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Muslim Group Launches Family Honour Project




Lonodn, Ontario: The  Muslim  Resource  Centre  for  Social  Support  and  Integration  (MRCSSI) is helping to develop a  Call  to   Action  to  Eradicate  Domestic  Violence  that  was  issued  nationwide  on  November  15,  2011  and  was  a   signatory  to  that  important  document.    As  part  of  their ongoing  work  and  efforts  to  respond  to  that   Call,  we  are  launching  the  Family  Honour  Project.

In press release, the organization stated: “We  are  excited  to  partner  with  the  CeaseFire  Project  of  Chicago,  Illinois,  USA  to  develop  this  new   initiative.  CeaseFire  is  a  unique,  interdisciplinary,  public  health  approach  to  violence  prevention.  This  approach  maintains  that  violence  is  a  learned  behavior  that  can  be  prevented. The  model   prevents  violence  using  a  three-­prong  approach:  Identification  and  detection;  Interruption,   intervention  and  risk  reduction;  and,  Changing  behavior  and  norms.

This  is  a  data-­driven  model  that  uses  a  combination  of  statistical  information  and  knowledge  of  the   community  to  determine  where  to  concentrate  efforts,  focus  resources,  and  intervene  in  violence. The  MRCSSI  will  be  working  with  Mr.  Norman  Kerr,  an  advisor  for  CeaseFire  to  create  a  parallel   initiative in  London. The  Centre  for  Research  &   Education  on  Violence  Against  Women  and  Children,  Faculty  of  Education,  The  University  of  Western   Ontario,  will  be  a  research  partner  in  this  initiative.

This  project  will  work  towards  increasing  and  enhancing  safe  space  for  engaging  in  a  dialogue and will  start  with  a  focus  on  the  Muslim  Community  in  the  London  area. Dr.  Mohammed  Baobaid, Executive  Director, adds, ” But  we  intend  to   share  our  experience  with  communities  across  the  Province  in  the  near  future.”

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Pakistani Anti-graft body wants travel ban on Nawaz Sharif, kin



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Pakistan’s anti-corruption watchdog has asked authorities to place ousted premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law on the Exit Control List to prevent them from leaving the country.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) sent a formal request to the ministry of interior. The interior ministry officials confirmed that the NAB wrote that names of Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar should be put on the Exit Control List (ECL), which listed individuals not allowed to leave Pakistan.

The NAB argued that as the trial of the three nears its conclusion, it is feared that they would leave the country.

Earlier, a similar request to place name of finance minister Ishaq Dar on ECL was not accepted, allowing him to go to London and never return.

Sharif, 68, and his family this week filed an application with the accountability court seeking a fortnight’s exemption from personal appearance from February 19 onwards to let them go to London to see Sharif’s ailing wife. Three cases were filed against Sharif and his family last year, including Avenfield properties, Azizia & Hill Metal Establishment, and Flagship Investments.

Maryam and Safdar are accused only in Avenfield properties case. The NAB had filed two supplementary references against Sharif, his sons Hasan and Hussain regarding Al-Azizia Steel Mills & Hill Metal Establishment and Flagship Investment cases.

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Pakistan “breaches obligations’ on nuclear arms reduction, UN court told




The Hague: Pakistan is violating its “obligations” to the international community by failing to reduce its nuclear arsenal, the Marshall Islands told the UN’s highest court on Tuesday.

The small Pacific Island nation is this week launching three unusual cases against India, Pakistan and Britain before the International Court of Justice.

Majuro wants to put a new spotlight on the global nuclear threat, its lawyers said yesterday, by using its own experience with massive US-led nuclear tests in the 1940s and 1950s.

“Pakistan is in breach of its obligations owed to the international community as a whole,” when it comes to reducing its nuclear stockpile, said Nicholas Grief, one of the island nation’s lawyers.

Islamabad and its nuclear-armed neighbour India “continue to engage in a quantitative build-up and a qualitative improvement” of their atomic stockpiles, added Tony deBrum, a Marshallese government minister.

DeBrum warned that even a “limited nuclear war” involving the two countries would “threaten the existence” of his island nation people.

Pakistan and India have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947, two of them over the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir.

In 1998, the rival neighbours both demonstrated nuclear weapons capability.

The ICJ’s judges are holding hearings for the next week and a half to decide whether it is competent to hear the lawsuits brought against India and Pakistan — neither of which have signed the 1968 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

A third hearing against Britain — which has signed the NPT — scheduled to start on Wednesday will be devoted to “preliminary objections” raised by London.

The Marshalls initially sought to bring a case against nine countries it said possessed nuclear arms: Britain, China, France, India, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia and the United States.
Israel has never admitted to having nuclear weapons.

But the Hague-based ICJ, set up in 1945 to rule in disputes between states, has only admitted three cases against Britain, India and Pakistan, because they have accepted the ICJ’s compulsory jurisdiction.

Pakistan’s lawyers did not attend Tuesday’s hearings.

It did however file a counter-claim against Majuro’s allegations saying “the court has no jurisdiction to deal with the application” and insisting that the case is “not admissible”, said ICJ President Ronny Abraham.

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Bangladesh to drop Islam as official religion following attacks on Hindus



Bangladesh to drop Islam as official religion following attacks on Hindus

New Delhi: Bangladesh is likely to drop Islam as its official religion following a series of attacks on people from other faiths in the country. The country’s Supreme Court is hearing a plea challenging the status of the official religion of the country to Islam.

Bangladesh, which was declared a secular country after its formation in 1971, was declared an Islamic country following a constitutional amendment in 1988.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, the plea has challenged the declaration of Islam as the national religion of the country.

The move is being supported by leaders from the minority communities like Hindus, Christians and Muslim minority Shiites.

Bangladesh has 90 per cent of Muslims, 8 per cent Hindus and remaining constitutes Christians and Muslim minority Shiites.

In last month, a Hindu priest was hacked to death following an attack on a temple in Panchgarh district. Two others were seriously injured in the attack. There have been several lethal attacks on writers and bloggers.

According to a report in the Independent, Islamist groups Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh and Ansarullah Bangla Team are believed to have carried out at least seven attacks on foreign and minority people in Bangladesh in the past year.




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