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Protest Against Forced Conversions Of Minor Girls, Demand Anti-Forced Conversions Bill in Pakistan

New Age Islam News Bureau

27 February 2022

 

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• Protest Against Forced Conversions Of Minor Girls, Demand Anti-Forced Conversions Bill in Pakistan

• Mosque Loudspeakers' Volumes: Indonesia's New Guidelines For Quieter Mosques Spark Controversy

• Children In Afghanistan ‘Cannot Be Held Hostage To Politics’: UNICEF

• Hamas, Islamic Jihad Warn Israel Against Ongoing Gaza Blockade, Settlements Expansion

 

Pakistan

• If Establishment Stays Neutral, Imran Can’t Survive No-Trust Move: Bilawal

• PM Imran retains old faces in new PTI committees

• WHO acknowledges Pakistan’s efforts to eradicate polio

• Thousands join PTI’s ‘Haqooq-i-Sindh March’ in Ghotki

• Police ask Haripur university to share record of student harassment incidents

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Southeast Asia

• As Indonesia’s Chinese Revive Original Family Surnames, Others Get Inspiration From Javanese, American And Islamic Culture

• 126 Mendaki volunteers recognised for contributions to Malay/Muslim community

• Zahid: BN does not see multi-cornered contests as advantage

• NGOs Representing PwD says JKMPay Should Be Void As Ministry Failed To Consult Them As Required

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South Asia

• Islamic Emirate Concerned for Safety of Afghans in Ukraine

• Khost Province Residents Ordered To Remove Afghanistan’s Flags From Homes

• Taliban Launches Vast Clean-Up Operation In Kabul, Neighbouring Provinces

• Universities across Afghanistan reopen after six months

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Mideast

• Iran says ready for "immediate" nuclear deal if Western powers show real will

• Progress toward Iran nuclear deal, but issues remain: US official

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North America

• UN Security Council To Meet In Emergency Session Over Moscow's Invasion Of Ukraine

• ‘Power Book II: Ghost’: Mecca Actor Reveals What He Really Thought of That Death

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Africa

• ‘Most Senior Deputy Should Be Appointed Chief Imam Of Okene’

• Islamic Movement Lists 12 Ailments El-Zakzaky, Wife Currently Suffers, Condemns Buhari Government For Withholding Passports

• Onga Cook Art 2022: Defending national champions Akwamuman SHS and Islamic Girls SHS to represent Eastern region

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India

• Anjuman-e-Sharie Shian Strongly Condemns Opening Of Liquor Shops In Jammu And Kashmir

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Arab world

• Saudi Arabia To Allow ‘Immune’ Children To Holy Mosques

• Saudi land forces, Pakistani army continue joint exercise

• Cyprus seeks to attract more Saudi tourists: Minister

• Saudi Arabia arrests 13,594 illegals in one week

• Saudi Arabia’s KSrelief, UNICEF launch education training for Yemenis

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Europe

• Russia-Ukraine War: British Muslim MP Reports 'Death Threat' After Misreporting

• Russia summons Israeli ambassador over position on military operations in Ukraine

• Europe, Islamic countries hold online meeting on tourism, health tourism

• Russian invasion of Ukraine, UN may call emergency meeting

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Protest Against Forced Conversions Of Minor Girls, Demand Anti-Forced Conversions Bill in Pakistan

 

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ANI

26 February, 2022

Okara [Pakistan], February 26 (ANI): Protests erupted in Pakistan’s Okara District in the Punjab province, demanding to stop forced conversions of minor girls and to pass the Anti-Forced Conversions Bill.

Earlier in January, Pakistan’s minority councilors voiced their concerns over the lack of protection to religious minorities as the country is witnessing a steep increase in incidents of forced conversion, with cases rising from 15 in 2020 to over 60 in 2021, according to media reports.

More than 70 per cent of people who were forcibly converted were minor girls. Reports say every single year, at least 1,000 girls are abducted, forced to change their religious identity and are married off in Pakistan and there seem to be no measures taken in order to protect them from this criminal practice.

