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Muslims Unite behind Congress amid ‘Hijab, Halal’, Fearing JD(S) Might Join Hands with the BJP

New Age Islam News Bureau

14 May 2023

 

Muslim students wearing burqas and hijabs protest outside the Shivamogga district collector’s office on February 17, 2022. (HT file)

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• Muslims Unite behind Congress amid ‘Hijab, Halal’, Fearing JD(S) Might Join Hands with the BJP

• Banning Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Only Solution, Insists Interior Minister

• Having Muslim President, VP, Senate President, Speaker Not Good for Nigeria’s Stability: Vice President-Elect

• Posing As Islamists, Russian Hackers Take Aim at Sweden

• Gaza under Attack: Israel, Islamic Jihad Signal No Near-Term Truce

 India

• Allahabad HC Overturns District Court Order, Directs Carbon Dating Of ‘Shivling’ At Gyanvapi Mosque

• Breach of Azam Khan’s fortress gives NDA its 1st Muslim MLA in UP

• ‘Division’ in Muslim votes helps BJP paint West U.P. saffron

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Pakistan

• Six terrorists killed in Muslim Bagh operation

• SCBA urges restraint as PDM gears up for sit-in

• Nadra launches platform to track sex offenders

• Poliovirus found in another environmental sample from KP

• Zartaj Gul among 55 booked on terrorism charges in DG Khan

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Africa

• FRSC: Sharia Law Won’t Be Incorporated into Traffic Regulations

• Nigerian Army to deploy 6,251 new soldiers against Boko Haram, bandits, others

• Tackle insurgency with dialogue, not kinetic approach, CITAD tells Tinubu

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Europe

• SNP Leader Says Labour Has Become A ‘Replica’ Of The Tories

• Ukrainian President VolodymyrZelenskyy lands in Berlin for talks

• Inside Kate and William's £635m Kensington Palace apartment including family portraits and modern touches

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Mideast

• Iraq and Iran Ignore U.S. Sanctions in Talks to Expand Energy Ties

• Iranian, Saudi FMs underscore mutual determination to improve ties

• Despite US pressure, Iran continues to engage in constructive cooperation with UN

• The Shell-backed gas project poised to profit Iran

• Frenchman 'Weakened' by Iran Prison Ordeal

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South Asia

• Halal Industry to Boost Vietnam’s Links with Muslim Countries: Official

• Pakistan and China Agree to Extend CPEC to Afghanistan, Stress on Combating Terrorism

• Russia Calls for Creation of 'Inclusive Leadership' in Afghanistan

• Bangladesh won’t buy anything from countries that impose sanctions: PM Hasina

• Bangladesh medical tourists back, city hospitals see pre-Covid numbers

• Islamic Finance’s profit dips 77%

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Southeast Asia

• Umnoin Unity Govt Not a ‘Forced Marriage’, Says Youth Chief

• BN won’t take state polls lightly, says Tok Mat

• Johari Ghani: Political stability important to attract foreign investment

• Anthony Loke: JPJ aims to go for full digitalisation to ensure more effective services

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Arab world

• Islamic Development Bank Group Signs Financing Agreements worth USD5.4bn

• Islamic Jihad says committed to cease fire brokered by Egypt with Israel

• Estonia follows Saudi reforms closely, wants to help with Kingdom’s transformation

• Guatemala president receives Saudi foreign minister

• Saudi Arabia arrests 11,549 illegals in one week

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North America

• US Welcomes Ceasefire between Israel, Islamic Jihad: White House

• Police arrest man after being found with BB gun near Scarborough mosque

• Is the UK too late to beat the US in the global trade war?

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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 Muslims Unite behind Congress amid ‘Hijab, Halal’, Fearing JD(S) Might Join Hands with the BJP

 

 Muslim students wearing burqas and hijabs protest outside the Shivamogga district collector’s office on February 17, 2022. (HT file)

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By Arun Dev

May 14, 2023

For the first time since 2008, a Muslim has failed to win on a Janata Dal (S) ticket -- the party has a strong presence on Old Mysuru region, which has about 11% Muslim population -- indicating one of the interesting sub-strands of the Karnataka election results, a consolidation of Muslim votes in the region in favour of the Congress.

Political experts said that Muslims appeared to have consolidated in favour of the Congress, especially in the Old Mysuru region at the cost of Janata Dal (Secular), which usually banks on VM (Vokkaliga-Muslim) factor to win big in the region. The JD (S) was the only party, which openly spoke against the hijab ban and halal issue.

“In the Old Mysuru region, along with the Vokkaliga votes, Muslim votes have moved to the Congress from the JD(S). Even though the JD(S) had taken a strong stand against hijab issue hoping to get more Muslim votes, the vote bank has rallied behind the Congress fearing JD(S) might join hands with the BJP,” said the political analyst A Narayana.

Indeed, while nineof the 15 Muslim candidates fielded by the Congress in Karnataka won, none of the 22 fielded by the JD(S) did. In 2018, of the seven Muslim candidates who won, five were from the Congress and two from the JD (S). In that election, 25 Muslim candidates were given tickets by the two parties, 17 by the Congress and 8 by the JD (S). The BJP did not field any Muslim candidates in 2018 and 2023.

Political analysts and party workers say Muslim votes matter in about 65 of the 224 constituencies in the state. An analysis of the election data showed that the Congress was able to win almost half of the 65 assembly seats where Muslims matter. According to Census 2011, the latest available, Muslims account for almost 13% of the state’s population.

