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  1. LAHORE: Prominent lawyer and human rights icon Asma Jahangir's funeral prayers have been offered at Gaddafi Stadium. Maulana Haider Farooq Maududi led the funeral prayers, which were attended by scores of men, women and children. Asma will be buried at her family's farmhouse on Bedian Road, as per her wishes. Mourners carrying Asma's body before her funeral prayers. Photo: Geo News Jahangir, who co-founded the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and came to be known as a fearless voice of the marginalised sections of the society, passed away on Sunday after suffering a cardiac arrest. She was 66. She was known for speaking against human rights violations and her courageous stand against dictatorships. She was also a vocal opponent of judicial overreach and would often confront the superior judiciary when it would extend its jurisdiction in her opinion. Earlier today, Asma's body was transported to her house in Gulberg from the hospital where it was placed in a morgue. From there, her funeral procession headed towards Gaddafi Stadium, with mourners surrounding the van carrying her body on foot. A view of the funeral procession. Photo: Geo News Condolences poured in from all over the country as well as abroad following Jahangir?s demise, as people paid tribute to her services for democracy and efforts in the movement to restore the judiciary. Prime Minister Abbasi expressed grief at Jahangir?s death, praising her contribution to upholding the rule of law and safeguarding human rights. President Mamnoon Hussain expressed grief over her death, saying she rendered unprecedented services for the rule of law. After Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah's letter to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi requesting for a state funeral for the noted lawyer, various other dignitaries also called for a state funeral in remembrance of her services. Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani, during an ongoing Senate session today, called for her burial with full state honours. PML-N leader Senator Pervaiz Rashid also demanded that her last rites be performed with full state honours. Asma's body being transported to Gaddafi Stadium Also read: CM Sindh seeks state funeral for Asma Jahangir A life of bravery Asma Jahangir was known for taking up court cases of victimised and marginalised sections of society, as well as speaking against human rights violations and her courageous stand against the military rule of General Zia-ul-Haq. Born in Lahore on January 27, 1952, Jahangir completed her bachelors of arts and law from Lahore and then went on to pursue higher legal studies from Switzerland, Canada and US. She taught constitutional law at Quaid-e-Azam Law College, Lahore. geo_embedgallery She also conducted consultancy on judicial reforms in Pakistan and Bangladesh for the Asian Development Bank and World Bank, and remained a member of the Commission of Enquiry for Women from 1994-1997. From 1998-2000, Jahangir served as the special rapporteur of the UN Commission on Extrajudicial, Summary and Arbitrary Executions and was the special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief of the UN Commission on Human Rights since 2004. Jahangir was also an executive member at the International Crisis Group and chief economist advisory council member of World Bank since 2001. She was also the founding member of Women?s Action Forum, Pakistan. Jahangir received several awards and accolades during her life, including the 2014 Right Livelihood Award, 2010 Freedom Award, Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2010 and Sitara-e-Imtiaz, UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights in 2010 and Officier de la Légion d'honneur in 2014 ? France?s highest award.
  2. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/86d821dc845cf2f42c3d2d4c2fe7be16.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Mi80LzIwMTggMTI6NTY6MDcgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1laSsvQ0JRRVJ1QWZtMHhlTkVTMzFRPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff ( COAS ) General Qamar Javed Bajwa attended the funeral prayers of 11 security personnel, including an officer, martyred in a suicide attack on Saturday. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Commander Peshawar Corps and other senior civil and military officials were also present at the prayers held in Peshawar. General Bajwa later visited the CMH Hospital in the provincial capital to meet those injured in the incident. Swat suicide attack A suicide attack targetted at an Army unit in Swat's tehsil Kabal on Saturday evening claimed lives of 11 security personnel and left 13 others injured. The attacker had targetted the sports area of the armed forces' unit in the Shareefabad area of the tehsil. A large contingent of security personnel had secured the area after the attack and started an initial investigation into the blast. Government sources had said rescue teams reached the area and shifted the injured to a hospital in Saidu Sharif. Earlier in December, security forces conducted an intelligence-based operation in Swat's Jahan Abad area and killed two wanted terrorists. The operation was conducted after intelligence agencies received accurate information regarding movement of terrorists, who were crossing over from Afghanistan and entering Swat valley. Operations in the valley Swat in northwest Pakistan referred to by some as the ?Switzerland of Pakistan?, is known for its stunning natural beauty. The valley was briefly controlled by the Taliban between 2007 and 2009. The armed forces have carried a series of military operations against local and foreign terrorists in the scenic Swat valley. Operation Rah-e-Haq was launched thrice in the valley and Shangla district in 2007, 2008, and 2009 respectively. The army advanced toward Mingora, the largest city in the valley after it launched the Swat Operation, also known as Operation Rah-e-Rast, in May 2009.