Recently, two Hindu girls–aged 13 and 19–along with a teenage Christian girl were kidnapped and married off to 40-year-old men after having changed their faith. This prompted a large demonstration in Hyderabad which was aimed at creating awareness about such violations that thrive under the public and state’s radar.

The matter of concern is that there is no law that prevents this from occurring. The Prohibition of Forced Conversion Act of 2021 was prepared and introduced to the parliament only to have been rejected because “it would create further problems for minorities”.

These are grave human rights violations–both the forced conversions and underage marriages that follow–which must be dealt with through proper laws that prohibit both. Furthermore, councils should be set up to verify, in instances of religious conversion, whether an individual is acting autonomously or under duress. Pakistan is already a dangerous home for minorities and issues like forced conversions only make it all the more hostile.

Such cases of crime against minorities have been increasing steadily in recent years in Pakistan, as per the report. The cases of forced conversion have gone up since Pakistan’s birth in 1947.

The plight of women in Pakistan is increasing day by day as a fresh report has stated that nearly 6,754 women were abducted in the country’s Punjab province in the first half of 2021. Out of that, 1,890 women were raped, 3,721 were tortured and 752 children were raped.

On August 30 last year, the Board of Trustees of Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) expressed concerns over increasing attacks on women in the country.

In Islamabad, there were nearly 34 official incidents of rape while 27 incidents were reported in the media. The number of official incidents of violence recorded in Punjab was 3,721, but only 938 cases were reported.

Source: The Print

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Mosque Loudspeakers' Volumes: Indonesia's New Guidelines For Quieter Mosques Spark Controversy

 

The Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs' new guidelines on the use of loudspeakers at mosques include a volume limit of 100 decibels.   © Sipa via AP

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Shotaro Tani

February 27, 2022

JAKARTA -- Indonesia's new guidelines to address complaints about mosque loudspeakers' volumes are sparking controversy in the Muslim-majority nation.

A circular issued on Feb. 18 by the Ministry of Religious Affairs introduced several new guidelines on loudspeakers, including maximum volume, for the more than 600,000 registered mosques in the sprawling archipelago.

Mosques use loudspeakers for calls to prayer and other matters. Over the years many people have complained about sound level and quality, especially given that some prayers take place at dawn. Despite multiple attempts to address the issue since an initial guideline was put out more than 30 years ago, a sizable portion of mosques have failed to follow the rules.

"The use of loudspeakers in mosques and prayer rooms is currently a necessity for Muslims as one of the media to spread Islam in the community. At the same time, we live in a diverse society, in terms of religion, belief, background, and others, so efforts are needed to maintain fraternity and social harmony," said the circular, signed off by the religious affairs minister, Yaqut Cholil Qoumas.

While over 80% of Indonesians follow Islam, the country also recognizes Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism as official religions.

Mosques broadcast the call to prayer five times a day: at dawn, after midday, in the afternoon, after sunset and at night.   © Reuters

The circular, which amends guidelines dating to 1978, introduced for the first time a volume limit for loudspeakers, setting it at 100 decibels, and required sound quality to be "good or not discordant." It also shortened the time allowed for Quranic recitals before the dawn call to prayer to 10 minutes, from the previous 15 minutes.

Mosque volumes have long been a contentious issue in Indonesia. In 2012, then-Vice President Boediono, who goes by one name, faced a backlash after suggesting that mosques lower volumes for calls to prayer. In 2018, a woman in North Sumatra was sentenced to prison for blasphemy after complaining about the volume of mosque loudspeakers. And last year, people living in Tangerang on the outskirts of the capital, Jakarta, swarmed a housing complex over a resident's alleged protest against mosque noise.

It is an issue that has caused a stir in other countries as well, even Muslim ones. In neighboring Malaysia, which leaves deciding rules on mosque loudspeakers to individual states, several states have restricted their use only for the call to prayer.

And in Saudi Arabia, a circular was issued last year that said speaker volumes should be set at no more than one-third of their maximum volume, and that they should not broadcast full sermons.

