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How Is Hijab Compulsory in Islam When Namaz, Haj, Roza, Zakat and Imaan Isn’t: Supreme Court

New Age Islam News Bureau

09 September 2022

 

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• Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's Longest-Serving Monarch, Has Died At Balmoral Aged 96, After Reigning For 70 Years

• Canadian Banks Target Accounts of Muslim Institutions "On Suspicion of Terror Financing"

• Families of 9/11 Victims Frustrated After Architect behind Attack Still Not Tried

• Indonesia Activists Ask Court to Allow Human Rights Case against Myanmar Junta

 

India

• Plea Seeking Arrest of Nupur Sharma over Prophet Remarks Row Withdrawn on SC Suggestion

• ‘Wearing Orange Shawl Is Belligerent Display of Religion’, Muslim Student in SC on Hijab Row

• Hyderabad: Muslims Urged To Offer Friday Namaz in Local Mosques during the Final Day of Ganesh Immersions

• Garbas Now Medium for ‘Love Jihad’, No Entry sans ID Cards: MP Minister

• Supreme Court to take up CAA hearing on September 12

• India silent on US F16 sale to Pakistan

• Boy’s death inside Nuh mosque: Autopsy points to blunt trauma

• RSS-backed Muslim Rashtriya Manch bats for madrasa survey in UP

• Man Arrested For Threatening To Explode Mosque, Cleric In Uttar Pradesh

• BJP says Yakub Memon grave ‘beautified’, attacks Uddhav

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Europe

• Swedish Far-Right Politicians Exposed For Wanting To 'Eradicate' Muslims, Paying Tribute to Nazis

• Prayers for The Queen and Royal Family from Bradford's Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu and Jewish communities

• Turkish president offers condolences over passing of Queen Elizabeth II

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North America

• US Congress notified of proposed $450m military sale package to maintain Pakistan’s F-16s

• US military studying plans to build testing centre in Saudi Arabia: CENTCOM

• Canada agrees to resettle some Afghans housed in UAE facility: Report

• Leading Chicago mayoral candidates vow to defend rights of Arab, Muslim citizens

• Israeli premier shoots down US request to revise army rules of engagement

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Southeast Asia

• Ministry to follow up Gontor Islamic Boarding School violence case

• UN Experts Call For Action on Findings Of Uyghur Abuse In China

• Concept of halal is proven to be universal, says Malaysian premier

• Stop silencing survivors of child abuse, group tells minister

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South Asia

• Department Of Vice and Virtue Officials in Nimroz Orders Coffee Shop to Close Down

• Hope Teesta water agreement would be resolved soon: Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

• ‘Governance Shortages’ Main Reasons Afghanistan under Acting Cabinet

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Africa

• Niger Governor Signs Bill Amending Sharia Law

• Empty shelves and rising prices test Tunisians’ patience

• Authorities search home, office of Nigerian train hostages negotiator

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Pakistan

• Chief of Army Staff to Saudi Arabia Minister: Pakistan Acknowledges Saudi Unique Place in Islamic World

• After 75 Years, Sikh Man Discovers He’s Muslim, Family Settled in Pakistan

• Pakistan HC to indict Imran Khan in contempt case on September 22

• Pakistan's F-16s to get a $450 million makeover

• UN chief in Pakistan to seek generous support for flood relief

• FO asks Delhi to allow Yasin Malik meet family likewise Kulbhushan Jadhav

• UAE minister announces $10 million aid for flood-stricken Pakistanis

• US State Dept delegation calls on COAS Bajwa at GHQ

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Arab World

• Syrian Tribes Condemn YPG/PKK Terror Group for Separatist Practices

• Kurd fighters killed, extremists detained in Syria’s al-Hol camp clashes

• ‘Global icon’: Arab leaders offer condolences on death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth

• Saudi Arabia's King Salman, Crown Prince Pay tributes to UK’s Queen Elizabeth

• GCC foreign ministers meet in Riyadh to discuss Iran and counterterrorism

• Turkish forces 'neutralize' 8 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq

• Gas to flow ‘in weeks’ from Israeli licensed field disputed by Lebanon

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Mideast

• Iran Halts Double Entry Visas for Pakistani Arba’een Pilgrims Going To Iraq

• Turkey's Erdogan Says Senior Islamic State Figure, Bashar Hattab Ghazal Al Sumaidai, Captured

• Muslim Turkish Minority in Greece to Elect New Religious Leader

• Iranian Army Ground Force Stages Military Drills

• Iran's Envoy Urges World Leaders to Halt Nuclear Tests

• Iran says 25 were arrested during water protests last month

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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 How Is Hijab Compulsory in Islam When Namaz, Haj, Roza, Zakat and Imaan Isn’t: Supreme Court

 

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Sep 9, 2022

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Muslim side as to how hijab has become essential and mandatory for Muslim women when the petitioners are arguing that it is not compulsory for the community to observe the five principal tenets of Islam — namaz, haj, roza, zakat and Imaan.

This question came from a bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and Sudhanshu Dhulia when petitioner Fatma Bushra’s counsel Mohd Nizamuddin Pasha explained that in a sense there is no compulsion in Islam to force its followers to observe the five tenets of Islam, as violations of the tenets does not invite temporal punishment.

Pasha said, “Absence of compulsion to follow the tenets does not mean these are not essential to Islam. The Karnataka high court misunderstood the absence of compulsion professed in a Sura, meant to dissuade followers of Islam from forcibly converting followers of other religions, to rule that hijab is not an essential practice in Islam and hence could be banned in educational institutions.”

The bench asked, “If the five principal Islamic tenets are not mandatorily or compulsorily observed by Muslims in the absence of temporal punishment, how a lesser religious practice in hijab, could be termed mandatory and compulsory for Muslim women so much so that they have to wear it even to an educational institution?”

Pasha said the Prophet had said that a women’s veil is more important to her than the world and the things in it. “When Quran says follow the Prophet’s words, and a Muslim girl believes in it to wear hijab while stepping out, can the government, which is mandated not to discriminate entry into educational institution on the basis of religion, ban her entry,” he asked.

He said when Sikh students wear Patka or turban to schools, banning hijab clad Muslim students from entering the educational institution would mean targeting a single religious community.

The bench said the five ‘K’s of Sikhism have been recognised as essential by the laws and courts and the comparison is inept. Pasha argued, “The five ‘K’s may have been rendered essential, but Patka or turban is not recognised as essential. Sikhism is just 500-year-old but Islam is 1,400 years old. So if a religious practice (Patka or turban) of 500 years is allowed in educational institutions, why ban a 1,400-year-old practice,” he asked.

Pasha said Quran says a true follower of Islam would not interfere in the religious practices of other communities and for themselves, they would like to practice what the Quran says. The arguments will continue on Monday.

Source: Times Of India

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Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's Longest-Serving Monarch, Has Died At Balmoral Aged 96, After Reigning For 70 Years

 

On her Platinum Jubilee, the Queen delighted crowds by appearing on the balcony with three generations of her family

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9 September 2022

She died peacefully on Thursday afternoon at her Scottish estate, where she had spent much of the summer.

The Queen came to the throne in 1952 and witnessed enormous social change.

Her son King Charles III said the death of his beloved mother was a "moment of great sadness" for him and his family and that her loss would be "deeply felt" around the world.

He said: "We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother.

"I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world."

During the coming period of mourning, he said he and his family would be "comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held".

The King and his wife, Camilla, now Queen Consort, will return to London on Friday, Buckingham Palace said. He is expected to address the nation.

Senior royals had gathered at Balmoral after the Queen's doctors became concerned about her health earlier in the day.

All the Queen's children travelled to Balmoral, near Aberdeen, after doctors placed the Queen under medical supervision.

Her grandson and now heir to the throne, Prince William, and his brother, Prince Harry, also gathered there.

Prime Minister Liz Truss, who was appointed by the Queen on Tuesday, said the monarch was the rock on which modern Britain was built, who had "provided us with the stability and strength that we needed".

Speaking about the new King, she said: "We offer him our loyalty and devotion, just as his mother devoted so much, to so many, for so long.

"And with the passing of the second Elizabethan age, we usher in a new era in the magnificent history of our great country, exactly as Her Majesty would have wished, by saying the words 'God save the King'."

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby - spiritual leader to the Church of England of which the monarch is supreme governor - expressed his "profound sadness".

He said his "prayers are with the King and the Royal Family".

Queen Elizabeth II's tenure as head of state spanned post-war austerity, the transition from empire to Commonwealth, the end of the Cold War and the UK's entry into - and withdrawal from - the European Union.

Her reign spanned 15 prime ministers starting with Winston Churchill, born in 1874, and including Ms Truss, born 101 years later in 1975.

She held weekly audiences with her prime minister throughout her reign.

At Buckingham Palace in London, crowds awaiting updates on the Queen's condition began crying as they heard of her death.

The union flag on top of the palace was lowered to half-mast at 18:30 BST and an official notice announcing the death was posted outside.

On the Queen's death, Prince William and his wife, Catherine, became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Cornwall.

Few could have foreseen she would become monarch but in December 1936 her uncle, Edward VIII, abdicated from the throne to marry the twice-divorced American, Wallis Simpson.

Elizabeth's father became King George VI and, at age 10, Lilibet, as she was known in the family, became heir to the throne.

Within three years, Britain was at war with Nazi Germany. Elizabeth and her younger sister, Princess Margaret, spent much of wartime at Windsor Castle after their parents rejected suggestions they be evacuated to Canada.

After turning 18, Elizabeth spent five months with the Auxiliary Territorial Service and learned basic motor mechanic and driving skills. "I began to understand the esprit de corps that flourishes in the face of adversity," she recalled later.

Through the war, she exchanged letters with her third cousin, Philip, Prince of Greece, who was serving in the Royal Navy. Their romance blossomed and the couple married at Westminster Abbey on 20 November 1947, with the prince taking the title of Duke of Edinburgh.

She would later describe him as "my strength and stay" through 74 years of marriage, before his death in 2021, aged 99.

To mark their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on 20 November 2007, the Queen and Prince Philip re-visit Broadlands where 60 years ago in November 1947 they spent their wedding night

Their first son, Charles, was born in 1948, followed by Princess Anne, in 1950, Prince Andrew, in 1960, and Prince Edward, in 1964. Between them, they gave their parents eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Princess Elizabeth was in Kenya in 1952, representing the ailing King, when Philip broke the news that her father had died. She immediately returned to London as the new Queen.

"It was all a very sudden kind of taking on and making the best job you can," she later recalled.

Elizabeth was crowned at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953, aged 27, in front of a then-record TV audience estimated at more than 20 million people.

Subsequent decades would see great change, with the end of the British Empire overseas and the Swinging '60s sweeping away social norms at home.

Crowds outside Buckingham Palace on Thursday, after the death was announced

Elizabeth reformed the monarchy for this less deferential age, engaging with the public through walkabouts, royal visits and attendance at public events.

Her commitment to the Commonwealth was a constant - she visited every Commonwealth country at least once.

But there were periods of private and public pain.

In 1992, the Queen's "annus horribilis", fire devastated Windsor Castle - a private residence as well as working palace - and three of her children's marriages broke down.

After the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in a car accident in Paris in 1997, the Queen drew criticism for appearing reluctant to respond publicly.

There were questions about the monarchy's relevance in modern society.

"No institution… should expect to be free from the scrutiny of those who give it their loyalty and support, not to mention those who don't," she acknowledged.

The Duke and Duchess of York with their eldest baby daughter Princess Elizabeth at her christening

As a 21-year-old princess, Elizabeth had vowed to devote her life to service.

Reflecting on those words decades later, during her Silver Jubilee in 1977, she declared: "Although that vow was made in my salad days, when I was green in judgment, I do not regret nor retract one word of it."

That same commitment to serving was made 45 years later in a thank you letter to the nation on the weekend of her Platinum Jubilee in June.

The milestone was celebrated with a mix of state ceremonies and a colourful festival of all things British, as well as lively street parties.

Although the Queen's health kept her from some events, she said: "My heart has been with you all."

In a moment met with cheers from huge crowds in the Mall, she was joined by three generations of her family on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the finale of a pageant.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince George of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge on the balcony during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on June 05, 2022 in London, England

He and his wife, Camilla, are at Balmoral alongside his siblings, Princess Anne, and Princes Andrew and Edward.

They are accompanied by Edward's wife, Sophie, as well as Princes William and Harry.

William's wife, Catherine, remained at Windsor with their children - George, Charlotte and Louis - as it has been their first full day at a new school.

The Royal Family has now entered a period of mourning. In the coming days, much of national life will be put on hold.

Official engagements will be cancelled and union flags will be flown at half-mast on royal residences, government buildings, across the Armed Forces and on UK posts overseas.

Members of Parliament will pay tribute to the Queen and take an oath to King Charles.

There will be church bells tolling and gun salutes as local and national organisations and charities organise ways to pay their respects, with commemorative events and books of condolence.

A state funeral for the Queen is expected in the next two weeks.

