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Al-Qaida Chief Ayman Al-Zawahiri’s Appeal to Do “Hijrah” Or Migrate to Assam “Disturbing”: Cops Continue to Bust Modules of Ansar-ul-Islam, an AQIS Chapter

New Age Islam News Bureau

29 July 2022

 

Al-Qaida chief Aymenn al-Zawahiri. File photo

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• Taliban Leader, Akhundzada, Calls for Implementation of Sharia Law in Afghanistan, Says Islamic Emirate spokesman

• New Fatwa Issued by Egypt’s Al-Azhar Sparked Outrage and Criticism among Egyptians

• Islamic State Terrorists in Afghanistan Increased To 6,000 since Taliban Takeover: Russia

• Integrated Mideast Defence System Still Only an Idea, Says US Official

 

India

• Islamic Terror Module Linked To Ansarullah Bangla Team and Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent Busted In Assam, 11 Detained

• 2nd Shocker from Karnataka in 3 Days: On Cam, Masked Men Stab Mangaluru Muslim Youth; Section 144 Imposed

• As Bihar’s Dance Troupes Expand Flesh Trade, Love Jihad and Conversion Enter the Unholy Mix

• Targeted Because We Are Muslims, Says Father of Accused Arrested In Karnataka BJP Worker's Murder

• Martyrdom anniversary of Umar Ibn al Khattab observed in Kashmir

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South Asia

• U.S. Senators Urge UN to Take ‘Meaningful Actions’ in Defence of Afghans Rights

• Afghan Frozen Assets Discussed At Meeting between Taliban Delegation and US Officials in Tashkent

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Arab World

• Traditional Intra-Group Rivalry Impeding New Government Formation in Iraq

• Kurdish authorities unearth dozens of bodies in mass grave in Syria

• At least 17 dead in rare clashes in Syria’s Sweida

• Syrian ship carrying ‘stolen Ukrainian barley, flour’ docks in Tripoli: Embassy

• Four Syrian Kurds killed in Turkish strike: Kurdish forces

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Europe

• Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince holds summit with France’s President at Elysee Palace

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North America

• US State Department confirms new funds for Lebanon’s army, police

• 'No One’s Gotten to the Bottom Of 9/11' Trump Says

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Pakistan

• High Court Rejects Petition Seeking Orders To Block Deal Between Govt And TTP

• Coalition Conspiring Against Judiciary While Economy Plummets: PTI

• Govt Must Send Presidential Reference to SC for Full Bench’s Interpretation of Article 63-A: Pakistan Democratic Movement

• Peshawar police arrest 20-year-old for sexually assaulting, killing minor girls

• PTI files complaint against ANP leader

• PM alarmed over delay in PTI funding case verdict

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Southeast Asia

• Religious Affairs Minister Warns Oktoberfest Could 'Compromise Safety of Community' If Open To Public

• Malay-Muslim Company meets food crisis challenge head on

• Don’t give in to PN’s demand for DPM post, Isham tells PM

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Mideast

• Israel Refuses Jordanian King's Request to Send Qur'an Copies to Al-Aqsa

• President Rayeesi: Regional Security Indebted to Iran's Power

• Iran Busts Israeli-Linked Spy Network

• Iran's N. Chief: Construction of Research Reactor to Start within Weeks

• Iran arrests five suspected members of an Israeli-linked spy network

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Africa

• Nigerian Military Kills 30 Terrorists Who Ambushed Soldiers in Capital

• Kano Govt Declares Monday Work Free Day to Mark New Islamic Year

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Al-Qaida Chief Ayman Al-Zawahiri’s Appeal to Do “Hijrah” Or Migrate to Assam “Disturbing”: Cops Continue to Bust Modules of Ansar-ul-Islam, an AQIS Chapter

 

Al-Qaida chief Aymenn al-Zawahiri. File photo

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Jul 29, 2022

GUWAHATI: Assam has termed al-Qaida chief Aymenn al-Zawahiri’s appeal to do “Hijrah” or migrate to Assam “disturbing” as police continue to bust modules of Ansar ul-Islam, a chapter of al-Qaida in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), in the state.

Ansar ul-Islam is known to radicalise youths of the state through religious teachings. Nearly 30 members of the terror outfit have been nabbed in the state this year.

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday said “a section of fundamentalists is working in Bangladesh to destabilise the country” and “since Assam and Bangladesh share the international boundary, there is some danger in our state also. The central and state governments are working in tandem to destroy the modules.”

Assam Police chief Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said, “AQIS is showing interest to expand its network into the northeast. In one of the videos AQIS has released, Al Qaeda (AQ) leader Aymenn al-Zawahiri has himself appealed to do hijrah into Assam, which means go to Assam. That is disturbing. Another disturbing factor is that AQIS’s quarterly magazine is now being published in Bengali language, which is dangerous.”

“Maybe it is an attempt to radicalise young people. But our boys and girls have not fallen into their trap,” he added.

Investigations revealed that most of the arrested members of the AQIS modules had entered India through West Bengal before shifting to Assam to refine their training and start working.

According to the source in Assam police, the group chooses West Bengal and Assam as they can utilise the language to radicalise the youngsters.

Additional DGP (special branch) Hiren Nath said the modus operandi of Ansar ul-Islam differs from other banned militant organisations like Ulfa-I. “Ansar ul-Islam radicalises youths by religious teachings. The effect of the radicalisation can be seen after five or 10 years,” he added.

The first module busted in March in lower Assam’s Barpeta district was active in the district and adjacent districts from around 2019-20. Saiful Islam alias Harun Rashid alias Mohammed Suman, one of the five members of the group who were arrested in March, had entered India from Bangladesh “illegally” in 2018. He had first gone to Uttar Pradesh from where he moved to West Bengal before moving to Assam in 2019-20 to carry out jihadi activities.

To establish his network, Islam, who originally hails from Narayanganj in Bangladesh, married a girl in Chirang district, that falls in Bodoaland Territorial Region, and settled down in Howli in Barpeta.

Source: Times Of India

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Taliban Leader, Akhundzada, Calls for Implementation of Sharia Law in Afghanistan, Says Islamic Emirate Spokesman

 

Leader of the Islamic Emirate Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada (PHOTO: Social Media)

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By Arif Ahmadi

29 Jul 2022

KABUL, Afghanistan – Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid in a statement Thursday said that the leader of the Islamic Emirate Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada held a gathering with the provincial governors in Kandahar, stressing the need for preserving the Islamic values.

Akhundzada called for the implementation of Sharia law, saying any law enacted by the people are not acceptable and that every problem should be solved by Sharia.

“Over the past 20 years, there have been a lot of anti-Shari and Islam rhetoric and laws which are made by the people is not implementable,” he was quoted in the statement.

Meanwhile, analysts and local rights activists questioned the implementation of law the so-called Islamic Emirate leadership is biding to implement throughout the country, saying both the fundamental and Sharia laws are crucial for overall development.

“The laws should be implemented so as not to be against and in contrast with Sharia, so if it is something like this, that is an Islamic law,” said Ghulam Sakhi Ihsani, university instructor, as TOLOnews quoted.

According to the statement, all rights concerning women and minorities in the country must be upon Sharia, stressing the implementation of a latest decree by the supreme leader that has at least six articles.

“How is Sharia law implemented while the schools for girls’ students above grade six have remained closed for more than 313 days and women are deprived of their basic rights which is the right to education?” said Marriam Marouf Arveen, a female rights’ activist.

Meanwhile, the statement exclaimed it is the responsibility of all citizens and media organizations to bring this decree into effect.

Earlier, at least four American senators voiced their concerns over human rights violations in Afghanistan on a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, saying “we must not stand by as the Taliban seeks to erase the human rights of Afghan women and girls.”

Robert Menendez, James E. Risch, Jeanne Shaheen and Joni K. Ernst were the senators who wrote to the UN Secretary General, urging the intergovernmental organization to take “meaningful actions” in defense of human rights of Afghans.

“The United Nations has an opportunity to take meaningful actions that will send a clear, unequivocal message to the world that its member nations will defend the human rights of Afghans, particularly women and girls,” the letter reads, as TOLOnews quoted.

They say that the Islamic Emirate leadership take advantage of the UN travel exception outside Afghanistan, building diplomatic relations with other countries.

“The UN travel exemption has failed to produce meaningful dialogue with the Taliban nor spur them to take concrete actions to demonstrate their respect for the human rights and freedoms of the Afghan people,” the letter reads.

“Moreover, Taliban leaders have misused the exemption, traveling to Beijing and Moscow in efforts to establish diplomatic ties.”

Emphasizing on the ever-increasing restrictions and ongoing violation of human rights by the Taliban leadership, these senators urged the United Nations to exclude Taliban of any seat at the United Nations.

“We urge you to work to ensure the Taliban does not receive a seat at the United Nations when the UN Credentials Committee meets this September to determine diplomatic representation for Afghanistan,” the letter further added.

International community – including world leaders – laid down conditions before giving the Taliban a formal identity to lead the Afghanistan republic government: 1- Observe women’s right, 2- freedom of speech, 3- formation of inclusive government, 4- and never use of Afghan soil as a threat to other countries, including the United States.

Source: Khaama Press

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New Fatwa Issued by Egypt’s Al-Azhar Sparked Outrage and Criticism among Egyptians

 

Muslim Egyptians perform the morning prayer of the Eid al-Adha holiday in the capital Cairo on Sept. 12, 2016. - AFP via Getty Images

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July 28, 2022

CAIRO — A veiling fatwa recently issued by Egypt’s Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's highest religious authority, has sparked outrage and criticism among Egyptians.

