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Fatwa Against Music To Burning Lesbians’ Genitals For Being In A Lesbian Relationship; Bengal’s Murshidabad Has Become Islamist Hotspot

New Age Islam News Bureau

15 November 2022

In many Islamic countries, homosexuality is punishable with death as same-sex relationship is considered among the most heinous crimes in Islam, writes the author.

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• Mosques Need Protection As Islamophobic Hate Spikes In Canada For Authoritarian Regime In Iran

• At Least 83 Muslim Americans Elected In 2022 Midterm Elections: Report

• Taliban Orders Implementation Of Their Interpretation Of Sharia Law In Afghanistan

• Boko Haram ‘Kills Women Over Witchcraft’ Charges

 

India

• Karnataka BJP MP Threatens To Bulldoze Bus Stand, Because It Looks Like A Mosque

• Nashik ATS Arrests Maharashtra Chief Of Imam Council, Maulana Irfan Daulat Nadvi For Alleged PFI Link

• Govt Seeks Time For The Third Consecutive Time To Firm Up Its Response On Places Of Worship Act

• Delhi murder: Both sets of parents were opposed to the interfaith relationship

• Gyanvapi mosque case: Varanasi court likely to deliver its verdict today

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North America

• US says ‘eyes of the world are on Iran,’ welcomes recent EU sanctions on Tehran

• US says no western strategy on Iran taking hostages as protests continue

• US Navy seizes 70 tons of missile fuel hidden in dhow from Iran to Yemen

• US says Iran threats to ex-officials Pompeo, Hook persist

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South Asia

Taliban Calls on Academics to Return, Says Life of Poverty at Home Is Better Than Life Abroad

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Africa

• Sudan’s Burhan congratulates Israel’s Netanyahu on election win

• Tunisian soccer fans welcome national team in Qatar ahead of World Cup

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Pakistan

• Imran Khan Again Targets Pakistan Army, Accuses It Of Weakening Independent Institutions

• It's behind me: Imran Khan takes a U-turn on ‘US conspiracy' claim

• Pakistan will be among first to receive G7 'Global Shield' climate funding

• Pakistan out of UK’s ‘high-risk countries’ list

• Pakistan has enough dollars to meet foreign obligations, says SBP governor

• Chaman border shut as Afghan side hunts ‘terrorists’

• Imran Khan moves Supreme Court for attack probe

• Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman’s postponement of Pak visit creates squabble among Govt, PTI

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Europe

• EU Sanctions Iran’s Interior Minister, IRGC Chief, State TV Over Protest Crackdown

• Terrorism is common fight, European Council president says on terrorist attack in Türkiye

• Coleraine mosque hosts community group to improve understanding

• G20 summit: Vladimir Putin may be absent, but he is still on leaders' minds

• Britain sanctions Iranian officials over crackdown on protesters

• UK to end troop deployment to UN mission in Mali earlier than planned

• City hall in Netherlands hangs Turkish flag in support of Türkiye

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Southeast Asia

• Sanusi Slams Actor ZulHuzaimy’s Alleged Remarks About Harming ‘Enemies Of Islam’

• Unity Among Muslims And Non-Muslims Under PAS’ Administration: Hadi

• Sarawak to up non-Muslim unit funding to RM200m next year

• 'End the war', Indonesia leader Joko Widodo urges at G20 opening

• G20 Summit: PM Modi, US President Biden share warm hug at Bali

• PM Narendra Modi arrives at venue to attend G20 summit in Bali

• Hadi Awang: Harmony among Muslims, non-Muslim in PAS-ruled states proof of ‘stability’ offered by party

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Arab World

• Kurdish-Led Syrian SDF Denies Involvement InTurkey Bombing

• Number of private schools in Dubai on the rise, data shows

• UAE official calls for ‘unambivalent’ US security commitment

• Saudi Arabia, UAE strongly condemn deadly Istanbul bomb attack

• Qatar responds to criticism, boycott calls in Europe ahead of World Cup

• UAE President inaugurates Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Indonesia

• Missile attacks target Kurdish armed group in northern Iraq

• Saudi Arabia hopes G20 Summit will ‘contribute to developing strong solutions’ to global problems

• US occupation forces, SDF militants smuggle crude oil from Syria’s Hasakah to northern Iraq

• Russia: HTS militants, White Helmets preparing false-flag attacks in Syria’s Idlib

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Mideast

• Iran Voices Concern over West's Politicization of Human Rights Issues

• Leader's Delegation in Sistan-Balouchestan to Study Recent Violence

• IRGC Pounds Terrorists' Positions in Iraq's Kurdistan

• Spokesman Warns Iran Not to Tolerate Ukraine's Threats

• Spokesman: IAEA Team to Visit Iran for Further Talks

• Iran Condemns Fatal Bombing in Turkey

• Hunger striker in Iran back in prison after hospital treatment

• Israel says US move to investigate Shireen Abu Akleh’s killing ‘serious mistake’

• No push for Iran nuclear talks, US envoy says, due to protests, drone sales

• Iran says it has evidence of foreign interference in protests

• Israel condoles with Türkiye over Istanbul terrorist attack

• Iranian foreign minister, EU’s Borrell discuss lifting of sanctions against Iran over phone

• Condemnations of Istanbul terror attack pour in from across Middle East

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Fatwa Against Music To Burning Lesbians’ Genitals For Being In A Lesbian Relationship; Bengal’s Murshidabad Has Become Islamist Hotspot

By: Abhijit Majumder

NOVEMBER 13, 2022

In many Islamic countries, homosexuality is punishable with death as same-sex relationship is considered among the most heinous crimes in Islam, writes the author.

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Last week, Bengal’s Murshidabad district was in news again for stuff the civilised world thinks it has long left behind in the dustbin of shame. Two women were mercilessly beaten up, molested, and their private parts burnt with hot rods by Sahebul Sheikh, Kadam Mollah, and Samjer Sheikh. Two of them are relatives of the women.

What is their fault?

They were accused of being in a lesbian relationship.

Muslim-majority Murshidabad is frequently in news for fatwas against music, lottery, or watching TV. In neighbouring Malda district with 51 percent Muslim population, local Muslims banned a girls’ football match in 2015 because they felt jerseys were too tight and un-Islamic for women.

In many Islamic countries, homosexuality is punishable with death as same-sex relationship is considered among the most heinous crimes in Islam. That makes it easy for men in places like Murshidabad to brand girls as lesbians and use the culture of fear to sexually exploit them.

The extremely sensitive border district has seen high-profile arrests of Al Qaeda, Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh and Ansarulllah Bangla Team operatives in 2020 by the NIA. It also is a transit point for terrorists to sneak into India. Maharashtra ATS picked up in 2018 Bangladesh-trained terrorist suspects from Navi Mumbai who had entered through Murshidabad with forged documents.

The district has also seen wanton violence — burning of trains and buses, ransacking of stations — during the anti-CAA protests. Leftists and self-proclaimed liberals of national media had played it down and focused instead on police action against violent students in Jamia.

There was turmoil in Murshidabad again after Bahutali High School principal Dinbandhu Mitra asked students not to wear hijab to school.

The district is one of the biggest narcotic hubs and drug transit points in India. Tons of heroin finds its way from Murshidabad to the youth in India’s big cities. Such is the lawlessness that about 30 Chinese nationals ran a 2.61 lakh square foot (area equal to about four international football fields) amphetamine-producing unit right under the nose of the Murshidabad police for years. The land belonged to Boju Sheikh, a local TMC leader.

Murshidabad is a perfect example of how historical mistakes and demographic change come together to haunt a place. During Partition, there was a strong case for Muslim-majority Murshidabad to be part of Bangladesh and Hindu-majority Khulna to be in India. However, because of their respective geographical quirks, the reverse happened.

In 1947, the Hindu population of Khulna was 52 percent. It now stands at 11 percent. In Murshidabad, however, the Muslim population has swelled from 55 percent in 1951 to 67 percent on last count in 2011.

This brought with it an ever-deepening shade of Islamism. It also tied the district to local and international terrorism and criminal networks. To top it all, political patronage from the ruling TMC makes it fertile ground for groups like the now-banned Popular Front of India (PFI).

In February this year, the PFI held a massive rally in Murshidabad. Its notoriety as an organisation involved in radicalising youth, driving conversions, and funding communal trouble had spread far and wide by then. But it did not stop Mamata Banerjee’s MLA Manirul Islam from sharing stage with the radical group. In 2020, PFI posters in Murshidabad against CAA had the name of TMC MP Abu Taher Khan as its patron.

And in 2018, when the queer community came out of the streets of Bengal after a group of students at Kolkata’s Kamala Girls High School were made to sign a confession letter stating they were lesbians, the perpetrators found support from one of Mamata Banerjee’s most powerful ministers. Then education minister Partha Chatterjee — now in jail for hoarding hundreds of crores of cash — had said that he would not tolerate “lesbianism in schools” and that it was against the state’s ethos.

Clearly, the education minister managed to remain unscathed by rich, same-sex literature and cinema from Tagore’s Chitrangada to Kaushik Ganguly’sArektiPremerGolpo starring the iconic gay director, Rituporno Ghosh.

If he had, if his government had cracked down on the madness and bigotry then, the young girls of Murshidabad would not have to endure the hot, searing pain. The nation would not have to bear their scars.

Source:News18

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Mosques Need Protection As Islamophobic Hate Spikes In Canada For Authoritarian Regime In Iran

By NayerehAkbarzadeh

Nov. 14, 2022

For Canadians with roots and relations abroad, events unfolding beyond our shores can feel anything but foreign. Many of us in the Muslim community have felt this, as protests in Iran thrust our lives under the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

Our mosque in Toronto’s Thornhill area has been vandalized and threatened by people who wrongly associate us with the authoritarian regime in Iran. Islamophobic misinformation spread so widely that we had to put out a statement reiterating that we are independent and have no political affiliations.

Making matters worse, media coverage of women protesting in Iran has often targeted the fashion choices of Muslim women here in Canada. Some overtly state the latter are probably forced to wear veils or head scarves. The bodies of Muslim women once again became a battleground.

Meanwhile, we’ve endured non-stop harassment: insulting graffiti, ongoing protests, verbal abuse, Islamophobic rhetoric and more. Someone said online that it’s “mandatory to bomb the mosque.” The phrase “death to priests” was spray-painted onto our walls. Others compare our congregants to animals in a stable. There was even a threat to intentionally spread COVID-19 to our congregants. The York Regional Police is now looking for people behind what they call an “act of hate.”

We realize we are not safe. We need to beef up our community’s security and we need it done fast. But to our disappointment, the government funding program we’ve applied to has been unhelpful and inefficient.

All we want is to peacefully gather and pray, but it’s been close to impossible. The police try to help but it’s not working. Our children and seniors are terrified as protesters scream Islamophobic slurs outside our gates. We need better protection. Right now, the Ontario government is considering the Our London Family Act, which tackles systemic Islamophobia and racism. Part of it includes creating safe zones around places of worship to prevent harassment of congregants at mosques, churches, synagogues, etc.

We also need Public Safety Canada to fix the Security Infrastructure Program, which allows places of worship to apply for funding to bolster their security. Too many people are applying, and the system is stuck. Many, us included, are left waiting forever. Some wait months, others a year. Our recent application just got put on a waiting list that could take up to four months to process. That means none of the funding can be used to help us right now. We are not alone, which is exactly the problem — too many communities are going through the same thing.

Hate crimes have spiked recently. Places of worship have been on high alert. Think about the shooting at the Quebec City mosque in 2017 or the harassment of mosques by Islamophobic militias in Alberta. Our community has faced so much tragedy in recent years. The governments promised to address Islamophobia and racism, but they must act.

Source:TheStar

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At least 83 Muslim Americans elected in 2022 midterm elections: Report

14 November 2022

Nabeela Syed, a 23-year-old Muslim candidate of Indian descent, defeated a Republican incumbent in Illinois to become the first Muslim elected to the state legislature. (File photo)

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Muslim Americans have made history again as a record number of Muslim candidates were elected into office in the 2022 midterm elections, despite rampant hate and discrimination against the faith community.

At least 83 Muslim candidates swept up local, state, and federal seats during Tuesday’s midterm elections, according to a joint analysis by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a civil rights and advocacy group, and Jetpac, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing Muslim political representation in the United States.

Almost 150 Muslim Americans had run for office this year, including 51 state legislative candidates across 23 states.

"I'm inspired by the historic wins we are seeing in local and state elections across the country. It shows that the Muslim community is building solid infrastructure for sustained electoral success," Jetpac Resource Center executive director Mohammed Missouri said.

"Policy decisions on education, housing, climate, and civil rights are shaped by state legislatures and it is critical that our voice is represented in the policymaking process," he added.

Many of the wins were in Republican-leaning states, including Texas, Virginia and Georgia, and included 20 incumbents and 17 new candidates. Those seats range from city councils to the US House of Representatives, where congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, and Rashida Tlaib, Democrat of Missouri, retained their seats.

This marks the highest number of electoral victories for the community of around 3.5 million people, breaking the record of 2020, when 71 Muslim Americans were elected into office.

CAIR National Executive Director NihadAwad said the "historic string" of victories in this year’s election "is a testament to our community's ongoing rise in American politics and the trust our neighbors have place in us to represent them and fight for their interests."

"We are witnessing the next step in the American Muslim community's political transformation from marginalized voices that were sidelined, or worse, to decision makers," he said. "These newly-elected officials are building upon the success of our community's decades-long investment in civic engagement, voter registration and running for office."

The victories also ushered in some historic firsts, with state legislatures in Maine, Illinois, Ohio and Texas getting their first Muslim American representatives.

In Illinois’ 51st District, Nabeela Syed, a 23-year-old Muslim candidate of Indian descent, defeated a Republican incumbent to become the first Muslim elected to the state legislature.

“It is so important for us to have a seat at the table, for us to have a voice in the legislative process,” she told local media soon after her victory.

Similarly in Minnesota, 25-year-old Zaynab Mohamed, a Democrat, became the first Muslim woman of Somali descent to be elected to the state Senate.

