Firebomb attack outside Australian mosque termed ‘hate crime’

Firebomb attack outside Australian mosque termed ‘hate crime’

SYDNEY: A firebomb attack outside an Australian mosque during prayers was condemned Wednesday by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with one Islamic leader calling it a “hate crime”.

No one was injured in Tuesday night’s blast which destroyed a car parked outside a mosque and Islamic college in the Perth suburb of Thornlie.

“It is believed an accelerant was used to start the fire,” Western Australian police said in a statement, adding that three other vehicles were damaged in the incident. “Anti-Islamic graffiti was located spray painted on a wall associated with the college, near the damaged vehicles.”

The mosque’s Yahya Adel Ibrahim said the community in Perth had been visited “by hate” but would not retaliate by “hating and playing blame games”.

“This, undoubtedly is a criminal act of hate, but it is the act of a person or group not the greater whole,” he said on Facebook. “Despite what just transpired, everyone stayed to finish their prayers, refusing to give into the terror that had just occurred.”

Anti-Muslim sentiment has become more prominent in Australia over the past year as concerns have mounted over homegrown extremism and citizens travelling to Iraq and Syria to support militant groups.

But Turnbull, who faces a general election on Saturday, said Australia had a fundamental foundation of mutual respect.

“I deplore and I cannot condemn strongly enough any attacks of that kind,” he told radio station 6PR.

Australian Islamic College executive principal Abdullah Khan said while the attack came as a shock, he had been reassured by the support from the community.

At the last national census in 2011, Muslims made up less than 3 per cent of the overall Australian population of 24 million, with the overwhelming majority of the country identifying as Christian.

Source (Dawn News)

PIA offers to fly Turkish Airlines passengers after Istanbul airport attack

PIA offers to fly Turkish Airlines passengers after Istanbul airport attack

KARACHI: As Turkey reels from a major terror attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport on Wednesday, the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has offered to fly passengers of Turkish Airlines who have been affected due to flight diversions.

PIA, which has signed a code share agreement with Turkey’s national flag carrier, “has offered full support” in transporting passengers stranded due to flight diversions in the aftermath of the terror attack, said a press release issued by the airlines.

Passengers wait at the Ataturk airport's main entrance in Istanbul, on June 28, 2016.— AFP
Passengers wait at the Ataturk airport’s main entrance in Istanbul, on June 28, 2016.— AFP

PIA CEO Bernd Hildenbrand expressed his sorrow over the incident, which let to an hours-long closure of Ataturk airport, one of the busiest hubs in Europe.

“We are deeply sorry for this tragedy and as code share partners with Turkish Airlines we are ready to extend our all out support to them,” the statement quoted Hildenbrand as saying.

At least 36 people, including foreigners, were killed and close to 150 injured in a triple suicide bombing and gun attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport on Tuesday.

It is the deadliest of four attacks to rock Turkey’s biggest city this year.

The attack prompted the suspension of all flights at Ataturk airport, which handled more than 61 million passengers in 2015. However, air traffic resumed at around 8:00am (0500 GMT) after police evacuated the airport building.

Turkish Airlines announced after the incident that any bookings on flights to or from Ataturk airport could be changed or refunded without cost for the next week.

Source (Dawn News)

Rabwah slums still have no access to drinking water

Rabwah slums still have no access to drinking water 

Various areas of Rabwah face water shortage due to problem in main water line. Water filtration plant is also out of water from last 4 days. Large number of the people including man, women and small children, carrying metal pitchers, jerry canes and plastic drums are waiting for water in Ramdhan. The people of Rabwah pay 100 % tax and still concerned authorities are not providing basic facilities. It is requested to concerned Government authorities to please take necessary action as soon as possible .

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Rabwah – Poor Condition of Roads

Rabwah – Poor Condition of Roads

Unfortunately citizens of Rabwah are facing poor conditions of roads since many years. Almost all the roads in the city have been ruined. Instead of overcoming on this matter people of Rabwah are facing worst conditions than before with the passage of time. As a result of these problems many accidents are happening daily. It also causes severe damage to vehicles. Because of not having proper roads citizens of Rabwah are bearing terrible traffic problems which results in getting late and not reaching on time especially when we have to move any patient from home to hospital. Present situation has become distressing and unbearable. It is requested to concerned Government authorities to please take necessary action as soon as possible . Having proper roads is a fundamental right of the citizens.

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Why we need to talk about religious persecution

In a world full of discrimination against various groups, religious, political, racial or gender-wise, we need to talk

A week or two after starting university, I was talking to my parents about the new environment, my teachers and peers. Towards the end of the otherwise light conversation, I told them about a hostelite friend I’d made and they asked “Oh, so where is he from?”

“I don’t know…some place called Rabwa. I think it’s near Faisalabad.” As I said the last sentence, I saw the expressions on their faces change. I had no idea what the problem was.

“Is he an Ahmadi?”

“Uumm…yes. Why?” I inquired.

“Nothing beta, Ahmadis are not Muslims.”

“Okay. So what, Dad?”

“So nothing. I’m just saying.”

This was one of the first awkward conversations about Ahmadis I ever had. I was confused; I had lots of non-Muslim friends before.  I knew who Ahmadis were; I knew they were declared non-Muslims in the second amendment to the Constitution in 1974. What I didn’t know was how much they were ignored-no, treated unfairly. I didn’t know they would be persecuted if they presented themselves as Muslims or even performed any Muslim religious practices, heck – used Muslim greetings. I never knew my Ahmadi friends would never disclose their religious identity to anyone because more than discrimination, it was a matter of personal safety.

