Russian Navy to take part in Pakistanâ€™s AMAN-2021 drills, expected to have NATO countries in attendance
FILE PHOTO. Frigate 'Admiral Makarov' attached to Russia's Black Sea Fleet. Â© Sputnik / Alexey Druzhinin
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The Russian Navy is set to participate in the upcoming AMAN-2021 drills, which is staged by Pakistan and expected to attract dozens of participants. The rare event could bring together China, Japan and some of the NATO countries.
The biannual naval exercise is scheduled to take place off Karachi between February 11-16, 2021. The drills will focus on fighting piracy and otherwise ensuring unimpeded navigation.On Thursday, Russiaâ€™s Black Sea Fleet confirmed its participation following a meeting via a video link. A frigate, a patrol boat, a support vessel, as well as a marine unit and naval helicopter attached to the fleet will be sent to join the drills.
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â€œRepresentatives of more than 30 countries confirmed their participation in the exercise, of which about 10 will dispatch naval vessels while the rest will send in official observers,â€ Russian military said in a statement without revealing which other guest nations will send in their ships.
Pakistan has been hosting AMAN drills biannually since 2007. It is a rare naval event in that it does not exhibit any bloc mentality, at times bringing together countries that do not exactly enjoy cozy relationships.
The drillsâ€™ organizers have repeatedly invited China, Japan and Australia, as well as some NATO member states, including the US, the UK and Turkey. Naval vessels from Russia and the US met at the exercise back in 2017 in a rare cooperative event between Moscow and NATO, which have otherwise seen their relations go in a downward spiral for the past few years.
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Is their Muslim response per Quran? Please read on:
What blasphemy Law?
The Quran informs the reader that the Prophet was mocked, ridiculed (37:12) like the messengers before him (13:32; 15:11; 21:41). He was called an inventor, forger, a liar (16:101; 25:4), a man who was bewitched (17:47; 25:8), that he was a possessed poet (37:36). Insults were even hurled at the Quran, in that it was called 'muddled dreams' (21:5), 'foreign, outlandish' (16:103), an invention, a forgery (38:7) and tales of the men of the past (25:5).
However, the single most grave blasphemy was undoubtedly the blasphemy against God Himself.
7.180 â€œThe most beautiful names belong to God: so call on him by them; but shun such men as use profanity (Arabic: Yul'hiduna) in His names: for what they do, they will soon be requitedâ€
Arabic: Yul'hiduna - Blaspheme, deviate, violate, distort, pervert.
At no point did any of these insults attract the death penalty.
Rather, the advice was:
38.017 "Be patient over what they say and remember our servant David, the man of strength for he was repeatedly turning (to God)"
20.130 â€œTherefore be patient with what they say, and celebrate (constantly) the praises of thy Lord, before the rising of the sun and before its setting, yea, celebrate them for part of the hours of the night, and at the sides of the day: that you may have (spiritual) joyâ€
Whether repeated insults and evil transgression which incite hatred, terrorism and evil in the land can be classed as 'fasaad' remains a matter for the state to decide. However, this is very different from the general 'blasphemy' understood by many Muslims today who believe it correct to murder anyone for uttering anything against the Prophet.