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Pakistan's Musharraf, military ruler who allied with the US and promoted moderate Islam, dies aged 79

New Age Islam News Bureau

05 February 2023

FILE PHOTO: Former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf gestures during a news conference in Dubai, on Mar 23, 2013. (Photo: REUTERS/Mohammad Abu Omar)

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• Pakistan's Musharraf, military ruler who allied with the US and promoted moderate Islam, dies aged 79

• Watch: Are 'Love Jihad' and Hate Speech Going to Be Part of BJP's BMC Polls Agenda?

• Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher: "Peace" with Zionist enemy is humiliation

• Did Qatar bribe Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to not fight the Taliban?

• Saudi Arabia creating cemeteries across the kingdom for non-Muslims

• The European Commission has appointed a new Coordinator on combating anti-Muslim hatred

• Musharraf allied with the U.S. and promoted moderate Islam

• General IS Ali: Sustaining the Heat on Boko Haram

 

Pakistan

• Death toll of Peshawar mosque blast revised down to 84: police

• Get ready to court arrest, Imran tells PTI workers

• Army chief lands in UK on five-day visit

• Shehbaz and Fazl talk tactics, consider election prospects

• Islamabad police issue sketch of F9 Park rape suspect

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India

• 'We Are Not at War': Muslim Leaders Keen on Continuing Dialogue With RSS

• ‘Inept police, over-zealous prosecutors’: Chidambaram on Sharjeel Imam court order

• Supreme Court Must End 'Daily Abuse Of Law', Says P Chidambaram After Delhi Court Discharges Sharjeel Imam

• 94% acquittal rate under Haryana’s cow slaughter law in Muslim-dominated Nuh

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Mideast

• Muslim countries should find new ways to neutralize sanctions: Omani MP

• Iranian lawmakers renew allegiance to ideals of Islamic Rev.

• Israeli forces arrest senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist

• Sunni Leader In Iran Slams Government Policies Amid New Restrictions

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South Asia

• Road accident kills 2, injures 9 in Afghanistan

• Seven members of family killed in Afghanistan's Balkh province

• Afghanistan shows China’s deficits

• Minister: We are going to get something very good

• Sri Lanka: MoS Muraleedharan, Bangladesh Foreign Minister discuss areas of mutual interest

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Arab world

• Muslim Council of Elders commemorate signing of historic Document on Human Fraternity

• Conference of Regional Chief Imams reaffirms commitment to unite for development

• Kuwait Airways plans to expand its network with 20 new routes in 2023 

• How centuries of Middle Eastern influence shaped Indian architecture

• No one-size-fits-all solution to achieving net zero, says Saudi energy minister 

• 16k held for labor, residency, border violations in Saudi Arabia

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Europe

• IC: The Contract with the State of BiH and the Islamic Community is being blocked

• ‘Putin promised not to kill Zelensky’, recalls ex-Israel PM Naftali Bennett

• Pope Francis Wraps Up South Sudan Trip, Urges End to 'Blind Fury' of Violence

• UK's shortest-serving PM Liz Truss blames 'economic orthodoxy' for No 10 exit

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North America

• Shaw University closed its mosque in 2020. Its Muslim congregation wants it back open.

• Ilhan Omar | The other voice

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Africa

• ABUSUFIAN: Hustler Fund should consider Muslims

• Rotterdam Winner CyrielleRaingou on Cameroon Documentary ‘Le Spectre de Boko Haram’: ‘My Mission Isn’t Over’

• Exclusive: How official bungling, negligence, complacency, collusion made Boko Haram a terrifying force — Buratai

• New Naira Notes: Nigerian soldiers fighting Boko Haram find it hard to buy food – Ndume

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Southeast Asia

• Muslim converts join religious programme

• Mosque elects new takmir committee

• Datu Omar Ali claims group that took Sulu dispute to court not legal heir

• Some Sulu claim individuals played role in Tanduo tragedy, sultanate heir says

• PM Anwar undergoes health check-up at IJN

• Thaipusam: Sultan of Johor's presence shows racial tolerance, says exco

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Pakistan's Musharraf, military ruler who allied with the US and promoted moderate Islam, dies aged 79

05 Feb 2023

FILE PHOTO: Former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf gestures during a news conference in Dubai, on Mar 23, 2013. (Photo: REUTERS/Mohammad Abu Omar)

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf, 79, has died after a prolonged illness at a hospital in Dubai after spending years in self-imposed exile, Pakistani local media reported on Sunday (Feb 5).

Musharraf, the four-star general who ruled Pakistan for nearly a decade after seizing power in a bloodless coup in 1999, oversaw rapid economic growth and attempted to usher in socially liberal values in the conservative Muslim country.

He enjoyed strong support for many years, though his greatest threat was al Qaeda and other militant groups who tried to kill him at least three times.

But his heavy-handed use of the military to quell dissent as well as his continued backing of the United States in its fight against al Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban ultimately led to his downfall.

Born in New Delhi in 1943, Musharraf was four years old when his parents joined the mass exodus by Muslims to the newly created state of Pakistan. His father served in the foreign ministry, while his mother was a teacher and the family subscribed to a moderate, tolerant brand of Islam.

He joined the army at the age of 18 and went on to lead an elite commando unit before rising to become its chief. He took power by ousting the then-prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, who had tried to sack him for greenlighting an operation to invade Indian-held areas of Kashmir, bringing Pakistan and India to the brink of war.

In his early years in government, Musharraf won plaudits internationally for his reformist efforts, pushing through legislation to protect the rights of women and allowing private news channels to operate for the first time.

His penchant for cigars and imported whisky and his calls for Muslims to adopt a lifestyle of "enlightened moderation" increased his appeal in the West in the aftermath of the Sep 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.

He became one of Washington’s most important allies after the attacks, allowing US forces to operate armed drones from secret bases on Pakistani soil that killed thousands and ordering domestic troops into the country’s lawless tribal areas along the Afghanistan frontier for the first time in Pakistan’s history.

That helped legitimise his rule overseas but also helped plunge Pakistan into a bloody war against local extremist militant groups.

In a 2006 memoir, he took credit for saving Pakistan from American wrath saying the country had been warned it needed to be “prepared to be bombed back to the Stone Age” if it did not ally itself with Washington.

Musharraf also successfully lobbied then-President George W. Bush to pour money into the Pakistani military. Still, the army's allegiances were never unambiguous: Its powerful intelligence services cut deals with the Taliban and al Qaeda, and bolstered an insurgency fighting US troops in Afghanistan.

