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36 Years After 72, all Muslims, Were Killed In UP, All 39 Accused Acquitted; Carnage Had Taken Place On May 23, 1987

New Age Islam News Bureau

03 April 2023



• Gujarat Court Acquits 26 People Accused Of Gangrape and murder of over a dozen Muslims During The 2002 Riots

• British Library in London Hosts 'Open Iftar' For Interfaith Unity In Ramadan

• Donald Trump’s Son-In-Law, Jared Kushner's Firm Received $200 Millions From UAE, Qatar: Report

• General Bajwa Put Pressure On Me To Restore Ties With India: Imran Khan



• Same-Sex Marriage Against Quran: Jamiat's Plea In SC

• Muslim Cattle Trader, Idrees Pasha,  Beaten To Death By Cow Vigilantes, About 150km From Bangalore

• Right-Wing Leader Kajal Singhala’s Hate Speech Rouses Communal Tension In Gujarat’s Una

• Northeast Delhi riots: Court frames charges against 5 for setting mosque on fire

• Ramzan: Hyderabad hotels no longer cover up to avoid gaze of fasting Muslims

• NCP Muslim Leader Syed Abdul Qadir Maulana Joins K Chandrasekhar Rao In Big Maharashtra Joining



• London’s Police Call On More Muslims To Join Service Amid Negative Criticism

• Over 1,000 Afghans trapped in Pakistan awaiting UK travel, report finds

• Over 50% Of Swedes Support Ban On Quran Burning


North America

• Argentina sends humanitarian donations to Türkiye: Foreign Ministry



• Commerce Ministry Terms Rumours Of Pak-Israel Trade ‘Sheer Propaganda’

• Pakistan Says ‘Terrorists’ Operating From Iran Kill Four Soldiers

• Militant attacks drop by 36pc in country as death toll stays same

• Pakistan to place order for Russian oil next month: Minister

• Three killed as mild earthquake hits Pakistan's Balochistan province

• LHC to take up Imran’s plea seeking dismissal of 121 cases tomorrow



• Hamas: Ben-Gvir’s ‘Private Militia’ Plan Lays Bare Israel’s Racist, Fascist Nature

• British cities hold Palestine rallies, demand closure of Israeli arms factories in UK

• Spokesman: Iran Reserves Right to Retaliate Israeli Regime's Terrorist Attacks

• Iranian, Saudi FMs Fix Meeting for Coming Days

• Israel says it downed unidentified aircraft that appeared to come from Syria

• Israeli army kills suspected assailant after West Bank car ramming

• General strike held in occupied territories over Israeli killing of Palestinian near al-Aqsa Mosque


South Asia

• Taliban Intelligence Arrests Perpetrator of Afghanistan’s Balkh Explosions

• Two Children Killed in Afghanistan Mortar Mine Blast

• Unemployment, poverty forces hundreds of Afghans to flee abroad


Southeast Asia

• Malaysian Foreign Ministry Condemns Repeated Vile Attacks Against Quran In Denmark

• Experts: Higher spending this Ramadan, but only because cost of living has increased


Arab World

• Car Bombing Hits Syria’s Capital, No Deaths Reported: State Media

• Saudi Arabia, UAE, Other OPEC+ Oil Producers Announce Voluntary Output Cuts

• Five Syrian Soldiers Wounded InIsraeli Air Strike Near Homs: SANA

• Syria foreign minister makes first Egypt visit in over 10 years

• Saudi ministry advises Umrah pilgrims not to carry large sums of cash, warns of fraud

• Etidal finds 6m extremist posts on Telegram in three months

• Jordan’s crown prince arrives in Saudi Arabia



• Jordan King Says Muslims Have ‘Duty To Deter Israeli Escalation’ In Jerusalem

• Algeria Rejects Foreign Military Intervention In Region For ‘Fighting Terrorism’

• Focus Your Sermons On How To Reform Practice Of Islam – UNILAG Imam Tells Islamic Clerics

• Libya rejects UN report on violations of migrant rights

• Burkina Faso expels correspondents of French newspapers: Reports

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau



36 Years After 72, all Muslims, Were Killed In UP, All 39 Accused Acquitted; Carnage Had Taken Place On May 23, 1987

TNN | Apr 3, 2023



MEERUT: More than three decades - and 900 hearings - after the massacre in which 72 people, all Muslims, were killed at Malyana on the outskirts of Meerut, a local court has acquitted all the 39 accused.

Sachin Mohan, additional district counsel, told TOI, "The court of additional district judge (court 6) Lakhvinder Singh Sood on Friday let off 39 accused as the prosecution could not produce enough evidence to prove their involvement in the case."

There were a total of 93 accused, of which 23 had died in the last 36 years of trial and 31 "could not be traced".

The carnage had taken place on May 23, 1987, when hundreds of locals accompanied by a huge contingent of the Provincial Armed Constabulary, had entered Malyana, with guns and swords. All five entry points of the locality were allegedly blocked, and the massacre followed, claiming 72 lives. According to eyewitnesses, "death was raining from all sides and no one was spared, including children and women."

"One burning child was thrown on a rickshaw while the charred body of a young woman clutching her two children was found inside her burnt dwelling. Eleven members of a single family were shot and thrown into a well," a witness told TOI on Sunday.

Alauddin Siddiqui, the lawyer from the aggrieved side, said, "It is an abrupt decision at a time when proceedings were still on. Hearing on the 34 post-mortems had not taken place and the accused had not been examined under Section 313 of CrPC (power of court to examine accused to explain evidence adduced against him). We will appeal in the HC."

Additional district counsel Mohan refuted the charges, saying, "There were several reasons spelled out for the acquittal. First, police had not conducted an identification parade of the accused. Secondly, police had allegedly put 93 random names from the voter list, including those who had died years prior to the carnage. Then, no weapon was recovered from the site."

Survivor: Was carnage a figment of imagination?

Many residents of Malyana termed the verdict of a local court in Meerut acquitting all 39 accused in the 1987 massacre as "a big setback". Mohd Yaqub, 63, one of the survivors who had filed the FIR in the case, said, "I could not sleep the whole night after hearing news of the verdict. It has broken our resolve to fight. The macabre dance of death occurred right in front of our eyes. Entire families were wiped out. Yet, we have to keep our faith in the judiciary. Was this carnage a figment of our imagination?"

Residents recalled that tension had been brewing in the area for several weeks before the massacre. On April 14, 1987, during the local Nauchandi fair, a cop on duty was struck by a firecracker after which he allegedly opened fire and two Muslims were killed. Another incident near the Hashimpura crossing in Meerut added fuel to the fire when an altercation over film songs being played at a religious function led to a clash between Hindu and Muslim groups that snowballed into arson, looting and rioting.

Then, on May 22, 1987, a day before the Malyana carnage, another massacre took place in which 42 Muslims were rounded up by personnel from the PAC from the Hashimpura area in Meerut, taken to Upper Ganga canal at Muradnagar in Ghaziabad, shot and thrown into the water body.

The verdict in the Hashimpura massacre was delivered by a Delhi court in 2018, leading to the conviction of 16 ex-PAC men.

But in the Malyana verdict, the role of the PAC men has not even been mentioned, Yaqub, who filed the original complaint, said.

"I was one of those who were rounded up and mercilessly beaten as the massacre was still on in which without any provocation, the PAC men began attacking houses while the mob indulged in looting and rioting," he said, adding that his ribs were broken and he was in intense pain. "I was made to sign the police complaint and didn't even know what was written in it. It was quite later I came to know 93 Hindus had been named in the FIR and there was no mention of PAC personnel at all," he said.

Source: Times Of India

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Gujarat Court Acquits 26 People Accused Of Gangrape and murder of over a dozen Muslims During The 2002 Riots


The acquittals come eight months after 11 lifers, convicted of gang-raping a pregnant Bilkis Bano and killing seven members of her family during the 2002 violence, had their sentences remitted by the Gujarat government and were released.

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A Gujarat court has acquitted for want of evidence all the 26 people accused in connection with a gang rape and the murder of over a dozen Muslims in separate incidents in Kalol during the 2002 riots.

The witness accounts contained contradictions and failed to support the prosecution’s arguments, additional sessions judge LeelabhaiChudasama said on Friday while delivering the verdict in Halol, Panchmahal district.

The acquittals come eight months after 11 lifers, convicted of gang-raping a pregnant Bilkis Bano and killing seven members of her family during the 2002 violence, had their sentences remitted by the Gujarat government and were released. The matter is before the Supreme Court.    

Of the 39 accused in the Kalol atrocities, 13 had died during the two-decade pendency of the case.

On March 1, 2002, more than 2,000 people from two communities had clashed with sharp weapons and inflammable objects in Kalol city, Gandhinagar district, according to the FIR.

They vandalised and burnt down shops. A man injured in police firing was being taken to hospital when the vehicle was torched and he was burnt alive.

Another man was attacked and killed while he was coming out of a mosque and his body was burnt inside the mosque. In another incident, 38 people fleeing Delol village and coming towards Kalol were attacked, and 11 of them were burnt alive. A woman was gang-raped while she and others were trying to escape, the FIR says. The prosecution examined 190 witnesses and furnished 334 documents.

Source: TelegraphIndia

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British Library in London Hosts 'Open Iftar' For Interfaith Unity In Ramadan

APR 02, 2023

Mass iftar program held in British Library, London, U.K., March 31, 2023. (AA Photo)


The British Library in London organized an Open Iftar event on Friday, which is a community gathering during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan where people of different backgrounds and faiths come together to break their fast.

These events are typically arranged by Muslim communities to promote interfaith dialogue and foster understanding and unity among communities.

People gathered for the fast-breaking meal at one of the world's largest libraries as part of the event hosted by the Ramadan Tent Project, an award-winning charity founded in 2013.

After the call to prayer was called, Muslims broke their fast at the library which was followed by a congregational prayer.

Councillor Nasim Ali, mayor of Camden, and Jerry Shillito, head of operations at the British Library, were among the attendees.

The project organized a fast-breaking meal last week in London at the famous Victoria and Albert Museum and Chelsea's stadium, Stamford Bridge.

Open Iftar returned to the British Library to mark Ramadan, according to Omar Salha, founder of the Ramadan Tent Project.

