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Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha Threatens To Install Lord Krishna Idol In Mathura Mosque

New Age Islam News Bureau

29 November 2021

 

A view of Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi temple and Shahi Idgah mosque, in Mathura. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

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• Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council Says, No One Allowed To Harm Any Minority Group In The Name Of Religion

• Islami Andolon Bangladesh Has Called For Following Islamic Rules To Root Out Corruption

• Saudi Arabia’s Film Commission Launches Strategy To Develop Film And Cinema Sector

• Israeli President Isaac Herzog Storms Ibrahimi Mosque Accompanied By Extremist Settlers

• Turkey's Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop Slams French 'Hypocrisy' Over Pro-Muslim Diversity Campaign

 India

• Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha Threatens To Install Lord Krishna Idol In Mathura Mosque

• To Fight Dowry In Marriages Wedding Hall ‘Free For Walima’ In Hyderabad

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Pakistan

• Pakistan PM Blames Elite Captured Pakistan’s Resources For Pakistan’s Woes; Wants To Make Country Islamic Welfare State

• Jamaat-i-Islami Emir Sirajul Haq To Stop Interference In The Country’s Political Affairs

• 2 Pak soldiers killed in terrorist attack near Afghan border

• Veteran journalist Muhammad Ziauddin passes away at 83 in Islamabad after prolonged illness

• Mob sets Charsadda police station on fire after officials refuse to hand over alleged blasphemy suspect

• Pakistani President Underlines Close, Brotherly Ties with Iran

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South Asia

• Media freedom at risk as Taliban censors news reports in northern Afghanistan: Report

• Taliban claims to build independent Afghanistan's Air Force despite financial crisis

• An underground network of intelligence operatives helped Taliban seize Kabul

• Taliban, EU discuss economic situation of Afghanistan

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Arab World

• 5 Peshmerga soldiers killed in Daesh/ISIS attack in Iraq

• Iraq Kurdish security forces killed in suspected Islamic State attack

• World Muslim Communities Council postpones UAE conference over Omicron COVID-19 fears

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Mideast

• Over 60 Jewish settlers defile Aqsa Mosque in morning tours

• Official: Assassination of Iranian N. Scientist Fakhrizadeh Violation of Human Rights

• Low expectations on nuclear talks as Iran creates facts on the grounds

• Hamas urges Morocco to reverse Israel deals

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Europe

• Turkey's Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop Slams French 'Hypocrisy' Over Pro-Muslim Diversity Campaign

• UK, Israel to work together to stop Iran gaining nuclear weapons

• Over 1,800 Iraqi refugees return home from Belarusian border

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Southeast Asia

• Will You Accept Amanah For Sake Of Ummah Unity, Umno Man Asks PAS

• ‘Ask the Education Ministry,’ says national unity minister regarding Chinese school signboard debacle

• Ahmad Faizal to Bersatu’s Melaka assemblymen: Stop politicking, continue serving the people

• Calls grow within PAS for the Islamist party to team up with Umno after Melaka poll

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Africa

• Saif al-Islam Gaddafi Says Judges Refuse To Hold Hearing On Disqualification Appeal

• Sudanese soldiers killed in attack by Ethiopian forces: Sudan military

• Libya’s presidential hopefuls petition against PM's candidacy: Reports

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North America

• As Nuclear Talks Resume, Israel PM Says Worried US Is Readying To Lift Iran Sanctions

• US to exert pressure on Iran if it uses Vienna talks to boost nuclear program: Envoy

• The murder of Iranian nuclear scientists has failed to hamper its progress

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha Threatens To Install Lord Krishna Idol In Mathura Mosque

 

A view of Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi temple and Shahi Idgah mosque, in Mathura. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

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November 28, 2021

The Mathura district administration has imposed prohibitory orders under CrPC section 144 following an announcement by the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha that it will install a Lord Krishna idol at the deity's "actual birthplace", which it claims is in a mosque close to a prominent temple.

"Nobody will be allowed to disturb the peace and tranquillity in Mathura," District Magistrate Navneet Singh Chahal said.

The clampdown comes even as another right wing organisation, the Narayani Sena, has said it will take out a march from Vishram Ghat to Sri Krishna Janmasthan, demanding the "removal" of the mosque.

Section 144 of the CrPC prohibits the assembly of four or more people in an area. Police said they have detained Narayani Sena secretary Amit Mishra in Mathura Kotwali, while the outfit claimed its national president Manish Yadav has been detained in Lucknow.

Chahal said he, along with Senior Superintendent of Police Gaurav Grover, reviewed the security around both the religious places, the Katra Keshav Dev temple and the Shahi Idgah. He said the Mahasabha had requested permission to install the idol at the mosque but it was turned down. Question of granting permission to any event that may potentially disrupt peace does not arise, Chahal added.

Hindu Mahasabha leader Rajyashri Choudhary had earlier said her organisation will install the idol of Lord Krishna in the Shahi Idgah after a "maha jalabhishek" to "purify" the place on December 6.

The date marks the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, the site of a temple-mosque dispute, in 1992. The Mahasabha's threat to perform the ritual inside the Shahi Idgah comes at a time when the local courts are hearing a series of petitions seeking the "removal" of the 17th century mosque.

Source: India Today

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https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/sec-144-imposed-in-mathura-mahasabha-threat-lord-krishna-idol-in-mosque-1881857-2021-11-28

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Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council Says, No One Allowed To Harm Any Minority Group In The Name Of Religion

 

Photo Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi: Online/File

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November 29, 2021

Lahore:

Special Representative to the PM on Interfaith Harmony and the Middle East Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi on Sunday said no one would be allowed to harm any minority group in the name of religion in Pakistan.

“Islam is a religion of peace and Muslims believe in respecting humanity,” he said while addressing a news conference at the Punjab Institute of Quran and Seerat Studies.

The Interfaith Harmony Council and Muttahida Ulema Board (MUB) held a meeting at the center on Sunday in which all members expressed their satisfaction over religious freedom in Pakistan.

Ashrafi said that whenever minority communities faced some issue, the MUB always tried to solve it in consultation with all stakeholders. He added that that around 127 cases of alleged forced marriages and conversion of religion etc. were presented before the MUB in 2020 and all of them were resolved amicably.

He said that Islam strictly prohibited forced marriages and conversions, adding that no Muslim could think of going against the teachings of Islam.

“There is no concept of forced marriages or conversion in our religion.”

Ashrafi said that a 16-member committee including Sikh, Hindu and Christian members had been formed under his supervision to settle the interfaith violence issues.

"We will also meet leaders of all religions to settle their issues related to the majority community across Pakistan.”

He said on December 4, the first official meeting of the committee would be held in Lahore. He said that at the MUB platform, 113 cases of minority communities were resolved during the last year.

Read JI MPA scales Sindh Assembly gate to protest against ‘Minority Protection Bill’

He said that it was found during the consultations that domestic violence in most cases had forced people to take such steps [conversion and marriages].

There were various other reasons also, but religion had nothing to do with those incidents, he added.

“It is the responsibility of the majority community, Muslims, to take care of the rights of minorities. We are committed to ensuring protection of the rights of minorities in the country.”

The PM's representative said that the leadership of all religious schools of thought in the country was united that the rights of minorities would be protected at all levels.

Ashrafi noted that more than 200 children had been murdered in India and more than 150 mosques demolished there, but the US had designated Pakistan as a country of particular concern. He added that apparently the US report was based on mere assumptions.

He said the young generation must come to the forefront to play their role in eradicating extremism, terrorism, dowry rituals and for spreading the moderate message of Islam.

He claimed that conspiracies were being hatched to spread anarchy in Pakistan through fanning sectarian violence and sowing seeds of hatred against the country’s security institutions.

