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Jamaat-e-Islami and Muslim Brotherhood Divert Kashmiris from Sufi Path to Radical Approach towards Life

New Age Islam News Bureau

27 October 2021

 

The concept of society and life as also the manner of running the government as pursued by the JeI runs contrary to the Sufi values associated with the people of Kashmir. Representational pic

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• Neither Jirga nor Court Can Alter Divine Islamic Inheritance Law: Pakistan Supreme Court Judge

• Global Powers and Aid Groups Criticised Over Men-Only Foreign Delegations to Meet Taliban

• Timeline for Potential Attacks by Islamic State, Al-Qaida against the United States and the West Getting Shorter

• Egypt’s Azhar Issues Fatwa Allowing Pigs' Kidneys to Be Transplanted to Humans

 

India

• Sanyukt Hindu Sangarsh Samiti, A Consortium of Right-Wing Organisations Submit Memo to Gurugram Admin, Threaten To Disrupt Friday Prayers

• Tripura Mosque Vandalised, Shops Torched During VHP Rally in Protest against Bangladesh Violence

• Gujarat: Hindu mob protests opening of Muslim owned restaurant

• Jamaat-e-Islami Terror Funding Case: NIA Raids Multiple Locations in J&K

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Pakistan

• PM Imran Khan Notifies Appointment of Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed Anjum as ISI Chief; Pakistan Army Has Its Way

• ‘Always Been There’: Imran Khan Thanks Saudi Arabia on Receiving $3 Billion Aid

• PM Imran, Xi seek world help to rebuild Afghanistan

• Pakistan, Iran seek urgent steps to avert Afghan crisis

• Three ‘TTP terrorists’ arrested in Islamabad

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South Asia

• Taliban welcomes Ayatollah Khamenei’s remarks on Shia-Sunni unity

• Taliban approves plan to regulate academic ranks of religious scholars

• Taliban should establish all-inclusive government: Iran

• Taliban’s ministerial gathering, economic issues discussed

• Afghanistan, China to create committees for strengthening bilateral relations

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North America

• Teacher Suspended For Telling Muslim Student ‘We Don’t Negotiate With Terrorists’

• US lawmakers urge Biden against F-16 sale to Turkey: Ankara behaves like an adversary

• US leaves door open to conditional talks with Sudan's military

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Arab World

• Albanian Muslim leader commends Saudi efforts to serve Islam

• Lebanon PM: Information minister’s comments on Saudi Arabia, UAE rejected

• Iraq security officials: Eleven killed in ISIS attack northeast of Baghdad

• Lebanon top politicians agree solution to political tensions, cleric says

• Saudi air defences destroy Houthi drones targeting Abha airport, Najran

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Southeast Asia

• Appeals Court Says High Court Judge Correct In Quashing Muslim Convert Mother’s Unilateral Conversion Of Children To Islam

• Malaysian Muslims mark resumption of international travel with Umrah pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia

• Indonesia Controls 23% of Global Sharia Bonds Issuance: Finance Minister

• Resolve conflict between civil, Islamic law on property, govt told

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Europe

• France to Close 7 More Mosques Associations Suspected Of Promoting “Radical Islamism” By End Of 2021

• France seeks clarification for Israel’s 'terrorist' tag on Palestine NGOs

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Mideast

• Scores of Extremist Jewish Settlers Defile Aqsa Mosque under Police Guard

• Hamas calls for confronting Israel over Muslim cemetery demolition

• Iran Raps UN Human Rights Rapporteur for Using Info Provided by Terrorists

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Africa

• Haftar, Gaddafi Hire Israeli Firm For Libya Elections: Report

• Sudan’s Burhan says army ousted government to avoid civil war

• White House in contact with Gulf countries about Sudan coup: Sullivan

• Former Tunisian agriculture minister, ex-officials held over suspicion of corruption

• US secretary of state speaks with Sudan’s ousted premier

• Bus blast in Uganda carried out by suicide bomber: Police

• Sudanese Take to Streets In Defiance Of Military Coup

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

URL: https://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/jamaat-islami-brotherhood-kashmir-radical-sufi/d/125657

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Jamaat-e-Islami and Muslim Brotherhood Divert Kashmiris from Sufi Path to Radical Approach towards Life

OCTOBER 27, 2021

 

The concept of society and life as also the manner of running the government as pursued by the JeI runs contrary to the Sufi values associated with the people of Kashmir. Representational pic

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The influence of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) in Jammu and Kashmir has been a dominating factor in facilitating the terror narrative in the region. The concept of society and life as also the manner of running the government as pursued by the JeI runs contrary to the Sufi values associated with the people of Kashmir.

The inherent message of the JeI has been to ensure norms in society and politics on the lines of the Sharia.

In this respect, the Islamic organisation follows the practices of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and takes direct inspiration from it.

JeI experts regularly engage prominent members of the Turkey-based MB, seeking their advice and guidance on various issues including the role of day-to-day activities of the people and government.

Most significantly, the aim of these organisations is to shift the mindset of the people of Kashmir towards a hard, radical approach to life, intelligence sources told CNN-News18.

For instance, the Muslim Brotherhood has been propagating through the JeI the need to totally reject the practice of shrine worship. This runs contrary to the Sufi practice, which is more open and relies on mystical shrine-based worship.

The JeI has, thus, been systematically introducing concepts and principles of the MB within Kashmiri society.

The Jamaat-e-Islami also operates in coordination with the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), which is its operational wing, and provides infrastructure and support to the HM’s activities.

Interestingly, as the JeI builds its wealth of Islamic knowledge based on support from the MB, it also tends to use this knowledge base to effectively penetrate the educated sections of society, including middle-level members of the bureaucracy in Kashmir.

Books from the MB translated in Kashmiri, shown under JeI publication, have been distributed in the Valley on a regular basis to a certain targeted population group.

In the past, it has been found that the MB has systematically carried narratives favouring an independent Kashmir on the lines of the briefing given to it by the JeI operatives in Kashmir.

The Sunni Islamist organisation Muslim Brotherhood’s serious interest in India, especially in Kashmir and activities related to Muslims in India, has been evident in the past.

The MB had recently launched the “Boycott Indian products” campaign, which was created based on fake news and artificially created graphics portraying the persecution of Muslims in India.

It has used this ploy with regard to Kashmir as well in the past. While calling for a boycott of Indian products, it ran a series of Twitter handles pointedly accusing India of indulging in the persecution of Indian minorities.

The MB has been sharing its narrative on Kashmir with numerous other like-minded organisations, such as those in the United States: the Islamic Society of North America, Muslim Students Association, Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), etc.

Source: News18

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Neither Jirga nor Court Can Alter Divine Islamic Inheritance Law: Pakistan Supreme Court Judge

OCTOBER 27, 2021

 

Pakistan Supreme Court Judge Justice Qazi Faez Isa

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Supreme Court Judge Justice Qazi Faez Isa Tuesday while hearing a case pertaining to a property dispute in Swat said the decision of ‘Jirga’ in the said case was not greater than the divine religion.

He along with Justice Yahya Afridi heard the case, filed against a decision of the Peshawar High Court (PHC) pertaining to distribution of the property among the legal heirs of the deceased Habibullah.

The heirs hailing from Swat had approached the apex court for equal distribution of their property after a Jirga’s decision to distribute property among them.

During the course of proceedings, Justice Isa said the Islamic law of inheritance regarding the distribution of property among heirs could not be altered by the judiciary or ‘Jirgas’. He said the matter of inheritance was settled 1,400 years ago. The law of inheritance given by the Islam was final and no one, including courts, could change it, he added. He observed that a seven-year-old kid was made witness to the Jirga’s decision and his thumbprint was stamped on the property distribution documents. He said a seven-year-old child could not be hanged in a murder case and such documents made a mockery of the law. The counsel for the petitioner pleaded the court to consider the ground realities of the area while hearing the case.

Upon this Justice Isa responded that the counsel was treating women as the lesser human beings.

Source: Daily Times

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Global Powers and Aid Groups Criticised Over Men-Only Foreign Delegations to Meet Taliban

Oct 27, 2021

 

(Photo courtesy: News Logic)

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ISLAMABAD: Global powers and aid groups that have loudly demanded an inclusive Afghanistan under the Taliban are now facing criticism for sending all-male delegations to Kabul to meet the hardline Islamists.

Since seizing power in August, the Taliban have excluded women from their new caretaker government and put restrictions on work and education, drawing condemnation from the outside world.

But female representation has been little better among some governments and aid groups in their meetings in the capital with Afghanistan's new rulers, who are seeking international recognition.

"Senior women in your teams should be leading your interactions with the Taliban... Don't exclude women," said Shaharzad Akbar, the exiled head of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.

In a tweet addressing "governments and aid agencies", she called on them to "NOT NORMALISE Taliban's erasure of women".

Heather Barr from Human Rights Watch created a list, under the hashtag "sausageparty", of pictures posted by the Taliban of their meetings with delegations in Kabul.

"Foreign countries and especially aid organisations should be leading by example," Barr told AFP.

"No one should let the Taliban think that this kind of men-only world that they are creating... is normal."

The Taliban have posted dozens of photos on social media of closed-door meetings with groups of foreign representatives, showing not a single woman.

Among the many meetings highlighted was one earlier this month between British envoy Simon Gass and the Taliban's interim deputy prime ministers Abdul Ghani Baradar and Abdul Salam Hanafi, seated on a sofa in a lavish room.