In coastal Karnataka, the BJP won 12 of the 19 seats as compared to 16 in 2018. The Congress won five seats as compared to three in 2018 and the JD (S) won one. Of the 15 Congress Muslim candidates, only three were fielded from coastal Karnataka.

The BasavarajBommai headed BJP government in Karnataka introduced a slew of measures, which were seen as targeting the Muslim community. In 2022, the government banned Hijab in the pre-university colleges across the state, leading to protests in coastal Karnataka districts such as Udupi, which the BJP swept by winning all the five seats.

But Karnataka Education Minister and BJP leader BC Nagesh, who had enforced the Hijab ban and had urged an economic boycott of Muslims , lost from the Tiptur assembly constituency in Tumkur district.

In 2022, the BJP government passed laws against religious conversion and transportation of cattle in the state. Some BJP leaders also called for a ban on Halal meat in the state.

The BJP government’s decision to scrap 4% reservation for Muslims under the other backward classes category was seen as another onslaught on the minority population even though Bommai justified it saying reservation was not allowed for religious lines under the Constitution and that the community could get the benefit of reservation under the 10% quota for economically weaker sections. The matter was challenged in the Supreme Court where the state made a tactical retreat and announced that it would not implement the decision. The Congress has promised to restore the quota.

The Congress manifestor promised to ban organisations such as Popular Front of India and BajrangDal . PFI has already been banned by the Indian government, and the party’s invocation of the RSS affiliate Bajrang Dal did not go down well with the BJP with even Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashing out at it. The move, Congress leaders say, was thought ot.

“Before making the manifesto promise on Bajrang Dal, we calculated that the Hindu consolidation will not happen for the BJP. The reason was our surveys showing that BJP’s polarisation plank had peaked in 2018 assembly elections. So, Bajrang Dal was a gamble which has worked for us,” said a senior Congress leader who asked not to be named.

Although on Saturday there was no data available to gauge the Muslim consolidation in favour of the Congress, the India Today-Axis My India exit polls on Wednesday suggested that there would 10% increase in the Muslim votes for the Congress and results suggest a similar trend. Axis had projected 122-140 seats for the Congress. The Congress won 136.

In Old Mysuru, which falls in southern region of Karnataka having, 46 seats, the Congress won 29, the JD (S) 11 and the BJP 5. In 2018, the Congress won 11 and JD (S) 25. The BJP won 9.

Similarly, its success in constituencies in Bombay Karnataka where Muslims can influence the decision,helped the Congress win more seats in the region (17) than the BJP . This time, the Congress won 33 and BJP 16. In 2018, the BJP won 30 of the 50 seats in this region. “The Congress party is the only true secular party that cares for all communities. That is reason all communities including the Muslims have rallied behind us,” Congress leader MB Patil said.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Banning Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Only Solution, Insists Interior Minister

 

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah speaks to the media in Islamabad on Saturday. — Photo courtesy: PID

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Iftikhar A. Khan

May 14, 2023

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah on Saturday said banning the PTI was the only solution and accused party chief Imran Khan of recruiting, organising, training and arming thousands of miscreants across the country over a decade.

Mr Sanaullah also criticised the Supreme Court and the Islamabad High Court for giving “extraordinary relief” to the PTI chairman in several cases — an assertion also hammered home on Saturday by other key ministers, including Climate Minister Sherry Rehman and Defence Minister Khwaja Asif.

Speaking at a press conference in Islamabad, Mr Sanaullah even said that Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari — who earlier this week turned down suggestions to ban the PTI — had not opposed the idea.

What Mr Bhutto-Zardari actually said, according to Mr Sanaullah, was that he did not like a ban on political parties but also stressed that “we will be compelled to do it if he (Imran Khan) does not change his behaviour”.

On the judiciary’s role, he said the chief justice not only welcomed the “criminal” but also passed an order for Mr Khan’s stay at a government building as a guest with the freedom to meet visitors of his choice.

The protesters who took part in the arson and vandalism of May 9 after Mr Khan’s arrest would not be spared, Mr Sanaullah said, repeating a warning also issued by the prime minister and the military over the past days.

He alleged all these “goons” burnt houses and defence installations on Mr Khan’s directives and warned that they would be identified through CCTV camera footage.

Sharing the number of protesters, he said some 40,000 to 45,000 people had participated during the three days of riots erupted after Mr Khan’s arrest in a corruption case on Tuesday.

He, however, could not give a clear reply when asked why the army had been called in under Article 245 of the Constitution if the number of protesters was so small and why the government appeared to be helpless despite the presence of thousands of law-enforcement officials.

Asked how the government would react in case of contempt proceedings were initiated over the failure to hold Punjab Assembly polls on May 14, he said: “Let it happen and we will see.”

Meanwhile, Climate Minister Rehman accused Mr Khan of prioritising his own interests over those of the state, government and citizens.

“No one is above Pakistan, despite Imran Niazi’s messaging of being above the state,” she told reporters in Islamabad. “Imran Khan Niazi neither believes in politics nor in the democratic process. His tactics boil down to a premeditated bonfire of violence and chaos.”

She said the PTI chief was once again targeting state institutions, with his latest target being the army chief, as Mr Khan seemed desperate to cut a bargain. “But this time, no one is going to adopt him except his current connections in the courts,” she said.