Four Muslim Americans were elected to state office in Georgia for the first time, including Ruwa Romman, who won a seat at the state House of Representatives, and Nabilah Islam, who was elected to the state Senate.

In Texas, the first two Muslim lawmakers getting elected into office were Salman Bhojani and Suleman Lalani, who won elections to House districts 92 and 76 respectively.

Source: Press TV

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Taliban orders implementation of their interpretation of Sharia law in Afghanistan

November 15, 2022

Taliban fighters on a Humvee in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 15, 2021.

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The Taliban has ordered judges in Afghanistan to fully impose their interpretation of Sharia Law, including potential public executions, amputations and flogging, a move experts fear will lead to a further deterioration of human rights in the impoverished country.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said Afghanistan’s Supreme Leader Alaiqadar Amirul Momineen made the “obligatory” command after meeting with judges to “investigate the cases of thieves, kidnappers, and seditionists.”

“Those cases that have met all the Shariah conditions of limitation and retribution, you are obliged to issue the limitation and retribution, because this is the order of the Sharia… and it is obligatory to act,” Mujahid tweeted Sunday.

Kaheld Abou El Fadl, a professor of Islamic Law at UCLA and one of the world’s leading authorities on Sharia law, told CNN there’s a rich history of debate on the laws of Sharia and various interpretations of their meaning.

“Every point of law you’ll find 10 different opinions … Sharia is very open-ended,” he said.

Sharia law within Islamic jurisprudence means the “search for the divine will,” El Fadl told CNN. “Although, both in Western and native discourses, it is common to use Sharia interchangeably with Islamic law, Sharia is a much broader and all encompassing concept, according to a statement from El Fadl’s website.

The Taliban’s hardline implementation of the doctrine when the group was last in power from 1996 to 2001 included violent punishments, such as public executions, stoning, floggings and amputations.

El Fadl said that within the 1400-year tradition of Sharia, those punishments were rarely implemented because the majority of Islamic jurists throughout history didn’t interpret the law the way the Taliban currently does. “The Taliban have a particular approach to Sharia that one cannot ignore,” El Fadl said. “Anyone who doesn’t fit their definition can be possibly put to death.”

After seizing power last August, the Taliban attempted to project a more moderate image to gain international support, but in the months since, the group has clamped down on rights and freedoms.

Women in Afghanistan can no longer work in most sectors and require a male guardian for long-distance travel, while girls have been barred from returning to secondary school.

Last week, women were stopped from entering amusement parks in the capital Kabul after the Taliban’s morality ministry said women’s access to public parks would be restricted.

During the group’s first stint in power, the Taliban banned most forms of music as un-Islamic, and this August, in echoes of the policy, Afghan folk singer Fawad Andarabi was dragged from his home and killed.

Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General, told CNN the Taliban’s recent announcement regarding Sharia law was “worrying.”

“Since they took over as de facto authority, we expect them to abide by their promise to uphold existing human rights commitments made in Afghanistan,” Haq said. “They have not been living up to the commitments. We will continue to press them on this. We are opposed to death penalty in all its forms.”

The security situation in the country has also deteriorated since the group’s takeover last year, with the nation growing increasingly isolated and impoverished.

Nearly half of the country faces acute hunger, according to the United Nations. An estimated 43% of Afghanistan’s population is living on less than one meal a day, with 90% of Afghans surveyed reporting food as their primary need, according to a May report by the International Rescue Committee.

Source: CNN

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Boko Haram ‘kills women over witchcraft’ charges

November 15, 2022

MAIDUGURI: Nigeria’s Boko Haram killed a group of women after accusing them of witchcraft following the death of a militant commander’s children in Borno state, relatives, residents and a woman who escaped said on Monday.

Accusations of witchcraft are not uncommon in Nigeria, a religious conservative country almost equally divided between the mostly Muslim north and Christian south.

North-eastern Nigeria is at the heart of a conflict involving security forces and Boko Haram and its rival, the militant Islamic State West Africa Province group, which has killed more than 40,000 people so far.

Last week, around 40 women were held in a village near Gwoza town on the orders of Boko Haram commander Ali Guyile, whose children suddenly died overnight, according to relatives and a woman who escaped.

In interviews conducted on Sunday and Monday, they said the commander had accused the women of causing the children’s deaths through witchcraft.

Guyile, a 35-year-old commander, asked his men to arrest the women from homes known to practise witchcraft, said TalkweLinbe, one of the accused women.

Linbe said she managed to escape and fled to the regional capital Maiduguri after the killing of 14 women on Thursday (Nov 10).

“He (Guyile) said he would investigate our involvement in the deaths of his children,” she said.

“On Thursday he ordered 14 among us to be slaughtered. I was lucky I was not among them.”

Her relationship to Boko Haram was not clear, but militants often force residents in territory under their influence into work or relationships.

The relatives and residents interviewed did not specify how the women died, but the term they used in Hausa usually refers to militants slitting victims’ throats.

Nigeria’s security sources said they were aware of the reports and were investigating, although they stressed the village was very remote.

A Borno state government official said they were checking.

On Saturday, the day Linbe arrived in Maiduguri, 12 more women were slaughtered accused of being witches, other relatives said.

“I received a call from Gwoza that my mother, two aunts and nine other women were slaughtered yesterday (Saturday) on the orders of Ali Guyile, who accused them of being witches,” said Abdullahi Gyya, who lives in Maiduguri.

He also said he was told of the killing of an initial 14 women on Thursday.

Tijjani Usman, who lives in Maiduguri but originates from Gwoza, said calls he received from relations in Gwoza corroborated Linbe and Gyya’s accounts.

Boko Haram seized Gwoza in July 2014. Although it was retaken by Nigerian troops the following March, the group continues to raid nearby villages.

Source: Dawn

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India

Karnataka BJP MP Threatens To Bulldoze Bus Stand, Because It Looks Like A Mosque

November 14, 2022

Bengaluru: A Karnataka BJP MP has courted controversy for saying he will bulldoze a bus stand because it looks like a mosque. Pratap Simha, who represents the Mysore-Kodagu Lok Sabha constituency, said that he will himself bulldoze the bus stand, which is on the Mysuru-Ooty Road, if the administration doesn't get it done.

"I've seen it on social media. The bus stand has two domes, a big one in the middle and a small one beside it. That's a masjid only. I've told engineers 3-4 days time is there. If not, I'll only bring JCB (excavator) and demolish them," he said.

Mr Simha is not new to communally charged controversies. When the state's hijab ban led to massive protests recently, he had asked the students wearing the hijab to go to 'madrassa' for which the government has set aside funds, instead of going to a school.

"Everyone comes to college to be able to secure a good job, but these students want to come to college to sport their hijabs. If you want, you (students) wear a hijab or a burkha or a skull cap or pyjamas. But, don't go to school, go to a madrassa then. Respecting your sentiments, the government has set aside funds for the running of madrassas. You visit them," he had said.

When the state's Opposition leader said that "shawls" are new while Hijab has been in practice for several years, Mr Simha said that Siddaramaiah can be "Sidda'Rahim'aiah".

Mr Simha had also slammed the Karnataka government's birthday celebrations of Tipu Sultan starting in 2015. He had said that Tipu Sultan could be a "role model only for Islamists" and that the then Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was "encouraging Jihadists" in the state.

He had in 2019 posted a derogatory article against multilingual film actor Prakash Raj, which he had later "regretted" and withdrew his comments from Twitter and Facebook "unequivocally."

Source: NDTV

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Nashik ATS Arrests Maharashtra Chief Of Imam Council, Maulana Irfan Daulat Nadvi For Alleged PFI Link

Nov 14, 2022

NASHIK: Nashik ATS on Sunday arrested state president of the Imam Council, Maulana Irfan Daulat Nadvi (35), from Malegaon after it was found that he was closely associated with six arrested members of the Popular Front of India (PFI) from Nashik and four others from elsewhere in the state.

Nadvi was arrested under Sections 121 A Conspiracy to commit offences punishable by section 121 (Waging or attempting to wage war, or abetting the waging of war, against the Government of India), 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, and doing act of prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 120 (punishment for criminal conspiracy) and other section of the IPC and other sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act.

He was produced before the district court which remanded him to 14-day police custody.

While requesting the police custody of the accused, special public prosecutor Ajay Misar argued in the court that the police have seized the cellphone of the Nadvi and have found that he has communicated approximately 550 times with the six PFI members arrested form Nashik by the ATS earlier who are now lodged in jail.

He has also communicated for more than 650 times with four other PFI members arrested elsewhere.

Source: Times Of India

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Govt Seeks Time For The Third Consecutive Time To Firm Up Its Response On Places Of Worship Act

R. Balaji   |   New Delhi  

15.11.22

The Centre on Monday sought an adjournment for the third consecutive time to firm up its response to petitions challenging a law that prohibits the conversion of any place of worship, except the Ramjanambhoomi site in Ayodhya.

The Places of Worship Act was passed by the P.V. Narasimha Rao government with a view to preventing different groups staking a claim to shrines.

The 1991 act prohibits the conversion of any place of worship and mandates that the character of a place of public  worship shall not be altered as it existed on August 15, 1947, except the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land, which at that time was already under litigation.

“This (batch of petitions) challenges the Places of Worship Act. I was given time during earlier hearings. I could not have detailed consultations with the government. I would need consultations at a higher level… the deliberations are going on at the highest levels,” solicitor-general Tushar Mehta told a bench of Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice J.B. Pardiwala while seeking adjournment till the first week of December.

This is the third adjournment the Centre has sought on the issue. Earlier on October 12 and before that on September 9, the Centre had sought adjournments after the top court sought its response on the PILs challenging the act. Some Muslim organisations have opposed the petitions.

The NDA government’s stance on the issue will be of much significance as the law was enacted by the then P.V. Narasimha Rao government against the backdrop of the intensified Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid row culminating in the eventual demolition of the mosque by kar sevaks.

Some members of the Hindu community have demanded the restoration of the Kashi and Mathura temples to the Hindus on the ground that they were ravaged by the Mughal invaders.

During Monday’s hearing, the BJP’s Subramanian Swamy said that instead of quashing the 1991 Act, two more temples — Kashi and Mathura — may be added as exemptions, along with Ayodhya temple.

“I am not seeking to set it aside, but only two more temples need to be added and then the act can remain as it is,” Swamy submitted.

Chief Justice Chandrachud said that the matter would be taken up by a threejudge bench.

Accordingly, the court directed the Centre to file its counter-affidavit by December 12. It said the Centre should furnish a copy of the response to all the petitioners to enable them to file rejoinders and posted the matter for further hearing in the first week of January 2023.

The batch of petitions has been filed by Hindutva proponents while the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board and the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind have filed intervention applications opposing the petitions.

Source: TelegraphIndia

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Delhi murder: Both sets of parents were opposed to the interfaith relationship

Nov 15, 2022

By Sanjeev K Jha

The parents of both Shraddha Vikas Walkar and Aaftab Amin Poonawala have said that they were against their relationship, right from the day they found out that their children were dating

Poonawala, 28, and Walkar, 27, originally from Vasai near Mumbai, had moved to Delhi in May and were living in a flat in south Delhi’s ChhattarpurPahadi area, police said. On May 18, Poonawalla allegedly strangled Walkar, chopped up her body into 35 pieces, and over the next three months, disposed of the body parts in forested areas in Delhi.

While Walkar’s father Vikas Madan Walker said he was opposed to the relationship because of the couple’s different faith -- Poonawala is a Muslim and Walkar was a Hindu -- Poonawala’s father, Amin said he feared their relationship would become a communal issue some day.

Speaking to HT, Vikas Walkar claimed that his daughter was “mesmerised” by Poonawala.

“Poonawala has ruined our lives. First, he took our prestige in our community, and then he killed my only daughter. When my wife asked her to end her relationship with Poonawala in 2019, she said she was an adult and had the right to choose her partner. After few days, she left our house and started living with Poonawala,” Vikas Walkar said.

“My wife couldn’t bear the pain of losing her daughter and passed away on January 23, 2020. After her mother’s death, we had little communication. In March this year, one of her friends told me that Shraddha had gone on trip to Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand with Poonawala,” Vikas Walkar said.

Vikas Walkar said he suspected something amiss only when one of his son’s friends, Lakshman Nadar, who was in touch with Shraddha, informed him on September 14 that her mobile phone had been switched off for the last two-and-a-half months.

“On September 15, I lodged a missing person’s report at Manikpura police station in Maharashtra… I came to know that Poonawala has brutally killed my daughter. Now, I want justice for my daughter and capital punishment for Poonawala,” he said.

Meanwhile, Amin Poonawala said he was waiting for some clarity on what will happen ahead, adding that he too was opposed to the relationship right from the start.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Gyanvapi mosque case: Varanasi court likely to deliver its verdict today

Nov 14, 2022

A fast-track court in Varanasi today is likely to deliver its verdict on the maintainability of the Adi VisheshwarVirajman case and the plea seeking worship rights of the ‘Shivling’ that the Hindu side claimed to be found on the Gyanvapi mosque premises.

The court had adjourned the matter for November 14 during the last hearing on November 8.

The lawyers familiar with the case said the verdict that was expected on November 8 was deferred as the judge was on leave.

The case was filed by a Hindutva body– Vishwa Vedic Sanatan Sangh (VVSS) in 2022, seeking a ban on the entry of Muslims on the Gyanvapi premises.

The Muslim side is allowed to offer prayers on the premises till the matter is in court.

On October 27, during the last hearing in the matter, the fast-track court of civil judge (senior division) Mahendra Pandey reserved the judgement for the next hearing.

During the previous hearing, the AnjumanIntezamia Masjid Committee (AIMC) which looks after the Gyanvapi mosque challenged the maintainability of the suit filed.

AIMC and others had moved the petition challenging the maintainability of the original suit filed in the Varanasi district court in 1991, on grounds of maintainability and for being violative of the Places of Worship Act, 1991.

The Hindu side had demanded carbon dating of the structure they claimed to be a ‘Shivling’ found inside the Gyanvapi Mosque’s wazukhana.

However, the Muslim side challenged the order of the lower court in the matter of conducting a survey of the Gyanvapi complex from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

The AIMC argued that since the mosque is registered as a waqf property, it was the waqf tribunal and not the civil court that had jurisdiction in the matter.

