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Barelvi Muslims' Fatwa Based on Aala Hazrat Teachings on Udaipur Killing: Beheading Is Crime, Killers of Kanhaiya Lal Criminals in the Sharia Court, Slogan from Pak

New Age Islam News Bureau

07 July 2022

 

Family members mourn during the funeral procession of tailor Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur, on June 29, 2022. (PTI)

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• Jamiat Ulama -i-Hind Sadbhawana Sammelans: All-Faith Leaders Appeal for "Protection of India's Composite Nationalism"

• Three Gay Nigerian Men Sentenced To Death by Stoning By Sharia Court for Homosexuality

• ‘Indo-Pak Alliance’ of Sajid Javid and Rishi Sunak Deals Body Blow to UK PM Boris Johnson

• Grants Worth RM5.3m Handed Over To 92 Non-Muslim Houses Of Worship in Malaysia

 

India

• Vishwa Hindu Parishad Slams Supreme Court for Ignoring the "Reign Of Terror" Unleashed By Radical Islam since Medieval Times

• Probe Ordered on the Imposition of Sharia and Islamic Practices on Kids of the Jharkhand School Known for Its Communal Harmony

• Bajrang Dal to Launch Helpline for Those 'Threatened' By 'Islamic Fundamentalists'

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Africa

• Saif al-Islam Says Has Initiative to Solve the Political Crisis

• Islamic State claims raid on Nigerian prison, 440 inmates on run

• Jordanian man shoots two sons dead over financial dispute

• ISESCO includes 22 Libyan sites in Islamic Heritage list

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Europe

• Sweden’s PM condemns MPs posing with PKK flag amid Turkey NATO row

• Turkey renews extradition requests with Finland, Sweden: Justice Minister

• Iran detains several foreigners including senior UK diplomat for spying: State TV

• Italian press highlights importance of multi-faceted relations with Türkiye

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Southeast Asia

• Sarawak Releases1, 807kg Ashes of Disposed Al-Quran, Disposes In the South China Sea Tg Jerijeh

• China Takes Full Advantage of Taliban’s Isolation

• Rights group vows to continue protest against death penalty

• Syed Saddiq told me to ‘clear’ RM1mil amid MACC probe, says witness

• MoU 2.0 will bring more meaningful reforms, says DAP MP

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Pakistan

• Political Parties Suffered Due To Imbalance in Ties with Military: PTI Vice Chairman

• Imran takes aim at ECP as five PTI MPAs notified

• Pakistan’s ex-PM Imran Khan threatens to ‘reveal everything’ if harassment of his party workers continues

• Three Afghan women swept away in North Waziristan floods

• SHC issues notices on father’s plea for Dua Zehra’s custody

• 'In the mouth of dragons': Melting glaciers threaten Pakistan's north

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Arab World

• Muslim Brotherhood to Be Excluded From Egypt ‘National Dialogue’

• Lebanon's Muslims locked out of Hajj by rising costs and collapsed lira

• Russia proposes six-month cross-border aid renewal for Syria

• Lebanon hopes to repatriate Syrian refugees within months

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Mideast

• Palestinian President, Hamas Chief Hold Rare Meeting

• Senior Diplomat: Iran Resolved to Continue Key Role in Achieving Peace in Yemen

• Iran Hopes for Resolution of Problems in Uzbekistan

• Israel and Turkey to sign bilateral aviation agreement: Ministry

• Iran still seeking diplomats missing in Lebanon during Israel’s 1982 invasion

• Iran claims it seeks lasting nuclear deal after talks with Qatar FM

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North America

• Father of Slain US Muslim Soldier Who Taunted Trump to Receive Highest Civilian Honour

• US announces new sanctions related to Iranian oil, threatens more pressure

• Biden to rescind designation of Afghanistan as major non-NATO ally

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South Asia

• Self-Proclaimed “Philosopher of the World” Dr. Anwar-ul-Haq Jabbarkhail Mysteriously Killed in Kabul

• Isolating the Taliban: How young landmine victims may be collateral damage

• Afghanistan-Based Rockets Launched into Uzbekistan

• Over 50 Afghan children contract unknown disease: Report

• Iceland Contributes ISK 40 Million to Afghanistan: UNOCHA

• UNOCHA: Germany Contributes €50 Million to Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Barelvi Muslims' Fatwa Based on Aala Hazrat Teachings on Udaipur Killing: Beheading Is Crime, Killers of Kanhaiya Lal Criminals in the Sharia Court, Slogan from Pak

 

Family members mourn during the funeral procession of tailor Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur, on June 29, 2022. (PTI)

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Jul 07, 2022

By Shishir Gupta

The Barelvi Ulema has taken a strong stand against the murder of a tailor in Udaipur for supporting the remarks of now-suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma on Prophet Mohammed. The Barelvi sect from Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly issued fatwa, a non-binding legal opinion in Islam, against the beheading of the tailor, Kanhaiya Lal, by two locals who were said to be influenced by radical Barelvi Islam preachers of Pakistan-based Dawat-e-Islami.

In the fatwa issued against the killers of Kanhaiya Lal, the Muslim body ruled both of them criminals in the Sharia court. The fatwa cited the teachings of 19th-century Islamic scholar Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi, commonly known as Aala Hazrat.

Maulana Shahabuddin Razvi, the national secretary-general of Barelvi Ulema, said Aala Hazrat has ruled that if a person kills someone under an Islamic regime “without the permission of the emperor, then such a person would be a criminal in the eyes of the Sharia” and would be punished severely. He further stated that under non-Islamic governments, such killings would be anyway deemed illegitimate according to the law of the land and the person would put his life in danger by committing such crime.

Razvi stressed that the slogans calling for beheading of those who insult the Prophet were first given by Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan, a far-right Islamic extremist political party in the neighbouring country, to fulfil their political ambition. The killers of Kanhaiya Lal were heard raising the slogan "Gustakh e Nabi ki Ek Hi Saza, Sar Tan se Juda Sar Tan se Juda," (there is only punishment for insult to the Prophet, beheading) in a video in which the duo were boasting about the murder. Rajasthan police also arrested three people, including a cleric, in Ajmer for delivering a hate speech in which they allegedly called for beheading to avenge the insult to Prophet Mohammad.

“Muslims should not take the law in their own hands, complain to the government, it is the government's job to punish,” Razvi added.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Jamiat Ulama -i-Hind Sadbhawana Sammelans: All-Faith Leaders Appeal for "Protection of India's Composite Nationalism"

 

Jamiat Ulama -i-Hind president Maulana Mahmood Madani, Goswami Sushil Maharaj, Acharya Lokesh Muni and other dignitaries participate in "Sadbhawana Sammelan" on ongoing situation in country at Madni Hall, Jamiat Ulama - I - Hind, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI)

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Jul 7, 2022

NEW DELHI: Stepping up its effort for goodwill among communities and appealing for calm, the Jamiat Ulama -i-Hind (JUH) at the first of a 1,000 proposed "Sadbhawana Sammelans" brought on one platform in speakers from across religions with JUH president Maulana Mahmood Madani saying that those justifying resorting to violence by citing it to be a "reaction to an action" are wrong and dishonest as Islam does not allow this at all.

While he made no reference to any incident of communal violence, Madani's statement, given at the event held in New Delhi, gains significance as it comes against the backdrop of the recent killings in Udaipur and Amravati.

In a show of goodwill, the Sammelan was attended by the national convener of Bharatiya Sarva Dharma Sansad, Goswami Sushilji Maharaj, Acharya Lokesh Mani who is the president of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharati, religious leader of Ravi Das Samaj, Swamiji Vir Singh Hatkari Maharaj, Buddhist guru Acharya Yeshi Phon Tosk, Pastor Maurish Parker, representatives of the Sikh community and others.

All of them appealed for "protection of India's composite nationalism". "Today certain forces are active to spread hatred in the country. And the peace activists are being side-lined, so let's unite to show that peace has always emerged victorious," they said. Goswami Sushilji Maharaj warned those who want to break the country will never succeed in their nefarious design. "India belongs to all citizens from across religions and will always belong to everyone. Everyone has made sacrifices for this country. No one can question the loyalty of any citizen of the country."

Source: Times Of India

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Three Gay Nigerian Men Sentenced To Death by Stoning By Sharia Court for Homosexuality

 

A Sharia Court in Ningi handed down the sentence after hearing witness statements as well as the confessions of the men. File Photo.

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By Chad Williams

July 7, 2022

Cape Town - An Islamic sharia court in Nigeria's northern state of Bauchi has sentenced three men to death by stoning after convicting them on charges of engaging in homosexuality.

A leader of the religious police that arrested them confirmed the sentence.

According to the Nigerian newspaper The Guardian, the men, aged 20, 30, and 70, were sentenced by Judge Munka’ilu Sabo Ningi under provision 134 of Bauchi State Penal Law of 2001 and Fiquhussunah Jizu’i number 2, local media report.

The men were detained by members of the Hisbah Vanguard in June.

The men, including a 70-year-old, all confessed to the crime even though they were not represented by lawyers, according to Reuters.

Any death penalty passed by sharia courts in Nigeria needs the approval of the state governor.

Nigeria criminalises same-sex sexual activity between men and between women. The gender expression of trans people is also criminalised.

According to the Human Dignity Trust, the laws criminalising ‘carnal knowledge against the order of nature’ and ‘gross indecency’ were inherited from the British during the colonial period, in which the English criminal law was imposed upon Nigeria.

Nigeria retained these provisions upon independence and further criminalised LGBT people through the adoption of the SSMPA in 2013. At the state level, the northern states criminalise same-sex sexual activity through an interpretation of Sharia law.

Sentences include a maximum penalty of death by stoning. There is evidence of the law being enforced in recent years, and LGBTQIA+ people are regularly subjected to discrimination and violence.

Source: IOL

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‘Indo-Pak Alliance’ of Sajid Javid and Rishi Sunak Deals Body Blow to UK PM Boris Johnson

 

Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid

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Amit Roy 

07.07.22

An unusual Indo-Pakistani alliance has been operating at the heart of British politics between Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid, who have coordinated their efforts towards ousting

Boris Johnson as Prime Minister.

Javid was the first to tweet he had resigned as health secretary at 6pm on Tuesday. At 6.11pm came the even more dramatic news that Sunak too was stepping down as chancellor, the second most powerful position in the cabinet.

This might strike many as ironic but this is the first recorded instance in British history of people of Indian and Pakistan origins plotting together to bring about the downfall of the man who had given them their jobs.

By Wednesday afternoon, after Boris had told the Commons that he intended to stay on as Prime Minister and Javid had made a devastating “personal statement” setting out why he could no longer give “the captain of the team” the benefit of the doubt, the number of resignations had reached 32.

Boris’s position appeared untenable. Nor did he deny that one of the most senior cabinet ministers, Michael Gove, had asked him to go.

The headline in The Daily Telegraph summed up the predicament for the Prime Minister: “Johnson hanging by a thread as Sunak and Javid walk out.”

One of its columnists, Philip Johnston, wrote: “After waiting for months to see if any senior member of the cabinet had a backbone, we now find that there are at least two vertebrates. Maybe more will show their spines today.”

Johnston wrote: “Rishi Sunak stepped down as chancellor possibly wishing he had gone a few weeks ago when he was handed a fine by the metropolitan police for unwittingly wandering in on one of No. 10’s Bacchanalian lockdown parties. Since then, he has been briefed against by allies of the Prime Minister over his wife’s tax status and his own personal wealth to undermine his credibility as a potential leader. It is hardly surprising that he has had enough.

