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Muslims of Jamia Nagar, Delhi, Help Save Noor Nagar Temple from Damage; Temple Dharamshala Hosted Festivals of both Hindus and Muslims

New Age Islam News Bureau

27 September 2021

 

The swift move by Muslim residents of Jamia Nagar has ensured halting of damage to the premises of an old temple in the locality by by Delhi High Court

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• Muslims of Jamia Nagar, Delhi, Help Save Noor Nagar Temple from Damage, Temple Dharamshala Hosted Festivals of both Hindus and Muslims

• Pro-Taliban Leader Maulana Abdul Aziz, Calls For Islamic Revolution against Pakistani State

• Taliban Prohibit Barbers from Shaving, Trimming Beards in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province

• Out-Of-Control Foot Soldiers Run Amok In Kabul, Embarrass Taliban

• Zakir Naik Is Looking For A Daughter-In-Law, Will Be Shocked After Reading Conditions

 India

• Students Islamic Organisation of India Urged Telangana Govt to Delete 'Islamophobic' Content from School Textbook

• Delhi High Court Dismisses Plea Challenging Assumed Absolute Discretion of Muslim Husband to Divorce to Wife

• No Muslim or Christian in Cabinet... What Vikas, Questions Opposition Leader Siddaramaiah

• Hyderabad: 400-year-old mosque near Puranapul crumbling & in need of upkeep

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Pakistan

• Pakistan's Founder M A Jinnah's Statue Destroyed In Blast by Baloch Militants in Balochistan

• Eight terrorists arrested in Pakistan's Punjab province

• PML-N's Mohammad Zubair denounces 'fake and doctored' video

• CTD detains two suspected militants linked with IS in Karachi

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South Asia

• Washington Post Report: Collapse of Afghan Security Forces Was Not Abrupt but Slow, Painful: Report

• Strengthening banking system, economic growth is of utmost importance: Taliban

• Afghan airline flown out relatives, colleagues impersonating journalists

• Taliban asks international airlines to resume flights to Afghanistan

• Afghanistan President Ghani hacked: Facebook page posts Taliban support message

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Southeast Asia

• Malaysian Apex Court to Hear If State Can Empower Shariah Court to Review Fatwa

• Foreign minister: Special advisor Ahmad Azam to help facilitate Malaysia’s humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan

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Arab World

• Israeli PM Bennett Meets Bahrain, UAE Ministers in US

• At least 50 killed in fighting for Yemen’s Marib: Military sources

• Ethiopia suspends work of its embassy in Egypt for ‘economic reasons’

• If you want change, participate in the elections: Iraq’s PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi

• Russia raids kill 11 pro-Turkish fighters in Syria: Monitor

• Saudi Arabia’s KSrelief steps up mine-clearing project in Yemen: Officials

• Saudi Arabia intercepts explosive drone launched by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis

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North America

• US Allows Humanitarian Assistance, Quad Reaches Understanding On Taliban

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Europe

• EU peacekeeping force begins ‘Quick Response 2021’ drill in Bosnia

• Impossible for us to recognize Taliban: Italian FM

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Mideast

• President Rayeesi: Iran Never Surrenders to Bullying

• Israeli gunfire kills at least four Palestinians in West Bank: Palestinian ministry

• Two inmates found dead in Iranian prison south of Tehran

• FM Urges Implementation of Iran-Algeria Agreements

• FM: US Practical Measures, Not Conflicting Signals Important to Iran

• Top Diplomats Discuss Unfreezing of Iranian Assets by Iraq

• Iran Sends 2nd Consignment of Humanitarian Aid to Afghanistan

• We have established six armies outside our borders: Iranian military commander

• Gaza to begin rebuilding homes destroyed in May conflict

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Africa

• Sudan says thwarts Ethiopian incursion into disputed area

• Sudanese adviser slams calls for restructuring army amid tension

• Sudan says it repelled attempted incursion by Ethiopian forces

• About 2,000 people gather to protest against Tunisian president: Report

• Libya PM Dbeibah draws crowd for mass wedding, protest against parliament

• Khartoum dispatches delegation to contain Port Sudan protests

• Libya parliament speaker says to hand over power after elections

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Muslims of Jamia Nagar, Delhi, Help Save Noor Nagar Temple from Damage, Temple Dharamshala Hosted Festivals of both Hindus and Muslims

Sep 27, 2021

 

The swift move by Muslim residents of Jamia Nagar has ensured halting of damage to the premises of an old temple in the locality by by Delhi High Court

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NEW DELHI: A swift legal move by a concerned group of Muslim residents of Jamia Nagar has ensured halting of damage to the premises of an old temple in the locality by Delhi high court. A part of the dharamshala next to the temple was razed by miscreants recently.

The court stepped in last week after the Jamia Nagar 206 ward committee approached it and highlighted encroachment and demolition of the only temple in the area, which included the dharamshala situated at Johri Farm.

The upset petitioners, who live in Noor Nagar Extension colony, informed the court that a part of the dharmashala had been demolished overnight in haste and the entire land was levelled so that it could be encroached upon by the miscreants/builders.

Citing the layout plan of the area, in which the mandir premises were marked clearly, the committee headed by Fouzul Azeem alleged that a part of it had been demolished to erect a building and sell flats. Not only was the act by the builder illegal, it was aimed at earning money by creating communal tension in the locality, the plea warned, urging the court to direct the municipal corporation and Delhi Police to protect it.

“Noor Nagar is a huge area with a dense Muslim population and a few houses of non-Muslims (40-50 families). It is important to submit that both the communities have been living here for years with love, affection and brotherhood. However, the builder/miscreants are trying to disturb the brotherhood and harmony among both the communities,” the plea filed through advocate Nitin Saluja contended.

The residents further stated that they had made repeated calls to police and South Delhi Municipal Corporation officials regarding the encroachment and illegal demolition, but no action was taken, prompting them to approach the court.

When the bench queried about the razing of the dharamshala, the corporation clarified that it had not carried out or authorised any demolition. It added that when the property was inspected, no construction activity was found. However, since the issue was related to law and order and protection of the area, it had sounded out the police.

Police assured the court that it would ensure there was no encroachment on the temple premises and it would be preserved and protected. Binding both police and the corporation to their assurance, the court ordered them to ensure there was no law and order issue in the area and “the area depicted as mandir in the layout plan is protected and maintained as a Mandir and no encroachment by any miscreant is permitted on the same”.

Source: The Times of India

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Noor Nagar Temple Dharamshala Hosted Festivals Of Both Hindus And Muslims

Sep 27, 2021

New Delhi: The residents of Noor Nagar have many memories associated with the dharamshala of an old temple in their locality, a part of which was demolished overnight a few days ago by alleged miscreants. Not only did the Hindu residents pray in the temple, but the premises, including the dharamshala, was used by Muslims for many events, including festivals, weddings and ceremonies.

Syed Azeem Faizul (Arshi), a resident of the locality, said, “I moved court to ensure that the friendly atmosphere of the area was not vitiated. Noor Nagar is a Muslim-dominated area, but there are 50-odd non-Muslim families living here too. We have always promoted communal harmony in the area.”

Mathura Dutt Sharma, a 56-year-old local resident, said, “Years ago, people used to pray in the temple, celebrated festivals and performed marriage rituals. But suddenly it was closed. The Muslim community has always supported us. Even during weddings in Muslim households, people used to stay in the Dharamshala. It was also very helpful for the poor.”

