New Age Islam
Thu May 19 2022, 10:27 AM

Islamic World News ( 15 Apr 2022, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Comment | Comment

Danish Far-Right Politician, Rasmus Paludan, Once Again Desecrated Holy Quran, Ignoring Protests

New Age Islam News Bureau

16 April 2022

 

Rasmus Paludan

----

• Rashad Hussain, First Muslim Religious Freedom Ambassador Lays Out US Agenda; U.S. Is "Supporting The Right To Religious Freedom For All People Everywhere"

• UP Police Lodge FIR Against Two Minor Muslim Boys for Listening to Pakistani Song

• Afghanistan: EU Parliament Member Asks Taliban To Lift Ban On Girls’ Education

• Yemen Ansarullah Condemns Zionist Violations Of Sanctity Of Al-Aqsa Mosque

 

Europe

• Riots In Sweden After Anti-Islam Activities, 9 Police Officers Injured

• N. Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina affirm common future in EU, NATO

• More than 570 irregular migrants held across Turkiye

• Syrian filmmaker slams UK plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda

--------

North America

• Closure of Girls’ Schools to Significantly Impact US Engagement with Taliban: Price

--------

India

• Hindutva Group Sets Fire to Houses of Muslim Man in Relationship With Adult Hindu Woman

• Muslim Men Help Hindu Family Cremate Body As Per Hindu Rites In Vellore

• After Madhya Pradesh, Bulldozers Roll In Gujarat Against ‘Rioters’

• MP: Muslim Home Looted, Family Attacked By 60 Hindutva Goons

• MP: In Jail Since March, 3 Muslims Named As Accused In Khargone Violence

• MNS Writes To Amit Shah Seeking Removal Of Loudspeakers From Mosques

• Another Sarpanch killed by terrorists in Kashmir

• Nirmal Muslim youths provide free Sehri meals to travellers

--------

South Asia

• Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Condemns Israelis’ Raid on Al Aqsa Mosque

• Tajikistan Builds Temporary Camp for Afghan Refugees

• Jaishankar, Antonio Blinken Discusses Afghanistan in Washington

• Taliban hope to create jobs in Afghanistan with development projects

--------

Mideast

• Turkey Condemns Zionists Attacks On Palestinians At Al-Aqsa

• Muslim world condemns Israeli aggression against Palestinians

• FM: Iran Favours Expansion of Ties with South Africa

• President Rayeesi: Iran Supporting Strong, United Iraq

• Iran’s Embassy Reacts to British Daily's Iranophobic Report

• 60,000 worshippers attend Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque

--------

Pakistan

• Imran's Party Leader Says Ousted Pakistan PM Didn't Approach Army To End Deadlock

• Petition filed in Islamabad high court against issuance of diplomatic passport to Nawaz Sharif

• 8 Pakistan servicemen killed in two terrorist attacks

• Pakistan condemns Israeli attack on worshippers in Al-Aqsa mosque

• Pakistan National Assembly deputy Speaker resigns before no-trust motion against him

• Pakistan PM Shehbaz accuses Imran Khan of selling Toshakhana gifts worth PKR 140 mn in Dubai

• Pakistan People’s Party suggest four members for positions in Shehbaz Sharif govt

• PPP's Raja Pervaiz Ashraf elected NA speaker

• Four terrorists killed in North Waziristan

• PTI workers face police action for attacking journalists

--------

Southeast Asia

• Foreign Minister: Malaysia Strongly Condemns Israeli Attack In Al-Aqsa During Ramadan

• Thai rebels excluded from talks take responsibility for Ramadan bombings

• Anti-party-hopping law healthy for Malaysia’s political culture, says Salleh Keruak

• From halal curries to murtabak, Bangkok offers hearty Ramadan fare

--------

Arab World

• Ten Al-Qaeda Inmates Escape From Prison In Eastern Yemen

• UAE Keen To Further Relations With Turkiye: Official

• Organization Of Islamic Cooperation Condemns Israeli Violence At Al-Aqsa Mosque

• Saudi Arabia condemns Israeli attacks on Palestinians, al-Aqsa Mosque

• Lebanon ready to work with Cyprus on potential offshore gas

• Gulf countries condemn Israel’s storming of al-Aqsa mosque during Ramadan, prayers

--------

Africa

• Sudan’s Burhan Gestures Towards Steps To Ease Tensions

• Merchant fuel ship sinks off Tunisia, crew rescued: Report

• Tunisia’s foreign currency reserves rise to $8 billion

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

URL: https://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/danish-far-right-rasmus-paludan-quran/d/126804

--------

Danish Far-Right Politician, Rasmus Paludan, Once Again Desecrated Holy Quran, Ignoring Protests

 

Rasmus Paludan

----

April 16, 2022

A Danish far-right politician once again desecrated the Holy Quran in Sweden.

The Danish leader of the far-right Stram Kurs party burned a copy of the Holy Book in a heavily-populated Muslim area in Sweden.

Rasmus Paludan, accompanied by police, went to an open public space in southern Linkoping on Friday and placed the Muslim Holy Book down and burned it while ignoring protests from onlookers.

About 200 demonstrators gathered in the square to protest.

The group urged police not to allow the racist leader to carry out his action.

After the police ignored the calls, incidents broke out and the group closed the road to traffic, pelting stones at police.

Similar anti-Muslim actions have been committed earlier by Danish far-right racist groups.

Paludan also burned the Quran in 2019, wrapping the Muslim holy book in bacon and tossed it in the air.

In September 2020, Paludan was banned from entering Sweden for two years.

Later in October, he was prevented from entering Germany for some time after the controversial anti-Muslim politician announced plans to hold a provocative demonstration in Berlin.

Source: ABNA24

Please click the following URL to read the text of the original story:

https://en.abna24.com/news//danish-far-right-politician-once-again-desecrated-holy-quran_1248412.html

--------

Rashad Hussain, First Muslim Religious Freedom Ambassador Lays Out US Agenda; U.S. Is "Supporting The Right To Religious Freedom For All People Everywhere"

 

Rashad Hussain

-----

By Ivan Pereira

16 April 2022

Rashad Hussain, the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, is the first Muslim-American ever to hold the title, and he told GMA 3 that his appointment sent a powerful signal to the world.

Hussain was confirmed by the Senate in December with an 85-5 vote, where 10 Senators did not vote. He said the bi-partisan support sent a message that the U.S. is "supporting the right to religious freedom for all people everywhere."

The ambassador told "GMA" that the White House is particularly concerned about the situation unfolding with the genocide against the Rohingya, a stateless Muslim minority group.

Last month, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said attacks by Myanmar's military against the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority, constituted genocide and crimes against humanity. The legal determination was made five years after the government killed 9,000 Rohingya and forced over a million others into exile.

Hussain said the determination took some time because the U.S. had to gather all of the data and information as part of its meticulous legal process. He noted that the move will help provide more assistance to the legal brought by the Gambia and the International Court of Justice.

"We're sending a strong signal that for anyone who engages in these types of actions, crimes against humanity [and] genocide, we will hold them accountable," he said. "We also are very clear that we will do everything we can to prevent these types of atrocities from occurring."

Hussain, who previously served as President Barack Obama's special envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, said he also plans on implementing the Marrakesh Declaration, which advocates for the protection of rights of Christians and other minorities in Muslim majority countries.

"That includes seeking to end the use of blasphemy laws, apostasy laws," he said.

The ambassador said that the U.S. stands for any religious group that is being persecuted.

"One of the profound aspects of this job is that it's our responsibility, which we take very seriously, to wake up every day and do everything that we can to help people that are suffering," he said.

Source: ABC News

Please click the following URL to read the text of the original story:

https://abcnews.go.com/International/muslim-religious-freedom-ambassador-lays-us-agenda/story?id=84080399

--------

UP Police Lodge FIR Against Two Minor Muslim Boys for Listening to Pakistani Song

 

Representative Photo

----

April 16, 2022

New Delhi: Two minor Muslim boys have been booked in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly for allegedly listening to a Pakistani song on a mobile phone, police said on Thursday, April 14.

A first information report (FIR) has been lodged against Naeem and Mustkim of Singhai Murawan village of the Bhuta area of the district on April 13, police said. The cousins, 16 and 17, run a grocery store in Singhai Murawan, the Times of India reported.

The FIR against the teenagers was lodged on the complaint of a local resident, Ashish, who objected to their playing the song which praised the neighbouring country.

When Ashish objected to the duo playing the song, the teenagers picked up a fight with him, prompting the complainant to shoot the video of the incident and upload it on his Twitter handle, PTI reported.

According to the newspaper, the FIR also said that when the complainant asked the two to stop listening to the song, they allegedly started hurling abuses and said “bad things” about India.

Their cousin, who requested not to be named, told TOI, “They played the song without realising the consequences.”

The family told the daily that the two were picked up at 5 pm on Wednesday, April 13 and were detained by police the whole night at the station.

According to a video shot by a local reporter, which was accessed by The Wire, the duo’s cousin, Saddam Hussain, said that his younger brother played the song for just 40 seconds, and that too by mistake. He also apologised later, but his apology was not accepted, he added.

The younger boy’s aunt, Sahana, said that the incident took place when she had left the grocery store for a few minutes. She was shocked and distressed to see that both the children were detained for listening to a song which was played by mistake. She said the boys are not educated and admitted the mistake on their behalf.

The duo was listening to Pakistani child artist and actress Aayat Arif’s ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ song.

Bareilly’s additional superintendent of police (rural), Rajkumar Agarwal, said an FIR has been registered on the complaint and a probe is on in the matter.

However, senior superintendent of police (SSP) of Bareilly, Rohit Singh Sajwan, told TOI, “I do not know whether the youths were detained by the police overnight as I was told that they were being called for questioning this morning. There is a provision for serving notices in such cases as the authenticity of a video recorded is not verified. I will ask a senior cop to monitor the investigation and provide a report.”

The teenagers have been slapped with sections 153B (imputation, assertions prejudicial to national integration), 504 (intentional insult), and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.

Source: The Wire

Please click the following URL to read the text of the original story:

https://thewire.in/rights/up-police-lodge-fir-against-two-minor-muslim-boys-for-listening-to-pakistani-songs

--------

Afghanistan: EU Parliament Member Asks Taliban To Lift Ban On Girls’ Education

 

Representative Image

-----

14 April, 2022

Kabul [Afghanistan], April 14 (ANI): Taking a grim view of the ongoing human rights violations in Afghanistan, Hannah Neuman, a German member of the European Parliament, called for urgent measures to lift the ban on the exclusion of the girls from the schools.

