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Jamaat-e-Islami for Enforcement Of Islamic System (Nizam-e-Mustafa) in Pakistan

New Age Islam News Bureau

30 October 2021

 

Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan

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• Pakistan President Asks Ulema to Promote Islam’s True Message of Peace and Diffuse the Tehreek e Labbaik Pakistan Protest

• Taliban’s Permanent Representative-Designate to the UN: International Community Should Live up To Its Pledges

• UN ‘Deeply Concerned’ Over Iran’s Death Penalty on Child Offenders: Human Rights Head

• Hezbollah Responsible for Lebanon’s Rift with Saudi Arabia, Says Former PM Hariri

 

Pakistan

• Taliban foot soldiers unleash reign of terror with extra-judicial public killings

• Imran Khan chairs National Security Council meeting over TLP's widespread protests

• Taliban sends envoy to take charge of embassy in Pakistan

• TLP ‘used sub-machine guns’ in Kamoke clash

• Afghan ‘diplomats’ take charge in Pakistan

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South Asia

• 'Help Us Reunite With Our Families in Delhi,' Afghan Sikhs and Hindus Urge Indian Govt

• “Never have I seen cricketing nation rise as rapidly as Afghanistan”: Imran Khan

• Seven members of only Jewish family leave Afghanistan

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Mideast

• Iran Ambassador to UN call for ending blockade in Yemen, lifting Syrian sanctions

• Iran: Countries Possessing Nuclear Weapons Should Fulfil Disarmament Commitments

• New US sanctions contradict Washington claim to seek return to nuclear deal: Iran

• Thousands of extremist Jewish settlers to storm al-Khalil, Ibrahimi Mosque next Saturday

• Turkish preparing to launch offensive as deploying troops on Syrian border

• UNGA Approves Iran's Draft Resolution on Nuclear Disarmament

• Child among 13 civilians killed by Houthi ballistic missile

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Arab World

• Arab League expresses concern over worsening Lebanese-Gulf relations: Statement

• Saudi Arabia expels Lebanese ambassador to Riyadh, recalls ambassador from Beirut

• Bahrain asks Lebanese ambassador to leave the country within 48 hours

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Europe

• 'My Door Is Always Open': Greek Premier on Relations with Turkey

• Germany Rejects Sanctions Against Israel Over Settlement Expansion

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India

• Christian-Muslim Dispute Goes To India's Top Court over Minority Scholarships for Students

• Muslim Cleric Gets 25-Year Jail for Rape of Minor by Giving Her a False Marriage Promise In Kerala

• Fake News of Mosque Burning Circulated to Create Unrest in Tripura, Says Govt

• At least 30 arrested, dozens detained in Gurugram for disrupting Muslim prayers

• J&K civilian killings: 2 arrested in NIA searches across 3 districts

• Delhi: Students detained for protesting Hindutva violence in Tripura

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Southeast Asia

• Nahdlatul Ulama Issues Fatwa against Crypto Currency As 'Haram'

• If communist China can befriend Taliban, why not Malaysia, asks PAS Youth

• Philippine Islamist militant leader, wife killed in clash, says military

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Africa

• UN Urges Sudan Army to Show ‘Restraint’ At Protests

• 10 al-Shabaab militants killed in Somalia explosion: State media

• Tunisia dismantles Islamic State cell planning attack

• Sudanese set for nationwide protests against military coup

• Sudan’s professionals association calls for disbanding military: Statement

• Sudanese coup leader says he is trying to persuade ousted premier to return

• Bandits kill 20 security operatives in northern Nigeria

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North America

• 288 bodies demand White House to condemn Israel’s crackdown on rights groups

• US slaps sanctions on Iran's drone program, will continue to hold Tehran accountable

• US announces additional humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Jamaat-e-Islami for Enforcement Of Islamic System (Nizam-e-Mustafa) in Pakistan

October 30, 2021

 

Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan

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LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Siraj-ul-Haq has said that the implementation of Nizam-e-Mustafa is the only way to change the destiny of Pakistan since the Islamic system brought by the Holy Prophet (PBUH) changed the fate of the entire world.

He stated this while presiding over Nizam-e-Mustafa conference held here Friday under the aegis of Ulema and Mashaikh Rabita Council. Other speakers included JI’s Secretary General Ameer-ul-Azeem, Sajjada Nasheen Kot Mithan Sharif Khawaja Moinuddin Mehboob Korija, President Ulema and Mashaikh Coordinating Council Mian Maqsood Ahmed, Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Lahore Zikrullah Mujahid, Chairman Ulema and Mashaikh Coordinating Council Punjab Pir Ghulam Rasool Owaisi and Pirzada Burhanuddin Ahmad Usmani.

Sirajul Haq said had Islamic system of government been enforced after the independence in the country Pakistan would have become a great welfare empire by now. He urged upon the scholars to play their role in enforcement of Islamic system and back the JI’s efforts to bring an Islamic democratic revolution in the country.

He lamented that the government borrowed the highest quantum of foreign loans in the country's history, thus burdening the coming generations into economic slavery in three years. He said that people associated with Jamaat-e-Islami and other Islamic-minded leaders had neither got written off loans of billions of rupees nor their names appeared in Panama Leaks and Pandora's Papers.

He said the nation was fed up with the tactics of PTI, PML-N and PPP. People with Islamic and ideological minds must move forward and lead the nation. The coming era belongs to Jamaat-e-Islami and Islamic parties who, if came to power will put the country on the path of development, end the system of usury, normalise law and order and brought all corrupt people to book, he added.

Source: The News Pakistan

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Pakistan President Asks Ulema to Promote Islam’s True Message of Peace and Diffuse the Tehreek e Labbaik Pakistan Protest

October 30, 2021

 

Pakistan's President Arif Alvi  AP/PTI(AP18-03-2020_000005B) (AP)

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ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Friday said Islam stresses upon affinity and harmony among the mankind and called upon the Ulema (religious leaders) to play a positive role in diffusing the ongoing tense situation in the country by promoting Islam’s true message of peace.

The president expressed these views in a consultative meeting with a delegation of Ulema of Ahle-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat from different districts across the country led by Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.

The meeting deliberated upon various options to address the current situation in a peaceful manner and emphasised on resolving the matter through negotiations. President Alvi said since the establishment of Pakistan, the Ulema always played a significant role in providing moral and religious guidance to the people besides standing with the state in difficult times.

He said the present government raised voice against Islamophobia and for the sanctity of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be upon Him) at all the international forums and advocated the stance in an effective manner.

He mentioned that the government also set up the Rehmatul Lil Alameen Authority, which would promote the glowing teachings of the Prophet (PBUH) and guide the nation to follow His footsteps for success in this life and hereafter.

Dr Alvi said Islam is a religion of peace and urges the mankind to practice brotherhood and tolerance. It also stresses upon protecting the lives and property of each other and discourages acts of violence, he added.

The Ulema expressed concern over the reports of violence causing harm to the lives and property of general public. They stressed that violence would negatively impact the image of the country as well as the religion of Islam. The Ulema offered their support and services to resolve the situation peacefully and in an amicable way.

Besides Noorul Haq Qadri, the members of the delegation included Sarwat Ejaz Qadri, President Sunni Tehreek (Karachi), Sahibzada Hamid Raza, President Sunni Ittehad Council (Faisalabad), Pir Khalid Sultan Bahu, Chairman Jammat-ul-Saaleheen and Pir of Sultan Bahu (Quetta), Pir Abdul Khaliq, Pir of Bhrchundi Sharif (Ghotki), Dr Abul Khair Muhammad Zubair Chairman, Milli Yakjehti Council (Hyderabad), Hamid Saeed Kazmi, ex-MNA (Multan), Pir Haseen-ud-Din Shah, President Ahle Sunnat-wal-Jammat (Rawalpindi), Pir Muhammad Amin, Pir of Manki Sharif (Nowshera), Pir Khawaja Ghulam Qutab Fareed, Pir of Kot Mithan Sharif (Rahim Yar Khan), Pir Ghulam Muhammad Sayalvi, Pir of Sayal Sharif (Sargodha), Sahibzada Hafiz Hamid Raza, MLA AJK Assembly, Mufti Wazeer Qadri, renowned scholar (Quetta), Pir Rafique Ahmed Mujadadi, renowned scholar (Gujranwala), Mian Jalil Ahmed Sharq Poori, Pir of Sharqpur Sharif (Sheikupura), Pir Makhdoom Abbas Bengali, Pir of Bengali Sharif (Gujjar Khan), Syed Ali Raza Bukhari, Pir of Basahan Sharif (Kahuta AJK), Haq Khateeb Hussain Ali Badshah, Pir of Bilawara Sharif (Kotli Sattian), Sahibzada Hussain Raza, President Wafaq-ul-Madaris Al-Islamia (Faisalabad), Habib Irfani, Pir of Sundar Sharif (Lahore), Syed Zia-un-Noor Shah, Pir of Sodhra Sharif (Wazirabad), Qasim Sayalvi, Pir of Sayal Sharif (Sargodha), Sahibzada Sultan Ahmed Al, Pir of Sultan Baho (Jhang) and Pir Naqib-ur-Rehman, Eidgah Sharif (Rawalpindi).

