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Crowd Baying For Suspended BJP Legislator T Raja Singh's Beheading over Prophet Remarks; Mobs Keep Hyderabad on Edge

New Age Islam News Bureau

24 August 2022

 

Photo:  The Times of India

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• Taliban Impose ‘Harsh’ Limits on Hazara and Shia Afghans’ Religious Freedom: US Panel

• Supreme Court of Pakistan Grants Post-Arrest Bail to Christian Blasphemy Suspect

• Authorities Hand Ten-Year Prison Sentence To Former Imam Of Mecca's Great Mosque For Sermon On The Duty Of Muslims To Speak Out Against Evil In Public

• US Muslims Five Times More Likely To Face Police Harassment Due To Their Religion, Study by Rice University Shows

 

India

• Prophet Remark Row: Muslim Bodies Call For Strict Action As Suspended BJP MLA Gets Bail

• Indira Jaising, Senior Human Rights Lawyer Slams Gujarat Govt for Releasing Bilkis Bano Convicts

• Allahabad HC Turns down Petition Against Removal Of Mosque, Shahi Masjid, Situated At GT Road in Saidabad, Prayagraj

• Central Intelligence Agencies Hunt for India Contact of Arrested IS Jihadi, Azamov Mashrabkhon

• Non-Assam imams told to register themselves on govt portal

• Gyanvapi mosque Waqf Board property, reiterates AIMC

• BJP asks Nitish to apologise for visiting temple with Muslim minister

• Two terrorists killed during infiltration bid along LoC

• Top BrahMos unit officer, 2 others sacked for ‘accidentally firing’ missile into Pakistan

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South Asia

• “Honour Killing”: Afghan Man Kills His Married Sister and another Man for Extramarital Affairs

• Taliban warns of 'stern stance' if UNSC refuses to extend travel ban waiver

• Islamic Emirate must remove pro-Pakistan people from its ranks: Taliban official

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Pakistan

• Barelvi Clerics, Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan and Maulana Shahabuddin Razvi Barelvi Condemn Attacks on Minorities in Pakistan

• Pakistan: Sixteen Graves of Ahmadi Community Desecrated

• Become ‘Tigers’ for true freedom, Imran tells youth

• Pakistan can attract around $30 bln investment from Islamic world: Ashrafi

• Muslim cleric in India condemns abduction, forced conversion of Sikh girl in Pakistan

• New cases filed against former Pakistan PM Imran Khan

• Islamabad High Court issues show-cause notice to ex-PM Imran Khan, summons him on August 31

• Pakistan strongly condemns Indian lawmaker’s ‘reprehensible’ remarks against Holy Prophet

• PM Shehbaz reaches Qatar, invites investors to explore CPEC opportunities

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Arab World

• Egypt's president meets Iraq's caretaker PM

• Iraq’s judiciary suspends activities as al-Sadr supporters launch sit-in

• Sadr’s supporters launch sit-in outside Iraq’s top judicial body

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North America

• Biden administration defends potential Iran nuclear deal as Israel hits out

• Nobel laureate Turkish-American chemist makes advance in fight against brain cancer

• Terrorism charge on Imran Khan: US says it does not side with any political party in Pakistan

• US carries out airstrikes against Iran-backed groups in eastern Syria

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Southeast Asia

• Optimistic Indonesia Will Become Global Muslim Fashion Hub: Minister

• Malaysia Top Court Upholds Ex-PM Najib Razak’s Graft Conviction

• DAP To Lodge Report over Hadi’s Remarks against Non-Muslims

• No special treatment for Najib, says prisons department

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Mideast

• Turkey Says No Preconditions for 'Goal-Oriented' Dialogue With Syria

• Gazans call for probe into Islamic Jihad missiles that killed civilians

• Nuclear Chief Stresses Iran's Tough Stance against IAEA's Israeli-Driven Attitude

• Iran's Envoy Voices Doubt about US Seriousness on Nuclear Disarmament

• Iran Hails Triangle of Lebanese People, Army, Resistance in Face of Israeli Threats

• Turkey to welcome Palestinian President Abbas after restoring Israel ties

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Europe

• Bosnia Unearths Remains of Missing Person From 90s War

• Russia Says Turkey’s Military Action In Syria Would Be 'Unacceptable'

• Russia’s Lavrov condemns Israeli missile strikes on Syria

• Türkiye extends helping hand to Georgia over forest fire

• Greek citizen converts to Islam in northwestern Türkiye

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Africa

• Algeria: Muslim Scholars Distance Themselves From Their International Union

• Sheikh Goni Aisami: Police parade 2 soldiers who allegedly killed Islamic cleric

• Third Algerian ex-pm detained over graft

• UN warns Libya threats to use force to resolve political crisis

• Militant attacks fuel fear of ethnic violence in Burkina Faso

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Crowd Baying For Suspended BJP Legislator T Raja Singh's Beheading over Prophet Remarks; Mobs Keep Hyderabad on Edge

 

Photo:  The Times of India

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Aug 24, 2022

HYDERABAD: Telengana’s capital city was on the edge on Tuesday over suspended BJP legislator T Raja Singh's remarks alluding to the Prophet, with a nearly 1,000-strong crowd baying for his beheading as they marched towards Hussaini Alam police station in the old city.

Protesters swelled outside Dabeerpura police station and laid siege to the Hyderabad police commissioner's office at Basheerbagh earlier in the day, prompting the administration to deploy quick-reaction and task force teams to prevent violence. Security was beefed up around the Hindu residential pockets of Mangalhat and Dhoolpet in the old city. Rapid Action Force, Greyhound and special reserve police units had to be requisitioned from neighbouring districts for deployment in potential trouble spots.

There were also tense moments outside Nampally court in the evening, where Raja's bail hearing was underway. Police baton-charged protesters and supporters of the MLA who had gathered there to break the barricades and charge at each other.

The gathering storm, reminiscent of the backlash in the wake of suspended BJP national spokesperson Nupur Sharma's remarks on the Prophet in May, led Hyderabad MP and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi to allege that BJP was deliberately trying to polarise voters ahead of the high-stakes by poll in Munugode.

"Does BJP want Telangana to burn for a by-election?" he said, claiming eight years of "harmony" in the state had made the party desperate to spark unrest and "sabotage investments coming to India's software and pharma capital". "Aren't they satisfied with one Nupur Sharma that they are forcing other MLAs to heap insults on the Prophet? People are angry. It's become an official policy of BJP to unleash hatred, and the party should put a stop to this," he added.

The MP also condemned calls for Raja's beheading by protesting Muslims, saying the community must not make the mistake of taking the law into its own hands.

He said PM Modi and the BJP leadership should clarify whether it's their ""official policy to torture Muslims emotionally and mentally, make them feel insecure and force them to hit the roads".

Source: Times Of India

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Taliban Impose ‘Harsh’ Limits on Hazara and Shia Afghans’ Religious Freedom: US Panel

 

A Hazara woman holds her child as she attends an event on International Women’s Day in Bamiyan province, Afghanistan, on March 8. WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

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August 24, 2022

WASHINGTON: Conditions for religious freedom in Afghanistan have “drastically deteriorated” since the Taliban seized power last year as the last foreign troops pulled out after 20 years of war, a bipartisan US commission said on Tuesday.

The group’s “harsh enforcement” of their hardline version of Islam “violates the freedom of religion or belief” of a wide range of Afghans, said the US Commission on International Religious Freedom.

The congressionally created panel issued its report nine days after the Taliban marked a year since they overran Kabul, returning to power almost two decades after their ouster by the 2001 US-led invasion.

The report noted that the Taliban pledged to protect all ethnic and religious groups.

Yet, it said, “Religious freedom conditions in Afghanistan have drastically deteriorated,” with the militants reintroducing “harsh restrictions on all Afghans” based on their hardline interpretation of Islam.

Those negatively affected include religious minorities, Afghans “with differing interpretations of Islam,” women, the LGBTQ community and those who follow no faith, the report said.

The Taliban, the report said, are responsible for the deaths of dozens of Hazaras, an ethnic minority that follows Shi’ite Islam, and failed to protect them from attacks by the regional branch of Islamic State, a Taliban rival.

They re-established a ministry that includes morality police who have targeted women by enforcing a strict code of dress and behaviour, including covering their faces, and limited their movement, education, participation in sports and right to work, it said.

The Taliban and Islamic State have both targeted sufis, practitioners of mystical Islam, it said.

“The Taliban’s seizure of Afghanistan has led to a rapid decline and near extinction of the already small Afghan Hindu and Sikh communities” and the militants deny “the existence of a Christian community,” which must worship in hiding, the report added.

Source: Pakistan Today

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https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2022/08/24/taliban-impose-harsh-limits-on-afghans-religious-freedom-us-panel/

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Supreme Court of Pakistan Grants Post-Arrest Bail to Christian Blasphemy Suspect

 

Supreme Court of Pakistan

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Aug 24, 2022

ISLAMABAD   –   The Supreme Court of Pakistan Tuesday accepted the bail application of an accused who allegedly committed blasphemy.

A two-member bench of the apex court, comprising Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah conducted hearing of the post-arrest bail of Salamat Mansha Masih, who has been charged for blasphemy under Sections 295-A/295-B/295-C/34 of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). He was accused of having preached Christianity to young Muslims and of having public­ly dishonoured Islam, the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) at Model Town Park in Lahore.

The Supreme Court said that the State show responsibility in the cas­es of blasphemy in religion, and in such cases the police should protect the accused.

Justice Faez said that the punish­ment in blasphemy cases is death sentence. He said that one person commits blasphemy but we spread this in the whole world. He noted that the incident took place in a pub­lic park, but no one including the guard was made witness in this case.

Justice Mansoor noted that there is contradiction in the FIR, as the ac­cused has been declared as preach­er, while he is not a preacher.

Justice Faez enquired from the complainant counsel that why Paki­stan was come into being? The law­yer replied, “According to Quaid-e-Azam Pakistan is laboratory of Islam.” Justice Faez further asked him when Quaid-e-Azam had said it.

He remarked that many generals had stated many things in the past by taking name of Quaid, and told the counsel that he was doing the same. He further asked the coun­sel not to do it. Justice Faez said that Quaid-e-Azam said that everyone in Pakistan is free to go his worship place. He added that already the so­ciety is divided in the name of reli­gion and sects. East Pakistan sepa­rated and asked the counsel do not divide it further. He said that he nev­er heard that a Christian had filed blasphemy case against any Muslim.

The learned judge enquired from the complainant’s lawyer that what is the profession of the accused Salamat Masih. The counsel replied Salamat Masih is working as sweep­er in Lahore Waste Management Company. Upon that Justice Faez said, “We should be thankful to the Christians for cleaning the country.”

Salamat Masih is in jail since Janu­ary 4, 2021. Four students, who used to visit Lahore Model Town Park had got registered a blasphemy case against Salamat Masih.

Source: Nation Pakistan

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Authorities Hand Ten-Year Prison Sentence To Former Imam Of Mecca's Great Mosque For Sermon On The Duty Of Muslims To Speak Out Against Evil In Public

 

The imam of one of Islam's holiest mosques has been sentenced to ten years in prison [Getty]

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23 August, 2022

The former imam of the Great Mosque of Mecca, Islam’s holiest site, has been sentenced to ten years in prison by Saudi authorities, according to rights groups.

The Court of Appeals overturned an initial decision by the Specialised Criminal Court that had acquitted Sheikh Al-Taleb, instead giving him a formal jail sentence, according to rights group Prisoners of Conscience.

Sheikh Saleh al-Taleb was initially arrested in August 2018. There was no official explanation for the 48-year-old’s detention, but rights groups say his arrest came after he delivered a sermon on the duty of Muslims to speak out against evil in public.

Saudi Arabia is known for routinely imprisoning activists, journalists, and preachers without a clear cause.

Dozens of preachers have reportedly been arrested since 2017, including some who called for reconciliation between the Gulf States when Saudi Arabia orchestrated a siege against neighbouring Qatar.

Many of those clerics are still in jail, despite relations between the neighbours since being normalised.

Last week, Saudi authorities sentenced doctoral student Salma Al-Shehab to 34 years behind bars for tweets critical of the government, triggering outrage worldwide.

Source: The New Arab

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US Muslims Five Times More Likely To Face Police Harassment Due To Their Religion, Study by Rice University Shows

 

Women wear American Flag headscarves at an event at City Hall for World Hijab Day in New York City, on 1 February 2017 (AFP)

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23 August 2022

Muslims are five times more likely to experience police harassment because of their religion compared to those of other faiths, a study by Rice University shows.

