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Hindus From India, US, UAE Pray At 100-Year-Old Maharaja Paramhans Ji Temple, Demolished by Radical Islamists In Pakistan

New Age Islam News Bureau

03 January 2022

 

Pakistan Hindu Council has promoted the initiative under the aegis of "faith tourism". (Representational)

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• Demands For Action Against Those Calling For Muslim Genocide In Haridwar’s “Dharam Sansad” Growing

• Allah Forbids Riba (Usury): It Is A Social Vice And One Of The Greatest Sins – Nigerian Cleric Warns Muslims

• 'General Soleimani' Anti-Terror Champion Of 21st Century - Russian Expert

• Dr Hamid Choi Yong Kil First Korean Muslim To Translate The Quran And Sahih-Al- Bukhari into Korean

 

Pakistan

• Indian Pilgrims Praise Pakistan For Protecting Minorities’ Religious Freedom

• Number Of Eminent Muslim Scholars to PM, Imran Khan: Muslims Youth Should Be Educated To Glide Through The Current Age Challenges

• Society must fight sex crimes, corruption itself: PM

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India

• 'Communal Hatred Will Stop Only When All Stand In One Voice Against It': Rahul Gandhi On 'Auction' Of Muslim Women

• Uttarakhand: Dasna Priest, 1 More Added To FIR In Hate Speech Case

• Delhi Police files FIR on journalist’s complaint over doctored photos, webpage ‘aimed at insulting Muslim women’

• Women’s doctored photos online: IT minister orders probe, FIR registered

• BAT action foiled, Pakistani terrorist killed on LoC in Jammu and Kashmir

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Africa

• Gov. Ugwuanyi’s Belief In God Responsible For Cordial Relationship Between Christians, Muslims – Sani Nnaji

• Shugaley: Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi Won't Rule In Libya

• Sudan’s PM announces resignation amid political deadlock

• Sudan security forces kill two anti-coup protesters: Medics

• Tunisia launches wide-ranging national consultation on reforms

• Six killed in suspected Shabab attack in Kenya: official

• Eleven troops hurt, 29 militants neutralized in Burkina: army

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Europe

• Ankara expresses ‘sorrow' for attack at Muslim cemetery in Germany

• UK hired firm to dissuade Afghan migrants before country fell to Taliban

• Russia’s Putin and Turkey’s Erdogan vow to improve ties after tensions

• Russian airstrike kills 2 civilians in northwestern Syria

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North America

• US Spent $14tr On Wars In 20 Years, $6m On Rearing Nine Goats

• Taliban should reform policies for international recognition, says Blinken

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Southeast Asia

• Abim to host Islam and Buddhism Eco Dialogue

• Report: Thai govt and southern separatists to meet in KL for peace talks this month

• Umno and PAS set to clash in three states

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Arab World

• Lebanese Christian Leader Gebran Bassil Says Alliance With Hezbollah Imperilled

• ISIS Attack On Syrian Military Vehicle Kills 5 And Injures 20 Soldiers: Report

• Russian jets bomb rebel-held Idlib in Syria, witnesses say

• Egypt pushes for calm after flare-up in Gaza hostilities

• Arab Coalition carries out air strikes on four targets in Sanaa

• UAE and four other countries take seats on UN Security Council

• Saudi air defence intercepts 3 Houthi drones

• Iraq arrests security officers over death of 20 civilians

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South Asia

• Iran Refuses To Recognize Taliban Govt Until It Is Inclusive

• 3 temples desecrated in Bangladesh, police register complaints

• Taliban’s spies destroy 3,000 litres of alcohol in Kabul

• People protest in Kabul against US sanctions on Afghanistan

• Taliban deny release of suicide attacker on Kabul Airport

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Mideast

• IRGC Spokesman: US Should Leave Region with Humiliation in Reprisal for Assassination of General Soleimani

• 6 Terrorists Killed by IRGC in South-eastern Iran

• Iran Blasts Certain States’ Political Approach towards Terrorists, Traffickers

• Concerns grow as condition of Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike turns ‘critical’

• 4 civilians killed in Houthi attack in eastern Yemen

• Ex-Israeli minister calls for assassinating Hamas leaders over rocket fire

• Israeli attacks ‘new crime’ against Palestinians: Hamas

• Scores of Israelis storm Al-Aqsa complex in Jerusalem

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Hindus From India, US, UAE Pray At 100-Year-Old Maharaja Paramhans Ji Temple, Demolished by Radical Islamists In Pakistan

 

Pakistan Hindu Council has promoted the initiative under the aegis of "faith tourism". (Representational)

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January 02, 2022

Peshawar: Hindu pilgrims from India, the US and the Gulf region prayed at the 100-year-old renovated Maharaja Paramhans Ji temple in northwest Pakistan on Saturday amidst tight security, one year after the temple was demolished by a mob belonging to a radical Islamist party.

The delegation of Hindus consisted of nearly 200 devotees from India, 15 from Dubai, the rest from the US and other Gulf states.

The Mandir and 'Samadhi' of Paramhans Ji in Teri village, Karak district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa underwent extensive repair last year after it was demolished by an angry mob in 2020, an incident that was condemned globally.

The Indian pilgrims crossed over through the Wagah Border near Lahore, and were escorted to the temple by armed personnel, officials said.

The programme has been organised by the Pakistani Hindu Council in collaboration with the national carrier Pakistan International Airlines.

On the day, the funerary monument and Teri village at large was fortified with 600 men from the Rangers, Intelligence and Airport Security Force keeping guard, led by a Superintendent of Police rank officer.

The rituals will go on through the night till afternoon of Sunday, Hindu Council officials said.

'Hujras' or open air reception rooms were converted into shelters for the pilgrims.

The markets near the temple were seen buzzing with tourists and the children from the Hindu contingent were photographed playing cricket with the local kids.

In-charge, Legal Affairs, Hindu Community Rohit Kumar commended the Pakistan government for the arrangements and the repair works.

"Today's prayers at the mandir by yatris from India is a positive message for India, for promoting peace and religious harmony in the region," he said.

The Pakistan Hindu Council has promoted the initiative under the aegis of "faith tourism".

Maharaaj Paramhans Ji died at Teri village in 1919.

Some members of the radical Jamiat Ulema-i- Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) had vandalised the 'Samadhi' on December 30, 2020. The temple had also been demolished in 1997.

The provincial government renovated it after ₹ 3.3 crore was recovered from the JUI-F mob.

Source: ND TV

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https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/hindus-from-india-us-uae-pray-at-100-year-old-maharaja-paramhans-ji-temple-in-pakistan-2683991

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Demands For Action Against Those Calling For Muslim Genocide In Haridwar’s “Dharam Sansad” Growing

 

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Mohammed Hussain Ahmed

2nd January 2022

New Delhi: The demands for action against those who issued Muslim genocide call in Haridwar’s “Dharam Sansad” are growing in the country. A group of Uttarakhand government retired officers wrote a letter to the Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami condemning his government attitude against the call for Muslim genocide.

In the letter, they demanded Immediate action against the organizers and speakers of Dharam Sansad calling upon the government to immediately implement the Supreme court’s July 2018 directives regarding the “mob violence”.

The controversial Dharm sansad was held on December 17 18 and 19 where the so called Sadhus and right wing hindutva activists participated in large numbers. The BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay also participated. He was Booked earlier for his incendiary statement against Muslims at a program in Delhi’s Jantar Mantar.

The letter referred to the videos which gone viral wherein the Sansad speakers are openly calling for the genocide of 20 lakh Indian Muslims and their ethnic cleansing from the rural areas. “Granting permission for such a meeting was the failure of your government’s law and order machinery,” the letter said.

“Due to the international furore an FIR was lodged under just one section against only three people. It clearly indicates your government’s complicity is providing protection to those calling for minorities’ ethnic cleansing,” the latter added.

Earlier, a group of former army chief’s and a large number of ex army personnel have written an open letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the President of India condeming the call for Muslim genocide. They demanded strict action against those who issued this call. More than 200 people signed the open later.

The letter said that the call for ethnic cleansing is a grave risk for our national security and poses danger to our social harmony.

“We call upon the Government, Parliament and Supreme Court to take immediate action for the safety and security of the country. The Constitution gives freedom to all the citizens to practice their religion freely. We strongly condemn polarization in the name of religion. The Indian Prime Minister and the President of India must take immediate action to stop these highly reprehensible activities,” the letter said.

About what transferred in the Dharam Sansad meeting, earlier, the Quint in it’s report said that the “hate speech conclave” was organized by Hindutva leader Yati Narsinghanand from December 17 to 19 in Uttarakhand’s pilgrimage city of Haridwar, where multiple calls to kill Muslims and attack their religious spaces were made.

“Hindu groups need to update themselves. Swords look good on stage only. This battle will be won by those with better weapons,” the report quoted Narsinghanand as saying.

“Our police, our politicians, our army and every Hindu must pick up weapons and conduct a Safayi Abhiyan (ethnic cleansing) like the one that took place in Myanmar. There is no other option left,” Swami Prabodhanand Giri, President of the Hindu Raksha Sena, was quoted as saying by NDTV.

The General Secretary of the political party Hindu Mahasabha Sadhvi Apurna also gave a call to arms and incitement to genocide.

“If you want to eliminate their population, then kill them. Nothing is possible without weapons. Be ready to kill and be ready to go to jail. Even if 100 of us are ready to kill 20 lakhs of them (Muslims), then we will be victorious, and go to jail,” The Wire quoted her as saying.

Meanwhile, Yati Narsinghanand has claimed in a video that only the UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath among the political leaders supports him. “He (Yogi Adityanath) averted an action against me under the goonda act when he came to know about the police plan to book me. He called the police officers and severely chastised them after which the action plan against him was dropped.”

“Yogi-Ji will be the country’s Prime Minister in 2024,” Yati Narsinghanand said in the video.

Source: Siasat Daily

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https://www.siasat.com/demands-for-action-against-those-calling-for-muslim-genocide-growing-2251567/

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Allah Forbids Riba (Usury): It Is A Social Vice And One Of The Greatest Sins – Nigerian Cleric Warns Muslims

 

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January 2, 2022

By Wale Odunsi

A Nigerian cleric has warned Muslim faithful in counties across the world to desist from Riba (Usury).

