The brothers of a Skaf gang rapist have been jailed for a brutal attack on a Sydney cleaner, with a magistrate condemning increasing violence in the community.
by, Nine News MSN – Australia | h/t Father Jon
Brothers Mahmoud Sanoussi, 28, Ahmed Sanoussi, 31, and another man, Armed Breaery, 31, were charged after a cleaner at a smash repairs store in Revesby, in Sydney’s southwest, was bashed in September last year.
They pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company and the two brothers, who are siblings to convicted Skaf gang rapist Mohammed Sanoussi, also pleaded guilty to intimidating police.
In dramatic scenes at Bankstown Local Court on Wednesday, Magistrate Roger Clisdell handed down 18-month jail sentences to each of the men and called the unprovoked attacks “cowardly and despicable”.
Ahmed Sanoussi and Armed Breaery will be eligible for parole in nine months while Mahmoud Sanoussi could be out in eight months after already spending time in jail for the offences.
“Violence in our community is prevalent,” Mr Clisdell told the court.
“It couldn’t be a worse time for people to come before the courts in this environment.”
Partners and family members of the men began sobbing as they were taken away by court officers.
Lawyers have appealed the punishments and sought bail for Ahmed Sanoussi and Armed Breaery. Bail was denied.
The court was told the victim was hosing down a building when one of the men shouted “Hey f***wit you got a s*** job” to which he replied “Someone has to do it”.
It was soon after this that they set upon the victim who they called a “smartass f***wit”.
Their brother Mohammed Sanoussi had his parole revoked the day after the attack by his brothers in September.
Mohammed Sanoussi was meant to reside with his brothers after spending 13 years in jail for a series of gang rapes.
He was later given parole and ordered to stay in a halfway house.
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Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl, “Pretend-to-be” Jew.
by, Paul Lungen – Staff Reporter | The Canadian Jewish News | Scaramouche | h/t Blazing CatFur
They didn’t all get together, hold hands and sing Kumbaya – but they came pretty close.
Participants in Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s trip to Israel were positively gushing about the prime minister’s performance on the world stage, with several referring to his speech in the Knesset as the highlight.
Rabbis on the trip also mentioned the interaction between colleagues from various denominations of Judaism as a happy unintended consequence of the trip, which saw more than 200 community leaders, rabbis and businesspeople join the Canadian delegation as an “accompanying party.”
Referring to Harper’s address to the Knesset, Toronto lawyer Berl Nadler, a member of the board of directors of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) called it “a stirring piece of oratorical clarity on the issues.
“I think he was intellectually honest on the origins of anti-Zionism in a way even Jewish community leaders are not,” he said.
“There are very few world leaders who have as well thought-out a position,” he said. And considering the criticism he faced for drawing too close to Israel, Nadler said, “I think it’s a pretty gutsy thing to do. The prime minister has the courage of his convictions. They’re well thought-out political positions, based on facts, and well articulated.”
Nadler said the prime minister’s forceful address seemed to catch even members of the Knesset off guard, with his address being greeted by standing ovations.
Later, Harper visited the Western Wall. “You should have seen the cheering at the Kotel. It was heartwarming. It was like he was being welcomed as a genuine political and moral hero, a person prepared to take positions that are unpopular,” Nadler said.
Rabbi Philip Scheim, spiritual leader of Toronto’s Beth David B’nai Israel Beth Am Congregation, said, “For all of us, the highlight was the appearance at the Knesset. The sense of pride we had of the prime minister standing up in the Knesset, giving as pro-Israel a speech as can be, from the heart…
“He knew he would get flack” from some opponents, he said, referring to critics who say Canada is best served with a more even-handed approach to the Middle East.
“We were so taken by this man’s love of Israel, and without an ulterior motive,” he said. “He feels that Israel is a manifestation of justice and a rectification of the wrongs of history.
“When a prime minister stands up and positions Israel as a manifestation of light in the world, I can’t imagine anything more heartwarming,” Rabbi Scheim said.
Rabbi Jarrod Grover of Beth Tikvah Synagogue in Toronto, called the trip a “wonderful moment after wonderful moment – with a lot of waiting in between.”
Harper’s Knesset speech, his welcome by Israeli parliamentarians were “very powerful moments,” Rabbi Grover said.
“We’ve been working at this for a long time. It’s a dream come true.
“What’s the point of Israel advocacy if not this,” he continued. “We’ve been working to convince not just the Harper government, but Canadians in general, that they should be more [favourable] to Israel,” he said.
