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Gyanvapi Mosque Row: Court Refuses to Change Commissioner, Appoints Two More Lawyers as Commissioners, Orders Completion of Survey by May 17

New Age Islam News Bureau

12 May 2022

 

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• Yasmine Mohammed, Who Escaped Al-Qaeda Hits Out At Liberal Left for 'Siding with' Islamic Supremacists: 'They Hate the West'

• Head of the Islamic Emirate’s Qatar-Based Political Office Suhail Shaheen Clarifies Hijab Rules

• Iran: Israeli Killing of Al Jazeera Journalist a Flagrant Violation of International Law

• Outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan Extends Truce To Hold Peace Talks With Pakistan

 

India

• Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan Lashes Out at Muslim Leader, Musaliyar, For 'Humiliating' Schoolgirl on Stage

• If Taking Away Mosques, Lal Quila Help Resolve Country’s Issues, Let Them: Mehbooba

• Coimbatore: Nallur Police arrests man for forcing Dalit woman to convert to Islam

• Hyderabad honour killing: Muslim woman's family used spyware to track Dalit husband, says police report

• Activists of RSS Muslim Wing Denied Entry To Krishna Janmabhoomi-Idgah Complex In Mathura

• We Will Abide By Guidelines on Use Of Loudspeakers: Muslim Committee

• Madhya Pradesh HC Issues Notice to Centre, ASI in Plea Seeking to Stop Muslims from Offering Namaz at Bhojshala Complex 

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North America

• Queer Muslim Group Aims to Conduct Largest Survey of LGBTQ Muslims in The US

• US, EU demand investigation into reporter Shireen Abu Akleh’s killing in Israel

• US lawmaker holds moment of silence for slain Palestinian-American journalist

• Biden administration presses Congress for approval of F-16 sale to Turkiye: Report

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South Asia

• Reporters without Borders Call Khalid Qaderi’s Trial “Arbitrary.”

• The Taliban Denies the Allegations of Civilian Casualties in Panjshir

• Consultation and Preparations for Political Figures’ Return to the Country in Sapidar Palace

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Mideast

• FM Underlines Lebanon's Special Place in Iran's Foreign Policy

• Iran Asks for Removal of Sanctions against Syria

• Iran Calls for Using "Unique" Opportunity of Ceasefire in Yemen

• IRGC Hits Terrorists Positions in Erbil by Artillery Fire

• Israeli authorities fully responsible for reporter Abu Akleh‘s death: Abbas

• Palestinian Authority refuses to hand over bullet that killed Shireen Abu Akleh

• Israel defence minister pledges full probe into killing of reporter Shireen Abu Akleh

• Israeli rights group refutes Israeli army narrative on Abu Akleh's killing

• Palestinian president offers condolences on journalist’s death

• Israeli forces launch rocket attack on southern Syria: State media

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Pakistan

• Elections before the appointment of new army chief cannot be ruled out: Pakistan defence minister

• Sharif Brothers Meet in London to Consult Key PML-N Leadership Issues

• FIA decides against prosecuting PM Shehbaz, Hamza in money laundering case

• 22 get five-year term each in Bhong temple attack case

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Southeast Asia

• I Can’t Defame Zahid, He Has A Bad Reputation, Says Muhyiddin

• PAS Ulama Wing Chief Says His Party More Islamic Than Umno

• Khairy withdraws appeal in ‘main belakang’ case against Anwar

• Hamzah draws flak from PH lawmakers for party-hopping remarks

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Arab World

• Days Ahead Of Legislative Elections, UN Urges Crisis-Hit Lebanon To ‘Change Course’

• US to allow foreign investment in northeast Syria without sanctions

• Five soldiers, seven extremists killed in an attack on army in Egypt’s Sinai

• Lebanon central bank governor released on $66 mln bail

• Iraq strikes deal with Iran to secure summer gas imports

• Lebanon to complete cenbank FX audit, an IMF condition, by June: Deputy PM

• Five Egyptian security forces killed in attack north of Sinai

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Africa

• Eight Soldiers Killed In Togo, Raising Spectre of First Deadly Islamist Attack

• Tunisian coastguard retrieves bodies of three migrants, rescues 250 others

• Coalition against ISIS discusses how to counter resurgence

• Turkiye voices support for sovereignty, territorial integrity of Morocco

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Europe

• Turkey and Israel, Europe’s New Energy Alternative

• UK's Charity Regulator Urged To Investigate Policy Exchange over 'Anti-Muslim Agenda'

• EU envoy Mora holds talks with Iran nuclear negotiator in Tehran

• EU strongly condemns killing of Al-Jazeera journalist

• Greece remains committed to dialogue with Turkiye: President

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Gyanvapi Mosque Row: Court Refuses to Change Commissioner, Appoints Two More Lawyers As Commissioners, Orders Completion of Survey by May 17

 

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12 May 2022

Lucknow | Jagran News Desk: A local court in Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi on Thursday delivered a big verdict in the case related to the video survey of the Gyanvapi mosque located adjacent to the iconic Kashi Vishwanath temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The court, in its much-awaited order, refused to change the survey commissioner Ajay Mishra and appointed two more lawyers as commissioners who will accompany Mishra for the survey.  The Varanasi court also directed the Commission to submit to the court its report by May 17.

The Kashi Vishwanath Temple, located beside the iconic Gyanvapi mosque, is one of 12 Jyotirlingas that are considered to be the holiest of Shiva Temples. The court further said that anyone who tries to stall the survey should be dealt with sternly.

The court of Civil Judge (Senior Division) Ravi Kumar Diwakar, which had also heard the matter relating to the opening of the two basements located inside the mosque complex for videography, delivered the verdict after hearing the arguments of both the sides.

The Gyanvapi mosque management committee (Anjuman Intezamiya Masjid) had filed an application seeking a replacement of court official Ajay Kumar Mishra, who was assigned to do the survey, claiming he was not impartial. The petitioners said that Mishra was doing the video survey of areas in the Gyanvapi mosque that are not specified in the order.

The videography and survey of the mosque were ordered by Judge Diwakar on a plea by Delhi women Rakhi Singh, Laxmi Devi, Sita Sahu and others seeking permission to perform daily worship of deities Shringar Gauri, Lord Ganesha, Lord Hanuman and Nandi whose idols are located on the outer wall of the Gyanvapi mosque.

The women had moved the court with their plea on April 18, 2021, and also sought a court's order to stop the opponents from causing any damage to the idols.

The counsel for the mosque management committee had earlier contended that the court had not given any order to do the videography inside the mosque but to do it only till the 'chabutra' (courtyard) outside the barricades enclosing the mosque area.

The court commissioner had on Friday conducted an inconclusive survey of some areas outside Gyanvapi Masjid in the Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri complex amid brief sloganeering by the two sides.

The Muslim side had accused the court-appointed advocate commissioner of acting in a biased manner, alleging that he had tried to get videography done inside the Gyanvapi mosque without orders and moved the court to replace him.

(With Agency Inputs)

Source: Jagran

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Yasmine Mohammed, Who Escaped Al-Qaeda Hits Out At Liberal Left for 'Siding with' Islamic Supremacists: 'They Hate the West'

 

Yasmine Mohammed has now become a human right activist who campaigns for muslim women

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11 May 2022

A Muslim woman who escaped Al-Qaeda has hit out at the liberal left for siding with Islamist regimes.

Yasmine Mohammed, who ran away from the extremist group, has now become a human right activist who campaigns for Muslim women.

In recent years, there have been concerns that some parts of the western left are aligning themselves with Islamist regimes.

In a conversation on GB News, Mark Steyn said to Ms Mohammed: “This partnership between the Western left and basically Islamic supremacists is a disaster.”

To which Ms Mohammed replied: “Absolutely, it’s absolutely a disaster.

“The thing they have in common is their hate for the West, is their hate for Western values, is their hate for capitalism.

“So it is disastrous and it is something we have to pay attention to.

“At the end of the day, they’re not aligned.

“I mean Islamists want to execute every homosexual, they want to force women in body bags and that is happening.

“In Afghanistan they’re banning girls from school, banning them from jobs, banning them from being able to travel.

“It’s the same kinds of things you see in Saudi Arabia in Iran, these themes you see them in many Muslim majority countries, these are not progressive values.

“So for people on the left to be supporting this is absolutely ludicrous but they’re doing it now because they have they both agree in there hate for the West.”

Source: Gbnews

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Head of the Islamic Emirate’s Qatar-Based Political Office Suhail Shaheen Clarifies Hijab Rules

 

Suhail Shaheen

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May 12, 2022

The head of the Islamic Emirate’s Qatar-based political office, Suhail Shaheen, said Afghan women have been using hijab for centuries and the statement which was recently made by the Islamic Emirate “doesn’t say Burqa imposed” as the only type of hijab and that other types of hijab could also be used. 

He made the remarks in an interview with Piers Morgan of Talk TV. 

Earlier, a decree announced by the Ministry of Vice and Virtue stated a new ruling for women’s hijab in the country. 

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Vice and Virtue’s spokesman Akif Mahajar said the recent ruling on hijab not only includes “burqas” but the hijabs used in other Islamic countries (Arabic hijab). Also, the long veils used in rural areas of Afghanistan are also considered hijab, irrespective of color.

“The Afghan women for centuries, they have been observing hijab and they are wearing hijab voluntarily. So, there is no addition ... on them, and the statement doesn’t say burqa is imposed or the only type of hijab, it says there are different types of hijabs which are acceptable including burqa,” Shaheen said. 

Meanwhile, a number of women in the western province of Herat in a statement called on the Islamic Emirate to reconsider the decision about the rulings on women’s hijab. 

“The Afghan women are Muslims, and they observe the Islamic hijab. I hope the Islamic Emirate mulls over the decree which it has recently given about the Afghan women,” said Fatima Farahi, a female rights activist. 

The UN special envoy for Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons, met with the Islamic Emirate leadership and called for expansion of women rights.  

Lyons met this “week with Taliban leadership and called for women’s rights to be expanded not curtailed, for secondary schools to reopen to girls, and for women to be able to fully participate in work and public life. Afghanistan needs an inclusive effort for challenges ahead,” UNAMA News said. 

This comes as a senior member of the Islamic Emirate, Anas Haqqani, told a gathering in Kabul on Tuesday that "in the name of Propagation of Virtue & the Prevention of Vice, we should not cause people to hate Islam, but we should take care of the people in the way we sacrificed for them before.” 

Source: Tolo News

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Iran: Israeli Killing of Al Jazeera Journalist A Flagrant Violation of International Law

 

Israeli Killing of Al Jazeera Journalist

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2022-May-12

The state terrorism of the Zionist regime has repeatedly shown that it sees no limit in terror and crime, Bahadori Jahromi wrote on his twitter page on Wednesday.

He added that the Zionist regime has become used to the terror of children, women, reporters and innocent citizens.

Bahadori Jahromi said that the crime by the Zionist regime to martyr a Palestinian Al-Jazeera reporter was an attack on the freedom of the media and a violation of the international regulations.

In relevant remarks on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh called on international organizations, human rights bodies, and international media unions to condemn and hold the Israeli regime accountable for its assassination of Al Jazeera correspondent.

Khatibzadeh condemned the Israeli regime's assassination of Abu Akleh while covering Israeli raids in the city of Jenin.

He also expressed his condolences on the martyrdom of the journalist to her family, and to all journalists in the world who are committed to the cause of Palestine and Holy Quds.

The senior Iranian diplomat called on international organizations, human rights bodies, and international media unions to conduct an independent investigation into the martyrdom of Ms. Shireen Abu Akleh and hold the Zionist regime to account for its crimes.

Khatibzadeh said that such criminal acts by the Israeli regime proved that the regime is not committed to freedom of speech and press in contradiction to its claims to do so.

Israeli forces shot dead Al Jazeera’s journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the occupied West Bank.