On July 8, Al-Azhar's Global Center for Electronic Fatwas published its “Eid Prohibitions,” a series of measures to observe during Eid al-Adha, on Facebook. One forbids women from leaving home without the hijab.

The statement was met with widespread criticism online. The following day, the institution changed the wording to forbid women from attending Eid prayers without the veil.

The change, however, did not put an end to the controversy.

The Arabic hashtag for “Down with Sheikh Al-Azhar,” demanding the ouster of Al-Azhar Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, trended on Twitter.

Sahar al-Jaara, an Egyptian journalist who writes for several Egyptian newspapers including al-Watan and Al-Masry Al-Youm, tweeted July 10, “The Al-Azhar sheikh is not the guardian of society and the veil is not an obligation.”

Neither Al-Azhar nor Tayeb have publicly responded to the comments.

While this was not Egypt's first veiling controversy, it was the first criticism leveled against Al-Azhar's grand imam himself, and many clerics have responded by attacking the fatwa's critics.

Rida al-Danbouki, director of the Women’s Center for Guidance and Legal Awareness, told Al-Monitor, “The renewed debate over the headscarf in Egypt is nothing but an attempt by clerics to impose patriarchal control and oppression on women’s bodies,” calling such efforts "misogynistic and incitement against women.”

Danbouki explained, “The Egyptian constitution stresses the personal freedom of all citizens and strictly forbids infringing upon it,” referring to Articles 54 and 99.

He added, “Women are completely free to wear whatever they want, whenever they want, without any supervision from anyone or male control, and without being discriminated against. Everyone is equal before the law.”

Fatiha al-Hanafi, a professor of jurisprudence at Al-Azhar University, told Al-Monitor, “Some parties are hostile to Al-Azhar,” adding, “These parties tend to spark controversies over established doctrinal issues in Islamic law, including the issue of the hijab.”

She went on, “According to all three [Abrahamic] religions, whether Judaism, Christianity or Islam, women must wear the veil and loose clothing. Also, the Quran specifically refers to the hijab in Verse 31 of Surah an-Nur,” she said. “Yet some insist on confusing these religious concepts that are uncontested, namely the issue of the hijab.”

Abbas Shouman, the Al-Azhar official responsible for issuing fatwas, wrote in a July 16 Facebook post that the organizers of music events ought to force attendees to wear loose white clothes.

“Obliging women and men to wear white to attend an event does not contradict personal freedoms. It is just a reminder for women to observe the hijab dress code, which is a religious duty,” he added.

Meanwhile, Noha Mohammad, a 20-year-old Egyptian university student, told Al-Monitor, “The controversy around Al-Azhar’s electronic fatwa is misplaced. It is only normal for women going to prayers to be veiled, whether they wear it in their daily lives or not,” adding, “The way I see it, it did not say anything on imposing the headscarf on women in general.”

“The hijab issue has become almost a phobia for some, in light of the tendencies of scholars such as Saad al-Din al-Hilali and others to impose the headscarf on women,” Mohammad said.

Sara al-Sayed, an Egyptian woman in her 30s, told Al-Monitor, “Religious institutions are fighting to impose the hijab as a religious duty. But at the end of the day, this remains a personal freedom. Every woman is free to put it on or to give it up. Women are completely free in their choices, regardless of any institution.”

Saeed Sadiq, a professor of political sociology at the American University in Cairo, told Al-Monitor, “The controversy surrounding the headscarf in Egypt is an attempt by many clerics to impose male dominance on Egyptian women.” He went on, “This is an unending controversial issue, as are all women’s issues, because of the Egyptian clergy’s focus on them, while ignoring political issues and other matters.”

Sadiq said, “Most of the recent fatwas have been focusing on women's clothing. But what about women’s education and protection from violence in the street, at home and at work?”

Source: Al Monitor

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Islamic State Terrorists in Afghanistan Increased To 6,000 since Taliban Takeover: Russia

 

Image: AP

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28 July, 2022

Moscow [Russia], July 28 (ANI): The number of Islamic State terrorist organization members in Afghanistan increased three times to 6,000 since the Taliban came to power last year, Zamir Kabulov, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Second Asian Department, said on Thursday.

“As far as we understand, their approximate estimated number has reached 6,000. If you remember, after the Taliban came to power and took tough steps against the IS, their number was about 2,000 more or less. That is, even approximately, a three-fold increase,” Kabulov said at a press conference at the Rossiya Segodnya international media group.

“This is the most negative side of the development of the Afghan situation, because the IS, as before, are sharpened to destabilize not only Afghanistan, but also its neighbors,” he was quoted as saying by Sputnik.

Since the Taliban seized power in August last year, the Islamic group has been fighting with the IS in several provinces.

Armed groups linked to the Afghan branch of the Islamic State have carried out bombings targeting ethnic Hazaras, Afghan Shias, Sufis, and others, killing and injuring hundreds.

Last month, a new report prepared for the UN Security Council said the Taliban regime faces multiple threats from al-Qaida, the Islamic State, and an insurgency in the northern region of Panjshir.

According to the report, neither IS nor al-Qaida is expected to be able to launch international attacks “before 2023 at the earliest, regardless of their intent or of whether the Taliban acts to restrain them.”

“While seeking international recognition to re-engage with the international financial system and to receive aid in order to deal with the growing economic and humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan,” the experts said.

“Since taking power, however, there have been many factors creating internal tensions within the movement, leading to perceptions that the Taliban’s governance has been chaotic, disjointed and prone to reversing policies and going back on promises,” they added. (ANI)

Source: The Print

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Integrated Mideast Defence System Still Only an Idea, Says US Official

 

U.S. President Joe Biden walks to board a plane following an Arab summit, at King Abdulaziz International Airprot, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, July 16, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/File Photo

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28 July ,2022

A senior US administration official said on Thursday that there was no framework yet for an integrated Middle East air and missile defense system but that the US believes there is potential for a multilateral regional approach for security.

President Joe Biden raised the matter during a visit to Saudi Arabia earlier this month where he held a summit with leaders from nine Arab states following a trip to Israel, but left with no public Arab support for a regional security axis.

“It's an idea right now, there's no framework for it ... but it was important for the president to raise the issue of better regional integrated air and missile defense,” said the administration official, who declined to be named.

“We think, particularly given the increasing threat of Iran's ballistic missiles, there's great promise here in having a more networked, more integrated, more cooperative approach to air missile defense.”

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been frustrated by US conditions on arms sales. The two countries were also irked by their exclusion from indirect US-Iran talks on reviving a 2015 nuclear pact they see as flawed for not addressing Iran's missile program and regional behavior.

Israel, which shares their concern over Iran, encouraged Biden's trip to Jeddah, hoping it would foster a warming between Saudi Arabia and Israel as part of a wider Arab rapprochement after the UAE and Bahrain forged ties with Israel.

During the trip, Saudi Arabia announced it would open its airspace to all air carriers, paving the way for more overflights to and from Israel. The Saudi foreign minister later said this was not a precursor to further steps and that he was not aware of any discussions on a Gulf-Israeli defense alliance.

Iran accused Washington of using “Iranophobia” to create regional tension during Biden's visit.

Source: Al Arabiya

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India

 

Islamic Terror Module Linked To Ansarullah Bangla Team and Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent Busted In Assam, 11 Detained

28th July 2022

GUWAHATI: Assam Police along with Central agencies on Thursday detained 11 people in connection with Islamic fundamentalism and linked with Bangladesh-based radical outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) and Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS).

"Assam Police has detained 11 persons from Morigaon, Barpeta, Guwahati and Goalpara districts. They are connected to Islamic fundamentalism having linkages with global terror outfits viz. AQIS and ABT. Further action is being taken per law," GP Singh, Special DGP L&O, Border, Director V&AC & Chief Anti-Rhino Poaching Task Force, Assam, told ANI.

Jamiul Huda Madrassa, a building at Sahariagaon of Morigaon has been sealed. It is suspected of being a harbour or safe house of the detained persons, added the police.

"We got info about a man named Mustafa who runs a madrassa in Moriabari associated with anti-national activities. He's linked with financing of the Ansarullah Bangla Team related to Al-Qaeda in the sub-continent. Case registered under various sections of UAPA," said Aparna N, SP, Morigaon.

The police have seized numerous electronic devices and incriminating documents from detained persons.

Further investigation and operations are being carried out to unearth the linkages and network.

Source: New Indian Express

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2nd Shocker from Karnataka in 3 Days: On Cam, Masked Men Stab Mangaluru Muslim Youth; Section 144 Imposed

JULY 29, 2022

Just 2 days after a BJP Yuva Morcha worker was hacked to death, another shocker from Karnataka’s Mangalore. A 23-year-old Muslim man, identified as Mohammed Fazil, a resident of Mangalpete near Surathkal was attacked in his home town near Mangalore. The gruesome attack seemed almost like a copycat incident of that of Praveen Nettaru’s murder in Bellare.

The entire incident was caught on CCTV and follows a similar pattern were a group of unknown masked attackers were seen charging at him, who then chase him and then brutally assault and stab the Muslim man. The incident occurred while Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai was in Mangalore to visit to the house of Praveen Nettar who was murdered in Bellare, just two hours away from Surathkal.

