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French Court Acquits Imam Of Incitement Charges For Quoting Islamic Text Commanding To Kill Jews

New Age Islam News Bureau

19 September 2021

 

 Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Photograph: Didor Sadulloev/Reuters

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• French Court Acquits Imam Of Incitement Charges For Quoting Text Commanding To Kill Jews

• Imran Khan Says, He Has Initiated A Dialogue With The Taliban Leaders So That They Establish An All-Inclusive Government In Afghanistan

• Anwar ul Haq Mujahid, The Mastermind Behind Bin Laden’s Escape Is Back—With His Own Taliban Army

• 153 Media Outlets At Risk Of Closure Since Taliban Takeover: International Federation Of Journalists

 Europe

• EastEnders spoilers: Bobby Beale and Dana Monroe are targeted over mosque

• Clashes in Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp after Islamist handed to Lebanese army

• Drone strikes prove that Muslim lives hold no value for Western imperial powers

• UK boxer Amir Khan kicked off US flight for COVID-19 mask rule violation

• Christmas dinner could be cancelled as Brits face meat shortage ‘in two weeks’

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Pakistan

• First Pakistan International Airlines Flight Carrier Of Sayyida Zainab Pilgrims Arrives In Damascus International Airport After 27 Years

• No legislation against spirit and teachings of Islam, says Chairman Ulema Council of Pakistan

• Gender roadmap to be adopted to achieve equality: Asad

• Maulana Aziz, others booked in terror, sedition case

• SC says it condones delay in filing of petitions from inside jail

• Proposed amendments to minority property ordinance challenged

• Health ministry notifies five members of Pims BoG

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North America

• ‘Not Feeling Safe’: Muslim Canadians Want Politicians To Take More Action On Islamophobia

• California man pleads guilty to 2019 murder, arson at synagogue and mosque

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South Asia

• 153 Media Outlets At Risk Of Closure Since Taliban Takeover: International Federation Of Journalists

• New Tokyo Mosque Hosts Friday Prayers For First Time

• 2 killed 19 wounded in consecutive explosions in eastern Afghanistan

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Mideast

• Iran’s Khamenei Vows To Back Athletes From Muslim States Who Won’t Face Israelis

• We Won’t Let Islamic State Establish Presence on our Border, Iran’s Raisi Vows

• $500 million trade target; Iran, Tajikistan annual bilateral trade exchanges

• Supreme Leader appoints Brig. Gen. Nasirzadeh as Dep. Chief of Staff

• Islamic State claims responsibility for attack on Syrian gas pipeline

• Iran: The End for Mullahs in Sight

• Islamic terrorism and the Age of the Holocaust

• Allama Sajid Naqvi: Dictatorships supported in personal interests

• Senior Pakistani Shia cleric 'Allama Jafri' expresses condolence on sad demise of Ali Ausat Rizvi

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Arab world

• Morocco Says 'No' to Political Islam in the Last Parliamentary Election

• Sunni fighters foil an ISIS attack on a security checkpoint in Makhmour

• Islamic State leader in Sinai surrenders to Egyptian authorities

• Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Condoles Algerian President on Death of Former President

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India

• Kerala: Efforts Christian And Muslim Communities Have Led To The Removal Of Objectionable Content Against Muslims From A Catechism Textbook

• For BJP, ‘Liberation Day’ In Hyderabad Has Always Been Hindu-Muslim Issue But Experts Differ

• Muslim Men Accused In Delhi Violence Allege Brutality By Police And Jail Officials

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Southeast Asia

• In Rare Rebuke, Johor Ruler Urges Putrajaya To Drop Appeal Against Automatic Citizenship For Children Born Abroad

• Pesantren, sharia economy can potentially boost national economy

• Hishammuddin: Malaysian Armed Force's Greater Klang Valley task force ceases operation

• Zahid: Don’t blame BN for the downfall of Pakatan, Perikatan administrations

• Selangor police issue 423 compounds for disregarding SOP

• Islamic State affiliate leader killed in raid, says Indonesian military

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Africa

• How big is the Islamic threat in Mozambique? And why are Rwandan troops there?

• Miyetti Allah: Livestock Industry May Collapse If Our Members Keep Getting Killed

• Anti-Open Grazing: SGF Won’t Reply Miyetti Allah, We Are Not In The Same Category – Akeredolu

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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 French Court Acquits Imam Of Incitement Charges For Quoting Islamic Text Commanding To Kill Jews

By Cnaan Liphshiz September 17, 2021

 

 

Visitors study the Grande Mosque in the district of Empalot in Toulouse, on June 23, 2018. (Eric Cabanis/AFP via Getty Images)

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(JTA) — A senior imam in France who in a sermon recited a religious text commanding Muslims to kill Jews has been acquitted of incitement to antisemitic hate charges.

Mohamed Tatai, the rector of the Great Mosque of Toulouse, had no desire to incite hatred in his sermon from 2017, the Correctional Tribunal of Toulouse ruled Tuesday. The sermon came days after news broke that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Jewish community leaders, who broke relations with Tatai and his mosque following the discovery of his sermon, protested the ruling. Tatai leads an interfaith dialogue group called the Circle for Civil Dialogue.

Franck Teboul, the president of the Toulouse chapter of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, said it was reminiscent of a recent decision in France not to try the killer of a Paris Jewish woman who during the 2017 slaying of Sarah Halimi spewed antisemitic slurs and shouted about Allah. A court ruled that Kabili Traore was too high on marijuana to make him responsible for his actions.

“Even when you kill a Jew you’re not convicted but considered crazy,” Teboul told France Bleu. “So you tell thousands at a mosque to kill Jews and hide behind a centuries-old text to avoid conviction.”

Muslim community leaders praised the court’s acquittal.

Abdallah Zekri, the president of the Observatory for the Fight Against Islamophobia, and a community leader appointed by the Great Mosque of Paris, said the verdict “cuts against radical fundamentalists who expected Tatai would be convicted to tell their followers: ‘Look how they’re treating a moderate Muslim,’” France Bleu quoted him as saying.

Zekri defended Tatai, saying “he’s always maintained good relations with the Jewish and Catholic communities.”

Tatai, who has not resigned his communal posts, has received some backing from prominent members of the Muslim community.

In the sermon, which was filmed, he said that the Prophet Muhammad “told us about the final and decisive battle: ‘Judgement Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews. The Jews will hide behind the stones and the trees, and the stones and the trees will say: Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him – except for the Gharqad tree, which is one of the trees of the Jews’.”

He also predicted Israel’s demise and said the 2016 funeral of Israeli President Shimon Peres was in fact Israel’s funeral.

Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Great Mosque of Paris and the president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith, protested the controversy over Tatai’s sermon rather than the sermon itself.

Acting as Tatai’s spokesperson, Boubaker said Tatasi “apologizes to anyone who was accidentally offended by the pulling out of context” of the sermon. Neither imam explained what they believe to be the correct context.

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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 Imran Khan Says, He Has Initiated A Dialogue With The Taliban Leaders So That They Establish An All-Inclusive Government In Afghanistan

By Najibullah Lalzoy

18 Sep 2021

 

Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Photograph: Didor Sadulloev/Reuters

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that he has initiated a dialogue with the Taliban leaders so that they establish an all-inclusive government in Afghanistan.

The Pakistan Premier in a series of tweets said that such in inclusivity will ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan which will be ensured after 40 years of conflict in the country.

As per the Twitter posts, Imran Khan had a discussion over Afghanistan with leaders from the neighboring countries of Afghanistan especially the president of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon.

This comes as the Taliban have repeatedly been saying that they are establishing an inclusive government but the caretaker cabinet of them is thoroughly unilateral and there is no sign of inclusivity in the cabinet.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has said that the cabinet was much required and is temporary so that they can reshuffle and include experts in the apparatus later.

Source: The Khamaa Press

https://www.khaama.com/imran-khan-asks-for-inclusive-government-in-afghanistan-3636436/

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No legislation against spirit and teachings of Islam, says Chairman Ulema Council of Pakistan

September 18, 2021

LAHORE: The Special Aide to Prime Minister on Religious Harmony and Middle East, Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, has categorically said that neither any law is being legislated nor will be accepted against the ideology of Pakistan and the teachings of Islam.

Addressing a meeting of scholars and Ulema of different religious schools of thought who announced to join Pakistan Ulema Council on Friday, he asked them to come forward for promoting unity and harmony in the society. He said the country's image was being tarnished by fake news that a legislation was on the anvil to block conversion of non-Muslims to Islam. The special aide to the PM said that Islam neither allows forcible conversion nor obstructs anyone from willfully embracing the religion. Tahir Ashrafi said that when the bill in question came to the ministry, the Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noor-ul-Haq Qadri stopped it while strongly opposing its legislation. He reiterated there has been no further movement on the issue and a formal explanation has also been issued by Federal Minister Noor-ul-Haq Qadri. Inshallah, the incumbent government will do anything that is against the Qur'an and Sunnah, he said.

He said during the last few days, a lot of fuss was created over the single national curriculum. Ashrafi said extremists are opposing the uniform curriculum that teaches the youth about Islam, so they cannot be misled by extremists or terrorists. The purpose of making Quran and Sunnah mandatory in the curriculum is to enable the youth understand the message on the own, cutting down any chance of them being misled, said Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi. He said teaching Quran to children and the addition of the title of 'Khatim-un-Nabiyyin' to the name of Rasoolullah (S.A.W) is a great achievement of the incumbent government

Ashrafi, who also Chairman of Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC), said that no system of faith has ever given so many rights to women as given by Islam. He said some people are campaigning against Hijab, which is followed by millions in line with the Islamic teachings. He said Prime Minister Imran Khan's announcement to create a state on the pattern of Madinah is a step in the right direction. He said today those opposing the ideology of Imran Khan have only raised slogans of Nizam-e-Mustafa since Independence without taking any practical action to enforce it.

