Trump Muslim ban: US court rejects appeal to reinstate travel restrictions

LOS ANGELES: A US federal appeals court early Sunday rejected a request by the Department of Justice to immediately reinstate President Donald Trump´s travel ban.

Trump´s administration had lodged the request with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of an appeal against a lower court order temporarily suspending the travel ban on citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries.

For now, the travel ban suspension remains in place. Both the State and Homeland Security Departments said Saturday they were resuming normal practices concerning travelers from the affected countries.

Judge William Canby, Jr. in Phoenix and Judge Michelle Friedland in San Francisco did not give a reason for their denial in a two-paragraph ruling.

However, they told the states of Washington and Minnesota, which had filed the original suit against Trump´s travel ban, to provide documents detailing their opposition to the government´s appeal by 11:59 pm Sunday (0759 GMT Monday).

The Department of Justice was given a deadline of 3 pm Monday to supply more documents supporting its position.

Source //www.thenews.com.pk

Security agencies arrest terrorist of banned outfit

Sources revealed that the terrorist had fled to Afghanistan during anti-terrorism operation in Mohmand Agency. Lately, he came back from Afghanistan two days ago and stayed at his brother’s home in Hazro.

The security agencies took action on the basis of intelligence information. It was reported that interrogation of Qari Haider has commenced and it is expected that important information about the terrorist network will be revealed

Source http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/

Angry batsman hurls stump, kills Bangladesh teen

DHAKA: A 14-year-old cricketer has died in Bangladesh after he was hit by a stump thrown by an angry batsman during a friendly game between neighbourhood teams, police said Monday.

Faisal Hossain was fielding in the southeastern port city of Chittagong when the batsman was given out, assistant police commissioner Jahangir Alam told AFP.

“The batsman was furious when he saw that he was stumped or bowled out. He grabbed a stump and threw it in the air. The stump hit part of the neck and head of Faisal who was fielding close to the wicket,” he said.

“He collapsed on the ground in pain and was declared dead after he was taken to a hospital.”

The batsman has been detained and will be prosecuted for causing unintentional death, police said.

Clashes are common over cricket in Bangladesh, where the sport is taken seriously even at village level.

Last May, a batsman wielding a stump allegedly beat a 16-year-old cricketer to death in Dhaka after the teenager taunted the umpire over a no-ball delivery.

12-Y-O Pakistani Christian Girl Drugged, Raped and Killed, but Police Claim It Was Suicide

 12-year-old Christian schoolgirl was murdered in Pakistan last week and evidence suggests she was also drugged and raped, despite police claims that she committed suicide.

The girl has been identified by her first name, Tania, in a report by the British Pakistani Christian Association which has started an online petition seeking to catch whoever committed the crime.

Tania was reportedly dropped off to school on Jan. 23 by her older brother, Johnson, but later that morning he recieved a call from the local police station informing him that his sister had drowned in the Upper Chenab Canal.

“On hearing the news of the death of their beloved sister, Johnson and Sania ran to the site where she was located. There they saw the devastating sight of their sister’s dead body wrapped in a white police cloth,” the report explained.

“The shock left them reeling as they fell to their knees and wept by her frail dead body, they wept incessantly and bitterly for the loss of their beloved sister.”

The police at first alleged that the girl had committed suicide by jumping into the canal; however, the family is arguing that she was likely raped, given that her mouth was full of froth, which is a recognized symptom of a commonly used date rape drug.

The family has also said that Tania’s trousers were badly ripped, which they believe was the result of rape, and have disputed a police report that claims Tania suffered “deep depression” in school, noting that pupils and friends argue that this is an “unfounded allegation.”

The report details other problematic aspects of the police claim that Tania killed herself, including CCTV footage that showed her getting into a vehicle outside of school with someone else inside. The family is also calling for an independent autopsy of their daughter’s body.

Nadeem Gill, the girl’s father, said that Tania “was young, happy and full of energy. There is absolutely no way she would take her own life!”

“Every day in the evening we would spend an hour talking on Skype. She would tell me what she had done through the day and would ask me about my day. She was a truly wonderful and loving daughter,” Gill added.