The climate minister also highlighted what she said were injustices in the legal system and pointed out contrasts between the treatment of Mr Khan and other political leaders.

In Sialkot, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif also questioned the alleged facilitation provided to Mr Khan by courts, insisting that the “unprecedented relief” given to the PTI chief has dented the judiciary’s impartiality.

The judiciary should act according to the Constitution and law instead of personal liking and disliking, he said at a presser at his home on Saturday, the state-run APP news agency reported.

On violent protests, he said if the army and police had reacted to those incidents, the state would have suffered and Mr Khan’s “ulterior motives” would have been fulfilled.

Source: Dawn

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Having Muslim President, VP, Senate President, Speaker Not Good for Nigeria’s Stability: Vice President-Elect

 

Kashim Shettima

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Ahmed Oluwasanjo

MAY 13, 2023

Vice President-elect KashimShettima says having Muslims as president, vice president, senate president and speaker is not good for the country’s stability as it will validate the negative narrative of Islamisation agenda.

“What we are trying to avoid is a situation whereby the number one citizen, number two citizen, the number three citizen, and the number four citizen are all of the same faith. That will lend credence, validate the negative narrative of Islamization of Nigeria,” Mr Shettima said Friday in a meeting with elected House of Representatives members.

“This is why my principal, a fair-minded leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is more inclined towards having the number three citizen from the South/south or the south-east. Even in the current circumstance that we find ourselves in, the stability of the nation is much more important than any other consideration. All other considerations have to be relegated to the background because we are talking about the stability of the nation,” he added.

Mr Shettima’s statement comes as the push for who becomes senate president and speaker of the 10th National Assembly continues with elected members scrambling for the positions.

Mr Shettima and his principal, Mr Tinubu, both Muslims, emerged winners of the February 25th presidential election, despite criticisms against same faith ticket.

Their emergence disrupted long-time political arrangement that has seen Muslims and Christians share leadership positions in the country.

In July 2022, before the presidential election, Peoples Gazette exclusively reported that the State Security Service in a secret memo to President Muhammadu Buhari warned that Mr Tinubu’s choice of vice-presidential candidate for the 2023 presidential election would trigger a sectarian crisis that could destabilise Nigeria.

Source: Gazettengr.Com

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Posing As Islamists, Russian Hackers Take Aim at Sweden

 

A poster at the Swedish Psychological Defence Agency in Solna, Sweden.Photographer: Erika Gerdemark/Bloomberg

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May 14, 2023

Since February, a mysterious hacker group calling itself Anonymous Sudan has targeted dozens of Swedish airports, hospitals and banks with distributed denial-of-service attacks, ostensibly in response to the burning of a Quran in front of the Turkish embassy in Stockholm earlier this year.

The so-called DDoS attacks, which push websites and services offline by overwhelming them with internet traffic, disrupted online programming at Sweden’s national public broadcaster and knocked out the websites of Scandinavian Airlines, state-owned power company Vattenfall, and defence firm Saab AB. Extensive media coverage has made the attacks — and A

Source: Bloomberg.Com

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Gaza Under Attack: Israel, Islamic Jihad Signal No Near-Term Truce

 

Rockets are launched by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, in Gaza, Saturday, May 13, 2023. AP/PTI

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13 May, 2023

Early on Saturday, Palestinian fighters fired rockets from Gaza towards Israel in response to attacks by Israeli aircrafts on the fifth day of aggression on the coastal enclave.

The violence also spilled onto the occupied West Bank, where two Palestinians were killed in an Israeli raid on the outskirts of Nablus.

A new ceasefire proposal was circulated late on Friday by Egypt, which has been mediating between the two sides after a previous bid fell through, a Palestinian source has said.

A Palestinian official familiar with the truce talks described them as "complicated" and "tough" but confirmed that Cairo was pressing ahead with its efforts.

The New Arab brings you the latest developments with our live blog on the Israeli attack on Gaza. Join us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to stay updated.

Source: New Arab

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 India

Allahabad HC Overturns District Court Order, Directs Carbon Dating Of ‘Shivling’ At GyanvapiMosque

By: Abhinav Singh

May 13, 2023

The Allahabad High Court on Friday set aside a lower court order and directed the authorities to conduct a 'scientific survey', including carbon dating of the ‘shivling’ (a sacred Hindu symbol of Lord Shiva) that was discovered last year at the Gyanvapi mosque complex in Varanasi during a videographic survey.

In October 2022, the Varanasi district court had rejected the demand for carbon dating the structure. However, Justice Arvind Kumar Mishra not only accepted the revision petition filed by Laxmi Devi and three others against the district court order but also directed the Varanasi district judge to proceed in accordance with the law on the application by Hindu worshippers.

"The district judge passed the order without any basis as it should have called for expert opinion from Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on whether carbon dating of the shivling could be done without causing any harm. Therefore, the order should be quashed," argued Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain who appeared for the revisionists.

Source: Wio News

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Breach of Azam Khan’s fortress gives NDA its 1st Muslim MLA in UP

May 14, 2023

LUCKNOW: BJP-led NDA got its first Muslim MLA in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday when Shafiq Ahmad Ansari of ally Apna Dal (S) defeated SP’s AnuradhaChaudhan in the byelectiontotheSuar assembly seat in Rampur, completing a final assault on disqualified MP Azam Khan’s fortress.