“Perhaps Mr Johnson will try to rebuild his team, but it is hard to see how he could do so with credibility. Any cabinet minister who wants a future career will need to abandon ship now. The battle for the Tory party is about to begin.”

The leader in The Times was even harsher: “Boris Johnson is still clinging to office in Downing Street, despite the resignations yesterday of Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, and Sajid Javid, the health secretary. That is a mistake. He has lost the confidence of his party and the country.

“There is no conceivable chance that Mr Johnson, who failed to secure the backing of 148 MPs in a confidence vote last month, can recover his authority to provide the effective leadership that the country needs at a time of acute national crisis. Every day that he remains deepens the sense of chaos. For the good of the country, he should go.

“If Mr Johnson will not quit, the 1922 Committee should make clear that it will move swiftly to change the party rules to facilitate a new confidence vote. There is still time, if it moves fast, for the Conservative Party under honest, respected, responsible leadership to recover its reputation and win the next general election. Under Mr Johnson, there is no chance.”

Indian opinion in the Conservative Party appeared divided.

One Indian told this correspondent that he had been “stunned” by Sunak’s resignation. “He’s made a blunder. He should have shown loyalty. A lotus growing in a swamp remains affected. Why did he have to behave like Mother Teresa? Two Asians have resigned. Why not any of the white cabinet ministers?”

It is said in British politics that Tory party members will not reward Sunak because “the hand that wields the knife shall never wear the crown”.

However, The Daily Telegraph is offering odds on the runners and riders and the top contenders to take the throne: “Rishi Sunak (3/1); Sajid Javid (10/1); Jeremy Hunt (8/1); Liz Truss (8/1); Penny Mordaunt (4/1); Nadhim Zahawi (the former education secretary who has replaced Sunak as chancellor) (10/1).”

A senior Indian Tory source said that in the leadership contest that he and many others now think is inevitable, “it is Sajid who will run for leader, supported by Rishi”.

Javid is 52, and “has much more experience. He has held five cabinet posts (communities, culture, home, chancellor and health).”

Sunak is 10 years younger but was seen as the obvious successor to Boris --- till his reputation was damaged by his wife Akshata Murty’s non-dom status.

Another peer agreed that an Indo-Pakistani alliance was possible. “Rishi and Sajid have been friends for a long time and like each other,” the peer said.

“When Sajid was communities secretary, Rishi was a junior minister under him. And when Sajid was chancellor, Rishi worked under him as chief secretary to the treasury. When Sajid resigned as chancellor in February 2020 and Rishi took over, he was immensely respectful to Sajid. So it is possible they will work together.”

Source: Telegraph India

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Grants Worth RM5.3m Handed Over To 92 Non-Muslim Houses Of Worship in Malaysia

 

National Unity Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique said the financial aid was to help the management increase security features at their respective houses of worship to ensure the safety and comfort of worshippers. ― File picture by Yusof Mat Isa

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07 Jul 2022

PUTRAJAYA, July 7 ― The National Unity Ministry handed over grants totalling RM5.3 million to representatives of 92 non-Muslim houses of worship yesterday.

Its minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique said the financial aid was to help the management increase security features at their respective houses of worship to ensure the safety and comfort of worshippers.

The main purpose of this allocation is for repair, maintenance and emergency works which cover three main scopes namely civil, electric and mechanical works, she added.

“This special grant is part of the government's continuous effort to help the management repair and maintain houses of worship so that they will be in safe and comfortable condition,” she said in a statement today.

In the 2022 Budget, the government has allocated RM50 million for repairs, maintenance and small development of houses of worship in local authority areas.

It also included the implementation of community activities in collaboration with the management of the houses of worship and local residents. ― Bernama

Source: Malay Mail

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India

 Vishwa Hindu Parishad Slams Supreme Court For Ignoring The "Reign Of Terror" Unleashed By Radical Islam Since Medieval Times

Jul 7, 2022

NEW DELHI: Taking strong exception to a Supreme Court bench of Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala denying BJP's Nupur Sharma protection from multiple FIRs, Vishwa Hindu Parishad has criticised the judges for overlooking what it called the "reign of terror" unleashed by radical Islam since medieval times.

"Thanks to the Supreme Court for making us wise that 1400 years of aggression, violence and murders in the name of Islam have been caused by Nupur Sharma's statement," VHP working president Alok Kumar said in response to the SC order turning down Sharma's plea last week.

Kumar's statement came on a day when VHP came out in support of those facing death threats for supporting Nupur Sharma. VHP's general secretary Milind Parande asked those facing threats to approach police and contact helplines that Bajrang Dal has been asked to set up. It announced the plan to hold a protest march in the capital.

Parande asked Hindus facing death threats to not sit silently and react immediately by seeking police support. "We urge the Hindus that they need not feel threatened by the anti-national and evil forces that are issuing life threats to them. If they still face any difficulty, they should contact the local Bajrang Dal volunteers," he said and added that VHP will soon release helpline numbers for all states.’

Source: Times Of India

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Probe Ordered on the Imposition of Sharia and Islamic Practices on Kids of the Jharkhand School Known for Its Communal Harmony

Jul 7, 2022

RANCHI/GARHWA: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has issued a notice to Jharkhand's Garhwa district deputy commissioner Ramesh Gholap, asking him to initiate an inquiry and necessary legal action in connection with a complaint about imposition of Sharia and Islamic practices on minors in a school there.

A similar probe has also been ordered by state education minister Jagarnath Mahto, who directed the DC and the SP to probe and initiate action, if required, in the matter. However, the management of Korwadih Middle School and the village Mukhiya contradicted the allegations and said Korwadih village, in which the school is located, is known for its communal harmony and that false charges were being levelled.

In its notice, the commission mentioned that it took cognizance of a complaint from one Legal Rights Observatory that some Islamic radicals in Garhwa are trying to impose Sharia and Islamic practices on minor schoolchildren. "Through the complaint, it has been informed that the said radicals have forcefully changed the school's age-old prayer and are also forcing the children to not join their hands during prayer...," the notice reads.

The state government too swung into action after a video clip showed children chanting their daily prayer, a few without joining hands (namaskar mudra). Local media reports alleged that the students, mostly from Muslim community, were forced to not join hands. Reports in social media also said since the village is Muslim-dominated, the villagers forced the headmaster to ensure that the normal prayer praising the god of knowledge and wisdom is not said by Muslim students.

Source: Times Of India

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Bajrang Dal to launch helpline for those 'threatened' by 'Islamic fundamentalists'

July 06, 2022

The Vishva Hindu Parishad, on Wednesday, said its youth wing Bajrang Dal will soon release helpline numbers for those getting threats from "Islamic fundamentalists" over their posts on social media.

In a video message, VHP joint general secretary Surendra Jain claimed efforts are being made to create an atmosphere of terror in the country since the brutal killing of Umesh Kolhe in Maharashtra's Amravati and Kanhaiya Lal at Uadipur in Rajasthan.

People are being threatened for their social media posts, he alleged.

"The entire world is fed up with Islamic fundamentalism, but for the last few days, their poison is spreading fast. In the manner Amravati's Umesh Kolhe and Udaipur's Kanhaiya Lal were killed, the entire world is shaken.

"After these two incidents, the way efforts are being made to spread violence and create an atmosphere of terror in the country is a matter of grave concern," he said.

"If a post is not liked, death threat be given? Hindu society will not tolerate it," he said.

On behalf of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), Jain appealed to members of the "Hindu society" to immediately lodge a complaint with police whenever such threats are made to them.

"If police does not take action, the activists of VHP's youth wing Bajrang Dal will always be ready to help you," he said, adding, "Helpline numbers will be released. Whenever such a situation emerge, you can contact Bajrang Dal activists through these helpline numbers," he asserted.

Source: The Week

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Africa

 

Saif al-Islam says has initiative to solve the political crisis

July 06, 2022

Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi has announced a political initiative with two proposals to get the country out of its crisis, as he put it.

The first proposal provides that a neutral party sets urgent legal and executive arrangements for non-exclusive parliamentary and presidential elections in which everyone participates, without exclusion, and leaves the decision to the Libyan people to choose.

In his second proposal, Gaddafi calls on controversial candidates to withdraw from the presidential elections collectively without exception, saying that this would be "a last attempt to save the country and find a peaceful solution to its crisis."

"All those in the positions are holding on to power, for the.. benefits they obtained as a result of their presence in the sovereign positions.. this has become clear to the Libyans and the international community." He added.

He said the situation in Libya is getting worse every day, and the door is open to all possibilities as everyone "refuses to make concessions," warning that the country will be facing major and grave events.

The son and one-time heir apparent of the late dictator Muammar Gadafi was disqualified from running for the presidential elections in December last year, on the backdrop of his previous convictions.

Source: Libya Observer

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https://www.libyaobserver.ly/news/saif-al-islam-says-has-initiative-solve-political-crisis

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Islamic State claims raid on Nigerian prison, 440 inmates on run

By Abraham Achirga

July 7, 2022

ABUJA, July 6 (Reuters) - Islamic State claimed responsibility on Wednesday for a raid on a Nigerian prison in the capital Abuja which freed around 440 inmates, raising fears that insurgents are venturing from their enclaves in the northeast.

Shuaib Belgore, permanent secretary at the interior ministry, told journalists outside the Abuja prison - which has 900 inmates - that a security officer was killed during Tuesday night's raid and three others were injured. He said suspected Boko Haram attackers came for members who were held in the prison.

"They came specifically for their co-conspirators, but in order to get them ... some of them are in the general (prison) population so they broke out and other people in that population escaped as well but many of them have returned," Belgore said.

A total of 879 inmates fled, the prison service said in a statement, with 443 still at large and the rest recaptured. Four inmates were dead and 16 others injured, it said.

"They have reported themselves to the police, some we have successfully retrieved from the bushes where they were hiding," Belgore said.

The raid highlights Nigeria's security challenges, which is spreading from the northern regions where armed insurgents and gangs are rife.

Outside the prison, the charred wreckage of several vehicles with bullet holes were seen on Wednesday morning, attesting to gunbattles in the vicinity during the raid.

A helicopter hovered overhead as armed security officials brought in a shirtless inmate limping with a gaping wound on his leg, while another injured inmate was carried into the prison.

President Muhammadu Buhari, on his way to his hometown Daura to prepare for the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, visited the prison. He questioned the prison's intelligence system and demanded a report on the attack.

In a separate attack on Wednesday, Buhari's convoy carrying an advance team of security guards, protocol and media officers heading to the president's hometown in the northern state of Katsina, was ambushed. Buhari was not in the convoy.

Source: Reuters

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Jordanian man shoots two sons dead over financial dispute

06 July, 2022

A man in Jordan shot his two sons dead on Tuesday over financial disputes in the governorate of Ajloun, north of the capital Amman, according to local media reports.

The perpetrator is reportedly still on the run, and a search is underway to apprehend him.

The Public Security Department said in a statement that the perpetrator is in his seventies, adding that an investigation has been launched.

The crime came hours after a Jordanian man was arrested in the governorate of Irbid, north of Amman, for beating his two daughters to death then burying them.

Source: Al Arabiya

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ISESCO includes 22 Libyan sites in Islamic Heritage list

July 06, 2022

The Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) has included 22 Libyan sites within the list of Islamic Heritage.

