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Religious Harmony in Bangladesh: Mosque and Temple Celebrating Durga Puja and Eid Together For 40 Years

New Age Islam News Bureau

04 October 2022

 

The mosque (L), the temple decked up for Durga Puja (R), and the charitable hospital (C) in Narail district, Bangladesh. (Pic: Sahidul Hasan Khokon)

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• Israeli Settlers Storm Muslim Holy Sites, Al-Aqsa, Ibrahimi Mosques, Cause Outrage by 'Dancing, Performing Music'

• Open Mosque Day: 2022 Motto Is "Scarce Resources — Great Responsibility

• 14 Muslims Held In MP within A Week for Entering Garba Venues

• Sabah’s Governor Doesn’t Have to Be Muslim as There Is No Religious Requirement for the Post, Says Analyst

 

South Asia

• Taliban Denies Food Poisoning Among Students at Kabul University

• 46 Girls, Women among 53 Killed In Kabul Education Centre Bombing: UN

• Days after Kabul Education Centre Blast, Explosion Reported In another Hazara-Populated Area

• Taliban’s Central Bank Receives another Package of Aid, $40 Million in Cash

• Twelve people missing after Rohingya refugee trawler sinks off Bangladesh

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Mideast

• Iran’s Khamenei Backs Police over Mahsa Amini Protests, May Signal Tougher Crackdown

• Supreme Leader Blames US, Israel for Iran's Unrest

• Iran: Clinching Deal Still Possible, Needs US Political Will

• Iranian FM Confirms Exchange of Messages with US

• Iranian FM Reiterates Need for End of Yemen's Siege

• EU holds ‘frank’ talks with Israel after decade’s pause

• Six EU member states plan Iran sanctions over protests clampdown

• Israel’s crime of assassinating Palestinians near Ramallah will not go unpunished: Hamas

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Europe

• UK summons Iran’s top diplomat in Britain over crackdown on protests

• Russia’s war machine faces ridicule from two allies of President Putin

• Türkiye rescues 143 irregular migrants after illegal Greek pushback

• Chechnya’s Kadyrov says sending teenage sons to Ukraine front

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India

• Muslims Join Hindus In Welcoming Goddess at Puja Pandal At Kareli

• Hindus, Muslims come together in celebrating Durga Puja in Assam

• Kerala man convicted in Islamic State recruitment case, gets 5 years in jail

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Southeast Asia

• PBM entering a crowded market for multiracialism, says analyst

• Najib allowed to attend court in suit against Tommy Thomas

• Proposing dissolution of Parliament is PM’s prerogative, says Ismail

• Indonesia's NasDem party endorses Jakarta governor for 2024 presidential race

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Pakistan

• Pakistan Film Star Cast Violates Gurudwara Maryada’ A Couple of Actors Wearing Shoes and Slippers in the Gurudwara Complex

• Imran Khan Dodges contempt charges as Pakistan court withdraws show cause notice

• Pakistan: Unidentified gunmen kill senior JUI-F activist in Bajaur

• Policy commitments made by Pakistan continue to apply: IMF

• Pakistan can benefit from US ‘relaxation’ on Russia oil

• Imran targeting ‘state institutions’ in bid to escape punishment: PM Shehbaz

• Yousuf Raza Gilani, Fazl back constitutional powers of PM to appoint COAS

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Arab World

• Eminent Saudi Poet: Saudi Culture Represents Saudi Soft Powers In Arab, Islamic World

• Saudi prince has immunity in Khashoggi killing lawsuit, say lawyers

• Saudi Arabia wins bid to host 2029 Asian Winter Games in TROJENA

• Protesters set fire to government building in southern Iraq

• Lebanon says no partnership on maritime border with Israel

• Depositor retrieves savings by force from Lebanese bank in Beirut

• Iraq’s anti-terror Hashd al-Sha’abi repels attacks on bases; over a dozen killed