The chilling CCTV clip shows moments of the attack that took place outside a textile shop at Surathkal where the gang is seen beating the man up. The attackers are also seen fleeing the scene. The aftermath of the attack shows parts of the shop vandalised.

“At around 8pm (on July 28), there was an incident where a 23-year-old boy was brutally attacked by 4-5 people near Krishnapura Katipalla road, Surathkal. The boy was immediately shifted to a hospital & was declared dead,” N Shashi Kumar, Mangaluru Police Commissioner told ANI. According to the Police Commissioner, the man was attacked using a lethal weapon and that a case has been filed at Surathkal police station. Section 144 has also been imposed at Surathkal, Mulki, Bajpe and Panambur in Mangalore.

Cops also said that “The motive behind the incident & the identity of the culprits is being investigated” and appealed to not fall prey to rumours by what they termed “vested-interest groups”.

Source: News18

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As Bihar’s Dance Troupes Expand Flesh Trade, Love Jihad and Conversion Enter the Unholy Mix

Siddhartha Rai

July 28, 2022

New Delhi: It’s always been a bad business. Now it’s getting worse, much worse.

Bihar’s travelling dance troupes have incorporated some really nasty moves in the sex-trafficking rackets they are known for, using love jihad and conversion to further their primary money-spinning activity. These troupes, known popularly as orchestras, have now expanded their reach to neighbouring West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and even Nepal.

"The governments of states where orchestras are a problem, such as Bihar and Punjab, must show will and must act against them. Sexual exploitation of minors is rampant in these orchestras. Moreover, why should there be minor girls dancing in orchestras? Then these are also places where a religious conversion rackets are active. Another angle to this problem is the involvement of illegal migrants in India, such as Bangladeshis and Rohingyas," National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) chief Priyank Kanoongo told Firstpost.

Kanoongo said these orchestras are patronised by the rich and powerful which is one of the reasons why state governments have been loath to act against these crime hubs.

There is actually an infamous 'orchestra belt' in Bihar comprising the districts of Gopalganj, Motihari, Muzaffarpur, Rohtas, West Champaran and adjoining areas. These orchestras cater mostly to wedding functions that as a rule include the lascivious, and sometimes occasions like the birth of a son to people of means.

The modus operandi is simple: conmen lure young women, a lot of them minors, promising jobs or love, usually both. The unsuspecting girls are then sold to the orchestra or dance troupes for as less as Rs 10,000. Religious conversion to Islam is also part of cycle frequently, for sale to Muslim buyers.

Unsuspecting girls are mostly sourced from Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha, among other states, and neighbouring Nepal.

The girls are then brutalised into submission and groomed as dancers; prostitution is part of this horrendous journey which includes daily beatings and rape as a matter of course.

Many of these girls who are later sold forward by the orchestras go on to join brothels, mostly in West Bengal, where they are formally initiated in selling flesh for money. In several instances, these girls are also sold as brides to willing husbands in regions where the sex ratio is skewed, such as western Uttar Pradesh.

In a recent case from June this year, four minor girls were rescued by Bihar Police from an orchestra in Chiraiya, West Champaran. These girls were from Jharkhand, West Bengal and Muzaffarpur in Bihar.

The police filed FIRs against three orchestra owners, who slipped out of the police net and escaped.

“The girl from West Bengal had been sold by her close friend to the orchestra for Rs 50,000. She had been lured on the pretext of a job. She was made to dance against her will while she was also physically exploited,” Virendra Singh, director of Mukti Foundation, told Firstpost.

Mukti Foundation is one of the biggest non-profits working for emancipation of women, especially minors, from the clutches of such unscrupulous elements and works closely with the NCPCR.

“The girls from Muzaffarpur told the authorities that she had been netted in a love affair by one Tanveer three months ago (from the date of rescue). Tanveer also married her. Tanveer then sold the girl for Rs 20,000 to an orchestra in Chiraiya in Bihar’s West Champaran. The same was the case with a girl from Jharkhand,” Singh added.

“This is not an isolated case. This has been happening in Bihar for some time now. Guys like Tanveer net young unsuspecting minors in love affairs, push them to have physical relations after which the girls are psychologically gripped by these men. They are also alienated from their families. When the time is ripe, they elope, but then are sold,” Singh said.

In 2018, 17 women, including five minor girls, were rescued by Bihar Police in East Champaran district from an alleged sex racket that was run by human traffickers operating under the garb of an orchestra group.

The rescue operation was at two places in Balwa Rai village near Mahnava Bazar under Turkaulia police station, some 200 km from Patna. According to the police, these women were residents of Nepal, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Odisha.

In the same year, an orchestra owner had been arrested on charges of subjecting a girl to sexual abuse, while six girls, all from Ghughali in West Bengal, were rescued during a raid in Dipau village of East Champaran district in August.

Source: Firstpost

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Martyrdom anniversary of Umar Ibn al Khattab observed in Kashmir

Muzamil Bhat

28th July 2022

Srinagar: Amid scorching heat, the martyrdom anniversary of Islamic caliph Umar ibn al Khattab was observed across Kashmir on Wednesday.

Thousands of devotees including men, women and children from across the valley thronged Hazratbal Srinagar, Jenab Sahib Soura, Asar Sharief Sheri Kailashpora besides Kabamarg Anantnag, Asar Sharief Peth-Muqaam Beerwah and Aham Sharief Bandipora Shrines.

On this occasion, holy relic, which is believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Muhammad was displayed after Zuhar prayers.

Source: Siasat Daily

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South Asia

 

U.S. Senators Urge UN to Take ‘Meaningful Actions’ in Defence of Afghans Rights

By Arif Ahmadi

29 Jul 2022

KABUL, Afghanistan – At least four American senators voiced their concerns over human rights violations in Afghanistan in a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, saying “we must not stand by as the Taliban seeks to erase the human rights of Afghan women and girls.”

Robert Menendez, James E. Risch, Jeanne Shaheen and Joni K. Ernst were the senators who wrote to the UN Secretary General, urging the intergovernmental organization to take “meaningful actions” in defense of human rights of Afghans.

“The United Nations has an opportunity to take meaningful actions that will send a clear, unequivocal message to the world that its member nations will defend the human rights of Afghans, particularly women and girls,” the letter reads, as TOLOnews quoted.

They say that the Islamic Emirate leadership take advantage of the UN travel exception outside Afghanistan, building diplomatic relations with other countries.

“The UN travel exemption has failed to produce meaningful dialogue with the Taliban nor spur them to take concrete actions to demonstrate their respect for the human rights and freedoms of the Afghan people,” the letter reads.

“Moreover, Taliban leaders have misused the exemption, traveling to Beijing and Moscow in efforts to establish diplomatic ties.”

According to the letter, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) voted last month to once again roll over the travel ban exemptions for 13 Islamic Emirate leaders, reinstating the travel ban only on two Ministers of Education following the Islamic Emirate’s refusal to open secondary schools for girls.

Emphasizing on the ever-increasing restrictions and ongoing violation of human rights by the Taliban leadership, these senators urged the United Nations to exclude Taliban of any seat at the United Nations.

“We urge you to work to ensure the Taliban does not receive a seat at the United Nations when the UN Credentials Committee meets this September to determine diplomatic representation for Afghanistan,” the letter further added.

Meanwhile, a number of political analysts highlight the need for a strategic approach of the Taliban leadership to engage with the world leaders and international communities.

“The ruling leaders in Afghanistan should prepare a mechanism so that they are not questioned by the outside world, and they should focus on a political negotiation to address this problem,” said Javid Sangdil, political analyst,” as local media quoted.

“Afghanistan’s issues should be resolved specifically inside Afghanistan, and these difficulties should not provide the chance for the international world to criticize Afghanistan,” said Faiz Mohammad Zaland, university lecturer.

Earlier this week, political analyst said the current situation in Afghanistan could get worse if the Taliban leadership will not consider an inclusive government, saying such could also pave the way for the international community to offer formal recognition to the group.

“If the people’s demand to form an inclusive government is not taken into consideration, the situation will not only worsen, but the government won’t be recognized by the international community,” said Sayed Sajad Sajadi, international relations expert.

“The international community and the people of Afghanistan want the current government to include diverse layers of educated youth and representatives from different ethnic groups,” said Ahmad Monib Rasa, political analyst.

But the so-called Islamic Emirate government has repeatedly defied the international community, saying its leadership has “fulfilled all the promises it made with the United States in the Doha Agreement.”

“The Islamic Emirate does not allow anyone to use the territory of Afghanistan against the United States and its allies,” said Spokesman of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Zabihullah Mujahid in a thread. “In addition, IEA is also committed to providing all the Shariah rights of its citizens.”

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Afghan Frozen Assets Discussed At Meeting Between Taliban Delegation and US Officials in Tashkent

By Saqalain Eqbal

28 Jul 2022

The Taliban caretaker government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement, said that a delegation from the ministry discussed Afghanistan’s frozen foreign assets, economic stability, and humanitarian relief, with the American delegation in Tashkent.

According to the Taliban Foreign Ministry’s Deputy Spokesman, Hafiz Zia Ahmad, the Taliban group sought the release of Afghan resources during their meeting with the US high-ranking delegation, which included senior officials from the US Treasury Department.

According to Reuters, the US and the Taliban have exchanged proposals and approaches to place the Central Bank of Afghanistan’s holdings in a trust fund.