Source: The News Pakistan

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https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/904382-to-bring-an-end-to-ongoing-tlp-protests-president-seeks-ulema-s-role-in-relaying-islam-s-message-of-peace

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Taliban’s Permanent Representative-Designate to the UN: International Community Should Live up To Its Pledges

30 Oct 2021

 

FILE PHOTO: Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen leaves after a news conference in Moscow, Russia July 9, 2021. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

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Taliban’s permanent representative-designate to the UN Suhail Shaheen said that the international community should meet their pledges and provide the people of Afghanistan with humanitarian aids as winter is arriving.

Suhail Shaheen in a series of the Twitter posts said that the world must support Afghanistan and unfreeze the assets of the Afghan people.

“The winter is around the corner, so the immediate need for the International Community to disburse on an urgent basis the recently announced nearly one-billion-euro (some $1.2-billion) aid package pledged at a virtual G20 summit for Afghanistan, to all poor, vulnerable and displaced people.” Reads a tweet.

Suhail Shaheen has promised to be cooperating with channeled agencies and NGOs on the ground to distribute aids.

The senior Taliban member also asked for the resumption of development projects pledged by the international community at the Geneva Conference 2020.

The call on the resumption of development projects comes days after the WFP suggested the donor countries allocate their promised development budget to humanitarian aids to Afghanistan.

The World Food Program has expressed concern over the upcoming winter season as food shortage and health is at its worst condition and added that over 22 million people will be on the verge of starvation if not addressed the crisis.

Source: Khaama Press

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UN ‘deeply concerned’ over Iran’s death penalty on child offenders: Human rights head

29 October, 2021

 

An Iranian inmate peers from behind a wall as a guard walks by at the female section of the infamous Evin jail, north of Tehran, 13 June 2006. (File photo: AFP)

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A senior member of the United Nations has spoken of his “deep concern” over Iran’s death penalty policies and the number of executions of child offenders during an interview with Al Arabiya.

Javaid Rehman, special rapporteur on human rights for the UN, said Iran has one of the highest numbers of yearly executions and remains one of the few countries in the world to impose the death penalty on those who were minors at the age of an alleged crime.

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Often, he said, prisoners in Iran are subject to torture, leading to the concern over false confessions and a death penalty punishment being handed to a prisoner for a crime that he or she did not commit.

“Iran continues to be one of the highest executers of the death penalty in the world and there are over 80 offenses for which the Iranian Criminal Law applies the death penalty,” he told Al Arabiya.

This “broad remit” is why more than 250 individuals were sentenced to death and executed in 2020 alone, he said.

Iran has constantly been critiqued by human rights groups, including Amnesty International and the Human Rights Watch, for its treatment of prisoners and the country’s death penalty policy.

For Rehman, he said his concerns are that the death penalty is applied to offenses that are often not defined as the most serious crimes in international law.

Many of the offenders who fall foul to Iran’s sweeping application of the death penalty laws are minors, he added.

“I am deeply concerned that Iran is one of the very few countries which continue to execute child offenders.”

Rehman clarified that this meant offenders who were minors at the age of which the crime was said to have been committed.

Every year, Iran carries out executions on offenders who were children at the time of the alleged crime, said Rehman.

Iran’s criminal code means that girls as young as nine, and boys as young as 15 are defined as having “criminal responsibility,” he said.

‘Questionable’ prisoner treatment

Another concern of the UN, said Rehman, was reports of Iran’s treatment of prisoners, including that of political protesters in the country.

“We have witnessed a number of political protestors and political dissidents, human rights offenders [which] have been charged with national security offenses or other offenses which carry the death penalty,” he said.

He gave the example of 27-year-old Navid Afkari, a wrestler who was sentenced to death over the murder of a security guard during a wave of anti-government protests in 2018.

He said he had been tortured into giving a confession.

Afkari was executed by hanging in the southern city of Shiraz, according to state media.

“Afkari was executed in very unfortunate circumstances,” said Rehman. “There is clear evidence that he was tortured to confess and when he attempted to retract his confession that was not taken into account and in fact, this year, this September, [another] individual who was witness to the violations or abuse of his human rights died in very strange circumstances in prison.”

“I urge Iran to ratify the convention against torture. Iranian law prohibits torture, but we have evidence and we receive consistent information that torture takes place.”

“So I would very strongly urge the Iranian authorities not to convict these individuals on the bases of their confessions because these confessions are unreliable, they are not voluntary and they are very frequently, almost inevitably, extracted through cohesion, through torture and through pressure.”

Political protestors are often a target of Iranian authorities, said Rehman, pointing to the fact that in November 2019, 304 innocent men, women and children were killed by security forces using excessive force during protests.

Human rights violations on ethnic groups

Rehman said of those being handed a death penalty sentence, a “disproportionately high” number are ethnic minorities.

They include girls who are of Baloch descent, who live mainly in the southeastern most edge of Iran.

“Because of their descent, because they are asking for their ethnic, linguistic, and political rights, they are arbitrarily detained, they are tried arbitrarily, and their executions is put in place.”

“The rights of religious minorities are regularly repressed. A number of minorities such as Bahai are not recognized in the system and their genuine claims to have their rights to freedom of religion or belief and to exercise their rights are repressed and denied as part of deliberate state policy.”

This includes the repression of women across the struct Muslim country, including those that have the “Hijab forced upon them.”

“The state forced its ideology on women which violates women’s fundamental human rights.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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Hezbollah Responsible For Lebanon’s Rift With Saudi Arabia, Says Former PM Hariri

October 30, 2021

 

Saad Hariri, Lebanon's former prime minister, turns screws on Hezbollah. (AN file photo)

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CAIRO: Lebanese former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said on Friday that Iran-backed Hezbollah was responsible for the rift with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries.

“The responsibility, first and foremost, in this regard lies with Hezbollah, and its professed hostility toward the Arabs and the Arab Gulf states,” Hariri said in a tweet.

He issued the statement after Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador from Lebanon "for consultation" and ordered the Lebanese envoy in Riyadh to leave within 48 hours on Friday. Saudi Arabia also banned Lebanese products from the Kingdom.

Riyadh's actions were in response to comments made by Lebanon's Information Minister George Kordahi about the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen. Kordahi, a former newscaster of the Saudi broadcast company MBC, said that the Yemen's Houthi militia were only defending themselves against aggression.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and several other Arab states formed a coalition in 2015 to help restore Yemen's legitimate government which was ousted by the Houthis. Since then, the Iran-backed militia had been launching ballistic missiles, rockets and explosive-laden drones against civilian targets in Saudi Arabia.

The dispute is the latest challenge to Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s cabinet which is already in political paralysis over a row around the Beirut port blast probe.

The rift risks widening to more Gulf states with Bahrain also asking Lebanon’s ambassador to leave shortly after the Saudi decision.

Mikati, in a phone call with Kordahi on Friday evening, asked him to put the national interest first and “take the right decision to fix Arab relations with Lebanon,” a statement by his office said.

Sources with knowledge of the matter had told Reuters the Saudi escalation was piling pressure on Kordahi to resign in order to avert further consequences.

Mikati earlier reiterated his government’s commitment to good relations with Saudi Arabia and called for Arab partners to put the latest crisis behind them but stopped short of announcing concrete action to remedy the crisis.

“We also appeal brotherly Arab leaders to work and help to overcome this crisis in order to preserve Arab cohesion,” the statement said.

Kordahi has said the show was recorded nearly a month before he took office and he would not resign over the incident, earning praises from the Hezbollah.

Mikati has been hoping to improve ties with Gulf Arab states which have been strained for years because of the influence wielded in Beirut by the Iran-backed Shiite group Hezbollah.

“The control of the terrorist Hezbollah on the decision-making of the Lebanese state made Lebanon an arena for implementing projects for countries that don’t wish Lebanon and its people well,” a Riyadh statement carried by SPA said.

In April, Saudi Arabia banned all fruit and vegetable imports from Lebanon blaming an increase in drug smuggling.