Two of the four original copies of the Magna Carta are kept at the British Library.

Ramadan began on March 23 and will continue through April 21 – the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the month.

The Ramadan Tent Project was started to bring communities together and spread the spirit of the holy month through various initiatives.

The Project said earlier it will hold iftar events in 10 cities across the U.K. during the holy month.

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Donald Trump’s Son-In-Law, Jared Kushner's Firm Received $200 Millions From UAE, Qatar: Report

01 April 2023

Then-senior adviser Jared Kushner, with Saudi officials, including Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, at a meeting at the White House in 2018. (File photo)


Former US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner's private equity firm, Affinity Partners, has received $200 million from a UAE wealth fund, and a similar amount from a Qatari entity.

The New York Times reported on Friday that Kushner received hundreds of millions from the two Persian Gulf Arab countries for his firm.

According to people with knowledge of the matter, the two Arab states joined Saudi Arabia in backing the venture launched by Kushner as he left the White House.

The oil and gas-rich Persian Gulf monarchies' payments to Kushner reflect the continued efforts by Trump's close allies and relatives to cash in from the close ties they built with the wealthy Arab states during his presidency and the desire of leaders in the region to remain on good terms with Kushner as his father-in-law seeks the presidency again.

The Times reported that two sources with knowledge about the transactions said the Emiratis invested more than $200 million with Kushner’s firm, Affinity Partners.

According to the two people with knowledge of that deal, a Qatari entity invested a similar sum with the firm.

The money given by the UAE came through a sovereign wealth fund, but the identity of the Qatari investor is unclear.

However, top Emirati officials are also said to have close ties with Kushner, which were forged during the Trump administration.

In 2018, during the Trump presidency, a Qatar-linked company helped bail out Kushner’s infamous debt-ridden building in midtown Manhattan, 666 Fifth Avenue.

US top-ranking officials and politicians from both parties often benefit financially from deals abroad after leaving government service, particularly in the Middle East.

Despite few laws or ethics guidelines prohibiting Americans from profiting from the wealth of the Arab countries, the sheer enormity and timing of the investments in Kushner’s firm have raised eyebrows in Washington.

To put it in perspective, the investments are not especially large coming from energy-rich countries whose sovereign wealth funds manage hundreds of billions of dollars in assets. And they are far smaller than the commitment made earlier by the main Saudi sovereign wealth fund, a $650 billion entity known as the Public Investment Fund, which, as The New York Times has reported, invested $2 billion with Kushner in 2021. Affinity Partners has confirmed that the Public Investment Fund was backing it without giving details on the amount. Updated disclosures are likely to show that Affinity Partners now manages roughly $3 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter.

However, investments in Kushner's firm were made despite the panel that screens investments for the Saudi sovereign wealth fund voting unanimously against investing in Kushner's company, citing the "inexperience" of its management, an asset management fee that "seems excessive," and other “unsatisfactory” aspects of the new company.

Meanwhile, the lucrative money ties between the Saudi leadership and Kushner raise legal and ethical concerns, particularly if Trump becomes president again.

The Republican former president had created close ties with the Saudi rulers during his tenure at the White House and aligned his administration’s Mideast policy more closely with the kingdom. Kushner facilitated the undertakings by cultivating a personal friendship with the Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, the kingdom’s de facto ruler.

As president, Trump's first official visit abroad, which had been arranged by Kushner, was to Riyadh. During the trip, Trump unveiled a multi-billion dollar arms deal, which had also been negotiated by Kushner.

Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), who in 2022 was chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, opened an investigation into whether Kushner had traded on his government position to secure the Saudi investment in his venture.

Maloney wrote to Kushner asking, "whether your personal financial interests improperly influenced US foreign policy during the administration of your father-in-law, former President Trump." Kushner denied any wrongdoing.

Source: Press TV
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General Bajwa put pressure on me to restore ties with India: Imran Khan

Apr 2, 2023

Pakistan former prime minister Imran Khan


NEW DELHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has said former army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa had pressurised him to restore friendship with India, the media reported.

Bajwa wanted friendship with India and put pressure on him for this, Khan was quoted as saying by The News.

Bajwa said something one day and retracted it the next day. His accountability should be initiated within the army, he said.

Answering a question about the general elections, the PTI chairman said if the elections were not held in 90 days, there would be no Constitution left in the country and then he would take direct action.

Earlier this month, Pakistan again denied it was holding any "backchannel" talks with bordering India but reiterated its desire for a peaceful neighbourhood, The Express Tribune reported.

"At this stage, there is no back channel (talks) between Pakistan and India," said Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch while responding to a question at a weekly briefing, The Express Tribune reported.

Relations between the two neighbouring countries have remained at a standstill for the last many years.

Pakistan had not only downgraded diplomatic ties but suspended bilateral trade with India.

However, there was a chance of a possible thaw in ties when two countries engaged in backchannel talks in 2021. The secret meetings between senior security officials of Pakistan and India in the UAE led to the renewal of ceasefire understanding along the Line of Control (LoC) in February 2021, The Express Tribune reported.

The next move was to restore bilateral trade but the process came to a halt when the government of then premier Khan turned down the decision to import sugar and cotton from India.

Some reports later claimed that backchannel talks even discussed the possibility of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Pakistan.

Source: Times Of India

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Same-sex marriage against Quran: Jamiat's plea in SC

Apr 3, 2023

NEW DELHI: Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind on Sunday moved the Supreme Court protesting against petitions seeking legalization of same-sex marriage, terming it anti-Quran, and put its weight behind the Union government to remind the judiciary to not transgress into legislative domain by normalizing a western concept that hits at the basic structure of marriage, procreation and family.

The SC on March 13 had said the petitions seeking validation of same-sex marriage raise a "seminal issue" and used its powers under Article 145(3) of the Constitution to refer it to a five-judge bench to adjudicate the constitutionality of the claim by petitioners belonging to LGBTQIA+ community.

Jamiat, in its petition filed through advocate MR Shamshad, said, "Islam's prohibition of homosexuality has been categorical from the dawn of the religion. From the primary religious text, the Holy Quran, to the embargos placed through the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, the primary legislator, and to the interpretations available in thework on the Islamic teachings on gender relations and sexuality; the position of Islam with respect to the prohibition on homosexuality is undisputed and established."

It said genderis one of the crucial factors in Islamic law relating to maintenance, inheritance, guardianship, custody, etc. "Theologically, the rulings with respect to the dress code, prayer to even mannerisms differ according to gender. These distinctions are crucial to Islam to such an extent that Prophet Muhammad had cursed men who purposely imitate women and women who purposely imitate men," it added.

Source: Times Of India

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Muslim Cattle Trader, Idrees Pasha,  Beaten To Death By Cow Vigilantes, About 150km From Bangalore

K.M. Rakesh   |   Bangalore  


A Muslim cattle trader has been beaten to death allegedly by cow vigilantes in BJP-ruled Karnataka, weeks after a state minister described the May 10 Assembly elections as a “battle between cow protectors and cow slaughterers”.

Idrees Pasha, 38, was on Saturday morning found dead on a roadside in Sathanur village of Ramanagara district, about 150km from Bangalore, local police said.

The police, who have registered a murder case, said a group of five vigilantes had allegedly stopped Pasha’s cattle-laden truck in Sathanur on Friday night and assaulted its three occupants.

Syed Zaheer, one of Pasha’s two companions who survived the alleged attack, said the vigilantes refused to let the truck go even after Pasha told them he had papers to prove he had bought the animals at a cattle market. He said the assailants asked the trio to “go to Pakistan”.

Zaheer has in the FIR named the leader of the attackers as Puneet Kerehalli, a well-known local cow vigilante, police sources said. All five are in hiding.

According to Zaheer, the truck had left Mandya around 9pm on Friday with the cattle. It was intercepted by the vigilantes some 130km away in Sathanur, around 11.40pm.

The other survivor has been identified as Irfan. The truck is in police custody.

The discovery of Pasha’s body led to local people blocking the road and demanding immediate arrests.

The accused have been booked on charges of murder, wrongful restraint, and intentional insult to provoke breach of peace.

The incident comes at a time the RSS-BJP has been accused of trying to polarise voters ahead of the state polls, with its leaders making incendiary comments and highlighting divisive issues such as “love jihad”, conversions, and a ban on Muslim vendors at temple festivals.

In February-end, state animal husbandry minister Prabhu Chavan had declared: “This election is a battle between cow protectors and cow slaughterers…. The Congress and its leaders are more interested in slaughtering our cows and culture.”

While attacks by cow vigilantes on people buying, selling or transporting cattle have been concentrated in the coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi, they have been witnessed in other parts of Karnataka too.

Such vigilantism has received a boost with the state government enacting a stringent cattle slaughter law, first as an ordinance and later as an act, since 2020.

The earlier 1964 law prohibited the slaughter of cows, she buffaloes and calves of both species and either gender. But the new law bans the slaughter of oxen and bulls as well, while allowing the slaughter of buffaloes of both genders if certified as at least 15 years old.

Source: TelegraphIndia

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Right-Wing Leader Kajal Singhala’s Hate Speech Rouses Communal Tension In Gujarat’s Una

2nd April 2023

Right-wing leader Kajal Singhala alias Kajal Hindusthani made an Islamophobic hate speech targetting Muslim women by listing out the ‘benefits’ of marrying into a Hindu household.

Speaking at a recently concluded Ram Navami event organised by the Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in Gir Somnath district of Gujarat, she said that Muslim women will gain a lot of freedom if married to a Hindu man.

“I appeal to my Muslim sisters that if you get married to a Hindu man, there will be no co-wives to handle as well as you will not be treated as a child-bearing machine,” she said.

Amid slogans and cheers, she added, “You (Muslim women) will be protected by Hindu men of the family. No one can force or have incest with you.”

Kajal remarked on the burqa by saying Muslim women are free to wear any attire if converted to Hinduism. “You do not need to wear a burqa at 45-degree celsius heat,” she said.

On bearing children, Kajal said they won’t be labeled as terrorists. “After marrying a Hindu man, your children will not be called ‘terrorists’.

Throughout the speech, the crowd cheered her.

