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Assam Cracks Down on "Terror": Madrassas Demolished, DGP Seeks Support of Islamic Bodies

New Age Islam News Bureau

05 September 2022

Assam DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta with Maulana Abdul Qadir- Secretary, Tanzim Council- that runs majority of madrasas in Assam. (Twitter)

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• At least 20 civilians killed in Al-Shabab attack in central Somalia

• Afghan police report suicide bomb blast near Russian Embassy in Kabul

• Agong: Islamic justice does not grant privileges, exemptions for wrongdoers

• Flood-hit Pakistan breaches largest freshwater lake to avert overflow

• Islamic Jihad: Israel Gradually Kills Palestinian Detainees Behind Bars

• Delegation from Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council visits UAE counterparts

 

India

• ‘Hasina return important for India and secularism’

• Uttar Pradesh: 'Muslim-sounding names' of wards changed in Gorakhpur's draft delimitation order

• UP: AIMPLB questions Yogi’s decision to survey madrasas

• Communal Harmony on Display: Devotees Halt Ganpati Visarjan Yatra, Turn Off Bhajan & Pay Respects at Mosque in Malad

• Fatwa against Muslim BJP leader in Aligarh for Ganesh idol, ‘not scared’

• Hyderabad: Muslim cabbie’s car attacked; allegedly forced to say ‘Jai Shree Ram’

• Dumka is the new axis of Islamist jihad in the heart of India; Shahrukh is just a symptom

• SC may hear today Muslim widow plea on razed home

• Uttar Pradesh accelerates Muslim outreach through health and education related infra projects

• Rohingya repatriation, Bangladeshi channels on Indian networks could figure in Hasina-Modi talks

• Sticky bombs recovered from a hybrid terrorist in Sopore: Police

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Africa

• Terrorists invade mosque, gun down Chief Imam, three others, abduct worshipers

• Death toll from Sudan floods hits 112

• Clashes rock western outskirts of Libyan capital

• West behind continued fighting in northern Ethiopia: Scholar

• Multi-national military exercise kicks off in Jordan

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South Asia

• Blood feud between Taliban and Islamic State escalates with brutal killing of cleric

• Taliban using Indian assistance for their own families, not people in need: Ahmad Massoud

• Sheikh Hasina lauds PM Modi for evacuating Bangladeshi students from Ukraine, calls India 'tested friend'

• PM Hasina asserts Bangladesh will not face a fiscal crisis like Sri Lanka

• Officials: Afghanistan Does Not Need a Constitution

• Taliban Dy PM claims TAPI gas pipeline to take off soon

• Pakistan quietly lodges protest with Afghan Taliban over drone charge

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Southeast Asia

• Malaysia is becoming hub of higher education: minister

• PAS needs to overcome barriers with non-Muslims: Hadi

• Dr Sim: Sarawak govt has disbursed RM200m in grants to non-Muslim bodies via charitable trust Unifor

• PAS info chief says replying to Umno criticism requires ‘art’, but tells Islamist party members to ‘attack’ DAP, Pakatan

• Kit Siang agrees with Muhyiddin: No need to debate Hadi’s ‘root of corruption’ remarks

• Cajole Umno, write 10 letters if needed, says PAS veteran

• Burning determination turns aimless youth into fire chief

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Pakistan

• Pakistani Taliban Ends Ceasefire with Islamabad for ‘Violating Agreement’

• Starving flood victims face infectious diseases under open sky in Sindh

• Turkish aid for the flood-hit: Pakistan Railway to receive goods in Zahedan

• Pakistani terrorist caught along LoC dies of cardiac arrest

• Pak rights minister highlights plight of Ahmadis as Nobel laureate’s grave desecrated

• PML-N, PPP want favourite COAS to escape graft cases: Imran

• Pakistan must learn to live within its means, says Miftah

• US delegation visits Dadu, vows help to flood-hit people

• Ashrafi urges world personalities, organizations for flood victims support

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Mideast

• Tempers flare between Hamas, Islamic Jihad

• Iranian Top Commander Urges US Navy to Respect Int'l Laws

• Hamas says it executed five Palestinians, including two for ‘collaboration’

• Iran Arrests Members of Israeli-Linked Baha'i Spying Group

• IRGC Navy Commander Underlines Iran's Pivotal Role in Establishing Security in Persian Gulf, Sea of Oman

• SNSC Dismisses Allegation on Russian Request for Evacuation of Iranian Forces from Syria

• Iran demands closure of IAEA probes for sustainable nuclear deal

• Israeli army shot a Palestinian dead in West Bank raid: Palestinian Health ministry

• Venice Film Festival: Two jailed Iranian filmmakers vow to keep creating

• Turkish warship docks in Israel as bilateral ties warm

• Al-Qaeda in Yemen releases video of kidnapped UN worker: Monitor

• Israel says ‘extremely worried’ about nuclear agreement with Iran

• Yemeni government denies Houthi claims over new fuel ship restrictions

• Turkish court orders pro-Kurdish member of parliament jailed on terrorism charge

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Arab World

• Turkish volunteers put smiles on orphans’ faces in Syria

• Israeli delegation secretly visited Egypt to calm tensions: Report

• A Syrian military helicopter crashes northeast of Hama, crew killed

• Lebanon arrests five agents suspected of torturing Syrian detainee to death

• Indian FM meets UAE President with letter from Modi during visit for trade discussion

• Iraq PM hosts US delegation for talks in Baghdad

• Sadrist lawmakers challenge resignations from Iraqi Parliament

• Iraqi parliament speaker calls for setting date for early elections

• Turkish intelligence neutralizes senior PKK terrorist in northern Iraq

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North America

• US Navy says vessels seized by Iran were unarmed, ‘posed no risk to naval traffic’

• US mediator in Lebanon-Israel maritime talks to arrive in Beirut this week

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Europe

• Fire burns down mosque in northern France: Report

• Stockholm should meet Türkiye’s demands for NATO membership: Swedish politician

• Germany's logistics giant sees Türkiye as heart of supply chains

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Assam Cracks Down on "Terror": Madrassas Demolished, DGP Seeks Support of Islamic Bodies

SEPTEMBER 04, 2022

Assam DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta with Maulana Abdul Qadir- Secretary, Tanzim Council- that runs majority of madrasas in Assam. (Twitter)

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After the demolition of multiple madrassas in a crackdown on terror, Assam Director General of Police (DGP) Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta on Sunday met representatives of four Islamic organisations and sought their support and cooperation to bust terror modules.

The meeting comes after multiple arrests in Assam over alleged links with terrorist groups Al-Qaeda Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT).

After the one-hour meeting, Mahanta said, “Today, we met Islamic organisations across the state. Al-Qaeda, IS, ABT and other terrorist groups are eyeing Assam, but the Muslim community in the state does not support such terrorist elements. They want to help us maintain peace. Without their cooperation, we wouldn’t have been able to bust Al-Qaeda and ABT modules in the state. We have urged them to extend their support."

DGP Mahanta said they have asked all private madrassas in the state to upload their rules online. “There are thousands of private madrassas in the state. All function on different rules as per their beliefs. We have asked all of them to upload their rules online and given them six months," he added.

STREAMLINING THE PROCESS

“A portal will be opened. It should include accurate information about the madrassa, information about the teachers, source of salary, etc. It is not enough for a few people to come together and make any one person an imam. A committee will be formed through representatives of political parties and organisations. They will check whether the information about all madrassas is included on the portal,” DGP Mahanta added.

Maulana Abdul Quadir Sahab, general secretary of All Assam Tanzim Madrasa Qawmlya, said, “We are thankful to the DGP for arranging such a meeting. We will support Assam Police and state administration. We will survey all non-government madrassas within six months and will try to streamline them for better governance.”

Meanwhile, Mufti Makibur Rahman Ajhari, president of All Assam Islamic Research Centre, said, “There is no relation between the Quran and terrorists. We will monitor the madrassas.”

THE DEMOLITION

The authorities of western Assam’s Bongaigaon district on Wednesday demolished a madrassa allegedly linked to the al-Qaeda. Eight bulldozers were used to bring down the madrassa, the third since the arrest of 37 people found to be direct or indirect members of AQIS and ABT a month ago. The arrested included an imam of a mosque and a few madrassa teachers, some allegedly involved in financial transactions for ABT.

The demolition followed the arrest of Mufti Hafizur Rahman, who had been teaching at the Markazul Ma-Arif Quariayana Madrassa since 2018. He was arrested by the police of Goalpara district from the Jogighopa area.

According to the Bongaigaon District Disaster Management Authority, an order to demolish the madrassa was issued on Tuesday as multiple activities with unspecified number of people were being carried out from the structure without necessary papers. The structure also appeared to be in hazardous condition, it said.

The district police, which raided the madrassa on Tuesday, claimed to have found several objectionable items and documents from the structure. “Some 200 students staying at the madrassa were evacuated on Tuesday night,” a district police officer said.

On August 4, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had said the police had busted at least five modules of ABT since March this year.

Claiming that Assam was becoming a hotbed for Islamist radicals, he said the terror trainers were technology-savvy and used sophisticated methods to brainwash young minds. Some of the “jihadists”, he said, were “masquerading as imams of mosques or teachers of madrassas”.

Source:News18

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At least 20 civilians killed in Al-Shabab attack in central Somalia

Mohammed Dhaysane  

03.09.2022

MOGADISHU, Somalia

FILE PHOTO

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At least 20 civilians in central Somalia were killed in an attack by the al-Shabaab terrorist group on a convoy carrying food supplies, officials said on Saturday.

The victims in the attack, which took place near the district of Mahas in the Hiran region, included drivers and passengers in the convoy, with the members of the al-Qaeda-linked terror group burning eight vehicles, security officials in the region told Anadolu Agency.

This comes as the Horn of African nation is struggling with its worst drought and food shortage in 40 years.

Mogadishu condemned the attack, describing it as "barbaric" and vowing to respond swiftly.

On Twittter, Somalia's presidential envoy for drought response called for immediate support to affected communities after the "devastating" incident.

"The terror group had blown up water wells in Hiran a few days ago. I call for immediate support to these communities that face severe drought," said Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame.

Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the deadly attack. The group has been conducting deadly strikes in the country against government officials and African Union peacekeepers since 2007.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Afghan police report suicide bomb blast near Russian Embassy in Kabul

September 05, 2022

Russia is one of the few countries to have maintained an embassy in Kabul after the Taliban took over the country more than a year ago. (File/Shutterstock)

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KABUL: A suicide bomber detonated explosives near the entrance of the Russian Embassy in Kabul, police said on Monday, adding the attacker was shot dead by armed guards as he approached the gate.

“The suicide attacker before reaching the target, was recognized and shot by Russian embassy (Taliban) guards ... there is no information about casualties yet,” Mawlawi Sabir, the head of the police district where the attack took place, told Reuters.

Russia is one of the few countries to have maintained an embassy in Kabul after the Taliban took over the country more than a year ago. Although Moscow does not official recognize the Taliban’s government, they have been in talks with officials over an agreement supply gasoline and other commodities.

Source: Arab News

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Agong: Islamic justice does not grant privileges, exemptions for wrongdoers

By Yiswaree Palansamy

05 Sep 2022

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah at the inauguration ceremony of the new Pahang State Shariah Court Complex in Kuantan. September 5, 2022. — Bernama pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 5 — The principle of executing justice in Islam does not grant privilege and exemptions to anyone who commits any wrongdoing, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah said today.

He added that the same principle also forbids injustice to anyone, including those who are not favoured, Malay news site Astro Awani reported today.

“The principle of doing justice in Islam has been stated by Allah SWT as stated in Surah An-Nisaa verse 35. “According to that verse, Islamic justice does not at all give any privilege or exception to anyone who commits a wrongdoing, whether it is oneself, close friends, family members or mothers and fathers,” the King was quoted as saying during the inauguration ceremony of the new Pahang State Shariah Court Complex in Kuantan, Pahang.

He said that the law only has one principle, language, punishment and they apply to everyone.

“Allah SWT’s order contained in the verse has been further strengthened by the hadith of the Prophet SAW which means: Verily, those who came before you have perished, that is, if the one who steals is a high-ranking one. Then they are left alone, but if the thief is the weak, then they are immediately punished.

“For the sake of God, in whose power I am. If Fatimah binti Muhammad had stolen, I would have cut off her hand,” Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin was quoted saying.

Source: MalayMail

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Flood-hit Pakistan breaches largest freshwater lake to avert overflow

Sep 4, 2022

KARACHI: Authorities in flood-hit Pakistan strategically breached the country's largest freshwater lake on Sunday, a minister said, displacing up to 100,000 people from their homes but saving more densely populated areas from gathering flood water.

Record monsoon rains and melting glaciers in Pakistan's northern mountains have brought floods that have affected 33 million people and killed at least 1,290, including 453 children. The inundation, blamed on climate change, is still spreading.

Manchar Lake, which is used for water storage, had already reached dangerous levels, and the increased pressure posed a threat to surrounding areas in the country's southern Sindh province, Sindh Irrigation Minister Jam Khan Shoro said.

He said about 100,000 people would be affected by the breach in five councils, but it would help save more populated clusters and also help reduce water levels in other, harder-hit areas.

"By inflicting the breach we have tried to save Sehwan town. Water levels on Johi and Mehar towns in Dadu district would be reduced by this breach in the lake," Shoro told Reuters on Sunday.

It was not clear how many of the 100,000 asked to leave their homes would actually do so.

Aside from historic rainfall, southern Pakistan has had to contend with increased flooding as a surge of water flowed down the Indus river.

The country has already received nearly three times the 30-year average rainfall in the quarter through August, totalling 390.7 millimetres (15.38 inches). Sindh province, with a population of 50 million, was hardest hit, getting 464% more rain than the 30-year average.

Being downstream on the Indus river, the southern parts of the country have witnessed swelling river waters flowing from the north. Pakistan's limited dams and reservoirs are already overflowing and cannot be used to stop downstream flows.

Tarbela dam in the north-west, has been at capacity - 1,550 feet and 5.8 million acre feet - for weeks, according to NDMA data.

Downstream in Sindh, barrages are under pressure with the Indus river in high flood level, the NDMA said in its latest situation report.

Source: Times Of India

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Islamic Jihad: Israel Gradually Kills Palestinian Detainees Behind Bars

2022-September-4

Islamic Jihad made the statement on Saturday following the killing of Abu Mahameed, 40, who died as a result of deliberate medical negligence at an Israeli hospital on the same day, presstv reported.

The statement said that Israeli crimes against prisoners and detainees are intensifying and that Israel is systematically violating their legitimate rights to life.

The statement added that the martyrdom of Abu Mahameed inside an Israeli prison reveals the regime’s criminal acts against Palestinian detainees.

It further urged relevant human rights institutions to take a firm stance on the issue of Palestinian prisoners and assume their responsibility in this regard.

Earlier, Hamas reacted to the death of the prisoner, calling it a crime.

Abu Mahameed, a resident of Beit Ta’mar in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, was arrested about two months ago in good health as he attempted to enter Al-Quds for work. Israeli forces claimed he did not have a work permit at the time.

According to his family, the Palestinian inmate was suffering from a neurological disorder before his arrest, and his condition deteriorated in jail. He was transferred to Assaf Horveh Hospital at the beginning of August after his health declined significantly.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said that the targeting of Palestinians under the pretext they had entered Israeli-occupied territories without a permit has "escalated" since the beginning of the year, not only through arrests but also through direct killings.

Abu Mahameed’s death came two days after around 1,000 Palestinian prisoners launched an indefinite mass hunger strike in Israeli prisons across the occupied territories in protest against the regime’s custodial repression under the so-called administrative detention policy.

There are reportedly more than 7,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jails. Hundreds of the inmates have been apparently incarcerated under the practice of administrative detention.

Human rights organizations say Israel violates all the rights and freedoms granted to prisoners by the Fourth Geneva Convention. They say administrative detention violates their right to due process since the evidence is withheld from prisoners while they are held for lengthy periods without being charged, tried, or convicted.

Palestinian detainees have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes in an attempt to express outrage at their detention. Israeli jail authorities keep Palestinian prisoners under deplorable conditions without proper hygienic standards. Palestinian inmates have also been subject to systematic torture, harassment, and repression.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Delegation from Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council visits UAE counterparts

04 September, 2022

A delegation from Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council began an official visit to the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The speaker of the Shura Council Sheikh Dr Abdullah bin Muhammad al-Sheikh headed the Saudi delegation.

Council members including Major General Ali bin Muhammad al-Asiri, Major General Sami bin Zaid al-Hazmi, and Dr Abdullah bin Omar al-Najjar will meet with members of the UAE’s Federal National Council (FNC).

Dr Abdullah will hold talks with Saqr Ghubash, speaker of the Federal National Council, at the latter’s invitation.

The two sides plan to discuss parliamentary relations between the two councils, which serve as advisory bodies to the governments of their respective countries.

Al Sheikh noted the strengthening of ties between the UAE and Saudi Arabia, and highlighted the work of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council.

The Shura Council was established by the founder of the modern Saudi state, King Abdulaziz, in 1927.