She was hit by a live bullet on Wednesday while covering Israeli raids in the city of Jenin and was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

The Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement also condemned Abu Akleh’s killing, stressing that the Israeli regime was trying to muzzle the voice of journalists to cover its crimes.

It urged media organizations, the United Nations, and rights groups to denounce Israel in international forums, and prevent the regime’s acts of aggression against Palestinian journalists.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun also slammed the Palestinian journalist’s assassination, saying her death showed that the savage Israeli regime ignores all international principles and charters.

Also, Hazem Qassem, a spokesman for the Gaza-based Palestinian Hamas resistance movement, said Abu Akleh’s killing added to Israel’s long list of crimes, especially against Palestinian journalists.

Osama al-Qawasmi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), described her death as an attack against the truth.

Qawasemi said in a statement that the Tel Aviv regime, by murdering Abu Akleh, conveyed the message that it will target anyone who dares to speak and report the truth.

The spokesman of the Palestinian Authority, Ibrahim Milhim, said his government rejects any role for Israel in an investigation into Abu Akleh’s killing.

“Let me ask, when does the criminal have the right to take part in the investigation against his victim?” Milhim was quoted as saying by Al Jazeera.

“We reject and refuse the participation of any Israelis in this kind of investigation. They have to be taken to the International Court. We call on the ICJ to open an investigation into the killing of Shireen and other crimes committed against the Palestinians.”

The Islamic Jihad Movement also condemned the killing of an Al Jazeera journalist, terming Abu Akleh’s killing as a failed Israeli attempt to hide the truth.

Meantime, Anthony Bellanger, the secretary of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) termed Abu Akleh’s killing as a “deliberate systematic targeting of a journalist”.

“Yet again journalists, wearing press vests, clearly identified were targeted by Israeli snipers,” he said in a statement. “We will seek to add this case to the ICC complaint submitted by the IFJ, detailing such systematic targeting.”

The Palestine Journalists Syndicate also denounced Abu Akleh’s death as “a clear assassination perpetrated by the Israeli occupation army”.

The syndicate held the Israeli occupation forces “fully responsible for this heinous crime against press freedom”, particularly after World Press Freedom Day, marked on May 8.

It stressed that the crime of the occupying regime that targeted Abu Akleh is “a deliberate and premeditated act and a true assassination operation”.

The syndicate asked for measures to protect journalists in the occupied territories from the “continued incitement and killing practiced by the Israeli occupation and all components of the occupation”.

Also, the People's Assembly of Syria also condemned the assassination of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh at the hands of the Israeli forces in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The legislative authority said in a statement that dozens of Syrian and Palestinian media professionals have sacrificed their lives for the sake of truth while exposing Israeli crimes.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan Extends Truce to Hold Peace Talks With Pakistan

 

Outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan

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May 12, 2022

PESHAWAR: The outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has extended a ceasefire with the government of Pakistan in order to hold peace talks, AFP quoted two sources in the militant group as saying on Wednesday.

Since the Afghan Taliban surged back to power last year, TTP attacks on Pakistan soil saw an uptick.

Sources said that a TTP ceasefire, agreed for the Eid period, has now been extended until May 16.

A TTP letter outlining the truce tells fighters “not to violate the decision taken by the central command”.

Both sources said a team of Pakistani mediators has travelled to Afghanistan to meet the TTP leadership for talks facilitated by the Afghan Taliban.

However, Islamabad has not yet commented on the matter.

Last year, the PTI-led government of Imran Khan conducted peace negotiations with the TTP during a month-long ceasefire that eventually collapsed.

Islamabad has increasingly complained of attacks across the border from Afghanistan since the Taliban took control of Kabul in August, an issue that has become a source of diplomatic tension.

Last month Afghan officials said a Pakistani airstrike in eastern Afghanistan killed 47 people. Pakistan did not comment on the strike but urged Kabul to secure its border to prevent militant operations.

The Afghan Taliban called the assault a “cruelty” that “is paving the way for enmity between Afghanistan and Pakistan”.

In March, an Islamic State suicide bomber, who authorities say was an Afghan national, killed 64 people at a mosque in Peshawar.

Source: Dawn
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India

 

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan Lashes Out At Muslim Leader, Musaliyar, For 'Humiliating' Schoolgirl On Stage

Vivek Rajagopal

Thiruvananthapuram

May 11, 2022

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan on Wednesday strongly criticised Muslim leader Abdulla Musaliyar for 'humiliating' a schoolgirl on stage. On May 10, Musaliyar was caught on camera scolding members of Samastha Kerala Jem-iyyathul Ulama (SKJU), an association of Kerala Sunni scholars, for inviting the schoolgirl on stage during a felicitation event in Malappuram district.

Taking to Twitter, the governor said, “Sad to know that a young talented girl was humiliated on stage in Malappuram district while receiving a well-deserved award simply because she was born into a Muslim family. This is yet another example of how Muslim clerics continue to push hard Muslim women into seclusion and suppress their personality in total defiance of Qur'anic commands and provisions of the Constitution.”

Arif Khan also quoted the holy Quran and said, "Women shall have rights similar to the rights against them according to what is fair and reasonable, but men have an added degree of RESPONSIBILITY towards them -2.228.”

In a purported video clip that has gone viral, the SKJU members were seen presenting awards to a boy, after which a girl was invited onto the stage to receive her award.

Once she received the award, the Muslim leader Abdulla Musaliyar walked towards the members who felicitated the girl and reprimanded the members for inviting the girl on stage.

“Who called the girl here? I’ll show you [who I am] next time you call a girl here. Aren’t you supposed to call the parents as per Samantha rules? Won’t this come in photo?” said Abdulla Musaliyar in Malayalam.
Source: India Today

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If taking away mosques, Lal Quila help resolve country’s issues, let them: Mehbooba

11th May 2022

Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday said if “taking away” mosques, the Lal Quila (Red Fort) or the Qutub Minar could help resolve such as unemployment, price rise, and poverty “then I would urge the Muslims of this country to let them (Hindu right-wing groups) take away whatever they want.”

Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, Mufti said, “If they want to take away mosques, let them. But do not give them cause for violence. This is what they want.”

Mufti was referring to the members of the Hindu organisation Mahakal Manav Sewa protesting near Qutub Minar on Tuesday, demanding the renaming of Qutub Minar as Vishnu Stambh.

Speaking on recent incidents of houses belonging to Muslims being bulldozed in parts of the country, Mufti said, “It’s very unfortunate the way minorities are being attacked, their houses are being bulldozed. The judiciary is not coming forward to take Suo Moto cognizance of such incidents.”

She urged the people not to destroy the Hindu-Muslim unity of the country.

Mufti, reacting to the Supreme Court’s order on Sedition Law said, “If any student, activist or politician speaks, the sedition law is used against them. If our country continues to slap sedition charges on students, activists, and journalists…our situation will become worse than Sri Lanka…Hoping BJP learns a lesson from Sri Lanka and stops communal tensions, majoritarianism.”

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered that Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises the offence of sedition be kept in abeyance till the government’s exercise of reviewing the law is complete. A bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli also asked the Central government and States not to register any cases under Section 124A.

Allowing the Central government to re-examine and reconsider the provisions of Section 124A, the apex court said that it will be appropriate not to use the provision of law till further re-examination is over. The bench now posted the hearing of a batch of pleas challenging the constitutional validity of the sedition law, in July.

Taking to Twitter, Murti wrote, “What happened in Sri Lanka should serve as a wake-up call. Since 2014, India is being whipped into a communal frenzy and imagined fears. It is treading the same path of hyper-nationalism and religious majoritarianism. All at the cost of disrupting social cohesion and economic security.”

Source: Siasat Daily

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Coimbatore: Nallur Police arrests man for forcing Dalit woman to convert to Islam

Pramod Madhav

Chennai

May 12, 2022

A 21-year-old Dalit woman filed a complaint with Nallur Police in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore district stating that her partner, with whom she was in a live-in relationship, was torturing her and forcing her to convert to Islam.

The woman had stated that the accused, Iman Hameef, had contacted her through Instagram in 2021 and their friendship turned into a relationship.

He had then brought her to Tiruppur where they lived together, but Iman began to force her, and allegedly also tortured her to convert to Islam.

She stated that Iman took her phone and released explicit pics of them being together on her Instagram profile and also threatened to upload videos of her taking a bath if she didn’t convert to his religion.

The victim stated that Iman had called her by caste name, forced himself upon her several times and took nude pictures of her.

She also said that, unable to bare the torture, she left for her hometown. But, she had to come back to Tiruppur to collect her education documents from Imran. That is when he took her phone and used her own Instagram account to upload the pics.

Based on her complaint, Nallur Police registered an FIR under sections 354 A, 506 (1) of IPC, 66 C, 66 E, 67 A of the IT Act and several sections of the Prevention of Atrocities against SC/ ST Act.

Source: India Today

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Hyderabad honour killing: Muslim woman's family used spyware to track Dalit husband, says police report

Ashish Pandey

Hyderabad

May 12, 2022

The Hyderabad Police’s remand report of the accused in the brutal and public honour killing of Nagaraju, a Dalit man, says that the accused used spyware to track and locate the victim. The report also states that the murder was pre-planned.

Nagaraju, a 25-year-old Dalit man, was killed in front of his wife, Syed Ashrin Sultana (aka Pallavi), in Hyderabad's Saroornagar on May 4. His brother-in-law, Syed Mubeen Ahmed, is the main accused. He murdered Nagaraju because he was unhappy with his sister’s interfaith marriage.

WHAT THE REMAND REPORT SAYS

According to the remand report India Today has accessed, Nagaraju's murder was pre-planned and the accused used mobile spyware to track and locate him.

On the day of the murder, the accused tried to kill Nagaraju outside the car showroom where he worked, but missed him due to the traffic.

The accused had performed the marriages of two of his elder sisters and his third sister's (Sultana) marriage was awaited. The accused, Mubeen, planned to get married after Sultana's wedding.

ACCUSED DISCOVERS THE RELATIONSHIP

The remand report states that when the accused discovered that his younger sister was in love with Nagaraju, he admonished and beat her. On January 30, at around 8 pm, she left the house without intimating anyone.

On January 31, she married Nagaraju in Arya Samaj in the Old City, as per Hindu traditions.

The brother, Mubeen, reportedly came to know a day before their wedding that his sister had changed her name from Ashreen Sultana to Pallavi.

Upon knowing this, he had insisted that Nagaraju leave his sister, but they both refused to do so.

A PLAN IS HATCHED

As a result, he developed a grudge against Nagaraju and hatched a plan along with his other brother-in-law, Masood Ahmed, to kill Nagaraju.

Mubeen, the accused, obtained Nagaraju’s phone number from his sister’s mobile phone. Thereafter, he tracked Nagaraju’s location using the “Find My Device” app and found his location was near Saroornagar.

On May 4, he called his other brother-in-law, Mansoor Ahmend, and told him to come to Saroornagar.

THE HORRIFIC PUBLIC MURDER

Then, he took an iron rod and a knife with him and went to Miyapur on a bus. Masood Ahmed reached that place on his Bajaj Chetak scooter. Both met at Miyapur, and from there, they proceeded to Saroornagar.

On the way, they searched for the exact location of Nagaraju and it showed that he was at the Maruti showroom where he worked. They waited for him till he completed his duty. From there, the two of them followed him, but they missed him due to traffic.

Again, Mubeen searched for his location, and it showed that he was at Saroornagar.

Immediately, they rushed to the spot and found Nagaraju and Ashreen Sulthana coming in the opposite direction on a Honda Unicorn bike.

They obstructed the couple, and the two men together beat Nagaraju with an iron rod on his head. Then, Nagaraju fell to the ground.

VICTIM'S WIFE FIGHTS BACK

His wife, Sultana, tried to fight off the attacker, her brother Mubeen, but he roughly pushed her away. This was recorded by a bystander, who shot a video of the attack. Sultana got up and rushed at the attackers, who were hacking away at Nagaraju.

They were grappling with each other and visuals show her begging the men to stop attacking her husband.

