Pakistan PM Imran Khan said “We Muslims have the greatest love & respect for our Prophet,” he tweeted. “We cannot tolerate any such disrespect & abuse.”
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday urged the governments of Western countries to penalise those deliberately spreading their message of hate against Muslims by disrespecting the Prophet in the same way that they had outlawed any negative comment against the Holocaust.
Khan, in a series of tweets after the recent violent protest by a radical religious group that has now been banned by the government, said that Muslims cannot tolerate any kind of blasphemy in the honour of their Prophet.
“I also call on Western governments who have outlawed any negative comment on the holocaust to use the same standards to penalise those deliberately spreading their message of hate against Muslims by abusing our Prophet,” he said.
Several European countries and Israel have laws against Holocaust denial, the denial of the systematic genocidal killing of approximately six million Jews in Europe by Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s. Many countries also have broader laws that criminalise genocide denial.
Khan said that the extremists abroad, who indulge in Islamophobia and racist slurs to hurt and cause pain to 1.3 billion Muslims across the globe, should understand the love the Muslims have for their Prophet.
“We Muslims have the greatest love & respect for our Prophet who lives in our hearts. We cannot tolerate any such disrespect & abuse,” he tweeted.
He even asked extremists groups in the West to apologise to the Muslims for “deliberately” hurting their religious sentiments.
“Those in the West, including extreme right politicians, who deliberately indulge in such abuse & hate under guise of freedom of speech clearly lack moral sense & courage to apologise to the 1.3 billion Muslims for causing this hurt. We demand an apology from these extremists,” he said.
Khan’s tweet came after his government banned radical Islamist party Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) on Thursday following violent protests by it to force the government to expel the French ambassador over a blasphemous caricature published in France last year.
The TLP had launched the country-wide protest on Monday after the arrest of its chief Saad Hussain Rizvi ahead of the April 20 deadline the Islamists had given to the Imran Khan government demanding expulsion of the French ambassador for publication of cartoons of the Prophet.
The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government had signed an agreement with the TLP in November last agreeing to expel the French ambassador.
The government banned the TLP under the Terrorism Act, accusing it of involvement in terrorism and acting in a manner prejudicial to the peace and security of the country.
Khan said the decision of banning the group was not taken under any pressure from the outside.
“Let me make clear to people here and abroad: Our govt only took action against TLP under our anti-terrorist law when they challenged the writ of the state and used street violence and attacking the public and law enforcers,” he said, adding that no one can be above the law and the Constitution.
Madhya Pradesh Woman Killed for Giving Birth to 4 Girls, Over Dowry
A 28-year-old woman was killed allegedly by her husband and in-laws for giving birth to four girls, last of which was born just three months ago, and also over dowry in Madhya Pradesh’s Shivpuri district, police said on Friday. Savitri Baghel was strangled to death allegedly by her husband Ratan Singh, his father Kilold Singh and mother Benoo Bai at their home in village Dindoli, some 80km from the district headquarters, on Thursday, Police Inspector Ramraja Tiwari said.
He said according to the deceased’s brother Krishna Baghel, Ratan Singh and his parents used to harass his sister for giving birth to four daughters and not bearing a male child. Krishna Baghel told the police his sister had given birth to the fourth daughter just three months ago, he added.
The family would also harass the woman for dowry, Tiwari said. The accused have been booked under IPC sections 302 (murder) and 304B (dowry death), but no arrest has been made so far, the police officer said.
Pune Municipal Corporation receives consent to float global vaccine tender
The Pune Municipal Corporation has finally received the consent of the state government to float global tenders to vaccinate its citizens. The approval from the Maha Vikas Aghadi Government came after the PMC threatened to move ahead with the process without their consent.
The consent by the Maharashtra Government comes more than three weeks after it was initially sought. The Pune Municipal Corporation had earlier decided to move ahead with the process saying that lives were more important.
— Siddharth Shirole (@SidShirole) May 14, 2021
Siddharth Shirole, BJP MLA from Shivajinagar constituency in Pune, on Thursday had slammed the state government for granting permission to the BMCV to float global tenders within 24 hours but not awarding the same to Pune despite 23 days having passed.
#BMC Model. Sit on the request of PMC for 23 days. Give permission to BMC for the exact same request in less than 24 hours all to claim “We are the 1st municipal corporation in the world” all the while ignoring that there are lives at stake.#CMofMumbai https://t.co/60GwM2Bhk1
— Siddharth Shirole (@SidShirole) May 13, 2021
The Leader of the House in Pune Municipal Corporation is Ganesh Bidkar from the BJP. The BJP had accused the state government of discriminating against Pune. Pune wants 25 lakh vaccines to inoculate its citizens against Covid-19.
Took Your Covishield Jab Before Govt Extended Gap Between Doses? No Need to Fret: Panel Member
Amid criticism on increasing the duration of the second dose of Covishield, a member of the group that recommended the huge change said that the decision was based on science and not vaccine shortage. Comparing the benefits of increasing the duration, the government has launched a detailed study to compare the benefits, said NK Arora, chairman of the Covid working group.
On Thursday, the government announced that the gap between two shots of Covishield should be 12 to 16 weeks- earlier, which was six to eight weeks.
A member of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization, Dr Arora, rejected speculation that the decision was spurred by vaccine shortage that has halted inoculations of those between 18 and 44 in parts of the country, NDTV reported.
“If I increase the gap by one month, then what difference will it make? It will make a difference of about four to six crore doses. So giving the second dose after a month is hardly going to address vaccine shortage. Increasing the gap is beneficial,” he added.
He further emphasised that scientific data states that if the second dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine- officially known as Covishield in India was given after three months of the first dosage then the chances of protection from infection is 65 to 88 per cent.
“Initial studies on the vaccine had even talked about a 44-week gap. Canada has made it four months,” he added.
He also stated that the antibodies to fight the virus increased substantially after the second dose, but the degree of their impact was not yet known. “But data shows if the gap is increased, the antibodies increase by 40 to 50 per cent,” he added.
Addressing concerns of people who stated that they have taken shots within a one-two month gap, he said that “those who have taken the shots within a one or two month gap do not need to worry and the production of antibodies will be good.”
On comparing the effectiveness of the vaccine for a 28-day gap, a four-six week gap or 12-16 week gap, Dr Arora said there was no data so far but the government had planned a study.
“How much protection will increasing the gap give? How much will it protect from the severity of infection or death? In the next four weeks, data of this study will start coming and will be released in regular bulletins,” he disclosed.
So far, the data has revealed a 0.02 to 0.04 per cent chance of reinfection after both doses, and the chances of a severe infection or death were “very rare”, he said.
According to him, around 95 per cent of adverse effects after full vaccination were mild and only a fraction was severe. “But our data has shortcomings. Most adverse impact cases are reported only in the first three-four days. We have asked for data on problems experienced even after 28 days.”
Taking cognizance of cases of death in patients who had administered both the dosages, Dr Arora told NDTV these were still being examined and they have to see whether those are from Covid or from the vaccine.
“We don’t know much about Covaxin yet but from international reports, we know that there can be problems four to 20 days after a Covishield shot. There could be clotting or bleeding. We haven’t seen this problem here so much, only about 0.61 per cent. About six persons in a crore can experience clotting or bleeding. That is far less than European numbers,” he added, asserting that the vaccines were completely safe.
Responding to the query on door-to-door vaccinations, Dr Arora said that the reason why door-to-door vaccinations had not been allowed was that in case of a severe allergic reaction if there was no immediate treatment, it could cause death.
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