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Muslim Brotherhood Targets Saudi Arabia And The UAE, For Maintaining A Good Relation With India, According To The Disinfo Lab

New Age Islam News Bureau

03 October 2021

 


• Muslim Brotherhood Targets Saudi Arabia And The UAE, For Maintaining A Good Relation With India, According To The Disinfo Lab

• Sooner or Later, US Will Have To Recognize Taliban: Pakistani Prime Minister

• France Is About To Close Six Mosques And Dissolve Several Associations Suspected Of Spreading And Promoting Radical Islam

• Taliban Tweet Their Military Victories, I Was Censored During Presidency: Trump To Twitter

 

India

Karnataka: Sri Ram Sene Men Allegedly Decapitate Muslim Man for Loving Hindu Woman

No One Can Doubt Patriotism Of Muslims In Lakshadweep: Union Defence Minister

Kerala ‘Narco Jihad’ Bishop’s Latest: Need To Ask Who Benefits From Secularism

Why Evictions In Assam Under Himanta Sarma Have Left Bengali Muslims More Fearful Than Ever Before

Karnataka: Muslim Man Found Beheaded on Train Tracks, Police Suspect Right Wing Group's Involvement

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Pakistan

Key Cabinet Members To Mull Over Accountability Law Changes

Over 60m people now recipient of one dose: minister

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Europe

Islamic State figure charged with supporting terrorist group

Five members of Turkistan Islamic Party killed and wounded in explosion of ammunition warehouse

Man jailed for sharing Islamic State propaganda following Heathrow arrest

Police hunt man on bike after string of indecent exposures and sexual assaults in London

Muslim man dies following police custody in Mannar

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North America

Canada marks Islamic History Month to shine light on community's achievements

What Ken Burns’ Muhammad Ali Doc Misses About the Nation of Islam

English-speaking narrator of ISIS propaganda videos charged in the US

U.S. prosecutors accuse Canadian of being ‘voice behind the violence’ of Islamic State

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Africa

Human Rights Watch Reports Islamic State Group In Mozambique Is Using Child Soldiers

Miyetti Allah threatens suit as Lagos, Ondo vow to defend open grazing law

Libya’s Electoral Commission: Dbaiba & Saif Al Islam Eligible to Run for President

Sought By Families For Weeks, Police Parades Missing Muslim Men Over Terror Links

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Mideast

Christians And Muslims Help Paint Over Graffiti At Jewish Cemetery In Argentina

Imam Khamenei: Armed Forces Defensive Shield Against Hard Threats Of Enemies

Journey Of Arbaeen Caravans From Turkey, Azerbaijan To Iraq Under Support, Security Of Al-Nujaba

Love For Imam Hussain (A.S.) Is The Best Souvenir Of Arbaeen Pilgrims: Hojat Al-Islam Gomar

Over 240 Bahraini Muslim Scholars Blast Israeli FM’s Visit to Manama, Reject Normalization

Iran asked U.S. to unfreeze $10 billion to show good will, Iran official says

RAF intelligence base linked to US drone strike on Iranian general Qassem Soleimani

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South Asia

Taliban Kills And Arrests ISIS Affiliates In Parwan Province

Taliban To Deploy Suicide Bombers To Afghanistan’s Borders

Former Afghan Journalist, Journalism Lecturer Killed In Eastern Nangarhar Province

Taliban begins relocating thousands of IDPs from Kabul

Explosion at Ctg court: JMB’s ‘Boma Mizan’ gets death, another life term

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Arab world

Shia Militia Excluded From Iraq Voting For Security Forces

Arab coalition intercepts Houthi drone targeting Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia launches G20 water platform

Saudi Salam project to launch 4th program for youth

Strong promoter of bilateral economic relationship

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Southeast Asia

PM Says Malaysians Could Get To Travel Abroad From December

One month deferment of no-alcohol sale rule not a boon, business owners tell DBKL

Malaysia’s new Covid-19 cases drop to 9,066, first time under 10,000 in nearly three months

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

URL:   https://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/uae-india-muslim-brotherhood-saudi-arabia/d/125498

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Muslim Brotherhood Targets Saudi Arabia And The UAE, For Maintaining A Good Relation With India, According To The Disinfo Lab

by ATHENS BUREAU

03-10-2021



The campaign, according to The Disinfo Lab, was essentially targeting Saudi Arabia and the UAE, particularly Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, or maintaining a good relation with India.

However, the India relations are a mere ruse. This was not one off campaign, and the Qatar-Turkey-Pakistan Nexus has been targeting Saudi Arabia and the UAE for questioning their ‘right’ to be the leader of Islamic world.

The idea is obvious – by discrediting MBS, the leader of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, would be crowned as the rightful leader of the Ummah (Global Muslim community).

India was not the only country targeted for this economic boycott. The campaign also targeted France, asking to boycott French products.

By creating the subaltern culture of boycott through social media, they would also create a potent weapon. And once the Qatar-Turkey-Pakistan Nexus takes centre stage in the Islamic world, this would create an exclusionary economy of gigantic proportions.

The economic power the nexus built will not only affect the Muslim world but would dictate terms all over the world – in the name of accommodating this huge market.

The petro-dollars of Qatar (gas-dollars to be precise), may not last forever to sustain the radical Islamists of Muslim Brotherhood. They would need new economic logic to sustain their radical Ideas. This could be one.

In the past few days, some social media users in the Arabic world (essentially Egypt & Iraq), along with Turkish and Pakistani users were engaged in running coordinated campaign, with the hashtags #مقاطعة_المنتجات_الهندية (#BoycottIndianProducts) and الهند_تقتل_المسلمين (#IndiaIsKillingMuslims).

They called for a boycott Indian products as a means to teach India a lesson. The call for ban has been brought about, citing atrocities committed against Muslims in India.

While on the face of it, the #Boycott_Indian_Products felt like it was a reaction to the most unfortunate and condemnable incident in northeast India, it became apparent that the trigger would not have mattered.

Given the overwhelming amount of fake news used in the campaign, it is obvious that the campaigners were waiting for an excuse – any excuse. The one incident was pushed with an overdose of fake news – recycling all old and unrelated media.

These campaigns (#BoycottIndianProducts) were launched earlier in Jan 2018; Feb 2019; and Sept 2020. However, they never got much success.

From being a ‘fresh alternate voice’ to the Western ‘global media’ – to falling outright into the categories of propaganda outlets – AJ’s journey has been rather swift, taking on hardcore Muslim Brotherhood positions since the so-called Arab Spring in 2011.

Not only that most basic reporting standards were missing, one of the sister news media of AJ went on to recycle the story through their Twitter every six hour.

All the major portals of Al Jazeera promoted the campaign by tweeting from its various handles i.e., Al Jazeera Global, Arabic, Kuwait, Turkey, Egypt etc.

AJ’s perspective towards India has been less than transparent, to say the least. It has had a history of sharing fake news, particularly targeting India.

The anti-India slant of AJ was also visible, where it did not show the J&K as part of India, which is followed by all media houses publishing in India. This is not unique to India, as most countries desire that any publication in their territory should depict their official claims.

What is even more shocking was that AJ did not show Lakshadweep and Andaman Islands as part of India, the territories that are not even in dispute.

As noted above, several of its journalist have been found to be members of Muslim Brotherhood, with some having been on terror watchlists.

While it is not common for any major media house to run paid advertisements of particular news articles, some media houses still do. But TRT’s history of paid promotions tell their own story.