Anupriya Patel-led AD(S) also retained the Chhanbey reserved seat in Mirzapur district that fell vacant with the death of the incumbent, Rahul Kol, thisFebruary. The latter’s wife, RinkiKol, defeated Samajwadi Party’s KirtiKol by 9,587 votes.

The Suarbypoll was necessitated by Azam’s son Abdullah Azam being disqualified as an MLA following his conviction in a criminal case in February. The twin victories take the party’s tally in the assembly to 15 and NDA’s to 276. Akhilesh Yadav’s SP is down to 110.

Source: Times Of India

 

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‘Division’ In Muslim Votes Helps BJP Paint West U.P. Saffron

By S Raju

May 13, 2023

MEERUT As Muslim votes got divided among parties like Congress, Samajwadi Party (SP), BahujanSamaj Party (BSP), and All India Majlis-e-IttehadulMuslimeen (AIMIM), it got easy for the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to sweep the mayoral elections in the western part of Uttar Pradesh.

Taking everyone by surprise, AIMIM candidate Anas received 1,28,547 votes in Meerut, which was way more than 12,583 votes of Samajwadi Party candidate Seem Pradhan, who secured 1,15,964 votes. Meanwhile, BSP candidate Hasmat Ali received 54,076 votes. This division in votes of Muslims paved the way for a thumping victory of BJP candidate HarikantAhluwali, who received 2, 35 953 votes and defeated AIMIM’s candidate by a margin of 1,07,406 votes.

This division of Muslim votes took place despite a nine-km-long roadshow of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav in the old city area. The division in Muslim votes was expected because party’s Muslim voters were annoyed with the decision of giving ticket to Seema Pradhan, who is a Gurjar. Notably, the city has only about 22,000-24,000 Gurjar voters.

A party leader, on the condition of anonymity, said that the city has more than four lakh Muslim voters and therefore, party’s city MLA Rafeeq Ansari had demanded ticket for his wife. However, the SP brass chose Seema. The SP leader added that Akhilesh Yadav was aware about the annoyance of Muslim leaders and therefore, he even visited the house of Ansari after his road show. Nevertheless, his efforts could not salvage the loss of Muslims votes in favour of AIMIM candidate Anas.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Pakistan

Six terrorists killed in Muslim Bagh operation

Tahir Niaz

May 14, 2023

ISLAMABAD -Pakistan’s security forces killed at least six terrorists during the clearance operation at Frontier Corps (FC) compound Muslim Bagh in Northern Balochistan, said the ISPR on Saturday adding that seven sons of the soil including a civilian also embraced Shahadat. The clearance operation at Frontier Corps (FC) compound Muslim Bagh in Northern Balochistan, which started on the evening of May 12 after repulsing the initial onslaught of the terrorists, was completed in the morning of May 13, according to the media wing of the military. The complex clearance operation involved hostage rescue operation as well to save three families from a residential block. The terrorists had not even spared children of their horrendous approach, said the ISPR further. “All six terrorists in the compound, who were well-equipped, have been sent to hell. Necessary intelligence follow-up will continue to trace their linkages and arrest facilitators and expose their sponsors,” said the ISPR in the statement. In the process of clearance operation, however, the ISPR added, seven sons of the soil including a civilian embraced Shahadat while another six individuals including a woman were injured.

Source: Nation.Com.Pk

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SCBA urges restraint as PDM gears up for sit-in

Nasir Iqbal

May 14, 2023

ISLAMABAD: As the ruling coalition goes ahead with its plan to stage a sit-in against the judiciary for allegedly favouring PTI chief Imran Khan, the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has urged political parties to refrain from such a move.

And to pre-empt any untoward incident, the Supreme Court’s registrar, Ishrat Ali, on Saturday called a meeting of the Islamabad administration and police for a briefing on security arrangements.

The protest was announced by JUI-F chief MaulanaFazlurReh­man, who also heads the Pak­istan Democratic Movement (PDM) alliance, on Friday. The sit-in has been planned at Constitution Avenue in Islamabad, outside the Supreme Court building, on Monday, when the top court is set to start hearing an Election Commission’s petition seeking to revisit its verdict on the Punjab polls date.

In a statement, SCBA Presi­dent Abid S. Zuberi and Secr­e­tary Muqtedir Akhtar Shab­bir requested the ruling political parties not to hold the pro­test or take action that may undermine the integrity and functioning of the judiciary.

They also called upon the political stakeholders to reduce the political temperature in the best interest of the country’s progress.

Source: Dawn

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Nadra launches platform to track sex offenders

Iftikhar A. Khan

May 14, 2023

ISLAMABAD: The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) has developed National Sex Offenders Registry (NSOR) platform coupled with an SMS verification service to help citizens and institutions identify and track individuals convicted of sex crimes against children and women.

It is a dynamic database of sexual convicts. The links are established with various law enforcement departments and provincial governments so that updates are made in real time.

This move is aimed at making the service more dynamic and responsive to the needs of the institutions and people at large in preventing sexual violence and abuse.

Source: Dawn

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Poliovirus found in another environmental sample from KP

Amin Ahmed

May 14, 2023

ISLAMABAD: While the Pakis­tan Polio Laboratory at the National Institute of Health confirmed the detection of wild poliovirus in an environmental sample from district South Waziristan of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Islamic Devel­opment Bank approved a financing contribution of $100 million, inclusive of a $35 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to the fourth phase of polio eradication project in Pakistan.

