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Attacks on Mosques and Minority Habitations in Tripura, After the Violence in Bangladesh

New Age Islam News Bureau

23 October 2021

 

Mosque in Panisagar in North Tripura district was burnt by Hindu violent mob at 1am on Friday. Maktoob Media Photo

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India

• Ayodhya Mosque Trust Condemns the Torture and Oppression of the Taliban in Afghanistan; Asks To Amend CAA to Include Afghan Muslims

• Dubai's Investment in Jammu and Kashmir 'Major Success for India' and A Setback To Pakistan: Ex-Pak Envoy Basit

• NIA files chargesheet against 4 in Rohingya trafficking case

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Mideast

• 40,000 Muslim Worshipers Perform Friday Prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque

• Source: More Western Personnel under Investigation for Gen. Soleimani Killing, May Be Charged

• Turkey warns against alliances that harm NATO: Defence Minster

• Israel designates six Palestinian civil society groups as terrorists

• Friday prayers resume in Tehran after nearly two-year hiatus due to COVID-19

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Pakistan

• Muslims Level Christian Graves with Tractors In Sialkot

• Pakistan, IMF fail to agree on MEFP under USD 6 billion Extended Fund Facility

• PM warned against indecisiveness over DG ISI issue

• Afghans throng Torkham to enter Pakistan

• Two troops martyred in North Waziristan

• Yet another attempt at reconciliation between warring MQM factions

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North America

• Senior al-Qaeda leader killed in US airstrike in Syria: Pentagon

• US lawmaker introduces bill marking Turkey's Republic Day

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Europe

• France urges Iran to curb nuclear activity, resume talks

• Philanthropist Kavala says ‘no possibility’ of a fair trial in Turkey

• Rare portraits of Ottoman sultans to be sold at London auction

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South Asia

• We Are Holding Taliban Accountable On Counterterrorism: NATO

• Seven Killed In Attack on Rohingya Refugee Camp In Bangladesh

• IS says its fighters attacked Kabul power lines

• India, UK discuss Afghanistan, Indo-Pacific; agree to deepen cooperation in strategic areas of defence, security

• US close to agreeing with Pakistan using its space to conduct operations in Afghanistan

• Red Cross warns aid groups not enough to stave off Afghanistan's humanitarian crisis

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Arab World

• Journalist Detained Over ‘Hate Speech’ Following UAE-Iraq Football Match: WAM

• More Than 90 Houthis Killed, 16 Military Vehicles Destroyed In Coalition Strikes On Jubah And Al-Kassarah

• Egyptian thinker: "Anti-Islam challenges meant to marginalize Palestine issue"

• US says it killed senior al-Qaeda leader in Syria with drone strike

• UN: Syria constitution drafting process ‘big disappointment’

• Lebanon's president sends electoral law amendments back to parliament

• Saudi Arabia targets net zero emissions by 2060: Crown Prince

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Africa

• Thousands Hold Pro-Army Rally as Political Tension Escalates In Sudan

• Somalia gets vehicles, equipment from UK to tackle roadside bombs

• For 4th day, Ethiopian army wages aerial campaign on Tigray

• Evacuation flights for migrants start again in Libya

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Southeast Asia

• Amanah, Pas in a Race to Be More Conservative, Says Analyst

• NGOs set up Malaysia Humanitarian Centre in Kabul

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Attacks on Mosques and Minority Habitations in Tripura, After the Violence in Bangladesh

By Priyanka Deb Barman

Oct 22, 2021

 

Mosque in Panisagar in North Tripura district was burnt by Hindu violent mob at 1am on Friday. Maktoob Media Photo

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AGARTALA: The Tripura State Jamiat Ulama (Hind) on Friday alleged that some mosques and minority habitations in parts of the state came under attack after the violence in Bangladesh and asked the state government to act against the miscreants.

The group also condemned the communal violence in Bangladesh and said miscreants were attempting to disturb the communal harmony in Tripura and malign the state government.

A delegation of the organisation submitted representations to chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb’s office and the state director general of police, asking them to ensure steps are taken to stop the attacks and legal action taken against the persons behind the incidents.

“No person from the Hindu and Muslim communities in Tripura supports this kind of violence in Bangladesh. We have also protested against it,” the organisation’s president Mufti Tayebur Rahman told reporters at Gedu Miah mosque in Agartala on Friday evening.

He added that some mosques and residential areas of the minority community were attacked, mostly in parts of West, North and Gomati districts of Tripura.

BJP spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharya said: “Our party workers, mainly from minority cell, are keeping a close watch everywhere to ensure such undesirable activities do not happen.”

CPM secretary Jitendra Chaudhury expressed hope that the state government takes proper steps to maintain peace.

Top Tripura police officers could not be contacted for their reaction to the group’s representation.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Nasrallah: Muslims Must Stand Against Normalization with Israel by Any Means

2021-October-23

 

Seyed Hassan Nasrallah/ Photo: Fars News Agency

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Seyed Hassan Nasrallah made the remarks in a televised speech on Friday in a ceremony held on the occasion of the birthday anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH in Beirut’s Southern suburb of Dahiyeh, presstv reported.

Nasrallah congratulated the celebration attendees and all Muslims on the auspicious ceremony, and noted that Prophet Muhammad managed to establish eternal peace using Islamic teachings.

Israel poses a threat to all Muslims worldwide, Nasrallah said, censuring the Bahraini regime for the normalization deal with Tel Aviv while lauding the Iraqi factions for condemning an event held in Erbil for the formalization of ties with the Israeli entity.

“Today, the United States and the supporters of the Zionist regime seek to ensure that Muslims do not oppose the Zionist occupiers even in their hearts,” the Hezbollah chief said.

“Muslims must stand against the normalization of relations with the Zionist regime by ant means they can,” he added.

The Hezbollah secretary-general praised the Iranian, Syrian, Iraqi and Yemeni support to the Palestinian cause despite all costs as well as the Bahrainis who rejected the normalization with Israel despite Manama’s punitive measures.

He also said members of the Daesh (also known as ISIL or ISIS) Takfiri terrorist group depict a wrong image of the noble religion of Islam and the Muslim community.

“The Daesh Takfiris represent a wrong image of Islam and must be defeated,” the Hezbollah chief said, adding, “All Muslim scholars must preserve the Umma’s unity and confront Daesh’s barbarism.”

Daesh began a campaign of terror in Iraq and Syria less than a decade ago, initially overrunning vast areas of territory in both countries. Despite being defeated in many localities, the remnants of the terrorist outfit still conduct sporadic deadly attacks on civilians and government forces in the region.

Nasrallah also called for denouncing the seven-year Saudi-led war on Yemen.

“The end of war in Yemen requires approving the ceasefire and lifting the blockade simultaneously,” he added.

Since 2015, Saudi Arabia has led a coalition against Yemen to overthrow the popular Ansarullah movement and reinstall the ousted, Riyadh-friendly, regime of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in Sana’a. The prolonged war, accompanied by an economic siege, has failed to reach its goals, killing hundreds of thousands of Yemeni people, while throwing the poorest country in West Asia into what the UN calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

According to the latest estimate by UNICEF, the war on Yemen has killed or maimed at least 10,000 children, which is equivalent to four children every day.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Violence Erupts At Radical Islamists Rally in Pakistan, Killing Four People Including Three Policemen

October 22, 2021

 

Supporters of the banned Islamist political party Tehrik-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) chant slogans demandig the release of their leader during a protest rally in Lahore, Pakistan. (Reuters)

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Violent clashes erupted between Pakistan’s security forces and radical Islamists here on Friday, leaving four people dead, including three policemen, and 15 others injured, police said.

The radical Islamists Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) workers - had launched a rally from Lahore to Islamabad Demanding that the Pakistan government release their leader Saad Rizvi, who was arrested last year for demonstrations against France after a French magazine published caricatures of Prophet Muhammad, and expel the French ambassador.

Security forces tried to thwart the rally-goers from proceeding towards Islamabad by firing over 2,500 tear gas shells at the TLP workers, following which the protests turned violent.

“Over 2,500 tear gas shells were fired at the TLP workers in a bid to stop them from proceeding to their destination (Islamabad)," a Punjab police official told PTI.

"Two policemen lost their lives in the clashes with TLP workers," a police spokesman said.

The TLP shared the pictures of the dead bodies of its two workers who died in clashes with police.

"The condition of 15 injured is critical," a police officer said.

