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Gyanvapi Masjid Case: Hindu Petitioners' Win a Big Step in Varanasi Court, the Case Will Continue To Be Heard

New Age Islam News Bureau

12 September 2022

 

 The Gyanvapi mosque is located next to the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple.

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• Taliban Says People of Afghanistan Do Not Want Their Girls to Go to School

• Iran Urges E3 (France, Britain and Germany) to Put Aside Language of Threat

• Pakistan Tehreek-e-Etihad for Struggle to Implement Ideology of Pakistan

• Official US Story Of 9/11 is False: American Economist and Author

 

India

• Karnataka: Footwear Thrown At a Mosque in Siraguppa Town; Four Held

• Eight-year-old Muslim boy arrested after communal violence erupts in Bihar’s Siwan

• Gyanvapi mosque case: Hindu side seek ASI survey, carbon dating of Shivling if ruling comes in their favour

• ‘Tribal leader, RSS links’ — who is Ghulam Ali, first Gurjar Muslim from J&K to be nominated to RS

• BJP Launches ‘Alpsankhyak Mitra’ To Garner Muslim Votes In Gujarat

• Counter-terrorism, Afghanistan, extremism likely to dominate PM Modi's SCO agenda

• Madrasa survey not targeted at anyone: Muslim minister in Uttar Pradesh

• UP readies for survey of private madrassas, proprietors fear action

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South Asia

• Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Will Not Forget People’s Sacrifices for Islamic System, Deputy PM

• Karzai tweets support for Afghan girls protesting for education

• Black Hawk helicopter crashes during Taliban training, 3 killed

• Taliban Rounds Up Thousands of Beggars in Afghan Capital

• NRF claims repelling of Taliban’s attack killing 32 Taliban fighters

• Taliban in talks with Pakistan over release of 300 detained Afghans

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Mideast

• Iran urges IAEA ‘not to yield to Israel's pressure’, says ready to cooperate

• Iran says it has developed Arash-2 drone designed to hit Israel’s Tel Aviv, Haifa

• Yemen Military Forces Drive Al-Qaeda Out of New Areas in Abyan, Shabwa

• Israel says its campaign against Iran nuclear deal 'successful'

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Pakistan

• Pak court freezes 13 bank accounts of companies related to PM's younger son Suleman

• Pakistan: Hindu temple becomes refuge for flood-hit Muslim families

• Chinese firm abandons Neelum-Jhelum hydropower project in Pakistan

• Two more UAE planes arrive with relief goods for flood victims

• CTD, intelligence agency arrest TTP terrorist

• Hindu temple in Pakistan becomes refuge for flood-hit Muslim families

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North America

• Two Decades Later, 9/11 Self-Professed Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Awaits Trial in US

• US President Joe Biden honours 9/11 victims at Pentagon

• 9/11: NATO says it stands to keep people safe in a ‘Dangerous World’

• Americans mark 21st anniversary of 9/11 attacks

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Europe

• Churches, Mosques and Synagogues Lead Prayers for the Queen and King Charles III

• What the UN Is Doing In Pakistan Is A Drop In The Ocean Of What Is Needed: Chief Antonio Guterres

• PKK supporters attack Turkish citizen in Germany

• Europe bigwigs raise serious doubts on Iran’s nuclear deal intentions

• Israeli PM Lapid in Germany to torpedo efforts to revive Iran nuclear agreement

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Arab World

• Grand Imam of Al-Azhar to attend Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Kazakhstan

• Head of Turkish intelligence agency meets Sunni Sovereignty Coalition in Baghdad

• Egypt Mufti Approves Execution of Judge Who Killed Television Presenter Wife

• Four Turkish soldiers killed in operations in Iraq: Ministry

• At least seven fighters from Kurdish-led force killed in Syria: Monitor

• At least 11 Iranian pilgrims and their driver killed in Iraq crash

• Saudi Arabia arrests citizen for smuggling 249,779 amphetamine pills into Jeddah

• Saudi Crown Prince Receives Letter from Indian PM

• Turkish intelligence 'neutralizes' senior PKK terrorist in northern Iraq

• Millions of Shia pilgrims descending on Karbala to commemorate Arb’aeen

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Africa

• Moroccans Rally against Ties with Israel, Slam Tel Aviv Envoy for Sex Abuse

• Tunisian journalist granted bail in ‘terrorism’ case

• Ethiopia’s Tigray rebels say ready for AU-led peace talks

• UN chief urges Sudan army leaders to withdraw from political scene

• Nigeria Military Kills 420 Terrorists during Month-Long Operations

• Libya’s parliament speaker arrives in Qatar

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Southeast Asia

• Tourism Ministry urges public to collaborate with Islamic Tourism Centre to attract international Muslim travellers

• UN weighs anti-China move as rights council opens

• PAS, Umno leaders held secret GE15 talks, says spiritual leader

• Takiyuddin: PAS maintains Umno as a Ta’awun partner under Ummah unity concept

• Indonesia considering buying Russian oil as fuel prices soar: Report

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

URL:   https://newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/gyanvapi-masjid-hindu-muslims-varanasi/d/127933

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Gyanvapi Masjid Case: Hindu Petitioners' Win a Big Step in Varanasi Court, The Case Will Continue To Be Heard

 

The Gyanvapi mosque is located next to the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple.

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By Alok Pandey, Edited by Deepshikha Ghosh

September 12, 2022

Varanasi: A court today agreed to hear a group of Hindu women who want year-long access to pray inside the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi, next to the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple. The women's petition will be heard on September 22.

Here are 10 facts from this big story

The five women want permission for year-long puja and rituals in a part of the mosque complex and claim there are idols of Hindu gods and goddesses in other parts of the mosque complex. Muslim petitioners had urged the court to throw out the petition.

Earlier this year, a lower court ordered the filming of the centuries-old mosque based on the petition of the women.

The report of the filming was submitted to the Varanasi court in a sealed cover, but the Hindu petitioners controversially leaked details just hours later.

The report claimed a "Shivling" or relic of Lord Shiva had been found in a pond within the mosque complex used for "Wazoo" or purification rituals before Muslim prayers.

A court then banned large namaz gatherings in the high-profile mosque. The gatherings should be limited to 20 people, said the court.

The filming inside the mosque was challenged in the Supreme Court by the Gyanvapi mosque committee, which said the move violates a 1991 law (Places of Worship Act) that maintains the religious status of places of worship as of August 15, 1947.

The Muslim petitioners argued that "such petitions and sealing of mosques will lead to public mischief and communal disharmony, will affect mosques across the country."

In May, the Supreme Court assigned the case to the city's most senior judge, referring to the "complexity and sensitivity" of the dispute.

The Gyanvapi mosque located in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency (Varanasi), is one of the several mosques that Hindu hardliners believe were built on the ruins of temples.

The Hindu petitioners have said they will seek carbon dating and a proper archeological survey to establish that a temple stood on the land.

Source: ND TV

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https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/gyanvapi-mosque-case-five-hindu-womens-plea-seeking-right-to-worship-will-be-heard-says-varanasi-court-3336999

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Taliban Says People of Afghanistan Do Not Want Their Girls to Go to School

 

Afghan Girls/ Photo: Khaama Press

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By Saqalain Eqbal

11 Sep 2022

Taliban Acting Minister of Education, Noorullah Munir, stated that parents in Afghanistan do not want their daughters to go to school due to the current situation.

During a speech in Uruzgan province in central Afghanistan on Sunday, the 11th of September, Noorullah Munir, the Taliban’s Acting Minister of Education, stated that people do not want to send their 16-year-old daughters to school because of the current circumstances.

While Afghan girls in grades six and above have been forcibly kept out of school for more than a year, the Taliban official made the statement shifting the blame on parents.

Some schools in the southern provinces of Afghanistan were opened to girls in an unprecedented measure, but after almost two weeks they ceased operations and the girls in Gardiz, the Paktia province’s capital, began protesting.

The girls reportedly encountered closed gates and were scattered by the Taliban with aerial fire on Sunday as they went to school hoping to find happiness and receive an education.

Even though the Taliban group has been urged to reopen girls’ schools and has been sanctioned by the international community, the issue has not yet been addressed.

The travel exemptions for the acting ministers of education and higher education were not renewed the previous time the travel ban exemption was issued for another 13 Taliban officials because schools deny girls the right to an education.

Even while the Taliban has previously claimed that the suspension of girls’ schools is “not permanent”, the group has done little to nothing to solve the issue, which prevents hundreds of thousands of girl students in grades above sixth from receiving an education.

Source: Khaama Press

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https://www.khaama.com/taliban-says-people-of-afghanistan-do-not-want-their-girls-to-go-to-school-67475/

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Iran Urges E3 (France, Britain and Germany) to Put Aside Language of Threat

 

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kana'ani

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2022-September-11

"It is regrettable that by [issuing] such an ill-considered statement, the three European countries (France, Britain and Germany) have followed in the footsteps of the Zionist regime down a path that will lead to the failure of negotiations," Kana'ani noted on Saturday.

"It is obvious that if such an approach continues, the E3 should also accept responsibility for its consequences," he added.

The spokesperson warned the European trio against being swayed by third parties who have been against the negotiations and are now making their utmost effort to derail the talks.

He emphasized that at a time that diplomatic efforts and interactions are underway between the negotiating parties and the coordinator of the talks to revive the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), it is surprising that the E3 has issued such a statement regardless of a result-oriented approach sought in the negotiations.

The diplomat once again reaffirmed the country's goodwill and serious intention to reach a final agreement on the removal of sanctions, and noted the negotiating sides have managed to achieve success at several junctures because of the Islamic Republic's initiatives and plans.

Pointing to the E3's inaction in recent months and its politically-motivated move to propose a resolution against Iran, which was passed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors in June, the official advised the three countries "to play a more active role in providing a solution to end a few remaining points of disagreement instead of entering the phase of destroying the diplomatic process".

Kana'ani said Iran, as a responsible signatory of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), has had constructive cooperation with the IAEA and once again stressed the importance of avoiding politically-motivated moves and leveling baseless accusations against the Islamic Republic.

"It is unfortunate that European countries, on the one hand, fully support a regime that has hundreds of nuclear warheads and does not adhere to any of international non-proliferation mechanisms, and on the other hand, opposes the completely peaceful nuclear program of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which has been under the most extensive [IAEA] inspections," the spokesman added.

He advised the Europeans to make up for their failure to fulfill their obligations vis-à-vis the Iranian nation and to avoid the language of threat.

"The US' maximum failure in the maximum pressure campaign should be a lesson for all parties who unwittingly think that threats and sanctions can prevent the Iranian people from pursuing their maximum rights and securing their interests," the sokesperson stated.

He once again expressed Iran's readiness to finalize an agreement on the JCPOA revival and said if there is the necessary will and resistance to foreign pressure, it is possible to reach an agreement quickly.

The United Kingdom, France and Germany on Saturday announced in a statement they had “serious doubts” about Iran’s intentions to revive the nuclear deal.

Iranian officials say an agreement on the 2015 accord revival hinges on the political will of the West, adding a deal could be achieved if the United States acts realistically. They vowed that Tehran will not take a step back from its redlines in the negotiations with the world powers.

On Monday, Kana'ani said that Tehran's response to Washington's view regarding the EU's proposed draft text was constructive and transparent, and added that receiving guarantees from the Western side is the most important issue in the talks.

"Iran's response is constructive, transparent, and legal and can provide the ground to conclude the negotiations in a very short time if there is the necessary political will on the other side and it acts constructively and moves forward like Tehran," the diplomat pointed out.

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

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

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

Diplomats have also criticized Washington for raising excessive demands from Tehran during the nuclear talks, and blocking efforts to reach an agreement on the JCPOA. They emphasized the Tehran's will to reach a good, strong and lasting agreement, and stressed that the US should lift unilateral sanctions, and assure Iran that it will not repeat its past mistakes.

Officials say although some progress has been made, there are still outstanding issues that need to be resolved before a final deal could be attained. They warn that Tehran has its own "Plan B" and it will go into effect if Washington fails to make a political decision to revive the 2015 agreement.

Source: Fars News Agency

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https://www.farsnews.ir/en/news/14010620000099/Iran-Urges-E3-P-Aside-Langage-f-Threa

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Etihad for struggle to implement ideology of Pakistan

September 11, 2022

Chaudhary Aurangzeb, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-E-Etihad, delivered this message on seventy fourth death anniversary of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the father of the nation.

He stated that the manifesto of Pakistan Tehreek-E-Etihad clearly states the reason behind its existence which is to implement the basic ideology of Pakistan, bring unity under that ideology and uphold the constitution in a true democratic spirit specifically articles (33) and (40) of the constitution of Pakistan.

“Pakistan came into being to create an Islamic State where Muslims could lead their lives according to the teachings of Islam with social justice, rule of law and complete independence. This idea was envisioned by Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal and later implemented by Quaid-E-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Pakistan Tehreek-E-Etihad will strive to implement that ideology and turn Pakistan into a country which our Quaid wanted it to be”, he added.

Source: Pak Observer

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Official US Story Of 9/11 is False: American Economist and Author

 

A firefighter runs into the street as the World Trade Center crumbles behind him on September 11, 2001 after two airplanes purportedly slammed into the twin towers. (Photo by Getty Images)

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11 September 2022

Over the past 21 years, the number of Americans who believe that the official story of the September 11, 2001 attacks is false has steadily grown, according to Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, American economist and author.