More specifically, Muslim adults who identify as Black, Middle Eastern, Arab or North African are more likely than Muslims who identify as white to report that they have been harassed by the police because of their religion, according to the study published in the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

“It is worth noting that the overall rate among US adults was estimated at 3.8 percent, so Muslim individuals are about five times as likely to say they have been harassed by the police due to their religion,” the report states.

The data for this study came from the survey component of the 2019 Experiences with Religious Discrimination Study (ERDS), a project examining individuals’ experiences with interpersonal hostility, discrimination, and victimisation due to their religion.

The relationship between Muslim communities and the police has always been tense. While the community looks to the police for protection during times of harassment, many Muslims also distrust the police because of the post-9/11 surveillance that was conducted by the police.

In July, the Arab American Action Network (AAAN) obtained 235 “Suspicious Activity Reports” (SARs) through the Freedom of Information Act.

The reports were made between 2016 and 2020 by the Chicago Police Department and Illinois State Police. In the reports, they found that over 50 percent of "suspects" reported to the police, primarily for doing mundane things like texting or taking photos, were described as people of Arab descent in Chicago.

“The post-9/11 geopolitical environment has created a tense relationship with law enforcement for Muslim American communities. Many Muslim Americans fear state-sanctioned police surveillance through actions such as online tracking, airport security, routine stops, or monitoring within religious spaces,” the Rice University study states.

Individuals identifying as Mena-origin are more likely to say they have experienced religion-based police harassment, the study notes. Just over 35 percent of the individuals in this group, regardless of their individual religions, have encountered such harassment, which is nearly 10 times the percentage seen among US adults overall.

Almost no Muslim adults who identified as white reported experiencing police harassment due to their religion. But over 23 percent of Black Muslims experienced religion-based police harassment. The percentage increases to nearly 40 percent among Muslim adults identifying their race or ethnicity as Mena-origin.

“Sociologists understand how race impacts experiences with police. However, there is less work examining how religion specifically shapes people’s experiences with police,” said Jauhara Ferguson, the lead author of the study and a PhD student in sociology at Rice University.

“We believe it’s an important topic to explore, and it can help us understand the connections between religion and race in experiences with police harassment.”

Source: Middle East Eye

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India

 

Prophet remark row: Muslim bodies call for strict action as suspended BJP MLA gets bail

August 24, 2022

Telangana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA T Raja Singh from Goshamahal stoked a major controversy on Tuesday for his alleged derogatory comments on Prophet Muhammad. Though the party suspended him, he was granted bail within hours of arrest after a court returned his remand and ordered his release. Prominent Muslim bodies called for strict action against T Raja Singh over his controversial remarks.

On Monday, the BJP MLA released a video criticising stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui, who recently performed in the city and also against the religion.Raja Singh said Munawar Faruqui hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus and made remarks against the artist and his mother. He also allegedly made derogatory remarks on the Prophet in the video.

PROTESTS OVER PROPHET REMARKS

Protests erupted in Hyderabad which were triggered by a video on social media, in which T Raja Singh was heard making offensive remarks about Islam and Muslims. Protests took place in front of city police commissioner CV Anand’s office and other parts of Hyderabad against Singh. The protesters demanded his immediate arrest, claiming that he had hurt the religious sentiments of the Muslim community.

Many All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) legislators and corporators of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) reached the police stations and sought stringent action against T Raja Singh.

An FIR was lodged against him after massive protests erupted at several locations in Hyderabad on Monday night demanding action against him. Raja Singh was booked under IPC Sections 153a (promoting enmity between different groups), 295 (injuring or defiling a place of worship with intent to insult the religion) and 505 (public mischief) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

BJP MLA ARRESTED

The Telangana Police arrested Raja Singh on the basis of a complaint filed against him for remarks on the Prophet. He was sent to 14-day judicial custody. After being arrested, the BJP MLA asked why there was an FIR filed against him when jokes had also been made about Hindu religious figures.

During the arrest, the Goshamahal MLA told reporters that his video was pulled down by the social media platform on which it was uploaded and that he will upload “part 2” of the clip after his release.

MUSLIM BODIES CALL FOR STRICT ACTION

Prominent Muslim bodies called for strict action against T Raja Singh over his controversial remarks. All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) slammed his remarks as 'very shameful' and shocking' and said the government must take action against such people.

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said this was a deliberate attempt by the BJP to hurt Muslim sentiments. He also called the issue a continuation of the Nupur Sharma case. He asked if the Prime Minister agreed to the statement made by the BJP MLA, and urged the state government to take stern action on the issue.

Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind demanded exemplary punishment against T Raja Singh. Maulana Mahmood Asa’d Madani, president of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, called it a disgraceful act for the country, causing its disputation at the international fora.

BJP SUSPENDS MLA

The BJP suspended Raja Singh over his alleged derogatory remark against Prophet Muhammad and also issued a show-cause notice to Singh, asking to explain why he should not be expelled from the party.

T Raja Singh was granted bail within hours of arrest after a court returned his remand and ordered his release.The court ordered his release after it noted that section 41 of the Code Of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) was not followed during the arrest.

AIMIM Corporator from Moghalpura Division, Nasreen Sultana staged a protest against bail granted to MLA Raja Singh. Nasreen Sultana also lodged a complaint at Bhavani Nagar Police Station. A police patrol car was allegedly damaged by the protestors in the Moghalpura area of Hyderabad.

BJP MLA T Raja Singh is no stranger to controversies. Even before his arrest for remarks against the Prophet, he was known for making polarising statements.On August 19, Raja Singh was taken into custody by the police here when he tried to reach the venue of a show held to be held next day by stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui.

Source: India Today

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Indira Jaising, Senior Human Rights Lawyer Slams Gujarat Govt for Releasing Bilkis Bano Convicts

24.08.22

Senior human rights lawyer Indira Jaising has said “Bilkis Bano’s gang rape cannot be seen as an isolated crime by a group of individual criminals, but one committed as part of a coordinated strategy of an attack with intent to eliminate a minority community”.

Jaising, a former additional solicitor-general, tore into the BJP government in Gujarat for the August 15 release of the life convicts, accusing it of “condoning a crime against humanity” and granting remission to “mass murderers”.

“Under any dispensation of law, remission is not an indefeasible right, but a matter for the State or the executive to decide from case to case. When the jail committee recommends the remission of the accused persons in this case, who is stated to have undergone a sentence of 15 years and four months, what it is in effect doing is condoning a crime against humanity,” she wrote in an article published in The Leaflet, a legal portal of which she is a co-founder.

Jaising expressed sadness that rather than the statutory law, apologists for the remission were pointing to the May 13 Supreme Court judgment that had asked the Gujarat government to decide on the application for remission.

The apex court, hearing a plea for remission by one of the 11 convicts, had set aside a Gujarat High Court order saying remission cannot be granted by the Gujarat government.

The high court had pointed out that the authority to grant such reprieve lay with the Maharashtra government as the Bilkis Bano gang rape and mass murder case had been tried there. But the apex court had said the policy of the Gujarat government would apply.

“‘To decide’ implies a decision in accordance with the law. Before one gets lost in the legalese and the notorious loopholes which threaten to swallow the very law they proclaim, let us remember that this is above all a moral issue. An immoral decision cannot get the support of the law,” Jaising wrote.

“What is even more surprising is the fact that the petitioner in the Supreme Court matter had earlier approached the High Court of Gujarat, and the high court had correctly held that the appropriate government to grant remission was the Maharashtra government,” she said.

In 2004, the Supreme Court had transferred the Bilkis Bano case to the CBI following allegations of bias on the part of Gujarat police, and the trial was shifted to Maharashtra.

“When his (one of the 11 convicts’) petition was filed in the Supreme Court, the Gujarat High Court order passed in 2019 remained unchallenged, yet it has been set aside by the Supreme Court through its judgment dated May 13,” Jaising wrote.

According to the senior counsel, the decision of the two-judge Supreme Court bench was in “complete violation” of the principle laid down by a nine-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court in the Naresh Shridhar Mirajkar & Ors. versus State Of Maharashtra & Anr. (1966) case to the effect that a judicial order cannot be challenged under Article 32 of the Constitution.

Jaising pointed out that according to the nine-judge bench verdict, a person can challenge a conviction or seek other reprieve under the CrPC or penal code sections he or she had been charged with, not under Article 32 of the Constitution that deals with remedies for the enforcement of fundamental rights.

The Gujarat convict had moved the Supreme Court under Article 32, making a constitutional appeal instead of a statutory appeal related to the CrPC sections under which he had been charged, and the court allowed it, Jaising pointed out. 

“An entire community was targeted with communal violence. No less than nine clusters of murders in nine different districts of Gujarat were investigated by a special investigative team set up by the Supreme Court, and many have been convicted of having committed mass murders,” she wrote.

“The rape of Bilkis Bano and the murders of her family members formed part of this coordinated response in the post-Godhra carnage in Gujarat. Hence, Bilkis Bano’s gang rape cannot be seen as an isolated crime by a group of individual criminals, but one committed as part of a coordinated strategy of an attack with intent to eliminate a minority community.

“It is worth mentioning that sexual violence, when it occurs in this context, has been categorised as a crime against humanity by the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Although India is not a party to the Rome Statute, the statute draws on customary international law and humanitarian law to formulate crime and punishment. The remission, therefore, must be considered as the remission of mass murderers, who set out to eradicate a minority community. The gang rape of Bilkis Bano and the murder of her family members must be looked at from this perspective as to whether there is a case for remission, and the answer must be a loud and resounding No,” Jasing asserted.

She contested the argument from certain quarters that all convicts have a right to remission.

“This is, strictly speaking, not true. Under any dispensation of law, remission is not an indefeasible right, but a matter for the State or the executive to decide from case to case. When the jail committee recommends the remission of the accused person in this case, who is stated to have undergone a sentence of 15 years and four months, what it is in effect doing is condoning a crime against humanity,” Jaising wrote.

“Whispers have been heard that after all they were Brahmins and well-behaved prisoners, and hence remission is required to be given since they were doing their duty by their religion. Such blatant defiance of the Indian Constitution, which guarantees the right to non-discrimination based on religion, caste and sex, has not been seen in our country before and must be condemned,” the human rights lawyer contended.

Jaising referred to the Rome Statute and its Article 77 that says a person convicted of crimes against humanity can be made to undergo a sentence of up to 30 years.

“Even considering that remission is possible, the question is why was it felt necessary to release them in 15 years and four months, rather than allowing them to complete at least 30 years?” she asked.

“After all, the crimes for which they were convicted were punishable with death, but they were given life imprisonment. The Supreme Court has held that life imprisonment means imprisonment for the remainder of one’s natural life. If an exception to this rule is made out, we must surely know the reasons for the same, especially when it is in relation to crimes against humanity, by the very State in which the crimes have occurred.

“Not only does the release send out a signal — a dog whistle — that it is okay to kill and rape people of the minority community, it also has a devastating impact on Bilkis Bano herself, who has expressed the fear that her life and her family members’ lives are in danger.

“The sooner the remission is challenged, the better for our commitment to the morality of democracy, which is the constitutional morality courts too are expected to follow,” Jaising wrote.

Referring to the May 13 judgment of the Supreme Court asking the Gujarat government to consider the remission plea of one of the convicts, Jaising said the two-judge bench had ignored the binding precedent set by a five-judge constitution bench in the Union of India versus V. Sriharan @ Murugan & Ors. (2015) case.

The five-judge bench had laid down that the test to pinpoint the appropriate government permitted to grant remission under Sections 432 and 433 of the CrPC is to locate the state in which the accused was convicted and sentenced, and the government of that state would be the appropriate authority to take a call.

Source: Telegraph India

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Allahabad HC Turns down Petition Against Removal Of Mosque, Shahi Masjid, Situated At GT Road in Saidabad, Prayagraj

TNN | Aug 23, 2022

PRAYAGRAJ: The Allahabad high court has dismissed a writ petition moved against the proposed removal of the Shahi Masjid situated at GT Road in Saidabad, Prayagraj, for widening of highway, saying that the issue couldn't be entertained within the scope of the petition.

The high court further clarified that as per government report, the masjid had been constructed by encroaching the government land. Besides, the issue of title over the land can be decided by the civil court. The Intezamia Committee of the Shahi Masjid, Saidabad, had filed this petition on the basis of a revenue department report that the structure was in existence for a long time, i.e., since pre-independence time.

