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Peshawar attack: Anupam Kher writes open letter to terrorists

By Dawn.com

Devastated by the news of the recent attack on Army Public School in Peshawar, Bollywood icon Anupam Kher has written an open letter to terrorists involved in the attack, reported Hindustan Times as it copied a copy of the letter.

Following are the words the renowned icon wrote:

Every time you commit a mindless act of terrorism, I die a little. Truth be told, I have been dying quite often of late; little by little.

I have died when bombs go off in civilian areas, when bystanders are held hostage, when airlines are hijacked, when defenceless people are killed and when the unarmed are sold as slaves.

But today, when you butchered over 130 children in cold blood in a school in Peshawar, I fear there is nothing left in me. I don’t know what your objective was, but you have certainly reduced me to a dead man walking.

What tenet of religiosity can you quote to justify such slaughtering of children? What twisted perception of which faith can you claim to adhere to? Does it require bravery to shoot barefaced children, innocents who do not understand the concept of conflict, much less the evil face of terrorism?

Killing children cannot be an act of faith in any religion. According to early reports, you are the same monsters who tried to kill Malala Yousufzai on October 9, 2012.

You did not kill her; her bravery won her the Noble Prize earlier this month.

Words cannot adequately despise the monstrosity which you have committed. True, there have been greater pogroms in history such as Lidice, Dachau, the purges of Stalin, the Cultural Revolution of Mao, the killing fields of Cambodia. But these were political movements or results of conflict.

What you have done today is something not reflected in history; the slaughter of innocents.

I cannot ascribe a category to which you could possibly belong. Even animals kill for a reason; out of fear or hunger. But you let loose bullets out of senselessness. Truly, you are beyond evil.

Pictures of war and conflict often move me. Today it was different. I saw a picture of a father who had tied the shoelace of his son before he sent him to the ill-fated school.

‘I have the shoe, but I have no son…’ he lamented.

I was not moved. I broke down.

Your dastardly act today will have united parents everywhere and earned you their curses. Time will prove that their curses will not have been in vain.

Courtesy: DAWN
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Neymar unlikely to play in Brazil’s semifinal vs. Germany

Neymar out of the World Cup
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Scolari said that Neymar was in tears from the pain when he left the stadium and repeatedly cast doubt upon his star’s ability to play in the semifinal.

Neymar was injured late in the quarterfinal when Juan Zuniga came barreling through him on a ball in the air. Zuniga’s knee hit Neymar in the lower back and the Brazilian crumbled to the ground. Play continued on and at the next whistle, Neymar was lying face down on the ground. Trainers looked at him before stretchering him off of the field with the player in obvious pain.

Read more » SB♦NATION
http://www.sbnation.com/soccer/2014/7/4/5871743/neymar-injury-brazil-germany-semifinal-world-cup-2014

G.M. Syed on the “Unity and Diversity of Religion”

By Manbir Singh Chowdhary

G.M. Syed was as an enigmatic leader who spent his entire life advocating the rights of peasants in a feudal society, and fighting the adverse effects of centralized power and authority in Pakistan. As a result, he became renowned as a champion of his native Sindh.

In 1971, disillusioned with national politics and the stronghold of Pakistan’s federal government over smaller provinces, Syed formed the ‘Jiye Sindh‘ movement that called for the recognition and right to self-determination of the Sindhi people.

Unafraid to speak out against the ethnically Punjabi-dominated government’s marginalization of his Sindhi brethren, he died in 1995 under house arrest, after a lifelong career in politics. Amnesty International declared him, “A Prisoner of Conscience”.

A 2002 editorial in Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper claimed Syed was the longest serving political prisoner in recent history, beating Nelson Mandela by six months.

At a February 2001 gathering to commemorate G.M. Syed’s 97th birth anniversary, the Dawn reported various leaders of nationalist parties paying tribute to him as “a man of principle who never compromised with feudals and dictators for the sake of power.”

The article reflected the common sentiment of those who view Syed as a political icon: “The late Syed believed in the salvation of all oppressed people of Sindh who had been subjugated by feudals and forces of exploitation.”

Despite remaining firm in his convictions and standing up against political oppression, it was G.M. Syed’s views on religion and philosophy that truly formed the basis of his legacy to the world. A man of great learning, he was a staunch proponent of humanity and love – a man who respected and drew from the teachings of all faiths.

In the words of author and historian, Khadim Hussain Soomro, “History will remember him as an eminent ambassador of peace, goodwill, and tolerance.”

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Hospitality of Justice Rana Bhagwandas by Torontonian Sindhis

– Farooq Shaikh, Toronto

There has been lot of activity and atraction going on in Toronto since the arrival of our worthy guest Retired Justice Rana Bhagwandas. It is really hard for the Justice and his family to accommodate requests from our community friends to visit them and honor them by their presence for lunch and dinner. I have received so many requests  not only from our Sindhi fellows but our Baloch, Pakhtoon, Seraiki and Punjabi brothers to seek time from the Justice.

I really feel pleasure that his arrival has virtually awakened everyone in the community. Let me brief you about his two days stay here in Toronto.

Arrival Saturday: They arrived late night on Saturday at around 10:30 pm and many community member were waiting for Justice and his family to greet them. He was warmly received by community members at his host Salam Shaikh’s house and after their arrival they had detailed katchery late night with their hosts.

Picnic : Sindhi community of on Sunday AfternoonToronto organized an outdoor event and approximately 25-30 families joined the picnic at Cornation Park in Oakville. Excellent arrangements were made and food was ordered from caterer and despite of food ordered through caterer lot of families brought home made food as an affection and respect for the Justice Rana Bhagwandas and his family. Honorable Retired Justice Amanullah Abbassi traveled all the way from Markham an approximate distance of 100 kms to personally greet Justice Rana Bhagwandas and his family despite of his ailing health.

After the food a traditional katcheri was held with Justice and it was really enlightening to listen to the experiences of the two top most judicial icons of Pakistan Judiciary. Justice Rana Bhagwandas, explained the whole scenario of the judicial crisis in Pakistan and question and answer session was followed with usual high spirit. The usual sports activity was followed after the katcheri and everyone participated in Cricket, Soccer, Volley Ball and other games ( Detail Report along with pictures and video coverage of the event will be provided subsequently)

Dinner with Community Members: Dinner was arranged for the Justice and his family members by his hosts Salam Shaikh and their family members Mr. Waheed Shaikh and Mr. Rafiq Shaikh after the hectic day of picinic at Cornation Park.

Visit to Central Isaland: A full day activity was planned for the Justice Rana Bhagwandas and his family members at Central Island where Justice Rana Bhagwandas was greeted by many Pakistani families and friends and he had brief chat and photography session with them.

Friends, during these events they have also visited some of their friends families and had quick chat with them over tea and snacks sessions. I am collecting the details about these events and will send detailed report later on as been busy in making arrangements for the lecture as well. I will update the community about the arrangements in  mail. We will keep you posted about the hospitality of Toronto Sindhi community accordingly.

July 29, 2008