Communal tension gripped Una town in the Gir Somnath district following the hate speech by Kajal Hindustani

Markets remained shut while police are monitoring the circulation of rumours on social media over the last few days and efforts are being made to defuse tension by engaging leaders from both communities.

The town has been on edge since one Kajal Hindustani targeted Muslims at a Hindu Sammelanorganised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Thursday, police said.

Police and local political leaders on Saturday called a meeting of the peace committee with representatives from both communities and appealed to them to work towards normalising the situation, Superintendent of Police SripalSheshma said.

An FIR will be registered against Hindustani if the aggrieved community lodges a police complaint against her, he said.

“On Ram Navami (March 30), Kajal Hindustani said inappropriate things regarding a community during her speech at an event that caused (communal) tension in Una. We called a Shanti Samiti (peace committee) meeting of people from both communities,” the SP said.

The police and local leaders listened to the grievances of representatives of the two communities and resolved their issues, he said, adding that the situation is peaceful and law and order is under control.

Even during the meeting, a few people from the two sides started hurling accusations at each other, which further caused tension, but the matter was resolved.

“We have informed members of the Muslim community that we will accept their complaint and take strict action,” Sheshma said.

Shopkeepers have been requested to open shutters while police personnel have been deployed at fixed points and patrolling intensified, he said.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Una, Kalu Rathod, who was part of the meeting, said representatives from both sides heard each other out, shook hands and assured that nothing untoward will take place in the area.

Source:Siasat Daily

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Northeast Delhi riots: Court frames charges against 5 for setting mosque on fire

April 2, 2023

A Delhi court framed charges against five men for allegedly setting a mosque on fire during the 2020 Northeast Delhi riots.

Additional Sessions Judge PulastyaPramachala of Karkardooma Courts framed charges of rioting and unlawful assembly against Ankit, Rohit, Sachin, Rahul Kumar and Saurabh Sharma.

The court perused the statement of witnesses to state that “Rohit was instigating other members of the mob, to set the mosque and other houses of Muslims in the gali on fire and that accused Saurabh was setting the mosque on fire, while Ankit was taking out articles from the mosque damaging the same”.

The court also observed that the absence of conducting a test identification parade (TIP) cannot be used by the accused for seeking discharge, and the judge said such identification through video could not be termed as illegal or inadmissible in evidence.

The court charged the five accused persons under IPC sections 147 (rioting ), 148 (rioting, armed with a deadly weapon), 427 (punishment for committing mischief and thereby causing loss or damage to the amount of Rs 50 or upwards), 435 (Mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to cause damage to amount of one hundred or (in case of agricultural produce) ten rupees), 436 (Mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house, etc), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 450 (house-trespass in order to commit offence punishable with imprisonment for life).

Source: Indian Express

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Ramzan: Hyderabad hotels no longer cover up to avoid gaze of fasting Muslims

Mir Alamgir

3rd April 2023

Hyderabad: Once upon a time the restaurants in the city, out of respect for those who fast in Ramzan, would help put up curtains to ensure that ‘rozedars‘ don’t get a look of people eating while they pass by.

As time passed, however, the practice of putting curtains or screens to cover the view of the people eating inside restaurants during the fasting hours in Ramzan has waned away.

Earlier, before Ramzan would begin, all restaurants and eateries would put up big cloth curtains. “Motive was to give a safe space to people who visit during fasting hours and eat sometime. Not all fast during Ramzan because of health-related issues, so such people would feel shy from visiting the hotel and eating. At home, one cannot expect families to cook food for one or two people,” said Syed Naseer of Al Madina Hotel, Falaknuma.

The other reason for putting curtains or screens at restaurants was to avoid hurting the sentiments of the pious who fast during the holy month of Ramzan. “Generally, it was to respect the religious beliefs of those fasting during Ramzan. In Muslim localities, all hotels preferred to put curtains or screens in Ramzan. The practice now has gone over a period of time,” said Moin Khan, a hotel owner at Misrigunj.

The practice of putting curtains was not restricted to any particular area or restaurant/hotel. “It was a uniform protocol. Sincerely adhered to by all hotel managements in Ramzan,” recalls Syed Mujeeb, an old-timer from Charminar. The curtain was removed after sunset when people break their fast for the day. The next morning the curtains would be put back.

Source:Siasat Daily

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NCP Muslim Leader Syed Abdul Qadir Maulana Joins K Chandrasekhar Rao In Big Maharashtra Joining

Apr 3, 2023

HYDERABAD: NCP vice president and prominent Maharashtra Muslim leader Syed Abdul Qadir Maulana joined the BRS in the presence of party president and Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao at Pragati Bhavan on Sunday. CM KCR welcomed him into the party by offering the party's pink scarf.

Qadir Maulana had contested on NCP ticket from Aurangabad central assembly constituency in 2019 elections. He wields significant influence in Aurangabad and will give a boost to BRS’ Maharashtra plans, party sources said.

Meanwhile, a delegation of farmers from Maharashtra visited Kondapochamma, Mallannasagar projects and other places in Gajwel. BRS president and chief minister KCR had appealed to them to visit Kaleshwaram project, integrated vegetable and meat markets.

Source: Times Of India

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London’s police call on more Muslims to join service amid negative criticism


April 03, 2023

LONDON: Police in the British capital are calling on Muslims to join the service to increase diversity in an effort to regain public trust and confidence amid damning reports of racism in the force.

“The overall aim is to have a more representative police service in line with the diverse nature of London,” Chief Superintendent Jeff Boothe told Arab News.

Boothe, who is also head of the Metropolitan Police Outreach Recruitment program and the program director for the London Race Action Plan, was speaking on the sidelines of an iftar event during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan that was attended by community and faith leaders and government representatives.

He said the aim of the event, which was held at New Scotland Yard in collaboration with Algebra Consulting, a company focused on serving economic and cultural sectors within the Muslim Community in London, was to encourage more people from diverse backgrounds to consider a career in policing to bring about change.

Boothe said his outreach role is about trying to get more women and people from underrepresented groups to ensure the Met is able to provide a service to all sections of the community.

“My team works across the 32 London boroughs, looking to engage with partners and looking to inform people of the opportunities to join the Metropolitan Police Service as…we need to be more representative in terms of gender and ethnicity,” he added.

The London Race Action Plan, Boothe said, focuses on recruitment and people’s progression within the organization to give them opportunities to get to the highest levels and become strategic influencers.

It also aims to address police officers using their powers disproportionately against any section of the community, achieve more community engagement and ensure that victims of crimes are given the right level of service.

“We need to be reaching out to as many different minority media outlets so that they can spread the word so others will be aware of it,” he said. “All too often in the past, we’ve been going to traditional media, which doesn’t have the (same) range.”

The event follows a government report investigating the Met’s culture and standards of behavior, which found severe institutional failings across the organization that will require radical reform to resolve.

Public trust in the police has fallen from a high point of 89 percent in 2016 to 66 percent in 2022, while public confidence in the Met has fallen from 70 percent in 2016 and 2017 to 45 percent in 2022, the report issued on March 7 said.

People from Black and mixed ethnic groups have lower trust and confidence, scoring 10 to 20 percent lower than average on trust and 5 to 10 percent lower on confidence, it said, adding: “Met officers are 82 percent White and 71 percent male, and the majority do not live in the city.”

Detective Sgt. Zak Hullemuth, chair and vice president of the National Association of Muslim Police, said the association supports Muslims coming into the Met and guides them on how to be part of “the family” while still practicing their religion.

Hullemuth said the association tries to ensure that every police station has a prayer room equipped with all the facilities and accommodates those fasting during the Muslim holy month.

“Even when we detain or arrest someone, we give them the opportunity to pray, a prayer mat, and if it’s in Ramadan, we give them the opportunity to fast,” he said.

“We’ve got a big police family. We’ve got about 1,500 Muslim police officers in just the Met in London, so we promote that quite a lot,” he added.

Hullemuth explained that London’s diverse community constitutes about 46.6 percent, and Muslims make up 15 percent of that.

“It’s important to have a role in the Met so that you can serve your community as well,” he said.

Turning to the criticism, he said: “We have to acknowledge we have got some problems, but at the same time, the fact that we are talking about it, that’s a good sign, and to resolve the problems with the Met and the trust and confidence, you need to be in it to change it.”

Grace Bernard-Broadreck, outreach team lead for the west area at the Met, said by working with Algebra Consulting, one of their 32 community outreach fund partners, they are trying to build community trust and confidence where it is low, access Muslim community areas, and work with faith and key community leaders.

“We need to have some difficult discussions because we know that there are issues, and that’s where when we work for the community, they’re able to hold us accountable in terms of where we could improve as an organization,” she said.

“We are recruiting, we’re looking for more women to join the organization, we’re also looking for people from underrepresented groups so that we can have people that are representative of London,” Bernard-Broadreck added.

Claire Maynard, outreach lead for the central-east basic command unit at the Metropolitan Police, said attendees at the iftar expressed “an overwhelming sense of gratitude” that the Met “opened their doors” and demonstrated that they “can share a space together and recognize the great opportunity that this faith festival Ramadan brings.”

She added: “London is one of the most diverse cities in the world, and I think different faiths, cultures, and languages bring so much diversity and understanding and we can only learn from that and have a more cohesive society.”

Waleed Jahangir, director of Algebra Consulting, stressed the importance of community outreach and engagement with the police to change the negativity and drive diversity.

“We won’t deny it, every organization has issues, and the Metropolitan Police also has its fair share,” he said.

Source: Arab News

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Over 1,000 Afghans trapped in Pakistan awaiting UK travel, report finds

April 03, 2023

LONDON: More than 1,000 Afghans eligible to come to the UK for resettlement remain stuck in Pakistan, a report by The Independent has said.

The asylum seekers, mainly people who served alongside UK forces in Afghanistan and their families, have been stranded since the UK ceased chartering special Royal Air Force flights to evacuate Afghans from Pakistan in November, according to joint research with Lighthouse Reports.

Those left could face up to a year before they can travel on commercial flights due to a lack of safe housing in the UK and severe Home Office backlogs in processing asylum seekers. Whilst in Pakistan, they are left in legal limbo, with limited rights, sources of income and no access to education.