After the Indonesia's circular was made public, a lawmaker from the Islamist opposition Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) also expressed concern over the new guidelines.

"In my opinion, the Ministry of Religious Affairs does not need to regulate very technical matters regarding worship issues, especially the use of speakers for the call to prayer, recitation, or others in the community, because this is not the same in every village," he said, as reported by local media.

"It's ok to regulate using outside speaker for call to prayer. To be honest, it is disturbing, as my house is next to a traditional mosque and every evening the noise is unbearable. Especially when [people] are reciting Quran, it feels like an earthquake in the neighbourhood," one Twitter user quipped.

Another Twitter user, however, said it feels like Islam seems to be the only religion being targeted, and "it's getting close to feel like living in France," which controversially has banned the wearing of Islamic veils in public spaces. Another said: "Since I was born, call to prayer using external speaker is everywhere, no one bothered. Why is there someone who dares to regulate the call to prayer?"

Source: Asia.Nikkei

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Children In Afghanistan ‘Cannot Be Held Hostage To Politics’: UNICEF

 

Children wait for free bread in front of a bakery in Kabul, Afghanistan, on January 24, 2022. (File photo by AFP)

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February 27, 2022

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says children in the crisis-hit Afghanistan “cannot be held hostage to politics,” as the UN food agency has warned that 95 percent of people in the country do not have enough to eat.

“This is no way to live. The children of Afghanistan cannot be held hostage to politics. Decisions and actions taken today will dictate whether these children live or die, whether they suffer or thrive, and ultimately, whether the country survives or declines,” she said.

Almost 24 million people in Afghanistan – or 60 percent of the population – suffer from acute hunger, while millions have already been displaced. Earlier this month, the UN’ World Food Programme (WFP) also warned “hunger continues rising in Afghanistan” and that “95% of the population don't have enough to eat.”

The dire situation in Afghanistan, which particularly impacts its children, unfolded after the Taliban came to power in August last year and formed an interim government, which has not been recognized by any country.

Afghanistan has about $9 billion in assets overseas, including the $7 billion in the US. The rest is mostly in Germany, the United Arab Emirates, and Switzerland. Almost all of these assets have been frozen, putting the country’s economy into a free fall.

The Taliban government has repeatedly called for the release of the frozen assets, but Washington has continued to rebuff the calls. The group has already warned Washington that they would be forced to reconsider their policy toward the US if it refused to free Afghanistan's assets.

The UN also warned in October last year that without financial aid or humanitarian relief, Afghanistan is on a “countdown to catastrophe.”

Furthermore, the UN, along with international organizations, face mounting challenges in addressing Afghanistan's growing humanitarian crisis. The world body projects this year that over one million Afghan children will need treatment for malnutrition and up to 97 percent of Afghans could be living below the poverty line. A landmark UNICEF $2 billion appeal to donors for aid is only 17 percent funded.

“And things are poised to get even worse. According to our projections for 2022, more than 1 million children will need treatment for severe acute malnutrition. Nearly 13 million children will need humanitarian assistance. Diseases like measles and acute watery diarrhoea will continue to spread. Up to 97 percent of all Afghan families could be living below the poverty line in a matter of months,” Russell said in her statement.

About 80 percent of the Afghan budget was financed by international aid until August, when it was halted due to the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan. The Taliban have already warned Western diplomats that insisting on sanctions as a means to pressure their governance could undermine security and trigger a wave of economic refugees.

Source: PressTV

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Hamas, Islamic Jihad Warn Israel Against Ongoing Gaza Blockade, Settlements Expansion

 

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2022-February-26

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Palestinian Hamas and Islamic Jihad resistance movements warned Israel over the continuing brutal siege against the impoverished Gaza Strip and the regime’s land expropriation and illegal settlements expansion activities in the occupied West Bank and Al-Quds.

The two movements made the warning during a meeting that brought together their senior officials in the Lebanese capital city of Beirut on Friday, Anadolu news agency reported.

