» 11/27/2009, 00.00
Taliban trying to destroy Buddhist art from the Gandhara period
Archaeologists and experts sound the alarm. The ancient Indo-Hellenistic heritage of the country could go the way of the Bamiyan Buddhas, in neighbouring Afghanistan. Digging and research have stopped; tourists are nowhere to be seen because of attacks and violence.
Gunmen attack Pakistan air force base in Peshawar, eight militants killed
Up to 10 gunmen attacked a guard post and then entered the Badaber air base. Security forces had surrounded the area and a hunt was on for the remaining gunmen. Pakistani Taliban spokesman said a "suicidal unit" had carried out the attack. "Clearance operations" were now in progress.
Shahbaz Taseer, son of slain Punjab governor, seized in Lahore
Armed men abducted him this morning as he went to work. His mobile phones, laptop and other personal items were thrown away. Experts believe he will be used to obtain the release of his father’s murderer. Catholic Church slams the act.
Fear of new attacks means “silent” Christmas for Christians
Outdoor recitals, carols and decorations are cancelled. Liturgical services and Midnight Mass will go ahead as usual. Bishops talk about an “atmosphere of fear;” yet the faith of Christian believers is stronger than the violence. The commission of inquiry investigating last summer’s violence in Gojra calls on the government to change the blasphemy laws.
Lahore Church in support of Sufis targeted by terrorism
Justice and Peace: moderate Islam has been struck. The Government of Punjiab (the party of Nawaz Sharif) weak in the fight against the Taliban. Raza Rumi: Lahore destroyed piece by piece. Sufi communities have organized meetings in all mosques of the country to curb the fundamentalist Islam of the Taliban.
Festival for Buddha's birthday, while studying to find the exact date
The Buddhist world celebrates the birth of Siddhartha Gautama, but new archaeological evidence points to the actual date being at least a century earlier. Historians and archaeologists at work, while festivities begin for the faithful around the world.
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