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Pakistan Federal Shariat Court Declares Custom of Giving Away A Minor Girl to Settle Disputes (Swara) As Un-Islamic

New Age Islam News Bureau

26 October 2021

 New Age Islam News Bureau

26 October 2021

 

The Federal Shariat Court bench held that Ulema had developed a consensus that vani, or swara, was against the teachings of Islam. — Illustration by Abro/File

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• Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta Denounces Fatwa on Marital Intimacy, Says, It Needs to Be Consensual

• Construction of a Youth Centre by the Maulana Mehmood Madani Faction of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind Triggers a Row

• Taliban Officials Celebrate Afghan National Cricket Team Win but Kabul Streets Subdued

• Religious Council of Singapore Fatwa: Tudung-wearing Muslim Nurses Must Keep Forearms Bare for Patients’ Safety

 

Pakistan

• Pakistan's Win against India in T20 A 'Victory of Islam', says Pakistan's Interior Minister

• Sheikh Hasina desires stronger trade ties between Bangladesh, Pakistan

• Punjab police dismayed at govt’s repeated ‘surrender’ to TLP

• Taliban scheme gives further credibility to Pakistan’s call for aid to Afghanistan

• State dept lauds Pakistan for assisting evacuation flights

• Pakistan desires to maintain bilateral ties with Canada: COAS

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Arab World

• Syrian Grand Mufti: Those Who Forget Palestine Today, Will Forget Holy Mecca Tomorrow

• Ex-Saudi official makes damaging allegations against crown prince

• UAE’s air force chief to witness Israel’s largest-ever exercise

• Egypt's President Sisi ends state of emergency for the first time in years

• Hosting UAE Air Force chief, Israel sees airpower cooperation

• Arab coalition says 105 Houthis killed in Marib battle

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India

• In Tripura, Police Provide Security to Mosques after Stray Attacks Reported

• T20 World Cup: Mohammed Shami Faces Vicious Online Abuse after India's Loss To Pakistan

• J&K: Grenade attack by terrorists in Bandipora; few civilians injured

• Retd Pakistan army personnel guiding terrorists' team in Poonch?

• Kashmiri students attacked in Punjab after Pakistan defeated India in WC T20

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South Asia

• Is the Islamic State in Afghanistan Targeting China?

• Mullah Baradar meets UNDP director in Doha

• 13 more held for communal violence in Bangladesh

• 22.8 million Afghan people will face acute hunger: UN agency

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Southeast Asia

• Wang Yi Meets with Acting Deputy Prime Minister of Afghan Taliban's Interim Government Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar

• Better a clean multiracial govt than a corrupt Malay-Muslim one, says Idris

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Mideast

• Muslim Scholars Slam Israeli Demolition of Historic Cemetery In Jerusalem

• Iran establishes new brigade in eastern Syria composed of local Shia converts

• Islamic Jihad calls for clash with Israel over hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners

• Official Blasts UN Rapporteur for Politically-Tainted Report against Iran

• Israel lifts its decade-long travel warning for Morocco

• Iran, EU to meet in prelude to nuclear accord talks

• Iranian court sentences man to 10 months’ jail, lashes for stealing cashews

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North America

• Taliban Denial of Cooperating US in Controlling Al-Qaida Is War Announcement: Lindsey Graham

• US hits out at Sudan’s military after coup, freezes $700 mln in economic aid

• Embassy in Khartoum advises American citizens to shelter in place

• US seeking cooperation with Turkey on 'common priorities'

• US calls for 'immediate release' of Sudan premier amid coup

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Africa

• South Sudan calls for dialogue between Sudanese parties after coup attempt

• Military kills 3, injures 80 during anti-coup protests in Sudan

• Pan African body 'dismayed' over situation in Sudan

• EU expresses 'utmost concern' over Sudan upheaval

• Sudan general declares state of emergency, dissolves gov’t

• Gunmen kill 18 at mosque in northern Nigeria's Niger state -residents

• Uganda investigating Islamist link to bombing after IS responsibility claim

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Europe

• Prince Charles to meet imam of Al-Azhar mosque and university next month

• German Court Sentences Islamic State Member to 10 Years in Prison

• Turkey rescues 79 irregular migrants pushed back by Greece

• EU urges Israel to halt construction of new settlements

• Germany condemns coup attempt in Sudan

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Pakistan Federal Shariat Court Declares Custom of Giving Away A Minor Girl to Settle Disputes (Swara) As Un-Islamic

Malik Asad

October 26, 2021

 

The Federal Shariat Court bench held that Ulema had developed a consensus that vani, or swara, was against the teachings of Islam. — Illustration by Abro/File

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ISLAMABAD: The Federal Shariat Court (FSC) has declared the custom of giving away a minor girl to settle disputes (swara) as un-Islamic

A three-judge bench, headed by FSC Chief Justice Noor Mohammad Meskenzai, observed that the tradition of giving away a minor girl to settle disputes was against the injunctions of Islam.

Taking up a petition filed by one Sakeena Bibi, the bench held that Ulema had developed a consensus that vani, or swara, was against the teachings of Islam.

Swara is a custom where girls, often minors, are given in marriage or servitude to an aggrieved family as compensation to end disputes, often murder. It is a form of arranged or forced child marriage and the result of punishment decided by a council of tribal elders called jirga.

Says tradition of giving minor girl to settle dispute is against injunctions of Islam

The petitioner, a concerned citizen, challenged the custom of vani for many reasons. According to the petition, the tradition which is being practiced in jirgas and panchayat — the traditional fora for dispute resolution — usurps the fundamental rights of a woman or young girl.

It argued that jirga or panchayat misconstrued the concept ‘badl-i-sulah’ — compensation to settle a dispute by offering a young girl to the aggrieved family. The petitioner requested the court to declare this custom as illegal.

Dr Mohammad Aslam Khaki, Jurist Consult at FSC, said vani violated at least four fundamental rights. According to him, since the girl is offered by the accused family, she in most of the cases is deprived of even basic facilities, hence subjected to discrimination.

Secondly, she is wedded to a man without her consent. Thirdly, she is not entitled to dower, and fourthly, she cannot file legal suit for khula — dissolution of marriage.

According to Dr Khaki, the legitimate way to settle a murder is payment of diyat or blood money, which is acceptable in Islam; however, traditional forums for dispute resolution consider vani or swara as legitimate way to settle dispute. But Ulema do not accept the practice as Islamic.

Source: Dawn

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Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta Denounces Fatwa on Marital Intimacy, Says, It Needs to Be Consensual

October 26, 2021

 

Ragab Uwais poses for a picture with his bride before a video cameraman for their wedding video along Al-Gamaa Bridge connecting the Egyptian capital Cairo with its twin city of Giza, Egypt, June 11, 2020. - Khaled Desouki/AFP via Getty Images

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CAIRO — A fatwa on the number of times a husband must have intercourse with his wife according to Islamic law, which was issued Oct. 5 by a Facebook page concerned with issuing unofficial religious fatwas, has sparked controversy in Egypt in recent days.

The fatwa came in response to a question posted by a Facebook user on the Qutooff Fem page, an unofficial body, saying that her husband avoids having intercourse with her and claims that it is not his duty to do so, and she is embarrassed to keep asking him.

A sheikh affiliated with the Facebook page replied, saying that there are different views on this subject, as some say a husband should have intercourse with his wife once every month, while others suggest that he should do so once every four months.

The page shortly blocked comments and removed the share option for the post after all the controversy it sparked. However, the post had already gone viral.

The Egyptian Dar al-Ifta, the official body for issuing religious fatwas, said in a post on its official Facebook page Oct. 18 that Sharia made the intercourse between a man and a woman a common right between spouses, noting that neither of them can decide on their own, it needs to be consensual.

Dar al-Ifta cited Surah Al-Baqarah from the Quran, noting, “And women have rights similar to their obligations,” explaining that this noble verse indicates that both husband and wife have marital rights, including the right to have intercourse, which is not defined in a specific time frame.

Magdy Ashour, adviser to Egypt's grand mufti, responded to the controversial fatwa in an interview with "Al-Hekaya" show on MBC Egypt Oct. 18, saying, “Extremist ideology neglects women. Marital intercourse is reciprocal; both men and women should enjoy it.”

Ashour described the fatwa as “abnormal,” noting that its purpose is to draw people's attention, even if it is of false origin, as it aims to provoke, not raise awareness.

He denied all claims about the husband having to have intercourse with his wife only once every four months, explaining, “A husband should understand his wife from a single look and fulfill her desires and marital rights, without her having to ask.”

Ashour cited a scene from the life of the Prophet Muhammad when he went to the house of his companion Uthman bin Mazoon and found his wife’s clothes worn out. Aisha — one of the Prophet’s wives — asked her about the reason for that. The woman said that Uthman prays at night and fasts during the day and does not approach women. So the Prophet told him that he has time to pray, fast, approach women and advised him to follow his Sunnah.

“As long as there is no legitimate or health excuse, the husband must fulfill his wife’s desires, and vice versa,” Ashour said. “We at Dar al-Ifta are working on confronting the extremist ideology that perceives women as second-class citizens.”

Reda el-Danbouki, director of the Women's Center for Legal Guidance and Awareness, told Al-Monitor that this type of fatwa views women as a reproductive machine who does not have the right to enjoy intercourse.

He said many in society are affected by clerics whether they are concerned with issuing official or unofficial fatwas, which is why the state needs to take a stance and combat these unofficial platforms as they incite against women.

Danbouki noted, “It is necessary to warn these platforms to reconsider the religious opinions they publish, which may cause problems that are difficult to control or change later. Penalties should even be imposed on violators, especially since most of these fatwas are just unfounded [laws].”

He added, “We must implement the provisions of the constitution, including Article 53 and Article 11, and the law on equality and nondiscrimination, in addition to establishing a nondiscrimination commission. Also, some provisions of the Penal Code that severely punish women compared to men in some acts — such as adultery mentioned in Article 276 — must be amended.”

Danbouki concluded, “All these steps will contribute to changing how society perceives women, who are often seen as inferior to men and merely a tool to serve their lusts.”

Source: Al Monitor

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Construction of a Youth Centre by the Maulana Mehmood Madani Faction of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind Triggers a Row

By Manish Sahu

October 26, 2021

 

Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind general secretary Maulana Mahmood Madani

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The construction of a youth centre by the Maulana Mehmood Madani faction of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind in the village of Kendki in Saharanpur district’s Deoband area has caused tensions to rise, with the district administration halting work on the project around a week ago.