An official told AFP it was a coincidence that the special envoy and head of mission were both men.

Pakistan, which has advised the Taliban on how to win international backing, also posted pictures and video of an all-male group accompanying the foreign minister and intelligence chief to Kabul.

Fawzia Koofi, one of the negotiators in failed peace talks between the then Afghan government and the Taliban last year in Doha, voiced her anger.

"As world leaders, when they talk about women's rights, they also need to act. They need to show that they believe in it, that it is not just a political statement," she told AFP.

Even more concerning, Barr said, were the numerous pictures of meetings between the Taliban and humanitarian organisations that seemed to follow the same pattern.

When contacted by AFP, the organisations on her list highlighted their dedication to women's rights and said they strived to include women in meetings with the Taliban.

But several acknowledged holding at least one meeting with the hardline Islamists that included no women.

The International Committee of the Red Cross, the UN children's agency, and Doctors Without Borders explained that on the photographed occasion, they had only sent small delegations of top leaders, who happened to be men.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies meanwhile said a last-minute scheduling change had meant a woman staff member due to take part had been unable to attend, turning one meeting into an all-male event.

The lack of women in such high-level positions shows that while Afghanistan might be an extreme example, it is not the only place where women are being denied an equal seat at the table.

"Raising those concerns about women's rights in a room full of all men just seems very strange," Barr added.

The United Nations has since announced its first-ever all-woman mission to Afghanistan, to discuss girls' education with the Taliban.

While never including women in their teams, the group's leaders have met with a number of women, including during the Doha negotiations with the then Afghan government.

Koofi, who has survived two assassination attempts, had first hesitated to join the talks with the militants, who jailed her husband and threatened to stone her for wearing nail polish during their 1990s rule.

But sitting face to face with them had made her feel "powerful".

"For me, it was important that I make myself visible and my message clear to them," she told AFP in 2019.

Now those with the power to ensure women have a seat at the table are often failing to do so, she said.

"Everyone is playing politics."

Source: Times of India

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Timeline for Potential Attacks by Islamic State, Al-Qaida against the United States and the West Getting Shorter

 

People view the damage inside of a mosque following a bombing in the provincial capital of Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, Oct. 8, 2021.

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WASHINGTON — October 26, 2021

Both the Islamic State terror group's Afghan affiliate and al-Qaida could be ready to launch strikes against the United States and the West sooner than previously thought following the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The Pentagon's third-highest ranking official told lawmakers Tuesday that the latest intelligence suggests Islamic State Khorasan, also known as ISIS-K, is on a faster track to regenerate its external strike operations, though al-Qaida's terror operatives are not far behind.

"Both al-Qaida and ISIS-K have the intent to conduct external operations," Defense Department Undersecretary for Policy Colin Kahl said, testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

"We could see ISIS-K generate that capability in somewhere between six and 12 months," Kahl said. "Al-Qaida would take a year or two to reconstitute that capability."

Fears that the terror groups could gain strength in Afghanistan following the departure of U.S. and coalition troops are not new. U.S. and Western officials have warned for months that both groups were poised to take advantage of the absence of U.S. boots on the ground.

Officials and analysts cautioned that IS Khorasan in particular had already bolstered its clandestine networks in Afghanistan and surrounding countries in the months leading up to the U.S. pullout.

Attacks sooner rather than later

But the intelligence shared with lawmakers Tuesday suggests both IS Khorasan and al-Qaida may have made additional gains in recent months, allowing them to speed up the time frame, which top Pentagon and intelligence officials previously put at six months to three years.

"I don't think they are nearly as well-resourced as ISIS in Iraq and Syria were back in the heyday," Kahl told lawmakers of the threat from IS Khorasan, though he warned the affiliate's links to the terror group's global network is troubling.

"They do have a cadre of a few thousand folks, some of which would love to conduct external attacks," he said. "I think we have to be vigilant that a subset of ISIS-K could develop the resources and the capability to strike outward to the U.S. homeland."

Kahl's warning echoes the concerns of other top U.S. officials, who likewise have cautioned IS Khorasan has been steadily building momentum.

During a congressional hearing last month, Washington's top counterterrorism official, Christine Abizaid, told lawmakers that the group seemed to be taking advantage of the notoriety it got for carrying out the deadly attack on Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul in the waning days of the U.S. withdrawal.

"Will it become more focused on the West? Will it become more focused on the homeland than it was?" Abizaid asked at the time.

U.S. officials have also said IS Khorasan has benefited from the way Taliban forces took over Afghanistan, emptying prisons and releasing thousands of IS supporters and fighters.

"What we see is ISIS newly rejuvenated," General Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie, the commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East and South Asia, told lawmakers last month about the Taliban's indiscriminate opening of Afghanistan's Parwan prison in August.

Other U.S. officials now estimate the IS group has at least 2,000 "hardcore" fighters in cells across Afghanistan, though some foreign intelligence services think the number may be higher.

Growth of groups a concern

And there are concerns IS Khorasan's numbers, as well as those for al-Qaida, could soon start to swell, with intelligence reports suggesting supporters of both groups have started to head to Afghanistan.

Getting a sense of how much both terror groups could grow, though, will be difficult.

Kahl said the U.S. is conducting daily surveillance flights over Afghanistan while also using technical capabilities to obtain information on each group's plans.

But U.S. military and intelligence officials have consistently warned that getting vital intelligence on the threat is more difficult without a U.S. presence on the ground.

There are also questions about what role the Taliban will play, if any, in limiting the threat of terror plots emanating from Afghan soil against the U.S. and other Western countries.

"We have seen signs … that the Taliban is wary about Afghanistan being a springboard for al-Qaida external attacks, not because the Taliban are good guys but because they fear international retribution if that were to occur," Kahl said.

U.S. officials have likewise said there is an expectation the Taliban will crack down on IS Khorasan, which already has launched attacks against Taliban targets across Afghanistan.

Still, there is concern that it won't be enough.

"The Taliban certainly have a vested interest in quashing any Islamic State elements," Katherine Zimmerman, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, told VOA.

"[But] the gap between the will of the Taliban to eliminate the Islamic State and the Taliban's capabilities to do so seems to be large enough that the Islamic State threat will persist from Afghanistan," she said.

There are also lingering questions about the ability of U.S. forces to successfully limit terrorism threat from "over the horizon."

Despite ongoing discussions, the U.S. has so far failed to acquire any basing options that would allow it to establish drones and other assets in the region, instead relying on flights from its bases in the Persian Gulf, some eight hours away.

"We've not secured firm basing arrangements," Kahl told lawmakers, noting ongoing talks with Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

"They [Pakistani officials] continue to give us access to Pakistani airspace, and we're in conversations about keeping that airspace open," he added. "They don't want Afghanistan to be a safe haven for terrorist attacks, not just against Pakistan but against others."

Biden critics' worries

A number of U.S. lawmakers have been highly critical of U.S. President Joe Biden's decision to move ahead with the Afghanistan withdrawal, charging it has laid the groundwork for a terrorist revival in Afghanistan.

"The consequences of the president's disastrous decisions are impossible to ignore," Senator Jim Inhofe, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Tuesday.

"The danger is likely to grow across the world in our own backyard," he said, adding that "instead of putting together a real counterterrorism plan for the future, all we get is buzzwords."

Lieutenant General James Mingus, the Joint Chiefs director for operations, on Tuesday tried to allay those concerns.

"We are actively setting the conditions to ensure we remain situationally aware and are postured to mitigate and neutralize developing terrorist threats," Mingus told lawmakers.

He also said intelligence estimates that IS Khorasan or al-Qaida could launch terror attacks in six months to a year were, "based on no U.S. or coalition intervention."

"Our efforts in the months ahead, and as we continue to improve our over-the-horizon architecture, is to ensure that that external capability never comes to fruition," Mingus said.

Kahl on Tuesday, also pushed back, while admitting the U.S. needs to "remain vigilant."

"The intelligence community assesses that the overall risk to the homeland across the world is at its lowest point since 9/11," he told lawmakers, arguing other hotspots are just as dangerous, if not more so.

"We're focused on the counterterrorism front on Somalia, the growth of violent extremism in places like the Sahel," Kahl said. "We continue to have to vigilant in Iraq and in Syria and in Yemen."

Source: VOA News

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Egypt’s Azhar Issues Fatwa Allowing Pigs' Kidneys To Be Transplanted To Humans

26 October 2021

 


Cairo – Egypt's top religious institution, Al-Azhar, ended an ongoing debate this week by issuing a fatwa (or religious ruling) permitting pig's kidneys to be transplanted into a human body, but only under certain conditions.

The debate began after a group of American surgeons in New York successfully managed to transplant a pig’s kidney to a human patient earlier this month, tapping a renewable source of organs which are in short supply.

In Islam, a pig is considered an unclean animal and the Quran prohibits Muslims from consuming its meat.

Al-Azhar, which was founded as an Islamic university more than a thousand years ago, is considered Egypt's highest religious authority and Muslims around the world look to it for guidance.

“[Islam] forbids being medicated by whatever is harmful, filthy [or] prohibited,” Al-Azhar said in the fatwa.

However, the fatwa added that if the use of the organ is to save a life, it could be permissible, only “if necessary.”

The Quran places great emphasis on the saving of human life, saying in one verse, "And whoever saves a life it is as though he had saved the lives of all mankind".

Exceptions can usually be made to religious rules in order to save lives or for other necessities.

