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Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan Defends RSS Chief's Remarks On Muslims, “They Must Abandon Their Boisterous Rhetoric Of Supremacy"

New Age Islam News Bureau

15 January 2023

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan

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• Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan Defends RSS Chief's Remarks On Muslims, “They Must Abandon Their Boisterous Rhetoric Of Supremacy"

• Palestine, Al-Quds Still First Issues Of Islamic World: Palestinian Resistance Groups

• Tens Of Thousands Of Israelis Protest Against Benjamin Netanyahu’s Government

• Hate Speech Rises On Twitter In Its Largest Markets  Outside The United States After Musk Takeover

• 'In Line With Islam' - Former PAS Leader Khairuddin Praises Umno's 'Politics Of Peace'

India

• Four Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh Men Sentenced To Seven-Year RI by National Investigation Agency, Bengaluru

• Row In Kerala Over Muslim League Leader's Remarks On LGBTQ, He Says, LGBTQ Is An Ugly Business Here

• Film exhibitor Manoj Desai on #BoycottPathaan: Both Hindus and Muslims will watch Shah Rukh Khan's film

• Owaisi targets Mohan Bhagwat after alleged attack on man at UP railway station

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 Mideast

• Palestinian Islamic Jihad Mourning The Elimination Of Two Of Its Operatives During An IDF Operation

• Iran summons British envoy to protest UK's interference in its internal affairs

• Iran and Syria Set to Renew Long-Term Economic Agreement

• Israel, Allies Can Still Convince Iran to Halt Nuclear Program, Outgoing Military Chief Says

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Europe

• Sheikh Ekrema Sabri Head Of The Supreme Islamic Council Warns Muslims About Dangers Surrounding Al-Aqsa Mosque

• Medieval Muslim cemetery unearthed in Karabakh

• UK Condemns 'Barbaric' Execution Of British-Iranian Alireza Akbari

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North America

• U.S. Supreme Court takes up religious freedom case from PA

• An accomplished Pakistani diplomat, this Arlington resident embraced American democracy

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Southeast Asia

• PM Anwar extends Pongal greetings to Tamil community

• Search for Umrah pilgrim missing in Mecca since December continues, says family

• PJ cops: Dad held for allegedly threatening daughter with meat cleaver over phone use

• MCMC Confirms Viral Azan Video Clip, Showing A Man Perform AzanIn A Religious Ritual, Not From Malaysia

• Successful Malay/Muslims Urged To Volunteer To Help Community

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Arab world

• Umm Al-Qura University To Organize The 22nd Scientific Forum For Hajj, Umrah, And Visit Research

• General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Affairs Intensifies Efforts of Safety and Services During Rains

• Mufti Sultanate OfOman: Occupation Attacks In Al-Aqsa Mosque Is Declaration Of War

• 32 Islamic State group suspects arrested in Iraqi military ambushes

• Saudi Arabia’s volunteer portal attracts over 650,000 new helpers in 2022

• 16,000 held for labour, residency, border violations across KSA

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South Asia

• Embracing Taliban Key To China’s Goals In Central Asia, But Islamic State Won’t Let It Happen

• Ex-Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh Wants Ban On Country’s Cricket Team For Posing With UN-Designated Terrorist Sirajuddin Haqqani

• Donald Lu: US to cooperate with Bangladesh to improve labour rights

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Africa

• Muslim-Muslim Ticket: Vote APC, Kiss Religious Balance Goodbye – Omokri

• Moroccan imam Iquioussen deported from Belgium after French legal battle

• Army orders remaining terrorists to surrender or blame themselves

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Pakistan

• Centre’s Panel For Ex-Fata Funding Unconstitutional, Insists KP Chief Minister

• ‘By And Large Peaceful’: Local Govt Elections Under Way In Karachi, Hyderabad

• DSP among three martyred in audacious Peshawar attack

• Punjab IGP orders ‘clean-up’ operation against militants

• ATC reserves verdict in Naqeeb murder case

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan Defends RSS Chief's Remarks On Muslims, “They Must Abandon Their Boisterous Rhetoric Of Supremacy"

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan

14th January 2023

By PTI

ALIGARH: Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan on Saturday sought to dispel certain misgivings emanating from a recent statement of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, stressing that it only meant that no one has the right to claim supremacy on the basis of his birth.

Khan said this while replying to a reporter's question on the sidelines of a function organised by the Sir Syed Memorial Society At the Aligarh Habitat Centre here.

He was asked about Bhagwat's comments in an interview published in "Organiser" and "Panchjanya" that "Muslims have nothing to fear in India, but they must abandon their boisterous rhetoric of supremacy".

"Bhagwat only emphasised that our social behaviour should be in resonance with the Constitution, which is based on equality of all sections and does not believe in superiority or inferiority," he added.

"There are social disparities in our society, but equality is our cherished ideal and an aspiration that is deeply reflected in the Constitution and is, in fact, one of the pillars of the Constitution," the Kerala governor said.

In the interview, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief had said, "The simple truth is this -- Hindustan should remain Hindustan. There is no harm to the Muslims living in Bharat today. Islam has nothing to fear. But at the same time, Muslims must abandon their boisterous rhetoric of supremacy".

Replying to another question, Khan strongly denied that Bhagwat had in any way implied that "Muslims should be relegated to the status of second-class citizens in the country".

Referring to the reported threat of some Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students planning to stage a black-flag demonstration against his visit to Aligarh, the Kerala governor said, "To the best of my knowledge, there was no such protest against my visit to Aligarh on Saturday. There were some social media posts to this effect on Friday, but that did not take place".