However, one of the major disagreements between the two parties is the Taliban’s refusal to dismiss the head of Afghanistan’s Central Bank.

Neither the US Treasury Department nor the US delegation to the Tashkent conference have made any statements regarding this meeting, yet.

After the meeting, however, the US special representative for Afghanistan, Thomas West, said that US representatives continued to discuss with “Taliban and Afghan technocrats regarding the macroeconomic stability” of Afghanistan.

The Taliban Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Finance, and the Deputy Head of the Central Bank of Afghanistan were all present at this meeting, according to the Taliban government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which does not provide any other detail.

For as long as almost two decades, the development of Afghanistan was largely shaped by the United States and its Western allies.

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Arab World

 

Traditional intra-group rivalry impeding new government formation in Iraq

Mahmoud Barakat  

28.07.2022

The formation of a new government in Iraq has been elusive as long-running tensions continue to ramp up between prominent Shia leaders, cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who have been known as traditional rivals since 2008.

Iraqi people are in dire need of a new government to improve their poor living conditions following years of security crisis caused by Daesh/ISIS, which caused mass internal displacements. The terrorist group still has sleeper cells in the war-torn country, despite authorities declaring the defeat of the group in 2017.

The country has also witnessed an exacerbating economic crisis as a result of political powers' failure to achieve reform, while Iraq has become one of the world's most corrupted countries in recent years, with corruption and security tensions undermining the country's institutions, according to the Berlin-based Transparency International index.

Political deadlock

In the latest developments in the formation of a new government, supporters of al-Sadr, who leads the Sadrist Movement, stormed the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad late Wednesday, including the parliament, in protest of the nomination of a new premier by Shia parties close to Iran, of which al-Maliki is a leading political figure.

Although al-Sadr’s movement won the last year’s general elections, forming a new coalition government has been stymied by differences between the prominent Shia cleric and al-Maliki.

Al-Sadr has voiced his intention to establish a national majority Cabinet far removed from narrow sectarian biases, as well as to exclude some forces from it, including the State of Law coalition led by al-Maliki.

The Shia forces under the umbrella of the Coordination Framework – known for close ties with Iran - demand a consensual government in which all political forces in the parliament participate, similar to previous sessions. Due to the failure to reach an agreement with the Coordination Framework, al-Sadr asked lawmakers from his bloc in June to resign and once again he took the helm of the opposition.

On Monday, Mohammed al-Sudani, 52, was selected by the Coordination Framework as a candidate for the country’s premiership. However, al-Sadr reacted by announcing that he will not accept al-Sudani to form a new government before his supporters stormed the Green Zone on Wednesday.

The firebrand cleric is well-known for his great influence on Iraqi streets, as mass protests initiated by his supporters in the summer of 2019 forced former Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to eventually resign.

Shia rift

Disagreements and hostility between al-Sadr and al-Maliki have been stretched back to the years of American occupation in Iraq when then-Prime Minister al-Maliki led a US-backed military campaign to enforce the law in Basra and other southern provinces in 2008.

This campaign targeted the Mahdi Army, the armed wing of the Sadrist movement, which was later forced to cede its weapons and headquarters and leave Basra, where it had extensive control over security and economic files.

Maliki’s move effectively ended the Mahdi Army's influence in southern Iraq and prompted al-Sadr to disband the armed group in April 2008.

The two figures' rivalry has become a part of the Iraqi political landscape. It became rampant and took a toll on forming the next government, manifesting when al-Sadr in mid-June called on al-Maliki to either quit politics or surrender to the judiciary following leaked audio attributed to him.

According to the audio leaks attributed to al-Maliki, at a meeting, he referred to Shia cleric al-Sadr as a "murderer" and "thief."

The recordings also include a claimed attack by al-Maliki on the city of Najaf, where al-Sadr is located, and alleged participation in a conspiracy with one of the Iranian Shia leaders to orchestrate a fight within the Shia sect by threatening to arm between 10 and 15 groups to storm the city.

On Tuesday, the Iraqi judiciary said investigations into the leaked tapes will begin.

Elusive government

Political analysts have noted that the audio leaks have virtually eliminated the possibility of al-Maliki and his party forming the next government, a move perceived as favoring al-Sadr.

Nevertheless, the current prime minister candidate al-Sudani is expected to face hurdles due to al-Sadr's refusal to endorse him, which has complicated the existing political situation.

The Cabinet’s outline is expected to be shared among all political powers, leaving it vulnerable to becoming a fragile coalition government and raising concerns about its functionality.

The Iraqi Parliament is scheduled to meet in the coming days to elect a new president, which is required before a new prime minister can be appointed.

While al-Sudani's nomination is expected to be approved by parliament after the withdrawal of al-Sadr’s parliamentary bloc from the assembly, the Kurdish parties still have to reach an agreement on a new presidential candidate.

Iraq’s to-be-elected president will appoint the new prime minister to form the government. The prime minister is obliged to present his Cabinet lineup to the Parliament within 30 days.

In 2004, Paul Bremer, the head of the Coalition Provisional Authority (post-invasion US-led interim government), instituted a quota system.

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Kurdish authorities unearth dozens of bodies in mass grave in Syria

28 July ,2022

Kurdish-affiliated authorities said Thursday they had found the remains of almost 30 bodies in a mass grave in northern Syria, with a war monitor saying they were likely killed by extremists.

“At least 29 bodies, including those of a woman and two children, have been found in a mass grave,” near a hotel in Manbij, said an official of the Kurdish-affiliated Manbij civilian council, who requested anonymity.

ISIS had turned the hotel in a prison when it ruled the northern city between 2014 and 2016.

The mass grave was unearthed on Wednesday by municipal workers who were doing work on the sewerage system, according to the Manbij military council.

Some of the decomposed remains were found handcuffed and blindfolded, it said.

The military council said it was unclear when they were killed, but that it was during ISIS’ rule of Manbij.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said the remains are believed to belong to people abducted by ISIS fighters.

US-backed Kurdish-led forces took control of Manbij in 2016, after ousting the extremists from the city.

Dozens of mass graves have been found in Iraq and Syria but the identification process is slow, costly and complicated.

ISIS seized large swathes of Iraq and Syrian territory in 2014 and killing thousands before they were detained.

One of the biggest alleged ISIS mass graves contained 200 bodies and was discovered in 2019 near Raqa, the group’s former apparent capital in Syria.

Rights groups have repeatedly called on Kurdish authorities and the Syrian government to investigate the fate of thousands who went missing during ISIS rule.

The missing include British reporter John Cantlie and Italian Jesuit priest Paolo Dall’Oglio.

Source: Al Arabiya

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At least 17 dead in rare clashes in Syria’s Sweida

28 July ,2022

At least 17 people have been killed and dozens wounded in the southern Syrian province of Sweida in clashes in between armed residents and gangs aligned with the security agencies, activists and local media said on Thursday.

The Druze-majority province has remained mostly shielded from the bloody conflict that ravaged the rest of the country since 2011 but sporadic rallies have taken place over deteriorating economic conditions. The Syrian government exerts less military and administrative control of the region than other government-held areas.

Residents have been growing increasingly frustrated at government-backed fighters carrying out arbitrary detentions, random roadblocks and kidnappings for ransom, said Rayan Maarouf, an activist and head of the Suwayda24 local media

outlet.

At the weekend, the detention of one resident prompted others to set up informal roadblocks and detain members of government-backed gangs and besiege their bases, Suwayda24 reported.

“This uprising flared up very suddenly and there were attacks on the bases of these armed groups, which are reinforced with heavy weapons,” Maarouf told Reuters late Wednesday.

One resident of Atil, one of the villages swallowed up by fighting, said the clashes were so heavy he was unable to leave his house to get urgent medical supplies for his sister.

“It was 15 hours of full-on war. The cars, the solar panels, the water tanks - they all got destroyed,” said the resident, who preferred to use his first name Shadi.

The resulting fighting left 17 people dead according to Sweida’ health directorate, which was cited by both Suwayda24 and the pro-government Al-Watan newspaper on Thursday.

Most of the dead were members of the state-aligned gangs and muted funerals were held for them on Thursday, Maarouf told Reuters.

The rest, from a movement linked to Druze religious figures and known as the “Men of Dignity,” were mourned in two processions that drew in around 2,000 people each, he added.

The Syrian government has not commented on the violence but Al-Watan said the fighting had quietened and negotiations over a settlement were underway.

The man kidnapped at the weekend was ultimately released, Sweida24 reported.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Syrian ship carrying ‘stolen Ukrainian barley, flour’ docks in Tripoli: Embassy

28 July ,2022

A Syrian ship under US sanctions has docked in the northern Lebanese port of Tripoli carrying barley and wheat that the Ukrainian embassy in Beirut told Reuters on Thursday had been plundered by Russia from Ukrainian stores.

The Laodicea docked in Tripoli on Wednesday, according to shipping data website MarineTraffic.

“The ship has travelled from a Crimean port that is closed to international shipping, carrying 5,000 tonnes of barley and 5,000 tonnes of flour that we suspect was taken from Ukrainian stores,” the embassy told Reuters.

“This is the first time a shipment of stolen grains and flour reaches Lebanon,” the statement said.

Ukrainian ambassador Ihor Ostash met with Lebanese president Michel Aoun on Thursday to discuss the shipment, telling him that purchasing stolen Ukrainian goods would “harm bilateral ties” between Kiev and Beirut, the embassy told Reuters.

