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NCERT Drops Texts On Gandhi, Hindu-Muslim Unity, RSS Ban From Class 12 Textbook’

New Age Islam News Bureau

06 April 2023

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• Pakistan Blasts UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman's 'Discriminatory' RemarksOfSexual Exploitation Of Women And Children

• English Premier League Aston Villa Hosts 1st-Ever Open Iftar At Club's Stadium

• Attack On Muslims In Al-Aqsa Tantamount To Attack On Christians: Archbishop

• Arab League To Hold Emergency Meeting Over Israeli Troops’ Raid On Al-Aqsa Mosque

 

India

• Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Led Delegation Meets Amit Shah, Raises Concerns About ‘Violence Against Muslims’

• Dr. Mohammed Jameel, First Indian American Muslim Elected To Long Grove Village Board

• Communal Violence: Wish Bengal Governor Had Visited More Spots, Says Imam OfRishra Jama Masjid

• Allahabad High Court Pulls Up ASI DG For 'Lethargic Attitude' In Gyanvapi Mosque Case

• HC asks for Centre’s response to plea to allow all Muslims staffers to serve Haj pilgrims

• Karnataka Student Bodies Unite To Protest Scrapping Of 2B Reservations To OBC Muslims

• NIA Files Chargesheet Against Jamaat-e-Islami-Linked Educational Trust, Pakistan-based Hizb• Terrorist And 2 Others In Terror Funding Case

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Pakistan

• Desecration Of Al-Aqsa Mosque:Pakistan Ulema Council Announces Protests Across Muslim World Against Israel On 7th March

• FIA Fails To Prove Imran’s Link With Prohibited Funding

• Supporters will take to streets if SC ruling blocked: Imran

• PTI to de-seat ministers if they reject SC ruling

• 8 terrorists killed, soldier martyred in South Waziristan IBO: ISPR

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Europe

• Russia deeply concerned over violence at Al-Aqsa Mosque

• UN Chief 'Appalled' By Violence From Israeli Forces At Al-Aqsa Mosque Complex: Spokesman

• Ukraine-bound cargo ship sinks off Turkey coast, 3 Syrians dead

• Germany expresses concern over Israel's Al-Aqsa Mosque raids

• EU ‘deeply concerned’ by violence at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque

• UK calls for 'immediate de-escalation' after Israeli police storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

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Mideast

• Violence Erupts Again At Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa MosqueA Second Time On Wednesday

• Threats against sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque must cease: Turkish president

• Concern, criticism after Israel police storm Jerusalem mosque

• Muslim academics, authors union condemn Israel's raid on Al-Aqsa mosque

• Iranian Parliament Condemns Opening of Azeri Embassy in Israel

• Iran Dismisses UN Human Rights Resolution as Politically-Motivated

• Spokesman Underlines Iran's Support for Political Solution to Yemen War

• Iran Calls for Using Outer Space for Peaceful Purposes

• UN rapporteur calls out Western media’s ‘misleading coverage’ of Al-Aqsa raid

• Yemeni FM berates Biden for faking ‘concern’, says US complicit in war, siege

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Arab World

• Saudi, Iran FMs To Meet In Beijing Under China-Brokered Cooperation Deal: Report

• Iran appoints UAE ambassador for first time since 2016

• Saudi Arabia Launches Iftar Programs In Sri Lanka, Pakistan

• UAE condemns Israeli police storming al-Aqsa Mosque

• Turkey closes airspace to flights to and from Iraq’s Sulaymaniyah: Report

• Israeli strikes on Syria intensify, raise tensions with Iran

• Ramadan festivities evoke nostalgia in Jeddah’s historic Al-Balad

• King Salman directs $800m in Ramadan aid to social security beneficiaries

• Maronite patriarch, Christian deputies attend spiritual retreat on Lebanon’s presidential elections

• Egypt condemns Israeli aggression at Al-Aqsa

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North America

• White House ‘Extremely Concerned’ Over Jerusalem, Urges Calm

• ‘Saudi-Syria Détente, Damascus’ Arab League Return Win For Iran, Setback For US’

• Canada ‘concerned’ about violence around al-Aqsa Mosque: Prime minister

• US envoy’s meeting with Turkish opposition presidential candidate unacceptable: FM

• CIA director visits Saudi Arabia to reinforce US commitment to intel cooperation

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Africa

• Top Syrian, Tunisian Diplomats Discuss Restoration Of Ties, Re-Opening Of Embassies

• Cabinet minister in Uganda arrested over stealing iron sheets

• 4.7M people in Burkina Faso will need humanitarian assistance this year: UN

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South Asia

• Natural Disasters in Afghanistan Leave 21 Dead, Over 100 Injured

• Office of Islamic Emirate's Spokesman Opened in Kandahar

• Russia to Cooperate with Afghanistan in Eradicating Drugs

• Afghanistan Must be Open to Business Despite Sanctions: Norwegian Refugee Council

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Southeast Asia

• Penang Mufti Reminds Muslims Mosque's External Loudspeakers Only To Be Used For Calls To Prayers

• Muslim Council Of Elders Holds Iftar For Malaysian Religious Leaders

• Wisma Putra: Malaysia strongly condemns Israeli forces’ attacks on worshippers in Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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NCERT drops texts on Gandhi, Hindu-Muslim unity, RSS ban from class 12 textbook

05th April 2023

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NEW DELHI: "Gandhiji's death had magical effect on communal situation in the country", "Gandhi's pursuit of Hindu-Muslim unity provoked Hindu extremists" and "Organisations like RSS were banned for some time" are among the texts missing from the class 12 political science textbook for the new academic session.

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), however, claims that no curriculum trimming has taken place this year and the syllabus was rationalised in June, last year.

As part of its "syllabus rationalisation" exercise last year, the NCERT, citing "overlapping" and "irrelevant" as reasons, dropped certain portions from the course including lessons on Gujarat riots, Mughal courts, Emergency, Cold War, Naxalite movement, among others from its textbooks.

The rationalisation note had no mention of excerpts about Mahatma Gandhi.

"The entire rationalisation exercise was done last year, there is nothing new which has happened this year," NCERT Director Dinesh Saklani said.

He, however, did not comment on the missing excerpts which went unannounced at the time of rationalisation.

A note by NCERT on its website reads, "in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was felt imperative to reduce content load on students. The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 also emphasises reducing the content load and providing opportunities for experiential learning with creative mindset. In this background, the NCERT had undertaken the exercise to rationalise the textbooks across all classes and all subjects".

"The present edition is a reformatted version after carrying out the changes. The present textbooks are rationalised textbooks. These were rationalised for the session 2022-23 and will continue in 2023-24," it adds.

Among the reasons cited behind the choice of dropped subjects during rationalisation are – content based on genres of literature in the textbooks and supplementary readers at different stages of school education; for reducing the curriculum load and exam stress in view of the prevailing condition of the pandemic; content.

Subjects easily accessible to students without much interventions from teachers and can be learned by children through self-learning or peer learning and content which is "irrelevant" in the present context were also dropped from the curriculum.

An official from the education ministry, who did not wish to be identified, said the new curriculum framework as per the NEP is still being worked out and the new textbooks as per the updated curriculum will only be introduced from the 2024 academic session.

Source:New Indian Express

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Pakistan Blasts UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman's 'Discriminatory' Remarks Of Sexual Exploitation Of Women And Children

Aamir Latif 

05.04.2023

KARACHI, Pakistan

Pakistan on Wednesday criticized British Home Secretary Suella Braverman's controversial remarks accusing British-Pakistani men of being involved in a wide-range sexual exploitation of women and children, calling them "discriminatory and xenophobic."

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mumtaz Zahra Baloch at a weekly press briefing in the capital Islamabad said Braverman's remarks paint a “highly misleading picture, signaling the intent to target and treat British Pakistanis differently.”

The UK home secretary, she observed, had “erroneously branded criminal behavior of some individuals as a representation of the entire community.”

During an interview with Sky News earlier this week about plans to tackle child sexual abuse, the British home secretary claimed that there is a "predominance of British-Pakistani males who hold cultural values totally at odds with British values.”

“They (British-Pakistani men) see women in a demeaned, illegitimate way, and pursue an outdated and frankly heinous approach to the way we behave,” Braverman commented after she was informed that a Home Office report in 2020 concluded that most child sexual abuse gangs were made up of white men under the aged of 30.

There was also insufficient evidence to suggest that members of grooming gangs were disproportionately more likely to be Asian or black, according to the report.

Braverman instead referred to reports from Rotherham, which was rocked by a child sexual exploitation scandal in which five British-Pakistani men were convicted of grooming, raping, and exploiting young girls.

“She fails to take note of the systemic racism and ghettoisation of communities and omits to recognize the tremendous cultural, economic and political contributions that British Pakistanis continue to make in British society,” the spokeswoman said.

The home secretary has already invited a barrage of criticism from political commentators and children’s charities, which described her comments as “inflammatory" and tantamount to initiating “race wars.”

Source: Anadolu Agency

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English Premier League Aston Villa Hosts 1st-Ever Open Iftar At Club's Stadium

Burak Bir 

06.04.2023

LONDON

English Premier League football club Aston Villa on Wednesday hosted its first-ever Open Iftar, a community event during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in the UK, at its home stadium Villa Park.

Hundreds of people gathered at Villa Park in Birmingham as part of the event, which was held in collaboration between the Aston Villa Foundation, the club's charitable arm, and the Ramadan Tent Project, an award-winning charity founded in 2013.

Before the fast breaking, the Adhan, or call to prayer, was recited over the Villa Park PA system.

Speaking at the event, Omar Salha, the founder of Ramadan Tent Project, said the project has connected over half a million people from all backgrounds through its annual Ramadan Festival and flagship initiative Open Iftar over the past decade.

"From public parks and squares, to Britain’s most loved, cultural and iconic landmarks, galleries, museums, places of worship and sports stadiums, we are proud to showcase that Ramadan is open to all and host a community of communities," he noted.

Aston Villa has become the fourth football club to host the event this year with Premier League clubs Chelsea and Brighton & Hove Albion and Championship club Queen's Park Rangers.

Aston Villa CEO Christian Purslow sent a video message to the event ahead of the iftar, saying they are delighted to host the club's first Iftar and extended the warmest of welcomes to the Muslim community around Villa Park.

"It is our pleasure to open our doors and enable you to break your fast at Aston Villa Football Club," he added.

Ramadan began on March 23 and will continue through April 21 -- the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the month.

An award-winning charity, the Ramadan Tent Project aims to "bring communities together and spread the spirit of the holy month through various initiatives."

It said earlier that it will hold iftar events in 10 cities across the UK during the holy month.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Attack on Muslims in al-Aqsa tantamount to attack on Christians: Archbishop

05 April 2023

Bishop Atallah Hanna, the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Sebastia, delivers a speech during a demonstration in Beit Jala in the occupied West Bank on May 17, 2021, to express solidarity with Gaza and Sheikh Jarah. (File Photo by AFP)

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The Palestinian Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church in al-Quds has denounced the relentless aggression by the Israeli regime against peaceful worshipers at the al-Aqsa Mosque, expressing solidarity with Muslims resisting the occupying regime.

“Attacks on Muslims in al-Aqsa are attacks on Christians as well,” Theodosius Atallah Hanna said in remarks on Wednesday in an interview with Lebanon's al-Mayadeen television network.

He warned that the unsavory events that unfolded at the al-Aqsa mosque compound on Wednesday “may happen in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher," --a church in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of al-Quds.

The remarks come as Israeli forces brutally assaulted dozens of Palestinian worshipers inside al-Aqsa on Tuesday night and forcibly removed them from the site where they were peacefully observing the holy month of Ramadan.

“Palestinian Christians, along with visitors and pilgrims from all over the world, are often subjected to insults by settlers … the occupation treats the Palestinians in al-Quds as if they don't belong to this land and they are by-passers,” added the archbishop.

Noting that al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher are “inseparable twins,” he stressed, “We will not give up our al-Quds and its identity.”

He also called for the immediate release of all those who were arrested by the occupation forces.

According to eyewitnesses, dozens of heavily armed Israeli forces raided Muslims’ third-holiest site using stun grenades and tear gas against hundreds of men and women who were staying at the Qibli prayer hall overnight to observe the Itikaf ritual.

Videos from the raid show the occupation forces brutally beating defenseless worshipers with batons and riot guns. Dozens of Palestinians were wounded and arrested in the attack.

Many Muslim countries and organizations have strongly condemned the latest aggression, calling on international bodies to stop Israeli crimes and protect the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Israel violating freedom of worship

In a statement on Wednesday, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) strongly slammed the latest Israeli aggression, noting that it considers this grave escalation an attack on the sanctity of holy sites and on the freedom of worship, in flagrant violation of the Geneva Conventions and relevant UN resolutions.