Source: The News

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/893368-no-legislation-against-spirit-and-teachings-of-islam-says-ashrafi

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Anwar ul Haq Mujahid, The Mastermind Behind Bin Laden’s Escape Is Back—With His Own Taliban Army

Philip Smucker

Sep. 19, 2021

Anwar ul Haq Mujahid, a leader of Osama bin Laden’s former “Black Guard,” who helped plan and orchestrate his escape from intense U.S. bombing at Tora Bora in 2001 and whose underlings were sent to prison in Guantanamo Bay, is back in charge of Taliban fighters across eastern Afghanistan, The Daily Beast has learned.

“Anwar ul Haq Mujahid, the son of Younus Khalis, has returned with hundreds of vehicles and thousands of supporters to his family’s seat of power and to a heroic welcome in Jalalabad,” said a recently deposed senior Afghan intelligence official. “Everyone who worked closely with al Qaeda in 2001 is back in his entourage, which arrived by air from Doha to help establish the new government in Kabul and then travelled overland this past week from Kabul to Jalalabad. He is now in charge of both Taliban and foreign fighters in Eastern Afghanistan, including a Chechen contingent.”

A senior U.N. political official and a Swiss-Italian journalist who was on the ground in the province confirmed the return of Anwar to Jalalabad last Friday as well as his role as a military commander. According to sources, the revered leader of the “Tora Bora Front” was seen daily holding court in his clan’s sprawling reception hall on plush Afghan carpets as hundreds of fighters and villagers streamed to his home to listen to his wisdom and advice on the implementation of Sharia law. Another one of Bin Laden’s former Black Guards, Amin ul Haq, also recently made a triumphant return to Jalalabad, as first reported by The Long War Journal.

The sources said the two Black Guard commanders—Anwar, a pensive intellectual and Amin, an ebullient bully—are exerting newfound authority from their respective fiefdoms in the orange groves outside of the lowland Afghan city of Jalalabad. Their very presence in Jalalabad, bin Laden’s old hometown, is a testament to the U.S. government’s misguided efforts to eliminate terror in Afghanistan—and across parts of the Middle East. Sources told The Daily Beast that Afghans passing through Jalalabad from Kabul and seeking refuge in neighboring Pakistan, particularly Hazara minorities, reported heavy harassment and intimidation from soldiers under the command of both men this week.

Anwar ul Haq Mujahid, who managed bin Laden’s meticulously-planned retreat from Jalalabad into Tora Bora in November 2001 as documented in a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee investigation in 2009, and Amin ul Haq, who laid the groundwork for the battle of Tora Bora and helped usher the Saudi sheikh to safe haven in Pakistan for a decade, are enforcing unpopular Sharia laws and openly praising their former al Qaeda associates, according to Rossi.

The influence of the former Black Guard contingent in the Taliban’s new power scheme comes as U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres used his personal influence to garner international pledges of over a billion dollars Monday to help bail out the Afghan Taliban government and the broader Afghan public from the nation’s mounting humanitarian crisis. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken sought to reassure American senators this week that he is liaising with the U.N. to “be sure U.S. assistance goes to the people of Afghanistan,” but not to the Taliban, insisting carefully that the Taliban’s new government “includes many key members who have very challenging track records,” and that the U.S. was guarding against the “re-emergence” of international terrorism in Afghanistan.

The two leaders arrived separately a week apart, with Anwar arriving most recently into Jalalabad. Both men have hundreds of fighters at their command, even as some Afghans expressed anger that their former tormentors were allowed to shuttle out of Pakistan where they sought refuge after the U.S. invasion. Pakistan’s intelligence service (ISI) has also been long accused of harboring bin Laden in a guarded compound close to their preeminent military academy in Abbottabad until he was finally killed in an unannounced U.S. Special Forces raid in 2011.

The participation of bin Laden’s core of former Afghan supporters—after al Qaeda’s congratulatory message to the Taliban on their August victory and the return to jihadist airwaves this week of bin Laden’s right-hand man, Egyptian Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri—is a sign that the Taliban leadership wants to have its cake and eat it too in the town where bin Laden’s wives once hung his underwear out to dry. The Taliban will continue to deny they are still allied with al Qaeda, said Afghan, U.S. and UN sources, while raking in assistance from the West as well as from less-known wealthy backers in the Middle East.

“Al Qaeda remains in Afghanistan and closely associated with the Taliban: These are facts documented by the U.N. and others,” former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ronald Neumann, president of the American Academy of Diplomacy, told The Daily Beast. Neumann added that, “Al Qaeda branches as far away as North Africa are celebrating the Taliban victory in Afghanistan.” A special report by the U.N.’s Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team released before the U.S. military’s full retreat on Aug. 30, while warning of a likely Taliban takeover, also determined that the Taliban is “closely aligned” with al Qaeda, adding that the allied groups have also strengthened military and financial bonds through marriage.

The role of the returning Eastern Shura leaders in aiding and abetting al Qaeda is not nearly as well understood as the actions of the Taliban’s younger Interior Minister and suicide bombing mastermind Sirajuddin Haqqani. The ties of the two older men go back decades. Anwar and Amin are two hens that helped lay the proverbial golden eggs for bin Laden and his plans to take down the World Trade Center towers. There may be no greater Afghan bond with al Qaeda than that claimed by the Pashtun clan of the deceased Younus Khalis, the father of Anwar ul Haq Mujahid, who is fluent in Arabic, and valued by the Taliban as a successful fundraiser.

Anwar, who for years ran the multimedia “Tora Bora Front” from a secret base in Pakistan told Swiss-Italian reporter Filippo Rossi that bin Laden “sought sanctuary with us in 1996, and as our guest within our Pashtunwali code of honor we were obligated to protect him. He was a Holy Warrior, like us, and a friend.” The thin, bespectacled, gold-turbaned Pashtun leader’s calm demeanor contrasts sharply with the more boastful persona of his associate Amin ul Gul, often referred to in the past—erroneously—as “bin Laden’s bodyguard.”

Reporting out of Jalalabad as a journalist amid intense U.S. bombing in November and December 2001, I was able to observe and document the behavior of both these men towards al Qaeda. Early on, my interpreter penetrated the Khalis family compound and heard the clan’s patriarch Younus Khalis state that the U.S. would surely fail to conquer Afghanistan and take down its stated prey. As B-52s circled in figure eights overhead, a few dozen U.S. servicemen assembled nearby to work as “spotters” for the air power provided to a feuding Afghan contingent of the Taliban’s sworn enemies. The efforts led by these Afghan guns-for-hire, as the U.S. public learned in retrospect, were part and parcel of a flawed approach to taking down the world’s most wanted terrorist “dead or alive” as President George W. Bush had earlier vowed.

Hasty preparations for an escape to the White Mountains began two days before the fall of Kabul on Nov. 12 when bin Laden rallied his forces at a sumptuous kebab feast at the Taliban’s then-intelligence headquarters in Jalalabad.

Bin Laden, dressed in loose gray Afghan clothing and wearing his signature camouflage jacket, spoke in soft, polite tones to assembled followers, handing them all cash envelopes worth tens of thousands of dollars, a down payment on his own eventual getaway. In Jalalabad, al Qaeda’s leadership, in close consultation with Anwar ul Haq Mujahid and bin Laden’s personal guard Amin ul Haq, laid out the group’s secret plans to move into the cave and bunker complex known as Tora Bora. The burly Amin ul Haq had earlier helped prepare the fortified redoubt for bin Laden’s arrival.

Cradling a pug-nosed Kalakov machine gun, Bin Laden stood with Anwar ul Haq Mujahid amid an immense convoy after the feast day at 9:30 pm. Witnesses said the entourage began its hasty retreat with bin Laden riding alongside his Afghan hosts in a hatchback Corolla. The fleeing al Qaeda and Taliban fighters snaked their way down a bumpy dirt road that ran through old battlefields and dusty villages and into the Tora Bora base. Anwar’s own deputy Awol Gul boasted to us on Nov. 25 that “the Americans can bomb all they want, but they’ll never catch Osama.” (Gul, whose lawyer later petitioned me to identify his client as a small player, would die without a trial after 10 years in the U.S.-run Guantanamo Bay prison.)

Though bin Laden had earlier vowed that he would fight to the death, his retreat was soon being planned from within the caves of Tora Bora, where his own Saudi chef later confessed that he had cringed in fear from intense bombing while cooking for bin Laden and finally fled himself without his boss’ permission. Bin Laden, taking heed, bid his own troops farewell on Nov. 26. As quickly as he had arrived to address his troops, bin Laden vanished into the scraggly pine forests led by his bodyguard Amin ul Haq, whose role in the getaway would earn him the affections and respect of Taliban followers in Afghanistan and Pakistan, where he also would be briefly “jailed” between 2008 and 2011.

Bin Laden, according to several fighters and a close Saudi associate, later radioed back to Tora Bora’s central nerve center, urging his followers to keep fighting, an effort that would buy him time for a trek out of the White Mountains through the snow.

Justice, of course, was never served in the cold wintry air beneath an armada of U.S. air power. Nearly three dozen U.S. Special Forces, their faces wrapped in black and white bandanas, laser target-designators in hand, looked on in dismay as the Afghans, whom the CIA had paid excessively to “hunt” bin Laden, failed to corner their man.

Over this past weekend, another former U.S. ambassador and commanding general in Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry, told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he believed Tora Bora to be a clearly missed opportunity that could have—if only it had been done properly—helped to rapidly wind down the $1.5-2 trillion U.S. misadventure in Afghanistan long before it would morph into America’s “Forever War.” Like other senior U.S. commanders, who have spoken wistfully of the failures at Tora Bora, Eikenberry, whom I served under in the State Department at the U.S. Embassy, insisted the key to getting bin Laden would have been to insert U.S. ground forces to surround al Qaeda and seal the mountain passes.

