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  1. India is a land where communal harmony disrupts the peace of the nation and other times, some beautiful examples warm our hearts and instils our faith in humanity. It's Eid today and the celebrations are not just limited to our Muslim brethren. © Twitter Atif Anwar stood at the India gate with a blindfold over his eyes with a message that garnered a lot of attention. He quoted a very simple requested to break his ‘roza' with his Hindu brothers. © Facebook The video that records this social experiment is proof that humanity and love overcomes any evil that any political or religious boundaries may portray. The video is now going viral and why not, it's a wonderful lesson in communal harmony for all of us.
  2. LONDON: At least six people were injured on Sunday after a car mounted a pavement outside a sports center in the northern English city of Newcastle, but the incident is not believed to be terrorism-related, police said on Sunday. Local media said hundreds of people were celebrating Eid, which marks the end of Islam's holy month of Ramadan, at the sports center and that two children were among the casualties. "On Sunday June 25, at approximately 9:14 a.m. Northumbria Police received reports that a vehicle had collided with pedestrians outside of Westgate Sports Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne," the police said in a statement. "Police enquiries are ongoing to establish exactly what happened but, at this time, it is not believed to be a terror incident." Police said a 42-year-old woman had been detained and was in custody.
  3. Photo: File Indian police Saturday said one person has been arrested after a mob stabbed a Muslim teenager to death on suspicion of carrying beef, an offence in many parts of the Hindu-majority country. Cows are revered by Hindus and slaughtering them as well as possession or consumption of beef is banned in most Indian states, with some imposing life sentences for breaking the law. Junaid Khan, 15, was travelling from New Delhi on Friday with three of his brothers when a fight erupted over seats. Between 15 and 20 men pulled out knives and set upon the brothers while making anti-Muslim comments and insisting one of the packets they were carrying contained beef. While Khan was stabbed to death, his brother Shakir sustained injuries on the throat, chest and hands, police said. "The fight started over seats. We are looking into the matter and we have arrested one of the accused who is a 35-year-old old man from (northern state of) Haryana," Ajay Kumar, a government railway police official told AFP. Khan´s brother Hassem told reporters the mob ignored their repeated pleas that they were not carrying any beef. "They were pointing at a packet which had food and saying we should not be allowed to sit since we were carrying beef," Haseem said. The incident is the latest such attack by Hindu vigilantes in India, where there have been a spate of assaults against Muslims and low-caste Dalits. In the last two years, nearly a dozen Muslim men have been killed across the country on suspicion of eating beef or smuggling cows. Critics say vigilantes have been emboldened by the election in 2014 of Prime Minister Narendra Modi´s Hindu right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party. Last year Modi criticised the cow protection vigilantes and urged a crackdown against groups using religion as a cover for committing crimes.
  4. WASHINGTON: The memorial of 17-year-old Muslim teen Nabra Hassanen, who was abducted and murdered after leaving a mosque in Virginia, was vandalised on Wednesday morning in Washington DC, reported Fox 5. According to DC Fire department, the memorial on Dupont Memorial Fountain on Connecticut Avenue was set on fire. The fire was later extinguished by fire fighters. Jonathon Soloman of South Carolina was arrested in connection with the fire, said DC police. The United States Park Police said it did not appear that Soloman was intentionally setting fire to items from Nabra's memorial as he was setting several items from the park on fire. Soloman was charged with vandalism. Nabra was attacked earlier in June after she and several of her friends walking outside a mosque got into a dispute with a motorist in the community of Sterling. The teen was reported missing by her friends who scattered during the attack and could not find her afterwards. Her body was later found dumped in a pond. During the search for the missing teen, authorities stopped a motorist "driving suspiciously in the area" and arrested the driver, later identified as Darwin Martinez Torres, 22. Police obtained a murder warrant that charges Torres for her death The number of anti-Muslim bias incidents in the United States jumped 57 percent in 2016 to 2,213, up from 1,409 in 2015, the Council on American-Islamic Relations advocacy group said in a report last month. While the group had been seeing a rise in anti-Muslim incidents prior to Donald Trump's stunning rise in last year's presidential primaries and November election victory, it said the acceleration in bias incidents was due in part to Trump's focus on militant groups and anti-immigrant rhetoric.
  5. People gather to attend a vigil outside Finsbury Park Mosque, close to the scene of a van attack in Finsbury Park, north London. Photo: AFP LONDON: Londoners bearing flowers and messages of solidarity gathered Monday at the spot where a man ploughed a van into Muslims leaving prayers at a mosque, the fourth terror strike in Britain in four months. Eleven people were injured in the attack, which took place early Monday near Finsbury Park mosque, north London, raising fears of retaliation against Muslims after recent assaults by extremists. One elderly man, who had collapsed just before the incident, was pronounced dead at the scene, but it is not yet known whether his death was directly linked to the van assault. Among the roughly 100 people at the vigil, some carried signs reading "United Against All Terror". "One of the things that all these terrorists share is a perverse ideology that wants to fuel division and divide our communities. We?re not going to let them," said Mayor Sadiq Khan, speaking after prayers at the Muslim Welfare House on Monday evening. Flowers were left at the scene where hours earlier the 47-year-old van driver was pinned down by locals and shielded from violence by an imam, before being detained by police. The driver was later arrested on suspicion of "the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism including murder and attempted murder", the police said. The suspect was identified by British media as Darren Osborne, a father of four who lived in the Welsh capital Cardiff. As police searched a property, five residents speaking to journalists from the Press Association news agency identified images of the arrested man as their neighbour, Osborne. Security Minister Ben Wallace told BBC radio that the suspect was "not known to us". Stepped-up police presence London police chief Cressida Dick said the incident was "quite clearly an attack on Muslims" and promised a stepped-up police presence near mosques as the holy month of Ramadan draws to a close. Witness Abdiqadir Warra told AFP the van "drove at people" and that some of the victims were carried for several metres along the road. "He was shouting: ?I want to kill all Muslims?," another witness, Khalid Amin, told BBC television. The Finsbury Park Mosque said the van "deliberately mowed down Muslim men and women leaving late evening prayers" at the mosque and the nearby Muslim Welfare House shortly after midnight. Eleven people were hurt, all Muslims, with nine requiring hospital treatment. Two were in a very serious condition, police said. One Algerian man was among those injured, the north African country said. Locals pinned down the driver and the imam of the Muslim Welfare House stepped in to stop him receiving a mob beating. France and Germany quickly condemned the attack. US President Donald Trump?s daughter Ivanka expressed solidarity with the worshippers in a tweet but her father has so far not commented. Community in shock Prime Minister Theresa May, who was heavily criticised for failing to meet survivors of a devastating fire in a London tower block last week, visited Finsbury Park Mosque where she met local faith leaders. May condemned the assault as "sickening", saying Britain?s determination to fight "terrorism, extremism and hatred... must be the same, whoever is responsible". The use of a vehicle to mow down pedestrians drew horrifying parallels with this month?s London Bridge attack. In that incident, three men slammed a van into pedestrians before embarking on a stabbing spree -- an attack claimed by Daesh. In March London was hit with another car and knife rampage, that one near parliament. It was also claimed by Daesh. This time the attacker deliberately targeted Muslims, according to the police. After the London Bridge attack, the mayor?s office reported a 40-percent increase in racist incidents in the capital and a five-fold increase in anti-Muslim incidents. Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque, described the attack as "cowardly". "Our community is in shock," he said, urging people attending prayers to remain vigilant. ?Extraordinary city? It was the third major incident in the capital this month, after the London Bridge attack and last week?s devastating fire in the Grenfell Tower block, in which 79 people are thought to have died. "This is an extraordinary city of extraordinary people," May said outside Downing Street after chairing an emergency government meeting. "Diverse, welcoming, vibrant, compassionate, confident and determined never to give in to hate." Last month, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a pop concert in Britain?s third city of Manchester, killing 22 people, many of them children. The Finsbury Park Mosque was once a notorious hub for radical extremists but has changed markedly in recent years under new management. Its former imam, Abu Hamza, was jailed for life in New York on terrorism charges in 2015. Despite the change in leadership and the focus on bolstering inter-faith relations, the mosque reported it had received a string of threatening emails and letters in the wake of the Paris attacks.
  6. Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, of Sterling, Virginia, charged with the murder of a 17-year-old American Muslim girl is shown in this Fairfax County Police Department photo released in Fairfax, Virginia, US, June 19, 2017. Courtesy Fairfax County Police Dept./Handout via REUTERS WASHINGTON: A teenage Muslim girl killed by a bat-wielding motorist near a Virginia mosque was an apparent victim of "road rage" and her death is not being investigated as a hate crime, police said on Monday. Nabra Hassanen, 17, was attacked early on Sunday in Sterling, Virginia, about 50 kilometres west of Washington, after attending late-night prayers for the holy month of Ramazan, when many Muslims fast from dawn until sunset. Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, of Sterling, has been arrested and charged with murder in the incident that began with a road dispute with a boy on a bicycle who was among a group of teenagers that included Hassanen, Fairfax County police spokeswoman Julie Parker said. "It appears that the suspect became so enraged over this traffic argument that it escalated into deadly violence," she told a news conference. Parker said there was no indication the attack near the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque was motivated by race or religion. Police said there was no sign that Martinez used racial slurs during the attack. Sharon Bulova, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, expressed solidarity with the Muslim centre and said a prayer vigil would be held on Wednesday at a high school. "With regard to this case, I am confident justice will be served," she said at the news conference. The attack took place about 3:40 AM as up to 15 teenagers, who had attended prayer services at the mosque, were returning from a fast-food restaurant, Parker said. Some of the teenagers were on the road and Martinez began arguing with the boy on a bicycle as he was driving in his car, Parker said. Martinez chased the youths into a parking lot, emerged from his car with a baseball bat, and struck Hassanen, she said. He loaded Hassanen into his car and dumped her in a pond in neighbouring Loudoun County, Parker said. A search team recovered the body on Sunday, and an autopsy showed she had suffered blunt force trauma to the upper body, she added. The Washington Post reported that Hassanen and her friends were dressed in abayas, the robe-like dress worn by some Muslim women, prompting fears the victim was targeted because she was Muslim. Police arrested Martinez about 90 minutes after the assault and a judge ordered that he remain jailed without bail, officials said. He has been assigned a public defender.
  7. VIRGINIA: A 17-year-old American Muslim girl was beaten and abducted after leaving a mosque in Virginia on Sunday by a man who police later arrested on suspicion of murder after her body was found dumped in a pond, authorities said. The attack spurred an outpouring of grief and horror in a Muslim community that has been gathering to pray at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque about 30 miles outside Washington in observance of the last 10 days of Ramadan. The attack happened early on Sunday after the victim and several friends walking outside the mosque got into a dispute with a motorist in the community of Sterling, the Fairfax County Police Department said in a statement. At one point, the motorist got out of his car and assaulted the girl, police said. The teen was reported missing by her friends who scattered during the attack and could not find her afterwards, touching off an hours-long search by authorities in Fairfax and Loudoun counties. At around 3pm, the remains of a female believed to be the teen victim were found in a pond in Sterling, police said. During the search for the missing teen, authorities stopped a motorist "driving suspiciously in the area" and arrested the driver, later identified as identified as Darwin Martinez Torres, 22. Police obtained a murder warrant that charges Torres for her death, the Fairfax County Police Department said. A police spokeswoman told reporters the attack followed some sort of dispute between the man and the girls, and authorities had not ruled out hate as a motivation for the attack. The number of anti-Muslim bias incidents in the United States jumped 57 percent in 2016 to 2,213, up from 1,409 in 2015, the Council on American-Islamic Relations advocacy group said in a report last month. While the group had been seeing a rise in anti-Muslim incidents prior to Donald Trump's stunning rise in last year's presidential primaries and November election victory, it said the acceleration in bias incidents was due in part to Trump's focus on militant groups and anti-immigrant rhetoric. In an incident in London on Monday, a van ploughed into worshippers leaving a mosque, killing at least one person and injuring several in what Britain's largest Muslim organisation said was a deliberate act of Islamophobia. Isra Chaker, a person who said in a Facebook post that she was close to a family friend of the victim in the Virginia incident, said the driver came out with a baseball bat and began swinging it at the girls, Chaker said. "She then went missing (presumably kidnapped/moved by the suspect) and was found dead this afternoon," Chaker said. An online fundraiser for the girl's family had raised $61,606 by Sunday evening. Police said a medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to confirm the victim's identity and cause of death, though detectives believe the body found in the pond was the missing girl.