Ram Naresh (46) said they had been living in the area for several years and had never been harassed by the other community. “I was 10 years old when I started going to the temple. I saw our Muslim brothers helping and supporting us during festivals,” he added.

Another local resident, 62-year-old Shanti, said, “After the temple was closed, we started celebrating festivals on the streets.” Munna (80) said the nikah of his daughter was conducted at the Dharamshala 17-18 years ago.

Reminiscing the Janmashthami festival that was celebrated with great fervour in 2015, Mohammad Harun (53), who lives near the temple, said, “We were all so happy. Later, the main gate was built and the temple was closed to the public. We will not allow any kind of communal disharmony in the area. I have also objected to the demolition.”

On Sunday, the temple gate was locked and a police Quick Response Team had been stationed there.

On September 23, the then deputy commissioner of police (Southeast) RP Meena had tweeted: “The property belongs to a member of the Hindu community who himself was dismantling and clearing the built-up area adjacent to the temple in his own property. No harm to the temple has been caused and it is intact.”

Source: The Times of India

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 Pro-Taliban Leader Maulana Abdul Aziz, Calls For Islamic Revolution against Pakistani State

26 September 2021

 

Pro-Taliban leader Maulana Abdul Aziz, calls for Islamic revolution against Pakistani state

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Islamabad [Pakistan], September 26 (ANI): Taliban's return in Afghanistan seems to have emboldened a radical leader in Pakistan, who have openly called for an "Islamic revolution" against the state.

Pro-Taliban leader Maulana Abdul Aziz, who is known for rabble-rousing sermons, recently said: "The coming of the Taliban was an act of God".

"The whole world has seen that they defeated America and its arrogant power," The New York Times quoted Aziz as saying. "It will definitely have a positive effect on our struggle to establish Islamic rule in Pakistan, but our success is in the hands of God."

Madrassas in Pakistan have long played a major role in fostering militant Islamic groups. The terrorists trained at these madrasas have targeted the neighbouring countries including India and Afghanistan.

The Afghan Taliban movement was spawned in a radical madrassa in Pakistan's northwest border region, and Lashkar-e-Taiba, a violent anti-India insurgency, was incubated in madrassas in Punjab province.

However, one such homegrown group also known as Pakistan Taliban has targeted the Pakistani government for years and is still active in Pakistan.

Red Mosque in Pakistan has acted as a bastion of religious defiance, a nerve centre of radical Islamist preaching.

In 2007, the Mosque and its next-door Islamic seminary, or madrassa, for girls dominated the news when it became the site of a bloody siege by Pakistani security forces after a week-long standoff with armed militants inside the compound.

Since then. Aziz has faced numerous criminal charges but has never been convicted.

Since last month, Aziz, and his followers have periodically raised a white Taliban flag on the Jamia Hafsa roof, defying government orders. The third time, on Sept. 18, police cordoned off the area amid growing alarm among nearby residents. Veiled students stood on the roof, shouting taunts.

Officials in Pakistan fear that the Taliban takeover in Kabul could embolden such extremists to launch a new holy war at home.

A surge in religious fervor has sparked violent riots by one group that seeks a crackdown on blaspheming against Islam.

Aziz declined to say what steps he and his followers might take now, only that they will continue the "struggle" to establish Islamic rule in Pakistan. In the past, he has openly called for an "Islamic revolution" against the state. Some see the recent Taliban flag skirmishes as a bargaining chip in the group's relations with the government, as both sides wait to see what happens next in Kabul.

"Most people in Pakistan do not endorse their approach," one Muslim scholar said of Aziz and his associates, speaking on the condition of anonymity to be candid. He said Aziz is "exploiting the moment" as well as his location in the capital. "The government cannot control that group," the scholar said, "but it should ask other like-minded groups to help deal with them."

In recent years, older students have acted as moral vigilantes, attacking music stores and kidnapping suspected prostitutes.

"We are all soldiers of Allah," Ghazi said as she showed a reporter around the facility. Sounds of droning recitation came from dimly lit classrooms, where girls of all ages were hunched over low desks with their heads covered, memorizing the Koran. (ANI)

Source: Yahoo News

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Taliban Prohibit Barbers from Shaving, Trimming Beards in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province

27 September, 2021

The Taliban has prohibited barbers in Afghanistan’s Helmand province from shaving or trimming beards, saying it breaches their interpretation of Islamic law and anyone who does not adhere to the rule will be punished, the BBC reported on Monday.

Some barbers in Kabul have also received similar orders, which included banning them from playing music in their shops, according to the CNN.

The rules suggest a return to the strict control of the extremist group, similar to that of its past tenure in power, despite their promises to exercise a milder form of government.

“You are urgently informed that from today, shaving beards and playing music in barbershops and public baths are strictly prohibited. If any barbershop or public bath is found to have shaved anyone’s beard or played music, they will be dealt with according to the Sharia principles and they will not have the right to complain,” the local authorities said in a statement issued on Sunday.

“The fighters keep coming and ordering us to stop trimming beards,” a Kabul-based barber told the BBC.

“One of them told me they can send undercover inspectors to catch us.”

Another hairdresser told the BBC that he received a phone call from someone claiming to be a government official who instructed him to “stop following American styles” and to stop shaving and trimming his clients’ beards.

Since the Taliban seized power in August, there have been many reports of harsh crackdowns, including the detention and assault of journalists, the use of whips as a form of punishment against women who took part in protests and the public hanging of alleged criminals.

In addition to this, the extremist group has not permitted girls and women to resume secondary education, breaching promises that were made when it came into power.

When the Taliban first seized power between 1996 and 2001, it banned flamboyant hairstyles, insisting that men grow out their beards. However, since then, many Afghan men opted for fashionable haircuts, the BBC reported.

“For many years my salon was somewhere for young people to shave as their wish and look trendy,” a salon owner told the BBC. “There is no point to continue this business.”

“Fashion salons and barbers are becoming forbidden businesses,” another said. “This was my job for 15 years and I don’t think I can continue.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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Out-Of-Control Foot Soldiers Run Amok In Kabul, Embarrass Taliban

Sep 27, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Despite announcing a general amnesty after taking control of Afghanistan, the Taliban foot soldiers have made life hell for the residents of Kabul and other cities with their acts of aggression against their political opponents and officials of the previous US-backed government.

Abdul Haq Omari, a correspondent for Afghan Tolo news, has been waiting for his turn to leave the country. Since August 15, he has not spent a night at his home in Kabul. Since taking control of the country, the Taliban have carried out a series of assassinations of political foes. A number of people, including civil and military officials of the past government, were killed and tortured.

Their top leadership had immediately announced general amnesty after they entered Kabul. But these incidents of vengeance by the Taliban foot soldiers have become a headache for the group’s top leadership, who have been trying to convince the world that they have changed. Mullah Muhamad Yaqoob, the country’s new defence minister and son of the group’s slain founder Mullah Omar, has been compelled to warn his fighters that their abuses would not be tolerated.

In an audio message, the Taliban minister said that some “miscreants and notorious former soldiers” had been allowed to join Taliban units where they had committed a range of sometimes violent abuses. “We direct you keep them out of your ranks, otherwise strict action will be taken against you,” he warned. “Under the general amnesty announced, no mujahid has the right to take revenge on anyone.”

According to Afghan journalists, majority of the Taliban fighter have not taken seriously the amnesty issue. “They just know how to fight because this is the only thing they have seen... They are not so organised and disciplined to follow a decree,” Omari, who had lived in the country during the past Taliban regime, told TOI. He said that any statement or order by Mullah Omar, who had ruled the country from Kandahar from 1996 to 2001, was taken in letter and spirit. “No one could dare go against it. The current leadership lacks the command and control over the group that its founder had. This is the reason that Mullah Yaqoob had to release a third audio message for his forces to improve their conduct,” Omari said.