A Lebanese official confirmed that the issue had been raised during a Thursday meeting with Aoun and noted Ukraine's general concerns that Russia might try selling stolen Ukrainian wheat to a host of countries including Lebanon.

The head of Tripoli port did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Laodicia is one of a trio of ships owned by the Syrian port authority that Ukraine says have been transporting wheat plundered from stores in Ukrainian territory recently overtaken by Russia.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Four Syrian Kurds killed in Turkish strike: Kurdish forces

28 July ,2022

A Turkish drone strike in northern Syria killed four Syrian Kurdish fighters on Thursday, the second such attack in recent days, a Kurdish official and a war monitor said.

The Kurdish Asayish security forces said that “a drone attacked our forces” in the Ain Issa area in Raqa province, killing “four of our members”. The statement condemned “Turkish attacks”.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor confirmed the death toll in the “attack by a drone belonging to the Turkish military” in the north of Raqa province.

In recent months, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly vowed to launch a new offensive in Syria's north.

Ankara has launched successive military offensives in Syria. Most have targeted Kurdish militants that Ankara links to a group waging a decades-long insurgency against it.

Turkey has increased the frequency of its drone strikes in Kurdish-controlled areas of Syria since a July 19 summit with Iran and Russia, according to Kurdish officials and the Britain-based Observatory, a monitoring group with a network of sources on the ground.

Four fighters including three commanders from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces were killed on July 22 in a drone strike blamed on Turkey.

Russian and Iranian leaders urged Erdogan against launching a new Syrian offensive last week, but Turkey has insisted it does not need “permission”.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Europe

 

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince holds summit with France’s President at Elysee Palace

28 July ,2022

France’s President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the Elysee Palace on Thursday, where they will hold talks regarding bilateral ties and regional developments.

The Crown Prince headed to France, the second and last leg of his European tour, to discuss relations between the two countries and ways to enhance cooperation in various fields.

The Crown Prince will also discuss issues of common interest with the French leadership.

The Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to Paris follows Macron’s visit to Jeddah last December.

Source: Al Arabiya

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North America


US State Department confirms new funds for Lebanon’s army, police

28 July ,2022

The US State Department confirmed that it would provide additional support for the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the Internal Security Forces (ISF), a spokesperson said on Thursday.

“The Administration has notified Congress of its intent to provide additional support for the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the Internal Security Forces (ISF) as they respond to a wide range of security, economic, and public health challenges currently facing their country,” the State Department official told Al Arabiya English.

The State Department first notified Congress at the start of this year that it wanted to reroute $67 million of American military aid earmarked for Lebanon to include “livelihood support.”

“We want to ensure the LAF and ISF are able to carry out their core duties and functions, including defending Lebanon’s territorial integrity, providing internal security, and preserving stability,” the official said.

Al Arabiya English reported last week that US lawmakers had greenlighted two separate funds to help Lebanon’s struggling security agencies after months of being held up by the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The support is for six months and will help Lebanese soldiers “put food on the table,” a second US official previously told Al Arabiya English.

A separate fund has also been approved for the ISF, which will be less than $67 million. The ISF has around 40,000 servicemembers compared to the LAF’s estimated 80,000 troops.

“Over the last two years, the LAF and ISF have been at the forefront of responding to the compounding crises facing Lebanon. We continue to look for ways to support their efforts,” the State Department official said on Thursday.

Source: Al Arabiya

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'No one’s gotten to the bottom of 9/11' Trump says

Laura Gamba 

29.07.2022

BOGOTA, Colombia

Former US President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his decision to host a controversial Saudi Arabia-funded golfing event, ignoring the outrage from the families of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, DC.

He made the remarks at a pro-am game held on the eve of the third LIV Golf tournament, which will take place between July 29-31 at the Trump National Golf Bedminster course in New Jersey, located around 80 kilometers (50 miles) from where the Twin Towers once stood.

"Nobody has gotten to the bottom of 9/11 unfortunately, and they should have," Trump told the ESPN sports channel, adding that those responsible for the attack were "maniacs that did that horrible thing to our city, to our country, to the world."

Family members of the victims have condemned Trump’s decision and have asked him to cancel the tournament, which will include golf stars like Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson.

Terry Strada, chair of 9/11 Families United, a coalition of families and survivors of the 2001 attacks, said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is using professional golfers to change the image of the Saudi government.

Family members allege that the Saudi government's involvement in the Sept. 11 attacks is undeniable. Fifteen of the 19 al-Qaeda terrorists who hijacked four planes were Saudi nationals.

Trump has said that the event will take place.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Pakistan

 

High court rejects petition seeking orders to block deal between govt and TTP

Waseem Ahmad Shah

July 29, 2022

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court on Thursday rejected a petition seeking its orders to stop the federal government from making a deal with the banned terrorist outfit Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan without the consultation of parents of those killed in the 2014 Peshawar Army Public School attack.

A bench consisting of Justice Lal Jan Khattak and Justice Shahid Khan pronounced a short order after the completion of arguments by both sides.

The petition was filed by mothers of four students and a woman teacher assassinated by the TTP militants in the APS attack on Dec 16, 2014.

The petitioners included Falak Naz, mother of students Noorullah and Saifullah, Shahana, mother of Asfand Khan, Seema, mother of Aimal Khan, and Zulaikha, mother of teacher Sadia Gul.

Plea was filed by parents of students, teacher killed in 2014 APS attack

Advocate Ajoon Khan, whose son Asfand Khan was also killed in the massacre, appeared for the petitioners and said parents of the slain students and teachers were the victims of the most barbaric act of terrorism in the country’s history but they had still not been taken into confidence about the ongoing negotiations of the government with the proscribed TTP.

He requested the court to issue directives to the government not to take any step of reconciliation with the T TP without taking him and the petitioners on board.

Additional attorney general Amir Javed and a representative of the ministry of defence, Colonel Rizwan, appeared for the government and opposed the petition.

The defence ministry’s representative said hundreds of thousands of people had sacrificed their lives for the country, but the compensation package given to the families of the martyrs of APS was unmatched.

He said while families of a civilian martyred by terrorists was provided with Rs2 million compensation, Rs4 million was given away to those of APS attack victims each.

The official said the families of APS Shuhada were also given a plot each measuring 10 marlas in DHA, were sent for performing Umrah apart from other facilities including free medical treatment.

He said his clients’ other children were given admissions to cadet colleges and educational institutions of their choice for which the expenses were met by the government.

The official also said Rs90 million was spent on treatment of the students, who were injured in the attack, and that money was provided by the Pakistan Army.

He said all those involved in the APS attack were convicted and sentenced to death.

The official claimed that parents of the martyred students had confidence in the Pakistan Army and that was evident from the fact that they had been giving applications for admitting their children in Pakistan Army’s educational institutions.

Ajoon Khan took exception to the statement of the official and said he was ready to return plots and compensation as he like petitioners only wanted justice.

“We didn’t demand any compensation and instead, it was provided to us without demand. We had sent our children to school and not a war front,” he said.

The lawyer said his clients paid monthly fee to the tune of Rs5,000 to the educational institutions, whereas the children of military personnel paid Rs200 each.

He said the educational institutions of the Pakistan Army were run on the monthly fees of the civilians.

The lawyer said a threat alert was provided to the relevant security head in Aug 2014 about terrorists planning to attack APS but later it was said no such alert was issued.

He claimed that the families of the children and wives of military officials killed in the occurrence were provided compensation of Rs9.9 million, whereas the civilians were provided with Rs2 million.

The lawyer said his clients’ children should not be compared with other martyrs of terrorism as those children were target-killed.

“I have been practicing law for 20 years and if I can’t get justice for the blood of my child, how I will defend children of other people,” he said.

The counsel also said during previous hearing, it was claimed that no parleys between the government and TTP were in progress but currently, a delegation of clerics was busy holding talks with TTP leaders in Afghanistan.

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Coalition conspiring against judiciary while economy plummets: PTI

Ikram Junaidi

July 29, 2022

ISLAMABAD: The Pak­istan Tehreek-i-Insaf has alleged that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari are hatching a conspiracy against the judiciary at a time when the rupee is fast losing its value against the dollar.

While speaking at a press conference along with former Sindh governor Imran Ismail in Islamabad, PTI Senior Vice President Fawad Chaudhry remarked there was no government in the country as the federation was silent on problems the nation was faced with.

The former information minister said the foreign minister did not go to his office for 12 days during the entire Punjab chief minister’s election case, which spoke volumes about his indifference to the affairs of his ministry.

“[Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs] Tariq Fatemi travelled to the US to lobby for Shehbaz Sharif, but he failed,” he said.

Shehbaz and Bilawal were hatching conspiracies against the judiciary while the rupee was on a constant decline, as it lost its value by Rs62 against the dollar in just 100 days, he claimed.

He went on to say that the country was facing myriad crises, with the dollar rising at an alarming pace and the stock market nose-diving. In such a situation, “we have to announce an election date and if the government resists, the PTI must send the government home without any further delay”, Fawad Chaudhry declared.

Coming down hard on Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, Mr Chaudhry said the only solution to all the problems the country was embroiled in were snap polls. He taunted Mr Sanaullah, questioning how a person would manage to bring a no confidence motion against anyone when he could not save his chief minister in Punjab.

He said meetings were held in London to topple the PTI government, while one group within the PML-N became pro- and the other anti-establishment.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Ismail said PTI leader Haleem Adil Sheikh had been arrested for the tenth time, alleging Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah wanted to hang him. He further said Mr Sheikh had been subjected to torture in custody.

