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Israel Bombed 161 Mosques in Gaza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mideast

Israel Bombed 161 Mosques In Gaza

ISIL Yemeni Cleric: Hamas Fighting under the Banner of Ignorance

Nearly 500,000 Palestinians displaced by Gaza war

Iran closes anti-Sunni TVs after Nasrallah request

Hope among the ruins: Gaza looks to post-war aid to rebuild

Israel announces ‘total withdrawal’ from Gaza

 

Europe

UN Seeks to Prosecute Israelis for "War Crimes" in Global Court

Britain's Baroness Sayeeda Warsi resigns from government over Gaza

Russia to enforce Islamic books ban in Crimea

France's Hollande calls for action on Gaza 'massacres'

 

Arab World

40 Yazidi children reported dead after Iraq attack

31 ISIL Terrorists Killed, 17 Others Arrested in Northern Baghdad

ISIS kills 15 in clashes with tribal fighters in Deir al-Zor

Kuwait steps up curbs on Islamic charities: report

Lebanon: No negotiation with 'Takfiri' intruders

PKK Militants Urge All Kurds to Fight Islamic State

No plan for military intervention in Libya: Egypt FM

Convoy of Lebanese clerics attacked in Arsal

Egypt army kills three militant fighters in fresh Sinai raids

Saudi gets death sentence in five-minute trial in Iraq

Arab states cannot stop Israel: OIC secretary-general

 

South Asia

33 Taliban Militants Killed In Counter-Terrorism Operations: Interior Ministry

Bangladesh urges NAM to impose embargo on Israel

5 more Afghan soldiers martyred in fresh spate of violence

'US doesn't have objection with death penalty for war crimes': Bangladesh Minister

 

Pakistan

Airstrikes in N Waziristan kill 30 suspected militants: ISPR

Islamabad High Court stops entertaining fundamental rights’ petitions

Govt will never use army for political gains: Nisar

Qadri declines govt's invitation to dialogue

 

North America

Israel Continues To Be One of Our Strongest Allies: US

US Sikhs Fight Racism with PR Campaign

Google under fire for hosting of ‘Bomb Gaza’ game

US grants $225 million more to Israel’s anti-missile Iron Dome

 

Southeast Asia

Moderates from Rival Malaysian Parties Team Up To Fight Racism

Jailed Terrorist Convict Ba’asyir Pledges Oath with ISIS on the Rise

‘Liberals’ in PAS, Umno sold their faith to form new NGO, says Isma

 

Africa

Congo Rescues 300 Abducted Civilians; Rebels Used Women and Girls as Labourers and Sex Slaves

Nigeria’s Military Accused Of 'Extensive' Rights Violations

 

India

India shaken by case of Muslim men missing in Iraq

Hafiz Saeed holding rallies in areas along LoC, border

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Mideast

 

Israel Bombed 161 Mosques in Gaza

August 5, 2014

Israel has so far destroyed 161 mosques in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian Awqaf Minister Yousef Dois said yesterday.

He said 41 mosques were completely destroyed and 120 were partially destroyed during the war adding that a number of religious institutions have also been attacked.

Dois continued by saying Israel is taking advantage of the fact that the world's attention is on Gaza and using this to stop Muslim worshippers from gaining access to Al-Aqsa Mosque. He said rabbis are delivering provocative speeches.

"These acts are clear proofs on the continued religious persecution practiced against Muslims and their places of worship," he said.

He called upon the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to take serious steps to deter Israel for its "crimes and violations", which are increasing daily in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and Jerusalem.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/13229-israel-bombed-161-mosques-in-gaza

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ISIL Yemeni Cleric: Hamas Fighting under the Banner of Ignorance

August 5, 2014

Yemeni cleric, Abdul Majid Al-Heetari Al Rimi said the resistance of Hamas Movement in Gaza against the Zionist aggression is a fighting "under the banner of ignorance" and that both the killer and the victim will go to ‘hell’.

Al-QassamCNN’s Arabic Website reported that the  Yemeni preacher, who is also a staunch supporter to the “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” terrorist group (ISIL), wrote on his Facebook page: "The war and the blood that is being shed under the banner of ignorance on the civilian side, whether it be for the civil and the democratic state, or for the worldly existence and the life of infidels, who live under the laws of human rights and the United Nations, or for the expansion of the ignorant, or for the liberation of land from the Jews or Christians, will be replaced by an Arab tyrant that governs the laws of ignorance, whether he be a part of the Islamic Sufi doctrine, or Shiite, or a part of the Muslim Brotherhood, or is purely secular."

"Any war in this context is a war of ignorance that drains Arabs in the fire of hell. This ignorant war, is like the war with the Jews, which was carried under the slogan of nationalism while under the leadership of the Nazarenes and the Ba'athist Syrians, or like Iran-Iraq war, or the Saddam Ba'athism crusade, where the killer and victim are to be sent to hell,” added Al Rimi.

Al Rimi urged to "correct the course of the wars" so that the wars are meant to be for the "establishment of the caliphate and the fighting of the infidels."

He continued, saying that "Hamas governs with democracy, so every drop of blood in its sake, is for the sake of ignorance. I advise Hamas to raise the slogans of word and deed... As for the national flags, they are a call for ignorance that advocates fighters who are in the process of being sent to hell."