At a regional summit in 2002, less than three years after launching the military operation against India, Musharraf shocked the world when, after finishing a speech, he suddenly moved towards Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to shake hands and offered to talk peace.

Analysts say the issue of Kashmir – which remains the most potent point of contention between India and Pakistan – was close to being solved during the Musharraf era. But the peace process was derailed soon after his rule.

Under Musharraf, foreign investment flourished and Pakistan saw annual economic growth of as much as 7.5 per cent - which remains the highest level in nearly three decades, according to World Bank data.

In 2006, Musharraf ordered military action that killed a tribal head from the province Balochistan, laying the foundations of an armed insurgency that rages to this day.

The next year, more than a hundred students calling for the imposition of Sharia law were killed after Musharraf shunned negotiations and ordered troops to storm a mosque in Islamabad. That led to the birth of a new militant group, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, which has since killed tens of thousands in suicide bombings and brazen assaults.

Later in 2007, a suicide attack that assassinated opposition leader Benazir Bhutto triggered waves of violence. His efforts to strong-arm the judiciary also led to protests and a besieged Musharraf postponed elections and declared a state of emergency.

In 2008, the country's first democratic elections in 11 years were held. Musharraf's party lost and facing impeachment by parliament he resigned from the presidency and fled to London.

He returned to Pakistan in 2013 to run for a seat in parliament but was immediately disqualified. He was allowed to leave for Dubai in 2016.

In 2019, a court sentenced him to death in absentia for the 2007 imposition of emergency rule but the verdict was later overturned.

Source: Channel News Asia

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Watch: Are 'Love Jihad' and Hate Speech Going to Be Part of BJP's BMC Polls Agenda?

Zeeshan Kaskar

05-02-2023

After over 30 rallies across Maharashtra, the Sakal Hindu Samaj, an umbrella body of Hindu organisations, held a Hindu Jan AakroshMorch in Mumbai on January 29, amid calls for laws against religious conversions, the bogey of ‘love jihad’ conspiracies, and an economic boycott of Muslims.

Various hate speeches were given at this rally. The event was attended by several top Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, ministers of the Maharashtra government and BJP MLAs.

Is this an attempt to communalise the politics of Maharashtra for the purpose of the upcoming BMC polls? BJP’s top brass, including Amit Shah, have repeatedly made it clear that the BMC is important for them.

Maharashtra’s foremost journalist, Girish Kuber, helps us understand the politics.

Source: The Wire.In

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https://thewire.in/communalism/video-sakal-hindu-samaj-bjp-mumbai-bmc

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Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher: "Peace" with Zionist enemy is humiliation

05/February/2023

Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher: "Peace" with Zionist enemy is humiliation

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Al-AQSA February 05. 2023 (Saba) - The preacher of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, considered "peace" with the Zionist enemy is "humiliation and shame".

According to what was reported by Palestinian news agencies on Friday, Sheikh Hussein called on the Palestinian people not to pay attention to the positions of the losers' normalization with the Zionist enemy.

Sheikh Muhammad called on the Almoravids to be keen on the right and preserve Al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy sites.

Source: Saba.Ye

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Did Qatar bribe Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to not fight the Taliban?

February 5, 2023

The Taliban interim government in Afghanistan (Pic. Courtesy Twitter/@suhailshaheen1)

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In a major revelation, Italy’s State-run TV network Tg1 has reported that Qatar allegedly paid the then Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani, $110 million to not fight the Taliban militants.

The State-run network also says that Qatar paid $51 million to Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum– commander and warlord, and $61 million to Atta Mohammad Noor–former governor of Balkh province for not resisting the Taliban. The money was allegedly paid in Kabul by a Qatari representative.

To buttress its investigation, Tg1 published various documents on Thursday to prove that the money was allegedly received by the three Afghan leaders one month before Ghani’s government fell without offering resistance to the Taliban forces.

Afghanistan’s Khaama Press reports that the investigation says representatives of Ghani, Dostum and Noor received the money from a representative of Qatar after signing the documents on 7 July 2021.

One of the documents says that Ajmal Ahmady, the then Central Bank Governor, received  $110 million on behalf of former president Ghani.

Another document allegedly shows that Mohammad FarhadAzimi, the then governor of Balkh province, received $61 million on behalf of Noor from Qatar’s representative in Kabul.

The third document says that the former first deputy of the Supreme National Reconciliation Council received $51 million from the Qatar representative on behalf of Marshal Dostum. This document allegedly praised Dostum’s cooperation in retreating from the northern provinces such as Fariyab and Jawzjan provinces.

Khaama Press says that the archive of Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs shows that Qatari ambassador, Dr Mutlaq Al-Qahtani was in Kabul and had met with the then president Ashraf Ghani at the presidential palace on 7 July 2021.

The letters highlight that while money was given to the three Afghan leaders to avoid resisting the Taliban fighters, for Dostum and Noor the money was specifically meant to not fight against the Taliban in Northern Afghanistan.

Noor too rejected the authenticity of the documents and claimed that the media fabricated these documents in support of terror groups.

Italian journalist Filippo Rossi conducted this investigation for the State-run TV network Tg1. He claimed that the Afghan national forces were directed from Kabul to retreat and not resist the Taliban.

Going back to the action-packed days of July-August 2021, the world had observed with shock and surprise how the US-trained Afghan National Defense Force had fallen like a pack of cards to the Taliban militants. Even capital Kabul fell into Taliban hands in a day with no opposition or resistance from the Afghan army.

Source: India Narrative

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Saudi Arabia creating cemeteries across the kingdom for non-Muslims

February 05, 2023

Ramadan Al Sherbini

Illustrative image.

Image Credit: AFP file

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Cairo: Saudi Arabia plans to create cemeteries for non-Muslims to facilitate a swift burial process, a local newspaper has reported.

The kingdom’s Ministry of Municipal, Village Affairs and Housing has directed several affiliated municipalities to create places for non-Muslims to facilitate the swift burial of the non-Muslim deceased instead of transferring them to specific areas like the ones existing in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, Okaz said.

The ministry has set specifications for these tombs different from the ones allocated for Muslims, the paper added, citing what it described as well-informed sources.

Meanwhile, officials at the municipality of Taif in western Saudi Arabia had met with specialists at the Ministry of Health and discussed issues related to the burial process and ways to make it comfortable for relatives of the deceased, the report said.