Dismissing the writ petition filed by the Intezamia Committee, a division bench comprising Justice Sunita Agarwal and Justice Om Prakash Shukla observed: “Looking into the stand taken by the authorities in the written instruction supplied today and the enclosure appended therein and in view of the categorical stand of the respondents that the existing construction of Shahi Masjid situated on Prayagraj to Handia stretch of State Highway 106 is an encroachment on the government land namely 'gata No 402' as per the report of the sub-divisional officer, Handia, Prayagraj, we are not in a position to issue mandamus as claimed by the petitioner herein.”

Declining to entertain the masjid committee's arguments quoting the revenue department report, the court in its decision dated August 16 further said, “a perusal of the said report indicates that it is based on the statement made by the people of the locality and there is no data or material which was looked into by the reporting officer before making the above statement with regard to the existence of Shahi Masjid.”

Source: Times Of India

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Central Intelligence Agencies Hunt For India Contact Of Arrested IS Jihadi, Azamov Mashrabkhon

Aug 24, 2022

NEW DELHI: Central intelligence agencies and Delhi's anti-terror unit, special cell, have begun an informal investigation to ascertain the identity of the India-based contact of the Islamic State terrorist held in Russia and are checking whether the network being used by IS-Khorasan Province, in this case, is the same as the one used by the Afghan Abdul Rehman al Logari, an IS terrorist who was caught just a week before he was to blow himself up in Delhi in 2017, reports Rajshekhar Jha.

The Afghanistan connection stems from the interrogation of IS terrorist Azamov Mashrabkhon wherein he reveals having pledged his allegiance to the IS on the command of Yusuf Tajiki, a prominent propagandist believed to have been killed a few months ago by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Source: Times Of India

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Non-Assam imams told to register themselves on govt portal

Umanand Jaiswal   |   Guwahati  

24.08.22

Imams and madrasa teachers planning to work in Assam will have to register themselves on a portal being developed by the state government.

The decision to keep track of imams and religious teachers from outside the state has been prompted by the arrests of at least 32 people since March with alleged links to terror outfits such as the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) and al Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS). Two imams were arrested on Saturday from Goalpara district with suspected links to AQIS.

Assam chief minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Tuesday that residents of the state would have to inform police if they wanted to hire any imams or madrasa teachers.

“They can be hired once the police verification of their antecedents is complete. We are also developing a portal where imams and others will have to register their details. This way, it becomes easier for all of us to keep track or hire them. The Muslim population is extending its support to the move,” Sarma said.

Source: Telegraph India

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Gyanvapi mosque Waqf Board property, reiterates AIMC

Aug 24, 2022

The Varanasi district court will continue on Wednesday the hearing on the plea by Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee (AIMC) challenging maintainability of Shringar Gauri—Gyanvapi case.

On Tuesday, the counsels for the AIMC again presented their counter arguments before the court of district judge Ajay Krishna Vishvesha, stating that Gyanvapi masjid is registered as a waqf property and therefore civil court has no jurisdiction to hear the case and it is the waqf tribunal only that has the authority to hear the case.

The AIMC counsel also submitted proof of the Gyanvapi mosque being a Waqf Board registered number 100 property, in the court. They also cited orders issued in the year 1944 and 1936 stating that the site is a property of the Waqf Board.

The counsels of Muslim side will continue with their submissions on Wednesday.

Hindu side lawyer Madan Mohan Yadav said that the Muslim side repeated the same submission made by deceased lawyer Abhay Nath Yadav, that the Gyanvapi Mosque is property of the Waqf Board.

The Shringar Gauri Gyanvapi Case was filed by five women, including Rakhi Singh, last year in August seeking permission for daily worship at Maa Shringar Gauri Sthal in Gyanvapi Complex. Senior advocate Hari Shanker Jain and Vishnu Shanker Jain along with Sudhir Tripathi and others were present from the Hindu side.

Source: Hindustan Times

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BJP asks Nitish to apologise for visiting temple with Muslim minister

Aug 23, 2022

The Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday criticised Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar for hurting Hindu sentiments by visiting Gaya’s Vishnupad Temple, where entry of non-Hindus is prohibited, a day earlier with his Muslim Cabinet colleague. It warned of protests if he failed to apologise.

Mohammad Israil Mansuri, who is in charge of the Gaya district, was among the ministers who accompanied Kumar to the temple to review the preparations for Pitri Paksha Mela from September 9. He told reporters he felt blessed to have visited the temple.

BJP’s state chief Sanjay Jaiswal demanded a public apology from Kumar. “If [he] refuses to apologise, he would face protests in the state assembly.”

Mahesh Gupt, a member of the temple committee, said they could not recognise Mansuri as they had not seen him before. “...he did not appear different from others. But this could have been avoided. There is a notice board at the temple, saying clearly that non-Hindus are not allowed.”

He referred to cleaning at the temple and called it a routine affair. “Cleaning has to be done thrice in a day. Often the devotees leave behind lots of puja materials...and things have to be cleared to maintain cleanliness.”

The temple committee chief Shambhu Lal Vitthal was unavailable for comments.

Deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav said nobody pays attention to the BJP when was asked for comments on the controversy.

Ashok Choudhary, another minister, said the BJP believes Hindus and Muslims must not go to each other’s places of worship. “We visit temples and Muslim shrines with the same spirit.” He added Mansuri may not have been aware of the bar on the entry of non-Hindus into the temple. “But it is not something over which a fuss should be made.”

Source: Hindustan Times

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Two terrorists killed during infiltration bid along LoC

Aug 24, 2022

JAMMU: Two Pakistani terrorists were killed during an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Laam sector of Naushera in J&K’s Rajouri district late Monday.

“The reconnaissance of the general area of the attempted infiltration site is in progress. A military scrutiny scan of the area was done by a quadcopter on Tuesday morning and the bodies of two infiltrators were observed lying there. The area is being scanned further,” a defence spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Source: Times Of India

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Top BrahMos unit officer, 2 others sacked for ‘accidentally firing’ missile into Pakistan

Aug 24, 2022

NEW DELHI: The commanding officer (CO) of a BrahMos unit that "accidentally fired" a supersonic cruise missile that crashed 124-km inside Pakistan on March 9 and two other officers have been summarily sacked by the government.

The IAF on Tuesday said the court of inquiry (CoI), headed by an Air Vice Marshal, found that "deviation from the standard operating procedure (SOP) by the three officers" led to the accidental firing of the 290-km-range tactical or conventional (non-nuclear) missile.

Apart from the CO, a Group Captain-rank officer (equivalent to a Colonel in the Army), the other two officers dismissed are a Wing Commander (Lt Col) and a Squadron Leader (Major).

"These three officers have primarily been held responsible for the incident. Their services have been terminated by the central government with immediate effect. Termination orders have been served upon the officers on August 23," the IAF said in a brief statement.

TOI had earlier reported that the Group Captain and a couple of other officers would face strict disciplinary action for the grave operational lapse that could have triggered a retaliation.

The CoI report was submitted to the defence ministry for further action after it examined the entire sequence of events as well as the acts of omission and commission that led to the missile, jointly developed with Russia, being inadvertently launched from near an IAF base in north India at about 7 pm on March 9.

TOI had also reported that "human error" - which included overriding the in-built mechanical and electronic locks of the missile system - and not "any technical malfunction" was responsible for the incident.

The Group Captain was in charge of mobile command post of the BrahMos unit when the missile, which flies at almost three times the speed of sound at Mach 2.8, was launched by mistake during an exercise being audited by Command Air Staff Inspection.

Source: Times Of India

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South Asia

 

“Honour Killing”: Afghan Man Kills His Married Sister and another Man for Extramarital Affairs

By Saqalain Eqbal

23 Aug 2022

Using a Kalashnikov rifle, a man shot and killed his married sister and another married polygamous man for engaging in extramarital sexual intercourse in the absence of her husband, according to local Taliban officials in the northern province of Faryab.

A man and a woman were allegedly shot in the Kohistan district of Faryab province for engaging in an affair, according to local sources.

According to Mohammad Ismail Furqani, Taliban’s Counter-Crimes director of the Faryab Chief of Police, the “honour killing” event occurred on Monday night, 22nd of August in the Kohistan district of Faryab province as the killer caught his sister and the man “red-handed”, having sex.

According to the Faryab police, the woman’s brother used a Kalashnikov to shoot both of the victims as they were having consensual sex. They were both married, but not to each other.

The man, who was shot, according to local sources in the province of Faryab, was already married to two other women, had 11 children, and had an affair with another married woman.

The murderer has turned himself into the police in Faryab, according to Taliban official Furqani, and is currently in their custody.

Source: Khaama Press

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Taliban warns of 'stern stance' if UNSC refuses to extend travel ban waiver

August 23, 2022

In the wake of disagreements among the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) member states regarding the travel ban waiver, the Taliban officials warned that if the UNSC refused to extend the travel ban waiver, the decision would provoke them to maintain which will not be in the interest of anyone.

The United States, the United Kingdom, and France the three permanent members of the UNSC want to impose travel restrictions on Taliban officials whereas Russia and China, the other two permanent members of this council, are in favor of waiving up to 13 Taliban officials from their travel bans, Khaama Press reported.

The UN Security Council (UNSC) will reportedly vote on whether to extend the 13 Taliban officials' travel exemptions soon as the travel exemptions for the Afghan Taliban officials were set to expire on August 19.

However, the UNSC is reportedly sceptical over whether to extend the travel ban waiver or not.

Notably, the Taliban's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Abdul Qahar Balkhi, tweeted on Saturday that under the Doha Agreement all the sanctions against the Taliban should be rescinded and the Taliban officials warned that if the UNSC refused to extend the travel ban waiver, the decision would provoke them to maintain a stern stance which will not be in the interest of anyone, according to Khaama Press.

Even though 13 other Taliban officials had their travel ban waivers extended earlier for at least two months, which expired on August 19, two Taliban education officials had their travel rights revoked because the Taliban restricted women's and girls' access to education, last time.

Earlier, the UN Security Council (UNSC) gave leaders of the Islamic Emirate exemptions to travel bans to facilitate their negotiations with the US despite its long-standing international travel ban on the Taliban leaders.Since the Taliban seized power in Kabul last year, the human rights situation has been exacerbated by a nationwide economic, financial and humanitarian crisis of unprecedented scale.Acts of terror, killings, blasts and attacks have become a regular affair with unabated human rights violations involving ceaseless murder of civilians, destroying mosques and temples, assaulting women, and fueling terror in the region.

The Taliban dismantled the system to respond to gender-based violence, created new barriers to women accessing health care, blocked women's aid workers from doing their jobs, and attacked women's rights protesters.

Source: Business Standard

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Islamic Emirate must remove pro-Pakistan people from its ranks: Taliban official

23 August, 2022

Kabul [Afghanistan], August 23 (ANI): A Taliban official on Tuesday advised the Islamic Emirate to remove pro-Pakistan people from its ranks in order to save Afghanistan from international isolation.

Mufti Abdul Hakim, a member of the Taliban press, said, “The government agencies in the Taliban regime are full of people who are either citizens of Pakistan or have close ties to Pakistan. If the Taliban don’t remove pro-Pakistan people from their ranks, they will be further isolated,” reported South Asia Media Research Institute (SAMRI).

Hakim, who now analyzes the benefits of the group in television debates, has recently said that the government institutions in the Taliban regime are filled with people who are either citizens of Pakistan or have close ties with Islamabad.

He admitted this issue in a discussion on Shamshad TV and said that if the Taliban does not change its policy and does not remove people committed to Pakistan from its ranks, there is a possibility that this group will be isolated.

Notably, Pakistan and its ally Taliban are at loggerheads. Pakistan has committed a strategic blunder in thinking that the Taliban, which the country helped in fighting a US-backed Afghanistan for over two decades, will fulfil Islamabad’s wishes.

Both the allies are at loggerheads with the threat of a bloody skirmish along the Durand Line on the anvil, reported the Afghan Diaspora Network.

The ties between Taliban-led Afghanistan and Pakistan have been frosty of late and matters have been exacerbated by recent border tensions. Last month, a number of videos emerged from border standoff in Balochistan and the Nimroz provinces of two countries.

Earlier, the Taliban-appointed Defence Minister said that Afghanistan will not allow any other country to act aggressively against its interests.

The refusal to accept the status of the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan by the Taliban regime has clearly shown the cracks in the relationship between the two countries.

The Taliban have so far not shown any signs of acceding to these wishes. Rather, on several occasions, they have rejected Pakistan’s demands, including the one to recognise the Durand Line.

‘Borders’ that have remained porous for centuries have suddenly been shut down, dividing clans and families, according to Toronto-based think tank International Forum For Rights And Security (IFFRAS).