Al Rimi added to the Hamas resistance, "If you do not understand, well the men of the Tawhid and Jihad and the sons of Iraq, Syria, and Palestine, have understood... Only the sons of Tawhid will free Palestine, not the sons of the democracy."

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?fromval=1&cid=23&frid=23&eid=163854

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Nearly 500,000 Palestinians displaced by Gaza war

World Bulletin/News Desk

August 5, 2014

The stench of rotting animal carcasses was in the air as 10-year-old Ahmed al-Kafarna picked through the debris of his Gaza home after a ceasefire began on Tuesday, looking for his toys.

"Mine was the middle room, I found it, I mean the rubble," he said. "Those are the photos of me, with my dad and my mother and sisters. But I couldn't get my toys - they were crushed."

Beit Hanoun, a northern Gaza town near the Israeli border, was devastated by more than four weeks of attacks by Israeli forces.

With shocked looks, residents who had fled their houses, as instructed by the Israeli army forces, and returned after the 72-hour, Egyptian-brokered truce went into effect, took in the sight of entire clusters of houses destroyed by shells and bombs.

To many, it seemed as if an earthquake had hit the farming community of 30,000, where dead donkeys, horses and birds littered the ground - along with unexploded Israeli ordinance.

"Beit Hanoun used to be called a fruit basket - a land of lemons and oranges," said Abdel-Sattar Ismail, standing next to the wreckage of his home. "Israel has turned it into scorched earth, like Sarajevo."

"Our fighters fought Israeli soldiers face-to-face and killed them. The Israelis responded by bombing sleeping civilians in their houses. Where is the honour of Israel," he asked.

Gaza officials say the war has killed 1,867 Palestinians, most of them civilians. Israel says 64 of its soldiers and three civilians have been killed.

The truce gave rescue workers in Beit Hanoun an opportunity to search for bodies buried under the debris. To the east, a column of Israeli tanks raised a dust cloud, part of a pullout that ended a ground operation that started on July 17.

Ahmed's father, Ayman al-Kafarna, collected a carpet, some clothes and damaged kettles and threw them to the side of the road. He said he planned to pitch a tent and stay outside what was left of their home until alternative housing was offered.

"We are currently in a U.N. school but soon we will have to evacuate as the new school year starts later this month. Where should I go with my family," Kafarna asked.

Some 260,000 of the Gaza Strip's population of 1.8 million are sheltering in U.N. facilities. Human rights groups put the total number of displaced persons at 520,000.

"The world has an obligation now to find us new houses, the world must take Israel's leaders to courts for their acts of genocide," said Kafarna, a father of eight.

http://www.worldbulletin.net/headlines/141938/nearly-500000-palestinians-displaced-by-gaza-war

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Iran closes anti-Sunni TVs after Nasrallah request

August 5, 2014

BEIRUT: Iran closed down the offices of a number of foreign-based satellite channels across the Islamic Republic because they enhanced sectarian divisions between Muslims, Iran’s IRNA news agency reported Monday.

The move came few months after Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, an ally of Iran, reportedly called for tight controls over religious satellite television networks broadcasting anti-Sunni programs in Iran.

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry said in a Sunday statement that the offices were involved in "clandestine and illegal" activities, reported the Iran Daily on Monday.

It said that the channels had illegally set up production offices in the provinces of Qom, Isfahan, Tehran and Khorasan Razavi.

The ministry noted that a number of people were arrested after warrants were issued by the judiciary.

The channels were producing programs aimed at "creating sectarian rifts" and “intensifying division in the Muslim World to damage the image of Shiism,” it added.

The ministry said the channels were serving the interests of certain foreign intelligence services and the “global arrogance,” a term some Iranian officials use to refer to the United States.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2014/Aug-04/266049-iran-closes-anti-sunni-tvs-after-nasrallah-request.ashx#ixzz39ZAjRTai

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Hope among the ruins: Gaza looks to post-war aid to rebuild

August 5, 2014

GAZA — Reconstruction in Gaza, where heavy Israeli bombardment in a war with militants has caused widespread devastation and displaced half a million people, will cost at least $6 billion, the Palestinian deputy prime minister says.

This time, Mohammed Mustafa said, Palestinians hope future donors will make good on aid pledges. In 2009, only a fraction of the nearly $5 billion in funds promised at an international conference after a three-week war between Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas actually arrived in the battered enclave.

"Once a ceasefire is reached, we will have to tackle the immediate problem of rehousing those who lost their homes,"  Mustafa told Reuters. "According to our estimates, they may number 400,000 people."

The West Bank-based government of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has already been in touch with the United States, the European Union, Arab states and the World Bank to hold a donors' summit after the guns fall silent, Mustafa said.

Qatar, a major ally of the Islamist Hamas might contribute generously to a rebuilding effort. Last year, the wealthy Gulf Arab state began executing construction projects in the Gaza Strip at the cost of more than $400 million.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140805213667

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Israel announces ‘total withdrawal’ from Gaza

5 August 2014

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki will push Tuesday for a war crimes case against Israel as a three-day ceasefire between Israel and Hamas takes effect as of 0500 GMT, Reuters news agency reported. 