On Friday evening, Lahore turned into a tense cauldron, after being virtually cut off from the rest of the country, with law enforcement agencies placing containers at all its entry and exit points.

Authorities had also suspended mobile phone service in parts of Lahore and blocked roads.

The TLP workers have been holding a sit-in outside its headquarters in Yateem Khana in Lahore since Wednesday protesting Rizvi’s arrest and pressing the government to implement an agreement with the outfit regarding the expulsion of the French ambassador.

A Punjab police officer said that more than 7,000 policemen were deployed against the TLP workers.

“The violent clashes left dozens of TLP workers and policemen injured, some of them are in serious condition,” he said and added the main clashes took place outside the TLP headquarters and MAO College on Multan Road.

"Since all entry and exit points of Lahore have been blocked by placing containers, the TLP workers will not be able to cross that hurdle," the police official said and added police arrested a good number of TLP workers as well. “By now in Punjab province alone we have arrested more than 1,500 TLP activists,” he said.

Those arrested have been booked under terrorism, kidnapping, blocking roads, hooliganism and other charges.

TLP leader Pir Ajmal Qadri had earlier declared that a peaceful procession would begin after Friday prayers. “If any hurdles are created, the party also has a Plan B to thwart any official attempts. The purpose of the move is respect for the Prophet”.

In April, Rizvi was detained by the Punjab government under the maintenance of public order (MPO) following TLP’s protests.

They subsequently agreed to call off protests across the country on the Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf government assurance that it would present a resolution on the expulsion of the French ambassador in the National Assembly.

However, the government had called the National Assembly session to debate the French envoy's expulsion and before a vote could take place on the resolution, the Speaker announced the formation of a special committee to discuss the matter and asked the government and the opposition to engage with each other to develop consensus on the issue.

No meeting of this special committee has been held since April.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government in Punjab has formed a committee comprising provincial Law Minister Raja Basharat and Prosecution Minister Chaudhry Zaheeruddin for talks with the TLP.

Source: India Today

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British Actor Riz Ahmed Slams Hollywood for Portraying Muslims as ‘Bad Guys’

October 22, 2021

 

Riz Ahmed

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British actor, Riz Ahmed has always spoken out against stereotyping of Muslims in films, he has once again expressed his anger over depiction of Muslims in Hollywood as terrorists or gangsters.

Durin an interview with news outlet Muslim, the 38-year-old actor said, “The game right now is messed up. The game right now is rigged. Muslims are either not on screen or they are [or] they're the bad guys. They're perpetrators or victims of violence. We're either invisible or we’re villainised, cause the stories we tell about our community affect the laws that get passed, the people that get attacked, the people that get invaded."

The Sound of Metal actor was sharing his thoughts about a short video clip from 2014 film American Sniper in which Hollywood star Bradley Cooper shoots a Muslim kid during Iraq War.

Ahmed added, "This is so [expletive] up. It's actually hard to watch this and not get angry. It's crazy to think that, like, how many people had to say this was okay for this to be made. I don't think we even have the time to fully explain how [expletive] up that clip is on so many levels. It's just super racist."

The Emmy-winning artist asserted, "[We're] gonna look back on that and look at it with the same cringe as we look at, you know, films that had blackface in them. Or films with, like, you know, cowboys and Indians, [where] the only good Indian are a dead Indian. Really, that's what you're saying, the only good Muslim is a dead one. This stuff’s so dangerous because it enables the invasion of countries. It enables hate crimes. It enables discriminatory and racist laws being passed."

Moreover, the actor described such films as “whack, outdated, racist” and said these kind of movies “costs lives.”

Source: The News Pakistan

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UK Court Increases Jail Term For Muslim-Hating white-supremacist Terrorist Who Celebrated the Christchurch Mosque Massacre

October 22, 2021

 

Michael Nugent, 38, shared manuals that showed how to create homemade bombs and firearms on Telegram. (Metropolitan Police)

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LONDON: A convicted white-supremacist terrorist who shared bomb-making instructions online and celebrated the Christchurch mosque massacre has had 18 months added to his jail term by appeal-court judges in London.

Michael Nugent, 38, shared on the Telegram messaging app manuals that showed how to create homemade bombs and firearms, and described the attacks on worshipers at two mosques in New Zealand in March 2019 as a “game-changer.”

In June a court in Kingston, London, convicted him of terror offenses and jailed him for 42 months. But on Friday his sentence was increased to five years after a challenge by the UK’s attorney general, who argued that the penalty was not harsh enough given the seriousness of the crimes.

Nugent was said to have “honored” right-wing terrorists such as Brenton Tarrant, who shot and killed 51 people and injured 40 when he attacked the mosques in Christchurch. Tarrant live-streamed the atrocity on Facebook.

The Independent newspaper reported that Nugent created a video celebrating the attacks to mark the first anniversary of the outrage. In his diary, he wrote that ethnic minorities should be “sent home” and “sterilized,” adding: “Terrorism is the only way out of it.”

Judges said on Friday that the 42-month sentence Nugent was handed in June did not reflect the “obvious gravity” of his online radicalization efforts, which included running Telegram groups that could host up to 200,000 members.

A prosecutor said: “This channel attracted and became a safe haven for anyone who wished to post messages expressing and encouraging extreme racial hatred and violence toward black people.”

Nugent was apprehended after he passed instructions for making bombs and firearms to an undercover police officer who joined his channel.

His defense tried to argue that the terrorist’s actions were a product of deteriorating mental health, but Richard Smith, head of London’s Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command, said: “Nugent freely shared his abhorrent extremist views with others over a messaging app and he passed on manuals detailing how to produce deadly weapons and explosive devices. This is another case which shows how harmful online extremism is.”

Source: Arab News

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India

 

Ayodhya Mosque Trust Condemns the Torture and Oppression of the Taliban in Afghanistan; Asks To Amend CAA to Include Afghan Muslims

Arshad Afzaal Khan

Oct 23, 2021

AYODHYA: Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation or the Ayodhya mosque trust has condemned the torture and oppression of not just minorities but also of Muslims by the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. IICF secretary Athar Husain has sent a request to Prime Minister’s Office, seeking an amendment to Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, to accommodate Afghan Muslims seeking refuge in India.

Referring to the recent beheading of a promising woman Afghan volleyball player Mahjabin Hakimi and hounding of female sports players by the Taliban, Husain has tweeted tagging the PMO, seeking early action to save innocent women and children living in fear under the brutal regime.

Source: Times of India

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Dubai's Investment in Jammu and Kashmir 'Major Success for India' and A Setback To Pakistan: Ex-Pak Envoy Basit

Oct 22, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's former envoy to India Abdul Basit has said the government of Dubai signing an MoU with the administration of Jammu and Kashmir for promoting industrial development in the Union territory is "a major success for India" and a setback to prime minister Imran Khan's foreign policy.

On Monday, an agreement was inked between the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the government of Dubai at the Raj Bhawan in Srinagar to ramp up infrastructure and industries in the region.

"This [signing of MoU] is a major success for India in the context of both Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir as OIC [Organisation of Islamic Cooperation] members have always kept Pakistan's sensibilities on Kashmir at the forefront," Basit, a former high commissioner of Pakistan to India, said in his YouTube vlog.

Criticising Prime Minister Khan's foreign policy, Basit, who was Islamabad's envoy to New Delhi from 2014 to 2017, said it is clear that Pakistan has ceded ground to India.

"In the past, they [OIC member nations] have never done something to make Pakistan feel that Muslim nations and the OIC are not standing behind us on the Kashmir issue. They may not have been very vocal, but have ensured not to work against our sentiment on Kashmir," he was quoted as saying by The News International newspaper.

"There should be efforts to find a solution. But is it acceptable that everything is one-sided and the ground has been ceded to India. Now, the condition is that Muslim nations are signing MoUs with India," he said.

India's minister for industries and commerce Piyush Goyal said the world had belief in India and that the country will play an important role in global trade in the future.

"This MoU between the Dubai government and Jammu and Kashmir administration is an example of that belief," the minister said.

Source: Times of India

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https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/dubais-investment-in-jammu-kashmir-major-success-for-india-ex-pak-envoy-basit/articleshow/87211772.cms

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NIA files chargesheet against 4 in Rohingya trafficking case

Oct 22, 2021

GUWAHATI: The NIA on Friday filed a chargesheet before a special court here against four Bangladeshi nationals for their alleged involvement in the trafficking of Rohingyas, an official said.