Earlier, addressing the function to commemorate the birth anniversary of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh, Khan said he had a special bond with the late leader since 1977, when he was elected as a Janata Party MLA from Bulandshahr district and Singh was the health minister of Uttar Pradesh in the first Janata Party government in the state.

"Kalyan Singh was not just an important political leader of his time but his main achievement was that he was looked upon as a champion of the downtrodden section of the society who always sought to remove social disparities," Khan said.

Source: Deccan Herald

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Palestine, Al-Quds Still First Issues Of Islamic World: Palestinian Resistance Groups

Jan 15, 2023

TEHRAN, Jan. 15 (MNA) – Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in a meeting with the representatives of Palestinian Resistance groups in Syria stressed that Palestine and the holy al-Quds are still the first issues of the Islamic world.

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During his visit to Damascus, the Iranian top diplomat held a meeting with a group of officials and prominent members of various Palestinian Resistance groups on Saturday night.

Considering the holding of such a meeting with the presence of Palestinian Resistance groups representatives in the Syrian capital as a great unity in support of Palestine, Amir Abdollahian stated that until the Palestinian government is formed throughout the historical land of Palestine, Palestine will continue to be the first issue of the Islamic world, he added.

Saying that the US and its allies through the past years have used different plans against Palestine, Amir-Abdollahian praised the Palestinian nation and Resistance groups for foiling their plots.

"Operation Sword al-Quds proved that the Resistance and Palestine are alive," the top Iranian diplomat continued, adding that even the World Cup showed that Palestine is alive and the normalization of Arab-Israeli relations is not worth a penny.

Referring to the formation of a new government in the Occupied Palestinian territories, Amir-Abdollhian cited, "In Occupied Palestine, changing names and faces does not change anything, but the officials of the Zionist regime move from one extremist to another, which its cause is the dense security and social crises in Israel." He added that these extremists will cause greater cohesion between the Resistance and the Palestinian nation.

Referring to his recent meetings with Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah and Ziad al-Nakhaleh, the Iranian foreign minister stressed that the Resistance is enjoying the best situation.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Amir-Abdollahian touched upon the recent conspiracies of the West against Iran and said that some parties tried to weaken the Islamic Republic of Iran by benefiting from the recent riots with interventions but the wise nation of Iran foiled their plots.

Source: En.Mehrnews

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Tens of thousands of Israelis protest against Benjamin Netanyahu’s government

15 January 2023

Israel Politics. Picture: PA

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Tens of thousands of Israelis have protested plans by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government to overhaul the legal system and weaken the Supreme Court — a step that critics say will destroy the country’s democratic system of checks and balances.

The protest presented an early challenge to Mr Netanyahu and his ultranationalist national security minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir, who has ordered police to take tough action if protesters block roads or display Palestinian flags.

Israeli media, citing police, said the crowd at Tel Aviv’s Habima Square swelled to at least 80,000 people, despite cool, rainy weather.

Protesters, many covered by umbrellas, held Israeli flags and signs saying “Criminal Government”, “The End of Democracy” and other slogans.

“They are trying to destroy the checks and balances of the Israeli democracy. This will not work,” said Asaf Steinberg, a protester from the Tel Aviv suburb of Herzliya.

In office for just over two weeks, his government, which is comprised by ultra-Orthodox and far-right nationalist parties, has launched proposals to weaken the Supreme Court by giving parliament the power to overturn court decisions with a simple majority vote.

Israeli lawyers hold signs during a protest against the government’s plans to overhaul the country’s legal system outside the District Court in Tel Aviv

Critics say will the proposed changes will weaken the country’s judiciary and imperil its democratic system of checks and balances (Oded Balilty/AP)

Israeli opposition leaders, former attorney generals and the president of Israel’s Supreme Court have all spoken out against the plan.

The legal changes could help Mr Netanyahu, who is on trial for corruption, evade conviction, or even make his trial disappear entirely.

Israeli media quoted police as saying officers had been instructed to be “very sensitive” and allow the protest to proceed peacefully, but they also vowed a tough response to any vandalism or violent behavior.

Source: Lbc.Co.Uk

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Hate Speech Rises On Twitter In Its Largest Markets  Outside The United States After Musk Takeover

By Gerry Shih

January 14, 2023

More than 75 percent of Twitter's 280 million daily users live outside North America. The cuts in its moderation efforts have hit them hardest. (Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters)

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SAN FRANCISCO — Elon Musk’s overhaul of Twitter has been accompanied by an increase in digital harassment of religious and ethnic minorities in some of its largest markets outside the United States — and it’s beginning to wreak havoc in the physical world as well, according to current and former employees and experts studying the issue.

Musk has fired or accepted resignations from about three-fourths of Twitter’s employees since his $44 billion takeover at the end of October. He has also terminated thousands of contractors who were monitoring the site for slurs and threats.

Those cuts went deepest outside North America, where more than 75 percent of the company’s 280 million daily users live and where Twitter already had fewer moderators who understood local languages and cultural references and where the political landscape could be chaotic and prone to violence.

Musk also welcomed back thousands of banned accounts, including many suspended for promoting hate or violence, even as he has personally has tweeted misinformation and interacted with far-right accounts. Sensing an opportunity, if not a welcome, political operatives and attention-seeking profiteers have rushed to fill the vacuum that the drop in moderation efforts has left, employees said.

That has changed the tenor of the site in its No. 2 market, Japan, where nearly 59 million are estimated to use the site, and made it more fraught in India (nearly 24 million users) and Brazil (nearly 20 million), the third and fourth largest markets, according to current and former staff and researchers. Musk cut virtually all staff in Brazil, allowing an unmoderated surge in misinformation that helped fuel this month’s attacks on the country’s government center.