He rejected suggestions that political leaders should be more even-handed. “Why be temporizing every comment of support for Israel with ‘buts,’ ‘howevers’? That’s singling out Israel unfairly for everything wrong in the country instead of celebrating the many things they got right in a region that is collapsing. That even-handed position did us no good. We should be proud the prime minister sees that.”
For Vancouver lawyer Bernard Pinsky, Harper’s visit marked “the conjunction of two things I love – my country Canada and the country of Israel.
“I don’t see any conflict between loving and supporting them both. You can do both unconditionally. I want to be involved in making both places successful.”
Pinsky, past chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver and past member of CIJA’s board, among other community leadership roles, said there were several memorable events during the trip. Standing at the Kotel as the prime minister approached, he was surprised to see “a group of Chassidim… shouting and excited and frenzied with joy” to see Harper.
On another occasion, on a bus to Tel Aviv University, the group could see Israelis standing on the roadside “with signs saying, ‘We love you Harper.’”
And at Yad Vashem, the group waited for quite awhile as the prime minister took a private tour of the Holocaust museum.
“We waited a long time, because he spent a lot of time at Yad Vashem,” Pinsky said. “To me, that was meaningful… He really feels that’s important. I really feel he got it. He’s a deep, intellectual guy who thinks things through.”
Rabbi Grover spoke of the benefit of spending time with his Jewish colleagues, as well as a few Christian ministers. “We spoke on the religious direction of the country and the challenges we face,” he said.
“This was really not just about Harper and the trip to Israel. It was a bonding experience for people who accompanied him. The Jewish community should feel good that we have so many friends in the government and across the country,” he added.
The one regret Rabbi Grover expressed was that “the visits were exclusive and secluded.” Even the highway was cleared to ensure Harper’s safety, he said.
“The prime minister saw the major sites, but he didn’t really get to see Israel.” Even taking him out for a coffee on Ben Yehuda, a pedestrian street in Jerusalem, would have exposed him “to the people, the culture, the real vibrancy of the country,” he said.
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Though some 200 individuals were part of the “accompanying party” that joined the official delegation, questions have been raised as to who made the list and who didn’t.
Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl of Beth Tzedec Congregation, one of Toronto’s largest synagogues, was not among those invited on the trip.
He’s not sure why. There has been some discussion in the community about the list. “Jews talk about all kinds of things. People talk, who is on, who was not on.”
According to Rabbi Frydman-Kohl, Pinsky and Nadler, the Prime Minister’s Office made the final list after soliciting suggestions from major Jewish organizations. MPs submitted their own lists.
Rabbi Grover said that’s how he was included, noting he has developed a personal relationship with his shul’s local MP, Chungsen Leung.
How the list was chosen is less significant than the trip itself, Rabbi Frydman-Kohl stated.
“What’s really important is what the prime minister did there and what it represents, both to him personally and as head of government, and to us, as a statement on Canadian policy in the Middle East. So we have to keep our eyes on the big picture.
“I’m thrilled. I think this has been a home run for the prime minister and, more importantly, a home run for Canada,” he added.
Tenant Rasel Siddiquee, left, was arrested after his landlord, Mahuddin Mahmud, right, was found dead in the basement of his building in Brooklyn. Photo Courtesy of: NBC 4 NY
by, Gus Rosendale | NBC 4 NY | h/t Midnight Watcher’s Blogspot
A 27-year-old man has been charged with murder after the landlord of his Brooklyn building was found nearly decapitated in the basement Tuesday, police say.
Rasel Siddiquee was arrested early Wednesday in connection with the death of Mahuddin Mahmud, a 57-year-old businessman and father of three who was found with his head nearly cut off and his face burned in the basement of a building he owned, according to the NYPD.
Police found Mahmud’s body after getting a 911 call about an assault at the building on McDonald Avenue in Kensington. Siddiquee lived in the basement, police say.
Family and friends say Mahmud, a Bangladeshi immigrant, came to the U.S. decades ago and worked hard to build a computer software training business.
A childhood friend told NBC 4 New York that Mahmud believed so much in the American dream that his wedding portrait hangs next to an American flag.
Mahmud had a wife and three children, ages 20, 9 and 4.
Siddiquee is also charged with criminal possession of a weapon. It’s not immediately known whether he has an attorney.