Incidentally, TRT’s fake news are not only limited in targeting India, but to other countries who may not be in the good books of Turkish government and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Source: Greek CityTimes

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https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/10/03/muslim-brotherhood-india/

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Sooner or Later, US Will Have To Recognize Taliban: Pakistani Prime Minister

By Najibullah Lalzoy

03 Oct 2021

 

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said that only their recognition is less impactful and the US must recognize the Taliban sooner or later.

Imran Khan in his interview with AP said that the US should unfreeze billions of dollars of the people of Afghanistan to avert the looming humanitarian crisis in the country.

He said if the United States does not unfreeze the reserves, Afghanistan will collapse and goes into a chaotic situation, the people of Afghanistan will be the losers.

The Pakistani Premier cited UNHCR saying that 95% of people are estimated to be under the poverty line by next year in Afghanistan so the US must come up with a solution for the people of Afghanistan.

He suggested a joint policy by the neighboring countries towards Afghanistan as he believes that only Pakistan recognition will not make much difference.

Pakistan was one of the first countries that recognized the Taliban in the first place in the late 90s but seems to be cautious this time and is awaiting the world.

Source: Khama Press

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https://www.khaama.com/sooner-or-later-us-will-have-to-recognize-taliban-pm-khan-46456456/

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France Is About To Close Six Mosques And Dissolve Several Associations Suspected Of Spreading And Promoting Radical Islam

October 03, 2021

France has announced that it is about to close six mosques and dissolve several associations suspected of spreading and promoting radical Islam. According to RTL television, French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin made the announcement on Wednesday.

Darmanin told Le Figaro that since November 2020, authorities had identified one-third of 89 religious sites or entities as being “suspected of spreading extremism.”

Authorities will also demand the dissolution of the Islamist publishing house Nawa, which, according to Darmanin, incites the extermination of Jews and legitimizes the stoning of homosexuals, as well as the League for the Defense of Black Africans (LDNA), which advocates for hatred and discrimination.

Source : Rmx.news

https://rmx.news/france/france-will-close-six-mosques-due-to-spread-of-radical-islam/

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Taliban tweet their military victories, I was censored during presidency: Trump to Twitter

By Najibullah Lalzoy

02 Oct 2021

Former US President Donald Trump has asked a federal judge in Florida on Friday to ask Twitter to restore his account as the Taliban are allowed to tweet their military victories regularly but he was censored during his presidency, Reuters reported.

Donald Trump’s Twitter account which had 88 million followers was removed by the company in January citing a risk of incitement of violence.

Twitter had reasoned that Trump’s Tweets had violated the Platform’s policy and were highly likely to encourage people to replicate what happened in the Capitol riots.

The former US president has said in his request to the district court of Florida that the company (Twitter) was coerced by the members of the US Congress to suspend his account.

Source : Khama Press

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https://www.khaama.com/taliban-tweet-their-military-victories-i-was-censored-during-presidency-trump-to-twitter-457457457/

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India

Karnataka: Sri Ram Sene Men Allegedly Decapitate Muslim Man for Loving Hindu Woman

Sukanya Shantha

03-10-2021

Mumbai: Exactly a year ago, when Najeema Shaikh first discovered her 24-year-old son Arbaz Mulla was in love with a woman (name withheld) belonging to the Hindu community, she knew her son would be killed. In a desperate attempt to save him from trouble, she moved multiple houses and tried every trick in the book to keep the couple apart. “But they were simply inseparable,” she says.

On September 28, Arbaz’s decapitated body was found lying over 30 km away from Belagavi district, on the railway tracks between Desur and Khanapur railway stations.

Men belonging to the Sri Ram Sene, a notoriously violent right-wing outfit in Karnataka, and the woman’s family have been accused of abducting Arbaz, killing him, dismembering his body, and eventually throwing his body on the railway tracks to make it appear like a suicide. According to the police, the evidence found close to the body and several incidents leading to Arbaz’s death clearly indicate that it was a premeditated murder, after which attempts were made to dispose of the body.

While Najeema has clearly named three persons – Sri Ram Sene men Pundalik Maharaj and Birje and the woman’s father Kumbhar – in her FIR and has narrated the events leading to her son’s death, the police are yet to make any arrests. The FIR doesn’t mention the first names of Birje and Kumbhar. Sources in the Belagavi railway police claim that so far 33 persons, including the woman’s family members and Sri Ram Sene members, have been “detained for questioning”. But formal arrests are yet to be made. While the investigating officer, Anjayya, refused to talk over the phone, his subordinate Satyappa Mukkannavar claimed that since the investigation is ongoing, he could not confirm anything.

Although Arbaz’s family’s testimony and the chain of events indicate that this could have been a well-planned criminal conspiracy, the police have not invoked Section 120 (B) of the Indian Penal Code. Instead, the FIR only mentions Sections 302, 201 and 34 of the IPC meant for murder, destruction of evidence and common intention.

Arbaz until late last year lived with his mother at Khanapur, a small town in the outskirts of the Belagavi district. He ran a successful resale car business and was a responsible son, Najeema says. She teaches at a local Urdu medium school; her husband – a tailor – died a few years ago.

Arbaz and the woman knew each other for a long time. “She lived just next door. They became friends and in no time, they fell in love.” As a Muslim living in a “Hindu-dominated locality”, Najeema says, she sensed this won’t end well. “I forced Arbaz to move out of that place,” she told The Wire over a phone call.

Najeema says Arbaz was initially upset but eventually came around. Before finally moving to Belgaum, the mother and son duo had already rented three different houses. “And each time, the two (her son and the woman he was in love with) would find a way to stay in touch.”

Source: The Wire

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https://thewire.in/communalism/belagavi-sri-ram-sene-men-allegedly-decapitate-muslim-man-for-loving-hindu-woman

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No One Can Doubt Patriotism Of Muslims In Lakshadweep: Union Defence Minister

Press Trust of India

October 02, 2021

Kavaratti: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said no one in the world can dare to question or doubt the patriotism of the Muslim populace in Lakshadweep or even the other inhabitants of the islands as they have thwarted attempts of anti-India forces to brew trouble or instigate the people there against the country.

"No one on Earth can dare to doubt the patriotism of the Muslim people in Lakshadweep. No one can put a question mark on the patriotism of the people of Lakshadweep," Mr Singh said during his speech on the occasion of the 152nd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Singh, during the event, also spoke on the issue of climate change and how global warming and resulting rise in ocean levels pose a threat to the existence of Lakshadweep.

He said that as part of the government's "positive attitude" towards reduction of carbon emissions, the Prime Minister has decided to ban manufacture, sale and usage of single use plastics and related products from July 1 next year.

On the issue of anti-India forces attempting to foment trouble in the island, Mr Singh said that due to the strategic location and importance of the island archipelago, such attempts have been made in the past and even now, but efforts of such entities were unsuccessful because of the islanders.

He further said that there were attempts to promote extremism, radicalism and terrorism in Lakshadweep, but all these efforts failed and for that he congratulated the people of the island union territory.

He also said that the BJP government at the Centre has taken a strict stance against terrorism, which was evident from its "cross-border" actions against terrorists.

Source: Ndtv

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https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/no-one-can-doubt-patriotism-of-muslims-in-lakshadweep-rajnath-singh-2561769

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Kerala ‘narco jihad’ Bishop’s latest: Need to ask who benefits from secularism

by Shaju Philip

October 3, 2021

The Kerala Bishop who made the infamous “narcotic jihad” claim has now said that secularism could lead the state down a communal path. Writing in a church mouthpiece on Gandhi Jayanti, Joseph Kallarangatt said questions are emerging over “who benefits” from secularism.