The district authorities intervened after villagers, most of whom are Hindus, objected to the construction of the youth centre. They claimed that the builders did not obtain permission and legal formalities were not completed.

In recent days, Hindu organisations have held meetings with the villagers and raised objections. The BJP MLA from Deoband, Kunawar Brijesh Singh, has also requested Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to set up an inquiry committee.

The village is around 20 km from the place where the state government decided in August to set up a unit of the Anti-Terrorist Squad. However, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind’s Saharanpur general secretary Zaheen Ahmed said the organisation had decided a year ago to build the youth centre. At the time, there was no information about the ATS’s plans, he pointed out.

Deoband Sub-Divisional Magistrate Rajesh Kumar on Monday said the construction work was stopped following a complaint, and an inquiry was going on. He added, “I have asked the organisation to submit all documents, including land papers and the permission letter to open the youth centre at Kendki village. They have so far not completed all documents.”

Kumar said the villagers initially were apprehensive that a madrasa was being built in their area.

Responding to the rumours and allegations surrounding the project, Ahmed denied any malicious intent on part of his outfit and alleged that a group of people were circulating false news and confusing the villagers.

“Initially, it was circulated that we are constructing a slaughterhouse on the land. When we explained it, the group then circulated we are building a madrasa. We explained to the public that it was also false. Now, they are again making a false story and instigating the public. We are constructing a training centre for the youth under Bharat Scouts and Guides, which will benefit people of all society,” said Ahmed.

The Jamiat official said the centre was proposed to be built over almost 15 acres of land, and equipped with a playing ground, an athletic track, an adventure park, and many other sports activities.

“The centre will be for the people of all communities and religions. We have already purchased four hectares of land and the deal on the remaining land is under process. The construction of a kitchen at the site was going on when the administration stopped the work after a complaint around a week back. The administration asked us to provide documents related to the land and the organisation. I submitted it on Saturday. The administration has so far not given any directions,” said Ahmed added.

In strident opposition to the Jamiat’s plans, Hindu organisations such as the Bajrang Dal have mobilised their workers who have met the villagers and are planning protests. A “Sangarsh Samiti” consisting of representatives from various nearby villages has been formed. On Sunday, members of the Bajrang Dal, which is affiliated with the Vishva Hindu Parishad, attended a meeting in Kendki along with the residents of several other villages.

“The Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (Maulana Mehmood Madani faction) purchased the land silently and started constructing without obtaining any permission from the district administration. They purchased agricultural land, and without changing its land use began the construction. We declared during the meeting held yesterday in Kendki that regular meetings should be held till this project is cancelled. We doubt the intention of the organisation,” said Vikas Tyagi, the “prant sahyojak [a regional representative]” of Bajrang Dal for western UP.

He added that while Kendki was Hindu-dominated most of the residents of the surrounding villages were Muslims.

MLA Kunwar Brijesh Singh also claimed that the Jamiat started construction in Kendki without obtaining any permission. The organisation should explain its motive for building the youth centre, he added.

“On getting a complaint from a local resident, I got the construction work stopped. I have requested the chief minister to form a committee that would look into the matter,” Singh said.

Source: Indian Express

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https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/lucknow/saharanpur-construction-of-deoband-youth-centre-by-muslim-organisation-triggers-a-row-7590755/

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Taliban Officials Celebrate Afghan National Cricket Team Win but Kabul Streets Subdued

Oct 26, 2021

 

Afghanistan players celebrate their win against Scotland during the Cricket Twenty20 World Cup match in Sharjah, UAE, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

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KABUL: Taliban officials took to social media on Monday to congratulate the Afghan national cricket team for winning a match in the Twenty20 World Cup, but there was a muted response on the streets of Kabul where such wins were celebrated enthusiastically in the past.

Afghanistan beat Scotland in a match played in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates - the first major victory for the team since the Taliban takeover of the country.

While the Taliban frown on many forms of public entertainment, cricket has always been an exception, a game fighters followed closely E01D even during the war whenever the national team was playing.

"Congratulations to the team and wish them more success in the future," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter.

A spokesman for the Taliban's Qatar office also joined in the praise, adding: "We hope for similar and even higher achievements in other fields, especially in the political, economic and scientific fields."

The highest profile message came from Anas Haqqani, the younger brother of Afghanistan's current acting Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani - the head of the Haqqani Network.

"Afghanistan won," the younger Haqqani said.

The Taliban's representative-designate to the United Nations Suhail Shaheen tweeted: "Well done boys!"

However, there was relative silence across Kabul, where such victories were previously met with jubilation in the streets, fireworks and celebratory gunfire. There were only a few, small fireworks seen in the Kabul sky.

The streets were mostly empty or silent.

The Taliban's foes also saw the victory as significant for the country. Amrullah Saleh, the ex-vice president who became one of the leaders of the anti-Taliban forces after the fall of Kabul, pointed out on Twitter that the cricket team had sung a national anthem and raised a flag which are not recongnised by the Taliban.

President Ashraf Ghani, who fled the country in August, said the victory had "installed new hopes in the hearts of all that this nation is alive and no one can hold it hostage!"

Despite years of violence and upheaval, Afghanistan has an enthusiastic and widespread following of cricket and residents of Kabul were eagerly anticipating the cricket world cup matches.

The governing International Cricket Council (ICC) will meet next month to determine the game's future in Afghanistan under the Taliban regime.

Source: Times of India

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Religious Council of Singapore Fatwa: Tudung-wearing Muslim Nurses Must Keep Forearms Bare for Patients’ Safety

Ahmad Zhaki Abdullah

26 Oct 2021

 

A Muslim woman in tudung waiting at a traffic light on Aug 31, 2021. (Photo: Hanidah Amin)

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SINGAPORE: Muslim healthcare workers who choose to wear the tudung will have to comply with clinical and safety requirements at the workplace, such as keeping their forearms free from clothing to reduce the risk of infection.

This is in accordance with a fatwa or religious guidance issued on Tuesday (Oct 26) by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS), ahead of changes that will allow Muslim nurses in the public healthcare sector to wear the headscarf at work from November.

In the fatwa, MUIS said it had received several questions about the specifics of wearing the tudung in clinical settings.

It noted that all Muslims who have reached puberty are religiously obligated to cover their aurat, or modesty. For women, this typically includes all parts of the body except for their hands and face.

It acknowledged, however, that there are situations in which Muslim women would not be able to fully cover themselves in such a way, especially in the uniformed services.

“In the healthcare sector, the COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the dangers of infection which can cause widespread harm,” said MUIS in the fatwa.

“For nurses in particular, the risk of infection is very serious and poses a danger to both nurses and patients.”

MUIS noted that the Health Ministry has put in place clinical guidelines for wearing the tudung on duty, including the “Bare Below the Elbow” policy.

“This policy states that hands and arms up to the elbow should be exposed and free from clothing or any jewellery. Sleeves should be short or rolled up securely up to the elbow in order to allow access to the wrist for good hand hygiene technique,” said MUIS.

All healthcare workers are required to comply with this policy when interacting with patients or when “likely to touch the immediate patient environment”, it said.

Healthcare authorities in other countries, including the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, have introduced similar policies that are aimed at preventing the spread of infection via contaminated clothing.

MUIS also noted that there are religious views which allow for women’s arms to be exposed when necessary.

“In situations when the headscarf is required to be replaced with other forms of head coverings (such as surgical caps worn in the operating theatre), or when it needs to be removed due to clinical or other safety-related requirements, this too is permitted,” it said.

“These considerations permit the flexibility for Muslim officers to make some adjustments without impacting work performance, whilst continuing to serve professionally, securing good and avoiding harm, and displaying positive work ethics in service.”

“CONSIDERED JUDGMENTS” FOR OTHER SERVICES

Although Muslim nurses will be allowed to wear the tudung at work, restrictions will remain in other areas where uniforms are required - such as the Singapore Armed Forces and Home Team agencies including the police. 

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had explained in August that these agencies must be seen to enforce the laws of Singapore without fear or favour, describing them as the “impartial and secular arms of the State”.

MUIS said that in these uniformed services, employees should make their own “considered judgments”, based on work policies as well as reasons like the need to work and serve the community and the country.

“They are in a much better position to weigh their specific circumstances, and form their own decisions based on the principles and values of the Shariah (religious law),” it said.

MUIS said that certain religious principles allow for women to stay in jobs that enable them to sustain themselves and protect the stability of the country, even if they are unable to wear the tudung.

“In view of this position, our community should not coerce Muslim women to wear the tudung whilst working or look down on those who do not do so. On the contrary, the community should pray for their well-being, and for them to be able to fulfil this religious obligation as best as possible,” it said.

Source: Channel News Asia

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 Pakistan

 Pakistan's Win against India in T20 A 'Victory of Islam', says Pakistan's Interior Minister

October 25, 2021

Pakistan's Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed said the nation's win against India was a 'victory for Islam'. Rasheed made the statement soon after Pakistan won the match by 10 wickets.

In the video, which went viral on social media, Sheikh Rasheed said that the sentiments of Muslims from around the world, including in India, were with the Pakistani cricket team during the match.

"For Pakistan, today's India-Pakistan match was the final," added the minister Sheikh Rasheed. He also said that he had instructed security personnel to remove barricades and "allow" citizens to celebrate the country's victory in the cricket match.

The video was uploaded after the impressive performance by Pakistani players Mohammad Rizwan and skipper Babar Azam. The match was played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Source: India Today

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https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/pakistan-s-win-against-india-in-t20-a-victory-of-islam-says-pak-minister-watch-1869067-2021-10-25

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Sheikh Hasina desires stronger trade ties between Bangladesh, Pakistan

Baqir Sajjad Syed

October 26, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina on Monday reiterated her government’s desire for stronger trade ties and economic collaboration with Pakistan.

She was talking to Pak­istan’s High Commissioner to Bangladesh Imran Ahmed Siddiqui during their meeting in Dhaka.

The Foreign Office, in a statement issued here, said the two sides agreed to promote relations between the two countries.

This was the second meeting between Ms Hasina and Mr Siddiqui in nearly eleven months.

The meeting came amid warming of ties between the two countries after remaining in deep freeze for over a decade.

It is important to note that the meeting took place at a time when both countries have begun to prepare for Ms Hasina’s first visit to Pakistan.

The Bangladeshi prime minister has recently conveyed in writing to Pakistan her acceptance of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s invitation, which was extended last July. No dates have been set as yet for the trip. Ms Hasina has also invited Mr Khan to visit Bangladesh.

