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Insulting Holy Prophet Is an Invitation to Extremism, Hatred and Sedition: Egypt’s Al-Azhar Islamic Centre

New Age Islam News Bureau

07 June 2022

 

Egypt’s Al-Azhar Islamic Center condemned recent derogatory remarks about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in a TV program in India.

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• We Strongly Encourage Respect and Tolerance for All Religions: UN on Row over Prophet Remarks

• Libya’s Fatwa House Calls on Muslims to Boycott India In Support Of Prophet Muhammed (PBUH)

• The Taliban Strongly Condemns Insulting Remarks to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) Made by India’s Ruling Party Spokesperson

• Malaysian Religious Affairs Minister Tells Muslims Not To Take Part in Bon Odori Festival As the Festival Contains Elements of Other Religions

 

Arab World

• Kuwait Supermarket Pulls Indian Products As Row Grows Over Prophet Remarks

• Qatar to re-install Zidane statue that sparked backlash

• Lebanon asks US to resume mediation efforts on Israel border dispute

• YPG/PKK terrorists hide weapons among civilians in Syria's Tal Rifat

• PKK terror group attacks Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq

• Dozen terrorists killed in northern Iraq as resistance fighters strike Daesh positions

• Syria’s air defences confront Israeli aggression on Damascus suburbs

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India

• Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Moves SC Seeking To Become a Party in the PIL Challenging the Constitutional Validity of Provisions of the Places of Worship

• Blast Case: Ghaziabad Court Awards Death Penalty to Waliullah, an Imam from Allahabad

• Strong Action Taken Against Individuals: Indian External Affairs Ministry Has Conveyed To Multiple Governments in West Asia

• Remarks against Prophet: Hardline Followers Upset but BJP Defends Its Stand for the Action against Its Spokespersons

• Suspension ‘Inadequate’, AIMPLB Seeks Legal Action over Prophet Remark

• Muslim nations slam India over insulting remarks about Islam, Prophet Muhammad

• Row over Remarks on the Prophet: UAE and Maldives Join Islamic World Criticism

• How BJP's spokespersons created a diplomatic headache for India

• HC declines urgent hearing on plea against stopping of prayers at mosque

• LeT module busted in Doda, terrorist arrested with IED material

• Assam: NIA busts racket to smuggle Bangladeshi Muslims and Rohingya into India

• BSF resorts to firing along India-Pak border in Jammu on drone suspicion

• 2 LeT militants, including 1 Pakistani, killed in encounter in J&K's Kupwara

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Africa

• Sheikh Shuaib Agaka Imparted Islamic Knowledge on My Family – Emir of Ilorin, Gambari

• Many feared dead after gunmen attack church in southwestern Nigeria

• Algerian court jails brother of ex-president Bouteflika for 8 years

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South Asia

• Islamic Emirate Denies Reports of Reopening Girls’ Schools

• Explosion in Kabul Targets Kabul Municipality’s Head of District 4

• Christine Fair: The Taliban Are Incompetent in Terms of Governance

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Southeast Asia

• Cultural diversity builds a nation, Shah Alam councillor tells PAS minister after Bon Odori advice to Muslims

• After veterans’ protest, Anwar tells Hisham to protect their rights

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Pakistan

• Muslim Countries Urged To Devise Grand Strategy against Islamophobia: PPP Spokesman

• Pakistan Summons Indian Chargé D'affaires over Controversial Remarks By BJP Leaders Against Prophet

• Pakistan lawmaker threatens to carry out suicide attack if ex-premier Imran Khan is harmed

• No need for financial emergency as Pakistan ‘out of crisis’: Miftah

• Imran appoints nephew as focal person on legal affairs

• PM Shehbaz invites economic gurus for pre-budget huddle

• NA calls for moving apex court over Imran’s remarks

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Mideast

• Zionism Has ‘Failed’ and Israel Is In ‘Big Trouble’, Says Prominent Lobbyist

• Iran, Qatar Vow to Strengthen Mutual Cooperation

• FM Warns of Consequences of Any Anti-Iran Resolution at IAEA

• Indian Envoy Summoned to Iranian Foreign Ministry over Sacrilege of Islam's Prophet

• Iran Foreign Minister: Referendum, return of refugees only solution to issue of Palestine

• Arab League calls on UN to end Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories

• Gazans express solidarity with Palestinian prisoners languishing in Israeli prisons

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North America

• India Has a Set Of Interests When It Comes To Engaging With The Taliban Regime: US

• Solemn Ceremonies Honour Muslim Family Killed In Canada

• Afghan leader unlikely to have fled Kabul with millions in cash: US watchdog

• US sanctions 2 Bosnia and Herzegovina leaders

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Europe

• France Deplores Israeli Plans to Expand Illegal Settlements In Occupied West Bank

• UK reopens its embassy in Libya after 8-year hiatus

• US, Europe may seek to censure Iran amid stalled nuclear talks

• Mosque in Austria Suffers Islamophobic Attack

• Türkiye reiterates discomfort over PKK terrorist activities in Italy

• Swedish opposition seeks to cut ties with MP who supports terrorist YPG/PKK

• IAEA Board of Governors meeting kicks off, Iran nuclear talks to take centre stage

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Insulting Holy Prophet Is an Invitation to Extremism, Hatred And Sedition: Egypt’s Al-Azhar Islamic Centre

 

Egypt’s Al-Azhar Islamic Center condemned recent derogatory remarks about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in a TV program in India.

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June 7, 2022

Egypt’s Al-Azhar Islamic Centre condemned recent derogatory remarks about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in a TV program in India.

Al-Azhar said in a statement that the insulting remarks by members of the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) signifies their ignorance about history and the Seerah of messengers of God, RT Arabic reported.

It said sacrilegious remarks like this by those who despise interfaith dialogue are an invitation to extremism and spreading hatred and sedition among followers of different religions.

Al-Azhar said such remarks and conducts are examples of real terrorism that can plunge the word into crisis and wars.

That is why the international community must decisively and resolutely counter such actions, the center added.

BJP national spokeswoman Nupur Sharma was suspended from the party’s primary membership on Sunday for comments made in a recent television debate, while the BJP’s Delhi media operation head Naveen Kumar Jindal was also expelled.

The insulting remarks by two BJP spokespersons namely Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal have been vehemently condemned by Muslim countries.

Netizens in a number of Islamic countries in the Persian Gulf have called for boycotting Indian products following the incident.

Facing the backlash, the BJP took action on Sunday and suspended the two officials from the party's primary membership till further notice.

In a statement, the BJP claimed that it “strongly denounces insult of any religious personalities of any religion,” without directly pointing to the recent incident.

Iran, Qatar and Kuwait also summoned Indian envoys to voice their strong protest.

Source: ABNA24

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We Strongly Encourage Respect and Tolerance for All Religions: UN On Row Over Prophet Remarks

 

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric. File photo | Photo Credit: AP

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07.06.22

Amid sharp reaction from several Muslim nations over remarks by BJP leaders against Prophet Mohammed, a spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that we strongly encourage respect and tolerance for all religions.

The spokesperson was responding to a question by a Pakistani journalist on the condemnation by several Muslim nations over remarks by BJP's former national spokesperson Nupur Sharma and its Delhi media head Naveen Kumar Jindal against the Prophet and the Secretary General's response to it.

"I've seen stories. I haven't seen the remarks themselves, but I mean, regardless, I can tell you that we strongly encourage respect and tolerance for all religions," Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, said on Monday at the daily press briefing.

The BJP on Sunday suspended Sharma and expelled Jindal as the row over their remarks against the Prophet escalated with protests from many Muslim countries.

Amid demonstrations by Muslim groups and the sharp reaction from countries like Kuwait, Qatar and Iran, the BJP had issued a statement asserting that it respects all religions and strongly denounces insults of any religious personality.

Seeking to defuse a diplomatic row, spokespersons of the Indian Embassy in Qatar and Kuwait said on Sunday that the Ambassadors have "conveyed that the tweets do not, in any manner, reflect the views of the Government of India. These are the views of fringe elements."

Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan, Bahrain and Afghanistan and the Maldives on Monday joined several Muslim nations to condemn the controversial remarks of BJP leaders against Prophet Mohammed, stressing the importance of respecting all religious beliefs.

Source: Telegraph India

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Libya’s Fatwa House Calls on Muslims to Boycott India In Support Of Prophet Muhammed (PBUH)

 

Libyan Fatwa House

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June 06, 2022

The Libyan Fatwa House has called on all Muslims to boycott India after statements of defamation and mockery made by the spokesman for the Indian ruling party against the Prophet Muhammad – Peace Be upon Him (PBUH) – in which he verbally attacked the Prophet’s wife Aisha.

The Libyan Fatwa House denounced those offensive remarks and described them as “an announced war on Islam and Muslims as well as a systematic policy for ending the presence of Islam in India.

The Fatwa House appealed to the entire Islamic nation:  individuals, groups, institutions and governments; to come to the aid of their Prophet - PBUH - with whatever actions they are able to take, whether by boycotting Indian products or expelling Hindu workers.

“We call for an end to any kind of dealing with India until an official apology is issued for these statements, and until they end the injustice practices against Muslims in their country.” The Fatwa House said.

Meanwhile, the spokesman for the ruling party in India, Navin Kumar Jindal, published an offensive tweet taking an aim at the Mother of the Believers, Aisha, that sparked the anger of Muslims.

Source: Libya Observer

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The Taliban Strongly Condemns Insulting Remarks to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) Made by India’s Ruling Party Spokesperson

 

Photo: Khaama Press/ Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid

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By Saqalain Eqbal

06 Jun 2022

Taliban officials have strongly condemned insulting remarks to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) made by a member of India’s ruling party and called on the Indian government to not to “allow such fanatics to insult the holy religion of Islam and provoke the feelings of Muslims”.

“We urge the Indian government not to allow such fanatics to insult the holy religion of Islam and provoke the feelings of Muslims.” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted, today, Monday, June 6.

In a televised conversation, Nupur Sharma, the spokeswoman for the Bharatiya Janata Party of India, questioned why the Holy Prophet (PBUH) married Hazrat Aisha (RA), who was less than ten years old.

BJP’s spokeswoman’s words sparked outrage and displeasure among Muslims in India, as well as a strong reaction from a great number of Islamic countries.

In a statement, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) denounced the Indian officials’ remarks, saying they would exacerbate hostility, hatred and ill-treatment of Islam and Muslims in India.

Following the remarks and widespread calls on social media for a boycott of Indian goods in Gulf Arab states, the Kuwaiti government summoned the Indian ambassador to the Gulf states. Pakistan and Iran have also expressed their dissatisfaction with the Indian official’s words.

Several other Islamic countries summoned India’s ambassadors who officially apologized to the world’s people, particularly Muslims.

As public outrage mounted over two members of India’s ruling party insulting the Prophet of Islam (PBUH), the party released a statement firing one of the two members and suspending the membership of the other pending further investigation.

Source: Khaama Press

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Malaysian Religious Affairs Minister Tells Muslims Not To Take Part in Bon Odori Festival As the Festival Contains Elements of Other Religions

 

Malaysian Religious Affairs Minister/ Bernama Pix

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06- 07- 2022

SUNGAI BESAR: Muslims are advised not to participate in the Bon Odori Festival to be held at the Shah Alam Sports Complex on July 16 as the festival contains elements of other religions, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Idris Ahmad.

“A study conducted by the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) found that the festival does have religious elements, so we advise Muslims not to participate in it,“ he told the media after attending the groundbreaking ceremony for the Selangor Islamic Education Foundation’s (Yapis) Education Complex Project here today.

He said this when asked to comment on the organisation of the annual Japanese festival, which has also received negative reactions on social media, especially among Muslims in the country.

The event’s promotional poster also depicted an anime of a kimono-clad woman wearing a hijab.

“That’s why we hope such confusion does not arise. JAKIM as the coordinating party (of Islam in the country) advises Muslims not to participate in programmes like this or any programme that could affect our religion and beliefs,“ he said.

Meanwhile, on a separate matter, Idris said that a man referred to on social media as ‘The Hood Man’ had been located and all the information given by the individual would be used as material for his (Idris) team to take the next course of action.

JAKIM was previously trying to locate the man to assist with allegations he made on social media that the Thomas Foods International (TFI) Lobethal slaughterhouses in Australia did not comply with Malaysian halal standards and procedures.