Reaffirming that the entire blessed al-Aqsa Mosque and its compound is a place of worship exclusively for Muslims, OIC Secretary General HisseinBrahim Taha said the occupying power is “fully responsible for the repercussions” of these attacks that only fuel more tensions, violence, and instability in the region.

He called on the international community to act seriously to put an end to such repeated Israeli violations and to compel Israel, the occupying power, to respect the sanctity of the holy sites and to preserve the legal and historical status of al-Aqsa Mosque.

Source: Press TV

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Arab League to hold emergency meeting over Israeli troops’ raid on al-Aqsa Mosque

05 April ,2023

Israeli security forces walk with people at the al-Aqsa compound, also known to Jews as the Temple Mount, while tension arises during clashes with Palestinians in Jerusalem’s Old City, on April 5, 2023. (Reuters)

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The Arab League said it would hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday afternoon over an Israeli police raid on the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

Jordan had called for the meeting in coordination with Egypt and Palestinian officials.

Earlier on Wednesday, Jordan’s foreign ministry reaffirmed that efforts on the Arab level are ongoing to stop “Israeli violations that are a flagrant violation to international humanitarian law.”

It added that such practices aim to “alter the historical and legal status of Jerusalem.”

Israeli police attacked dozens of worshipers in Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque compound before dawn on Wednesday.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said seven Palestinians sustained wounds from rubber-tipped bullets and beatings in clashes with Israeli police at the compound.

It added that Israeli forces were preventing its medics from reaching the mosque.

Several Arab countries including Saudi Arabia and Qatar condemned the raid which they described as blatant.

The Kingdom denounced storming the mosque and voiced its rejection of these practices “that undermine peace efforts and contradict international principles in respect of religious sanctities.”

“These criminal brutal acts are a dangerous escalation and flagrant violation against holy sites,” Qatar’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

The Gulf Cooperation Council also denounced the raid.

Jasem Mohamed al-Budaiwi, the GCC’s secretary general, said the raid is a “provocation to the feelings of Muslims worldwide,” and goes against international laws in respecting religious sanctuaries.

Al-Budaiwi said that the continuous violations exacerbate tension and signal a “dangerous direction that Israel bears responsibility for all its serious consequences.”

Seperately on Wednesday, Turkey denounced the clashes that erupted inside the mosque as “unacceptable,” saying they violated its “sacred” character.

“We condemn these attacks,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on the margins of a NATO gathering in Brussels.

Source: Al Arabiya

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India

 

Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Led Delegation Meets Amit Shah, Raises Concerns About ‘Violence Against Muslims’

April 6, 2023

A 16-member delegation of Muslim leaders, led by Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind president Maulana Mahmood Madani, met Union Home Minister Amit Shah late Tuesday evening to raise concerns about “violence committed against Indian Muslims” in various parts of the country on the occasion of Ram Navami.

The leaders have said Shah was receptive to their concerns. The delegation has requested Shah to “take stern action” against the perpetrators.

During the meeting, which lasted over an hour, the delegation raised other concerns affecting the Muslim community in the country, including scrapping of Muslim reservation in Karnataka, which called arbitrary; “unabated hate campaign and Islamophobia” in the country; growing incidents of mob lynching; the Uniform Civil Code; attack on the autonomy of religious seminaries; the situation in Kashmir; forced evacuation in Assam; and the protection of Waqf property and others.

“It was a good meeting and the Home Minister was very positive. We feel he will take action on the matters that have been raised,” Jamiat spokesperson Niaz Ahmad Farooqui said.

In his conversation with Shah, Madani pointed out that there has been an “open proclamation of hate” against Indian Muslims, which has not only led to increased communal tensions but also impacted the community economically. Madani requested Shah to “restrain these anti-national individuals and organisations”, according to a Jamiat statement.

Source: Indian Express

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Dr. Mohammed Jameel, First Indian American Muslim Elected To Long Grove Village Board

Sameer Khan

6th April 2023

Dr. Mohammed Jameel who hails from Telangana has become the First Indian American Muslim elected to the Long Grove Village Board.

Speaking on this occasion in winning celebrations in Long Grove he thanked the voters of Long Grove who has voted for him and urged the community to increase participation in civic activities and build a strong community which thereby can lead to more participative and inclusive participation in all levels of Government. Lake County Treasurer Holly Kim was the Chief Guest and congratulated him.

Dr Jameel is very active in Local politics heads the Americans Democratic Forum and has supported in the win of first Indian Muslim woman Nabeela Syed as state representative in the State of Illinois. He is also very active in all spheres of engagement socially and politically in India as chairman of the Indian Americans forum.

Source:Siasat Daily

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Communal Violence: Wish Bengal Governor Had Visited More Spots, Says Imam OfRishra Jama Masjid

KinsukBasu   |   Rishra (WB)  

06.04.23

The Imam of Rishra Jama Masjid, Maulana Mohammad Zakir Noori, has said Bengal governor C.V. Ananda Bose would have done better if he had visited all the trouble-torn pockets of Rishra and spoken to members of different communities during his Tuesday visit to the industrial township in Hooghly.

"Ideally, the governor would have done better if he had visited all the locations and spoken to representatives from across communities, instead of restricting himself to just two spots in Rishra," Imam Noori told The Telegraph on Wednesday.

"This would have helped in addressing the sense of bitterness among the masses.... People have a lot of expectations from the governor of a state," he added.

On Tuesday, Bose had reached Rishra, cutting short his G20 summit presence in Darjeeling, and gone to rail gate number 4, the site of a street clash on Monday night that brought suburban train service on the Howrah-Rishra route to a halt.

The governor spoke to police and other officials at the rail gate before moving to Rishra railway station where he engaged with railway and police officials and briefly interacted with a few youths before returning to Calcutta.

Several pockets of Rishra, including Shandya Bazar, some areas around Hastings Jute Mill, Wellington Jute Mill, Provash Nagar and Shokal Bazar had erupted during Sunday’s violence that is believed to have started from a spot near Rishra Jama Masjid adjoining Wellington Jute Mill.

Cars, police vehicles and carts were damaged. The glass panes of several houses were shattered in the clashes.

“Around the time the violence broke out, some members of our community were busy with namaz. I won’t be able to say what led to the clash but allegations about stones being pelted from the mosque are completely false,” Imam Noori said. “The entire area, including the mosque, is covered by CCTV and the police and district administration can access it and see for themselves.”

“What happened is unprecedented. I would appeal to everyone, including political leaders, to ensure that peace returns as early as possible. If required, I can participate in any meeting aimed at restoring normality,” he added.

The police have banned Human Jayanti processions on Thursday across Rishra and clamped Section 144 in most parts of the township that continued to remain on the edge on Wednesday. A few schools and some shops opened during the day but most were shut.

Police pickets were in place in most parts of the violence-hit areas even as a majority of the residents chose to stay indoors.

Source:TelegraphIndia

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Allahabad High Court Pulls Up ASI DG For 'Lethargic Attitude' In Gyanvapi Mosque Case

Apr 6, 2023

Prayagraj: The Allahabad high court on Wednesday rapped ASI director general (DG) V Vidyavathi for failing to file a report regarding carbon-dating of the purported Shivling found inside the Gyanvapi mosque complex despite being given several chances, reports Rajesh Kumar Pandey.

However, "as a measure of last opportunity", the court allowed the DG ASI further time to submit the desired report on or before April 17, but made it clear that no more time would be granted in future.

Source: Times Of India

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HC asks for Centre’s response to plea to allow all Muslims staffers to serve Haj pilgrims

April 06, 2023

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the Ministry of Minority Affairs to respond to a plea seeking an opportunity for all Muslim employees of Centre, States and Union Territories to assist Haj pilgrims instead of deputing only Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel.

A bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad asked the Haj Division of the Union Ministry to place its stand on the plea while listing it for further hearing on May 10.

Mr. Aamir Javed, an advocate, in his plea has challenged a March 20, 2023 office memorandum of the ministry on temporary deputation which includes only employees working in CAPF.

The plea sought direction to amend the office memorandum to the extent of giving opportunities to all Muslim employees of Centre, States and Union Territories to assist Haj pilgrims as coordinators, assistant Haj officers and Haj assistants for Haj 2023.

According to the memorandum, approximately 1.4 lakh Indian pilgrims will be participating in Haj 2023. The first flight for the pilgrimage from India will take off on May 21. The annual pilgrimage will take place around June end.

“The petition is being filed on the basis that other Central or State government/UT administration employees are not eligible for any deputation in the office memorandum… dated March 20, 2023, which earlier was a practice of the Government of India to send male and female members of the Muslim community who are employees of various government departments on deputation on a temporary basis to Consulate General of India, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to render assistance to Haj pilgrims,” the plea said.

Source: TheHindu

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Karnataka student bodies unite to protest scrapping of 2B reservations to OBC Muslims

Apr 5, 2023

BENGALURU: Student bodies got together on Wednesday and announced that will protest if the 2B reservation to OBC Muslims is not restored.

The organisations include All India Students Association (AISA), Ambedkar Students' Association(ASA), Bangalore University Students' Union Collective, Dalit Vidyarthi Parishad (DVP), Girls Islamic Organisation (GIO), Karnataka Vidyarthi Sangha(KVS, Parivarthana (the GKVK wing unit of ASA) and Students Islamic Organisation (SIO).

Representatives of a few of the organisations addressed the media on Wednesday.

"A lot of people argue that from 4% of reservations under 2B category, OBC Muslims have now got 10%. But there is no internal reservation and a lot of Muslim students will have to compete against upper caste communities in EWS. How can students from slums, poor background, studying in small schools compete with the forward caste students? We will no longer get the reservation for 1,700 seats for engineering courses and 300 seats for medical courses, eligible under the 2B reservation," said Zeeshan Aqhil, state president of SIO.

The student leaders called out Union home minister Amit Shah for his statement that there was no provision in the Constitution to provide reservation on the basis of religion, and that the Congress had done it for polarisation, and the BJP scrapped it. They believed it was misinformation being spread among the citizens that the reservations to Muslims were based on their religion.

"In fact, in the post independence era, all the Karnataka's backward classes commission, the R Nagana Gowda Commission, LG Havanuru commission, Venkataswamy commission and O Chinnappa Reddy Commission have, after considering various parameters, recommended that a majority of the Muslim community be provided reservation on the grounds of socio-economic and educational backwardness," student leaders said.

They are set to go out on a protest, although the date is not set. They are even considering legal action through PIL, to revoke the scrapping of 2B reservation to OBC Muslim, said a student representative.

Aratrika, convening body member of AISA Karnataka said that the short term demand is to revoke the scrapping of 2b reservation of OBC Muslims, and the long term demand is to scrap NEP 2020. We need affirmative action to uplift the disadvantaged communities.

Source: Times Of India

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NIA Files Chargesheet Against Jamaat-e-Islami-Linked Educational Trust, Pakistan-based Hizb Terrorist And 2 Others In Terror Funding Case

Apr 6, 2023

SRINAGAR: The National Investigation Agency on Wednesday filed a chargesheet in the Al Huda Educational Trust (AHET) terror funding case, linked to Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), Jammu and Kashmir.

JeI, which was declared an unlawful association in 2019, had set up AHET for mobilising funds to carry out its anti-India agenda.

A NIA spokesperson said the agency, which had registered a case against JeI in September 2022, filed the chargesheet in the NIA special court after extensive investigations and multiple raids across J&K.

The spokesperson said apart from AHET, the chargesheet named Mushtaq Ahmed Mir alias Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar, a Pakistan-based Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist; Md. Amir Shamshi, a ‘rukun’ (primary member) and chairperson of AHET; and Abdul Hamid Ganai alias Abdul Hamid Fayaz, a Shopian resident. All four have been charged under various sections of UAPA and IPC.

Investigations revealed that Shamshi was responsible for the day-to-day working of the education trust, formed by JeI with the explicit purpose of mobilising funds to carry on its secessionist activities in J&K.

“Amir collected money for JeI through the trust in the form of educational and religious donations, and channelised the funds to his co-accused, Amir-e-Jamaat (Head of JeI, J&K) Abdul Hamid Ganai,” the NIA spokesperson said.

Source: Times Of India

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Pakistan

 

Desecration Of Al-Aqsa Mosque: Pakistan Ulema Council Announces Protests Across Muslim World Against Israel On 7th March

April 06, 2023

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Ulema Council announced to hold protests on Friday against the Israeli brutalities all over the Muslim world as the Israeli forces stormed Masjid-e-Al-Aqsa on Tuesday night and arrested Palestinians.

“The desecration of Masjid-e-Al-Aqsa by the Israeli forces is sad, unacceptable and condemnable,” said leadership of Pakistan Ulema Council in a joint statement issued on Wednesday.

Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, Allama Abdul Haq Mujahid, Maulana Muhammad Rafiq Jami and others said in a joint statement that Israeli atrocities always increased specifically during the holy month of Ramadan.

The PUC stated that the way Israeli soldiers stormed Masjid-e-Al-Aqsa and desecrated the premises of the Mosque and committed atrocities on the Palestinians praying inside Masjid-e-Al-Aqsa is unacceptable and condemnable.

“Against this brutality of Israel, the leadership of all religions and respective organizations struggling for world peace should take practical steps against this barbarism,” the PUC stated.

Source: TheNews

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FIA fails to prove Imran’s link with prohibited funding

Malik Asad

April 6, 2023

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has observed that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) could not provide evidence to connect former prime minister Imran Khan with the prohibited funding his party is said to have received.

In a detailed judgement issued on Wednesday, the division bench comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani and Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri held that the FIA could not produce “sufficient evidence” in support of its request seeking the cancellation of Mr Khan’s bail.

Earlier, pre-arrest bail was granted to Mr Khan by a trial court in the prohibited funding case.

The FIA counsel argued that during inquiry it had transpired that Arif Masood Naqvi, owner of M/s Wootton Cricket Limited (WCL), UAE (registered in Cayman Islands), had transferred ill-gotten money to the tune of $2.12 million to a UBL account.

IHC dismisses plea seeking revocation of PTI chief’s pre-arrest bail

He said Mr Naqvi, the founder-owner of Abraaj Group, UAE, was imposed with a penalty by the Dubai Financial Services Authority for carrying out unauthorised activities in the Dubai International Financial Centre and misusing the investors’ money. Mr Naqvi is also facing trial in UK and USA for defrauding investors, but PTI submitted an affidavit of Mr Naqvi to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) stating that all the amounts collected in the WCL’s accounts were transferred to the party’s account in Pakistan.

The counsel argued that the affidavit was found to be false and forged while signatories and beneficiaries of the UBL account are Mr Khan and nine others. However, when the amount was transacted to the PTI’s account, 12 STRs (suspicious transaction reports) had to be reported by the UBL to the authorities concerned, but they had not performed their duties.

He alleged that UBL had not only facilitated these suspicious/illegal transactions but also allowed the ‘internet merchant acquiring agreement’ changing the account’s title to “Naya Pakistan” of the above referred PEP (politically exposed person’s) UBL account.

The FIA’s lawyer claimed that trial court had granted the pre-arrest bail to Mr Khan without due deliberations.

The court observed that the FIR only reflects two eventualities — one, Mr Naqvi has given an affidavit to the ECP regarding the foreign currency transferred into the PTI’s account but the said affidavit has been proved to be false/forged as two more transactions were made from WCL to two different accounts in Pakistan in May 2013. The court noted that this has nothing to do with Mr Khan’s case as the FIA can investigate that the amount transacted by Mr Naqvi is ill-gotten money and his affidavit was false but both these aspects were not probed till date.

“The second element, which was highlighted in the entire record, is the allegation against bank’s officials who have allegedly not reported regarding 12 CTRs/STRs to the concerned authorities despite receiving of huge amount in US$ in the PTI’s account which reflects that matter should fall within the mandate of State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) being master regulator under SBP Act, 1956”, stated the court order.

The FIA failed to demonstrate “any of the regulation of the SBP where signatories of account in any scheduled bank are liable to prosecution,” it noted.

As regards the allegation of changing PTI’s account with ‘Naya Pakistan’, the court ruled that it was not an offence at all.

The bench has perused the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act, 1947 and noted that prosecution “has failed to demonstrate the requirements of Section 19 of FERA, 1947 [complied with] prior to the registration of FIR, where only authorised person on behalf of Federal Government or the State Bank supported by a statement on oath can represent that any contravention of provision of this Act has been committed”.

The bench expressed surprise over the conduct of SBP officials, who have not yet inquired regarding the bank transactions being the master regulator, nor declared any of the banking transaction as illegal, neither IO has ever recorded the statement of any of the official of SBP through which it could be demonstrated that any bank rules, regulations or circulars have been violated.

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Supporters will take to streets if SC ruling blocked: Imran

Mansoor Malik

April 6, 2023

LAHORE: PTI Chairman Imran Khan said on Wednesday that people would take to the streets if the ruling alliance attempted to block the implementation of the court ruling that directed polls in Punjab on May 14.

The former prime minister was speaking during a televised address to mark Yaum-i-Tashakkur (gratitude day) celebrations following the top court’s judgement that directed for general elections in Punjab.

The speech was broadcasted from his Zaman Park residence through a satellite link on mega screens installed at 75 locations across the country, including in 13 cities of Punjab.

However, the main gathering of the event was held at the Liberty roundabout in Lahore where PTI supporters gathered despite the rain. They were holding party flags while some of them were wearing PTI-themed headbands and scarves.

Addressing his supporters, the former prime minister said, “The nation should wait for my call to ensure that the incumbent rulers could not run away from holding elections; otherwise, neither the history nor the future generations will pardon this generation for not waging jihad against the forces undermining the rule of law.”

He said “the Sicilian mafia” was now standing against the decision of the Supreme Court, which had earlier decided in their favour and overturned PTI’s decision to dissolve the National Assembly after opening courts at midnight.

The former premier said ‘absconder’ Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari were sitting in London and Dubai, respectively, and taking decisions about the fate of Pakistan. He said the incumbent rulers were also trying to divide the Supreme Court while also working to create a rift between the PTI and the establishment which “might repeat events of 1971”.

Asking what kind of economic and security stability can be ensured by October for holding elections, Mr Khan said that only elections would be the way out to take Pakistan out of the blind alley where it was fast heading. “I will complete interviews and selection of candidates in 10 days,” he said and added that the nation would not let the incumbent rulers run away from elections.

In an interview with Al Jazeera before the speech, the PTI chairman alleged the ruling PDM could violate the Constitution to prevent national elections due later this year. “They are just scared of the elections and are even willing to violate the Constitution,” Mr Khan claimed.

“By not accepting the SC’s verdict, the government would violate the Constitution”. In such a situation, he said, the SC could slap contempt of court on them.

Mr Khan disclosed he had held two meetings with former army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa and wanted to work out how to hold elections. “What I didn’t realise was that he wanted an election provided he gets an extension in his tenure,” he said and added since then he had no conversation with the establishment.

Answering a question about his plans on restructuring the civil-military relationship if elected back to power, the PTI chairman said Pakistan needed to change. “The current civil and military imbalance has to change if we want Pakistan to get out of this mess,” he asserted.

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PTI to de-seat ministers if they reject SC ruling

Ikram Junaidi

April 6, 2023

ISLAMABAD: A day after the federal cabinet denounced the court order that directed for elections on May 14, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) asked the ministers — who attended the meeting — to distance themselves from the cabinet declaration unless they wanted disqualification proceedings under Article 63-A.

During a media talk in Lahore, PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said refuting the verdict of the top court was akin to treason and added the PTI would file a reference in the Election Commission under Article 63-A for disqualification of ministers if they did not disown the cabinet’s statement.

Mr Chaudhry said the Insaf Lawyers Forum (ILF) has sought a list of cabinet members who attended the meeting to proceed against them under Article 63-A.

He said a request will be made to de-seat the ministers, as they had allegedly violated articles 2A and 68 and other “fundamental articles” of the Constitution.

The former information minister also said the PTI would make efforts to get the membership of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz cancelled since a “convicted person [Nawaz] was running the party from abroad”.

“It is against the Constitution of Pakistan and the Election Act. Additionally, Nawaz Sharif is trying to conspire against the Supreme Court’s judges,” he alleged.

Mr Chaudhry said the ECP and the government were bound by the timelines — such as date for polling – given in the Supreme Court verdict.

Commenting on the joint investigation team formed to probe violence at Zaman Park, the PTI leader alleged that interim Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi, IG Usman Anwar and CCPO Bilal Siddique Kamyana were prime suspects in the murder of Zille Shah. “It will be unfair to present ourselves before them for investigation,” he said, adding that this JIT was not approved by the cabinet. “The case is sub judice now and the JIT cannot work till the decision of the court,” he added.

Addressing the cases against Imran Khan and PTI leadership, he said that the political rivals of the PTI could “stoop to any limit” to victimise the major opposition party.

PTI offers dialogue

A separate statement issued by the PTI spokesperson, however, offered an olive branch to the government and said that instead of locking horns with the top court, the government should talk to the PTI to pave way for general elections.

Mr Chaudhry said the ECP’s decision of notifying the Punjab polls date and the caretaker government’s assurance for the implementation of the court decision were “steps in the right direction”.

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8 terrorists killed, soldier martyred in South Waziristan IBO: ISPR

Iftikhar Shirazi

April 5, 2023

Eight terrorists were killed and a soldier was martyred during an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in the Shinwarsak area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s South Waziristan district, the military’s media affairs wing said on Wednesday.

According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), an intense exchange of fire took place between security personnel and terrorists during the operation.

“Own troops effectively engaged the terrorists’ location and eight terrorists, including terrorist commander Jan Muhammad alias Chargh, were sent to hell,” the statement said.

It added that 31-year-old Sepoy Hamid Rasool, a resident of Rawalpindi district, was martyred during the gun battle with the terrorists while another four security personnel, including two officers, were injured.

The ISPR said weapons and ammunition were seized from the slain terrorists, who remained actively involved in terror activities against security forces and the killing of innocent citizens.

“Security forces of Pakistan are determined to eliminate the menace of terrorism and such sacrifices of our brave soldiers further strengthen our resolve,” the statement added.

On March 21, a brigadier from the Inter-Services Intelligence was martyred during an encounter with “hardcore terrorists” in South Waziristan’s Angoor Adda while three soldiers embraced martyrdom and three terrorists were killed during an exchange of fire in Dera Ismail Khan district.

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Europe

 

Russia deeply concerned over violence at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Elena Teslova

06.04.2023

MOSCOW

Russia’s Foreign Ministry expressed grave concern Wednesday over the situation at Al-Aqsa Mosque, saying events in Jerusalem "antagonize all the world's religions."

“Moscow is expressing serious concern about another round of escalation between the Palestinians and Israelis, which threatens to develop into a full-scale armed confrontation, as has happened many times in the past. The coincidence of the dates of the religious holidays of Christians, Muslims and Jews adds to the tension of the situation," said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on the ministry’s Telegram channel.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website that the situation in Jerusalem shows that only political agreements can ensure the sustainable settlement of longstanding conflicts.

"We proceed from the fact that there is no alternative to restarting the peace process between the Palestinians and Israelis under the legal framework approved by the UN, based on the principle of two states," it said.

Russia demands an end to all unilateral actions that undermine the prospects for a settlement and respect for the status quo of the holy sites of Jerusalem, which includes free access to them by representatives of all religions, the ministry stressed.

"We note the special role of the Hashemite guardianship of the shrines in this city," it said.

Moscow also called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to pay close attention to the Israeli-Palestinian settlement, urging him to engage the potential of its Middle Eastern missions for a thorough analysis of the events aimed at finding the initial reasons for the latest spiral of violence and to draft recommendations for the restoration of stability.

The ministry reminded that on April 25 the UN Security Council plans to hold a meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian issue, calling it a good opportunity for presenting such an analysis.

Tension rose in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday after Israeli police detained around 350 worshippers from inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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UN Chief 'Appalled' By Violence From Israeli Forces At Al-Aqsa Mosque Complex: Spokesman

ServetGunerigok

05.04.2023

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is "appalled" by the violence from Israeli forces against worshippers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex, his spokesman said Wednesday.

Guterres "is shocked and appalled by the images he saw this morning of the violence and beating by Israeli security forces inside the Al-Qibli Mosque in Jerusalem at a time of the calendar which is holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims," Stephane Dujarric said at a news conference.

"This should be a time for peace and non-violence," he said.

Dujarric echoed a statement from UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland who urged political, religious and community leaders on all sides to reject incitement, inflammatory rhetoric and provocative actions.

Wennesland said leaders should act responsibly and refrain from steps that could escalate tensions.

He stated the UN is in close contact with all concerned parties to de-escalate the situation.

Tension rose Wednesday in the occupied West Bank after Israeli police detained around 350 worshippers from inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex.

A group of Palestinians barricaded themselves inside the prayer hall in the complex after Jewish settlers called for a raid on the mosque. They attempted to prevent police from entering by closing its doors.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Ukraine-bound cargo ship sinks off Turkey coast, 3 Syrians dead

05 April ,2023

A Guinea-Bissau flagged cargo ship with 14 crew members on board sank off Turkey’s Mediterranean coast on Wednesday, killing at least three of them.

Five people were rescued while efforts continued to find the other missing crew, officials and news reports said.

The Joe 2 sank off the coast of Kumluca, in Antalya province, while heading to Ukraine from the Turkish port of Iskenderun, said Gov. ErsinYazici said. It was transporting aluminum, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency.

