Associated Press of Pakistan – British Sikh businessmen to donate Rs 96.5 billion to upgrade religious sites in Pakistan

Islamabad Capital Territory – Pakistan, 11 June 2019. The Peter Virdee Foundation (PVF) and some Sikh businessmen living in the United Kingdom have announced to donate £500 million (Rs 96.5 billion ) to upgrade their religious sites in Pakistan.

The commitment was made by the PVF, a non-governmental organization working for marginalized section of the society, in a meeting with Chairman National Tourism Coordination Board (NTCB) Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari in London.

Zulfikar Bukhari, talking to APP by phone from London on Tuesday said the PVF’s announcement for setting up the £500 million fund depicted how the government was channelising available resources for promoting religious tourism effectively.

British Sikh businessmen to donate Rs 96.5 billion to upgrade religious sites in Pakistan

Gent Phoenixstraat – Gentbrugge Peter Benoitlaan – Gent-Sint-Pieters

Gent Phoenixstraat
VZW El-Albani
12 May 2019


Albanian Islamic Cultural Centre Ghent

Gentbrugge Peter Benoitlaan
Santo
13 May 2019


Inspired by South American art ?


Santo is a meeting point in Gentbrugge
Everybody welcome

Gent-Sint-Pieters
16 May 2019


Do not board this train


I am waiting for the 08:57 to Mechelen


Train to Tongeren via Aalst, Aarschot and Hasselt

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Dag van de Arbeid: Hand in Hand – Gent-Sint-Pieters – Leuven NMBS

Dag van de Arbeid
Bagattenstraat
01 May 2019


Hand-in-Hand supporters


This family also joined the parade

Gent-Sint-Pieters
04 May 2019


Brussel Centraal – Eupen via Leuven


Escalators out of order, we had to use the stairs


Track 10 IC train to Brussel and Eupen

Leuven NMBS
04 May 2019


Track 5: Brussel – Blankenberge via Gent

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Gent Interfaith Yatra from Sint-Amandsberg to Oostakker

Interfaith yatra from Afghan Masjid (Dendermondsesteenweg) via Campo Santo to Oostakker-Lourdes

Some brave ones walked the distance, others went by car

Lourdes Oostakker
Grotto
28 April 2019


Candles
The shop was open for those that wanted to buy candles


The Grotto


Explaining the meaning of Oostakker Lourdes


It did rain a bit ….
The rain did not stop our spirits to be moved

Lourdes Oostakker
Basilica
28 April 2019


Our Muslim and Christian panel members


We got full support from the Roman Catholic Church for our interfaith pilgrimage

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Gent Interfaith Yatra from Sint-Amandsberg to Oostakker

Interfaith yatra from Afghan Masjid (Dendermondsesteenweg) via Campo Santo to Oostakker-Lourdes
Some brave ones walked the distance, others went by car

Campo Santo
28 April 2019


Tree


Amani – Rita – Johan


Our tour guide did a good job !

Oostakker/Lourdes
The grotto
28 April 2019


The man to the right of Johan Van Oost is our guide here


Frank is enjoying himself


Some rain, but not too much
Dries and Evi

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Gent Interfaith Yatra from Sint-Amandsberg to Oostakker

Interfaith yatra from Afghan Masjid (Dendermondsesteenweg) via Campo Santo to Oostakker-Lourdes
Some brave ones walked the distance, others went by car

Campo Santo
28 April 2019


Big chapel or small church on the cemetery


The singer of the three sister-cities


Born in Eeklo 1805 – died in Gent 1847


It was a wee bit rainy


The grave of Willy Vandersteen


Nero

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The Express Tribune – Sikh community seeks representation in assemblies

Our Correspondent

Karachi – Sindh – Pakistan, 27 May 2019. The Sikh community of Sindh sought representation in the assemblies on Saturday evening and demanded a piece of land for construction of a large Gurdwara in one of the posh areas of the metropolis like Defence Housing Authority, Clifton or Saddar cantonment from the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

These demands were presented before the provincial minister for minority affairs, Hari Ram Kishori Lal, who was the chief guest at a 60 kV generator installation ceremony in Guru Nanak Darbar, on the premises of Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. Sindh minority affairs department funded the purchase of the generator.

The Sikh family with a heart of gold

While talking to the media, Lal said that the properties belonging to minority communities had been occupied and large buildings had been erected on the places of worship of Hindus, Sikhs, Parsis and other non-Muslims. He said that these properties had been placed under the control of Evacuee Trust Property Board which failed to manage them properly, resulting in their dilapidated condition.