During the 72-hour truce, mediated by Egypt, Israel and Hamas are to hold indirect talks in Cairo on a broader deal that would prevent future cross-border violence.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Israeli army announced all forces will have withdrawn from the Strip by the start of the ceasefire , a military spokesman was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/08/05/Israeli-army-destroys-at-least-32-tunnels-ahead-of-truce-.html

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Europe

 

UN Seeks to Prosecute Israelis for "War Crimes" in Global Court

August 5, 2014

After the United Nations was caught last month giving rockets found at UN “schools” in Gaza to the terrorist group Hamas, the UN’s top “human rights” bureaucrat accused Israel of perpetrating possible “war crimes” — for, among other actions, refusing to share with Hamas its Iron Dome defense technology that protects Israeli territory and civilians from Arab missile attacks. The widely criticized UN official’s accusation, made in a press conference about the ongoing conflict, prompted a mixture of ridicule and outrage around the world. Now, the dictator-dominated global outfit is pushing for international prosecutions of Israeli officials, too.

“There is a strong possibility that international law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes,” claimed UN “Human Rights” Czar Navi Pillay following an “emergency” meeting of the despot-packed UN “Human Rights Council.” Among the alleged potential war crimes cited by Pillay, a South African, were Israeli attacks on UN-run “schools,” hospitals, homes, and various UN facilities. Israeli officials counter that Hamas deliberately launches its attacks from among Arab civilians in an effort to use women and children as “human shields.” Still, estimates suggest over 1,000 Arabs have died amid Israeli military operations in Gaza, many of them civilians.

Full report at:

http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/item/18851-un-seeks-to-prosecute-israelis-for-war-crimes-in-global-court

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Britain's Baroness Sayeeda Warsi resigns from government over Gaza

August 5, 2014

Britain's first female Muslim Cabinet minister on Tuesday announced her resignation from the government over Britain's policy on Gaza.

Pakistani-born Cabinet minister Saeeda Warsi posted a message on Twitter stating, "With deep regret I have this morning written to the Prime Minister & tendered my resignation. I can no longer support Govt policy on #Gaza."

Sayeeda Warsi     

With deep regret I have this morning written to the Prime Minister &  tendered my resignation. I can no longer support Govt policy on #Gaza

According to the Telegraph, Warsi had taken the position of Senior Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and Minister for Faith and Communities at the Department for Communities and Local Government.

She was previously Chairman of the Conservative Party and Minister without Portfolio, having joined the Cabinet in 2010.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said the news was "very sad" and hoped she return "as soon as possible" to the government.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1123461/britains-baroness-saeeda-warsi-resigns-from-government-over-gaza

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Russia to enforce Islamic books ban in Crimea

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Religious Administration of Muslims of Crimea has called on Muslims living in the disputed Black Sea peninsula to destroy books and material that is on the Russian black list.

Around 300,000 Muslims in Crimea, mainly native Crimean Tatars, are having to adjust to new laws enforced by Russia after their homeland was annexed from Ukraine following a referendum in March.

As Russia’s Federal List of Extremist Materials comes into effect in the region, a number of Islamic religious books, that under Ukrainian law was deemed legal, have now been outlawed.

“The Religious Administration of Muslims of Crimea informs Muslim religious organizations, and society that Russia’s federal list of banned extremist materials extends over Crimea. Therefore distribution, production or storage of materials mentioned in the list is forbidden and will entail responsibility,” said a statement released on the Religious Administration’s website.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/headlines/141932/russia-to-enforce-islamic-books-ban-in-crimea

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France's Hollande calls for action on Gaza 'massacres'

August 5, 2014

French President Francois Hollande on Monday urged action against bloodshed in the Middle East, notably in Gaza, where 1,820 Palestinians have been killed and more than 10,000 wounded since the start of the Israeli offensive on 8 July.

"When I see what is happening with the Christians in Iraq, the minorities in Syria, massacres every day. What is happening too in Gaza, massacres... We have to act," Hollande said.

"Europe must be ready... to take the initiative on the international scene and not think simply that others will do the job for them," he said on the margins of events in Liege to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.

Europe had to take a hard look at what was happening across the Mediterranean Sea where "terrorism, violence could increase and spread," he warned.

Earlier Monday, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Israel's right to security did not justify its actions in Gaza and called for a political solution to be "imposed" by the international community.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/107719/World/Region/Frances-Hollande-calls-for-action-on-Gaza-massacre.aspx

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Arab World

 

40 Yazidi children reported dead after Iraq attack

August 5, 2014

Forty children from northern Iraq's Yazidi minority are reported to have died as a result of a jihadist attack on the Sinjar region, the United Nations Children's Fund said Aug. 5.

"According to official reports received by UNICEF, these children from the Yazidi minority died as a direct consequence of violence, displacement and dehydration over the past two days," a statement said.

On Sunday, fighters from the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group that controls much of northwestern Iraq took over Sinjar, which had been under the control of Kurdish troops.

The town, near the Syrian border, is a hub for Iraq's Yazidis, a very closed community that follows an ancient faith rooted in Zoroastrianism and referred to by jihadists as "devil worshippers".

Sinjar was also a temporary home for thousands of displaced people from other minorities, such as Shiite Turkmen who had fled the nearby city of Tal Afar when IS launched its offensive on June 9.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/40-yazidi-children-reported-dead-after-iraq-attack-un.aspx?pageID=238&nID=69995&NewsCatID=352

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31 ISIL Terrorists Killed, 17 Others Arrested in Northern Baghdad

August 5, 2014

 The Iraqi security forces managed to kill 31 terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and arrest 17 others in Northern Baghdad.