  3. KARACHI: The funeral prayers of Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, Sindh's minister of planning and development who was found dead alongside his wife earlier on Thursday, will be offered in Kashmore, his ancestral village, today (Friday). The provincial minister and his wife, Fariha Razak Haroon, were found dead Thursday morning at their residence here in the city's Defence locality. While the guard and servants heard some noise and the gunshots in the house, they did not open the room as per orders until the son of the deceased arrived. Bijarani's body was moved from Sukkur to his ancestral town Kurrampur in Kashmore District in the form of a procession. Earlier, the body was flown via helicopter from Karachi to Sukkur Airport. On the other hand, the funeral prayers and burial of his wife, Fariha Razak, will take place in Karachi today. Sounds of gunshot at 6:30 AM Members of the Bijarani family and officials of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) confirmed to Geo News Thursday that Bijarani and his wife were found dead at their home, having suffered gunshot wounds. Soon after, a large number of law-enforcement personnel reached the residence and cordoned off the premises. An investigation was subsequently launched into the deaths of Bijarani and his wife, with the police stating that this seems to be a very open case. According to the authorities, a statement from the Bijarani's guard during the investigation revealed he heard noises at 6:30 AM, on Thursday morning, following which he heard what sounded like gunshots. None of the servants was allowed to go to the first floor by themselves, where Bijarani and his wife lived. After the ruckus, the guard said he woke up a servant but said both waited for the minister to open the door until 10:30 AM, which is when his son was called. Upon the son's arrival, the door was opened to the bodies lying near the bathroom of the study room; Bijarani's body was on the sofa, with a pistol lying near his legs, while that of his wife was on the floor, a few feet away. The minister was shot at in the temple from a very close range. However, authorities said there was no sign of struggle. Police said they are waiting for the fingerprints and forensics report as well as the complete post-mortem, after which an official statement will be released to the media as a press note. Bijarani's life and political career Bijarani was born on July 10, 1946, in Karampur, Sindh, and belonged to a family that was prominent in the PPP as well as Sindh politics. He completed his Bachelors from National College Karachi, later doing his MA in political science and LLB from Sindh Muslim Law College. In 2013, Bijarani was elected from the PS-16 constituency of Jacobabad-Kashmore. He also represented the constituency in 1974 and 1977.
  4. Jamitha Teacher told NDTV that she got death threats and criticised by male clerics but she believes the honour given to her is ?empowering?-NDTV A woman for the first time in India led the Friday prayers in northern Kerala, the Quran Sunnat Society said. Jamitha Teacher told NDTV that she got death threats and was criticised by male clerics but she believes the honour given to her is ?empowering?. Jamitha was boycotted in Kerala previously too for her unconventional views, and had to flee. Later, the Quran Sunnat Society invited her to a session and she was eventually appointed secretary of the society. While a woman leading prayers is relatively unheard of in this part of the world, many Muslim women in the West are changing the trend. The first ever instance of a woman leading prayers was in Toronto in 2005, amid protests and boycotts. The prayers were led by American scholar Pamela Taylor, who converted to Islam 19 years ago.
