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Islamic Scholars Call Upon Faithful to Unite Against Terror 'Misused the Name and Spirit of Islam'


















Iraqis who fled violence in Mosul rest on the ground upon reaching Syria CREDIT: RODI SAID

 

‘Black Day’ Being Observed in PoK to Mark Kashmir’s Invasion by Pakistan In 1947

Mullah Omar’s Close Aide Ask Taliban Chief to Cut Ties with Pakistan

ISIL Takes 550 Families as 'Human Shields' in Mosul

Khizr Khan, Father of Fallen Muslim-American Soldier, Features in Latest Hillary Clinton Ad

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India

Islamic Scholars Call Upon Faithful to Unite Against Terror 'Misused the Name and Spirit of Islam'

‘Black Day’ Being Observed in PoK to Mark Kashmir’s Invasion by Pakistan In 1947

Sunni Barelvi Clerics Start Shariat Bachao Andolan against Uniform Civil Code

Karnataka: Signature Campaign against Uniform Civil Code

An anatomy of the Uniform Civil Code: This is how the Article 44 was passed in the Constituent Assembly

Producers who cast Pak artists will give Rs five crore to Army as ‘penance’: Raj Thackeray

Hurriyat leader detained after meeting Pak High Commissioner

Pakistan continues to violate ceasefire, heavy firing in Jammu’s RS Pura

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South Asia

Mullah Omar’s Close Aide Ask Taliban Chief to Cut Ties with Pakistan

54 ISIS Militants Killed in East of Afghanistan, MoD Claims

Taliban leaders share information with Pakistan regarding Qatar talks

Taliban Join Local Forces to Battle IS in Afghanistan

Explosion rocks Mehtarlam city in East of Afghanistan, 1 wounded

Bangladesh government accused of “kneecapping” opponents

60 Islamic State militants killed in security operations in Afghanistan: Reports

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Arab World

ISIL Takes 550 Families as 'Human Shields' in Mosul

ISIL Forcing Deir Ezzur Residents to Go to Mosul Battlefield

Civilians in Aleppo City Show Fury over Int'l Bodies' Indifference to Terrorists' Brutalities

Yemeni Tribes Go on Alert to Give Crushing Response to Saudi Arabia

Terrorists Seeking to Exacerbate Humanitarian Crisis in Aleppo

Over 470 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Mosul in 5 Days

Over 25 Terrorists Killed in Syrian Army's Advance in South-eastern Damascus

Security Forces End ISIL Assault on Iraqi Oil City

Terrorists Insist on Staying in Eastern Aleppo in Hope of Ankara's Aid to Break Siege

Iraqis Launch Cyber Army to Support Mosul Liberation Operation

Hundreds of Fresh Syrian Soldiers Arrive in Aleppo to Reinvigorate Army's Defense Capabilities

S. Arabia Colluding with Israel in Sparking Crises throughout Region

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North America

Khizr Khan, Father of Fallen Muslim-American Soldier, Features in Latest Hillary Clinton Ad

US Congressional Aide Asks about Assassinating Bashar Assad

Hillary Clinton’s victory would result in spread of Islamic State: Donald Trump

In the era of Trump, Islamic Relief volunteers are ambassadors for Muslim America

Islamic leader visits Redwood Falls, talks about need for unity

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Pakistan

Afghan Taliban Brief Pakistan about Talks with Kabul: Officials

'PTI Will Make Pakistan the Country It Was Meant To Be'

Pak govt to announce new army chief’s name within 10 days: minister

Imran accused of trying to sow anarchy in Islamabad

Quetta attack commission receives partial hospital record

ISPR denies casualties sustained in LoC firing by India

Four 'militants' involved in killing Shias, security officials arrested in Karachi

Pakistan tells Afghanistan it has no favourites

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Africa

Mufti of Rwanda: King Mohammed VI’s Spiritual Influence, a bulwark Against Extremism

Indifference to Ban Islamic Movement in Nigeria Will Lead to Ban Other Religious Minorities like Christians and Sufism

Religious leaders chart path for Africa’s development

Nigeria must not transform Shiite Muslims into Enemies

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Southeast Asia

Islamic Identity Used To Push Indonesia into Becoming More Conservative Society, Activist Says

Japanese get exposure to Indonesian Muslims

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Mideast

Turkey Struck YPG in Northern Syria 'To Prevent March to Al-Bab'

Turkey, Iraq agree in principle on Ankara’s involvement in Mosul op: Carter

AKP sets road map for presidential system

Gülenist judges in Turkey told to ‘repent to keep your post’

ISIL strikes back in Kirkuk as Mosul clashes intensify

US will continue to be a strong ally of Turkey: US Secretary of Defense

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Europe

Muslim Parents Demand Answers from York Board about Principal's Facebook Posts

NATO concerned over major Russian naval deployment in Mediterranean

Muslim protest with Friday prayers in Rome's Colosseum

Muslims protest mosque closure in Italy’s Rome

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Islamic Scholars Call Upon Faithful to Unite Against Terror 'Misused the Name and Spirit of Islam'

Sat, 22 Oct 2016

 Summary: "Hyderabad-based Sadaay-e-Hussain editor Syed Jaffar Hussain, All India Ulama & Mashayeq Board president Syed Mohammad Alamgir and Ali Akbar from North Arcottook part. The meet was presided over by Salahuddeen Mohammed Ayyub Al-Azhari, the state chief khazi. 'Mohammad al-Moosavi, chairperson of World Ahlabait Federation, said, "All Muslims should remain united through the principle of justice and peace against terrorism which is misusing the name of Islam and its spirit. Terrorism is against Islam. An anti-terror conference of Islamic scholars here on Friday condemned terrorist attacks that 'misused the name and spirit of Islam' and hailed the recent surgical strikes by India.The UK-based Islamic cleric Syed Mohammad al-Moosavi Sahib, who delivered the keynote address, called upon Muslims to stand united to show that terrorist groups had nothing to do with the religion.The conference, organised during the Muslim Hijrah month of Muharram at New College, featured talks on the grandson of the Prophet, Imam Hussain, and the sacrifice that the descendant stood for, about 1400 years ago, to fight tyranny, despotism and injustice.Islamic scholars belonging to the Shia-Sunni unity movement from Uttar Pradesh, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi and parts of Tamil Nadu condemned the terrorist activities in a talk titled 'Imam Hussain is Alive.

An anti-terror conference of Islamic scholars here on Friday condemned terrorist attacks that 'misused the name and spirit of Islam' and hailed the recent surgical strikes by India.The UK-based Islamic cleric Syed Mohammad al-Moosavi Sahib, who delivered the keynote address, called upon Muslims to stand united to show that terrorist groups had nothing to do with the religion.The conference, organised during the Muslim Hijrah month of Muharram at New College, featured talks on the grandson of the Prophet, Imam Hussain, and the sacrifice that the descendant stood for, about 1400 years ago, to fight tyranny, despotism and injustice.Islamic scholars belonging to the Shia-Sunni unity movement from Uttar Pradesh, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi and parts of Tamil Nadu condemned the terrorist activities in a talk titled 'Imam Hussain is Alive.'Mohammad al-Moosavi, chairperson of World Ahlabait Federation, said, "All Muslims should remain united through the principle of justice and peace against terrorism which is misusing the name of Islam and its spirit. Terrorism is against Islam."Hyderabad-based Sadaay-e-Hussain editor Syed Jaffar Hussain, All India Ulama & Mashayeq Board president Syed Mohammad Alamgir and Ali Akbar from North Arcottook part. The meet was presided over by Salahuddeen Mohammed Ayyub Al-Azhari, the state chief khazi..

nyoooz.com/chennai/640716/islamic-scholars-call-upon-faithful-to-unite-against-terror

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Mullah Omar’s close aide ask Taliban chief to cut ties with Pakistan

Sat Oct 22 2016

A key Taliban commander and close aide to former Taliban supreme leader and founder has asked the group’s current supreme leader Mawlavi Haibatullah Akhundzada to cut ties with Pakistan.