“So far, the company involved has been suspended, and we hope he (individual) is fine (after the disclosure). We are grateful for the disclosure.

“I am confident that in Australia there is no problem with such disclosures because it (the country) give great importance to consumerism,“ he said, adding that JAKIM had suspended TFI’s slaughtering approval with immediate effect until the results of a comprehensive probe are obtained.-Bernama

Source: The Sun Daily

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Arab World

 

Kuwait supermarket pulls Indian products as row grows over Prophet remarks

Jun 6, 2022

KUWAIT CITY: A Kuwaiti supermarket pulled Indian products from its shelves as a row grew on Monday over a ruling party official's remarks about the Prophet Mohammed.

Workers at the Al-Ardiya Co-Operative Society store piled Indian tea and other products into trolleys in a protest against comments denounced as "Islamophobic".

Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other countries in the region, as well as the influential Al-Azhar University in Cairo, have condemned the remarks by a spokeswoman for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party, who has since been suspended.

At the supermarket just outside Kuwait City, sacks of rice and shelves of spices and chilies were covered with plastic sheets. Printed signs in Arabic read: "We have removed Indian products".

"We, as a Kuwaiti Muslim people, do not accept insulting the Prophet," Nasser Al-Mutairi, CEO of the store, told AFP. An official at the chain said a company-wide boycott was being considered.

Certain comments by Bharatiya Janata Party spokeswoman Nupur Sharma about prophet Mohammed have sparked furore among Muslims.

Sharma's remarks during a televised debate last week were blamed for clashes in Uttar Pradesh and prompted demands for her arrest.

Anger spread overseas to Muslim countries about the remarks.

Modi's party BJP on Sunday suspended Sharma for expressing "views contrary to the party's position" and said it "respects all religions".

Sharma said on Twitter that her comments had been in response to "insults" made against the Hindu god Shiva.

"If my words have caused discomfort or hurt religious feelings of anyone whatsoever, I hereby unconditionally withdraw my statement," she said.

On Sunday, Qatar demanded that India apologise for the "Islamophobic" comments, as India's Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu visited the gas-rich Gulf state in a bid to bolster trade.

Iran followed Qatar and Kuwait by summoning the Indian ambassador to protest in the name of "the government and the people", state news agency IRNA said late on Sunday.

Al-Azhar University, one of Islam's most important institutions, said the comments were "the real terrorism" and "could plunge the entire world into deadly crisis and wars".

The Saudi-based Muslim World League said the remarks could "incite hatred", while Saudi Arabia's General Presidency of the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque called them a "heinous act".

The row follows anger across the Muslim world in 2020 after French President Emmanuel Macron defended the right of a satirical magazine to publish caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.

French teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded in October 2020 by a Chechen refugee after showing the cartoons to his class in a lesson on free speech. Images of the Prophet are strictly forbidden in Islam.

In further criticism of the Indian official, the Gulf Cooperation Council, an umbrella group for the six Gulf countries, "condemned, rejected and denounced" her comments.

Bahrain also welcomed the BJP's decision to suspend Sharma over "provocation to Muslims' feelings and incitement to religious hatred".

Gulf countries are a major destination for India's overseas workers, accounting for 8.7 million out of a worldwide total of 13.5 million, Indian foreign ministry figures show.

They are also big importers of produce from India and elsewhere, with Kuwait importing 95 percent of its food according to the trade minister.

Source: Times Of India

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Qatar to re-install Zidane statue that sparked backlash

06 June, 2022

Qatar plans to re-install a sculpture immortalizing French-Algerian soccer player Zinedine Zidane’s head butt during the 2006 World Cup final, which had been removed in 2013 amid a domestic backlash, the head of Qatar Museums said on Monday.

The 5-meter bronze work called “Coup de tête” was removed days after its unveiling after people in the conservative Muslim country criticised it for promoting idolatry and others said it encouraged violence.

“Evolution happens in societies. It takes time and people may criticize something to begin with, but then understand it and get used to it,” said Qatar Museums Chairperson Sheikha al-Mayassa al-Thani, who is the sister of Qatar’s ruling emir.

She said the original site on the capital’s seafront corniche was “not right” and that the sculpture would be remounted at a new sports museum in Doha, which is hosting soccer’s World Cup later this year.

Some conservative Muslims believe artistic depictions of human forms should be forbidden to avoid idolatry.

The sculpture by Algerian-born French artist Adel Abdessemed depicts the moment during extra time in the 2006 World Cup final when Zidane head-butted Italy’s Marco Materazzi. Zidane was sent off and Italy went on to beat France on penalties.

Al-Mayassa told reporters the aim of displaying the work was to promote conversations about “stress on athletes...and the importance of dealing with issues of mental health.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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Lebanon asks US to resume mediation efforts on Israel border dispute

Wassim Seif El Din 

06.06.2022

BEIRUT, Lebanon

Lebanon on Monday called on the United States to resume indirect talks with Israel to demarcate their maritime border.

Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati met with President Michel Aoun to discuss developments related to a disputed maritime area with Israel and agreed to invite US mediator Amos Hochstein to resume his mediation efforts, the government said in a statement.

Mikati also held a series of "diplomatic contacts" with the United Nations and other concerned states on the issue, the statement said, without giving further details.

"Any exploration or drilling activity Israel might undertake in the disputed zone constitutes a provocative and hostile act [...] and impedes the negotiations over the maritime border," the statement said.

Tension rose on Sunday following the entry of a ship called Energean Power into the disputed area between Lebanon and Israel, with the Lebanese president describing the move as "provocative and hostile."

Lebanon and Israel are engaged in a dispute over a maritime area that is 860 square kilometers (332 square miles), according to maps sent by both counties to the UN in 2011.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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YPG/PKK terrorists hide weapons among civilians in Syria's Tal Rifat

Mohammad Mistou

06.06.2022

ALEPPO, Syria / ISTANBUL

The YPG, the Syrian branch of PKK terror group, is digging trenches in residential areas to hide weapons in Tal Rifat in northern Syria.

An Anadolu Agency aerial footage showed YPG/PKK terrorists digging tunnels and trenches in the villages around Tal Rifat, including Sheikh Issa, Menagh, Al-Alqamiyeh, Ayn Daqnah, Kashtaar and Tatmarash.

YPG/PKK terrorists were also seen hiding military tanks and other types of weapons inside civilian homes in the area.

Over the past years, the terrorist group managed to dig a network of tunnels in Tal Rifat and surrounding villages, which YPG/PKK terrorists occupied in February 2016 and forced tens of thousands to leave their homes and areas.

The YPG/PKK terror group uses Tal Rifat and surrounding villages to launch attacks against areas cleared from terrorists by Türkiye.

On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country is set to clear two areas of northern Syria, near the Turkish border, of terrorist elements in a bid to eliminate the terror threat from the region.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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PKK terror group attacks Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq

06.06.2022

DUHOK, Iraq 

The PKK terror group attacked Peshmerga soldiers of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), security sources said late Sunday.

Commenting to Anadolu Agency on the attack, which took place in Kani Masi village in Duhok province, local Peshmerga commander Major General Salar Teymur revealed that the terrorist group used rockets and machine guns.

The terrorists were repelled without causing any casualties among the Peshmerga’s ranks, he noted.

On June 5, 2021, five Peshmerga soldiers were killed in a PKK ambush in Duhok.

According to official data from the KRG government, the PKK had occupied 515 villages on the border of Erbil, Duhok and Sulaymaniyah in 2015. Of these, 304 were in Duhok province, while 177 were in Erbil and 34 in Sulaymaniyah.

Following Turkiye's successful cross-border operations in recent years, the PKK retreated from the Turkish border into Iraq. It occupied 285 more villages in the last seven years.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Dozen terrorists killed in northern Iraq as resistance fighters strike Daesh positions

07 June 2022

At least a dozen Daesh terrorists have been killed in northern Iraq in a sweeping operation by the Arab country’s resistance fighters, as the Iraqi army and its allies strive to flush the last remnants of the foreign-sponsored outfit out of the Arab country.

It occurred when the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), an umbrella organization composed of Iraqi resistance groups, launched barrages of artillery rounds on Daesh positions around the town of Tarmiyah, located in Salahuddin province, Sabereen News reported.

Twelve terrorists were killed during the operation, which was carried out by the PMU’s 12th Brigade on Monday, the PMU affiliated Telegram news channel added.

The development came a day after the Iraqi National Intelligence Service (INIS) announced in a statement  that it had arrested 14 people responsible for planning and carrying out attacks during a large-scale operation in Baghdad.

According to the intelligence service, the detainees include senior Daesh commanders, namely Abu Safana, Abu Omar, and Abu Musab, who were arrested during several ambushes.

Daesh began a terror campaign in Iraq in 2014, overrunning vast swathes in lightning attacks.

Iraq declared victory over the terrorist group in December 2017 after a three-year counter-terrorism military campaign, in which the PMU, known in Arabic as Hashd al-Sha’abi, also played a major role.

However, Daesh’s remnants keep staging sporadic attacks across Iraq, attempting to regroup and unleash fresh violence in the Arab country.

The Takfiri terrorist group has managed to intensify its attacks in Iraq, particularly since January 2020, when the United States assassinated top Iranian anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and PMU’s deputy commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in a drone strike near Baghdad International Airport.

Anti-US sentiments sharply increased in Iraq in the aftermath of the assassination, prompting Iraqi lawmakers to pass a bill – only two days after the assassination – that required the Baghdad government to end the presence of all foreign military forces led by Washington.

Source: Press TV

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Syria’s air defences confront Israeli aggression on Damascus suburbs

06 June 2022

Syrian media say the country’s air defenses have intercepted Israeli missiles in the sky over the southern part of the capital, Damascus, with no casualties reported as a result of the aggression.

Official SANA news agency, citing an unnamed military source, said the air defenses late on Monday confronted an Israeli missile aggression that targeted the southern countryside of Damascus, shooting down most of the missiles.

“At exactly 11:18 p.m. this evening, the Israeli enemy carried out an air aggression from the direction of the occupied Syrian Golan, targeting some points south of the city of Damascus, and our air defense media confronted the aggression's missiles and shot down most of them," the military source said.

"The losses were limited to material damage," the source added.

Media reports said earlier that loud explosions had been heard in the area, with the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claiming that the airstrike had targeted sites in the southern Damascus countryside where Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement and Syrian air defense units are active.

The latest Israeli aggression came less than three weeks after at least three people were killed in the regime’s airstrikes on the outskirts of Damascus.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups that are wreaking havoc in the country.

Israel frequently targets military positions inside Syria, especially those of the resistance movement Hezbollah which has played a key role in helping the Syrian army fight foreign-backed terrorists.

The Tel Aviv regime mostly keeps quiet about its attacks on Syrian territories which many view as a knee-jerk reaction to the country's increasing success in confronting terrorism.

Israel has been a key supporter of terrorist groups that have opposed the government of President Bashar al-Assad since the foreign-backed militancy erupted in Syria.

Source: Press TV

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India

 

Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Moves SC Seeking To Become a Party in the PIL Challenging the Constitutional Validity of Provisions of the Places Of Worship

Jun 7, 2022

NEW DELHI: In the wake of the Gyanvapi controversy, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind has moved the SC seeking to become a party in the PIL challenging the constitutional validity of provisions of the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991, which froze the religious character of structures as it was at the time of Independence.

Seeking to be impleaded as a respondent in the PIL filed by Ashwini Upadhyay challenging provisions of the Act purportedly to restore temples that were converted to mosques during Islamic rule, Jamiat, through advocate Ejaz Maqbool, said judicial proceedings could not be resorted to in a bid to right historical wrongs.

Jamiat quoted the Ayodhya judgment, in which the SC on November 9, 2019 had said, “law cannot be used as a device to reach back in time and provide a legal remedy to every person who disagrees with the course that history has taken” and that the courts of today cannot take cognisance of historical rights and wrongs unless it is shown that their legal consequences are enforceable in the present.

It said the SC had categorically held that the apex court cannot entertain claims from actions of Mughal rulers against Hindu places of worship in a court of law today.

Source: Times Of India

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Blast Case: Ghaziabad Court Awards Death Penalty to Waliullah, an Imam from Allahabad

Piyush Srivastava  

07.06.22

A Ghaziabad court on Monday awarded the death penalty to Waliullah, an imam from Allahabad, for his direct involvement in two bomb explosions at Varanasi’s Sankat Mochan Temple and Cantonment Railway Station on March 7, 2006.

