a headscarf as a practice of my faith. I want to share this to raise awareness about the reality and climate of our community,” Teli wrote in the the post. “Spreading hate isn’t going to ‘make America great again.’”

Islamophobia has been on the rise in this country for quite some time, but some activists have expressed fear that Trump’s victory could further embolden those who want to incite hatred against Muslims and other minorities. Since Election Night, the Southern Poverty Law Center has collected reports of more than 200 incidents of intimidation and harassment from news reports, social media, and direct submissions through their website ― although not all of these have been independently verified.

In the days since the election, several Muslim women claimed they were victims of attacks. Others debated whether or not they should continue wearing the hijab, a religious head covering.

Sloan Roach, a spokeswoman for Gwinnett County Public Schools, confirmed to The Huffington Post that a note was found in Teli’s classroom on Friday morning. Roach said that the school’s resource officer was informed about the incident and that the school is currently investigating what happened. She also said that Teli has been receiving support from the Dacula school community.

“A threat against a staff member is a serious matter,” Roach wrote in a statement. “The school is doing all it can to identify the person who wrote and left this note.”

Corporal Dean Washington, a spokesperson for Gwinnett County police, told The Huffington Post an official police report has not been filed regarding the note.

“The school system has their avenues for investigating internal matters and they also have a police department,” Washington told The HuffPost. “However, if Gwinnett County Police Department is requested to assist in any criminal matter we will assist.”

On Saturday, Teli wrote on Facebook that she was confident that the high school was taking the appropriate steps to handle the incident. She also said that she was “overwhelmed and deeply touched” by the support she’s received from people around the country. Students at the school have also been collecting cards and letters of encouragement to give to the teacher.

“I feel your support affirms that our country is built on morals of compassion and kindness,” Teli wrote in her post.

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Carol Kuruvilla is Associate Religion Editor 

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UK: Ahmadiyya Muslim youth aid the Poppy Appeal

UK: Ahmadiyya Muslim youth aid the Poppy Appeal

Since October hundreds of young Muslims belonging to AMYA have been collecting in high streets, rail and tube stations, stadiums and airports around the UK, as part of long-running nationwide initiatives by the AMYA to contribute to the country.

Young Muslims from Haslemere helped raise 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 at The London Mosque in Southfield – London’s first mosque – and the Baitul Futuh Mosque, in Morden, the UK’s largest mosque, on November 4, 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.”

It was 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 AMYA have been collecting in high streets, rail and tube stations, stadiums and airports around the UK, as part of long-running nationwide initiatives by the AMYA to contribute to the country.

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

Deborah Armantrading, the Royal British Legion community fundraiser co-ordinator, 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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USA: Ahmadiyya-organized interfaith gathering promotes inclusion after divisive election

USA: Ahmadiyya-organized interfaith gathering promotes inclusion after divisive election

This inter-faith gathering was organized for all people of all races and religions to have an open conversation about one of the most polarizing elections of our time.

 

Baltimore – An open discussion to unite people against hatred.  All faiths and races gather for nearly two hours Sunday to talk about how the nation feels after the divisive presidential election.

The meeting had a simple message, inclusion.

Religious leaders from many denominations including Islam, Judaism and Christianity led the open discussion.

The hope was for an open and honest discussion without judgment.

“The message is the same.  It’s from the same god –love for all and hatred for none,” Mansoor Shams of The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, told ABC2.

That message was the reason behind Sunday’s event “Faiths Unite Against Hatred-Our Reaction To The Presidential Election.”

This inter-faith gathering was organized for all people of all races and religions to have an open conversation about one of the most polarizing elections of our time.

“Since this election has taken place, there’s been a lot of protests on the streets there’s been a lot of divisiveness a lot of worry  a lot of concern so we thought that as faith believing people that it would important to gather everyone together,” Shams said.

There were discussions about race, politics and prejudice.

“There’s obviously a very clear situation right now where there has been a lot of negativity but America has spoken, Americans chose Donald Trump to be president and our faith teaches us to obey those who are in authority,” said Shams.

He goes on to say peace is the number one goal, but some are worried about the country’s state.

“When the time comes would he actually, president elect trump, actually begin to implement something it is at that time, if those policies are contradictory to basic human rights and values, then at that we will take them up through the proper channels.”

And Shams points out that doesn’t just apply to the Muslim community, but everyone. Inclusion being the key.

“What we plan to do is to have more events like this, gather everyone together because we all know that there is unity amongst the faiths, all faiths whether you be Christian, whether you be Jewish or Muslim.

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