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Afghanistan: Taliban member kills young girl after she rejected marriage proposal

New Age Islam News Bureau

09 November 2022

• Initial denial of permission for RSS rally is to appease Muslims, says VHP general secretary

• Dominant issue in Pakistan politics: Who will be next Army chief?

• Bus driver in Turkey refuses to stop for prayer, igniting fresh secularism debate

• Raid on pro-Iran militia convoy in eastern Syria kills around 15: Monitor

• Sabah govt announces RM54m allocation for non-Islamic institutions

• 2023: Muslims must be active in election – Ekiti Council for Islamic Affairs

• Blinken welcomes Omani FM to Washington

• Russia-Ukraine conflict accelerates need for clean energy transition: Britain’s Sunak

 

South Asia

• Norway Contributes NOK 8 Million to Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund: OCHA

• US Chargé d’Affaires to Afghanistan Visits Pakistan to Discuss Afghan Refugees

• Taliban: Afghan Export Earnings to Hit $2 Billion by End of Year

• ‘Use perfume, prioritise hygiene’ — Afghan minister SirajuddinHaqqani to Taliban members

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India

• Muslim ‘kin’ help orphan Hindu girl get married

• Malali Mosque row: K’taka court to give verdict on survey demand

• Centre alludes to ‘foreign origins’ in its affidavit on Dalit Christians, Dalit Muslims

• Gyanvapi: Verdict on plea seeking ban on entry of Muslims on Nov 14

• DMs of 31 districts of 9 states can give citizenship to non-Muslims from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan

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Pakistan

• PM constitutes committee to highlight Dr. Allama Iqbal’s philosophy

• PM confident upcoming visit of Saudi crown prince will strengthen ties

• Imran Khan's assassination bid: Police in Pakistan's Punjab province finally register FIR

• Crown Prince’s visit testimony to strong Pak-KSA ties: Ashrafi

• Imran ‘abandons’ designs to sway chief’s selection

• Prohibited funding case: Court suspends FIA call-up notice to Imran

• PM reiterates desire to further strengthen bilateral ties with Germany

• Soldier martyred, terrorist commander killed in Khyber IBO

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Mideast

• Iranian Envoy Blasts UNSC for Politicizing Syria's Chemical Weapons Case

• Israel builds fake cemeteries around Al-Aqsa Mosque, says Palestinian committee

• Judiciary Spokesman: Imprisoned Iranian Still Kept in Solitary Confinement for 1,100 Days

• Norwegian Envoy to Tehran Summoned over Parliament Chief's Meddlesome Remarks

• Military Chief: Iran Ready to Share Defense Experiences with Iraq

• Large Amount of Illicit Drugs Seized in Southeast Iran

• Iran Welcomes Peace Agreement in Ethiopia

• Iran, Zimbabwe Vow to Broaden Bilateral Ties

• Putin ally Patrushev travels to Iran for talks, ‘security consultations’: Report

• UN experts demand Turkey release doctor held over chemical arms comment

• Iran Revolutionary Guards arrest top lawyer: Sister

• Protesters and police deploy tech apps in fight for future of Iran

• Yemeni military adviser assassinated in Marib

• Palestinians say teen dies after Israeli raid in West Bank

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Arab World

• House fire in Turkiye kills 8 Syrian refugee children, woman

• Türkiye can play key role in Iraq’s development: Iraqi prime minister

• HM the King thanked by Al Azhar Al Sharif Grand Imam

• Foreigners repatriated from Syrian Islamic State camps reach record high

• Lebanese, Israeli leaders vow to cooperate at climate summit

• UAE and Egypt sign agreement to develop 10 GW onshore wind energy project

• Iran envoy: Repeated UN meetings on Syria chemical file attest to politicization

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Southeast Asia

• The hottest federal seats in GE15: Where, who and why

• Anwar sends legal notice to Perak PAS chief over LGBT claims

• ‘Special agents’ to monitor PN party members who help rival parties

• Thailand proposes cooperation plan as Saudi investment delegation visits Bangkok

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Africa

• Sudan security forces fire tear gas at anti-coup protesters

• Israel, Jordan move forward with water-for-energy deal

• International Criminal Court chief prosecutor visits Libya mass graves

• Rescuers search for five missing after migrant boat sinks off Tunisia

• Türkiye invests millions in development projects in Southern Africa

• Azerbaijani Embassy in Morocco marks 2nd anniversary of Karabakh victory

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North America

• Biden to meet with leaders of Egypt, Cambodia, Indonesia: Officials

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Europe

• Putin ally Patrushev travels to Iran for talks

• Bulgarian police officer shot dead at border with Turkiye

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Afghanistan: Taliban member kills young girl after she rejected marriage proposal

9 November, 2022

Kabul [Afghanistan], November 8 (ANI): Afghanistan’s Taliban security head killed a young girl in Balkh province after she rejected his marriage proposal, Khaama Press reported citing local sources.

The Taliban administration’s head of Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in the Sholgara district of Balkh province, Mullah Yasin killed a young girl named Maryam after she rejected his marriage proposal.

Surprisingly, the Taliban government officials in the Balkh province acknowledged the incident and claimed that Mullah Yasin was detained and assured that he is in custody.

According to Mohammad Asif Waziri, the spokesperson for the Taliban chief of police in the province of Balkh, Maryam was the victim of a single murder by a department employee, reported Khaama Press.

Among the topics that create headlines in the media are sexual corruption and scandals involving the Taliban and the insatiable yearning for marriage.

The Taliban leader had previously told his people to decide on a path of action, think about their responsibilities, and refrain from having more than one wife, according to Khaama Press.

This occurs at a time when Taliban commanders are reported to have paid sizable dowries to their fathers-in-law in return for the hands of their daughters, and a Taliban commander recently transported his newlywed bride home on a military chopper belonging to the Afghan National Army, as per Khaama Press.

Ever since the Taliban took over Afghanistan, the plight of Afghan women has continued to be deplorable in the country.

Women’s lives have become worst under the Taliban’s regime. The girls were stopped from going to school beyond a sixth grade on March 23 and a decree against the women’s dress code was issued after a month. There are restrictions on movement, education and freedom of expression of women posing a threat to their survival.

Not only this, the lack of female healthcare workers has prevented women from accessing basic medical facilities, and international donors, who fund 90 per cent of health clinics, are hesitant to send money because of their fear of the funds being misused.

Around 80 per cent of women working in the media have lost their jobs, and almost 18 million women in the country are struggling for health, education and social rights. Many women, particularly those who worked in security agencies, lost their jobs after the Islamic Emirate was re-established.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released a report the previous month, outlining the human rights situation in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover.

The report summarized UNAMA’s findings with regard to the protection of civilians, extrajudicial killings, torture and ill-treatment, arbitrary arrests and detentions, the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan, fundamental freedoms and the situation in places of detention.

Amid this, the rehiring of women officers comes as a ray of hope for the women facing several severe challenges in the country.

Some female police forces urged the Islamic Emirate to allow more women to work in government institutions. “We ask the Islamic Emirate to let all the women return to their jobs,” said Mashoqa, a police officer. (ANI)

Source:ThePrint

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Initial denial of permission for RSS rally is to appease Muslims, says VHP general secretary

NOVEMBER 09, 2022

The VHP is planning to add two lakh members in Tamil Nadu as part of its ongoing membership drive

Vishva Hindu Parishad general secretary MilindParande on Tuesday alleged that the Tamil Nadu government’s initial denial of permission for the RashtriyaSwayamsevakSangh’s route marches was to appease the Muslims.

Rejecting the concerns expressed by the government over law and order, he said the route marches were being organised by the RSS across the country, including in Kerala. He blamed the DMK government for being biased against Hindu organisations and the Hindus.

Addressing media persons during his visit to Chennai as part of the VHP’s ongoing membership drive, he said the organisation was planning to add two lakh members from Tamil Nadu through visits to 2,000 places. When asked about its present membership in the State, he said the organisation did not want to look behind and instead wanted to look forward to the members going to be added.

He said the organisation was committed to pressing for legislation against religious conversion across the country, including in Tamil Nadu, and transferring the management of all Hindu temples from the government to Hindu society.

Source:TheHindu

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Dominant issue in Pakistan politics: Who will be next Army chief?

9 November, 2022

Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa (Left) and PTI Chief Imran Khan (File Images)

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Islamabad [Pakistan], November 9 (ANI): As Pakistan’s Army General QamarJavedBajwa’s term is coming to an end, the entirety of the country’s politics is wrapped up in the question of who will be the successor, KunwarKhulduneShahid writes in The Diplomat.

Currently, in Pakistan, it is ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan and the military, which are the two epicentres of the country’s multipronged political incoherence.

And this all started after Khan stated that any army chief not appointed by him will not be accepted by his party as well and even not his supporters who constitute a very significant section of the voting population, according to The Diplomat citing former Punjab chief minister and political analyst NajamSethi, the author of “Trial of Democracy.”

In the seven months since Khan’s ouster, he has been at loggerheads with the military establishment, which continues to orchestrate its cycle of churning civilian leaders in and out of power. The central government, led by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which itself was a victim of the military’s engineering in 2018, is currently tasked with doing the military’s bidding so as to reaffirm the army’s hegemony.

It is pertinent to note here that Imran Khan became the first Prime Minister in Pakistan’s history to be ousted from power after losing a no-confidence vote.

“The involvement of the establishment in politics throughout our history is known to all. Things remain stable only when [the military] remains within its limits and accepts civilian leadership,” Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Central Vice President Ejaz Chaudhary told The Diplomat.

Immediately after his ouster Khan’s narrative, which doubles down on absolutist populism, is destabilizing the country, despite the military’s historical manoeuvres safeguarding the institution’s own interests, The Diplomat reported citing PTI Chief’s critics.

According to New Lines Magazine, the ouster of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has led to an unprecedented backlash against the country’s all-powerful military establishment.

People have expressed anti-army sentiments after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan accused the military of planning his downfall along with the United States. In rallies held across Pakistan, protesters have raised slogans in support of Khan and against the military.

One of the slogans raised by protesters is “Anyone who is friends with America is a traitor” translated from “Amreekakajoyaarhaigadaarhai,” New Lines Magazine reported.

Presently, anti-army sentiments are highly visible in Pakistan. People continue to voice their opinion against the military on social media despite accounts being suspended and arrests being made of people accused of planning anti-army campaigns on the internet.

After Pakistan army chief General QamarJavedBajwa travelled to the United States in October, hashtags like BajwaHasToGo and BajwaTraitor trended on social media, accusing General Bajwa of following US orders in Pakistan, according to New Lines Magazine. (ANI)

Source:ThePrint

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Bus driver in Turkey refuses to stop for prayer, igniting fresh secularism debate

08 November, 2022

People gather outside Anitkabir, mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, to participate in official celebrations of 99th Republic Day of Turkey, in Ankara on October 29, 2022. (AFP)

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A long-distance bus driver’s unwillingness to stop so that a passenger could pray in Turkey has helped ignite a fresh debate over secularism in the predominantly Muslim country.

Following the driver’s refusal at the weekend, the passenger complained on Twitter, drawing a controversial response from the travel company.

“None of the rights defined by (Turkey’s) constitution can be used to violate the democratic and secular conception” of the republic, the firm Oz Ercis said in a statement, which went viral.

The controversy is the latest example of a long-standing debate in a country with a Muslim majority but a secular tradition, despite the erosion of this principle under President RecepTayyipErdogan.

The bus was making one of the longest journeys through Turkey – connecting the Van region near the Iranian border in the east to Izmir on the Aegean coast in western Turkey – the travel firm’s lawyer said on Tuesday.

The journey takes more than 24 hours.

“The company finds itself at the center of a controversy on secularism. We are being singled out as a target. But we are respectful of all beliefs,” said the lawyer, TuncayKeserci.

“It is not possible... to ignore the rights of other passengers who do not pray and who want to arrive at their destination in time, for a passenger to pray,” the firm’s statement added.

The response drew both praise and criticism, with supporters commending Oz Ercis for their “courage” in defending secularism, while detractors said they would not travel with the company again.

The Islamic faith provides that travelers can adapt prayer times and length when travelling.

“We are victims of a lynching campaign, as if we were preventing people from praying,” said Keserci, adding that the passenger in question was able to pray later when the bus stopped at a rest area.

Keserci said secularism “does not mean that we are not religious. Secularism also protects Muslims.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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Raid on pro-Iran militia convoy in eastern Syria kills around 15: Monitor

09 November, 2022

The strike took place in eastern Syria near the border with Iraq. (Reuters)

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A strike on a pro-Iran militia convoy in eastern Syria near the border with Iraq killed around 15 people overnight, a war monitor said Wednesday, without specifying who carried it out.

The strike hit a convoy of “fuel tankers and trucks loaded with weapons,” in the theAlbu Kamal area of the border, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The US military told reporters in Iraq that it had no involvement in the raid.

The US-led coalition told reporters in Iraq that it had no involvement in the raid.

An official of the Iraqi border guard said the trucks were transporting fuel from Iran to Lebanon overland through Iraq and Syria.