VVSS has also sought possession of the premises to worship the structure found earlier this year during a court-ordered survey. Hindu groups say it is a ‘Shivling’ but Muslim parties say it is a part of an old ceremonial fountain.

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North America

US says ‘eyes of the world are on Iran,’ welcomes recent EU sanctions on Tehran

14 November ,2022

The Biden administration on Monday criticized Iran’s regime for the recent death sentence handed down to a protester while it welcomed the latest sanctions package by the EU and UK against Tehran.

Nationwide anti-government protests have rocked Iran for almost two months now, sparked by the death of 22-year-old MahsaAmini in police custody. More than 300 people have been killed by security forces since the protests began, with thousands of others detained, according to rights groups.

“We are deeply concerned about reports from Iran of mass arrests, sham trials, and now a death sentence for protesters voicing legitimate demands against a government that systematically denies basic dignity and freedom to its people,” US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said in a statement.

Protesters have been chanting against Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and calling for regime change. “The United States stands staunchly with the Iranian people and their demands,” Sullivan said.

But the US has stopped short of calling for regime change and has been criticized for statements on the protests, specifically from US Special Envoy for Iran Rob Malley.

On Oct. 22, US Special Envoy for Iran Rob Malley said the protesters in Iran had been demonstrating for “respect” from the Iranian regime. He was quickly criticized for the tweet, seen as diminishing the protesters’ demands. Malley promptly apologized and said it was “a mistake.”

In Monday’s statement, Sullivan said human rights abuses by the Iranian regime must not go without consequences.

“The hundreds of protestors already killed at the hands of Iranian state authorities deserve justice,” he said, vowing to continue pursuing accountability for those responsible for human rights abuses.

Source: Al Arabiya

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US says no western strategy on Iran taking hostages as protests continue

15 November ,2022

Western countries have no coordinated strategy on how to bring home nationals held by Iranian authorities in a policy of “hostage-taking,” the US envoy for Iran Robert Malley said in Paris on Monday.

Activists believe some two dozen Westerners are currently being held by Iran in what they allege is a strategy of hostage-taking aimed at extracting money or the release of Iranian prisoners from the West.

The issue of foreign detainees in Iran is “a tragedy shared by the United States, Europe, and other countries around the world,” Malley told reporters, speaking in French.

“Obviously, it would be good if we had a common policy... not only for Iran but all the countries which practice hostage-taking as a bargaining chip and for political reasons,” he said.

“This is not the case at the moment, and it is true that many countries are dealing individually with Iran,” Malley added.

“I hope that one day, hopefully in the not too distant future, we agree on a coordinated response. This really needs to stop,” Malley said.

He was speaking after two months of unprecedented anti-regime protests in Iran which have further strained ties between Tehran and the West and risk limiting the scope for diplomacy with the Islamic republic.

Malley said there were three American “hostages” and the US wanted to bring them back “as soon as possible”.

French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna had revealed over the weekend that seven French nationals are being held in Iran.

The protests sweeping Iran have been characterized by French President Emmanuel Macron as a “revolution” but Malley replied cautiously that “it is not my role to find the term to characterize what is happening in Iran”.

“There is a popular movement, deep, persistent, courageous, which does not seem to be weakening. On the other side there is a regime which uses brutal violence which we condemn, which we sanction.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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US Navy seizes 70 tons of missile fuel hidden in dhow from Iran to Yemen

15 November ,2022

The US Navy said Tuesday it found 70 tons of a missile fuel component hidden among bags of fertilizer aboard a ship bound to Yemen from Iran, the first-such seizure in that country’s yearslong war as a cease-fire there has broken down.

The US Coast Guard ship USCGC John Scheuerman and guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans stopped a traditional wooden sailing vessel known as a dhow in the Gulf of Oman on November 8, the Navy said.

During a weeklong search, sailors discovered bags of ammonium perchlorate hidden inside of what initially appeared to be a shipment of 100 tons of urea.

Urea, a fertilizer, also can be used to manufacture explosives.

The Navy said the amount of ammonium perchlorate discovered could fuel more than a dozen medium-range ballistic missiles, the same weapons Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have used to target both forces allied to the country’s internationally recognized government and the Arab Coalition that supports them.

The apparent rearming effort comes as Iran has threatened Saudi Arabia, the United States and other nations over the monthslong protests calling for the overthrow the Islamic Republic’s theocracy.

Source: Al Arabiya

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US says Iran threats to ex-officials Pompeo, Hook persist

14 November ,2022

The Biden administration has determined that Iranian threats against former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and one of his former top aides remain credible and persist nearly two years after they left office.

The State Department notified Congress last week that both Pompeo and Brian Hook, who served as special representative for Iran during the Trump administration, were still both subject to a “serious and credible threat from a foreign power or agent of a foreign power” stemming from their work while in government.

The determinations — which mean Pompeo and Hook will continue to receive government protection — were signed by Deputy Secretary of State for Management Brian McKeon on Nov. 8 and sent to Congress on Nov. 9, according to the notifications obtained by The Associated Press.

“I hereby determine that the specific threat with respect to former Secretary of State Michael Pompeo persists,” McKeon wrote. He used identical language to refer to the threat against Hook.

The AP reported in March that the State Department was paying more than $2 million per month to provide 24-hour security to Pompeo and Hook.

The latest determinations — the eighth for Hook and the fifth for Pompeo since they left government in January 2021 — did not give a dollar amount for the protection.

The notifications do not specifically identify Iran as the source of the threats, but Iranian officials have long vented anger at Pompeo and Hook for leaving the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, including designating Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a “foreign terrorist organization” and subjecting it to unprecedented sanctions.

In addition, some Iranian officials have accused them of green-lighting a US drone strike that killed IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad in Jan. 2020.

Source: Al Arabiya

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South Asia

Taliban Calls on Academics to Return, Says Life of Poverty at Home Is Better Than Life Abroad

By SaqalainEqbal

November 14, 2022

The newly appointed Taliban Minister of Higher Education appealed to the academics and intellectuals to return to Afghanistan, stating that a life of poverty in the home country is better than life in foreign countries.

Mawlawi Mohammad Neda Nadim, the Taliban’s acting minister of higher education, said in a videotape aired on Afghanistan National Television on Monday, November 14, that the group has no “enmity” with anyone and urged university academics that had left the nation to return.

Addressing the academics and elites who have departed Afghanistan, Nadim claims: “Everyone’s safety is protected, and we have no enmity or resentment toward anyone. We request that the professors who left the country return to the country to educate the new generation.”

The Taliban official, who replaced Mullah Abdul Baqi Haqqani, requested that the appropriate agencies “invite capable people inside and outside of the country” in order to address the shortage of professors in the country’s educational institutions.

This is because, following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, a major portion of the Afghan university and academic capacities left the country, leaving educational institutions with a critical shortage of academics.

Source: Khaama Press

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Africa

Sudan’s Burhan congratulates Israel’s Netanyahu on election win

14 November ,2022

Sudan’s military leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has congratulated Benjamin Netanyahu on his election victory in a letter voicing hope for closer ties, the veteran Israeli leader’s office said Monday.

Sudan was among four majority Arab states that agreed to normalize ties with Israel under a series of deals brokered by then-US president Donald Trump in 2020 -- when Netanyahu had been prime minister.

But unlike the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Morocco, crisis-hit Sudan has not followed its accord with concrete steps to establish ties with once-rival Israel.

Army chief Burhan, whose October 2021 coup derailed a transition to civilian rule, told Israel’s premier-designate he looked “forward to continuing our cooperation in order to promote relations in all areas,” according to the statement from Netanyahu’s office.

There has been no official comment from Khartoum.

The Israeli leader has also received a congratulatory call from Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Netanyahu’s office said in a separate statement Monday.

The two leaders had frosty relations at times through Netanyahu’s 15 years in power.

Jordan in 1994 became the second Arab country to establish ties with Israel, and relations with Amman are seen as crucial by Israeli security chiefs.

Right-wing leader Netanyahu has spent 14 months in opposition before a decisive win in Israel’s November 1 election.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Tunisian soccer fans welcome national team in Qatar ahead of World Cup

15 November ,2022

Hundreds of Tunisian fans gathered in Doha's West Bay in Qatar to welcome their national team to their hotel ahead of the football World Cup.

The North African nation, which is preparing for its sixth ever World Cup, will face France, Denmark and Australia in Group D.

The Tunisians have never been past the group stage in five World Cup appearances. There have been only two wins — the first against Mexico in 1978 and then against Panama four years ago in Russia.

The Carthage Eagles will play on more familiar ground this time in a tournament hosted by an Arab nation for the first time.

None of the four Arab teams at the 2018 tournament made it out of the first round, with only a consolation victory each for Saudi Arabia and Tunisia in their final group games.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Pakistan

Imran Khan again targets Pakistan army, accuses it of weakening independent institutions

Nov 14, 2022

ISLAMABAD/LONDON: Former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan has once again targeted the army and accused it of weakening independent institutions in the past and acting together with political dynasties as if “they're above the law”.

The 70-year-old former cricketer-turned-politician, who is recovering from injuries sustained during an assassination bid, has been at the loggerheads with the army for a few months after his ouster as the prime minister in April.

Khan alleged that prime minister Shehbaz Sharif, interior minister Rana Sanaullah and major general Faisal Naseer were part of a sinister plot to assassinate him in the same way former Punjab governor Salman Taseer was killed in 2011 by a religious extremist.

In an interview with the Financial Times, he said: “The army can play a constructive role in my future plans for Pakistan.”

“But it has to be that balance. You cannot have an elected government which has the responsibility given by the people, while the authority lies somewhere else," he told the British newspaper.

Khan accused the military of having previously weakened independent institutions and, together with political dynasties like the Sharif family, having acted as if “they're above the law”.

When Khan was in power, the opposition accused him of trying to bring an army chief of his choice who could support his alleged agenda of victimising opposition leaders.

Since he lost power in April this year, the equation has changed and now Khan is saying that the coalition government wants to install an Army head of its choice to protect looted wealth and steal general elections.

The powerful army, which has ruled the coup-prone country for more than half of its 75-plus years of existence, has hitherto wielded considerable power in matters of security and foreign policy.

Some analysts call his criticisms of the military a cynical attempt to pressure them into supporting him and try to influence the upcoming selection of a new army chief.

Source: Times Of India

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It's behind me: Imran Khan takes a U-turn on ‘US conspiracy' claim

Nov 14, 2022

LONDON: Imran Khan has said he wants to mend relations with the US if re-elected and no longer blames it for his removal as Pakistan Prime Minister, apparently taking a U-turn after accusing Washington of engineering his ouster by supporting the then opposition's no-confidence motion.

Khan, 70, who was ousted in April in a no-confidence vote had been claiming that he was the result of a conspiracy between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and the US, a top security partner to Pakistan that has provided the country with billions of dollars in military aid.

He had been claiming that the opposition's no-confidence motion against him was the result of a foreign conspiracy because of his independent foreign policy on Islamabad's ties with countries like China and Russia and funds were being channelled from abroad to oust him from power.

In an interview with the Financial Times following an assassination attempt this month, Khan said he no longer “blamed” the US and wants a “dignified” relationship if re-elected.

“As far as I'm concerned it's over, it's behind me,” he told the British financial newspaper of the alleged conspiracy, which both Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and the US deny.

Khan has claimed that Donald Lu, the top American official dealing with South Asia in the US state department, was involved in the ‘foreign conspiracy' to topple his government.

“The Pakistan I want to lead must have good relationships with everyone, especially the United States.

“Our relationship with the US has been as of a master-servant relationship, or a master-slave relationship, and we've been used like a hired gun. But for that I blame my own governments more than the US,” the newspaper quoted Khan as saying.

Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, suffered bullet injuries in the right leg earlier this month when two gunmen fired a volley of bullets at him and others standing on a container-mounted truck in the Wazirabad area, where he was leading the march against the government.

Khan has blamed Prime Minister Sharif, interior minister Rana Sanaullah and Major General Faisal Naseer for hatching a plot to assassinate him.

The former cricketer-turned-politician said that early elections were the only way to restore political stability. He did not outline specific plans for the economy if he is returned to power but warned “it could be beyond anyone” if elections are not held soon.

Khan accused the military of having previously weakened independent institutions and, together with political dynasties like the Sharif family, having acted as if “they're above law”.

“The Army can play a constructive role in my future plans for Pakistan,” he said. “But it has to be that balance. You cannot have an elected government which has the responsibility given by the people, while the authority lies somewhere else.”

Khan also criticised Pakistan's International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme, first started under his government in 2019 but revived by Sharif, for pushing austerity measures like higher fuel prices at a time of painful inflation.

IMF in July reached a preliminary staff-level agreement on the combined seventh and eighth reviews for a $6 billion loan facility for Pakistan.

The agreement paved the way for the release of the much-awaited $1.17 billion loan tranche that had been on hold since earlier this year.

“When you contract the economy, and some of the IMF measures make your economy shrink, how are you supposed to pay off your loans, because your loans keep increasing?” he said. “Consumption has crashed...So my question is: How are we going to pay our debts? We are certainly going to head towards default.”

Critics accuse Khan of further jeopardising this economic outlook by damaging relations with the US, IMF and other international partners on whom Pakistan depends for financing.

Source: Times Of India

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Pakistan will be among first to receive G7 'Global Shield' climate funding

Nov 14, 2022

SHARM EL-SHEIKH: Pakistan, Ghana and Bangladesh will be among the first recipients of funding from a G7 'Global Shield' initiative to provide funding to countries suffering climate disasters, the programme announced on Monday at the COP27 summit in Egypt.

The Global Shield, coordinated by G7 president Germany, aims to provide rapid access for climate-vulnerable countries to insurance and disaster protection funding after floods or drought. It is being developed in collaboration with the 'V20' group of 58 climate vulnerable economies.

A statement issued by Germany on Monday listed Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Fiji, Ghana, Pakistan, the Philippines and Senegal as some of the initial recipients of Global Shield packages.