Imam AbdulAfeez Musa described it as a social vice and one of the greatest sins before Almighty Allah.

The religious leader stated that such a vice may cause Muslims not to enter paradise on the day of judgement.

He spoke at the weekend while delivering a lecture at the 14th Annual General Meeting of Al-Hilal Cooperative Multipurpose Society Limited.

The event was held at the Ogun Governor’s Office Central Mosque in Abeokuta with the theme: “Islamic Finance; The Perfect Socio-Economic Solace in Islam”.

The Imam stressed that Allah forbids Riba since he approved lawful transactions among people in form of Islamic finance.

Musa said God attested in Qur’an Chapter 3 verse 130 which states; “O you who have to believe, do not consume usury, doubled and multiplied, but fear Allah that you may be successful”.

Admitting that buying and selling agreement must be reached between two or more people, he advised them to apply Shari’ah law as practised by Prophet Muhammad in his hadith.

“Receiving or paying interest is deemed to be a major sin in Islam”, Musa declared and advised persons who have received such to donate it to charity.

He explained that Shari’ah law does not mean cutting of hands or legs as widely believed but controlling one’s self and spending.

Source: Daily Post Nigeria

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https://dailypost.ng/2022/01/02/allah-forbids-receiving-paying-interest-nigerian-cleric-warns-muslims/

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'General Soleimani' Anti-Terror Champion Of 21st Century - Russian Expert

 

General Soleimani

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January 3, 2022

Mais Gurbanov, a Russian media expert and Middle East analyst while arguing that the martyred commander Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani was an internationally-renowned anti-terror personality, said here on Sunday that assassinating him in a terrorist attack, was a big shame for the US, which further defamed that country.

Gurbanov adding that a country which always claims to be engaged in a campaign against terrorists by assassinating Soleimani proved that Washington is an accomplice of the terrorists.

In response to a question on the US objective behind the state-sponsored US terrorist attack against the most prominent anti-ISIS commander in the region, the Russian analyst said that the US shaped up the Daesh (ISIS) terrorist group itself, and it was actually a US plan, in collaboration with a number of US allies in the region, some of whom paid the financial expenses for this anti-Islamic project.

“The ISIS enmity in the Middle East was initially against Iran, Syria and the Lebanese Hezbollah and the American nature of that project was Chrystal-clear,” added Gurbanov.

Major General Soleimani, anti-terror champion of 21st century

The Russian analyst said that Martyr Soleimani was the most prominent anti-terrorist champion of the 21st century, with broadest popularity not only in Iran, but also in entire region.

“Soleimani had also convinced the entire anti-American forces in the region to unite in an anti-US campaign,” added Gurbanov.

He said that Soleimani revealed the ugly, real face of America once again to the world nations and unified the anti-global oppression forces, adding that the global oppression is currently led by Washington.

Gurbanov said that this great commander managed to convince the Russian President Vladimir Putin in a meeting in Moscow that lasted a few hours to enter the war scene in Syria against the terrorists.

The Middle East is insecure for America now

Gurbanov said that the Middle East turned unsafe for the Americans after the coward assassination of Commander Soleimani and the volume of the anti-American campaign and sentiments have both further aggravated after that terrorist act.

He said that the martyred Commander Soleimani is popular not only in many Middle East countries, but also in many parts of the world, and even the non-Muslims loved and supported him.

In response to a question on international legal bodies responsibility regarding the US criminal act in assassinating a military commander, Gurbanov said that the Hague International Court of Justice and other international human rights foundations, too, once again showed their real face in this case and proved that they work as commissioners of world powers.

“Those bodes never make any move against America, and you cannot hope for any assistance from their side,” he added.

General Qasem Soleimani was assassinated in a targeted American drone strike on January 3, 2020 in Baghdad, Iraq on the orders of former US president Donald Trump. The strike was strongly condemned by the Iranian government, and mass multi-city funeral ceremonies were held in both Iraq and Iran for General Soleimani and other martyrs killed in the drone strike.

Hours after his burial on January 7, 2020, the Iranian military launched missiles against the US military bases in Iraq; while no lives were lost in the second attack, the Pentagon reported that 110 American troops were affected in the strikes.

Source: ABNA24

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https://en.abna24.com/news//general-soleimani-anti-terror-champion-of-21st-century-russian-expert_1214961.html

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Dr Hamid Choi Yong Kil First Korean Muslim To Translate The Quran And Sahih-Al- Bukhari into Korean

 

Dr Hamid Choi Yong Kil

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2nd January 2022

Seoul: Dr Hamid Choi Yong Kil has become the first Korean Muslim to translate the Quran and Sahih-Al- Bukhari into Korean.

As per the media reports, this translation project took approximately 7 years. Currently, besides being a preacher, he also works as a lecturer in Islamic Studies and Arabic at a university in South Korea.

He had received his education at the Islamic University of Madinah, Saudi Arabia. The works that Choi has translated into Korean and Shahih Bukhari are all part of his scientific work.

Choi also has written more than 90 other books, either independently or in translation.

This comes at a time when the number of Muslims in South Korea is slowly increasing. Although Islam is still a minority religion, it has experienced significant growth over the past decade due to tourism and returns.

According to an estimate by the Korean Muslim Federation, the number of Muslims currently stands at about 200,000, which is only 0.38 per cent of the overall population. The majority is made up of students and workers who have come from Turkey, Pakistan and Uzbekistan and have now claimed Korean citizenship.

Source: Siasat Daily

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https://www.siasat.com/meet-first-korean-muslim-dr-hamid-choi-to-translate-quran-2250542/

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 Pakistan

 Indian Pilgrims Praise Pakistan For Protecting Minorities’ Religious Freedom

January 2, 2022

A fifteen-member delegation of Hindu Yatrees (pilgrims) including men, women and children Saturday visited Samadi of Shri Paramhans Ji Maharaj and Teri temple Karak after completion of rehabilitation work and performed religious rituals on first day of the new year.

The delegation that arrived at Peshawar Airport was escorted to the temple amid strict security arrangements.

On the occasion, Hindu community members belonging to Sind and representatives of Pakistan Hindu Council were also present in the temple.

Speaking on the occasion, In-charge Legal Affairs Hindu Community, Rohit Kumar praised efforts of Pakistan government to protect and conserve religious places of Hindus.

“Steps of Pakistani government to boost religious tourism and to protect worship places of minorities including Teri Temple would promote positive image of the country in the comity of nations including neighbouring India”, he said.

“Indian government should also give religious freedom to Muslims and make efforts to abridge gap between religion and humanity in their country”.

“Pakistan is safe for religious tourism and people living in the country had always welcomed tourists of other faints with respect”, he said.

Another delegation of 200 Hindu pilgrims that arrived at Wahga border crossing from India landed at Peshawar airport from Lahore.

Source: Pakistan Today

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https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2022/01/02/indian-hindi-pilgrims-visit-temple-in-peshawar-praise-pakistan-for-protecting-minorities-religious-freedom/

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Number Of Eminent Muslim Scholars to PM, Imran Khan: Muslims Youth Should Be Educated To Glide Through The Current Age Challenges

JANUARY 3, 2022

A number of eminent Muslim scholars Sunday stressed the need for tackling issues emanating from globalization and a plethora of untamed information on the internet through proper guidance of the Muslim youth.

Sharing their thought-provoking views, they highlighted that through creation of adequate awareness about the Seerah and Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him), the Muslims youth should be educated to glide through the current age challenges.

In the second part of the dialogue with Prime Minister Imran Khan held by the National Rehmatul-lil-Alameen Authority, on the topic of ‘Riyasat-e- Medina, Islam, society and ethical revival’, they dotted down certain collective efforts by the Muslim countries to brace the negative impacts of modernity upon the Muslim youth.

The scholars included Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah, Dr Timothy Winter/Abdal Hakim Murad, Dr Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Dr Recep Senturk, Dr Osman Bakar, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and Dr Chandra Muzaffar.

They responded to various questions raised by the prime minister about the unbridled availability of social media material, corruption, rising sexual abuses against women and children and other contemporary challenges posed to the Muslim youth and society.

Taking part in the discussion, Dr Seyyed Hossein Nasr, University Professor of Islamic Studies at the George Washington, US, said alluded to the impacts of the modernistic trends upon the Muslim youth which could be felt much more than ever.

The youth should be taught that spirituality was a real phenomenon while the mundane attractions were temporary.

“Today, the world is more precarious and dangerous for the youth,” he said, adding that the Muslim youth should be guided through the teachings which were authentic and pertaining to the current challenges.

Dr Nasr also denounced that in the West certain non-serious elements talked about Islam in negative tone, which was tantamount to attacking the religion.

He maintained that Islam offered solution to the most urgent issues of today.

He said the Muslim countries were blessed with tremendous resources and they could utilize it to revive and preserve their culture on the basis of faith in the religion.

Dr Nasr said solution to present day challenges could not be resolved within 24 hours as there was dire a need for gradual awareness.

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, an American scholar, responding to the prime minister’s query about the corruption and increasing trend of offenses against women and children, agreed that these were the profound problems rising from greed in a society.

The prime minister said sexual crimes had increased sharply in the society and the same case was with the corruption as these issues were not confined to one country.

He opined that a society had to take stand against corruption making it unacceptable.

Dr Yusuf likened the issue of corruption to a rotten apple which could decay a society.

He said the Holy Quran had explained the issue of corruption and its impacts upon individuals and society.

He said Islam had tasked the men to take care of the womenfolk and children in a society, stressing that youth should be inculcated to honour women.

The Holy Prophet (PBUH) had always stressed upon respect and protection of the women and children, he added.

Dr Timothy Winter/Abdal Hakim Murad of the Cambridge, UK, said information on mobile phones for the young generations was a real challenge for the most of societies across the globe.

The youth had become addicted to certain undesirable material which led to permanent damage, he added.

He said use of internet had now become a global phenomenon which should be resolved through global efforts.

He regretted that thousands of cases of harassment against women had been reported.

Dr Murad said the modernity had brought manifold issues and the crises was ever escalating and also referred to ‘Me Too’ movement launched in US which reflected societal changes.