Saudi Arabia’s King selects its 150 members, choosing a diverse mix of experts.

The council has the power to propose new laws, which are then considered for final approval by the King.

In 2013, a decree was issued stipulating that 20 percent of the council’s members must be women.

The UAE’s Federal National Council is made up of 40 members, half of which must be women.

Half of the FNC’s members are elected by Emirati citizens, while the other half are selected by the rulers of the various emirates.

The FNC has the power to pass draft laws and make suggestions to the royal families of the emirates.

Source: Al Arabiya

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India

 

‘Hasina return important for India and secularism’

Subhoranjan Dasgupta And Tapas Das 

05.09.22

Bangladesh politics is heating up with the BNP-led Opposition’s resurgence ahead of the general election, due next year. Shahriar Kabir, the most important secular voice in Bangladesh, discusses the situation with Subhoranjan Dasgupta and Tapas Das.

Q: Led by the BNP, the Opposition has shaken off its long stupor and stormed Dhaka’s streets against the price rise. Will its belligerence last till next year’s elections?

Shahriar: It has to be admitted that after more than a decade of non-resistance and submission, the BNP-led Opposition has staged a massive protest in Dhaka against the Awami League dispensation. The reason or cause behind this agitation — the unprecedented rise in the prices of petrol and essential commodities — is, of course, proper and righteous. But this demonstration, in which hundreds participated, will be difficult to sustain till the next election, due in December 2023.

Why? Because there is no serious issue other than price rise that can galvanise the Opposition…. As far as the alarming price rise is concerned, this is a worldwide phenomenon that has struck Bangladesh along with many other countries like India. But neither Bangladesh nor India started the Russia-Ukraine war.

Besides, the price escalation in Bangladesh will not last long because its economy, despite surging ahead in the industrial sphere, is predominantly agricultural. Bangladesh produces its own rice, wheat, pulses, oilseeds, vegetables and other essential commodities.Once harvesting begins in November with the celebration of Nabanna, there will be a steady supply of fresh articles from the fields to the urban centres and the prices will fall considerably. In other words, what we witnessed two weeks ago — the massive agitation — will remain a flash in the pan.

Q: Apart from the price rise, a most undiplomatic statement by the foreign minister has added fuel to the fire. The Awami League is clearly on the defensive.

Shahriar: There is no doubt that A.K. Abdul Momen, foreign minister of Bangladesh, committed a diplomatic blunder by stating in public that “I have been to India and have told my Indian friends that they should not leave any stone unturned to ensure the Awami League’s victory in the election next year”. Such explosive utterances can be made indoors but not in public.

Of course, the Awami League was caught on the wrong foot and had to adopt a defensive attitude. From Obaidul Kader, Awami League general secretary, to other important politicians, everyone clearly stated that the foreign minister had no right to speak in this manner because it amounted to direct acceptance of foreign intervention in the political affairs of Bangladesh.

India, as such, has no role in Bangladesh elections and no duty to sustain Sheikh Hasina’s governance. But at the same time, contemporary geopolitics demands that Sheikh Hasina be voted back to power for the well-being of India and the entire subcontinent, which needs to remain secular and democratic.Whenever such avoidable controversies arise, we need to go back to Bangabandhu, who gave all credit to the powers that helped the freedom struggle — especially India and Russia — but said categorically that they would not be allowed to dictate Bangladesh in political and administrative matters. The incumbents are determined to follow this basic principle.

Q: The Awami League government wants to import EVMs from India. The Opposition has rejected this proposal and advocated continuing use of the age-old ballot paper system. Will this lead to another violent confrontation?

Shahriar: This, frankly speaking, is a non-issue and should not lead to any violent confrontation. While the Opposition is demanding a complete return to the age-old ballot-in-the-box system, the government has selected 150 seats for EVM counting while saying the remaining 150 seats will depend on the ballot-in-the-box.In today’s fast-moving world of technology, we simply cannot reject the computer and adopt a system totally dependent on feathered quills.

Q: Ahead of Sheikh Hasina’s imminent Delhi visit, many voices are suggesting that India should redraw the areas of cooperation and focus on new steps to invigorate the bilateral relationship. In short, that Delhi’s attitude and conduct should strengthen Sheikh Hasina’s position in an election year. What can India possibly do?

Shahriar: At one level, I certainly feel irritated — to say the least — when I hear statements such as “India should help Bangladesh even more” or “India should redraw its map of assistance and cooperation to help Bangladesh”.

The basic question is, what has India not done for Bangladesh? Its soldiers laid down their lives in thousands during the Liberation War. Had India, helped and guided by the Mukti Bahini, not intervened in such a drastic manner, Bangladesh would not have attained freedom in nine months.

Second, despite its own grave difficulties, India gave shelter and care to almost one million refugees (from Bangladesh). If certain elements in Bangladesh refuse to acknowledge this massive cooperation, I would call these elements “gaddar” (traitor) or “nimak haram” (ungrateful).

At the same time, when I consider the appeal for more help from another angle, I do think that the two countries should take steps to strengthen the amity between them.

Two important areas where they should and can work together, for their own betterment and that of the entire subcontinent, are the Rohingya crisis and the harnessing of the Teesta’s waters for both Bangladesh and India. I firmly believe that the Teesta issue should be resolved before the election and a comprehensive Teesta Accord, reminiscent of the Ganga-Farakka Accord, signed.

We need a statesman like Jyoti Basu who had almost single-handedly carved out the Farakka Accord. Will the chief minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, display equally sagacious statesmanship?

I am aware of the multi-level discussions taking place to channel the flow of 54 rivers. I congratulate this effort. But unless and until the Teesta problem is settled, altercations and disputes will continue. No wonder, Sheikh Hasina has pointedly invited Mamata Banerjee for a discussion in Delhi during her visit.

On the Rohingya problem, it’s clear that the Myanmar junta will not accept their return. Bangladesh has clothed and nursed lakhs of Rohingya refugees since 2017; it cannot bear this burden any longer.

Already the impoverished Rohingyas in Bangladesh — and some of them in India — have begun responding to the appeals of jihadis and terrorists out of desperation. If something concrete is not done immediately, they will become a threat to security and secularism on the entire subcontinent.

Source:TelegraphIndia

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Uttar Pradesh: 'Muslim-sounding names' of wards changed in Gorakhpur's draft delimitation order

September 04, 2022

Gorakhpur: A draft delimitation order issued by the Gorakhpur Municipal Corporation has changed “Muslim-sounding names” of around a dozen wards, prompting a sharp reaction from leaders of the Samajwadi Party and the Congress.

The changing of names was part of the delimitation exercise, under which the number of wards went up to 80 in Gorakhpur, with several of these named after iconic personalities and freedom fighters.

A senior official said on Saturday that people can file their objections within a week and after their disposal, the delimitation will be approved.

Samajwadi Party leader and Ismailpur corporator Shahab Ansari charged that changing of names is an attempt at polarisation.

Ansari said the party will hold a meeting in this regard on Sunday and a delegation will meet the district magistrate to raise the objection on Monday.

Congress leader Talat Aziz termed the name-changing exercise as a waste of money. “I fail to understand what the government will achieve through this exercise,” the leader asked.

Mayor Sitaram Jaiswal said new names evoke the feeling of pride.

He said wards were named after personalities like Ashfaqullah Khan, Shiv Singh Chetri, Baba Gambhir Nath, Baba Raghavdas, Dr Rajendra Prasad and Madan Mohan Malviya.

Municipal Commissioner Avinash Singh said objections can be sent within a week to the additional chief secretary, urban development department, Lucknow. After the disposal of the objections, the delimitation will be approved, he said.

Gorakhpur, the home town of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, will now have 80 wards.

Miya Bazar, Muftipur, Alinagar, Turkmanpur, Ismailpur, Rassolpur, Humayunpur North, Ghosipurva, Daudpur, Jafra Bazar, Qazipur Khurd and Chaksa Hussain are among the “Muslim-sounding names” that have been changed.

Source:Firstpost

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UP: AIMPLB questions Yogi’s decision to survey madrasas

5th September 2022

Lucknow: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has questioned the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to survey unrecognised madrasas in the state.

The AIMPLB has termed it a part of the “targeting” of the institutions by the BJP-ruled states.

Qasim Rasool Ilyas, executive member of the AIMPLB, said, “Madrasas are being targeted in Uttar Pradesh and Assam. This is being done even though minority institutions are protected under the law. In Assam, the government has gone as far as to bulldoze some of the smaller madrasas while converting others to schools. If the issue is that of restricting religious education and promoting secular education instead, then why isn’t the government taking the same action against gurukuls?”

The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has announced a survey of the madrasas saying it wants to gather information on the number of teachers, their curriculum, and the basic facilities available.

Ilyas said that there is no clear estimate of the total number of madrasas in Uttar Pradesh, but given that the Sachar Committee report said around 4 per cent Muslim children studied in them, there are likely to be thousands.

The AIMPLB said that the Sachar Committee estimate was itself a ‘gross underestimation’.

Laying out the structure of Islamic teaching, Ilyas said it was disseminated through essentially three types of institutions — maktabs, which are religious classes held inside masjids for several hours every day; smaller madrasas or hifz, where younger students up to the age of 8-10 years are taught to memorise the Quran; and aalimiyats or bigger madrasas where students are taught Islamic ideology, the interpretation of the Quran as well as the word of Prophet Mohammad and other theological matters.

It is primarily at the level of aalimiyats that many madrasas are affiliated with the Madrasa Board and receive partial funds and grants from the state governments, he said.

Source:Siasat Daily

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Communal Harmony on Display: Devotees Halt Ganpati Visarjan Yatra, Turn Off Bhajan & Pay Respects at Mosque in Malad

SEPTEMBER 05, 2022

Setting a fine example of communal harmony, devotees halted a Ganpati Visarjan yatra (Ganpati immersion procession) in Mumbai while passing a mosque and changed their music from bhajan to ‘bhar do choli meri ya Muhammad’ as a mark of respect.

The Ganpati procession was headed for immersion on Sunday evening when it took a pause in Malad outside a mosque on their way and paid respects by changing the music for a few minutes, according to a report by the Times of India.

Meanwhile, more than 3,900 Ganesh idols were immersed at beaches and artificial ponds across Mumbai on the fifth day of the Ganpati festival on Sunday, news agency PTI quoted an official from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) as saying.

As many as 3,853 household idols, 15 Hartalika and 66 sarvajanik (community) idols were immersed till 6 pm, the official said. At least 1,290 household, 13 Hartalika and 66 sarvajanik idols were immersed in the artificial ponds built for the purpose in the different parts of the city, he said.

Source:News18

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Fatwa against Muslim BJP leader in Aligarh for Ganesh idol, ‘not scared’

Sep 05, 2022

Muslim BJP leader of Aligarh Ruby Asif Khan who has been issued a fatwa for worshipping Ganesh at her residence said she is not scared of the fatwa as this is nothing new for her. When she performed a puja at her residence after the foundation stone of the Ram temple was laid, she faced similar action, the BJP leader said to news agency ANI. "They have all stood against me. Now, these people want to kill me. I am getting threats. I am not one to be afraid. I will immerse Lord Ganesh. My husband is with me," Ruby Khan said.

According to reports, Deoband Mufti Arshad Farooqui issued a fatwa against the BJP leader calling her action 'un-Islamic'. In Islam, only Allah is worshipped. The same decree issued against those who go against Islam is issued against those who worship an idol, he said.

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Hyderabad: Muslim cabbie’s car attacked; allegedly forced to say ‘Jai Shree Ram’

4th September 2022

Hyderabad: A Muslim man was allegedly harassed and forced to say ‘Jai Shree Ram’ by multiple unidentified persons on the Shaikpet-Alkapur road on Saturday night.

In a video posted to Youtube by Amjed Ullah Khan, spokesperson of Majlis Bachao Tehreek (MBT), Syed Latifuddin, an Uber driver, alleged that he was driving from Shaikpet via the Alkapur road to pick up a customer when a few people started hitting his car’s windows.

“I drove straight past them, but there was a roadblock. The men had followed me. Two of them were on a bullet, and four were on an Activa. They reached my car and started throwing rocks and demanded that I say ‘Jai Shree Ram’. I shoved one of them and ran for a while. Because I was yelling for help, a small group had formed around me, and they accompanied me back to the car,” the man narrated in the video.

The MBT leader asked Latif why he did not call the cops if this truly happened. “I did call the cops, but there was no response. They finally came after an hour,” he said.

In another video, the MBT leader surveyed the damage to Lateefuddin’s car. He also spoke to a person who claimed to have rushed to the spot when the commotion happened on Saturday night.

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Dumka is the new axis of Islamist jihad in the heart of India; Shahrukh is just a symptom

September 04, 2022

Dumka (Jharkhand): Back-to-back killings of two minors in Jharkhand’s Dumka has raised serious eyebrows over what exactly may be going on in the area, more so, since the hand of Islamic fundamentalist elements has come to light.

“These are not just instances of just love jihad, as they appear to be prima facie. It represents a sinister nexus between Islamic jihadists, many of whom have come to take cover in this part of India from across Bangladesh, christian missionaries and naxal elements in the adjoining districts of Pakur, Dumka, Jamtara etc. Look at this from the perspective of creating sheer terror among Hindus and changing the demography of the Santhal region,” said Vinay Kumar Singh, internal security expert and a long-time PFI watcher.

The larger process of population substitution that is underway in the Santhal region, of which Shahrukh Hussain is only the tip, is the misuse and flouting of the Santhal parganas Tenancy (SPT) Act, which prohibits the sale of tribal land to non-tribals in the Santhal Pargana, contiguous with West Bengal.

Despite the prohibition, Singh points that, a large number of Bangladeshi immigrants–a lot of the cross over from West Bengal–are buying lands from brokers who acquire tribal land as ‘charity’ from religious organisations at throwaway prices. The demographic replacement of tribals is now spilling over to law and order issues, manifesting in increased crime rate and cases of love-jihad.

For instance, Shahrukh Hussain, who has been arrested for killing a minor girl by setting her on fire, had come to settle in Dumka using the same process. As per police, he had recently shifted from a temporary home in Shikaripada to his maternal uncle’s home in Jaruadih, along with his mother, sister and brother.

He used to work as a painter and, in no time, made a house for his family next to his maternal uncle’s house on land bought via ‘charity’.

Meanwhile, the co-accused in the case, Naeem is being linked to the banned Bangladeshi outfit–Ansar-ul-Bangla, a front group of Al-Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent on the basis of his browsing history. It has been found the Naeem was very interested in the activities of the terror outfit as he regularly used to watch videos of the organisation.

Naeem has also confessed to giving petrol to Shahrukh a night before with which the latter set the victim ablaze. As to police, the two went to the victim’s house at 4am and perpetrated the crime.

News reports from Dainik Jagran claim that brokers are illegally selling reserved land through trusts and religious organisations on cheap rates, encouraging settlement of immigrants.

Criminal activities on the rise

Apart from the two gruesome murders, local police recently busted a mini gun factory from Sarua village. The factory was being run from a two-storey house belonging to a Bihar resident who had confessed to buying the land cheap.

A similar factory was busted in 2021 in Shikaripada area, where Shahrukh lived, from where police had recovered gun-making equipment used in forging revolvers.

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SC may hear today Muslim widow plea on razed home

Sep 5, 2022

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court is likely to hear on Monday a petition by an elderly widow, Hasina, accusing the Khargone administration in Madhya Pradesh of demolishing her house under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana as a retributive measure a day after certain miscreants pelted stones at a Ram Navami procession when it passed through her residential locality on April 10.

In her plea, Hasina said she is "currently devoid of her means of livelihood, shelter & in a state of shock".

Hasina has moved the SC through advocate Akriti Chaubey, airing views similar to Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, which has already petitioned the top court for stopping the governments from use of bulldozers even on the houses of those accused of pelting stones, saying such demolition without following the due process of law would render an entire family homeless, most of whom would be punished for the fault of one member.

The petition, listed for hearing before a bench headed by Justice Sanjiv Khanna on Monday, stated the Khargone district administration demolished 16 residential houses and 29 shops on April 11, a day after stones were pelted on a Ram Navami procession leading to communal violence.

"The petitioner, who is an elderly widow and a beneficiary of the PM Awas Yojana in relation to the same property, was not able to show her (ownership) papers in response to the show cause notice from the tehsildar's office, which was issued on April 7, 2022," it said.

However, the petitioner did not clarify when the notices were issued on April 7, how the demolitions on April 11, a day after the stone-pelting, could be linked to the communal violence.

Hasina said she did not get an opportunity to respond to the notices in the face of an unwarranted rushed demolition exercise undertaken by the administration during the curfew which was clamped in the locality following the communal violence. "In the charged atmosphere preceding the communal violence and the subsequent clashes and restricted mobility, the petitioner had not been able to respond to the notice. Further, the notice did not specify any date for demolition," Hasina said.