She also sought the inclusion of sections of the society in the administration at all levels.

“Girls who returned on March 23 after the Taliban stayed with the ban on their entry in the classes are in despairs while they’ve tears in their eyes, and some of the families literally used their last penny to gain means for access to the schools, including buying backpacks, books,” said Newman, according to TOLOnews.

The decision by the Islamic Emirate has drawn severe backlash across the world with the foreign ministers of Canada, France, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America criticising the Taliban’s decision to deny Afghan girls the opportunity to finally go back to schools in a statement previously.

The Taliban have issued a decree banning female students of grade 6 and above from attending classes in schools.

Speaking in a press conference on Wednesday in Kabul, Newman also expressed concerns about the “disappearances of the former government officials”.

She stated, “I heard many stories about violence, about violence against protestors, violence against journalists, about enforced disappearances, also enforced disappearances of people who just did their job in the administration previously.” She called for the inclusion of other social groups into the government, TOLOnews reported.

German Parliament Member of EU Hannah Neuman further said, “The Taliban are good fighters apparently because they managed to take over a country, but governing a country needs a rather different set of skills, it especially needs leaders that listen to the citizens that they want to represent, and, on this one, I hope to see soon some kind of dialogue between the people of Afghanistan that includes the women and also the minority groups.”

Since the Taliban took control, Afghan girls are facing restrictions on travel, work, and education, besides their deteriorating safety situation in the country. (ANI)

Source: The Print
Please click the following URL to read the text of the original story:

https://theprint.in/world/afghanistan-eu-parliament-member-asks-taliban-to-lift-ban-on-girls-education/916078/

--------

Yemen Ansarullah Condemns Zionist Violations Of Sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque

  

April 16, 2022

The Political Bureau of Ansarullah of Yemen on Friday strongly condemned the attacks of the Zionist enemy entity on worshipers and the repeated violations of the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

In a statement, issued on Friday, the Political Bureau saluted the Palestinian people for their heroic response to Zionist arrogance.

The statement stressed that “the current developments in the occupied Palestine necessitate the Arab and Islamic peoples to move seriously and effectively to support the steadfastness of the Palestinian people in the face of the rebellion of the enemy entity and the regimes of normalization and betrayal.”

Source: ABNA24

Please click the following URL to read the text of the original story:

https://en.abna24.com/news//yemen-ansarullah-condemns-zionist-violations-of-sanctity-of-al-aqsa-mosque_1248395.html

--------

 Europe

 Riots In Sweden After Anti-Islam Activities, 9 Police Officers Injured

April 16, 2022

Stockholm: Counter-protesters demonstrating against a far-right group's intention to burn a Quran in Orebro in central Sweden clashed with police on Friday, leaving nine police officers injured, authorities said.

Police said in a statement that nine officers were injured in all.

Their injuries included "broken arms and police officers who have been hit by stones," police spokesperson Diana Qudhaib told the daily Aftonbladet.

A member of the public was also hit by a stone to the head.

The demonstration, involving around 200 people, according to local media, dispersed later in the evening.

It was the second day running that there had been clashes on the fringes of a rally by the anti-immigration and anti-Islamic Stram Kurs (Hard Line) movement led by Danish-Swedish Rasmus Paludan.

Three police officers had to be taken to hospital after a riot broke out in the city of Linkoping on Sweden's east coast on Thursday, where a demonstration that included a Quran burning was planned. Two people were arrested at that protest.

Reacting to the violence, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said; "In Sweden, people are allowed to express their opinions, whether they are in good or bad taste, that is part of our democracy. No matter what you think, you must never resort to violence. We will never accept it."

"This is exactly the kind of violent reaction he (Rasmus Paludan) wants to see. The very purpose is to incite people against each other," she added in comments to the TT news agency.

Source: ND TV

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/riots-in-swedens-orebro-after-anti-islam-activities-4-policemen-injured-2892239

--------

N. Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina affirm common future in EU, NATO

Mustafa Talha Öztürk

15.04.2022

BELGRADE, Serbia

While North Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina share a turbulent past, their common peaceful and prosperous future lies in EU and NATO membership, top officials from the two countries said on Friday.

During an official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina's capital Sarajevo, North Macedonian Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani and his counterpart Bisera Turkovic agreed that the two nations have open, smooth, and friendly relations.

"I support Osmani's call to bring foreign ministers from the region together and accelerate European integration under new conditions," said Turkovic in a joint press statement.

She added that transportation links between Sarajevo and the North Macedonian capital Skopje were also discussed during the meeting.

"Transportation connections significantly affect the level of economic relations. We want the Skopje-Sarajevo flight to take place," said Turkovic.

Osmani, for his part, said the entire continent is facing a security crisis.

"As a friendly country, I would like to express our determination to openly support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina in accordance with the Dayton Peace Agreement," said Osmani.

He also urged the EU to act with "strategic leadership" in the region for international cohesion and the restoration of the European perspective.

"Russian aggression has best demonstrated the importance of European integration for unity and security," said Osmani.

He added that though establishing direct flights between Sarajevo and Skopje was economically unprofitable, the two countries are looking for ways to subsidize it.

Source: Anadolu Agency

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/nmacedonia-bosnia-and-herzegovina-affirm-common-future-in-eu-nato/2564902

--------

More than 570 irregular migrants held across Turkiye

Yusuf Soykan Bal  

15.04.2022

Hundreds of irregular migrants were held across Turkiye on Friday, according to local authorities.

Police caught 425 irregular migrants in simultaneous operations targeting 52 separate locations in Istanbul, among them 195 Pakistanis and 230 Afghans.

Seventeen others were held in the northwestern Kirklareli province bordering Bulgaria. The group, including Afghans and Syrians, was referred to the provincial migration office.

In the capital Ankara, 45 Afghans who entered Turkiye illegally were held by police.

Notably, Turkish Coast Guard units rescued 54 migrants, including 27 pushed back to the country's territorial waters by Greek elements, off the western Canakkale and Mugla provinces.

Police units in the eastern Siirt province caught 31 Afghan irregular migrants after the vehicle carrying them defied a warning to stop.

All of the irregular migrants were referred to local migration offices for due process.

Turkiye has deported over 21,000 irregular migrants this year, the country's Interior Ministry announced on Friday. More than 451,000 were denied entry into the country last year, whereas 127,256 were barred so far in 2022.

Source: Anadolu Agency

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/more-than-570-irregular-migrants-held-across-turkiye/2564879

--------

Syrian filmmaker slams UK plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda

April 15, 2022

LONDON: Condemnation is raining down on Britain’s Home Office over plans to fly asylum seekers to Rwanda on one-way tickets.

Syrian filmmaker Hassan Akkad, who arrived in the UK after fleeing the war in his home country seven years ago, is among the latest to excoriate the proposals from Home Secretary Priti Patel’s office as an “ethical and moral failure.”

Akkad, who rose to prominence working as a National Health Service cleaner during the coronavirus pandemic, told Sky News: “The reason why you leave your country is if you don’t leave you die.

“You come here expecting to be protected and looked after only to be faced with this new law that the government is passing. It’s very depressing and it’s not a great look for Global Britain.”

While not surprised by the move, he described the policy as a “new low.” Akkad said the UK government’s plans would cost more than “putting people up at the Ritz.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has rebuffed charities’ assertions that the plans are “cruel and nasty,” describing them as “morally right” and the “humane and compassionate thing to do.”

He added: “We cannot have people continuing to die at sea, paying huge sums to evil people traffickers who are simply exploiting their hopes and their ambitions.”

But government assertions that the plans are intended to “encourage” refugees to take “the safe and legal route if they want to come” to the UK has been compared to the Australian policy of housing those fleeing persecution in shoddy facilities on offshore islands.

Akkad and human rights organizations have been particularly concerned by the choice of destination, describing Rwandan President Paul Kagame as an “authoritarian leader.”

Kagame officially assumed office in early 2000, but as the leader of the force that ended the country’s genocide in 1994, he was seen by many as the country’s de facto leader under his predecessor.

Source: Arab News

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2063986/world

--------

 

North America

 

Closure of Girls’ Schools to Significantly Impact US Engagement with Taliban: Price

16 Apr 2022

The United States Department of States has once again reacted to the continuation of the ban on secondary schools for girls in Afghanistan warning that the decision will have significant implications for their engagement with the Taliban.

Speaking at a press conference, spokesperson of the Ministry Ned Price said, that the Taliban have a desire to have better relations not only with the US but with the international community.

Ned Price acknowledged that no country can succeed economically, politically, and on any other basis when half or over half of its population is not able to go to schools.

Further, he added that the Taliban have reversed their commitments made publicly in terms of reopening schools for all Afghan people.

“March 23rd, what was supposed to be the first day of the school year for school children, including girls across the country, turned into a day of horrible disappointment and despair for millions of Afghans with the Taliban’s very regrettable decision not to allow girls to return to secondary schools.” Said Price.

Source: Khaama Press

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.khaama.com/closure-of-girls-schools-to-significantly-impact-us-engagement-with-taliban-price-64585776/

--------

 

India

 

Hindutva Group Sets Fire to Houses of Muslim Man in Relationship With Adult Hindu Woman

April 16, 2022

New Delhi: Eight people were arrested after Hindutva workers set two houses on fire in Agra. The houses belong to the family of a Muslim man who had been accused of “love jihad” in spite of the Hindu woman in the relationship saying in a video that she had willingly gone with him.

‘Love jihad’ is a phrase coined and popularised by right-wing Hindutva groups alleging an unproven conspiracy led by Muslims to convert Hindu women into Islam through marriage.

The attack, on Friday, April 15, was carried out by members of the Hindutva group known as Dharam Jagran Samanvay Sangh.

A police post in-charge was suspended for negligence and a probe ordered against the local station house officer.

Police said the mob torched the house in the city’s Runakta locality, where Sajid Qureshi, a gym owner, stayed. An adjoining house belonging to the family was also set on fire.

The mob demanded his arrest for “kidnapping” the woman, who police claimed is 22 years old but “still in school”, according to PTI. The woman’s father, reports have said, told reporters in Agra his daughter was a BA student at a college in Mathura.

Shops in the local Runakta market also downed shutters, with traders making the same demand for Sajid’s arrest.