Mohammad Sahab Uddin, Aman Ullah, Mohammad Abdul Rahim and Saidul Alam have been charged with relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Foreigners Act.

The case relates to the alleged trafficking of Bangladeshis/Rohingyas for the purpose of exploitation by Sahab Uddin and others, the official of the premier investigation agency said.

The accused were involved in the organised human trafficking of Rohingya and Bangladeshi men, women and minor children into India through inducement by offers of jobs and marriage, the official said.

Source: Times of India

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Mideast

 

40,000 Muslim worshipers perform Friday prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque

October 23, 2021

Thousands of Palestinians performed Friday prayer at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied city of al-Quds (Jerusalem), amid strict measures imposed by the Israeli authorities at its gates.

The Islamic Endowments in occupied Jerusalem estimated that more than 40,000 Muslim worshipers performed Friday prayer in the holy site despite the strict Israeli measures.

The Israeli occupation authorities deployed since morning hours police checkpoints at the entrances to the Old City of al-Quds, checked the identities of the citizens, and prevented a number of them from reaching the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Source: ABNA24

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Source: More Western Personnel Under Investigation for Gen. Soleimani Killing, May Be Charged

2021-October-22

General Soleimani, the head of the IRGC’s foreign operations arm, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, the leader of the Iranian-allied Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces, and ten of their deputies were killed by an armed drone strike as their convoy left Baghdad International Airport. The attack was ordered by then US President Donald Trump, Al-Mayadeeen reported.

To date, Iran’s chief civilian prosecutor has indicted 36 individuals in connection with the assassination, among them former president Trump, the head of US Central Command General Kenneth McKenzie Jr., and former US Secretaries of State and Defence Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper.

The file remains open to the further addition of individuals that Tehran determines to have played a role in the killing.

“Based on the statements of the prosecutor-general the list of 36 names is open, as is the role of nine others including German military personnel under investigation. The German military personnel are suspected of facilitating the assassination. Their number and exact role is not known and although I suspect, I am still not sure if they are the ones operating at Ramstein (Airbase),” the source said, asking to remain unnamed.

Ramstein Airbase in Germany is one of the largest American military installations in the world, functioning as a command center for NATO, the US air force’s European and African commands as well as a primary hub for drone operations throughout the Greater Middle East and North Africa.

“G4S that is in charge of Baghdad International Airport security also stands accused of involvement in Lt. General Haj Qassem Soleimani’s assassination,” they added.

G4S is a British multinational private security company that is among the world’s largest private employers with a workforce of over 500,000 as of 2020.

Some 26 of the indicted individuals are known to be American and Israeli military and intelligence personnel, at least four of whom have died since January 3- 2020. On July 1 of this year, the Israeli press reported the death of Col. Sharon Asman of the elite Nahal Brigade, claiming he had collapsed during a training exercise.

On September 20, the Lebanese outlet The Cradle reported a source from the Axis of Resistance had claimed responsibility for Asman’s death as well as that of US Lt. Col. James Willis of the elite ‘Red Horse Brigade.’ Col. Willis was also claimed to have died in a ‘non-combat’ related incident on the ‘Al-Udeid’ Airbase in Qatar.   

My own source confirmed that Asman, along with two other Israeli personnel had indeed been killed in a drone strike in the Northern Kurdish Autonomous Region which targeted a communication site operated by Mossad. They were less certain on the circumstances of Col. Willis’ death but were clear the operation had been carried out by some element of the ‘Axis of Resistance.’

“In the war on the terrorist groups in Syria, the Resistance Front had a command-center, which still operates, and any individual branch could have been tasked with the mission,” the source added.

Among the 36 indicted individuals were also seven local agents from regional Arab states, believed to include Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, UAE, and Qatar. Most of these individuals have now been either apprehended or killed by the authorities of their own countries or by the Resistance Front.

In the days following the Soleimani assassination, a CIA surveillance plane crashed in Ghazni province in Afghanistan, killing all on board. For a time, it was speculated in regional and international media that the aircraft was the command center directing the drone strike and that none other than Michael D’Andrea, the head of CIA operations against Iran, had been on board. The trail of information quickly ran cold and it remains unknown whether D’Andrea was indeed killed or remains at large.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Turkey warns against alliances that harm NATO: Defence Minster

23 October ,2021

NATO-member Turkey’s defense minister said the forming of alliances outside of NATO would harm the organization, according to comments released on Saturday, after Greece and France agreed a defense pact last month.

NATO allies Greece and France clinched a strategic military and defense cooperation pact in September, which includes an order for three French frigates worth about 3 billion euros.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said this month that the agreement will allow the two countries to come to each other’s aid in the event of an external threat.

Given that we are inside NATO, everyone should know that the search for various alliances outside of it will both cause harm to NATO and our bilateral relations, and shake confidence,” Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar told reporters after a NATO defense ministers in Brussels this week.

The comments were released by the Turkish defense ministry.

Greece and Turkey are at odds over their continental shelves and their maritime boundaries. They re-launched exploratory contacts on their disputes earlier this year and Akar said he had a constructive meeting with his Greek counterpart.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Israel designates six Palestinian civil society groups as terrorists

22 October ,2021

Israel on Friday designated six Palestinian civil society groups as terrorist organizations and accused them of funneling donor aid to militants, a charge rejected by human rights watchdogs who said the move will stifle monitoring of potential abuses.

The designations authorize Israeli authorities to close the groups' offices, seize their assets and arrest their staff in the occupied West Bank, watchdogs Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said in a joint statement condemning the move.

Israel's defense ministry said the six Palestinian groups had ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP), a left-wing faction with an armed wing that has carried out deadly attacks against Israelis.

“(The) declared organizations received large sums of money from European countries and international organizations, using a variety of forgery and deceit,” the defense ministry said in a statement, alleging the money had supported PFLP's activities.

The groups include leading Palestinian human rights organizations Al-Haq and Addameer, who document alleged rights violations by both Israel and the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, which has limited self-rule in the West Bank.

Asked for comment, an official with PFLP, which is on the European Union's terrorism blacklist, did not outright reject ties to the six groups but said they maintain relations with civil society organizations across the West Bank and Gaza.

“It is part of the rough battle Israel is launching against the Palestinian people and against civil society groups, in order to exhaust them,” PFLP official Kayed Al-Ghoul said.

Al-Haq did not immediately provide comment. Addameer and another one of the designated groups, Defense for Children International - Palestine, rejected the Israeli accusations as an “attempt to eliminate Palestinian civil society”.

The other three groups listed did not immediately provide comment.

Source: Al Arabiya

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https://english.alarabiya.net/News/middle-east/2021/10/22/Israel-designates-six-Palestinian-civil-society-groups-as-terrorists

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Friday prayers resume in Tehran after nearly two-year hiatus due to COVID-19

22 October ,2021

Mass Friday prayers has resumed in Tehran after a 20-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The prayers at Tehran University, a gathering of religious and political significance, came as authorities warned of a sixth wave of the coronavirus, which has so far claimed 124,928 lives in Iran and afflicted more than 5.8 million.

On Saturday, schools with less than 300 students are also due to reopen.

Also starting on Saturday, government employees, except those in the armed forces, will be barred from work if they are not vaccinated at least with a first dose, according to a

government circular released earlier this week.

The government says more than 28.2 million people have so far received a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Today is a very sweet day for us. We thank the the Almighty for giving us back the Friday prayers after a period of restrictions and deprivation,” said Mohammad Javad Haj Ali Akbari, Tehran’s interim Friday prayer imam who led the sermons.

Worshippers had to heed social distancing and use face masks during the gathering, a forum where officials present a unified front in the weekly sermon, a duty that rotates around senior members of Iran’s conservative clerical establishment.

Most worshippers brought their own prayer rugs and clay tablets used during prostration, according to a local broadcast.

It said Friday prayers also were performed in several other Iranian cities.

Health Minister Bahram Einollah said earlier this week that it was a "certainty" that Iran would face a sixth wave next week. The warning came even as the country has accelerated its vaccination drive.

Source: Al Arabiya

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https://english.alarabiya.net/coronavirus/2021/10/22/Friday-prayers-resume-in-Tehran-after-nearly-two-year-hiatus-due-to-COVID-19

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Pakistan

 

Muslims Level Christian Graves with Tractors In Sialkot

By Shafique Khokhar

10/22/2021

Sialkot (AsiaNews) – Some Muslims destroyed Christian graves with tractors Sialkot, a district in north-western Punjab.