Residents, mostly Hindus, of Malopara village in Obhoynagar, Jessore return yesterday. Jamaat-Shibir men drove them away for casting votes in the national election. Photo Courtesy of: Dhaka Tribune
Jamaat-Shibir men hack five Hindus for voting and scare away the entire community
by, Emran Hossain | Dhaka Tribune
DHAKA, Bangladesh: Kalidasi Sarker jumped into the Bhairab River in the afternoon of the polling day with her 15-day-old baby. The 30-year-old mother must hold the baby above water while swimming across the 50m wide river, which too, she knew, she must.
About 100 people had to jump into the river that afternoon as they were chased by activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir, all equipped with firearms, crude bombs, machetes, iron rods and sticks.
Their only fault – they are Hindus and many of them had cast votes in the just concluded 10th national election.
Waiting on the other side of the river were Sabita Sarkar, 55, and many others from her village to help these people.
Watching the people running across the yellow mustard field before jumping into the river reminded Sabita of herself and her father running across a field – only, it was littered with dead bodies – decades ago, chased by the Pakistani occupation force during the 1971 Liberation War.
“I want justice for what has happened to us,” an enraged Sabita told the Dhaka Tribune.
The community of Hindu fishermen had to leave their village Malopara at Chapatola in Jessore’s Obhoynagar to save their lives.
Ironically, the Bangla word “obhoynagar” means a safe place for people.
These poor people had been living amid intimidation yet they had defended the small locality for almost six hours since Jamaat-Shibir men hacked five villagers around 10am for casting votes in Sunday’s national election.
But they had to give in now as their pleas for help to local Awami League leaders, the district’s deputy commissioner, upazila nirbahi officer and the officer-in-charge of the Obhoynagar police station went unheard throughout the day.
This reporter met Sabita yesterday morning as more than 700 people returned to their homes after law enforcers had finally arrived.
“We could not believe that people with whom we had just had tea suddenly became so different! They became part of the group of people who tried to kill us, looted our valuables and set the whole village on fire,” said a resident of Malopara whose identity is not being disclosed for safety concerns.
Five sons of a villager named Nur Mohammad – the youngest of them only 18 who stabbed three of his neighbours – and Farid, Humayun, Kashem and Kibria played a key role in accompanying some 500 Jamaat-Shibir men, mostly from adjacent areas, marching the village for almost an hour during the attack that left at least 20 injured.
Maya Rani Mandal managed to get on a boat to cross the river and spent the night in the nearby Deyapara village.
Maloti Barman, 50, could not think about her daughter in the hurry and escaped, leaving her daughter behind. She tiptoed back to the village around 8pm and took her daughter and two-year-old granddaughter with her. About Tk2 lakh, which she had got selling land, was gone.
The ones like Shila Sarker who could not flee had hidden under cots or shades built for growing betel leaf.
Many did not even get the chance to take warm clothes in this chilling weather.
More than 100 houses in Malopara were looted, burnt and destroyed on Sunday afternoon. Even homestead trees – coconut and banana – were burnt or chopped down and cowsheds were burnt, too. Idols in the houses were vandalised. Everything else was looted.
The villagers had been living in fear since Jamaat leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee was sentenced to death for war crimes on February 28 last year and guarded the village at night in groups of seven men.
But their fear came real on the day of the national election.
Jamaat-Shibir activists had threatened the Hindu villagers not to go to cast their votes.
Some villagers, mainly activists of the Awami League, however, refused to bow to the threats and went to cast ballots.
About 25 Jamaat-Shibir men exploded crude bombs at the polling centre for the voters from Malopara with an aim to stop voting there but failed. Then they made an attempt to attack the village, but failing there, too, the Jamaat-Shibir men resorted to their newly adopted technique of inciting their followers by lies. Around 4pm, they made phone calls to their activists and students of the local madrasa, telling them that five of their activists had been killed in a clash with Malopara villagers.
Jamaat-Shibir activists poured in from nearby villages – Baliadanga, Jagannathpur, Deyapara, Joldanga, Basundia, Dhakuria and Bangram – and attacked Malopara.
They also drove in some motorised three-wheelers, locally called Nosimon, laden with sacks of stone. When they left they loaded the Nosimons with their loot.
The incident once again unveils the same indifference the Jessore district administration had shown during voting when Jamaat-Shibir men went on the rampage forcing the authorities to suspend voting in 60 centres in Monirampur upazila.
Obhoynagar upazila Awami League’s General Secretary Enamul Hoque Babul said he had called the deputy commissioner, the UNO and the Obhoynagar police station’s OC for help. “They all said police or Rab or army were on their way, but they did not come until all had been ruined,” he said.