The ban added to the economic woes of Lebanon, already in the throes of one of the modern times’ deepest financial crises.

Source: Arab News

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Pakistan

 

Taliban foot soldiers unleash reign of terror with extra-judicial public killings

Omer Farooq Khan

Oct 30, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan's Taliban leadership has been silent on the reign of terror unleashed by their foot soldiers on the people across the country even as recent videos of extra-judicial killings in public prove that the uncontrolled Talibs from a rural and tribal Pashtun background are targeting people on mere suspicion or for no reason at all. In one such video, a terror suspect was killed with a rocket launcher.

In the latest instance of unchecked brutality, Saeed, a local Afghan who wanted to flee the country, was killed in broad daylight this week in the presence of local people. Due to suspension of flights in Afghanistan, he opted to leave by road. He was stopped at one of the check posts manned by the Taliban fighters. Following an exchange of words, they dragged him out of the car. In a video shared on social media, some Taliban members could be heard shouting at their comrades not to open fire. But the enraged members pumped multiple bullets into Saeed's body, killing him on the spot. The Taliban authorities in Kabul have not yet spoken about the issue, leave alone take action against their fighters. "This was one of the few videos that got leaked. I heard a lot of such outrageous news, especially from Kandahar, on a daily basis," said Shair Ahmad, a local Afghan.

Last week, another barbaric video was shared on social media in which Taliban fighters had publicly killed a person with a rocket launcher on suspicion that he was an Islamic State-Khurasan (IS-K) member and was involved in a terrorist attack on a mosque that had left dozens of worshippers dead. The operator of the machine was surrounded by armed soldiers and a number of spectators, while the suspect with his hands and feet tied was positioned to face the deadly weapon at a distance of about 100 metres. It hasn't been confirmed who had ordered this extra-judicial punishment for a suspect of terrorist attack.

Source: Times of India

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Imran Khan chairs National Security Council meeting over TLP's widespread protests

Oct 29, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a high-level meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) on Thursday to discuss the concerning situation stemming from protests by the outlawed Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), reported local media.

Pakistan's ministers, national security adviser and the services and intelligence chiefs attended the meet and discussed the TLP protests, said ARY News.

The country's top body of civil and military leaders also discussed matters related to national security apart from the protests.

The government is holding talks with TLP's imprisoned chief Saad Hussain Rizvi, as protests have created chaos in Punjab cities. But the second round of the talks concluded without any progress, as the deadlock persists between the TLP and the Pakistan government.

The two sides are expected to begin the third round of talks on Saturday, ARY News reported citing sources.

A spokesperson for the TLP had said that the proscribed organisation stands by its demands that it will present before the government.

"Our only demand from day one is the removal of the French ambassador," added the spokesperson, according to The News International.

Source: Times of India

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Taliban sends envoy to take charge of embassy in Pakistan

Oct 29, 2021

ISLAMABAD: A Taliban envoy has been sent to neighbouring Pakistan to take charge of the Afghan embassy, two months after the hardline Islamist group seized power, officials said Friday.

Sardar Ahmad Khan Shokaib was appointed as first secretary in Islamabad, while Taliban officials are also now in place at consulates in Peshawar, Karachi and Quetta.

The new Taliban rulers have yet to be formally recognised by any foreign government, including Pakistan, meaning Shokaib cannot assume the title of ambassador.

"These diplomats will take care of the affairs in the embassy and in the three consulates," a Taliban source told AFP.

"They will formally take charge on Monday," a source close to the Peshawar consulate added.

The last ambassador of the Afghan embassy was withdrawn by the former US-backed government several months ago following the alleged kidnapping of his daughter in leafy Islamabad.

A spokesman for Pakistan's foreign ministry said the move would allow the embassy to perform consular functions, with the country hosting millions of Afghan refugees.

"I understand they have made similar appointments in their embassies in some other countries," the spokesman added.

Source: Times of India

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TLP ‘used sub-machine guns’ in Kamoke clash

October 30, 2021

LAHORE/GUJRAT: A recent high-level security meeting discussed with great concern a report that the proscribed Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan men had used sub-machine guns (SMGs) targeting policemen during Kamoke violence.

A senior police officer told Dawn a mobile phone footage which recorded the disturbing scene was also presented in the meeting, showing five TLP armed men using as many SMGs and firing straight at policemen who were running for shelter.

The police report said the armed men fired 80 rounds of SMGs some of which were recovered from the scene and sent for forensic analysis.

Other incidents of armed attacks on the law enforcers were also recorded at the same point where two policemen died from multiple bullet wounds while 16 others sustained injuries from shots fired by TLP using lethal weapons.

“It shocked police high-ups from where the TLP was getting weapons and training to use them,” the police official said.

He said all the participants of the meeting had reached the point that the TLP had been turned into a ‘militant group’ and the government must review its policy seriously towards this outfit.

To a question, the official said the Punjab police high-ups in the meeting also discussed the possibility of involvement of some hostile agencies working against Pakistan.

Meanwhile, the TLP marchers resumed their journey from Gujranwala city on Friday, reaching near Wazirabad till the filing of this report at 9pm.

The participants, who were said to be between 5000 to 7000 in number, were mainly traveling on buses, cars, motorbikes and chanting slogans in favour of their demands.

It was a smooth journey for the marchers on Friday as police removed its pickets along the GT Road from Gujranwala to Wazirabad.

Official sources said that the pickets and blockades had been removed in that particular section to avoid any violent clash in the urban portion of the central Punjab so that the urban population could not be disturbed or affected by the teargas shelling, stone pelting etc.

Gujrat is TLP’s next destination on Saturday where a major clash between the personnel of law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and TLP workers is being anticipated at Chenab toll plaza on GT Road where trenches have been dug up and at least 100 containers have also been parked at all the bridges with the ultimate goal to block the march.

Rangers have already taken over the command of the security arrangements. A banner carrying warning message from Punjab Rangers has been displayed just 500 meters ahead of the Chenab toll plaza, marking a `red line’ for protesters not to cross it otherwise they will have to face the consequences.

Source: Dawn

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Afghan ‘diplomats’ take charge in Pakistan

October 30, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The Taliban-appointed ‘diplomats’ have taken charge of the Afghan embassy and consulates in Pakistan, according to officials familiar with the development.

Sardar Muhammad Shokaib has started working as the first secretary in the Afghan embassy in Islamabad.

Hafiz Mohibullah, Mullah Ghulam Rasool and Mullah Muhammad Abbas have been assigned to the Peshawar, Quetta, and Karachi consulates of Afghanistan.

Shokaib would effectively be the Afghan charge d’affaires in Islamabad.

FO spokesperson points to refugees, visa issues

The Afghan embassy in Islamabad, it may be recalled, has been without an ambassador since July when the last envoy under the previous regime Najibullah Alikhil left because of alleged abduction of his daughter Silsila Alikhil and the ensuing controversy.

According to Voice of America, Taliban members who know Shokaib say he is an ethnic Pashtun from Zabul province and has served in the Information and Cultural Department in southern Kandahar and was associated with a Taliban magazine. He once worked as the Taliban spokesman under the name of Qari Yousaf Ahmadi and was arrested in Pakistan and later lived in Peshawar for several years.

Meanwhile, officials posted to the consulates would function as the consul general.

Although Pakistan does not recognize the Taliban as the legitimate government, but it still issued visas to the appointed ‘diplomats’.

Source: Dawn

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South Asia

 

'Help Us Reunite With Our Families In Delhi,' Afghan Sikhs And Hindus Urge Indian Govt

Yudhvir Rana

Oct 29, 2021

AMRITSAR: Sikhs and Hindus living in Kabul and Jalalabad cities of Afghanistan held separate meetings in Gurdwaras on Friday to contemplate their future plans in wake of their stalled businesses, joblessness, and inflation under the new Taliban regime in the country even as they continue to perform religious services in their places of worship.

According to sources separate meetings were held at gurdwara Kart-e-Paarwan, Kabul, and gurdwara Nanak Darbar, Jalalabad, following which the Sikhs and Hindus of Afghanistan issued appeals on social media urging the Indian government and religious leadership to arrange for their evacuation at the earliest so they could be with their remaining family members, mostly living in Delhi.

In one of the videos, an elderly Sikh man is heard appealing to the Indian government and Sikh leadership to come to their rescue. He says that male heads of as many as 40 families were living in Kabul and their family members including their elders and children were living in Delhi on refugee status.

“We used to often come to Afghanistan to do businesses or labor work but the situation in Afghanistan has changed beyond our expectation since August 15 (when Taliban took control of the country) and we are unable to travel back to India, some of our family members are sick in Delhi and we need to be with them at the earliest," said an elderly Sikh Afghan national.