Sixteen people had died in the two blasts and 76 were left disabled after suffering grievous injuries.

The court of district and sessions judge Jitendra Kumar Sinha found that Waliullah, the imam of a mosque in Phulpur, was involved in a rarest of rare crime. A fine of Rs 2.65 lakh was also imposed on the 55-year-old cleric.

Government counsel Rajesh Chandra Sharma told reporters: “We had argued that Waliullah was dangerous for the society and he should not be allowed to live. The way his action had killed the people was horrible. He did not have any emotion and he could commit any crime against the humanity.”

“Varanasi belongs to Lord Shiva and the terrorists had attacked the city of God,” Sharma added.

Four cases were filed against Waliullah. He was booked by Varanasi police for murder, attempt to murder and voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons. Waliullah was also booked under the Explosive Substances Act.

Initially, the case was going on in session court of Varanasi but it was shifted to the Ghaziabad district court by Allahabad High Court in November 2006 because lawyers in Varanasi had refused to represent the accused.

According to the court, Waliullah was initially identified by Ram Awadh Yadav, a police constable who has retired. Yadav had told the Ghaziabad court that posted as constable in the office of Allahabad city police superintendent in 2001, he had seen Waliullah and his brother when he was produced in court in another case.

“In 2001, the accused Waliullah and his brother were arrested. His brother’s name is not known. He (Yadav) had seen Waliullah when he was produced there. Thereafter, he (Yadav) was transferred to the SP city’s office in Varanasi. He (Yadav) was going from Cantonment Railway Station to the court at 10am on March 4, 2006, when he saw Waliullah along with three others at the petrol pump near the Roadways Bus Stand. He (Yadav) thought that he (Waliullah) had come visiting a relative or to attend some meeting.

“When the blasts took place on March 7, 2006, he expressed the possibility that he (Waliullah) would be involved in the crime,” read the order.

Sitaram, a local shopkeeper, had claimed that he had seen four persons carrying bags before the incident. One of them had left one bag on the road. Later, he saw a picture of Waliullah in a newspaper and confirmed that he was one of those four men.

The government counsel said 47 witnesses had confirmed the role of Waliullah. Mohammad Zubair, an alleged accomplice, was killed by the security  forces during an encounter in Kashmir. The cases of two others are pending.

Contending that Wailullah was innocent, his lawyers had pointed out that most of the witnesses came much later and their statements were not believable. No witness was brought before Waliullah and so it could not be said that they correctly identified him as the executor of the crime.

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Strong Action Taken Against Individuals: Indian External Affairs Ministry Has Conveyed To Multiple Governments in West Asia

Imran Ahmed Siddiqui, Anita Joshua, Pheroze L. Vincent  

07.06.22

The Indian external affairs ministry has conveyed to multiple governments in West Asia that “strong action has already been taken against these individuals”, referring to the now-axed BJP spokespersons who denigrated Prophet Mohammed.

If this is indeed so, the Indian foreign ministry has shared with foreign governments classified information that is not accessible to Indian citizens.

So far, neither Nupur Sharma, the suspended national spokesperson of the BJP, nor Navin Jindal, the expelled Delhi BJP spokesperson, has been arrested. No police force would even confirm whether they had been questioned.

The question whether Delhi police, the country’s most high-profile police force which reports to the Union home ministry and under whose jurisdiction the residences of Sharma and Jindal fall, have registered an FIR against them on their own over acts that were carried out at least over a week ago is met with stony silence.

Several police stations in Maharashtra and Telangana — both Opposition-ruled states — had booked Sharma for inciting hatred between communities and insulting religious sentiments.

On Monday afternoon,   Mumbai police said they would summon Sharma to record her statement. Which means “strong action”, if any, is still pending, and if it comes, the Modi government will owe it to a government in which the Shiv Sena and the Congress are partners.

Ironically, sources said, Delhi police have registered an FIR against “unknown persons” over complaints from Sharma that she was receiving threat calls.In a tweet, Trinamul national spokesperson Saket Gokhale referred to the Delhi police FIR based on Sharma’s complaint and added: “However, no FIR registered yet on a complaint I filed last week against her communal remarks.”

On Monday, the Indian external affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said: “The offensive tweets and comments denigrating a religious personality were made by certain individuals. They do not, in any manner, reflect the views of the Government of India. Strong action has already been taken against these individuals by relevant bodies.”

It is getting bad to worse.

So far, the only known “strong action” has been that taken by the BJP, not by an arm of the executive, which raises the question whether a political party is the “relevant” body to take action for what looks like a criminal offence that has already triggered clashes in some parts of the country and shamed India abroad.

Unless evidence emerges that the police had taken strong action against the duo by the time Indian ambassadors briefed the foreign countries on Sunday, it can be contended that the Indian government has delegated to the BJP the responsibility of taking action that the party deems fit.

Even if the cases initiated by Mumbai and Hyderabad police are taken into account, the proceedings so far can by no means be described as “strong action”.

The Delhi police have not always displayed such restraint.

“Remember that while Munawar, his friends and an Amazon employee were thrown behind bars for offending Hindu sentiments, Sharma and Jindal have only been suspended from the party,” social media user Dushyant Arora tweeted.

In January last year, stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui was arrested by Madhya Pradesh police on the charge of hurting religious sentiments through his remarks about Hindus deities during a gig at a café in Indore. Witnesses had told reporters that he had been arrested before his alleged performance.

In May 2019, Noida police had registered a case against Amazon for allegedly hurting sentiments after rugs and toilet seat covers with pictures of Hindu gods became available for sale on its US website. An FIR was lodged in Lucknow last year against the makers of an Amazon Prime Video web series on charges of hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus and promoting enmity on grounds of religion.

Then there are the young Indians who were charged with the stringent UAPA and thrown into jail over the Delhi riots two years ago. They have been charged with incitement — the same allegation levelled against the erstwhile BJP spokespersons.

The youngsters include JNU and Jamia Millia Islamia students, alumni and activists such as Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal, Sharjeel Imam, Umar Khalid, Safoora Zargar, Asif Iqbal Tanha, Meeran Haider and Gulfisha Fatima.

Zargar was pregnant when she was arrested in April 2020 and was released on bail two months later on humanitarian grounds. Kalita, Narwal and Tanha were arrested in April 2020 and released on bail in June 2021.

The Indian foreign ministry was livid on Monday after suffering the humiliation of being lectured by Pakistan.

But Indians are also asking questions.

Twitter user Sandeep Sarma asked: “Why has not yet UAPA been slapped against Nupur Sharma? There has already been violence in Kanpur because of her derogatory remarks.”

Ashok Kumar Pandey tweeted: “Suspension from party is not any action at all. If BJP thinks both (Sharma and Jindal) have indulged in inciting religious sentiments, then action should be taken against them under relevant sections of the IPC.”

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Remarks against Prophet: Hardline Followers Upset but BJP Defends Its Stand for the Action against Its Spokespersons

Jun 7, 2022

NEW DELHI: Amid sharp criticism from its hardline followers for the action against its spokespersons, Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal, BJP justified its decision that the duo crossed a line and deviated from the party's strict insistence not to dilute the focus on development. As the party came under criticism for not standing by its spokespersons and for giving in to critics who routinely make and justify provocative remarks against Hindu gods and goddesses, a senior party source said that nobody has the licence to vent his controversial personal opinion through party platforms. "Party has been consistently opposed to 'minority appeasement' and will continue to do so but, at the same time we need not be offensive and should exercise restraint while appearing on party platform," said a senior leader in response to the criticism.

The justification came against the backdrop of a growing chorus of criticism from supporters known for their sharp advocacy of Hindutva and who enjoy huge followings on social media platforms. They have been critical of the Modi government of giving in to pressure from Islamic countries known for religious intolerance. They have highlighted that countries like Qatar which are funding extremist political Islamism and had given honorary citizesnhip to famous painter M F Hussain who had to leave India following protests over the way he depicted Hindu gods and goddeses in his paintings.

"They may be upset. We value their commitment to Hindutva and their support. They have been boldly defiant in the face of political intolerance, often at great cost to themselves. But fact remains that in public life you have to be restrained. When you take up membership of a party and are given an assignment, then you are expected to adhere to the party's stand", said a minister.

He said that a party member does not have the freedom to express his personal opinion when he appears on a platform as a representative of a party, adding that both Sharma and Jindal deviated from the party's clear instruction to focus on development and Modi government's efforts to help the poor and the underprivileged.

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Suspension ‘inadequate’, AIMPLB seeks legal action over Prophet remark

Jun 6, 2022

LUCKNOW: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has called the suspension of BJP spokespersons Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal “inadequate”. Board general secretary Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani on Monday demanded strict action and legal proceedings against the offenders and also formation of a law that “condemns and criminalises insults done to religious figures of any religion”.

Maulana Rahmani also extended support to protests in the country against the controversial remarks by the two spokespersons. He expressed his disappointment at the alleged biased approach of administration towards protesters of one community in the Kanpur clashes that broke out between two communities earlier on Friday.

Meanwhile, national general secretary of Majlis-e-Ulama-e-Hind (MuH), Maulana Kalbe Jawad Naqvi, also demanded legal action against the “offending former BJP members”.

“Suspending the party members for their insult of Prophet Muhammad is not enough. Muslims across the world have been hurt by these baseless and insensitive comments which have affected the country’s image on a global level. It is good that they have been suspended from the party, but this is not enough,” said Maulana Rahmani.

“We demand strict action against the offenders. There should be legal action against them. Also, a law should be enacted that holds all those responsible who insult holy figures of any religion,” he added.

Maulana Rahmani said, “All protests against the controversial comments are legitimate and warranted and I extend my support and approval to them. The one-sided action against protesters of one community in UP related to the Kanpur clashes is condemnable and disappointing.”

Source: Times Of India

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Muslim nations slam India over insulting remarks about Islam, Prophet Muhammad

By SHEIKH SAALIQ

Jun 7, 2022

NEW DELHI (AP) — India is facing major diplomatic outrage from Muslim-majority countries after top officials in the governing Hindu nationalist party made derogatory references to Islam and the Prophet Muhammad, drawing accusations of blasphemy across some Arab nations that have left New Delhi struggling to contain the damaging fallout.

At least five Arab nations have lodged official protests against India, and Pakistan and Afghanistan also reacted strongly Monday to the comments made by two prominent spokespeople from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party. Anger has poured out on social media, and calls for a boycott of Indian goods have surfaced in some Arab nations. At home, it has led to protests against Modi’s party in some parts of the country.

The controversial remarks follow increasing violence targeting India’s Muslim minority carried out by Hindu nationalists who have been emboldened by Modi’s regular silence about such attacks since he was first elected in 2014.

Over the years, Indian Muslims have often been targeted for everything from their food and clothing style to inter-religious marriages. Rights groups such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have warned that attacks could escalate. They have also accused Modi’s governing party of looking the other way and sometimes enabling hate speech against Muslims, who comprise 14% of India’s 1.4 billion people but are still numerous enough to be the second-largest Muslim population of any nation.

Modi’s party denies the accusations, but India’s Muslims say attacks against them and their faith have increased sharply.

The anger has been growing since last week after the two spokespeople, Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal, made speculative remarks that were seen as insulting Islam’s Prophet Prophet Muhammad and his wife Aisha.

Modi’s party took no action against them until Sunday, when a sudden chorus of diplomatic outrage began with Qatar and Kuwait summoning their Indian ambassadors to protest. The BJP suspended Sharma and expelled Jindal and issued a rare statement saying it “strongly denounces insult of any religious personalities,” a move that was welcomed by Qatar and Kuwait.

Later, Saudi Arabia and Iran also lodged complaints with India, and the Jeddha-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation said the remarks came in a “context of intensifying hatred and abuse toward Islam in India and systematic practices against Muslims.”

India’s Foreign Ministry on Monday rejected the comments by the OIC as “unwarranted” and “narrow-minded.” On Sunday, India’s embassies in Qatar and Kuwait released a statement saying the views expressed about the Prophet Muhammad and Islam were not those of the Indian government and were made by “fringe elements.” The statement said that strong action had already been taken against those who made the derogatory remarks.

