Kea calls India’s unilateral actions in J&K  illegal and pushing towards conflict escalation

Kashmir European Alliance (Kea) calls India’s unilateral actions in J&K  illegal and pushing towards conflict escalation On Aug 5, 2019, Modi split the state of occupied Jammu and Kashmir into two federally controlled territories and took away its special privileges, saying this was necessary to better integrate the region with the rest of India. New Delhi flooded troops into the Muslim-majority valley, where armed Kashmiris have struggled since the 1990s. India detained thousands, imposed harsh movement restrictions and forced a communications blackout. The dispensation that rules India seems not interested…

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New waves of the sectarian target killings in Pakistan

Islamabad (Exclusive Report) Although processions during recent Muharram remained peaceful as majority of the masses in Pakistan wish a peaceful atmosphere in the country but seeds of the violent sectarianism cultivated during the last four decades still have outcomes. Initially hateful speech of a Sunni-Bralvi clerk namely Asif Jalali about the beloved daughter of Prophet of Islam (PBUH) caused serious concerns among the Shias and as well many of Sunnis. Secondly, a provoking speech of a Shia Zakir (reciter) namely Asif Alvi about Muslim Caliph Abu Bakr (r.z) during the…

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Pakistan’s Envoy Malik Farooq to Poland for Polish investment in Pakistan

Warsaw (PR) Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the Republic of Poland Malik Mohammad Farooq has offered the Polish companies to invest in Pakistan. Addressing the Polish investor while speaking at an online seminar, he said, polish companies can focus on most liberal investment regime in Pakistan as according to him, there are at least five reasons why Pakistan is best place to invest, firstly the strategic location of Pakistan, secondly large consumer market, thirdly liberal investment policy, fourthly positive economic outlook of country and fifthly special incentives for…

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Pakistan’s Government to stop sectarian violence, Norway’s Sunni and Shia scholars demand

Oslo (P.R.) The Sunni and Shia religious scholars in Norway have jointly demanded the government to take urgent and serious steps to prevent the growing sectarian violence in Pakistan. This was stated during a meeting of a delegation of Shia’s scholars based in the capital Oslo held with scholars of the Islamic Cultural Center of Norway (ICC) last week. The Shia’s delegation was included the director of religious affairs of the Organization Anjuman e Hussaini Norway Dr. Syed Zawar Hussain Naqvi, Maulana Syed Qasim Ali Kazimi, Allama Syed Mustafa Mataheri…

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Instead of Burning Quran, an anti Islamic group in Norway initiates a discourse with the Muslims

Oslo (PR/News Item) Instead of its persistent plan of Burning Quran, an anti-Islamic group “SIAN” in Norway has agreed to initiate discourse with a Muslim group. The Muslim Dialogue Forum Norway (MDFN) is coordinated by Norwegian Pakistani politician Syed Yousaf Gilani who has previously served as a deputy mayor of Drammen, the city nearby capital Oslo. The MDFN has so far conducted a few rounds of meetings with leaders of SIAN specially its main figure Lars Thorsen and next larger meeting in the context would be held on October 24,…

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An artistic work of a Norwegian Pakistani Artist Anwar Ali Kazmi

Oslo (News Desk) An Apocalyptic depiction of the globally traversing multi-strained Covid-19, encompassing many of the societal impacts that can be viewed from the outer edges drawing the viewer in with politicians debating the balance between humaneness and economic destruction with throngs of people ‘virtually’ gathered hanging on their decisions. Conversely at the heart and soul of the picture emanating outwards the selfless care and heroism of our health care professionals on the frontline through to the grim reality and solemnity of funerals with loved ones interred by masked strangers…

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Special PIA’s Flights from Islamabad to Copenhagen-Oslo on 8 and 9 April

Oslo (News Desk) Special flights have been set up by Pakistan International Airlnes (PIA) from Islamabad to Copenhagen on April 8 and Oslo on April 9 respectively.  According to a statement appeared on website of Norwegian Embassy in Islamabad, this step is not for reopening of the regular flights but it is a special arrangement. The statement said, tickets can be ordered at https://www.piac.com.pk/ from April 4 at 18.00 (Pakistani time). The statement added, this is not a reopening of regular scheduled services and it is uncertain when the next…