The Palai Bishop had claimed in a sermon last month that besides “love jihad”, a “narcotic jihad” was being deployed to get non-Muslims addicted to drugs.

Source: Indian Express

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https://indianexpress.com/article/india/kerala-narco-jihad-bishops-latest-need-to-ask-who-benefits-from-secularism-7548690/

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Why evictions in Assam under Himanta Sarma have left Bengali Muslims more fearful than ever before

Arunabh Saikia

03-10-2021

Manikajan Bibi is scared of losing her home. It is one windowless room built with tin sheets held together by wooden beams. In nervous anticipation, she has bundled this season’s harvest of rice into two sacks, her sarees in a fraying mud brown rexine bag. A rusty trunk holds everything else – mostly a bunch of yellowing documents to make sure she can prove, if asked, that she is indeed Manikajan Bibi, daughter of Achumuddin Ahmed, an Indian citizen.

Bibi is a resident of Niz Salmara, a village on a char, as the shifting sandbars in the middle of the Brahmaputra river are called in Assam. Niz Salmara is in the Sipajhar area of Darrang district. Further down the same char lies Dholpur, a cluster of villages cleared last week to make space for an organic agriculture project.

Residents of Niz Salmara have not yet received an eviction notice but they fear they could be next in line. “From the words and actions of the government, it seems they won’t let us Miya Muslims stay here,” said Bibi. “So if they come for us, we have to make sure that we can at least salvage our possessions before they bulldoze our homes.”

Almost all of the 1,200-odd families whose homes were demolished last week were Muslims of Bengali origin, also known as Miya Muslims.

Evictions have become commonplace in Assam, and now residents of Niz Salmara fear that even the death of two people is unlikely to make the government pause. After all, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has been unapologetic, insisting that the evictions would go on despite allegations of police excess.

Moments before violence broke out in Sipajhar on September 23, Darrang police chief Sushanta Biswa Sarma was caught on camera issuing an ominous warning to protesting residents. The evictions would continue, said the police officer who is also the brother of the chief minister, “even if the world were to turn upside-down”.

“There was a BJP government before this too that also did evictions,” said Dildar Hussain, a 22-year-old commerce graduate from the village. “But [former Assam chief minister Sarbananda] Sonowal was not this cruel.”

In Assam, land is always scarce, devoured every year by the Brahmaputra and its many temperamental tributaries. Yet, it is not just the ravages of the river that make land so contested in the state.

Assamese ethnic nationalists also believe land is under siege from “illegal immigrants” from Bangladesh, a label used for Bengali-speaking communities living in the state. The original “bahiragata”, or outsider, from Bangladesh was believed to be both Hindu and Muslim. But the strongest hostilities seem to have been directed towards Muslims of Bengali origin. This community of skilled cultivators, the Assamese nationalists worry, is out to grab “indigenous” lands to expand their thriving farms.

In 2016, the Bharatiya Janata Party came to power riding on these anti-immigrant sentiments. Soon afterwards, it initiated a series of eviction drives, including in Sipajhar. Most evictions have taken place in districts where Muslims of Bengali origin are in a majority. Even though other districts had a higher number of “encroachers”, going by government numbers, Darrang has seen the most evictions. The government claims that, between May 2016 and July 2021, it has evicted 4,700 families. Of these, 2016 lived in Darrang district. None of these 2016 families has been provided compensation so far, government records show.

Yet, Bengali-origin Muslims say that they have never felt as targeted as in the last four months, under the new BJP government headed by Sarma.

“The difference is that now the evictions are just meant to dehumanise us,” said Sirajul Hoque, whose house in Dholpur was demolished last week. “Evictions under the new chief minister are no longer just evictions; they have become planned communal acts.”

While evictions in Assam have long had a communal slant, critics say that Sarma’s government has even dropped the pretence of projecting them as a routine bureaucratic exercise. “[Evictions] have always happened but what is new is the chief minister making a song and dance about it,” said Abdul Kalam Azad, an activist and researcher from Lower Assam’s Barpeta district. “That has really disturbed Miya people mentally.”

Soon after the violent evictions at Sipajhar, Chief Minister Sarma addressed the media and spoke of older clashes that had left Assamese-speaking people dead. He invoked memories of the Assam Agitation, the six-year-long movement in the 1980s where Assamese nationalists had demanded the expulsion of “outsiders” from the state. “People were killed here in 1983,” he said. “People have been killed here recently too, we can’t leave Assam to intruders like that...they have encroached on temples too.”

Madhab Rajbongshi, a former Congress parliamentarian from the Mangaldoi constituency and also a former Janata Dal legislator from Sipajhar, insisted that the recent spate of evictions were not about land at all. “You are raking up memories of the Assam Agitation, speaking of people being killed in the past, what are you trying to achieve?” said Rajbongshi.

Akhil Gogoi, a land rights activist-turned-politician who now represents the Sivasagar assembly constituency, agreed with Rajbongshi. “The idea is to polarise before the upcoming bye-elections,” he alleged. Bye-elections for five Assembly seats in the state are scheduled in October. For the BJP government, eviction is the most potent tool because it can tap into Assamese anxieties, though it does not care about that at all.”

The impression that the government is targeting a particular community, not just clearing land that it claims is illegally occupied, was strengthened by last week’s evictions in Sipajhar. Farms and homes were burnt down, mosques were demolished to make way for an agricultural project that is to employ youths belonging to communities considered indigenous to Assam.

Plans for the project were announced in the state budget presented earlier this year. An amount of Rs 9.60 core was earmarked for it. Padma Hazarika, a legislator with a track-record of anti-immigrant politics, was elevated to a cabinet rank position so that he could lead the project.

“If this was indeed a case of utilising the land better, we should have also been included as part of the project,” reasoned Hoque. “After all, we may be behind in many other things, but we definitely know a thing or two about cultivation.”

Now, residents of Sanuwa air grievances against the government. Their farm lands too, were taken by the government for the agricultural project, even if no one was evicted from their home. “But not one boy or girl from our village has been involved in the project,” said Anwara Begum, a community health worker from Sanuwa. “When our boys went to ask [the authorities], they were not even entertained.”

Across the village, residents echoed similar sentiments. “We wanted that land [on the Sipajhar char] cleared so that our animals could graze there,” said a village elder who asked not to be named because he held a government position. “But they are now setting up an agriculture project there. Not only have our lands been taken away, our youths are not even being allowed to be part of it.”

He continued, “It is now clear to us that the government is targeting Muslims with this eviction drive – it does not matter whether you are Miya or khilonjia. By demanding their eviction, we have dug our own grave. Only the government will benefit from what happened.”

Source: Scroll.in

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Karnataka: Muslim Man Found Beheaded on Train Tracks, Police Suspect Right Wing Group's Involvement

The Wire Staff

03-10-2021

New Delhi: A Muslim man was found beheaded and mutilated on railway tracks in Karnataka’s Belgavi district on Tuesday, September 28, with local police suspecting a right wing group of being guilty of the murder, the Indian Express reported.

The victim has been identified as Arbaz Mullah, who had reportedly been in a relationship with a woman of a different faith when he was killed. His body was allegedly discovered in pieces strewn across a railway track in the Khanapur taluk, the Times of India reported.

According to the victim’s mother, he had been threatened by members of a right wing group prior to the incident as well. A local member of the organisation had allegedly even tried to extort money out of him in exchange for leaving him alone.