Among those stranded are former interpreters, medics and embassy employees, as well as at least 500 children.

There are also at least 4,600 people still stuck in Afghanistan, whilst the UK government has come in for criticism after it recently emerged that a former Afghan pilot, who had served alongside the British Army, had been threatened with deportation to Rwanda.

Johnny Mercer, the UK’s minister for veterans’ affairs, recently told MPs in the House of Commons: “The flow of people (from Afghanistan) to whom we have responsibility is not working as we would like at the moment.”

Armed Forces Minister James Heappey, meanwhile, admitted that 63 people stranded in Pakistan had been there over a year — with some having been there over 500 days.

Those identified are eligible to travel to the UK under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy, but the number of those traveling since November has plummeted, with just 56 in total between December and February 2023, down from an average of 385 per month between January and November 2022.

One former interpreter, trapped in Pakistan for over a year, said: “This is my sin that I worked with British forces. I am like a prisoner and we are not safe in Pakistan.

“I don’t know what I am doing. I have anxiety. If they (the UK government) don’t give me an answer in two months I will run away from this place. I will go illegally to European countries to get to safety.”

Another man, a doctor whose father also worked as an interpreter for the British Army, is hoping to join his parents, currently living in a hotel in the UK.

“I’m all day long in one room; you could say it’s like being in jail, but without any crime. I am a professional doctor. I want to work. I am young. England needs doctors, but unfortunately I’m still here,” he told The Independent.

A former British Embassy worker and father of five, who was told he would have to source his own accommodation if he traveled to the UK, told The Independent: “Unfortunately I have no relatives in the UK. It’s impossible for me to arrange accommodation there. But they haven’t given us any alternative.”

Shadow Defence Secretary John Healey said: “This is a fundamental breach of our national obligation. Ministers must sort out the many failings in their Afghan scheme, and honour the UK’s promise of safety, freedom, and a chance to contribute to Britain.”

His Labour colleague Dan Jarvis MP, who served as a soldier in Afghanistan, said: “The government’s failure to get a grip on ARAP means we now find ourselves in a farcical situation, where people who risked their lives in support of our mission and have been promised safe passage to the UK are having to do the legwork and embark on a house-hunting mission if they want to get here.”

Maj. Gen. Charlie Herbert, who also served three tours in Afghanistan, added: “It’s heartbreaking to think of how they have been treated — many over several years — and to leave them and their families languishing indefinitely in cheap hotels in Islamabad with little confidence of onward movement to the UK is utterly disgraceful.”

Sarah Magill, managing director of the Free From Fear charity, said: “We should have rolled out the red carpet for these brave people who served alongside our troops; instead we are locking them up like battery hens. We must not delay their evacuation a moment longer.”

A UK government spokesperson said: “We owe a debt of gratitude to those interpreters and other staff eligible under the ARAP scheme who worked for, or with, UK forces in Afghanistan. The UK government has made a commitment to relocate eligible Afghans and their families to the UK under the ARAP scheme, and will honour this.

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Over 50% of Swedes support ban on Quran burning

Atilla Altuntas



Some 51% of Swedes support a ban on the burning of the Quran and other holy scriptures, a survey revealed on Saturday.

While 34% say burning holy scriptures is freedom of speech and expression, 15% did not comment, according to the poll by major research company Sipo.

The survey was conducted on March 14-16 with the involvement of 1,370 responders.

Meanwhile, public broadcaster SVT said provocative incidents by Danish far-right politician Rasmus Paludan against the Muslim holy book cost the country’s treasury some 88 million Swedish krona ($8.5 million).

Rasmus Paludan, leader of the Danish far-right political party StramKurs, surrounded and protected by the police, set the Quran on fire in Sweden's capital Stockholm in front of the Turkish Embassy in January.

Following a long rant in which he verbally attacked Islam and immigration in Sweden, he shouted: "If you don't think there should be freedom of expression, you have to live somewhere else."

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Argentina sends humanitarian donations to Türkiye: Foreign Ministry

Bala Chambers 



Argentina sent humanitarian donations Friday to Türkiye to help with relief efforts following devastating earthquakes that hit in February, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Mattresses, sheets, blankets and wellington boots provided by the Ministry of Social Development left from the Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires for Türkiye.

The Foreign Ministry said the aim is to help the humanitarian and health needs that the population in Türkiye has been experiencing since the earthquakes struck Feb 6.

Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero gave instructions to authorities to oversee and organize the shipment for the Turkish people, according to the statement.

Türkiye's Embassy in Buenos Aires thanked Argentina for "its generous donation of humanitarian aid directed to our regions affected by the earthquake.”

"We will always remember your solidarity and friendship," it wrote on Twitter.

The Foreign Ministry underscored the work by Turkish Airlines, which it said has assumed the financial costs of the operation and will be transferring it to the Turkish Disaster Management Authority, or AFAD.

The embassy has also been coordinating solidarity efforts for those wishing to donate -- asking for winter garments, sleeping bags, food items and toiletries which have been taken to the Ezeiza Airport and flown to Türkiye on Turkish Airlines.

The 7.7- and 7.6-magnitude quakes struck 11 provinces in southern Türkiye last month, claiming more than 50,000 lives.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Commerce ministry terms rumours of Pak-Israel trade ‘sheer propaganda’

Tahir Sherani

April 2, 2023

The Ministry of Commerce on Sunday termed rumours regarding trade between Pakistan and Israel as “sheer propaganda” after the “misrepresentation of a statement” issued by the American Jewish Congress (AJC), an association of the Jewish community based in the US.

“The rumours about beginning of Pakistan-Israel trade is sheer propaganda affer (sic) the press release of AJC which was misrepresented,” the ministry said in a statement. “However, neither we have any trade relations with Israel nor we intend to develop any.”

Pakistan does not have diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv, and believes in a “two-state solution in accordance with the relevant United Nations and OIC resolutions as well as international law, with pre-1967 borders and Al-Quds Al-Sharif (Jerusalem) as the capital of Palestine”.

The statement by the commerce ministry comes after FishelBenkhald, a Jewish Pakistani, tweeted on March 28 that he “exported [the] first batch of Pakistan food products to [the] Israel market.

“Congratulations to me as a Pakistani. I exported first batch of Pakistani food products to Israel market,” Benkhald wrote. “Dates, dry fruits, and a single container of spice.”

In his tweet, he tagged Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, former prime minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, and other PML-N leaders including Maryam Nawaz, Ahsan Iqbal and Miftah Ismail.

Subsequently, the AJC released a statement on March 30, saying: “This week, the first shipment of Pakistan-origin food products was offloaded in Israel, in a transaction that involved Pakistani-Jewish businessman FishelBenkhald, based in Pakistan’s business hub of Karachi, and three Israeli businessmen from Jerusalem and Haifa.

“We welcome this small step that can have wider implications for Israeli and Pakistani economies and for the region at large,” the statement said.

The same day, Voice of America ran a story headlined “Rare Trade Occurs Between Pakistan, Israel”.

Members of the opposition PTI seized on the development, with Farrukh Habib demanding answers from the Foreign Office, commenting if it was part of the “London Plan” — a phrase coined by party chief Imran Khan.

“Under which deal is this trade being done after the regime change? Why is the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) government silent on this,” Habib asked on April 1.

That same day, Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Interfaith Harmony and the Middle East Tahir Ashrafi — who was also a part of the Imran Khan government — told state media that Benkhald was permitted to go to Israel by the PTI government.

Talking to APP, he said the Pakistani-Jewish businessman exported some goods including dates, dry fruit, and spices to an Arab friendly country and later on, managed to dispatch them to Israel.

Dispelling the impression that trade ties were being established between Pakistan and Israel, he was quoted as saying: “As per reports, neither the Ministry of Commerce, nor the Ministry of Foreign Affairs furnished Fishel any no-objection certificate (NOC).”

Separately, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah told Independent Urdu that the incumbent government did not permit anyone to engage in any trade activities with Israel.

“We will conduct an investigation into this,” he said. “Now we are receiving information that in the previous regime, Imran Khan had given similar permission to someone but nothing of this sort has come up to our notice, information, or inquiry right now.”

Today’s the Ministry of Commerce’s clarification said: “Even in their press release (AJC) nowhere mentioned about official trade between Pak-Israel.”

It added: “A Jewish Pakistani FishelBenkhald has sent food samples to three businessmen in Jerusalem and Haifa through UAE in personal capacity who he met in foreign countries during food exhibitions.

“Nevertheless, it was not supported by the Pakistan government and no banking or official channel was involved either.”

Source: Dawn

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Pakistan Says ‘Terrorists’ Operating From Iran Kill Four Soldiers

By Fidel Rahmati

April 2, 2023

Pakistan’s army said on Saturday that four of its soldiers were killed by a group operating from Iran.

“A group of terrorists operating from the Iranian side attacked a routine border patrol of Pakistani security forces operating along the Pakistan-Iran Border,” the army said in a statement.

The incident occurred in the Kech district of the province of Baluchistan, which shares a long, unrest border with Afghanistan and Iran.

According to the statement, four soldiers were killed in the attack, including Sher Ahmed, Muhammad Asghar, Muhammad Irfan, and Abdur Rasheed.

No group has taken responsibility for the attack.

The statement also added that Pakistani authorities had informed Iran of the attack, hoping to ” prevent such incidents in future.”

This is the second attack; a similar incident happened in January, killing four Pakistani security soldiers across the Pakistan-Iran border in Balochistan.

Insurgent ethnic Baluch nationalist groups operating on both sides of the border have fought for decades for a more significant share of regional resources.

The Balochistan Liberation Army took responsibility for the attack and claimed to be fighting for the independence of Balochistan, which is rich in minerals, water and natural resources.

Source: Khaama Press

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Militant attacks drop by 36pc in country as death toll stays same

Ikram Junaidi

April 3, 2023

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan witnessed a rather peaceful March with the number of militant attacks declining as compared to February. However, the number of deaths remained almost the same, according to an Islamabad-based think tank.

In its report, Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) stated that in March there was a 36 per cent decline in militant attacks as compared to February.

The number of attacks stood at 37 in which 57 people lost their lives and 72 others were injured. In February, 59 people were killed in 58 attacks while 134 were wounded.