Even in the better-moderated English-speaking world, the tone of Twitter has become rougher, say those tasked with monitoring the site. Australia’s eSafety commissioner, Julie Inman Grant, who worked at Twitter from 2014 to 2016, told The Washington Post that the platform had already been like a “sewer” in her country before Musk let some of the worst users back on.

“You can’t expect them not to behave like sewer rats, and you probably should expect that further pestilence is going to expand to the user base,” said Inman Grant, who has written the company twice and reminded it that she can order abusive material to be taken down. “It’s becoming a cesspool.”

Australian Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers said he has been taken aback by vitriolic attacks on a campaign to persuade more indigenous people to register to vote ahead of a referendum expected next year on whether the legislature should have an advisory council of native people. “We’re watching it very closely. This has been a dry run for what we might see when that referendum occurs,” he said.

Tweets from Sydney-area accounts using two of the most common gay slurs doubled in volume over the last three weeks of November, according to Timothy Graham, a digital media expert at the Queensland University of Technology.

“It is reasonable to argue that Elon Musk’s disintegration of the Twitter safety team and major cuts to moderation is influencing these trends,” Graham said. “At the least, it strongly suggests that Elon’s claims about hate speech reduction are overblown. If anything, the trend is increasing.”

Entire teams monitoring Asian countries, including Japan, are now gone or nearly so, including those responsible for local curation, trust and safety, and legal issues.

Twitter employees in Singapore and elsewhere in Asia worked on misinformation beyond the immediate region, monitoring content on everything including the war in Ukraine, protests in Iran and major elections in markets where Twitter has less presence. The teams were expanding efforts to identify and remove Russian misinformation around the Ukraine war when their computers were turned off Nov. 4.

“The people who were in the U.S., because of their location, were primarily dealing with the U.S. Outside, we were taking on everything else. There was already that neglect underlying in the company, and now it has been exacerbated,” a former employee who worked on misinformation in the Asia-Pacific region said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters.

India was a particular focus for Twitter moderation before the layoffs because it was a priority market and because political misinformation there was rife, along with legitimate protest. Moderation for that country has fallen precipitously with staff cuts.

In the past, employees could report any misinformation or hate speech, while curation teams would de-emphasize hashtags that were especially partisan or invited hatred of minority groups.

One former Twitter employee said a Nov. 18 post written by provocateur Suresh Chavhanke would have “definitely” been taken down previously for violating platform’s policy.

The media entrepreneur and militant Hindu nationalist shared a wedding invitation for an interfaith couple that was to take place two days later at an event hall in the Mumbai suburbs — just weeks after the murder of a Hindu woman from the same neighborhood, allegedly by her Muslim boyfriend, made national news.

“How is this still happening even after the heart-rending crime?” Chavhanke demanded to know. He added the hashtag #lovejihad_ActOfTerrorism — a reference to a popular but false claim in India that Muslim men were broadly waging religious war by seducing Hindu women.

The post from Chavhanke racked up more than 5,700 retweets and 10,000 likes, with some of his followers urging local residents to stop the wedding. Activists tried to report his post by tagging and emailing Twitter employees, to no avail. The couple’s relatives were inundated with phone calls, the event hall proprietor told the media outlet Newslaundry. By evening, the families had called off the wedding.

Chavhanke has gone further since then, posting on Twitter a new email address and phone number for tipsters across India to report interfaith relationships.

Alt News and SM Hoax Slayer, two Indian fact-checking and social media advocacy groups, said they tried to alert Twitter through emails about Chavhanke’s post trolling the interfaith wedding. Nothing happened.

“There has to be somebody there to make a determination about takedowns. I’m not sure if they have the bandwidth,” said Pratik Sinha, the co-founder of Alt News.

Current and former employees in India said they worried about both moderation team cuts and the departure of lesser-known teams that improved the platform, including by debunking disinformation.

During a fraught 2021 election in India’s biggest state, Uttar Pradesh, one employee said Twitter’s content curation team promoted Indian fact-checkers who debunked fake posts alleging ballot box tampering.

That team hasn’t posted anything related to India recently, though forged photos again became an issue in the closely watched Gujarat state elections.

In Japan, Twitter’s largest market outside the United States, staff cuts and other changes have produced a different feel to the service without inflaming passions.

In the past, a small team curated topics of interest and promoted them, which made Twitter an important resource for people to discuss serious issues anonymously. That produced more varied takes on political and cultural issues than did the relatively uniform news media.

But with the news curation team gone, trending topics that are surfaced automatically are less about political events and more about entertainment topics, a review of posts found.

Users said topics that disappeared from their timelines in recent weeks included the divisive issue of the U.S. military’s presence in Okinawa and socially sensitive topics like infertility and feminism.

Users reported that they no longer see tweets about issues such as human rights or criticism of the administration of Shinzo Abe, a polarizing political leader who was assassinated in July.

Source: Washington Post

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'In Line With Islam' - Former PAS Leader Khairuddin Praises Umno's 'Politics Of Peace'

Yasmin Ramlan

Jan 15, 2023

Former PAS leader Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali, who is now an Umno member, has praised his new party for advocating politics of peace despite being attacked with various accusations.

The former secretary of the PAS syura ulama council said Umno remained calm, especially during GE15 which saw the party end up as part of the new government.