To this end, efforts include preparing tombs, and giving family of the dead person a possible access to an immediate, electronic death certificate instead of the certificates issued by the Ministry of Health hospitals.

Saudi Arabia, a country of around 34.8 million people, is home to a large community of migrant workers including followers of non-Islamic faiths.

In a sign of tolerance, Saudi Arabia has recently allowed public display of decorations and other festive features linked to Christmas, which was once celebrated behind closed doors in the kingdom.

Source: Gulf News

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https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/saudi-arabia-creating-cemeteries-across-the-kingdom-for-non-muslims-1.93654266

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The European Commission has appointed a new Coordinator on combating anti-Muslim hatred

February 5, 2023

The European Commission has appointed Marion Lalisse as its new Coordinator on combating anti-Muslim hatred. MsLalisse will work with Member States, European institutions, civil society and academia to strengthen policy responses in the field of anti-Muslim hatred.  In her new role, the Coordinator will be the main point of contact for organisations working in this field in the EU.

Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli, said: “I welcome MsLalisse, as the new Coordinator on combating Anti-Muslim hatred, whose work will ensure responses to hatred, as well as structural and individual discrimination against Muslims. We must fight anti-Muslim hatred in all areas of life including education, employment and social policy. We must also gather data about, monitor and tackle all instances of anti-Muslim hatred and discrimination.”

MsLalisse graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), the College of Europe and University of Toulouse Le Mirail. She served as deputy EU Ambassador to Yemen and Chargé d’Affairesa.i.  and held different positions at the EU Delegations to Ghana, Mauritania, Morocco and within the EU Aid Programme for the Turkish-Cypriot community. An experienced EU civil servant, she has significant experience in working closely with a wide range of civil society organisations inside the EU and in the Muslim world. More information on the activities of the European Commission’s coordinator on combating anti-Muslim hatred can be found here.

Source: Sarajevo Times

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Musharraf allied with the U.S. and promoted moderate Islam

February 5, 2023

ISLAMABAD, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Pervez Musharraf, the four-star general who ruled Pakistan for nearly a decade after seizing power in a bloodless coup in 1999, oversaw rapid economic growth and attempted to usher in socially liberal values in the conservative Muslim country.

Musharraf, 79, died in hospital after a long illness after spending years in self-imposed exile, Pakistan media reported on Sunday. He enjoyed strong support for many years, his greatest threat al Qaeda and other militant Islamists who tried to kill him at least three times.

But his heavy-handed use of the military to quell dissent as well as his continued backing of the United States in its fight against al Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban ultimately led to his downfall.

Born in New Delhi in 1943, Musharraf was four years old when his parents joined the mass exodus by Muslims to the newly created state of Pakistan. His father served in the foreign ministry, while his mother was a teacher and the family subscribed to a moderate, tolerant brand of Islam.

He joined the army at the age of 18, and went on to lead an elite commando unit before rising to become its chief. He took power by ousting the then prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, who had tried to sack him for greenlighting an operation to invade Indian-held areas of Kashmir, bringing Pakistan and India to the brink of war.

In his early years in government, Musharraf won plaudits internationally for his reformist efforts, pushing through legislation to protect the rights of women and allowing private news channels to operate for the first time.

His penchant for cigars and imported whisky and his calls for Muslims to adopt a lifestyle of "enlightened moderation" increased his appeal in the West in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.

He became one of Washington’s most important allies after the attacks, allowing U.S. forces to operate armed drones from secret bases on Pakistani soil that killed thousands and ordering domestic troops into the country’s lawless tribal areas along the Afghanistan frontier for the first time Pakistan’s history.

In a 2006 memoir, he took credit for saving Pakistan from American wrath saying the country had been warned it needed to be “prepared to be bombed back to the Stone Age” if it did not ally itself with Washington.

Musharraf also successfully lobbied then-President George W. Bush to pour money into the Pakistani military. Still, the army's allegiances were never unambiguous: its powerful intelligence services cut deals with the Taliban and al Qaeda, and bolstered an insurgency fighting U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

At a regional summit in 2002, less than three years after launching the military operation against India, Musharraf shocked the world when, after finishing a speech, he suddenly moved towards Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to shake hands and offered to talk peace.

Analysts say the issue of Kashmir – which remains the most potent point of contention between India and Pakistan – was close to being solved during the Musharraf era. But the peace process was derailed soon after his rule.

Under Musharraf, foreign investment flourished and Pakistan saw annual economic growth of as much as 7.5% - which remains the highest level in nearly three decades, according to World Bank data.

The later years of his presidency were, however overshadowed, by his increasingly authoritarian rule. In 2006, Musharraf ordered military action that killed a tribal head from the province Balochistan, laying the foundations of an armed insurgency that rages to this day.

The next year, more than a hundred students calling for the imposition of Sharia law were killed after Musharraf shunned negotiations and ordered troops to storm a mosque in Islamabad. That led to the birth of a new militant group, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, which has since killed tens of thousands in suicide bombings and brazen assaults.

Later in 2007, a suicide attack that assassinated opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, triggered waves of violence. His efforts to strong arm the judiciary also led to protests and a besieged Musharraf postponed elections and declared a state of emergency.

In 2008, the country's first democratic elections in 11 years were held. Musharraf's party lost and facing impeachment by parliament he resigned the presidency and fled to London.

He returned to Pakistan in 2013 to run for a seat in parliament but was immediately disqualified. He was allowed to leave for Dubai in 2016.

In 2019, a court sentenced him to death in absentia for the 2007 imposition of emergency rule but the verdict was later overturned.

Source: Reuters.Com

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General IS Ali: Sustaining the Heat on Boko Haram

by Lawrence Audu

February 5, 2023

American statesman, General Colin Powell was right in one of his writings on leadership when he said: ” Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.” This is also true of the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor under whose dynamic leadership we see a strong synergy of among service chiefs working round the clock to surmount the security challenges the nation faces. Top Commanders in the Armed Forces with impeccable track records have also at different periods have been deployed to head critical missions with attendant successes.

As the nation continues to battle threats posed by non-state actors and criminal elements, the military recently redeployed some senior field commanders across all theatres in a bid to consolidate on the successes achieved. One of them is Major General Ibrahim Sallau Ali who takes over from Major General Chris Musa at the North East Joint Operations Theatre, Operation Hadin Kai as Theatre Commander, in Maiduguri, Borno State.

