STORIES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED… AND WHY THEY MATTER

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By Donnelly McCleland Jesus challenged His disciples to be aware of what was going on around them (Luke 12:56) and to respond to changing times from His perspective, rather than seeing things through their human understanding. 2020 was one of those monumental years – on a global scale. Covid-19 has quite possibly impacted every person…

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HARD-LINE PAKISTANI RELIGIOUS LEADER KHADIM RIZVI DIES

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On 22 November, tens of thousands of men gathered in Lahore for the funeral of hard-line Pakistani religious leader Khadim Hussain Rizvi. No cause of death was announced for the 54-year-old Rizvi, who died on Thursday (19 November) after suffering a high fever and difficulties breathing. No Covid-19 test or autopsy was conducted. Rizvi rose…

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ONVERSETLIKE PAKISTANSE GODSDIENSTIGE LEIER KHADIM RIZVI STERF

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Tienduisende mans het op 22 November in Lahore byeengekom vir die begrafnis van die onversetlike Pakistanse godsdienstige leier, Khadim Hussain Rizvi. Die oorsaak van sy dood is nie bekend gemaak nie. Die 54-jarige Rizvi is Donderdag, 19 November, oorlede nadat hy ’n hoë koors en asemhalingsprobleme gehad het. Hy het nie ’n COVID-19-toets ondergaan nie…

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GEOPOLITIESE WORSTELING IN DIE STRATEGIESE KASJMIR-STREEK VAN GILGIT-BALTISTAN

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Gilgit-Baltistan se twee miljoen inwoners gaan op 15 November na die stembus om lede vir hulle wetgewende vergadering te kies. Dié liggaam, wat hoofsaaklik regstreeks onder Pakistanse beheer is, het tans minimale regte. Gedurende ’n besoek aan dié skilderagtige, noordelike streek van Gilgit-Baltistan, wat as poort na China dien, het Imran Khan, Pakistan se eerste…

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GEOPOLITICAL WRANGLING IN THE STRATEGIC KASHMIR REGION OF GILGIT-BALTISTAN

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On 15 November, the two million people of Gilgit-Baltistan will go to the polls for their legislative assembly, which currently has minimal powers and is largely governed directly by Pakistan.  However, on 1 November, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan announced a “Provisional Status of the Province” during a visit to the scenic northern region of…

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TERROR ATTACKS IN FRANCE AND MACRON’S PLAN TO COMBAT ‘ISLAMIC SEPARATISM’

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By Donnelly McCleland French President Emmanuel Macron has said he can understand why Muslims were shocked by controversial cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. But, in an interview with broadcaster Al Jazeera, he said he could never accept the issue justified violence. It comes after Thursday’s deadly knife attack on a church in Nice, the third…

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21 OCTOBER ’20 | PRAY FOR PAKISTAN

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Dear prayer partners, On Friday 16 October, thousands of protesters gathered in the central Pakistan city of Gujranwala in an anti-government demonstration. The protest was organised by a new alliance of 11 opposition political parties that declared that this was the “beginning of the end” for Prime Minister Imran Khan. Three-time former prime minister, Nawaz…

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CHRISTEN IN DODESEL DEUR PAKISTANSE HOF VRYGESPREEK

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Sawan Masih, ’n Pakistani wat in 2014 vir godslastering ter dood veroordeel is, is deur die hooggeregshof in Lahore vrygespreek. Masih is daarvan beskuldig dat hy die profeet Mohammed tydens ’n gesprek met ’n Moslemman in die oorwegend Christelike Joseph-wyk in Lahore op 8 Maart 2013, beledig het. Die volgende dag is die beskuldigings teen…

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PAKISTANI COURT ACQUITS CHRISTIAN MAN ON DEATH ROW

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Sawan Masih, a Pakistani man sentenced to death for blasphemy in 2014, has been acquitted by the Lahore High Court. Masih was accused of insulting the prophet Muhammad during a conversation with a Muslim man in the Christian-majority neighbourhood of Joseph Colony, Lahore on 8 March 2013. Local mosques recounted the accusations against Masih over…

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AFGANISTAN EN PAKISTAN HAAKS OOR GRENSKONFLIK

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Minstens 15 Afgaanse burgerlikes is dood en nog 80 beseer, toe Pakistanse magte op 30 Julie met swaar artillerie oor die grens gevuur het, in een van die hewigste skermutselings tussen dié twee lande die afgelope jare. Die aanval is deur betogings aan beide kante van die grens voorafgegaan, nadat Pakistan, in ’n poging om…

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