However, the accused beat Nagaraju on his head with an iron rod indiscriminately around four to five times and stabbed him with a knife. After confirming his death, they fled from the spot.

Source: India Today

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https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/hyderabad-honour-killing-muslim-woman-family-spyware-track-dalit-husband-police-report-exclusive-1948396-2022-05-12

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Activists of RSS Muslim wing denied entry to Krishna Janmabhoomi-Idgah complex in Mathura

Siraj Qureshi

Agra

May 11, 2022

A 10-member team of the Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) tried to enter the Krishna Janmabhoomi-Idgah complex in Mathura on Wednesday, May 11. Security personnel stationed at the site prevented the Muslim group activists from entering the complex.

The activists of Muslim Rashtriya Manch, a body affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), had reportedly gone to the complex to analyze the historic importance of the site.

Speaking to India Today, Tushar Kant, leader of MRM team, said that they saw Krishna Janmabhoomi from a distance and expressed the desire to find out about the history of the Idgah, but the security personnel stopped them. He said that the team had gone to Mathura on the directions of the Manch's chief Indresh Kumar.

Rehana Khatun, a member of the MRM team, said, “The Manch appeals to all Muslims that they are Indians first and it becomes the responsibility of the entire Muslim community to preserve the peace and tranquility in the country.”

She said that the disputed site is the birthplace of Lord Krishna and the foreign invaders demolished the temple to build an Idgah.

Asif Jafri, another member of the team, said that it is improper to offer Namaz at a place which does not belong to the Muslims.

“Every artifact found on the site points to the fact that this was a temple in the past,” Asif Jafri told India Today.

MRM member Mariam Khan said that Islam does not teach us to fight amongst ourselves.

“For the sake of the future generations, it is time that these disputes are resolved with mutual understanding,” Mariam Khan added.

Meanwhile, reacting to MRM’s attempt to enter the Krishna Janmabhoomi-Idgah complex, Bhartiya Muslim Vikas Parishad Chairman Sami Aghai said that when the issue is already in court, then the RSS Muslim Wing activists should not have gone to the disputed site to unnecessarily create disturbance. They should have waited for the court's decision, Sami Aghai said.

Source: India Today

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We will abide by guidelines on use of loudspeakers: Muslim committee

MAY 11, 2022

The Muslim Central Committee, Dakshina Kannada, will abide by guidelines laid down by the State Government on the use of loud speakers, said president of the committee K.S. Mohammed Masood here on Wednesday.

Talking to reporters, Mr. Masood said that the Supreme Court in 2005 specified the noise level of loudspeakers during the day and barred using it between 10 p.m and 6 a.m. The State Government has, accordingly, issued guidelines and asked all existing users of loudspeakers to take permission from the designated authorities.

Mr. Masood said that the committee will write to all jamats to follow the guidelines laid down by the State Government. “As the president of Kudroli Masjid, I have asked our personnel to comply with the norms laid down by the district administration,” he said.

He said that Muslims believe in harmonious living and are law abiding by nature. People like Pramod Mutalik [of the Sri Ram Sene] are making provocative statements and trying to create tension among communities. He urged the State Government to book Mr. Mutalik for sedition.

Taking exception to the recent cordial meeting of Police Commissioner N. Shashi Kumar with Mr. Mutalik, Mr. Masood said that a person involved in many criminal cases should not have received special treatment from Mr. Kumar.

Source: The Hindu

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Madhya Pradesh HC Issues Notice to Centre, ASI in Plea Seeking to Stop Muslims from Offering Namaz at Bhojshala Complex 

MAY 11, 2022

The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Centre, state government and the Archaelogical Survery of India (ASI) in a petition seeking to reclaim the Bhojshala complex located in state’s Dhar district for Hindus and prohibit Muslims from offering namaz in its premises.

The petition, argued by advocate Hari Shankar Jain, challenges an ASI notification dated of 2003 which allowed Muslims to offer namaz within Bhojshala complex , restricting “the right of Hindus to worship within the aforesaid premises."

A bench of Justices Vivek Rusia and Amarnath Keshwarwani noted that the petition argued by Advocate Hari Shankar Jain was a “comprehensive one". The bench admitted the plea and issued notice to ASI, the Central government and the State of Madhya Pradesh, Bar and Bench reported.

“It is espousing the cause of Hindu community for enforcement of right to religion guaranteed under Article 25 and right to conserve cultural heritage under Article 29 of the Constitution of India," the petitioner stated.

The plea sought to re-establish the idol of Goddess Saraswati (Vagdevi) which was established by King Bhoj in the year 1034 AD but taken to London by the Britishers after it was desecrated.

“The religious sentiments of the followers of Sanatan Dharm are connected with the Bhojshala complex as a place of worship and learning of Indian culture. They have the right to exercise their Right to worship within the temple complex by virtue of Article 25," the report quoted lines from the PIL.

Source: News18

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North America

 

Queer Muslim group aims to conduct largest survey of LGBTQ Muslims in the US

May 11, 2022

By Alejandra Molina

(RNS) — In the early months of the pandemic, the LGBTQ Muslim group Queer Crescent launched a mutual aid fund that raised more than $60,000 to distribute to people prioritized as the most in need.

The money helped nearly 400 individuals, including those who were disabled, incarcerated, families of loved ones behind bars, and survivors of domestic violence, according to the group based in Oakland, California.

“We kind of highlighted the most marginal of our LGBTQ Muslim communities,” said Shenaaz Janmohamed, executive director of Queer Crescent. “It let us know that there’s so much more nuance and need and systemic barriers to our community members than we know.”

Now, to further gain an understanding of the experiences of LGBTQ Muslims, Queer Crescent is spearheading and funding what it describes as the largest survey of LGBTQ Muslims in the United States. The goal is to recognize the political needs of LGBTQ Muslims, who according to the group are erased from the broader Muslim narrative.

“How can we self determine what Muslim means to us?” To Janmohamed, this is one question the survey could potentially help LGBTQ Muslims figure out.

The nationwide online survey will be released during Pride Month this June. It will ask participants about their income levels, what kind of access they have to health care and whether they have experienced any kinds of discrimination, among other things.

For hard-to-reach populations like LGTBQ Muslims, Amara Ahmed — a member of Queer Crescent and the survey’s lead researcher — said they are hoping to engage enough people who will then encourage others to take the survey. Simply visiting a mosque will not be enough to get the necessary voices from LGBTQ people, Ahmed said. Fliers of the survey will be distributed at community spaces and Pride events. Queer Crescent will be spreading the word with the help of other advocacy groups.

“The basic idea is to jump-start both a sense of the community, and by doing that, make the community more visible,” said Ahmed, a doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago whose research focuses on the experiences of queer Muslims in the U.S.

Ahmed said she’s not aware of any other studies that have focused on LGBTQ Muslims in the U.S. She noted the 2014 Pew Research Center’s Religious Landscape Study that found that 42% of Muslims favored same-sex marriage legalization, compared with just 28% of evangelicals.

This kind of data point, Ahmed said, “can only tell so much of the story.”

“A lot of Muslims in the United States might be OK with gay marriage from a sort of societal, legal perspective,” Ahmed said. “That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re OK with it in their community, or if their kid came out. There’s a much more complicated story to tell.”

These kind of surveys, Janmohamed said, “presume that queerness is not part of the (Muslim) community.”

Janmohamed was raised in a Shiite Muslim household in Sacramento where she was surrounded by a large Sunni Muslim community. “That really shaped so much of my organizing, thinking of who is not present,” Janmohamed said.

She started Queer Crescent in 2017 after the Trump administration’s travel ban blocked people from Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. At the time, Janmohamed thought: “Where can I go to register my grief, my sorrow, my fears and my rage?”

“I think that mainstream Muslim organizations, basically straight Muslim organizations, have not always felt like the welcoming space for me to really feel seen and heard,” she said.

Since then, Queer Crescent has held workshops on “Islam & Transformative Justice” as a way to respond to harm, abuse and violence. The organization is also collecting Muslim abortion stories for its Muslim Repro Justice Storytelling project to learn how Muslims have navigated accessing clinics, costs, travel, language and cultural barriers.

Ahmed joined Queer Crescent about three years ago when she was in the process of coming out as trans. She became involved in a support group and is now leading the group’s research efforts.

She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area with a supportive family that was not “super religious.” Ahmed’s mother converted from Catholicism to Islam after marrying Ahmed’s Muslim father. Her parents and others have embraced her trans identity, including a family friend who runs a Muslim K-12 school and whom Ahmed described as a “very religious” person who wears a hijab.

“When my mom told her, the first thing she did was launch into an Islamic justification for why according to the Quran and the Hadith it is OK to be trans,” Ahmed said.

Ahmed is curious about how LGBTQ Muslims create a sense of belonging “even though being LGBTQ and Muslim is often seen as not compatible,” she said.

“Both by LGBTQ people who potentially see Muslims as religiously conservative, and thus opposed to LGBTQ people, and vice versa, with many Muslims seeing being gay or trans as not particularly compatible with the form of the religion that they follow,” Ahmed said.

Source: Religion News

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US, EU demand investigation into reporter Shireen Abu Akleh’s killing in Israel

11 May ,2022

The US and European Union condemned on Wednesday the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and demanded an independent investigation into the circumstances of her death.

The US ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said that Abu Akleh’s death must be “investigated transparently.”

“We're encouraging both sides to participate in that investigation so that we can get down to why this happened,” Thomas-Greenfield said, adding that the US’ “highest priority is protection of American citizens and the protection of journalists.”

State Department spokesman Ned Price said: “We are heartbroken by and strongly condemn the killing of American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank. The investigation must be immediate and thorough and those responsible must be held accountable. Her death is an affront to media freedom everywhere.”

The EU's External Action service said in a statement: “It is essential that a thorough, independent investigation clarifies all the circumstances of these incidents as soon as possible and that those responsible are brought to justice. It is unacceptable to target journalists while they perform their job. Journalists covering conflict situations must be ensured safety and protection at all times.”

The Al Jazeera reporter was shot dead while covering an Israeli raid on a Palestinian camp in the occupied West Bank.

Qatari Al Jazeera network accused Israel of “deliberately targeting and killing” their reporter.

Source: Al Arabiya

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US lawmaker holds moment of silence for slain Palestinian-American journalist

Michael Hernandez  

11.05.2022

WASHINGTON

US lawmaker Rashida Tlaib held a moment of silence in the House of Representatives on Wednesday for slain Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

Tlaib, who is also Palestinian-American, said that Americans woke up to the "shocking news" of Abu Akleh's killing, recalling the words of US President Joe Biden who just weeks ago hailed the contributions of journalists worldwide during the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner.

"President Biden said we honor journalists killed, missing, imprisoned, detained and tortured covering war, exposing corruption and holding leaders accountable. He further said that the free press is not the enemy of people, far from it, at your best, he told the journalists, 'You are the guardians of the truth,'" she said.

"People woke up to the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh. I would like to do a moment of silence as we heard the shocking news of this journalist of over 20 years, a Palestinian-American, killed," she added, fighting back tears as the chamber laid silent with those present standing in remembrance.

Abu Akleh, 51, was shot dead while covering an Israeli military raid in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin Wednesday morning. Another journalist, Ali Al-Samoudi, was shot in the back, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Rayyan al-Ali, the director of the Forensic Medicine Institute at An-Najah University in Nablus, said the autopsy he conducted determined Abu Akleh was fatally shot in the head.

The Doha-based Al Jazeera news network has accused Israeli forces of deliberately assassinating its reporter “in cold blood.” It said the killing was a “heinous crime, which intends to only prevent the media from conducting their duty.”

Israel has sought to pin blame for Abu Akleh's killing on Palestinian gunmen, posting a video to social media of alleged armed Palestinians firing in Jenin.

But Israeli rights group B'Tselem said the video does not correspond to the location where Abu Akleh was shot and killed, and that "documentation of Palestinian gunfire distributed by Israeli military cannot be the gunfire that killed Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh."