Source: The New Arab

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India

 

Sanyukt Hindu Sangarsh Samiti, A Consortium of Right-Wing Organisations Submit Memo to Gurugram Admin, Threaten To Disrupt Friday Prayers

By Leena Dhankhar

Oct 27, 2021

Members of Sanyukt Hindu Sangarsh Samiti, a consortium of 22 local units of rightwing organisations, gave a memorandum to Gurugram’s deputy commissioner Yash Garg on Tuesday, seeking that the offering of Namaz in open areas is stopped. The members said they plan to disrupt prayers on Friday yet again if the issue is not resolved by then.

Kulbhushan Bhardwaj, a Samiti member who has been a part of the protests, said, “This time, if we find anyone offering prayers in the open and not in mosques then we will be forced to disrupt the law and order situation and things can take an ugly turn,” he said.

Bhardwaj said they had a problem with outsiders gathering in residential areas to offer prayers in the open. Members of the Muslim community, meanwhile, said there weren’t enough mosques in the city, leading to them having to gather in the open at certain sites to pray on Fridays.

Garg said he had received the memorandum and the administration was trying to resolve the issue at the earliest. He said the administration was on high alert. “We are coordinating with the police to ensure that Friday is peaceful. We have deployed duty magistrates at all locations where a protest can take place and we shall ensure that communal harmony is maintained,” he said.

Senior officials said that protesters were likely to gather at multiple sites and police deployment would be planned after discussions with the commissioner of police on Wednesday.

KK Rao, the commissioner of police, said that heavy police deployment is planned for Friday. “The prayers will be held under police protection and we will ensure law and order situation is under control. Police have been instructed accordingly and an assistant commissioner of police will be deployed to take action at each spot if required. No one will be allowed to raise religious slogans at prayer sites,” he said.

Protests against namaz in open areas started in September in Sector 47. On October 8, the sector residents and members of some Hindu groups protested for the fourth consecutive week by raising slogans and singing bhajans even as members of the Muslim community offered prayers amid heavy police presence. Though police shifted the site of the Friday prayers around 100 metres from the originally designated spot to avoid confrontation, local residents demanded they wanted prayers to be stopped completely in their area.

After a joint meeting of both communities with the deputy commissioner that week, it was decided that residents of Sector 47 would not protest until Diwali (which will be celebrated this year on November 4); however, protesters gathered at Sector 12A last Friday.

Members of the Muslim community said that they were being harassed by the protesters. “Police and the administration should take action against those who are conducting these protests at the sites. Designated land should be given to us so we can set up mosques so that members of our community do not have to offer prayers in open,” said Altaf Ahmad, founder member, Gurgaon Nagrik Ekta Manch.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Tripura Mosque Vandalised, Shops Torched During VHP Rally in Protest against Bangladesh Violence

October 26, 2021

A mosque was vandalised and two shops were set ablaze at Chamtilla area in North Tripura district on Tuesday evening during a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) rally taken out to protest against recent violence against Hindus in neighbouring Bangladesh, district Superintendent of police Bhanupada Chakraborty said. Three houses and a few shops, reportedly owned by members of the minority community, were also ransacked in nearby Rowa Bazar, Chakraborty said.

Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists took out a rally to protest against the recent violence in Bangladesh. A group of people threw stones and damaged a door of a mosque in Chamtilla area during the rally. Security forces rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control, the SP said. A complaint was lodged in this connection, another police officer said.

The opposition CPI(M) condemned the incident. A group of miscreants were active to disrupt communal harmony in the state, the Left party said and appealed to all sections of the people to maintain peace.

Source: News18

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Gujarat: Hindu mob protests opening of Muslim owned restaurant

26th October 2021

Hyderabad: A Hindu extremist mob opposing the opening of a restaurant owned by a Muslim and a video of the same has been doing rounds on the internet. In the video, posted by MuslimMirror.com on Twitter, the mob can be seen shouting the slogan “If you want to stay in India, you will have to say Hail Lord Ram.”(Hindustan mei rehna hoga, Jai Shri Ram kehna hoga)

In a video reportedly from Anand, Gujarat, the crowd can be heard saying “Vande Mataram. Desh ke ghaddaron ko, joote maaro saalo ko” (Long live India. Beat the traitors with shoes) as the women in the protest spill what seems to be water on the road.
Source: Siasat Daily

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Jamaat-e-Islami terror funding case: NIA raids multiple locations in J&K

Oct 27, 2021

NEW DELHI: In its ongoing investigation against the outlawed Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) group in a terror funding case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday carried out searches at the residential premises against its cadres in Jammu and Kashmir.

The NIA sleuths, along with Jammu and Kashmir Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), started conducting the search operation at 6am. The fresh set of searches is conducted on the premises of JeI cadres and their supporters across Jammu and Kashmir.

These raids are in continuation to the anti-terror agency's 61 raids conducted by its sleuths on August 8 and 9 in Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Anantnag, Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam, Ramban, Doda, Kishtwar and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

According to sources, the searches were carried out after an investigator found 'some more leads' in connection with the case during the questioning of over a dozen JeI suspects linked to the banned organisation in September.

The NIA examined over a dozen JeI suspects for over a week at the agency headquarters in New Delhi last month.

Those JeI suspects examined by the NIA sleuths belonged to Ganderbal, Srinagar, Kupwara, Bandipora, Rajouri and Doda districts, the sources said.

"We are looking for some more people linked to the JeI case and they will be summoned very soon as the examination is an ongoing process," said the officials.

The NIA is now engaged in "building up" the case as the suspects being questioned are among those JeI cadres whose residential premises were raided by the NIA sleuths during its August 8 and 9 raids at the 61 locations in 14 districts in Jammu and Kashmir in the terror funding case.

The NIA along with Jammu and Kashmir Police and CRPF had conducted searches at 56 locations on August 8 at 14 districts of Jammu and Kashmir. The NIA sleuths further conducted searches at five more locations on August 9.

The searches included the premises of office bearers of the JeI, its members and also offices of trusts purportedly run by the proscribed organisation. Various incriminating documents and electronic devices were seized from the premises of the suspects.

JeI is an unlawful association under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) banned the organisation on February 28, 2019.

Source: Times of India

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Pakistan

 

PM Imran Khan Notifies Appointment of Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed Anjum as ISI Chief; Pakistan Army Has Its Way

Omer Farooq Khan

Oct 27, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan PM Imran Khan notified on Tuesday the appointment of Lt General Nadeem Ahmed Anjum as the new chief of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), paving the way for the implementation of the early decision taken by the country's army chief regarding the nomination of the new spymaster. He will replace Lt General Faiz Hameed from next month. The appointment comes after nearly three weeks of an alleged standoff between the military and the government over the appointment of Pakistan's new ISI director-general. On October 6, the army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, had reshuffled the top military hierarchy, transferring ISI's outgoing chief, Lt Gen Faiz Hameed, to Peshawar as corps commander and appointing the Karachi corps commander, Lt Gen Nadeem Anjum, as the ISI chief. Khan's reluctance to notify Anjum's appointment had strained the relationship between Pakistan's civilian and military leaderships and prompted the ministry of defence to send a fresh summary to the PM regarding the appointment of the spymaster.

"The PM has seen and approved the appointment of Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed Anjum as director-general, Inter-Services Intelligence, with effect from November 20, 2021, from the panel of officers at para 6 of the summary," a notification issued by the PM's office said. According to the notification, the incumbent ISI chief will continue to hold charge as ISI D-G till November 19, 2021.

Source: Times of India

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‘Always been there’: Imran Khan thanks Saudi Arabia on receiving $3 billion aid

Oct 27, 2021

After Saudi Arabia sent $3 billion in financial aid to cash-strapped Pakistan for tiding over the ongoing economic crisis, Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan on Wednesday thanked Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman for extending the helpful gesture in these “difficult times”.

Noting that Saudi Arabia “has always been there” for Pakistan during its difficult phase, Khan expressed his gratitude and noted that at a time when the world confronts rising commodity prices, Saudi generosity did not fail its fellow Muslim ally as the country deposited $3 billion in Pakistan's central bank and financed refined petroleum products with $1.2 billion.

Taking to his official handle on Twitter, Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan wrote, “I want to thank HRH Prince Mohammad bin Salman for supporting Pak with $3 bn as deposit in Pak's central bank & financing refined petroleum product with $1.2 bn. KSA has always been there for Pak in our difficult times incl now when the world confronts rising commodity prices.”

I want to thank HRH Prince Mohammad bin Salman for supporting Pak with $3 bn as deposit in Pak's central bank & financing refined petroleum product with $1.2 bn. KSA has always been there for Pak in our difficult times incl now when world confronts rising commodity prices.

— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) October 27, 2021

Imran Khan had on Monday met Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on the sidelines of the Middle East Green Initiative (MGI) summit in Riyadh, which he was invited to attend at the royalty's invitation. Later on Tuesday, the Saudi prince announced that it was depositing $3 billion in Pakistan's central bank to help the cash-strapped country with the foreign reserves. According to Geo News, the announcement was made by the Saudi Fund for Development, which said that not only was it depositing $3 billion in the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) but also had issued an official directive to supply $1.2 billion to finance Pakistan's oil products trade during the year. The news was later confirmed by Pakistan's information and energy minister Hammad Azhar.

“This will help ease pressures on our trade and forex accounts as a result of global commodities price surge,” Azhar said as he shared the news.

It was reported by the Hindustan Times earlier this month that Pakistan is facing a deep economic crisis, its biggest one in history. According to The News International, one of the largest English language newspapers in Pakistan, the Imran Khan-led regime ideally requires gross external financing of $51.6 billion within a two-year period (2021-2023) in order to fulfill its needs.

