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Muslim Organisations in India Come Forward To Defend Inheritance Law What They Describe As The ‘Onslaught On Islamic Sharia’

New Age Islam News Bureau

12 March 2023

 

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• Muslim Organisations in India Come Forward To Defend Inheritance Law What They Describe As The ‘Onslaught On Islamic Sharia’

• Abu Bakr Trust That Runs Islamic Schools Apologises For Facebook Post Calling Gay People ‘Evil’

• Syria Centre Seeks To Rehabilitate Children Of Foreign Jihadists Scarred By Islamic State

• 20 Years After US-Led Invasion Toppled Saddam, Iraq Far From ‘Liberal Democracy’

• Muslim Rights Concern Blasts Oyo State Governor For Inscribing His Name On Mosque

 India

• Andhra Pradesh Muslim Government Staff Can Leave Early During Ramzan

• What Happened At A Hindutva Rally In South Mumbai Alleging 'Land Jihad'

• AIMIM Chief Urges Muslims To Participate In Politics To Get Justice

• Bengal STF arrests 4 illegal immigrants from Bangladesh in Kolkata

• 2 Muslim Men Detained By Anti-Terror Agency In Madhya Pradesh

• Will they send 24 cr Muslims to China? Farooq Abdullah slams Centre at non-BJP parties meet

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Europe

• Justice Among People Is Best Solution To Address Today's Global Challenges: Secretary-General of Muslim Council of Elders Azerbaijan

• Worshipper Doused In Petrol And Set Alight Outside The West London Islamic Centre Mosque

• Sunak Bets On Islamic Scare Vote By Policing Its Flawed Immigration Policy

• French Senate approves controversial pension plan amid protests

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Mideast

• Colonial Israeli Settlers Invade Courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque

• Netanyahu to defer decision on Evyatar until after Ramadan

• Two Police Officers Shot Dead In Iran

• Why Iran’s Growing Influence in Venezuela Challenges the West

• Pence warns renewed Iran deal would pave path to nuclear weapon 'in gold' for regime

• Heidar, Shafagh missiles showcased in Army Aviation fair

• Iran says oil exports hit highest level since reimposition of U.S. sanctions - Tasnim

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Arab world

• Saudi Identity Makeover Is In Full Swing Before Ramadan

• Qatar Islamic Bank launches Himyan Prepaid Card to secure payments

• Mecca moves to online education due to heavy rain warnings

• Kuwaiti MPs attend 146th Asian-Islamic Conference

• UAE participates in Coordination Meeting of Islamic-Asian Geopolitical Group of IPU in Bahrain

• Saudi Arabia: AI services expanded in Grand Mosque

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Africa

• Makinde: I’ll Treat Christians, Muslims Without Favouritism

• Crisis Looms As Rebuilt Mosque Is Named After Popular Christian Governor 1 Week to His Re-Election

• Consider Competence, Youth Representation In Your Cabinet Composition, Muslim Group Urges Tinubu

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Southeast Asia

• PM Anwar Recommends More Religious Events Be Held For Better Understanding Of Islam

• Maldives To Resume Diplomatic Ties With The Islamic Republic Of Iran

• Muhyiddin claims Umno can no longer champion Malay rights, only one person’s interests

• Punish Perikatan for Kedah MB Sanusi’s remarks on Penang sovereignty, Guan Eng tells voters

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Pakistan

• Court Summons Gill, ARY News Head For Indictment On March 22

• Bomb attack on PTI MPA’s son kills two in Balochistan’s Kachhi district

• CEC Raja calls meeting tomorrow as PTI petitions ECP against Section 144 in Lahore

• Shehbaz lays IMF delay blame at Imran’s door

• Official presser deepens PTI man’s death mystery

• PML-N to fully participate in polls: Maryam

• PTI accuses PPP of ‘trying to buy’ its councillors-elect for mayoral election

• Enumerators struggle to deal with challenges in census data gathering

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South Asia

• Bangladesh Not Heading Towards Chinese Debt Trap

• Afghanistan Coffers Swell as Taliban Taxman Collects

• Guterres, Bhutto call for stability in Afghanistan.

• 4.3 magnitude earthquake hits Afghanistan: National Center for Seismology

• Modernising the Mongla Port in Bangladesh

• Bangladesh sends fifth relief cargo flight to Turkey

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North America

• Volunteers Pack Ramadan Food Boxes For Those In Need

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Muslim Organisations in India Come Forward To Defend Inheritance Law What They Describe As The ‘Onslaught On Islamic Sharia’

 

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12th March 2023

By Express News Service

KOZHIKODE: More Muslim organisations have come forward to denounce what they describe as the ‘onslaught on Islamic Sharia’ and are planning to hold public programmes to explain the nuances of Islamic laws of inheritance. Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen (KNM) leaders’ meeting said the community should be vigilant against the calculated move to denigrate the Sharia.

It felt that there is a deep-rooted conspiracy behind the emergence of people with Muslim names insulting  Muslim inheritance laws.

A press release issued after the meeting said the succession laws in Islam were decided considering the responsibility of male and females. “Those who follow the laws firmly believe that the Islamic inheritance laws are flawless,” the release said, adding that the tendency to become tools in the hands of anti-religious groups cannot be encouraged. KNM state president T P Abdulla Koya Madani inaugurated and general secretary M Muhammad Madani presided over the meeting. Noor Muhammad Noorsha, Hussein Madavoor, N V Abdurahman, A P Abdusamad, A Asgar Ali, A I Abdul Majeed Swalhi and others spoke.

Wisdom Islamic Youth Organisation is organising a programme on ‘Should Sharia be corrected? What Islam has to say on inheritance controversy.’

Wisdom state general secretary T K Ashraf will inaugurate the meeting. Advocate M M Aliyar, Wisdom state secretary Abdul Malik Salafi, K T Shaheeb Salafi, Haris Kayakkodi, and others will speak.

Confederation of Islamic Colleges (CIC) general secretary Abdul Hakeem Faizi, IUML state secretary K M Shaji, columnist O Abdulla, social activists Hameed Chennamagaloor, Darul Huda Islamic University Dean Jafar Hudavi Kolathur and others will speak at the programme organised by Wafy Alumni Association.

Adv. C Shukkur, who ignited the discussion on Muslim inheritance laws, whose name appeared in the programme notice said that he cannot attend the programme as he is busy with other preoccupations.

Source: New Indian Express

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Abu Bakr Trust That Runs Islamic Schools Apologises For Facebook Post Calling Gay People ‘Evil’

 

The Abu Bakr Trust released an apology (Envato)

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by Joe Ali

12-03-2023

Bosses of the Abu Bakr Trust – a charity that runs three Islamic schools and a nursery in the West Midlands – have claimed that the offensive content posted to their Facebook page was written by a volunteer.

A spokesperson from the trust said that the social media posts were made by a volunteer without authorisation, but added that they “accept full responsibility”.

