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White Mosque Russia

The White Mosque was officially opened on 10 June 2012 with participation of a wide public within the framework of the Bolgar Forum “Izge Bolgar Jiyeny”.

The ensemble of the White Mosque (Ak Mechet), which was erected by design of architect Sergey Shakurov, includes the buildings of a Muslim temple, a residence of the mufty, and a madrasah, which encircle the prayer square, musallah, with a fountain in its centre and encircled by an arcade of 88 snow-white columns. Owing to the open arcade, visitors do not lose visual contact with nature and archaeological excavations of the ancient Bolgar.

The mosque strikes with its geometric ornaments, carved decoration, elegance of interiors, and its overall stylistics. The area of the prayer hall is 180 sq. m. Two minarets of the mosque, 46.5 metres high, which were made, by proposal of Mintimer Shaimiev, the First President of Tatarstan, in the style of the minarets of the Mosque of the Prophet located in Medina, the famous place of pilgrimage of the Muslims of the world, enframe the main building of the sanctuary that is topped by the cupola with diameter of 10 metres, height of 17 metres in its interior measurement and decorated with traditional decorative elements.

One thousand and two hundred tonnes of marble were used for its construction. The white colour of the mosque stands for peace and purity.

A lake was created on the square, reflected in which is the whole White Mosque.;

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India knows why Pakistan sentenced Jadhav to death, says envoy Basit

Pakistan's Envoy to India. Abdul Basit.
Pakistan’s Envoy to India. Abdul Basit.

Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit defended the death sentence given to Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Field General Court Martial, saying he received a fair trial, the details of which could not be made public, but the Indian government was aware of “what [Pakistan] is talking about”.

In an interview with India Today on Wednesday, Basit said Jadhav was “not an ordinary man. He was a serving [Indian navy] officer,” which is why he was tried in a military court “as so many other Pakistanis have been tried before [him]”.

Jadhav was arrested on March 3, 2016, in a counter-intelligence operation in Balochistan’s Mashkel area for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan.

The charges he faced included spying for India, working against Pakistan’s integrity, sponsoring terrorism in the country and attempting to destabilize the state.

Defending Jadhav’s sentencing, the envoy to India said that Pakistan has “arrested hundreds of operatives and foot soldiers on the basis of information provided by Jadhav” ever since his arrest.

When asked why was India not allowed consular access to Jadhav despite regulations under international law, Basit said that consular access is not “automatic”, especially for matters that are “sensitive and related to security”.

“Consular access is not provided across the board, let us remember that,” he maintained.

“We must understand Commander Jadhav had been visiting Pakistan since 2003 on an original, genuine Indian passport under the fake name of Mubarak Hussain Patel. It is for you to tell us why he was travelling under a fake name with an original Indian passport,” the envoy said.

While drawing a parallel between Jadhav’s trial and the trial of Ajmal Kassab — whom India indicted and hanged over the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Basit said: “My advice to you would be that please do not mix apples with oranges lest you draw convoluted conclusions.”

INDIAN RAW AGENT. KULBHUSAN YADAV (CAPTURED BY ISI-PAKISTAN ARMY)
INDIAN RAW AGENT. KULBHUSAN YADAV (CAPTURED BY ISI-PAKISTAN ARMY)

He said Pakistan cannot be blamed “if the trial in the Mumbai attacks had not been fast [enough]”.

Basit further said that Pakistan first submitted a dossier on Jadhav to the United Nations Secretary-General in September 2016. “That was our initial dossier and we have been able to gather more evidence [since then],” he added.

“Now that [Jadhav] has been convicted, he would have the right to appeal. If his verdict is upheld by the appellate court, then he would ultimately have the right to a [mercy] petition,” the envoy confirmed, adding that Jadhav was provided a defence counsel and that his trial was conducted according to the relevant laws, the Pakistan Army Act of 1952, in the country.

Source:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1326535

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Trump says Nato ‘no longer obsolete’

US President Donald Trump has said Nato is “no longer obsolete”, reversing a stance that had alarmed allies.

Hosting Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House, Mr Trump said the threat of terrorism had underlined the alliance’s importance.

He called on Nato to do more to help Iraqi and Afghan “partners”.

Mr Trump has repeatedly questioned Nato’s purpose, while complaining that the US pays an unfair share of membership.

The Nato U-turn wasn’t Mr Trump’s only change of heart on Wednesday.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, he said he would not label China a currency manipulator, despite having repeatedly pledged to do so on his first day in office.

At a joint press conference with Mr Stoltenberg, Mr Trump said: “The secretary general and I had a productive discussion about what more Nato can do in the fight against terrorism.

“I complained about that a long time ago and they made a change, and now they do fight terrorism.

“I said it [Nato] was obsolete. It’s no longer obsolete.”

But Mr Trump reiterated his call for Nato member states to contribute more funding to the alliance.

“If other countries pay their fair share instead of relying on the United States to make up the difference we will all be much more secure,” said the US president.

Mr Stoltenberg thanked Mr Trump for “an excellent and very productive meeting”.

Earlier this week Nato welcomed Montenegro as its 29th member nation.

The meeting at the White House comes hours after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Russian President Vladimir Putin during a trip to Moscow.

“Things went pretty well. Maybe better than anticipated,” Mr Trump said about that meeting.

“Right now we’re not getting along with Russia at all. We may be at an all-time low in terms of relationship with Russia.”

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US acknowledges Pak Army’s contributions towards regional peace, stability

Source: GEO News

US ambassodor to Pakistan meeting COAS

RAWALPINDI: United States Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale has acknowledged Pakistan Army’s contributions towards peace and stability in the region.

The US ambassador on Tuesday called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, according to the Inter Services Public Relations said in a statement.

The two figures discussed matters of regional security and mutual interest at the meeting, it read.

Ambassador Hale also expressed his appreciation for ongoing Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad for elimination of terrorism from Pakistan, the statement added.

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