  5. ISLAMABAD: Funeral prayers of Captain Junaid Hafeez, the soldier martyred in an attack on a border post of the Pakistan Army by terrorists from Afghanistan, were held on Tuesday. Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Tariq Fazal Chaudhry attended the prayers. Along with Captain Hafeez, Sepoy Raham also embraced martyrdom in the attack. Four other Army troops were injured in the assault on the border post. At least eight terrorists were also killed in the attack and others were injured in retaliatory fire from the Army. The Army's media wing added that remaining terrorists withdrew across the border after sustaining casualties. "Absence of Afghan writ on Afghan side of the border like many other areas facilitate terrorists to undertake such attempts," said the ISPR. More efforts required on Afghanistan's side of border DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor, in a series of tweets, said Pakistan has done its part and has cleared areas on its side of the border from terrorist presence. He referred to the martyrdom of the soldiers as the price Pakistan is paying for the security vacuum on the Afghan side of the border. Elaborating further, he said more efforts and enhanced presence along the border is required by all stakeholders, including establishments of new posts, border fencing and increased patrolling.
  6. The funeral prayers of a Pakistani diplomatic staffer in Afghanistan, Rana Nayyar, were held in the federal capital on Tuesday. Photo: Geo News ISLAMABAD: The funeral prayers of a Pakistani diplomatic staffer in Afghanistan, Rana Nayyar, were held in the federal capital on Tuesday. The funeral prayers were attended by Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif. Nayyar's body was handed over to the Pakistani authorities at the Torkham border Tuesday morning, from where it arrived in Peshawar and was sent to Islamabad. Pakistani diplomatic staffer shot dead in Afghanistan's Jalalabad Unknown assailants shot Rana Naiyyer outside his residence in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, family sources say He was shot dead outside his residence in Jalalabad, Afghanistan by unidentified persons a day earlier, family sources told Geo News. The Pakistani Foreign Office condemned the killing of the staffer in the eastern city of the war-ravaged country and demanded increased security from Afghan authorities for its diplomatic staff and missions in the country. Nangarhar governor spokesperson Attaullah Khogyani confirmed the d
  7. KARACHI: MQM-Pakistan leader Khwaja Izhar-ul-Hassan survived an assassination attempt made on him early Saturday morning here in the Bufferzone area, as he was leaving a mosque after offering Eid-ul-Azha prayers, Geo News reported. While Hassan remained uninjured, two of his guards, as well as a fellow citizen, are reportedly wounded by the gunshots, the MQM-P member explained in a statement issued after the attack. "They were wearing helmets and garbed in police uniforms," Hassan stated, adding that the two attackers opened fire right after they saw him exiting the prayer area. The three injured people have been moved to the metropolis' Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. Senior MQM-P leader Farooq Sattar, while addressing media here following the assassination attempt at Khwaja Izhar, said he strongly condemns the incident. "Some elements are hell bent on trying to create divides amongst us," Farooq commented. He also slammed the provincial government, saying that "if something happens to any of us, it is the Sindh government that will be responsible". ?This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is available
  8. LAHORE: The former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz on Friday said she was grateful to the nation for praying for her ailing mother. "My mother is recovering well thanks to the nation's prayers," she said while addressing the audience at St Anthony's Church in Lahore. "I was educated at the Convent of Jesus and Mary for eleven years, and I have no qualms in saying that the Convent and Jesus and Mary have played a huge part in where I stand today in life," Maryam said. She expressed pride at the appointment of the first Christian finance minister, and said she was 'personally very happy' at the angel of Pakistan's Chrisitan community ? Dr Ruth Pfao ? being honoured with a state funeral.