By now, the name Major General Ibrahim Ali would not come strange to many following his exploits and experience in the Army and only recently as General Officer Commanding the 3 Division of the Nigerian Army while at the same time, Commander of the Joint Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven which Areas of Responsibility span across Plateau, Bauchi and Kaduna states. That jurisdiction has been the epicenter of one of the worst ethno-religious conflicts for more than 20 years. Since September 7, 2001, when Jos lost its innocence following the outbreak of violence in the one serene city, leaving thousands dead in its wake, successive administrations over the years have pondered on the possible ways of finding not just a lasting solution, but to ending the cycle of violence. This continued until the Armed Forces of Nigeria considered the establishment of Operation Safe Haven, a military task force set up to maintain peace in Plateau State in 2010.

General Ali, whose sojourn in Jos has been very impactful in changing the situation for the better, deployed a non-kinetic/civil-military approach where necessary. We now see a people more committed to peace than ever before with several sessions of dialogues carried out in most of the affected communities to build confidence, Civil Societies were from time to time called upon to engage communities, while routine cultural festivals brought all peoples of diverse faith, creed and ethnicity brought together to interact. In a bid to keep the youth away from crime and violence, sports competitions were organized frequently which served also as a talent recruitment avenue from where many youths have found themselves living their dreams.

A successful military onslaught led by troops of Operation Safe Haven in Plateau and Kaduna States, under the Command of General Ali also led to the recovery of 517 small Arms and light weapons from bandits and criminal elements. All these in addition to the arrest of countless criminals, rescue of kidnap victims as well as nipping in the bud potential breakdown of law and order through intelligence gathering.

Born on 16 November 1970 in Nasarawa Kano State, Nigeria, General Ali started his educational pursuit in 1974, at Lebanon Primary School Kano, before proceeding to Saint Thomas Secondary School in 1980 also in Kano State. He began his military career at the Nigerian Defence Academy as a member of the 39th Regular Course in 1987 and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from the Nigerian Defence Academy in 1991. He was nominated in 1992, to complete his cadet training at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, in the United Kingdom. He was a member of the Standard Military Course 922 at the Royal Military Academy. At the end of his course, he was awarded the Silver Bugle for being the best athlete among all the British and foreign cadets during the course. Ibrahim was commissioned second lieutenant into the Nigerian Army Armoured Corps in April 1993.

The senior officer attended several military courses including; Young Officers’ Course Armour, Regimental Intelligence and Security Officers’ Course, Basic Range Management Course, Anti-Tank Platoon Commanders’ Course amongst others both home and abroad. Among the 12 graded courses attended by Major General Ali, he was the best in order of merit in 7 and second best in 2 of the courses. During his National Defence Course in 2014, he was awarded the Inspector General of Police prize for writing the best research paper on Internal Security Operations.

General Ali also held several positions in the Army which include, Commander, Rapid Deployment Force under the ECOWAS Monitoring Group Task Force ECOMOG in Monrovia, Liberia and in Sierra Leone, Platoon Commander, 5 Battalion. The operational terrain of the Northeast would not be strange to the new Theatre Commander who has also served in Operation FLUSH OUT 1 Multinational Joint Task Force in BagaBorno state and Acting Commander Sector 2 Operation LAFIYA DOLE in Yobe State. From his experiences General Ali is a war-tested General who has not only seen real-time combat, but excelled in the battle.

As General Ibrahim Ali takes Command in the Northeast Theater of Operations, there is no doubt that he would hit the ground running to continue from where his predecessor, General CG Musa stopped. General Musa who now Commands Infantry Corps of the Nigerian Army in all fairness will be remembered as one of the most successful TCs, under whose Command Troops welfare was given adequate priority with high morale as the troops went about rooting out insurgents from their hiding. Many terrorists surrendered to troops while many kidnapped victims including a number of Chibok girls were rescued during his time.

Expectedly, on assumption of office, the Theatre Commander has begun expanding on the existing synergies with visits to units and formations within his Area of Responsibility where he commended the Air Component for the crucial roles being played in support of the operation and requested for its sustenance in order to record more successes in the fight against the insurgents while paying special tribute to Fallen Heroes at the Memorial Wall.  The visits which were also extended to other critical stakeholders including traditional institutions provided the opportunity to seek royal blessings and support of the traditional institution in order to win the hearts and minds of the locals in the ongoing Operations in the Northeast.

Source: Newnational Star

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Pakistan

Death toll of Peshawar mosque blast revised down to 84: police

February 4, 2023

Peshawar police on Saturday revised down the death toll of the January 30 mosque blast to 84 after taking out names that were repeated in the martyrs list.

On Monday, a powerful explosion ripped through a mosque in Peshawar’s Red Zone area where between 300 and 400 people — mostly police officers — had gathered for prayers. The suicide blast blew away the wall of the prayer hall and an inner roof.

The outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan had initially claimed responsibility for the attack. It later distanced itself from it but sources earlier indicated that it might have been the handiwork of some local faction of the outlawed group.

Source: Dawn

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https://www.dawn.com/news/1735288/death-toll-of-peshawar-mosque-blast-revised-down-to-84-police

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Get ready to court arrest, Imran tells PTI workers

Zulqernain Tahir

February 5, 2023

LAHORE: Apparently running out of options to press the PML-N-led government to hold elections in two provinces and stop it from ‘political victimisation’, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Saturday announced a ‘Jail Bharo Tehreek’ (court arrest drive).

At the same time, the PTI has told the Shehbaz Sharif administration that it may attend the Feb 7 multi-party conference (MPC) on militancy, provided the government stops victimising its leaders forthwith and gives a date for elections in Punjab and Khyber Paktunkhwa.

The ousted premier in a televised address from his Zaman Park residence here on Saturday explained why he announced the ‘Jail Bharo Tehreek’.

Source: Dawn

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https://www.dawn.com/news/1735406

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Army chief lands in UK on five-day visit

A Correspondent

February 5, 2023

LONDON: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Muneer arrived here on Saturday on a five-day visit.

The COAS will attend meetings on defence-related issues, being held between February 5 and 9.

Gen Muneer is in London to attend a conference at Wilton Park, an executive agency created by the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office to foster open dialogue between governments.