This came during the tenth session of the Heritage Committee in the Islamic World, held in Morocco, the Libyan Foreign Ministry said on its Facebook page.

The Libyan ambassador to Morocco, Ibrahim Al-Taweel, received the registration certificates of the heritage sites, in the presence of the Moroccan Minister of Youth and Culture, Al-Mahdi bin Said, the Director General of ISESCO, Salem Malik, and a number of ambassadors and diplomatic representatives accredited to Morocco.

Source: Libya Observer

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Europe

 

Sweden’s PM condemns MPs posing with PKK flag amid Turkey NATO row

06 July, 2022

Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson on Wednesday condemned a group of left-wing MPs who posed with flags from Kurdish militants as the country’s NATO membership bid faces Turkish pressure over such groups.

NATO on Tuesday kicked off the accession procedures for Sweden and Finland after a deal was struck with Turkey, which had blocked the Nordic nations from joining.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had accused them of being havens for Kurdish militants, specifically highlighting the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) he has sought to crush, and for promoting “terrorism.”

On Tuesday, images spread on social media showing parliamentarians from the Left Party, which opposed Sweden’s decision to apply for NATO membership, posing with flags from the PKK, as well as militant group YPG and the all-female YPJ, considered terrorist groups by Turkey.

The images were taken during an annual political gathering on the island of Gotland.

“The PKK is a designated terror organization, not just in Sweden, but in the EU and posing with such flags is extremely inappropriate,” Andersson told news agency TT.

Left Party MP Lorena Delgado Varas, who was one of those involved in the political stunt, criticized what she called the hypocrisy of the other parties for supporting Kurdish groups while they were fighting the Islamic state group.

“Now they want to turn around, willing to cosy up with the dictator Erdogan. All to join NATO,” Delgado Varas wrote on Twitter.

Sweden’s Left Party is not part of the government but is helping prop up Andersson’s Social Democrat cabinet.

Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Sweden and Finland reversed decades of military non-alignment by applying for NATO membership in mid-May.

While Turkey approved formally inviting Sweden to join, the accession bid still needs to be ratified by all 30 NATO members.

Erdogan has warned that his country could still block Sweden and Finland if they fail to implement the deal with Ankara.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Turkey renews extradition requests with Finland, Sweden: Justice minister

06 July, 2022

Turkey renewed requests on Wednesday for Sweden and Finland to extradite individuals it considers terrorists after the countries reached a deal over the Nordic nations’ NATO membership bids, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said.

Turkey had opposed the two countries’ bids over what it called support for Kurdish fighters and others it views as terrorists, as well as over arms embargoes and unfulfilled extradition requests.

Last week, the three nations signed a deal for Ankara to remove its block, while the candidate countries pledged not to support the Kurdish militant PKK and YPG groups or the network of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Ankara says the Gulen network staged a 2016 coup attempt and labels it a terrorist organization with the acronym FETO.

“Within the framework of the agreement signed between Turkey, Sweden and Finland at the latest NATO summit, a monitoring committee was established,” Bozdag said in a televised interview with HaberGlobal.

In the text signed last week, Finland and Sweden agreed to “address (Turkey’s) pending deportation or extradition requests of terror suspects expeditiously and thoroughly...in accordance with the European Convention on Extradition.”

“Accordingly, today we have renewed some requests that were rejected before, and reminded them of some requests that were not responded to,” Bozdag said.

Turkey, a NATO member of more than 70 years standing with the alliance’s second biggest army, has long demanded that allies halt support for the YPG, a US ally in the fight against ISIS in Syria.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Iran detains several foreigners including senior UK diplomat for spying: State TV

06 July, 2022

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have detained several foreigners, including Britain’s second most senior envoy in Tehran, for alleged acts of spying such as taking soil samples in restricted areas, state television reported on Wednesday.

It did not say whether those detained were still under arrest.

“These spies were taking earth samples in Iran’s central desert where the Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace missile exercises were conducted,” state TV said.

The TV showed footage of Giles Whitaker and his family in central Iran where the British diplomat appeared to be taking ground samples. The TV said it was near an area that a missile test was taking place.

“Whitaker was expelled from (the area) after apologizing” the TV report said.

One of those detained was identified by state TV as the husband of Austria’s cultural attaché in Iran. It also showed a picture of a third foreigner, identifying him as Maciej Walczak, a university professor in Poland whom it said was visiting Iran as a tourist.

The TV report ran footage allegedly showing Maciej Walczak and three colleagues collecting earth samples in another area after visiting Iran on a scientific exchange program.

It said their sample collection also coincided with a missile test in Iran’s southern Kerman province.

The UK’s Foreign Office released a statement, saying “Reports of the arrest of a British diplomat in Iran are completely false.”

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have arrested dozens of dual nationals and foreigners in recent years, mostly on espionage and security-related charges.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Italian press highlights importance of multi-faceted relations with Türkiye

Baris Seckin  

06.07.2022

ROME

The Italian media highlighted the importance of the country’s multi-faceted relations with Türkiye where Prime Minister Mario Draghi paid a visit Tuesday.

Major Italian newspapers covered Draghi’s visit to Ankara including Corriere della Sera, one of the country’s most-read and circulated dailies, that said the premier particularly focused on cooperation on irregular immigration.

Draghi stressed that Türkiye and Italy are allies, friends and partners who stand together against common challenges, it said.

The newspaper noted that the two countries signed nine agreements, including cooperation in intelligence sharing.

Türkiye insists on concluding the deal on the SAMP/T long-range air defense system as soon as possible, it added.

Center-left La Repubblica emphasized that the two countries encourage a solution on the export of Ukrainian grain to world markets via the Black Sea.

Italy and Türkiye also agreed on jointly addressing the problem of irregular immigration and essentially restoring full stability in Libya, it said.

For Italy, it said, Türkiye is a tough but necessary partner with its role as an energy transit country, among other critical issues with which Italy has to deal.

The Center-right Il Messaggero daily reiterated that the two countries share similar perspectives on Libya and the export of Ukrainian grain.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Southeast Asia

 

Sarawak Releases1, 807kg Ashes of Disposed Al-Quran, Disposes In the South China Sea Tg Jerijeh

06 Jul 2022

SARIKEI, July 6 — Ashes of disposed Al-Quran weighing 1,807kg were released into the South China Sea off Tanjung Jerijeh near here yesterday.

Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Urban Development Datu Len Talif Salleh, who witnessed the process carried under the supervision of Sarawak mufti Datu Kipli Yassin, said this was the first such programme held in the central region.

“The ashes were of various holy materials, which had been disposed in accordance with the process required under Islamic law at Pusat Pemuliaan Al-Quran. The centre, also known as Relau, is the first in the central region and fourth in the state after one each in Kuching, Kota Samarahan, and Bintulu,” he said.

The Kuala Rajang assemblyman, who is also Sarikei Islamic Welfare Trust Board (Lakisri) chairman, advised those who had damaged Al-Quran books to seek assistance and advice from the relevant agencies such as the Sarawak Islam Council to ensure the disposal process is done in accordance with Islamic law.

Source: Malay Mail

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China Takes Full Advantage of Taliban’s Isolation

By Niva Yau

July 06, 2022

It’s been almost a year and the Taliban has managed to stay in power in Afghanistan. The country faces severe isolation from the West, but regional countries, especially China, have embraced the Taliban with open arms.

While busy getting the Taliban fully on-board regarding issues related to Xinjiang, Chinese official statements have been dropping many concerns that were previously raised. For starters, China has come to terms with the fact that no members of the former Afghan government will likely be part of the Taliban’s leadership in Afghanistan. Now, the Chinese side only suggests inclusivity in Afghanistan on the basis of ethnicity and political parties, given regional concern for long-term stability.

Beijing has also stopped making clear statements which asked the Taliban for a less radical Islamic policy in Afghanistan – an intrinsic problem in dealing with the Taliban Chinese scholars viewed as incompatible with Chinese policy on Xinjiang and the Uyghur issue. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke to the Islamic Cooperation Organization summit in March 2022 and in mentioning Afghanistan said that the PRC “supports Islamic countries to use Islamic wisdom to solve current issues.”

The Chinese official perspective on Afghanistan is rather clear now. Highest of all priorities is to secure the Taliban’s facilitation and support on Xinjiang-related issues, and to do this, Beijing must guarantee the Taliban leadership stability domestically in Afghanistan and regionally. Second, Afghanistan presents one of the most powerful soft power opportunities for China to position itself as a peacemaker, meanwhile offering a direct opportunity to compare itself with the United States, placing heavy blame on American foreign policy in Afghanistan for the current situation. Compared to last summer, the PRC has changed its speech completely and no longer asks the U.S. to facilitate efforts to address spill-over effects, it’s now a full blame game.

Updating the Chinese press on the latest developments in Afghanistan in March 2022, Wang Yi praised that “they [Taliban] spent a lot of efforts on stabilizing the situation and tried to provide public goods, there is some success.” Chinese fingerprints are all over this preliminary “success.” After months of direct engagement with the Taliban, as its leadership consolidated, the PRC opened a bilateral working group with the Taliban on humanitarian assistance and economic rebuilding in December 2021. The initiatives discussed at the working group, such as providing more humanitarian aid, facilitating the export of Afghan products to the PRC, the sharing of Chinese economic development lessons with the Taliban, Beijing’s help in restarting mining in Afghanistan, realizing the connectivity potential of Afghanistan, and so on – have by now achieved early outcomes.

On the ground, between April and June 2022, representatives of the Chinese Embassy have held a total of six meetings with various Afghan Ministers of the provisional government to discuss Chinese projects to rebuild the country. The Afghan Embassy in Beijing re-opened in late April 2022, it has since held at least seven meetings with Chinese officials and senior representatives of key Chinese state-owned companies to further finalize plans for Chinese reconstruction projects.

China is also leveraging its good relations with regional countries to create a regional consensus and push for all neighboring countries to support the Taliban in Afghanistan. Chinese officials have been well represented in all of the regional dialogues on Afghanistan since the collapse in August 2021. On September 8, 2021, the first meeting of neighboring countries on Afghanistan was held online. It included the foreign ministers of China, Iran, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. This mechanism brings together the countries which share a border with Afghanistan in order to manage consensus and cushion any spill-over. Following a  September 17, 2021 informal meeting on Afghanistan between Russia, China, Pakistan and Iran, Russia was included in the second neighboring countries meeting on Afghanistan, despite being the only country which does not actually share a border with Afghanistan.

By the third neighboring countries meeting, press handouts showed a gradual deepening of issues discussed and more indications of practical management. All sides have taken implementation seriously as a result of an agreed-upon scope. A list of 72 deliverables was presented at the third meeting, which included Iran donating 30 rounds of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, Pakistan providing $30 million worth of humanitarian aid, Pakistan assisting the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) in delivering humanitarian aid by air between Islamabad and Kabul, Tajikistan committing to dedicate six cross-border bridges as bridges for passing of humanitarian aid, Turkmenistan prioritizing the supply of electricity to Afghanistan and accepting Afghan students to study in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan agreeing to dedicate parts of the Termez International Transportation and Logistics Center to facilitate humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, and much more.

When Beijing says it seeks to build regional consensus and management of Afghanistan, it does not mean for all countries to work together. Rather it means setting up an agreed list of activities all regional countries should look to implement on their own, given individual capacity differences. For example, by the third meeting, implementation topics mentioned included providing tangible support to economic rebuilding such as increasing capacity of border port; open cooperation with various sectors of the Afghan business community; over nine names of terrorist organizations mentioned as intolerable in Afghanistan; a “security belt” at the Tajik-Afghan border; a mechanism amongst country advisers on Afghanistan; and three working groups on political, economic and security issues.