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Biden administration presses Congress for approval of F-16 sale to Turkiye: Report

Ahmet Gencturk  

11.05.2022

The Biden administration has pressed the US Congress for approval of the F-16 sale to Turkiye, Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

By asking the congressional leaders to approve the deal, the administration is setting up a showdown with the lawmakers, said the WSJ.

According to the daily, Turkiye’s mediation efforts to end the Russia-Ukraine war and its supplying Ukraine with the TB-2 combat drones, which proved very effective on the battlefield, significantly contributed to warming the relations between Ankara and Washington.

US and Turkish officials are advocating for the F-16 deal, arguing that it could help repair the American-Turkish defense relationship, frayed after Ankara chose to buy a Russian air-defense system in 2017, the daily reported.

An approximately $6-billion deal would include the sale of 40 newly built F-16V fighter jets and modernization kits for 80 F-16 C/D models that the Turkish Air Forces has in its inventory.

The Turkish government made the request for the F-16s and modernization kits in October 2021, and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on April 8 that the talks were “progressing positively.”

Naz Durakoglu, the State Department's top official for legislative affairs, acknowledged last month in a letter to Congressman Frank Pallone the ongoing tensions over additional arms sales to Turkiye but maintained that the sanctions and Turkiye’s removal from the F-35 fighter jet program represent "a significant price paid" for its acquisition of Russia’s S-400 missile defense system.

In early May, reports appeared on some US news outlets claiming that several lawmakers favor the deal.

Turkiye paid $1.4 billion for the fighter jets, but Washington took Ankara out of the program in 2019 because Turkiye bought the Russian S-400 defense system after its efforts to acquire US Patriot missiles were rebuffed.

The US claimed the Russian system was a safety risk, but Turkiye maintained that the S-400 would pose no threat to NATO or its armaments because it would not be integrated into the alliance's systems.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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South Asia

 

Reporters Without Borders Call Khalid Qaderi’s Trial “Arbitrary.”

12 May 2022

By Saqalain Eqbal

Reporters Without Borders has condemned the Taliban’s “arbitrary” trial of Khaled Qaderi, a journalist in Herat province.

The report stated, “We condemn the arbitrary nature of these arrests and this conviction.”

Khalid Qaderi was detained by the group for publicly criticizing the Taliban, and the Taliban recently sentenced him to one year in prison through a military court.

This is the first instance in Afghanistan in 20 years that a journalist has been tried in a military court, which is intended to be confined for members of the armed forces only. The trial and punishment were both unfair and disproportionate. Qaderi was not represented by a lawyer and was even compelled to waive his right to appeal.

Complaints against journalists and media outlets in Afghanistan are supposed to be reviewed by a Media Offenses Verification Committee and can be brought to a court only if this commission determines to do so.

In addition, the organization issued an open letter to Richard Bennett, the UN Special Rapporteur on the state of human rights in Afghanistan, stating that it had yet to receive a response.

Source: Khaama Press

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The Taliban Denies the Allegations of Civilian Casualties in Panjshir

12 May 2022

Following reports of ill-treatment, torture, and “civilian killings” by the Taliban in Panjshir, local Taliban officials denied the allegations, calling them “unfounded”.

Clashes between the Taliban and the Resistance Front in Panjshir province’s Dara and Abshar districts are alleged to have resulted in numerous losses for the Taliban, and Ghulam Farooq Halim, a resident of Dara district, posted a photo on his Facebook page writing that Innocent people have been transported to an unknown location by the Taliban.

According to Mr. Halim’s Facebook post, around 200 people of AbdullahKhel Valley and the village of Tankhoo have been detained by the Taliban since the start of the Taliban hostilities on the valley, and their fate is unclear.

Mr. Halim shared a photo of Taliban forces arresting people with their hands tied behind their backs.

Ghulam Farooq Halim continued by stating that the Taliban’s raid on the district, which has killed more than 40 people since the conflict began, may have resulted in even more casualties.

According to this AbdullahKhel local, the corpses are lying around and nobody could approach the bodies of the mourning and sorrowful people of AbdullahKhel and Tankhoo.

Meanwhile, the Resistance Front claims the Taliban perpetrated “genocide” in Panjshir, Andarab, and Takhar.

“Massacring civilians will not demoralize us but will strengthen our resolve to liberate our country from these criminals.” the Resistance Front’s Foreign Relations Head, Ali Maisam Nazari, tweeted on Wednesday.

Source: Khaama Press

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Consultation and Preparations for Political Figures’ Return to the Country in Sapidar Palace

11 May 2022

By Saqalain Eqbal

The Taliban Political Commission met at Sapidar Palace to contact Afghan political figures and lay the groundwork for their return.

The Taliban’s deputy spokesman, Inamullah Samangani, tweeted that the meeting was held yesterday, Tuesday, 10th May, and was presided over by Maulvi Abdul Kabir at Sapidar Palace.

Members of the commission met with Amir Khan Mottaqi, the Taliban’s acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mullah Khairullah, the Taliban’s acting Information and Culture Minister, Mullah Abdul Haq Wasiq, the Taliban’s Director General of Intelligence Agency, and Sheikh Shahabuddin Delawar and Anas Haqqani, Taliban’s Acting Minister of Interior Affairs.

Source: Khaama Press

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Mideast

 

FM Underlines Lebanon's Special Place in Iran's Foreign Policy

2022-May-12

Amir Abdollahian made the remarks in a meeting with Lebanon's Culture Minister Mohammad Wissam al-Mortada in Tehran on Wednesday.

During the meeting, the two ministers discussed the latest developments in the region, promotion of relations among the Islamic countries and especially development of cooperation between the two countries.

Amir Abdollahian touched on the special place of Lebanon in Iran's foreign policy and the age-old and good relations between the Iranian nation and all Lebanese groups and tribes.

He called the resistance of the Lebanese people against the continuous aggression of the Zionist regime a shining example for the nations of the region.

"Therefore, the resilient people of the region will never go under the burden of normalization with the terrorist and child-killing Israeli regime," Amir Abdollahian added.

He also referred to the difficult economic situation in Lebanon amid oppressive western sanctions on the country, reiterating Tehran's readiness to upgrade economic cooperation with Beirut if demanded by the Lebanese government and people.

Al-Mortada, for his part, hailed Iran's special place in the West Asian region, saying Beirut is ready to expand its relations with all friendly and brotherly regional countries, specially the Islamic Republic.

He touched on problems related to the livelihood and basic needs of the Lebanese people, stressing that the Lebanese government and nation, nonetheless, will act in the national interests of their country and will never wait for outside help or solutions.

Western countries, led by the US, have targeted the Lebanese economy with draconian sanctions with the aim of pressuring the government in Beirut to ostracize Hezbollah and cut it from the country's political and military landscape.

The resistance movement is a nemesis of the West and Israel for inflicting repeated defeats on their regional schemes, especially during two recent wars which shattered Tel Aviv's myth of invincibility.

Iran began to send fuel to Lebanon in August through the Lebanese resistance group Hezbollah, which announced the purchase of Iranian fuel shipments after the Lebanese government’s failure to deal with the country’s crippling fuel shortages.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iran Asks for Removal of Sanctions against Syria

2022-May-12 

“War, sanctions, (economic) siege and blockade of humanitarian aid will not do good to their architects. The international community must take lessons from its mistakes, and stop efforts aimed at isolation of the Syrian government by lifting oppressive sanctions against the Syrian nation,” Dehqani said, addressing the Sixth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” in the Belgian capital city of Brussels.

He elaborated on the Islamic Republic's stance vis-à-vis Syrian conflict, and emphasized the need for effective mechanisms in order to resolve the crisis.

The senior Iranian diplomat also criticized Western countries’ stance on the matter.

Dehqani hailed the relative stability in Syria, saying, “The only viable path to restore peace, resume negotiations, ensure political settlement of the crisis and reconstruct Syria is to respect the territorial integrity and political sovereignty of that country.”

The Iranian diplomat also underlined that terrorist groups must be eliminated from Syria, and denounced the double standards of some Western countries concerning terrorism and their so-called differentiation between "good" and "bad" terrorists.

“There is no good or bad terrorism. Such a short-minded division would lead to further exacerbation of crises and threats to global security since terrorism cannot be constrained to one particular region,” Dehqani said.

He then pointed to Iran's humanitarian assistance to Syria, namely construction of schools, hospitals and medical facilities, saying Tehran has also supported Damascus in the fight against COVID-19 outbreak and helped it rebuild Syria’s economic and industrial infrastructure.

The Iranian ambassador criticized the silence of the international community on Israeli acts of aggression against non-military and civilian sites inside Syria, terming such strikes a blatant violation of the UN Charter.

“Solution to the Syrian crisis can only be achieved through a comprehensive approach that covers all aspects of the matter, including an end to illegal sanctions, return of all Syrian refugees, cessation of Israeli attacks on Syria and increased humanitarian aid to the country,” he said.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian declared in August that Tehran and Damascus were in talks to devise plans to fight against the US sanctions.

“We had very useful talks with my dear brother Mr. Faisal al-Mikdad about expanding and strengthening our relations as much as possible. The two countries are drawing up a plan for the active development of economic and trade cooperation to counter the oppressive sanctions imposed by the enemies,” Amir Abdollahian said in a joint press conference with his Syrian counterpart Faisal al-Mikdad in Damascus.

“We examined the latest developments in the region. We believe that any political and security arrangements in the region will be achieved with the presence and participation of all the regional states, including the Syrian Arab Republic, and in this direction we consider the role of Iraq and Syria important to help establish new regional arrangements in the political, security and economic fields,” he added.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iran Calls for Using "Unique" Opportunity of Ceasefire in Yemen

2022-May-12

The UN-brokered ceasefire in Yemen is a unique opportunity to politically resolve the Yemeni crisis, Khaji said in a virtual meeting with UN Secretary-General’s special envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg.

The consultations were made as part of Tehran’s efforts to lay the groundwork for a resolution of the crisis in Yemen through cooperation.

During the virtual meeting, the two sides discussed the latest developments in Yemen in the light of the two-month ceasefire there.

Khaji underlined Iran's support for the UN envoy’s efforts to bring about the two-month truce, describing it as a unique opportunity for consolidating the ceasefire and resolving Yemen’s crisis through political means.

“Fully upholding the commitments is the key to success in this area, while a defeat at this stage would deepen the distrust and further complicate the crisis in Yemen in future,” he said.

He said the lifting of the siege on the Yemenis would be an important step toward reducing the humanitarian crisis in the country and would be in line with efforts to continue the ceasefire and to bring about a political resolution to Yemen’s crisis.

The UN envoy, for his part, said he was, at the current juncture, focusing on removing the obstacles to fulfilling the commitments under the two-month truce agreement between the two sides.

Extending the ceasefire, he added, would be the next step.

Grundberg thanked the Islamic Republic for his role in helping the UN  in its efforts to resolve the case of Yemen.

In relevant remarks late last month, Khaji underlined the need for the establishment of permanent ceasefire in Yemen and the start of intra-Yemeni talks.

Khaji made the remarks in a meeting with Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Henrik Thune in Tehran.

During the meeting, the two officials called for achieving a peaceful resolution to end the Yemen crisis.

The latest developments in Yemen and the ways to reach a peaceful resolution to the Yemen crisis were also discussed in this meeting.

Khaji welcomed implementation of the temporary ceasefire in Yemen, but meantime, stressed the need for a permanent cessation of aggression, as well as the start of the intra-Yemeni political dialogue.

Source: Fars News Agency

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IRGC Hits Terrorists Positions in Erbil by Artillery Fire

2022-May-11

The IRGC onducted artillery attacks against terrorist bases in Erbil. No report has yet released on the casualties and damages of the attack.

In a relevant development last month, the IRGC targeted a Mossad base in Erbil with precision-guided missiles.

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

Source: Fars News Agency

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Israeli authorities fully responsible for reporter Abu Akleh‘s death: Abbas

12 May ,2022

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says that Palestine holds the Israeli occupation authorities fully responsible for the killing of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh.