“They demolished my father’s grave,” said Baba Gulzar Masih. His father, Rakha Masih, “told me before he died that he wanted to be buried close to his parents.”

The cemetery in the village of Banawali is older than Pakistan itself, locals note. Christian residents, backed by Muslim neighbours, took their case to the authorities, but their protest got short shrift.

Rev Samuel Mukhtar, pastor of the Holy Unity Ministry Church, told AsiaNews that some Muslims claim the cemetery’s land as their own and threatened to remove all the graves. On Tuesday, they levelled the graves with tractors.

Members of the Christian community tried to contact officials in Sialkot, including the local assistant commissioner and the media.

Some reported the incident as the local police station, but so far no one has been shown any interest in the matter.

Source: Asia News

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Pakistan, IMF fail to agree on MEFP under USD 6 billion Extended Fund Facility

Oct 23, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have not finalised the Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies (MEFP) for the completion of the Sixth Review under the USD 6 billion Extended Fund Facility (EFF), reported local media.

Islamabad has found itself in a very tough situation concerning the international money lender's situation. There are risks attached for Pakistan either with or without the IMF loans, reported Geo News.

For one, in the last two weeks, the State Bank of Pakistan's foreign currency reserves has decreased by USD 1.6 billion as Islamabad had paid USD 1 billion on the maturity of the international Sukuk Bond.

On the other hand, inflation is rising in Pakistan. This week, the Sensitive Price Index (SPI) stood at 14.5 per cent this week as it increased by 1.4 per cent in the last one week period compared to the last week. The adjustments made on Pakistan Oilfields Limited (POL) and electricity prices as well as the devaluation of the rupee against the dollar jumped up the SPI by 1.4 per cent in the one-week period, said Geo News.

Meanwhile, Shaukat Tarin, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenues, who was in Washington for MEFP talks, left for Saudi Arabia without concluding the talks, to be part of the official entourage of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Source: Times of India

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PM warned against indecisiveness over DG ISI issue

October 23, 2021

KARACHI: Former chairman of Senate Mian Raza Rabbani has said Prime Minister Imran Khan should ‘stop playing Russian roulette’ on the appointment of the director general of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and take a decision.

In a statement issued on Friday, the senior leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) drew government’s attention towards the impact of delay and uncertainty on the issue.

“A state of uncertainty breeds inertia in an institution. In military institutions, evaluated, quick and firm decisions are the essence of command and success,” said Mr Rabbani.

The ex-chairman of the upper house of parliament said given the regional situation where Indian ministers were threatening with surgical strikes, Indian submarine attempted intrusion into Pakistani waters, [situation in] Afghanistan and increase in acts of terrorism in Waziristan, Pakistan could not afford uncertainty in the command structure of the Army. “As a consequence of this indecisive step, other command positions are on hold,” he pointed out.

Source: Dawn

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Afghans throng Torkham to enter Pakistan

Ibrahim Shinwari

October 23, 2021

KHYBER: Thousands of Afghans made a beeline for Torkham border crossing early on Friday morning when the news about resumption of cross-border pedestrian movement spread in most parts of the neighbouring country.

Sources in Torkham told Dawn that the number of aspiring Afghans was so high that Pakistani authorities had to deploy additional security personnel to prevent crowding and panic at the border crossing.

It was also learnt that the Afghan Taliban made repeated announcements on loudspeakers to its ‘unruly’ nationals to avoid congestion at the border crossing and let only those, who needed the most, cross over to Pakistan.

However, the announcements fell on deaf ears as the Afghans made desperate bids to get online visa for Pakistan.

More security men deployed to prevent crowding

Bilal, a 28-year-old resident of Laghman province in Afghanistan, told Dawn that he got online visa on Friday morning after spending a sleepless night near the border crossing.

He said the number of people, including women, children and the elderly, was so high on the Afghan side of the border that it was literally impossible for both the Afghan and Pakistani authorities to entertain everyone’s request for visa.

Abdullah, a resident of Nangarhar province, also said he reached Pakistan after getting visa online.

He said though majority of Afghans welcomed the resumption of pedestrian movement via Torkham border, it would take the authorities weeks and months on both sides of the border to clear the ‘waiting lot’ as Afghans had started reaching Torkham in large numbers after learning about the border reopening for ordinary people.

Pakistani officials also confirmed crowding on the border and said security clearance was meticulous and painstakingly slow.

They said only 801 from among thousands of aspiring Afghans were allowed to enter Pakistan on Friday.

Independent sources told Dawn that the clearance process on the border zero point was so strict that even infants above the age of two months with no visa were not allowed and their parents were returned despite having online visas.

They added that moving scenes were witnessed when family members were separated from each other as some had visas, while the others had yet to obtain it.

Meanwhile, the Torkham Labour Union ended a strike and withdrew the call for a road blockade announced for Oct 25 to press the government for the resumption of pedestrian movement and restoration of their jobs.

Source: Dawn

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Two troops martyred in North Waziristan

October 23, 2021

MIRAMSHAH: Two soldiers were martyred and two others injured in a terrorist attack in North Waziristan tribal district on Friday.

One terrorist was killed in the exchange of fire.

Officials said that fighting between security forces and terrorists broke out near Miramshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan.

The injured security personnel were taken to a paramilitary forces-run hospital in Miramshah.

Earlier on Thursday, security forces had conducted search operations in Khair Kali and Khat Kali areas.

Meanwhile, a remote-controlled bomb exploded in the Momad Khel area. However, it did not cause any casualties.

Source: Dawn

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Yet another attempt at reconciliation between warring MQM factions

Azfar-ul-Ashfaque

October 23, 2021

KARACHI: Serious efforts are underway to persuade different factions of the once unified Muttahida Qaumi Movement to agree on a minimum common agenda after the results of the recent cantonment boards election made clear that the party’s traditional Urdu speaking voters stayed aloof due to a constant war of words between rival leaders.

Background interviews and on-the-record conversations with several stakeholders suggest that the establishment — which had made a failed attempt to broker a deal between Pak Sarzameen Party and MQM-Pakistan around four years ago — is not behind the renewed efforts and it’s just a result of introspection.

Also, the efforts are not aimed at merging one party into another, but to initiate a dialogue that would likely to give a much-needed confidence and hope to the Urdu-speaking community that currently feels isolated and vulnerable.

Ex-governor Ebad is playing role from Dubai to bridge differences

There are roadblocks though as certain leaders enjoying senior positions in their respective parties do not want to give up their powers, but they have been told that if the situation persists, no party — the MQM-Pakistan, the PSP and Dr Farooq Sattar led PIB group — would stand a chance in the upcoming local government elections and 2023 general elections.

Cantonment polls setback and self-destruction

If the number of votes is anything to go by, the current leaderships of the MQM-P and the PSP have failed to make an impression on the Mohajir electorate during the cantonment boards’ polls as their collective votes were not more than the votes of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Peoples Party.

It is learnt that during the last month’s cantonment boards’ election many workers of the MQM-P sensed their defeat and urged their leadership to take steps for unity otherwise they would stand no chance in any election.

Sources said there were a number of people not only in the MQM and the PSP, but those sitting on the sidelines too who wanted unity or at least that the leaders sit on a table to initiate a process that may lead to unification.

“We respect everyone... be it Mustafa [Kamal] bhai, Khalid [Maqbool Siddiqui] bhai or Farooq [Sattar] bhai. We don’t want to undermine their position, but we want all of them to keep aside their differences and sit together just for the sake of people of Karachi, especially Mohajirs,” said former MQM coordination committee member Waseem Aftab.

No member of the MQM-P and the PSP was willing to speak on the matter on the record.

While almost everyone recognises the importance of the Altaf Hussain factor in urban politics and that he still commands public support in Karachi and Hyderabad, there’s a consensus that his “Sindhudesh politics” are self-destructive in nature as it alienates even his own supporters from him.

The governor’s return?

Currently, Karachi is abuzz with rumours that former Sindh governor Dr Ishratul Ebad is planning a comeback to unite a divided MQM and that powerful quarters wanted to see him in an administrative role from a platform other than of MQM, etc. Dr Ebad lives in Dubai ever since he resigned as the governor in November 2016 after serving for nearly 14 years as an MQM nominee.