Beijing has delivered a dozen batches of humanitarian aid to the Taliban, with the latest aid delivered by Chinese military jets crossing the narrow, mountainous Wakhan Corridor. In June 2022, the PRC started its first technical training programs for Taliban officials. In April 2022, the PRC special envoy on Afghanistan briefed the German, European, British, Saudi and Turkish representatives on Afghanistan affairs on the deliverables of the third neighboring countries meeting. It is clear that the PRC is interested in positioning itself as the central player pushing and organizing regional, and soon, global management of Afghanistan affairs.

Chinese interests in expanding its engagement in Afghanistan lies in opportunist thinking. Beijing views this as a chance to present itself to the world as a peacemaker, and frames these engagement activities as key talking points to put further blame on American foreign policy. The most recent batch of aid to Afghanistan, delivered by Chinese military planes, has been used in Chinese propaganda materials contrasted side by side with American military planes. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lijian Zhao remarked on Twitter on June 29: “Two military planes showed up at Kabul airport, one taking life and the other carrying hope. This is perhaps the biggest difference between China and the US.”

Source: The Diplomat

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Rights group vows to continue protest against death penalty

Danial Azhar

July 6, 2022

KUALA LUMPUR: A human rights group says it will continue to protest the death penalty, even as another Malaysian is scheduled to be hanged in Singapore tomorrow.

Kalwant Singh will be hanged in the city-state after the Singapore Court of Appeal dismissed his final appeal for a stay of execution.

The 32-year-old was convicted of possession of 60.15gm of diamorphine and trafficking 120.9gm of the drug.

He was arrested when he was 23 and had spent the last nine years in prison.

Amnesty International Malaysia’s Brian Yap said the continued executions were untenable and did not solve any problem.

“(Even) if we are unable to halt the execution tomorrow, we will continue to protest.

“We will not be silent, we will continue to raise our voices against the death penalty,” he said at a candlelight vigil for Kalwant outside the Singapore High Commission here.

Yap reiterated calls for the Singapore government to repeal the death sentence, adding that those who were sent to the gallows had been victimised or were in desperate situations.

The vigil saw a group of 15 representatives from the Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network, Lawyers for Liberty, Suara Rakyat Malaysia and Amnesty International holding placards and candles in a show of support for Kalwant.

Gathering for 30 minutes, they chanted “Singapore stop the killing” and “save, save Kalwant” while holding placards which read “stop the execution of Kalwant Singh”, “Putrajaya save Kalwant” and “Singapore don’t kill again”.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Syed Saddiq told me to ‘clear’ RM1mil amid MACC probe, says witness

Ho Kit Yen

July 5, 2022

KUALA LUMPUR: The star witness in Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman’s money laundering and criminal breach of trust (CBT) trial told the High Court here the Muar MP asked him to dispose of part of the RM1 million Bersatu funds.

The RM1 million was in Syed Saddiq’s possession.

Former Bersatu Youth assistant treasurer Rafiq Hakim Razali said Syed Saddiq called him in late March 2020, informing him that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) wanted to conduct checks at his Petaling Jaya home.

He said he was told by Syed Saddiq the checks were part of MACC’s investigations into the former Bersatu Youth leader’s police report that he was robbed of RM250,000. Then, Syed Saddiq had said the RM250,000 had been stolen from his home.

Rafiq said Syed Saddiq asked him to “clear” some cash that Syed Saddiq was holding.

“I distributed (part of) the money to Naqib (Rahim) and Daniel (Kusari),” he said.

Before this, Naqib – a tailor and Bersatu member – and Daniel – the then federal territories Bersatu Youth information chief – had testified that they received RM250,000 and RM650,000, respectively, from Rafiq in April 2020.

Rafiq also told the court that he and Ahmad Redzuan Mohamed Shafi, the then Bersatu Youth assistant secretary, went to the CIMB KL Sentral branch on March 6, 2020 to withdraw RM1 million from the youth wing’s account.

He said the withdrawal was done on Syed Saddiq’s instruction.

“He (Syed Saddiq) asked me how much was in the bank account and I told him we had about RM1.8 million.

“He instructed me and Redzuan to withdraw RM1 million for Armada’s (Bersatu Youth) programmes,” he said.

Rafiq said as RM1 million was a large amount, he contacted the branch manager and asked if the branch had sufficient money.

“When the manager informed us that they had sufficient funds, I proceeded (with the withdrawal),” he said.

Asked by deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin what happened to the balance of the money after it was distributed to Naqib and Daniel, Rafiq said it was spent on the political programmes, but he could not recall the details.

Syed Saddiq is standing trial on four counts of CBT and money laundering. He is alleged to have misappropriated a total of RM1.12 million belonging to Bersatu.

From the amount, RM120,000 was said to be party funds for the 2018 general election, while RM1 million was allegedly withdrawn by him without the top leadership’s consent.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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MoU 2.0 will bring more meaningful reforms, says DAP MP

'Ainin Wan Salleh

July 6, 2022

PETALING JAYA: An extension to the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the government and Pakatan Harapan would make room for more meaningful reforms over the next year, said Bangi MP Ong Kian Ming.

The DAP MP said introducing a “MoU 2.0” that would push GE15 to July next year would enable the government to introduce more progressive reforms, such as those suggested by electoral reform group Bersih.

“If MoU 2.0 is going to be proposed, the understanding on the part of the opposition parties and Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob would be that this would only be meaningful if GE15 can be pushed to July 2023.

“This means that we have one year from the end of the first MoU until the possible dissolution of Parliament to put forward more progressive agendas,” said Ong at a conference jointly organised by Bersih and the Bar Council.

Some of the reforms suggested by Bersih include fixing the term of the Parliament as well as a mechanism for a vote of confidence or no-confidence to prove that the prime minister enjoys the support of the majority of MPs.

Ong added that MPs from both sides of the aisle would be receptive to a fixed Parliament term as it would provide them the certainty of remaining in office throughout the period.

Ismail and PH leaders signed the first MoU in September 2021, agreeing to work together to restore political stability while the government managed the Covid-19 pandemic and to help bolster economic recovery.

While the MoU does not have an expiry date, it states that the government and PH had agreed not to hold GE15 before July 31.

In March, DAP secretary-general Loke Siew Fook had proposed an extension to the MoU under the condition that Ismail could deliver on all items in the agreement.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Pakistan


Political Parties Suffered Due To Imbalance In Ties With Military: PTI Vice Chairman

July 7, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Wednesday said all three major parties had suffered from the imbalance in relationship with the military and therefore should prudently look at the past mistakes and try to rectify them.

Speaking at a dialogue hosted by Islamabad Policy Institute (IPI), a think-tank, on civil-military imbalance, the former foreign minister called for cooperation among political rivals on this issue and asked them not to remain stuck in the past.

The discussion was held between three main political parties to analyse the state of civil-military ties in the context of the political instability in the country.

“If we continue with the blame game, we won’t be able to move ahead,” Mr Qureshi said, adding that national consensus would have to be forged on this issue.

Criticising the government for giving a role to Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in vetting postings and appointments of government officials, he said the move would strengthen the spy agency’s involvement in civilian matters.

He regretted that the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) did not fully implement the Charter of Democracy (CoD), which they signed in 2006 for restoring balance of power between various state institutions and reclaiming the space lost by the mainstream political parties. He said it needed to be studied why these signatories did not fully implement CoD, adding that “there is now a need for an expanded CoD”.

Speaking on the occasion, Senate Defence Committee Chairman Mushahid Hussain Syed said any effort at redressing civil-military imbalance should begin with political parties agreeing to take back former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s directive that mandated ISI’s role in politics.

The defence committee chairman and PML-N senator said in 1975, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had mandated the ISI to keep an eye on political parties on national security grounds.

He said all political parties should reach a consensus on withdrawing the directive. “This could be a starting point,” he added.

Senator Mushahid Hussain said political parties should decide among themselves that “road to Islamabad would not lie through Rawalpindi, Washington or London, but through the Constitution and ballot box”.

He said there should be a realisation that if political parties use military to get power and then rely on them for running the affairs, then the military would keep deciding the time of their exit.

Dealing with this imbalance, the PML-N senator said it might look difficult, but it could be done if there was political will and unity among political forces on this issue.

PPP leader Farhatullah Babar said a dialogue between political parties on this issue was not enough.

Source: Dawn

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Imran takes aim at ECP as five PTI MPAs notified

Shafiq Butt

July 7, 2022

SAHIWAL: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan once again trained his guns on the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday as he alleged pre-poll rigging, especially tampering with electoral lists, ahead of by-elections on 20 seats of the Punjab Assembly on July 17.

But even as the former premier was making his fiery address, the commission notified five PTI members on reserved seats that had fallen vacant after the de-seating of MPAs who had voted for Hamza Shehbaz in the Punjab chief minister election.

Addressing a public gathering in Mor 90, a constituency (PP-202) of Sahiwal where PTI candidate retired Major Sarwar will take on former colleague and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) ticket holder Malik Nauman Langrial in by-polls later this month, Mr Khan appreciated his supporters for attending the rally despite rain.

Imran Khan, who was ousted from power following a no-confidence vote against him in April this year, reiterated that a cabal of alleged crooks was imposed on Pakistan through a “foreign conspiracy”, which resulted in the “tanking of the economy”.

Former PM alleges commission, ‘umpires’ involved in pre-poll rigging to favour PML-N

In a comment on the election watchdog, Mr Khan said, “The election commission lacks conscience… the ECP is in cahoots with these crooks and turncoats and is trying to influence elections in favour of [these] crooks.”

“If you think you can win the match through collusion with ‘umpires’, I challenge you that we will defeat you in the elections,” the PTI chairman said and added that the government could not defeat the PTI even with the support of the powers-that-be.

Mr Khan alleged that voters’ lists were being tampered with to add “bogus votes” and asked his party nominees to check the lists ahead of the polls to weed out such votes. In order to stop the manipulation of elections, the former premier asked “10 daring youths” to be stationed at each polling station on the voting day to “stop” the opponents from manipulating polls.

During the address, Imran Khan also talked about the crackdown on the PTI supporters, including journalists. According to Mr Khan, a “cabal of crooks” was imposed on the country but “we are being told not to criticise it to avoid penalisation”. The PTI chief warned that anyone who stood by these “crooks” would be held accountable by the nation. “Neither the nation nor history would forgive you,” Mr Khan said without naming anyone.

The PTI chief further warned that Pakistan would be pushed towards “anarchy” if the PTI supporters were stopped from organising peaceful protests. He added Pakistan could become Sri Lanka or Lebanon – both reeling from political and economic crises – if restrictions were imposed on the right to protest. He said the cases registered against the PTI could not deter people from joining the ‘jihad’ for “real freedom”.

PTI MPAs notified

In line with the ruling of the Lahore High Court (LHC), the election watchdog on Wednesday evening notified five PTI members of the Punjab Assembly on reserved seats.

Those declared as returned candidates on reserved seats for women include Batool Zain, Saira Raza and Fouzia Abbas Naseem whereas Habkook Rafiq Babbu and Samuel Yaqoob were notified as MPAs on seats reserved for non-Muslim members.

