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Attack on Afghanistan Parliament Over, All Attackers Killed





Smoke rises from the Afghan Parliament after it was rocked by loud explosions and gunfire. (Image: Pajhwok Afghan News)


 

South Asia

Attack on Afghanistan Parliament Over, All Attackers Killed

Afghan Forces Kill 57 Insurgents across the Country

Dasht-I-Arche District of Kundoz Province Fall To Taliban Hands

Six Daesh insurgents killed in clash with security forces in Helmand

Afghan Taliban offer govt workers 'hotline' number to defect

Dhaka for bilateral forum with Bangkok to end human trafficking

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Africa

Boko Haram Islamist Group Spreads Terror to Niger, Killing At Least 40

Dozens Killed In Attack on ISIS in Libya’s Derna

Somalia’s Al-Shabaab Attacks Military Base in Mogadishu

Somalia's Al-Shabaab militants assassinate Kenya official in northeast: police

Muslims Feed Africa Needy in Ramadan

Boko Haram: Anglican Bishop Backs Buhari on International Shuttles

Serbia seeks extradition of former Bosnian Muslim commander

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Europe

Dr. Tahir-ul-Quadri to Launch Counterterrorism Curriculum in UK

Austere Brand of Islam on Rise in Europe, Stirring Concerns

Europeans see Salafism upswing as encouraging Muslim jihadists

As Ramadan dawns, London Muslims embrace the long fast

Foreign meddling key aim of West-led anti-terror coalitions: Russian official

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Arab World

ISIS Militants Plant Mines and Bombs in Palmyra

Egypt Names First Israel Envoy in Three Years

Saudi: Leaks do not contradict declared policies

Egypt’s Mursi seen in ‘execution’ uniform

Kuwait court orders female activist jailed for criticising Emir

Suicide bomb in Syrian Kurdish city kills one

80k terrorists enter Syria via Turkey, Jordan: Syrian UN envoy

Aid agency alarm over ISIS fuel blockade in Syria

MSF concerned about Syria fuel crisis due to ISIL blockade

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Pakistan

Action against Seminaries Linked With Terror Groups Yet To Be Initiated

Sunni Tehreek’s Headquarters Raided Again by Rangers

Heatwave devastates Karachi, other parts of Sindh; at least 136 dead

Zardari refuses to withdraw Benazir murder FIR

Protesting IDP killed in firing by troops

Even armymen not above the law, say ex-servicemen

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Southeast Asia

Exiles Angered as China Holds Beer Festival in Muslim County

Groups Question Government’s Lack of Actions on Shiite, Ahmadiyah

French Convict on Death Row in Indonesia Loses Clemency Appeal

Rights Group Slams Malaysia for Prosecuting Transgenders

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North America

US Companies Accommodate Muslims’ Ramadan

Lawsuit Brought By Muslims Rounded Up After 9/11 Gets Go-Ahead from Court

Oren: Obama's abandonment by Muslim father figures may explain policies

Ramadan Donations Feed Needy Canadians

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Mideast

Gaza Christians Offer Muslims Iftar on Roads

Iran, Syria Urge Firm Fight against ISIL Terrorists

Yemen FM: Houthis in Geneva were like ‘ghosts’

Report: Blast in Lebanon's western Bekaa caused by Israeli strike

GCC official ‘deeply regrets’ failed Yemen talks

Iranian MPs ban inspector access to military sites

Attacker of Israeli cop wounded seriously

Zarif to hold talks with French, German, British counterparts: European source

Israel’s Netanyahu takes aim at French peace initiative

Lebanon arrests two after prison torture video

Israel fails to protect Palestinians from settlers: Rights group

Uncertainty as Turkish parties jockey for power

Palestinian wounded near site of fatal West Bank attack

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India

In Atali, Ramzan Begins With Prayers, Some Fear

Terrorists Should Practise Yoga: Home Minister

Undertrial Pakistani militant killed in ‘mysterious’ blast near Srinagar

Civilian killed, gunfight on between security forces and militants in Kashmir

Pakistan violates ceasefire along International Border

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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South Asia

Attack on Afghanistan Parliament Over, All Attackers Killed

By KHAAMA PRESS - Mon Jun 22 2015

Kabul police say the attack on parliament compound has been ended with all attackers killed.


Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior security forces stated in a tweet that no MPs was wounded in the attack.


“Afghan Police repelled terrorist attack today on AFG Parliament, killing all 7 attackers, no MP was wounded,” Sediqi’s tweet stated.


Although, a specific number about the casualties is not yet issued but health ministry confirmed the injuries of 31 people including children and women.


The attack began with a Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device VBIED explosion in front of the front gate of the parliament around 10:30 am today.


Following the explosion other militants started a gun battle with security forces and firing from a near by under construction building.


Soon after the attack additional security forces to include special forces arrived and cordoned off the area.


Kabul Police say all militants who were firing at the parliament have been killed by the security forces.


A dust blanket was visible in the parliament following the car bomb detonation and MPs left the session.


Kabul Police also say that lawmakers and journalists from inside the building were moved to a save location.


TV footage show several vehicles parked in the area also destroyed. Afghan health ministry say 21 people including children and women have been wounded in the attack.


The attack took place as the nominated defense minister of Afghanistan Mohammad Masoum Stanikzai was going to be introduced to parliament.


Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.


http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-panic-spread-mps-left-parliament-after-explosion-in-kabul-3527


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Afghan forces kill 57 insurgents across the country


By KHAAMA PRESS - Mon Jun 22 2015


Afghan forces have killed 57 insurgents in newest military operations across the country, Ministry of Defense announced on Monday.


A statement issued by the Ministry of Defense states that security forces killed these militants in Qarabagh District of Ghazni province, Nijrab District of Kapisa, Surab, Dehrawoud and Charchino districts of Urozgan, Gizab and Gujran districts of Daikundi, Naish and Panjwai districts of Kandahar and Kajaki and Khanashin districts of Helmand province in past 24 hours.


The statement further states that two soldiers from Afghan National Army also embraced martyrdom in landmine explosion and enemy fire during these operations.


Security forces seized weapons and ammunition and also defused landmines but the statement does not have a specific number of them.


http://www.khaama.com/afghan-forces-kill-57-insurgents-across-the-country-3525


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Dasht-i-Arche District of Kundoz province fall to Taliban hands


By KHAAMA PRESS - Mon Jun 22 2015


Taliban have captured Dasht-i-Arche District of northern Kundoz province, Taliban claimed and officials confirmed on Monday.


Nasiruddin Saidi, governor of Dasht-i-Arche District and head of the provincial council of Kundoz province confirmed the report.


Head of the provincial council said that the District fall to Taliban insurgents this morning.


He warned the central government that the situation in Kundoz is concerning.


This is second District falling to Taliban hands in Kundoz province. The first district that is controlled by Taliban is Chahardara.


http://www.khaama.com/breaking-news-dasht-i-arche-district-in-kundoz-province-fall-to-taliban-3524


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Six Daesh insurgents killed in clash with security forces in Helmand


By KHAAMA PRESS - Mon Jun 22 2015


Six Daesh or ISIS fighters were killed in a clash with security forces in restive Helmand province.


A statement issued on Monday by the Afghan Army 215th Maiwand Corps states that a group of militants belonging to Daesh attacked security check posts in Garah area of Kajaki District yesterday which engulfed a gun battle between the two sides.


The statement adds that including a commander of the group, six insurgents were killed in the clash. The dead bodies of those killed were left on the ground.


Two Kalashnikovs belonging to the group were also seized by the security forces. The statement does not specify if security forces have suffered casualties in the clash or not.


http://www.khaama.com/six-daesh-insurgents-killed-in-clash-with-security-forces-in-helmand-3526


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Afghan Taliban offer govt workers 'hotline' number to defect


June 22, 2015


KABUL: The Afghan Taliban have announced a 24-hour telephone “hotline” and email addresses for any government employees wishing to defect to them, as the tech-savvy militants try to bolster public support.


“The Islamic Emirate will provide safety to anybody who defects from the Kabul puppet regime,” the Taliban said in a statement on their website on Sunday, using their formal name.


“They can get in touch with us 24/7 through these phone numbers and email addresses,” it added, listing two for each.


The move demonstrates the Taliban's efforts to boost public support for their resilient but unpopular insurgency following a string of defections to the Islamic State group in recent months.


It marks a rare attempt by the Taliban to reach out to government officials, frequently targeted in growing insurgent attacks that have sent casualties soaring.


When AFP called one of the numbers, a militant representative who identified himself as Mullah Jalid said they had received more than 20 calls from government employees since the statement was posted.


“They all said labayk (Arabic for 'we are at your service') to our invitation,” Jalid said, a claim that was impossible to verify independently.


“This invitation is for all the employees of the government, military and civilian. They are welcome to come to us and we will protect them from the invaders and the stooge government.” The statement, posted by the insurgent group's “invitation and guidance commission”, also mentioned a radio communication code to help establish contact with the insurgents.


Once seen as uneducated thugs, the Taliban have developed a media-savvy PR team who use digital technology to reach out to audiences worldwide.