  9. Muslims across the world are celebrating Eid-ul-Azha today (Friday) with Eid prayers being held across the western world where Eid is celebrated on the same day as in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. United Kingdom Nawaz arrives at Pak High Commission Eid prayers were held in various mosques in the United Kingdom. Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif attended Eid prayers in London at the Pakistan High Commission. He was accompanied by sons Hasan and Hussain as well as by nephew Suleiman Shehbaz. Belgium In Brussels, the Muslim community attended Eid prayers where messages of peace were highlighted. Speaking to Geo News, people conveyed their greetings and prayed for peace in Pakistan. "We are very happy here, living in harmony with Muslims from different parts of the world," said one prayer-goer, adding, "we miss the traditional way of making the sacrifice on Eid, the way it is done here is nothing like how we grew up doing it in Pakistan." The United Arab Emirates The largest congregation for Eid prayers took place in Abu Dhabi. Shiekh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and the ruler of Dubai attended Eid prayers at the Zabeel Palace. In Dubai, the largest congregation for Eid prayers was attended by the Pakistani community at the Pakistan Education Academy. Following Eid prayers, two cannons were fired to mark the occasion officially. Palestine The largest congregation for Eid prayers took place the the Aqsa mosque. Eid was also celebrated in different parts of the world including the United States of America, Africa, Japan, Canada, Indonesia and Bosnia
  10. The Grand Mosque in Makkah/File photo Around two million Muslims offered Eid-ul-Azha prayers at Masjid al-Haram, the Grand Mosque in Makkah, and Masjid an-Nabawi, also called the Prophet?s Mosque, in Saudi Arabia early Friday morning. The pilgrims, after completing their prayers, will move to Mina next, where they will perform the ritual of ?stoning of the devil? before sacrificing animals. Their palms facing the sky, the pilgrims descended on Saudi Arabia?s Mount Arafat on Thursday for the highlight of the Hajj pilgrimage, one of the world´s largest annual gatherings. With temperatures pushing 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) under the desert sun, the faithful climbed the hill east of Makkah where the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) gave his last sermon some 14 centuries ago. Helicopters flew around the area as the pilgrims converged from dawn on the Mount Arafat plain and the hill known as Jabal al-Rahma, or Mount of Mercy. The pilgrims performed Waqoof-e-Arafat and listened to the sermon delivered from Masjid-e-Nimra by Imam Dr Shaykh Sa'd bin Nasir al-Shithri. Pilgrims throng Mount Arafat for peak of Hajj The second day of the Hajj, a must for all able-bodied Muslims who can afford it, is dedicated to prayer and reflection Dr Shaykh Sa'd bin Nasir al-Shithri said that it is wrong to deviate from the path after accepting faith. ?If you follow the law then God will forgive?. God has promised that believers that they will be rewarded for the good deeds in this world as well as Hereafter. In Islam even interest is considered haraam [illegal], he pointed out. God will punish those who are cruel to others, he said. ?Pious people will enter Paradise.? He also remarked that oneness of God is central to the teachings of all the prophets. ?Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was sent to give guidance to ummah,? he added. This year´s Hajj has seen the return of pilgrims from Saudi Arabia´s arch-rival Iran following a diplomatic row and a deadly stampede in 2015. But thousands who would normally make the journey from neighbouring Qatar are absent apart from a few dozen because of the diplomatic crisis shaking the Gulf. Eid across the world Thousands gathered at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to offer Eid-ul-Azha prayers on Friday morning. geo_embedgallery Eid prayers will also be offered across United States and Europe today. Also earlier today, millions offered Eid prayers in Indonesia, Philippines and other places around the world where the first day of Eid-ul-Azha is being observed.