Dr Ebad is one of the few senior leaders of the MQM who commands respect in almost all factions as well as the people of Karachi and Hyderabad. He had led the MQM as the London-based convener of its coordination committee before becoming the governor of Sindh in December 2002.

Many believe that the former governor can play a constructive role in an effort to strengthen a beleaguered MQM and revive hope among masses.

Mr Aftab, who was also a former senior vice chairman of the PSP and currently part of a likeminded group, said Dr Ebad, Dr Sattar and Dr Siddiqui should work together for the solution of problems being faced by residents of urban Sindh.

“The situation of Karachi demands that we all should forget our differences and be united and Dr Ishratul Ebad must play his role. He was the one who had brought people from all walks of life on one platform on the specific agenda of development [when he was governor],” he said on behalf of his group that also comprises former health minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed.

Dawn approached Dr Ebad and asked about the rumours and whether he was planning to return to take part in politics. He expressed sorrow over the state of political and administrative affairs of Karachi and said that his thinking was public-oriented and not “party oriented”.

“I am in touch with so many people and there’s a growing frustration especially after the results of the cantonment boards’ elections,” he said, adding: “But I am neither a competitor of those running the affairs of the MQM, nor I want to replace them.”

Reconciliation formula

He is more concerned over constant mudslinging by rival factions against each other that he believes creating a political vacuum and space for potential anti-state elements. He admitted that the people wanted to see them united.

“Merging one party into another is not the only solution,” he said, adding that the division of MQM into MQM-P, PSP, Dr Sattar’s and Haqiqi factions was now a reality.

However, he said the leadership of all these factions should sit together to first decide not to trade allegations against each other and stop using uncivilised language. “This will eventually end the impression among the masses that all these groups are fighting with each other for the lust of power,” he said.

He said that all the parties could continue their separate activities but in the second phase a convergence on major issues of Karachi would be necessary. “Such an equation is doable and I can also play my part in it,” he said, maintaining that for this he could return to Karachi.

While Dr Ebad did not take credit of his direct or indirect efforts, it seems he successfully persuaded some of the rival party leaders to avoid washing their dirty linen in public as disgruntled Dr Sattar recently extended an olive branch to the MQM-P leadership despite having serious reservations over their controversial intraparty elections in which, according to sources, a senior leader got just 17 votes and another got less than two dozen votes.

However, naysayers say Dr Ebad will never return to Karachi and all he wanted to prove him relevant in the Karachi politics while sitting in the comforts of his overseas residence.

They say Dr Ebad can do political wheeling and dealing but he lacked abilities to run the organisational setup.

Source: Dawn

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North America

 

Senior al-Qaeda leader killed in US airstrike in Syria: Pentagon

Oct 23, 2021

WASHINGTON: A senior al-Qaeda leader was killed in a US drone strike in Syria, the Pentagon said Friday.

The strike comes two days after a base in southern Syria, used by the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group, was assaulted.

"A US airstrike today in northwest Syria killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar," said Central Command spokesman Army Major John Rigsbee in a statement.

There were no known casualties from the strike, he said, adding it was conducted using an MQ-9 aircraft.

"The removal of this al-Qaeda senior leader will disrupt the terrorist organization's ability to further plot and carry out global attacks," he said.

At the end of September the Pentagon killed Salim Abu-Ahmad, another senior Al-Qaeda commander in Syria, in an airstrike near Idlib in the country's northwest.

He had been responsible for "planning, funding, and approving trans-regional Al-Qaeda attacks," according to Centcom.

Source: Times of India

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US lawmaker introduces bill marking Turkey's Republic Day

Michael Hernandez 

22.10.2021

WASHINGTON

US congressman Steve Cohen has introduced legislation congratulating the Turkish people on their upcoming Republic Day, which will be commemorated at month's end.

The resolution, entered on Thursday by Cohen on behalf of himself and congressman Alex Mooney has been referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee. It congratulates "the people of the Republic of Turkey and Turkish Americans nationwide on the 98th anniversary of Turkish Republic Day."

It "recognizes the Republic of Turkey as an important ally of the United States," and further "expresses appreciation for Turkey’s contribution to global efforts to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (also known as Daesh), the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and other terrorist organizations."

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Europe

 

France urges Iran to curb nuclear activity, resume talks

22 October ,2021

France on Friday urged Iran to curb nuclear activities of “unprecedented gravity” as US and European envoys met to discuss efforts aimed at reviving the troubled 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

US envoy Robert Malley joined counterparts from France, Britain and Germany at the meetings in Paris, at what the French Foreign Ministry called a “critical time” in efforts to salvage the accord.

“It is urgent and crucial for Iran to end the activities of unprecedented gravity that it is conducting in violation of the (agreement) and to immediately resume full-fledged cooperation" with the International Atomic Energy Agency, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Anne-Claire Legendre said in an online briefing.

The IAEA is charged with monitoring the 2015 accord, which was aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear activity in exchange for the lifting of crippling sanctions. The US pulled out of the accord under Donald Trump and re-imposed sanctions.

Since then Iran has stepped up nuclear activity and is now in violation of several aspects of the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA.

Iran’s nuclear activity includes enriching uranium which Western nations fear could be used to build an atomic bomb. Tehran denies any such ambitions.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Philanthropist Kavala says ‘no possibility’ of a fair trial in Turkey

22 October ,2021

Jailed philanthropist Osman Kavala said on Friday that it will be “meaningless” for him to attend his trial as a fair hearing is impossible given comments made about him by President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday.

Erdogan in comments made to local media outlets on Thursday criticized ambassadors of Western allies for their call for Kavala's release. He was cited as saying that they would not release “bandits, murderers and terrorists” in their own countries.

“Since there is no possibility of a fair trial under these circumstances, I believe participating in hearings and delivering my defense will be meaningless from now on,” Kavala said in a written statement.

Kavala was acquitted in 2020 of charges related to nationwide protests in 2013 but the ruling was overturned this year and combined with charges in another case related to a coup attempt in 2016.

Kavala described Erdogan's statement as humiliating and defaming and said it would influence the trial directly while it continues.

Erdogan said the judiciary in Turkey is independent.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Rare portraits of Ottoman sultans to be sold at London auction

Ahmet Gürhan Kartal  

23.10.2021

LONDON

Christie’s will offer collectors a chance to purchase rare portraits of six Ottoman sultans at the end of October.

The portraits of Orhan Gazi, Bayezid I, Isa Chelebi, Mehmed I, Selim I and Selim II will be under the hammer at the British auction house on Oct. 28 and are expected to fetch a total of £800,000 to £1.2 million ($1.1 million - $1.64 million).

The portraits were part of a set produced in Venice in 1579 at the instigation of Ottoman Grand Vizier Sokollu Mehmed Pasha.

Behnaz Atighi Moghaddam, an expert from Christie’s, told Anadolu Agency that the portraits were part of 14 paintings from the 16th century.

The Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds auction will also showcase a message sent to King Louise of France by Mehmet IV, Turkish carpets, Kaaba covers, Iznik tiles, manuscripts and embroidered pots.

Moghaddam said the paintings are “stylistically attributed to Veronese,” one of the most famous Venetian artists who produced works in the 16th century.

Louise Broadhurst, Director, Head of Department, Oriental Rugs and Carpets at Christie's said the auction will present three Turkish carpets from the late 16th and 17th centuries.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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South Asia

 

We are holding Taliban accountable on counterterrorism: NATO

23 Oct 2021

NATO chief Gens Stoltenberg said that NATO allies and partners are trying to hold the Taliban accountable for all the pledges they made on terrorism, not allowing their soil to be used against others, human rights, and providing safe passage for those who are willing to leave Afghanistan.

The NATO chief who was talking to a media conference after concluding their defense ministers’ level meeting said that the decision of withdrawal from Afghanistan was unanimous but the tragedy of the Afghan people afterward is hard-breaking.

“We are working to get people out of Afghanistan and resettle those who have left Afghanistan. We have had development in resettling those people in the past weeks.” Said Stoltenberg.

Source: Khaama Press

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Seven killed in attack on Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh

October 23, 2021

In an attack on an Islamic seminary in a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, gunmen kill at least seven people and wound 20, amid escalating tensions in the settlements following the recent assassination of a prominent Muslim leader.

According to police official Kamran Hossain, "Rohingya miscreants" raided the Darul Ulum Nadwatul Ulama al Islamia madrassa in the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar near the border with Myanmar on Friday, randomly shooting and stabbing the victims with guns and knives.