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Africa

• Somalia Says Top Al-Shabaab Commander Killed In Joint Operation

• Al-Shabab attack kills 20, wounds 36 in town in Somalia

• Multiple bombings leave several dead in central Somalia: Report

• Türkiye, Libya agree to further cooperate in media, communications

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North America

• White House Criticizes Crackdowns on Peaceful Protests In Iran

• US to impose further costs on Iran over protest response: Biden

• Army chief to receive honour cordon at Pentagon today

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Religious Harmony in Bangladesh: Mosque and Temple Celebrating Durga Puja and Eid Together For 40 Years

 

The mosque (L), the temple decked up for Durga Puja (R), and the charitable hospital (C) in Narail district, Bangladesh. (Pic: Sahidul Hasan Khokon)

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Sahidul Hasan Khokon

Dhaka

October 3, 2022

A mosque on one side of a plot and a temple on the other. One can find Hindus and Muslims streaming onto the plot to pray every day, painting a perfect picture of religious harmony on the banks of the Chitra River in the Mahishkhola area of Narail, Bangladesh. Continuing a 40-year-old tradition, the residents of Mahishkhola have come together again this year to celebrate Durga Puja.

For nearly four decades, Hindus and Muslims have been celebrating their festivals with respect for each other. Most importantly, participating in each others’ celebrations with gusto has become a tradition here over the years.

THE JAME MASJID AND THE COMMUNITY TEMPLE

The mosque — Mahishkhola Old Sub Registry Office Jame Masjid — got its name from the old sub-registry office which was situated in the area. The Masjid was established in 1974 next to that office. Later, in 1992, the mosque was renovated.

The temple — Mahishkhola Sarbojanin Puja Mandir — was established in 1980. Both the structures were built on a government plot by the locals who set out to show the strength of communal harmony.

There are three structures on the plot — the mosque, the temple and a hospital. The charitable hospital, named 'Sharif Abdul Hakim and Narail Express Hospital' — is run by former Bangladesh cricketer and Awami League leader Mashrafe bin Mortaza.

A SYMBOL OF COMMUNAL HARMONY

A devotee, Subal Das, who came to see the Durga Puja at the temple, said, “I have heard a lot about this place. This place is a testimony to the communal harmony that we stand for. If everyone lives in such harmony, the world would be a much better place."

A resident of the area Hafizur Rahman Sagar Khan said, "We have been living in the area as members of the same large Hindu-Muslim family very peacefully. We have never had any dispute over any religion. The people of this area are not communal at all. Everyone respects one another’s religions.”

President of the Mahishkhola Sarbajanin Puja Mandir Committee Suman Das said, "This is a Muslim-majority area, but we never face any problem in our worship rituals. We have been peacefully living here together for a long time.”

The symbol of communal harmony of over 40 years stands in stark contrast to the violence that was reported during last year’s Durga Puja, with incidents of vandalism of temples emerging from Chandpur’s Hajiganj, Chattogram’s Banshkhali and Cox’s Bazar's Pekua.

WORSHIP, PRAYER SCHEDULES SYNCED

Khatib Hafez Maulana Enamul Haque of the Jame Masjid said, “We practise our religion, they practice their religion. No one has any problem. During our prayers, they stop any activity that could disturb our prayers. We extend the same courtesy to them. They resume their chanting and singing after our prayers.”

Mahishkhola Old Sub Registry Office Jame Masjid Committee general secretary Matiar Rahman said, “We have given our prayer schedule to the temple committee. The temple committee restricts their activities during our prayers. When the prayers are over, the temple worship goes on as usual. There is no conflict over this.”

A resident of the area, Hasibur Rahman, said, “The area is beautifully lit up during Durga Puja. People come from far and wide to see to the Puja here.”

Narail District Puja Celebration Committee president Ashok Kumar Kundu said, “Durga Puja has been organized in 582 mandaps of three upazilas (a sub-district administrative unit) of the district this year. Hopefully, like every year, the Puja will be completed peacefully in Narail.”

Narail Sadar upazila chairman and Narail district Awami League general secretary Nizam Uddin Khan Nilu said, “The people of Narail believe in the spirit of communal unity. A mosque and a temple existing on the same plot for over 40 years is proof of just that. Communalism has no place in Narail.”

