New Age Islam
Wed Aug 05 2020, 09:21 AM

Islamic World News ( 27 Oct 2015, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Comment | Comment

Abu Qatada Denounces 'Filthy' Shia Muslims and Vows Islam Will 'Dominate Every Land'















Shias frightened as sectarian threat looms over Saudi Arabia

 

Arab World

Abu Qatada Denounces 'Filthy' Shia Muslims and Vows Islam Will 'Dominate Every Land'

Shias Frightened As Sectarian Threat Looms Over Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Ankara in Collaboration to Supply Terrorists in Syria with Ukraine's SAM Missiles

Syria: Army Sweeping Terrorists from Idlib, 130 Militants Killed

22 Iraqi Troops Killed in US Airstrikes in Ramadi

Islamic State kills Sufi imam in eastern Syria

Syrian Army, Hezbollah Win Back Jisr Al-Shughour in Idlib

Russian Fighter Jets Hit Militants' Positions in Southern Syria for First Time

Russian Fighter Jets Hits Militants' Positions in Golan Heights near Israel Border

Syria: Two Al-Nusra Commanders Killed in Idlib

Syrian Army Shoots Down 5 Spy Drones in Daraa

Syrian Popular Forces: UN Sending Expired Food, Medical Aid for Fuaa, Kafraya

U.S. weighs Special Forces in Syria, helicopters in Iraq

Kofi Annan sees chance of Syria peace in U.S.-Russia talks

Saudi Arabia sets up new labour committees to protect rights

Military solution ‘impossible’ in parts of Mideast

Kuwait Emir urges reforms as income drops 60 percent

Defense chief: U.S. to boost anti-ISIS attacks in Iraq, Syria

France hosts Syria talks with allies on Tuesday

Saudi warns investors in Egypt after double homicide

--------

 

South Asia

Not IS, Offshoots of Militant Outfits Huji, al-Qaeda and JMB: Bangladesh HM

11 Militants Killed In Drone Strike, Military Operation in Nangarhar

Six Afghan Security Forces Killed As Taliban Overrun Remote Northern District

Progress can't be stopped with bomb attacks: Bangladesh PM

Foreigners’ killing: Orders came from London, says Hanif

-------

 

Pakistan

Seven FC Men Killed In South Waziristan Border Attack: ISPR

Musharraf Says Osama, Taliban Were Heroes for Pakistan

Pakistan Supreme Court to Hear Plea on the Rights of Minorities

Pakistan has some influence over Taliban, but no control: Advisor to PM

Call For Improvements In Blasphemy Law Not Objectionable: SC

Arrest Warrant Issued Against London-Based MQM Leader Anwar

Iranian NSA arrives in Pakistan for talks with leadership

Pakistani heroine smuggler beheaded in Saudi Arabia

Quake toll reaches 255, Nawaz announces relief package

-------

 

India

Supreme Court to Examine Muslim Personal Law, Aim to End Gender Bias

ICC Says India Should Hand Over Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir

Sufi Music Will Be the Soul of Gurgaon Utsav

NSA warns Pakistan: Covert action not cost-effective strategy

Musharraf equates Bal Thackeray with Hafiz Saeed

Why Pakistani Hindus leave their homes for India

------

 

Africa

Seven killed in Muslim-Christian violence in Central African Republic

9 dead after Libya helicopter shot down

Hamas: The ANC has shamed South Africa

------

 

North America

US: Muslim Beliefs Should Not Govern Guards at Guantanamo

NY Islamic Centre Seeks Common Ground

Obama EEOC Fights for Religious Liberty -- for Muslim Truckers

-------

 

Southeast Asia

Human Rights Watch Wrong About ‘Culture of Fear’ In M’sia

Najib: Military Action Alone Inadequate To Fight Terrorism

Indonesia lagging behind Malaysia in Islamic banking

PAS-Umno unity on the cards, Guan Eng predicts after Nasharudin made GMMF chief

------

 

Mideast

Iran Warns US to Avoid Deciding for Others, Quit Supporting Terrorists

Syrian Army: ISIL Militants Transported From Syria to Yemen

Israel sentences Islamic leader to jail for incitement

Talks on ending Syria conflict to include Iran

EU urges Abbas, Netanyahu to meet Quartet

Palestinians shot dead for 'stabbing' Israeli soldier

Iran condemns Saudi airstrikes on MSF hospital in Yemen's Sa'ada

Turkey Police raid Gulen-tied TV stations in Istanbul

Over 140 Palestinians injured in West Bank clashes: PRCS

-------

 

Europe

US Lacks Understanding of Syria Terrorists: Russian FM

France hosts Syria talks with allies on Tuesday

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/new-age-islam-news-bureau/abu-qatada-denounces--filthy--shia-muslims-and-vows-islam-will--dominate-every-land-/d/105083

-----

 

Arab World

 

Abu Qatada Denounces 'Filthy' Shia Muslims and Vows Islam Will 'Dominate Every Land'

27 October 2015

A radical hate preacher who fought a ten-year battle to avoid deportation from Britain claims Islam will rise up to 'dominate every land' and destroy the 'state of the Jews'.

Writing in the latest edition of Al Qaeda's online magazine, Abu Qatada also condemned 'filthy' Shia Muslims – aligning some of his ideology with arch enemies the Islamic State.

The glossy publication, entitled Al Risalah, is produced by Al Qaeda's Syrian branch known as Jabhat Al Nusra and is a clear attempt to mirror the stylised propaganda employed by ISIS.

Qatada's introduction as a columnist will be seen as a concerted effort to attract more recruits, particularly from Britain where he was held in prison for many years.

Abu Qatada was finally thrown out of UK in 2013 after a legal battle costing up to £1million.

He was deported to his native Jordan to face terror charges, but was cleared by judges on the grounds of 'insufficient evidence'.

At the time, it was predicted the fanatic would attempt to radicalise British Muslims from overseas.

Titled Victory Loves Preparation, the latest edition of Al Risalah is marketed as a guide to 'preparing (Jihadis) physically, mentally and spiritually' to 'attain victory over enemies and to be taken as martyrs on the battlefield.'

In a four-page article headlined The Markets of Faith, Qatada takes on this theme by vowing to wipe every other religion around the world.

He writes: 'That's why the coming of this Jihad is a Mercy from Allah.

'He exposes our enemies from amongst the filthy Rawafidh (Shia Muslims), heretics and their beloved friends from amongst the polytheists.

'If (Muslim nations) plot in knowledge that if particular goals are fulfilled and victory is gained for Islam across the globe, it will dominate every land.'

He goes on to say: 'The state of the Jews will soon after collapse by the Grace of Allah'.

http://dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3291299/Hate-preacher-Abu-Qatada-condemns-filthy-Shia-Muslims-vows-Islam-dominate-land-vile-propaganda-article-Al-Qaeda-s-magazine.html

------------

 

Shias frightened as sectarian threat looms over Saudi Arabia

October 28, 2015

QATIF: When the gunshots rang out, Ali, a 26-year-old Saudi Arabian Shia Muslim, thought they were fireworks.

But when he saw people running, he knew militant Sunnis were attacking his minority community again. Minutes later, five of his neighbours lay dead.

The Oct 16 shooting was the fourth attack by self-styled Islamic State (IS) militants against Saudi Shias within 12 months, leaving 40 dead and unnerving a community whose position in an ultra-strict Sunni kingdom has rarely felt so precarious.

The fate of Saudi Arabia's 2 million or so Shias is closely watched because of Riyadh's intimate involvement in the region's sectarian conflict through its rivalry with Iran and the teachings of its influential clergy that Shiaism is heretical.

Saudi Shias have long complained of discrimination, but they are now subject to violent attack and, adding to their unease, fear that another 16 young men will be added to the list of seven facing beheading for joining protests in 2011-12.

The Saudi government denies discrimination and says those convicted in the protests committed deadly violence. Families of the protesters say the demonstrations were peaceful acts against discrimination and in favour of democracy.

What many people in the Shia-majority Eastern Province district of Qatif say is that an atmosphere of tolerance for sectarianism, visible in comments by Sunni clergy, in school textbooks and online, is feeding the danger they now face.

Days after the most recent attack, Ali traced the gunman's route along a main road and down a dusty alleyway, towards where Shias were commemorating the runup to Ashura, the annual ritual honouring the martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) grandson Hussein, central to the Shia calendar.

“Here on the corner, he shot Ayman al-Ajmi and Ali Aseri. There in the empty lot he shot Abdullah al-Jassim. This is where Doctor Buthaina al-Abad was running with her children. He shot her in the heart,” he said, describing the gunman's trail of bloodshed.

For, Shias the annual commemoration of the seventh century death of Hussain in the battle of Karbala in Iraq, which fell on Saturday, is the moment when their role as a minority is most keenly felt.

To the beat of a drum and the wailing laments of a religious leader, a hundred or so men in the nearby Qatif village of Al Qudeih, site of a suicide bombing in May that killed 23, whipped their backs with chains on Saturday until the blood flowed.

"This is a small Karbala. We are attacked, the same as in Karbala, just like Imam Hussein," said Ali al-Rabeh, a retired worker at the state oil company Aramco.

Saudi social media messages on the Internet contain increasingly open incitement against Shias, which has worsened since Saudi Arabia began leading a military campaign against members of a Shia militia in neighbouring Yemen this year.

Although the Saudi government says it does not tolerate extremism, senior state-employed Sunni clerics often decry the sect's practices as heretical, and newspapers publish tales of Shia violence against Sunnis in neighbouring states.

The government won praise from some Saudi Shias for quickly responding to the attacks by invoking national unity, sending senior princes to attend funerals and boosting security at the sect's holy places alongside local volunteers.

It also arrested a cleric last year for a social media post revelling in the death of Shias in Yemen. But Shias say the authorities should do more to curb such dangerous speech.

Supporters of the ruling Al Saud family say they are constrained by the ultra-conservative beliefs of most Saudis, followers of the rigid Wahhabi Sunni school founded on a mission to purge Islam of incorrect belief - Shiaism included.

The Al Saud have always ruled in alliance with the Wahhabi clergy, who bolster the rulers' legitimacy in a country without democratic elections, and who in return control the judicial system and enjoy great sway over education and public morality.

Reuters was allowed to visit Qatif only with Saudi government officials, and the interviews in this article took place in their presence.

Across Qatif, mourning flags in black, green, red, white or gold fluttered from rooftops, men wore black robes or t-shirts and the melancholy sound of chanted laments echoed from mosque loudspeakers.

Such displays are anathema to many Sunnis, particularly Wahhabis, who regard Shia veneration for Hussein as bordering on polytheism and view denunciations of the ruler who had him killed as slander against an early Muslim leader they admire.

A widely circulated clip on YouTube this year showed Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh, the top Wahhabi authority, describe such funereal processions as "innovation", a Muslim legal term to describe deviant religious practices.

His comments caused dismay in Qatif. In a country where blasphemy and apostasy can be punished by death, such accusations of religious deviance might inspire attacks by militants, Shia argue.

“If we live in a more tolerant society, then we can understand each other and know what's going on more evenly. But here everyone looks at each other with suspicion,” said Jafar al-Shayab, a Shia community leader in Qatif.

Some Shias believe the Al Saud family's need to appease its Wahhabi constituency, combined with the clerical control of the judiciary, is what led to the death sentences against a cleric and six young men and upheld by appeals courts this year.

They were convicted after protests in which over 20 Shias and a policeman were killed, most in what the government described as "exchanges of fire" after police were attacked, but which activists said included shootings of peaceful demonstrators. The government has stressed in statements that the judiciary is independent.