Dr. Roberts, who was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal, made the remarks in an article on Sunday as Americans commemorated the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the United States that left nearly 3,000 people dead.   

“There has never been an official US investigation of the attack,” wrote Dr. Roberts.

“After much pressure from families of those who died in the collapse of the towers, the White House finally and most reluctantly assembled a 9/11 Commission consisting largely of politicians and a neoconservative staff director to sit and listen to the government’s narrative and to write it down. This is what comprised the 9/11 Commission Report,” he stated.

“NIST’s account of the collapse is simply a computer simulation that delivered the results NIST programmed into the simulation,” he noted.

American leaders have called the 9/11 attacks had been one of the darkest days in the history of the country.

US officials assert that the attacks were carried out by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists, 15 of them Saudi nationals, but many experts and independent researchers have raised questions about the official account.

They believe that rogue elements within the US government, such as former Vice President Dick Cheney, orchestrated or at least encouraged the 9/11 attacks in order to accelerate the US war machine and advance the Zionist agenda.

“For 21 years I reported on the independent investigations and findings of scientists, scholars, engineers, and architects that concluded on the basis of hard evidence that the government’s narrative was a false account,” wrote Dr. Roberts.

“Initially, the distinguished scientists, architects, and engineers who rejected the official narrative were characterized by the presstitutes as ‘conspiracy theorists,’ following the line the CIA had employed against experts who disputed the official narrative of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. However, over time the efforts of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth convinced more and more Americans that the official story was false. In recent years polls have shown that half of those polled no longer believe the official narrative,” he stated.

“It was obvious to me early that 9/11 was an inside job, a false flag event blamed on Muslims in order to justify two decades of a ‘war on terror’ whose purpose was to destroy Israel’s Middle Eastern opponents,” he wrote, adding that “and profits and power for the US military/security complex are all the ‘war on terror’ was about.”

The former top US official added, “The reason it was obvious to me that 9/11 was an inside job is that, as it was presented, it amounted to the worse humiliation a superpower had suffered in all of recorded history. A handful of young Saudi Arabians without support of any state or security agency had delivered a crushing blow to the image of the United States. The almighty National Security Apparatus was incapable of warding off a handful of foreigners who, magically, caused US airport security to fail four times on the same morning, hijack 4 airliners, cause the US military to conduct a simulation of the attack at the same time an actual attack was occurring, thus causing massive confusion that prevented the US Air Force from intercepting the hijacked airliners. The young men also prevented VP Dick Cheney, who was monitoring ‘the attack on America,’ from blocking the attack on the Pentagon.”

“When you look at this record of extraordinary failure of the multi-trillion dollar National Security State and hear no demand from the President of the United States, the Pentagon and Joint Chiefs of Staff, Congress, and the media for investigation and accountability for the government’s total failure, hearing instead opposition to any inquiry, you know for an absolute fact that the highest levels of the US government were responsible for the attack in order to unleash war on the Middle East, just as Pearl Harbor was a Roosevelt orchestration to get the US into a war that Congress and the American people opposed,” he pointed out.

“If in fact the US government believed its narrative, the government, embarrassed to the hilt, would have been demanding explanation and accountability. There would have been endless investigation. Many heads would have rolled. I spent a quarter century in Washington, and I know for a fact that the government would not have been content to assemble a Commission and then read an implausible account to them and call that an investigation of America’s and their own humiliation,” he continued.

“What the government did instead of an investigation was to quickly destroy all the evidence. The massive steel beams of the towers clearly cut at an angle by high temperature explosives were quickly collected over objections by fire marshals, shipped out of the country in order to get rid of the evidence, and sold as scrap metal in Asia,” he noted.

Following the 9/11 attacks, the United States under the presidency of Republican George W. Bush invaded and occupied Afghanistan, despite the fact that no Afghan was involved in the attacks. The occupation continued for 20 years. Hundreds of thousands of Afghans died in the US war on the country.

Wesley Clark, the retired 4-star US Army general and Supreme Allied Commander of NATO during the 1999 War on Yugoslavia, said in the famous 2007 interview that the purpose of the 9/11 attack was to take out the governments of seven countries in five years. These seven countries were Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, and Iran.

Clark’s interview serves as a reminder of the diabolical timeline of the American Empire’s hegemonic project. All of these countries have been directly or indirectly been the object of US aggression.

Iran has been a target of malicious US intentions but the United States failed to launch a war against it due to the Islamic Republic’s strong defense against the global hegemon.
Source: Press TV

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India

 

Karnataka: Footwear thrown at a mosque in Siraguppa town; four held

11th September 2022

By Kiran Balannanavar

BALLARI: With an intention to create a communal clash during the Lord Ganesha immersion procession, a group of youths threw footwear at a mosque in Siruguppa of Ballari district on Saturday night.

Soon after the video went viral on social media, the police nabbed four youths and registered a case at Siruguppa police station. The police are strictly monitoring social media and asked the users not to share provoking videos of the incident.

In the viral video, it is recorded that the procession was moving slowly and when it came near the mosque, the police surrounded the procession to control the mob. But suddenly a youth threw a slipper at the mosque. The video has been recorded by some locals.

It can be recalled that ahead of the Ganesha festival, a peace meeting was held by the Ballari superintendent of police and he instructed all religious heads to maintain peace and harmony during the festival time.

Reacting to the incident, Alok Kumar, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Law and Order tweeted “We have secured the accused persons. Appropriate legal action is being taken against them”.

Saidulu Adavath, Superintendent of Police, Ballari said with an intention of creating a communal clash a youth threw a slipper on a mosque in Siruguppa town during the Ganesha immersion procession.

In this regard, four miscreants have been arrested and the main accused Nitesh Kumar, 22, who threw the slippers is from Sindhanur town. His friends Bhimanna, 23, Ashok, 22, and Anjeneyalu, 21, residents of Siraguppa town supported his action, have also been arrested.

Source: New Indian Express

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Eight-year-old Muslim boy arrested after communal violence erupts in Bihar’s Siwan

11th September 2022

Communal violence erupted on Thursday, September 10, during a Mahavir Akhara procession in Bihar’s Siwan district, prompting the arrest of a 70-year-old man and an eight-year-old Muslim minor boy along with many others.

The march, which passed near a mosque, was made up of saffron-clad males who were reportedly armed with clubs and yelled communal sentiments. This allegedly resulted in stone pelting in Barharia’s Purani Bazar neighbourhood.

According to a report by Maktoob media, Mohammad Yasin, 70, and his eight-year-old grandson Rizwan Qureshi were both taken into custody by the police, despite the family’s insistence that they are both innocent. Yasin recently underwent two surgeries and also suffered from other health issues, the report said.

According to their family, they were booked for incitement of violence and kept in custody.

Rizwan’s brother Azhar told Maktoob Media, “My younger brother was kept in a private ward and my family was initially not allowed to meet him. When my mother saw him, he was handcuffed and scared. He was so terrified that he was unable to recognise his own mother. The child was just crying to go back home.”

The report further said that they were produced in court allegedly with a rope tied around their waist. Rizwan’s family has presented the child’s birth certificate but the police officials have been allegedly demanding money for his release.

According to several media reports, the Siwan Police have filed a First Information Report (FIR) against 35 persons in connection with the event, including 25 Muslims and 10 Hindus, and have detained 20 people.

The Wire obtained the FIR under Indian Penal Code sections 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting with a deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly), 188 (disobedience to order), 296 (disturbing religious assembly), 337 (causing hurt), 338 (causing grievous hurt), 435 (mischief with intent to damage), 427 (mischief with substance), 505 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 307 ( (party to criminal conspiracy).

Speaking to The Wire, a resident said, “On Thursday (September 8) evening, during the Asr prayers, a Mahavir Akhara rally passed by the mosque. The people were armed with sticks and chanting communal slurs. Some shops around the area were vandalised with lathis and the same happened with the mosque. After this, stone pelting ensued from both sides.”

He added, “Essentially this is an administrative failure, the area has always been sensitive. The Mahavir Akhara took out a rally four days ago too, however, police were present at that time, so nothing like this happened. Moreover, some Muslims of the region have also asked the police to beef up security, since the area is ‘communally sensitive’. However, only two chowkidars and a junior police officer were assigned.”

Prem Chand, the magistrate, who is also a complainant in the FIR, told The Wire, “I was made the Dand Adhikari (magistrate) of the region for a day so I filed the complaint. Stone pelting took place in front of the mosque, and when the Akhara reached the region [Purani Bazar area] from the mosque. After this, the administration dealt with the situation as a clash ensued. A shop was also damaged during stone pelting.”

AIMIM chief Owaisi reacts to the minor’s arrest:

AIMIM chief and Hyderabad Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi strongly criticised Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and asked whether the arrested boy would have been treated in the same manner like an ‘animal’ if he belonged to the chief minister’s caste.

Source: Siasat Daily

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Gyanvapi mosque case: Hindu side seek ASI survey, carbon dating of Shivling if ruling comes in their favour

September 12, 2022

As Varanasi district court is set to deliver its verdict today on the maintainability of civil suits challenging the title of the Gyanvapi mosque and the land surrounding it, the Hindu side said that they will seek for Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) survey and carbon dating of ‘Shivling’ if the judgment comes in their favour.

District Judge AK Vishvesh had last month reserved the order till September 12 in the matter. The decision relates to the maintainability of Hindu women’s plea seeking permission to worship Hindu deities in the Gyanvapi Mosque complex.

Speaking to ANI, Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain, representing the Hindu side said, “Today the court will deliver its judgment on the maintainability of the suit. 1991 Worship Act applies in our favour. If judgment comes in our favour, then we will seek for ASI survey, carbon dating of Shivling.”

Another lawyer, representing the Hindu side, Sohan Lal Arya said that the verdict will prove to be the first day of planting the foundation stone of Kashi Vishwanath.

“Moreover, this day is going to be a very happy day for the Hindu community of the world. Court will give its verdict from 2:00 pm and we have offered prayers for the ‘darshan’ of Lord Shiva in the morning. After the verdict, we will have ‘darshan’. After the verdict comes in our favour, the people of Kashi celebrate by ringing bells and clapping. The people of Kashi will work to awaken the Hindu society,” said Sohan Lal Arya.

Security has been tightened and prohibitory orders (Section 144) have been imposed in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi on Sunday a day ahead of the district court order.

The police have deployed forces in areas where a mixed population resides in the city and patrolling is ongoing to ensure no law and order situation arises on the maintainability of a plea by five Hindu women seeking permission to worship the Shringar Gauri Sthal within the Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanvapi Masjid complex.

“A Varanasi court may pronounce judgment on a crucial matter. Section 144 was implemented in the city. Police force posted in areas where the mixed population resides. Patrolling is on. We are trying our best that no law and order situation arises,” said Police Commissioner, A Satish Ganesh.

Varanasi Assistant Commissioner of Police, Santosh Kumar Singh, said that more than 2000 police personnel have been deployed and all necessary arrangements have been made to maintain law and order.

“Peace Committee meetings have been held several times and police is on alert. along with this, we have also talked to the religious leaders and an appeal has been made to maintain peace,” said Singh.

The petition was filed by five Hindu women seeking permission to worship the Shringar Gauri Sthal within the Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanvapi Masjid complex.

Following this, a local Varanasi court ordered in May a videography survey of the complex. The survey work was completed on May 16 and the report was presented in the court on May 19.

After the videography survey claims were made by the Hindu side that a structure, resembling a Shivling was found in the mosque complex. The Masjid committee contested that it was a fountain and not a Shivling.

The Supreme Court on May 20 transferred the case from a civil judge (senior division) to a district judge, saying considering the “complexities and sensitivity” of the issue, it is better if a senior judicial officer having an experience of over 25-30 years handles this case.

The bench also said that no manner of restriction should be imposed on Muslims entering the mosque to offer namaz or religious observances.

The matter had reached the Supreme Court on a petition filed by the Mosque Management Committee, which challenged the civil judge’s orders.

Source: The Statesman

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‘Tribal leader, RSS links’ — who is Ghulam Ali, first Gurjar Muslim from J&K to be nominated to RS

ANANYA BHARDWAJ

11 September, 2022

New Delhi: Ghulam Ali Khatana, a Gurjar Muslim from Jammu and Kashmir, was nominated for the Rajya Sabha by President Droupadi Murmu Saturday.

A leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Tribal Morcha and Minority Morcha, a party spokesperson for Jammu and Kashmir and a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker, the 51-year-old is the first  Gurjar Muslim to have been nominated for the upper house.

A notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs Saturday read, “In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-clause (a) of clause (1) of article 80 of the Constitution of India, read with clause (3) of that article, the President is pleased to nominate Shri Ghulam Ali to the Council of States to fill the vacancy caused due to the retirement of one of the nominated members.”

Khatana, who hails from Jammu, has studied electrical engineering and was active in student politics. His initiation on to the larger political platform happened in 2001 when he joined the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party.

“I was inspired by Raja Hari Singh, the great reformer, and wanted to work for the people. After spending a few years at the Panthers Party, I felt the need to expand my base and associated myself with the RSS,” he told ThePrint in a telephone interview.

Khatana joined the RSS in 2008 and worked with the organisation for two years before moving on to the BJP, where he was made in-charge of the BJP Minority and Tribal Morchas.

“I finally joined the BJP in 2010 and since then have worked as the national executive member of the Tribal Morcha in Uttar Pradesh, Jammu, Gujarat, and many other states. I was also a key member of the Minority Morcha and have worked at the grassroot level with people from economically weaker sections, Dalits, tribals and others,” he said.