Those packages would be developed in the coming months, Germany said.https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/pakistan-will-be-among-first-to-receive-g7-global-shield-climate-funding/articleshow/95504871.cms

‘It’s not against Islam’: Pakistani trans actor tells of deep sadness over film ban

Zofeen T Ebrahim in Karachi

Tue 15 Nov 2022

A transgender star of an award-winning Pakistan film that depicts a love affair between a man and a trans women has said she is very sad at the government’s decision to ban the film and hopes it will be reversed.

Alina Khan, who stars in Joyland, the first major Pakistani film to feature a trans actor in a lead role, said: “I’ve been very sad. There’s nothing against Islam [in the film] and I don’t understand how Islam can get endangered by mere films.”

The 24-year-old added: “The Pakistani trans community was also very upset.”

Joyland, which is Pakistan’s contender at the Oscars, was to go on national release on Friday, but was banned over the weekend following pressure from hardline Islamic groups who called the film “repugnant”.

Set in Lahore, the film tells the story of Haider, a married man who joins a dance troupe and falls in love with the lead transgender dancer, Biba, played by Khan.

Khan told the Guardian she adores Biba.

“She’s a badass, strong-willed, fiercely independent, dominating, outspoken woman, everything that I am not; I loved the role I played,” said Khan. When she was offered the role, she was relieved not to play an “oppressed” character “which is the life for most transgenders in Pakistan”.

Khan said she was rejected by her family when she came out as trans. “My family did not accept me, but neither did society.” She was told she embarrassed relatives, and her mother was constantly angry with her. “She would tell me not to make exaggerated hand gestures like a woman while talking, to sit like a boy and not be in the company of girls,” said Khan. Her siblings called her khusra – a derogatory term, which was originally used to refer to eunuchs but is also a slur against trans people. But as Khan said: “I had never met a transgender [person] in my life so did not know what they were like.”

Joyland has been hailed on the festival circuit. It was the first Pakistani film to be selected as an official entry at Cannes in May, winning two festival awards and receiving a standing ovation in a packed Salle Debussy theatre.

“Tears were trickling down my face while I continued smiling. I don’t know whether the tears were of joy, were for all the hard work that I put in, or for my struggles since I was a child and that continue,” said Khan, who made her screen debut in the short film Darling in 2019. “For the first time in my life, I felt my talent preceded my gender, I was given so much respect.”

After such international success, her family welcomed her with open arms. “They accepted me finally. They realised that I was not earning by begging or doing sex work,” she said.

In August Joyland won best film from the subcontinent at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, last month it received the top award at Zagreb’s film festival and it is Pakistan’s entry for best international feature film at next year’s Oscars, which has received the backing of the Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, who joined the film as executive producer.

However, the film had caused controversy at home. Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, a senator in the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) party, called Joyland “cultural terrorism” and criticised the government for the “shameless” act of allowing its release. “I condemn it and will use every legal step to stop Joyland’s release,” he said. “Glamourising transgenders in Pakistan, as well as their love affairs, is a direct attack on our beliefs.”

He is spearheading a campaign to repeal the 2018 law that enshrined transgender rights in Pakistan law.

Cancelling the film’s licence, which puts its Oscars’ contention in doubt, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, said: “Written complaints were received that the film contains highly objectionable material which do not conform with the social values and moral standards of our society and is clearly repugnant to the norms of ‘decency and morality’ as laid down in Section 9 of the Motion Picture Ordinance, 1979”.

Shahzadi Rai, a Karachi rights activist, was not surprised by the ban. “Of course this was expected. We’re going towards religious extremism. I think soon Pakistan will become another Afghanistan. The trans community is extremely disappointed in the government for caving in to the pressure of the clerics.”

She added that Alina Khan had “put us up in the mainstream in a good way”.

Lucky Khan, a trans singer, said seeing such a film win awards was awesome. “I’d only seen our community begging on streets, performing dances or in commercial sex work.”

MerubMoiz Awan, a trans woman, tweeted: “Had a cisgender woman or man instead of Alina Khan played the role of a khwajasira dancer, they’d have had no issues with it. But because it’s an actual khwajasira doing so, they have issues. They want khwajasira people to be just begging in the streets.”

Source: TheGuardian

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Pakistan out of UK’s ‘high-risk countries’ list

November 15, 2022

LONDON: The United Kingdom has removed Pakistan from its ‘high-risk third countries’ list through a statutory instrument, effectively meaning the UK foreign office recognises the progress Pakistan has made to be removed from FATF’s grey list.

A notification by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on Monday marked this development, saying the UK recognizes Pakistan’s efforts to improve money laundering and terror financing curbs.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari hailed the development on Twitter, saying it was “good news”.

Source: Dawn

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Pakistan has enough dollars to meet foreign obligations, says SBP governor

Kazim Alam

November 15, 2022

KARACHI: State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Governor Jameel Ahmad said on Monday the country has enough dollars in its coffers to meet foreign debt obligations.

Speaking to the press on the sidelines of a ceremony at the Institute of Business Administra­tion (IBA), Mr Ahmad said there’s no reason to worry about a shortage of foreign exchange liquidity. “Our reserves are over $7.9 billion. They’re more than sufficient to meet any obligations,” the governor said.

Foreign exchange reserves of the SBP dropped $956 million during the week ending on Nov 4 because of external debt servicing, including a $500m commercial loan repayment to China.

The SBP governor’s statement coincided with Pakistan’s risk of sovereign default hitting a multi-year high at the end of last week.

Significant increase in five-year CDS negates his claim

The country’s five-year credit default swap (CDS) — a type of insurance against the risk of sovereign default — increased by almost four percentage points on a day-on-day basis to 64.2 per cent on Nov 11.

The rising CDS level is reflective of investors’ dwindling confidence in Pakistan’s ability to pay back its international loans.

According to Arif Habib Ltd, the five-year CDS went up by 4,210 basis points — or 42.1 percentage points — to 6,419 basis points on a month-on-month basis.

Mr Ahmad said all letters of credit (LCs) amounting to less than $100,000 will be cleared by the end of this week. Many businesses, especially those catering to domestic demand for goods, couldn’t make dollar-denominated payments to their foreign suppliers owing to the recent restrictions on the outflow of foreign exchange.

“We’re also facilitating (imports for) export-oriented projects. There’re some businesses whose projects are nearing completion. We’ve cleared their imports. Moreover, for some specific sectors, we’re allowing the equivalent of 50-60pc of their past imports,” said Mr Ahmad without elaborating further.

With regard to the ongoing investigation into the alleged manipulation of the exchange rate by more than eight commercial banks, the SBP governor said the central bank’s team looking into the matter will complete its task by the end of November. “We’ll then take all the required regulatory actions,” he said.

Earlier, the SBP governor inaugurated IBA’s Finance Lab, which will allow students access to real-time data from the capital markets. The institute’s business school has set up the lab in collaboration with Alpha Capital Securities, a Karachi-based brokerage run by IBA alum Muhammad Azfer Naseem.

The SBP governor said the Finance Lab should consider collaborating with related disciplines to conduct studies on business processes, market sizing and value chain assessments of various products from the perspective of growth and innovation.

Source: Dawn

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Chaman border shut as Afghan side hunts ‘terrorists’

Saleem Shahid

November 15, 2022

QUETTA: Guns on both sides of the Pak-Afghan border fell silent on Monday after an intermittent exchange of fire between the security forces continued over the weekend at Friendship Gate, which remained closed for a second consecutive day.

Pakistani officials claimed they had no plan to reopen the border crossing at Chaman until the Afghan forces hand over the armed men who opened fire on FC personnel at the Friendship Gate before fleeing back into Afghan territory.

Reuters quoted a spokesperson for the Afghan interior ministry as saying that the clash had occurred between border forces from both sides due to a “misunderstanding” and the incident was being investigated.

On the other hand, a spokesperson for the media wing of Pakistan’s military said they were looking into the situation to determine what had happened.

“We have provided footage of the CCTV camera of firing at the Pakistan side from Afghan territory to the Taliban officials,” Chaman Deputy Commissioner Abdul Hameed Zehri said while talking to Dawn.

Afghan authorities were also informed that the attackers who opened fire at Friendship Gate were riding motorcycles and after firing they fled into the Afghan area.

The Afghan border authorities, however, said the Taliban forces were not involved in the shooting at Friendship Gate. “They might be terrorists who were involved in firing,” they said.

The Afghan authorities in Spin Buldak in the meantime issued a sketch of a suspected shooter. “We are investigating the incident and making efforts to arrest the wanted attacker,” Afghan officials said.

Official sources said Pakistan refused to open Friendship Gate for transit trade and crossing, saying the border would remain closed until the authorities got the custody of the armed men who fired at Pakistani personnel, leaving one of them martyred and two others wounded.

“Silence prevailed on both sides of the border as no fresh incident of firing from any side was reported throughout the day,” MrZehri told Dawn when reached on phone.

About Sunday night’s gun battle between border forces, he confirmed that there were casualties on the Afghan side.

“Friendship Gate at the [Chaman] border is closed and we have no plan to open it till handing over of the armed men who opened fire on the Pakistan side,” he said. However, MrZehri said, on humanitarian grounds and as a goodwill gesture, several hundred Afghan nationals who were stranded in Chaman after the border closure were allowed to cross into their country from another area, considering that there were patients among them who had come to Pakistan for treatment.

“They were facilitated to cross into Afghanistan not through Friendship Gate, which is still closed, but from another site, which is not a crossing point,” MrZehri said.

The remaining Afghan nationals would also be allowed to return to their homeland through the same point when it would be opened for two to three hours on Tuesday and at the same time the Pakistanis who were stranded in Afghanistan would also return to Chaman, according to the officer.

About Sunday night’s gun battle between border forces, he confirmed to Dawn that there were casualties on the Afghan side.

Since the closure of Chaman border, the immigration offices of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Pakistan Customs have been closed. The offices will remain shut till the reopening of the border.
Source: Dawn

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Imran Khan moves Supreme Court for attack probe

Nov 15, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Former PM Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Monday approached the Supreme Court seeking formation of a judicial commission to probe the assassination attempt on him during a march earlier this month.

The police had on the apex court’s orders last week registered an FIR but did not include Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, interior minister Rana Sanaullah and senior ISI official Major General Faisal Naseer in the case.

Imran wants the trio named as plotters of the November 3 attack in Punjab province’s Wazirabad during his long march and is adamant that any FIR without including them is unacceptable. “How come I cannot name those whom I suspect of my assassination attempt,” Imran reiterated.

In its petition, the PTI has requested the top court to hold public hearings and form commissions on three matters -- the assassination attempt on Imran, killing of Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif in Kenya and alleged video leak of senator Azam Swati featuring him with his wife during their stay at an official guesthouse in Quetta.

The PTI’s plea claims the assassination bid was a “clear attempt to literally eliminate the former prime minister”. “Another “grave injustice” continues to fester as the police have refused to register the FIR according to the request submitted by the complainant (Imran),” the petition says.

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Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman’s postponement of Pak visit creates squabble among Govt, PTI

15 November, 2022

Islamabad [Pakistan], November 14 (ANI): The postponement of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman’s (MBS) visit to Pakistan has created a squabble between the coalition government and main opposition party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

The bickering began with the statement of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior leader and Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Sunday claiming that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman’s (MBS) visit to Pakistan had been postponed due to the PTI’s ongoing long march towards Islamabad, reported The News International.

Taking to Twitter, Asif said, “Imran Khan’s first sit-in seven years ago had led to the cancellation of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s to Pakistan and now the Saudi crown prince’s visit has been postponed due to the announcement of the November 21 sit-in. This person is working on an agenda against the country”.

Saudi Crown Prince and Prime Minister Muhammad Bin Salman’s much-anticipated visit to Pakistan has been postponed, the Foreign Office (FO) confirmed on Saturday, said a news report.

Meanwhile, PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry engaged in a Twitter spat with Defence Minister Khwaja Asif over the issue, reported The News International.

“Firstly, Khawaja Asif is the defence minister of Pakistan but morally he is so low as to feel no problem in telling a lie. Muhammad Bin Salman has postponed his visit to the whole of Asia, not just Pakistan,” he said in a tweet.

In another tweet, he said, “The second fact is that analysts in other countries are suggesting their rulers that dealing with the current rulers in Pakistan will show their disassociation with the people of Pakistan. Hence, any leader interested in long-term relations with Pakistan would maintain his distance from the present rulers”.

Prince Mohammad bin Salman was due to reach Islamabad on November 21, on a two-day visit but the visit was not officially announced by either Riyadh or Islamabad.

However, diplomats did not contradict the reports on the Saudi Crown prince’s visit to Pakistan in the media. Even, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, after his recent meeting with Prince Salman, had remarked that he was looking forward to the monarch’s visit, reported The News International.

When The News International contacted the Foreign Office’s spokesperson, she confirmed that the visit had been postponed while a new date would be announced later.

After a lot of interaction between Riyadh and Islamabad, around 7 pm on Saturday, The News was told by a government official, “We will issue a coordinated announcement soon”.

However, no agreement could be reached and a coordinated statement was not issued. On Sunday, when The News reached out to the same official it was told, “Not today”, despite the fact that Sunday is a working day in Saudi Arabia.

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Europe

EU sanctions Iran’s interior minister, IRGC chief, state TV over protest crackdown

14 November ,2022

The European Union placed on Monday additional sanctions on Iran, targeting 29 individuals and three organizations, including the interior minister, the chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and Iranian state television Press TV, in response to the crackdown on protests over the death of MahsaAmini.

“The EU strongly condemns the unacceptable violent crackdown of protesters. We stand with the Iranian people and support their right to protest peacefully and voice their demands and views freely. We are today imposing additional sanctions on those responsible for the suppression of the Iranian protestors,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said.

Mass protests have swept Iran since September 16 when MahsaAmini, a 22-year-old woman died in the morality police’s custody.

Iranians have gathered across the country to take part in demonstrations that called for the downfall of the regime.

The regime responded with a violent crackdown on protesters, with dozens killed in clashes with the security forces and thousands arrested.

The EU sanctioned: the four members of “the squad that arbitrarily arrested MahsaAmini,” provincial heads of the Iranian Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) and of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), as well as Brigadier General KiyumarsHeidari, the Commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces, for their role in the “brutal repression of the recent protests.”