Majority of the Taliban fighters stationed in Kabul are from the country’s rural Pashtun speaking areas. Many of them, according to observers, had never seen Kabul and life in other big cities before. Locals said that they act in a weird manner, like driving bumper cars in Kabul’s amusement park. Sporting long beards and wearing turbans, they enjoy taking selfies on swings, slides, merry-go-rounds, etc. In his message, Mullah Yaqoob instructed them to stop taking selfies. “You are damaging our status, which has been created with the blood of our martyrs.”

Source: Times of India

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Zakir Naik Is Looking For A Daughter-In-Law, Will Be Shocked After Reading Conditions

By Laxman Chaurasiya

Sep 26 2021

There has been a piece of big news about Muslim cleric Zakir Naik, who fled from the country due to allegations of religious hatred in India. In fact, he is looking for a bride for his son Farik's wedding. Yes, under the information received, he has also laid down a number of conditions for this. He posted on Facebook the conditions you can see here. Zakir Naik's terms for his upcoming daughter-in-law state, "Looking for a 'religious Muslim girl' worthy of his son. The character of a Muslim girl is a Very important condition.''

You can see Zakir Naik wrote, 'I am looking for a wife for my son Farik. A religious Muslim girl with a good character so that my son and his wife can become a strength for each other. If you are the father or relative of such a girl, answer this post with full details.' At the same time, Naik has shared information about his son and other family members. Tell all of you that Zakir Naik is currently in Malaysia. He has also given some conditions for her upcoming daughter-in-law.

He writes, "It is mandatory for a girl to be considered Islam in the face of the teachings of the Quran and hadith. The girl stayed away from all kinds of haram activities. The girl should be religious and her character should be enhanced. Our daughter-in-law should be the one who spreads the teachings of Islam. Avoid luxurious life and lead a normal life. It is mandatory to speak English. Also, be ready to live in Malaysia. The girl needs to be associated with an Islamic organization.'' Zakir Naik's post is now receiving a variety of comments.

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Source: News Track

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India

 

Students Islamic Organisation Of India Urged Telangana Govt To Delete 'Islamophobic' Content From School Textbook

Sep 26, 2021

HYDERABAD: The Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) has demanded that the Telangana government should immediately delete 'Islamophobic' content in Class 8 School textbook.

The SIO Telangana chapter took strong exception to a picture published in the 'Question Bank' for the Social Studies (English medium) of the Class 8.

The picture of a 'terrorist' shows him holding a rocket launcher in his right hand and carrying holy Quran in his left hand. It was published in the chapter 'National movement - the last phase 1919-1947'.

Dr Talha Faiyazuddin, president, SIO Telangana condemned the publication of 'Islamophobic' content and urged the state's education minister P. Sabita Indra Reddy to initiate action against the publisher.

He said such content will prejudice students' minds. "It is creating and propagating stereotypical, hateful and Islamophobic view towards the Muslim community, by showing a person holding a gun in his right hand and the holy Quran in left hand. It is a discriminatory and hateful content which destroys the harmony, unity and integrity of the society," he said.

The organisation said peace must be infused in the minds of students through peace education, and peace curriculum in educational Institutions. It demanded the education ministry not to approve such distracting content and take actions against such irresponsible and propagandist behaviour.

Source: Times of India

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Delhi High Court Dismisses Plea Challenging Assumed Absolute Discretion of Muslim Husband to Divorce to Wife

Sep 27, 2021

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has dismissed a plea challenging the “assumed absolute discretion” of Muslim husbands to divorce (Talaq-Ul-Sunnat) their wives at any time without any reason and advocate notice to her, saying the Parliament has already enacted a law in this regard.

A bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Jasmeet Singh said the petition was completely misconceived and there was no merit in it.

“We do not find any merit in this petition since the Parliament has already intervened and enacted the aforesaid enactment/ Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019. The petition is, accordingly, dismissed,” the bench said.

The bench noted that the apprehension of the petitioner woman is her husband would divorce her by resort to Talaq-ul-Sunnat.

“In our view, the petition is completely misconceived in the light of the enactment of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019, and in particular Section 3 thereof,” it said.

As per section 3 of the Act, any pronouncement of ‘Talaq' by a Muslim husband upon his wife, by words, either spoken or written or in electronic form or in any other manner whatsoever, shall be void and illegal.

The petitioner woman, in her plea, alleged that the practice is "arbitrary, anti-Shariat, unconstitutional, discriminatory and barbaric" and sought that the assumed discretion of husband to give divorce to his wife at any time be declared as arbitrary.

The plea also sought issuance of detailed step by step guidelines in the form of checks and balances on the issue of assumed absolute discretion of the husband to give divorce to his wife at any time without any reason.

It sought direction to declare that the Muslim marriage is not just a mere contract but it is a status.

The plea was filed by a 28-year-old married Muslim woman who said she was deserted by her husband by pronouncing instant 'triple talaq' on August 8 this year and thereafter, she served a legal notice to her husband for restitution of conjugal rights.

The plea said in response to the legal notice, the man has denied pronouncement of instant 'triple talaq' and asked the woman to give him divorce within 15 days from date of receipt of this notice.

Source: Times of India

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No Muslim or Christian in Cabinet... What Vikas, Questions Opposition Leader Siddaramaiah

27th September 2021

BENGALURU : There is not a single Muslim or Christian in the cabinet, though the BJP claims it is working for everyone’s welfare, opposition leader Siddaramaiah said, taking a swipe at the BJP slogan, ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’. He said it was the RSS which had chosen Basavaraj Bommai to be Chief Minister.

He alleged that former chief minister B S Yediyurappa had launched Operation Kamala to grab power, but the BJP had removed Yediyurappa himself.  Slamming the BJP as a “party that repeats lies over and over to make it the truth”, he said the party has “set up virtual factories that manufacture lies”. It is historically proven that RSS leaders did not participate in the freedom struggle, nor did they sacrifice their lives for Independence, and had only recently started chanting ‘Vande Mataram’.

Source: New Indian Express

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https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/2021/sep/27/no-muslim-or-christian-in-cabinet-what-vikas-questions-siddaramaiah-2364160.html

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Hyderabad: 400-year-old mosque near Puranapul crumbling & in need of upkeep

Sep 27, 2021

HYDERABAD: Standing for over 400 years now, the Mia Mishk mosque near Puranapul is now crying out for attention. Recent spells of rain, with more expected in the coming days, have weakened the mosque’s structure and further water leakage may cause damage to its entrance and walls.

Leakage and crumbling pieces around the structure have prompted the mosque’s caretakers to raise the issue with officials but they said there has been no movement on these complaints so far.

“The matter was taken up with concerned authorities on the instruction of our party chief Asaduddin Owaisi while representations have also been made in this regard. Water leakage inside the mosque and the developing cracks at the entrance need to be repaired immediately. The mosque should be protected as it an old and beautiful monument,’’ former AIMIM corporator, Mohammed Abdul Samad Warsi, told TOI.

The mosque was constructed between 1676 and 1678 by Mia Mishk, an employee under Abul Hassan Tana Shah, the ruler of Qutub Shahi dynasty. The façade of the masjid resembles the Charminar. The mosque has a unique structure and fountain while it also houses a dargah within the premises. People from various places pay visits to the site but many are disappointed over the structure’s upkeep.