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LHC takes up social media rules case tomorrow

LAHORE: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh will hear on Monday an application assailing the legitimacy of new social media regulations published by Ministry of Information, Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT). “The regulations prima facie appear to be illegal and ultra vires for contravening and exceeding the scope of Pakistan Telecommunication Reorganization Act, 1996 and the Prevention of Electronic Crime Act, 2016 (Peca) and [in] violation of fundamental constitutional rights,” argued the application moved by digital rights activist Ms Jannat Ali. Through her counsel Usama Khawar Ghumman, the applicant…

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Local oil production dips 10pc in first half

ISLAMABAD: Local production of petroleum products declined by over 10 per cent during the first half of this fiscal year which also led to a drop in its exports. This was matched by a double-digit fall in crude oil imports, which also translated into lower production of petroleum products by local refineries in 1HFY20. The half yearly data from the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics show that output of all 11 petroleum components was lower as petrol and high-speed diesel mostly were down 8.68pc and 10.21pc, respectively. However, in December 2019,…

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Italy battles surging coronavirus outbreak as cases rise over 100

Italy raced on Sunday to contain the biggest outbreak of coronavirus in Europe, sealing off the worst affected towns and banning public gatherings in much of the north as the number of those infected jumped above 100. Authorities in the wealthy regions of Lombardy and Veneto, which are the focal point of the flare-up, ordered schools and universities to close for at least a week, shut museums and cinemas and called off the last two days of the Venice Carnival. “As of this evening, there will be a ban on…

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Pakistanis won’t be allowed to go to Iran until coronavirus crisis is dealt with: Balochistan govt spokesman

Pakistanis will not be allowed to travel to Iran until the coronavirus crisis is sorted out, Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani announced on Sunday, as the number of casualties from the disease in the neighbouring country rose to eight. He added that Pakistani pilgrims who are currently in Iran will return in March. Shahwani said that the Iranian government had been requested to allow pilgrims to stay in Iran until next month. About 5,000 pilgrims are currently in Iran. Shahwani said that the Balochistan government had taken immediate preventive measures…

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‘Suicide’ attack claims eight lives in Quetta

QUETTA: Eight people — two police personnel and a Levies Force man among them — were martyred and over 20 others injured in a suicide attack near Quetta district courts and press club on Monday. The suicide bomber had attempted to break through a police barrier and enter a rally, but blew himself up on facing resistance from security personnel, Quetta police chief DIG Abdul Razzak Cheema said, adding that eight people lost their lives and over 20 others were injured in the explosion. No one had claimed responsibility for…

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Nikah has no legal standing in British law, UK court rules

LONDON: Islamic faith marriages are not valid under English law, the court of appeal has ruled, in a blow to thousands of Muslim women who have no rights when it comes to divorce, international media reported. The judgment, delivered on Friday, overturned an earlier high court ruling that an Islamic marriage, known as a Nikah, fell within the scope of English matrimonial law. The appeal court has confirmed that nikah marriages are legally “non-marriages”, meaning spouses have no redress to the courts for a division of matrimonial assets such as…

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KEA WARNS UN IS EXHAUSTING PEACE OPTION ON KASHMIR ISSUE

KEA WARNS UN IS EXHAUSTING PEACE OPTION ON KASHMIR ISSUE In a statement issued from Oslo, President of Kashmir European Alliance Sardar Pervez Mehmood has appealed to UN to speak up for the rights of the Kashmiri people held hostage in Indian part of Kashmir. With the passage of four months since New Delhi put India-held Kashmir under lockdown, another grim milestone has been passed, Sardar said. While the people of the forsaken Valley suffocate under India’s stifling restrictions, as millions of Kashmiris continue to live in an open-air prison. Kashmiris…

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PM Imran leaves for Davos summit, expected to meet President Trump

Prime Minister Imran Khan left for Davos, Switzerland, early on Tuesday to attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), reported Radio Pakistan on Tuesday. The premier is accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Adviser on Commerce Abdul Razaq Dawood, Special Assistant on National Security Mooed Yusuf and Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari, while Adviser on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh and Ambassador at large for Investments Ali Jehangir Siddiqui will join the delegation in Davos. The prime minister will deliver a keynote address at the WEF…

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