"The security forces killed and arrested them in al-Meshahda area," a statement by the National Media Center said, Alforat News Agency reported Monday.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930514000448

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ISIS kills 15 in clashes with tribal fighters in Deir al-Zor

August 5, 2014

BEIRUT: Militants from ISIS killed at least 15 people in Deir al-Zor province as part of a recent uptick in violence between locals and the al-Qaeda splinter group, an anti-regime monitoring group said Monday.

The clashes, including ISIS’ shelling of three villages where the Sheaitat tribe is dominant, killed 13 civilians and tribal fighters, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based group.

The Observatory said tribal fighters withdrew from two villages, al-Jurdi al-Sharqieh and al-Jurdi al-Gharbieh, after two of them were killed battling ISIS militants.

A number of attacks on ISIS militants have taken place in recent weeks in eastern Deir al-Zor province, in a string of villages and towns lying on the Euphrates River.

The Sheaitat tribe rose up against ISIS last week after the militants detained several members of the tribe, leading to bloody clashes.

Anti-regime sources say that in addition to tribesmen, a number of clandestine “hit squads” have formed to carry out attacks on ISIS in the wake of its sweeping gains in the province last month.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Aug-05/266083-isis-kills-15-in-clashes-with-tribal-fighters-in-deir-al-zor.ashx#ixzz39ZBvWRtX

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No plan for military intervention in Libya: Egypt FM

August 5, 2014

Egypt has no intention of intervening militarily in Libya and is merely keen to safeguard its borders, the country's foreign minister has said.

Egyptian authorities have grown increasingly wary about a violent spillover from Libya where militia rivalries have worsened over the past three weeks in the worst violence since the 2011 toppling of Muammar Gaddafi.

"There is no talk of a military intervention. The army's role is to protect the Egyptian borders," Sameh Shoukry told reporters on Monday in Tunisia where he flew to check the state of thousands of Egyptians stranded at the border with Libya after fleeing the growing chaos.

More than 200 people have been killed in the recent fighting in the capital Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/107746/Egypt/Politics-/No-plan-for-military-intervention-in-Libya-Egypt-F.aspx

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Kuwait steps up curbs on Islamic charities: report

August 5, 2014

Kuwait has stepped up controls on Islamic charities, including donations for war-ravaged Syria, as part of measures to curb funding for extremists, newspapers reported Tuesday.

Social Affairs and Labour Minister Hind al-Sabeeh said the measures aim to "correct the course" of action of non-profit organisations, according to Al-Qabas newspaper.

The new measures "oblige charities to issue a transparency document identifying the source and final destination of the funds they have raised," said Sabeeh.

The measures also require charities authorised to raise funds to "obtain officially stamped receipts from the ministry, otherwise the collection of donations would be considered illegal," she said.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/107747/World/Region/Kuwait-steps-up-curbs-on-Islamic-charities-report.aspx

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Lebanon: No negotiation with 'takfiri' intruders

August 5, 2014

OUTSKIRTS OF ARSAL, Lebanon: The Lebanese army advanced on Monday into a border town attacked by Islamists at the weekend in the most serious spillover of the three-year-old Syrian civil war into Lebanon, and the Beirut government said the deadly assault would not go unpunished.

With army reinforcements arriving in Arsal, Prime Minister Tammam Salam, a Sunni Muslim, said there could be no “political solutions” with the Sunni radicals identified as members of the Nusra Front and the Islamic State, which has seized wide areas of Syria and Iraq.

“We stress that there will be no leniency toward the terrorist killers and no appeasement for those who violate Lebanon’s territory and harm its people,” the premier said. “There can be no political solutions with takfiris (extremists).”

“The only solution proposed today is the withdrawal of the militants from Arsal and its environs,” said Salam, the most senior Sunni in Lebanese government.

Flanked by the rest of the Cabinet, Salam accused the militants of seeking to “move their sick practices to Lebanon.”

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/middle-east/611496

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Convoy of Lebanese clerics attacked in Arsal

 5 August 2014

A convoy of Lebanese Sunni Muslim clerics was attacked as it entered Arsal wounding five of the religious leaders meant to mediate an end to fighting in the border town, Reuters reported.

The clerics, members of Lebanon's Muslim Clerics Association, went to the town to agree on a ceasefire to end two days of fighting between Lebanese army and gunmen in which at least 13 soldiers were killed.

A Sunni cleric in the town said the clerics were slightly wounded and were treated in a hospital in the town.

"The clerics are now in a hospital in Arsal, their convoy came under fire from an area that is controlled by the army," Mustafa al-Hujairi, a leading Sunni cleric in Arsal, told Reuters.

The group was also hoping to secure the release of soldiers and members of the security forces detained by gunmen in the town.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/08/05/Lebanese-clerics-mediating-end-to-fighting-in-Arsal-attacked-.html

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Egypt army kills three militant fighters in fresh Sinai raids

August 5, 2014

Egyptian troops on Monday killed three militant fighters in shoot-outs in the border Sinai Peninsula, where the military is combating Islamist insurgents, the army said.

Six suspects were also arrested during the raids in North Sinai, army spokesman Mohamed Samir said in a statement, adding that a car and 16 motorbikes used in attacks by the "terrorist elements" were destroyed in the firefight.

Egypt has been hit by an upsurge in Islamist militancy led by Sinai-based fighters that has mainly targeted security forces since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last summer and an ensuing crackdown on his supporters. Militants have also struck Cairo and the Nile Delta with bombings and shootings.