Security forces sent fortifications to promptly seal off the camp, which houses more than 27,000 individuals.

"We arrested one attacker immediately after the incident," Shihab Kaisar Khan, the regional chief of an armed police battalion, told reporters, adding that the police seized a gun, six rounds of ammunition, and a knife from the man.

Source: ABNA24

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IS says its fighters attacked Kabul power lines

Oct 23, 2021

BEIRUT: The Islamic State militant group's Afghan branch on Friday said it was behind an explosion that brought down electricity lines and plunged Kabul into darkness.

The power cut on Thursday was a further blow to Taliban efforts to stabilise Afghanistan two months after they seized control.

In a statement published on its Telegram channels, Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) said "the soldiers of the caliphate detonated a bomb on an electricity pylon in Kabul" to damage the electricity sector.

The explosion hit a high-voltage line supplying imported power to Kabul and some other provinces.

Afghanistan is largely reliant on electricity imported from its northern neighbours Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, making cross-country power lines a prime target for insurgents.

The Taliban has promised to fight IS-K but the group has continued to carry out devastating atrocities.

Source: Times of India

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India, UK discuss Afghanistan, Indo-Pacific; agree to deepen cooperation in strategic areas of defence, security

Oct 22, 2021

NEW DELHI: India and the UK on Friday agreed to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific as their foreign ministers held extensive talks on key bilateral and regional issues and stressed the need for safe and unhindered access for humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and ensuring that it is not used to threaten or attack any country or to shelter or train terrorists.

During the talks between external affairs minister S Jaishankar and British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss, the two sides also agreed on instituting the India-UK Strategic Futures Forum Track, a new 1.5 Dialogue mechanism to foster expert deliberations on long-term strategic links between them.

Asserting that India and the UK can do so much more in areas like sharing our expertise on the environment ahead of the COP26 summit, Truss said, "we are delighted the Prime Minister will be there."

The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, is scheduled to be held in the city of Glasgow, Scotland, between October 31 and November 12, 2021.

Jaishankar and Truss, who is on an official two-day visit to India, also undertook a detailed review of the Roadmap 2030 launched during the India-UK Virtual Summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson in May earlier this year.

India and the UK, after the virtual summit, had unveiled an ambitious 10-year roadmap to boost cooperation in key areas, including defence, security and healthcare.

"Glad to welcome UK Foreign Secretary @trussliz to Delhi. Just completed a comprehensive review of our relationship," Jaishankar tweeted after the talks.

The two leaders appreciated the progress made so far on the implementation of the Roadmap 2030 despite the constraints posed by the pandemic with Jaishankar noting that the roadmap was progressing well and the pillars on trade and prosperity, people to people relationship, defence and security, climate and health are all moving forward.

After the talks, Truss tweeted, "India is our great friend, an economic powerhouse and the world's largest democracy. Our relationship will be vital over the coming decades. Good meeting @DrSJaishankar to discuss closer collaboration on technology; investment and trade; security and defence."

"You are a fellow democracy; you believe in free enterprise and you believe in freedom. I think it's very important that countries like ours work together on our shared plans for the future," she said.

In a statement on the talks, the Ministry of External Affairs said both ministers welcomed the progress in delivering the Enhanced Trade Partnership announced at the virtual summit between the two prime ministers.

They also underlined the need for launching FTA negotiations at the earliest, with a focus on negotiating an interim agreement that can deliver quick gains to businesses in both India and the UK, the MEA said.

During their talks, both sides also discussed a number of regional and international issues of mutual interest while sharing their commitment to a multi-polar world and multilateralism.

They agreed to strengthen cooperation in West Asia and the Indo-Pacific, on countering terrorism and radical extremism, and addressing emerging challenges in the cyber and space domains, the MEA said.

While India is a member of QUAD along with the US, Japan and Australia, the UK is part of the AUKUS with Australia and the US. Both the groupings are aimed at strengthening cooperation between these countries in the Indo-Pacific region.

"On Afghanistan, the need for full, safe and unhindered access for humanitarian assistance was discussed, as also the need for Afghan territory not to be used to threaten or attack any country or to shelter or train terrorists, or to plan or to finance terrorist attacks," it said.

Earlier in the day, Jaishankar also held a meeting with UK Chief of the Defence Staff General Nicholas Carter during which they discussed the Afghanistan situation and issues related to the Indo-Pacific.

The discussions come amid increased global concerns over the possibility of the spread of terrorism from Afghanistan.

Source: Times of India

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US close to agreeing with Pakistan using its space to conduct operations in Afghanistan

23 Oct 2021

Joe Biden’s Administration has said that they are nearing reaching a formal agreement with Pakistan over using its airspace to conduct military and intelligence operations in Afghanistan, CNN found.

Sources have told CNN that Pakistan has shown a desire to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in exchange for assistance with its own counterterrorism efforts and help in managing relations with its archrival, India.

The bilateral agreement is yet to be finalized and another source has told CNN that the terms can change any time.

US is desperately looking for airspace or any base in the region close to Afghanistan to enable them to conduct military and intelligence over the horizon operations as they no longer have a presence in Afghanistan.

Pakistan has previously denied providing military bases to the US.

The US is currently using Pakistan’s airspace for gathering intelligence in Afghanistan but the country is looking for long-time access to Pakistan’s airspace to its plane and drones en route to Afghanistan.

Source: Khaama Press

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Red Cross warns aid groups not enough to stave off Afghanistan's humanitarian crisis

22 October ,2021

The Red Cross on Friday urged the international community to engage with Afghanistan's new Taliban rulers, saying that aid groups on their own would be unable to stave off a humanitarian crisis.

Afghanistan has been plunged into crisis by the abrupt end of billions of dollars in foreign assistance following the collapse of the Western-backed government and return to power by the Taliban in August.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has since increased its efforts in the country while other organizations were also stepping up, Director General Robert Mardini said.

But he told Reuters that support from the international community, who had so far taken a cautious approach in engaging with the Taliban, was critical to providing basic services.

“Humanitarian organizations joining forces can only do so much. They can come up with temporary solutions.”

The United Nations on Thursday announced it had set up a fund to provide cash directly to Afghans, which Mardini said would solve the problem for three months.

“Afghanistan is a compounded crisis that is deteriorating by the day,” he said, citing decades of conflict compounded by the effects of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mardini said 30 percent of Afghanistan's 39 million population were facing severe malnutrition and that 18 million people in the country need humanitarian assistance or protection.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Arab World

 

Journalist detained over ‘hate speech’ following UAE-Iraq football match: WAM

22 October ,2021

A member of the media in the United Arab Emirates has been detained by authorities over charges relating to hate speech and violating public morals while covering a football match between the UAE and Iraq, state news agency WAM reported on Friday.

The news agency said the UAE’s Public Federal Prosecution for Cybersecurity Crimes had ordered the detention of member of the media and the release of others on bail after investigations.

WAMsaid that while covering the match between the UAE and Iraq national teams last week on the Abu Dhabi Sports Channel before the broadcast went live, the accused were charged with committing an act and issuing a statement amounting to disorderly conduct, publishing through the internet.

The prosecution said it would violate public morals, harm the public interest, and incite hate speech.

Wam said the charges can carry a prison term of up to five years and up to a $136,000 (AED500,000) fine.

The Public Prosecution received a complaint from the Abu Dhabi Media against the two mentioned and a third unidentified person.

An audio and video clip circulated online showed the accused exchanging conversations while technical devices were being tested before the live broadcast on Abu Dhabi Sports Channel, and in the analytical studio before the match, uttering words and phrases which would "harm the public interest in the country", WAM reported.

The broadcast sent from the television production vehicle of the analytical studio to the broadcast reception unit in the TV building was hacked, and the published clips were seized and broadcast on some social media platforms on the internet.

After the Public Prosecution began investigating the accused and took the decisions, it summoned those responsible at the Abu Dhabi Sports Channel and programmes to complete the investigations.

The Public Prosecution asked the responsible technical authorities to determine how the hacking occurred and who conducted it. They ordered the arrest of the persons and seizure of the tools used and launched investigations into the incident.

Source: Al Arabiya

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More than 90 Houthis killed, 16 military vehicles destroyed in coalition strikes on Jubah and Al-Kassarah

October 22, 2021

JEDDAH: The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Friday it had killed at least 92 Houthi rebels in airstrikes on two districts near the strategic city of Marib.