Dr Recep Senturk, a Turkish academic, and president USUL Academy, Turkey, shared that in the face of global problems, the Muslim youth should be advised to adopt ethics derived from the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

They should be encouraged to develop their intellectual independence by following the Sunnah and rid themselves from the global hegemony, he added.

He said the Holy Prophet (PBUH) had been an embodiment of blessing for all the races and ages.

Dr Chandra Muzaffar, a Malaysian sociologist and thinker, suggested holding of conferences of the Muslim youth so that they could participate and speak out their minds and articulate their position over the contemporary challenges and solutions.

He said during the climate change conference in Switzerland, the youth participants had vented their anger against climate issues and shared their thoughts.

Dr Chandra acknowledged that Muslim youth had respect for the dignity of human beings, adding, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) had brought different people together.

“The people across the world should realize that all burning issues in today’s world are the shared challenges to which Islam had beautifully provided solution centuries ago,” he said.

Dr Osman Bakar, an emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Malaysia, opined that it was encouraging that students in universities and colleges were keen to learn about the spiritual traditions.

Source: Daily Times Pakistan

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Society must fight sex crimes, corruption itself: PM

Syed Irfan Raza

January 3, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Terming rising corruption and sex crimes the two main evils confronting the Muslim world, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday held a discussion with top scholars on how the youth could be protected from the invasion of social media on their faith and religious and ethical values.

“There are two sorts of crime in society, one is corruption and the other is sex crime. Sex crime has risen sharply in our society, i.e. rape and child abuse and only one per cent of this is reported,” he said while addressing ‘Riyasat-i-Madina: Islam, Society and Ethical Revival’, the second part of a dialogue organised by the National Rehmatul-lil-Aalameen Authority (NRAA).

“The other 99 per cent, I believe, society has to fight it. The same is the case with corruption… society has to make corruption unacceptable. Unfor­tunately, when you have leadership which is corrupt over time, they make corruption acceptable,” he said.

While seeking viewpoints of the international scholars, Mr Khan hinted that he would be holding similar dialogues with renowned scholars in the future as well. It was also decided that such thought-provoking sessions would be held once a month or two months.

Islamic scholars agree youth must be taught how to deal with challenges thrown up by modern life

The prime minister stressed the need to save the Muslim youth from being inundated with obscenity and pornographic material available on the internet.

The scholars in attendance suggested certain collective efforts by Muslim countries to counter the negative effects of modernity. They also stressed that by creating awareness about the life and sunnah of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) young Muslims could be equipped with qualities needed to navigate the challenges of the modern age.

Response by scholars

The scholars responded to various questions raised by the prime minister about the unbridled availability of pornographic material via social media, corruption, the rising number of sex offenses against women and children, and other challenges faced by the Muslim youth and contemporary society.

Dr Seyyed Hossein Nasr, University Professor of Islamic Studies at the George Washington University, said the impact of modern trends upon the Muslim youth could be felt today more than ever.

“Today, the world is a more precarious and dangerous place for the youth,” he said, adding that the Muslim youth should be guided through teachings that were authentic and pertained to the challenges they faced.

Dr Nasr denounced western elements that talked about Islam in negative tone, which was tantamount to attacking the religion.

He said Muslim countries were blessed with tremendous resources which could be utilised to revive and preserve their culture on the basis of faith. He added that the solution to present-day challenges could not be found within 24 hours as there was a dire need for gradually building awareness.

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, an American scholar, likened the issue of corruption to a rotten apple which could decay a society. He said the Holy Quran had explained the issue of corruption and its impact upon individuals and society.

He was of the opinion that Islam had tasked men to take care of women and children in society. He stressed that young people should be taught to honour women.

Talking about concepts such as ‘mehram’, Mr Yusuf said women needed to understand why the Holy Prophet (PBUH) had always stressed these things.

“Not going to places that you shouldn’t be, that onus is first and foremost on the men and we can’t blame the victims. At the same time women need to understand there are wolves out there and those wolves are real.”

Dr Timothy Winter/Abdal Hakim Murad, dean of the Cambridge Muslim College, said information on mobile phones for the young generations was a real challenge for most of societies across the globe.

“Everybody knows the key trigger has been the availability, even to young children, of high resolution images of things that should be private and not made part of public entertainment. If the adolescent mind grows up recurrently addicted to these images, neuroscientists have pointed out that this results in permanent damage.”

He regretted that internet was not something that could be regulated by individual nation states.

Dr Recep Senturk, a Turkish academic, shared that the Muslim youth should be advised to adopt ethics derived from the sunnah of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), adding that they should be encouraged to develop their intellectual independence by following sunnah.

Dr Chandra Muzaffar, a Malaysian sociologist and thinker, suggested the holding of Muslim youth conferences where young people could participate, speak out their minds and articulate their position over contemporary challenges and solutions.

He said during the climate change conference in Switzerland, the youth participants had vented their anger against climate issues and shared their thoughts.

Source: Dawn

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https://www.dawn.com/news/1667250/society-must-fight-sex-crimes-corruption-itself-pm

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India

 

'Communal Hatred Will Stop Only When All Stand In One Voice Against It': Rahul Gandhi On 'Auction' Of Muslim Women

Jan 02, 2022

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday raised his voice against the application 'auctioning' Muslim women which has already triggered action and outrage, saying the humiliation and communal hatred against women will stop only when all stand in one voice against it. "The year has changed, the situation has also changed -- now we have to speak," Rahul Gandhi tweeted. After a Delhi-based journalist filed a complaint with the Delhi Police against a questionable website for uploading her doctored photos, several politicians condemned it. The Delhi Police registered an FIR on Saturday night.

What is ‘Bulli Bai’, the controversial app targeting Muslim women on social media?

IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said the app has been blocked and further action was being coordinated. "GitHub confirmed blocking the user this morning itself. CERT and Police authorities are coordinating further action," the minister said.

महिलाओं का अपमान और सांप्रदायिक नफ़रत तभी बंद होंगे जब हम सब एक आवाज़ में इसके ख़िलाफ़ खड़े होंगे।

साल बदला है, हाल भी बदलो- अब बोलना होगा!#NoFear

Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) January 2, 2022

"I was shocked to find out this morning that a website/portal called bullibai.github.io (since deleted) had a doctored picture of me in an improper, unacceptable and clearly lewd context. This needs immediate action, as the same is clearly designed to harass me and other similarly situated independent women and journalists," the woman journalist said in her complaint.

A senior Delhi police officer said the case has been registered under sections 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 354 A (sexual harassment and punishment for harassment) of the Indian Penal Code on the complaint of the journalist alleging that she is being targeted by an unidentified group of people on "Bulli Bai" portal.

The police said no arrests have been made in the case so far and a probe is underway.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Uttarakhand: Dasna priest, 1 more added to FIR in hate speech case

Jan 2, 2022

HARIDWAR: The police have added the names of Hindu leaders — Dasna temple priest Yati Narasinghanand and Sagar Sindhuraj — in an FIR in connection with the case of alleged hate speech delivered during a ‘Dharam Sansad’ held in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar.

“On the basis of the viral video clip, two more names — Sagar Sindhu Maharaj and Yati Narasinghanand — have been added to the FIR...Section 295A has been included in the FIR,” said Uttarakhand Director-General of Police Ashok Kumar.

Protesters demand arrest of organisers

Muslims came out in large numbers in Dehradun and Haridwar on Friday and Saturday, demanding action against speakers at the Sansad, who had made objectionable statements against the minority community, report Kautilya Singh and Sheo S Jaiswal.

The protesters marched up to police headquarters in Doon. In Haridwar’s Jwalapur, they took out a march, demanding immediate arrest of Jitendra Narayan Tyagi alias Waseem Rizvi, former head of Shia Waqf Board, for his remarks against Prophet Muhammad.

Source: Times of India

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Delhi Police files FIR on journalist’s complaint over doctored photos, webpage ‘aimed at insulting Muslim women’

January 2, 2022

The Delhi Police has registered an FIR on the complaint of a Delhi-based journalist, who alleged that unidentified persons uploaded doctored photos of her on a webpage along with objectionable comments “aimed at insulting Muslim women”.

This comes six months after the police in Delhi and Noida had registered cases in connection with photos of Muslim women being uploaded on a Github app. No arrests have been made in connection with that complaint.

The new webpage was created on the GitHub app and has now been deleted. Several women, including the complainant, posted screenshots of their photos with “lewd context” being used on the webpage.

A day after the journalist filed a complaint about the webpage, the Delhi Police registered a case under IPC section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman).

“We have received a complaint of a woman journalist alleging she is being targeted by an unidentified group of people on an app using GitHub by the name of ‘Bulli Bai’. An FIR has been registered at the cyber police station of the Southeast district,” said a senior Delhi Police officer.

Esha Pandey, DCP (Southeast), said that a legal action has been initiated.

Sources in the cyber cell said they had identified some accounts in connection with the objectionable posts, which were deactivated following the police complaint. The police are trying to get further details.

On July 7 and 8 last year, police in Noida and Delhi registered separate FIRs against unknown persons for creating an app where photos of women, including a pilot and journalists, were uploaded with an intention to defame and harass them — the text accompanying the photo read ‘deal of the day’.

Delhi Police cyber cell officials said they had written to GitHub seeking details of the accused who created the app but haven’t received details yet.

The complainant states, “I was shocked to find out this morning that a website… had a doctored picture of me in an improper, unacceptable and clearly lewd context. I am often the target of online trolls and this seems to be the next step in such harassment. This needs immediate action as the same is clearly designed to harass me and other similarly situated independent women and journalists.”

She further wrote: “The term bulli bai itself seems disrespectful and the content of this website is clearly aimed at insulting Muslim women as the derogatory term bulli is used exclusively for Muslim women and the entire website seems to have been designed with the intent of embarrassing and insulting Muslim women. The term bulli of the day further objectifies and dehumanises women.”

“As a law-abiding citizen of this country and as a Muslim woman, I am deeply disturbed by the alleged tweet, which is headlined as ‘your bulli bai of the day’ and is accompanied by the doctored photograph. Social media being a form of public expression cannot be used to demean and derogate women in general and Muslim women in particular by misogynist sections of society. This is nothing short of online harassment and the referred tweet for criminal action,” she states.