Source: Times of India

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Pakistan

 

Pakistan's Founder M A Jinnah's Statue Destroyed In Blast by Baloch Militants in Balochistan

Sep 27, 2021

KARACHI: A statue of Pakistan's founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah has been destroyed by the Baloch militants in a bomb attack in the coastal city of Gwadar in the troubled Balochistan province.

The statue, which was installed in June at Marine Drive - considered a safe zone - was blown up by explosives placed beneath the statue on Sunday morning, Dawn reported on Monday.

The statue was completely destroyed in the blast, it added.

Babgar Baloch, a spokesman for the banned militant organisation Baloch Republican Army, claimed responsibility for the blast on Twitter, BBC Urdu reported.

The matter was being investigated at the highest level, Gwadar Deputy Commissioner Major (retd) Abdul Kabir Khan was quoted as saying by the BBC Urdu.

He said that the militants who destroyed Jinnah's statue by planting explosives entered the area as tourists.

According to him, no arrest has been made so far but the investigation will be completed in a day or two. "We are looking into the matter from all angles and the culprits will be caught soon," he said.

"The demolition of Quaid-e-Azam's statue in #Gwadar is an attack on Ideology of Pakistan. I request authorities to punish the perpetrators in the same way as we did with those behind the attack on Quaid-e-Azam residency in Ziarat,” Balochistan's former Home Minister and current Senator Sarfraz Bugti tweeted.

The demolition of Quaid-e-Azam's statue in #Gwadar is an attack on Ideology of Pakistan. I request authorities to p… https://t.co/X6FeRl5EmJ

— Senator Sarfraz Bugti (@PakSarfrazbugti) 1632644299000

In 2013, Baloch militants blasted a 121-year-old building used by Jinnah at Ziarat and raked it with gunfire, triggering a fire that blazed for four hours, destroying furniture and memorabilia. Jinnah spent the last days of his life there as he suffered from tuberculosis. It was later declared a national monument.

Source: Times of India

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Eight terrorists arrested in Pakistan's Punjab province

Sep 26, 2021

LAHORE: Eight terrorists belonging to four organisations, including Islamic State and TTP, have been arrested from various parts of Pakistan's Punjab province, police said here on Sunday.

In the wake of the recent wave of terror activities across Pakistan, particularly target killing of police officials, the Counter Terrorism Department of Punjab Police conducted extensive intelligence-based operations in the province during the last one week and interrogated 40 terror suspects, they said.

Of the 40 terror suspects, eight have been arrested from Lahore, Hafizabad, Gujranwala and Sheikhupura, the CTD said in a statement.

The arrested terrorists belong to Daesh (ISIS), Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Lashkar-e-Jhanghvi (LeJ) and Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) and were involved in various terror activities, including terror financing, the statement said, adding that weapons were recovered from their possession.

Source: Times of India

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PML-N's Mohammad Zubair denounces 'fake and doctored' video

September 27, 2021

PML-N leader Mohammad Zubair denounced on Monday what he termed a "new low" in politics after an alleged video of him and an unidentified women went viral on social media.

The video, which seemingly emerged on Sunday night, allegedly showed Zubair getting intimate with an unidentified woman. The video was among the top trends on Twitter.

In a statement issued early on Monday, the PML-N leader said: "This is no politics. In fact a new low."

He said that the video was "fake and doctored".

"Whoever is behind this has done an extremely poor and shameful act."

Zubair, who served as the governor of Sindh during the PML-N government's tenure that ended in 2018, said he had served his country with honesty, integrity and commitment and would continue to raise his voice for its improvement.

Anchorperson Gharidah Farooqi tweeted that Zubair intended to conduct a forensic audit of the video.

Meanwhile, Dawn.com is trying to reach the PML-N leader for more details.

Earlier this year, the PML-N leader was embroiled in another controversy when reports had emerged that his daughter and son-in-law were inoculated out of turn even though they were neither health workers nor elderly.

Source: Dawn

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CTD detains two suspected militants linked with IS in Karachi

Imtiaz Ali

September 27, 2021

The Counter-Terrorism Department and a federal intelligence agency carried out a joint raid at New Truck Stand on Karachi's Mauripur Road on Monday and detained two suspected militants linked with the Islamic State (IS) group, according to CTD official Mazhar Mashwani.

The official said the detained men had been identified as Naseemullah alias Naseem and Mohammed Isa alias Molvi Idris.

The CTD has claimed to have seized two pistols along with rounds from the custody of the held suspects.

According to Mashwani, the suspects were trained in Shorawak and Baramcha areas of Afghanistan and have expertise in the use of explosive material.

During interrogation, it was revealed that Naseemullah had married the daughters of two killed IS militants, namely Hafeez Pandrani and Mohammed Siddiq, Mashwani said, adding that both his wives were involved in the transport of weapons and explosive material to militants.

The officer added that Naseemullah had provided an explosive-laden Datsun vehicle to an IS militant, Abdullah Brohi, in Khuzdar in 2013.

The CTD had registered cases against both the detained men and they were being further interrogated, while relevant police stations had been approached for more information, the official said.

Source: Dawn

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South Asia

 

Washington Post Report: Collapse of Afghan Security Forces Was Not Abrupt but Slow, Painful: Report

Sep 27, 2021

WASHINGTON: More than a month after the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan, a new report has revealed that the collapse of Afghan security forces was not abrupt. On the contrary, it was a "slow, painful breakdown" that began months before the fall of Kabul on August 15.

The United States' role in Afghanistan has come under scanner after the Taliban's swift takeover of Kabul, following an offensive that saw the quick fall of the US-trained Afghan army.

A new report by The Washington Post has revealed that the Taliban started its offensive in the spring. As the pace of the US drawdown increased, Afghanistan's special operators were largely moved under the command of the Defense Ministry.

This shift robbed the forces of a degree of independence that had insulated them from the corruption that handicapped other branches of the security forces, a captain told The Post under the condition of anonymity.

As the clashes intensified, several Afghanistan police personnel on the front line were entering their sixth month without pay. This was reportedly a widespread problem that took down morale and made of government forces and made them vulnerable to Taliban offers.

Aside from no pay, the country's most highly trained fighters were assigned to defensive operations as the Taliban pushed closer to provincial capitals. With no US air support, elite fighters were tasked with running dangerous resupply missions that made them susceptible to the Taliban attacks.

Source: Times of India

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Strengthening banking system, economic growth is of utmost importance: Taliban

Sunday, 26 Sep 2021

Taliban say that the strengthening of the banking system, growth of commerce, and economy of Afghanistan is vital and will do their best in this regard.

The second deputy of the Prime Minister of the Taliban Abdul Salam Hanafi in a meeting with the authorities of the central bank and associations of banks said that the problems of banking will be resolved under the relevant laws.

The promise comes as the Afghan people are still struggling with the banking services by queuing hundreds of meters of lines and waiting for even three days to withdraw their money.

The central banks allowed firms and companies to withdraw $25 thousand per week though, the individual account holders are still limited to $200 withdrawal per week.

The limitations, huge unemployment, and freezing of billions of dollars of Afghanistan together have led to an economic and humanitarian crisis in the country.

Source: Khaama Press

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Afghan airline flown out relatives, colleagues impersonating journalists

27 Sep 2021

Bloomberg has cited a number of US officials that the Afghan airline-Kam Air- has evacuated 155 relatives of the owner of the airline and colleagues impersonating to be Afghan journalists and media workers.