“The continuation of the occupying Israeli regime’s settlement projects in the occupied West Bank and Al-Quds, and its continued siege of the Gaza Strip cannot be tolerated, and the Palestinian resistance front cannot allow the situation to continue as it is,” they stressed in a joint statement.

Gaza Strip, home to some two million Palestinians, has been under an all-out Israeli siege since June 2007. The tight blockade has caused a decline in the standards of living as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and unrelenting poverty.

All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law as they are built on occupied land. The United Nations Security Council has condemned Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied territories in several resolutions.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad underlined the need “to achieve national Palestinian unity, on the basis of partnership, restructure and development of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and an agreement on a national struggle campaign [against Israel]".

The resistance groups also expressed their opposition to the Tel Aviv regime’s flagrant violations of Palestinian prisoners’ rights, and cautioned Israeli authorities against the grave consequences of their practices.

There are reportedly more than 7,000 Palestinians held at Israeli jails. Hundreds of the inmates have been apparently incarcerated under the practice of the so-called administrative detention. Some prisoners have been held in administrative detention for up to 11 years.

Palestinians and human rights groups say "administrative detention" violates the right to due process since evidence is withheld from prisoners while they are held for lengthy periods without being charged, tried, or convicted.

The detention takes place on orders from a military commander and on the basis of what the Israeli regime describes as secret evidence.

Rights groups describe Israel’s use of administrative detention as a “bankrupt tactic” and have long called on the regime to bring the practice to an end.

Source: Dawn

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https://www.farsnews.ir/en/news/14001207000610/Hamas-Islamic-Jihad-Warn-Israel-Agains-Onging-Gaza-Blckade-Selemens

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Pakistan

If establishment stays neutral, Imran can’t survive no-trust move: Bilawal

Imran Ayub

February 27, 2022

KARACHI: Sounding confident and determined about the renewed campaign of the opposition parties against the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government, Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Saturday claimed that Prime Minister Imran Khan could not survive the vote of no confidence in the government, if the establishment chose to stay neutral.

However, responding to a question after his press conference at Bilawal House, he appeared a bit sceptical about the role of the establishment amid the emerging political developments referring to the history of the country which didn’t suggest ‘very good’ prospects on these lines.

The PPP chairman made it clear that whatever the results of the opposition’s no trust motion, his party would continue its struggle.

Source: Dawn

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PM Imran retains old faces in new PTI committees

Amir Wasim

February 27, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his capacity as the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) chairman, reconstituted the party’s core committee and central executive committee (CEC), mostly retaining the old faces.

According to an official announcement by the PTI’s central media department, the new core committee comprises 33 members, whereas the newly formed CEC has 60 members. Mr Khan will remain the head of both committees.

Prominent members of the core committee include Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Asad Umar, Aamir Kiani, Fawad Chaudhry, Pervez Khattak, Shafqat Mehmood, Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Imran Ismail, Asad Qaiser, Qasim Suri, Ali Amin Gandapur, Ali Zaidi, Hammad Azhar, Mahmood Khan, Shireen Mazari, Usman Buzdar, Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar, Murad Saeed, Aamir Dogar, Azam Swati, Arbab Ghulam Rahim, Babar Awan and Haleem Adil Sheikh.

In December, Prime Minister Imran Khan dissolved the party’s organisational structure across the country a few days after a shocking defeat of the PTI in the first phase of local government elections in its stronghold of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He then constituted a 21-member committee to form a new structure of party organisations.

Announcing the premier’s decision to dissolve all party chapters, federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry told a news conference at the time that Mr Khan had dissolved all PTI organisations from centre to tehsil level across the country after consulting the party’s senior leadership and that all the office-bearers of the organisational set-up had been removed from their posts.

Mr Khan blamed the selection of wrong candidates for the defeat in the first phase of KP’s local government elections. Later, the special committee constituted by Mr Khan to review the PTI’s organisational structure decided to revoke party’s constitution and revive the previous one adopted in 2015 with a few changes aimed at strengthening the party at grassroots level.