Source: Dawn

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Shehbaz and Fazl talk tactics, consider election prospects

Syed Irfan Raza

February 5, 2023

ISLAMABAD: As Imran Khan continues to put pressure on the government to give a date for general elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtun­khwa, Prime Mini­ster Sheh­baz Sharif and Pakistan Dem­ocratic Move­ment (PDM) lea­der Maulana Fazlur Rehman met on Saturday to chalk out a strategy regarding the upcoming elections in both provinces, as well as the National Assembly seats vacated by their rivals.

According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), PM Shehbaz and the PDM chief took stock of the overall political situation and also discussed issues of mutual interest.

When contacted, a senior PDM leader told Dawn that the meeting was “quite significant” as the two leaders “agreed to contest elections” on vacant NA seats, which are likely to be held next month. The coalition leader said it will be decided within a few days whether the PDM would field joint candidates or the parties would prefer to contest the polls individually. The source said that as per the schedule for by-polls, candidates could submit their nomination papers from Feb 4 to Feb 6.

Source: Dawn

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Islamabad police issue sketch of F9 Park rape suspect

Shakeel Qarar

February 5, 2023

Islamabad police on Sunday issued a sketch of one of the suspects involved in the rape of a woman in the capital’s F-9 Park on Thursday night, days after a case was filed against two unidentified men.

A first information report (FIR) had been filed under Section 376 (punishment for rape) at the capital’s Margalla police station at 11:40pm on Thursday, hours after they raped the woman “at gunpoint”.

According to police spokesperson Jawad Taqi, the sketch has been prepared with the help of the details provided by the victim and it would be matched with the CCTV footage of the park premises.

The details mentioned in the sketch profile include that the suspect was five feet and 10 inches tall while his age was around 35 years. It further said the suspect had a dusky complexion.

Source: Dawn

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https://www.dawn.com/news/1735458/islamabad-police-issue-sketch-of-f9-park-rape-suspect

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India

'We Are Not at War': Muslim Leaders Keen on Continuing Dialogue With RSS

FEBRUARY 05, 2023

The Muslim organizations feel that the dialogue with the RSS should continue and there should be an early resolution of the issues leading to conflict between the two communities.

Jamat e Islami Hind, whose representative met RSS leaders, said, “we are of the opinion that the dialogue should continue with the RSS as they hold influence on the government."

Another Muslim intellectual who once met these leaders said on condition of anonymity that on the cow slaughter issue the community should come up with a detailed response as Muslims are not involved in the cases and it has now become a business issue. He said that issue is likely to be discussed at the Sunday meeting of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board in Lucknow.

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‘Inept police, over-zealous prosecutors’: Chidambaram on Sharjeel Imam court order

By: Express News Service

February 5, 2023

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said Sunday that Jamia Millia Islamia student Sharjeel Imam and 10 others, who were accused of perpetrating violence which broke out near Jamia Millia Islamia University in 2019, were made scapegoats, and lauded the trial court for pushing back against the “abuse of the law” and upholding liberty.

In a series of tweets, the former home minister said, “A Delhi trial court has held that Sharjeel Imam and 10 others were made “scapegoats” in a case connected with incidents of violence in Jamia Millia Islamia in 2019. Was there even prima facie evidence against the accused? The Court’s conclusion: unequivocal no.”

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Supreme Court Must End 'Daily Abuse Of Law', Says P Chidambaram After Delhi Court Discharges Sharjeel Imam

05 FEB 2023

A day after a Delhi court discharged activist Sharjeel Imam in a 2019 case, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Sunday said the Supreme Court should put an end to this "daily abuse of the law".

A Delhi court here on Saturday discharged 11 people, including student activists Imam and Asif Iqbal Tanha, who participated in anti-CAA protests, in the 2019 Jamia Nagar violence case. The court said the 11 discharged persons were made "scapegoats" by police and that dissent has to be encouraged, not stifled.

He said, "The Court's conclusion: unequivocal no. Some accused have been lodged in jail for nearly three years. Some got bail after many months.This is pre-trial incarceration," the former home minister said.

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94% acquittal rate under Haryana’s cow slaughter law in Muslim-dominated Nuh

February 05, 2023

ASHOK KUMAR

Of the 69 cases decided by the Nuh district and sessions court under Haryana’s law against cow slaughter in the second half of 2022, only four have ended in conviction, an acquittal rate of 94%.

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Mideast

Muslim countries should find new ways to neutralize sanctions: Omani MP

February 4, 2023

The Omani MP, Mansour al-Hejri, said all Muslim countries should reach economic stability.

He made the remarks on the 17th summit of the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States (PUIC), according to Iran’s parliamentary news agency ICANA.

“In our era, the development of relations, especially in the economic field, between Islamic countries is very important in any field,” al-Hejri said.

Source: Tehran Times

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Iranian lawmakers renew allegiance to ideals of Islamic Rev.

Feb 5, 2023

Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf and a group of Iranian lawmakers on Sunday morning attended the mausoleum of the late founder of the Islamic Revolution Imam Khomeini (RA).

The ceremony was held concurrent with the 10-Day Fajr celebrations that mark the 44th anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.

On February 1, 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Republic returned to Iran after 15 years in exile.

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Israeli forces arrest senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist

February 5, 2023

Israeli forces arrested a senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad operative in Samaria overnight Saturday, according to Israeli and Palestinian media reports.

Khader Adnan was one of several Palestinians detained by Israeli security forces on suspicion of involvement in terrorist activities, said the reports. He was arrested in his hometown of Arrabe, according to Wafa.

The IDF said in a statement that numerous arrests had been made in counter-terrorism operations throughout Judea and Samaria, but did not name the suspects.

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Sunni Leader In Iran Slams Government Policies Amid New Restrictions

05-02-2023

Iran’s most prominent Sunni leader Mawlana Abdolhamid has criticized the government for not allowing criticism, while officials are planning more hijab enforcement.

In his Friday Prayer sermon in Zahedan, Abdolhamid called for freedom of speech and suggested that the Islamic Republic government should begin to include qualified secular individuals in its institutions.

The Sunni leader has become an outspoken critic of the Islamic Republic since nationwide protests broke out last September, and specially after security forces killed more than 80 civilians in the city on September 30.

Source: Iran Intl

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South Asia

Road accident kills 2, injures 9 in Afghanistan

by Abdul Rahman

5th February 2023

Kabul: Two commuters were killed and nine others injured in a road crash in Afghanistan’s Samangan province, provincial traffic police said on Sunday.