“My aim has always been to work towards making the BJP a mainstream political party in J&K” he added.

Khatana has also been secretary of the BJP’s J&K unit, in-charge of the Muslim majority areas of Doda and Ramban in Jammu, and state spokesperson for the party.

‘Elated that small-time party worker like me was nominated’

Talking about his nomination to the Rajya Sabha, Khatana said he felt “elated”.

“I have never cared for rewards. I believe in doing my work and maybe that is what has borne fruit — that a small-time party worker like me has been nominated for such a position. When [Prime Minister Narendra] Modiji came to power, he had said that ignored communities will be politically empowered and that is what he is doing now,” he said.

“For me, party [BJP] comes before my family and I am thankful to the party leadership for giving me this opportunity to work for the tribals, the minority section,” he said.

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BJP Launches ‘Alpsankhyak Mitra’ To Garner Muslim Votes In Gujarat

11 SEP 2022

The BJP's minority cell has launched a drive to connect with Muslims in Gujarat, which goes to polls later this year, by making at least 100 "Alpsankhyak Mitra" in assembly segments having a sizeable population of the community, party leader Jamal Siddiqui said on Sunday.

People belonging to minority communities, mainly Muslims, will also be included in the BJP's booth committees in such assembly segments, the party's minority cell chief said.  

"The BJP's minority cell has started a drive to connect at least 100 Muslims hailing from non-political background with the party as its sympathisers. They could be spiritual leaders, professionals, entrepreneurs and could also be those working in government," Siddiqui said.

Each such "Alpsankhyak Mitra (friend from the minority community)" of the party would be given the responsibility to ensure 50 minority votes for the BJP from their surroundings, he said.

He further said members of the minority cell will be included in the BJP's booth committees in 109 assembly segments that have substantial Muslim population -- from 25,000 to one lakh votes.

The BJP's outreach comes at a time its state government in Gujarat is under attack for releasing 11 men convicted for raping a Muslim woman, Bilkis Bano, and killing her family members during the 2002 communal riots.

Asked about this, Siddiqui defended his party's government saying it had formed a committee "following the instructions of the High Court and that committee decided to release the convicts."

"It was only the BJP government which punished them and they have been released after serving a certain punishment...after all, mercy is part of Indian culture," Siddqui said.

When asked about 2002 riots, Siddiqui said it was an unfortunate incident and people have no move forward.

"Riots happened in 2002, it was unfortunate. It is past now, people have moved on. People have seen that Prime Minister Narendra Modi doesn't differentiate on basis of caste and religion. People irrespective of their faith have benefited from welfare schemes of his government," he said.

As per the 2011 census, Muslims are the biggest minority in Gujarat, constituting 9.65 per cent of the population. But it could send only three MLAs, all belonging to the Congress, to the assembly in the 2017 elections.

Source: Outlook India

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Counter-terrorism, Afghanistan, extremism likely to dominate PM Modi's SCO agenda

Sep 12, 2022

NEW DELHI: PM Narendra Modi is likely to underline the threat from radicalisation and extremism at the upcoming SCO summit in Samarkand while seeking a zero tolerance policy on terrorism and also unanimity in the group on designation of terrorists. He will also look to address the security situation in Afghanistan with focus on the need to strengthen counter-terrorism cooperation among member-states and check the activities of terrorist groups still running terror training camps in the country.

Modi is likely to emphasise that a peaceful, stable and inclusive Afghanistan is crucial for regional peace and security and that India will remain an important stakeholder in the country.

PM will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping at the summit, and also Russian President Vladimir Putin, at the summit and while they will exchange pleasantries, there's no confirmation yet of any structured bilateral meeting with either of the 2 leaders. Diplomatic sources said though India and Russia are still exploring the possibility of a bilateral meeting. In the case of Xi too, sources did not fully rule out substantive bilateral talks between Modi and Xi.

The fact that disengagement at Gogra-Hot Springs would be done and dusted by the time Modi lands in Uzbekistan can allow India some flexibility in dealing with, if it happens, the first physical meeting between the 2 leaders since 2019. That disengagement was announced at what is also known as patrolling point-15 barely a week before a possible meeting is significant in itself. With the border situation in eastern Ladakh not fully resolved, India has been reluctant to officially confirm in advance, like with foreign minister Wang Yi's visit in March, any bilateral engagement with China.

Source: Times Of India

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Madrasa survey not targeted at anyone: Muslim minister in Uttar Pradesh

Sep 10, 2022

The lone Muslim face in the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, Danish Azad Ansari, on Saturday said the madrasa survey by the Yogi government 2.0 would be a two-pronged exercise and it would not be targeted at anyone.

His comment comes a day after Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Friday became the latest opposition leader to hit out at the madrasa survey exercise that she claimed was aimed at terrorising Muslims.

The 46-day madrasa survey began on Saturday but the minister clarified that while officers would be visiting private, unaided and unrecognised madrasas for the exercise, the survey would also include those madrasa owners who would approach the government voluntarily with details of students and other things so that they are able to avail of the benefits of government schemes.

“Survey forms are also available with the district minority welfare officers. It is being made to appear as if our officers would be raiding the madrasas. It’s not like that. Yes, our teams would be visiting madrasas for collecting data, but madrasas owners, too, can approach us with details so that we could ensure benefits of various government schemes reach them. Once they show interest, we will also impart skill development training,” Ansari said to HT.

The survey proforma of the 46-day exercise that started on Saturday and would conclude on October 25 contains questions like how old is the madrasa, how many students are enrolled with it, what is the teaching methodology. District magistrates would share the survey report with the state government.

Madrasa owner would also be required to indicate their priorities for government initiatives for minorities. To aid the government initiative, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), too, rolled out a madrasa outreach initiative aimed at allaying apprehensions of Muslims on the issue.

“We are attributing intentions to the whole exercise when the fact is that there are a whole lot of schemes for minorities, like “Seekho Aur Kamao”, “Nayi Roshni” and “Nai Udaan”. We would like to link the students with various skill development schemes so that along with madrasa curriculum, these students could also be connected to skill development courses,” the minister said.

“Seekho Aur Kamao” is a skill development scheme for youths between 14 years and 35 years. It is aimed at creating employment opportunities, improving employability of existing workers and school dropouts. “Nai Roshni” is a scheme to empower minority women. “Nai Udaan” is meant to help such minority students prepare for the mains examination who clear the prelims conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), the Staff Selection Commission or the State Public Service Commission. Financial assistance is also provided under it. The objective of this scheme is to increase representation of minority in civil services.

Source: Hindustan Times

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UP readies for survey of private madrassas, proprietors fear action

11th September 2022

Lucknow: With the Uttar Pradesh government set to conduct a survey of private madrassas, proprietors of the theological schools fear that their institutions may be declared illegal and “run over by bulldozers”.

According to sources, the fear was expressed by them on September 6 in New Delhi at a meeting of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, one of the leading organisations of Islamic scholars belonging to the Deobandi school of thought.

However, state minister Danish Azad Ansari said the apprehension has no basis.

The Muslim body’s president Maulana Arshad Madani told PTI, “Nobody has any objection if the government wants to conduct a survey of private madrassas but care should be taken so that it doesn’t interfere in their internal matters.”

The sources said it was decided at the meeting that views of the Muslim community will be placed before the government, a close eye will be kept on the exercise and a steering committee be formed to protest any wrongdoing.

It was also decided to hold a meeting on September 24 in Darul Ulum Deoband to chalk out the future course of action.

Earlier, AIMIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi and BSP supremo Mayawati had raised questions over the exercise, for which teams were to be formed by September 10.

The government has maintained that the exercise is aimed at streamlining private religious seminaries so that students there could learn science and computers.

AIMIM chief Owaisi had described the exercise as “mini NRC” (National Register of Citizenship).

BSP supremo Mayawati has alleged that the government is trying to interfere in the internal matters of the seminaries with an intention to “terrorise” Muslims.

Meanwhile, UP’s Minister of State for Minority Affairs Danish Azad Ansari assured that no centre will be razed.

“Those expressing such an apprehension should tell if any madrassa was brought down by any bulldozer in the previous five years of the state government. The anxiety has no basis,” he told PTI.

The lone Muslim minister in Yogi Adityanath government said the state government is working honestly to bring madrassas into mainstream.

“The purpose of the survey is to know the actual condition of the madrassas and help these in lifting their standard,” he added.

The minister said during the survey, owners of private madrassas will be asked as to which schemes of the government they wanted.

They will also be given information about development programmes run by the government for minorities.

“Relevant papers and forms regarding schemes for minority communities will be made available to them during the survey so that welfare schemes reach villages and towns deprived of them till now,” Ansari said.

Ansari asked critics to stay away from politics “if they are supporters of Muslims upliftment”.

All-India Muslim Personal Law Board member and Lucknow city Qazi Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahli too criticised Owaisi for dubbing the survey as “mini NRC” and said everything should not be politicised.

He, however, said before carrying out the survey of private madrassas, the state government should strengthen the arrangements in government-affiliated madrassas and a similar survey be conducted in every primary schools run by the government.

The Uttar Pradesh government had on August 31 taken the decision to conduct the survey to assess basic facilities available in private madrassas. There are 16,461 such theological schools in Uttar Pradesh at present, of which 560 are registered with the government and getting financial assistance.

Teams formed for the survey will include the deputy commissioner, district basic education officer and the district minority welfare.

They will complete the exercise by October 15.

The DMs should hand over the reports to the state administration by October 25.

Sources said basic information like the name of a madrassa, its owner, whether it is run from a rented premises, number of students enrolled, arrangements of drinking water, toilet, power supply and furniture will be collected.

Source: Siasat Daily

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South Asia

 

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Will Not Forget People’s Sacrifices for Islamic System, Deputy PM

September 12, 2022

KABUL: Deputy Prime Minister on Political Affairs, Mawlavi Abdul Kabir met with a number of scholars, influential figures, and tribal elders of Muqbel district of Paktia province, here in Kabul, a statement from the deputy prime minister office said the other day.

At the outset, speaking on behalf of others Mawlavi Mohammad Haleem, Shaikh Yaha and Malik Haji Wakil said the people’s views and suggestions, when shared, are fortunately heard by the authorities of the Islamic Emirate.

“To defeat the cruel enemy the people have always cooperated their Muslim brothers and for maintaining the system they are ready for giving more sacrifices”, they assured.

Deputy PM, while thanking them said that the Islamic Emirate will not forget support and sacrifices of the people.

“This is why we are trying day and night for security, development and welfare of the people.”

Source: The Kabul Times

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Karzai tweets support for Afghan girls protesting for education

Sep 12, 2022

KABUL: Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai called on the ruling Taliban on Sunday to re-open girls’ high schools and applauded female students in the eastern province of Paktia who residents said have been publicly protesting against the measure.

“The voice of Paktia’s female students is the voice of all our girls and of Afghanistan,” tweeted Karzai. “We ask the acting Islamic government to open the schools,” he said. Taliban made a sudden U-turn on vows to open girls’ highschools in March. Authorities in Paktia said this week that girls’ high schools had re-opened, though the move had not been officially approved. But three locals and three Taliban officials said schools were shut on Saturday. One person said the closure had prompted girls to protest. Video footage showed dozens of girls marching down a street while chanting.

Source: Times Of India

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Black Hawk helicopter crashes during Taliban training, 3 killed

Sep 12, 2022

KABUL: A Black Hawk helicopter commandeered by the Taliban after the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan crashed during a training session at the weekend, killing two pilots and a crew member, the defence ministry said.

The incident occurred Saturday on the campus of the country's defence university in the capital Kabul.

The Black Hawk crashed due to "a technical problem during a training exercise", the ministry said, adding five crew members were also injured.

When exiting the country last year, the US military left behind billions of dollars worth of aircraft, vehicles, weapons and other hardware -- much of which it said had been rendered inoperable.

Some helicopters were also flown by former Afghan government forces to central Asian countries before the Taliban took full control of the country.

The Taliban have managed to repair some aircraft, including helicopters, which are believed to be now flown by pilots from the former government forces.

Source: Times Of India

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Taliban Rounds Up Thousands of Beggars in Afghan Capital

By Saqalain Eqbal

06 Sep 2022

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban government’s Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, stated that pursuant to an order of the Taliban supreme leader, Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, over 3,000 beggars have been rounded up from the streets of Kabul, the Afghan capital.

The Taliban senior official, in a video message on Monday, the 5th of September, stated that the “Beggar Collection Committee” has gathered 3,048 beggars begging in different parts of Kabul city.

Of the 3,048 beggars that were gathered, 2,109 were women, according to the beggar collection committee led by Mullah Baradar.

Only 629 of the aforementioned number of female beggars in Kabul city were deemed “deserving” with the others being classified as “professional beggars” by the committee that collected them.

The number of deserving beggars for men and children is presented as to be 60 out of 283, and 269 out of 656 respectively.

According to Taliban officials, all deserving beggars have been referred to the Afghan Red Crescent Society, where they will receive the necessary support from their respective organizations.

The Taliban’s Deputy Prime Minister had previously been ordered to cooperate with the appropriate agencies to start the process of rounding up panhandlers from Kabul city and addressing and resolving their issues.

Beggars who are highly disadvantaged and unable to work were to receive a monthly stipend, and minor beggars were to receive an education, according to the statement made public when the order was announced.

Foreign assistance, access to foreign reserves, and financial links were all severely disrupted once the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan.