On June 2, the ECP had decided to put on hold notifications of new PTI members till by-poll –due to July 17 – on grounds that the seats are allocated on the basis of proportional representation and appointment prior to elections would amount to violation of a constitutional provision.

However, on June 27, the Lahore High Court (LHC) instructed the ECP to notify PTI members on five reserved seats. The notifications were not issued even after that perhaps due to the absence of a detailed judgement.

Source: Dawn

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Pakistan’s ex-PM Imran Khan threatens to ‘reveal everything’ if harassment of his party workers continues

July 6, 2022

Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan on Tuesday threatened to reveal all about the "conspiracy" that allegedly led to his downfall.

Khan’s video message came ahead of crucial by-election in Punjab this month where his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party is trying to secure the seats against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). In his message, Khan alleged the provincial administration was involved in rigging the upcoming polls.

Khan was removed through a no-trust vote in April but refused to concede his defeat, and rather alleged that an American conspiracy with the help of local actors was the cause of his ouster. His belligerent posturing has clashed with the powerful establishment.

He upped his ante in the video message, threatening to identify the characters responsible for the conspiracy to topple his government if his harassment and that of his party was not stopped.

“If we are pushed against the wall and harassed then I will be forced to speak up and will lay bare everything before the nation about what happened,” he said.

Khan said he was keeping mum in the interests of the nation but he knew everything about those bringing his downfall. “I know how this conspiracy happened and who is involved,” he said.

The former premier also said that he had recorded a video to identify “which characters did what and who committed this great betrayal with the country" and it would be released if something happened to him.

Khan also said that there was similarity between his ouster and the downfall of former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who was removed by military dictator Ziaul Haq in 1977, as both of them were ousted after the US disapproved Pakistan’s effort to go for an independent foreign policy.

Source: India Today

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Three Afghan women swept away in North Waziristan floods

July 7, 2022

NORTH WAZIRISTAN: Three Afghan women were swept away by floodwaters and several people suffered injuries following the downpour-induced flash floods in Tochi River and streams in North Waziristan tribal district on Wednesday.

The residents said the Afghan women had come to the area for medical treatment and had been missing since a torrent swept her away in Saidgi area near the border.

They said several people were injured after being caught up in flash floods.

The residents also said construction machinery and other goods were also washed away by surging water in the Tochi River.

They said the torrential rains caused the river and streams to overflow and thus, damaging agricultural lands across the district.

Thousands stranded as key Mansehra artery blocked by landslides

High flooding was also reported in the Qanungo Algad River, Ketho River and Kurram River.

Rescue 1122 officials told Dawn that they rescued several people from the flooded Tochi River.

They also said heavy downpour caused several houses in Miramshah and Mirali areas to collapse.

Also in the day,a stream in Talash area of Lower Dir district was flooded disrupting vehicular traffic on the main Timergara-Peshawar road for around five hours.

The police diverted the traffic to the Kalpani-Talash Bypass Road but it was blocked.

The stream swelled due to heavy rain leaving hundreds of vehicles stranded on its both sides in Shamshi Khan and Ziarat Talash area for a long time.

Meanwhile, thousands of people travelling between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan, including tourists, remained stranded on Wednesday due to the blocking of the Mansehra-Naran-Jalkhad Road by heavy landslides in Basal area.

“The tourists and other people travelling in around 225 coaches and vehicles got stranded near the Lolusar Lake as the relevant departments failed to clear the road for almost 24 hours,” Dr Mohammad Abdul Saboor, chief executive officer of the Southern Punjab Cricket Association Multan, told Dawn by telephone from the area.

He said he had come to Kaghan valley along with family after visiting Hunza area in GB.

Hasan Deen of the Moon Restaurants said employees of his hotel were providing food and other goods to the stranded people, including women and children, on a not-for-profit basis.

Source: Dawn

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SHC issues notices on father’s plea for Dua Zehra’s custody

Naeem Sahoutara | Ishaq Tanoli

July 7, 2022

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the interior ministry, provincial home department, police and others on a petition filed by the father of teenage Dua Zehra seeking her custody.

The petitioner also sought a restraining order for respondents from issuing her a passport and not to allow her to leave the country.

A two-judge bench headed by Justice Mohammad Iqbal Kalhoro put all the respondents as well as additional attorney general, advocate general Sindh and prosecutor general Sindh on notice for July 21.

Syed Mehdi Ali Kazmi again petitioned the SHC stating that the June 8 order of the SHC setting Dua at liberty to decide her fate cannot be treated as final adjudication of the instant matter since the same was passed on the basis of a fact which had now been rendered to be erroneous whereas new facts emerged.

The counsel maintained that in the light of foregoing ancillary facts and changed circumstances, the petitioner has no alternative remedy than to approach the SHC again for recovery of her daughter, production and restoration to the lawful guardianship.

He further argued that the June 8 order of SHC had relied upon the impugned report of the ossification test showing age of Dua being around 17 years and her statement on oath.

He added now a medical board had set aside the earlier report about her age as it had found the age of girl under 16 years.

The lawyer further stated that documentary evidence in the form of birth certificate, passport, etc, had shown her age under 14 years at the time of incident and the same cannot be overridden by a medical board in the form of an ossification test.

He argued that as per medical board’s report, Dua was under 16 years and it was prima facie deemed that her alleged marriage with Zaheer Ahmed was illegal even under the Punjab Child Marriage Restraint Act, 2016.

“It is imperative that the alleged detainee be recovered from illegal detention of her alleged husband and handed over to her natural guardian,” the counsel maintained.

The petitioner also expressed the apprehension that the investigating officer of the case, DSP Shoukat Shahani, might be operating under prejudice and certain bureaucratic influence as he was appointed on May 30 the same day SHC had reprimanded the conduct of SSP-AVCC for failing to recover the girl and hence, there was resentment on the apart of some senior police officers, who would prefer the investigation report in “C” class for cancellation of the case.

IO granted two weeks

Judicial Magistrate (East) Aftab Bughio on Wednesday granted two-week time to the IO for filing a supplementary charge sheet in a case pertaining to alleged abduction of Dua Zehra.

The IO submitted that he had not received a copy of the medical board’s report regarding the age estimation test of Dua. He undertook that the supplementary charge sheet would be filed in the light of the age determination test report once it was provided to him.

The magistrate directed the office to provide a certified copy of Dua Zehra’s age determination test report.

He also told the IO to submit the supplementary charge sheet by July 20 and adjourned the hearing.

Jibran Nasir, the complainant’s counsel, later tweeted: “We have moved multiple applications to the IG Police Sindh and Additional IG (investigation) for changing the IO Shahani in the case. However, it appears Sindh Police is more than comfortable embarrassment to itself and inviting doubts/questions about its performance.”

Source: Dawn

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'In the mouth of dragons': Melting glaciers threaten Pakistan's north

Jul 7, 2022

HASSANABAD, PAKISTAN: As dawn broke over Javed Rahi's Pakistani mountain village, a loud boom shattered the silence and a torrent of water came cascading down from the melting glacier nearby, followed by a thick cloud of smoke.

Rahi, a retired maths teacher, had been due to attend his nephew's wedding the day the flood rushed through the village of Hassanabad.

"I expected women and children to sing and dance... Instead I heard them screaming in terror," the 67-year-old said. "It was like doomsday."

The flood- which occurred as a heatwave was gripping South Asia in May- swept away nine homes in the village and damaged half a dozen more.

The water also washed away two small hydro plants and a bridge that connected the remote community to the outside world.

Pakistan is home to more than 7,000 glaciers, more than anywhere else on Earth outside the poles.

Rising global temperatures linked to climate change are causing the glaciers to rapidly melt, creating thousands of glacial lakes.

The government has warned that 33 of these lakes- all located in the spectacular Himalaya, Hindu Kush and Karakoram mountain ranges that intersect in Pakistan -- are at risk of bursting and releasing millions of cubic metres of water and debris in just a few hours, like in Hassanabad.

At least 16 such glacial lake outburst floods linked to heatwaves have occurred this year already, compared with an average of five or six per year, the Pakistani government said earlier this week.

The devastation caused by such floods makes recovery for impacted communities an arduous task.

After disaster struck Hassanabad, Rahi and fellow villagers who lost their homes had to move to a nearby camp for displaced people.

Inside their makeshift tents are the few belongings they managed to salvage and mattresses to sleep on.

"We never thought we would fall from riches to rags," Rahi said.

Pakistan is the world's eighth most vulnerable country to extreme weather caused by climate change, according to the Global Climate Risk Index compiled by the environmental NGO Germanwatch.

The country is experiencing earlier, hotter and more frequent heatwaves, with temperatures already hitting 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) this year.

Floods and droughts in recent years have killed and displaced thousands of people, destroyed livelihoods, and damaged infrastructure.

According to the UN Development Programme, a lack of information on glacial changes in Pakistan makes it difficult to predict hazards originating from them.

Although Hassanabad had an early warning system in place -- including cameras that monitor water flow in glacial lakes -- the villagers believed they were living high enough above the water to avoid any impact, according to local officials.

Zahida Sher, who lost her home in the Hassanabad flood, said the power of the water took out buildings that had previously been considered safe.

The mountain communities depend on their livestock, orchards, farms and tourism for survival, but climate change threatens all of it.

"Our economy is agrarian and people don't have enough resources to move from here," said Sher, a researcher for a local development NGO.

Siddique Ullah Baig, a disaster risk reduction analyst in the northern region, said around seven million people are vulnerable to such events, but many are not aware of the gravity of the threat.

"People are still constructing homes in areas declared as a red zone for flooding. Our people are not aware and prepared to deal with any possible disaster," he told AFP.

Further north of Hassanabad lies Passu, another precarious hamlet that has already lost around 70 percent of its population and area after being hit by floods and natural river erosion.

The village is sandwiched between White glacier in the south, Batura glacier in the north and the Hunza River in the east -- three forces given the respectful title of "dragons" because of their destructive power.

"Passu village lies in the mouths of these three dragons," said local scholar Ali Qurban Mughani, pointing to the centuries-old bodies of dense ice towering over the village.

As he spoke, labourers worked on a protective concrete wall on a riverbank -- a bid to shield the village from further erosion.

Kamran Iqbal invested 500,000 rupees (around $2,400) that he borrowed from a local NGO to open a picnic spot for visitors with a breathtaking view.

The beauty of the glaciers has made the region one of the country's top tourist destinations.

Business was flourishing until a "horror night" last year when a flash flood washed away Iqbal's investment.

Even the most ambitious international climate targets of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees by the end of the century could lead to the melting of one third of Pakistan's glaciers, the Nepal-based scientific organisation the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development said in a 2019 study.

"In 2040 we could start facing problems of (water) scarcity that could lead to drought and desertification -- and before that we may have to cope with frequent and intense riverine flooding, and of course flash floods," said Aisha Khan, head of the Mountain and Glacier Protection Organization, which researches glaciers in Pakistan.

Home to more than 220 million people, Pakistan says it is responsible for less than one percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Yet it remains highly vulnerable to climate change impacts, dependent on climate-sensitive sectors such as agriculture and natural resources.

"There are no factories or industries here that can cause pollution... We have a clean environment," said Amanullah Khan, a 60-year village elder in Passu.

"But when it comes to the threats posed by climate change, we are at the forefront."

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Arab World

 

Muslim Brotherhood to be excluded from Egypt ‘national dialogue’

06 July, 2022

The general coordinator of an Egyptian “national dialogue” initiative has ruled out any participation by the opposition Muslim Brotherhood in the process.