The Pakistani side has proposed to Bangladesh to prepare a road map for the prime minister’s trip so that it is fruitful. Moreover, Islamabad is seeking revival of bilateral mechanisms like the foreign secretaries’ dialogue, which has not been held for nearly 13 years.

The Pakistan-Bangladesh relationship, it should be recalled, took a nosedive after Ms Hasina started her second tenure as prime minister in 2009 as she resumed the so-called 1971 ‘war crimes’ trial.

Pakistan has always considered the bitter 1971 dismemberment of the country as a closed chapter in view of the tripartite agreement signed in April 1974 for the repatriation of war prisoners.

Relations, however, started improving last year. The developments in the Pakistan-Bangladesh ties came in the backdrop of Delhi-Dhaka ties turning lukewarm following the enactment of controversial Citizenship Amendment Act by India last year. Moreover, growing Chinese influence in Dhaka has also brought Pakistan and Bangladesh closer.

Source: Dawn

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Punjab police dismayed at govt’s repeated ‘surrender’ to TLP

Asif Chaudhry

October 26, 2021

LAHORE: The Punjab police has resented the federal government’s decision to once again go soft on the proscribed Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) by announcing the release of hundreds of its workers and withdrawing cases against others.

Police sources said their personnel sacrificed lives and were wounded while performing duties during violent protests by the TLP, but each time the government reconciled with the group, disregarding how police have been attacked and injured with petrol bombs, clubs and bricks, their vehicles set on fire, weapons and other gear snatched. This is besides the damage inflicted on public property.

The law enforcement agency was reacting to Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid’s statement that the government had released “350 TLP workers up to now and we are still waiting to open both sides of road of Muridke as per the decision with the TLP”. The minister had also promised to review the Fourth Schedule list containing names of the proscribed leaders and activists besides withdrawing all previous cases lodged against them.

A dejected deputy inspector general-rank officer blamed the ruling elite for pushing the police against the wall, and suggested: “The government would have to stand with either the law enforcers or the TLP. Its decision to release hundreds of TLP men under an immediate agreement has ignored the sacrifices policemen rendered and lives they lost during violent agitation of the organisation,” he lamented.

40 cases registered against top leaders, 5,000 fourth schedulers, hardcore activists

Since Sunday, the police has registered 40 cases against top leaders, 5,000 Fourth Schedulers and hardcore activists of the TLP under terrorism and multiple other charges. The entire second and third tier leadership of the banned organisation besides all the members of its Majalis-i-Shura was booked in first information reports (FIRs) in Lahore, Sheikhupura and Gujranwala districts.

Most of the fresh cases were lodged in Lahore (18) from where the group initiated a huge procession and created a major law and order situation. Of these, four FIRs each were registered by Shafiqabad and Nawankot police stations, two each by Shahdara and New Anarkali, while others by Iqbal Town, Millat Park, Sanda and Ravi Road etc.

The two FIRs by the New Anarkali police were registered separately on the complaints of Inspector Syed Zahid Hussain and Sub-Inspector Arshad Mahmood under the anti-terrorism act, murder, attempted murder, kidnap and five other heinous charges. The complainants nominated 75 top leaders of the TLP, including MPA Mufti Qasim Fakhri and its chiefs in Karachi, Balochistan, north Punjab, south Punjab, besides 200 workers, alleging that they attacked police with clubs and bricks on Oct 23 near the district courts.

They said the mob ransacked public property and set on fire several police vehicles near the Metro Bus track, while during the clashes head constable Muhammad Ayub and constable Khalid Javed lost their lives. Official weapons and protective gear were also snatched.

An assistant sub-inspector nominated 39 TLP leaders and 200 workers in the FIR lodged by Shafiqabad police under terrorism, attempted murder, kidnap and other charges. He alleged the TLP men injured many policemen and kidnapped some, took away anti-riot kits and committed terrorism publicly on Oct 23.

In the case registered by Sanda police, Sub-Inspector Waqas nominated 23 leaders of the proscribed group besides 5,000 workers and hardcore activists for attacking the police station, throwing petrol bombs at and injuring policemen, ransacking state property, and damaging vehicles parked in the Riwaz Garden checkpost. The nominated included the Masjid Rahmatul-Lil-Aalamin imam, TLP’s south Punjab and Lahore chiefs and all members of its Majalis-i-Shura.

A police official Ghulam Rasool complained in an FIR filed by the Ravi Road police that 11 TLP leaders and 150 workers attacked and injured policemen on GT Road and kidnapped constables Tanvir Ahmad and Iftikhar. Both the cops were later rescued.

The Shafiqabad police registered an FIR under terrorism, attempted murder and kidnap charges on the complaint of SI Shafqat Javed nominating 25 TLP leaders besides several other activists.

Source: Dawn

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Taliban scheme gives further credibility to Pakistan’s call for aid to Afghanistan

October 25, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has been consistently urging the international community to help Afghanistan avert a looming humanitarian catastrophe as a fallout of the exit of foreign troops in August.

The call for international aid to Afghanistan has become more relevant after its interim Taliban government launched a programme to offer wheat in exchange for labour to fight hunger and unemployment.

The security experts believe the “food for work” scheme is in fact signalling a looming crisis.

The scheme, to tackle hunger and unemployment, will be rolled out in major towns and cities and employ 40,000 men in the capital of Kabul alone.

“This is an important step for fighting unemployment,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said during a press conference, adding the labourers must “work hard”.

Afghanistan — which is already suffering from poverty, drought, electricity blackouts and a failing economic system — is now facing the onset of what may be a harsh winter.

The two-month programme will see 11,600 tons of wheat distributed in the capital, with about 55,000 tons for elsewhere in the country, including Herat, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Mazar-i-Sharif and Pol-i-Khomri.

Work for the labourers in Kabul will include digging water channels and catchment terraces for snow in the hills to combat drought.

The Taliban’s food-for-work scheme will not pay labourers, targeting those who are currently unemployed and most at risk of starvation during the winter.

A humanitarian crisis is imminent, Pakistan fears, as the United States refuses to sanction the new government in Afghanistan, blocking its access to over $9 billion in held assets.

The war-ravaged country has suffered a lot over four decades of hardships. The security analysts say that relief for the people is still a distant dream even after the exit of regional forces.

With winters setting in, the people are likely to face even worse. It is time for the international community to act and act fast to avert a looming crisis, they said.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi has called on the world to engage with the Taliban government or risk a “humanitarian crisis” resulting from the collapse of the state.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, approximately half of the 40 million people in Afghanistan are estimated to need humanitarian assistance. As many as 8.7 million people would need long-term and consistent assistance.

As per the report of the UN Consolidated Appeal Process, the need for humanitarian aid in Afghanistan in 2021 was estimated to be €1.3 billion.

In September, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at a joint press conference with his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, said: “This is a pivotal moment in Afghanistan’s history. The international community must remain engaged.”

Pakistan has so far sent 53 truckloads and four C-130 aircraft carrying 1,096 tonnes of humanitarian aid comprising edibles, medicines and shelter to Afghanistan between September 9 and October 21.

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State dept lauds Pakistan for assisting evacuation flights

October 26, 2021

WASHINGTON: The State Department of the United States appreciated Pakistan’s efforts in accommodating the evacuation of American people from Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover in August.

The State Department praised Islamabad’s assistance in providing safe passage from Afghanistan for US nationals, lawful permanent residents (LPRs) and Afghans to whom it said Washington has a special commitment.

Source: Pakistan Today

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Pakistan desires to maintain bilateral ties with Canada: COAS

October 25, 2021

Canadian High Commissioner Wendy Gilmour Monday called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at General Headquarters (GHQ) in Islamabad.

Speaking on the occasion, the COAS said Pakistan desires to maintain the tradition of bilateral engagement and wish for long term and multi-domain enduring relationship with Canada, said an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) media release.

During the meeting, matters of mutual interest, bilateral cooperation in various fields, overall regional situation and peace and stability in Afghanistan were discussed.

The COAS reiterated that there is a need for global convergence on Afghanistan to avoid humanitarian crisis together with coordinated efforts for economic uplift of the Afghan people.

The visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan’s role in Afghan situation including successful evacuation operations and pledged to keep working for better relations between the two countries.

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 Arab World

 Syrian Grand Mufti: Those who forget Palestine today, will forget holy Mecca tomorrow

October 26, 2021

The Syrian grand Mufti, Sheikh Badreddin Hassoun, speaking at the webinar of the 35th Islamic Unity Conference said unity should not be limited only to Muslim religious leaders but should involve the entire Muslim Ummah.

Sheikh Hassoun said Iran is holding Islamic Unity Conference for many years adding that the late Imam Khomeini (RA) and after him, Ayatollah Khamenei has worked for realization of unity among the ranks of Islamic Ummah.

He went on saying that enemies of the Islamic Revolution from the outset of the victory of the revolution up to now have constantly tried to distort the image of the Islamic Revolution and the path it has taken. They tried to depict the Islamic Revolution as a racist and ethnic movement aimed at causing division among Muslims. But the children of the Islamic Revolution thwarted all these plots and revealed whatever lies had been told about the Islamic Revolution.

The top Syrian cleric added that the enemies have waged a war in Yemen and the Levant (Syria) which is a pillar of Islam. They kindle the flame of war and seat back and lough. Why is so? It's because we Muslims do not act upon Islamic teachings.

Sheikh Badreddin said we attach great hope to the Islamic Unity Conference and we should be more vigilant about those who have penetrated into the ranks of Muslim Ummah and be aware that they are not part of Islamic Ummah because they kill their Muslim brothers in the name of Islam.

He thanked Iranians and the Supreme Leader for campaigning against the Zionist regime and supporting the Palestinian cause and liberation of Palestine.

Source: ABNA24

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Ex-Saudi official makes damaging allegations against crown prince

October 26, 2021

DUBAI: A former senior Saudi security official who helped oversee joint counter-terrorism efforts with the United States alleged in an interview with CBS News that the country’s crown prince once spoke of killing a sitting Saudi monarch before his own father was crowned king.

Saad al Jabri did not provide evidence to the CBS News programme, which aired on Sunday.

The ex-intelligence official, who resides in exile in Canada, alleged that in 2014, Prince Mohammed bin Salman boasted that he could kill King Abdullah. At the time, Prince Mohammed held no senior role in government but was serving as gatekeeper to the royal court of his father, at the time still heir to the throne.

King Salman ascended to the throne in January 2015 after the death of his half-brother, King Abdullah.

Al Jabri used the interview to warn Prince Mohammed that he has recorded a video that reveals even more royal secrets and some of the United States. A short, silent clip was shown to "60 Minutes" correspondent Scott Pelley. The video, al Jabri said, could be released if he’s killed.