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Uttar Pradesh accelerates Muslim outreach through health and education related infra projects

SEPTEMBER 05, 2022

The State government has allotted ₹50 crore for setting up medical facilities and hostel’s for girls in districts which has considerable Muslim population

After winning the Lok Sabha by-elections in Rampur and Azamgarh, both seats dominated by Muslim population, the BJP-led State government has intensified its outreach programmes among the minority community as it plans to launch health and education-related infrastructure development projects in areas across the State which have considerable Muslim population.

The State government, with the assistance from the Centre, has dedicated a fund of roughly ₹50 crore to establish health and education related projects in districts like Rampur, Saharanpur, Amroha, Bulandshahr, Hapur and Ghazipur. All these districts have high Muslim presence. In Rampur district's Suar, a medical facility would be established, while in Bulandshahr and Saharanpur, a 100-bed girl's hostel would be set up, and a medical facility centre in Hapur would be constructed from the fund. In few other districts also girl's hostels and other facilities would be established from the fund.

The party has claimed that the Muslim community is getting lion's share from the development and welfare schemes of the BJP-led Central and State governments and these initiatives would help further to consolidate the goodwill.

"Development projects in Muslim-dominated areas is not a new thing it is going on since 2014. These initiatives will help further. The upliftment of Muslim community is happening continuously under the BJP government, the community which comprises nearly 18% of the state's population is getting more than 30 percent share in the welfare schemes of Central and State governments like PM Awas Yojana, PM Ujjwala Yojana, Mudra Loans and free ration scheme. I can say with full responsibility that out of more than 13 crore beneficiaries of central and state government's schemes in Uttar Pradesh roughly four crores are from Muslim community," said Kunwar Basit Ali, president of State BJP's Minority Morcha wing.

In the recent times, the BJP is making a renewed effort to reach out to the Muslim community with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speech at the BJP's national executive stressed on the need for reaching out to the Pasmanda (backward) Muslims. The party's outreach shows that it want to get a reasonable share of Muslims votes, which were traditionally considered the vote bank of it's rival parties in the politically significant state.

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Rohingya repatriation, Bangladeshi channels on Indian networks could figure in Hasina-Modi talks

Sep 4, 2022

NEW DELHI: Some of the bilateral issues that Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina hopes to take up with PM Narendra Modi during their engagement here this week, could include concerns on communal violence in both countries that have inevitable spill-over impact across borders, seeking help on repatriation of Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar, and the long pending issue of allowing Bangladeshi TV channels on Indian cable networks, apart from the pending river water sharing.

While there have been incidents of violence against minority Hindus in Bangladesh, it has also had to deal with the adverse impact of CAA-NRC that was being propagated by the Modi government till a year back, and BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s controversial statement that had its impact in most Muslim-dominated countries including Bangladesh. The Hasina government that has been propagating a secular state, has had trouble dealing with backlash from fundamentalists, over these issues that otherwise seem to be part of India’s domestic politics, say sources in Dhaka.

Speaking to ANI, on the eve of her Delhi visit, Hasina on Sunday said, “… as long as we are in power, we always give importance to well that (wellbeing of minority Hindus) and I always tell them (Hindus) that you are our citizens. You should own our country. But some incidents, sometimes take place, but we take immediate action. Yet sometimes it happens… it's an unwanted situation but you know very well it is not only in Bangladesh… even in India sometimes minorities suffer… So I think that both the countries should show their magnanimity and on our part, Bangladesh is a secular country, we have many religions… religious harmony… So, when one or two incidents happen… especially my party... my party people are very conscious on it and also my government… we take immediate action, but it has to be from both sides (of the border). There should be more… I mean cooperation with each other.”

Bangladesh feels that since India too faces the problem of Rohingya refugees, India should talk to Myanmar on repatriation of the refugees, the burden of which has been weighing heavy on Bangladesh. “A number of Rohingyas are coming to Bangladesh from India through fenced areas in recent times which is a matter of worry. Bangladesh has asked India to take measures to halt the entry of the Rohingyas as Dhaka reported the arrival of some Myanmar nationals in the past weeks,” according to government sources in Dhaka.

During the liberation war of Bangladesh, the No.8 building on Theatre Road in Kolkata, was the first office of the "Mujibnagar Government." Hence the Hasina government wants India to hand over the building to Bangladesh, so that Bangladesh can preserve the historically important architecture.

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Sticky bombs recovered from a hybrid terrorist in Sopore: Police

Sep 4, 2022

SRINAGAR: In a first such instance in the Kashmir valley, security forces have recovered sticky bombs or magnetic IEDs from a hybrid terrorist in Sopore township of Baramulla district of the union territory, police said on Sunday.

The militant, identified as Saqib Shakeel Dar, was arrested Saturday evening. He is working as a hybrid terrorist of proscribed terrorist organization LeT and was in a constant search of an opportunity to carry out attacks on security forces and civilians.

Hybrid terrorist is a term coined by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir to describe those ultras who carry out a subversive task assigned to them by their handlers before slipping back into normal life.

Speaking to reporters in Sopore, in north Kashmir, SP Sopore, Shabir Nawab, said the security forces laid a naka in Shangergund area of Sopore on a specific input about the movement of a hybrid terrorist on Saturday evening.

The hybrid terrorist was arrested and a pistol, a pistol magazine, eight pistol rounds were seized from his possession, while sticky bombs were recovered from a location told by him, the officer said.

Nawab said after questioning the arrested ultra, security forces recovered three sticky bombs or magnetic bombs and seven detonators from an orchard of village Chek-i- Brath area. Further investigation is on, he said.

The SP said it was for the first time that sticky bombs were recovered in Sopore.

Officials said it was the first instance that the sticky bombs were recovered in the valley. There have been a couple of such instances in Jammu region of the UT earlier.

Sticky bomb is a magnetic bomb, which sticks to a vehicle, it is a high explosive and very destructive and dangerous to security forces and civilians and can cause huge loss of life and property, the SP said.

Nawab said the recovery of the bombs was a huge success for the security forces.

Earlier, on July 3, six sticky bombs along with other arms and ammunition were recovered from a terrorist hideout in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Africa

 

Terrorists invade mosque, gun down Chief Imam, three others, abduct worshipers

September 5, 2022

By Ochogwu Sunday

Terrorists suspected to be members of the Boko Haram fighters have attacked a Mosque in Borno State, killing the Chief Imam and three other worshipers.

DAILY POST learnt that the incident occured on Friday during the Fajr prayers in the Ngulde community of Askira-Uba Local Government Area of the state.

According to reports, the terrorists, numbering about 20, invaded the worship center and opened fire on worshippers, leading to the death of three persons on the spot, while another victim who sustained injury died in a hospital.

The insurgents also reportedly looted livestock and foodstuff and set ablaze two vehicles belonging to members of the Ngulde community.

The Councilor representing Ngulde Ward, Hon Bilyaminu, who confirmed the incident in a statement on Sunday, said the attack claimed four lives, while properties worth millions of Naira were destroyed by the terrorists.

The Borno State Deputy Speaker, Abdullahi Askira also confirmed the incident to Daily Trust on Sunday.

According to him, the terrorists invaded the community and asked the whereabouts of the chairman of the local hunters/vigilantes who were their prime target.

He said when the insurgents were not satisfied with the response, they went straight to the Mosque and opened fire on the worshippers.

Terrorists suspected to be members of the Boko Haram fighters have attacked a Mosque in Borno state, killing the Chief Imam and three other worshipers.

DAILY POST learnt that the incident occured on Friday during the Fajir prayers in Ngulde community of Askira-Uba Local Government Area of the state.

According to reports, the terrorists, numbering 20 invaded the worship center and opened fire on worshippers, killing three persons at a spot while the other victim died in a hospital.

The insurgents also reportedly looted livestock and foodstuff and set ablaze two vehicles in Ngulde community, which is located at some part of Sambisa forest in the state.

The Councilor representing Ngulde Ward, Hon Bilyaminu who confirmed the incident in a statement on Sunday, said the attack “claimed four (4) lives and left many with casualties, while properties and businesses worth millions of naira were also destroyed and carted away by the insurgents.”

The Borno State Deputy Speaker, who is also representing Askira-Uba constituency, Abdullahi Askira, confirmed the incident to Daily Trust.

According to him, the terrorists invaded the community and asked the whereabouts or house of the chairman of the local hunters/vigilantes.

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Death toll from Sudan floods hits 112

04 September, 2022

More than 100 people have been killed and tens of thousands of homes destroyed by flooding caused by torrential rain since Sudan's wet season began in May, police said Sunday.

Heavy rains usually fall in Sudan between May and October, and the country faces severe flooding every year, wrecking property, infrastructure and crops.

Last month, Sudan declared a state of emergency due to floods in six states.

“The number of people killed by floods and heavy rains has reached 112,” said Abdel Jalil Abdelreheem, spokesman for Sudan's National Council for Civil Defence, a unit of the police.

The authorities had previously in late August given a figure of 79 dead from flooding so far this wet season.

“A total of 34,944 houses were completely destroyed while 49,060 were partially damaged,” Abdelreheem told AFP, adding that around 115 people had been injured.

The crisis comes as Sudan reels from deepening political unrest and a spiralling economic crisis exacerbated by last year's military coup led by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.

The United Nations, citing government figures, said a week ago that the floods have so far affected 226,000 people across Sudan.

The eastern states of Gedaref and Kassala, North and South Kordofan state, River Nile state, and the Darfur region were among the most badly affected, according to the UN children's agency, UNICEF.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Clashes rock western outskirts of Libyan capital

03 September, 2022

Libyan armed factions fought in the western outskirts of Tripoli late on Friday and early Saturday as forces aligned with Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah’s government further consolidated their control over the capital.

Fighting took place in Warshafala, a district west of Tripoli that has been the site of repeated clashes throughout the 11 years of violence and chaos since a NATO-backed uprising ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The clashes, along with a major pro-Dbeibah group taking over a military headquarters in southern Tripoli, come a week after Libya’s biggest bout of warfare for two years, as several rival factions battled in and around the capital.

Last week’s fighting dislodged several groups that had aligned with Dbeibah’s rival as prime minister - the former interior minister Fathi Bashagha who has been appointed by the eastern-based parliament to head a new government.

The standoff between the two men had lasted for months, with Libya’s powerful eastern faction lined up behind Bashagha, while the numerous factions controlling Tripoli and the rest of the northwest were divided.

Following last week’s fighting, both Bashagha and Dbeibah have visited Turkey, which helped the now-divided western factions fight off an eastern assault in 2020.

Turkey retains a military presence around Tripoli, including drones that could play a critical role in deciding the outcome of any major bout of warfare if it decided to back a side.

Last week there were unconfirmed reports that drones were used against factions backing Bashagha.

Diplomacy to resolve Libya’s crisis has faltered. Late on Friday, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres appointed a new envoy to Libya but with the UN Security Council divided, it is unclear how much clout Abdoulaye Bathily will enjoy in the role.

In fighting late on Friday and early on Saturday, a witness said mortars were being fired in Warshafana, a district of farmland, villages and patches of urban sprawl between Tripoli and the western city of al-Zawiya.

During last week’s fighting, a major Bashagha-aligned faction based in Zawiya was said to be among groups that were repulsed from the outskirts of the capital.

In the southern Tripoli district of Ain Zara, a powerful faction that backed Dbeibah during last week’s fighting took over a security headquarters.

Source: Al Arabiya

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West behind continued fighting in northern Ethiopia: Scholar

Addis Getachew  

04.09.2022

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia

Recent hopes for peace in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region have largely been dashed, with armed conflict resuming last week between Ethiopian government troops and rebel forces as one scholar says the war is "sponsored by the West."

Tewodros Zewdu Asfaw, a researcher on mixed identities in Ethiopia who is pursuing a doctorate degree at York University, argues that the West is behind the conflict in the Horn of Africa nation, where fighting broke out in November 2020 when forces of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) attacked bases of the federal army stationed across the northern region.

In March this year, the Ethiopian government announced a humanitarian truce, which was broken on Aug. 23 when heavy fighting erupted again between the two sides.

"The war in the north, I believe, is sponsored by the West," Tewodros told Anadolu Agency, tracing the friendship between the TPLF and US government back to 1991, when the guerilla force, enjoying widespread support in Ethiopia, reached the capital Addis Ababa after defeating the regime of Col. Mengistu Haile Mariam.

He accused the West of helping the TPLF establish and consolidate its power in Ethiopia, adding that before the main rebel factions arrived at a London peace conference in 1991, then-US Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Herman Cohen, who was chairing the meeting, told the sides: "No democracy, no cooperation."

"While democracy needed to be conducted on a one-man-one-vote basis, the ethnic system they constituted did not allow for this in practice because an ethnically fragmented society was created in which the TPLF represented a constituency of 5 million people," Tewodros explained.

"Hence the TPLF, being the victim of its own ethnic-driven policy, had to opt for force at any given time to stay in power. That is at the root of the conflict in northern Ethiopia today," he said.

According to Tewodros, for peace to prevail in Ethiopia, an all-inclusive national dialogue should be conducted, with the elites demonstrating due “honesty” in the process, and he wished to be part of that national conversation to try and contribute to that.

The TPLF ruled Ethiopia for 27 years at the head of a four-party coalition called the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). Its ouster in 2018 followed successive years of anti-government protests waged mostly by the youth across the country.

After the formation of the now-ruling Prosperity Party in December 2019, the TPLF retreated into Tigray, where it re-established itself, as it rejected becoming a part of the new political bloc led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and comprising of the other three parties in the EPRDF.

Grim realities of war

Amid the humanitarian decline that northern Ethiopia today faces, both the government and rebels are trading blame for the fresh fighting that erupted immediately after the UN's World Food Program accused the TPLF of looting 570,000 liters of fuel in Tigray's capital Mekele that was meant for humanitarian aid distribution efforts.

On Wednesday, the Ethiopian government claimed that the TPLF had opened new war fronts in northwestern parts of the country, a significant expansion of the conflict that was limited to just the Kobo front in the eastern Amhara region to areas bordering Sudan.

"The battles are fierce and the TPLF mobilized children and teens," an eyewitness told Anadolu Agency, requesting not to be identified.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization's Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who himself hails from the restive Tigray region, told a media briefing in Geneva: "I will tell you my own story. I have many relatives there. I want to send them money, but I cannot."

He has been vocal in his criticisms of the Ethiopian government for the past couple of years. For its part, Addis Ababa has accused him of breaching the responsibility of a UN high office in an "unethical" manner.

There had been a lull in the war since March after the government declared a unilateral truce following nearly two years of fighting.

The TPLF rejected talks under the mediation of the African Union, while the government insists that this remains the only avenue for dialogue.

Thousands of people, mostly civilians, have been killed and millions other displaced since the armed conflict began in November 2020, with the UN blaming both sides for the deaths.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Multi-national military exercise kicks off in Jordan

Laith Al-Jnaidi  

04.09.2022

AMMAN, Jordan

A multi-national military exercise kicked off in Jordan on Sunday, according to the Jordanian military.

Forces from 29 countries, including the United States, are taking part in the Eager Lion 2022, military spokesman Mustafa Hiyari told a press conference.

He said the 10-day training aims to raise preparedness and gain field expertise for forces of the participating countries, he added.

According to the spokesman, 4,300 military personnel and 1,000 civilian officers are taking part in the training.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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South Asia

 

Blood feud between Taliban and Islamic State escalates with brutal killing of cleric

Sep 03 2022

Atul Aneja

New Delhi, Sep 3: A deadly suicide bombing at a mosque killed prominent cleric, signalling the escalation of a blood feud between the Taliban and the Islamic State in Afghanistan.

The twin blasts that killed Maulvi Mujeeb Rahman Ansari, is the third major strike against clerics who are close to the Taliban. Known to be heavily infiltrated by the Pakistani ISI, the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISIS-KP) has been responsible for the recent attacks on pro-Taliban clerics, belonging to the Hanafi school of Sunni Islam.

Frida's strike took place when a suicide bomber blew himself up after kissing Maulvi Ansari's hand at the Ghazargah mosque.

Abdullah Azzam, Deputy Secretary of Economic Affairs of the Prime Minister, wrote on Twitter page that Maulvi Ansari and Taliban's acting foreign minister Mullah Baradar were together ahead of the prayers, triggering speculation on whether the duo was on the suicide bomber's hit-list.

The blasts have apparently killed and wounded scores of people, who were rushed to Herat hospital, which appeared overwhelmed by the scale of casualties.

Saturday's strike likely mirrors the shadow war between the Taliban and Pakistan, which is taking on its one-time protege that has turned "rogue". Taliban 2.0 has emerged as a strong Pashtun nationalist force that resides on either side of the Durand line separating Afghanistan and Pakistan. Islamabad has been alarmed by the rise of Pashtun nationalism, as it imposes pressure on Pakistan's territoriality.

Last month a massive blast in the Saiddiquiya mosque in Kabul killed prominent pro-Taliban cleric Mullah Amir Mohammad Kabuli.

The killing of Kabuli follows last week's suicide bombing of a high-ranking cleric, Rahimullah Haqqani, a Taliban insider, who also belonged to the Hanafi School. The ISKP had claimed responsibility of the suicide bombing at the Haqqani's madrassah by a handicapped bomber who had hidden explosives in his prosthetic leg.