Source: The Print

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Pakistan

 

Barelvi Clerics, Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan and Maulana Shahabuddin Razvi Barelvi Condemn Attacks on Minorities in Pakistan

23rd August 2022

Bareilly: Ittehad-e-Millat Party chief Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan and Maulana Shahabuddin Razvi Barelvi, general secretary of Ulma-e-Islam, have expressed concern over the attacks on minorities in Pakistan.

Referring to the recent incident wherein a Sikh girl was allegedly forced into marriage and conversion, the clerics said that no one can be made to adopt Islam through force or greed.

The clerics asked Pakistan to stop such activities and added that some outfits were working against the principles of Islam and such activities should be termed “anti-Islam”.

They said that Islam had spread across the world because of its tenets and co-existed with other religions that together form the ‘Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb’ of India.

“There is no rule of law in Pakistan and people indulge in activities in the name of religion, bringing a bad name to Islam. If they had true knowledge of the religion, they would not have done such activities. Suh people should read books written by Ala Hazrat in order to gain knowledge,” they said.

In the press release, the clerics further said that breaking of temples and other shrines in Pakistan was a highly condemnable act which is not permitted in Islam.

Source: Siasat Daily

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Pakistan: Sixteen graves of Ahmadi community desecrated

24th August 2022

Lahore: Sixteen graves of the Ahmadi community in Pakistan’s Punjab province have been allegedly desecrated by religious extremists for using Islamic symbols on gravestones at a cemetery, a spokesman of the minority community said on Wednesday.

According to Jamaat Ahmadiya Punjab spokesperson Aamir Mahmood, on August 22, unidentified persons desecrated 16 graves of Ahmadis in a walled communal graveyard in Chak 203 RB Manawala, Faisalabad district, some 150 kms from Lahore.

The Islamic verses are inscribed on the tombstones of a number of graves in the graveyard of the community.

Talking to PTI, Mahmood said this graveyard is 75 years old and no such incident had taken place before this. He alleged that Muslim clerics of the area were stoking hatred against Ahmadis that resulted in the desecration of their graves at the hands of religious extremists.

“This act has caused immense grief amongst the bereaved families who are looking to the government for justice. This act is not only illegal but is clearly against all human values,” he said.

There had been a number of such incidents in different parts of Pakistan in which the graves of the Ahmadi community members were desecrated by religious zealots in the past. “A total of 185 Ahmadi graves were desecrated this year alone,” Mahmood said.

He further said, “this continuous persecution” testifies to the utter disregard of Ahmadi community rights and creates a sense of deep insecurity among the minority people. He urged the government to take effective measures to stop this onslaught and hold the culprits accountable.

Pakistan’s Parliament in 1974 declared the Ahmadi community as non-Muslims. A decade later, they were banned from calling themselves Muslims. They are banned from preaching and from travelling to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage.

Source: Siasat Daily

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Become ‘Tigers’ for true freedom, Imran tells youth

Ikram Junaidi

August 24, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan condemned the arrest of Leader of the Opposition in the Sindh Assembly Haleem Adil Sheikh and the ongoing crackdown against the opposition in the province.

Talking to former governor of Sindh Imran Ismail and newly elected member of the National Assembly from NA-245, Mahmood Moulvi, who met him here on Tuesday at Banigala, the PTI chairman congratulated Mahmood on his historic success in the by-poll.

According to a statement issued by the PTI on the occasion, Mr Khan also felicitated Mr Ismail and PTI Karachi organisation for the successful election campaign to trounce the joint candidate of the government allied parties in NA-245 elections.

During the meeting, they also discussed the country’s political situation and the devastation caused by the flood and the relief activities in Sindh.

Mr Ismail briefed the PTI chairman on the “ill-treatment” meted out to the opposition leader in the Sindh Assembly and about the ongoing crackdown against the opposition in the province.

In the meeting, the chairman was also informed about the Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) efforts to escape from the upcoming local government elections in Sindh.

Meanwhile, the PTI chairman invited the youth to join the “Imran Tigers” in order to convey his message of real freedom door to door. “Imran Tigers will be the passionate youth of my country who will take my message to every nook and corner of the country,” he said in a video statement.

He said there was a ‘system of ignorance and injustice’. For this, he said, he needed the youth to spread the message of true freedom everywhere.

Explaining the process of joining “Imran Tigers”, he said that just send ‘Yes’ on WhatsApp number 0300-1119444 and become a part of “Imran Tiger” immediately. After writing ‘Yes’, he explained, a website name would appear in the message and get themselves registered there.

Source: Dawn

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Pakistan can attract around $30 bln investment from Islamic world: Ashrafi

August 23, 2022

DOHA: Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Interfaith Harmony and Middle East Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi on Tuesday said Pakistan could attract around $30 billion investment from the Islamic world by promoting ease of doing business.

Talking to media, Ashrafi who is on an official visit to Qatar these days, said Pakistan was focusing on trade and investment instead of loan or aid. He said the friendly countries such as; Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) were providing assistance to Pakistan in a bid to get rid of the prevailing economic crisis.

He said Pakistan was expecting $2 billion from Qatar in bilateral support to help ease the South Asian nation’s funding crunch and the consequent risk of a default adding it would also get $ one billion in oil financing from Saudi Arabia and a similar amount in investments from the UAE.

Ashrafi said it was a matter of pride for Pakistan that it would provide troops for security of the Federation Internationale de Football Association(FIFA) World Cup in Qatar later this year.

He made it clear that Pakistan-Qatar relations were between the two nations and countries so that the regime change or present political situation in Pakistan would not have any negative impact on their fraternal ties.

He said Prime Minister Shehbaz’s visit to Qatar would impart a renewed impetus to deepening the cooperation between the two countries in diverse fields and further strengthen their growing economic partnership.

He said Qatar was home to more than 200,000 Pakistanis, who were contributing to the progress, prosperity and economic development of the two brotherly countries.

To a query, Ashrafi said ‘Pakistan Charter’ was need of the hour for economic stability of the country. It was the high time to avoid all differences and take part in nation-building activities across the board.

Source: Pakistan Today

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Muslim cleric in India condemns abduction, forced conversion of Sikh girl in Pakistan

23 August, 2022

Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh) [India], August 23 (ANI): A Muslim cleric in India has condemned the abduction, forceful conversion and marriage of a Sikh girl in the Buner district of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

“In the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a Sikh girl was abducted and forcibly married off and in another city, Rahim Yar Khan some temples were vandalised. This is an extremely sad and shameful incident. Islam never allows such acts,” the national general secretary of Tanzeem Ulama-e-Islam, Maulana Shahabuddin Razvi said.

Sikh community in Buner organised massive protests after Dina Kaur, daughter of Gurucharan Singh was forcibly abducted and converted to Islam on the evening of August 20.

“Islam promotes peace and teaches love and affection. The prophet has not allowed anyone to convert others’ religion either through temptation or through force, nor does it allow the destruction of religious buildings of others’ faith”, said Razvi, who is based in Bareilly city of Uttar Pradesh.

He added: “These acts are being done by the elements who have nothing to do with the principles of Islam and who have not read the history of Islam. They have not read the teachings of the Prophet. I condemn these acts in strong words.”

The minority community, including the Sikhs, Hindus and Christians from different parts of Pakistan have been facing persecution and their girls are regularly being kidnapped, raped and married to their abductors.

Many families from Pakistan have already migrated to India and other countries to protect their daughters and other family members.

Source: The Print

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New cases filed against former Pakistan PM Imran Khan

Aug 23, 2022

ISLAMABAD: In a big blow to former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, fresh cases were registered against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief for violating section 144 by organizing a rally in Islamabad to show solidarity with Shahbaz Gill.

The federal government on Tuesday lodged two cases against PTI Chief Imran Khan and other PTI leaders, ARY News reported.

According to details, the federal government has lodged a case against PTI Chairman Imran Khan and other PTI leaders including Murad Saeed, Fawad Chaudhry, Faisal Javed, Sheikh Rasheed and Asad Umer.

PTI leaders Raja Khurram Nawaz and Ali Nawaz Awan have also been named in the cases filed in the Aabpara police station of Islamabad, reported ARY News.

The case had been lodged against Imran Khan and other PTI leaders for violating article 144 by organizing a rally in Islamabad on Saturday night that continued on Sunday too, reported ARY News.

The PTI chair had staged a rally in the federal capital on August 20 to express solidarity with his chief of staff Shahbaz Gill after claims of torture in custody.

Gill was arrested on charges of colluding with a private PakistTV news channel in carrying out propaganda against the state. Police said that he was arrested for making statements against the state institutions and inciting the people to rebel.

The Pakistani publication claimed that the PTI leader had attempted to incite hatred in the Pakistan Army while speaking on ARY News a day prior, which has been restricted in certain parts of the country.

Notably, regulatory watchdog PEMRA has alleged that the ARY News channel was airing "false, hateful and seditious" content based on "absolute disinformation with a clear and present threat to national security by instigating rebellion within the armed forces."

Meanwhile, Imran Khan was booked for threatening a judge and two top police officials in a public meeting held at the F-9 Park late Saturday evening. Khan was booked under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).

He warned the Islamabad inspector-general and deputy inspector-general that he would "not spare" them, vowing to file cases against them for subjecting Gill to alleged inhuman torture, according to Geo News.

Earlier today the Islamabad High Court (IHC) issued a show-cause notice to the former prime minister and PTI chairman after taking up contempt of court proceedings against him for allegedly threatening Additional Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry.

On August 22, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) granted pre-arrest bail to Imran Khan until August 25 in a terrorism case.

Source: Times Of India

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Islamabad High Court issues show-cause notice to ex-PM Imran Khan, summons him on August 31

Aug 23, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday issued a show-cause notice to PTI chairman Imran Khan after taking up contempt of court proceedings against him for threatening Additional Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry during a public rally.

The IHC bench comprised Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, Justice Babar Sattar and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, Geo tv reported.

Meanwhile, the court summoned Imran Khan in personal capacity on August 31 and forwarded the case to the Chief Justice of Pakistan, seeking inclusion of more judges in the bench.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman was booked for threatening a judge and two top police officials in a public meeting held at the F-9 Park late Saturday evening.

Khan was booked under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).

The PTI chair had staged a rally in the federal capital on August 20 to express solidarity with his chief of staff Shahbaz Gill after claims of torture in custody.

He warned the Islamabad inspector-general and deputy inspector-general that he would "not spare" them, vowing to file cases against them for subjecting Gill to alleged inhuman torture, according to Geo tv.

Earlier Imran's lawyers, Babar Awan and Faisal Chaudhry, filed a petition seeking pre-arrest bail on his behalf in a terrorism case registered for 'threatening' a female judge and senior police officers in a public rally.

The pre-arrest bail plea contended the case was based on "surmises and conjectures" and that no evidence was available on record against Imran in connection with the case. It also contended that there was no "direct or indirect" evidence available on record against Imran in the case.

Another point which was highlighted in the plea was the assurance that if granted protective bail there will be "no likelihood" of Imran absconding or tampering with prosecution evidence.

It should be noted that a terrorism case was registered against Imran Khan for using derogatory language and threatening Additional Session Judge Zeba Chaudhry in his speech in Islamabad on August 20. Sources say that the text of the PTI chief's August 20 speech has also been included in the FIR.

Imran Khan, addressing a PTI rally in Islamabad, had said that they would file cases against Inspector General Islamabad Police, Deputy IG Islamabad Police and magistrate Zeba Chaudhry for the torture of PTI leader Shahbaz Gill.

Source: Times Of India

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Pakistan strongly condemns Indian lawmaker’s ‘reprehensible’ remarks against Holy Prophet

Naveed Siddiqui

August 24, 2022

Pakistan on Wednesday strongly condemned the “highly provocative and sacrilegious remarks” made by a BJP leader against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and called upon the international community to take urgent cognisance of the aggravating Islamophobia in India.

Indian police had on Tuesday detained BJP leader T. Raja Singh, a lawmaker in the southern state of Telangana, on suspicion of “promoting enmity in the name of religion” after Muslim groups demanded his arrest for his comments about the Prophet (PBUH).

Condemning the remarks, the Foreign Office said it was the second time in the last three months that a senior BJP leader made disrespectful comments against the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

“These highly derogatory remarks have gravely hurt the feelings of the people of Pakistan and billions of Muslims around the world.”

The FO spokesperson pointed out that “the token and perfunctory disciplinary action taken by the BJP against the said official cannot assuage the pain and anguish caused to the Muslims of India and around the world”.

Pakistan also condemned the release of the lawmaker hours after his arrest and said the decision of setting free the BJP leader was “highly reprehensible”.