As per the US officials, they planned to fly out 188 vulnerable Afghan journalists from Kabul International Airport to Abu Dhabi.

Journalists’ advocates and the Afghan journalists reacted to the evacuation and said that this was clear aggression on the rights of journalists and media workers.

The journalists’ advocate groups in Afghanistan say that Kam Air has committed a crime by stealing the identity of journalists which is a crime and asked the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to bring to justice the culprits.

Another group has asked both the Taliban and international journalists’ advocates to investigate the case impartially and punish those who committed the crime.

As per the report of Bloomberg, the people who have been evacuated are still in Abu Dhabi.

Source: Khaama Press

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Taliban asks international airlines to resume flights to Afghanistan

26 Sep 2021

Afghanistan’s ministry of foreign affairs in a statement said that the Kabul International Airport is fully ready to host international flights and asked the foreign airlines to resume flights.

The ministry has promised to be doing all the cooperation needed in this regard as all the technical issues have been resolved.

Though the airport has been fully functional for both domestic and international flights over ten days ago, the international flights except for Pakistan, Iran, and Qatar are yet to be resumed.

Spokesperson of the ministry of foreign affairs of Afghanistan Abdulqahar Balkhi has written on his Twitter post that the absence of international flights from Kabul has created many problems for the Afghan people and asked for the resumption of flights.

Source: Khaama Press

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Afghanistan President Ghani hacked: Facebook page posts Taliban support message

27 September, 2021

Hackers took over the former Afghan president’s Facebook page and posted a message suggesting that people should support the Taliban, according to his official Twitter account.

A message posted to Ashraf Ghani’s Facebook page on Monday afternoon urged the international community to “interact with the current government,” as Ghani’s government no longer has control of the country.

The message added that the current rulers of Afghanistan need “a hand of friendship” in order for the country to prosper.

Less than an hour later, the former president’s official Twitter account Tweeted: “The official Facebook page of Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has been hacked. Until it is retrieved, the content published from yesterday onwards on the Facebook page is no longer valid.”

The former leader of the US-backed Afghan government fled the country after the extremist Taliban took over the capital Kabul on August 15 following the withdrawal of US and allied troops.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Southeast Asia

 

Malaysian Apex Court to Hear If State Can Empower Shariah Court To Review Fatwa

September 27, 2021

PUTRAJAYA: A nine-member Federal Court bench will sit on Oct 12 to hear a women’s rights group’s challenge on the competency of the Selangor state assembly to pass a law that allows the state Shariah High Court to review fatwa issued by the state religious authorities.

Lawyer A Surenthra Ananth, who is member of the legal team representing Sisters in Islam (SIS), said the Federal Court registry notified the date to the parties in the matter after a recent case management.

“We have filed our written submissions and bundle of authorities for the Oct 12 oral hearing,” he said.

On Sept 22 last year, judge Zabariah Mohd Yusof, who sat as a single judge, allowed leave to SIS to have its complaint heard as a requirement under Article 4(3) of the Federal Constitution was satisfied.

SIS had filed the challenge on grounds that the state legislature cannot pass Section 66A of the Administration of the Religion of Islam (State of Selangor) Enactment 2003.

Section 66A states that the Syariah High Court in Selangor has the jurisdiction to hear judicial reviews against the decisions of state religious councils or committees.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Foreign minister: Special advisor Ahmad Azam to help facilitate Malaysia’s humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan

26 Sep 2021

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 26 — Commissioner to the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Datuk Ahmad Azam Ab Rahman has been appointed as Foreign Minister’s special advisor on Afghanistan.

Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said with his extensive network with non-profit organisations (NGO) and Muslim leaders worldwide, Ahmad Azam will be able help in facilitating Malaysian NGOs’ humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.

Saifuddin said Ahmad Azam, who is also chairman of Global Peace Mission Malaysia (GPM), has vast experience on Afghanistan that is valuable in providing crucial first-hand information on the ground to him and the ministry.

“He also helps Wisma Putra to facilitate humanitarian efforts by Malaysian NGOs. This is very important so that we have the proper understanding on the latest developments. Definitely Wisma Putra will be utilising many sources, but his experience and networking will help us to obtain additional important information.

“Looking at the prevailing uncertainties, it is crucial for us to keep in contact with reliable sources that we choose and look for. This is where Datuk Ahmad Azam can help,” he said.

Saifuddin announced the appointment at the KL Conference on Afghanistan: Re Emergence of a Nation, held virtually on Sunday. The event was jointly organised by GPM and Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM).

The foreign minister said Malaysia will continue to monitor the political developments in Afghanistan closely and build on its own understanding to help in reconstructing the war-torn country.

He said Malaysia should not fall into the trap of Western narratives on the situation in Afghanistan.

“We need to have our own understanding of what is happening in Afghanistan today, what happened in the past and how do we move forward,” he said.

The Malaysian government has also repeatedly stated that peace negotiation, reconstruction and rebuilding of Afghanistan should be Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Aghan-controlled.

“I believe it is the Afghanistan people who know best what needs to be done, they know better their history, their problems and challenges. The new reality they face and the way forward.

“While we in Malaysia, the ummah and the peace-loving citizens of the world must show our support and solidarity and try our level best to give whatever assistance possible to the Afghan people,” he said.

Saifuddin said that although Malaysia has yet to recognise the new Kabul government, it is committed to assist Afghanistan in humanitarian aid as well as to reconstruct and rebuild the country.

“We are committed to continue rendering our assistance, especially humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan,” he said.

He said Malaysia also continues to work with the United Nations (UN) and the OIC, and non-profit organisations such as Mercy Malaysia and GPM to provide humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan.

Source: Malay Mail

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Arab World

 

Israeli PM Bennett meets Bahrain, UAE ministers in US

27 September ,2021

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with ministers from Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, his first meetings with Gulf leaders since taking office in June.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

In the meeting Bennett expressed his support for the continuing relationship between the three countries on the anniversary of the Abraham Accords, signed by the leaders of Israel, the UAE and Bahrain in the US last September.

“I want to tell you that I met the King of Jordan and the President of Egypt, and they are of course delighted with the ensuing relationship between our countries, and I want to assure you of continuity. We are stable and we believe in this relationship, and we want to expand it as much as possible,” Bennett said,

Source: Al Arabiya

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At least 50 killed in fighting for Yemen’s Marib: Military sources

26 September ,2021

At least 50 Iran-backed Houthis and Yemeni pro-government troops have been killed as fighting intensifies for the key city of Marib, military sources said on Sunday.

“In the past 48 hours, 43 Houthi fighters were killed mostly in coalition airstrikes” west of Marib, a military source told AFP, while another source said at least seven loyalists died in fighting.

About 400 people have been reported dead in clashes in September for Marib, following a lull in fighting in the region.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Ethiopia suspends work of its embassy in Egypt for ‘economic reasons’

27 September ,2021

The Ethiopian Embassy in Cairo announced the suspension of its work, starting October, for “financial and economic reasons.”

The Ethiopian ambassador to Egypt, Marcos Tekele, revealed in press statements reported by Egyptian media that the duration of the suspension of the embassy’s work may extend between three to six months.

The crisis of the Renaissance Dam between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan witnessed new developments after the Security Council’s statement that the three countries should return to the negotiating table and reach a binding and final agreement.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that the Security Council’s statement on the Renaissance Dam strengthened the negotiating framework under the auspices of the African Union.