The criticism from Muslim countries, however, was severe, indicating that insulting Prophet Muhammad was a red line.

Qatar’s Foreign Ministry said it expected a public apology from the Indian government, and Kuwait warned that if the comments go unpunished, India would see “an increase of extremism and hatred.” The Grand Mufti of Oman described the “obscene rudeness” of Modi’s party toward Islam as a form of “war.” Riyadh said the comments were insulting and called for “respect for beliefs and religions.” And Egypt’s Al-Azhar Mosque, the Sunni world’s foremost institution of religious learning, described the remarks as “real terrorism (that) can plunge the entire world into severe crises and deadly wars.”

The remarks made by Sharma during a TV program in India and Jindal in a tweet risk damaging India’s ties with Arab nations.

India maintains strong relations with Gulf countries, which rely on millions of migrant workers from India and elsewhere in South Asia to serve their tiny local populations and drive the machinery of daily life. India also depends on oil-rich Gulf Arab countries, such as Saudi Arabia, to power its energy-thirsty economy.

The remarks also led to anger in India’s archrival and neighbor, Pakistan, and in Afghanistan.

On Monday, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry summoned an Indian diplomat and conveyed Islamabad’s “strong condemnation,” a day after Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif said the comments were “hurtful” and “India under Modi is trampling religious freedoms & persecuting Muslims.” India’s Foreign Ministry responded by calling Pakistan “a serial violator of minority rights” and said it should not engage “in alarmist propaganda and attempting to foment communal disharmony in India.”

“India accords the highest respect to all religions,” ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said.

Criticism also came from Kabul. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan said the Indian government should not allow “such fanatics to insult … Islam and provoke the feelings of Muslims.”

Modi’s party also faced anger from some of its own supporters, but it was for a different reason. Many Hindu nationalists posted comments on social media saying the government was buckling under international pressure.

Anti-Muslim sentiments and attacks have risen across India under Modi. Last week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said India was seeing “rising attacks on people and places of worship,” eliciting a response from New Delhi, which called the comments “ill-informed.”

Source: Times Of Israel

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Row over Remarks on the Prophet: UAE and Maldives Join Islamic World Criticism

By Krishn Kaushik

June 7, 2022

The United Arab Emirates and the Maldives, counted among India’s closest partners, Monday joined criticism from the Islamic world against remarks on the Prophet by the now-suspended and expelled BJP leaders Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal.

Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Jordan, Libya, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Pakistan and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation joined Qatar, Kuwait and Iran, which had summoned Indian envoys Sunday, in condemning the remarks against the Prophet.

Expressing its “denunciation and rejection of insults of the Prophet”, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC), in a statement, “affirmed the UAE’s firm rejection of all practices and behaviours that contradict moral and human values and principles.” It “underscored the need to respect religious symbols and not violate them, as well as confront hate speech and violence.”

“The Ministry also noted the importance of strengthening the shared international responsibility to spread the values of tolerance and human coexistence while preventing any practices that would inflame the sentiment of followers of different religions,” it said.

The UAE is India’s third largest trading partner — the second largest importer and exporter last year — and home to over 3 million NRIs.

Indonesia, the country with the world’s largest Muslim population, “strongly” condemned the “unacceptable derogatory remarks” by “two Indian politicians”. It said it had conveyed the message to the Indian ambassador in Jakarta.

The Maldives, where India has considerable influence, said it “unreservedly condemns all and any action that purports to pervert the true nature and teachings of Islam” and “attempts to demean” the Prophet. The Maldives government said it is “deeply concerned by the derogatory remarks made by some officials of BJP” but welcomed the “denouncement” by the Indian government of the remarks and the “prompt action taken by BJP against those officials.”

Bahrain too commented, but appreciated the action taken by the BJP against its two leaders.

Amid the chorus of criticism, New Delhi rejected comments by the OIC as “unwarranted and narrow-minded” and slammed “its divisive agenda being pursued at the behest of vested interests.”

The Ministry of External Affairs also hit out at Pakistan over remarks by its Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, saying “the absurdity of a serial violator of minority rights commenting on the treatment of minorities in another nation is not lost on anyone.” On Monday, Pakistan summoned the Indian chargé d’affaires to convey its displeasure.

In a statement Sunday, the OIC expressed its “strong condemnation and denunciation of the recent insults issued by an official in the ruling party”.

“These abuses come in the context of the escalation of hatred and abuse of Islam in India and in the context of the systematic practices against Muslims and restrictions on them, especially in light of a series of decisions banning headscarves in educational institutions in a number of Indian states and demolitions of Muslim property, in addition to the increase in violence against them,” the OIC said.

Responding to the OIC statement, Arindam Bagchi, spokesperson for the MEA, said, “We have seen the statement on India from the General Secretariat of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Government of India categorically rejects OIC Secretariat’s unwarranted and narrow-minded comments.”

Stating that the Indian government “accords the highest respect to all religions,” Bagchi said the “offensive tweets and comments denigrating a religious personality were made by certain individuals. They do not, in any manner, reflect the views of the Government of India. Strong action has already been taken against these individuals by relevant bodies.”

He said it was “regrettable that the OIC Secretariat has yet again chosen to make motivated, misleading and mischievous comments. This only exposes its divisive agenda being pursued at the behest of vested interests.” He said the OIC Secretariat should “stop pursuing its communal approach and show due respect to all faiths and religions.”

In Islamabad, the Foreign Office summoned the Indian chargé d’affaires to convey its categorical rejection and condemnation of the remarks by two BJP leaders against the Prophet.

Responding to the statement, the MEA spokesperson said the “absurdity of a serial violator of minority rights commenting on the treatment of minorities in another nation is not lost on anyone. The world has been witness to the systemic persecution of minorities including Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Ahmadiyyas by Pakistan.” He reiterated that the Indian government “accords the highest respect to all religions,” which is “quite unlike Pakistan where fanatics are eulogized and monuments built in their honour.”

“We call on Pakistan to focus on the safety, security and well-being of its minority communities instead of engaging in alarmist propaganda and attempting to foment communal disharmony in India,” Bagchi said.

Saudi Arabia, one of the most significant voices in the Islamic world, also issued a statement late Sunday evening, but did not go as far as issuing a démarche like Qatar, Kuwait and Iran. Its Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed “its condemnation and denunciation of the statements made by the spokeswoman of the Indian Bharatiya Janata Party, which insult the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him.”

Source: Indian Express

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How BJP's spokespersons created a diplomatic headache for India

Jun 7, 2022

India has hit out at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for its criticism of the country in the wake of the alleged derogatory remarks made against Prophet Mohammed by two functionaries of the ruling BJP.

The OIC, which projects itself as the “collective voice of the Muslim world”, slammed India for the comments against the Prophet. It also urged the UN to take necessary measures to ensure that the rights of Muslims are protected.

More nations decry remarks

Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan, Bahrain and Afghanistan on Monday joined several Muslim nations to express their condemnation of the controversial remarks. Pakistan summoned the Indian chargé d'affaires to register its protest.

India hit back

External affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said India categorically rejects the OIC Secretariat's “unwarranted and narrow-minded comments” and asserted that New Delhi accords the highest respect to all religions.

In response to Pakistan’s action, he said the “absurdity of a serial violator of minority rights commenting on the treatment of minorities in another nation is not lost on anyone”.

The BJP has already suspended its national spokesperson Nupur Sharma and expelled the party's Delhi unit media head Naveen Jindal over the matter following widespread anger in several Gulf countries with some of them threatening to boycott Indian products.

Sharma getting ‘threats’?

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HC declines urgent hearing on plea against stopping of prayers at mosque

JUNE 07, 2022

‘ASI stopped namaz on May 13 without serving any notice’

The Delhi High Court on Monday declined an urgent listing to a plea by the managing committee of the Delhi Waqf Board against the stopping of offering namaz by devotees at a Mughal mosque in South Delhi’s Mehrauli area.

A Vacation Bench of Justice Manoj Kumar Ohri and Justice Poonam A. Bamba said there was no urgency in the matter when it was mentioned by advocate M. Sufian Siddiqui on behalf of the managing committee of the Delhi Waqf Board.

Advocate Siddiqui said it is not the contentious ‘Quwattul Islam Mosque’ and is a duly gazette notified Waqf property that has a duly appointed Imam and Moazin. He said the Mughal mosque is situated within the ‘Qutub Complex’ but outside the ‘Qutub Enclosure’.

He submitted that namaz was regularly performed at the mosque and has never been closed for worship.

However, the officials of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in an “absolutely unlawful, arbitrary and precipitous manner” completely stopped the namaz on May 13, 2022, without serving any notice or order, Mr. Siddiqui said.

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LeT module busted in Doda, terrorist arrested with IED material

Jun 7, 2022

JAMMU: A Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) module run by a terrorist based in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) was busted in J&K’s Doda district on Monday with the arrest of one suspect and the recovery of explosive material used to manufacture IEDs.

Additional director general of police (ADGP), Jammu zone, Mukesh Singh said, “The module was working to revive militancy in the Doda-Kishtwar-Ramban region. Based on specific input, a cordon-and-search operation was launched by the Army’s 10RR, CRPF and district police in Doda’s Kastigarh area. During the operation, explosive material, one mobile phone and other incriminating items were recovered from the house of one Irshad Ahmed of Dhandal, Kastigarh.”

More arrests were expected, said the ADGP, adding that the module was operating under Pok-based terrorist Mohammad Amin alias Khubaib, who has been making desperate attempts to revive militancy in the Chenab region.

Source: Times Of India

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Assam: NIA busts racket to smuggle Bangladeshi Muslims and Rohingya into India

Jun 7, 2022

GUWAHATI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has busted a human trafficking racket in Assam and Meghalaya, involved in smuggling in Rohingya and Bangladeshi Muslims into India and settling them across the country as Indians.

The NIA has filed a chargesheet against five persons in Assam and one from Meghalaya on charges of trafficking Rohingya and Bangladeshi Muslims into India through the porous international borders to "destabilize the population ratio and demographic scenario of the country."

The NIA arrested these six people - five from Assam's Cachar and one from Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills - in March this year.

The Counter Terrorism and Counter Radicalization (CTCR) division of the MHA, on whose information the suo moto FIR was filed by NIA in December last year, states, "The central government has received information that the racketeers from India who are in collusion with their Bangladeshi counterparts are inducing Rohingya Muslims and Bangladesh Muslims for their illegal entry into lndia through several porous border passages in Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya and West Bengal and facilitating their entry with fake Indian documents."

The FIR also states, "The racketeers are carrying out human trafficking of foreign nationals and arranging for their transportation with fake Indian documents to different parts of lndia. These racketeers have contacts all over lndia. These infiltrated foreign nationals mix up with common masses in the long run and settle in India permanently."

Source: Times Of India

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BSF resorts to firing along India-Pak border in Jammu on drone suspicion

07.06.22

BSF troops resorted to firing briefly along the India-Pakistan border in the Jammu district on Tuesday after hearing a humming sound which led to suspicion that a drone was flying around.

Alert troops fired two rounds on hearing that humming sound coming from a height of about 800 meters in the Akhnoor area, a BSF officer said.

He said all concerned have been informed and further details are awaited.

Drone-threat is present everywhere along the India-Pakistan border but security forces are alert to foil any nefarious design from across the border in the region, a senior Border Security Force officer said.

Source: Telegraph India

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2 LeT militants, including 1 Pakistani, killed in encounter in J&K's Kupwara

07.06.22

Two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants, including one from Pakistan, were killed in an encounter with security forces in the Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, police said.

Based on information about the presence of militants in the Chaktaras Kandi area of Kupwara, security forces launched a cordon and search operation, a police official said.

The search operation turned into an encounter after the militants fired upon the security forces who retaliated, he said.

In the exchange of fire, two militants were killed, the official said.

Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said one of the slain militants was a Pakistani, identified as Tufail.

Source: Telegraph India

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Sheikh Shuaib Agaka imparted Islamic knowledge on my family – Emir of Ilorin, Gambari

06 June 2022

The Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Sulu Gambari on Monday expressed shock and grief over the death of Dr Abdulhameed Shuaib Agaka.

Alhaji Gambari recalled benefitting immensely from the late cleric’s preachings about Islam and Holy Quran.

The traditional ruler also disclosed that his mother, at a tender age, learnt about the Holy Qur’an from Agaka.

The deceased, 77 years old, was the father of PRNigeria publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Yushau Shuaib.