The bullet that killed her will not be handed over to Israel for a probe as they are not trusted, Abbas added.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Palestinian Authority refuses to hand over bullet that killed Shireen Abu Akleh

12 May ,2022

The Palestinian Authority rejected Israel’s request to conduct a joint investigation into the “assassination” of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and refused to hand over the bullet that killed her, Palestinian Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh confirmed on Thursday.

“Israel has requested a joint investigation and to be handed over the bullet that assassinated the journalist Shireen, we refused that, and we affirmed that our investigation would be completed independently,” al-Sheikh said in a tweet.

The official also added that all evidence and witness statements confirm that the Palestinian-American journalist was assassinated by Israeli special units.

“We will inform her family, USA, Qatar and all official authorities and the public of the results of the investigation with high transparency,” al-Sheikh said.

The Palestinian forensics institute said an initial autopsy was inconclusive. Rayan al-Ali, director of the institute, said a deformed bullet was recovered and was being further studied to determine who had fired it.

A veteran Al Jazeera journalist, Abu Akleh was shot and killed by the Israeli army while covering an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin early Wednesday, the Palestinian health ministry said.

She was a well-known Palestinian female reporter for the broadcaster's Arabic language channel who is also a US citizen. Ali al-Samoudi, another Palestinian journalist, was hospitalized in stable condition after being shot in the back.

In video footage of the incident, Abu Akleh can be seen wearing a blue flak jacket clearly marked with the word “PRESS.”

Al-Samoudi, her producer, told the Associated Press they were among a group of seven reporters who went to cover the raid early Wednesday. He said they were all wearing protective gear that clearly designated them as reporters and walked past Israeli troops so the soldiers would see them and know that they were there.

“We made sure to walk right in-front of the army patrols so that they can see us, and they saw us, after we went to a road where there were no armed people, no civilians and there were no shooting and no incidents there, we were shocked by the shooting,” al-Samoudi said in a video recorded in the hospital.

He said the first shot missed them, but then a second struck him, and a third killed Abu Akleh. He said there were no militants or other civilians in the area — only the reporters and the army.

He said the military’s suggestion that they were shot by militants was a “complete lie.”

“The occupation is murderous and criminal, they shot us for no reason,” he added. “There were no armed people and we can’t put our lives in danger and say the wrong narrative, the Israeli army is a liar and criminal and despicable.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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Israel defense minister pledges full probe into killing of reporter Shireen Abu Akleh

11 May ,2022

Israel’s defense minister promised a thorough investigation of the killing of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh on Wednesday and asked that Palestinian officials hand over the bullet that killed her.

Benny Gantz told reporters that Israel has been in touch with US and Palestinian officials, and said all parts of the investigation would be made public.

While the military initially suggested Abu Akleh might have been killed by stray fire from Palestinians, while she was covering an Israel raid in the West Bank, Gantz was more cautious Wednesday evening. “We are trying to figure out exactly what happened... I don’t have final conclusions.”

“I am very sorry for what happened,” Gantz told reporters. “Currently we do not know what was the direct cause of Shireen’s death. We are very decisive to have a full-scale investigation of this process, and we hope to get Palestinian cooperation on this issue. Without the report of the pathological findings and the forensic findings, it would be very hard for us to find out what happened on the ground.”

“We investigated all the troops that were part of the operation," he added. “So far, we don’t have any final conclusion.”

Abu Akleh, one of Al Jazeera satellite channel’s best-known reporters, was shot and killed on Wednesday while covering an Israeli military raid in the occupied West Bank. The broadcaster and two reporters who were with her blamed Israeli forces.

The Israeli army initially suggested that Abu Akleh might have been killed by stray fire from Palestinian militants. But the military chief, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi, later stepped back from that assertion, saying it was unclear who had fired the deadly bullet.

Abu Akleh’s death could draw new scrutiny of Israel’s military justice system, which is being examined as part of a war crimes probe conducted by the International Criminal Court. It also threatened to further strain often rocky relations between the army and the international media.

Abu Akleh, 51, was a respected and familiar face in the Middle East, known for her coverage on Al Jazeera Arabic of the harsh realities of Israel’s open-ended military occupation of the Palestinians, now in its 55th year. She was widely recognized in the West Bank and was also a US citizen.

Her death reverberated across the region. Arab governments condemned the killing.

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There was also an outpouring of grief in the West Bank. In Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian autonomy government, Abu Akleh’s body, draped in a Palestinian flag and covered by a wreath of flowers, was carried through downtown streets. Hundreds chanted, “with our spirit, with our blood, we will redeem you, Shireen.”

On Thursday, a procession was to take the body for burial in Jerusalem, where Abu Akleh was born.

In east Jerusalem, dozens of mourners gathered at the family home to honor her. Lina Abu Akleh, her niece, called her “my best friend, my second mom, my companion.”

“I never thought this day would come, where the news would be about her and she won’t be the one covering the news,” she said.

At one point, a group of Israeli police entered the home, where they were immediately met with shouts of “killers” and “occupiers” and chants to “get out.” It was not immediately clear why the police came, and the officers quickly left.

Palestinians gathered outside the family's house on Wednesday evening, some holding Palestinian flags and posters with Shireen Abu Akleh's photo. When the group walked toward a main thoroughfare, Israeli police tried to stop them. Scuffles ensured. Five Palestinians were hurt and about half a dozen were detained.

Abu Akleh was killed on the outskirts of the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank, known as a bastion of militants. Israel has conducted near-daily raids in Jenin in recent weeks following a series of deadly attacks inside Israel carried out by militants from the area.

Kohavi, the Israeli military chief, said his forces came under attack by indiscriminate fire from Palestinian militants. The army released a body cam video of forces in the town while heavy fire is heard in the background.

But after earlier suggestions by Israeli officials that Palestinian fire may have killed the journalist, Kohavi said “at this stage we cannot determine by whose fire she was harmed and we regret her death.” Kohavi said a special team was being formed to investigate.

Al Jazeera accused Israel of “deliberately targeting and killing our colleague.” Palestinian journalists who were with Abu Akleh at the time said they made their presence known to Israeli soldiers, and that they did not see militants in the area.

Abu Akleh’s producer, Palestinian journalist Ali Samoudi, was hospitalized in stable condition after being shot in the back. He said any suggestion they were shot by militants was a “complete lie.”

The outcome of Israel’s military investigation will be closely watched. The International Criminal Court has opened an investigation into possible war crimes by Israel in both the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Israel does not recognize the court’s jurisdiction and has called the investigation unfair and antisemitic. One of its key arguments against the probe has been that its military justice system is capable of investigating itself.

The findings of its probe into Abu Akleh's death could draw new scrutiny. Hussein Al Sheikh, a top Palestinian official, said the Palestinians would transfer its information on the case to the court.

The Palestinian forensics institute said an initial autopsy was inconclusive. Rayan al-Ali, director of the institute, said a deformed bullet was recovered and was being further studied to determine who had fired it.

In New York, the US ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, called Abu Akleh’s death “really horrifying” and called for a transparent investigation. She said protecting American citizens and journalists was “our highest priority.”

Thomas-Greenfield said Abud Akleh did “an extraordinary interview” with her in the West Bank last November. “I left there feeling extraordinary respect for her," she said.

The UN Human Rights office urged for an “independent, transparent investigation into her killing. Impunity must end."

The White House also called for a thorough probe. “Investigating attacks on independent media and prosecuting those responsible are of paramount importance," deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

Al Jazeera, which has long had strained relations with Israel, interrupted its broadcast to announce her death early Wednesday.

In a statement flashed on its channel, it called on the international community to “condemn and hold the Israeli occupation forces accountable for deliberately targeting and killing our colleague.”

It aired a separate video showing Abu Akleh lying motionless on the side of a road wall as another journalist crouches nearby and a man screams for an ambulance. Gunfire rings out in the background. Both reporters were wearing blue flak jackets clearly marked with the word “PRESS.” The video did not show the source of the gunfire.

The Palestinian Authority, which administers parts of the occupied West Bank and cooperates with Israel on security matters, condemned what it said was a “shocking crime” committed by Israeli forces.

Qatar, the Arab League and Jordan all condemned the shooting, and in the Jordanian capital of Amman, a group of journalists and activists held a solidarity march outside Al Jazeera’s offices.

Israelis have long been critical of Al Jazeera’s coverage, but authorities generally allow its journalists to operate freely.

Relations between Israeli forces and the foreign media, especially Palestinian journalists, are strained. A number of Palestinian reporters have been wounded by rubber-coated bullets or tear gas while covering demonstrations in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

Two Palestinian journalists were shot and killed by Israeli forces while filming violent protests along the Gaza frontier in 2018.

In November of that year, AP cameraman Rashed Rashid was covering a protest near the Gaza frontier when he was shot in the left ankle, apparently by Israeli fire. The military has never acknowledged the shooting.

During last year’s war between Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers, an Israeli airstrike destroyed the building in Gaza City housing the offices of The Associated Press and Al Jazeera. Residents were warned to evacuate and no one was hurt in the strike. Israel said Hamas was using the building as a command center but has provided no evidence.

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Israeli rights group refutes Israeli army narrative on Abu Akleh's killing

Abdelraouf Arna'out  

11.05.2022

JERUSALEM

B'Tselem, an Israeli human rights group, stated on Wednesday that the Israeli army's account of the killing of Al Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh is "incorrect."

B'Tselem's spokesman Kareem Jubran told Anadolu Agency that his group conducted extensive research on the video disseminated by the Israeli army, and it revealed that the angel of shooting allegedly by the Palestinian gunman, as appeared in the video, does not correspond to the location where Abu Akleh was shot and killed.

"Documentation of Palestinian gunfire distributed by Israeli military cannot be the gunfire that killed Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh," B'Tselem wrote on Twitter.

Jubran also stated that B'Tselem will conduct another comprehensive investigation.

Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett claimed that Palestinians are likely to be behind her killing.

"According to the information in our hands right now, there is a good chance that armed Palestinians, firing wildly, brought about the tragic death of the journalist," Bennett claimed in a statement.

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Palestinian president offers condolences on journalist’s death

Qais Abu Samra 

11.05.2022

RAMALLAH, Palestine

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday offered condolences to the family of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed during an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank.

Abu Akleh, 51, was shot dead while covering the Israeli raid in the city of Jenin Wednesday morning. Another journalist, Ali Al-Samoudi, was shot in the back, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Abbas made a phone call with Walid al-Omari, the head of Al Jazeera office in the West Bank, to express his "sincere condolences to the family of Abu Akleh, her colleagues and journalists," the state news agency Wafa reported.

Abbas earlier condemned Abu Akleh's killing, saying it was an “assassination" by Israeli forces and held Israel fully responsible for her death.

On Wednesday, the Doha-based Al Jazeera channel accused Israeli forces of deliberately assassinating its reporter “in cold blood.” It termed the killing a “heinous crime, which intends to only prevent the media from conducting their duty.”

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Israeli forces launch rocket attack on southern Syria: State media

Esref Musa  

11.05.2022

Israeli forces launched a rocket attack on Syria's southern province of Quneitra, Syrian regime media reported on Wednesday.

Israeli forces targeted the Hader town with rockets, according to the official SANA news agency. The attack caused only material damage, it added.

It is well known that military bases belonging to Iranian-backed foreign terrorist groups, as well as regime forces, are located in Quneitra, the capital Damascus, and its surrounding areas.

Israeli officials generally avoid making statements about attacks on Syrian territories.

Earlier, the Assad regime claimed that Israeli forces had attacked the vicinity of Damascus on April 15 and 27, the central Hama province on April 9, Quneitra on Feb. 23, and Damascus on Feb. 17.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Pakistan

 

Elections before the appointment of new army chief cannot be ruled out: Pakistan defence minister

May 12, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s defence minister Khawaja Asif said on Wednesday that the possibility of holding general elections cannot be ruled out before the appointment of the new army chief, who will be replacing the incumbent chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa this year in November.