“The previous trustees had delegated some activities to volunteers as the charity has limited resources for staffing. Responsibility for social media was not created by the charity, instead community volunteers had taken the initiative to set up a Facebook page in 2011,” the spokesperson said.

“The posts in question were made by a volunteer with login details, but no staff or trustees approved them. We deleted the posts immediately and changed the login details and have now taken control of social media policy and will only post necessary information posts as previously.

Followers were urged to pray for “protection against LGBTQ+ people” and told that homosexuality was a part of a “fallen culture”. The post said: “My Lord, save me and my family from what LGBTQ+ people do.”

According to a report in The Telegraph, staff used the trust’s social media channels to promote anti-LGBTQ+ views which resulted in the Charity Commission launching a compliance case to address any failings by the charity.

The trust’s schools are independent but have also received government grants. One was labelled inadequate at its last inspection, while another was praised by Ofsted, which reported that the school “clearly shows that fundamental British values are being actively promoted”.

Since the anti-LGBTQ+ Facebook content came to light, concerns have been raised and the government is being urged to address campaigns seeking to remove LGBTQ+ inclusive teaching from schools.

“The efforts of hate preachers, activists, community organisations and even schools to oppose teaching on inclusion and equality in the UK should be a major concern for the Department for Education,” stated Charlotte Littlewood, a researcher from the Henry Jackson Society, a trans-Atlantic foreign policy and national security think tank.

“This is a concerted effort to subvert British values and create a parallel moral value system that victimises minorities. For the sake of a cohesive multiculturalist Britain, politicians and government bodies need to forward a muscular liberalism that is vocal in their support of schools in this difficult time.”

Source: The Pink News

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Syria Centre Seeks To Rehabilitate Children Of Foreign Jihadists Scarred By Islamic State

 

Children of foreign Islamic State fighters walk in a playground at the Orkesh rehabilitation centre in the countryside of Qamishli in northeastern Syria on March 7, 2023. (Photo by Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP)

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By Delil Souleiman

12-03-2023

QAMISHLI, Syria (AFP) — Children of foreign jihadists play soccer on a dirt field at a centre in northeastern Syria that Kurdish authorities hope will help rehabilitate minors raised on the ideology of the Islamic State group.

More than 50 boys aged 11-17, some with parents hailing from Britain, France, Germany or the United States, live at the heavily guarded Orkesh rehabilitation centre near the city of Qamishli, close to the Turkish border.

Opened six months ago, it is the first facility seeking to rehabilitate foreign boys in the Kurdish-administered northeast, where prisons and camps are packed with thousands of IS group relatives from more than 60 countries.

The success of the centres is crucial to “saving the region from the emergence of a new generation of extremists,” said Khaled Remo, co-chair of the Kurdish administration’s office of justice and reform affairs.

Some of the boys wearing tracksuits played table soccer in one of the rooms, while others kicked around a ball outside in the sun, talking to one another in broken Arabic.

Tens of thousands of people, including relatives of suspected jihadists, have been detained ever since in the Kurdish-controlled Al-Hol and Roj camps, including around 10,000 foreigners in Al-Hol alone.

While girls are also in the camps, this rehabilitation centre focuses on boys because they would be who IS remnants — now in hideouts in the desert — would recruit to fight if they could, Remo said.

The boys at the rehabilitation centre were transferred from Al-Hol and Roj, authorities said, as well as from the Ghwayran prison, where hundreds were killed after jihadists stormed it early last year.

The facility also has dormitories, recreation areas and a dining hall, and the boys can play chess or watch documentary films and cartoons.

The centre’s goal is to prepare the boys “to integrate into their communities in the future,” said Aras Darwish, who heads the project.

“Our goal is to offer psychosocial and educational support,” Darwish said of the center, which provides individual and group therapy sessions.

Save the Children warned in December that around 7,000 children of suspected foreign jihadists were “trapped in desperate conditions and put at risk on a daily basis” in overcrowded detention camps in northeast Syria.

Russia repatriated 49 orphans aged between five and 15 from Roj and Al-Hol on Saturday, Kurdish administration and Russian officials said.

Children of foreign Islamic State fighters play table soccer at the Orkesh rehabilitation center in the countryside of Qamishli in northeastern Syria on March 7, 2023. (Photo by Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP)

In a meeting with the Russian delegation, foreign affairs official Roubil Biho accused the wider international community of “negligence… and not assuming its responsibilities.”

“At first, some of them refused to take part in classes with women teachers,” she said, as jihadists had imposed a strict segregation of genders when they controlled territory in Syria and Iraq.

Source: Times Of Israel

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20 Years After US-Led Invasion Toppled Saddam, Iraq Far From ‘Liberal Democracy’

 

Women hand out small Kurdistan flags to men gathering in Arbil on March 11, 2023, during a commemoration marking the 32nd anniversary of an uprising against the regime of toppled dictator Saddam Hussein. (AFP)

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March 12, 2023

BAGHDAD: Twenty years after the US-led invasion of Iraq toppled Saddam Hussein, the oil-rich country remains deeply scarred by the conflict and, while closer to the United States, far from the liberal democracy Washington had envisioned.

President George W. Bush’s war, launched in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, is seared in memory for its “shock and awe” strikes, the toppling of a giant Saddam statue, and the years of bloody sectarian turmoil that followed.

The decision after the March 20, 2003 ground invasion to dismantle Iraq’s state, party and military apparatus deepened the chaos that fueled years of bloodletting, from which the jihadist Daesh group later emerged.

The US forces, backed mainly by British troops, never found the weapons of mass destruction that had been the justification for the war, and eventually left Iraq, liberated from a dictator but marred by instability and also under the sway of Washington’s arch-enemy Iran.

“The US simply did not understand the nature of Iraqi society, the nature of the regime they were overthrowing,” said Samuel Helfont, assistant professor of strategy at the Naval Postgraduate School in California.

Bush — whose father had gone to war with Iraq in 1990-91 after Saddam’s attack on Kuwait — declared he wanted to impose “liberal democracy,” but that drive petered out even if Saddam was overthrown quickly, Helfont said.

“Building democracy takes time and building a democracy doesn’t create a utopia overnight,” said Hamzeh Haddad, a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Instead of discovering nuclear, biological or chemical weapons, the assault by the US-led international coalition opened a Pandora’s box, traumatized Iraqis, and alienated some traditional US allies.

Iraqi Kurdish women perform during a ceremony to mark the 32nd anniversary of an uprising against the regime of Saddam Hussein in Irbil on March 11, 2023. (AFP)

Major violence flared again in Iraq after the deadly February 2006 bombing of a Muslim Shiite shrine in Samarra north of Baghdad, which sparked a civil war that lasted two years.

By the time the US withdrew under Barack Obama in 2011, more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians had been killed, says the Iraq Body Count group. The United States claimed nearly 4,500 deaths on their side.