The top Taliban leader, Syed Mohammad Tayyab Agha, reportedly asked Akhundzada in a letter which was obtained by Gandhara, a news portal close to RFE/RL.

“How can the Taliban leadership, now camped in Pakistan, demand that people in Afghanistan or elsewhere pledge allegiance to them?” he wrote, confirming that the insurgent movement’s leaders still operate from safe havens in Pakistan. “Can we consider such acts in accordance with Islam?”

Agha relinquished his position as head of the Taliban’s political office in Qatar last year and has sharply questioned key Taliban ideological tenets.

In the letter, he urges Akhundzada to give up the title of Amir al-Muminin, or Leader Of The Faithful, and to drop the Taliban’s formal name, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

“It will be better to employ the term ‘movement’ instead of ‘emirate’,” he wrote, arguing that without either control over most of the country including the Afghan capital, Kabul, or recognition as a legitimate government it is impossible for the Taliban to pose as Afghanistan’s legitimate government.

“A reliance on media propaganda and forming [shadow] government institutions, control of rural territories, and most of the movement’s leadership being in a foreign country [Pakistan] doesn’t amount to a [legitimate] government in our country,” he wrote. “Instead of Amir al-Muminin, you should call yourself The Amir or leader.”

Questionning the Taliban’s current strategy, which mainly relies on overrunning rural territories and complex urban attacks that often result in a high number of civilian casualties, Tayyab Agha urged Akhundzada “You should give up using violence and intimidation to force people to pledge their allegiance to you as the commander of the faithful until you can meet all the requirements [outlined in Islamic Shari’a law].”

“All the mujahedin fighters should be ordered to cease killing our opponents inside mosques and stop killing prisoners,” he wrote. “Stop killing people under suspicion traveling on roads. Stop bombing bridges, roads, and other similar places. Stop killing aid and construction workers who are helping our nation and building our homeland.”

This comes as the Afghan officials have long been critizing Pakistan for allowing the Taliban group leaders to use its soil for executing attacks in Afghanistan which causes most of the casualties to the ordinary Afghan civilians.

However, Pakistan has repeatedly rejected the allegations although Pakistan’s foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz admitted earlier this year that the country has influence on the group and could use certain leverages to force the group to join peace talks.

khaama.com/mullah-omars-close-aide-ask-taliban-chief-to-cut-ties-with-pakistan-02123

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‘Black Day’ Being Observed in PoK to Mark Kashmir’s Invasion by Pakistan In 1947

October 22, 2016

Muzaffarabad/Brussels: People in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) are observing October 22 as a “Black Day”, as it was on this day, in 1947, that the Pakistani Army disguised as tribal invaders attacked the princely undivided state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Kashmiris across POK are observing the day by demanding the immediate withdrawal of Pakistani forces from their territory.

In 1947, just months after partition, Pakistani forces, masquerading as tribals, attacked the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir and indulged in plunder and the killing of innocents on an unprecedented level.

The tribals, known as Kabailies, were employed by Pakistan with a conspiracy to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir by executing a genocide on the people. It was an attack by Pakistani Pathans on the Kashmiri people.

Thousands of people were killed, women were raped, young women were abducted and their whereabouts are still not known.

To mark the day, a series of demonstrations and seminars are being held across PoK and in other parts of the world.

In Mirpur city, a rally is scheduled to take place in the afternoon and will be followed by a conference titled “Taqseem-e-Jammu and Kashmir Namanzoor” at Qaed-e-Azam Cricket Stadium.

Rallies will also be held in Rawalakot, Bagh, Hijara and Muzaffarabad cities and it is expected that thousands of protesters will chant anti-Pakistan slogans.

In London, exiled Kashmiris will demonstrate outside the Pakistan High Commission.

Jamil Maqsood, the leader of United Kashmir People’s National Party in Brussels, said, “We are demanding Pakistan to withdraw its forces and end its hegemonic polices towards the PoK region”.

“We are also asking them not to use our area as terror hub and a hideout for LeT and Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists who infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir. The rights of the people of PoK can only be restored once Pakistani occupation ends and the region is reunited with the rest of the state,” said Maqsood.

Pakistan occupied Kashmir has a Prime Minister and a President, but is ruled from Islamabad. The Prime Minister of Pakistan is the chairman and chief executive of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Council that manages all PoK affairs.

Exiled Kashmiri leader and Chairman of United Kashmir People’s National Party (UKPNP) Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri said, “October 22, 1947 was a great tragedy and a conspiracy by Pakistan against the sovereignty of Jammu and Kashmir. It was India who saved the Kashmiris from Pakistani genocide.”

He accuses the Pakistan Army of committing atrocities on the people, especially on the women of Jammu and Kashmir, and describes Pakistan as “a nation of robbers”.

Kashmiri added that the people in Sindh and Balochistan regions are not safe, so how can the people of PoK be happy.

siasat.com/news/black-day-observed-pok-mark-kashmirs-invasion-pakistan-1947-1047027/

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Khizr Khan, father of fallen Muslim-American soldier, features in latest Hillary Clinton ad

October 22, 2016

Khizr Khan, father of a fallen Muslim-American soldier, who was in the spotlight for his fiery speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is in news again. Pakistan-born Khizr featured in the latest advertisement by the Hillary Clinton campaign wherein he asks Republican nominee Donald Trump, “Would my son have a place in your America?”

In the minute-long video, Khizr can be seen walking around in a house with photographs and medals of Captain Humayun Khan, his son. In a heavy voice, he begins to narrate the incident where he lost his son. “In 2004, my son was stationed in Iraq. He saw a suicide bomber approaching his camp. My son moved forward to stop the bomber when the bomb exploded. He saved everyone in his unit,” he said.

In July, Khizr had waved the US Constitution to cheering audiences at the Philadelphia convention saying he could lend a copy of it to Trump who has actively campaigned against immigration and “radical Islamic terrorism.” Khan had said that they were “patriotic American Muslims with undivided loyalty to our country.”

“Look for the words ‘liberty’ and ‘equal protection of law,'” he had said. Asking if Trump had ever been to Arlington Cemetery, he said, “Go look at the graves of brave Americans who died defending United States of America. You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing.”

indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/khizr-khan-father-of-fallen-muslim-american-soldier-features-in-latest-hillary-clinton-ad-3096353/

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ISIL Takes 550 Families as 'Human Shields' in Mosul

October 22, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- ISIL militants have taken some 550 families from villages around Mosul, and are thought to be holding them as ‘human shields’ close to terrorists’ locations in the strategic Iraqi city, a spokeswoman for the UN human rights office said.

Citing “corroborated information,” UN spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said the office is also investigating reports that ISIL militants had killed 40 civilians in one village, Reuters reported.

Earlier this week, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) sounded the alarm amid the carnage surrounding the recapture of Mosul and concerns that ISIL militants may unleash chemical attacks and use tens of thousands as human shields.

