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  • Police Scotland approves hijab as official uniform to boost number of Muslim women joining force

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    Police Scotland has announced that the hijab will become part of its official uniform as it aims to create a more diverse force.

    The force said they hope the move will “encourage women from Muslim communities, who may previously not have seen policing as a career option, to reconsider”.

    In the past, Muslim police officers in Scotland were allowed to wear the hijab, but only once it was approved by senior staff members.

    The Metropolitan Police introduced the hijab as an optional part of the force’s official uniform in 2001 as part of a similar drive to recruit a more diverse mix of officers.

    In a statement, chief constable Phil Gormley said: “I am delighted to make this announcement and welcome the support from both the Muslim community, and the wider community, as well as police officers and staff. 

    “Like many other employers, especially in the public sector, we are working towards ensuring our service is representative of the communities we serve. I hope that this addition to our uniform options will contribute to making our staff mix more diverse and adds to the life skills, experiences and personal qualities that our officers and staff bring to policing the communities of Scotland.”

    The announcement was

    welcomed by the Scottish Police Muslim Association (SPMA), a group that aims to build links between Muslim communities in Scotland and the police.

    Fahad Bashir, chair of the SPMA said: “This is a positive step in the right direction, and I am delighted that Police Scotland is taking productive steps in order to ensure that our organisation is seen to be inclusive and represents the diverse communities that we serve across Scotland.  

    “No doubt this will encourage more women from Muslim and minority ethnic backgrounds to join Police Scotland.”

    Police Scotland’s diversity drive follows statistics from the Scottish Police Authority released earlier this year which showed just 127, (2.6 per cent) of the 4,809 applications to join the force were from people with ethnic backgrounds. 

    The report said: “If the black and minority ethnic groups (BME) national average of 4 per cent is to be met within the organisation, an additional 650 BME recruits are required across all areas of the business.

     

    @independent.co.uk

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  • The chaiwala who went viral just landed his first fashion job

     

    Pakistan's chai-making sensation has a name, people. It's Arshad Khan.

    And we're likely to get to know him better because he's on his way to possible stardom.

    Retail site fitin.pk has signed on Arshad as a model — for an undisclosed amount. His first shoot is already out.

    We talked to Arshad, and discovered that he could be a good fit in showbiz. Here's why.

    1) For starters, Arshad Khan is just 18.

    That sounds like an appropriate age to begin one's career in showbiz. He could have started earlier, but oh well.

    More background about Arshad: He hails from Kohat and has been making chai at Itwar Bazaar for three months now. He has never been to school. He plans to marry, but will let his parents choose his bride.

    2) He has great story for how he got his first gig.

    Arshad doesn't know when his photograph was taken or who took it, but he spotted a few kids holding flyers with half his face printed on them, the same picture circulating online. When he asked where they got the flyers, they said a helicopter came and threw them from the sky.

    Now that's a great start to a story.

     

     

    Pakistan's chai-making sensation has a name, people. It's Arshad Khan.

    And we're likely to get to know him better because he's on his way to possible stardom.

    Retail site fitin.pk has signed on Arshad as a model — for an undisclosed amount. His first shoot is already out.

    Arshad's modelling t-shirts for fitin.pk - Photo courtesy fitin.pk
    Arshad's modelling t-shirts for fitin.pk - Photo courtesy fitin.pk

    We talked to Arshad, and discovered that he could be a good fit in showbiz. Here's why.

    1) For starters, Arshad Khan is just 18.

    That sounds like an appropriate age to begin one's career in showbiz. He could have started earlier, but oh well.

    More background about Arshad: He hails from Kohat and has been making chai at Itwar Bazaar for three months now. He has never been to school. He plans to marry, but will let his parents choose his bride.

    2) He has great story for how he got his first gig.

    Arshad doesn't know when his photograph was taken or who took it, but he spotted a few kids holding flyers with half his face printed on them, the same picture circulating online. When he asked where they got the flyers, they said a helicopter came and threw them from the sky.

    Now that's a great start to a story.

    We think he's a natural in front of the camera
    We think he's a natural in front of the camera

    3) He was quick to get used to the limelight.

    When the media first hounded him, Arshad freaked out. His mamoo(maternal uncle) was also worried. 'Why is the media after him?' he wondered. Upon reaching Arshad's chai stall, he discovered the reason for the hullabaloo: people found him 'khoobsurat'.

    Initially, Arshad tried to drive away the media. His friends asked for huge sums of money —20 lacs from Dawn TV and 50 lacs from Geo TV — to deter reporters from approaching him.

    Arshad was also upset that his entire day went to waste. Due to the clamour, he lost his phone.

    But ask Arshad not even a day later, and he's very happy about his newfound fame. He says that he'll definitely model and act in films if he gets the chance.