Moreover, PTI leaders Asad Umar and Shaukat Tarin, in separate posts on social media, said the rupee had hit a new all-time low against the US dollar in the inter-bank market around midday on Thursday.

Mr Umar said the dollar had crossed the Rs240 mark and the economy was bleeding to death.

He said the gravity of the situation could be gauged from the fact that the rupee had lost over Rs62 against the dollar. This would result in further increases in the prices of energy products, including petrol, diesel, LNG and electricity.

The PTI chairman’s Chief of Staff Dr Shahbaz Gill hit out at Interior Minister Sanaullah, saying a “criminal who killed 14 people”, including pregnant women, in Model Town, was unaware that there was no foreign funding case with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, he said the “criminal” could not differentiate between foreign funding and prohibited funding. Gill said the ECP should decide the foreign or prohibited funding cases of all political parties collectively according to the orders of the high court, and bring the truth before the nation.

In a separate development, PTI chairman Imran Khan ordered the Punjab government on Thu­rsday to immediat­e­­ly provide assistance to the flood-stricken people of sou­­th Punjab and Mian­wali.

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Govt Must Send Presidential Reference to SC for Full Bench’s Interpretation of Article 63-A: Pakistan Democratic Movement

July 28, 2022

The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) — a multi-party alliance with representation of ruling PML-N — on Thursday recommended to the government to send a presidential reference to the Supreme Court seeking its interpretation of Article 63-A of the Constitution by a full-court bench for “a way out of the prevailing constitutional and political crisis.”

Announcing key decisions taken by the PDM following a meeting today, alliance chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman said the meeting decided that the recent interpretation of the Article 63-A by a three-member bench of the apex court while ruling on Punjab chief minister’s election had fuelled reservations and triggered a constitutional crisis.

“The political parties have expressed reservations on the observation of three judges of the top court [on Punjab chief minister election] which complicated the matter,” he said.

He said that sending a reference to the apex court was now essential in view of widespread differences of opinion among different circles as well as legal experts, media and the civil society.

Fazl also said it was unanimously agreed that the government would complete its term and the elections would be “held on time”.

“Under the resolution, it is also our demand that the ECP must immediately announce its verdict in the foreign funding case, which has been lingering for eight years,” he told journalists.

The PDM chief said the ECP must fulfill its legal, constitutional responsibility without any delay, adding that the electoral watchdog was currently “under a cover of mysterious silence”.

He claimed that ample evidence was available against the PTI, saying the law must take its course and a verdict must be delivered at the earliest.

He also said the “mess created by Imran in three and a half years cannot be cleaned in just an year.”

We will clean his mess in the next five years, the PDM chief claimed.

“Imran must also remain within his limits. His propaganda is based on social media gimmickry. We will take decisions with unanimity and move forward,” Fazl said in response to a question.

He also said the PDM meetings will continue for days to discuss problems faced by the country.

Plea for full-court bench rejected to ‘facilitate Laadla’: Maryam

Speaking on the occasion, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz said the plea for a full-court bench was rejected by the Supreme Court to “facilitate Laadla” (the blue-eyed) and deliver an unjust verdict to dent the government.

“The three-member bench of the SC has already become controversial,” she said. “Our 25 MPAs were given to Imran and Chaudhry Shujaat’s 10 MPAs were also provided to Imran. This was the mistake and misinterpretation,” Maryam claimed.

She accused the SC bench of violating the Constitution, adding that “if you think we will accept this decision, we won’t”.

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Peshawar police arrest 20-year-old for sexually assaulting, killing minor girls

July 29, 2022

PESHAWAR: The police have arrested a young man here for sexually assaulting three minor girls and killing two of them earlier this month.

Provincial Inspector General of Police Moazzam Jah Ansari told reporters at the Central Police Office here on Thursday that the 20-year-old embroiderer had confessed to sexual assaults and murders.

Declaring the accused a serial killer, he said the resident of Sufaid Dheri area had committed the crime on Sundays in the cantonment area.

Mr Ansari said the young man sexually assaulted the girls before killing them and dumping the bodies.

He said the accused raped and killed a 10-year-old girl in the Railway Colony area on July 3, sexually assaulted a six-year-old girl in Gulberg area on July 10 and raped and killed the seven-year-old girl in Kali Bari area on July 17 and that those crimes were committed within a five-six kilometres radius.

Mr Ansari said several police teams were formed to trace and arrest the accused and they examined over 2,000 hours long CCTV footage, geo-fenced at least 10 places,obtained records of hundreds of phone calls and quizzed over 500 suspects.

He said the police took the 20-year-old into custody after carrying out detailed profiling of suspects.

The IGP said the police had trouble tracing the accused as he neither used mobile phone nor did he obtain computerised national identity card.

He also said the accused didn’t have close friends.

Mr Ansari said following assaults on minor girls, the police also deployed plainclothesmen in bazaars, who, along with the CCTV footage, helped track down the accused.

He said the DNA of the accused matched with that of his victim from Gulberg area.

The police chief said the first two assault cases provided investigators with leads and the breakthrough came from the Kali Bari case.

“This case was a challenge for us [police] but we successfully dealt with it,” he said.

Mr Ansari said the Railway Colony girl had left home to buy grocery on July 3 but didn’t return, so the family began a search for him and found her strangled with head injury.

He said another girl was found unconscious in Gulberg area on July 10 after being subjected to sexual assault.

The IGP said the Kali Bari girl’s body was found in a mosque on July 17 after she stepped out of her house to deliver launch to her grandfather.

Regarding targeted killing of police personnel in the province, he said both terrorist and criminal groups were involved in the attacks against police.

“Being on the forefront, the police are an easy target for such attacks,” he said.

Source: Dawn

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PTI files complaint against ANP leader

Munawer Azeem

July 29, 2022

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader has submitted an application against an Awami National Party’s (ANP) leader for allegedly hurling life threats on the party’s chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan.

The complaint has been filed by PTI’s Additional General Secretary Omer Ayub Khan at the Secretariat police station. The police, however, said it had sent a letter to the legal branch for opinion over the application.

According to the application, Aimal Wali Khan while speaking at a gathering had said “if you want to make the country safe then Imran Khan ko thikane lagana ho ga (Imran Khan must be disposed of).

He claimed this in the presence of people sitting on the most important position of the present government, the complainant stated, adding that he had a video clip of the statement of Mr Khan.

Aamir Kiani and Sibghatullah Virk are the witness to the Aimal Wali’s confession, it stated, adding that earlier, intelligence agencies and institutes in different letters sent to Imran Khan said that his life is in danger.

It is urged that a case be registered immediately against those involved in hatching the conspiracy, the application stated, adding Aimal Wali Khan should be arrested.

The PRO for capital police, when contacted, confirmed that the police received the application and registered it in the daily diary of Secretariat police station. It is a political statement and cases are not registered on such statements, he added.

Source: Dawn

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PM alarmed over delay in PTI funding case verdict

Iftikhar A. Khan

July 29, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Irked by the alleged pampering of PTI chairman Imran Khan, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday voiced alarm over the delay in the announcement of verdict in the prohibited funding case against PTI.

“(The) foreign funding case is an example of how ‘Ladla’ is being protected. While NS (Nawaz Sharif) was convicted for not taking salary, ‘Ladla’ is untouchable. 8 years on, decision is still elusive. Imran Niazi filed 9 writ petitions in IHC & got 50 adjournments in the FF case,” the PM tweeted.

The tweet came two days after the prime minister urged the Election Com­mission of Pakistan (ECP) to announce the “long-delayed” judgement. “For long has Imran Niazi been given a free pass despite his repeated and shameless atta­cks on state institutions. Impunity given to him has hurt the country,” he said.

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah also called upon the ECP for an early decision in the prohibited funding case.

Interior minister wants Imran-led party to dissolve Punjab, KP assemblies if it wants early polls

“The Pakistan Muslim League and its allies in the government demand the ECP announce its reserved verdict in the PTI’s prohibited funding case immediately,” he told a presser.

He said it had been proved that 350 foreigners and foreign companies, including Indians and Israelis, had funded the PTI. He said $750 million had been received in the PTI accounts, opened in the names of its members Amir Kiyani, Dr Humayun and others, who should be arrested for being involved in money laundering.

He said the ECP should not only announce the decision, but also take action against the party.

The minister alleged that during the last eight years, PTI had been using delaying tactics to prevent the case from reaching a logical conclusion.

Rana Sanaullah said the ECP had reserved its decision some eight weeks ago and wondered why it was not being announced. “What was the hurdle in its way,” he questioned.

About Imran Khan’s demand for removal of the Chief Election Commissioner, he said the incumbent CEC was appointed through a constitutional procedure and Imran Khan himself had proposed his name. The CEC could only be removed through the Supreme Judicial Council, he remarked.

Rana Sanaullah, while chiding the PTI for its demand for early elections, said the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtun­khwa assemblies should be dissolved before asking the coalition government to announce the date for early elections.

The interior minister said the PTI chief would never prefer early polls and was making such demands only to discredit the government. In fact, he added, PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif himself wanted the country to move towards early elections.

Source: Dawn

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Southeast Asia

 

Religious affairs minister warns Oktoberfest could 'compromise safety of community' if open to public

By Ashman Adam

28 Jul 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, July 28 — The Oktoberfest event should not be openly celebrated and held as a festival open to the public, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Idris Ahmad.