According to the Pakistan Polio Lab, the wild poliovirus Type-1, which was isolated from a sewage sample collected from Qureshi Mohalla in the district’s WachaKhaura union council, was genetically linked to poliovirus found in sewage sample collected from the same district in September 2022.

Since three of the six positive samples detected in Pakistan this year belong to Afghanistan, officials believe there are 75pc chances of its spread from the neighbouring country where 22 environmental samples have been found positive, though both countries have reported one case each.

Talking to Dawn, National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) for Polio Eradication Coordinator Dr ShahzadBaig said: “As per genome sequencing three of six samples reported from Pakistan belonged to Afghan origin.” He believed there were only 25pc chances of local spread of virus in Pakistan, as there were 75pc chances the virus would spread from Afghanistan.

Source: Dawn

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Zartaj Gul among 55 booked on terrorism charges in DG Khan

Our Correspondent

May 14, 2023

DERA GHAZI KHAN: Police have registered a case against 55 PTI protesters, 25 of them nominated, including former federal minister Ms Zartaj Gul and a former adviser to the chief minister, under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) and various sections of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

Those booked by Gaddai police include former federal minister Zartaj Gul, former health advisor HanifPatafi, Malik Iqbal Saqib and others, for allegedly disturbing peace, blocking roads, shouting slogans against the government and the army, attacking police personnel and taking other illegal actions.

According to the FIR registered on the complaint of Gaddai police station Sub-Inspector ImtiazAlam, he was present at Pul Dot, along with a police team, when Ms Zartaj Gul, HanifPatafi, Malik Iqbal Saqib, RuqiyaRamzan, 25 nominated and 30 unidentified protesters, blocked the inter-provincial Indus Highway and Dera-Quetta road on SangamChowk.

Source: Dawn

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Africa

FRSC: Sharia Law Won’t Be Incorporated into Traffic Regulations

14-05-2023

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that Sharia law will not be introduced in the enforcement of traffic regulations.

In a statement issued yesterday by the Corps Spokesperson, BisiKazeem, the FRSC also disclosed that its sector commander for Bauchi State, Yusuf Abdullahi has been recalled to Abuja.

Abdullahi had on Thursday called for the application of Sharia law to prosecute traffic offenders to stem road crashes in the country.

However, the corps explained that it is neither a religious nor sectional organisation, but a federal Government agency established with a mandate that is guided by the provisions of an establishment Act.

Source: This Day Live

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Nigerian Army to deploy 6,251 new soldiers against Boko Haram, bandits, others

May 13, 2023

By Ripples Nigeria

The Nigeria Army will deploy the newly-recruited 6, 251 soldiers to check the activities of Boko Haram insurgents and other criminal elements in the country.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. FarukYahaya, disclosed this at the passing-out parade of the 84 regular recruits intake held on Saturday in Zaria, Kaduna State.

Yahaya noted that Nigeria was faced with numerous security challenges occasioned by the activities of Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists, bandits, kidnappers, separatist agitators, religious extremists, and other criminal elements.

Source: Ripples Nigeria

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Tackle insurgency with dialogue, not kinetic approach, CITAD tells Tinubu

By Ezra Ukanwa

14-05-2023

THE Centre for Information Technology and Development, CITAD, has urged the Federal Government, FG, to opt for dialogue, rather than kinetic approach, as part of efforts to curb activities of Boko Haram in certain parts of the North East.

Executive Director of CITAD who is also a co-editor, Engr. Yunusa. ZakariYa’u, made the call while presenting a book, on Friday, in Abuja, titled Boko Haram: Community Perceptions of Dialogue and Reconciliation in Northern Nigeria.

While bemoaning the activities of Boko Haram insurgents in the country, he pointed out that the de-radicalisation of Boko Haram may not be effective, particularly seeing how the communities are not carried along.

Source: Vanguardngr

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Europe

SNP leader says Labour has become a ‘replica’ of the Tories

Tom Sanders

13 May 2023

Speaking at the Progressive Britain conference on Saturday, the Labour leader said he ‘didn’t care’ if he sounded conservative when committing to preserving ‘precious things in our way of life’.

Elsewhere in the speech, Sir Keir said the Tories ‘can no longer claim to be conservative’ and said they have ‘contempt for those who fly our flag’.

Starmer told the Blairite think tank that his party must go further than Tony Blair did when he re-wrote the so-called ‘Clause Four’ and rejected public ownership.

Tweeting after the speech, Humza Yousaf said: ‘This week, I accused Labour of being a pale imitation of the Tories, I was wrong, they are a replica.

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Ukrainian President VolodymyrZelenskyy lands in Berlin for talks

14 May ,2023

Ukrainian President VolodymyrZelenskyy announced his arrival in Berlin for an official visit Sunday, having flown out of Rome after meetings with Pope Francis and Italian Prime Minister GiorgiaMeloni.

Zelenskyy’s schedule for Germany has not yet been officially confirmed but, according to local media reports, he is expected to meet in the morning with Chancellor Olaf Scholz and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

He may also head to the western German city of Aachen, which this year is awarding him and the Ukrainian people the Charlemagne Prize -- an honor awarded for efforts to foster European unity.

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Inside Kate and William's £635m Kensington Palace apartment including family portraits and modern touches

By Sarah Tulloch

13 MAY 2023

The Prince and Princess of Wales have given a rare glimpse inside their £635m Kensington Palace apartment.