To a question, he said: “We are thankful to the government and people of Saudi Arabia for extending help to Pakistan in the shape of State Bank of Pakistan deposits and provision of oil on deferred payments.” APP

Source: The Tribune Pakistan

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Islami Andolon Bangladesh Has Called For Following Islamic Rules To Root Out Corruption

 

 

November 28th, 2021

Speakers also demands that the government check hike of daily essentials

Concerned over the spread of corruption, Islami Andolon Bangladesh has called for following Islamic rules to root out corruption from the country.

Speaking at an event of Tejgaon unit of IAB’s Dhaka north on Sunday, leaders of the Islamist group said that everyone should follow the religious teachings and establish a corruption-free society.

Citing the planning minister’s recent remarks that corruption spread everywhere, the IAB leaders said corruption had spread like a pandemic.

They also urged the government to the check prices of essentials.

Publicity Secretary of the Dhaka north unit Engineer Gias Uddin Parash chaired the discussion, held at a restaurant in Karwan Bazar area of the capital.

Source: Dhaka Tribune

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https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2021/11/28/iab-islamic-rules-can-uproot-corruption

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Saudi Arabia’s Film Commission Launches Strategy To Develop Film And Cinema Sector

 

Saudi Film Commission set out a road map to make the Kingdom a global hub for film production.

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29 November ,2021

Saudi Arabia’s Film Commission launched a strategy on Sunday setting out key pillars and initiatives that will establish the Kingdom “as a world-class film hub with a target to build an industry with a revenue of $500 million,” the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The press agency reported that a new Saudi Film Institute will be launched, dedicated to film production and professional training in cinematic storytelling, and wider creative and technical skills, such as sound engineering and animation.

The Saudi Film Commission will also establish a National Archive of Films through the collection, digitization and preservation of historical Saudi films and audiovisual content, while also preserving the equipment used.

SPA said an investment and awareness program to attract local and international film studios, private entities and suppliers will “strengthen the filmmaking value chain,” adding that an online one-stop-shop will be launched, where permits, licenses, visas and other requirements can be easily applied for.

“The Saudi film sector has gone from strength to strength with the emergence of the sector providing once-in-a-lifetime business opportunities and partnerships,” Saudi Film Commission CEO, Abdullah al-Qahtani, was quoted by SPA as saying.

“The strategy provides our roadmap to achieve our aspirations of making Saudi a global hub for film production and talent. The cinema industry in Saudi is one of the fastest growing in the Middle East, which is further evidence that the Saudi film sector is the emerging market to watch,” he added.

The commission’s strategy focuses on six areas: Ensuring a world-class talent pipeline and ensuring homegrown talent can compete with the best, creating a film sector that can compete in terms of services, offerings and incentives, boosting domestic film production, attracting further international production houses, embedding a regulatory framework that enhances the quick development of the sector, and promoting and distributing Saudi films in regional and international markets.

The strategy launch comes ahead of the Kingdom’s inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF), which is set to run from December 6 until December 15 in Jeddah Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

As the Kingdom’s first international film festival, RedSeaIFF is for “film lovers, filmmakers, and the global film industry,” according to organizers. They also announced that 27 films by Saudi film makers will be featured.

Source: Al Arabiya

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https://english.alarabiya.net/life-style/2021/11/29/Saudi-Arabia-s-Film-Commission-launches-strategy-to-develop-film-and-cinema-sector

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Israeli President Isaac Herzog Storms Ibrahimi Mosque Accompanied By Extremist Settlers

 

Israeli President Isaac Herzog stormed the Ibrahimi Mosque accompanied by settlers, amid strict security measures by the occupation forces.

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November 29, 2021

Israeli President Isaac Herzog stormed the Ibrahimi Mosque accompanied by settlers, amid strict security measures by the occupation forces.

Yesterday, Israeli President Isaac Herzog stormed the Ibrahimi Mosque, accompanied by settlers, to "light the Hanukkah candle" in the compound to celebrate the Jewish "Festival of Lights" or Hanukah.

The occupation forces prevented worshipers from reaching the Ibrahimi Mosque in al-Khalil, and expelled those already there, in preparation for the storming of the campus by the Israeli President Isaac Herzog.

Our correspondent confirmed that "the occupation forces have toughened restrictions on the movement of citizens living near the Ibrahimi Mosque and closed all outlets leading to the Ibrahimi Mosque." The IOF established "crossings around the Ibrahimi Mosque as part of its plan to tighten its control."

In an interview one of the residents in the neighborhood of the Ibrahimi Mosque said, “We are continuing to confront the occupation despite all its measures and attacks.”

Earlier today, eyewitnesses reported that "dozens of Palestinians raised the Palestinian flag after the Asr prayer in front of the entrance to the Ibrahimi Mosque, and chanted condemning the intention of Israeli President Isaac Herzog to storm it."

Witnesses said that the Israeli occupation forces beat the protesters and arrested a citizen.

The Israeli occupation has gone too far: PIJ spokesman

"The Israeli occupation's president's move is a continuation of the Judaization process," said PIJ West Bank spokesperson Tariq Ezzedine, assuring that the resistance faction would not allow the occupation to impose new facts on the ground.

Ezzedine underscored that the Israeli occupation is taking criminality against the Palestinian people too far before the eyes of the complicit normalizing states.

"It is highly probable that popular demonstrations will take place in defense of the Ibrahimi Mosque," Ezzedine explained, asserting that the uprising has not stopped and the Palestinian people are still resisting by all means possible.

Additionally, according to Ezzedine, the Israeli occupation is using internal Palestinian issues to bolster its occupation and settlements.

"The Israeli president's step proves that everyone is leaning toward the right," reported Hamas spokesman in occupied al-Quds, Mohammad Hamadeh.

The occupation is trying to impose new facts on the ground: PLO spokesman

In turn, a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Wasel Abu Yousef, explained that "there is an aggressive policy of escalation against the Ibrahimi Mosque," pointing out that "the storming by the President of the Israeli occupation of the site reflects the aggressive and criminal policy of escalation."

Ayo Youssef stressed that "the occupation is trying to impose facts on the ground by storming the site, noting that there is US support for the Israeli occupation in eroding the rights of our people."

Earlier today, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry held the Israeli occupation fully responsible for the attacks on the Ibrahimi Mosque and its consequences for security in the region, considering that "the storming of the Ibrahimi Mosque and al-Luban al-Sharqiya is an official adoption of settler terrorism."

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement (PYJ) also warned of the consequences of Israeli President Isaac Herzog's storming of the Ibrahimi Mosque in al-Khalil, noting that "the Al-Aqsa Intifada came in response to the storming of it by former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon."

Source: ABNA24

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https://en.abna24.com/news//israeli-occupation-president-atorms-ibrahimi-mosque-accompanied-by-extremist-settlers_1203245.html

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Turkey's Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop Slams French 'Hypocrisy' Over Pro-Muslim Diversity Campaign

 

Women join a demonstration organized by "Stand up to Racism" outside the French embassy in London, Aug. 26, 2016. (Getty Images, File)

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NOV 28, 2021

Turkey's Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop criticized France for hypocrisy after Paris prevented the campaign launched by the Council of Europe to fight anti-Muslim hate speech.

Speaking at the 143rd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Spain, Şentop criticized France for vetoing a campaign launched by the Council of Europe against anti-Muslim hate speech.

"We have to expose this hypocrisy," Şentop said, pointing out that France opposed the campaign despite having a significant domestic Muslim population.

"Turkey will always stand by all the oppressed, aggrieved communities and people, whether or not they're Muslim," he added.

Emphasizing that populism is jeopardizing democracy and human rights, Şentop said: "The Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Division of the Council of Europe launched a very valuable campaign within the framework of combating discrimination against women wearing headscarves."

"This initiative, which deserves appreciation for the protection and advancement of human rights, which is the basis of the Council of Europe, was unfortunately terminated after the reactions of some politicians in France, which hosted the council," he said.

Şentop pointed out that discrimination and xenophobia have increased over the last 20 years, adding that hostility toward Islam, in particular, has reached dangerous levels all over the world.

"Unfortunately, the international community and institutions remain tone-deaf and ineffective against this desperate situation," he said.