In a Parliamentary written reply to DAP National Chairman Lim Guan Eng, Idris claimed that doing so would lead to social problems as alcohol can affect the harmony, order and safety of the community.

"With regards to Oktoberfest, all parties should respect the rules and regulations of Malaysia, based on Islam as the religion of the federation.

"Although non-Muslims are not prohibited from drinking alcohol, the Government is of the opinion that this allowing this festival to happen and making it open to the public should not happen as it will cause social problems, as alcohol is seen to affect the harmony, order and safety of the community," the MP from Islamist party PAS said.

Lim had asked the Prime Minister to state the government's stance in the celebration of Bon Odori and Oktoberfest, which are Japanese and German cultural events under the auspices of their respective embassies.

Aside from compromising the community's safety, Idris said that the effects of alcohol may lead to situations like domestic violence, road accidents, poverty, fighting, health problems, and even affect work performance.

PAS has consistently opposed Oktoberfest despite the event not being open to Muslims, with party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang previously saying that the Bavarian festival disrespects Muslim sensitivities.

Previous iterations of Oktoberfest have been banned following complaints by PAS, coinciding with Umno’s overtures for cooperation with the Islamist party.

On Bon Odori, Idris said that while the government didn't stop the event from happening, but only advised Muslims from not attending the event, as a study by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) alleged that the festival contained elements from other religions and has ceremonies that are contrary to the teachings of Islam.

On June 6, Idris advised Muslims not to participate in the Bon Odori Festival that was to be held at the Shah Alam Sports Complex on July 16, as the festival contains elements of other religions.

This drew a sharp rebuke from Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj, who issued a statement to put the Religious Affairs Minister in place, suggesting that he was ignorant to warn Muslims against attending the Japanese cultural celebration.

Idris was told to attend the annual event himself "so that he could learn to make the distinction between culture and religion”, a sharp and direct censure rarely made by a monarch.

Source: Malay Mail

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Malay-Muslim company meets food crisis challenge head on

Izzat Mushtaq

July 29, 2022

PETALING JAYA: For a country with almost a million hectares of arable land, Malaysia struggles to feed its people.

Nearly 60% of the food consumed here – from meat to greens and grain – is either raised or cultivated in another country. The food import bill in 2020 amounted to a staggering RM55.5 billion.

Most of the fodder for the little livestock raised in Malaysia is also imported. In 2020, the country spent RM4.6 billion to buy animal feed, comprising mostly wheat, oatmeal, barley, cereals and corn, from abroad.

For Global Ikhwan Services and Business Holdings Sdn Bhd (GISBH), this crisis is also a business opportunity.

The Malay-Muslim company wants to play a role in helping the country overcome the food shortage problem and is doing so by taking part in programmes and initiatives introduced by the government.

For instance, it is already taking part in a padi cultivation project in Rompin, Negri Sembilan.

The project, under the auspices of the Integrated Agriculture Development Authority, entails the cultivation of padi over 11,000ha in Rompin as well as in the Pekan district in Pahang.

The company also cultivates fresh produce such as bean sprouts that it supplies directly to the markets, CEO Lokman Hakim Pfordten told FMT Business.

Malaysia’s self sufficiency ratio (SSR) in rice and vegetables is at only 63% and 44.4% respectively, making efforts by GISBH significant.

Solving the food problem has become a priority for GISBH. “When it comes to food security, we have to take the responsibility. Blaming others won’t solve the problem,” Lokman said.

“To achieve that, the government and the rakyat must be on the same page with regards to reducing our dependence on imported products.

“We have to make the effort to raise local production, especially of basic necessities and food.”

Data from the department of statistics Malaysia shows that 77.8% of beef and 90.4% of mutton consumed in the country is imported. The annual import bill for beef is RM2.2 billion while that for mutton is RM879.4 million.

Lokman said GISBH is also constantly on the lookout for suitable land for cultivation.

“The price of imported corn is rising. As a result, chicken has become more costly. To help the farmers reduce production costs, we are cultivating corn to be processed into chicken feed,” he said.

Nothing is wasted. He said the corn leaves and stalks would then be processed into cattle and goat feed.

To help farmers reduce production costs, GISBH has started a project to develop its own chicken and fish bran. “It’s still on a small scale, but the results have been satisfactory,” he said.

GISBH is also venturing into deep-sea fishing in its effort to help boost the supply of seafood in Malaysia.

To this end, it has purchased a C2-class boat and several smaller boats for fishing activities in the waters off Sabah.

“We are also targeting to have up to 10 large-scale deep-sea fishing boats equipped with storage and canning facilities,” Lokman said.

While prices of food continue to rise, Lokman said, GISBH will ensure that items sold at its eateries and bakeries are competitively priced.

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Apart from its efforts to solve the food crisis, GISBH is engaged in community service programmes such as the Dapur Prihatin Bersama and Jumaat Berkat.

Through these programmes, the company distributes food from its chain of restaurants to the needy.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Don’t give in to PN’s demand for DPM post, Isham tells PM

July 28, 2022

PETALING JAYA: An Umno Supreme Council member has urged Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob not to bow down to Perikatan Nasional’s (PN) demands.

In a Facebook post, Isham Jalil said Malaysians wanted a general election, not a deputy prime minister from Bersatu.

“The prime minister doesn’t have to entertain them (PN). If they blackmail us, then we will fight back,” he said, adding that Umno is a grassroots party with three million members.

Isham said the prime minister need not bother with the demands of party hoppers, adding that the people took priority over PN’s desire for a Bersatu deputy prime minister.

“Let’s dissolve the Parliament, return the mandate to voters, reset and restore political and economic stability as fast as possible,” he said.

Isham was responding to reports that PN had decided to send a delegation to meet Ismail over his failure to fulfil promises he made to the coalition.

This comes amid revelations that the Umno vice-president signed an agreement with PN before he was appointed the ninth prime minister in August 2021.

According to leaked copies of the agreement, a deputy prime minister’s post had been promised to PN lynchpin Bersatu.

Meanwhile, another Umno Supreme Council member, Razlan Rafii, highlighted the irony of PN being disappointed with Ismail for not keeping his end of the bargain when Muhyiddin had tried to backstab him previously.

“Muhyiddin, in a PN meeting, is said to have suggested that the coalition withdraw its support for Ismail, but was struck down by other component parties. Was this not clearly an attempt to backstab the prime minister?” he said on Facebook.

Razlan added that the agreement entered into by Ismail and PN was only a “memorandum of agreement”, which is not necessarily binding.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Mideast

 

Israel refuses Jordanian king's request to send Qur'an copies to Al-Aqsa

28 July, 2022

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid refused a request by Jordan's King Abdullah to deliver copies of the Qur'an to Al-Aqsa Mosque.

In a meeting with Lapid in the Jordanian capital Amman, King Abdullah asked that Jordan be allowed to send copies of the Qur'an to Al-Aqsa Mosque, but the request was rejected, according to Israeli broadcaster Kan 11.

King Abdullah had previously made the same request to Lapid's predecessor, Naftali Bennet, but was also refused.

He had been consistently making the same request to Isreali officials who visit Amman, including during a meeting with Israeli President Issac Herzog, the Kan report said.

Jordan, whose ruling Hashemite family has custodianship of the Muslim and Christian sites in Jerusalem, says that since 2000 Israel has undermined the kingdom's authority.

Amman has also accuses Israel of brushing off a centuries-old tradition under which non-Muslims do not worship in the mosque compound.

In April, Jordan intensified efforts to push Israel to respect the historic status quo at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque and avoid violent confrontations that could threaten a wider conflict.

Israel has denied accusations by Jordan and other Arab countries that it is trying to encroach on the Muslim holy sites in the Old City of Jerusalem, which it occupied in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.

Source: The New Arab

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President Rayeesi: Regional Security Indebted to Iran's Power

2022-July-28

Addressing a large number of the Iranian Army officers during a visit to Hamedan Province, President Rayeesi stated that everyone has to know that the smallest aggression against Iran will receive a crushing response.

He noted that the enemies are keeping a close watch on the achievements made by the Iranian armed forces.

"With today's power of Islamic Iran, no one even thinks of invading this country's territory, and the nations of the region are proud of Iran's power, and feel safe because of this power," the president said.

He also touched upon the presence of the Iranian armed forces in the international free waters, and stated that such presence brings about security and power.

“Today we have no war in the country, but the Army and the IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) rush to help the people in floods, earthquakes, and in the battle against the coronavirus,” President Rayeesi continued, adding that the Army and the IRGC stand by the people.

READ MORE: IRGC Warns Israel of Losing Occupied Territories in Case of Military Folly

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iran's president stated that "Tehran wouldn’t walk back from its position against dominance-seekers and that's because the Iranian people demand it".

"The Iranian people have frustrated the enemies as they know that the Iranian nation is risk-taking, and prepared to defend the country," Rayeesi said.

He added that the enemy is determined to alienate the Iranian nation from their ideals, but the conspiracy will be unfolded like any other plots of the enemies.

"When the White House officially announces that the Iranian nation’s resistance has neutralized all the American sanctions and economic pressure, this means that the presence of the people produces power for the country," the president emphasized.

IRGC Commander: US Too Weak, No Longer Plays Role in Regionhttps://t.co/QYyLfIcvNA pic.twitter.com/1mGhjFd5KW

— Fars News Agency (@EnglishFars) July 28, 2022

Iran has repeatedly warned that any mistake by the US and Israel will be met with Tehran's crushing response.