Source: The Wire

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Pakistan

Key cabinet members to mull over accountability law changes

Nasir Iqbal

October 3, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Senior members of the federal cabinet are ex­p­ected to hammer out a set of proposals on Tuesday to shape them into a final draft bill for amending the National Acco­un­tability Ordinance (NAO) 1999, which include exploring avenues for removal of National Accoun­tability Bureau (NAB) chairman during his four-year non-extendable term.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry told Dawn that Tue­sday’s meeting will be presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan. It is expected to be attended by Law Minister Barrister Dr Farogh Naseem, Attorney Gen­eral for Pakistan (AGP) Khalid Jawed Khan, the information minister, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak and Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood.

The four-year tenure of the inc­umbent chairman of NAB Javed Iqbal is set to end in the second week of the current month. He had taken over the charge of his office on Oct 10, 2017. Mr Iqbal was appointed NAB chairman after the then PML-N government led by former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and the then leader of the opposition Syed Khu­r­shid Shah reached a consensus.

Two set of proposals for amending the NAO are being prepared, one by the law ministry and the other by the AGP office, on which the coming meeting will deliberate upon and come up with final approval.

The prime minister has assi­gned the task to Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser to engage the opposition leaders and invite them to also discuss proposed amendments to the NAB ordinance in a yet-to-be-formed electoral reforms committee of the National Assembly.

“But the major roadblock that comes in the way of any serious dialogue with the opposition is their concern over corruption references against their leaders than the issues confronting the country,” said Fawad Chaudhry.

An informed source told Dawn that Tuesday’s huddle will also dwell on exploring how to remove NAB chairman in case he becomes incapable of properly performing his duties due to physical or mental incapacity or being guilty of misconduct. Currently the NAO is silent on the mechanism on removal of NAB chairman.

On Friday, Prime Minister Imran Khan during a similar meeting on the appointment of a new chairman of NAB or granting extension to the tenure of the incumbent chairman had felt that ignoring Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif in the entire process would render the exercise controversial, according to sources.

That was the reason why Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Azam Tarar was informally approached in this regard. However, when contacted, Senator Tarar told Dawn that no proposal had yet been shared with the party nor any informal meeting had been arranged.

However, insiders in government circles believe that ensuring transparency in the process of appointment of NAB chairman, whether in written form or by holding formal consultation with Shehbaz Sharif is necessary.

Under Section 6(b) of the NAO, the president appoints NAB chairman in consultation with the leader of the house and the leader of opposition in the National Assembly for a non-extendable period of four years.

Though the idea is being resisted by certain government functionaries on the ground that consultation with the opposition leader is not necessary when he himself is facing a number of corruption references filed by NAB, saner elements argue that though Shehbaz Sharif has been accused of corruption, he has not been convicted. Besides leaving the opposition leader aside would create a negative impression especially when the law requires so.

Source: Dawn

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Over 60m people now recipient of one dose: minister

Ikram Junaidi

October 3, 2021

ISLAMABAD: While Covid-19 positivity ratio, which was in double figures a couple of months ago, has declined to 3.21 per cent, Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar on Saturday announced that the number of people who had received at least one dose of a vaccine had surpassed the figure of 60 million.

On the other hand, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has included pilgrims returning from Iraq in the most risky group as they can become a factor in the spread of the virus.

Asad Umar, who also heads the NCOC, said in a tweet that while 60m people had received at least one shot, the number of fully vaccinated citizens would reach 30m in a day.

He hoped that the target of vaccinating 70m people would be achieved by the end of December, advising citizens to go for inoculation at the earliest.

Meanwhile, the NCOC has issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) for pilgrims coming from Iraq, asking them to stay in quarantine for one day. However Majlis Wahdat-i-Muslimeen Pakistan refused to accept the decision and demanded that those who test negative should not be forced to stay in quarantine.

Iraq has been placed in Category C, which includes the regions with the most Covid-19 cases. People cannot visit such countries without getting special permission and following the necessary health guidelines. However, because of Arbaeen (Chehlum) of Imam Husain, special permission was granted to people to travel to Iraq.

An official of the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS), requesting anonymity, said in October last year that Pakistan had introduced three categories to deal with Covid-19.

Source: Dawn

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Europe

Islamic State figure charged with supporting terrorist group

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

2 October 2021

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A leading Islamic State media figure and foreign fighter has been charged in U.S. federal court in Virginia with conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization resulting in death, federal officials said Saturday.

Mohammed Khalifa, a Saudi-born Canadian citizen who was a leading figure in the Islamic State of Iraq, was captured overseas by the Syrian Democratic Forces in January 2019, federal officials said. He was recently transferred into FBI custody, at which point he was first brought to the Eastern District of Virginia.

"As alleged, Mohammed Khalifa not only fought for ISIS on the battlefield in Syria, but he was also the voice behind the violence," said Raj Parekh, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. "Through his alleged leading role in translating, narrating, and advancing ISIS´s online propaganda, Khalifa promoted the terrorist group, furthered its worldwide recruitment efforts, and expanded the reach of videos that glorified the horrific murders and indiscriminate cruelty of ISIS."

Khalifa, 38, served in prominent roles within the Islamic State starting in 2013 and continuing until his capture by the SDF in January 2019 following a firefight between Islamic State fighters and the SDF, officials said.

In addition to allegedly serving as an Islamic State fighter, Khalifa allegedly served as a lead translator in the group's propaganda production and the English-speaking narrator on multiple violent recruitment videos.

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Five members of Turkistan Islamic Party killed and wounded in explosion of ammunition warehouse

Oct 3, 2021

SOHR sources have reported an explosion in an ammunition warehouse in Wadi al-Naseem neighbourhood in Idlib city, which killed a member of the Turkistan Islamic Party and injured four others.

Syrian Observatory activists in HTS-held areas have documented the death of 69 persons since the beginning of 2021 by bombings, shooting or kidnapping and then getting rid of much of the bodies in remote areas in Idlib and the surrounding villages or in Aleppo, Hama and Latakia.

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Man jailed for sharing Islamic State propaganda following Heathrow arrest

By Liam Ryder

2 OCT 2021

A man who travelled to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State has been jailed after admitting to sharing the group’s propaganda videos.

Stefan Aristidou, 27, from Enfield in north London, was arrested at Heathrow Airport in February this year after being deported from Turkey.

Aristidou, who is of Greek Cypriot background, shared videos on Skype with another user based in Canada who went by the name of Mullins 1169.

Some of the videos shared by Aristidou, who was 21 at the time and a keen gamer, depicted mass executions, sniper assassinations and beheadings.

Aristidou converted to Islam in late 2013 and became increasingly drawn to IS over the course of 2014 as it seized large swathes of Syria.

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Aristidou and his wife are believed to have spent two years in Syria, the Old Bailey heard, although it is unclear what they were doing while they were there.

His wife and their child were deported to the UK, but Aristidou was charged and convicted of being a member of IS in October 2018 and jailed for six years and three months by a Turkish court.

He was deported to the UK in February this year having served just less than three years of his sentence as part of the country’s efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 in prisons, the court heard.

Aristidou was not charged with being a member of IS by the UK authorities due to lack of evidence of his activities while in Syria.

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Police hunt man on bike after string of indecent exposures and sexual assaults in London

Daniel Keane

03-10-2021

Police have released a CCTV image of a man wanted following reports of several indecent exposures and sexual assaults in East London.

Scotland Yard officers said it had been made aware of a man committing a number of offences in the Tower Hamlets area between August 30 and September 29.