Obhoynagar UNO Sifat Mehnaz said she had not come to know about the incident until 5pm.
Police reached Malonpara around 11pm.
Around 2pm yesterday – when it was time for this reporter to leave Malopara – blow from a conch was heard. It is a tradition among Hindus to blow the shell, called shankha in Bangla, as a worship ritual. Usually, the sound of shankha is heard from all houses in the neighbourhood. This time there was only one was blowing.
Survey conducted by Riyadh-based King Abdul Aziz Centre for National Dialogue
by, Emirates 24/7
Saudi men believe women are to blame for the rising cases involving molestation of females on the grounds they are seduced by women’s excessive make up.
The findings were included in a survey conducted by the Riyadh-based King Abdul Aziz Centre for National Dialogue and involved 992 males and females.
The survey, carried by Saudi newspapers, found that 86.5 per cent of the men polled believe that women’s exaggeration in wearing make-up is the main cause of the rise in molestation cases in public places in the conservative Gulf Kingdom.
About 80 per cent of the total persons polled believe lack of deterrent penalties and the absence of specific anti-molestation laws are also to blame for the phenomenon.
The report said 91 per cent of the respondents, all aged above 19, believe another key factor is the “poor religious sentiment” while nearly 75 per cent said the problem is caused by lack of awareness campaigns and warning notices at most public places.
by, Owais Jafri | The Express Tribune – Pakistan
MULTAN, Pakistan: Qureshi Chowk police in Muzaffargarh on Sunday arrested a man three days after he cut a woman’s nose and lips over a suspicion that she had helped his niece elope. The woman who had undergone three surgeries is still in a critical condition.
Police said the man has confessed to the crime. They said they had recovered the woman’s nose and lips from his house.
Three men, accused of helping him, have also been arrested.
Police said 22-year-old Sakina*, a resident of Ghairiwala, had had an affair with Muhammad Asghar*, 23.
They said they had both eloped after their families had objected to the relationship.
Last week, police said, some of Sakina’s relatives contacted her and persuaded her to return, assuring her that they would allow her to marry Asghar.
Police said Sakina’s uncle, Muhammad Ramazan*, had suspected that Nazeeran Bibi*, a resident of the same village and a mother of six, had helped his niece elope. They said he had threatened to kill her if she met his niece again.
A few days ago, police said, she visited Ramazan’s house to explain that she had had nothing to do with his niece and to ask him to stop his men from threatening her and her family.
Instead, they said, Ramazan called his men, identified as Kareem Baksh, Muhammad Ajmal and Ghulam Sarwar in the FIR, and beat her up. He also cut her nose and lips and abandoned her on a street.
She was taken to the district headquarters hospital by a passer-by, who had found her lying on the road. She was later sent to Nishtar Hospital in Multan.
Doctors treating her at Nishtar Hospital said that she needed another surgery.
On Sunday, doctors told The Express Tribune that Nazeeran Bibi had undergone three surgeries.
They said she was not out of danger yet.
Qureshi Chowk Station House Officer Aslam Malghani told The Express Tribune that an FIR was registered on the complaint of the victim under Sections 365, 324, 334/34 (kidnap, attempted murder, causing hurt) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
He said Ramazan was arrested on Sunday in a raid at his house. He said a neighbour had seen him entering the house and informed the police.
The Station House Officer said Ramazan had confessed to the crime and told police that he had planned to flee the Tribal Area.
*ALL NAMES HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO PROTECT THE IDENTITIES
Pictured Left: Phyllis Dunleavy | Pictured Right: James Dunleavy – Photo Courtesy of: Halal Porkshop
by, Independent | h/t Halal Porkshop
A man accused of beheading his mum and burying her in a shallow grave told a pal “I might be evil” a murder trial heard today.
Ireland: James Dunleavy, 40, had been showing a keen interest in Islam, after also experimenting with Buddhism and New Age beliefs.
He told a pal that he had been hearing voices in his head and that the Koran would not protect him.
Shop manager Mohammed Razaq – who used Dunleavy’s bedroom to pray when he could not get to his local mosque – told the High Court in Edinburgh of their conversations – just weeks before the dismembered remains of Dunleavy’s mother were found in a secluded woodland clearing.
Mr Razaq, 40, said there was a bond between them “like brothers” and he had a set of keys for Dunleavy’s flat, which was above in shop in Edinburgh’s Balgreen Road.