"Tens of thousands of people may be forcibly expelled, they will be getting trapped between fighting lines under siege, they may even be held as human shields," IOM’s chief of mission for Iraq, Thomas Weiss, told Reuters.

The battle for Mosul, which was held by ISIL since 2014, began on Sunday, and has since intensified. The Iraqi military and US-led coalition said that the operation to retake Mosul may last weeks or even months.

ISIL seized Mosul in June of 2014, when it was Iraq’s second-largest city. The terrorist group’s leader then turned it into a major military stronghold, and it is believed that between 4,000 and 8,000 ISIL militants are entrenched there, according to Reuters.

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950801000700

 

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India

Islamic scholars call upon faithful to unite against terror

Sat,22 Oct 2016

 Summary: "Hyderabad-based Sadaay-e-Hussain editor Syed Jaffar Hussain, All India Ulama & Mashayeq Board president Syed Mohammad Alamgir and Ali Akbar from North Arcottook part. The meet was presided over by Salahuddeen Mohammed Ayyub Al-Azhari, the state chief khazi. 'Mohammad al-Moosavi, chairperson of World Ahlabait Federation, said, "All Muslims should remain united through the principle of justice and peace against terrorism which is misusing the name of Islam and its spirit. Terrorism is against Islam. An anti-terror conference of Islamic scholars here on Friday condemned terrorist attacks that 'misused the name and spirit of Islam' and hailed the recent surgical strikes by India.The UK-based Islamic cleric Syed Mohammad al-Moosavi Sahib, who delivered the keynote address, called upon Muslims to stand united to show that terrorist groups had nothing to do with the religion.The conference, organised during the Muslim Hijrah month of Muharram at New College, featured talks on the grandson of the Prophet, Imam Hussain, and the sacrifice that the descendant stood for, about 1400 years ago, to fight tyranny, despotism and injustice.

Full report at: nyoooz.com/chennai/640716/islamic-scholars-call-upon-faithful-to-unite-against-terror

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‘Black Day’ Being Observed in PoK to Mark Kashmir’s Invasion by Pakistan In 1947

October 22, 2016

Muzaffarabad/Brussels: People in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) are observing October 22 as a “Black Day”, as it was on this day, in 1947, that the Pakistani Army disguised as tribal invaders attacked the princely undivided state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Kashmiris across POK are observing the day by demanding the immediate withdrawal of Pakistani forces from their territory.

In 1947, just months after partition, Pakistani forces, masquerading as tribals, attacked the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir and indulged in plunder and the killing of innocents on an unprecedented level.

The tribals, known as Kabailies, were employed by Pakistan with a conspiracy to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir by executing a genocide on the people. It was an attack by Pakistani Pathans on the Kashmiri people.

Thousands of people were killed, women were raped, young women were abducted and their whereabouts are still not known.

To mark the day, a series of demonstrations and seminars are being held across PoK and in other parts of the world.

In Mirpur city, a rally is scheduled to take place in the afternoon and will be followed by a conference titled “Taqseem-e-Jammu and Kashmir Namanzoor” at Qaed-e-Azam Cricket Stadium.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/black-day-observed-pok-mark-kashmirs-invasion-pakistan-1947-1047027/

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Sunni Barelvi clerics start Shariat Bachao Andolan against Uniform Civil Code

Oct 21, 2016

BAREILLY: Sunni Barelvi clerics on Friday began preparing to organize what they are calling a 'Shariat Bachao Andolan'. As part of this, they will prepare a plan on how to oppose the proposed Uniform Civil Code and the Centre's efforts to ban triple talaq.

The clerics have begun a signature campaign both online and offline, demanding "protection of Muslim personal law as guaranteed by the Indian Constitution and protest Uniform Civil Code".

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Sunni-Barelvi-clerics-start-Shariat-Bachao-Andolan-against-Uniform-Civil-Code/articleshow/54982663.cms

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Karnataka: Signature campaign against uniform civil code

October 22, 2016

Hundreds of Muslims who gathered for Friday prayers in mosques across the state signed a declaration circulated on behalf of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board opposing the common civil code.

“The Constitution of India has provided complete freedom for followers of all faiths to practise their religion. We therefore do not accept common civil code in any form. We are with All India Muslim Personal Law Board to save and protect Shariat laws,’’ states the declaration .

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/karnataka-signature-campaign-against-uniform-civil-code-3095742/

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An anatomy of the Uniform Civil Code: This is how the Article 44 was passed in the Constituent Assembly

October 22, 2016

Uniform Civil Code is an extremely dangerous Damoclean Sword, which is hanging before the necks of the Members of the Muslim minority community in India and it has been hanging since the day an accursed Article was passed in the Constituent Assembly on the 23rd November 1948. This clause was initially introduced in the Assembly as Art.35 in the original draft.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/anatomy-uniform-civil-code-article-44-passed-constituent-assembly-1047227/

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Producers who cast Pak artists will give Rs five crore to Army as ‘penance’: Raj Thackeray

October 22, 2016

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Putting an end to the turbulence surrounding the release of Karan Johar’s next movie ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Saturday reached a truce and said the producers casting Pakistani actors in their movie will have to pay Rs. 5 crore for the Army Welfare Association, giving a green signal to the flick.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/producers-cast-pak-artists-will-give-rs-five-crore-army-penance-raj-thackeray-1047306/

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Hurriyat leader detained after meeting Pak High Commissioner

October 22, 2016

Srinagar: Hardline Hurriyat Conference leader and prominent Shia cleric Aga Syed Hassan was put under house arrest on Friday, shortly after his return from New Delhi, where he met the Pakistan High Commissioner and discussed the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Syed Hassan was detained at his Budgam residence (in central Kashmir) soon after his return from Delhi,” a spokesman of his Anjuman-e-Sharie Shian, a constituent of hardline Hurriyat Conference, said in a statement here.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/hurriyat-leader-detained-meeting-pak-high-commissioner-1047287/

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Pakistan continues to violate ceasefire, heavy firing in Jammu’s RS Pura

October 22, 2016

Jammu: Pakistan rangers again violated ceasefire along the International Border (IB) in the RS Pura sector of Jammu district by resorting to small arms fire late on Friday night.

“Small arms bursts are beings fired by Pakistan Rangers in Abdullian village in the Suchetgarh sector in RS Pura,” Deputy Commissioner Jammu Simrandeep Singh said.

He said people have been advised to stay indoors and so far no relief camps have been set up and the situation will be monitored for the next 18 hours.

A BSF officer said the jawans were giving befitting reply to Pakistan Rangers.

The latest ceasefire violations came hours after the BSF claimed to have killed seven Pakistan Rangers and one terrorist in the “retaliatory fire” in the Kathua sector on the international border.

Pakistan Rangers, the border force of Pakistan, resorted to sniper attacks at Indian posts at Hira Nagar in Kathua at around 9.35 AM, BSF said.

The Indian border guarding force launched an aggressive offensive against the Pakistani firing, BSF said in a release, adding seven Rangers and a terrorist were shot dead in the retaliatory firing.

Seeking to suggest that the killings had been corroborated by Pakistani media, the BSF said “source input” claimed that a media organisation in that country was running a news item about death of five Rangers.

The strong response by BSF came after one of Constables Gurnam Singh was injured in a sniper fire attack by Pakistani Rangers this morning in the same area.

Singh, whose condition is considered to be critical, was evacuated with the cover fire to Government Medical College in Jammu.