He said the convoy consisted of 22 tanker trucks, of which 10 were hit after entering Syrian territory through the Al-Qaim - Albu Kamal border crossing. Four trucks were “completely burnt,” he added.

The Britain-based Observatory said at least 14 people were killed in the strike. It said a nearby militia position was also hit.

Contacted by AFP, a spokeswoman for the US-led coalition fighting the remnants of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria said that the strike was not carried out by the United States or any other coalition country.

Pro-Iran militias have a major presence around the Iraq-Syria border and are heavily deployed south and west of the Euphrates in Syria’s DeirEzzor province.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Sabah govt announces RM54m allocation for non-Islamic institutions

09 Nov 2022

KOTA KINABALU, Nov 9 — The Sabah government has announced an allocation of RM54 million, from RM47 million last year, for Chinese and missionary schools, as well as other non-Muslim organisations for 2023.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Haji Noor said the increase of RM7 million in the allocation was in line with the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah-BarisanNasional (GRS-BN) government’s commitment to ensure the needs of the community continue to be given priority.

“I hope that the aid by the state government will help to ease the burden of the parties concerned in developing and repairing non-Muslim schools and houses of worship in Sabah for the benefit of non-Muslims in the state.

“The state government always emphasises justice and fairness in all aspects, including in helping the people, regardless of race and religion,” he said in a statement here today.

Hajiji said the support of the Chinese community in Sabah to the GRS-BN government in the 15th General Election (GE15) would ensure the well-being of the community would continue to be fought.

Meanwhile, Hajiji said various achievements had been by the GRS-BN government for the past two years, especially in efforts to restore the state’s economy after the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The investor-friendly approach implemented by the state government has brought many foreign and local investors to Sabah,” he added. — Bernama

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2023: Muslims must be active in election – Ekiti Council for Islamic Affairs

November 8, 2022

By Emmanuel Ani

The Council for Islamic Affairs, Ekiti State chapter has urged Muslims to remain prayerful and abide by Allah’s injunctions in the years ahead, especially as the 2023 elections approach.

At its monthly meeting held at AwoEkiti, Irepodun /Ifelodun Local Government Area over the weekend, the council’s president, Alhaji (Dr) Hammed AfolabiBakare, FCA, congratulated the Muslim community in Ekiti State over the recent appointment of Alhaja (Dr) HabibatOmolaraAdubiaro as the Secretary to Ekiti State Government (SSG), saying Ekiti State governor, BiodunAbayomiOyebanji has done well by heeding the calls of Muslims as regards the political appointment even though more is still expected.

While urging Muslim parents to send their children to school to acquire western and Islamic education in a bid to gain relevance in various spheres of life in society, he charged all Muslims to ensure more active participation in politics and all Islamic activities to gain more relevance in the governance in the state.

The Immediate past president of the Council in the state, Barrister YakubuSanni also, at the occasion, urged Muslim clerics and leaders not to indulge in ungodly acts that could be detrimental to Islam politically, educationally and economically.

He noted that the council has a stake in advising government and making recommendations towards the good of all citizens in the state.

The Alawo of AwoEkiti, Oba AbdulazeezOlaleye who also attended lauded the reinvigorated strides of the Council in Ekiti State stressing that it has woken the Muslim community from its slumber and motivated leaders from various sectors to project issues affecting Islam within and beyond Ekiti State.

On the 2023 general elections in Nigeria, stakeholders at the forum urged Muslims not to sit on the fence before, during and after the elections but rather contribute towards entrenching the country’s democracy and the emergence of a widely accepted presidential candidate.

A Muslim scholar and secretary, Irepodun /Ifelodun Local Government Area, MrJunaidYunus opined that Muslims would benefit more in politics by actively participating rather than being just observers.

He noted that Islam as a religion allows adherents to partake in politics with a view to making a positive impact on society rather than leaving it in the hands of adherents of other religions.

Also at this November meeting of the Council, the need for government to employ more Islamic and Arabic teachers in public schools was emphasized while concerned stakeholders were urged to rescue the Esure Central Mosque from collapsing.

Members of the council were also invited to the turbaning of the President of the Council, Alhaji Hammed AfolabiBakare who would be installed as Baba Adiini of ErijiyanEkiti Muslim Jama’ah on 10th December 2022 at ErijiyanEkiti.

In attendance were executive members of the council, several Muslim organizations and stakeholders including Muslim women groups from various communities across the 16 local government areas of Ekiti State.
Source:DailyPost Nigeria
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Blinken welcomes Omani FM to Washington

09 November, 2022

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken welcomed Omani Foreign Minister SayyidBadr al-Busaidi at the State Department Tuesday as they launch a new strategic dialogue between Oman and the United States for greater cooperation on regional issues.

Blinken and al-Busaidi say their meeting will cover a “number of critical issues” including discussion on Yemen and Iran as well as trade and investment, education and culture and the climate crisis.

“I’m particularly pleased that we’ve started our strategic dialogue,” Blinken said as the counterparts began their meetings. “We’re focused on a number of critical issues that I think will be to the benefit of people in both countries.”

The Omani Foreign Minister said “This dialogue, I am sure, will elevate the relationship to a new level as we collaborate to face new challenges.”

Al-Busaidi added, “our views and perspectives on a range of issues, whether it’s Palestine or Yemen or regional security. I think the relationship with the United States is very much appreciated by my country. We value this friendship that has stood the test of time for nearly 200 years, and I think it is only fair to say I think it is bound to grow stronger and deeper in the years to come.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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Russia-Ukraine conflict accelerates need for clean energy transition: Britain’s Sunak

08 November, 2022

The Russian-Ukrainian conflict has accelerated the need for clean energy transition, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak told Al Arabiya at the UN climate conference in Egypt.

“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has highlighted the importance for all of us transitioning to safer, cleaner and cheaper forms of energy and removing our dependence on fossil fuels,” Sunak said on Monday at the sidelines of COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh.

The Russian-Ukrainian conflict has caused an energy crisis and disruption in energy outflow, prompting EU countries that have cut down on energy supply from Moscow to find other sources of energy.

However, some optimists hope that the crisis will push countries further to adopt clean energy sources.

“There cannot be lasting peace or prosperity without action on climate change,” the UK premier said.

Sunak underscored that the “preferable” solution to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict is a “peaceful resolution,” adding, however, that asking Ukraine to negotiate a solution is not “fair…at the same time as their country is being violently attacked.”

Commenting on talks to restore a nuclear deal with Iran, Sunak noted that Tehran did not take the opportunity to move forward when a deal was put on the table in March.

“Iran did not take the opportunity to move forward with [the deal] and I think the situation now is very difficult and we'll have to consider what the best next steps are with our international partners,” Sunak said. “But that is made more difficult by Iran’s violent treatment of the protesters and their continued actions that are destabilizing the region.”

As for the relationship with the Gulf countries, Sunak praised the strong ties the UK has with them adding that he looked forward to further develop this relation.

“We’re very fortunate to have important and historical ties with our friends and allies among the Gulf states,” he said. “Looking forward, what we want to have, is a modern relationship that is built not just on our historic defense and security cooperation, but also enhances our economic dialogue, partnership and development.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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South Asia

Norway Contributes NOK 8 Million to Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund: OCHA

By SaqalainEqbal

November 8, 2022

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid (OCHA) announced that Norway has contributed 8 million Norwegian Krone to the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund.

Norway’s pledge of NOK 8 million to the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund was welcomed by the UN OCHA in a tweet on Tuesday, November 8.

The Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund is a pooled country fund overseen by the UN (AHF). In times of natural disasters, UN OCHA coordinates the international emergency response to protect the people and save lives.

According to the OCHA’s tweet, since 2014, Norway has generously donated the AHF 18 million dollars, upholding the notion of investing in humanity.

Meanwhile, the Croatian government also donated an amount of $100,000 to the AHF, OCHA reported on Monday, November, 7th.

 The World Food Program (WFP) has stated that the desperate position of many Afghan families is projected to worsen in the upcoming months following a year of severe economic hardships and natural calamities like drought, earthquake, and flood.

Millions of families, according to the organization, have almost no means of surviving the hard winter, and the WFP has started to step up aid throughout Afghanistan.

Due to the economic crisis caused by the Taliban’s control of the government, the UN has repeatedly urged other countries and international organizations to provide humanitarian relief to the people of Afghanistan.

Source: Khaama Press

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US Chargé d’Affaires to Afghanistan Visits Pakistan to Discuss Afghan Refugees

By SaqalainEqbal

November 8, 2022

The Chargé d’Affaires of the US Mission to Afghanistan Karen Decker visited Pakistan, Afghanistan’s eastern and southern neighbor, to discuss the situation of Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

The US official for Afghanistan, who remotely works from Doha, the capital of Qatar, visited Pakistan as part of her “listening tour”, according to a thread of tweets she posted on her Twitter handle on Tuesday, November 8.

A series of tweets suggests that the US official will learn about the plight of Afghan refugees in Pakistan as well as the organizations and individuals working to support Afghans and Afghanistan in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital.

According to the tweet, the US official is visiting Pakistan after 30 “long” years, after reports of Afghan women and children detained and imprisoned in Pakistani jails.

Following news of Afghan refugees, notably women and children, being held in detention facilities in Pakistan’s Sindh region, the former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, also posted on his Twitter account his regrets regarding the predicament of Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

Former President Karzai requested Pakistan to “adopt a healthy approach befitting a good neighbor” with the Afghan immigrants in accordance with international norms and human rights.

The US official’s visit to Pakistan is hailed by social media users, particularly the Afghan refugees waiting to be resettled to the US, those eligible under the US’s P1/P2 program.

They express concern over the program’s sluggish development over the past year and complain that their children are deprived of receiving an education in Pakistan, the third country.

Source: Khaama Press

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Taliban: Afghan Export Earnings to Hit $2 Billion by End of Year

By SaqalainEqbal

November 8, 2022

The Taliban government stated that in the first seven months of the current year, Afghanistan exported $1 billion and $85 million in export revenues and will reach $2 billion by the end of the year.

Afghanistan’s exports will double compared to last year, according to a statement released on Tuesday, November 8 by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Taliban administration in Economic Affairs, if the current pattern continues.

According to the Taliban’s Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, 97% of the exports to the regional countries, including Iran, Pakistan, and China, were fresh and dried fruits, vegetables, medicinal plants, and minerals.

JawadDabeer, the Taliban Ministry of Industry and Commerce’s Head of Information and Public Relations, also said that in the previous seven months, Afghanistan’s exports brought in over $1 billion.

According to Dabeer’s tweet from Saturday, November 6, Afghanistan has exceeded $743 million in exports to Pakistan, $207 million to India, and $23 million to Tajikistan.

The increase in Afghan exports to Pakistan was earlier noted by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) in a report on Friday, November 4.

As a result of international sanctions, SIGAR said that Afghanistan has had the most trade with Pakistan, putting Pakistan at the top of the list of Afghan export destinations.

Source: Khaama Press

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‘Use perfume, prioritise hygiene’ — Afghan minister SirajuddinHaqqani to Taliban members

RAGHAV BIKHCHANDANI

8 November, 2022

New Delhi: A year since the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, the de facto government’s first deputy leader, the Minister of Interior Affairs and its paramilitary wing chief, SirajuddinHaqqani, now appears to have delved into issues concerning men’s health and hygiene.

According to freelance journalist and former TOLO News correspondent AbdulhaqOmeri, Haqqani was filmed giving a speech to the Taliban members and its supporters on the usage of perfume and importance of keeping oneself clean.

The video, uploaded on Twitter by Omeri Monday, was subsequently re-shared by US-based journalist NazranaYousafzai, drawing reactions from several users on the platform.

Born in 1979, Haqqani has been a prominent member of the Taliban since the late 2000s, and is suspected to have been involved in the abduction of American journalist David S. Rohde as well as a series of terror attacks in Afghanistan.

The fall of Kabul in August 2021 saw him assume the post of the Taliban’s first deputy leader, while he continues to head the de facto government’s paramilitary wing, the Haqqani network.

Efforts to increase engagement on social media platforms

Haqqani’s video has been making the rounds on social media amid a bigger concerted effort by the Taliban to increase engagement and support on platforms like Twitter and YouTube, with the help of content creators and propagandists.

As explained in ThePrint article by KabirTaneja, fellow at Observer Research Foundation’s Strategic Studies Programme, Taliban leaders like Haqqani have their fingers on the pulse of what are considered acceptable narratives for the international community, as well as the path forward to a gradual normalisation of the regime.

According to a piece by Zafar Iqbal Yousafzai, published by the think-tank Global Network on Extremism and Technology, and which Taneja also cites, social media has been “increasingly used” by the Taliban to propagate its ideology since 2011.

Following the takeover of Afghanistan, the Taliban has employed “reconciliary tactics” on Twitter — being banned from other social media platforms — to improve its global image as purported populists, while continuing to carry out its militant authoritarian policies offline.

Source: ThePrint

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India

Muslim ‘kin’ help orphan Hindu girl get married

09th November 2022

By Rajesh Asnani

JAIPUR:  A beautiful example of Hindu-Muslim brotherhood was seen in Ramgarh town of Alwar district. People from Muslim community in this Rajasthan town recently put in major efforts for organising the wedding of an orphan Hindu girl. In the marriage of the girl, who had lost her parents in childhood, the people from the Muslim community arrived as maternal uncles for a special ceremony called myra or bhaat. They gave Rs 31,000 and other gifts to the girl and helped in arranging food for the wedding party.

