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British woman was raped before alleged honor killing in Pakistan

Religion of Peace strikes again.

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From Fox News: A British woman of Pakistani origin was raped before she was allegedly strangled to death by her ex-husband in a village in the country’s eastern Punjab province, a police spokeswoman said.

Samia Shahid, a 28-year-old woman from Bradford, was found dead in July of what were assumed to be natural causes and buried in a local cemetery.

But a fresh inquiry was ordered after Shahid’s husband Mukhtar Kazim publicly accused her family of killing her because they opposed Shahid’s decision to divorce her first husband in 2014 and marry him. The inquiry concluded that Shahid had been strangled and her first husband Mohammad Shakeel has been detained as the prime suspect.

On Saturday, Nabila Ghazanfar, the police spokeswoman, told The Associated Press that a forensic examination confirmed that Shahid was raped before her death.

Kazim also accused Shahid’s own family members of conspiring in the murder by telling her that her father was critically ill in order to lure Shahid back to Pakistan. The father has been detained by police as well.

Ghazanfar said a local police chief has been suspended for mishandling the case and allowing Shahid’s mother and sister to flee the country. She said investigators are seeking their return for questioning.

Shahid’s case surfaced less than two weeks after taboo-defying social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch was strangled by her brother for posting racy photographs that were deemed shameful in Pakistan, where nearly 1,000 women are killed every year by family members in so-called “honor killings.”

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Ex-husband admits honour killing of British woman in Pakistan

Samia Shahid/Photo from Independent

Samia Shahid/Photo from Independent

From MSN.com: The ex-husband of a British woman who was the victim of an alleged honour killing in Pakistan has admitted strangling her to death, police have said.

Samia Shahid, a 28-year-old beautician from Bradford, died while visiting relatives in her ancestral village in the northern Punjab region of the country. Her family said she had a heart attack, but her husband Syed Mukhtar Kazam believes she was murdered in a so-called honour killing because the family did not approve of her marriage to him.

Ms. Shahid’s former husband Choudhry Shakeel was arrested along with her father on suspicion of murder – and Mr. Shakeel has since confessed he drugged and strangled his ex-wife, according to Pakistani newspaper Dawn.

Deputy Inspector General Abubakar Khuda Bakhsh, the investigating officer in the case, told Reuters Mr. Shakeel and Ms. Shahid’s father, Choudhry Shahid, had appeared in court in Pakistan. “The court has sent them to police custody for physical remand of four days,” Mr Bakhsh said. “Once facts are established, we would be in a better position to say if it is an honour killing (which are often ignored by police) or a murder as revenge.”

The case has attracted attention because it came days after the high-profile honour killing of outspoken social media star Qandeel Baloch, dubbed ‘the Kim Kardashian of Pakistan’. Ms. Baloch’s brother has been arrested in relation to her death.

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Former Guantanamo prisoner vanishes in South America, prompting search

Obama’s response will no doubt be, “Fore!”

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From Fox News: A former Guantanamo Bay prison living in Uruguay has vanished under mysterious circumstances, The Washington Post reports. Law enforcement is now searching for the former detainee, Jihad Ahmed Mustafa Dhiab, a Syrian national, the paper reported Friday, citing a U.S. official.

“We are coordinating with officials in Brazil and Uruguay to determine his whereabouts,” the official told the paper on background to discuss a sensitive incident.

Officials believe Dhiab, imprisoned at Guantanamo in 2002 for suspected ties to al Qaeda, may have entered Brazil illegally.

According to Uruguayan media, the country’s interior minister said Thursday Dhiab’s can make international trips, but Brazil hasn’t allowed him to enter the country previously, the Post reported.

Just this week the Senate passed a defense spending bill that bars shuttering the Guantanamo prison in Cuba. The debate over closing Guantanamo, which President Obama has pledged to do since taking office, could intensify if Dhiab’s disappearance is confirmed.

Another Uruguayan government official told the Associated Press that Dhiab traveled legally to Brazil, according to the Post. He hasn’t been seen since June 6, a Brazilian online news outlet, Plus55.com, reported Friday.