The firing from Pakistan was effectively retaliated and that has claimed the casualties of Pakistani forces, the release said.

siasat.com/news/pakistan-continues-violate-ceasefire-heavy-firing-jammus-rs-pura-1047258/

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South Asia

Mullah Omar’s close aide ask Taliban chief to cut ties with Pakistan

Sat Oct 22 2016

A key Taliban commander and close aide to former Taliban supreme leader and founder has asked the group’s current supreme leader Mawlavi Haibatullah Akhundzada to cut ties with Pakistan.

The top Taliban leader, Syed Mohammad Tayyab Agha, reportedly asked Akhundzada in a letter which was obtained by Gandhara, a news portal close to RFE/RL.

“How can the Taliban leadership, now camped in Pakistan, demand that people in Afghanistan or elsewhere pledge allegiance to them?” he wrote, confirming that the insurgent movement’s leaders still operate from safe havens in Pakistan. “Can we consider such acts in accordance with Islam?”

Agha relinquished his position as head of the Taliban’s political office in Qatar last year and has sharply questioned key Taliban ideological tenets.

In the letter, he urges Akhundzada to give up the title of Amir al-Muminin, or Leader Of The Faithful, and to drop the Taliban’s formal name, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

“It will be better to employ the term ‘movement’ instead of ‘emirate’,” he wrote, arguing that without either control over most of the country including the Afghan capital, Kabul, or recognition as a legitimate government it is impossible for the Taliban to pose as Afghanistan’s legitimate government.

“A reliance on media propaganda and forming [shadow] government institutions, control of rural territories, and most of the movement’s leadership being in a foreign country [Pakistan] doesn’t amount to a [legitimate] government in our country,” he wrote. “Instead of Amir al-Muminin, you should call yourself The Amir or leader.”

Questionning the Taliban’s current strategy, which mainly relies on overrunning rural territories and complex urban attacks that often result in a high number of civilian casualties, Tayyab Agha urged Akhundzada “You should give up using violence and intimidation to force people to pledge their allegiance to you as the commander of the faithful until you can meet all the requirements [outlined in Islamic Shari’a law].”

“All the mujahedin fighters should be ordered to cease killing our opponents inside mosques and stop killing prisoners,” he wrote. “Stop killing people under suspicion traveling on roads. Stop bombing bridges, roads, and other similar places. Stop killing aid and construction workers who are helping our nation and building our homeland.”

This comes as the Afghan officials have long been critizing Pakistan for allowing the Taliban group leaders to use its soil for executing attacks in Afghanistan which causes most of the casualties to the ordinary Afghan civilians.

However, Pakistan has repeatedly rejected the allegations although Pakistan’s foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz admitted earlier this year that the country has influence on the group and could use certain leverages to force the group to join peace talks.

khaama.com/mullah-omars-close-aide-ask-taliban-chief-to-cut-ties-with-pakistan-02123

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54 ISIS militants killed in East of Afghanistan, MoD claims

Sat Oct 22 2016

At least 45 loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed during an operation in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Saturday.

MoD further added that the operation was conducted in Pacher Agam district of Nangarhar following a coordinated attack by the group on security posts.

In the meantime, a local tribal elder said the attack left several houses on fire and caused casualties to the local residents.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Ataullah Khogyani said the Afghan forces and the public uprising forces started clashes with the ISIS loyalists on Friday morning and sporadic clashes still continue in the area.

Full report at: khaama.com/54-isis-militants-killed-in-east-of-afghanistan-mod-claims-02121

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Taliban leaders share information with Pakistan regarding Qatar talks

Sat Oct 22 2016

The leaders of the Taliban group in Qatar have reportedly travelled to Pakistan to share information with the country after recent talks with the Afghan officials.

The trio of the Taliban leaders left Doha on Wednesday with a mission to hold talks with the Pakistani officials.

Full report at: khaama.com/taliban-leaders-share-information-with-pakistan-regarding-qatar-talks-02120

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Taliban Join Local Forces to Battle IS in Afghanistan

October 21, 2016

A contingent of local militiamen, backed by Afghan Taliban militants, are battling Islamic State fighters in a remote district in eastern Afghanistan, according to interviews with regional authorities and local tribesmen.

More than 80 people have been killed or wounded in the fighting, the authorities and local tribesmen said.

The fighting began Thursday when IS fighters attacked checkpoints manned by militias in the Pachiragam district of eastern Nangarhar province, which borders Pakistan. Taliban fighters, who consider IS militants as enemy-occupiers, came to the aid of the locals to repel the IS attacks.

Full report at: voanews.com/a/taliban-join-local-forces-to-battle-islamic-state-in-afghanistan/3561835.html

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Explosion rocks Mehtarlam city in East of Afghanistan, 1 wounded

Sat Oct 22 2016

An explosion rocked Mehtarlam city, the provincial capital of eastern Laghman province of Afghanistan with preliminary reports suggesting at least one person was wounded.

According to the local security officials, the incident took place after an explosive device planted in the vehicle of a Provincial Council member went off.

The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.

Laghman is among the relatively peaceful provinces in eastern Afghanistan but the anti-government armed militant groups are active in a number of its remote districts.

The Afghan intelligence operatives thwarted a coordinated suicide attack plot by the Taliban militants group in Mehtarlam city last week.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said a group of three terrorists belonging to Taliban group were arrested before they manage to carry the attack in the city.

According to a statement by NDS, the group was looking to carry out the attack by initially detonating a rickshaw packed with explosives and a magnetic bomb.

Earlier, a famous commander of the Taliban group was killed in an ambush by the Afghan Local Police (ALP) forces in Alisheng district of Laghman province.

khaama.com/explosion-rocks-mehtarlam-city-in-east-of-afghanistan-1-wounded-02122

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Bangladesh government accused of “kneecapping” opponents

By Sarath Kumara

22 October 2016

Human Rights Watch (HRW) late last month released a report alleging that Bangladeshi security forces have deliberately targeted and maimed government opponents. The 45-page report is entitled No Right to Live: ‘Kneecapping’ and Maiming of Detainees by Bangladesh Security Forces .

“Kneecapping” causes serious damage—to kneecaps, soft tissue, blood vessels, muscles and nerves. In some cases, the victims’ limbs must be amputated. The HRW report says the injured were denied proper medical treatment and were jailed.

The US-based human rights organisation’s accusations are another exposure of the increasingly repressive methods used by Awami League-led government of Prime Minister Sheik Hasina Wajed.

The Awami League dominates the current parliament after the right-wing Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and other opposition parties boycotted the 2014 national election. Confronting ongoing agitation by the BNP and other opposition parties, and deepening discontent by Bangladeshi workers, the Hasina government is increasingly using police-state methods to maintain its rule.

The HRW report contains testimony from 25 people, mostly members and supporters of the BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami, a reactionary Islamic fundamentalist party.

Fearing retribution, most of the victims were unwilling to be identified and used pseudonyms. They told HRW that police had shot them in the leg, without any provocation, permanently disabling several individuals. Many said they were beaten by security forces before being kneecapped.

Full report at: wsws.org/en/articles/2016/10/22/bang-o22.html

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60 Islamic State militants killed in security operations in Afghanistan: Reports

Oct 22, 2016

Sixty militants of the Islamic State (IS), a jihadist militant group, were killed and over 18 others were caught alive during security operations in different parts of Afghanistan, said the government on Friday, Pajhwok Afghan news agency reported.

At least five soldiers from Afghan National Army (ANA), the main branch of the Afghan Armed Forces responsible for ground warfare in Kabul, were also killed during the operations, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement. Weapons, ammunition and other equipment were seized from the militants.