The deaths are the latest among hundreds that the coalition says have been killed in recent fighting around Marib, and come during a second week of reported intense bombing.

“Operations targeted 16 military vehicles and killed more than 92 terrorist elements” in the past 24 hours, the coalition said in a statement, carried by the official Saudi Press Agency. The coalition has for the past two weeks reported almost daily strikes around Marib.

Most of the previously announced strikes were in Abedia, about 100 km from Marib — the internationally recognized government’s last bastion in northern Yemen.

The latest airstrikes reported were in the districts of Al-Jubah, some 50 km south of Marib, and Al-Kassarah, 30 km northwest.

The Houthis began a major push to seize Marib in February, and have renewed their offensive since September after a lull. Several Yemenis are waiting for help after fleeing fighting in Marib, according to Reuters.

Iman Saleh Ali and her family left Al-Jubah in the dead of night with only the clothes on their back to escape fighting, the second time they have been forced to do so.

The UN says some 10,000 people were displaced last month alone by the fighting in Marib governorate. It is calling for a humanitarian corridor for aid.

Source: Arab News

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Egyptian thinker: "Anti-Islam challenges meant to marginalize Palestine issue"

October 23, 2021

Egyptian writer and researcher attending the 35th International Islamic Unity Conference related on "Islamic unity from the Quran's perspective, the way to avoid division and conflict" in his speech addressing the webinar held on Tuesday.

Professor Ali Abu al-Khair, writer and researcher, noted that the division, strife, conflict, Takfiri attacks all meant to tarnish the image of Islam and Muslims.

He denounced the pervasive attacks by Zionists, global arrogant powers against the Islamic Ummah stressing," These attacks try to make the children of this Ummah forget the most important issue of the Islamic world, the issue of Palestine."

Senior Egyptian elite referred to three axes in his speech the first of which being Islamic unity from the perspective of Ahl al-Bayt (as).

He counted Islamic unity from the perspective of Sunnis and Jamaat and also the future of Islamic unity as the second and third axes in his speech addressing the participants in the webinar on Tuesday.

The Egyptian author referred to the Ahlul Bayt resignation from caliphate when necessary to sacrifice that to protect unity among Muslims and prevent any division or discord in Muslim ummah.

He quoted the verse 103 of Surah Al-e Imran " Hold fast, all together, to Allah’s cord, and do not be divided [into sects]" and similarity of the Shia and Sunni view on importance of maintaining unity among Muslims saying," This verse explicitly emphasizes the need to unite the Ummah and hang on to the divine cord" and that the divine cord here is unity, common goal, common conscience, common positive participation, and a united vision to counter the global onslaught, to counter the onslaught of Zionism, and Takfiris.

Professor Ali Abu al-Khair said regarding the third axis, said the future of Islamic unity is not much likely to be a bright one and stated, "Of course, the uncertainty of this future should not discourage us from God's mercy and the emergence of unity; because we must rely on the vibrant and motivating spirit of the common Muslims."

He reiterated that the solidarity among Muslims is based on common affairs, namely prayer, fasting, zakat and Hajj of the Sacred House of Allah.

Egyptian author and thinker made the comments in his speech on the first day of the 35th International Islamic Unity Conference on the theme of "Islamic Unity, Peace and Avoidance of Division and Conflict in the World of Islam."

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US says it killed senior al-Qaeda leader in Syria with drone strike

23 October ,2021

A senior al-Qaeda leader was killed in a US drone strike in Syria, the Pentagon said Friday.

The strike comes two days after a base in southern Syria, used by the US-led coalition fighting ISIS, was assaulted.

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“A US airstrike today in northwest Syria killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar,” said Central Command spokesman Army Major John Rigsbee in a statement.

There were no known casualties from the strike, he said, adding it was conducted using an MQ-9 aircraft.

“The removal of this al-Qaeda senior leader will disrupt the terrorist organization’s ability to further plot and carry out global attacks,” he said.

At the end of September the Pentagon killed Salim Abu-Ahmad, another senior al-Qaeda commander in Syria, in an airstrike near Idlib in the country’s northwest.

He had been responsible for “planning, funding, and approving trans-regional al-Qaeda attacks,” according to Centcom.

“Al-Qaeda continues to present a threat to America and our allies. Al-Qaeda uses Syria as a safe haven to rebuild, coordinate with external affiliates, and plan external operations,” Rigsbee said.

Source: Al Arabiya

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UN: Syria constitution drafting process ‘big disappointment’

22 October ,2021

The first round of talks between the Syrian government and the opposition to draft constitutional reforms in Geneva ended in disappointment and no new date has been set for the next meeting, the United Nations envoy for Syria said Friday.

The talks started Monday following a nine-month hiatus of the UN-led meetings of the Syrian constitutional committee where government, opposition and civil society are represented.

This week, the delegations returned to Geneva after mediation by Geir Pedersen, the UN envoy for Syria. They had agreed on a mechanism to begin drafting the constitution for the war-torn country, part of the UN-led political process, since 2012, aimed at ending the decade-old conflict.

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But Pedersen said discussions on Friday were a “big disappointment” when it was time to find a provisional agreement or at least identify areas of disagreement. Over the last four days, each side presented their view on four basic principles, divided among them.

“We didn’t manage to achieve what we had hoped to achieve; that we would have a good discussion on how to reach forward on some kind of consensus,” Pedersen told reporters. “We lacked a proper understanding on how to move that process forward.”

The government delegation had prepared a text on Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and on terrorism. Representatives of the exiled opposition drafted a text on the armed forces, security and intelligence agencies, while civil society groups wrote the section on the rule of law.

Pedersen said the last day of talks didn’t produce any understanding between the different delegations.

It was not immediately clear what they disagreed on, but the government and opposition representatives later traded blame for the failure.

Syria’s 10-year conflict has killed between 350,000 and 450,000 people and displaced half the country’s pre-war 23 million population, including more than 5 million refugees mostly in neighboring countries. Even though the fighting has subsided in the last months, there are still pockets controlled by Syrian opposition, where millions of people live. Nine out of ten Syrians live in poverty while the country's infrastructure is in ruins.

A government representative, Ahmad Kuzbari, said some of the principles presented by the opposition were “out of touch with reality” and said some of them sought to legitimize the presence of foreign troops in Syria.

Hadi Albahra, an opposition representative, said the government side did not produce any consensus paper, neither did it have the will to do so.

Pedersen said there was no agreement on a new date for the next meeting.

“We need to develop a proper understanding on how we could move this into a proper substantial drafting process,” Pedersen told reporters.

Pedersen announced late September an agreement on “methodology” for a sixth round that involved regular meetings between him and the heads of delegations.

At a Russia-hosted Syrian peace conference in January 2018, an agreement was reached to form a 150-member committee to draft a new constitution. It took over a year to agree on the composition the 45-member committee.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Lebanon's president sends electoral law amendments back to parliament

22 October ,2021

Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Friday sent a law amending legislative election rules back to parliament for reconsideration, the presidency said in a statement.

The development could affect Lebanon's ability to hold an election on the March 27 date agreed to this week.

Lebanon's parliament had voted on Tuesday to hold an election at that time, giving Prime Minister Najib Mikati's government only a few months to try to secure an IMF recovery plan amid a deepening economic meltdown.

“The new amendments to the electoral law went beyond being just a recommendation,” President Aoun said in the statement.

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Saudi Arabia targets net zero emissions by 2060: Crown Prince

23 October ,2021

Saudi Arabia aims to reach zero-net emissions by 2060, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Head of the Higher Committee for the Saudi Green Initiative (SGI), pledged at an environment conference in the Kingdom on Saturday.

The Crown Prince, in recorded remarks, announced plans to cut carbon emissions by over 270 million tons per year as part of the Saudi Green Initiative, which he said would see investments of more than 700 billion riyals ($186.63 billion).

He added that the first wave of initiatives will deliver against the targets under the SGI programs that aim to achieve more than 278 Mtpa carbon emissions reduction by 2030.

This is more than doubling delivery against the emissions reduction target set forth at the announcement of the SGI summit in early 2021.

The Kingdom will also join the Global Methane Pledge to contribute to cutting global methane emissions by 30 percent by 2030, as part of its commitment to deliver a cleaner, greener future.

