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- Gaza Death Toll Rises To 109. In complete disregard for international appeals, the Israeli planes and troops on the ground are carrying out brutal attacks in the Gaza Strip.
- Pakistan Stands With People of Palestine and Kashmir: Ashrafi. Special Representative to the Prime Minister on Religious Harmony Maulana Tahir Ashrafi on Friday said that government and people of Pakistan stand by Palestinians in their hour of grief.
- COAS Celebrated Eid With Jawans at LoC: Fawad. Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry has said that Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa spent the day of Eid with the troops on the Line of Control while other army leaders were also present with their troops.
- Pakistan schools will remain shut till May 23. Educational Institutions across Pakistan will stay closed till May 23, according to a notification issued by the Federal Directorate of Education said Friday.
- Vaccination centres will remain open on Saturday, Sunday: minister. Coronavirus vaccination centres will remain open across the country on Saturday and Sunday, Federal Minister Asad Umar said Friday.
- 12 killed in mosque blast near Afghan capital. A blast at a mosque on the outskirts of the Afghan capital during Friday prayers killed at least 12 worshippers, police said, shattering the relative calm of a three-day ceasefire.
- World Bank to give Pakistan additional $183m for covid vaccinations. The World Bank announced Friday it would give Pakistan $153 million to support its vaccine drive.
- PCB waiting for UAE’s approval to host PSL 2021: reports. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is currently facing a difficult situation to organise the remaining matches of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021.
Spotlight by The NewsRun
1. COVID-19 IN PAKISTAN
- 24-hour recap: Pakistan reported 3,265 cases and 126 deaths in 24 hours. Pakistan also conducted 39,101 tests in the span of 24 hours (P.S. this data was last updated on May 13 at 9:12 am).
2. The moon-sighting controversy
What’s going on? For those of you who are celebrating, we hope you had a festive and safe Eid. While you must have loved waking up to caffeine and Sheer khurma, former Ruet-e-Hilal Committee (RHC) chairman, Mufti Muneebur Rehman, is not happy about Pakistan celebrating Eid on Thursday, May 13.
Reminder: The Central RHC is a moon-sighting committee in Pakistan that lets people know when it’s Eid. It’s known to follow a traditional method of sighting the moon that religious leaders consider more “authentic” and “Islamic,” as opposed to using scientific or technological methods.
The details: On Wednesday May 12, at around 11:30 pm Pakistan local time, the Central RHC announced that the new moon has been sighted, which means Eid-ul-fitr was going to be the next day on Thursday, May 13. This was a last-minute announcement since it was close to midnight. People throughout the country still weren’t sure if they were observing Eid the next day, or keeping their last Roza (i.e. fast). Eid-ul-fitr marks the end of Ramzan, which means the end of the fasting period. Before the Central RHC’s announcement, people in Pakistan were expecting Eid to be on Friday, May 14.
Tell me more: Mufti Rehman also said he would never let a govt minister attend a Central RHC meeting if he were chairman. Representatives from the Ministry of Science and Technology were reportedly present during the Central RHC’s four hour meeting on Wednesday night. It sounds like Mufti Rehman thinks the govt had something to do with the moon-sighting decision as well.
The bottom line: Mufti Rehman believes the last Roza was wrongly eaten up (no pun intended). He is doubtful about the Central RHC’s moon-sighting decision, and called on Muslims in Pakistan to keep a Qaza Roza (i.e. compensatory fast) to make up for the last Roza they missed because Eid was announced a day earlier than expected.
3. Who we are remembering on Eid
Many of us are celebrating Eid in a safe space with full hearts and bellies. However, several others are suffering while we observe Eid in peace. We are also thinking about them today.
- Gaza: Palestinians in Gaza marked the first day of Eid while under aerial fire. Israel intensified air strikes on Gaza, where the death toll has gone up to 109, including 28 children. The Israeli army also said hundreds of rockets have been fired from Gaza towards various locations in Israel. At least six Israelis and one Indian national have reportedly been killed.
- India: People in India are in the middle of a devastating COVID-19 crisis. Doctors in India are struggling with a flood of critical COVID-19 patients. Delhi hospitals are reportedly running out of oxygen.
- Afghanistan: Several parents in Kabul woke up to the empty bedrooms of their children who died in a bomb blast at the Sayed Al-Shuhada school in Kabul. The neighborhood in Kabul where the blast took place is home to a large community of Shia Muslims from the Hazara ethnic minority. At least 85 people died, most of them schoolgirls between the ages of 11 and 20.