More horrors came to Iraq when the Daesh group declared its “caliphate” and in 2014 swept across nearly a third of the country — a savage reign that only ended in Iraq in 2017 after a gruelling military campaign.

Today some 2,500 US forces are based in Iraq — not as occupiers, but in an advisory, non-combat role in the international coalition against IS, whose remnant cells continue to launch sporadic bombings and other attacks.

The years of violence have deeply altered society in Iraq, long home to a diverse mix of ethnic and religious groups. The minority Yazidis were targeted in what the UN called a genocidal campaign, and much of the once vibrant Christian community has been driven out.

An aerial picture shows mourners carrying coffins during a mass funeral for Yazidi victims of the Daesh group whose remains were found in a mass grave, in the northern Iraqi village of Kojo in Sinjar district, on Dec. 9, 2021. (AFP)

Tensions also simmer between the Baghdad federal government and the autonomous Kurdish authority of northern Iraq, especially over oil exports.

In October 2019, young Iraqis led a nationwide protest movement that vented frustration at inept governance, endemic corruption and interference by Iran, sparking a bloody crackdown that left hundreds dead.

Despite Iraq’s immense oil and gas reserves, about one third of the population of 42 million lives in poverty, while some 35 percent of young people are unemployed, says the UN.

Politics remain chaotic, and parliament took a year, marred by post-election infighting, before it swore in a new government last October.

Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani has vowed to fight graft in Iraq, which ranks near the bottom of Transparency International’s corruption perceptions index, at 157 out of 180 countries.

“Every Iraqi can tell you that corruption began to thrive ... in the 1990s” when Iraq was under international sanctions, said Haddad, adding that graft is more in focus now “because Iraq is open to the world.”

Iraq is battered by other challenges, from its devastated infrastructure and daily power outages to water scarcity and the ravages of climate change.

Iran and Iraq fought a protracted war in the 1980s, but the neighbors also have close cultural and religious ties as majority Shiite countries.

Iraq became a key economic lifeline for the Islamic republic as it was hit by sanctions over its contested nuclear program, while Iran provides Iraq with gas and electricity as well as consumer goods.

Politically, Iraq’s Shiite parties, freed from the yoke of Sunni dictator Saddam, have become “the most powerful players,” says Hamdi Malik, associate fellow at the Washington Institute.

Vehicles drive along al-Firdous square in Baghdad on March 9, 2023 with a prominent billboard showing the slain head of Iran's "Quds Force" Qasem Soleimani (2nd-R) and the Iraqi Hashed al-Shaabi forces commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis (2nd-L). (AFP)

Iran-backed groups have managed to maintain a certain “cohesion” despite infighting after the last elections, he said, adding that “Iran is playing a crucial role” in making sure the cohesion lasts.

By contrast, Iraq’s minority “Kurds and Sunnis are not strong players, mainly because they suffer from serious internal schisms,” said Malik.

Pro-Iran parties dominate Iraq’s parliament, and more than 150,000 fighters of the former Iran-backed Hashed Al-Shaabi paramilitary forces have been integrated into the state military.

Baghdad must now manage relations with both Washington and Tehran, says a Western diplomat in Iraq speaking on condition of anonymity.

“It is trying to strike a balance in its relations with Iran, its Sunni neighbors and the West,” the diplomat said. “It’s a very delicate exercise.”

Source: Arab News

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Muslim Rights Concern Blasts Oyo State Governor For Inscribing His Name On Mosque

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde,

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By Don Silas

March 11, 2023

Islamic group, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has said that Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has no right to rename the rebuilt Adogba Central Mosque in Iwo Road Ibadan, which his administration demolished in 2020 after himself.

Akintola said, “Our attention has been drawn to the name of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, which has been conspicuously printed on the newly rebuilt Adogba Central Mosque, Iwo Road, Ibadan. It’s an insult to the corporate dignity of the Muslim community of Oyo State, in particular, and the entire Muslim Ummah in Nigeria.

“Makinde has no moral right to name the mosque after himself because it was a replacement of the original mosque, which was demolished by him.

Meanwhile, the Governorship election will take place on Saturday, March 18 2023, across some states in Nigeria.

Source: Daily post

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 India

Andhra Pradesh Muslim Government Staff Can Leave Early During Ramzan

Deccan Chronicle

Mar 12, 2023

VIJAYAWADA: Andhra Pradesh government has issued orders permitting its Muslim employees to leave office an hour early in the evening during the holy Ramzan month.

A circular issued by principal secretary Revu Mutyala Raju will come into force most likely on March 24 when the moon is sighted. It will remain effective till April 23.

As per the circular, all government employees and teachers who profess Islam, apart from staff working on contract and outsourcing basis, including village and ward volunteers, will be able to leave early; except when their presence is required due to exigencies of work.

Source: Deccan Chronicle

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What Happened At A Hindutva Rally In South Mumbai Alleging 'Land Jihad'

By - Anmol Alphonso

11 Mar 2023

The quiet lanes of fashion street in South Mumbai were filled with communal slogans on a Friday afternoon. A group of around 300 to 400 saffron-attired men, women, and some children, carrying posters and flags were part of a Hindutva rally, protesting against what they call "Land Jihad".

"Nahi chalega, nahi chalega Gad-durg pa Islamic atikraman nahi chalega (The Islamic encroachment of forts will not be tolerated)," they screamed, alleging that historic forts in Maharashtra are being encroached upon by the Muslim community.

Source: Boom Live

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AIMIM Chief Urges Muslims To Participate In Politics To Get Justice

12 MAR 2023

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday urged Muslims to participate in politics to get justice and to evolve from being "vote givers" to "vote givers." Owaisi, who was in Jodhpur for a day, has been exploring possibilities for his party in Rajasthan, which is up for elections in the year end. "Muslims only give votes and do not take votes like many other communities such as Jat, Rajputs, Gujars etc. These communities have not only given votes but taken votes too and have solved many of their problems unlike Muslims," said Owaisi. He said Muslims need to learn from these communities and build their leadership. 

"Democracy is not just about casting your vote. You also need to participate in it. Only then you will be able to do something for yourself," he said. "We want to offer Rajasthan a political alternative, where BJP and Congress are engaged in a musical chair game," he said. Owaisi said Congress government in the state has disappointed Muslims miserably, and referred to the murder of Junaid and Naseer in Haryana by cow vigilantes."Why did Ashok Gehlot and other Muslim legislators of Rajasthan not visit the families of victims when they could have done it instantly. It took Gehlot a long time to visit them and that too after we criticised them," he said.

Source: Out Look India

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Bengal STF arrests 4 illegal immigrants from Bangladesh in Kolkata

Suryagni Roy

Mar 11, 2023

By Suryagni Roy: The West Bengal Special Task Force arrested four illegal immigrants from Bangladesh in Kolkata's Salt Lake Sector 5 for facilitating the entry of other immigrants into the country without valid documents.

The Special Task Force apprehended the four immigrants for illegally infiltrating into Indian territory and acquiring forged Indian documents.

