The woman, her seven-year-old granddaughter and her baby sister died of suffocation, according to police officials.
The victims were members of the Ahmadi religious sect, who identify with Islam but are widely regarded as heretics in Pakistan and face persecution.
Rioting erupted as rumours spread that a young Ahmadi man, identified as Saqib, shared a blasphemous picture on Facebook, Pakistan Today reported.
When they moved to a doctor’s house where Ahmadis were thought to be hiding, someone inside reportedly shot at the mob and injured the man who had started the Facebook rumour.
The group then set five Ahmadi houses on fire, killing the woman and children and injuring several others.
“Police were there but just watching the burning. They didn’t do anything to stop the mob,” Salim ud Din, a spokesman for the Ahmadi community said. “First they looted their homes and shops and then they burnt the homes.”
Read the full article at The London Independent.
Stephen Gutowski said he was excited to exercise his rights for the first time since he moved to the D.C. area five years ago — so he grabbed his pistol and headed to the National Mall.
Gutowski, a reporter for the Capitol City Project who also hosts the webcast “Games & Guns,” has a concealed carry license in the state of Virginia, where he lives. That license wasn’t valid in the District of Columbia, however – until Saturday, when a U.S. District Court struck down the capitol’s ban on carrying handguns in public, ruling it unconstitutional. The ruling allows registered gun owners to carry handguns openly or concealed.
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier ordered her officers not to arrest anyone carrying handguns in public starting Sunday. To make sure he wouldn’t have any trouble, Gutowski brought copies of both the ruling and the police chief’s statement with him.
While Gutowski was enjoying his newly-recognized constitutional freedom, D.C. lawyers were busy filing a motion to stay the ruling, “to enable the Council of the District of Columbia to obtain public input and enact a compliant licensing mechanism.” According to the motion, the gun rights activists who originally brought the case do not oppose the stay.
Read the full article at The Daily Caller.
On Sunday, President Obama and First Lady Michelle released a statement thanking Muslim Americans for their many “achievements and contributions… to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.”
The comments were made to mark the celebration of Eid-al-Fitr, a time of spiritual renewal for Muslims which comes at the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan. The Obamas said in their statement that Eid “celebrates the common values that unite us in our humanity” and “welcomed their commitment to giving back to their communities.” The International Business Times reports that during Eid, Muslims join in Islamic prayer, while saying “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is Great,” and feasting.
The word choice here, that anyone built “the very fabric of our nation” would usually sound hackneyed and overplayed – but, in this particular instance, given that the U.S. didn’t even have its first Muslim-American congressman until 2007, the peculiar word choice has left some scratching their heads.
It’s not hard to see why 72% of Muslim-Americans approve of the President, though (the highest percentage out of any religious group.)
According to Twitter and Google, an NBC journalist reported that he or she had personally witnessed an Israeli drone attack and fire on a hospital in Gaza. The eye witness report was at first included in this NBC News article, and read, “a NBC News journalist witnessed the attack on the hospital and said it had been fired by an Israeli drone.”
Since that report was published, though, the accusation has been scrubbed entirely from the article. The only evidence of the NBC journalist’s “eyewitness” accusation is the apparent insertion of this sentence:
Early reports from the ground had said an Israeli drone appeared responsible for the attack.
Since the reporting and subsequent scrubbing of this eyewitness report, the Israelis say they have confirmed that the Gazan hospital was hit by rockets fired in Gaza by Hamas, not by Israel or an Israeli drone.
NBC still has on it’s site, two year later, an obviously staged “attack” it was fooled into believing was real. Whenever the camera does a sudden, unexpected zoom, shake a few seconds before the critical event, it’s fake. The camera movement is to either mask the edits or the absence of the actual event, forcing the viewer to assume the event based on the resulting staged display.