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JFA bats for Pak scribe’s freedom of expression

Expressing concern over the Pakistan government’s indirect threats to a Pakistani scribe for his recent media reports in the acclaimed newspaper Dawn, the Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) urged the Islamabad based government to show respect to the media. The northeast India based scribes’ forum argues that the Nawaz Sharif government should not act against Cyril Almeida with personal vendetta, who showed his commitment in reporting the ongoing rift between the civilian government and the military in the backdrop of Indo-Pak conflict.

It may be mentioned the Islamabad regime got angry over Almeida’s report titled ‘Act against militants or face international isolation, civilians tell military’ and put him on an exit control list meaning Almeida can be stopped from leaving the country.

“I am told and have been informed and have been shown evidence that I am on the Exit Control List,” twitted Almeida recently. Dawn’s senior scribe however reiterated that he loves his country very much. The exclusive report was published a week after the Indian armed forces conducted a surgical strike on terrorist camps inside Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Carried out on 29 September, the unique strike was in revenge against the 18 September terror attack in Uri of J&K by the Pakistan based militants killing 19 Indian soldiers.

Later the Pakistan government issued a statement claiming the news report ‘was clearly violative of universally acknowledged principles of reporting on national security issues and has risked the vital state interests through inclusion of inaccurate and misleading contents’. Prior to it, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had an exhausted discussion with the country’s army chief General Raheel Sharif, ISI chief Lieutenant General Rizwan Akhtar, interior minister Nisar Ali Khan and Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif.

The JFA pointed out that the Pakistan government should admit respect Almeida’s right to report in the recognized media outlets and also urged both New Delhi and Islamabad regimes to deal with the situation affectively to prevent further escalating the violence in the border areas.

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In a statement, Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign Team alleged that it proves the government incapability.

AFSPA is discriminatory and a kind of unconstitutional and harsh act that provides extraordinary powers to security forces in disturbed regions, without asking for any accountability,” the organization observed.

It further said it keeps its faith upon non violence struggle of Irom Sharmila and consider her as its leader.

 

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Eid-Ul-Fitr Celebrated With Religious Fervour in Hojai

16 Jun 2018 - 5:11pm | Nikhil Mundra

 
Hojai:- Along with the rest of the world, the Eid Ul-Fitr, was celebrated in Hojai District with solemnity.

Eid Ul- Fitr marks the end of the fasting period of the Islamic month of Ramadan and ushers in the month of Shawwaal. Thousands of  Muslims joined the celebration of Eid-Ul-Fitr at Hojai Eidgha Maiden, Nilbagan Eidgha Maiden, Daboka Eidgha Maiden, Udali, Jugijaan, Murajhar, Gopal Nagar, Kapasbari,Lanka, Lumding today(on saturday).

Though flash flood has affected the celebration in many parts of the district but  the fervour of Muslims was not limited.

For Muslims, Eid Ul-Fitr is not only the signal of breaking the fast, but also signifies the attainment of communication with the divine spirit and religious virtue, characterized by sacrifice, self-discipline and acts of charity. Many Muslims attended community prayers and listen to a Khutba or sermon on the first day of the month of Shawwal, in every corner of the district.

There has been belief that if a Muslim has not given Zakat al-fitr during Ramadan, he or she can give this on Eid-al-Fitr. Zakat al-fitr is a form of charity consisting of a quantity of food, such as barley, dates, raisins or wheat flour, or its monetary equivalent given to the poor. Many Muslims also prepare festive meals to share, wear new clothes, visit relatives and give presents or candy to children.

Hojai Markets were thronged with children's enjoying the festivity by purchasing varieties of food items, sports items.