Source: Malay Siakini

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Mideast

Palestinian Islamic Jihad Mourning The Elimination Of Two Of Its Operatives During An IDF Operation

Dalit Halevi

Jan 14, 2023

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror organization is mourning the elimination of two of its operatives during an IDF operation in the village of Jaba in northern Samaria. The two terrorists are Amjad A'dnanKhalilia, the head of the organization's ordinance unit, and Wa'iz A-Din Basim Hamarah.

The two terrorists opened fire from a moving vehicle at IDF soldiers operating near Jenin overnight Friday. The soldiers returned fire and eliminated the two terrorists. The IDF stated that non of the soldiers were injured.

According to a statement released by the Jihad, the two were shot in their vehicle in the early morning hours on Saturday while on a "Jihadist mission to harm the occupation forces on the main route between the village of Fundokomdia and Jaba."

Source: Israel National News

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Iran summons British envoy to protest UK's interference in its internal affairs

2023-01-15

Tehran, Jan 15 (IANS) The Iranian Foreign Ministry has summoned British Ambassador Simon Shercliff to protest the UK's "unconventional interference" in Iran's internal affairs.

The director general of the Western Europe Department of the Iranian Foreign Ministry delivered to Shercliff Iran's protest against the UK's "acts of sabotage against the Islamic republic of Iran's national security," the ministry said in a statement on its website, Xinhua News Agency reported.

The meeting came as former Iranian Deputy Defense Minister Alireza Akbari was executed on Saturday on the charge of "espionage for the United Kingdom's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS)."

Source: In.Investing

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Iran and Syria Set to Renew Long-Term Economic Agreement

January 14, 2023

DAMASCUS, SYRIA —

Syria and key ally Iran agreed Saturday to renew an economic strategic arrangement between the two countries as Damascus prepares to welcome Iran's president in the near future.

Since Syria's uprising turned into civil conflict in 2011, Tehran has sent thousands of Iran-backed fighters to help President Bashar Assad stay in power amid fighting that killed hundreds of thousands of civilians and displaced millions.

Iran has also been a critical economic lifeline for Syria, delivering fuel and credit lines worth billions of dollars to help Damascus offset crippling Western-led sanctions. Syria's economy across both government and opposition-held areas has hit an all-time low over the past decade, with spiraling inflation, a currency plunge, and rampant power cuts.

Source: Voa News

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Israel, Allies Can Still Convince Iran to Halt Nuclear Program, Outgoing Military Chief Says

Amos Harel

Jan 15, 2023

Eighteen months ago, under unsubtle pressure from the previous government, the military again accelerated its preparations for a possible conflict with Iran – one that might include an assault on the Islamic Republic's nuclear sites. In the background, an argument broke out between then-Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Source: Haaretz.Com

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India

Four Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh Men Sentenced To Seven-Year RI by National Investigation Agency, Bengaluru

15th January 2023

BENGALURU: The Special Court for National Investigation Agency (NIA), Bengaluru on Friday convicted four members of the proscribed Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to seven-year rigorous imprisonment and fine.

They have been convicted in four terror-related cases under Sections 120B, 395, 452, 397, 399, 458, 468 and 471 of IPC for criminal conspiracy, dacoity, house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restrain, housebreaking, forgery and fraudulently or dishonestly using as genuine any document or electronic record along with Sections 17, 18, 20 & 23 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967 and section 25 (1) of Arms Act. 

The four — KadorKazi alias MijanurRahaman, Mustafizur Rahman alias Tuhin from Birbhum District, West Bengal (WB), Adil Sheikh alias Asadullah and Abdul Karim alias Korim SK from Murshidabad district, WB — have been convicted. One of the cases was regarding the seizure of huge quantities of electrical and electronic items, tools, chemical apparatus, containers etc used for fabrication of bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) from the hideout of JMB in Bengaluru.

Source: New Indian Express

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Row In Kerala Over Muslim League Leader's Remarks On LGBTQ, He Says, LGBTQ Is An Ugly Business Here

15th January 2023

By Express News Service

KANNUR: Muslim League leader and former MLA K M Shaji courted controversy as he ridiculed LGBTQ people in his E Ahammed commemoration speech organised by the Muslim League Kannur Mandalam committee on Saturday. In his speech, he said that LGBTQ is an ugly business here.  “LGBTQ is the worst form of homosexuality and attempts are on to give colour to this,” he said in his speech.

“When you hear LGBTQ, don’t think it is something very big. It is an ugly business. Those who indulge in this are promoting homosexuality. Now, attempts are on to give some colour to this,” Shaji said. “Even the usage of the word LGBTQ is dangerous. The people behind this campaign are trying to create chaos in society,” he said.

Source: New Indian Express

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Film exhibitor Manoj Desai on #BoycottPathaan: Both Hindus and Muslims will watch Shah Rukh Khan's film

By - ETimes.in

Jan 15, 2023

The trailer of Pathaan was released recently and it received a tremendous response from fans all around the globe. However, the film has had its share of controversies when its first song Besharam Rang was released. Deepika Padukone's saffron bikini hurt the sentiments of religious groups and there were calls for boycott of the film unless the saffron bikini scene was edited out. The saffron brigade misinterpreted the lyrics, took offense and asserted that such an ‘insult to the saffron colour will not be tolerated’. SC lawyer Vineet Jindal filed a complaint with I&B Ministry citing the song hurts religious sentiments of Hindus.

Veteran film exhibitor and owner of G7 multiplex in Bandra, Manoj Desai has said in an interview that this #BoycottPathaan trend is nothing but some kind of propaganda. He further affirmed to Bollywood Hungama that an equal number of Hindus and Muslims will watch Shah Rukh Khan's film.