The accident took place late Saturday in the Daulatabad area of Hazrat Sultan district when a car collided with another vehicle coming from the opposite direction, killing two travelers on the spot and injuring nine others with some in critical condition, Xinhua News Agency reported.

Source: Siasat

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Seven members of family killed in Afghanistan's Balkh province

2023-02-04

Kabul, Feb 4 (IANS) Seven members of a family were mysteriously killed in Afghanistan's Balkh province, a statement of the provincial police office said on Saturday.

The gruesome incident took place in Jarqala village of Chamtal district late on Friday. The victims, including women, children and men are civilians and members of the same family, the statement said, Xinhua News Agency reported.

Without providing more details, the statement said that an investigation had been initiated into the case.

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Afghanistan shows China’s deficits

By Sadiq Amini

Feb 05, 2023

China is the most populous country on the planet, with the second-largest economy and a growing military strength, all of which contribute to the perception that China is a challenger to the US for global leadership.

After the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the return to power of the Taliban in August 2021, many assumed that China would seek to fill the ensuing power vacuum.

China’s engagement with Afghanistan has essentially been driven by short-term and narrow considerations, rather than a well thought through plan.

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Minister: We are going to get something very good

February 5, 2023

Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad on Sunday said Malaysia indicated a significant change in terms of hiring Bangladeshi workers making the recruitment process much easier and transparent.

“I believe we are going to get something very good,” he told reporters after his meeting with Malaysian Home Minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.

Appreciating the level of sincerity shown by the Malaysian minister, the expatriates' minister said they have discussed all the relevant issues fruitfully.

Source: Dhaka Tribune

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Sri Lanka: MoS Muraleedharan, Bangladesh Foreign Minister discuss areas of mutual interest

5 February, 2023

Colombo [Sri Lanka], February 5 (ANI): Union Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs V Muraleedharan on Saturday held a meeting with Bangladesh Minister of Foreign Affairs AK Abdul Momen and held discussions on areas of mutual interest.

V Muraleedharan held the meeting with AK Abdul Momen in Colombo during his visit to attend the 75th Independence Celebrations of Sri Lanka. He tweeted, “Met FM of Bangladesh H.E. @AKAbdulMomen at Colombo during my visit to attend the 75th Independence Day celebrations of Sri Lanka. Held discussions on areas of mutual interest.”

During his visit to Colombo, V Muraleedharan also met with Nepal’s Foreign Minister Bimala Rai Paudyal. He tweeted, “During my visit to Colombo to attend the 75th Independence Day celebrations, had the opportunity to meet FM of Nepal H.E. @bimalarp. Discussed areas of mutual interest.”

Source: The Print

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Arab world

Muslim Council of Elders commemorate signing of historic Document on Human Fraternity

Tala Michel Issa

05 February ,2023

The Muslim Council of Elders commemorated the singing of the historic ‘Document on Human Fraternity’ on Saturday, marking its four-year anniversary since it was signed by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb.

The Document, signed in Abu Dhabi on February 4, 2019, in the presence of the United Arab Emirates’ then-Prime Minister Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed intended to create a lasting legacy of tolerance and understanding that is reflected in the annual International Day of Human Fraternity worldwide.

“The International Day of Human Fraternity is a great opportunity to uphold the values of love, coexistence and reproachment and to maintain unity and solidarity in the face of intolerance, chaotic hatred, isolationism and extremism,” said the Grand Imam Dr. al-Tayeb.

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Conference of Regional Chief Imams reaffirms commitment to unite for development

5 February 2023

The Conference of Regional Chief Imams has reaffirmed their commitment to unite to address the developing challenges facing the Muslim Ummah in Ghana.

The Imams “seek to do this by coming together to formulate a systematic approach in managing the developmental needs of the Ummah” as part of their religious obligation.

In an eight-point communique issued after the two-day extraordinary general meeting in Sunyani in the Bono Region, the conference said they “recognise the potential in the Ummah that stands to be harnessed through righteous leadership and deeds of all”.

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Kuwait Airways plans to expand its network with 20 new routes in 2023 

ARAB NEWS

February 05, 202

RIYADH: Kuwait Airways plans to launch 20 new destinations in 2023, including a number of new cities to its winter schedule, as the airlines moves towards diversifying its network around the world, revealed the company’s top official.

"The company is preparing accurate studies on the feasibility of these markets and destinations, as well as the extent of customer demand for them,” said Shorouk Al-Awadhi, director of Distribution and Network Planning at Kuwait Airways.

The airline will operate its flights, starting in June to Budapest in Hungary with two flights per week to Malaga in Spain, three flights per week to Sarajevo in Bosnia, and two flights per week to Mykonos in Greece. 

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How centuries of Middle Eastern influence shaped Indian architecture

SANJAY KUMAR

February 05, 2023

NEW DELHI: Middle Eastern influence on Indian architecture is most famously represented by the iconic Taj Mahal, but the mausoleum is not the only fine example of the unique style that throughout centuries developed into a blend of Arab, Persian and indigenous designs.

The earliest examples of Islamic architecture to survive in the Indian subcontinent date from the late years of the 12th century, but the cultural influence of Islamic art had already been present there since the Arabs conquered the Sindh region — now in Pakistan — in 712.

As Muslims came to India, new features and architectural techniques were introduced in building design, including the use of the arch and dome, the construction of which was further refined by the Hindu craftsmen who long before had mastered the art of stonework.

The Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque in the QutbMinar complex in Delhi is the earliest surviving mosque in India. Its construction began in 1192, under Qutb-ud-din Aibak, a Turkic general, who later became the first ruler of the Sultanate of Delhi.

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No one-size-fits-all solution to achieving net zero, says Saudi energy minister 

GHADI JOUDAH

February 05, 2023

RIYADH: As the world pushes to achieve net zero, there is no one path or a defined one-size solution that fits all, said Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman during an energy event in Riyadh.

“There are many pathways that get us there ... pathways that take into account national circumstances, economic development, and solutions that are local, national, regional, and global,” the minister said during his inaugural speech at the 44th International Association for Energy Economics conference.

The energy event, which is being held for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa region in Saudi Arabia with the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center and Saudi Association for Energy Economics, will run from Feb. 4 to 9.

Source: Arab News

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16k held for labor, residency, border violations in Saudi Arabia

ARAB NEWS

February 05, 2023

RIYADH: Saudi authorities arrested more than 16,000 people in one week for breaching residency, work and border security regulations, according to an official report.