The royal residence could be seen in a behind-the-scenes video showing the Wales family as they readied themselves for the King's Coronation.

Although the family's primary residence is now Adelaide Cottage in Windsor, where they relocated in September 2022, Prince William and Kate called the Kensington Palace apartment home from 2013, and had it completely transformed to their tastes prior to moving in with their first child, Prince George.

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Mideast

Iraq And Iran Ignore U.S. Sanctions In Talks To Expand Energy Ties

By ZeroHedge

May 13, 2023

Iran and Iraq signed an agreement on Wednesday to expand energy ties and establish a joint office aimed at overlooking cooperation between the two countries, the Iraqi Oil Ministry announced, coming as part of Iranian Oil Minister JavadOwji’s visit to Baghdad.

Upon arriving in the Iraqi capital, Owji was received by Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani and discussed with him “the overall cooperation between Iraq and Iran, and ways to develop them,” as well as the ability to jointly confront “global economic challenges.”

The energy agreement was signed between Owji and Iraqi Oil Minister Hayan Abdul Ghanni. The meeting between Sudani, Owji, and Abdul Ghanni “resulted in an agreement to establish committees to discuss the development of joint fields under international agreements and cooperation in refining, petrochemicals, as well as oil exploration and infrastructure development,” an Iraqi Oil Ministry statement reads.

Source: Oilprice

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Iranian, Saudi FMs underscore mutual determination to improve ties

2023-05-13

Tehran, May 13 (IANS) The Iranian and Saudi foreign ministers said the determination of the two countries to expand bilateral relations is evident in the measures and steps they have taken so far toward normalising ties, the Iranian Foreign Ministry website reported on Saturday.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud on Friday evening held a phone call to discuss the latest progress toward the implementation of a Beijing-brokered agreement in March, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Iranian foreign minister reviewed the progress achieved by the two sides toward normalising ties, adding that Iran has implemented the necessary measures for the official opening of its embassy and consulate general in the Saudi capital of Riyadh and the port city of Jeddah.

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Despite US pressure, Iran continues to engage in constructive cooperation with UN

by Sakina Fatima

13th May 2023

Tehran: Nasser Kanaani, the spokesman of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, has said that despite political pressure from the United States to its allies, the Islamic Republic’s principled stance is to maintain constructive cooperation and contact with the UN Human Rights system, IRNA reported.

Kanaani made these remarks in response to an inquiry from IRNA over comments made by some American officials against the choice of an Iranian ambassador to serve as chair of the important Geneva Human Rights Forum in 2023.

Their comments are absurd, the spokesman said, adding that US officials should respect the appointment because it was done with backing from other nations and a majority of votes, as per IRNA.

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The Shell-backed gas project poised to profit Iran

Tom Wilson

14-05-2023

An Iranian company is the biggest beneficiary of a power plant poised to supply a Shell-backed gas project in Iraq, showing the pervasive presence of Tehran’s business interests in its neighbour and putting the UK group at odds with the west’s shifting geopolitical priorities in the Middle East.

Basrah Gas Company, which is 44 per cent-owned by the London-listed energy major, will become a major consumer of power from Rumaila Independent Power Plant in southern Iraq when the gas company’s new facility starts operations in June.

The Rumaila plant is owned by Jordan-based Shamara Holding but was built by Tehran-based Mapna Group, which is entitled to 78 per cent of the revenue from electricity sales, according to documents seen by the Financial Times and three people involved in the contracts.

Shell’s joint venture, which has received World Bank funding, has been widely praised for its role capturing gas that was previously flared at Iraq’s oilfields and processing it for use in local power generation, cooking or export. Iraq’s state-owned South Gas Company owns 51 per cent of the project and Japanese trading house Mitsubishi owns 5 per cent.

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Frenchman 'Weakened' by Iran Prison Ordeal

May 13, 2023

PARIS —

The family of a Frenchman released this week after he had been jailed by Iran said on Saturday he was "relieved" to be back in France.

On Friday, Benjamin Briere, whose ordeal in Iran lasted three years, and French-Irish citizen Bernard Phelan, held since October, were freed from their prison in the northeastern city of Mashhad, the French foreign ministry said.

"We were able to hold him in our arms at 1930 (1730GMT) on Friday, May 12, after three years of hell," Briere's family said in a press release.

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South Asia

Halal industry to boost Vietnam’s links with Muslim countries: official

May 14, 2023

Hanoi (VNA) – With sound partnerships with Muslim-majority countries, the Halal industry will become an important field of cooperation, helping further promote Vietnam’s substantive ties with such partners and contribute to common development and prosperity, said former Deputy Foreign Minister Pham QuangHieu.

Hieu, who is now Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan, made the remark during a recent interview granted to the press about the implementation of the plan on enhancing international cooperation to develop the Halal industry of Vietnam by 2030.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs coordinated with other ministries and sectors as well as consulted domestic and international experts, Vietnam’s overseas representative agencies, localities and businesses to make the plan, which was approved by the Prime Minister on February 14.

Hieu said this is the first plan to outline national-level orientations for mobilising international resources for building and developing the Halal industry in a methodological, professional, and comprehensive manner.