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PM Imran, Xi seek world help to rebuild Afghanistan

Syed Irfan Raza

October 27, 2021

ISLAMABAD: In a joint appeal, Pakistan and China on Tuesday urged the international community to help the Afghan people as well as the new Kabul administration to rebuild the war-torn country.

The world attention was drawn by the two countries towards the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan after Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping on telephone to wish him on the centenary of the Communist Party of China.

The two leaders also felicitated each other on the important milestone of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between their two countries, reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral strategic cooperative partnership and discussed the regional and international situation.

Prime Minister Khan also telephoned President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and congratulated him on winning the presidential elections for the second term.

During their conversation, President Xi and PM Khan called on the international community to extend immediate humanitarian and economic assistance to the people of Afghanistan in order to alleviate their suffering, prevent instability and flight of people. They also asked the world to continue engagement with Kabul to rebuild Afghanistan.

The prime minister appreciated China’s successful containment of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as its relief and assistance measures for the developing countries, including vaccine cooperation with Pakistan.

Taking stock of the negative impact of coronavirus on global economy, the two leaders agreed on further strengthening bilateral economic and commercial ties, including full realisation of the potential offered by Phase-II of the China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement, to overcome economic headwinds.

Mr Khan lauded the successful, timely and high-quality implementation of the CPEC projects and welcomed Chinese investments in the CPEC special economic zones.

He said early start of work on the ML-1 railway project would complement Pakistan’s geo-economic vision for national and regional development. He also appreciated China’s leading role in combating climate change and briefed President Xi on Pakistan’s wide ranging measures for climate change mitigation and adaptation, including the ‘Ten Billion Tree Tsunami’ initiative.

Both leaders agreed to strengthen Pakistan-China cooperation in relevant areas and promote CPEC’s green development as a high quality demonstration of the Belt and Road Initiative.

The prime minister highlighted the need to continue with the momentum of high-level exchanges to further diversify ‘All Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership’ between the two countries.

He also renewed his invitation to President Xi to visit Pakistan at his earliest convenience.

Pakistan and China are longtime allies and have sent humanitarian aid to Kabul over the past two months.

According to media reports, the Taliban government does not have access to the Afghanistan Central Bank’s $9 billion in reserves, most of which are held by the New York Federal Reserve.

Uzbek president felicitated

PM Khan called Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and congratulated him on winning the presidential elections for the second term.

He said this impressive victory once again reflected the trust and confidence of the people of Uzbekistan in President Mirziyoyev’s leadership.

The prime minister underlined the importance of enhanced trade and economic linkages and reiterated Islamabad’s support to the Trans-Afghan railway project to advance the agenda of regional connectivity.

The two leaders agreed to continue high-level interaction to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in all areas, including economic, trade, investment, energy, security and education sectors.

In the regional context, Prime Minister Khan underscored the importance of a peaceful and stable Afghanistan and timely completion of regional infrastructure projects.

He reiterated his invitation to the Uzbek president to visit Pakistan.

PM telephones Prince Charles

Prime Minister Khan also held a telephonic conversation with HRH Prince Charles on Tuesday.

They exchanged views on the forthcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP-26), scheduled to be held from Oct 31 to Nov 12 in Glasgow, the United Kingdom.

The prime minister appreciated the leading role being played by the UK as the president of COP-26 and expressed the hope that the conference would help translate political commitments into tangible actions and put in place ambitious, practical and effective climate action. He said every nation must play its due role in combating climate change in accordance with the principles of equity and ‘common but differentiated responsibilities’.

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Pakistan, Iran seek urgent steps to avert Afghan crisis

October 27, 2021

TEHRAN: Foreign ministers of Pakistan and Iran on Tuesday called for an active response from the world to the situation in Afghanistan following the exit of foreign troops and urged the international community to avert the humanitarian crisis by providing immediate financial assistance to the war-torn country.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amirabdollahian expressed unanimity of views on extending humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan at a joint press conference.

Mr Qureshi urged the United Nations, the European Union and aid agencies to pace up their humanitarian assistance for the people of Afghanistan.

He said the Afghans deserved peace as their generations had suffered conflicts for the past four decades. “We as a neighbour will continue to stand by Afghanistan in difficult times,” the foreign minister said.

In a joint call, foreign ministers demand active response from the world to provide humanitarian assistance to war-torn country

About his meeting with FM Amirabdollahian, Mr Qureshi said the discussions focused on bilateral relations and regional matters. Both sides expressed satisfaction over the recent collaboration in trade and defence, he said. He added that Pakistan would “keep moving ahead because we understand the importance of our relationship [with Iran]”.

The Iranian foreign minister told the presser that his country would continue its contacts with all parties in Afghanistan, explaining that Iran’s security consultations with the interim government of Afghanistan were under way.

IRNA, the official news agency of Iran, quoted Mr Amirabdollahian as saying: “We are closely monitoring the developments in Afghanistan and believe that formation of an inclusive government with the participation of all the ethnicities in Afghanistan is the most significant political solution before us.”

He also told the media that Iran would make use of the capacity of all its border crossings with Afgha­nistan to send and facilitate humanitarian supplies into the country.

He was of the opinion that accelerating the dispatch of humanitarian aids from other countries into Afghanistan during the cold snap would lower the peak of refugees flowing into the neighbouring countries.

Earlier, the two foreign ministers held extensive discussions on matters of mutual interest over a working luncheon at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran, the Foreign Office said.

Referring to Pakistan’s initiative to evolve the regional approach to Afghanistan, FM Qureshi recalled his visits to Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Iran led to the first meeting of the neighbours of Afghanistan, which was held virtually on September 8.

Acknowledging the importance of close coordination between Pakistan and Iran, the foreign minister said joint efforts would achieve the shared objective of a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.

Sharing his perspective on Afghanistan after his last week visit to Kabul, the foreign minister underscored urgent need to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan to prevent an economic collapse.

On the occasion, he reaffirmed Pakistan’s support to Afghan brethren by facilitating trade and movement across borders.

In the bilateral context, the foreign minister reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to enhance relations with Iran in all areas, adding that Islamabad considered Tehran a close and important neighbour.

Source: Dawn

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Three ‘TTP terrorists’ arrested in Islamabad

October 27, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Islamabad police has arrested three persons allegedly associated with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Speaking at a press conference, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Jamil Zafar Malik said the suspects used to write letters to businessmen and owners of educational institutions demanding extortion money.

The terrorists demanded Rs300 million through 10 letters sent to different people, he said, adding that they also wrote to the CTD threatening its officials with dire consequences.

One of the arrested suspects is a former TTP commander from Swat, he said, adding that they were supported by their accomplices in Afghanistan.

The SSP said it was claimed in one of the letters that they had kidnapped son of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani. Following directions of Inspector General of Police (IGP) Qazi Jameelur Rehman, he constituted teams to ensure arrest of the suspects.

The police teams while using scientific methods of investigation and modern technology in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies traced the suspects.

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South Asia

 

Taliban welcomes Ayatollah Khamenei’s remarks on Shia-Sunni unity

October 26, 2021

Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem tweeted that the group welcomed Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's remarks on the unity of Sunnis and Shias.

"The Islamic Emirate welcomes the words of the Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei, who called for more unity of Shias and Sunnis in Afghanistan," Naeem wrote on his Twitter:

Naeem also wrote that the Afghans would stand together against the conspiracies as much as possible and thwart them.

Earlier, in a meeting with the guests of the Islamic unity conference, Ayatollah Khamenei called the reason for repeated emphasis on the issue of unity the division between religions and the serious efforts of the enemies to increase this division. The Leader also told the participants at the unity conference that today the terms Shia and Sunni have entered the American political literature while they are basically opposed to the principle of Islam.

The Leader added: "The recent unfortunate and tearful explosions in the mosques of Afghanistan against the Muslim and worshipers are among the same incidents that were carried out by Daesh, and the Americans had explicitly stated that we created Daesh."

Source: Tehran Times

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Taliban approves plan to regulate academic ranks of religious scholars

Oct 27, 2021

KABUL: The Taliban cabinet ministers held a meeting on Tuesday where a plan to regulate the academic ranks of religious scholars was approved, reported Ariana News.

According to the news channel, acting Prime Minister of Afghanistan Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund approved the plan to evaluate the academic credentials of the religious scholars besides regulating their religious ranks.

Mullah Akhund emphasised on the determination and evaluation of the academic ranks of the scholars, reported Ariana News citing the statement by Taliban.

Source: Times of India

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Taliban should establish all-inclusive government: Iran

27 Oct 2021

Iran’s foreign minister Hosain Amir Abdulahian in his talks with Pakistani foreign minister Mahmood Qureshi said that the Taliban should include all ethnic groups in their cabinet.

Hosain Amir Abdulahian said that they are in contact with all stakeholders in Afghanistan and added that they are following affairs in the country.

The Iranian foreign minister acknowledged that his country will continue providing humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan as it prevents mass displacement and immigration.

The statements come as Iran is hosting a regional gathering on Afghanistan to which the Taliban have not been invited.

Source: Khaama Press

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Taliban’s ministerial gathering, economic issues discussed

27 Oct 2021

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan held a ministerial gathering led by the acting Prime Minister Muhammad Hassan Akhund on Tuesday, October 26, IEA spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement.