From Jan. 26 to Feb. 1, a total of 9,343 people were arrested for violations of residency rules, while 4,107 were held over illegal border crossing attempts, and a further 2,838 for labor-related issues.

The report showed that among the 488 people arrested for trying to enter the Kingdom illegally, 63 percent were Yemeni, 30 percent Ethiopian, and 7 percent were of other nationalities.

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Europe

IC: The Contract with the State of BiH and the Islamic Community is being blocked

February 4, 2023

For a long time, the public in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been manipulating the content of the contract between the Islamic Community and the state, announced the Public Relations Office of the Islamic Community.

The statement states that numerous media, politicians and analysts contribute to this phenomenon, out of their own interests and for various motives, manipulating and distorting the facts, and presenting the contract of the Islamic community as exclusivity in relation to the religious communities with which the contract has already been signed, as is done by the president SNSD Milorad Dodik.

“For the sake of truth, we consider it necessary to recall that the Catholic and Orthodox churches have signed an agreement with the state in which the state body is obliged to inform the church that an investigation is being conducted against a church person. In Article 8, paragraph 1, of the Basic Agreement between the Holy See and Bosnia and Herzegovina states: “In the case of a judicial investigation of a cleric, religious or religious because of possible criminal acts provided for by the criminal law, the judicial authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina will notify the competent church authorities beforehand.” The same provision was requested by the Islamic community, which is challenged by it, but the churches are not challenged”, according to the statement of the Public Relations Office of the Islamic Community, reported by the Mina agency.

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‘Putin promised not to kill Zelensky’, recalls ex-Israel PM Naftali Bennett

Feb 05, 2023

A former Israeli prime minister who served briefly as a mediator at the start of Russia's war with Ukraine says he drew a promise from the Russian president not to kill his Ukrainian counterpart.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Pope Francis Wraps Up South Sudan Trip, Urges End to 'Blind Fury' of Violence

February 05, 2023

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN — Pope Francis wound up a peace mission to South Sudan on Sunday urging the people to make themselves immune to the "venom of hatred" to achieve the peace and prosperity that have eluded them through years of bloody ethnic conflicts.

Francis presided at an open-air Mass on the grounds of a mausoleum for South Sudan's liberation hero John Garang, who died in a helicopter crash in 2005 before the predominantly Christian country broke away from Muslim Sudan in 2011.

The 86-year-old pope wove his homily around the themes that have dominated his trip to the world's newest nation - reconciliation and mutual forgiveness for past wrongs.

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UK's shortest-serving PM Liz Truss blames 'economic orthodoxy' for No 10 exit

Neil Murphy

Feb 05, 2023

Former UK prime minister Liz Truss on Sunday said she had no "realistic chance" to fulfil her radical tax-cutting agenda because the “powerful economic establishment" was behind her Downing Street downfall.

Ms Truss made the comments in a lengthy newspaper article, which marked her first foray into politics since the abrupt end to her leadership in October.

Ms Truss lasted only 49 days in No 10 before she was forced to resign after she and her chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng attempted to push through a £45 billion package of unfunded tax cuts, over which the markets panicked and the pound tanked.

"I am not claiming to be blameless in what happened, but fundamentally I was not given a realistic chance to enact my policies by a very powerful economic establishment, coupled with a lack of political support," she wrote in The Sunday Telegraph.

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North America

Shaw University closed its mosque in 2020. Its Muslim congregation wants it back open.

BY AARON SÁNCHEZ-GUERRA

FEBRUARY 04, 2023

When people walked into the mosque on Shaw University’s campus in years past, it was as if they could feel the Muslim prayer of “Oh God, open the doors of mercy to us,” Zainab Qaabidh says. “When you walked inside of this masjid, you felt like you received God’s mercy,” said Qaabidh, board member of the King Khalid Mosque. “It was a sense of serenity and peace and family.” But it was stripped away from the members of the mosque, or masjid, that has been open since 1983 on the edge of downtown Raleigh on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Shaw University and the mosque’s board voluntarily closed the King Khalid Mosque in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the university hasn’t opened it to the public since. Over 50 people braved a cold Saturday morning and afternoon to protest the continuing closure outside of the university’s International Studies Center where the mosque is housed. Get unlimited digital access Try 1 month for $1 CLAIM OFFER Families with children held many signs that included messages of “Open our mosque now” and “My faith matters.” A man sang verses of the Quran in Arabic through a microphone as cars passed by near the university and the Raleigh skyline. “We are still not allowed to have this building accessed by the Muslim community at large, despite the Shaw University chapel being open to the public,” said Nigel Edwards, an attorney for the mosque’s governing board, in an interview. “To have this discrimination occur at the hands of a university at the forefront of the civil rights movement is repugnant.” Today’s top headlines Sign up for the Afternoon Update and get the day’s biggest stories in your inbox. SIGN UP This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. The mosque’s members are primarily African-American, he said, with many members having migrated from countries such as Palestine, Gambia, Algeria, Morocco and other Arabic countries. University leaders say that only Shaw students can access the mosque, citing the pandemic as the s

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Ilhan Omar | The other voice

SAMPATH G.

February 05, 2023

Ilhan Omar, 40, a Democrat who represents Minnesota’s fifth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, was removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee on charges of having made anti-Semitic and anti-American remarks. The House witnessed a contentious debate during which Ms. Omar made the case that she was being targeted for identity — of being a Muslim, an immigrant, and a person of colour. The debate, Ms. Omar said, was not about alleged anti-Semitism but “about who gets to be American” and “what opinions do we have to have to be counted as Americans”.

But House representatives voted along party lines and the Republican-sponsored resolution was passed 218-211. The move against Ms. Omar — a former refugee from Somalia and one of just two Muslim women in Congress — sparked strong condemnation and charges of bigotry from the Democrats.

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Africa

ABUSUFIAN: Hustler Fund should consider Muslims

February 05, 2023

While the government continues to hype the success of the Hustler Fund, a key constituency continues to miss out on this initiative meant to uplift the economic standards of millions of Kenyans.

More than Sh14 billion shillings has so far been borrowed from the kitty, which forms a key plank in the fulfilment of President William Ruto’s election pledge on wealth creation. Beneficiaries are provided state-backed loans of up to Sh50,000 at an annual interest rate of eight per cent.