The woman’s family members had lodged a missing person’s report, prompting a police search. On the basis of their complaint, a case was also registered under section 366 of the Indian Penal Code. The section relates to kidnapping of a woman with the intention of compelling or seducing her into sex or marriage.

Journalist Mohammed Zubair has tweeted that following threats, Sajid and his family left the house. As a result, there was no one in the houses when they were set on fire.

PTI has reported that the woman was traced by police.

But in a video that surfaced on social media, the woman said she is an adult and had gone willingly with the man, according to police.

“Both are adults,” Agra’s Senior Superintendent of Police Sudheer Kumar Singh told reporters.

He said police will produce the woman in court and could not do that so far because of the court holidays.

Source: The Wire

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://thewire.in/communalism/love-jihad-agra-hindutva-muslim-hindu

--------

Muslim Men Help Hindu Family Cremate Body As Per Hindu Rites In Vellore

16th April 2022

VELLORE: A group of Muslim men helped cremate a Hindu man at Peranambattu in the district on Wednesday evening.

The deceased, identified as Dinesh (30), was admitted to the Peranambattu Government Hospital for the last few days. He died lying in the hospital corridor.

His family members including his brother Sudhakar and his mother didn't have money to cremate the body or do the last rites. The Muslim members of the Majithe Trust helped the family cremate the body and perform the last rites as per Hindu rites. The photos of this were widely circulated on social media platforms.

Source: New Indian Express

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/good-news/2022/apr/16/muslim-men-help-hindu-family-cremate-body-in-vellore-2442698.html

--------

After Madhya Pradesh, Bulldozers Roll In Gujarat Against ‘Rioters’

Apr 16, 2022

VADODARA/ANAND: Bulldozers were used on Friday to raze encroachments on properties owned by those accused in the communal riots in Khambhat that had left one person dead on Ram Navami.

Based on directives of the Anand district collectorate, the local administration in the coastal town started removing bushes, thick vegetation and tin and wooden cabins in Sakarpura area, the locality where stone-pelting had started during the Ram Navami procession. Six policemen were injured in the riots.

In Madhya Pradesh, bulldozers and JCB machines had on Monday demolished more than 50 homes and shops of those accused of involvement in rioting on Ram Navami.

Police had said on Wednesday that the violence was a “pre-planned conspiracy” hatched by a “sleeper module”. Eleven people have been arrested for alleged involvement in the conspiracy, which the police said was planned to foment violence and “teach” members of the majority community “a lesson” so that they do not take out any procession in future.

“We have issued orders to remove all illegal encroachments. The miscreants had used the bushes and thick vegetation to attack the procession. The encroachments are being removed from government land based on government records. These are those encroachments that had come up on government land and against which notices were already issued in the past,” Anand collector M Y Daxini said, adding that carts and stalls also are being removed to free government land. Friday’s drive started from Sakarpura area and the district administration said it would continue for the next couple of days.

As news of the razing in Khambhat spread, memes began to be circulated on social media platforms. One of them showed photos of MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, UP CM Yogi Adityanath and Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel labelled as “Trimurti”.

Source: Times Of India

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/after-madhya-pradesh-bulldozers-roll-in-gujarat-against-rioters/articleshow/90869294.cms

--------

MP: Muslim Home Looted, Family Attacked By 60 Hindutva Goons

15th April 2022

Over 60 Hindutva goons reportedly barged into the house of a Muslim family in a village eight kilometres from Khargone town, Madhya Pradesh, and attacked them with stones as the family was about to break fast for Iftar on Tuesday evening.

The goons that carried spheres broke into the house of 22-year-old Abdul Malik through the back door and pelted stones at the family. The goons that broke into Malik’s house, broke the front and back doors, and pelted stones at his blind father, and his old feeble mother.

“When we sat for Iftar, we heard a group of 15 people shouting slogans of Jai Shree Ram outside our house. Soon more people joined them and the crowd increased to over 60 all of them carrying stones and spheres in their hands. They soon started pelting stones at our house,”.

“The goons forced us to chant Jai Shree Ram with them. When we revolted and asked them to make peace with us, they threatened to rape my sister. My uncle is badly injured and has been given 10 stitches on his head, and four below his eye,” stated Malik.

Malik, whose wife is six months pregnant, has claimed that she suffered an injury to her head due to stone-pelting. He also stated that she was kicked on her stomach multiple times. However, a medical report by a local hospital stated that no harm was done to the baby.

“Our house was vandalised and the money my mother had saved for my sister’s wedding was also looted,” said Malik holding back tears.

The country has been witnessing a rise in the number of atrocities against Muslims, especially in the last few months. Several cases of anti-Muslim hate crimes that began from Karnataka since February have now spilled into various parts of the country including MP, Bihar, and Jharkhand.

In MP’s Khargone town, riots broke out during a Ram Navami rally following which Muslims were subject to brutality at the hands of Hindutva goons who danced to provocative communal songs during their aggressive campaign.

It was followed by the demolition of houses belonging to Muslims who have been accused of rioting during the rally. Many victims have also alleged that the Madhya Pradesh government is targeting Muslims who tried to step out of their houses to purchase essentials when the curfew was imposed.

Lynchings to Ram Navami, India’s Muslims now live in fear

Over the last seven years, being a Muslim in India has become more and more difficult. It started with lynchings in Uttar Pradesh and other parts of north India, continued with Muslims being accused of being virus spreaders during the COVID-19 pandemic (2020-21), followed by the recent Hijab ban in Karnataka.

And even before things could calm down from all the recent anti-Muslim hate crimes in Karnataka, Hindutva mobs once again unleashed an orchestrated aggressive campaign in many states of India, leading to arson and violence against Muslims.

Source: Siasat Daily

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.siasat.com/mp-muslim-home-looted-family-attacked-by-60-hindutva-goons-2309333/

--------

MP: In jail since March, 3 Muslims named as accused in Khargone violence

16th April 2022

Hyderabad: Three Muslim men who have been in jail since March 5 have been named on the list of Ram Navami riot-accused persons in Madhya Pradesh (MP)’s Khargone. Following the riots that took place on Sunday, the house of one of the men accused of rioting was demolished on 11 April, along with 16 other houses.

The people who are named in the case are Shabaz, Fakru, and Rauf. The three were falsely charged for rioting in Khargone during Ram Navami celebrations on 10 April.

According to a report by the NDTV, the trio has been in jail since their arrest last month but has been accused of setting a motorbike on fire on April 10 in Sendhwa of Barwani district. They have been charged with rioting at the same police station where they were charged with attempted murder.

When asked about the lapse, the police officials at Barwani said that the case was filed based on the statement of the complainant.

“We will investigate the matter and take his information from the jail superintendent, the case has been registered on the basis of the allegations of the complainant,” senior police officer Manohar Singh was quoted by NDTV.

Meanwhile, Shahbaz’s mother Sakina alleged that no notice was served to her before her house was bulldozed by authorities.

“The police came here, my son is in jail for almost one and a half months. He was arrested after a fight but the police came and threw us out, my child is in jail so I want to ask why the FIR was registered against him. We told the policemen that he is in jail but no one was ready to listen to us. We folded our hands, apologized. They have taken my younger son also,” NDTV quoted Sakina.

In the violence on Ram Navami in Khargone, at least ten houses were set on fire, and more than two dozen people were injured, including Khargone Superintendent of Police Siddharth Choudhary.

While MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan stated to set up a claims tribunal and take action against rioters, home minister Narottam Mishra issued a warning, saying, “Jis ghar se pathar aaye hain, us ghar ko hi patharon kaa dher banaenge (We will turn the houses where stones were pelted into a heap of rubble).”

Source: Siasat Daily

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.siasat.com/mp-in-jail-since-march-3-muslims-named-as-accused-in-khargone-violence-2309496/

--------

MNS Writes To Amit Shah Seeking Removal Of Loudspeakers From Mosques

Mustafa Shaikh

April 16, 2022

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has written a letter to Home Minister Amit Shah demanding the Removal of loudspeakers from mosques. They also sought the intervention of the Supreme Court in the matter.

Earlier, MNS chief Raj Thackeray had given an ultimatum to the Maharashtra government and reiterated his demand that loudspeakers from mosques be removed. He has asked the government to act before May 3.

Speaking at a public rally in Thane on Tuesday, Raj Thackeray said that if the Shiv Sena-led state government did not remove loudspeakers from mosques before May 3, MNS workers will play Hanuman Chalisa in front of mosques.

Source: India Today

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/mns-writes-amit-shah-seeking-removal-loudspeakers-mosques-1938163-2022-04-16

--------

Another sarpanch killed by terrorists in Kashmir

Apr 16, 2022

SRINAGAR: Terrorists shot sarpanch Manzoor Ahmad Bangroo dead in an orchard at Goush-bugh village of Pattan in Kashmir’s Baramulla district Friday evening.

The attack on Bangroo, who won the panchayat elections as an independent, adds to a long list of 21 panchayat members killed before him since rural polls were held in J&K for the first time in decades in 2011. His death underscored the continuing threat to elected village representatives after a spate of killings last month.

LG Manoj Sinha condemned the attack. “Perpetrators of this despicable act shall be punished…” he tweeted.

The targeted killings have become a headache for security agencies in Kashmir, where only 6,162 panches and 1,366 sarpanches were elected in the elections held after 32 years. Of 20,093 panch and sarpanch seats, 12,565 are vacant.

On March 11, sarpanch Shabir Ahmad Mir was gunned down in his home in Kulgam district. Before his murder, sarpanch Sameer Ahmed Bhat was killed with two bullets to his chest in Khonmoh on the outskirts of Srinagar on March 9, and panchayat member Mohammad Yaqoob Dar was shot dead in Kulgam district on March 2.

Reacting to sarpanch Manzoor Ahmad Bangroo’s killing on Friday, National Conference tweeted: “The vicious cycle of violence seems to be unending…” while party president Omar Abdullah posted: “Another targeted killing, another family in mourning this evening…”

Source: Times Of India

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/another-sarpanch-killed-by-terrorists-in-kashmir/articleshow/90869432.cms

--------

Nirmal Muslim youths provide free Sehri meals to travellers

15th April 2022

Hyderabad: The Muslims of Nirmal formed the “Sahar committee” 14 years ago to provide free pre-dawn meals (Sehri) to the bus passengers and others at the Old Nirmal bus stand.

These youths start preparing the meals after Isha prayer and by 3 am they start serving the meals. Incidentally, the timings of the private bus coming from Nagpur and other cities coincide with this time.