“It is possible that we hold elections before the appointment of the new army chief. There will be a caretaker government at that time. It is also possible that a caretaker government is replaced by an elected one before November,” Asif said during an interview with BBC Urdu in London, where he went along with PM Shehbaz Sharif to meet the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

Gen Bajwa will remain in office till November 29 this year, when his second three-year tenure will end. He was given extension by the former prime minister Imran Khan.

Responding to a question that Khan was ousted from office former prime minister Imran Khan was ousted from office over the new army chief’s appointment, Asif said: “Imran Khan wanted to do things his own way on the matter of the new army chief’s appointment. He wanted to ensure the protection of his political interests and the continuity of his rule.”

Asif said the process for the appointment of the army chief needed to be “institutionalised” just like the judiciary. “There is no speculation about the appointment of a chief justice. I know who will become the chief justice in 2028,” the minister said.

Source: Times Of India

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Sharif Brothers Meet in London to Consult Key PML-N Leadership Issues

May 11, 2022

LONDON: Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif met his elder brother and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif in London on Wednesday.Shehbaz, along with his delegation, which included several federal ministers including Ahsan Iqbal and Marriyum Aurangzeb, reached London early Wednesday morning.

Shehbaz has come to consult with Nawaz regarding the party's leadership over some key issues that the latter has reservations over, Pakistan's Geo News reported. The report added that PML-N is expected to make a "big decision".

Addressing media in London a day earlier, Nawaz said he is looking forward to meeting Shehbaz and others accompanying him.

According to the former Pakistan PM, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government had left Pakistan in a deep economic crisis.

"The PTI government has created a crisis in every sphere of the country. Imran Khan's government harmed Pakistan in every possible manner, be it social, economic, cultural or political issues. Nothing like this happened ever before in the history of Pakistan,"

Nawaz, who is convicted in a corruption case, has been living in London on the pretext of ill health since 2019. The former Pakistan PM sought extensions to prolong his stay in London on medical grounds.

Last month, Nawaz had also conducted meetings with PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, who was later appointed Pakistan's federal minister.

Source: Times Of India

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FIA decides against prosecuting PM Shehbaz, Hamza in money laundering case

Rana Bilal

May 12, 2022

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Wednesday decided not to prosecute Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz in the Rs16 billion money laundering case three days before a special Lahore court was scheduled to frame charges against the PML-N leaders.

According to a written application submitted in court, the FIA director general (DG), via the investigating officer, told Special Prosecutor Sikander Zulqarnain Saleem not to appear in court as the "accused in the case are going to be elected the prime minister of Pakistan and chief minister of Punjab".

"The concerned quarters are not interested to prosecute the accused persons," it stated, requesting that these instructions be made part of the case record.

Earlier this week, FIA former director Mohammad Rizwan, who probed the charges against Shehbaz and his son, died of a heart attack.

The FIA had booked PM Shehbaz and his sons, Hamza and Suleman, in November 2020 under sections 419, 420, 468, 471, 34 and 109 of Prevention of Corruption Act and read with 3/4 of Anti Money Laundering Act. Suleman Shehbaz is absconding in the UK.

Fourteen others had also been named in the FIR under sections 5(2) and 5(3) (criminal misconduct) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The special court had on Jan 27 granted pre-arrest bail to Shehbaz and Hamza in the case.

After the agency submitted its request yesterday, the court took the application on record and annexed it with the case.

Meanwhile, Saleem said that the prosecution was stopped from appearing in the case as Shehbaz and Hamza had assumed public office now. "FIA officials have expressed no interest in the trial against Shehbaz, Hamza and others," he added.

The move comes just three days before the court was to indict the premier and the Punjab chief minister on May 14. During the previous hearing, the court had instructed the premier and others to ensure their presence at the next hearing as no further adjournments would be made.

"It is made clear that on [the] next date of hearing, charge[s] shall be framed and all the accused shall ensure their personal attendance," the written order had said.

Charges against Shehbaz, Hamza

The FIA had in December 2021 submitted the challan against Shehbaz and Hamza to a special court for their alleged involvement in laundering an amount of Rs16 billion in the sugar scam case.

"The investigation team has detected 28 benami accounts of the Shehbaz family through which money laundering of Rs16.3bn was committed during 2008-18. The FIA examined the money trail of 17,000 credit transactions," according to an FIA report submitted to the court.

The amount was kept in "hidden accounts" and given to Shehbaz in a personal capacity, the report added.

This amount (Rs16bn) has nothing to do with the sugar business (of the Shehbaz family). The money received from the accounts of low-wage employees by Shehbaz was transferred outside Pakistan via hundi/hawala networks, ultimately destined for the beneficial use of his family members, the FIA had alleged.

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22 get five-year term each in Bhong temple attack case

May 12, 2022

BAHAWALPUR: An Anti-Terrorist Court (ATC) in its verdict in the Rahim Yar Khan (Bhong) temple attack case handed down five-year jail term with fine to each of the total 22 accused persons on Wednesday.

ATC judge Nasir Hussain, however, acquitted as many as 62 other accused persons of the charges giving them benefit of doubt.

According to prosecution, the accused persons had on August 4, 2021 had attacked Ghanesh Mandir of the Hindu community in Bhong area of Rahim Yar Khan district and ransacked its building.

The police had arrested a total of 84 persons for attacking and damaging the temple’s building.

ARRESTED: Lodhran district police claimed to have arrested three alleged drug smugglers, recovering 25 kilogram Charas from their possession on Wednesday.

According to investigation SP Khalid Javed, on a tip-off, a team of Dhanote police during checking near Basti Lyallpur, checked a car, recovering 25kg Charas hidden in it.

The police arrested three car occupants Husnain and Ghulam Ghaus of Bahawalnagar and Sajid of Yazman and impounded the car.

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Southeast Asia

 

I can’t defame Zahid, he has a bad reputation, says Muhyiddin

May 11, 2022

KUALA LUMPUR: Muhyiddin Yassin said Ahmad Zahid Hamidi could not claim that he had been defamed, as the Umno president already had a bad reputation to begin with.

This included Zahid breaking several promises, the former prime minister said, citing the time when the Bagan Datuk MP rescinded on his promise to back Muhyiddin and his then Perikatan Nasional government.

Muhyiddin, who is being sued by the former deputy prime minister for defamation, said Zahid had written to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, claiming that a group of MPs from Umno supported Port Dickson MP Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister.

“The plaintiff (Zahid), despite his promises to support the defendant (Muhyiddin) as the prime minister, led the charge to withdraw his support for the defendant,” he said in his defence filed two days ago.

The Pagoh MP said Zahid actively worked to ensure that Bersatu menteris besar in Perak and Johor were undermined and removed despite his personal promises to him.

He said Zahid had been branded a liar by several people, including former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, for making false statements such as claiming the nonagenarian’s name was Mahathir a/l Iskandar Kutty.

Muhyiddin said Zahid had also falsely claimed, through his counsel to the High Court sometime in March 2020 during his ongoing criminal trial, that the Umno president was scheduled to have a meeting with him.

“It was only after the Prime Minister’s Office denied the alleged meeting that Zahid changed his story,” Muhyiddin said, adding that the prosecution had branded him a “liar” due to his conduct.

Muhyiddin said his successor, Ismail Sabri Yaakob from Umno/BN, had informed him that he was disagreeable to the dissolution of the Johor legislative assembly.

“The Johor menteri besar would not have initiated the dissolution without any direction or approval of the plaintiff, as the Umno president,” he said.

Muhyiddin admitted that he gave a speech in Tenggaroh, Mersing, but denied that it was false, defamatory in nature, or was given with malicious intent.

He said he did not have control over anything that was published by Astro Awani on its YouTube account nor did he publish them on these platforms.

Muhyiddin said Zahid’s statement of claim had insufficient particulars to sustain the suit and ought to be struck out.

“The defendant further states that the plaintiff is being placed in public scandal and hatred primarily due to the plaintiff’s own conduct and pre-existing bad reputation,” he added.

In the alternative, Muhyiddin said he was relying on the defence of justification, fair comment and qualified privilege to defeat Zahid’s suit.

In March, Zahid filed the suit against Muhyiddin for publishing alleged defamatory words on social media that the Umno president had sought his assistance to drop his corruption cases.

Zahid, who alleged that Muhyiddin had made the claim during the Johor election campaign, is asking for damages and other relief deemed fit by the court.

Zahid is standing trial on a total of 80 corruption charges here and in Shah Alam.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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PAS Ulama Wing chief says his party more Islamic than Umno

12 May 2022

BY RADZI RAZAK

KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 — PAS Ulama Wing chief Datuk Ahmad Yahya today said that it is irrelevant to ask the Islamic party to be dissolved as Umno also carries Islamic’s struggle simply because PAS as a party is more Islamic in its constitution.

He said that PAS makes Islam and its sources of law as a policy and guide for politics and organisation as required by the requirements of the PAS Constitution in Clause 3 (Policy), Clause 5 (Purpose of PAS), Clause 6 (Efforts)  and Article 7 (Law and Authority).

“In fact, it is the responsibility of all PAS members to obey and abide by the laws and teachings of Islam which are the policy of PAS as required by Clause 85 (1) of the PAS Constitution (Amendment 2020).

“Thus, Dewan Ulamak PAS Pusat is of the view that the proposal to dissolve PAS is irrelevant because Clauses 3, 5, 6 and 7 of the PAS Constitution (Amendment 2020) are too far away to be compared with Clause 3.1 of the Umno’s Constitution,” he said in a statement today.

Ahmad was responding to Umno secretary-general Datuk Ahmad Maslan who said that PAS should be dissolved because Umno already has an Islamic agenda.

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Khairy withdraws appeal in ‘main belakang’ case against Anwar

V Anbalagan

May 11, 2022 

PUTRAJAYA: Khairy Jamaluddin’s legal battle to set aside the court’s finding that he is liable for defaming Anwar Ibrahim over a “main belakang” statement made at a political rally 14 years ago has come to an end.

The former Umno Youth leader’s lawyers wrote to the Federal Court last month to withdraw their application for leave to appeal against a Court of Appeal ruling in February.

Anwar’s lawyer, J Leela, said the letter was sent to the apex court registry and a copy was extended to them.

“Khairy’s lawyers have also asked us to waive costs for the withdrawal but we are not agreeable,” she told FMT.

Leela said she had written to the court to decide on costs.

On March 7, the legal firm of Messrs Shafee & Co had filed seven questions of law on two separate matters regarding the case.

A month earlier, the Court of Appeal affirmed the High Court ruling that Khairy was liable and the RM150,000 in damages awarded to Anwar, now the opposition leader, were not manifestly excessive.

Justice Darryl Goon, who delivered the Court of Appeal ruling, said the defence put up by Khairy to defeat Anwar’s suit had failed.

He said the defence of justification was not made out, whether in total or partially.

“We are also of the view that the trial judge did not err in concluding that the defendant’s (Khairy) defence of qualified privilege was also not made,” said Goon, who sat with Lee Swee Seng and Ghazali Cha.

Anwar, who was represented by Gopal Sri Ram and Leela, was also awarded RM50,000 in costs.

The bench also dismissed Khairy’s appeal to include the defence of fair comment to challenge the suit.

“It was made much too late in the day after the trial was concluded for such an amendment,” he said in awarding another RM10,000 in costs to Anwar.

Goon said the trial judge had taken the impugned statement in the right context, including taking into account the analogy and the figure of speech employed to conclude it was defamatory.

He said the sting was not so much on the words that were actually used but what the ordinary man would infer.

“The inference that may be drawn must be regarded as the natural and ordinary meaning of the words used,” he said.

Khairy, who is now the health minister, made the remarks during a ceramah at Lembah Pantai during the 2008 general election campaign.

Sri Ram had submitted that Khairy defamed Anwar in front of a Malay crowd by depicting him as a homosexual and a person of low morals.