In Qatif, people are worried that the demonstrators, two of whom were only 17 at the time of the protests, could be beheaded at any time. They are then sentenced to have their bodies displayed as a warning to the public.

But few Saudi political analysts expect those sentences to be carried out, seeing them instead as a stern warning to Shias not to take to the streets again, and a sop to Sunnis angry over the detention of thousands of suspected militants.

"They should just sit with us and see. I don't know why they hate the Shia. Shia don't do anything to them, but they just hate," said Ahmed, a 27-year-old airport worker, as the boom of drums and crash of chains on skin resounded around him.

http://nation.com.pk/international/28-Oct-2015/shias-frightened-as-sectarian-threat-looms-over-saudi-arabia

------------

 

Riyadh, Ankara in Collaboration to Supply Terrorists in Syria with Ukraine's SAM Missiles

Oct 27, 2015

Saudi Arabia and Turkey are spending huge sums to open their path into the Ukrainian army's missile depots to transfer the surface-to-air SAM-8 and SAM-9 missile systems to Northern Syria to strengthen the terrorist groups, the Arabic-language Lebanese al-Akhbar reported on Tuesday.

The daily underlined that the Ukrainian army officials are opposed to Russia and its military strikes against the terrorists in Syria.

According to al-Akhbar, certain sources have revealed that the Saudi-Turkish plan has already made so much success that Russia has revised contingency plans after assessments showed a strikingly higher possibility that their helicopters could be targeted by these anti-aircraft missiles now.

Turkey and Saudi Arabia have been supplying terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq with arms and funds all throughout the last 4 years.

In relevant remarks, Iraq's Vice-President Nuri al-Maliki took Saudi Arabia and Turkey responsible for spreading terrorism through their huge continued support for terrorist groups, specially the ISIL.

"The ISIL was a movement created by certain regional states, headed by Saudi Arabia, with sectarian and political goals," Maliki, a former Prime Minister, told FNA in the Northeastern city of Mashhad in August.

"The ISIL is supported by Saudi Arabia and Turkey as Ankara sought to overthrow President Assad's government," he added.

Elsewhere, Maliki referred to the internal situation in Iraq and its fight against the terrorist groups, and underlined the popular forces' vital role in taking back ISIL-held regions.

The popular forces helped the Iraqi army after senior clerics issued a fatwa (religious decree) in support of campaign against terrorism and "we believe that there wouldn't have been any Iraq now if it hadn't been for them", he added.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940805000633

------------

 

Syria: Army Sweeping Terrorists from Idlib, 130 Militants Killed

Oct 27, 2015

The army destroyed 12 vehicles of the terrorist groups affiliated to the so-called "Jaish al-Fateh", and killed at least 60 terrorists in the Southern countryside of the Idlib.

The army also targeted terrorists' positions in Maarata village in Jabal al-Zawieh area, destroying 10 vehicles and killing 50 militants, most of them foreigners, including three Turkish nationals.

Two senior commanders of al-Nusra Front and the so-called "Jund al-Aqsa" were also identified among the dead.

Meanwhile, the army destroyed two vehicles in Sinjar town in the South-eastern countryside of Idlib, killing at least 7 terrorists on board.

Some 13 Takfiri militants were also killed in the Syrian army raid on terrorists' positions in Kafrnubul town, 13 km to the West of Maaret al-Nouman, and near al-Tamanaa town.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940805001415

------------

 

22 Iraqi Troops Killed in US Airstrikes in Ramadi

Oct 27, 2015

The US-led anti-ISIL coalition targeted the Iraqi forces' positions instead of ISIL terrorists in the Western parts of Iraq.

"The coalition warplanes pounded the Iraqi forces after they advanced near the city of Ramadi after al-Jama bridge and al-Davajen bridge," a security source said.

He noted that at least 22 Iraqi forces, including volunteer forces, known as Al-Hashad Al-Shabi, were killed in the US-led airstrikes in Ramadi.

The US has repeatedly struck the popular forces' positions in different parts of Iraq.

In June, fighter jets of the US-led coalition struck the Iraqi forces' positions in Anbar province, Western Iraq.

The US-led coalition warplanes hit the bases of Iraqi army's Hezbollah battalions in Fallujah in Anbar province, killing 6 soldiers and injuring 8 others.

In early May, the anti-ISIL coalition forces struck the position of Iraq's popular forces near Baghdad, killing a number of volunteer forces.

The US-led coalition warplanes hit an arms production workshop of the popular forces near the Iraqi capital, destroying the workshop and its ammunition completely.

Two members of Iraq's popular forces were killed in the attack.

On March 29, the US fighter jets struck the positions of Iraq's popular forces during their fierce clashes with ISIL terrorists near Tikrit, injuring a number of fighters.

The US and coalition forces conducted eight airstrikes near Tikrit, but they hit the popular forces' positions instead of ISIL.

In February, an Iraqi provincial official lashed out at the western countries and their regional allies for supporting Takfiri terrorists in Iraq, revealing that the US airplanes still continue to airdrop weapons and foodstuff for the ISIL terrorists.

"The US planes have dropped weapons for the ISIL terrorists in the areas under ISIL control and even in those areas that have been recently liberated from the ISIL control to encourage the terrorists to return to those places," Coordinator of Iraqi popular forces Jafar al-Jaberi told FNA.

He noted that eyewitnesses in Al-Havijeh of Kirkuk province had witnessed the US airplanes dropping several suspicious parcels for ISIL terrorists in the province.

"Two coalition planes were also seen above the town of Al-Khas in Diyala and they carried the Takfiri terrorists to the region that has recently been liberated from the ISIL control," Al-Jaberi said.

Meantime, Head of Iraqi Parliament's National Security and Defense Committee Hakem al-Zameli also disclosed that the anti-ISIL coalition's planes have dropped weapons and foodstuff for the ISIL in Salahuddin, Al-Anbar and Diyala provinces.

In January, al-Zameli underlined that  the coalition is the main cause of ISIL's survival in Iraq.

"There are proofs and evidence for the US-led coalition's military aid to ISIL terrorists through air(dropped cargoes)," he told FNA at the time.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940805001540

------------

 

Islamic State kills Sufi imam in eastern Syria

October 16, 2015

Damascus, Oct 16 (IANS/AKI): Islamic State militants put to death a Sufi Muslim imam in eastern Syria and seized his home, a monitoring group has reported.

The unnamed imam was executed in the town of al-Basira in Deir Ezzor province on unknown charges, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Islamic State told the imam's family that his home had become "the property of the Islamic State" and ordered his wife and seven children to leave, the Observatory said.

Full Report at:

http://daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=363351

------------

 

Syrian Army, Hezbollah Win Back Jisr Al-Shughour in Idlib

Oct 27, 2015

Field sources reiterated that the army and the resistance forces are now advancing towards new areas in Idlib province that are under the control of Ahrar al-Sham and Jeish al-Fath militants.

The Syrian army and the resistance forces also took control of strategic hilltops in the Mountainous area of Jisr al-Shughour.

At least 300 Takfiri terrorists were killed in Jisr al-Shughour area.

The Jisr al-Shuguour operations is another phase of the massive military operations that started in Aleppo, Northern Lattakia, and Idlib about 10 days ago.

Jisr al-Shughour is located in the Western parts of Idlib province and it is of highly strategic importance. The city links Syria's coastal towns as well as the Idlib and Aleppo provinces. It has a population of over 150,000 people.

Full Report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940805000645

------------

 

Russian Fighter Jets Hit Militants' Positions in Southern Syria for First Time

Oct 27, 2015

Russia's fighter jets hit the Takfiri terrorists' positions in the strategic hilltops of Tal al-Harra and Tal Antar near Deir al-Adas in the Northern countryside of Daraa late Monday.

The Syrian army also carried out attacks on the strategic hilltop of Tal al-Alaqiya in Daraa countryside and managed to fully destroy the terrorists' positions in the region.

The Tal al-Alaqiya hilltop is surrounded by three other strategic areas of Deir al-Adas, Kafar Nasej and Kafar Shams in Northern Daraa.

Political observers believe that he Russian fighter jets' attacks have an important message for Israel while Tal Aviv is trying to pretend that it has reached an agreement with Moscow on Syria's Southern skies.

Full Report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940805001144

------------

 

Russian Fighter Jets Hits Militants' Positions in Golan Heights near Israel Border

Oct 27, 2015

The Russian airstrikes targeted positions of the ISIL and al-Nusra Front in the Golan Heights in Quneitra province near the border with Israel.

Russia's airstrikes were the closest to the occupied Palestinian territories since it started its airstrikes in late September.

Earlier today, the Russian air force also struck terrorists' positions in Daraa province for the first time in the past month.

Russia's fighter jets hit the Takfiri terrorists' positions in the strategic hilltops of Tal al-Harra and Tal Antar near Deir al-Adas in the Northern countryside of Daraa late Monday.

The Syrian army also carried out attacks on the strategic hilltop of Tal al-Alaqiya in Daraa countryside and managed to fully destroy the terrorists' positions in the region.

The Tal al-Alaqiya hilltop is surrounded by three other strategic areas of Deir al-Adas, Kafar Nasej and Kafar Shams in Northern Daraa.

Political observers believe that he Russian fighter jets' attacks have an important message for Israel while Tal Aviv is trying to pretend that it has reached an agreement with Moscow on Syria's Southern skies.

Full Report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940805001627

------------

 

Syria: Two Al-Nusra Commanders Killed in Idlib

Oct 27, 2015

The Syrian army targeted terrorists' positions in Maarata village in Jabal al-Zawieh area, destroying 10 vehicles and killing 50 terrorists, most of them foreigners, including three Turkish nationals.

Full Report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940805001440

------------

 

Syrian Army Shoots Down 5 Spy Drones in Daraa

Oct 27, 2015

Five hostile surveillance aircraft operated by the terrorist groups were shot down by the Syrian troops as they were flying over the Northern parts of Daraa countryside today, the Arabic-language Al-Ahd news website reported.

Full Report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940805001407

------------

 

Syrian Popular Forces: UN Sending Expired Food, Medical Aid for Fuaa, Kafraya

Oct 27, 2015

"Most of the food and medical aid that the UN sends to Fuaa and Kafraya either has met its expiry date or is stolen," a member of the mobilized popular forces defending the besieged Shiite towns of Fuaa, Adnan al-Ray told FNA on Tuesday.

He reiterated that the food supplies send by the UN are not only useless, but also dangerous to the lives of the residents of the two towns that have been under the siege of the Takfiri terrorists for years and were allowed to receive food and medical aid under a deal with the Damascus government which allowed similar conditions for besieged rebels in Zabadani region.

Al-Ray said that the dispatched medical aids are also useless; "for instance, the serum packs sent are not accompanied by any syringe".

"There are boxes of biscuits with expired dates in the packages sent by the UN to Kafraya and Fuaa which are life threatening," he added.

In early September, the army and Hezbollah forces intended to rescue the residents of Kafraya and Fuaa through a swap plan with the Takfiri militants, but after the Ahrar al-Sham militant group aborted the ceasefire talks, the Syrian army-Hezbollah joint forces advanced in Zabadani and tried to spread their full control over the city.

Now their military objective is breaking the siege of Kafraya and Fuaa, and approaching the two towns from Al-Wa'ar town seems to be an option.

On October 12, the Takfiri terrorists withdrew from their positions in Fuaa and Kafraya and fled towards Sahl al-Qab region.