Source: Vietnam Plus

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Pakistan and China Agree to Extend CPEC to Afghanistan, Stress on Combating Terrorism

By: Majid Alam

MAY 14, 2023

Pakistan, China and Afghanistan have agreed to forge closer economic ties by extending the Beijing-backed China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to Afghanistan to fully harness the country’s potential as a hub for regional connectivity.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, his Chinese counterpart Qin Gang and Afghanistan’s Taliban-appointed acting Foreign Minister Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi held the 5th China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue, where they also underlined the need to prevent any group from using their territories for terror activities against any nation.

The ministers held in-depth talks on various issues and reached common understandings on good neighbourliness, mutual trust, security cooperation, counterterrorism, connectivity and trade and investment, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said in a media briefing in Beijing on Tuesday.

The three countries reiterated their resolve to fully harness Afghanistan’s potential as a hub for regional connectivity and reaffirmed ”their commitment to further the trilateral cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and to jointly extend the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to Afghanistan,” according to a joint statement issued on Monday, two days after the meeting here on May 6.

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Russia Calls for Creation of 'Inclusive Leadership' in Afghanistan

By Mohammad FarshadDaryosh

14-05-2023

TASS news agency cited Kabulov in a report as saying Western countries "are putting the cart before the horse," believing that the Taliban must first solve legal issues." "This is not a workable approach.”

“We, the regionalists - Russia, China, Iran, Pakistan, Central Asian countries, and India - believe that the priority should be to create inclusive leadership in Afghanistan. And creating such a leadership structure will lead to the resolution of other very important issues like women’s rights in Afghanistan," Kabulov added.

"Prior to establishing an inclusive government. The rights of the people must always be taken into consideration,” said Suraya Paikan, a women’s rights activist.

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Bangladesh won’t buy anything from countries that impose sanctions: PM Hasina

14th May 2023

Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that Bangladesh will not purchase anything from countries that impose sanctions against it.

The prime minister made the remarks on Saturday when inaugurating the 60th convention of the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) in Dhaka, Xinhua news agency reported.

“There is now a tendency to impose sanctions, and sanctions on those by whom we contain terrorism. We have made a decision. I have said that I will not buy anything from those who will impose sanctions,” said the prime minister.

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Bangladesh medical tourists back, city hospitals see pre-Covid numbers

May 14, 2023

KOLKATA: Patients from Bangladesh have started streaming back to Kolkata's private hospitals, several of which now have more patients from the neighbouring country than they had before the pandemic. The numbers are set to swell further in the course of this month following a lull because of Eid celebrations last month, say hospitals.A number of these hospitals are gearing up to bolster their 'Bangladesh desk' and enhance their outpatients departments (OPD) to cater to the additional patient load from across the border.

At RN Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences (RTIICS), the Bangladesh patient count has touched 15% of the total footfall, which is higher than the pre-pandemic number. Whereas RTIICS used to have 150 OPD patients from Bangladesh daily till early 2020, the count has now touched 200. Around 15 patients from the neighbouring country are now admitted. This figure, too, is higher than the pre-pandemic average of 10.

"This is the result of the pent-up demand due to the pandemic, when patient flow had stopped," said R Venkatesh, zonal head, Narayana Hospitals (RTIICS). "Visa requirements, too, have been eased, facilitating travel. We had seen a brief lull during Eid last month, but things are now back to normal. The Bangladesh patient count is the highest we have ever had. Going by the number of visa invitation letter applications and enquiries, the number is set to rise further."

RTIICS is planning to enhance its OPD rooms and area to cater to the overall increase in footfall. "The Bangladesh patient flow has necessitated this," added Venkatesh.

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Islamic Finance’s profit dips 77%

May 14, 2023

Islamic Finance & Investment Ltd's profit plummeted to more than 77 per cent year-on-year to Tk 4.21 crore in 2022.

Islamic Finance, thus, reported earnings per share of Tk 0.30 for the financial year that ended on December 31, which was Tk 1.32 a year ago.

"The EPS declined due to an increase of provisioning and profit suspense against investments," said the company in a filing on the Dhaka Stock Exchange.

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Southeast Asia

Umno in unity govt not a ‘forced marriage’, says Youth chief

14 May 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, May 14 — Umno’s participation in the formation of the unity government after the 15th General Election (GE15) was not a ‘forced marriage’, as claimed by certain parties.

Umno Youth chief Dr Muhamad Akmal Saleh said that although some of the parties which form the government today have never established cooperation or had chemistry before, that is no reason not to create equality for the sake of the country.

“Some people say that we are in a forced marriage, but our parents, our grandparents, they didn’t even know each other when they got married, if people were in love for 10 years but the first year of marriage, the man was cheating, what is the point?

Source: Malay Mail

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BN won’t take state polls lightly, says Tok Mat

13 May 2023

SEREMBAN, May 13 — BarisanNasional (BN) will not take the impending state elections lightly, including in the three states administered by the Unity Government, said BN deputy chairman Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.

Mohamad, who is also BN election director, said focus would be given to all the six states involved, especially regarding the readiness of the party machinery.

“We cannot say we have the advantage in Negeri Sembilan, Selangor and Penang (which are led by the Unity Government). There is no such thing because an election is just like a football game,” he told reporters after officiating at the SekolahKebangsaan Taman TuankuJa’afar Parent-Teacher Association’s meeting here today.