Source: Dawn

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UAE’s air force chief to witness Israel’s largest-ever exercise

October 26, 2021

OVDA: Israel is holding its largest-ever air force exercise this week, joined by several Western countries and India, with the United Arab Emirates’s air force chief set to inspect the drills.

Amir Lazar, chief of Israeli air force operations, told reporters the drills “don’t focus on Iran”, but army officials have said the Islamic republic remains Israel’s top strategic threat and at the centre of much of its military planning.

Israel has held the so-called “Blue Flag” exercises every two years since 2013 in the Negev desert. Some preliminary exercises began last week.

Other nations taking part this year include France, the United States and Germany, as well as Britain, whose aircraft flew over Israeli territory for the first time since the Jewish state’s creation in 1948.

With more than 70 fighter jets — including Mirage 2000s, Rafales and F-16s — and some 1,500 personnel participating, the drills are the largest-ever held in Israel, Lazar told reporters at the southern Ovda airbase.

While UAE aircraft are not flying in the drills, Lazar said the visit from the country’s air force chief, set for Tuesday, was “very significant”.

The agreements that saw Israel normalise ties last year with several Arab countries, including the UAE, Bahrain and Morocco, “opened a variety of opportunities”, Lazar said on Sunday.

Israel “was looking forward to hosting the Emirates air force” in the future, he added.

Shared concern over common foe Iran was widely seen as a factor that spurred the UAE towards Israel.

Lazar said the “Blue Flag” exercises in part aimed to synchronise different types of aircraft, piloted by different countries to counter armed drones and other threats.

In addition to Iran’s nuclear programme, Israel has sought to sound the alarm over a fleet of drones it claims Tehran is dispatching to its proxies across the Middle East, including in Yemen, Syria and Lebanon.

Iran is focused “on building an army of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles)”, Lazar said.

It was possible that “someday” the nations participating in the drill would be “working together” to counter the Iranian threat, he added.

Iran and Israel have exchanged sharp rhetoric recently, against the backdrop of efforts to renew talks to revive a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

Hosting UAE air force chief

Major General Ibrahim Nasser Mohammed Al Alawi, commander of the UAE air force, made the previously unannounced appearance during a multinational drill, Blue Flag, hosted by Israel.

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Egypt's President Sisi ends state of emergency for the first time in years

26 October ,2021

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Monday that he ended the state of emergency in the country for the first time in years, the president wrote in a Facebook post.

Egypt first imposed a state of emergency in April 2017 and has extended it at three-month intervals since.

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Egypt is the most populous country in the Arab world, with almost 100 million people, who have been under state of emergency restrictions since April 2017.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Hosting UAE Air Force chief, Israel sees airpower cooperation

25 October ,2021

The chief of the United Arab Emirates Air Force visited Israel on Monday on what the host country described as a harbinger of cooperation in air power.

The US allies normalized relations last year, brought together by shared worries about Iran and a desire for business ventures. Their public embrace has so far been in the diplomatic and commercial, rather than military, spheres.

Major-General Ibrahim Nasser Mohammed Al Alawi, commander of the UAE air force, made the previously unannounced appearance during a multinational drill, Blue Flag, hosted by Israel this week.

“This is a truly historic day with tremendous significance for the future of cooperation between our air forces,” his Israeli counterpart, Major-General Amikam Norkin, tweeted. The statement did not elaborate on how such cooperation might look.

Israeli media have suggested the UAE – along with Gulf neighbor Bahrain, which also formalized ties with Israel last year – may be interested in joint defenses against Iranian-made drones.

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly last month, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said “Iran plans to arm its proxies in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon with hundreds, and then thousands of these deadly drones.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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Arab coalition says 105 Houthis killed in Marib battle

25 October ,2021

The Arab Coalition backing the government in Yemen said Monday 105 Houthis were killed in air strikes near the strategic city of Marib.

The deaths are the latest among roughly 1,700 Houthis the coalition says were killed in strikes over the past two weeks around Marib, the internationally recognized government’s last bastion in oil-rich northern Yemen.

The Iran-backed Houthis rarely comment on losses, and AFP could not independently verify the toll.

“Thirteen military vehicles were destroyed and 105” insurgents were killed in strikes in the past 24 hours, the coalition said, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.

The strikes were carried out in al-Jawba, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Marib, and al-Kassara, 30 kilometers to the northwest.

The coalition has reported heavy strikes around Marib in recent weeks.

In February, the Houthis began a major push to seize Marib -- the internationally recognized government’s last bastion in oil-rich northern Yemen.

They have renewed their offensive since September after a lull.

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 India

 In Tripura, Police Provide Security to Mosques After Stray Attacks Reported

Tanmoy Chakraborty

October 26, 2021

Agartala: The Tripura police have provided security cover to almost all the mosques in the state after a body had alleged that some ‘miscreants’ had attacked mosques and minority habitations in parts of the state in the aftermath of communal violence in Bangladesh.

Speaking with The Wire, Tripura director general of police (DGP) V.S. Yadav said some “unknown miscreants” tried to disrupt communal harmony in the state but that their attempts were foiled due to the deployment of police forces. Around 150 mosques are being provided protection, he said.

“All the mosques across the state are under security coverage. Our police officers are in the field. So far, no fresh incidents occurred in the state. A few days ago, miscreants tried to create disturbance but due to police patrolling they couldn’t. Some miscreants are taking advantage of the situation to disrupt communal harmony and malign the government,” Yadav said. He said no major attacks were reported.

Tripura shares an 856 km semi-porous international boundary with Bangladesh, where a series of attacks on minorities were reported during Durga puja.

Tripura State Jamiat Ulama president Mufti Tayebur Rahman has confirmed to The Wire that the police have provided security to all the mosques and no fresh attempts were made to disturb peace and communal harmony.

“So far we haven’t received any reports of incidents. Police were deployed near mosques. The government is also working to maintain peace in the state,” he said.

The Jamiat had submitted a memorandum to chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb and DGP V.S. Yadav and said, “No one, from Hindu or Muslim community, in Tripura supported the violence in Bangladesh. I personally protested. Even then, some unruly, communal mobs in the state are engaged in attacks on mosques, minority homes and other unpleasant activities to destroy the harmony of Hindus and Muslims.”

The memorandum added, “Some Muslims in remote areas have had to leave their homes for this reason.”

The Jamiat had demanded arrangements to be made to stop these mobs and that action should be taken against the accused.

The assistant inspector general of police (law and order) Subrata Chakraborty said, “We have directed all the concerned district superintendents of police to provide security coverage to all the mosques, to carry out regular patrolling. Soon after violence in Bangladesh, we alerted our officials.”

On the issue, BJP spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharya said the party was against any such incident, and leaders of its minority morcha had reached out to “everyone across the state” to ensure peace.

Earlier, a series of protests were held by right-wing groups, including the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Hindu Jagran Manch, across the state to protest the violence in Bangladesh.

During a protest, more than 12 persons – including three police officers – were injured in clashes on Thursday between the police and right-wing groups in the Maharani area under the Udaipur sub-division of Tripura’s Gomati district.

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T20 World Cup: Mohammed Shami faces vicious online abuse after India's loss to Pakistan

Oct 25, 2021

NEW DELHI: A torrent of social media abuse was aimed at the only Muslim player in the Indian playing XI, Mohammed Shami, after his side were thrashed by arch rivals Pakistan at the T20 World Cup.

Violence against Muslims in India was also reported after the emphatic 10-wicket win on Sunday, Pakistan's first against India at any World Cup.

Cricket clashes between India and Pakistan frequently heighten tensions between the neighbours, who have fought three wars since their independence in 1947.

The 31-year-old Shami became the main target after the defeat in Dubai, even though India captain Virat Kohli acknowledged that his side had been "outplayed".

Hundreds of messages were left on Shami's Instagram account saying he was a "traitor" and should be thrown out of the Indian team.

But many fans and politicians also urged support for him, calling on Indian players to reject the hate messages just as they had backed the Black Lives Matter movement by taking a knee.

"Team India your BLM knee-taking counts for nothing if you can't stand up for your teammate who is being horribly abused and trolled on social media," Omar Abdullah, a former chief minister of Kashmir, said on Twitter.

"Ignore the haters, most of India's grateful for your effort," said another supporter on Instagram.

People set off celebratory gunfire in the Pakistani cities of Islamabad and Karachi after the famous win, while firecrackers were reportedly ignited in Kashmir.

Gautam Gambhir, a former India Test cricketer who has become an MP for the Bharatiya Janata Party, said it was "shameful" that people were celebrating Pakistan's win.

In Punjab, students from Kashmir said they were beaten up.

A student at an engineering and technology institute said dozens of men armed with hockey sticks and batons attacked them as they watched the closing stages of the game.

"They entered our room, switched off the lights and beat us. They destroyed our laptops," the student told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity because of fears of more trouble.

Source: Times of India

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J&K: Grenade attack by terrorists in Bandipora; few civilians injured

Oct 26, 2021

BANDIPORA: Few civilians were injured after terrorists lobbed a grenade in Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora on Tuesday.

According to the Jammu and Kashmir Police, the incident was reported from the Sumbal bridge area.

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Retd Pakistan army personnel guiding terrorists' team in Poonch?

Sanjay Khajuria

Oct 26, 2021

JAMMU: Security agencies battling terrorists in the Bhata Dhurian forest of Jammu & Kashmir's Poonch district in what has become the longest-ever continuous anti-terror operation suspect that the large group of well-trained terrorists they are fighting are working under the operational leadership of retired Pakistan army personnel.

The operation, which began on October 11, was into its 15th consecutive day on Monday with fresh firing erupting between the heavily armed terrorists and security forces. Previously, the nine-day Bhatti Dhar operation of December 2008-January 2009 was the longest operation but the terrorists had managed to flee in 2009.

Sources said the security agencies have adopted a "wait and watch" policy in view of the heavy losses they have already suffered. Nine Army personnel, including two JCOs, have been killed since the operation commenced. A day earlier, two police personnel and one Army jawan were injured, while one jailed terrorist, who had been taken to the encounter site to identify the hideout, had been killed in firing. The arrested terrorist, Pakistani citizen Zia Mustafa, had been in jail for the past 14 years. In contrast, the security forces said they had killed four terrorists in nine days.