Source: Khaama Press

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NRF claims repelling of Taliban’s attack killing 32 Taliban fighters

11 Sep 2022

The National Resistance Forces in Afghanistan has claimed to have repelled a Taliban’s attack with killing dozens of the Taliban fighters, Voice of America reported.

According to VOA, the NRF spokesperson, Sebghatullah Ahmadi has reported that the NRF led by Ahmad Massoud has been able to repel a strong attack of the Taliban forces on their military bases in Enaba, Rukha, Bazarak, Dara, Abashar and Khenj districts of Panjshir province.

Ahmadi has also claimed that the Taliban forces have been defeated carrying high casualties with at least 32 deaths and 13 injuries.

The number of casualties NRF forces had in this ambush is yet to be reported.

The Taliban has not yet commented about the reported incident, however, they have recently assigned Mullah Abdul Qayoum Zakir, one of their prominent leaders as the lead for Panjshir and Andarab wars, the two places where NRF forces have military presence.

This comes as that Afghanistan republic administration fell in to the hands of Taliban last August after the elected president, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani fled while an intra-Afghan talks between the Taliban and Afghan side were in place in Doha, Qatar.

Hundreds of the Afghanistan National Security Defense Forces members and special forces headed towards Panjshir province after the fall of the administration last year in order to establish a resistance force against the Taliban led by Ahmad Massoud and some other anti-Taliban figures.

Afghanistan, a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic country in South Asia has been into the war and political instability for at least four decades now. The main motive behind these conflicts has been the the failure of different regimes in the implementation of ‘social justice’ in a way to please different ethnic and religious groups residing in this country.

Source: Khaama Press

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Taliban in talks with Pakistan over release of 300 detained Afghans

11 September, 2022

Kabul [Afghanistan], September 11 (ANI): The Taliban is in talks with Pakistan to free 300 Afghans detained for not having legal documents.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the officials of the Afghan Embassy in Islamabad are in talks with Pakistani officials over the release of around 300 Afghans detained by Pakistani police, reported Tolo News.

Pakistan remains the largest country of asylum for Afghans, with 1.5 million Afghans residing in Pakistan, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) report.

MoFA’s deputy spokesman, Hafiz Zia Ahmad Takal, said in a video that some of the detainees had been freed due to efforts of the Afghan embassy. Still, the rest of them will be released after paying the fines.

“Some of them have been freed today and the decision to release others will be taken in the future. I must say that there are some individuals who are taking advantage of this issue and collecting money under the pretext of helping these detainees,” he said.

The Pakistani police have arrested around 300 Afghans including women and children, reported Tolo News.

Some Afghan refugees in Karachi, Pakistan expressed frustration over their situation, saying that many members of their families have been held by the Pakistani police for over several months.

They said that they have been fined by the court for not having legal documents but are now unable to pay their fines, reported Tolo News.

“My mother and cousins are among them. It has been two months that they have been detained,” said an Afghan refugee in Pakistan.

“My four daughters and wife are among them. I have been dealing with this case for the past two months,” said another Afghan refugee.

The reports of the detention of around 300 Afghans by Pakistani police were published in early August.

“Children and women are among them as well as some men… the ambassador has yet to follow up (with) this, neither the consulate. We don’t have enough money to hire a lawyer. I came to Karachi and hired a lawyer for them,” said Haji Nazar Khogianai, a civil rights activist in Pakistan.

Pakistani human rights activists also voiced concerns over the attitude of the Pakistan government towards the Afghan refugees.

For the past five years, Afghanistan’s situation has been a peculiar one in the region with a steady increase of forcibly displaced people every year. Last year, Afghanistan’s situation deteriorated dramatically with a 12 per cent increase of forcibly displaced persons by the end of the year compared to end-2020.

UNHCR in Iran, Pakistan and Tajikistan pre-screened/pre-registered Afghans who may be in need of international protection. By the end of 2021, the number of new arrivals who approached UNHCR and Ppartners was the following: in Pakistan (1,08,000), Tajikistan (2,700) and Iran (27,800) reached 1,38,500.

“Pakistan remains the largest country of asylum for Afghans, with 1.5 million Afghans residing in Pakistan. This includes POR card holders, unregistered nuclear family members of POR card holders (UMRF), asylum-seekers, and newly arrived Afghans in 2021,” the UNHCR report said.

In Afghanistan, the number of internally displaced persons has been increasing rapidly in the past 5 years. Globally, Afghanistan remains the 6th largest IDP country and the largest IDP population in Asia and the Pacific region at 3.5 million — a 20 per cent increase compared to the previous year.

By the end of 2021, there were 7,77,000 newly displaced Afghans during the year due to the deterioration in conflict and insecurity in Afghanistan. 58 per cent of the IDP population in Afghanistan are children under 18 and 21 per cent are women.

The UNHCR report has argued that durable solutions for Afghans include voluntary repatriation, resettlement to a third country, local integration, naturalization and return to the place of origin prior to displacement.

However, a growing number of displaced populations have limited opportunities for a durable solution.

As new refugee situations intensify and existing ones remain unsolved, there is an urgent need for durable solutions.

Since the Taliban took over in mid-August last year, Afghanistan has not only seen a mass exodus but also the illegal crossings of Afghans into neighbouring countries like Iran via Nimroz province and Turkey.

Source: The Print

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Mideast

 

Iran urges IAEA ‘not to yield to Israel's pressure’, says ready to cooperate

12 September, 2022

Iran is ready to continue its cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said on Monday, calling on the agency “not to yield to Israel’s pressure” over Tehran’s nuclear activities.

The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Board of Governors meet on Monday, three months after adopting a resolution urging Iran to give credible answers to the agency’s investigations into uranium traces at three sites in Iran.

Iran has rejected the probes as politically motivated.

“Iran announces its constructive cooperation with the agency as its obligation ... While Iran has obligations, it also has rights,” Kanaani told a televised news conference.

“The agency should preserve its credibility.”

Israel, widely believed to be the Middle East’s only nuclear power, has pledged never to allow Iran to obtain atomic weapons, saying Tehran advocates its destruction. Iran denies ever seeking nuclear arms and says its atomic program is peaceful.

“Naturally Iran expects constructive actions from IAEA and the members of its governing board,” Kanaani said.

After 16 months of indirect talks between Tehran and Washington, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on August 8 the bloc had laid down a final offer to overcome an impasse for the revival of the agreement.

Earlier this month, Iran sent its latest response to the EU’s proposed text. But Britain, France and Germany said on Saturday they had “serious doubts” about Iran’s intentions after it tried to link a revival of the deal with a closure of the IAEA’s investigations.

Kanaani called the European statement “unconstructive.”

“Both the US and Europe should prove that they do notprioritize the interests of the Zionist regime [Israel] when taking political decisions,” he said.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Iran says it has developed Arash-2 drone designed to hit Israel’s Tel Aviv, Haifa

12 September, 2022

Iran has developed an advanced long-range suicide drone “designed to hit Israel's Tel Aviv, Haifa,” the semi-official Mehr News on Monday quoted Iran’s ground forces chief as saying.

Brigadier General Kiomars Heidari said the drone, named Arash-2, is a newer version of Arash-1.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Yemen military forces drive Al-Qaeda out of new areas in Abyan, Shabwa

SAEED AL-BATATI

September 11, 2022

AL-MUKALLAH: Yemeni military and security forces have taken control of a large swath of valley and mountainous areas in the southern provinces of Abyan and Shabwa, which have long been considered safe havens for Al-Qaeda militants.

Local media and officials said that military and security forces led by the pro-independence Southern Transitional Council stormed the arid and mountainous Khaber Al-Marakesha, an area in Abyan known for nearly 10 years as an Al-Qaeda hideout and the cradle of some militants, including Jalal Baliedi, a senior Al-Qaeda leader killed by a US drone in the same region in 2016.

Other military forces, including the Giants Brigades and the Shabwa Defense Forces, are on the verge of completely pushing Al-Qaeda militants from the Al-Musainah region and are now fighting their way into a long and rugged valley called Mouthab.

Residents told Arab News that the military forces encountered stiff resistance from Al-Qaeda militants who planted landmines and booby traps to obstruct their progress deeper into those rugged areas.

“The Al-Qaeda militants were outnumbered by the attacking forces and were unable to halt their advances,” a local journalist who preferred anonymity said, adding that the militants fled to a chain of rugged mountains between Abyan, Shabwa and Al-Bayda.

Mohammed Al-Naqeeb, a spokesperson for pro-independence southern troops, told Arab News that their forces have taken control of three valleys in Abyan that house three military training facilities for Al-Qaeda.

“We drove Al-Qaeda out of Al-Naseel, Moujan and Al-Sari. Al-Qaeda has a large military camp in Al-Sari,” he said.

“The terrorist elements have fled to the mountains, and the military operation continues.”

Hundreds of soldiers were deployed on Sunday in Lawder, Ahwar and other areas of Abyan province to thwart any attempts by Al-Qaeda militants to mount counterattacks.

Twenty troops and six militants were killed in an Al-Qaeda attack on a military outpost for southern forces in Ahwar, Abyan last week, the militants’ deadliest attack in months.

Many military operations to push terrorists out of those places in the past have failed because militants conduct ferocious counterattacks based on their understanding of the local geology.

Military analysts now believe that because the military and security personnel battling Al-Qaeda terrorists are made up of locals who are intimately familiar with the targeted areas, they may be able to drive the extremists out of their long-held strongholds in the southern provinces.

Source: Arab News

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Israel says its campaign against Iran nuclear deal 'successful'

Zain Khalil  

11.09.2022

JERUSALEM

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Sunday termed his country's campaign against signing a deal with Iran over its nuclear program as "successful."

"Israel is conducting a successful diplomatic campaign to stop the nuclear agreement," Lapid said on Twitter before departing to Germany.

He, however, said still there is "a long way to go."

The Israeli premier also praised the positions of France, the UK, and Germany for raising doubts about signing a nuclear deal with Iran.

On Saturday, the three countries accused Iran of “continuing to expand its nuclear program far beyond any plausible civilian justification.”

"In recent months, we have had a quiet and intense dialogue with them, and they were presented with up-to-date intelligence information on Iranian activity at the nuclear sites," Lapid said.

On Saturday, Iran held France, the UK, and Germany responsible for the failure to reach a deal over its nuclear program.

The Iran nuclear deal – officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – was signed in 2015 by Iran, the US, China, Russia, France, the UK, Germany, and the EU.

Under the agreement, Tehran has committed itself to limiting its nuclear activity to civilian purposes and in return, world powers agreed to drop their economic sanctions against Iran.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Pakistan

 

Pak court freezes 13 bank accounts of companies related to PM's younger son Suleman

Sep 11, 2022

LAHORE: A special Pakistani court has ordered the freezing of 13 bank accounts of companies related to Suleman Shehbaz, the younger son of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, in connection with a multi-million dollars money laundering case, a media report said on Sunday. The order was issued by the special court of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on September 7.The investigating officer submitted to the court details of 13 bank accounts of various companies related to Suleman, the Dawn newspaper reported.

Prime Minister Shehbaz and his sons - Hamza Shehbaz (former Punjab chief minister) and Suleman - have been booked by the FIA for allegedly laundering over Rs 14 billion.

Suleman has been absconding in the UK since 2019. Shehbaz often says Suleman looks after the family business there.

In his order, Presiding Judge Ijaz Hassan Awan has observed that since Suleman is still at large and has not surrendered before the court, therefore, in addition to his moveable and immovable properties, these 13 bank accounts have also been attached, the report said.

The judge also issued show-cause notices to the officials of different banks for not complying with an earlier order about the attachment of the accounts owned by two other proclaimed offenders.

The judge also summoned the bank officials on September 17 when the FIA prosecutor would also come up with the reply of the prosecution to the petitions of PM Shehbaz and his son Hamza, seeking acquittal in the case.

The indictment of Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Hamza was delayed early this week after their counsel told the court that their clients have filed a petition for their acquittal.

The counsel also sought one-time exemption from appearance for the Premier, saying he could not attend Wednesday's proceedings as he was busy in flood relief activities.

Source: Times Of India

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Pakistan: Hindu temple becomes refuge for flood-hit Muslim families

11th September 2022

Quetta: Tucked in the Kachhi district of Balochistan, the tiny village of Jalal Khan is still reeling from the flooding that destroyed houses and left mass destruction in its wake, Dawn reported.

The village was cut off from the rest of the province due to inundation in the Nari, Bolan, and Lehri rivers, leaving the residents of the remote area to fend for themselves.

During these testing times, the local Hindu community opened the doors of the Baba Madhodas Mandir to the flood-hit people and their livestock, Dawn reported.

According to locals, Baba Madhodas was a pre-partition Hindu dervish (saint) equally cherished by Muslims and Hindus of the area. “He used to travel on camel,” says Iltaf Buzdar, a frequent visitor to the village from Bhag Nari tehsil.

Buzdar says as per the stories narrated by his parents, the saint transcended religious boundaries. “He would think of people through the prism of humanity instead of their caste and creed,” he quotes his parents, Dawn reported.

The worship place — frequented by Hindu worshippers from across Balochistan — is made of concrete and covers a large area. Since it is located on high ground, it remained relatively safe from the floodwaters and could serve as a sanctuary to the flood-hit people in their bleakest hour.

Most members of the Hindu community in Jalal Khan have migrated to other cities of Kachhi for employment and other opportunities, but a couple of families remain on the temple premises to look after it.