The committee recommended that the party should have five tiers instead of seven and make provincial constituencies the new tier in place of tehsils.

Source: Dawn

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https://www.dawn.com/news/1677304/pm-imran-retains-old-faces-in-new-pti-committees

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WHO acknowledges Pakistan’s efforts to eradicate polio

Staff Reporter

February 27, 2022

RAWALPINDI: Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Palitha Mahipala on Saturday acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts to eradicate polio in the country.

Talking to mediapersons after inaugurating the four-day polio vaccination drive at Cantonment General Hospital (CGH), he said: “Effective measures had been taken in Pakistan to eradicate the polio and due to this, not a single polio case has been reported in Pakistan last year.”

Deputy Commissioner Tahir Farooq, District Health Officer Dr. Ehsan Ghani, Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) Cantonment Executive Officer Imran Gulzar also spoke to mediapersons.

Palita Mahipala appreciated the role of the front line polio workers and urged the parents to get their children vaccinated against polio and extend cooperation to the polio vaccinators as every family should inoculate all its children of up to five years of age against the crippling disease.

Source: Dawn

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https://www.dawn.com/news/1677253/who-acknowledges-pakistans-efforts-to-eradicate-polio

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Thousands join PTI’s ‘Haqooq-i-Sindh March’ in Ghotki

Waseem Shamsi

February 27, 2022

SUKKUR: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, leading Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s ‘Haqooq-i-Sindh March’ at Kamoo Shaheed in Ubauro town of Ghotki district on Saturday said that Pakistan Peoples Party had done nothing for the uplift of Sindh and its people over the last almost 15 years. “The masses present here to join this march against PPP shows that they want a change and support Prime Minister Imran Khan,” he said.

“No public welfare programme, no development plan, no new industries and no agriculture sector development had been seen in the long rule of PPP over Sindh,” he pointed out, and deplored that PPP chief ministers, ministers, lawmakers and other leaders only enjoyed powers and amassed money.

Source: Dawn

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Police ask Haripur university to share record of student harassment incidents

The Newspaper's Correspondent

February 27, 2022

HARIPUR: District police officer Kashif Aftab Abbasi has asked the management of the University of Haripur (UoH) to share three-year detail of cases of students’ harassment and the action taken against the culprits.

In a letter dated Feb 24, he informed the vice-chancellor and the registrar that incidents of harassment of female students had come to his notice through social media, but these cases were neither reported to the police nor to any other forum.

Source: Dawn

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https://www.dawn.com/news/1677271/police-ask-haripur-university-to-share-record-of-student-harassment-incidents

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Southeast Asia

As Indonesia’s Chinese Revive Original Family Surnames, Others Get Inspiration From Javanese, American And Islamic Culture

Johannes Nugroho

27 Feb, 2022

Indonesians have a saying that a name is akin to a prayer. So when parents give their child a name, it goes without saying That a certain wish for his or her future is inherent within. This belief has produced some distinctive name-giving traditions rooted in the country’s history and diverse cultures. Since there are some 1,300 ethnic groups in Indonesia, the results are as varied as they are unique.

Source: Asia.Nikkei

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https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/lifestyle-culture/article/3168452/indonesias-chinese-revive-original-family-surnames

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126 Mendaki volunteers recognised for contributions to Malay/Muslim community

Shermaine Ang

27-02-2022

SINGAPORE - Quality assurance and accreditation executive Nurshahiddin Abdul Rasid, 30, failed mathematics at the O levels when he was a teenager and could not get into a junior college or polytechnic.

It was a wake-up call that pushed him to study hard at a private school, and he made it into the Singapore Management University, where he eventually earned a Master of Science in Management.

After graduating in 2020, he signed up as a volunteer with Malay/Muslim self-help group Mendaki to tutor pupils under its Primary School Leaving Examination  Maths Coaching Programme. He did not want children who did not like studying to have the same regrets that he did.