The operation began on October 11 after first contact between the hiding terrorists and security forces conducting a cordon and search operation in Dera ki Gali area of Surankote tehsil, Poonch district, triggered a fierce encounter. In the first encounter five soldiers, including a JCO, lost their lives. The security forces continued the search operation and on October 14, in another round of intense exchange of gunfire, two more soldiers lost their lives. Later, the bodies of another JCO and a jawan were found at the encounter site. The Army has deployed a specially trained unit of para commandos for the combing operation and is also using drones and helicopters.

Source: Times of India

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Kashmiri students attacked in Punjab after Pakistan defeated India in WC T20

By Anjana Meenakshi

25th October 2021

Hyderabad: 16 students hailing from Jammu and Kashmir studying in two universities in Punjab were beaten up by students said to be from “UP and Bihar” after Pakistan defeated India in the T20 cricket match yesterday.

A video shared by Nasir Khuehami, the national spokesperson for Jammu and Kashmir Students Association (JKSA), on Twitter shows the room in which the Kashmiri students were watching the match. The broken handle of a chair, the mattresses with all its stuffing pulled out and the chipped study table upturned all bare proof to the haphazard manner in which the scuffle must have ensued.

The video shows a Kashmir student saying, “We are here to study and hum bhi Indian hain.” Putting aside the political deliberations and various opinions on Kashmir and its statehood, this instance seems to highlight the growing trend of Islamophobia creeping its way into various pockets of the country.

The students claim that they were beaten up by other students hailing from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar while chants of “Go to Pakistan” were repeated in an insistent and aggressive manner. In fact, this attack comes a few hours after Indian bowler Mohammad Shami received abuses on social media with people calling him a “Muslim siding with Pakistan”.

Speaking to Siasat.com, Nasir Khuehami remarked that the scuffle at Bhai Gurudas Institute of Engineering and Technology (Bhai GIET) in Sangrur commenced soon after India lost to Pakistan.

‘Be it the 12 students at Bhai GIET or the four students in Rayat Bahra University in Mohali, all of them were attacked without any provocation. Four of them were badly injured and were unable to protect themselves,” remarked Khuehami.

When questioned about religious markers, Khuehami remarked that all of the victims were Kashmiri Muslims and it is inferable that the attack was motivated not just by geography but by a deep-rooted bias against Muslims.

A third-year B.Tech student enrolled at Bhai GIET requested anonymity before remarking that in his three years of study, he had never witnessed an attack of this kind in the campus limits.

Source: Siasat Daily

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Is the Islamic State in Afghanistan Targeting China?

By Nodirbek Soliev

October 26, 2021

On October 8, a suicide bomber struck a Shiite mosque in Afghanistan’s Kunduz province. The bombing killed more than 70 people and injured over 140 worshippers belonging to the Hazara minority community. Soon after, the Islamic State terror group’s local affiliate in Afghanistan, known Islamic State Khorasan (ISK), claimed responsibility for the heinous attack via an online propaganda statement. ISK identified the bomber as “Muhammad al-Uyghuri,” saying the assault targeted both “rafidites” (a derogatory term used by jihadists to refer to Shiites) and the Taliban government for its purported willingness to deport Uyghurs from Afghanistan in response to requests from China.

ISK’s aggression toward religious and ethnic minority civilian populations is not uncommon. As the Taliban are working to transform themselves from a radical insurgent movement to a legitimate state structure, attacks on such minority communities are meant to foment sectarian strife while casting doubt on the unrecognized new rulers’ ability to deliver appropriate security to the country’s people.

However, the group’s apparent attempt to justify the targeting of the Hazara minority community in Afghanistan through rhetoric about China and Uyghurs is both unusual and perplexing. An analysis of the attack indicates that ISK is potentially considering pivoting its China strategy away from what it was previously assessed to be, moving from a relatively non-provocative posture toward a more hands-on stance. Furthermore, ISK is apparently viewing the Taliban’s stated incentives to deport Uyghur militants as an opportunity to position itself as a new protector of the Uyghurs, with the aim of welcoming disgruntled Uyghur militants into its ranks.

ISK and Its Uyghur Suicide Bomber

ISK emerged in 2015, when the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria announced its expansion to the historic “Khorasan” region, which encompassed parts of modern-day Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, and Central Asia. Initial members of the group predominantly included former hardline members of the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban, al-Qaida, and other militant groups. Since its inception, ISK has seen the Taliban as its strategic rival and ideological opponent. It has targeted Taliban positions and attempted to encourage defections from the movement. From 2015 to 2020, amid sustained military pressure by the U.S., Afghan government forces and the Taliban contained the ISK threat.

Since 2020, under a new leader, Shahab al-Muhajir, ISK has ramped up local violence as part of its resurgence campaign against the Afghan government and the Taliban. According to U.N. reporting, ISK had an estimated 500 to 1,500 fighters under its control before the fall of the Afghan government in mid-August, and it was responsible for 77 attacks across Afghanistan in the first quarter of 2021 alone. Since the Taliban takeover, the group has intensified attacks on civilian spaces, including religious institutions. Some of these and earlier attacks saw the involvement of the group’s Afghan, Indian, Tajik, and Pakistani members, among others.

The Kunduz attack is the first time that ISK has publicly confirmed the mobilization of an ethnic Uyghur – while not providing any detail about his country of origin – to carry out an attack in Afghanistan on its behalf. Previously, Uyghur militants had been invisible in both the online propaganda and battlefield activities of the group.

The Uyghurs are a Turkic-speaking, mostly Sunni Muslim ethnic community native to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of China. Although the bomber’s nom de guerre (“al-Uyghuri”) implies he was an ethnic Uyghur, it does not necessarily mean that he was from Xinjiang. Uyghur fighters who claim to come from China usually adopt the nom de guerre of “al-Turkistani” to emphasize their separatist cause: the establishment of an independent Islamic state in Xinjiang, which they often refer to as “East Turkistan.” Many foreign countries, including Turkey and Afghanistan, host varying numbers of Uyghur communities, any of which the attacker may have come from.

Regardless of the attacker’s national origin, by highlighting the Uyghur involvement in the attack, ISK is sending important messages to its intended audiences: China, the Taliban, and the former’s Uyghur affiliates.

ISK’s ‘Indirect Enmity’ Approach

By showcasing that the group now has Uyghur members who are motivated and trained to sacrifice their lives for its cause, ISK has exacerbated Beijing’s existing concerns about the Uyghur militant threat deriving from Afghanistan. China first came to the attention of the Islamic State’s central core in July 2014, when the group’s slain leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi listed it among many other countries as a battlefield on which to “wage jihad.” A year later, IS announced the execution of a Chinese hostage, along with a Norwegian citizen in Syria. The group also claimed responsibility for the murder of two Chinese teachers kidnapped in Pakistan in May 2017. Since then, however, Islamic State’s anti-Chinese activities have been largely limited to the spread of sporadic online propaganda threats and calls for action.

While there could be various motivations, two main factors may explain the relative paucity of China- and Uyghur-focused rhetoric in IS propaganda in the past. First, as China had not participated in any anti-IS military campaigns in Afghanistan, Iraq, or Syria, IS possibly viewed Beijing as less threatening. Instead, it has prioritized fighting against the Western coalition force.

Second, both IS and ISK have so far been quite unsuccessful in recruiting Uyghurs compared to groups linked to their al-Qaida rival. More Uyghur members could imply the possible growth of more anti-China and pro-Uyghur propaganda. Given Beijing’s apparent interest in engaging with the Taliban, IS and ISK are now seemingly considering including China on their list as an “immediate enemy.” The framing of the Kunduz attack as retaliation for the Taliban’s willingness to curb Uyghur militants at China’s request is an indication of that.

ISK Hopes for the Taliban’s Abandonment of TIP

The public invisibility of Uyghur fighters in ISK propaganda in the past was largely a reflection of the fact that it was losing Uyghur recruits to the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP), which was also known as the Eastern Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), a longstanding battlefield ally of the Taliban. Under the Taliban’s consistent support and protection for nearly 25 years, TIP has managed not only to survive as a single monolithic entity, but also to establish unchallenged hegemony over the recruitment and control of the Uyghur jihadist network in Afghanistan.

Unlike ISK, IS in Syria had been relatively successful in recruiting Uyghur fighters. When the group was at its peak in 2014 and 2015, it had reportedly 114 Uyghur members in Syria. However, even then, this figure was 10 to 20 times less than the number of Uyghurs in TIP’s Syrian division.

Before the Taliban’s capture of Kabul in August, TIP had approximately 400 Uyghur fighters, gathered primarily in the Jurm district of the country’s northeastern Badakhshan province, which shares a small border with Xinjiang via the mountainous Wakhan Corridor. Despite being an independent jihadist faction, TIP has performed all its activities in Afghanistan under the guidance and approval of the Taliban. Since 2019, the group has kept a relatively low profile in Afghanistan. The Taliban’s capture of Kabul was an iconic moment for TIP and many other jihadist groups across the world. A few days after the fall of the Afghan government, TIP issued a statement lauding the Taliban’s “victory” and the “restoration of the Islamic Emirate.” A potential resurgence of TIP, which China blames for many attacks at home, has been Beijing’s overriding security concern.

The Kunduz attack came at a critical moment for Taliban-TIP relations. In response to Beijing’s repeated calls to sever its ties with TIP, the Taliban recently announced that many TIP members had left Afghanistan at the request of the movement. However, it did not clarify how many Uyghur fighters might have moved out or where they went. Reports surfaced in October alleging that the Taliban relocated the Uyghur fighters from Badakhshan to other areas, including in the eastern Nangarhar province, suggesting that they were still residing in Afghanistan.

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Mullah Baradar meets UNDP director in Doha

October 26, 2021

KABUL: The first deputy of the prime minister, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, met with the director of the UN Development Program (UNDP), Achim Steiner, in Doha, Qatar. Mohammad Naeem, spokesman for the Taliban’s Qatar based political office said in a tweet on Monday that the two sides discussed the current situation of Afghanistan, economic challenges and treatment for drug addicts. Last week the officials of the Islamic Emirate held talks with five top officials of the United Nations, calling for the release of Afghanistan’s assets and the continuation of humanitarian assistance. Experts said the Islamic Emirate would not be able to satisfy the world through such meetings. “These meetings won’t be effective in releasing Afghanistan’s assets or reduction poverty or providing aid,” said Abdul Naseer Rishtia, a political expert.

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13 more held for communal violence in Bangladesh

Oct 26, 2021

DHAKA: Police have arrested 13 more suspects, including a local cleric, for the recent spate of violence against the minority Hindu community during Durga Puja celebrations in Bangladesh, according to media reports on Monday.