Rattan Kumar, 55, a shopkeeper in the Bhag Nari tehsil, is in-charge of the temple at present. “There are over one hundred rooms in the temple as a large number of people from all over Balochistan and Sindh come here for pilgrimage every year,” he tells Dawn.

It’s not like the temple did not bear the brunt of abnormal rains. Sawan Kumar, Rattan’s son, told Dawn a few rooms were damaged, but overall the structure remained safe. At least 200-300 people, mostly Muslims, and their livestock were given refuge on the premises and looked after by the Hindu families, Dawn reported.

Initially, the area was completely cut off from the rest of the district. The displaced said they were provided rations via helicopter sorties, but after they moved to the temple, they were being fed by the Hindu community.

Israr Mugheri is a doctor in Jalal Khan. Since his arrival, he has set up a medical camp inside the temple. “Besides locals, Hindus have also housed the goats and sheep along with other domesticated animals,” he told Dawn. “There were announcements on the loudspeaker by the local Hindus, calling upon Muslims to rush to the temple to take refuge,” he adds, Dawn reported.

Those who took refuge there say they are indebted to the local community for coming to their aid and providing them food and shelter during this difficult hour.

Source: Siasat Daily

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Chinese firm abandons Neelum-Jhelum hydropower project in Pakistan

11 September, 2022

Muzaffarabad [PoK], September 11 (ANI): The Chinese engineers and staff have abandoned their repair of the mega 969-megawatt Neelum-Jhelum hydropower project in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir which is shut down since early July this year after Pakistan faced a continuous shortage of fuel and electricity.

The Chinese have given the excuses of local protests over the plant and the failure of the Pakistan police to offer credible security, however, China’s sudden reversal of the project has created a major rift between Pakistan and China over joint hydropower projects.

The plant is located near Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and the Chinese engineers were working to unblock a crucial tunnel.

The hydropower project worth Rs 508 billion saw a sudden halt within three years of its operation, exposing serious differences between Pakistani and Chinese authorities over joint projects, particularly the Dasu and Mohmand power projects besides the Neelum-Jhelum plant, Islam Khabar reported.

A 3.5 km long tunnel that diverted water from the plant to the river developed a serious fault and forced a complete shutdown of the plant, at a time when the country was faced with a serious power crisis. The major cracks in the tailrace tunnel forced the authorities to shut down the project.

The Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda), which operates hydropower stations, later also confirmed that the project’s “tailrace tunnel has been blocked and as a result, the power station has been closed for safety reasons”.

The Pakistani authorities blame the Chinese for project slippages and inefficient operations. The Chinese, on the other hand, have their own complaints of delayed payments which they cite as the main cause of the delays, Islam Khabar reported.

WAPDA had pointed out in meetings with the Chinese company officials about slow progress despite time extensions, substandard construction quality, and poor supervision and management.

On the question of tunnel failure, the WAPDA had accused the Chinese of inefficiency at the stage of tunnelling which caused a delay in blocking the ingress of river water into the damaged tunnel.

The failure of the plant also brought to the fore the issue of the security of Chinese nationals working on Pakistani projects.

The Chinese stopped work at the plant fearing threats from local residents. Security has been a sore point with the Chinese firms working on several projects in Pakistan, especially those linked to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The Pakistani authorities counter the allegations by accusing the Chinese of not following security protocols at the site.

After the power plant came to a grinding halt in July, the contractor of the project, China Gezhouba Group Company (CGGC), agreed to repair and restore the tunnel without an official agreement.

On July 10, the Chinese firm mobilised equipment and manpower to empty the tunnel of water to identify the cause of the blockage. The company said the entire restoration process would take at least six months, during which the plant would remain shut. It sought PKR 120 million from the Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Corporation as interest-free financial support for the job.

However, not satisfied with the Chinese offer, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on July 13 issued directions to hire best international consultants to ascertain the cause of excessive water leakage in the powerhouse and pressure in the tailrace tunnel, evaluate the structural strength of underground works, identify lapses in design/construction which caused the blockage, suggest remedial measures, and provide technical assistance to NJHPC in preparing and pursuing the insurance claim.

But the Prime Minister’s Office was persuaded to review its directive on the pretext that it would take a long time to hire international consultants and firms to identify the causes of tunnel failure and find a suitable solution to make the plant operational.

It is not known where the pressure came from-Chinese supporters in the bureaucracy or the Pakistan Army. In the end, the Chinese firm was, once again, engaged to carry out the repair and restore the blocked tunnel.

However, within a few days of the operation to dewater the tunnel, the Chinese firm had to stop its operations and demobilise its workforce after local residents disrupted the work in protest. The local residents had been protesting over the hydroelectric projects since 2018. They have several grouses-inequitable share of power, royalty, employment and environmental destruction.

The hydropower plant, completed at an estimated approved cost of about Rs508bn, became functional in August 2018 and has a capacity of producing around 1,500 MW of electricity.

The project’s construction was taken in hand in 2002 after 21 years of delay and completed in April 2018 — again with repeated cost overruns and missed deadlines, the Dawn reported.

Source: The Print

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Two more UAE planes arrive with relief goods for flood victims

September 11, 2022

KARACHI: Two more planeloads of relief goods from United Arab Emirates (UAE) reached here at Jinnah International Airport on Sunday.

The Gulf nation has contributed most for the flood affectees and this was the 17th and 18th flights from the UAE Air Force to bring relief goods. The material was handed over in the presence of Adviser to CM Sindh on rehabilitation, and representatives from Corps V and NDMA.

On Saturday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation UAE, Ministry of Community Development UAE and Emirates Red Crescent in coordination with the Embassy of Pakistan in Abu Dhabi and Consulate General of Pakistan in Dubai have launched a volunteering initiative to collect donations for the flood affectees in Pakistan.

This volunteering initiative was launched simultaneously at following locations across the UAE: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC), Abu Dhabi; Dubai Exhibition Center, Expo City Dubai and Expo Center, Sharjah

Charge d’ Affaires, Mr. Imtiaz Feroz Gondal along with Dr. Hamdan Mussallam Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Red Crescent and Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation participated in the launch of this campaign in Abu Dhabi.

More than 30,000 boxes were donated today. Each box consists of food and hygiene kits to support a family of 5 for a whole month.

Source: Pakistan Today

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CTD, intelligence agency arrest TTP terrorist

September 11, 2022

KARACHI: Sindh Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) and a federal agency in a joint operation conducted late Saturday night, arrested a terrorist affiliated with a banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) from Metroville, SITE.

According to spokesman for CTD on Sunday, the arrested terrorist identified as Muhammad Shah alias Dung, alias Talha, alias Muhammad Ali, had come to Karachi to constitute his network in the megalopolis. A pistol along with two magazines and 14 rounds were recovered from his possession.

The accused was also wanted by CTD Peshawar for his involvement in heinous terrorist activities. He was trained militant and belonged to TTP-Tariq Geedar Group.

Source: Pakistan Today

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Hindu temple in Pakistan becomes refuge for flood-hit Muslim families

Sep 11 2022

Quetta, Sep 11 (IANS): Tucked in the Kachhi district of Balochistan, the tiny village of Jalal Khan is still reeling from the flooding that destroyed houses and left mass destruction in its wake, Dawn reported.

The village was cut off from the rest of the province due to inundation in the Nari, Bolan, and Lehri rivers, leaving the residents of the remote area to fend for themselves.

During these testing times, the local Hindu community opened the doors of the Baba Madhodas Mandir to the flood-hit people and their livestock, Dawn reported.

According to locals, Baba Madhodas was a pre-partition Hindu dervish (saint) equally cherished by Muslims and Hindus of the area. "He used to travel on camel," says Iltaf Buzdar, a frequent visitor to the village from Bhag Nari tehsil.

Buzdar says as per the stories narrated by his parents, the saint transcended religious boundaries. "He would think of people through the prism of humanity instead of their caste and creed," he quotes his parents, Dawn reported.

The worship place -- frequented by Hindu worshippers from across Balochistan -- is made of concrete and covers a large area. Since it is located on high ground, it remained relatively safe from the floodwaters and could serve as a sanctuary to the flood-hit people in their bleakest hour.

Most members of the Hindu community in Jalal Khan have migrated to other cities of Kachhi for employment and other opportunities, but a couple of families remain on the temple premises to look after it.

Rattan Kumar, 55, a shopkeeper in the Bhag Nari tehsil, is in-charge of the temple at present. "There are over one hundred rooms in the temple as a large number of people from all over Balochistan and Sindh come here for pilgrimage every year," he tells Dawn.

It's not like the temple did not bear the brunt of abnormal rains. Sawan Kumar, Rattan's son, told Dawn a few rooms were damaged, but overall the structure remained safe. At least 200-300 people, mostly Muslims, and their livestock were given refuge on the premises and looked after by the Hindu families, Dawn reported.

Initially, the area was completely cut off from the rest of the district. The displaced said they were provided rations via helicopter sorties, but after they moved to the temple, they were being fed by the Hindu community.

Israr Mugheri is a doctor in Jalal Khan. Since his arrival, he has set up a medical camp inside the temple. "Besides locals, Hindus have also housed the goats and sheep along with other domesticated animals," he told Dawn. "There were announcements on the loudspeaker by the local Hindus, calling upon Muslims to rush to the temple to take refuge," he adds, Dawn reported.

Those who took refuge there say they are indebted to the local community for coming to their aid and providing them food and shelter during this difficult hour.

Source: Daiji World

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North America

 

Two Decades Later, 9/11 Self-Professed Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Awaits Trial in US

September 11, 2022

NEW YORK: Hours before dawn on March 1, 2003, the US scored its most thrilling victory yet against the plotters of the September 11 attacks — the capture of a dishevelled Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, hauled away by intelligence agents from a hideout in Rawalpindi.

The global manhunt for al-Qaeda’s No. 3 leader had taken 18 months. But America’s attempt to bring him to justice, in a legal sense, has taken much, much longer. Critics say it has become one of the War on Terror’s greatest failures.

As Sunday’s 21st anniversary of the terror attacks approached, Mohammed and four other men accused of 9/11-related crimes still sit in a US detention centre in Guantanamo Bay, their planned trials before a military tribunal endlessly postponed.

The latest setback came last month when pretrial hearings scheduled for early fall were canceled. The delay was one more in a string of disappointments for relatives of the nearly 3,000 victims of the attack. They’ve long hoped that a trial would bring closure and perhaps resolve unanswered questions.

“Now, I’m not sure what’s going to happen,” said Gordon Haberman, whose 25-year-old daughter Andrea died after a hijacked plane crashed into the World Trade Center, a floor above her office.

He’s traveled to Guantanamo four times from his home in West Bend, Wisconsin, to watch the legal proceedings in person, only to leave frustrated.

“It’s important to me that America finally gets to the truth about what happened, how it was done,” said Haberman. “I personally want to see this go to trial.”

If convicted at trial, Mohammed could face the death penalty.

When asked about the case, James Connell, an attorney for one of Mohammed’s co-defendants — one accused of transferring money to 9/11 attackers — confirmed reports both sides are still “attempting to reach a pretrial agreement” that could still avoid a trial and result in lesser but still lengthy sentences.

David Kelley, a former US attorney in New York who co-chaired the Justice Department’s nationwide investigation into the attacks, called the delays and failure to prosecute “an awful tragedy for the families of the victims.”

He called the effort to put Mohammed on trial before a military tribunal, rather than in the regular US court system, “a tremendous failure” that was “as offensive to our Constitution as to our rule of law.”

“It’s a tremendous blemish on the country’s history,” he said.

The difficulty in holding a trial for Mohammed and other Guantanamo prisoners is partly rooted in what the US did with him after his 2003 capture.

Mohammed and his co-defendants were initially held in secret prisons abroad. Hungry for information that might lead to the capture of other al-Qaeda figures, CIA operatives subjected them to enhanced interrogation techniques that were tantamount to torture, human rights groups say. Mohammed was waterboarded — made to feel that he was drowning — 183 times.

A Senate investigation later concluded the interrogations didn’t lead to any valuable intelligence. But it has sparked endless pretrial litigation over whether FBI reports on their statements can be used against them — a process not subject to speedy trial rules used in civilian courts.

The torture allegations led to concerns that the US might have ruined its chance to put Mohammed on trial in a civilian court.

But in 2009, President Barack Obama’s administration decided to try, announcing that Mohammed would be transferred to New York City and put on trial at a federal court in Manhattan.

“Failure is not an option,” Obama said.

But New York City baulked at the cost of security and the move never came. Eventually, it was announced Mohammed would face a military tribunal. And then over a dozen years passed.

Kelley said talk of military tribunals two decades ago surprised many in the legal community who had been successfully prosecuting terrorism cases in the decade before. The concept of a tribunal, he said, “came out of the blue. Nobody knew it was coming.”

Then-Attorney General John Ashcroft was not in favour of tribunals and had been supportive of the Manhattan federal terrorism prosecutions, he said.

Now, Kelley said, with the passage of time it will be much more difficult to prosecute Mohammed in a tribunal, much less a courtroom. “Evidence goes stale, witness memories fail.”

The passage of time hasn’t dulled the memories of the victims’ families or dampened their interest in witnessing justice.

Eddie Bracken’s sister Lucy Fishman was killed at the trade centre. The New Yorker opposed Obama’s proposal to move the trial to federal court — Mohammed is charged with “a military act,” and should be tried by the military, he reasoned. And while he is somewhat frustrated by the delays, he understands them.

“The whole world is looking at us and saying, ‘What are they doing after all this time?’” he said. But he realises the case is “a process that the world is seeing, that needs to be done under a microscope. […] It’s up to the United States to do their due diligence, make sure it’s done right.”