Foreign leaders have paid tribute to the Queen, with US President Joe Biden recalling how she stood in solidarity with the US in their "darkest days" after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

To France's president, Emmanuel Macron, she was a "kind-hearted Queen" and "friend of France".

For Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, the Queen was a constant in Canadians' lives and one of his "favourite people in the world".

Reporting by George Bowden, Marie Jackson and Sean Coughlan, royal correspondent.

Source: BBC

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Canadian Banks Target Accounts Of Muslim Institutions "On Suspicion Of Terror Financing"

 

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Seyit Aydogan  

08.09.2022

TORONTO, Canada

Foundations, associations and aid groups belonging to Muslims in Canada came to a stalemate with the authorities given to banks under Canadian financial laws that initially aimed to prevent money laundering and financing terror groups.

Account closure decisions taken only by bank administrations without a court order negatively affect the Muslim organizations' global humanitarian aid efforts.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, representatives of Muslim foundations and organizations voiced their commotion over the excessive authority granted to banks and believe they are subjected to extrajudicial executions.

A detailed report titled "The Untold Story of 'De-banking' in Canada's Muslim Community" by Steven Zhou from the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) revealed the way numerous Muslim organizations' bank accounts were closed and embargoed ad they experienced difficult times.

Zhou, who is also a journalist, told Anadolu Agency that five of the country's leading banks closed the accounts of many organizations.

Saying that Canadian banks have the right to close suspected accounts, Zhou noted that the legal regulations made in recent years had given banks some excessive powers without a court order and without giving the other party the right to defend themselves.

"There has to be a lot more research done into this, but primarily, our country Canada has gotten more serious about stopping and preventing criminal money laundering using Canadian banks. So there have been laws passed to address anti-money laundering issues," he said.

Emphasizing that all Canadian banks "have to be very serious about whether or not their clients are participating in any kind of illegal activities, such as money laundering," Zhou said the banks must take this "very seriously because they have to comply with the new, strong anti-money laundering legislation and laws."

"Often, that means the Muslim organizations get more scrutiny. They're the clients of these banks. And if, let's say, a Muslim humanitarian organization in Canada does relief work in Syria, where there are a lot of bad entities and terrorist groups in that country, then they're going to get more attention from the bank, where they keep their money," he added.

Zhou stressed that Muslim institutions in Canada are under close surveillance and that they are subjected to great injustices.

Expressing that the perception of Muslim organizations following 9/11 continues to haunt Muslim Canadians everywhere, Zhou stated that many Canadian Muslims were subjected to unfair treatment by security agencies.

He urged Canadian financial institutions to "be aware that their actions, decisions and agendas are not biased towards Muslims."

According to Zhou's report, the aid sent by Canadian Muslim NGOs to the communities experiencing a humanitarian crisis in the world, which the majority of are located in the Muslim countries, was adversely affected due to the fact that some groups in these regions are on the Canadian Terrorist Organizations List.

Citing an incident in 2019 related to a "major Canada-based Muslim global relief organization" without disclosing its name, the report said "one of the organization's managers in Pakistan" got accused by authorities thereof using corporate funds to help terrorists.

"The manager and his employers vehemently denied the charges and was acquitted in a Pakistani anti-terrorism court a year later," wrote the report while adding that "Whether the organization or their manager in Pakistan was guilty didn't seem to factor into the decision. As with all these incidents of severing business ties, the banks and other financial services can simply decide to pull out whenever they want, with or without explanation."

For his part, a leading figure in the Canadian Muslim community Sheikh Alaa Elsayed describes the incidents as "disheartening because it's obviously racial profiling."

"We don't hear about any of these to any other organizations or any other religions for that matter," Elsayed said as he urged the Canadian government on the issue.

"The keep here all the time is that Canada is a mosaic, not a melting pot. So we are made of different genes, which makes us very unique indeed," he said.

Saying that "it's a sign of hypocrisy and double standard," Elsayed said he has "worked with quite a few of them (the NGOs) and I know that they go to the right channels. And even if some mistakes were made in the past, nobody should be actually penalized for something that was done unintentionally in the past."

"But it is, unfortunately, a way that can actually restrict the funds for Muslim aids, to be able to be used as an excuse and it's obviously again, hopelessly naive to think that we're not aware of what you're doing (referring to the Canadian government)," he added.

The report done for the NCCM displays striking finds, including "banks telling mosques in Canada to clean out millions of dollars in reserves within weeks, as well as online fundraising services ceasing to process donations for large Muslim charities with little notice."

Noting that all NGOs subject to the research are charitable organizations that comply with Canadian law and are registered, the report stated that the directors of these organizations "have never been charged with any crime or have any apparent links to nefarious entities."

While some banks did not give any justification for account closing orders, others said they could only help by giving them additional time to withdraw funds, the report said.

Without disclosing their names, five major Canadian Muslim organizations, including mosques, community centers, and humanitarian groups, shared their internal documents with Zhou "to paint a broader systemic picture of a problem that should alarm community in Canada."

"The panic, difficulties, and damage that results from being dropped and effectively banned by some of Canada's biggest financial institutions have produced lots of fear and anxiety. And so all these organizations, most of which have shared with me their internal financial and organizational documents, have asked not to be named in this piece," it added.

Meanwhile, some Muslim organizations that the Anadolu Agency tried to get opinions on the same issue refused the interview request over fears of facing new problems in case their names were published in the news.

Also, the banks at the center of the incidents did not respond to Anadolu Agency's request for comment.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Families of 9/11 Victims Frustrated After Architect Behind Attack Still Not Tried

 

A photo of the 9/11 attack. (File photo: AP)

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09 September, 2022

The numerous delays and postponements of proceedings for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed have left family members of the nearly 3,000 victims of the nation’s worst terrorist attack still searching for answers and a measure of finality after the March 2003 capture of a man in Pakistan wanted for numerous depraved acts of terror.

The latest setback came last month when pretrial hearings scheduled for this fall were cancelled, one more in a string of disappointments for those waiting to see Mohammed pay for his crimes.

Eddie Bracken, a carpenter whose sister Lucy Fishman was killed at the trade center in the attacks, said he is somewhat frustrated but also understanding of the delays a decade after he attended a 2012 hearing for Mohammed and his co-defendants at Guantanamo.

“The whole world is looking at us and saying, ‘What are they doing after all this time?’“ he said.

While Mohammed has lingered at Guantanamo, the US killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a 2011 raid and deputy-turned-successor Ayman al-Zawahri in a drone strike in August. Asked whether it angers him that Mohammed is still alive, Bracken said he focuses on the fact that Mohammed has spent nearly two decades in military custody.

Gordon Haberman, a West Bend, Wisconsin, man whose 25-year-old daughter Andrea was killed in the September 11 attacks, said the delays in justice leave himself and other families frustrated. Haberman has traveled to Guantanamo four times.

“I have to know. I promised her I would follow this through to the end,” he said. “And Guantanamo was one of those avenues.”

Haberman said he’s also following civil litigation in New York federal court aimed at holding those responsible for the attacks financially liable.

“It’s important to me that America finally gets to the truth about what happened, how it was done,” he said.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Indonesia Activists Ask Court To Allow Human Rights Case Against Myanmar Junta

 

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Samara Baboolal | U. Nottingham, GB

SEPTEMBER 8, 2022

Leading Indonesian public figures Wednesday petitioned the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia to permit a case against the Myanmar junta. The application claims that the junta must be tried for crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide against Myanmar’s Muslim population.

The Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia speaks of human rights abuses universally. However, Article 5 of Law 26, 2000 places a restriction and specifies that trials for human rights violations can only take place if an Indonesian national commits the crime. Thus, the petition seeks to change this clause and extend protection to the citizens of Myanmar. According to petitioner and former Attorney General of Indonesia Marzuki Darusman, “the Indonesian constitution makes it clear that everyone has the right to equal treatment before the law.” Darusman believes that the change would expand the scope of protections and allow the junta to be tried in Indonesian Court.

Over two thousand people have died since Myanmar’s coup in February 2021, 15,000 people have disappeared or been arrested and 1.2 million are displaced. Myanmar has its own court system, but petitioners believe the courts are now a ‘politicised tool’ for the Junta. Because the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the International Criminal Court (ICC) have delayed their cases against the junta, Wednesday’s application may lead to the first universal jurisdiction case against the Myanmar military.

Source: Jurist

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 India

 

Plea Seeking Arrest of Nupur Sharma over Prophet Remarks Row Withdrawn on SC Suggestion

Sep 09, 2022

The Supreme Court on Friday asked a petitioner to withdraw a plea seeking directions to the authorities to act and arrest suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma for her alleged controversial statement o Prophet Mohammad and hurting sentiments of the Muslim community.

A bench led by Chief Justice of India UU Lalit suggested to the petitioner to withdraw the plea.

“It looks very simple innocuous but it has far reaching consequences. Our suggestion is to withdraw. Dismissed as withdrawn,” the bench said.

Sharma's comments on the Prophet made on national television on March 26 had triggered a huge controversy and violence all across the nation earlier this year. A number of Muslim nations had also registered their protest following which the government issued a statement in this regard. The BJP also distanced itself from Sharma's comments in the aftermath and suspended her from the party.

Earlier, the Supreme Court clubbed and transferred to the Delhi Police at least 10 first information reports (FIRs) lodged across the country against Sharma for her controversial comments, while turning down the West Bengal government’s plea to instead set up a multi-state investigating unit, and to monitor the probe.

Source: Hindustan Times

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‘Wearing orange shawl is belligerent display of religion’, Muslim student in SC on hijab row

8th September 2022

New Delhi: A counsel for one of the Muslim students, who has challenged the hijab ban in government educational institutions in Karnataka, on Thursday contended before the Supreme Court that Article 25 only protects the innocent bona fide practice of religion — ‘wearing a hijab yes! But, wearing an orange shawl is a belligerent display of religion’.

Senior advocate Devadatt Kamat, representing the student, submitted before a bench comprising Justices Hemant Gupta and Sudhanshu Dhulia that Article 25 only protects innocent bona fide practice of religion.

He added that wearing a namam, yes! Wearing a hijab yes! Wearing an orange shawl is not a bona fide practice. “The argument of the state is that if I wear hijab, other students will wear orange shawl. Wearing an orange shawl is not a genuine religious belief. It is a belligerent display of religion, that if you wear this, I will wear this…,” said Kamat.

He further added that every religious practice may not be essential, but that does not mean the state can keep restricting it as long as it does not fall foul of public order, morality, and health. Kamat said the question is whether uniformity in public space is a ground to restrict Article 25? Whether a Muslim girl wearing a head scarf is an insult to discipline?

Kamat added that one can wear headgear, kara, as part of his religious belief, it may not be a core religious practice, but as long as it does not affect public order, health or morality, it can be allowed.

The bench queried Kamat that wearing a hijab in street may not offend anyone, however, wearing it in a school might raise a question, what kind of public order school would want to maintain?

The top court will continue to hear the matter after lunch. On Wednesday, Kamat asked the apex court how a secular administration, allowing others to wear bindi, kada, or cross, could restrict Muslim students’ fundamental right to choose to wear hijab, in addition to prescribed uniforms.

Source: Siasat Daily

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Hyderabad: Muslims Urged To Offer Friday Namaz in Local Mosques During The Final Day Of Ganesh Immersions

Shaista Khan

8th September 2022

Hyderabad: Several Muslim religious leaders and community elders urged the community to observe restraint and show patience if anyone anti-social elements cause provocation during the final day of Ganesh immersions in the city.

Unanimously, all of them appealed to the community to attend prayers at local mosques in their localities. Maulana Qubool Pasha Quadri, one of those who made the appeal, said that the time demands all Muslims to show patience and not anger. He asked Muslims in Hyderabad to not react violently to any attempts of anti-social elements intending to tarnish the social fabric in Hyderabad and Telangana.

He requested people to avoid going far for Friday prayers and to attend prayers at local mosques in their respective localities on Friday.

Mohd Mushtaq Malik, president of the Tehreek Muslim Shabban, said people should set an example of tolerance by foiling attempts of anyone who want to create trouble. He advised people to attend prayers at the Jamia Masjid of their locality or any other local mosques in Hyderabad. “It is a smarter move to show tolerance than going anywhere and falling victim to game plans of radical forces to foment trouble during the Ganesh immersion procession,” he added.

Source: Siasat Daily

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Garbas now medium for ‘love jihad’, no entry sans ID cards: MP minister

Sep 9, 2022

BHOPAL: A fortnight ahead of Navratri celebrations, Madhya Pradesh minister for tourism and culture Usha Thakur on Thursday said that no one will be permitted into Garba pandals without ID cards. While the Indore MLA maintained that garbas had ‘become a medium for love jihad’ and hence the new rule, the state BJP unit defended the move calling it merely a ‘precautionary measure’.