Acting on a tip-off, police arrested Mamun Mondal, who is an activist of Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student affiliate of Jamaat-e-Islami, and Omar Faruk, a local cleric, on Sunday from different locations. "Mamun was actively involved with Chhatra Shibir from 2012. Later, he lived in Malaysia for some time. Omar Faruk has been the imam at Pirganj South Bus stand mosque," a police official said. An angry mob on October 17 damaged 66 houses and set on fire at least 20 homes of Hindus in Rangpur district's Pirganj upazila over an alleged blasphemous online post amid protests by the minority community against temple vandalism incidents during Durga Puja celebrations. Pirganj police officer-in-charge Suresh Chandra said that Mamun "sprinkled petrol and lit the fire" on the night of the violence. According to a report in Dhaka Tribune, the duo has admitted to the allegations during preliminary interrogation.

Source: Times of India

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22.8 million Afghan people will face acute hunger: UN agency

Oct 25, 2021

KABUL: More than half the population of Afghanistan - a record 22.8 million people - will face acute food insecurity from November, a UN aid organisation said on Monday.

This data regarding acute hunger was revealed in a new report issued by Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) by the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster of Afghanistan, co-led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN and the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

A WFP release stated that the combined impacts of drought, conflict, Covid-19, and the economic crisis, have severely affected lives, livelihoods, and people's access to food.

The report's findings come as Afghanistan's harsh winter looms, threatening to cut off areas of the country where families desperately depend on humanitarian assistance to survive the freezing winter months.

The IPC report has found that more than one in two Afghans will be facing crisis or emergency levels of acute food insecurity through November 2021 to March 2022 lean season, requiring urgent humanitarian interventions to meet basic food needs, protect livelihoods and prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.

The report also notes that this is the highest number of acutely food insecure people ever recorded in the ten years the UN has been conducting IPC analyses in Afghanistan. Globally, Afghanistan is home to one of the largest number of people in acute food insecurity in both absolute and relative terms

"It is urgent that we act efficiently and effectively to speed up and scale up our delivery in Afghanistan before winter cuts off a large part of the country, with millions of people - including farmers, women, young children and the elderly - going hungry in the freezing winter. It is a matter of life or death. We cannot wait and see humanitarian disasters unfolding in front of us - it is unacceptable!" said QU Dongyu, FAO Director-General.

"Afghanistan is now among the world's worst humanitarian crises - if not the worst - and food security has all but collapsed. This winter, millions of Afghans will be forced to choose between migration and starvation unless we can step up our life-saving assistance, and unless the economy can be resuscitated. We are on a countdown to catastrophe and if we don't act now, we will have a total disaster on our hands," said David Beasley, WFP Executive Director.

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Southeast Asia

 

Wang Yi Meets with Acting Deputy Prime Minister of Afghan Taliban's Interim Government Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar

2021/10/26

On October 25, 2021 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Acting Deputy Prime Minister of Afghan Taliban's interim government Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Doha during his visit to Qatar.

Wang Yi said, Afghanistan, now standing at a critical stage of transforming from chaos to governance, is currently facing a historic opportunity to truly master its own destiny, achieve inclusiveness and reconciliation, and advance national reconstruction. Meanwhile, Afghanistan is facing quadruple challenges, namely the humanitarian crisis, economic chaos, terrorist threats and governance difficulties. Overcoming these challenges requires more understanding and support from the international community. China hopes that the Afghan Taliban can further demonstrate openness and inclusiveness, unite all ethnic groups and factions in Afghanistan to work together for peaceful reconstruction. It should effectively protect the rights and interests of women and children, adopt a friendly policy toward its neighboring countries, and build a modern country that conforms to the wishes of the people and the trend of the times.

Wang Yi said, China always respects Afghanistan's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, and supports the Afghan people in independently determining their own destiny and choosing the development path. China has never interfered in the internal affairs of Afghanistan and never sought selfish gains or a sphere of influence, and it firmly pursues a friendly policy toward all the people of Afghanistan, and supports Afghan efforts to restore stability and rebuild the country. Attaching importance to the humanitarian difficulties facing Afghanistan at present, China urges the Western countries led by the United States as a whole to lift sanctions, and calls on all parties to engage with the Afghan Taliban in a rational and pragmatic manner to help Afghanistan embark on a path of sound development. China is willing to continue to provide humanitarian material assistance to Afghanistan within its capacity and work with the international community to help Afghanistan alleviate temporary difficulties and realize economic reconstruction and independent development.

Wang Yi emphasized, the "East Turkestan Islamic Movement" (ETIM), an international terrorist organization designated by the UN Security Council, not only poses a real threat to China's national security and territorial integrity, but also jeopardizes the domestic stability and long-term stability and security in Afghanistan. China hopes and believes that the Afghan Taliban will make a clean break with the ETIM and other terrorist organizations, and take effective measures to resolutely crack down on them.

Baradar briefed on the current situation in Afghanistan, and said the overall situation in Afghanistan is under control and improving, with the governments at all levels being gradually established and government decrees being carried out effectively. The Afghan interim government is working hard to meet the needs of the people. Afghanistan will learn from historical experience and follow a development path that suits its own national conditions. It has taken and will continue to take inclusive measures to expand the representation of the regime. Most officials and technocrats of the former government have stayed in office, and more outstanding personnel of all ethnic groups will be recruited to participate in state governance in the future. The Afghan Taliban is willing to strengthen the efforts to protect the rights and interests of women and children, and will not deprive them of the rights to education and work. For now, women in medical institutions, airports and other places have resumed their work, and girls in primary and secondary schools in many provinces have returned to school, but they still face difficulties such as lack of facilities and funds. Afghanistan hopes that China and the international community will increase assistance to Afghanistan to help it overcome the humanitarian crisis and return to the right track of development.

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Better a clean multiracial govt than a corrupt Malay-Muslim one, says Idris

Nicholas Chung

October 26, 2021

MELAKA: Former Melaka chief minister Idris Haron says the state would be better off under a multiracial and clean administration rather than a Malay-Muslim state government that was corrupt and incompetent.

In an interview with FMT, the former Sungai Udang assemblyman noted that the previous Barisan Nasional-led government had been touted as the first Malay-Muslim state government in Melaka.

“Yes, they’re Malay and Muslim, but what choice do we have?” he said.

“On the one hand, a government that claims to be Malay-Muslim but is rotten, corrupted, incompetent, (subject to external) interventions, which discriminates, among other traits.

“On the other hand, a government of various backgrounds which possesses racial unity, that is more Islamic and capable of ensuring the welfare of the people of Melaka.”

Idris claimed that aid programmes of the previous state government had discriminated against people of different political backgrounds, citing as an example how aid from the Melaka Islamic Religious Council (MAIM) was distributed at a hall with party flags hung around.

“We don’t want party politics to take over the government, where one is asked which party they support when receiving aid. Then if you don’t support me, you won’t get the aid.

“That is a sickness that burdens the people of Melaka today. I’m confident that the MAIM aid distributed recently was an agenda that was not pure in heart and irresponsible… advising recipients to support them and so on.”

On the contrary, he said, Islam taught its believers to help all of those in need, regardless of their backgrounds.

“Islam doesn’t distinguish between races. Islam doesn’t distinguish between political backgrounds. If we really say that we are a Malay government that upholds Islam, then there should not be any political discrimination in giving aid to the people of Melaka.”

Idris believed that Pakatan Harapan would be the best choice for Melaka voters when they cast their ballots to elect a new state assembly. He added that the election were not about who was the coalition’s candidate for chief minister.

Being the chief minister, he said, was no heroic business achieved by individual exploits, but required the backing and consensus of (at least) 15 members of the state assembly.

“In this context, anyone can become (chief minister), as long as they have the right attitude to lead a clean, responsible, efficient and transparent government that has no external intervention in its affairs and does not discriminate.”

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Mideast

 

Muslim scholars slam Israeli demolition of historic cemetery in Jerusalem

Mohammad Majid

25.10.2021

GAZA CITY, Palestine

Palestinian Muslim Scholars Association on Monday condemned Israel's razing of the Islamic Al-Yusufiye Cemetery in occupied East Jerusalem's Old City.

In a statement, the association said the Israeli authorities did not respect the feelings of Muslims by "Judaizing" their graves and such an act will lead to an escalation in the face of the Israeli occupation.

The association urged Muslim scholars in the Arab and Islamic world to intensify their efforts to raise awareness on "Judaization" attempts in Jerusalem.

On Monday, the Israeli municipal authorities resumed destruction and leveling of the Al-Yusufiye Cemetery despite protests by Palestinian residents who have relatives buried in the cemetery.

The head of the Committee for the Preservation of Islamic cemeteries in Jerusalem, Mustafa Abu Zahra, told Anadolu Agency that the Israeli municipal crews bulldozed part of the cemetery land.

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Iran establishes new brigade in eastern Syria composed of local Shia converts

October 25, 2021

Iran has formed a new military brigade in Syria comprised of local Shia converts, according to a report earlier this month by Orient News, a UAE-based Syrian opposition news outlet.

The report states that the Hashemiyoon Brigade has been operating since mid-August and has been engaged in military activity alongside other pro-Iranian factions, such as the Zainabiyoun, Fatimiyoun and Huseynyun brigades.

Sources have disclosed that the new unit was formed at the start of the year and is based in the eastern Syrian city of Al-Bukamal. They are said to also maintain a presence in Al-Mayadin, Deir Ez-Zor and Raqqa, with new offices opened in Aleppo and the countryside of Damascus.

The sources also allege that the leader of the group is a Youssef Al-Hamdan, also known as Abu Issa Al-Masshadani, in addition to Musa Al-Mahmoud, who was recently appointed by Tehran as a dignitary in Al-Bukamal.

A report by Al-Monitor yesterday states that the Hashemiyoun have been working to exert influence over local tribal leaders and to convince them, along with clerics and other influential leaders, to join the Iranian-affiliated Euphrates Valley Tribes and Clans Council, "with the aim of spreading Shiism in the area".

One sheikh of the Bakara tribe in Deir ez-Zor was quoted in the report as saying, "All the members of the Hashemiyoon Brigade are tribesmen from the area, especially from Deir ez-Zor. The brigade is estimated to have around 200 members so far."

"Tehran is well aware of the tribes' influence in this part of Syria, as they are the original inhabitants with the largest population density—something that could help spread Shiism across the Syrian communities. Also, Iran [resorted to tribes] since it could no longer cover all battlefronts, given the ongoing losses and the desertion of dozens of fighters," the source added.