According to a report in the Long War Journal "a number of Pakistani groups are known to operate inside Afghanista... Additionally a number of Pakistanis are known to fight in the ranks of the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP)". An Armenian think tank was even more direct. In a piece in Mirror-Spectator, Armenian Network State said, quoting experts that Pakistan created ISKP by planting Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives in leadership positions in the outfit.

Apart from geopolitics, both Kabuli and Haqqani's killings signal a grim ideological war between the Hanafi and the Salafi school that is being fought on Afghan soil. The ISIS-KP cadres

Taliban's ongoing feud with ISIS-KP also led to the killing of several fighters from Daesh in a clash in Speen Aday area of Herat. In the armed clash, at least 4 people were killed, who were "identified" as daish fighters.

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Taliban using Indian assistance for their own families, not people in need: Ahmad Massoud

by Shubhajit Roy

September 5, 2022

The Taliban regime has used India’s humanitarian support for “their own forces and their families, not the people truly in need”, according to Ahmad Massoud, leader of the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan, which is the key opposition to the Taliban.

Massoud also drew a link between Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban and an increase in violence in Kashmir.

In an exclusive interview to The Indian Express from an undisclosed location in the region, Massoud, the 33-year-old son of the legendary Ahmad Shah Massoud who was known as the Lion of Panjshir, said, “I do not want power and my struggle is for justice right now… my fight, it’s for justice and freedom.”

India is in the process of sending 50,000 tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan through the UN’s World Food Programme. But Massoud said that “Taliban has used [India’s] humanitarian support for their own forces and their families, not the people truly in need”.

“They are not distributing aid justly, and they give it to one area more than the others based on ethnicity,” he said. This is the first time that an Afghan leader has made this charge against the Taliban.

Asserting that Afghanistan has gone back to the “dark ages”, Massoud said that the Taliban is harbouring Al Qaeda and other terror groups. “They are walking around and operating freely,” he said.

Referring to the American strike that killed Ayman Al Zawahiri, he said that the presence of the Al Qaeda leader in central Kabul at the time of the attack was “not surprising”.

“Giving in to the will of the Taliban, is giving in to the will of terrorism,” he said, as he lashed out at Pakistan for being a “mentor” to Taliban. “This is a fire that Pakistan played with, and we will see sooner or later that it will backfire at them,” he said.

“The rule of the Taliban will be a safe haven, and especially when there is no legitimate government in Kabul. It is a safe haven for many terrorist groups, Jaish-e-Mohammed and many others, which are a threat to India and to all countries in the region. For them to flourish, to use Afghanistan to operate, to recruit and strategically target their own sort of targets,” he said.

“The events in Kashmir have multiplied since the takeover of the Taliban. There is a direct link between Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban and the increase in the violence in Kashmir and also increase in the violence of these terrorist groups, because they see the possibility that if we continue the bloodshed and the terror acts, just like the Taliban, we will also will be supported, we will also be successful in establishing an extremist government somewhere else. It is very important for all of us, to put all efforts together and to defeat this extremist narrative, because it is spreading,” Massoud said.

Asked about the difference in India’s approach from earlier when it is said to have covertly helped his father Ahmad Shah Massoud’s Northern Alliance in the 1990s, he said, “I think the difference in approach is the hesitation. India is still in the process of assessing the situation. This hesitation is fatal. It is very wrong. And we need immediate action before the ideology takes root or before the terrorist finds a foundation.”

He said, “It is very important to understand we are on the same page, and we are continuing the same path of my father. So the sooner the hesitation is over, the sooner we come to the conclusion that there should be a joint effort together against terrorism in the region, the better. Because whether we like it or not, we are the last line of defence of Afghanistan’s people against terrorism.”

He said that he has reached out to India “all levels of the government” and sought “political support” and “[military] logistics”.

Massoud also said that he was offered a position in the Taliban government, when he met the regime’s Foreign minister Amir Khan Mottaqi in Iran this year, and that he had declined the offer.

On the resistance being mounted by his fighters, he said there are about 3,500 of them who are spreading out from Panjshir valley, and expanding to Herat, Faryab, Mazhar, Kunduz, Baghlan, Takhar and Badakhshan.

Source:IndianExpress

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Sheikh Hasina lauds PM Modi for evacuating Bangladeshi students from Ukraine, calls India 'tested friend'

Sep 4, 2022

DHAKA (BANGLADESH): Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi led initiative towards rescuing students of her country who were stuck in eastern Europe following the outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

In a free-wheeling television interaction with ANI, prime minister Hasina, who is set to visit India on Monday, also lavished praise on the Modi government's gesture of providing Covid-19 vaccines to neighbouring countries under its Vaccine Maitri programme when the pandemic was fast-spreading.

The Bangladesh prime minister emphasized on closer cooperation between the two neighbours. There can be differences but these should be addressed through dialogue, she said adding that in a number of areas, India and Bangladesh had precisely done that.

She, however, marked out two areas for special praise where the Indian government's support helped Bangladeshi citizens. One of these was the evacuation of Bangladesh students, who like many Indians, were stuck in Ukraine and its neighbouring countries after the outbreak of the conflict.

"I really would like to express my thanks to Prime Minister that during this war between Russia and Ukraine, many of our students were just stuck and they came to Poland to shelter. But when you evacuate your students, Indian students, they also brought our students back home. So it is really... You have shown a clearly friendly gesture. I thank Prime Minister for this initiative," Hasina said.

She was responding to a question about remarks often made especially by western observers that there was a lack of cooperation among SAARC nations. To another question about the Indian government's Vaccine Maitri programme, Hasina said it was a very "prudent" initiative taken by PM Modi.

"I really thank PM Modi for this initiative, and that way he... you know, contributed vaccines to not only Bangladesh, also some south Asian countries, and it's really very very helpful. And it's a really prudent initiative he has taken, and beside that we bought vaccines with our own money, and also many other countries also contributed," Hasina said.

Hasina also gave details about her country's vaccination programme. Bangladesh has administered Covid-19 vaccines to 90 per cent of its population. "Usually, you know, people from our country, especially the village level, even in some towns also, I found many people very much reluctant to take vaccine. They don't want to take the... you know... the pinch of needle or 'sui nai lena hai' so... but we have to pursue them. We told them that this is nothing but it will save your life. So that way we engaged everybody, so that they make people... so it was really very good initiative, this Vaccine Maitri itself... very good initiative. I really support," she said.

Hasina referred to India as a "tested" friend and said that country had stood by Bangladesh in its hour of need, first in 1971 and then at later times also.

"We always remember their contribution during our 1971 war. And beside that even 1975, when we lost all my family members. So, the then Prime Minister, she gave us shelter in India. Besides that, you see, these two countries, we are neighbours, close neighbours and I always give importance and priority to friendship with our neighbouring countries," she said.

The relationship between the two countries should be for the betterment of their citizens, she said.

Hasina said even during the Covid-19 period, Indian leadership had shown their positive intentions as both, the then President Ram Nath Kovind and PM Narendra Modi visited Bangladesh as it celebrated its Independence Day.

Source: Times Of India

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PM Hasina asserts Bangladesh will not face a fiscal crisis like Sri Lanka

05 September, 2022

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said her country will not face a situation like the economic crisis in Sri Lanka although her government has sought loans from global agencies amid a fall in its reserves and surging import costs.

In an interview with Reuters partner ANI, aired ahead of her visit to India on Monday, Hasina said that Bangladesh’s economy remained strong despite the impact of COVID-19 and the Russia-Ukraine war.

Bangladesh’s $416 billion economy has been one of the fastest-growing in the world for years but dwindling foreign exchange reserves due to inflated import bills have prompted the government to seek loans from global agencies, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

“Bangladesh has always timely (in paying) our debt; our debt rate is very low in the context of Sri Lanka,” Hasina said. “Some people have raised this issue that Bangladesh will be Sri Lanka, but I can ensure that that will not happen.”

Sri Lanka reached a preliminary agreement with the IMF on Thursday for a loan of about $2.9 billion, after the country plunged into a crisis due to economic mismanagement and the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out its key tourism industry.

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Officials: Afghanistan Does Not Need a Constitution

By Hadia Ziaei

A Ministry of Justice representative said Afghanistan does not require a constitution and can resolve its issues with only the application of Islamic law.

In a press conference, Abdul Karim Haider, the deputy minister of justice, stated that Hanafi law serves as the framework for resolving people's problems.

"The holy Quran, the Sunnah of Mohammad (PBUH), and the jurisprudence of every Islamic country are the basis and the text of the constitution in general and in detail," Haidar said.

"A constitution for any government in the modern era is a crucial and a basic requirement. No government in the modern era can function without a constitution,” said Fazel Hadi Wazin, a university lecturer.

Regarding political party activities, the deputy minister of justice noted that given the current situation, there is no need for parties to be active.

Speaking of the work being done by women lawyers in the country, he said that all women would be provided their rights under Islamic law.

"The Islamic Emirate will grant women the rights that Islam has granted them--when the conditions are favorable," Haider said.

According to ministry officials, the ministry is prepared to prepare the constitution in accordance with Islamic law at the Prime Minister's request.

"We are awaiting Amirul Muminin's direction. when he directs the creation of law. The Hanafi law system, the Quran, and the Sunnah of Mohammad (PBUH) are its sources, thus we are confident that a comprehensive law will be established quickly to address everyone's concerns, Haidar stated.

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Taliban Dy PM claims TAPI gas pipeline to take off soon

3 September, 2022

Kabul [Afghanistan], September 3 (ANI): Construction of the four-nation gas pipeline project between Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (TAPI) that remained suspended due to the volatile situation in Afghanistan will soon begin in Herat province in northwest Afghanistan, media reports said citing Taliban appointed Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

Baradar made these remarks during a meeting with scholars, tribal elders, domestic investors, and local businessmen in Herat province. According to the Taliban-run Bakhtar state news agency, the Taliban official told the people of Herat in a meeting on Friday, September 2, that the province will benefit from the TAPI project’s impending start of construction.

Talibani appointed Deputy PM Baradar announced the establishment of an industrial town in the Pol-e-Hashim region of Herat province adding that the construction of the Pashdan and Shindand dams would soon be resumed, which came to a halt as the previous government collapsed to the Taliban.

Construction of Pashdan Dam in Herat province has come to a halt since the fall of the previous government in August, leaving the fate of the project up in the air.

Pashdan Dam, one of the largest infrastructure projects of Afghanistan, is situated in Karukh district, 25km east of Herat city. The hydroelectric dam was scheduled for completion by the end of 2021. However, work has been suspended on the project, and the dam is only 85 per cent finished.

The situation in Afghanistan since Taliban’s takeover has remained volatile.

Last month, a number of blasts were reported in the capital city of Kabul, claiming dozens of lives.

This series of blasts comes on the heels of one year of Taliban rule in Afghanistan. Rights groups said the Taliban have broken multiple pledges to respect human rights and women’s rights.

After capturing Kabul in August last year, the Islamic authorities have imposed severe restrictions on women’s and girls’ rights, suppressed the media, and arbitrarily detained, tortured, and summarily executed critics and perceived opponents, among other abuses.

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Pakistan quietly lodges protest with Afghan Taliban over drone charge

Kamran Yousaf

September 04, 2022

Pakistan may have publicly expressed concerns over the Afghan Taliban allegations that the country was allowing the US to operate drone from its soil, Islamabad has privately conveyed in categorical terms to the de facto rulers of Kabul that such public outbursts will be detrimental for the bilateral ties.

Official sources told The Express Tribune that Pakistan was dismayed by the acting Afghan defence minister’s allegations, reflecting the same mindset of the previous Afghan administrations that blamed their own follies on Islamabad.

Sources said Pakistan was not expecting such a public statement from the senior Afghan Taliban leader given the fact that Islamabad had done so much for the interim government since the Taliban returned to power.

Afghan Interim Defence Minister Mullah Muhammad Yaqoob last week alleged that Pakistan was allowing the US to operate drones from its soil.

“According to our information the drones are entering through Pakistan to Afghanistan, they use Pakistan’s airspace, we ask Pakistan, don’t use your airspace against us,” said Mullah Yaqoob, who is the son of former Taliban spiritual leader Mullah Omar.

Pakistan rejected Afghan Taliban government's allegations that the country was allowing the United States to use its airspace for drones, terming the charge as defying diplomatic norms.

Responding to allegations, Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar said that Pakistan had noted, with deep concern, the allegation by the acting defence minister of Afghanistan regarding use of Pakistan’s air space in the US counter-terrorism drone operation in Afghanistan.

"In the absence of any evidence, as acknowledged by the Afghan Minister himself, such conjectural allegations are highly regrettable and defy the norms of responsible diplomatic conduct," he added.

Pakistan, he said, reaffirmed its belief in the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states and condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

"We urge the Afghan interim authorities to ensure the fulfilment of international commitments made by Afghanistan not to allow the use of its territory for terrorism against any country."

The allegation of US operating drones from Pakistan surfaced after the recent killing of al Qaeda chief Aymen al-Zawahiri in Kabul. The al Qaeda chief, who had a $25 million bounty on his head, was killed in a CIA drone strike when he was standing at the balcony of a house located in the upscale Kabul neighbourhood.

The presence and killing of Zawahiri in Kabul was embarrassing for the Afghan Taliban, who repeatedly pledged not to allow Afghan soil to be used again by terrorist groups. The Taliban in particular made a commitment in Doha to cut ties with al Qaeda.

Following the killing of Zawahiri, questions were raised which base the US had used for drone strike. Pakistan was named one suspect though Islamabad has vehemently denied its involvement. The foreign office has already clarified that neither the drone from Pakistan nor its air space wad used.

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Southeast Asia

 

Malaysia is becoming hub of higher education: minister

September 5, 2022

LAHORE: Provincial Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid has said that it is encouraging that Malaysia is becoming the desired destination of foreign students for higher education and specialization.

She said this while inaugurating a two-day Education Expo arranged by the Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS)for the benefit of students who are aspiring for higher studies abroad at Avari Hotel on Saturday here. As many as 10 leading universities of Malaysia have been invited to participate in the expo.

Dr Yasmin Rashid said that Pakistan has cordial and brotherly relations with Malaysia and this expo is a timely initiative which will benefit the students who are aspiring for higher studies abroad.

“I am happy to see that the Malaysian universities are offering higher studies in multiple disciplines, including medicine,” she added.

EMGS CEO Mohd Radzlan bin Jalaludin disclosed that the event is going to be an ideal opportunity for Pakistani students, faculty and counsellors to meet the Malaysian govt and universities representatives directly and discuss their study and visa options.

Mohd Radzlan bin Jalaludin said the students would be able to seek visa guidance directly from the Malaysian government officials. He said that the participating universities are offering generous scholarships up-to 50 per cent and tuition fee waivers to the Pakistani students.

He said that the enrolled students would have an option to get the US, UK and Australia degree at one-third the cost in Malaysia and with the option to transfer to UK or Australia to complete their degree.

Besides, he added that the students could also get a dual degree from leading international universities while completing their studies in Malaysia, where the per month living expense for students is quite similar to what they spend in Pakistan. He said that Malaysia being a Muslim country is especially safe for girls for studies and work alike.

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PAS needs to overcome barriers with non-Muslims: Hadi

09- 04- 2022

ALOR SETAR: PAS needs to overcome the barriers between the party and the non-Muslims in a wise manner, says its president Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang.

He said apart from Malay-Muslim parties, PAS should also approach and collaborate with non-Muslim parties and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) through the PAS Supporters’ Congress (DHPP).

“PAS today has DHPP. DHPP must play a role among the non-Muslims. Look for parties, look for NGOs including those that are run by non-Muslims, but don’t look for those who are at odds with us,“ he said in his closing speech at the 68th PAS Muktamar (annual general assembly) here today.

He added that PAS also needed to reach out to non-Muslim voters, especially those who did not have any party affiliation, to vote for Muslim candidates.

“If DAP can nominate Indian candidates in Chinese areas, why can’t we attract the Chinese community to support us during the general election, this is a weakness we need to overcome,“ he said.

Meanwhile, PAS secretary-general Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hasan when met by the press after the meeting, confirmed that negotiations concerning the ‘Muafakat Nasional’ pact with UMNO were being discussed officially and unofficially at ‘certain levels’.

“When we discuss with UMNO, it’s not necessarily with certain leaders, it might lead to that direction, but as usual, we hold discussions at certain levels, which we do not need to disclose,“ he said.

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Dr Sim: Sarawak govt has disbursed RM200m in grants to non-Muslim bodies via charitable trust Unifor

05 Sep 2022

KUCHING, Sept 5 — The Sarawak government has disbursed more than RM200 million in grants to non-Muslim bodies and houses of worships through its Unit for Other Religions (Unifor), says Deputy Premier Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

He said consistent grant assistance through Unifor is part of the government’s efforts to look after the interest of all Sarawakians irrespective of race and religion.