In another video, a Sikh from Jalalabad says that after the cancellation of their visas by the Indian government, they had applied for e-visas but they were still awaiting visa issuances. He said they had urged the Indian government as well as Indian Sikh leadership to help them so they could return to India and join their families.

TOI talked to a Sikh leader of Kabul who, on condition of anonymity, informed that there were around 210 Sikh and Hindu men, women, and children in Afghanistan who wanted to fly to India as soon as possible.

Source: Times of India

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“Never have I seen cricketing nation rise as rapidly as Afghanistan”: Imran Khan

30 Oct 2021

Not only communal people and the cricket fans took to social media and posted their opinions about the Afghanistan VS Pakistan match in T20 World Cup but also the politicians.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in a Twitter post has praised Afghanistan national cricket team as the only team that rise so rapidly in the cricketing world.

Imran Khan who himself has risen as a cricket player and skipper of the national team called the cricket of Afghanistan against Pakistan impressive.

“Impressive cricket by Team Afghanistan. Never have I seen a cricketing nation rise as rapidly as Afghanistan in international cricket & become so competitive.” Reads the tweet.

Though Afghanistan lost the last night’s match against Pakistan, PM Imran Khan has been impressed and said that the future of cricket is bright in Afghanistan.

In the meantime, Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi has commiserated Afghanistan team and said that the side has world’s best spinners.

Source: Khaama Press

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Seven members of only Jewish family leave Afghanistan

29 Oct 2021

An 83-year old Toba Moradi and her six relatives who were members of the only Jewish family in Afghanistan left the country the previous week and are now temporarily living in Albania.

Toba Moradi who was born and raised in the Afghan capital Kabul wants to go to Canada and start a new life with four of her children already settled there.

They were all rescued by IsraAid humanitarian organization that receives assistance from the Israeli President.

Toba Moradi’s siblings have been living in Israel and her parents have also been buried there but she was not in contact with her sibling since they left Afghanistan in the 1960s 1980s.

The Jewish Afghan woman said that she misses Afghanistan and added that she decided to leave her homeland in order to rescue her children’s lives.

Source: Khaama Press

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Mideast

 

Iran Ambassador to UN call for ending blockade in Yemen, lifting Syrian sanctions

October 30, 2021

Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations Zahra Ershadi called for ending siege in Yemen and lifting sanctions against Syria.

"It is a source of serious concern that in 2021, there are still over 6.8 million Syrians that remain internally displaced while 5.6 million Syrian refugees are also hosted in certain regional countries," Ershadi said, addressing the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly.

"To that end, the full and immediate removal of unilateral sanctions as well as supporting the reconstruction of this country are essential," she added.

The full text of Ershadi's statement is as follows:

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

Mr. Chair,

I would like to begin by acknowledging the activities of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

It is quite alarming that, according to the UNHCR report, the number of refugees and displaced persons is increasing.

It underscores that the efforts aimed at addressing the underlying causes of this trend must be redoubled.

It is also disappointing that despite the extraordinary generosity of particularly host countries, there is still a wide gap between the required funds and the needs such funding can address, which stresses the necessity for substantially increasing funds by donors.

Likewise, it is unfortunate that in the past two years, COVID-19 has also worsened the dire situation of refugees and the host countries.

To address this situation, there is a strong need to include the sharing of vaccines, especially with countries hosting large numbers of refugees, as has also been stressed by the High Commissioner during the 72nd session of the UNHCR Executive Committee on 8 October 2021.

It is a source of serious concern that in 2021, there are still over 6.8 million Syrians that remain internally displaced while 5.6 million Syrian refugees are also hosted in certain regional countries.

Recalling the conference on the return of refugees held in Damascus on 11 and 12 November 2020, we stress that every effort must be made to help them to return to their original places of residence.

To that end, the full and immediate removal of unilateral sanctions as well as supporting the reconstruction of this country are essential.

In this context, we warn about the political instrumentalization of the international protection of refugees by certain States.

Likewise, as reported by the UNHCR, Yemen remained the most acute humanitarian crisis globally with some 20.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, with displace persons to be four times more likely to be at risk of hunger.

To provide the conditions for an end to this tragedy and bring peaceful resolution to this crisis, the inhumane blockade imposed on this nation must be removed fully and immediately. 

One of the major developments in 2021 in our region has been the sharp increase in the number of internally displaced persons and asylum-seekers following the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan and the subsequent developments.

As a result, as the UNHCR has reported, around 570,000 people became newly displaced within Afghanistan and an increasing number of individuals fled to neighboring countries.

For more than 40 years, the Islamic Republic of Iran has hosted one of the largest populations of refugees despite it being subjected to inhumane unilateral sanctions, particularly by the United States.

During all of these years, only five percent of the total funds needed to support refugees in Iran has been provided by the international community.

We have indeed generously shared our much-needed resources with refugees and supported them many times more than our fair share.

This fact has been acknowledged on numerous occasions time and again at the international level. In recent years, High Commissioner Grandi has affirmed in this very Committee that despite economic pressures, the Islamic Republic of Iran had continued to be an exemplary host country.”

Our experience tells us that when there is a flow of Afghan asylum seekers that might lead to Europe, Iran is urged to host them, and while some assistance is provided at the beginning, as soon as the dust settles, the host country is left alone almost completely.

Now that Iran's economy has been and continues to be seriously affected as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as unilateral sanctions, along with the developments in recent months wherein Iran has hosted more than 300,000 new Afghan asylum seekers, we cannot host the displaced populations any longer.

Source: ABNA24

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Iran: Countries Possessing Nuclear Weapons Should Fulfil Disarmament Commitments

2021-October-29

Takht Ravanchi made the remarks after the UN Disarmament and International Security (First Committee) approved the resolution presented by Iran.

"Unfortunately, nuclear weapons holders are unwilling to live up to their nuclear disarmament commitments and only try to justify that the the necessary ground is not ready for nuclear disarmament," the Iranian ambassador said.

He reiterated that their justification cannot be bought, and said, "They committed themselves to nuclear disarmament in 1970, and this is not justifiable."

The Islamic Republic of Iran proposed a resolution for the follow-up on the implementation of the agreements reached at the NPT Review Conferences of 1995, 2000 and 2010", and it was adopted with the support of a majority of the members of the UN Disarmament and International Security (First Committee) on Thursday.

Source: Fars News Agency

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New US sanctions contradict Washington claim to seek return to nuclear deal: Iran

29 October ,2021

The Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Friday new US sanctions imposed against Tehran’s military drone program contradicted Washington’s claim to seek a return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, state media reported.

“The imposition of new sanctions reflects the completely contradictory behavior of the White House (which) speaks of its intention to return to the nuclear accord and continues to impose sanctions,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told state media.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Thousands of extremist Jewish settlers to storm al-Khalil, Ibrahimi Mosque next Saturday

October 30, 2021

The Hebrew media have revealed that dozens of thousands of extremist Jewish settlers intend to storm al-Khalil City and the Ibrahimi Mosque next Saturday to mark a religious occasion they call Hayye Sarah (life of Sarah).

According to Hebrew websites, invitations circulated by settler groups on social media urged their followers to march en masse to al-Khalil City and make donations to help organize the event.

The settlers announced intents to deploy tents in al-Khalil City and inside and around the Ibrahimi Mosque during the event.

Source: ABNA24

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Turkish preparing to launch offensive as deploying troops on Syrian border

October 29, 2021

Turkey has dispatched hundreds of soldiers to northern Syria to launch an operation against US-backed Kurdish forces.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity some Turkish officials told Bloomberg on Wednesday that the main goal of the planned offensive is to ensure that two-thirds of Turkey’s 560-mile border with Syria is free from the presence of Kurdish forces.

The move by Ankara could also help the country's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan build up domestic support and put pressure on the US and Russia to pacify Kurdish forces, officials added.

Officials also noted that Ankara intends to seize areas in the south of the city of Kobani in order to unite the territories under its control to the west and east of the Euphrates River, Sputnik reported.

Another potential target of the Turkish authorities could be the Menagh airfield, over which the Kurdistan Workers' Party and the Syrian Kurdish Self-Defense Forces, banned in Turkey, have established power.

On 13 October, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlud Cavusoglu claimed that Russia and the United States have failed to fulfill their obligations and did not clear Syria’s north from Kurdish militant units.

Later, on October 21, the Turkish President threatened that the country's armed forces will use heavy weapons to solve the problem and "not leave the situation as it is."

Damascus has repeatedly called the presence of Turkish forces on the border territory of Syria illegal calling on Ankara to withdraw troops.