He went on to tell how their friendship broke down soon after Dunleavy’s mum, Philomena, 66, came from her home in Marino, Dublin, to visit her son in late April last year.
Mr Razaq witnessed a conversation when Dunleavy was angry and agitated because his mum had split with his dad and moved in with another man.
Dunleavy claimed she had been “brainwashed” by a group of women he called “the witches”.
“I was concerned I had left them in a state of not being friends,” said Mr Razaq.
When he tried to visit again the following evening, Dunleavy would not let him in. “I put the key into the door of the house. I had opened the door barely a foot and James stood in the house and blocked it with his foot.”
Mr Razaq told the trial that Dunleavy said: “My mum is not well. She is sleeping. You cannot come in tonight.”
The shop manager continued: “He had never done that before. I was taken aback, slightly upset.
“I thought maybe I had done something the previous night which had upset him and our friendship was at risk.”
He added that Dunleavy looked as though he had not slept: “It was odd to me.
“His appearance is normally smart but he looked very dishevelled.”
The trial heard that Dunleavy even turned down an invitation to a Muslim wedding in Dundee, claiming he was looking after his mother.
by, Eman Al Baik | Emirates 24/7
DUBAI, UAE: A tutor who was seen molesting an 8-year-old girl by her grandmother was arrested while attempting to flee the country, the Dubai Criminal Court heard.
The grandmother AA, 64, Afghani, asked tutor about the direction of Holy Ka’aba as she wanted to pray. After she left the living room she forgot the direction and came back to ask the Afghani tutor again.
“I was shocked to see him groping my girl’s private parts… when I shouted at him he got confused and ran away. We immediately reported the mater to police,” the grandmother told investigators.
On the next day, Dubai Police arrested MM, 30, Clerk, at the airport while attempting to leave the country.
MM claimed that he stopped from shaking her legs as she was focusing.
He confessed before police that what he did was wrong and asked for forgiveness.
The little girl told investigators that the tutor used to molest her whenever her brother was not around. She did not tell her parents because she was afraid.
The court will announce verdict on February 4, 2014.
by, Staff Reporter | The Sangai Express
IMPHAL, Manipur India: One Imam of a Masjid of Kyamgei Muslim has allegdly murdered his own wife, according to Barauddin, elder brother of the victim.
Speaking to media persons at his Paobitek office in presence of WAD secretary Sobita Mangshatabam, Barauddin said that his brother-in-law MV Siraj has confessed to murdering his sister Farida by strangulating her.
Farida’s four year and a half old son too stated that his mother was strangulated by his father.
Parental family members of Farida were informed that she expired inside their Masjid quarters at around 3.30 am today.
When Barauddin and his family members went to Kyamgei Muslim, Siraj told them that Farida was found dead on her bed this morning.
To perform the last rites, Farida’s body was taken to Siraj’s home at Santhel.
On the way, as the shroud covering the corpse was opened, strangulation mark was seen on Farida’s neck. Moreover, marks may slashing with a rope were seen on the back.
On being asked about these marks, Siraj at first maintained that he had no idea.
But when people suggested to conduct post mortem, Siraj confessed that Farida due to a ‘fatal mistake’ on his part, Barauddin said.
Their son, on being enquired, said that her mother requested to spare her repeatedly but Siraj did not pay any heed and continued beating his wife.
After it was learnt that Farida was murdered by his husband, the corpse was taken to her parental home at Paobitek for the last rites, said the elder brother.
At their parental home, people of the neighbourhood held a meeting together with family members of Siraj, Pradhan of Santhel Hayel Hangul Gram Panchayat and Paobitek Councillors.
The meeting decided to transfer all the properties of Siraj to the two surviving sons of Farida and also to expel Siraj and his family from Santhel.
by, Tom Heneghan | Reuters – | – The Globe and Mail | h/t Blazing CatFur
Reported cases of Christians killed for their faith around the world doubled in 2013 from the year before, with Syria accounting for more than the whole global total in 2012, according to an annual survey.
Open Doors, a non-denominational group supporting persecuted Christians worldwide, said on Wednesday it had documented 2,123 “martyr” killings, compared with 1,201 in 2012. There were 1,213 such deaths in Syria alone last year, it said.
“This is a very minimal count based on what has been reported in the media and we can confirm,” said Frans Veerman, head of research for Open Doors. Estimates by other Christian groups put the annual figure as high as 8,000.