Source: India Today

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Israeli Settlers Storm Muslim Holy Sites, Al-Aqsa, Ibrahimi Mosques, Cause Outrage by 'Dancing, Performing Music'

 

Palestinians have been outraged by the latest storming of their holy sites [file photo-Getty]

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03 October, 2022

Israeli settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem and Hebron's Ibrahimi Mosque on Sunday, causing outrage among Palestinians through a series of provocative acts at the holy sites.

In one video, a woman is reportedly seen dancing at the Ibrahimi mosque compound as settlers stormed the mosque, while music can be heard inside the holy site. Music is generally viewed as forbidden in Muslim places of worship.

Originally posted on the video-sharing app TikTok, a woman allegedly dances to pop music as she laughs in the video, provoking condemnation and anger from Palestinians who called it a "violation of the sanctity of the mosque".

Dozens of alleged settlers were seen at the Ibrahimi Mosque dancing and singing along to a band performing Talmudic rituals, according to the Palestinian radio station Al-Aqsa Voice, while others performed similar rituals in the mosque's courtyard.

The video comes as settlers photographed themselves outside Al-Aqsa days before the latest provocations, according to the Palestinian Shehab Agency.

Palestinian holy sites have been subject to an increased number of assaults by Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem since the last week of September, coinciding with Jewish holidays including the Rosh Hashanah new year.

Settlers storming places of worship, assaulting Palestinian worshippers and carrying out offensive acts are commonplace throughout the year.

Sunday's provocations occurred as dozens of settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which serves as the third holiest site in Islam, under the protection of the Israeli police according to the Department of Islamic Endowments in Jerusalem.

Hebron's Ibrahimi Mosque, which is believed to be the burial site of the Prophets Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, is also regularly targeted by Israeli settlers.

In 1994, the mosque was the site of a mass shooting when an extremist Jewish settler - Baruch Goldstein - murdered 29 Palestinian worshippers and injured 125.

The Old City of Hebron is home to approximately 40,000 Palestinians but has a large and militant Israeli settler population of around 850.

Source: The New Arab

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Open Mosque Day: 2022 Motto Is "Scarce Resources — Great Responsibility

 

Sehitlik Mosque in Berlin(Thomas Trutschel/photothek/picture alliance )

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Oct 04, 2022

Germany has thousands of mosques, most of them tucked away in backyards or industrial parks. On Open Mosque Day, they open their doors to the public.

Open Mosque Day has been held in Germany on October 3 every year since 1997. This year, about 1,000 mosques across Germany opened their doors to bring Muslim and non-Muslim people together. The 2022 motto is "Scarce resources — great responsibility." The "effects of the climate crisis can be observed in our country and in many parts of the world, as most recently with the devastating floods in Pakistan," said Aiman Mazyek, chairman of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany (ZMD).

Here are six facts about mosques in Germany — and no one knows exactly how many there are. Estimates range from 2,350 to 2,750. According to a study by the German Islam Conference, 24% of the 5.5 million Muslims living in Germany visited these mosques at least once a week in 2019.

German Empire trained jihadis in Germany's first mosque

The Wünsdorf Mosque in Brandenburg, built in 1915 at the request of the Mufti of Istanbul, was considered the first Islamic building in Germany and all of Central Europe. Erected in the center of a prisoner of war camp for Muslims, the mosque was nicknamed the "half moon camp." It was a place for peaceful prayer, but the German Empire also used the mosque to stir up Muslim prisoners' sentiments against their colonial powers, France and England. "Revolutionary strategy" is what the German Empire called it. Here, jihadis were sworn in and eventually sent to fight the "holy war."

The Muslim POWs were also abused for research purposes that included language recordings and anthropological measurements. These later became part of a pseudoscientific area of study that the Nazis called "racial science." In 1928, a new mosque was built in Berlin-Wilmersdorf, and the Wünsdorf mosque lost its importance. It was demolished in 1930, less than 15 years after its inauguration.

Resemblance to the Taj Mahal

The mosque in the Berlin neighborhood of Wilmersdorf is the oldest in existence in Germany today. The building strongly resembles a world-famous monument in India: the Taj Mahal. Two minarets, each more than 30 meters high (98 feet), frame the building. It was designed by German architect Karl August Herrmann for the Lahore Ahmadiyya community from what is now Pakistan and whose members came to Germany in 1920. They founded the German-Muslim Society in cooperation with German Muslims. The mosque in Berlin-Wilmersdorf became the center of Muslim life.