  8. From left to right: Moheeb, 11, Shahrazad, 8, Saif, 11, and Enan, 10. Photo: Mic There has been a surge in Islamophobia in the United States recently. Even the children are being targeted and called ?terrorists? in their schools. However, this has not resulted in any concrete action by the authorities. Mic interviewed four school-going Muslim children, who are based in New York, to ask about their experience in the classroom. The participants included 11-year-old Moheeb, 8-year-old Shahrazad, 10-year-old Enan and 11-year-old Saif. The children do not know anything about US President Donald Trump except that he is the president and wants to ban Muslim. However, this does not bode well for Shahrazad. "I have family in Yemen," Shahrazad said. "[They] can't come if Donald Trump makes another ban. When I pray, I ask God to help America and Yemen." Despite their lack of the awareness of the political situation, the children are fed up constant bullying by their classmates and lack of response from schools? administration. Moheeb recalled that two of his classmates have called him a ?terrorist?. He even complained to his principals and teachers but no action was taken. Now, he prefers ignoring the bullying. "I feel mad, because I don't think [students and teachers] understand how I feel," Moheeb said. "I sometimes ignore [the bullying]. If I cry about it, they'll do [it] more." Surge in anti-Muslim bullying About 42 percent of Muslims families have reportedly faced anti-Muslim bullying, according to a study by Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. To make matters worse, one in every four reported the incident came from teachers or other school officials. Courtesy: ISPU Muslim families most likely to be bullied Another survey revealed that Muslim Families are most likely to be bullied in US. The data showed that about 57% Muslim families have never faced bullying as opposed to 75% Jewish families, 94% Catholic families, 80% Protestant families, 99% non-affiliated and 90% general public. Courtesy: ISPU Respondents included people who have children who attend K-12 public school
  9. Norway has put forth a plan to ban the Muslim full-face veil - AFP OSLO: The Norwegian government on Monday proposed a bill to ban the full-face Muslim veil in all schools, from nurseries to universities, saying it hinders communication between students and teachers. Norway's ruling coalition of conservative and anti-immigration rightwing parties had promised the ban last year, targeting the full-face veil called the niqab as well as burqas, balaclavas and masks. "We do not want clothes covering the face in nurseries, schools and universities," Minister of Education and Research Torbjorn Roe Isaksen said in a statement. "These clothes prevent good communication, which is important for students to receive a good education," he added. Norwegian authorities will consult over the coming months with those who could be affected by the draft law. Norwegian media reported the government can count on the support of most parties, saying the bill was expected to pass in the spring of 2018. Local authorities in Norway already have the power to ban the veil in schools, however, there is no uniform national policy. At this stage, the bill does not lay out consequences for disregarding the proposed law. The full-face veil is rather uncommon in Norway, even more so in schools, but the issue comes intermittently back into political debates. The Islamic Council, an umbrella organisation representing Muslims, hired a communication manager wearing a niqab, which sparked a heated discussion earlier this year. Legislative elections will take place on September 11 in the Nordic country. "Clothes covering the face, like the niqab and the burqa, have no place in Norwegian schools. It is a fundamental value to be able to communicate with each other," Per Sandberg, interim minister of immigration and integration, said.
  10. Firdda Kurnia, leader of the metal band Voice of Baceprot, performs during a school's farewell event in Garut, Indonesia, May 15, 2017. REUTERS/Yuddy Cahya3 GARUT: Heads covered in headscarves, the three members of the Indonesian band VoB ("Voice of Baceprot" or "Noisy Voice") do not look like your typical heavy-metal group. Formed in 2014, the band of teenagers met at school in Indonesia's most populous province of West Java and use their music to combat the stereotype of Muslim women as submissive or voiceless. "Wearing a hijab should not be a barrier to the group's pursuit of its dream of being heavy metal stars," said Firdda Kurnia, 16, who sings and plays the guitar. "I think gender equality should be supported because I feel I am still exploring my creativity, while at the same time, not diminishing my obligations as a Muslim woman," she added. Recently Invited to perform at another school's graduation ceremony, the trio quickly had fans dancing and headbanging at the front of the stage. "I don't see anything wrong with it," said one fan who attended, Teti Putriwulandari Sari. "This also relates to human rights. If a Muslim girl has [the] talent to play the drums or a guitar, should she not be allowed?" she inquired rhetorically. geo_embedgallery Besides covering classics by groups such as Metallica and Slipknot, the band perform their own songs on issues like the state of education in Indonesia. Muslims make up nearly 90 percent of a population of 250 million, the vast majority practising a moderate form of Islam, although there are some conservative strongholds. Not everyone in the town of Garut, where the band was formed, feels the community is ready for them or that their music is appropriate for performance. "It is unusual to see a group of hijab-wearing girls playing metal music or even women shouting," said Muhammad Sholeh, a teacher at the town's Cipari Islamic boarding school, adding that religious pop music was popular with many young Muslims. "But we're talking about metal here, which is loud." An official of a top clerical body said that although the group might trigger a culture clash in a conservative area, he did not feel it broke any Islamic values. "I see this as part of the creativity of teenagers," added Nur Khamim Djuremi, secretary general of the Islamic Art and Culture Division of Indonesia's Ulema Council.