The Open Doors report placed North Korea at the top of its list of 50 most dangerous countries for Christians, a position it has held since the annual survey began 12 years ago. Somalia, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan were the next four in line.
The United States-based group reported increasing violence against Christians in Africa and said radical Muslims were the main source of persecution in 36 countries on its list.
“Islamist extremism is the worst persecutor of the worldwide church,” it said.
Christianity is the largest and most widely spread faith in the world, with 2.2 billion followers, or 32 per cent of the world population, according to a survey by the U.S.-based Pew Forum on religion and Public Life.
It faces restrictions and hostility in 111 countries, ahead of the 90 countries limiting or harassing the second-largest faith, Islam, another Pew survey has reported.
Michel Varton, head of Open Doors France, told journalists in Strasbourg that failing states with civil wars or persistent internal tensions were often the most dangerous for Christians.
“In Syria, another war is thriving in the shadow of the civil war – the war against the church,” he said while presenting the Open Doors report there.
About 10 per cent of Syrians are Christians. Many have become targets for Islamist rebels who see them as supporters of President Bashar al-Assad.
Nine of the 10 countries listed as dangerous for Christians are Muslim-majority states, many of them torn by conflicts with radical Islamists. Saudi Arabia is an exception but ranked sixth because of its total ban on practising faiths other than Islam.
In the list of killings, Syria was followed by Nigeria with 612 cases last year after 791 in 2012. Pakistan was third with 88, up from 15 in 2012. Egypt ranked fourth with 83 deaths after 19 the previous year.
The report spoke of “horrific violence often directed at Christians” in the Central African Republic but said only nine deaths were confirmed last year because “most analysts still fail to recognize the religious dimension of the conflict.”
The report had no figures for killings in North Korea but said Christians there faced “the highest imaginable pressure” and some 50,000 to 70,000 lived in political prison camps.
“The God-like worship of the rulers leaves no room for any other religion,” it said.
There was now “a strong drive to purge Christianity from Somalia,” the report added, and Islamist attacks on Iraqi Christians have been increasing in the semi-autonomous Kurdish north, formerly a relatively safe area for them.
Mr. Veerman, based near Utrecht in the Netherlands, said that killings were only the most extreme examples of persecutions. Christians also face attacks on churches and schools, discrimination, threats, sexual assaults and expulsion from countries.
Open Doors, which began in the 1950s smuggling Bibles into communist states and now works in more than 60 countries, estimated last year that about 100 million Christians around the world suffered persecution for their faith.
by, Our Correspondent | The Express Tribune – Pakistan
KARACHI, Pakistan: A 10-month-old girl, Sawera, was allegedly killed by her father inside her house in Eidu Goth within the limits of Bin Qasim police station.
The victim was taken to the 100-bed hospital in Bin Qasim Town where she succumbed to her injuries. Police recorded the statement of the victim’s mother, 16-year-old Saima. “My husband was not happy with her birth as he wanted a son,” she said. “He often beat me up over the issue.” Saima had married the accused, Zahid Iqbal Odho, nearly two years ago with the consent of their families.
Police arrested the accused as he tried to flee to Multan and booked him for the murder of his daughter. He agreed that he wanted a son but insisted that he had no intention of killing his daughter. “During an exchange of words with my wife, I lost my senses and threw my daughter onto the floor,” said the 18-year-old father. “However, I had no intention of killing her.”
SHO Huzoor Buksh Solangi confirmed that the accused has been arrested and has confessed to the crime, adding that a case has been registered.
by, Zee News
LAHORE, Pakistan: A man in Pakistan’s Punjab province attacked his two young step-daughters with acid for refusing to marry men chosen by him, police said today.
Muhammad Aslam, a mason from Pattoki village, located 70 km from provincial capital Lahore, threw acid on his step-daughters Malaika, 19, and Javeria, 23, while they were asleep last night.
Both victims were brought to Jinnah Hospital in Lahore, where doctors described their condition as critical.
Police said Aslam often quarrelled with his step-daughters on the issue of their marriage. “He wanted to marry them with men of his choice,” police official Bashir Ahmed said.
Aslam had allegedly accepted money from a man in his neighbourhood after promising to marry one of the step-daughters to him.
“When both girls refused the proposal, Aslam threw acid on them to teach them a lesson,” Ahmed said.
A case was registered against Aslam and police are conducting raids to arrest him.
Muslims have vandalized and torched more than 140 Hindu homes
by, Anisur Rehman | Niti Central
Human rights groups and Hindu leaders in Bangladesh on Monday demanded more security for religious minorities amid reports that members of the community were attacked in several parts of the country during elections.
