Rabwah : laborer crushed under the trolley

chenab nagar

The horrible incident takes place in Chenab Nagar where Imran laborer resident of town thathi Nagar Aqsa chock rabwah crushed under the tire of the trolley as it fell down from the trolley. Imran’s father forgave the trolley owners by calling the incident an accident. Deceased father said that we were pleased with God and did not want to take any action against the trolley owners.

Pakistan : Fire on moving train kills over 70 passengers

 

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Rahim Yar Khan Pakistan seventy people were killed (shaheed) and more than thirty injured in gas cylinder explosion on Thursday morning.

Economist Atif Mian criticized the government for appointing unqualified individuals on key posts.

The broader issue is the appointment of utterly incompetent people in extremely important positions.

Trains in Pakistan have seen countless accidents since 1953. They all leave the whole nation in mourning and today’s event has been a very terrible one. (more…)

Pakistan’s communal mindset exposed at Oscars 2017 – Top Diplomat does U-turn over ‘non-Muslim’ Oscar winner

The actor was honoured with Oscar for his portrayal of a drug dealer in coming-of-age drama “Moonlight”, becoming the first Muslim actor ever to win the prestigious award. 

In what can be called a blatant expose of Pakistan’s communal mindset, it’s diplomat to United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi was allegedly forced to delete a tweet congratulating Oscar winning Muslim actor Mahershala Ali, an Ahmadi, considered to be non-Muslims in Pakistan.

The actor was honoured with Oscar for his portrayal of a drug dealer in coming-of-age drama “Moonlight”, becoming the first Muslim actor ever to win the prestigious award.

Lodhi, who tweeted to applaud Ali’s success, was criticised for promoting an “Ahmadi”. In an apparent response to criticism, the diplomat went with deleting the Tweet.  As per PTI, Ali’s birth name is Mahershalalhashbaz and he converted to Islam in 1999. In 2001, he joined the Ahmadiyya Community.

Pakistan’s parliament had declared Ahmadis as non-Muslims in 1974.

There have been instances the community was targeted by Islamic extremists, who view them as heretics. Article 260-3 of Pakistan’s Constitution declares Ahmadis “non-Muslims”. PTI reports that Ahmadi’s are banned  from preaching and even from travelling to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage. In a crackdown on Ahmadis, several of their mosques were shut, while publications of their material is prohibited. The minority Ahmadiyya Community members have also been taken to court on blasphemy charges.

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Pakistan bans rallies praising killer of blasphemy law reform proponent

The blasphemy law and Taseer’s murder have exposed the growing gap between hard-line religious conservatives and liberals in Pakistan.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan said on Tuesday it would bar Islamist organisations from staging rallies commemorating a killer whom many religious groups consider a hero for assassinating a prominent politician who had called for the reform of blasphemy laws.

Mumtaz Qadri was executed on Feb. 29 last year for murdering Punjab governor Salman Taseer, whom he served as a bodyguard before killing him in the capital Islamabad in 2011.

Taseer had enraged religious hardliners by calling for the reform of blasphemy laws that mandate the death penalty for insulting Islam.

The blasphemy law and Taseer’s murder have exposed the growing gap between hard-line religious conservatives and liberals in Pakistan.

Members of Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah, a coalition of Islamist groups which planned to stage a rally on Wednesday to honour Qadri, said two of its leaders had been placed under house arrest ahead of the one-year anniversary of Qadri’s death.

Eleven bloody days in Pakistan: a timeline

ISLAMABAD: At least eight people were killed in a bomb blast in Lahore Thursday, the tenth attack to strike Pakistan in just under a fortnight, with the apparently coordinated wave pointing to resurgence in militant violence.

Here is a recap of the incidents which have killed 138 people over the past 11 days:

February 23

– At least eight people are killed and 30 injured after a blast rips through a building in an upscale shopping area of the eastern city of Lahore. No group has immediately claimed the attack.

February 21

– At least seven people are killed when multiple suicide bombers attack a court complex in northern Pakistan. The attack is claimed by the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), or the Pakistani Taliban.

February 16

– At least 90 devotees are killed and hundreds wounded when a devastating bomb detonates in the popular Sufi shrine of Lal Shabaz Qalandar in Sehwan in southern Pakistan. The Islamic State group claims the attack.

– Gunmen on motorcycles kill four policemen and a civilian in the northwestern town of Dera Ismail Khan. The attack was claimed by the umbrella TTP.

– An improvised explosive device claimed by JuA hits an army convoy in the restive southwestern province of Balochistan, killing three soldiers and wounding two others.