The aftermath of the multi-billion-dollar failure at Tora Bora, abetted by the leading lights of the Eastern Shura with Anwar and Amin in the vanguard, has left the Afghan public today groaning under the whims of religious ideologues and domestic terrorists. Across the Middle East, jihadists are assembling with renewed zeal to plan their own next adventures into Afghanistan and, in some cases, seize Afghan wives.

Despite assurances from the U.S. secretary of state, many analysts believe there is little hope of helping the broader Afghan public as long as the Taliban remains in charge.

“The international donor community is taking a huge risk assuming that the Taliban will distribute aid in a neutral, need-based way,” Jonathan Terra, a political scientist, former State Department official in Afghanistan, and conflict analyst for NATO, told The Daily Beast. “They are a brutal, self-interested, mostly ethnic Pashtun Pakistani proxy government whose leaders were able to seize power only through financial support, sanctuary and the backing of Pakistani armed forces.”

Many Afghans still on the ground insist, however, that assistance to the public needs to continue. “Our primary health care system, which saw immense improvements over the last twenty years, was being financed by the World Bank, but has now been defunded,” Dr. Mir Dost Mohammad Zadran, an urologist and transplant specialist who heads the Foreign Afghan Medical and Dental Doctors’ Association (FAMDA) in Kabul, told The Daily Beast. “We need the world’s help here in Afghanistan today and as soon as heavenly possible.”

Source: The Daily Beast

https://www.thedailybeast.com/anwar-al-haq-mujahid-mastermind-behind-bin-ladens-escape-is-back-in-afghanistan-with-his-own-taliban-army?ref=scroll

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153 Media Outlets At Risk Of Closure Since Taliban Takeover: International Federation Of Journalists

By Najibullah Lalzoy

18 Sep 2021

International Federation of Journalists in its latest report said that 153 media outlets have hardly been impacted since the Taliban takeover and are on verge of closing their offices forever.

The report also reads that the freedom of speech has been curtailed, female journalists are left out of jobs, and violation against journalists has also been increased.

The report reads that the self-safety of journalists is also at risk and added that the seizure of vehicles from journalists and their intimidation is rather concerning.

Journalism and freedom of speech and media have completely changed their shape after August 15 and most of the journalists are afraid to work.

Earlier, MILMA was the first local radio station in Paktika province that shut its office after ten years of broadcast.

Source: The Khamaa Press

https://www.khaama.com/153-media-outlets-at-risk-of-closure-since-taliban-takeover-ifj-6756875/

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Pakistan

First Pakistan International Airlines Flight Carrier Of Sayyida Zainab Pilgrims Arrives In Damascus International Airport After 27 Years

September 19, 2021

The first flight of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) carries pilgrims of Sayyida Zainab (A) arrived in Damascus International Airport on Friday afternoon from Karachi Airport, paving way for the return of air traffic between the two countries suspended for more than twenty seven years.

Source: SANA, Shiite News

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://en.abna24.com/news//first-pakistani-flight-carrier-of-sayyida-zainab-pilgrims-arrives-in-damascus-international-airport-after-27-years_1181146.html

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No legislation against spirit and teachings of Islam, says Ashrafi

September 18, 2021

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LAHORE: The Special Aide to Prime Minister on Religious Harmony and Middle East, Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, has categorically said that neither any law is being legislated nor will be accepted against the ideology of Pakistan and the teachings of Islam.

Addressing a meeting of scholars and Ulema of different religious schools of thought who announced to join Pakistan Ulema Council on Friday, he asked them to come forward for promoting unity and harmony in the society. He said the country's image was being tarnished by fake news that a legislation was on the anvil to block conversion of non-Muslims to Islam. The special aide to the PM said that Islam neither allows forcible conversion nor obstructs anyone from willfully embracing the religion. Tahir Ashrafi said that when the bill in question came to the ministry, the Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noor-ul-Haq Qadri stopped it while strongly opposing its legislation. He reiterated there has been no further movement on the issue and a formal explanation has also been issued by Federal Minister Noor-ul-Haq Qadri. Inshallah, the incumbent government will do anything that is against the Qur'an and Sunnah, he said.

He said during the last few days, a lot of fuss was created over the single national curriculum. Ashrafi said extremists are opposing the uniform curriculum that teaches the youth about Islam, so they cannot be misled by extremists or terrorists. The purpose of making Quran and Sunnah mandatory in the curriculum is to enable the youth understand the message on the own, cutting down any chance of them being misled, said Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi. He said teaching Quran to children and the addition of the title of 'Khatim-un-Nabiyyin' to the name of Rasoolullah (S.A.W) is a great achievement of the incumbent

Source: The News 

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/893368-no-legislation-against-spirit-and-teachings-of-islam-says-ashrafi

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Gender roadmap to be adopted to achieve equality: Asad

APP

September 19, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar on Saturday said the government would adopt a gender roadmap to achieve equality.

He was speaking at a meeting during which the member, social sector and devolution, presented the draft gender roadmap proposing gender integration across all national policies, programmes, offices and key management processes.

The roadmap is designed to bridge the gender gap in education and employment, simultaneously empowering the young women to yield a substantive SDG dividend, which can in return catalyse the economic growth of Pakistan.

The final gender roadmap is a key product emerging from months-long nation-wide iterative consultations engaging the National Youth Council, academicians, subject experts, national task forces, youth voices from across the globe, government officials and development partners. Several high-impact interventions were discussed to mainstream gender across all key priorities.

The packages of high-impact strategic interventions were proposed keeping in view the challenges to inform mindful investment in closing the gender gap and creating equitable opportunities for women and girls.

The minister underscored the importance of gender-transformative workplaces. He desired that a policy framework be developed based on deliberations and rapid research, identifying the current barriers faced by female workers in public and private sector organisations.

The key recommendations outlined in the framework should not only guide development of a public sector programme but must also be supported by necessary legal instruments to make working environment conducive and progressive for women.

During the meeting, Mr Umar expressed his concern over the rising proportion of out-of-school children following the pandemic globally as well as in Pakistan, sharing the governments intent in tackling this challenge as a national priority.

The minister highlighted the need for exploiting e-school experiences from the pandemic and using Covid-19 as an opportunity for introducing innovative e-solutions, e-schools and

Source: Dawn

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https://www.dawn.com/news/1647120/gender-roadmap-to-be-adopted-to-achieve-equality-asad

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Maulana Aziz, others booked in terror, sedition case

Munawer Azeem

September 19, 2021

ISLAMABAD: A case has been registered against Maulana Abdul Aziz, his collaborators as well as seminary students under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) and different sections of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) after flags representing the Afghan Taliban were found hoisted on the rooftop of Jamia Hafsa in G-7/3 on Saturday.

Talking to Dawn on condition of anonymity, officers of the capital administration and police confirmed that the case was registered after flags representing the Afghan Taliban were found hoisted on the rooftop of the seminary.

The administrator of the seminary, Maulana Aziz, also openly threatened the police with dire consequences by using the name of Afghan Taliban. Besides, the seminary students and teachers challenged the police and taunted them with remarks, they added.

The case was registered with the Aabpara police station under the directives of a senior officer of the capital administration under section 7 of the ATA, 124-A (sedition) and 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the PPC and the arms ordinance, the officers said.

Afghan Taliban flags hoisted on Jamia Hafsa; cleric threatens police, say officers

However, after registering the first information report (FIR), it was decided to seal it.

From his Twitter handle, the deputy commissioner Islamabad said: “Area cleared, flags removed, case registered.”

This was the third time since Aug 21 the Afghan Taliban flags were hoisted on the seminary.

Earlier, at least five white flags were found installed on the rooftop of the Jamia.

Source: Dawn

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https://www.dawn.com/news/1647137/maulana-aziz-others-booked-in-terror-sedition-case

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SC says it condones delay in filing of petitions from inside jail

Nasir Iqbal

September 19, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has said it always views delay in filing jail petitions or applications for permission to file appeals in criminal cases by imprisoned accused through the lens of fundamental rights, particularly when the right to liberty, dignity and fair trial guaranteed under Articles 9, 14 and 10A of the Constitution are involved.

“In a criminal case where the liberty and freedom of a person is at stake, ‘sufficient cause’ is to be viewed by the court through the lens of fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution, in particular through the right to liberty, dignity and fair trial guaranteed to an accused under Articles 9, 14 and 10A of the Constitution,” observed Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah in a judgement he wrote.

Justice Shah was a member of a bench, also consisting of Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Qazi Mohammad Amin Ahmed, that had taken up an application by one Mohammad Arshad Nadeem seeking condonation of delay in a post-arrest matter against the Dec 14, 2020 Lahore High Court (LHC) order.

The judgement noted that there was a delay of 72 days in filing the application for leave to appeal against the LHC order whereby post-arrest bail was declined to the petitioner.

In the application for condonation of delay, the petitioner had said that he was behind the bars and there was no male member in his family to pursue his case that was why delay occurred in engaging a lawyer for filing the petition, hence it was neither deliberate nor intentional.

The judgement explained that Rule 2 of Order XXIII of the Supreme Court Rules, 1980 provided that a petition for leave to appeal, under Article 185(3) of the Constitution, in a criminal matter should be lodged within 30 days from the date of judgement or the final order against which the appeal was to be filed.

The second proviso to the rule authorised the court to condone the delay, if “sufficient cause” is shown, the order said, adding as the expression “sufficient cause” could not be defined with any precision or exactitude, the sufficiency of the cause was, therefore, to be determined in each case on the basis of its own peculiar facts and circumstances.