The operations were carried out in different provinces: Nangarhar, Paktika, Ghazni, Paktia, Uruzgan, Helmand, Kandahar, Ghor, Badghis, Herat, Kunduz and Baghlan.

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Arab World

ISIL Takes 550 Families as 'Human Shields' in Mosul

October 22, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- ISIL militants have taken some 550 families from villages around Mosul, and are thought to be holding them as ‘human shields’ close to terrorists’ locations in the strategic Iraqi city, a spokeswoman for the UN human rights office said.

Citing “corroborated information,” UN spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said the office is also investigating reports that ISIL militants had killed 40 civilians in one village, Reuters reported.

Earlier this week, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) sounded the alarm amid the carnage surrounding the recapture of Mosul and concerns that ISIL militants may unleash chemical attacks and use tens of thousands as human shields.

"Tens of thousands of people may be forcibly expelled, they will be getting trapped between fighting lines under siege, they may even be held as human shields," IOM’s chief of mission for Iraq, Thomas Weiss, told Reuters.

The battle for Mosul, which was held by ISIL since 2014, began on Sunday, and has since intensified. The Iraqi military and US-led coalition said that the operation to retake Mosul may last weeks or even months.

ISIL seized Mosul in June of 2014, when it was Iraq’s second-largest city. The terrorist group’s leader then turned it into a major military stronghold, and it is believed that between 4,000 and 8,000 ISIL militants are entrenched there, according to Reuters.

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ISIL Forcing Deir Ezzur Residents to Go to Mosul Battlefield

October 22, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The ISIL terrorist group arrested, at least, 200 residents of Deir Ezzur city in Eastern Syria and sent them to Mosul in Northern Iraq to help the terrorists resist against the large-scale operation of the Iraqi Army troops and popular forces.

The ISIL security forces, specially those under the command of notorious Emad al-Kamouleh, captured at least 200 young men in Deir Ezzur and dispatched them to the Syria-Iraq border to be sent to Mosul battlefield.

Local sources said that ISIL has also arrested all former members of Kata'eb al-Hor, Fatah al-Sham Front (formerly known as the al-Nusra Front) and Ahrar al-Sham, who had participated in ISIL's ideological courses, to dispatch them to Iraq's battlefields.   

Reports said also on Friday that ISIL's senior official in charge of procurement of arms and ammunition in Iraq arrived in the self-proclaimed capital of the Takfiri group in Syria, calling for the rapid dispatch of more weapons and fighters to Mosul.

"Abu Balal Mesri arrived in Raqqa to talk to the group's leadership in Syria to provide ISIL's terrorists in Iraq with more arms and munitions to enable them to resist against the Iraqi army troops and popular allies," local sources said, citing ISIL low rank commanders in Raqqa.

Meantime, the Arabic-language media reported on Wednesday that the ISIL has started confiscating houses of hundreds of residents in the city of Deir Ezzur to accommodate its terrorists fleeing from Mosul in Iraq.

The ISIL's move takes place concurrent with the start of the Iraqi army's Mosul liberation operation and arrival of hundreds of terrorists from the city of Mosul in Iraq to the Eastern parts of Syria.

Over 100 foreign militants and top commanders of the ISIL arrived in Deir Ezzur after fleeing from Mosul city this week.

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Civilians in Aleppo City Show Fury over Int'l Bodies' Indifference to Terrorists' Brutalities

October 22, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A large number of people in militant-held districts in Aleppo city in Northern Syrian called on the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, to force Jeish al-Fatah's leaders to stop blocking civilians' exit from the Eastern districts of the city, local sources said Saturday.

"Civilians in the Eastern districts of Aleppo city have been calling their relative and friends in government-held neighborhoods of the city to urge UN officials, mainly de Mistura, to help them leave Aleppo via six government-established corridors," the sources said.

"They have reported in their phone calls with friends and relatives that the terrorist groups open fire at anyone who trying to escape Aleppo," the local sources said.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950801000756

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Yemeni Tribes Go on Alert to Give Crushing Response to Saudi Arabia

October 22, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Yemeni tribal leaders declared a state of alert to respond to Saudi Arabia's aggressions and massacre of the civilians in their country.

"The tribes of Sana'a's Ninth Region in a gathering voiced their readiness to react to Saudi Arabia's aggressions," the Arabic-language media quoted informed sources as saying on Saturday.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950801000867

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Terrorists Seeking to Exacerbate Humanitarian Crisis in Aleppo

October 22, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of the Syrian Journalists Union Elias Morad warned that the terrorist groups continue to violate the ceasefire and refuse to leave Aleppo city to make the situation more critical and difficult for the civilian residents to make the army end the siege or receive help from outside.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950801000862

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Over 470 ISIL Terrorists Killed in Mosul in 5 Days

October 22, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iraqi Army's War Media Center announced that hundreds of ISIL terrorists have been killed in the first five days of the Mosul liberation operation.

"Over 473 ISIL terrorists have been killed in the Mosul liberation operation and 22 others have been captured by Friday night," the center said.

It also announced that 95 bomb-laden vehicles and 16 machinegun-equipped military vehicles have also been destroyed.

An arms depot and 7 suicide belts have also been destroyed.

On Thursday, informed sources said that the Iraqi security and popular forces retook 14 villages in the Northern and Southern parts of Mosul from the ISIL control.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950801000809

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Security Forces End ISIL Assault on Iraqi Oil City

October 22, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Security forces overcame a big assault by ISIL militants in Kirkuk and regained full control of the Northern Iraqi oil city on Saturday, Iraqi state TV said.

The city's authorities partially lifted a curfew declared after the militants stormed police stations and other buildings on Friday before dawn, the TV channel added, citing its own correspondent in Kirkuk, Reuters reported.

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Terrorists Insist on Staying in Eastern Aleppo in Hope of Ankara's Aid to Break Siege

October 22, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The militants stationed in Eastern Aleppo have remained adamant to the repeated calls by the Syrian army-led forces to leave the city as they have pinned hope on Turkey to break the siege imposed by the Syrian army and its allies, residents who have escaped the city said Saturday.

"The terrorists in Eastern Aleppo are opposing plans to evacuate the region to prolong the battle as long as possible in a bid to use impending attacks by the Turkey-affiliated militants to break the siege," the local sources who have escaped the city in the last two days said on Saturday.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950801000726

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Iraqis Launch Cyber Army to Support Mosul Liberation Operation

October 22, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqis from different walks of life, specially the country's media persons, launched a campaign on the Internet in support of the ultimate defeat of the ISIL terrorist group by the country's military forces, specially Hashd al-Shaabi (volunteer) troops, in the city of Mosul in Nineveh province.

The main purpose of the campaign is said to be working in parallel with the Iraqi security forces and covering the victories of the Iraqi army and volunteer forces in the war against the ISIL.

Hundreds of Iraqi people, including reporters, media persons, web bloggers and other Iraqis have voluntarily joined this "cyber army".

Speaking to FNA, Iraqi journalist and blogger Ali Vajih said the cyber army has been set up with the aim of supporting Iraq's joint military forces.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950801000644

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Hundreds of Fresh Syrian Soldiers Arrive in Aleppo to Reinvigorate Army's Defense Capabilities

October 22, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A large number of fresh Syrian soldiers have joined the country's Army troops and popular forces in Aleppo city to strengthen their defense capabilities against an impending massive attack by the Jeish al-Fatah terrorist coalition, military sources disclosed Saturday.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950801000667

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S. Arabia Colluding with Israel in Sparking Crises throughout Region

October 22, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Supreme Leader's top aide Ali Akbar Velayati blamed Saudi Arabia for spreading crises in the region, and said Riyadh has been in secret collusion with Tel Aviv to deteriorate the security situation in the regional countries.