According to sources in the STF, the accused were allegedly helping other Bangladeshi nationals infiltrate into India. The accused also helped the Bangladeshi nationals with procuring fake Indian documents and relocating to various parts of the country.

Source: India Today

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2 Muslim Men Detained By Anti-Terror Agency In Madhya Pradesh

by Anurag Dwary

March 11, 2023

Bhopal: Two Muslim men have been detained by the country's top anti-terror agency for allegedly "instigating people to act against democracy" in Madhya Pradesh, sources have said.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) raided the homes of three men, after which it detained two of them - Abdul Aziz, 40, and Shoaib Khan, 26.

Source: Ndtv.Com

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Will they send 24 cr Muslims to China? Farooq Abdullah slams Centre at non-BJP parties meet

Sunil Bhat

Mar 11, 2023

By Sunil Bhat: National Conference Chief and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah has hit out at the Modi government and asked it not to divide the nation on religious lines. Addressing the media in Jammu after chairing a non-BJP parties meeting in the Valley, veteran politician said that communities shouldn't be pitched against each other.

"The politics of fear and hate is not new. What will they do to 22-24 crore Muslims? Will they throw them in the sea or will they send them to China?", Farooq Abdullah said.

"Gandhiji talked about Ram Rajya. By Ram Rajya, he meant welfare state where everyone will enjoy equal opportunities and no one will be discriminated against. We all must follow Gandhiji's principles", Farooq Abdullah added.

Abdullah chaired a meeting with leaders of more than a dozen parties earlier in the day. The meeting culminated with a decision to meet the Election Commission (EC) in Delhi for early Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir and the restoration of its statehood.

The meeting was held at Farooq Abdullah's residence. After the meeting, he said, “Today, Jammu Chamber of Commerce has given a bandh call against property tax. Youths are being lathicharged. This shows that the situation is not good in J&K.”

Source: India Today

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Europe

 

Justice Among People Is Best Solution To Address Today's Global Challenges: Secretary-General of Muslim Council of Elders Azerbaijan

11-03-2023

BAKU, 11th March, 2023 (WAM) -- The Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders Judge Mohamed Abdelsalam has emphasised that justice among people by spreading skills and opportunities is the best solution to address today's global challenges such as the climate crises, the lack of food and water, and the rising number of refugees and migrants as a result of the division, wars, and conflicts that the world is experiencing.

These issues, he added, have made it more difficult for millions of people to live in dignity and have in turn hampered efforts to bring about global peace.

He made the remarks during the session titled, “Migration as a Manifestation of Global Poverty, Inequality, climate change and conflict”, as part of “Global Baku Forum: The World of Today: Challenges and Hopes” held in the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku.

Source: Wam.Ae

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Worshipper Doused In Petrol And Set Alight Outside The West London Islamic Centre Mosque

Steve Hopkins

12-03-2023

An 82-year-old worshipper has been left with severe burns after being doused in petrol and set alight outside a mosque.

Police are hunting the suspect who launched the savage attack, believed to have been carried out by another attendee.

The pair spoke for around five minutes outside the building before the attacker set fire to the pensioner – before calmly strolling away.

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Sunak Bets On Islamic Scare Vote By Policing Its Flawed Immigration Policy

12th March 2023

By Prabhu Chawla

At last, the Empire strikes back. Britain's current Captain Kirk— Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who could be easily mistaken for a Bengali Bhadralok or a Gujarati barrister of the 1900s—is betting on 'Agli Baar, Sunak sarkar" by policing its flawed immigration policy. Xenophobia is the first refuge of the punitive patriot: to defend the British way of life, Sunak has introduced legislation to ban and deport the "new boat people."

The new law will apply retrospectively. Illegals from war-torn Middle Eastern countries crossing the Channel have been entering the UK and turning England into a non-Christian nation. Official data released late last year claimed that less than half of the British population called themselves Christians. Sunak's legislation hopes to change his nation's altered religious and social contours. The time-tested formula of invoking nationalism and identity politics to rally voters is as original as fish and chips.

The economic policies of Britain's new White Knight with dark skin aren't showing results. His leadership over the Conservative Party, dominated by whites, is shaky. His betrayal of one-time mentor and the then-PM Boris Johnson still rankles among loyalists. Tech mogul Narayana Murthy's powerful son-in-law also knows that opinion polls and social influencers identify immigration as one of the top three issues for voters. If Sunak is courting a midterm mandate, speaking the nationalist lingo could redeem his dim prospects. Is he inspired by the Modi Model? The BJP's power run is thanks to Narendra Modi's charisma and focus on Hindu identity coupled with economic growth. Sunak is also inspired by the European trend of the extreme right parties winning elections on the platform of protecting national cultural and religious character.

The dead Empire, which Sunak rules, had, by the 20th century, controlled about 25 per cent of the world's total land area and a quarter of its population. Its cultural and social domination changed world history with military might and an arrogant class structure with bigoted bombast that mandated 'No dogs or Indians allowed." That racist rant has now died with the fading echoes of British pride. Sunak has to be more loyal than the king to gain the loyalty of the voters. The rhetoric of the PM and his staunch anti-Asian Home secretary Suella Braverman is driven not only by economic concerns but also by a worry over the social fallout of unrestricted immigration. "My policy is very simple, it is this country—and your government—who should decide who comes here, not criminal gangs. They are paying people smugglers huge sums to make this dangerous and sometimes tragic journey. The reason that criminal gangs continue to bring small boats over here is because they know that our system can be exploited… We will det

Source: New Indian Express

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French Senate approves controversial pension plan amid protests

March 11, 2023

Paris, Mar 12 (EFE).- The French Senate approved President Emmanuel Macron’s contentious pension reform on Saturday, as protests over the unpopular plan to raise the retirement age by two years to 64 continued for the seventh day.

The Senate, or the upper house of the French Parliament, voted on the bill late on Saturday as demonstrators across the country took to the streets to protest against the government move.

French Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne said it was a “decisive step to bring about a reform that will ensure the future of our pensions.”

However, the National Assembly vote is expected to be close as the house, where the ruling party needs the votes of its allies for a majority, did not approve the plan previously.

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Mideast

Colonial Israeli Settlers Invade Courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque

12 March, 2023

Dozens of colonial Israeli settlers invaded Sunday, 12 March 2023, the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, performing provocative rituals under the Israeli occupation forces’ protection.

Local media sources reported that Israeli settlers broke into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa and performed provocative Talmudic rituals in some of its yards.

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation forces are widely spread across the compound of the Al-Aqsa Mosque to protect the colonial settlers, banning the existence of Palestinians.

Source: Days Of Palestine

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Netanyahu to defer decision on Evyatar until after Ramadan

Hezki Baruch

Mar 11, 2023

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to defer the decision regarding the regulation of the Evyatar outpost in Samaria and the eviction of the illegal Arab settlement of Khan al-Ahmar east of Jerusalem until after the month of Ramadan, according to a report by Kan 11 on Saturday.