Diaa Rashwan, who also heads Egypt’s Press Syndicate and State Information Service, said on Tuesday that “all factions which took part in killing or incitement to violence or terrorism will be excluded from the national dialogue” - government rhetoric that is regularly used against the popular movement.

The national dialogue initiative was launched earlier this year by the government of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

It is meant to bring together representatives from various Egyptian political forces, civil society groups, and think tanks, and a number of figures associated with the Egyptian liberal and left-wing opposition are taking part.

Egyptian state-affiliated media have called it a “step towards a modern, civil and democratic state”.

“This dialogue can include everyone, Egypt is a country which is big enough for everyone and our disagreements do not ruin the affection between us,” Rashwan said on Tuesday.

However, critics have accused the Egyptian government of not being serious about genuine political reform, pointing to the continued suppression of rights and freedoms and imprisonment of government opponents.

In 2013, current Egyptian President Sisi led a military coup against his predecessor, Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood who won democratic presidential elections the previous year.

Sisi arrested and imprisoned tens of thousands of coup opponents from the Muslim Brotherhood and other political groups, using trumped up charges such as “inciting terrorism” and “spreading false news” to sentence them to long periods in prison.

Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters were massacred by the military in Cairo’s Rabaa Square in August 2013.

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information estimated that there were 65,000 political prisoners in Egypt in 2021. At least 26,000 were held in pre-trial detention, according to the network.

Mohammed Sudan, a Muslim Brotherhood leader, recently told The New Arab’s Arabic-language service that there were recent contacts between the group and Egyptian government officials, but downplayed them.

He said that there were no changes “on the ground” and that the officials had been acting in an individual capacity.

“There is great pressure from the US on the Egyptian regime to reconcile with the Brotherhood, but until now we don’t know the reason for this,” he said.

Source: The New Arab

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Lebanon's Muslims locked out of Hajj by rising costs and collapsed lira

By Adam Chamseddine

6 July 2022

For every Lebanese Muslim who wished to perform Hajj this year, the 97th verse of the Quran’s third chapter has meant a great deal: “Pilgrimage to this house is an obligation by God upon whoever is able among the people.”

Since Lebanon was engulfed in a terrifying economic crisis in 2019, tens of thousands of Lebanese have found it increasingly difficult to perform this holy ritual.

With Hajj scheduled to begin on Thursday, Jihan Tabarra, who owns a small fishmonger's, sits in her living room watching the Mecca channel, a Saudi TV station that streams live coverage all year round from the holy city. When footage of pilgrims circumambulating the Kaaba appears, the 52-year-old turns with a sad smile to say: “I was supposed to be there.”

Tabarra has been saving money in a Kaaba-shaped savings box for four years, so that she could fulfil the obligation expected of all able-bodied Muslims.

“I never had a bank account," she tells Middle East Eye. "I never trusted banks and I preferred to keep my money where I can see it. My only mistake was that I saved my money in Lebanese lira.”

Since 2019, the lira, which was once pegged to the dollar, has lost 93 percent of its value. Corruption, bad governance and an economy run like a ponzi scheme have plunged Lebanon into what the World Bank calls one of the worst economic crises in 150 years.

Tabarra never suspected that the currency could crash like it has, and now her savings aren’t enough to meet her family's basic needs, let alone for her to perform Hajj.

“Today, if I had to sell all my jewellery and my furniture it wouldn’t be enough for me to perform Hajj. I never thought I will be one of those who will not be able to be among the people, as the verses says. But the situation has never been worse,” she says. “But God will forgive me. However, I wish God won’t forgive those who deprived me from this blessing.”

Unaffordable costs

Like others worldwide, Lebanese Muslims have been restricted from performing Hajj over the past two years due to the pandemic. After two years of allowing only Saudi residents to perform the pilgrimage, Saudi Arabia is now allowing a million pilgrims from across the world to travel. In 2019, 2.5 Muslims performed Hajj.

For two years, the applications of Lebanese and Palestinian refugees submitted to the Hajj and Umrah Authority in Lebanon have been piling up, due to Saudi Covid restrictions. Around 24,000 applications were registered in 2022, but the quota of pilgrims allowed from Lebanon is decreasing.

According to Ibrahim Itani, an official at the Hajj and Umrah Authority, 15,000 Lebanese and Palestinian pilgrims were allowed to enter Saudi Arabia in 2019, which included 5,000 complimentary slots for Lebanese government officials.

“This year, due to Covid restrictions and despite the higher limit, Lebanon was given 45 percent of its original quota prior to the pandemic - 3,300 pilgrims for both Lebanese and Palestinians,” he tells Middle East Eye. “The shock was that Lebanon did not even reach the quota, and only around 2,300 pilgrims have made the trip.”

Itani says the economic crisis is partly to blame, but thinks other factors contributed too: alongside plummeting Lebanese purchasing power has been the rising cost of Hajj itself.

Nasser (who asks us not to use his real name) has been relatively unaffected by the crash of the lira. He’s paid in dollars, so his costs haven’t been affected, unlike hundreds of thousands of other Lebanese.

Despite that, the cost of Hajj has risen so much that Nasser feels it is still beyond his reach. “It seems even God’s duties are up for sale in Lebanon,” Nasser tells MEE.

Before 2019, the most luxurious trips to Mecca and the best pilgrimage services would cost around $3,500. Today, a basic trip stands at $6,000, with better services costing up to $12,000 for Lebanese.

“It is true that I am somewhat better off than many others, but I will not be ripped off in the name of God,” Nasser says.

As in other countries in the Middle East and North Africa, and the West before the system was chaotically altered at the last minute, Lebanese have to book their Hajj trips through travel agencies.

Saeb Kalash runs the Lebanese-Saudi Company of Hajj and Umrah, a travel agency specialising in pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. He tells MEE that the rising price is due to extra fees set by the Saudi authorities due to new Covid regulations.

“The Saudi authorities have implemented new health insurance regulations that contributed to the increase in prices,” Kalash says. “Many transportation and other infrastructure services have been privatised since 2019, which helped raise the cost.”

Another reason for Lebanon’s failure to sell its quota is the problem in renewing passports. As a result of the economic collapse, authorities have adopted austerity measures in issuing new passports, because the finance ministry has been postponing money transfers to the international passport company contracted by the government.

“Many applicants who wished to participate this year had to renew their expired passports, and couldn’t get it on time,” Kalash tells MEE. The company that Kalash runs accommodated around 400 pilgrims in 2019, whereas this year it only catered to 100.

“The entire pilgrimage travel sector was hit hard. Our company is still one of the surviving ones… many other companies did not organise a pilgrimage campaign this year,” he says.

Corruption allegations

Many Lebanese are not buying the excuse that Covid regulations have meant extra expenses.

Lebanese attempting to apply for Hajj through travel agencies known to have better connections seem to have a better chance of being chosen to perform the pilgrimage, but those companies often charge a premium.

A sheikh, who preferred to remain anonymous, tells MEE: “This year’s pilgrimage season in Lebanon was nothing less than a black market. If you are connected within the right circles, you can have your applicants’ files processed. If you don’t, then you have to pay a black-market price.”

There is a discrepancy between the costs of new administrative fees and the new cost of Hajj overall, he says.

On social media, an anonymous campaign has begun, complaining about corruption in the Hajj application process.

A statement has been circulated online, titled “Hold the Hajj bandits accountable”, in a nod to the highwaymen who once robbed pilgrims; it describes the rise in prices as an “organised grand theft”.

“Some pilgrims had to borrow money and mortgage their jewellery to meet the extra fees requested by the companies,” it reads.

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Russia proposes six-month cross-border aid renewal for Syria

07 July, 2022

As the UN Security Council prepares to vote Thursday on humanitarian aid deliveries to opposition-held northwest Syria from Turkey, Russia agreed to continue such deliveries but only for six months — not a year, as many UN Security Council members, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and more than 30 nongovernmental groups want.

Russia proposed amendments to a draft resolution by Ireland and Norway reducing their year-long time frame for deliveries. Council diplomats said consultations were continuing late Wednesday to see if a compromise could be reached.

The Security Council scheduled a vote for Thursday morning. If no compromise appeared, the draft resolution by Ireland and Norway to extend cross-border deliveries for 12 months would be voted on first. If it failed to get nine votes, or was vetoed by Russia, the Russian resolution with a six-month extension would then be put to a vote.

In early July 2020, China and Russia vetoed a UN resolution that would have maintained two border crossing points from Turkey to deliver humanitarian aid to Idlib. Days later, the council authorized the delivery of aid through just one of those crossings, Bab al-Hawa. That one-year mandate was extended for a year on July 9, 2021, and expires this Sunday.

The Russian proposal called for increased efforts to ensure “full, safe and unhindered” deliveries of humanitarian assistance across conflict lines within Syria, according to the Russian draft obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.

It also would authorize the establishment of “a special working group” comprising concerned council members, major donors, interested regional parties and representatives of international humanitarian agencies “in order to regularly review and follow-up on the implementation of this resolution.”

Neither of those proposals were in the Ireland-Norway draft resolution.

Northwest Idlib is the last opposition-held bastion in Syria and al-Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham is the strongest insurgent group in the region. The UN said last week that the first 10 years of the Syrian conflict, which started in 2011, killed more than 300,000 civilians -- the highest official estimate of civilian casualties.

In a letter to Security Council ambassadors obtained Wednesday by the AP, former International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo warned that by approving cross-border deliveries to northwest Syria, council members “could find themselves materially supporting a UN-designated terrorist organization.”

He said northwest Syria “is controlled by al-Nusra, a UN designated terrorist organization affiliated with al-Qaeda and currently called Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.”

Any support to a “terrorist organization, including humanitarian assistance,” is prohibited by previous UN Security Council resolutions, Ocampo said.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Lebanon hopes to repatriate Syrian refugees within months

06 July, 2022

Lebanon hopes to start repatriating Syrian refugees within months over objections by the United Nations and rights groups, a minister said Wednesday.

Lebanon has one of the world’s highest numbers of refugees per capita and currently hosts over 1 million Syrians who fled the decade-old conflict.

Officials say the influx has cost Lebanon billions of dollars and further damaged its crippled infrastructure.

The plan “projects 15,000 monthly repatriations. It’s an acceptable gradual return over a 12-month period,” Issam Charafeddine, Lebanon’s caretaker Minister of the Displaced, told The Associated Press.

“This project is humanitarian, honorable, national and also of urgent economical importance for the Lebanese state,” he said.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees and rights groups oppose involuntary repatriation to Syria and say the practice risks endangering the returning refugees.

The UN refugee agency in a press statement denied that it is engaged in negotiations with Beirut and Damascus on refugee returns.

“UNHCR continues to call on the government of Lebanon to respect the fundamental right of all refugees to a voluntary, safe and dignified return,” the statement read.

The United Nations estimates that 90 percent of Syrian refugee households live in extreme poverty.

But since late 2019, poverty has worsened for both Lebanese and Syrians as the Mediterranean country continues to struggle with crippling economic crisis.

Sky-rocketing fuel prices coupled with a currency collapse has meant many essential commodities are now out of reach.

The Lebanese minister on Monday presented the plan to President Michel Aoun.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Mideast

 

Palestinian president, Hamas chief hold rare meeting

July 7, 2022

ALGIERS: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh met publicly for the first time in over five years, on the sidelines of Algerian independence anniversary celebrations.

Algeria’s state broadcaster reported late Tuesday that representatives of the Palestinian Authority and the Hamas movement also attended this meeting, which it called “historic”.

