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THe GOVERNOR’s last rites – PPP workers vent anger at religious parties

THe GOVERNOR’s last rites – PPP workers vent anger at religious parties

LAHORE – At the Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer’s funeral at the Governor’s House on Wednesday, hundreds of infuriated PPP workers chanted slogans against religious parties, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). Among the slogans were “Qatil Qatil, Nawaz Qatil, Shahbaz Qatil, Sana Ullah Qatil” (Killer killer, Nawaz killer, Shahbaz killer, Sana Ullah killer) and “Taliban ka jo yaar hai, gaddar hai” (A friend of the Taliban is a traitor).

Pope to hold peace summit with religious heads

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict, worried over increasing inter-religious violence, will host a summit of world religious leaders in Assisi in October to discuss how they can better promote peace, he announced on Saturday.
Benedict told pilgrims and tourists in St Peter’s Square the aim of the meeting would be to “solemnly renew the commitment of believers of every religion to live their own religious faith in the service of the cause for peace”.
He made the announcement hours

Religious clashes erupt in Nigeria

JOS – Clashes broke out between armed Christian and Muslim groups near the central Nigerian city of Jos on Sunday, a Reuters witness said, after Christmas Eve bombings in the region killed more than 30 people.
Buildings were set ablaze and people were seen running for cover as the police and military arrived on the scene in an effort to disperse crowds. This correspondent saw dozens of buildings on fire and injured people covered in blood being dragged by friends and family to

Religious parties warn of anarchy if Aasiya pardoned

LAHORE: Islamist religious parties threatened protests and anarchy if the government pardons the Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, calling thousands of demonstrators onto the streets across the country in Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar, Quetta and Lahore on Friday.
Demonstrators marched across the country after the most influential Sunni Muslim alliance in the country urged the government not to grant mother-of-five Aasiya Bibi clemency. In Lahore, a crowd of

Religious groups fight social workers for animal hides on Eid

LAHORE: Besides the traditional festivities and the observance of the sacrifice ritual, this Eidul Azha also witnessed a severe cold war between the religious parties and humanitarian organisations for the collection of animal hide.
According to sources, more than 50 percent of the hides collected were given to religious groups, including banned outfits, which continue to operate in the city despite the fact that the government had announced a zero tolerance policy for the

Religious group organises rally against shrine blasts

LAHORE: The Tahafuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat Mahaz organised a rally on Monday at the Mall Road against terrorist blasts at various religious shrines and staged a sit-in outside the CM’s House.
The rally started from the Data Darbar and was attended by around 200 to 300 people mostly belonging to various religious seminaries, a number which was confirmed by an intelligence official. The participants chanted slogans against the US, UK, Jews and other Western countries.

Pope seeks religious liberty in Muslim Mideast

Pope Benedict called on Islamic countries in the Middle East Sunday to guarantee freedom of worship to non-Muslims and said peace in the region was the best remedy for a worrying exodus of Christians.
He made his a appeal at a solemn mass in St Peter’s Basilica ending a two week Vatican summit of bishops from the Middle East, whose final document criticised Israel and urged the Jewish state to end its occupation of Palestinian territories.
In his sermon at