Canadian High Commission shuts down anti-Ahmadiyya Twitter troll

Canadian High Commission shuts down anti-Ahmadiyya Twitter troll


The High Commission of Canada to Pakistan fired back after receiving a message calling Ahmadis “non-Muslims” on social media.

On 23rd August 2016 the twitter account of the Canadian High Commission shared a picture and wrote: “Acting High Commissioner Stuart Savage delighted to visit Faisal Mosque in Islamabad.”

The picture of the acting High Commissioner was followed by another tweet in which the HC compared the area of Faisal Mosque, Islamabad to that of the Bait-un-Nur Mosque, Calgary. The Bait-un-Nur Mosque covers an area of 4,500 square meters, while Pakistan’s Faisal Mosque cover a whopping 5,000 square meters.

Faisal Mosque, Islamabad, Pakistan: 5000 sq.m. – Baitan Nur mosque, Calgary, Canada: 4500 sq.m.

A Canadian-Pakistani responded to the tweet by saying “Qadianis are declared non-Muslims by courts and Muslims. U must respect court judgment?”

The Canadian High Commission answered back saying:

Canada remains concerned by the persecution of the Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan

@CanHCPakistan Bait nur – Qadianis are declared non-muslims by courts-and muslims. U must respect court judgment? … …

@Asmatkhan787 Canada remains concerned by the persecution of the Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan

@CanHCPakistan Qadinis R enjoying more happy life in Pakistan as compared to Canada. Y R U not concerned about persecution of Immig. in Can.

@Asmatkhan787 “Qadinis R enjoying more happy life in Pakistan as compared to Canada” On what basis do you make this statement?

@Asmatkhan787 Persecution on religion illegal in Canada. Ppl can complain eg to Can Human Rights Commission  & police

The Bait-un-Noor Mosque opened in 2008 and was built by the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam. The sect is practically banned in Pakistan and its followers face severe persecution. Many Ahmadis have sought refugee protection in Canada due to the increasing violence in Pakistan.

Source : The muslim times

France’s top administrative court overturns burkini ban

France’s top administrative court overturns burkini ban

PARIS — After a month of intense national scandal and heightened international outrage, France’s highest administrative court, the Conseil d’État, on Friday overturned the so-called burkini bans in 26 of the country’s coastal towns and cities.

Imposed in the name of secularism, perhaps France’s most sacred ideal, the bans had prohibited Muslim women from wearing the “burkini” — a full-body bathing suit designed to respect traditional codes of modesty — on the beach.

Some of the burkini’s critics had attempted to cast this particular Australian-born garment as yet another burqa, the full-face veil that, in 2010, France became the first European country to ban outright. This followed an earlier 2004 law that prohibited religious wear such as headscarves in public schools.

The argument behind both was — and remains — that Muslim modesty somehow impedes the rights of women in the historic French Republic of liberty, equality and fraternity.

This is why, for instance, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls expressed his opposition to the bathing suit in nothing less than the language of human rights: the burkini, he said, was a means of “enslavement.” By the logic of Valls and others, it is the duty of the French state to emancipate Muslim women from the clutches of their religion but also from themselves.

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Canada: Ahmadiyya Muslims spread real message of Islam

Travelling exhibit stops at River Road mosque

The Mobile Muslims travelling exhibit made a stop at the Baiter Rahman Mosque in Delta last Friday.   Photograph By Ian Jacques

A cross-Canada tour trying to dispel negativity surrounding Muslims and to present the true teachings of Islam made a stop in Delta last Friday.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Canada launched a nation-wide campaign called #MobileMuslims, in which an exhibit has been driven coast-to-coast to spread the true, peaceful teachings of Islam and remove misconceptions about the religion by stopping at various cities along the way.

The exhibit departed St. John’s, NL on July 13 and ended in Vancouver on Aug. 21.

“This tour has been amazing. I have developed a higher respect for Canada travelling across the country. It is so beautiful,” said spokesperson Omer Ahmed outside Baiter Rahman Mosque in Delta. “The people have been very welcoming and accommodating. I have found that regardless of which path we took, the warmth of people did not change.

“The main purpose of the tour is to clear misconceptions of our religion. Just because there are certain groups, like Isis for example, who use our name for their political gain, does not mean that all of us are like that. We want to show people what true Islam is all about. We are all about peace.

“We are part of your community, we live in your community, we go to work in your community, our children go to school in your community – we are trying to make Canada better and the only way we can change these misconceptions

is to go out to the people and spread our message.”

Ahmed lives just outside of Hamilton. He was joined on the tour by a man from Calgary, a 17-year-old student from North York, a doctor from Sydney, NS and two others from Ontario.

“Right wing media what they portray Muslim to be is simply not true,” added public relations spokesperson Irfan Chaudhry. “We are here to stand up and be loud and proud as Canadians who love this country. Loyalty to one’s nation and faith is required and mandatory in our religion. This exhibition represents our feelings towards Canada and how Muslim is not being given the proper image and portrayed in the proper light.”

Chaudhry said to his knowledge this is the first cross-Canada tour and exhibit of its kind.

