Help by sharing this information October 11, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporter stabbed to death in Lahore after getting threats Reporters Without Borders condemns the murder of online newspaper reporter Faisal Qureshi, who was found with his throat slit at his Lahore home on 7 October. According to one of his brothers, he received death threats shortly before he was killed.“We are deeply shocked by this murder and offer our condolences to the victim’s family and friends,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Lahore police must carry out a thorough investigation and, given the information available, must not neglect the probable existence of threats.“The Pakistani government cannot continue to remain passive in the face of repeated attacks on journalists, who are being targeted by many groups and organizations, some of them close to the government. This year, journalists have been threatened, attacked, kidnapped, tortured and murdered by religious extremists, Taliban, separatists, security agencies, soldiers, police and political movements. All this violence is turning Pakistan into a no-go area for the media.”Qureshi, 31, worked for The London Post, a British news website edited in London. The police found the body at 2 a.m. on 7 October.According to the police, his throat had been cut and his body bore the marks of torture. His brother, Shahid Qureshi, the newspaper’s London-based editor, said the killers took his laptop and mobile phone. Shahid Qureshi also reported that his brother had received death threats from individuals claiming to belong to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), a Karachi-based political party. The London Post has published several articles about the MQM and its leader, Altaf Hussain.The MQM was accused of being responsible for the murder of Geo News TV reporter Wali Khan Babar on 13 January in Karachi. The movement denied any involvement.Pakistan’s journalist community is describing Qureshi’s death as a “targeted murder.” Azam Chaudhry, the secretary of the Lahore press club, said his murder was perpetuating the climate of violence against the media and called for the creation of a special judicial commission to investigate the case.Pakistan has been the world’s deadliest country for the media in 2011. At least eight journalists have been killed in connection with their work since the start of the year. June 2, 2021 Find out more January 28, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific News Receive email alerts April 21, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Pakistan to go further News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News PakistanAsia – Pacific Organisation News RSF_en Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder
By Tom PurcellIn the wake of the tragic events in Charlottesville, Va. – in response to the anger, violence and loss of life – many communities across the country are leading prayer vigils.I think that is a grand idea.I’m no theologian or philosopher, but at the age of 55, one thing has become evident. There is good in this world and there is evil – there is love and there is hate – and with every decision we make every moment of every day, we are moving toward one and away from the other.Greek philosophers had names for what is good. They believed that prudence, temperance, courage and justice were virtues that all people longed for and should strive to master. By mastering these virtues, we are better able to do good works.And while we’re striving for good, we need to fight the bad: excessive pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed and sloth. These are known as the Seven Deadly Sins.To be sure, this world is a battleground between good and evil, love and hate. That battle rages in every human heart. We saw hatefulness and violence rear its ugly head in Charlottesville, and we must denounce it forcefully.And we must also pray.Prayer, according to Dictionary.com, is a “petition or entreaty.” It is a conscious attempt to embrace good and root out evil by asking God to give us the grace to do so.To me, prayer is like tuning a radio. It is a deliberate, conscious effort to hear and understand with greater clarity what good and truth and beauty are, and then, hopefully, align ourselves and our actions with them. Hopefully, with prayer, we become more understanding, forgiving, loving and peaceful.Some may think the concept of prayer is silly – that reaching out to a higher power to get closer to truth is silly. But you know in your own heart that it makes sense – that we all long to be more virtuous in our deeds.Would you really enjoy a movie in which the star is a coward who runs off when the pressure gets tough? Would you root for a character motivated by hatred, or for one who risks everything for love? We are always moved by the hero who risks his or her life to achieve a greater good. We always root for the hero who is willing to die because of the power of love and good and right, not hate.The trouble is, even the most virtuous among us struggle to do good all the time, which is why we must pray.I’m not very skilled at praying – I certainly struggle to embrace the virtues taught to me by my Catholic faith – but I pray