Source: Indian Express

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Women’s doctored photos online: IT minister orders probe, FIR registered

by Aashish Aryan , Jignasa Sinha

January 3, 2022

The government has asked cyber security and law enforcement agencies to investigate complaints that a website had hosted doctored, “lewd” pictures and objectionable comments “aimed at insulting Muslim women”.

The Indian Computer Emergency Response System (Cert-In), the nodal agency for monitoring cyber security incidents and related threats, has been asked to form “a high level committee” to probe the incident, and to co-ordinate with the cyber cells of state police forces, senior government officials said.

Late on Saturday night, Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw had tweeted that GitHub, the coding platform on which the said app was hosted, had blocked the user, and Cert-In and police were “co-coordinating further action”.

On Sunday, in a separate tweet, Vaishnaw said that the government was “working with police organisations in Delhi and Mumbai on this matter”.

On Sunday, separate FIRs were registered in the case by police in Delhi and Mumbai. Besides the unknown persons who developed the app, Mumbai Police also booked certain Twitter handles that disseminated the content on charges of stalking, defamation, promoting enmity, and posting lewd comments.

The National Commission for Women (NCW) has written to Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana seeking immediate action in the case.

“@NCWIndia has taken cognizance of this incident. Chairperson @sharmarekha has written to @CPDelhi to immediately register FIR in the matter. The process must be expedited so that such crime is not repeated,” the commission posted on Twitter.

Twitter has suspended an account that had been sharing links to the app hosted on GitHub. The Twitter handle had the same name as the objectionable app. Twitter did not respond to emails seeking comments on the account and its suspension.

Earlier in June 2021, another app with a name similar to the one currently under investigation had appeared on GitHub with pictures of Muslim women captioned “deal of the day”.

Subsequently, on July 7 and 8, police in Noida and Delhi had registered separate FIRs against unknown persons in the case, but there has been no progress in the investigations.

On Sunday, NCW, responding to a woman journalist’s post on Twitter that the current sexual harassment on Muslim women online was a “new version” of the earlier targeting, tweeted: “The action taken in both the cases must be apprised to the Commission at the earliest.”

Doctored photos of at least 100 Muslim women, along with lewd remarks and comments, were posted online this week. GitHub subsequently removed the content, but many Twitter users tagged the women and posted screenshots of the webpage.

In her complaint to police on Saturday, a Delhi-based journalist accused unknown persons of promoting enmity, sexual harassment, and insulting women.

“I was shocked to find…that a website/portal…had a doctored picture of me in an improper unacceptable and clearly lewd context… The…content…is clearly aimed at insulting Muslim women…and the entire website seems to have been designed with the intent of embarrassing and insulting Muslim women,” she said.

“This is nothing short of online harassment and the tweet referred to herein is per se liable for criminal action. The said ‘GitHub’ is violent, threatening and intending to create a feeling of fear and shame in my mind as well as in the minds of women in general, and the Muslim community, whose women are being targeted in this hateful manner. In fact, this website has been targeting other Muslim women as well…,” the complaint said.

On Saturday, Delhi Police had said they were “looking into” the woman journalist’s complaint and would take “appropriate legal action”.

Based on the complaint, a case under IPC Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on the ground of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration), 354A (sexual harassment) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) has been registered.

Sources in the cyber cell claimed they had identified some accounts in connection with the objectionable posts, which were deactivated following the police complaint.

Many of the women had been targeted in the earlier case as well. A senior Delhi Police officer said the earlier case had stalled because GitHub had not cooperated.

“We wrote to them and sent them a legal notice about the case. The GitHub officials asked us to follow MLAT (Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty) guidelines and we should have got a reply by now,” the officer said.

According to the officer, “When we first sent them notices, they asked us to follow the guidelines. We again sent a request and they forwarded it to their legal cell. They said some documents were missing and we had to apply again. We have also approached the Home Ministry to push for an investigation from their (company’s) side. Since their office is not in India and it’s a US-headquartered company, we can’t push much.”

Source: Indian Express

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BAT action foiled, Pakistani terrorist killed on LoC in Jammu and Kashmir

M Saleem Pandit

Jan 3, 2022

SRINAGAR: An attempt by the Pakistani military’s Border Action Team (BAT) to push a terrorist into India was foiled after he was gunned down in the Keran sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district around 3pm on January 1, the Army said on Sunday. Slain terrorist Mohammed Shabbir Malik was carrying an AK-47, seven grenades, ammunition, ration suited for a long haul in cold weather, certificates and a photo that showed him in army uniform with the name tab.

“This was a BAT action,” an Army officer said, underscoring that it was clearly a “complete breach of the ceasefire understanding” between the two nations. The Pakistan Army has been contacted and asked to take the body.

BAT comprises military regulars and mercenaries from terrorist groups such as Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). They carry out surprise attacks on Indian positions along the LoC.

On New Year’s Day, Army stakeout along the LoC spotted the terrorist in a Pathani suit and black jacket. Armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, he was trying to break into India through the anti-infiltration obstacle system across the border. Ambushes were laid along routes the intruder was likely to take and he eventually fell into one. The route he took was similar to the one taken by infiltrators “on April 4, 2020, during Operation Rangadori Bhaikh in which five terrorists were eliminated,” the Army said in a statement.

The Army could make out that it was a BAT operation as a “search of the belongings revealed Pakistani identity card and vaccination certificates (issued by ministry of national health services regulation and coordination of Pakistan) that identified him as Mohammed Shabir Malik. The belongings also include a photo of the infiltrator in army uniform wearing the name tab of Shabbir.” This “establishes that Pakistan continues to sponsor cross-border militancy”, the Army said.

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Africa

 

Gov. Ugwuanyi’s belief in God responsible for cordial relationship between Christians, Muslims – Sani Nnaji

January 3, 2022

By Emmanuel Uzodinma

A renowned wealthy Northern-based farmer who recently relocated his farming business to his community in Mbu, Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State, Alhaji Sani Friday Nnaji, has commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for promoting peace, unity and national integration among Nigerians resident in the state and beyond irrespective of religious and ethnic differences.

Speaking when Gov. Ugwuanyi visited him and the Christian and Muslim communities in his country home in Mbu to celebrate Christmas and New Year, yesterday, Alhaji Sani Nnaji disclosed that it was because of the governor’s belief in God and his penchant for peace and unity that “both Christians and Muslims gathered here to eat together”.

The wealthy farmer who pointed out that what Gov. Ugwuanyi has done for his community, Isi-Uzo LGA and Enugu State is immeasurable, stressed: “The good things we are enjoying today is because of your good heart and quality leadership”.

Alhaji Nnaji expressed gratitude to Gov. Ugwuanyi for providing the enabling atmosphere for businesses to thrive in Enugu State, adding that the governor has supported his farming business in the state tremendously.

“Thank you (Ugwuanyi) for the support you have been giving the people in the business sector especially my humble self.

“Your Excellency has brought a lot of goodies to Isi-Uzo LGA especially in Mbu. This is the third time a governor will visit Mbu in one year. We have always celebrated the Christmas and New Year with you. My people in Ugwualama Mbu are grateful for the good things you have done for us”, he added.

The farmer had revealed that it was because of the enduring peace and security entrenched in Enugu State by Gov. Ugwuanyi as well as the enabling business environment that he relocated most of his farming businesses from the Northern part of Nigeria to his community, Mbu in Isi-Uzo LGA of the state.

Source: Daily Post Nigeria

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Shugaley: Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi won't rule in Libya

January 02, 2022

Efforts to win power in Libya by Saif al-Islam Qaddafi, the son of the country’s late ousted dictator Moammar Qaddafi, won’t succeed, according to Maxim Shugaley, who acts as a political consultant for Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Russian tycoon close to President Vladimir Putin and owner of the notorious Wagner Group, Bloomberg has reported.

Shugaley spent 18 months in a Libyan jail accused by the government of plotting to interfere in Libya’s presidential elections in Gaddafi's favor. His release was pushed for by the Kremlin.

“He’s an unacceptable figure for the United States -- there is a political order against him. This would be a unique event in the world -- 10 years on and the Gaddafi family stages a comeback. Just from a psychological point of view, it’s a big blow.” Shugaley said in an interview in Moscow, blaming the US for thwarting Gaddafi's leadership ambitions, without offering evidence.

Source: Libya Observer

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Sudan’s PM announces resignation amid political deadlock

02 January ,2022

Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok announced his resignation Sunday amid political deadlock and widespread pro-democracy protests following a military coup that derailed the country’s fragile transition to democratic rule.

Hamdok called for a dialogue to agree on a “national charter” and to “draw a roadmap” to complete the transition. The October coup had upended Sudan's plans to move to democracy after a popular uprising forced the military’s overthrow of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir and his Islamist government in April 2019.

On Sunday, prior to his resignation, Sudanese security forces violently dispersed pro-democracy protesters, in the latest demonstrations to denounce the takeover and a subsequent deal that reinstated the prime minister but sidelined the pro-democracy movement. A medical group said at least two people were killed.

The Sudan Doctors Committee, which is part of the pro-democracy movement, said one of the dead was hit “violently” in his head while taking part in a protest march in Khartoum. The second was shot in his chest in Khartoum’s twin city of Omdurman, it added. The group said dozens of protesters were injured.

Activist Nazim Sirag said security forces used tear gas and sound grenades to disperse protesters, and chased them in side streets across the capital.

Protests also took place in other cities including Port Sudan and Nyala in the Darfur region.

The protests came despite tightened security and blocked bridges and roads in Khartoum and Omdurman. Internet connections were also disrupted ahead of the protests, according to advocacy group NetBlocs. Authorities have used such tactics repeatedly since the Oct. 25 coup.

Sunday's fatalities have brought the death toll among protesters since the coup to at least 56, according to the medical group. Hundreds have also been wounded.

Allegations surfaced last month of sexual violence, including rape and gang rape by security forces against female protesters, according to the United Nations.

The ruling sovereign council has vowed to investigate violence against the protesters.

On Saturday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged security forces to “immediately cease the use of deadly force against protesters" and to hold those responsible for violence accountable.