Also in numerous occasions, the Syrian people have staged mass demonstrations in Syria’s northwestern province of Aleppo to denounce the presence of Turkish occupation forces in the conflict-plagued Arab country and demand their complete withdrawal from the Syrian soil.

Ankara-backed militants were deployed to northeastern Syria in October 2019 after Turkish military forces launched a long-threatened cross-border invasion in a declared attempt to push fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) away from border areas.

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UNGA Approves Iran's Draft Resolution on Nuclear Disarmament

2021-October-29

The resolution proposed by Iran urges signatories to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to speed up their efforts in line with carrying out their commitments under the previous agreements on destruction of nuclear weapons arsenals based on principles of transparency, irreversibility and under international supervision.

The United Nations General Assembly First Committee is one of six main committees at the General Assembly of the United Nations. It deals with disarmament and international security matters. The First Committee meets every year in October for a 4–5 week session, after the General Assembly General Debate.

According to the NPT, nuclear countries have pledged that they will refute manufacturing of nukes and transferring nuclear arms to other nations.

Iran’s proposal emphasized that all member states of the United Nations are expected to support creation of a Middle East free from nuclear weapons, which entails Israel's accession to the NPT and allowing supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The proposal also reiterated that non-nuclear states should be ensured that nuclear powers will never use nukes against them.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Child among 13 civilians killed by Houthi ballistic missile

October 29, 2021

SANAA: A child was among 13 people killed when a missile fired by Yemeni rebels struck a tribal leader’s home south of the strategic city of Marib, military and medical sources said on Friday.

“A Houthi ballistic missile hit the house of Sheikh Abdul Latif Al-Qibli in Al-Jawba on Thursday evening during a meeting with tribal leaders fighting on the government’s side,” a government military official said.

“Thirteen people, including a child, were killed,” he added. The death toll was confirmed by a medical source in the area.

As well as the child, Thursday evening’s missile strike also killed four tribal leaders, said the military official.

At least 11 houses were damaged and 16 civilians were wounded in the attack, according to the officials.

Yemen’s Information Minister Moammar Al-Eryani said on Twitter that at least 12 people were killed, including two sons of Al-Qibli, whose fate was unknown. The Houthi “militia continues to systematically and deliberately bombard villages and homes ... in order to inflict max casualties among civilians” forcing hundreds of families and displaced to flee, he wrote.

The Arab coalition backing Yemen’s government has been conducting a fierce air campaign since Oct. 11 to prevent the rebels from reaching Marib city.

Source: Arab News

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Arab World

 

Arab League expresses concern over worsening Lebanese-Gulf relations: Statement

30 October ,2021

The Arab League said on Saturday it was concerned about a rapid deterioration of Lebanese-Gulf relations after critical comments from a Lebanese minister about the Arab military intervention in Yemen.

“...Aboul Gheit expressed his deep concern and regret over the rapid deterioration in Lebanese-Gulf relations...,” the statement said. It added he was confident Lebanese President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Najib Mikati would act quickly to ease the crisis.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Saudi Arabia expels Lebanese ambassador to Riyadh, recalls ambassador from Beirut

29 October ,2021

Saudi Arabia said Friday that it was giving Lebanon’s ambassador 48 hours to leave the country and recalled its envoy to Beirut.

Riyadh also ordered the immediate halt to all Lebanese imports, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

The decision follows “the insulting statements” made during an interview given by Lebanon’s Information Minister George Kordahi before he became a minister.

Kordahi had said that Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis were defending themselves and described the yearslong war in Yemen as “futile.”

Saudi Arabia has affirmed its keenness on the Lebanese citizens residing in the Kingdom, “whom it considers part of the fabric and bond that unites the Saudi people and their Arab brothers residing in the Kingdom,” according to the statement issued Friday. The ministry added that it did not consider that what was said by Kordahi reflected the positions of the Lebanese community residing in the Kingdom.

“These statements represent a new episode of reprehensible and rejected positions issued by Lebanese officials towards the Kingdom and its policies,” the statement by the Saudi ministry read.

Kordahi said on Wednesday that his remarks were his personal views, made before he was appointed as minister and that he was committed to the current government’s policy.

“I am against Arab-Arab wars… accusing me of hostility towards Saudi Arabia is rejected,” he said.

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati, trying to avert diplomatic fallout, said that Kordahi made those comments in an interview that was recorded more than a month before he became a member of the cabinet and that his statements reflected his personal opinion and had nothing to do with his government’s policy.

Saudi Arabia said that the latest decision also stemmed from Beirut’s failure to take the measures to stop the export of narcotics from Lebanon, “especially in light of the terrorist Hezbollah’s control of all ports.”

“The Kingdom’s government regrets the outcome of the relations with the Lebanese Republic due to the Lebanese authorities’ ignoring of the facts and their continued failure to take corrective measures to ensure the observance of the relations that the Kingdom has long been keen on based on the brotherly feelings and deep ties it has for the dear Lebanese people,” the ministry said on Friday.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Bahrain asks Lebanese ambassador to leave the country within 48 hours

30 October ,2021

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that it has asked the Lebanese ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain to leave the Kingdom within the next 48 hours, against the background of a series of unacceptable and offensive statements and stances issued by Lebanese officials recently.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Europe

 

'My door is always open': Greek premier on relations with Turkey

Magda Panoutsopoulou 

29.10.2021

Greece is a very different country from the one that outgoing Angela Merkel first visited as German chancellor a decade ago, according to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

“Merkel was the voice of reason and stability. At times unfair, but decisive, as in 2015, when she refused the expulsion of Greece from Europe," Mitsotakis said during joint statements with outgoing German chancellor after a meeting between delegations of the two sides in Athens.

The premier was referring to a financial crisis that led to years of painful austerity measures for Greece, and some friction between Athens and its richer neighbors in Berlin.

The two leaders spoke about Greek-Turkish relations, how Greece faced the COVID-19 pandemic, and its financial recovery after years of recession.

Asked about sometimes-fraught relations with Turkey, Mitsotakis said: “My door is always open for a constructive dialogue.”

He added, referring to Merkel: "I know your firm position in favor of dialogue and the easing of tensions.”

He said that “Western equanimity” often serves to encourage what he called “Turkish arbitrariness,” adding: “It is time for European principles to be transformed into European practice."

He argued that Greece only wants friends and good relations with its neighbors, guided by international law and the law of the sea, but it will not tolerate threats.

“My position is crystal clear," he stated.

Athens, Berlin found 'common path' out of crisis

Merkel, for her part, described German-Greek relations as “quite lively.”

“The difficulties were a given when it came to the stability of the euro and I was personally fully aware of the excessive burden that this meant and the challenge that this meant for the people in Greece,” she said.

“In the end, we managed to find a common path, to keep in step for Greece to remain a member of the EU.”

As for Turkish-Greek relations, which include such issues as disputes over setting fair maritime boundaries, Merkel said there are a number of challenges, but underlined the importance of continued dialogue with Turkey.

“We discussed yesterday and today with intensity that United Nations resolutions and international law must apply, and we believe that it is important but difficult to find answers and solutions through dialogue," she added.

Earlier on Friday, Merkel was received by Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou at the presidential mansion.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Germany Rejects Sanctions Against Israel Over Settlement Expansion

Oliver Towfigh Nia

29.10.2021

BERLIN

Germany said Friday it would not support sanction threats over Israel's ongoing settlement expansion, only a day after it issued a joint statement with 11 other European countries, reaffirming their "strong opposition" to Tel Aviv's settlement policy in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Asked at a routine press conference in Berlin whether Germany would back sanctions against the Jewish state, Andrea Sasse, deputy spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry, said: "From our point of view, it is not helpful to speculate about such consequences."

"The declaration is definitely a strong sign and speculating here about the threat of sanctions or the like would be wrong from our point of view. Besides, we don't do it anyway," she added.

Sasse was referring to Thursday's release of a joint statement by the spokespersons of the foreign ministries of Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, and Sweden on Israeli settlements.

"We urge the Government of Israel to reverse its decision to advance plans for the construction of around 3,000 settlement units in the West Bank. We reiterate our strong opposition to its policy of settlement expansion across the Occupied Palestinian Territories, which violates international law and undermines efforts for the two-state solution," the statement said.

"We call on both parties to build on steps taken in recent months to improve cooperation and reduce tensions. We reiterate our call to implement United Nations Resolution 2334 with all its provisions, with the aim of rebuilding trust and creating the conditions necessary for promoting peace," it added.