The latest EU sanctions also designated Iranian state television broadcaster Press TV for being “responsible for producing and broadcasting the forced confessions of detainees.”

The EU also listed Vahid Mohammad Naser Majid, the head of the Iranian Cyber Police for his responsibility in “arbitrarily arresting people for expressing online criticism of the Iranian regime.”

The EU also designated Iran’s Minister of Interior, Ahmad Vahidi, who is in charge of the Law Enforcement Forces (LEF), “which have committed serious human rights violations.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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Terrorism is common fight, European Council president says on terrorist attack in Türkiye

MerveAydogan

15.11.2022

European Council President Charles Michel stressed Tuesday that the "fight against terrorism is a common fight."

Speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia, Michel responded to a question by Anadolu Agency on the deadly weekend terrorist attack on Istanbul’s Istiklal Street, saying "it is extremely important to be all together, try to prevent (such attacks), to cooperate at the level of intelligence services."

"The EU has a very strong position. We want to coordinate, cooperate in order to fight against terrorism everywhere," he added.

Michel also said there is no meeting planned with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Turkish police arrested the perpetrator of the attack on Istiklal Avenue, AhlamAlbashir, a Syrian woman who planted the explosives, in a pre-dawn raid, while dozens of other suspects were detained.

The police said Albashir has confessed that she was trained by the YPG/PYD/PKK terror group as an intelligence operative and entered Türkiye illegally from Afrin, Syria.

The attack left six people dead and injured 81 others, two of them critically.

In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Türkiye, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the US and the EU – has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

On the bilateral meeting between the leaders of China and the US on the sidelines of the summit Monday, Michel said it is "important" for both countries to engage with one another "even if there are different opinions on many topics with China."

"It’s important to listen to each other, try to develop mutual understanding," he said while affirming the need for dialogue to "defend our values, to defend our interests."

He further noted that the timing of the US-China meeting is not a coincidence and said "it is not a bad time."

Saying that the US needs to "rebalance its relations with China" while being firm on defending its interests and promoting values, Michel also said "we don’t want to make the same mistakes we maybe made with Russia on fossil fuels."

"We were very dependent on Russia for fossil fuels. And we have today difficulties in the field of energy. This is one of the consequences of the war by Russia but also because of that dependency from Russian fossil fuels," he said.

He said that with China, the EU does not "want to be too dependent for the innovative technology that we need today."

Asked about the possibility of further conflict amid Russia's war on Ukraine, Michel said "Russia decided to use food and energy as weapons, mass destabilization weapons."

Saying that there is an energy crisis in Europe, he said such a crisis in Europe also "has consequences everywhere in the world. The food security crisis has huge consequences, especially in the developing countries."

He further lashed out against Russia for using "nuclear rhetoric" and said it "is extremely dangerous, which is not responsible."

"We are trying in Europe to mobilize the rest of the world in order to defend the UN Charter," he stressed, noting that it is "a battle for the UN Charter. This is a battle for international law."

"There is a risk for further instability and more conflicts, but we don’t want (that)," he said.

On the G-20 Summit, the European Council president said he will use the meetings today and tomorrow "to convince all of the members of the G-20 to put more pressure on Russia."

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Coleraine mosque hosts community group to improve understanding

By Maria McCann

Nov 15, 2022

"It is only through learning about each other that we can establish a better understanding."

Dr JaweedWali, president of the Muslim Association of Coleraine, hosted a community group last week.

It included people who never knew there was a mosque in their hometown.

Amanda O'Donnell, who has lived in Coleraine her whole life, said people's mindsets were "changing as the town changes".

"We're a lot more diverse, we're willing to include and we're trying to be equal to everybody in the town," she said.

"We're trying to learn and empower people to learn more about the different religions and about the different people coming to live here.

"Hopefully that will bring peace to our community and bring us all together."

Dr Wali said the Muslim community was growing, with up to 60 people regularly attending prayers.

"The Muslim community has been increasing all over Northern Ireland," he said.

"Certainly in our area because of the influx of Syrian refugees. That has bumped the numbers up here… It is a great thing for us."

Dr Wali said he anticipated not everyone would feel the same, but that generally the community had been welcoming.

"People go out of their way to help them," he said.

"Even people privately on their own have gone out of their way to teach them English to help them, especially around Christmas, they bring gifts to them… they are being welcomed and taken care of."

The visit to the Coleraine Muslim Association was organised by Fergal Quinn, ethnic communities officer from the Building Communities Resource Centre.

"When we were setting up the programme, we wanted to have four venues where people wouldn't normally frequent," he said.

"It was a revelation to me that there was a mosque or Islamic Centre in Coleraine as it was for a lot of the participants….and yet they're such a vibrant and important part of the Causeway Coast and Glens community.

"Ignorance sometimes is just a lack of knowledge."

The group also visited the Orange Hall in Dervock, the LGBTQ+ society at Ulster University and CAN Ballymoney, an organisation that supports people with learning difficulties.

Source: BBC

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G20 summit: Vladimir Putin may be absent, but he is still on leaders' minds

Nov 15, 2022

JAKARTA: Vladimir Putin may be absent from the Group of 20 summit but he'll still be at the center of attention among world leaders wrestling with the consequences of the Russian president's floundering war in Ukraine.

Putin opted to avoid potential confrontations with President Joe Biden and US allies at the summit starting Tuesday in Indonesia's Bali. After repeated setbacks and climbdowns over Ukraine, the leader who has reveled in projecting a strong-man image may also have had to contend with even friendly leaders politely distancing themselves at the G20.

"If Putin had gone he wouldn't have got meetings with Biden and other Western leaders," said Oksana Antonenko, a director at Control Risks in London. "Equally, any meetings with the leaders of China and India would just have highlighted their lukewarm position on the war, which they want to see end as soon as possible."

Having sent foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in his place, the risk for Putin is that Russia gets remembered as the unwelcome guest at the party. There have been frictions over the organization of the traditional "family photo" at the summit and tensions over the wording on the war in a final joint communique.

Lavrov, who had no public engagements in Bali on Monday, is expected to leave the G20 a day early after meetings Tuesday with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, according to a person close to the Russian delegation.

"He's not Putin but it's understood that whatever discussions are held with him will be relayed back to the Kremlin," said Emily Ferris, a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London.

The Kremlin explained the president's decision not to go to Bali by his need to deal with urgent questions at home. Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in a briefing on Monday, however, that it was "a routine workday for the president" with his only public engagement being a discussion by videolink about the harvest with one of Russia's regional governors.

Still, the summit takes place only days after the humiliating retreat of Russian forces from Ukraine's southern city of Kherson, the only regional capital they'd captured since Putin's February 24 invasion began.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited the recaptured city Monday, hours after declaring "the beginning of the end of the war" in his nightly address to the nation.

Putin has remained silent about the defeat, which came less than seven weeks after he declared Kherson and three other partially occupied Ukrainian regions to be Russian "forever." It follows on the heels of other successes by Ukrainian counteroffensives that have pushed Russian forces back in the east and south of the country since September.

Russia has also retreated repeatedly from attempts to escalate pressure on Ukraine's allies. It walked back threats of a possible use of nuclear weapons after sharp rebukes from the US and its Nato allies as well as warning signals from Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Biden and Xi met for about three hours in Bali on Monday in their first face-to-face talks, and agreed a series of measures intended to improve relations.

Xi told Biden that China is "highly concerned" about the situation in Ukraine, the foreign ministry in Beijing said in a statement. The two leaders agreed that they oppose "the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine," according to a White House statement.

CIA director Bill Burns warned of the consequences of Russia using nuclear weapons at a meeting with Russian Foreign Intelligence Service Director Sergei Naryshkin in Ankara on Monday, a White House spokesperson said.

Days after pulling out, Russia this month resumed involvement in a deal allowing vital exports of Ukrainian grain via a Black Sea security corridor when Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations continued shipments anyway. On Monday, the Kremlin said it was having "constructive" talks with the UN on extending the deal beyond a November 19 deadline.

Source: Times Of India

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Britain sanctions Iranian officials over crackdown on protesters

14 November ,2022

Britain on Monday sanctioned Iranian officials including a government minister over what it called a “violent repression of protests” in the country.

The sanctions include Iranian Communications Minister Issa Zarepour and a range of local law enforcement and security officials, the British foreign office said in a statement.

“These sanctions target officials within the Iranian regime who are responsible for heinous human rights violations,” Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said.

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UK to end troop deployment to UN mission in Mali earlier than planned

AysuBicer

15.11.2022

The UK announced Monday that the country is ending troop deployment to the UN mission in Mali earlier than expected, with British Armed Forces Minister James Heappey saying that two coups in Mali in three years had "undermined" international efforts to maintain peace.

"The Wagner Group is linked to mass human rights abuses, and the Malian government's partnership with the Wagner Group is counterproductive to lasting stability and security in their region," Heappey said in a statement to the House of Commons.

"This government cannot deploy our nation’s military to provide security when the host country’s government is not willing to work with us to deliver lasting stability and security," he noted.

Known as a Russian private military company, Wagner Group has reportedly operated in Ukraine, Syria and Libya and some African countries including Mali and the Central African Republic.

The group has been targeted in the raft of sanctions imposed on Russia by Western countries. Russia denies any links to the group.

Heappey added, however, that the country's commitment to West Africa and the important work of the UN is undiminished.

"I will join colleagues from across Europe and West Africa in Accra to coordinate our renewed response to instability in the Sahel," he said.

Since 2012, Mali has been battling growing violence orchestrated by militants in its northern and central regions targeting both soldiers and civilians.

The UN Security Council adopted a resolution in 2013 to establish a Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) to support political processes in the country and carry out security-related tasks.

In 2014, the 12,000-strong UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) peacekeeping force began deployment in the troubled country.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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City hall in Netherlands hangs Turkish flag in support of Türkiye

Seda Sevencan

15.11.2022

A Turkish flag was hung on the Rotterdam City Hall in the Netherlands in honor of the victims in Sunday’s deadly terrorist attack in Istanbul.

“The Turkish flag hangs at half-staff on the city hall of Rotterdam. Our thoughts go out to the victims of the attack and their relatives,” the city of Rotterdam said on Twitter on Monday, sharing a video of the flag.

At least six people were killed and 81 injured in Sunday's bomb blast, which the Turkish government confirmed was carried out by the terror group PKK/YPG.

AhlamAlbashir, a Syrian woman who planted the explosives in the crowded commercial hub, has been arrested along with dozens of other suspects.

Albashir confessed that she was trained by the PKK/YPG terror group as an intelligence operative and entered Türkiye illegally from the northwestern Syrian city of Afrin, according to Turkish officials.

Authorities said she took orders from the terror group's headquarters in Kobani, Syria.

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Southeast Asia

Sanusi Slams Actor ZulHuzaimy’s Alleged Remarks About Harming ‘Enemies Of Islam’

Tsubasa Nair

November 14, 2022

IPOH: PAS election director Sanusi Md Nor has denounced a local actor’s remarks about harming the “enemies of Islam” or “Kafir Harbi”.

The actor, ZulHuzaimy, made the remarks while speaking at an event in Terengganu earlier this month.

A video of Zul’s remarks has gone viral, and social media users have questioned PAS over the matter as the actor has been seen campaigning for the party.

Speaking to reporters after an event here last night, Sanusi said Zul did not represent PAS.

He said only PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang and secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan could speak on behalf of the party, adding that he himself did not dare do so.

“It’s dangerous to be talking like that, you can be arrested,” Sanusi said when asked to comment on Zul’s remarks.

Sanusi pointed out that PAS has never perpetuated violence against anyone in the 32 years it ruled Kelantan, adding its citizens from all walks of life lived in peace and harmony.

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Unity among Muslims and non-Muslims under PAS’ administration: Hadi

15-11- 2022

PORT DICKSON: The unity and stability among the Muslims and non-Muslims, especially in states under PAS’ administration proves that the party does not ignore other races, said PAS president Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang.

As such, the Perikatan Nasional (PN) deputy chairman, said there was no reason for the non-Muslims to be afraid if the country continued to be governed by Muslim leaders.

“In states under PAS, Kelantan, Terengganu and Kedah, there are no wrongdoings under PN’s rule. There is stability and unity. The Chinese and Indian families can live in Muslim villages,” he added.

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Sarawak to up non-Muslim unit funding to RM200m next year

By Sulok Tawie

14 Nov 2022

SIBU, Nov 14 — Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg today said he will allocate RM200 million for the Unit For Other Religions (Unifor) to be channelled to non-Islamic religious bodies in the state, up from this year’s figure of RM50 million.

He said the increase will be part of the state’s Budget 2023 that will be presented at the Sarawak state assembly later this month.

“You want to request for an increase in the allocation for next year, then we will increase,” he said at the Unifor’s Appreciation gathering here.

He said the state government could afford the increase due to higher state revenue of over RM10 billion, the highest in the state’s history.

He said apart from the allocation from the state government, the GabunganParti Sarawak (GPS) assemblymen have been provided with a special allocation under the Rural Minor Project and Rural Transformation Project programmes to assist non-Islamic religious bodies to carry out their activities and build new houses of worship.

“This means when you do good things, God will reward us,” he said.

When you pray in a very comfortable house of worship, you can concentrate because prayer normally is a connection with you and your God,” he said.

He said this is for this reason that the state government is helping other religions to build houses of worship “so you can request whatever you want to request from your God.”

He said as the premier he must be fair to all the people from different ethnic and religious backgrounds.

Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah, who is also the minister in charge of Unifor, thanked Abang Johari for providing the grants under the special development assistance fund (SDAF).

He said in the first year of the unit establishment in 2017, the allocation was RM15 million and it gradually increased to RM50 million this year.

He added between 2017 and this year, the total allocations were RM215 million.

He added another RM10 million was given out as operational assistance during the Covid-19 pandemic to houses of worship.

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'End the war', Indonesia leader Joko Widodo urges at G20 opening

Nov 15, 2022

NUSA DUA, Indonesia: Indonesia's President Joko Widodo on Tuesday urged G20 leaders to "end the war" as he opened a summit dominated by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, with Washington and allies heaping pressure on Moscow.