At his palace on Monday, Gambari told a delegation of the family led by Daudu Agaka, Alhaji Hanafi Kawu, to take solace in the departed soul’s unblemished and righteous life.

“Kwara and Nigeria have lost an iconic Islamic preacher of unrivalled acclaim. The family is synonymous with Islamic evangelism and crusade.

“The late Abdulhameed remains one of the greatest Arabic Islamic scholars produced by the Emirate”, the monarch said.

The Chief Imam of Agaka in Ilorin died at a hospital in the state capital. He was born into the family of Imam Shuaib Saeed, a renowned Qur’anic teacher and Islamic leader.

Agaka attended School for Arabic Studies (SAS) in Kano, and Bayero University Kano (BUK), where he obtained a Ph.D in Qur’anic Morphology and Arabic Grammar.

The late Sheikh taught Arabic and Islamic Studies at Kano Educational Development Centre (KEDC) between 1971 and 1974.

He was the Head of Arabic Studies Departments at the School for Arabic Studies; Women Arabic Teachers College; Aminu Kano College of Islamic and Legal Studies, among others.

Chief Imam of Ilorin, Alhaji Muhammadu Bashir Solihu described Sheikh Agaka as an exemplary preacher who promoted tolerance, humility and peaceful coexistence.

Speaking on behalf of the Forum of Arabic Scholars of Darul Markaz, Prof. Badmus Yusuf called the deceased a unique religious leader, who nurtured many young scholars on the true teachings of Islam.

“Dr Shuaib Agaka was not only an author of exceptional Islamic literature, he was a community leader and philanthropist.

Source: Guardian Nigeria

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Many feared dead after gunmen attack church in southwestern Nigeria

Ibrahim Garba Shuaibu  

06.06.2022

KANO, Nigeria

Many people are feared dead after gunmen opened fire on worshippers at a church in Nigeria’s southwestern Ondo state, officials said.

The attack occurred at St. Francis Catholic Church in the town of Owo.

Officials at the Federal Medical Center in Owo said at least 50 injured people were rushed to the hospital.

Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu expressed sorrow over the incident and extended condolences over the loss of lives.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Richard Olatunde, chief press secretary to the governor, said that the “vile and satanic attack” is a calculated assault on the peace-loving people of Owo who have enjoyed relative peace over the years.

“It is a black Sunday in Owo. Our hearts are heavy. Our peace and tranquility have been attacked by the enemies of the people. This is a personal loss, an attack on our dear state,” Olatunde said.

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Algerian court jails brother of ex-president Bouteflika for 8 years

Abdelrazzak bin Abdullah  

06.06.2022

ALGIERS, Algeria

An Algerian court on Monday sentenced the brother of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to eight years in prison for corruption, according to the official Algeria Press Service.

Said Bouteflika was convicted of issuing secret funding for a presidential election campaign that was cancelled in 2019.

The Sidi M'hamed court in the capital Algiers also slapped Said Bouteflika with a fine of 3 million dinars (about $20,000) and the confiscation of all of Said Bouteflika's properties.

The court also slapped a former businessman close to the presidency, Ali Haddad, with a four-year jail term and the same fine in the case.

Monday’s rulings are preliminary and can be appealed by higher judicial bodies.

The case, according to previous statements by the Public Prosecution, concerns the transfer of funds abroad in 2019 to establish a TV channel to support Bouteflika's candidacy for election that was scheduled for April 2019 and was then canceled due to a popular uprising.

Said Bouteflika, 66, the younger brother of the former Algerian president, had joined the presidency in 1999, and emerged as an influential and powerful man after Bouteflika's health deteriorated in 2011.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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South Asia

 

Islamic Emirate Denies Reports of Reopening Girls’ Schools

June 7, 2022

The Islamic Emirate denied the authenticity of a statement leaked on social media suggesting that girls' schools would be reopened in the next two weeks, saying that a final decision is yet to be taken in this regard.

A statement has been circulating on social media since yesterday about the reopening of schools for girls above grade six, but the Ministry of Education called it fake.

“Once again we are harmed, our hearts are broken-- when we heard that such (news) is not official and is just an allegation. This is a game involving the education of women and girls,” said Momina Nazir, a student.

“Unfortunately, it has been nearly two months that we have not been allowed to go to the schools,” said Shiba, a student.

The Islamic Emirate announced a committee to facilitate the reopening of the girls’ schools beyond grade six, but there has yet to be any progress reported.

“This is a crisis and a disaster which we will not be able to compensate for--this one year of suspension of the educational sector,” said Faraha Mustafavi, a women's rights activist.

“Education is not only a personal or social need but is a religious obligation,” said Hekmat Mirzad, a university instructor.

Source: Tolo News

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Explosion in Kabul Targets Kabul Municipality’s Head of District 4

By Saqalain Eqbal

06 Jun 2022

The Taliban security officials in Kabul confirmed the explosion in Taimani Project, the capital’s fourth district, stating that many civilians were wounded.

The explosion, which took place in Kabul’s PD 4 around 6:00 p.m., was caused by a magnetic bomb embedded on a bicycle, according to Khalid Zadran, the spokesman for the Taliban police in Kabul.

The explosion targeted Sayed Mahmood Hashemi, Kabul Municipality’s Head of District 4.

A close source to the Head of 4th district of Kabul Municipality told Khaama Press that Sayed Mahmood Hashemi is unharmed; but some of his guards were injured.

Zadran said that the explosion injured a number of civilians, but he did not specify exact number.

Taliban security forces had arrived at the scene, according to Zadran, and were investigating the cause of the explosion.

No group or individual so far has claimed the responsibility for the explosion.

Despite the Taliban’s claims that security has been restored following their takeover of Afghanistan, some cities, including Kabul, have experienced explosions.

Source: Khaama Press

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Christine Fair: The Taliban Are Incompetent in Terms of Governance

By Saqalain Eqbal

07 Jun 2022

Christine Fair, a security studies professor, recently told Open magazine that the Taliban are inept at governance and that they (the Taliban) could not continue if Pakistan did not support the military.

Christian Fair, who also has a working experience in Afghanistan, was interviewed on Sunday, June 5th, and was assigned by the United Nations to conduct security and geographical research.

In the interview, she stated that the Afghan people despise Pakistan and instead praise India, and that the Taliban, realizing this, have expressed interest in restoring diplomatic relations with India.

A delegation from India visited Afghanistan at the request of the Taliban’s acting foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, to hold talks with the group.

Christian Fair went on to say that the Taliban had not abandoned their long-standing relationships with ISIS, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and Jaish-e-Muhammad, putting India’s security in jeopardy and rendering the Taliban unable to ensure security for Indians in Afghanistan.

Source: Khaama Press

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Southeast Asia

 

Cultural diversity builds a nation, Shah Alam councillor tells PAS minister after Bon Odori advice to Muslims

By Radzi Razak

07 Jun 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, June 7 — PAS has shown its ignorance and lack of understanding on cultural diversity in Malaysia, Shah Alam councillor Muhammad Shakir Amir said today after a federal minister advised Muslims against joining in the upcoming Japanese Bon Odori festival in the Selangor capital next week.

The DAP man said Shah Alam had benefited from strong diplomatic relations with Japanese companies and questioned why the advice for Muslims came only after more than three decades of Bon Odori celerations in the country without issue.

"Bon Odori has been celebrated for more than 30 years in Malaysia. Throughout the years it has been commercialised and celebrated via commercial or community centres to cater to non-Japanese as well. In Malaysia we have many manga and anime fans as well through the Japanese influence.

"This is something a party like PAS don't understand. They only care about judging others and will never look at the bigger picture on nation building.

"We have a sizeable number of Japanese expatriates living here. We even have a Japanese school to cater to the Japanese community. It is only natural that they will celebrate their cultural celebration through their community clubs or associations,” Shakir said in a statement today.

Yesterday, national news agency Bernama reported Islamic Affairs Minister Datuk Idris Ahmad advising Muslims not to participate in the Bon Odori Festival to be held at the Shah Alam Sports Complex in Selangor on July 16, claiming that it contains elements of other religions.

The PAS vice-president cited a study by the Malaysian Islamic Development Department that purportedly found religious elements in the Bon Odori Festival that reportedly received negative reactions on social media, especially among Muslims in the country.

Source: Malay Mail

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After veterans’ protest, Anwar tells Hisham to protect their rights

June 6, 2022

PETALING JAYA: After a peaceful demonstration by hundreds of army veterans at Tugu Negara (national monument) this morning, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim called for defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein to uphold the rights of veterans.

“I have been following the peaceful assembly by the veterans of the armed forces today.

“It is clear that they were left with no other option but to uphold their rights and air their grievances in this manner, after having failed to get the attention of the defence ministry,” the Port Dickson MP said in a Facebook post.

Anwar said Pakatan Harapan MPs had repeatedly raised the issue of veterans’ pension in the Dewan Rakyat, urging Hishammuddin to resolve this issue immediately.

“Don’t ignore the voices of the army veterans who have sacrificed a lot for the country,” he said.

Earlier today, Utusan Malaysia reported that about 500 army veterans held a peaceful assembly at Tugu Negara this morning.

The veterans said they were left with no other option but to assemble peacefully after eight years of attempting to use the right channels to air their grievances on the issue of pensions.

The veterans outlined several demands including a review of the pension rate and pension payments for those who served in the army for less than 21 years.

Currently, only members of the army who served for at least 21 years were able to get a monthly pension.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Pakistan

 

Muslim Countries Urged To Devise Grand Strategy against Islamophobia: PPP Spokesman

JUNE 7, 2022

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Spokesman Faisal Karim Kundi Monday urged all the Muslim countries to devise a grand strategy to curb Islamphobia and blasphemy about the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Addressing a press conference along with Minister for Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Shazia Atta Marri, he said that the PPP condemned blasphemous remarks about the Holy Prophet (PBUH) by the Indian extremist Spokesperson of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the strongest terms. Faisal Kundi said that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) should take some practical steps and work out the punishment to discourage such types of incidents.

He said the BJP’s spokesperson blasphemous remarks received strong reaction from every nook and cranny of the world as it was totally unacceptable to the entire Ummah whose sentiments got hurt with the blasphemy of the Prophet (PBUH).

As regards the official foreign visits of Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Kundi said the PPP Chairman would soon take the Parliament and the nation into confidence in this regard.

He said that Bilawal Bhutto recently had visited two major and powerful countries including United States of America and China, and other neighboring countries to improve the cordial relations which were damaged by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leadership.

“Imran Khan had compared himself with Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto on different occasions, but ironically he had taken refuge at the Chief Minister House in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa out of his fear of arrest,” he said.

He said that PTI chief should refrain from using resources of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for his personal and political gains. The PTI Members of National Assembly should return to the Parliament and play a constructive role as opposition for progress and development of the country.

Source: Daily Times

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Pakistan summons Indian chargé d'affaires over controversial remarks by BJP leaders against Prophet

Jun 6, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan said on Monday that it has summoned the Indian chargé d'affaires to convey its categorical rejection and condemnation of the controversial remarks by two BJP leaders against Prophet Mohammed.

The Indian diplomat was told that these remarks are totally unacceptable and have not only deeply hurt the sentiments of the people of Pakistan but of Muslims across the world, the Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement.

The FO conveyed the Government of Pakistan's categorical rejection and strong condemnation of the highly derogatory remarks made by two senior officials of India's ruling party BJP.

“The Indian diplomat was further told that Pakistan deplores the belated and perfunctory disciplinary actions taken by the BJP government against the said officials, which cannot assuage the pain caused to the Muslims," the FO said.

In New Delhi, the BJP on Sunday suspended its national spokesperson Nupur Sharma and expelled its Delhi media head Naveen Kumar Jindal after their controversial remarks against the Prophet.

Amid protests by Muslim groups over the remarks, the party also issued a statement aimed at assuaging the concerns of minorities and distancing itself from these members, asserting that it respects all religions and strongly denounces the insult of any religious personality.

The FO said Pakistan was deeply concerned over the alarming rise in communal violence and hatred against the Muslims in India.

“The growing mainstreaming of the reprehensible anti-Muslim sentiment and the increasing attempts at depriving the Muslims of their centuries-old places of worship citing frivolous historical claims, are nothing but the obvious outcomes of the deep-seated Islamophobia in the Indian society,” the FO said.