Speaking to reporters in Gwalior on Thursday, Thakur said, “Garbe mein jo bhi aaye, who aapna identity card saath lekar aaye. Bagair pehchaan ke Garbo mein koi pravesh nahi kar sakta. (Whoever comes to attend any Garba event, should carry their identity cards. No one will be permitted into Garba withoutidentification. ). ” “This is our advice and warning for all. Our cultural organisations and people are very much aware of this. Since Garbas have become a medium for love jihad, it has become mandatory that no one be allowed to enter Garbas by concealing their identity,” Thakur said.

This is not the first time she has spoken about Garba andlove jihad. In 2014, Thakur courted controversy by warning Garba organizers not to allow nonHindus to Garba events and to “screen participants on the basis of their voter cards”.

The state Congress reacted strongly to Thakur’s comment, and accused BJP of “deliberately creating an atmosphere of hatred and fear for electoral gain”. PCC media department chairman K K Mishra said,

“With elections approaching, these kinds of statements are being given out intentionally. The ‘love jihad’ allegation levelled by the minister is humiliation of Hindus and Hindu religion. Be it Usha Thakur or any other BJP leader, such statements are coldly calculated and purposeful defamation of Hindus and Hindutva. ”

BJP defended Thakur and said that the BJP has only suggested that people carry identity cards to Garba venues “as a precaution since Congress and the Popular Front of India (PFI) are trying to create conflict”.

Source: Times Of India

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Supreme Court to take up CAA hearing on September 12

R. Balaji   |   New Delhi  

09.09.22

The Supreme Court will take up for hearing on Monday over 170 petitions and intervention applications challenging the validity of the Centre’s Citizenship Amendment Act that had triggered protests in several parts of the country.

The matter will be heard on September 12 by a bench of Chief Justice of India U.U. Lalit and Justice S. Ravindra Bhat. The petitions are being taken up after a two-year gap.

The CAA, which seeks to give fast-tracked citizenship to non-Muslims from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, had been severely criticised by civil liberties activists, the Opposition and large sections of common citizens.

Immediately after its enactment, protests had broken out, and a peaceful vigil by women at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh for over 100 days had attracted attention worldwide.

The Shaheen Bagh vigil was lifted when the pandemic began spreading in the country.

In 2019, the apex court had issued a notice to the Centre on the batch of petitions, but thereafter the matter could not be taken up. It has now got listed for hearing as CJI Lalit has decided to expedite the hearing of all old matters on a priority basis.

Besides challenging the CAA, some of the petitions had questioned the validity of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR), the three making up the Centre’s citizenship matrix.

Some of the petitioning organisations are the All Assam Students’ Union, Muslim Students Federation, Assam, and the Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath.

The petition filed by the All Assam Students’ Union termed the CAA as unconstitutional on the ground that it accorded citizenship to all illegal migrants who had entered the country on or before December 31, 2014, and that they shall not be treated as illegal migrants for the purposes of the amended Act.

According to the petition, the CAA is in direct contradiction to the Assam Accord of 1985 and Section 6A of the Citizenship Act, 1955, which was inserted in keeping with an agreement and undertaking executed by the Union of India and the state of Assam at the time of signing of the pact.

Under the Assam Accord, illegal migrants who entered the state from Bangladesh up to March 24, 1971, were ultimately required to be granted citizenship of India. Those who came after the cut-off date would have to be deported back to Bangladesh according to the Accord, the petition said while assailing the CAA.

Source: Telegraph India

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India silent on US F16 sale to Pakistan

09.09.22

India on Thursday maintained a studied silence on the Biden administration’s plans to sell equipment worth $450 million to Pakistan to sustain its fleet of F-16s used in the aerial dogfight with Indian Air Force after the Balakot strike in 2019.

The US state department on Wednesday said the administration has notified the Congress of a proposed Foreign Military Sales case to sustain the Pakistan Air Force's F-16 programme. This is in acknowledgement of Pakistan being an "an important counterterrorism partner" and is in keeping with the policy to provide life cycle maintenance and sustainment packages for US-origin platforms.

The notification makes it clear that the proposed sale does not include any new capabilities or weapons, and is aimed at allowing Pakistan to retain interoperability with US and partner forces in ongoing counterterrorism efforts and in preparation for future contingency operations.

The announcement in Washington came on a day India and the US held a 2+2 intersessional meeting as a follow-up to the ministerial dialogue in April. The external affairs ministry did not react to the state department’s announcement regarding the Congressional notification. Nor did it respond to media queries for a response as also whether the USofficials participating in the 2+2 intersessional meeting informed India about the proposed sale considering regional issues pertaining to South Asia were discussed.

Source: Telegraph India

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Boy’s death inside Nuh mosque: Autopsy points to blunt trauma

September 9, 2022

Three days after the decomposed body of an 11-year-old boy, partially covered in sand, was found in a room inside a mosque in Nuh, police said the post-mortem had found that the boy had suffered a blunt injury on the back of head and a fractured nose.

Police said swabs and viscera samples from the body and private parts have been sent to the laboratory for forensic examination. A police officer, said, “The post-mortem report is awaited. As per a preliminary examination of the autopsy, it has been found that the victim had one blunt injury on the back of his head and his nose was fractured. Since the body was decomposed, the swab samples have been sent for forensic analysis.”

Police said no arrest has been made so far in the case. “We have questioned more than 30 people and have got some leads.”

Police said the boy, who had been studying at a madrasa in Nuh for over a year, had gone missing from there on September 3 evening. On September 5, around 11 am, his body was found from a room in a mosque on the premises. Police registered a case of murder against unidentified persons.

Source: Indian Express

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RSS-backed Muslim Rashtriya Manch bats for madrasa survey in UP

Sep 09, 2022

LUCKNOW The RSS-backed Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) has come out in support of the statewide madrasa survey beginning from Saturday, after the proposed exercise ran into opposition from the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and Darul-Uloom Deoband’s Jamiat-e-Ulama, a body to which majority madrasas are affiliated.

MRM leaders described the survey as a step in the right direction even as the BJP is set to launch a mini outreach of its own among madrasa owners and teachers to justify the exercise and “allay apprehensions”.

“There are several unregistered madrasas in U.P, and all these need to be recognised. All those madrasas being run properly deserve government help. The idea is to ensure modern education to students enrolled with these madrasas so that they could help the nation after availing quality education,” said MRM leaders after meeting principal secretary (home) Sanjay Prasad.

“The principal secretary told us that after the survey, the madrasas that are being run properly would be given government grant and modern education would be ensured in their institutions,” MRM leaders said in a release.

As the survey exercise gets underway on Saturday, the BJP would simultaneously roll out the first of the outreach initiatives among madrasa owners in Bijnor. This would be followed by a bigger outreach in Lucknow and would be timed around September 24, when Darul Uloom Deoband has convened a meeting of madrasas to discuss its strategy.

However, the RSS-backed MRM felt that the controversy was uncalled for.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Man Arrested For Threatening To Explode Mosque, Cleric In Uttar Pradesh

08 SEP 2022

A 25-year-old man was arrested on Thursday for allegedly threatening to blow off a mosque in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly and shoot its cleric if he was not removed, police said.

A letter, threatening to shoot Imam Mufti Khurshid Alam and explode the Jama Masjid in Kila area here, was pasted by the accused on the wall of the mosque on Wednesday, Superintendent of Police Satyarth Aniruddh said.

The accused, Mohammad Samad, told police that he took the step as the Imam had not allowed him to play DJ on Eid, they said.

Source: Outlook India

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BJP says Yakub Memon grave ‘beautified’, attacks Uddhav

Sep 9, 2022

MUMBAI: A war of words broke out on Thursday between Shiv Sena and BJP over the alleged beautification of 1993 blast convict Yakub Memon’s grave at Bada Qabrastan in Marine Lines. BJP attacked Sena, alleging the grave was “beautified” and attempts were made to turn it into a shrine of sorts during the Sena-led government’s tenure.

BJP sought former chief minister and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray’s apology over the alleged beautification. However, Sena leaders maintained that the party and the previous Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government had nothing to do with the alleged beautification since the cemetery was privately owned.

After the controversy escalated, the LT Marg police visited Bada Qabrastan on Thursday, and the Qabrastan authorities in the presence of police removed the LED lights, said a senior police official. The LED lights were installed on the occasion of Shab-e-Baraat, a few months ago.

Memon was buried on July 30, 2015, after he was executed in Nagpur central prison for playing an active role in the blasts conspiracy. He was the younger brother of one of the 1993 blast masterminds, Tiger Memon.

Denying that Memon’s grave was “beautified”, Shoeb Khatib, president of Juma Masjid of Bombay Trust, which manages both Juma Masjid near Crawford Market and the Bada Qabrastan, said that LED lights were put up as part of Shabe-Baraat when Muslims visit graveyards to pray for thedead. “There are 14 graves in the section where Yakub Memon is buried. No special treatment has been given to his grave,” said Khatib.

Newly-appointed state BJP chief Chandrashekhar Bawankule demanded that Uddhav apologise to the people of Mumbai and the state for beautification of the grave of a person responsible for killing 250 people. Returning BJP’s salvo, Shiv Sena leader and former minister Aaditya Thackeray asked: “Why was Yakub Memon not buried in the sea like Osama bin Laden? Whose government was it when Memon was buried? It is necessary to see what the true situation is while making accusations. ”

Source: Times Of India

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Europe

 

Swedish far-right politicians exposed for wanting to 'eradicate' Muslims, paying tribute to Nazis

Leila Nezirevic 

09.09.2022

STOCKHOLM

Swedish far-right politicians participating in this year's elections have been exposed for wanting to eradicate Muslims and "blackheads,” a derogatory term for Black people.

Anti-racist magazine Expo, along with news outlet, Expressen, revealed Thursday right-wing candidates who also openly pay tribute to Nazis.

Sweden Democrats (SD) politician Björn Halldin in Amal has been expressing anger at Muslims for years, according to the report.

He wrote that Muslims do not belong in a civilized world and he wants to kill them.

“It is time we eradicate these (expletive) Muslims,” he wrote on Facebook in 2015.

Halldin shared insulting pictures of Black people using terms such as the N-word and has portrayed them as lazy.

He wrote that Sweden should exterminate "blackheads."

When a female police officer showed solidarity with the Black Life Matter movement, he posted an image of the officer’s face on a pornographic image.

The SD politician has also participated in a hate campaign against Center leader Annie Loof by spreading an inappropriate message about her.

One politician has already announced that she is resigning, according to the report.

SD politician Sonja Hellström, who has spread propaganda in a Nazi demonstration resigned saying: "Consspiral? Yes, I may be, but I am not anti-Semitic," referring to claims that she is conspiratorial.

Goran Nordin, who is running for SD in municipal elections, has been spreading hate speech against Muslims, and Somalis in particular.

He wrote on Facebook that they are lazy and violent.

After rap artist Nils Gronberg was shot dead last year, Nordin wrote: "It's no victory to live like a Negro."

Lena Cederlid, who is running for the SD in Falun said she is a proud member of the racist Nazi group, DFS.

In 2018, she verbally attacked refugees in a forum when she said: "You burn, rape, murder, plunder, steal, subsidy cheaters, and hate our country."

During the 2014 elections, she deemed members of the Nazi Swedes' Party as "some who dare to say what others think."

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Prayers for The Queen and Royal Family from Bradford's Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu and Jewish communities

By Natasha Meek

08 September, 2022

Faith leaders have sent a united prayer from Bradford to the Royal Family amid concerns about The Queen’s health.

The 96-year-old monarch has been placed under medical supervision at Balmoral after doctors became concerned for her health.

The full statement from a Buckingham Palace spokesman reads: “Following further evaluation this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision.

“The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.”

The Bishop of Bradford, Rt Revd Dr Toby Howarth, told the Telegraph & Argus: "I know that Christians across the Bradford District, myself included, are praying for Her Majesty the Queen, for her family, for all involved in her care, and for the country."

There has been an outpouring of support and prayers for the Royal Family from the district’s Muslim, Sikh, Jewish and Hindu communities.

Imam Sajid Safdar of Masjid-E-Umar in Girlington said: “We the community at Masjid-E-Umar Bradford pray that the Queen makes a steady recovery and good health like we pray every day for all the people that are going through difficult times.

“It is very important during these difficult times to value and care for the elders that have sacrificed so much for us.”

A spokesperson for Bradford Hindu Council said: “The Hindu community in Bradford are deeply saddened by the news that Her Majesty the Queen is not well.

“The whole Community's thought and prayers are with the Queen at this difficult time.

“We all know how important a role our mothers play in the family and this must be a very difficult situation for all family members.”

In a message on behalf of the Sikh community in Bradford, Dr Kuldip Bharj, president of Bolton Road's Ramgarhia Gurdwara, said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty the Queen and her family, and we are praying sincerely for her well-being.”

Laurence Saffer of Bradford Synagogue said: "The Jewish Community sends its thoughts and prayers to Her Majesty the Queen and all the Royal Family at this most difficult time.”

Mowlana Fazal Dad, senior Imam at Abu Bakr Masjid near Leeds Road, said: “May Her Majesty be granted good health, and may she be in comfort.

“We pray for a fast recovery for Her Majesty and all those who are ill, and all who are experiencing difficult times.”