The report also recorded a decline in suicide bombing in March, as only one such attack was reported, compared to three in February.

Study finds surge in number of casualties in KP, Balochistan during March

According to the province-wise data, Balochistan witnessed a 50pc decline in the number of militant attacks in March, but the death toll increased. The militants carried out 11 attacks in March, killing 28 people and injuring 35.

The lone suicide attack in March was also reported from the Bolan area of the province where 10 people lost their lives. The attack was separately claimed by the militant Islamic State group and a new outfit Tehreek-i-Jihad Pakistan.

The most significant improvement in the security situation was observed in KP’s tribal districts. Six militant attacks were recorded in March against 16 in February, while the number of deaths declined from 16 to five.

Mainland KP witnessed a rise in militancy with 16 reported attacks in which 21 people were killed and 30 injured. In February, 13 attacks were recorded, killing six people and leaving eight wounded.

During March, no militant attack was reported in Punjab, while three people were killed in four attacks reported from Sindh. In February, 10 people were killed and 18 others injured in three attacks in Sindh.

No militant activity was reported from Punjab, Islamabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan in March.

Foiled bids

Also in March, security forces conducted at least 25 operations and successfully foiled several attacks. In Chaman a huge cache of arms and ammunition including 10 suicide vests, 15 anti-tank mines, IEDs, was seized from a compound.

Source: Dawn

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Pakistan to place order for Russian oil next month: Minister

Apr 3, 2023

ISLAMABAD: Cash-strapped Pakistan plans to place its first order for Russian crude oil next month and it will take about four weeks for the commodity to reach the country, Minister of State for Petroleum Musadik Malik said.

Pakistan, which is currently grappling with high external debt and a weak local currency, is desperate to purchase cheap crude at discounted rates from Russia.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar last year said that the country was considering buying discounted Russian oil, pointing out that neighbour India had been purchasing oil from Moscow and Islamabad also had a right to explore the possibility, Dawn news reported.

Subsequently, Malik travelled to Moscow for talks on issues including oil and gas supplies after which the government announced that it would purchase discounted crude oil, petrol, and diesel from Russia.

In December last year, Russia refused to provide Pakistan with a 30 per cent discount on its crude oil after the Pakistani delegation asked for a reduction in price.

A Russian delegation in January arrived here for talks to finalise the deal, during which the two sides decided to address all technical issues — insurance, transportation and payment mechanism — to sign an agreement by late March.

“After consensus on the technical specifications achieved, the oil and gas trade transaction will be structured in a way it has a mutual economic benefit for both countries,” a joint statement issued by the two sides during the three-day meeting then stated.

In an interview on the Geo News programme Jirga on Saturday night, Malik said that a number of agreements with Russia had been reached and Pakistan would place an order next month.

“However, it will take some time for the oil to reach Pakistan … nearly 26 to 27 days,” he stated, revealing that the commodity would arrive in the country via sea.

Malik also clarified that Russia had assured the government that it was giving Pakistan a discount as much as any other neighbouring country was receiving.

Talking about the government's decision regarding separate gas tariffs for the rich and the poor, the minister said that the mechanism was devised on the orders of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz supremo Nawaz Sharif.

“So we divided the country into the population of the rich and the poor … so if a poor woman is using a unit of gas she will give one-fourth of the bills that a woman in F-7 or Gulberg is paying,” he said.

“In Pakistan, 60 per cent of the population is poor and for them, we have either reduced the gas tariff or kept it the same as was in the past.”

The same, he went on to say, was the case with the petroleum subsidy. “Under it, the rich will pay Rs 300 for petrol and the poor will pay Rs 200 for the commodity.”

Cash-strapped Pakistan has been struggling hard to revive the USD 6.5 billion derailed IMF bailout package that the Washington-based global lender approved in 2019.

Although, its missteps, like the petrol subsidy and attempts to borrow directly from commercial banks, have further complicated matters for the cash-starved country, resulting in sky-high inflation.

A conservative internal assessment of the Finance Ministry on Friday suggested around 34 per cent inflation rate in March. The ministry said that a “potential reason for rising price level is political and economic uncertainty”.

Source: Times Of India

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Three killed as mild earthquake hits Pakistan's Balochistan province

Apr 1, 2023

KARACHI: A mild 3.5 magnitude quake hit Pakistan's Balochistan province, killing three people and injuring five others when their mud-walled houses collapsed, authorities have said. The epicentre of the earthquake that hit the province on Friday was 60 km northwest of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan.

The three children were killed in Chaman, a town bordering Iran, when their mud-walled house collapsed after the earthquake.

"They were aged between 12 and 8 years and included two girls," according to the spokesperson for the Balochistan Chief Minister

Two mud-walled houses collapsed after the earthquake. Rescue operations were continuing to see if they were any other casualties, injuries or damages, the spokesperson said.

"Until now five people have also been taken to hospital for treatment after being injured," the spokesperson added.

Earthquakes are common in Pakistan.

Nine persons were killed and 150 others sustained injuries after a powerful 6.8 earthquake jolted parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on March 21.

Source: Times Of India

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LHC to take up Imran’s plea seeking dismissal of 121 cases tomorrow

Rana Bilal

April 2, 2023

Ex-prime minister Imran Khan’s petition seeking the dismissal of 121 cases registered against him has been fixed before the Lahore High Court (LHC) for tomorrow (Monday).

A two-member bench headed by Justice Ali Baqar Najafi will take up the petition.

The plea, a copy of which is available with, named both Imran and the PTI as petitioners. It said that the government was “misusing” the criminal justice system to stop the PTI chief from participating in the upcoming elections.

The PTI chairman has stated on multiple occasions that more than 100 cases have been filed against him. He told the LHC the same on March 24 while seeking protective bail in five cases registered against him in Islamabad.

The petition named the federation of Pakistan, the province of Punjab, Punjab Inspector General Dr Usman Anwar, the Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment director general, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, Punjab caretaker chief minister Mohsin Naqvi, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) as respondents.

The petition stated that the purpose of the “false accusations” was “patently mala fide, to disqualify, arrest, or convict” Imran and “eliminate him from the political arena by any means necessary”.

According to the petition, the “extraordinary nature of the attack” on fundamental rights violated the rights of “one of the largest political parties in the country”, including their rights to “life and liberty, fair trial, dignity and privacy of home, movement, assembly, association, speech, and equal treatment” as guaranteed under the Constitution.

It said the criminal cases against Imran were “one of a whole host of tools of persecution designed to silence him, suppress his support, and deny his fundamental rights.”

The petition argued that since Imran and the PTI were the current government’s electoral rivals, “there is no doubt that the state machinery […] is out to completely stall the public life and personal liberty” of the PTI chief.

It also said that a person was entitled under the Constitution to defend themselves in a fair trial but “overwhelming” Imran with cases and refusing his requests for consolidating the hearings curtailed his right to a free trial and rendered him incapable of defending himself.

The petition said that 31 cases were registered against Imran in Islamabad, 30 in Lahore, 14 in Faisalabad, 10 in Rawalpindi, six in Bhakkar, five in Bahawalpur, four each in Rahim Yar Khan and Attock, three each in Sheikhupura and Jhelum, two each in Chakwal and Gujranwala and one each in Quetta, Karachi, Wazirabad, Narowal, Multan, Bahawalnagar and Mianwali.

Similarly, the petition said Imran, the PTI and the party’s supporters were being prevented from exercising their right to contest elections and their freedom of speech was also being curtailed. It argued that while the petitioners were “being targeted and persecuted with the full might of the state”, their political rivals were freely conducting public gatherings and getting media coverage.

The petition urged the court to declare that the “unprecedented repeated abuse of state machinery to register criminal cases against the petitioner, including the lodging of FIRs amounting to 121 […] are illegal, unlawful and is a grave violation of the petitioners’ rights under inter alia Articles 4, 9, 10-A, 15, 16, 17, 19 and 25 of the Constitution and the same be ‘quashed’ in the interest of justice”.

It also called on the court to direct the respondents to provide a comprehensive report containing the details of the various FIRs and criminal proceedings against the petitioners and to direct that no coercive action is taken against them under the petition is decided.

The plea also urged the court to declare that the actions of the respondents amounted to violating the fundamental rights of the petitioners and to restrain them from initiating any criminal proceedings against the petitioners without “prior notice and/or an opportunity of being heard in the presence of his counsel”.

Source: Dawn

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Hamas: Ben-Gvir’s ‘private militia’ plan lays bare Israel’s racist, fascist nature

03 April 2023

The Palestinian Hamas resistance movement has denounced Israeli plans for a controversial “national guard” sought by far-right national security minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, saying the plan attests to the racist nature of the occupying Tel Aviv regime.

“Formation of a private and terrorist militia is a fairly dangerous move, and shows that Zionists are treading the path towards further escalation of animosity against the Palestinian nation,” Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said in a statement.

He added that the decision demonstrates that “racism” and “fascism” constitute an integral part of all behaviors and policies of the Tel Aviv regime.

“The step also shows that the notion of ethnic cleansing still exists in the Zionist regime’s policies against the Palestinian nation,” Qassem said.

On Sunday, the Israeli cabinet (Knesset) authorized setting up a so-called "national guard", which human rights groups and Palestinians say will create “a private, armed militia” for Ben-Gvir.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said that the Knesset approved the establishment of the force, but that a committee comprised of Israel’s existing security agencies would determine the guard’s authorities and whether it would be subordinate to the police or take orders directly from Ben-Gvir, as he demands. The committee has 90 days to make its recommendations.

A statement from Ben-Gvir’s office said the guard, which would operate under his ministry, would deal with “emergency scenarios, nationalistic crime, terror, and strengthening sovereignty.”

Israeli opposition figures have accused Ben-Gvir of wanting a new force to crack down on massive demonstrations against the controversial judicial overhaul plan.

Opposition leader Yair Lapid called the decision an “extremist fantasy of delusional people” and slammed a separate decision to cut budgets from other ministries “to fund Ben-Gvir’s private militia”.

“The priorities of the administration are ridiculous and despicable. The only thing that keeps it busy is running over democracy and promoting extreme fantasies of delusional people,” Lapid said on Twitter.