The statement released by IEA reads that the gathering was concentrated on economic issues and a high-level delegation was assigned to investigate and solve the problems of the firms who have troubles withdrawing their money.

In the meantime, the economic delegation was directed to assess the completion of the Sha Wa Aros power dam and report to the ministerial gathering.

“The gathering emphasized the continuation of issuing e-IDs and asked for a scheme to be drafted for census of Afghanistan’s population” reads the statement.

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Afghanistan, China to create committees for strengthening bilateral relations

26 Oct 2021

Spokesperson of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Zabiullah Mujahid in a voice clip on Tuesday, October 26 said that Afghanistan and China will create three separate joint committees to facilitate strengthening bilateral relations.

Zabiullah Mujahid said that the committees were mutually agreed upon during Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister Amir Khan Motaqi’s meeting with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi in Doha on Tuesday, October 26.

As per Mujahid, the first meeting will be dealing with political and diplomatic relations and issues, the second committee will be assigned to follow up with bilateral cooperation and making agreements, and the third committee will be addressing economics among them excavation of mines in Afghanistan.

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North America

 

Teacher suspended for telling Muslim student ‘we don’t negotiate with terrorists’

By Emily Crane

October 26, 2021

A New Jersey assistant teacher has been suspended for allegedly telling an Arab American high school student “we don’t negotiate with terrorists” when he asked for more time to complete an assignment.  

Mohammed Zubi, 17, claims the incident happened at Ridgefield Memorial High School last Wednesday when he raised his hand during his math class to ask for additional time.

The senior student, who is Muslim, told CNN the unnamed teaching assistant immediately hit back with the terrorist remark.

“I’m looking around, at a loss for words, completely shocked,” Zubi said, adding the remark was loud enough for the entire class to hear.

Zubi said he turned to the girl sitting behind him to confirm he’d heard the assistant teacher correctly.

The staffer then approached him a few minutes later saying he hadn’t meant it like that, according to Zubi.

“In my head I’m just like, what other way could he have meant that?” Zubi said.

The student, who only returned to school Monday in the wake of the alleged incident, is demanding a public apology.

The Ridgefield School District hasn’t revealed the exact nature of the incident but did confirm the staff member had been suspended pending a full investigation.

Source: New York Post

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US lawmakers urge Biden against F-16 sale to Turkey: Ankara behaves like an adversary

27 October ,2021

US lawmakers, Democratic and Republican, urged President Joe Biden’s administration against selling F-16 fighter jets to Turkey.

Eleven members of the House of Representatives, led by Republican Representative Nicole Malliotakis and Democratic Representative Carolyn Maloney, wrote a letter to Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressing their concern over reports of the F-16 sale to Turkey and said they are confident Congress would block any such purchase.

“Following President [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan’s September announcement that Turkey will purchase an additional tranche of Russian S-400 missile defense systems, we cannot afford to compromise our national security by sending US-manufactured aircraft to a treaty ally which continues to behave like an adversary,” the lawmakers wrote.

“As long as President Erdogan advances his expansionist project in the Eastern Mediterranean, Turkey will continue to threaten our national security and the security of our closest allies in the region—Greece, Israel and Cyprus.”

“We urge you to act in our national interest and for the sake of stability in the Eastern Mediterranean by refusing to reinforce Turkey’s aging arsenal of fighter jets, and we look forward to receiving your response,” they added.

The US removed Turkey from the F-35 joint strike fighter program in 2019 over its concerns because of Ankara’s purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile defense system.

Source: Al Arabiya

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US leaves door open to conditional talks with Sudan's military

Michael Hernandez  

26.10.2021

WASHINGTON

The US left the door open on Tuesday to talks with Sudan's military, but emphasized that any such discussions must be geared towards the restoration of the deposed transitional government.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said he is unaware of any conversations between US officials and the Sudanese military following its ouster of the government on Monday, but said Washington is receptive to dialogue if "we feel that it be would constructive."

"If it would be useful to help achieve the objective that we and our partners have set out – that is, a restoration of the democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people, a restoration of the civilian-led transitional government – if we feel that direct engagement with a military leader would be useful, we wouldn’t shy away from doing that," said Price.

"But at this point we haven’t done that yet," he added.

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and a number of ministers in his civilian government were detained by the military on Monday amid tension in the country.

Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of Sudan's military council, announced a state of emergency on Monday, dissolved the transitional sovereign council and the government, and suspended some provisions of the constitutional document outlining the political transition in Sudan.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Arab World

 

Albanian Muslim leader commends Saudi efforts to serve Islam

October 26, 2021

TIRANA — Chairman of the Muslim Community of Albania Bujar Spahiu held in Tirana on Monday a ceremony to honor Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance, Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Al Al-Sheikh, who is currently heading a delegation for a visit to Albania.

In a speech on the occasion, Spahiu commended the efforts of Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, to serve Muslims and Islam across the world.

Source: Saudi Gazette

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Lebanon PM: Information minister’s comments on Saudi Arabia, UAE rejected

26 October ,2021

Lebanon’s prime minister rejected controversial comments made by his information minister against Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates during an interview that surfaced late Tuesday in which he defended the Iran-backed Houthi militia.

“George Kordahi’s recent comments do not express the government's position on the Yemeni issue. Lebanon is committed to its ties with Arab countries and my government is keen to have the best relations with Saudi Arabia,” PM Najib Mikati said in statements released shortly after the video was circulated.

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Kordahi appeared on an Al Jazeera-affiliated youth show when he was asked the difference between the Lebanese Hezbollah militant group and the Yemeni Houthis.

Kordahi said that the Houthi militia’s actions were in “self-defense” and that they were not the aggressors.

This is second time a Lebanese official has made controversial comments toward Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations.

In May, then-foreign minister Charbel Wehbe stoked tensions with televised remarks that suggested Gulf states had supported the rise of ISIS and blamed them for the war in Syria. Wehbe quickly stepped down from his role.

On Tuesday, Lebanon's interior minister took to Twitter to try to mitigate the seemingly inevitable backlash from Kordahi's comments.

“We are keen on the best ties with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabi and all countries of the [GCC], and we reject attacks against them. We affirm our commitment to its stability and security…,” Bassam Mawlawi tweeted.

Kordahi took to Twitter to defend his comments, which he said were made during the interview on Aug. 5, before he was appointed a minister. “I did not mean, in any way, to offend the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia or the [UAE], for which I have the utmost loyalty and love,” Kordahi said in a series of tweets.

The Lebanese minister also claimed that the sides behind this “campaign” were known and that they were targeting him from the beginning of his tenure as a minister.

But Kordahi doubled down on his comments that the war in Yemen was an “absurd war.”

He added: “I hope my comments and the [uproar] caused by them will be a reason to stop this war, harming Yemen and both Saudi Arabia and the UAE.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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Iraq security officials: Eleven killed in ISIS attack northeast of Baghdad

27 October ,2021

Gunmen from the ISIS extremist group attacked a village northeast of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 11 civilians and wounding six others, Iraqi security officials said.

The officials said the attack occurred in the predominantly Shia village of al-Rashad northeast of Baqouba in Diyala province. The circumstances of the attack were not immediately clear, but two officials who spoke to The Associated Press said ISIS group militants had kidnapped two villagers earlier and then raided the village when their demands for ransom were not met.

Machine guns were used in the attack, they added, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. They said all the dead and wounded were civilians.

Attacks targeting civilians have become rare in Iraq since the ISIS group was largely defeated in the country in 2017, although it remains active through sleeper cells in many areas. Militants from the extremist group still conduct operations, often targeting security forces, power stations and other infrastructure.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Lebanon top politicians agree solution to political tensions, cleric says

26 October ,2021

Lebanon’s top Christian cleric on Tuesday said the country’s three leading politicians agreed to a “solution” to political tensions and government paralysis tied to high-profile judicial investigations.

“There is a constitutional and legal solution to the current crisis,” Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai said during a news conference after a day spent shuttling between the prime minister, the parliament speaker and president.

An official source said the solution involved prosecuting former ministers charged over the August 2020 Beirut port explosion at a special court made up of MPs and judges while allowing blast investigator Tarek Bitar to continue with the cases of lower-level officials.

The special court, formed by a parliamentary vote, has never held an official to account for the blast, which killed more than 200 people and destroyed parts of Beirut.

Bitar has sought to question top officials including former ministers affiliated with the Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri’s Amal movement and the Marada Movement, both allies of Iran-backed Hezbollah, which has responded with a smear campaign accusing Bitar of politicizing the probe.

Rai had earlier said after a meeting with Berri that issues had to be resolved “because Lebanon is dying, the people are dying and the state is disintegrating.”

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati has not convened a Cabinet meeting since Oct. 12, pending a solution to the standoff that has paralyzed government for over two weeks.

The dispute spilt over into the Cabinet when ministers allied to those parties called for Bitar’s removal in a heated discussion during the last session.

Rai also said he was “slightly upset” about the summoning of Lebanese Forces party leader Samir Geagea by army intelligence for a hearing over fatal clashes in Beirut this month.

On Oct. 14, seven people, all followers of Hezbollah and Amal, were shot dead during a Beirut protest the parties organized against Bitar, the worst street violence in more than a decade.

The parties said the seven were killed by supporters of the Christian Lebanese Forces party headed by Samir Geagea, who has backed the blast investigation. Geagea has repeatedly denied the allegations.

Geagea was summoned for a hearing on Wednesday by army intelligence. No other top politician has received such a summons.