“Our corrupt police force is preventing justice for my daughter. But I will never give up until her murderer is found.”

Wilson Chowdhry, chairman of the BPCA, who urged Christians to sign the petition calling for justice for Tania, said that the family has suffered enough.

“Pakistani statutory authorities and the government need to recognize the growing concern of evident targeting of Christian girls for rape and forced Islamic marriage,” Chowdhry said.

“Tania’s case fits the profile of many other similar rape incidents, sadly in her case it led to murder,” he added.

“By ignoring the plight of minority girls, Pakistan as a nation is developing a poor reputation for human rights and it may simply illustrate that most of the population do not care.”

Christians in Pakistan have suffered various attacks from the Muslim majority population for years, with persecution watchdog groups, such as Open Doors USA, ranking the country at No. 4 on its World Watch List of nations where Christians face the most severe persecution for their faith.

Open Doors noted that besides being unfairly targeted by Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws, hundreds of Christian girls and women in Pakistan are also kidnapped, raped and forced into Islamic marriages.

 

Pakistan: Family Says Christian Schoolgirl Drugged, Raped, Murdered — But Police Claim She Killed Herself

When the police found her body on the banks of the canal, the family noticed that her mouth was full of froth, which is a recognised indication that a person has taken a date rape drug. 

Her family says there was probable evidence to prove she was kidnapped. There were also signs that she was raped before she was murdered.

And yet the police in Pakistan insisted that Tania, 12-year Christian schoolgirl, committed suicide by jumping into a canal, the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) reported.

The sudden death of their beloved daughter on Jan. 23 stunned Tania’s parents, and now they’re demanding justice.

The family said there was CCTV footage that showed Tania getting into a vehicle just outside her school, a possible indication that she was lured by a kidnap gang.

When the police found her body on the banks of the canal, the family noticed that her was full of froth, which is a recognised indication that a person has taken a date rape drug. Moreover, Tania’s trousers were badly ripped, another possible indication that she was raped before she was killed and dumped in the canal.

The family is now calling for an independent autopsy of their daughter’s body.

To justify its claim that Tania committed suicide, the police said in its report that the victim suffered “deep depression” in school.

But Tania’s classmates and friends said this was an “unfounded allegation.”

Nadeem Gill, the girl’s father, said Tania “was young, happy and full of energy. There is absolutely no way she would take her own life!”

Wilson Chowdhry, chairman of the BPCA, is urging Christians to sign a petition calling for justice for Tania.

“Tania’s case fits the profile of many other similar rape incidents, sadly in her case it led to murder,” Chowdhry said.

Christians continue to be subjected to indiscriminate attacks in Muslim-majority Pakistan with the persecution watchdog group Open Doors USA ranking the country at No. 4 on its latest World Watch List of nations where Christians face the most severe persecution for their faith.

In its report, Open Doors states that hundreds of Christian girls and women have been kidnapped, raped and forced into Islamic marriages in Pakistan.

In December 2016, Amnesty International also deplored the plight of Christians in the country. It says religious minorities are often the target of false blasphemy accusations in Pakistan, which embolden vigilantes to threaten or even kill those accused of blasphemy.

Amnesty notes that authorities exert little effort to check the evidence of blasphemy allegations as they yield to public pressure. Trials are often “unfair,” the human rights group says.

Canada: Calgary’s Baitur Nur Mosque opens doors to public after fatal Quebec shooting

“Just seeing how many different, diverse people there are here. It just opens my eyes. It helps me understand — a bit more — some of my friends at school.”

Visit a Mosque’ events take place across Canada to encourage cultural understanding and integration

In the wake of last Sunday night’s deadly shooting at a mosque in Quebec, an Ahmadiyya mosque in Calgary opened its doors today, inviting the general public to come in and dispel any misconceptions they may have about the religion.

It was an opportunity for 14-year-old Hunter Grigor, who lives in the neighborhood, to enter the Baitur Nur Mosque for the first time.

“Just seeing how many different, diverse people there are here. It just opens my eyes. It helps me understand — a bit more — some of my friends at school.”