Source: Antara News

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Zahid: BN does not see multi-cornered contests as advantage

27 Feb 2022

BATU PAHAT, Feb 27 — Barisan Nasional (BN) does not view the situation of being involved in 35 four-cornered fights in the Johor state election as an advantage for the party to score easy wins, said BN chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“The winds of change have begun to blow in Johor, not only among the Malays  support from Indian and Chinese voters especially in urban areas has started to shift to BN candidates,” he told reporters after attending a gathering with the people at the Ayer Hitam Barat voting district centre here today.

Source: Malay Mail

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NGOs representing PwD says JKMPay should be void as Ministry failed to consult them as required

BY R. LOHESWAR

27 Feb 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 — Malaysia Independent Living Association for Disabled (MILAD) today said that the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM) had no right to amend the Social Welfare Department’s (JKM) cash payment system for the local disabled community.

MILAD president pastor Sia Siew Chin said the ministry failed to abide by their own Action Plan for Persons with Disabilities 2016-2022 which states that the disabled community must be consulted before any changes are made to their welfare.

Sia pointed out that the ‘Core Strategy 6’ in the plan clearly states that the disabled community’s participation is necessary in any decision-making process but in this case it wasn’t hence the change is void.

Source: Malay Mail

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South Asia

Islamic Emirate Concerned for Safety of Afghans in Ukraine

By Shirshah Rasooli

27-02-2022

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said on Twitter that it was in close contact with several regional “governments and international organizations in this regard.”

The Islamic Emirate “is concerned for the safety of Afghan citizens and students in Ukraine and is utilizing all available facilities and communication channels to safeguard its citizens and evacuate them to safety,” MoFA’s Spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi said.

Source: Tolo News

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Khost province residents ordered to remove Afghanistan’s flags from homes

By Najibullah Lalzoy

27 Feb 2022

The provincial governor of the eastern Khost province Muhammad Nabi Omari ordered residents of the province to collect and remove Afghanistan’s (black, red, green) flag from the rooftops of their homes and houses and from their vehicles.

The provincial head of the Taliban in a gathering on Saturday, February 26, 2022, said that the citizens of Khost province only have three days to remove flags.

Source: khaama Press

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Taliban Launches Vast Clean-Up Operation In Kabul, Neighbouring Provinces

By Najibullah Lalzoy

26 Feb 2022

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has launched its first-ever vast clean-up operations in the Afghan capital Kabul and its neighbouring provinces aimed at tracing kidnappers, thieves, and offenders.

Spokesperson of the Kabul police-Taliban security forces- Habib Zadran said that the ongoing clean-up operations were launched at the behest of the residents of Kabul not against them.

Source: khaama Press

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Universities across Afghanistan reopen after six months

By Najibullah Lalzoy

26 Feb 2022

All universities across Afghanistan reopened on Saturday, February 26, 2022, six months after they were closed upon the Taliban takeover on August 15, last year.

The universities that reopened on Wednesday are those in non-tropical provinces where the educational year normally starts in March.

Source: khaama Press

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https://www.khaama.com/universities-across-afghanistan-reopen-after-six-months-675786/

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Mideast

Iran says ready for "immediate" nuclear deal if Western powers show real will

February 26, 2022

DUBAI, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Iran is ready to "immediately conclude" a deal in talks to revive its 2015 nuclear accord with world powers if Western powers show real will, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said on Saturday.

Source: Reuters

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https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/iran-says-ready-immediate-nuclear-deal-if-western-powers-show-real-will-twitter-2022-02-26/

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Progress toward Iran nuclear deal, but issues remain: US official

REUTERS

February 27, 2022

WASHINGTON: Negotiators have made significant progress in the last week or so on an agreement to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal but very tough issues remain, a senior US State Department official has said.

“There’s been significant progress over the last week or two. We have significantly narrowed the areas that still need to be resolved. And so, in that sense, there has been progress that has been moving toward a potential deal,” he told reporters.

Source: Reuters

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https://www.arabnews.com/node/2032506/middle-east

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North America

UN Security Council To Meet In Emergency Session Over Moscow's Invasion Of Ukraine

February 27, 2022

The UN Security Council is scheduled to meet in an emergency session on February 27 to vote on whether to refer a resolution opposing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to the General Assembly.

Russia on February 25 blocked the move with its veto in a Security Council vote.

Source: Rferl.

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https://www.rferl.org/a/united-nations-russia-ukraine-security-council/31726020.html

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‘Power Book II: Ghost’: Mecca Actor Reveals What He Really Thought of That Death

Chelsea Stewart

February 26, 2022

Death is not a new concept on Power Book II: Ghost. The series has caught plenty of bodies since launching on Starz in 2020 — from Lil’ Guap to Jabari Reynolds. But what happened to Mecca felt more pointed and surprising. Daniel Sunjata (Mecca) admits he was also shocked as he expected Mecca to go out with his guns blazing.

Source: Cheat Sheet

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Africa

‘Most Senior Deputy Should Be Appointed Chief Imam Of Okene’

By Tijani Labaran

February 27, 2022

The El-Birru Muslim Association of Nigeria (EMAN) has recommended the appointment of the most senior of the five deputy chief imams at the Ebira Central Mosque, Okene, Kogi State to become the substantive chief imam of the mosque.

The association said that was the only measure to resolve the lingering crisis over the selection of a new chief imam for the mosque.

Source: Rferl.

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https://dailytrust.com/most-senior-deputy-should-be-appointed-chief-imam-of-okene

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Islamic Movement Lists 12 Ailments El-Zakzaky, Wife Currently Suffers, Condemns Buhari Government For Withholding Passports

By Saharareporters

FEB 26, 2022

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has raised fresh concerns over the deteriorating health conditions of their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, his wife, Zeenah, and the denial of their passports by the President Muhammadu Buhari regime.

The Shiites Academic Forum in a press statement issued in Abuja by the Secretary of the forum, Abdullahi Musa, said the continued withholding of the duo's passports and denying them of medical trips abroad was a move to complete what the Nigerian Army started at the end of 2015 in Zaria, Kaduna State.

The IMN disclosed that the couple was suffering from at least 12 ailments and was still having poisonous bullets fragments in their respective bodies.

Source: En.Irna

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Onga Cook Art 2022: Defending national champions Akwamuman SHS and Islamic Girls SHS to represent Eastern region

Fostina Sarfo

26 February 2022

Defending National Champions, Akwamuman Senior High School (SHS) had to compete with 12 other schools to retain their title.

By the end of Round One, the reigning champions were in a comfortable lead. But there was a threat, Islamic Girls SHS; Suhum determined to secure their slot in the national competition, followed Akwamuman SHS closely.

Source: Myjoy Online

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India

Anjuman-e-Sharie Shian Strongly Condemns Opening Of Liquor Shops In Jammu And Kashmir

February 27, 2022

Jammu and Kashmir Anjuman-E-Sharie Shian will oppose the new mischievous excise policy of the govt and push for totally alcohol prohibition in the Jammu and Kashmir.

Jammu and Kashmir Anjuman-E-Sharie Shian President Aga Syed Hassan Mosavi Al-Safavi  has strongly condemned the order by government about the Opening of New Liquor shops.

Source: ABNA24.com

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Arab world

Saudi Arabia to allow ‘immune’ children to Holy Mosques

26 Feb 2022

Doha: The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced on Friday that children aged 7 and above can now enter the two Holy Mosques provided the ‘Tawakkalna’ application shows their health status as “immune”.

This information was shared by Makkah region on its Twitter account yesterday.

Source: The Peninsula Qatar

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Saudi land forces, Pakistani army continue joint exercise

ARAB NEWS

February 27, 2022

RIYADH: The Royal Saudi Land Forces continued the “Al Samsam 8” joint exercise with the Pakistani Army in Pakistan, the Kingdom’s defense ministry said on Saturday.

During the past few days, the participants carried out several maneuvers that included special exercises in a number of areas, including encircling cities and liberating hostages. They have also been trained ini irregular war operations, wh8ich will continue over the next few days.

