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  • Woman sentenced to death in Pakistan over ‘blasphemous’ WhatsApp activity

    01/19/2022 1:56:24 PM PST · by Cronos · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 19 January 2022 | Shah Baloch
    A court in Pakistan has sentenced a woman to death over allegedly blasphemous messages sent over WhatsApp and Facebook. Aneeqa Ateeq, 26, was found guilty and given a death sentence by a court in Rawalpindi on Wednesday after a complaint was registered against her under Pakistan’s draconian cybercrime and blasphemy laws According to the charge sheet, Ateeq, 26, met her accuser, a fellow Pakistani, online in 2019 through a mobile gaming app and the pair began corresponding over WhatsApp. He accused her of sending blasphemous caricatures of holy prophets, making remarks about “holy personages” on WhatsApp and using her Facebook...
  • Seven lessons to learn from the Texas synagogue attack

    01/18/2022 2:54:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    American ^ | January 18, 2022 | Rajan Laad
    It has been two days since the hostage crisis in Texas where a gunman took four hostages at a synagogue. He had demanded the release of convicted terrorist Aafia Siddiqui from a nearby federal prison. The FBI has identified the terrorist as Malik Faisal Akram. Akram, 44, a British subject who hails from Blackburn in the United Kingdom. Akram was shot dead by the FBI's elite Hostage Rescue Team after the last of the hostages was evacuated from the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue. Federal law enforcement source told CNN that Akram had entered the US on a tourist VISA in...
  • White House Baffled by How Colleyville Terrorist Gained a Visa Despite Being on Terrorist Watch List

    01/18/2022 6:43:36 PM PST · by george76 · 48 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | January 18, 2022 | Sundance
    Malik Faisal Akram, who was known as Faisal Akram, had a well known Islamic extremist history to British and American intelligence. Akram ranted, prior to his travel to the U.S, that he wished he had died in the 9/11 terror attacks. He was a regular visitor to Pakistan, and reportedly a member of the Tablighi Jamaat group set up to ‘purify’ Islam. To say the U.S. intelligence system knew Faisal Akram would be an understatement. The FBI knowledge of Akram has now been confirmed by The Daily Mail. Today the White House was asked how it was possible for him...
  • Pakistan says its trial of Chinese traditional medicine for COVID-19 is successful

    01/18/2022 9:34:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01/17/2022 | Syed Raza
    KARACHI, Pakistan, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Pakistani health authorities on Monday announced the completion of a successful clinical trial of Chinese traditional herbal medicine for treating COVID-19, as the South Asian nation enters a fifth wave of the pandemic driven by the Omicron variant. The Chinese medicine, Jinhua Qinggan Granules (JHQG) manufactured by Juxiechang (Beijing) pharmaceutical Co Ltd, is already being used in treatment of COVID-19 patients in China. "Since it was tried on patients with different variants of COVID-19, we expect it to be effective on Omicron as on other variants," Professor Iqbal Chaudhry, director of the International Center...
  • Texas SWAT team responds to hostage situation at synagogue: 'I'm going to die' [hostages SAFE]

    01/15/2022 1:14:16 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 108 replies
    Fox News ^ | 15 January 2022 | Adam Sabes
    A Texas SWAT team responded Saturday afternoon to a hostage situation at a synagogue near Dallas. The Colleyville Police Department said on Twitter that they are conducting SWAT operations "around the 6100 block of Pleasant Run Rd." All residents in the immediate area of the incident are being evacuated, according to the tweet.
  • Biden labels Texas synagogue hostage-taking an 'act of terror'

    01/16/2022 1:18:27 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 27 replies
    The hill ^ | 01/16/2022 | Joseph Choi
    President Biden on Sunday called the hostage situation at a Texas synagogue on Saturday an "act of terror." "This was an act of terror," Biden told reporters. "This was an act of terror [that was not only related to someone who had been arrested I might add 15 years ago and had been in jail for 10 years."
  • 'Corrupt' FBI should be 'eliminated' for statement on Texas synagogue hostage taker: Critics

    01/16/2022 1:49:20 PM PST · by Brilliant · 56 replies
    The FBI is facing backlash on social media after an official said that the Texas synagogue hostage taker’s demands were "not specifically related to the Jewish community." "The FBI is now an organization solely focused on destroying the domestic enemies of the Democratic Party," conservative talk radio show Jesse Kelly tweeted Sunday morning. "Any Republican Congress or Presidential candidate who doesn’t loudly proclaim his intention to massively reform or disband this organization should not be considered. Kelly’s tweet came in response to the Associated Press reporting that FBI officials said "the Texas synagogue hostage taker's demands were specifically focused on...
  • Mainstream US Muslim (Cair lobby) groups have called for Aafia Siddiqui's release