The judgement said the “sufficient cause” primarily translated into providing the accused, who was behind bars, with equal access to court and proper opportunity to defend and avail remedies allowed by law, as were available to a free person.

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Proposed amendments to minority property ordinance challenged

Kalbe Ali

September 19, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The Church Property Protection Movement has challenged the recent proposed amendments to the Minority Common Property Ordinance Act 2020 in the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

Legal Adviser and Church Property Protection Movement Coordinator Zeeshan Ijaz said the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony wanted to promote thievery by playing into the hands of a few vested interests, who would sell the church properties spreading all over the country.

The petition maintained that the amendment moved by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and has been approved by the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Religious Affairs was a violation of the constitution.

The petitioner highlighted that the amendment had been made in the ‘The Protection of the Communal Properties of Minorities Ordinance 2001’, but this law does not exist, because all the functions related to the religious minorities including this ordinance has been transferred to the Provinces after the 18th Amendment.

The amendment in the law states that the Ministry of Religious Affairs would be authorised to issue NOCs for the sale, purchases, transfer and gifts of communal properties, on the recommendations of the National Commission for Minorities.

Zeeshan Ijaz, legal adviser to the Church Property Protection Movement, said that there were three violations in the said amendment.

Source: Dawn

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Health ministry notifies five members of Pims BoG

Ikram Junaidi

September 19, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) on Saturday appointed five members of the board of governors (BoG) of the Federal Medical Teaching Institution (FMTI) of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims).

The BoG will hold a meeting on Monday to elect its chairman.

The employees of the hospital have shown their support for the members and hoped that having experience in hospital management they would be elected as chair of the BoG.

According to a notification, available with Dawn, “in pursuance of Section 4 of the FMTI Act 2021 and with the approval of the cabinet the BoG of FMTI has been constituted with immediate effect.”

The members of the BoG are: Naveed Khalid Butt (telecommunication industry), Dr Shagufta Hussain (former professor of pathology at Pims), Prof Dr Arshad Javaid (ex-VC Khyber Medical University), Dr Abid Malik (ex-dental surgeon Pims) and Muzammal Rasheed (chartered accountant).

The notification has been sent to the Printing Corporation of Pakistan Press for printing in the official gazette.

An official of the hospital, requesting not to be quoted, said the members will hold their meeting in the hospital on Monday.

“During the meeting, they will elect the chairman of the BoG,” he said.

Grand Health Alliance Chairman Dr Asfandyar Khan while talking to Dawn said the employees have welcomed the members of the BoG.

“We expect that they will take steps for the betterment of the patients and staff. We hope that they will play their role to protect the civil servant status of the employees,” he said.

Source: Dawn

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Europe

EastEnders spoilers: Bobby Beale and Dana Monroe are targeted over mosque

Calli Kitson

18 Sep 2021

Bobby, Dana, Waseem, Iqra (Priya Davdra) and Kioni are handing out flyers for the support of the new mosque.

However, Dana is left feeling apprehensive when she spots a group of men approaching.

The men antagonise the group with racial slurs.

Harvey (Ross Boatman) pops by later trying to show his support but makes an offensive joke to the horror of the others.

Source: Metro

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Clashes in Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp after Islamist handed to Lebanese army

The New Arab Staff

18 September, 2021

Clashes erupted in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh in southern Lebanon on Saturday after an Islamist was handed over to the Lebanese army, local media reported.

The fighting erupted after the Fatah Movement - in charge of security inside the camp - handed over a man identified as Mustafa F. from the Islamist Jund al-Sham movement to Lebanese military intelligence, according to the official National News Agency.

Machine guns, RPGs and grenades were used in the clashes and could be heard in the vicinity, while smoke was seen billowing from the densely urban area.

While some injuries were reported, residents were forced to leave their homes after the situation quickly deteriorated, especially in the camp’s Taamir neighbourhood where Mustafa was arrested.

Source: English.Alaraby

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Drone strikes prove that Muslim lives hold no value for Western imperial powers

Afroze Fatima Zaidi

18th September 2021

The US recently admitted that its drone attack in Kabul, perpetrated on 29 August, killed 10 civilians. Seven of them were children. The youngest victim, a toddler named Sumaya, was only two years old.

With this development has come a fresh wave of outrage against US military aggression. But the outrage means little without an outright rejection of the neoliberal system of which these strikes are a feature. It also means little if it comes from people who won’t acknowledge the Islamophobia inherent in the war on terror – and the dehumanisation of Muslim lives that it’s enabled and legitimised.

At the start of the 1987 Hollywood film Predator, American soldiers charge into an unidentified forest in Central America and indiscriminately gun down an entire encampment. Their aim was to save hostages, but their policy was to shoot first and ask questions later. More recently, The Suicide Squad similarly depicted US agents accidently gunning down a camp that later turned out to be ‘the good guys’.

The drone attack in question is a real-life example of this approach. The attack has turned on its head the notion that the US is, or ever has been, a benevolent protector of Afghan people. But moreover, this incident is symbolic of US foreign policy for at least half a century. Acts of military aggression instigated on claims of freedom, democracy, and justice are anything but. Whether the bogeyman is communism or terrorism, the objective remains the same: protecting US interests.

And in service of this aim, human life is reduced to collateral damage. Of secondary importance. Its loss is regrettable but necessary. The US attack on 29 August killed 10 people, none of whom were IS agents. Sorry about that, but oh well.

Source :The Canary

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UK boxer Amir Khan kicked off US flight for COVID-19 mask rule violation

Tamara Abueish

19 September ,2021

British boxer Amir Khan said on Saturday he was kicked off an American Airlines plane for allegedly violating COVID-19 mask regulations, despite the airline not having any proof.

The 34-year-old said police had removed him and his colleague from the US flight after someone complained that his friend’s mask “was not high enough.”

In a video posted on his Twitter, Khan said that he was heading to a training camp in Colorado Springs but has now been forced to reschedule his trip.

“I find it so disgusting and disrespectful,” Khan says in the video. “I was so disgusted that American Airlines would do this to me and ban me from traveling.”

Source: English.Alarabiya

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Christmas dinner could be cancelled as Brits face meat shortage ‘in two weeks’

Harrison Jones

19 Sep 2021

The unprecedented rise in gas prices has forced the closures of two large fertiliser plants in Teesside and Cheshire, which supply CO2 produced as a by-product to the food industry.

The gas is vital in cooling systems used to refrigeration, meaning frozen food is likely to be badly hit. It also extends the shelf-life of products and is used while slaughtering livestock.

The owner of Bernard Matthews and 2 Sisters Food Group says the issue, combined with a shortage of workers, will impact the supply of Christmas turkeys and could tip the industry ‘over the edge’.

Ranjit Singh Boparan explained: ‘There are less than 100 days left until Christmas and Bernard Matthews and my other poultry businesses are working harder than ever before to try and recruit people to maintain food supplies.

‘Nothing has fundamentally changed since I spoke about this issue in July. In fact, I take no pleasure in pointing out that the gaps on the shelves I warned about then are getting bigger by the day.’

He continued: ‘The supply of Bernard Matthews turkeys this Christmas was already compromised as I need to find 1,000 extra workers to process supplies. Now with no CO2 supply, Christmas will be cancelled.

‘The CO2 issue is a massive body blow and puts us at breaking point, it really does – that’s poultry, beef, pork, as well as the wider food industry.

‘Without CO2, the bottom line is there is less throughput and with our sector already compromised with lack of labour, this potentially tips us over the edge.’

The intervention is far from the first warning about supplies to the UK over Christmas, including to wine, and comes amid various shortages across the country, which experts have partly blamed on Brexit, Covid and staff shortages.

The Government met with a number of industry leaders on Saturday to discuss CO2 issues and  Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng tweeted that there is no ‘cause for immediate concern’ over the supply of gas in the UK.

But Mr Boparan went on to warn that having to keep poultry on farms will compromise animal welfare as well significant reductions in supply.

‘This is clearly a national security issue and unlike the labour supply crisis, where the Government response to our sector has been disappointing to say the least, it has to be dealt with as a matter of urgency.

‘It really beggars belief when such a key infrastructure operation can arbitrarily decide to switch off the taps because of price inflation. It is irresponsible and catastrophic for our sector.’

Source: Metro

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North America

‘Not feeling safe’: Muslim Canadians want politicians to take more action on Islamophobia

By Noushin Ziafati

September 18, 2021

Dareen Shilbayeh can’t stop herself from looking over her shoulder while out in public.

The London, Ont., resident who wears a hijab says she’s been worried she’ll be targeted because of her faith ever since a Muslim family was killed in the city this summer.

“Every corner I take, even at the mall, when it’s a public place, it’s like, I have to be careful,” said the 19-year-old who grew up in London and is a student at the city’s Western University.

It’s a sentiment many Muslim Canadians have shared after four members of the Afzaal family, who were out for an evening stroll, were run down and killed by a vehicle in what police have called an attack motivated by hate.

At a vigil held outside a London mosque two days after the June 6 tragedy, federal party leaders condemned Islamophobia and made promises to fight it.

But some, including Shilbayeh, say there has been little action since then, and argue the issue hasn’t been discussed enough during the campaign.

Saboor Khan, a friend of the Afzaal family, said the issue of tackling Islamophobia appears to have been pushed down on the political priority list.

The Liberals said that if re-elected, the measures they will take to fight Islamophobia include presenting a national action plan on combating hate by 2022, investing $10 million for a national fund for survivors of hate-motivated crimes, and introducing legislation within 100 days to tackle hateful online content.

“We recognize that there is a lot more to do, and a re-elected Liberal government will continue to work closely with Muslim communities and all Canadians to address hate in Canada,” said spokeswoman Adrienne Vaupshas.