A government source responded that the regulation of Evyatar will proceed and that the deferral is also due to staff work on the issue.

The Nachala Movement and the families of Evyatar attacked the decision and said that the deferral is a capitulation to terrorism. "The government that was elected by right-wingers who were sick of Gatz and friend's leftist government has no right to continue the same policy of evicting communities and pushing off the following through of agreements to the residents of Evyatar.

Source: Israel National News

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Two Police Officers Shot Dead In Iran

March 11, 2023

Unidentified gunmen shot and killed two Iranian police officers in the country’s southeastern Sistan-Baluchistan Province, Iranian state media reported on March 11. The incident occurred the previous day during Friday Prayers in the town of Goshan. The province, on Iran’s border with Afghanistan and Pakistan, has been the scene of protests for months following the alleged rape of a teenaged girl by a police officer. The area has also seen frequent clashes between police and drug-smuggling gangs.

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Why Iran’s Growing Influence in Venezuela Challenges the West

Michael Lipin

March 11, 2023

WASHINGTON — Iran is striving to expand its influence in fellow U.S. adversary Venezuela, which is hosting an Iranian cultural fair this week and seeking Iranian assistance to revive the ailing Venezuelan energy industry.

The International Fair of Venezuelan-Iranian Culture and Friendship opened March 4 in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, and runs through Sunday. It is organized by a Caracas-based group called the Center for Intercultural Exchange in Latin America, or CICL.

The U.S. research group Foundation for Defense of Democracies said in a report last December that CICL is a Latin American branch of Iran’s al-Mustafa International University, which the report describes as Tehran’s principal institution for recruiting, indoctrinating and training foreign converts to Shi’ite Islam.

Source: Voa News

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Pence warns renewed Iran deal would pave path to nuclear weapon 'in gold' for regime

By Adam Shaw

March 11, 2023

Former Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday spoke to Iranian anti-regime activists in Washington, D.C., and warned that the Biden administration’s efforts to re-enter the embattled 2015 nuclear deal would pave a path "in gold" to a nuclear weapon.

Pence spoke at an event held in the nation’s capital by the Organization of Iranian-American Communities, which calls for a democratic, secular, non-nuclear Iranian republic, and hailed the Trump administration’s maximum pressure policy toward the regime in Tehran.

That administration abandoned the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and re-imposed sanctions that had been lifted as part of the accord and also took out top General Qasem Soleimani in an air strike.

The Biden administration has changed course and has sought to re-enter the deal with Iran, and talks were revived in Vienna in 2021. However, those talks faltered last year amid what the U.S. blamed on intransigence from the regime — now led by hardline President Ebrahim Raisi. However, the administration has not abandoned the intent to re-enter the deal.

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Heidar, Shafagh missiles showcased in Army Aviation fair

Mar 12, 2023

The exhibition of the latest achievements of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army Aviation opened on Sunday morning in the presence of the top military advisor to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, Iranian Army Ground Forces Commander Brigadier General Kiumars Heidari and Commander of the Army Aviation Second Brigadier General Yousef Ghorbani.

A part of Iran Army Aviation's capabilities in different areas has been displayed in this exhibition.

Heidar cruise missile and Shafagh heavy antitank missile were among the achievements were showcased in the exhibition.

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Iran says oil exports hit highest level since reimposition of U.S. sanctions - Tasnim

March 12, 2023

DUBAI, March 12 (Reuters) - Iran's oil exports have reached its highest level in the past four years amid U.S. sanctions, the country's Oil Minister Javad Owji said on Sunday according to semi-official Tasnim news agency.

"We exported 83 million more oil barrels since 21st March 2022 compared to the same period last year. This represents 190 million more oil barrels exported compared to the period March 2021 to March 2022," Owji said.

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Arab world

Saudi identity makeover is in full swing before Ramadan

By Deutsche Welle

Mar 12, 2023

The symbolism of the latest megaproject for Saudi Arabia sought by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is even grander than its dimensions.

The New Mukaab, which translates to "New Cube," will be 400 meters (1,320 feet) high, 400 meters wide and 400 meters long. The inside will hold entertainment options, hotels and restaurants.

Bruno Schmidt-Feuerheerd, a political analyst at the University of Cambridge, told DW that "in the Saudi public sphere, religion is increasingly replaced by culture." He said the cube-shaped architecture was not unique to the Kaaba.

According to a royal decree by the crown prince's father, King Salman, in 2022, February 22 was introduced as a holiday to celebrate the foundation of the first Saudi state. Up until then, the country's National Day was celebrated on September 23. In February, Saudi Arabia celebrated its second Founding Day over a four-day weekend with events and fireworks across the country.

"February 22 is an arbitrary date that has no historical basis, and the intention behind this is a nationalist push to celebrate its own, nonreligious holidays," Schmidt-Feuerheerd said.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Qatar Islamic Bank launches Himyan Prepaid Card to secure payments

12 Mar 2023

Doha: Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB), Qatar’s leading digital bank, introduces a new Prepaid Card “Himyan”.

This is the first Qatari national prepaid card, to all existing customers, residents, and visitors of Qatar allowing secure payments within

As part of QIB’s efforts to support the national vision and enhance financial inclusion, QIB customers and non-banking customers, including visitors holding a valid QID or visa can apply for the Himyan Prepaid Card via the QIB Mobile App or by visiting the branch and filling out the required application form.

In addition to the flexibility of the Himyan Prepaid Card, customers can benefit from contactless feature, reaffirming QIB’s commitment to offer a seamless banking experience.

Source: The Peninsula Qatar

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Mecca moves to online education due to heavy rain warnings

Anadolu Agency Staff

12.03.2023

The education department in Mecca announced Saturday that learning will turn to online platforms Sunday because of heavy rain warnings.

State-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported that similar decisions were made by education directorates in Jeddah, Medina, Taif, Al-Bahah and other neighboring areas.

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Kuwaiti MPs attend 146th Asian-Islamic Conference

12-03-2023

KUWAIT: Kuwaiti parliamentary delegation participated in two coordination meetings on Saturday on the sidelines of the Asian and Islamic 146th Conference of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, held in the Kingdom of Bahrain until March 15. During the two meetings, members of the participating delegation stressed, in a statement reported by Al-Dustour News Network, the importance of coordination between geopolitical groups to reach consensus on issues of common concern.  The Secretary of the Parliamentary Division, MP Dr Mohammad Al-Mahan, and a member of the Executive Committee, MP Khaled Al-Tamar, represented the delegation in the (Asian) meeting, while MP Hamad Al-Obaid represented the delegation in the Islamic meeting.

MP Dr. Mohammad Al-Mahan, and a member of the Executive Committee, MP Khaled Al-Tamar, represented the delegation in the (Asian) meeting.