    01/16/2022 12:50:11 PM PST · by Conservat1 · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jan 16, 2022 | Jessica Chasmar 
    Just last month, CAIR’s Dallas-Fort-Worth chapter held an event called "In Pursuit of Freedom" at the East Plano Islamic Center in Plano, Texas, calling for Siddiqui’s release, claiming she had been "kidnapped, ripped apart from her children, shot at, renditioned to the U.S., and is currently serving an 86-year prison sentence for a crime she did not commit." On Nov. 18, the CAIR chapter held an online fundraiser for Siddiqui’s defense team. Days earlier, multiple Muslim advocacy groups, including CAIR, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), the Islamic Circle of North America Council for Social Justice (ICNA-CSJ), and the Muslim American...
  • Texas synagogue accused hostage taker was British national

    01/16/2022 8:10:46 AM PST · by navysealdad · 56 replies
    The man who allegedly held Jewish worshippers hostage at a Texas synagogue was a British citizen. The suspect who died at the scene after allegedly taking hostages at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, near Fort Worth, Saturday was a British national, according to the U.K. government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. "We are aware of the death of a British man in Texas and are in contact with the local authorities," a spokesperson for the office said in an emailed statement to Fox News Digital.
  • Call the hostage-taking at Colleyville synagogue what it is: evil terrorism

    01/15/2022 9:50:46 PM PST · by Conservat1 · 35 replies
    But in one sense, it doesn’t matter. Any complaint he has about the U.S. government, the case in question or even Israel doesn’t involve the individuals whose lives he has violated. Throughout the tense hours, the priority was the safe rescue of the hostages. Officers heroically stormed in and rescued them late Saturday, for which we should all be grateful. Now, it’s important to reflect with righteous anger, to acknowledge the evil done, name it and identify where it comes from. The innocent Colleyville congregants have nothing to do with the case of Aafia Siddiqui, whom the hostage-taker reportedly mentioned....
  • Texas synagogue hostage taker demanding release of imprisoned sister

    01/15/2022 1:34:18 PM PST · by Brown Deer · 50 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 1/15/2022 | JACOB MAGID
    The suspect in an apparent hostage situation at a Texas synagogue is identified as Muhammad Siddiqui by ABC News, which reports that he’s holding the rabbi of the congregation and three others hostage. Siddiqui claimed during the livestream to be the brother of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani national who was convicted in 2010 by a New York City Federal Court of attempting to kill US military personnel. She is currently serving an 86-year sentence at Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas. ABC, citing a source at the scene, says Siddiqui is demanding his sister’s release.
  • India Experiences Buyers Remorse Over Russian Weapons

    01/08/2022 4:16:40 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 39 replies ^ | by Kyle Mizokami | January 8, 2022
    Gere's What You Need to Remember: Ideological and financial concerns mean there are a lot of things India won’t buy from the United States or Europe, leaving Russia as their sole source of weapons. Like a lot of countries, India wants the best weapons it can afford. But ideological and financial concerns mean there are a lot of things it won’t buy from the United States or Europe. That pretty much leaves, well, Russia. India has been a big buyer of Russian weapons for 50 years. Those haven’t been easy years for New Delhi. India’s defense contracts with Russia have...
  • Twenty-two people DIE as epic snow storm leaves 125,0000 cars stranded in Pakistan

    01/08/2022 1:00:21 PM PST · by algore · 23 replies
    At least 22 people including 10 children have died after a heavy snow storm left an estimated 125,000 cars stranded in a mountain resort town in Pakistan. Eight of the fatalities were from the family of Islamabad police officer Naveed Iqbal, who died alongside his wife and six children. Police said most people had frozen to death in their cars but that others may have died from asphyxiation after turning on their vehicle's heaters to keep warm after getting stuck on the road. More than four feet of snow fell in the hillside town overnight on Friday, trapping tourists and...
  • Pakistan: Many dead as heavy snow traps drivers in their vehicles

    01/08/2022 8:37:19 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    As many as 1,000 vehicles became stranded as would-be tourists reportedly rushed to view the winter snowfall in the hilltop town of Murree. A policeman, his wife and their six children, as well as another family-of-five, are among the dead, according to local emergency services Rescue 1122. The military is attempting to clear roads and rescue those still trapped. Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid said the crisis had been caused by the number of people travelling to the area, north of the capital Islamabad. More than 100,000 cars had arrived in the colonial-era town in recent days, with social media in...
  • Saudi Arabia 'is building ballistic missiles' with China's help at top secret base that threatens balance of power in Middle East cold war with Iran