When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001, almost all electronic products were outlawed as un-Islamic.


Photographs of living things were illegal and ownership of a video player could lead to a public lashing.


But the Taliban have avidly embraced electronic communication and social media in recent years as a recruitment tool and to promote their propaganda.


But their efforts pale in comparison to the Islamic State group, which has actively exploited social media to lure thousands of foreign fighters to Syria and Iraq.


The Taliban are seeking to halt defections to the Islamic State after some insurgents adopted the IS flag to rebrand themselves as a more lethal force as NATO troops depart.


Last Tuesday the Taliban warned the leader of the Islamic State group against waging a parallel insurgency in Afghanistan, after reported clashes with militants loyal to IS.


http://www.dawn.com/news/1189549/afghan-taliban-offer-govt-workers-hotline-number-to-defect


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Dhaka for bilateral forum with Bangkok to end human trafficking


Sheikh Shahariar Zaman


june 22, 2015


Dhaka is planning to put forward a proposal to Bangkok to form a bilateral forum to address the irregular movement of people from Bangladesh to Thailand.


With the growing number of human trafficking incidents through sea originating from Bangladesh and Myanmar to Malaysia through Thailand has occurred in the recent time Dhaka wants to address it bilaterally, said an official of the Foreign Ministry.


Dhaka wants to put forward the idea in the first ever foreign secretary level meeting, popularly known as Foreign Office Consultation (FoC) with Bangkok to be held on June 25.


Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque will have a meeting with Permanent Secretary of the Thai Foreign Ministry Norachit Sinhaseni Thursday when the issue will be discussed.


Bangladesh on May 29 expressed its intention to address the irregular movement of people issue regionally.


“We want to address the issue bilaterally and regionally,” the Foreign Ministry official said.


There are roughly 30–35% of Bangladeshis among the human trafficking victims and Bangladesh is ready to take back them stranded in Thailand and other countries within the shortest possible time, he said.


During the last 12 months, over 1,000 Bangladeshi victims came back to Dhaka from Bangkok.


In the first FoC, both sides will discuss cooperation in political, economical, security and connectivity areas.


Full report at:


http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2015/jun/22/dhaka-bilateral-forum-bangkok-end-human-trafficking


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Africa


 


Boko Haram Islamist group spreads terror to Niger, killing at least 40


Monica Cantilero 22 June 2015


The Islamist militant group Boko Haram has gone out of Nigeria to spread terror in neighbouring Niger for the second time, killing at least 40 people in two towns.


The group reportedly set homes ablaze in Lamana and Ngoumawa, Vice News reported on Friday.


"The attackers looted stores, burned villages, and shot at people who tried to flee," said Yakouba Soumana Gaoh, the governor of Niger's Diffa region.


Authorities are now looking for the suspects behind the attacks.


The US Department of State immediately denounced the attack, which comes after the two suicide bombings in neighbouring Chad, killing 34 people on June 15.


"Boko Haram has perpetrated countless unprovoked attacks on men, women, and children in their homes, schools, places of worship, and businesses. We remain committed to working closely with partners in the region to root out the threat posed by the group," the State Department said in a statement.


"We offer our condolences to the Government of Niger and the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives."


Authorities in Chad have arrested at least five suspects for the attacks.


"There has been progress," said Chad's Interior and Public Security Minister Abderahim Bireme Hamid. "Several suspects, between five and six, have been arrested."


Chad, a Muslim-dominated country, banned ban head-to-toe burqas and religious turbans following the attacks.


Full report at:


http://www.christiantoday.com/article/boko.haram.islamist.group.spreads.terror.to.niger.killing.at.least.40/56778.htm


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Dozens killed in attack on ISIS in Libya’s Derna


21 June 2015


Dozens of fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group were killed in Libya Saturday as militiamen sought to dislodge them from a neighborhood in the eastern city of Derna, Libyan news agency Lana reported.


For more than a week now, fighters belonging to a group known as the Mujahedeen Council of Derna have been attacking elements of the radical Sunni Muslim group in the city.


"Armed men" were trying Saturday morning to drive ISIS forces out of Derna's eastern district of Fataeh, Lana said, and "there were dozens of deaths in the ISIS ranks."


Lana, with links to the militia-backed government in Tripoli that is not recognized by the international community, said Fataeh was "ISIS's last bastion in Derna," suggesting that the group's fighters had been driven out of the rest of the city.


ISIS has had a significant presence in Derna since the end of 2014.


Full report at:


http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/21/Dozens-killed-in-attack-on-ISIS-in-Libya-.html


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Somalia’s al-Shabaab attacks military base in Mogadishu


By Editor on June 22, 2015


SOMALIAN armed group, al-Shabaab, has claimed responsibility for an attack on a military compound in Mogadishu where Somalia intelligence officials train, claiming it killed “many intelligence forces”.


“We captured the building and we are fighting inside it,” Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, told Reuters news agency yesterday.


Somalia government sources told Al Jazeera that they regained control of the compound after foiling an attempt by the armed group to break into it.


They said a car bomb was destroyed before it reached the compound and four al-Shabaab fighters had been killed. There were no victims among security forces, the government sources said.


Full report at:


http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/2015/06/somalias-al-shabaab-attacks-military-base-in-mogadishu/


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Somalia's Al-Shabaab militants assassinate Kenya official in northeast: police


21 JUN 2015


A KENYAN government administrator in the country’s restive northeast has been gunned down by suspected members of the Somali militant group  al-Shabaab, police said Sunday.


Mohamed Barre Abdullahi, a local chief in Wajir, which is close to the Somali border, was shot dead after finishing evening prayers at a local mosque on Saturday.


“The assailants trailed him to the mosque before taking cover to wait for him as he was praying. They then followed him until he was some short distance away from the place of worship, before pulling the trigger,” said Wajir County police commander Samuel Mukindia.


He said the attackers were pursued by a police patrol but managed to escape under cover of darkness.


Kenyan security sources said the attack was likely carried out by the Al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab, which has stepped up operations in Kenya’s northeastern border region, including drawing up an alleged “hit list” of local government officials who have spoken out against the group—branding them “agents of infidels”.


The assassination came only three days after the Kenyan government lifted a two-month dusk-to-dawn curfew in the region bordering war-torn Somalia. The curfew was lifted to mark the start of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, a period commonly marked by an upsurge in Shebab attacks.


Full report at:


http://mgafrica.com/article/2015-06-21-somalias-al-shabaab-militants-assassinate-kenya-official-in-northeast-police


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Muslims Feed Africa Needy in Ramadan


21 June 2015


JOHANNESBURG – Launching war on hunger during the holy month of Ramadan, a group of Islamic organizations have been racing to offer food to the needy people across Africa all through the fasting month.


“We have distributed uncooked food packages in South Africa, Mozambique and Malawi,” Hassan Choonara, regional director of the South Africa-based Africa Muslims Agency (AMA), told Anadolu Agency.


“We also provide Iftar and Suhoor [breakfast and pre-dawn] meals in 29 African countries.”


Choonara said his organization targets to feed over three million Muslims in Africa during this year’s fasting month of Ramadan, which began on Thursday.


“Last year, we fed over one million Muslims during Ramadan. This year, we hope to triple that to three million, God willing,” Choonara added.


Choonara said AMA had built dozens of mosques across the continent, where its staff members were providing poor Muslims with hot meals for Iftar and Suhoor.


“To feed a village at each mosque every day during Ramadan costs us about 2,500 rand [$230],” he said.


Along with ready meals, the organization has also provided uncooked food packages to poor families who preferred to prepare their own meals.


The food was basically provided by Muslims in south Africa as part of their Zakat.


“We normally raise funds from the South African Muslim community, which contributes to us through zakat [Islamic almsgiving] and other forms of donations,” Choonara said.


“Ramadan is in winter [this year in South Africa]. Muslims will not only be feeling hungry, but also cold – so we’re giving them blankets, jackets and other winter items,” he added.


Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar, kicked off on Thursday, June 18.


In Ramadan, adult Muslims, save the sick and those traveling, abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex between dawn and sunset.


Full report at:


http://www.onislam.net/english/news/3337-Africa/487893-muslims-feed-africa-needy-in-ramadan.html


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Boko Haram: Anglican Bishop Backs Buhari on International Shuttles


21 Jun 2015


The Bishop of the Calabar Diocese of the Anglican Communion, Rt. Reverend Tunde Adeleye, has given kudos to President Muhammadu Buhari for successfully mobilising the international community to provide support in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorists.


Adeleye said the achievement by the President came through his recent international shuttles only a few days after he assumed office on May 29, this year.


Adeleye stated this on Sunday in Calabar at a news conference where he commented on the state of the nation.


Full report at:


http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/boko-haram-anglican-bishop-backs-buhari-on-international-shuttles/212707/


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Serbia seeks extradition of former Bosnian Muslim commander


June 22, 2015


Belgrade: Belgrade has asked Switzerland to extradite former Bosnian Muslim commander Naser Oric, who was arrested in Geneva on a war crimes warrant from Serbia, Serbia`s official news agency reported Sunday.


