Pakistani cleric welcomes 'Jerusalem Summit' decision on Palestine

Hafiz Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, head of the All Pakistan Ulema Council, speaks during a press conference. (Photo courtesy: All Pakistan Ulema Council)
Updated 16 April 2018
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Pakistani cleric welcomes 'Jerusalem Summit' decision on Palestine

  • Tahir Ashrafi condemns Houthi missile attack on Saudi Arabia
  • “We totally support the king's pronouncement and the rejection of the US decision on Jerusalem,” the head of the Council told Arab News

ISLAMABAD: Hafiz Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, head of the All Pakistan Ulema Council, welcomed the call of King Salman’s call that emphasized the need to have East Jerusalem the capital of Palestine.
“We totally support the king's pronouncement and the rejection of the US decision on Jerusalem,” the head of the Council told Arab News.
He added that the Arab League’s Jerusalem summit which stressed the importance of ongoing efforts to establish a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital was an affirmative step.
The Arab League's 29th Summit in Saudi Arabia stressed the need for a two-state solution and condemned US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.
“The Kingdom’s ruler has truly interpreted the emotions and feelings of the Muslim Ummah on Palestine,” Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi said and added: “The government of Saudi Arabia and the people of the Kingdom have always been the voice of the Muslims of the world.”
Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi said that Arab leaders had condemned the Yemeni Houthi militia's missile attacks on the Kingdom and said that  “Iran and its followers should stop interference in Yemen, Syria and Iraq.”
“Arab and Islamic countries fully support King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,” Tahir Ashrafi added.


Indian court finds spiritual guru guilty of raping devotee

Updated 25 April 2018
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Indian court finds spiritual guru guilty of raping devotee

NEW DELHI: An Indian court on Wednesday found a high-profile spiritual guru Asaram Bapu guilty of raping a teenage female devotee in 2013 and he faces a maximum of life in prison.
The verdict against 77-year-old Bapu was read out inside a prison in the city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan state because of fears that his followers may resort to violence.
The case is the latest in a series of high-profile rape cases in India that have fueled public protests and raised questions about how police handle the cases and treat the victims.
In August last year, another popular and flamboyant Indian spiritual guru, Dr. Saint Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim Insan, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges of raping two female followers.
Judge Madhusudhan Sharma will announce the prison term for Bapu later after hearing arguments from the prosecution and Bapu’s attorneys.
Bapu has denied the rape and can appeal his conviction in a higher court.
The girl in her complaint to the police in 2013 accused Bapu of raping her when she visited his retreat in Jodhpur with her mother. The girl’s family said they had been followers of Bapu for more than a decade.
Bapu has been in prison since his arrest in the case in 2013.
On Wednesday, security was tight around the prison complex and in states where the self-styled guru has a considerable following.
Religious sects also wield considerable political clout in India with several politicians as followers. Asaram is also on trial along with his son Narayan Sai in a separate rape case where two sisters have accused the two men of sexual assault.