The spokesperson said the current incident once again highlighted the incumbent Indian regime’s “obsessively spiteful demeanour” towards the Muslims and “the worrying trajectory” of Islamophobia in India.

“The fact is that India is nothing more than an undeclared ‘Hindu Rashtra’ where Muslims are routinely denigrated, dispossessed and marginalized and their religious beliefs are trampled under majoritarian hegemonism.”

The FO also called out the “deafening silence” of the top BJP leadership on the abhorrent incident, saying it manifestly reflected their approval and complete support to the radical Hindu zealots within and beyond the BJP.

Source: Dawn

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PM Shehbaz reaches Qatar, invites investors to explore CPEC opportunities

Syed Irfan Raza

August 24, 2022

ISLAMABAD: In view of the severe reaction from the general public and traders, the government on Tuesday exempted over 17 million electricity consumers from fuel adjustment charges (FAC) and traders from the fixed tax.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, soon after arriving in Qatar’s capital Doha on a two-day official visit on Tuesday, announced that 17.1 million power consumers will be exempted from paying the high FCA in their electricity bills.

He said he had formed a committee to fix the responsibility on those who had imposed the fixed tax on traders against the government’s decision and policy. The government will bear a gap of Rs42 billion by withdrawing the fixed tax, he added.

“Of the total 30 million electricity consumers, 17 million have been removed from FAC bracket and the rest of 13 million are well-off people but the government will also facilitate them,” the prime minister said.

Accompanied by a group of federal ministers at the Doha Airport, PM Sharif said Energy Minister Khurram Dastgir will apprise the nation in a press conference on Wednesday (today) how the benefit of a decline in fuel prices at the international level will be passed on to the consumers.

Meanwhile, Mr Dastgir told a private TV channel that the FAC will be adjusted for 17 million consumers in their next month’s power bill.

The prime minister said the FAC was imposed because of high fuel prices in the international market in June, thus the impact was reflected in the July and August bills.

“Unfortunately we have to consult over everything with the IMF [International Monetary Fund] under an agreement [inked by the last government]. We thus consulted IMF, PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif and other coalition leaders and it was decided that 17.1m electricity consumers should not pay the FCA,” he added. The exemption would also apply to 300,000 tube well users.

Qatar visit

Earlier, PM Sharif was accorded a red-carpet reception in Doha on his first visit to the country since assuming the office, for holding “in-depth consultations” with the leadership and interacting with the business community to highlight Pakistan’s investment potential. He was received by Qatar’s Minister of Transport Jassim Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti.

According to the Foreign Office, the two sides will review the entire spectrum of bilateral relations, with a particular focus on advancing energy-related cooperation, deepening trade and investment ties, and exploring greater employment opportunities for Pakistanis in Qatar.

The PM also invited investors from Qatar to invest in Pakistan’s energy, aviation, agriculture, livestock, maritime, tourism and hospitality sectors. He also urged the investors to explore the opportunities presented by CPEC.

Source: Dawn

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Arab World

 

Egypt's president meets Iraq's caretaker PM

23 August, 2022

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt met Tuesday with Iraqi caretaker Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi in the Mediterranean city of el-Alamein.

The meeting comes one day after a summit between leaders of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, as world powers and Iran seek to end 16 months of negotiations over the revival of Tehran's landmark nuclear deal.

On Monday, al-Sisi and Emirati President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan received King Abdullah II of Jordan, Al-Kadhimi and Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa at the airport.

The UAE leader arrived at the coastal city a day earlier and held separate talks with his Egyptian counterpart on ties between the regional allies, al-Sisi's office said.

The five-party talks focused on consolidating ties and cooperation between their countries, according to an Egyptian statement, which did not elaborate.

Iraq has hosted several rounds of talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia, whose ties worsened considerably in 2016.

That's when Saudi Arabia removed its diplomats after protesters attacked its embassy in Tehran and consulate in Mashhad.

Later in the day, al-Sisi accompanied Al-Kadhimi to the airport before his departure.

There were also talks recently between Iran and Egypt as both governments explore ways to ease decades-long tensions.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Iraq’s judiciary suspends activities as al-Sadr supporters launch sit-in

23 August, 2022

Iraq’s judiciary suspended its activities on Tuesday after supporters of Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr stepped up pressure on it to dissolve parliament, as one of the worst political crises since the US-led invasion dragged on.

Al-Sadr has in recent weeks commanded thousands of followers to storm and occupy parliament, preventing the formation of a government nearly 10 months after elections.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, who cut short a trip to Egypt to deal with the crisis, has urged all sides to remain calm and renewed calls for a national dialogue.

Al-Sadr’s followers began gathering for protests outside the headquarters of the Supreme Judicial Council and Federal Supreme Court in Baghdad. The followers have sent threats by phone, the judiciary said in a statement.

“(We) will suspend court sessions as a protest against this unconstitutional behavior and will hold the government and political parties which are backing this move fully responsible for all the results,” the statement added.

Al-Sadr has called for early elections and unspecified changes to the constitution after withdrawing his lawmakers from parliament in June.

His political opponents, mostly fellow Shias backed by Iran, have refused to accede to his demands, raising fears of fresh unrest and violence in a conflict-weary Iraq.

Iraq’s 10-month standoff since the election is the longest stretch without a fully functioning government in the nearly two decades since Saddam Hussein was overthrown in a US-led in 2003.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Sadr’s supporters launch sit-in outside Iraq’s top judicial body

23 August 2022

Supporters of prominent Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have launched a sit-in outside the country’s highest judicial body, weeks after they breached Baghdad's heavily fortified "Green Zone" and occupied the legislature.

Several hundred supporters of the cleric gathered in front of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) in the capital Baghdad on Tuesday, reiterating their calls for the dissolution of the Iraqi parliament and holding early elections, the Iraqi News Agency (INA) reported.

Images released by Sadr’s movement showed people setting up tents outside the gates of SJC’s headquarters, as they carried placards demanding the non-politicization of the judiciary and ending corruption.

The latest development comes as the top judicial body has said it lacks sufficient authority to dissolve the country's parliament, urging all parties to refrain from getting the judiciary involved in political rivalries.

The SJC made the announcement on August 14 in response to Sadr’s ultimatum, who warned of unspecific consequences if the judiciary did not heed his call to dissolve the parliament by the end of the week and pave the way for early elections.

Iraq's judiciary suspends activities

Separately on Tuesday, Iraq's judiciary said it decided to suspend its activity after Sadr’s supporters began their protests in front of the SJC building earlier in the day in an attempt to further step up pressure on it to dissolve the parliament.

"(We) will suspend court sessions as a protest against this unconstitutional behavior and will hold the government and political parties which are backing this move fully responsible for all the results," the authority said in a statement.

Iraq has been grappling with a political crisis in the absence of a functional government since October when it held its last legislative elections.

Sadr’s political bloc emerged as the biggest parliamentary faction in the election but fell short of an absolute majority needed to form a government, prompting the current political deadlock.

In June, all 73 legislators of the bloc quit their seats in a move seen as an attempt to pressure political rivals into expediting the formation of a government.

Sadr has demanded dissolution of parliament and early elections. Earlier this month, he called on his supporters to continue a sit-in inside the parliament until his demands were met.

Source: Press TV

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North America

 

Biden administration defends potential Iran nuclear deal as Israel hits out

23 August, 2022

Iran would be prohibited from enriching uranium above 3.67 percent and stockpiling more than 300 kilograms until 2031 under a new nuclear deal, a senior US official said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Israel appealed to the Biden administration to refrain from signing an agreement with Tehran.

The deal would deny Tehran the material needed for a bomb, the US official said in a statement to Al Arabiya English. “Iran would need to get rid of or render unusable the 20 and 60 percent-enriched uranium that it is stockpiling today,” the official said.

After more than a year of indirect talks and stalling mechanisms by Iran, the EU proposed a final text to Iran and the US at the start of this month, asking for a response within a few weeks.

Despite the EU saying there was no more room for negotiations, Tehran made several remarks and sent back its response to the EU, which in turn passed along the comments to the US.

Washington has yet to respond.

“Gaps still remain, but should we reach an agreement to return to the deal, Iran would have to take many significant steps to dismantle its nuclear program,” the administration official said on Tuesday.

The official said that “thousands” of advanced centrifuges Iran is using to enrich today would be stopped and removed, including all of the centrifuges enriching at the fortified underground facility at Fordow. “Strict limits on Iranian enrichment would mean that even if Iran left the deal to pursue a nuclear weapon, it would take at least six months to do so,” the official claimed.

Further defending a potential deal, which has been criticized by both Democrats and Republicans at home, the official said any Iranian pathway to a “plutonium-based nuclear weapon” would also be blocked. The official pointed to what would be the prohibition on reprocessing and redesigning a reactor that could be used to produce weapons-grade plutonium.

The Biden administration has repeatedly stated its belief that reviving the 2015 nuclear deal would be the best way to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, something which US officials have said was “weeks away” for several months now. But critics of the administration’s approach to

Iran have now said the deal will be different than the original 2015 pact.

On Tuesday, the senior US official suggested that under the new deal Iran would be bound by nuclear constraints as well as allow the UN nuclear watchdog to be able to implement “the most comprehensive inspections regime ever negotiated.”

‘Iran made concessions,’ not us

The US official pushed back on the narrative pushed by Tehran that Washington had made several concessions to reach a new deal.

Last week, London-based Iran International published a list of reported concessions the Biden administration had agreed to in a bid to get Iran to come back into full compliance with the deal. The outlet said these included the removal of sanctions on 17 banks, the immediate release of $7 billion worth of Iranian assets frozen in South Korea and the annulment of multiple Executive Orders signed by former US President Donald Trump.

“To be clear: reports that we have accepted or are considering new concessions to Iran as part of reentering the 2015 nuclear deal are categorically false,” the official said on Tuesday. “It is Iran that has made concessions on critical issues. Most notably, the President has been firm and consistent that he will not lift the terrorism designation of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps. Iran’s demand that we do so has been removed from the latest versions of the text.”

But Former Prime Minister Naftali Bennett quickly called on the Biden administration not to sign a deal with Iran, “even now at this last minute.

Bennett took to Twitter to voice Israel’s opposition to the deal, claiming the deal would send “approximately a quarter of a trillion dollars to the Iranian terror administration’s pocket and to its regional proxies.”

The former Israeli premier said his country was able to convince the White House not to give in to Iranian demands over the last year. “Israel is not committed to any of the restrictions stemming from the agreement and will utilize all available tools to prevent the Iranian nuclear program from advancing,” he tweeted.

Jason Brodsky, policy director at United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), said the Biden administration felt like they were behind the message curve amid the deluge of Iranian leaks on concessions Tehran reportedly won.

“The US is focusing on what it did not cave on, what Iranians reportedly retracted on, but not acknowledging that they are reentering an agreement that has already started to expire,” Brodsky told Al Arabiya English. He also pointed to the lack of bipartisan support, the opposition of Washington’s closest ally in the region, and the absence of a clear pathway forward on deterring Iran as “ingredients for unstable agreements.”

Brodsky said the US officials that were speaking out about potential benefits in the deal were “circulating recycled talking points from 2015” as part of their case to revive the JCPOA. “No mention of the sunset clock already ticking for years -- while, according to press reports, Iran is receiving more sanctions relief in exchange for a shorter and weaker nuclear deal.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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Nobel laureate Turkish-American chemist makes advance in fight against brain cancer

Islam Dogru  

24.08.2022

NEW YORK

A Nobel Prize-winning Turkish-American chemist recently discovered that a special molecule can be used to help treat brain cancer.

Aziz Sancar, whose study is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, told Anadolu Agency that the EdU molecule has been one of the most used chemicals in molecular biology since 2008.

“I worked for 10 years over the DNA mechanism, which brought me the Nobel Prize," said Sancar, who was born in Türkiye but has lived and worked in the US for decades.

He said that researchers started studies on the EdU molecule in January and discovered it kills the cells in February.

"We have done all the checks and have proven that it is certain," he said.

The study found that EdU's ability to cross the blood-brain barrier makes it a "potential candidate for treating cancers of the brain."

"Most drugs cannot cross from the blood to the brain. For example, the drug called cisplatin, which is used in the treatment of cancer patients, cannot cross through this barrier, so brain cancers cannot be treated with it. This EdU gets in easily (into the brain) with no problem," he said.

The discovery will be tested first on mice, then on patients.

The experiments on mice would take two years, said Sancar.

At this stage, he sees the success rate of discovery in human treatment at 3%, Sancar said to cancer patients, "My message is, be optimistic, try to do the best with the current possibilities."