He also called for Sudanese leaders to accelerate their efforts to form a “credible cabinet,” an interim parliament and judicial electoral bodies that will prepare for the country’s planned 2023 elections.

The rotating leadership of the sovereign council now chaired by Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan should be transferred to a civilian as was planned before the coup, Blinken said.

“We do not want to return to the past, and are prepared to respond to those who seek to block the aspirations of the Sudanese people for a civilian-led, democratic government,” he added.

The October military takeover upended a fragile planned transition to democratic rule following a popular uprising that forced the military’s overthrow of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir and his Islamist government in April 2019.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Sudan security forces kill two anti-coup protesters: Medics

02 January ,2022

Sudanese security forces killed two protesters Sunday in Omdurman, twin city of the capital Khartoum, medics said, as thousands rallied against the military.

The pro-democracy Doctors' Committee said one of the protesters was shot in the chest while the second suffered a “severe head wound”.

Sunday's deaths bring the total number of protesters killed in a violent crackdown since a military takeover in October to 56, while hundreds have been wounded.

Sudan has been plunged into turmoil since General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan -- the country's de facto leader following the 2019 ouster of longtime strongman Omar al-Bashir -- launched a coup and detained the prime minister.

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Tunisia launches wide-ranging national consultation on reforms

01 January ,2022

Tunisia on Saturday launched a wide-ranging national consultation that will feed into drafting a new constitution, the North African country's technology ministry said.

Part of a reform package pushed by President Kais Saied, who is seeking to bolster his authority, the exercise calls on citizens to send in suggestions and will last until March 20.

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Eligible topics include electoral, economic, financial, social, developmental, health, education, and cultural affairs.

The constitutional referendum is planned for July 25, 2022 -- exactly a year after Saied sacked the government, suspended parliament, and seized wide-ranging powers.

His power grab was initially supported by many Tunisians, amid frustration surrounding repeated deadlocks within the fractious legislature in recent years.

The president later took steps to rule by decree, and in early December vowed to press on with reforms to the political system.

The consultation -- dubbed “Your opinion, our decision” -- is initially targeting youth centers through an electronic platform across the country’s 24 regions, the technology ministry said.

“The platform will be open to everyone from January 15,” it added.

Citizens will alternatively be able to give their views in local committees, since only 45 percent of Tunisian homes are connected to the internet.

Critics have said the move underlines the “populist” approach of the president, who won elections in 2019 with a landslide 73 percent of votes.

Saied’s one-man crusade to rebuild Tunisia’s broken political structures has sparked accusations that he is establishing a new autocracy in the birthplace of the Arab Spring uprisings.

Rights groups have pointed to military trials of opposition figures on charges such as “insulting the president.”

A senior official of Ennahdha -- one of the country’s main political parties -- was arrested by plainclothes officers on Friday.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Six killed in suspected Shabab attack in Kenya: official

January 03, 2022

NAIROBI: Six people have been killed and homes torched in an attack Monday by suspected Al-Shabab militants in Kenya’s coastal Lamu region that borders Somalia, a local government official said.

“I confirm that we had an attack suspected to be by Al-Shabab at a place known as Widhu, and we have lost six people. One was shot dead and we also have others who were burnt,” said Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia.

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Eleven troops hurt, 29 militants neutralized in Burkina: army

January 02, 2022

OUAGADOUGOU: Eleven soldiers were wounded and 29 militants neutralized in a weekend attack on security forces in Burkina Faso’s troubled northwest, the army said on Sunday.

Military and police units came under attack on Saturday in the area of Gomboro “by armed individuals,” the army said.

“The fighting caused injuries to 11 soldiers who were treated. Their response and counter-offensive allowed the neutralization of 29 terrorists and the recovery of a large amount of combat materiel including weapons, vehicles and communication equipment,” the statement said.

On December 23, an ambush by suspected extremists targeting civilians and the VDP, an official self-defense force, in the northern You region left 41 people dead, including Ladji Yoro, considered a leader of the VDP.

That attack was the deadliest since the bloodshed in Inata in the country’s north in mid-November, which claimed 57 lives including 53 police officers.

Since 2015, Burkina Faso has been facing regular and deadly attacks, particularly in the northern and eastern regions, close to Mali and Niger, countries also battling armed extremist groups.

Source: Arab News

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Europe

 

Ankara expresses ‘sorrow' for attack at Muslim cemetery in Germany

January 02 2022

Turkish authorities have expressed "sadness" over an attack at a Muslim cemetery in the northwestern German city of Iserlohn in which 30 headstones were damaged.

Turkey's Foreign Ministry said the attack on New Year's Eve is "a new indicator of sick Islamophobic mentality which has been rising especially in Europe and even targets Muslim cemeteries."

The ministry urged German officials to find the "perpetrators of this disastrous attack" and that they are "brought to justice and given the punishment they deserve."

It also asked authorities to "take the necessary measures to prevent such incidents from happening."

Nearly 30 headstones at a Muslim cemetery in Iserlohn have been damaged, according to German authorities.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News

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UK hired firm to dissuade Afghan migrants before country fell to Taliban

January 02, 2022

LONDON: The British government gave a Hong Kong-based firm over £700,000 ($947,200) over five years to tell Afghans not to flee the country, according to The Independent, and is set to hand it another £500,000 in the coming years.

The company, Seefar, responsible for websites such as On The Move and The Migrant Project, and which describes itself as “a recognised leader in understanding migration behaviour change” and claims to offer services including “scripting lines for politicians to deliver” was hired in 2016 by the Home Office, with even more money possibly being awarded to it by the Foreign Office in the same period.

In a press release, Seefar said it conducted a “migration communications campaign in Afghanistan” throughout 2020, which had “successfully resulted in more than half of consultees making safer and more informed migration decisions, and avoiding potentially deadly encounters on the journey to Europe.”

Posing as a neutral non-profit organization, Seefar’s On The Move website urges migrants: “Don’t risk your life and waste hard earned money trying to reach the UK.”

The Home Office also paid social media platforms Facebook and Instagram over £23,000 to promote adverts for the company’s sites, which do not list details on safe ways to claim asylum in the UK.

In August 2021, the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, with thousands of people killed, tens of thousands left stranded or in hiding, and the country facing a winter of shortages.

Seefar added that it used “unbranded” methods to dissuade Afghans leaving the country, and advised European governments not to link themselves to its methods.

The success of Seefar’s campaigns is set to be rewarded with a further £500,000 for a “organised immigration crime deterrence and influencing communications strategy” which “includes proposals to deter migrants and signposting migrants to credible alternatives … through a multilingual website and telephone service.”

The same month Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, Seefar was also awarded a three-year deal to provide training for “strategic capability development programmes overseas on behalf of the Home Office” in relation to “borders, migration and asylum.”

Tim Naor Hilton, CEO of charity Refugee Action, told The Independent: “We have seen this year the tragic consequences of what happens when ministers waste money on a hostile policy of trying to keep people out, rather than keep people safe.

Source: Arab News

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Russia’s Putin and Turkey’s Erdogan vow to improve ties after tensions

02 January ,2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Sunday pledged to improve ties during a call, both sides said, after tensions mounted over drones and NATO in recent weeks.

Turkey, a NATO member since 1952, has angered Moscow by supplying combat drones to Ukraine that Russia fears could be used by Kiev in its conflict with separatists in two eastern regions.

Putin and Erdogan “exchanged New Year's greetings and summarized the main results of bilateral cooperation and confirmed the desire to further intensify the mutually beneficial partnership between Russia and Turkey,” the Kremlin said in a statement about the leaders' phone call.

Erdogan's office said both sides “discussed steps to improve Turkish-Russian relations” and reiterated their desire to develop cooperation “in all fields”.

Last month, Putin criticized Kiev for deploying Turkish-made drones in its conflict with pro-Moscow separatists.

Ankara says it cannot be blamed for Ukraine's use of Turkish drones, adding if a state buys Turkish weaponry, it is no longer a Turkish product but belongs to the country which buys it.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Russian airstrike kills 2 civilians in northwestern Syria

Ahmet Karaahmet and Mehmet Burak Karacaoglu 

01.01.2022

Two civilians were killed and 10 others injured in a Russian airstrike early Saturday in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, an opposition-held area where a truce is supposed to be in place.

"The airstrike was carried out by a Russian warplane that took off from Khmeimim Airbase in rural Latakia in western Syria," said the Syrian opposition aircraft observatory.

Sources in the Syrian Civil Defense (White Helmets) told Anadolu Agency that two civilians, including a woman and a child, were killed in the attack, which hit a civilian settlement in the village of Nehrulabyad.

Injured people were taken to nearby hospitals by civil defense teams.

In May 2017, Turkey, Russia, and Iran announced that they had reached an agreement to establish a de-escalation zone in Idlib as part of the Astana meetings related to the Syrian crisis.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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North America

 

US Spent $14tr On Wars In 20 Years, $6m On Rearing Nine Goats

Anwar Iqbal

January 3, 2022

WASHINGTON: The US military spent $14 trillion during two decades of war in Afghanistan and the Middle East, enriching arm manufacturers, dealers and contractors.

A detailed, full-page report in The Wall Street Journal shows that since Sept 11, 2001, US military outsourcing pushed up Pentagon spending to $14 trillion. One-third to half of that sum went to contractors.

The report includes numerous examples of how American tax-payers’ money was wasted on projects that never came to fruition. On one such project, “the Pentagon spent $6 million on a project that imported nine Italian goats to boost Afghanistan’s cashmere market. The project never reached scale.” Five defence companies — Lockheed Martin Corp, Boeing Co, General Dynamics Corp, Raytheon Technologies Corp and Northrop Grumman Corp — took the lion’s share, $2.1 trillion, for weapons, supplies and other services. The newspaper collected the data from Brown University’s Costs of War Project, area scholars, legal experts and others who are working on the hidden impact of America’s wars.

The WSJ report also includes some rags-to-riches stories: A young Afghan translator transformed a deal to provide forces with bed sheets into a business empire including a TV station and a domestic airline.