  11. Indian meat traders plan to take the government to court over new rules banning the trading of cattle including buffalo for slaughter, calling it a move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration to hurt the business run mainly by Muslims. The environment ministry said this week that animal markets will only be able to trade in cattle meant for agricultural purposes, the biggest blow yet for meat suppliers facing several reverses under Modi's three-year old Hindu nationalist government. The slaughter of cows, considered holy in Hinduism, is banned in most Indian states and laws on the issue have become more stringent over the past few years. Muslims, who make up 14 percent of India's 1.3 billion people, dominate the Indian meat industry. Muslim man dies after attack by cow vigilantes in India Pehlu Khan, 55, died in hospital late Monday, two days after a mob attacked his cattle truck on a highway in Alwar in the western state of Rajasthan Mob in India kills two Muslims over suspected cow theft Two Muslim men have died after they were attacked by Indian villagers India is the biggest seller of buffalo meat in the world, with exports of more than $4 billion a year to countries such as Vietnam, Malaysia and Egypt. But that could change following the government's May 23 notification regarding changes to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, made public on Friday. It requires owners to declare that cattle have not "been brought to market for sale for slaughter" and for market committees to verify that the buyer is an "agriculturist by seeing the relevant revenue document". The new rules define cattle as bulls, cows, buffalo, steers, heifers, calves and camels. "The business is dead," said Aqil Qureshi, president of the Delhi Buffalo Traders' Welfare Association who runs a slaughterhouse outside the city and sells hides to leather companies. "We will take legal help, we will hit the streets. Who does not fight for their livelihood?" The environment ministry said in a statement on Saturday that the regulation was to protect "animals from cruelty and not to regulate the existing trade in cattle for slaughter houses". Animals for slaughter will have to be bought from farmers directly, it said. Abdul Faheem Qureshi, a lawyer in the southern city of Hyderabad and head of the All India Jamiatul Quresh Action Committee, said direct buying was "not always practical" and that he was drafting a court appeal after meeting with many of his "shocked" trader clients. Al Faheem Meatex, an exporter in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, said buying buffalo directly from farmers was likely to raise costs, given stringent norms on cattle transportation. "It will raise costs for us but what else can we do?" the company said. "We will see if we can get some relief from the court." Qureshi said the new law would only embolden cow vigilantism groups. Muslims have been assaulted by Hindu hardliners over the past few years on suspicion of eating beef or illegally transporting cattle. GVL Narasimha Rao, a spokesman for Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party, had no immediate comment. Government spokesman Frank Noronha did not respond to requests for comment.
  12. Two men were stabbed to death in the US city of Portland on Friday when they tried to stop their attacker from harassing two women because they appeared to be Muslim, police said. The incident unfolded on a commuter train hours before the start of Ramadan when most of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims observe a religious fast. The attack began shortly before 4:30pm when a man started yelling ethnic and religious slurs towards two women who appeared to be Muslim on a MAX train at the Hollywood Transit Station, the Portland Police Department said in a statement. Three men who intervened were stabbed, two fatally. The attacker was arrested shortly after he got off the train, police said, adding that the women left the scene before police could interview them. "In the midst of his ranting and raving, some people approached him and appeared to try to intervene with his behavior and some of the people that he was yelling at," Portland police spokesman Pete Simpson said during a news conference aired by local news outlets. "They were attacked viciously by the suspect," he added. In a statement responding to Friday's attack, the Council on American-Islamic Relations said that anti-Muslim incidents increased by more than 50 percent in the United States from 2015 to 2016 due in part to President Donald Trump's focus on militant Islamist groups and anti-immigrant rhetoric. "President Trump must speak out personally against the rising tide of Islamophobia and other forms of bigotry and racism in our nation that he has provoked through his numerous statements, policies and appointments that have negatively impacted minority communities," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. The administration says that while it strongly opposes extremist militants, it has no quarrel with Islam. Following the attack, police said one of the men died at the scene while another died at a hospital. The third man was treated for non-life threatening injuries. "These were folks just riding the train and unfortunately got caught up in this," he said. Witnesses told police that the two young women were possibly Muslim. One wore a hijab. Portland police did not identify the suspect or the victims.
  13. The Manchester attacks shook the world but humanity exists in various forms whenever brutality tries to overpower it. The photograph of a Sikh cab driver in Manchester went viral after someone tweeted about how he made his taxi a ‘free taxi’ to help anyone who needed it once hell broke loose in Manchester. While many Sikh and Muslim taxi drivers did the same, Cosmopolitan contacted the man who shared the image and asked if they could use it. © Twitter However, they pissed off many people on Twitter after they reportedly called him a ‘Muslim’ taxi driver even after knowing the facts. The publication took down the tweet but the damage was already done. © Twitter People were not mad about the mistaken identity but the fact that they had contacted the person, yet they misled the readers. @Cosmopolitan You need to change this ASAP. This man is Sikh. You are misinforming MILLIONS. pic.twitter.com/Tp7ohIryTl — SikhPressAssociation (@SikhPA) May 23, 2017 @Cosmopolitan He's a Sikh, not a Muslim. Please do your job better! — Amrita Bhinder (@amritabhinder) May 23, 2017 Their ignorance infuriated a lot of people on the internet and the publication was called out for pushing a political agenda as well. @Cosmopolitan You are just pushing a lefts agenda this man is NOT Muslim — Ava (@itsmeavaz) May 23, 2017 Hey @Cosmopolitan - why did you describe this guy as a Muslim when you knew he was a Sikh? pic.twitter.com/zm7kRRQaCJ — Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) May 23, 2017 @Cosmopolitan DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT! — Madhu Menon (@madmanweb) May 23, 2017 Humanity is no doubt the greatest religion known to mankind and while it does not matter who helped people in need, being a renowned name in the media, if you choose to identify someone with their religion, then one should consider the sensitivity of the issue and how it can cause a stir. We hope that they’ve learned their lesson!