“We’re here to stand up for the majority and say we are not what you see. The horrible atrocities that are being committed worldwide do not represent and do not have the capability of calling themselves Muslims,” he said.

“The Canadian public is very tolerant and accepting. There is no other country like it and this tour has been very well received.”

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‘It is not down to Messi to solve everything’: Argentina head coach

‘It is not down to Messi to solve everything’: Argentina head coach

BUENOS AIRES: New Argentina head coach Edgardo Bauza said on Tuesday that he wants to see his side rely less on Lionel Messi, after the Barcelona forward’s brief retirement from international football.

Messi said that he was going to quit playing for his country in the aftermath of their second successive Copa America final defeat on penalties to Chile two months ago.

But former Sao Paulo coach Bauza persuaded the five-time world player of the year to continue his international career, after taking over as boss from Gerardo Martino.

He will oversee his first matches in charge in 2018 World Cup qualifying against Uruguay and Venezuela next month.

“Do not always give it to him to make a play or score a goal, but create conditions that mean that it is not down to Messi to solve everything,” Bauza told Argentine daily La Nacion.

“Depend on the team. I want to stop everything from depending on him… We all know that when the ball goes through him something different can happen, but we need help from the team.

“Having the best player in the world does not guarantee that you will win games, but it does guarantee that there will be fear in the opposition.”

Argentina, the top-ranked team in the world, are currently third in South American qualifying for the next World Cup in Russia after six matches.

Bauza’s first game in charge sees his new side host Uruguay, who lead the qualification table, on September 1, before a trip to Venezuela on September 6.

Ranatunga bemoans Sri Lanka reliance on spin

Ranatunga bemoans Sri Lanka reliance on spin

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s heavy reliance on its spin bowlers threatens to undermine their chances at the next cricket World Cup on the faster pitches of England, according to former skipper Arjuna Ranatunga.

Ranatunga, who led Sri Lanka to their first and so far only World Cup triumph in 1996, told reporters he had been heartened by Sri Lanka’s recent whitewashing of Australia in a home Test series and their strong showing at the start of the subsequent ODIs.

But the recent success has been largely due to the performances of spinners such as the veteran Rangana Herath and the left-armer Amila Aponso, who took 4-18 as Sri Lanka won the second ODI on Wednesday.

Ranatunga, himself a medium-pace bowler as well as a powerful middle order batsman, said such a formula for success would not work beyond the Indian sub-continent where pitches are much less conducive to spin.

“We need to build our all-rounders and fast bowlers. Spin alone is not enough to play in conditions like in England. If we are preparing for the next World Cup in England, spin alone won’t do,” he told Sri Lanka’s Foreign Correspondents Association in Colombo late Thursday.

“I am not putting down their achievement [in beating Australia], but they need to go out [of the sub continent] and prove themselves. At the moment we are depending entirely on spinners.”

Sri Lanka’s reputation as one-day specialists, which was first earned during Ranatunga’s era, has grown over the years after they reached two of the last three World Cup finals.

But the next tournament in 2019 will be a major challenge for a team who failed to win any of their nine internationals in all formats on a recent tour of England.

The dearth of speedsters has already been acknowledged as a problem by Sri Lanka’s board, which recently tasked its most successful pace bowler Chaminda Vaas with identifying fast bowling talent across the island.

Ranatunga, who is now a government minister, had warm praise for the current skipper Angelo Mathews.

“Even if you fail once or twice, you need to be able to pick yourself up and remain focused,” Ranatunga said in reference to the England tour.

“I have a lot of faith in Mathews. I think he will end up being the best captain Sri Lanka ever produced. He has huge potential. He is able to keep the players together as a team.”

Source Dawn News

First ODI: England win by 44 runs on D/L method in rain-affected contest

First ODI: England win by 44 runs on D/L method in rain-affected contest

England on Wednesday beat Pakistan by 44 runs on Duckworth–Lewis method after rain stopped play twice in three balls during the 34th over in England’s pursuit of 261-run target in the first of the five One-Day Internationals (ODI) at Ageas Bowl here at Southampton.

The hosts were 194 for three after 34.3-overs when a heavy shower forced players and umpires off the field.

Pakistan chances brightened after the Three Lions suffered a set back in the shape of Joe Root’s run-out.

Source Dawn News

China faces one-year ban from weightlifting over doping

MOSCOW: China is facing a one-year ban from weightlifting over repeated doping cases in a move which threatens to stop some of the world’s top athletes from competing internationally.

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) confirmed on Thursday that three failed retests of drug test samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics will lead to China’s automatic ban — if the cases are proven and the athletes in question disqualified by the International Olympic Committee.

IWF spokeswoman Lilla Rozgonyi told The Associated Press that the positive tests for gold medallists Cao Lei, Chen Xiexia and Liu Chunhong, all announced on Wednesday, were enough for a ban under rules adopted by the IWF board in June.

“It happens automatically. The vote was already taken so now we only need to receive the closed cases from the IOC to proceed,” Rozgonyi said in an e-mail.

China is the world’s dominant country in weightlifting, having topped the medal table at every Olympics since 2000. It won seven medals in Rio de Janeiro this month, five of them gold.

