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Temple attack in Pakistan not because of faith: Reema Abbasi

Kolkata: Asserting that Hindus were not persecuted in her country, Pakistani journalist-author Reema Abbasi on Saturday attributed land-grabbing rather faith behind attacks on temples in Pakistan.

"No temple has been razed on ground of faith. Yes, when the Babri Masjid demolition happened, there was a backlash in Pakistan, but otherwise the attacks on temples were not because of faith," Abbasi said at the Kolkata Literary Festival.

21 militants killed in Afghanistan military operations

Kabul: At least 21 Taliban militants were killed in the past 24 hours during series of military operations in Afghanistan, the country's interior ministry said on Sunday.

At least 11 militants were injured during the operations which covered parts of Faryab, Sar-e-Pul, Jowzjan, Kandahar, Oruzgan, Ghazni, Paktika, Paktiya, Herat and Helmand provinces, Xinhua cited the official statement as saying.

The statement did not say if there were casualties amonng security personnel.

The Taliban militant group was yet to comment.

Five terrorists killed as Fidayeen attack on Pathankot air base ends

Pathankot/New Delhi: Five terrorists, suspected to be from Pakistan, were killed in a gunfight that lasted nearly 15 hours after they breached a high-security security perimeter and entered a frontline Indian Air Force (IAF) base near Pathankot town in northern Punjab early on Saturday to carry out a Fidayeen attack, police said.

Police sources said that at least three IAF security personnel were killed and four others were injured in the terror attack that started around 3.30 a.m. The counter offensive lasted nearly 15 hours.

'Indian Muslims not attracted to Islamic State, Al-Qaeda'

By Ruwa Shah

New Delhi : Indian Muslims have little fascination for Islamic radical groups like ISIS and Al-Qaeda, say scholars and Muslim leaders agreeing with Home Minister Rajnath Singh's assertion that Indian Muslims were not attracted to their ideologies.

2016 Haj pilgrimage schedule released in UP

Lucknow : The Uttar Pradesh Haj Committee has released the schedule for annual Haj pilgrimage for 2016, an official said on Wednesday.

According to the schedule, the holy pilgrimage of Muslims will begin from September 9 for residents of Uttar Pradesh and the forms for the same would be available from January 14 in every district.

The first flight from India, however, would take off on August 4, the official added.

Government comes to distressed Indian's aid in Saudi Arabia

New Delhi : The government will extend all help to an Indian man working in Saudi Arabia without being paid his salary for the last 28 months, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Tuesday.

The minister's comments came after she came to know of a video in which Kumar Akash, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, narrates his harrowing plight from somewhere near Makkah in the Gulf nation.

In the video, Akash says he had gone to Saudi Arabia to work as a mechanic after getting his visa from Mumbai through a recruiting agent in Byculla.

Americans attacking Sikhs thinking they're Muslims: Daily

By Arun Kumar

Washington : As police investigate an attack on a Sikh man in California as a hate crime, a media report said violence and intimidation against Sikhs in the US has intensified since 9/11 terror attacks.

In the latest of a string of incidents targeting US Sikhs, Amrik Singh Bal, a 68-year-old Sikh resident in the Fresno area of California, was attacked by two white males in their 20s before dawn on Saturday morning while he was waiting for a ride to work.

'New Year events against Kashmiris' religious sensibilities'

Srinagar : Separatist women's group Dukhtaran-e-Milat here on Monday said the cultural programmes and concerts being organised on New Year's eve and other occasions are 'cultural onslaught' on Kashmiris' religious sensibilities.

"Programmes being organised by some unknown group called 'Kashmiriyat' on December 31 at Gulmarg is a cultural onslaught. This programme is being sponsored by a few Urdu and English dailies and TV channels," said Asiya Andrabi, chief of separatist women's group 'Dukhtaran-e-Milat', in a statement here.

Modi's statesman-like Lahore trip: Must create mirror image at home

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In Photos: Kashmir celebrates Eid-Milad-un-Nabi

By Raqib Hameed Naik,

Srinagar: Unmoved by freezing temperatures, devotees in the city flocked to offer special prayers on the occasion of Eid-Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) with religious gaiety and fervour. The city saw thousands of people offer prayers, while Milad processions were taken out at different places.