Teachers at a so-called “Trojan Horse”-linked school in Birmingham isolated pupils “fed on a diet of Islam” from modern British society, a teaching misconduct panel has found, in the first such ruling. Inamulhaq Anwar, aged 34, and 41-year-old Akeel Ahmed had denied a central allegation they had agreed with others, …Read More »
India’s Information and Broadcasting Ministry has denied permission to screen a short film about the “beef eating practices” in Mumbai. The 21-minute film, titled ‘Caste on the Menu Card’ was chosen to be screened at the 12th Jeevika Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival in 2015 but was pulled after the ministry …Read More »
A court in Pakistan has banned the Saif Ali Khan starrer ‘Phantom’ - about the 2008 Mumbai attacks - in response to a petition filed by the man New Delhi accuses of masterminding the killing of 166 people over three days.
Hafiz Saeed, the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba which the United Nations has listed as a terrorist organisation, petitioned the court to ban the Kabir Khan-directed film "Phantom" on the basis that it maligns Pakistan and vilifies Saeed and his current organisation, Jamaat-ud-Dawa.
The Lahore High Court issued a ban on Thursday, Saeed's lawyer said.
"The government has been told that the film should not be presented for showing in Pakistan and to take necessary steps in this regard," lawyer AK Dogar told Reuters.
In its reply to the petition in court, the Pakistani government "vehemently denied" that there were ever any plans to screen the Indian film.
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is banned in Pakistan but tolerated unofficially. Saeed has long abandoned its leadership and is now the head of its charity wing, Jamaat-ud-Dawa.
India says it has handed over evidence against him to Pakistan which should have detained him. The issue has stood in the way of rebuilding relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours.
The United States has also offered $10 million for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Saeed, who denies any involvement in the Mumbai attacks.
Saeed lives freely in the city of Lahore in a villa with police stationed outside.
"Phantom" is described as a political thriller set in aftermath of the Mumbai attacks and features Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif opposing a villain named "Harif Saeed".
Yahya Mujahid, spokesperson for Hafiz Saeed and Jamaat-ud-Daw, applauded Thursday's court ruling.
"This film was calling for an attack on Hafiz Saeed, and this was clearly terrorism on the part of India, to release such propaganda. So we think the High Court has given a very good decision on this."Read More »
The ridesharing service Uber has had its license to operate cancelled by authorities in the Indian capital New Delhi after a driver was accused by a female passenger of rape. The ban was imposed by the Delhi Transport Department and comes into effect immediately following the alleged rape on Sunday. …Read More »
The European Court of Justice has today lifted EU-wide sanctions placed on the Sri Lankan separatist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The court however, ruled that the group’s assets would remain frozen “temporarily”. The decision means the lifting of certain restrictions placed on individuals and organizations believed to be …Read More »
A teenage Indian sprinter who was banned from international competition for failing a “gender test” is hoping her fight against rules on sexual identity will spare others the same fate. Dutee Chand, 18, said she has suffered trauma and embarrassment, but her challenge in the Court of Arbitration for Sport …Read More »
England batsman Moeen Ali has been banned from wearing wristbands featuring the slogans “Save Gaza” and “Free Palestine”, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Tuesday. British-Pakistani Moeen has been helping raise funds for charities working with those affected by the three-week conflict with Israel. He wore the wristbands on …Read More »
Dozens of British universities and private colleges have been banned from sponsoring international students following a wide-ranging investigation by the Home Office. Immigration Minister James Brokenshire told the House of Commons that the ‘Highly-Trusted’ status of some 60 educational institutions – all privately-owned – have been revoked after investigators found …Read More »
A Sri Lankan doctor arrested for secretly filming women’s skirts and shorts with his iPhone, has been suspended from practising. Dr Thilanga Iddamalgoda, 32, was arrested in Trafalgar Square by a plain-clothed policewoman who became suspicious of Iddamalgoda’s behaviour, according to the Daily Mail. When the footage was viewed, PC …Read More »
Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has been banned for life from playing in England after being found guilty of encouraging a teammate at his county side Essex to spot-fix. An England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) disciplinary panel found the 31-year-old had urged Mervyn Westfield to underperform in return for money …Read More »