February 15

– A suicide bomber rides a motorcycle into a van carrying judges in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing the van´s driver in an attack claimed by the umbrella TTP.

– Two suicide bombers launch an assault on a government compound in the Mohmand tribal region in the northwest, killing five people and wounding seven, with the attack claimed by JuA. Later, a fourth suicide bomber blows himself up as police surround him.

February 13

– Fourteen people are killed and 82 injured when a powerful bomb blast tears through Lahore. The attack, apparently targeting police, is claimed by JuA.

– Two members of the bomb disposal squad are killed while defusing a device in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan. No group claims responsibility for the bomb.

February 12

– A roadside bomb kills three paramilitary soldiers in a restive northwestern tribal area bordering Afghanistan.

Pakistan: HRCP demands probe into assault on Ahmadi worship place

Pakistan: HRCP demands probe into assault on Ahmadi worship place

“The police arrived and sealed the building, which has been a practice employed in the past as well. In short, the Ahmadi community has lost their place of worship.”

Lahore, December 14: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed grave concern over the deteriorating treatment of Ahmadi citizens both at the hands of those tasked with security as well as the zealots. It has demanded a thorough investigation into a raid in Rabwah and attack on an Ahmadi worship place in Chakwal.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Commission said: “HRCP must voice serious concern over the assault on an Ahmadi worship place by a mob in Chakwal and over the manner of an apparently unlawful raid by Punjab Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) on the offices of a publication for the Ahmadi community in Rabwah on December 5.

“The CTD raid on the offices of the Ahmadi publication in Rabwah appears to be a violation of a Lahore High Court (LHC) order directing that “no coercive measures shall be adopted against the petitioner”. As far as HRCP could gather, the matter is sub judice and no new order has been made.

“From reports received, it appears that the CTD did not have any warrants for the raid and certainly did not show, any despite repeated requests. They took away laptop and desktop computers, mobile phones, office papers and books, for which they gave no receipt. There was no reason to jostle and rough up four people who were arrested. It is for the CTD and the provincial authorities to explain why a raid against peaceful, unarmed citizens needed to be heavy-handed and why were those taken into custody were mistreated.

“The script for the attack on the Ahmadi worship place in Chakwal is unfortunately not very new. A huge mob surrounded the worship place with worshippers inside, who managed to leave the premises, which was then set on fire and furniture destroyed. One of the worshippers died of a heart attack.

“The police arrived and sealed the building, which has been a practice employed in the past as well. In short, the Ahmadi community has lost their place of worship.

“It is hugely distressing that police were not able to protect the worship place. We must stress that it is unacceptable for the police practice of dispersing the mob to be the end of action against the trouble-makers.

“Both incidents constitute a failure on the part of the authorities to ensure protection of citizens’ rights enshrined in the constitution and under international human rights law. It is doubly frustrating when such denial occurs at the hands of agents of the state. HRCP demands a full inquiry into the circumstance of the raid at Rabwah and ascertain whether the heavy-handed tactics employed were part of the directions from above or at the initiative of the raiding party itself.

“A separate probe must look closely into the mob attack on the Chakwal worship place and determine what prompted the assault and what could have led to a conclusion that would not have deprived the Ahmadis of one more place of worship.”

HRCP demands probe into assault on Ahmadi worship place

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Pakistan: Electronic media downplay mob attack on Ahmadi centre

Pakistan: Electronic media downplay mob attack on Ahmadi centre

This is not the first time that all the TV channels irrespective of their policies or operational styles exercised restraint from covering a sensitive issue.

ISLAMABAD: The mob attack on a worship place of the Ahmadi community in Chakwal on Monday was downplayed by the electronic media due to a self-restraint as well as apprehensions of strict monitoring by the regulator.

The only coverage of the incident by the electronic media was through the display of tickers.

Though the mob grew and became violent, occupying the Ahmadi place of worship, most of the channels claimed that they sensed the sensitivity of the matter and observed self-restraint.

“The electronic media is becoming mature enough to shift from popular journalism to responsible journalism,” said Iftikhar Sheerazi, the Islamabad’s bureau chief at DawnNews. “Primarily, it is our duty, not Pemra’s, to judge the sensitivity of the news.”

This is not the first time that all the TV channels irrespective of their policies or operational styles exercised restraint from covering a sensitive issue.

“Last time, a similar responsible attitude was witnessed after violence broke out in Rawalpindi during the Ashura procession in 2013,” said Aun Sahi, Islamabad’s bureau chief at Channel 24.