  14. Indonesian comedian Sakdiyah Maruf performing at a bar in Jakarta. Photo: courtesy AFP JAKARTA: Wearing a red hijab and all-encompassing gown, Sakdiyah Maruf, cuts an unusual figure in a dark, smokey Jakarta bar as she reels off taboo-breaking jokes to laughter from a rapt audience. She is a rare character in Indonesia -- a female Muslim stand-up using humour to challenge prejudice against women and rising intolerance. Despite resistance from those who believe a woman´s place is not on stage cracking jokes, even within her own family, the 34-year-old has forged ahead and is winning fans at home and abroad. In the country with the world´s biggest Muslim population, she does not shy away from sensitive subjects. Maruf jokes about how women were not allowed to attend public events in the small, conservative community on Java Island where she grew up, and that she is seeking to be more progressive. Maruf uses humour to challenge prejudice against women and rising intolerance. Photo: courtesy AFP For the slight, unassuming lady, comedy is a playful form of resistance to a creeping conservatism she believes is eroding the rights of women in her homeland. Indonesia has long been praised for its inclusive brand of Islam but this reputation has been tarnished by a rise in attacks on minorities and the growing influence of a vocal hardline fringe. The comedian sees an alarming trend of "more rigid and conservative practices of religion" which she believes tend to marginalise women, and is particularly concerned about issues including early marriage and domestic violence. For Maruf, humour is the perfect weapon to tackle such trends. "The message can be very aggressive but it can be delivered in a very subtle way," she told AFP. "You speak to people´s hearts instead of only their minds." Indonesian comedian Sakdiyah Maruf performing at a bar in Jakarta. Photo: courtesy AFP ´Are you for real?´ Maruf comes from a traditional family in the provincial Javanese town of Pekalongan, an unlikely background for a witty, worldy-wise stand-up. She became interested in comedy at an early age by watching US sitcoms such as Roseanne and Full House, a love that she carried with her to university, where she started performing stand-up in 2009. Depending on the audience she will either perform in English -- which she studied at university -- or the main Indonesian language of Bahasa. Sakdiyah Maruf still has a day job working as an interpreter at conferences, but regularly performs in comedy clubs and nights in Jakarta, where she lives. In the early days, the comic would lie to her parents when she performed at university or headed into Jakarta for shows, believing they would disapprove, but as she became successful it was far harder to conceal the truth. She says she has managed to reach a kind of uneasy truce with her family. "We have disagreements sometimes, but they are cool with it," she explained. In 2015, Maruf was awarded the Vaclav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent. Photo: courtesy AFP But the greatest resistance has come from conservatives who don´t think Muslim women should be comedians at all. "One woman came up to me after a show and said ´are you for real, are you wearing this hijab for real?´," she recalled. Still, Maruf has not been put off and her irreverent brand of humour has won her fans outside Indonesia. In 2015 she was awarded the Vaclav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent established by the New York-based Human Rights Foundation and last year took part in a BBC-run global stand-up jam. Maruf remains confident that Indonesia will remain a tolerant country -- not least because a devout Muslim woman like herself can still get up on stage and crack jokes. She said: "If you can write ´Indonesian conservative Muslim female stand-up´ in one sentence, why be so pessimistic?"
  15. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif representing Pakistan at the Arab-Islamic-American Summit. APP RIYADH: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday said that Pakistan had a deep commitment to the Muslim world's unity and to promoting interfaith harmony and dialogue during his interaction with Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, US President Donald Trump, and other leaders from the Arab and Islamic countries, who had gathered here for the first Arab-Islamic-American Summit. Sharif said that being a frontline state, Pakistan had rendered remarkable sacrifices in the global fight against terrorism, according to a Foreign Office statement. Expressing his pleasure to be part of the event, the Prime Minister said choosing Saudi Arabia as the first Arab-Islamic-American Summit's venue was appropriate, given the reverence and respect the entire Muslim world has for the land of Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him). Nawaz, Trump exchange pleasantries at Saudi summit The US president shook hands with PM Nawaz and exchange of pleasantries took lace between the two leaders Ivanka Trump says Saudi progress on women 'encouraging' The PM appreciated Trump's leadership in making this Summit his first overseas engagement, adding that the latter's initiative was of great symbolic significance. "The rising tide of terrorism and extremism is the most daunting challenge that the world confronts today. Unfortunately, Pakistan has been in the forefront of this existential struggle, bearing a disproportionately large burden," Sharif commented. The Prime Minister said tens of thousands of Pakistani citizens and security personnel had been martyred or injured in terrorist attacks, while billions of rupees have been lost in terms of economic cost. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in a group photo with leaders participating in Arab-Islamic-American Summit. APP Sharif apprised that like many other countries, Pakistan had made tough choices and taken difficult decisions to tackle the new and emerging challenges. "We have confronted terrorism with courage and conviction and the massive human and financial costs have further strengthened our resolve," he added. The PM stated the turnaround in Pakistan ? both on the security and economic fronts, with 2016 witnessing the lowest number of terrorist attacks in a decade ? presented a good example of how political commitment, based on an across-the-board national consensus and supported by the armed forces' determined and well-organised kinetic operations, could translate into the desired results in countries afflicted with the scourge of extremism and terrorism. A glance at Trump family?s visit to Saudi Arabia The US president during his trip was accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump and daughter Ivanka Trump Defeating terrorism our mutual goal, Trump says in Saudi summit The session was earlier addressed by King Salman Bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia Besides, King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz and Trump, the prime minister exchanged views with a number of other leaders, including the Emir of Qatar, King of Bahrain, President of Azerbaijan, Malaysian Prime Minister, and President of Tajikistan.
  16. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif representing Pakistan at the Arab-Islamic-American Summit. APP RIYADH: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday said that Pakistan had a deep commitment to the Muslim world's unity and to promoting interfaith harmony and dialogue during his interaction with Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, US President Donald Trump, and other leaders from the Arab and Islamic countries, who had gathered here for the first Arab-Islamic-American Summit. Sharif said that being a frontline state, Pakistan had rendered remarkable sacrifices in the global fight against terrorism, according to a Foreign Office statement. Expressing his pleasure to be part of the event, the Prime Minister said choosing Saudi Arabia as the first Arab-Islamic-American Summit's venue was appropriate, given the reverence and respect the entire Muslim world has for the land of Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him). Nawaz, Trump exchange pleasantries at Saudi summit The US president shook hands with PM Nawaz and exchange of pleasantries took lace between the two leaders Ivanka Trump says Saudi progress on women 'encouraging' The PM appreciated Trump's leadership in making this Summit his first overseas engagement, adding that the latter's initiative was of great symbolic significance. "The rising tide of terrorism and extremism is the most daunting challenge that the world confronts today. Unfortunately, Pakistan has been in the forefront of this existential struggle, bearing a disproportionately large burden," Sharif commented. The Prime Minister said tens of thousands of Pakistani citizens and security personnel had been martyred or injured in terrorist attacks, while billions of rupees have been lost in terms of economic cost. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in a group photo with leaders participating in Arab-Islamic-American Summit. APP Sharif apprised that like many other countries, Pakistan had made tough choices and taken difficult decisions to tackle the new and emerging challenges. "We have confronted terrorism with courage and conviction and the massive human and financial costs have further strengthened our resolve," he added. The PM stated the turnaround in Pakistan ? both on the security and economic fronts, with 2016 witnessing the lowest number of terrorist attacks in a decade ? presented a good example of how political commitment, based on an across-the-board national consensus and supported by the armed forces' determined and well-organised kinetic operations, could translate into the desired results in countries afflicted with the scourge of extremism and terrorism. A glance at Trump family?s visit to Saudi Arabia The US president during his trip was accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump and daughter Ivanka Trump Defeating terrorism our mutual goal, Trump says in Saudi summit The session was earlier addressed by King Salman Bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia Besides, King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz and Trump, the prime minister exchanged views with a number of other leaders, including the Emir of Qatar, King of Bahrain, President of Azerbaijan, Malaysian Prime Minister, and President of Tajikistan.