“Last year, the government also allocated RM5 million Covid-19 operational expenses to help non-Muslim houses of worships such as temples and churches and this year another RM5 million has been allocated for the same purpose,” he told reporters after officiating foundation work commencement ceremony for San Seng Tong Centre for Buddhism Culture and Education here yesterday.

The Public Health, Housing and Local Government Minister pointed out that Unifor serves as a charitable trust to enable non-Muslim bodies to run their activities.

“Unifor does not belong to the government. It belongs to all other religions.

“This charitable trust was set up with the view that in the future, non-Muslim bodies and houses of worship will have funds to run their own activities,” he stated.

On San Seng Tong Centre for Buddhism Culture and Education, Dr Sim said the project costing around RM10 million is expected to be completed by 2024.

“This morning, we have Lee Onn Group donating RM1.5 million and the late philanthropist Chai Tze Khin and his wife who donated RM800,000 to the centre’s construction funds,” he added.

The Centre for Buddhism Culture and Education project is an expansion of San Seng Tong Temple. It will have a main shrine, kindergarten, youth centre, meditation room, bedrooms, and multi-purpose hall for various activities and cultivate future leaders of Buddhism.

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PAS info chief says replying to Umno criticism requires ‘art’, but tells Islamist party members to ‘attack’ DAP, Pakatan

By Radzi Razak

04 Sep 2022

ALOR SETAR, Sept 4 — Questioned by members on PAS’ silence in the face of Umno criticism, the Islamist party’s information chief Khairil Nizam Khirudin today said there needs to be some “dynamic considerations” before replying to the Malay nationalist party.

He added that there is an “art” to responding to scathing statements from Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and its information chief Shahril Hamdan.

“To respond or not needs consideration. That is an art that also comes with information.

“We are uneasy with the Umno president’s remark, but he is currently in the midst of a court process,” Khairil said in his winding-up speech at the 68th PAS annual congress here.

At the same time, he said members of PAS wings were free to respond to any statement from outsiders saying that his information department would fully back them up regardless of whether they were in the “right or wrong”.

“Firstly, if PAS Youth wants to show their manliness and defend the party, this is the time to strike. Right or wrong, we will back you up. Same goes to the Muslimat.

“But there is a need to make dynamic considerations. It needs to be taken when talking about whether to strike or not,” he added.

Khairy said it was a different matter when the party receives criticism from Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition, especially from the DAP component party.

He said the party should not take a defensive approach but go on an all-out offensive.

“I call on the members here to go on the offensive, attack DAP and PH.

“The biggest issue is the issue of integrity, but not many delegates touch on the issue of integrity and corruption in their speech.

“We will share all the data about the crimes of DAP, black economy and etc. Take the data, use it in any situation, make sure the people know the crimes of PH and its allies,” he alleged, without elaboration.

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Kit Siang agrees with Muhyiddin: No need to debate Hadi’s ‘root of corruption’ remarks

04 Sep 2022

KUCHING, Sept 4): Democratic Action Party parliamentarian leader Lim Kit Siang has concurred with Perikatan Nasional chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin that there is no need to debate PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s “root of corruption” remarks.

The Iskandar Puteri MP said Hadi’s remarks were irrational, extremist, and without any theoretical, theological or factual basis.

“Islam is one of the great religions of the world and teaches human beings to be good, but Hadi has no problem in condoning corruption and working with (former prime minister Datuk Seri) Najib Razak, one of the masterminds of the mega 1MDB financial scandal.

“Islam does not differentiate among the races but Hadi keeps spouting irrational, extremist and racist views,” he said in a statement today.

According to Lim, there were some 1.8 billion Muslims in the world as of 2015, about 24 per cent of the global population, and the majority or 62 per cent of Muslims globally live in the Asia-Pacific region like Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran and Turkey.

He said only about 20 per cent of the world’s Muslims live in Middle East-North Africa region where the religion originated in the seventh century.

“Corruption is not a racial or nationality problem but Hadi continues to identify corruption with race or nationality. There is not a single Muslim-majority among the top 10 countries regarded as least corrupt, while three Muslim-majority countries are among 10 countries regarded as the most corrupt in the world.”

He said when the Transparency International (TI) started its annual Corruption Perception Index (CPI) in 1995, Malaysia was way ahead of India, China and Indonesia, which were ranked No.35 with 2.78 points (India), No.40 with 2.16 points (China) and No.41 with 1.94 points (Indonesia), out of 41 countries surveyed.

He added that Malaysia was, in 1995, ranked No.23 and scored 5.28 out of 10 points.

“After 27 years, in the TI CPI 2021, Malaysia is ranked No.62 out of 180 nations with a score of 48 out of 100 points as compared to China which is ranked No.66 with a score of 45 points, India ranked No.85 with a score of 40 points while Indonesia ranked No.96 with a score of 38 points,” he pointed out.

Lim said China, India and Indonesia had made great strides in fighting corruption, particularly Indonesia which had improved its score from 1.94 points out of 10 to 38 points out of 100.

He regretted that Malaysia was among the few countries which had regressed to the extent that a former prime minister had just been jailed for a mega financial scandal.

He claimed that such scandal would have been covered up if there had not been a change of government in the 2018 general elections.

“Instead of spearheading the battle against worsening corruption in Malaysia, Hadi has come out with a perverted version to give racial twist to the problem of corruption in Malaysia — something the voters of Malaysia must not forget when they go to the polls in the 15th General Election (GE15), whether this year or next year.

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Cajole Umno, write 10 letters if needed, says PAS veteran

Predeep Nambiar, Nora Mahpar, and Faiz Zainudin

September 4, 2022

PETALING JAYA: A veteran PAS member has urged the party to continue wooing Umno to restore political cooperation ahead of the coming general election.

Taiping delegate Mahjube Hanafi said efforts to unify Malay and Muslim voters must continue, as a strong bond had already been fostered among grassroots members of PAS and Umno over the years.

Such ties were now at their strongest level, he said at the party’s general assembly.

“We must admit that Umno and its votes are important to strengthen Malay and Muslim politics in the country. PAS should not forget Umno, as they will determine the outcome of GE15,” he said.

“We should continue writing to Umno to be with us during GE15 to ensure one-on-one fights.

“We should write 10 letters to Umno, if needed, for the sake of uniting the ummah,” he said during a debate on a motion on unity of Malay-Muslim groups, including Malay-Muslim political parties.

The motion, tabled by another veteran member, Roslan Md Esa, was later unanimously approved by the muktamar.

On Thursday, Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had said it was time for the party to move forward without PAS, seemingly shutting the door on any further collaboration with the Islamic party through Muafakat Nasional, the political pact the two parties forged in 2019.

He was responding to PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, who said the two parties had never declared the alliance to be dead.

Zahid said his party had decided to go solo because of PAS’ antics, adding that “PAS themselves were always playing safe and were in bed with many partners”.

PAS is one of the five component parties in Perikatan Nasional, which is headed by Umno splinter party Bersatu.

‘PAS must unite all parties’

Tenggara delegate Nazari Mokhtar said PAS should unite not just Malay-Muslim parties but other non-Muslim parties as well.

“We should open ourselves (to others) as Islam is for all. We need to unite all. We should be open to all, not just Malay and Muslim bases. PAS must be seen as a hero that unites political parties again,” he said.

“PAS for all” was a slogan adopted for the 2008 general election.

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Burning determination turns aimless youth into fire chief

Faisal Asyraf

September 5, 2022

PETALING JAYA: From modest beginnings, Abdul Latif Mat Noor’s patience and drive proved to be an unquenchable flame as he climbed the ranks of the fire and rescue department.

Latif had aspired to further his studies after completing the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia in the late 1980s but lacked the means to do so.

As with many wide-eyed youths in their early 20s, he felt directionless in life and would spend his days soul searching.

With a lack of job opportunities available, the Perak native decided to try his luck joining the fire and rescue department where he began as an administrative staff at the department’s training academy in Kuala Kubu Bharu.

Latif soon sought permission to join the training programme after being intrigued by watching the firefighters in action.

“I thought the job was to only contain fires. As a young man with no exposure to firefighters’ work, I didn’t know the job scope was extensive,” he told FMT.

He then built up his skills as he progressed through course after course before becoming an open water rescue expert. His other expertise included containing forest fires and searching for lost hikers.

Latif witnessed his peers with higher academic qualifications obtaining promotions ahead of him, but his self-belief and determination never wavered.

His patience and endeavour would pay off when he was made Sungai Buloh fire chief and operations commander in March last year.

Asked if he ever doubted his leadership abilities despite his lack of higher education, Latif admitted that he was no natural-born leader but said years on the job gave him the belief and confidence in his ability to lead.

“When senior officers and colleagues gave me moral support, and after attending numerous courses and on-the-job training, I knew I had the confidence to lead the team.”

Looking back, the 56-year-old said he had no regrets over not furthering his studies beyond SPM, adding that this was the path he had chosen.

On what message he had to SPM students, he said: “There’s no shortcut in life, you have to show your ability and prove your worth to your superiors.”

Source:Free Malaysia Today

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Pakistan

 

Pakistani Taliban Ends Ceasefire with Islamabad for ‘Violating Agreement’

By: Manoj Gupta

SEPTEMBER 04, 2022

The Pakistani Taliban has ended ceasefire with Pakistan after it claimed that the government in Islamabad was not making enough efforts, and not fulfilling its demands.

Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesperson Mohammad Khorasani has said the Pakistani government did not work towards making negotiations successful “so it is not possible to continue the ceasefire,” sources told CNN-News18.

The TTP further said it was ending the ceasefire over non-release of prisoners, continued military operations and lack of communication from the government of Pakistan.

The militant outfit claimed that the government released some of their prisoners but re-arrested them “in violation of the agreement”.

The talks between Pakistan and the outlawed TTP had reached a deadlock as the militant group refused to budge from its demand for the reversal of the merger of erstwhile FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) with the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

The breakdown in talks led to a spike in cross-border terrorist attacks by the TTP.

In April, two dozen Pakistani security forces were killed in a series of cross-border attacks. Some of the attacks filmed by the TTP showed the terrorists using sophisticated weapons.

The increase in attacks prompted Pakistan to launch air strikes across the border targeting the TTP’s hideouts.

Islamabad also in a rare move issued a stern warning to the Afghan Taliban not to allow the Afghan soil to be used against the neighbouring country.

The TTP was founded in 2007 in response to a Pakistani military operation clearing the Lal Masjid in Islamabad. TTP founder Baitullah Mehsud was once considered close aide of Pakistani’s ISI.

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Starving flood victims face infectious diseases under open sky in Sindh

Faiza Ilyas

September 5, 2022

KARACHI: An alarming situation currently prevails in the flood-affected areas where hundreds and thousands of flood-affected people, often forced to live under the open sky, are grappling with hunger and disease, it emerged on Sunday.

According to the latest July-Sept health department data, 660,120 have reported various illnesses at government-run medical camps in flood-affected areas since July.

The stats show that skin ailments and diarrhoeal diseases are rampant in flood-affected areas — a total of 149,551 reported with diarrheal diseases while 142,739 people reported with skin infections.

The officials recorded 132,485 cases of acute respiratory disease, 49,420 cases of suspected malaria, 101 cases of snake-bite and 550 cases of dog-bite.

Govt data says over 600,000 people report with various illnesses at medical camps

There were 185,274 cases of other illnesses.

In an interview on Sunday, Health Minister Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho stated that over 47,000 pregnant women were in shelter camps in the province.

Hundreds and thousands of people had contracted various diseases after the floods, she added.

According to officials, over 15,000 cases of skin infection cases, around 14,000 cases of diarrhoeal diseases and more than 13,000 cases of acute respiratory illnesses are being reported daily at government-run medical camps.

Numbers much higher

Workers engaged in relief efforts in the flood-hit districts, however, believed that the actual number of cases was much higher as there were still several places in the province where the government was yet to reach and start relief operations.

“One of the major challenges currently being faced in the disaster areas is lack of shelter. Today, we have visited Mirpurkhan, Tando Muhammad Khan and Tando Adam but couldn’t see a single government-run relief camp and people were forced to live under the sky,” Dr Abdul Ghafoor Shoro, secretary general of Pakistan Medical Association-Karachi said.

One relief camp the team came across was being managed by the People’s Primary Health Care Initiative on the Khipro road, he added.

“Skin infections are common as the vast majority of people had remained exposed to water for 10 to 15 days. The flooded areas are now breeding grounds for mosquitos but the people neither have shelter nor mosquito nets.”

The situation, Dr Shoro feared, would aggravate in the coming days and there was an immediate need for urgent action.

“People living under the open sky are forced to drink contaminated water. They are getting little bit of food either from non-profit organisations or some kind-hearted landlords.”

According to health department officials, around 5m people have been displaced in the devastating floods, which damaged over 1,000 health facilities in Sindh.

Of them, 966 were partially damaged whereas 126 were completely destroyed.

Editorial: Health catastrophe

The highest number of partially damaged facilities were located in Sukkur (230) followed by Larkana (199), Hyderabad (183), Mirpurkhas (171), Shaheed Benazirabad (156) and Karachi (27).

Mirpurkhas lost 65 health facilities followed by Hyderabad 22, Sukkur 17, Larkana 13, Shaheed Benazirabad 7 and Karachi 1.

The government data shows that while the cases of cholera were on the decline, cases of diarrhea and dysentery are increasing in Sindh.

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Turkish aid for the flood-hit: Pakistan Railway to receive goods in Zahedan

Khalid Hasnain

September 5, 2022

LAHORE: The Pakistan Railways (PR) will receive relief goods-laden Turkish train in Iran’s Zahedan city by the end of this week as necessary arrangements have been made.

After transshipment at Zahedan, the train would bring the goods to Taftan likely on Sept 12, Dawn has learnt. The train carrying relief goods in 24 wagons was dispatched by the Turkish government on Aug 30 to the Pakistan government to help the flood-hit.

The train moved from Turkey’s capital Ankara and entered the territory of Iran on Sunday and is likely to reach Zahedan on Sept 9. According to senior officials, the transshipment of the goods (unloading of the Turkish train and loading / shifting the goods to Pakistani wagons) would be done at Iran’s Zahedan station, about 100kms away from Taftan -- the country’s last station bordering Iran.

“According to my information, the train entered Iran’s territory on Sunday and now it is on way to Zahedan where it is likely to reach on Sept 9. Before it reaches Zahedan, we will dispatch our wagons for transshipment of the goods and bringing them first to Taftan and then Dalbandin station -- around 300kms away from Taftan,” Nisar Akhan, PR’s Quetta Division’s chief (Divisional Superintendent), told Dawn on Sunday.

He said Pakistan’s broad gauge railway line exists till Zahedan (Iran) and after that the standard gauge rail begins that is commonly used for rail transportation in Iran, Turkey and parts of Europe. That is why the transshipment of the goods dispatched from Pakistan or Iran or Turkey is always at Zahedan.

He said since the transshipment process may take a couple of days, the Pakistani train carrying these goods after being unloaded from Turkish train would probably reach Taftan on Sept 12. He said the PR teams had already restored the rail traffic between Dalbandin and Taftan after repairing the track damaged by floods.

“Fortunately some of our goods trains and wagons are already available at Dalbandin. And we can use them for transshipment purposes,” he added.

He said from Dalbandin, these goods would be transported to the flood-affected areas by trucks as the rail track between Dalbandin and Quetta had been damaged by floods.

PR CEO Farrukh Taimur said the relief goods could not be transported through rail network as the track at various places had been washed away by floods. “I am currently on a tour to inspect the under-water railway tracks in Balochistan and Sindh. The relief goods from Dalbandin to Quetta cannot be transported by train.

Moreover, it also cannot be transported from Quetta to other parts of the country by train due to washing away of railway bridge No 221 near Hirok station on Quetta-Sibbi section of main line-3,” he explained. “Therefore, we will transport goods by road,” he added.

The PR has already informed the public that the resumption of the train operations may take a few days subject to receding of water on and along the rail tracks. At present, the Rohri-Tando Adam section, Paddidan-Bhiria, Daur-Bandhi and Bocheri-Nawabshah sections are inundated. The Nawabshah yard is also under water whereas the signalling system at railway yards is also dysfunctional due to inundation and power outages.

Source: Dawn

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Pakistani terrorist caught along LoC dies of cardiac arrest

Sep 4, 2022

JAMMU: A Pakistani terrorist captured by Indian soldiers on August 21 died of a cardiac arrest on Saturday while being treated for gunshots wounds at a military hospital in J&K’s Rajouri, defence sources said. The man was identified as Tabarak Hussain, resident of Sabzkot village of Koti in PoK.

He was caught when the Army foiled two major infiltration bids and killed two terrorists along the LoC in Naushera Sector of Rajouri between August 21 and 23.

Tabarak disclosed that he was tasked by Pakistan’s spay agency ISI to recce forward posts along with a group of terrorists in Naushera sector. He had said he was paid Pakistani Rs 30,000 for the task.