When the bride Aarushi, a resident of Ramgarh, was just one year old, her parents had passed away.

Despite coming from a poor background, her uncle JayaprakashJangid raised Aarushi and helped her in her education till MA. Last Friday, her marriage was fixed with Dalchand, a resident of DholiDubh.  When this information reached the Anjuman Education Committee president and PanchayatSamiti president Nasru Khan, he and the committee came forward to fill Aarushi’smyra in view

of the poor financial condition of the family.

The members reached Aarushi’s house and got her marriage conducted with full rituals. They regarded Aarushi’s aunt as their sister and covered her with a chunari.  Other wedding items were given as gifts and the cost of arranging the ceremony was also borne by the Anjuman Education Society. Nasru Khan blessed the bride Aarushi while performing Hindu rituals. He asserted, “I reach out to the girls who do not have parents. In this case, Aarushi was brought up by her uncle and aunty and we fulfilled all needs according to Hindu customs.

Though there is an atmosphere of communalism in our Ramgarh because elections are often contested on the basis of Hindu-Muslim divide, we have done this as a part of our Ganga JamniTehzeeb.  It is an attempt to keep the Tehzeeb (culture) alive. We hope and pray that the distance between the two religions decreases and our brotherhood increases. Anyway, this is not about religion but humanity as one feels happy after a girl from a poor family gets married.”

At the time of farewell, Aarushi hugged her benefactors. Her uncle JayprakashJangid said that he will never forget the positive gesture. “Despite the poverty situation, we got Aarushi educated till MA and I was marrying my daughter by taking loan from people. But the people of Muslim society who came to fill the Mayra took away half of my tension. I can never thank them enough.”

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Malali Mosque row: K’taka court to give verdict on survey demand

November 9, 2022

A Karnataka court will give its verdict in connection with the Malali Mosque dispute on Wednesday.

Some Hindu organisations had submitted a petition demanding survey of the mosque on the lines of the Gyanvapi mosque in Uttar Pradesh. Malali Mosque row: K’taka court to give verdict on survey demand.

This was followed by the surfacing of Hindu temple structure at the time of renovation of the mosque.

Challenging this, the management of the mosque and Muslim organisations had argued that the court did not have jurisdiction to look into the matter. The court was supposed to deliver the judgment in this regard on Monday.

Earlier, a Karnataka local court had reserved the order for November 9 in connection with the Malali mosque row in Dakshina Kannada district.

The Third Additional Civil Court in Mangaluru, after reserving the orders, directed that status quo had to be maintained in the premises of the masjid.

Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), one of the petitioners, demanded the appointment of court commissioner to conduct a survey in the Malali mosque.

The management of the Malali mosque maintained that the petition by the VHP should be quashed. It also maintained that the court could not take up the matter.

The court had recorded arguments and counter arguments. The judgement was earlier reserved on October 17, which was adjourned to November 9.

The Hindu organisations and minority community were looking ahead for the judgment. If the court considers the petition by Malali mosque management, the demand of VHP to get a survey of the mosque done would get quashed. And if the court considers the petition of VHP, there would be a survey of mosques.

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Centre alludes to ‘foreign origins’ in its affidavit on Dalit Christians, Dalit Muslims

AbhinayLakshman

INOVEMBER 09, 2022

It justifies the ‘intelligible differentia’ between Scheduled Castes practising Hinduism, Sikhism, and Buddhism and those practising other religions

The affidavit filed by the Union government before the Supreme Court Bench hearing the case for the inclusion of Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims on the list of Scheduled Castes contradicts itself at several junctures, leading to a lack of clarity on its arguments defending the current criteria for determining which communities can be classified as Scheduled Castes.

Among the arguments the government has put forward justifying the exclusion of Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims from the list is one that alludes to the seemingly “foreign” origins of Islam and Christianity as opposed to Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism without directly saying so.

The government said in its affidavit, “It is submitted that the present is a case of classification between Indian citizens and foreigners which cannot be doubted on any count. It is well established that Article 14 forbids class legislation but does not forbid classification,” though the present case does not involve any foreign citizens as parties.

It added that the classification must be put to the “twin test of classification” as per which, “permissible classification must be founded on an intelligible differentia which distinguishes persons or things that are grouped together from others left out of the group, and the differentia must have a rational relation to the object sought to be achieved by the statute in question”.

In the affidavit filed through the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in October, the government justified the “intelligible differentia” between Scheduled Castes practising Hinduism, Sikhism, and Buddhism and Scheduled Castes practising other religions by saying, “It is submitted that there exists a clear intelligible differentia between local contributions to the sector and foreign contributions,” possibly pointing to the argument that Christianity and Islam are not Indic religions and that there were foreign contributions to the creation of Christian and Muslim populations in India.

It said, “Scheduled Castes converts to Buddhism embraced Buddhism voluntarily at the call of Dr. Ambedkar in 1956 on account of some innate socio political imperatives. The original castes/community of such converts can clearly be determined. This cannot be said in respect of Christians and Muslims who might have converted on account of other factors, since the process of conversions has been taken place over the centuries.”

Further, it argued that the objective of reservation and identification of Scheduled Castes is “over and beyond” the social and economic backwardness. It said, “The identification of Scheduled Castes is centredaround a specific social stigma [and the connected backwardness with such stigma] that is limited to the communities identified in the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950.”

The government filed the 70-page affidavit in response to a batch of petitions arguing that the exclusion of Christian and Muslim Dalits from the list of Scheduled Castes was discriminatory. Currently, only Dalits of Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist faiths can be categorised as SCs.

The contradictions

As for contradictions, the affidavit, defending the exclusion, in paragraph 31 said, “...The exclusion of Christianity or Islam was due to the reason that the oppressive system of untouchability which leads to economic and social backwardness of some Hindu castes was not prevalent in Christian or Islamic Society.”

In the very next sentence, the government said, “There is authentic data to suggest that the oppressive environment which existed in Hindu Society for hundreds of years qua Scheduled Castes also existed in Christian or Islamic Society.”

Moreover, at one point, the government said, “There is also no documented research and precise authenticated information available” to establish that disabilities and handicaps faced by Dalits in the social order of origin (Hinduism) persisted in “oppressive severity in the environment of Christianity/Islam”.

However, in the next page, it said the exclusion of Christianity and Islam from the list was “based on historical data which clearly established that no such backwardness or oppression was ever faced by members of Christian or Islamic Society”.

Three-member panel

Despite this position taken in its affidavit, the government submitted that it has set up a three-member Commission of Inquiry, headed by former Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan, to look into the “seminal and historically complex sociological and constitutional question” of whether Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims can be included in the SC list.
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Gyanvapi: Verdict on plea seeking ban on entry of Muslims on Nov 14

Nov 09, 2022

A fast-track court in Varanasi on Tuesday deferred judgment on the maintainability of a plea seeking a ban on the entry of Muslims inside the Gyanvapi Masjid complex.

The verdict will now be delivered on November 14. People familiar with developments said the verdict was deferred as the judge was on leave.

This case was filed by the Vishwa Vedic SanatanSangh (VVSS) in 2022, seeking a ban on the entry of Muslims on the Gyanvapi premises.

The body also sought possession of the premises in order to worship a structure – found earlier this year during a court-ordered survey – that Hindu groups say is a “shivling”. Muslim parties have said that the structure is a part of an old ceremonial fountain.

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DMs of 31 districts of 9 states can give citizenship to non-Muslims from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan

09th November 2022

NEW DELHI: The district magistrates of 31 districts and the home secretaries of nine states have been given powers to grant Indian citizenship to the Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians coming to the country from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan under the Citizenship Act, 1955.

According to the annual report of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for 2021-22, from April 1 to December 31, 2021, a total of 1,414 foreigners belonging to these minority communities of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan were given Indian citizenship by registration or naturalisation under the Citizenship Act, 1955.

The move to grant Indian citizenship to the Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians coming to the country from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan under the Citizenship Act, 1955 and not under the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) bears significance.

The CAA also provides for granting Indian citizenship to these non-Muslims coming from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

However, the rules under the CAA have not been framed by the government yet and hence, no one so far has been granted Indian citizenship under it.

The annual report of the MHA said the Centre delegated its powers to grant Indian citizenship by registration or naturalisation in respect of foreigners belonging to the Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, Christian or Parsi communities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to the collectors of 13 more districts and the home secretaries of two more states in 2021-22.

"With this, collectors of 29 districts and home secretaries of nine states have been authorised to grant citizenship in respect of the aforesaid category of migrants," the report said.

The district magistrates of Gujarat's Anand and Mehsana were also given similar powers last month.

The nine states where Indian citizenship by registration or naturalisation is given under the Citizenship Act, of 1955 to non-Muslim minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Maharashtra.

Interestingly, the authorities of none of the districts of Assam and West Bengal, where the issue is politically sensitive, have been given the powers so far.

The delegation of powers, the report said, will speed up the process of granting Indian citizenship to the aforesaid category of migrants as the decision would be taken at the local level.

"From April 1, 2021, to December 31, 2021, a total of 1,414 citizenship certificates have been granted by all authorities including this ministry. Out of this, 1,120 were granted by registration under section 5 and 294 were granted by naturalisation under section 6 of the Citizenship Act, 1955," the report said.

Under the CAA, the NarendraModi government wants to grant Indian nationality to persecuted non-Muslim migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan -- Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians -- who came to India till December 31, 2014.

There were massive protests in some parts of the country after the CAA was passed by Parliament in December 2019 and the subsequent presidential nod.

More than a hundred people lost their lives during the protests or in police action. However, the law is yet to be implemented as rules under the CAA are yet to be framed. Rules under the law have to be framed for its implementation.

According to the Manual on Parliamentary Work, the rules for any legislation should be framed within six months of the presidential assent or an extension has to be sought from the committees on subordinate legislation in the LokSabha and the RajyaSabha.

In January 2020, the home ministry notified that the Act would come into force from January 10, 2020, but it later requested the parliamentary committees in the RajyaSabha and the LokSabha to give it some more time to frame the rules as the country was going through its worst ever health crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The MHA was granted yet another extension last month by the parliamentary committees on subordinate legislation in the RajyaSabha and the LokSabha to frame the rules under the CAA.

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Pakistan

PM constitutes committee to highlight Dr. Allama Iqbal’s philosophy

November 8, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minster Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday constituted a high level committee to highlight work of the national poet, Dr. Allama Mohammad Iqbal.

The prime minister desired to arrange a detailed programme, to highlight the life, work and philosophy of Dr. Allama Iqbal, may be developed for the month of November.

The committee under the supervision of Senator Irfan Siddiqui, shall complete the task within three days, said a notification issued by PM office.

According to the notification, National Heritage and Culture Division shall provide secretarial support to the committee and it would finalize the events which must be befitting the stature of the towering personality of Allama Iqbal.

The resources, expertise and venue of the Iqbal Academy shall also be utilized to the fullest extent.

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PM confident upcoming visit of Saudi crown prince will strengthen ties

November 8, 2022

SHARM EL-SHEIKH: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, in a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, expressed confidence that his forthcoming visit to Pakistan would further promote cooperation.

“Looking forward to the upcoming visit of the Crown Prince to Pakistan, the prime minister said that he was confident that this visit would promote bilateral cooperation in all areas of mutual interest,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement after the meeting.

The meeting held on the sidelines of the COP27 climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh reviewed the bilateral relations with a view to further enhance the ongoing cooperation in various fields.

“Both sides expressed determination to further strengthen the multilateral partnership between the two brotherly countries,” the statement added.

During the meeting, the two leaders also discussed regional and global issues of mutual interest.

Prime Minister Sharif reiterated that Pakistan attached great importance to its ties with Saudi Arabia, which were deeply rooted in common faith, culture, values and an eternal tradition of mutual support.

He also appreciated the hospitality and cooperation of Saudi Arabia for the two million Pakistanis working in the Kingdom, which contributed to the development and prosperity of the two brotherly countries.

Referring to their recent meeting in Riyadh, the prime minister and the crown prince expressed satisfaction at the growing high-level ties.

The two leaders expressed their determination to further strengthen the multilateral partnership between the two countries.

Sharif particularly emphasised the importance of increasing trade, investment, development and people-to-people ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in the mutual interest of the people of the two brotherly countries.

Appreciating Saudi assistance to the flood-hit people, the prime minister said that Pakistan was one of the countries most affected by the effects of climate change.

He expressed hope that COP27 would yield concrete results, especially in developing countries with regard to the financing of waste and damage caused by environmental causes.

Source: Pakistan Today

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Imran Khan's assassination bid: Police in Pakistan's Punjab province finally register FIR

Nov 8, 2022

LAHORE: Police in Pakistan's Punjab province on Tuesday registered an FIR in the assassination attempt on former Prime Minister Imran Khan, days after the incident, and named the assailant who was taken into custody as the prime accused in the case.