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Terrorism charge on Imran Khan: US says it does not side with any political party in Pakistan

Aug 23, 2022

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON: The US has made it clear that it does not side with any political party in Pakistan and supports the "peaceful" upholding of democratic, constitutional, and legal principles in the country, days after authorities slapped terrorism-related charges against ousted prime minister Imran Khan.

Khan, 69, was booked on Sunday under the Anti-Terrorism Act. On Monday, he moved to the Islamabad high court (IHC) seeking pre-arrest bail in the case. He has secured transit bail till August 25.

Responding to a question on terrorism charge imposed on the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said that he was aware of the reports about the charges.

But Price said this is a matter of the Pakistani legal and judicial system.

"It is not directly a matter for the United States, and that's because we don't have a position on one political candidate or party versus any other political candidate or party," Price said, explaining Washington's stand on the political situation in Pakistan.

The State Department spokesperson added that the US supports the "peaceful upholding of democratic, constitutional, and legal principles in Pakistan and around the world".

Khan was booked under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) after he threatened an additional sessions judge, Zeba Chaudhry, and senior officers of the Islamabad Police at a rally in the federal capital's F-9 Park last week.

The Islamabad high court has also taken notice of the threats issued by the PTI chairman and will take up a contempt of court notice to the former prime minister on Tuesday.

The political temperature in the country has been high since April — when Khan was ousted from the prime minister's office. Since then, he has been rallying supporters against the government and political matters are being regularly taken up with courts.

Source: Times Of India

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US carries out airstrikes against Iran-backed groups in eastern Syria

Vakkas Dogantekin

24.08.2022

The US military announced early Wednesday that it carried out airstrikes against Iran-affiliated groups in eastern Syria.

“At President (Joe) Biden’s direction, U.S. military forces conducted precision airstrikes in Deir ez-Zor, Syria today. These precision strikes are intended to defend and protect U.S. forces from attacks like the ones on August 15 against U.S. personnel by Iran-backed groups," a statement by US Central Command said.

"The U.S. strikes targeted infrastructure facilities used by groups affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps," it added.

US action against Iran comes at a time when a draft agreement to revive a 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran has been proposed by the European Union.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Southeast Asia

 

Optimistic Indonesia will become global Muslim fashion hub: minister

AUGUST 24, 2022

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Trade Minister Zulkifli Hasan has said he is optimistic that Indonesia will become a hub of the world's Muslim fashion with the help of its cultural diversity, local wisdom, and human resources.

"A variety of traditional Indonesian fabrics with philosophical values have become sources of creativity for Indonesian Muslim fashion designers and business players that other countries do not have. This is the key to realizing Indonesia as the world's Muslim fashion hub by 2024," he said at the Road to Jakarta Muslim Fashion Week (JMFW) 2023 event here on Tuesday.

JMFW is a platform created by the Trade Ministry's Directorate General of National Export Development in collaboration with the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin).

According to Hasan, the market potential for Muslim and modest fashion is quite large. Thus, Indonesia's role must be even greater, considering that the world's Muslim population is equivalent to 25 percent of the total global population. Moreover, by 2060, it is predicted to increase to 30 percent.

In addition, purchases of modest fashion products have increased by 6.1 percent in the past four years.

At the event, the minister also held a dialogue with designers regarding the development of the Muslim fashion industry in Indonesia, the development of competence of designers and Indonesian Muslim fashion business players, as well as the support and role of the Ministry of Trade for realizing Indonesia as the world's Muslim fashion hub through JMFW 2023.

“The domestic market is important, but this is time to go global," Hasan remarked.

He affirmed that his ministry is ready to fully support efforts to turn Indonesia into a global Muslim fashion hub.

Based on data from Statistics Indonesia (BPS), the export value of Muslim fashion in the first half of 2022 reached US$2.85 billion, up 39.86 percent compared to the same period in 2021, when the figure was recorded at US$2.04 billion.

Meanwhile, in 2021, the country's Muslim fashion exports reached US$4.68 billion, an increase of 12.49 percent from US$4.16 billion in 2020.

Source: Antara News

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Malaysia top court upholds ex-PM Najib Razak’s graft conviction

Aug 23, 2022

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s top court has upheld ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak’s conviction and 12-year jail sentence in a graft case linked to the looting of the 1MDB state fund. Najib’s loss in his final appeal means he will have to begin serving his sentence immediately, becoming the first former prime minister to be jailed.

The five-member Federal Court panel said it unanimously found the high court judge was right in his judgment and that Najib’s appeal was "devoid of any merits." The court affirmed Najib's conviction and sentence.

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DAP To Lodge Report over Hadi’s Remarks against Non-Muslims

August 23, 2022

PETALING JAYA: DAP will be lodging a police report against PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang for his recent statement claiming non-Muslims and non-Bumiputeras were at the root of corruption in the country.

Hadi had also accused them of being the majority of those involved in ruining the country’s politics and economy.

Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng said his party colleagues would be giving a statement to the police tomorrow, stating that Hadi’s remarks could disrupt peace and harmony in a multiracial Malaysia.

He said the PAS president’s statement infringed on Section 504 and 505 of the Penal Code, for making statements with intent to incite any community and for intentionally making an insult, despite knowing that it would disrupt public peace.

Lim also said that Hadi might have broken other laws as well and that Hadi’s statement only “fuels the flames of racism” and did not help in addressing the issue of rampant corruption in the country.

“Yet, till today, no action has been taken against Abdul Hadi Awang,” Lim said in a statement.

“If the remarks were made by another individual, he would have been arrested and authorities would have acted on him. As a politician, what he (Hadi) did was wrong.”

Lim is the latest political figure to condemn Hadi for his remarks. Two days ago, three Malay DAP leaders – Syahredzan Johan, Young Syefura Othman and Sheik Umar Bagharib Ali – slammed Hadi for associating non-Muslims and non-Bumiputeras with corruption in Malaysia.

The trio, who are also DAP central committee members, then questioned why Malaysia was still unable to perform well in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) ranking despite having PAS in the government since 2020.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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No special treatment for Najib, says prisons department

SK Devi

August 24, 2022

PETALING JAYA: The prisons department has rubbished rumours that former prime minister Najib Razak will receive special treatment at Kajang Prison.

In a Facebook post today, the department said: “Stop the spread of fake information.” Accompanying the post was a picture of a clean, spacious, nicely equipped room with IKEA-like shelves and a table.

Social media has been flooded with comments about Najib’s potential VIP treatment in jail since the Federal Court upheld his conviction and sentence in the SRC International case.

He was taken to Kajang Prison late yesterday evening following the decision of the apex court.

The department told FMT there will be no such special treatment accorded to Najib, stressing that all prisoners will be treated the same.

FMT has also reached out to the home ministry for comments.

Allegations on preferential treatment for “well-connected” prisoners are not new as there had been reports of such treatment being given to some inmates.

On Aug 11, 1989, Malay Mail carried a report of corporate figure Abdullah Ang who, while being held in Kajang Prison, was allowed to commute regularly between jail and the city.

Ang was said to have been sighted at his family’s factory at Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, without guards two days before he was supposed to be released.

The report said stall owners operating near the factory would see him having lunch and tea, often accompanied by “tycoon-type men” in luxury cars. Ang also occasionally packed food to be taken back to the Kajang Prison, it said.

His presence would be the talk of office workers and labourers, who wondered how he managed to get out of prison regularly.

He was supposed to be working at an orchid farm in Mantin, Negeri Sembilan, set up by the prisons department.

Ang, a former managing director of the now-defunct Malaysian Overseas Investment Corp, had been sentenced to eight years’ jail by the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Dec 15, 1986 after he pleaded guilty to criminal breach of trust.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Mideast

 

Turkey says no preconditions for 'goal-oriented' dialogue with Syria

23 August 2022

Turkey does not have preconditions for dialogue with the Syrian government, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced on Tuesday, stressing that talks should be goal-oriented.

Ankara cut its diplomatic relations with Damascus in 2011 in the initial stage of the protracted foreign-backed war and backed forces that sought to topple the democratically-elected government of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.

However, in recent months, Turkey has made soft overtures to the Assad government in an attempt to open a new chapter in their relations.

“There cannot be a condition for dialogue but what are the aim of these contacts? The country needs to cleared of terrorists... People need to be able to return,” Cavusoglu said in his remarks.

“No conditions for dialogue but what is the aim, the target? It needs to be goal-oriented,” he hastened to add.

There also confirmed reports doing rounds about contact between the Syrian and Turkish intelligence services.

The top Turkish diplomat, however, said no meeting will take place between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Syrian counterpart during the upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in September, “because the latter will not be attending the Shanghai summit”.

Last week, reports said Dogu Perincek, a close ally of Erdogan, will travel to the Syrian capital Damascus within the next 10 days. He will be accompanied by Turkish businessman Ethem Sancak, who is considered to have close ties with Erdogan.

The developments reveal the softening of Ankara’s stance towards the Syrian government after more than a decade of tensions.

Speaking to reporters last week, Turkish President said it is Washington and its allied forces that “primarily feed terrorism” in Syria.

Countless reports have emerged over the years revealing the US military’s support for terrorist groups, including Daesh, in Syria and Iraq.

“They did it brutally and they still do it,” Erdogan said. “They did not get tired of it, and they also made the same feeding in Iraq. To whom? Again to terrorist organizations. If there is unrest in Iraq today, unfortunately, America lies behind it.”

He claimed that Ankara’s main contention is the fight against terrorism in northern Syria, adding that Turkey is ready for a military operation against terrorist groups in the Arab country.

Turkish president also said Ankara is not eyeing Syria and that Syria’s territorial integrity is important to Turkey.

Ankara-backed militants were deployed to northeastern Syria in October 2019 after Turkish military forces launched a long-threatened cross-border invasion in a declared attempt to push YPG fighters away from border areas.

Ankara views the YPG as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region in Turkey since 1984.

Source: Press TV

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Gazans call for probe into Islamic Jihad missiles that killed civilians

August 24, 2022

Gaza — On second day of the recent round of fighting in Gaza, as the sun set in the overcrowded Jabalia camp, the children played outside. They were not afraid of rocket fire, as they had long grown used to the ongoing military operations in Gaza. As the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) movement launched rockets from an area near the Imad Aqel mosque, one missile veered off course and struck civilians in the crowded camp. It killed seven people, including four children, and injured 21, according to the Ministry of Health.

The incident, most of whose victims were children, angered many Gazans. Though they initially blamed Israel for the massacre, the Israeli army reported that five rockets fired toward Israel had fallen inside Gaza. The PIJ fired 1,100 rockets toward Israel, 200 of which fell inside Gaza, killing 15 civilians altogether.

While PIJ officials refused to talk to Al-Monitor, Al-Monitor’s team went to talk to the residents of the Jabalia camp, where a PIJ rocket fell. It found the street where the rocket had hit children was a small and crowded alleyway.

A resident of a nearby street told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity, “On Saturday, the second day of the military operation, at 9 p.m., we were startled by the sound of a huge explosion hitting the next street. My brothers and I rushed to see what happened. I saw people trying to extinguish a fire with water as they waited for the civil defense and ambulance cars to arrive. I saw a 12-meter-long missile that exploded horizontally. I thanked God that it did not explode vertically. Otherwise, a very big massacre would have ensued.”

He lamented, “Everyone knows that the missile that fell on Saturday was a local missile, but no one dares talk about it, especially to the media and the press, let alone name names. Here, there is no freedom of opinion and expression. There is no respect for others’ points of view, and whoever holds the PIJ responsible for the missiles that veered off course is deemed unpatriotic and a partner in Israeli crimes against us. Whoever they are, they would be arrested by the authorities and investigated. This is why no one would dare talk about this.”

On the third day, Sunday, missiles struck a cemetery and killed five children there, sparked debate over their origin. Israel reported that the missiles were its own.

The man went on, “We are well aware of our struggle with Israel, and we are all for the Palestinian resistance, but we must stand up to this crime and demand an investigation, as this is not the first time that the rockets have fallen on civilians. During the four previous wars, a lot of rockets fell on fields and rooftops, even on people, killing them or seriously injuring them. In 2008, I lost my best friend in one of the explosions caused by resistance rockets, and in 2014 one of them fell on my aunt’s house and left her child totally disabled. But what is new this time around is that the PIJ movement alone responded without Hamas, and our society is very partisan, so many rushed to blame the PIJ.”

A journalist from the Gaza Strip told Al-Monitor, “I covered all the wars in the Gaza Strip, took a lot of photos and videos, and in every war I saw a number of local rockets falling on civilians. In the massacre in the Jabalia camp, I saw with my own eyes a local missile strike. We only want the truth and a clear investigation into the matter. They want us not to talk about this matter, because if we talk, they describe us as collaborators with the occupation. We condemn the occupation and its crimes against our people, but what is happening is a grave crime against civilians and children.”