Source: Siasat Daily

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.siasat.com/nirmal-muslim-youths-provide-free-sehri-meals-to-travelers-2309263/

--------

 

South Asia

 

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Condemns Israelis’ Raid on Al Aqsa Mosque

16 Apr 2022

The Foreign Ministry of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan reacted to Friday’s raid of Israeli Forces on Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and condemned the move in the strongest terms.

Spokesperson of the Ministry Abdul Qahar Balkhi in a Twitter post called on the International Community and Muslim states to take practical steps to protect the rights of Palestinians and stop Israeli brutality.

“IEA condemns in strongest terms violence directed at Palestinian civilians by invaders in Al Aqsa Mosque, the first Qibla of Muslim.” Reads the Tweet.

Source: Khaama Press

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.khaama.com/iea-condemns-israelis-raid-on-al-aqsa-mosque-755476576/

--------

Tajikistan Builds Temporary Camp for Afghan Refugees

16 Apr 2022

Tajikistan’s state-run News Agency has reported that the country has built a temporary camp for Afghan refugees in the south of the Tajik capital Dushanbe.

Situated 150 kilometers to the south of Dushanbe; Sanat area of Sayed Jalaluddin district, the camp has all living facilities for the Afghan refugees now settled in the country.

The camp reportedly has 64 tents wherein each tent has electricity, a kitchen, and a bathroom.

Rumors have it that, the temporary camp is built for the Afghan refugees who are settled or want to settle in the country for short time and then move to Canada.

Tajikistan is one of the regional countries of Afghanistan where Afghans sought refugees after the collapse of the former Afghan government in August last year.
Source: Khaama Press

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.khaama.com/tajikistan-builds-temporary-camp-for-afghan-refugees-563547/

--------

Jaishankar, Antonio Blinken Discusses Afghanistan in Washington

16 Apr 2022

India’s Foreign Minister S Jaishankar met with his American counterpart Antonio Blinken to discuss Afghanistan’s situation along with other international and regional issues.

Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh were in Washington for the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue with their US counterparts Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defence Lloyd J Austin III.

The United States and India called on the Taliban to abide by the UN Security Council resolution which demands Afghanistan not be used again to threaten other countries’ security.

The four ministers in a joint statement urged the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to respect human rights, rights of women and girls, rights of minorities, and uphold rights to travel.

Source: Khaama Press

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.khaama.com/jaishankar-antonio-blinken-discusses-afghanistan-in-washington-5675765876/

--------

Taliban hope to create jobs in Afghanistan with development projects

15 April, 2022

Kabul [Afghanistan], April 15 (ANI): Afghanistan’s Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs on Thursday said that efforts are underway to decrease the rate of unemployment in the troubled country by creating employment opportunities through projects including Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI).

Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Mawlavi Makhdoom Abdul Salam Sadat in a meeting with directors of the ministry said that “employment opportunities will be created through projects including TAPI and Qush Tepae Canal projects”, Ariana News reported.

“Efforts are underway to decrease the rate of unemployment and create employment opportunities. [I order] directors of the ministry to try honestly to create employment opportunities,” said the ministry’s statement, according to Ariana News.

This comes after the unemployed rate in the country spiked considerably after the fall of the previous government and the withdrawal of foreign troops in August last year.

“I was a street vendor, but we face a lack of work; we call on the government to provide employment opportunities,” Ariana News quoted Muharram, a resident of Kabul as saying.

“I am not optimistic, but the government should pay attention to the poor people,” said Gullam Mohammad, another Kabul resident.

The takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban caused not only a political crisis in the country but also uncertainty in business and unemployment.

The private sectors were “hit hard” as the businesses were halted and put to uncertainty, according to the latest survey conducted by the World Bank, reported Khaama Press.

Source: The Print

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://theprint.in/world/taliban-hope-to-create-jobs-in-afghanistan-with-development-projects/917058/

--------

 

Mideast

 

Turkey condemns Zionists attacks on Palestinians at Al-Aqsa

April 16, 2022

Issuing a statement on Friday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned the Zionist forces' attacks on Palestinian worshipers at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

"We are deeply concerned about the escalation of tensions in the region in recent days," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The statement also emphasized that at this critical time, such provocative actions and threats against the holy site of the Al-Aqsa Mosque should not be allowed.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry also condemned the killing of seven Palestinians by Israeli forces in recent days.

Germany, France, Italy, and Spain also expressed their concern over Al-Aqsa developments on Friday, without condemning the aggression of Israeli forces against Palestinian worshipers.

They expressed their deep concern over the scenes of clashes and heightened violence in the Occupied Lands of Palestine.

"At this special time of religious celebrations, we call on all sides to exercise maximum restraint as well as to refrain from violence and from all forms of provocation," said the statement released by four European countries.

They also called for upholding and respecting the historic status quo on the Holy Sites in Al-Quds, stressing the importance of Jordan’s specific role in this regard.

Source: ABNA24

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://en.abna24.com/news//turkey-condemns-zionists-attacks-on-palestinians-at-al-aqsa_1248414.html

--------

Muslim world condemns Israeli aggression against Palestinians

April 16, 2022

The Muslim world condemned the latest Israeli aggression against Palestinians and called upon the global community to show solidarity with the people of Palestine.

The officials, organizations, institutions, thinkers, and intellectuals of Islamic countries around the world condemned the latest Zionist regime's atrocities against the oppressed people of Palestine, calling on the international community to show solidarity with the oppressed people of Palestine.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC ), in a statement, strongly condemned the Zionist regime's brutal and criminal attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that "Iraq expresses its strong condemnation of the high rate of violence witnessed in the Palestinian territories and the expansion of the operations of the Israeli occupation forces in a number of Palestinian cities and villages, and the accompanying excessive use of violence against Palestinians, resulting in casualties, injuries and dozens of arrests."

The United Council of Muslim Theologians of South Africa (UUCSA) has condemned the latest attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This comes after at least 158 people were wounded Friday in clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and the Zionist regime's military forces.

“We call upon the Ulama, scholars, intellectuals, and writers across the Muslim world to back the Palestinians and support them in their struggle against Zionist Terrorism. We urge our Muslims globally to make a special prayer this Friday for our brothers and sisters in Palestine and for the Zionist to stop defacement of Al Masjidul Asa Al Mubarak,” the UUCSA stated.

Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has condemned the atrocities which have been hurled at the Palestinian Muslims at Masjid Al Aqsa by the Israeli forces as well as the issues and problems that are being faced by Muslims in India.

Afridi, taking to his official Twitter handle, showed his sympathy towards the people who are going through such torrid circumstances, as he also asked the Almighty Allah for help.

"Devastated to see the clips of the hate and atrocities happening against Muslims at Al Aqsa mosque, a place of worship," Afridi tweeted about the situation being faced by the Muslims in Palestine.

While referring to the situation faced by the Muslims in India, he wrote: "Similarly demolishing Muslim family homes in India is inhumane. My heart goes out to our brothers and sisters, what has mankind come to.

Saudi Arabia issued a statement Friday condemning the Zionist forces for raiding the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem al Quds and attacking Palestinians who were inside praying.

“This systematic escalation is a blatant attack on the sacredness of al-Aqsa Mosque and its place in the heart of the Islamic nation,” a statement from the Saudi Foreign Ministry said.

Deputy Jordanian Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi and Member of the Fatah Central Committee and the Palestinian Liberation Organization's Executive Committee Hussein al-Sheikh stressed the need to halt all Israel's provocative actions in Al Aqsa Mosque and respect worshippers' right in performing their religious rituals.

During a phone call with al-Sheikh, Safadi considered the storming of the mosque, which resulted in the injuring of 158 worshippers and the arrest of hundreds, a dangerous escalation, and a flagrant violation of Israel's responsibility as the occupying power.

The clashes on Friday occurred just hours after the regime’s forces killed another Palestinian in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin.

Source: ABNA24

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://en.abna24.com/news//muslim-world-condemns-israeli-aggression-against-palestinians_1248394.html

--------

FM: Iran Favours Expansion of Ties with South Africa

2022-April-15

"Iran had serious determination to broaden cooperation with African nations, specially South Africa," Amir Abdollahian said in his phone talk with Pandor.

The top Iranian diplomat also lauded South Africa for supporting Iran in international organizations.

Amir Abdollahian also praised South Africa’s stance on Palestine, and said that the South African nation can understand the current apartheid against the Palestinian people.

Pandor, for her part, hailed Iran’s support for her country in international organizations and said that South Africa recognizes Palestine as a friend.

She also submitted an invitation for Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi to visit South Africa and hoped the visit to be a ground for a widening of bilateral relations.

In a relevant development on Monday, Amir Abdollahian underlined his country's serious determination to expand relations with African countries, including Burkina Faso.

Amir Abdollahian made the remarks in a phone conversation with Foreign Minister of Burkina Faso Olivia Rouamba on Monday night.

"Africa is very important for the country’s foreign policy and then stressed that Iran is determined to strengthen ties with African countries, including Burkina Faso," Amir Abdollahian said.

The Iranian foreign minister, meantime, said that Iran is ready to hold a joint commission meeting with Burkina Faso in a bid to help further expand relations with that country.

Rouamba, for her part, has called on Iran to share its experiences with her country in the fight against terrorism.

Source: Fars News Agency

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.farsnews.ir/en/news/14010126000172/FM-Iran-Favrs-Expansin-f-Ties-wih-Sh-Africa

--------

President Rayeesi: Iran Supporting Strong, United Iraq

2022-April-15

"Iran wants Iraq to be strong, glorious and united," President Rayeesi said during his meeting with the Iraqi foreign minister.

The Iranian president reiterated that Iran-Iraq relations was beyond neighborliness, and said, "Tehran was resolved to broaden its relations with Baghdad."

President Rayeesi also emphasized that Iran expects Iraq, and also other neighboring countries, to prevent any presence that is detriment to Iran’s border security in areas under the federal government’s control and in Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).

The Iranian president pointed out that Iran has proven its brotherhood to its neighbors and expects neighbors to be vigilant about enemies' plots.

Hussein said that Baghdad is not only a neighbor, but also an ally of Iran.

He reiterated that Iraq wouldn’t be a location for anti-Iran measures and that Baghdad was ready for broad cooperation with Iran, including on security issues, to prevent any threat against Iran.

In a relevant development on Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian in a meeting with his Iraqi counterpart underscored facilitating business exchanges in border regions and the finalization of Basrah-Shalamcheh railway that connects the two countries.