The move comes after the Supreme Court on Monday ordered the provincial government to file an FIR in the assassination bid on Khan within 24 hours.

The FIR named the assailant, Naveed Mohammad Basheer, as the prime accused. However, it does not mention the names of Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister RanaSanaullah and a senior Pakistan Army official Major General Faisal Naseer, three people who Khan had accused of hatching a plot to assassinate him.

"We are going to challenge the FIR in the apex court," a senior leader of Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party Fawad Chaudhry said.

The delay in getting a case registered in Punjab province, which has PTI at the helm, has raised eyebrows.

"I wonder if I, being the former prime minister of Pakistan, can't get an FIR registered regarding an attack on me, what will happen to the common man," he said. On Sunday, Khan said that an FIR has not been registered on the botched "assassination attempt" on his life as authorities are refusing to file the case unless he removes an Army general's name from the complaint.

Punjab police said it has registered the FIR on the direction of the Supreme Court and nominated the suspect, Naveed, under Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, and Section 302, 324, and 440 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Police said they nabbed Basheer from the crime scene after confessed to his crime. In a confessional video, Basheer said he attacked Khan because he was "misleading the public."

Khan, 70, suffered bullet injuries in the right leg on Thursday when two gunmen fired a volley of bullets at him and others mounting on a container-mounted truck in the Wazirabad area of Punjab province, where he was leading a protest march against the Shehbaz Sharif government.

"I was hit by 4 bullets," Khan said in his address to the nation from a hospital in Lahore on November 4, a day after he was shot during a rally in Punjab province.

He underwent surgery for the gunshot wounds at the ShaukatKhanum Hospital owned by his charitable organisation.

The former cricketer-turned-politician, who underwent surgery, was discharged from the hospital on Sunday and moved to his private residence in the city, hospital officials said.

Khan's march to the federal capital, demanding fresh elections, was suspended after the shooting last week.

Senior PTI leader Faisal Javed Khan said the march will resume on November 10 from Wazirabad.

Khan, ousted from power in a parliamentary vote of no confidence in April, says he will not join it while he recovers from his injuries.

The federal government led by Shehbaz Sharif has rejected Khan's demand for fresh elections, which are due only after August next year.

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Crown Prince’s visit testimony to strong Pak-KSA ties: Ashrafi

By AsimYasin

November 09, 2022

ISLAMABAD: The special aide to the Prime Minister on Religious Harmony and Middle East, Hafiz Muhammad Tahir MahmoodAshrafi said on Tuesday, that the visit of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Muhammad-bin-Salman to Pakistan is a testimony of the strength, stability and improvement of ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

“The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia has emerged as a strong and positive thinking leader not only for the Muslim world, but the world at large,” he said this, while talking to media, following his three-day visit to Bahrain.

Ashrafi said, that the conference on climate change in Egypt and Saudi Arabia’s Green Middle East vision would pave the way for development in many areas of mutual interest between Pakistan and the countries of the Middle East.

He said that Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif aptly interpreted the nation and the country in Egypt on the challenges of climate change and post flashflood damages in Pakistan. Ashrafi said that religious scholars are constantly working for the awareness of the people on the issues of climate change and for the importance of interfaith and interreligious dialogue around the globe.

He said the conferences hosted by Dar Al-Ifta Egypt and Bahrain Islamic Council have given guidance to the world, and an effective voice has been raised through these conferences regarding the eradication of poverty, ignorance and for the cause of promoting peace.

“The leadership of all religions through these conferences have appealed to end the Russia-Ukraine war,” he said. Ashrafi said that the world is facing problems due to the war and the world leadership should promote peace by making an effort to end it soon. Hafiz Ashrafi also announced that the ‘5th International Message of Islam Conference ‘Relations of Pakistan-Saudi Arabia and Islamic World’ will be held under the aegis of the Pakistan Ulema Council on November16, 2022 in Islamabad. He said that top leaders of the Islamic world will address this coveted conference. Ashrafi elaborated:

“Under the patronage of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, and with the support of the Government of Egypt, the World Conference on climate change has determined an effective and positive direction at the global level in general and in the Islamic world specifically.”

He said Pakistan has already welcomed the vision of the Saudi Crown Prince vis-a-vis a Green Middle East and Green Saudi Arabia initiatives and Pakistan will fully extend cooperation with Saudi Arabia in this regard. He said that if the internal situation of Pakistan is stabilised an investment of around 25 to 30 billion dollars can come into Pakistan in the next one to two years.

Ashrafi revealed that Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain are all eager to extend their cooperation towards Pakistan and Prime Minister MianShahbaz Sharif has instructed all the respective departments and ministries to create all possible facilities in this regard.

In response to a question pertaining to the current situation in the country, Hafiz Ashrafi said that the ongoing protest, blockade of the roads and the blame game is not a solution to the problems.

He said that the attack on Imran Khan is condemnable and the facts should come out. Ashrafi said a conspiracy narrative has been created to defame the most sensitive institution of the country, with aims to create division in the nation and the army, which has no authenticity. “For the Pakistani nation, its red line is its religion, homeland and the army,” he said.

Meanwhile, the leadership of the Pakistan Ulema Council have appealed to the leaders of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf to open the closed roads at various places, saying that the PTI has the right to protest peacefully, but realising the difficulties of the public is also the responsibility of the leadership and workers of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

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Imran ‘abandons’ designs to sway chief’s selection

Zulqernain Tahir

November 9, 2022

LAHORE: After repeatedly calling for a consultative process before picking the new army chief, ousted prime minister Imran Khan now does not see any problem if the appointment is made by the Shehbaz Sharif government.

In an interaction with journalists at his Zaman Park residence on Tuesday, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman offered a fresh take on the issue of appointing a new chief of army staff.

When asked whether he had demanded that the appointment of a new chief be made in consultation with him and/or his party, Mr Khan said: “No… they can appoint whoever they want.”

Earlier, in several public meetings and remarks made over the course of the past sev­eral months, Mr Khan had declared that “the Sha­rifs and the Zardaris” were unfit to make the appointment to the top military slot on the basis that “thieves cannot be allowed to appoint the next army chief”.

But when a journalist asked Mr Khan on Tuesday whether incumbent army chief Gen QamarJavedBajwa was being given an extension, the former premier responded with: “This is a billion-dollar question.”

Mr Khan also revealed that his relations with the military establishment became strained on the issue of “accountability”, adding that the premier should be empowered if the country was to run smoothly.

“I had no issue with the army. Problems only cropped up on accountability matters. However, the army can play a positive role. I believe if the country is to run smoothly, then the prime minister should also be given power along with the management,” Mr Khan said.

He was of the opinion that a coalition government had to make many compromises. “The prime minister can be blackmailed in a coalition... a two-third majority gives strength to the premier,” he maintained.

Talking to Dawn, a senior PTI leader also confirmed the impression that relations between Mr Khan and the military leadership soured during the PTI government when the latter advised the PM to shift focus from accountability of opposition leaders to fixing the economy. “Not budging from his stance, Imran Khan invited trouble,” he said.

‘Farcical FIR’

Mr Khan was not happy over the FIR registered over the attempt on his life, as it did not name any of suspects he had nominated.

“On the issue of the farcical FIR, my lawyers will give my position,” Mr Khan said in a tweet.

He told journalists he would challenge the FIR in the court to get the three persons – Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Interior Minister RanaSanaullah and ISI Counter Intelligence Wing head Maj-Gen Faisal Naseer – nominated in the case. But, if an investigation proves their innocence, he said, their names should be struck off the FIR. He also claimed that the statement given by the shooting suspect, Naveed Ahmad, was a lie, adding that he had asked the Punjab government to ‘protect’ Ahmad while he is in police custody.”

Separately, in an interview with TRT World, Imran Khan called on the chief justice of Pakistan to be “more assertive” when it comes to dispensing justice.

“Justice persists when every person, even the most powerful, is brought under the rule of law. I, as the head of a province, can’t get the three people to be investigated, imagine what the situation will be for the common man,” he said, adding that PTI’s movement for “real struggle” demanded rule of law.”

Source: Dawn

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Prohibited funding case: Court suspends FIA call-up notice to Imran

November 9, 2022

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Tuesday suspended a call-up notice of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) issued to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in the prohibited funding case.

Earlier, Advocate IntizarHussainPanjhuta argued on behalf of Mr Khan that the FIA had no power to proceed in the matter, especially when the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) did not even hold that any law had been violated in opening or operating the bank accounts in question.

He said the ECP never directed the FIA or any other agency to inquire into any aspect of the bank accounts.

Justice AsjadJavedGhural asked the counsel whether the federal government could ask the FIA to initiate an inquiry.

Advocate Panjhuta said the impugned notice issued by the agency did not disclose whether there was any direction from the federal government.

He argued that only the federal government and the ECP could take actions against the political parties.

He said the FIA summoned the petitioner in personal capacity, which was illegal.

The judge asked the counsel whether the petitioner owned the bank accounts mentioned by the agency.

The counsel said the petitioner’s party disowned 13 bank accounts, while owned only eight. He said there were no allegations that the funds received by the PTI were illegal or linked to any crime.

He asked the court to quash the impugned notice and also declare the FIA inquiry illegal and without lawful authority. The FIA had summoned the former prime minister for Nov 7.

After hearing the arguments, the judge suspended the impugned call-up notice and sought a reply from the FIA by Dec 7. The judge also directed the attorney general of Pakistan to assist the court in the matter on the next hearing.

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PM reiterates desire to further strengthen bilateral ties with Germany

November 9, 2022

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, EGYPT: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday underscored that COP-27 must take bold decisions to address climate change, particularly in the context of climate justice, adaptation and establishing a dedicated financing facility for climate-induced loss and damage.

The prime minister met German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on the sidelines of Climate Implementation Summit at COP-27 in Sharm El-Sheikh.

The two leaders reviewed the bilateral ties and discussed potential avenues for enhancing cooperation. Regional and global issues of mutual interest were also discussed, PM Office Media Wing said in a press release.

The prime minister underscored that despite its negligible contribution to global emissions, Pakistan was facing the brunt of climate-induced natural disasters.

He expressed gratitude for Germany’s support during the recent climate-induced floods in Pakistan and briefed Chancellor Scholz on the government’s rehabilitation and reconstruction plans.

The prime minister lauded the resilience and work ethics of the German people and reiterated Pakistan’s strong desire to further strengthen bilateral cooperation with Germany, particularly in the fields of trade and investment, climate change, and renewable energy.

Touching upon the need to capitalize upon Pakistan’s young population, the prime minister called for greater cooperation between Pakistan and Germany for creating productive opportunities for the youth in diverse areas.

Appreciating the technical training support that Germany had been providing to Pakistan over the years, the prime minister underlined the need for continued knowledge exchange.

He also expressed appreciation for Germany’s continued support for Pakistan’s GSP Plus status with the EU, which was a mutually beneficial arrangement.

Chancellor Scholz evinced keen interest in Pakistan’s reconstruction and rehabilitation plans in the wake of the devastating floods, and assured the Prime Minister of Germany’s continued support.

Discussing the regional situation, the prime minister highlighted Pakistan’s efforts in facilitating evacuations from Afghanistan on the request of foreign governments, including Germany.

The prime minister emphasized that continued engagement of the international community with the Interim Afghan government was critical to ameliorate the dire humanitarian and economic situation in Afghanistan. Chancellor Scholz reiterated the need for an inclusive government and protection of human rights.

The prime minister also drew attention of the German chancellor to the situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), and the consequent risks to peace and stability in the region.

PM welcomes inclusion of ‘loss, damage issue’ as COP-27 agenda item

Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday underscored that the vulnerable developing countries such as Pakistan, were already witnessing unprecedented devastating impacts of climate change, even though they have contributed very little to it.

He also underlined that the issue of ‘Loss and Damage’ is one of the key priorities for Pakistan and welcomed its inclusion as an agenda item of COP-27.

The prime minister attended a high-level roundtable at COP-27 on the “Scaling up Action and Support on Losses and Damages – the Global Shield Against Climate Risks”.

The event was jointly hosted by German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, and President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo on the significant topic of ‘Loss and Damage’ associated with Climate Change.

The meeting was attended by a number of heads of state and government, PM Office Media Wing said in a press release.

The prime minister briefed the participants on the situation in the flood-hit areas of Pakistan and the actions being taken by the Government for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of flood impacted areas.

He highlighted that it was for the first time that the COP had agreed to formally discuss funding arrangements for loss and damage, achieved through persistent push by the developing countries under Pakistan’s chairmanship of Group of 77 and China.

Appreciating the significance of the “Global Shield Against Climate Risks” initiative, the prime minister called for renewed international solidarity and cooperation to address the impacts of climate change.

He underscored that the desired financing facility should serve as the primary vehicle to coordinate and mobilize financial resources to address loss and damage in the developing nations.

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Soldier martyred, terrorist commander killed in Khyber IBO

November 8, 2022

RAWALPINDI: A soldier of Pakistan Army on Tuesday embraced martyrdom in a heavy gunfight during a joint intelligence-based operation (IBO) conducted in general area of Shakas, Khyber District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The security forces, however, killed an important terrorist commander identified as Liaquat Ali alias Shaheen, who was also propagated as a ‘Missing Person’, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) news release said.