Belgrade`s decision to seek Oric`s extradition comes just three weeks before 20th anniversary commemorations of the Srebrenica massacre when Bosnian Serb forces slaughtered more than 8,000 Muslims in July 1995, and risks worsening relations with Bosnia.


"The extradition request is accompanied by documents from the prosecutor over the suspected war crimes" allegedly committed by Oric, Serbia`s official news agency Tanjug reported, quoting the country`s justice minister.


Oric led the Bosnian Muslim forces in Srebrenica in eastern Bosnia.


His arrest has sparked outrage in Bosnia, and has forced Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic to call off a visit to the ex-Yugoslavia state.


The Muslim member of Bosnia`s tripartite presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, had urged Nikolic to delay his trip over Oric`s arrest.


Full report at:


http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/serbia-seeks-extradition-of-former-bosnian-muslim-commander_1617666.html


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Europe


 


Dr. Tahir-ul-Quadri to Launch Counterterrorism Curriculum in UK


Mohammed Wajihuddin,TNN | Jun 22, 2015


MUMBAI: Five years after he grabbed headlines globally with his acclaimed 2010 book "Fatwa on Terrorism and Suicide Bombings", noted Islamic scholar Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri has come out what he calls "first" Islamic counter-terrorism curriculum. Targeted at school and university students, imams and clerics initially across the UK and Pakistan and to be launched in London on Tuesday, Dr Qadri said the curriculum is part of the campaign to dissuade vulnerable teenagers from travelling to Iraq and Syria to join the jihadist outfit ISIS.


"It took me five years to prepare this curriculum which takes the dangerous and un-Islamic ideology of ISS head. The books draw heavily upon Quranic verses and traditions of the Prophet to expose ISIS and other militant groups who have absolutely no authority or legitimacy for setting up an "Islamic State. ISIS is an enemy of humanity," said Dr Qadri whose initiative Minhaj-ul-Quran International is engaged in working against terrorism and for peace across the world.


Ever since four Kalyan youths joined ISS, a need has been felt here too to de-radicalise the potential recruits of ISS in India. "Yes, after the London launch of the curriculum we will launch it in Islamabad in July. I am very much interested to take this project to India as well and am interested to collaborate with a like-minded organisation," said Dr Qadri.


Full report at:


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Scholar-to-launch-counterterrorism-curriculum-in-UK/articleshow/47762951.cms?from=mdr


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Austere Brand of Islam on Rise in Europe, Stirring Concerns


Jun 21, 2015


Its imams preach austere piety, its tenets demand strict separation of sexes — and some of its most radical adherents are heeding the call of jihad. Salafism, an Islamic movement based on a literal reading of the Quran, is on the rise in France, Germany and Britain, security officials say, with Salafis sharply increasing their influence in mosques and on the streets.


The trend worries European authorities, who see Salafism as one of the inspirational forces for young Europeans heading to Syria or Iraq to do battle for the Islamic State group. Experts, however, point out that the vast majority of Salafis are peace-loving.


In Germany, there are currently about 7,000 Salafis in the country — nearly double the 3,800 estimated four years ago, the Interior Ministry said last month. About 100 French mosques are now controlled by Salafis, a small number compared to the more than 2,000 Muslim houses of worship, but more than double the number four years ago, a senior security official told The Associated Press. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. France does not do head-counts by religious practices or origins.


In Britain the numbers are on the rise, too. Seven percent of Britain's 1,740 mosques are run by Salafis, according to Mehmood Naqshbandi, an expert on Britain's Muslims and counter-extremism adviser to the British government who keeps a database of the various currents of Islam in Britain. He says those numbers are steadily growing, especially among young people — and that a quarter to half of British Muslims under 30 "accept some parts or all of the Salafi theology."


Full report at:


http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/austere-brand-islam-rise-europe-stirring-concerns-31921071


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Europeans see Salafism upswing as encouraging Muslim jihadists


June 21, 2015


PARIS - Its imams preach austere piety, its tenets demand strict separation of sexes - and some of its most radical adherents are heeding the call of jihad. Salafism, an Islamic movement based on a literal reading of the Quran, is on the rise in France, Germany and Britain, security officials say, with Salafis sharply increasing their influence in mosques and on the streets.


The trend worries European authorities, who see Salafism as one of the inspirational forces for young Europeans heading to Syria or Iraq to do battle for the Islamic State group. Experts, however, point out that the vast majority of Salafis are peace-loving.


In Germany, there are currently about 7,000 Salafis in the country - nearly double the 3,800 estimated four years ago, the Interior Ministry said last month. About 100 French mosques are now controlled by Salafis, a small number compared to the more than 2,000 Muslim houses of worship, but more than double the number four years ago, a senior security official told The Associated Press. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. France does not do head-counts by religious practices or origins.


In Britain the numbers are on the rise, too. Seven percent of Britain's 1,740 mosques are run by Salafis, according to Mehmood Naqshbandi, an expert on Britain's Muslims and counter-extremism adviser to the British government who keeps a database of the various currents of Islam in Britain. He says those numbers are steadily growing, especially among young people - and that a quarter to half of British Muslims under 30 "accept some parts or all of the Salafi theology."


Full report at:


http://www.fayobserver.com/news/nation/europeans-see-salafism-upswing-as-encouraging-muslim-jihadists/article_295c2cad-4c5c-5c0f-8ca3-23747fcbc4d1.html


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As Ramadan dawns, London Muslims embrace the long fast


By Ben Flanagan | Al Arabiya News, London


Monday, 22 June 2015


Ali, a 20-year-old Muslim based in London, is diligently helping prepare the first iftar meal of Ramadan – but it is the hunger of the mosque congregation as whole, rather than his own, that is top of mind.


He is standing in the Mahfil Ali mosque in Harrow, northwest London, which is housed in modest Portakabin-like buildings, a temporary arrangement while a new $12.6 million community centre is built next door.


Worshippers break the fast at the Mahfil Ali Mosque in Harrow. (Photo courtesy: Ben Flanagan/ Al Arabiya News)


The rickety green-painted building seem a world away from the UK capital’s vast, golden-domed Central Mosque that borders the leafy Regent’s Park – but material grandeur is not, of course, what the Holy Month is all about.


For Ali, who did not give his surname, a key part of Ramadan is being selfless. So this year he is helping prepare the meal that marks the end of the fast, rather than rushing to consume it.


“I was always eating first; now I’m helping first,” he said.


It is a spirit shared by many of London’s million-plus Muslims, as mosque congregations swelled for Thursday’s evening prayers as the first fasting day of Ramadan drew to a close.


Trays of food ready for iftar at the Mahfil Ali Mosque in Harrow. (Photo courtesy: Ben Flanagan/ Al Arabiya News)


Many spoke of both their determination to adhere to the long fast – which, due to the long summer days in the UK, extends to about 19 hours – as well as fostering links with their community, at a time of heightened hostility towards British Muslims.


‘Open the doors’


Miqdaad Versi, a member of the executive committee of the Shiite Ithna'ashari Community of Middlesex (SICM), which runs the Mahfil Ali mosque, says community engagement is an especial focus during Ramadan.


Full report at:


http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2015/06/22/As-Ramadan-dawns-London-Muslims-embrace-the-long-fast.html


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Foreign meddling key aim of West-led anti-terror coalitions: Russian official


Jun 22, 2015


The real objective of the purported anti-terrorist coalitions established by Western governments is to interfere in the domestic affairs of sovereign states, a top Russian security official said.


Highlighting the Syrian crisis to make his point, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said, “In fact, recently created anti-terrorist coalitions are used for military interventions in the affairs of sovereign states.”


Patrushev made the remarks on Sunday in an interview with the local Kommersant newspaper, in which he further explained that in the Syria scenario, the West has extended support to foreign-backed opposition elements “in an attempt to topple legitimate President Bashar Assad,” saying that is why the so-called coalition strike on ISIL targets within the war-ravaged country are sporadic.


In this file photo, a US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet takes off from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to take part in strike operations over Syria and Iraq. (© AFP)


“So if the terrorists are fighting against Assad, they can be regarded as legitimate, and if their actions are detrimental to the US interests, such as in Iraq, the terrorists should be destroyed,” he said.


The Russian official also said that the battle against terrorism by separate countries or by a group of states “cannot be effective in principle.”


“Russia insists that a key coordinating role in countering [terrorism] should be attributed to the United Nations and its Security Council,” Patrushev said.


Full report at:


http://www.presstv.in/Detail/2015/06/22/416951/Russia-Syria-USled-coalitions-Nikolai-Patrushev


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Arab World


 


ISIS militants plant mines and bombs in Palmyra


21 June 2015


ISIS has planted mines and bombs in the ancient part of the central Syrian city of Palmyra, home to Roman-era ruins, a group monitoring the war said on Sunday.


The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was not immediately clear whether the group was preparing to destroy the ancient ruins or planted the mines to deter government forces from advancing towards the city, also known as Tadmur.


Full report at:


http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/21/ISIS-militants-plant-mines-and-bombs-in-Palmyra.html


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Egypt names first Israel envoy in three years


22 June 2015


Egypt on Sunday appointed a new ambassador to Israel to fill a post that had been vacant since ousted Islamist president Mohammad Mursi recalled the previous envoy in 2012.