"Being responsible means creating not zero-sum situations, being responsible here also means that we must end the war," Widodo said.

The United States and its allies are looking to pin painfully high global food and fuel prices squarely at President Vladimir Putin's door during the gathering.

Eyeing a joint G20 declaration that would condemn the eight-month-old invasion and threats to use nuclear weapons, US and European officials have painted the summit as evidence of Russia's deepening isolation.

"I think you're going to see most members of the G20 make clear that they condemn Russia's war in Ukraine," a senior US official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"Russia's war of aggression is being condemned in the strongest possible terms," the official said, adding that many "see Russia's war in Ukraine as the root source of immense economic and humanitarian suffering in the world."

It remained far from clear that Russia's G20 allies China, India and South Africa would sign up to language that would condemn Putin's war so explicitly.

Such a condemnation at the G20 would be a heavy diplomatic defeat for Moscow, which has been keen to paint opposition to the conflict as Western-dominated.

There was a hint at growing Chinese unease with Russia's prosecution of the war though when presidents Xi Jinping and Joe Biden met late Monday.

Both men voiced opposition to the "use or threat of use" of nuclear weapons in Ukraine, the White House said.

European Council president Charles Michel signalled that while a draft agreement had been agreed to in principle, there was still work to be done.

"I am absolutely convinced that we should try to use the meeting today and tomorrow to convince all of the parties to put more pressure on Russia," he told media as the summit opened.

G20 leaders are gathered in Bali as soaring inflation drives millions more into poverty and tips several nations toward recession.

US allies hope to find common ground with G20 nations that, while cautious about denouncing Russia, are deeply concerned about rising prices.

G20 members Argentina and Turkey are among the countries worst hit by food inflation, while India and South Africa have avoided criticism of Moscow.

Putin is skipping the summit after a string of embarrassing battlefield defeats in a war that his supporters believed would be over in days.

Rubbing salt in the wound, Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky -- fresh from a visit to liberated Kherson -- addressed G20 leaders in a video message.

Russia is represented by Sergei Lavrov, despite the veteran foreign minister making two Bali hospital trips in as many days for an undisclosed ailment.

Moscow denied the top diplomat had been hospitalised.

Lavrov is not seen as part of Putin's inner circle -- meaning the chance of a diplomatic breakthrough to end the war is vanishingly small.

With Zelensky and Putin absent "there is little chance of any real peace diplomacy in Bali," said Richard Gowan of the International Crisis Group.

Still, French President Emmanuel Macron has kept an olive branch extended. He will call Putin after the G20 summit, according to a senior French official.

A deal allowing Ukraine to export grain through the Black Sea is likely to be another focus of conversation.

It expires November 19, and Russia has already threatened to rip it up.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Monday he was "hopeful" the deal would be extended, calling it crucial for food security.

Ukraine is one of the world's top grain producers, and the Russian invasion had blocked 20 million tonnes of grain in its ports before the United Nations and Turkey brokered the deal in July.

"We need urgent action to prevent famine and hunger in a growing number of places around the world," Guterres said.

The summit build-up has focused on Xi, who is making only his second overseas trip since the pandemic.

He meets Tuesday with French President Emmanuel Macron and Australia's Anthony Albanese, a day after a first presidential sitdown with Biden.

The pair cooled Cold War rhetoric in a three-hour summit as they tried to take some of the heat out of their simmering superpower rivalry.

"The world expects that China and the United States will properly handle the relationship," Xi told Biden.

Former US diplomat Danny Russel described the meeting as broadly positive.

Source: Times Of India

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G20 Summit: PM Modi, US President Biden share warm hug at Bali

Nov 15, 2022

BALI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden on Tuesday shared a warm hug as the G20 Summit began in Bali.

In an photo shared by the Prime Minister's Office, the two leaders are seen shaking hands

"PM @narendramodi and @POTUS @JoeBideninteract during the @g20org Summit in Bali. G20 working session on Food and Energy Security," Prime Minister's Office tweeted.

The two leaders will participate in the G20 working session on Food and Energy Security today.

#WATCH | Prime Minister Narendra Modi met US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron as the… https://t.co/8xXnQfHOy8

— The Times Of India (@timesofindia) 1668478996000

PM Modi also greeted and shook hands with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Earlier today, PM Modi was greeted by Indonesia's President Joko Widodo at the venue.

Upon his arrival in Bali on Sunday night, PM Modi was received a traditional welcome.

"Grateful to the Indian community for the warm welcome in Bali!" the prime minister tweeted.

The 17th edition of the G20 Summit will extensively focus on key issues of global concern under the theme of 'Recover Together, Recover Stronger'.

As part of the G20 Summit Agenda- Three working sessions will be held on food and energy security, health, and digital transformation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting with leaders of several other participating countries on the sidelines of the summit and review the progress in India's bilateral relations with them.

According to the departure statement of the PM released by the Prime Minister's Office, "India's G20 Presidency will be grounded in the theme 'VasudhaivaKutumbakam' or 'One Earth One Family One Future', which underlines the message of equitable growth and shared future for all."

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PM Narendra Modi arrives at venue to attend G20 summit in Bali

Nov 15, 2022

BALI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived at Apurva Kempisnky Hotel in Bali to participate in the Food and Energy Security Session at the 17th G20 Leaders Summit. Indonesia's President Joko Widodo greeted PM Modi at the venue.

The two leaders shook hands as they met at Apurva Kempisnky hotel in Bali. PM Narendra Modi is on a three-day visit to Bali to attend the G20 Leaders Summit. After arriving in Bali, PM Modi tweeted, "Grateful to the Indian community for the warm welcome in Bali!"

During the summit, PM Modi will have extensive discussions with other G20 Leaders on issues of global concern, including reviving global growth, food & energy security, environment, health, and digital transformation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting with leaders of several other participating countries on the sidelines of the G20 summit and review the progress in India's bilateral relations with them.

In a departure statement ahead of his visit to Bali, PM Modi said that he is looking forward to addressing the Indian community in Bali at a reception on November 15. In the statement, PM Modi said that he will speak about India's achievements and the nation's "unwavering commitment" to addressing global challenges at the G20 summit.

According to the departure statement released by Prime Minister's Office, "India's G20 Presidency will be grounded in the theme 'VasudhaivaKutumbakam' or 'One Earth One Family One Future', which underlines the message of equitable growth and shared future for all."

Source: Times Of India

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Hadi Awang: Harmony among Muslims, non-Muslim in PAS-ruled states proof of ‘stability’ offered by party

15 Nov 2022

PORT DICKSON, Nov 15 — The unity and stability among the Muslims and non-Muslims, especially in states under PAS’ administration proves that the party does not ignore other races, said PAS president Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang.

As such, the Perikatan Nasional (PN) deputy chairman, said there was no reason for the non-Muslims to be afraid if the country continued to be governed by Muslim leaders.

“In states under PAS, Kelantan, Terengganu and Kedah, there are no wrongdoings under PN’s rule. There is stability and unity. The Chinese and Indian families can live in Muslim villages,” he added.

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Kurdish-led Syrian SDF denies involvement in Turkey bombing

14 November ,2022

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) denied Monday any role in a deadly bomb attack in central Istanbul that killed six people, which Turkey has blamed on Kurdish militants.

“Our forces have nothing to do with the Istanbul bombing,” said Mazloum Abdi, the chief commander of the US-allied SDF.

Turkey considers the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) -- the main component of the SDF -- an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Ankara has blamed the PKK, which has waged an insurgency in Turkey for decades, for carrying out the attack Sunday in Istanbul. The PKK also denied involvement in the attack.

There has been no claim of responsibility.

The SDF is the de facto army of the semi-autonomous Kurdish administration in northeastern Syria.

It provided crucial assistance to a US-led coalition against extremists of the ISIS group.

Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said “the order for the attack was given from Kobane,” referring to a Kurdish-held city in Syria near the Turkish border.

Turkey has launched waves of attacks on Syria since 2016 targeting Kurdish militias as well as ISIS extremists, and Ankara and forces backed by it have seized territory along the Syrian border.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Number of private schools in Dubai on the rise, data shows

15 November ,2022

The number of private schools in Dubai increased to 216 during the 2022-23 academic year, the latest data from Dubai’s education regulator showed.

Dubai continues to offer a variety of diverse school syllabuses, with private schools offering at least 17 different criteria. At the beginning of this academic year, four new private schools opened, the official Emirates News Agency WAM reported on Monday.

Schools offering UK curriculum remain the top choice for Dubai private school students, with 36 percent opting for it, data from Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) showed.

The second most popular was the Indian curriculum (26 percent), followed by the American curriculum (15 percent), the International Baccalaureate (7 percent), and UK/IB hybrid curriculum (4 percent).

“These student enrolment figures represent healthy, sustainable growth, and show the trust that parents have in the ability of Dubai private schools to give their children an education grounded in wellbeing that can meet the demands of the future,” WAM quoted Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Director General of KHDA, as saying.

“While the range of curricula offered in Dubai speaks to the diversity of our community; all schools are committed to a quality-driven, future-focused approach that will enable students to thrive. We’re grateful to school leaders, teachers, students and parents for their contribution to world-class education in Dubai,” he added.

The American curriculum still remains the top choice for Emirati students enrolled in private schools, as KHDA figures showed that 60 percent of Emirati students were attending US curriculum schools. The second most popular choice for Emirati student were UK curriculum schools, with 24 percent opting for it.

The KHDA also revealed that during the 2021-22 academic year, student enrollment in private schools increased by 4.5 percent.

Source: Al Arabiya

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UAE official calls for ‘unambivalent’ US security commitment

14 November ,2022

A senior United Arab Emirates official called on Monday for “codified and unambivalent” commitments from the United States to its security, adding it had no interest in “choosing sides”.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia, wary of Iran's nuclear and missiles programs, have been strengthening links with China, a major trade partner, and Russia, a fellow member of the OPEC+ oil alliance, while the UAE has also forged ties with Israel.

Both have voiced concerns about the Washington's commitment to the region and chafed at restrictions on arms sales from the US, their main security guarantor.

Anwar Gargash, diplomatic adviser to the UAE's president, said it needs security partners who can help build defense capabilities as it also works to ease regional tensions, focus on economic growth and collaborate on global challenges.

“Our primary strategic security relationship remains unequivocally with the United States,” Gargash said.

“Yet it is vital that we find a way to ensure that we can rely on this relationship for decades to come, through clear, codified and unambivalent commitments,” he added in a speech delivered to the Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate.

The UAE would continue avoiding dependence on “just one or two countries” for its economic prosperity and security by maintaining balanced and diversified relations, he said.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Saudi Arabia, UAE strongly condemn deadly Istanbul bomb attack

14 November ,2022

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have offered their condolences and condemned a deadly bomb attack in central Istanbul on Sunday, which killed at least six people dead.

The Kingdom’s King Salman, as well as the Prime Minister and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, sent cables to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

“We strongly condemn this criminal act, stressing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is standing with the Republic of Turkiye and its brotherly people. We express to Your Excellency, the families of victims and the brotherly people of Turkiye our deepest condolences and sincere sympathy, wishing the injured a speedy recovery,” SPA quoted King Salman as saying.

“I received the news of the terrorist bombing that took place in Taksim square in central Istanbul, which resulted in deaths and injuries, and I strongly condemn this criminal act,” the cable from the crown prince said.

In a statement, the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) expressed “its strong condemnation of these criminal acts, and its permanent rejection of all forms of violence and in contravention of human values and principles,” the Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.

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Qatar responds to criticism, boycott calls in Europe ahead of World Cup

Omer Tugrul Cam  

15.11.2022

BRUSSELS

Qatar’s labor minister responded Monday to allegations about the conditions of migrant workers involved in construction work for the World Cup, saying a mechanism is already in place for those seeking compensation.

In response to boycott calls from some politicians and human rights organizations in European countries following reports of some workers dying or being injured during the construction work, Ali bin Samikh Al Marri said: “Have you ever boycotted any previous editions of the World Cup?”

“I just would like to confirm that each and every one of you is welcomed in Qatar to attend the matches,” he added.

Touching on allegations that some workers in Qatar have been unjustly treated, Al Marri said “there is a mechanism to which everyone can resort in order to seek remedy and get compensation.”

“At least $350 million has been given as compensation to workers,” he said.

The allegations about his country may have derived from a lack of communication, he said, adding the proper information on the issue should be received from the right source.

Al Marri invited everyone to Qatar for the FIFA World Cup, saying: “I can confirm to you that the Qatar World Cup will be the best in football history.”

The 2022 World Cup, hosted by the Gulf nation of Qatar, is set to kick off on Nov. 20 and end on Dec. 18.

Ahead of the World Cup, some politicians and human rights defenders in European countries are calling for a boycott of the sporting event, accusing the country of human rights violations.

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UAE President inaugurates Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Indonesia

14 November ,2022

UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed inaugurated the new Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Indonesia’s city of Solo with Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Monday, the Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.

The two leaders performed a ‘greetings prayer’ upon entering the mosque for the first time and signed a commemorative plaque that will be hung in the mosque on the Mihrab – a prayer niche built in mosques to show the direction of the qibla.

The mosque is similar to Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, with incorporations from traditional Indonesian designs and was built using local materials, according to WAM.

The new mosque has the capacity to accommodate 10,000 worshippers and is home to 56 domes and four minarets, as well as 32 columns in the main prayer area, WAM reported.

“I was pleased to join President Joko Widodo in Solo, Indonesia to inaugurate the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Named in honor of the UAE’s founding father, the mosque represents his values of peace and goodwill [and reflects] the longstanding ties that exist between our two countries,” Sheikh Mohamed said.

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Missile attacks target Kurdish armed group in northern Iraq

Bekir Aydogan

14.11.2022

ERBIL, Iraq

One person was killed in missile attacks on the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) in northern Iraq on Monday, according to local health authorities.

The attacks targeted the PDKI premises in the towns of KoySanjaq and Zirguez in northern Iraq, local media reported.

Eight other people were injured in the attacks, the Health Ministry of the Kurdish Regional Government said in a statement.