He said any news coverage that could trigger a spiral effect should be placed at the low priority.

Meanwhile, a senior official of another new channel requesting anonymity said religious sentiments were a serious issue and airing anything sensitive on Rabiul Awwal 12 (Monday) could have been catastrophic.

“There were rallies and other activities on the streets. The main procession in Rawalpindi passed through an Ahmadi community centre on Murree Road. Simple news about the Chakwal incident could have triggered random riots across the country,” said the official.

However, some channels displayed tickers stating there was a clash between two groups in the Chakwal area.

“First we filed tickers about skirmishes between the participants of 12 Rabiul Awwal procession and the followers of the Ahmadi community from their centre,” said the official. “But the head office directed us that the tickers should not be specific or sensational.”

This created suspicion that Pemra might have asked the head offices of news channels to censor the news of the attack.

However, Pemra spokesman Mohammad Tahir denied that the authority had directed any channel to exercise restraint over the coverage of the Chakwal incident.

“Though it was a public holiday and the Pemra office was closed, our monitoring continued. Like emergency plans in all the sectors, we have SOPs and if any channel overplayed or sensationalised any incident or news, we do intervene,” he added.

A senior official of Pemra told Dawn that one or two channels did play strong tickers but they were called immediately and the focus remained on the Eid Milad processions and activities.

Shakeel Anjum, the president of the National Press Club, said the restraint by the electronic media was a positive sign.

But he cautioned that such practice should not be adopted as a tradition to censor news.

“Any news is restricted if it is feared that its widespread coverage can create a law and order situation.”

However, he said in routine news about mob attacks on any place of worship or public installation should not be restricted.

Published in Dawn, December 14th, 2016
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Pakistan: Chakwal Mosque – Attack Incident Ahmadiyya Community’s Statement

Pakistan: Ahmadiyya Community’s Statement on #Chakwal Mosque Attack Incident

“Appropriate measures were not taken to ensure the safety of Ahmadis in the local area. As a result the mob were given free reign to do as they please while the police were helpless to stop them.”

  • Attack on a worship place of Jamat e Ahmadiyya by a violent mob in Chakwal. 
  • Firing and pelting stones at the place. 
  • Trauma claimed a life of an Ahmadi man. Activities against Jamat e Ahmadiyya have been accelerated by state as well as non state actors.

Chenab Nagar: A place of worship of the Ahmadiyya Community, known as Dar ul Zikr in Dolmial, District Chakwal, has been attacked by a violent mob on the day which marks the birthday of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). In order to occupy the place of worship, shots were fired at and perpetrators pelted the building with stones. Malik Khalid Javaid, who was in Dar ul Zikr at the time, suffered a heart attack during the assault and passed away because he could not receive medical care at the time.

According to reports, those elements who instigated the violence had been encouraging the local community to boycott Ahmadis for some time through an organized campaign. Moreover meetings were held and those who refused to take part in the boycott were threatened with refusal to conduct marriage ceremonies and the denial of their funeral rites.

Early in the day of 12 Rabiul Awwal, more than 1000 people formed a procession to commemorate Eid Miladun Nabi pbuh before attacking the place of worship at around 11 am. Fortunately, police managed to ensure that those Ahmadis inside the building were able to make a safe getaway after which the mob forced their way into the building by pressing the police and set the furnishings of it on fire. Eventually, law-enforcement authorities were able to calm the situation and quell the disturbance. In order to control the situation Pakistan Army and the Rangers also had to be called in.

The Spokesperson of the Ahmadiyya Community Pakistan, Saleem ud Din, said that the attack had been preplanned. Prior to this, the Ahmadiyya Community had informed the authorities that an attack of this nature was being organized but to no avail. Appropriate measures were not taken to ensure the safety of Ahmadis in the local area. As a result the mob were given free reign to do as they please while the police were helpless to stop them.

Saleem ud Din added that despite all of this, Ahmadis in Pakistan and throughout the world continue to persevere and be steadfast in the face of such atrocious persecution through their faith and trust in Allah Almighty. He further added that it is the duty of the government to ensure the rights and safety of its people including Ahmadis who are equal citizens of Pakistan.

– Pakistan: Ahmadiyya Community Issues Statement on #Chakwal Mosque Attack Incident

 

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Pakistan: Khatm-e Nubuwwat sympathisers attack Ahmadi mosque in Chakwal on prophet Mohammad’s birthday

Pakistan: Khatm-e Nubuwwat sympathisers attack Ahmadi mosque in Chakwal on prophet Mohammad’s birthday

After gaining control of the place of worship, the attackers allegedly burnt articles inside the building, including carpets. They also washed the building to bring it “under the influence of Islam.”

