Wednesday, December 11, 2013
In 13 countries around the world, all of them Muslim, people who openly espouse atheism or reject the official state religion of Islam face execution under the law, according to a detailed study issued on Tuesday. And beyond the Islamic nations, even some of the West's apparently most democratic governments at best discriminate against citizens who have no belief in a god and at worst can jail them for offences dubbed blasphemy, it said.The study, The Freethought Report 2013, was issued by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), a global body uniting atheists, agnostics and other religious skeptics, to mark United Nations' Human Rights Day on Tuesday. "This report shows that the overwhelming majority of countries fail to respect the rights of atheists and freethinkers although they have signed UN agreements to treat all citizens equally," said IHEU President Sonja Eggerickx. The study covered all 192 member states in the world body and involved lawyers and human rights experts looking at statute books, court records and media accounts to establish the global situation. A first survey of 60 countries last year showed just seven where death, often by public beheading, is the punishment for either blasphemy or apostasy - renouncing belief or switching to another religion which is also protected under UN accords. But this year's more comprehensive study showed six more, bringing the full list to Afghanistan, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. In others, like India in a recent case involving a leading critic of religion, humanists say police are often reluctant or unwilling to investigate murders of atheists carried out by religious fundamentalists. Across the world, the report said, "there are laws that deny atheists' right to exist, revoke their citizenship, restrict their right to marry, obstruct their access to public education, prevent them working for the state...." Criticism of religious faith or even academic study of the origins of religions is frequently treated as a crime and can be equated to the capital offence of blasphemy, it asserted. - See more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/atheists-face-death-in-13-muslim-countries/article1-1161005.aspx#sthash.y7l1BMW5.dpuf
India on Wednesday announced it would be mandatory for all persons adults or children travelling to the country from Pakistan to furnish proof of vaccination against polio from January 30 next year. "The step is being taken to safeguard India's polio-free status attained after sustained efforts and investment," said a statement from the Indian High Commission here. "It is applicable to all travellers from all countries where polio disease is endemic or where cases of polio are reported," it said. Travellers from Pakistan will be required to carry their vaccination record because evidence of polio vaccination will be requested for entry into India. Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria are the only three countries where polio remains endemic. The new measure will also apply to Indian nationals travelling to and from countries where polio is endemic. Travellers should take Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) at least six weeks before their departure to India but not more than a year before the trip, the statement said. Record of taking OPV should be obtained from an authorised medical centre in the format laid out in the International Certificate of Vaccination?of the World Health Organisation's International Health Regulations of 2005. Once administered, the vaccine remains effective for a year, after which it should be taken again. The number of polio cases in Pakistan has touched 63 this year, up five from the whole of last year. Militants and gunmen frequently attack vaccination teams, accusing them of being Western spies and part of a plot to "sterilise" Muslims. The WHO recently said polio that crippled 13 children in Syria was caused by a strain of the virus that originated in Pakistan and is spreading across the Middle East. Genetic sequencing showed the strain found in Syrian children was linked to a strain of Pakistani origin found in sewage in Egypt, Israel and Palestinian territories.In June last year, the Pakistani Taliban banned polio vaccinations in parts of the lawless tribal belt, saying the restriction would last till US drone strikes cease. Since then, at least 260,000 children in North and South Waziristan regions have not been vaccinated against polio.
http://www.tolonews.com/A car full of explosives detonated north of Kabul Airport on Qasaba Road Wednesday morning, according to the Ministry of Interior (MoI). The blast took place around 8:00am near the military entrance entrance to Kabul airport, the Ministry's statement said. Deputy Interior Minister Gen. Mohammad Ayub Salangi said there were no casualties reported and the area has been blocked off by security forces with investigations underway. The incident took place while Afghan President Hamid Karzai was due to arrive from South Africa. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujaheed claimed responsibility for the attack and said in a statement that a dozen German soldiers were killed and wounded in the attack. The Afghan Interior Ministry rejected the Taliban spokesman's claim. ISAF said on Twitter that it is aware of the explosion near Kabul Airport, but that more information would not be released until later.
Biased administration of Karakorum International University rusticated 3 Shia students for life and another 2 for 3 years for their only “sin” that they played leading role to hold Youm-e-Hussain (AS) in the University on Tuesday. Shiite News Correspondent reported here that biased administration of Karakoram International University did not allow the students to hold Youm-e-Hussain (AS) that was to be held to highlight the sacrifices of Imam Hussain (AS) and his comrades in Karbala. After having been disappointed by repeated refusal to their request, the students held Youm-e-Hussain (AS) on Wednesday. The Yazidi nasbi takfiri elements of outlawed fanatic terrorist outfit Sipah-e-Sahaba staged demonstration outside of the university against the Youm-e-Hussain (AS). It appeared that Yazidi elements got supporters inside the university who rusticated Jamal Haider, President ISO, KIU chapter, Syed Waqar Hussain, President, JSO, KIU Chapter and Sherullah, vice president of the ISO KIU chapter for life. Ex divisional president of the ISO namely Ayub Ansari and Imtiaz Hussain were rusticated for two years. The rustication evoked countrywide opposition and condemnation from Sunni and Shia parties and leaders who demanded of the university administration to rescind their decision.
Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists of outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba attacked Shia Muslims, ransacked and torched some shops but they had to take to their heels after Shiites of Alamdar Road came out to retaliate on Wednesday. Shiite News Correspondent reported that outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba’s terrorists attacked Shiites shops, ransacked and torched some shops but Shiites instantly came out of their shops and houses and retaliated. The terrorists fled the scene. Police reached there but took no action against the terrorists. The residents of Alamdar Road said that the terrorists enjoyed provincial government and police’s patronage. Shia parties and leaders have condemned the attack on Shia population in Quetta and demanded that the U.S.-backed Zionists-Wahhabi Deobandi terrorists must be reined in.
by Bilawal Bhutto
posted by Sarah Khanنیوز رپورٹ: بارہ دسمبر پاکستان کی سپریم کورٹ کے چیف جسٹس افتخار چودھری کی ریٹائرمنٹ کا دن ہے اس دن جہاں چیف جسٹس کے کچھ حامی جن
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Heraldo Munoz, writer of the book “Getting Away With Murder – Benazir Bhutto’s Assassination and the Politics of Pakistan” said that former president Asif Ali Zardari cooperated every time the UN commission approached him for investigation.