On Tuesday, Geagea’s lawyers filed a motion claiming the summons was unlawful, while attorneys representing a number of detainees submitted a motion requesting that Judge Fadi Akiki recuse himself from the case.

President Michel Aoun, a Hezbollah ally who has said Bitar’s probe should continue, on Tuesday urged the government to resume Cabinet meetings in order to reach a funding agreement with the International Monetary Fund, widely seen as the only way for Lebanon to access desperately needed international aid.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Saudi air defences destroy Houthi drones targeting Abha airport, Najran

October 27, 2021

RIYADH: Saudi air defenses destroyed explosive drones by Yemen’s Houthi militia targeting Abha airport and Najran, both located in southern Saudi Arabia.

The militia has continued to target the Kingdom on a near daily basis, often selecting civilian targets in the south of the country.

Houthi attempts to target civilians has been labeled as war crimes by the Kingdom.

The militia has attacked civilian infrastructure in the past including the international airports in Abha and Jazan.

The Arab coalition has been supporting the internationally recognized Yemeni government regain full control of the country after the Houthis seized the capital, Sanaa, in 2014.

In March, Saudi Arabia announced a roadmap called the Riyadh Initiative to halt fighting in Yemen and reopen Sanaa airport, as well as continuing talks to find a solution to the conflict. The proposal was seen as a welcome step internationally, but has been rejected by Houthi leadership.

Source: Arab News

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Southeast Asia

 

Appeals Court says High Court judge correct in quashing Muslim convert mother’s unilateral conversion of children to Islam

27 Oct 2021

BY IDA LIM

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 27 — A three-judge panel at the Court of Appeal today decided that the High Court was correct to rule in favour of a Buddhist father by quashing his two children’s unilateral conversion to Islam by the Buddhist-turned-Muslim mother.

Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah, who chaired the panel, delivered the unanimous decision after hearing the case this morning.

“We have come to our decision. Our decision is unanimous, and we are of the view that the High Court judge as well as we — the appeal court — are bound by the Federal Court’s decision in Indira Gandhi.

“As such, we find no appealable error made by the learned High Court judge, therefore we find no merits in this appeal. Both the appeals are hereby dismissed. The decision of the High Court judge is affirmed.

“And in this case we think the proper order is no order as to costs,” he said in delivering the panel’s brief decision.

The two other judges on the Court of Appeal panel today were Datuk S. Nantha Balan and Datuk Nordin Hassan.

In giving the decision, the Court of Appeal was dismissing an appeal by the Muslim convert mother and an appeal by the Federal Territories Registrar of Muslim Converts.

Both the mother and the Federal Territories Registrar of Muslim Converts were appealing against the Buddhist ex-husband’s successful bid at the High Court in 2018 to quash their two young children’s unilateral conversion to Islam.

High Court judge Datuk Azizah Nawawi had in her October 16, 2018 decision said it was not disputed that the two children were converted without the consent of both parents and with the children’s certificates of conversion to Islam issued without the father’s consent, further noting that the court is then bound by the Federal Court’s January 29, 2018 decision in Ipoh mother M. Indira Gandhi’s case.

In Indira’s case, the Federal Court had quashed her Muslim convert ex-husband’s unilateral conversion of their three children to Islam from Hinduism without her knowledge and consent.

The High Court judge had noted that the Federal Court had in interpreting the Federal Constitution decided in Indira’s case that the consent of both parents — if both are still alive — is required before a certificate of conversion to Islam can be issued to a child who is from a civil marriage, before citing the need to follow the precedent set by the Federal Court.

The High Court had noted that the couple had married in 2006, and that the mother in December 2015 converted to Islam and with the Muslim convert mother then having both children registered as Muslims about five months later when they were aged eight and three.

The High Court had also in the same October 2018 decision granted two orders sought by the non-Muslim father.

The first court order granted by the High Court then was to quash the conversion of religion of the two children and to quash the decision of the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) director-general and the Federal Territories Registrar of Muslim Converts to issue the “Kad Akuan Agama Islam” or certificates of conversion dated May 11, 2016 to the two children.

The second order granted by the High Court then was to compel both Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) director-general and the Federal Territories Registrar of Muslim Converts to cancel the two children’s registration as Muslim converts in their records or the Muslim converts’ register.

With the Court of Appeal’s decision today, the High Court decision still stands.

Both the mother and the Federal Territories Registrar of Muslim Converts could however still appeal further to the Federal Court, if they wish to do so. When contacted, lawyer Nizam Bashir said he would seek instructions from his client Federal Territories Registrar of Muslim Converts on whether it would appeal.

When contacted, the mother’s lawyer Rohani Ibrahim told Malay Mail that they will pursue an appeal: “Yes, we are going to file an application to obtain Leave to Appeal to Federal Court soon”.

The High Court had on May 21, 2018 ordered for the names and images of the mother who had converted from Buddhism to Islam, and the Buddhist father, as well as their two children to not be published.

The Court of Appeal today reminded reporters of the court order for all four names to not be published.

Background to today’s case

The couple, initially both Buddhists, had married in a civil marriage in 2006 and were living in Selangor with their two children.

The wife converted to Islam on December 29, 2015 while the couple was going through a divorce initiated jointly on December 17, 2015. As part of the initial divorce process, both parents had agreed that the children would not be influenced into embracing any new religion until they became adults and there was a March 2016 interim court order to prevent the children from being converted.

Due to the change in the wife’s religious status, the couple set aside the initial divorce process on May 10, 2016 as the divorce proceedings had to be made under a different legal provision. On the same day, the March 2016 order was also set aside along with the setting aside of the initial divorce process.

On May 11, 2016, the mother was said to have secretly converted the two children — aged eight and three — to Islam in Kuala Lumpur without informing the father and without the father’s consent, which then resulted in the current court case.

Source: Malay Mail

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Malaysian Muslims mark resumption of international travel with Umrah pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia

Amir Yusof

27 Oct 2021

KUALA LUMPUR: Halimah Norhan’s planned trip to the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Madinah has been long overdue.

The 47-year-old booked with a travel agency to perform Umrah, the minor pilgrimage which can be performed all year round, in June 2020.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic halting overseas travel in many countries across the world, she was forced to postpone her trip after having paid a deposit of around RM2,000 (US$481.85).

Earlier this month, Putrajaya announced that Malaysians who are fully vaccinated are allowed to perform Umrah from Oct 18.

The announcement came after Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that Malaysian citizens will be permitted to travel overseas without having to apply for permission from immigration authorities via the MyTravelPass scheme.

This has been music to the ears for Halimah and some Muslims across the country.

“It has been a huge relief and finally, after a long wait, we can now make the journey (to perform Umrah),” said Halimah, who will be travelling with her husband.

“God willing, we will head there in November,” she added. 

The MyTravelPass scheme was introduced to restrict outbound travel for non-essential reasons such as tourism during the pandemic.

Now, with this curb being lifted on the back of Malaysia’s vaccination rate crossing the 90 per cent mark for adults, Malaysian citizens are free to travel overseas for leisure.

Yet, this is also subject to various factors, such as whether foreign countries are willing to accept visitors from Malaysia on a tourist visa.

As the Malaysia government has not established any travel bubble or vaccinated travel lane, those who are keen to travel for leisure are limited to countries that are willing to let visitors in without quarantine, such as Canada, the United Kingdom, France, United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Travel industry players interviewed by CNA said that the highest demand for overseas travel presently seems to be for packages to perform Umrah in Saudi Arabia.

Abu Fadzil, head of operations and customer service at travel agency Asian Trails, told CNA: “Many Malaysians are Muslims, so an important factor that would encourage them most to travel is religion. Generally, that’s one of the key priorities for Malaysians when deciding to travel.”

Tourism expert, Professor Kashif Hussain of Taylor’s University in Malaysia, concurred.

He said that more than 60 per cent of Malaysians are Muslims, and that performing Umrah would be a key priority for them now that leisure travel is permitted.

“People are mentally tired from the endless lockdowns, and are keen to go to Mecca and Madinah for relaxation (and for the sake) of their mental health and spiritual health,” said Kashif, who was based in Saudi Arabia for 25 years.

“They want to thank God that they are alive and well, and countries like Saudi Arabia have garnered confidence that they are able to accommodate visitors safely,” he added.  

Halimah, who will be making her long-awaited trip in mid-November, said that other leisure travel will have to wait for now.

“Amid the pandemic and these tough times, I think it’s actually more important to perform Umrah, to thank God for giving me and my family health, and to pray that mankind overcomes this pandemic soon,” she said.

ENCOURAGING RECEPTION FOR UMRAH PACKAGES

Since the Malaysian government’s announcement that travel for Umrah has been permitted, some Muslims have left for their pilgrimage with the travel agencies.

According to its Facebook page, Emraz Travel and Tours has brought two groups of travellers to Saudi Arabia so far. The first trip comprised 11 travellers, including actor Ashraf Muslim, while another group comprising 25 travellers departed on Monday (Oct 25) morning.

The Association for Travel Agencies for Umrah and Haji Malaysia (PAPUH) has also noted an increase in enquiries and bookings, which is welcome news after months of stagnation in the travel industry.

PAPUH’s vice president (industry) Helmi Daud told CNA that early signs were good, but he acknowledged that travel agencies would only be able to resume the same volume of operations pre-COVID-19 in December.

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Indonesia Controls 23% of Global Sharia Bonds Issuance: Finance Minister

BY :TRIYAN PANGASTUTI

OCTOBER 26, 2021

Jakarta. The Indonesian government claimed on Tuesday it has controlled 23.11 percent of global sharia bonds market by issuing a total of $23.65 billion worth of the Islamic bonds.