State news agency MENA said that Hazem Khairat, a former ambassador to Chile, was appointed by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. It did not say when he will take up his post.


Khairat's appointment was immediately "deeply" welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


"We've been informed by the government of Egypt that it is dispatching an ambassador to Israel. This is an important piece of news, we appreciate it," Netanyahu said in Jerusalem.


"It's something that is deeply welcome in Israel, and I think it's very good for cementing the peace that exists between Egypt and Israel," he said at a joint news conference with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.


Egypt was the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel in 1979. Jordan followed suit in 1994.


Full report at:


http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/22/Egypt-names-first-Israel-envoy-in-three-years.html


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Saudi: Leaks do not contradict declared policies


21 June 2015


The Saudi foreign ministry on Sunday described content of Wikileaks’ publications of more than 60,000 documents as showing no contradiction to its declared policies and warned against circulation of these documents as many were “fabricated,” Al Arabiya News Channel reported.


Head of Information Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Ousama Al Naqli confirmed to Al Arabiya News Channel in an interview that the organized electronic attack that targeted the ministry was not able to hack most classified documents which are in millions.


He also said “the Ministry of Foreign Affairs uses a system with very high standards. It also uses one of the best protection systems in the world.”


Ambassador Naqli said the current information is related to an earlier attack, and refers to the well-known policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Naqli stressed that investigations are still underway in coordination with the state competent authorities.


Full report at:


http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/21/Leaks-do-not-contradict-declared-policies.html


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Egypt’s Mursi seen in ‘execution’ uniform


21 June 2015


Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Mursi appeared Sunday in a red uniform, becoming the country’s first leader to appear in an attire of a prisoner sentenced to death.


Earlier this month, Mursi, who was being retried for allegedly leaking classified documents to Qatar, was sentenced to death earlier this month on several charges.


 (AFP)


The charges included the damage of prison buildings, murder, attempted murder, the looting of prison weapons depots and unlawfully releasing prisoners while escaping from a Cairo jail during the January 2011 uprising.


Full report at:


http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/21/Mursi-becomes-Egypt-s-first-leader-to-appear-in-execution-uniform-.html


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Kuwait court orders female activist jailed for criticising Emir


21 June 2015


A Kuwaiti court sentenced a female rights activist to three years in jail on Sunday after convicting her in absentia of publicly criticising the oil-rich Gulf state’s ruler.


The lower court convicted Rana Jassem al-Saadun of repeating parts of a speech made by prominent opposition leader Mussallam al-Barrak for which he is serving a two-year jail term, according to the ruling.


In the speech, delivered at a public rally in October 2012, Barrak warned Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah against amending the electoral law to help the government control parliament.


Saadun was outside the country when the verdict was delivered, the court said. Activists online reported that she was in Lebanon.


Full report at:


http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/21/Kuwait-court-orders-female-activist-jailed-for-criticising-Emir.html


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Suicide bomb in Syrian Kurdish city kills one


21 June 2015


One person was killed and three wounded on Sunday in a suicide bomb attack on the Kurdish city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria, the official news agency SANA reported.


“A terrorist detonated his explosive belt near the Hadaya hotel in the centre of Qamishli, killing one person and seriously injuring three others,” the news agency said.


The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a militant from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group had blown himself up at a Kurdish internal security forces headquarters, killing a member of the force and wounding 10 others.


The Britain-based monitoring group said the headquarters was located behind the Hadaya hotel, which serves as a government office.


Full report at:


http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/21/Suicide-bomb-in-Syrian-Kurdish-city-kills-one.html


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80k terrorists enter Syria via Turkey, Jordan: Syrian UN envoy


Jun 22, 2015


Syria’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Bashar Ja’afari says some 80,000 foreign-backed terrorists have infiltrated into Syria from Turkey and Jordan to date.


Ja’afari told Iran’s Arabic-language Al-Alam television network that members of the terrorist groups Jaish al-Fath and Jaish al-Yarmouk, which operate under the command of al-Nusra Front, itself tied to al-Qaeda, have been trained by Israel, Jordan and the United States.


The Syrian official referred to the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, and said “certain Arab and international powers” do not want Mistura’s mission to succeed. This is while, Ja’afari said, the Syrian government is prepared to push forward a political solution for the crisis in Syria.


Full report at:


http://www.presstv.in/Detail/2015/06/22/416947/Syria-UN-envoy-Bashar-Jaafari-terrorists-Turkey-Jordan-Israel


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Aid agency alarm over ISIS fuel blockade in Syria


21 June 2015


An international medical aid agency on Sunday voiced alarm over a fuel blockade imposed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group (ISIS) that it says is badly hindering relief efforts.


The ISIS blockade was having an impact on humanitarian relief activities in a region devastated by more than four years of conflict, said Dounia Dekhili, the Syria program manager for Doctors Without Borders (MSF).


"Many health facilities and aid organizations have had to stop or significantly reduce their activities because of the lack of fuel to power generators and for transportation," she told AFP.


Dekhili said the fuel shortage was further complicated by fighting among various armed groups in the north of Syria, including between ISIS and the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front.


ISIS controls oil wells and refineries in eastern Syria, and uses them to put pressure on areas held by mainstream rebel groups fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad.


MSF said health authorities in Hama and Idlib, in central and northwestern Syria, issued distress call over fuel shortages on June 15 and 16, with hospitals seeking help.


Similar appeals have gone out from Aleppo in the north and Latakia, a government stronghold on the Mediterranean coast.


Full report at:


http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/21/Aid-agency-alarm-over-ISIS-fuel-blockade-in-Syria.html


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MSF concerned about Syria fuel crisis due to ISIL blockade


Jun 22, 2015


A medical aid agency has expressed deep concern about a fuel blockade imposed by the Takfiri ISIL terrorists in northern Syria that is hindering humanitarian relief activities.


"Many health facilities and aid organizations have had to stop or significantly reduce their activities because of the lack of fuel to power generators and for transportation," Dounia Dekhili, the Syria program manager for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), meaning doctors without borders, said on Sunday.


The ISIL terrorists have reportedly closed a checkpoint under their control near Syria’s northwestern city of Aleppo to trucks transferring fuel to northern parts of the crisis-hit country.


Hospitals in some Syrian cities, including Hama, Idlib, Aleppo and Latakia, are in danger of closure due to fuel shortage and "the lives of many Syrians are at even greater risk," Dekhili added.


Full report at:


http://www.presstv.in/Detail/2015/06/22/416966/Syria-fuel-blockade-Takfiri-ISIL-terrorists-Iraq-


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Action against seminaries linked with terror groups yet to be initiated


IMTIAZ ALI


June 22nd, 2015


KARACHI: Though authorities have identified over 40 seminaries in Sindh with alleged links to terror groups, no legal action has yet been initiated against them, it emerged on Sunday.


Informed sources told Dawn that at a recent meeting on the law and order situation, which was chaired by Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, it was revealed that there were at least 46 madrassahs (seminaries) in Sindh with reported ‘leanings towards terrorism’.


This claim was based on reports submitted to the provincial government by a military-led intelligence agency and civilian federal agency.


Of the 46 seminaries, 24 were located in Karachi, 12 in Hyderabad, four in Larkana and six in Sukkur, according to official documents reviewed by Dawn.


However, the official papers contained the names of only two seminaries in Karachi that have links with the banned organisations Jundullah and the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, and were located in the areas of Sohrab Goth and Manghopir. Officials claimed that they had “tangible evidence” about those seminaries having links with terror organisations.


Sindh home secretary Mukhtar Hussain Soomro, in his briefing at the meeting revealed that there were a total of 9,590 seminaries in Sindh with 517,695 students, including foreigners.


Of them only 6,503 were registered and 3,087 were unregistered.


Inspector General (IG) of Sindh police Ghulam Hyder Jamali in his briefing stated that a total of 167 unregistered seminaries had been sealed off in Sindh so far.


Out of them, 139 were located in Hyderabad division while 28 in Shaheed Benazirabad.


The IG also pointed out that the police were trying to implement other components of the National Action Plan (NAP). He revealed that so far, over 260 people had been arrested on charges of violation of the law regarding loudspeakers and 601 cases had been registered against them. Similarly, the provincial police chief stated that over 28 persons had been arrested on charges of spreading hate material and 22 cases had been registered.


The home secretary stated that under NAP and subsequent decisions taken at apex committee meetings, the provinces were supposed to strengthen legislation on hate speech, extremist materials and use of loudspeakers.


Full report at:


http://www.dawn.com/news/1189575/action-against-seminaries-linked-with-terror-groups-yet-to-be-initiated


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Sunni Tehreek’s Headquarters Raided Again by Rangers


June 22, 2015


KARACHI - Rangers raided the Pakistan Sunni Tehreek’s headquarters in Karachi for the second time this week but left without making any arrests.


According to details, Rangers raided the headquarter of Pakistan Sunni Tehreek on Sunday morning, confiscated records and Fitra and Zakat collection. Troops in nearly eight vehicles participated in the raid who also surrounded the nearby streets located near Civil hospital, Karachi and no one was allowed to go in or out during the raid.