    His mamoo agrees, saying that if Arshad gets any film or modelling offers, he will fully support him and stand by his side.

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  • This blue-eyed chaiwala is being called Pakistan's 'nuclear weapon'

    NEW DELHI: An Islamabadchaiwala, or tea seller, has become Pakistan's blue-eyed boy, with people on social media calling him Pak's "nuclear weapon" who could be unleashed for "surgical strikeson Indian girls."

    This picture was taken by a photographer called Javeria, or 'Jiah,' Ali, who posted the photo on her Instagram handle after which it went viral on social media platforms. Ali told The International Business Times (IBT) that she found him in the Itwar Bazaar area of Islamabad during a photo-walk she participated in a few months ago.

    which it went viral on social media platforms. Ali told The International Business Times (IBT) that she found him in the Itwar Bazaar area of Islamabad during a photo-walk she participated in a few months ago.

    "I took his picture during a photowalk I attended a few months back, but shared the post recently on Instagram and someone shared it on other social media platform after which it went viral," Jiah said.

    The photo became the top trend on Twitter in Pakistan late yesterday with the hashtag #ChaiWala.

    @indiatimes.com

     

    Guys, There’s A Really Hot Chaiwala In Pakistan And The Internet Is Collectively Crushing On Him

     

    When Islamabad-based photographer Jiah Ali took and Instagrammed this photo of a tea seller, she had no idea what she was in for.

     

     

    “I took the photo was during a recent photo walk I attended in Islamabad. He had a tiny tea stall in the area near the vegetable section of the city’s Itwar Bazaar (Sunday mart). I spotted him while he was pouring some tea,” Jiah told BuzzFeed.

    “My first two shots were of him looking down concentrated on his chai, but I was lucky enough to capture the viral shot in the seconds he looked at me for. He shied away, smiling, as soon as he saw me,” Jiah told BuzzFeed.

     @BuzzFeed.

    Internet fandom of Pakistani 'chaiwala' expands to India, Middle East

    (Web Desk) – An instagram photo of a ‘chaiwala’ in Islamabad taken by aspiring photographer Jiah Ali went viral on social media platforms not because of his flavorsome tea but for his eye-catching and debonair looks.

    Overnight, ‘chaiWala’ became top Twitter trend with girls going mad after the latest internet crush.

     

    Arshad Khan, brother of 17 siblings, expressed his ecstasy on becoming famous in one day.

    Talking to Dunya News, he said that he is happy with his overnight popularity but it is irritating when people gather around him for pictures during working hours as he is supposed to work to earn livelihood.

    Meanwhile, he said that people have taken more than 150 pictures with him so far.

    @dunyanews.tv

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  • Top Isis commander calls Donald Trump a 'complete maniac'

     

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     A top Isis commander in Afghanistan has called the President-elect Donald Trump a “complete maniac” and said his “utter hate towards Muslims” will make it “much easier" to recruit thousands more supporters.

    Mr Trump was widely condemned for his call, shortly after the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015, to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the country until he figured out "what the hell was going on".

    The Republican and his allies have consistently defended the ban, insisting the measure was about Americans’ "safety" and not about discriminating against religion.

    Trump: We're going to deport millions

    Mr Trump has since toned down his call for the ban saying he would temporarily suspend immigration from countries that have "a history of exporting terrorism."

    But Taliban commanders and Islamic State supporters have said the rhetoric Mr Trump used during his campaign will help their recruitment efforts, especially among disaffected young people in the West.

    "This guy is a complete maniac. His utter hate towards Muslims will make our job much easier because we can recruit thousands," Abu Omar Khorasani, a top Isis commander in Afghanistan, told Reuters.

    "Our leaders were closely following the US election but it was unexpected that the Americans will dig their own graves and they did so," Khorasani continued, describing President Barack Obama as a moderate infidel with a little more intelligence than Mr Trump.

     

     

    A senior Taliban commander in Afghanistan said the group had kept track of Mr Trump's speeches and anti-Muslim comments: "If he does what he warned in his election campaign, I am sure it will provoke Muslim Ummah [community] across the world and jihadi organizations can exploit it." 

    Al Qaeda, which launched the 11 September attacks on New York and the Pentagon, has not yet commented on Mr Trump's win.

    However, Hisham al Hashemi an adviser to the Iraqi government on Sunni jihadist movements, told Reuters that "Al Qaeda is known for its recruitment strategy that heavily quotes speeches of the White House and other Western officials.”

    Iraq's powerful Shia Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said in a statement: "He [Donald Trump] does not differentiate between extremist and moderate Islamist trends and, at the same time, he overlooks [the fact] that his extremism will generate extremism in return.”

    Mr Trump’s office did not immediately respond to request for comment on the statements from militants.

    @ndependent.co.uk/

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