Full Report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940805001026

------------

 

U.S. weighs special forces in Syria, helicopters in Iraq

28 October 2015

The United States is considering sending a small number of special operations forces to Syria and attack helicopters to Iraq as it weighs options to build momentum in the battle against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

President Barack Obama, deeply averse to over-committing American troops to unpopular wars in the Middle East, could view some of the options as more viable than others as he approaches the final stretch of his presidency.

Still, Obama’s administration is under pressure to ramp up America’s effort, particularly after the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to ISIS in May and the failure of a U.S. military program to train and arm thousands of Syrian rebels.

Two U.S. officials, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing deliberations, said any deployments would be narrowly tailored, seeking to advance specific, limited military objectives in both Iraq and Syria.

That option includes temporarily deploying some U.S. special operations forces inside of Syria to advise moderate Syrian opposition fighters for the first time and, potentially, to help call in U.S. air strikes, one official said.

Other possibilities including sending a small number of Apache attack helicopters, and U.S. forces to operate them, to Iraq, as well as taking steps to bolster other Iraqi capabilities needed to claw back territory from ISIS.

The deliberations come as the United States looks to Syrian opposition fighters it supports to put pressure on Raqqa, ISIS’ stronghold, and for Iraqi forces to retake Ramadi after the city fell to the militants earlier this year.

The options appeared to stop short of deploying American troops in any direct ground combat roles, something Obama has so far ruled out.

One of the officials, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the proposals were still in a conceptual stage - meaning that even if any were approved in the coming days, a U.S. military deployment could still be weeks or months away.

The Pentagon and White House declined comment on the options, which were also reported by the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.

The United States is considering sending a small number of special operations forces to Syria and attack helicopters to Iraq as it weighs options to build momentum in the battle against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

President Barack Obama, deeply averse to over-committing American troops to unpopular wars in the Middle East, could view some of the options as more viable than others as he approaches the final stretch of his presidency.

Full Report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/10/28/U-S-weighs-special-forces-in-Syria-helicopters-in-Iraq.html

------------

 

Kofi Annan sees chance of Syria peace in U.S.-Russia talks

28 October 2015

Talks between Russia and the United States may produce a chance of peace in Syria, Kofi Annan, the former U.N. secretary-general who tried unsuccessfully to forge a deal to end the war in 2012, said on Tuesday.

"In this situation the role of Russia and the U.S. are key. If the two of them find a way of working effectively together and working with the others, we will find a solution.

"No war goes on forever," Annan told a packed audience of students and diplomats, including Lakhdar Brahimi, who succeeded him as the Syria mediator, but also quit after failing to forge agreement between the warring sides.

The United States and Russia will hold talks on Syria in Vienna on Friday, and have invited Iran, which is widely seen as a key part of any peace deal but which the United States refused to have at the table when Annan was presiding in 2012.

The key to ending the four-and-a-half-year war, which has killed more than 250,000, was getting "governments who are funding the war, who are giving money and arms to the parties responsible" to work together, Annan said.

Full Report at:

 http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/10/28/Kofi-Annan-sees-chance-of-Syria-peace-in-U-S-Russia-talks-.html

------------

 

Saudi Arabia sets up new labor committees to protect rights

 28 October 2015

New labor committees at companies in Saudi Arabia should ensure amicable relations between management and workers and protect labor rights, according to labor experts.

The membership of such committees, called for under new amendments to the Labor Law, will include selected workers and an administrator to represent employees during negotiations with management.

Companies have been instructed to set out an internal law, approved by The Labor Ministry, to be followed by all workers.

Under the new amendments, companies that fail to publish the internal law would be fined SR50,000 ($13,300).

The internal law permits companies to fine employees who violate regulations, with the money collected through fines to be used for worker welfare, as reported by the Arabic daily Okaz.

“The new labor law amendments are beneficial to workers, as it helps them receive their legitimate rights,” consultant and management trainer, Abubacker Baashen, said. “It will contribute to increasing productivity of workers and improving condition of firms.”

Baashen said he believes that the new labor committees will help stop the departure of highly qualified workers from companies, and ensure manpower stability.

The chairman of the Chartered Accountants Committee, Abdullah Bakudah, said the fines received from workers would not be added to the company’s revenues, but used for improving the performance of workers, with labor committees deciding how fines from workers are to be spent.

Full Report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/10/28/EU-urges-Netanyahu-and-Abbas-to-meet-Quartet.html

------------

 

Military solution ‘impossible’ in parts of Mideast

28 October 2015

A military solution is “impossible” in parts of the Middle East, U.S. CIA chief John Brennan said, arguing that it was hard to picture effective central governments in some countries as they exist today.

Brennan, who spoke at an intelligence conference in Washington on Tuesday, was joined by other security officials and industry experts.

“When I look at Libya, Syria, Iraq and Yemen,” Brennan said, “it’s hard for me to envision a central government in those countries that’s going to be able to exert control or authority over the territory that was carved out post World War II.”

“A military solution is just impossible in any of these countries,” he added.

“You need to be able to bring down the temperature, try to de-escalate the conflict, build up some trust between the parties that are there, that are seriously interested by a peace settlement” he said.

Full Report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/10/28/Military-solution-impossible-in-parts-of-Middle-East-CIA-chief.html

------------

 

Kuwait Emir urges reforms as income drops 60 percent

27 October 2015

Kuwait’s ruler called on Tuesday for officials in the oil-rich state to seek alternative revenue sources and reduce public expenditure after state income dropped 60 percent due to a sharp slide in crude prices.

Addressing parliament at the beginning of its new term, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah urged citizens to understand the new measures.

“The decline in global oil prices has caused state revenues to drop by around 60 percent while spending remained without any reduction leading to a huge deficit,” the emir told lawmakers.

He called for “speedy actions to adopt serious and fair measures to complete economic reforms... and reduce public expenditures.”

“Any delay would only increase the budget deficit and make the cost (of reforms) higher,” the emir said.

Oil prices have lost around 60 percent of their value since June 2014, hitting the coffers of energy-dependent countries like Kuwait.

Oil income accounted for about 94 percent of Kuwait’s revenues during the past 16 years, when the emirate posted a budget surplus and piled up massive fiscal reserves of around $600 billion.

Full Report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/10/27/Kuwait-emir-urges-reforms-as-income-drops-60-percent-.html

------------

 

Defense chief: U.S. to boost anti-ISIS attacks in Iraq, Syria

27 October 2015

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Tuesday said the United States will ramp up attacks on militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, with additional air strikes and even direct action on the ground.

Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Carter said he expects more actions like the one last week that freed dozens of captives but left an American commando dead in Iraq.

"We won't hold back from supporting capable partners in opportunistic attacks against ISIL, or conducting such missions directly, whether by strikes from the air or direct action on the ground," Carter said.

Full Report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/10/27/Defense-chief-U-S-to-boost-anti-ISIS-attacks-in-Iraq-Syria-.html

------------

 

France hosts Syria talks with allies on Tuesday

27 October 2015

France will host a meeting on the Syria crisis with Western and Arab allies later on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.

The "working dinner" at the French foreign office will include "the main partners engaged with France in dealing with the Syrian crisis: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Qatar, Turkey, Germany, the United States, Italy and Britain," said Fabius in a statement.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/10/27/France-hosts-Syria-talks-with-allies-on-Tuesday.html

------------

 

Saudi warns investors in Egypt after double homicide

27 October 2015

Saudi Arabia has warned its citizens in Egypt to follow official protocols and communicate with embassy personnel when conducting financial dealings in Egypt following the killing of a Saudi woman and her daughter.

The Saudi embassy in Cairo released a statement earlier last week calling on Saudis in the North African country to be cautious in their financial dealings inside Egypt and to consult the embassy before investing.

“It is imperative that people take this not as a warning against financial dealings but more so to take precautions when dealing with real estate purchases here and to keep an open communications with the embassy,” the head of Saudi’s embassy in Egypt’s press office told Al Arabiya News.

“The statement released earlier last week should be taken as an advice following the murder of a Saudi women and her Kuwaiti daughter,” he added.

Full Report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/10/27/Saudi-Arabia-warns-investors-in-Egypt-to-be-cautious-after-double-homicide.html

------------

 

South Asia

 

Not IS, Offshoots of Militant Outfits Huji, al-Qaeda and JMB: Bangladesh HM

October 28, 2015

There is no organisational structure of terrorist outfit Islamic State (IS) in Bangladesh, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan reiterated today, hours after SITE reiterated its reports on IS claim of two foreigners’ murder and Shia headquarters bomb attack.

“Those who claim to be Islamic State here are offshoots of militant outfits Huji, al-Qaeda and JMB [Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh]. They all have their roots within Jamaat-Shibir,” he told reporters at his residence in Dhanmondi.

US-based for-profit SITE Intelligence Group attributed the murder of two foreign nationals and the bombings on Shia Muslim community in Old Dhaka to the IS.

But Bangladesh government has repeatedly denied any organisational form of the terrorist group inside the country.

SITE defended its claim in a press release yesterday, saying its IS reports were authentic and Bangladesh authorities would “do better to face the reality”.

Rebutting the claim, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said: “Claim of these militant activities were not found in the main website of the IS. They were done from somewhere else.”

Full Report at:

http://thedailystar.net/country/not-offshoots-jamaat-shibir-home-minister-163552

------------

 

11 militants killed in drone strike, military operation in Nangarhar

Oct 28 2015

11 militants have been killed in a drone strike and military operation in eastern Nangarhar province.

Governor of Achin District said on Wednesday that a ‘Saracha’ vehicle of Taliban was targeted in the drone strike in Syah Cho area late Tuesday evening.

Including a Taliban commander and some foreigners, five insurgents were killed in the attack, Haji Ghalib said.

Reports indicate that there was a foreign hostage in the vehicle who might have been killed along with militants, he added.

Full Report at:

http://khaama.com/11-militants-killed-in-drone-strike-military-operation-in-nangarhar-4053

------------

 

Six Afghan security forces killed as Taliban overrun remote northern district

October 28, 2015

KABUL: An Afghan official says Afghan Taliban fighters have taken over a district of northern Takhar province and intense gun battles are ongoing as government forces fight to retake it.

Sonatullah Taimor, spokesman for the provincial governor said Wednesday the insurgents used heavy and light weapons in the battle for Darqad, which borders Tajikistan.

He says six Afghan security forces were killed in the fighting.

Examine: Some Taliban still holding out in Kunduz

The Taliban's spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid emailed media organisations to say the battle for Darqad began at dawn Wednesday.

Full Report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1215929/six-afghan-security-forces-killed-as-taliban-overrun-remote-northern-district

------------

 

Progress can't be stopped with bomb attacks: Bangladesh PM

October 28, 2015

Noting that the recent bomb attack on a Tajia procession was aimed at tarnishing Bangladesh's image, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asserted that Bangladesh’s progress cannot be stopped with such bombings.

The Prime Minister made the statement while addressing the foundation stone-laying ceremony of Dhaka Wasa Padma (Jashaldia) water treatment plant construction (phase-1) project at a city hotel.

"Bangladesh is moving ahead and it'll do so. Let me say one thing, the march forward of Bangladesh can't be stopped by hurling two bombs or five eggs... those who're thinking this are making a mistake," she said.

At least one person was killed and about hundred others were injured in bomb explosions in front of Hussaini Dalan in old Dhaka on the early hours of October 24. The blasts took place when members of the Shia community were gathering there to bring out their traditional Tajia procession, marking holy Ashura.

Full Report at:

http://thedailystar.net/city/progress-cant-be-stopped-bomb-attacks-pm-163582

------------

 

Foreigners’ killing: Orders came from London, says Hanif

October 28, 2015

Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif today insisted that the instruction for killing the two foreigners in Bangladesh “came from London”.