Activists of main Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its key-ally fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami attacked Hindu households in western Jessore and northwestern Dinajpur, local media reports said.
The Daily Star and several other newspapers said the activists vandalized 130 Hindu houses and torched another 10 in Malopara village as they went to cast votes defying the Opposition call for the boycott.
Police, however, said 70 to 80 men attacked the village but joint forces comprising police and paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh chased them away.
The activists threatened the Hindus of dire consequence for voting, sparking panic and prompting the Army “striking forces” intervention.
“We were on election duty. In spite of that we rushed here to protect the villagers,” Maj Rahman last night said, adding that a temporary police camp was installed at the area.
“Some 400 Hindus were forced to flee their homes and take refuge on the other side of the local Bhairab river fearing fresh attacks,” Bangladesh Hindu-Bouddho-Cristian Oikya Parishad vice president Kajal Debnath told PTI.
Other reports said Hindus came under attack also at Pornia area in northwestern Dinajpur overnight where the Opposition activists severely assaulted 10 elderly people of the community and vandalised over 10 houses for defying their calls for election boycott.
But Army intervened, forcing the activists to flee.
“We demand intensified protection…we don’t want to be traded off politically or used for anybody’s political purpose,” Debnath told PTI in an apparent reference to a perception that the Hindus were traditionally supporters of Awami League, which pursue a policy of secularism.
He added: “Keep me (Hindus) beyond (political) focus, I don’t want to be a victim.”
According to media reports, only a small number of Hindus cast their votes in north-western Lalmonirhat and southwestern Satkhira either fearing attacks by opposition activists.
They said most of the Hindu villagers were annoyed with the Government for not taking adequate steps for their protection during earlier such attacks in recent months when the Opposition spearheaded anti-Government campaigns.
Many of those abducted and beaten by the Muslims were children
by, Maayana Miskin | Israel National News – Arutz Sheva 7
Dozens of Jewish men were abducted and beaten in a mob attack in the Binyamin region on Tuesday afternoon. The men, who were unarmed, were set upon by an Arab mob, chased down, tied up and beaten senseless.
One of the men told Arutz Sheva about the vicious attack. The men were attacked as they were walking from the Jewish village of Esh Kodesh to the nearby Givat Hayovel.
Suddenly, they were set upon by an Arab mob, he said. “They blocked us in with trucks. The Arabs started hurling rocks at the Jewish group.”
The Jews were forced to hide nearby, he continued. “We called the army, because we felt our lives were in danger. The Arabs gathered us into one place, tied our hands and legs, and beat us cruelly,” he said.
The beatings were so severe that he passed out, he said.
The army arrived, and convinced local Arab leaders to order the Jewish men released. The victim who spoke to Arutz Sheva said that IDF officers seemed to blame the victims.
He recalled that one officer told him, “You came to do a ‘price tag’ and now you’re going to get it.” Jews living in Judea and Samaria have widely been blamed for “price tag” attacks – nationalistically-motivated vandalism targeting Arab-owned property – despite evidence that most perpetrators of such vandalism are not from the region.
A security source disputed the man’s version of events. He reported that both Jews and Arabs had been throwing stones, and that the conflict moved into the Palestinian Arab town of Kusra.
The AFP news agency confirmed that at least 13 Jewish men were held against their will in a house in Kusra and were beaten. The agency quoted Palestinian Arab sources as saying the Jewish men were “Israeli settlers who had sparked clashes” by entering Kusra.
Residents of Esh Kodesh have reported previous attacks originating in Kusra, including a mob attack in 2012 in which hundreds of Palestinian Arab men surrounded the Jewish village screaming, “Kill the Jews.”
Reuters (via JPost) adds:
The Israelis, who appeared to be aged between 15 and 30, were detained in an uninhabited house on the outskirts of the Palestinian village of Qusra after what Palestinians said was a settler assault on local farmers.
“I was tending my fields when a group of around 30 settlers came down the hill and attacked us with stones,” Palestinian farmer Mahmoud Tubasi told Reuters.
“We chased them and they fled to a house under construction. They were cornered there and some of the people here beat them – they had attacked us on our own land.”
A Reuters witness said the villagers beat 15 Israeli settlers with their fists and sticks, causing some to bleed from the head and mouth.
And they weren’t exactly ‘released’ either.