“The wheels of justice turn. They turn slowly, but they turn. And when the time comes, and it’s said and done, the world will know what happened,” he adds.

While Mohammed has lingered at Guantanamo, the US killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a 2011 raid and deputy-turned-successor Ayman al-Zawahri in a drone strike just this August.

Investigators with the military commission at Guantanamo Bay said he plotted the 9/11 attacks for three years. They cited a computer hard drive seized at his arrest which they said contained photographs of the 19 hijackers, three letters from bin Laden and information about some hijackers.

Mohammed, at his tribunal hearing, conceded in a written statement that he swore allegiance to Osama bin Laden, that he was on al-Qaeda’s council and that he served as operational director for bin Laden for the organising, planning, follow-up and execution of the September 11 plot “from A to Z.”

According to the statement, he also took credit for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center; an attempt to down US jetliners using bombs hidden in shoes; the bombing of a nightclub in Indonesia; and plans for a second wave of attacks after the 2001 attacks targeting landmarks like the Sears Tower in Chicago and Manhattan’s Empire State Building.

He also claimed credit for other planned attacks, including assassination attempts against then-President Bill Clinton in 1994 or 1995 and an assassination plot against Pope John Paul II at about the same time, the statement said.

Mohammed’s nearly two decades in legal limbo differs from the fate of his nephew, Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing that killed six people, injured 1,000 others and left a crater in the parking garage beneath the twin towers.

Yousef is serving life in prison after being convicted at two separate civilian trials. He was also captured in Pakistan, in 1995, but was brought to the United States for trial.

At the time, Yousef said his right to kill people was comparable to the US decision to drop a nuclear bomb in World War II. Mohammed has offered a similar justification, saying through an interpreter at a Guantanamo proceeding that killing people was the “language of any war.”

Bracken traveled to Guantanamo in 2012 to watch one hearing for Mohammed and his co-defendants, and would probably go again if a trial ever happened.

“I don’t know if I want to go there again to bring back all the hurt and pain. But if I’m allowed to go, then I guess I would go. Yeah. My sister would do that for me.”

Source: Pakistan Today

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US President Joe Biden honours 9/11 victims at Pentagon

Sep 12, 2022

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden on Sunday paid tribute to the victims of the 9/11 terror attack by al-Qaeda terrorists, taking part in a remembrance event at the Pentagon, and delivered remarks to honour those killed.

"I know for all those of you who lost someone, 21 years is both a lifetime and no time at all," Biden said at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. "It's good to remember. These memories help us heal, but they can also open up the hurt and take us back to that moment when the grief was so raw."

Biden in his remarks urged for national unity on the 21st anniversary of the September 11, 2002 attack.

"I hope we'll remember that in the midst of these dark days, we dug deep. We cared for each other. And we came together," Biden said, as rain fell on troops standing behind him.

"We honour the police officers and firefighters, the passengers on Flight 93, and the civilians and service members who all leapt into action. And, we honour the young men and women who joined the thousands of American troops who served around the world to protect our nation," Biden said.

The President talked about a message sent to the American people on September 11, 2001, from Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, who died Thursday, recalling that she "pointedly reminded us, quote, 'Grief is the price we pay for love.'

Before the speech, Biden participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Pentagon, pausing briefly before a ceremonial wreath to touch it and then putting his hand over his heart. He was joined at the event by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

A total of 2,977 people lost their lives on this day, 21 years ago in a fatal terror attack. On September 11, 2001, the United States faced the deadliest terrorist attack in its history. More than 3,000 people were killed in the terror attacks. In a span of just 102 minutes, the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center collapsed after planes hijacked by Al Qaeda operatives crashed into them.

On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners scheduled to travel from the northeastern US to California. They seized control of the jets to use them as passenger-filled missiles.

The hijackers crashed the first two planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, and the third plane into the Pentagon (the headquarters of the American military) in Arlington, Virginia, and yet another one crashed in Pennsylvania before reaching its presumed target. The attacks claimed nearly 3,000 lives.

Passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 overcame the hijackers and the plane crashed in a field, preventing another target from being hit.

The first lady, Jill Biden, attended a ceremony in Pennsylvania on Sunday morning, while Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff attended one in New York City.

"We will never forget the 2,977 lives lost on 9/11. Today standing at Ground Zero, I am reminded of the impact this attack had on our nation and those who lost loved ones. Doug and I stand with you today and every day," US Vice President tweeted.

Harris attended an event at Ground Zero in Manhattan. She said that she stood with those lost at Ground Zero, Shanksville, and the Pentagon twenty-one years ago. The vice President was accompanied by her husband and second gentleman Doug Emhoff, Mayor Eric Adams and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"On this solemn day of remembrance, we honour those who lost their lives, as well as our first responders who risked everything in the face of grave terrorism. Today, we continue to honour their courage and strength," Harris said, adding, "My heart is with those who lost loved ones."

By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001, US Congress had designated September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day," and by Public Law 111-13, approved April 21, 2009, the Congress has requested the observance of September 11 as an annually recognized "National Day of Service and Remembrance."

Source: Times Of India

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9/11: NATO says it stands to keep people safe in a ‘Dangerous World’

By Saqalain Eqbal

11 Sep 2022

In a message that was posted in memory of 9/11 and the lives lost, NATO said it unites North America and Europe to keep people safe in a “dangerous world.”

The NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, wrote on his Twitter handle on Sunday, September 11, that NATO remembers the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the innocent lives that were lost in the “dark hours”.

In tribute to the September 11 terrorist attacks victims, Stoltenberg wrote, “All for one and one for all.”

21 years after the deadliest terrorist attack to ever occur on American soil, Americans are reportedly mourning 9/11 with silent moments, candlelight vigils, recitation of the names of the victims, volunteer work, and other memorials.

On this day 21 years ago, terrorists hijacked passenger jets and drove them into the Pentagon, the World Trade Center twin towers in New York, and an empty field in Pennsylvania, killing nearly 3,000 people.

After the Taliban government in Afghanistan refused to hand over Osama bin Laden, the founder of the terrorist organization al-Qaeda and the mastermind of 9/11, the US launched a new “global war on terror” and invaded Afghanistan in 2001.

The then-leader of al-Qaeda at that time resided in Afghanistan, where he oversaw training facilities and devised attack strategies against the US and other nations.

Source: Khaama Press

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Americans mark 21st anniversary of 9/11 attacks

11 September 2022

Americans have commemorated the 21st anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States that left nearly 3,000 people dead.  

Ceremonies were being held on Sunday across the country to remember the victims, including the recital of the names of the dead, tolling of church bells, and a tribute at the site where New York City's twin towers tumbled.

The ceremonies were held at the places where hijacked jets crashed on September 11, 2001 — the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania.

Americans marked the day with candlelight vigils, interfaith services and other commemorations. Some Americans are joining in volunteer projects on a day that is federally recognized as both Patriot Day and a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

On Sunday, US President Joe Biden spoke and laid a wreath at the Pentagon, while first lady Jill Biden was scheduled to speak in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where one of the hijacked planes went down after passengers and crew members tried to storm the cockpit as the alleged hijackers headed for Washington.

Biden touted the killings of two al Qaeda leaders following the 9/11 attacks.

“The enduring resolve of the American people to defend ourselves against those who seek us harm and deliver justice to those responsible for the attacks against our people has never once faltered,” Biden said.

“It took 10 years to hunt down and kill Osama bin Laden, but we did, and this summer I authorized a successful strike on [Ayman] al-Zawahiri,” he continued.

Vice President Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff were due at the National Sept. 11 Memorial in New York, but by tradition, no political figures speak at the ground zero ceremony. It centers instead on victims’ relatives reading aloud the names of the dead.

American leaders have called the 9/11 attack had been one of the darkest days in the history of the country.

The 9/11 attacks killed 2,983 people and caused about $10 billion worth of property and infrastructure damage.

US officials assert that the attacks were carried out by al-Qaeda terrorists but many experts have raised questions about the official account.

They believe that rogue elements within the US government orchestrated or at least encouraged the 9/11 attacks in order to accelerate the US war machine and advance the Zionist agenda.

The US Congress has passed legislation that allows relatives of the victims to sue Saudi Arabia for compensation.

Ties between Saudi officials and terrorists behind the 9/11 attacks were exposed when US lawmakers released 28 secret pages of a congressional investigation.

Certain documents related to the FBI's investigation of 9/11 reportedly contain evidence of Saudi involvement in the strikes.

Successive US administrations have refused to release the classified documents because they reportedly could expose a potential link between Saudi Arabia and the 9/11 attacks. Fifteen out of 19 alleged 9/11 attackers were Saudi nationals.

Source: Press TV

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Europe

 

Churches, mosques and synagogues lead prayers for the Queen and King Charles III

By Rob Hastings

September 11, 2022

Remembrance services for the Queen have been held in churches around the country, while Jews, Muslims and members of other faiths have also paid tribute to her and prayed for King Charles III.

Thousands of mourners descended on Windsor on Sunday to pay their respects near to the palatial Castle that was a favourite home of Elizabeth II.

St Stephen and St Agnes Church was among many places of worship to mark the late sovereign’s life with a table displaying photos of her as a young woman and in later years. These were placed next to a card with a prayer for her successor, King Charles III.

“Everlasting God, we pray for our new King,” it said. “Bless his reign and the life of our nation. Help us to work together so that truth and justice, harmony and fairness flourish among us through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.”

Reverend Canon Sally Lodge, Rector of Windsor, led the church service, saying: “Gracious God, we give thanks for the life of your servant Queen Elizabeth, for her faith and her dedication to duty. Bless our nation as we mourn her death and may her example continue to inspire us.”

In Scotland, where the Queen’s body was being driven from Balmoral to Edinburgh on Sunday, her hearse passed Glenmuick Church at the village of Ballater, where Rev David Barr rang its bells 70 times after her death was announced on Thursday.

A Jewish prayer for the Queen was read at many synagogues on Saturday. Written by movement president Rabbi Alexandra Wright, senior rabbi of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue St John’s Wood.

Noting how she “served her people with enduring devotion and grace, uniting races, creeds and tongues with outstretched hand and cheerful countenance”, it said that she “sought comfort from her faith and led by example, speaking truth, abiding by her oath of majesty, accepting the discipline of her sovereignty and serving God with humility and intent”.

In Gloucester, Imam Hassan of the Masjid-e-Noor mosque spoke for many in the Muslim community with :his tribute. After the Queen’s death, he said: “We as a community of people of all faiths are coming together to remember and celebrate all of her achievements and her dedication to public service. We know His Majesty King Charles III has a lot of love for our community and our county of Gloucestershire and we wish him all the best in his new reign as our king.”

The Government published advice for religious groups on how to mark the Queen’s life following her death. To help vicars and their congregations, the websites for the Church of England and Church of Scotland have also provided orders of service which can be customised, including suggested hymns, prayers and scripture readings.

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What the UN is doing in Pakistan is a drop in the ocean of what is needed: Chief Antonio Guterres

Sep 11, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Chief Antonio Guterres on Saturday exhorted the international community to step up efforts to help flood-ravaged Pakistan rebuild resilient communities and infrastructure to resist future disasters, while conceding "what the UN is doing in Pakistan is a drop in the ocean of what is needed." Secretary General Guterres made these remarks in Sukkur in Pakistan's Sindh province, where he was visiting flood-hit areas.

Taking an aerial view of the flood-affected regions along with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, the UN chief termed the flood devastation 'unimaginable'.

Countries vulnerable to climate change, including Pakistan, must be supported to rebuild resilient communities and infrastructure to resist future disasters, Guterres said, as he rounded-off the two-day solidarity trip to the country.

He said that there needs to be a serious discussion on loss and damages as "what the UN is doing in Pakistan is a drop in the ocean of what is needed."

"We are perfectly aware of our limited capacity and our resources. But you can absolutely be sure about one thing: we are in total solidarity with the Pakistani people," Geo TV quoted him as saying.

The UN chief said that he will ask the international community to ensure that they help Pakistan "now" while vowing to raise awareness about the disastrous situation, the report said.

Last week, the UN had launched an appeal for USD 160 million in aid for Pakistan.

In a tweet, the UNSG said developing nations were paying a "horrific price" for the world's reliance on fossil fuels.

"Pakistan and other developing countries are paying a horrific price for the intransigence of big emitters that continue to bet on fossil fuels," Guterres said.

"From Islamabad, I am issuing a global appeal: Stop the madness. Invest in renewable energy now. End the war with nature," he added. Guterres said on Friday that floods are estimated to have caused about USD 30 billion in economic losses to Pakistan.

He said that there was "no memory of anything similar to what has happened with the impact of climate change in Pakistan" and added the number of losses and victims was appalling.

Nearly 1,400 people have died in flooding that has inundated a third of the country, wiped-out crops and displaced more than 33 million.

The UN secretary general called the lack of global attention to climate change "insanity".

"This is insanity, this is collective suicide," Guterres told a news conference here.

The massive losses from the catastrophic monsoon rains and floods in Pakistan, the war in Ukraine and other factors may force it to slash its GDP growth rate for the financial year 2022-2023 from five per cent to three per cent, according to government estimates.

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PKK supporters attack Turkish citizen in Germany

Mesut Zeyrek  

11.09.2022

BERLIN

The supporters of the PKK terrorist organization in Germany attacked a Turkish citizen on Sunday.