  17. RIYADH: US President Donald Trump will seek to rebuild relations with the Muslim world on his first foreign trip starting Saturday in Saudi Arabia as political scandals mount at home. Trump can expect a warm reception when he arrives in the oil-rich kingdom for talks with King Salman, but the domestic mood was grim following news that the FBI's investigation into his campaign's ties with Russia extends to a current senior White House official. Former FBI director James Comey has agreed to publicly testify about the probe, piling pressure on the White House as fresh allegations emerged about Trump calling him a "nut job" in a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week and saying his sacking had relieved "great pressure". Before departing, the president tweeted he would be "strongly protecting American interests" on his marathon eight-day trip to the Middle East and Europe, that presents a major diplomatic test. While his predecessor Barack Obama was viewed with suspicion by Gulf Arab states for his tilt towards their regional rival Iran, Trump is likely to take a harder line against Tehran. "He's going to be tougher on Iran," said Philip Gordon, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. "He's not going to lecture them on democracy and human rights," he added. Ahead of Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia, where he will be accompanied by his wife Melania and daughter Ivanka, Washington and Riyadh issued their first "joint terrorist designation" -- blacklisting a leader of the Iranian-backed Lebanese armed movement Hezbollah. Late Friday, Saudi Arabia announced it had shot down a ballistic missile fired by Yemeni rebels south-west of Riyadh. The US provides weapons, intelligence, and aerial refuelling to the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Huthi rebels. 'Muslim ban' Trump's relations with the wider Islamic world are still strained by his travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority nations. So all eyes will be on a speech on Islam that the president is scheduled to deliver to dozens of Muslim leaders at a summit in Riyadh on Sunday. "I'll speak with Muslim leaders and challenge them to fight hatred and extremism, and embrace a peaceful future for their faith," Trump said ahead of his visit. Trump wants Gulf states, in particular, to do more to tackle extremists such as terrorist outfit Daesh. "He will encourage our Arab and Muslim partners to take bold, new steps to promote peace and to confront those, from Daesh to Al-Qaeda... who perpetuate chaos and violence that has inflicted so much suffering throughout the Muslim world and beyond," said Trump's National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. While most US presidents make their first foreign trip to neighbouring Canada or Mexico, 70-year-old Trump has opted for six stops. He will hold countless face-to-face meetings including with Pope Francis and France's new leader, Emmanuel Macron. It is a trip fraught with peril for the real estate magnate, who is known to dislike lengthy travel. The avalanche of revelations in the run-up to his departure have eroded Trump's standing at home -- where the parallels with Richard Nixon's ill-fated presidency are now being openly drawn. On Friday, a report by The Washington Post that the probe into his campaign's Russia ties had identified a "significant person of interest" in the White House, undercut Trump's insistence his election bid had nothing to do with the Kremlin. The White House was rocked by another bombshell when reports emerged that Trump said his firing of "nut job" Comey had relieved "great pressure" on him due to the investigation. The scandals have revived questions about his ability to strike a presidential tone with his foreign counterparts, with Trump declaring himself the victim of the "greatest witch hunt" in American political history. Arms contracts His visit to the Gulf is expected to bring lucrative arms contracts for US firms. "The big question mark that you should bear in mind is if Saudi Arabia signs up for a $100 billion arms deal with oil prices where they are today, how are they actually going to pay that in the future?" said Bruce Riedel, former CIA analyst and counterterrorism expert now with the Brookings Institution. After Saudi Arabia, Trump will head to Israel and the Palestinian Territories where he hopes to revive the moribund peace process. He will meet his "friend" Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Bethlehem. The Israeli leg of his trip is already awash in controversy -- from a row over Trump's visit to Jerusalem's Western Wall, the holiest prayer site for Jews, to his alleged disclosure of Israeli intelligence to Russian officials. Trump's meeting with Pope Francis -- two men at odds on everything from climate change to refugee policy -- remains highly unpredictable, although the pontiff says he will give America's bullish leader an open-minded hearing. The president will also meet members of the North Atlantic alliance in Brussels and attend a G7 summit in the picturesque Sicilian town of Taormina overlooking the Mediterranean.