Pakistan strongly urged the BJP leadership and the government of India to unequivocally condemn the sacrilegious comments of the BJP officials and ensure that they were held accountable through decisive and demonstrable action against them for attacking the dignity of the Prophet.

“The government of India is also reminded of its obligations under international law to take immediate steps to protect its minorities from human rights violations, ensure their safety, security and well-being and allow them to profess and practice their faiths in peace,” the FO said.

Pakistan also asked the international community to take cognizance of and stop the “dangerously rising ‘Hindutva' inspired Islamophobia” in India and prevail upon the Indian authorities to prevent the human rights violations against minorities, according to the FO.

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday condemned the "hurtful" remarks against the prophet of Islam.

Source: Times Of India

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Pakistan lawmaker threatens to carry out suicide attack if ex-premier Imran Khan is harmed

Jun 6, 2022

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party lawmaker loyal to former prime minister Imran Khan on Monday threatened to target the current rulers of the country with a suicide attack if his leader was harmed.

Attaullah, elected from Karachi in 2018 on the symbol of PTI, posted a video clip on Twitter to make clear his intention in case Khan was harmed.

"If a single hair on Imran Khan's head is harmed, then those running the country be warned: Neither you nor your children will remain. I will be the first to carry out a suicide attack on you, I will not let you go. In the same way, thousands of workers are ready," Attaullah said in the video message

Attaullah is a lawyer by profession and an ardent supporter of Khan.

Khan, who was ousted from power in April through a no-trust vote, has been claiming that the no-trust motion against him was the result of a “foreign conspiracy” because his independent foreign policy and funds were being channelled from abroad to oust him from power. He has named the US as the country behind the conspiracy, a charge denied by Washington.

His supporters have warned of threat to his life and then information minister Fawad Chaudhry in the beginning of April had disclosed that a plot to assassinate Khan had been reported by security agencies.

Khan on May 14 reiterated that there was threat to his life and told his supporters at a rally that he had recorded a video in which he had taken the names of all those who "conspired against me".

The government has enhanced his personal security as well as augmented the security cordon around his palatial residence in the Banigala suburbs of Islamabad.

But it is rare that a sitting lawmaker threatened a suicide attack.

After the video went viral, a journalist reminded the authorities to take action against Attaullah for terrorism.

Source: Times Of India

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No need for financial emergency as Pakistan ‘out of crisis’: Miftah

Khaleeq Kiani

June 7, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Miftah Ismail on Monday said Pakistan has come out of the financial crisis after two episodes of increase in petroleum prices in quick succession and hence no need of declaring an economic emergency.

The minister, however, said the prime minister would soon be announcing austerity measures to reduce government expenditure. This followed a day-on-day downward revision in the rupee’s value by Rs2.14 to Rs200.06.65 against the dollar in the interbank and rumours about an impending financial emergency on social media.

“The prime minister will at some point announce austerity measures to save government expenditures. But there is not going to be any declaration of financial emergency. Nor is there any financial emergency. After two increases in petrol prices, we are out of the financial crisis”, the finance minister said in a tweet to reassure the markets.

The government has increased by 40 to 51 percent the prices of various petroleum products since May 26 to bring back the international monetary fund to the negotiating table and scale down fuel subsidies that had climbed to Rs125bn per month following a reduction and four-month price cap announced by the previous government on February 28.

SBP refutes rumours about restrictions on foreign currency accounts

Separately, the Ministry of Finance and the State Bank of Pakistan in a joint statement also dispelled such rumours. “The government and SBP refute baseless claims circulating on social media regarding Foreign Currency Accounts (FCAs), Roshan Digital Accounts (RDAs) and Safety Deposit Lockers (SDLs)”.

The joint statement said that both the government and the central bank “assure all account holders maintaining FCAs, RDAs and SDLs in banks in Pakistan that their accounts and lockers are completely safe, and that there is no proposal under consideration to put any restriction on them”.

The statement said rumours were circulating on social media that the government or State Bank was considering freezing or placing restrictions on withdrawals from FCAs, RDAs and SDLs. “Such rumours are absolutely incorrect and baseless,” the joint statement said, adding that ‘such a proposal has neither been considered presently nor in the past.’

The joint statement assured the account holders that foreign currency accounts including Roshan Digital Accounts were legally protected under the Foreign Currency Accounts (Protection) Ordinance 2001, and the Government and the State Bank were committed to protecting all the financial assets in Pakistan including the ones mentioned above.

It said the government and the SBP were taking all necessary measures to ensure macroeconomic stability in the country. “The recent difficult decisions taken by the Government, including the reduction of subsidy on petroleum products, will pave the way to reach an agreement with the IMF and release of the IMF tranche and financial assistance from other multilateral agencies and friendly countries.

Source: Dawn

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Imran appoints nephew as focal person on legal affairs

Ikram Junaidi

June 7, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has appointed his nephew as the party’s focal person on legal affairs.

In another development, two former legislators of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) from south Punjab joined the PTI.

According to a notification signed by PTI secretary general Asad Umar, Barrister Hassaan Khan Niazi has been notified as the focal person on legal affairs to the chairman/party.

“The focal person on legal affairs would report to the chairman on matters pertaining to his functions,” the notification said.

In a statement, the PTI claimed that the appointment had been made under a well-conceived strategy to deal with the dictatorial tactics and unconstitutional and undemocratic steps of the ‘imported’ government.

Barrister Hassaan Niazi held a meeting with Imran Khan and expressed his gratitude for appointing him the focal person.

He has been associated with the PTI for the last 17 years and remained at the forefront of every movement.

“As a student, Barrister Hassaan Niazi played a key role in laying the foundation of the Insaf Students Federation. He has also served as the Insaf Students Federation Punjab president from 2008 to 2010,” the party statement claimed.

Meanwhile, former PML-N MNA Pir Iqbal Shah from Lodhran and ex-MPA Pir Amir Iqbal Shah met former prime minister Imran Khan on Monday and formally joined the PTI.

“During the meeting, they discussed the current political as well as the economic situation in the country. Pir Iqbal Shah and Pir Amir Iqbal Shah expressed full confidence in Imran Khan’s leadership and both vowed to play an active role in Imran Khan’s struggle for real independence,” the statement issued by the party stated. PTI vice chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the nation was expecting Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari to talk to his Indian counterpart on the blasphemous and condemnable remarks made against Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) by leaders of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Talking to media after a delegation level meeting between PTI and Majlis-i-Wahdat-i-Muslimeen on Monday, Mr Qureshi said the remarks made by the two BJP leaders had hurt the sentiments of the Muslims worldwide and Pakistan should take up the issue with the Indian government vociferously.

Talking about the water crisis, he said there was severe water shortage in Sindh, south Punjab and Balochistan, but the present government seemed oblivious to the looming crisis. He said Pakistan Peoples Party observed a criminal silence over the plight of the people of south Punjab, adding that no one was bothered about the problems being faced by the farmers of Sindh.

“The most valuable crop of south Punjab is mango and orchards have been ruined due to water scarcity,” he added.

The PTI vice chairman said PML-N voters were questioning their leadership as to why turncoats had been imposed on them, adding that the PML-N in connivance with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was planning to rig the by-elections.

He made it clear that the by-polls on 20 vacant seats in Punjab were being held for a specific purpose and the people were well aware of the game.

Source: Dawn

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PM Shehbaz invites economic gurus for pre-budget huddle

Syed Irfan Raza

June 7, 2022

ISLAMABAD: In order to combat unprecedented economic crisis in the country, the government has arran­ged a gathering of top economists, industrialists and businessmen to find short-, medium- and long-term solutions to the problem, besides providing relief to inflation-hit people in the forthcoming federal budget 2022-23.

According to the Prime Minister Office, Shehbaz Sharif will address a day-long ‘Pre-Budget Business Conference’ on Tuesday (today) to explore avenues of consensus-based economic measures with all stakeholders on-board.

In line with the PM’s vision of ‘Charter of Economy’ and an inclusive economic policy-making approach, the conference will bring together leaders from a wide range of sectors at a single platform for a vibrant and interactive dialogue.

Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said in her tweets that a day-long, meaningful and substantive dialogue had been convened, bringing together leaders from agriculture, IT, textile, manufacturing and many other business sectors to “interactively assess Pakistan’s existing economic challenges and devise short-, medium- and long-term solutions. Obtain recommendations for FY 2022-23 budget for across the commercial spectrum.”

The prime minister will take stock of the recommendations and proposals presented by the participants for a prosperous economy with a rock-solid foundation for progress and development.

The conference will focus on the PM’s vision of a Pakistan where the social, political and economic rights of the people are insured. Through mutual consultation, the conference will endeavour to find ways to end the economic strife of the people and help the nation get back on the path to a better future.

The event will focus on the way forward to a prosperous Pakistan with a vibrant economy, where growth is sustainable and inclusive. It will evaluate options and opportunities for employment and business opportunities for all, and eliminate poverty and provide a decent standard of living for all our citizens. This initiative will also welcome recommendations from these sector-leaders for fiscal budget for the year 2022-23 across the entire commercial spectrum.

Source: Dawn

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NA calls for moving apex court over Imran’s remarks

Amir Wasim

June 7, 2022

ISLAMABAD: The National Asse­m­­bly on Monday adopted a resolution with a majority vote urging the “state” to move the Supreme Court against Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan over his “anti-Pakistan and anti-armed forces” remarks during a TV interview last week.

The lawmakers passed four Imran-era bills, including those required to meet conditions of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), after the lower house opened its budget session.

The resolution “condemning” the former prime minister for speaking about the country’s disintegration, threat to nuclear assets and against the armed forces was presented by Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.

Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf immediately put it before the house for a voice vote without allowing members to hold a debate.

The opposition Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) opposed the resolution, stating that it should not have been person-specific and must have mentioned all those people who had in the past issued statements targeting the armed forces, the judiciary and the country’s disintegration.

“The House demands that the state should approach the Supreme Court for legal action against the former prime minister as his statement is directly affecting Pakistan’s security and integrity as well as its atomic programme,” said the resolution.

It further says: “This House conde­mns the efforts being made by Imran Niazi to defame the armed forces of Pakistan for political purposes.”

The resolution says that “the House is well aware of the fact that the armed forces are not only discharging their responsibilities according to the Constitution and laws, but are also the guarantors of Pakistan’s geographical boundaries.

“The House acknowledges the sacrifices rendered by the brave armed forces for the defence of the country and tackling the issue of terrorism.”

In an interview with Bol TV last week, the PTI chairman had warned that if Pakistan were to lose its nuclear deterrence, it would break up into “three pieces”.

The NA resolution referred to Mr Khan’s controversial remarks in the interview: “If the establishment doesn’t make the right decisions then I assure you, they and the army will be destroyed, because what will become of the country if it goes bankrupt.”

After passage of the resolution, GDA’s Saira Bano said “we did not sign it as it was against a person” who was not present in the house to defend himself.

She criticised the treasury members for constantly attacking the PTI. She asked the speaker to hold discussion on “real issues” instead of “wasting time on targeting previous rulers”.

Noor Alam Khan, a PTI dissident, said mere resolutions would not serve any purpose and called for holding trial under Article 6 of all those who attack state institutions.

He asked the interior minister to take action against those who had damaged public property during the long march.

Later, speaking on points of order, a number of lawmakers lashed out at Imran Khan for allegedly trying to create anarchy after losing power.

The most hard-hitting speech, however, came from Salahuddin, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) member from Hyderabad.

Mr Salahuddin said it seemed that Imran Khan had “lost senses after losing power”. He held the PTI government responsible for the poor state of the economy.

Meanwhile, the lower house of parliament passed four bills.

Source: Dawn

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Mideast

 

Zionism has ‘failed’ and Israel is in ‘big trouble’, says prominent lobbyist

07 June 2022

As the Tel Aviv regime grapples with a heightened sense of insecurity due to the Palestinians’ spirited resistance, a prominent lobbyist acknowledges that Zionism may have “failed” and that the Israeli regime is in “far bigger trouble than anyone understands.”

Michael Koplow, the chief policy officer at New York-based Israel Policy Forum, made the remarks in an article on a bill banning the raising of Palestinian flags, although the pro-Israel lobby group claims it is dedicated to preserving Israel’s future as a Jewish state.

“If waving a flag threatens Israel’s existence, then not only is Israel in far bigger trouble than anyone understands, but Zionism itself has failed,” said Koplow.