PDKI is an armed Kurdish group banned by Iran.

Iran's powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps had previously launched attacks on Kurdish armed groups in northern Iraq, accusing them of fanning anti-government protests in Iran.

Iran has been rocked by nationwide protests since September over the death of an Iranian woman in police custody.

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Saudi Arabia hopes G20 Summit will ‘contribute to developing strong solutions’ to global problems

November 14, 2022

DENPASAR, Bali: Saudi Arabia is expecting the upcoming G20 Summit to help resolve global challenges, the Kingdom’s ambassador to Indonesia told Arab News ahead of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s arrival in Bali, where the meetings will take place this week.

Indonesia, the largest Muslim-majority nation, is holding this year’s presidency of the Group of 20 biggest economies and will host its leaders’ meeting in Bali on Nov. 15-16.

The delegation of Saudi Arabia, which is one of the main members of the G20, will attend all sessions of the summit.

The crown prince, who also serves as the Kingdom’s prime minister, will also hold meetings with world leaders on the sidelines of the event. 

The Kingdom expects the summit to contribute in “developing strong solutions to the world’s problems,” Saudi Ambassador Esam Abid Al-Thagafi told Arab News.

The summit will take place as the global economy is struggling to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, and in the wake of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict.

“The Kingdom hopes that the results of this summit will limit the existing political escalation as a result of the war and the bad economic effects that this reflects,” Al-Thagafi said, adding that it is important to remember that the G20 was established “to discuss the world’s economic future and solve its problems.”

Since Indonesia took over the G20 presidency from Italy at the end of last year, Saudi Arabia, which chaired the group in 2020, “has been keen to provide all support for the success of this hosting,” Al-Thagafi said.

“Most of Saudi ministers participated in the meetings held in Bali and other Indonesian cities throughout the year, and met their Indonesian counterparts bilaterally.”

On Nov. 2, ahead of the summit, Indonesia hosted the G20’s first-ever Religion Forum. 

The event, R20, was organized by the country’s largest Muslim organization Nahdlatul Ulama and the Muslim World League.

“It came out with great positive results for more interfaith dialogue and peaceful coexistence among the peoples of the world,” Al-Thagafi said.

Saudi Arabia’s support for Indonesia is also in reciprocation of Jakarta’s support for Riyadh two years ago.

“The Saudi leadership is striving with all its support to make the (Bali) summit works a success, a role that Indonesia also played when the Kingdom hosted the work of the Group of 20 in 2020,” the ambassador added.

Since establishing diplomatic ties in 1950, both countries have enjoyed decades of strong religious and people-to-people relations — Saudi Arabia being the birthplace of Islam, Indonesia home to the world’s largest Muslim population.

Indonesia sends the highest number of pilgrims to Makkah and Madinah each year. Before the pandemic, over 200,000 Indonesian pilgrims would visit the Kingdom for Hajj every year, and over a million Indonesians would arrive during the Umrah season.

The historic visit of King Salman to Jakarta and Bali in 2017 was the first by a Saudi monarch in nearly five decades.

His trip, which saw the signing of 11 pacts and other agreements, has since brought about a series of high-level exchanges to further boost relations.

Al-Thagafi, who presented his credentials to the Indonesian president in 2019, told Arab News that the ties are currently at their peak.

“Saudi-Indonesian relations are now going through their best stages and growing steadily in all fields,” he said, adding that they are especially strong in terms of the economy, trade and investment.

More than 40 Saudi businessmen and investors arrived in Jakarta accompanying Commerce Minister Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi during an official trip to Indonesia earlier this year.

Several agreements and memoranda of understanding were signed then, and they were followed by multiple visits of Indonesian businessmen to Saudi Arabia.

“This is a great indication that economic relations are in rapid growth between the two countries,” the ambassador said.

Al-Thagafi, who is also Saudi ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, said Indonesia can contribute to the implementation of Vision 2030, which aims to pivot the Kingdom away from oil dependency and establish it as a global investment powerhouse with a sophisticated digital infrastructure.

“There are distinguished Indonesian experiences that can contribute to achieving this, and consultations are continuing between the two countries to achieve the best opportunities for participation,” he added.

With megaprojects in both countries, such as the development of NEOM in Saudi Arabia and a new capital city in Indonesia, the two nations have room to boost relations in the investment sector, Al-Thagafi said. “It is important at this stage to develop the investment sector between the two countries,” he added.

Indonesia has indeed been seeking investment from Saudi Arabia to develop its $32 billion capital city project.

An initial commitment was announced earlier this year following a meeting between LuhutPandjaitan, Indonesia’s coordinating minister of investment and maritime affairs, and the Saudi crown prince in Riyadh.

Both countries also need to develop their trade relations, Al-Thagafi said, “since there are great commercial opportunities that have not been discovered so far.”

For bilateral relations to grow further, Jakarta would need to work on several things, according to TeukuRezasyah, an international relations expert from Padjajaran University in the Indonesian city of Bandung.

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US occupation forces, SDF militants smuggle crude oil from Syria’s Hasakah to northern Iraq

14 November 2022

The US military, in cooperation with allied Takfiri militants, has reportedly used dozens of tanker trucks to smuggle crude oil from Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah to bases in neighboring Iraq, where American forces and trainers are stationed.

Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing local sources in al-Ya'rubiyah town, reported that a convoy of 76 tankers, laden with oil from the energy-rich Jazira region, left Syria through the illegal Mahmoudiya border crossing on Monday, and headed towards Iraqi territories.

SANA noted that the convoy was escorted by US-sponsored and Kurdish-led militants affiliated with the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The US military has for long stationed its forces and equipment in northeastern Syria, with the Pentagon claiming that the deployment is aimed at preventing the oilfields in the area from falling into the hands of Daesh terrorists.

Damascus, however, maintains the deployment is meant to plunder the country’s natural resources. Former US president Donald Trump admitted on several occasions that American forces were in the Arab country for its oil wealth.

On September 21, China called on the United States to stop plundering Syria’s national resources and respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Arab country.

“We call on the United States to respect Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, unilaterally lift sanctions, and end the theft of Syria’s national resources,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a news briefing.

Wang said, “this is not the first time that the United States military has stolen oil from Syria and they seem to be becoming more and more uncontrollable.”

Source: Press TV

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Russia: HTS militants, White Helmets preparing false-flag attacks in Syria’s Idlib

14 November 2022

Russia has warned that members of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) terrorist outfit together with the so-called civil defense group White Helmets are planning to stage another false-flag attack against civilians in the northwestern province of Idlib to implicate Syrian and Russian military forces.

“The Russian military has received information that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorists, in cooperation with White Helmets representatives, intend to carry out provocations in the Idlib de-escalation zone,” said the deputy head of Russian defense ministry’s Center for the Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria, Major General Oleg Yegorov.

He added that the false-flag attacks are meant to incriminate Syrian government forces and Russian troops and accuse them of operations against populated areas and civilian facilities.

The White Helmets group, which claims to be a humanitarian NGO, is known for its coordination with terror outfits in Syria to carry out staged chemical attacks in order to falsely incriminate Syrian government forces and fabricate pretexts for military strikes by a US-led military coalition present in Syria since 2014.

On April 14, 2018, the United States, Britain, and France carried out a string of airstrikes against Syria over a suspected chemical weapons attack on the city of Douma, located about 10 kilometers northeast of the capital Damascus.

That alleged attack was reported by the White Helmets group, which published videos showing them purportedly treating survivors.

Washington and its allies blamed Damascus for the Douma attack, an allegation strongly rejected by the Syrian government.

The Western media and governments have repeatedly accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons against its own citizens in the war against terrorists.

This is while Syria surrendered its stockpile of chemical weapons in 2014 to a joint mission led by the United States and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which oversaw the destruction of the weaponry. It has also consistently denied using chemical weapons.

Russia has been providing Syrian forces with crucial military assistance in the ongoing battles across the conflict-plagued Arab country.

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Mideast

Iran Voices Concern over West's Politicization of Human Rights Issues

2022-November-14

Speaking about the European countries’ stance towards Tehran over the recent development, Kana'ani said a few states have taken political behavior, but Iran will not let them meddle.

"A few countries acted outside the domain of international framework regarding the Iran's domestic affairs," he told reporters, adding, "But, Tehran will not allow any state to interfere in its internal affairs."

"It is clear that these behaviors are political and based on false excuses," the spokesperson stressed.

The diplomat went on to advise the European nations to avoid using the issue of human rights as a tool and pay attention to the interests of bilateral relations.

"Sanctions will not be effective and Iran will give proper response to the sanctions," he said, adding that these sanctions will be harmful to the Iranian nation, "but it will cost these countries as well."

Protests erupted in several cities across Iran over the death of MahsaAmini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman who fainted at a police station in mid-September and days later was pronounced dead at a hospital. The demonstrations soon turned violent.

An official report by Iran’s Legal Medicine Organization announced that Amini’s controversial death was caused by an illness rather than alleged blows to the head or other vital body organs.

Iranian officials blame Western countries for orchestrating the riots to destabilize the country.

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei severely censured the deadly riots, saying they were orchestrated in advance by the United States and the Israeli regime.

“I state it clearly that these developments were planned by America, the Zionist regime and their acolytes. Their main problem is with a strong and independent Iran and the country’s progress. The Iranian nation proved to be fairly strong during recent events and will bravely come onto the scene wherever necessary in the future,” he added.

Iranian officials have blamed the United States, the European Unions, and several Western states for meddling in Iran's internal affairs over the death of Mahsa. They advised the US and its allies against "opportunism and instrumentalization of the issue of human rights" by misusing the incident.

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Leader's Delegation in Sistan-Balouchestan to Study Recent Violence

2022-November-14

Speaking in a meeting with a number of scholars on the recent events in Sistan-Balouchestan, Mohammad Javad Hajj Ali Akbari, head of a delegation from Ayatollah Khamenei said that the Leader was saddened and concerned regarding the incidents and ordered them to be carefully investigated.

He said that the Supreme Leader has called for taking necessary measures based on the results of the investigation.

Hajj Ali Akbari also said there will be no appeasement with criminals and those who foment insecurity.

“There will be no appeasement with those who have harmed the national and provincial security and committed crimes, and they must be punished and tried because the society’s security is a red line for all governments," he added.

Late in September, Zahedan, the capital of Sistan-Balouchestan province which is home to Iran’s Baluch minority, saw an attack on a police station and a mosque.

The assailants torched a fire engine, an emergency station, and a bank there, but according to authorities, their attempts to trigger an ethnic sedition in the region fell flat thanks to the timely presence of security forces.

The attacks, claimed by the so-called Jaish al-Adl terrorist group, left at least 19 people, including police officers, dead and 20 others injured.

Sistan-Balouchestan which borders Pakistan has witnessed several terror attacks targeting both civilians and security forces in recent years.

Terrorist groups carrying out attacks against Iranian interests in Southeastern and Southwestern parts of the country have known links to a number of repressive regimes in the Persian Gulf region.

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IRGC Pounds Terrorists' Positions in Iraq's Kurdistan

2022-November-14

The IRGC’s Ground Force smashed the the strongholds of terror groups in Kurdistan region in Northern Iraq on Monday, with ballistic missiles and suicide drones.

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour gave details of the fresh round of military operation, saying his forces are cautious to prevent any collateral damage.

He added that attacks on the positions of terrorists based in Northern Iraq involved the strongholds that were away from centers of population.

The top commander noted that a number of these sites had been targeted in an operation in late September, but the terrorists returned to those sites and were stationed there again.

"Today’s military strikes were carried out with missiles as well as suicide and combat drones," the brigadier general continued, adding that the strongholds of terrorists along the common border were also hit in artillery attacks.

The terrorists have taken shelter in the populated areas in order to use the ordinary people as human shields, he stated, stressing that the IRGC is cautious to avoid hitting innocent people and families.

The military official said the new round of strikes took place after several warnings to the Kurdistan Region and the Baghdad government officials about the need to expel and disarm the separatist groups based in Northern Iraq.

He warned that the IRGC will definitely hit more positions of terrorists in the next military operations.

Spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry Nasser Kana'ani also reacted to the IRGC’s strikes on the bases of terror groups in theKurdistan region.

“Iran will not remain silent in the face of threats to its territorial security, especially those being posed by separatist groups to border areas, and will defend its security,” Kana’ani told reporters on Monday.

The IRGC has in recent weeks launched a series of aerial operations on the headquarters of Iraqi Kurdistan-based terrorist groups.

The Permanent Mission of Iran to the UN has said diplomacy has failed to bring an end to the presence of terrorists in Kurdistan region and the terror activities in the Arab country has left Tehran with no other option but to use military force against them.

In mid-October, the Permanent Mission of Iran to the UN sent a letter to the head of the Security Council to elaborate on Tehran’s reasons for its recent military operation against terrorist groups in Northern Iraq, explaining that terrorists have used Iraqi territory to carry out armed attacks against civilians and Iran's infrastructure. (READ MORE)

The operation came after the illegal entry of armed teams linked with the Kurdish terrorist groups into the Iranian border cities in recent months.

The IRGC Ground Force has announced that that the operations against terror bases will continue until all anti-Iran separatist and terrorist outfits holed up in the rugged mountainous area lay down their arms and surrender.

The Iranian Armed Forces, specially the IRGC, have repeatedly warned that they will never tolerate the presence and activity of terrorist groups along the Northwestern border and will give strong and decisive responses in case of anti-security activities.

The IRGC has on countless occasions attacked and destroyed terrorist hideouts in the Kurdistan region with artillery fire, missiles and drones.

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Spokesman Warns Iran Not to Tolerate Ukraine's Threats

2022-November-14

"Iran has not sent any equipment and weapons to Russia for use in the war in Ukraine. The country's defensive cooperation is in a bilateral framework and in legal ways," Kan'ani said during his press briefing in the capital Tehran on Monday.

He noted that Tehran seeks friendly relations with other countries, including Ukraine.

"We have presented our positions many times; Iran adheres to the policy of active neutrality regarding Ukraine due to the good relationship which exists between the two countries. We have tried to bring the two sides (Russia and Ukraine) back on the right track, and our cooperation is on a bilateral track," the diplomat added.