The Council of Europe launched the campaign against the discrimination of women wearing headscarves on Oct. 28.

Images of women wearing headscarves were shared on the Twitter account of the Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Division, with the slogans "Freedom is in the headscarf," "Bring joy & accept hijabs" and "Beauty is in diversity as freedom is in the hijab."

Macron has become a figure of hate in some Muslim countries with many boycotting French products after the French president defended Charlie Hebdo’s provocative caricatures attacking the Prophet Muhammad. He has also been forced to the defensive by critical headlines in influential English-language media outlets such as the Financial Times and The New York Times.

Muslims in France – the former colonies of which include predominantly Muslim countries in North and West Africa as well as the Middle East – make up about 6% of the population.

Anti-Muslim hatred has significantly risen in Europe in recent years. Far-right extremism and xenophobia have fueled Islamophobia in Western countries, where terrorist attacks by Daesh and al-Qaida as well as a migrant crisis are used as excuses to legitimize those views. France, home to the largest Muslim minority in Europe, estimated at 5 million or more out of a population of 67 million, took the helm of Islamophobic efforts to silence members of the minority group. Critics denounced Macron for trying to galvanize far-right citizens to vote for him in 2022 April presidential elections.

Macron's anti-Muslim rhetoric sparked a wave of anti-Muslim feelings among far-right groups. The number of Islamophobic incidents in France rose sharply last year. According to the National Observatory of Islamophobia, there were 235 attacks on Muslims in France in 2020, up from 154 the previous year, a 53% jump. Most of the attacks took place in the Ile-de-France (greater Paris), Rhones-Alpes and Paca regions of the country. Attacks on mosques jumped 35% in the same year. A global coalition of 25 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) asked the European Commission to investigate France for its state-sponsored support of Islamophobia.

The French bill was criticized worldwide because it targets the Muslim community and imposes restrictions on almost every aspect of their lives. It allows intervening in mosques and the associations responsible for their administration as well as controlling the finances of associations and NGOs belonging to Muslims. It also restricts the education choices of the Muslim community by preventing families from giving children home education. The bill also prohibits patients from choosing doctors based on gender for religious or other reasons and makes "secularism education" compulsory for all public officials.

Most recently, France announced its plans to close seven more mosques and associations across the country by the end of 2021 on the pretext of "radicalism" as part of its Islamophobic campaign against the country's Muslim population.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has frequently criticized the French government's anti-Muslim campaign and policies. Erdoğan said some Western countries insist on not taking measures against growing anti-Islam sentiment. Erdoğan also called on Turkish institutions to take action on issues related to Muslims and Turks in these countries.

Last year, the Turkish Foreign Ministry slammed Macron’s “Islamic separatism” remarks for having a distorted approach and attempting to control migrant communities in Europe through the establishment of fabricated concepts.

Source: Daily Sabah

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https://www.dailysabah.com/politics/diplomacy/sentop-slams-french-hypocrisy-over-pro-muslim-diversity-campaign

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 India

 

To Fight Dowry In Marriages Wedding Hall ‘Free For Walima’ In Hyderabad

Usama Hazari

28th November 2021

Hyderabad: Aman function hall at Mehdipatman has taken the initiative to fight dowry and other forms of exploitation of the bride’s family in marriages, that are prevalent in the country. The functional hall is offering to give its wedding hall free of cost for the Walima (reception) to grooms who performed their marriage according to the “Sunnah.” (Tradition of the Holy Prophet of Islam)

Abdul Baari Hussaini of the Socio Reforms Society told Siasat.com that according to them, the “Sunnah” is when the family of the bride doesn’t have to spend a single rupee for the marriage. He added that their main agenda is to fight against dowry as it goes against Islamic principles and is still prevalent in Muslim society.

“We want people to reject invitations to such marriages where the bride’s family is coerced to spend money for jehez (dowry), shaadi function (wedding celebration) and other such events,” Abdul Baari Hussaini added.

The owner of the Aman Function Hall at Mehdipatnam is Azmatullah Khan who is working with Dr Aleem Khan Falaki, the founder of Socio Reforms Society to fight the exploitation of the woman’s families in the name of marriage.

Apart from battling against the cancer of exploitative marriages in society, the Socio Reforms Society also does marriage counselling, family counselling, financial planning and organizes speech competitions for youngsters to develop their public speaking skills.

Source: Daily Siasat

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https://www.siasat.com/hyderabad-wedding-hall-free-for-walima-oppose-dowry-menace-2231897/

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Pakistan

 

Pakistan PM Blames Elite Captured Pakistan’s Resources For Pakistan’s Woes; Wants To Make Country Islamic Welfare State

November 29, 2021

Prime Minister Imran Khan says that the elite captured Pakistan’s resources and the absence of rule of law had not only deprived the majority of the people of basic amenities, but also kept the country from achieving its immense potential.

“The problem was the elite capture of resources which deprived the majority of proper healthcare, education and justice… Lack of rule of law is the reason why Pakistan had not achieved its potential,” the prime minister said in an online conversation with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf aired on Sunday.

An American Islamic scholar, Hamza Yusuf, is the president of Zaytuna College and had also authored several encyclopaedia entries, academic papers, and articles on Muslim bioethics, legal theory, abortion, and many other topics.

The prime minister said no society could ever achieve its potential if there was no rule of law.

“Merit is also associated with rule of law. If you do not have meritocracy in a society, you have this elite which is spoiled, rich and which did not strive and struggle and they sit on the main positions… “Countries disintegrate because of a decadent elite. People do not decay it is the elite that decays,” he remarked.

The prime minister said the fundamental principle of a civilised society was the rule of law where powerful is also equally answerable to the law.

The biggest problem in developing countries is the absence of rule of law and discriminatory laws for the rich and the poor, he explained.

He told the interviewer that he wanted to make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state based on the concept of state of Madina by our Prophet (PBUH).

“We want to base this country on two princi-ples. One it should be a welfare state and hu-mane state which takes care of its bottom strata of society and second rule of law.”

Talking about the climate crisis, he said the environment should be treated as sacred.

The biggest environmental disaster in the world called climate change was because human beings had deviated from the basic principle of protect-ing the earth, he said.

Source: Pakistan Observer

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https://pakobserver.net/pm-blames-absence-of-rule-of-law-for-pakistans-woes-wants-to-make-country-islamic-welfare-state/

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Jamaat-i-Islami Emir Sirajul Haq To Stop Interference In The Country’s Political Affairs

November 29, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) emir Sirajul Haq has asked the “establishment” to stop interference in the country’s political affairs if it wants to avoid public criticism.

This was stated by Mr Haq while addressing the participants of a youth march organised by the party here on Sunday, said a press release.

The JI Youth Pakistan had organised the march of unemployed educated people from across the country in the federal capital to protest against joblessness and inflation. The participants of the march raised slogans against the anti-youth policies of the government.

Reminding the prime minister of his promise to create 10 million jobs, the protesters marched from Embassy Road to D-Chowk and vowed to continue struggle for their rights until the rulers ensure provision of their rights.

Sirajul Haq said it had been proved after three years that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) lacked the capacity and vision to run the country. Unemployment and inflation were uncontrolled and more than 20 million children were out of schools due to poverty, he said, adding that the ruling elite never paid attention to the common man’s issues whether it was the government of the PTI or the former regimes of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Peoples Party.

The JI chief said the people from Karachi to Gwadar were protesting for their rights but the rulers were not willing to listen to their demands. He urged the government to address the demands of fishermen of Gwadar and ensure compensation to the Nasla Town-affected people.

Source: Dawn

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https://www.dawn.com/news/1660827/ji-chief-asks-establishment-to-stay-away-from-politics

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2 Pak soldiers killed in terrorist attack near Afghan border

Nov 28, 2021

PESHWAR: Unidentified terrorists attacked a security check post in Pakistan's restive North Waziristan district near the Afghan border, killing two soldiers in exchange of gunfire, the Pakistani army has said.