On Sunday, a six-year-old child was killed and four others wounded when a mortar shell smashed into their home in a village in the northern Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid, Aswat Masriya reported.The attack apparently targeted soldiers and police fighting with suspected militants in the area.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/107751/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-army-kills-three-militant-fighters-in-fresh-.aspx

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PKK Militants Urge All Kurds to Fight Islamic State

August 5, 2014

The outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Aug. 5 urged all Kurds to take up the fight against the Sunni militants of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), who have expanded their advance across Iraq into Kurdish-controlled territory.

“All Kurds in the north, east, south and west must rise up against the attack on Kurds in Sinjar [in northern Iraq],” the PKK said in a statement on its website.

ISIL inflicted a heavy defeat on Iraq’s Kurds on Aug. 3 with a rapid advance through three towns to reach the Mosul Dam, the largest in Iraq and a major source of electricity.

“All Kurdish political powers must take part in this resistance, shoulder-to-shoulder. When Kurds are attacked, they must show the attackers that they will find all Kurds against them,” the PKK said.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/pkk-militants-urge-all-kurds-to-fight-islamic-state.aspx?pageID=238&nID=69984&NewsCatID=352

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Saudi gets death sentence in five-minute trial in Iraq

August 5, 2014

RIYADH — A Saudi man who illegally crossed into Iraqi territory in 2006 was recently sentenced to death in Iraq following a trial that took only five minutes, Al-Hayat daily reported.

Jarallah Al-Tamimi left his home town of Al-Mathnab, Qassim in 2006 after he told his family that he wanted to go to Makkah and perform the minor pilgrimage of Umrah.

Instead, he entered Syria and then went to Iraq, where he was arrested and incarcerated for eight years.

Al-Tamimi’s brother Abdullah told Al-Hayat that the family had not heard any news about his sibling until recently.

After the Iraqi justice minister visited the Kingdom last year and signed a prisoner extradition agreement, he ordered his country’s authorities to transfer all Saudi prisoners from Al-Rasafah prison to the Kingdom.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140805213631

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Arab states cannot stop Israel: OIC secretary-general

August 5, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) Secretary-General Iyad Ameen Abdullah Madani admitted on Monday that the Arab states cannot take any practical steps to stop Israel from attacking Gaza.

Mr Madani was speaking at an event titled ‘Contemporary Challengers of the Muslim World: The Vision and Role of the OIC’ at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad.

“In 1967, the Arabs faced a defeat as Israeli forces entered the Sinai Desert, West Bank of the Jordan River and the Golan Heights. Arabs cannot imagine stopping the support for Palestinians, but practically they are not in a position to do anything,” he claimed.

“OIC has been trying its best to classify the killing of Palestinians as a ‘war crime’, but unfortunately the preachers of human rights are not only supporting Israel but are also providing political shield to it,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1123391/arab-states-cannot-stop-israel-oic-secretary-general

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South Asia

 

33 Taliban Militants Killed In Counter-Terrorism Operations: Interior Ministry

August 5, 2014  

At least 33 Taliban militants were killed following military operations in various provinces of Afghanistan in the past 24 hours.

The Interior Ministry of Afghanistan following a statement said the operations were jointly conducted by Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army and Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives.

The statement further added that the operations were conducted in Kunar, Nangarhar, Kunduz, Badakhshan, Sar-e-Pul, Jawzjan, Kandahar, Uruzgan and Helmand provinces.

At least 15 Taliban militants were also injured and 8 others were detained during the operation, the statement added.

Interior ministry officials also said Afghan security forces also confiscated various types of light and heavy weapons along with ammunition and explosives.

Afghan police forces discovered and neutralized 7 rounds of improvised explosive device (IED) during operations in Baghlan, Faryab, Paktia, Herat and Farah province.

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

http://www.khaama.com/33-taliban-militants-killed-in-counter-terrorism-operations-moi-says-8385

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Bangladesh urges NAM to impose embargo on Israel

August 5, 2014

Bangladesh has called on the Non-Aligned Movement member countries to mobilise their collective strength to send a strong message to Israel by imposing a trade embargo on the country.

Member states should deny visas to Israeli politicians, officials and business people accused of committing crimes against humanity and slap a ban on arms trade with Israel for violating the provisions of the Arms Trade Treaty, Gowher Rizvi, International Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister, said.

He urged the suspension of overflight permissions to Israeli aircraft through the airspace of NAM member states.

Rizvi was speaking at an emergency meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement committee on Palestine held in Tehran yesterday.

Bangladesh was invited to the meeting as a member of the 11-member committee, a foreign ministry press release said.

 “The way Israel is using the power of coercion, in the same way NAM member states should use the power of denial to bring Israel to civilised behaviour,” the prime minister’s adviser said.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/foreign-affairs/2014/aug/05/bangladesh-urges-nam-impose-embargo-israel#sthash.1vDqhqp3.dpuf

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5 more Afghan soldiers martyred in fresh spate of violence

August 5, 2014

At least five Afghan national army (ANA) soldiers were martyred in fresh spate of violence during the past 24 hours.

Defense ministry spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi, confirmed the soldiers were martyred in the past 24 hours. However, he did not disclose further information regarding the exact locations where the soldiers were martyred.

Gen. Azimi further added that the five soldiers were apart from the four Afghan army soldiers who were martyred following a roadside explosion in capital Kabul on Monday morning.