Women preach in one Berlin mosque

In 2017, a very special kind of Muslim place of worship was established in the German capital: the Ibn Rushd-Goethe Mosque. There, men and women pray together, women are allowed to preach, and queer people are not excluded. "The Ibn Rushd-Goethe Mosque represents a progressive, contemporary Islam that is compatible with democracy and human rights. We live an Islam in which women and men are equal," the mosque's website reads. It also says all faiths of Islam are welcome: "With us, all the faiths of Islam are welcome, Sunnis, Shiites, Sufis and Alevis feel a sense of belonging in our community."

Seyran Ates, a lawyer, author and women's rights activist who co-founded the mosque, has paid a high price for the progressive stance — she receives death threats and is under around-the-clock police protection.

Controversial mosque associations

In Germany, mosque associations run the mosques. Probably the best-known and largest Islamic association in Germany in terms of the number of mosque congregations is the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (Ditib). The association is criticized because it is subordinate to the Turkish religious authority Diyanet, the state presidium for religious affairs. The union's imams, who are installed in German mosques for several years, are mostly trained in Turkey and funded by the Turkish state.

For years, critics have been warning about the Turkish state's influence on the congregations. The 2018 Turkish presidential election showed that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has many supporters in Germany, as have his visits to Germany, where he has been warmly welcomed and frenetically cheered by his supporters.

Mostly hidden away

While sacred Christian buildings are very visible in German cityscapes and the vast majority of villages were built around a church, mosques are hardly noticeable. Most of them are barely recognizable as such from the outside and often, only a sign indicates that there is a mosque behind an inconspicuous entrance to a home in a residential area or in commercial areas outside the city centers. The term coined in German for such tucked-away mosques is "Hinterhofmoschee," or "backyard mosque." While descriptively apt, it can have a denigrating connotation.

One exception is the Cologne Central Mosque, part of Ditib. Designed by German star architect Paul Böhm and open since 2017, the modern and imposing Islamic sacred building, made primarily of glass and exposed concrete, is flanked by two 55-meter-high curved minarets that rise well above the surrounding buildings. It was originally intended to be Germany's largest mosque, but the design was changed after criticism of the building plans. It can accommodate 1,200 worshippers, as many as the Ditib mosque in the Marxloh district of the western German city of Duisburg.

Few use the muezzin call to prayer

In Islamic countries, a muezzin traditionally calls out daily prayers, as well as Friday's public prayers from the minaret. Mosques may do so as well in Germany, but they rarely do. Most mosques in Germany don't have a minaret. In addition, the practice is not widely accepted in society. Opponents of the muezzin call consider it a noise nuisance and criticize the religious confession it expresses. They argue that unlike church bells, the call has a theological meaning. The muezzin's call is heard regularly from only about 30 mosques in Germany.

Source: Hindustan Times

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14 Muslims Held In MP within A Week for Entering Garba Venues

 

The development came after statements by the state’s culture and home minister Usha Thakur on the undesirability of Muslim men visiting Garba venues. (AFP)

© Provided by Hindustan Times

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Oct 04, 2022

By Shruti Tomar

Bhopal: At least 14 Muslim men have been arrested by the police in the past one week in Indore after Bajrang Dal vigilantes handed them over to police because they entered venues where Garba was being performed as part of the festivities to celebrate Navratri.

The 14 men have been booked under section 151 (knowingly joining or continuing in assembly of five or more persons likely to cause a disturbance of the public peace) of the Indian Penal Code at different police precincts. These men were clicking pictures and disturbing the peace, police said.

The development came after statements by the state’s culture and home minister Usha Thakur on the undesirability of Muslim men visiting Garba venues.

“Garba pandals are becoming medium of love jihad and those who don’t have any faith in Maa Durga shouldn’t go to Garba,” state culture minister Usha Thakur had said on September 9. Love jihad is a right-wing conspiracy theory that accuses Muslim men of luring Hindu women into interfaith marriages in order to convert them.

After Thakur’s statement, state home minister Narottam Mishra on September27 announced that it was necessary to show identity cards before entering Garba venues.