It added that intense fire exchange took place between troops and terrorists, during the conduct of the operation whereas the forces’ troops effectively engaged the terrorists’ location. During the operation, a large number of weapon and ammunition was also recovered from the killed terrorist. The killed terrorist remained actively involved in terrorist activities against security forces, target killing and extortion,” the ISPR added.

The martyred soldier was identified as SepoySaleem Khan (age 28 years, resident of Topi/Swabi) having fought gallantly, and embraced shahadat.

The sensitization of the area was being carried out to eliminate any other terrorists found in the area.

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Iranian Envoy Blasts UNSC for Politicizing Syria's Chemical Weapons Case

2022-November-8

Iravani made the remarks while addressing a UN Security Council meeting on “The Situation in the Middle East: (Syria – Chemical)” on Monday.

He slammed the use of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for political ends, referring to the back-to-back meetings held by the UNSC to discuss Syria's chemical weapons despite the country’s full cooperation.

The diplomat stressed that by holding these summits, the suspicion that they are a political reiteration of charges against Damascus is strengthened.

"Iran once again strongly condemns the use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere, and under any circumstances, as a flagrant violation of international law," the Iranian envoy noted.

He added that Tehran underscores once more that any investigation into the use of chemical weapons must be "impartial, professional, credible and objective, and must fully comply with the Convention's requirements and procedures".

"Equally crucial, the OPCW must be able to perform its duties in an impartial, professional, and objective manner in order to establish facts and develop evidence-based conclusions," Iravani said.

"We reiterate our call that the Chemical Weapons Convention must be implemented fully, effectively, and without discrimination," he continued, adding, "We believe that politicizing the Convention's application and exploiting the OPCW for political reasons endangers both the Organization's and the Convention's credibility."

The full text of his statement is as follows:

Mr. President,

Syria voluntarily joined the Convention in 2013, and, dismantled its weapons arsenal as well as the facilities used to manufacture such weapons. While encouraging dialogue and consultations between parties, we believe that the collaboration of the Syrian Arab Republic with the OPCW should be recognized.

We further commend the Syrian Arab Republic for providing monthly reports to the OPCW Director-General, detailing activities on its territory related to the destruction of chemical weapons and their production facilities.

The high-level meeting between Syria's Foreign Minister and the Director-General of the OPCW, which we hope will take place, has the capacity to pave the way for the parties to resolve the outstanding issues.

The Syrian National Authority requested to the Technical Secretariat that the two parties convene a coordination meeting in Beirut to agree on the agenda for the high-level meeting, which the Technical Secretariat responded to on 3 October.

The previous Council meeting on the Syrian chemical file was on October 25, and we now have another meeting today only after less than two weeks, during which no new development has happened; therefore, it is clear that there is no new point for today's discussion other than the repetition of claims against the Syrian Arab Republic.

We agree with this view that conducting monthly meetings on this subject is costly, not only in terms of UN resources but also in terms of security council time.

Moreover, while the Syrian Arab Republic has met the requirements of the Convention and continues to cooperate constructively with the OPCW, handling this file in a political and double-standard manner will only divert discussions away from their technical nature.

We support the discussion of this matter in its own technical track in the OPCW in order to foster positive dialogue between Syria and the OPCW and resolve the open issues.

The Western media and governments have repeatedly accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons against its own citizens in the war against terrorists.

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Israel builds fake cemeteries around Al-Aqsa Mosque, says Palestinian committee

November 8, 2022

The Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque Committee of the Palestinian Legislative Council accused the Israeli occupation authorities yesterday of constructing fake cemeteries around Al-Aqsa Mosque, Quds Press has reported.

According to the head of the Committee, Ahmad Abu Halabiyeh MP, this was an attempt to forge "evidence" to "prove" a historic Jewish presence in the Palestinian, Arab and Islamic holy city.

"Recently, the Israeli occupation has built hundreds of tombs to prove that the Jewish existence dates back hundreds of years," explained Abu Halabiyeh. Around 300 fake tombs have been built in Jabal Al-Zaytoun, east of Al-Aqsa Mosque, he said, and 200 others in Wadi Al Hilwa in Silwan, south of the mosque, in addition to hundreds more in different areas across occupied Jerusalem, mainly in the Old City.

The MP pointed out that these tombs were built over the past two years. One area, he said, has even been called the "Jewish Cemetery".

"This is a clear distortion of history, as well as proof that the Israelis are intruders," added Abu Halabiyeh. Building tombs without human remains inside, he stressed, reinforces settlement projects and serves the occupation's interests.

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Judiciary Spokesman: Imprisoned Iranian Still Kept in Solitary Confinement for 1,100 Days

2022-November-8

"Iran's Judicial system will pursue Hamid Nouri's rights as an Iranian citizen," Setayeshi stressed at his press conference on Tuesday.

The spokesperson announced that "Wednesday is the third year of Hamid Nouri's arrest and imprisonment".

Nouri was arrested upon arrival at Stockholm Airport in November 2019. In July, the former judiciary employee was sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in Sweden. Iran has dismissed the Swedish court's sentence as illegal and called for Nouri's release.

"He (Hamid Nouri) has been in solitary confinement for a thousand and one hundred days, and human rights claimants are silent," the judiciary official said, adding, "In the last two months, he had a conversation with his family for only five minutes."

The charges against Nouri stem from allegations leveled against him by members of the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) terrorist group. Nouri has vehemently rejected the allegations.

Tehran has strongly condemned the Swedish court ruling for the life imprisonment of Nouri, saying the court is basically unqualified to address the case.

The court statement is fundamentally "rejected, distorted and unacceptable", Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kana'ani stated in mid-July, adding that "the court lacks legal legitimacy to deal with the case".

The spokesperson noted that "Iran holds Sweden accountable for the damages caused to bilateral relations between the two countries by this statement and ruling".

He argued that instead of responding to the Iranian public opinion about allowing free activity of a terrorist group, the Swedish judicial system is supporting and promoting terrorism in practice.

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Norwegian Envoy to Tehran Summoned over Parliament Chief's Meddlesome Remarks

2022-November-8

The director general of Western Europe at Iran’s Foreign Ministry conveyed Tehran’s vehement protest at remarks by Norwegian Parliament President MasudGharahkhani in an interview with an anti-Iran, Saudi-backed network based in London.

The Iranian official strongly condemned Gharahkhani's remarks in support of the recent unrest in the country and his interference in Tehran's internal affairs.

The Norwegian diplomat stated that he will immediately convey Iran’s protest to Oslo.

Protests erupted in several cities across Iran over the death of MahsaAmini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman who fainted at a police station in mid-September and days later was pronounced dead at a hospital. The demonstrations soon turned violent.

An official report by Iran’s Legal Medicine Organization announced that Amini’s controversial death was caused by an illness rather than alleged blows to the head or other vital body organs.

Iranian officials blame Western countries for orchestrating the riots to destabilize the country.

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei severely censured the deadly riots, saying they were orchestrated in advance by the United States and the Israeli regime.

“I state it clearly that these developments were planned by America, the Zionist regime and their acolytes. Their main problem is with a strong and independent Iran and the country’s progress. The Iranian nation proved to be fairly strong during recent events and will bravely come onto the scene wherever necessary in the future,” he added.

In recent days, Iranian officials have blamed the United States, the European Unions, and several Western states for meddling in Iran's internal affairs over the death of Mahsa. They advised the US and its allies against "opportunism and instrumentalization of the issue of human rights" by misusing the incident.

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Military Chief: Iran Ready to Share Defense Experiences with Iraq

2022-November-8

Maj. Gen. Baqeri made the remark in a Monday phone call with new Iraqi Minister of Defense Thabet Muhammad Al-Abbasi.

“The Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran enjoys high potentialities and capabilities in various fields, including the fight against terrorism and defense industry and can transfer this experience and knowledge to the Iraqi armed forces to help bolster security in Iraq,” the Iranian commander noted.

“The level of the two countries’ military relations does not conform to my expectations. The two countries' people and armed forces must have excellent relations with each other and [realization of] this issue is among important responsibilities of me and you,” he added.

The senior commander expressed regret that some clauses of a memorandum of understanding signed between the two countries in 2015 to improve defense cooperation have not been implemented, stating Iranian and Iraqi commanders and officials need to hold consultations at various levels to strengthen more effective interaction.

The Iraqi defense minister, for his part, said his country's government and nation would never forget Iran's role in the fight against terrorism and the defeat of the Daesh terrorist group and would always be grateful for the Iranian people and Armed Forces in this regard.

Abbasi added that the Iraqi armed forces are ready to boost military cooperation with Iran.

In a message to the newly-elected Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid, Iranian President SeyedEbrahimRayeesi congratulated him on his election, and called for the expansion of mutual cooperation between the two countries in different fields.

President Rayeesi hoped that the relations between Tehran and Baghdad would develop and deepen even more during Rashid's presidency.

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Large Amount of Illicit Drugs Seized in Southeast Iran

2022-November-8

Commander of Sistan-Balouchestan Police Brigadier General Ahmad Taheri noted on Tuesday 1.1 tons of narcotics have been confiscated in the Hamoun County.

He added that the seized cargo includes 673 kg of opium and 373 kg of hashish.

On Sunday, the police commander of Hormozgan province in the South of Iran said that in the past 72 hours, 18 drug smugglers and distributors were identified and arrested, and 792 kilograms of drugs were confiscated.

"Four light and heavy vehicles carrying 747 kg of opium, 40kg of hashish, 1 kg of heroin and 4 kg of other types of drugs were seized," Brigadier General GholamrezaJafari stated.

He added that 15 drug smugglers, 3 drug retailers and distributors were detained during the operation.

For decades, Iran has been fighting a relentless battle against international drug networks, but the war has cost it the loss of many lives and finances. Iranian security forces confiscate tons of narcotics every year in ambush operations against drugs traffickers.

The war on drug trade originating from Afghanistan - the major supplier of the vast majority of the world’s opium and heroin even during the 20-year occupation of the county by US-led forces - has claimed the lives of nearly 4,000 Iranian police officers over the past four decades.

In late June, the head of the Iranian anti-narcotics police said European countries owe Tehran a lot for blocking the transit of drugs destined for Europe, adding that the country confiscated over 1,200 tons of illicit narcotics last year.

Majid Karimi, however, slammed Europe for depriving the Islamic Republic of the latest technology to fight drug trafficking in line with sanctions spearheaded by the US, while they directly benefit from Iran’s anti-drugs measures.

“If the Islamic Republic of Iran stops the fight (against drugs) for only a month, the European countries will have to gather every gram of the huge hauls of drugs from their streets,” he warned.

Iran’s Interior Minister has also criticized the Western governments for their “poor performance” in the fight against narcotrafficking.

Ahmad Vahidi stated in late June the main culprits behind the promotion of drug use are some Western intelligence agencies and Western politicians.

He noted that the production of industrial drugs is a lucrative business for the Western countries.

He demanded that Western banks control the financial operations of narcotrrafickers, saying it’s questionable that financial institutions in the West turn a blind eye to the issue.

Vahidi underlined Iran is now going it alone in the fight against narcotics but instead of being thanked, it’s getting accused by its adversaries under various pretexts.

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Iran Welcomes Peace Agreement in Ethiopia

2022-November-8

Kana'ani expressed hope that the peace process helps Ethiopia improve security and tranquility on its soil.

The spokesperson announced Iran’s readiness to help Ethiopia improve peace in the African country.

"We congratulate the African Union as the main mediator and South Africa as the host of the negotiations and all participating parties for their constructive efforts in the last two years to achieve national unity and lasting peace and security in Ethiopia," the diplomat noted.

Last week, the federal government and regional forces from Tigray agreed to the cessation of hostilities, a diplomatic breakthrough two years into a war that has killed thousands and displaced millions.

The truce has raised hopes humanitarian aid can start moving back into a region where hundreds of thousands face famine.

The Ethiopian government and Tigrayan forces have established a telephone hotline following the truce, the African Union’s chief mediator OlusegunObasanjo stated on Monday as both sides meet in Kenya for talks on implementing the ceasefire.

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Iran, Zimbabwe Vow to Broaden Bilateral Ties

2022-November-8

Iranian Minister of Cooperation, Labor and Social Welfare SolatMortazavi and visiting Zimbabwean first lady AuxilliaMnangagwa met and conferred on a bilateral relations and regional development in the Iranian capital on Tuesday.

During the meeting, Mortazavi and Mnangagwa called for the expansion of mutual cooperation in different areas.

"Relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Zimbabwe have always been brotherly and friendly and I hope they will develop day by day," Mortazavi said.

Mortazavi described Zimbabwe as a friend and strategic ally of Iran in Africa, and said that the two countries have common positions in international forums.

"Iran and Zimbabwe are under the cruel sanctions of the West and the United States. Hence, we must try to develop economic relations and be able to use our bilateral capacities," he added.

Mortazavi reiterated that the two countries plan to hold a joint commission meeting in Tehran, and said, "A sum of 11 documents for cooperation have been drafted for signing."

He, meantime, voiced Iran's readiness for transfer of knowledge and creating a platform for development of energy, transportation, tourism, medicine, and mining in Zimbabwe.