With interest forming a key part of the Hustler Fund, Muslims have generally been left out in this economic empowerment programme as Islam forbids its adherents to involve in interest based transactions.

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Rotterdam Winner CyrielleRaingou on Cameroon Documentary ‘Le Spectre de Boko Haram’: ‘My Mission Isn’t Over’

By Marta Balaga

Feb 5, 2023

It has been a long road for Cameroon’s CyrielleRaingou, the director of documentary “Le Spectre de Boko Haram,” about children growing up surrounded by terrorist organization Boko Haram, winner of the Intl. Film Festival Rotterdam’s Tiger Award.

Initially following a different protagonist, Raingou decided to scrap the entire project in order to, she says, tell the story she wanted to tell.

“It was very, very hard. I dedicated three years of my life to that and spent all my development funds. But it just wasn’t right! I was really depressed at that moment. Still, I knew I had to stick to that decision.”

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Exclusive: How official bungling, negligence, complacency, collusion made Boko Haram a terrifying force — Buratai

05-02-2023

A former Chief of the Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai (retd), has fingered official bungling, negligence, complacency and collusion as reasons Boko Haram terrorist group became a terrifying force in Nigeria’s North-East.

Buratai also said connivance with the proponents and leaders of Boko Haram for selfish reasons was responsible for the failure to tackle the terrorist group.

The army chief who was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in July 2015, barely two months after the Nigerian leader was first sworn into office, and served until January 2021, one and a half years into the President’s second term, also said he is now a democrat and an All Progressives Congress (APC) member, saying Nigerians, having tried the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for 16 years, should give APC the benefit of the doubt for another eight years.

According to him, when the President took power in May 2015, he was resolute to extinguish Boko Haram terrorism and restore peace in Nigeria but the nightmare continued.

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New Naira Notes: Nigerian soldiers fighting Boko Haram find it hard to buy food – Ndume

by Tribune Online 

February 5, 2023

Chairman Senate Committee on Army, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume has said troops on the front lines fighting Boko Haram and other security challenges in the country are mostly affected by the cashless policy and new naira redesign.

At a press briefing in Maiduguri on Saturday, Senator Ndume stated that efforts to get the new naira notes by the troops on the front lines is a big distraction to most of the military operations in the country.

He noted that troops who live far from where banking services are not available were experiencing hardship dumping the old notes and obtaining the new ones as there are lots of long queues in the banking hall as well as ATM booths across the country.

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Southeast Asia

Muslim converts join religious programme

Rokiah Mahmud

February 5, 2023

A programme dubbed ‘KhairatTa’limMualaf’ with Muslim converts was held at Kampong Batu Apoi Mosque in the Temburong District on Friday.

Themed, ‘Refining prayers according to MazhabSyafie’, it was an activity under the Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB) religious programme. The programme commenced after Maghrib prayer with a tazkirah by KUPU SB Student Affairs Dean Dr Haji Mohammad Shahrol Azmi bin Haji Abdul Muluk.

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Mosque elects new takmir committee

Lyna Mohamad

February 5, 2023

The Kampong Batu Marang Mosque Takmir Committee recently held a ceremony at the mosque to dissolve the 2021-2023 committee members and appoint new 2023-2025 takmir committee members.

Takmir Advisor Pengiran Haji Merali bin Pengiran Ismail, Mosque Affairs Officer and Chief Imam as Chairman of Takmir Saiful Rizal bin Haji Abdul Ghafar, Imam of Kampong Batu Marang Mosque and Deputy Chairman 1 Muhammad SharineHadiman bin Sahari, takmir committee members, the congregation and Kampong Batu Marang residents attended the event.

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Datu Omar Ali claims group that took Sulu dispute to court not legal heir

5 Feb 2023

KOTA KINABALU, Feb 5 — An individual claiming to be the heir of the Sulu sultanate disagrees with the actions of a group of individuals in taking the Sulu dispute to the Spanish Constitutional Court because they are not the legal heirs.

Datu Omar Ali DatuBachtiyal opined that the action of the group of individuals in bringing the dispute and arbitration process to the Spanish Constitutional Court was incorrect and illegal.

“In my opinion, it is not valid because we know that (the facts about the heirs) are mixed up, and if we really study (their status) is doubtful so this (status) is not true for me,” he told Bernama recently.

He said the Sulu dispute could be properly negotiated with all parties and the arbitration process carried out through peaceful discussions without any contention.

Source: Malay Mail

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Some Sulu claim individuals played role in Tanduo tragedy, sultanate heir says

05 Feb 2023

KOTA KINABALU, Feb 5 — There were individuals among those involved in the Sulu dispute and claims who allegedly played a role in the Lahad Datu incursion, Datu Omar Ali DatuBachtiyal, who claims to be the rightful heir to the Sultanate of Sulu revealed.

Datu Omar Ali, 64, claimed that before the Tanduo tragedy unfolded, around 2008 and 2009, he was approached by Esmail Kiram II, who claimed to be the Sultan of Sulu, to join in the fight to claim Sabah from Malaysia, but he (Omar) firmly refused.

Without naming who among the group of Sulu dispute claimants were with Esmail, who died in 2015, in planning the incursion, Datu Omar Ali admitted to being shocked after they went ahead with the plan several years later.

“We knew later from news reports (of the incursion). I myself had been asked to be part of the Tanduo (incursion) but I declined,” he told Bernama recently.

Source: Malay Mail

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PM Anwar undergoes health check-up at IJN

05 Feb 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 5 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said that he underwent a health check-up at the National Heart Institute (IJN) here, this morning.

He said the doctor confirmed that his health was in good condition.

“I immediately resumed my duties with the staff,” he said in a Facebook post today.

Source: Malay Mail

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Thaipusam: Sultan of Johor's presence shows racial tolerance, says exco

05 Feb 2023

JOHOR BARU, Feb 5 — The presence of the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar at a vegetarian luncheon in conjunction with the Thaipusam celebration at the Arulmigu Sri Balasubramaniar temple, Skudai here, demonstrates the practice of racial and cultural tolerance in the state.

State Health and Unity Committee chairman Ling Tian Soon said the guidelines issued by the Palace and the Johor Islamic Religious Council (MAINJ) were clear and he hoped that there would be no more confusion and speculation related to religious sentiments.

“As the head of Islam in the state, His Highness has attended the luncheon in conjunction with Thaipusam and this can be emulated by everyone,” he told reporters at the luncheon here today.

Source: Malay Mail

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