He urged facilitating Iranian passengers’ travel to Iraqi holy cities through ground routes.

Amir Abdollahian also stated that Iran cannot accept being threatened by the US, the Israeli regime, and terrorist and separatist elements via its own borders.

Source: Fars News Agency

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.farsnews.ir/en/news/14010126000154/Presiden-Rayeesi-Iran-Sppring-Srng-Unied-Ira

--------

Iran’s Embassy Reacts to British Daily's Iranophobic Report

2022-April-15

"The Iranian islands in the Persian Gulf are safe for all the people and the 2022 Qatar World Cup fans who wish to visit Iran can enjoy free visa to be granted to them," the Iranian Embassy tweeted.

It said that contrary to the Iranophobic propaganda run by The Times, Iran and its islands in the Persian Gulf are safe for all, including Britons "& W/Cup fans from around the world", to enjoy beauties of this land.

"The Iranian civilizational and historical identity cannot be distorted by Times," the Iranian Embassy added.

Source: Fars News Agency

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.farsnews.ir/en/news/14010126000500/Iran%E2%80%99s-Embassy-Reacs-Briish-Daily's-Iranphbic-Repr

--------

60,000 worshippers attend Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Abdel Raouf Arnaout  

15.04.2022

JERUSALEM

About 60,000 Palestinians performed the second Friday prayers of Ramadan at Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied city of Jerusalem.

Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, director general of the Islamic Endowments Department in Jerusalem, told Anadolu Agency that the number, though big, is still less than the usual number at this time of the Muslim fasting month.

Last Friday, the attendance was higher at around 80,000 people.

The mass attendance of worshippers comes amid tight Israeli security measures.

The heavy presence of Israeli police was seen at the entrances, surroundings and alleys of the Old City in Jerusalem, according to an Anadolu Agency correspondent on the ground.

The Israeli authorities prevented male Palestinians under the age of 50 from the West Bank, and all Gazans from reaching the mosque to perform prayers.

Today’s prayers continued despite clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians in the mosque after dawn prayers as the former stormed the mosque’s courtyards that left 153 Palestinians injured.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Authority said 400 Palestinians were arrested by the Israeli police following the clashes.

Fadi al-Hadmi, minister of Jerusalem affairs, condemned in a statement the Israeli police’s storming of the mosque, saying they will bear “full responsibility” for repercussions of it.

Source: Anadolu Agency

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/60-000-worshippers-attend-friday-prayers-at-al-aqsa-mosque/2564595

--------

 

Pakistan

 

Imran's party leader says ousted Pakistan PM didn't approach Army to end deadlock

Apr 15, 2022

ISLAMABAD: A senior leader of Pakistan's ousted prime minister Imran Khan's party on Friday disputed a claim by the military that the former premier approached the Army high command to end the political deadlock.

Shireen Mazari, who was the human rights minister in the previous Cabinet, took to twitter to make a counter claim that it was actually the military that sought a meeting with Khan through defence minister Pervez Khattak.

She also said that the military put forward three proposals to Khan, including either facing the no-trust vote, resigning from his post or holding fresh elections in return for the Opposition withdrawing the no-trust move.

"Let me be clear - I am stating on record [that the] PM did not call military for help on 'breaking political deadlock'," she tweeted.

"The military sought the meeting through then Defence Minister Pervez Khattak and they put forward the 3 proposals of either PM resigning or taking part in VNC (vote of no-confidence) or fresh elections!" Mazari of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party said.

Her statement came a day after military spokesman Maj. Gen. Babar Iftikhar declared that the Army's high command remained away from the political wrangling and the Army chief met just once with Khan at his request.

When asked whether the military had approached the former premier and given him three options as had been revealed in an interview by Khan, Iftikhar denied this, adding that it was in fact the Prime Minister's Office that had approached the Army chief to find a solution to the political deadlock.

"It is unfortunate that our political leadership was not ready to talk to each other. So the Army chief and the Director-General of Inter-Services Intelligence went to the Prime Minister's Office and three scenarios were discussed," he said at a press conference on Thursday.

Iftikhar also said that Khan had agreed to the option that the no-confidence motion should be retracted and then assemblies be dissolved, but the combined Opposition rejected the idea.

The Army spokesman also said that "no option from the establishment was given."

Mazari, in another tweet, rejected the impression that Khan was ready to resign and hold fresh elections.

"Why would Imran Khan give option of resigning when he had already stated categorically and repeatedly he would never resign. Makes no sense! Also Imran Khan had categorically rejected VNC as foreign regime change conspiracy. So why would he suggest these options. Absurd!" she said.

The three options came to surface for the first time in an interview by Khan with ARY News before his ouster. He said that the "establishment" had given him three options.

"We said elections is the best option, I cannot even think about resigning and as far as the no-confidence vote is concerned, I believe in fighting till the end," he said.

Source: Times Of India

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/imrans-party-leader-says-ousted-pakistan-pm-didnt-approach-army-to-end-deadlock/articleshow/90867898.cms

--------

Petition filed in Islamabad high court against issuance of diplomatic passport to Nawaz Sharif

Apr 15, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Amid rumours of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returning to Pakistan from London, a petition was filed in the Islamabad high court on Thursday seeking to prevent the expected issuance of a diplomatic passport to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo, local media reported.

A lawyer, Advocate Naeem Haider Panjutha, filed the petition referring to media reports that said Nawaz Sharif was being issued a diplomatic passport on the instructions of newly elected PM Shehbaz Sharif, Dawn reported.

The petitioner contended that as Nawaz Sharif was "a court absconder who was convicted by learned NAB (National Accountability Bureau) Court for corruption ... it is violative of law, a mockery of the justice system and disgrace to the nation if a diplomatic passport is issued to a convict".

Moreover, the petition stated, that the country's courts had held that a fugitive would lose all rights a normal person was entitled to, adding that Article 25 of the Constitution had set clear standards against discrimination against citizens.

"All the ordinary citizens will be discriminated if a convict is issued a diplomatic passport which has so many privileges and immunities, far more than the ordinary passport," the petition said.

He also pointed out that Nawaz Sharif had passed "derogatory remarks against the serving military and judicial officials" at public rallies, which caused "disgrace, disrespect, injury and insult" to the Pakistan Army and judiciary.

Islamabad high court chief justice Athar Minallah will hear the petition on April 18.

Nawaz Sharif, who is convicted in a corruption case, has been living in London on the "pretext of ill health" since November 2019, when the Lahore high court had allowed him to leave the country for four weeks for medical treatment.

Nawaz Sharif's younger brother Shehbaz Sharif had given an undertaking at the time that the senior Sharif would return within the stipulated time. Later, Nawaz Sharif sought extensions to prolong his stay in London on medical grounds.

In August last year, Nawaz Sharif had filed an appeal with the British Immigration Tribunal after the home department refused to extend his stay in the country on "medical grounds" any further.

PML-N leader Talal Chaudhry on Wednesday said that Nawaz Sharif is expected to return to Pakistan "before the next elections".

Source: Times Of India

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/petition-filed-in-islamabad-high-court-against-issuance-of-diplomatic-passport-to-nawaz-sharif/articleshow/90863711.cms

--------

8 Pakistan servicemen killed in two terrorist attacks

April 16, 2022

At least eight Pakistani servicemen have been killed in two terrorist attacks on Pakistani military forces in the northwestern Waziristan region.

According to Pakistani media, eight Pakistani servicemen were killed in two terrorist attacks in the North Waziristan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province on Thursday.

The first attack took place when rockets hit a moving military vehicle in Datakhel town of North Waziristan, killing seven Pakistani soldiers.

The second attack took place in the exchanging of fire in the Isham region of North Waziristan which led to the killing of another Pakistani serviceman.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack on Pakistani military forces.

Source: ABNA24

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://en.abna24.com/news//8-pakistan-servicemen-killed-in-two-terrorist-attacks_1248393.html

--------

Pakistan condemns Israeli attack on worshippers in Al-Aqsa mosque

Apr 16 2022

Zarghoon Shah

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday strongly condemned Israeli forces' aggression at Al-Aqsa Mosque, saying that is an egregious violation of human rights laws during the holy month of Ramadan.

On Friday, Israeli riot police stormed into Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound and fired rubber bullets and stun grenades at worshippers.

At least 152 Palestinians were injured in a raid by Israeli riot police, extending a recent resurgence of violence that has raised fears of a slide back to wider conflict.

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson expressed grave concern over the escalation of violence by Israeli forces in various parts of occupied Palestine.

“This highly condemnable assault on worshippers, especially during the holy month of Ramadan, is an egregious violation of all humanitarian norms and human rights laws,” read a statement issued from the ministry.

“In recent weeks, Israeli forces have killed dozens and injured countless Palestinians in the occupied East Jerusalem and other areas. This escalation of violence by Israeli forces in the Palestinian territories is deplorable,” it added.

Referring to the brutality of Israeli forces against innocent Palestinian, the spokesperson urged the international community to take notice of Israel's aggression.

“We pray for the earliest recovery of those injured. Pakistan also calls upon the international community to take urgent steps to protect innocent Palestinian lives, and uphold international law and principles of the UN Charter,” said the statement.

Reiterating Pakistan’s unwavering support for Palestine's cause, the spokesperson urged for a two-state solution in light of the United Nations (UN) and Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) resolutions.

Source: Geo TV

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.geo.tv/latest/411777-pakistan-condemns-israeli-forces-attack-on-worshippers-in-al-aqsa-mosque

--------

Pakistan National Assembly deputy Speaker resigns before no-trust motion against him

Apr 16, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Qasim Khan Suri resigned as deputy speaker of Pakistan's National Assembly on Saturday, less than an hour before a session of the House where voting on a no-trust motion against him was to take place for favouring the previous government led by Imran Khan.

Suri from Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party had been functioning as the acting speaker following the resignation of Speaker Asad Qaiser, who resigned on April 9 stating that he cannot hold a vote of no-confidence against Khan.

Sharing a copy of his resignation on Twitter, Suri said his move signified his association with the vision of his party, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), and democracy.

"We will never compromise on Pakistan's sovereignty and integrity. We will fight for the country's interests and independence. We will go to any length to protect Pakistan," the 53-year-old politician tweeted.

Following Suri's resignation, the no-confidence motion holds no value, while the newly-elected speaker will decide on whether to accept the resignation or not, Geo TV reported.

Suri faced severe criticism in recent days over a contentious April 3 ruling to dismiss a no-confidence motion against former prime minister Khan and his decision to defer the session scheduled for the NA speaker's election from April 16 to April 22.

