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Kashmir police foil Muharram procession in Srinagar

Jammu and Kashmir recorded 77 fresh Covid-19 cases on Monday, taking the infection tally to 3,23,499, while a single fatality pushed the death toll to 4,398, officials said.

Out of the fresh cases, 23 were from Jammu division and 54 from Kashmir division, they said.

The officials said Srinagar district recorded the highest number of 14 new cases followed by Baramulla with 12.

The number of active cases now stands at 1,229 in the union territory, and 3,17,872 patients have recovered from the disease so far, they added.

The officials said there were 42 confirmed cases of Mucormycosis (black fungus) in the region.Mon 4:25pmTMTabish MalikAfghanistan has broken the ‘shackles of slavery’: Imran Khan

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday seemed to endorse the heavily armed Taliban taking over Kabul by saying that Afghanistan has broken the “shackles of slavery” in the neighbouring war-torn country.

The longstanding war in Afghanistan reached a watershed moment on Sunday when the Taliban insurgents closed in on Kabul before entering the city and took over the presidential palace, forcing embattled President Ashraf Ghani to join fellow citizens and foreigners to flee the country.

Khan spoke on how the parallel education system led to the existence of “English medium” schools, resulting in the adoption of “someone else’s culture” in Pakistan.

“When you adopt someone’s culture you believe it to be superior and you end up becoming a slave to it,” he said, adding that it creates a system of mental salves that is worse than the actual slavery.

In the same breath, he indirectly likened the ongoing upheaval in Afghanistan with the people of the country breaking the “shackles of slavery”.

Pakistan is accused of facilitating the Taliban rebellion which ultimately resulted in the capturing of the country after being ousted about 20 years ago.

Khan said becoming a mental slave was worse than being an actual slave, adding that subjugated minds can never make big decisions.

Officially Pakistan has maintained that it wanted a broad-based inclusive government in Afghanistan and was also hosting the Afghan leaders to create consensus for a peaceful transformation.Mon 4:37pm1 Unread MessageTMTabish MalikKashmir police foil Muharram procession in Srinagar

Authorities on Tuesday foiled processions by members of the Shia community in Srinagar to mark the eighth day of the 10-day Muhurram mourning period, officials said.

Several members of the community were detained at various places in the city, they said.

The officials said a few members of the community tried to take out the processions but were barred by the police and they were later detained.

Heavy deployment of police and security forces was made in areas where there were apprehensions about the processions taking place, they said.

While the police said there were no restrictions anywhere in the city, barricades were put up at many places here to stop the mourners from taking out the processions.

The traditional Muharram procession, to mark the eighth day of the 10-day Muharram mourning period, used to pass through the areas of Abi Guzar, Lal Chowk and Dalgate areas, but has been banned since the eruption of militancy in 1990 as authorities maintain that the religious gathering has been used for propagating separatist politics.

Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said the police respects religious sentiments of the public, but at the same time, it is their joint responsibility to defeat the ill designs of vested interests who try to disturb the peaceful atmosphere.

“We #respect the religious #sentiments and practices of all but at the same time it is also our joint #responsibility to defeat the ill designs of vested interest who try to disturb #peaceful atmosphere,” the Kashmir Zone Police quoted the IGP as having said in its official Twitter handle

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