He added, in statements to the Egyptian Nile News Channel from New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, that what is issued by the Security Council has a mandatory character that requires that the three countries engage in negotiations and reach an agreement to end this crisis.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed that Egypt always looks forward to a binding legal agreement that achieves the interests of the three countries, Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, and ends this crisis.

Shoukry had confirmed that reaching a binding agreement on the Renaissance Dam would spare the region a complex scene that we do not want and whose consequences are not good.

Since 2011, the three countries have been negotiating an agreement to fill and operate this Ethiopian dam, which is intended to be the largest source of hydroelectric power in Africa, with a capacity of 6,500 megawatts.

In March 2015, the leaders of Egypt and Sudan and the Prime Minister of Ethiopia signed in Khartoum a Declaration of Principles agreement to overcome differences, but subsequent negotiations did not lead to a final consensus and a binding agreement.

Source: Al Arabiya

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If you want change, participate in the elections: Iraq’s PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi

27 September ,2021

Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi called on Iraqis to “quickly” obtain the voter’s card for voting in upcoming elections.

Al-Kazemi added in a tweet that “whoever wants reform and change for the better, must work on broad participation in the elections.”

The Independent High Electoral Commission announced that the distribution of voter cards will continue until October 5.

The legislative elections are scheduled to take place on October 10.

The elections will be held according to a new electoral law that adopts closed electoral districts, so that nomination does not require affiliation in lists and can be limited to a limited number of candidates, according to the number of residents in each district.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Russia raids kill 11 pro-Turkish fighters in Syria: Monitor

26 September ,2021

At least 11 fighters from a pro-Turkish rebel group were killed Sunday in Russian air raids in northern Syria, a war monitor said Sunday.

The strikes hit a school used as a “military base” by the Al-Hamza Division outside the north Syria town of Afrin which has been under the control of Turkey and its Syrian rebel proxies since 2018, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

“Eleven fighters were killed and another 13 were wounded in the Russian strikes,” said the monitor, which relies on a network of sources inside Syria.

It said the death toll could climb further amid ongoing efforts to pull victims from the rubble.

Observatory head Rami Abdul Rahman said such Russian raids are rare in this region of Syria, which has been controlled by Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies for three years.

A Russian raid outside Afrin last month targeted a position of Faylaq al-Sham, another Turkey-backed rebel group, he said.

A spokesperson for the National Army, a coalition of Turkey-backed rebel groups, called Sunday’s attack a “clear message from Russia” to Turkey, showing that there are no “red lines.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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Saudi Arabia’s KSrelief steps up mine-clearing project in Yemen: Officials

27 September ,2021

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) Masam Project for Clearing Mines in Yemen dismantled 1,755 mines during the fourth week of September 2021, officials said.

The figure comprised of eight anti-personnel mines, 1,203 anti-tank mines, 543 unexploded ordnance and one explosive device.

Masam is one of several initiatives undertaken by Saudi Arabia on the directive of King Salman bin Abdulaziz to help ease Yemeni suffering. Since the beginning of the project, as many as 277,060 mines planted by the Iran-backed Houthi militia have been dismantled. According to project officials, more than 1.2 million mines have been planted by the Houthis, claiming the lives of hundreds of civilians.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Saudi Arabia intercepts explosive drone launched by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis

26 September ,2021

Saudi Arabia’s air defenses have intercepted an explosive drone launched by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis toward the Kingdom, the Arab Coalition said on Sunday.

“We deal with sources of threat resolutely to protect civilians and civilian objects from hostile attacks,” the Coalition said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The Yemeni government, backed by Saudi Arabia, has repeatedly expressed its willingness to see an end to the yearslong war, which has resulted in one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes in the world.

Source: Al Arabiya

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North America

 

US allows humanitarian assistance, Quad reaches understanding on Taliban

Anwar Iqbal

September 27, 2021

WASHINGTON: The US Treasury Department has issued licenses to facilitate humanitarian aid and financial assistance to the people of Afghanistan, while upholding sanctions on the Taliban.

“Treasury is committed to facilitating the flow of humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan and other activities that support their basic human needs,” Andrea Gacki, director of the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said in a statement.

The facilities, announced on Friday evening, follow an understanding among Pakistan, the United States, Russia and China to hold Taliban to the promises they made when they seized control of Kabul in mid-August.

“Pakistan has always believed that the Quad provides an effective platform for sustainable peace in Afghanistan,” the country’s US Ambassador Asad Majeed Khan told Dawn in Washington.

Two of the four nations — Pakistan and China — have borders with Afghanistan while the two others — the United States and Russia — have been involved in military expeditions in the war-torn country.

The four apparently reached this understanding after consultations during the 76th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi represented Pakistan in these talks during his week-long stay in New York.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced this understanding among the four nations in his address to the UNGA on Friday and later reconfirmed it at a news briefing as well.

But Mr Lavarov also said that international recognition of the Taliban was “not on the table yet.”

Earlier during the session, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres alerted the international community that Taliban’s desire for such recognition was the only leverage they had over Afghanistan’s new rulers.

“What’s most important ... is to ensure that the promises that they have proclaimed publicly [are] to be kept,” Mr Lavrov said at a news conference on Saturday afternoon.

Source: Dawn

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Europe

 

EU peacekeeping force begins ‘Quick Response 2021’ drill in Bosnia

Gorana Jakovljevic

25.09.2021

The EU peacekeeping force (EUFOR) on Saturday began the "Quick Response 2021" military exercise in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Turkish soldiers serving in EUFOR, Bosnia and Herzegovina Armed Forces and Bosnia and Herzegovina Research and Protection Agency (SIPA) officials are participating in the exercise on the deployment and readiness of EUFOR's reserve forces.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Impossible for us to recognize Taliban: Italian FM

27 Sep 2021

The foreign minister of Italy Luigi Di Maio strongly reacted to the Taliban’s caretaker cabinet and said that it is impossible for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to be recognized by them.

Miao who was speaking on Sunday, September 26 said that at least 17 acting ministers of the Taliban are so-called “terrorists” and it is literally impossible for them to recognize their government.

It has been nearly 45 days since the Taliban takeover but has not been recognized by any nation of the world yet.

The Italian foreign minister said that the Taliban are accused of human rights violations which will not be recognized but added that the people of Afghanistan should be provided financial support by the international community.

Miao added that the world must get together to prevent an influx of refugees that will destabilize the regional countries and terrorism in the country.

It comes as the deputy minister of information and culture and spokesperson of the Taliban Zabiullah Mujahid has said that they will soon be recognized as they are in contact with the UN.

Source: Khaama Press

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Mideast

 

President Rayeesi: Iran Never Surrenders to Bullying

2021-September-26

“The Iranian nation enjoys the spirit of independence-seeking and freedom-seeking and whenever it feels that other countries are bullying, it does not surrender to it and shows a reaction,” Rayeesi said during the meeting in Tehran on Sunday.

He also underlined that Iran seeks relations and engagement with all countries based on mutual respect.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran wants cooperation and engagement with all countries, but this cooperation must be based on mutual respect and taking into account the interests of nations, and the hegemonic powers and the dominating system must not take control of these relations," Rayeesi said.

The president stressed that human rights have become a political means against other countries, calling on the new British envoy to Tehran to convey the realities about Iran to its own country.

Shercliff, for his part, said that this is the second time that he is serving as a diplomat for his country after twenty years from his first mission in Iran, stressing that he has good experience and knowledge of Iran and his main goal is to try to improve relations between the two countries with a positive and constructive approach.

Shercliff pointed to the history of Iran-Britain relations, and expressed the hope that a new era of relations between the two countries would be created and that he would play his role well in achieving that goal.