The army's media wing said on Saturday that the attack took place in Datta Khel tehsil of the tribal North Waziristan district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The attackers fled after the exchange of fire with the security forces. The soldiers were killed in exchange of gunfire, it said in a statement. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

This is the third attack on security forces during the ceasefire effective from November 9. In earlier two attacks, the militants killed two cops in Bajaur tribal district and killed one soldier in Tank district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The Pakistan government and banned terror group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) agreed on a month-long ceasefire this month to further talks for achieving lasting peace in the country.

Source: Times of India

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Veteran journalist Muhammad Ziauddin passes away at 83 in Islamabad after prolonged illness

November 29, 2021

Veteran journalist and former Dawn staff Muhammad Ziauddin passed away on Monday in Islamabad after a period of prolonged illness. He was 83.

State broadcaster Pakistan Television confirmed the news while paying homage to the deceased for his "illustrious career" that spanned 60 years and included extensive contributions for various media outlets such as The News International, Dawn and The Express Tribune among others. He was also Dawn's former resident editor in Islamabad.

Ziauddin earned a Masters degree in Journalism from Karachi University in 1964. Later that same year he made his entry in the profession as a cub report in Pakistan Press International.

He then joined Dawn, which formed his longest association, serving as a resident editor for Islamabad and Lahore. He was also the paper's correspondent in London from 2006 to 2009.

Among his other experience in the field, he served as the assistant secretary general for the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists and as the president of the South Asia Free Media Association from 2002 to 2006.

One of the 'pioneers of economic journalism'

Condolences poured in from the country's journalism and media community, with various figures paying their tributes.

Dawn News show Zara Hat Kay host Mubashir Zaidi called Ziauddin an "icon of Pakistani journalism".

Another journalist Nasir Jamal said: "One of the finest and upstanding journalists and among the pioneers of economic journalism in Pakistan. Always very kind to his juniors like us."

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said he was one of the most "capable [and] fiercely independent journalist" he had encountered.

Senior journalist Hamid Mir remarked that Ziauddin was one of the few journalists whose practical experience spanned half a century. "We learnt a lot from him."

"Gentle, dignified, man who was a professional through and through. May he rest in peace. Feels like we're losing all of our best," tweeted The News Op-ed Editor Zebunnisa Burki.

Meanwhile, political analyst Mazhar Abbas said Ziauddin was not only an "outstanding journalist" but also "an iconic figure and a guide for all the young journalists".

Source: Dawn

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https://www.dawn.com/news/1660918/veteran-journalist-muhammad-ziauddin-passes-away-at-83-in-islamabad-after-prolonged-illness

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Mob sets Charsadda police station on fire after officials refuse to hand over alleged blasphemy suspect

Sirajuddin

November 28, 2021

A mob attacked and set on fire a police station in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Charsadda district on Sunday, demanding that authorities hand over a man arrested for allegedly desecrating the Holy Quran.

KP Law Minister Fazal Shakoor Khan, who hails from Charsadda, told Dawn.com that police had arrested a man for allegedly desecrating the Quran on Sunday and shifted him to the Mandani police station in Charsadda's Tangi tehsil.

A mob later gathered outside the police station and demanded that officials hand over the man to them. When police denied their demand, the mob, which had grown to a sizeable number by late evening, grew agitated and attacked the police station and set it on fire. They also vandalised the vehicles parked in the police station, according to the minister.

He told Dawn.com that police managed to shift the suspect to a safe location.

"The government will not allow anyone to take the law into their own hands," he said. "The suspect who has been arrested will be proceeded against in accordance with the law."

The minister added that the situation was still tense in the area.

Given the current law and order situation, police have yet to release more details about the man in custody and the complaint against him. Police also did not confirm any casualties in the violence.

Accused is 'mentally unstable', says DSP

Mandani circle DSP Ishaq told Dawn that the person who had allegedly torched the Holy Quran was apparently mentally deranged, adding that the accused was immediately taken into custody and shifted to an unknown location. “Apparently, the accused is mentally unstable and he cannot speak.”

Peshawar Division Commissioner Riaz Mehsud confirmed the attack, saying 4,000-5,000 people had ransacked the police station and a police post in their pursuit for "mob justice".

He added that the man is in police custody and is safe.

Following the attack, the mob staged a sit-in on Harichand Road. But late at night, Mehsud said the administration had controlled the situation with the help of local religious elders, and the mob had ended the sit-in and dispersed.

Earlier, Charsadda police spokesperson Shafiullah Jan confirmed that a mob had attacked the police station and that the situation was tense in the area. He added that police were trying to control the situation.

"The mob was angry and police failed to control it," a police official requesting anonymity told Dawn.com.

"The situation is still tense and police personnel from other areas have also reached the spot to control the mob," he said.

Source: Dawn

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Pakistani President Underlines Close, Brotherly Ties with Iran

2021-November-28

President Arif made the remarks during a meeting with Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi on the sidelines of 15th Summit of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) in Ashgabat.

He expressed satisfaction on regular high-level interactions with the Islamic Republic of Iran, and emphasized utilization of barter trade mechanism with Tehran.

President Alvi congratulated President Rayeesi on taking office after his victory in the recent elections.

He underlined that Pakistan considered Iran as an important Muslim neighbor and brother based on deep-rooted historical, linguistic, religious, and cultural linkages between the two countries.

“The two leaders expressed satisfaction on the regular high-level interactions which had reinforced different avenues of mutual cooperation,” said the statement.

President Alvi highlighted that Pakistan accorded highest priority to geo-economics for shared prosperity and regional connectivity.

He expressed satisfaction at the recent operationalization of International Road Transport (TIR) shipments from Pakistan to Turkey and Azerbaijan, which would be beneficial for the entire ECO region.

He referred to the recently held JTC meeting in Tehran, and underscored the importance of regular convening of bilateral mechanisms for trade and economy. He also emphasized utilization of barter trade mechanism in this respect.

President Alvi thanked Iran for its consistent support to the Kashmir cause, particularly from Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.

On regional situation, particularly in the context of Afghanistan, President Alvi noted the increased convergence of views among the neighboring countries, emphasizing the need for closely coordinated approach to achieve shared objectives of a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan.

He laid emphasis on urgent provision of humanitarian and economic assistance to alleviate the sufferings of people of Afghanistan, stressing the de-freezing of Afghanistan’s financial assets in this respect.

President Alvi reiterated the invitation for a bilateral visit to Pakistan to President Rayeesi at his earliest convenience.

The two leaders agreed to stay engaged on all issues of mutual interest.

A senior Iranian economic official said in April that trade with the neighboring states is a priority and highly important to Tehran.

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South Asia

 

Media freedom at risk as Taliban censors news reports in northern Afghanistan: Report

29 Nov 2021

The local authorities in northern Badakshan province have asked media outlets to publish their reports after a review and censorship, the Afghanistan journalists safety committee reported.

The Afghanistan journalists safety committee (AJSC) in its latest report claimed the Taliban authorities in Badakhshan province have announced that no media or news agencies are permitted to publish against the interest of the Taliban administration.

The provincial Director of Information and Culture, Muezuddin Ahmadi has said that women are not allowed to appear in public for reporting purposes, while he has said female media workers can work in the office apart from the male staff, AJSC reported.

According to the source, the guideline issued by the Ministry of Promoting Virtue and Prohibiting Vice has also raised concerns amongst the media owners believing that both the financial crisis and further limiting media activities could lead to the closure of more media outlets.

This comes as, since the return of the Taliban into power, dozens of media outlets including news agencies, radio, and TV stations have collapsed.

Earlier reports suggested over 150 media organizations have been shut down due to the financial crisis.

Source: Khaama Press

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Taliban claims to build independent Afghanistan's Air Force despite financial crisis

Nov 28, 2021

KABUL: Taliban claimed to have its own Air Force despite the country dealing with a grave financial crisis.

Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, the acting defense minister, made the remarks at a meeting with Kabul airport personnel, according to the Tolo News

"We will establish an air force that will not need the support of the US, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan," he added.

However, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan have bases that are used by countries such as the US.

On the other hand, Taliban had said they will establish an army composed of 100,000 personnel.

According to Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi it needs a small but well-trained army.

In the past few days footage has gone viral on social media showing Afghan military hardware in transit, and social media users claimed the hardware was being transported from Afghanistan to Pakistan.

Source: Times of India

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An underground network of intelligence operatives helped Taliban seize Kabul

29 Nov 2021

The Taliban have had an underground network of intelligence operatives that helped them seize power from inside, parallel to their military victory.

Taliban’s agents have been present in ministries, universities, business entities, and aid organizations, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

Mawlawi Mohammad Salim Saad, a key Taliban leader loyal to Haqqani Network has told WSJ they had agents in every organization and department who had already taken the control of strategic locations before they enter Kabul.

Mohammad Salim Saad is the security chief for the Kabul International Airport.

According to WSJ, the Taliban’s men were tasked on August 15 to take out their guns from hiding and conduct special operations in disarming security forces and taking the control of the strategic locations in the capital Kabul.

Mohammad Rahim Omari, a mid-level commander in the Badri force, was working undercover at his family’s gasoline-trading business in Kabul before he was called into action that day. He said he and 12 others were dispatched to an Afghan intelligence service compound in the east of the city, where they disarmed the officers on duty and stopped them from destroying computers and files, WSJ said.

Other cells fanned out to seize other government and military installations and reached Kabul airport, where the U.S. was mounting a massive evacuation effort. They took control of the airport’s perimeter until better-armed Taliban troops arrived from the countryside in the morning. One agent, Mullah Rahim, was even dispatched to secure the Afghan Institute of Archaeology and its treasures from potential looters.

Kamran, who didn’t want his surname to be used, was tasked with taking over his alma mater, Kabul University, and the Ministry of Higher Education.

A 30-year-old from Wardak province west of Kabul, he said he became a Taliban recruiter when he was pursuing a master’s degree in Arabic at the university in 2017. He estimates that, over the years, he persuaded some 500 people, mostly students, to join the insurgency. To maintain his cover, he shaved his chin, wore sunglasses and dressed in suits or jeans.

“Many of our friends who had beards were targeted,” he recalled. “I was above suspicion. While many of our low-ranking friends were arrested, I wasn’t. Even though I was their leader.”

Many of his acquaintances—former classmates, teachers and guards—first realized he was a member of the Taliban when he showed up with a gun on Aug. 15, he said. “Many employees of the ministry and the entire staff of the university knew me. They were surprised to see me,” said Kamran, whose new job is head of security for Kabul’s several universities.

Kamran has since adopted the Taliban’s trademark look: a black turban, a white shalwar kameez and a long beard. As for his suits and jeans, they are gathering dust in his closet. “Those aren’t our traditional outfits,” he said. “I don’t think I will have to wear them again.”

The WSJ report also uncovers that there have been key Taliban members among the students who were given scholarship opportunities to study in India.

Ahmad Wali Haqmal, who is now the spokesperson for the Ministry of Finance was a key Taliban member in the Kandahar University and was later sent to study Human rights in Aligarh Muslim Univesity of India, WSJ reported.

Bilal Sarwary, journalist and an activist on Twitter has shared a snapshot of his earlier post in response to the Wall Street Journal’s correspondent saying two Taliban members were employees of AIB in a Kabul downtown, Shahre-e-Now.

My neighbor who posed as an ordinary Afghan and lived with his family for years in Taymani was indeed a key Taliban intel operative. He was a good and polite neighbour until the end, Bilal Sarwary tweeted on Sunday.

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Taliban, EU discuss economic situation of Afghanistan

Nov 28, 2021

KABUL: Taliban and European Union delegates held meetings in Doha to discuss the prevailing situation in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan's political and economic issues along with humanitarian aid were discussed between Taliban and European Union delegates, according to the Tolo News.

"Taliban and European delegates met yesterday and today and discussed issues related to various issues in Afghanistan, " Toto tweeted quoting spokesman of the Islamic Emirate's political office in Qatar, Mohammad Naeem as saying

tweeted Mohammad Naeem, spokesman of the Islamic Emirate's political office in Qatar.

Taliban rule in Afghanistan faces an economic crisis following its takeover of the landlocked country in August this year.

A day earlier, the Taliban delegation met with the special envoy of Qatar's ministry of foreign affairs, Mutlaq Al Qahtani, to discuss ways to improve humanitarian assistance for Afghan citizens.

This meeting comes as a delegation from the Taliban is currently visiting Qatar, where a new round of negotiations between the outfit and the US will start next week.

"The delegations discussed topics related to counterterrorism, enhancing human rights and humanitarian aid. The two sides stressed on the importance of having humanitarian aid reach its beneficiaries, especially with the winter season approaching," Qatar's ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement on Friday, as quoted by Russian News agency Sputnik.

The US Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tom West will be meeting with the Taliban leaders in Doha next week.

"They'll discuss ... our vital national interests when it comes to Afghanistan," said State Department spokesperson Ned Price, reported Tolo News.

"That includes counterterrorism, that includes a safe passage for US citizens and for Afghans to whom we have a special commitment and that includes humanitarian assistance and the economic situation of the country," he added.

On November 8, West started his first trip in this role to Europe and Asia as the US special envoy for Afghanistan. He visited Brussels and consulted with EU and US allies on Afghanistan.

Source: Times of India

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Arab World

 

5 Peshmerga soldiers killed in Daesh/ISIS attack in Iraq

28.11.2021

BAGHDAD

Five Peshmerga soldiers of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) were killed in a suspected Daesh/ISIS attack in northern Iraq on Sunday, according to a KRG officer.

Suspected Daesh/ISIS gunmen attacked a Peshmerga site in Kolju district in Garmian region in northern Iraq, the officer said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media.

He said four other soldiers were injured in the attack.

Peshmerga forces launched a manhunt for the attackers, the officer said.

There was no comment from the Iraqi authorities on the report.

In 2017, Iraq declared victory over Daesh/ISIS by reclaiming all territories the terrorist group controlled since the summer of 2014, which was estimated to be about a third of the country’s territory.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Iraq Kurdish security forces killed in suspected Islamic State attack

28 November 2021

A suspected Islamic State (IS) attack has killed five Iraqi Kurdish security officials south of the city of Sulaimaniyah, regional authorities said on Sunday.

The Saturday evening roadside bombing underlined the "serious threat" IS still poses to the Kurdistan region four years after the Iraqi government declared victory over the militant group, the region's prime minister Masrour Barzani said.

The region's peshmerga ministry said the slain fighters who were hit had been on their way to reinforce comrades who had come under attack by IS fighters.

"We have warned time and again about the dangers posed by the Islamic State group terrorists," Barzani said.

The last major attack blamed on IS in Iraq was an assault on a checkpoint south of Kirkuk that killed 13 policemen in September.

The last major attack claimed by IS was a July bombing in the Baghdad district of Sadr City, which killed 30 people.

Source: Middle East Eye

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World Muslim Communities Council postpones UAE conference over Omicron COVID-19 fears

29 November ,2021

The World Muslim Communities Council has announced the postponement of its international conference in the United Arab Emirates as international concern rises over the spread of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron across the globe

The conference, ‘Islamic Unity: Concept, Opportunities, Challenges’, which was scheduled to be held on 12-14 December, was canceled “due to the developments of the of the new coronavirus variant Omicron, state news agency WAM reported.

Dr. Ali Rashid al-Nuaimi, chairman of the council, said a new date will be announced for the conference, after the end of this emergency event.

“Although the UAE, which is hosting the event, is not affected by this new variant, but the precautionary measures taken in some countries might lead to a lockdown there, making the return of guests coming from these countries very difficult,” he said.

It comes as the UAE announced on Sunday that it has made COVID-19 vaccine booster shots available for everyone over the age of 18 over rising fears over the new variant.