The cause of the ship sinking was not immediately clear. An investigation has been launched by the chief prosecutor’s office for Kumluca.

The Turkish Coast Guard Command said it received a distress call at 3:47 a.m. and dispatched a vessel, several boats and two helicopters.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Germany expresses concern over Israel's Al-Aqsa Mosque raids

Oliver Towfigh Nia 

05.04.2023

BERLIN

Germany’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday expressed concern over the Israeli raids at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, but refused to condemn the act.

Asked repeatedly at a press briefing whether he would explicitly condemn the Israeli actions, ministry spokesperson Christofer Burger merely said that “last night’s riots on the Temple Mount, Haram Sharif, were of concern” to Germany.

He urged all sides to “do everything possible to calm down the situation,” saying the protection of civilians should always be the priority.

On the other hand, the German Central Council of Muslims denounced the Israeli raids and attacks on worshippers.

“We condemn any use of force and call on the Israeli security forces, together with the guardians of the Holy Place, to do everything possible to ensure that this tense situation does not escalate any further,” the Berlin-based group said in a statement.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Israeli police said they detained 350 Palestinians from the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex.

A group of Palestinians barricaded themselves in the Al-Qibli Prayer Hall in the complex after Jewish settlers called for a raid on the mosque.

Israeli forces and Jewish settlers frequently carry out raids on the mosque.

In response, the Israeli police smashed windows and deployed flash charges, tear gas, and rubber bullets against the worshippers.

For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents Islam’s third-holiest site, while Jews call the area Temple Mount.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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EU ‘deeply concerned’ by violence at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque

Agnes Szucs

05.04.2023

BRUSSELS

The European Union is “deeply concerned” by the violence at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and calls on all parties to show restraint at a time of religious holidays, an EU official said on Wednesday.

Speaking at the European Commission’s daily news briefing, Peter Stano, lead spokesperson on foreign affairs, confirmed that the EU follows “very closely” the developments in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.

“The European Union is deeply concerned by the growing tensions and violence which we have seen overnight inside the compound of Al-Aqsa Mosque,” he asserted.

He also underlined that “it is extremely important to preserve the historic status quo of the holy site.”

Stano condemned “in strongest possible terms the rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel.”

He reiterated the bloc’s call on both parties to “exercise utmost restraint and refrain from actions” that escalate tensions, "particularly in this period of religious holidays.”

This year, a number of important holidays of the Abrahamic religions – the Jewish holiday of Passover, Christian Easter, and Muslim Ramadan – are all celebrated in April.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Israeli police said they had detained 350 Palestinians at the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in East Jerusalem.

A group of Palestinians barricaded themselves in the Al-Qibli Prayer Hall in the complex after Jewish settlers called for a raid on the mosque.

In response, the Israeli police smashed windows and deployed flash charges, tear gas, and rubber bullets against the worshippers.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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UK calls for 'immediate de-escalation' after Israeli police storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

Burak Bir 

05.04.2023

LONDON

The sanctity and status of holy sites must be respected and protected, Britain's minister for the Middle East said on Wednesday, calling for immediate de-escalation after late-night Israel raids on the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem.

"Shocked to awake to the disturbing scenes of Israeli Security forces' raid on the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem injuring many worshippers during Ramadan," Tariq Ahmad said on Twitter. "Violence only fuels more violence," he added.

Touching on the "indiscriminate firing of rockets" from the Gaza Strip to Israel and Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, which "spreads fear amongst civilians," Ahmad called for immediate de-escalation.

On Wednesday, Israeli police said they detained 350 Palestinians from the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex, with witnesses saying they used excessive force, including tear gas.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Mideast

 

Violence Erupts Again At Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque A Second Time On Wednesday

05 April ,2023

Israeli police clashed with Palestinians at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque a second time on Wednesday, witnesses said, hours after the arrest and removal of more than 350 people in a police raid at the compound and despite a US appeal to ease tensions.

The confrontations, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and on the eve of the Jewish Passover holiday, triggered a cross-border exchange of fire in Gaza and stoked fears of further violence.

In the second instance, late at night, police entered the compound and tried to evacuate worshippers, using stun grenades, and firing rubber bullets, said staff of the Waqf, the Jordanian-appointed Islamic organization managing the complex.

Worshippers threw objects at police, witnesses said. The Palestinian Red Crescent said six people were injured.

In a statement, police said dozens of youngsters brought rocks and firecrackers into the mosque and had tried to barricade themselves inside. The Waqf, however, said police entered the mosque before prayers were over.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said: “Israel’s raid into al-Aqsa Mosque, its assault on worshippers, is a slap to recent US efforts which tried to create calm and stability during the month of Ramadan.”

Less than 24 hours earlier, police raided the mosque to try to remove what they said were masked agitators who locked themselves inside after attempts to remove them by dialogue failed.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said 12 Palestinians were injured in the earlier clash, including from rubber-tipped bullets and beatings. Israeli police said two officers were injured.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Threats against sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque must cease: Turkish president

Diyar Guldogan

06.04.2023

Israeli police raids on Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem are "unacceptable," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday, calling on Israel to abandon steps that are fueling tensions.

"The intrusions and threats against the sanctity and historical significance of Al-Aqsa Mosque as well as Palestinians' freedom of religion and life must cease," Erdogan said in a televised interview.

His remarks came after tensions escalated when Israeli police detained around 350 worshippers from inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex.

A group of Palestinians barricaded themselves inside the Al-Qibli Prayer Hall in the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex after Jewish settlers called for a raid on the mosque. They attempted to prevent police from entering by closing its doors.

Surrounding the Al-Qibli Prayer Hall, Israeli police went up to the roof of the mosque, smashed windows, and initially used sound bombs against worshippers inside. Some in the mosque tried to resist police by throwing fireworks.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Concern, criticism after Israel police storm Jerusalem mosque

06 Apr 2023

JERUSALEM, April 6 — Global criticism and concern mounted Wednesday after Israeli police clashed with Palestinians inside Islam’s third-holiest site, sparking a military exchange of rockets and air strikes, with fears of further escalation.

Two more rockets were fired late yesterday from the Israel-blockaded Gaza Strip towards Israel, the army and witnesses said, and fresh altercations broke out at Al-Aqsa mosque during the Jewish Passover and the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Armed police in riot gear stormed the prayer hall of Al-Aqsa mosque before dawn Wednesday, aiming to dislodge “law-breaking youths and masked agitators” they said had barricaded themselves inside.

A barrage of rocks and fireworks met the officers, police video showed, and more than 350 people were arrested.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was “shocked and appalled” by images he saw of Israeli security forces beating people at the mosque, particularly because it came at a time holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims that should be a period of peace, his spokesman said.

White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said the United States said he was “extremely concerned by the continuing violence and we urge all sides to avoid further escalation”.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose country and Israel have been rebuilding ties, said: “Trampling on the Al-Aqsa mosque is our red line.”

Later yesterday, Israeli police said “dozens of law-breaking juveniles, some of them masked, threw fireworks and stones” into the mosque and tried again to barricade themselves in as worshippers gathered for evening prayers.

Officers thwarted and dispersed the “violent rioters” and allowed worshippers to leave, police said. An AFP journalist saw Israeli security forces blocking access routes to the mosque.

A spokesman for Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Israel was “creating an atmosphere of escalation, instability and tension”, saying police stormed the mosque and attacked worshippers on Wednesday evening.

Violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has intensified since the new government of veteran Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took power in December, a coalition with extreme right and ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties.

Palestinian witness Abdel Karim Ikraiem, 74, said Israeli police armed with batons, tear gas grenades and smoke bombs burst into the mosque “by force” and “beat the women and men” worshipping there early Wednesday.

One video widely circulated on social media showed police clubbing people on the floor inside the mosque.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said it had treated 37 people, including some after their release from custody.

Israel’s far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir voiced “complete backing” for police and their “swift and determined” actions.

Palestinian militant group Hamas, which rules Gaza, called on West Bank Palestinians “to go en masse to the Al-Aqsa mosque to defend it”.

The mosque in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem is built on top of what Jews call the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site.

It has been a frequent flashpoint, and clashes there in May 2021 sparked the latest Gaza war that raged for 11 days.

Rocks and fireworks

On Gaza’s streets, protesters burned tyres and swore “to defend and protect the Al-Aqsa mosque”.

Within hours of the first clashes at Al-Aqsa mosque, at least nine rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel, the army said, adding that “in response” warplanes struck two suspected Hamas weapons-manufacturing sites.

The air strikes were followed by new rocket fire from Gaza and further Israeli strikes, AFP journalists reported.

Later Wednesday witnesses reported two more rockets fired from northern Gaza. Israel said “one launch failed” and fell in Gaza while the other landed “in the area of the security fence” boundary.

Islamic Jihad, another Gaza-based militant group, called the rockets “a first warning message”.

Repercussions

Palestinian civil affairs minister Hussein al-Sheikh condemned the Israeli police action inside Al-Aqsa, saying “the level of brutality requires urgent Palestinian, Arab and international action”.

Germany urged both sides “to do everything possible to calm the situation”.

The Arab League denounced “the attack on the faithful” and called an emergency meeting.

Jordan, which administers the mosque, condemned its “storming”, and called on Israeli forces to leave the compound immediately.

The United Arab Emirates and Morocco, which established ties with Israel in 2020 as part of US-brokered accords, also strongly condemned the Israeli police action.

A UAE foreign ministry statement rejected all practices that “threaten to further exacerbate escalation”. It also criticised worshippers who “barricade themselves”.

Rabat’s foreign ministry stressed the need “to avoid measures and violations likely to damage chances of peace in the region”.

The Gulf emirate of Qatar, which does not recognise Israel, warned that Israeli practices “will have serious repercussions on security and stability in the region, and will undermine efforts to revive the stalled peace process, if the international community does not hasten to take action”.

Source: MalayMail

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Muslim academics, authors union condemn Israel's raid on Al-Aqsa mosque

Dilara Hamit

05.04.2023

Islamic academics and a union of authors based in Türkiye condemned on Tuesday Israel's raid on Al-Aqsa mosque during the holy month of Ramadan.

"We strongly condemn Israel’s latest raid on Masjid al-Aqsa. We believe that this attack carried out on April 5, 2023, during the holy month of Ramadan, justifies once again the definition of Israel as a ‘terrorist state,’” the head of the Aybir union, FatihSavasan, said in a statement.

"It is understood that with such attacks, which Israel makes habitual during Ramadan, it not only intimidates Palestinian Muslims but also aims to insult and defame both them and all Muslims around the globe," he added.

The statement noted that in occupied territories, Israel continues to violate all kinds of human rights with its most extreme actions.

"Although it is sad for humanity that these acts of human rights violations remain unpunished for now, the day will surely come when Israel’s high-rank state officials and those who carry out these violations on the ground will be held responsible," it said.

It also urged Islamic countries to initiate criminal investigations against those involved in these and similar acts, and that all non-governmental organizations should initiate the judicial process by applying to relevant national and international authorities.

For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents Islam’s third-holiest site. Jews call the area the Temple Mount, saying it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Iranian Parliament Condemns Opening of Azeri Embassy in Israel

2023-April-5

"The government of the Republic of Azerbaijan, acting in disbelief and against the interests of the Islamic world, opened an embassy in the center of the Zionist regime and the Occupied al-Quds and introduced its ambassador to the fake regime," the statement reads.

Stressing that this action will have many negative political consequences against them, the Iranian parliament members emphasized that from now on, the Muslims of the world will consider the Azeri statesmen accomplices of "the Zionist regime" in the murder and crime against the oppressed Palestinians.

This move is considered an action against Palestine and causes their inalienable rights to be ignored, they stressed, urging the Arab and Islamic governments and the Islamic world to condemn it.

The parliament members also called on the Iranian foreign ministry to take the necessary diplomatic measures while sending a statement to all Islamic countries.

They also urged the Azerbaijani parliament members to take a position on this action of the Azeri government.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iran Dismisses UN Human Rights Resolution as Politically-Motivated

2023-April-5

Reacting to an anti-Iran resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council, Kana'ani rejected it as politically-motivated with a selective, biased, and confrontational approach towards Tehran.

The spokesperson said that the prejudices and hasty judgments in the Western-backed resolution seeking to undermine Iran’s human rights advances completely invalidate it.

"It is a bad habit by some member states to exploit the UN mechanisms for their political purposes," the senior official stressed.

“The countries that violate the rights of other nations cannot claim to be advocates of human rights or make judgments about it, and they must rather be accountable for their own crimes with regards to the gross and systematic violations of human rights in their countries and other countries of the world,” he added.

The anti-Tehran draft resolution was approved after 23 member states voted in favor, eight countries were against and 16 others abstained.