Just before the election of Shehbaz Sharif as the new prime minister of Pakistan on April 11, ousted prime minister Khan's party lawmakers decided to resign from the National Assembly.

Khan's PTI on Thursday announced that Suri had accepted the resignations of 123 lawmakers and the National Assembly (NA) Secretariat had also issued a notification on the issue.

The PPP and the PML-N alleged that Suri had put pressure on the National Assembly Secretariat to accept the resignations.

In line with the National Assembly rules, immediately after the election of the speaker, the assembly shall proceed to elect a deputy speaker and once elected, he will take oath before the assembly before entering office.

Source: Times Of India

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/pak-national-assembly-deputy-speaker-resigns-before-no-trust-motion-against-him/articleshow/90875988.cms

--------

Pakistan PM Shehbaz accuses Imran Khan of selling Toshakhana gifts worth PKR 140 mn in Dubai

Apr 15, 2022

ISLAMABAD: The new Prime Minister of Pakistan Shehbaz Sharif on Friday accused his predecessor Imran Khan of selling Toshakhana gifts worth PKR 140 million in Dubai.

"Imran Khan sold these gifts for Rs140 million in Dubai," PM Shehbaz was reported as telling journalists during an iftar he hosted a day earlier in the federal capital, reported Geo News.

He said that the expensive gifts included diamond jewellery sets, bracelets and wristwatches.

Shehbaz's revelation came in response to a question regarding a petition seeking the details of the Toshakhana that had been filed in the Islamabad High Court on which then PM Imran Khan had commented that the details cannot be revealed as per the Official Secrets Act, 1923.

Meanwhile, a former federal minister and PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry, however, refuted PM Shehbaz Sharif's statement, saying that the new premier is "throwing dirt on Imran Khan", reported Geo News.

According to the law, whenever a head of state receives a gift from another state or country, they have to give it to the Toshakhana. If they wish to keep the gift, they have to pay an amount equal to its value which is decided through an auction.

Source: Times Of India

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/pakistan-pm-shehbaz-accuses-imran-khan-of-selling-toshakhana-gifts-worth-pkr-140-mn-in-dubai/articleshow/90864542.cms

--------

Pakistan People’s Party suggest four members for positions in Shehbaz Sharif govt

16 April, 2022

Islamabad [Pakistan], April 16 (ANI): The central leaders of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) suggested their four members for different positions in the new government during the meeting held on Friday, local news reported.

The leaders of the PPP held a consultative session at the residence of PPP’s President Asif Ali Zardari to discuss the ministries for the new government.

The session was attended by PPP’s President, PPP’s Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and its senior leaders, ARY News reported.

The members suggested that the position of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) should be given to their member Sherry Rehman, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah should get the Communication department, Petroleum should be given to Naveed Qamar and the Ministry of Human Rights should be given to Shazia Marri.

According to the publication, PPP’s three ministers are likely to get slots and four state ministers in the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) led government.

The members also recommended giving the position of Ministry of Interior to the PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah, Planning and Development to Ahsan Iqbal, Information to Marriyum Aurangzeb, Defence/Water and Power to Khawaja Asif and Finance Adviser post to Miftah Ismail, reported ARY News.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, General-Secretary of Pakistan Democratic Movement is likely to get no ministry in the centre.

It was also recommended to give two ministries to Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) including the Ministry of Maritime Affairs.

Earlier, according to sources, Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has decided to add 12 National Assembly members of PML-N and seven members of PPP to his federal cabinet.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F (JUI-F) will get three ministries and a state minister portfolio while MQM-P will get the governorship of Sindh, PPP will get Punjab and JUI-F will get Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and BNP-M will get the governorship of Balochistan, according to Geo TV citing sources.

Source: The Print

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://theprint.in/world/pakistan-peoples-party-suggest-four-members-for-positions-in-shehbaz-sharif-govt/918527/

--------

PPP's Raja Pervaiz Ashraf elected NA speaker

April 16, 2022

PPP's Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Saturday was elected unopposed as the 22nd speaker of the National Assembly.

PML-N's Ayaz Sadiq, who was initially chairing the session, administered the oath on Ashraf. The PPP lawmaker was the lone contender for the speaker's position as no other candidate had submitted nomination papers against him.

The office of the speaker had fallen vacant after Asad Qaiser tendered his resignation in line with the PTI’s decision minutes before the voting on the no-confidence resolution against then-prime minister Imran Khan.

Sitting in the speaker's chair, Ashraf gave a brief speech where he thanked his party leaders for deeming him worthy of the position. He also thanked the prime minister and the members of the assembly.

He said that a "new tradition" had been initiated in parliamentary history, adding that the speaker was the custodian of the house. He went on to say that for the past three years, the house had been "incomplete" as the former opposition went unheard.

"I consider it my duty to not to let the voice of the opposition get suppressed," he said, adding that it should be heard and respected.

"There is a saying in English that the majority has its way, but the opposition must have its say. We have to always keep this in view," he said, adding that "consultation among institutions is the spirit of the Constitution."

The NA Secretariat had issued a four-point agenda for today's sitting that included voting on the no-confidence resolution against Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri, the election of the speaker and his oath-taking. However, Suri tendered his resignation less than an hour before the session was scheduled to begin.

Sadiq began the session by announcing that Suri had tendered his resignation, which was met by loud applause from the lawmakers present. He said that Suri's resignation had been verified by the NA secretariat, which would later issue the schedule for the election of the deputy speaker.

"Since the deputy speaker has resigned from office there is no need to take up agenda item two and three," he said, giving the floor to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

Shehbaz gives reasons for loadshedding

PM Shehbaz began his speech by stating that loadshedding was currently underway in parts of the country. "During the past three days, my team and I held meetings with the ministries of petroleum and finance. The current situation is that the country has the capacity to generate 35,000 MW of electricity."

This capacity is enough to meet the needs of the country, he said. However, he regretted that several new power plants were not functioning due to a gas and oil shortage, holding the previous government responsible for "gross mismanagement and incompetence".

He said that when officials were asked why gas was not bought when it was available for $3-4 in the spot market, he was told that they did not have any support and were afraid. "Today gas prices are $30-35 per unit".

Suri resigns as deputy speaker

Qasim Suri resigned as deputy speaker of the National Assembly on Saturday, less than an hour before a session of the house where voting on a no-trust motion against him was to take place.

Sharing a copy of his resignation on Twitter, Suri said his move signified his association with the vision of his party, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), and democracy.

"We will never compromise on Pakistan's sovereignty and integrity. We will fight for the country's interests and independence. We will go to any length to protect Pakistan," he tweeted.

PTI leader and former information minister Fawad Chaudhry lauded Suri, stating that the way in which he "fought against a foreign conspiracy" would go down in history. He added that Suri would be remembered as someone who was brave and loyal to the country.

Suri, who had also been functioning as the acting speaker following the resignation of Asad Qaiser, faced severe criticism in recent days over a contentious April 3 ruling to dismiss a no-confidence motion against former prime minister Imran Khan and his decision to defer the session scheduled for the NA speaker's election from April 16 to April 22 as a delaying tactic.

Earlier this week, he also came under fire for accepting the resignations of the PTI MNAs, who had quit the NA en masse right before the election of Shehbaz Sharif as the country's new prime minister following Khan's ouster. The PPP and PML-N accused Suri of pressuring the NA secretariat into accepting the resignations.

Merely three days before Shehbaz's election on April 11 and on the eve of Khan's ouster, the former opposition had filed a no-trust motion against Suri, saying he had "repeatedly violated the rules, parliamentary practices, democratic norms and traditions, and even Constitutional provisions and when presiding over the House, failed to conduct proceedings in an orderly manner to enable productive debate on issues of public importance".

The resolution was submitted by Murtaza Javed Abbasi of the PML-N, who had stated that instead of performing his role fairly and impartially, Suri acted in a "blatantly partisan manner" that had favoured the government and frequently deprived the opposition of their right to voice their views and the views of their electorates.

Referring to Suri's decision to dismiss the no-trust move against the prime minister, the resolution said Suri "wilfully and mala fidely subverted the Constitution" and his actions fell under the purview of Article 6, which is related to treason.
Source: Dawn

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1685289/ppps-raja-pervaiz-ashraf-elected-na-speaker

--------

Four terrorists killed in North Waziristan

April 16, 2022

PESHAWAR: Security forces killed four terrorists in North Waziristan tribal district on Thursday, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

In a statement on Friday, the military’s media affairs wing also confirmed the martyrdom of seven personnel in clashes with the terrorists in Isham near the Afghan border of Datakhel tehsil.

Source: Dawn

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1685207/four-terrorists-killed-in-north-waziristan

--------

PTI workers face police action for attacking journalists

April 15, 2022

PESHAWAR: The local police have announced they will take action against the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s workers, who manhandled media persons here on Wednesday night during the first public meeting of their leader, Imran Khan, after the recent ouster as the prime minister through a no-trust vote.

In statement issued here, Capital City Police Officer Ijaz Khan said he had taken notice of the incident and the police were working to identify attackers.

“Coercion against media personnel is not acceptable at all,” he said.

The CCPO said that the police would ensure the protection of journalists, while those attacking them would be dealt with an iron hand.

The journalists working for various media organisations were harassed and manhandled during the PTI’s public meeting on Wednesday night.

Peshawar Press Club general secretary Shahzada Fahad, who covered the event, told reporters that the organisers had placed just one container for journalists to cover the public meeting.

“In the first place, the container was too ‘narrow’ to place TV cameras and operate them,” he said.

Mr Fahad said almost an hour before the PTI chief delivered the speech, 60-70 young men climbed the container and when the reporters and cameramen present there tried to turn them away, the latter beat them up.

The press club leader said that a large number of youth, who were on the ground, pelted journalists with stones causing minor injuries to at least seven reporters and cameramen.

He said that a cameraman got his camera damaged due to the stone pelting, while the other cameraman, who had fainted in the melee, also lost his laptop.

Mr Fahad criticised both event organisers and police over ‘failure to rescue media personnel attacked by the PTI workers’.

“I pleaded with event managers as well as the policemen deployed there to protect us [media persons] from attackers, but no one come to our help,” he said.

In a statement issued here, Khyber Union of Journalists (KhUJ) president Nasir Hussain condemned the attack of PTI workers on media personnel in Wednesday’s public meeting.

He demanded the relevant officials to take notice of the attack on media personnel.

