The death toll rise Sunday as civilian casualties increased on both sides of the border after more than 600 rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza in less than 24 hours. The conflict started during a protest on Friday along the Gaza border. Protest turned violent.
Gaza responded with a barrage of rockets Saturday morning, prompting Israel to retaliate with airstrikes. At least ten Palestinians, including a pregnant mother and her baby, were killed and ninety more have been hurt in the Palestinian enclave, according to Ashraf al Qudra, a Palestinian Health Ministry spokesman. We hope and pray this type of violence ends, and the escalation ends.
In a meeting held just before the weekend, the Punjab Assembly formed a committee to deal with the spread of sectarian violence and the distortion of Islam through books and social media. Interestingly enough, the assembly thought it was smart to put a former Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP — Guardians of the Prophet’s Companions), now known as Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ). If you are not aware, the ASWJ is responsible for the killings of innocent Shia civilians, the learned such as lawyers, doctors, poets, pilgrims, and the religious and secular Shia community leaders.
Doesn’t seem like a smart idea to put a man part of a group responsible of for sectarian violence in a committee related to sectarian violence. It was a tweet from Jibran Nasir that showed what mistake the assembly did.
Since the Eater bombings that rocked the country, over 600 foreign nationals, including 200 Islamic clerics. Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardena said the clerics had entered the country legally, but they had overstayed their visas.
While overstaying your visa is never a good thing, it’s sad to know that only after such a sad tragedy people actually start make the system work.
An exciting game came to an end with England beating Pakistan by 7 wickets. Eoin Morgan smashed his way to a terrific 29 ball 57* and ensured a 7 wicket win for England over Pakistan with 4 balls remaining in the one off T20I at Cardiff.
Babar Azam scores his 10th T20I fifty in just 30 innings – jointly the MOST by a Pakistani batsman (with Mohammad Hafeez). Mohammad Hafeez on the other hand scored 10 fifties in 86 innings. While many Pakistani fans are upset, they feel proud of their players-which is the important part.
The fourth edition of Lahore Literary Festival (LLF) ended in New York Saturday night after discussions of Pakistan’s arts and literature. Pakistani Ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi said this annual event was an expression of the cultural renaissance in a time where is just so much resistance.
Many distinguished speakers underlined Lahore’s standing as Pakistan’s cultural hub, and said LLF had brought ideas and showcased Pakistan’s talent before American audiences. They further emphasized that the festival had made a mark on cultural life.
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