He said Afghan army soldiers also confiscated and neutralized 105 rounds of improvised explosive device (IED) during the operations in the past 24 hours.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/5-more-afghan-soldiers-martyred-in-fresh-spate-of-violence-8386

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'US doesn't have objection with death penalty for war crimes': Bangladesh Minister

August 5, 2014

Law Minister Anisul Huq has said the US doesn't have any objection with the death penalty of wartime criminals if the committed crime is appropriate for the punishment.

He made the statement while talking to the journalist after holding a meeting with visiting US ambassador at-large for war crimes issues, Stephen J Rapp, at the secretariat on Tuesday afternoon.

He said: “The US has proposed to find out an alternative for the death penalty of wartime criminals but they do not have any objection regarding it if the committed crime is appropriate for the punishment.”

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2014/aug/05/us-doesnt-have-objection-death-penalty-war-crimes-0#sthash.JmZTXezs.dpuf

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Pakistan

 

Airstrikes in N Waziristan kill 30 suspected militants: ISPR

August 5, 2014

PESHAWAR: At least 30 suspected militants were killed and six of hideouts destroyed in fresh air strikes carried out by fighter jets in Datta Khel, Marsikhel, and Kamsham areas of North Waziristan tribal region, the ISPR sources said.

However, these claims could not be independently verified as journalists have limited access to the restive tribal agency.

Read more here: 20 suspected militants killed in fresh N Waziristan airstrikes

Military operation Zarb-i-Azb was launched by the Pakistan Army on June15 following a brazen militant attack on Karachi's international airport and failure of peace talks between the government and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan negotiators.

Nearly a million people have fled the offensive in North Waziristan, which is aimed at wiping out longstanding militant strongholds in the area, which borders Afghanistan.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1123456/airstrikes-in-n-waziristan-kill-30-suspected-militants-ispr

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Islamabad High Court stops entertaining fundamental rights’ petitions

August 5, 2014

ISLAMABAD: As widely expected, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) has stopped entertaining petitions relating to fundamental rights after Article 245 of the Constitution, that the federal government invoked last month, became effective in the federal capital on August 1.

Lawyer Gohar Ali Khan, who went to the court on Monday following Eid holidays to file a petition under Article 199 that guarantees fundamental rights, said that the court’s institution branch turned him away without providing any reasons.

However, while announcing the decision to invoke Article 245, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had said on July 24 that it would allow the government to call army to the aid of civilian administration in the situation arising from the military operation against the militants in North Waziristan.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1123388/ihc-stops-entertaining-fundamental-rights-petitions

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Govt will never use army for political gains: Nisar

August 5, 2014

ISLAMABAD: As the political temperature continues to rise in Pakistan, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Tuesday told parliamentarians that the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) government would never use the army for political battles, adding that Article 245 of the Constitution was implemented in Islamabad for the protection of citizens.

It was not invoked as a step against any protest, march or political party, Nisar remarked.

Speaking at a session of the National Assembly, he revealed that according to the records of the interior ministry, Article 245 has been invoked 24 times since 2007.

Nisar also said that approval from Parliament was never taken for the numerous times Article 245 was implemented and therefore, it was wrong to criticise PML-N for not taking parliamentary approval.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/744515/ppp-to-protest-more-than-pti-pat-if-article-245-not-revoked-threatens-khursheed-shah/

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Qadri declines govt's invitation to dialogue

August 5, 2014

LAHORE: In a bid to pacify the growing agitation against the ruling government, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammed Sarwar on Tuesday told Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri by phone that the Centre was ready to discuss his demands, Express News reported.

Sources said that Qadri declined Sarwar’s invitation to dialogue and said that his party does not have any demands that the government can address, adding that he cannot talk to the Sharif brothers.

The PAT chief said that his one and only demand is to bring a democratic revolution in Pakistan.

According to reports, the federal government had asked Sarwar to speak to Qadri on their behalf in an attempt to get him to call off his Inqilab March.

Qadri, on August 3, had predicted the fall of the government before the end of August. The PAT chief had also announced that his party would observe a Youm-e-Shuhada (Martyrs Day) on August 10 to honour those who had died in the Model Town clashes in which over a dozen PAT workers were killed.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/744536/qadri-declines-govts-invitation-to-dialogue/

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North America

 

Israel continues to be one of our strongest allies: US

Press Trust of India | Washington | August 5, 2014

The US has said that Israel continues to be one of its “strongest allies” and denied any rift in their bilateral ties in the wake of the Jewish state’s deadly offensive on the Gaza Strip.

“Israel continues to be one of this country’s strongest allies,” White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, told reporters when asked about reported differences between the US and Israel.

“The nature of our relationship is strong and unchanged,” he said on Monday.

“We resolutely defend Israel’s right to defend themselves and to take the kinds of military steps that they assess are necessary to protect their citizens. They have a responsibility to do that,” he said.

“We do continue our work with the Israelis and Palestinians and other parties in the region to try to bring both sides to the table to bring this violence to an end immediately,” he said.

“As we’ve said many times, it is not in the interest of either side for this violence to continue. The tragic loss of life that we’ve seen on both sides of this conflict needs to come to an end. That tragic loss of life includes the many innocent Palestinian civilians who have been killed. It also includes the Israeli civilians who have been killed by Hamas rockets that have been aimed squarely at them,” he said.