Meanwhile, the trailer of Pathaan was showcased in Dubai on Saturday. SRK's fan clubs shared some videos and pictures from the location in which the the actor was heard saying, "Party rakhoge to mehmannavazikeliyePathaan to ayega aur sathmeinpathaakebhilayega."

Source: Times Of India

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Owaisi targets Mohan Bhagwat after alleged attack on man at UP railway station

BySnehashish Roy

Jan 14, 2023

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday targeted Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat after a video was widely shared on social media that showed a man being beaten at a railway station in Uttar Pradesh. Earlier, AIMIM leader Shaukat Ali had also shared a video clip linked to incident where the man, who is reportedly a trader, alleged that he was assaulted by a mob, and was forced to take his clothes off and chant 'Jai Shri Ram'.

"He was forced to strip his clothes off and chant JSR slogans. RSS's Mohan mentioned about "Hazaar Saal Ki Jung". Is this another proof of the same war @Uppolice @rpfnr_ Should take strict action on this," Owaisi wrote on Twitter in a post, roughly translated from Hindi.

The man in the clip, who said he was a Muslim, spoke about the incident in the video shared by the AIMIM leaders. He said he had boarded a train from Delhi, which was headed towards Moradabad. “When the train stopped at the Hapur station (in UP), few people started pushing and shoving and it was crowded there. At the same time, someone shouted ‘he is a thief', and people around me started beating. They also forced me to chant ‘Jai Shree Ram’ but I denied,” he added. The video of the incident could not be independently verified by Hindustan Times.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Europe

Sheikh Ekrema Sabri Head Of The Supreme Islamic Council Warns Muslims About Dangers Surrounding Al-Aqsa Mosque

January 14, 2023

Sheikh Ekrema Sabri on Friday warned Muslims around the world about the dangers surrounding Al-Aqsa Mosque amidst repeated raids supported by the Israeli government, Al-Watan Voice reported.

"Pre-planned Judaisation schemes are being implemented step by step and stage by stage," Sheikh Sabri asserted during Friday Khutba, calling for Muslims around the world to recognise these dangers.

Sheikh Sabri reiterated that the Palestinian people: "Will never give up any particle of the soil of Al-Aqsa Mosque because it is part of our religion and faith, and it is the common connection among two billion Muslims around the world."

Source: Middleeast Monitor

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https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20230114-sabri-warns-muslims-about-dangers-surrounding-al-aqsa-mosque/

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Medieval Muslim cemetery unearthed in Karabakh

15 January 2023

A Muslim medieval cemetery has been unearthed in Arakul village, Khojavand District by the Azerbaijani Institute of Archeology, Ethnography, and Anthropology, Azernews reports.

On October 15, 2022, employees of Caspian Geomatic LLC operating in the village gave information about the discovery of human remains to the Institute of Archaeology, Ethnography, and Anthropology of ANAS. Vusal Hasanov, an employee of the Khojavand-Fuzuli archaeological expedition, inspected the area together with the representatives of the relevant institutions as instructed by ANAS. The discovered human remains are located in the north of Arakul village of Khojavand District on the hills.

Source: Azer News

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UK condemns 'barbaric' execution of British-Iranian Alireza Akbari

15-Jan-2023

The UK has described the execution by Iran of British-Iranian national Alireza Akbari a "barbaric" act, and imposed sanctions on the country's prosecutor general in response.

The Iranian judiciary's Mizan news agency had earlier reported the execution of the former Iranian deputy defense minister who had been sentenced to death on charges of spying for the UK.

UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly also tweeted: "This barbaric act deserves condemnation in the strongest possible terms. This will not stand unchallenged."

Source: Newseu.Cgtn

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North America

U.S. Supreme Court takes up religious freedom case from PA

JANUARY 14, 2023

PHILADELPHIA (CBS/CNN) -- The Supreme Court agreed Friday to take up the case of a former US Postal Service worker from Pennsylvania who wants the justices to revisit a decades-old test for determining whether employers can deny religious accommodation requests.

Conservatives have long sought to throw out the standard set in 1977, arguing it sets too low a bar for employers to meet when denying requests by religious adherents. Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch have recently said the court should revisit the 1977 decision.

In the 1977 case, Trans World Airlines, Inc. v. Hardison, the court determined that employers could deny a reasonable accommodation request made by an employee under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and based on their sincerely held religious beliefs if the accommodation results in an "undue hardship" on the employer.

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An accomplished Pakistani diplomat, this Arlington resident embraced American democracy