Meanwhile, the Conservatives said they were committed to working with the Muslim community to “do the hard work of finding concrete solutions to these problems.” They also said they plan to fight online hate “by clearly criminalizing statements that encourage violence against other people or identifiable groups.”

Source: Global News

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California man pleads guilty to 2019 murder, arson at synagogue and mosque

September 18, 2021

A California man this week pleaded guilty to a murder committed at a synagoguge in 2019, a crime for which he faces the possibility of life in prison.

John Earnest "pleaded guilty in federal court to a 113-count indictment for the religiously and racially motivated murder of one person and the attempted murders of 53 other persons," the Justice Department said in a Friday press release.

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South Asia

New Tokyo mosque hosts Friday prayers for first time

September 19, 2021

News Code : 1181123

Muslims held the first Friday prayers at a new mosque and community center established in the Nishi Kasai district in Edogawa, one of the 23 wards of Tokyo.

On the second floor, an imam led a Friday prayer for about 80 Muslims, while loudspeakers conveyed the audio to the first floor of the building in an area set up for females worshippers.

Source: IQNA

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2 killed 19 wounded in consecutive explosions in eastern Afghanistan

By Najibullah Lalzoy

18 Sep 2021

Three consecutive explosions targeting rangers of the Taliban killed 2 and wounded 19 more among them women and children in Police District 5 of Jalalabad city of eastern Nangarhar province.

Health officials of the provincial hospital in Jalalabad city said that 21 wounded people have been rushed to the hospital among them two died due to severe injuries.

As per the local health officials, three of the victims were civilians, and the rests of them were Taliban fighters.

Source: The khamaa Press

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Mideast

Iran’s Khamenei vows to back athletes from Muslim states who won’t face Israelis

By AFP

18 September 2021

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday reasserted the Islamic Republic’s longstanding ban on competitive sport with Israelis, and promised support for athletes disciplined by international bodies for respecting it.

Iran does not recognize Israel — with top officials like Khamenei regularly calling for its destruction — and its athletes usually refrain from facing Israeli opponents, whether by forfeiting the match or by simply not participating.

But while their actions earn them praise from top officials back home, they have sometimes resulted in disciplinary measures from international bodies.

“Any Iranian athlete worthy of the name cannot shake hands with a representative of the criminal regime in order to win a medal,” Khamenei told a reception for Iran’s medallists from the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Source: The Times of Israel

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We Won’t Let Islamic State Establish Presence on our Border, Iran’s Raisi Vows

SEPTEMBER 18, 2021

Iran will not allow the Islamic State group to establish a presence on the country’s border with Afghanistan, President Ebrahim Raisi warned on Saturday

“We will not allow terrorist organizations and IS to set up next to our border and strike other countries and the region,” Raisi said as he wound up a visit to Tajikistan.

The Taliban took Afghanistan’s capital on August 15, exploiting a vacuum caused by the withdrawal of US troops from the country and the subsequent rapid collapse of the Afghan military.

Source: by i24 News

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$500 million trade target; Iran, Tajikistan annual bilateral trade exchanges

September 19, 2021

High-ranking delegations from Iran and Tajikistan, chaired by the presidents, discussed the ways to set a target to increase the value of annual bilateral trade exchanges to $500 million.

Iran's President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi and his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rahmon co-chaired a meeting of high-ranking delegations of the two countries in Dushanbe on Saturday morning.

In the gathering, the Tajik leader pointed to 160 cooperation agreements that the two countries have signed in the past years, bemoaning the fact that the volume of bilateral trade exchanges has decreased to $57 million.

Source: Tasnim News

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Supreme Leader appoints Brig. Gen. Nasirzadeh as Dep. Chief of Staff

September 19, 2021

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei appointed Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh as Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces.

In a decree on Sunday, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Ayatollah Khamenei appointed Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh to the position of Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces.

Source : Mehr

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Islamic State claims responsibility for attack on Syrian gas pipeline

By REUTERS

SEPTEMBER 18, 2021

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack on a gas pipeline at Deir Ali power station in Syria, according to a statement published on Saturday on its affiliated Telegram channels.

Source: Jerusalem Post

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Iran: The End for Mullahs in Sight

by Dr. Saeid Sajadi

18th September 2021

Iran’s mullahs have taken full advantage of many events, including the Iran-Iraq war, the 1991 gulf war, the 2003 Iraq war, and the COVID pandemic, to prolong their criminal rule. Today, however, the regime has reached a dead-end on all strategic fronts. The regime is confronted with a crisis of legitimacy, a contracting power structure, an economy in shambles, a population yearning for freedom through uprisings, and last but not least, a vast network of rebellious resistance units targeting the regime’s manifestations of power at every opportunity.

It’s crucial to recognize that the uprisings of December 2017 and November 2019 were different from previous uprisings for several reasons:

(a) the radicalism of their slogans and demands,

(b) the primary involvement of the lower socio-economic sector of society- erroneously considered as the base to the regime in the past,

(c) the mind-boggling speed of their spread to hundreds of towns and cities within a day or two, and

(d) a much shorter span of time between the major uprisings. Khamenei had no choice but to specifically single out the resistance units- led by the MEK for leading the uprisings. This revelation was necessary in order to reorient his forces to the brunt of the threat.

The message of the 2017/2019 uprisings rapidly evolved. A popular slogan throughout Iran was: “hardliner, reformer: the game is now over.” This development put an end to the utility of the so-called reformist faction, which internally functioned as a safety valve to impede radicalization of the protest movement and externally served as the basis to the narrative justifying foreign powers’ appeasement of the Mullahs. The price tag to put an end to this “game,” however, was the lives of more than 1,500 protesters murdered by the regime’s forces in a matter of 48 hours during the 2019 uprising.

Source: Ncr-iran

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Islamic terrorism and the Age of the Holocaust

By MOSHE DANN

SEPTEMBER 18, 2021

The 20th century, marked by two world wars and the Holocaust, also saw the advent of the nuclear age and the UN; peace, however, didn’t last long. Regional wars erupted: when the State of Israel was declared, Arab nations invaded in an attempt to wipe it out; backed by Communist China, North Korea invaded South Korea and then North Vietnam invaded South Vietnam.

Many African nations are plagued by civil wars between Islamists and Christians. Afghanistan has been conquered by the Taliban; UNICEF calls Yemen, torn by civil war initiated by Islamists and assisted by Iran, “the largest humanitarian crisis in the world.” Yazidis, an ethnic minority in Iraq, have been slaughtered and enslaved by Islamists. Islamist insurgents in Nigeria have killed around 35,000 people and displaced at least two million in the past decade, driven first by Boko Haram and more recently by its offshoot, Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). Islamist terrorists threaten Mali, Somalia, Sudan and neighboring countries.

The mass slaughter that ended in 1945 is an ongoing trauma in our society, especially for the survivors, their children and the wounded. Attempts to annihilate Israel in 1948, 1967 and 1973 continue – carried on by Islamic terrorists, led by Iran and its proxy, Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood and its proxies, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and others, focused on “statehood” and destroying Israel. It is the core of the ideology of Palestinianism, which, strangely, is accepted and legitimized by the EU, the UN and the international community.

Shrouded by what is portrayed as a “humanitarian” agenda – “self-determination,” “end the occupation – free Palestine,” “global jihad/intifada,” etc. – radical Islamists promote terrorism, murder and genocide. It motivated the 9/11 attacks, justified by Islamists because of America’s support for Israel. It was, they claimed, a “sacrifice for Allah.” Palestinian suicide bombers say the same thing when they blow up Israeli restaurants and buses. For them, death is more important than life.

Source: Jerusalem Post

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Allama Sajid Naqvi: Dictatorships supported in personal interests

September 18, 2021

On the occasion of World’s Democracy Day, Head of Shia Ulema Council (SUC) of Pakistan, Allama Sajid Ali Naqvi said that the internationally prevailing democratic system was based on imperialistic doctrine. In this system, so many things and points were available which could be modified according to Islamic rules.

Source: Shiite News

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Senior Pakistani Shia cleric 'Allama Jafri' expresses condolence on sad demise of Ali Ausat Rizvi

September 18, 2021

In a condolence message on the sad demise of Former Secretary Political Affairs Syed Ali Ausat Rizvi, head of Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen of Pakistan Allama Raja Nasir Abbas Jafri said that late brother Ali Ausat was an active member of pain keeping fraternity of the Nation.

Source: Shiite News

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Arab world

Morocco Says 'No' to Political Islam in the Last Parliamentary Election

Marwan Asmar

September 18th, 2021

Why were the Islamists thrashed in the last parliamentary elections in Morocco? The literal decimation of the Justice and Development Party (PJD) to 12 seats from the 125 they had in the previous parliament was a major blow and surprised everyone including the pro-state, pro-monarchy and pro-establishment parties.

It is as if the tables were turned around, and regardless of allegations of vote-buying and vote rigging, these elections brought the pro-monarchical parties to the forefront of Moroccan politics with the National Rally of Independents (RNI) getting 102 seats, Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) winning 86 seats and Al Istiqlal Party 82 seats. Through Morocco’s coalition-style government they are set to form the next Cabinet in the country out of a Parliament of 395 seats.

This is seen as a new chapter; a political stage were the Islamists are likely to be in the opposition for the first time in 11 years. Hurrah! The liberals and businessmen are set to rule the government and state. It is rather ironic the RNI under the leadership of billionaire businessman Aziz Akhannouch and a former Agriculture Minister in the last elections. He is the second richest man in the country with a fortune earmarked at $2 billion and is set to rule a country where poverty shot up by seven percent just in 2020 and the Covid-19 lockdowns made things worse. But he has promised the voters of 18 million he would provide 1 million jobs, comprehensive health insurance and spike teachers’ salaries and guaranteed pension.