The Board of Representatives of Bradford Gurdwaras - a body representing the Sikh Temples in Bradford – said: "The Sikh Community in Bradford is deeply concerned on hearing of Her Majesty's ill health.

“Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time and we pray that Her Majesty makes a quick recovery.

“We are mindful and grateful for her Majesty's tireless and selfless service over the past 70 years, not only to the Country but also to humanity around the world.”

"It’s very concerning news. Together with everyone in the Bradford district, the Queen and her family are in our thoughts at this difficult time".

Source: The Telegraph And Argus

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Turkish president offers condolences over passing of Queen Elizabeth II

Diyar Guldogan  

08.09.2022

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday extended his "deepest" condolences over the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.

"I learned with sadness of Queen Elizabeth II passing today. My deepest condolences to the Royal Family and the people, and friendly and allied government of the United Kingdom," Erdogan said on Twitter.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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North America

 

US Congress notified of proposed $450m military sale package to maintain Pakistan’s F-16s

Anwar Iqbal

September 9, 2022

WASHINGTON: The US government has notified Congress of a proposed foreign military sale of $450 million to Pakistan to sustain the Pakistan Air Force’s F-16 programme, a US State Department spokes­person told Dawn on Thursday.

Another official statement said the US Defence Secu­rity Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification of this possible sale to Congress, on Wednesday.

The agency clarified that “the proposed sale does not include any new capabilities, weapons, or munitions”.

The agency also informed Congress that “the proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region” and “there will be no adverse impact on US defence readiness as a result of this proposed sale”.

“Pakistan’s F-16 progra­mme is an important part of the broader US-Pakistan bilateral relationship. The proposed sale will sustain Pakistan’s capability to meet current and future counterterrorism threats by maintaining its F-16 fleet,” the spokesperson told Dawn.

“In addition, this proposed sale would ensure Pakistan retains interoperability with US and partner forces,” the US official said, adding that “the United States values its important relationships with both India and Pakistan.”

Asked how Washington would react to India’s criticism of the proposed sale, the official said: “These relationships (with Pakistan and India) stand on their own and are not a zero-sum proposition.”

A DSCA press release said the government of Pakistan had requested to consolidate prior F-16 sustainment and support cases to support the Pakistan Air Force F-16 fleet by reducing duplicate case activities and adding additional continued support elements.

The follow-on support for Pakistan’s F-16 fleet would include participation in F-16 Aircraft Structural Integrity Programme; Electronic Combat International Security Assistance Programme; International Engine Management Programme; and Engine Component Improvement Programme, and other technical coordination groups.

The support would also include aircraft and engine hardware and software modifications and support; aircraft and engine spare repair/return parts; accessories and support equipment; classified and unclassified software and software support; publications, manuals, and technical documentation; precision measurement, calibration, lab equipment, and technical support services; studies and surveys; and other related elements of aircraft maintenance and programme support.

A notification sent to Congress said, “This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by allowing Pakistan to retain interoperability with US and partner forces in ongoing counterterrorism efforts and in preparation for future contingency operations.

“The proposed sale will continue the sustainment of Pakistan’s F-16 fleet, which greatly improves Pakistan’s ability to support counterterrorism operations through its robust air-to-ground capability. Pakistan will have no difficulty absorbing these articles and services into its armed forces.”

The principal contractor for this sale will be Lockheed Martin Corporation and implementing this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional US government or contractor representatives to Pakistan, the DSCA said.

‘Finding narrow areas of cooperation’

Daniel Markey, a senior adviser on South Asia to the Washington-based US Institute of Peace (USIP), described the sale as “a very basic decision, which is more driven by technical necessity to keep the planes flying”.

Mr Markey, however, acknowledged that “at another level” it was a significant decision because the Biden administration “has been so dismissive of Pakistan that it does suggest an opening of relations”.

By agreeing to go ahead with this sale, the administration “did indicate, may be narrow, willingness to work with Pakistan on issues of common interest”.

He suggested that the Biden administration was still frustrated with Pakistan’s policies towards Afghanistan but “it is recognising that it is better to try to find narrow avenues of cooperation” with Islamabad than to stay aloof.

He pointed out that recently Washington sent two key delegations to Islamabad, indicating a desire to work with Pakistan.

Responding to a question, Mr Markey said that it “will be too much to call a reset of relations” but it did show “a willingness to open narrow areas of cooperation”.

Source: Dawn

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US military studying plans to build testing centre in Saudi Arabia: CENTCOM

08 September, 2022

The US military is studying plans to develop a military testing center in Saudi Arabia, according to the United States Central Command (CENTCOM).

“The idea of a ‘Red Sands Experimentation Center’ is an innovative approach to training and readiness between our Middle East partners and the United States,” CENTCOM spokesman Lt. Col. Dave Eastburn said in a statement to Al Arabiya English.

While the plans are still in their conceptual phase, the move first reported by NBC News would allow US and coalition forces to increase their interoperability and “counter a wide variety of unmanned aerial systems and threats.”

A US defense official told NBC News that “with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as the center of gravity for many future regional security endeavors, this is an opportunity.”

Eastburn said the concept was being developed as CENTCOM looks for innovative ways to enhance Washington’s strategic partnerships in the region and “to build on the successful efforts of our partners to grow peace and stability in the region.”

According to sources familiar with the matter, the testing center was discussed during US President Joe Biden’s visit to Saudi Arabia over the summer.

Ties between Washington and Riyadh had soured since Biden was elected as US president and made several foreign policy decisions, which were seen as targeting Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

But his trip to Saudi Arabia, despite significant pushback and criticism from so-called progressive Democrats, was a sign that the US president is keen on maintaining firm bilateral ties.

And last month, the Biden administration approved the sale of 300 Patriot missiles to Saudi Arabia in a deal worth $3.05 billion and another contract worth $2.25 billion to the UAE for 96 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile rounds.

“[The new center] is part of the process of putting defense ties back on track,” said Bilal Saab, Defense and Security Program Director at the Washington-based Middle East Institute (MEI).

Source: Al Arabiya

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Canada agrees to resettle some Afghans housed in UAE facility: Report

09 September, 2022

Canada will accept some 1,000 Afghans who fled the Taliban takeover of their homeland and have been housed in a makeshift refugee center in the United Arab Emirates awaiting resettlement to the United States and elsewhere, seven sources said.

Ottawa has agreed to a US request to resettle some of the 5,000 Afghans still in Emirates Humanitarian City in Abu Dhabi, the sources said, and Canadian officials were now reviewing cases to identify those who meet Ottawa’s resettlement criteria.

It is the first known occasion of Afghans in the facility being resettled to a country to which they do not have direct ties with, such as by having worked with their government in Afghanistan.

Canada’s criteria for resettlement of those from the facility include religious minorities, single women, civil servants, social activists and journalists, the sources said.

Beyond the 1,000 people that Canada is taking at the request of the United States, Ottawa is also expected to take roughly a further 500 Afghans from the facility who do have ties to Canada, the sources said.

“It is happening,” said a US source, who asked not to be further identified, confirming the Canadian resettlement operation expected to begin this month and end in October.

Asked about the arrangement, the Canadian embassy in Abu Dhabi shared an immigration department statement saying Ottawa’s priority was to support vulnerable Afghans getting to Canada.

Emirati authorities and the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi did not respond to requests for comment

Mohammad, who said he was a legal adviser to US government projects in Afghanistan, told Reuters from the facility that he had applied with his family for Canadian resettlement because the processing of their US Special Immigration Visa applications has taken so long.

“Because of the delays, we decided to put our names on the list,” Mohammad said in a telephone interview on the condition that his last name be withheld.

Mohammad and his family are Hazaras, an ethnic minority that is overwhelmingly Shia Muslim.

Canada’s decision to accept the Afghans brings the temporary refugee center closer to closing, though sources said there was about another 1,000 who were not eligible to be relocated to the United States and would need resettlement elsewhere.

The UAE, a close security partner of the United States, last year agreed to temporarily house several thousand Afghans evacuated from Kabul as the Taliban ousted the US-backed government during the final stages of the US-led withdrawal.

More than 10,000 have since been relocated from the facility to the United States, while others were resettled to nations to which they had ties such as through working with their government in Afghanistan.

Protests have sporadically broken out at the facility, including last month, over what Afghans complain is a lack of communication and transparency of the resettlement process.

The Canadian immigration department statement said Ottawa plans to resettle at least 40,000 vulnerable Afghans to Canada by 2024. More than 17,650 had been resettled, it added.

The UAE is not a signatory to the 1951 UN Refugee Convention and typically does not accept refugees. Foreign diplomats said some Afghans had rejected job offers in the UAE as there was no clear pathway to citizenship.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Leading Chicago mayoral candidates vow to defend rights of Arab, Muslim citizens

September 08, 2022

CHICAGO: Arab and Muslim Americans have been the victims of “bad policies” by Chicago’s mayors over recent years but two of the leading candidates running in the Feb. 28, 2023, election vow to change that if they win.

Alderman Raymond Lopez and Dr. Willie Wilson told Arab News in separate interviews that incumbent Mayor Lori Lightfoot has disrespected Arab and Muslim Americans. They said she has failed the people of the city on major policies including public safety, rebuilding the economy and bringing people together.

Lopez said that whoever becomes mayor of America’s third largest city, “must fight for everyone’s dream.” They also blasted Lightfoot’s predecessor, Rahm Emanuel, who was named last year by President Joe Biden as the US ambassador to Japan.

“I believe that we must fight for everyone’s opportunity to access that dream because people are here in this country for a reason. Whether they came from the Middle East, or Central America, or Eastern Europe or Asia, everyone came to this country for a reason and they all came here for the same shot that I have enjoyed in my three generations here in this country and that so many others do as well,” Lopez said.

“That is why I fight for communities that are oftentimes picked on or targeted by bad policies. As we saw and you alluded to earlier with Lori Lightfoot last year targeting several dozen Arab-owned businesses simply because they were Arab-owned, for no other purpose other than that. So to lay violence at their feet and not the perpetrators of the violence in the communities that those store owners were trying to serve, that doesn’t make sense to me.

“And as a leader, as an alderman and as a mayor, we will make sure that this city is truly inclusive and welcoming to everyone and recognize the need to spread the wealth to everyone among all people including to our Arab and Muslim brothers and sisters.”

Elected to the Chicago City Council in 2015 and reelected in 2019, Lopez represents Chicago’s 15th Ward and was among the first to stand up with Arab American businesses when they were being shuttered by Lightfoot in a campaign to confront rising street gang and gun violence that was sweeping the city.

Inspectors for Lightfoot closed dozens of Arab and Muslim stores beginning in June 2021 implying they were responsible for rising violence that has taken the lives of hundreds of city residents.

Data shows 448 people have been killed and 2,352 injured by gun violence in Chicago during the first eight months of 2022.

Lopez acknowledged Arabs and Muslims were “easy targets” to be exploited and blamed by politicians like Lightfoot who want to shift the responsibility for the continued violence rather than pursuing effective policies. He noted the business owners were punished even though they all cooperated with the police to help them pursue the crime suspects, none of whom were Arab or Muslim.

“(If elected) as mayor of this great city, I (will) know (and take into account) that this city is a collection of ethnic neighborhoods and communities. But when Chicago was at its best, is when all of those ethnic communities were engaged and connected to the fifth floor of City Hall, the mayor’s office,” Lopez said, noting he has been accessible to every ethnic and racial group including Arabs and Muslims. That is in contrast to Lightfoot who, in celebrating her one-year anniversary in office last year, refused to grant interviews to White reporters. (Arabs are included in the US Census category as “White” and were denied interview requests, including this reporter.)

“All I can say is this, that when I am mayor, the Arab community will have no greater friend than they have had in the last 20 years. It won’t just be a matter of having one or two individuals stand with me in a photo-op once a year and say ‘look how close we are.’ There will be members of my cabinet who are Arab American and Muslim. There will be members of my administration who will ensure that we are representative and reflective of the Arab and Muslim communities. And I will make sure that our ethnic councils and programs incorporate the Arab American and Muslim traditions that have gone on under the radar without any support from City Hall.”

Lopez said he will reinstate the Arabesque Festival that was cancelled by former mayor Emanuel weeks after he was sworn into office in 2011.

Wilson agreed with Lopez that supporting Arab Americans and Muslims was critical to making Chicago a “better city.”

“I say about Arab Americans and Muslim Americans that, first of all, we have to make sure that they are a part of your administration. You have got to have someone who understands and speak(s) the language and (be) part of the administration that you have in order that you can get things done. You must create equal opportunity and equality for all citizens regardless of what your nationality happens to be,” said Wilson, a wealthy Chicago businessman who has generously provided support to people in need by distributing gas cards, groceries and COVID-19 protective gear such as facemasks.

“We all are brothers and sisters. We all are the same. But we need to be treated the same. In no way in the world I would close down the Muslim businesses or anybody else’s business because you don’t like them ... You are hurting the city. You are hurting the neighborhood. You are hurting everybody.