Source: Middle East Monitor

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Islamic Jihad calls for clash with Israel over hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners

October 25, 2021

The Islamic Jihad movement yesterday called on Palestinians to "clash with the Israeli occupation" in support of the six hunger striking prisoners in Israeli detention.

The Palestinian Prisoners' Club yesterday warned that six hunger-striking prisoners are now in "extreme danger" and could die in prison. They named them: Kayed Al-Fasous,Miqdad Qawasmeh, Alaa Al-Araj, Hisham Abu Hawash, Shadi Abu Aker and Ayyad Al-Harimi.

The organisation pointed out that Al-Fasfous had been on a hunger strike for 102 days, Qawasmeh for 95 days, Al-Araj for 78 days, Abu Hawwash for 69 days, Abu Aker for 61 days and Al-Harimi for 32 days.

"We call on the masses to participate in the activities of supporting the striking detainees, and to engage with the occupation in support of our sons and brothers who are suffering from hunger and Israeli terrorism," the movement's spokesperson, Tariq Ezz Al-Din, said in a statement.

Source: Middle East Monitor

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Official Blasts UN Rapporteur for Politically-Tainted Report against Iran

2021-October-26

“At a time when the world is suffering from the attitudes and policies of such Western countries like the United States, issuance of such a report against the Islamic Republic, which, itself, is a victim of these countries’ actions is a completely political and diversionary measure,” Qaribabadi said on Monday after a report issued by Rehman on situation of human rights in Iran.

The “ill-intentioned” report, the official lamented, had intentionally ignored various instances of extensive progress in the area of human rights in Iran.

The so-called UN official had also used “mendacious claims” made by foreign-based anti-Iran terrorist groups, which themselves are guilty of violating human rights, to devise the report’s central planks, Qaribabadi added.

“The Islamic Republic constantly moves towards enhancement and betterment of human rights, and this is based on religious guidelines not international obligations or political reports,” he noted.

Iran's Judiciary Chief Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeyee had in September blasted the western countries allegations about violation of human rights by the Islamic Republic, saying that such claims are disgraceful lies.

Mohseni Ejeyee categorically dismissed the human rights accusations leveled against Iran by some western states and described such a move as disgraceful at a time when the West does not show any respect for human rights.

The Iranian judiciary chief, meantime, referred to the anti-Iran Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO also known as MEK, NCRI or PMOI) terrorist group which is operating against Iran in some western countries with the backing of those governments.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Israel lifts its decade-long travel warning for Morocco

26 October ,2021

Israel has lifted a travel warning for Morocco in place for over a decade, while warning travelers to remain alert while visiting there.

“The estimated level of threat in Morocco has dropped,” Israel’s National Security Council said in a text message. “At the same time, it is advisable to continue to exercise increased vigilance while staying in the country.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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Iran, EU to meet in prelude to nuclear accord talks

25 October ,2021

Iran and the European Union will hold talks in Brussels on Wednesday designed to clear the way for a wider diplomatic push to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, the Islamic Republic’s lead negotiator said.

Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani said in a series of tweets that he’ll meet EU’s deputy foreign policy chief Enrique Mora, adding that other signatories to the accord should “call out the US on its sanctions record.” Tehran is “determined to engage in negotiations that would remove sanctions,” he said.

The Brussels meeting is a prelude to the resumption of broader talks in Vienna between Iran and world powers on how to revive the 2015 pact that gave Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Iranian court sentences man to 10 months’ jail, lashes for stealing cashews

25 October ,2021

An Iranian court sentenced a man to 10 months in prison and 40 lashes for stealing three packs of cashews, Fars news agency reported on Monday.

The conservative news agency described the verdict as surprising and pointed to the “disproportion between the sentence and the crime committed.”

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It called on the judiciary to “explain or correct” the ruling against the 45-year-old father of three.

The judiciary’s Mizan Online agency announced the formation of a “special commission” in Qom province to study the issue of the “proportionality of the offence.”

It did not specify where the trial took place.

The commission “will try to use all legal abilities to reduce the sentence,” Mizan Online said.

It added that the offender had “been sentenced to one year in prison for theft in 2019, but his sentence had been suspended due to the return of the stolen goods.”

The latest ruling drew ridicule on social media, with many drawing a comparison with the classic Victor Hugo novel Les Miserables.

Source: Al Arabiya

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North America

 

Taliban denial of cooperating US in controlling Al-Qaida is war announcement: Lindsey Graham

26 Oct 2021

The prominent Republican Lindsey Graham has dragged the US president Joe Biden as the most incompetent president in his life as the Afghanistan crisis is looming.

Lindsey Graham who was talking on Fox News said that Biden’s plans did not work and if there is someone to blame for Afghanistan then Biden should look in the mirror.

“President Joe Biden turned down military advice. They don’t know if there is 350 or 700 American left behind but we do know that there are thousands of Afghans who fought along our side that have been left behind.” Said Graham.

The Republican senator also accused the Taliban of policing Al-Qaida as the former denied to the Department of State to help the US control the terror group.

“Afghanistan is like a freefall. Al-Qaida is flourishing there, ISIS is getting stronger.” Added Graham.

Source: Khaama Press

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US hits out at Sudan’s military after coup, freezes $700 mln in economic aid

25 October ,2021

The US hit out at Sudan’s military on Monday and called for the immediate release of the country’s prime minister and other government officials hours after an apparent coup was carried out.

“The US Embassy condemns the forced removal of the civilian government by Sudan’s armed forces, and their actions to undermine the country’s democratic transition. We call for the military to immediately cease violence, release detained officials, and ensure the safety of Sudanese citizens demonstrating for democratic and civilian leadership,” the US Embassy in Khartoum tweeted.

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It also advised US citizens in Sudan to “shelter in place.”

Early Monday, Sudan’s top military general announced that they had seized power from the transitional civilian government.

Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and at least four other government officials were reportedly arrested. The military was meant to hand over the leadership of the country’s ruling council to the civilian government in the coming weeks.

US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman said he had tried and been unable to get in touch with Hamdok, with who he had three separate meetings in recent days.

“As we have said repeatedly, any changes to the transitional government by force puts at risk US assistance,” Feltman had said before his comments that he tried to contact Hamdok.

Feltman was in Sudan for his second trip in less than a month, but he reportedly left hours before the coup was carried out.

After dictator Omar Al Bashir was overthrown in 2019, the US removed Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, increased aid, and lobbied for more international assistance.

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, Bob Menendez, released a statement condemning Sudanese General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan’s decision to dissolve the government. “The Sudanese military’s takeover of the state apparatus is completely unacceptable and will have long-lasting consequences with respect to US-Sudanese relations,” the top Democratic senator said.

Following the coup, the military also cut off the internet across the entire country.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Embassy in Khartoum advises American citizens to shelter in place

25 October ,2021

The US Embassy in Sudan’s capital Khartoum advised American citizens to shelter in place and stay aware of their surroundings after reports of armed forces blocking areas in and around the city, the embassy said in a tweet on Monday.

Source: Al Arabiya

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US seeking cooperation with Turkey on 'common priorities'

Michael Hernandez 

25.10.2021

WASHINGTON

The State Department said on Monday it is seeking to work with Turkey on issues of mutual interest following a row that began after the US joined with nine other countries to call for the release of Turkish businessman Osman Kavala.

"The Biden administration seeks cooperation with Turkey on common priorities, and as with any NATO ally, we will continue to engage in dialogue to address any disagreement," State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.

"We believe the best way forward is through cooperation on issues of mutual interest, and we know that we have many issues of mutual interest with Turkey," he added.

Kavala faced charges over the 2013 Gezi Park protests, a small number of demonstrations in Istanbul that later transformed into nationwide protests which left eight protesters and a police officer dead. He was acquitted of all charges in February 2020. An appeals court, however, overturned the verdict in January.

Kavala is also accused of involvement in the 2016 defeated coup orchestrated by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) in Turkey. He was remanded into custody on charges of spying in March.

The US joined with nine other countries in demanding Kavala's release on Oct. 18, claiming the ongoing case has cast a shadow over democracy and the rule of law in Turkey.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he ordered the Foreign Ministry to designate the ambassadors persona non grata in response, prompting several embassies and the US to issue another statement on Monday in which they said they maintain "compliance with Article 41 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations."

The ambassadors took a step back from slander against the Turkish judiciary and Turkey with the new statement, said Erdogan.

"We believe that these ambassadors, who expressed their commitment to Article 41 of the Vienna Convention, that is, the commitment to abide by the laws and regulations of countries and not interfering in internal affairs, will now be more careful in their statements on Turkey's sovereign rights," said Erdogan.

He said anyone who does not respect the independence of Turkey and its sensitivities cannot stay in Turkey "regardless of their positions."

Source: Anadolu Agency

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US calls for 'immediate release' of Sudan premier amid coup

Michael Hernandez 

25.10.2021

WASHINGTON

The US called on Sudan's military to release without delay Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok amid an ongoing putsch.

“We reject the actions by the military and call for the immediate release of the prime minister,” White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters aboard Air Force One, further expressing deep alarm over the coup.

Sudan's military arrested Hamdok and members of the civilian government in the capital Khartoum early Monday.

The Ministry of Culture and Information said the military arrested Hamdok after he refused to support what it described as a "coup".

Later Monday, Gen. Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan, the head of Sudan's ruling military council, declared a state of emergency and dissolved the Sovereign Council, which was created to run the country after the ouster of long-serving President Omar al-Bashir in 2019.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Africa

 

South Sudan calls for dialogue between Sudanese parties after coup attempt

Benjamin Takpiny  

26.10.2021

JUBA, South Sudan

South Sudan called on Sudan’s leadership Monday to return to dialogue after the country’s military dissolved the government and enacted a state of emergency.

“We encourage them to quickly return to dialogue as the appropriate way to address their differences. We recognize that stability in Sudan has a direct bearing on our common goal of building greater stability in the region,” South Sudan’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said it is keenly following the unfolding political tensions within the ruling coalition in the Republic of Sudan and President Salva Kiir, on behalf of the South Sudanese people, affirms their unwavering solidarity with Sudan.

“In building the coalition, Sudan has shown the world that Africans can and will solve their problems from within. For that, the government and people of Sudan have our utmost respect as fellow Africans. The path towards lasting peace will inevitably be bumpy with difficult choices along the way. Yet we are confident in the wisdom of Sudanese leaders. We know them all well and believe they will make the best decisions,” it said.

It said that South Sudan remains steadfast in supporting the aspirations and stance of the Sudanese people and will avail all its diplomatic channels to support the country.

On Monday, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of Sudan’s Sovereign Council, announced the dissolution of the transitional government and the council and declared a national state of emergency.