The Bajrang Dal will not allow Muslims in Garba venues, the outfit’s state convener Tanu Sharma said on September 27 in Indore. “Non-Hindus don’t have faith on goddess Durga and go to Garba to click pictures of women and to pass comment on them,” Sharma said. “For the security of women, we launched this campaign.”

Opposition parties in the state called this an attempt to create a rift in society.

On September 27, seven Muslim men were apprehended by Bajrang Dal members while they were taking pictures at a Garba venue in Pandrinath. They were handed over police at Pandrinath police station. Police arrested them under section 151 and later released them on bail, said Satish Patel, town inspector, Pandrinath police station.

A day after this incident, a Muslim man was arrested in a Garba venue at Palsikar Colony in Ravji Bazar police station, and another from a pandal in Khajrana. On Saturday, three Muslim men were arrested from Nandlal Puri Sabjimandi Garba Pandal by MG Road police and two Muslims from Bihar were arrested from Pandrinath garba pandal on Sunday night. All the accused were arrested under 151.

“For peaceful celebration of Navratri, we deployed police at different places,” said Rajat Saklecha, deputy commissioner of police, intelligence, Indore. “We also held meetings with peace committees and organisers to inform police immediately in case of any ruckus.”

“In Pandrinath, Rawji Bazar, MG Road and Khajrana, we received information that a few people entered the pandal by hiding their identity and were creating a nuisance. Police arrested them immediately,” Saklecha said. “The action was taken for disturbing the peace.”

The Muslim men declined to talk to the media.

However, opposition and community leaders said this was an attempt to divide society and end the Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb, a syncretic culture that unites communities of different faiths.

“This is nothing but an attempt to end Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb of India. We never support goons. If anyone creates a ruckus or misbehaves, they should be punished, but targeting members of a community just on the basis of religion is unacceptable,” said Haroon Rashid Qureshi, a community leader from Indore.

“I many times attended the garba as a guest and my daughter also participated in it,” Qureshi said. “We learnt about Hindu culture. A few people are trying to segregate the society on the basis of religion.”

“This is vigilantism and also against the Constitution of India,” said Congress spokesperson KK Mishra. “How could Bajrang Dal or an organiser can stop anyone from entering a pandal on the basis of religion? How can they call every Muslim a goon or miscreant? I know many Muslims who give donation for Durga Pandals. Garba is a part of Indian culture, not of Hindus only.”

“A few people are trying to make a very restricted society,” civil society member LS Hardenia said. “If it is a private affair, the organiser can restrict entry, but why police are taking action? This is a sensitive matter and will leave a deep impact on society.”

Home minister Mishra, who earlier said police are taking action according to law, couldn’t be contacted for comments.

However, BJP MP Pragya Thakur and former chief minister Uma Bharti supported Usha Thakur and said Garba is matter of faith and heretic people shouldn’t be allowed in venues where the dances are performed.

Uma Bharti said, “Those, who can’t recite Jai Mata di, shouldn’t allow to enter Garba pandal.”

Source: Hindustan Times

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Sabah’s Governor Doesn’t Have to Be Muslim as There Is No Religious Requirement for the Post, Says Analyst

 

Joseph Pairin Kitingan is a suitable choice for Sabah governor, says analyst James Chin.

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October 4, 2022

PETALING JAYA: Sabah’s governor does not need to be a Muslim, as there is no religious requirement for the post, says an analyst.

Citing the ongoing debate surrounding the post, James Chin of the University of Tasmania’s Asia Institute described pushback to the appointment of Joseph Pairin Kitingan because he was not Muslim as “complete rubbish”.

“In practice, the only legal requirement is that the person must be nominated by the state government, (that is) Sabah’s chief minister. It then goes up to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong,” Chin said.

Historically, he said, there had been discussions to share the posts of chief minister and state governor, which in Sabah’s context meant a Muslim and non-Muslim native, but this had not been codified into any legal document.

“Sabah’s first chief minister was Donald Aloysius Stephens. At the time of his appointment, he was Christian, while Sabah’s first governor was Mustapha Harun (a Muslim). Thus, the balance,” he said.