“Protesters waving Palestinian flags and mourners displaying them at funerals does not threaten Israel’s … security in any tangible way, and to think otherwise betrays a deep and unwarranted sense of insecurity about Israel’s durability and legitimacy,” he added.

His comments come as the image of Israel as a vital US ally facing “an existential threat” is beginning to “shatter not least because of the consensus amongst major human rights groups that Israel is committing the crime of apartheid.”

The pro-Israel lobbyist himself slammed the double standard applied by the Israeli regime, which approved the so-called Flag March while considering raising Palestinian flags as incitement.

“There was a particular irony at work this week with Israeli arguments that marching through the Old City with Israeli flags is nothing but a demonstration of legitimate Israeli pride and should not be construed in any way as incitement or threatening toward Palestinians, while at the same time insisting on multiple fronts that Palestinian flags are inherently illegitimate and should be construed as incitement and threats toward Israelis.”

The so-called Flag March, a yearly event, features extremist settlers marching through the heart of the main Palestinian thoroughfare in East al-Quds’ Old City and waving Israeli flags and chanting provocative slogans.

It commemorates the Israeli regime’s 1967 occupation of East al-Quds, which Palestinians want as the capital of their future state. The parade is associated with violence against Palestinians and the “display of incitement, Jewish dominance, and racism,” according to Israeli NGO Ir Amim.

This year’s march was reportedly partaken by around 25,000 settlers, who were being accompanied and protected by Israeli forces.

Koplow argued that Israel should have been “less sensitive” to the display of Palestinian flags, given the “structural imbalance” between Palestine and Israel, which, he said, has “the most powerful military in the Middle East.”

“The fact of Israel’s existence and Israel’s strength—not only relative to the Palestinians but in absolute terms—has not appreciably lessened Israelis’ insecurities, and Palestinian flags are still treated in many instances as physical threats that somehow have the ability to snuff out Zionism or Israel’s existence.”

The Middle East Monitor, however, noted that Koplow failed to mention that the Israeli bill is “part of an ongoing attempt to criminalize expressions of Palestinian nationhood and symbols of their identity.”

On Friday, Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett also acknowledged that the Tel Aviv regime is on the brink of collapse, as it is “facing a real test.”

'Israel’s calculations entirely wrong'

Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), said via Twitter that the Israeli acknowledgment of an imminent collapse of the Israeli regime proves that the resistance has been moving in the “right direction.”

The senior official added that the Israelis’ “calculations have been wrong” since the formation of the regime.

Referring to Israel’s threats against Iran, he noted that they have only been out of fear of the axis of resistance.

Source: Press TV

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Iran, Qatar Vow to Strengthen Mutual Cooperation

2022-June-6

During the meeting in the Qatari capital on Monday, Mehrabian and al-Kaabi explored avenues for bolstering and reinvigorating bilateral relations in different fields.

"Iran is interested to further expand relations between the two countries in various fields," Mehrabian said during his meeting with al-Kaabi.

Describing the cooperation capacities of the two countries as appropriate, Mehrabian called for removing the existing obstacles.

Referring to the good relations between the two countries of Iran and Qatar in various fields, the Iranian energy minister stated the current Iranian administration emphasizes the development of relations with neighboring countries, and accordingly these relations are increasing every day.

Mehrabian traveled to Qatar on Sunday to participate in the eighth meeting of the Joint Economic Cooperation Commission.

Source: Fars News Agency

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FM Warns of Consequences of Any Anti-Iran Resolution at IAEA

2022-June-6

“Those who push for anti-Iran resolution at IAEA will be responsible for all the consequences,” Amir Abdollahian wrote on his twitter page on Sunday.

“We welcome a good, strong and lasting agreement,” he added.

“It's within reach if US/E3 (Washington and the European trio) are realistic,” Amir Abdollahian said.

Iran has also repeatedly cautioned in the past that adoption of an anti-Iranian resolution was counterproductive to ongoing talks aimed at reviving a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

The remarks came a day before a meeting of the IAEA’s Board of Governors. The event is reportedly set to adopt an anti-Iran resolution, drafted by Britain, France, Germany, and the US, to accuse the Islamic Republic of withholding cooperation with the agency.

The expected adoption of the resolution also comes following a trip by IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi to the Israeli-occupied territories.

Iran has previously cautioned the IAEA against allowing the Israeli regime—which is leading a constant bid aimed at incriminating Iran’s nuclear work—against allowing Tel Aviv to influence the agency’s independent mandate and decision-making.

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Indian Envoy Summoned to Iranian Foreign Ministry over Sacrilege of Islam's Prophet

2022-June-6

The Iranian foreign ministry's director general of the South Asia Department summoned the Indian envoy on Sunday to convey the strong protest of the Iranian government and people over the sacrilegious comments against Prophet Mohammad.

The Indian envoy, for his part, expressed regret, saying that any sacrilege against the Prophet of Islam is not acceptable at all.

The ambassador also clarified that the comments made by two officials of the ruling party did not reflect the position of the Indian government, which he said reveres all religions.

In recent remarks on a TV news debate, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s spokesperson Nupur Sharma made inflammatory comments against the Prophet of Islam, which led to widespread condemnation in the country and also triggered violent clashes in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur on Friday.

The BJP on Sunday suspended Sharma from the party while distancing itself from her offensive remarks.

The party also expelled Naveen Kumar Jindal, who heads its Delhi media, from the party, after he allegedly posted a tweet about the Prophet but later deleted it. The BJP said Jindal's views on social media undermine communal harmony and are in violation of the party's fundamental beliefs.

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Iran Foreign Minister: Referendum, return of refugees only solution to issue of Palestine

06 June 2022

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says the sole solution to the issue of Palestine is the return of refugees to their homes and holding of a referendum to be attended by all the original inhabitants of the occupied territories.

Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks on Sunday in a meeting with religious leaders and officials of Lebanese and Palestinian groups who took part in the 33rd anniversary of the passing of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini.

Iran’s top diplomat noted that the Islamic Republic will never back down on the rights of the Palestinian nation and will continue to support the resistance and struggles for the liberation of the Palestinian people.

Amir-Abdollahian described some Islamic countries’ move to establish and normalize relations with the Israeli regime as a "betrayal of the Palestinian cause," and said those countries would regret their action.

Referring to Iran’s full support for the Palestinian resistance, the top Iranian diplomat noted that the Islamic Republic would not retreat from its principled policy despite all pressures.

Four Arab countries – the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco – agreed to normalize relations with Israel under US-brokered agreements in 2020, when former US President Donald Trump was in office.

Spearheaded by the UAE, the move has sparked widespread condemnations from the Palestinians as well as nations and human rights advocates across the world, especially within the Muslim world.

Palestinians see the accords as a stab in their back and a direct affront to their cause to liberate their lands from Israeli occupation.

Between 600,000 and 750,000 Israelis occupy over 250 illegal settlements built since the 1967 occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds. Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state, with East al-Quds as its capital.

Source: Press TV

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Arab League calls on UN to end Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories

06 June 2022

The Arab League has called on the UN Security Council to force Israel to end its occupation and withdraw all of its forces from the occupied Palestinian and Arab territories.

In a statement released on Monday, the General Secretariat of the organization said that the 15-member council should assume its responsibilities and implement its decisions against the Tel Aviv regime's violations.

The statement was issued on Naksa Day, or the Day of Setback, which is commemorated by Palestinians on June 5 every year, marking the displacement of the Palestinian people following the 1967 war with Israel.

"Despite the passage of more than five decades since the Naksa and the long record of the occupation crimes and violations, this will not change the fact that these Palestinian and Arab lands seized by Israel since 1967 are occupied lands in accordance with international law," the statement read.

More than seven decades down the road, millions of Palestinian refugees  are still scattered across refugee camps in the occupied West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and Palestine’s neighboring countries, it noted.

It further said that the anniversary of the Naksa this year coincides with a dangerous Israeli escalation, an aggravated aggression and countless raids across occupied al-Quds.

The Israeli regime occupied the West Bank, including the western part of the holy city of al-Quds, in 1967. It later annexed East al-Quds, which Palestinians want as the capital of their future state.

Also in 1948, eighty-five percent of the Palestinian people were forcibly displaced from their homeland and over 500 villages were destroyed in order to establish the Israeli regime.  Over five million Palestinian refugees are currently estimated to be still displaced.

According to international law, refugees have the right to return to their homes of origin, receive real property restitution, and compensation for losses.

Elsewhere, the Arab League also said that Israeli forces were enabling extremist settlers to carry out their attacks at the holy al-Aqsa Mosque compound and desecrate Islamic and Christian sanctities across the holy city.

The Arab League earlier warned that constant Israeli violations and incursions at the holy site in the occupied Old City of al-Quds had been a flagrant affront to Muslim feelings that could trigger a wider conflict.

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Gazans express solidarity with Palestinian prisoners languishing in Israeli prisons

06 June 2022

Families of Palestinian prisoners and rights activists have held a sit-in protest inside the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Gaza.

They protested Israel’s inhumane treatment of some five thousand political prisoners held in Israeli jails.

Their solidarity action comes as some 450 administrative detainees have been refusing to show up for their military court hearings for more than six months.

These detainees are held in Israeli jails without charge or trial for a long time. Their only recourse to call attention to their plight has been hunger strikes.

Among them, Khalil Awawdeh has been refusing food for more than three months and Raed Rayyan has adopted the same passive resistance approach since more than two months ago.

Palestinian prisoners are held in 24 Israeli prisons and detention centers where rights groups say they are denied their basic human rights.

Prisoners’ advocacy groups also condemned Israel’s inhumane treatment of Palestinian prisoners especially those suffering from chronic medical conditions.

Securing the release of prisoners is a highly emotive issue for Palestinians who regard them as prisoners of war and as symbols of resistance against the Israeli occupation.

Source: Press TV

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North America

 

India has a set of interests when it comes to engaging with the Taliban regime: US

Lalit K Jha  

07.06.22

New Delhi has a set of interests when it comes to engaging with the Taliban regime, the United States said on Monday, days after the first-ever Indian delegation visited Kabul since the hardline group took control over Afghanistan last year.

Last week, India sent a team led by a senior diplomat to Afghanistan to oversee the delivery of its humanitarian aid and meet with senior members of the Taliban regime.

The team, led by JP Singh, the external affairs ministry's point person for Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran, met the senior members of the Taliban and held discussions on India's humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan, India's Ministry of External Affairs said.

There are a number of countries around the world that have a discrete set of interests in Afghanistan and who predicate their engagement with the Taliban on those interests, State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters at a press conference on Monday.

India similarly has a set of interests when it comes to the Taliban. Different countries will engage with the Taliban in different ways. We have a team on the ground in Doha that is responsible for, as appropriate, engaging with the Taliban on our set of interests just as other countries do, Price added.

The United States will continue to monitor and take steps to increase pressure on the Taliban government to reverse some of its recent decisions in restricting the rights of women and girls, Price explained.

India has no formal diplomatic ties with the Taliban government, but its envoys have met previously with Taliban representatives in Doha, where they have an office.

The template behind India's engagement with the Taliban is based on India's historic ties with Afghanistan, India's Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi has said.

India had sent 20,000 tonnes of wheat, 13 tonnes of medicines, 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines and winter clothing to Afghanistan as humanitarian aid.

New Delhi has been pitching for providing unimpeded humanitarian aid to Afghanistan to address the unfolding humanitarian crisis in the country.

Source: Telegraph India

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Solemn Ceremonies Honour Muslim Family Killed In Canada

Barry Ellsworth  

06.06.2022

Canada

TRENTON, Canada

Ceremonies in Canada on Monday marked the first anniversary of the attack that killed four members of a Muslim family.

The events in the city of London, Ontario, were particularly poignant because that is where, on June 6, 2021, a man driving a vehicle deliberately struck the Afzaal family, killing the parents, a daughter and a grandmother, and leaving a nine-year-old boy an orphan. Law enforcement officials said the crime was anti-Muslim and hate-oriented.

One of the many vigils was at the scene where the vehicle ran down the family as they were out for a Sunday evening walk was organized by the friends of Yumnah Afzaal, the 15-year-old daughter who died along with her father, Salman, his wife Madiha and Talat, Salman's mother. More events were scheduled in London through the week.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with others, spoke at one ceremony in London, a city of about 405,000 southwest of Toronto.