At a demonstration in the city of Essen, the supporters attacked a Turkish citizen waiting at a red light in his car.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Europe bigwigs raise serious doubts on Iran’s nuclear deal intentions

Shweta Desai  

10.09.2022

PARIS

France, Germany, and the United Kingdom have raised serious doubts over Iran’s intentions to revive the 2015 nuclear deal and called upon Tehran to urgently “cooperate in good faith,” according to a joint statement released on Saturday.

The three European countries are at the forefront to bring Iran and the United States together on the table to restore the deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), from which the US withdrew in 2018 under the Trump administration.

They blamed Tehran for not taking "advantage of the decisive diplomatic opportunity,” after a set of final texts, allowing Iran to return and respect its commitments under the JCPOA was presented in August, after a year-and-a-half of negotiations.

“Instead, Iran has continued to expand its nuclear program far beyond any plausible civilian justification,” the statement said.

They also noted Tehran’s “position is inconsistent with its legally binding international obligations and jeopardizes the prospects of restoring the JCPOA.”

The statement said Iran has “reopened separate issues, related to its legally binding international obligations under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and its safeguards agreement under the NPT concluded with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).”

It also claimed that Tehran has not taken any action on the IAEA’s resolution in June asking it to explain the presence of uranium particles found at three undeclared sites in 2019.

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Israeli PM Lapid in Germany to torpedo efforts to revive Iran nuclear agreement

12 September 2022

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid has arrived in Germany in his latest bid to coax Western signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal to stop efforts aimed at reviving the landmark accord and removing sanctions against Tehran.

An Israeli diplomatic official, who requested anonymity, told AFP news agency that Iran will be the focus of the talks between the Tel Aviv regime’s delegation and German authorities in Berlin.

“It’s important to continue to coordinate positions and influence the European position. Germany has an important role in this,” the unnamed official said.

The Israeli prime minister, traveling with senior security officials, is scheduled to meet German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier before returning to the occupied territories late on Monday.

Meeting his cabinet before taking off for Germany on Sunday, Lapid said Israel is conducting a successful diplomatic campaign to “stop the nuclear agreement and prevent the lifting of sanctions on Iran.”

“It is not over yet,” he added. “There is still a long way to go, but there are encouraging signs.”

Lapid also thanked the three European signatories to the Iran deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), for what he termed the “strong position” they had voiced in a tripartite statement on Saturday.

In a press release on Saturday, France, Britain and Germany questioned Iran’s intentions and commitment to a successful outcome on the JCPOA, charging that Tehran’s position contradicts its legally binding obligations and jeopardizes prospects of restoring the nuclear deal.

The European trio also claimed they have been negotiating “with Iran in good faith since April 2021 to restore and fully implement” the JCPOA, along with other participants in the deal and the United States.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kan’ani said on Saturday that the three European countries “have followed in the footsteps of the Zionist regime down a path that will lead to the failure of negotiations.”

The United States, under former president Donald Trump, abandoned the JCPOA in May 2018 and reinstated unilateral sanctions that the agreement had lifted.

The talks to salvage the agreement kicked off in the Austrian capital city of Vienna in April last year, months after Joe Biden succeeded Trump, with the intention of examining Washington’s seriousness in rejoining the deal and removing anti-Iran sanctions.

The talks, however, still remain unfruitful as Washington has failed to rejoin the JCPOA by removing its illegal sanctions and providing Tehran with guarantees that it will not leave the deal again.

Israeli officials, including Lapid, have repeatedly warned that even if the nuclear deal is concluded, they are not committed to respecting it and will in fact seize every opportunity to strike at Iran’s nuclear program.

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Arab World

 

Grand Imam of Al-Azhar to attend Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Kazakhstan

11-09-2022

ABU DHABI, 11th September, 2022 (WAM) -- His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and Chairman of the Muslim Council of Elders will lead a high-level delegation to the capital of Kazakhstan Nur-Sultan to attend the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions which will take place on 14 and 15 September 2022 under the theme, ‘The role of leaders of world and traditional religions in the spiritual and social development of mankind in the post-pandemic period’.

The Grand Imam’s visit comes after an official invitation from the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to attend and participate in the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions and deliver a speech in its opening ceremony. The Grand Imam will also meet various senior public and religious officials in the central Asian nation during his visit.

Along with meeting the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev at the Presidential Palace in Nur-Sultan, the Grand Imam will also meet His Holiness Pope Francis, Pontiff of the Catholic Church who is also set to participate at the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.

The Grand Imam is also scheduled to visit a number of major landmarks in Kazakhstan including the Hazrat Sultan Mosque, the largest mosque in Central Asia. His Eminence will lead Dhuhur prayers at the mosque with other Islamic delegations in attendance.

For his part, the Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders Judge Mohamed Abdelsalam is set to participate in the 20th meeting of the general-secretariat of the congress, which will take place on Tuesday 13 September. Judge Abdelsalam is set to deliver a speech at the meeting to encourage the promotion coexistence and human fraternity among followers of different religions.

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Head of Turkish intelligence agency meets Sunni Sovereignty Coalition in Baghdad

11 Sep 2022

While the Turkish state's invasion attacks in South Kurdistan continue, MIT chief Hakan Fidan paid a visit to Baghdad.

It was reported that Fidan met with Hamis Hançer, the Leader of the Sunni Sovereignty Coalition.

According to UTV, close to the Sunni Sovereignty Alliance, the PKK and the political crisis in Iraq were on the agenda of Fidan's visit to Iraq.

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Egypt Mufti approves execution of judge who killed television presenter wife

12 September, 2022

Egypt’s Grand Mufti approved the execution of Judge Ayman Haggag and an associate who were convicted of murdering Haggag’s television presenter wife, government-owned newspaper al-Ahram reported on Sunday.

Haggag and businessman al-Gharabli are due to be executed by hanging after the country’s top religious authority approved a court sentence that was handed down in August.

The pair were convicted of murdering Haggag’s wife Shaimaa Gamal in June, who presented a show on Giza’s LTC TV.

Her body was found in a villa following a tipoff from al-Gharabli who had confessed to his role in the crime.

Haggag had reported his wife as missing three weeks earlier.

In reality, the judge had lured his wife to the remote villa where he had already dug her grave, according to a statement from the prosecution.

He then struck her on the head and strangled her to death, with the help of al-Gharabli.

They placed her body in the grave and poured corrosive material over it to make it unrecognizable to forensic experts.

Prosecutors say that Gamal had blackmailed her husband, giving him cause to plot her murder.

Haggag claimed that he had killed his wife in self-defense after she allegedly attacked him with a knife.

However, prosecutors noted that no knife was found at the scene of the crime, and Haggag made no mention of self-defense in his confession.

They also pointed out that al-Gharabli’s confession did not corroborate Haggag’s claim of self-defense.

The pair’s sentence can be appealed in Egypt’s court of cassation within 60 days.

The killing was one of latest in a string of high-profile murders of women in Egypt.

On June 19, Nayera Ashraf was stabbed to death in Mansoura, north of Cairo, by a man whose advances she had rejected.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Four Turkish soldiers killed in operations in Iraq: Ministry

12 September, 2022

Four Turkish soldiers were killed in a clash with militants in northern Iraq, Turkey's defense ministry said late on Sunday.

The ministry said the incident took place in a region where Turkey was carrying out a cross border operation.

Source: Al Arabiya

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At least seven fighters from Kurdish-led force killed in Syria: Monitor

11 September, 2022

At least seven fighters from a Kurdish-led force were killed Sunday in two ISIS group attacks in eastern Syria, a war monitor said.

“Six fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were killed” in an ISIS attack along the road linking Deir Ezzor province with Hasakeh, said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human rights.

A seventh was shot dead by ISIS-linked gunmen in the west of Deir Ezzor province, the Observatory said.

The attacks were carried out in areas under the control of the SDF, which is a key US partner in fighting ISIS and is the Syrian Kurds’ de facto army.

ISIS seized swathes of Syria and neighboring Iraq in 2014, declaring a “caliphate” to administer the millions-strong population.

A long and bloody fightback by Syrian and Iraqi forces with backing from the US and other powers led to its eventual defeat in March 2019, but sleeper cells of the Sunni Muslim extremist group still carry out attacks in both countries.

On Thursday, the SDF said two of their fighters were killed and six ISIS fighters arrested following clashes in a volatile Syria camp where a security operation was underway.

Source: Al Arabiya

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At least 11 Iranian pilgrims and their driver killed in Iraq crash

11 September, 2022

Eleven Iranian pilgrims and their local driver died Sunday in central Iraq when their minibus collided with a truck, a health official said.

The vehicle carrying the pilgrims slammed into the parked truck in Babil province south of Baghdad, provincial health authorities spokesman Ahmed al-Jibouri told AFP.

“Eleven Iranians died on impact, along with their Iraqi driver,” he said, adding that four other pilgrims were in critical condition.

He said a fire had erupted, and that the driver of the truck had been taken in for questioning.

Conflict, neglect and endemic corruption have left oil-rich Iraq’s infrastructure, including roads and bridges, in disrepair.

Many roads are full of potholes and are plunged into total darkness at night.

But officials also say speed, mobile phone use and driving under the influence contribute to crashes.

In July, the health ministry said 4,800 people died in traffic accidents last year in Iraq, or more than 13 a day.

According to official statistics, almost two million Iranian pilgrims have entered Iraq to attend this year’s Arbaeen pilgrimage – one of the world’s biggest religious gatherings – in the Shia shrine city of Karbala.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Saudi Arabia arrests citizen for smuggling 249,779 amphetamine pills into Jeddah

September 12, 2022

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate for Narcotics Control seized 249,779 amphetamine pills that were smuggled into Jeddah through the Jeddah Islamic Port, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Sunday.

The pills were hidden in drilling equipment when authorities discovered them, according to SPA.

A citizen from Riyadh was arrested and he was referred to the Public Prosecution, authorities said.

The drug seizure was conducted in coordination with the Kingdom’s Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority, SPA reported.

Meanwhile in the Najran region, border patrol guards thwarted an attempt to smuggle 25 kilograms of hashish into the Kingdom.

The smuggler was arrested and the necessary legal measures were taken against him, authorities said.

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Saudi Crown Prince Receives Letter From Indian PM

September 12, 2022

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a letter from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Saudi Press Agency reported early Monday.

The letter was handed over by India’s Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar during his meeting with the crown prince in Jeddah.

The meeting discussed enhancing bilateral relations and efforts toward regional and international issues.

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Turkish intelligence 'neutralizes' senior PKK terrorist in northern Iraq

Ali Kemal Akan 

12.09.2022

Turkish intelligence forces have “neutralized” a so-called senior member of the PKK terror group in northern Iraq, security sources said on Monday.

Vedat Aksac, code-named Sahan, said to be in charge of a ringleader of the PKK's assassination team, and two other terrorists were neutralized in an operation by Türkiye’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) in Iraq’s Erbil region, said the sources, requesting anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

While Aksac was about to be sent to metropolitan cities illegally, he was tracked down by the MIT and neutralized in the operation.

Ates was active in the YDG-H, a PKK offshoot, and personally involved in the terror group’s activities, the sources added.

Turkish authorities use the term "neutralize" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Millions of Shia pilgrims descending on Karbala to commemorate Arb’aeen

11 September 2022

Millions of Shia Muslims from dozens of countries are converging on the Iraqi holy city of Karbala to commemorate Arba’een, the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS), the third Shia Imam.

For at least two weeks, pilgrims from countries including Iran, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, have been arriving in the city, located about 100 kilometers (62 miles) southwest of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, with tens of thousands coming before the actual day of Arba’een, which falls on September 17 this year.

Pilgrims travel to the holy city in order to have a chance to touch the gilded grille that surrounds Imam Hussein’s tomb and slip messages through the bars.

They carry their belongings in backpacks or bags perched on their heads as they are moving toward Karbala on foot from different directions. Many young men carry tents so that they can sleep on the streets.

Street signs are put up in Farsi as well as Arabic for millions of Iranians among the crowd.

According to the Head of Iran's Arbaeen Central Headquarters Seyed Majid Mir-Ahmadi, it is estimated that 2.6 million Iranian nationals have so far crossed Iranian land border crossings into Iraq, and the process is going on smoothly following several days of hiatus.

“We are nicely managing the arrival and departure of pilgrims,” he emphasized, noting that “Thank God Iranian officials could efficiently handle the increased congestion of pilgrims at border crossings. Currently, the situation is favorable and all pilgrims are crossing into Iraq.”

Mir-Ahmadi stated that 600,000 Iranians have also returned back to the country.

Traffic is moving steadily at border crossings, and the entry and exit of pilgrims are done easily, he added.

Every year on Arba’een, millions of people from around the world flock to Karbala. Large groups of mourners travel on foot toward the holy city to take part in the largest annual Islamic gathering on earth.

Source: Press TV

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Africa

 

Moroccans rally against ties with Israel, slam Tel Aviv envoy for sex abuse

10 September 2022

Dozens of people in Morocco have rallied against ties between their country and the Israeli regime, condemning the Israeli envoy in Rabat for the sexual abuse of Moroccan women.

On Friday, about 100 people held a protest rally outside parliament in the capital Rabat against the North African country’s normalization of relations with the Israeli regime after Tel Aviv recalled its ambassador, David Govrin, amid an investigation over sex abuse allegations.

Govrin is facing allegations of exploiting several Moroccan women, sexual harassment and indecent exposure. There were also complaints of sexual harassment within the mission.