The same, he said, applied to Sarawak where the discussion was that if a Dayak became chief minister, the governor would come from another ethnic group.

“Thus, Stephen Kalong Ningkan became the first chief minister, (while) the first governor was Tun Abang Haji Openg”, he said, adding that “like most political agreements, it was not codified into law”.

Chin said the idea that Islam must dominate the political and administrative posts in East Malaysia was a direct result of Malaya pushing the “Ketuanan Melayu” ideology, to incorporate Sabah and Sarawak into their political system.

“I support the nomination of Pairin to be governor because I think it’s crucially important that the Borneo states reinforce their multiracial approach to politics,” he said.

He said that dividing the posts of governor, the top ceremonial post, and chief minister, the top political post, among various political communities was a powerful symbol of working against the Malayan racial and religious political model.

“It is good politics, as well as making sure everyone is included in the mosaic that is Sabah and Sarawak. If we play the racial or religious political game, we will end up like Malaya, politically.

“In summary, the selection of a governor is a 110% political choice,” he said.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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 South Asia

 

Taliban Denies Food Poisoning Among Students at Kabul University

By Saqalain Eqbal

03 Oct 2022

The Taliban Ministry of Higher Education denied the reports that food poisoning affected the female students residing at the Kabul University dormitory.

The health condition of these girls was brought on by careless food consumption, according to a statement released by the Taliban Ministry of Higher Education on Monday, the 3rd of October.

The official statement continued by saying that these students, who number 50, have received prompt attention from the university’s administrative division.

According to the statement of the Higher Education Ministry of the Taliban, the Ministry of Public Health’s examinations found no evidence and symptoms of food poisoning.

Nevertheless, Kabul University sources told the media on Sunday that the female residents of the university’s dormitory had contracted food poisoning.

Sources told Khaama Press on Sunday night that some female students had once again been food poisoned and had passed out in the dormitory at Kabul University.

They said that the girls who contracted foodborne illnesses had been waiting for a vehicle to transport them to the hospital outside the dorm for about an hour.

Several girls living in the Kabul University girls’ hostel were reportedly planning to demonstrate in protest of Friday’s attack on the Kaaj educational center in the city’s west, in the Hazara neighborhood.

Source: Khaama Press

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46 girls, women among 53 killed in Kabul education centre bombing: UN

Oct 3, 2022

KABUL (AFGHANISTAN): At least 46 girls and young women were among the 53 people killed in Friday's blast at the education centre in Afghanistan's capital Kabul, the United Nations said on Monday.

"Further rise in casualties from Friday's classroom bombing in Hazara quarter of Kabul: 53 killed, at least 46 girls & young women 110 injured. Our human rights team continues documenting the crime: verifying facts & establishing reliable data to counter denial and revisionism," the UN mission tweeted.

This surge in the Kabul blast toll comes on the same day as another explosion occurred on Monday in the western part of the Afghan capital that targeted the Hazara-populated area.

The explosion occurred near the Pul-e-Sukhta area near the Shahid Mazari Road, The Khaama Press news agency reported.

So far, there are no additional details on the explosion and the casualties. The Taliban officials have yet to issue a statement on the explosion.

There are multiple media reports claiming that about 100 students of the institute have been killed in the attack, however, the UN mission in Afghanistan said that its human rights teams in Kabul are helping to establish an accurate record of the college attack in the Hazara neighbourhood.

On Saturday, dozens of women from the minority Hazara community protested in Kabul against the terror attack at the Kaaj Educational Centre.

The women protestors dressed in black chanted slogans against the genocide of minorities and demanded their rights, Pajhwok Afghan News reported.

This explosion comes a few days after a blast was reported near the Wazir Akbar Khan area of Kabul that sparked a global outcry. The recent blast outside the Russian Embassy in Kabul was also condemned in the strongest terms.

Source: Times Of India

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Days after Kabul education centre blast, explosion reported in another Hazara-populated area

Oct 3, 2022

KABUL (AFGHANISTAN): Days after the Kabul education centre blast killed over 40 people, another explosion occurred on Monday in the western part of the Afghan capital, targeting another Hazara-populated area.

The explosion occurred near the Pul-e-Sukhta area near the Shahid Mazari Road, The Khaama Press news agency reported.