Over the past few years, the government has been aggressively issuing the Islamic financial certificate, known also as Sukuk, which was relatively resilient to the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Indonesia has become a major issuer of Sukuk in the international markets. The total value of our Sukuk is $23.65 billion with a 23.11percent share of the global Sukuk issuance,” Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said in seminar in Jakarta.

Since 2018, the government has issued $3.5 billion worth of Sukuk with competitive returns to investors, she said.

The minister added that shariah-compliant financial businesses remain strong during the pandemic as shown by a persistent growth in sharia bank financing with a low level of non-performing loans.

The rapidly growing Muslim population across the globe has become the main driving force behind the increasing demand for sharia-compliant financial products, now emerge as new attraction to global investors, she said.

An increasingly digitized world and rapid development of the halal industry also spur growth in Islamic financial businesses, she added.

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Resolve conflict between civil, Islamic law on property, govt told

Sean Augustin

October 27, 2021

PETALING JAYA: Putrajaya must address the thorny issue of movable property belonging to those who embrace Islam prior to their deaths, a former deputy law minister said.

Movable property refers to tangible assets, such as jewellery, vehicles, money in bank accounts or computers, but does not include land or buildings.

Hanipa Maidin said in some cases involving money from the Employees’ Provident Fund, the contributor did not change the nominees after their conversion.

This, he said, created a conflict between Islamic law and civil law when it came to the execution of the estate of the deceased.

Islamic law bars a non-Muslim from being an administrator of an estate belonging to a Muslim, Hanipa said, adding that when one converts to Islam, their estate becomes a “Muslim estate”.

“The recent amendment seems oblivious to this. This is going to create problems in the future,” he told FMT, referring to amendments made to the Small Estates (Distribution) Act 1955 or Act 98, which was passed last night.

Hanipa had raised the matter when debating the amendments yesterday.

The Sepang MP went on to compare the matter with that of an interfaith custody battle which presented a similar complication, in terms of the set of laws that should be applicable to such a case.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Europe

 

France to Close 7 More Mosques Associations Suspected Of Promoting “Radical Islamism” By End Of 2021

Yusuf Özcan  

27.10.2021

PARIS

France will close seven more mosques and associations by the end of this year suspected of promoting “radical Islamism,” the country’s interior minister announced Tuesday.

Gerald Darmanin welcomed the decision to close a mosque in the city of Allonnes for six months on the grounds that it defends "radical Islam.”

Darmanin said that the bank accounts of the mosque's administrators were also seized, adding that 13 associations have been closed in the country since President Emmanuel Macron took office.

Noting that 92 of the 2,500 mosques in the country were closed as a result of inspections, Darmanin said that since September 2020, the residence permits of 36,000 foreigners have been canceled on the grounds that these individuals threaten public order.

Anti-separatism law

In August, France’s highest constitutional authority approved a controversial “anti-separatism” law that has been criticized for singling out Muslims, striking down just two of its articles.

The bill was passed by the National Assembly in July, despite strong opposition from both rightist and leftist lawmakers.

The government claims that the legislation is intended to strengthen France's secular system, but critics believe that it restricts religious freedom and marginalizes Muslims.

The bill has been criticized for targeting France's Muslim community – the largest in Europe, with 3.35 million members – and imposing restrictions on many aspects of their lives.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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France seeks clarification for Israel’s 'terrorist' tag on Palestine NGOs

26.10.2021

PARIS

The French Foreign Ministry asked Israel on Tuesday to clarify its reasons for designating several Palestinian NGOs "terrorist" organizations.

The ministry expressed concern for designating six groups involved in human rights and developmental work.

“We would like clarifications to be provided by the Israeli authorities,” it said in a statement.

France, which is participating in a major military exercise in Israel alongside the US, UK, Germany, Greece, Italy and India, avoided condemning Israel.

Underlining the essential role of civil society in a democracy, the statement said it is the “responsibility of the states to create and maintain an environment conducive to their work.”

On Oct. 19, Israel classified the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association; Al Haq; Defense for Children International – Palestine; Union of Agricultural Work Committees; Bisan Center for Research and Development and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees as "terrorist" organizations.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Mideast

 

Scores of extremist Jewish settlers defile Aqsa Mosque under police guard

October 27, 2021

Dozens of Jewish settlers on Tuesday desecrated the Aqsa Mosque in Occupied al-Quds (Jerusalem) on Tuesday morning.

According to local sources, at least 80 settlers entered the Mosque through al-Maghariba Gate and toured its courtyards under police escort.

The Aqsa Mosque is exposed to daily desecration by Jewish settlers and police forces in the morning and the afternoon except on Fridays and Saturdays.

In a related context, Sheikh Mohamed Hussein, Grand Mufti of al-Quds and Palestine, has warned of an Israeli plan to change the Islamic landscape of the Old City of Jerusalem.

In a statement, Sheikh Hussein explained that the Israeli occupation authority started recently to make major renovations at a Jewish synagogue, which is located 250 meter to the west of the Aqsa Mosque in ash-Sharaf neighborhood in the Old City, in a serious attempt to hide the Aqsa Mosque landmarks and change the Islamic landscape of the holy city.

Source: ABNA24

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Hamas calls for confronting Israel over Muslim cemetery demolition

October 26, 2021

The Israeli demolition of Al-Yusufiya cemetery in the occupied city of Jerusalem is a "heinous crime," Hamas said yesterday.

"What is happening in Al-Yusufiya cemetery is a heinous crime that is part of a series of crimes against Jerusalem's cemeteries," Hamas spokesman Mohammed Hamadeh said in a statement, describing the move as "blatant proof of the brutality of the occupation which has extended its attacks on Palestinians who are alive and dead."

Hamadeh called on the residents of Jerusalem to "rise up in the face of the occupation's increasing incursion against Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque." "You should all gather at the cemetery to confront the bulldozing, and to deter the occupation from continuing its crime," he stressed.

The occupation authorities yesterday restarted bulldozing works in Al-Yusufiya Cemetery, adjacent to the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem despite protests by Palestinian residents.

Source: Middle East Monitor

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Iran Raps UN Human Rights Rapporteur for Using Info Provided by Terrorists

2021-October-26

Ershadi made the remarks on Monday in response to a new report prepared by Rehman, noting that such reports only aim to use human rights as an instrument against other countries.

She expressed regret that the special rapporteur has used as his source reports given to him by terrorist groups that are still being backed by their sponsors and erroneously introduced as human rights defenders.

Iran’s deputy envoy then condemned as reprehensible the UN special rapporteur's glorification of those terrorists whose hands are covered by the blood of innocent Iranians.

She noted that other weaknesses in the special rapporteur’s report include taking advantage of ambiguous and unofficial sources that are sworn enemies of the Islamic Republic and taking a selective approach to Iran’s human rights achievements.

Iran’s deputy envoy, however, emphasized that despite such reports, Tehran will continue its constructive cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights as well as UN human rights mechanisms.

She said the Islamic Republic believes that dialogue based on mutual respect is the sole tool to guarantee and support human rights at international level, noting that the goal of such reports is to use human rights as an instrument against other countries.

Iran’s deputy envoy said abuse of human rights mechanisms to harass countries that work toward promotion of human rights will endanger international solidarity among countries and damage lofty goals of human rights.

She added that appointment of a special rapporteur for Iran, which was spearheaded by the West, especially Canada, was done on the basis of political motivations and against the interests of the Iranian nation.

Iran has on numerous occasions called on the UN not to use unofficial and unsubstantiated sources to compile its human rights reports, urging the world body to refrain from resorting to selective approaches that would undermine its credibility.

Back in June, Iran’s permanent representative to the United Nations office in Geneva said that a new report by the world body on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic is the product of a political mandate devised by certain Western states to mount pressure on the country.

Also, Iran's Judiciary Chief Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeyee had in September blasted the western countries allegations about violation of human rights by the Islamic Republic, saying that such claims are disgraceful lies.

Mohseni Ejeyee categorically dismissed the human rights accusations leveled against Iran by some western states and described such a move as disgraceful at a time when the West does not show any respect for human rights.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Africa

 

Haftar, Gaddafi hire Israeli firm for Libya elections: Report

26.10.2021

Two Libyan rivals have hired an Israeli firm registered in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to run their election campaigns in the war-torn country, according to Israeli media on Tuesday.

Israel Hayom newspaper said warlord Khalifa Haftar and Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi, contracted via agents "an Israeli consulting firm to advise both candidates."

The newspaper, citing senior Gulf figures, said Haftar's son signed the contract with the consulting firm which run successful campaigns in Israel and the world.

The firm “later got a request from the other candidate, through a female model living in Dubai,” the daily said.

According to the newspaper, the Israeli firm registered a new company in the UAE to run and administer both election campaigns via the "two separate entities."

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Sudan’s Burhan says army ousted government to avoid civil war

27 October ,2021

Sudan's armed forces chief defended the military's seizure of power, saying he had ousted the government to avoid civil war, while protesters took to the streets on Tuesday to demonstrate against the takeover after a day of deadly clashes.

The military takeover on Monday brought a halt to Sudan's transition to democracy, two years after a popular uprising toppled long-ruling autocrat Omar al-Bashir.

On Tuesday evening, the Sudanese Professionals Association group of trade unions said it had “reports of retaliatory attacks by coup forces on protesters' gathering sites” in the capital Khartoum and other cities, “using bullets, and attempts to break through barricades”.