Metropolitan Police officers said they were aware of seven offences in total, and on each occasion the suspect has cycled up behind a woman before either exposing himself or carrying out a sexual assault.

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Muslim man dies following police custody in Mannar

02 October 2021

A Muslim man has died after spending a night in police custody in Mannar.

A 29-year-old householder identified as Ramzan died at the Mannar District General Hospital, where he was admitted by Mannar police this morning.

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North America

Canada marks Islamic History Month to shine light on community's achievements

The New Arab Staff

02 October, 2021

Canada has decided to mark October as Islamic History Month as per a parliamentary decision passed in 2007, in light of increased hate crime targeting the community.

In a statement released by the Canada Heritage department – the country’s official culture ministry – the month has been designated for people to learn about the community’s history in Canada, and "the many achievements of Muslim Canadians in the arts, sports, academics, sciences and literature".

The month is also to allow Canadians to acknowledge ongoing challenges and barriers faced by Canada’s more than one million Muslims, who make up about 3.2 percent of the population according to 2011 statistics. That number has most likely grown in a decade.

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What Ken Burns’ Muhammad Ali Doc Misses About the Nation of Islam

Roger House

Oct. 03, 2021

Watching Ken Burns’ new four-part Muhammad Ali documentary stirred my recollections on what the three-time heavyweight champion and the Nation of Islam meant to youths growing up in East Elmhurst, a residential enclave for “Black Muslims” in Queens.

During the 1960s and 1970s, East Elmhurst was home to an assortment of community leaders grappling with the dilemma of racial injustice. Among these were civil rights proponents like Bill Booth, a former judge and chairman of the New York City Human Rights Commission, and NOI figures like Malcolm X, Betty Shabazz and Louis Farrakhan.

The Burns film, Muhammad Ali, did a good job of chronicling the usual markers of Ali’s life story but fell short in depicting why the NOI would appeal to ordinary Black youths at the time; instead, it spotlighted the group’s “separatist” identity, the “exotic” faith and uniforms, the internal rivalries, and the intemperate statements of organization speakers.

I imagine this is to be expected for a mainstream cultural creation that relies on footage from the national press. It’s an approach that is prone to recycle old vantage points like the 1959 CBS documentary on Malcolm X and other “Black supremacists,” The Hate That Hate Produced. To us, though, the Muslims were little more than disaffected Baptists seeking alternative outlets.

The NOI was founded in Detroit in 1930 on the principles of freedom, justice, and equality for people of African descent. By the 1960s, when I became aware of the organization, it had grown to an estimated 70,000 members in the major cities thanks in part to the appeal of charismatic figures like Malcolm X, the national spokesman, and Muhammad Ali.

What the documentary glosses over are the symbols of cultural pride and cooperative ventures that I recall as noteworthy to my peers. For example, the NOI members took steps to let us know that our lives mattered without the slogans and protest marches. It was common to see older men reach out to boys in the parks and on front steps to discuss history, current affairs, and personal goals. What did we want out of life? How do we conduct ourselves as young men? How will we contribute to the community and so forth?

They discussed respect for women and family and organized street games like sprints and stick ball. They formed neighborhood watch groups–and one time even retrieved a bicycle that had been stolen by a white passerby. Some narrated the lost history of African civilizations like ancient Sumer and Kush and the medieval empires of Ghana and the Moors. These were things we never heard about from teachers in primary school.

Many of the NOI elders were of modest education. They sometimes got facts wrong or inflated historic achievements–but they tried within limitations to instill confidence in the next generation. Some of us made fun of them for wearing bowties, spouting mumbo-jumbo about the origins of white people, or carrying themselves with the strained dignity of men shunted aside by society. Others of us, though, quietly appreciated the attention of ordinary role models with all their flaws.

"Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali (R) sits on the podium with Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad while attending the National Meeting of the Black Muslims. Ali drew a standing ovation when he addressed the crowd at the International Amphitheater in Chicago."

Mostly what they espoused were the teachings of the man born as Elijah Poole, a Georgia sharecropper who was an early member of the NOI and became its leader from the 1930s until his death in 1975. He changed his named to Elijah Muhammad and doled out a version of “mother wit” in “Message to the Blackman in America.” The Burns film showed Ali holding a copy of the 1973 work but neglected to explain either the message or its appeal to the ordinary person.

What attracted us was not the message of Islam as much as the message of Black pride, self-improvement, and group cooperation. The NOI promoted survival strategies for marginal populations in the urban centers. It advocated common sense practices like living within your means, saving as much as possible, nurturing a supportive family life, spending your money among yourselves, supporting Black-owned businesses or businesses that hire your people, and seeking to improve health, education and community.

Such teachings gave us a blueprint to improve our chances in life. By contrast, the way of the civil rights programs required an over-reliance on factors outside of our control: protest marches, political coalitions, passage of laws, or begging white people to pay attention to our needs. While some of these things were necessary remedies, they relied so much on the positive responses of white institutions that it could foster a sense of dependency.

The NOI encouraged us to forge alliances across the sizable Black communities in the urban centers and across the Pan-African world. It was a model of communalism that offered a more affirming foundation than the strategy of unceasing rallies and marches–and the NOI practiced what it preached. In the 1960s, the organization instituted an economic program of cooperative development that included the purchase of farms, timberland, home construction, delivery trucks, and businesses owned by individual members and the organization.

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English-speaking narrator of ISIS propaganda videos charged in the US

3 October 2021

A Canadian man has been charged with helping Islamic State, accused of fighting and narrating recruitment videos for the group.

Saudi-born Mohammed Khalifa was described by the US Department of Justice as a "leading figure" in the terrorist group's English language media unit.

Prosecutors said the unit produced videos such as the ones showing the beheadings of Western aid workers and journalists, including Britons Alan Henning and David Haines.

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U.S. prosecutors accuse Canadian of being ‘voice behind the violence’ of Islamic State

OCTOBER 2, 2021

A Canadian man who narrated two infamous propaganda videos that the Islamic State group used to recruit Westerners and to encourage terrorism attacks was secretly whisked to the United States to face federal prosecution in Virginia.

The man, Mohammed Khalifa, 38, a Canadian who traveled to Syria in 2013 and later joined the Islamic State group, was charged with material terrorism support that resulted in death, according to a criminal complaint made public Saturday. He was captured in early 2019 by a Kurdish-led militia, the Syrian Democratic Forces, which is backed by the United States.

The militia handed over Khalifa to FBI agents this week, and he was flown to the United States. Khalifa, who was born in Saudi Arabia, appears to be the first foreign fighter to be prosecuted in the United States during the Biden administration. He is scheduled to make an initial appearance in court early next week.

“Mohammed Khalifa not only fought for ISIS on the battlefield in Syria, but he was also the voice behind the violence,” said Raj Parekh, acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

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Africa

Human Rights Watch Reports Islamic State Group In Mozambique Is Using Child Soldiers

Tahira Mohamedbhai

OCTOBER 2, 2021

The Mozambique Islamic State group Al-Shabab (unrelated to Somalian group of the same name), has been kidnapping and forcing children to become soldiers, according to a Human Rights Watch report released on Wednesday.

Evidence suggests that the armed group has abducted boys, as young as 12, to be trained in bases in Cabo Delgado and forced to fight against the Government forces. These actions are a direct contravention to the United National Optional Protocol, which was ratified in Mozambique in 2004, prohibits “non-state armed groups from recruiting children under the age of 18.”