On Tuesday, Germany lambasted Israel's continued settlement construction in the Palestinian-run territories and occupied East Jerusalem, reiterating it was an obstacle to a two-state solution.

"Very concerned by Israeli publication of tenders for construction of more than 1,300 housing units in settlements in the West Bank. Settlements are contrary to international law and a substantial obstacle to peace and a two-state solution. They should stop," tweeted Christian Buck, director for Near and Middle East and North Africa at the German Foreign Ministry.

Buck was alluding to Israeli plans to build 1,355 homes in the occupied West Bank, which was seized by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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India

 

Christian-Muslim Dispute Goes To India's Top Court Over Minority Scholarships For Students

October 30, 2021

India’s top court has agreed to hear a dispute between Christians and Muslims over minority scholarships for students after accepting an appeal filed by Kerala’s state government.

The Supreme Court bench of Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice B.R. Gavai on Oct. 29 ordered to serve notices on all the parties listed in the appeal as respondents.

The communist-ruled Kerala government in southern India moved the top court challenging an order by Kerala High Court to quash the 80:20 ratio for distributing scholarships meant for minority communities.

The court in its May 28 order directed the state government to provide scholarships among minority communities, mostly Muslims and Christians, in proportion to their population.

The state order allocated 80 percent of scholarship funds to Muslims, while only 20 percent was allocated to Christians and other minorities such as Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs.

The government claimed it had fixed the ratio based on the backwardness of the minorities rather than the population, but Christians said the move was biased and against natural justice.

The high court in its order made it clear that the allocation favored Muslims in the distribution of merit-cum-means scholarships meant for religious minority communities and set aside a 2015 government order to this effect.

Of the 33 million people in Kerala, 18 percent are Christians, while Muslims form 27 percent and Hindus 54 percent. In terms of numbers, Christians (6 million) and Muslims (9.7 million) together form 15.7 million or 99.7 percent of religious minorities in the state.

Church leaders quoted the state census to argue that the order violated proportional distribution of funding as Christians form 39 percent of the minority population in the state while Muslims constitute 60 percent.

Soon after the high court order, the Muslim community opposed it and urged the government to appeal as they felt they had been discriminated.

But Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council (KCBC) agreed with the order, saying “the court had recognized the stand of the community” and urged the government to implement the order.

The government initially agreed to the Christians’ demand and said it would not appeal. It tried to work out a win-win formula by increasing scholarships whereby Muslims continued to get the same benefits and Christians’ grievances were partially addressed.

Meanwhile, some Muslim groups challenged the order and finally the government launched an appeal, much to the disappointment of the Kerala Christian community, especially the Eastern-rite Syro-Malabar Christians.

Archbishop Andrews Thazhath, chairman of the public affairs commission of the Syro-Malabar Church, in a statement on Oct. 27 urged the government to withdraw the appeal and insisted that it should treat minorities equally as enshrined in the constitution.

The prelate said the Church was prepared to initiate legal proceedings.

“Yes, now we will have to implead as one of the parties in the case since the Supreme Court has admitted the appeal,” Father Jacob Palackapilly, deputy secretary-general of the KCBC, told UCA News on Oct. 29.

Source: UC News

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Muslim Cleric Gets 25-Year Jail For Rape Of Minor By Giving Her A False Marriage Promise In Kerala

30th October 2021

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The special fast-track court for cases against women and children on Friday sentenced a 24-year-old Muslim cleric for 25 years rigorous imprisonment on charges of raping a minor girl by giving her a false marriage promise. Abdul Rahman, a native of Manikyavilakom, was sentenced by Judge R Jayakrishnan for the rape of a 15-year-old girl, who was a friend of the convict’s sister. Special public prosecutor R S Vijay Mohan said the court has also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on Rahman. The failure to remit the fine would attract another year of prison.

The incident pertaining to the case occurred in 2018. Rahman befriended the girl, who was then a Class X student. He later forced her into a physical relationship by promising to marry her. However, he reneged from the promise and began distancing from her. When the girl came to talk about the matter, Rahman misbehaved with her. Hurt by his behaviour, the girl climbed atop his house attempting suicide, but was attacked by the man. The rape came to light when the Poonthura police took the girl for medical examination. She told the police that Rahman threatened to kill her if she revealed her ordeal to others. The court also directed the government to pay compensation to the girl.

Source: New Indian Express

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Fake News of Mosque Burning Circulated to Create Unrest in Tripura, Says Govt

OCTOBER 29, 2021

The Tripura government on Friday alleged that a vested interest group from outside had hatched a conspiracy to create unrest in the state and malign its image by uploading a fake photograph of a burning mosque on social media. The police have investigated and found that no mosque was burnt in Panisagar sub-division in North Tripura district as claimed by social media posts, Information and Culture Minister Sushanta Chowdhury said.

A mosque was vandalised and two shops were set ablaze at Chamtilla area in Panisagar subdivision on October 26 evening during a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) rally taken out to protest against recent violence against Hindus in neighbouring Bangladesh. Three houses and a few shops, reportedly owned by members of the minority community, were also ransacked in nearby Rowa Bazar, a senior police official had said earlier. There was no incident of burning of any mosque in Panisagar. Fake news was uploaded on social media on October 26 by a vested interest group from outside to create unrest in Tripura and to disrupt the process of development of all sections of people in the state, Chowdhury said in a video message.

He said it was a conspiracy to malign the image of the government, he said and appealed to the people to maintain peace and not to believe in rumours. The Tripura police had on Thursday also tweeted that no mosque was burnt during Tuesday's protest rally and the photograph being shared of burning or damaged 'masjid' are all fake news.

Source: News18

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At least 30 arrested, dozens detained in Gurugram for disrupting Muslim prayers

October 29, 2021

New Delhi: Dozens of people, many from Hindu right-wing groups, were arrested Friday in India for disrupting Muslim prayer gatherings, local media reported, in the latest sign of growing sectarian tensions in the country.

Hindu groups have been pressuring authorities for weeks in the northern city of Gurgaon on the outskirts of New Delhi to stop Muslims offering Friday prayers in open spaces.

On Friday police deployed several hundred extra officers and arrested at least 30 people as crowds of locals and Hindu groups chanted slogans, local media reported.

Critics have accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party of persecuting minorities, including India's 200-million-strong Muslim population.

Modi's government rejects having a Hindu agenda and insists that people of all religions have equal rights.

Haryana state, of which Gurgaon — also called Gurugram — is the capital, is ruled by the BJP.

It is not the first time such an incident has been reported in the city, home to scores of multinational companies.

In 2018, many from the majority Hindu community raised similar objections to Muslims praying in the open.

District officials mediated between the communities and identified around 35 open spaces for Muslims to offer Friday prayers.

Source: First Post

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J&K civilian killings: 2 arrested in NIA searches across 3 districts

Bharti Jain

Oct 29, 2021

NEW DELHI: National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday conducted searches at eight locations across Srinagar, Sopore and Baramulla districts of Jammu and Kashmir and arrested two more accused persons in the conspiracy case registered this month in the wake of multiple civilian killings.

The arrested — Amir Ahmad Gojri of Srinagar and Saddat Amin @Syed Arhan of Sopore — along with other arrested accused persons are terror associates or overground workers (OGWs) of various proscribed terrorist organisations and have been providing logistical and material support to terrorists, as per preliminary investigation by the NIA.

The relevant case, registered by NIA on October 10, 2021, relates to conspiracy for undertaking violent terrorist acts in J&K and other major cities, by cadres of Laskhar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Al Badr and their affiliates such as the Resistance Front (TRF), People Against Fascist Forces (PAFF) etc.

Source: Times of India

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Delhi: Students detained for protesting Hindutva violence in Tripura

29th October 2021

A number of youngsters have been detained by the Delhi police for protesting against the Hindutva violence in Tripura. The protest had been organized by Fraternity Movement, a youth organization, in front of Tripura Bhavan in Delhi on Friday.

The youth organisation staged a protest against the anti-Muslim violence in Tripura where several mosques vandalized and Muslim residents attacked. Many activists from different universities were detained at the protest site including Fraternity Movement national secretary Aysha Renna, national secretary member Waseem RS and national general council member Fayiza CA. Reports suggest that they have been taken to Mandir Marg police station after being detained.

The right-wing groups across the northeast state reportedly vandalized mosques, houses and shops belonging to the Muslim community there. 27 verified incidents of mob violence and an incident of right-wing groups attacking three houses in Panisagar and molesting women were also reported.