“If Brazilian authorities didn’t allow his legal entry, they can send Dhiab back to Uruguay, but that’s a problem for Brazil,” the news outlet quoted Uruguayan Interior Minister Eduardo Bonomi as saying.

Dhiab went to Uruguay with five other Guantanamo Bay prisoners in 2014 in a deal between the south American country and Uruguay and the U.S. to resettle detainees seen as posing little threat.

He spent 12 years at Guantanamo without being charged after his capture in Pakistan. Guantanamo still holds 80 prisoners.

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Pakistani teen burnt alive by her mother for choosing own husband

The Religion of Pieces strikes again.

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From Yahoo: A Pakistani mother on Wednesday burnt her 16-year-old daughter alive for marrying a man of her own choice, before shouting on the street to neighbours that she had killed the teen for bringing shame on her family.

It was the third so-called “honour killing” in the South Asian country in as many months, and a rare example of the crime being carried out by a woman.

Zeenat Bibi, 16, was set on fire by her mother Perveen Bibi in the eastern city of Lahore a little more than a week after the couple had acquired their marriage licence, police said.

Perveen Bibi killed her daughter Zeenat Bibi by burning her alive around 9:00 am on Wednesday,” Haidar Ashraf, a senior police official told AFP, adding the teen had married a man named Hasan Khan on May 29.

Khan’s ethnicity — he is an ethnic Pashtun, while Zeenat was a Punjabi — was the main cause of the family’s disapproval, according to the woman’s family.

Zeenat’s husband Khan told local TV station Geo News that the pair had eloped, but he had reluctantly allowed her to return to her family home after they promised they would hold a celebration and not harm her.

He said: “After living with me for four days following our marriage, her family contacted us and promised they would throw us a proper wedding party after eight days. Then we would be able live together. Zeenat was unwilling to go back to her home and told me that she would be killed by her family, but later agreed when one of her uncles guaranteed her safety.”

“After two days, she called me and said that her family had gone back on their word and asked me to come to get her, but I told her to wait for the promised eight days. Then, she was killed.”

Ashraf, the police official, said Perveen and other family members had confessed to the crime and that police had seized kerosene oil from the scene.

– Family defiant –

At the victim’s two-bedroom family home in a low-income southern neighbourhood of the city, Perveen’s family remained defiant.

Naseem Bibi, Perveen’s younger sister, told AFP: “After killing her daughter, Perveen went out on the street, took off her shawl and started beating herself on her chest, shouting: ‘People! I have killed my daughter for misbehaving and giving our family a bad name.‘ My sister declared a long time ago she would not allow her daughter to marry a Pashtun,” she said.

The victim’s sister Shazia also blamed Zeenat for defying her mother, but said she had urged her mother to cut ties with her instead of killing her.

Perveen’s husband died several years ago and her relationship with her daughters had deteriorated, according to Shazia. “Our mother became distressed because of her daughter’s disobedience and because she felt there was no man in the house to rein her in.”

Hundreds of women are murdered by their relatives in Pakistan each year on the pretext of defending what is seen as family honour.

“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” — a film telling the story of a rare survivor of an attempted honour killing — won an Oscar for best documentary short in February.

Amid publicity for the film, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed to eradicate the “evil” of honour killings but no fresh legislation has been tabled since then.

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Muslim Dairy Queen owner installs signs comparing Hindus to monkeys

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Via Fox News: The Hindu community is calling on a Muslim Dairy Queen franchise owner to take down signs from his Houston-area business that compare Hindus to monkeys.

Mohammad Dar, a 65-year-old Muslim and U.S. citizen from Pakistan, claims he is not prejudiced for installing the signs — instead saying Hindus are the “racists,” mySA.com reported.

Dar told the website that he decided to post the displays at his business after “researching” Hinduism — the third-largest religion in the world — for 14 years. He said the signs at his Kemah, Texas, Dairy Queen seek to showcase the wrongs of certain religions, specifically Hinduism, acccording to the website.

One sign reportedly compared Hinduism to “monkeyism (sic).”

“Hindus don’t follow any limit or law, they follow desires like an animal – that is the foundation of Hinduism,” Dar told mySA.com. “Monkeys don’t plan anything, they just do what they desire, but humans follow the limit and law.”