A California businessman running a bar in Kyrgyzstan started a fuel business that brought in billions in revenue. Two Army National Guardsmen from Ohio started a small business providing the military with Afghan interpreters. It grew to become one of the US Army’s top contractors, collecting nearly $4 billion in federal contracts.

The Biden administration has now ordered an inquiry to determine how the reliance on battlefield contractors multiplies the war cost.

The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), created to monitor the almost $150 billion spent on rebuilding the country, collected hundreds of reports of waste and fraud. A SIGAR survey released in early 2021 found that, of the $7.8 billion earmarked for projects, only $1.2 billion, or 15 percent, was spent on new roads, hospitals, bridges, and factories. At least $2.4 billion was spent on military planes, police offices, farming programs and other development projects that were abandoned, destroyed or used for other purposes.

The US Agency for International Development gave $270 million to a company to build 1,200 miles of gravel road in Afghanistan. The USAID canceled the project after the company built 100 miles of road in three years of work that left more than 125 people dead in insurgent attacks.

In 2008, the US had 187,900 troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, the peak of the US deployment, and 203,660 contractor personnel.

When President Barack Obama ordered most US troops to leave Afghanistan at the end of his second term, more than 26,000 contractors were in Afghanistan, compared with 9,800 troops.

By the time President Donald Trump left office four years later, 18,000 contractors remained in Afghanistan, along with 2,500 troops.

More than 3,500 US contractors died in Afghanistan and Iraq and more than 7,000 American service members died during two decades of war.

Source: Dawn

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Taliban should reform policies for international recognition, says Blinken

Jan 2, 2022

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Antonio Blinken on Saturday (local time) advised the Taliban to bring changes in their approaches and policies if they want recognition of their Islamic Emirate government.

The US State Secretary asked Afghanistan's new rulers to uphold human rights, allow freedom of movement, halt reprisals and combat terrorism, reported Pajhwok Afghan News.

Speaking about his priorities for 2022, Blinken said that they are considering a number of approaches to enable injecting more cash into Afghanistan for the economy of the country, reported The Khaama Press.

Pakistani newspaper Dawn quoted him as saying the US was part of the release of about USD 280 million recently in the Afghan Trust Fund, reported Pajhwok Afghan News.

Meanwhile, the US secretary of state acknowledged that the approaches will not allow the Taliban access the cash.

Source: Times of India

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Southeast Asia

 

Abim to host Islam and Buddhism Eco Dialogue

01- 03- 2022

PETALING JAYA: Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (Abim), the Tibetan Buddhist Culture Centre (TBCC), Universiti Malaya (UM) and several collaborators will organise an international dialogue on Islam & Buddhism Eco Dialogue (IBED 2022).

It will feature intellectual figures from Islam and Buddhism and will serve to find solutions to the impacts of climate change as well as to create awareness among the global community.

Among the invited figures are His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso (Dalai Lama), Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Osman Bakar, Dr Reza Shah Kazemi, Ven Prof Dr K.L Dhammajoti, Ven Dr Bhikkhuni Dhammananda and Datuk Prof Dr Azizan Baharudin.

The dialogue will be held on Jan 15 and 16. Registration and further inquiries about the event can be made through the link - www.ibedconf.com.

“In related developments, Abim hopes that 2022 will be a better time for all citizens of the world to jointly handle this issue of climate justice in a better manner,” its president Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz said today.

“Abim takes the issue of climate change with serious concern. ABIM stresses that the major disasters occurring in recent times including those currently faced by our country are the impacts of climate change happening around the world.

Source: The Sun Daily

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Report: Thai govt and southern separatists to meet in KL for peace talks this month

03 Jan 2022

BY RADZI RAZAK

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 3 — The Thai government and Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) — the southern Thai armed separatist group — are set to resume peace talks here this month, according to The Star.

The English daily reported that this will be the first face-to-face meeting between the parties after two years of virtual negotiations due to Covid-19 pandemic.

BRN operates in four provinces — Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla — which make up Thailand’s Deep South near Malaysia’s northern border and is predominantly Muslim-Malay.

The Star reported that the facilitator for the talks would be former inspector-general of police Tan Sri Rahim Noor, representing the Malaysian government.

He confirmed to the daily that the latest round of talks would take place soon, but added that no date had been fixed yet.

“It is scheduled to be held in the middle of January, but the date has not been finalised,” he said, as reported by The Star.

Rahim said the meetings had progressed “very well’’ but declined to elaborate further.

Negotiations involved representatives of the Thai government with chief negotiator Gen Wanlop Rugsanaoh, while the BRN delegation was led by Anas Abdulrahman @ Hipni Mareh, a high-ranking official said to be foreign educated and a former schoolteacher.

Source: Malay Mail

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Umno and PAS set to clash in three states

Minderjeet Kaur

January 2, 2022

PETALING JAYA: With seat talks going sour, the tension between PAS and Umno is building up in Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan.

Although some Umno leaders at federal level are keen on continuing to work with PAS, a political analyst claims he has information that the story is different at the grassroots level.

“At the state level, there are challenges,” said Mohd Azizuddin Sani of Universiti Utara Malaysia. “Umno grassroots members in the three states do not want to share seats with PAS, and PAS wants more seats as it feels these are its stronghold states.”

He told FMT discussions in Terengganu had turned hostile. “Neither side is willing to give in. Both are demanding more seats and the talks are likely to fail.”

In Kedah and Kelantan as well, there had been no progress in the seat talks, he said.

Kelantan PAS is said to be meeting the state Umno leadership on Jan 22 to discuss cooperation for the next general election.

Azizuddin said PAS was aware that it would be impossible for it to capture Putrajaya. “So its main aim is to dominate Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan. It wants as many seats as possible there.”

He said the talks were unlikely to make any headway and the two parties would probably go their separate ways before GE15.

“But after the general election, they may court each other again as they know no political party will garner enough votes to form a government.”

In a recent news report, Johor Umno deputy chief Nur Jazlan Mohamed was quoted as saying it was impossible to trust PAS as it had been looking at ways to strengthen itself without Umno.

Another Umno leader also told FMT that Barisan Nasional was likely to go it alone for the general election.

“We have done well in the recent Melaka state elections without PAS and Bersatu,” he said. “We don’t see any reason to be with them.”

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Arab World

 

Lebanese Christian Leader Gebran Bassil Says Alliance With Hezbollah Imperilled

02 January ,2022

The head of Lebanon’s largest Christian party said on Sunday that a 15-year-old alliance with the country’s powerful Shia group Hezbollah was no longer working and must evolve.

The televised speech by Gebran Bassil, who heads the Free Patriotic Movement, signaled an unprecedented level of frustration with Hezbollah and suggested the 2006 alliance credited with helping maintain peace in the small country was in jeopardy.

Bassil’s comments come amid a devastating economic crisis and also ahead of critical parliamentary elections in which his party is expecting tough competition. Undoing the alliance with Hezbollah would cost him more votes in the May elections.

But Bassil, a former foreign minister, said the alliance is costing him credibility with supporters. Bassil is also the son-in-law of Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun. He has positioned himself as a reformer and is believed to have ambitions to run for president himself.

Bassil pinned his frustration on Hezbollah’s other ally, the powerful Shia Amal Movement, led by Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri. He said in recent months Hezbollah has backed Berri’s Amal at the expense of their own alliance.

“We reached an understanding with Hezbollah (in 2006) not with Amal,” Bassil said in an hour-long speech. “When we discover that the one making decisions in (this alliance) is Amal, it is our right to reconsider.”

Hezbollah and its allies control most seats in parliament and are the main backers of the government that took office in September. But the government and parliament have been paralyzed as political disagreements deepened and as Lebanon faces an unprecedented economic crisis unraveling since 2019.

Berri is an old-time rival of Bassil, who accused him of using his power in parliament to block several of his draft bills.

Recently, Hezbollah and Amal have been widely critical of the investigation into last year’s Beirut Port investigation, accusing the judge of being biased against their allies— a position at odds with Bassil's party.

Hezbollah has asked for the judge to be removed, leading to a paralysis within the government. Deadly clashes in October that pitted Amal and Hezbollah supporters against Christian gunmen were triggered by the investigation dispute and further strained relations with Bassil’s party, which accused Amal of the violence.

Bassil criticized Hezbollah for not backing his party on reform laws that he says aim to weed out corruption and ensure decentralized financial policies, or in efforts to protect constitutional powers of the president. Such choices have left Bassil unable to justify to his supporters Hezbollah’s decisions, he added, openly blaming Berri for the rift.

“It is understandable why the Americans want to corner Hezbollah, but it is not understandable why (Hezbollah) wants to corner themselves,” Bassil said of Hezbollah’s alliance with Berri.

Source: Al Arabiya

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ISIS attack on Syrian military vehicle kills 5 and injures 20 soldiers: Report

03 January ,2022

Five Syrian soldiers were killed and 20 injured in a rocket attack by ISIS militants on a military transport bus on Sunday in the east of the country at approximately 7 p.m. local time (1700 GMT), Syrian state media said on Monday.

ISIS, the hardline group that declared a caliphate straddling parts of Syria and Iraq in 2014, has lost all territory that was under its control in 2019.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Russian jets bomb rebel-held Idlib in Syria, witnesses say

02 January ,2022

Russian jets bombed areas near the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib on Sunday, witnesses and rebel sources said, marking a new year flare-up for the last opposition-held bastion.

War planes flying at high altitude, which tracking centers said were Russian Sukhoi jets, dropped bombs on several towns and a water pumping station serving the overcrowded city of Idlib, whose wider population is more than a million.

No immediate comment was available from Russia or the Syrian army, which says it targets the hideouts of militant groups who control the region but deny any attacks on civilians.

An official at the city's water utility service said it was out of action as a result of the strikes.

Witnesses said the strikes in the last twenty four hours in the rebel-held enclave also hit livestock and poultry farms close to the Bab al Hawa border crossing with Turkey.

“The Russians are focusing on infrastructure and economic assets. This is to add to the suffering of people,” Abu Hazem Idlibi, an official in the opposition administration, said.

Other targets included villages in the Jabal al-Zawiya region in the southern part of Idlib province, with no immediate reports of casualties, residents and rescuers said.

A series of raids after midnight on Saturday hit makeshift camps that house thousands of displaced families near Jisr al Shuqhur, west of Idlib with two children and a woman were killed and 10 civilians wounded, the civil defense service said.