In a televised address, Burhan said the 2019 agreement on the transitional government with power sharing between the civilian and military leadership had turned into a struggle threatening peace and security.

He said the military needed to protect the country’s safety and security as stated in the constitutional declaration, announcing the dissolution of the power-sharing ruling council and the government.

He also announced the removal of state governors, saying elections would be held in July 2023.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Military kills 3, injures 80 during anti-coup protests in Sudan

25.10.2021

KHARTOUM, Sudan

At least three protesters were killed and 80 others injured on Monday by military gunfire in front of the Sudanese army headquarters in the capital Khartoum, a doctors committee said.

Protests took place in response to the military’s arrest of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and members of the civilian government in Khartoum earlier on Monday.

According to the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors, security forces fired live bullets at the demonstrators.

The Ministry of Culture and Information said the military arrested Hamdok after he refused to support what it described as a "coup".

Also Monday, Gen. Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan, the head of Sudan's ruling military council, declared a state of emergency and dissolved the Sovereign Council, which was created to run the country after the ouster of long-serving President Omar al-Bashir in 2019.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Pan African body 'dismayed' over situation in Sudan

Addis Getachew Tadesse  

25.10.2021

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia

African Union Commission head Moussa Faki Mahamat on Monday expressed "deep dismay" over the volatile political situation in Sudan.

In a statement posted on the commission's Twitter account, Mahamat said he was alarmed at the developments which led to the arrest of Prime Minister Abdella Hamdok and other civilian officials.

The military wing of the transitional government put Hamdok under house arrest just a day after the US special envoy to the Horn of Africa, Jeffry Feltman, mediated talks between the two sides.

The military has just now declared a nationwide state of emergency as protesters take to the streets to demand the reinstatement of the civilian government.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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EU expresses 'utmost concern' over Sudan upheaval

Beyza Binnur Donmez 

25.10.2021

The EU is following the coup attempt in Sudan with "utmost concern," calling on the parties to continue the transition process as planned, the union's foreign policy chief said on Monday.

"Following with utmost concern ongoing events in Sudan," Josep Borrell said on Twitter. "The EU calls on all stakeholders and regional partners to put back on track the transition process."

Sudan's military arrested Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and members of the civilian government in the capital Khartoum early Monday.

The Ministry of Culture and Information said the military arrested Hamdok after he refused to support what it described as a "coup".

Later Monday, Gen. Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan, head of Sudan's ruling military council, declared a state of emergency and dissolved the Sovereign Council, which was created to run the country after the ouster of long-serving President Omar Al-Bashir in 2019, and the transitional government.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Sudan general declares state of emergency, dissolves gov’t

25.10.2021

KHARTOUM, Sudan

The head of Sudan’s ruling military council, Gen. Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan, declared a state of emergency and dissolved the transitional sovereign council and government.

The move came hours after the military arrested Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok and ministers in the civilian government.

We are declaring "a state of emergency in the country, dissolving the Sovereign Council and the cabinet and freezing the work of the Empowerment Committee," al-Burhan said in a televised speech.

Al-Burhan also announced the suspension of some provisions of the constitutional document outlining political transition in Sudan.

According to the Sudanese Information Ministry, a military force arrested Hamdok early Monday after he refused to support what it described as a "coup".

Until today, Sudan was ruled by a Sovereign Council of military and civilian officials, which oversees the transition period until elections slated for 2023, as part of a precarious power-sharing pact between the military and the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) coalition.

Al-Burhan underlined his commitment to the Juba Peace Agreement signed with armed movements in October 2020.

He said an independent government of technocrats would be formed to rule the country until elections in July 2023.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Gunmen kill 18 at mosque in northern Nigeria's Niger state -residents

October 26, 2021

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Armed men on motorbikes killed at least 18 people at a mosque in Niger state in northern Nigeria, two residents told Reuters on Monday.

The attackers arrived in the Maza-Kuka community of Mashegu local government area at roughly 5 a.m., the residents said.

"They came and went straight to the mosque and shot at worshippers without sparing anyone," resident Abdulganiyu Hassan told Reuters.

Hassan said they abducted more than 10 others. Bello Ayuba, another resident and witness, said at least 20 were wounded.

A Niger state police spokesman did not immediately respond to calls or messages seeking comment.

Source: Reuters

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Uganda investigating Islamist link to bombing after IS responsibility claim

By Elias Biryabarema

October 25, 2021

KAMPALA, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Uganda said on Monday it was investigating whether fighters allied with the militant group Islamic State (IS) had carried out a bombing in Kampala on Saturday night that killed one person and injured three others.

The bomb, set off in a restaurant in a suburb on the northern outskirts of the capital, killing a 20-year-old waitress, was an improvised device made from nails and other metal fragments, according to the police.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the blast in a statement posted on a Telegram channel late on Sunday. read more

The police said their investigations pointed to "an act of domestic terror".

"The attack was perpetrated by criminals that intend to terrorise the country and the people of Uganda," Abbas Byakagaba, the director for counter-terrorism, told a press conference on Monday.

Byakagaba said the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an IS-linked militant group, was one potential perpetrator.

The ADF has operated in dense forests in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo across the border with Uganda for more than three decades and began killing civilians in large numbers in 2014.

It has publicly aligned itself with Islamic State, although a June report from the United Nations found no evidence of direct support from Islamic State for the ADF.

ADF fighters have in the past been blamed for assassinations and attacks in Uganda. In July, the government blamed it for the attempted assassination of a government minister.

Police spokesman Fred Enanga told the press conference they believed the ADF had sleeper cells in the country and that they had arrested 13 of its collaborators last week.

Source: Reuters

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Prince Charles to meet imam of Al-Azhar mosque and university next month

October 26, 2021

London: Britain´s Prince Charles and wife Camilla are to visit Jordan and Egypt next month on their first major foreign tour since the coronavirus pandemic began last year, aides said on Monday.

The royal couple´s November 16-19 visit will start in Jordan.

The tour comes after the heir to the UK throne visits Glasgow next week for the COP26 climate summit. It will end in Egypt, which will take over the UN climate presidency from Britain next year.

"In this decisive decade for climate action, the next 12 months is therefore expected to see a significant cooperation between the UK and Egypt," said Chris Fitzgerald, deputy private secretary to Prince Charles.

Source: The News Pakistan

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German Court Sentences Islamic State Member to 10 Years in Prison

October 25, 2021

A German woman received a 10-year prison sentence Monday for allowing a young Yazidi girl, who was being kept as a slave in Iraq by the woman and her husband, to die of thirst in the hot sun.

German authorities said the 30-year-old convert to Islam, identified only as Jennifer W., was a member of Islamic State in Iraq.

The Higher Regional Court convicted the defendant on charges including membership in a terrorist organization abroad, aiding and abetting attempted murder, attempted war crimes and crimes against humanity.

According to German news agency dpa, federal prosecutors accused Jennifer W. of letting the 5-year-old Yazidi girl die after the woman's husband, an Islamic State fighter, chained the girl in a courtyard unprotected from the heat. Prosecutors said the defendant's husband was punishing the girl for wetting her mattress.

Islamic State views the minority Yazidis as heretics. In 2014, IS fighters killed scores of Yazidi men in Iraq during an onslaught on the Yazidi town of Sinjar. IS also enslaved thousands of women and girls in acts that amounted to genocide, according to the United Nations.

Judge Joachim Baier said the child was "defenseless and helplessly exposed to the situation," adding that the defendant "had to reckon from the beginning that the child, who was tied up in the heat of the sun, was in danger of dying."

German media reported that the defendant, who is from Lohne in Lower Saxony, was raised as a Protestant but converted to Islam in 2013. She traveled to Iraq through Turkey and Syria in 2014 to join Islamic State, according to The Associated Press.

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Turkey rescues 79 irregular migrants pushed back by Greece

Gökhan Düzyol 

26.10.2021

Turkey rescued 79 irregular migrants in the Aegean Sea after they were pushed back by Greek authorities, the Turkish Coast Guard Command said late Monday. 

In a statement on its website, the Turkish Coast Guard said that on Oct. 23, Turkish forces rescued 33 people in a rubber boat off Kusadasi district in Aydin province who were pushed into Turkish territorial waters by Greek authorities.

In a separate incident in the same area on Oct. 24, Turkish forces rescued 25 irregular migrants who were pushed into Turkish waters by Greece, the statement added.

Separately, on Oct. 11, coast guard teams rescued 21 irregular migrants in a rubber boat off Didim district in Aydin.

They were transferred to the provincial migration office.

Earlier this month, the European Union expressed concern over migrant pushbacks, saying such incidents damage the bloc's reputation.

"Some of these reports are shocking, and I'm extremely concerned," Ylva Johansson, the EU’s commissioner for home affairs, told reporters, referring to a joint investigation by media outlets Der Spiegel, ARD and Liberation.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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EU urges Israel to halt construction of new settlements

Omer Tugrul Cam  

25.10.2021

BRUSSELS

The EU on Monday called on the Israeli government to halt construction of new settlements, after Tel Aviv announced plans to move on construction of thousands of new settlement homes.

According to a statement by the office of Josep Borrel, the EU foreign policy chief, the European pact said the settlements are in violation of the international law and obstructing a two-state solution.

The statement said that the EU has repeatedly noted it would not recognize any alteration on which both sides agreed with regards to the pre-1967 borders including Jerusalem.

It further added that there were 13 illegal Jewish settlements in occupied East Jerusalem and 253 others in the West Bank. More than 660,000 Jewish settlers reside in these settlements, which makes life even harder for Palestinians living under occupation.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Germany condemns coup attempt in Sudan

Ayhan Simsek  

25.10.2021

BERLIN

Germany on Monday condemned the coup attempt in Sudan and urged the country’s military to respect the peaceful transition process towards democracy.

“Reports of another coup attempt in Sudan is disturbing, this attempt must be clearly condemned,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a statement.

He called on the country’s security forces to return to their barracks immediately.

“I call on all those responsible for the security and the state order in Sudan to respect the will of the people, continue the peaceful political transition process towards democracy. This attempted coup must be stopped immediately,” he said.

Maas also called on Sudan’s political leaders to resolve their differences through peaceful dialogue.

“They owe this to the people of Sudan who fought for an end to the dictatorship and for democratic change,” he said.

Sudan's military arrested the country's prime minister and members of the civilian government, officials in the capital Khartoum announced early Monday.

The Ministry of Culture and Information’s official account said the military arrested Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok after he refused to support what it described as a "coup".

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

Source: Anadolu Agency

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