Iran’s permanent representative to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva has censured Western governments for using human rights as a political tool against Tehran following the UN Human Rights Council’s approval of draft resolution.

Ali Bahraini made the remarks in a Tuesday speech ahead of voting on a draft resolution, titled "Situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran", proposed by the United Kingdom, Iceland, North Macedonia, the Republic of Moldova and Northern Ireland at the 52nd regular session of the Human Rights Council.

The draft of the resolution that the Council is about to put to vote, submitted by Iceland and Britain as its main sponsors, is completely unjustifiable and rejected by Iran,” Bahraini said.

Stressing that the supporters of the resolution hide themselves behind the title of human rights, the Iranian diplomat stated that certain states exploit the organization to advance their own political objectives.

“From Iran's point of view, this resolution is considered a malicious attempt to target and deliberately tarnish Iran's human rights image through fabricating distorted narratives, negative stereotypes and false accusations,” he underlined.

The Iranian diplomat underscored that Iran’s achievements in observing human rights over the past four decades demonstrate the country’s determination to respect, protect, and realize human rights.

“The instrumental use of human rights is unacceptable and endangers human rights cause,” Bahraini continued, adding, “This approach neither helps preserve and promote human rights, nor is compatible with facts on the ground as well as the history and background of the Iranian culture and civilization.”

The resolution, which extended the mandate of the UN special rapporteur on the rights situation in Iran for another year, accused Tehran of “crackdown” on violent riots that erupted across the country last September.

Protests erupted in several cities across Iran over the death of MahsaAmini who fainted at a police station in mid-September and days later was pronounced dead at a hospital. The demonstrations soon turned violent.

An official report by Iran’s Legal Medicine Organization announced that Amini’s controversial death was caused by an illness rather than alleged blows to the head or other vital body organs.

Iranian officials blame Western countries for orchestrating the riots to destabilize the country.

The unrest has claimed the lives of dozens of people and security forces, while also allowing acts of terror and sabotage across the country. Iran's Interior Ministry has confirmed the enemy waged a hybrid war against the country to weaken national solidarity and hinder the country's progress, stressing that some 200 people lost their lives in the riots sparked by separatist and terrorist groups.

The US, the UK and the European Union (EU) have imposed a slew of sanctions against Iranian individuals and legal entities since the September death in police custody of an Iranian woman. Iran has returned the adversarial measures and meddlesome statements with sanctions against European, American and British officials and institutions.

Iran blasts the blatant violations of human rights in the US and Europe, stressing for the US, human rights is merely a tool for exerting political pressure on independent states to advance their foreign policy objectives. Officials in Tehran call on the international community to hold the US accountable for its crimes. They mocked the US claim over supporting Iranian women and girls amid harsh sanctions which have disrupted the ordinary lives of the people.

Tehran has also denounces the disturbing human rights situation in the European countries, and note the West does not have the authority to be the flag-bearer in this field.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Spokesman Underlines Iran's Support for Political Solution to Yemen War

2023-April-5

Kana'ani has welcomed Washington's declaration of support for the peace process in Yemen, saying it is pleasing that the US envoy talks about peace in Yemen.

“We are pleased that the US government envoy is talking about the peace process in Yemen," he wrote on his Twitter page on Wednesday.

"It is a procedure that the Islamic Republic of Iran has emphasized and made efforts toward since the beginning of the war on Yemen," he added.

The United States called Tuesday on Iran to help end the war in Yemen by backing a peace process, one year after a truce dramatically reduced hostilities.

"If the Iranians want to show that they're are really turning a corner on conflict, then there won't be smuggling of weapons to the Huthis anymore in violation of UN Security Council resolutions," the US Special Envoy for Yemen, Timothy Lenderking, said at the Middle East Institute in Washington.

Iran has repeatedly rejected the Western countries' allegations of smuggling arms and ammunition to Yemen.

"We also would like to see the Iranians show support for the political process that we hope is coming," Lenderking added.

Saudi Arabia launched a devastating war on Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with its Arab allies and with arms and logistics support from the US, the UK and other Western states.

The objective was to reinstall the Riyadh-friendly regime of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, and crush the Ansarullah resistance movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of a functional government in Yemen.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iran Calls for Using Outer Space for Peaceful Purposes

2023-April-5

“Iran believes that outer space and other celestial bodies are humanity's common heritage and must be used only for peaceful purposes for the benefit of all countries,” Balouji said in a statement addressing the United Nations Disarmament Commission.

“The prevention of an arms race in outer space can be a first step towards achieving this goal and averting a severe threat to international peace and security,” he added.

The full text of his statement is as follows:

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

Mr. Chair,

I would like to congratulate you Ambassador Rahmatollin, the other bureau members and the chairs of the working groups, namely, Mr. Kurt Davis of Jamaica and Madam SzilviaBalázs of Hungry, on your election. My delegation appreciates the able leadership of the outgoing Chair, Ambassador Mbongo of South Africa, and stands ready to fully cooperate with you during the third and final substantive session of the current cycle of the UNDC. I align myself with the statement made on behalf of the NAM by Indonesia.

Mr. Chair,

The world is facing multiple and interlinking global threats and challenges, including those posed by weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear weapons, which continue to pose an existential threat to humanity. Despite this, international efforts towards nuclear disarmament are eroding, and the taboo against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons is fading away.

The ongoing escalation of political and military tensions, increasing military budgets, and the renewed and expanded nuclear arms race through the replacement or upgrading of nuclear arsenals are all harbingers of a dangerous future in terms of international security. The increase in the quantity and quality of nuclear arsenals, nuclear sharing together with military doctrines lowering the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons, means that the threat of a nuclear catastrophe is closer than ever before. For instance, both the US and the UK have increased their nuclear weapons budget and arsenal.

On the other hand, the two consecutive failures of the NPT review conferences in 2015 and 2022 are clear examples of the lack of accountability and political will by the NWSs and those advocating nuclear deterrence to honor their explicit legal obligations regarding nuclear disarmament based on Article VI of the NPT.

The international community should urge the NWSs to develop an updated disarmament action plan within a specific timeframe. Such a plan should contain, as a first step, the halting of research, development, testing, and production of nuclear weapons and delivery systems, as well as a verifiable and unreversible dismantling of all nuclear weapons. These imperatives can and should be accomplished through a comprehensive convention, the negotiations of which should commence as early as possible in the CD. Furthermore, pending the achievement of the total elimination of nuclear weapons, which remains the only absolute guarantee against their use or threat of use, a universal, unconditional, non-discriminatory, and legally binding instrument signed and ratified by the NWSs to effectively assure all non-nuclear-weapon States against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons under any circumstances should remain a matter of high priority.

Mr. Chair,

It is important to note that the establishment of nuclear-weapon-free zones, including in the Middle East, should be supported by the NWSs. Almost 50 years ago, Iran initiated such a proposal for the Middle East, and it is regrettable that this noble goal, endorsed in many international fora, including by the 1995 NPT RevCon, is still pending and facing obstacles, particularly the Israeli regime backed by the US government. The regime possesses all types of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, and threatens to use them against regional countries. It is not a party to the NPT and has not accepted the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards on its principal nuclear activities. Furthermore, the regime has committed various terrorist attacks against nuclear scientists and initiated different sabotage attacks against nuclear facilities. Therefore, it must be forced to join all related instruments, including the NPT, without any precondition, and as a non-nuclear weapon party. It must place all its nuclear facilities and activities under the comprehensive safeguards of the IAEA.

Mr. Chair,

Iran believes that outer space and other celestial bodies are humanity's common heritage and must be used only for peaceful purposes for the benefit of all countries. The prevention of an arms race in outer space can be a first step towards achieving this goal and averting a severe threat to international peace and security. Therefore, further measures, including a legally binding instrument with appropriate and effective verification provisions, should be developed promptly by the CD.

We are deeply concerned about the increasing threat of weaponizing outer space, including the negative implications of the development and deployment of anti-ballistic missile defense systems and the pursuit of advanced military technologies capable of being deployed in outer space. The US activities and those of other actors contribute to the further weakening of an international climate conducive to the promotion of disarmament and the strengthening of international security.

Mr. Chair,

In response to the unsubstantiated allegations and unwarranted concerns raised by some delegations, particularly the US, the UK, France and the Israeli regime about Iran's nuclear program or its defensive missile program, my delegation is obliged to reject all of them. The peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear activities has been confirmed by the IAEA on numerous occasions. We should not be distracted from the real threats, namely the Israeli nuclear weapon program at the regional level and the very existence of WMDs at the global level.

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UN rapporteur calls out Western media’s ‘misleading coverage’ of Al-Aqsa raid

05 April 2023

The UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in occupied Palestinian territories on Wednesday called out Western media for their “misleading” coverage of Israeli military raids, saying such an approach contributes to the regime's unchecked occupation.

In a tweet, Francesca Albanese condemned “renewed violence against Palestinian worshippers at Al Aqsa mosque.”

She was referring to the headline of a BBC news article that used the word “clashes” to refer to the brutal assault unleashed by Israeli forces against unarmed Palestinian worshippers at al-Aqsa mosque early on Wednesday.

Albanese, who has frequently criticized Israel's occupation of Palestine and the regime’s relentless crimes against innocent Palestinians, has been barred by the regime from entering the occupied territories since her appointment as the UN special rapporteur in April 2022.

In January, 116 human rights and civil society organizations, academic institutions, and groups condemned the Israeli regime’s “targeted smear campaign” against Albanese.

Albanese’s tweet ignited a heated debate among netizens on Western media’s treatment of the Palestine conflict, with some users slamming the Western media’s scandalously pro-Israel tilt.

Western media accused of bias

Western media have long been accused of misreporting and downplaying Israel’s military occupation of Palestine and whitewashing the regime’s daily atrocities against Palestinians.

Human rights activists say Western media generally aids and abets the regime’s propaganda that its military violence is simply a response to Palestinians' actions, referring to the resistance.

They argue Western media mostly give equal weight to both sides, ignoring the fact that one side is an occupier and the other is occupied.

They say Western media have time and again sought to portray Palestinians as aggressors, notably misreporting Israel’s aggressions in Gaza as “clashes” or “flare-ups" of violence.”

Source: Press TV

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Yemeni FM berates Biden for faking ‘concern’, says US complicit in war, siege

05 April 2023

Yemen’s foreign minister says the United States is bent on whitewashing its complicity in the Saudi-led aggression against the impoverished Arab country by pretending to be concerned about achieving peace there.

Hisham Sharaf was cited by the Yemeni Saba news agency as making the remarks on Tuesday, two days after US President Joe Biden released a statement on the anniversary of the start of an UN-sponsored ceasefire in Yemen and stressed Washington’s “support” for all efforts aimed at reaching a comprehensive peace in the war-ravaged country.

Underlining that the US was “trying to evade its responsibilities” as a party responsible for the Saudi-led war and was profiting from it, Sharaf challenged Washington to “prove” its sincerity in wanting peace in Yemen by taking “concrete steps on the ground” and condemning the actions of the Saudi-led coalition.

"The countries that claim to be keen on achieving peace in Yemen should be sincere in their intentions by condemning the aggression and siege on Yemen for the ninth year in a row, stopping the supply of weapons and military experts to aggression countries, and putting pressure on the aggression countries,” Sharaf said.

The top Yemeni diplomat said Biden’s statement and the concern he showed regarding achieving permanent peace in Yemen are “not commensurate with what America is doing in reality by providing cover for the aggression countries.”

"The United States of America is trying with such a statement to evade its responsibilities as a party that participated in the aggression and siege on Yemen, which caused the largest humanitarian crisis in contemporary history, and to present itself as a dove of peace," he added.

Emphasizing Yemen’s call for a just peace, Sharaf concluded by expressing Sana'a's readiness to defend the Yemeni people through all legitimate means and the country's ability to meet the legitimate demands of the Yemeni people.

Omani-hosted talks between the sides in the protracted conflict have been ongoing for the past several months, with the Iran-Saudi rapprochement having increased hopes that an end to the war could be imminent.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — the closest allies of the US in the region after the Israeli regime — have been waging the war on Yemen since March 2015.

The invasion has been seeking to change Yemen’s ruling structure in favor of the impoverished country’s former Riyadh- and Washington-friendly rulers and crush the popular Ansarullah resistance movement. The Saudi-led coalition has failed to meet any of its objectives.

The war, which has been enjoying unstinting arms, logistical, and political support on the part of the United States, has killed hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and turned the entire country into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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Saudi, Iran FMs to meet in Beijing under China-brokered cooperation deal: Report

05 April ,2023

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan and his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amirabdollahian will meet in Beijing on Thursday to discuss the next steps of their diplomatic rapprochement amid a China-brokered deal, Asharq al-Awasat newspaper cited an unidentified source in Riyadh as saying.