"The Saudi rulers' hand is clearly seen behind all regional crises from Syria to Iraq and Yemen to Bahrain, Libya and other countries," Velayati said, addressing the 9th meeting of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Awakening Global Assembly in Baghdad on Saturday.

He also blasted Wahhabism and its supporters for fomenting sedition in the Muslim world through actions and policies funded by certain regional countries' petrodollars.

"Saudi Arabia's publicized move in violation of norms to establish relations with the Zionist regime is another shame for the Saudi rulers and a new blow to Islam's body and the Islamic nations' causes," Velayati said.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950801000564

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North America

Khizr Khan, father of fallen Muslim-American soldier, features in latest Hillary Clinton ad

October 22, 2016

Khizr Khan, father of a fallen Muslim-American soldier, who was in the spotlight for his fiery speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is in news again. Pakistan-born Khizr featured in the latest advertisement by the Hillary Clinton campaign wherein he asks Republican nominee Donald Trump, “Would my son have a place in your America?”

In the minute-long video, Khizr can be seen walking around in a house with photographs and medals of Captain Humayun Khan, his son. In a heavy voice, he begins to narrate the incident where he lost his son. “In 2004, my son was stationed in Iraq. He saw a suicide bomber approaching his camp. My son moved forward to stop the bomber when the bomb exploded. He saved everyone in his unit,” he said.

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/khizr-khan-father-of-fallen-muslim-american-soldier-features-in-latest-hillary-clinton-ad-3096353/

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US Congressional Aide Asks about Assassinating Bashar Assad

October 22, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A US Congressional aide for Republican Doug Lamborn asked former White House Middle East coordinator, Phillip Gordon, why the government has not assassinated Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

"What about assassinating Assad" the aide asked, according to a report from Foreign Policy, AMN reported.

Gordon responded that assassinating the Syrian President was in fact illegal and ineffective, the report added.

"That's against the law and it wouldn't make a difference anyway, because the Russians still have an interest in Syria and the Iranians still have an interest in Syria," Gordon concluded.

The off-the-record briefing reportedly had as many as 75 congressional staffers on Thursday.

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Hillary Clinton’s victory would result in spread of Islamic State: Donald Trump

October 22, 2016

US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Saturday slammed his democratic rival Hillary Clinton, saying her victory in the presidential elections would result in ‘four more years of Obama’ and ‘spread of ISIS’.

“Let me tell you, if Hillary Clinton gets elected, we have got four more years of Obama. We have a disaster. We have ISIS all over,” Trump said during his addressal in North Carolina.

“We won’t win anymore. And your taxes are going up. And she wants to double up and triple up on Obamacare, which has to be repealed and replaced. It is a disaster.

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/hillary-clintons-victory-would-result-in-spread-of-islamic-state-donald-trump-3096183/

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In the era of Trump, Islamic Relief volunteers are ambassadors for Muslim America

October 22, 2016

PEMBROKE: At the end of the day, they moved as a group through the halls of a rural high school, which had been transformed into a shelter. They passed a crowd of locals - including volunteers and people displaced by the record-setting floods - and the words on their blue vests seemed to catch everyone's eye: "Islamic Relief."

"Are they Islamic?" one woman whispered to the person next to her. Others simply stared.

And it was true. They were Muslim, and they had come from across the country to the traditionally red state of North Carolina. Islamic Relief USA has been around for more than two decades, but in a year when Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has frequently cast Muslims as violent radicals, the charity's volunteers say they have been thrust into the role of unofficial ambassadors for the real Muslim America.

Plodding in their blue disaster-relief vests through neighborhoods devastated by floods, tornadoes and fires, they frequently encounter people who are "pretty surprised to see Muslims," said Hani Hamwi, 29, the charity's disaster response team manager.

"I think there's an image that gets painted in your head of who Muslims are," Hamwi said. "An American practicing Islam, it's good for people to see that, hey, she's a teacher or she's a medical student and that they took a break to come down here."

Hamwi is leading a team of 13 in North Carolina, helping to run the largest shelter in Robeson County, which was hit hard by Hurricane Matthew. Here, in one of the state's poorest stretches of countryside, the Lumber River and a web of streams snake through forests and fields of cotton, tobacco and sweet potatoes. After the hurricane struck, the floodwaters rose swiftly.

Full report at: english.astroawani.com/world-news/era-trump-islamic-relief-volunteers-are-ambassadors-muslim-america-120124

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Islamic leader visits Redwood Falls, talks about need for unity

Oct 21, 2016

Who is my neighbor? That was a question posed several times over the past weekend, as a series of presentations and discussions focusing on Islam were held locally. Hosted by the First Presbyterian Church in Redwood Falls, the Building Interfaith Bridges discussions featured Dr. Sayyid Syeed, national director of the Islamic Society of North America. According to Scott Prouty, First Presbyterian Church pastor, the intent behind the events was to provide information in order to create a better understanding of Islam and to combat the hatred that has been growing in the United States in recent years. From Saturday morning through early afternoon Monday, Syeed spoke to several different groups in the community. That includes participating in a panel discussion Saturday at the Presbyterian Church, holding a public meeting Sunday night at the Redwood Area Community Center and talking with students at RVMS/HS Monday. From his first words to his last, the message from Syeed was the same.

Full report at: crookstontimes.com/news/20161021/islamic-leader-visits-redwood-falls-talks-about-need-for-unity

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Pakistan

Afghan Taliban brief Pakistan about talks with Kabul: officials

October 22, 2016

Three senior Afghan Taliban members travelled to Pakistan this week and held a series of meetings with Pakistani officials in Islamabad, mainly to brief them about the recent talks held in Qatar between the Afghan Taliban and Kabul, a senior Taliban official, an Afghan diplomat and a Pakistani official said Saturday.

The Afghan ambassador to Pakistan, Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, said he was aware of the meetings but refused to offer details. According to a senior Taliban official, the Taliban who were sent to Pakistan were Mullah Salam Hanifi and Mullah Jan Mohammed, both former ministers in the Taliban government, and Maulvi Shahabuddin Dilawar, a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1291575/afghan-taliban-brief-pakistan-about-talks-with-kabul-officials

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'PTI will make Pakistan the country it was meant to be'

October 22, 2016

The war of the words between the ruling PML-N government and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) continued on Friday with PTI Chairman Imran Khan saying the party would make Pakistan the country it was "meant to be".

"Pakistan was created in the name of Islam," he said, addressing a public gathering in Peshawar.

"This is a 'jihad' for Pakistan's future... The state of Madina was based on justice," he said.

A decision will be made on Nov 2, the PTI chief said, referring to the party's planned lockdown of the capital.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1291392/pti-will-make-pakistan-the-country-it-was-meant-to-be

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Pak govt to announce new army chief’s name within 10 days: minister

October 22, 2016

Islamabad: The Pakistan government will appoint a new army chief within a week or 10 days to replace incumbent General Raheel Sharif who is poised to retire by end of November, a senior minister has said.

“The government has not yet decided as to who will be the new army chief but is likely to announce his name in week or ten days’ time,” Associated Press of Pakistan quoted State Minister for Capital Administration Tariq Fazl Chaudhry as saying.