Iranian officials say Washington and Tel Aviv are well aware of Tehran’s capabilities and capacities, and caution that Tehran does not compromise or joke with its national security.

Iranian officials have repeatedly underlined the necessity for the settlement of the crises and problems in the region through collective cooperation among the regional states, and underscored that the presence of foreigners is harmful.

Recently, Tehran urged the neighboring countries to be extremely vigilant about any US-Israeli plan that clearly aims to disturb the stability and order of the region.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iran Busts Israeli-Linked Spy Network

2022-July-28

The Iranian police have detained the chief and members of an espionage group affiliated with the Israeli regime, the intelligence body of the police said in a press release.

The Intelligence Organization of the Law Enforcement Command of the Islamic Republic of Iran announced that the group of five was encouraged by a separatist leader to get connected with the Zionist regime’s intelligence – Mossad.

"Financially or otherwise incentivized by Mossad, the group collected information from critical locations in Iran but were under monitor by the Iranian police intelligence from the very beginning," the release added.

"They also carried out arson attacks and advertised against Iran, and had received enough training for armed sabotage operations," the release said, adding that "the members of the group were arrested before they could perform such operations".

It comes days after the Iranian Intelligence Ministry announced that it has captured a network of Israeli Mossad agents who had entered the country to carry out terror attacks and acts of sabotage. Tehran declared that declaring that the detained mercenaries intended to blow up a sensitive military site inside Iran by highly powerful bombs.

On Wednesday, Intelligence Minister Esmayeel Khatib disclosed that Iran has conducted several successful operations against Israel in recent months in addition to thwarting the Tel Aviv regime’s plots.

He stressed that enemies have failed to provoke riots and terror in Iran, and explained, "One of the reasons is the popular approach of the intelligence ministry and the government to interact with the people in order to ensure stable security in the country.”

Iranian nuclear scientists and sites have been the target of the Western and Israeli spy agencies' terror and sabotage attacks in recent years, but, Iranian intelligence bodies say they have managed to thwart a large number of these plots.

Back in June, a plot by Mossad to assassinate Iranian nuclear scientists was defused after security forces arrested three agents of the spy agency.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iran's N. Chief: Construction of Research Reactor to Start within Weeks

2022-July-28

"The research reactor to test fuel for other reactors will be built at the Isfahan Nuclear Technology Center," the head of the AEOA noted during a visit to the Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) of the Isfahan site on Wednesday.

"We have planned that based on the studies carried out, we will officially start the construction of the research reactor at the Isfahan site in the coming weeks," Eslami added.

"It must be said that this project is completely indigenous and Iranian, which will complete the chain of research, evaluation, testing and assurance of our nuclear power production," he continued.

Eslami noted the nuclear fuel cycle is the most important part of the nuclear industry.

"It should be noted that until now, all the commotion raised has been for enrichment, and the next station is the fuel cycle industry, which we have already been utilizing at the research semi-industrial stage," he said in reference to the West's accusations against Iran's nuclear program.

Eslami added foreign countries did not cooperate with Iran on completing the nuclear fuel cycle, adding even some countries came to do the project, but they abandoned the work halfway and left it.

Currently, the domestic industrial capacity and engineering change order at the Atomic Energy Agency of Iran and knowledge-based companies enables the country to move toward industrialization in order to produce fuel for reactors, including at the UCF in Isfahan.

"It should be known that nuclear power is designed and built in an integrated manner only in a few countries of the world and because they do not cooperate with us in this field, we must fully develop capacity and localize it … so that the people of Iran can benefit from it and receive clean electricity without any fluctuations" from nuclear facilities, the official said.

Eslami stressed that the main issue regarding the advancement of Iran's nuclear program is to increase the capacity of domestic power plants.

So far, Iran has built 1,000 megawatts of sustainable nuclear power capacity and is building another 2,000 megawatts of nuclear power plants, he added.

"We have also planned to produce 10,000 megawatts of new nuclear power, with the scheme included in the current budget law," Eslami underlined.

He explained that his agency is locating sites, especially in Iran's south to find suitable places compatible with the requirements of nuclear power plants before launching study and design operations.

"All the same, we will use international partnerships, but we will not wait for anyone, because Iran has sufficient scientific, industrial and technological capacities," the chief underscored.

"Fortunately, there are large companies in the country that can support the 10,000 megawatt nuclear power production program, but we also welcome any company and institution that participates in the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran's projects," Eslami added.

The Iranian nuclear chief said the clean and sustainable electricity produced at Iran's first nuclear power plant in Bushehr is equal to about 85 million barrels of oil, which has a great impact on the reduction of pollutants and the health of society.

Back in May, Eslami said Iran has gained full self-sufficiency in nuclear fuel cycle, adding that his country is now working on 60% enriched fuel.

"The efforts of the enemies by committing sabotage in the field of nuclear technology have made it the frontline. Our scientists stood up at the order of the Leader who said, "produce yourselves", he stated.

"They acted on the issue of 20% fuel, which was needed by Tehran's research reactor, and today we produce not only 20% fuel but also working on production of 60% fuel," he added.

Eslami referred to the crucial production of radiopharmaceuticals, saying the country is now moving toward using nuclear medicine in plasma therapy.

Eslami also touched on the "very important" role of heavy water which the enemies try to forbid Iran from using by accusing it of seeking to produce nuclear weapons.

He said if it had not been for the strategies of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, "we would have not got into nuclear technology and fallen far behind by now".

"The country's development plans must move without interruption, and the efforts of the country's scientists and youth must be spent for the great goals of the country, and we must endure hardships and vicissitudes to reach the peak," he added.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iran arrests five suspected members of an Israeli-linked spy network

28 July ,2022

Iranian police have arrested the alleged leader and four other members of a spy network they suspect is affiliated to Israel's secret services, Iranian law enforcement authorities said on Thursday.

They did not give the nationality of those arrested but said they had received training for armed operations and sabotage.

“The arrested five members of this spy network were given various pledges from (Israel’s) Mossad, including financial promises, to gather information from important areas across the

country,” the law enforcement intelligence organization said in a statement reported by the semi-official ILNA news agency.

In Israel, the Prime Minister’s Office, which oversees the foreign intelligence agency Mossad, declined comment on the reported arrests.

Iran and Israel are longtime foes and are currently locked in dispute over Iran’s nuclear program. Israel accuses Iran of backing militant attacks against it, while Iran says Israel has carried out a number of killings of Iranian officials, including that of a senior officer in May. Israel does not confirm nor deny such actions.

On Wednesday, Iran’s minister of intelligence Esmail Khatib said Tehran had foiled subversive actions from the “Zionist Regime” -- its term for Israel. Iranian security forces have successfully carried out a number of operations against Israel over the last few months, he said without specifying what they consisted of.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Africa

 

Nigerian military kills 30 terrorists who ambushed soldiers in capital

Ibrahim Garba Shuaibu

29.07.2022

KANO, Nigeria

Nigeria’s military killed 30 of the terrorists who ambushed members of the Presidential Guards Brigade earlier this month in the Bwari area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the Defense Headquarters said Thursday.

The operation was conducted between Sunday and Tuesday by troops of the 7 Guards Battalion and 167 Special Forces Battalion in conjunction with the air component of “Operation Whirl Punch”, Maj. Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, director of defense media operations, told reporters in the capital Abuja.

According to Onyeuko, the ground troops also recovered six motorcycles, two AK47 rifles and one fully loaded light machine gun (LMG) magazine during the mop-up.

“The hierarchy of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies wishes to reassure Nigerians of its commitment and pact with all Nigerians,” he said.

“With the recent operations carried out from July 23, we wish to assure residents of FCT in particular that we are undaunted and unrelenting in our efforts to ensure the safety of lives and properties.”

Onyeuko said the troops successfully cleared Kawu and Ido villages, neutralizing the terrorists and destroying their enclave and hideout.

“Citizens are encouraged to report unusual persons in your community to security agencies. If you see something, say something,” he added.

The Director of Defense Information, Maj. Gen. Jimmy Akpor, urged the media to continue to support the military in ensuring that the enemies of the nation are defeated.

On July 24, terrorists attacked troops of the Presidential Guards while they were on patrol, wounding three personnel.

The attack occurred along Kubwa-Bwari Road in Abuja while the guards were on routine patrol.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Kano Govt declares Monday work free day to mark new Islamic year

28 July 2022

The Kano State Government has declared Monday as work free day, to mark the beginning of the new year of the Islamic calendar, 1444 A.H.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, in Kano.

“Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, therefore, congratulates Muslims in the state on the spiritual significance of the occasion that also calls for self-assessment.

“He also called on them to use the holiday to seek Allah’s forgiveness, and pray for His intervention in salvaging the nation from the lingering security challenges,” he said.

He assured residents of his administration’s readiness to assiduously continue to deliver on its promise to improve their living conditions through the execution of people-oriented programmes and projects.

Ganduje also urged those who were yet to obtain their voter card, to do so, to enable them to exercise their franchise in the forthcoming general elections.

Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar, also considered as the holy month after Ramadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, directed Muslims to start looking out for the new moon of Muharram from Thursday,, which is equivalent to Dhul-Hijjah 29, 1443 AH.

NAN reports that the calendar is also called the Hijri calendar.

Source: Guardian Nigeria

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