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Johari Ghani: Political stability important to attract foreign investment

By R. Loheswar

14 May 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, May 14 — Umno vice president Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani wants Malaysians to put aside their political affiliations and focus on finding ways to improve the nation’s food security, education levels and ensure job opportunities for struggling Malaysians.

The MP for Titiwangsa said in order to do so everyone must put aside their differences and focus on ensuring Malaysia’s political landscape is stable for the future generations.

Johari, a former finance minister, also said the Malaysian economy must be capable of bringing in lots of foreign investments and the only way to achieve this is by improving investor confidence in Malaysia’s capability.

Source: Malay Mail

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Anthony Loke: JPJ aims to go for full digitalisation to ensure more effective services

14 May 2023

SEREMBAN, May 14 — The Road Transport Department (JPJ) intends to go for full digitalisation in the future to ensure the quality of the agency’s delivery to the people runs smoothly and effectively.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook said the digitalisation concept had already been initiated through the JPJ Digitalisation Strategic Plan 2021-2025 with various initiatives including information technology infrastructure plans, governance and competency.

“We do hope that there will be full digitalisation, but it will take time because there are many systems that need to be integrated. Now in 2023 we already have several initiatives such as the Digitalisation of Motor Vehicle Licence (eLKM) and Malaysian Driving Licence (eLMM) in line with the digitalisation drive.

“JPJ eBid has been in place since 2019 and in the next two years, many more digitalisation initiatives will be implemented by JPJ,” he told reporters after officiating JPJ’s 77th anniversary celebration themed ‘‘DigitalisasiKebitaraan JPJ’’ which was held for three days from Friday here.

Source: Malay Mail

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Arab world

Islamic Development Bank Group signs financing agreements worth USD5.4bn

14-05-2023

JEDDAH, 14th May, 2023 (WAM) – The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group concluded on Saturday its annual meetings held under the auspices of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud from 10th to 13th May 2023 in Jeddah under the theme "Partnerships to Fend off Crises", Saudi Press Agency reported.

The four-day annual meetings witnessed the attendance of 4,452 participants from 90 countries, in addition to the participation of 89 international and regional partner organizations.

The meetings included launching several significant projects and signing financing agreements between 24 member countries worth $5.4 billion to address the severe challenges facing the countries of the south of the world.

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Islamic Jihad says committed to cease fire brokered by Egypt with Israel

May 14, 2023

During a telephone interview with “AlQahera News” channel, Hindi said that “The cease-fire entered into force at ten o’clock (Cairo Time), and we are monitoring Israel’s commitment.”

“We are committed to this agreement, which Egypt sponsored and made strenuous efforts over the past days, and the enemy has learned a lesson and will abide by it.”

Hindi added that the Israeli occupation state wants to transgress the rights of the Palestinian people and does not recognize negotiations or any peace agreements, only seeking Palestine’s surrender.

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Estonia follows Saudi reforms closely, wants to help with Kingdom’s transformation

FAISAL J. ABBAS

May 13, 2023

TALLINN: Estonia is closely following the rapid transformation of Saudi Arabia, with Alar Karis, the country’s president, expressing an interest in becoming part of the Kingdom’s transformation and development story.

In an interview with Arab News in the Estonian capital Tallinn on Saturday, Karis said: “We follow very closely what’s happening in Saudi Arabia, especially about women’s rights and the (social) reforms and everything.”

He said Estonia went through a similar transformative reform journey 30 years ago. “It’s not that long ago. So, we have some experience (and) we can share that with Saudi Arabia.”

Source: Arab News

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Guatemala president receives Saudi foreign minister

ARAB NEWS

May 13, 2023

GUATEMALA CITY: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan was received by President of Guatemala Alejandro Giammattei on the sidelines of the ninth Summit of Heads of States and Government of the Association of Caribbean States.

Prince Faisal conveyed the greetings of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the president and their good wishes to the government and the people of Guatemala.

The Guatemalan president likewise extended his greetings to the Saudi king and crown prince and expressed his wishes for the Kingdom’s continued progress.

Source: Arab News

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Saudi, Iranian foreign ministers hold phone call

ARAB NEWS

May 13, 2023

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received on Saturday a phone call from Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

During their call, they discussed a number of issues of concern to both countries and also discussed the next steps in the recently agreed China-brokered deal.

Source: Arab News

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North America

US welcomes ceasefire between Israel, Islamic Jihad: White House

14 May ,2023

The White House welcomed the announced ceasefire between Israel and the Gaza-based militant Islamic Jihad group on Saturday night, thanking Egypt for helping to broker a halt to escalating cross-border fighting.

“The United States welcomes tonight’s announcement of a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza-based militants brokered by the Egyptian government after nearly five days of fighting,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

Source: English.Alarabiya

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Police arrest man after being found with BB gun near Scarborough mosque

May 13, 2023

Toronto police are investigating after a man was located with a BB gun near a mosque in Scarborough on Saturday evening.

Police say they received reports of a man seen with a gun in the area of Lawrence Avenue East and Midland Avenue shortly after 8:30 p.m.

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Is the UK too late to beat the US in the global trade war?

By Faisal Islam

14-05-2023

US manufacturer Ascend Elements has chosen the site to build a factory for electric car batteries made from recycled ones - an industry previously almost entirely based in China.

It has been drawn here by US incentives. The country is spending billions in new subsidies via loans and tax breaks targeted at green energy and vehicles.

Half of Ascend's initial $1bn build costs were covered by the US government under this new scheme, known as the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

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