The raid comes days after a similar raid on the facility by Rangers on June 18, 2015, when the paramilitary detained nearly a dozen PST members. Those PST members remain in Rangers’ detention while one PST man was only released.


This is the third such raid on PST headquarters since the Karachi operation began on September 5, 2013.


Following Sunday’s raid, the Rangers did not issue a statement.


Sources said that the raid had been conducted based on information collected while questioning detained PST men.


According to PST spokesperson Fahim Shaikh confirmed that no one was arrested during the latest raid while the Rangers confiscated records. He added that party also is trying to ascertain why raids are being conducted on them and why records are being confiscated.


Notorious robber carrying head bounty killed in Sukkur encounter


INP adds: A notorious robber having head bounty was killed while his two accomplices managed to flee after fire exchange here on Sunday.


Full report at:


http://nation.com.pk/karachi/22-Jun-2015/sunni-tehreek-s-headquarters-raided-again


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Heatwave devastates Karachi, other parts of Sindh; at least 136 dead


HASAN MANSOOR


June 22nd, 2015


KARACHI: Despite the Met office’s academic conclusion about Karachi’s weather sliding down a notch, a devastating heatwave gripping Sindh for several days has taken a toll of at least 136 people in the province — 132 only in the metropolis. Most of them were pronounced dead at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), officials said on Sunday.


They said 85 of the people who had suffered heatstroke were either brought dead or died in JPMC. Thirty people died in the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) on Saturday night and Sunday, nine in Lyari General Hospital and six in the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK).


“Some 85 people have died since late Saturday night,” Dr Seemin Jamali, joint executive director of JPMC, told Dawn.


Most of them were men aged 50 or more.


“Thirty people were brought dead while another 55, who were in critical condition, died in the hospital during treatment,” Dr Jamali said, adding that severe heat was to blame for all the deaths — the alarming number of deaths has no precedent in the country’s recent history.


“They were brought to the hospital unconscious, suffering from high grade fever with pulse hardly visible and blood pressure barely noticeable,” said the JPMC official.


Many patients told their doctors that they had collapsed suddenly during the sizzling day and suffered extreme breathing problem.


The officials said the first patient of heatstroke was brought to JPMC at around 10pm on Saturday and by the filing of this report the number of such patients almost touched 100.


“The situation is that we are still receiving patients suffering from heatstroke,” said an official at JPMC.


KARACHI: Relatives mourn the death of a heatstroke victim at an Edhi morgue on Sunday.—AFP


KARACHI: Relatives mourn the death of a heatstroke victim at an Edhi morgue on Sunday.—AFP


Dr Salma Kauser, senior director (medical and health) at the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, which oversees all KMC hospitals, said 20 people died in ASH on Sunday. Seven people were brought dead on late Saturday late and the cause of death was ascertained hours later.


Of the 20 people, 13 were brought dead to the ASH and seven died during treatment, said Dr Kauser.


Six women and five children were among the dead.


She said that more than 100 people were under treatment in various hospitals run by the KMC.


Nine people died because of sunstroke in Lyari General Hospital, six in Civil Hospital and two in KPT Hospital.


Sindh health secretary Saeed Ahmed Mangnejo said two deaths each were reported from Jacobabad and Larkana.


Dr Hasan Murad Shah, director general health, said that since it was Sunday the figures, if any, of the heatstroke patients might be landing his office on Monday.


EDHI volunteers and relatives shift the dead body of a heatwave victim into an ambulance at the EDHI morgue.—AFP


EDHI volunteers and relatives shift the dead body of a heatwave victim into an ambulance at the EDHI morgue.—AFP


Saturday was the hottest day of this year’s summer in Karachi, where the mercury had shot to 45 degree Celsius. The maximum temperature of 48 degree Celsius was recorded in three districts of Sindh — Jacobabad, Larkana and Sukkur — on Saturday, which slid down to 41 on Sunday.


Full report at:


http://www.dawn.com/news/1189590/heatwave-devastates-karachi-other-parts-of-sindh-at-least-136-dead


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Zardari refuses to withdraw Benazir murder FIR


M.B.KALHORO


June 22nd, 2015


LARKANA: PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari said here on Sunday that ‘all killers’ of Benazir Bhutto, except retired Gen Pervez Musharraf, had died.


Addressing a ceremony held in Naudero to mark the 62nd birth anniversary of Benazir Bhutto, the former president said the slain PPP chairperson had herself lodged an FIR against the former military ruler.


Mr Zardari said emphatically that the PPP would never yield to any pressure to withdraw the FIR. This was the key issue, he said, adding that a UN commission had been formed to investigate the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.


He said Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had given nuclear technology and Benazir Bhutto missile technology to the country. When the PPP came to power, $500 million was spent for development of Gwadar port and construction of a road.


“Don’t worry I will be here with you under all circumstances. We and the party will be here with the support of my children and strength of people and workers. Wherever we go, we are recognised as people from Bhutto’s Larkana and it’s our identity,” he said.


He said June 21, Benazir’s birth anniversary, was an important day in world history because a leader was born on the day. She was trained by her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and she proved it at the time of test.


Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and MNA Ayaz Soomro, who is PPP’s Larkana president, also spoke on the occasion.


The ceremony was attended by the party’s Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, his sisters Bakhtawar and Aseefa, MNA Faryal Talupr, Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah, Rehman Malik, Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, MNAs, MPAs, district presidents and general secretaries and other leaders and office-bearers of the party.


A 62-pound cake was cut on the occasion.


Meanwhile, Mr Zardari and Mr Bilawal Bhutto separately met Mr Khursheed and, according to sources, exchanged views with him on the political situation in the country.


Earlier, Mr Zardari, along with daughter Bakhtawar, visited Garhi Khuda Bakhsh Bhutto and laid a floral wreath and offered Fateha at the graves of Benazir and other martyrs of the Bhutto family.


Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani, Ayaz Soomro, PPP Larkana general secretary Abdul Fatah Bhutto, former MNA Gul Mohammed Jakhrani, information secretary of Larkana women’s wing Dr Sakina Gaad and other leaders and office-bearers of the party also laid floral wreaths and offered Fateha at the graves of Benazir and other martyrs.


Full report at:


http://www.dawn.com/news/1189587/zardari-refuses-to-withdraw-benazir-murder-fir


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Protesting IDP killed in firing by troops


June 22nd, 2015


PESHAWAR: A displaced man was killed and six others were injured when troops opened fire at protesters in Bakakhel Camp in the Bannu Frontier Region on Sunday.


A police official at Bannu District Headquarters Hospi­tal told Dawn that the body of 22-year-old Rahmat­ullah as well as the injured protesters had been brought to the emergency ward.


Officials said clashes broke out after the internally displaced persons (IDPs) from North Waziristan protested against lack of drinking water and other facilities at the camp and restriction imposed by the management on their movement outside the camp.


The protest started when they were not allowed to go outside the camp and troops opened fire to disperse the protesters.


An official said in the night the incident had taken place before Iftar and situation was under control.


Full report at:


http://www.dawn.com/news/1189628/protesting-idp-killed-in-firing-by-troops


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Even armymen not above the law, say ex-servicemen


IKRAM JUNAIDI


June 22nd, 2015


ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Association has openly called for punitive action against anyone — irrespective of rank or status -- who is guilty of corruption or providing support to terrorists, even if they are from the military.


A statement issued on Sunday after a meeting of the association’s executive council said that members had demanded that the government “ensure total human equality while dealing with all cases of corruption and other unlawful activities”.


It further said: “[Ex-servicemen have] always maintained that punitive action must be taken against all found guilty of supporting corruption or terrorism, irrespective of their status and rank, including [members of] the armed forces.”


Explaining the association’s resolve, retired Brigadier Samson Sharaf told Dawn, “If we are to clear the dirt, we have to do it indiscriminately. We are a citizens’ army, we are not above anyone.” He added that all ex-servicemen had offered themselves up for accountability and said that he believed that no-one should be exempt from scrutiny.


The statement’s timing is significant, coming at a time when rumours regarding the possible court-martial of military officials, including a general, on corruption charges are doing the rounds. A reference to the case in a recent newspaper editorial has also sparked speculation, although ISPR has yet to confirm or deny whether such proceedings have actually been instituted.


The meeting, which was chaired by retired Lt-Gen Ali Kuli Khan, was also attended by Air Marshal Masood Akhtar, Lt-Gen Naeem Akbar, Brig Mian Mahmud, Brig Arbi Khan, Brig Masudul Hassan. Brig Akram Malik and Brig Waqar Raja, among others.


In their statement, the ex-servicemen criticised former president Asif Zardari’s remarks against the army and also called for the swift return of all those displaced from the restive tribal areas due to a military operation.


Full report at:


http://www.dawn.com/news/1189629/even-armymen-not-above-the-law-say-ex-servicemen


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Southeast Asia


 


Exiles Angered as China Holds Beer Festival in Muslim County


By Reuters  Jun 22, 2015


Beijing. A county in the heavily Muslim southern part of China’s unruly region of Xinjiang has held a beer festival in the run-up to the holy month of Ramadan, the government said, in what an exiled group called an open provocation.


