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in the Islamic world
1. an independent ruler or chieftain
2. a military commander or governor
3. a descendant of Mohammed
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



in the countries of the Orient, a title for Muslim rulers equivalent to the title of prince. Until the adoption of Islam in the seventh century, the title emir was applied to military leaders; it was later used for Muslim rulers with secular and religious power, such as the emir of Bukhara and the emir of Afghanistan. The title is given to the sons of Arab monarchs in certain countries, including Saudi Arabia. The leaders of large groups of pilgrims to Mecca are also called emirs.

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The court after hearing arguments acquitted Aamir Sohail while maintained life imprisonment of Muhammad Khan.
And to change a state policy you have to go through the parliament to discuss it at the length,' the 52-year-old Aamir explained.
The PCB should have convinced Aamir to choose between ODIs, T20s and play selected Test matches.'
With 10 wickets from three games in the tournament, Mohammad Aamir is now leading wicket taker of the tournament, his figures 5-30 is also the best by a bowler in this tournament and Pakistan's first ever five-fer in a World Cup match against Australia.
Replying to the cricketer's tweet in an equally funny manner, Aamir wrote, "Thanks Sachin!
And I will bring lots of Indians with me, Aamir had said.
During the talk, a journalist questioned about Aamir Liaquat's decision of joining the party so Nawaz Sharif smiled and said that we are thankful to Allah that he did not join PML-N.
Aamir has over two decades of international experience as a senior executive across multiple industries and has lived and worked in the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates.
Addressing Babar Awan, the CJP remarked if Aamir Liaqat violates the court's orders then contempt of court proceedings will be initiated against him.
Mumbai: Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan said he makes movies in which he strongly believes.
For Aamir, sending out public vibes that he is friends with SRK right now would help his film tremendously.
The villain of Heropanti, actor Ranjha Vikram Singh, says he was in talks for a role in superstar Aamir Khan for his film Dangal , but was advised against doing the film as there wasn't "something meaty" in itfor him.