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Pakistan will soon be recognised as “minorities-friendly country,” says PM Nawaz Sharif, orders renovation of Hindu Shrines

Nawaz Sharif emphasizes on the minority-friendly policies of Pakistan government

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Islamabad, Jan 11, 2017: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in a statement on Wednesday said, Pakistan will soon be recognised as a “minorities-friendly country”, as he ordered the start of the renovation of Katas Raj temple complex, one the most sacred places for Hindus in the country with Muslim majority.

Pakistan is adapting a number of policies to establish the country’s identity as a minority-friendly country and providing equal rights to the followers of all religions in the country, Sharif stated while speaking at the Katas Raj Temples Complex in Chakwal.

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“The day is not far when Pakistan will be recognised as a minorities-friendly country due to steps being undertaken to better the lives of minority groups,” he was quoted as saying during his speech.The Prime Minister said he had advised the Pak government officials to spare no efforts in playing host to pilgrims and take measures for the protection and expansion of minorities’ places of worship.

He also said he was the Prime Minister of everyone and “not just Muslims” and instructed Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) chairman Siddiqul Farooq to renovate the holy sites in the area to their original state.

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He would ensure his full backing for the construction of Baba Guru Nanak and Gandhara universities, Sharif added.

Sharif referred to historic examples to point out that it was a part of the Islamic faith to treat the majority and minorities with equal care and importance.He acknowledged the fact that Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Parsis have all been working hand-in-hand to protect the country and contribute their share to its peace, prosperity and growth.

Sharif showed up at the Katas Raj temple complex in Chakwal district near Islamabad to inaugurate the water filtration plant of Amrat Jal.

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The filtration plant has been set up at the temple’s holy Amrat Jal pond and it will be a major supply of clean drinking water to the Hindu pilgrims who are visiting the place.

“The renovation should be done to restore the building to its original shape. It should be done within the one and half year of remaining tenure of my government,” he mentioned in his speech.(PTI)

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

 

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A Nuclear War Between India and Pakistan Can Pose a Threat To Ocean Life, Says Study

A lingering question is whether the survivors could still get food from the sea

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For the study, published in Geophysical Research Letters journal, the researchers looked at how climate changes stemming from nuclear war would affect the ocean life. Pixabay

A nuclear war between India and Pakistan could worsen the impact of ocean acidification on corals, clams, oysters and other marine life with shells or skeletons, says a study.

“We found that the ocean’s chemistry would change, with global cooling dissolving atmospheric carbon into the upper ocean and exacerbating the primary threat of ocean acidification,” said the study’s co-author Alan Robock, Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University in the US.

For the study, published in Geophysical Research Letters journal, the researchers looked at how climate changes stemming from nuclear war would affect the oceans.

They used a global climate model in which the climate reacted to soot (black carbon) in smoke that would be injected into the upper atmosphere from fires ignited by nuclear weapons. They considered a range of hypothetical nuclear wars, including a relatively small one between India and Pakistan and a large one between the US and Russia.

Excess carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels enters the ocean and reacts with water to form carbonic acid, which decreases ocean pH (makes it more acidic) and lowers levels of carbonate ions. Corals, clams, oysters and other marine organisms use carbonate ions to create their shells and skeletons, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

A more acidic ocean makes it harder to form and maintain shells and skeletons. The massive amount of smoke from a nuclear conflict would block sunlight and cause global cooling, the study said.

The cooling would temporarily boost the pH in the surface ocean over five years and briefly lessen the decline in pH from ocean acidification. But the cooling would also lead to lower levels of carbonate ions for about 10 years, challenging shell maintenance in marine organisms, said researchers.

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A nuclear war between India and Pakistan could worsen the impact of ocean acidification on corals, clams, oysters and other marine life with shells or skeletons, says a study. Pixabay

“We have known for a while that agriculture on land would be severely affected by climate change from nuclear war,” Robock said. “A lingering question is whether the survivors could still get food from the sea. Our study is the first step in answering this question,” Robock added.

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The next step is to combine projected changes in ocean chemistry with projected changes in temperature and salinity and assess their impacts on shellfish and fish stocks throughout the oceans, he said. (IANS)