Mnangagwa, for her part, said that Zimbabwe is ready to benefit from all capacities for development.

She said new technologies and the development and growth that exist in Iran can help drive Zimbabwe's prosperity.

Zimbabwe needs Iran’s support and counts on it to defeat sanctions and grow its economy.

The Zimbabwean first lady hailed Iran’s experiences in beating sanctions, especially its ability to emerge strongly in the field of production by relying on its domestic capacities.

She pointed out the existence of many mines in Zimbabwe, announcing her country’s full readiness to support the transfer of knowledge of Iranian engineers for exploitation, extraction and processing of the mining resources.

“There are many economic and investment opportunities in Zimbabwe and we provide any support needed to Iranian companies,” she added.

In relevant remarks last year, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian underlined that Tehran and Harare need to further broaden their cooperation in different fields, specially in fighting the terrorist groups.

"Iran and Zimbabwe have a transparent background in fighting colonial powers; the two countries can share their experiences to help uproot terrorism in the world," Amir Abdollahian said in a meeting with Zimbabwean Ambassador to Iran in Tehran.

The senior advisor also underlined the need to follow up and implement all agreements signed between senior officials of the two countries.

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Putin ally Patrushev travels to Iran for talks, ‘security consultations’: Report

09 November, 2022

Russia’s powerful Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev was in Tehran on Wednesday for consultations with Iranian officials on security matters, the TASS news agency reported.

“In Tehran, Patrushev will hold scheduled Russian-Iranian security consultations with the participation of Security Council experts and representatives from both countries’ ministries and agencies,” TASS cited the Russian Security Council’s press service as saying.

The visit comes as allegations that Iran has supplied “kamikaze” drones to Russia to support Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine remain in focus.

Over the weekend, Tehran acknowledged for the first time it had sent a “small number” of drones to Moscow, but said they were shipped before the war began.

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UN experts demand Turkey release doctor held over chemical arms comment

08 November, 2022

UN rights experts on Tuesday called on Turkey to release a doctors’ union leader held on “terrorism” charges after calling for a probe into alleged army use of chemical weapons against outlawed Kurdish militants.

The five independent experts, including the special rapporteurs on torture, on extrajudicial executions, and on protecting human rights while countering terrorism, called for SebnemKorurFincanci to be let go “immediately and unconditionally”.

They pointed out that Fincanci’s arrest at her home on October 26 was believed to be “in retaliation for her public comments calling for investigations into the alleged use of chemical weapons and associated deaths by the Turkish military.”

Turkey has rejected allegations in media outlets close to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) that its army has used chemical weapons in operations in northern Iraq.

The PKK is listed as a terror group by Turkey and its Western allies.

Fincanci -- a renowned forensic medical practitioner and anti-torture expert -- told AFP last month that she had examined video footage and had only called for “an effective investigation” into the allegations.

Her arrest “appears part of a deliberate pattern of applying counter-terrorism legislation to discredit human rights defenders and organizations and interrupt their vital human rights and medical work”, the experts said.

“We have documented many cases where counter-terrorism legislation and other criminal provisions have been used to harass, arrest, detain and convict civil society actors... on spurious grounds,” said the experts, who are appointed by the UN Human Rights Council but do not speak for the world body.

They called on Turkey to stop using counter-terrorism legislation to intimidate rights defenders, warning that doing so undermines the rule of law and encroaches on fundamental freedoms and democratic values.

“Human rights defenders and medical practitioners’ ability to speak truth to power must be protected,” they insisted.

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Iran Revolutionary Guards arrest top lawyer: Sister

08 November, 2022

Iran's Revolutionary Guards have arrested prominent lawyer MostafaNili, one of more than a dozen rounded up amid a crackdown on protests sparked by MahsaAmini's death, his sister said.

Guards intelligence agents detained Nili at Tehran's Mehrabad international airport on Monday night before raiding his mother's house and taking him into custody, FatemehNili tweeted.

Another prominent lawyer, SaeidDehghan, who is believed to be abroad, confirmed his arrest in a post on Twitter.

Nili was one of the “few hopes for citizens against a political system that is the enemy of lawyers” as well as against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps who “consider themselves the law”, Dehghan said.

Security forces have waged a campaign of mass arrests that has netted artists, dissidents, journalists and lawyers since protests broke out over Amini's death on September 16.

Amini, 22, died three days after falling into a coma when she was arrested by the notorious morality police in Tehran for allegedly flouting Iran's strict dress code for women based on Islamic sharia law.

Security forces, including the Guards, have killed at least 186 people during the crackdown on the women-led protest movement, the Norway-based group Iran Human Rights says.

At least another 118 people have lost their lives in distinct protests since September 30 in Sistan-Baluchistan, a mainly Sunni Muslim province on Iran's southeastern border with Pakistan.

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Protesters and police deploy tech apps in fight for future of Iran

08 November, 2022

Lima and her friends in Tehran fear arrest, beatings and even death by joining mass protests demanding more rights and a new leadership in Iran. But a yearning for change and a kit bag of tech, from mobile apps to encrypted chat, have kept them going.

Struggling to suppress the biggest show of dissent in years, Iran’s authorities have also turned to technology, using delivery apps, Twitter and facial recognition to track protesters, eavesdrop on opponents and harass women who defy their strict dress code, rights campaigners said.

That has made technology a “double-edged sword in the protesters’ fight for freedom,” said AzinMohajerin, lead human rights officer at Texas-based Miaan Group, which supports rights organizations in Iran.

Iran’s Ministry of Information and Communications Technology did not respond to a request for comment.

Lima, a 23-year-old student who did not want to use her full name, uses a virtual private network (VPN) to access banned sites as she takes to the streets, all the while checking social media and messaging apps to dodge the security forces.

Data shows a 1,000 percent daily increase in the number of Iranians signing up for VPNs to stay under the radar in the crackdown.

Lima also relies on Gershad, a crowdsourced app that lets users share and track the real-time locations of morality police

who can harass or detain women for “inappropriate dress.”

“We use the app because we’re scared,” said Lima, who has used Gershad about a dozen times in the past five months.

“We’ve managed to change direction and dodge the morality police several times only because of the app,” she added.

Iran has been gripped by protests since the death in September of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, MahsaAmini, in the custody of the morality police. In response, authorities have cracked down with force, imposing internet shutdowns and blocking social media platforms to stem the flow of information.

Gershad was created in 2016 by a human rights non-profit -- United for Iran -- with the aim of supporting women in Iran.

It is among several tools favored by journalists, activists and other Iranians as authorities step up digital surveillance in a bid to quell the anti-government protests among a young and increasingly frustrated population.

Gershad has had some 86,000 downloads and many users have used it to dodge the morality police, with protesters repurposing it so they can also report the whereabouts of riot police, said FiruzehMahmoudi, executive director of United for

Iran.

“There is a need to support Iranian women as they are being persecuted and oppressed by the morality police,” she told the

Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from San Francisco.

“This is also a sensitive app, so some people are removing it from their phones when they go out, and instead use social media to report and view the location of security forces. But if the internet is shut down, then all bets are off,” she said.

Safe tools

Iran was one of the countries with the highest number of internet shutdowns last year, with authorities pulling the plug

regularly this year to clamp down on the new dissent, and prevent protesters sharing footage of any police violence, human

rights groups say.

The activist HRANA news agency said 318 protesters had been killed in the unrest as of Saturday, including 49 minors. While

government officials have not provided their own estimate, state media said last month that more than 46 security forces members, including police, had been killed.

Authorities say Amini had health issues, and have blamed foreign enemies and their agents for the unrest. Officials have said they will hold public trials of about 1,000 people charged over the protests in Tehran.

As security forces crack down on women defying the dress code and increasingly calling for new leadership, tech experts have cited Iran’s covert campaign of digital surveillance as a key threat and urged demonstrators to arm up in defense.

“A lot of these young people getting arrested, getting killed, are high school or college students and don’t have the knowledge on how to be secure online,” said SussanTahmasebi, founder of Femena, a rights organization in Washington, D.C.

US authorities in September issued guidance expanding the range of internet services available to Iranians to help circumvent state surveillance and censorship.

In Iran, demand for VPNs that allows users to mask their identity and access blocked sites, has surged more than 1,000 percent daily on average since protests began, according to research site Top10 VPN.

Iranians are also using Nahoft -- or “Hidden” in Farsi.

The Android encryption app turns Farsi text into a jumble of random words or a picture that can be sent as an attachment on a

messaging app, said Mahmoudi of United for Iran, which helped build the app.

Since the protests began, 3 million to 4 million people in Iran have logged on every day to Psiphon, which allows users to set up a private server to access the internet and monitor banned sites such as Facebook and YouTube.

“It is important to tell people about safe tools to connect to the internet rather than tools that might be used against them, or for surveillance,” said Psiphon’s media manager Ali Tehrani.

Real harm

Iranian officials have said that facial recognition technology would be used to identify and punish any women who failed to wear a hijab, as publicly decreed.

Authorities have also created channels that encourage citizens to snitch on protesters, on platforms such as Telegram, Twitter, and Instagram.

“Real harm is being done,” said NimaFatemi, founding director of non-profit tech firm Kandoo.

Authorities are also monitoring citizens through cellphone location tracking, said Amin Sabeti, founder of CERTFA, a cybersecurity firm.

“People have learned to turn off their mobile phones while going to protests because it is easy for the mobile company to find their exact location,” he said.

Even ride-hailing or delivery apps are used to tell on women not wearing hijab correctly, with agents able to access data

from private firms that offer no data protection, said RoyaPakzad, founder of advocacy group Taraaz.

“The government has always been keen to segregate women, control their public participation and limit their presence in public places, and they can use even these well-meaning or benign technologies to do it” she said.

“There are no checks and balances, no limit to how technology is used.”

The Intercept -- a news publication based in New York -- said Iranian authorities use a software program to alter, disrupt, and monitor how customers use their phones, aiming to rupture encryption and track user movements.

A more tech-savvy government is a grave threat for Iranians, said Tahmasebi.

“This generation, as brave as they are, as invincible as they feel to be, face great risks,” she said.
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Yemeni military adviser assassinated in Marib

Omar Alothmani

08.11.2022

SANAA, Yemen

An adviser to the Yemeni defense minister was assassinated in the central Marib province on Tuesday, according to a military source.

Gunmen opened fire on Brigadier General Mohammad al-Jaradi as he was driving to Marib city, the source said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

His driver was also killed in the attack.

The Yemeni Defense Ministry confirmed the assassination, saying he was killed in a terrorist operation.

There was no claim of responsibility for the assassination.

Al-Jaradi is a prominent military figure in Yemen. He was a founder of the Yemeni army in 2015.

The Yemeni government and Houthi rebels share control of the oil-rich Marib province.

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Palestinians say teen dies after Israeli raid in West Bank

November 09, 2022

JERUSALEM: A Palestinian teenager died early Wednesday in an Israeli raid on in the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

Palestinian officials identified him as Mahdi Hashash, 15, and said he died of shrapnel wounds during an Israeli raid. There was no immediate comment from the Israeli army. The militant group Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade identified Hashash was one of its members.

The clash came during one of the deadliest years on both sides of the conflict, including after last week’s national elections. Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prevailed, with the backing of a far-right ultranationalist party.

Palestinian attackers have killed at least 24 people in Israel since the start of 2022. Intensified Israeli-Palestinian fighting in the West Bank and east Jerusalem has also killed some 130 Palestinians this year, making it the deadliest since 2006, according to Israeli rights group B’Tselem.

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House fire in Turkiye kills 8 Syrian refugee children, woman

November 09, 2022

ANKARA, Turkiye: A house fire in northwestern Turkiye believed to have been caused by a heater has left eight children and a woman dead, an official said Wednesday. The victims were Syrian refugees.

The fire broke out late on Tuesday in the first floor of a four-story building in the Yildirim district in Bursa province, Gov. YakupCanbolat said.

The victims were six siblings aged between 1 and 10, their 31-year-old mother and two cousins aged 10 and 11.

Their father, who was not at home when the fire broke out, tried to rescue his family members but was affected by the smoke and hospitalized, according to the governor.

“Our fire extinguishing teams immediately rushed to the area and tried to put out the fire, but unfortunately, after the fire was extinguished, the picture (they saw) inside was saddening. We were deeply saddened,” Canbolat said.

“It’s a huge heartbreak. It’s impossible to describe,” he added.

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Türkiye can play key role in Iraq’s development: Iraqi prime minister

HaydarKaraalp

08.11.2022

BAGHDAD

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani said Tuesday that Türkiye can play a key role in Iraq’s development.

"We have a high trade volume between the two countries,” Al-Sudani told a press conference in Baghdad. “Türkiye is an economically developed country and can play a key role in the development of Iraq,” he added.

The Iraqi premier said that decreased rainfalls and the low amount of water coming from Türkiye and Iran create a water problem in Iraq.

“We are in favor of cooperation to solve this issue,” he added.

Meanwhile, Al-Sudani said Iraq will continue to play a mediating role between Iran and Saudi Arabia to help serve regional stability.