In addition, the Crown Prince stated that an increasing area of land is being designated for protection in the coming years, to achieve the first 20 percent of the goal to protect over 30 percent of the Kingdom’s total land area, with initiatives to deliver the final 10 percent to be announced at a later stage.

The transition to net zero carbon emissions will be delivered in a manner that preserves the Kingdom’s leading role in enhancing the security and stability of global energy markets, particularly considering the maturity and availability of technologies necessary to manage and reduce emissions, a statement released on Saturday revealed.

To further amplify its protection of terrestrial, marine and coastal environments, HRH the Crown Prince announced that Saudi Arabia is joining the Global Ocean Alliance, establishing the Ocean Exploration Foundation and announcing a number of initiatives – including a Global Center for Tourism Sustainability.

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Africa

 

Thousands hold pro-army rally as political tension escalates in Sudan

Mohammed Amin  

22.10.2021

KHARTOUM, Sudan

Thousands of pro-military supporters organized a protest against Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok's transitional government in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on Friday, further escalating political tension between the civilian administration and the army.

Protesters chanted anti-government slogans, urging the army to seize control and depose Hamdok's civilian government.

After a failed military coup last month, deep tensions between the military and civilian administration erupted in the north African country.

The demonstrations take place in the capital, where pro-military and pro-civilian factions are at odds.

The opposing rallies were staged by factions of the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), which led to large protests in 2019 that resulted in the ouster of longstanding President Omar al-Bashir.

On Thursday, thousands of pro-civilian government supporters held protests across the country, while pro-military protestors from the National Charter Alliance, an FFC’s splinter faction, held a sit-in outside the presidential palace for the last six days.

Protesters chanted anti-military slogans and demanded that the Sovereign Council's head, Abdul Fattah Alburah, and his deputy, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, quit.

According to the Sudan Doctors Central Committee, at least 37 persons were injured during rallies when police fired tear gas and live bullets against demonstrators. Two police officers were also injured.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Somalia gets vehicles, equipment from UK to tackle roadside bombs

Magdalene Mukami

22.10.2021

MOGADISHU, Somalia

The war on terrorism in Somalia got a boost on Friday after the UK donated equipment and vehicles to the Somali army to combat roadside bombs in Somalia.

State-run Somalia National Television reported the Somali army received vehicles and multi-skilled route search and IEDD (improvised explosive device disposal) equipment from the UK to detect and defuse roadside bombs.

The British Embassy in Mogadishu said: “Through our partnership with the Somali National Army, we are working towards a safer Somalia.”

In the past, African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the UN Mine Action Service, and the British army held several meetings with partners to end the use of improvised explosive devices in Somalia, which have killed thousands of people.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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For 4th day, Ethiopian army wages aerial campaign on Tigray

Andrew Wasike and Addis Getachew 

22.10.2021

NAIROBI, Kenya, ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia

Ethiopia said on Friday that its air force destroyed a military training center in rebel-held Mekele -- the capital of the troubled Tigray regional state -- while the UN and aid workers reported civilian casualties and damages.

"Another of the TPLF terrorist group's training centers was the target of air strikes today," the government's communication service told Anadolu Agency. TPLF is the acronym for the Tigray People's Liberation Front.

"This site used to be the ENDF’s (Ethiopian National Defense Forces) training center before being appropriated by the TPLF to undertake military training for its illegal recruits. It is also serving as a battle network hub by the terrorist organization," it added.

An aid worker who spoke to Anadolu agency said the latest strike had hit a civilian-populated area. "The area's residents say there are reports of civilian casualties and a lot of damage to civilian-owned infrastructure. The airstrike hit Mekele University and damage to the institution has also been recorded."

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Evacuation flights for migrants start again in Libya

October 22, 2021

CAIRO: The United Nations said on Friday that it has resumed humanitarian evacuation flights for migrants stranded in Libya after authorities suspended them for several months. The announcement comes after a massive crackdown on migrants by Libyan security forces.

The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) said in a statement that it had evacuated 127 people to Gambia from the Libyan city of Misrata on Thursday. It said the Gambian migrants were among thousands more who are waiting to go home through the organization’s voluntary return program.

Evacuation flights for migrants have operated sporadically amid Libya’s conflict, and been periodically suspended because of fighting. The latest suspension came from the country’s ministry of interior on Aug. 8, according to the IOM.

Libya was plunged into turmoil by the NATO-backed 2011 uprising that toppled and killed longtime dictator Muammar Qaddafi. The North African nation has since emerged as a popular, if extremely dangerous, route to Europe for those fleeing poverty and civil war in Africa and the Middle East. Many set out for Italy, packed by traffickers into unseaworthy boats.

Earlier this month, Libyan authorities started a massive crackdown against migrants in the western coastal town of Gargaresh, detaining more than 5,000 people over the course of a few days. In response, many turned to a community center operated by the UN’s refugee agency’s office in nearby Tripoli, camping outside and asking to be evacuated.

On Friday, the UNHCR refugee agency said that there are still 3,000 vulnerable people staying outside its community center for fear of government raids. The agency said it had suspended the center’s operations for security reasons but was still able to offer some limited provisions to the migrants there. It welcomed the resumption of humanitarian flights, but also called on the government to urgently address the needs of asylum-seekers and refugees in a “humane and rights-based manner,” especially those who cannot return to their countries of origin.

Source: Arab News

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Southeast Asia

 

Amanah, PAS in a race to be more conservative, says analyst

Minderjeet Kaur

October 21, 2021

PETALING JAYA: PAS and its splinter party Amanah are likely to try and outdo each other by being more conservative to attract rural voters, a socio-political analyst says.

Awang Azman Pawi of Universiti Malaya said that although Amanah says it is progressive, the difference between the two may become blurred as the next general election (GE15) approaches, with both fighting for the same issues and in the same tone.

“They may slip into the same conservative thinking and try to be seen as championing Islamic issues, even if they are not relevant.

Yesterday, Amanah vice-president Mujahid Yusof Rawa said Muslim sensitivities must be looked after in all alcohol-related activities, even when it comes to choosing brand names and symbols.

He proposed a “liquor policy” to protect Muslim sensitivities. The policy, he suggested, should include banning Muslims from being involved in the processing, sale, transport and serving of alcohol, and other related activities.

“Both parties are wooing the same crowd, fighting for the same brand of political Islam and are likely trying to outdo each other as the general election approaches,” Awang Azman told FMT.

He said the recent Timah whisky controversy, for instance, was uncalled for as there were already popular middle eastern liquor brands with names like Hadi, Omar and others.

“But it becomes an issue for political parties here that fight on religious platforms,” he said.

Awang Azman said progressive Islam would not stop Muslim cashiers from working in hotels that serve liquor.

“However, a conservative politician would say Muslims cannot work in places that serve liquor,” he added.

Even Amanah, he said, may try to be as conservative as PAS on issues that are not relevant in the modern era.

This kind of thinking, he said, could push many Malays to PKR as it is seen as more moderate and respectful of others.

“They may want to join political parties that are more progressive, and moderate as they balance their spiritual life and livelihood,” he added.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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NGOs set up Malaysia Humanitarian Centre in Kabul

10- 22- 2021

KUALA LUMPUR: Two Malaysian non profit organisations - Global Peace Mission (GPM) Malaysia and Muslim Volunteer Malaysia (MVM) - have set up the Malaysia Humanitarian Centre (MHC) in Kabul, Afghanistan in their efforts to assist the people in the war-torn country.

MHC, which began its operation on Oct 20, functions as an information centre and would coordinate humanitarian assistance by GPM and MVM or any other Malaysian NGOs to ensure humanitarian aid reached to those who deserved throughout the 34 provinces in Afghanistan, GPM Chief Operation Officer in Kabul, Syahrir Azfar Saleh(pix) said.

He said there were five components of MHC to provide vocational and language development programme for women, healthcare services centre for women and children, mobile clinic, hostel for Malaysian volunteers, and an administration office for planning and strategic development and coordinating the humanitarian assistance effort.

“The five essential components of MHC calls for collective effort from other organisations that could offer their expertise in the related fields.

“We hope that this MHC will give the best services to the people of Afghanistan who face difficulties due to the prolonged conflicts of war, economic struggles, and instability of the new government,” he said in a statement.

He estimated that 1,000 people of Afghanistan will benefit from the centre monthly, especially the women, the orphans, the needy families, and the victims of the Afghanistan war.

Source: The Sun Daily

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