The US meanwhile has also strongly supported the latest 72-hour ceasefire proposal between Israel and the Hamas.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/americas/israel-continues-to-be-one-of-our-strongest-allies-us/

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US Sikhs fight racism with PR campaign

August 5, 2014

Wisconsin, US - Sikhs in the United States will observe the second anniversary of a deadly shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on Tuesday in which a white supremacist gunman, Wade Michael Page, opened fire on a Sikh temple killing six people, including Satwant Singh Kaleka, its founder.

The August 5, 2012 attack was the deadliest on an American house of worship since the 1963 Birmingham Church bombings.

Sikhs around the world expressed outrage, but for Sikhs in the US, the sense of personal loss served as a soul searching experience as the shooting represented an assault on their identity and a turning point for many to begin defining themselves in the fabric of American life.

"My pride in being Sikh and American was very much enhanced that day, it changed my perspective on family and community," said Kanwardeep Singh Kaleka, a nephew of the slain temple founder.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/08/us-sikhs-india-racism-wisconsin-201482115211672335.html

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Google under fire for hosting of ‘Bomb Gaza’ game

August 5, 2014

Internet giant Google is under fire for a game published on the app store of its mobile platform Android, where players are tasked with dropping bombs on a two-dimensional representation of the Palestinian-controlled territory.

The game involves piloting an Israeli air-force jet over Gaza and attempting to bomb cartoon Hamas militants, which are usually located in the same buildings of smiling civilians, many of which appear to be holding children.

The game, which was released late last month, had been installed around 1,000 times. On Monday, the game is no longer listed on Google Play, the firm’s application store.

In reviews of the game posted by users, some expressed “disgust” at its content.

“This is a violation of human rights. My brothers and sisters are dying in Gaza,” wrote one user.

“Please take this off the play store. It is offensive,” wrote another.

After the game was unavailable, some took to microblogging site Twitter to voice their distaste.

“Whoever made this, is obviously failing being human,” wrote one Twitter user.

According to Google’s terms and conditions for Google Play content, “depictions of gratuitous violence are not allowed.”

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/media/digital/2014/08/04/Google-under-fire-for-Bomb-Gaza-game-.html

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US grants $225 million more to Israel’s anti-missile Iron Dome

August 5, 2014

"The U.S. is proud that the Iron Dome system developed in coordination with Israel and funded by the U.S. has saved countless Israeli lives”

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday signed a bill granting an additional $225 million to Israel for the procurement of the Iron Dome missile defence system to counter short-range rocket threats.

“This funding will ensure that Israel will be able to sustain production of Iron Dome components in order to maintain adequate stockpiles of Iron Dome interceptors and equipment,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said after Mr. Obama signed the legislation into law.

“The United States is proud that the Iron Dome system developed in coordination with Israel and funded by the U.S. has saved countless Israeli lives. Continued bipartisan support for Iron Dome funding ensures Israel will retain vital defence against rockets and artillery in light of the enduring threats,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/us-grants-225-million-more-to-israels-antimissile-iron-dome/article6282745.ece

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Southeast Asia

 

Moderates from rival Malaysian parties team up to fight racism

August 5, 2014

Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa and Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, two politicians from PAS and Umno deemed as moderates, have decided to join hands to form a movement to end the growing problem of racism in Malaysia.

It is not clear if their respective parties have endorsed their plans but they have roped in PAS's Tamrin Ghafar, son of the late deputy prime minister Tun Ghafar Baba, for the fledgling movement's first meeting next week.

"We have agreed to set up the NGO with Mujahid as the chairman and Saifuddin as his deputy," Tamrin told The Malaysian Insider.

Tamrin is confident with strong grassroots support from both parties towards the two leaders, the initiative will bring a new dimension to racial unity in the country, where Bumiputeras form 60% of the 30 million population with significant Chinese and Indian minorities.

"We will gather all parties in this movement, including those from PAS, Umno and MCA. We have succeeded in getting the support from several Chinese and Indian leaders, but now is not the right time to announce it yet," he said.

This new movement comes less than two months after the formation of Negara-Ku, a coalition of more than 70 NGOs formed to heal Malaysia and restore hope, given the recent challenges that threaten the peace and harmony of its multi-ethnic and multi-faith society.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/moderates-from-rival-malaysian-parties-team-up-to-fight-racism#sthash.2pkpKT90.dpuf

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Jailed Terrorist Convict Ba’asyir Pledges Oath With ISIS on the Rise

August 5, 2014

Jakarta. Imprisoned terrorist convict Abu Bakar Ba’asyir has officially pledged his allegiance, or bai’at, to join the jihadist movement of a militant group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, according to an official, who says that the list of Indonesian Muslim supporters for the radical movement only continues to grow.

“We had already tightened prison security, but unfortunately they [met] in rooms we didn’t suspect [they would use],” said Handoyo Sudrajat, the penitentiary directorate general at the Ministry of Legal and Human Rights Affairs.

Ba’asyir, the spiritual leader of the Indonesian terror network Jamaah Islamiyah, made his bai’at to ISIS with 23 other prisoners in a praying room of what was supposed to be the highly secured Pasir Putih penitentiary on Nusakambangan Island off Cilacap, Central Java.

Meanwhile, Habib Rizieq Shihab of the Muslim hard-line Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) denied that his organization had denounced ISIS.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/jailed-terrorist-convict-baasyir-pledges-oath-isis-rise/

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‘Liberals’ in PAS, Umno sold their faith to form new NGO, says Isma

August 5, 2014

Controversial Muslim group Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) today accused Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa of PAS and Umno’s Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah of selling their religion, after the two announced they would form a new movement to fight racism.