The Israeli army shared photos and videos in which activists from Gaza documented the PIJ's rocket launches. Israeli radar also showed some rockets veering off course and landing inside Gaza with three landing in the Jabalia camp, in Beit Hanoun and in the Bureij refugee camp. However, PIJ and Hamas both held Israel fully responsible for the incident, asking journalists in the Gaza Strip not to circulate allegations about Palestinian missiles killing Palestinians.

The media office of the Hamas government issued a strongly worded statement to the correspondents of international newspapers that published coverage of the deaths due to local shelling, accusing them of adopting the narrative of the occupation.

Palestinians circulated the footage of the missile strikes, some of them commenting that the PIJ rockets were old and unusable. Some of them called for an urgent investigation, but others disagreed, claiming that Israeli agents must have either sabotaged the rockets so they exploded prematurely or used its new laser weapon to make the PIJ missiles explode over Gaza.

Farid al-Khatib, whose child was injured in this horrific incident, told Al-Monitor, “An explosion suddenly shook the camp. My child, who was playing with the neighbors’ children, was injured. We cannot tell whether the missile was Israeli or Arab. International and human rights workers have to visit Gaza and look into the matter because as citizens we can never tell for sure.”

According to Israeli evaluations, there is no comparison between the PIJ and Hamas’ ballistic capabilities. The vast majority of PIJ missiles are short-range rockets and mortar shells. Israel also claims that its Iron Dome defense systems intercepted 96% of the rockets during this round of fighting.

Source: Al Monitor

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Nuclear Chief Stresses Iran's Tough Stance Against IAEA's Israeli-Driven Attitude

2022-August-23

Eslami rejected as "uproar" comments by Grossi over "unexplained traces of uranium" amid efforts to restore the 2015 nuclear deal, officialy known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The nuclear chief advised the IAEA director general not to raise accusations against Iran based on claims made by the Tel Aviv regime and anti-Tehran groups.

“We will never accept that the Zionist regime’s positions and pressures will be followed upon as an agenda for the director general of the UN agency,” Eslami stressed.

The AEOI head said Iran has provided adequate response for the claims regarding the origin of the enriched uranium at three Iranian sites, warning other parties not to use the issue as a political tool.

Eslami noted that Iran is a member of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and all its nuclear activities are according to the safeguards agreement, adding that Tehran’s activities are under strict supervision by the IAEA.

Iran believes the IAEA chief's recent remarks have been distorted for political purposes, and cautions that Israel's pressures have deviated the UN nuclear watchdog's reports from technical approach. Tehran stresses the IAEA should not allow the political influence of certain countries affect its decisions, and expresses the hope that the nuclear watchdog would be released from the "Zionists' captivity".

Iran has always had full cooperation with the IAEA and allowed it to visit the country’s nuclear sites, but calls the nuclear agency's approach unconstructive and destructive.

AEOI Chief: Iran Not to Turn On Beyond-Safeguards Cameras Before JCPOA Revivalhttps://t.co/F8mPcX9SwL pic.twitter.com/hUZSdmKC2S

— Fars News Agency (@EnglishFars) July 25, 2022

In early June, the IAEA's Board of Governors adopted a resolution, accusing Iran of not cooperating with the nuclear agency.

Iranian officials criticized the US and the European trio for pushing a resolution against the country at the UN atomic body’s board of governors, calling the move irresponsible. Tehran stressed that the IAEA is directly influenced by the Israeli regime, and the measure has undermined the country's constructive cooperation with the nuclear watchdog.

Back in June, Eslami said that heightened propaganda against Tehran's peaceful nuclear program, including the recent resolution at the UN nuclear watchdog, is part of the Western states' maximum pressure policy against the Iranian nation.

Iran has 3 percent of the world's nuclear capacity, but more than 25 percent of inspections have been carried out in Iran, he added.

The Iranian nuclear chief referred to the recent resolution proposed by the US and E3 to the IAEA Board of Governors, stressing that it was the last test by the enemies.

In response to the IAEA's move, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian stated that the recent resolution approved by the UN nuclear watchdog against Tehran was a US plot to force Tehran to make concessions in the Vienna talks.

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

Iran and the five remaining parties to the nuclear deal have held several rounds of negotiations since April last year to restore the agreement, which was unilaterally abandoned by Donald Trump in May 2018.

In quitting the agreement, Trump restored sanctions on Iran as part of what he called the “maximum pressure” campaign against the country. Those sanctions are being enforced to this day by the Joe Biden administration, even though it has repeatedly acknowledged that the policy has been a mistake and a failure.

Iranian officials say the ball is in the US' court, and the Biden administration should assure Tehran that it will not repeat Trump's past mistakes.

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Iran's Envoy Voices Doubt About US Seriousness on Nuclear Disarmament

2022-August-23

Speaking at the Tenth NPT Review Conference on Tuesday, Takht Ravanchi share Iran’s deep concern of the NNWS regarding the lack of progress in the implementation of nuclear disarmament obligations and commitments.

"My delegation has contributed constructively to the discussions and draft reports. However, regrettably due to some imbalanced contents of draft reports, none of them garnered consensus," he noted.

"My delegation underlines that the positions of the nuclear weapon States echoed and supported by the so-called umbrella states, including their attempt to replace nuclear disarmament with nuclear risk reduction are contrary to their explicit legal obligations concerning nuclear disarmament," the envoy underscored.

"I would like to add that establishing a Middle East zone free of weapons of mass destruction is long overdue after the consensual adoption of the resolution 1995. To implement this resolution, the 2010 Review Conference adopted by consensus a detailed plan of action and agreed that the Secretary-General and the co-sponsors of the 1995 resolution, in consultation with the States of the region, convene and exert their utmost efforts to ensure the success of a conference in 2012 that was to be attended by all States of the Middle East, on the establishment of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction. However, after delays in convening the Conference, at the first, second and third sessions of the Preparatory Committee, in 2012, 2013, and 2014, the NAM and regional countries warned that any further delay in convening the 2012 conference would seriously jeopardize the overall implementation of the conclusions and recommendations for follow-on actions and would represent a major setback in that regard," he added.

"We are firmly convinced that the Conference was postponed indefinitely because of the US’ opposition and this has been the persistent policy of the US to turn a blind eye to the nuclear arsenals of the Israeli regime while not supporting the convening of the Conference," the official stressed.

"Now, we expect the current Conference to reject the impediments to convening the conference. The failure to convene the conference in 2012 contradicts and violates the collective agreement of the States parties contained in the conclusions and recommendations for follow-on actions adopted by the 2010 Review Conference and contravenes the letter and spirit of the 1995 resolution on the Middle East," Takht Ravanchi said.

"Despite the lack of required inclusivity and transparency in developing the SB II draft report, once again we reiterate our main proposals in this regard, and would like to emphasize that any document without embracing the ideas contained in our proposals, any glimpse of consensus will be faded away. In accordance with our proposals which are fully consistent with the NAM positions, the Conference, inter alai, Expresses concern about the lack of progress towards the implementation of the 1995 resolution and the 2010 action plan on the Middle East; and Calls upon Israel to renounce possession of nuclear weapons and eliminate its entire stockpile of nuclear weapons," he stressed.

"It Reaffirms that the accession of Israel to the Non-Proliferation Treaty without precondition and further delay and the placement of all of its nuclear activities and facilities under the comprehensive IAEA safeguards is essential in realizing the goal of universal adherence to the Treaty in the Middle East and the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East," he said.

He added, "It Expresses its strong support for the other process launched by the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction convened by the Secretary-General, pursuant to General Assembly decision 73/546, to elaborate a legally binding treaty on the establishment of the zone on the basis of consensus."

Tehran has repeatedly stressed the necessity for countries which possess atomic weapons to take practical steps towards disarmament. Iran has also proposed the creation of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East.

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Iran Hails Triangle of Lebanese People, Army, Resistance in Face of Israeli Threats

2022-August-23

"The equation of the people, the army, and the resistance is the guarantor of the independence and authority of Lebanon and the protector of the country against the greed of the Zionist regime," Kan'ani wrote on Twitter on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Hezbollah's establishment.

"We congratulate the 40th anniversary of Lebanon's Islamic Resistance and its continuous victories to Seyed Hassan Nasrallah, the Secretary General of Hezbollah, the government, and the nation of Lebanon," he said

"We send our greetings to the martyrs of the Resistance, the army, and the Lebanese nation," the senior diplomat added.

Iran describes Israel as the root cause of the region’s instability, but also stresses Israel's US-supported barbarity will not change the inevitable fate of the Tel Aviv regime. Tehran believes the Israeli regime is on a fast-track towards decline because of the resistance of the Palestinian people in the besieged enclave.

Early in August, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods Force Commander Esmayeel Qaani said that at least 15 operations are carried out against the Israeli regime every day, adding that Palestinian fighters are preparing to strike the final blow on the Tel Aviv regime in appropriate time.

“At least 15 operations are carried out against the positions of the Israeli regime every day, as they (Zionists) have built fences even inside the settlements for the fear of their lives,” Brig. Gen. Qaani said.

"The Palestinian fighters are making plans to hit the final blows to the rotten body of the Zionist regime in the right time," he added.

He underlined that the United States and the Israeli regime are "treacherous and murderous regimes" and would get the answers to the crimes they have committed "in the shortest time".

The top commander underscored that Iran along with allied resistance movements, including Lebanon’s Hezbollah, are well-prepared to give decisive response to “the mischievous acts and crimes committed by the US and the Zionist regime against the Iranians and other oppressed people of the world".

On Friday, Major General Hossein Salami has also said that there is no safe place for the Zionists in the occupied lands of Palestine, adding that the people in the West Bank are arming themselves similar to Gaza to confront the Zionist regime.

"The Zionists have no safe haven in occupied Palestine and all parts of the land are within the reach of Palestinians resistance movements’ firepower," the top commander noted on Friday.

"When Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah is added to this equation, the conclusion is the deployment of hundreds of thousands of missiles that are pointed at the Zionist regime," the IRGC commander stressed.

Earlier, Maj. Gen. Salami had warned the Israeli regime that 100,000 missiles are prepared in Lebanon to create an inferno for the Zionists.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Turkey to welcome Palestinian President Abbas after restoring Israel ties

23 August, 2022

Turkey said Tuesday that its restoration of full diplomatic relations with Israel did not mean a shift in Middle Eastern priorities as it prepared to welcome Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas.

The Palestinian leader was due to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan later on Tuesday on his second visit to Turkey in a year.

The talks come just a week after Turkey and Israel sealed a rapprochement from a decade of rocky relations by announcing plans to reappoint ambassadors for the first time in four years.

Erdogan has been a fervent supporter of the Palestinian cause who has branded Israel a “terrorist state.”

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu argued on Tuesday that an open dialogue with Israel will help Ankara better defend Palestinian rights.

“The fact that we normalize our relations does not mean that we will make concessions on Palestine,” Cavusoglu said in a television interview.

“Dialogue should continue even if you do not agree on everything.”

The veteran Palestinian leader’s visit is widely seen as an attempt by Turkey to show that it stood by old allies even as it repairs relations with more recent rivals.

Turkey has gradually mended fences across the volatile region as it seeks new deals and investments to help recover from its most profound economic crisis in more than two decades.

The warming with Israel is being accompanied by plans to restore direct flights by Israeli airlines between the two countries that could bring in more tourists to Turkey’s resorts.

Turkey is also hoping to revive an east Mediterranean natural gas pipeline project that won tentative backing from the United States last year.

Cavusoglu said Palestinian leaders also “want our relations with Israel to be normalized.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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Europe

 

Bosnia unearths remains of missing person from 90s war

Mustafa Talha Öztürk 

23.08.2022

BELGRADE, Serbia

Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday unearthed the remains of at least one person killed during the Bosnian War.

The Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia Herzegovina, a state body which keeps a count of the missing persons of the 90s conflict, said the remains found in the Kacelj region near the city of Foca are thought to belong to a Bosniak civilian.

The remains were transferred to the city of Gorazde for judicial proceedings.

Also, bone samples were taken to determine the identity of the victim by DNA analysis.

Personal items such as shoes and keys thought to belong to the victims were also found.

Between April 1992 and December 1995, an estimated 100,000 people were killed and 2.2 million displaced in Bosnia and Herzegovina. And as many as 50,000 women, mostly Bosniak, were raped.