Three scenarios are being laid out in Morocco for what is seen as the effective death of the PJD from political life. This moderate Islamic party is presently in a state of political flux, questioning just where it went wrong and couldn’t there have been a turning point to save itself.  But secretly they may have known the mess they got themselves into for ruling is not an easy thing.

The first scenario can be described as thematic and relate to the dwindling fortunes of “political Islam” in the Arab world. Political Islam as a group of parties which began to rule in some countries of the Arab region was flagging with the traditional state and security apparatuses becoming much stronger than the waves towards democratic representations.

Cairo started the ball rolling when in 2013 the then Defense Minister Abdel Fattah Al Sisi instituted a coup, probably with the help of the army to remove the country’s first elected government made up of Muslim Brotherhood members under Mohammad Morsi who was subsequently charged, imprisoned and sentenced to death. The fact that the Muslim Brotherhood had won the elections the previous year didn’t make a blind bit of difference and his removal from power showed the strength of the deep state and its apparatuses in Egypt. Subsequently as well there was a crackdown on members of the Muslim Brotherhood with many of them executed or imprisoned on different charges.

Source: Albawaba

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Sunni fighters foil an ISIS attack on a security checkpoint in Makhmour

2021-09-19

Shafaq News/ Fighters from the Tribal Mobilization successfully thwarted an attack waged by militants of the terrorist organization ISIS southeast Mosul, the capital city of the Nineveh governorate.

A source told Shafaq News Agency that a force from the Sunni paramilitary group an attack waged by the extremist organization on a security checkpoint of the Tribal Mobilization near al-Kashaf area in Makhmour.

Source: Shafaq News

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Islamic State leader in Sinai surrenders to Egyptian authorities

September 19, 2021

CAIRO — A high-profile Islamic State commander in Sinai has given himself up to a tribal union loyal to the Egyptian military, exposing possible cracks within the organization and potentially putting valuable information at the disposal of Cairo.

Mohamed Saad Kamel, also known as Abu Hamza al-Qadi, turned himself in to the Association of Sinai Tribes on Sept. 10 after contacting association leaders. He got pledges from the association for his safety and that of his wife and three children.

Qadi is the highest-ranking IS Sinai commander to turn himself in to the authorities to date, suggesting the noose is tightening around the terrorist organization in the Egyptian territory, which shares borders with Israel and the Gaza Strip.

"There is close coordination between the army and Sinai tribes," Sinai tribal leader Sami Kamel told Al-Monitor. "This advances the crackdown on the terrorist organization noticeably."

The military has been running a massive operation in northern and central Sinai since February 2018. Codenamed Sinai 2018, the operation involves all divisions of the military, including the air force and the navy. Ground troops comb every inch of northern and central Sinai for IS militants, tracking down dozens of militants and arresting or killing them.

On Aug. 1, Cairo said it had killed 89 extremists and seized machine guns, ammunitions and explosive devices in their possession during operations in northern Sinai. On Aug. 13, the military said it had killed 13 extremists in northern and central areas of the peninsula.

The tightening grip of the military and Sinai tribes loyal to it appears to be stopping IS militants from attacking military checkpoints and camps and forcing the terrorist organization to resort to untraditional tactics, including the planting of roadside bombs.

On Aug. 13, nine police officers were killed and six others wounded when a roadside bomb strick their armored vehicle in New Rafah, near the border with the Gaza Strip. The attack came only 13 days after IS militants attacked a security checkpoint in the northern Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid, killing five troops and injuring six others.

These attacks and others show that IS is still alive, even as military troops and civilian police fight tooth and nail to defang the terrorist group.

Source: Al-Monitor

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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Condoles Algerian President on Death of Former President

18 Sep, 2021

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has sent a cable of condolence to President Abdelmadjid Tebboune of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria on the death of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Source :Alriyadh Daily

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India

Kerala: Efforts Christian And Muslim Communities Have Led To The Removal Of Objectionable Content Against Muslims From A Catechism Textbook

K.M. Rakesh

19.09.21

Conciliatory efforts by leaders of two minority communities have led to the removal of objectionable content against Muslims from a catechism textbook published by a Kerala Christian diocese and provided a possible template on easing the tensions fuelled by a statement from a Catholic bishop.

M.K. Muneer, the Indian Union Muslim League MLA from Koduvally in Kozhikode, led a delegation of community leaders to meet Bishop Remigiose Inchananiyil and his clergymen from the Diocese of Thamarassery in the district late on Friday evening over the controversial catechism textbook for Classes X to XII.

Bishop Inchananiyil issued a media statement announcing the withdrawal of the controversial contents within minutes of the meeting that started around 7pm, an Islamic scholar who was part of the discussion said.

“Bishop Remigiose Inchananiyil informed about the withdrawal of a portion related to Islam in the book, titled Truth and Realities in 33 Questions and Answers, at a meeting held to discuss the matter. He expressed regret at hurting the religious sentiments of Muslims over some remarks in the book. The meeting held under the chairmanship of Koduvally MLA M.K. Muneer decided to work for communal harmony and against social ills,” the statement in Malayalam said.

Dr Hussain Madavoor, the Islamic scholar, told The Telegraph on Saturday: “It seemed the bishop had already decided to remove the hurtful contents since he immediately agreed to our objections, apologised for the lapse and said the book had been printed without his knowledge.”

The smooth reconciliation had shown that communal harmony could be strengthened through dialogue, cooperation and mutual respect as secularism was the “prime driver” of Kerala’s society, Church officials said.

The row over the catechism textbook had erupted a few days after Bishop Mar Joseph Kallarangatt of the Pala Diocese in Kottayam had told Christians to protect their children from “love jihad” and “narcotic jihad”.

The choice of the phrases was seen as a deafening dog whistle targeting Muslims although the bishop’s supporters sought to claim that he was addressing his flock and his objective was to caution families against the drug menace among the youths.

The subsequent exchanges in the public domain saw tensions rising between sections of Christians and Muslims like never before in a state where the minorities together account for around 45 per cent of the population and wield considerable political and economical influence.

The balance is so delicately poised that even the usually assertive CPM-led government faced charges of walking the tightrope, unwilling as it was to antagonise any group by taking stringent action. CPM sympathisers have sought to defend party and government by saying that sagacity and restraint, not accusations that can drive the situation out of control, should be the immediate priority.

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For BJP, ‘Liberation Day’ in Hyderabad has always been Hindu-Muslim issue but experts differ

RISHIKA SADAM

18 September, 2021

Hyderabad: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been celebrating 17 September as ‘Liberation Day’ ever since the state of Telangana was formed in 2014. But the party has been demanding state recognition of this day, which commemorates the accession of the princely state of Hyderabad to India in 1948, for over a decade now.

This demand was levelled up during Home Minister Amit Shah’s public gathering in Hyderabad Friday, where he said the BJP will commemorate ‘Liberation Day’ when it comes to power in 2024.

However, Shah’s speech very evidently targeted the Muslim political party All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) and its chief Asaduddin Owaisi.

“When BJP comes to power (in 2024) we will celebrate Hyderabad Liberation Day. We are not scared of MIM or anyone. The day we took freedom from Razakars is 17 September and that day shall be celebrated as Liberation Day in Telangana,” said Shah at the gathering.

When India got independence from the British, all the 500-odd princely states and chiefdoms were given a choice to join India or Pakistan or remain independent. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel asked the Nizam to accede to India after independence, the ruler refused and Hyderabad was declared an independent nation on 15 August 1947.

The Nizam established a feudal state and under him, the Razakars carried out violent atrocities against the people of Hyderabad and also molested women. This eventually led to a rebellion against the Nizam.

“People rebelled against feudalism. They wanted their rights on the lands, equal representation in the administration. And that led to the whole movement in the state against the Nizam ruling and the Razakars,” Professor Kodandaram, activist and founder of the party Telangana Jana Samithi, told ThePrint.

Indian armed forces then intervened, when Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was the Home Minister, and the state of Hyderabad was annexed from the Nizam with ‘Operation Polo’ on 17 September 1948.

However, experts noted that the Hyderabad freedom movement did not have a Hindu-Muslim angle since people from both communities were part of both the Nizam’s administration as well as the resistance movement.

Reacting to Shah’s statement later in the day, MP Owaisi called himself the ‘Laila’ of politics, saying the focus of different parties is always on him.

“Be it BJP, Congress or TRS — all of them are praising ‘Laila’ … all of them are talking just about Owaisi and MIM. They can’t see anyone else except us. Even we are not scared of anyone … Home Minister Amit Shah is really troubled that he came to our constituency, to Charminar, but lost both wards. UP CM was made to roam for four hours in our constituency … but no use, they lost. So, they’re troubled about it and they’re expressing it this way. Why are they talking about ‘fear’ in a democracy? In a democracy, should they not instil confidence in minorities? They’re the ruling government, majority … why are they talking about ‘fear?,” he said.

After Hyderabad’s accession to India, Qasim Razvi was jailed for almost a decade and then released in 1957 on the condition that he will leave for Pakistan. It is then that Razvi handed over the reins to Abdul Wahid Owaisi, Asaduddin’s grandfather, who rebranded the organisation as AIMIM.

The party has even said Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi do not observe 17 September as ‘Liberation Day’ because of the former’s close ties with the AIMIM party chief.

“CM KCR, at the time of separate state agitation, promised he would observe liberation day- but why is he not doing it now? Who is he scared of? Does CM not remember people’s sacrifices?” said Shah.

K.T. Rama Rao, KCR’s son, responded to Shah’s comments Saturday and said that for the Telangana government, 2 June — when Telangana was officially carved out — is the ‘Liberation Day’.

Rao further said that the party does observe the day but the state government will not support any efforts or let anyone use liberation day as a tool to target one particular community.

Shah’s meeting also came in the wake of a crucial Huzurabad bypoll in the state. It was also held at Veyi Udala Marri, where the Razakars allegedly killed 1,000 people fighting against the Nizam near a banyan tree at Udala Marri.