Ramadan is a sensitive time in Xinjiang in China’s far west after an uptick in attacks over the past three years, in which hundreds have died, blamed by Beijing on Islamist militants.


State media and Xinjiang government websites have published stories and official notices again this year, demanding that Communist Party members, civil servants, students and teachers in particular do not observe Ramadan and do not fast.


The beer festival happened in a village in Niya County in the deep south of Xinjiang, which is overwhelmingly populated by the Muslim Uighur people who call Xinjiang home. Muslims are not meant to consume alcohol, according to the Koran.


The Niya government website said the “beer competition”, which happened last Monday just before the start of Ramadan, was attended by more than 60 young farmers and herders.


It showed pictures of women dancing in front of a stage and a line of men downing as much beer as they could in one minute. At least was wearing a traditional Uighur skull cap.


“This beer competition was varied and entertaining,” the government said, noting that there were cash awards of up to 1,000 yuan [$161] for competition winners.


Full report at:


http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/international/exiles-angered-china-holds-beer-festival-muslim-county/


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Groups Question Government’s Lack of Actions on Shiite, Ahmadiyah


By Jakarta Globe on 05:04 pm Jun 21, 2015


Jakarta. A coalition of rights groups are urging President Joko Widodo to stay true to his campaign promises to protect minority groups and ensure the safe return of a Shiite community to their home village on Madura island, East Java, nearly three years after their forced eviction.


In a joint statement released on Saturday, the coalition of local and international NGOs criticized the Indonesian government’s lack of action to allow at least 300 members of the displaced Shiite Muslim community to return safely to their home village in Sampang district, Madura.


They were forced to abandon their homes after an anti-Shiite mob attacked their village in August 2012, with their leader Tajul Muluk convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to four years’ imprisonment.


Ten months later, in June 2013, the local authorities forcibly evicted the Shiites from a sports complex that was used as a temporary shelter for refugees in Sampang, to another refugee facility in Sidoarjo, another East Java district.


The Shiites have been denied many of their rights during their lives as refugees, according to the statement.


Full report at:


http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/groups-question-governments-lack-actions-shiite-ahmadiyah/


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French Convict on Death Row in Indonesia Loses Clemency Appeal


By Fergus Jensen on 12:57 pm Jun 22, 2015


Jakarta. An Indonesian court rejected a French national’s last-ditch appeal against the death sentence on Monday, making him the latest foreigner to face imminent execution for drug offenses.


Serge Atlaoui had been granted a last-minute reprieve while legal avenues were exhausted and was left out of a group of seven foreign prisoners who were executed in April 29.


The executions of those foreigners — four Nigerians, two Australians and a Brazilian — brought international condemnation of President Joko Widodo’s tough stance against drug trafficking.


The Attorney General’s Office, which could not be reached for comment on Monday, has said Atlaoui’s appeal against a refusal of his clemency bid was the final legal option available to him.


An execution date has not yet been set, but a spokesman for the AGO revealed the Frenchman would not face the firing squad during the holy month of Ramadan.


Atlaoui’s lawyer, Nancy Yuliana Sunjoto, said they would still look for other legal channels despite Monday’s decision.


“We are disappointed with this outcome,” Sunjoto told reporters outside the state administrative court in Jakarta.


“From the beginning, we have known that he didn’t do anything wrong,” she said.


A French embassy official at the court declined to comment on the ruling. French President François Hollande warned Indonesia of diplomatic consequences last month should Atlaoui’s execution go ahead.


Atlaoui was arrested in a raid on a factory producing ecstasy pills on the outskirts of the capital, Jakarta, in 2005. He has maintained his innocence, saying he thought he was working in an acrylics factory.


Full report at:


http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/french-convict-serge-atlaoui-death-row-indonesia-loses-clemency-appeal/


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Rights Group Slams Malaysia for Prosecuting Transgenders


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Jun 22, 2015


Human Rights Watch on Monday criticized a Malaysian Islamic court for fining nine Muslim transgender women for cross-dressing and jailing two of them for a month.


Religious authorities in northeastern Kelantan state arrested the group in a raid on June 16 and they pleaded guilty the next day, the New York-based watchdog said in a statement. Their lawyer has filed an appeal and the two sentenced to jail were released on bail pending the outcome, it said.


"The raid is the latest incident in a pattern of arbitrary arrests and harassment of transgender women in Malaysia," it said.


Human Rights Watch has called Muslim-majority Malaysia one of the world's worst countries for transgender people as they face constant harassment, sexual abuse and arrest by Islamic authorities.


Since the 1980s, every state has passed Shariah criminal enactments that institutionalize discrimination against transgender people. All 13 Malaysian states prohibit Muslim men from "dressing as women," while three states also criminalize "women posing as men," it said.


Malaysian transgender rights activist Thilaga Sulathireh said one of the nine transgender women was celebrating her birthday with family and friends in a private party at a hotel when they were detained. She said the two were sentenced to jail because they had been arrested several times previously for cross-dressing.


"Laws against cross-dressing not only deny transgender women in Malaysia their fundamental rights but also contribute to a hostile environment," said Thilaga, who is with the Justice for Sisters group.


Full report at:


http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/rights-group-slams-malaysia-prosecuting-transgenders-31933137


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North America


 


US Companies Accommodate Muslims’ Ramadan


21 June 2015


CAIRO – Accommodating the religious needs of Muslims employees, a growing number of American companies are holding annual events to celebrate the holy fasting month of Ramadan with a spiritual flavor.


“It is an extremely popular event, with the 300 spots being filled within four hours of opening registration,” Todd Alhart, GE Global Research’s director of media relations, told The Washington Post.


Alhart was talking about the 13th annual multicultural Ramadan celebration that was hosted by GE Global Research earlier this month for both Muslim and non-Muslim employees and their families.


This year’s celebration included a slideshow of Ramadan and `Eid al-Fitr commemorations, and a Pakistani and Mediterranean buffet dinner.


One of the highlights of the annual dinner is the quiz — with the prize “a gift box of top quality baklava that is the envy of all,” Adam Rasheed, a researcher with GE who emceed the last couple of Ramadan events, said.


With themes of volunteering and charitable giving, the multicultural event raised $1,700 plus match.


GE Global Research is one of the companies that accommodate its Muslim employees during the holy month by hosting an annual event to mark Ramadan.


American Airlines’ Fort Worth, Texas, headquarters also celebrates the holy fasting month with a special dinner organized by its Muslim Business Employee Resource Group every year during or soon after Ramadan, according to Aftab Siddiqui, a scheduler for American, who retired in 2012 but continues to attend the annual dinners.


Along with celebrating Ramada, the American Airlines provides nondenominational prayer rooms which are used by Muslim employees daily.


Similar Ramadan celebrations are held by international companies like Cisco Systems, Apple, Google, and Oracle where breaking-the-fast meals are served to Muslim employees.


“We’ve noticed an uptick in the number of companies that are acknowledging Ramadan and exploring possible accommodations for employees who are observing the holiday,” said the Rev. Mark Fowler, managing director of programs for the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, who notes that the American workplace has become more religiously diverse.


Creative Ways


As the number of Muslim employees grows, more companies are adopting creative ways to accommodate their employees’ religious needs.


As a part of their efforts to adapt to their increasingly diverse workforce, companies may hire consultants to help them on the issue.


“Ramadan becomes one example, one touch point for an entire year, when there’s an opportunity to educate about the tradition, educate about the needs of workers, but also to consider what are some of the needs of clients and customers during this time,” Fowler, of Tanenbaum and Public Religion Research Institute, said.


On the other hand, Muslims working in companies that don’t celebrate the holy month see Ramadan as an occasion to raise awareness about their faith and culture.


“Instead of the company taking the initiative,” Fiaz Fareed, a nuclear medicine technologist at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh, N.C., told The Washington Post.


“I ask the Muslims to take the initiative so people begin to understand really what Ramadan is and how serious people are regarding Ramadan.”


Full report at:


http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/487895-us-companies-accommodate-muslims-ramadan.html


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Lawsuit brought by Muslims rounded up after 9/11 gets go-ahead from court


21 June 2015


It has been nearly 14 years since the 9/11 attacks, but a lawsuit on behalf of Muslims rounded up in the aftermath has barely moved forward as lawyers try to show how frightening it was for hundreds of men with no ties to terrorism to be treated like terrorists, locked up and abused for months at a time.


The lawsuit finally got the go-ahead from a federal appeals court last week, with two judges willing to let the courts grapple with what happened when the largest criminal probe in US history tested the boundaries of civil liberties.


In a 2-1 ruling, the second US circuit court of appeals reinstated the lawsuit against three former top US officials, including then attorney general John Ashcroft and FBI director Robert Mueller.


Holding the defendants “in solitary confinement 23 hours a day with regular strip searches because their perceived faith or race placed them in the group targeted for recruitment by al-Qaida violated the detainees’ constitutional rights”, the majority wrote.


“The suffering endured by those who were imprisoned merely because they were caught up in the hysteria of the days immediately following 9/11 is not without a remedy.”