‘There is no doubt about it,” he said while talking to reporters at AL President’s office in Dhanmondi in the capital, Dhaka.

When the BNP Chairperson left Dhaka for London, where her elder son Tarique Rahman is staying since 2008, the country’s “conscious citizens” had the suspicion that she was going to hatch a conspiracy there, the Awami League leader said.

“Now, the conspiracy has been proved.”

The BNP did not make any reaction to this allegation till filing of this report at 2:30pm.

Hanif alleged that the alliance of BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami is carrying out these killings to assume power by creating instability in the country.

Denying the existence of terrorist outfit Islamic State in Bangladesh, he said Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Harkat-ul Jihd-al-Islam (Huji) are offshoots of BNP and Jamaat.

Full Report at:

http://thedailystar.net/politics/killing-orders-came-london-hanif-163576

------------

 

Pakistan

 

Seven FC men killed in South Waziristan border attack: ISPR

MATEEN HAIDER

October 28, 2015

ISLAMABAD: At least seven Frontier Corps personnel were killed as a checkpost northeast of South Waziristan's Angoor Adda came under fire Tuesday, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

"The terrorists opened heavy fire from across the Pak-Afghan border early on Tuesday," the ISPR said.

North and South Waziristan are among Pakistan’s seven tribal districts near the Afghan border which are rife with homegrown insurgents and are alleged to be strongholds of Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, among others.

According to the ISPR, troops have been deployed along the border with neighbouring agencies to block any movement of terrorists in and out of the region.

The Pakistan Army launched military operations Zarb-i-Azb and the National Action Plan targeting insurgents following attacks on Karachi's Jinnah International Airport and Peshawar's Army Public School in 2014.

Full Report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1215715/seven-fc-men-killed-in-south-waziristan-border-attack-ispr

------------

 

Musharraf says Osama, Taliban were heroes for Pakistan

Oct 28 2015

The former president and military ruler of Pakistan Pervez Musharaf has said that terrorists such as the deceased al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Taliban were heroes for Pakistan, according to India’s CNN-IBN (Cable News Network–Indian Broadcasting Network) news channel.

“We trained Taliban and sent them to fight against Russia. Taliban, Haqqani, Osama Bin Laden and Zawahiri were our heroes then. Later they became villains,” Musharaf quoted by CNN-IBN as saying in an interview on Tuesday.

The report further states that Musharraf admitted in the interview that Pakistan supported and trained other militant groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in 1990s to carry out militancy in Kashmir.

Full Report at:

http://khaama.com/musharraf-says-osama-taliban-were-heroes-for-pakistan-4053

------------

 

Pakistan Supreme Court to hear plea on the rights of minorities

Oct 28, 2015

Islamabad (Oct 27, 2015): Supreme Court of Pakistan will hear the Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani’s plea on Wednesday, as Case No. 1 at Bench No. 4. According to sources, the MNA of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (N), has submitted two petitions this week regarding the implementation of the rights of minorities, in which he termed the victimization of Hindu community, particularly living in Sindh and Balochistan provinces as clear discrimination of the Constitution of Pakistan.

Dr. Ramesh Vankwani, who also serves the patron-in-chief of Pakistan Hindu Council, personally appealed to the Supreme Court for the early recovery of a Hindu lady, Mrs. Vidya, resident of City Vinder, District Lasbela, Balochistan, who was recently abducted along with her two daughters. “Few days ago, the husband of Vidya came to know that his wife and daughters are living in a Madarasa, known as Jamali Madarasa, located in Balochistan” Dr. Ramesh Vankwani wrote in the petition, while adding that due to delay of the Hindu Marriage Act Bill, a number of such cases are being rising across the country.

In another petition, he also submitted the list of about 36 cases of forced conversions, rape, murder, kidnapping, temple attacks and robbery for last two months in province Sindh. According to the list, 8 cases were Forced Conversions, 15 were Rape cases, 3 were Murder cases, and 8 were Kidnapping while one Temple attack case and one Robbery was reported. 

The Supreme Court has fixed the case to also hear other matters that Dr. Ramesh Vankwani, mentioned in his petitions, which  were related to 5% Job Quota, curriculum, Hindu Gymkhana, Task Force for the protection of non-Muslim religious places, and Laxmi Narain Temple issue, etc.

-------

 

Pakistan has some influence over Taliban, but no control: Advisor to PM

DAWN.COM — 28 10 15

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said that Pakistan has some influence on the Taliban but it had no control over them, reported Radio Pakistan.

Speaking to Meher Abbasi in an interview on DawnNews, Aziz said it was up to the Afghan government to resume talks with Taliban and that Pakistan's job was only to facilitate the talks.

He said both the United States and Pakistan fully supported the Afghan reconciliation process, adding that it was up to the Afghan government to decide whether they wanted the same or not.

He said the international community has concerns about the Afghan issue and no world power wants war in Afghanistan.

He said Pakistan and the US want resumption of talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Aziz said the Afghan government has not yet approached Pakistan regarding contact with the Taliban.

He said Pakistan's stance was clear that its soil would not be used against any country.

Pakistan had brokered peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban in July, the first round of which took place in Murree. But after the announced death of Taliban supremo Mullah Omar, a second round of talks was postponed.

Ties between Islamabad and Kabul were generally improving until the recent attacks in Kabul adversely affected them.

Full Report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1215949/pakistan-has-some-influence-over-taliban-but-no-control-sartaj

------

 

Call for improvements in blasphemy law not objectionable: SC

NASIR IQBAL

October 28, 2015

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has held that a call for improvements in the blasphemy law in order to provide safeguards against its misuse by levelling false allegations should not be considered objectionable.

“Any call for reforming the blasphemy law (Section 295-C Pakistan Penal Code) ought not to be mistaken as a call for doing away with that law and it ought to be understood as a call for introducing adequate safeguards against malicious application or use of that law by motivated persons,” says the detailed judgment issued on Tuesday by the apex court in the Salman Taseer murder case.

On Oct 7, a three-judge bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa had restored the Oct 1, 2011 capital sentence awarded by an anti-terrorism court to Malik Mohammad Mumtaz Qadri — an Elite Force commando who assassinated former Punjab governor Salman Taseer outside his residence adjacent to an upscale market in Islamabad on Jan 4, 2011 — for allegedly committing blasphemy.

Also read: SC maintains Mumtaz Qadri's death penalty, says he is a terrorist

The court was seized with two appeals, one moved by Advocate Mian Nazir Akhtar on behalf of Mumtaz Qadri, and the other by the federal government also against the Islamabad High Court verdict.

Authored by Justice Khosa, the 39-page judgment said that blasphemy was abhorrent and immoral, besides being a manifestation of intolerance, but a false allegation is equally detestable as well as culpable.

Detailed judgement issued in Salman Taseer murder case

If Islam comes down heavily upon commission of blasphemy then Islam is also very tough against those who level false allegations about a crime, the verdict said. It asked the state to ensure that no innocent person was compelled to face an investigation or a trial on the basis of false or trumped up allegations of blasphemy.

The definition of blasphemy in Section 295-C PPC, the judgment said, might be considered by some to need improvement to bring it in line with the true scope of the concept of blasphemy. Likewise, there may be others who may feel that some procedural and other safeguards need to be introduced so that it should become difficult to level or prosecute a false allegation regarding commission of the offence of blasphemy.

The issue involved in this case is not as to whether anybody is allowed to commit blasphemy by defiling the sacred name, but the real question involved is whether a person is justified in killing another person on his own on the basis of an unverified impression or an un-established perception that the other person has committed blasphemy.

Citing amendments in the Hudood laws, the judgment said that in all matters, including religious, there was an ongoing effort to keep the laws of the land updated through amendments to meet the emerging challenges and also to provide safeguards against mischievous manipulations, misapplication or misuse of the existing laws.

It is an unfortunate fact, which cannot be disputed, that in many cases registered in respect of blasphemy offence, false allegations are levelled for extraneous purposes. And in the absence of adequate safeguards against misapplication or misuse of such law by motivated persons the persons falsely accused of that offence suffer beyond proportion or repair, the verdict said.

Full Report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1215864/call-for-improvements-in-blasphemy-law-not-objectionable-sc

------------

 

Arrest warrant issued against London-based MQM leader Anwar

ISHAQ TANOLI

October 28, 2015

KARACHI: An antiterrorism court on Tuesday issued a non-bailable warrant for the arrest of a London-based leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader in a case pertaining to anti-state activities.

The counter-terrorism department of police had arrested Muhammad Shafiq Khan alias Pappu, an employee of the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board, Abdul Jabbar alias Zafar Tension, Mohsin Khan alias Kashif and Khalid Aman alias Dad on Aug 27 in Gulistan-i-Jauhar after a shootout. Later, the CTD also detained their alleged accomplice Adil Ansari.

The CTD claimed that the held suspects were the agents of the Indian spy agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), they were trained in India and involved in terrorism and anti-state activities.

The investigation officer of the case submitted a charge-sheet against the detained suspects and also named London-based MQM leader Muhammad Anwar and two others — Mehmood Siddiqui and Muhammad Salman — as absconding suspects.

According to the charge-sheet, suspect Aman disclosed during interrogation that Mr Anwar and Mr Siddiqui had played a role in getting them trained by RAW.

It further maintained that Aman in his confessional statement before a judicial magistrate also said that after training he was arrested and sent to prison in Delhi following a brawl with his accomplice Javed Langra.

Full Report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1215770/arrest-warrant-issued-against-london-based-mqm-leader-anwar

------------

 

Iranian NSA arrives in Pakistan for talks with leadership

MATEEN HAIDER

October 28, 2015

ISLAMABAD: Iran’s top security official Ali Shamkhani arrived here on Wednesday for talks with Pakistani leadership on security cooperation and border issues.

Shamkhani, who is the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, is expected to meet Prime Minister Nawaz, Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and military leaders.

"Matters related to bilateral relations and regional security situation would be discussed during Mr. Shamkhani's meetings with Pakistani leaders," diplomatic sources told DawnNews.

Iran’s Supreme National Security Council is responsible for the Gulf country’s defence and security policies.

Full Report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1215936/iranian-nsa-arrives-in-pakistan-for-talks-with-leadership

------------

 

Pakistani heroine smuggler beheaded in Saudi Arabia

October 27, 2015

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia executed a convicted Pakistani heroin smuggler Tuesday, bringing the number of people put to death this year to 138.

Nimat Allah Mola Baksh had been found guilty of smuggling the drugs inside his body, the interior ministry said in a statement. He was put to death in the kingdom’s east.

Most Saudi executions are carried out by beheading with a sword, in what the ministry says is a deterrent. Rights experts have raised concerns about the fairness of the trials.

Saudi prince held in record Beirut airport drug bust.

They also say the death penalty should not be applied in drug cases.

According to AFP tallies, Baksh was the 138th Saudi or foreigner put to death by the kingdom this year, compared with 87 in 2014.

Full Report at:

http://nation.com.pk/international/27-Oct-2015/pakistani-heroine-smuggler-beheaded-in-saudi-arabia

------------

 

Quake toll reaches 255, Nawaz announces relief package

October 28, 2015

ISLAMABAD: The death toll from the earthquake, that shook northern parts of Pakistan on Monday, has risen to 255 while 1,697 are reported injured across the country.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) says at least 9,209 houses were damaged in the affected areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province being the worst-hit with 208 deaths, 1,518 injured and at least 8,453 houses damaged.