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Miyetti Allah threatens suit as Lagos, Ondo vow to defend open grazing law

Afeez Hanafi

3 October 2021

Lagos and Ondo state governments have said they would defend the anti-opening grazing law in court should the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Fulani Socio-cultural Association make good its threat to drag states before the courts.

Some southern states, including Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, Abia, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Enugu, and just recently, Delta and Ogun states, had signed the anti-open grazing bills into law and vowed to implement the laws to the letter.

In Ogun, for instance, the herders are given a six-month period of grace before it becomes illegal for cattle herders to occupy unapproved public areas and private land with their livestock for grazing.

The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore group, while reacting to the passage of the law in the southern states, described it as ‘satanic’ and ‘politically motivated,’ adding that it would sue the governors over the law.

The group’s National Secretary, Selah Alhassan, told Sunday PUNCH that legal paperwork was being done and the governors who had signed the ‘hateful’ bill would hear from their lawyers.

He said, “I think such laws are not meant to engender peace in our nation because they are hateful, politically motivated and satanic. We don’t see anything good in such laws. While they are at it, God will not allow them to succeed, because these herders are innocent. They are also victims of insurgencies. I see the government playing politics with all these things, and the politics is not working for them. It is a process, not a one-man stream.”

He also called on the Federal Government to wade in and “call these governors to order (sic) before they destroy the economy because they want to make laws.”

“We are all Nigerians so we call on the Federal Government, particularly Mr President and the National Assembly, to wade in and caution these governors because we cannot destroy an economy because you want to make laws. If you are doing anti-open grazing laws in Lagos, are there cattle grazing in Lagos? Those cows you see in Lagos are for sale. States like Lagos, Rivers, Bayelsa and to a larger extent, Ogun, don’t need to have any anti-open grazing law; what they need to do is regulate their abattoirs and their cattle markets. But, when you gang up and create laws against an economic group, there is nothing you will achieve.”

Reacting to Miyetti Allah’s move to challenge the anti-open grazing law in court, the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotosho, said the state government was ready to defend the law.

Omotosho, in an interview with one of our correspondents, said the law was a product of due diligence with the interests of all relevant stakeholders put into consideration.

He said, “They are free to challenge the law. It is their right. I don’t know what they have against the law and the basis of their challenge. But the courts are there to determine such matters.

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Libya’s Electoral Commission: Dbaiba & Saif Al Islam Eligible to Run for President

By Mohamed Emad

October 2, 2021

Chairman of Libya’s High National Electoral Commission (HNEC) Emad Al-Din Al-Sayeh confirmed that Prime Minister Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba, and Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of Muammar Gaddafi, have the right to run in the upcoming presidential elections.

He added that HNEC had received the elections law from the Parliament, “currently, we are still waiting for the Parliament’s amendments related to the technical observations submitted by HNEC. A committee has been formed in this regard, and it is now considering drafting the law.”

The HNEC Head pointed out that electoral campaigns are governed by the election law, but the announcement of candidacy is the right of any citizen. The Commission has adopted new measures to prevent electoral fraud, and will begin issuing electoral cards to voters.

“It would be a huge logistical operation, even more complicated than updating the voter register, system as it is a sensitive and accurate process, and the entire electoral process depends on it,” Al-Sayeh explained.

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Sought By Families For Weeks, Police Parades Missing Muslim Men Over Terror Links

kerry Jabo

October 1, 2021

At least ten people, all of whom are from the Muslim community, have been missing since August 30 – with families searching for them unsuccessfully.

Some of them, appeared today among 13 suspects including a woman, paraded by Police and RIB as having been planning to blow up busy parts of Kigali.

The Chronicles collected names of the 10 missing as; Mucyo Ismail, Evaldi Noel, Bagire Salim, Mbaraga Hassan, Iratureba Abdulbast, Gatore Youssouf, Mussa Ali Nizar, Faida Ibrahim, Abdul Rahman and Niyonshuti Ndoli.

While showing them to media, the Police and RIB displayed what were said to be explosives which would have been used to blow up Kigali’s tallest building KCT, the main bus park in Nyabugogo and other high traffic spots.

Police Spokesman CP John Bosco Kabera said preliminary investigations had established the suspects were linked to Ugandan group the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) which operates from eastern DR Congo.

The group has been fighting the government of Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni for many years. It has recently joined up with the global terrorist group ISIS.

Mbaraga Hassan, one of the key suspects, according to Police, told journalists that the plan had been hatched and prepared by the Mozambique-based islamist group.

Rwandan Police and army are deployed in Mozambique since July to fight Jamaat Ansar al-

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Mideast

Christians And Muslims Help Paint Over Graffiti At Jewish Cemetery In Argentina

JTA Staff

Oct 02 , 2021

After Nazi graffiti was found at a Jewish cemetery in Argentina last week, the local Jewish community wanted to do more than just paint it over.

So on Friday, the local Jewish community of Sante Fe, a province about 300 miles northwest of Buenos Aires, convened representatives of other religious groups for an interfaith ceremony to remove the swastikas painted in the cemetery, one in the area dedicated to the memory of Holocaust victims.

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Imam Khamenei: Armed forces defensive shield against hard threats of enemies

October 3, 2021

Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that today, Iran's Armed Forces including the Army, the IRGC, the police, the Basij are literally a defensive shield against the hard threats of external and internal enemies.

The joint graduation ceremony for cadets of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Armed Forces Academies was held on Sunday morning at Imam Hussain (PBUH) University.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution and the commander-in-chief of the Iranian Armed Forces Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei attended the ceremony through videoconference.

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Journey of Arbaeen caravans from Turkey, Azerbaijan to Iraq under support, security of al-Nujaba

October 3, 2021

Since 2016, the al-Nujaba Islamic Resistance Movement has been responsible for organizing thousands of pilgrims from Turkish and Azerbaijani caravans to Iraq during the time of the Arbaeen al-Husayni pilgrimage and from the moment they entered and left the country, al-Nujaba provided full security coverage.

According to the Communication and Media Affairs Centre of al-Nujaba in Iran, for the sixth consecutive year, the al-Nujaba Islamic Resistance Movement managed and secured caravans of pilgrims from Turkey and Azerbaijan during the Arbaeen al-Husayni pilgrimage. In this regard, in addition to facilitating ziyarah (pilgrimage) to the holy shrines in Iraq, the clerics commissioned their own missionaries to hold various cultural programs on various topics, such as explaining the tragedy of Ashura, the role of the Ahl al-Bayt in various fields in their era, and analyzing the current situation in the Islamic world.

The caravan, consisting of one thousand Turkish-speaking pilgrims, entered Iraq on Monday, the 13th of Safar [September 20]. They were under the protection of al-Nujaba’s Kirkuk office from the very beginning and with al-Nujaba providing security and providing welfare services, the pilgrims travelled to Najaf and from there, they joined the march of millions of lovers of Aba Abdillah [Imam al-Husayn] to Karbala. The pilgrims then travelled to al-Kadhimiyyah and Samarra to visit the shrines of the Ahl al-Bayt there and finally returned to their countries on Thursday, the 23rd of Safar [September 30].

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Love for Imam Hussain (a.s.) is the best souvenir of Arbaeen pilgrims: Hojat al-Islam Gomar

October 3, 2021

A clergy at Qom seminary considered love for Imam Hussain (a.s.) as the best souvenir of Arbaeen Hosseini pilgrims.

Describing the atmosphere of Arbaeen as indescribable, Hojat al-Islam Mohammad Gomar, clergy at the Qom seminary, who participated in the Arbaeen Hossaini ceremony, said, “This is a feeling that no one can talk about until he or she experiences it.”