General Raheel had announced several months ago that he will not seek a second term unlike his predecessor General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani.

The government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been under pressure to rename the successor of General Raheel to end uncertainty amidst domestic and external security challenges.

Under the law, it is prerogative of the Prime Minister to appoint the new army chief.

His power is absolute in this regard but outgoing chief can give his advice.

Prime minister can pick any of the senior lieutenant generals as army chief and he is not bound to follow the seniority of the officers.

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Imran accused of trying to sow anarchy in Islamabad

October 22, 2016

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz media team unleashed its fury at Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan for the third consecutive day on Friday, accusing him of seeking an opportunity to spread anarchy and terror in the federal capital.

“When they came the last time in Islamabad, we allowed them to sit in Aabpara, but they violated the understanding and broke through police lines to enter the red zone and even occupied the Constitution Avenue,” Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhary said.

He said that the government had been criticised at that time for not taking stern action against violators, but restraint was exercised on purpose.

“We had reports and the same were confirmed by then PTI president Javed Hashmi that Mr Imran Khan wanted to see some bodies on the ground during the sit-in and had police opened fire then we would have fallen into the trap set up by Mr Khan,” he said.

“We need to have a saner look at the situation; why are you seeking bodies of the people, your own workers, who else”? he asked.

Both Daniyal Aziz and Dr Chaudhry alleged that Mr Khan had a hidden agenda of spreading anarchy and creating disturbance.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1291567/imran-accused-of-trying-to-sow-anarchy-in-islamabad

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Quetta attack commission receives partial hospital record

October 22, 2016

QUETTA: Justice Qazi Faez Isa, head of the judicial commission constituted by the Supreme Court to hold an inquiry into the Aug 8 suicide bombing that claimed 76 lives, including 57 lawyers, expressed anger on Friday over failure of the officials concerned to present the Civil Hospital’s attendance register and other required record.

He issued directives to the health department authorities to present during the next hearing complete attendance record of the medical and allied staff of the hospital, the list of all the injured who were given treatment, the standard operating procedures and the job description of the medical superintendent (MS).

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1291555/quetta-attack-commission-receives-partial-hospital-record

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ISPR denies casualties sustained in LoC firing by India

October 22, 2016

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Friday denied the Indian claim that Pakistani forces suffered casualties in firing across the Line of Control (LoC) in the Shakargarh sector.

“Indian claim of hitting or killing any Pakistani soldier or Ranger with firing at anytime today at LoC is absolutely false,” said the statement released from the armed forces media wing.

Earlier today, India's Border Security Force (BSF) claimed they shot dead seven Pakistani soldiers in retaliation to a ceasefire violation on the disputed Kashmir border.

BSF alleged Pakistan Rangers targeted Indian positions with sniper fire early Friday, following a failed attempt by militants overnight to enter the Indian side in Hira Nagar near the main city of Jammu in India-held Kashmir.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1291476/ispr-denies-casualties-sustained-in-loc-firing-by-india

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Four 'militants' involved in killing Shias, security officials arrested in Karachi

October 22, 2016

Karachi police’s Counter-Terrorism Department on Friday claimed to have arrested four militants allegedly trained in Afghanistan from the Korangi and Orangi areas of the metropolis.

The suspected militants were allegedly involved in the killings of security personnel and members of the Shia community including other terror acts.

“The CTD team and personnel of an intelligence agency conducted targeted raids in Orangi and Korangi, during the raids four terrorists were detained,” said CTD-II SSP Junaid Ahmad Shaikh.

Full report at: in-karachi

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Pakistan court orders police to arrest Imran Khan

October 22, 2016

Islamabad: A Pakistani anti-terror court today ordered police to arrest cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and cleric Tahirul Qadri by November 17 in connection with an attack on the Pakistan Television headquarters during an anti-government protest in 2014.

The court in Islamabad issued the orders during regular hearing of PTV attack case after police failed to carry our arrest warrants issued earlier.

Judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi expressed annoyance at police failure to implement its orders, according a court official.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/pakistan-court-orders-police-arrest-imran-khan-1047238/

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Africa

Africa Islamic Finance Forum explores development opportunities

Oct 22, 2016

The second edition of the Africa Islamic Finance Forum took place at the Sofitel Abidjan Hotel Ivoire. The forum was designed specifically for the benefit of local and international market players to explore development opportunities in Islamic finance in Africa — concentrating on building the market and exploring its exceptional potential through inward investment and international collaboration.

The two-day event featured extensive discussions on investment opportunities in key African markets. The event commenced with welcome addresses from the Minister of Planning and Development, IDB Governor in Cote D’Ivoire; the CEO of the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD); the director-general of the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa; the governor of the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO). The forum was inaugurated by Cote d’Ivoire’s Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan.

Full report at: saudigazette.com.sa/business/africa-islamic-finance-forum-explores-development-opportunities/

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Indifference to ban Islamic Movement in Nigeria will lead to ban other religious minorities like Christians and Sufism

October 22, 2016

This ban order is nothing but the portrayal of Kaduna state government as intolerant of religious minorities, and if allowed to stand unchallenged by the good people of Kaduna state, it will lead to a ban on other religious minorities, especially Christians and the Muslims following the Sufi order.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), says the ban on its movement by the Kaduna state government shows that it is intolerant of religions in the minority.

Full report at: en.abna24.com/service/africa/archive/2016/10/22/786989/story.html

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Religious leaders chart path for Africa’s development

22 October 2016

The Archbishop of Sokoto, Bishop Hassan Kukah, has said that Africa is currently facing combining two extremely difficult situations, which are the issues of extreme hunger and the genuine hunger arising from the failure of government and governance across the continent, thereby making Africa vulnerable and creating a very combustible environment.

He argued that a lot of the problems people are facing, which have nothing to do with religion, are being baptised as religion.

But the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Saad Abubakar 111, has stressed the need for government at all levels to involve religious leaders in addressing crisis and social injustice on the African continent.

Full report at: guardian.ng/news/religious-leaders-chart-path-for-africas-development/

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Nigeria must not transform Shiite Muslims into Enemies

October 22, 2016

We believes that the argument for the proscription – that they are not registered – is a flimsy one. It is true that the IMN is not registered. The Nigerian Constitution however allows citizens the freedom of association and movement with or without registration. There are thousands of religious and other associations operating in the country without registration.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Nigeria is a multi-religious country in which the two main faiths, Christianity and Islam, are sub-divided into numerous sects and groups, not all of which accept each other. Our Constitution protects all of them by guaranteeing religious freedom. Any attempt to deprive any religious group of the freedom to practice its religion runs the risk of provoking a major conflict with that group.

Full report at: en.abna24.com/service/africa/archive/2016/10/22/786988/story.html

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Southeast Asia

Islamic identity used to push Indonesia into becoming more conservative society, activist says

Oct 22, 2016

Yenny Wahid, a well-known Islamic activist and daughter of the former Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid, says Indonesia has become a more conservative society.

During an all Muslim beauty pageant in the Indonesian capital earlier this year, the contestants were asked who they thought was to blame for the brutal gang rape of 14-year-old Yuyun.

In May, Yuyun had allegedly been raped and murdered by more than a dozen boys and men as she walked home from school in Sumatra.

According to Ms Wahid, who was one of the beauty pageant judges, the contestants all blamed the victim.