Nawaz announces relief package

Prime Minister Nawaz while addressing a press conference in Peshawar, announced a Rs0.6 million relief package for those killed in the earthquake.

He also announced Rs0.1m for each person injured in the disaster.

The premier said that every person handicapped by the quake would receive Rs0.2m, while Rs0.2m was announced for building the houses destroyed in quake.

"Owners of partially damaged houses will get Rs0.1m to repair their shelter," said the PM.

Answering a question, the premier reaffirmed that the aid package was announced for affectees of KP, Fata and Gilgit-Baltistan while the expenditure will be shared by the federal and provincial governments.

The cheque distribution is to commence Monday and affectees will receive the cash through bank counters established near relief camps.

"We would have started it (cheque distribution) today, but to keep the process transparent, a verification committee has been set up to identify actual affectees and assess damages," said Nawaz.

The PM said that verification committee will comprise a local resident, a military force personnel and a federal government representative while the relief distribution will be completed til Thursday.

The initial quake — which struck the country at 2:09pm Monday — has been followed by several aftershocks, measuring as high as magnitude 4.8, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Soon after the quake, PM Nawaz had ordered for 2,000 tents to be sent to the earthquake-affected areas.

An MI-17 helicopter was also placed at the disposal of the KP government to carry out relief efforts.

“A nine-bed mobile hospital with team of surgeons will be dispatched to Dir immediately,” read a statement issued by the PM House.

A crisis cell was immediately formed to coordinate with all federal, civil, military and provincial agencies for damage assessment and rescue and relief efforts.

Joint Secretary Prime Minister Office Kazim Niaz is heading cell while NDMA, respective Provincial Disaster Management Authorities, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) and Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (Erra) were made a part of the cell.

After chairing a high-level meeting in PM House on Tuesday, which was also attended by COAS Raheel Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, Nawaz said his government would announce a relief package to help quake victims.

Helicopters and military planes were transporting relief supplies and military engineers were working on restoring communication lines disrupted by landslides, said Lt. Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa, the army spokesman.

Pakistan International Airline (PIA) has offered free transportation of relief goods to the federal government and the NDMA from domestic and international destinations.

A spokesperson for the national flag carrier said yesterday that PIA employees were with the people affected by the earthquake.

He said: “Pakistan International Airlines is ready to provide assistance, if necessary for the people of earthquake affected areas.”

Full Report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1215926/quake-toll-reaches-255-nawaz-announces-relief-package

------------

 

India

 

Supreme Court to Examine Muslim Personal Law, Aim to End Gender Bias

Bhadra Sinha

Oct 28, 2015

The Supreme Court has decided to examine Islamic personal law to consider doing away with provisions biased against Muslim women, often victims of polygamy and the triple talaq system, a controversial move that may upset a section of the community that has resisted reform.

A bench of justices AR Dave and AK Goel requested Chief Justice of India HL Dattu to constitute an appropriate bench and address the issue to bring about gender equality in Muslim personal law in line with the Constitution that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex.

“There is no safeguard against arbitrary divorce and second marriage by her (a Muslim woman’s) husband during currency of the first marriage, resulting in a denial of dignity and security to her,” the bench said.

“Laws dealing with marriage and succession are not part of religion. Law has to change with time,” they added, citing an earlier judgment.

The judges analysed several SC judgments on gender discrimination in Muslim law and issued notices to the attorney general and the National Legal Services Authority, asking them to respond by November 23.

India has separate personal laws for each religion that govern marriage, succession, adoption and maintenance. Hindu family laws were modified in the 1950s but activists have long argued Muslim personal law, which has remained mostly unchanged, is tilted against women. It allows polygamy and the use of the triple talaq system.

Women are discriminated against in succession and inheritance of property. Also, two female witnesses equal one male witness in a Muslim marriage. In a survey conducted earlier this year, over 90% of Muslim women rejected triple talaq and polygamy.

Read | Allowing women inside Haji Ali dargah a sin, trust tells HC

“The practice of polygamy is injurious to public morals and can be superseded by the State just as practice of sati,” the bench said, quoting from a 2003 verdict.

Noted Islamic scholar and former chairman of the National Commission for Minorities Tahir Mahmood supported the SC’s move.

“There is a misconception that Muslim personal law is covered by the right to religious freedom under the Constitution. Personal laws are within the legislative competence of the state. There is no doubt in practice Muslim women are discriminated against. The legislature has done nothing to end it. The SC must take cognizance of such discrimination and do something for them,” Mahmood said.

Full Report at:

http://hindustantimes.com/india/sc-to-examine-muslim-personal-law-for-polygamy-triple-talaq/story-qpLYAycFxuLkHyvv8zCRTL.html

------------

 

ICC Says India Should Hand Over Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir

October 28, 2015

MUMBAI - The International Criminal Court said India should arrest and hand over Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who is wanted on genocide charges and expected to visit New Delhi for a summit this week.

Bashir is accused of masterminding genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in his campaign to crush a revolt in Sudan’s western Darfur region. The Hague-based tribunal issued warrants for his arrest in 2009 and 2010.

Along with at least 40 other African leaders, the 71-year-old president is expected to arrive in New Delhi on Wednesday to attend an India-Africa Summit aimed at boosting trade and investment between the two regions.

Although India is not an ICC signatory, New Delhi should act as a UN Security Council resolution had lifted Bashir’s immunity under international law and urged all states to fully cooperate with the ICC, said the office of ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.

“As states ponder over such matters, it is fundamentally important not to forget the victims who deserve justice for the unimaginable atrocities they have suffered,” Bensouda’s office told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by email late on Monday.

“By arresting and surrendering ICC suspects, India can contribute to the important goal of ending impunity for the world’s worst crimes.”

Indian officials were not immediately available for comment, but Foreign Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup, when asked the country’s position, told local media, “India is fully compliant with its international legal obligations.”

This is not the first time the ICC has asked a foreign government to arrest and hand over Bashir.

Full Report at:

http://nation.com.pk/international/28-Oct-2015/icc-says-india-should-hand-over-sudan-s-bashir

------------

 

Sufi music will be the soul of Gurgaon Utsav

Oct 28, 2015

GURGAON: It's that time of year when an embracing nip returns. Which means the Gurgaon Utsav can't be too far away.

This autumn, the Diwali feel will last that little bit longer as the city's Utsav gets under way two days after the festival of lights.

This latest celebration of the performing arts promises more magic under the stars.

And if there's a theme to the latest Utsav, it's Sufism. Mame Khan, who is often referred to as the Sufi 'Pied Piper' of Rajasthan, opens proceedings on day one with his soul-stirring renditions of mystic desert blues. On day two, Hari and Sukhmani perform Punjabi folk with a rhythm that's of the moment, while on day three Sonam Kalra will present her Sufi Gospel Project.

All share a rootedness in tradition but also an openness to experiment. Expect spirited interpretations of the Sufi poets of Sindh and Rajasthan, legendary bards such as Mira Bai, Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, Kabir, Baba Ghulam Farid and Bulleh Shah (expect, too, some melodious tappas from Punjab).

Excitingly, there will be a one-hour preview of the 2015 Times Literary Festival, on the opening day of the Gurgaon Utsav, when William Dalrymple and Githa Hariharan sit down for a conversation.

Full Report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/gurgaon/Sufi-music-will-be-the-soul-of-Gurgaon-Utsav/articleshow/49561053.cms

------------

 

NSA warns Pakistan: Covert action not cost-effective strategy

Oct 27, 2015

NEW DELHI: Terming "jihadi terrorism" as common threat to South Asia, NSA Ajit Doval on Tuesday warned Pakistan not to engage in covert action saying it was a very short-sighted strategy of the neighbouring country.

He said Pakistan has never realised that it can be "profitable" and "most effective" for its economic growth and stability if it engages with India and rest of the South Asian countries.

"Till that happens, what can India do. I think one is that we should continue to work hard to persuade Pakistan, to convince Pakistan, through our sincerity, whatever we can do and whatever we think is the language in which the Pakistan can understand it well. We should be able to convey and convince it," he said.

Delivering the first 'Nagendra Singh memorial lecture' on 'Ensuring peace in South Asia: Role of India' organised by the International Goodwill Society of India, he said most of South Asian countries' security threats are internal.

"There is only one threat which has got its footprint in almost all of the nations. Problem about this is that its origin, its nursery, is also the member of South Asian region. Islamic terrorism or jihadi terrorism, rather I should use the word, is one of the common threats.

"Bangladesh is affected by it, Afghanistan is affected, India is affected, Pakistan is affected by it. Sri Lanka is affected," the NSA said.

Full Report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/NSA-warns-Pakistan-Covert-action-not-cost-effective-strategy/articleshow/49557500.cms

------------

 

Musharraf equates Bal Thackeray with Hafiz Saeed

Sameer Arshad

Oct 28, 2015

NEW DELHI: Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has equated 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed with RSS and Shiv Sena and said those demanding action against the outlawed Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief in his country were toeing the Indian line.

He said Afghan and Kashmiri mujahideen were their heroes in the 1990s, but the situation has now changed while referring to Saeed "I do not want to discuss this (Saeed) issue,'' Musharraf shot back at his interviewer on a popular Pakistani TV channel on Saturday night. "Since India is going after this, we are also following them."

He then launched a tirade asking the interviewer to see what RSS was doing in India. "They do not play cricket with us. You saw what happened with (Pakistan cricket board chief) Shahryar Khan," he said. "The face of (ex-Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud) Kasuri's book release organiser was blackened. Ghulam Ali's concert was banned and he was thrown out."

He cited PM Narendra Modi and his Cabinet's presentations to the RSS brass to draw a link between Shiv Sena's protests against Pakistan's and BJP's parent organisation.

"This is what is happening there. Are we catching any Sena leader? Was not Bal Thackeray a terrorist... did anybody catch him... a serving Army colonel was involved in the Samjautha blast in which 100 (sic) Pakistanis were killed. You are talking about Saeed, give us that Colonel," he said.

He cited Pakistan's support for the US-backed Afghan war and said the atmosphere changed after 1979 when Islamabad introduced religious militancy in its favour to throw the Soviets out. "We brought mujahideen from around the world. We trained the Taliban... and sent them in. They were our heroes. (Afghan warlord Jalaluddin) Haqqani is our hero of 1980s. Osama (bin Laden) was our hero. Yes, CIA's as well. (al-Qaida chief Ayman) al-Zawahiri was our hero," he acknowledged.

Full Report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Musharraf-equates-Bal-Thackeray-with-Hafiz-Saeed/articleshow/49560785.cms

------------

 

Why Pakistani Hindus leave their homes for India

Oct 28, 2015

Pakistani Hindus, who have arrived in the Indian capital in recent months, tell BBC Hindi's Zubair Ahmed that they fled their homes to escape discrimination and religious persecution.

Mala Das can just about write her name. At 16, this has been her greatest achievement. "When I came here I was completely unlettered. Today I can write my name," she says.

But Mala is still unsure about numbers - when asked about the year she came to India, she draws a blank.

Her family and neighbours say they arrived in 2011 from the Pakistani city of Hyderabad to escape "religious and cultural persecution and government apathy".

About 1,200 people, who have migrated from Pakistan in the past five years, are housed in three camps in Delhi and many say one of the biggest problems they faced back home was that they were unable to educate their children.

Bhagwan Das, who was among a group of 71 people who reached Delhi three weeks ago, has two growing children with no formal education. He says they were treated like "second-class citizens" in Pakistan.