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“It’s nothing personal, it’s educational,” he reportedly added. “I’m really making people mad, but what I’m doing is communicating and inviting them to communicate […] they think I am attacking their religion, but I am not.”

In a statement to mySA.com, Dairy Queen’s corporate office called the installment of the signs an “unfortunate action” and said they are “not representative of our iconic family brand.” “We do not condone this behavior,” company officials told the website.”

Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, is calling for International Dairy Queen Inc. to issue an apology on the matter. “Posters reportedly displayed at its Kemah store in Texas were highly inappropriate and trivialized the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a highly philosophical thought,” Zed said in the release.

He said the company “should have shown some responsibility and already taken action regarding these signs posted at the Kemah location reportedly for many months.”

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Russian intelligence says ISIS and Taliban amassing on Afghan border for invasion of Central Asia

Note that the source is Russian, not U.S., intelligence, and the newspaper reporting this is the UK’s Express, not the NYT.

That’s America under the Obama administration.

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ISIS to invade Central Asia

Nick Gutteridge reports for the UK Express, that Russian intelligence claims that huge numbers of Islamist fighters — ISIS and Taliban — are massing on Afghanistan’s northern border, ready for an invasion of central Asia.

Speaking at a meeting of special services from the Commonwealth of Independent States, Moscow’s spy chief Alexander Bortnikov warned that heavily-armed Taliban fighters, many of whom have pledged allegiance to ISIS or the Islamic State, are prepared to pass through porous border controls.

Bortnikov said:

“The international community has now hit a new geopolitical challenge, an international criminal group in the name of the Islamic State. This project, which grew out of the ‘Arab Spring,’ has gained momentum thanks to the double standards of certain world regional powers by using ‘a terrorist battering ram’ to reach their own strategic goals in Asia and Africa.

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Marvel Comics introduces new Ms. Marvel, a Muslim American teenager

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NY Daily News: Marvel Comics is adding some needed color to the world of costumed  superheroes.

The publisher announced it’s introducing a new Muslim superheroine, a  revamped Ms. Marvel, whose secret identity is that of a Pakistani-American  teenager from Jersey City.

Sixteen-year-old Kamala Khan is the brainchild of writer G. Willow Wilson,  an Islamic convert herself, and Muslim editor Sana Amanat in an effort to reach out to segments of the comic book reading public that haven’t had their own  heroes.

“At her core, Kamala is just a 16-year-old girl, exploring the many facets  of her identity when she is suddenly bestowed with super-human powers that send her on the adventure of a lifetime,” Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso  said in a release.

Khan will debut in January’s “All-New Marvel NOW! Point One Comic Book”  before kicking off her own “Ms. Marvel” series a month later. The creators  promised the title would focus as much on her interaction with her more traditional parents as it would with battles with super villains.

“Any time you do something like this, it is a bit of a risk,” Wilson told the New York Times. “You’re trying to bring the audience on board, and they are used to seeing something else in the pages of a comic book.”

Khan’s introduction comes a year after rival publisher DC Comics introduced  its own major Muslim character — a Green Lantern from Dearborn, Mich., named  Simon Baz.

“It continued to reinforce that our readership is extremely diverse, so we  want to continue to diversify the characters in our universe,” creator Geoff  Johns, himself a Lebanese American from Dearborn, told the Daily News at the  time.

From the NY Times:

Kamala, whose family is from Pakistan, has devotedly followed the career of the blond, blue-eyed Carol Danvers, who now goes by Captain Marvel, a name she inherited from a male hero. When Kamala discovers her powers, including the ability to change shape, she takes on the code name Ms. Marvel — what Carol called herself when she began her superhero career.

Kamala will face struggles outside her own head, including conflicts close to home. “Her brother is extremely conservative,” Ms. Amanat said. “Her mom is paranoid that she’s going to touch a boy and get pregnant. Her father wants her to concentrate on her studies and become a doctor.” Next to those challenges, fighting supervillains may be a respite.

Gee, I wonder if her super powers will include fighting the challenges against rape, acid throwing, honor killings, forced marriages, forced prostitution and the buying and selling of women? Somehow I doubt it.

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