The Palestinians later released the group, whom they said came from a nearby Jewish settlement, to Israeli soldiers, after forcing them them pass one-by-one though a gauntlet of residents who rained blows on them.
And finally, the ‘Palestinian’ version of events:
Palestinian villagers from three Nablus area villages Tuesday confronted Israeli settlers who entered their fields to uproot and destroy olive trees, according to a local official.
Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlements in the north of the West Bank, told WAFA that settlers, protected by soldiers, proceeded to uproot newly-planted olive trees in the villages of Qaryout, Jalout and Qusra when villagers rushed to their fields to stop the settlers.
He said confrontations broke out between them and soldiers fired tear gas canisters towards the Palestinian residents. No injuries were reported.
At one point, villagers were able to hold more than a dozen settlers in the fields in spite of the Israeli army protection to the settlers.
Amazing how WAFA (from whom that summary came – I got it by email) changes the story, isn’t it?
If you’re a revenant, please think carefully about going outside your village without weapons. Better safe than sorry.
by, Rick Wells | The Free Patriot – | – Patriots for America
A simple one page website has gone up with a very intriguing and important message. The site, Patriots for America is organizing what could be the march on Washington that all of the others have been a lead up to. The anger and frustration that has been building in the citizens of America may now be being given an avenue through which to construct a solution to the critically serious malady that faces our nation.
The mission of the movement is stated simply as the “Restoration of Constitutional government, rule of law, freedom, and liberty ‘of the people, for the people, by the people’ from despotic and tyrannical federal leadership.”
The objective is stated as one which is not targeting the government itself but rather the corrupt leadership within that government.
They recognize that those in power will not hesitate to use force against unarmed, peaceful patriots exercising their Constitutional rights and that some may die, be wounded or incarcerated. No attempt is made to keep the movement secret; the organizers recognize that even if they desired to do so, it is not possible in today’s world.
Their plan is to assemble as many patriotic Americans as they can, with a target of ten million, into a peaceful, non-violent and physically unarmed display of loyalty to the Constitution of the United States. The effect will also serve as a physical demand that the present leadership in the U.S. must be removed.
Of the ten million who assemble, a static force of at least one million must be prepared to stay in DC in order to force the ouster of the incumbents. Their plan is for the senior Republican in the US House of Representatives to become the Speaker of the House, and for the House of Representatives to elect a temporary President and Vice President. The Senate would elect a new majority and minority leadership as well.
They provide that the U.S. Congress will execute appropriate legislation to convene new elections or the individual U.S. States could appoint replacements for positions vacated in a manner consistent with established constitutional requirements.
A key component of the move to retake the government will be the punishment of those who have abused the trust of the American people.
To that end the website proposes American leaders of distinction and loyalty to the Constitution, men such as West, Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson, Lee, DeMint, Paul, Gov Walker, Sessions, Gowdy, Jordan (Gohmert?) be gathered to comprise a tribunal. They would assume positions of authority in order to convene investigations and recommend appropriate charges against the corrupt politicians and government employees. These recommendations would be forwarded to the new U.S. Attorney General appointed by the new President.
This event, called “OPERATION AMERICAN SPRING – Beginning of Tyranny Housecleaning, is set to begin on May 16, 2014, for as long as it takes for the results to be achieved.
A message from the site reads:
We are past the point of no return, thus must move forward with an effort to save our nation, as there is no other choice. We are asking, pleading with you, and any others that have resources, national voices, email lists, blogs, FB, Twitter, to call for a non-violent American Spring May 16 2014 in Washington D.C. We must appeal to ten million and more American patriots to come and stay in Washington, D.C. to stop the White House and Congress from total destruction of the United States. It’s now or never. God help us.
…the law of nature rules. A fluffy, cuddly lamb gets eaten by a mean old wolf is not an illegal or immoral event…the law of nature. When some greedy, self-serving occupant of the White House or Congress, or elements outside America, is threatening our existence, our freedom, our liberty, our Constitution, our life resources, our America, then we fight back to destroy the threat and there is nothing immoral or illegal about it. When the government becomes lawless, then “we the people” no longer are obligated to follow the government……there is no law when government picks and chooses for political purposes or personal agenda. At this time the government is performing as a lawless entity…
While many will discount this as fanciful, many more will recognize the need for just such action. The results that were achieved in Middle Eastern and European nations are not impossibilities for Americans to achieve as well.
Liberty happened here once, it could happen again.
Col. Harry Riley:
Thank you to Mike Shoesmith and PP Simmons for this video.