for the grace to become more kind, giving and understanding.I pray that those in my country whose hearts are filled with anger and hate will be given the grace they need to overcome these emotions.I pray that our growing polarization and lack of civility in our politics give way to peaceful, constructive discussion and unity, so we may address the many other real challenges we are up against.Multiple scientific studies confirm that people who pray recover more quickly from health issues than those who do not. Studies show also that people who have others praying on their behalf heal more quickly than those who do not.Hopefully, the many prayer vigils taking place around the country will give all of us greater grace to become more virtuous – to become more understanding, forgiving, loving and peaceful.Let us pray.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
The Roan Highlands offer a rare stretch of wide-open high country splendor in the Southern Appalachians. “The Roan” is actually a lengthy stretch of grassy peaks. The bald beauties feature expansive, open meadows—not typical of Appalachia’s deep wooded forests.EXPLOREThe best way to take in the Roan experience is an epic 20-mile jaunt on the Appalachian Trail that runs from Roan High Knob (the area’s biggest peak at the 6,285 feet) to Highway 19E. With much of it near or over 6,000 feet, the hike crosses six grassy peaks including Round Bald, Jane Bald, Grassy Ridge (reached with a short spur trail detour), Big Yellow Mountain, and Little and Big Hump Mountains.In the summer, visitors enjoy the 660 acres of Catawba Rhododendron gardens between the summits of Roan High Knob and Roan High Bluff.View Larger MapSKIIn the winter, explorers come to the highlands for the annual 120 inches of snow. The white-blanketed grassy balds provide some perfect spots for making tracks with snowshoes or cross-country skis. Winter hikers should be careful of fast-changing weather on the exposed terrain.Roan Mountain State Park, which can be reached near the village of Roan Mountain, is one of the only state parks in the South with designated cross-country skiing trails.Photo by Travis HallBOONE’S FAVORITELegend attributes the name of the mountain stretch to Daniel Boone, who supposedly frequented the area on a reddish or “roan” horse. Other tales insist the label is just a result of the red hues of the rhodo blooms.EAT DOWN BY THE RIVERAfter a day of braving the backcountry blizzards, drive into Erwin and grab some top-notch barbecue or hand-tossed pizza at River’s Edge Restaurant (riversedgebbq.com), which sits on the banks of the nearby Nolichucky River.
BOONE, Iowa – Justin Kay runs for a Deery Brothers Summer Series record fifth straight feature win when the IMCA Late Model tour makes its traditional Memorial Day visit to Boone Speedway.Kay already owns four consecutive Deery victories and looks to become the first driver in the tour’s 32-year history to win five in a row next Monday, May 28.Kay won the 2017 series finale and followed with checkers at Cedar County Raceway, Maquoketa Speedway and Quad City Speedway in the first three events of 2018. He shares the current record of four consecutive wins with Gary Webb (1994), Rob Toland (2004) and Brian Harris (2013).“We’re not going to make any changes to the car. Everything has been working real good for us,” Kay said. “We’ll just try to make sure that nothing falls apart and everything works.”His 27 career tour checkers include the Memorial Day event at Boone in 2015. The two-time series champion has another four top-five Deery finishes at Boone to his credit, including a pair of runner-up finishes during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.Next Monday’s Deery event will be the 48th held at Boone since 1988 and pays $2,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start.Also on the Memorial Day program are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods racing for all points, including track.Pit gates at Boone open at 2 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 3 p.m. Hot laps are at 4 p.m. and racing gets underway at 5 p.m.Spectator admission is $20 for adults, $7 for students ages 13-17 and free for kids 12 and under when accompanying a paid adult.More information is available at the www.raceboone.com website and by calling 515 987-1220.Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Justin Kay, Wheatland, 126; 2. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, 116; 3. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, 114; 4. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, 105; 5. Nick Marolf, Moscow, 104; 6. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, 100; 7. Todd Cooney, Pleasant Hill, 98; 8. Matt Ryan, Davenport, and Curt Martin, Independence, both 95; 10. Terry Neal, Ely, 90; 11. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., 79; 12. Sam Halstead, New London, 78; 13. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, 77; 14. Tim Simpson, Iowa City, 70; 15. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, 68; 16. Chad Coyne, Orion, Ill., 67; 17. Rob Moss, Iowa City, 65; 18. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, 62; 19. Jeff Tharp, Sherrill, and Cayden Cayden, Oskaloosa, both 61.