The meeting will mark the first formal contact between Saudi Arabia and Iran’s top envoys since 2016.

The upcoming talks come after three separate phone calls between the two foreign ministers, in which they discussed the subsequent steps needed to resume their diplomatic missions and reactivate previous agreements, according to the source.

Choosing China “came as an extension of Beijing’s positive role in reaching the agreement and facilitating communication between the two countries,” the newspaper quoted the unnamed source as saying.

In a joint statement issued on March 10, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and China announced that they would resume diplomatic relations within 60 days.

The statement emphasized the need to respect the sovereignty of the states and refrain from interfering in their internal affairs.

It also affirmed that all joint agreements between Saudi Arabia and Iran, including the security cooperation agreement, and deals on economy, trade, investment, technology, science, culture, sports, and youth would be reactivated.

Saudi Arabia cut ties with Iran in 2016 after its embassy in Tehran was stormed during a dispute between the two countries.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Iran appoints UAE ambassador for first time since 2016

05 April ,2023

Iran said on Tuesday it had appointed an ambassador to the United Arab Emirates for the first time since 2016, amid a realignment of relations between Gulf states and Iran.

Iran’s newly appointed ambassador Reza Ameri had served as the director general of the Iranian expatriates office in the foreign ministry, Iranian state media said.

The move comes after the UAE in August moved to upgrade ties and said it was returning its ambassador to Tehran.

The UAE downgraded relations with Iran after Saudi Arabia severed ties with Iran in January 2016 when Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran.

In a step change to years of hostility between Iran and Saudi Arabia that had threatened stability and security in the Gulf and helped fuel conflicts in the Middle East from Yemen to Syria, Riyadh last month said it would re-establish relations with Tehran in a China-brokered deal.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Saudi Arabia Launches Iftar Programs In Sri Lanka, Pakistan

April 06, 2023

RIYADH: The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance, represented by the religious attaché at the Kingdom’s Embassy in Colombo, has inaugurated King Salman’s Iftar program in Sri Lanka.

The program was inaugurated in the presence of Saudi Ambassador to Colombo Khalid bin Hamoud Al-Qahtani, Director of the Department of Islamic and Cultural Affairs at the Sri Lankan Ministry of Religions Zain Al-Abidin Mohammed Faisal, and several figures from Islamic centres in Sri Lanka.

On the occasion, Al-Qahtani commended the efforts of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and the religious attaché for implementing the program, emphasizing the importance of the gesture in increasing solidarity among Muslims during the blessed month of Ramadan.

He added that the program reflects the Saudi leadership’s care and attention accorded to Muslims worldwide and its eagerness to enhance joint Islamic action.

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, represented by the religious attaché of the Saudi Embassy in Islamabad, also inaugurated the Ramadan Iftar at King Faisal Mosque, one of the largest mosques in Pakistan.

The event was attended by Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki and Pakistan’s Minister of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Mufti Abdul Shakoor.

Source: Arab News

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UAE condemns Israeli police storming al-Aqsa Mosque

05 April ,2023

United Arab Emirates has also strongly condemned the storming of the al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli police on Wednesday, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

“The UAE called on Israeli authorities to halt escalation and avoid exacerbating tension and instability in the region,” it said.

The Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Jassem Mohamed al-Budaiwi has condemned the “continued storming of the al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli occupation forces,” according to a statement by Saudi Press Agency released on Wednesday.

“The continued storming by the occupation forces of al-Aqsa Mosque, violating its sanctities and attacking its worshippers are considered a serious escalation and it contradicts the international principles and norms in respect of religious sanctities as well as a flagrant violation of international law and international legitimacy resolutions,” he added.

Israeli police attacked dozens of worshipers in Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque compound before dawn on Wednesday.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said seven Palestinians sustained wounds from rubber-tipped bullets and beatings in clashes with Israeli police at the compound.

It added that Israeli forces were preventing its medics from reaching the mosque.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Turkey closes airspace to flights to and from Iraq’s Sulaymaniyah: Report

05 April ,2023

Turkey has closed its air space to flights from the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaimaniyah, blaming the increased activity of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the foreign ministry announced Wednesday.

Ankara shut down air links on Monday and the freeze on flights would last until at least July 3 before being reviewed, said the ministry statement.

“This decision has been taken in the context of the intensification of activities of the PKK at Sulaimaniyah, the intrusion of the terrorist organization at the airport and the threat it poses to air security,” it said.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said last month that one of its top commanders was among nine fighters killed when two helicopters crashed in Iraq in mid-March.

They were heading to Sulaimaniyah, in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region, for talks on security and military issues.

The SDF has been a key ally of the US-led coalition fighting ISIS extremists in Syria and neighboring Iraq.

Turkey and its western allies consider the PKK to be a terrorist organization.

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Israeli strikes on Syria intensify, raise tensions with Iran

05 April ,2023

Suspected Israeli airstrikes in Syria in recent weeks have killed two Iranian military advisers, temporarily put the country’s two largest airports out of service, and raised fears of regional escalation.

While Israel has fought a shadow war with Iran in Syria for years, it has intensified recently, with near-daily airstrikes attributed to Israel by Syrian officials over the past week.

The escalation of attacks comes after what appears to be a rare infiltration by an armed man from Lebanon into Israel and Iran’s reconciliation with regional rival Saudi Arabia last month.

It also comes against the backdrop of a major domestic crisis in Israel over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government plan to overhaul the judiciary.

Israel, which has vowed to stop Iranian entrenchment in neighboring Syria, has carried out hundreds of strikes on targets in government-controlled parts of that country in recent years — but rarely acknowledges them. Since the beginning of 2023, Syrian officials have attributed 10 strikes on Syrian territory to Israel, including four airstrikes within five days as of Tuesday.

The United States, Israel’s closest ally, has had its own recent run-ins with Iranian forces in Syria. In late March, US forces retaliated with airstrikes on sites in Syria used by groups affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) following a suspected Iran-linked drone attack that killed a US contractor and wounded six other Americans in northeast Syria.

An official with an Iranian-backed group in Iraq said the US strikes killed seven Iranians.

The flareup between the US and Iran did not escalate, but some fear the back-and-forth between Israel and Iran could.

Since the early years of Syria’s 12-year-old conflict, Iran has deployed hundreds of military advisers as well as thousands of Iran-backed fighters from countries including Iraq and Lebanon who helped tip the balance of power in President Bashar Assad’s favor. Iran-backed fighters are deployed in different parts of Syria.

Israel has long considered Iran to be its top enemy, citing Iranian calls for Israel’s destruction, its support for anti-Israel militant groups like Hezbollah and its nuclear program. Israel and Western countries say Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapons — a charge Iran denies.

Iran has blamed Israel for attacks on its territory, including the killings of some of its nuclear scientists and damage to nuclear installations.

The airstrikes in Syria reflect Israel’s concerns about fighters being deployed close to its northern border and fears that Iran is trying to transfer sophisticated weapons, such as guided missiles, to Hezbollah. Both Israel and Hezbollah have avoided an all-out war since their 34-day war in 2006 ended with a draw. Israel considers Hezbollah, which is believed to possess over 130,000 rockets and missiles, to be a major threat.

Lebanese military expert and former army general Hisham Jaber said Iran has about 1,800 military advisers in Syria, most of them deployed with Syrian troops.

The increase in strikes on Syria began with a January 2 attack that temporarily put Damascus airport out of service, just after the most right-wing government in Israel’s 74-year history took office.

The strikes continued despite mass protests in Israel, including open disagreement between Netanyahu and his defense minister, Yoav Gallant, over the government’s controversial plans for a judicial overhaul. At one point, Netanyahu fired Gallant for criticizing the plan, but then backtracked and temporarily halted the push for the overhaul until parliament reconvenes in a month.

The two men have made a number of public appearances in recent days, alluding to military activity in Syria without overtly confirming it.

“We will not allow the Iranians and Hezbollah to harm us. We have not allowed it in the past, we won’t allow it now, or anytime in the future,” Gallant said this week. “When necessary, we will push them out of Syria to where they belong – and that is Iran.”

Jaber, however, said he believes the recent strikes will not turn into a full-blown conflict, in part because the US -- which is preoccupied with the ongoing war in Ukraine and its own tensions with China -- would try to discourage a regional war.

Strikes attributed to Israel in Syria in recent weeks have targeted both Iranian-linked figures and infrastructure.

They have hit the airports of Damascus and Aleppo, a move which was apparently intended to prevent the flow of arms shipments into Syria, but which also disrupted aid shipments after the deadly February 6 earthquake that struck Syria and Turkey.

On February 19, the first reported Israeli strikes after the earthquake targeted residential areas in Syria’s capital Damascus, killing at least five people and wounding 15. Opposition activists said the strikes targeted Iranian-backed militias.

In mid-March, the Israeli army said its soldiers had killed an armed man suspected of entering the country from Lebanon and blowing up a car. The incident, which wounded one Israeli, unnerved Israelis. Officials suspect the man infiltrated from Lebanon and may have been dispatched by Hezbollah or directly by Iran.

A few days after the alleged infiltration, a commander with the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad was shot dead outside his apartment building near Damascus in what the group described as an assassination by Israeli agents.

Last Tuesday, Netanyahu said Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad helped Greece prevent a terrorist attack planned against at least one Jewish site in Athens. Greek authorities said two men described as being of Pakistani origin were arrested for allegedly planning an attack on a Jewish center.

On Friday, an Israeli strike on a southern suburb of Damascus killed two advisers from Iran’s IRGC. Hours later, Israel’s air force shot down a drone that entered Israel from Syria and alleged that Iran was behind its launch.

YoelGuzansky, an Iran expert and senior fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies, a Tel Aviv think tank, said Israel’s stepped-up action in recent weeks could be in response to the recent alleged infiltration from Lebanon.

Guzansky noted that Iran rarely acknowledges the death of its officers and advisers as quickly as it did after Friday’s attack. He said the swift public acknowledgement could signal that “Iran will avenge or respond to the Israeli attacks,” possibly targeting Israelis abroad.

An official with an Iran-backed group in the region warned that if Israel continues with the strikes, Tehran and its allies will retaliate. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue with the media.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Ramadan festivities evoke nostalgia in Jeddah’s historic Al-Balad

AFSHAN AZIZ

April 06, 2023

JEDDAH: The narrow alleys of the historic Al-Balad area of Jeddah have become filled with light and laughter as part of a program of evening cultural and entertainment activities for Ramadan.

Organized by the Saudi Ministry of Culture, events are taking place in special zones set up throughout the district.

Visitors at the Bab Al-Balad entrance are greeted with traditional Saudi coffee, while in the Mirkaz area they can play games, try their hand at arts and crafts, or sample gourmet food.

The Sardek zone features a Ramadan tent, cinema of the past, roaming characters, and a puppet theater.

The nights, part of the Ramadan Season of festivities, also include live cooking shows and Qur’an recitation contests.

A bustling market offers a range of products including perfumes, pickles, tailor-made clothing, and accessories, or festivalgoers can watch games and popular Ramadan TV shows in an outdoor seating area.

Wearing Hijazi attire, Sari Salem Hariri, co-founder and general manager of Al-Mugasap, a Saudi traditional fashion clothing brand, said: “I am very excited to participate in the season and revive the Saudi traditional attire.

“We have installed a booth for visitors to try out the outfits and make a memory of our deep-rooted customs and traditions.”

BadriyaSuleimany, who was selling homemade pickles at the event with her daughters, said: “I feel empowered to be a part of the Ramadan Season. I have been doing this business for the last five years, but this is the first time I have been out in the open area and meeting people from different nationalities.

“The real Ramadan vibes are in Al-Balad and it is something which everyone should visit to learn about our culture and holy month traditions.”

Visitors to Al-Balad can also listen to a Musaharati, a person who traditionally walks around a neighborhood beating a drum and chanting poetry to wake people for sahoor. And at various intervals, men in traditional costumes can be seen dancing to traditional songs.

In addition, storytellers, known as Hakawati, can be heard narrating old Ramadan tales in Hazzazi square.

Saeed Al-Ghamdi, a resident of Jeddah had taken his grandchildren to the event especially for the Hakawati session.

He said: “In the old days, we used to gather and entertain ourselves with storytelling. There used to be master storytellers who shared Islamic tales and history as well as their own real-life stories. We learned from them and gained knowledge.

“Seeing this tradition back here in the festival made me nostalgic and I am glad to share with my grandchildren the beauty of Hakawati.”

Osman Abdullah, 70, from Jeddah, said: “After the Taraweeh, I used to spend time with friends in the neighborhood discussing and sharing religious Islamic stories. Coming to this historic district and witnessing the energetic environment took me back to those days.”

He added that Ramadan nights were special as they were a time when people not only sought spiritual development but socialized.