The Hyderabad state under the Nizam rulers constituted the present Telangana region, the Marathwada region of Maharashtra and parts of Karnataka.

While BJP has been promoting the ‘Liberation Day’ issue as a Hindu-Muslim one, according to experts, the freedom movement of Hyderabad had no such communal angle.

“The (rebellion) movement was led by the Communist Party, Hyderabad State Congress (not part of Indian National Congress then) and socialists. BJP was not even in the picture,” said Kodandaram.

He added: “This was never a Hindu vs Muslims issue. There were a lot of Hindu ministers in the administration who supported the Razakars and the Hindu community fought against them too. Similarly, a lot of Muslims opposed Razakars atrocities and fought against them.”

According to senior political analyst Nageshwar Rao, the BJP is trying to project 17 September as a day when Hindus got freedom from the Muslim king’s rule.

“But, in reality that was not the case. Both communities together fought against the administration. But because there is this Hindu-Muslim angle to it, even ruling party has refrained from celebrating it anyway because of their relationship with MIM.  The party is under opinion that talking against Nizam might hurt Muslim sentiments and votes. But, what is the relation between Nizam and Muslims?” Rao said.

Columnist Mohan Guruswamy highlighted that several Hindus were also part of the Nizam’s administration, even though it was predominantly Muslim.

“It is said that the Deshmukhs helped Razakars. One of the key persons in the Communist Party which spearheaded the movement was Khaja Moiunddin – then how is this a Hindu-Muslim fight? BJP is creating a Hindu-Muslim cleavage here again. A clear attempt to polarise and break communal harmony,” said Guruswamy.

Independent researcher Faisal C.K., meanwhile, pointed out that Razakars terrorised the Hindu community and the MIM supported these activities.

He also noted that during Nizam’s rule 50 per cent people spoke Telugu, 25 per cent spoke Marathi, 11 per cent Kannada and hardly 1.2 per cent spoke Urdu.

“Muslims in Hyderabad still have a feeling that once they were the ruling class, that soft corner for Nizam rule will be there. And distorting history and presenting it, especially when people do not know what happened exactly will obviously help them with the polarisation. They’re talking about Sardar Patel and his operation — he was a Congressman, secular and in fact banned RSS,” he added.

Source: The Print

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Muslim Men Accused In Delhi Violence Allege Brutality By Police And Jail Officials

PRABHJIT SINGH

18 September 2021

According to two Muslim men in their early twenties, who were arrested in March 2020 in two cases pertaining to the Delhi violence, Delhi Police personnel and officials at the national capital’s Mandoli Prison Complex beat and verbally abused them in custody. After the Delhi Police arrested the men in March 2020—Shahbuddine and Farman—they were lodged in the Mandoli Prison Complex till they received bail in June 2021. The men were accused of murdering a fellow Muslim, Babbu Khan, during the communal violence in Delhi, among other offences. They denied these allegations. Witnesses against Shahbuddine and Farman gave statements against the men only after their arrests, the court orders granting them bail noted.

Over multiple interviews in July and August, Shahbuddine and Farman told me about their experience of dealing with the police and officials at the Mandoli jail. They could not recall the exact dates of the incidents they described. According to Shahbuddine, while arresting and beating him, one of the policemen told him, “Tum mulle dangey karte ho”—You Muslims riot. Farman told me, “I wanted to hang myself in jail.”

Emails to the Sunil Kumar, the superintendent of Mandoli jail; Rajesh Chopra, the deputy inspector general of Mandoli jail; and SK Sain, the deputy commissioner of police of north east Delhi, went unanswered. Pawan Kumar, the station house officer of the Khajuri Khas police station, said in a WhatsApp message, “The matter is subjudice in court. However, if you have any questions please do visit the office after a call.” But in a subsequent call, he reiterated that the matter is subjudice and said that he cannot give a comment.

According to the first-information report 119 of 2020, Khan, a 32-year-old auto driver, was injured on the third day of the communal violence, on 25 February, at a chowk in northeast Delhi’s Khajuri Khas area. He died on 27 February at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital. The next day, the police lodged an FIR against a complaint that his brother had filed. The FIR mentioned offences of rioting and murder but did not name any accused. The case was transferred to the crime branch on 7 March. While the original FIR did not name any accused, the Delhi Police arrested Shahbuddine and Farman that same month. The chargesheet in the case, filed on 15 June 2020, accused 16 men, including Shahbuddine and Farman. Eleven of the 16 men were Muslim.

Shahbuddine and Farman were not named in the second FIR against them either. FIR 103 of 2020 was registered against a complaint by a police constable on 26 February. The FIR was filed under several offences—including rioting; assaulting or using criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging his duty; and under two sections of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984, that pertain to damaging public property—but did not name any accused. The chargesheet in the case, filed on 6 June 2020, listed 21 individuals as accused—11 of them were also accused in FIR 119.

Shahbuddine lives with his family in Khajuri Khas. His mother, Tabassum, is a domestic worker. She told me that she lost her husband two years back—he was an alcoholic—and that her elder son also died a few years ago. Tabassum said she could never afford to send her six children to school. Before his arrest, Shahbuddine told me, he performed odd jobs at weddings—including that of a washer and waiter—in Faridabad, Haryana. Farman lives with his family in a jhuggi in Delhi’s Wazirabad area. He told me he was the sole earner of the family and like Shahbuddine, he also worked at weddings.

According to Shahbuddine, personnel from the Khajuri Khas police station picked him up on the night of 9 March. “I was on the road, returning from work, when the police came,” Shahbuddine said. The personnel asked for his identification details, such as his name and address, he said. Shahbuddine told me he offered to give these details on the road itself, but the police forcibly took him to the station. “They punched and kicked me on the road while taking me,” he said.

In custody, the police accused him of rioting and looting. Shahbuddine said he denied their allegations and told them he was in Faridabad at the time of the violence. According to Shahbuddine, other inmates at the station told him that the policemen were drunk. He said that the policemen’s demeanour suggested this was true. “They kept slapping me and they abused me,” he said, before adding that his lip and tongue began to bleed. “There was blood on my shirt and it tore.” Shahbuddine said that the police personnel made remarks like, “Bhenchodo tumne dange kiye the”—You fuckers created riots. Shahbuddine added, “I had a tabeez”—talisman—“around my neck, they broke that. They took my medicine also.” The next day, he said, he was presented in the Karkardooma district court as an accused in the FIR Number 103. After the hearing, he was sent to Delhi’s Mandoli jail.

A few days later, at Mandoli jail, Shahbuddine said, some officials informed him that he was also named an accused in the case of Khan’s murder. According to him, his family had resided in the same neighbourhood as Khan in the past, and that his father was acquainted with the deceased. Shahbuddine said he informed the officials of this and said, “Janaab, musalmaan musalmaan ka murder thodi kardega”—Sir, a Muslim will not murder a Muslim. Tabassum also made a similar remark. “How could my son kill a fellow Muslim in Hindu-Muslim riots?” she said.

Adbul Ghaffar, Shahbuddine’s lawyer, told me that the police had cited a video as a basis of Shahbuddine’s arrest, but it “was never shared with us.” At one point of time, Shahubddine said, some officials at the Mandoli jail showed him a video of the riots and asked to identify people in it, but he could not do so. He did not remember the date of this interaction. According to Shahubddine, officials asked him to sign a document—he did not know what it said, but he put his thumb impression on the document.

Shahbuddine said that jail officials beat him brutally once in jail—he did not remember when this incident took place. According to Shahbuddine, an official falsely accused him of adding insects to the food, after which his hands were tied together with a rope and so were his feet. Shahbuddine said that the officials then bound his arms and calves to a lathi suspended between two chairs, such that he was hanging from it, a little above the ground. Then, Shahbuddine said, jail officials rained lathis on his body, including his ankles, for ten minutes. While recounting his time in jail, he said, “I was missing my family. I was crying a lot.”

Like Shahbuddine, Farman said he found out about the murder accusation against him a few days later. Farman told me that at the Mandoli jail, some two or three officials—who did not work at the jail complex—came to inform him of FIR Number 119. According to Farman, the officials then asked him to identify people in a video, but he did not know anyone. Then, he said, the officials asked him to sign a document. Farman told me the officials then kicked and slapped him for thirty minutes, while verbally abusing him. “I wasn’t able to take it, so I signed. I thought I’ll at least escape this,” Farman said.

Even for the rest of his stay, Farman said, officials regularly “harassed” him and the other Muslims accused of participating in the Delhi violence. According to Farman, in one instance, the Hindu men accused of participating in the violence blamed Muslim prisoners for fomenting the Delhi violence, which led to an argument and “almost resulted in a scuffle.” Jail officials then intervened and took the Muslim men, about ten of them, to the “chakkar”—Farman said this was a colloquial name for a particular area in the jail. There, Farman told me, they beat the Muslim men with plastic batons. “Each person was hit at least thirty times,” Farman said.

Further, Farman said, one particular Hindu inmate rained lathis on him and the other Muslim prisoners accused in the Delhi violence to wake them up on multiple mornings. After this, Farman told me, the inmate would direct them to clean toilets by hand, without providing any products to do so. Muslim men accused of participating in the violence were asked to work in the jail more than the Hindus accused, according to Farman.

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Southeast Asia

In rare rebuke, Johor Ruler urges Putrajaya to drop appeal against automatic citizenship for children born abroad

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid

18 Sep 2021

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 18 — Sultan Ibrahim today urged the Federal Government not to appeal the recent High Court ruling that recognises citizenship rights to children born abroad regardless if the Malaysian parent is the father or mother.

This is the first time a monarch has openly spoken about the thorny issue. The Johor ruler said in a statement issued this evening that all children born to Malaysian parents on foreign soil must be accorded the right to citizenship.