Demonstrators, who burned an Israeli flag at the end of the rally, denounced both 59-year-old Govrin and Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, four days after Israeli public broadcaster Kan reported a foreign ministry delegation had been sent to the Moroccan capital, following sexual abuse accusations against the envoy.

Moroccans have been resolute in their opposition to the normalization deal and have also continued to voice their continued support for the liberation of the occupied Palestinian territories.

“Today, we are in front of the parliament to protest against the hideous acts” committed by Govrin, said a pro-Palestinian activist. “Morocco’s dignity is not for sale, the normalization must end.”

Israel and Morocco agreed on December 10, 2020 to normalize relations in a deal brokered with the help of the administration of former US President Donald Trump, making the North African country the fourth Arab state to normalize with the regime. The others were the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan.

Trump sealed the agreement in a phone call with Morocco’s King Mohammed VI. As part of the agreement, the US president agreed to recognize Morocco’s sovereignty over the Western Sahara region, which has been at the center of a dispute with neighboring Algeria.

Source: Press TV

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Tunisian journalist granted bail in ‘terrorism’ case

11 September, 2022

A Tunisian journalist and activist was released on bail Sunday, five days after his arrest on suspicion of “terrorism,” his website said.

Ghassen Ben Khlifa, editor of the website Inhiyez and a prominent pro-Palestinian activist, was arrested at his home on Tuesday.

The case against him is the latest in what civil society groups describe as a growing threat to freedom of the press in Tunisia under President Kais Saied.

Police officers also searched Ben Khlifa’s house and seized two computers, according to multiple media reports.

His lawyer, quoted by local media, said Ben Khlifa was suspected of running a Facebook page that “incites terrorism.”

The judiciary has agreed to release Ben Khlifa on bail for the duration of the investigation, according to Inhiyez.

Dozens of activists and journalists demonstrated in central Tunis on Friday to demand his release.

The North African country has seen a spike in prosecutions of journalists, including in military courts, since Saied seized wide-ranging powers last year.

Civil society groups have warned of a return to the methods used by security services under autocrat Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who was overthrown in the 2011 revolt that sparked the Arab Spring uprisings.

In a report released in early May, the SNJT journalists’ union warned against “serious threats” to press freedom in the country.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Ethiopia’s Tigray rebels say ready for AU-led peace talks

11 September, 2022

Ethiopia’s Tigray rebels said Sunday they were ready to take part in peace talks led by the African Union, removing an obstacle to potential negotiations with the government to end almost two years of brutal warfare.

The announcement came amid a flurry of international diplomacy after fighting flared last month for the first time in months, torpedoing a humanitarian truce in northern Ethiopia.

“The government of Tigray is prepared to participate in a robust peace process under the auspices of the African Union,” said a statement by the authorities in the northernmost region of Tigray.

“Furthermore we are ready to abide by an immediate and mutually agreed cessation of hostilities in order to create a conducive atmosphere.”

The Ethiopian government has long insisted that any peace process must be brokered by the AU, which is headquartered in Addis Ababa.

Source: Al Arabiya

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UN chief urges Sudan army leaders to withdraw from political scene

Mohammad Tareq  

10.09.2022

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called on Sudan’s army chief, Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, and his deputy to withdraw from the country’s political scene.

The call was made in a UN Security Council report on the situation in Sudan and the activities of the UN mission in the country.

Guterres urged all Sudanese leaders and actors "to put national interests first and find a way out of the current political impasse."

The UN chief said Al-Burhan and his deputy Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo must abide by their commitments to withdraw from political scene and "to translate them into reality."

"Reaching a solution to the impasse is more urgent than ever. It can be achieved only through Sudanese-owned and -led political dialogue that offers a credible path to a legitimate civilian-led democratic transition," Guterres said.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Nigeria military kills 420 terrorists during month-long operations

Olanrewaju Kola  

10.09.2022

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria

More than 400 Boko Haram and Daesh/ISIS in West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists have been killed by Nigeria forces in operations in northeast Borno State, an army commander said Friday.

"Our ground troops have killed at least 420 Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists in many of our operations in Borno State within August," said Maj. Gen Christopher Musa, commander of the Counter-terrorism Joint Task Force Northeast.

He said the air force conducted airstrikes on terrorist locations, leading to the deaths of dozens and the military received an order from the president to stop terrorism in the region before the end of 2023.

Nigeria has faced 13 years of terrorism activities by Boko Haram and its affiliate, ISWAP, in the northern region.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Libya’s parliament speaker arrives in Qatar

Ahmet Gençtürk  

11.09.2022

Libyan Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh arrived in Qatar to meet Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Qatari, according to media reports.

Saleh and his accompanying delegation were welcomed Friday by Qatar’s Speaker of the Shura Council Hassan bin Abdullah Al Ghanim, senior Qatari officials and the Libyan Ambassador in Doha, Mohammed Mustafa Al Lafi, said state-run Qatar News Agency.

Libyan lawmaker Abdel-Men'em Al-Arfy told Anadolu Agency that Saleh was invited by Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman and the visit “aims to bring closer the views of the two sides.”

In recent years, the Libyan Parliament accused Qatar of supporting armed groups opposed to the East Libya-based assembly, an accusation denied by Doha.

Oil-rich Libya has remained in turmoil since 2011 when longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi was ousted after four decades in power.

The situation has worsened since March when parliament appointed a new government led by former Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Southeast Asia

 

Tourism Ministry urges public to collaborate with Islamic Tourism Centre to attract international Muslim travellers

11 Sep 2022

KUCHING, Sept 11 — The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (Motac) is urging the public to establish partnerships with the Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC) to generate income and attract more foreign tourists.

Its minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said in an effort to restore the tourism industry affected by Covid-19, Motac needs ideas from the youth in creating new Islamic tourism products.

“Malay Islamic cultural arts such as archery, calligraphy and various other arts can be an attraction for foreign tourists. Those who are blessed with this gift have the potential to make it a side career, which can also benefit local residents.

“ITC offers training programmes, capacity building and advisory services such as Muslim-Friendly Tourist Guide training (MFTG) aimed at increasing the knowledge about Muslim tourists and how to meet their needs,” she said while speaking at the closing ceremony of the Mini Islamic Arts and Culture Carnival 2022 here, today.

ITC also hosts Islamic Tourism Entrepreneurship and Leadership Seminar (ITELS) to attract more business operators and tourism entrepreneurs to explore the Muslim-friendly tourism market, she added.

Nancy said the Muslim tourism market is able to generate high profits with their tendency to take long vacations and heavy spending.

Source: Malay Mail

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UN weighs anti-China move as rights council opens

September 11, 2022

GENEVA: Western countries face a dilemma as the UN Human Rights Council opens tomorrow: confront China over human rights violations in its Xinjiang region and risk failing or miss the biggest opportunity to bring accountability in years.

A report by the UN rights office on Aug 31 found that China’s “arbitrary and discriminatory detention” of Uyghurs and other Muslims there may constitute crimes against humanity.

China vigorously denies any abuse.

High commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet, whose office released the report, has since concluded her term.

Her successor, Austria’s Volker Turk, is not yet in Geneva and no follow-up action is formally on the crowded council agenda that includes the crises in Ukraine and Ethiopia.

That means any China action may have to be initiated by one of the 47 nations that make up the council tasked with promoting and protecting human rights globally.

Western diplomats said a group of democracies is considering a range of options including a resolution on China for the first time in the council’s 16-year-history – a move that might include an investigative mechanism.

For some, what is at stake is the west’s moral authority on human rights that has prevailed in the decades since the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in the aftermath of millions of civilian deaths in World War II.

China, with some support from other countries, has in recent years stressed the importance of economic rights, stoking concerns about a weakening of international norms as first conceived by the declaration and a shift away from accountability for abuses.

“If the majority decide it is not worth acting after the violations denounced in the (China) report, it would mean that the universalist vision of human rights is at stake and the legal order would be weakened,” a western diplomat said.

The diplomat added that “intensive discussions” on potential follow-up actions are underway.

“There’s a cost of inaction, a cost of action and a cost of a failed attempt to act,” another western diplomat told Reuters, also speaking on condition of anonymity.

Rights groups accuse China of abuses against Uyghurs, a mainly Muslim ethnic minority numbering around 10 million in the western region of Xinjiang, including the mass use of forced labour in internment camps.

The US, a member of the council, has accused China of genocide.

Doomed to fail?

The council, in a meeting scheduled to run through Oct 7, has no legally binding powers but its debates bring heightened scrutiny and its actions can launch investigations.

Sometimes these provide evidence before national and international courts such as in the case of a former Syrian intelligence officer jailed for state-backed torture in Germany in January.

China, which had sought to prevent publication of the Xinjiang report, has been lobbying strongly against any follow-up action through diplomatic cables, or demarches, in capitals, diplomats said.

“The developing world will reject all anti-China initiatives initiated by western countries,” China’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva Chen Xu told reporters.

“Any kind of anti-China effort is doomed to failure.”

Winning passage of a resolution would be tough.

Between 1990 and 2004, 11 draft motions were proposed on the human rights situation in China at the council’s predecessor but none passed.

There are signs that western sway has declined since the council’s creation in 2006 amid a backsliding in freedoms globally.

“I am not sure if they have the numbers,” said Olaf Wientzek, director of the Geneva office of the German Konrad Adenauer Foundation think tank.

Wientzek shared with Reuters a rough prediction of vote counts indicating that a China motion would be defeated 16 to 14 with 17 abstentions.

“The stronger the mandate, the bigger chances of it being defeated,” Wientzek added.

Taking on China and Russia?

Other options include convening what is called a “special session” of the council – an action needing at least third of votes on the council to pass.

Another is an oral condemnation, or “joint statement” – a weaker step but one with no minimum number of votes for adoption.

The China dilemma facing democracies is complicated by calls by NGOs for a parallel motion tasking an independent expert with boosting human rights scrutiny inside Russia.

Acting on both Russia and China at once might risk a bigger anti-democratic alliance on human rights, according to diplomats.

Russia was suspended from the council in April over its February invasion of Ukraine but remains active in informal meetings.

Russia has said it quit and denies killing civilians in Ukraine.

It remains to be seen what role new UN rights chief Turk will play on China after Bachelet faced criticism for being too soft.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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PAS, Umno leaders held secret GE15 talks, says spiritual leader

Anne Muhammad

September 7, 2022

PETALING JAYA: PAS spiritual leader Hashim Jasin confirmed that there have been secret discussions between the Islamic party and certain Umno leaders to ensure straight fights with Pakatan Harapan in the 15th general election.

He said PAS is trying to drive home the point that the opposition coalition is the real enemy, not Bersatu.

“If we can join forces, we should,” he told FMT when asked to comment on negotiations that had been held under Muafakat Nasional, the pact the two parties forged in 2019 to unite the Malay-Muslim electorate.

PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan had revealed on Sept 4 that talks were held with certain Umno leaders who could persuade the party leadership.

Ties between Umno and PAS have deteriorated after PAS joined Bersatu to form Perikatan Nasional (PN) when Muhyiddin Yassin’s administration took over Putrajaya in March 2020.

While Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi recently said it was time for the party to move on without PAS, the Islamic party is adamant on maintaining ties.

Hashim claimed that Umno grassroots wanted the two parties to unite under MN, but it had been rejected by the top leadership.

“We know of one person (who does not want MN), but does he speak for the majority of members?” he said.

On Sunday, PAS vice-president Idris Ahmad said the party had always said “yes” to both Umno and Bersatu in order to push for unity among the Malay-based parties, despite being ridiculed for doing so.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Takiyuddin: PAS maintains Umno as a ta’awun partner under ummah unity concept

11 Sep 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 — PAS will continue to consider Umno and all parties under the umbrella of ummah unity as ta’awun partners (cooperation partners) especially in building a righteous country blessed by God, said PAS secretary-general Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan.

He said the party will continue to be open and ready to hold meetings, discussions, and consultations with all ta’awun friends by focusing on points of commonality and bridging any differences for the good of the country and the people.

According to Takiyuddin the matter was among the subjects decided in the PAS central committee meeting today.

He said the party will continue to be consistent and committed to the unification of ummah agenda as the main focus of national unity between the Malay Muslims, Bumiputras and people of various races in this country.

“This situation will be the key formula towards the stability of the country and the well-being of the people. This is also in line with the motion brought by the Central PAS Dewan Ulamak and is unanimously supported in the 68th PAS Annual General Assembly in Alor Setar recently.

“PAS is also keeping to its stand of not cooperating with Pakatan Harapan and not accepting the concept of a big tent sponsored by any party even in facing GE15 (15th general election),” he said in a statement today.

Source: Malay Mail

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Indonesia considering buying Russian oil as fuel prices soar: Report

12 September, 2022

Indonesian President Joko Widodo is considering joining India and China in buying Russian oil to offset increasing pressure of rising energy costs, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

“We always monitor all of the options. If there is the country (and) they give a better price, of course,” Widodo said in an interview with the Financial Times when he was asked whether Indonesia would buy oil from Russia. (https://on.ft.com/3U2HeIn)

Earlier this month, Widodo hiked subsidized fuel prices by 30 percent and said that the price hike was his “last option” due to fiscal pressures, sparking protests across the nation of 270 million people.

Any move to purchase Russian crude at prices above the cap agreed by G7 countries could subject Indonesia to US sanctions.

In August, Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno said that Indonesia had been offered Russian crude at a 30 percent discount. Following this, the country’s state-owned oil company, Pertamina said it was reviewing the risks of buying Russian oil.

Source: Al Arabiya

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