Along with China, IWF said that Ukraine and Azerbaijan have joined Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, which were already facing one-year bans under earlier announcements.

Wednesday’s announcements took Ukraine to three failures from retesting, with four for Azerbaijan. At least six lifters from each of Belarus and Kazakhstan have failed Olympic retests, with seven for Russia.

Between them, those countries won 14 medals in Rio, meaning that next year’s world championships in Malaysia could have a significantly depleted field if none of them are allowed to compete.

Russia was already banned from Olympic weightlifting in Rio after the IWF ruled that its numerous doping cases and allegations of a state cover-up had brought weightlifting into “disrepute”.

Weightlifting is fighting a severe doping crisis, with as many as 16 medals from 2008 and 13 from 2012 likely to be stripped following failed drug retests.

In addition, last year’s world championships in Houston saw mass drug test failures and one medal from the 2016 Olympics has already been taken away after bronze medallist Izzat Artykov of Kyrgyzstan tested positive for the banned substance strychnine.

Published in Dawn, August 26th, 2016

Pakistan to host first-ever day-night Test against West Indies

KARACHI: Pakistan on Thursday announced the schedule for their series against the West Indies in the United Arab Emirates beginning next month, including their first-ever day-night Test.

The series, which runs from September 23 to November 3, includes three Twenty20 internationals and as many one-day and Tests, the highlight being the day-night Test in Dubai in October.

Australia hosted the first-ever day-night Test at Adelaide against New Zealand in November last year, with high attendance figures as it drew fans who could watch the match after their working hours.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is attempting to revive waning interest in the five-day game with the day-night innovation, and termed the Adelaide Test a “big success”.

Australia will also host two day-night Tests against South Africa and then Pakistan during their home season, starting in November.

The PCB had offered to host the Twenty20s in Pakistan, but the West Indies refused on security fears.

Pakistan’s plans to host the day-night Test were made after they agreed to play Australia.

The West Indies Test will give them their first taste of playing an international match with the new pink balls used in the day-night Test last year.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in a statement it “will host its first ever day-night Test match from October 13-17 to be played with the pink ball under lights at the Dubai cricket stadium”.

The West Indies will tune up for the day-night Test with a three-day side game in Sharjah, also under lights.

The PCB had offered to host the Twenty20s in Pakistan, but the West Indies refused on security fears.

Pakistan has not hosted any international cricket — barring three one-days and as many Twenty20s against minnows Zimbabwe in May last year — since an extremist attack on the Sri Lankan bus in March 2009.

Despite playing all their matches in the neutral venues of the UAE, Pakistan rose to number one in the Test rankings earlier this week after drawing their four-match series against England 2-2.

‘Landmark achievement for Pakistan’

“This will be a landmark achievement to host day-night Test,” PCB Chairman Shahryar Khan said, adding that he expected the Test to attract a good number of fans in stadium.

“Pakistan is currently at top in the Test ranking. I believe this would be a good attraction for fans to come and watch the number one Test team,” the PCB chief said.

The chairman further termed the contest as an opportunity to prepare for the pink ball Test against Australia at Brisbane’s Gabba ground later in the season.

“This would also help PCB to generate revenue and gain financial rewards,” Khan added.

Source Dawn News

Peshawar doctors perform surgery to remove 22 metal, glass objects from woman’s stomach

PESHAWAR: In an unusual occurrence, surgeons in Peshawar recovered 22 pieces of metal from the stomach of a young patient on Thursday.

The 22-year-old woman, a resident of Kurram Agency’s Parachinar area, complained of severe pain in her abdomen earlier this week and was rushed to Lady Reading Hospital.

After conducting an examination and reviewing x-rays carefully, doctors reached the conclusion that there were metallic objects in the patient’s stomach.

Dr Sajjad, who was leading a team of surgeons at LRH, said the team operated for four hours on the patient and and removed 22 metallic objects from her stomach, including large nails and hair pins, and pieces of glass.

The woman is in stable condition now, Dr Sajjad said. He added that the patient’s case history revealed that she suffered from fits and mental illness.

The surprising story comes to light just days after a similar case emerged in Indian Punjab, where doctors operated on a 42-year-old police officer and removed 40 folding knives from his stomach.

Indian doctors suspected their patient suffered from Pica, a condition described in the Journal of the American Board of Medicine as “common, but commonly missed.”

Pica is the compulsive eating of non-nutritive substances and can have serious medical implications, the journal says.

Source Dawn News

Nine killed and 64 wounded in Turkey car bomb attack

Nine killed and 64 wounded in Turkey car bomb attack

ANKARA: Nine people were killed and 64 people were wounded in a car bomb attack at a police headquarters in the town of Cizre in southeast Turkey on Friday, hospital sources said.

State-run Anadolu Agency says the attack on Friday targeted a checkpoint some 50 meters away from a police station in the town of Cizre, in Sirnak province that borders both Syria and Iraq and has a largely Kurdish population.

It said the blast caused severe damage to the police station.

Militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, have carried out a string of car bomb attacks on police and military in recent months.

Violence between the PKK and the security forces resumed last year, after the collapse of a fragile peace process.

Source Dawn News

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