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Over 240 Bahraini Muslim Scholars Blast Israeli FM’s Visit to Manama, Reject Normalization

2021-October-2

“We denounce the presence of the foreign minister of the Zionist enemy in Bahrain, and renew our rejection of all forms of normalization with the usurping regime [of Israel], including the opening of an embassy and a trade office in Manama,” the scholars said in a joint statement published on Friday, presstv reported.

“We also reiterate our firm support for the Palestinian nation and every iota of the blessed Palestinian lands, which has been drenched in the blood of martyrs through years of resistance and steadfastness. The murderous invaders are now spilling the blood of Palestinians in Al-Quds and Jenin,” they added.

Yair Lapid arrived at Manama airport on Thursday to become the highest-ranking Israeli official to visit the Persian Gulf country since Israel and Bahrain forged formal relations last year.

On Friday, a group of young Palestinian men converged outside the diplomatic mission and raised national Palestinian flags to condemn the Al Khalifah regime’s decision to normalize relations with Israel, and voiced their support for the Palestinian people.

Dozens of people took to the streets in Samaheej village on the Nnorthern coast of Muharraq Island, waving Palestinian and Bahraini flags.

Protesters staged similar rallies in the villages of Abu Saiba and Shakhura, where they carried banners in denunciation of the visit.

Elsewhere in Sitra Island, which lies 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) South of the capital Manama, Bahraini regime forces attacked demonstrators.

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Iran asked U.S. to unfreeze $10 billion to show good will, Iran official says

October 3, 2021

DUBAI, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Iran's foreign minister said on Saturday that U.S. officials tried to discuss restarting nuclear talks last month, but he insisted Washington must first release $10 billion of Tehran's frozen funds as a sign of good will.

Iran has rejected direct talks with the United States, and indirect talks on reviving a 2015 nuclear accord aimed at keeping Iran from being able to develop a nuclear weapon stopped in June.

The United States used intermediaries at the United Nations last month to attempt to make contact, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian told state television.

Iran has been unable to obtain tens of billions of dollars of its assets in foreign banks, mainly from exports of oil and gas, due to U.S. sanctions on its banking and energy sectors.

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RAF intelligence base linked to US drone strike on Iranian general Qassem Soleimani

Dan Sabbagh

2 Oct 2021

Campaigners have called on ministers to explain whether the secretive Menwith Hill intelligence base in Yorkshire is involved in recent drone strike assassinations, after the publication of a report that raises questions about UK involvement in US attacks.

The research concludes it “was probable” that Iranian general Qassem Suleimani was killed in January last year using information obtained from the British site, essentially an outpost of the US National Security Agency (NSA).

It also raises questions about whether British personnel on the site are involved in assisting deadly US drone strikes – in particular in Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia, all conflict zones where the UK is not formally at war.

Barnaby Pace, an investigative journalist, complains in the report that the US and UK forces at Menwith Hill “operate beyond public scrutiny and accountability” – and that, unless there were change, “Orwellian surveillance systems and extrajudicial executions exposed in recent years will likely continue”.

The report, presented at a special meeting of the Menwith Hill Accountability Campaign, demands “any US military activity or US security agency activity carried out at Menwith Hill be carried out in such a way as to make those responsible fully accountable to the UK”.

Menwith Hill is eight miles west of Harrogate on the fringes of the Yorkshire Dales, known for its distinctive large white golf ball domes housing radar equipment. Although nominally an RAF base, it is in fact the largest known overseas site of the NSA, with 600 US personnel and 500 British civilians on site.

Leaked documents from the Snowden files have shown that Menwith Hill is part of an eavesdropping network, able to collect data from hundreds of millions of emails and phone calls daily and of pinpointing phones on the ground.

Information obtained can be used in “capture-kill” operations, including the tracking of Taliban targets in Afghanistan in 2011 – leading to “approximately 30 enemy killed” – and again in 2012, according to previously published analysis of the Snowden files summarised by Pace.

Another programme, Ghostwolf, sought to identify terrorists in Yemen. Evidence obtained was used to “capture or eliminate” targets – during the Trump administration US drone strikes in the country killed at least 86 civilians, including 28 children.

“Intelligence programmes at Menwith Hill have reportedly played a key role in operations to ‘eliminate’ people in Yemen, as part of a deadly drone bombing campaign that has resulted in dozens of civilian deaths in a country that neither the UK nor US has declared war with,” Pace added.

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South Asia

Taliban kills and arrests ISIS affiliates in Parwan province

By Najibullah Lalzoy

02 Oct 2021

Officials of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan claim that they have conducted a raid on a safe haven of ISIS in Charikar city of northern Parwan province killing and arresting a number of the group’s fighters on Friday, October 1.

A spokesperson of the Taliban Bilal Karimi confirmed the raid and said that the fighters were arrested after their friends targeted the Taliban members in the province.

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Former Afghan journalist, journalism lecturer killed in eastern Nangarhar province

By Najibullah Lalzoy

03 Oct 2021

Unknown gunmen killed four people in Police District three of Jalalabad City of eastern Nangarhar province among them a well-known journalist and journalism lecturer, Sayed Maroof Sadat.

The incident happened on Saturday, October 2 and local residents say that the two others killed were the Taliban fighters.

Eyewitnesses say that Sadat’s son has also been critically wounded in the incidents and claim that ISIS fighters were responsible for the shooting but provincial officials have not commented on the issue yet.

Source : khaama Press

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Taliban begins relocating thousands of IDPs from Kabul

By Najibullah Lalzoy

03 Oct 2021

Officials of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan say that they have begun the relocation process of thousands of Internally Displaced People from Kabul to their respective provinces on Saturday, October 2.

Over two thousand families were displaced mainly from the Northern provinces of Afghanistan after conflicts intensified between the Taliban and the security forces of the previous Afghan government.

They were settled in the parks of Kabul along with their children for more than two months.

Source : khaama Press

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Explosion at Ctg court: JMB’s ‘Boma Mizan’ gets death, another life term

Star Digital Report

Oct 3, 2021

A Chattogram court today sentenced Mizan alias "Boma Mizan", a top explosives expert and leader of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), to death and another militant to life term imprisonment in a case filed over the killing of two people, including a police constable, in a bomb attack on Chittagong court premise on November 29, 2005.

Ctg JMB's divisional commander Jabed Iqbal, who was given life term, was also fined Tk two lakh, in default of which he will have to serve two more years in jail.

The court also relieved JMB chief Abdur Rahman, Bangla Bhai and Ataur Rahman Sani from the charges as they were executed in another case.

Source : The Daily Star

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Arab world

Shia militia excluded from Iraq voting for security forces

October 03, 2021

Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission on Saturday announced the exclusion of the Hashd al-Shaabi militia, or Popular Mobilization Forces, from the list of security forces who will vote in next week’s parliamentary elections.

"The commission formally addressed the Popular Mobilization Authority to submit the names of their members to be included in the register for the security forces eligible to vote," spokesman Jumana Al-Ghalai said in statements cited by the Iraqi News Agency.

While Hashd al-Shaabi is legally affiliated with the Iraqi army which receives orders from the prime minister, observers believe that the group’s influence has increased on a large scale over time, and its strength has eclipsed that of other state institutions. Moreover, its leaders are not subject to government orders. Rather, they are closely aligned with Iran, and have been accused of targeting US troops and bases in Iraq.