This was all news to me, and very terrible news. Why was everyone so negatively biased towards these people? I’d seen people discriminate against Muslim sects other than their own, or against non-Muslims but this bias was whole new level and way fiercer than any I had witnessed before.  I had stood up for my Shia friends when they were made fun of in school for being a minority. I’d cringed every time someone expressed dislike towards Christians calling them “chooras”, but I had been completely unaware of this extreme dismissal of Ahmadis. Why? Just because they believed something different?

In a world full of discrimination against various groups, religious, political, racial or gender-wise, we need to talk. We need to talk about a lot of things and one of them is the Ahmadi community. Like anyone else, they grow up internalizing their religious beliefs and most of them conform to those beliefs just as much as a Sunni does to his own. Afterwards, when they suffer persecution for holding certain views, it not only hurts them, it also harms the whole society.  Pakistan is a country rich in diversity of all kinds and if any of us want it to survive, the least we can do is talk about co-existence.

The world is turning into a melting pot of cultures and religions, while Pakistan is still busy in fighting over issues that should have been resolved a long time ago. If we don’t learn to be tolerant towards others, there’s no doubt a storm of retaliation will inevitably sweep up this country for good.  Arguments on TV shows, public protests, casual discrimination and the fear of anything that is a little different from us; these are the things that are harming our nation day by day. It seems like instead of going forward to join hands and become part of the global village, we are going backwards into the age of ignorance, spreading hate and fighting wars, competing for superiority and writing the course of our own disintegration in the process.

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Source/Credit: The Nation Pakistan
By Arooj Khalid | June 28, 2016

UK: Hate Crimes Skyrocket Afetr Brexit Vote

The referendum result has stoked dangerous nationalistic fervor across Britain.

The fallout following the British vote to leave the European Union has triggered an uptick in racist incidents.

An aversion to immigration has been at the forefront for the “leave” camp, emboldening xenophobes to reportedly come out of the shadows and publicly attack immigrant communities.

Eyewitnesses have taken to social media to describe incidents they have encountered, and an account called Post Ref Racism was started on both Twitter and Facebook to offer people a “space to document the increase in racism,” according to the page’s description.

My home town of Newcastle. This afternoon. I feel like I am back in the 1980s.— David Olusoga (@DavidOlusoga) June 25, 2016

“I’ve never had a day of so many people telling me to go back to Africa,” Olusoga told The Telegraph.

“Table next to me says to Polish waitress “How come you’re so cheerful? You’re going home.” Him and the missus started laughing.” Disgusting— Jamie Pohotsky (@jamiepohotsky) June 24, 2016

A woman shouted “There’s one of them, send that back” as a Sri Lankan child walked past with his mum.— Ciaran Jenkins (@C4Ciaran) June 27, 2016

Gloucester @Tesco: ‘this is England, foreigners have 48 hours to f**k right off. Who is foreign here? Anyone foreign?’ #Brexit— Max Fras (@fullofeels)June 24, 2016

This weekend I and my family have witnessed 3 “when are you going home?” Racist incidents aimed at EU citizens here.— Adam Boulton (@adamboultonSKY) June 26, 2016

My friends son’s just got a new nickname at school… the illegal. #lovely— Pole out of Belfast (@poleinbelfast) June 25, 2016

And a video uploaded to YouTube one day after the referendum purportedly shows a man exiting his car in the Hackney area of London and yelling “f*****g foreigner, go back to your country” at another driver.

these cards have actually been put through letter boxes of Polish families in Huntingdon today. I could weep— fencelt (@howgilb) June 25, 2016

Britain’s Polish community has been specifically targeted by xenophobic sentiments. Police are investigating various “racially motivated hate crimes“ targeting Poles in England.

Authorities first found leaflets saying “no more Polish vermin” in central England. Graffiti demanding that Poles leave the U.K. was later discovered at a Polish cultural center in London.

The spokesman for Poland’s President Andrzej Duda demanded that Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage, the two primary leaders of the “leave” movement, condemn the “outrageous barbarity“ of these actions.

Prime Minister David Cameron responded to the incidents on Monday. His government “will not tolerate intolerance” and condemns “some of the incidents we have seen across the country over the weekend of intimidating migrants and telling them that they need to go home,” he said.

And a Labour member of parliament, Jess Phillips, tweeted that she would submit a question to Parliament to find out how many racial incidents had occurred over the weekend compared with prior to the referendum

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Source/Credit: The Huffington Post
By Willa Frej | June 27, 2016

Vatican City: Pope Francis Reminds Catholics Why Judging Others Isn’t Christian

Vatican City: Pope Francis Reminds Catholics Why Judging Others Isn’t Christian

Pope Francis warned Catholics not to judge others during a Mass on Monday, June 20.

People who judge others without working on themselves are hypocrites, the pope said. And unlike God’s judgement, he added, theirs lacks mercy — a theme close to the pontiff’s heart.

Instead of judging, Francis suggested that people love and pray for others.

This attitude toward judgement and mercy is one that the pope has demonstrated throughout his papacy — most notably, perhaps, when he answered “Who am I to judge?” in response to a question about gay priests.

The topic of judgement has also arisen in many Christian and other faith communities since the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 49 dead on June 12. Many religious leaders have urged their communities in the wake of the tragedy to investigate their own homophobic attitudes before pointing the finger at others.

As Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, from the United Methodist Church, asked in a poignant statement to her community after the shooting: “Are we not contributing to the kind of thinking that promotes doing harm to these our brothers and sisters, our children, the sacred children of God?”

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Source/Credit: The Hufington Post
By Antonia Blumberg | June 21, 2016