“On this day, that we grieve, we also come together in commitment and resolve to make sure that tomorrow and next year, and all the days in the future, are also better,” Trudeau said to hundreds of people in attendance.

“The lives of three generations of the Afzaal family were taken by a brutal, cowardly and brazen act of terrorist violence.”

Politicians, Muslim organizations and anti-hate groups called for action after the attack and a National Summit on Islamophobia summit was held last summer. But some insist little has changed.

“Despite all of the promises we heard last year, one year later, it feels there’s still an unwillingness by our elected leaders to take concrete action against Islamophobia,” Esa Islam told the crowd at the event where Trudeau was a speaker. He is a cousin of the Afzaals.

Provincially the New Democrat Party proposed the Our London Family Act which called for a review of all hate incidents, but it was defeated. That brought 11 Muslim groups together to ask all provincial party leaders to revive and pass the legislation, but it is still in limbo.

Taha Ghayyur, executive director of Justice for All Canada, said Islamophobia is rampant in Canada.

"The attack on the London Muslim family is a result of years of systemic Islamophobia and online hate percolating and thriving in Canada," he said Monday in email comments to Anadolu Agency.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Afghan leader unlikely to have fled Kabul with millions in cash: US watchdog

07 June, 2022

Former Afghan president Ashraf Ghani almost certainly did not flee Kabul as it fell to the Taliban with millions of dollars in stolen cash, a US government watchdog’s report said Monday.

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) report, which will be published on Tuesday, is an interim document, as the office is still awaiting answers to questions sent to Ghani.

First reported on by Politico, it interviews witnesses as well as officials who were in the helicopter convoy with Ghani as they hastily fled the Presidential Palace in Kabul while the Taliban marched into the capital on August 15, 2021.

In subsequent days, multiple reports suggested that Ghani and the other officials took up to $169 million in Afghan government money with them. Ghani has always fiercely denied these claims.

“Although SIGAR found that some cash was taken from the grounds of the palace and loaded onto these helicopters, evidence indicates that this number did not exceed $1 million and may have been closer in value to $500,000,” the report states.

It based that assessment heavily on interviews with the witnesses and officials involved, all of whom said they saw no signs of such large amounts of cash on the helicopters already overloaded with people fleeing for their lives.

“$169 million in hundred dollar bills, stacked end to end, would form a block 7.5 feet (2.3 meters) long, 3 feet wide, and 3 feet tall... This block would have weighed 3,722 pounds, or nearly two tons,” SIGAR noted, adding that witnesses reported “minimal luggage” on the helicopters, which had no cargo holds.

Instead one official carried around $200,000, another carried some $240,000 and others had “$5,000 to $10,000 in their pockets... No one had millions,” one former senior official told SIGAR.

“If true, this puts the total amount of cash on board the three helicopters at approximately $500,000, with $440,000 belonging to the Afghan government,” the report said.

“SIGAR also identified suspicious circumstances in which approximately $5 million in cash was allegedly left behind at the presidential palace,” the report added.

It was not clear where the money came from or what it was for, “but it was supposedly divided by members of the Presidential Protective Service after the helicopters departed but before the Taliban captured the palace,” it said.

The report said there appears to have been “ample opportunity and effort to plunder Afghan government coffers.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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US sanctions 2 Bosnia and Herzegovina leaders

Michael Hernandez 

06.06.2022

WASHINGTON

The US sanctioned on Monday two leaders of Bosnia and Herzegovina, alleging they have undermined regional stability and the country's Dayton Peace Accords.

Marinko Cavara, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina president, and Alen Seranic, the Republika Srpska health minister, are being added to the US blacklist, the Treasury Department said in a statement.

The Republika Srpska is the Bosnian entity that comprises part of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Cavara has refused to nominated judges to the country's constitutional court since 2019, and has thereby blocked its Court’s Vital National Interest panel from functioning, the department said. Seranic has been behind efforts within the Republika Srpska to secede, it added.

“Marinko Cavara and Alen Seranic have each sought to pursue ethnonationalist and political agendas at the expense of the democratic institutions and citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina,” Brian Nelson, the Treasury Department's senior official for financial intelligence, said.

“Today’s action demonstrates the United States’ steadfast commitment to the stability and prosperity of Bosnia and Herzegovina," he added.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Europe

 

France deplores Israeli plans to expand illegal settlements in occupied West Bank

06 June 2022

French President Emmanuel Macron has condemned the Tel Aviv regime’s insistence on illegal settlement construction and land expropriation policies in the occupied Palestinian territories, asserting that Paris supports the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.

During a telephone conversation with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas, Macron expressed his concern in the face of the growing tensions and worsening situation in the occupied lands.

He condemned the Israeli regime’s settlement expansion policy and reiterated that France is committed to respecting the legitimate rights of Palestinians.

Macron went on to claim that France is prepared to help contain any escalation in the occupied Palestinian lands and foster the resumption of the so-called peace process in order to secure fair and lasting peace in the region.

He underlined the sanctity of holy sites in the Old City of al-Quds, as well as the need to maintain regional stability and security.

The French president also offered his condolences to Abbas and the Palestinian nation for the killing of veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was shot dead by Israeli forces on May 11 near the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.

Macron stated that France attaches importance to efforts to shed light on the circumstances surrounding her death.

Late last month, the European Union deplored the Israeli regime’s plans for the construction of nearly 4,500 new illegal settler units in West Bank, calling on Tel Aviv to reverse the decision.

The remarks were delivered by Geraldine Byrne Nason, Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations on behalf of current and former European Union Members of the Security Council, France, Ireland, and Estonia, joined by Albania, at a UN Security Council session in New York on May 26.

The joint statement stressed that the illegal settler units “would constitute an additional obstacle to the [so-called] two-state solution,” and “are in clear violation of international law and stand in the way of a just, lasting and comprehensive peace” between the two sides.

The statement further said the decision, in addition to the retroactive approval of three illegal outposts and demolitions and evictions that affect the Palestinian populations in East al-Quds and Area C, directly threatens the possibility of a future Palestinian state.

Between 600,000 and 750,000 Israelis occupy over 250 illegal settlements built since the 1967 occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds.

Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state, with East al-Quds as its capital.

The last round of Israeli-Palestinian talks collapsed in 2014, with Israel’s continued settlement expansion emerging as a key sticking point.

All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law as they are built on occupied Palestinian land.

Source: Press TV

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UK reopens its embassy in Libya after 8-year hiatus

Ebu Bekir Aşkın  

06.06.2022

The UK reopened its embassy in Libya on Sunday after an eight-year hiatus.

"This is a demonstration of the UK’s commitment to the whole of Libya. I am proud our work touches the lives of Libyans across the whole country already,” said Ambassador Caroline Hurndall on Twitter.

UK-Libya relations are deep and historical, she added.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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US, Europe may seek to censure Iran amid stalled nuclear talks

June 7, 2022

VIENNA: Major European countries and the United States are expected to seek to censure Iran as the UN atomic watchdog started meeting on Monday with talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal stalled.

The resolution drafted by the United States, Britain, France and Germany is a sign of their growing impatience as diplomats warn the window to save the landmark agreement is closing.

The International Atomic Energy Agency’s Board of Governors meets on Monday through Friday in Vienna. If the resolution urging Iran to “cooperate fully” with the IAEA is adopted, it will be the first motion censuring Iran since June 2020.

Source: Dawn

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Mosque in Austria suffers Islamophobic attack

Aşkın Kıyağan 

07.06.2022

VIENNA

A mosque in Austria was subjected to an Islamophobic and racist attack on Monday.

The words "Go back home" were written on the walls of the Yesil Mosque in Lower Austria by an unidentified individual who entered the area without permission, according to mosque officials.

Türkiye’s Ambassador to Austria, Ozan Ceyhun, condemned the incident and said he hopes this will be the last "racist attack" that disturbs the peace in Austria

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Türkiye reiterates discomfort over PKK terrorist activities in Italy

Busra Nur Cakmak  

06.06.2022

Türkiye on Monday reiterated its discomfort over the activities of the terrorist group PKK in Italy, according to Turkish diplomatic sources.

Giorgio Marrapodi, Italy’s ambassador to Ankara, was summoned on Monday to the Turkish Foreign Ministry to convey Türkiye’s discomfort over a PKK demonstration in Rome, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

The demonstration included symbols of the outlawed terrorist group and photos of its convicted terrorist ringleader, Abdullah Ocalan, despite previous protests by the Turkish Embassy in Rome.

Türkiye reiterated its dissatisfaction with PKK propaganda spreading into the public sphere, its activities under the guise of an NGO, and the 2020 granting of honorary local citizenship to Ocalan by the town of Fossalto in southern Italy.

Türkiye also repeated its demand that the Italian government prevent such actions by terrorist groups and its sympathizers and stressed the responsibility of the Italian government.

Despite the PKK being officially banned in the European Union, a number of its member states have allowed demonstrations and fundraising by the terrorist group, including in recent weeks.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Swedish opposition seeks to cut ties with MP who supports terrorist YPG/PKK

Atila Altuntas  

06.06.2022

STOCKHOLM

Feeling the heat over Sweden’s support for a terrorist group based near Türkiye’s borders, the country’s opposition has proposed cutting ties with a deputy who supports the terrorist YPG/PKK.

The country’s NATO membership bid faces an uncertain future due to Sweden’s attitude, as Türkiye says Stockholm must take a clear stand against all terror groups before it could gain membership. Türkiye, a NATO member for 70 years, has a veto over any new members, as any expansion of the alliance must be agreed to unanimously.

On a public affairs program, Ebba Busch, the leader of the Swedish Christian Democrats Party, urged Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson to cut ties with independent Deputy Amineh Kakabaveh, who is a supporter of the terrorist YPG/PKK, a terrorist group based around Türkiye's borders.

Kakabaveh took the country's security and NATO membership bid hostage, Busch argued.

Andersson said she would seriously consider the proposal.

NATO bids blocked by terrorist support

Sweden and Finland formally applied to join NATO last month – a decision spurred by Russia's war on Ukraine, which began on Feb. 24.

But Türkiye, a longstanding member of the alliance, has voiced objections to the membership bids, criticizing the countries for tolerating and even supporting terrorist groups.

In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Türkiye, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkiye, the US, and the EU – has been responsible for the deaths of over 40,000 people. The YPG/PKK is PKK’s Syrian offshoot.

Terrorist group supporter uses no-confidence vote as blackmail

Speaking to a Swedish public broadcaster on June 2, Kakabaveh said the government should not agree to Türkiye’s demands to stop supporting terrorists to get NATO membership

Frustrated that the government did not do as she demanded, Kakabaveh told Dagens Nyheter daily that she was preparing to vote against Morgan Johansson, the justice and interior minister, in a no-confidence vote set for Tuesday that could end the government.

Andersson has said she would step down if Johansson does not survive the vote.

Michael Sahlin, the former Swedish ambassador to Türkiye, said that Sweden's international security should not depend on Kakabaveh, stressing that the country should consider its own interests.

Kakabaveh's threat was roundly criticized on social media.

On June 2, right-wing parties in parliament submitted a no-confidence motion on Johansson over his handling of gang crime.

Agreement between Social Democratic Party, Kakabaveh to support terror group

Last November, Andersson was proposed by departing Premier Stefan Lofven to fill her post.

Andersson needed 175 out of 349 parliamentary deputies to form a government and was elected premier on Nov. 24 by one vote, including Kakabaveh’s.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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IAEA Board of Governors meeting kicks off, Iran nuclear talks to take centre stage

06 June 2022

The International Atomic Energy Agency has begun its Board of Governors meeting in Vienna, where the talks with Iran are expected to take center stage.

The event is reportedly set to adopt an anti-Iran resolution, drafted by Britain, France, Germany, and the United States, to accuse the Islamic Republic of withholding cooperation with the agency.

The expected adoption of the resolution also comes following a trip by the IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi to the Israeli-occupied territories.

Iran has previously cautioned the IAEA against allowing the Israeli regime—which is leading a constant bid aimed at incriminating Iran’s nuclear work—against allowing Tel Aviv to influence the agency’s independent mandate and decision-making.

On Sunday, Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said, “Those who push for anti-Iran resolution at IAEA will be responsible for all the consequences.”

Source: Press TV

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