“Khairy was addressing a crowd who understood the context in which the reference against Anwar was made,” he had said.

In his statement of claim, Anwar said Khairy had uttered that the then opposition coalition comprising PAS, DAP and PKR “are in a mutaah marriage as practised by the Shia sect”.

“They marry at night and divorce the following day to legitimise a vice. PAS plays DAP from the left and DAP plays PAS from the right. Anwar plays both from the back,” he had quoted Khairy as saying.

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Hamzah draws flak from PH lawmakers for party-hopping remarks

Dineskumar Ragu

May 11, 2022

PETALING JAYA: Opposition MPs have poured scorn on Hamzah Zainudin’s claim that party-hopping benefitted the people, with one lawmaker labelling the Bersatu man’s remarks as “ironic”.

DAP’s Charles Santiago told FMT he was not surprised with Hamzah’s stance and wondered if the latter’s party president, Muhyiddin Yassin, agreed with him.

The Klang MP also questioned if Hamzah defended party-hopping because he was planning to jump ship again.

“His claim goes against what the people want – a stable government, especially after the Sheraton Move,” he said, referring to the political realignment involving Bersatu, PAS, Barisan Nasional, and several former PKR MPs that ultimately caused the collapse of the PH-led federal government.

Party-hopping, he added, would kill the electoral process where the government of the day can be bought “by the highest bidder”.

Earlier today, Sinar Harian reported Hamzah as saying that party-hopping was done in the interest of the people.

“Even former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad did it. It is for the public’s benefit, not the individual,” he was quoted as saying, adding that party-hopping was a norm and had been happening for years.

Hamzah was previously with Umno before defecting to Bersatu in 2019.

Meanwhile, Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil said while the home minister was entitled to his opinion, Malaysians deserved a better democracy without party-hopping.

“People are tired of party hoppers since such acts have eroded the confidence of voters towards the democratic process. (Party) hopping which is induced by threat or greed also breeds corruption and is bad for the nation,” he told FMT.

The PKR communications director added that Malaysian voters, as well as many MPs, were demanding for an anti-hopping law to be enacted.

“This is not for the benefit of any party, but for the rakyat and Malaysia,” he added.

Another PKR MP, Maria Chin Abdullah described Hamzah’s remarks as delusional.

She said that Hamzah’s remarks were a “good indication” that the tabling of the long-awaited anti-hopping bill on June 7 might not happen.

“The writing is on the wall and come June 7, it may be futile to hold any parliament session if the government shows poor commitment to the anti-hopping bill and makes delusional excuses for their refusal,” she said in a statement today.

Jelutong MP RSN Rayer also condemned the Larut MP for his remarks.

“What do frogs know about principles in politics,” he said. “When has a politician in Malaysia hopped from one party to another on the account of public interest?

“It has always been done for power, position, and personal interests,” he said.

He called for the anti-hopping law to be tabled immediately before GE15 or else voters would feel discouraged to come out and vote.

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Arab World

 

Days ahead of legislative elections, UN urges crisis-hit Lebanon to ‘change course’

11 May ,2022

Lebanon’s government and central bank are responsible for an unprecedented financial crisis that has impoverished the majority of the population, the UN said Wednesday.

The report, drafted by the UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, said that the crisis was “manufactured” by failed government policies and it urged the country to “change course,” days ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for May 15.

Since 2019, Lebanon’s currency has lost more than 90 per cent of its value against the dollar, prices have risen by more than 200 percent and the poverty rate has shot beyond 80 percent of the population.

“The misery inflicted on the population can be reversed with leadership that places social justice, transparency and accountability at the core of its actions,” the report contended.

Special rapporteur Olivier De Schutter visited the country in November last year to assess the impact of the economic crisis.

Nine in 10 people are finding it difficult to get by on their income and more than six in 10 would move abroad if they could, the report said.

“The economic crisis was entirely avoidable; indeed, it was manufactured by failed government policies,” the report said.

It accused the central bank of an “accounting sleight of hand regarding its losses.... that covertly created a massive public debt... which will condemn the Lebanese for generations.”

The UN report comes as Lebanon readies for parliamentary elections on May 15, the first since the onset of the crisis.

Source: Al Arabiya

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US to allow foreign investment in northeast Syria without sanctions

11 May ,2022

The United States will allow some foreign investment in areas of northeast Syria outside government control without coming under sanctions, it said on Wednesday, a move it says is aimed at helping a region previously controlled by ISIS.

Speaking in Marrakech at a meeting of the global coalition against ISIS, US acting assistant secretary of state Victoria Nuland said Washington would issue a general license, which frees companies from US sanctions restrictions.

“The United States intends in the next few days to issue a general license to facilitate private economic investment activity in non-regime held areas liberated from ISIS in Syria,” she said.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fought for years against ISIS in northeast Syria with US help, gaining control of a territory that the Damascus government says should come back under central control.

That area of northeast Syria, bordering Turkey and Iraq, contains some of the country’s limited oil reserves, agricultural land and one bank of the Euphrates.

However, a diplomat who has discussed the issue extensively with US officials said the license would apply to agriculture and reconstruction work, but not to oil.

Turkish-backed Syrian rebel forces also control an adjacent area of northern Syria captured from ISIS.

Ankara regards the SDF as a terrorist group but would not oppose the license because it covers investment in both the area held by the SDF and the area held by groups it supports, the diplomat said.

The United States has imposed tough sanctions on Syria over the government’s role in the civil war that has raged since 2011 but it has put money into “stabilization” activities in the areas its allies took from ISIS.

Last year it spent $45 million in those areas, Nuland said, telling coalition members that Washington wanted to raise $350 million for stabilization activities in northeast Syria this year. The United States is seeking a similar amount for Iraq, she added.

She said investment in areas previously held by the militant group was needed to prevent a resurgence of ISIS by allowing it to recruit and exploit local grievances.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Five soldiers, seven extremists killed in an attack on army in Egypt’s Sinai

11 May ,2022

Five Egyptian soldiers and seven extremists were killed early Wednesday when the army was attacked in the Sinai region, the military said, the second such deadly extremist attack in days.

Extremist fighters attacked at dawn, an army spokesman said in a statement.

“One officer and four soldiers were killed and two other soldiers were wounded,” the statement read, adding that seven extremists were killed.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Wednesday's attack.

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But it came four days after an ambush on the Sinai Peninsula claimed by the ISIS group killed 11 Egyptian soldiers, the military's highest loss of life in years.

The military said Saturday's “terrorist” attack was against a water pumping station.

ISIS claimed responsibility the following day, announcing on its Amaq propaganda site to have seized the weapons of soldiers it killed and to have torched a military post.

Egypt's Sinai Peninsula has been gripped for more than a decade by an armed insurgency, which peaked after the ouster of late Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Lebanon central bank governor released on $66 mln bail

12 May ,2022

Raja Salameh, the brother of Lebanon’s central bank governor, has been released on bail of $66 million (100 billion Lebanese pounds), according to two judicial sources.

Source: Al Arabiya
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Iraq strikes deal with Iran to secure summer gas imports

12 May ,2022

Iraq has agreed to pay $1.6 billion in debt to Iran by June 1 to secure a steady gas supply for power generation through the summer, its electricity minister said.

Chronic underinvestment through decades of war and sanctions has left Iraq dependent on imports from its eastern neighbor for a third of its gas needs.

But US sanctions on Iranian oil and gas have complicated Iraq’s payments for the imports, leaving it in heavy arrears and prompting Iran to respond by periodically switching off the taps.

The result has been extended power cuts across much of the country, particularly during the summer, when temperatures routinely reach 52 degrees Celsius (126 degrees Fahrenheit) sending demand for refrigeration and air conditioning soaring.

“We have reached agreement on supply in sufficient quantities. We have agreed on 50 million cubic meters (per day) during the four summer months,” acting electricity minister Adel Karim told state television late Wednesday.

During winter, Iraq will import between 10 million and 20 million cubic meters per day of Iranian gas, he added.

“They agreed to supply us with the gas but they had conditions. They are demanding... $1.6 billion,” Karim said, adding the payment will have to be made “by the start of June.”

The figure represents Iraq’s arrears for 2020, which have yet to be settled because of the arcane payment method Iraq is obliged to use to comply with an exemption from US sanctions on Iran.

Iraq is not allowed to simply hand over cash to Iran. Payments must be used to fund imports of food and medicines.

Karim said gas imports from Iran are currently flowing at 38 million cubic meters per day.

Alternatives under consideration include a connection to the Turkish national grid to supply electricity to Iraq’s second city Mosul and a link to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia to help power the south.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Lebanon to complete cenbank FX audit, an IMF condition, by June: Deputy PM

11 May ,2022

Lebanon will complete the first in a set of conditions for an IMF bailout, an audit of the central bank’s forex position, by June, the country’s deputy prime minister said during a meeting with the creditors of the Lebanese state on Wednesday.

Lebanon in April reached a draft agreement with the IMF for a four-year $3 billion bailout, the final approval of which was conditional on the implementation of eight main requirements.

An IMF program is seen as crucial for Lebanon to begin emerging from a devastating financial crisis that has left most people poor, due to the deep reforms it would entail and the international funding it could unlock.

Saade Chami said Lebanon required between $8 billion and $10 billion over 10 years on top of the IMF funds.

He said he could not give a specific date for the completion of all conditions, as many require parliamentary approval.

Those include capital controls, amendments to banking secrecy regulations and a framework for banking restructuring.

Lebanon holds its first polls in four years on May 15.

“If parliament approves the draft laws, the prior actions, then we can move very quickly,” he said, suggesting parliament could do so by mid-June.

The World Bank has described Lebanon’s crisis, the result of decades of corruption and mismanagement, as one of the worst in modern times.

Chami said that governance reform, though difficult, would be at the center of the government’s recovery plan, which aims to reduce government debt from more than 300 percent of GDP in 2021 to 100 percent of GDP by 2026.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Five Egyptian security forces killed in attack north of Sinai

11 May ,2022

At least five Egyptian military personnel were killed in a militant attack on Wednesday in northern Sinai, two security sources said, the second deadly strike against security forces on the peninsula in less than a week.

Four others were injured when armed men opened fire at a security post in the coastal area of northeastern Sinai, which borders the Gaza Strip, the sources said.

There was no immediate comment from Egyptian authorities.

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The deaths follow a May 7 ambush at a checkpoint in Sinai that killed 11 Egyptian soldiers and was claimed by ISIS, one of the deadliest attacks in recent years.

Egypt expanded security control over populated coastal areas of northern Sinai since a major counter-insurgency operation was launched in 2018, but sporadic attacks by militants linked to ISIS have continued.

News of Wednesday’s attack came as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met US national security advisor Jake Sullivan in Cairo.

The Egyptian presidency said the two had discussed the strategic partnership between Egypt and the United States, which is a major provider of military aid to Cairo.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Africa

 

Eight soldiers killed in Togo, raising spectre of first deadly Islamist attack

MAY 11, 2022

LOME (Reuters) -Eight soldiers were killed and 13 wounded in an attack in northern Togo on Wednesday, the government said, marking potentially the first deadly raid on its territory by Islamist militants who have killed thousands in neighbouring countries.

Before dawn, a group of heavily armed gunmen ambushed an army post in the Kpendjal prefecture near the border with Burkina Faso, the government said in a statement.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. The government blamed “terrorists”, without providing specifics.

Security analysts said the attack was likely carried out by a local al Qaeda affiliate that is based in Mali but in recent years has spread south into Burkina Faso.

Groups linked to Islamic State and al Qaeda have carried out hundreds of attacks across the Sahel region of West Africa in recent years, focusing mainly on the landlocked countries of Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali.

Togo has so far been spared the violence, which has forced millions to flee their homes, but security experts have warned about a spread in operations that could encompass coastal states like Togo.

In 2018, Togo’s military launched an operation to stop Islamist groups ghosting in from the north. Security forces repelled an attack by gunmen on a outpost in the same area as Wednesday’s attack in November, without sustaining casualties. It said at the time that the attackers had come over the border from Burkina Faso.