Source: Arab News

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Cyprus seeks to attract more Saudi tourists: Minister

SALEH FAREED

February 27, 2022

JEDDAH: Cyprus Minister for Tourism Savvas Perdios has revealed recently that the Mediterranean country is prepared to welcome Saudi tourists as he confirmed the opening of direct flights to and from Jeddah.

The minister, who arrived last week to Saudi Arabia for a short visit to promote the country’s tourism industry, held separate meetings with senior officials from the Saudi Chamber of Commerce and the General Authority of Civil Aviation as well as air carriers and representatives of travel agencies.

“We are here campaigning to encourage airline companies to keep their connections with the island and to convince tour operators to set up packages for Cyprus by buying seats on scheduled flights,” the minister said.

Source: Arab News

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Saudi Arabia arrests 13,594 illegals in one week

SPA

February 27, 2022

RIYADH: Saudi authorities arrested 13,594 people in one week for breaching residency, work and border security regulations.

From Feb. 17 to 23, a total of 7,465 people were arrested for violations of residency rules, while 4,299 were held over illegal border crossing attempts, and a further 1,830 for labor-related issues.

Source: Arab News

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Saudi Arabia’s KSrelief, UNICEF launch education training for Yemenis

SPA

February 27, 2022

ADEN: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center recently launched a training course for educators in cooperation with UNICEF as part of a project to support Yemeni children’s access to quality education opportunities.

The training course lasts for eight days, during which 60 people in the education sector receive training in security, safety and teacher readiness.

The director of the office of the Ministry of Education in the Aden governorate, Abdul Raqib Al-Raqibi, noted that the course’s outputs will train both teachers and students and form qualified teams that will contribute to the stability of the educational process, especially in light of the current humanitarian crisis.

Source: Arab News

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Europe

Russia-Ukraine war: British Muslim MP reports 'death threat' after misreporting

By MEE staff

26 February 2022

Zarah Sultana, a British Muslim MP with the Labour party, said on Friday that she had received "a death threat... filled with racist abuse" linked to her misreported views on Ukraine.

"I am in no doubt that this horrific and absurd attack is the direct result of inaccurate media reports and deliberately misleading press comments," she wrote in a Facebook post.

A local BBC radio station apologised to her earlier in the week, she said, for falsely stating she had "suggested Nato is responsible for the crisis in Ukraine".

Source: Middle East Eye

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Russia summons Israeli ambassador over position on military operations in Ukraine

February 27, 2022

Russia has summoned the Israeli ambassador to the country’s capital for clarifications over the occupying regime’s position regarding the Russian military operations in Ukraine.

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov called in Alexander Ben Zvi on Friday after Israeli foreign minister Yair Lapid lambasted Moscow’s military actions in the former Soviet state and said the military operation was “a grave violation of the international order.”

In a statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Bogdanov and Ben Zvi discussed the situation in Ukraine and the Russian diplomat had “expressed hope” that Israel would show understanding toward Moscow’s motives for the military campaign rather than backing "Nazis."

Source: PressTV

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Europe, Islamic countries hold online meeting on tourism, health tourism

Feb 26, 2022

It is said that another such meeting is also scheduled to be held next year. 

Secretary General of the Health Tourism Development Center of Islamic Countries Majid Zangooei told IRNA that the participants have welcomed the event owing to the endeavor of the keen young generation of the country.

Source: En.Irna

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Russian invasion of Ukraine, UN may call emergency meeting

By Najibullah Lalzoy

27 Feb 2022

As Russian forces are pressing towards the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, the United Nations Security Council plans to vote to call General Assembly on Ukraine.

The United Nations Security Council will be voting on Sunday to make the 193-member body hold an emergency meeting on Monday, February 28 to address the situation in Ukraine.

Diplomats say that voting of the 15-member council is procedural so no permanent member-France, Russia, China, UK, US- can wield vetoes and the move need a total of nine votes.

Source: khaama Press

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