Source : yeni safak

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Arab coalition intercepts Houthi drone targeting Saudi Arabia

ARAB NEWS

October 03, 2021

The Saudi-led Arab coalition said a Houthi drone trgeting Saudi Arabia was intercepted on Sunday, Saudi state TV Al-Ekhbariya reported.

Source : ARAB NEWS

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Saudi Arabia launches G20 water platform

ARAB NEWS

October 03, 2021

JEDDAH: The Group of Twenty has announced the launch of its G20 Water Platform under Saudi Arabia’s supervision to collect countries’ best practices and experiences related to sustainable and resilient water management.

“I am very pleased today to share with you the G20 Water Platform as an effective tool for sharing G20 best practices in water management with the rest of the world,” said Saudi Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdul Rahman Al-Fadli.

During the Saudi G20 presidency, the water team conducted the first G20 Dialogue on Water meeting and prepared a water policy paper titled “Fostering Sustainable and Resilient Water Management Globally.”

The platform comes as a result of the Kingdom’s G20 presidency, as G20 countries agreed to hold an annual dialogue on water and share results in a digital platform hosted by Saudi Arabia for the first five years. The platform constitutes the primary tool for sharing the outcome of the water dialogue between the G20 countries and the world at large.

“We acknowledge that affordable, reliable and safe water, sanitation and hygiene services are essential for human life and that access to clean water is critical to overcome the pandemic,” the G20 leaders’ declaration said in 2020.

The declaration welcomed the G20 Dialogue on Water to share best practices and research and promote innovation and new technologies. “The novel coronavirus pandemic has shed light on many global challenges, including the need to ensure access to clean water and safe sanitation services,” said Al-Fadli.

Source : ARAB NEWS

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Saudi Salam project to launch 4th program for youth

SPA

October 03, 2021

RIYADH: The Salam Project for Cultural Communication on Sunday will launch the fourth session of the Young Leaders Program, with the participation of 60 young men and women.

The program aims to develop participants’ cognitive capacities and skills and empower them to have effective and influential cultural communication with other cultures, participate in international forums and promote a positive image of the Kingdom.

Executive director of the project, Fahd bin Sultan Al-Sultan, said that the 60 participants would be trained for three months through an integrated system of training meetings and tools to develop their knowledge and skills for effective cultural communication.

The program includes training workshops and panel discussions aiming to empower participants to acquire scientific knowledge on the most prominent issues and challenges facing the Kingdom.

Source : ARAB NEWS

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Strong promoter of bilateral economic relationship

ARAB NEWS

October 03, 2021

RIYADH: GESALO, the German-Saudi Arabian Liaison Office for Economic Affairs, has emerged as a major catalyst for enhanced commercial relations between Saudi Arabia and Germany over the past 40 years.

The official representative of German industry and commerce in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen, the office is part of a worldwide network of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad. Its mission is to provide support for, and help to boost, bilateral economic ties in close cooperation with the Saudi business community and government institutions.

As Germany celebrates its National Day, Dalia Samra-Rohte, the delegate of German industry and commerce for Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen at GESALO, said: “We are proud to be a strong promoter and catalyst of the bilateral economic relationship, having supported numerous German as well as Saudi companies over the past 40 years.

“The opportunities offered by Saudi Vision 2030 will certainly create additional momentum to grow the relationships even further.”

GESALO provides a broad range of services covering areas such as market entry, market research and business partner search, delegation trips, and the promotion of attractive business opportunities in the Kingdom to German companies.

Another particularly important mission of GESALO is the promotion of German trade shows among Saudi companies looking to make international contacts. Two-thirds of all global trade fairs take place in Germany.

Germany is also Saudi-Arabia’s fourth-largest trading partner. Chemical products and equipment is the single largest product group the country exports to the Kingdom.

In 2020, total German exports to the Kingdom were worth €5.9 billion reflecting the excellent business relationship with Saudi companies.

In recent years, German industry has played a considerable role in contributing to diversification and localization in Saudi Arabia.

Source : ARAB NEWS

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Southeast Asia

PM says Malaysians could get to travel abroad from December

BY DANIAL DZULKIFLY

03 Oct 2021

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 3 — Malaysians would be allowed to travel abroad for leisure by December and possibly sooner depending on the country’s Covid-19 vaccination rate, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

In an interview with Mingguan Malaysia published today, Ismail said international travel was among benefits that would be rolled out once the adult vaccination rate passes 90 per cent.

“We will open up state borders to allow people to cross. Travel to other countries will also be allowed after we reach 90 per cent vaccination rate,’’ he was quoted as saying.

“We will no longer need to register for the MyTravelPass to leave the country but the requirements for quarantine remain the same,’’ he said.

Source : Malay Mail

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One month deferment of no-alcohol sale rule not a boon, business owners tell DBKL

BY YISWAREE PALANSAMY

03 Oct 2021

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 3 — Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) latest announcement that the ban on sale of alcohol by grocery and convenience stores as well as Chinese medicine halls will now start on October 31 instead of October 1 was met with indifference by the affected store owners.

They said the deferment is not going to help their earnings, given the already gloomy business climate due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Policy flip-flops hurt more, they added.

In November last year, Chinese medicine hall and sundry shop proprietors anticipated dark days ahead over the liquor sales restriction that would see their dwindling revenue further diminish.

“No point. Just one month. Next month you cannot sell, this month you can sell liquor. No point,” said Low Pak Koon, 70 who runs a traditional Chinese medicine hall in Petaling Street, adding that the latest move by DBKL justified his decision to not sell alcohol.

He explained that some branded liquor brands which many traditional Chinese medicine halls usually sell are not as in demand as they used to be, compared to wine and beer which are more saleable.

Ng Chee Yat, 65, who also runs a similar business on the same road, shared Low’s sentiments, though he does not drink nor sell alcohol.

He said that the number of Chinese medicine halls selling liquor and alcohol, however, are not as many now, adding that policies like the recent one need to be carefully thought out.

“This one is actually very disturbing for any business. There needs to be a very steady policy and don’t just change. It’s very, very disturbing,” Ng said, adding that though the policy does not disrupt his operations, the flip-flop nature when it comes to devising important policies affecting traders like him is disruptive.

Another Chinese medicine hall worker, who preferred not to be named, told Malay Mail that his rice wine wholesaler had also stopped selling to the store.

“Because of the government and well rightfully so, because later if they come to inspect and it’s here, there will be a penalty. May have to go to court since this item cannot be sold,” he added.

This comes even as the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) warned that restricting liquor sales at convenience stores will hurt small businesses still reeling from the pandemic restrictions.

At present, businesses that are allowed to sell alcohol include restaurants, pubs, bars, hotels, commercial complexes, warehouses, supermarkets, hypermarkets. These places are also allowed to hold promotional activities that serve liquor.

DBKL had previously, in June last year, announced a freeze on all new applications for licences to sell alcohol with immediate effect.

Even before the ban was announced, Cheung said the authorities had insisted that he separated alcoholic beverages from other drinks in his Sentul shop.

“What is the logic behind this regulation? What purpose does it serve? We don’t sell alcoholic beverages to Muslims, we are very strict about that,” said Cheung.

Source : Malay Mail

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Malaysia’s new Covid-19 cases drop to 9,066, first time under 10,000 in nearly three months

BY EMMANUEL SANTA MARIA CHIN

03 Oct 2021

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 3 — The country’s new Covid-19 cases dipped below the 10,000 mark today with 9,066 new infections reported.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said on Twitter that Sarawak topped the list again with 1,418 new infections, followed by 1,000 in Selangor, 981 in Johor, 827 in Terengganu, and 796 in Kelantan.

Source : Malay Mail

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