There has been a relative lull in air strikes since November after a renewed Russian-led campaign followed by Turkish army reinforcements inside the enclave raised the prospect of a wider resumption of violence.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Egypt pushes for calm after flare-up in Gaza hostilities

02 January ,2022

Egyptian officials Sunday pushed for Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip to rein in hostilities and adhere to a cease-fire in place since the war in May.

The Egyptian efforts came a day after Hamas militants launched rockets into the Mediterranean Sea off central Israel, prompting Israel to carry out airstrikes on militant positions in Gaza early Sunday. No casualties were reported.

The Israeli military said it struck “a rocket manufacturing site and military posts” belonging to Hamas in the Gaza Strip overnight in response to Saturday’s rocket fire.

“Whoever points missiles at Israel bears responsibility,” Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said at the start of the government’s weekly Cabinet meeting.

On Wednesday, Palestinian militants shot an Israeli contractor working along the border fence and Israel responded with tank fire at militant positions in what was the first exchange of fire in months.

Egyptian officials called on Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups in Gaza to stop their actions seen by Israel as “provocative,” and for Israel to accelerate arrangements agreed upon as part of the cease-fire, an Egyptian diplomat with knowledge of the ongoing efforts said. The diplomat spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter with the media.

“Neither side wants a full-blown war,” the diplomat said. “They just want guarantees and steps on the ground.”

The cease-fire, brokered by Egypt and other mediators, has been fragile but largely held since the 11-day war between Hamas and Israel in May. But the militant group says Israel has not taken serious steps to ease the blockade it imposed on Gaza with Egypt after the movement seized control of the coastal enclave in 2007.

At the same time, the smaller Islamic Jihad militant group has threatened military action against Israel if a hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner dies. Hisham Abu Hawash, an Islamic Jihad member held by Israel under administrative detention, has staged a hunger strike for over 130 days.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Arab Coalition carries out air strikes on four targets in Sanaa

02 January ,2022

The Arab Coalition has carried out air strikes on Yemen’s capital Sanaa, destroying four sites storing drones and launch pads, according to the official SPA news agency citing a coalition spokesperson on Sunday.

Air strikes were carried out in line with international humanitarian law and the coalition took precautionary measures to spare civilians from collateral damage, the spokesperson said.

Coalition attacks on targets in Sanaa have stepped up in recent months.

On Saturday, December 25, a coalition strike killed three members of the Iran-backed Houthi militia traveling in a military vehicle northwest of the city.

On Friday, December 24, the coalition said a Houthi projectile that hit the Saudi city of Jazan led to the killing of two civilians -- a Saudi national and a Yemeni resident.

The Houthis have increased their attacks on Saudi Arabia, and other civilian targets as their offensive on the strategically-important city of Marib continues.

Source: Al Arabiya

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UAE and four other countries take seats on UN Security Council

02 January, 2022

The United Arab Emirates’ mission to the United Nations has taken its seat on the UN Security Council for the first time since 1986.

The UAE was elected in June to serve on the council’s 2022-23 term along with Albania, Brazil, Gabon, and Ghana, whose representatives also took their seats Saturday.

“Membership on the council is a privilege that comes with enormous responsibility, and the UAE’s term will be based on our firm commitment to peace, stability, and multilateralism across the globe,” the UAE’s permanent representative to the UN Lana Nusseibeh said in a statement posted on the UAE Mission to the UN’s Twitter feed.

Since it was founded in 1971, the UAE has been a member of the UN.

It launched a campaign in September of 2020 for a seat on the security council.

The UN Security Council is one of the UN’s six primary bodies and aims to maintain international peace and security.

It can resort to imposing sanctions to put pressure on states to comply with the council’s objectives, and can also authorize the use of force.

The council is made up of 15 member states including five with veto powers: The US, China, Britain, France, and Russia.

Its five newest members replaced Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia, and Vietnam.

They ran for the seats unopposed, and won the support of more than two-thirds of the UN General Assembly.

The UAE has signed cooperation agreements with over 28 UN agencies covering some 80 consultancy and technical missions in the country, according to the official WAM news agency.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Saudi air defence intercepts 3 Houthi drones

Mahmut Geldi

03.01.2022

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen said Sunday that it destroyed three drones launched by Houthi rebels towards Saudi territory.

A coalition statement cited by Saudi Arabia’s state news agency SPA said Saudi air defenses intercepted drones targeting the southern Najran region.

The drones were launched from Sanaa Airport, the statement added.

The Houthi rebel group, backed by Iran, regularly announces rocket and drone attacks on Saudi territory, saying they are a reaction to the Saudi-led coalition’s assault on Yemen.

Yemen has been engulfed by violence and instability since 2014, when Houthi rebels captured much of the country, including the capital Sanaa.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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South Asia

 

Iran refuses to recognize Taliban govt until it is inclusive

Jan 3, 2022

KABUL: Iran on Sunday said that Tehran will not recognize the current Taliban government (Islamic Emirate) unless it's inclusive.

The Iranian Ambassador Bahadur Aminian made the remarks in a special interview with Tolo News in Kabul.

Aminian said that Tehran might persuade other countries to recognize the Afghan government if the Islamic Emirate brings reforms to its governance structure.

"If a group comes (to power) and the group is (comprised) of a single ethnic group and all other ethnic groups are not included in the government, we don't accept it, and, therefore, we benevolently call on the Taliban rulers to form an inclusive government," he said.

Further, he said that the current economic crisis will pave the way for extremism, particularly for Islamic State - Khorasan (IS-K), reported Tolo News.

"If the economic problems remain, it will cause more migration. If the economic problems remain, they will cause extremism, which will not only threaten Afghanistan but also the region," he said.

Meanwhile, the Taliban said that Aminian's remarks are an attempt to interfere in Afghan affairs.

"Is the government or the cabinet of Iran based on other people's definition of inclusive?" said Inamullah Samangani, Deputy Spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.

"Every country has their own definition of inclusive government based on their national interests," he added.

"This government should be inclusive based on the Afghan nation's wishes, not based on foreign countries' interference," said Sayed Javad Husseini, leader of Hezb-e-Adalat wa Tawsa, reported Tolo News.

Source: Times of India

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3 temples desecrated in Bangladesh, police register complaints

Jan 3, 2022

DHAKA: Police have registered complaints over alleged desecration of three temples in Bangladesh as members of the minority Hindu community staged protests demanding the arrest of culprits behind the incident in Lalmonirhat district, bordering India, a media report said on Sunday.

The protests began after raw animal meat packed in polythene bags were hung on the doors of three Hindu temples and a house in a village of Lalmonirhat district in the early hours of Friday, Daily Star newspaper reported.

Four complaints were filed at a local police station on Friday night over the matter, the paper added. The Muslim residents in the area condemned the incident, attributing it to elements wanting to disrupt interfaith harmony, said a local journalist. On Saturday, members of the local Hindu community staged protests at a temple, demanding the arrest of culprits.

"Police have assured us that the culprits will be arrested," said Dilip Kumar Singh, president of Hatibandha Upazila Puja Udjapan Parishad, adding that the incident could be linked to the local union parishad polls held on December 26.

Police official Ershadul Alamsaid they were investigating the incident. He said that additional police force had been deployed in the area and a search had been launched to track down the "miscreants". "All involved will be brought to book," he said.

Source: Times of India

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Taliban’s spies destroy 3,000 litres of alcohol in Kabul

03 Jan 2022

General Directorate of Intelligence (GDI) of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan said that they have seized up to 3,000 liters of liquor stored in barrels in Kart-e-Chahar of the Afghan capital Kabul.

The spy agency of the IEA released a video clip showing the alcohol is being poured into the Kabul canal.

GDI has also said that three people have also been arrested.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has banned using alcohol and has been searching for stores where the intoxicants are being sold.

Source: Khaama Press

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People protest in Kabul against US sanctions on Afghanistan

02 Jan 2022

Tens of people took to the streets of Kabul on Sunday, January 2, 2022, and asked for the US sanctions on Afghanistan to be lifted.

The protesters said that the US must lift imposed sanctions and ease economic pressures on Afghanistan and allow the Afghan people to rebuild their country.

It comes as the US has frozen nearly ten billion dollars of Afghanistan’s assets and has imposed sanctions on the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

In the meantime, the stoppage of foreign aids to Afghanistan has crippled the already fragile economic system of Afghanistan and has adversely affected the lives of millions of people.

Source: Khaama Press

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Taliban deny release of suicide attacker on Kabul Airport

02 Jan 2022

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan reacted to US claims over releasing the “ISIS-K affiliate” who carried out a suicide attack on Kabul International Airport that killed nearly 200 people including US marines.

A spokesperson of the IEA Bilal Karimi in a series of Twitter posts on Sunday, January 2, 2022, said that the release of the perpetrator of the August 26 attack is “baseless” and there is no proof of the claim.

Bilal Karimi said that the timeframe between the release of prisoners from Bagram prison and the suicide attack was too narrow and that it was not possible to plan an attack during that short time.

He added that the ISIS-K prisoners were freed before they (Taliban) gain control over prisons.

Source: Khaama Press

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Mideast

 

IRGC Spokesman: US Should Leave Region with Humiliation in Reprisal for Assassination of General Soleimani

2022-January-2

The first compensation the US has to pay for assassinating General Soleimani is its exit with humiliation from the region, General Sharif said, addressing a ceremony in Northwestern Iran to commemorate the second anniversary of martyrdom of General Soleimani.

The US should leave regional states as it did so with humiliation when it left Afghanistan months ago after about two decades, he added.

As the IRGC spokesman noted, General Soleimani did gain victory over terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

Former Commander of the IRGC Qods Force Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, his Iraqi trenchmate Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s PMU, and ten of their deputies were martyred by an armed drone strike as their convoy left Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020. The attack was ordered by then US President Donald Trump.

To date, Iran’s chief civilian prosecutor has indicted tens of individuals in connection with the assassination, among them former president Trump, the head of US Central Command General Kenneth McKenzie Jr., and former US Secretaries of State and Defense Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper.

The file remains open to the further addition of individuals that Tehran determines to have played a role in the killing.