BY RICHARD J. GONZALES

JANUARY 14, 2023

After Arlington Latinos and Asians requested the city name streets for their leaders, city staff recommended in the 2018 Collins Street and Pioneer Parkway Design Guidelines the installation of honorary street sign toppers to recognize for Asian, Muslim, and Latino heroes. To promote a section of Pioneer Parkway that boasted ethnically diverse businesses, the city re-branded the parkway from Center Street to State Highway 360 as International Corridor. Aftab Siddiqui, a political activist, visited Arlington mosques to discuss name suggestions. They deliberated on “Jerusalem,” “Muhammad,” and “Syed Ahsani” at several community meetings. They choose the latter and submitted signatures to confirm their agreement. Syed Ali Ahsani, Ahsani’s son, said his father had a desire to see the world. After passing civil service exams, his father joined the Pakistan Foreign Service in 1952. His assignments took him to Cairo, Rome, Kabul, Beirut, and Calcutta. Rising in diplomatic ranks, he served as ambassador to Brazil, Sudan, and Ghana. His international affairs experiences motivated Ahsani to establish the Pakistan Foreign Service Academy, serving as director 1981-1988. After retiring, he moved to Arlington in 1988 to be closer to his children, who had studied and moved to the United States. His daughter Rumina Ahsani was studying at the University of Texas at Arlington at the time of his arrival. After living in authoritarian countries, he cherished the rights and freedoms the United States offered its citizens. He said, “I feel very excited. America is a great democracy because of the Constitution. It has great laws. It has freedom of press. It is good for the advancement of all people.” Get unlimited digital access Try 1 month for $1 CLAIM OFFER Syed Ahsani and his wife Sajida Ahsani attend a foreign policy conference at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum in College Station, Texas. Courtesy To obtain his medical clearance for U.S. citizenship, he visited Dr. Inayat Lalani, a Fort Worth general surgeon. Lalani, founder of the Muslim Caucus in the Democratic Party, encouraged Ahsani to harness his diplomatic expertise and political skills in local political activism. On visiting his son in California, Ahsani met Agha Saeed, PhD, founder of the American Muslim Alliance, whose purpose was to provide civic education and leadership training to American Muslims with the goal of electing Muslims to political offices. As president of the of American Muslim Alliance Southwest chapter, Ahsani worked tirelessly to encourage DFW Muslims to learn the American political election process, to vote, and to run for office. TX Politics newsletter Get government and election news that affects our region, plus a weekly take exclusive to the newsletter. SIGN UP This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Siddiqui, a Pakistani immigrant, joined the American Muslim Alliance and worked closely with Ahsani and his family to encourage civic involvement at mosques. Despite his former ambas

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Southeast Asia

PM Anwar extends Ponggal greetings to Tamil community

15 Jan 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has extended Ponggal greetings to the Tamil community in Malaysia, celebrating the festival today.

“In addition, this auspicious day for the Hindu is also a symbol and a catalyst to reject old practices or attitudes and promote change and create a new shift,” he said.

Source: Malay Mail

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Search for umrah pilgrim missing in Mecca since December continues, says family

15 Jan 2023

BATU PAHAT, Jan 15 — Efforts to find a missing teacher Musthafa Kamal Abdullah, 49, who went missing while performing the umrah pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, more than a month ago, continue, said his eldest son, Muhammad Nabil Musthafa.

He will be accompanied by his younger brother, Muaz, 17, and several friends of his father, to continue searching for Musthafa, as his family, including their mother, Zurina Muhammad @ Shamsuddin, 49, are confident that their father is still alive.

“I personally will be distributing posters of our ‘babah’ (father) when I am in Mecca. I will be performing umrah too and I hope the efforts will lead us to him.

Source: Malay Mail

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PJ cops: Dad held for allegedly threatening daughter with meat cleaver over phone use

15 Jan 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 — Police arrested a local man on suspicion of assaulting and threatening to kill his 15-year-old daughter.

Petaling Jaya district police chief, ACP Fakhrudin Abdul Hamid, said that the 58-year-old suspect, who worked as a restaurant assistant, was arrested in Subang Valley, Selangor, at 10.30pm, Friday (January 13) after the teenager lodged a report at 1.18pm on the same day.

“Preliminary investigations found that the suspect had threatened to use a meat cleaver and hit the victim with a belt,” he said in a statement today.

Source: Malay Mail

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MCMC Confirms Viral Azan Video Clip, Showing A Man Perform Azan In A Religious Ritual, Not From Malaysia

15 Jan 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 — The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has confirmed that a viral video clip, lasting two minutes 27 seconds, showing a man perform azan (Islamic call to prayer) in a religious ritual, is not from Malaysia.

MCMC said that checks conducted found that the video originated from abroad and was re-transmitted as if took place in Malaysia.

“The MCMC stresses that such videos are seen as threatening content, and can create uneasiness between communities of various races and religions in this country,” MCMC said in a statement today.

Source: Malay Mail

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Successful Malay/Muslims urged to volunteer to help community

Zhaki Abdullah

JAN 15, 2023

SINGAPORE - Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs MasagosZulkifli has urged more successful members of the Malay/Muslim community to volunteer in order to contribute to the community.

This should involve not just professionals providing assistance in their areas of expertise – such as lawyers providing legal advice – but also talking to residents to get a better understanding of the issues they face, said Mr Masagos, who is also Social and Family Development Minister.

The M3 platform – a tie-up between self-help group Mendaki, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore and the People’s Association Malay Activity Executive Committees Council – has given many an opportunity to give back, he said.

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Arab world

Umm Al-Qura University To Organize The 22nd Scientific Forum For Hajj, Umrah, And Visit Research

14 Jan, 2023

Under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and in the presence of Prince Khaled Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Governor of Makkah Region, the Two Holy Mosques Institute for Hajj and Umrah Research, affiliated to Umm Al-Qura University, is organizing the 22nd Scientific Forum for Hajj, Umrah and Visit Research, on the 29th of Jumada II - Rajab 1, 1444 AH, at the university’s King Abdulaziz Historical Hall, under the slogan "Towards a Distinguished Experience to Serve the Guests of AlRahman."

Dean of the Institute, Suleiman Al-Amr, said that the forum will be held with the participation of specialized academic researchers, representatives of government agencies, the private sector, and the third sector, and aims to highlight the most important experiences and efforts to provide distinguished services to the pilgrims, and to provide the scientific platform for publication, in addition to providing a scientific environment to exchange experiences, expertise, and lessons learned, and to encourage innovation and scientific research in services for the Hajj and Umrah sector.