"Iran is not a member of any military alliance, but when we see our national security in danger, we will react. We tried to play a positive role in the Ukraine case," the spokesperson continued.

"Iran response decisively on moves that undermine its national security and history shows this," he warned.

The senior official cautioned that any official or nation that threatens Iran outside the domain of international standards and friendly relations, "must take into account the international responsibilities arising from these approaches and think about the consequences of its attitude".

"Iran hopes that Ukraine will not be affected by the foreign country's demands and the plot hatched by the other parties," he concluded.

Iran has on multiple occasions denied in the strongest terms the Western claims of delivery of weapons to Russia to be used against Ukraine.

Iranian officials have emphasized that Tehran takes no sides in the bloody conflict and avoids any steps that may result in an escalation of the crisis. They reiterated their opposition to war between the two countries.

Iranian diplomats reiterated that Tehran has not provided Moscow with weapons for the war in Ukraine, and cautioned Ukraine to be careful about extreme European politicians' attitude towards Tehran-Kiev dispute.

Tehran has also asked Kiev to submit evidence for the use of Iranian drones by Russia in the war, and cautioned that arming Moscow or Kyiv will prolong the conflict between the two neighbors.

In Late February, President Vladimir Putin stated in response to a request by the heads of the Donbass republics he had made a decision to carry out a special military operation. The Russian leader stressed that Moscow had no plans of occupying Ukrainian territories.

The US, the EU, the UK and a number of other states have imposed sanctions against Russian legal entities and individuals. They also increased supplies of weapons to the Ukrainian authorities. Russia has officially become the most sanctioned country in the world, surpassing Iran, Syria and North Korea, after launching a military operation against Ukraine.

Back in September, Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi cautioned that the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is a serious threat to the stability and security of nations.

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Spokesman: IAEA Team to Visit Iran for Further Talks

2022-November-14

"Direct and indirect communication between Iran and the IAEA continues," Kana'ani told reporters at his weekly press briefing on Monday.

"A delegation from Iran had already traveled to Austria's Vienna and negotiated with the IAEA officials, and the two will continue discussions during the visit of the nuclear agency's team to Tehran," the diplomat stated.

"Iran will continue its constructive relations to solve issues related to the Safeguards Agreements," the spokesperson noted.

Deploring some attempts to undermine the technical process of negotiations between Iran and the IAEA, Kana'ani stated the European troika – the UK, France and Germany – have displayed “hasty and unconstructive behavior” and are seeking the “political utilization” of the IAEA.

“Some countries are trying to damage Iran-IAEA cooperation,” he added.

"We hope that the nuclear agency will resolve its issues with Iran within the framework of technical negotiations," the official concluded.

Iran's spokesman stressed that issuing an anti-Iran resolution at the IAEA’s Board of Governors "will not help resolve problems on ‘safeguards’ issues".

He advised European countries to behave tactfully and avoid counterproductive acts that undermines the diplomatic process.

On the Vienna talks aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal, Kana'ani said that Iran has taken constructive initiatives to advance the dialogue process and conclude an agreement.

"Efforts to maintain the course of negotiations continue," he added.

Iranian officials blame the IAEA for making excessive demands beyond the scope of the Safeguards agreement from Tehran, and blast the nuclear wathchdog for adopting political approach over technical issues.

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

Back in September, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami said the IAEA's reports confirm that there is no deviation in Iran's nuclear program.

The IAEA, under the pressure of the Western parties and the Zionist regime, has always made claims about undeclared nuclear activities in Iran, which, of course, are not consistent with the records of cooperation between Iran and the nuclear agency, the nuclear chief noted.

"According to the repeated reports of the International Atomic Energy Agency, there are no deviations in Iran's nuclear program, so they cannot advance their goals by adhering to Mob Rule Ochlocracy," he added.

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

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Iran Condemns Fatal Bombing in Turkey

2022-November-14

"We strongly condemn whatever act of terrorism that targets the country and people of Turkey," Kana'ani said on Sunday.

"We stand by the side of the friendly and brotherly government and people of the Turkish republic," the diplomat added, wishing speedy recovery for those who were wounded in the tragic incident.

Tehran has announced that none of the Iranian citizens were killed in the tragic incident.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian also condoled with the Turkish government and people over the deadly attack.

The top diplomat sympathized with the victims of the deadly attack and strongly condemned the terrorist act targeting innocent people in Istanbul.

"Terrorism is condemned both in Taksim Square, Shah Cheragh, or anywhere else in the world," he wrote on Twitter, referring to a bloody attack on a holy Shrine in the Iranian city of Shiraz.

The remarks came after a heavy explosion ripped through the Turkish city's Istiklal street, which was packed with people.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan noted that the explosion in Istanbul’s Istiklal street was caused by a “bomb attack”, and stressed the blast was a “treacherous attack” and its perpetrators would be punished.

The incident “smells like terrorism”, he continued.

On Monday, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu told reporters Turkish police have arrested 46 people over the bombing.

He added that the suspects included “person who left the bomb that caused the explosion” on a busy thoroughfare in the Turkey’s largest city.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast yet.

Sunday’s blast is the first such incident in Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, in several years.

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Hunger striker in Iran back in prison after hospital treatment

15 November ,2022

Prominent Iranian dissident Hossein Ronaghi has been taken back to prison after receiving hospital treatment following more than 50 days on hunger strike, the judiciary said Tuesday.

“He has been discharged from hospital after being examined by doctors and has returned to prison,” the judiciary’s Mizan Online news website reported.

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Ronaghi is one of dozens of prominent rights activists, journalists and lawyers arrested in a crackdown on protests that erupted after the death of MahsaAmini, following her arrest by the morality police, according to rights groups based outside Iran.

A Wall Street Journal contributor, Ronaghi, 37, has for years been one of the most fearless critics of the Islamic republic still living in the country.

The hunger strike he launched after his incarceration in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison following his arrest on September 24 had raised fears for his health as his family said he was suffering from a pre-existing kidney condition.

Mizan Online had reported that Monday that Ronaghi was in a “stable” condition and ready to be discharged from hospital.

His family also said his health was good after a visit by his parents on Monday.

The authorities have rejected reports that Ronaghi had been physically injured prior to hospitalization, or that his heart had stopped and he had required resuscitation on arrival.

The United States has raised concern over his case.

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Israel says US move to investigate Shireen Abu Akleh’s killing ‘serious mistake’

15 November ,2022

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Monday that Israel will not cooperate with any external investigation into the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

Local media reported that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has launched an investigation into the killing of the reporter, who was fatally shot while covering an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin in May.

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No push for Iran nuclear talks, US envoy says, due to protests, drone sales

14 November ,2022

Iran's crackdown on protesters and the sale of drones to Russia have turned the US' focus away from reviving a nuclear deal, which Tehran has so far rejected, Washington's special envoy for Iran said on Monday.

Speaking to reporters in Paris, Robert Malley insisted that the US would leave the door open to resume diplomacy “when and if” the time came, but for now Washington would continue a policy of sanctions and pressure.

Talks to revive a 2015 accord between Iran and world powers have been at a stalemate since September. Western states accuse Iran of making unreasonable demands after all sides appeared to be nearing a deal.

“If these negotiations are not happening, it's because of Iran's position and everything that has happened since (September),” Malley said.

“Our focus is not an accord that isn't moving forward, but what is happening in Iran ... this popular movement and the brutal crackdown of the regime against protesters. It's the sale of armed drones by Iran to Russia ... and the liberation of our hostages,” he said referring to three American nationals held in Iran.

Anti-government protests broke out in September over the death of 22-year-old MahsaAmini while she was in police custody. The EU, the US, Canada and Britain have imposed sanctions over human rights abuses in Iran as well as for its drone sales to Moscow.

Iran has continued its nuclear program, installing hundreds more advanced centrifuges. The machines enrich uranium, increasing the country's ability to enrich well beyond the limits set by the 2015 deal. Iran began breaching those terms in 2019 in response to a US withdrawal in 2018 under then-President Donald Trump.

The 2015 agreement limited Iran’s uranium enrichment activity to make it harder for Tehran to develop nuclear arms, in return for lifting international sanctions. Iran denies wanting to acquire nuclear weapons.

Malley declined to give a timeframe on how long Washington would accept the status quo, but said if diplomacy failed the US was ready to use other tools.

“If Iran takes the initiative to cross new thresholds in its nuclear program, then obviously the response will be different and coordinated with our European allies,” Malley said, without elaborating.

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Iran says it has evidence of foreign interference in protests

14 November ,2022

Iran said Monday it had provided evidence to countries whose nationals it claims participated in unrest that has rocked the country in recent weeks.

“Regarding foreign nationals detained in Iran in connection with riots, information, evidence and explanations have been provided to the countries concerned,” foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani told reporters.

At the beginning of October Iranian authorities announced the arrest of nine foreign nationals who it claims were connected to the wave of protests triggered by the death of MahsaAmini.

Those arrested include citizens of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland.

Amini, 22, died three days after her arrest by the country’s morality police for allegedly breaching Iran’s strict dress code for women.

Kanani said “legal measures” had been employed for countries and foreign nationals linked with the protests, adding that they had “caused damage” to Iran.

In cases where the foreign ministry complained directly to concerned countries, he said, ambassadors were summoned, provided evidence and requested to provide a diplomatic response.

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Israel condoles with Türkiye over Istanbul terrorist attack

Said Amouri

14.11.2022

JERUSALEM

Israel has offered condolences to Türkiye over the victims of a terrorist attack that hit Istanbul on Sunday, terming the bombing as “despicable" and "horrific."

Six people were killed and 81 others injured in a terrorist attack on Istanbul's Istiklal Avenue on Sunday.

“Shaken by news of the despicable bombing in Istanbul targeting innocent civilians,” Israeli President Isaac Herzog said in a tweet.

“On behalf of the Israeli people, I extend our deepest sympathies to our Turkish friends and the victims' families. The whole world must stand united and firm against terror,” he added.

The Israeli president later retweeted his condolences in Turkish.

Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid also expressed condolences “on behalf of the Israeli government to the people of Türkiye following the heinous terrorist attack in Istanbul.”

“Our nations stand together in the fight against terror,” Lapid tweeted.

Outgoing Defense Minister Benny Gantz also extended his condolences.

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Iranian foreign minister, EU’s Borrell discuss lifting of sanctions against Iran over phone

HaydarSahin

15.11.2022

TEHRAN, Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell spoke by phone Monday on negotiations for the lifting of sanctions against Iran related to its nuclear activities.

The cooperation between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran were also evaluated during the phone call, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said earlier that a delegation was sent to Vienna to hold talks with officials of the UN nuclear watchdog in an effort to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, adding it was agreed that a delegation from the IAEA would come to Iran to continue the talks.

Indirect talks between Iran and the US on reviving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, have remained stalled since August.

One of the key sticking points has been Iran's demand that the UN nuclear watchdog drop its investigation into uranium traces found at three undeclared nuclear facilities in Iran.

In September, a joint statement by France, Britain and Germany criticized Iran for its demand to close the probe, blaming it for “jeopardizing” the marathon talks.

In recent weeks, amid unrest in Iran over the death of a young woman in police custody after she was detained for violating Iran's strict dress code and claims that Iran is supplying drones to Russia, efforts to resume JCPOA talks have slowed down considerably.

Rob Malley, the US special envoy for Iran talks, said in late October that nuclear negotiations with Iran were not currently a priority for the Joe Biden administration.

"It’s really not our focus right now. It’s not on the agenda, because nothing has changed," Malley said.

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Condemnations of Istanbul terror attack pour in from across Middle East

Ibrahim al-Khazen

14.11.2022

Countries across the Middle East region strongly condemned Sunday’s terrorist attack in the Turkish city of Istanbul, in which six people were killed and dozens injured.

In a statement, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry condemned the attack “in the strongest terms,” and extended condolences to the relatives of the victims, the Turkish people, and the Republic of Türkiye.

The ministry wished a speedy recovery for those injured in the attack, saying that Egypt rejects “all forms of violence and terrorism."

Grand Imam of Egypt's Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb, also denounced the terrorist blast and extended his condolences to the people of Türkiye and the families of the victims.

Saudi Arabia also condemned the terrorist bombing “in the strongest terms.”

“The Kingdom affirms its support for Türkiye against this cowardly act and offers its sincere condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Türkiye,” the Saudi Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent cables of condolences to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the victims of the terrorist attack.

The Qatari Foreign Ministry also denounced the terrorist attack and reiterated the country's firm position on rejecting violence and terrorism, regardless of its motives and justifications.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) condemned the bombing and offered condolences to the government, the people of Türkiye, and the families of the victims while wishing the injured a speedy recovery.

UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan also sent a cable of condolences to the Turkish president on the victims of the terror attack.

Condemnations of the terrorist attack also poured in from Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Jordan, Algeria, Tunisia, Iraq, Palestine, Sudan, Lebanon, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Mauritania.

The Istanbul terrorist attack was also denounced by the Iranian Foreign Ministry.

"We strongly condemn whatever act of terrorism that targets the country and people of Türkiye," ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said. "We stand by the side of the friendly and brotherly government and people of the Turkish republic," he added, wishing speedy recovery for those who were wounded in the attack.

Israeli officials also raced to offer condolences to Türkiye over the victims of Sunday’s terrorist attack in Istanbul.

“Shaken by news of the despicable bombing in Istanbul targeting innocent civilians,” Israeli President Isaac Herzog said in a tweet.

“On behalf of the Israeli people, I extend our deepest sympathies to our Turkish friends and the victims' families. The whole world must stand united and firm against terror,” he added.

Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid also expressed condolences “on behalf of the Israeli government to the people of Türkiye following the heinous terrorist attack in Istanbul.”

“Our nations stand together in the fight against terror,” Lapid tweeted.

Outgoing Defense Minister Benny Gantz also extended his condolences. “Israel's defense establishment is prepared to provide any assistance required,” he added on Twitter.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) also condemned the terrorist attack and offered condolences to Türkiye over the victims of the bombing.

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) extended condolences to Türkiye and reiterated its firm position against violence, terrorism, and extremism.

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