  18. MEXICO CITY/CHICAGO: Mexico's growing beef industry is targeting Muslim consumers in the Middle East for its prime cuts as it seeks to reduce dependence on buyers in the United States. The potential for a US-Mexico trade war under President Donald Trump has accelerated efforts by Mexican beef producers to explore alternative foreign markets to the United States, which buys 94 percent of their exports worth nearly $1.6 billion last year. Trump has vowed to redraw terms of trade with Mexico and Canada to the benefit of the United States. Mexican beef companies fear they may be dragged into a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the three countries. That has firms looking to the Middle East, where most meat is imported from non-Muslim countries using animals slaughtered by the halal method prescribed by Islamic law. Mexico – the world's sixth biggest beef producer – plans to quadruple exports of halal beef to 44 million pounds by the end of 2018 from 11 million pounds this year, according to data from the Mexican cattle growers association AMEG. The country should have 15 plants, up from a current six, certified to produce halal meat by the end of next year, according to AMEG data. A worker cuts up beef at a SuKarne meat processing facility in the town of Vista Hermosa, in Michoacan state, Mexico, March 31, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido Jesus Vizcarra, chief executive and owner of SuKarne, Mexico's biggest beef exporter, said his company sees big potential for sales to Muslim-majority countries. "We have to seek out more markets," he said in an interview, pointing to near-term targets in Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Lebanon. "There's an opportunity in these Middle Eastern countries," said Vizcarra, who is known in Mexico as the King of Beef and has boasted of being born in a slaughterhouse. At SuKarne's sprawling Monarca plant, located 435 kilometres west of the Mexican capital in Michoacan state, more than 150,000 cows leisurely pick at row after row of grain channels in dusty feedlots. The plant is the company's first halal-certified facility and began its first-ever shipments to Muslim markets earlier this year. "EYES WIDE OPEN" Mexico's cattle growers' association sent a trade mission to Dubai and Qatar late February to meet potential buyers, said Rogelio Perez, AMEG's top trade official. Inspectors from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will visit Mexico by June after Saudi inspectors were in Mexico in March, he said. "They left with a very good taste in their mouths regarding Mexican production systems," he said. Plants must be certified as halal compliant by third-party companies such as US-based Halal Transactions of Omaha or UAE-based RACS. Earlier this year, Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, expressed interest in buying Mexican beef for the first time although no deals have yet been cut. Sales to Muslim countries would take a bite out of the market share for halal meat held by beef packers from the United States and Brazil, according to industry and trade sources. Mexico's beef industry is able to grow its export markets due to a successful push to meet exacting US standards and modernise the sector over the past two decades. Certified beef cattle eat from a feeding fence at a SuKarne meat processing facility in the town of Vista Hermosa, in Michoacan state, Mexico, March 31, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido That has put Mexican packers in a strong position to diversify away from the US market. "It was our big strength until President Donald arrived, and now it's our major weakness," said Bosco de la Vega, president of Mexico's state farm council, adding that Mexico should limit beef exports to the United States to a maximum of half the overall flow. He said Mexico can do so in the next five years. Russia is considering buying large volumes of Mexican beef, and Mexico is also seeking to expand shipments to existing buyers like Japan and South Korea. Mexico's herd hit a record 31 million animals in 2015 and totalled 30.8 million in 2016, producing 4.142 billion pounds and exports of 712 million pounds. Top exporters Brazil, India, and Australia each export over 2.5 billion pounds. "We're on the path of diversification," Mexican Agriculture Minister Jose Calzada recently told reporters. "And we won't stop because these occasional insults from the United States toward Mexico have opened our eyes."
  19. Hasan Minhaj, commonly known for his role of the correspondent on The Daily Show program, ripped apart US President Donald Trump and his policies at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which took place in Washington on Saturday. The 25-minute-long game of heated taunts was initiated brilliantly by Minhaj. “No one wanted to do this. So of course, it landed in the hands of an immigrant. That’s how it always goes down. [And] I’ll be known in a few weeks, no. 830-287,” he said. “In the age of Trump, you guys have to be more perfect, now more than ever,” he said, calling the event the “series finale” since Trump was notably absent as he boycotted media outlets. The speech was full of snide comments, as Minhaj rained down jabs and jeers at the incumbent president. “Now you know what it feels like to be a minority,” he said since if “one of you messes up, [Trump] blames your entire group”. Minhaj viciously criticised Trump’s dislike of the minorities, including Muslims, Sikhs, and the LGBT community. “Everyone is gonna expect you to be the mouthpiece for the entire group,” he said to the crowd of celebrated reporters and journalists. As to why he thinks he can talk on this matter, he had the perfect response: “You guys got a lot more experience than me, but I got three decades of being brown.” Blazing away despite the organisers' wishes of refraining from mocking Trump, Minhaj said he did so to honour US constitutional protection of free speech. “Only in America can a first-generation, Indian-American Muslim kid get on this stage and make fun of the president,” he explained. The comedian went on to say that minority communities experience a lot of prejudice and are stereotypically thought to be the bad guys – which means that if someone from the marginalised groups does an outstanding job, they “get hit with the most condescending line in the English language: ‘Hey, you’re actually one of the good ones’”. White House Correspondents’ Dinner is famous for its traditional roasting of state policies, administration’s beliefs and viewpoints, and the US Presidents, who also take the stage to make self-deprecating remarks in a light-hearted evening with the press. However, it’s “not Donald Trump's style,” says NBC News' Andrea Mitchell, hinting at how the president manages to make comments that imply he’s the best at every job and that he’ll make “America great again”. Trump had instead scheduled a rally in Pennsylvania where he brutally lambasted the media, including prominent names such as CNN and The New York Times, and became the first incumbent US president to bow out in 36 years. To which, Minhaj’s response was: “We have to address the elephant not in the room. The leader of our country is not here. But that's because he's in Moscow.” “As for the other guy, I think he’s in Pennsylvania because he can’t take a joke.” Regardless, Minhaj managed to pull in Trump’s lies and his unnaturally long ties as well. “We are here to talk about the truth. It is 2017, and we are living in the golden age of lying. Now’s the time to be a liar, and Donald Trump is liar in chief. And remember, you guys are public enemy no. 1. You are his biggest enemy. Journalists, ISIS, normal-length ties.” Plus, it’s good that Trump gets to play golf frequently, claims Minhaj referring to media’s disapproval of the president’s hobby. “I think I speak for all of us when I say he's done far too much bombing this month.” So if you think you need to double up your efforts as an immigrant or come from an immigrant family for lesser credit than you deserve, Hasan Minhaj has the best advice. “Remember, you’re a minority. […] You gotta think like a minority.” Take a seat and enjoy the entire 25 minutes of these fantastic burns here:
  20. While the separatists are trying to bring down Kashmir, the Indian Army stands its ground relentlessly, in the valley. They are the strength that gives us Indians hope. It is their hard work and honour that protect our borders from our enemies and it is because of them that we lead safe and happy lives. (c) Twitter Sometimes though, we do forget that the Army is there to protect us and we tend to turn a blind eye to their heroic actions. But, we must never fail to remember that they Indian Army are our last and only line of defense. With so much hate all around, here’s a story that will touch your heart. Maj Gen Mohd Amin Naik, a Kashmiri Muslim started his Indian Army as a engineer. His passion for sports and mountaineering was undying. A master of accomplishing targets, he made sure that everything under his command was always in order to make India stronger as a nation. (c) Paper Weight Entertainment His achievements are many- from winning an Asian Games Bronze Medal to leading a successful Nanda Devi Ecological Mountaineering Expedition, to setting up the Army Sports Institute from scratch, to nation building services at Corps of Engineers, Gen Amin has excelled as a soldier and as a noble human being. His efforts not only brought laurels to the Army and the country but also created large scale job prospects in Kashmir. (c) Paper Weight Entertainment This helped fight the ideology of militancy from the grass root level. He has always been on his feet when it comes to not letting the Kashmiri youth tread on the path of terrorism. As a chairman at Salwan School for girls, to inspiring Kashmiri Youths to join Indian Army, General Amin is a man each of us should be proud of and look up to. The guys at Paper Weight Entertainment have outdone themselves with this amazing piece of work. They took the time to tell the story of General Amin and made this video that you must watch. Check it out below.