Israeli police chief Inspector-General Yaacov Shabtai also questioned the need for the force and warned that any separation of it from the police hierarchy “could prove most costly and even harm the security of the citizenry.”

Source: Press TV

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British cities hold Palestine rallies, demand closure of Israeli arms factories in UK

02 April 2023

British pro-Palestinian activists have held rallies across the UK, with protesters calling for closure of Israeli weapons factories there.

Activists protesting outside an Israeli arms factory in Leicester issued a 30-day eviction notice before they take public action, rejecting the regime’s bloody crimes against the oppressed Palestinian people.

The Palestine Action activists handed a notice on Saturday under the authority of The Court (of Public Opinion) to Leicester’s Israeli arms factory, UAV Tactical Systems owned by Elbit Systems, which is Israel’s largest arms firm.

The group posted a video on its Twitter account showing a notice that provides 30 days before the site will be met by mass action on May 1st if it is not vacated, as the people of Leicester and groups and individuals from across Britain convene to force the Israeli weapons factory to close.

The site, jointly owned by Israel’s biggest weapons company Elbit Systems and by France’s Thales, manufactures drones for the British military based upon Israel’s Hermes drones, and also exports arms in large volumes directly to Israel.

Behind locked doors, the drones that are assembled by Elbit have been tested on the captive population of the besieged Gaza Strip.

“Research shows their military drone equipment is exported to the colonizers of Palestine to murder, displace, and oppress people across the world,” Palestine Action explains on its website.

The group points out that Elbit provides 85% of Israel’s military drone fleet, many of which are armed.

Similar rallies were held in Glasgow and Brighton, with protesters holding banners, flares, flags and leaflets outlining the Tel Aviv regime's criminal actions.

According to the group of activists, Palestine Action’s “siege” will be the group’s first “open” action, publicly declared and open to all people willing and able to stand against Israel’s British manufacturing of drones.

Earlier last week, the activists shut down ADS Group, representatives and advocates of the world’s largest arms dealers which are deeply complicit in the crimes committed by the Israeli company Elbit weapons against the Palestinians.

The premises and operations of the ADS Group, whose business is the promotion of companies such as Elbit Systems within government and at arms fairs, and acts to facilitate the business of Israel’s largest weapons company and promote them with lobbying, were locked off in London.

Pro-Palestinian campaigners in the UK have shown their support to the Palestinian people in face of Israeli crimes against humanity numerous times.

Source: Press TV

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Spokesman: Iran Reserves Right to Retaliate Israeli Regime's Terrorist Attacks


Kana'ani made the remarks in reaction to martyrdom of two Iranian military advisers in Israeli regime's attack in suburban region of Damascus in Syria.

Kana'ani considered it as part of the costs Iran has paid in its struggle in the fight against Takfiri terrorism and the terrorists' backers, including the fake Israeli regime.

By continuing its aggression against Syria, the Israeli regime is violating the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as international regulations and laws, Kana'ani said, describing these attacks as aimed at continuation of strengthening terrorism.

In addition to the political and legal pursuit of such aggressive and criminal actions, the Islamic Republic of Iran reserves its right to respond to the state terrorism of the fake Israeli regime at the due time and place, he stressed.

The spokesman further stressed that "It is obvious, the blood of these great martyrs will not go in vain".

Known as one of the main backers of terrorist groups that have battled the government of President Bashar al-Assad since foreign-backed insurgency erupted in Syria in early 2011, the Israeli regime frequently violate Syrian sovereignty and target military positions.

The targets usually include residential buildings. military positions especially those of the Hezbollah resistance movement, which has played a key role in helping the Syrian army in its fight against foreign-backed terrorists, are also frequently hit by Israeli strikes.

Israel largely remains silent about the attacks. Damascus has repeatedly complained to the UN over Israeli assaults, urging the Security Council to take action against Tel Aviv’s crimes. The calls have, however, fallen on deaf ears.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iranian, Saudi FMs Fix Meeting for Coming Days


During his phone talk Faisal, Amir Abdollahian voiced his satisfaction with the positive trend of relations between the two countries and emphasized the resolve of the Islamic Republic of Iran to develop and expand its neighborliness policy.

It was the third telephone conversation between the foreign ministers of Iran and Saudi Arabia after the recent agreement between the two countries's security officials in Beijing and agreement to restore bilateral diplomatic relations and reopen the two embassies and consulates of Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Amir Abdullahian and Faisal bin Farhan had agreed to meet in the month of Ramadan in the second phone call.

In their telephone conversation today, the two foreign ministers discussed the latest state of the recent agreement between the two countries and the meeting of the foreign ministers.

In the conversation, the Saudi foreign minister emphasized the need for continuous contacts and meetings between officials of the two countries and called the current process of actions taken by the two countries positive and satisfactory.

In the conversation, the foreign ministers of Iran and Saudi Arabia also agreed to meet each other in the coming days.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Israel says it downed unidentified aircraft that appeared to come from Syria

03 April ,2023

The Israeli army said it downed an unidentified aircraft on Sunday that appeared to have crossed into its territory from Syria, as tensions simmer between the two countries.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement the aircraft it downed did not pose a threat at any stage.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Israeli army kills suspected assailant after West Bank car ramming

01 April ,2023

A suspected assailant was shot dead by Israeli soldiers after injuring three young men with his car in the southern West Bank on Saturday, the army and medics said.

The army said a “terrorist” had conducted a “ramming attack adjacent to the town of Beit Ummar” before being neutralized, with a spokesperson confirming to AFP the presumed assailant’s death.

Magen David Adom medics said the three men were taken to hospitals in Jerusalem with serious, moderate and light wounds.

There were no immediate details on the suspected assailant.

The latest violence comes less than 24 hours after an Arab Israeli allegedly snatched a gun from a police officer and fired it in a scuffle at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound, before being shot dead.

The Saturday deaths bring an end to the relative lull in violence since the start of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan some 10 days ago.

Since the start of the year, the conflict has claimed the lives of 88 Palestinians, including militants and civilians, and one Arab Israeli.

Source: Al Arabiya

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General strike held in occupied territories over Israeli killing of Palestinian near al-Aqsa Mosque

02 April 2023

A general strike has been held across towns and cities in the occupied Palestinian territories following the Israeli regime’s killing of a Palestinian youth near the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied Old City of al-Quds on the second Friday of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Palestinian media said the strike, organized by the Higher Follow-up Committee for the Arab Masses in Israel, spread inside the occupied Palestinian territories on Sunday in response to the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Muhammad al-Osibi by the Israeli occupation forces near the Chain Gate, one of the entrances to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

“The committee called for the organization of struggle vigils in various Arab towns this evening in response to the crime, after it organized vigils in a number of Arab towns yesterday evening,” Palestine’s official Wafa news agency said.

The news agency stressed that the committee plans to turn Osibi’s funeral in his hometown of Hura in the occupied Negev into a mass demonstration against “all policies of occupation, oppression and racial discrimination.”

Palestine’s Shehab news agency shared photos of the all-out strike across various towns and cities in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Israeli forces opened fire at Osibi on Friday evening as he tried to protect a Palestinian girl who was being prevented by the occupation troops from entering the al-Aqsa Mosque compound and assaulted at the Chain Gate.

After the shooting, the Israeli military closed the doors of al-Aqsa Mosque and mobilized a large number of its forces in the courtyards of the holy site and imposed restrictions in the Old City.

Thousands of Muslim worshipers crossed Israeli military checkpoints deployed early on Friday morning before arriving at al-Aqsa Mosque for the second Friday prayers of Ramadan.

Since the start of the holy month, the Israeli regime has imposed strict restrictions on the entry and exit of Palestinians to and from the gates of the al-Aqsa Mosque. Footage from some of the gates showed Palestinians scuffling with Israeli forces who blocked the gates. A number of Palestinians were arrested at the scene.

Amid heightened tensions with Palestinian worshipers, Israeli settlers also press ahead with their frequent incursions and provocative rituals at the holy site.

Hardline Israeli legislators and settlers regularly storm the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied city, a provocative move that infuriates Palestinians. Such mass settler break-ins almost always take place at the behest of Tel Aviv-backed temple groups and under the auspices of the Israeli police in al-Quds.

The al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza, houses both the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque.

Source: Press TV

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South Asia


Taliban Intelligence Arrests Perpetrator of Afghanistan’s Balkh Explosions

By Fidel Rahmati

April 2, 2023

The Intelligence Department has announced the arrest of one of the perpetrators involved in several deadly attacks in the Balkh province of Afghanistan, including the assassination of Mohammad Dawood Muzamal, governor of Balkh, on Sunday.

The department aired the “confessions” of a young person saying he was involved in at least five attacks, including the governor of Balkh, Tebyancentre and several Shiite centres in Mazar-e-Sharif.

According to the statement released by the Taliban intelligence department, the perpetrator is from the Saighan district of Bamyan and was working for Daesh in the north of Afghanistan.

The statement said that he had cooperated in the attack on the former governor of the Taliban in Balkh, Mohammad Dawood Muzmal, Tebyan Cultural Center and several others.

Earlier last month, a blast tore through the Taliban governor’s office in northern Balkh province, killing him and two others.

The Tebyan Cultural Center was targeted last month during a journalists’ gathering for an award event, leaving at least three people dead and more than 30 others injured.

The accused also confessed that he had contributed to a suicide bomb attack in a mosque in Seh-Dokan and the explosion of a minibus carrying Hazara in Mazar-e-Sharif last year, which killed more than 39 and injured 103 in both explosions.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for all the attacks.

The accused also said he had recently plotted to attack several targets in Balkh and Faryab provinces. However, he was arrested by the Taliban intelligence forces before carrying out the plans.

It is unknown under what conditions the accused person confessed; however, according to the released video by the Taliban intelligence, several wounds on his face show he was beaten and then confessed.

ISI-K is the main rival of the Taliban-led government, targeting Taliban officials, ordinary people and foreigners.

Source: Khaama Press

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Two Children Killed in Afghanistan Mortar Mine Blast

By Fidel Rahmati

April 2, 2023

Two children were killed when the unexploded device from a past war exploded in the eastern province of Wardak in Afghanistan on Saturday, according to local sources.