    12/23/2021 11:31:23 AM PST · by elpadre · 27 replies ^ | December 23, 2021 | Lauren Lewis
    Saudi Arabia has started building its own ballistic missiles with China's help at a top secret base, US intelligence and satellite images have revealed. It is the first time the Gulf state has managed to manufacture its own weapons of the class, though it has purchased ballistic missiles from China in the past. The development is likely to threaten the balance of power in the Middle East cold war between Saudi Arabia and Iran and could derail negotiations to revive Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with the US. New satellite images dated between October 26 and November 6, 2021 show a...
  • Treasury authorizes working with Taliban to facilitate aid to Afghanistan

    12/22/2021 9:39:20 PM PST · by blueplum · 9 replies
    Fox ^ | 22 December 2021 | Michael Lee
    The Biden administration is taking new actions in an attempt to facilitate humanitarian aid to people in Afghanistan, with the Department of Treasury allowing some financial transactions with the Taliban. "The United States is the largest single provider of humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan," Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo said in a statement Wednesday.... ...While the Treasury's new general licenses put certain conditions in place on transactions with the Taliban, critics warn that it could serve to legitimize and assist Taliban rule. House Foreign Affairs Committee ranking member Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, was critical of the move....
  • Pakistan is opening a dangerous Pandora's box with the Taliban

    12/21/2021 8:43:55 PM PST · by blueplum · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 20 December 2021 | BY JAVID AHMAD, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR
    Discourteous remarks about Afghanistan made by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the recent Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting were an insult to the Afghan nation reeling from the Taliban takeover. In his remarks, Khan described the non-monolithic Taliban group as a predominately ethnic Pashtun movement, implicitly casting millions of Pashtuns as the Taliban’s adherents.... But perceptions matter.... ...To be sure, it is difficult to determine whether the Taliban will ever be able to run a non-ideological Afghan state. But by casting it as a Pashtun movement, Pakistan risks sparking Pashtun nationalism in more than 40 million Pashtuns who...
  • US concerned over increased China's military build-up near Indian border: Report

    12/17/2021 12:23:25 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 10 replies ^ | 18th December 2021 | ANI
    Beijing [China], December 17 (ANI): The US administration is concerned over China's increasing military capability near its border with India as it tries to expand its strategic alliance in the region, according to a report. The US Defense Department is newly concerned about China's further military build-up near the demarcation line across its Himalayan border with India after Beijing deployed long-range strategic bombers to the area last month in another apparent warning to New Delhi, according to Foreign Policy magazine. Further, the build-up along the Indian border fits the pattern of Chinese regional aggression witnessed in other parts of the...
  • MUST SEE VIDEO! Pakistani Mosque gives girls lessons in how to behead a person accused of blasphemy

    12/14/2021 1:20:48 PM PST · by NewsRael · 13 replies
    newsrael ^ | Dec 14, 2021 | Newsrael
    MUST SEE VIDEO! Pakistani Mosque gives girls lessons in how to behead a person accused of blasphemy Students of Red Mosque Islamabad practising how to behead a person accused of blasphemy. Pakistan’s “kamyab jawan” (successful youth) project proceeding rather well... “‘Beheading’ training being imparted to girl students in mosque, Video goes viral,” by Arpit Birtharia, NewsTrack, December 11 2021: …Meanwhile, a video has now surfaced from Pakistan that exposes Pakistan’s violent, hardcore Islamic, and chaotic face in blasphemy. The video is said to be from the Red Mosque in Islamabad. The viral video shows girl students being taught in the...
  • Archaeologists uncover oldest Buddha statues ever found in China: 2,200-year-old copper ornaments found during excavation of royal tombs linked to the Eastern Han Dynasty

    12/13/2021 11:53:17 PM PST · by blueplum · 10 replies
    The Daily Mail UK ^ | 13 December 2021 | STACY LIBERATORE
    A pair of newly-discovered 2,200 year-old copper Buddhas statues found in China are the oldest of their kind to be discovered in the country The small figurines were part of a trove of artifacts found among a group of ancient tombs from the Eastern Han Dynasty. One statue, known as Shakyamuni, shows Buddha standing on a platform while dressed in a long cloak and the other is for Five Tathāgatas, which highlights the five great Buddhas. These figurines are 200 years older previous Buddha statues found in China and were fashioned in Gandhara style. That is a style of Buddhist...