“What I would do is I will make sure that in my administration will include someone who can represent the Arab or Muslim community to give me feedback on what some of the issues are there ... It wouldn’t be just a token position. It would be a paid position. A real position. It will be a respectful position. It would have input, and somebody who is a part of my administration. It would be someone that is genuine in fixing the problems and bringing us all together. The Arab and Muslim community made a lot of contributions to Chicago. And they should not be left out and they will not be left out.”

Lopez and Wilson also both agreed that stemming the violence and strengthening public safety in Chicago were top priorities. They said that criminals must be held accountable, and that the city must support police and first responders. They said that the city needs to create jobs, provide business support to attack “the root” of the crime problem, and support and improve education.

Source: Arab News

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Israeli premier shoots down US request to revise army rules of engagement

Zain Khalil 

08.09.2022

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid rejected US calls to the Israeli army to change its rules of engagement after the results of an investigation on the shooting of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

"No one will dictate our rules of engagement to us when we are fighting for our lives," Lapid said on Wednesday at a navy officers' graduation ceremony.

"I will not allow an IDF (Israeli army) soldier that was protecting himself from terrorist fire to be prosecuted just to receive applause from abroad," he added.

Lapid, however, expressed "sorrow" over Abu Akleh's death, alleging that at the incident of her shooting "there was heavy enemy fire."

On Tuesday, US State Department spokesperson Vedant Patel said the Biden administration continues "to press Israeli partners to closely review its policies and practices on rules of engagement and consider additional steps to mitigate the risks of civilian harm, protect journalists, and prevent similar tragedies in the future."

The Israeli army said on Monday that there was a "high possibility" that the Palestinian journalist was killed by "wrong gunfire" from an Israeli soldier shooting at Palestinian gunmen during clashes.

Abu Akleh was killed on May 11, and the Palestinian Health Ministry said she was shot in the head while covering an Israeli military raid in the West Bank city of Jenin.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Southeast Asia

 

Ministry to follow up Gontor Islamic Boarding School violence case

8 September, 2022

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry ensured that requisite efforts were made to follow up and handle cases of abuse against students that occurred at the Modern Darussalam Islamic Boarding School Gontor, Ponorogo, East Java.

"The Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry monitors and coordinates in ensuring all forms of assistance needed by victims and their families," the deputy for child special protection at the Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry, Nahar, stated in a written statement   here on Thursday.

The ministry regretted that such an incident occurred in a religious education institution that led to the death of AM, 17, a student, while two other people had to receive treatment.

Nahar said Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Minister, Bintang Puspayoga, specifically requested for the case to be handled as best as possible, so that the victims could immediately have company during their physical, psychological, and legal recovery processes.

In response to the news of the perpetrators being expelled from the school in question, the ministry urged for the case to be investigated to the end, so that the victim AM gets justice.

"We hope that this case would continue to be investigated until clarity is found, and the victims, especially AM, get their rights and justice," he remarked.

Nahar reminded parents to always monitor the teaching and learning process, although their children were studying in Islamic boarding schools.

"Parents can improve the quality of children's interactions with parents, optimize child development, prevent children from deviant behavior, and also be able to detect abnormalities in children's growth and development," Nahar stated.

Source: Antara News

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UN experts call for action on findings of Uyghur abuse in China

8th September 2022

Geneva: A collection of human rights officials said the international community must not ignore the systematic abuses allegedly perpetrated against Uyghurs and other Turkic minorities in northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and repeated a call for the U.N. Human Rights Council to review the charges, RFA reported.

The more than 40 experts, comprising U.N. special rapporteurs, independent experts and members of working groups under the U.N. Human Rights Council, issued their call in response to a damning report issued on August 31 by former U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, finding that China’s repression of the predominantly Muslim minorities in Xinjiang “may constitute international crimes, in particular crimes against humanity.”

Bachelet, who travelled to Xinjiang in May, issued the overdue report on rights abuses in the region on the day she concluded her four-year mandate as U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The report states that “serious human rights violations” have been committed in Xinjiang in the context of the Chinese government’s application of counter-terrorism and counter-‘extremism’ policies and practices.

China’s Permanent Mission to the U.N. Office at Geneva dismissed the report, saying it ignored the human rights achievements by people from all ethnic groups in Xinjiang and the damage caused by terrorism and extremism to the human rights of all ethnic groups there.

But the U.N. experts supported the report’s conclusions on abuses in Xinjiang, highlighting the finding that “the extent of arbitrary and discriminatory detention of members of Uyghur and other predominantly Muslim minorities may constitute international crimes, in particular crimes against humanity,” according to a news release issued by U.N. Human Rights Special Procedures in Geneva, RFA reported.

The experts also drew attention to the report’s finding of “credible allegations of patterns of torture or ill-treatment, including forced medical treatment and adverse conditions of detention, as well as incidents of sexual and gender-based violence including invasive gynecological exams, and indications of coercive enforcement of family planning and birth control policies,” the news release said.

The experts, who have mandates to report and advise on human rights issues, also repeated a call from June 2020 for the Human Rights Council to convene a special session on China to address allegations of arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances, and restrictions on movement, freedom of religion and freedom of expression on the premise of national security.

Source: Siasat Daily

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Concept of halal is proven to be universal, says Malaysian premier

Sorvar Alam  

08.09.2022

KUALA LUMPUR

Halal products appeal to all consumers regardless of race and religion, as it is related to quality assurance, environmental conservation, data integrity and transparency as well as sustainable business practices, said the Malaysian premier on Thursday.

Speaking at the official opening ceremony of an international halal showcase event in Kuala Lumpur, Ismail Sabir Yaakob said: “The concept of halal is proven to be universal that is accessible by all.”

Globalization trends and progress in commercialization increase the demand for halal products and services among consumers from all walks of life, he noted.

“Halal is not exclusive to the preparation of food and beverages, as it can also be applied in various industries and services sectors.”

He went on to say that there is an increase in demand for Halal products by the international community as well as an increase in the e-commerce sector, driven by digitalization.

The halal industry is one of the fast-growing markets in the world as products and services in the sector is also gaining momentum among non-Muslim consumers worldwide.

The Global Islamic Economy Indicator predicted that the worldwide halal market will grow from $2.09 trillion last year to almost $3.27 trillion by 2028. And Malaysia is the leading country in this field.

Underlining the ongoing disruption of production and delays in deliveries driven by geopolitical conflicts and travel restrictions, Yaakob said: “Transformation and versatility in the Halal industry allow trade to become more competitive and subsequently help in economic recovery.”

Business operations need to be executed using the latest methods and approaches, he said and added: “This is mandatory and no longer an option.”  

Halal Parks

He also touched upon Halal Parks, specialized economic zones for manufacturing Halal products for both local and international markets in order to make Malaysia a global halal production hub.

“To date, the Halal Parks have attracted a cumulative investment of more than MR16 billion ($2.1 billion), of which 59% is foreign direct investment,” according to the Malaysian premier.

A total of 295 companies, 42 of which are multinational, are currently operating in 22 Halal Parks throughout the country.

“Each of these Halal Parks offers world-class infrastructure facilities, skilled workforce, ease of doing business, access to Halal ingredients, as well as attractive incentives from the Malaysian government which consistently encourages Halal development.”

Explaining his government’s support to manufacturers of halal products, Yaakob urged Malaysian companies to find their own uniqueness and explore untapped markets, “consider the need to improve your branding and promotion efforts in accessing new markets.”

The 18th Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) began on Wednesday at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre and is poised to be a networking powerhouse for international and local businesses.

Considered one of the most prominent and longest-running halal trade events in the world, MIHAS is expected to achieve $423 million in trade during the three-day event.

The expo, organized by the Malaysian External Trade Development Corporation, draws participants from local and international buyers, entrepreneurs, retailers, brands, media, researchers and industry influencers.

It has attracted nearly 400 companies from across the globe through conventional and virtual exhibition formats.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Stop silencing survivors of child abuse, group tells minister

September 9, 2022

PETALING JAYA: The Joint Action Group (JAG) for Gender Equality has condemned religious affairs minister Idris Ahmad for trying to silence a teenage actress who alleged that she was molested by her father when younger.

Idris reportedly said the 15-year-old should not have gone public with her experience in a recent podcast interview, stating that she should have reported the incident to the police to avoid shaming her family or damaging her father’s reputation.

Calling Idris’ response “unacceptable”, JAG said it was an “upsetting reflection of the normalisation” of the violence women and girls experience at home.

“Such statements shame survivors of sexual and gender-based violence into silence, leaving many to feel that they are alone in facing the issue,” it said in a statement.

“These remarks from someone in a position of power and trust are extremely discouraging for all survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. It could also contribute to the under-reporting of such cases as victims fear speaking out over possible retaliation and being wrongly judged.

“Advising the survivor and family members to not speak out about abuse to protect abusers is a blatant contradiction of the core values of Malaysian laws and government SOPs meant to eradicate sexual violence against children perpetrated by adults, including family members.”

The JAG member organisations include the Association of Women Lawyers (AWL), Family Frontiers, Sisters in Islam (SiS), Tenaganita, and the Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO).

The group noted that the Prime Minister’s Department, which Idris came under, was a key driver in ensuring that provisions in the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017 were implemented, including by issuing a special guideline for handling cases involving sexual offences against children.

“As an MP and minister, it would be remiss (of Idris) not to clarify the department’s stance on children’s rights to be safe from sexual harm,” it said.

Pointing out that police data had revealed that most child sexual abuse cases involved perpetrators known to the victim, most often their biological or stepfathers, it added that a “staggering” 42% increase in child sexual abuse cases was recorded between 2020 and 2021.

“The power dynamics of being harmed by a trusted individual, especially a family member, makes speaking out daunting. Hence, the routine silencing and shaming of victims only serves to further exacerbate the issue,” it said.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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South Asia

 

Department Of Vice and Virtue Officials in Nimroz Orders Coffee Shop to Close Down

8 September, 2022

Nimroz [Afghanistan], September 8 (ANI): Department of Vice and Virtue of Afghanistan’s Nimroz province on Wednesday ordered to close the coffee shops and directed the wedding halls to stop playing music at wedding parties, local media reported.

The department said that when the prayers in the mosque were going on, the shopkeepers were still busy with their business. Mawlawi Abdul Ghafar Farooq, head of the Nimroz Department of Vice and Virtue said, “Within three months, sell your coffee shops, so reform can be brought into the society.”

The department warned that violators will face serious consequences, Tolo News reported.

Meanwhile, the owners of the wedding halls said that there had been no music since last year in the wedding halls. Darwish Ahmad, one of the owners of the wedding halls, said, “They can come and search the hall.”

“We invested money here and now the department of vice and virtue says to close it. We have no other job to do,” said Nisar Ahmad, the owner of a coffee shop.

According to the department of Vice and Virtue, the owners of the coffee shops were ordered three months ago to change their business but due to a lack of jobs, they have not been able to find another business for themselves, reported Tolo News.

This is not the first time when Afghanistan released such orders. Regarding women, the Taliban have released some regressive order which has been reflected from time to time. Earlier, Taliban officials asked shopkeepers in Balkh province of Afghanistan to not sell anything to women not wearing a Hijab and warned of consequences if they fail to obey the order.

The shopkeepers in the provincial capital of Balkh, Mazar-e-Sharif were informed of the new order, as per Khaama Press in the famous Blue Mosque of Mazar-e-Sharif city.

Shopkeepers stated that serious action would be taken against them if they sell products to women who do not wear hijab, as per the new decree.

Notably, the Taliban’s Ministry of Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice previously declared that all Afghan women must wear the hijab and their statement mandated hijab for Afghan women preferred the all-encompassing blue burqa, Chadari which became a global icon of the Taliban’s prior extremist tenure from 1996 to 2001.

The atrocities of the Taliban against Afghan women have been on a continuous surge since the organization seized power in Afghanistan in August last year, banning young girls and women of humanitarian rights.

Taliban has imposed draconian restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, association, assembly and movement for women and girls.

Dozens of Afghan women continue to protest against the Taliban’s order on women wearing the hijab.

As a result of this, women and girls in Afghanistan are facing a human rights crisis, deprived of the fundamental rights to non-discrimination, education, work, public participation and health.

Source: The Print

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Hope Teesta water agreement would be resolved soon: Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

Sep 7, 2022

NEW DELHI: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday expressed her hope that the pending Teesta water agreement would be resolved soon, just as other pending bilateral issues between the two neighbours, after a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi here.

“…I recalled that the two countries had resolved many outstanding issues in the spirit of friendship and cooperation and we hope that all outstanding issues including Teesta Water Sharing Treaty would be concluded at an early date,” Hasina said on Tuesday.

While Hasina expressed hope on “Teesta” being settled soon, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who has been seen as a “stumbling block” in the deal, is keen to visit Bangladesh, accepting Hasina's invitation to see the Padma Bridge, according to sources.

Whether Banerjee will be able to make a trip to Dhaka, however, will depend on the Centre giving its clearance for such a visit. Earlier the Modi government has on two occasions denied the Bengal chief minister permission to travel to Rome and to China.

Hasina had communicated with Banerjee before her Delhi visit and had invited her to see the Padma Bridge, a major development achievement for Bangladesh. Before that Hasina had sent mangoes to Banerjee in the summer and the Bengal CM had congratulated the Bangladesh PM for the Padma Bridge in July.

Hasina and Banerjee have shared a cordial relationship, even as the Teesta waters have remained a contentious issue on both sides of the border.

Banerjee had objected to the Teesta treaty back in 2011, on the ground that the then Manmohan Singh government at the Centre had ignored Bengal’s interest while deciding to share 37.5% of Teesta waters with Bangladesh, retaining 42.5% of the waters during the lean season between December and March.

Banerjee’s contention has been that the quantity of water to be shared should be decided in consultation with Bengal since its people are real stakeholders in the agreement.

However, Banerjee has since been willing to discuss Teesta with the Centre to work out the quantity of water that Bengal can share with neighbouring Bangladesh.

But the Modi regime since 2014, has seen aggressive rivalry between Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress ruled-Bengal and the BJP-ruled Centre. This political narrative has also come in the way of sorting out the Teesta waters issue.

Source: Times Of India

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‘Governance Shortages’ Main Reasons Afghanistan Under Acting Cabinet

By Arif Ahmadi

08 Sep 2022

KABUL, Afghanistan – Since the takeover last August, the Islamic Emirate leadership has not yet announced its formal cabinet, citing “governance shortages” of main reasons the country is still running without state officials.  

Islamic Emirate’s spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid exclaimed lack of a constitution, the inability to create a council, and a few other governance-related issues are some of the main reasons why an official cabinet has not been announced.

“At the moment, our cabinet is acting; however, this is still the result of some wisdom, since there are still some governance shortages in the country that need to be addressed,” he said, as TOLOnews quoted.

“For instance, we do not yet have a council, the constitution has not yet been established, and there are still some other issues,” he elaborated.

Encouraging unity among people, the spokesman said “let us come together as a nation, and if we achieve stability, the system will no longer be acting.”

This came at a time world leaders, including international community, has repeatedly denied formal recognition to the well-known terrorist group, urging the de facto leadership to form an inclusive government in the country.

But the Islamic Emirate officials said the government is already inclusive and they are observing all rights in the country within the Islamic law, adding they have to find a solution for themselves then.

“Tell us so that we truly understand what kind of government you want,” said Amir Khan Muttaqi, the acting foreign minister. “Believe me, they haven’t told us what kind of government they want up until now.”

“However, the Afghan government must be the one to find a solution to that country’s issues,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, political analyst different views on the topic, saying the relationship between the people and the government could be jeopardized without a proper legislation in the country.

“Where there is no legislation, the relationship between the people and the government is not established, the structure of the government is not defined, the responsibilities, obligations, and duties of each power are not stated, it is difficult to announce the official cabinet,” said Sayed Javad Sajadi, a political analyst, as quoted by the local media.

“The Taliban should construct a normal government with all the standards, with national legitimacy, a ruler, and declare their cabinet– if the Taliban really want to work for their country for their survival, and if they have come to rule,” said Aziz Marij, another political analyst.

While the Islamic Emirate continued to push for formal recognition, world leaders – including international community – put up front conditions before granting such an authority to the well-known militant group who is responsible for decades of war in Afghanistan.

Source: Khaama Press

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Africa

 

Niger Governor signs bill amending Sharia Law

September 8, 2022

By Priscilla Dennis

Niger State Governor, Alh. Abubakar Sani Bello has signed into law a Bill to Amend the Shariah Administration of Justice Law, 2021, in the State and for other related Matters, 2022.

Bello carried out the constitutional duty at the Government House, Minna.

The law, which is to be cited as the “Shariah Administration of Justice (Amendment) Law, 2021”, took effect from the 9th of August, 2022.

Source: Daily Post Nigeria

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Empty shelves and rising prices test Tunisians’ patience

08 September, 2022

Food shortages are worsening in Tunisia with empty shelves in supermarkets and bakeries, adding to popular discontent at high prices and risking unrest as the government tries to stave off a crisis in public finances.

There are widespread shortages of sugar, cooking oil, milk and butter, coffee, tobacco and bottled water, with the situation seeming worse in poorer regions far from the capital.

Street tea vendor Mustafa Dahech, 82, said he relied on sugar to make the sweet drink he sells in paper cups from a metal teapot as he wanders through the narrow alleys of a poor Tunis district.

“There is no sugar. I swear to you there is none,” he said, making it harder for him to raise his income beyond his state pension of $55 a month.

Small protests have already taken place and the head of the powerful main labor union, the UGTT, has warned repeatedly in recent months of a “revolution of the hungry.”

The shortages are partly due to a global commodities squeeze and price rise because of disruption linked to the COVID pandemic and to the war in Ukraine.

Precarious finances

However, Tunisia may face increased disruption because its weak fiscal position makes it harder to buy staples at elevated international rates and sell them internally at the same subsidized rate it was already using.

The government is seeking an International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout to help it fund its budget and debt repayments, but support will likely hinge on subsidy and public sector wage bill cuts, and restructuring of state-owned companies.

Talks between the government and UGTT to agree on those reforms - a likely condition of IMF support - are still stuck.

Without an IMF bailout, Tunisia would likely have to borrow internally, restricting credit to local businesses in ways diplomats say could further harm the economy, or use its foreign currency reserves, harming the dinar and raising inflation.

The government has blamed the shortages on the global commodities squeeze and on domestic hoarders and speculators and denied it faces problems paying for imports.

The UGTT said earlier this year that the government was struggling to pay for wheat imports. The World Bank, European Union, Japan and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development have all given Tunisia food aid loans this year.

Dairy producers have demanded state assistance with inflation on animal feed and other running costs which they have blamed for shortages of milk and butter.

A UGTT official has said the sugar shortage has caused outages at several food factories. Workers at a soda drink factory last week protested over the threat to their jobs.

Shortages of coffee, which is being rationed to a single pack per customer in some shops, have also led to some temporary cafe closures.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Authorities search home, office of Nigerian train hostages negotiator

Ibrahim Garba Shuaibu 

08.09.2022

KANO, Nigeria

The Nigerian secret service searched the office and home of bandits negotiator, Tukur Mamu, early Thursday in northern Nigeria, an offical told Anadolu Agency.

Security operatives took laptops, phones and other documents from both locations.

Manu was arrested for his alleged involvement in collecting ransom and taking terrorists in exchange for kidnapped victims.

Spokesman of the Department of State Services (DSS), Peter Afunnaya, said the agency is questioning Mamu about security issues.

Afunnaya said in a statement late Wednesday that Mamu is a person of interest and was intercepted by foreign security partners in Cairo earlier that day while on his way to Saudi Arabia.

“Mamu has since been returned to the country, today, 7th September, 2022 and taken into the Service’s custody to answer critical questions on ongoing investigations relating to some security matters in parts of the country. The public may wish to note that the law will appropriately take its course,” it said.

Mamu was arrested at the Aminu Kano international airport, along with his family, shortly after he was flown back to Nigeria.

Security sources who spoke to Anadolu Agency under the condition of anonymity said Mamu was also arrested for his alleged “strong ties with a terror group in the Sinai area in Egypt.”

He has denied any wrongdoing and said he was on a legitimate journey to Saudi Arabia.

Mamu told a Nigerian newspaper on Wednesday that he was being investigated by the Egyptian security agencies.

“I don’t have anything to hide and I am not afraid of them (DSS). I swear to God, I am not afraid of them. I just want the world to know what is happening,” he said.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Pakistan

 

Chief Of Army Staff To Saudi Arabia Minister: Pakistan Acknowledges Saudi Unique Place In Islamic World

September 8, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Minister of Defence Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Transformation Management Office Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Doctor Samir bin Abdulaziz Al-Tabib called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated.

The ISPR said during the meeting, matters of mutual interest, bilateral defence, security cooperation and regional peace and stability were discussed.

The COAS told the Saudi minister that Pakistan valued its historical and brotherly relations with the Saudi Kingdom and acknowledged its unique place in the Islamic world. The Saudi minister expressed his grief over the devastation caused by the unprecedented flash floods in Pakistan.

He further acknowledged Pakistan’s defence potential and expressed the desire for enhancing collaboration in defence and security sectors.

General Bajwa thanked the visiting guest for his efforts to strengthen bonds between the two brotherly countries.

Earlier, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) expressed their condolences and sympathies with President Dr Arif Alvi over the loss of lives and injuries in the recent floods, inundating Pakistan.

In his cable, the custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman prayed for the deceased and their families in the flood-hit regions of the country.

Source: Pakistan Today

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After 75 Years, Sikh Man Discovers He’s Muslim, Family Settled in Pakistan

September 8, 2022

After 75 long years, a Jalandhar-based Sikh man got to know that his original family was in Pakistan and they were Muslims.

According to Kashmir Media Service, Amarjit Singh, who is learnt to be from Nurmahal area near Jalandhar, Indian Punjab, had a tearful meeting with his sister Kulsoom Akhtar at Kartarpur Gurudwara.

A Pakistani journalist shared on his Twitter account the video of a wheelchair-bound Amarjit Singh meeting his sister.

As per reports, Kulsoom reportedly told the media that she was born in Pakistan after the Partition and that her mother would often tell her that she had an elder brother and a sister at Pabwan village of Jalandhar whom she could not bring along to Pakistan.

She said she mentioned this to her father’s friend Dara Singh who was planning to come to Indian Punjab. She gave him their address and he was able to locate her brother and arrange his contact. Kulsoom was told that her elder sister had died.

Source: Pakistan Today

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Pakistan HC to indict Imran Khan in contempt case on September 22

Sep 9, 2022

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad high court announced on Thursday that it would indict Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman and former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan on September 22 in a contempt of court case for threatening a woman judge at a public rally.

The verdict was issued by a five-member HC bench headed by Chief Justice Athar Minallah. The court had issued last month a show-cause notice to Khan following his warning to additional district and sessions judge Zeba Chaudhry at a rally in Islamabad on August 20 to brace herself for consequences. Chaudhry had approved police

remand of his special assistant, Shahbaz Gill, who has been detained on sedition charges.

On Wednesday, Imran had submitted a second reply in court after the first, presented at the previous hearing, was termed “unsatisfactory”.

During the hearing, the CJ observed that Imran Khan’s replies to the court’s show-cause notice appeared to be “justifying” contempt of the judiciary and showed “no remorse or regret”. At the last hearing, Justice Minallah had asked Khan to submit another “well-

considered” reply in seven days to the show-cause notice, otherwise the court would have its way.

In his first response, the PTI chief did not apologise but offered to withdraw his remarks if they were inappropriate. In his latest response, Khan requested the court to discharge the notice based on his explanation and follow the Islamic principles of forgiveness.

In both responses, the PTI chairman did not offer an unconditional apology. Expressing disappointment at Khan’s supplementary reply, a 19-page document, the court asked: “Even after the court’s input on the matter, is this the response that you’ve submitted?”

The court order stated that charges against the former PM will be framed on September 22 at 2.30 pm. “The learned counsel for the respondent took us through the supplementary response filed by the respondent and submitted that it was an explanation of the speech in relation to which contempt proceedings have been initiated,” it stated. “We are not convinced that the respondent has purged himself of the wrongdoing alleged against him in relation to which the show-cause notice was issued,” the HC order read.

Once the court took a five-minute break after reserving its verdict, Khan got up and asked the court if he could speak. At this, the chief justice said that the court had heard his lawyers and there was no need for him to speak.

Source: Times Of India

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Pakistan's F-16s to get a $450 million makeover

Sep 8, 2022

WASHINGTON: Pakistan will get upgrades to the tune of $450 million for its approximately 85 F-16 fighter jets, notwithstanding the country's perilous economic, and environmental condition.

The US state department on Wednesday said it had made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) for "sustainment and related equipment" of F-16 for an estimated cost of $450 million.

A certification from the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency notifying Congress of the possible sale said it does not include any new capabilities, weapons, or munitions.

The proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by allowing Pakistan to retain interoperability with U.S. and partner forces in ongoing counterterrorism efforts and in preparation for future contingency operations, the notification said, adding that the sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The US State Department said Pakistan had made a request to consolidate prior F-16 sustainment and support cases to support the Pakistan Air Force F-16 fleet by reducing duplicate case activities and adding additional continued support elements.

The support includes Pakistan's participation in F-16 Aircraft Structural Integrity Program, Electronic Combat International Security Assistance Program, International Engine Management Program, Engine Component Improvement Program, and other technical coordination groups, Aircraft and engine hardware and software modifications and support, Aircraft and engine spare repair/return parts Accessories and support equipment, Classified and unclassified software and software support and Other related elements of aircraft maintenance and program support.

The support list offers a clue to the near obsolete nature of the F16 fighter jet, which still occupies a near mythical status in Pakistan.

The Pakistan Air Force has more than 900 aircraft, including 16 combat squadrons, but the F-16 occupies a pride of place although in recent years it has been supplanted by squadrons of JF-17 Thunder which Pakistan has jointly developed with China.

It is not clear if the Biden administration ran the sale proposal by India, with which it claims a special strategic relationship, although it is not obliged to. India too practices an independent foreign policy based on its own security calculus.

Source: Times Of India

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UN chief in Pakistan to seek generous support for flood relief

Baqir Sajjad Syed

September 9, 2022

ISLAMABAD: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will seek the world’s generous support for the country devastated by catastrophic floods and highlight the urgency to deal with the climate change crisis, during his two-day visit to Pakistan.

Mr Guterres arrived in Islamabad shortly after midnight. The secretary general had announced his plan for a solidarity trip to Pakistan soon after the launch of the $160 million UN Flash Appeal for helping the people most affected by the floods caused by what he had called “monsoon on steroids”. He will be back in New York on Sept 11 where the 77th session of the UN General Assembly is starting on Sept 13.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar, at the weekly media briefing on Thursday, said the secretary general will meet Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, visit the National Flood Response and Coordination Centre (NFRCC), have a joint presser with the prime minister, and hold talks with the foreign minister followed by a joint press stakeout at the Foreign Office, besides other engagements, all related to the floods response.

Mr Guterres will also visit areas most affected by flooding, including Balochistan and Sindh, where he will meet first responders and interact with people displaced by the floods.

The Pakistani government, Mr Iftikhar said, wanted to utilise the secretary general’s visit to promote global awareness about the massive challenge of reconstruction and rehabilitation facing the country.

“In this context, the secretary general will also raise awareness about the linkages of such mega disasters with the frightening impact of climate change,” he further said.

Islamabad has been urging the rich countries to help Pakistan and other poor countries suffering from climate change because of their massive greenhouse gas emissions that caused global warming. The rich countries have generally been reluctant to pay for the climate loss.

Source: Dawn

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FO asks Delhi to allow Yasin Malik meet family likewise Kulbhushan Jadhav

September 8, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office on Thursday demanded of the Indian authorities to allow Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik to meet his family in the Indian prison in a similar way Pakistan has allowed Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his family.

During a weekly briefing on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesman Asim Iftikhar Ahmad said Pakistan has allowed Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his family. “Yasin Malik is being illegally detained by the Indian authorities and they should also allow his family to meet him as per international norms,” he said.

He demanded of the international community to take notice of such inhumane act. Responding to a query regarding US$450 million being offered from the United States for overhauling of F-16 jets, the spokesman said that the concerned institution could divulge details on the technical issues, however, they welcome the initiative from the United States.

Source: Pakistan Today

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UAE minister announces $10 million aid for flood-stricken Pakistanis

September 8, 2022

United Arab Emirates (UAE) minister Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan on Thursday announced aid of $10 million for relief and rehabilitation of the flood-stricken people of Pakistan, for which Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has thanked him.

PM Shehbaz Sharif thanked the UAE minister for the generous donation for relief and rehabilitation of the flood-hit population.This is the biggest ever donation made so far at the individual level made for the flood survivors of the country, a PM Office press release said. This manifests your deep love for the people of Pakistan and sympathy for the suffering humanity,” the prime minister said in his message to Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan.

PM Shehbaz went on to say that the people of Pakistan would never forget this brotherhood as it would greatly help the country in relief and rehabilitation of the flood-hit people.

The premier further said the UAE minister’s love for the people of Pakistan was a golden chapter in the brotherly relations between the two countries.

Soon after, DG ISPR also took to its official twitter handle to acknowledge the efforts of UAE minister regarding helping the flood stricken people of Pakistan.

Source: Pakistan Today

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US State Dept delegation calls on COAS Bajwa at GHQ

September 8, 2022

A delegation headed by Mr. Derek H. Chollet, Counselor, US State Department called on General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) at GHQ, today.

During the meeting, matters of mutual interests, regional security situation and bilateral cooperation in various fields were discussed. COAS said that Pakistan desires to maintain this tradition of bilateral engagement and multi-domain enduring relationship with United States (US).Both sides agreed upon enhancing defence and security cooperation.

The visiting dignitaries expressed their grief over the devastation caused by ongoing floods in Pakistan and offered sincere condolence to the families of the victims. They offered USA’s support to the people of Pakistan at this hour of need.

The dignitaries appreciated Pakistan’s efforts for regional stability and also pledged to play their role enhancing cooperation with Pakistan at all levels.

Source: Pakistan Today

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Arab World

 

Syrian tribes condemn YPG/PKK terror group for separatist practices

Eşref Musa, Ethem Emre Özcan  

08.09.2022

Syrian tribes have condemned the YPG/PKK terror group’s targeting of the country's territorial integrity.

The Syrian Council of Tribes and Clans emphasized in a statement Wednesday that YPG/PKK terrorists, using the name, SDG, have targeted the country's territorial integrity with separatist and destructive practices.

It is impossible to build trust and stability in the regions occupied by the YPG/PKK, it said.

"The only aim of terrorists is to divide Syria, to gain personal gains, not to lose the power in their hands and to plunder the wealth of the Syrian people," it said.

The statement said the terror group has to return stolen resources and wealth to the Syrian people and the only way out of the crisis is to protect the territorial integrity of Syria. 

Arab tribes in Jazira region also condemn YPG/PKK

Arab tribes in the Jazira region also condemned the separatist practices of the YPG/PKK, according to the Syrian regime's news agency, SANA.

The tribes pointed out in a statement that the terror organization wants to divide Syria.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Kurd fighters killed, extremists detained in Syria’s al-Hol camp clashes

08 September, 2022

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said two of their fighters were killed and six extremists arrested Thursday following clashes in a volatile Syria camp where a security operation is underway.

“Two of our fighters have succumbed to their wounds following clashes” with ISISI militants in the al-Hol camp overnight, the SDF said.

“Two women and five men masquerading as women,” were involved in the attack on SDF fighters in the camp, the force said.

The ensuing fighting led to the killing of one extremist and the arrest of six others, it added.

The Kurdish-run al-Hol camp, which houses thousands of relatives of ISIS fighters, is the largest camp for displaced people who fled after ISIS was dislodged from its last scrap of territory in Syria in 2019.

It is still home to more than 56,000 people, mostly Syrians and Iraqis but also including other foreigners linked to the Sunni Muslim extremists.

The SDF, the de facto army of the autonomous Kurdish administration in northeastern Syria, launched a security operation in the camp last month to flush out hideout extremists following an uptick in attacks.

Dozens of suspected ISIS operatives have been detained and major networks dismantled since the start of operations, the US-led anti-ISIS coalition said on Wednesday.

On Monday, “the SDF liberated four women in the camp who were found in tunnels, chained, and tortured by (ISIS) supporters,” the coalition statement said.

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

Source: Al Arabiya

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‘Global icon’: Arab leaders offer condolences on death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth

08 September, 2022

Arab leaders rushed to offer condolences to the British royal family after Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, died aged 96 on Thursday.

UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed tweeted: “I extend my sincere condolences to the family of Queen Elizabeth II and the people of the UK. Her Majesty was a close friend of the UAE and a beloved & respected leader whose long reign was characterised by dignity, compassion & a tireless commitment to serving her country.”

UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid tweeted: “We join the world in mourning the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, a global icon who represented the finest qualities of her nation and people. Her incredible lifetime of service and duty to the United Kingdom is unparalleled in our modern world.”

Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad tweeted: “Sincere condolences to the British Royal family and its friendly people on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The world lost a great symbol for humanity. During her busy career, she was a source of inspiration and nobility, and had solid and constructive ties with Qatar which strengthened the bonds of friendship and partnership between our two peoples.”

Jordan’s King Abdullah tweeted: “Jordan mourns the passing of an iconic leader. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was a beacon of wisdom and principled leadership for seven decades. She was a partner for Jordan and a dear family friend. We stand with the people and leadership of the UK at this difficult time.”

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi tweeted: “I offer my sincere condolences, on my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Egypt, to the Royal Family, the British Government and the people of the United Kingdom, on the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who led her country for decades with great wisdom.

I affirm our determination to work with King Charles to strengthen the relations of our two friendly countries and peoples.

My condolences to the British nation on this great loss, and I have full confidence in the ability of King Charles to fill the void left by Queen Elizabeth II.”

Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tarik sent a cable of condolences to Britain’s King Charles III on the death of Queen Elizabeth II. He “expressed his sincere condolences and sympathy to His Majesty, his family, and the friendly British people, reflecting on the merits of Her Late Majesty the Queen and her admirable status among the peoples of the world,” the Foreign Ministry said.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman, Crown Prince pay tributes to UK’s Queen Elizabeth

09 September, 2022

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, following her death on Thursday, describing her as a “model of leadership”.

King Salman sent a cable of condolences and sympathy to Britain’s King Charles III, saying: “We have learned with great sadness the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.”

“Her Majesty was a model of leadership that will be immortalized in the history. We recall with appreciation the efforts of the deceased in consolidating the friendship and cooperation relations between our two friendly countries, as well as the high international status that Her Majesty enjoyed throughout the decades during which she acceded to the throne of your friendly country.”

“We send to Your Majesty, the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland our deepest condolences and sincere sympathy, hoping that you do not see any harm.”

The Crown Prince also sent a cable of condolences and sympathy to King Charles III to mourn the passing of the treasured monarch.

In his cable, the Crown Prince said: “I am saddened by the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, who devoted her life to serve her country.”

“Her Majesty was an example of wisdom, love and peace. The world remembers today the great impact and deeds that she had throughout her reign.”

“I express to Your Majesty, the Royal Family and the friendly people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland deepest condolences and sincere sympathy, wishing you permanent good health and safety, and that you may never see any unpleasant thing.”

Leaders from the Arab world also rushed to offer condolences to the British royal family, with UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed tweeting: “I extend my sincere condolences to the family of Queen Elizabeth II and the people of the UK. Her Majesty was a close friend of the UAE and a beloved & respected leader whose long reign was characterised by dignity, compassion & a tireless commitment to serving her country.”

UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid tweeted: “We join the world in mourning the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, a global icon who represented the finest qualities of her nation and people. Her incredible lifetime of service and duty to the United Kingdom is unparalleled in our modern world.”

Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad tweeted: “Sincere condolences to the British Royal family and its friendly people on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The world lost a great symbol for humanity. During her busy career, she was a source of inspiration and nobility, and had solid and constructive ties with Qatar which strengthened the bonds of friendship and partnership between our two peoples.”

Jordan’s King Abdullah tweeted: “Jordan mourns the passing of an iconic leader. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was a beacon of wisdom and principled leadership for seven decades. She was a partner for Jordan and a dear family friend. We stand with the people and leadership of the UK at this difficult time.”

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi tweeted: “I offer my sincere condolences, on my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Egypt, to the Royal Family, the British Government and the people of the United Kingdom, on the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who led her country for decades with great wisdom.”

“I affirm our determination to work with King Charles to strengthen the relations of our two friendly countries and peoples.”

“My condolences to the British nation on this great loss, and I have full confidence in the ability of King Charles to fill the void left by Queen Elizabeth II.”

Queen Elizabeth died at her home in Scotland aged 96. The world’s oldest and longest-serving head of state came to the throne following the death of her father King George VI on February 6, 1952, when she was just 25.

“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

Elizabeth’s eldest son Charles, 73, automatically became King of the United Kingdom and the head of state of 14 other realms including Australia, Canada and New Zealand. His wife Camilla becomes Queen Consort.

News that the queen’s health was deteriorating emerged shortly after midday on Thursday when her doctors said she was under medical supervision, prompting her family to rush to be by her side at her Scottish home, Balmoral.

The queen had been suffering from what Buckingham Palace has called “episodic mobility problems” since the end of last year, forcing her to withdraw from nearly all her public engagements.

Source: Al Arabiya

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GCC foreign ministers meet in Riyadh to discuss Iran and counterterrorism

08 September, 2022

Gulf foreign ministers met in Riyadh on Wednesday to discuss a range of issues including counterterrorism efforts and relations with Iran, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Chaired by Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, the Gulf Cooperation Council’s 153rd ministerial meeting brought together diplomats from the Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, and Kuwait.

Regarding recent nuclear talks between western powers and Iran, the council stressed the need to address the Islamic Republic’s “destabilizing behavior” in the Middle East.

It also voiced the importance of addressing Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism and sectarian militias, its missile program, and its threats to the safety of international shipping and oil facilities.

Commenting on recent developments, GCC ministers praised the US killing of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Kabul on July 31, pointing to the fact that he had been responsible for a number of terrorist activities in Saudi Arabia and abroad.

The council also condemned recent terrorist attacks in Afghanistan and Somalia, which resulted in a number of deaths – including the bombing of a mosque in Herat and a bus in Mogadishu on September 2.

On the war in Yemen, the council condemned the large-scale attack launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militia on the al-Dhabab area, west of Taiz.

The area has been under siege for years and has faced renewed attacks in the past week.

Iran’s interference in Yemen’s internal affairs was also scrutinized at the meeting.

The Islamic Republic allegedly supplies arms to the Houthi militia.

In July, British officials said that a Royal Navy ship had intercepted a shipment of Iranian missiles in the Gulf of Oman, providing “some of the strongest” evidence to date that Iran has been smuggling weapons to the militia.

The council also affirmed that the Palestinian cause is the “first issue of Arabs and Muslims,” and expressed support for the establishment of an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Ministers also hosted the first joint meeting of the GCC and representatives from Central Asia.

Prince Faisal stressed the importance of cooperation between the two regions, highlighting their similarities in natural resource wealth and human capital.

The Saudi foreign minister expressed the council’s keenness to cooperate in trade, tourism, energy, and investment among other fields.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Turkish forces 'neutralize' 8 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq

Merve Aydogan  

08.09.2022

Turkish security forces "neutralized" eight PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, near the Turkish border, authorities said on Thursday.

The terrorists were targeted in Operation Claw-Lock zone, the Turkish National Defense Ministry said on Twitter, while affirming to determinedly continue "destroying terrorist hideouts."

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

Türkiye launched Operation Claw-Lock in April to target PKK terrorist hideouts in northern Iraq's Metina, Zap, and Avasin-Basyan regions, near the Turkish border.

It was initiated after Operations Claw-Tiger and Claw-Eagle to root out terrorists hiding in northern Iraq and plotting cross-border attacks in Türkiye.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Gas to flow ‘in weeks’ from Israeli licensed field disputed by Lebanon

08 September, 2022

A London-listed company licensed by Israel to extract gas from a maritime field that is in part claimed by Lebanon announced Thursday that it would begin yielding output within weeks.

The “assets have outperformed our expectations and our flagship Karish project is on track to start production within weeks,” Energean said in a statement accompanying financial results.

Israel and the powerful Lebanese Shia movement Hezbollah fought a war in 2006 and the two countries have no diplomatic relations.

Israel says the Karish field is located entirely within its exclusive economic zone, but Lebanon insists that part of the field falls within its own waters.

The US has mediated in the dispute, which escalated in early June when Energean brought a production vessel into the field.

Israel announced in early July that it had downed three unarmed drones launched by Hezbollah towards Karish.

Referring to Karish, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah warned in early August that “the hand that reaches for any of this wealth will be severed.”

Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz said late last month that any attack on its gas assets could reignite war between the two sides.

The border between Lebanon and Israel is patrolled by the United Nations.

The two countries resumed maritime border negotiations in 2020 but the process was stalled by Beirut’s claim that the map used by the United Nations in the talks needed modifying.

Lebanon initially demanded 860 square kilometers (330 square miles) in the disputed maritime area but then asked for an additional 1,430 square kilometers, including part of the Karish offshore gas field.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Mideast

 

Iran halts double entry visas for Pakistani Arba’een pilgrims going to Iraq

September 8, 2022

ISLAMABAD: The Government of Iran has decided to halt double entry visas for Pakistani pilgrims going to Iraq for observing Arba’een to avoid inconvenience due to no permission for entry from land routes into Iraq.

The decision was made to avoid pilgrims’ inconvenience due to no access or entry into Iraq via land routes which was the host country for managing Arba’een (the religious observance that occurs forty days after the Day of Ashura), a press release issued by the  Iranian Embassy on Thursday said.

The embassy said,”Whereas, the neighbouring and brotherly country of Iraq hosts the Arba’een ceremony, continuous efforts have been made to issue visas of the Islamic Republic of Iran in coordination with the host country in such a way that the pilgrims do not stuck on the way and at the borders. Recently, the Iraqi government has announced that Pakistani pilgrims can only enter Iraq by air and through the airports of Baghdad and Najaf.

“As you know, pursuant to the previous years, the diplomatic missions of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Pakistan, by holding pilgrims of Arba’een-e-Hussaini (AS) from the neighbourly and brotherly country of Pakistan at high esteem, have been fully prepared well before time to provide any facilities and cooperation, including issuance of single and double entry visas for Iran without any delay.”

It said the Iranian government in that regard had equipped all its land and air borders, and provided the necessary facilities for the regular movement of respected pilgrims.

However, in order to avoid any inconvenience and problems, the Iranian diplomatic missions in Pakistan had postponed the issuance of double entry visas for Pakistani pilgrims until the issuance of a land travel permit by the Iragi authorities, the press added.

Source: Pakistan Today

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Turkey's Erdogan Says Senior Islamic State Figure, Bashar Hattab Ghazal Al Sumaidai, Captured

09 Sep 2022

ISTANBUL, Sept 9 ― Turkish police captured senior Islamic State figure Bashar Hattab Ghazal Al Sumaidai, President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted by state-owned Anadolu news agency as saying.

The militant, code-named Abu Zeyd, was captured in Turkey in an operation carried out by police and Turkey's intelligence agency, Erdogan told journalists on his return from a trip to the Balkans yesterday, Anadolu said.

Source: Malay Mail

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Muslim Turkish minority in Greece to elect new religious leader

SEP 08, 2022

In defiance of state intervention, Greece's 150,000-strong Muslim Turkish minority is set to elect their new religious leader.

The elections in which two candidates, Mustafa Trampa and Mustafa Kamo, are running will be held following Friday prayer in the Xanthi (İskeçe) province of Western Thrace.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), Trampa stressed that the Lausanne Treaty of 1923 gave rights to the Turkish minority to elect their religious leaders (mufti) freely.

"This right of ours however has been grabbed by the Greek state," he said.

Referring to the latest government regulation on the matter, Trampa maintained that it was far from meeting the demands of the minority.

"Such regulations, which contradict the minority's basic rights and freedom, are unacceptable to us," he said.

Friday's election will manifest the minority's rejection of the new regulation and the state intervention on the matter in general, Trampa noted.

Religious leaders, not only as religious authorities but also as historical social and cultural entities, are crucial to the minority, Trampa highlighted.

Kamo, for his part, agreed with Trampa on the importance of the religious leaders in the Western Thrace.

Türkiye has repeatedly urged Greece to respect the rights of the Turkish minority in its Western Thrace region and to stop denying recognition to elected religious leaders.

Most recently, Türkiye on Monday again urged Greece to respect the rights of the Turkish minority in its Western Thrace region and to stop denying recognition to elected Muslim clerics (muftis).

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said that Türkiye expects Greece to respect the right of the Turkish minority to elect their religious leaders, "which is guaranteed by international agreements, especially the Lausanne Peace Treaty, and to end its pressures in this regard."

In a statement, the Western Thrace Turkish Minority Advisory Board, on behalf of the Turkish minority, stressed that it will stand by its rights to elect its religious leader and protect its elected muftis.

The statement also called on minorities to fill all mosques this Friday to show solidarity and to protect their identity, religion, muftis and usurped rights.

Greece's Western Thrace region in the country's northeast, near the Turkish border, is home to a substantial, long-established Muslim Turkish minority numbering around 150,000.

The rights of the Turks of Western Thrace were guaranteed under the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, but since then the situation has steadily deteriorated.

After a Greek junta came to power in 1967, the Turks of Western Thrace started to face harsher persecution and rights abuses by the Greek state, often in blatant violation of European court rulings.

The Turkish minority in Greece continues to face problems exercising its collective and civil rights and education rights, including Greek authorities banning the word "Turkish" in the names of associations, shuttering Turkish schools, and trying to block the Turkish community from electing its muftis.

In addition to violating longstanding treaties, these policies are also often in blatant violation of European Court of Human Rights rulings.

In Western Thrace, muftis have legal jurisdiction to decide on family and inheritance matters for the local Turkish Muslim community.

The mufti elections have been an issue since 1991.

The election of muftis by Muslims in Greece was regulated in the 1913 Treaty of Athens with the Ottoman Empire and was later included in Greek law.

However, Greece annulled this law in 1991 and started appointing muftis itself.

Source: Daily Sabah

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Iranian Army Ground Force Stages Military Drills

2022-September-8

The Iranian Army's Ground Force began the maneuvers in Central Iran on Wednesday night, featuring overnight heliborne operations joined by teams of rapid reaction forces and helicopters in the central part of the country.

Spokesperson Second Brigadier General Amir Cheshak announced that the military drills seek to assess and enhance the level of readiness of the Ground Force's units in the face of "new threats".

"The military drills seek to evaluate and increase the level of readiness of the Ground Force's [various] units in the face of new threats," he said.

Various units coming from the army's infantry, artillery, army Aviation, armored, engineering, drone, airborne, and electronic warfare divisions, will participate in the drills, Cheshak added.

The drills will assess the ability of the Ground Force to mobilize its servicemen from different countrywide areas to the location hosting the maneuvers, the military official continued, noting that it also seeks to increase the level of mobility possessed by the Ground Force's Special Forces and Rapid Reaction Brigades.

The Ground Force's Specialized Units will be training on implementing their creative indigenous tactics and various skills, according to the official.

The professional brigades will be exercising the level of coordination among them in performing hybrid operations, Cheshak  said.

As for the participating forces, they would try to manage the situation on the battleground based on the realities that have governed recent real-world battles, the official added.

He stated that while the approach to be taken during the drills was practice-oriented, it was also offensive and defensive in nature.

Military officials say Iranian forces are in the best possible conditions and ready for defense against any possible aggression with the most state-of-the-art home-made equipment.

Back in April, Iranian Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Moussavi warned enemies of Iran’s crushing response and dire consequences of any aggression against the country.

The Iranian Army has experienced real fighting in every geographical condition and would respond to any threat at the highest level of capability, Major General Moussavi said.

He added the enemies that any aggression against Iran would cost them dearly.

The military official stated that his forces are vigilantly monitoring threats against the country and will confront them powerfully.

He underscored that the Army will counter any threat targeting the Islamic Republic and its borders, as well as the Iranian people’s tranquility.

Brig. Gen. Moussavi added that it has made significant progress in recent years in different fields, including equipment and training.

He also underlined that the Ground Force has promoted its combat power and made progress on how to apply it during military missions.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iran's Envoy Urges World Leaders to Halt Nuclear Tests

2022-September-8

Ershadi made the remarks on Wednesday while addressing a meeting of the UN General Assembly on the occasion of the International Day against Nuclear Tests.

"Pending the achievement of this goal [stopping nuclear tests], besides the implementation of these moratoriums by the NWSs (nuclear weapons states), consequently, should be replaced by a legally binding instrument to effectively prevent such tests," she said.

She stressed the importance of the immediate implementation of Article VI of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as a "meaningful" step toward relinquishing the world from any threat of nuclear weapons, reaffirming it as the sole responsibility of the NWSs.

"The international community must hold the NWSs responsible and accountable by implementing this legal obligation and refrain from any activity inconsistent with that obligation," the envoy added.

The Iranian diplomat stressed the need to apply the approach to the Middle East "where the Israeli regime, as the sole possessor of all types of WMDs, poses the most serious threat to regional peace, security and stability".

She criticized lack of implementation of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) in the world 26 years after its signature.

Ershadi said the international community has been and continues to be adamant about ending nuclear tests, adding that achieving this noble goal relies on the political will of the nuclear weapon states.

She noted that Iran regrets the delay in halting nuclear tests and considers it a major reason for the failure of the 10th NPT review conference.

"Should these calls be effective, these ominous tests would not have been utilized for the production, proliferation and even use of nuclear weapons. After all, the world, including the NWSs, should have taken note of the devastating consequences of nuclear tests that are nearly identical to the actual use of nuclear weapons," the Iranian envoy added.

She highlighted the importance and necessity of "putting an end to all nuclear tests for not only the sake of humanity and its future generations but also mother Earth".

She stated the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was a "right step in the right direction" and the only guarantee against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iran says 25 were arrested during water protests last month

08 September, 2022

Iran announced Thursday the arrest of 25 people during protests last month against severe water shortages and a lack of response from officials in a western province, local media reported.

“During three illegal gathering that took place in Hamadan, 25 people were arrested,” the provincial governor was quoted as saying by ISNA news agency.

Hundreds of Iranians took to the streets in Hamadan province in late August to protest a lack of drinking water, complaining of officials' inability to resolve the problem.

Parts of Hamadan had been enduring water cuts for eight days, leading protesters to demand the resignation of the governor and of “incompetent officials”, the daily Hamshahri reported at the time.

The state news agency IRNA also reported that demonstrators had shouted “slogans against the officials” and “demanded urgent action to provide drinking water to the city”.

Iran has been facing increasing levels of drought that have caused water shortages and sparked fears of worse environmental crises.

Lake Urmia, the Middle East's largest lake located in the northwest of Iran, is at risk of completely drying up if rescue efforts are not prioritised over the needs of farmers, an Iranian environment official said Tuesday.

In mid-July, police arrested several people for “destroying public property and disturbing the security of the population” after they demonstrated against the drying up of the lake.

Source: Al Arabiya

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https://english.alarabiya.net/News/middle-east/2022/09/08/Iran-says-25-were-arrested-during-water-protests-last-month-

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