Hunter’s mother, Kathy Grigor, regularly attends church and said it was important to bring her son to the event in the light of the Quebec City tragedy.

“It doesn’t matter how a person worships, nobody deserves that,” she said. “I disagree wholeheartedly with targeting a person based on their belief.”

Small but significant turnout

The Grigors appeared to be the only two non-Muslims to attend the “Visit A Mosque” event.

Sultan Mahmood, a leader at the mosque, had hoped for a larger turnout at the open house, but said he still felt the event was worthwhile.

“For me, one person comes, can be educated, and have the urge to learn, that helps.”

Mahmood said that since the Quebec City shooting, his mosque has received numerous messages of support by phone and email from the broader community.

“That is very heartening,” he said. “That gives you a lot of confidence that we are not alone,” Mahmood said.

“Whatever loss we have had, this kind of response overcomes that.”

Mahmood said he believes opening the mosque’s doors can go a long way toward addressing any fears or misunderstandings that people may have about Islam.

“I think it becomes our responsibility to reach [out] to the people and tell them we’re just like them. There is no difference.”

Friday’s event is just the latest opportunity that Calgarians have had to stand in solidarity with the local Muslim community.

On Monday, roughly 500 attended a candlelight vigil at city hall. The next day, an inter-faith prayer was held at the Akram Jomaa Mosque in the city’s northeast.

With files from Kate Adach

USA: Ahmadiyya Muslims hold Interfaith Prayer Service at mosque in Chicago’s Glen Ellyn area

Imam Shamshad and Yasir Malik president of the south west chapter of Chicago welcomed the gathering and expressed their gratitude to each of the guests for their overwhelming support.

“We Are Proud Of Our Neighbors” — Imam Shamshad of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Pastor Scott of United Methodist Church, Glen Ellyn had reached out to Imam Shamshad earlier in the week and raised his concerns about the recent situations about Muslims in the Unites States. He promised to support and stand beside Muslims in such hardship and asked Imam Shamshad if he could help us in anyway. To his offer, Imam Shamshad suggested to hold an Interfaith Prayer Service in Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosque in Glen Ellyn Chicago area,and invited the Pastor and  his congregation. He also invited other religious leaders from around Glen Ellyn.
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On Thursday, February 2, 2017, an Interfaith Prayer Service was held by Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Masjid Bait-ul-Jaamay, Glen Ellyn. Around 50 Guests belonging to different faiths attended the Prayer Service and promised to provide their support in whichever manner they could.

Imam Shamshad and Yasir Malik president of the south west chapter of Chicago welcomed the gathering and expressed their gratitude to each of the guests for their overwhelming support. Later Imam Shamshad addressed them and said, Islam teaches every Muslim to obey the laws of the Country they live in and accept their authority.

He mentioned a Quranic verse which says:

“O ye who believe! obey Allah, and obey His Messenger and those who are in authority among you. ” — (4:60)

As per this verse, all the Muslims are bound to follow their Authorities even if they are not Muslims.
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Imam shamshad also quoted a statement of the Worldwide Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness Hadhrath Mirza Masroor Ahmad which he made on October 13,2015:

“All genuine refugees should be helped by Governments and International Organizations. They should be allowed to settle until peace is restored in their home countries. However, it is also important that the Authorities remain vigilant and monitor the refugees to ensure that extremists are not allowed to settle under the guise of asylum.”

Pastor Scott of united Church of Christ was the first speaker who express his feelings and thoughts about current conditions of the Muslims in the country and lead the prayers. Pastor Hong-Kien Jeremiah Lee of united Methodist church  and other religious leaders and their congregations also spoke and prayed. They addressed the gathering and expressed their concerns and promised to provide their complete support in order to promote peace, harmony and brotherhood among the society. Prayers were offered together by all the attendees. Imam Shamshad and  members of Ahmadiyya Muslim congregation thanked all the guests of their unconditional help.

Six copies of the Holy Qur’an with English Translation and other literatures ,Muslim Sunrise, True Islam, Message of Peace, Muslims for Life, Muslims for Loyalty were freely distributed among the Guests. Refreshments were served to all.