Another participant, Hadeel Alabbasi, co-founder and academic manager of Al-Kuttab language institute, said: “We invite family and friends to enjoy their time learning calligraphy, poetry, and Arabic this year while experiencing Al-Balad through us where we present the opportunity to learn about the values of Ramadan and the culture.”

At the Hazzazi area, located in Rubat Al-Khunji Al-Saghir, activities include making accessories, and learning about the history of the area through stories, solving riddles, playing traditional games, hunting for Ramadan treasure, and listening to poetry.

Sarah Hassan, who lives in Australia but always returns to her hometown of Jeddah for Ramadan, said: “I make sure to spend my entire Ramadan in Jeddah because of the vibe which is not the same anywhere in the world. Saudi Arabia is the best place to be during the holy month.

“Coming to Al-Balad with my children, I can teach them the culture and show them how Ramadan is celebrated in the country. We had a good time walking the streets, trying snacks like balila, French fries, luqaimat, and sipping the very famous Vimto drink.”

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King Salman directs $800m in Ramadan aid to social security beneficiaries

April 05, 2023

RIYADH: King Salman has authorized Ramadan assistance worth more SR3 billion ($800 million) to Saudi social security beneficiaries, with each head of a family receiving SR1,000 and each family member receiving SR500.

The funds were deposited directly into beneficiaries’ bank accounts on Wednesday, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

Widows, orphans, the unemployed, as well as elderly and disabled people, are among those who receive Saudi government social welfare payments.

Low-income workers and those affected by natural disasters are also eligible for state benefits, which come in the form of financial aid, marriage support, interest-free home loans or home renovation financing, according to the Saudi government website.

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Maronite patriarch, Christian deputies attend spiritual retreat on Lebanon’s presidential elections

NAJIA HOUSSARI

April 05, 2023

BEIRUT: A spiritual retreat on Wednesday was attended by Lebanon’s Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi and Christian deputies in a bid to resolve a six-month stalemate over the election of a new president for the crisis-hit country.

The gathering in Harissa came as separate meetings between Qatar’s Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulaziz bin Saleh Al-Khulaifi and Lebanese officials and political leaders failed to address the ongoing political vacuum.

A total of 53 deputies from the Free Patriotic Movement, Lebanese Forces, Kataeb Party, and Marada Movement took part in the retreat.

Eleven deputies were absent, including FPM-backed deputy parliament speaker, Elias Bou Saab, and reformist deputies who favor political dialogue to break the deadlock.

MPs Melhem Khalaf and Najat Aoun Saliba were also absent, as they entered the 77th day of their parliament protest over the issue, while MP Paula Yacoubian said she would “not participate in any activity that is based on sectarian division.”

In a statement delivered to the deputies, Al-Rahi said: “The policy adopted by the ruling power erroneously is incapable of taking care of others. It grinds the poor, takes advantage of the land, faces challenges, and doesn’t know how to hold a dialogue.

“What progress did you allow the people to make? What positive forces did you liberate? What did you do to elect a president?”

Hezbollah and the Amal Movement have chosen to back Suleiman Frangieh for the presidency in a move rejected by Christian MPs. The head of the Progressive Socialist Party, Walid Jumblatt, wants to elect a centrist president.

Frangieh is a prominent Christian figure, backed by Hezbollah and its allies that consider the Lebanese Forces and opposition nominated MP Michel Mouawad to be a “defiant candidate.” For 11 parliamentary sessions, Hezbollah’s deputies cast blank votes and withdrew from the second rounds of voting, leading to a loss of quorum.

Neither candidates will be able to become president, as both political camps are incapable of securing the 65 votes needed to win in a parliament comprising 128 deputies.

Meanwhile, Al-Khulaifi reiterated Qatar’s commitment to helping Lebanon elect a president and urged officials to implement the reforms required by the international community to kickstart an economic recovery process.

Separately, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has imposed sanctions on Lebanese brothers Raymond and Teddy Rahme and their three companies, including ZR Energy.

In a statement, the department said: “The Rahme brothers used their wealth, power, and influence to engage in corrupt practices that contribute to the breakdown of the rule of law in Lebanon.”

The siblings have close ties with many Christian political figures, including FPM head GebranBassil, leader of the Lebanese Forces Samir Geagea, and Frangieh.

During a press conference in 2020, Frangieh said he was not “ashamed” about his close ties with Raymond Rahme which dated back to the 1980s.

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Egypt condemns Israeli aggression at Al-Aqsa

GOBRAN MOHAMMED

April 05, 2023

CAIRO: Egypt condemned Israeli police for storming Al-Aqsa Mosque and demanded an immediate end to attacks on worshippers.

Israeli police entered Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque before dawn on Wednesday and clashed with worshippers, setting off a furious reaction from Palestinians.

In a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry, Egypt condemned, “in the strongest terms, the Israeli police’s storming of Al-Aqsa Al-Sharif Mosque and the accompanying blatant attacks that led to many injuries among worshippers, including women, in violation of all international laws and norms.”

It said that such “abhorrent and reprehensible scenes and the repeated Israeli violations of the sanctity of the holy places fuel the feelings of anger among all the Palestinian people, the Islamic people, and people…all over the world.”

Egypt called on Israeli authorities to stop the attacks that have intimidated worshippers and said it holds Israel, the occupying power, responsible for the dangerous escalation, which undermines the truce efforts Egypt is engaged in with regional and international partners.

It also called for the international community to shoulder its responsibility in putting an end to these attacks and to spare the region further instability and tension.

The Israeli police stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque to expel what it described as “rioters” who brought in “firecrackers, sticks, and stones.”

A spokesperson for the Israeli police said over 350 people were arrested.

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said that these “irresponsible behaviors in the holy places affect the religious feelings of millions of Muslims worldwide, especially during the holy month of Ramadan.”

He called on the international community, represented by the member states of the UN Security Council, “to move quickly in order to push Israel to stop this dangerous escalation, which threatens to ignite the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories.”

Aboul Gheit called on the Israeli government to “respect the sanctity of the month of Ramadan and to stop these provocative actions that would inflame feelings and raise the level of anger.”

The Egyptian Syndicate of Journalists also condemned the “barbaric attack launched by a number of settlers under the protection of the Israeli occupation forces” against Al-Aqsa and the repeated attacks against the Palestinian people.

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North America

 

White House ‘extremely concerned’ over Jerusalem, urges calm

05 April ,2023

The White House said Wednesday it was “extremely concerned” after clashes inside Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque compound and urged restraint by both Israelis and Palestinians.

“We remain extremely concerned by the continuing violence and we urge all sides to avoid further escalation,” White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters.

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‘Saudi-Syria détente, Damascus’ Arab League return win for Iran, setback for US’

05 April 2023

The growing diplomatic engagement between the Syrian government and its Arab neighbors amid rapidly shifting geopolitical dynamics represents a win for Iran and a setback for the United States, according to a report.

The US-based outlet Bloomberg, citing “three people briefed by the Saudis and one person close to the UAE government” on Wednesday that following the rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Syria, Riyadh is now taking steps to help bring Syria back into the Arab League as early as next month.

The report said Syria’s return to the Arab League “would be a win for Iran and Russia and in defiance of US warnings.”

“A successful reconciliation of Syria would represent a blow to the influence of the US in the Middle East, and fortify a divide between the region and Western governments," it stated, pointing to shifting power balance in the new multipolar world.

More important than that, Bloomberg said, such a reconciliation will be a “major win for Iran”, which has supported the Arab country throughout the conflict.

The outlet quoted its sources as saying that “the US is aware of the push, has warned against it but has realized it can do little to stop it.”

Washington has repeatedly warned countries against normalization with Syria, but despite the warnings, many Arab countries have recently extended an olive branch to Damascus and opened a new chapter in their relations.

Syria’s membership in the Arab League was suspended following the breakout of the foreign-backed militancy in the Arab country in 2011.

Saudi Arabia, along with several other Arab states as well as Turkey, cut ties with Syria and funneled billions of dollars worth of arms to the Arab country throughout the years to prop up militants fighting to topple the Syrian government.

Growing worries in Washington

This follows a China-mediated normalization agreement between Iran and Saudi Arabia concluded in Beijing last month, which ended a seven-year rupture in their bilateral ties following the Saudi execution of a senior Shia cleric.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian is expected to meet his Saudi counterpart Faisal bin Farhan in Beijing on Thursday, according to reports.

A senior State Department official officially welcomed that normalization deal, saying it can have a “calming effect” on the region.

But the report in Bloomberg said, “many in Washington fear Saudi Arabia’s eagerness to pivot to China and Iran … may in some way harm US national-security interests in the region.”

Last week, several former top US officials familiar with the Middle East warned President Joe Biden in a letter that not being more forceful in blocking Arab normalization with Assad was “short-sighted and damaging to any hope for regional security and stability.”

Israeli media have also reported wariness among the regime’s officials over the recent normalization deals.

Riyadh and Damascus reached an agreement last month to reopen their embassies and resume consular services after the holy month of Ramadan.

The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt are among other Arab states that have recently resumed diplomatic ties with Damascus.

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Canada ‘concerned’ about violence around al-Aqsa Mosque: Prime minister

FirdevsBulutKartal

05.04.2023

Toronto, CANADA

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau voiced concerns about violence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in East Jerusalem during the holy month of Ramadan.

"We are extremely concerned with the inflamed rhetoric coming out of the Israeli government," Trudeau said at a public budget announcement.

"It is the holy month of Ramadan and Passover together, and both Israeli and Palestinian families deserve to be able to celebrate in peace and security," he said.

"We are concerned by the violence around Al-Aqsa Mosque during this holy month. We need to see the Israeli government shifting in its approach," said Trudeau. "We need to see a de-escalation of violence and people should be living in peace and prosperity in the region."

Israeli police said earlier that they detained 350 Palestinians from the complex.

A group of Palestinians barricaded themselves in the Al-Qibli Prayer Hall in the complex after Jewish settlers called for a raid on the mosque. Israeli forces and Jewish settlers frequently carry out raids on the mosque.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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US envoy’s meeting with Turkish opposition presidential candidate unacceptable: FM

05 April ,2023

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday a meeting that US Ambassador Jeff Flake had with the main opposition presidential candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu was unacceptable.

Source: Al Arabiya

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CIA director visits Saudi Arabia to reinforce US commitment to intel cooperation

05 April ,2023

The head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Bill Burns was in Saudi Arabia this week to meet with officials and reinforce Washington’s commitment to intelligence cooperation, a US official told Al Arabiya English on Wednesday.

“Director Burns traveled to Saudi Arabia, where he met with intelligence counterparts and country leaders on shared interests,” the official said.

The official added that Burns reinforced “our commitment to intelligence cooperation, especially in areas such as counterterrorism.”

Asked to confirm the trip, a CIA spokesperson said the agency does not comment on the director’s travel.

Ties between the US and Saudi Arabia have been turbulent over the last two years, particularly following President Biden’s campaign pledge to make the Gulf country “a pariah.”

The CIA director’s quiet trip comes on the heels of a surprising agreement signed between Riyadh and Tehran, brokered by China, to restore diplomatic ties, reopen embassies and exchange ambassadors in the next month.

But US-Saudi cooperation on the military and intelligence levels has remained robust. The US and Saudi Arabia recently concluded their first joint counter-drone exercise at a new military testing center in Riyadh.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Africa

 

Top Syrian, Tunisian diplomats discuss restoration of ties, re-opening of embassies

05 April 2023

Top diplomats of Syria and Tunisia have pledged to enhance the level of diplomatic representation amid a new wave of enhancement of ties between Syria and its Arab neighbors.

Syria's Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad held a phone conversation with his Tunisian counterpart Nabil Ammar, exchanging congratulations on the fasting holy month of Ramadan and discussing ways to boost bilateral relations, SANA reported on Wednesday.

Ammar noted that Tunis has decided to strengthen the representation of the Embassy of Tunisia in Damascus and appoint an ambassador to Syria.

For his part, Mekdad appreciated Tunis’s decision, noting that Syria will also re-open its embassy in Tunisia in the coming days with an ambassador as the head of the mission.

The conversation comes as Tunisian President Kais Saied tasked the foreign ministry to “initiate procedures for appointing an ambassador of Tunisia in Damascus,” according to an official statement published on the presidency’s Facebook page.

The statement highlighted the “necessity of adhering to the principles of the foreign policy of the Tunisian diplomacy” and said that the country’s “positions abroad stem from the will of its people.”

Back on March 10, Saied announced the decision to restore diplomatic ties with Syria which were cut off almost a decade ago.

"Nothing can justify the absence of a Tunisian ambassador in Damascus and an ambassador from Syria in Tunis," he said during a meeting with his country's foreign affairs minister, according to a video released by the presidential office.

Tunis cut diplomatic relations with Damascus following the start of the foreign-backed war on Syria in 2011.