Iraq has hosted several rounds of talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran in recent months in an effort to normalize their relations and ease tensions between the two neighbors.

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HM the King thanked by Al Azhar Al Sharif Grand Imam

08 Nov 2022

Manama, Nov.8 (BNA): His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has received a letter of thanks from His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al Tayeb, Sheikh of Al Azhar Al Sharif and Chairman of the Muslim Council of Elders.

HE Dr Al Tayeb expressed deepest thanks and gratitude to HM the King for the warm welcome and gracious hospitality, hailing HM the King's appreciation of the role played by Al Azhar in serving Islam and promoting its values.

HE Dr Al Tayeb praised the hosting of the Bahrain Dialogue Forum: "East and West for Human Coexistence" in the Kingdom of Bahrain under HM's patronage. 

"This forum was an exceptional historical event among all other seminars and conferences I attended before", he said, noting that the forum was a true translation of the nature of Bahrain and kitsr people in terms of respect of human dignity, belief in peace and coexistence between Bahrainis and everyone who lives on the Kingdom's good land.

HE Dr Al Tayeb extended thanks and gratitude to HM the King for hosting the meeting of the Council of Muslim Elders, hailing HM the King's efforts and constant affirmation of peace and the values of dialogue and justice between all people.

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Foreigners repatriated from Syrian Islamic State camps reach record high

NOVEMBER 8, 2022

Repatriations of foreign women and children affiliated with the Islamic State from detention camps in northeast Syria hit a record high in 2022, Kurdish authorities said on Tuesday.

Thousands of foreigners including women and children had gone to Syria to live in IS's so-called "caliphate" until 2019, when US-backed Kurdish forces snatched the last pocket of Syrian territory from the jihadists.

Fleeing women and children were housed in overcrowded detention camps run by Kurdish authorities and international NGOs, who had pushed for repatriations due to rising violence and dire conditions in the camps.

Governments responded slowly, fearing security threats and a public backlash over the return of individuals radicalized by Islamic State.

But the pace picked up his year, with 517 women and children repatriated so far, according to Kurdish authorities' statistics.

Where were people repatriated to?

They included more than 100 from France and over 50 from Germany. More than 150 were returned to Tajikistan, the first for that country.

Returns numbered 324 in 2021, 281 in 2020 and 342 in 2019.

More than 10,000 foreign women and children remain in the Al-Hol and Roj camps, BadranJia Kurd, a senior official in the autonomous administration, told Reuters.

Letta Tayler, Human Rights Watch's counter-terrorism lead, said the rise could be due in part to criticism by the United Nations and the European Court of Human Rights of European countries' failure to repatriate their nationals.

Also, states had found they had the legal framework to prosecute and jail those who had traveled to IS-held territory, making those governments more willing to bring them home, Tayler added.

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Lebanese, Israeli leaders vow to cooperate at climate summit

08 November, 2022

Israel’s environmental protection minister attended a regional meeting Tuesday alongside Iraqi and Lebanese leaders at the global climate conference taking place in Egypt, the minister’s office said, where the group pledged to work together to tackle climate change.

Israel is still officially at war with Lebanon, fighting a war against the Iran-backed Hezbollah in 2006, and Israel and Iraq have no diplomatic relations and a history of hostilities.

While Lebanon and Israel recently signed a landmark, US-brokered maritime agreement, any hint that the two states are open to cooperate even as part of a regional setting would be meaningful. Lebanon bans its citizens from having any contact with Israelis and the sea deal was negotiated through American shuttle diplomacy, with no Israeli or Lebanese officials ever publicly meeting.

According to a statement from the office of Israeli Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg, the meeting took place as part of a regional forum of eastern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries.

The agreement by the member countries said the parties would work to “strengthen regional cooperation” and “act in a coordinated way” on climate change.

“The countries of the region share the warming and drying climate and just as they share the problems they can and must share the solutions. No country can stand alone in the face of the climate crisis,” Zandberg said in the statement.

In photos provided by her office, she is seen seated behind a small Israeli flag. Two seats away from her is Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid and across the room is Lebanese Prime Minister NajibMikati, each behind their countries’ flags.

Mikati’s office played down the incident, saying it was being overblown in Israeli media.

It said the meeting was called for by the presidents of Egypt and Cyprus and was attended by a large number of Arab and international officials like other meetings at the climate change conference. “There was no contact whatsoever with any Israeli official,” it said.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh also attended the meeting at a time when peace negotiations with Israel are moribund and a far-right government is likely set to take power in the coming weeks after national elections held last week.

An official close to Zandberg said she and Shtayyeh shook hands, a claim a Palestinian official denied. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter with the media. Public contact between Israeli and Palestinian leaders is rare.

Zandberg is set to leave the post soon, after her political party Meretz, a dovish faction that supports Palestinian independence, failed to win enough votes to enter the new parliament.

Former Benjamin Netanyahu is set to take power in the coming weeks as head of what is expected to be Israel’s most right-wing government ever.

Netanyahu was prime minister when the Trump administration brokered the 2020 Abraham Accords, a series of deals with Middle Eastern countries — the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan — that normalized ties with Israel.

The climate meeting is not expected to lead to any similar agreements with Israel’s enemies. But seeing the leaders of Arab countries in dialogue with an Israeli minister was rare.

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UAE and Egypt sign agreement to develop 10 GW onshore wind energy project

08 November, 2022

The presidents of the UAE and Egypt witnessed the signing of an agreement on Tuesday to develop a 10 gigawatt (GW) onshore wind project in Egypt, Emirati state news agency WAM reported.

UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi oversaw the signature of the agreement between UAE’s renewable energy company Masdar and Egypt’s Infinity and Hassan Allam Utilities to develop the wind project, which is one of the largest wind farms in the world, WAM said.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, UAE Special Envoy for Climate, and Chairman of Masdar, and Dr Mohamed Shaker El-Markabi, Egypt’s Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) that is being held in Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh.

When completed, the 10 GW wind farm will produce 47,790 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of clean energy annually and offset 23.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

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Iran envoy: Repeated UN meetings on Syria chemical file attest to politicization

08 November 2022

Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations (UN) has blasted the UN Security Council for holding meetings on Syria’s chemical weapons file repeatedly, despite the country’s full cooperation with the world body, saying such a trend may prove the political nature of such meetings.

Addressing a Security Council meeting, titled “The situation in the Middle East: (Syria – Chemical),” Amir Saeed Iravani said the previous such session was held on October 25, “and we now have another meeting today only after less than two weeks, during which no new development has happened.

“Therefore, it is clear that there is no new point for today’s discussion other than the repetition of claims against the Syrian Arab Republic,” the envoy said.

He renewed the call for any investigation into the use of chemical weapons must be impartial, professional, credible, and objective, and in full compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention.

“While the Syrian Arab Republic has met the requirements of the Convention and continues to cooperate constructively with the OPCW (the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons), handling this file in a political and double-standard manner will only divert discussions away from their technical nature,” he said.

The Iranian diplomat stressed that the politicization of the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention and the exploitation of the OPCW for political purposes threaten the credibility of the organization and the convention.

Underlining that Syria voluntarily acceded to the Chemical Weapons Convention in 2013, Iravanisaid,“We believe that the collaboration of the Syrian Arab Republic with the OPCW should be recognized.”

BassamSabbagh, Syria’s permanent representative to the UN, said in March that the United States was seeking to discredit his country and exert political pressure on the Damascus government by manipulating reports compiled by the OPCW.

Reiterating his country’s vehement opposition to the use of chemical weapons under any circumstance, Sabbagh told a UN Security Council meeting in New York that serious flaws in the OPCW fact-finding mission’s reports on Syria had tarnished the image of the international body.

On April 14, 2018, the US, Britain, and France carried out a string of airstrikes against Syria over a suspected chemical weapons attack on the city of Douma, located about 10 kilometers northeast of the capital Damascus. Washington and its allies blamed Damascus for the Douma attack, a charge the Syrian government rejected.

According to concealed OPCW documents that were revealed later, the investigators of the Douma incident had found “no evidence” of a chemical weapons attack. However, the organization censored the findings under pressure from the US and its allies to conceal evidence undermining the pretext of the ensuing US-led bombing of Syria.

Syria surrendered its stockpile of chemical weapons in 2014 to a joint mission led by the United States and the OPCW, which oversaw the destruction of the weaponry.

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Southeast Asia

The hottest federal seats in GE15: Where, who and why

By Debra Chong

09 Nov 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 9 — Every general election in Malaysia has been touted as the mother of all general elections, but the floodgates have truly been opened wide this year.

On nomination day last Saturday, the Election Commission (EC) confirmed a record 945 people as candidates vying for 222 parliamentary seats in the 15th general election.

And if that is not dizzying enough, there has been a boom in coalitions and alliances this time around compared to the 14th general election in 2018, which was almost a straightforward fight between the BarisanNasional (BN) behemoth and the Opposition PakatanHarapan (PH).

Events in the past four years with the 'Sheraton Move' and the aftermath saw parties splinter and form their own breakaway pacts.

Some, which have been formally recognised by the Registrar of Societies, like Bersatu, cut loose from PH to team up with PAS to form PerikatanNasional (PN) and pulled several stray parties in.

Others have yet to gain registration, like the Gerakan Tanah Air (GTA), an assortment of lesser-known Malay Muslim parties, headlined by former two-time prime ministerTunDr Mahathir Mohamad’s newest vehicle, Pejuang.

Some political warlords and incumbents who were dropped by their parties have gone rogue and nominated themselves as independents in certain seats.

And yet other high-profile individuals — scions of past government leaders, social rights activists, and social media influencers — touting themselves as free of political partisan baggage, have entered the fray.

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Anwar sends legal notice to Perak PAS chief over LGBT claims

K. Parkaran

November 9, 2022

PETALING JAYA: Anwar Ibrahim has issued a letter of demand to Perak PAS chief RazmanZakaria over his claim at a ceramah that the PKR president will promote a LGBT agenda, allow same-sex marriage and support the communist agenda.

In the letter delivered yesterday, Anwar gave the former GunungSemanggol assemblyman seven days to respond and pay him RM5 million for seriously damaging his reputation, together with legal costs.

He also wants Razman to make an unconditional apology in the media of Anwar’s choice, and a written assurance that he will not repeat the allegations in any form, failing which legal proceedings will begin against him.

“These claims are prima facie spurious, outlandish and preposterous. This is calculated to maliciously disparage his reputation in the midst of the general election campaign”, said the letter sent by his lawyer SN Nair.

In the letter seen by FMT, Nair said Razman had also alleged that if the Malays voted for PakatanHarapan it would mean they were surrendering the government to DAP.

He said the allegations made by Razman and posted on his Facebook account and published by Malaysiakini meant or implied that among others things, Anwar had abused his powers as an MP, was deceitful, a traitor, a hypocrite and not a good Muslim.

Anwar said this had caused serious damage to his reputation as Razman’s Facebook post had attracted more than 43,500 views, 1,000 comments, 3,100 reactions and 256 shares as at the time the demand letter was sent.

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‘Special agents’ to monitor PN party members who help rival parties

November 9, 2022

TASEK GELUGOR: PerikatanNasional (PN) will station special agents at campaign sites to monitor whether party members or those from coalition parties are helping other parties to campaign during the 15th general election (GE15).

PN secretary general HamzahZainudin said if these special agents received reports with evidence that members of PN component parties were campaigning for other parties, those guilty would be stripped of their membership.

“We will track these members (those who campaign for other parties) based on reports from their division heads or chairman.”

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Thailand proposes cooperation plan as Saudi investment delegation visits Bangkok

RYN JIRENUWAT

November 08, 2022

BANGKOK: Authorities in Thailand on Tuesday proposed a bilateral cooperation plan to strengthen the country’s newly restored relations with Saudi Arabia, a government spokesperson said, as a high-profile investment delegation from Riyadh arrived in Bangkok.

A Saudi delegation of 150 representatives of state-owned and private enterprises led by Investment Minister Khalid Al-Falih participated on Monday in the Thai-Saudi Investment Forum organized in Bangkok by the Thai government.

A similar forum was held by Saudi authorities in Riyadh in May, following the resumption of bilateral relations earlier this year.  “Today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has proposed a draft of a plan to strengthen bilateral relations between Thailand and Saudi Arabia in 2022 to 2024. The plan was submitted to the Cabinet and the Cabinet approved it,” Thai government deputy spokesperson RatchadaThanadirek said in a press conference.

“The mobilization to strengthen the relations between Thailand and Saudi Arabia has been happening since the time the Thai prime minister paid an official state visit to Saudi Arabia earlier this year.

“There have been mobilizations of cooperation in trade, investment, and Thai labor export to Saudi Arabia. These have been happening continuously.”

She added that the cooperation plan would be signed with Saudi Arabia during an expected visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman this month.

The crown prince has been invited as a special guest by the Thai leadership to attend the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bangkok on Nov. 18 and 19.

“The two nations will sign a memorandum of understanding between the government of the Kingdom of Thailand and the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the establishment of the Saudi-Thai Coordination Council,” Thanadirek added.

“This will be a structure for coordination, consultation, and discussion on the topics that both Thailand and Saudi Arabia are interested in.”