The pair, who officially last met face-to-face in Doha in October 2016, were brought together in a meeting with Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, whose country marked the 60th anniversary of independence from France.

Abbas’ secular Fatah party, which dominates the Palestinian Authority that rules the Israeli-occupied West Bank, has been at loggerheads with Hamas since elections in 2007, when the movement took control of Gaza.

Tebboune and Abbas also signed a document to name a street “Algeria” in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Palestinian killed

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank on Wednes­day as he was attempting to flee an army raid, officials on both sides said.

The Palestinian health ministry identified the man as Rafiq Riyad Ghannem, 20, saying he was shot by Israeli troops in Jaba, a town near the flashpoint city of Jenin in the northern West Bank.

Source: Dawn

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Senior Diplomat: Iran Resolved to Continue Key Role in Achieving Peace in Yemen

2022-July-6

Khaji made the remarks in talks with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Affairs Hans Grundberg via video conference.

During the talks, the two sides discussed the latest developments in Yemen, as well as ceasefire and solutions of cooperation between parties involved in Yemen war.

Khaji reiterated Iran's constructive and leading role in order to achieve a just peace through a political solution, specially complete lifting of blockade of Yemeni people.

Grundberg, for his part, expressing satisfaction over the constructive efforts of Islamic Republic of Iran to resolve crisis in Yemen, and called for continuation of these cooperation for restoration of peace in Yemen.

In a relevant development in April, Khaji underlined the need for the establishment of permanent ceasefire in Yemen and the start of intra-Yemeni talks.

Khaji made the remarks in a meeting with Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Henrik Thune in Tehran.

During the meeting, the two officials called for achieving a peaceful resolution to end the Yemen crisis.

The latest developments in Yemen and the ways to reach a peaceful resolution to the Yemen crisis were also discussed in this meeting.

Khaji welcomed implementation of the temporary ceasefire in Yemen, but meantime, stressed the need for a permanent cessation of aggression, as well as the start of the intra-Yemeni political dialogue.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iran Hopes for Resolution of Problems in Uzbekistan

2022-July-6

Iran is closely monitoring the recent incidents and unrest in Uzbekistan, Kana'ani said.

Stability and security in Uzbekistan is highly important to the Islamic Republic of Iran and the region, he added.

Kana'ani underlined that the developments are an internal affair of the country, and expressed the hope that the government of Uzbekistan would soon resolve the problems in favor of its honorable people.

At least 18 people were killed and 243 injured during last week’s unrest in Uzbekistan’s autonomous province of Karakalpakstan, according to the country’s authorities.

The unrest over planned constitutional changes affecting Karakalpakstan’s status poses the most significant challenge yet to President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s rule since he rose to power from the post of prime minister in 2016, when his long-serving mentor Islam Karimov died.

Mirziyoyev on Saturday dropped plans to amend articles of the constitution concerning Karakalpakstan’s autonomy and its right to secede, a day after protesters tried to seize local government buildings in the worst bout of violence in nearly 20 years.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Israel and Turkey to sign bilateral aviation agreement: Ministry

07 July, 2022

Israel and Turkey will expand bilateral airline traffic under a new aviation deal to be signed on Thursday, their first since 1951, Israel’s Transportation Ministry said.

“The agreement is expected to result in the resumption of flights by Israeli companies to a variety of destinations in Turkey, alongside flights by Turkish companies to Israel,” it said in a statement.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Iran still seeking diplomats missing in Lebanon during Israel’s 1982 invasion

06 July, 2022

Tehran said Wednesday it is “still looking” for four Iranian nationals with diplomatic status who disappeared during Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon.

“We are continuing serious efforts to determine the fate of the four abducted diplomats,” Iran’s foreign ministry said in a statement issued on the 40th anniversary of their disappearance.

The ministry criticized “the lack of cooperation on the part of the international community and human rights organizations to determine the fate of the abductees.”

Three diplomats and a photographer from the official Iranian news agency IRNA were arrested in northern Lebanon on July 4, 1982, at a checkpoint of the Lebanese Forces, a Christian militia, which gave up its weapons and became a political party since, and have not been seen since.

They were Ahmad Motevasselian, the military attache of the Iranian embassy in Beirut, Mohsen Moussavi, charge d’affaires, Taghi Rastegar-Moghadam, an employee of the embassy, and photojournalist Kazem Akhavan.

Motevasselian was also a commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the country’s ideological army, which established itself in Lebanon in 1982 and was crucial to the formation of the Iran-backed Hezbollah.

Iran blames Israel for the disappearance, describing those responsible as “agents of the Zionist regime.” In 1982, the Lebanese Forces were armed by Israel.

The Iranian ministry “renewed its calls to the United Nations and relevant human rights agencies to pursue the cases of the four Iranian diplomats and punish the perpetrators of this crime.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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Iran claims it seeks lasting nuclear deal after talks with Qatar FM

06 July, 2022

Iran said on Wednesday it sought a strong and lasting nuclear agreement with world powers following talks with US ally Qatar on easing stalled efforts to revive a 2015 nuclear pact.

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani visited Tehran a week after EU-mediated indirect US-Iran talks in Doha failed to break a deadlock hindering efforts to resurrect the nuclear agreement.

“We are determined to seek a good, strong and lasting accord, and despite American claims ... we have not raised any demands outside of the nuclear deal,” Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian told a joint news conference with Sheikh Mohammed in Tehran.

Since last week, Iran has questioned US resolve to save the pact while Washington has said Tehran added new demands at the Doha talks.

Iran’s Amirabdollahian, however, said on Tuesday that Washington “must decide if it wants a deal or insists on sticking to its unilateral demands.”

Under the 2015 deal, Iran curbed its uranium enrichment work, a potential pathway to nuclear weapons, in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. Iran says it seeks only civilian atomic energy.

But former US President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the pact in 2018 and reimposed tough economic sanctions, prompting Tehran to breach many of the deal’s nuclear limitations.

After almost a year of indirect negotiations in Vienna, the broad outline of a revived deal was agreed. But then talks broke down in March, largely over Tehran’s demand that Washington remove its Revolutionary Guards from a US terrorism list.

The United States refused, arguing this was outside the scope of reviving the agreement.

Other remaining obstacles to an agreement, Iranian and Western diplomats had said, include providing assurances that Washington will not quit the pact again and the International Atomic Energy Agency dropping its claims about Tehran’s nuclear work.

Source: Al Arabiya

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North America

 

Father of slain US Muslim soldier who taunted Trump to receive highest civilian honour

6 July 2022

Khizr Khan, the father of a fallen soldier who admonished Donald Trump in 2016, is set to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday, alongside several other recipients.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honour in the United States, and is presented to people who have made "exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values, or security of the United States, world peace, or other significant societal, public or private endeavours".

"These seventeen Americans demonstrate the power of possibilities and embody the soul of the nation - hard work, perseverance, and faith," the White House wrote.

"They have overcome significant obstacles to achieve impressive accomplishments in the arts and sciences, dedicated their lives to advocating for the most vulnerable among us, and acted with bravery to drive change in their communities - and across the world - while blazing trails for generations to come."

Khan, who is Pakistani-American and Muslim, will be presented with the medal by President Joe Biden on Thursday 7 July. His son, US Army Captain Humayun Khan, was killed in 2004 during the Iraq War.

In 2021, Khan senior served on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom under Biden. He is also the founder of the Constitution Literacy and National Unity Center.

Khan made headlines at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016 when he called out Trump - then the Republican presidential candidate - for supporting the Muslim Ban.

"Tonight we are honoured to stand here as parents of Captain Humayun Khan and as patriotic American Muslims with undivided loyalty to the country," he said in front of the world's cameras. "If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America. Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims.

"You," he said, addressing Trump directly, "have sacrificed nothing and no one."

Khan didn't stop there in his infamous remarks. "Donald Trump, you are asking Americans to trust you with their future. Let me ask you - have you even read the United States Constitution?" he said, brandishing a copy to loud cheers. "I will gladly lend you my copy!" Khan said.

Source: Middle East Eye

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US announces new sanctions related to Iranian oil, threatens more pressure

06 July, 2022

The Treasury Department issued new sanctions on Wednesday related to Iran’s oil sector, a move announced after the latest round of talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal was dubbed a “wasted occasion” by US Special Envoy for Iran Rob Malley.

The Treasury Department said that the sanctioned network of people and entities used a web of Gulf-based front companies to facilitate the “delivery and sale of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of Iranian petroleum and petrochemical products from Iranian companies to East Asia.”

Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson said the US was committed to reaching a nuclear deal with Iran despite the sanctions. But, he added: “We will continue to use all our authorities to enforce sanctions on the sale of Iranian petroleum and petrochemicals.”

Among those designated in Wednesday’s move was Iran-based Jam Petrochemical Company, which the Treasury accused of exporting petrochemical products worth hundreds of millions of dollars to companies throughout East Asia, many of which the Treasury said were sold to Iran Petrochemical Commercial Company for shipment to China.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken also spoke on the designated individuals and entities that have “supported Iranian energy trade generating millions of dollars worth of illicit revenue.”

Blinken also said that the US had been “sincere and steadfast” in trying to reach a deal with Iran that would see both sides come back into full compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Source: Al Arabiya

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Biden to rescind designation of Afghanistan as major non-NATO ally

Servet Günerigök  

07.07.2022

WASHINGTON

US President Joe Biden notified Congress on Wednesday of his intent to officially rescind Afghanistan’s designation as a major non-NATO ally.

"In accordance with section 517 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended (22 U.S.C. 2321k), I am providing notice of my intent to rescind the designation of Afghanistan as a Major NonNATO Ally," Biden said in a letter to the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.

In July 2012, the US named Afghanistan a major non-NATO ally, which made it easier for Kabul to receive defense equipment from Washington.

The Taliban seized control of Afghanistan after taking Kabul on Aug. 15, 2021, forcing President Ashraf Ghani and other top officials to leave the country.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Self-Proclaimed “Philosopher of the World” Dr. Anwar-ul-Haq Jabbarkhail Mysteriously Killed in Kabul

By Saqalain Eqbal

06 Jul 2022

According to the Taliban security officials, unidentified assailants killed Ibn-e-Sina private institute Director, the self-proclaimed “philosopher of the world”, Dr. Anwar-ul-Haq Jabbarkhail in Kabul’s Bagrami district.

The Taliban’s spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior, Abdul Nafi Takor, Dr. Jabbarkhail’s body was found in Kabul’s Bagrami district and brought to forensics for further investigation.

According to him, Dr. Jabbarkhail’s body was handed over to his family later on Tuesday, July 5.

The Taliban spokesperson for the Kabul police chief also stated that the group’s forces have begun their investigation and that efforts are being made to apprehend the culprits.

According to Khalid Zadran, Taliban spokesman for the Kabul police chief, Dr. Jabbarkhail was mysteriously killed two days ago in Sayed Jamaluddin town, located in the Bagrami district of Kabul province.

While some public sources claim that Anwar-ul-Haq Jabbarkhail was shot to death by unidentified assailants, others claim that his beheaded body was discovered.

Kabir Haqmal, the former spokesperson for the dissolved National Security Council, wrote on his Twitter handle, “Beheaded body of Dr. Anwar-ul-haq Jabarkhail found in Kabul PD (police district) 15.”

Jabbarkhail’s murder has not yet been claimed by any individual or group.

