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Enhancing understanding of Muslim communities in South Asia

Book review: Being Muslim in South Asia

By Kashif-ul-Huda,,

History of Islam in South Asia is almost as old as Islam in Arabia. Population of Arab nations is estimated to be 370 million while more than 500 million Muslims live in South Asian countries. But Arab-centric writings on Islam have done a great disservice.

We have always spoken of friendship with Pakistan: Rajnath

New Delhi : Ahead of next week's Saarc summit, Home Minister Rajnath Singh Saturday said India was open to talks with Pakistan but Islamabad should take the first step to resume dialogue.

"If not today then tomorrow, one side will have to take the first step. We have always spoken of friendship but they should take some friendly action," Rajnath Singh said at the 12th Hindustan Times Leadership Summit.

Shia Muslim delegation going to Iraq to discuss anti-IS measures

New Delhi : Shia Muslim group Anjuman-e-Haideri announced Saturday it will be sending a team for war-torn Iraq Monday to discuss modalities of sending its registered volunteers to protect holy shrines,and serve and rehabilitate victims tortured by the Islamic State(IS).

The Anjuman-e-Haideri (AEH), in a press conference here, said they had received "overwhelming" responses from volunteers who registered themselves to be on board to serve the people and religious sites from the dire threat posed by the terrorist group.

India-Bangladesh collaboration can save Sunderbans: Experts

Kolkata : India and Bangladesh must collaborate to facilitate and maintain a flow of fresh water round the year to save the Sunderbans mangrove ecosystem, scientists said here Saturday.

Sunderbans is the world's largest mangrove forest and home to the endangered Royal Bengal tiger. More than two-thirds of the forest lies in Bangladesh and the rest in West Bengal.

Five killed in Afghanistan attack

Kabul: At least five people were killed and seven injured in an attack in Afghanistan, the authorities said Saturday.

A bomb targeted a car in Nangarhar province's Jalalabad city, 120 km from Kabul, killing one person on the spot and injuring two others, Xinhua quoted provincial police spokesperson Hazrat Hussain Mushriqiwal as saying.

All the victims were members of a family.

The officer blamed Taliban militants for the attack.

Sharif urges Obama to take up Kashmir issue with India

Islamabad:US President Barack Obama spoke to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over telephone Friday and urged him to take up the Kashmir issue with India.

Sharif said an early resolution of the Kashmir issue would bring enduring peace, stability and economic cooperation to the south Asian region, Dawn online reported.

Sharif apprised Obama of Pakistan's relations with India and referred to his visit to India earlier this year, which was aimed at taking the Pakistan-India relations forward.

Israel and Palestine agree on Gaza reconstruction: UN official

United Nations: An agreement has been reached between Israel, Palestine and the United Nations (UN) under which nearly 25,000 homeowners in Gaza can access materials to repair their damaged homes starting next week.

This was announced Friday, by the UN special coordinator for the Middle East, Robert Serry, according to a Xinhua report.

The homes were damaged in the recent 51-day conflict in Gaza.

Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood demands leader's release

Amman: Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood has demanded the release of its detained leader Zaki Bani Rsheid.

In a statement Friday, the group said that the security forces had arrested its deputy head Zaki Bani Rsheid Thursday, Xinhua reported.

"We are surprised by the arrest of Bani Rsheid and call for his release," said the statement.

Bani Rsheid was arrested after he published an article that the authorities considered harmful to Jordan's relationship with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

'Nawaz and Modi should meet on sidelines of Saarc'

New Delhi : The prime ministers of India and Pakistan should meet on the sidelines of the forthcoming Saarc summit in Nepal to resume bilateral talks between the two countries, foreign policy experts from India and Pakistan demanded at a conference here Friday.

Incubator toll in Pakistan rises to 15

Islamabad : Three more babies died Friday due to lack of oxygen in incubators in a hospital in eastern Pakistan, bringing the number of infant deaths to 15, an official source told Efe news agency.

The deaths of the premature babies occurred over the last two days at the university hospital of Sargodha district, in Punjab province, where 10 other infants are under observation in critical condition, a doctor who requested anonymity said.