“The ministry has made the booster shot available for all categories of people over the age of 18 who have received two doses of the Pfizer-BionTech and Sputnik vaccine, given that six months have passed since they received the second dose,” said UAE health sector spokesperson Farida al-Hosani.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Mideast

 

Over 60 Jewish settlers defile Aqsa Mosque in morning tours

November 29, 2021

Dozens of Jewish settlers escorted by police forces on Sunday morning desecrated the Aqsa Mosque in Occupied al-Quds (Jerusalem).

According to local sources, at least 64 settlers entered the Mosque in different groups through its Maghariba Gate and toured its courtyards under police protection.

During their tours at the Islamic holy site, the settlers received lectures from rabbis about the alleged temple mount and a number of them provocatively performed Talmudic prayers.

Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation police imposed movement restrictions on Muslim worshipers, and searched and maltreated many of them in the Old City and on the roads leading to the Aqsa Mosque.

The Aqsa Mosque is exposed to daily desecration by Jewish settlers and police forces in the morning and the afternoon except on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Israeli police close al-Maghariba Gate, which is used by Jews to enter the Mosque, at 10:30 am after the settlers complete their morning tours at the holy site. Later in the afternoon, the same gate is reopened for evening tours by settlers.

Source: ABNA24

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Official: Assassination of Iranian N. Scientist Fakhrizadeh Violation of Human Rights

2021-November-28

“The assassination of martyr Fakhrizadeh, like the assassination of other dear nuclear scientists who were martyred, is a crime against humanity and a violation of international laws and human rights,” Qaribabadi said on the occasion of the first anniversary of assassination of martyr Fakhrizadeh.

He criticized the inaction and silence of international organizations and countries claiming to fight terrorism towards this crime, saying that the Tehran judiciary has completed the legal investigation into four cases of assassination of nuclear scientists and the relevant verdict will be announced soon.

On the other hand, criminal investigation into these assassinations is also on the agenda of the Tehran Prosecutor's Office, and a case has been filed in this regard, and other cases will be filed soon, Qaribabadi added.

“We expect that with the coordination and cooperation of other relevant bodies, we will pursue and investigate these crimes in the international arena too,” he said.

Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh's car was targeted by an explosion and machinegun fire in Damavand's Absard 40 kilometers to the East of Tehran on November 27, 2020.

The nuclear scientist and one of his companions were immediately taken to a nearby hospital but he could not be saved.

After the terrorist attack, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami underlined that assassination of Fakhrizadeh may not undermine Iranians' resolve, and said revenge for the terror attack is already on the country's agenda.

General Salami extended condolences to Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, martyr Fakhrizadeh's family, and the Iranian nation over the martyrdom of Head of the Research and Innovation Organization of Iran's Defense Ministry, Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was assassinated in an organized and pre-planned terrorist attack by the child-killing Israeli regime.

"The enemies of the Iranian nation, specially the masterminds, perpetrators and supporters of this crime, should also know that such crimes will not undermine the resolve of the Iranians to continue this glorious and power-generating path, and harsh revenge and punishment is on agenda for them," the IRGC chief commander stressed.

Iranian nuclear scientists have been the target of the western and Israeli spy agencies' assassination attempts in recent years.

In June 2012, Iran announced that its intelligence forces had identified and arrested all terrorist elements behind the assassination of the country's nuclear scientists.

"All the elements involved in the assassinations of the country's nuclear scientists have been identified and arrested," Iran's Intelligence Ministry announced in a statement.

"A number of countries, whose territories and facilities had been misused by the Mossad-backed terrorist teams, have provided the Iranian officials with relevant information," the statement added.

"Over the course of the investigations, all other elements behind the assassinations of the Iranian scientists Massoud Ali-Mohammadi, Majid Shahriari and Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan as well as Reza Qashqaei (Roshan's driver) have been apprehended," the statement read.

"Some of the perpetrators of the assassination of Dr. Fereidoun Abbasi, the current head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, are among those arrested," the ministry added.

According to the statement, Iran's Intelligence Ministry had detected some of Mossad's bases within the territories of one of Iran's Western neighbors, which provided training and logistical support to the terrorist networks.

In the fifth attack of its kind in two years, terrorists killed a 32-year-old Iranian scientist, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, and his driver on January 11, 2012.

The blast took place on the second anniversary of the martyrdom of Iranian university professor and nuclear scientist, Massoud Ali Mohammadi, who was also assassinated in a terrorist bomb attack in Tehran in January 2010.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Low expectations on nuclear talks as Iran creates facts on the grounds

28 November ,2021

World powers and Iran return to Vienna on Monday for a last ditch effort to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal, but few expect a breakthrough as Tehran’s atomic activities rumble on in an apparent bid to gain leverage against the West.

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Diplomats say time is running low to resurrect the pact, which then-US President Donald Trump abandoned in 2018, angering Iran and dismaying the other world powers involved - Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia.

Six rounds of indirect talks were held between April and June. The new round begins after a hiatus triggered by the election of a new Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline cleric.

Tehran’s new negotiating team has set out demands that US and European diplomats consider unrealistic. They are insisting that all US and EU sanctions imposed since 2017, including those unrelated to its nuclear programme, be dropped,

In parallel, Tehran’s conflicts with the UN atomic watchdog, which monitors the nuclear programme, have festered. Iran has pressed ahead with its enrichment programme and the IAEA says its inspectors have been treated roughly and refused access to re-install monitoring cameras at a site it deems essential to reviving the deal with world powers.

“They are doing enough technically so they can change their basic relationship with the West to be able to have a more equal dialogue in the future,” said a Western diplomat involved in the talks.

Two European diplomats said it seemed Iran was simply playing for time to accumulate more material and know-how.

Western diplomats say they will head to Monday’s talks on the premise that they resume where they left off in June. They have warned that if Iran continues with its maximalist positions and fails to restore its cooperation with the IAEA then they will have to quickly review their options.

Iran’s top negotiator and foreign minister both repeated on Friday that full sanctions lifting would be the only thing on the table in Vienna.

“If this is the position that Iran continues to hold on Monday, then I don’t see a negotiated solution,’ said one of the European diplomats.

Several diplomats said Iran was now between four to six weeks away from the “breakout time” it needs to amass enough fissile material for a single nuclear weapon, although they cautioned it was still about two years from being able to weaponise it.

Should the talks collapse, the likelihood is the US and its allies will initially confront Iran at the IAEA next month by calling for an emergency meeting.

However, they will also want to try to keep Russia, which has political influence on Iran, and China, which provides economic breathing space to Tehran through oil purchases, on side as they initially seek alternative diplomatic options.

One scenario diplomats say Washington has suggested is negotiating an open-ended interim accord with Tehran as long as a permanent deal isn’t achieved. However, they say that it would take time and there is no certainty Iran has any appetite for it.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Hamas urges Morocco to reverse Israel deals

Ramzy Mahmoud 

28.11.2021

Palestinian resistance group Hamas has called on Morocco to reverse its security and military agreements with Israel.

Describing the move as a “setback”, Hamas said signing security and military deals with Tel Aviv “can’t be justified under any pretext."

"The strategic interests of our Arab nation of which Morocco is part can't be achieved by making alliance with the nation's enemy and the enemy of the Palestinian people," the statement said.

Hamas termed Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s recent visit to Morocco as “a great sin to the Palestinian people and their cause".

“[Gantz] is a war criminal who has always taken pride in killing Arabs and Palestinians,” the statement said.

Gantz visited Morocco on Tuesday for a two-day visit, during which he signed an agreement with Morocco to sell Israeli drones and "advanced weapons" systems to Rabat. He also signed a memorandum of understanding on defense between Israel and Morocco.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Europe

 

UK, Israel to work together to stop Iran gaining nuclear weapons

29 November ,2021

Britain and Israel will “work night and day” in preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power, the foreign ministers of the two countries wrote in a joint article.