Earlier this week, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian in a meeting with Britain’s new Foreign Secretary Liz Truss rapped London and other European states for keeping mum and indifferent to the US moves against the nuclear deal.

The meeting was held on Wednesday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly’s 76th Session in New York.

The European attitude was helping “the US administration keep enforcing its illegal sanctions [against Iran], while at the same time laying claim to seeking a return to the JCPOA”, Amir Abdollahian said.

Iran has been given many words and promises alleging that the West intended to revisit its JCPOA approach, the Iranian top diplomat said. There, however, have been no actions, he added.

“Unfortunately, the UK has been part of this inaction too, and this approach should change,” Amir Abdollahian said.

“This is the obvious inconsistency that is being witnessed by the Iranian nation,” he said, adding, “For the current Iranian Administration, measurable actions on the part of the other parties in the JCPOA form the only yardstick.”

Separately, the Iranian official urged that the UK take action towards repaying its debt towards Iran.

Britain owes as much as £400m to Iran arising from the non-delivery of Chieftain tanks ordered by Iran's former monarchical regime. An international arbitration in 2008 ruled the UK owed the debt.

Rebuilding of the bilateral ties took serious action, Amir Abdollahian asserted, urging London to note that taking such action on its obligations constituted the only means of reconstructing the relations.

Tehran responds proportionately to any positive and constructive step, he, meanwhile, pledged.

Truss, for her part, alleged that the UK was prepared to repay the debt.

Concerning the JCPOA, she claimed that the main focus currently rested on resumption of the talks.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Israeli gunfire kills at least four Palestinians in West Bank: Palestinian ministry

26 September ,2021

Israeli forces killed at least four Palestinians during a raid in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, in a statement, said Israeli forces had mounted an operation against “Hamas terrorists who were about to carry out imminent terrorist attacks”.

He made no mention of casualties and an Israeli military spokesperson had no immediate comment on the raids.

Israeli officials have long voiced concern that Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, intends to gain strength in the West Bank and challenge its rival, the Western-backed Palestinian Authority (PA).

Source: Al Arabiya

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Two inmates found dead in Iranian prison south of Tehran

26 September ,2021

Iranian prison authorities confirmed the deaths of two inmates within a week at a jail south of the capital and opened investigations into the circumstances.

“A committee has been set up to probe the death of Amir-Hossein Hatami in Grand Tehran prison,” penitentiary authorities in the capital announced in a brief statement issued late Saturday.

The Ghanoun newspaper said Hatami was a 22-year who worked in Tehran bazaar and had been arrested after getting into a fight.

On Thursday, the chief of Iran’s prisons, Mohammad-Mehdi Hadj-Mohammadi, ordered an investigation into the death of Chahine Nasseri, another inmate of Grand Tehran, located some 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the capital.

Source: Al Arabiya

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FM Urges Implementation of Iran-Algeria Agreements

2021-September-26 

During the meeting held on the sidelines of the 76th Conference of the United Nations General Assembly held September 21-27, the Iranian foreign minister called for holding Tehran-Algiers political committee meeting to review ways to upgrade bilateral relations.

Amir Abdollahian expressed satisfaction over the current level of cooperation between the two countries and appreciated Algeria for its stance on regional developments.

The Algerian foreign minister, for his part, welcomed Amir Abdollahian's proposals and expressed his readiness to fly to Tehran to review the mentioned issues.

Source: Fars News Agency

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FM: US Practical Measures, Not Conflicting Signals Important to Iran

2021-September-26

“We said this clearly that we will use the Americans’ practical behavior as the basis of our judgment,” Amir Abdollahian told Iranian reporters on Saturday before leaving New York for Tehran.

“The Americans’ contradictory signals that are relayed to us through media or diplomatic channels do not serve as the bases of our final decision-making [process],” he added.

The foreign minister said Iran’s behavior was governed by “wisdom and logic”, reiterating remarks that he had made on various occasions during his stay too.

“While the (American) decision-makers’ and the White House’s behavior has come to be governed by some rashness and illogicality,” he added. The official cited the US recent actions concerning Afghanistan as a case in point for the US “wrong and inefficient” policies.

He had just concluded a four-day stay New York city, to which he had travelled to attend the UN General Assembly’s 76th Session.

The stay featured his sitting down with around 50 officials from various countries and attending several important conferences. He reiterated how he used the opportunity to outline the new Iranian Administration’s foreign policy.

Amir Abdollahian separately noted that his talks with world officials had featured a primary focus on economic and commercial cooperation with various countries.

He predicted that the country would witness some positive developments in the area in “the not-too-distant future”.

Iran and the other five remaining parties to the nuclear deal signed between Tehran and world powers in 2015, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), that is, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, have held six rounds of talks in Vienna to salvage the faltering agreement by bringing the US, as the violator of the deal, back into compliance.

In quitting the JCPOA in May 2018, the administration of former US President Donald Trump reinstated the sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the accord, while mounting pressure on the country with new bans, as the other parties stood by and failed to protect Iran’s contractual benefits.

During his first televised address to the Iranian people, Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi dismissed the idea of holding negotiations over the JCPOA revival under pressure, saying such tactics have never yielded the US and Europe any result.

“Negotiation and dialog have always been and will continue to be part of the instruments that are in the service of diplomacy. We do not balk at negotiation and dialogue,” he said, adding, “But the Americans and the Westerners are after negotiation in conjunction with pressure. This is while negotiations are there to avoid pressure.”

Source: Fars News Agency

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Top Diplomats Discuss Unfreezing of Iranian Assets by Iraq

2021-September-26

During the meeting held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Saturday, economic diplomacy was another topic discussed by the two foreign ministers.

Also an agreement was reached between the two sides on pursuing issues related to gas and electricity exports to Iraq. Amir Abdollahian and Hossein also agreed that certain issues between the two countries, including transferring Iran’s assets frozen by the Iraqi government (due to the US sanctions), should be pursued more seriously than before and the problem should be resolved as soon as possible.

During the meeting, the two top diplomats also conferred on bilateral ties as well as the latest developments in the region, the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan.

Amir Abdollahian and Hussein had also earlier this month held phone talks to confer on bilateral relations and the latest developments in the region, including the recent Baghdad summit.

The 'Summit on Regional Support for Iraq' was held in Baghdad late in August with participation of delegations from Iraq's neighbors and some countries in the region and the world except Syria.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iran Sends 2nd Consignment of Humanitarian Aid to Afghanistan

2021-September-26

The plane delivered Iran’s second shipment of humanitarian aid, including rice and cooking oil, to the people of Afghanistan in Kabul International Airport on Saturday.

Last week, an Iranian plane landed in the airport and delivered the first shipment of Iran’s humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, including food and medicine.

According to a recent survey by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), only five percent of Afghans currently have access to three adequate quality meals a day.

“In the last two weeks, about 50 percent of the Afghan people have been without at least one meal,” said Arif Husain, the chief economist and director of the Food Security Analysis and Trends Service at the WFP.

The UN agency has already asked for $200 million in emergency aid to deliver food to Afghanistan's vulnerable people before the winter season, Husain said.

He, meantime, warned that the war-ravaged country would run out of food in less than a month if emergency aid did not arrive there.

Source: Fars News Agency

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We have established six armies outside our borders: Iranian military commander

27 September ,2021

A prominent Iranian military commander said that his country has “six armies outside its borders that work for it.”