Source: Alriyadh Daily

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General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Affairs Intensifies Efforts of Safety and Services During Rains

14 Jan, 2023

The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque, represented by the General Presidency's Agency for Services and Environmental Protection, has strengthened its efforts during the rains over the Grand Mosque, as the agency recruited more than (200) supervisors who participated in supervising more than (4000) male and female workers.

Undersecretary of the General Presidency for Services and Environmental Protection, Eng. Ahmed bin Omar Bal'amish, stated that Tawaf area, prayer places, entrances and exits were prepared as soon as the rain stopped in just a quarter of an hour, and the Presidency intensified its efforts to remove the effects of the rain that fell Saturday over the Grand Mosque in order to preserve the safety of the worshipers, Umrah performers and visitors to the Grand Mosque so as to perform their rituals easily and smoothly.

He pointed out that approximately (500) machines and equipment in have been used to remove the rains impacts from the Tawaf area, the outer squares and the roof of the Grand Mosque.

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Mufti Sultanate of Oman: Occupation attacks in Al-Aqsa mosque is declaration of war

14/January/2023

MUSCAT January 14 .2023 (Saba) - The Grand Mufti of the Sultanate of Oman Sheikh Ahmad bin Hamad Al-Khalili, saw the far-right enemy government's direction to occupy the Al-Aqsa mosque, the continued aggression against him and the violation of his inviolability and the narrowing on worshippers as a declaration of war and disregard for the feelings of the Islamic Nation in east and west of the earth.

According to the Palestine Agency today, the Mufti said in a statement on Saturday: "The Islamic nation must all stand together in the face of this aggression, and to support with all force the Palestinian resistance attached to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. "

He added: As I have said more than once is a religion in the neck of the entire Islamic Ummah, it will not be exonerated until it is fully performed undiminished, the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque is similar to the Holy Mosque, and to it was the Messenger of Allah's Mohammed "peace be upon him", and it was the first qiblah for Muslims.

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32 Islamic State group suspects arrested in Iraqi military ambushes

14 January, 2023

Iraqi authorities said on Saturday that they ambushed Islamic State (IS) group members, detaining dozens across several provinces which have recently seen a spike in militant activity.

The Iraqi National Security Service said in a statement that 32 suspects were detained after security operations in five governorates, including Anbar, Nineveh, Kirkuk, Diyala and around the capital Baghdad.

Iraq’s military intelligence also said on Saturday that it captured a top female official in IS's Diwan al-Hisbah (morality police) unit near the town of Al-Hawija.

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Saudi Arabia’s volunteer portal attracts over 650,000 new helpers in 2022

ARAB NEWS

January 14, 2023

JEDDAH: A total of 658,036 people carried out 5.4 million voluntary jobs last year via the government’s new National Volunteer Portal.

Run by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, the platform has set a target to attract 1 million volunteers as part of the broader ambitions of Saudi Vision 2030.

More than 65 million people have already benefited from the scheme, which last year saw volunteers donate a combined 40 million hours of their time.

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16,000 held for labor, residency, border violations across KSA

ARAB NEWS

January 15, 2023

RIYADH: Saudi authorities arrested almost 16,000 people in one week for breaching residency, work and border security regulations, according to an official report.

From Jan. 5 to 11, a total of 8,732 people were arrested for violations of residency rules, while 4,180 were held over illegal border crossing attempts, and a further 2,822 for labor-related issues.

The report showed that among the 620 people arrested for trying to enter the Kingdom illegally, 65 percent were Yemeni, 30 percent Ethiopian, and 5 percent were of other nationalities.

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South Asia

Embracing Taliban Key To China’s Goals In Central Asia, But Islamic State Won’t Let It Happen

Praveen Swami

15 January, 2023

Large garbage bags had been used to cover up the magnificent tau tau — funeral effigies — standing over the swimming pool to avoid offending the guests. “The statues made it very obvious who the guy and who the gal are,” the president of the energy giant Unocal, Marty Miller, gingerly explained. The shrouding had been mandated by a consultant hired to make sure cultural miscommunication did not end up sabotaging the $4.5 billion pipeline deal the oil tycoon hoped to seal over dinner that evening in 1997.

The dinner went well: A photograph records the beaming madrasa-educated Taliban foreign minister Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil posing in front of a lit-up Christmas tree at Miller’s mansion in Sugar Land, Texas.

Earlier this week, just days after China and the Taliban announced a $540 million deal to prospect for oil in Afghanistan’s Amu Darya basin, Islamic State terrorists attacked the foreign ministry in Kabul. The murderous suicide bombing took place just as a delegation from Beijing was due to meet foreign ministry officials to discuss the oil agreement.

The second major attack on Chinese targets in Kabul in just weeks, this incident has served as a notice that the superpower’s ambitions for energy pipelines cutting across Central and South Asia might prove to be pipe dreams.

Source: The Print

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Ex-Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh wants ban on country’s cricket team for posing with UN-designated terrorist Sirajuddin Haqqani

15 January, 2023

On Friday (January 13), former Afghan Vice-President Amrullah Saleh called for a ban on the country’s cricket team over a picture of Afghan cricketers gleefully posing with Sirajuddin Haqqani, the chief of the Islamic terror outfit Haqqani Network.

In a tweet, he stated, “Afghan people were shocked to see their cricket team smilingly pose in a picture with (the) boss of suicide terrorists HQN chief & dine with him & remain silent on all injustices including erasing of girls from education.”

The development comes after a picture of Afghan cricketers, posing with UN-designated terrorist Sirajuddin Haqqani went viral on social media. In a tweet, human rights activist Saleem Javed shared the picture and wrote, “Afghan cricketers are angry over Australian team’s refusal to play with them.”