The explosion caused by a mortar mine of past wars resulted in the death of two children in Sayedabad district on Saturday evening while the children were playing with it, Yusuf Israr, the provincial police spokesperson, said.

A similar incident occurred Friday evening in the Sarkhakan area of the Shah Joi district of Zabul province, resulting in one child’s death and three others’ injuries.

Meanwhile, according to local sources, another blast that happened on Tuesday, March 28, caused the death of two children and injured four others in the northern Jawzjan province.

Recently, the incidence of unexploded devices from past wars has increased in several parts of the country, resulting in the death and hurt of men and women, including children.

The presence and existence of unexploded devices and the remnant in war-torn Afghanistan pose significant threats to people’s lives, particularly children.

Since last November, international bodies have contributed to support demining in the country, including Australia, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Sweden, the United States, the UK, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Source: Khaama Press

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Unemployment, poverty forces hundreds of Afghans to flee abroad

Apr 3, 2023

KABUL: Poverty and high rates of unemployment in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule have been pushing the natives to flee the country and move abroad in order to find jobs for survival, TOLOnews reported.The country's citizens said that they are forced to migrate to find jobs abroad to feed their families, illegally. Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August 2021, the humanitarian crisis in the country has increased manifold. People are forced to live miserably under strict restrictions under the Taliban.

Lamenting over the poor situation of the country and its economic slump, a resident of Herat, Abdul Khaliq said, "I have been deported 16 times since 1391 (solar year) up to now... we are vulnerable and struggling with problems and we need to go out."

According to TOLOnews, Nadir, a resident of Baghlan, along with his family of five members, is seeking to illegally cross the border to Iran.

"If a piece of bread could be found in Afghanistan, why would we go to other countries, why would we displace ourselves and go on this tough and dangerous path?" Nadir said.

"My mother has become a cripple and I left school to earn some money to treat her," said Tahir, son of Nadir.

However, Khalil Rahman Haqqani, the Taliban's minister for refugees and repatriation, has claimed that human traffickers incite their victims to flee the nation.

Since the Taliban-led government took control of power in Afghanistan, the group has been slammed for their suppression policy by several National and international organisations.

Source: Times Of India

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Southeast Asia


Malaysian Foreign Ministry Condemns Repeated Vile Attacks Against Quran In Denmark

01 Apr 2023

PUTRAJAYA, April 1 — Malaysia condemns in the strongest terms the repeated vile attacks against the Holy Quran in Denmark in the latest incident which happened on Friday.

The Malaysian Foreign Ministry (Wisma Putra) said that a similar attack was carried out on March 24, stressing that such hateful crime against Islam’s holy book carried out during the holy month of Ramadhan is a blatant disregard for the sensitivities of Muslims around the world.

“We call upon the Government of Denmark not to classify this heinous crime as freedom of expression, and to take immediate action against the perpetrators for spreading hatred and incitement to violence,” said Wisma Putra via Twitter.

According to media reports, recent months have seen several acts of Quran burning, or attempts to do so, by Islamophobic figures or groups in northern Europe and Nordic countries.

Source: MalayMail

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Experts: Higher spending this Ramadan, but only because cost of living has increased

By Asha Suraya

March 31, 2023

KUALA LUMPUR: A recent statement by a retired economics professor that Malaysians are expected to spend astronomically this Ramadan and Hari Raya Aidilfitri has left other experts at odds with one another.

While some agree with the statement, they said this was mainly due to increases in the cost of living.

A representative from Nusantara Muslim Consumer Association (PPMN) told the New Straits Times that food prices had increased from last year.

"Last year, RM50 could last for a week, but today people would need about RM150," she said.

The PPMN representative's views were echoed by Federation of Malaysian Consumer Associations (Fomca) deputy secretary-general Nur AsyikinAminuddin, who also warned that food prices were expected to increase further, until Hari Raya, due to shortages in raw materials.

However, she said consumers might also be overspending due to impulse-buying.

She advised the people to take less money to Ramadan bazaars to avoid overspending.

"In fact, they should not use e-wallets at the bazaars. This is because if they use e-wallets, they may not notice how much they are spending.

"RM10 to RM20 is enough for iftar food per family," she added.

They were commenting on a recent statement by economic expert, Professor Emeritus Dr BarjoyaiBardai, who said people are expected to spend as much as RM10 billion this Ramadan, including RM70 million a day at bazaars.

The retired professor had said the amount took into account the entire Muslim population of the country, which is estimated to be around 7.5 million Muslim families who roughly spend between RM20 and RM30 each day for breaking of fast.

However, he had said the amount did not take into account Muslim families who are able to spend and enjoy breaking of fast at hotel buffets that are far more expensive.

One expert, however, went completely against what Barjoyai said, saying that people will spend less at Ramadan bazaars this year.

Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia's Professor Dr NuradliRidzwan Shah Mohd Dali said his conclusion was based on a "small survey" he had conducted.

He said most consumers only spent an average of RM11 to RM20 per family, and not up to RM30 as Barjoyai had estimated.


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Car bombing hits Syria’s capital, no deaths reported: State media

03 April ,2023

A car bombing rocked the Syrian capital Damascus on Sunday evening, state media said, with no deaths reported and no side claiming responsibility for the attack.

“An explosive device detonated in a civilian car, setting it alight without causing casualties,” said state news agency SANA, quoting a police source.

The interior ministry said, “two people were slightly injured” in the blast that targeted a pick-up truck, adding that “investigations are ongoing.”

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the rare car bombing attack in the Syrian capital, or who the target was.

The attack took place in an area home to United Nations headquarters, several embassies, and restaurants, according to an AFP correspondent in Damascus.

On February 27, a Syrian officer who worked “in developing weapons” was killed in a car bombing in the Damascus countryside, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor.

Sunday’s attack comes amid increased Israeli air strikes on Syria.

Two Iran-affiliated fighters were killed in an Israeli air strike in Syria Sunday, according to the British-based monitor with a wide range of sources in Syria, with SANA reporting five Syrian soldiers wounded.

The air strike near the western Syrian city of Homs was Israel’s third since early Thursday, after the capital Damascus was targeted that morning and early Friday.

The Syrian war broke out in 2011 with the brutal repression of peaceful anti-government protests and escalated into a deadly armed conflict that pulled in foreign powers and global extremists.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Saudi Arabia, UAE, other OPEC+ oil producers announce voluntary output cuts

02 April ,2023

Saudi Arabia and other OPEC+ oil producers on Sunday announced voluntary cuts to their production, with Riyadh saying it would cut output by 500,000 barrels per day (bpd) from May until the end of 2023, state media reported.

Russia’s deputy prime minister also said Moscow would extend a voluntary cut of 500,000 bpd until the end of 2023. The United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Iraq, Oman and Algeria said they would voluntarily cut output over the same time period.

The UAE is to cut oil production voluntarily by 144,000 barrels per day from May until the end of 2023, the energy minister said on Sunday.

Kuwait announced a cut of 128,000 bpd, while Iraq said it would cut output by 211,000 bpd, and Oman announced a cut of 40,000 bpd. Algeria said it would cut its output by 48,000 bpd.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Five Syrian soldiers wounded in Israeli air strike near Homs: SANA

02 April ,2023

Five Syrian soldiers were wounded in an Israeli air strike near the western city of Homs early Sunday, Syria’s state news agency SANA said.

The strike was Israel’s third in recent days after Damascus was targeted on the nights of March 30 and 31, according to the agency.

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“Today at around 00:35 (2135 GMT), the Israeli enemy carried out an air assault from northeast of Beirut targeting positions in the city of Homs and its province,” SANA reported on Sunday, citing a military source.

Syria’s air defense intercepted several missiles, but five soldiers were wounded and some material damage was reported, the source added.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said the strikes targeted several military positions of Syrian government forces and pro-Iran groups in Homs.

The NGO said explosions rocked the city and a fire broke out in a research center, with ambulances heading to the scene of the attack.

Observatory director Rami Abdul Rahman told AFP that in addition to the five wounded Syrian soldiers, several Iranian-affiliated fighters in the research center had been killed in the strikes.

An officer from Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards was killed in Israeli strikes in Syria on March 31, a website affiliated with the Guards said.

Israel has conducted seven air strikes in Syria this month, according to the Observatory, which has an extensive network of sources in the country.

While Israel rarely comments on the strikes it carries out on Syria, it has repeatedly said it will not allow its arch-foe Iran to extend its footprint in the war-torn country.

Last month, an Israeli air strike killed 15 people in a Damascus district that houses state security agencies, the Observatory said at the time.

Last week, an Israeli missile strike destroyed a suspected arms depot used by Iran-backed militias at Syria’s Aleppo airport, the war monitor said.

On March 7, three people were killed in an Israeli strike on the same airport that put it out of service. It reopened three days later.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Syria foreign minister makes first Egypt visit in over 10 years

01 April ,2023

Syria’s foreign minister met his Egyptian counterpart in Cairo on Saturday, the first such visit in more than a decade and the latest sign of Arab states mending ties with President Bashar al-Assad.

Faisal Mekdad was embraced by Sameh Shoukry as he arrived at the Egyptian foreign ministry, the first official trip since before the uprising and conflict that began in Syria in 2011.

President Assad was shunned by many Western and Arab states due to the war in Syria, which splintered the country and left hundreds of thousands of people dead.

In 2011, Syria was suspended from the Arab League and many Arab states pulled their envoys out of Damascus.

Some countries are questioning the possible rehabilitation of ties with Assad, citing his government’s actions during the conflict and the need to see progress towards a political solution in Syria.

Egypt’s foreign ministry published pictures of the two ministers in a closed meeting before a wider discussion.

Syrian state news agency SANA reported that the talks were aimed at strengthening relations between the two states.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Saudi ministry advises Umrah pilgrims not to carry large sums of cash, warns of fraud

01 April ,2023

Saudi Arabian authorities have advised Umrah pilgrims not to bring large sums of cash and expensive items when traveling to the Kingdom to perform the lesser pilgrimage.

In a post on Twitter, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah advised pilgrims traveling to Saudi Arabia not to bring gold bullion, precious stones and valuable precious metal in general and to carry a maximum of $16,000 (SAR 60,000) in cash.