The participating Kuwaiti delegation is headed by the Undersecretary of the Parliamentary Division, MP Thamer Al-Dhafiri, with MP Al-Mahan, MP Al-Obaid, MP Khaled Al-Tamar and MP Jenan Bushehri.

Source: Kuwait Times

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UAE participates in Coordination Meeting of Islamic-Asian Geopolitical Group of IPU in Bahrain

11-03-2023

MANAMA, 11th March, 2023 (WAM) -- Saqr Ghobash, Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC), led the UAE Parliamentary Division to the Coordination Meeting of the Islamic-Asian Geopolitical Group which took place on the sidelines of the 146th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and related meetings in Bahrain.

The meeting reviewed issues on the agenda of the IPU 's 146th Assembly, in addition to discussing the most important issues and developments on the Arab and Islamic arenas, in order to exchange views on the issues raised, and coordinate positions on them.

Ghobash stressed the importance of coordination between geopolitical groups to reach consensus on issues of common concern at the IPU meeting.

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Saudi Arabia: AI services expanded in Grand Mosque

Ramadan Al Sherbini

March 11, 2023

Cairo: A Saudi state agency in charge of Islam’s two holiest sites has introduced a number of artificial intelligence-based services in the Grand Mosque in Makkah frequented by millions of Muslim worshippers.

The smart services include robots for sterilisation, disinfection, guiding visitors and pilgrims about rituals and providing fatwas (religious edicts) on queries, an official has said.

“There is a possible addition of simultaneous interpretation of different world languages and remote communication with the scholars,” added Eng. Wesam bin Mohammed, the deputy chief for technical affairs, digital transformations and artificial intelligence at the General Presidency for Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques.

“Modern technology, electronic platforms, digital apps and AI tools help in implementing the operation plan and meeting needs of worshippers in the Grand mosque while undertaking their rites by giving them smooth and easy access to services,” the official said.

Source: Gulf News

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Africa

Makinde: I’ll Treat Christians, Muslims without Favouritism

12th March, 2023

Oyo State Governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde yesterday pledged that he would serve the people of the state equally and fairly without any bias or favouritism when re-elected.

Makinde also noted that when re-elected, his administration would continue to be fair and just in relation with all religions in the state as he had done in the last 45 months.

He made the promise yesterday when he paid a visit to Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Edo and Delta states, Alhaji Daud Akinola, in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

The governor, who received Akinola’s blessings, also garnered Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Sheikh Abdul-Ganiy Agbotomokekere’s support for his re-election bid.

The duo of Aare Musulumi and Chief Imam of Ibadanland commended Makinde for governing the state with the fear of God as well as being fair to the Muslim Ummah and adherents of other religions in the state.

Source: This Day Live

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Crisis Looms As Rebuilt Mosque Is Named After Popular Christian Governor 1 Week to His Re-Election

by  Bada Yusuf

March 12, 2023

The decision of the Oyo state government to rename the newly rebuilt popular central Mosque in the Iwo Road area of Ibadan after Governor Seyi Makinde has met stiff criticism from the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC). PAY ATTENTION: Click “See First” under the “Following” tab to see Legit.ng News on your Facebook News Feed! According to Premium Times, the Islamic group is demanding that the old name of the mosque should be immediately reversed. Ishaq Akintola, the MURIC executive director, made this known in a statement on Saturday, March 11. In October 2019, Seyi Makinde said that the mosque would be demolished because of the construction of a bus terminal. According to the governor, the project was expected to be completed between 9 and 11 months. Governor Makinde added that a church around the terminal area would also be affected.

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Consider competence, youth representation in your cabinet composition, Muslim group urges Tinubu

By Taiye Agbaje

March 11, 2023

An association of Muslim men in business and professions, The Companion, has advised the President-elect, Sen. Bola Tinubu, to consider competence and youth representation in the composition of his cabinet.

The group, in its congratulatory message on Saturday by its National Amir, Mr Kamil Olalekan and the General Secretary, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir, also urged Tinubu to ensure that his cabinet composition had a national spread.

“The Companion felicitates all Nigerians on the successful conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly elections, especially for their doggedness and resilience while the results of the polls were being awaited.

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Southeast Asia

PM Anwar recommends more religious events be held for better understanding of Islam

12 Mar 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, March 12 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has recommended that more selawat and munajat (praise and salutations to the Prophet) events be held in this country to increase knowledge and have a better understanding about Islam.

“We can put in all efforts, make plans, design economic, cultural strategies, empower various fields but we have to leave the rest to Allah.

“That’s why I am taking this opportunity to celebrate preachers and religious scholars and get them to invite friends all over the country to this event where everyone is always sending selawat on the Prophet to acknowledge the great blessing that Allah has given us and use this diversity to enhance knowledge and understanding.”

Source: Malay Mail

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Maldives to resume diplomatic ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran

Fathmath Udhma

11 Mar 2023

Ministry of Foreign Affairs has disclosed that the Government of Maldives has decided to resume diplomatic ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Foreign Ministry states that this decision was made following the positive development seen due to the joint Trilateral Statement by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the People's Republic of China.

The Ministry states that the Government of the Republic of Maldives welcomes the Joint Trilateral Statement by Saudi Arabia, Iran and China, announcing that an agreement has been reached between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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Muhyiddin claims Umno can no longer champion Malay rights, only one person’s interests

By R. Loheswar

Sunday, 12 Mar 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, March 12 — Umno is no longer a party that stands for Malay and Bumiputera interests but those of a single person, according to its former deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who has since founded his own party, Bersatu.

The Bersatu president also claimed that democracy is “dead” in Umno, and that the country’s biggest political party has become a “tool” to protect the dominance of its one-time nemesis Pakatan Harapan (PH) since joining forces with the latter last November to be part of the government.

“Democracy is also dead in Umno. The party’s constitution has been broken merely to defend the interests of one individual. They have gone from a party that fights for all Malays and Bumiputera to look after the interests of one individual.

“This individual is also protected by the PH government leadership. For PH to remain in power they need to protect this individual who controls Umno. By controlling this individual PH remains in power,” he told hundreds of Bersatu delegates attending the party’s annual general assembly here today.

Source: Malay Mail

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Punish Perikatan for Kedah MB Sanusi’s remarks on Penang sovereignty, Guan Eng tells voters

By Ida Lim

12 Mar 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, March 12 — Penang voters can show their displeasure with Kedah Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor’s controversial remarks about their home state by punishing Perikatan Nasional and its component party PAS at the coming state election, DAP chairman Lim Guan Eng said today.

In the latest salvo against Sanusi’s continued bid to have the federal government pay more for the “lease” of Penang island from Kedah, the Air Putih assemblyman who is also Bagan MP said Penangites should hit PN and PAS where it will hurt them most — at the ballot box.

“On an individual level, questioning the sovereignty of Penang is similar to questioning the citizenship of a Malaysian that has been granted by the Federal Constitution,” he said in a statement.

Lim noted that the Penang state legislative assembly had unanimously voted on March 7 to censure Sanusi for doubting Penang’s sovereignty.