Both commanders were highly popular because of their key role in fighting against the ISIL terrorist group in the region, particularly in Iraq and Syria.

Back in January 2020, two days after the assassination, the Iraqi parliament passed a law requiring the Iraqi government to end the presence of the US-led foreign forces in the Arab country.

Last year, Baghdad and Washington reached an agreement on ending the presence of all US combat troops in Iraq by the end of 2021.

The US military declared the end of its combat mission in Iraq this month, but resistance forces remain bent on expelling all American forces, including those who have stayed in the country on the pretext of training Iraqi forces or playing an advisory role.

Since the assassination, Iraqi resistance forces have ramped up pressure on the US military to leave their country, targeting American bases and forces on numerous occasions, at one point pushing the Americans to ask them to “just leave us alone”.

Iran and Iraq in a joint statement earlier this month underlined their determination to identify, prosecute and punish the culprits behind the assassination of General Soleimani and al-Muhandis.

Source: Fars News Agency

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6 Terrorists Killed by IRGC in South-eastern Iran

2022-January-2

The IRGC said in a statement that its forces in the Sistan-and-Balouchestan killed Shahbakhsh and five other terrorists, as well as injuring five others in clashes with them Korin region on Saturday afternoon, the IRGC said in a statement.

Following the past few weeks’ armed clashes the IRGC, the IRGC forces managed to spot the hideout of the terrorists after a precise monitoring based on precise information obtained in Korin region.

Three IRGC forces were also martyred in the operation, the statement said while reiterating that the entire terrorist group was dismantled.

In a relevant development in mid-December, the IRGC Ground Force disbanded and destroyed a terrorist team in Saravan city of Sistan-and-Balouchestan Province.

"A terrorist team was plotting sabotage and terrorist acts in Saravan area," the IRGC in a statement announced.

Four terrorists were killed and they left behind large amount of weapons and equipment, it added.

Saravan is located 347 km away to Southeast of Zahedan, the capital of Sistan-Bal0uchestan Province.

In a relevant development in late November, Iranian Law Enforcement police forces disbanded a terrorist team in Khuzestan province in the Southwestern parts of the country, seizing a cache of weapons and ammunition.

The Law Enforcement police said in a statement said that the members of a terrorist team had attacked a patrol vehicle at a police station in Shadegan City in July.

Following the intelligence activities of the police forces of the Khuzestan province, all three members of the terrorist team were identified in Shadegan city and were arrested during a series of operations in their hideouts, it added.

The statement said that the police forces seized three guns and significant amounts of explosives and ammunition in the terrorists’ hideouts.

In the terrorist attack in Shadegan city in July, one of the police forces was martyred.

Reports said earlier this month that security and intelligence forces in Iran dismantled 78 gangs in the first 6 months of the current Iranian year (started on March 21) which smuggled weapons and ammunition to the country.

During the operations, 2,170 weapons, including 473 guns, 685 hunting weapons, 782 small arms and 230 other types of weapons were discovered and 201 people were arrested and handed over to the judicial authority.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iran Blasts Certain States’ Political Approach towards Terrorists, Traffickers

2022-January-2

Qaribabadi made the remarks in a letter to UN high commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet Jeria on Saturday.

He said some countries are pursuing a selective and political approach to terrorist groups and international smugglers.

"Although the Islamic Republic of Iran's measures have been acknowledged by international circles and most of the countries in the world, unfortunately not only the country has not received cooperation and support from other countries which is still the case, but also the paltry assistance offered by international organizations in most cases is faced with politically-motivated and selective excuses by some countries," Qaribabadi said.

He added that around 40 Iranian police forces have lost their lives from March 21 to December 3, 2021 in the fight against criminals and armed smugglers equipped with all kinds of smart weapons and heavy equipment.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has a principled policy on the fight against all types of trafficking (drugs, humans, goods, etc.) and has been one of the most successful countries in the world in these areas. Reliable reports and documents published by relevant international organizations verify this clear and successful record," the Iranian human rights official said.

He emphasized that Iran's national will in the continuation of such a humanitarian policy has imposed heavy financial and human costs on the country, including, among others, the martyrdom of more than 3,800 individuals and the injury of more than 12,000 personnel of Iranian forces only in the field of the battle against narcotics.

Pointing to "numerous" statements issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights against Iran, Qaribabadi slammed lack of even a single statement condemning the terrorist and armed acts against the police forces of a country that has "rendered the greatest services to the international community through the fight against drug trafficking, human trafficking and organized crime".

In his letter, the Iranian rights official said he expects Bachelet to condemn unlawful and unilateral sanctions against the Iranian people, particularly in providing the necessary equipment for the police forces in their unequal campaign against terrorist groups and international traffickers and to counter the instrumental, politicized and selective use of human rights.

Qaribabadi also called on the UN body to condemn the martyrdom of Iranian police personnel by terrorist groups and international traffickers and to make countries and international organizations uphold their responsibilities against the elements that undermine peace, stability and security of the nation.

The Iranian anti-narcotics police have always staged periodic operations against drug traffickers and dealers, but the latest reports - which among others indicate an improved and systematic dissemination of information - reveal that the world's most forefront and dedicated anti-narcotic force (as UN drug-campaign assessments put it) has embarked on a long-term countrywide plan to crack down on the drug trade since several years ago.

Iran is in the forefront of the fight against drug trafficking and thousands of Iranian police forces have been so far martyred to protect the world from the danger of drugs.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Concerns grow as condition of Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike turns ‘critical’

02 January ,2022

A Palestinian prisoner languishing in hospital after an extensive hunger strike teetered close to death on Sunday, sparking international concern and Palestinian demands that Israel release him from detention without charges.

Hisham Abu Hawash, a 40-year-old member of the Islamic Jihad militant movement, began refusing food in August to protest Israel holding him without charges or trial.

The married father of five from Dura in the south of the Israeli-occupied West Bank was being held under administrative detention, a practice of arresting suspects for renewable six-month terms without allowing them to view the charges or evidence against them.

“His condition is difficult and complex,” Liad Aviel, spokesman of the Shamir Medical Centre in central Israel where Abu Hawash is being held, told AFP.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said medical teams that visited Abu Hawash had found him “in critical condition requiring expert clinical monitoring.”

According to the ICRC, Abu Hawash has been refusing food for around 140 days.

It issued a statement warning of “potentially irreversible health consequences and possible tragic loss of life.”

His wife, Aisha Hrebat, told AFP on Sunday he was in a “very dangerous” situation, adding that “since yesterday he can’t talk at all and doesn’t know what’s going on around him.”

“Even after he ends his strike, he will have difficult problems,” she said, adding their lawyer was submitting an urgent appeal against his detention to Israel’s supreme court.

An Israeli security source described Abu Hawash as “an Islamic Jihad operative, who was arrested due to involvement in terror activity.”

Israel says the protocol prevents crimes while authorities continue to gather evidence, though Palestinians say it denies them of their rights.

“The way Israel has used administrative detention is arbitrary,” said Shawan Jabarin, head of the Al-Haq rights group based in Ramallah on the West Bank.

He said Abu Hawash was one of about 550 Palestinians held by Israel in administrative detention.

Source: Al Arabiya

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4 civilians killed in Houthi attack in eastern Yemen

Zeynep Tufekci Gulay  

02.01.2022

SHABWA, Yemen

At least four people died and six were injured on Sunday in a rocket attack by Iranian-backed Houthi militias in eastern Yemen.

Houthis targeted a public market in the Usaylan district of the Shabwa province, the country's official SABA news agency cited local sources as saying.

A fire broke out in a gas station near the market following the attack, causing severe damage to the surrounding area.

The Houthis have yet to issue a statement.

Yemen has been engulfed by violence and instability since 2014, when Houthi rebels captured much of the country, including the capital Sanaa.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Ex-Israeli minister calls for assassinating Hamas leaders over rocket fire

Said Amouri 

02.01.2022

JERUSALEM

A former Israeli minister has called for the assassination of top Hamas leaders in response to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

"It is time to send Ismail Haniyeh and Yahya Sinwar to meet (former Hamas leader Abdul Aziz) al-Rantisi and (Hamas founder Ahmad) Yasin," former Communications Minister Ayoub al-Qara told the Israeli Channel 14.

Israel assassinated al-Rantisi and Yasin in 2004.

Al-Qara, who is a member of the right-wing Likud Party, said if Israel did not respond to the rocket fire by Hamas, "it will be a fatal blow to Israel's deterrence force."

"This will encourage Hamas and other groups in Gaza to continue firing at Israeli citizens," al-Qara said.

Israeli warplanes carried out airstrikes on several Hamas positions in Gaza late Saturday. Israeli tanks also shelled four observation towers of the Hamas-run Interior Ministry in northern Gaza.

No injuries were reported in the attacks, which the Israeli army said were in response to rocket fire from Gaza.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Israeli attacks ‘new crime’ against Palestinians: Hamas

Nour Abu Eisha 

02.01.2022

GAZA CITY, Palestine

Palestinian resistance group Hamas on Sunday denounced Israeli airstrikes on the blockaded Gaza Strip.

Israeli warplanes carried out airstrikes on several Hamas positions in Gaza late Saturday. Israeli tanks also shelled four observation towers of the Hamas-run Interior Ministry in northern Gaza.

No injuries were reported in the attacks, which the Israeli army said were in response to rocket fire from Gaza.

In a statement, Hamas termed the Israeli attacks as a “new aggression to be added to Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people.”

"The [Palestinian] resistance will continue to fulfill its duty to defend the [Palestinian] people and liberate the [Palestinian] land and holy sites,” group spokesman Hazem Qassem said.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Scores of Israelis storm Al-Aqsa complex in Jerusalem

Qais Abu Samra

02.01.2022

JERUSALEM

Scores of Israeli settlers on Sunday forced their way into the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, according to a Palestinian agency.

In a statement, the Jordan-run Islamic Waqf Department, which oversees holy sites in Jerusalem, said the settlers entered the complex through the Al-Mugharbah Gate under Israeli police protection.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is the world's third-holiest site for Muslims. Jews call the area the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

Since 2003, Israel has allowed settlers into the compound almost daily.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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