"Our children don't feel welcome in schools there. Muslims taunt us for being Hindu. Our girls are also sexually harassed," Mr Das says.

There is a primary school in the migrant camp where children are taught how to read and write.

Rajwanti, 13, and other children in the camp allege that Hindu boys and girls are made to read the Quran (Muslim holy book) in Pakistani schools and that Muslim students laugh at their religious practices.

Mala says she is happy to see that Hindus in India can practice their religion openly. "Here Hindus pray without fear in temples and organise religious festivals outdoor. In Pakistan we prayed at home. If we went to temples, we avoided the gaze of our neighbours."

Ishwar Lal, 18, who came to Delhi five months ago, says he feels liberated in India. "We have full religious freedom here. We are free."

Moreover, he says, in India "everyone is respectful of each other's faith".

Pakistan was created in 1947 after being carved out of India's mainly Muslim areas. A huge exchange of population took place during the partition which was often bloody.

Today, Muslims constitute 14% of India's population, while in Pakistan, Hindus are said to be just over 2%.

There is no official estimate of the number of Pakistani Hindus living in India, but over the years, small groups have been crossing the border to reach Delhi or other northern states, such as Rajasthan and Haryana. Once in India, they apply for asylum and, eventually, citizenship.

Islamabad has repeatedly said its Hindu community is safe and reports of their leaving are exaggerated.

Full Report at:

http://bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-34645370

------------

 

Africa

 

Seven killed in Muslim-Christian violence in Central African Republic

28 Oct 2015

At least seven people have been killed in attacks perpetrated by Muslim and Christian factions in the Central African Republic, according to reports.

Agence France-Presse (AFP) report that the country’s interim government has announced that violence flared on Monday when gunmen launched an attack on members of the Union for Peace in Central African Republic (UPC), a faction of the majority Muslim Seleka rebel alliance, in the capital city Bangui.

“The provisional death toll is seven killed and one injured but whose life is not in danger,” Security Minister Dominique Saïd Panguindji said.

Four of the dead were UPC members while three were Christians targeted in a revenge attack, he said.

Full Report at:

http://catholicherald.co.uk/news/2015/10/28/reports-seven-killed-in-muslim-christian-violence-in-central-african-republic/

------------

 

9 dead after Libya helicopter shot down

October 28, 2015

TRIPOLI - A helicopter carrying 16 people was shot down and crashed into the sea near Libya’s capital Tuesday with at least nine passengers, including a senior militiaman, confirmed dead, a military official said.

The aircraft was hit by gunfire shortly before noon and went down near the Al-Maya area just west of Tripoli, said Colonel Mustafa Sharkasi, a spokesman for the air force of Libya’s Tripoli-based government.

“We have so far recovered nine bodies, including the body of Colonel Hussein Abu Diyya,” a senior officer in the powerful Fajr Libya militia that controls the capital, he said. “We think that all the passengers are dead,” said Sharkasi.

A Tripoli-based official earlier said the helicopter had been carrying 23 people. Sharkasi said the aircraft was “unarmed” and blamed armed groups allied to the internationally recognised government for carrying out this “criminal” act.

And he vowed that the Tripoli-based administration would retaliate. “We will respond at the appropriate time and place,” he said.

Full Report at:

http://nation.com.pk/international/28-Oct-2015/9-dead-after-libya-helicopter-shot-down

------------

 

Hamas: The ANC has shamed South Africa

27 October 2015

ANC-Hamas: a party in betrayal of itself

The ANC has betrayed its founding principle by aligning itself with the Sunni Islamic jihad of Hamas, the Palestinian wing of the global Muslim Brotherhood.

The founding principle of the ANC in 1912 - endorsed in 1955 by the Freedom Charter - excludes identification with any one political religious body such as the Muslim Brotherhood, which includes Hamas. The ANC was founded so that it would be open without discrimination to people of all religions and of none. The Congress Alliance, which was absorbed at all levels into the ANC by decision of the Kabwe conference in 1985 - following the opening of the ANC to people of all races and religions at the Morogoro conference in 1969,  excluding access to the National Executive Committee - embraced Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, atheists...and Jews.

Ruth First, Joe Slovo, David Rabkin, Morris Isaacson, Denis Goldberg, David Kitson, Rusty and Hilda Bernstein, Arthur Goldreich, Harold Wolpe, Wolfie Kodesh, Jack Simons and Ray Alexander, Ronnie Kasrils, Brian and Sonia Bunting,  Jack Tarshish, Rowley and Jackie Arenstein, the twins Norman and Leon Levy, the former ANC MP Ben Turok, and many more, including this writer - all, all were (and in the case of Denis, Jackie, Norman, Leon, Ronnie and Ben still are) ... JEWS.

We wear the Yellow Star of David on our foreheads, the Auschwitz tattoo on our wrists.

Yet the ANC's national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa - representative of the governing party of South Africa - said last week it had invited the Hamas leader Khalid Mishal together with a Hamas delegation to visit the country "in keeping with our policies of working towards a peaceful world".

Also present alongside Kodwa at a reception for Mishal and the Hamas delegation at Darul Islam Boys' High School in Athlone in Western Cape were the ANC’s provincial chairman Marius Fransman and an executive member of the ANC, David Mahlobo. Fransman told the Hamas delegation: "You have our support."

Article 7 of the Hamas Charter of 1988 states the following: "By virtue of the distribution of Muslims, who pursue the cause of the Hamas, all over the globe, and strive for its victory, for the reinforcement of its positions and for the encouragement of its Jihad, the Movement is a universal one. ...

"Hamas is one of the links in the Chain of Jihad in the confrontation with the Zionist invasion. It links up with the setting out of the Martyr Izz a-din al-Qassam and his brothers in the Muslim Brotherhood who fought the Holy War in 1936; it further relates to another link of the Palestinian Jihad and the Jihad and efforts of the Muslim Brothers during the 1948 War, and to the Jihad operations of the Muslim Brothers in 1968 and thereafter.

"... the Hamas has been looking forward to implement Allah’s promise whatever time it might take. The Prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him! This will not apply to the Gharqad, which is a Jewish tree (cited by Bukhari and Muslim)."

No honest person thinks this is not the programme of Hamas to this day: "Kill the Jews!"

The word “Hamas” is the acronym in Arabic for “Islamic Resistance Movement”. Its charter is not a programme of national liberation like the Freedom Charter, it is a programme of global Sunni jihad.

Hamas describes itself in article 2 of its charter as “one of the wings of the Muslim Brothers in Palestine. The Muslim Brotherhood Movement is a world organisation, the largest Islamic Movement in the modern era. It is characterised by … a complete comprehensiveness of all concepts of Islam in all domains of life.”

In his essay, “Jihad in the Cause of Allah”, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Sayyid Qutb, wrote: “The Jihaad of Islam … [is] inherent in its message from the very beginning – and not because of any threat of aggression against Islamic lands or against the Muslims residing in them. The reason for Jihaad exists in the nature of its message….

 “… [The] ultimate objective of the Islamic movement of Jihaad is as a means of establishing the Divine authority within it so that it … [can then] be carried throughout the earth to the whole of mankind, as the object of this religion is all humanity and its sphere of action is the whole earth….

“Islam has a right to remove all those obstacles in its path … with no interference and opposition from political systems…

“Thus, wherever any Islamic community exists, it has a God-given right to step forward and take control of the political authority so that it may establish the Divine system on earth….”

This is a programme of ideological struggle to establish a world-wide religious dictatorship by means of war.

It is the same programme as that of the Nazi Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, in promoting the Holocaust through his military pact with Hitler and Himmler, with the aim of supplementing the Nazi war drive with a genocidal jihad across the Caucasus, the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa. One battle prevented that jihadi aim of Hitler and Amin from becoming global reality - the battle of Stalingrad.

This crucial wartime ideological relationship has been explored in depth by the former historian in the German Democratic Republic, Dr Wolfgang G Schwanitz, and his recently deceased Israeli colleague, Barry Rubin, in their indispensable study, published last year: Nazis, Islamists and the Making of the Modern Middle East (Yale University Press). It is an essential book for our time.

The publishers state: "During the 1930s and 1940s, a unique and lasting political alliance was forged among Third Reich leaders, Arab nationalists, and Muslim religious authorities. ...

"In this groundbreaking book, esteemed Middle East scholars Barry Rubin and Wolfgang G. Schwanitz uncover for the first time the complete story of this dangerous alliance and explore its continuing impact on Arab politics in the twenty-first century.

Full Report at:

http://politicsweb.co.za/news-and-analysis/hamas-the-anc-has-shamed-south-africa

------------

 

North America

 

US: Muslim Beliefs Should Not Govern Guards at Guantanamo

October 28, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior defence officials said Tuesday that it was "outrageous" that female guards at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are barred from transporting five detainees suspected of being involved in the Sept. 11 attacks.

A military judge issued an order in January prohibiting female guards from transporting the defendants, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, after they refused to meet with defence lawyers and complained that any physical contact with unrelated women violated their Muslim beliefs.

The ruling by Army Col. James Pohl was meant to deal with their complaints, which posed a threat to legal proceedings.

Questioned on the ruling at a congressional hearing, both Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Defense Secretary Ash Carter said it was an outrage.

"I think it is counter to the way we treat service members, including women service members, and outrage is a very good word for it," Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Dunford said "It is outrageous. It ought to be fixed. It hasn't been to date."

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who travelled to Guantanamo on Friday with Sens. Tim Scott and Shelley Moore Capito, all Republicans, pressed Dunford and Carter on the issue.

President Barack Obama has tried repeatedly to close the prison since he took office in January 2009, but he has met strong resistance from Republicans and some Democrats in Congress who argue that Guantanamo is the only viable option, especially for terror detainees deemed too dangerous to release or transfer to third countries.

At a news conference, Ayotte, Scott and Capito insisted that Guantanamo should remain open. Ayotte also called on the administration to speak out on the guard issue, saying "terrorists should not dictate what men and women can do when serving in the military."

A Defense Department team has visited facilities to hold the terror suspects in the United States, including the Colorado State Penitentiary in Canon City and the so-called Supermax federal prison in Florence, Colorado. The Pentagon team also has surveyed the Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston, South Carolina.

Full Report at:

http://news.yahoo.com/us-muslim-values-not-restrict-guantanamo-guards-194812139.html

------------

 

NY Islamic Centre Seeks Common Ground

28 October 2015

LONG ISLAND – Offering a common ground for interfaith unity, the Islamic Center of Long Island in New York has inaugurated the first interfaith institute in the region, where followers of different faiths can foster a better understanding.

“I need to understand better the tenets of other faiths,” Dr. Faroque Khan, a medical doctor and co-founder of the mosque, was quoted as saying by Long Island Press.

“Similarly, the other faiths need to understand and learn about who we are, particularly in the present environment where the loudest voices are the craziest voices. We need to bring that voice of reason, sanity into the conversation,” he said.

The new center, opened on October 25, includes an impressive board of trustees made up of men and women from different backgrounds and faiths.

The board also encompasses representation from the Diocese of Rockville Centre and leaders in higher education.

The Islamic center history in Long Island dates back to two decades ago when Muslims started a worshipping house at a house basement.

Expanding over the past twenty years, the most recent expansion in the mosque, before the interfaith center, came in the 1990s.

The center showed itself to be a progressive religious center with the appointment of Isma Chaudhry as its president in January this year, making history by appointing the first female president of the mosque.

The new institute main goals include reaching out to educators and their students to better educate them on Islam, a religion that most people learn about through uninformed talking heads on television and cable news.