Source: Op India

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Donald Lu: US to cooperate with Bangladesh to improve labour rights

January 15, 2023

The United States is "committed" to continued cooperation with Bangladesh in its efforts to improve labour rights, visiting US Assistant Secretary Donald Lu said on Sunday.

The US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs had a meeting over dinner with Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen at his residence on Saturday night.

Key issues of bilateral relations were discussed during Lu's over one-hour stay at the foreign minister's official residence, a diplomatic source told UNB.

Source: Dhaka Tribune

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Africa

Muslim-Muslim Ticket: Vote APC, Kiss Religious Balance Goodbye – Omokri

By Richard Ogunsile

January 15th, 2023

Former presidential aide, Reno Omokri has cautioned Nigerians against supporting the All Progressives Congress (APC) single-faith ticket in the 2023 presidential election.

Recall that the ruling APC is running a Muslim-Muslim ticket with the former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and former Governor of Borno State, KashimShettima.

Naija News reports that despite all opposition by some concerned citizens, including religious leaders and international bodies, the APC has continued to strive in its campaign activities for the Tinubu-Shettima presidency.

Source: Naija News

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Moroccan imam Iquioussen deported from Belgium after French legal battle

By Philip Andrew Churm

15-01-2023

A Moroccan imam accused of "inciting hatred and discrimination" has been deported by Belgium where he had taken refuge after being expelled by France last summer.

Hassan Iquioussen, a preacher from northern France was flown back to Casablanca on Friday after the Moroccan consulate in Liege issued a pass on Thursday.

Last July French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin announced his expulsion, accusing him of inciting hatred and discrimination and conveying a vision of Islam contrary to the values of the Republic.

Source: Africa News

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Army orders remaining terrorists to surrender or blame themselves

January 15, 2023

By NdahiMarama

The Nigerian Army has ordered the remnants of the Boko Haram/ ISWAP terrorists still in their hideouts waging war against the country in the North-East to surrender and lay down their arms like the over 83,000 of their members and families that had surrendered to troops in Borno or face the firepower of the armed forces and blame themselves.

The Theatre Commander of Operation HadinKai,   Maj. Gen Christopher Musa gave the order yesterday during the Nigerian Army Social Activities 2022 held at the Maimalari Cantonment ground in Maiduguri,  Borno State Capital.

Musa said though the year 2022 was riddled with challenges,   the Northeast recorded unprecedented peace through the gallant efforts of the military in decimating terrorists.

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Pakistan

Centre’s panel for ex-Fata funding unconstitutional, insists KP chief minister

Bureau Repor

January 15, 2023

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan on Saturday lashed out at the federal government for forming a committee to disburse development funds in tribal districts and insisted that the move was unconstitutional.

Addressing the oath-taking ceremony for the newly-elected cabinet and governing body of the Peshawar Press Club here, the chief minister said the steering committee notified by the federal government for the disbursement of development funds to tribal districts had no legal standing and was unconstitutional after the enactment of the 25th Constitutional Amendment.

He said the appointment of a civil servant as that committee’s chairman and the provincial governor as its member was incomprehensible.

Source: Dawn

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‘By and large peaceful’: Local govt elections under way in Karachi, Hyderabad

Imtiaz Ali

January 15, 2023

The long-awaited second phase of local government elections in Sindh is under way in 16 districts today (Sunday), including Karachi and Hyderabad.

Polling began at 8am and will continue till 5pm. Television reports showed turnout being low amid single-digit morning temperatures. Turnout improved as the day progressed.

Three hours into the vote, Jamaat-i-Islami’s Hafiz Naeemur Rehman spoke to reporters in Karachi, where he expressed satisfaction over the “by and large peaceful” security situation.

Source: Dawn

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DSP among three martyred in audacious Peshawar attack

Umer Farooq

January 15, 2023

PESHAWAR: A senior police officer along with two constables embraced martyrdom in a midnight militant attack, which officials believe is the first of its kind where modern gadgets were used to target police, on Sarband police station on the outskirts of Peshawar.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Sardar Hussain and his gunmen Irshad Khan and Jahanzeb embraced martyrdom in the gun attack on Sarband police station on the outskirts of Peshawar.

While the attackers fled in the dark, hours later two militants believed to be involved in the assault were gunned down in the Sarband area in an exchange of fire with the personnel of the counter-terrorism department of police.

Source: Dawn

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Punjab IGP orders ‘clean-up’ operation against militants

Dawn Report

January 15, 2023

LAHORE / DERA GHAZI KHAN: Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Amir Zulfiqar Khan has ordered a clean-up operation against militants and other criminals involved in attacks on police check posts in different cities of south Punjab.

He was holding a meeting at the Dera Ghazi Khan regional police officer (RPO) office after a head constable was martyred in an attack on a check post at Taunsa on Saturday.

Additional IGs of south Punjab, Special Branch, Counter Terrorism Department, Punjab operations, DG Khan DPO and other officers were present.

Source: Dawn

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ATC reserves verdict in Naqeeb murder case

Naeem Sahoutara

January 15, 2023

KARACHI: An antiterrorism court on Saturday reserved its verdict till Jan 23 in the high-profile Naqeebullah Mehsud killing case.

Former SSP Rao Anwar along with his around two-dozen subordinates has been charged with killing Naqeeb and three others dubbing them as militants linked to banned outfits in a staged encounter on Jan 13, 2018.

On Saturday, the ATC-XVI judge, who conducted the trial in the judicial complex inside the central prison, reserved his verdict after recording evidence and final arguments from both sides.

Source: Dawn

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