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Pak rights minister highlights plight of Ahmadis as Nobel laureate’s grave desecrated

3 September, 202

Islamabad [Pakistan], September 3 (ANI): Pakistan human rights minister Riaz Hussain Pirzada on Friday said that the Ahmadi minority community in the country is being subjected to grave human rights violations and because of the deep fear instilled in them no one even dares to mention the name of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Abdus Salam.

He made the remarks while briefing the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Human Rights. Pirzada said it was unfortunate how the nation has overlooked its national heroes, reported The Friday Times.

The Ahmadis are not recognised as Muslims after the anti-Ahmadiyya ordinance was made in the Constitution of Pakistan in 1984, which restricted the freedom of religion for Ahmadis. Abdus Salam Centre for Physics in Pakistan was named in honour of Dr Abdus Salam, who won Pakistan’s first Nobel Prize in sciences 1979, for his contribution to the electroweak unification theory.

However, the situation in Pakistan continues to exhibit gory ‘Islamophobia’ against Ahmadis. Pakistan is indubitably more phobic of the Ahmadiyya sect, and their interpretation of Islam, reported The Diplomat.

The grave of Abdus Salam (1926-1996) is in Rabwah in the Punjab province of Pakistan. However, the grave was desecrated as from the English inscription on the grave, the world “Muslim” has been erased from the phrase “the first Muslim Nobel laureate.”

The tombstone of Pakistan’s – and the Muslim world’s – first Nobel Prize winner Dr Abdus Salam was desecrated, just like the other graves. It now reads: “Professor Muhammad Abdus Salam, in 1979 became the first ****** Nobel laureate for his work in Physics.”

Speaking about the missing persons in Pakistan, the rights activist said that his ministry had strived to overcome rights challenges confronting the nation however it is not in a position to hold anybody accountable.

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PML-N, PPP want favourite COAS to escape graft cases: Imran

Khalid Hasnain

September 5, 2022

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday lashed out at the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) — major coalition partners in the incumbent government — saying both parties were opposing snap elections, because they wanted to “appoint an army chief of their choice” in November to save their skin in corruption cases.

Addressing a rally in Fais­alabad, the former prime minister said PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif were making all-out efforts to bring their “favourite” army chief after the retirement of the incumbent chief in November this year. The new army chief should be chosen on merit, he said, adding Mr Zardari and Mr Sharif were “traitors” and should not be trusted with the fate of the country.

“They want to bring their own army chief…they are afraid that if a strong and patriotic army chief is appointed then he would ask them about the looted wealth,” Mr Khan said, adding that the PPP and PML-N chiefs were sticking to the power because of the fear of accountability.

“They are sitting [in the government] because they want to bring in an army chief of their choice through joint efforts,” he added. Imran Khan said the army chief should be “appointed on merit…whoever is on the top of the merit list should be appointed” to head the institution.

Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, who was appointed in 2016, is set to retire in the last week of November. The army chief’s appointment is meant to be for three years, but Gen Bajwa was given an additional three-year term in 2019 after a bit of political drama.

Imran Khan further said the opposition leaders were afraid of holding snap elections because they know they will be wiped out from political arena when elections are held in the country.

Source: Dawn

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Pakistan must learn to live within its means, says Miftah

Monitoring Desk

September 5, 2022

KARACHI: Finance Minister Miftah Ismail has said the government wants to break a boom-and-bust cycle that’s played out for decades, and help the country to finally learn to live within its means.

Talking to Bloomberg News, he said import payments should equal dollar inflows, which means curbs on luxury items may remain in place for longer than currently anticipated.

“I want to see a Pakistan that lives within its means. That’s it,” he said. “Nothing can happen in one year, but we can start.”

The outlook has been further complicated in the aftermath of historic floods, which could have an economic impact of at least $10 billion, adding to a list of problems for the minister that includes political turmoil and raging inflation.

Less than a week ago the International Monetary Fund (IMF) gave Pakistan a $1.16 billion lifeline to avoid imminent default. The country also secured pledges for a total of $9bn in investments and loans from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. Mr Ismail said he expects a $1bn investment in listed state-owned companies to materialise in about a month.

Hopes for economic growth of more than 3.5 per cent

On Aug 29, Pakistan secured a bailout from the IMF to avert an imminent default as the country deals with political turmoil and deadly flooding.

The finance minister expects economic growth of more than 3.5 per cent for the fiscal year that started in July, down from an initial target of 5pc. He predicts that inflation, running at the highest in 47 years and the second highest in Asia, is close to its peak and will average 15pc for the year.

Vegetable prices, a key component, have already started to come down after shooting higher following the floods, he claimed.

The minister aims to spur Pakistan’s growth by avoiding unchecked imports of everything from home appliances to cosmetics and the resultant chronic shortage of dollars. The revival of the IMF bailout was the 13th for the country since the late 1980s.

Pakistan’s imports need to be equal to the dollar inflow from exports and from remittances provided by citizens living abroad, according to Mr Ismail. The State Bank figures show remittances in the second quarter running at record levels.

For now, Pakistan has restricted certain imports, including those for automobiles and automotive parts that’s seen Toyota Motor Corp. and Suzuki Motor Corp’s local units temporarily halt production. Mr Ismail planned the measures to last for an initial three months but the impact of the floods may see them extended.

Pakistan’s export revenue is dominated by textiles, and much of its cotton crop was washed away. The government will allow the textile industry to import as much cotton as it needs to keep the looms running. Islamabad is now also importing tomatoes and onions from Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey after shortages shot prices higher.

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US delegation visits Dadu, vows help to flood-hit people

Qurban Ali Khushik

September 5, 2022

DADU: A five-member delegation led by US Congress Representative Sheila Jackson Lee on Sunday visited calamity-hit Sindh and met the flood survivors to assure them that Washington will continue to support Pakistan in this difficult hour by providing food, tents, and medicines to people displaced by the massive floods.

The delegation accompanied by officials of the Foreign Office landed in Dadu after taking an aerial view of the flood-hit areas in southern and northern parts of the province.

Ms Lee, while speaking to flood-hit families at PCB Ground in Dadu, assured them of the US help. She said a large number of people in the flood-hit areas were suffering from major devastation and added that Washington will continue to lend a helping hand.

She said the delegation will inform the US president, Joe Biden, about the humanitarian crisis brewing in Pakistan.

US Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Bloom said that the delegation conducted an aerial view of the flood-ravaged areas and added that the US government would assist the Pakistan to rehabilitate the flood-hit people.

During their visit, the military officers and district administration also gave a detailed briefing to the US delegation about the destruction caused by floods across Sindh, particularly in the Dadu district.

Source: Dawn

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Ashrafi urges world personalities, organizations for flood victims support

September 4, 2022

Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Interfaith Harmony and Middle East Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi has invited the world leading personalities and organizations for supporting the flood victims in Pakistan.

Talking with national and international media on Sunday, Ashrafi who is also the Chairman of Pakistan Ulema Council, said that Pakistan alone could not cope with the damages caused by the floods in different parts of the country.

Seeking support to overcome this critical situation, he said the world should come forward and witness itself the damages incurred due to flash floods in Pakistan.

Besides lauding the services of Pakistan Army and volunteers of religious organizations in flood hit areas, he said the endeavors on the part of Palestine for ‘Pakistan Solidarity Day’ and assistance for flood victims were commendable.

He said Pakistan was grateful to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkiye, China, United Kingdom and United States for extending all out cooperation to the flood victims in Pakistan.

In the post-flood situation, the leaderships of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Turkiye had expressed their bonds of love and brotherhood with Pakistan.

Ashrafi said we should seriously think about the climate change and its implications. No doubt, the flood was a test from the Allah Almighty, but it had also disclosed our shortcomings and negligence, he said proposing dams should be built and the construction of other buildings on the rivers’ banks should not be allowed. He said it should also be investigated why the roads and bridges were made so weak which could not withstand by flash floods.

He said Pakistan Army was the pride of the Pakistani nation and the service rendered by it on the instructions of Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in this difficult situation were exemplary as per its tradition.

He lamented, “It is a pity that the political leaderships of the country could not be united even after the flash floods,” adding the process of reconciliation should be started within the country.

He expressed the hope that Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervez Elahi and President Dr Arif Alvi would play an important role in the process of reconciliation.

Ashrafi also made it clear that neither proscribed outfits were collecting donations not participating in relief work anywhere in Pakistan.

Source: Pakistan Today

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Tempers flare between Hamas, Islamic Jihad

September 4, 2022

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Tension has been mounting between Hamas’ political leaders and Palestinian Islamic Jihad over the deaths caused by the latter's rockets during the recent military confrontation with Israel in the Gaza Strip.

The confrontation started on Aug. 5 and ended on Aug. 7 with an Egyptian-sponsored cease-fire agreement.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad held a meeting on Aug. 22 in Gaza City. The two movements said in a joint statement after the meeting, “The resistance shall continue with high coordination between the two movements and all the factions.”

However, according to exclusive information obtained by Al-Monitor from several leading figures who attended this meeting, tension was high at the meeting, where Hamas called on Islamic Jihad to financially compensate the families of the civilian victims who were killed by its rockets that fell inside the Gaza Strip.

The sources said that Islamic Jihad denied that any of its rockets fell inside Gaza and rejected any responsibility in this regard.

The recent confrontation killed 49 Palestinians, including 17 children and four women, according to an Aug. 12 report by the Ministry of Health in Gaza.

Another Hamas leader confirmed to Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity that his movement called on Islamic Jihad to financially compensate the families of the victims after Hamas, which has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007, investigated allegations that local rockets had landed in Palestinian areas and killed Palestinians.

The leader explained that the investigation team, consisting of members of the Gaza ministries of interior and health, collected evidence indicating that Palestinians were killed by locally made rockets. “The investigation team got their hands on rocket shrapnel and local missiles that fell in residential neighborhoods,” he added.

He refused to comment on the number of Palestinian civilians killed by local missiles.

The Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation cited an Aug. 25 Israeli army statement as saying that 180 rockets fired by Islamic Jihad during the recent escalation landed inside Gaza and killed more than 16 Palestinian civilians.

The army statement detailed five failed Islamic Jihad rocket launches including one that landed near the Imad Aqel Mosque in the middle of the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip and killed seven Palestinian civilians.

Islamic Jihad denied the Israeli army’s statement. The group’s spokesperson Daoud Shehab said in a statement to the Anadolu Agency on Aug. 25, “These are false allegations through which the Israeli army is trying to mislead the public. … These are blatant lies.”

Although there is clear evidence to support the Israeli allegations, Islamic Jihad's denial seems at least partially an effort to avoid paying financial compensation to the families of the victims, at a time when it is suffering from a stifling financial crisis. Its employees within its various media and movement institutions have been receiving half their salaries for years, leading many to resign.

No Palestinian sources are willing to speak publicly about the issue of Palestinian deaths caused by locally made rockets, as it is one of the most sensitive issues affecting the relationship between Palestinian society and the armed resistance factions. These factions insist that armed resistance enjoys the confidence of a majority of Palestinians.

An independent Palestinian political analyst told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity, “Being the largest armed faction in Gaza, Hamas feels the people lost confidence in the choices of the resistance in the wake of the disappointing outcome of the recent confrontation round, in which Palestinians were killed by local rockets and no Palestinian gains were achieved.”

He explained that this lack of confidence has made Hamas rush to investigate the fighting and examine the issue of compensation to the families of victims.

On Aug. 25, Islamic Jihad organized several simultaneous events in honor of the victims in Gaza City, Damascus, Beirut and in the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank.

Hassan Abdo, a political analyst with sources in Islamic Jihad, told Al-Monitor the events sent “a message of defiance to Israel, which is trying to undermine the confidence of the Palestinians in the resistance and Islamic Jihad.”

Abdo explained that Israel, “which failed to confront the resistance’s missiles and prevent them from falling within its territory, is now seeking to strike the resistance supporters and to sow discord among the Palestinians who believe in the option of armed resistance.”

Source: Al Monitor

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Iranian Top Commander Urges US Navy to Respect Int'l Laws

2022-September-4

Maj. Gen. Mousavi on Sunday gave details about Iran’s recent seizure of two US sail drones by Jamaran destroyer.

The commander noted that the United States was informed through mediation that its vessels are at a certain area; while it was warned to obey international rules.

"The United States due to its aggressive nature is indifferent to nations’ rights and international regulations," he added.

"The US unmanned vessels are on the seas and are not careful about crossing paths of other vessels so they may threaten the security of others," the military official underlined.

"For this reason, Iran seized one of the US vessels and then put it in a secure place," Mousavi said, adding, The Iranian naval forces also stopped two US sail drones in recent days and put them in a safe place; then the Islamic Republic told the US about the place."

The senior commander underscored that such a seizure has "no benefits" for Iran and the country just does it to bring "security for other vessels".

On Thursday, the Iranian Navy’s Jamaran destroyer seized two US maritime drones and then released them in the Red Sea in order to prevent naval incidents in the international shipping lane, warning Washington to avoid repeating similar incidents.

The destroyer encountered the “data collecting” vessels during a routine operation aimed at securing shipping routes and confronting piracy and maritime terrorism, the Iranian Navy announced in a statement.

The American side was “then urged to act responsibly concerning [the issue of] naval security and prevent recurrence of such incidents".

It marks the second such incident in recent days, as the naval forces of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has recently seized one such American unmanned surface vessel in the Persian Gulf as well.

The US unmanned vessel, whose navigation communications had been cut off, was controlled and towed by the IRGC Naval Force on Tuesday in order to maintain the safety of routes taken by trade vessels and oil tankers.

Then, the IRGC Navy cautioned the US Army to avoid repeating acknowledged mistakes which endanger maritime safety in the Persian Gulf.

The announcement noted that the presence of the “terrorist” US military forces in the Persian Gulf has always posed a threat to the security and stability of this sensitive and strategic region.

Tehran stresses the presence of the trans-regional forces has been a cause of tensions in the region, but says the country's forces are closely monitoring the entire region. Iranian military officials added that peace and security in the region can be achieved through cooperation among the regional states and in absence of foreigners.

Back in July, Commander of the IRGC Navy Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri declared Iran's full preparedness to fight off any plot of enemies against Tehran at its birth, stressing that the country's forces will teach a painful lesson to foes in case they launch any act of aggression against Iran.

“If the enemy takes any foolish measure to foment sedition or carry out an act of aggression against the Islamic establishment, we will respond in a way that would teach them and their allies a painful lesson and will nip that plot in the bud,” Rear Admiral Tangsiri said on Monday.

He added that the IRGC naval forces, which are deployed in the islands and along the operational routes of the elite force, maintain their combat readiness at the highest level in order to be able to carry out the most difficult missions at any time.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Hamas says it executed five Palestinians, including two for ‘collaboration’

04 September, 2022

Palestinian militant group Hamas ruling the Gaza Strip announced on Sunday that it executed five Palestinians, including two for “collaboration” with Israel.

“On Sunday morning, the death sentence was carried out against two condemned over collaboration with the occupation [Israel] and three others in criminal cases,” Hamas said in a statement, adding that the defendants had previously been given “their full rights to defend themselves.”

Hamas’s interior ministry provided the initials and years of birth of the five executed Palestinians but did not give their full names.

The two executed over “collaboration” with Israel were two men born in 1978 and 1968.

The older of the two was a resident of Khan Yunis in the south of the blockaded Gaza Strip. He was convicted of supplying Israel in 1991 with “information on men of the resistance, their residence... and the location of rocket launchpads,” Hamas said.

The second was condemned for supplying Israel in 2001 with intelligence “that led to the targeting and martyrdom of citizens” by Israeli forces, the statement added.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Iran Arrests Members of Israeli-Linked Baha'i Spying Group

2022-September-4

"A sum of twelve members of the Israeli regime-backed group were identified and arrested in different cities of Mazandaran province," the statement read.

"Two of the leaders of this spy organization were trained in the Israeli regime-backed group called Bait Al-Adl  located in the occupied territories and had formed a spy cell with the members of the organization throughout Mazandaran province," it added.

The Intelligence Ministry stressed that any activities of spy networks related to the Israeli regime and counterrevolutionary groups are closely monitored by the intelligence forces of the Ministry of Intelligence and their agents will harshly and decisively be dealt with.

In a relevant development last month, the Iranian Intelligence Ministry had detained several members of a Baha'i spying cell with ties to the Israeli regime.

"The detainees were directly linked to an Israeli regime-backed group called Bait Al-Adl based in the occupied territories," the statement read.

The intelligence ministry statement added that, according to the obtained evidence, the Bait Al-Adl gave instructions to the detained group in Iran in order to revive Bahaism in the country.

"The group was tasked with promoting Bahaism in educational centers at different levels, particularly in the kindergarten across the country," the statement said.

The statement noted that the Iran-based group held different meetings with the Israeli regime-backed group and briefed it on their activities to incite protests against Hijab rules in Iran.

Although members of the Baha’i sect have admitted to their crimes in various cases, the West, specially the United States, claims that Iran has violated their human rights due to its attempts to stop the illegal activities of the cult.

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— Fars News Agency (@EnglishFars) July 27, 2022

Iran has in recent months identified and arrested several members of spy networks affiliated to foreign secret services.

