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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today offered a ‘chadar’ for presentation at Ajmer Sharif dargah on the occasion of Urs. Kumar reached Kankah-e-Mujibia at Phulwarisharif here and handed over the ‘chadar’ for presentation at Khwaja Garib Nawaz dargah at Ajmer, an official statement said here. The CM prayed for promotion of brotherhood, happiness and peace in the state. Khanquah-e-Mujibia Secretary Maulana Sayyed Shah Mohammad Minhazuddin presented the ‘Chadar’ on behalf of Kumar, the statement said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A ‘chaadar’ (shawl) will be offered at the famous Ajmer Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who today hailed the Sufi saint as a “symbol of great spiritual traditions of India”. Modi handed over the “chaadar” to Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh here for offering it at the shrine during the ‘Urs’ (festival) which starts on March 30. On the occasion, the Prime Minister conveyed greetings and best wishes to Khwaja Chishti’s followers across the world. In his message, Modi said “Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti is a symbol of the great spiritual traditions of India”, according to a PMO statement. “Gharib Nawaz’s service of humanity would remain an inspiration for future generations,” he added. Khwaja Chishti, a great 6th century sufi saint, is also known as ‘Gharib Nawaz’ (patron of the poor). The Prime Minister offered his best wishes for the successful conduct of the ‘Urs’.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India?s Deputy High Commissioner in Paksitan J.P. Singh was summoned by the Foreign Office and reportedly informed about Islamabad?s strong objection to 2007 Ajmer blast case accused Swami Aseemanand being acquitted by National Investigation (NIA) Court. Swami Aseemanand was accused in the Ajmer blast case as per the NIA’s chargesheet filed in 2007. The agency accused Aseemamand of hatching the conspiracy of bombing the Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti shrine, which killed three people and injured 17. The hearing into the matter was postponed multiple times as witnesses made applications delaying their appearance before the court, citing a threat to their lives among other reasons. The investigation in the matter was later handed over to the ATS (Anti-Terrorism Squad) in November 2007. Later in December 2010, the chief judicial magistrate?s court permitted the National Investigation Agency to interrogate the accused. After the change of government at the Centre in 2014, the case was fast-tracked. Aseemanand is an accused in several other cases, including that of blast at Hyderabad’s Mecca Masjid in 2007 and the explosion in the same year on the Samjhauta Express train in which led to the killing of 70 passengers on the train running between India and Pakistan. He was jailed in 2010 after allegedly admitting to his involvement in the terror attack on the train. Aseemanand later said he had been tortured and made to give a false statement.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Spiritual heads of various shrines and religious leaders from across the country would converge at the first ‘peace conference’ organised by Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisty educational and charitable trust in Ajmer on March 5. Aimed at promoting peace, nationalism and religious harmony, the conference would be attended by religious heads of all the major shrines of the country including from Dargah Nizamuddin Aulia, Delhi and Maner Shrif, Bihar among others. Hindu religious leaders have also been invited for the conference which will have different sessions with the agenda to promote nationalism and religious harmony among youth by the spiritual leaders, organisers of the event said. The speakers will discuss that what role can be played by the spiritual leaders to promote tolerance and spiritual insights aligned with the concept of nationalism, human rights and diversity. “The role of the religious leaders in empowering society and women and promoting economic equality will also be taken up for the discussion in the conference,” Naseruddin Chishty, secretary of the trust, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)