The Bosnian War was sparked by the break-up of Yugoslavia, which led Bosnia to declare independence in February 1992.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Russia says Turkey’s military action in Syria would be 'unacceptable'

23 August 2022

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has lambasted Turkey’s declared plans to launch a new military campaign in northern Syria, stressing that an escalation of military actions in the war-ravaged Arab country would be "unacceptable.”

Lavrov made the remark at a press conference alongside his visiting Syrian counterpart, Faisal Mekdad, in the Russian capital of Moscow on Tuesday as he censured any foreign interference in Syria’s internal affairs.

Underlining the necessity of finding a political solution to the Syrian crisis, Lavrov said Russia and Syria were looking to negotiate with Turkey to "prevent the outbreak of new military actions" in the Arab country.

“Russia is working for a rapprochement between Syria and Turkey… on the basis of United Nations resolutions that affirm the preservation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria,” the top Russian diplomat said.

“With regard to the situation in northern Syria, the main thing is to prevent the outbreak of new military actions and the need to negotiate through diplomatic channels on the basis of the existing political principles in relations between Syria and Turkey,” he added.

Mekdad, for his part, warned that the Turkish military should withdraw its forces from the Syrian territory, abandon support for terrorist organizations and stop interfering in Syria’s domestic affairs.

The remarks come against the backdrop of Ankara’s stepped-up threats to launch a massive military operation against Kurdish militants in northern Syria to establish what it calls a “secure line” along Turkey’s border with the Arab country.

On August 8, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan once again hinted at a plan for a cross-border operation in Syria to remove members of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militant group.

Turkey has deployed forces in Syria in violation of the Arab country's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Ankara-backed militants were deployed to northeastern Syria in October 2019 after Turkish military forces launched a cross-border invasion in a declared attempt to push YPG fighters away from border areas.

Ankara views the YPG as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region in Turkey since 1984.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and other senior officials have said Damascus will respond through all legitimate means available to Turkey's ongoing ground offensive.

Russia slams Israeli missile attacks against Syria

During the press conference, Lavrov also condemned the Israeli regime’s shelling of the Syrian territory and expressed Russia’s concern over the attacks on the Arab country’s infrastructure.

"We strongly condemned the dangerous practice of Israeli strikes on Syrian territory," the Russian foreign minister said. "We demand that Israel respect the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and, above all, respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria."

Last Sunday, the Syrian military said three servicemen had been killed as the Arab country’s air defenses confronted “hostile” Israeli targets over the city of Tartus and the nearby mountain range of Qalamoun.

Lebanese media outlets said the attack had been carried out by Israeli warplanes from the Lebanese airspace. The Israeli regime’s Channel 12 confirmed that the aggression had been perpetrated by the regime’s assault aircraft.

Syria and the Israeli regime are technically at war due to the latter’s 1967-to-present occupation of Syria’s Golan Heights.

Israel maintains a significant military presence in the territory, which it uses as one of its launchpads for attacks against the Syrian soil.

Source: Press TV

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Russia’s Lavrov condemns Israeli missile strikes on Syria

23 August, 2022

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday condemned Israeli missile attacks against Syria, in comments that underline a chill in once-warm Russian-Israel relations.

Lavrov was speaking at a joint news conference alongside his Syrian counterpart, Faisal Mekdad. Russia is a key backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.

“We strongly condemned the dangerous practice of Israeli strikes on Syrian territory,” Lavrov said.

“We demand that Israel respect the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and, above all, respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria.”

Israel hit Iranian targets in a series of strikes on August 14 near Assad’s ancestral home region and also close to Russia’s main Syrian bases on the Mediterranean coast, regional intelligence and Syrian military sources said.

Speaking at the same news conference in Moscow, Mekdad gave Lavrov his backing to Russia’s actions in Ukraine, which Moscow calls a “special military operation” to disarm and “denazify” its smaller southern neighbor.

Israel has spoken out against Moscow sending troops into Ukraine and bilateral tensions have grown in recent months.

In May, Lavrov said Nazi leader Adolf Hitler had Jewish roots - a statement which triggered outrage in Israel and forced a rare apology from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Türkiye extends helping hand to Georgia over forest fire

Diyar Guldogan 

24.08.2022

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu lent support to his Georgian counterpart as the country tries to battle a forest fire.

In an phone call with Ilia Darchiashvili, Cavusoglu expressed concern over the forest fire and offered help to extinguish the blaze, Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement late Tuesday.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Greek citizen converts to Islam in northwestern Türkiye

Burak Akay  

23.08.2022

A Greek citizen converted to Islam in Canakkale province in northwestern Türkiye, a local official announced on Tuesday.

For Serakau Emilia, a conversion ceremony was held at the local mufti’s office, during which she recited the Kalima Shahadat – the declaration of belief in the oneness of Allah and the acceptance of Holy Prophet Muhammad as his messenger.

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Africa

 

Algeria: Muslim Scholars Distance Themselves From Their International Union

August 22, 2022

The Association of Algerian Muslim Scholars (AOMA) has announced that it has suspended its activities in the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) in protest at recent statements by the union's president and his failure to apologise, Al Quds Al Arabi has reported.

Abdul Razzaq Qasoum, the head of the AOMA, told Radio Algeria that the decision will remain in place unless IUMS President Ahmad Al-Raysuni makes an explicit apology or resigns. Qasoum called on all Muslim scholars affiliated with the IUMS to back the AOMA decision and do the same.

The dispute revolves around the issue of Western Sahara. Algeria supports the Polisario Front and its call for independence. Al-Raysuni appeared to back Morocco in its claim of sovereignty over the territory.

Many Algerians believe that the scholar's explanation of his remarks exploited the IUMS platform to promote the Moroccan view of the conflict. Moreover, he did not include any apology to Algeria and Mauritania, as promised by the IUMS Secretary-General Ali Al-Qaradaghi.

AOMA members are also involved in the activities of the IUMS due to intellectual rapprochement within the framework of what is known as the school of moderation. Qasoum is part of the IUMS secretariat.

Al-Qaradaghi, meanwhile, made it clear that Al-Raysuni's comments did not represent the IUMS position on Western Sahara. He pointed out that the union's positions are taken by consensus between the president and the secretary general, and the president is not entitled to take a decision alone. He also expressed his reservations about Al-Raysuni's statements saying that they contradict the union's rules calling for the avoidance of anything that provokes discord among Muslims.

Source: Middle East Monitor

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Sheikh Goni Aisami: Police parade 2 soldiers who allegedly killed Islamic cleric

August 23, 2022

By Shehu Usman

Yobe State Police Command said it has paraded two army personnel who allegedly killed a renowned Islamic cleric, Sheikh Goni Aisami last Friday.

DSP Dungus Abdulkarim, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, disclosed this in a statement made available to DAILY POST in Damaturu.

He disclosed that on 19th August, 2022 detectives from Karasuwa Divisional Police Headquarters in response to a distress call apprehended N/A13/69/1522 Lance Corporal John Gabriel and N/A13/70/6552 Lance Corporal Adamu Gideon both attached to 241 Recce Battalion, Nguru, Yobe state.

Part of the statement read: “One of the assailants L/CPL John Gabriel, whose intention was to rob unsuspecting motorists of their vehicle, left the barrack on the said date in mufti having concealed his rifle in a camp bed for military checkpoint at Nguru at about 2200hrs.

“Meanwhile, one Sheikh Goni Aisami, a prominent Islamic scholar based in Gashu’a who was travelling alone from Kano to Gashu’a in his Honda Accord car with Reg. No KBT 31 AE arrived at the military checkpoint in Nguru.

“L/CPL John Gabriel requested the Islamic cleric to offer him free ride to Jaji Maji which he obliged. While driving and before reaching Jaji-Maji town the assailant asked him to park that there was an unusual noise at the rear tyre.

“When the cleric came down, while checking the tyre, the suspect brought out his rifle, shot and killed him. He dragged the body and hid it in the bush.

“The suspect took possession of the vehicle with intention of taking it away but the vehicle refused to start after several attempts.

“The suspect called his accomplice L/CPL Adamu Gideon from 241 RECCE Battalion, Nguru and auto-electrician from Jaji Maji to assist in starting the car”.

DSP Abdulkarim, added that a passerby in the morning sighted a corpse, a vehicle and some unidentified persons then alerted police personnel from Jaji-maji who promptly mobilized and raced down to the scene.

According to him this led to the arrest of the two soldiers and recovery of the corpse, deceased vehicle and the rifle used in the commission of the offence as well as recovery of a Volkswagen Sharon bus found at the scene of crime.

“In the course of investigation the culprits confessed to the crime. Investigation is still ongoing, suspects are in police custody and as soon as investigation is concluded they will be charged to court”, he said.

Source: Daily Post Nigeria

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Third Algerian ex-pm detained over graft

23 August, 2022

A former prime minister under Algeria’s late president Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been detained, according to media reports, making him the third ex-premier to face jail on corruption charges.

An Algiers judge had placed Noureddine Bedoui, 62, under court supervision and confiscated his passport after his detention on Sunday, but on Tuesday another court decided to detain him.

Bedoui briefly served as prime minister in early 2019 after being appointed to replace unpopular premier Ahmed Ouyahia as streets across Algeria were rocked by unprecedented protests against Bouteflika’s bid for a fifth term in office.

But Bouteflika’s moves did little to placate anger, and just three weeks later he resigned under pressure from the public and the army, bringing an end to two decades of rule.

Ouyahia and fellow ex-premier Abdelmalek Sellal have both been handed long prison sentences on charges of corruption under Bouteflika.

Bouteflika died in September at the age of 84 and was quietly buried without the honors accorded to his predecessors.

Bedoui, who served for nearly four years as interior minister, was seen as an unwavering Bouteflika loyalist and was despised by the Hirak protest movement that toppled them both.

Source: Al Arabiya

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UN warns Libya threats to use force to resolve political crisis

23 August, 2022

The United Nations Libya mission said on Tuesday it was deeply concerned by what it called an ongoing mobilization of forces and threats to use force to resolve the country’s political crisis.

Libya has been enmeshed in a stalemate for months after the eastern-based parliament swore in a new prime minister despite the incumbent in Tripoli refusing to cede power, leading to a standoff with armed factions backing each side.

Several shootouts have already taken place this summer between rival forces in the capital, raising the prospect of wider clashes and a return to sustained warfare after two years of comparative peace.

In Tripoli, Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah was installed last year through a UN-backed process to head the new Government of National Unity and oversee an election that was scheduled to be held last December.

After the election process collapsed with rival factions refusing to agree on the rules, the eastern-based parliament said Dbeibah’s term had expired and it appointed Fathi Bashagha to lead a new government.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Militant attacks fuel fear of ethnic violence in Burkina Faso

August 23, 2022

OUAGADOUGOU: Militant attacks in Burkina Faso have inflamed accusations against the Fulani community, sparking warnings the troubled country may spiral into ethnic conflict — even civil war.

The impoverished Sahel state is battling a seven-year-old insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives and prompted nearly two million to flee their homes.

The militants have drawn some of their recruits from the Fulani minority, causing the group as a whole to be stigmatized, say specialists.

Audio messages posted mainly on WhatsApp have urged “native” Burkinabe to attack the Fulani, especially in the southwest region bordering Ivory Coast.

The government last Thursday issued a fierce condemnation.

It likened the posts to Radio Mille Collines — a notorious radio station in Rwanda that in 1994 urged its Hutu listeners to slaughter “Tuti cockroaches.”

The calls amount to “active and direct calls for murder, mass killings, ethnic cleansing and sedition — the tone and words used send shivers down the spine,” said government spokesman Lionel Bilgo.

The country had to act “firmly and resolutely” against “speech that is hateful, subversive, dangerous and unacceptable in a country as rich and diversified as Burkina Faso,” he said.

The Fulani, also known as Peul, account for around 1.5 million out of Burkina Faso’s 20.5 million people.

They have been singled out in the past for association with massacres.

On Jan. 1, 2019, unidentified assailants attacked the village of Yirgou in northern Burkina Faso, killing six people, including the village elder.

The attack triggered instant reprisals against Fulani that led to 50 deaths, according to the official toll, while civil society groups say fatalities numbered at least 146.

Three months later, at least 116 unarmed men, accused of supporting or housing militants, were believed to have been killed by the security forces in the village of Arbinda, Human Rights Watch said.

“With few exceptions, the victims were members of the Fulani ethnicity,” it said, after sending investigators to the location.

Other massacres in 2020 in the villages Dinguila and Barga left dozens of dead, most of them also Fulani.

Last month, a man was arrested for allegedly distributing an audio message directed at two Fulani traditional and religious leaders.

Source: Arab News

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