Mr Hussain said the KhUJ would announce its line of action in the next 24 hours if the PTI failed to take action against its workers involved in the attack.

Also, the Khyber Photojournalists Association announced the boycott of all PTI gatherings to protest the attack on medical persons during the rally.

In a statement, the association said the cameras of its president, Fayyaz Aziz, was damaged in the melee; Mohammad Sajjad lost his laptop, and video-journalist Haji Maqsood’s motorcycle was damaged by the PTI workers.

Source: Dawn

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1685065/pti-workers-face-police-action-for-attacking-journalists

--------

Southeast Asia

 

Foreign minister: Malaysia strongly condemns Israeli attack in Al-Aqsa during Ramadan

16 Apr 2022

PUTRAJAYA, April 16 ― Malaysia strongly condemns the audacious actions of the Israeli soldiers who encroached the Al-Aqsa mosque yesterday, and attacked the Palestinians including medical workers and journalists.

Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah said the shameful and inhumane actions of the Israeli soldiers were very much regretted and should never have happened in the first place, especially on a Friday, what more when Muslims were observing the holy month of Ramadan.

“The Israeli soldiers also targeted women, this is an unacceptable act of brutality,” he said in a statement today.

Saifuddin noted that Malaysia will continue advocating the fate and well-being of the Palestinians.

Source: Malay Mail

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2022/04/16/foreign-minister-malaysia-strongly-condemns-israeli-attack-in-al-aqsa-durin/2053877

--------

Thai rebels excluded from talks take responsibility for Ramadan bombings

April 16, 2022

By Panu Wongcha-um

BANGKOK, April 16 (Reuters) - Thai rebels sidelined from peace talks claimed responsibility on Saturday for deadly bombings in the country's Muslim-majority deep south that broke a Ramadan holiday agreed between the main rebel group and the government.

The two explosions on Friday, which killed a civilian and injured three policemen, were carried out by "G5", a militant group of the Patani United Liberation Organisation (PULO), its president, Kasturi Mahkota, told Reuters.

More than 7,300 people have been killed since 2004 in the fighting between the government and shadowy groups seeking independence for the Malay-Muslim provinces of Narathiwat, Yala, Pattani and parts of Songkhla. The area was part of the Patani sultanate that Thailand annexed in a 1909 treaty with Britain.

Mahkota said by telephone the blasts in Pattani province represent "business as usual" for PULO, left out of the talks between the government and the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN), which agreed two weeks ago to stop violence during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan through May 14. read more

A spokesman for the Thai security forces in the south, Colonel Kiatisak Neewong, said without naming PULO that a group not included in the peace talks were likely responsible for bombings aimed at disrupting the Ramadan truce.

The Thai team at the peace talks and the BRN declined to comment.

"The talks are not inclusive enough and it is going too fast," said Kasturi, whose group objects to the agreement that would exclude the possibility of independence from Buddhist-majority Thailand.

Source: Reuters

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/thai-rebels-excluded-talks-take-responsibility-ramadan-bombings-2022-04-16/?rpc=401&

--------

Anti-party-hopping law healthy for Malaysia’s political culture, says Salleh Keruak

10 Apr 2022

KOTA KINABALU, April 10 — Senior Sabah politician Datuk Seri Salleh Said believes that the introduction of an anti-party hopping law will bring about a healthy political culture to the country.

The Usukan assemblyman said the proposed law to prohibit MPs from switching parties is part of the understanding between the federal government and Pakatan Harapan to ensure that there will be no more of ‘migration politics’ which clashes with a party system.

“With a law like this then ‘migrating’ from one political party to another will not happen again,” he said yesterday when asked for his opinion about the proposed anti-party hopping law and how it would shape the politics of the country.

Salleh explained that in a democratic system, a party system is practiced and therefore, when an individual contests under a party’s ticket, it is reasonable for the person to stay a member of the party.

“This is because we voted in the elected representative based on a party system.”

Salleh said he was informed that there will be a briefing for members of parliament about the Anti-Party Hopping Bill tomorrow and expressed hope that any confusion can be resolved in the discussion between the prime minister and MPs.

Meanwhile, Salleh said he welcomed the registration of Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS).

“We have to accept the fact that when we contested in the 16th state election, we did it under one big coalition. Therefore there is a need to legimitise the coalition and this resulted in the formation of GRS.

“However, Umno is not part of GRS but supports its formation,” said the GRS-BN Backbenchers Club chairman.

Salleh pointed out that as there are currently a couple of big groups in Sabah, it is important for the state leaders to ensure that the government is stable so that they can ensure that what was promised to the people can be fulfilled.

“The promises must be fulfilled because we will face the rakyat again in the coming general election. What is important to me is that the coalition implements what is necessary for the rakyat in Sabah,” he stressed.

To the question of whether the registration of GRS had any effect on the cooperation among the parties involved, Salleh said he did not see any.

The former Sabah Chief Minister said that in the state’s political system, there must be consensus on politics of development, politics of autonomy — where all will fight for Sabah’s rights and lastly, politics of accommodation.

Salleh stressed that there is a need to ensure that the three major groups in Sabah, the Bumiputera, Muslim Bumiputera and non-Bumiputera will get a place in the leadership and in the aspect of development in the state.

Source: Malay Mail

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2022/04/10/anti-party-hopping-law-healthy-for-malaysias-political-culture-says-salleh/2052707

--------

From halal curries to murtabak, Bangkok offers hearty Ramadan fare

AKSARAPAK LAPANUNT

April 15, 2022

BANGKOK: Bangkok, a city famous for its street cuisine, has a special attraction during the month of Ramadan every year: A halal food market. Visitors come from all around to enjoy varieties of traditional Thai Muslim delicacies.

The Thai capital is often rated as having the finest street food in the world. It has long attracted migrants from across Asia, so the street food is influenced by numerous cuisines.

There are tens of thousands of street-food vendors in Bangkok. During Ramadan, those in Bangkok’s Ratchathewi area gain special prominence among foodies during the evenings, selling rotis, curries, noodles, skewered and grilled meat with peanut sauce, and murtabak — fried crepes stuffed with egg, chives, and minced meat.

Islam is a minority faith in Buddhist-majority Thailand, where only around five percent of the population is Muslim. They reside mainly in the country’s four southernmost provinces: Satun, Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat.

In Ratchathewi, one alley, Petchabury 7, is the center of Ramadan fare, where faithful visitors, including 60-year-old Lek, have been coming for years in the Holy Month.

“I don’t live in this area,” Lek told Arab News as she ordered Pattani-style chicken curry. “But I come to this street market during Ramadan every year to try the food.”

One of the most popular spots is TeHo, a Pattani shop right at the entrance of the alley. It is popular with young people who hang out there eating roti and drinking tea until the early hours of the morning. During Ramadan, the shop sells hundreds rotis every day.

“My husband was from Pattani and he told me that in the deep southern provinces, this kind of small shop — selling roti and hot tea or coffee — is on every corner,” Kulchalee Na Pattani, who has been running TeHo for 14 years, told Arab News. “There were no shops like this around here until he started one.”

Besides various sweet and savory types of roti, TeHo also sells halal beef and chicken curry, and chicken and beef murtabak. A full meal will cost no more than $3.

For Nisrin Chekoh, a 24-year-old student visiting TeHo with a friend, it is not only about the food but also the ambience.

“Roti is (easy) to find in Bangkok, but I like the atmosphere of this shop where you can sit for a long time and chill. And it opens at night so it’s a good place to hang out,” she said. “My favorite dish is roti bomb — fried roti with a lot of butter — and my friend likes roti with cheese.”

Although most tables along the alley were full, vendors say there are still fewer visitors than before the COVID-19 pandemic began.

“This street-food market used to be very busy, with more vendors and visitors coming to buy food,” Kusuma Poomdokmai, who sells halal deserts, said. “This market is on only during Ramadan. There is a lot of halal food that is not very common to find.”
Source: Arab News

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2064051/world

--------

 

Arab World

 

Ten Al-Qaeda Inmates Escape From Prison In Eastern Yemen

15 April ,2022

Ten jailed al-Qaeda militants have escaped from prison in Yemen’s eastern province of Hadramawt, security officials said on Friday.

The inmates staged a quarrel among themselves late Thursday at the prison in the city of Seiyun, forcing guards to intervene.

But when they did, the prisoners overpowered them, seizing their Kalashnikov rifles and binding their hands before running away, prison officials said. They asked to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to brief the media.

Preliminary investigations indicated that the inmates must have coordinated their move with prison guards who collaborated, as well as other militants from outside, they added.

The Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has long been considered the global network’s most dangerous branch, and has attempted to carry out attacks on the US mainland.

Source: Al Arabiya

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/gulf/2022/04/15/Ten-al-Qaeda-inmates-escape-from-prison-in-eastern-Yemen

--------

UAE keen to further relations with Turkiye: Official

Yassine Aydi  

15.04.2022

ISTANBUL

The diplomatic advisor to the UAE president said his country is keen on developing relations with Turkiye, noting that there is a need for more cooperation between the countries in the region.

Speaking at a seminar titled “security and stability in our changing world from the perspective of the UAE,” in Abu Dhabi on Thursday, Anwar Gargash said: “The UAE is keen on its relations with Turkiye, with Iran, with Arab countries … The UAE will not be a base for harming a neighboring country like Iran.”

He stated that the UAE will always seek to resolve its disputes with Iran “through politics and diplomacy,” according to the official Emirates News Agency.

In November 2021, Ali Bagheri, Iranian deputy foreign minister for political affairs, said that his country had agreed with the UAE to "open a new page in bilateral relations," according to the Iranian IRNA news agency.

Gargash said: "It is in our interest that all the countries of the region build on the agenda of stability and prosperity."

The Emirati official stressed the need for regional platforms for cooperation and dialogue between the countries of the region, including Turkiye and Iran, based on “the principle of renunciation of violence, respect for the sovereignty of countries, and opening up prospects for economic cooperation to create regional prosperity.”

He stated that the UAE is the “third-largest economy in the Middle East after Turkiye and Saudi Arabia, and one of the largest economies in the world, with a population of 10 million and a GDP of $430 billion.”

The UAE and Turkiye have recently strengthened their relations at all levels, and the UAE is seeking to double or triple the volume of its trade with Turkiye, which is one of the most prominent signs of the warming relations between the two countries.

Currently, the UAE is Turkiye’s largest trading partner in the Gulf region and ranks second in the Gulf region in terms of direct investments in Turkiye.