The ruling gives hope that what really happened at the top layers of US government can be learned, said Rachel Meeropol, a Center for Constitutional Rights attorney working on the case.


“Frankly,” she said, “while this decision is only an interim victory, and doesn’t provide my clients with any actual compensation, its bold rebuke to unchecked executive power is itself worth the years of effort.”


In all, 762 detainees were swept up nationwide, including 491 in the New York area. The arrests came after the FBI was flooded with tips to a hotline, including 96,000 in the week after 11 September 2001.


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Some were held an average of three to eight months in New York, with about 80 housed at the metropolitan detention center in Brooklyn and the rest at the Passaic County jail in Paterson, New Jersey.


The court described evidence showing detainees’ abuse included slamming them into walls; bending or twisting their arms, hands, wrists and fingers; stepping on their leg restraints; leaving them handcuffed or shackled in their cells; and insulting their religion or making humiliating sexual comments during strip searches.


One detainee came to the FBI’s attention when his landlord called the agency and reported “that she rented an apartment in her home to several Middle Eastern men, and she ‘would feel awful if her tenants were involved in terrorism’ and she didn’t call”, the appeals court said.


Another was arrested after the FBI received a tip that a small grocery store where he worked was overstaffed, arousing his suspicions about the “Middle Eastern men” who worked there, the judges noted.


Full report at:


http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jun/21/lawsuit-muslims-september-11-roundup-abuse


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Oren: Obama's abandonment by Muslim father figures may explain policies


06/21/2015


Former ambassador to the US Michael Oren, whose book on his experience in Washington is due out on Tuesday, continues to ruffle feathers by criticizing US President Barack Obama’s Middle East policies in op-ed pieces in the US press.


In a piece on Friday in Foreign Policy, Oren – who left Washington on October 1, 2013, and is now a Kulanu MK – charged that Obama was naïve as a peacemaker, had blinders to terrorism and that his abandonment by both his Muslim father and step-father had something to do with his desire to be accepted by their “co-religionists.”


And in a Friday piece in the Los Angeles Times, he argued that one major difference between Israel and the US on Iran, was that while Israel viewed Iran as an irrational actor, Obama views them as a rational one.


In the Foreign Policy piece, Oren took Obama to task for not joining the solidarity march in France after the attack on Charlie Hebdo or the kosher supermarket earlier this year, nor for sending two senior officials who were in Paris at the time to the march. He also took the president to task for not admitting that the attack on the kosher market was not directed a Jews, but rather an act perpetrated by “vicious zealots who... randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli.”


“Obama’s boycotting of the memorial in Paris, like his refusal to acknowledge the identity of the perpetrators, the victims or even the location of the market massacre, provides a broad window into his thinking on Islam and the Middle East. Simply put: The president could not participate in a protest against Muslim radicals whose motivations he sees as a distortion, rather than a radical interpretation, of Islam,” he wrote. “ And if there are no terrorists spurred by Islam, there can be no purposely selected Jewish shop or intended Jewish victims, only a deli and randomly present folks.”


According to Oren, who said he scoured Obama’s speeches, interviews, memoirs and writings upon taking up his job as ambassador to understand the president’s world view, said that he claimed he personally “represented the bridge between the Muslim world and the West.”


During his first year in office, Obama, Oren argued, offered in essence “a new deal in which the United States would respect popularly chosen Muslim leaders who were authentically rooted in their traditions and willing to engage with the West.”


The former ambassador said this explained why Obama restored diplomatic ties with Syria, severed by his predecessor George W. Bush after the assassination of former Lebanese president Rafik Hariri; why he engaged in outreach to Libya and Iran; and why he stood by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi.


“Erdogan and Morsi were both devout Muslims, democratically elected and accepting of Obama’s outstretched hand.


Full report at:


http://www.onislam.net/english/news/middle-east/487901-gaza-christians-offer-muslims-iftar-on-roads.html


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Iran, Syria urge firm fight against ISIL terrorists


Jun 22, 2015


Iran’s Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli says the ISIL Takfiri terrorists are seeking to distort the image of Islam, urging serious fight against terrorism and extremism.


Addressing a joint press conference with his Syrian counterpart Major General Muhammad Ibrahim al-Sha'ar in Tehran on Monday, Rahmani Fazli added that the ISIL terrorist group is posing a danger to solidarity and unity in the Muslim world.


He added that a key issue for both Iran and Syria is the fight against terrorism, especially against the ISIL terrorist group, that resorts to extremist and violent methods.


Full report at:


http://www.presstv.in/Detail/2015/06/22/416965/Iran-Syria-Interior-Minister-Abdolreza-Rahmani-Fazli-Muhammad-Ibrahim-alShaar-ISIL


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Yemen FM: Houthis in Geneva were like ‘ghosts’


21 June 2015


The Yemeni Foreign Minister compared on Sunday Iranian-backed Houthi militias and their allies to ghosts, claiming that they spent most of their time in their hotel during the Geneva peace talks on Yemen.


In an exclusive interview with the London-based Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat, top diplomat Riyadh Yassin said that Houthis did not try to cooperate during the talks aimed at ending the conflict in the war-torn country.


Yassin also said that the talks were one-sided and that the inflexibility of the Houthi militias prevented the implementation of U.N. Resolution 2216.


Full report at:


http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/21/Yemen-FM-Houthis-in-Geneva-were-like-ghosts-.html


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Report: Blast in Lebanon's western Bekaa caused by Israeli strike


21 June 2015


A blast that occurred near the town of Saghbein in a remote area of Lebanon's western Bekaa region on Sunday was caused by an Israeli airstrike, a television channel affiliated with Lebanese militant group Hezbollah said.


The Israeli strike was aimed at destroying a drone, Al-Manar TV said according to Reuters.


Security sources speaking earlier to Reuters said the explosion could have been caused by an Israeli air strike on Lebanon, while another said an Israeli drone may have been downed.


The sources refused to give further details, with one saying that a "proper investigation" was still to be undertaken into the blast. It was not clear if there were casualties.


An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment.


Israel has carried out several air strikes in neighbouring Syria since the start of the four-year civil war there, mostly destroying weaponry that Israeli officials said were destined for Lebanon's Shi'ite militia Hezbollah, Israel's long-time foe.


Full report at:


http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/21/Blast-in-Lebanon-s-western-Bekaa-caused-by-Israeli-strike.html


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GCC official ‘deeply regrets’ failed Yemen talks


21 June 2015


Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Abdullatif Al Zayani on Saturday expressed his deep regret that the U.N.-brokered talks over the Yemeni crisis ended without a ceasefire deal.


The Geneva-based talks between Yemen’s warring parties collapsed on Friday after failing to reach a humanitarian truce in keeping with U.N. Security Council Resolution 2216.


Zayani called on Houthis and former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to prioritize the Yemeni state’s interests above narrower ones.


Full report at:


http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/21/GCC-official-calls-Houthis-to-prioritize-Yemeni-interests.html


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Iranian MPs ban inspector access to military sites


22 June 2015


TEHRAN: With some lawmakers chanting “Death to the America,” Iran’s Parliament voted to ban access to military sites, documents and scientists as part of a future deal with world powers over its contested nuclear program.


The bill, if approved into law, could complicate the ongoing talks in Vienna between Iran and the six-nation group — the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany — as they face a self-imposed June 30 deadline. The talks are focused on reaching a final accord that curbs Iran’s nuclear program in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.


Of 213 lawmakers present on Sunday, 199 voted in favor of the bill, which also demands the complete lifting of all sanctions against Iran as part of any final nuclear accord. The bill must be ratified by the Guardian Council, a constitutional watchdog, to become a law.


Full report at:


http://www.arabnews.com/middle-east/news/765526


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Attacker of Israeli cop wounded seriously


22 June 2015


JERUSALEM: A Palestinian stabbed and seriously wounded an Israeli border policeman outside Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday, with the officer managing to shoot his attacker, leaving him in critical condition.


It was the latest in a string of lone-wolf attacks which have gripped the city and spread to the West Bank in the past nine months, which the security forces have been largely powerless to prevent.


It came two days after a Palestinian shot dead an Israeli hiker near the West Bank city of Ramallah.


The latest incident took place outside Damascus Gate, the bustling main entrance to the walled Old City from the commercial heart of Arab east Jerusalem.


Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the attacker was a Palestinian aged around 18 who came from the West Bank but gave no further details on his identity, citing a court gag order.


Full report at:


http://www.arabnews.com/middle-east/news/765516


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Zarif to hold talks with French, German, British counterparts: European source


Jun 22, 2015


Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is set to meet several of his European counterparts from the P5+1 group of countries to discuss the text of a possible comprehensive deal on the Islamic Republic’s civilian nuclear program, according to a European source.


Zarif will sit down his French, German and British counterparts, Laurent Fabius, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Philip Hammond, in Luxemburg on Monday as a June 30 deadline draws closer for Iran and six countries to reach a final nuclear deal.


This will be a political meeting as part of the current [nuclear] negotiations, ahead of the final round,” the unnamed European source told AFP on Sunday.