The Iranian Intelligence Ministry announced on Saturday that the country's security agents have detained a Swedish national on charges of espionage.

"The suspect has a history of travelling to the Israeli-occupied territories prior to visits to Iran," the statement read.

Back in mid-May, Iran arrested two French spies for attempting to stoke chaos and social disorder in the country during protests by teachers. The two French nationals, Cécile Kohler, 37, and Jacqeus Paris, 69, traveled to Iran in late April as tourists but turned out to be spies for the Western agencies.

The duo attempted to foment instability and social disorder in late May when some teachers took to the streets in peaceful protests to demand fair wages and better working conditions, according to the intelligence ministry.

Source: Fars News Agency

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IRGC Navy Commander Underlines Iran's Pivotal Role in Establishing Security in Persian Gulf, Sea of Oman

2022-September-4

"Today, thanks to the efforts of the brave naval forces of the IRGC and the Army and their round the clock monitoring and intelligence dominance, security has been restored to the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman," Rear Admiral Tangsiri stated on Saturday.

The senior commander added that the naval forces of both the IRGC and the Army are carrying out their missions forcefully and in full concert.

"Only Iran and other regional countries are responsible for providing security in the Persian Gulf and extra-regional countries have no responsibility here," he noted.

The commander of the IRGC’s Navy also hailed the Iranian forces for their efforts to protect the region, vowing that Iran’s naval forces will be tough on the enemies.

Back in July, Tangsiri declared Iran's full preparedness to fight off any plot of enemies against Tehran at its birth, stressing that the country's forces will teach a painful lesson to foes in case they launch any act of aggression against the country.

He added that the IRGC naval forces, which are deployed in the islands and along the operational routes of the elite force, maintain their combat readiness at the highest level in order to be able to carry out the most difficult missions at any time.

The senior Iranian commander stated the neighboring countries in the region enjoy the capability to ensure security in the important Persian Gulf region, emphasizing, "There is no need at all for the presence of foreign countries who want to be here with the justification of providing security."

He said that peace and security in the region can be achieved through cooperation among the regional states and in absence of foreigners.

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.

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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SNSC Dismisses Allegation on Russian Request for Evacuation of Iranian Forces from Syria

2022-September-4

Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper published an article on Friday claiming that Russia has demanded Iranian troops withdraw from military positions West of Syria’s Hama province as well as from positions in Central and Western Syria to prevent the forces from being targeted by Israeli raids.

Nour News, affiliated with Iran's SNSC, rejected the claim, and said the report was "false" and Moscow has not made such a request from Tehran.

The Saudi paper has also claimed that the demand came after the Tel aviv regime conducted "several" airstrikes against Syria, but Nour News stressed that "the Zionists' attacks were exaggerated".

"Falsification of such news aims to boost the morale of the remnants of Takfiri terrorism in Syria and also to portray the Zionist regime as an influential [player] in the political and security equations of the region," the outlet added, emphasizing that such false reports are not based on the current realities on the ground in Syria.

The news website pointed out that Iran has been offering military advisory support to Syria at the request of the Damascus government and with the purpose of fighting terrorism, noting, "The strategic cooperation among Iran, Syria and Russia in the fight against terrorism in the region, especially in Levant, will continue powerfully."

Iran maintains an advisory mission in Syria at the request of Damascus with the aim of helping it get rid of the foreign-backed militants who have been fighting the Syrian government since 2011. Back in 2017, Iran’s advisory assistance helped Syria defeat the Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL) terror group.

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Iran demands closure of IAEA probes for sustainable nuclear deal

05 September, 2022

Iran is seeking the closure of the UN nuclear agency’s investigation of its nuclear activities among other guarantees, in order to revive the country’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, a senior Iranian official said on Monday.

“An end to the agency’s probes is part of the guarantees that we are seeking to have a sustainable and durable nuclear agreement,” Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani told a televised news conference.

Last week, Iran sent its latest response to an EU-drafted text aimed at overcoming an impasse to revive the nuclear pact, under which it had restrained its nuclear program in exchange for relief from US, EU and UN economic sanctions.

Iran’s demand risks hurting the chances of saving the deal because Washington has rejected linking it to the agency’s investigation.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Israeli army shot a Palestinian dead in West Bank raid: Palestinian Health ministry

05 September, 2022

A 19-year-old Palestinian was shot dead by the Israeli army early Monday in Qabatiya, south of Jenin in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said.

“Taher Mohamed Zakarneh was shot dead by the occupation [Israeli] bullets in Qabatiya,” a Palestinian health ministry statement said, adding that he died after being “hospitalized with a bullet to the head, a bullet to the right foot, a bullet to the left thigh, and burns.”

The Israeli army said it had “conducted counterterrorism activity in the city of Jenin and in the town of Qabatiya and apprehended five wanted individuals suspected of terrorist activity.”

“During the activity, violent riots were instigated. The rioters hurled rocks, explosive devices and Molotov cocktails at the forces and shots were heard in the area,” the statement added.

“The soldiers responded with live fire, hits were identified,” it said.

A total of 17 individuals were arrested in overnight raids across the West Bank, the army said.

On Sunday, Palestinian and Arab-Israeli gunmen wounded six Israeli soldiers and one civilian when they attacked a bus near the city of Tubas in the West Bank.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Venice Film Festival: Two jailed Iranian filmmakers vow to keep creating

04 September, 2022

Two jailed Iranian filmmakers have issued a defiant challenge to authorities in Iran, vowing in a message to fellow cineastes at the Venice Film Festival that they will not stop creating.

Mohammad Rasoulof and Jafar Panahi – whose film “Khers Nist” (No Bears) is in competition for Venice’s top Golden Lion prize – have both been behind bars since July amid a crackdown on dissident voices in all sectors of society.

Rasoulof, 50, was arrested after having launched a petition from directors and actors urging security forces to lay down their arms in the face of a wave of protests. His anti-capital-punishment movie “There is No Evil” won the Golden Bear at the Berlin film festival in 2020.

Fellow prize-winning director Panahi, 62, was detained while seeking information about Rasoulof’s whereabouts and told he had to serve a six-year sentence previously handed out.

A third filmmaker, Mostafa Aleahmad, was also arrested and jailed in July.

In the statement issued Sunday by festival organizers, the directors said that as members of Iran’s independent cinema movement with a calling to create, “those in power see us as criminals.”

“The history of Iranian cinema witnesses the constant and active presence of independent directors who have struggled to push back censorship and to ensure the survival of this art,” the directors wrote.

“While on this path, some were banned from making films, others were forced into exile or reduced to isolation. And yet, the hope of creating again is a reason for existence,” said the statement.

“No matter where, when, or under what circumstances, an independent filmmaker is either creating or thinking about creation. We are filmmakers, independent ones.”

Panahi has won a slew of awards at international festivals for films critiquing modern Iran, including the top prize in Berlin for “Taxi” in 2015, and best screenplay at Cannes for his film “Three Faces” in 2018.

He was arrested in 2010 following his support for anti-government protests and later convicted of “propaganda against the system.” The six-year sentence he is now serving relates to that conviction.

The current repression in Iran, which comes one year into the rule of President Ebrahim Raisi, the ultra-conservative former judiciary chief, is not only targeted at artists.

Regime critics from a wide range of sectors have been arrested, from trade union activists, to campaigners against the enforced wearing of the headscarf for women, to religious minorities.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Turkish warship docks in Israel as bilateral ties warm

04 September, 2022

A Turkish warship has docked in Israel for the first such visit in more than a decade as relations between the US allies improve following fierce feuding over the Palestinian cause.

The frigate Kemalreis docked in Haifa on Saturday as part of NATO maneuvers in the Mediterranean Sea, a Turkish official said. An Israeli official said Ankara had submitted a preliminary request for the crew to disembark on shore leave.

A Haifa port official said it was the first time a Turkish naval vessel had visited since at least 2010, when bilateral ties were shattered by Israel’s storming of a pro-Palestinian aid convoy that tried to breach its blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Ten Turks were killed by Israeli marines in that incident.

For its part, Israel has voiced objections at NATO-member Turkey's hosting of members of Hamas, a Palestinian militant group that is proscribed as a terrorist group in the West.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Al-Qaeda in Yemen releases video of kidnapped UN worker: Monitor

03 September, 2022

Al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch released a video on Saturday showing a United Nations worker who was abducted in the war-torn country more than six months ago, the SITE Intelligence Group reported.

Five UN staff members were kidnapped in Yemen’s southern province of Abyan in February while returning to the port city of Aden “after having completed a field mission,” UN spokesperson Eri Kaneko told AFP at the time.

In Saturday’s video message, apparently recorded on August 9, Akam Sofyol Anam, identified by SITE as Bangladeshi, urges “the UN, the international community, the humanitarian organizations, to please come forward... and meet the demands of my captors,” without outlining the demands.

He said he was facing “serious health trouble,” including heart problems, and needed “immediate medical support and hospitalization,” according to SITE, which monitors extremist activity.

Anam, who SITE identified as the “director of the United Nations Office of Security and Safety in Yemen,” said he and four colleagues were kidnapped on February 11.

Yemen has been gripped by conflict since the Iran-backed Houthis took control of the capital Sanaa in 2014, triggering military intervention by the Arab Coalition in support of the government the following year.

Hundreds of thousands have died, directly from fighting as well as indirectly, and millions have been displaced in what the UN has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and fighters loyal to ISIS have thrived in the chaos.

“The United Nations is in close contact with the authorities to secure their release,” its spokesperson had said after the workers’ abduction in February.

Formed in a merger of al-Qaeda’s Yemen and Saudi branches, AQAP has carried out attacks on both rebel and government targets in Yemen as well as foreigners.

It has also been accused of plotting attacks beyond the Middle East and its leaders have been targeted by a US drone war for more than two decades, although the number of strikes has dropped off in recent years.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Israel says ‘extremely worried’ about nuclear agreement with Iran

Ayhan Şimşek  

04.09.2022

BERLIN

Israel is “deeply concerned” about a possible nuclear agreement between world powers and Iran, Israeli President Isaac Herzog said on Sunday.

Speaking alongside German President Frank Walter Steinmeier in Berlin, Herzog said they are closely following the ongoing talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.

We're extremely worried about a possible agreement because we’re worried about the lack of sincerity, honesty and adherence to world rules by the Iranian regime,” he said.

Herzog accused Iran of not respecting international rules, and said Tehran has been openly calling for the eradication and annihilation of Israel.

So why, why should the world trust Iran in any of its intentions?” he said, adding that he raised the issue during his talks with Steinmeier today, and conveyed Israel’s concerns.

Israel accuses Iran of seeking to build a nuclear bomb, a claim denied by Tehran, which says its program is designed for peaceful purposes.

Indirect talks between the US and Iranian diplomats, mediated by the EU, concluded in Vienna last month with an agreement on a draft text to revive the 2015 nuclear accord.

Tehran filed its response to the EU draft agreement on Aug. 15, a week after the talks ended in Vienna. The Biden administration responded to Iran's comments through the EU coordinator.

EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said last week that a resolution could be achieved very soon.

I am hoping that in the coming days we are not going to lose this momentum and we can close the deal,” he told reporters in Prague, after an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers.

The 2015 nuclear deal – officially named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – was signed by Iran, the US, China, Russia, France, the UK, Germany, and the EU.

Former US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the deal in 2018 and reimposed sanctions as part of a "maximum pressure campaign" on Tehran.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Yemeni government denies Houthi claims over new fuel ship restrictions

SAEED AL-BATATI

September 04, 2022

AL-MUKALLA: Yemen’s government has denied Houthi allegations about a new restriction on fuel ships passing through the Red Sea Port of Hodeidah, following a fuel shortage in Houthi-controlled areas.

It said it had not imposed restrictions on the movement of such vessels entering the port, now or in the past, accusing the Houthis of inventing the problem to force people to buy fuel from the black market under their control to generate revenue.

It said measures governing the traffic of fuel ships through Hodeidah had not changed since the start of a UN truce and that the Houthis were attempting to circumvent the agreed-upon measures so their traders could import oil and smuggle in weapons and other illegal goods.

“It (the government) demanded that the militias put an end to the fabricated crisis and stop their absurd practices to force fuel companies and traders to violate legal procedures in Yemeni ports,” said the government statement, carried by the official Saba news agency.

Under the UN-brokered truce, which came into effect on April 2 and has been renewed twice, the government and the Houthis agreed to stop fighting, allow commercial flights to depart from Sanaa airport and fuel ships to arrive at Hodeidah ports, and engage in direct talks to discuss opening roads in besieged Taiz and other provinces.

The government said the latest fuel crisis in Houthi-controlled areas was part of the movement’s efforts to undermine the truce and restart the war. The Houthis continued to breach the truce by refusing to open roads in Taiz, attacking government troops with missiles and drones, amassing fighters outside key cities, and organizing military parades in Hodeidah.

Residents in Houthi-controlled Sanaa reported long lines of cars outside fuel stations across the capital on Sunday, with drivers waiting hours to fill up.

The Houthi-run Oil Company issued a circular allowing only 40 liters of gasoline per car every six days and accused the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen of inciting the crisis by allegedly seizing nine fuel ships.

Analysts in Yemen said the cash-strapped Houthis were seeking to generate billions of riyals to fund their military activities by refusing to pump oil into official fuel stations, forcing people to buy it from their black market.

“The ‘blockade’ was just an excuse for fuel shortage. Houthis create a fuel crisis to force people to buy from their black market,” Nadwa Al-Dawsari, a Yemeni conflict analyst, tweeted.

Source: Arab News

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Turkish court orders pro-Kurdish member of parliament jailed on terrorism charge

04 September 2022

A Turkish court has ordered the pre-trial jailing of a pro-Kurdish member of parliament, accusing her of being a member of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group.

Semra Guzel, a member of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), was sentenced to jail on terrorism charges while awaiting trial late on Saturday, a day after she was arrested in the Turkish city of Istanbul, police and her lawyer said. 

The HDP denounced as “illegitimate and unethical” Guzel’s detention, after Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu announced her arrest.

"Our member of parliament being detained in an unethical way; the government making this into propaganda material using inappropriate and ugly language shows the ruling party's helplessness," the HDP said in a statement before the court ruling.

Guzel had her parliamentary immunity lifted in March after photos of her from several years ago with a militant from the PKK circulated on Turkish media. An arrest warrant was subsequently issued on a charge of membership of a terrorist organization.

When the photos first surfaced in January, Guzel said the person was her fiancé and the photos were taken when she visited him during a peace process between Turkey and the PKK that broke down in 2015.

uzel said the investigation against her, based on material found after the militant was killed in 2017, was not launched until she became a member of parliament a year later.

Guzel’s lawyer, Veysi Eski, rejected the charge against her as unfounded, calling it a continuation of what he said were "political genocide operations" against the HDP.

"A person visiting an acquaintance in the organization (PKK) camp does not in and of itself constitute the crime of membership of (a terrorist) organization," Eski told Reuters.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party and its nationalist allies frequently accuse the HDP of being the PKK's political wing. Thousands of HDP members have been tried in recent years over similar accusations. The party denies any links to terrorism.

Militants of the PKK — designated as a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union — regularly clash with Turkish forces in the Kurdish-dominated southeast of Turkey attached to northern Iraq.

A shaky ceasefire between the PKK and the Turkish government collapsed in July 2015. Attacks on Turkish security forces have soared ever since.

Source: Press TV

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Turkish volunteers put smiles on orphans’ faces in Syria

Seda Sevencan  

03.09.2022

IDLIB, Syria

Combing, cutting, and braiding, Turkish volunteers have been cheering up nearly 3,500 girls -- mostly orphans -- in war-torn Syria, doing their hair under a humanitarian project for several years.

The Human Movie Team, a social media movement in cooperation with humanitarian groups, has been carrying out the project named "Braids for hair and brotherhood for hearts" in different parts of Syria since 2018.

Thanks to the project, the children, many of whom have never had anyone to comb their hair, are reminded of what it is to be a child and cared for.

Almost 2,000 girls living in refugee camps in northern Azaz were first included of the project in 2018-2019, with cooperation from the Istanbul-based Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) and the For Children group.

In cooperation with two humanitarian, volunteers brought smiles to the lips of nearly 300 more girls living in refugee camps in the northern Jarabulus district in 2020 by braiding their hair

A total of 22 Turkish volunteers cleaned and braided the hair of 1,000 orphan girls living in northern Idlib province this year, too.

Volunteers from different parts of Türkiye participated in a two-day event that ended on Friday with the support of the Orphan Foundation.

After their hair was braided and adorned with colorful pins, the girls were given gifts such as clothes, stationery, and toys.

'Love and care is humanitarian aid'

"By displaying their before and after photos, we're trying to tell the world how good these children feel, how beautiful they look, and how their hopes swell when they get cared for with this project," said project coordinator Tulay Gokcimen.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency after the project, Gokcimen said her organization got feedback that the self-confidence and academic success of the children in the project had increased, with people encouraging the group to continue their efforts.

"Since we've conducted this project mostly for orphan children, the love and care they receive is really uplifting for them," she said.