In February, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a visit to the UAE, the first of its kind in nearly 10 years.

Source: Anadolu Agency

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/economy/uae-keen-to-further-relations-with-turkiye-official/2564744

--------

Organization Of Islamic Cooperation Condemns Israeli Violence At Al-Aqsa Mosque

April 16, 2022

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) strongly condemned the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Zionist regime’s forces and settlers.

The OIC in a statement denounced the desecration of the holy site and warned about the threats posed by extremist settlers to Palestinian worshipper at the mosque’s courtyards.

The organization’s secretary general, Hussein Ibrahim Taha, also considered the Tel Aviv regime responsible for the consequences of continued violence against Palestinians and killing of the people of Palestine.

The United Nation’s secretary general has also called on the international community to condemn Israel for attacks on Palestinians and repeated violations of religious sites in occupied lands.

Israeli forces on Friday stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied Old City of al-Quds, injuring more than 100 worshipers in stepped-up violence in the fasting holy month of Ramadan.

The Palestinian Ma’an news agency said the violence broke out at dawn on Friday when the occupation forces raided the al-Aqsa Mosque through the Moroccan Gate, also known as the Mughrabi Gate, firing sound bombs and rubber bullets at the worshipers randomly.

“Violent confrontations erupted between the occupation forces and hundreds of young men who were deployed in the al-Aqsa courtyards,” the agency said, adding that the Israeli forces were obstructing the work of ambulances that reach the mosque’s entry gates.

Media reports said the occupation forces also attacked paramedics and press crews, chased them in the courtyards of the al-Aqsa Mosque, and beat a number of them.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRSC) reported that 117 fasting Palestinians had been transferred to hospitals in the occupied al-Quds for injuries as a result of the raid.

Source: ABNA24

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://en.abna24.com/news//oic-condemns-israeli-violence-at-al-aqsa-mosque_1248381.html

--------

Saudi Arabia condemns Israeli attacks on Palestinians, al-Aqsa Mosque

15 April ,2022

Saudi Arabia issued a statement Friday condemning the Israeli forces for raiding the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem and attacking Palestinians who were inside praying.

“This systematic escalation is a blatant attack on the sacredness of al-Aqsa Mosque and its place in the heart of the Islamic nation,” a statement from the Saudi Foreign Ministry said.

Israeli police attacked Palestinians as thousands were in the mosque for prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.

Israel alleges that men carrying Palestinian and Hamas flags were in the compound with rocks and stones. Palestinian officials say over 150 Palestinians were wounded.

Saudi Arabia called on the international community to hold the Israeli forces accountable for the continued attacks and violations against Palestinians, their land and their holy sites.

The Foreign Ministry also said there was a need for reviving peace efforts in the Middle East.

The recent uptick in violence, including multiple Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians, has heightened fears of renewed clashes between Palestinians and Israelis.

Source: Al Arabiya

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/middle-east/2022/04/15/Saudi-Arabia-condemns-Israeli-attacks-on-Palestinians-al-Aqsa-Mosque

--------

Lebanon ready to work with Cyprus on potential offshore gas

15 April ,2022

Lebanon is ready to work with Cyprus to exploit potential gas deposits in waters between the two east Mediterranean countries, Lebanon’s top diplomat said Friday, even though a deal on offshore rights hasn’t been formally finalized.

Cyprus and Lebanon signed an agreement delineating their respective offshore exclusive economic zones in 2007, but the Lebanese parliament has yet to ratify it amid the country’s ongoing maritime border dispute with Israel.

Nevertheless, Lebanese Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib said after talks with his Cypriot counterpart in Nicosia that “with Cyprus there’s no problem, once we found gas we’re ready to go, put it together.”

For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app.

“We talked about it and I can assure you that Lebanon is ready to do it,” Bou Habib said.

The Lebanese top diplomat’s remarks come as Europe is seeking new energy sources to wean itself off Russian gas in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Cyprus has issued exploration drilling licenses to ExxonMobil and partner Qatar Petroleum, a consortium made up of French energy company Total and Italy’s Eni, as well as Chevron and partner Shell, to most of its 13 segments in its exclusive economic zone off its southern coast.

To the north, Cyprus faces an intense challenge from Turkey which claims much of the island’s EEZ as its own and has sent warship-escorted survey ships into the area — earning condemnation from the European Union, of which Cyprus is a member.

Cyprus was split along ethnic lines in 1974 when Turkey invaded following a coup by supporters of union with Greece. The breakaway Turkish Cypriot north is only recognized by Turkey.

Lebanon’s Bou Habib said a US written mediation proposal submitted earlier this year that aimed at resolving the Lebanese-Israeli dispute, while much better than previous attempts, is “not enough yet.”

He said both Lebanon’s government and its lawmakers are “all in agreement” on what they seek from a deal with Israel.

“Therefore the response to the Americans hopefully would be soon and it would be one response,” Bou Habib said.

Any discoveries within Lebanon’s own economic zone would be a long-term boon for the crisis-hit country’s beleaguered economy.

Source: Al Arabiya

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://english.alarabiya.net/business/energy/2022/04/15/Lebanon-ready-to-work-with-Cyprus-on-potential-offshore-gas

--------

Gulf countries condemn Israel’s storming of al-Aqsa mosque during Ramadan, prayers

16 April ,2022

The UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have condemned Israel’s storming of Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque which left at least 152 Palestinians injured, state news agencies reported on Saturday.

The UAE’s foreign ministry “underscored the need for self-restraint” and called for protection of the worshipers, in a statement run by the Emirates News Agency, WAM.

The ministry also stressed that the Israeli authorities should “respect the right of Palestinians to practice their religious rites and halt any practices that violate the sanctity of al-Aqsa Mosque.”

The statement reported by WAM also said that the UAE emphasized the need to end “illegal Israeli practices that threaten the two-state solution and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

Israeli police stormed the mosque’s compound in Jerusalem before dawn on Friday as thousands gathered for prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.

Medics told the Associated Press that at least 152 Palestinians were wounded.

Bahrain’s foreign ministry, in a statement shared on the official Bahrain News Agency, said that Israel’s forces are a “provocation to the feelings of Muslims.”

The Bahraini ministry called on Israel to “respect the role of the sisterly Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in caring for sanctities and endowments in accordance with international law…,” in addition to condemning the situation and calling for an end to the violence.

Egypt’s foreign ministry also echoed the other Gulf countries and rejected the violence, warning of the consequences of stability and security in Palestine and the wider region.

A similar statement was shared by Saudi Arabia earlier, standing in solidarity with Palestine on Friday.

Most of the Palestinian injuries incurred from rubber bullets, stun grenades and beatings with police batons, the Palestine Red Crescent said in a report carried by Reuters.

Israeli security forces have been on high alert after a series of deadly street attacks throughout the country over the past two weeks.

Source: Al Arabiya

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/gulf/2022/04/16/Gulf-countries-condemn-Israel-s-storming-of-al-Aqsa-mosque-during-Ramadan-prayers

--------

 

Africa

 

Sudan’s Burhan gestures towards steps to ease tensions

16 April ,2022

Sudan’s military leader General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan gestured in comments on Friday towards steps to ease tensions in the country six months after a military coup.

“We are embarking on a difficult period and we must all present concessions for the sake of our country,” he said, noting the deteriorating economic and security situation in the country in comments at a Ramadan gathering.

For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app.

“We are prepared to put forward what we can to create the atmosphere for a dialogue that leads to solutions,” he added.

He, along with other military leaders, staged a coup on October 25, ending a two-year power-sharing arrangement with a civilian political coalition following the ouster of Omar al-Bashir.

Since then, at least 94 people have been killed in security crackdowns on protests and dozens have been arrested.

Burhan said that while there were no “political detainees,” he met with the public prosecutor and the head of the judiciary to discuss expediting the release of detainees, among whom are key civilian political leaders.

He also said they discussed the possibility of reducing the current the state of emergency.

Such steps have been often requested by the international community as trust-building measures.

Burhan said these steps came in the context of concessions made by some political groups towards coming to an agreement.

Reuters earlier this month reported that a deal was under consideration, presented by parties aligned with the military, to form a new government.

Burhan had previously said that the military would only hand over power to an elected government. In Friday’s comments, he once again called for political parties to come to a consensus.

In his comments, Burhan said that, unlike in the past, no one group should be in control of the political scene. In comments before and after the coup, military leaders accused the civilian coalition of monopolizing power.

Source: Al Arabiya

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/world/2022/04/16/Sudan-s-Burhan-gestures-towards-steps-to-ease-tensions

--------

Merchant fuel ship sinks off Tunisia, crew rescued: Report

16 April ,2022

A merchant fuel ship heading from Equatorial Guinea to Malta sank off the coast of Gabes in Tunisia on Friday, two security sources told Reuters, adding that the navy rescued all seven crew members.

The ship carried one thousand tons of fuel and sent a distress call seven miles away from Gabes to which the Tunisian navy responded, the sources added.

The cause of the incident was bad weather, the environment ministry said, adding that water had seeped into the ship and reached a height of two meters.

Source: Al Arabiya

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/north-africa/2022/04/16/Merchant-fuel-ship-sinks-off-Tunisia-crew-rescued-Report

--------

Tunisia’s foreign currency reserves rise to $8 billion

15 April ,2022

Tunisia’s foreign currency reserves rose to $8 billion, or 130 days’ worth of imports, boosted by a rise in remittances from workers abroad and a $700 million loan from the Africa Export Import Bank, central bank figures showed on Friday.

Last week Tunisia’s reserves were equivalent to 115 days of imports.

Tourism revenues from the beginning of this year until April 10 also increased 48 percent compared with the same period last year, to reach 600 million dinars ($200 million).

Tunisia, which is experiencing a severe financial crisis, is hoping that remittances from workers abroad and the vital tourism sector will help prevent a collapse in the public finances.

The government expects to welcome 4.7 million tourists this year.

Source: Al Arabiya

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://english.alarabiya.net/business/economy/2022/04/15/Tunisia-s-foreign-currency-reserves-rise-to-8-billion

--------

URL: https://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/danish-far-right-rasmus-paludan-quran/d/126804

 

New Age Islam Islam Online, Islamic Website, African Muslim News, Arab World News, South Asia News, Indian Muslim News, World Muslim News, Women in Islam, Islamic Feminism, Arab Women, Women In Arab, Islamophobia in America, Muslim Women in West, Islam Women and Feminism

Loading..

Loading..