“The sanctity of the court must be upheld. Why discriminate against Malaysian mothers with overseas-born children? This is a basic right of every child, irrespective of whether the Malaysian parent is the father or the mother,” he stressed in a statement to the Royal Press Office.

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Pesantren, sharia economy can potentially boost national economy

19-09-2021

Aji Cakti, Suharto

Jakarta (ANTARA) - State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir believes that Islamic boarding schools (pesantren) and sharia economy have great potential for boosting national economy.

Until the first quarter of 2021, Indonesia had a total of 31,385 Islamic boarding schools, with more than 4.29 million students, he said in the 12th Diplomat Success Challenge held online in Jakarta on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian sharia economy is ranked fourth in the world, with a Global Islamic Economy Indicator (GIEI) score of 91.2. The excellent sectors of the Indonesian sharia economy cover halal food, finance, tourism, Muslim fashion, cosmetics, media and amusement, he said.

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Hishammuddin: Malaysian Armed Force's Greater Klang Valley task force ceases operation

18 Sep 2021

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 18 — The Malaysian Army’s (TDM) Greater Klang Valley Task Force (GKV TF) has ceased its operation after 41 days following the positive development of the Covid-19 pandemic situation in the Klang Valley.

Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said it was done with the consent of the Greater Klang Valley Special Task Force (GKVSTF) and the Health Ministry (MOH) after the number of daily cases started to decline and the capacity of hospitals was under control, and in view of the increasing number of fully vaccinated individuals.

With the termination of the GKV TF operation, the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) would continue focusing on various Covid-19-related operations throughout the country.

“It includes building more field hospitals in states identified by the MOH and increasing the number of the Combat Medic Vaccination Team (CMVT) to assist MOH in the vaccination process especially in interior areas,” he said in a statement today.

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Zahid: Don’t blame BN for the downfall of Pakatan, Perikatan administrations

19 Sep 2021

BY KENNETH TEE

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 — Both the Pakatan Harapan and Perikatan Nasional coalitions have only themselves to blame for the collapse of their respective governments, Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also Umno president, said the dissatisfaction of the people towards the two previous governments stemmed from their failures in fulfilling their promises to Malaysians.

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Selangor police issue 423 compounds for disregarding SOP

18 Sep 2021

SEPANG, Sept 18 — Selangor police have issued 423 compounds to members of the public for flouting the standard operating procedure (SOP) under Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (PPN) from Sept 10 until yesterday.

Selangor police chief, Datuk Arjunaidi Mohamed said the compounds were issued for various offences like failure to wear a mask, disregarding social distancing and others.

He said about 3,000 personnel from 700 monitoring teams have been assigned to ensure that the public adhere to the SOP since Klang Valley transitioned to Phase Two of the PPN where inter district travelling is allowed and many had taken advantage of this to do various recreational activities.

“We are monitoring the beaches and places of attractions in Selangor like water falls to ensure visitors closely adhere to the SOP,” he told the media after observing public SOP compliance at Pantai Bagan Lalang, here today.

On today’s observation, Arjunaidi said he was satisfied with the public for observing the SOP while at the beach, which is a popular spot among visitors.

“If we look at the overall situation, it is true that many came but a majority of them came with their families and were having group gatherings among family members.

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Islamic State affiliate leader killed in raid, says Indonesian military

18 Sep 2021

Associated Press

Indonesia’s most wanted militant with ties to the Islamic State (IS) group has been killed in a gun battle with security forces, the military said, in a victory for the counter-terrorism campaign against extremists in the jungles of Sulawesi island.

Ali Kalora was one of two militants killed in the shootout, according to Central Sulawesi province’s military chief, Brig Gen Farid Makruf. He identified the other suspected extremist as Jaka Ramadan.

The two men were shot during a raid on Saturday by a joint team of military and police officers in Central Sulawesi’s mountainous Parigi Moutong district, Makruf said. It borders Poso district, which is considered an extremist hotbed in the province.

“Ali Kalora was the most wanted terrorist and leader of MIT,” Makruf said, referring to the East Indonesia Mujahideen militant group, which claims allegiance to IS. He said that security forces were searching for the four remaining members of the group.

The East Indonesia Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for several killings of police officers and Christians, who are a religious minority.

Security operations in Central Sulawesi have intensified over recent months in efforts to capture members of the network. The network pledged allegiance to IS in 2014.

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Africa

How big is the Islamic threat in Mozambique? And why are Rwandan troops there?

September 19, 2021

Since 2017, jihadist militias in the northern Mozambique province of Cabo Delgado have mounted an armed insurgency against the Mozambican government. Their stated objective is to instil Sharia law across northern Mozambique. This is said to be in response to the region’s chronic poverty, unemployment and weak public services under the Frelimo-led government in Maputo.

The Mozambican insurgents represent a new armed Islamic front, with entirely local motivations and command structures. However, their propaganda invokes common tropes of regional and global jihad.

They often claim responsibility for attacks using the name given to them by the local population, ‘Al-Shabaab’. But there is no evidence that they have any direct links to Al-Shabaab in Somalia.

But, again, there appears to be little direct connection between the Mozambican jihadists and the Islamic State. ISIS has previously attempted to claim responsibility for attacks by unassociated Islamist groups elsewhere in Africa, for example the Allied Democratic Forces in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

The jihadists pose a significant threat to local civilians and foreign economic interests in Cabo Delgado. The four-year low-intensity civil war has killed more than 3,000 civilians, displaced 800,000 and caused widespread food insecurity.

Meanwhile, the energy giants ExxonMobil and Total have suspended their liquid natural gas projects in Cabo Delgado. ExxonMobil is investing US$30billion and Total US$20billion.

The insurgents have cited the perception that local people will fail to benefit from government deals with the multinational companies as one catalyst for their attacks.

The combination of widespread violence and threats to foreign businesses have led to a patchwork of international military and security interventions. This includes reports of:

In addition, Rwanda and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) –- including South African special forces – have deployed peacekeepers to Cabo Delgado.

The Rwandan government frames this as a ‘responsibility to protect’ mission. This, it argues, has been inspired by the international community’s failure to protect civilians in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.

The Rwandan intervention in Mozambique came shortly after French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Kigali in May 2021. Some commentators have suggested that Rwanda, funded by France, has intervened to shore up France’s interests, principally the gas reserves of French-owned Total.

The Rwandan government has chafed against the claim that it is simply doing France’s neo-colonial bidding. It has stressed the humanitarian basis of its intervention.

There is scant evidence of direct French backing for Rwanda’s military campaign. Nevertheless, France held a series of high-level talks with Rwanda and South Africa about the Cabo Delgado conflict in the months preceding their interventions in Mozambique. This suggests close coordination between Paris and these actors, reflecting the enormous French interests at stake.

In May this year Macron discussed military solutions to the crisis with a number of African heads of state at a summit in Paris. They included Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Rwandan President Paul Kagame. This was succeeded by similar talks with Kagame and Ramaphosa in Kigali and Pretoria several weeks later.

Crucial to Rwanda’s involvement in Cabo Delgdao are growing ties between Rwanda and Mozambique after the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding in 2018.

Earlier this year Nyusi made a lightning-stop visit to Kigali to ask for Rwanda’s military assistance in Cabo Delgado. Nyusi had previously stated his preference for bilateral rather than multilateral military intervention. He is perhaps concerned about ceding too much control to a SADC mission led by regional powerhouse South Africa.

He also noted Rwanda’s track record of conducting highly disciplined and effective peacekeeping missions. These have included Rwandan battalions operating in the Central African Republic outside the broader UN peacekeeping mission, similar to Rwanda’s current support for Mozambican forces outside of SADC.

Alongside its humanitarian objectives, the Rwandan government stands to benefit in security and diplomatic terms from its involvement in Cabo Delgado.

The intervention fits a pattern of Rwanda’s ‘responsibility to protect’ role in peacekeeping missions in Darfur, Mali, CAR and Haiti. These have bolstered its international image and afforded it considerable international leverage. For example, in 2010 when foreign donors considered prosecutions and suspending aid to Rwanda because of its alleged crimes in eastern Congo, Kigali threatened to withdraw its peacekeepers from Darfur.

The Cabo Delgado campaign is also consistent with Rwanda’s recent talk of tackling Islamist threats at home and in the wider region.

Source: The Conversation

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Miyetti Allah: Livestock Industry May Collapse If Our Members Keep Getting Killed

September 19, 2021

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has alleged that five of its members have been killed by either bandits or kidnappers in 2021.

In a statement issued by MACBAN’s National Secretary, Othman Ngelzarma, the group decried the increasing level of insecurity faced by its members nationwide.

“The death of Abubakar brings to five the number of MACBAN officials killed either by bandits, kidnappers or cattle rustlers this year across the country,” the statement reads.

Source: This Day Live

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Anti-Open Grazing: SGF Won’t Reply Miyetti Allah, We Are Not In The Same Category – Akeredolu

By Temidayo Akinsuyi

Sep 18, 2021

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has said the Southern Governors Forum (SGF) will not dignify the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association Of Nigeria (MACBAN) over their opposition to the anti-open grazing bill which has been signed into law in some states.

But Akeredolu, who spoke in an interview on Channels Television monitored by DAILY INDEPENDENT said the anti-open grazing law is here to stay.

While condemning Miyetti Allah for asking the Federal Government and National Assembly to stop implementation of anti-open grazing law enacted in the state, Akeredolu who said governors will not dignify the association with a response, said anyone not comfortable with the law should challenge it in court.

“Let me be clear on this. The position of the Southern Governors is that we have resolved not to respond to MACBAN, Miyetti Allah or whatever name they call themselves. We do not want to dignify them with a response”.

Source: Independent

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