Source: Malay Mail

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Pakistan

Court summons Gill, ARY News head for indictment on March 22

Malik Asad

March 12, 2023

ISLAMABAD: An additional district and sessions judge on Saturday dismissed an application of Shahbaz Gill, chief of staff of PTI chairman Imran Khan, for deferring his indictment until the Supreme Court’s ruling in Arshad Sharif case and summoned him alongside ARY News director Ammad Yousaf on March 22 for framing of charges in a ‘mutiny’ case.

When Judge Tahir Abbas Sipra resumed proceedings in the case to indict Mr Gill and Mr Yousaf, the PTI leader informed the court that his counsel could not appear because he had met an accident. He then requested the court to defer indictment till the Supreme Court concluded the proceeding in the journalist Arshad Sharif murder case.

Since Arshad Sharif was also nominated in the First Informa-tion Report registered in this particular case, the proceeding of the trial court might be deferred till the final verdict of the apex court in the suo motu case, he suggested.

Source: Dawn

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Bomb attack on PTI MPA’s son kills two in Balochistan’s Kachhi district

Saleem Shahid

March 12, 2023

QUETTA: A bomb struck the convoy of Sardar Khan Rind — a former district nazim and the son of a PTI provincial lawmaker — in the Sunni Shoran area of Kachhi district, killing two of his private bodyguards and critically wounding a third, officials said on Saturday.

Mr Rind escaped unhurt in the blast, which according to officials was carried out using a remote-contro­lled improvised explosive dev­ice. No one has imm­ediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

“Two bodyguards were killed and one was injured in the IED blast while Sardar Khan Rind was unharmed in the blast,” he said, adding that the dead and the injured were moved to District Headquarters Hospital Dhadar.

Source: Dawn

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CEC Raja calls meeting tomorrow as PTI petitions ECP against Section 144 in Lahore

Irfan Sadozai

March 12, 2023

Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja has called a meeting of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday (March 13) to discuss the PTI’s petitions against the “illegal imposition” of Section 144 and ban on the party’s rallies in Lahore.

Ahead of its election rally in Lahore, the PTI approached the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Sunday against the “illegal imposition of Section 144 in Lahore” by the caretaker Punjab government.

Last night, PTI chief Imran Khan, in an apparent act of defiance, announced a fresh rally in Lahore today — days after the interim setup cracked down on the party’s March 8 election rally.

Soon after the announcement, the district administration banned on public gatherings through the invocation of Section 144 in the Punjab capital, citing concerns in the wake of a Pakistan Super League (PSL) match in the city.

Source: Dawn

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Shehbaz lays IMF delay blame at Imran’s door

Staff Reporter

March 12, 2023

ISLAMABAD: As Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday blamed PTI chief Imran Khan for obstructing the deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari sought the help of global financial institutions to tackle economic woes.

In a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, PM Sharif said the protests taken out by the former ruling party were a part of Imran Khan’s “plan to foment instability” in the country.

Mr Sharif claimed that the former prime minister did not want the masses to be lifted out of poverty. First, the PTI chairman exited the IMF programme and now he was resisting the courts, he said, adding Imran Khan also deviated from his promises.

Meanwhile, at the United Nat­ions, Mr Bhutto-Zardari asked for global support for the economic recovery of cash-stra­pped Pakistan. He described the delay in the deal with the IMF as “the cherry on the cake”.

The foreign minister, who was in New York to chair two UN meetings on Muslim women and Islamophobia, said at a Friday afternoon news briefing that the country was facing “a perfect storm of crises” and needed support to weather it out.

Source: Dawn

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Official presser deepens PTI man’s death mystery

Zulqernain Tahir

March 12, 2023

LAHORE: The mystery surrounding the death of a worker of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on Saturday deepened further after both the PML-N-led federal coalition and Punjab’s caretaker governments came up with a claim that Ali Bilal’s death was a result of ‘road accident’ and did not occur in custody, as is being alleged by the party.

In a maiden press conference, Pun­jab caretaker chief minister Mohsin Naqvi took on PTI chief Imran Khan and his party for peddling ‘propaga­nda’ especially on social media over the death of Ali Bilal, also known as Zille Shah, ’a special child, against him and senior police officers of the province.

PTI chief Imran Khan, on the other hand, demanded the constitution of a judicial commission to ascertain the ‘true facts’ surrounding Bilal’s death.

Foul play was suspected when the post-mortem examination of the body revealed that he died due to “massive blunt trauma, skull fracture, intracranial hemorrhaging and testicular injuries” with a total of 26 injury marks on his body.

Although the CM’s presser presented videos of the vehicle and the two men who brought Bilal to the Services Hospital, they could not put forth any footage in which he was hit on the road by any vehicle to substantiate their claim.

Source: Dawn

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PML-N to fully participate in polls: Maryam

A Correspondent

March 12, 2023

TOBA TEK SINGH: PML-N Chief Organiser and Senior Vice President Maryam Nawaz has said the party will fully participate in and win the upcoming provincial assembly elections, adding if the scale in not balanced, the exercise will be considered a mere selection.

She was presiding over an organisational meeting of the PML-N office-bearers from all the four districts of Faisalabad division on the second day of her visit to the city.

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, former state ministers Talal Chaudhry, Abid Sher Ali and provincial spokesperson Azma Bukhari also attended the meeting, besides other parliamentarians and party ticket-holders.

Source: Dawn

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PTI accuses PPP of ‘trying to buy’ its councillors-elect for mayoral election

Imran Ayub

March 12, 2023

KARACHI: The main opposition party, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), on Saturday accused the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) of approaching its councillors-elect in a bid to establish its “fake majority” for the upcoming election of Karachi mayor.

The newly-appointed party leadership for Karachi also announced to boost their activities in the city in line with the preparation for the upcoming general elections that they believed would reinforce the PTI’s majority mandate in the metropolis.

“PPP has been approaching our members-elect [of LG system] to buy their loyalty,” said PTI Karachi president Aftab Siddiqi while addressing a press conference here. “Let me remind the PPP leadership that we won’t allow them to repeat the episode of Sindh House [in Islamabad which led to a vote of no confidence against the then prime minister Imran Khan in April 2022]. This must stop.”

Source: Dawn

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Enumerators struggle to deal with challenges in census data gathering

Shazia Hasan

March 12, 2023

KARACHI: Enumerators from the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) going door to door to collect data for the population census have been facing a number of issues coming in the way of their work.

“They may also be right about not trusting a stranger asking for personal information. But they don’t even cooperate after we present them with proof of our identity,” said a member of a census team. “They say that they see messages on WhatsApp and other social media warning them against sharing personal information with anyone,” he added.

“We are all teachers — government officials. Doesn’t something about us or about our demeanour tell them we are not thugs,” he said.

Source: Dawn

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South Asia

Bangladesh not heading towards Chinese debt trap

Mar 12, 2023

Bangladesh yesterday strongly ruled out the possibility of falling into any Chinese debt-trap as the return on its investments is much higher than the cost of the funds, said Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen yesterday.