  21. Female Islamic clerics in Indonesia declared a series of fatwas Thursday, including one to tackle child marriage, a rare example of women taking a leading religious role in the Muslim-majority country. The fatwas were issued at the end of a three-day congress of female clerics in the country with the world's biggest Muslim population. The meeting in Cirebon on Java island, billed as the world's first major gathering of female Muslim clerics, attracted hundreds of participants. Most were Indonesian but there were also clerics from Pakistan, India and Saudi Arabia. They issued a series of fatwas at the end of the gathering, the most eye-catching of which was aimed at tackling child marriage. It urged the government to raise the minimum legal age for women to marry to 18 from the current age of 16. The United Nations childrens' agency UNICEF defines child marriage as a formal marriage or informal union before age 18, and says women are most affected. The problem is widespread in Indonesia, with one in four women marrying before 18, according to the agency. Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, who attended the meeting, suggested authorities would examine the proposal: "I will take this recommendation to the government." He also praised the gathering: "This congress succeeded in fighting for justice in the relationship between men and women." Among the other fatwas issued was one against women being sexually abused; and one against environmental destruction, in a country that struggles every year with huge fires that are started illegally and devastate vast swathes of rainforest. Fatwas are regularly issued in Indonesia but it is usually the male-dominated Indonesian Ulema Council—the country's highest Islamic authority—that declares them. About 90 percent of Indonesia's population of 255 million people are Muslim.
  22. SAINT-DENIS DE LA REUNION: A suspected religious extremist shot and wounded two policemen on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion as they tried to arrest him on Thursday, authorities said. The attack comes a week after a French policeman was shot and killed and two others wounded on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris, just days ahead of the first round of the presidential election. More than 230 people have been killed in a string of attacks by radicals on the French mainland since January 2015 and the country has been under a state of emergency for nearly a year and a half. "The man refused to be arrested and fired a rifle at police," a government official said, adding that the suspect -- in his 20s, who is believed to be a recent convert to Islam -- was now in custody. The lives of the two officers are not in danger and the anti-terrorist department of the Paris prosecutors´ office is investigating the attack. The man lived with his mother, also in custody, in an apartment in Saint-Benoit, in the island´s east. Authorities seized several weapons and other material that could be used to make Molotov cocktails, France´s interior and overseas ministers said in a joint statement. The suspect "is a very discreet man who didn´t seem to have a lot of friends and was never a problem," a neighbour said. "We did notice that he had been sporting a beard lately but we didn´t pay much attention to it," added a young man. A network of religious terrorists, the first in a French overseas territory, was smashed in Reunion in June 2015. Its leader, a 21-year-old known as "The Egyptian", was arrested and transferred to Paris. The local government official said Thursday´s assailant was also "suspected of being radicalised". France´s police union Unite SGP POLICE FO said it was "deeply shocked and angry after this new attack." It "shows that policemen are in danger throughout the national territory and not only in certain areas as judges would have us believe," it added. France remains on high alert as it prepares to choose between centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen in the second round of the presidential election on May 7.
  23. The government of the Indian state of Uttar Pradash on Tuesday cancelled 15 public holidays marking the birth or death anniversary of important personalities, including Eid Miladun Nabi (PBUH), Jummat-ul-vida (Last Friday of Ramazan), and the Urs of Hazrat Khwaja Muiuddin Chishti. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath claimed students would instead be taught about these personalities on these days, India media reported. “There should be no holidays in schools on birth anniversaries of great personalities. Instead, a special two- hour programme should be held to teach students about them. The 220-day academic session has been reduced to only 120 days due to such holidays and if this tradition continues, there will be no day left for teaching in schools,” Adityanath said. The state has 42 public holidays of which 17 mark the birth anniversaries of eminent personalities in India.
  24. LAHORE: Another grueling case of brutality against domestic help came to the forefront as a 14-year-old maid, with visible torture marks on her body, was recovered from Lahore’s Muslim Town area on Tuesday. The teenager, identified as Palwasha, had run away from the house where she was employed and eventually rescued by Child Protection Bureau. The victim has bruises and torture marks on her nose, hands and fingers. The maid, is a resident of Sardarpura village and her dad works as a labourer. A woman had gotten her employed at the house of a man, identified as Imran, about two years ago. The maid alleged that Imran and his wife would beat her up on routine basis. Currently, the bureau is getting the maid’s medical checkup done and have filed a case against the employers. Read more: Whereabouts of allegedly tortured child maid remain unknown On March 18, a 12-year-old maid was recovered from a house in Islamabad with torture marks on her body. The teenager alleged that her employers used to beat her regularly over petty issues and have even threatened to kill her. Last year, a 10-year-old child maid Tayyaba was recovered from a house in Islamabad. Her employers a judge and his wife were accused of torturing the child maid.
  25. NEW DELHI: Reports of discrimination against Muslims continue in India, with the latest incident taking place on a Delhi train. According to the Hindustan Times, an elderly Muslim man was denied a seat in the Delhi metro by a group of youth who hurled abused and slurs against him. When the youth were asked to apologise, they responded by telling the elderly Muslim man to “Go to Pakistan.” A complaint against those involved was filed at a local police station, however, the elderly man decided not to pursue it.