  11. A Palestinian protester holds a copy of the Koran and shouts slogans in front of Israeli security forces during a demonstration in Jerusalem's Old City on July 20, 2017. Photo: AFP JERUSALEM: Israeli police said they were barring men under 50 from entering Jerusalem's Old City for Friday Muslim prayers as tensions rose over new security measures at a highly sensitive holy site. The rare measure came after Israeli ministers decided not to order the removal of metal detectors erected at entrances to the Haram al-Sharif mosque compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, following an attack nearby a week ago that killed two policemen. "Entry to the Old City and Temple Mount will be limited to men aged 50 and over. Women of all ages will be permitted," a police statement said. The controversy has resonated beyond Israel and the Palestinian territories, with the United States and the UN Middle East envoy expressing concern. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged Israel to remove the metal detectors. He spoke by telephone with both Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Thursday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed that the metal detectors were intended to ensure the safety of worshippers and visitors and not an attempt to disturb the fragile status quo under which Jordan is the custodian of the site and Jewish prayer is forbidden. Palestinians have been refusing to enter the compound in protest at the metal detectors, and hundreds have been holding prayers outside, with clashes occasionally breaking out with Israeli police. The main weekly prayers on Fridays draw the largest number of worshippers -- typically thousands -- and speculation had been mounting that Netanyahu might order the metal detectors removed. But after consultations with security chiefs and members of his security cabinet, Netanyahu decided not to order them removed. An Israeli official said the security cabinet "has given police the authority to make any decision to ensure free access to holy sites while maintaining security and public order". "Israel is committed to maintaining the status quo on the Temple Mount and the freedom of access to the holy sites," the official said in a statement. Day of 'rage' Police said they had boosted their forces in and around the Old City, with units "mobilised in all areas and neighbourhoods". The new security measures were put in place following a gun and knife attack near the site that killed two Israeli policemen on July 14. Three Arab Israeli assailants fled to the compound after the attack, where they were shot dead by security forces. Israeli police said the weapons were smuggled into the holy site which was then used as the launchpad for the attack. Israel initially closed the compound for two days following the attack in a highly unusual move, shutting it for last Friday's prayers. It said the closure was necessary for security checks. Israel began reopening it on Sunday, but with metal detectors in place to prevent weapons being smuggled into the compound. In their Thursday conversation, Erdogan urged Rivlin to swiftly remove the detectors "within the framework of freedom of religion and worship". "Given the importance that Haram al-Sharif carries for the whole Islamic world, the metal detectors put in place by Israel should be removed in the shortest possible time and an end put to the tension," the Turkish president said. Rivlin told Erdogan that "the steps taken on the Temple Mount were intended to ensure that such acts of terror could not be repeated." The Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount is central to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It lies in east Jerusalem, seized by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed in a move never recognised by the international community. It is considered the third holiest site in Islam and the most sacred for Jews.
  12. Protesters hold the Pakistan flag during a protest in Srinagar in 2016. Photo: Reuters SRINAGAR: Thousands of people in Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK) staged anti-India and pro-Pakistan demonstrations and hoisted Pakistani flags and banners in Srinagar, Kulgam, Pampore, Pulwama, Shopian Sopore, Kishtwar and other parts of the territory, the Kashmir Media Service reported on Monday. Immediately after Eid prayers, people in large numbers took to the streets and shouted high-pitched slogans of 'Jeevei-Jeevei Pakistan', 'Teiri Jaan Meiri Jaan Pakistan Pakistan' and 'We Want Freedom'. The protesters demanded that Indian troops leave Jammu and Kashmir without any further delay. Dozens of people were critically injured after Indian police personnel used brute force, fired pellets and teargas shells on protesters at Eidgah, Hyderpora, Sopore, Pattan, and Pulwama areas. The authorities had placed all Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Mohammad Ashraf Sehraee, Ayaz Akbar, Zafar Akbar Butt, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza and Showket Ahmad Bakshi under house arrest and in police stations. The authorities did not even allow them to attend the Eid-ul-Fitr prayers. Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in their statements in Srinagar, denounced the curbs by the authorities on Hurriyet leaders and called upon the international community to play its role in the early settlement of the Kashmir dispute.