“They are only adorning their liberal agenda with a fancy slogan to dupe society,” said Isma President Abdullah Zaik Abdul Rahman (pic, right) on the NGO’s website, Ismaweb.

“Islam is a moderate religion, not a liberal one. Liberals are enemies of the religion who destroy it.”

He said that the “liberal” factions in PAS and Umno which had formed the new group did not represent Muslims.

Instead, they represented those who had diluted their identity in their pursuit of the “western liberal agenda”.

Mujahid and Saifuddin, who are both members of the Putrajaya-backed National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC), have decided to join hands to form a new NGO, along with PAS’s Tamrin Ghafar.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/liberals-in-pas-umno-sold-their-faith-to-form-new-ngo-says-isma#sthash.ekEEud6p.dpuf

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Africa

 

Congo Rescues 300 Abducted Civilians; Rebels Used Women and Girls as Labourers and Sex Slaves

August 5, 2014

Kigali - More than 300 Congolese civilians abducted by Ugandan Muslim rebels have been rescued by soldiers and United Nations peacekeepers, officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) said Monday.

According to reports, Uganda's Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group have kidnapped more than 500 civilians in eastern Congo this year.

Young men abducted by the rebels are often recruited as child soldiers, while women and girls are used as labourers and sex slaves.

The Congolese army and the UN peacekeeping force in the DRC, Monusco, have been collaborating to rescue abducted civilians and dismantle ADF bases since February.

More than half of those abducted since the beginning of the year have now been freed, Nason Kabuya Ndowole, the mayor of the eastern city of Goma, told dpa.

The ADF, which accuses Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni of an anti-Muslim agenda, has been operating in the border regions of the eastern DRC and western Uganda since the mid-1990s.

http://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/congo-rescues-300-abducted-civilians-1.1730361#.U-EwQuNdU4U

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Nigeria’s Military Accused Of 'Extensive' Rights Violations

August 5, 2014

Global rights regulator Amnesty International accused Nigeria’s military and its civilian militia of extensive “human rights violations” in their fight against Boko Haram.

Amnesty collected testimonies from witnesses, images and footage, and it was determined that Nigerian troops committed “fresh evidence of extrajudicial executions and serious human rights violations" as they battled extremist groups in the country’s northeast.

"The ghastly images are backed up by the numerous testimonies we have gathered which suggest that extrajudicial executions are, in fact, regularly carried out by the Nigerian military and CJTF," Salil Shetty, Amnesty's secretary general, said. "These are not the images we expect from a government which sees itself as having a leadership role in Africa."

There is video of one man who reportedly had his throat slit before his body was dumped into a mass grave “by men who appear to be members of the Nigerian military and the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), state-sponsored militias,” Amnesty said.

Full report at:

http://www.ibtimes.com/nigerian-army-boko-haram-news-nigerias-military-accused-extensive-rights-violations-1648716

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India

 

India shaken by case of Muslim men missing in Iraq

Mansi Choksi & Ellen Barry,NYT News Service | Aug 5, 2014

KALYAN, India: For more than a decade, as alienated young Muslim men from all over the world left home to fight on the side of Islamists in distant conflicts, it has been a truism that they were not coming from India, a country whose participatory politics and preoccupation with nearby enemies seemed to make it an exception.

That theory has been shaken this summer by an unusual case.

Four young men from this city on the outskirts of Mumbai — well-educated children of a rising middle class — disappeared from their homes with no warning in late May, leaving behind a note about fighting to defend Islam. Investigators traced them to Mosul and have said they were recruited over the internet by the Islamic State — a process that, while relatively well-known in the West, has not been documented in India.

The case, though still viewed as an aberration, has opened up the unsettling possibility that Indian Muslims could be vulnerable for recruitment into sectarian conflicts in the Middle East via the internet. Authorities in the regions of Kashmir and Tamil Nadu have taken notice of youths displaying Islamic State banners and insignia in recent days, and on Sunday they detained a young man for questioning over a social media posting showing a large group of Indian Muslims in Islamic State T-shirts.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-shaken-by-case-of-Muslim-men-missing-in-Iraq/articleshow/39674693.cms

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Hafiz Saeed holding rallies in areas along LoC, border

Press Trust of India | New Delhi | August 5, 2014

Lashker-e-Taiba founder and mastermind of Mumbai terror attack Hafiz Saeed has been holding rallies which were “highly critical of India” in proximity to Line of Control and International Border in Jammu and Kashmir.

“In the recent past Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Amir Jammat-ud-Dawa (JUD), has visited a number of places along the International Border and Line of Control,” Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.

Rijiju said during these visits, Saeed has addressed several rallies where he has been “highly critical of India”. The LeT founder was the mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and one of the most wanted persons in India.

The Minister said government has repeatedly requested Pakistan to act in an expeditious and transparent manner against all those responsible for the Mumbai terror attack, including Saeed.

“It has also been stressed that Pakistan needs to take effective action to ban the anti-India activities of organisations like JuD, LeT and their leaders, including Hafiz Saeed, who have openly and blatantly espoused an agenda of violence and terrorism against India,” he said.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/hafiz-saeed-holding-rallies-in-areas-along-loc-border/

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