“The clock is ticking, which heightens the need for close cooperation with our partners and friends to thwart Tehran's ambitions,” the UK's Liz Truss and her Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid wrote in the Telegraph newspaper on Sunday.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said earlier in the day that his country was “very worried” that world powers will remove sanctions on Iran in exchange for insufficient caps on its nuclear program, as negotiators convene in Vienna on Monday in a last-ditch effort to salvage a nuclear deal.

Meanwhile, Israel and Britain will sign a 10-year agreement on Monday to work closely on areas such as cybersecurity, technology, trade and defense, according to the Telegraph.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Over 1,800 Iraqi refugees return home from Belarusian border

November 29, 2021

Over 1,870 Iraqi refugees stranded at the Belarusian border have returned home so far, Iraqi Airways said on Sunday.

According to a statement by the flag carrier, 1,876 Iraqi citizens have returned to their country from the Belarusian capital Minsk on evacuation flights, so far.

The flights will continue through Sunday and Monday, it added.

In early November, many asylum seekers tried to cross the border to enter Poland from Belarus, where there are currently about 4,000 stranded asylum seekers, according to the Polish Press Agency.

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Southeast Asia

 

Will you accept Amanah for sake of ummah unity, Umno man asks PAS

November 28, 2021

PETALING JAYA: An Umno leader took a swipe at PAS for shutting out its splinter party, Amanah, in pursuing its oft-repeated calls for the unity of the ummah.

Lenggong MP Shamsul Anuar Nasarah said PAS should embrace Amanah if it is insistent that Umno should accept the Bersatu-led Perikatan Nasional (PN) into the Muafakat Nasional (MN) fold in the larger interests of Malay-Muslim unity.

He said today he agreed with PAS’ position that the question of unity of the ummah should not be confined to certain groups or be done in a selective manner.

He was commenting on a statement by PAS Youth chief Abdul Fadhli Shaari who supported party president Abdul Hadi Awang’s stand that MN would be “incomplete” without PN in the grouping.

“I agree with Fadhli’s statement that the concept of ummah unity should not be exclusive to certain Malay-Muslim parties. So will PAS embrace Amanah for the sake of ummah unity?” Shamsul asked in a Facebook post.

“I hope that PAS, being a party that claims to represent Islam, will give us a clear response to this question,” he said.

Hadi had said recently that he was seeking to form a grand coalition of Malay parties in the spirit of the unity of the ummah.

He stressed that MN should not only be confined to Umno and PAS, and urged the group to include PN, which he described as a much more diverse coalition.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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‘Ask the Education Ministry,’ says national unity minister regarding Chinese school signboard debacle

28 Nov 2021

BY KEERTAN AYAMANY

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28 — National Unity Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique has reportedly declined to answer questions regarding public-funded Chinese schools in Pahang that were given new signboards bearing only Bahasa Malaysia and Jawi script.

News portal Malaysiakini reported today that Halimah also declined to comment regarding Deputy Education Minister Mah Hang Soon’s intervention in the same matter.

“Because this (directive) is from the (Pahang) Education Department, I think we should get a response from the Education Ministry,” she was quoted as saying.

“This matter is related to the responsibilities of the educational institution. Even at school level.

“Whatever decisions made will be based on what is available to the ministry. So I can’t answer this,” she reportedly said.

In early November, Chinese-language newspaper Sin Chew reported the signboard issue, which caused an uproar among the public, educationalists and politicians as many said it was against the spirit of multiculturalism.

Yesterday, Mah announced that he had instructed the state education department to remake the signboards, this time bearing Chinese and Tamil characters, adding that the signboards without the Chinese characters will not need to be put up yet.

Source: Malay Mail

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Ahmad Faizal to Bersatu’s Melaka assemblymen: Stop politicking, continue serving the people

28 Nov 2021

IPOH, Nov 28 — “Do not fight with anyone and continue to fulfil your responsibilities as an elected assemblyman.”

That is the message from Bersatu leadership to its two assemblymen, namely Dr Mohd Aleef Yusof (Sungai Udang) and Dr Mohd Yadzil Yaakub (Bemban), regarding their position in the Melaka State Legislative Assembly.

Bersatu deputy president Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said both of them needed to focus on the agenda to fight for the rights and interest of the people in addition to supporting good policies, despite being outside of the state government.

“There is no need to fight with anyone. Today, the Melaka government has been formed and we can cooperate for the benefit of the people. They have the responsibility to speak out,” said Ahmad Faizal, who is also Youth and Sports Minister, after attending a blood donation programme here today.

Source: Malay Mail

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Calls grow within PAS for the Islamist party to team up with Umno after Melaka poll

Nadirah H. Rodzi

NOV 26, 2021

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's Islamist Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) has found itself between a rock and hard place following the Melaka state election, torn between working with Umno, the big winner in the poll, or its partner in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).

A senior PAS member, Nik Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz, who is a member of Parliament, as well as the party's central committee, on Wednesday (Nov 24) joined growing calls for PAS to work with Umno.

He said that it was time for a political realignment, reminding top PAS leaders that it was better for the party to "lick its wounds" and team up with the Malay-centric party.

But PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang on Thursday said that he was seeking a grand coalition of all three Malay parties.

The Islamist party is aligned to both Umno and Bersatu but through separate pacts - with Umno in Muafakat Nasional (MN) and Bersatu in PN.

PAS and Umno have been at loggerheads for years but that changed in 2019 when both agreed to the MN pact. Umno blocked Bersatu from joining MN.

Both Umno and PN help to prop up the government of Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob who only enjoys a slim majority in Parliament.

"PAS upholds the concept of unity in accordance with the Islamic perspective, which is the unity of Muslims, and also the unity amongst diverse people, including non-Muslims. Therefore, PAS rejects MN which only involves Umno and PAS," Tan Sri Abdul Hadi said on Facebook.

"PAS also rejects the ideology that denies the existence of diverse communities which needs to be addressed through a wider coalition which is PN," he added.

Mr Abdul Hadi likened MN and PN as "two arms belonging to one body", saying that they could not exist separately.

In the Melaka polls on Nov 20, the Umno-led Barisan Nasional coalition won 21 out of the 28 seats at stake to regain its two-thirds majority in the legislative assembly. The opposition Pakatan Harapan coalition took five and PN the remaining two.

PAS lost in all the seats it contested under the PN banner but the party claims that it got more votes in Melaka than the previous poll in 2018.

Political observers say that the defeat in the Melaka polls has led some PAS members to push for cooperation with Umno, believing that it will otherwise be difficult for PAS to strengthen its position in the next general election.

"Only Umno is able to provide a brighter coupling compared to Bersatu, it's proven in the Melaka election. So it's not surprising if PAS returns to MN when the time comes," University of Malaya sociopolitical analyst Awang Azman Awang Pawi told The Straits Times.

"There is no issue of being embarrassed for making a U-turn, it's not a foreign move in politics... as long as it can benefit and ensure their political position is not threatened," he said, claiming that PAS' grassroots prefer cooperating with Umno than Bersatu.

But Professor James Chin, who specialises in Malaysian politics at the University of Tasmania's Asia Institute, thinks otherwise.

"A lot of PAS members hold a deep animosity towards Umno and many of Umno's core supporters hate PAS - both accuse each other of breaking Malay unity," he told ST.

"Based on my assessment, it would be very difficult for Umno and PAS to come together," he said.

Source: Straits Times

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Africa


Saif al-Islam Gaddafi says judges refuse to hold hearing on disqualification appeal

28 November ,2021

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi said on Sunday that judicial authorities have refused to hold a hearing to consider his appeal against Libya’s High National Election Commission decision to disqualify his candidacy in the upcoming presidential elections.

Earlier this week, Al Arabiya reported that Gaddafi’s team planned to file an appeal with the judicial authorities to challenge the commission’s decision to exclude him from the election scheduled for next month on the grounds that he did not meet the conditions for candidacy.