  13. Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed speaks to Geo News. KARACHI: Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, following his side's historic win in the Champions Trophy 2017, has termed it an outcome of the nation and his family?s prayers. In his exclusive interview to Geo News, Sarfraz said, "I feel happy that we provided a chance to the Pakistani people to celebrate." He said that there is nothing like junior or senior in the team, and all the players in the squad support each other. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/e149116ffed3311cd6900be25c6e8091.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ni8yMC8yMDE3IDY6NDk6MjQgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1rZHlFRjVPS1FTSUI0YVVUN2lqazF3PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] The talented Pakistan captain said Shoaib Malik and Muhammad Hafeez supported him and the newcomers in the team. He went on to say that he wishes to further improve the team combination for the ICC World Cup 2019. Sarfraz, who won the hearts of the Pakistani people through his brilliant captaincy, said his mother, coach Azam Khan and the nation's prayers played a big role in Pakistan's triumph against India in the Champions Trophy finale. Triumphant Pakistan team returns home with trophy to hero's welcome Sarfraz and his men welcomed by thousands of joyous fans upon return He also said that they have good terms with Indian players. The skipper credited Pakistan Super League (PSL) for highlighting new talent in the country. "PSL helped bring new players to the fore. They performed in domestic events, but the PSL brought them into light," he said. The exclusive interview will be aired on Geo News tonight at 0200 hours.
  14. Funeral prayers being offered for the martyred Pakistan Navy personnel. KARACHI: The funeral prayers of two Pakistan Navy personnel, Syed Hassan Raza (medical technician) and Khalil Murad (leading fireman) ? who were martyred on Monday ? were held on Tuesday. According to a press release, the personnel were martyred during a terrorist attack on a Pakistan Navy vehicle in Jiwani, Gwadar on Monday. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, who was present at the funeral in Karachi, condemned the gory attack on the Pakistan Navy personnel and consoled the bereaved families. The naval chief expressed his deep grief and sorrow over the incident, saying that such heinous and cowardly acts cannot deter the national resolve of Pakistan Navy to stand against terrorism. The admiral added that the sacrifices of the martyred people for national defence and to root out terrorism from the country are highly praiseworthy. He maintained that handful of terrorists cannot succeed in their nefarious design of destabilising the country. The naval chief reiterated that Pakistan Navy, in collaboration with other law-enforcement agencies, is committed to eradicate the menace of terrorism in the country. The admiral prayed for eternal peace of the martyred souls and grant of courage to the bereaved families to bear the loss and prayed for the swift recovery of those injured. Two Pakistan Navy personnel martyred in Jiwani gun attack Three other personnel were injured in the attack. The naval chief also visited the injured personnel at PNS Shifa hospital in Karachi and also met families of the deceased and injured. Besides Pakistan Navy senior officials, personnel of sister services, relatives, friends and a large number of people also attended the funeral.
  15. PESHAWAR: The funeral prayers for martyred police personnel were held at Peshawar?s Police Lines area on Friday. Unknown motorcyclists opened fire on a police vehicle in Peshawar?s Chamkani vicinity late Thursday, martyring three policemen and injuring one. Firing from police personnel in response to the attack killed one suspect. Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Core Commander, and Inspector General of Police attended the funeral of the martyred policemen.
  16. Taraweeh prayers will be held across the country from Saturday night as Ramazan begins from Sunday. The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, under the chairmanship of Mufti Muneebur Rehman, announced Friday night that since no sightings of moon were received from anywhere in the country, Ramzan will begin from Sunday. However, Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai of Masjid Qasim Ali Khan, Peshawar announced later that they had received several credible testimonies of moon sighting and thus many in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will begin observing Ramazan from Saturday. In light of Ramazan, the setting up of Sasta Bazaars has been completed by the district administrations across the country so affordable essential commodities can be provided to the public. No load shedding during Sehr, Iftar and Taraweeh A spokesperson of the Water and Power Ministry said that according to the nation-wide Ramazan load management plan, no electricity load shedding will take place during Sehr, Iftar and Taraweeh times. He added however that load shedding will take place for four hours in the urban areas and six hours in the rural areas. In Karachi, the management of K-Electric ? the country?s sole privatised power company ? met the commissioner wherein the utility?s officials assured the provincial government that no load-shedding will be carried out during Sehr and Iftar times in Karachi. First day of fasting in several countries today Muslim communities in Britain, France, Germany and other European countries, as well as those in the US and Canada are observing the first of Ramazan on Saturday (today). Saudi Arabia, UAE, other Gulf kingdoms and states in the Middle East are also observing Ramazan from Saturday. However, with no credible moon sightings in India and Bangladesh, the two countries will observing the first day of Ramazan from Sunday. In Saudi Arabia, thousands of Muslims participated in Taraweeh prayers Friday night in Masjid-e-Nabvi in Medina and Masjid Al Haram in Mecca. In the UK, in light of the Manchester attack, security has been heightened around mosques.