Two Iranian deputy foreign ministers, Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-e-Ravanchi, who have been in the Austrian capital of Vienna for nuclear negotiations since June 17, will join Zarif in the talks with the top European diplomats in Luxemburg.


Full report at:


http://www.presstv.in/Detail/2015/06/22/416953/Iran-Zarif-EU-FMs-Luxemburg


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Israel’s Netanyahu takes aim at French peace initiative


21 June 2015


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prefaced talks about a French-led peace initiative on Sunday by saying foreign powers were trying to dictate terms to Israel for a deal with the Palestinians.


French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, on a two-day visit to the Middle East, urged Israel not to prejudge his efforts and warned of the dangers of continued stalemate.


Fabius wants to see the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, which collapsed in 2014, relaunched through an international support group comprising Arab states, the European Union and U.N. Security Council members.


Netanyahu, in public remarks to his cabinet, said “international proposals they are trying to force upon us” did not take into account Israel’s security needs.


“They are trying to shunt us toward indefensible borders, ignoring what will happen on the other side,” Netanyahu said, voicing his often-stated argument that militants would take over areas vacated by Israel unless strong security arrangements were negotiated.


His remarks, made hours beZarif to hold talks with French, German, British counterparts: European source


fore he was to host Fabius, were widely interpreted in Israel as directed at France’s proposals.


At a news conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Fabius said the conflict could be “set ablaze” if there was no movement toward peace.


“The aim is to present a number of ideas and I haven’t done that yet, so let’s not prejudge,” he said, speaking alongside his Palestinian counterpart Riyad al-Maliki.


France has so far focused with Arab states on a possible U.N. Security Council resolution that would set negotiating parameters and establish a timeframe, possibly 18 months, to complete talks.


Full report at:


http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/21/Israel-s-Netanyahu-takes-aim-at-French-peace-initiative.html


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Uncertainty as Turkish parties jockey for power


21 June 2015


Two weeks after Turkey’s June 7 election left the long-ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) short of the majority needed to govern alone, opposition parties have been jostling for power.


On Saturday, the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli rejected a proposal from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) to take on the prime ministerial post in a possible coalition government.


“It is not possible to comment further on this at this moment. I mean, it would not work out, I don’t think so,” Bahceli said in remarks published in the Sozcu daily.


Bahceli was responding to CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who had suggested that Bahceli be the prime minister of a possible CHP-MHP coalition government, a surprising move as the MHP received less votes than the CHP in the June 7 poll.


Bahceli then lined up conditions to found a government with the AKP, co-founded President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


The MHP leader suggested that as a condition for a coalition, Erdogan should stick within his constitutional role as a non-executive president – one of the biggest issues in the June 7 poll.


Additionally, Erdogan should move from the newly-built 1,000 room grandiose presidential palace to Cankaya, the traditional presidential residence, Bahceli said.


The MHP also opposes the two-year-old peace process with Turkey’s autonomy-seeking Kurdish rebels. Both parties sit on the right wing of Turkish politics, but such a deal could damage AKP’s relationship with Kurdish voters, a key constituency.


Full report at:


http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/21/Uncertainty-as-Turkish-parties-jockey-for-power.html


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Palestinian wounded near site of fatal West Bank attack


21 June 2015


A Palestinian woman was lightly injured after stones were thrown at her car late Saturday near the site of a recent fatal West Bank shooting, medical and security sources said.


According to Palestinian medics, the woman was taken to hospital but her condition was "not very bad". A spokesman for the Israeli army confirmed they had received a report about the incident and dispatched a medical team, but the woman was evacuated before it arrived.


The stone-throwing took place near Ras Karkar, a village northwest of the Dolev settlement, near which on Friday 25-year-old Israeli Danny Gonen was shot dead in his car by a Palestinian gunman, after hiking with a friend in the area.


Palestinians said Saturday's incident could have been an act of revenge by settlers for Gonen's death, although the stones could also have been thrown by Palestinians mistaking the woman's vehicle for an Israeli one.


The incident took place on the same day that Gonen was buried in his central Israeli hometown Lod.


Attending the funeral was Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel, who pledged to turn the spring to which Gonen had hiked into a tourist site.


"The murderers who didn't want to see even a few hikers there will now see how thousands of other Jews flock to it," he said.


Full report at:


http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/06/21/Palestinian-wounded-near-site-of-fatal-West-Bank-attack.html


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In Atali, Ramzan begins with prayers, some fear


by Aranya Shankar    | Atali (ballabhgarh) | Updated: June 21, 2015


For the last 25 years, Umarddin has offered prayers five times a day during Ramzan at the only mosque in Ballabhgarh’s Atali village. This year, following riots in the village on May 26, he has decided to offer prayers at his home, where he feels safe.


“Everything has changed. Ramzan used to be a joyous occasion but now everyone is worried. I cannot risk offering namaz at the mosque for an hour and-a-half. They burnt it down and hurt us once; how do we know it won’t happen again?” he says.


About 2,000 armed men had allegedly set the mosque, along with several Muslim homes and shops, on fire during an hour-long rampage on May 26. Fifteen people were injured and about 150 Muslims fled the village, camping at Ballabhgarh police station before returning on June 3.


When they eventually returned, a section of Jats approached the Faridabad district court seeking a stay on the construction at the mosque, claiming that it was built on gram panchayat land. The stay on construction was extend till the first week of July.


Now, with 500 police officers patrolling the village, Muslims are reminded of the riots constantly. Before the riots, over 100 Muslims offered prayers at the mosque every day during Ramzan. Now, barely 40 are seen inside the burnt down structure.


Guarding them are three police officers and a hastily constructed brick wall. The sun shines on their face; their concentration is broken only when they need to wipe the sweat. Two portable fans put up at the mosque were removed after the Jats objected.


But it wasn’t always like this. “People used to gather inside the mosque, break their fast and offer prayers. We would sit together, eat and stay till late, chatting and enjoying ourselves. There is no possibility of that now. We finish our prayers and rush home,” says Ali Mohammad, 40.


Full report at:


http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/in-atali-ramzan-begins-with-prayers-some-fear/99/


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Terrorists should practise yoga: Rajnath Singh


June 20, 2015


Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said terrorists do not lack in perverted intelligence and suggested that they do yoga in order to channelise their knowledge towards constructive work in the society. Speaking at a function organised here to share benefits of yoga, Singh said it helps in comprehensive and integrated development of human personality.


“Knowledge is very dangerous. Those who are involved in terrorist activities, they are also ‘gyaani’. They do not lack knowledge. There are many people in terrorism, they have knowledge too. “But knowledge should be used in such a way that it becomes helpful to the society, not disastrous. Yoga will do the work of controlling that knowledge,” he said. Singh, whose Ministry is entrusted with the job of ensuring internal security, also asked political parties not to create controversy over International Yoga Day, to be celebrated across the country and abroad tomorrow. “Yoga connects, not divides. I do not understand why people want to create controversy over yoga. I ask political parties not to do so,” he said. Singh said yoga connects people to people, religion with religion and culture with culture. “Those who oppose it. They should be politely told about yoga.


Full report at:


http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/terrorists-are-gyaani-should-practise-yoga-rajnath-singh/


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Undertrial Pakistani militant killed in ‘mysterious’ blast near Srinagar


by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Published on:June 20, 2015


An undertrial foreign militant was killed in a “mysterious” blast that took place inside a police van at Hygam on Srinagar – Baramulla highway. Three policemen also sustained critical injuries in the blast.


Police said that on Saturday afternoon, a Pakistani under trial militant Wahid Noor Khan who was arrested in 2005 was on way to Srinagar in a police vehicle after attending the court hearing at Sopore court. Near Hygam on the national highway, a blast went off inside the police vehicle that killed Khan and seriously injured three policemen accompanying him. The injured cops were taken to the hospital for treatment. Police officials claim that the explosives were handed over to the prisoner by some men at Sopore court soon after the court hearing ended.


Full report at:


http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/undertrial-pakistani-militant-killed-in-mysterious-blast-near-srinagar/


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Civilian killed, gunfight on between security forces and militants in Kashmir


TNN | Jun 22, 2015


SRINAGAR: A civilian was killed near the encounter site in Kulgam district of south Kashmir on Monday, a police official said.


The encounter broke out on Sunday night between security forces and militants in Kulgam district of south Kashmir.


Acting on a tip-off about the presence of militants in Redwani Bala village of the district, a joint team of police and Army launched a search operation, police said.


They said as the security forces were conducting the search operation, the holed up militants opened fir on them. The forces retaliated, triggering an encounter.


Full report at:


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Civilian-killed-gunfight-on-between-security-forces-and-militants-in-Kashmir/articleshow/47764495.cms


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Pakistan violates ceasefire along International Border


PTI | Jun 22, 2015


JAMMU: Pakistani Rangers on Monday violated the ceasefire twice by firing on border out posts along the International Border in R S Pura sector of Jammu district.


The Rangers fired on two separate BOPs along the IB in R S Pura at 1am and 3am, a senior BSF officer said.


Full report at:


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pakistan-violates-ceasefire-along-International-Border/articleshow/47765960.cms

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