He made the comments in replying to questions from Richard Quest, CNN's Business editor-at-large, at the Bangladesh Business Summit.

The three-day summit, organised by the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), kicked off at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka to showcase the country's progress and potential to both global and local investors.

The debt-trap question has surfaced as Bangladesh has borrowed heavily from many countries, including China in recent years to pull off its growth targets. The bankruptcy of Sri Lanka, whose largest lenders include China, in 2022 has cemented the worries.

Of the $72.3 billion foreign loan, the World Bank accounts for $18.2 billion, followed by the Asian Development Bank ($13.3 billion), Japan ($9.2 billion), Russia ($5.1 billion), China ($4.8 billion) and India ($1.02 billion).

Source: The Daily Star

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Afghanistan Coffers Swell as Taliban Taxman Collects

March 11, 2023

AFGHANISTAN — A dusty logjam of trucks inches across a rut in the mountains splitting Pakistan and Afghanistan, teeming with a cargo of fruit and coal — and paying the Taliban authorities for the privilege of passage.

In downtown Kabul, a patrol of accountants inspects a bazaar, billing shopkeepers for trading honey, hair conditioner and gas hobs under the snapping white flag of the country's new rulers.

Afghanistan is frozen deep in a second winter of humanitarian turmoil since the Taliban seized power in 2021, but cash is changing hands at a dizzying pace.

The Taliban administration is proving adept at collecting tax — seemingly without the corruption associated with the previous administration.

At Torkham on the border, one trucker told AFP that under the old regime he would pay 25,000 Afghani ($280) at illegal checkpoints along a 620 kilometer (380 mile) trip to Mazar-i-Sharif.

"Now we travel day and night, and no one asks us to pay," said 30-year-old driver Najibullah.

In late January, the World Bank reported "strong" revenue collection at 136 billion Afghani ($1.5 billion) over the first nine months of 2022 — broadly in line with the final full year of the U.S.-backed regime.

"It has been reported quite consistently that they're doing quite well on revenue, and that too is happening when economic activity is quite subdued," an official with a foreign organization in Afghanistan told AFP.

"It was a shock."

However, in a country where the United Nations says half the citizens face severe hunger, the figures beg many questions.

At the coalface

About 60 percent of the Taliban treasury is funded by customs, the World Bank says, raised at tumbledown checkpoints like Torkham in eastern Nangarhar province, where truckers trade rubber-stamped paperwork for cash.

Incoming freight is mostly food — oranges, potatoes and World Food Program flour — but the outgoing lane is dominated by a convoy of lavishly painted trucks loaded with chromite and coal.

Neighboring Pakistan has been hammered by the global energy crisis caused by the war in Ukraine at a time when an economic crisis has withered its dollar reserves.

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Guterres, Bhutto call for stability in Afghanistan.

S.Muddasir Ali Shah

11 Mar 2023

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari have underlined the need for stability in Afghanistan.

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4.3 magnitude earthquake hits Afghanistan: National Center for Seismology

March 12, 2023

An earthquake of magnitude 4.3 hit Afghanistan on Sunday, according to the National Center for Seismology (NCS).

"Earthquake of Magnitude: 4.3, Occurred on 12-03-2023, 05:11:37 IST, Lat: 36.02 & Long: 70.58, Depth: 201 Km," NCS tweeted on Sunday.

The quake struck at a depth of 201 kilometres, at a latitude of 36.02 and a longitude of 70.58.

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Modernising the Mongla Port in Bangladesh

SOHINI BOSE

MAR 11 2023

As a country located in the Bay of Bengal, ports are an important part of Bangladesh’s growth story. For a long time, the responsibility of facilitating the country’s maritime trade has been on the Port of Chattogram alone. The situation, however, appears to be on the verge of change with China’s announcement of its decision to invest in the modernisation of Bangladesh’s Mongla port. After years of consideration, and a feasibility study which found the project to be “crucial to the development of Bangladesh”, Beijing finally sent a letter to Dhaka on 4th January this year, acquiescing to its 2019 request of funding the ‘Expansion and Modernisation of Mongla Port Facilities’ with a government concessional loan of USD 400 million . The framework of this loan stipulates that the project will be executed by a Chinese enterprise or by a consortium of Chinese companies, as China had sought the responsibility of implementing, operationalising, maintaining, and managing the project from the early rounds of negotiatio

The plan to develop the Mongla Port is one of the 27 projects that China and Bangladesh had agreed to collaborate on during President Xi Jinping’s visit to Dhaka in 2016. In the same year, the Mongla Port Authority upgraded its Memorandum of Understanding with the China National Complete Engineering Corporation into an agreement. However, the deal was terminated in 2019 given the paucity of communication from the company’s end. Consequently, the port authority struck a deal with another Chinese enterprise by the name of China Civil Engineering Construction Company in July 2021. However, it is interesting to note that despite these early agreements, the finances were not forthcoming from China until, the Mongla Port Authority, appointed Egis India Consulting Engineers Private Limited, as the consultant for a capacity-building project worth Taka 6,014 crore, on 26th December last year. The promptness of the Chinese decision to finally fund the project following the news of India’s involvement in developing the port is indicative of geopolitical competition brewing in the Bay of Bengal region. To make sense of this competition, it is, therefore, worthwhile to identify how China and India stand to benefit from investments in the Mongla Port.

As both its neighbouring giants are keen to invest in Bangladesh, the moment is ripe for the country to utilise the interest for its own infrastructural development.

Situated at the intersection of the Mongla and Prasur river in southwestern Bangladesh, the port is presently the second-busiest port in the country, although its traffic and cargo handling capacities are still much lower than the port of Chattogram. Nonetheless, the port is bestowed with the potential to serve as an international shipping hub, making it an attractive prospect for both China and India.

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Bangladesh sends fifth relief cargo flight to Turkey

12 March, 2023

The cargo flight transported a generous donation of 400 tents, 300 beds (mattresses), 300 sleeping bags, and 700 blankets, TIKA says.

The shipment was personally overseen by Turkish Ambassador Ramis Sen and TİKA Bangladesh Coordinator Sevki Mert Baris, who were both present at the airport.

Baris told Anadolu, "I want to share my gratitude with our Bangladeshi sisters and brothers from all walks of life. They have shown how they like Turkey so much once more."

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North America

Volunteers pack Ramadan food boxes for those in need

By Sia Nyorkor

Mar. 12, 2023

Islamic Relief USA volunteers met at the Islamic Center of Cleveland in Parma to pack Ramadan food boxes for families in need.

Organizers say as the holy fasting month of Ramadan fast approaches, recent census data shows that 34 million Americans reported to not have enough to eat each week.

The goal is to pack 15,000 food boxes nationwide, 1,000 of them in Parma and then distribute them to families who need them.

Source: Cleveland 19

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