"People may ask why we go and do their hair instead of providing food and clothing in a war zone -- that is, instead of more basic needs. They may think that way, but love is the most basic need of a child, care is the most basic need of a child. Children of war need this love, care, and attention, too. We think love and care is humanitarian aid and humanitarian support for them," said Gokcimen.

"We want to continue this project, especially for refugee camps in different parts of the world," she said.

According to the Orphan Foundation's latest report, the number of orphans in Syria continues to rise as the civil war drags on for over a decade, with the latest data showing that of 9 million children in the country, more than 1 million are parentless.

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011 when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Israeli delegation secretly visited Egypt to calm tensions: Report

05 September 2022

A high-ranking Israeli delegation has secretly visited Egypt in order to calm tensions that have recently affected ties between Cairo and Tel Aviv, a report says.

On Sunday, the London-based al-Araby al-Jadeed cited a radio station operated by the Israeli army as saying Avi Gil, the military secretary of prime minister Yair Lapid, heading a delegation that included senior military officials, visited Egypt a week ago.

The report said the visit was aimed to find “solutions” to disputes that erupted between the two sides.

The radio station said the intensified Israeli arrest campaigns and raids in the occupied West Bank that constituted a breach of a pledge the regime made following Egyptian mediation efforts aimed to end the latest Israeli military aggression on the Gaza Strip were one of the issues that heightened tensions between the two sides.

Israel launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip on August 5. The raid lasted for three consecutive days, killing dozens of people, including 17 children and top members of Islamic Jihad. Hundreds more were also injured during the Israeli aggression. In response to the Israeli onslaught on Gaza, Islamic Jihad fired hundreds of rockets at the Israeli-occupied territories, prompting the regime in Tel Aviv to accept an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire.

The Israeli radio station also said the Israeli decision to release Palestinian prisoner Khalil Awawdeh who was on hunger strike for more than five months came as part of efforts aimed to ease tensions with Cairo, saying that the decision was made in coordination with Cairo.

According to the report, Israel has also intensified its efforts to locate a mass grave for dozens of Egyptian soldiers who were killed in the vicinity of al-Quds during the 1967 war in order to ease tensions with Egypt.

That comes as the recent Israeli media reports that revealed that at least 20 Egyptian soldiers were burnt alive and buried in an unmarked mass grave in the area of Latrun, West of al-Quds, raised the ire of the Egyptian public.

Moreover, al-Araby al-Jadeed cited Israel’s TV channel Kan as saying that the downing of an Egyptian drone over the region of Naqab (Negev) in June “embarrassed” the Egyptian side.

Back then, an Israeli source said the aircraft, operated by the Egyptian military to monitor Daesh activity in the northern Sinai desert, accidentally entered Israeli airspace.

An Egyptian official familiar with the Egyptian mediation efforts between the Israeli regime and the Palestinian factions told al-Araby al-Jadeed on Sunday that latest visit to Egypt made by the Israeli delegation followed a similar one by Ronen Bar, the head of Israel's internal spy agency Shin Bet.

According to the report, Bar visited Cairo on August 21 to contain tensions.

The Egyptian official said the visits were aimed to “contain the Egyptian ire” over the Israeli regime’s failure to live up to their commitments under the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire agreement in Gaza that came into force on August 7.

The Egyptian official said that the release of Khalil Awawdeh and Bassam al-Sa’adi, a leader of the Islamic Jihad resistance movement, which had been set as a condition for the truce, was discussed during the Israeli delegation’s visit.

The official said it was agreed, during the visit, to release Awawdeh “as a first stage” due to his serious health condition.

He added that al- Sa’adi would be freed after the upcoming Knesset election scheduled for November 1.

Awawdeh ended hunger strike on Wednesday after the Israeli regime agreed to release him in October.

Source: Press TV

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A Syrian military helicopter crashes northeast of Hama, crew killed

04 September, 2022

A Syrian military helicopter crashed northeast of the city of Hama on Sunday during a training mission leaving the crew dead, state media agency SANA reported, citing a military source.

SANA said in a report that the helicopter crashed due to a technical error.

Photos shared on social media showed the helicopter crashed between civilian buildings.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Lebanon arrests five agents suspected of torturing Syrian detainee to death

03 September, 2022

Lebanon arrested five State Security agents Saturday on suspicion of torturing to death a Syrian detainee, in the latest abuse allegation against the security services, a judicial source told AFP.

The arrests came on the orders of the government’s commissioner to the military courts, Fadi Akiki, who had ordered an investigation into last month’s death in custody, the source said.

The young Syrian “died within three hours of his arrest after being subjected to severe torture and beatings that triggered a heart attack,” the source said, adding that the detainee was pronounced dead on arrival in hospital.

The State Security agents arrested Bashar Abdel Saud on August 31 and took him to an agency facility in Bint Jbeil in southern Lebanon for questioning with other detainees.

The agents wanted to “obtain a confession from the deceased suspect that he was the leader of a cell” linked to ISIS but he “persisted in denying the allegation,” according to the source.

In pictures seen by AFP, the body of the deceased was covered in cuts and bruises. The bodies of fellow detainees who survived their ordeal also bore signs of torture.

The State Security agency, which has faced multiple allegations of torture in the past, said Abdel Saud’s death had been referred to the “competent authorities.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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Indian FM meets UAE President with letter from Modi during visit for trade discussion

03 September, 2022

UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed received a letter from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of a strategic dialogue between the two countries furthering the free trade agreement signed earlier this year.

The letter was delivered by Indian Foreign Minister Dr S. Jaishankar during a meeting with the UAE President at al-Shati Palace, the Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.

Jaishankar and Sheikh Mohamed discussed bilateral relations and cooperation across various sectors as well as several regional and international issues of mutual concern, according to WAM.

Apart from the high-level meeting, Jaishankar met his UAE counterpart, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, to discuss and broaden economic relations as part of the 14th India-UAE Joint Commissions meeting linked to the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Agreement (CEPA).

The two sides discussed ways to further strengthen the energy partnership and two-way investments, according to a press release by India’s Ministry of External Affairs.

The ministers also “emphasized the importance of promoting start-ups and entrepreneurship in different fields such as fintech, edutech, healthtech, agritech, logistics and supply chains,” in addition to noting the possibility of “linking instant payment platforms in either country, such as through the United Payment Interface (UPI) of India.”

During the meeting, Sheikh Abdullah highlighted the success of “the UAE and India… in establishing an advanced and sustainable model for their strategic relations, which has yielded many significant achievements across several sectors, adding that the two countries are eager to strengthen them to advance their common interests and those of their peoples,” WAM reported.

Meanwhile, his Indian counterpart “stressed the keenness to strengthen and develop UAE-India strategic relations to meet the aspirations of their leaderships, noting that the strides made within the framework of their partnership are a source of pride and a driver to seek more successes to achieve common development goals,” according to the WAM report.

Among those present in the meeting were Minister of State for Foreign Trade Thani al-Zeyoudi, Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem al-Hashemy, Minister of State Ahmed Ali al-Sayegh, the UAE president’s diplomatic adviser Dr. Anwar Gargash, and UAE Ambassador to India Dr Ahmed Abdulrahman al-Banna.

Free trade deal

The CEPA was signed on February 18 and came into effect on May 1, 2022.

It is expected to boost annual bilateral non-oil trade from $60 billion to $100 billion within the next three to five years, India’s prime minister’s office said at the time.

“There will be a huge flow of trade and investments between both nations and it’s going to open the door for more business opportunities,” Thani al-Zeyoudi told Reuters in February after the deal was made public.

The agreement eliminates 80 percent of tariffs on UAE and India goods, while all tariffs are to be removed within ten years, al-Zeyoudi said.

UAE commodities like aluminum, copper and petrochemicals would benefit from the removal of tariffs, he said.

The deal also covers services, investments, intellectual property, and a commitment by the UAE to grant 140,000 employment visas to highly skilled workers from India by 2030.

India is the second largest trading partner of the UAE, where each year billions of dollars in remittances are sent home by more than three million Indians working in the Gulf state.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Iraq PM hosts US delegation for talks in Baghdad

04 September, 2022

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi met US Assistant Secretary of State for Middle Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf for talks on the country's political crisis Sunday.

At least 30 people were killed and over 400 wounded last week after supporters of Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr clashed with Iraqi security forces inside the heavily fortified Green Zone, the seat of Iraq's government.

The clashes came after 10 months of political deadlock in the country.

Both camps disagree over the appropriate mechanism to dissolve parliament and hold early elections, key demands of al-Sadr.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Sadrist lawmakers challenge resignations from Iraqi Parliament

04.09.2022

Lawmakers affiliated with Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Sunday filed a lawsuit challenging the acceptance of their resignation from Parliament.

In June, 73 MPs from the Sadrist movement resigned amid a parliamentary standoff over the formation of a new government in Iraq.

Parliament Speaker Mohammad al-Halbousi later issued a decree terminating the membership of the resigned lawmaker from the 329-seat assembly.

According to the state news agency INA, the Federal Supreme Court set Sept. 28 as a date to look into the appeal by the MPs.

Tension has been running high across Iraq in recent weeks over the failure of Shia groups to agree on a new prime minister since the country’s last elections Oct. 10, 2021.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Iraqi parliament speaker calls for setting date for early elections

04.09.2022

BAGHDAD

Iraq’s Parliament Speaker Mohammad al-Halbousi on Sunday called for setting a date for early elections amid tension over failure to form a new government.

The call came one day after Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi urged the country’s political parties to hold a new round of national dialogue on Monday to resolve Iraq’s months-long political crisis.

“Setting a date for early parliamentary elections and provincial polls by the end of next year” should be on the agenda of the national dialogue, al-Halbousi said in a statement.

He also called for “electing a new president and a government agreed upon by the people and political powers.”

Tension has been running high across Iraq in recent weeks over failure of Shia groups to agree on a new prime minister since the country’s last elections Oct. 10, 2021.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Turkish intelligence neutralizes senior PKK terrorist in northern Iraq

Enes Kaplan 

04.09.2022

Turkiye's National Intelligence Organization (MIT) neutralized a senior PKK terrorist in northern Iraq, security sources said on Sunday.

Bedirhan Abi, codenamed Darav Gevda, was the target of a surgical strike in the Sinjar area, the sources noted.

The sources detailed that Abi, who joined the PKK in 2011, operated in southeastern Türkiye and northern Iraq and was involved in numerous attacks on security forces.

Turkish authorities use the term "neutralize" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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North America

 

US Navy says vessels seized by Iran were unarmed, ‘posed no risk to naval traffic’

03 September, 2022

The US Navy publicly confirmed on Friday that an Iranian warship seized and detained two US unmanned surface vessels in the Red Sea earlier in the week.

This came two days after Iran tried and failed to seize a similar vessel in the Gulf. “Jamaran (FFLG 76), an Islamic Republic of Iran Navy ship, seized two Saildrone Explorer unmanned surface vessels operating near one another in international waters before returning the vessels to the US Navy the next day,” the US Navy said.

On Friday, Iranian state-run media said that the country’s navy seized and released two unmanned vessels, claiming they jeopardized maritime safety.

But the US Navy pushed back on the claim, suggesting that they were unarmed and taking unclassified photos of the surrounding areas while on an assigned patrol.

“The vessels posed no risk to naval traffic and had been operating in the general vicinity of the Southern Red Sea for more than 200 consecutive days without incident,” according to the Navy.

After the US 5th Fleet detected an Iranian ship approaching the unmanned vessels, two US guided-missile destroyers and another two MH-60R Sea Hawk responded.

Source: Al Arabiya

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US mediator in Lebanon-Israel maritime talks to arrive in Beirut this week

04 September, 2022

Amos Hochstein, the US diplomat mediating talks between Lebanon and Israel over their shared maritime border, will be in Beirut at the end of the week, a statement from Lebanon’s presidential palace said on Sunday.

The statement said Hochstein would be in Lebanon to follow up on discussions with the Lebanese side on the delineation, without providing more details.

The US embassy in Beirut declined to comment.

Hochstein was last in Beirut in late July for meetings with Lebanese officials.

At the time, a senior Israeli official, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said Hochstein would present a new Israeli proposal that “includes a solution that would allow the Lebanese to develop the gas reserves in the disputed area while preserving Israel's commercial rights”.

A Lebanese official said the proposal would allow Lebanon to explore the entire Qana Prospect, an area with the potential to hold hydrocarbons which crosses beyond Line 23, a maritime line that was originally Lebanon's demand during negotiations.

Hochstein told local broadcaster LBCI after that trip that he expected exploration would move forward in the area once the companies involved had the “legal and diplomatic certainty” that would result from a deal.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Europe

 

Fire burns down mosque in northern France: Report

Alaattin Dogru  

03.09.2022

A fire completely burnt down a mosque in northern France late Friday night, local media reported, with authorities suspecting an arson attack.

The incident took place at the Rambouillet mosque in the Yvelines department of the Ile-de-France region, according to Le Parisien newspaper.



An investigation has been launched to ascertain the cause of the fire, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Twitter.

The mosque was built at the request of the Muslim community living in the region in 2009 on an area temporarily allocated by the Municipality of Rambouillet.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Stockholm should meet Türkiye’s demands for NATO membership: Swedish politician

Attilla Altuntas  

03.09.2022

STOCKHOLM

In order to gain NATO membership, Sweden should meet Türkiye’s “legitimate” demand that Stockholm take action against the YPG/PKK terror group, a Swedish politician of Turkish descent said.

During his visit to a Turkish cultural association in the capital Stockholm, Mikail Yuksel, head of the Nyans political party, said that if his party is represented in the parliament after Sept. 11 elections, they will work to ensure the realization of the promises made to Türkiye.

Yuksel said that his party experiences attacks by racists as well as anti-Türkiye groups during its election campaign.

In May, Sweden and Finland formally applied to join NATO, a decision spurred by Russia's war on Ukraine.

However, Türkiye, a NATO member for more than 70 years, opposed the two countries' membership aspirations due to their tolerance and even backing for terrorist groups.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Germany's logistics giant sees Türkiye as heart of supply chains

Bahattin Gonultas 

03.09.2022

BERLIN

Germany's logistics giant Rhenus, operating in Europe, Asia, and South America, considers Türkiye the heart of various supply chains as the shock of the coronavirus pandemic demonstrated the importance of the logistical availability of factories.

"That's why we've invested heavily in Türkiye over the last two years to ensure that production is stable and reliable so that supply chains can really work," Tobias Bartz, Rhenus' CEO, told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview.

The coronavirus pandemic, a global shock that hit health care, trade, finance, education, business, and societies like few other ordeals in the past century, was "extremely worrying," Bartz said, adding that at times, the supply chain "disappeared".

"We saw a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel after months," he said of the virus outbreak, which affected the global economy via regular supply and demand channels.

Following the supply shock that began in China in February 2020, a demand shock took hold as the global economy shut down, exposing vulnerabilities in the production strategies and supply chains of firms across the world.

Bratz emphasized that supply chain "uncertainties" during the pandemic were prompting more businesses to bring manufacturing closer to home.

"I think we can see now that certain factories are closing and opening in different parts of the world. Logistical availability becomes more and more important," he said.

Shifting global supply chains

The pandemic posed significant challenges for supply chains globally. Multiple national lockdowns temporarily stopped the flow of raw materials and finished goods, disrupting manufacturing as a result.

Many multinational companies increased their plan to move production chains closer to home in order to minimize problems with global supply chains and increased shipping costs.

According to research by Buck Consultants International, more and more European industrial companies are bringing back production that they had previously offshored. Straddling Europe and the Middle East, Türkiye hopes to utilize its strategic location and strong manufacturing base to benefit from changes in the global supply chains.

The country poses a strong alternative to the pre-COVID production network based in Asia as its sole center.

Türkiye offers easy access to 1.3 billion people and a combined market worth $26 trillion in GDP in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and Central Asia within a four-hour flight radius.

Explaining that Rhenus has been working in the Turkish market for many years through their agencies, Bartz said the company had maintained investments in Türkiye for three years now.

"We see the future in the country not only because it is an exciting production and commercial market in itself, but also because it is at the heart of other supply chains," said the company's CEO.

Pointing to Türkiye's geographical advantage, as well as its highly skilled workforce and strength in product and production, he said Rhenus is "looking at connecting Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia" with that country.

Türkiye has global market access at the nexus of Europe, Asia, and Africa, thus creating an efficient and cost-effective hub to major markets.

The country's strategic location enables easy reach to markets across 16 different time zones, from Tokyo to New York.

Bartz said Turkish people are talented, culturally open, and connected with Europe, and the logistical infrastructure is also good.

"The road supports the structure of the railway. It is something that we benefit a lot from," he said, adding that the company hoped to benefit from the human resource market in Türkiye. "We want to add these people to our global network."

Multinationals are increasingly choosing Türkiye as a preferred hub for manufacturing, exports, as well as management.

Bartz said companies are seeking to spread their risks in Asia and also globally, and in this case, Türkiye and India will be the winners at the highest level.

Rhenus is a family company based in western Germany that has been operating in the logistics industry for more than 100 years.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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