Full Report at:

http://onislam.net/english/news/americas/495731-ny-islamic-center-seeks-common-ground.html

------------

 

Obama EEOC Fights for Religious Liberty -- for Muslim Truckers

By Daniel John Sobieski

October 28, 2015

Well, at least they were not told to bake a cake for a gay wedding. In President Obama’s fundamentally transformed America, Christian bakers are forced by the blunt instrument of government mandate to cater a gay wedding regardless of their religious beliefs, but Muslim truckers can now refuse to transport alcohol because their Muslim beliefs and Sharia law prohibits it.

As an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission press release cheerfully chirps about its victory over Star Transport, a trucking company based in Morton, Illinois:

A federal jury in Peoria, Ill., has awarded $240,000 to two Somalian-American Muslims who were fired from their jobs as truck drivers at Star Transport, an over-the-road trucking company, when they refused to transport alcohol because it violated their religious beliefs, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which brought the case. The trial started on Oct. 19, and the jury returned its verdict the next day after 45 minutes of deliberation.

Judge James E. Shadid, the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, found in favor of EEOC after Star Transport admitted liability in March 2015. The resulting trial was to determine compensatory and punitive damages and back pay. The jury awarded Mahad Abass Mohamed and Abdkiarim Hassan Bulshale $20,000 each in compensatory damages and $100,000 each in punitive damages. Judge Shadid awarded each approximately $1,500 in back pay….

"EEOC is proud to support the rights of workers to equal treatment in the workplace without having to sacrifice their religious beliefs or practices," said EEOC General Counsel David Lopez. "This is fundamental to the American principles of religious freedom and tolerance."

Judge Shadid, is an Obama appointee, who, as Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin noted, was the first Arab-American to serve as a state judge in Illinois. He has made his mark in a pretzel-twisting interpretation of the Constitution’s guarantee of religious liberty.

The two truckers knew when they applied for the trucking jobs they might be asked to transport the prohibited alcohol. One suspects that might have been the intention -- to force a test case in federal court as part of the Islamization of America, a case they knew the administration of Barack Hussein Obama would support.

The owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa tried to act on their faith but were ordered to pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple based on an order from the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. As the Washington Times reported:

The order affirms an initial ruling in January that found Aaron and Melissa Klein had violated Oregon civil-rights law by refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony in 2013 and ordered them to pay damages to Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman.

Full Report at:

http://americanthinker.com/articles/2015/10/obama_eeoc_fights_for_religious_liberty__for_muslim_truckers.html

------------

 

Southeast Asia

 

Human Rights Watch wrong about ‘culture of fear’ in M’sia

October 28, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has always allowed freedom of speech in Malaysia, opined former prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Abdullah said this while dismissing allegations in a report by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) titled “Creating a Culture of Fear: The Criminalisation of Peaceful Expression in Malaysia,” that claimed Putrajaya abused laws by criminalising freedom of expression.

The report also urged Prime Minister Najib Razak to stop treating as criminal, criticisms issued against him.

Saying that the report could not be taken at face value, Abdullah explained that he was more comfortable listening to the views of a variety of people rather than just one source like HRW simply because not everyone outside the country held the same views about Malaysia.

“It can’t be that when somebody says something, we jump to conclusions. That is not right,” he was quoted by The Rakyat Post as telling reporters at the opening of the conference on “Religion and Peaceful Co-Existence” at Institut Kefahaman Islam Malaysia (Ikim) yesterday.

Abdullah, who is chairman of Ikim, said that the right to freedom of expression was initiated during his time in office, and should be maintained by the current administration.

Full Report at:

http://freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2015/10/28/human-rights-watch-wrong-about-culture-of-fear-in-msia/

------------

 

Najib: Military action alone inadequate to fight terrorism

October 28, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: Policies of moderation, tolerance and understanding are key to fighting against terrorism especially in a multi-racial society like Malaysia, said Najib Razak.

The prime minister said Malaysia and ASEAN partners also believed that resolving the menace of terrorism called for a comprehensive and long term strategy.

“Military action alone is inadequate without addressing the root causes and adopting a multi-pronged approach,” he said in his keynote address entitled ‘Confronting Global Terrorism: The Role of Asean’, at the United Nations Association Malaysia (Unam) dinner, here last night.

The prime minister said for centuries, South East Asia has been enriched by the assimilation and integration of different peoples and traditions, with a culture that had welcomed and benefitted from diversity.

“We in Malaysia and Asean must strive to maintain this way of life and reject extremism,” he said.

Najib also believed that Malaysia and other Asean countries were well organised to deal with such threats.

He said preventive measures, vigilance, public awareness and de-radicalisation campaigns, together with effective rehabilitation programmes were all necessary to combat the threat of violent extremism and terrorism.

He said education also played a vital role so that the younger generations grew up being taught the true essence of Islam and other religions, which all advocated peace and justice.

“Instead, democracy with good governance, social justice and an inclusive approach to economic and social development is the best way forward,” he added.

The prime minister said similar approaches were also required in mosques, churches and other places of worship, to make it absolutely clear that there could be no space for extremism and bigotry in society.

Full Report at:

http://freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2015/10/28/najib-military-action-alone-inadequate-to-fight-terrorism/

------------

 

Indonesia lagging behind Malaysia in Islamic banking

OCT 28, 2015

JAKARTA • Indonesia's ambitions to rival Malaysia as an Asian Islamic finance hub are shrinking along with its syariah-compliant banking assets.

While Indonesia is host to the world's biggest Muslim population, Malaysia's government has been more aggressive in supporting the industry and announced further tax breaks for sukuk or Islamic bonds in last Friday's Budget.

The Jakarta-based Financial Services Authority said the nation's Islamic banking assets fell 27 per cent to 200 trillion rupiah (S$20.5 billion) in the first eight months of this year from a year earlier, while those of its neighbour rose 13.7 per cent to a record RM672.6 billion (S$219.8 billion).

Malaysia's corporate Islamic debt sales are measured in the billions of dollars, compared with millions in Indonesia, where OCBC Al-Amin Bank said the industry is too focused on retail banking, leaving it more vulnerable to the global slowdown.

President Joko Widodo was forced to reshuffle his government amid policy U-turns and wrangling among regional authorities as he seeks to make good on a pledge to boost the economy in his first year in office. "We have yet to see the incentives that Indonesia said it was planning at the end of last year," said Mr Abas A. Jalil, chief executive officer at Amanah Capital Group in Kuala Lumpur. "The continuation of incentives for Islamic banking in Malaysia given by the government is a key factor for the industry's growth."

While both countries have infrastructure investment programmes, Malaysia is a step ahead in encouraging sukuk sales to fund projects. It broadened tax exemptions to environmentally friendly syariah-compliant bonds in its 2016 Budget, while Indonesia has yet to reveal similar incentives as part of an industry road map.

Mr Joko has put in place a 5,519-trillion-rupiah development programme to build roads, railways and power plants, but companies in South-east Asia's biggest economy have sold the equivalent of only US$81 million (S$113 million) of local-currency sukuk this year.

Issuance from its neighbour this year totals US$8 billion and includes syariah-compliant bonds in support of Prime Minister Najib Razak's US$444-billion investment plan.

Eyes will be on a stimulus package due next month from Indonesia's Financial Services Authority. It may include the easing of sukuk rules and the promotion of the nation's syariah stock index to encourage greater participation, according to an Oct 19 report in Investor Daily Indonesia, citing the authority's chairman, Mr Muliaman Hadad.

Full Report at:

http://straitstimes.com/business/indonesia-lagging-behind-malaysia-in-islamic-banking

------------

 

PAS-Umno unity on the cards, Guan Eng predicts after Nasharudin made GMMF chief

BY OPALYN MOK

October 28, 2015

GEORGE TOWN, Oct 28 — The appointment of former PAS deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa as chief executive officer of Putrajaya’s moderates movement shows the Islamist party and Umno are again working towards teaming up to form a unity government, Lim Guan Eng alleged.

While congratulating Nasharudin, a known advocate of the PAS-Umno unity pact idea, Lim, who is also Penang chief minister, also pointed out that the former Bachok MP has criticised the newly-formed Pakatan Harapan opposition coalition.

“After his attacks against Pakatan Harapan, today he is appointed,” Lim told a press conference at his office today.

“As for whether he’s moderate or not, we can see from his records,” the Bagan MP added.

Nasharudin, who is the Nassar Foundation chair, was announced today as the new chief executive officer of the Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMMF), a brainchild of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Full Report at:

http://themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/pas-umno-unity-on-the-cards-guan-eng-predicts-after-nasharudin-made-gmmf-ch

------------

 

Mideast

 

Iran Warns US to Avoid Deciding for Others, Quit Supporting Terrorists

Oct 27, 2015

Afkham's statements came in reaction to Kirby's statements who said "Iran's role in the Syrian conflict, including its support for Assad and Lebanon's Hezbollah, has been unhelpful."

"The seriousness and resoluteness of the Islamic Republic of Iran in fighting terrorism is fully clear and Iran acts according to its responsibilities and the regional interests, while playing its role in the region and it does not allow anyone to designate duties for Iran," the spokeswoman said.

Afkham pointed to Kirby's statements, and said, "These repetitious statements run counter to the existing realities; the blame-game is the root the problems of the region."

She reiterated that the serious and real problem of the Syrian crisis is the result of the military intervention and the double-standard policies of the US and its allies and their instrumental use of the terrorists, and stressed that the US should, rather, stop its military approach and its supportive policy of terrorist-nurturing if it means to go after political solutions in Syria.

"Iran has been a victim of terrorism and has paid a heavy price for this inhumane phenomenon; it is interesting that the US accompanied by different countries like Saudi Arabia and others, that have created al-Qaeda, Taliban, Al-Nusra Front, the ISIL and other terrorist groups and have the record of the largest support for terrorism, form an anti-terrorism front and, in the meantime, they continue their financial and logistical supports for the terrorist groups; such attempts as categorizing terrorists (into good and bad), changing their names and devising new titles for the terrorists and paying for their expenses and providing military training for them and similar destructive moves have resulted in our region facing numerous problems and created complicated critical conditions," Afkham said.

The Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman reiterated that halting this dangerous approach and ending ambiguous and opportunist behaviors is one of the necessary and serious steps needed for resolving the Syrian crisis.

"The Syrian crisis can only be resolved through a political solution and this has been our principled policy towards this crisis, and the Islamic Republic of Iran uses its capacities for achieving a balanced and stable solution that relies on the real vote of the Syrian nation," she added.

Full Report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940805001699

------------

 

Syrian Army: ISIL Militants Transported From Syria to Yemen

Oct 28, 2015

Syrian Armed Forces Spokesman Brig. Gen. Ali Maihub informed that more than 500 ISIL militants had been transported from Syria to Yemen aboard 4 planes that had arrived from Turkey on October 26.

According to him, two of the planes belong to Turkish airlines, one is a Qatari aircraft and one is a UEA plane.

"According to the intelligence data, 4 planes arrived from Turkey at the airport of Aden [in Yemen] on October 26. Two of them [planes] belonged to Turkish airlines, one — to Qatar airlines and another aircraft was owned by an UAE airline. More than 500 militants of ISIL terrorist group were on board, they were transported from Syria to save them from Russian airstrikes," Maihub said.

He further claimed Saudi-led coalition officers met ISIL militants at the airport in Yemen. The Syrian general said that the jihadists were supposed to take part in a ground operation against Houthi rebels.

"[ISIL] militants were met by officers from the Saudi-led coalition, who took them out of the [Yemeni] airport in three groups. The first group was taken to the town of al-Bab in the Mandeb province, the second — to Marib, the third — to Saudi provinces Jazan and Asir," he said.