Togo’s coastal neighbour, Benin, has seen a sharp rise in attacks near its northern border with Burkina Faso. Five soldiers were killed last month when an army convoy struck an improvised explosive device.

International partners led by France have spent billions of dollars and deployed thousands of troops to contain the attacks, which began in Mali in 2012 before spreading into Niger and Burkina Faso.

But the violence continues, especially in poor rural areas where jihadist groups blend in.

Source: Reuters

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Tunisian coastguard retrieves bodies of three migrants, rescues 250 others

11 May ,2022

Tunisian coastguards retrieved the bodies of three migrants whose boat sank off Tunisia and rescued about 250 others in a number of separate incidents, security official told Reuters on Wednesday.

“Coastguard rescued 240 African migrants and eight Tunisians in 10 illegal migration trips, and also recovered the bodies of three Africans whose boat sank off the coast of El Awabed in Sfax Governorate,” Lieutenant-Colonel Ali Ayari said.

On Tuesday, Spanish emergency services said they rescued 57 sub-Saharan migrants on an inflatable boat making its way to the Canary Islands, a day after 28 people were reported missing on the same perilous route from Africa when their boat overturned.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Coalition against ISIS discusses how to counter resurgence

11 May ,2022

The global coalition against ISIS gathered Wednesday in Morocco to coordinate efforts to prevent the extremists staging a revival in the Middle East and North Africa.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was to co-host the meeting with Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, but Washington’s top diplomat tested positive for COVID-19 and was replaced by senior diplomat Victoria Nuland.

Senior officials from dozens of other countries are also attending the meeting, under high security at a discreet luxury hotel in Marrakesh.

The discussions were to cover “stabilization efforts in areas previously impacted by Daesh,” strategic communication against the group’s “radicalization propaganda” and the battle against foreign fighters, the Moroccan foreign ministry said.

The meeting comes three years after the coalition helped Syrian fighters to crush the “caliphate” ISIS had proclaimed in Iraq and Syria and as the extremists step up their efforts to bolster their presence in the Sahel region and West Africa.

The Global Coalition against Daesh (an Arabic acronym for ISIS) was formed in 2014 after the militants seized huge swathes of Iraq and Syria and now included 84 states and international organizations.

Officials have long warned that ISIS continues to pose a worldwide threat despite its loss of a territorial base.

ISIS has vowed to take vengeance for its elusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, killed in a US raid in northern Syria in late 2019.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Turkiye voices support for sovereignty, territorial integrity of Morocco

Rabia İclal Turan  

12.05.2022

Turkiye, a principled supporter of nations' sovereignty and territorial integrity, backs Morocco's as well, the Turkish foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Speaking at a joint press conference with his Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita, Mevlut Cavusoglu emphasized Ankara maintains a principled stance on the territorial integrity of sovereignty of countries.

"Turkiye supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of brotherly Morocco," he added, underlining that relations between countries based on these would be "essential for permanent stability."

On his meeting with Bourita, Cavusoglu said they had discussed bilateral relations, including how to increase the two countries' trade volume, as well as various regional issues, such as in Libya and Ukraine.

"Peace, stability, and prosperity of the Sahel Region and North Africa are indispensable for the stability of the Mediterranean, Africa, the Middle East, and even Europe," he stressed.

Cavusoglu was in Morocco to attend a ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS in Marrakech.

Speaking about the meeting, which brought together over 60 countries, Cavusoglu said its timing was "very important," as attacks by the terrorist organization have increased in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Sahel region in Africa.

For his part, Bourita thanked Turkiye for its stance on the Western Sahara region.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Europe

 

Turkey and Israel, Europe’s new energy alternative

May 12, 2022

The outbreak of war in Ukraine has affected the world energy market. The most important event after the increase in oil and gas prices is the limitation and conditions of the new supply of energy to the EU market by Russia. This is why the European Union is thinking of reducing purchases from Russia to supply gas.

Europe, meanwhile, is thinking of countries that can meet this need. Europe’s strategy is to meet its needs from several sources so that it does not become dependent on one source.

In addition to increasing oil and gas purchases from old suppliers, Europeans are also turning to new suppliers. Over the past month, news of Turkish-Israeli cooperation has shifted the focus of the energy market. The Leviathan and Tamar gas fields in the waters of occupied Palestine, as well as the oil and gas fields in the disputed EEZ between Lebanon, Israel and Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean, are a new source of gas for Europe.

Turkey has no territory in this area, but continues its illegal exploration due to the occupation of the northern Republic of Cyprus and the formation of the de facto Turkish government of Northern Cyprus. The news of cooperation with Israel in these fields and the pipeline connecting the Turkish port of Ceyhan is a turning point in European strategy.

These fields are the closest point to the export terminal of Ceyhan port and Europe. From here, Turkey sends Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil and gas shipments to Europe. The security of this field is much higher than other fields in the Caucasus and Libya due to the military power of Israel and Turkey and the NATO base in Cyprus. The Russian Federation’s naval and air base in the port of Banias and Latakia are not efficient enough to cut it off, but it is a potential danger.

The current challenges for these pipes and fields are protests by the Lebanese and Cypriot governments, Iranian and Russian bases in Syrian ports, and pro-Iranian forces in Lebanon.

Cyprus’s European nature and de facto Northern Cyprus government also do not have much opposition to Turkish influence in this area. They are relinquishing their share, and the main challenge is on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean.

Source: ABNA24

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UK's Charity Regulator Urged To Investigate Policy Exchange over 'Anti-Muslim Agenda'

By Simon Hooper

11 May 2022

The UK’s charities regulator is being urged to investigate the Policy Exchange think tank for alleged racism and Islamophobia, over a report in which it accused Muslim critics of the government’s Prevent strategy of “enabling terrorism”.

In a letter to the Charity Commission, the authors of a critical review of the UK government’s controversial counterterrorism strategy called on the government to review the think tank's charitable status, accusing it of “promoting vilification and even hatred” towards Muslim communities.

“As a charity, Policy Exchange must remain non-partisan and be detached from government. Yet it would appear Policy Exchange is neither, acting primarily as a vehicle for political propaganda and anti-Muslim narratives,” said Layla Aitlhadj, a director at Prevent Watch, which supports people affected by Prevent.

Aitlhadj is a co-author with John Holmwood, emeritus professor in sociology at the University of Nottingham, of the People’s Review of Prevent, a report published in February which concluded that the strategy was discriminatory against Muslims.

Last month, Policy Exchange published a report entitled “Delegitimising Counter-Terrorism”, which cited endorsements for the People’s Review of Prevent from Muslim community organisations including the Muslim Council of Britain, Mend, Cage and the Federation of Student Islamic Societies. It described these endorsements as constituting an “Islamist support base” for the review.

In a foreword to the Policy Exchange report, former prime minister David Cameron wrote: “So just as we need to counter the Islamist extremist narrative, we also need to counter the anti-Prevent narrative. We need to show that delegitimising counterterrorism is, in essence, enabling terrorism.”

In their letter to the Charity Commission, Aitlhadj and Holmwood complained that the Policy Exchange report had singled out Muslim critics of Prevent but not mentioned others who contributed to the People’s Review, such as Fionnuala Ni Aolain, the UN rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism.

“It’s bad enough that a charity promotes the view that some areas of government policy are above public scrutiny. But to single out and demonise Muslims by suggesting their legitimate criticisms of Prevent are not shared by others, and then accuse them of ‘enabling terrorism’, as David Cameron has, is a serious assault on our democracy, and could potentially also encourage hate crimes against such individuals,” said Holmwood.

The complaint to the Charity Commission, which is dated 5 May and has been seen by Middle East Eye, is based on what Aitlhadj and Holmwood allege are breaches of Policy Exchange's charitable aims.

Policy Exchange states its charitable objective as “the non-partisan advancement of education of the public in the economic, social and political sciences and their effect on public policy and the policy-making process in the UK and the promotion and publication of objective research”.

Aitlhadj and Holmwood said that the use of Cameron, a former Conservative prime minister who expanded the Prevent strategy into schools and other public sector settings, to write a foreword to the report and an accompanying op-ed in the Times newspaper amounted to a political endorsement.

“The report has a clear political purpose, which is to silence individuals and groups in Muslim civil society and support the current government political approach in this regard,” they write.

They called on the Charity Commission to consider whether Policy Exchange has a “broad anti-Muslim agenda".

“We believe there is a case for investigating its activities and reports and reviewing if it should remain a charity,” they write.

The controversy surrounding the Policy Exchange report comes ahead of the anticipated publication of the government’s own long-delayed and contentious review of Prevent by William Shawcross, who in 2018 was appointed a senior fellow at Policy Exchange. Shawcross is also a former chair of the Charity Commission and a former director of the Henry Jackson Society, a neo-conservative think tank.

Shawcross’s review of Prevent has been boycotted by many Muslim organisations and civil liberties and human rights groups, who have accused him of having “a track record of hostility to Islam”. Shawcross has said that some of his past views have been “misrepresented or misinterpreted”.

Source: Middle East Eye

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EU envoy Mora holds talks with Iran nuclear negotiator in Tehran

11 May ,2022

The European Union’s coordinator for nuclear talks with Iran, Enrique Mora, held talks in Tehran on Wednesday with the Islamic republic’s chief negotiator, state media reported.

The meeting between Mora and Iranian Deputy Vice President Ali Bagheri Kani is “currently taking place,” according to state news agency IRNA, which circulated pictures of the encounter without providing further details.

Talks between world powers and Iran have stalled since mid-March as negotiators seek to return to the landmark accord that curtailed the Islamic republic’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Mora has played a key role as an intermediary between the United States and Iran during a year of on-off talks in Vienna to restore the deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The deal was agreed in 2015 between Iran and the five permanent United Nations Security Council members Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States, plus Germany.

But Washington unilaterally withdrew in 2018 under then-president Donald Trump before imposing biting economic sanctions, prompting Iran to begin rolling back its own commitments.

Iran called in late April for a new meeting “as soon as possible” to move towards restoring the agreement.

Source: Al Arabiya

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EU strongly condemns killing of Al-Jazeera journalist

Agnes Szucs 

11.05.2022

BRUSSELS

The EU strongly condemned on Wednesday the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh while covering an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank and called for an investigation.

"The European Union strongly condemns the killing of Palestinian-American journalist of Al-Jazeera, Shireen Abu Akleh, in the occupied West Bank," the chief spokesperson for the EU diplomatic service, Peter Stano, said in an official statement.

He said it is significant that a "thorough, independent investigation clarifies all the circumstances of these incidents as soon as possible and that those responsible are brought to justice."

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Greece remains committed to dialogue with Turkiye: President

Ahmet Gencturk  

11.05.2022

Greece’s president said her country remains committed to dialogue with Turkiye, local media reported on Wednesday.

Quoting President Katerina Sakellaropoulou’s interview with public broadcaster ERT, daily Kathimerini said she emphasized the importance of good neighborly relations between Greece and Turkiye.

Asserting that there were periods when Turkish-Greek relations were calm, she said: “We are neighbors, and we will remain neighbors.”

She added, however, that ties also faced turbulent times, and held Turkiye responsible for escalation along the Greek-Turkish border and in the Aegean Sea.

On the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, she said: “Ukrainians are fighting for all of us, for the freedom and values of Europe.”

Turkiye has a number of issues with Greece and the Greek Cypriot administration over maritime limits and rights in the Eastern Mediterranean.

While seeking to defend its fair share of maritime territory in the region, Ankara has decried recent Greek moves such as violating treaties and pacts by issuing provocative navigational alerts, militarizing islands in the Aegean Sea, and illegally encroaching on Turkiye’s continental shelf.

Turkiye, which has the longest continental coastline in the Eastern Mediterranean, has rejected the maritime boundary claims of Greece and the Greek Cypriot administration, stressing that these excessive claims violate the sovereign rights of both Turkiye and the Turkish Cypriots.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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