Source: Siasat Daily

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Southeast Asia

 

Nahdlatul Ulama Issues Fatwa Against Crypto Currency As 'Haram'

October 30, 2021

The local branch of the Indonesian religious organization Nahdlatul Ulama in East Java has recently issued a fatwa on the status of cryptocurrencies under Islamic law. According to the nonbinding opinion, digital currencies secured by cryptography and used as a transaction instrument are to be considered “haram,” which means forbidden.

The decision came as a result of “bahtsul masail,” a discussion held by the organization on Sunday, Oct. 24, the Indonesian news portal Tempo reported. Members involved in the debate, which the article describes as “dynamic” and “heated,” concluded that the use of cryptocurrency could undermine the legality of financial transactions.

Another point that was raised during the meeting is that crypto could serve as a tool for committing fraud. An announcement published on the website of the East Java Nahdlatul Ulama branch quotes Kiai Azizi Chasbullah, the “discussion’s certifier,” as saying: “Participants of the bahtsul masail formed a view, despite crypto already being acknowledged by the government as a commodity, that it cannot be legalized under the [Islamic sharia].”

During the meeting, they also decided that “cryptocurrency lacks any benefit from the sharia point of view, as mentioned in fiqh,” or the Islamic jurisprudence. According to the Indonesian publication, this position has been confirmed by a “cryptocurrency expert” who took part in the religious debate to explain “the proper practice in the digital currency’s use.”

The Islamic organization’s fatwa comes after the government in Jakarta recently indicated that Indonesia is not planning to impose a wide ban on cryptocurrencies. Speaking to local media, the country’s Minister of Trade Muhammad Luthfi stated that the executive power will not follow in the footsteps of China which this year reiterated a ban on all crypto transactions and launched a crackdown on bitcoin mining and trading.

The popularity of cryptocurrencies has been growing in Indonesia, which is the nation with the largest Muslim population in the world. Crypto trade has been soaring this year and data from the 13 domestic exchanges authorized by the country’s Futures Exchange Supervisory Board shows a 40% increase in transactions during the first five months of 2021. Last year, the total volume reached 65 trillion rupiah ($4.5 billion).

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If communist China can befriend Taliban, why not Malaysia, asks PAS Youth

Nora Mahpar -October 30, 2021

PETALING JAYA: PAS Youth has urged the federal government to establish ties with the Taliban administration in Afghanistan.

Speaking at the wing’s Muktamar, PAS Youth chief Khairil Nizam Khirudin said China’s foreign minister Wang Yi had already held high-level bilateral discussions with Afghanistan’s second in command, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

He questioned Putrajaya’s stand on the Taliban administration and said Malaysia had the diplomatic expertise to help Afghanistan’s new government.

“China will channel billions in ringgit to strengthen the Belt and Road Initiative in Afghanistan,” he said at the Youth Muktamar in Port Dickson.

“If communist China can extend a helping hand to Afghanistan under the Taliban why not us (Malaysia), as brothers in Islam?”

He added that continued conflict in Afghanistan would not benefit anyone except the “military-industrial complex”.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Philippine Islamist militant leader, wife killed in clash, says military

October 29, 2021

MANILA, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Philippine troops killed a militant leader and his wife on Friday, in what military officials described as a major blow to an Islamist group suspected of carrying out a series of bombings and attacks in the country's south.

Salahuddin Hassan, the "overall emir" of the group, Daulah Islamiyah - Philippines, and his wife Jehana Minbida, were killed in a special operation in Talayan town, in Maguindanao province, the military said.

More than two dozen militants, who were with the couple, managed to escape during the 30-minute gunbattle with troops, according to the military.

"With the death of their leader, we are certain that the group will crumble," said Major General Alfredo Rosario Jr., chief of the military's Western Mindanao Command. "This is a significant breakthrough in our campaign against terrorism in central Mindanao."

The bodies of Hassan and his wife were recovered along with a R4 rifle, bandolier, and ammunition magazines, military chief General Jose Faustino Jr said in a statement.

Hassan's group was also involved in a night market bombing in President Rodrigo Duterte's hometown Davao City in September 2016 that left 15 people dead and dozens injured, the military said. The military said Hassan's wife ran the group's finances.

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Africa

 

UN urges Sudan army to show ‘restraint’ at protests

29 October ,2021

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Friday that Sudan’s military must show “restraint” toward protesters, following deadly clashes between security forces and demonstrators in recent days.

“Tomorrow there is a manifestation that is announced,” Guterres told journalists ahead of the G20 summit in Rome.

“I urge the military to show restraint and not to create any more victims. People must be allowed to demonstrate peacefully and this is essential.”

Protesters in Sudan have vowed to continue demonstrating against a power grab by the army on Monday, in which several top officials were arrested and the fragile civilian-led government dissolved.

At least eight people have been killed and 170 wounded in protests this week, which on Thursday saw security forces fire tear gas and rubber-tipped bullets at demonstrators, according to medics.

“I want to reaffirm my strong condemnation of the coup and the need to re-establish the transition system that was in place,” Guterres said.

Source: Al Arabiya

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10 al-Shabaab militants killed in Somalia explosion: State media

Magdalene Mukami 

29.10.2021

MOGADISHU, Somalia

Ten al-Shabaab members were killed on Friday when their vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device (IED) the terrorist group had planted, state-run media said.

According to the Somali National Television, the attack occurred near Qeycad village in Mudug region, north-central Somalia.

The terrorists, affiliated with al-Qaeda, are known to use IEDs to target civilians and security teams plying busy routes.

The attack comes just a week after the Somali National Army received from the UK vehicles and advanced equipment for effective response and mitigating the threat from IEDs.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Tunisia dismantles Islamic State cell planning attack

October 29, 2021

TUNIS, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Tunisian forces dismantled a cell linked to Islamic State in the southern city of Tataouine that was planning to attack security and military forces, the interior ministry said on Friday.

Six years ago an Islamic State militant shot dead 39 foreigners on a beach in Sousse, triggering an exodus of tourists and severely damaging Tunisia’s economy.

Since then Tunisia has grown more effective in preventing and responding to attacks, but sleeper cells still pose a threat, especially with the return of jihadists from Syria, Iraq and Libya.

“They planned to carry out terrorist attacks targeting the security and military units on the region (Tataouine), using explosive devices,” the ministry said in a statement.

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Sudanese set for nationwide protests against military coup

30 October ,2021

Opponents of a military coup in Sudan have called for nationwide protests on Saturday to demand the restoration of a civilian-led government to put the country back on a path to democracy after decades of authoritarian rule.

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Thousands of Sudanese have already taken to the streets this week to protest against General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan’s ouster of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s cabinet in a coup that led Western states to freeze hundreds of millions in aid.

With at least 11 protesters killed in clashes with security forces this week, opponents of the junta fear a full-blown crackdown and more bloodshed.

“The army should go back to its barracks and give the leadership to Hamdok,” said an activist who gave his name as Mohamed, who plans to protest. “Our demand is a civilian country, a democratic country, nothing less than that.”

The US, which is calling for the restoration of the civilian-led government, said how the army reacts on Saturday will be a test of its intentions.

“We call on the security forces to refrain from any and all violence against protesters and to fully respect the citizens’ right to demonstrate peacefully,” said a senior State Department official, briefing reporters on condition of anonymity.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sudan’s security forces must respect human rights and any violence against peaceful demonstrators is “unacceptable”.

The US continues to stand with “Sudan’s people in their nonviolent struggle for democracy,” he said in a Twitter post.

With internet and phone lines restricted by the authorities, opponents of the coup have sought to mobilize for the protest using fliers, SMS messages, graffiti, and neighborhood rallies.

Neighborhood-based resistance committees, active since the uprising against deposed President Omar al-Bashir that began in December 2018, have been central to organizing despite the arrests of key politicians.

Bashir, who ran Sudan for nearly three decades, was deposed by the army following months of protests against his rule.

Khartoum committee activist Hussam Ibnauf said the protest date had been well-advertised and he was confident of a big turnout.

“Everyone on the street ... they know about October 30. If they know, the rest is easy,” he said.

There was now “no fear factor”, he said.

No debt relief

Burhan has said he removed the cabinet to avert civil war after civilian politicians stoked hostility to the armed forces.

He says he is still committed to a democratic transition, including elections in July 2023.

Hamdok, an economist, was initially held at Burhan’s residence when soldiers rounded up the government on Monday, but was allowed to return home under guard on Tuesday.

The US State Department official said he was, however, still under house arrest and unable to resume his work.

The US official said tens of billions of dollars of debt relief sought by Sudan would not happen as long as the army was attempting to direct Sudan unilaterally.

The US and the World Bank have already frozen assistance to Sudan, where an economic crisis has seen shortages of basic goods including food and medicine and where nearly a third of the population are in need of urgent humanitarian support.