Full report at: abc.net.au/news/2016-10-22/conservative-culture-'growing-in-indonesia'/7945796

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Japanese get exposure to Indonesian Muslims

Sat, October 22 2016

The colorful headscarves of Indonesian visitors attracted Japanese hosts during a recent visit of an Indonesian group to Japan, because the Japanese are more familiar with the image of Muslims from the Middle East, participants of the visit have said.

During her brief stay in Hiroshima, Persahini Sidik, 52, the principal of Madrasah Aliyah Negeri (MAN) Insan Cendekia Islamic state high school in Serpong, Banten, said her host had asked her, “is it allowed[for Muslims] to wear colorful headscarves? I thought Muslims are only allowed to wear headscarves with dark colors.”

Full report at: thejakartapost.com/news/2016/10/22/japanese-get-exposure-indonesian-muslims.html

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Mideast

Turkey struck YPG in northern Syria 'to prevent march to al-Bab'

October 22, 2016

Turkey killed up to 200 Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG), the military wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), in air strikes in northern Syria on Oct. 19 in order to prevent the YPG fighters’ march to the town of al-Bab more to the south, security sources said.

Al-Bab is currently under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Ankara-backed Syrian rebels, members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), have also started to march toward the town, after the rebels seized the symbolically important town of Dabiq from ISIL on Oct. 16, with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu saying the next target was al-Bab.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-struck-ypg-in-northern-syria-to-prevent-march-to-al-bab.aspx?pageID=238&nID=105216&NewsCatID=352

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Turkey, Iraq agree in principle on Ankara’s involvement in Mosul op: Carter

October 22, 2016

Ankara and Baghdad have agreed in principle over the former’s much-debated involvement in a military operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said Oct. 21, private broadcaster CNN Türk has reported.

Carter said the details of Ankara’s possible role in the operation had not been shaped yet as they were also awaiting confirmation from Baghdad.

"That will have to obviously be something that the Iraqi government will need to agree to and I think there's agreement there in principle," Carter told reporters travelling with him in Turkey, according to Reuters.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-iraq-agree-in-principle-on-ankaras-involvement-in-mosul-op-carter.aspx?pageID=238&nID=105238&NewsCatID=352

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AKP sets road map for presidential system

October 22, 2016

Lawmakers and ministers from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will gather for a three-day annual consultation meeting to clarify a road map for constitutional changes that will include the imposition of a presidential system amid a post-coup purge.

Prime Minister and AKP leader Binali Yıldırım is holding a three-day meeting with his party’s lawmakers and ministers in the central province of Afyonkarahisar on Oct. 21-23 to discuss topics such as a constitutional draft that will include a presidential system, the post-coup attempt purge and operations currently being conducted in Iraq and Syria.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/akp-sets-road-map-for-presidential-system.aspx?pageID=238&nID=105225&NewsCatID=338

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Gülenist judges in Turkey told to ‘repent to keep your post’

October 21, 2016

Turkish High Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) acting chair Mehmet Yılmaz has said judges and prosecutors who “confess and repent” their ties to the movement of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen could remain in their posts.

“We will discuss in the general assembly whether to keep in their duties those judges and prosecutors whose confessions have proven very beneficial and significant,” Yılmaz said.

“We will discuss whether to keeping in their posts those who make beneficial confessions and help bring down the [Fethullahist Terrorist Organization]. Most important of all is that impunity is possible for them [in order to avoid being subjected to a legal case],” he added.

The Gülen movement, referred to by the government and prosecutors as FETÖ, is believed to have been behind the failed July 15 military coup.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/gulenist-judges-in-turkey-told-to-repent-to-keep-your-post-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=105236&NewsCatID=509

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ISIL strikes back in Kirkuk as Mosul clashes intensify

October 21, 2016

Jihadist gunmen, some of them wearing suicide vests, attacked the Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Oct. 21, as clashes to take Mosul back from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have intensified.

The assault, together with another further north, left at least 22 people dead and came as pro-government forces were making major gains on the fifth day of their advance on the last major urban center held by ISIL in Iraq.

The attacks in Kirkuk were an apparent effort to divert the thousands of troops and militiamen closing in on their Mosul stronghold.

Kirkuk, which is currently under the control of forces from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), woke up to find ISIL fighters spreading across several neighborhoods,

Agence France-Presse reported.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/isil-strikes-back-in-kirkuk-as-mosul-clashes-intensify.aspx?pageID=238&nID=105212&NewsCatID=352

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Turkey, US seek new ground in ISIL fight

October 22, 2016

The United States wants to ramp up joint efforts with Turkey to destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Iraq and Syria, but expects Ankara to be part of integrated efforts with Iraq, according to the U.S. secretary of defense.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter conducted several meetings with Turkish officials on Oct. 21 amid escalating tensions between Turkey and Iraq over the fight against ISIL. He held meetings with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and Defense Minister Fikri Işık.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-us-seek-new-ground-in-isil-fight.aspx?pageID=238&nID=105234&NewsCatID=352

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Europe

Muslim parents demand answers from York board about principal's Facebook posts

Oct 21, 2016

Parents and students are demanding answers from the York Region District School Board about an investigation into Facebook posts by an elementary school principal that they say are offensive to Muslims.

CBC News has spoken to a Muslim mother and her pre-teen daughter, who didn't want to be named, because the girl is still a senior student at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Public School in Markham where Ghada Sadaka is the principal.

Full report at: cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/muslim-parents-demand-answers-from-york-board-about-principal-s-facebook-posts-1.3816454

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Nato concerned over major Russian naval deployment in Mediterranean

October 22, 2016

MOSCOW/ALEPPO: Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg has expressed concern that a Russian aircraft carrier battlegroup, on its way from the North Sea and currently off the coast of Britain, could join attacks on Aleppo.

British warships shadowed the Russian ships through the North Sea, the latest cat-and-mouse encounter in two years of Cold-War style tensions.

Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the Admiral Kuznetsov carrier, part of its Northern Fleet, would be sent to the eastern Mediterranean to boost Russian naval forces in the area.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1291540/nato-concerned-over-major-russian-naval-deployment-in-mediterranean

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Muslim protest with Friday prayers in Rome's Colosseum

October 22, 2016

Friday prayers performed at Rome's Colosseum in protest at closure of makeshift mosques and have demanded for the opening of mosques to accommodate the growing community

World Bulletin / News Desk

Hundreds of Muslims prayed in front of Rome’s Colosseum on Friday in protest at the closure of unofficial mosques.

They called on city authorities to protect their religious rights and demanded legal status for prayer rooms in a country where only a small number of mosques are officially registered.

Francesco Terri, a spokesman for the Lazio Muslim Association, said the community wanted urgent legal regulation to allow Italy’s 1.6 million Muslims to worship at officially recognized mosques.

worldbulletin.net/europe/178971/muslim-protest-with-friday-prayers-in-romes-colosseum

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Muslims protest mosque closure in Italy’s Rome

Sat Oct 22, 2016

Hundreds of Muslims in Italy have held a demonstration in Rome to express their outrage at recent mosque closures in the capital.

Protesters gathered in front of the Colosseum, an ancient oval amphitheatre, in central Rome on Friday, kneeling on prayer mats and tarpaulin on the pavement.

Holding placards reading, "Peace" and "Open the mosques,” the demonstrators called on city authorities to intervene and protect their religious rights.

The Dhuumcatu Association, a rights group that organized Friday’s event, said the police have closed three improvised mosques in Rome in recent months. It also underlined the need for clear rules on setting up mosques in the European country.

Full report at: presstv.ir/Detail/2016/10/22/490146/Italy-Rome-Dhuumcatu-Association-Germany

 

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