Ties between Saudi Arabia and Thailand stalled in the 1980s and were renewed in late January, following Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s visit to Riyadh, on the invitation of the crown prince.

It was the first top leadership meeting between the two kingdoms in more than three decades.

Since the restoration of ties, many agreements and official visits have followed. The two governments have also signed a series of cooperation deals.

The current plan to strengthen relations covers the areas of politics, security, visa procedures, as well as energy cooperation, exports of petrochemicals, food, construction, and consumer products, and cooperation in e-sports and sports tourism.

“These will be highly beneficial to Thai business owners,” Thanadirek said.

Visit Limlurcha, vice chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, who attended the Thai-Saudi Investment Forum on Monday, told Arab News that Saudi Arabia’s dependence on food imports presented opportunities for Thai producers.

Although Saudi Arabia is one of the most food-secure countries in the world, it relies heavily on imports, through which it meets about 80 percent of its food needs.

“Food is one of Saudi Arabia’s main imported goods. They really do focus on importing foods,” said Limlurcha, who also serves as the chairman of Thailand’s Processed Food and Future Food Committee.

“We have a lot of food products, apart from halal food that can serve the needs of Saudi Arabia.”

He saw export potential also in other sectors such as auto parts, cosmetics, and jewelry.

The investment that Saudi Arabia may attract from Thailand — which has long-established expertise in tourism promotion — is in the hospitality sector.

“The industry that Saudi Arabia wants Thailand to invest more is tourism and hotels. Saudi Arabia has been trying to open up their country and wants more people to visit,” Limlurcha said.

Monday’s forum, he added, gave Thai businesspeople an opportunity to do business-matching with their Saudi partners.

He said: “The atmosphere at the forum yesterday was bustling.

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Africa

 

Sudan security forces fire tear gas at anti-coup protesters

08 November, 2022

Sudanese security forces fired tear gas Tuesday as they confronted thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators in the capital Khartoum, an AFP correspondent said.

Protesters chanted “No to military rule” as they marched towards the presidential palace, denouncing a coup last year led by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan that derailed a transition to civilian rule.

Burhan seized power in October 2021 and arrested civilian leaders appointed following the 2019 ouster of long-time autocrat Omar al-Bashir, plunging Sudan into a political and economic crisis.

“We will not stop until the military power is toppled and replaced with a civilian government,” said protester Hadia Mohammed.

“We will not leave the streets until we achieve the goals of the revolution: liberty, peace and justice,” said Samer Omar, another activist, draped in a Sudanese flag and wearing a yellow helmet for protection.

Eyewitnesses said thousands also demonstrated in the city of Wad Madani, south of Khartoum, and Gedaref in the east.

Security forces have cracked down on near-weekly protests since the 2021 coup, resulting in at least 119 deaths, according to pro-democracy medics.

Since the military power grab, activists have warned that several Bashir-era loyalists had been appointed to official positions, including in the judiciary, which is currently trying the former dictator.

Burhan’s pledge of elections next year is seen as far-fetched, and no civilian leaders have taken up the mantle of the army chief’s promised civilian government.

Meanwhile, experts said a surge in ethnic violence in recent months has highlighted a security breakdown in Sudan, with the United Nations reporting over 370 people killed in clashes and at least 210,000 forced from their homes this year.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Israel, Jordan move forward with water-for-energy deal

08 November, 2022

Israel and Jordan on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to move ahead with a water-for-energy deal after an initial examination of the project proved it to be feasible.

The idea, first announced a year ago, is for Jordan to build 600 megawatts of solar generating capacity that would be exported to Israel. In return, Israel would provide water-scarce Jordan with 200 million cubic meters of desalinated water.

The MOU was signed at the COP27 climate summit in Egypt at an event hosted by the United Arab Emirates, who in 2020 became the first Gulf state to normalize relations with Israel and has been a partner in the project.

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International Criminal Court chief prosecutor visits Libya mass graves

08 November, 2022

The International Criminal Court’s (ICC) chief prosecutor has met families of victims of alleged killings by a notorious militia at the site of mass graves in western Libya.

Near the town of Tarhuna, southeast of Tripoli, Karim Khan inspected mass graves on Monday at a landfill and a local farm where dozens of bodies have been discovered since the summer of 2020.

Khan later told victims’ relatives of “his commitment to accelerate work in the Libya situation,” the ICC said Tuesday on Twitter.

Khan arrived in Tripoli on Saturday and is the first ICC prosecutor to visit Libya in a decade.

The visit included talks with several Libyan officials, including Presidential Council head Mohamed el-Manfi, Justice Minister Halima Ibrahim and the military prosecutor.

On Wednesday, Khan is scheduled to brief the UN Security Council on the situation in Libya, the ICC said.

More than 270 bodies have so far been discovered in mass graves around Tarhuna by international teams.

The first mass graves were discovered in June 2020, following the withdrawal of forces loyal to KhalifaHaftar, a leader from eastern Libya who led an abortive campaign to capture the capital Tripoli between April 2019 and June 2020.

But the abuses began in 2015 when the town fell into the hands of a particularly violent local militia, known as the Kaniyat.

The ICC has a long history of investigating crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Libya, as well as human rights violations suffered by migrants.

Before taking over as the ICC’s lead prosecutor, Karim Khan defended Seif al-Islam Kadhafi, son of slain leader Muammar Gaddafi, whose arrest the ICC is seeking for “crimes against humanity.”

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Rescuers search for five missing after migrant boat sinks off Tunisia

08 November, 2022

A boat carrying at least 16 migrants who were trying to cross the Mediterranean to Italy sank off the Tunisian coast on Tuesday, with at least five people missing and one body recovered, a security official said.

The official told Reuters 10 people had been rescued.

Coastguard units were continuing to search for the missing people who were on board the boat that capsized off the coast at the northern city of Bizerte.

In recent months, dozens of people have drowned as the frequency of attempted crossings from Tunisia and Libya towards Italy has increased.

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Türkiye invests millions in development projects in Southern Africa

Hassan Isilow

09.11.2022

PRETORIA, South Africa

The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency or TIKA has invested more than 100 million rands ($5.62 million) in supporting sustainable development projects in the Southern Africa region, the state-run aid agency has said.

“We have conducted 69 projects since our Pretoria office started operations in 2018 to date. This year we focused on projects supporting sustainable development with a focus on education, training, and agriculture,” TIKA coordinator AbdulkadirAbukan told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview in Pretoria, South Africa’s capital.

Abukan said this year they installed a greenhouse project at a school in the northeastern Mpumalanga province to enable learners to gain skills in agriculture, and agribusiness and also support the school feeding scheme.

“We did a similar project in Lesotho last year, where we installed greenhouses at five schools,” he said, adding they contain a water tank and a drip irrigation system, with seedlings and other agricultural materials.

He said TIKA plans to continue supporting greenhouse projects in schools in South Africa to back school feeding schemes and train learners.

TIKA gives varsity digital fabrication lab

Early this year, TIKA also donated a digital fabrication lab to Johannesburg’s Wits University. It also provided training for 3D design, modeling, and fabrication to the academic staff at the engineering faculty.

Participants of the training program got their certificates from Turkish Ambassador AysegulKandas and Wits University Vice Chancellor ZeblonVilakazi.

Abukan said TIKA has also recently renovated and refurbished the beauty salon of Golden Steps Special School, which will offer hairdressing and manicure training for learners with special needs. The school was looted and vandalized during the July 2021 protests in the eastern KwaZulu-Natal province.

“Before the end of this year, we hope to provide a kitchen to a school in Mpumalanga, a science laboratory to a secondary school in Johannesburg, and upgrade the electric workshop for an institute in Cape Town,” the TIKA coordinator said.

TIKA also joined the South African National Teaching Awards and will provide two mobile libraries before the end of 2022.

A library will be donated to the Siviwe School of Skills in the Western Cape, whose principal Yolanda Lupondo gained excellence in the Special Needs Leadership Award. The other library will be delivered to Empangeni High School in KwaZulu-Natal, whose principal Sizwe Desmond Zwane was awarded excellence in Secondary School Leadership at the National Teachers Awards.

Women’s empowerment

Last year, the Turkish development aid agency launched training to empower women entrepreneurs with skills in e-commerce and others for businesses.

“We held training in various South African provinces including Gauteng (which consists of Johannesburg and Pretoria), North West, Free State, and neighboring Lesotho.”

Abukan said they have already completed training more than 100 women entrepreneurs whom they hope in the future will become trainers or partners in their projects.

Last year, TIKA distributed seeds, fertilizers, and insecticides to help farmers in Zimbabwe’s Mashonaland West province get healthy and abundant crop yields and increase food security as well as alleviate poverty.

“Later this month we shall be heading to Zambia to train more women entrepreneurs,” he said.

In Eswatini, formerly Swaziland, TIKA donated equipment to help the Agricultural Ministry in diagnosing poultry diseases. They also donated embroidery machines to development centers for women empowerment.

TIKA also said in Malawi they distributed food hampers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan this year and are planning to have more development projects in 2023.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, TIKA distributed thousands of personal protective gear to several hospitals and governments in the region.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Azerbaijani Embassy in Morocco marks 2nd anniversary of Karabakh victory

Khalid Mejdoup

08.11.2022

RABAT, Morocco

The embassy of Azerbaijan in Morocco has celebrated the second anniversary of the southern Caucasus country's 2020 victory that ended Armenian occupation in the Karabakh region.

"Today we celebrate Victory Day. Yesterday, Morocco celebrated the anniversary of the Green March. Our destiny is one," Charge d'AffairsBabakAkhmedovsaid Monday, referring to a 1975 mass demonstration to force colonial power Spain to hand over land to Morocco.

At the event held in the capital Rabat, Akhmedov thanked Morocco for its "supportive stance" toward Azerbaijan since the beginning of the war that resulted in liberation of Karabakh and other territories under occupation for nearly three decades.

Türkiye's military attache in Rabat, ArkanGokbulak, also attended the ceremony saying in a speech that Ankara "bows before the heroism that the Karabakh War witnessed."

During the 44-day conflict, Azerbaijan liberated several cities and nearly 300 settlements and villages.

On Nov. 10, 2020, Baku and Yerevan signed a Russia-brokered agreement to end the fighting and work toward a comprehensive resolution.

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North America

Biden to meet with leaders of Egypt, Cambodia, Indonesia: Officials

08 November, 2022

US President Joe Biden will meet with the leaders of Egypt, Cambodia and Indonesia during a wide-ranging trip that includes an international climate summit and meetings of ASEAN and the Group of 20 industrialized nations, senior administration officials said on Tuesday.

The officials were not able to say whether Biden would have a separate meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping, who is expected to attend the summit, and what their agenda might include. The two governments have been working toward arranging what would be the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders since Biden took office in January 2021.

Biden will begin his trip by traveling to Egypt to participate in the COP27 United Nations climate change summit on Friday, where he will talk about America’s efforts to reduce emissions and also hold a bilateral meeting with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the officials said.

He will then travel to Cambodia from Saturday to Sunday to participate in the annual US-ASEAN summit and the East Asia Summit where he will focus on the Indo-Pacific region and talk about US commitment to a rules-based international order in the South China sea, they said.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Europe

Putin ally Patrushev travels to Iran for talks

November 09, 2022

MOSCOW: Russia’s powerful Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev was in Tehran on Wednesday for consultations with Iranian officials on security matters, the TASS news agency reported.

“In Tehran, Patrushev will hold scheduled Russian-Iranian security consultations with the participation of Security Council experts and representatives from both countries’ ministries and agencies,” TASS cited the Russian Security Council’s press service as saying.

The visit comes as allegations that Iran has supplied “kamikaze” drones to Russia to support Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine remain in focus. Over the weekend, Tehran acknowledged for the first time it had sent a “small number” of drones to Moscow, but said they were shipped before the war began.

Source: Arab News

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Bulgarian police officer shot dead at border with Turkiye

November 08, 2022

SOFIA: A Bulgarian police officer was shot dead at the border with Turkiye in the southeastern part of the Balkan country in a shootout with a suspected group of migrants, Interior Minister Ivan Demerdzhiev said on Tuesday.

The incident occurred at 8:30 p.m. (1830 GMT) on Monday, when shots were fired from Turkish territory at a border police officer and a serviceman patrolling a stretch of the border near the village of GolyamDervent, Demerdzhiev said.

The police officer, who was inspecting a cut in the fence along the border, died on the spot. The serviceman, who was not hurt, had returned fire after hearing 10 to 15 shots and a group made up of suspected migrants had withdrawn, officials said.

“This is a criminal act, an extreme aggression ... This is the first attack with firearms by migrants,” Dermendzhiev, who rushed to the site of the incident, told reporters.

“From now on, we will be uncompromising to anyone who endangers the health and life of our officers,” he said.

It was not immediately clear how large the group was, or if one or several people opened fire on the officer and soldier.

Dermendzhiev said Turkish authorities have pledged to cooperate and seek the perpetrators and that he would ask them to combat human trafficking rings more actively.

Bulgaria has deployed some 350 troops along its southern border with Turkiye and Greece to help border police combat a growing migrant influx.

Source: Arab News

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