Acknowledging Pope Francis as an apostle of peace — Shad Saleem Faruqi

Source: The Star Online

BY SHAD SALEEM FARUQI

Shad Saleem Faruqi - file pic

Shad Saleem Faruqi – file pic

We must expose attempts to justify every form of hatred in the name of religion and to condemn these attempts as idolatrous caricatures of God.

MANY corners of our world are bristling with intolerance and consumed by war and aggression.

Some terrorists and anarchists, like the ones in Syria and Iraq, misuse the holy name of religion to justify their perfidies. Others are more sophisticated. They employ the vocabulary of “democracy”, “human rights”, “humanitarian intervention” and the “war against terrorism” to devastate lands that (not just by coincidence) belong to a race or religion they regard as inferior to theirs.
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Couple face multiple charges of human trafficking for forced labour

Source: FMT News

Husband and wife plead not guilty but will appear in two more courts this week on similar charges of exploiting teenagers for forced labour. Pic from FMT News.

KUANTAN: A married couple was charged in the Sessions Court here today with four counts of human trafficking for exploitation involving four teenage boys, just three days after appearing in the Ipoh Sessions Court for a similar offence.

They will appear in two more courts later this week on similar charges.

According to a Bernama report, Muslim Ab Karim, 56, and his wife, Zaleha Mohamad, 54, pleaded not guilty to the charges before judge Siti Aminah Ghazali at the court here today.

The prosecution, led by DPP Jaizah Jaafar Sidek, asked the court to deny the couple bail because of other pending charges against them.

Jaizah said they would be charged at the Raub Sessions Court tomorrow and at the Kota Baru Sessions Court on Sunday for similar offences. Read more

Detained Turks to be deported, says Zahid

Source: FMT News

Despite pleas by the families of the 3 Turkish detainees, deputy prime minister says they are not Putrajaya’s responsibility. Pic from FMT News.

PUTRAJAYA: The three Turkish citizens arrested in connection with alleged terrorist activities will be deported to their home country despite pleas from their families not to do so out of fear for their safety following Turkey’s ongoing crackdown on critics.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Malaysia would not entertain the families’ appeals as the matter was not Putrajaya’s responsibility. Read more