  17. The whole world has sunk into deep shock and angst, after the news surfaced that a massive explosion has left more than 20 people dead and nearly 60 injured. This incident took place at Manchester Arena where US singer Ariana Grande was performing. Although the singer is safe and unharmed, she couldn’t hide her pain and took to Twitter to share her thoughts on this gruesome incident. broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words. — Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017 The attack is said to be conducted by a lone suicide bomber, who died in the arena itself. Grande’s concert primarily saw young people and children in attendance and our hearts reach out to the victims and their families who were deeply affected by this incident. No matter how much we criticize Twitter for turning anything and everything into meme, in times of despair, this platform comes together to provide support like no one else. This time too, be it celebrities, common people or world leaders, everyone resorted to Twitter in solidarity against this alleged terrorist attack. From Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Katy Perry, to Bruno Mars and Anushka Sharma, everyone condemned the incident and prayed for the affected families. Praying for everyone at @ArianaGrande's show — KATY PERRY (@katyperry) May 22, 2017 Extremely sad to start days when innocent lives are lost. Prayers for the deceased & strength to the families of the Manchester victims. — Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) May 23, 2017 My thoughts and prayers are with @ArianaGrande and everyone who was hurt at the concert in Manchester.. what is happening to the world.. — PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) May 23, 2017 So upset!!How can this happen every few months?? Feel soo helpless! Prayers for the victims and their families! #manchesterterrorattack — Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) May 23, 2017 Deeply saddened to hear about the Manchester attack . This brutality & hatred is so so horrid & frustrating.Prayers are with the victims🙏🏼 — Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) May 23, 2017 Helpless and sad at what's happening... prayers and strength to all the families and loved ones of the lost lives in the Manchester attack — Karan Johar (@karanjohar) May 23, 2017 I'm so angry and heartbroken at the state of the world. My thoughts and prayers with the victims and families in Manchester. — Sonam Kapoor (@sonamakapoor) May 23, 2017 No words can describe how I feel about what happened in Manchester. I don't wanna believe that the world we live in could be so cruel. — Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) May 23, 2017 I'm heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight. Sending love to everyone involved. H — Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) May 23, 2017 Just woke up to news about the #Manchester attack. Absolutely heart breaking. This is an attack on humanity — Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) May 23, 2017 People of #Manchester, stay strong. Cowards strike again, attacking teenagers this time. Prayers and condolences to the families ❤️🎈🙏🏽 — TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha_) May 23, 2017 💔Absolutely sickened & angered by this senseless, evil attack. Thoughts are with everybody effected. Such a disturbing time we live in 😔 — Cheryl (@CherylOfficial) May 23, 2017 Just saw the news about Manchester... Our hearts are breaking 💔 Prayers for all who attended, their families, Ari and her whole crew. — Fifth Harmony (@FifthHarmony) May 23, 2017 My thoughts, prayers and tears for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy tonight. I'm sending all my love. — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 23, 2017 Apart from these celebrities, political leaders too expressed grief on Twitter. Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared his views and that his thoughts are with the families who lost their loved ones. Pained by the attack in Manchester. We strongly condemn it. Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased & prayers with the injured. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 23, 2017 London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan too said that London stands with Manchester. London stands with Manchester - our thoughts are with all those killed and injured tonight and our brave emergency services. https://t.co/0al1LzXvXE — Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) May 22, 2017 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his shock and grief over this horrid incident. Canadians are shocked by the news of the horrific attack in Manchester tonight. Please keep the victims & their families in your thoughts. — Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 23, 2017