The Facebook page for the office of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, apparently still under the control of Hamdok loyalists, said a number of ministers and civilian politicians were still detained in unknown locations. Witnesses said unidentified people arrested Faiz al-Salik, a former media adviser to Hamdok.

Speaking at his first news conference since announcing the takeover, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said the army had no choice but to sideline politicians who were inciting against the armed forces.

“The dangers we witnessed last week could have led the country into civil war,” he said, an apparent reference to demonstrations against the prospect of a coup.

Hamdok, who was arrested on Monday along with other members of his Cabinet, had not been harmed and had been brought to Burhan's own home, the general said. “The prime minister was in his house. However, we were afraid that he’d be in danger so he has been placed with me in my home.”

Later on Tuesday, a source close to Hamdok said he and his wife were at their home and under tight security. Family sources said they were unable to reach Hamdok or his wife by phone.

Burhan had appeared on TV on Monday to announce the dissolution of the Sovereign Council, a body set up after Bashir's overthrow to share power between the military and civilians and lead Sudan to free elections.

Siddig Alsadig Almahdi of the Umma Party, which had a representative on the Sovereign Council, was arrested at his home, and activist Ismail Al-Tag, a lawyer who was active in the 2019 anti-Bashir protests, was also arrested, Foreign Minister Mariam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi said.

Hamdok remains “the executive authority recognized by the Sudanese people and the world”, the Facebook post said, adding that there was no alternative other than protests, strikes and civil disobedience.

Sudanese ambassadors to 12 countries, including the US, UAE, China, and France, have rejected the military takeover, a diplomatic source said on Tuesday.

Ambassadors to Belgium and the European Union, Geneva and UN agencies, China, South Africa, Qatar, Kuwait, Turkey, Sweden and Canada also signed on to the statement, which said the envoys backed popular resistance to the coup.

US President Joe Biden's administration is looking at a full range of economic tools to respond to the military takeover and has been in close contact with Gulf countries, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said.

Western countries have denounced the coup, called for the detained Cabinet ministers to be freed and said they will cut off vital aid if the military does not restore power-sharing with civilians. The German mission to the United Nations said on Twitter that it was suspending aid until further notice.

The UN Security Council met on Sudan but there was no immediate statement, diplomats said. UN chief Antonio Guterres on Tuesday decried “an epidemic of coup d'états” as Sudan is the latest in a series of military takeovers in Myanmar, Mali and Guinea and attempted coups in several other countries.

Shops shut, protests flare in capital

A health ministry official said seven people had been killed in clashes between protesters and the security forces on Monday.

Khartoum and its twin city Omdurman across the Nile River were partly locked down on Tuesday with shops shut and plumes of smoke rising from where protesters burned tyres. Calls for a general strike were played over mosque loudspeakers. Streets and bridges were blocked by soldiers or protester barricades.

The only people in the streets apart from protesters were security forces heavily deployed around the presidential palace and ministry of defense.

Banks and cash machines were also closed. Mobile phone apps widely used for money transfers could not be used.

“We are paying the price for this crisis,” a man in his 50s looking for medicine at one of the pharmacies where stocks have been running low said angrily. “We can't work, we can't find bread, there are no services, no money.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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White House in contact with Gulf countries about Sudan coup: Sullivan

26 October ,2021

The Biden administration is looking at a full range of economic tools to respond to the military takeover in Sudan and has been in close contact with Gulf countries, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Tuesday.

Sudan’s military dissolved a power-sharing government and deposed a civilian prime minister on Monday. The State Department responded by suspending $700 million in US aid designed to support Sudan’s democratic transition.

Together with the governments of Britain and Norway, the United States condemned the military takeover. The countries, major donors, said they were deeply concerned about the situation and called on security forces to release those who were detained unlawfully.

Sullivan told a White House briefing the actions of the Sudanese military were “utterly unacceptable” and a “significant and alarming setback” for Sudan.

He said Washington had been in close contact with regional leaders, including in the Gulf, “to make sure that we’re closely coordinating and sending a clear message to the military in Sudan that they should ... cease any violence against innocent civilians, that they should release those who have been detained, and they should get back on a democratic path.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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Former Tunisian agriculture minister, ex-officials held over suspicion of corruption

26 October ,2021

A former Tunisian agriculture minister and seven other ex-officials have been detained on suspicion of corruption, judicial authorities said, the latest move against graft that has hampered economic reform efforts.

Since President Kais Saied dismissed parliament and seized near total control of the country in July, in a move critics called a coup, he has vowed to root out systemic corruption.

Last week, lawmaker Mehdi Ben Gharbia was detained over suspected tax fraud and money laundering – the fourth parliamentarian to be taken into custody since Saied’s move.

A statement from the Tunis court said the arrest of the eight former officials was related to suspected graft in the purchase of equipment for the agriculture ministry. The name of the former agriculture minister was not immediately released.

Source: Al Arabiya

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US secretary of state speaks with Sudan’s ousted premier

Servet Günerigök  

27.10.2021

WASHINGTON

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke late Tuesday with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok after he was released from army custody, said the State Department.

In a statement, spokesman Ned Price said Blinken welcomed Hamdok's release and reiterated his call on Sudanese military forces to free all civilian leaders in detention and to ensure their safety.

"He also expressed his deep concern about the ongoing military takeover and repeated the imperative for military forces to use restraint and avoid violence in responding to demonstrators," said Price.

Deposed by the military, Hamdok was taken back to his home in the capital Khartoum’s Kafouri neighborhood, with his residence under heavy military security, according to the Alsudani news portal.

Hamdok was reportedly earlier held at the home of the head of Sudan’s ruling military council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.

"The secretary emphasized U.S. support for the civilian-led transition to democracy and for a return to the principles of Sudan’s transitional framework, as laid out in the 2019 Constitutional Declaration and the 2020 Juba Peace Agreement," said Price.

"He noted the growing chorus of international voices condemning the military takeover and supporting the calls by the Sudanese people for civilian leadership, democracy and peace," he added.

Hamdok and a number of ministers in his civilian government were detained by the Sudanese military on Monday.

Al-Burhan on Monday announced a state of emergency, dissolved the transitional sovereign council and the government and suspended some provisions of the constitutional document outlining the political transition in Sudan.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Bus blast in Uganda carried out by suicide bomber: Police

Godfrey Olukya  

26.10.2021

KAMPALA, Uganda

An explosion that hit a moving bus in Uganda yesterday killing one person and injuring others was carried out by a suicide bomber, police said Tuesday.

Addressing a news conference at police headquarters in Kampala, Uganda police spokesman Fred Enanga said: “Our experts have established that the explosion was set off by a suicide bomber called Isac Matovu. He is the only one who died. Police also found a detonator, a suicide vest, and other bomb-related materials at the seat where the bomber was seated.”

He said the bomber was an Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) collaborator and wanted by police.

The passenger sitting behind the bomber was seriously injured, but the rest of the 50 passengers did not get serious injuries, he added.

The bus was traveling from Uganda's capital Kampala to Bushenyi town, about 300 kilometers (186 miles) west of the capital.

According to police officer Thomas Kiguli, who was among the passengers, the explosion happened on Monday evening in a bus traveling from Uganda's capital Kampala to Bushenyi.

“When we reached a place called Lungala in the Mpigi district, an explosion occurred in the middle of the bus. We all struggled to get out. Most of us got out through the windows,” Kiguli told reporters.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Sudanese take to streets in defiance of military coup

October 27, 2021

KHARTOUM: Calls mounted on Tuesday for the release of Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, the day after a coup led by the country’s top general who insisted the premier was in “good health”.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres demanded Hamdok “be released immediately”, as the Security Council held an emergency meeting on Sudan, adding to a chorus of condemnation by the US and European powers of the military’s power grab.

The coup comes just over two years into a delicate power-sharing arrangement between the military and civilians after the army’s ouster amid enormous street protests in April 2019 of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir.

Angry citizens stood their ground on barricaded streets where tyres burned, chanting “No to military rule”, the day after four people were reportedly shot dead by security forces.

The coup has raised fears for Hamdok’s fate, but top General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said on Tuesday the premier was “at my home... in good health” and would be able to return to his own home “when the crisis is over”.

His comments, in which he acknowledged some politicians had been arrested, suggested Hamdok was not among those in custody but, shortly after, the Information Ministry relayed a statement from the prime minister’s office demanding his immediate release.

The statement appealed for the “liberation of everyone” arrested on Monday, including Hamdok’s wife, several ministers and civilian members of the country’s power-sharing council.

Burhan’s declaration of a state of emergency and dissolution of the government provoked an immediate international backlash.

The United States, a key backer of Sudan’s transition, strongly condemned the military’s actions and suspended hundreds of millions of dollars in aid.

Sudan risks “going back into a period of being shunned by the rest of the world” and losing badly needed financial aid, said Alex de Waal, a veteran expert on Sudan who is executive director of the World Peace Foundation.

Hamdok’s government earlier this year unlocked international financial assistance, after it was frozen for years under Bashir.

Sudan’s ambassadors to Belgium, France and Switzerland on Tuesday declared their diplomatic missions as “embassies of the Sudanese people and their revolution”, according to the Information Ministry.

Despite the previous day’s deadly violence, protesters remained on the streets of Khartoum overnight and into Tuesday. Shops around the capital were shuttered following calls for a campaign of civil disobedience.

Source: Dawn

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