LAHORE: A charged mob of around 1,000 people, which besieged an Ahmadi place of worship in Chakwal, Punjab was dispersed by police and army personnel on Monday.

At least one Ahmadi, who was present inside the mosque, passed away from cardiac arrest, whereas the protesters claimed six of their fellows were injured in the cross firing.

Sayed Sibtul Hasan Shah, who led the protest, said the campaign has “succeeded as Ahmadis have been driven out of the mosque”. Ahmadis, he claimed, opened fire on them from inside the worship place.

Those present at the place of worship locked the building from inside and refused to concede control of the structure until police managed to prevail on them.

Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya spokesperson Saleemudin told The Express Tribune that local clerics had been asking the Ahmadiyya community of Dalmial to handover control of Baitul Zikr to them.

After their demand fell on deaf ears, a large group of men, who took out a rally in connection with Eid Miladun Nabi festivities, ventured towards the place of worship armed with batons and weapons, he said.

The JA spokesperson said the mob began raising anti-Ahmadi slogans upon reaching the site. He added that around 40 members of the Ahmadiyya community locked the building instead of vacating it.

Upon discovering this, the protesters started pelting stones at the building and resorted to aerial firing, Saleemuddin said.

DPO Munir Marth remained unavailable for comments.

After gaining control of the place of worship, the attackers allegedly burnt articles inside the building, including carpets. They also washed the building to bring it “under the influence of Islam.”

“It was a beautiful place of worship place constructed 100 years ago,” the spokesperson for the community said.

The Punjab government tweeted, “As per the details, a misunderstanding developed between the two groups. Home Department is vigilantly following up the issue.”

As per the details, a misunderstanding developed between the two groups. Home Department is vigilantly following up the issue.

    — Govt Of The Punjab (@GovtOfPunjab) December 12, 2016
Important: Punjab Home Department is following up Chakwal incident. The local admin & police are at the spot & handling the situation.
— Govt Of The Punjab (@GovtOfPunjab) December 12, 2016

It said police and administration are making all out efforts to resolve the issue amicably.

 The police and administration are making all out efforts to resolve the issue amicably.    — Govt Of The Punjab (@GovtOfPunjab) December 12, 2016

All the citizens are bound by law and no one would be allowed to violate it.
— Govt Of The Punjab (@GovtOfPunjab) December 12, 2016

Punjab Government believes in fair application of law irrespective of any discrimination of caste, creed & color.
— Govt Of The Punjab (@GovtOfPunjab) December 12, 2016

The security of Ahmadi places of worship is tightened during Eid Miladun Nabi celebrations in case of any untoward incident owing to some instances of hate speeches during the month. Heavy contingents of police are deployed at their two major places of worship in Lahore at Garhi Shahu and Model Town. Both places of worship were attacked in 2010.

It is also pertinent to mention that since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced the naming of the QAU’s National Center of Physics after noble laureate Abdus Salam, a new hate campaign has been initiated against Ahmadis by right wing elements, demanding the PM rescind the directive.

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Australia remain unchanged for day-night Test against Pakistan

Australia remain unchanged for day-night Test against Pakistan

MELBOURNE: Australia named an unchanged squad on Thursday for the first Test against Pakistan starting next week, which will be the first day-night Test held at Brisbane’s Gabba.

Steve Smith’s team, drastically overhauled following their series-losing second Test defeat by South Africa in Hobart, salvaged pride by beating the Proteas in the third Test in Adelaide by seven wickets.

The selectors made six changes for the Adelaide Test, but decided the squad that reversed the team’s run of five Test successive defeats deserved another chance under lights in Brisbane.

Mitchell Marsh believes latest heroics not enough for Test recall against Pakistan

“We were very pleased with how the team came together in Adelaide after some significant changes following the Tests in Perth and Hobart,” said chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns in a statement.

“This is a young group with a lot of promise and we believe all deserve their opportunity again in this upcoming Test,” he added.

Asad Shafiq hopeful of good results in Tests against Australia

Opening batsman Shaun Marsh was not considered as he recovers from a broken finger he sustained in the first Test against South Africa.

The first Test of the three-match series against Pakistan starts on December 15.

Squad

Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Jackson Bird, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, Matt Renshaw, Chadd Sayers, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade.