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‘I Will Continue Killing Foreigners’: Hekmatullah, Who Shot Dead Unarmed Australians Treated As ‘Returning Hero’ By Taliban

New Age Islam News Bureau

08 August 2022

 

 A previously unseen photograph of Hekmatullah in prison. Photograph: Supplied

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• Muharram sans Muslims in This Karnataka Village in Belagavi district; Illuminated with Colourful Lighting to Mark the Occasion

• US President Joe Biden Welcomes Gaza Truce as 44 Palestinians Confirmed Killed

• Mukhtar Robow, a Former Al-Shabab Figure Appointed Minister in Somalia’s New Cabinet

• Don't Fall For Claims on Imam Mahdi, Penang Mufti Urges Muslims

 

South Asia

• International Recognition Will Put Positive Impact on Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan: Afghan Defence Minister

• Deputy PM Mullah Beradar Meets Afghans Released From UAE Prison

• Bangladesh seeks China help to send Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar

• Increasing Security Threats; Taliban Places Restrictions on Ashura Ceremony in Northern Afghanistan

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India

• Uttar Pradesh BJP to Hoist Tricolour on Madrassas, Dargahs & 5 Lakh Muslim Households

• Army steps up deployment of AI-powered surveillance systems on borders with China & Pakistan

• 92-year-old Jalandhar man to reunite with nephew lost in Partition riots at Kartarpur

• Authorities Impose Restrictions on Muharram Procession in Parts of Srinagar City

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North America

• Possible serial killer targeting Muslims on the lam in New Mexico

• Muslims in New Mexico's Albuquerque urged not to walk alone at night

• Türkiye 'deeply concerned' over 'serial' killings of 4 Muslim individuals in US

• Biden denounces killings of four Muslims in US city

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Africa

• UK museum to return Benin Bronzes stolen by colonial British to Nigeria

• 18,000 local, international observers to monitor Kenya's high-stakes Aug. 9 elections

• African Union hits out at deadly Israeli airstrikes on Gaza

• Chad’s junta, rebel groups sign peace deal in Qatar before talks

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Southeast Asia

• Sarawak Premier: Non-Muslims Must Have State Govt's Protection To Achieve Complete Unity

• Taiwan showcases expertise in halal and plant-based food

• Cops nab six in joint operation to curb immoral activities in Pandan Indah

• Jakim identifies location of deviant group Hadi Minallah's operations centre

• Malaysia working closely with Saudi Arabia to locate Habib Shah Firdaus

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Mideast

• Israel, Islamic Jihad Terrorist Group Agree to Cease-Fire from Sunday Night

• Iranian FM: Massacre of Palestinians Exposes Israeli Regime’s Savage Nature

• Iran Blasts Int'l Community for Keeping Mum on Israeli Aggression against Palestinians

• IRGC: Israeli Regime Unable to Buy Security through Normalizing Ties with Arab Nations

• Iran Urges World's Firm, Swift Stance against Israeli Crimes

• 7 killed in Israeli attack on Gaza's Rafah

• Iranians, Muslims worldwide mark mourn martyrdom of Imam Hussein

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Arab World

• Saudi Arabia: No Limit on Number of Umrah Trips for Overseas Muslims

• Saudi Arabia condemns Israeli attack on Gaza Strip: Foreign ministry statement

• Dubai hosts first licensed school in UAE offering camel riding classes

• Egyptian-brokered cease-fire takes effect in Gaza

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Pakistan

• Imran to Spell out ‘Counter-Fascism’ Strategy on Aug 13

• Pakistan strongly condemns storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli settlers

• Imran Khan summoned in 'Toshkhana' controversy; PDP claims former PM took most items for free

• Pakistan's probe agency identifies 4 PTI employees in foreign funding probe

• After US, Bajwa reaches out to UAE, Saudi for crucial bailout

• PM Shehbaz discusses mutual ties with UAE President, Amir of Qatar

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Europe

• Greece Takes Flak over New Legislation Disclaiming Turkish Minority's Religious Leaders

• Negotiators optimistic about progress on Iran nuclear deal

• Iran says UN nuclear watchdog should resolve outstanding issues

• Iran urges Germany to take immediate action against Quran desecration

• UN chief welcomes cease-fire in Gaza

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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‘I Will Continue Killing Foreigners’: Hekmatullah, Who Shot Dead Unarmed Australians Treated As ‘Returning Hero’ By Taliban

 

A previously unseen photograph of Hekmatullah in prison. Photograph: Supplied

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7 Aug 2022

Ben Doherty

Hekmatullah, the rogue Afghan soldier who killed three unarmed Australian diggers in Afghanistan a decade ago, is living in a luxury home in the capital Kabul, treated as a “returning hero” by the Taliban who released him from prison.

He has said he does not regret killing Australian soldiers, and has vowed he would again kill Australians, or anyone who opposes the Taliban.

“If I am released I will continue killing foreigners,” Hekmatullah told an official of the former Afghan government when his release was being negotiated.

“I will continue killing Australians and I will kill you as well because you are a puppet of foreigners,” he said.

“I am among my brothers, we will be free, Afghanistan will be free. We will kill you.”

Since returning to Afghanistan, Hekmatullah has reportedly been housed in the former diplomatic quarter of Wazir Akbar Khan. He lives in a heavily secured property in a district adjacent to the clandestine former home of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the former al-Qaida leader assassinated eight days ago by a US drone strike as he stood on the balcony of his villa.

Hekmatullah’s release from prison in 2020 was fiercely resisted by Australia, with the government previously conceding it did not know where he had been since being freed.

Of 5,000 prisoners the Taliban wanted released as part of peace deal negotiations with the US, Hekmatullah was one of six terrorists that western governments fiercely resisted being pardoned, because they had either killed unarmed foreign nationals, were unrepentant about their crimes, or had vowed to commit further acts of violent terrorism.

A former senior official in the democratically elected government of Afghanistan – overthrown in August 2021 – has confirmed to the Guardian Hekmatullah’s return to Afghanistan.

“He was welcomed back to Kabul as a hero … with a house, car, guards, an amnesty for his crimes, his expenses are being paid for. He is being treated as a hero.”

The Guardian has independently confirmed Hekmatullah’s repatriation to Afghanistan. Family members of the Australian soldiers killed have said they have not been updated on his whereabouts.

On 29 August 2012, at Wahab, a patrol base in Afghanistan’s Uruzgan province, Hekmatullah, then an Afghan National Army sergeant, drew his M16 and fired more than 30 rounds from close range at Australian troops. He killed three: L/Cpl Stjepan Milosevic, 40, Spr James Martin, 21, and Pte Robert Poate, 23.

Hekmatullah fled the base into the Baluchi valley and was designated a “high-value” target for the Australian SAS in Afghanistan within 24 hours. He was the sole target of a controversial SAS mission to the village of Darwan in Uruzgan province on 11 September 2012, based on – ultimately flawed – intelligence he was hiding in the village.

The mission was the subject of extensive evidence presented during the long-running defamation trial brought by the former SAS corporal Ben Roberts-Smith, who denies all wrongdoing in relation to an allegation he participated in the murder of an Afghan national during that mission.

Two other Australian SAS soldiers have also been accused of unlawfully killing Afghan nationals during the raid – allegations they deny.

It was not until February 2013 that Hekmatullah was arrested after being found hiding in Pakistan’s lawless border region. Charged, tried and convicted of three counts of murder, Hekmatullah was sentenced to death, but served only seven years in Bagram prison before being moved to Qatar in 2020, where he lived under house arrest.

After the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, he returned to Afghanistan, where he now lives in Kabul.

The senior former government source said he insisted to senior government officials that Hekmatullah not be released, because he presented an ongoing danger, but objections to his release were overruled because of a US desire to conclude its 2020 peace agreement with the Taliban.

“The person I met is a dangerous terrorist, a dangerous man,” the source said. “He is not repentant, not regretful. He is a threat, he can cause harm to the world. He should not have been released.”

The source said Hekmatullah appeared to be “very well protected”, with close links to senior Taliban officials now in government.

“But the Taliban who hold the strongest grudges, who want to take revenge, are those who were in prison, including him, Hekmatullah. He has hatred still.”

The release of the 5,000 Taliban prisoners was the subject of fierce and fractious debate during negotiations between the US and representatives of the terror networks in Qatar.

The US-led Coalition objected to 200 of the prisoners because of the nature of their crimes – green-on-blue attacks, or attacking civilian targets – or because they were seen to be ongoing terror threats. Hekmatullah was among the 200.

After further negotiations, the list of objections was reduced to 15: Hekmatullah was still on the list. After still more talks, the list of objections was just six names. Hekmatullah remained still, deemed unsuitable for release.

In August 2020, then prime minister Scott Morrison said he spoke directly with then US president Donald Trump, urging that Hekmatullah remain imprisoned.

Hekmatullah, Morrison said, was “responsible for murdering three Australians and our position is that he should never be released”.

But the US overruled Australia’s objections, arguing the release of terrorist prisoners, while unpopular, would lead to a “reduction of violence and direct talks resulting in a peace agreement and an end to the war” in Afghanistan.

Australia’s department of foreign affairs and trade declined to answer questions on Hekmatullah.

The anonymous previous-government source told the Guardian former officials who remain in Afghanistan face the grave threat of retribution from the Taliban.

“The Taliban is seeking revenge: they have no mercy. We will be identified soon. Our lives, and the lives of our families, are in danger.”

He said the US assassination of al-Zawahiri, the former al-Qaeda leader, had escalated tensions – and heightened Taliban security fears – dramatically.

“The world is definitely putting pressure on the Taliban for appearances. But no matter how much pressure is put on the Taliban, they put pressure on the people.” Those who worked for the former democratically elected government have “been left on the battlefield … as enemies of the Taliban”, he said.

A Human Rights Watch report this month said Taliban forces had summarily executed or forcibly disappeared more than 100 former police and intelligence officers in four provinces since taking over the country in August 2021, in defiance of a proclaimed amnesty.

“Summary killings and enforced disappearances have taken place despite the Taliban’s announced amnesty for former government civilian and military officials, and reassurances from the Taliban leadership that they would hold their forces accountable for violations of the amnesty order,” the report said.

“The Taliban, through their intelligence operations and access to employment records that the former government left behind, have identified new targets for arrest and execution.”

Source: The Guardian

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Muharram sans Muslims in This Karnataka Village in Belagavi district; Illuminated with Colourful Lighting to Mark the Occasion

 

Streets of Hirebidanur village in Saundatti taluk are illuminated with colourful lighting to mark the occasion.

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Aug 8, 2022

BELAGAVI: For more than a century now, a village in Belagavi district with not a single Muslim family has been observing Muharram for five days a year. Streets of Hirebidanur village in Saundatti taluk are illuminated with colourful lighting to mark the occasion.

The only visible link to Islam here is a mosque, where a Hindu priest conducts religious proceedings in the traditional Hindu way in celebration of the nation's rich syncretic culture. Hirebidanur is 51km from the district headquarters and has a population of 3,000. A majority of the people are from Kuruba and Valmiki communities.

The shrine is called the 'mosque of Fakireshwar Swami', where villagers offer prayers to fulfil their vows. Area MLA Mahantesh Koujalagi recently sanctioned Rs 8 lakh for renovating the mosque building.

"We invite a moulvi from nearby Bevinakatti village during Muharram every year. He stays in the mosque for a week and offers prayers in the traditional Islamic way. On other days, I take the responsibility of the mosque," Yallappa Naikar, the priest at the mosque.

According to Naikar, two Muslim brothers established two mosques - one near Gutanatti and another at Hirebidanur - "a long time ago". After their death, locals continued worshipping at the mosques and observe Muharram every year without fail.

Umeshwar Maragal, a teacher from the village, said Muharram is special to Hirebidanur because it blends many layers of tradition in those five days. For instance, the occasion provides a platform for artists to showcase many forms of performing art: Karbal dance during procession, rope art that's unique to Hirebidanur and crossing of the fire performed on the first and fifth days.

Source: Times Of India

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US President Joe Biden Welcomes Gaza Truce As 44 Palestinians Confirmed Killed

 

United States President Joe Biden. (AP file photo)

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08 August, 2022

US President Joe Biden on Sunday welcomed a truce between Israel and Islamic Jihad militants aimed at ending days of deadly bombardment of the besieged Gaza Strip, urging all parties to implement it fully.

The president said in a statement that Washington had worked with officials from Israel, the Palestinian Authority and various countries in the region to "encourage a swift resolution to the conflict" over the previous three days.

"We also call on all parties to fully implement the ceasefire, and to ensure fuel and humanitarian supplies are flowing into Gaza as the fighting subsides," Biden added.

The president also lamented the injury and death of civilians in Gaza, but did not specify who was responsible. The bombings have killed at least 44 Palestinians, including 15 children.

"The reports of civilian casualties in Gaza are a tragedy, whether by Israeli strikes against Islamic Jihad positions or the dozens of Islamic Jihad rockets that reportedly fell inside Gaza," Biden said.

Buildings in Gaza have been reduced to rubble since Israel launched a bombing campaign on Gaza on Friday.

"As I made clear during my recent trip to Israel and the West Bank, Israelis and Palestinians both deserve to live safely and securely and to enjoy equal measures of freedom, prosperity, and democracy," added Biden, who travelled to the region last month.

Source: The New Arab

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Mukhtar Robow, a Former Al-Shabab Figure Appointed Minister in Somalia’s New Cabinet

 

Before the creation of al-Shabab, Mukhtar Robow, foreground, also known as Abu Mansur, was trained with al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.

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07 August 2022

Mortar shells have struck residential neighbourhoods near the presidential palace in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, shortly after Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre unveiled his new cabinet with the former deputy leader of al-Shabab militant group.

“We have no recorded casualties so far as investigations are ongoing," said district security official Mohamed Abdifatah on Sunday.

Abdikadir Yare, a witness, said, "One of the mortar rounds struck in the Xararyaale intersection and another hit a hospital close by.”

The prime minister appointed Mukhtar Robow as minister of endowment and religious affairs. The appointment was just one day after Robow was released from the headquarters of Somalia’s National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA). It has attracted some criticism.

Some analysts say the appointment was an apparent attempt and a milestone in the fight against al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda-linked group formed in 2007.

“After consultations that took a period of more than 30 days... I'm very happy to present Somali men and women whom I have selected based on their academic background, experience, and fairness," argued the Somalian prime minister. "I'm expecting they will respond to the needs of the country." the district official said.

Zakaria Yusuf, a researcher on Somalia at the American think tank International Crisis Group, told Al Jazeera, “I think the reason why he was brought from house arrest to the cabinet minister is to create and come up with a counter-narrative to that of al-Shabab since he deeply understands their philosophy and their tactics”

“He may also have influence within the militant group and could attract more fighters from the group [to the government’s way of thinking.] I believe he can successfully run this docket given his background and experience in endowment affairs.”

Elected President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has implicitly expressed his administration’s willingness to negotiate with al-Shabab.

Robow will likely attempt to implement Mohamud’s policy of war against al-Shabab on economic, ideological, and military fronts. Some believe this will put him in confrontation with his former colleagues.

Before the creation of al-Shabab, Robow, also known as Abu Mansur, was trained with al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. He then went on to serve as al-Shabab’s official spokesman and later as the group’s deputy leader. In 2008, the United States designated al-Shabab a terrorist group and offered a $5-million reward for information leading to Robow’s capture in 2012.

Al-Shabab has been engaged in a bloody war against Somalia's fragile central government for 15 years. It remains a potent force despite an African Union operation against the group.

Source: Press TV

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Don't Fall For Claims on Imam Mahdi, Penang Mufti Urges Muslims

 

Penang Mufti Datuk Seri Dr Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor

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By Audrey Dermawan

August 8, 2022

GEORGE TOWN: Muslims in the country have been advised not to be easily influenced by claims involving the birth of Imam Mahdi and avoid falling victim to fraud by individuals or parties with certain trickery.

Penang Mufti Datuk Seri Dr Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor felt the need to explain the matter since claims of the birth of Imam Mahdi came up from time to time.

"Since claims of the birth of Imam Mahdi are often raised, it is good that this issue is given some light to not confuse society, especially the Muslims in this country.

"In fact, we find many individuals or groups who exploited the issue of Imam Mahdi for specific purposes, especially for political interests and religious influence.

"Therefore, I want to advise Muslims in this country to not easily be influenced by claims of the birth of Imam Mahdi and not fall victim to fraud by individuals or parties with certain trickery," he said today.

Wan Salim said the first thing that needed to be emphasised was that evidence about the coming of Imam Mahdi was not found in the Quran.

He said while there were dedicated hadith about it, but most of it were weak.

He said that from all the hadiths, it could be concluded that Imam Mahdi was from the Aalil Bait, the descendants of Prophet Muhammad.

"The arrival of Imam Mahdi at the end of time, is hoped, will fight for justice in the face of the earth, which before this was filled with tyranny.

"It can be said that every divine religion, namely Judaism, Christianity and Islam, is waiting for the arrival of Imam Mahdi to help defend their respective religions.

"In fact, for the Shiites, there is also a version of Mahdi, that is strange and difficult to understand, which is the son of Imam Hasan Al-Askari, who is said to be hiding in an underground hole in Samurra' Iraq. Shiites have been waiting for his birth until now.

"In Sudan, many Muslims in the country regarded their religious leader, who led the rebellion against Turkish rule in the 18th century, as Imam Mahdi," he said, adding that indeed there were many individuals or groups who exploited the issue of Imam Mahdi for specific purposes, especially for political interests and religious influence.

"The issue of Imam Mahdi has nothing to do with the Islamic faith.

"Whoever believes, then he can wait for the birth of the saviour, without spreading it to the others. Whoever does not believe, then he does not become a kafir with such an attitude," he said.

Yesterday, the government said it was working closely with the Saudi Arabian authorities to locate the whereabouts of Tarekat al-Naqsyabandiah al-Khalidiyyah leader Habib Shah Firdaus Habih Ahmad.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Idris Ahmad had said that the same action was also taken against Habib Shah Firdaus' hundreds of followers, believed to be still in the country.

Idris said the group was considered having deviated from Islam, including believing that there would be an appearance of Imam Mahdi on the last day of Arafah.

It was earlier reported that Habib Shah Firdaus is believed to have been in Saudi Arabia since last March with hundreds of his followers to perform Umrah, and at the same time, to await the appearance of Imam Mahdi.

Negri Sembilan mufti Datuk Mohd Yusof Ahmad had said that it was believed that half of the 300 followers of Habib Shah Firdaus, who have been in Saudi Arabia since last March, had returned to Malaysia after finding out that nothing happened on the day of Arafah.

However, Habib Shah Firdaus and some followers did not give up and are still living there, waiting for the 10th of Muharram (Monday) to look forward to the same event.

Following this, Tarekat Naqsyabandiyah Al-Aliyah Sheikh Nazim Al-Haqqani in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, was ordered to close for six months following complaints about actions or matters in violation of Islamic law.

Source: NST

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South Asia

 

International Recognition Will Put Positive Impact on Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan: Afghan Defence Minister

2022-08-07

KABUL (BNA) Acting National Defence Minister deliberates the recognition of the Islamic Emirate to benefit regional relations and asks the US and other countries to establish their relations with the Islamic Emirate as a legitimate government in Afghanistan.

BNA analyst; Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid, Acting Minister of National Defense, said in an interview with American National Radio, “Recognizing the current government in Afghanistan will benefit the United States because there is no other government that the United States can deal with.”

The statements are made while almost a year has passed since the re-establishment of the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan. The government has not been recognized for reasons that the Islamic Emirate does not consider justified. This has caused an atmosphere of mistrust between Afghanistan and a number of There are countries.

These countries ponder the formation of their political relations with the existing government in Afghanistan as dependent on the conditions that they have offered.

Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid, Acting Minister of National Defense, believes that the recognition of the current system in Afghanistan is for the benefit of America because there is no other system that this country “America” can deal with.

The purpose of these statements is that the Islamic Emirate is the only effective political and military force in Afghanistan, which governs the political and security situation in the country, and other countries, including the United States, have no other address to contact Afghanistan than the Islamic Emirate.

From the point of view of this senior member of the Islamic Emirate, America and other countries should form their relations with Afghanistan on the basis of government-to-government relations, the relations of governments are based on internationally accepted standards and conventions, and if there is a problem or defect in the relations between the two countries It occurs unilaterally or multilaterally between countries, it can be solved within the framework of international rules and laws, while the current way that the United States and its allied countries have taken against Afghanistan leads to isolation and isolation.

There are many countries that have more problems with the United States than the current system of Afghanistan, but despite all the complications, they have managed to resolve the misunderstandings and solve the problems.

Source: Bakhtar News

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Deputy PM Mullah Beradar meets Afghans released from UAE prison

August 8, 2022

KABUL: Deputy Prime Minister of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan on Economic Affairs Mullah Abdul Ghani Beradar met with the Afghans who were recently released from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) prison and returned home the other day.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Beradar said he was happy to see his countrymen release and assured them that they will be provided with work opportunities. Deputy Prime Minister considered Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates action, as goodwill toward the Afghans and thanked him. Up to 12 Afghan citizens have been reportedly put in prison for unknown reasons in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Source: The Kabul Times

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Bangladesh seeks China help to send Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar

Aug 8, 2022

DHAKA: Bangladesh on Sunday sought cooperation from China to repatriate Rohingya refugees to Myanmar during a visit by foreign minister Wang Yi, who promised better trade ties, investment and support for infrastructure development in the South Asian nations.

China had used its influence in Myanmar to broker a November 2017 agreement to repatriate about 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled persecution in Myanmar in August that year. Despite attempts to send them back, the refugees refused, fearing danger in Myanmar, which was exacerbated by the military takeover last year.

Source: Times Of India

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Increasing Security Threats; Taliban Places Restrictions on Ashura Ceremony in Northern Afghanistan

By Saqalain Eqbal

07 Aug 2022

Locals in Mazar-e-Sharif, in Balkh province of northern Afghanistan, say that the Taliban has prevented Ashura ceremony preparations at the shrine of Hazrat Ali, aka Rawza-e-Sharif, and denied permission to hold the Ashura event there for security reasons.

Officials from the Taliban in Mazar-e-Sharif have instructed those attending Ashura events to do so exclusively in mosques, citing security concerns as their justification.

Every year in Rawza-e-Sharif before the Taliban’s control, the Ashura ceremony was observed.

The Taliban have also acknowledged that they have removed the Ashura holiday from the calendar, as earlier reports in some domestic media and Iranian media contended that the Taliban removed Ashura as a national holiday.

Two explosions occurred among the mourners of this month in Kabul on the 7th and 8th days of Muharram. The number of casualties has been reported with conflicting numbers.

While witnesses to the incident and local sources claim that more than 100 people were killed and nearly 150 others were injured in both blasts, Khalid Zadran stated that there were 8 fatalities and 20 injuries in the first explosion and 2 fatalities and 7 injuries in the second explosion.

Ashura is observed by all Muslims on the tenth day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar.

Source: Khaama Press

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India

 

Uttar Pradesh BJP to hoist tricolour on madrassas, dargahs & 5 lakh Muslim households

Aug 7, 2022

LUCKNOW: The UP BJP plans to hoist tricolour at around 5 lakh Muslim households, madrassas and dargahs (shrines) to bolster its ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign on completion of 75th year of Independence on August 15. The party brass has tasked its Muslim Morcha to carry out the exercise for three days starting August 12.

Sources said that the BJP brass has also asked the minority wing cadre to get the photo of unfurling of tricolour at madrassas and dargahs clicked and uploaded on the social media platforms as well – in an apparent move to ramp up party’s nationalist campaign among the minorities, like in other communities.

“We are targeting hoisting tricolour on at least 5 lakh Muslim households,” said UP BJP minority morcha president Basit Ali, while speaking to TOI on Sunday. Confirming that the party cadre will unfurl the tricolour on madrassas and dargahs and get photos clicked for uploading them on social media platforms, Ali said: “The exercise is being planned as dargahs can spread the message widely. People, essentially Muslims, easily connect with dargahs and madrassas.”

The move comes over two months after the Uttar Pradesh Madrassa Education Board made singing of the national anthem mandatory at madrassas before the start of classes. Earlier, soon after coming to power in 2017, the BJP had made the recital of the national anthem and flag hoisting mandatory on Independence Day in madrassas.

This also comes close on the heels of PM Narendra Modi’s stress on amplifying the party’s outreach among the ‘Pasmandas’ (backward community among Muslims). The party is learnt to have identified around 50,000 Muslim-dominated booths where it plans to step up awareness drive about public welfare schemes initiated by the Centre. BJP sources said that the party aims to cut through religious lines in carrying out its ambitious ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign which seeks to cover more than 4 crore households and government offices.

Reacting to the development, Samajwadi Party chief spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said that BJP should abstain from doing politics over the tricolour. “Ye Rashtriya Dhwaj hai. Uska poora samman hai...par kisi tarah ka dabav nahi daalna chahiye....jo log swechha se lagana chahein woh lagaye... (This is the national flag which is highly respected. The BJP should avoid putting pressure on people to unfurl tricolour).”

Source: Times Of India

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Army steps up deployment of AI-powered surveillance systems on borders with China & Pakistan

Aug 7, 2022

NEW DELHI: The army is slowly but steadily cranking up the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered smart surveillance systems to keep tabs on troop movements, build-ups and infrastructure development along the borders with China and Pakistan.

There are "already 145 deployments of assets based on such AI-powered systems", which get feeds from satellite imagery, drones, radars, thermal cameras, electro-optical devices, motion detectors and the like. The heterogeneous inputs are collated, interpreted and then disseminated to commanders on the frontlines to ensure “battlefield transparency” and faster decision-making, defence establishment sources said on Saturday.

It is simply not possible to physically guard every inch of the long unresolved borders, especially the 3,488-km long Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China stretching from eastern Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh, without such smart surveillance systems. “This focus on technology has considerably reduced the need for manual monitoring,” a source said.

Take Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as "South Tibet", for instance. The Army has a very high density of troops and heavy weapon systems deployed in the region, which are now also backed by surveillance and communication hubs, where all inputs converge, to monitor the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The force is even using AI-based facial recognition software to identify PLA officers across the LAC.

The Army has also deployed “AI-based suspicious vehicle recognition systems” in eight locations in the northern and southern theatres, while a real-time monitoring software is being used to generate intelligence for counter-terrorist operations in Jammu and Kashmir.

Though far behind China in exploitation of cutting-edge `disruptive’ technologies like AI and ML (machine learning), the Indian defence establishment is now finally stepping on the gas to boost situational awareness, combat capability and survivability of its forces through them.

“AI is a critical operational necessity. It’s capable of providing considerable asymmetry during military operations and will transform war-fighting paradigms,” the source said.

“AI applications can be utilised for surveillance and detection, real-time social media monitoring, pattern recognition and prediction of adversary courses of action,” he added.

The army is closely collaborating with DRDO, academia and industry for realisation of complex AI-based projects. Towards this end, an AI Lab at the Military College of Telecommunication Engineering in Mhow conducts extensive testing of products before giving them to a production agency.

The AI-enabled products range from automated room-intervention drones, rail-mounted sentry robots and swarm drones to even a wearable Mandarin-to-English translation device.

Source: Times Of India

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92-year-old Jalandhar man to reunite with nephew lost in Partition riots at Kartarpur

Aug 08, 2022

By Surjit Singh

Six-year-old Mohan Singh was separated from his family during the bloody riots of 1947, in which 22 members of his family were slaughtered in the communal violence unleashed in his village, Chak 37, in Pakistan.

While the rioters killed the men, and women of the house jumped into a well with their children to save their honour, Mohan managed to escape. Seventy-five years on, Mohan Singh, who was raised by a Muslim family in Pakistan, is all set to meet his family members who managed to successfully cross to India at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, a week before Independence Day.

His uncle, Sarwan Singh, 92, a resident of Jalandhar – whose parents, two brothers and two sisters were killed during the riots – is excited to meet his elder brother’s son at the last resting place of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism.

Sarwan Singh’s daughter, Rachhpal Kaur, who will accompany him during the visit, said, “Our family members, who survived the riots, looked for Mohan after the violence, but could not find him.”

Australia-based man brought long-lost family together

The family did not know what became of the six-year-old until a Punjab-origin man, who was based in Australia, Gurdev Singh, helped the two families unite after separately coming across the Partition accounts of India-based Sarwan Singh and Pakistan-based Mohan Singh.

Sikh author Sukhdeep Singh Barnala had made a YouTube docuseries on the tragedy of the Partition, entitled ‘The Other Side of Freedom’. One episode of this series was on Sarwan Singh family.

“Gurdev Singh watched this episode of the documentary, in which Sarwan Singh mentioned the identifying marks of the missing child. He revealed that Mohan, had two thumbs and a black spot on one of his thighs. The man had also seen the interview of one Pakistan-based man, who had revealed similar things about himself. He managed to get the contact numbers of both the families and got them together over phone. They will meet each other for the first time at Kartarpur Sahib”, said Barnala, while speaking on the phone.

Kaur says, “We often speak to our cousin over video call. He told us that he was raised by a Muslim family and now his name is Afzal Khalak. Now, he has a family of his own with six sons. His sister, who was four at that time, also survived the carnage and came to India with my family in 1947. She is settled in Canada and will soon be flying to Pakistan to meet her brother,” she added.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Authorities Impose Restrictions on Muharram Procession in Parts of Srinagar City

Muzamil Bhat

7th August 2022

Srinagar: Curfew-like restrictions were imposed in parts of Srinagar City, especially in Lal Chowk and the Dalgate area where Muharram processions were expected.

A large number of troops were deployed at several locations to prevent any untoward incident.

Shops and other business establishments were closed, public transport was off the roads in the places where restrictions were imposed while mobile internet services were also snapped in parts of the city.

Earlier Srinagar Administration issued an order, disallowing Muharram processions to avoid law and order problems.

The order reads, On the directions of the High Court of J&K at Srinagar, the District Magistrate Srinagar today decided that processions related to Muharram-ul-Haram 1444 (Hijri) on Guru Bazar towards Buchwara and Abi Guzar towards Zadibal routes respectively will not be allowed keeping in view public Security and law & order.

Pertinent to mention that,  in a writ petition(C) No 7/2022, titled Aga Syed Mujtaba Abass V/S UT of J&K  and others, the High  Court had asked the competent authority to take the decision regarding the representation of the petitioners most expeditiously preferably within a period of 3 days.

In this regard, the District Magistrate, Srinagar issued a formal order here today, which cited various past incidents of violence. The order reads that, “Whereas the undersigned held a detailed meeting involving all the Field Magistrates, Police officers and leaders of Shia Community wherein they were briefed about the routes allowed/ disallowed for Muharram procession”.

The order further stated that, “Whereas, Law & order and Security concern is the top most priority of the Government of the Jammu and Kashmir keeping in view the larger public interest and safety of its citizens”.

“In view of the above stated facts and circumstances read in conjunction with the reports of Intelligence Agencies thereof, more particularly the security concerns of the District Srinagar with respect to the Muharram, the processions therein cannot be allowed on the Gurubazar toward Buchwara and Abi-Guzar towards Zadibal routes respectively, keeping in mind the public interest, law & order and security”, the order also added.

That it is witnessed from past instances/cases and upon analysis of reports/data  from different security agencies with regard to incidents which have occurred during the Muharram, it is evident that not only there has been breach in peace & law and order, but also there have been Sectarian clashes which have resulted in breach of peace and threat to maintenance of law and order and also resulted in damage to public property and injuries to civilians and security forces as well.

Meanwhile, the District Magistrate(DM) has said that Administration respects the religious sentiments and practices of all, at the same time it is the joint responsibility of one and all to adhere to the security measures to ensure protection and safety of all citizens.

Source: Siasat Daily

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North America

 

Possible serial killer targeting Muslims on the lam in New Mexico

By Ben Kesslen

August 7, 2022

Authorities are investigating the possibility that a serial killer has been hunting Muslim people in Albuquerque, New Mexico after four men of the faith were murdered there in the past year.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Saturday that she deployed additional state police to help with the probe into the “targeted killings.”

“The targeted killings of Muslim residents of Albuquerque is deeply angering and wholly intolerable,” she wrote on Twitter.

“We will not stop in our pursuit of justice for the victims and their families and are bringing every resource to bear to apprehend the killer or killers — and we WILL find them,” the Democrat said in a statement.

She added: “I am angered and saddened that this is happening in New Mexico, a place that prides itself on diversity of culture and thought. This is not who we are.”

The statement did not provide details on whether investigators have any leads or confirm if the killings are connected.

An unnamed Muslim man was murdered Friday night, following the shooting of Muhammad Afzaal Hussain on Monday, police said.

Hussain’s killing comes after Aftab Hussein was murdered on July 26 and Mohammad Ahmadi was killed in November 2021.

Hussain and Hussein were both Pakistani and went to the same mosque, according to the New York Times. The slayings have prompted an outcry in Albuquerque’s close-knit Muslim community. Less than one percent of the two million people in New Mexico are Muslim, according to the Pew Research Center.

“We are incredibly sickened with the idea that someone has this much hate against innocent people,” Ahmad Assed, leader of the Islamic Center of New Mexico, said, according to the Times. “We’re scared for our families, we’re scared for our children. And we are incredibly confused about why this is happening.”

President Biden expressed solidarity with the local Muslim community on Sunday.

Source: New York Post

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Muslims in New Mexico's Albuquerque urged not to walk alone at night

Anwar Iqbal

August 8, 2022

WASHINGTON: Police in the New Mexico city of Albuquerque urged citizens on Sunday to share any tips they may have about four recent murders that police are treating as hate crimes against Muslims.

In a separate message, the Islamic Center of New Mexico (ICNM) urged Muslims in Albuqu­erque on Monday to avoid walking alone at night and to make sure they are not followed to their homes.

A local newspaper, Albuquerque Journal, reported that “people are beginning to panic” after the fourth murder. All four victims are of Pakistani and Afghan descent.

“We urge everyone to take precautions and be aware of your surroundings including making sure that you are not being followed home and avoid walking alone at night,” the ICNM community message said. “This is especially true for our members living in the southeast part of the city where these killings have taken place.”

The Albuquerque Police Depart­ment (APD) said their homicide detectives were investigating an overnight murder of a Muslim man that might be linked to three similar murders in the area. The FBI is assisting them in the investigation.

On Friday, just before midnight, APD officers in the southeast area responded to reports of a shooting in the area of Truman Street and Grand Avenue NE. An adult male was located and found to be dead.

According to investigators, the victim, Naeem Hussain, believed to be in his mid-20s, is Muslim and a native from South Asia. They believe Friday’s murder may be connected to the recent murder of three Muslim men, also from South Asia.

Detectives on Thursday determined there’s a connection between the Aug 1 murder of Muhammad Afzal Hussain, 27, and the July 26 murder of Aftab Hussein, 41. “Both men are Muslim and are from Pakistan,” police said. They were killed in southeast Albuquerque near Central Avenue.

As a result of these murders, detectives are now trying to determine whether the Nov 7, 2021, murder of Mohammad Ahmadi, a Muslim from Afghanistan, is also related to more recent homicides. Ahmadi was killed outside of a business he and his brother ran at 1401 San Mateo Blvd NW.

Anyone with tips about these murders is urged to call Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers at 505-843-STOP (7867).

The ICNM online message page said they have held several meetings with city and state officials and law enforcement agencies. “Every­one is working diligently to ensure that Muslims in our city remain safe and that the criminals are brought to justice,” the message added.

ICNM officials said they have shared with the police “whatever tips and information we had.”

The 2022 report by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) pointed out that in recent years, anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States has spiked.

“Existing and proposed mosque sites across the country have been targeted for vandalism and other criminal acts, and there have been efforts to block or deny necessary zoning permits for the construction and expansion of other facilities,” the report said.

Tahir Gauba, ICNM’s director of public affairs, said the local Muslim community — especially students who live near the area where two most recent shootings happened — “is feeling very afraid”.

At a Saturday afternoon news conference at APD headquarters, city and police officials denounced the violence and assured the community that they were working together and devoting every possible resource to the investigation, Albuquerque Journal reported.

“We urge our entire interfaith community of Albuquerque and all the people of Albuquerque to help law enforcement identify and catch the person or persons responsible,” said Michelle Melendez, the office’s director. “Please, please, call with any bit of information.”

Source: Dawn

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Türkiye 'deeply concerned' over 'serial' killings of 4 Muslim individuals in US

Seda Sevencan 

08.08.2022

Türkiye said on Monday that it is "deeply concerned" over the suspicious killings of four Muslim individuals since November in the US city of Albuquerque.

“We are deeply concerned about the suspicious consecutive killings of 4 Muslim individuals since November in the US city of Albuquerque, three of which have been in the past week,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“We want the perpetrators of these serial murders, which are stated to be related to each other and may be hate crimes, to be found immediately and brought to justice,” the statement said.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Biden denounces killings of four Muslims in US city

August 08, 2022

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden on Sunday deplored the killings of four Muslim men in New Mexico, which police say may be linked.

“I am angered and saddened by the horrific killings of four Muslim men in Albuquerque,” the US president said on Twitter.

“While we await a full investigation, my prayers are with the victims’ families, and my Administration stands strongly with the Muslim community. These hateful attacks have no place in America.”

Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, said Saturday they are investigating the murders of three Muslim men that they now suspect are related to a fourth homicide from last year.

The Albuquerque police department said in a statement they had discovered the latest victim overnight Friday.

His body was discovered near a Lutheran Family Services office that provides assistance to refugees, TV station KOB4 reported.

Police did not identify the man but said he was in his mid-20s, Muslim and “a native from South Asia.”

“Investigators believe Friday’s murder may be connected to three recent murders of Muslim men also from South Asia,” the statement said.

Two of the previous victims were Muslim Pakistani men, a 27-year-old whose body was found on August 1 and a 41-year-old who was found on July 26.

Detectives are now investigating whether these murders are connected to the death of a Muslim man from Afghanistan who was killed on November 7, 2021, outside of the business he ran with his brother in Albuquerque, the statement said.

The police urged anyone with information to call a tip line and said the FBI was assisting with the investigation.

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham expressed outrage at the killings, calling them “wholly intolerable,” and said she was sending additional state police officers to Albuquerque to aid in the investigation.

She said she was sending additional state police officers to Albuquerque to help with the investigation.

“We will continue to do everything we can to support to the Muslim community of Albuquerque and greater New Mexico,” she said.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest US Muslim civil rights group, has offered a $10,000 reward to whoever provides information leading to the killer or killers’ arrest.

Source: Arab News

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Africa

 

UK museum to return Benin Bronzes stolen by colonial British to Nigeria

08 August 2022

A British museum in the capital city of London has said that it would return dozens of artifacts looted by UK soldiers in Nigeria.

The Horniman Museum announced on Sunday that it was obvious that the ancient artifacts had been “acquired through force” by colonial British soldiers.

“Ownership of 72 objects, which were forcibly removed from Benin City during the British military incursion in February 1897, will be transferred to the Nigerian government,” the museum said in its statement.

The museum noted that handing back the artifacts that were forcibly looted in the late 19th century was the right thing to do.

The items that the museum aims to return include a collection of famed Benin Bronzes.

In addition to the Benin Bronzes, a brass cockerel altarpiece, ivory and brass ceremonial objects, brass bells and a key to the king’s palace are other artifacts that the Horniman Museum and Gardens in London’s southeast said would be handed over to the Nigerian government.

“The collection includes 12 brass plaques, known publicly as Benin bronzes. Other objects include a brass cockerel altar piece, ivory and brass ceremonial objects, brass bells, everyday items such as fans and baskets, and a key ‘to the king’s palace,’” it stated.

Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) welcomed the move and said it looked forward to further discussions in this regard.

In the meantime, tens of thousands of ancient artifacts, treasures, sculptures, and other artworks, which were looted by the colonists in past centuries, are still being kept in European museums.

The Nigerian government has stepped up its demands in recent years for European countries to hand back the artifacts.

The British Museum has 73,000 African artifacts. Germany’s Ethnological Museum has 75,000. Other western countries, most notably France, Belgium, Holland, Italy and Spain have artifacts as well.

France’s Quai Branly Museum has almost 70,000 ancient African artifacts and the Netherlands’ National Museum of World Cultures has 66,000.

Belgium’s Royal Museum for Central Africa alone has 180,000 ancient African items in its possession, and museums in the United States have 50,000.

Source: Press TV

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18,000 local, international observers to monitor Kenya's high-stakes Aug. 9 elections

Andrew Wasike  

08.08.2022

NAIROBI, Kenya

Some 18,000 observers will be on the ground to monitor Kenya’s high-stakes general elections on Tuesday, authorities said.

Around 10,000 local and international observers have already been given the necessary clearance, Wafula Chebukati, head of Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), told a news conference last week.

He said applications of 8,000 more observers are currently being processed and will be approved before the elections.

At least 1,300 of the total 18,000 are international observers, he added.

The Kenyan government has declared a nationwide public holiday on Aug. 9.

More than 46,200 polling stations have been set up across the East African country, while the distribution of election materials is 90% complete, according to the IEBC.

Over 22 million registered voters in the country of some 54 million are expected to have their say as Kenya elects a new president, parliament, members of 47 county assemblies and county governors.

Having served the maximum possible two terms, incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta is out of the presidential race.

A close contest is expected between the two main contenders – William Ruto, Kenya’s deputy president since 2013 and leader of the United Democratic Alliance, and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who heads the Orange Democratic Movement.

Kenyatta has opted to support Odinga, his former rival for the top post who is making his fifth presidential run, rather than his own deputy.

Risk of violence

International watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned that the failure of Kenyan authorities to address “past abuses by police heightens the risk of police abuse” around the general elections.

“Kenya has a history of election-related violence including excessive and unlawful use of force by police, with few, if any, police officers held to account,” read an HRW statement released on Tuesday.

Kenya grappled with months of post-election violence in 2017 that claimed dozens of lives.

HRW said it worked with Kenyan and other international human rights organizations to document the killings of 104 people by police and armed gangs.

Most of the victims were supporters of the then-main opposition party, the National Super Alliance, the watchdog said.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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African Union hits out at deadly Israeli airstrikes on Gaza

Addis Getachew  

07.08.2022

The chairman of the African Union Commission on Sunday lashed out at Israel's continued airstrikes on the Gaza Strip that have killed dozens of civilians, including children.

"The targeting of civilians and the continued illegal occupation by Israeli security forces of the occupied territories, are in stark violation of international law, and complicate the search for a just and lasting solution," Moussa Faki Mahamat said, according to a statement from the commission.

"The chairperson reaffirms the unwavering support of the African Union with the Palestinian people in their legitimate quest for an independent and sovereign state with East Jerusalem as its capital," added the press release.

In February, during the African Union summit of heads of state and governments, African leaders reversed an earlier decision by the bloc's secretariat to grant Israel observer status in the Pan-African body.

Mahamat also called for a renewed and genuine international effort for a lasting solution in which Israel and Palestine could co-exist as separate sovereign nations.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Chad’s junta, rebel groups sign peace deal in Qatar before talks

August 08, 2022

DUBAI: Chad’s military government and some rebel groups signed a pledge Monday in Qatar ahead of planned national reconciliation talks, though the deal did not include the country’s main opposition group.

Under the terms of the deal in Doha, those who signed have agreed to a cease-fire ahead of the Aug. 20 talks planned in the Chadian capital of N’Djamena. Chad’s junta also agreed to “not take any military or police operations against the signing groups” in neighboring countries.

However, the Front for Change and Concord in Chad, the main rebel group in the country, did not sign the pledge. The shadowy group, known by its French acronym FACT, is blamed for the 2021 killing of Chad’s longtime President Idriss Deby Itno, who had ruled the country since 1990.

That immediately called into question whether the deal would be enough to ensure the success of the talks as a planned 18-month transition from military rule to democracy winds down.

FACT did not immediately comment publicly on its decision not to sign the pledge.

We hope “other groups will join the march of reconciliation and peace, with a view to achieving the aspirations and dreams of the Chadian people,” Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani told those gathered for the signing ceremony. “The initial peace agreement we are celebrating today will be an important turning point toward stability and prosperity for the Chadian people.”

“It is no secret that the negotiations faced many challenges which were addressed through your estimated efforts,” Sheikh Mohammed added.

Those challenges include some 20 rebel groups walking out of the talks in July, accusing the military government under Deby’s 38-year-old son, Mahamat Idriss Deby, of “harassments, intimidation, threats and disinformation” amid the negotiations.

Rebels have called for Deby to declare he would not run in any coming elections, though the military junta has insisted that can only be decided in the national dialogue talks. The pledge signed Monday in Qatar do not include any prohibition on Deby running in any coming vote.

Source: Arab News

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Southeast Asia

 

Sarawak premier: Non-Muslims must have state govt's protection to achieve complete unity

By Sulok Tawie

07 Aug 2022

KUCHING, Aug 7 — Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg today stressed that the state government will protect non-Muslims and care for them to achieve togetherness and inclusion.

He said as an example the Sarawak government has channeled aid to non-Muslims through the Unit for Other Religions (UNIFOR) on the basis that non-Muslims also need the protection and care of the state government.

“Since its introduction in 2017, UNIFOR has provided an allocation of RM215 million to build or repair houses of worship for non-Muslim religions, RM30 million for missionary schools and RM10 million for administrative purposes,” he said at the closing of the state-level Jelajah Aspirasi Keluarga Malaysia event here by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said the state government has also provided an allocation of RM70 million to build UNIFOR Building in Jalan Ong Tiang Swee, Kuching, so that its administration is more organised and the implementation of religious activities under UNIFOR is more orderly.

“I am confident and believe that togetherness in terms of religious development between the Muslim and non-Muslim communities in Sarawak will give birth to a society that is friendly to each other and avoids prejudices that can cause division,” the premier said.

He said as the head of the state government who is a Muslim, he has always insisted that the “Charter of Medina” is a very suitable guide to guarantee fair administration for the multi-ethnic and multi-religious communities in Sarawak.

Abang Johari said the concept of Keluarga Malaysia that the prime minister had introduced as a philosophy of his administration reflects his sincere desire to see all Malaysians continue to unite for the sake of the nation which is greater than personal interests or the interests of any group.

He said lately, the country has experienced an uncertain political situation which has had a negative impact on the country.

He said the prime minister's leadership has shown some positive changes and that the state sincerely hopes that this situation will last and that the country will continue to be stable and move towards a dynamic and advanced economy.

Abang Johari said in Sarawak, with the high spirit of understanding and unity that has been built over the years a multi-ethnic and religious community of small Keluarga Sarawak under the auspices of a large Keluarga Malaysia has been established.

“However, just like in a large family, there will definitely be differences of opinions and different ways of doing things between Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak,” he said.

He said such kind of situation is not a big problem if these different views and methods are resolved in good faith in a family and friendly atmosphere.

Source: Malay Mail

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Taiwan showcases expertise in halal and plant-based food

Hayatun Razak

08- 08- 2022

KUALA LUMPUR: Taiwan is halal-ready and has much to offer to the increasing Muslim population in Malaysia and worldwide to cater to the rising demand for halal food while addressing their concerns about hygiene and quality.

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia director of economic division James Chang said plant-based products have gained popularity in recent years, as consumers increasingly prefer healthy and environmentally friendly food. Taiwan, in relation to this, has emerged as the second friendliest destination for Muslim travellers in the world. Although the trend seems new, Taiwan has in fact long been a leader in plant-based meat production and has accumulated technical expertise in the field.

“The plant-based market is worth US$7.9 billion (RM35 billion) in 2022 and is projected to reach US$15.7 billion by 2027. The halal food market is expected to reach over US$3 trillion by 2028,” he said at the Taiwanese Halal Food & Plant-based Meat Cooking Contest @ Taiwan Expo 2022 in Malaysia here last Saturday.

Malaysia External Trade Development Corp director of halal, food and beverages and agro-based section Remee Yaakub said it hopes trade between Taiwan and Malaysia will continue to go from strength to strength.

“The relationship has enabled both markets to embark on many collaborations in various sectors. Over the years, our trade has been driven by technological and industrial items. Halal and plant-based are two segments with enormous potential post-pandemic. The halal industry has a current global market value of US$2.3 trillion. This is an opportunity for the world economies including Taiwan to be involved,” he added.

Meanwhile, Taiwan Trade Center Kuala Lumpur director Eva Peng said such events will go a long way in introducing Muslims to Taiwan’s high-quality halal food.

“The rising health awareness among Malaysians is one of the driving factors for the increase in popularity of plant-based meat in Malaysia,” she added.

The cooking contest, which was organised by Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign Trade, Taiwan External Trade Development Council and Taiwan Halal Center, showcased Taiwan’s plant-based meat produce, vegetarian products, and other halal-certified ingredients to the Malaysian market.

Eleven products from nine Taiwanese brands were specially flown in for the competition. The plant-based meat ingredients featured in the competition came from halal-certified manufacturers from Taiwan, including No Meating, Land Young Foods, Golden Crops (Sungift), and Vegefarm which carry products sold around the world.

No Meating, a brand under Taiwan Farm Industry Co Ltd, has shot up in popularity among the younger demographics on the back of its taste and packaging, while Golden Crop’s plant-based meat closely mimics meat despite being made completely of pea protein.

Source: The Sun Daily

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Cops nab six in joint operation to curb immoral activities in Pandan Indah

07 Aug 2022

AMPANG: Police have detained six transvestites in Pandan Indah following a joint operation to curb immoral activities in the district.

Ampang Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Farouk Eshak said the operation, which was conducted at about 10.30pm on Saturday (Aug 6) involved various agencies including the police, Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (JAIS), and the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council.

"We detained six transvestites in Pandan Indah, believed to be involved in immoral activities.

"Five of them, who were Muslims, were handed over to JAIS while the non-Muslim is being investigated by the police," he said when contacted on Sunday (Aug 7).

One of the suspects also tested positive for methamphetamine, he said.

According to ACP Farouk, the five Muslim suspects were being investigated under Section 30 Enactment 9 of the Selangor Syariah Criminal Offences 1995 for posing as women for immoral purposes, which carries a fine of not more than RM1,000 or up to six months in prison upon conviction.

"The other suspect (non-Muslim) is being investigated under Section 14 of the Minor Offences Act 1955 for insulting behaviour.

"We are also investigating under Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act," he said.

Source: The Star

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Jakim identifies location of deviant group Hadi Minallah's operations centre

08 Aug 2022

PUTRAJAYA: The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) has identified the location of the operations centre of a deviant group known as Hadi Minallah, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Idris Ahmad.

He said information regarding the location had been channelled to the The Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (JAWI) for further action.

"On Sunday (Aug 7), I received the profile of Hadi Minallah and the address of its operations centre, which some said is located in Langkawi (in Kedah).

"I immediately contacted JAWI as it (taking enforcement actions) falls within the jurisdiction of the state Islamic religious authorities,” he said after officiating the first meeting to elect members of the Federal Territories Syarie Lawyers Council, here on Monday (Aug 8).

Jakim is reported to have lodged a report to the Home Ministry and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to prevent the spread of the teachings.

The Hadi Minallah group has been found to be active in spreading its teachings through the Persatuan Nur Mutiara Mutmainnah YouTube channel.

A video of a man, believed to be the founder of the group, known as Wayang Hadi Kesumo or Hadi Minallah Aminnullah Ahmad from Indonesia, talking about the ‘Nur Muhammad’ teachings and religious pluralism that deviate from the true teachings of Islam, has gone viral on social media.

Source: The Star

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Malaysia working closely with Saudi Arabia to locate Habib Shah Firdaus

By Zahratulhayat Mat Arif

August 7, 2022

BAGAN SERAI: The government is working closely with the Saudi Arabian authorities to locate the whereabouts of Tarekat al-Naqsyabandiah al-Khalidiyyah leader Habib Shah Firdaus Habih Ahmad.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Idris Ahmad said the same action is also taken against Habib Shah Firdaus' hundreds of followers, believed to be still in the country.

"I have contacted the consulate there to track them down and arrest them. We hope that these people will be caught and have them deported back here.

"At the same time, Tabung Haji (TH) is also assisting us. They have informed us that they are in the process of taking further action. So, we ask them (TH) to cooperate with the embassy there," he said.

Idris said this at a press conference after opening the 39th Pas Youth Muktamar at Bukit Merah Laketown Resort here today.

Idris said the group was considered to have deviated from Islam, including believing that there would be an appearance of Imam Mahdi on the last day of Arafah.

"It is ridiculous, and some of them had even sold their property. We hope that people who want to follow such teaching must also know their teachers.

"It is hoped that there is an awareness among the community to understand things like this so that it is not easy to be deceived," he said.

It was reported that Habib Shah Firdaus is believed to have been in Saudi Arabia since last March with hundreds of his followers to perform Umrah, and at the same time to await the appearance of Imam Mahdi.

Negri Sembilan mufti Datuk Mohd Yusof Ahmad said it was believed that half of the 300 followers of Habib Shah Firdaus who have been in Saudi Arabia since last March have returned to Malaysia after finding out that nothing happened on the day of Arafah.

Source: NST

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Mideast

 

Israel, Islamic Jihad Terrorist Group Agree to Cease-Fire From Sunday Night

Aug 7, 2022

Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group agreed to a Cairo-mediated cease-fire to take effect late on Sunday, both sides said, raising hopes of an end to the most serious flare-up on the Gaza frontier in more than a year.

Israeli forces have pounded targets in Gaza since Friday, while the Iran-backed Islamic Jihad terrorist group has fired hundreds of rockets at Israel in response.

The truce came into effect at 23:30 (4:30 p.m. ET). It was announced in separate statements by Islamic Jihad and then Israel, who both thanked Egypt for mediating the cease-fire.

The three-day clashes have echoed preludes to previous Gaza wars, though they were relatively contained as Hamas, the ruling terrorist group in the Gaza Strip, had so far stayed out.

Gaza officials said 44 Palestinians had so far been killed. Israel says some of the dead were killed by misfired rockets. The rockets have threatened much of southern Israel and sent residents in cities including Tel Aviv and Ashkelon to shelters.

Israel launched what it called preemptive strikes on Friday against what it anticipated would be an Islamic Jihad attack meant to avenge the arrest of a leader of the group, Bassam al-Saadi, in the West Bank.

In response, Islamic Jihad fired hundreds of rockets at Israel. At a news conference in Tehran, the group’s leader Ziyad al-Nakhala, said Cairo would “work to secure the release” of al-Saadi. Israeli and Egyptian officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

On Sunday, Islamic Jihad extended its range to fire toward Jerusalem in what it described as retaliation for the overnight killing of its southern Gaza commander by Israel—the second such senior officer it has lost in the fighting.

Source: NTD

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Iranian FM: Massacre of Palestinians Exposes Israeli Regime’s Savage Nature

2022-August-7

Amir Abdollahian held a phone call with his Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, in which the two sides discussed the latest developments in the Gaza Strip.

The Iranian foreign minister strongly condemned Israel's savage aggression against Gaza, and noted that “this act of aggression and subsequent martyrdom of scores of Palestinian women and children stem from the aggressive and savage nature of this regime".

The top official also quoted the Secretary General of the Islamic Jihad movement, Ziad Al-Nakhala, as telling him in a Saturday phone call that the Palestinian resistance has prepared a comprehensive plan to give a strong and effective response to Israel.

The Qatari diplomat, for his part, condemned the latest assault by Israel, and stated measures were underway to achieve a truce between the two sides.

He added that Israel's provocative acts at Al-Aqsa Mosque were the main reason behind escalation of the recent military conflict.

Israel has unleashed a wave of airstrikes on the besieged enclave since Friday, killing more than 30 people, including children and women.

The latest round of tensions began after Israeli troops arrested Bassam Al-Saadi, an Islamic Jihad commander in the occupied West Bank, on Monday during a raid in the city of Jenin that resulted in the killing of a teenager.

Israeli forces on Friday bombed an apartment building in the Centre of Gaza City, killing Tayssir Al-Jabari, Islamic Jihad’s Northern commander, and several others, including a five-year-old girl and a 23-year-old woman.

Khaled Mansour, its commander in the South of the Gaza Strip, was the second high-ranking member of the Islamic Jihad to be assassinated as Israeli military aircraft bombed the besieged enclave on Saturday.

In response to the brutal Israeli air raids, Palestinian resistance forces fired nearly 600 rockets at the occupied territories, setting off air raid sirens and sending settlers running to bomb shelters.

The Islamic Jihad called the retaliatory barrage only an “initial response” to the Israeli bloodbath, with Al-Nakhalah stressing the Israeli enemy must expect a "non-stop" confrontation in the wake of the aggression.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iran Blasts Int'l Community for Keeping Mum on Israeli Aggression Against Palestinians

2022-August-7

Attaching to his tweet several images of the victims of the latest Israeli assault, Kana'ani wrote, "These are examples of a set of targets by the Apartheid regime in recent attacks on the Gaza Strip."

"Silence of international community and those who claim that are defending human rights in facing the Zionists’ crimes in Gaza is deplorable and regretful," the spokesman added.

Interestingly, the United States State Department has underscored their “full support” for the rights of Israel to defend themselves, the Iranian diplomat pointed out.

"Alaa Abdullah Riyad Qaddoum, a five-year-old girl living in the Shuja'iyya neighborhood of Gaza City, is just one of the martyred children [killed in] the ongoing attacks of the Israeli apartheid regime against Gaza," he continued.

The five-year-old Palestinian girl martyred on Friday after the Shuja’iyya neighborhood was hit by Israeli strikes. With no electricity at home, Alaa ventured outside to escape the stifling heat indoors. She was playing outside her home before Israeli shelling killed her and her cousin.

The latest bout of air raids by the Tel Aviv regime in the besieged Gaza Strip has claimed the lives of at least eight Palestinian children.

The foreign ministry spokesman also emphasized that it is a matter of regret that those who are fake human rights claimants back the occupying regime’s routine crimes against people of a country, which is under occupation, in the name of “rights for defending itself".

The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that the Israeli regime’s attacks had since Friday left at least 34 people, including women, children and two senior commander, dead and 215 wounded.

The Islamic Jihad called the retaliatory barrage only an “initial response” to the Israeli bloodbath, with the Palestinian resistance movement's Secretary General Ziad Al-Nakhalah warning the Israeli enemy must expect a "non-stop" confrontation in the wake of the aggression.

In response to the Israeli strikes, Palestinian resistance forces fired almost 600 rockets at the occupied territories, setting off air raid sirens and sending settlers running to bomb shelters.

The international community has strongly condemned the latest Israeli air raids in the Gaza Strip, voicing its deep concern over the latest rounds of violence by the Tel Aviv regime against Palestinians in the besieged coastal enclave.

Iran describes Israel as the root cause of instability in the region, but says the regime's US-supported barbarity will not change the inevitable fate of the Tel Aviv regime.

Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi strongly condemned the new crime committed by Tel Aviv in the Gaza Strip, and said the Israeli regime is on a fast-track towards decline because of the resistance of the Palestinian people in the besieged enclave.

"Through its crime last night, the Zionist regime once more showed its occupationist and aggressive nature to the world," President Rayeesi stated on Saturday.

Source: Fars News Agency

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IRGC: Israeli Regime Unable to Buy Security through Normalizing Ties with Arab Nations

2022-August-7

The IRGC made the remarks in a Sunday statement in reference to the ongoing Israeli onslaught on the besieged enclave, which started on Friday and has so far claimed the lives of over 30 Palestinians, including children and women, leaving more than 200 others injured.

“The new crime committed by the Zionist regime against the oppressed Palestinian nation and the savage attack on Gaza is the outcome of a miscalculation by Zionists and will add further fuel to the flames of the Islamic resistance, speeding up the collapse of the occupying regime,” the statement read.

“The new crime committed by the fake, racist and child-killing Zionist regime in attacking the Gaza Strip, which started on Friday with ... the assassination of the Islamic resistance’s commanders through the backing of the United States and other governments that are against humanity, has once again revealed the criminal and aggressive nature of the Zionists and their regional and trans-regional supporters,” the IRGC added.

The IRGC stressed that Israel’s latest attacks were the result of a “miscalculation” and a move to test the resistance front’s ability to respond to the regime’s acts of aggression.

It emphasized that the Israeli regime and its supporters would undoubtedly regret committing this “big crime”, which has led to death and injury of “scores of Muslim, oppressed and defenseless people of Palestine in the month of Muharram”.

The IRGC said the continuation of the Zionist regime’s crimes against the Palestinian people is a result of certain Arab states’ submission to the global hegemonic system’s demand for normalizing relations with the occupying regime.

“The path of compromise and normalization of some Arab countries’ relations with the fake and murdering Zionist regime will not only fail to guarantee the security of the Zionists, but will also improve the capacities of Islamic and anti-Zionist resistance [movements] among Muslim nations,” the statement added.

The IRGC urged international human rights organizations, forums and institutions to end their silence and inaction in the face of the Zionists’ crimes and take measures to restore the Palestinian people’s rights and punish the occupiers in order to clean up their role in these “undeniable crimes, which are a disgrace to the human society".

Back in 2020, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain signed United States-brokered agreements with Israel to normalize their ties with the TelAviv regime. Some other regional states, namely Sudan and Morocco, followed suit soon afterward.

Palestinian officials censured the deal between the Arab countries and Israel to establish normal diplomatic relations, describing the agreement as a “treacherous stab in the back of the Palestinian nation”.

The international community has strongly condemned the latest Israeli brutal raids in the Gaza Strip, voicing its deep concern over the latest rounds of violence by the Tel Aviv regime against Palestinians in the besieged coastal enclave.

Iran describes Israel as the root cause of the region’s instability, but also says Israel's US-supported barbarity will not change the inevitable fate of the Tel Aviv regime.

Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi strongly condemned the new crime committed by Tel Aviv in the Gaza Strip, and said the Israeli regime is on a fast-track towards decline because of the resistance of the Palestinian people in the besieged enclave.

"Through its crime last night, the Zionist regime once more showed its occupationist and aggressive nature to the world," President Rayeesi stated on Saturday.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iran Urges World's Firm, Swift Stance Against Israeli Crimes

2022-August-7

In letters to foreign ministers of Muslim countries, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and secretary general of the African Union on Saturday, Amir Abdollahian expressed Iran's grave concern over the apartheid Israeli regime's brutal attacks on the Gaza Strip and the killing of civilians, including innocent Palestinian children.

The Iranian foreign minister condemned the Israeli regime's crimes and aggression against the Palestinian people amid the inaction of international organizations, warning that the occupying Tel Aviv regime bears full responsibility for the consequences of the intensified crisis in Gaza and the occupied Palestinian territories.

He emphasized that the Palestinian people reserve the right to counter the Israeli regime's occupation and defend themselves.

At least 32 people, including women, children and two high-ranking members of Islamic Jihad, were martyred and 200 others injured in Israeli raids on the Gaza Strip.

Following the assault, the Islamic Jihad fired hundreds of rockets and mortar shells toward the occupied territories. The movement called the retaliatory barrage only an “initial response” to the Israeli bloodbath, and warned that the Israeli enemy must expect a "non-stop" confrontation.

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— Fars News Agency (@EnglishFars) August 6, 2022

In a Saturday phone call with Secretary General of the Gaza-based Islamic Jihad movement Ziad Al-Nakhala, the Iranian foreign minister also said the Palestinian resistance and the resilient people of Gaza are definitely the ultimate winners of the battle against the Israeli regime.

"Tel Aviv is trying to cover up the multi-layered crises in the occupied territories through continued efforts to create crisis," Amir Abdollahian added.

Nakhala, for his part, outlined the latest developments in Palestine and hailed the support of the Iranian people and government for the Palestinian people in their fight against Israel.

The senior Palestinian official emphasized that the Israeli regime is currently in its weakest situation ever, saying the resistance movement fighters would strongly support the people of Palestine, particularly in Gaza and Al-Quds.

The resistance forces have given a firm response to the Israeli regime and would mark major developments in this regard, he continued.

Iran describes Israel as the root cause of the region’s instability, but says the regime's US-supported barbarity will not change the inevitable fate of the Tel Aviv regime.

On Wednesday, Amir Abdollahian once again reiterated Tehran's unchangeable stance in support of the Palestinian cause, and said the Israeli regime has proved that it only understands the language of force.

Speaking at an event to celebrate human rights and human dignity in Tehran, Amir Abdollahian reiterated Iran’s support for “the Palestinian issue and the creation of a Palestinian state on the entire mainland and motherland, with Al-Quds as its capital".

Source: Fars News Agency

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7 killed in Israeli attack on Gaza's Rafah

Hani es-Sair

07.08.2022

GAZA CITY, Palestine

At least seven people were killed in an Israeli attack on Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, local authorities said on Sunday.

Seven dead bodies, including a boy and two women, were recovered from the rubble of a building that was targeted by Israel, said Hamas-run Interior Ministry spokesman Iyad al-Buzum.

Meanwhile, Al-Quds Brigades said in a statement that Khaled Mansour, a senior leader of the Islamic Jihad group, was killed in the attack.

On late Saturday, the Health Ministry said that at least 24 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip since Aug. 5.

Israeli warplanes launched airstrikes in the area citing an "imminent threat of attack" by the Islamic Jihad group.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Iranians, Muslims worldwide mark mourn martyrdom of Imam Hussein

08 August 2022

Millions of Muslims across the world are observing Ashura, which commemorates the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS), the third Shia Imam and the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon Him).

Ashura, the 10th day of the lunar month of Muharram, falls on Monday in Iran this year.

Dressed in black, Shia Muslims hold mourning rituals to remember Imam Hussein (PBUH), who was martyred along with his 72 companions in the Battle of Karbala, in southern Iraq, in 680 AD after fighting courageously for justice against thousands of soldiers of the Umayyad caliph, Yazid I.

Iranians hold mourning processions across the country and listen to elegies in commemoration of Ashura, while benefactors distribute votive food, known generically as nazri.

Ashura is the culmination of 10-day mourning ceremonies that are observed in Muharram.

On the eve of Ashura, known as Tasu’a, mourners remember Abbas ibn Ali (PBUH), Imam Hussein’s half-brother, who was martyred shortly before Imam Hussein as he tried to bring water to women and children in Imam Hussein’s camp, who had been deprived of drinking water for days due to a siege by the enemy forces.

Shia Muslims across the world also observe the mourning rituals, while hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from Iran and other countries head to the holy Iraqi city of Karbala — where Imam Hussein (PBUH)’s shrine is located — to mark Ashura.

Source: Press TV

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Arab World

 

Saudi Arabia: No Limit On Number Of Umrah Trips For Overseas Muslims

Sakina Fatima

7th August 2022

Riyadh: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) said there is no maximum limit for overseas Muslims who wish to perform Umrah during the year as the new season of the pilgrimage began in the kingdom a week ago, local media reported.

The Ministry of Haj and Umrah also said that overseas Muslims can enter Saudi Arabia and leave through any airport in the kingdom without being restricted to Jeddah airport.

According to Arabic daily Ajel, the ministry further added, that the Umrah undertaking requires a permit from the Eatmarna app on the condition that the applicant is not infected with COVID-19 or has not come in contact with a patient.

On July 28, Saudi authorities announced instructions for Muslims wishing to enter the Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest site, to undertake umrah rites.

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Haj and Umrah called on Umrah pilgrims to enjoy good health, as shown in the “Tawakkalna” application for smartphones, and to wear face masks while they are in the Grand Mosque.

The pilgrims are also asked to leave the mosque after the expiration of their entry permits and to avoid bringing luggage to the site while entering the rituals.

The Kingdom also set conditions for issuing permits for children accompanied by their parents to perform the lesser pilgrimage or Umrah to the Grand Mosque.

Children can accompany their parents to perform prayers inside the Grand Mosque and set the minimum age to obtain an Umrah permit at the age of five.

The start of the new Umrah season for pilgrims from inside and outside the Kingdom began on the first of Muharram 1444 AH, corresponding to July 30, 2022.

On Wednesday, August 3, After 2.5 years, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia removed the protective barriers around the holy Kaaba that were erected as a precautionary measure as part of efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: Siasat Daily

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Saudi Arabia condemns Israeli attack on Gaza Strip: Foreign ministry statement

06 August, 2022

Saudi Arabia condemned and denounced the Israeli attack carried out in the Gaza Strip, a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Saturday.

The statement said that the Kingdom stands by the Palestinian people, and called on the international community to take all efforts to end the escalation between the two countries.

It added that civilians must be protected from the violence.

Israeli aircraft struck in Gaza and Palestinians fired rockets deep into Israel on Saturday, a day after an Israeli operation against the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement set off a cross-border flare-up that ended more than a year of relative calm.

Islamic Jihad fired rocket salvoes as far as Israel’s commercial hub Tel Aviv, after Israel killed one of the group’s commanders in a surprise daytime air strike on a Gaza City tower on Friday.

Israel struck more Islamic Jihad militants and weapon depots hidden in residential areas on Saturday, the military said. Bombings of at least five houses sent huge clouds of smoke and debris into the air, as explosions rocked Gaza and ambulances rushed through the streets.

The Israeli strikes have killed 15 Palestinians, including at least four other Islamic Jihad militants and three civilians, among them a child, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. It added scores more had been wounded.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Dubai hosts first licensed school in UAE offering camel riding classes

08 August, 2022

Camel riding is now official in Dubai after the opening of the first licensed school in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) dedicated to teaching the popular pastime.

It can be traced back to the seventh century in the UAE, making it part of the country’s cultural heritage, but today only one school is licensed to teach the sport.

Linda Krockenberger, said that she grew tired of taking solitary camel rides in 2021 and it pushed her to open the Arabian Desert Camel Riding Centre, where she is not only a co-founder along with a local partner, but also a trainer.

“There are other places to ride, but usually they don't offer such an in-depth experience with the animal, or that people can come repeatedly, and they can build relationships with the animals…or that they can take their riding skills further from riding long distance, we did a track of 50 km in one day, to ride overnight and camp out in the desert or to ride in short races,” said Krockenberger.

“Riding involves a lot of body weight, for example going left or right, we only have one reign, so how we communicate and how we give directions, is a lot by shifting the weight of the rider, as well as using one singular rope as a stick to point,” added the German trainer.

Calling them “Gentle Giants,” camel riding trainer, Jana Schmiedel, said she feels proud every time she gets to ride.

“For me really, the fascinating thing is to have a connection with the camel, to really get to understand them, to be a team with them when riding, to listen to what they need in order to understand me and what I can give them in order for them to understand what is going,” added Schmiedel.

It was the first time for Michelle O’Malley, coming all the way from New Zealand, to see a camel ever. She decided to take on the new venture of learning camel riding with her young children.

For thousands of years the Arabian Peninsula has been home for the desert's giant species, which have been historically used for transport and as a source of survival. Nowadays, camels have become popular for racing in the UAE with prizes reaching thousands of dollars.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Egyptian-brokered cease-fire takes effect in Gaza

08.08.2022

GAZA CITY, Palestine

An Egyptian-brokered cease-fire in the Gaza Strip between Israel and the Palestinian group Islamic Jihad took effect late on Sunday at 11.30 p.m. local time (2030GMT).

The cease-fire agreement came after three days of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, which left at least 44 Palestinians dead and over 360 others injured, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Sources had earlier told Anadolu Agency that Israel and Islamic Jihad had agreed to a cease-fire in Gaza to start at 11.30 p.m.

Egypt also called on both sides to observe a mutual and comprehensive truce in Gaza at that time.

An official Egyptian source cited by the state news agency MENA said Egypt was exerting efforts to release Palestinian prisoner Khalil Awawdeh and transport him for treatment, as well as Bassam Al-Saadi, who is also in Israeli detention.

Awawdeh, 40, was arrested by Israeli forces in December and held without trial. He has reportedly been on hunger strike for around a month as he remained in jail without charges.

Saadi, a senior figure in Islamic Jihad's political wing, was detained by Israeli forces earlier this week in a raid in the West Bank city of Jenin.

The Islamic Jihad, for its part, confirmed the cease-fire in Gaza.

"A cease-fire has been reached by Egyptian mediation that will take effect at 23.30 Palestinian time," group spokesman Dauwd Shehab had told Anadolu Agency.

Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said the military offensive in Gaza "achieved its goals."

Israeli warplanes launched airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on Friday citing what the army said was an "imminent threat of attacks" by the Islamic Jihad.

Of those killed, at least 15 were children and four women, according to the Health Ministry.

Last year, Egypt managed to broker a cease-fire to end 11 days of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, in which more than 200 Palestinians were killed and thousands injured.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Pakistan

 

Imran to spell out ‘counter-fascism’ strategy on Aug 13

Ikram Junaidi

August 8, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Sunday said that in order to counter the “fascist” government led by coalition parties, he will announce a strategy to “counter this fascism” during a rally at Islamabad’s Parade Ground on August 13.

In a tweet, the former premier said “every era has its Yazids”. He equated fascism with Yazidiat and termed the rulers as present-day Yazids.

He said Pakistan is facing fascism today in the form of rule by a “cabal of crooks and their handlers” brought to power through US regime change conspiracy. “Will our people bow down before this conspiracy in fear or, as a nation, face up to the challenge?” he asked.

Says country is being ruled by a ‘cabal of crooks and their handlers’

The decision to organise what Mr Khan termed ‘Azadi March’ a day before Independence Day was taken by the PTI leadership on Aug 6.

In a comment on the upcoming gathering at Parade Ground, PTI leader Ali Awan claimed that the public meeting on Aug 13 will pave the way for “true independence”.

Speaking to the members of regional advisory council in Islamabad, he claimed that it will be for the third time in the history of Islamabad that Parade Ground will be “completely filled” with people. “Every time only PTI has made it possible,” he added.

Commenting on the decision by the party chairman that he will contest by-elections on all nine seats, Mr Awan said that the former prime minister has proved that he can fight against all his opponents alone.

Source: Dawn

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Pakistan strongly condemns storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli settlers

AUGUST 8, 2022

Pakistan strongly condemns the storming of the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli settlers under the protection of Israeli occupying forces, today. This provocative action has blatantly violated the sanctity of the Qibla-e-Awal and hurt the sentiments of Muslims across the world. Such incidents are flagrant violations of international law, international norms and practices. Any attempt to change the historical and legal status of Al-Aqsa Mosque must stop. Pakistan calls upon the international community to take urgent action to put an end to the Israeli aggression and violations, which continue to fuel violence, tension and instability in the region. For a lasting and just solution of the Palestinian issue, Pakistan renews its call for a viable, independent and contiguous Palestinian State, with pre-1967 borders, and Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital, in accordance with the relevant United Nations and OIC resolutions.

Source: Daily Times Pakistan

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Imran Khan summoned in 'Toshkhana' controversy; PDP claims former PM took most items for free

Aug 8, 2022

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued a notice to former Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief, Imran Khan in connection with the government treasure-house collection controversy and summoned him for a hearing on August 18.

The notice was issued to Khan after Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) filed a reference against him claiming that the ex-PM took most of the items from the treasure house "free of cost" during his tenure, Geo TV reported.

PDM filed the reference claiming that Khan had paid for only some items that he took home from the 'Toshkhana', but most items that he took from the government treasure-house was done so without paying for them

In the reference, it was alleged that Khan did not disclose the gifts he took and concealed the information in his statements.

Reportedly, gifts received by government officials are to be reported immediately, to enable its value to be assessed. Only after an assessment is conducted can the recipient take away the gift, if he wants to keep it, after depositing a specific amount.

These gifts either remain deposited in the Toshakhana or can be auctioned and the money acquired through it is to be deposited into the national treasury.

Last month, the former Pakistan Prime Minister sold three expensive watches from the government treasure-house collectively worth more than 154 million Pakistani rupees (Pkr) to a local watch dealer, media reports said.

Imran Khan reportedly earned millions of rupees from these jewel-class watches gifted to him by foreign dignitaries, The News International newspaper reported.

The most expensive watch worth over Pkr 101 million was retained by Khan at 20 per cent of its value after his PTI government amended the rules and settled the gift retention price at 50 per cent of its original value.

The PTI chief first sold the watches and then deposited 20 per cent of each in the government treasury, the Pakistan daily said citing documents and sale receipts.

It added that these gifts worth millions of rupees were never deposited in Toshakhana.

In April this year, Shehbaz Sharif had accused his predecessor Imran Khan of selling Toshakhana gifts worth Pkr 140 million in Dubai.

"Imran Khan sold these gifts for Pkr 140 million in Dubai," Shehbaz had said.

He said that the expensive gifts included diamond jewellery sets, bracelets and wristwatches.

Source: Times Of India

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Pakistan's probe agency identifies 4 PTI employees in foreign funding probe

Aug 7, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has identified four employees of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) secretariat, whose personal and salary accounts were used for receiving foreign funding.

News International newspaper reported that the agency said funds were received in the bank accounts of Muhammad Arshad, Tahir Iqbal, Muhammad Rafique, and Nauman Afzal.

In the statements, the PTI employees that they used to give the money received in their accounts to the Imran Khan party's finance manager, as per the report.

They said they would give signed blank cheques to the finance manager. According to the publication, the FIA came to know during the investigation that besides other accounts, foreign funding was also received in employees' salary accounts.

FIA has earlier constituted a six-member team to probe into PTI prohibited funding case.

This investigation came days after the three-member Election Commission of Pakistan bench in a unanimous verdict ruled that the PTI received prohibited funding in the case pending since 2014, ARY News reported.

On August 4, the Pakistan government decided to file a disqualification reference against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan after the verdict of the prohibited funding case and the federal cabinet accepted the recommendation.

Pakistan's Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said in her press conference that the PTI used overall 16 bank accounts that were not found on the records. She alleged that PTI used donations to the charity as party funds and an inquiry will be conducted into it.

"For the first time in Pakistan, a political party is declared a foreign-funded party. The accounts of the PTI secretariat employees were used for foreign funding," she added.

Aurangzeb said that PTI was declared a 'foreign-funded party' in light of the ECP verdict, according to ARY News.

The Commission found that the donations were taken from 34 countries in fundraising. These included America, Australia, and the UAE, Geo News reported.

The ECP also said that the PTI had taken funds from an American businessman.

In its verdict, the ECP observed the 'unknown accounts' and said that hiding accounts are a "violation of the Constitution".

Moreover, it found that PTI Chairman Imran Khan submitted a false Nomination Form I.

The ECP decided to issue a show-cause notice to the PTI to explain why the commission should not seize the funds it received.

Source: Times Of India

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After US, Bajwa reaches out to UAE, Saudi for crucial bailout

Aug 7, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Days after seeking US help in securing an early release of a crucial $1.7 billion instalment from the IMF to Pakistan, Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has now reached out to Saudi Arabia and the UAE as part of his efforts to ensure financial assistance for the cash-strapped nation, according to a media report on Saturday.

As the executive board of the International Monetary Fund is set to meet later this month to formally approve the next tranche of $1.2 billion instalment, the international lender wants Pakistan to ensure it receives commitment from its friends for financial assistance, Express Tribune newspaper reported.

It is believed that the IMF has asked Pakistan to provide firm guarantees that its friends would provide $4 billion for its external requirements.

Source: Times Of India

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PM Shehbaz discusses mutual ties with UAE President, Amir of Qatar

August 8, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Sunday thanked President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan for investment of his country in Pakistan.

In a tweet on social media platform Twitter, he said, “Grateful to my brother His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan @MohamedBinZayed for the investment that the UAE is going to make in various sectors of Pakistan.”

“Both brotherly countries are very keen to further strengthen their multifaceted relationship,” the PM added.

Talks with Amir of Qatar

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif held a telephonic conversation with the Amir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani on Sunday and exchanged views on issues of mutual interest.

Qatar and Pakistan enjoy close and cordial relations. Qatar is home to over 200,000 Pakistani diaspora that is playing a pivotal role in the development of Qatar and Pakistan.

Social media campaign against sacrifices of martyrs, horrifying

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday while expressing his displeasure said that the social media campaign, aimed at belittling and ridiculing the sacrifices of martyrs, was horrifying.

On his Twitter handle, he observed that the self-righteous political narratives were poisoning the minds of the youth and spurring the hate speech.

Expressing his worry, the prime minister questioned ‘Which way are we headed?” and stressed that the moment called for a deep reflection.

Source: Pakistan Today

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Greece takes flak over new legislation disclaiming Turkish minority's religious leaders

Tevfik Durul 

06.08.2022

ATHENS

Greece has faced stiff criticism over new legislation on the religious leaders of its Muslim Turkish population that came into force on Tuesday.

The minority has said they were not consulted during the planning phase of the legislation, which allows the appointment of religious leaders, also known as muftis, by Greek authorities -- something the minority in the Western Thrace region calls "unacceptable," as it ignores the Turkish minority's right under the treaty to elect their own mufti.

Members of the minority have said the legislation fails to meet their demands, particularly on their autonomous election of their own religious leaders, as provisioned by international law and treaties.

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, especially in population centers such as Xanthi (Iskece).

In violation of a series of international and bilateral agreements, including the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne that established the minority's religious autonomy, Greece has been accused of aiming to turn locally elected muftis into Greek state officials via the new measures.

According to the legislation, the muftis would be turned into bureaucrats of the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, appointed by a ministerial committee instead of the related bodies of the minority.

The Western Thrace Turkish Minority Consultation Council, one of the minority's oldest and most prominent associations, stressed that the new legislation ignored the Treaty of Lausanne and has rejected what it called anti-democratic legislation that is far from being constructive.

In Xanthi, the office of the elected local mufti said the legislation was part of Greece's efforts to undermine the Turkish minority's rights and freedoms.

For its part, the Turkish Foreign Ministry has criticized Greece for denying recognition to the minority's elected muftis, and called this "unacceptable."

"Greece once again violated the rights and freedoms of the Turkish Minority in Western Thrace, guaranteed by international agreements, particularly the Lausanne Peace Treaty, through an act that it has enacted recently regarding the Muftis in Western Thrace," it said in a statement on Thursday.

Decades-long struggle for rights

The rights of the Turks of Western Thrace were guaranteed under the 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.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Negotiators optimistic about progress on Iran nuclear deal

07 August, 2022

Top negotiators in renewed talks to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal indicated Sunday that they are optimistic about the possibility of reaching an agreement to impose limits on Tehran's uranium enrichment.

“We stand 5 minutes or 5 seconds from the finish line,” Russian Ambassador Mikhail Ulyanov told reporters outside Vienna’s Palais Coburg, four days into the talks. He said there are “3 or 4 issues” left to be resolved.

“They are sensitive, especially for Iranians and Americans,” Ulyanov said. “I cannot guarantee, but the impression is that we are moving in the right direction.”

Enrique Mora, the European Union’s top negotiator, also said he is “absolutely” optimistic about the talks’ progress so far.

“We are advancing, and I expect we will close the negotiations soon,” he told Iranian media.

Negotiators from Iran, the US and the European Union resumed indirect talks over Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal Thursday after a months-long standstill in negotiations.

Since the deal’s de facto collapse, Iran has been running advanced centrifuges and rapidly growing its stockpile of enriched uranium.

Iran struck the nuclear deal in 2015 with the US, France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China. The deal saw Iran agree to limit its enrichment of uranium under the watch of UN inspectors in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Iran says UN nuclear watchdog should resolve outstanding issues

07 August, 2022

Iran on Sunday demanded that the UN nuclear watchdog “completely” resolve outstanding issues related to questions over nuclear material at undeclared sites, amid resumed talks to revive its 2015 nuclear deal.

Talks aimed at reviving the agreement over Iran's nuclear program resumed this week in Vienna, months after they had stalled.

Iranian sources have suggested that one of the key sticking points is a probe by the International Atomic Energy Agency on traces of nuclear material found at undeclared Iranian sites.

“We believe that the agency should completely resolve the remaining safeguard issues from a technical route by distancing itself from irrelevant and unconstructive political issues,” Iran's foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said.

During a phone call with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Amir-Abdollahian reiterated that his country is “serious about reaching a strong and lasting agreement”, Iran's foreign ministry said.

“The outcome of this matter depends on whether the US wants to make an agreement,” he added.

The IAEA's board of governors adopted a resolution in June, censuring Iran for failing to adequately explain the previous discovery of traces of enriched uranium at three previously undeclared sites.

But Tehran argued on Friday that the issues surrounding the undeclared sites “are political in nature and should not be used as a pretext for abuse against Iran in the future”.

“Nuclear weapons have no place in the doctrine of the Islamic republic of Iran and are contrary to our policies and beliefs,” Amir-Abdollahian reiterated on Sunday.

The negotiations to revive the deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, began in April 2021 before coming to a standstill in March.

The 2015 deal gave Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program to guarantee that Tehran could not develop a nuclear weapon -- something it has always denied wanting to do.

But the US unilateral withdrawal from the accord in 2018 and the reimposition of biting economic sanctions prompted Iran to begin rolling back on its own commitments.

Russia's envoy to Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov however said Sunday that talks are moving “in the right direction”.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Iran urges Germany to take immediate action against Quran desecration

08 August 2022

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman has categorically condemned the desecration of the Holy Quran and Islamic sanctities in Germany, urging the country to put an end to such moves.

According to reports, ten people desecrated the Holy Quran in front of the Islamic Centre of Hamburg on Sunday.

German police forces, who were present in the place, did not take any action to prevent the blasphemous act, which is prohibited under Germany’s law, nor reacted to those who committed it, Iranian news network al-Alam reported.

In a statement following the incident, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kan’ani slammed the “provocative” move and warned of its “dangerous” consequences and implications.

“This blasphemous act is a clear example of sedition and spreading hatred and is categorically condemned by all Muslims, monotheists …and those who believe in coexistence and interfaith dialogue,” he said.

He noted that such acts are “another aspect of extremism and Takfiri violence” that require a “strong and deterrent response from governments that claim to be supporting human rights, freedom, and democracy.”

Kan’ani urged Germany to take “an immediate and strong” action over the incident and called for holding the perpetrators to account in order to prevent the repetition of such acts.

He further said that those acts stress the importance of unity among Muslims and Islamic countries against conspiracies hatched by the enemies of Islam.

The desecration of the Islamic sanctities took place on the ninth day of the mourning month of Muharram, which is called Tasua.

Source: Press TV

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UN chief welcomes cease-fire in Gaza

Burak Bir 

08.08.2022

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday welcomed the announcement of a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip between Israel and the Palestinian group Islamic Jihad.

Guterres also commended Egypt for its efforts carried out in close coordination with the UN to help restore calm, his office said in a statement.

He also extended his condolences to the victims of the violence and their loved ones.

"He is deeply saddened by the loss of life and injuries, including children, from airstrikes in Gaza and the indiscriminate firing of rockets toward Israel from population centers in Gaza by Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other militant groups," it added.

Calling on all sides to observe the cease-fire, Guterres reaffirmed the UN's commitment to the achievement of a two-state solution based on relevant United Nations resolutions.

An Egyptian-brokered cease-fire in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Islamic Jihad took effect late Sunday at 11.30 p.m. local time (2030GMT).

Source: Anadolu Agency

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