Tunisia began limited diplomatic links with Syria in 2017, in part to help track more than 3,000 Tunisian militants reportedly fighting in Syria.

However, since Saied took the helm in 2021 and consolidated his power, Tunis has been sending Damascus signals that it is ready to resume full diplomatic ties with it.

Several other Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, in the past months, have sent similar signals, indicating that they too are prepared to resume ambassador-level diplomatic ties with the Syrian government.

In February, a number of Arab parliament speakers and senior legislators visited Damascus as part of a concerted bid to restore Syria’s membership in the Arab League, more than a decade after it was suspended from the 22-member bloc.

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Cabinet minister in Uganda arrested over stealing iron sheets

Godfrey Olukya

05.04.2023

KAMPALA, Uganda

Police in Uganda have arrested the minister for Karamoja affairs, Mary Kitutu on allegations of stealing iron sheets meant for the poor people in the Karamoja region.

Her arrest was directed by members of the parliamentary select committee which is investigating the misappropriation of the iron sheets meant for vulnerable people in Karamoja. It came about after she declined to give evidence on oath regarding the offense.

According to police, apart from her refusing to give evidence on oath, she had also been evasive after turning down several summonses to answer queries related to the iron sheets.

Police said it is also investigating other ministers and government officials who received iron sheets from the arrested mister.

On January 12, this year, in an internal memo, the minister Mary Kitutu reportedly wrote to the office of the Prime Minister Undersecretary for Finance and Administration, Geoffrey Sseremba requesting for 12,200 iron sheets to be distributed to poor people in the Karamoja region. The iron sheets were given to her but were never given to the people of Karamoja.

According to police, instead of taking iron sheets to Karamoja, the minister distributed some to a few other ministers and senior government officials and also took the rest to her home in the village.

Whistleblowers informed police that the minister’s relatives were selling the iron sheets with words written on them reading ‘ For Karamoja, Not for sale’. Her mother and two brothers were arrested red-handed by police while selling the iron sheets.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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4.7M people in Burkina Faso will need humanitarian assistance this year: UN

James Tasamba

05.04.2023

The UN and partners announced a $877 million response plan Tuesday to meet the urgent needs of millions of people in Burkina Faso who will require humanitarian assistance this year.

In a statement, the UN said the funding will support some 3.1 million people amid the worst humanitarian crisis in the country’s history.

At least 4.7 million people in the West African country, a fifth of the population, will need humanitarian support this year as the country grapples with insecurity, according to the UN.

“The humanitarian situation in Burkina Faso in 2023 is more worrying than ever,” said AbdouraoufGnon-Konde, the top UN aid official in the country.

“In line with humanitarian principles, our sole objective is to provide assistance to vulnerable civilians based on their needs, wherever they are.”

He said half of those in need are children.

Burkina Faso has been struggling with an insurgency that has spread from neighboring Mali over the past decade.

The country has been ranked most affected by terrorism on the continent and the second most affected worldwide in 2022, according to the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) 2023, a report published by the Australia-based Global Institute for Economics and Peace that was released last week.

Armed group activity and military operations have led to widespread displacement, with nearly two million citizens driven out of their homes.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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South Asia

 

Natural Disasters in Afghanistan Leave 21 Dead, Over 100 Injured

By Fidel Rahmati

April 5, 2023

At least 21 people have died, and over 100 people have been injured due to natural disasters, including rains, floods, earthquakes and avalanches in Afghanistan during the past two weeks, officials said.

Shafiqullah Rahimi, a spokesman for the State Ministry for Disaster Management, said that the causalities across 30 provinces were brought on by earthquakes, heavy rains, flash flowing, and avalanches in the country.

The natural disasters, besides human loss, had financial damages in which more than 2,625 residential houses have been entirely or partially destroyed, hundreds of livestock have perished, and nearly 30,000 acres of agricultural land have been destroyed, Rahimi said.

On the other hand, more than 20,000 families have received humanitarian relief from international organizations in cooperation with the Afghan authorities.

Source: Khaama Press

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Office of Islamic Emirate's Spokesman Opened in Kandahar

By Mohammad Farshad Daryosh

An office of the Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid was opened in Kandahar, the spokesman told TOLOnews. 

Mujahid said his “deputies are in Kabul” and a major “part of my office’s work will be in Kabul.”

He said that the move was made based on the presence of the Islamic Emirate’s leadership in Kandahar. 

“We have shifted a part of the office for performing duties to Kandahar. It was necessary. A major part of our office is in Kabul as well. The deputies are there. I will spend more time in Kandahar. It was the need of the leadership that I should be near them,” Mujahid said.

Political analysts said that Kandahar is the center of the decision-making of the Islamic Emirate. 

“Since Hamal 1401, the Islamic Emirate showed that the center of power and decision-making is in Kandahar. The cabinet that is in Kabul plays an executive (you mean administrative?) role in the implementation of the decrees being issued in Kandahar,” said Saleem Kakar, a political analyst. 

“Usually, the shifting of the capital happens based on economic manners. If anything like that happens, the people are being aware of it or asking for their views” said Torek Farhadi, a political analyst.  (what?)

“Kandahar, Kabul and Peshawar have been Afghanistan’s capital historically and politically. But now, the shifting of the Islamic Emirate’s spokesman to Kandahar could be a temporary action,” said Najibullah Jami, a political analyst.

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Russia to Cooperate with Afghanistan in Eradicating Drugs

By Fidel Rahmati

April 5, 2023

The Russian Federal Drug Control Service has announced that it will support the Afghan Ministry of Interior’s counter-Narcotics department in the eradication of drugs, said a statement on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Interior said that the deputy interior minister, Mullah Abdulhaq, met with Oleg Naumov, a special envoy of the Russian Federation’s counter-Narcotics department, and discussed eradicating drugs in Afghanistan.

The Russian delegate praised the de facto government’s efforts to eradicate drugs and pledged cooperation.

Meanwhile, according to a recent report, Russia has increased its engagement with the current regime to improve regional security in response to mounting concerns over extremist fighters in Afghanistan.

Furthermore, the CSTO chief, Imangali, said on Friday that there is an increasing risk of terrorists from Afghanistan to the member states of Moscow’s allies.

He emphasized that “terrorism, illicit armaments, drug trafficking, illegal migration, and the spread of extreme ideology” are some of the concerns coming from Afghanistan.

However, strengthening the ties between Russia and the de facto regime is aligned with the current security concerns that Moscow has expressed several times in international forums and with the Taliban authorities.

Source: Khaama Press

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Afghanistan Must be Open to Business Despite Sanctions: Norwegian Refugee Council

By Fidel Rahmati

April 5, 2023

On Wednesday, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) released a report seeking to understand the challenges facing private sector actors and trade in Afghanistan, focusing on the supply of essential goods.

The NRC claimed that the report was prepared based on 25 anonymized interviews in mid-2022 with a range of private sector, development, and banking actors operating in or with Afghanistan.

The organization stressed the private sector of the country. It said that since the extension of the ban on female aid workers to the UN, which risks the delivery of emergency life-saving humanitarian aid, the role of the private sector is even more critical for the recovery of the Afghanistan economy.

The document emphasized the solid private sector’s role and sustainability besides humanitarian assistance. “Humanitarian aid alone cannot meet the needs of the millions of Afghans who have lost their jobs and been forced to take on huge debts and sell their possessions just to be able to buy food needed for survival,” said Neil Turner, NRC’s country director in Afghanistan. “We must reverse this devastating economic disaster. A stable economy, thriving private sector, and the reintroduction of development programmes are important to complement the work of humanitarian organizations.”

The report said, Since the Taliban returned to power in 2021, international actors have pursued political and economic isolation policies towards Afghanistan in reaction to the Taliban’s increasingly restrictive governance, which has contributed to the current financial crisis and the population’s reliance on humanitarian assistance. More than 28 million people are now on the brink of survival.

“We must educate overseas companies and banks that Afghanistan is not under sanctions. There is a real lack of understanding about this – particularly among key sectors in our main export and import markets,” said an executive of a large agricultural firm in Afghanistan, reported by NRC.

Several women have left the Afghan workforce due to the Taliban’s attitude towards women. The Afghan people and the country’s economic potential are significantly hampered by these constraints, providing significant logistical and moral issues for international aid organizations.

According to the organization, establishing measures to stabilize and support Afghanistan’s economy for the benefit of the people is the way to address the current economic crisis in the country.

“NRC calls on major governments, financial institutions, UN agencies and relevant regional actors to urgently convene to establish measures to stabilize and support Afghanistan’s economy for the benefit of all the Afghans.

However, according to Afghan analysts, without a legitimate and inclusive government, including women, and ethnic and religious groups, sustainable development would not be possible.

Source: Khaama Press

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Southeast Asia

 

Penang mufti reminds Muslims mosque's external loudspeakers only to be used for calls to prayers

By Muhammad Yusry

06 Apr 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 — Penang Mufti Datuk Seri Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor has reportedly reminded Muslims that external loudspeakers at mosques should only be used for azan and iqamah, which are the first and second call to prayers.

Amid the Ramadan holy month of fasting which sees Muslims attend their mosques at longer hours every night, Wan Salim said using the loudspeakers indiscriminately would disturb the peace in local communities.

“There is no gazette here in Penang, it is up to the mosque or surau’s choice, the use of the external loudspeakers should be used for azan and iqamah only as much as possible because it is a symbol of Islam,” he was reported saying in SinarHarian.

“We are here to worship, why do we want to bother others? They don't come to the mosque because he is not ready to listen to tazkirah, talks and so on. If they want to come to our mosque, they can use the loudspeaker inside,” he added, referring to Islamic lectures.

Wan Salim said the issue of external loudspeakers should never have been a question of whether one was previously allowed to do so versus now.

“The environment is changing, the 'fatwa' or Islamic law must also change,” he said, referring to religious edicts.

“Even if Penang does not gazette, we only advise the congregations not to use external loudspeakers for other activities other than azan and iqamah.”

Wan Salim said there have been complaints from residents who live near mosques and suraus that the loud volume is adversely affecting those who are vulnerable such as seniors, young children, people who are taking rest off work and students who want to study.

“So we can't just follow our feelings, we have to take into account the current environment. It is different in the villages where the mosque and the houses are far away, so reciting Quran before dawn and so on using external loudspeakers is not a problem.

“But now in the cities, the residential areas are so close to the mosque so it is important to understand that if the situation and situation change, the fatwa can also change,” he said.

The issue of the use of external mosque loudspeakers is a contentious one in Malaysia, with complainants usually shunned and lambasted by their local communities for speaking up against the matter.

Source: MalayMail

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Muslim Council of Elders holds iftar for Malaysian religious leaders

05-04-2023

KUALA lUMPUR, 5th April, 2023 (WAM) -- The Malaysian branch of the Muslim Council of Elders held an iftar for Malaysian religious leaders as part of the Council's message of spreading the values of dialogue, tolerance, and coexistence.

During the iftar ceremony, Datuk Senator Dr.Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri, member of the Muslim Council of Elders and Malaysia's former Minister of Islamic Affairs, affirmed that the Council under the Chairmanship of His Eminence Dr. Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, places a great emphasis on promoting dialogue, understanding, and respect between followers of different religions.

Al-Bakri added that the Council's Malaysian branch is eager to improve communications with all sectors of the Malaysian society while also emphasising that the ceremony represents a chance to interact and emphasise the human commonalities that bring them together.

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Wisma Putra: Malaysia strongly condemns Israeli forces’ attacks on worshippers in Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem

06 Apr 2023

PUTRAJAYA, April 6 ― Malaysia has condemned in the strongest terms the latest attacks against worshippers and incursions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque by the forces of the Israeli regime yesterday.

The Foreign Ministry (Wisma Putra) in a statement today said the actions by the Israeli forces were unlawful, contemptuous, and grossly violating the human rights of the Palestinians and the sanctity of the third holiest shrine in Islam.

“Malaysia calls upon the international community, in particular the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), to hold the Israeli regime accountable and responsible for the heinous crimes, and for them to immediately release all Palestinian detainees,” the statement read.

At least 12 Palestinians were injured, and hundreds of other Palestinians were detained, according to Wisma Putra.

It said the international community must demand the Israeli regime to immediately stop any provocative acts in the interest of peace and stability.

“Malaysia continues to stand in strong solidarity with the people of Palestine and reiterates the status of Al-Quds Al-Sharif as the Holy site of the Muslim Ummah,” it said.

Malaysia also stood firm by its long-held position that the Palestinians deserve their independent state based on the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, said Wisma Putra.

The Israeli forces on Wednesday stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in occupied East Jerusalem for the second night in a row and assaulted Palestinian worshippers at the site.

According to media reports, Israeli forces raided the Al-Qibli Prayer Hall in the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex after the tarawih prayers, fired stun grenades, and beat Palestinian worshippers.

Source: MalayMail

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