Social media has been flooded with comments in response to Jabbarkhail’s murder.

Hamed Ilmi, who served as the deputy presidential spokesman in Hamid Karzai’s tenure, wrote on his Facebook page that he sees the local media, especially Youtubers to have implicated in the murder of Dr. Jabbarkhail.

Anwar-ul-Haq Jabbarkhail allegedly served as the director of a private hospital in Kabul, and recently, his contentious remarks have attracted a lot of attention on social media.

Source: Khaama Press

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Isolating the Taliban: How young landmine victims may be collateral damage

July 07, 2022

A group of Afghan children were grazing sheep in fields near the village of Bolak Wandi in eastern Helmand when they spotted a metallic object half-buried in the ground. Crowding round excitedly, they argued over who had found it first and who could sell it for scrap.

The mortar shell exploded, killing one child instantly.

Three more children died from their wounds as they were taken to hospital by Taliban fighters who had been nearby. Another passed away on arrival.

"I don't blame anyone," said Haji Abdul Salam, the father of two of the children. He tries to focus on comforting his wife, who cries for her lost children.

"This mortar could have been left over from the Americans or the Soviet Union. However, not only our area, but all of Afghanistan should be cleared of this problem."

That mission has become more difficult.

The Taliban's return to power last summer, ending their 20-year insurgency, should have helped de-mining efforts, with swathes of territory that were off-limits during the fighting finally accessible.

Yet foreign governments have now frozen development aid to the Afghan government, unwilling to use their taxpayers' money to prop up the Taliban, an Islamist group that restricts women's rights and has been at war with much of the West since harbouring Osama bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks.

One unintended consequence: In a previously unreported development, the Afghan government agency that oversees mine clearance told Reuters it had lost its roughly $3 million funding and laid off about 120 staff in April - the majority of the organisation - because it couldn't pay salaries.

"All the sanctions have severely affected us," said Sayed Danish, deputy head of the agency, the Directorate of Mine Action Coordination (DMAC). "We can't do strategic work, which is our main responsibility."

The cost to ordinary Afghans of isolating the Taliban, who say they are being unfairly treated, was also highlighted after an earthquake last month left thousands homeless and the health system under huge strain, sparking some calls for a new approach to the group.

The loss of de-mining funds could have profound consequences for the country of 40 million people which is one of the most heavily mined places on Earth after four decades of war.

Almost 80% of civilian casualties from "explosive remnants of war" are children, the U.N. mining agency estimates, partly due to their curiosity as well as their regular role in collecting scrap metal to sell to bolster families' incomes.

In the seven months to March, about 300 Afghan children were killed or maimed by landmines and other unexploded devices, according to the U.N.'s children's agency.

Idris, 8, who lost his leg in a mine in Ghorband, poses for a photograph at the Red Cross rehabilitation center in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 9, 2022. REUTERS

The five children from Bolak Wandi, four boys and a girl aged between five and 12, died in April.

THOUSANDS OF DEVICES

Foreign governments have exempted humanitarian aid from their freeze, and hundreds of millions of dollars are flowing into the country, allowing aid organizations to function.

But the limitations of such funds – to meet urgent needs and aimed at bypassing the government – are becoming apparent, with many economists and experts saying the population will suffer without robust state services and a viable banking sector.

DMAC's funding is part of roughly $9 billion a year in international development and security aid that the World Bank says been frozen since the Taliban took power in Afghanistan, which relies on foreign donors for the bulk of its budget.

The de-mining work itself is largely carried out by aid groups, but DMAC provides strategic guidance to prioritise high-danger areas and maps the nationwide de-mining work to avoid duplicating efforts, according to Danish and aid workers.

"Mine action works best when national-level coordination and oversight is in place," said Søren Sørensen, head of Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding for Afghanistan at the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), an international organisation.

"At the moment all that is being done is that we select areas from an outdated list," he added. "That is not effective and is not addressing the most serious hazards."

Sørensen stares out of the window of a car on the way back to the capital Kabul from Qafas Kalay, a small village in the eastern district of Khaki Jabbar, an area once used by Soviet forces as a military outpost and which more recently saw heavy fighting as the Taliban took the area.

Hundreds of devices have been detonated in the vicinity but almost 40,000 square miles still need to cleared. Across Afghanistan, thousands of unexploded devices lie in wait, the U.N. de-mining agency says.

Members of a demining organisation are seen after their search for unexploded ordnance in Khaki Jabbar district of Kabul province, Afghanistan, April 4, 2022. REUTERS

"We finally have this amazing window of opportunity to actually clear this country," Sørensen said. "There is so much we could do."

On a hillside outside Qafas Kalay, about 20 miles east of Kabul, DRC mine-clearance workers in protective vests and visors peer at the ground and sweep detectors.

They place a small flag on a barely visible device found nestled in the dirt - a Soviet anti-personnel mine - and then connect it by wires that run hundreds of metres to a small makeshift control centre where the countdown begins. The device blows up and the de-miners return to their painstaking work.

A few miles away, children on the doorstep of a mosque pore over cartoons that show different kinds of explosive devices and the kinds of places they might be hidden.

Their tutor tells them what to do if they spot one.

"We don't go to that place and we report it to our parents," the children repeat back enthusiastically.

The community nearby is already eking out patches of de-mined land to farm wheat and fruit and working on irrigation projects, developments that could help alleviate the growing hunger crisis in Afghanistan.

'THE PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING'

Asked about the cash crunch and layoffs at DMAC, the U.S. Department of State said it was continuing to support humanitarian de-mining in Afghanistan by directly funding NGO partners. A spokesperson said it had provided $720 million in overall humanitarian assistance to Afghans since last August.

Germany's foreign minister said in June there was no room to recognise the Taliban as a legitimate government until it changed policies on issues such as women's rights.

Foreign capitals want to squeeze the Taliban's finances to pressure the group to lift restrictions on the rights of girls and women to education, freedom of expression and employment.

Since returning to power, the group has kept girls' secondary schools closed and demanded women cover their faces in public and only leave home with a male relative or husband.

Some people have also accused the Taliban of reprisal attacks against former members of the Western-backed administration, including soldiers and intelligence officials.

The Taliban has said it would respect human rights and promised to investigate allegations of revenge killings, saying they have put an amnesty against former foes in place.

The Taliban also says it is addressing issues including girls' secondary education and has called on Washington to unfreeze billions of dollars of central bank assets, saying they belong to the Afghan people and the country needs a functioning banking system to alleviate poverty.

Late last month, a temporary deal was reached when DMAC agreed that the United Nations could set up an office in the country for about six months. But with funding for the stopgap U.N. regulator half of that of the Afghan agency before the Taliban takeover, it has only employed about 30 from the original 120 staff, according to Paul Heslop, Chief of the U.N. Mine Action Programme in Afghanistan.

He added that for long-term sustainability, the responsibility of coordinating de-mining should be with a state and not an outside humanitarian body like the U.N. agency.

"We're in a situation where we have a government that's not recognised," said Heslop, adding that the lack of funding was "very difficult".

Source: Tribune Pakistan

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Afghanistan-Based Rockets Launched into Uzbekistan

By Saqalain Eqbal

06 Jul 2022

Five rockets, allegedly launched from Afghanistan, landed near the border town of Termez in southern Uzbekistan on Tuesday, according to the Uzbek Foreign Ministry.

“At about 16:20 on July 5, five rockets presumably fired from Afghanistan’s territory hit the ground in Uzbekistan’s border territory. No explosions followed. No casualties or damages were reported,” the ministry announced the news on its Telegram channel.

According to the ministry, none of the rockets exploded, resulting in no human losses or significant destruction other than little damage done to four private residences in the southern Uzbekistan city of Termez.

One of the launched missiles is said to have landed on a football stadium, undetonated.

According to the statement from the Uzbek ministry, the relevant Uzbek authorities are currently working with the Afghan side to put the required steps in place to determine the incident’s causes.

The Taliban officials have yet to respond to the incident.

Source: Khaama Press

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Over 50 Afghan children contract unknown disease: Report

6 July, 2022

Kabul [Afghanistan], July 6 (ANI): More than 50 children in Afghanistan’s southern Zabul province have contracted an unknown disease, according to local media.

The disease which is mainly found in Siori region, carries symptoms similar to cholera, Khaama Press reported.

Abdul Hakim Hakimi, the Taliban’s head of the public health department in Zabul, said that a mobile medical team has been sent to the province to examine the disease.

Meanwhile, several people in the province have been infected with cholera.

Cholera is a highly infectious disease caused by consuming food or drinking water having certain bacteria. It causes severe diarrhoea and vomiting, which causes dehydration and can lead to death within a few hours if left untreated.

According to the World Health Organisation, “Cholera remains a global threat to public health and is an indicator of inequity and lack of social development.”

The spread of cholera had earlier threatened the Afghan people who continued to deal with the aftermath of the recent 5.9-magnitude earthquake in Afghanistan, and now the unknown disease has also become a concern.

Afghanistan is also grappling with a serious humanitarian crisis as according to international assessments, the country now has the highest number of people in emergency food insecurity in the world, with more than 23 million in need of assistance, and approximately 95 per cent of the population having insufficient food consumption.

Notably, the situation of human rights in Afghanistan has worsened since the collapse of the Afghan government and the Taliban’s return to power in August last year. Although the fighting in the country has ended, serious human rights violations continue unabated, especially against women and minorities.

As a result of this, women and girls in Afghanistan are facing a human rights crisis, deprived of the fundamental rights to non-discrimination, education, work, public participation, and health.

Source: The Print

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Iceland Contributes ISK 40 Million to Afghanistan: UNOCHA

By Saqalain Eqbal

06 Jul 2022

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid (UNOCHA), Iceland provides ISK 40 million ($296,000) to the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund.

On Tuesday, July 5th, UNOCHA tweeted its gratitude to Iceland for its donation of more than ISK 40 million to the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund (AHF).

Iceland has generously provided ISK 95 million to the AHF since 2020 with its new commitment.

The Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund is one of the UN’s country-based pooled funds. In order to protect people and rescue lives during humanitarian disasters, UNOCHA coordinates the international emergency response.

Due to the economic crisis brought on by the Taliban’s return to power, the United Nations has continuously requested other countries and international organizations to provide humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan.

According to reports from the World Food Program, half of Afghanistan’s population is currently going hungry as a result of the Taliban gaining control of the country.

International assistance was severely curtailed once the Taliban were reinstated in Afghanistan, and the World Bank’s reconstruction budget was severely constrained.

Source: Khaama Press

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UNOCHA: Germany Contributes €50 Million to Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund

By Saqalain Eqbal

06 Jul 2022

In its latest humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, Germany provides a contribution of €50 million, according to an announcement from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid (UNOCHA).

UNOCHA, in a tweet on Wednesday, July 6th, expressed appreciation from Germany for contributing an amount of over €50 Million to the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund (AHF), making Germany the second-largest donor to contribute to AHF.

Germany has also committed to providing Afghanistan with €5 million in aid for 2023, according to OCHA.

“With an additional contribution of €50M to the AHF for 2022 and commitment of €5M for 2023 Germany is supporting emergency life-saving responses to assist the people in need in Afghanistan,” UNOCHA tweeted.

One of the UN’s country-based pooled funds is the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund. Contributions are gathered into a single, undesignated fund that is then locally controlled by the UN.

Afghanistan’s poverty and unemployment have increased due to the country’s political unrest and drought.

Source: Khaama Press

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