Leading Pakistani cleric slams Qatari politicization of Hajj

In this undated file photo, Chairman Pakistan Ulmaa Council Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi speaks during a press conference at Lahore Press Club. (Photo courtesy: social media)
Updated 06 February 2018
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Leading Pakistani cleric slams Qatari politicization of Hajj

ISLAMABAD: Qatar’s attempts to politicize the Hajj pilgrimage are “alarming for Muslims around the world,” the head of an alliance of Pakistani clerics told Arab News.
“The way the Saudi government is taking care of the Two Holy Mosques is a matter of pride for Muslims across the globe,” said Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi, head of the Pakistan Ulema Council.
“Qatar should focus on its own internal issues, and it needs to settle matters with GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries.”
Trying to internationalize Hajj could have far-reaching consequences for Qatar, he said. “There’s no justification for this when Muslims are happy about the arrangements made by the Saudi government,” he added.
“It seems Qatar is following the wrong path, and this is something serious for the sanctities of Islamic values.”
Saudi Arabia previously said it deemed Qatar’s attempts to internationalize Hajj a “declaration of war.”


Three people killed in Maryland shooting

Updated 25 min 46 sec ago
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Three people killed in Maryland shooting

  • Spokesman for the drugstore chain Rite Aid said the shooting happened on the campus of a company distribution center in Aberdeen
  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says his office is monitoring the situation in Aberdeen and that the state stands ready to offer any support

ABERDEEN, Maryland: Authorities say multiple people have been shot in northeast Maryland in what the FBI is describing as an “active shooter situation.”
The Harford County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that there was a shooting Thursday morning in the Perryman area that involves “multiple victims.” They warn that the situation is still fluid and ask people to avoid the area.
The FBI’s Baltimore field office tweets that it is responding and assisting the sheriff’s office with an active shooter situation. The Baltimore field division of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tweets that its special agents are responding too.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says his office is monitoring the situation in Aberdeen and that the state stands ready to offer any support.

Authorities say three people have been shot in northeast Maryland in what the FBI is describing as an ‘active shooter situation.’ (AP Photo)

Susan Henderson, spokesman for the drugstore chain Rite Aid, said the shooting happened on the campus of a company distribution center in Aberdeen.
A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that three people have been killed in the shooting. The law enforcement official has knowledge of the shooting but wasn’t authorized to discuss details by name and spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press. The official stressed that the number is based on preliminary information.
Henderson says authorities are at the scene and the company is cooperating with the investigation.
She says the company has no further information to share.