The government authority also urged worshipers to download bank apps from official sites, not to share bank account details or transfer money to unknown parties, and to ignore text messages from unknown sources.

It advised pilgrims to notify the ministry or the relevant authorities if they suspect fraud or fall victims to it.

Earlier in March, the ministry had urged Muslims to only perform Umrah once during the holy month of Ramadan to reduce crowding and ensure a smooth and easy journey for pilgrims at the sites.

Muslims from around the world can apply to perform the pilgrimage through the Nusuk app and organize their entire trip – from applying for an eVisa to booking accommodation and flights – on the platform.

Umrah is an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca that can be undertaken at any time of the year, except during Hajj.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Etidal finds 6m extremist posts on Telegram in three months

April 02, 2023

RIYADH: More than six million extremist posts and nearly 2,000 host channels have been removed from the social media platform Telegram since the start of the year due to monitoring by the Saudi-based Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology.

The center, also known as Etidal, said that the deleted channels belonged to three terrorist organizations, Daesh, Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham and Al-Qaeda. The content included audio, videos and PDF files in Arabic.

Etidal found 2,773,902 items on 477 channels referencing Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, 1,807,215 items on 1,040 channels sympathetic to Daesh and 1,423,101 items on 323 channels with links to Al-Qaeda.

It said that over the course of just one day - Jan. 9 - 451,911 items with an extremist nature were either shared or referred. It found 101 channels related to extremist activity were created in one day towards the end of March, Etidal added.

The center began collaborating with Telegram in February 2022 to monitor and identify extremist content posted in Arabic. It has since helped identify and remove 21,026,169 items of an extremist nature and close 8,664 related channels.

The cooperation aims to protect Telegram users from ideological influences and extremist content.

Source: Arab News

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Jordan’s crown prince arrives in Saudi Arabia

April 02, 2023

RIYADH: Jordan’s Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah arrived in Jeddah on Sunday.

Dressed in an ihram, the crown prince will perform Umrah during his stay in the Kingdom.

He was greeted on arrival at King Abdulaziz International Airport by the deputy governor of the Makkah region, Prince Badr bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, and other officials.

Source: Arab News

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Jordan king says Muslims have ‘duty to deter Israeli escalation’ in Jerusalem

April 2, 2023

AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan’s King Abdullah II expressed on Sunday a commitment to “safeguard” Jerusalem’s holy sites, in a meeting in Amman with Muslim and Christian religious leaders from the city.

A statement from the royal court said the king told the delegation, led by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, that Jordan “will always be with you.”

“It is the duty of every Muslim to deter Israeli escalations against… holy sites in Jerusalem,” the king said, according to the statement.

The king touted a longtime commitment to preserving “peace and harmony” at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Temple Mount site, which houses the Al-Aqsa mosque compound or the Noble Sanctuary, Islam’s third holiest site. The Temple Mount is revered by Jews as the historic location of the two Jewish Temples, making it Judaism’s holiest site.

Jordan views itself as a custodian of the Temple Mount — a status Israel does not recognize, though it acknowledged the kingdom’s “special role” at the site in the countries’ peace treaty. Jordan in 1994 became the second Arab country to recognize and sign a peace treaty with neighboring Israel, after Egypt.

Many Palestinians reject the notion that the Temple Mount is holy to Jews, having accused Israel and Zionists for around a century of plotting to destroy the mosque and replace it with a Jewish temple — a move that is not supported by mainstream Israeli society.

Israel captured the Temple Mount and Jerusalem’s Old City from Jordan in the 1967 Six Day War, almost two decades after Amman conquered it during the War of Independence in 1948. However, Israel allowed the Jordanian Waqf to continue to maintain religious authority atop the mount.

Under an arrangement that has prevailed for decades under Jordan’s custodianship, Jews and other non-Muslims are permitted to visit the Temple Mount during certain hours but may not pray there. In recent years, Jewish religious nationalists, including members of the new governing coalition like far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir, have increasingly visited the site and demanded equal prayer rights for Jews there, infuriating the Palestinians and Muslims around the world.

In January, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a previously unannounced visit to Amman to meet with King Abdullah II, in a sit-down where he reportedly promised that this status quo on the Temple Mount would be preserved.

In his remarks on Sunday, Abdullah also hailed “Jerusalemites’… efforts to safeguard” the holy sites and “stressed the need to stop the displacement of Christians, as well as the repeated attacks on churches, religious figures and Christian property in Jerusalem,” according to the statement.

Christian places of worship in Jerusalem have seen a wave of attacks in recent months, some of them blamed on Jewish extremists.

Churches in Jerusalem appealed to the government on Friday to ensure Christians are able to worship freely during Easter and its run-up, expressing concern at mounting violence and acts of desecration over the past year.

Jerusalem’s Catholic Christian community marked Palm Sunday with masses attending religious processions in the Old City.

The Jordanian king’s remarks followed tensions with the Israeli government over a far-right minister’s remarks denying the existence of the Palestinian people and fears of a flare-up of violence during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which began on March 23.

During Sunday’s meeting the Jordanian king “called on the international community to take a stand against the exclusionary and racist statements made recently by some Israeli officials”, the statement said.

Last month, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich of the far-right Religious Zionism party caused an international outcry after saying in a speech at a conference in Paris that the Palestinian people are an “invention” while standing behind a map of “Greater Israel” that includes modern-day Jordan.

Tensions with Jordan flared and the kingdom summoned the Israeli envoy in protest, with Amman panning the “reckless incitement and a violation of international norms.”

The Israeli Foreign Ministry sought to tamp down the backlash, tweeting that “Israel is committed to the 1994 peace agreement with Jordan” and that “there has been no change in the position of the State of Israel, which recognizes the territorial integrity of the Hashemite Kingdom,” in both Hebrew and English.

Source: TimesOfIsrael

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Algeria rejects foreign military intervention in region for ‘fighting terrorism’

Hassan Jibril


ALGIERS, Algeria

Algeria’s army chief, Lt. Gen. Said Chengriha, on Sunday reiterated his country’s rejection of any foreign military intervention in the region under the claim of combating terrorism.

"Algeria rejects any form of foreign intervention in the region under the pretext of combating terrorism because it is an approach that has proven to be a complete failure," Chengriha said in a speech during a military meeting.

The army chief, however, did not provide any details about parties seeking military intervention in the region.

"Algeria's will is to give a new dynamism to efforts to combat terrorism in the Sahel and Sahara region," Chengriha said.

Algeria maintains that countries of the region have a responsibility to fight terrorism by themselves.

Algeria opposed France’s military intervention in its neighbor Mali in 2013. Paris ended its military presence there in August 2022.

Algeria also formed the Group of Field Countries, which includes Mali, Niger, and Mauritania, to coordinate military, security, and intelligence efforts to combat terrorism, provided that each country fights inside its own territory without forming joint forces or seeking foreign intervention.
Source: Anadolu Agency

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Focus your sermons on how to reform practice of Islam – UNILAG Imam tells Islamic clerics

April 2, 2023

By Musliudeen Adebayo

The Chief Imam of the University of Lagos, Professor Ismail Musa, has enjoined Muslim clerics and preachers to focus their sermons on reforming the practice of Islam.

Musa who doubles as the Head of the Department of Religious Studies, University of Lagos, made this disclosure while delivering a lecture at the 30th Ramadan lecture organised by the Muslim Community of the University of Ibadan on Saturday.

The event was attended by Barrister Ahmed Raji (SAN), who was represented by Hon. SaheedAlaran, Executive Secretary of Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN), Resident Electoral Commissioner in Oyo State, Dr. Rahman Adeniran Tella, wife of former Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Professor Hamdalat Olaniyan, Mrs. RomokeAyinde, and Chief Imam, University of Ibadan, Professor Abdulrahman Oloyede.

Musa, who lamented that Muslims are currently lagging in the areas of education, research and technology, enjoined the clerics to focus on how to address the deplorable condition of Muslims, especially in the areas of education and research.

He said Muslims should not just sit down and lament the problem confronting them, and insisted that they should take individual and collective actions to address the issue of illiteracy and poverty among them.

He added that it is important to create awareness about integrated early childhood education to address the problem of out-of-school children in the country.

He said, “Our sermons and mass education programmes should focus on reforming the practice of Islam, we should emphasise, in addition reforming our deplorable condition, especially in education and research endeavours.

“As a long-term measure, it is crucial that awareness is generated about integrated early childhood education.

“The lecture is a wake up call for the entire Muslim community that the resources God has domiciled in the Quran and Hadith have not been making use of them, so the lecture called our attention to the need to utilise the resources, because the purpose of giving us those resources is for us to achieve excellence in all aspects of life.

“So, we should not just sit down and start lamenting, we have to take individual and collective actions to ensure that Muslim community that Allah says it is single, we have to make it single.

“Development is a product of quality of education and research, we have large population of Muslims here and there but that population is not bringing out the dividends that should accrue to such a population.

“So, we are saying that we should focus on education, quality education, and we should focus on research, research that will be beneficial, not research that will have side effects.

Source: DailyPost Nigeria

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Libya rejects UN report on violations of migrant rights




Libya’s Tripoli-based government has rejected a UN report about violations of migrant rights in the war-torn country.

A report by a UN fact-finding mission cited evidence on crimes against humanity committed against migrants in Libya, including women being forced into sex slavery.

The UN mission said its investigators collected nearly 2,800 items of information documenting numerous cases of abuse against migrants, including arbitrary detention, murder, torture, rape, enslavement, sexual slavery, extrajudicial killings, and enforced disappearances.

In a statement, the Libyan Foreign Ministry called on the UN mission to present its information about the victims of violence and sex slavery to the authorities.

The ministry said the UN report casts doubts on the ability of the Libyan institutions to deal with the issue professionally.

“The situation in the detention centers where migrants are held requires international support, and not to leave the Libyan government alone on this issue,” it added.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Burkina Faso expels correspondents of French newspapers: Reports

Faruk Zorlu


Burkina Faso has expelled reporters of French newspapers Le Monde and Liberation, French media reported on Sunday.

Sophie Douce from Le Monde Afrique and Agnes Faivre from Liberation were ordered by the Burkinabe authorities to leave the capital Ouagadougou on Saturday, according to Le Monde.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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