Gholam Ali Rashid, the commander of what is known as “the headquarters of Khatam al-Anbiya”, said in statements carried by the Iranian Mehr Agency, that Qassem Soleimani, the former commander of the Quds Force, announced, three months before his death, that he had organized six armies outside Iranian territory.

He added that Soleimani was supported by the leadership of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and the General Staff of the Army.

He added that these armies have ideological tendencies, live outside Iran, and their mission is to defend Tehran against any attack, according to his claim.

In his statements, he also said that these armies include the Lebanese Hezbollah, the Hamas and Jihad movements, the regime forces in Syria, the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces, and the Houthi militia in Yemen, stressing that these forces represent a deterrent force for Iran.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Gaza to begin rebuilding homes destroyed in May conflict

26 September, 2021

The reconstruction of homes in Gaza that were destroyed or damaged in the May conflict between Israel and Hamas will begin in the first week of October using aid from Qatar, a senior Palestinian housing official said on Sunday.

Gaza’s Hamas-run government says Israeli air strikes destroyed about 2,200 homes in the enclave during the 11-day conflict and damaged 37,000 others. Some homes in Israel were damaged by rockets launched by Islamist organization Hamas and other Gaza militant groups.

About 1,800 destroyed or damaged homes will be rebuilt in the first phase of work, according to Naji Sarhan, Gaza’s deputy minister for housing and public works.

He said that Israel had lifted some restrictions on steel and cement entering the territory in recent days. Last week, Egypt began repairing Gaza’s main coastal road, part of a broader plan to revamp Gaza infrastructure.

Palestinian officials say 250 people, including 66 children, were killed by Israeli air strikes on Gaza. Israeli officials says 13 people, including two children, were killed in Israel by militant rockets.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Africa

 

Sudan says thwarts Ethiopian incursion into disputed area

Buhram Abdel-Men'em 

26.09.2021

The Sudanese army said Sunday its forces had repelled an attempt by Ethiopian troops to push deep into the disputed Al-Fashqa border area.

“The armed forces resisted an incursion by Ethiopian troops and forced them to retreat,” Al-Taher Abu Haja, media adviser to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, told Anadolu Agency.

“The army will not allow the Ethiopian forces to enter Al-Fashqa again after reclaiming the territory,” he said.

With a 1,600-kilometer (994-mile) shared border, Sudan and Ethiopia are engaged in a conflict regarding al-Fashqa Triangle, a decades-long disputed border without rigid demarcation that was renewed in November.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Sudanese adviser slams calls for restructuring army amid tension

Talal Ismail  

25.09.2021

KHARTOUM, Sudan

A media adviser to the head of Sudan’s ruling Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, on Saturday criticized calls for restructuring the Sudanese army.

"Talking about restructuring the armed forces is intended to leave Sudan without an army or claws, to make it easier to divide and swallow it," Brigadier-General Al-Taher Abu Haga, said in a statement.

He described the calls as a "malicious” campaign targeting “the army and the dignity and pride of every Sudanese officer and soldier."

On Tuesday, the National Consensus Forces (NCF), which is a party to the Forces of Freedom and Change alliance, called for restructuring the Sudanese army and other regular forces, and the expulsion of remnants of the former regime of Omar Al-Bashir.

A similar call was made in May this year by the Forces of Freedom and Change coalition.

Notable parties in the coalition are the National Umma Party, the Sudanese Congress Party, and the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party.

Abu Haga slammed those calling for restructuring the army as seeking to “falsely portray to the world that the military is against democratic transition and the civil state.”

He hailed Al-Burhan for being “the leader of openness to the international community, the leader of the campaign to lift the siege on Sudan, and the protector of the democratic transition.”

Disagreements between the military and civilian components of the transitional government have intensified over a number of issues, including ongoing protests in eastern Sudan, power handover to civilians, and appointing a chief justice.

On Friday, a member of the Sudanese Sovereign Council, Muhammad al-Faki Suleiman, accused the military component of trying to control the political situation in Sudan.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Sudan says it repelled attempted incursion by Ethiopian forces

26 September ,2021

Sudan’s military said on Sunday it had repelled an attempted incursion by Ethiopian forces in the border area between the two countries.

The Ethiopian forces had been forced to retreat from the Umm Barakit area, a military statement said, without giving further details.

The head of Sudan’s military, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, told reporters the incident took place on Saturday. He said it showed how the military was protecting the country in the wake of a coup attempt in Khartoum last week.

Colonel Getnet Adane, Ethiopia’s military spokesperson, did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Source: Al Arabiya

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About 2,000 people gather to protest against Tunisian president: Report

26 September ,2021

About 2,000 people have gathered in Tunisia to protest against President Kais Saied, Reuters reports.

The capital Tunis’ central Avenue Habib Bourguiba has been reinforced with security teams, according to Al Arabiya sources.

All roads leading up to the avenue have been closed in anticipation of the protests.

A large number of security forces have surrounded the perimeter of the Municipal Theatre where a number of people have gathered.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Libya PM Dbeibah draws crowd for mass wedding, protest against parliament

25 September ,2021

Several thousand Libyans packed a Tripoli square late on Friday for a state-funded mass wedding celebration that also drew supporters of transitional Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah and protesters against the eastern-based parliament.

Dbeibah was installed in March through a UN-backed process to head a unity government after years of division between rival administrations in the civil war, and to prepare for an election.

The election is planned for Dec. 24 but there is controversy over parliament’s handling of a law for the vote to take place and analysts fear the jockeying among rival factions could unravel the peace process.

Dbeibah has courted popular opinion with measures such as financial support for newlyweds but has faced problems with the parliament, which was elected nationally in 2014 but moved east as the country split between warring factions.

The parliament has not passed his budget and this week its speaker, Aguila Saleh, passed a vote to withdraw confidence from the government though some members of the chamber said he had falsified the vote count.

Saleh had earlier passed a law for a presidential election that his critics said was tailored to allow him to run without risking his existing role by stepping aside for three months before the vote.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Khartoum dispatches delegation to contain Port Sudan protests

Buhram Abdel-Men'em

26.09.2021

KHARTOUM, Sudan

A government delegation arrived in Port Sudan city on Sunday for talks aimed at containing protests in eastern Sudan.

Demonstrators have blocked the city’s airport, and seaports and the main road between Khartoum and Port Sudan in protest of a 2020 peace deal with rebel groups, which the Beja tribes in eastern Sudan say it marginalizes them.

A statement by Sudan’s ruling Sovereign Council said the government delegation will hold a series of meetings with the city’s security committee and the High Council of Beja Nazir.

The delegation is headed by council member Shams El-Din Kabbashi and includes the foreign, interior and oil ministers.

The High Council of Beja Nazir complains about the marginalization of the eastern regions, demands the cancellation of the peace deal and the establishment of a national conference for approving development projects in the eastern regions.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Libya parliament speaker says to hand over power after elections

Walid Milad  

25.09.2021

TRIPOLI, Libya

Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives, Aguila Saleh, promised Saturday that he will hand over power as soon as a new assembly is elected.

We "will hand over power as soon as the new parliament is elected," Saleh told the local channel 218 in an interview that was shared by the parliament’s media office.

Asked whether he will run for the country’s presidency, Saleh said it is “inappropriate” for him to announce his candidacy “until the door for announcing candidacy is opened.”

He stressed that Libya’s solution lies in conducting elections and warned that any obstruction of the vote “will entail serious consequences and chaos."

Saleh also defended his move to withdraw confidence from the unity government of Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh arguing that "it was for fear that it would continue to sign contracts that would result in large debts on the people."

Source: Anadolu Agency

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