Attorney Khaled al-Ghuwail told Al Arabiya that the commission’s decision, which was based on Article 10 of the Presidential Election Law, constitutes a legal violation and does not apply to Gaddafi, as no final judicial ruling was issued against his client in any felony or crime as evidenced by Gaddafi’s criminal record, which does not include any precedents.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Sudanese soldiers killed in attack by Ethiopian forces: Sudan military

28 November ,2021

Several Sudanese soldiers were killed in an attack by Ethiopian forces near the border between the countries, Sudan’s army said on Saturday.

“Groups of the Ethiopian army and militias attacked our forces in al-Fashaqa al-Sughra… The armed forces incurred several losses but will continue to protect our lands,” the army said in a statement, without stating the number of troops killed.

The Sudanese army added that it inflicted “heavy losses in lives and equipment” on the Ethiopian forces.

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Sudan Tribune cited military sources as saying that the fighting on the border between Sudan and Ethiopia resulted in the death of 21 soldiers and injured at least 30 others.

The Sudanese news outlet said the fighting lasted eight hours and heavy artillery and machine guns were used.

The location of the clash, Al-Fashaqa, is an area that borders Ethiopia’s troubled Tigray region and has seen several deadly clashes between the two sides over the past years, but it became more frequent over the last year.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Libya’s presidential hopefuls petition against PM's candidacy: Reports

28 November ,2021

Candidates for Libya's presidential election have petitioned against the interim prime minister's bid and a Tripoli court is to examine their request, media reports said Sunday.

Influential former interior minister Fathi Bashagha was among several presidential hopefuls to have filed appeals against premier Abdulhamid Dbeibah's candidacy, the reports said.

The Tripoli appeals court accepted their petitions and will examine them before giving a ruling.

If it rejects Dbeibah's bid, he will have 72 hours to appeal, according to the reports.

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A source close to Bashagha told AFP the court would look specifically into complaints that Dbeibah did not resign his post three months before submitting his candidacy, in accordance with Libya's electoral law.

The December 24 polls come as part of a push to end a decade of violence in oil-rich Libya following a NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed Moamer Kadhafi in 2011.

Libya's electoral commission HNEC said earlier this month it had rejected the candidacy of Kadhafi's son, Seif al-Islam Kadhafi.

He was among 25 candidates rejected on legal grounds as well as based on information from officials, including the public prosecutor, it said.

For Seif al-Islam, the HNEC pointed to articles of the electoral law stipulating that candidates “must not have been sentenced for a dishonorable crime” and must present a clean criminal record.

Seif al-Islam is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes committed during the Libyan uprising.

He was also sentenced to death by a Tripoli court for crimes committed during the revolt that toppled his father, but later pardoned by a rival administration in eastern Libya.

A total of 98 candidates, including two women, had registered for the December polls, according to the HNEC.

Source: Al Arabiya

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North America

 

As nuclear talks resume, Israel PM says worried US is readying to lift Iran sanctions

28 November ,2021

Israel’s PM Naftali Bennett said on Sunday he is worried the US might be preparing to lift its sanctions on Iran, a day ahead of the resumption of talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal in Vienna.

“Israel is very concerned about the willingness to lift sanctions and allow the flow of billions to Iran in exchange for insufficient restrictions on the nuclear program,” Bennet said.

“This is a message that we are conveying in every way, both to the Americans and to the other countries that are negotiating with Iran,” he added.

Indirect talks between the US and Iran, with participation of France, Russia, China, UK and Germany, to revive the abandoned 2015 nuclear deal are set to resume in Vienna on Monday after a five-month hiatus.

Israel strongly opposes the 2015 nuclear deal and doesn’t want the US to return to it under Joe Biden’s presidency.

In August, Bennett met with Biden in the White House and discussed Iran. Biden told the Israeli PM that if diplomatic negotiations failed regarding Iran’s nuclear deal, then Washington was prepared with other options.

Washington has threatened a so called “Plan B” was in place if diplomacy with Tehran failed, but did not elaborate on the details of said plan.

A senior Israeli diplomat said on Sunday: “The Americans are saying one thing to us and then the opposite within a few hours,” according to the Jerusalem Post.

Source: Al Arabiya

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US to exert pressure on Iran if it uses Vienna talks to boost nuclear program: Envoy

28 November ,2021

The US and its partners will exert pressure on Iran if it uses the Vienna talks scheduled to resume on Monday as a ruse to accelerate its nuclear program, US special envoy to Iran Robert Malley told BBC on Saturday.

“If Iran thinks it can use this time to build more leverage and then come back and say they want something better it simply won't work. We and our partners won't go for it,” he said.

He added: “If that's Iran's approach, which is to try to use the negotiations as cover for an accelerated nuclear program, and as I say, drag its feet at the nuclear table, we will have to respond in a way that is not our preference.”

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“Nobody should be surprised if at that point there is increased pressure on Iran,” Malley, who heads the US negotiating team to the talks in Vienna, said.

Indirect talks between the US and Iran, with participation of France, Russia, China, UK and Germany, to revive the abandoned 2015 nuclear deal are set to resume in Vienna on Monday after a five-month hiatus.

Under the 2015 accord, Iran was only allowed to enrich uranium up to 3.67 percent, way below the 90 percent required for weapons-grade uranium.

However, after former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the accord in 2018 and imposed sanctions on Iran, Tehran began aggressively enriching uranium.

Talks between Iran and the US have stalled after Ebrahim Raisi was elected president in June.

Washington has repeatedly warned that its patience was wearing thin and threatened a so called “Plan B” was in place if Tehran wouldn’t play ball, but did not elaborate on the details of said plan.

Source: Al Arabiya

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The murder of Iranian nuclear scientists has failed to hamper its progress

Monday, 29 November 2021

November 27th marks the anniversary of the assassination of prominent Iranian scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, by external elements, which was meant to hamper the nuclear advancements made by Iran.  But the anti-Iran project has proven ineffective as Tehran continues to make progress with its peaceful nuclear program.

The former head of the Iranian Defense Ministry’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, Dr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated on the 27th of November 2020 when his car came under attack near his countryside residence, east of Tehran.

Dr Fakhrizadeh had reportedly been on Israel's hit list since at least 2007.

This is how Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, head of project AMAD put it; remember that name, Fakhrizadeh.

Bejamin Netanyahu, Former Israeli PM

But he wasn't the only Iranian scientist to have been targeted by Israel. The regime made several assassination attempts between 2007 and 2012 that claimed the lives of four Iranian nuclear scientists and wounded another, not to mention the sabotage attacks on Iranian nuclear sites which have become more frequent in the last few months.

Iran has vowed to continue to work on its peaceful nuclear programme. The international community, however, was largely silent over the recent assassination; a similar attitude of indifference as displayed by its indifference toward Israeli airstrikes on Syria, and its aggression on the Palestinian people.

The point is simple. Israel is America's most important friend and ally in the Middle East and in North Africa. Israel is exempt from prosecution in the eyes of America simply because without Israel, America, America's position in the Middle East and in North Africa, would be in serious jeopardy.

Marcus Papadopoulos, Historian

Iran has vowed a harsh response against those behind the attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists and facilities.

A report published by The New York Times suggests that the United States has called on Israel to stop its attacks on Iran's nuclear programme, suggesting that they could help strengthen Iranian capabilities.

The article cites officials familiar with the discussions who said Washington has told Tel Aviv that the attacks are ultimately counterproductive as Iran has been able to replace the damaged centrifuges with newer and much more capable ones within months.

According to the article, the US officials have admitted that Iran has improved its defenses, including with regard to its cyber-security, rendering an attack similar to the Stuxnet virus extremely difficult to carry out with any palpable success.

Israeli officials have reportedly rejected the US call, saying they don't have any intention of ending their anti Iran policies.

Yet the credibility of the whole report is under question as Washington and Tel Aviv hardly ever disagree on anything, especially when it comes to Iran.

The Americans understand that Israel's actions often cannot be defended publicly. So it cannot always be seen in public, as siding with the Israelis.

Source: Press TV

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