Full Report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940805001663

------------

 

Israel sentences Islamic leader to jail for incitement

October 28, 2015

JERUSALEM: An Arab Israeli Muslim leader, seen by Israel as a powerful voice stoking Palestinian anger over a Jerusalem holy site, was ordered jailed for 11 months on Tuesday for comments he made in 2007.

Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of the Islamic Movement's northern section was convicted for incitement to violence in 2013, the Justice Ministry said, charges he denied. His attorney said he would appeal against the sentence.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he will seek to outlaw the Islamic Movement's northern section, which he says has been encouraging attacks by Palestinians and Israeli Arabs in a wave of violence that began on Oct 1.

The Islamic Movement has said all its activities are lawful.

Palestinians are angered over what they see as Jewish encroachment at the Al Aqsa mosque compound. The shrine is the third holiest in Islam and the complex is revered in Judaism as the site of two destroyed biblical temples.

Related: Israel says will not accept international presence in east Jerusalem

"Prison will not scare us and we will continue to defend the Aqsa mosque," Saleh told reporters at the court, where supporters had gathered, some of them chanting "with souls and blood we redeem you, Aqsa".

The Jerusalem District Court upheld a previous court sentence, appealed by both Saleh and the prosecutors who said that in 2007, during a sermon in East Jerusalem, Saleh had evoked anti-Semitic imagery dating back to the Middle Ages.

Full Report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1215922/israel-sentences-islamic-leader-to-jail-for-incitement

------------

 

Talks on ending Syria conflict to include Iran

28 October 2015

Iran will be invited to participate in talks in Vienna on Friday to discuss ending the conflict in Syria, a dialogue aimed at finding a framework for political transition in Damascus, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.

An official in the region, however, told Reuters that Iran had already been invited by the United States and Russia, and Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian would attend the talks, while the presence of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was still under discussion.

Zarif and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held a phone call earlier on Tuesday to discuss ways to resolve the Syrian crisis, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Lavrov also spoke to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the ministry said.

State Department spokesman John Kirby said Kerry will travel to Vienna, and from there he will head to Central Asia for discussions with counterparts from Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

Kirby said about a dozen participants were expected in Vienna for the next round of discussions on Syria. The different countries hope to eventually reach agreement on a "multilateral framework for a successful political transition in Syria which leads to a government not led by Bashar al-Assad," Kirby said.

"There will be bilateral and multilateral discussions in Vienna on Friday and participation is very much still being worked (on)," Kirby said.

But a Western diplomat said the decision on whether to invite Iran was first discussed with Saudi Arabia, which is financing some of the militants fighting Assad and is a bitter rival of Tehran.

Full Report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/10/28/U-S-weighs-special-forces-in-Syria-helicopters-in-Iraq.html

------------

 

EU urges Abbas, Netanyahu to meet Quartet

28 October 2015

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday urged Israel Premier Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to meet Quartet representatives “within days” in the hope of kick-starting stalled peace talks.

“I have asked both Netanyahu and Abbas to receive the Quartet envoys in the coming days, not weeks,” Mogherini said, stressing the need for speed if an upsurge in violence between Israelis and Palestinians is not to spiral out of control.

The Quartet comprises the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia and was set up in 2002 to promote what is known as the Middle East Peace Process.

The peace talks, always difficult, stalled completely in 2014 despite the best efforts of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry but he has returned to the fray in recent weeks against a backdrop of worsening Israeli-Palestinian violence and Russia’s direct intervention in the bloody Syrian conflict.

Full Report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/10/28/EU-urges-Netanyahu-and-Abbas-to-meet-Quartet.html

------------

 

Palestinians shot dead for 'stabbing' Israeli soldier

28 October 2015

Two Palestinians were shot dead after allegedly stabbing and wounding an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday.

Religious and political tensions over a Jerusalem site sacred to both Muslims and Jews have fueled the worst wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence since the 2014 Gaza war.

The Israeli military said that soldiers had approached two Palestinians they found acting suspiciously at a junction near a Jewish settlement.

When the suspects stabbed and wounded one of the soldiers, they were shot and killed, a military spokesman said. Their families said they were 17 and 22 years old.

Since Oct. 1, at least 58 Palestinians, 31 of whom Israel has said were armed assailants, have been shot dead by Israelis at the scene of attacks or during protests in the West Bank and in Gaza. Many of those carrying out attacks have been teenagers.

Palestinians are angry over what they see as excessive use of force by Israeli police and soldiers. Israel says it is justified in using lethal force to meet deadly threats.

Amnesty International said on Thursday that it has found some of the killings of Palestinians have been unjustified and that Israeli forces were using "extreme and unlawful measures."

In a statement the rights group said it has documented at least four cases in which Palestinians were deliberately shot dead without posing an imminent threat, "in what appear to have been extrajudicial executions."

The number of Israelis killed in Palestinian attacks rose to 11 after the death of American-Israeli Richard Lakin, 76, who had been wounded in a Palestinian stabbing and shooting attack on a Jerusalem bus.

Cameras

Lakin, a former school principal in Glastonbury, Connecticut, moved to Israel in the early 1980s. A Facebook page that appeared to have been set up by his family said that in Jerusalem, he had taught students of an Arab-Jewish school which is a rare example of co-existence in the city.

Lakin was stabbed and shot in an Oct. 13 assault that killed two other bus passengers. His death was announced by Jerusalem's Hadassah hospital, and on Twitter, the U.S. ambassador to Israel

called it "devastating news".

Israeli security forces, responding to the bus attack, shot dead one of the assailants and captured the other, police said.

Full Report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/10/28/Two-Palestinians-shot-dead-after-allegdly-stabbing-Israeli-soldier.html

------------

 

Iran condemns Saudi airstrikes on MSF hospital in Yemen's Sa'ada

Oct 28, 2015

Iran has in the strongest terms condemned Saudi Arabia’s recent airstrikes on a hospital run by the medical aid group, Doctors Without Borders, also known as MSF, in Yemen.

Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham on Wednesday said the military campaign against Yemen is aimed at full destruction of the country, adding that the relentless air assaults carried out on a daily basis have brought about a “very grave and horrific humanitarian situation” in the war-hit Arab country.

Yemen has been pushed to the verge of a humanitarian crisis, the Iranian official said, adding that Saudi Arabia tries to block the few remaining pathways for delivering humanitarian and medical aid to the Yemeni people.

The MSF hospital, located in the Hidan district of Yemen's northwestern province of Sa’ada, was hit by a series of air raids on Monday night.

MSF country director, Hassan Boucenine, said the hospital was seriously damaged when it came under several air attacks.

“It could be a mistake, but the fact of the matter is it's a war crime. There's no reason to target a hospital,” Boucenine added.

At least six people were injured during the airstrikes, according to reports.

The Iranian official also lashed out at the international community for failing to take proper measures to put an end to the war against Yemen.

Full Report at:

http://presstv.ir/Detail/2015/10/28/435313/Iran-Afkham-Saudi-attack-MSF-hospital-Yemen-

------------

 

Turkey Police raid Gulen-tied TV stations in Istanbul

Oct 28, 2015

Turkish police forces have launched raids on the offices of television stations linked to US-based cleric and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s arch-foe Fethullah Gulen.

Police raided the Bugun and Kanalturk stations in the city of Istanbul on Wednesday, taking on their entrances with chainsaws and prompting brawls.

Bugun’s editor-in-chief, Tarik Toros, and lawmakers from the country’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) were seen in video footage arguing with police forces.

“Dear viewers, do not be surprised if you see police in our studio in the next few minutes,” Toros told the camera.

Reports have not clarified why the CHP lawmakers were present at the site at the time of the raids.

‘Shameful day’ for Turkey

Toros, Bugun’s chief editor, said, “This is an operation to silence all the dissident voices that the ruling party does not like, including media outlets, opposition parties and businessmen. This is true for anyone who does not obey.”

Referring to the police raids, CHP lawmaker, Baris Yarkadas, was quoted in a Wednesday AFP story as saying that, “Today is a shameful day.... Everyone who made this decision and those who implemented it will have to answer for their crimes before history.”

Controversial ruling

The television stations belong to the Koza-Ipek Group, a conglomerate linked to Gulen, who Erdogan has accused of plotting to overthrow the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). The influential cleric denies the accusation.

Full Report at:

http://presstv.ir/Detail/2015/10/28/435322/Turkey-Bugun-Kanalturk-Gulen-Erdogan

------------

 

Over 140 Palestinians injured in West Bank clashes: PRCS

Oct 28, 2015

The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) says over 140 more Palestinians have sustained injuries during the new clashes with Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank.

Errab Foqoha, the spokesman for the al-Bireh-based PRCS, said a total of 143 Palestinians were injured during Tuesday skirmishes in the West Bank.

According to the PRCS spokesman, at least 22 Palestinians were shot by live rounds, 50 were hit by rubber-coated steel bullets, 61 suffered excessive tear gas inhalation, and 10 suffered injuries after being directly physically assaulted.

Tensions have been running high in the occupied territories between the Israeli regime and Palestinians over the past several weeks.

The latest wave of tensions was triggered by Israel’s imposition in August of restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

On Tuesday evening , a 23-year-old Palestinian, identified as Hammam Said, was shot and killed after he allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier at a checkpoint in the Tel Rumeida area of the southern occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron), situated 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Earlier in the day, Israeli forces fatally shot two Palestinians in the illegal Gush Etzion settlement, south of Bethlehem, after they allegedly stabbed an Israeli soldier at a bus stop.

The slain Palestinians were later identified as 17-year-old Shabaan Abu Shkeidem, and 22-year-old Shadi Nabil Abd al-Muti Dweik, both of whom came from al-Khalil.

Full Report at:

The Palestinians say the Tel Aviv regime seeks to change the status quo of the compound.

http://presstv.ir/Detail/2015/10/28/435306/Palestinians-Israeli-forces-West-Bank-PRCS

------------

 

Europe

 

US lacks understanding of Syria terrorists: Russian FM

Oct 27, 2015

The so-called US-led coalition has no idea of whom it is backing in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says.

Referring to a last week meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu, Lavrov reiterated that the US-led coalition does not quite understand the situation and the warring parties in Syria.

“Last Friday I met with John Kerry, Saudi and Turkish foreign ministers in Vienna… I once again saw that the US-led coalition has no common understanding [about] who poses a terrorist threat in Syria,” the Russian minister said at a press conference in Moscow on Tuesday.

Lavrov noted that there is no such thing as “good terrorists,” who are not to be dealt with, adding, “It is also necessary to make clear who the political opposition in Syria is.”

The peace process in the war-torn country must be “inclusive” and all opposition groups and “significant” foreign countries must be included, Lavrov said, adding that anything else was “unsuitable.”

Full Report at:

http://presstv.ir/Detail/2015/10/27/435264/Lavrov-Syria-us-coalition-Russia

------------

 

France hosts Syria talks with allies on Tuesday

27 October 2015

France will host a meeting on the Syria crisis with Western and Arab allies later on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.

The "working dinner" at the French foreign office will include "the main partners engaged with France in dealing with the Syrian crisis: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Qatar, Turkey, Germany, the United States, Italy and Britain," said Fabius in a statement.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2015/10/27/France-hosts-Syria-talks-with-allies-on-Tuesday.html

--------

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/new-age-islam-news-bureau/abu-qatada-denounces--filthy--shia-muslims-and-vows-islam-will--dominate-every-land-/d/105083


 

Loading..

Loading..