He added that renovation work started by the Sindh government in Sadh Belo Temple in Sukkur could not be completed despite the passage of 10 years due to hurdles created by the Evacuee Trust Property Board.

He said that the Evacuee Trust is a provincial subject now, but added that the federal government was still reluctant to hand over its control to the provinces despite repeated reminders by the Sindh government at different forums.

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He said that they had decided to set up the Sindh Evacuee Trust Board and its draft has been recently approved by the Sindh cabinet and would be presented in the provincial assembly for final nod very soon.

After its approval, the Sindh government will take over all the evacuee properties located in Sindh. He added that Sindh was the only province in Pakistan where a minority affairs department existed and its credit went to Shaheed Benazir Bhutto’s farsighted vision who in 1993 felt the need for a separate body to focus on the welfare and protection of minorities.

He said that PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was carrying forward the legacy of his mother and taking a keen interest in issues of minorities.

He said that on the directives of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, a competent team has been formed at the minority affairs department with Imtiaz Ali Shah as secretary and Director Mushtaq Soomro to transform the department.

Lal said that it was unfair to call Hindus, Sikhs, Parsis, Christians and others as minorities as these communities have been residing in this part of the world for centuries.

He announced that an ambulance and bus for Guru Nanak Darbar will be provided in the next financial year. He also assured the Sikh community of every possible support for the construction of Gurdwara in one of the posh localities of Karachi.

Earlier, the patron-in-chief, Sardar Ramesh Singh, had thanked the provincial minister for providing the generator and added that no other party in the country matched the efforts of PPP with regards to the minorities.

President of the managing committee of the darbar, Suresh Peswani, Vice President Jawahir Lal, General Secretary Kailash Kumar, Surjeet Kumar and Nanak Ram attended the ceremony.

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1980855/1-sikh-community-seeks-representation-assemblies/

Gent Interfaith Yatra from Sint-Amandsberg to Oostakker

Interfaith yatra from Afghan Masjid via Campo Santo to Oostakker-Lourdes
Some brave ones walked the distance, others came by car

Al Taqwa Masjid
Dendermondsesteenweg
28 April 2019


Explaining Islam and the history Afghan Muslims in Belgium

Campo Santo
28 April 2019


Family grave


Evi/Pyar Kaur (orange coat) walked with me


Johan van Oost, the main organiser of Profundo programmes in East-Flanders
To his right Amani El Haddad, who works for VOEM


Rita van Nierop (Orbit VZW) and Peter Malfiet (RC Church)

 
Campo Santo Cemetery

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The Hindu – Will work with you for an inclusive India, Catholic Church tells PM Narendra Modi

It congratulates Narendra Modi and Amit Shah on their emphatic election victory

Bindu Shajan Perappadan

New Delhi – India, 26 May 2019. Hoping for an inclusive and peaceful new India, the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI), a body representing 19.9 million Catholics and the largest bishops’ conference in Asia, has congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP and party president Amit Shah on their emphatic election victory.

The Church said it hopes, prays and is willing to work together “for a new India which enjoys peace and prosperity and continues to make progress’’.

President CBCI Oswald Cardinal Gracias in his letter said: “We pray that God gives you health, wisdom and strength to carry out the great responsibilities entrusted to you.’’

The letter said the Church was “eager to work together for the vision of a new India which gives hope and energy to our youth, empowers our women especially in rural areas, opens new and sustainable opportunities for our farmers and strengthens our economy while leaving no one behind.’’

Saying the people had given a clear mandate for a stable and effective government, he assured the PM of the “prayers and best wishes for leading the country in building a strong and inclusive India’’.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/will-work-with-you-for-an-inclusive-india-catholic-church-tells-pm-narendra-modi/article27252736.ece

Gentbrugge – Amnesty International – De Krook – Interfaith Yatra

Gentbrugge
26 April 2019

Presbyterian Church of Ghana
Poster seen in Gentbrugge

Amnesty International AGM – Gent
27 April 2019


Judith Maroyi from Kivu – Democratic Republic of Congo


Witness Judith Maroyi
Human Rights activist from Congo

De Krook
27 April 2019


The area around the library getting its finishing touch
The pedestrian bridge still leads to nowhere !


We can now walk around the library

Interfaith yatra from Afghan Masjid via Campo Santo to Oostakker-Lourdes
Some brave ones walked the distance, others came by car

Al Taqwa Masjid
Dendermondsesteenweg
28 April 2019


Chairs provided by Profundo (Orbit vzw)

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