Several mediation efforts have emerged but there has been no sign of progress towards a compromise.

Western states are not looking to engage with the military or mediate any negotiation until detainees are released and the army shows commitment to power-sharing as set out in a transitional constitutional declaration, a Western diplomat said.

Many Sudanese opponents of the coup oppose a compromise with an army of which they are deeply mistrustful following several coups since independence in 1956.

Friction had been mounting between the civilian government and the army leading up to the latest takeover. One point of tension had been the pursuit of justice for alleged atrocities in Darfur in the 2000s, with the International Criminal Court asking Sudan to hand over Bashir.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Sudan’s professionals association calls for disbanding military: Statement

29 October ,2021

Sudan’s professionals association calls for disbanding the military council and rapid support forces, according to a statement.

Western countries have cut off hundreds of millions of dollars in desperately needed aid to Sudan since General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan dissolved a power-sharing government led by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on Monday.

The power-sharing government was meant to steer Sudan to elections in 2023 after long-serving ruler Omar al-Bashir was toppled two years ago.

Opponents of this week’s coup have called for mass demonstrations on Saturday. At least 11 protesters have been killed in clashes with security forces so far this week.

The US and United Nations dialed up the pressure on Burhan on Thursday, when the Security Council called for the restoration of the civilian-led government and President Joe Biden said his nation like others stood with the demonstrators.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Sudanese coup leader says he is trying to persuade ousted premier to return

29 October ,2021

Sudan’s military coup leader, facing pressure at home and abroad to restore power to civilians, said a technocratic prime minister could be announced in a week, and he is still trying to persuade the man he ousted to return and form a new government.

Western countries have cut off hundreds of millions of dollars in desperately needed aid to Sudan since General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan dissolved a power-sharing government led by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on Monday.

The power-sharing government was meant to steer Sudan to elections in 2023 after long-serving ruler Omar al-Bashir was toppled two years ago.

Opponents of this week’s coup have called for mass demonstrations on Saturday. At least 11 protesters have been killed in clashes with security forces so far this week.

The US and United Nations dialed up the pressure on Burhan on Thursday, when the Security Council called for the restoration of the civilian-led government and President Joe Biden said his nation like others stood with the demonstrators.

In comments to the Russian news agency Sputnik published on Friday, Burhan said the new government would be led by a technocrat. “We will not interfere in the choice of the ministers,” he said.

The cabinet would be chosen the prime minister who would be “agreed upon by different sections of the Sudanese people”, he said.

He also said new members would be appointed to the Sovereign Council, a civilian-military body which he dissolved along with the cabinet.

On Thursday night, Burhan left open the possibility of Hamdok becoming prime minister again, saying the army was negotiating with him to form the new government.

In a speech to groups who helped remove Omar al-Bashir in 2019, he said consultations were underway to select the prime minister.

“Until this night, we were sending him people and telling (Hamdok) ... complete the path with us. Until this meeting with you, we were sending him people to negotiate with him and we are still having hope,” Burhan said in the speech.

“We told him that we cleaned the stage for you ... he is free to form the government, we will not intervene in the government formation, anyone he will bring, we will not intervene at all”.

Hamdok, an economist and former senior UN official, was initially held at Burhan’s residence when soldiers rounded up the government on Monday. He was allowed to return home under guard on Tuesday.

Hamdok’s allies say he has refused requests by the coup leaders to cooperate, and has demanded civilian power-sharing be restored and arrested ministers freed.

The office of the UN representative to Sudan said on Thursday he had offered to facilitate a political settlement towards restoring the transition during a meeting Burhan.

“March of millions”

With authorities restricting internet and phone signals, protesters have been handing out fliers calling for a “march of millions” on Saturday under the slogan “Leave!”

Security forces fired at protesters on Thursday night in Bahri, across the river from the capital Khartoum, using live and rubber bullets, witnesses said. A doctors committee said one person was killed in those clashes while two others were wounded and in critical condition.

Burhan’s move reasserted the army’s dominant role in Sudan since independence in 1956, after weeks of friction between the military and civilians over issues including whether to hand Bashir and others to The Hague to face charges of war crimes.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Bandits kill 20 security operatives in northern Nigeria

Ibrahim Garba Shuaibu  

30.10.2021

Twenty operatives from Nigeria’s security agencies were massacred in Zamfara state in the northern area of the country on Friday, according to authorities.

The killings occurred in the Shinkafi Local Government Area and the victims’ bodies were set ablaze by notorious bandits operating in the state.

Security operatives were sent to a village where bandits have been ravaging for some time without any sign of a slowdown.

Spokesman of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in the state, Aminu Mary, confirmed the killings and said the state commandant of the corps had gone to the scene to ascertain what happened.

The state government said more than 2,000 suspected bandit informants have been arrested since it cut telecommunication services and the military launched an offensive, according to Zamfara state Commissioner for Information Ibrahim Dosara.

“The government has set up a situation room where complaints are being received to ensure prompt action,” said Dosara.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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North America

 

288 bodies demand White House to condemn Israel’s crackdown on rights groups

October 30, 2021

In a joint letter sent to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the 288 signatories said, "Smearing the promotion and defense of human rights as terrorist activity is a dangerous, well-worn tactic of authoritarian regimes and a shameful political maneuver to undermine the vital work of these organizations."

"These actions by the Israeli government are a clear attack on human rights. As such, we urge you to issue a swift rejection of this unprecedented attack on Palestinian human rights organizations and the attempt by the Israeli government to shut down, delegitimize, isolate, and chill a growing human rights movement," the letter added.

The letter continued, "As groups committed to social justice, civil rights, and universal human rights, we have seen firsthand the ways that the charge of terrorist and the so-called war on terror threatens not only international human rights defenders, but also social movements and marginalized communities here in the US: Indigenous, Black, brown, Muslim, and Arab activists and communities have similarly faced silencing, intimidation, criminalization and surveillance under such baseless charges."

The signatories warned that the threat against the Palestinian human rights movement "is a threat against movements for social justice everywhere, and in order to protect human rights and human rights defenders, all states must be held accountable for taking such manifestly unjust actions."

"We agree with 17 UN Special Rapporteurs that the freedoms of association and expression must be fully respected in order to enable civil society to perform its indispensable work, and cannot be undermined by the manifestly egregious misuse of counterterrorism and security legislation."

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US slaps sanctions on Iran's drone program, will continue to hold Tehran accountable

29 October ,2021

The US slapped new sanctions on Iran and its drone program on Friday, warning that Tehran’s irresponsible acts would continue to be punished.

“Today, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated members of a network of companies and individuals that have provided critical support to the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) programs of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its expeditionary unit, the IRGC Qods Force (IRGC-QF),” a statement from the Treasury Department read.

The commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force UAV Command, Saeed Aghajani, was also designated.

Aghajani oversaw the July 29, 2021 attack on Mercer Street tanker off the coast of Oman and was behind the UAV attack against a Saudi Arabian oil refinery in 2019, the Treasury said.

Drones from Iran’s UAV program were used by Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Palestinian Hamas, Kataeb Hezbollah and Yemen’s Houthis, the Treasury Department said.

The drones were also making their way to Ethiopia, “where the escalating crisis threatens to destabilize the broader region.”

“Lethal UAVs have been used in attacks on international shipping and on US forces,” the Treasury Department statement read.

Source: Al Arabiya

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US announces additional humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan

Handan Kazanci

29.10.2021

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced nearly $144 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Afghanistan on Thursday.

“As part of our enduring commitment to the people of Afghanistan, the United States announced today nearly $144 million in humanitarian assistance to those affected by the ongoing humanitarian crisis,” Blinken said in a statement.

“This assistance brings the total U.S. humanitarian aid in Afghanistan and for Afghan refugees in the region to nearly $474 million in 2021, the largest amount of assistance from any nation,” he added.

Blinken noted that the assistance is provided directly to independent humanitarian organizations, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), International Organization for Migration (IOM), the World Health Organization (WHO), and other international and non-governmental organizations.

“This funding provides support directly to some of the more than 18 million vulnerable Afghans in need in the region, including Afghan refugees in neighboring countries,” he said.

The additional humanitarian assistance “will enable our partners to provide lifesaving protection, food security support, essential health care, winterization assistance, logistics, and emergency food aid in response to the growing humanitarian needs exacerbated by healthcare shortages, COVID-19, drought, malnutrition, and the impending winter,” he said.

Blinken added that the funding will “benefit the people of Afghanistan and not the Taliban, whom we will continue to hold accountable for the commitments they have made.”

Source: Anadolu Agency

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