The blast happened in the west of Kabul's PD 6 at around 2pm, the report added. The blast that took place in the Shaheed Mazari area is reportedly a Hazara-populated area.

So far, there are no additional details on the explosion and the casualties. The Taliban officials have yet to issue a statement on the explosion.

The report of the explosion comes as the UN mission today said the death toll from a suicide bombing at the Kaaj Educational Center in jumped to 43. The casualty figures in Friday's college bombing in the Hazara neighbourhood are likely to rise further.

"Human toll from Friday's college bombing in #Hazara neighbourhood of Afghan capital continues to rise. 43 killed. 83 wounded. Girls & young women the main victims. Casualty figures likely to rise further. Verification process continues by UNAMA human rights teams in Kabul," UN mission in Afghanistan tweeted.

There are multiple media reports claiming that about 100 students of the institute have been killed in the attack, however, the UNAMA said that its human rights teams in Kabul are helping to establish an accurate record of the college attack in the Hazara neighbourhood.

On Saturday, dozens of women from the minority Hazara community protested in Kabul against the terror attack at the Kaaj Educational Centre. The women protestors dressed in black chanted slogans against the genocide of minorities and demanded their rights, Pajhwok Afghan News reported.

This explosion comes a few days after a blast was reported near the Wazir Akbar Khan area of Kabul that sparked a global outcry. The recent blast outside the Russian Embassy in Kabul was also condemned in the strongest terms.

Source: Times Of India

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Taliban’s Central Bank Receives Another Package of Aid, $40 Million in Cash

By Saqalain Eqbal

03 Oct 2022

The Central Bank of Afghanistan under the Taliban administration stated that another package of $40 million has been received by the bank on Monday, in continuation of the international community’s humanitarian aid.

As part of the international community’s cash assistance, the Central Bank of Afghanistan, also known as Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), announced on its official Twitter account that it had received the above-said amount of cash.

The DAB Taliban officials have expressed gratitude to the international community for their assistance and welcomed the inflow of foreign currency into Afghanistan.

While calling on the international community to continue and build on its engagement with the group, DAB Taliban officials requested that the aid be handled through the banking sector, using legal and accepted methods.

The newly delivered $40 million package, which has reportedly arrived at the DAB’s Kabul headquarters, is one of 5 cash assistance packages to have been received since the Taliban took over.

According to the records, $1 billion 273 million in foreign aid has been provided to Afghanistan from the time the Taliban took power up until the present.

Source: Khaama Press

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Twelve people missing after Rohingya refugee trawler sinks off Bangladesh

04 October, 2022

At least a dozen people were missing off the Bangladesh coast on Tuesday after a boat carrying Rohingya refugees sank in rough weather, the South Asian country’s coast guard said.

The fishing trawler left at dawn and was bound for Malaysia before it ran into trouble in the Bay of Bengal, with two search boats scrambling to rescue survivors.

“We have rescued 39 people including 35 Rohingya refugees and four Bangladeshis,” coast guard spokesman Lieutenant Al Amin told AFP.

Coast guard station commander Ashiq Ahmed said at least 50 people were on the boat, which had picked up passengers from several coastal towns before embarking.

“Around a dozen people are still missing. The rescue operation is still going,” he told AFP.

The vessel sank near southern Cox’s Bazar district, the site of camps that are home to around a million Rohingya refugees.

Most arrived in Bangladesh five years ago after a military crackdown in neighboring Myanmar that is now the subject of a genocide investigation at the UN’s top court.

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Mideast

 

Iran’s Khamenei backs police over Mahsa Amini protests, may signal tougher crackdown

03 October, 2022

Iran’s supreme leader on Monday gave his full backing to security forces confronting protests ignited by the death of Mahsa Amini in custody, comments that could herald a harsher crackdown to quell unrest more than two weeks since she died.

In his first remarks addressing the 22-year-old woman’s death after her arrest by morality police over “inappropriate attire,” Ali Khamenei said her death “deeply broke my heart” and called it a “bitter incident” provoked by Iran’s enemies.

“The duty of our security forces, including police, is to ensure the safety of the Iranian nation...The ones who attack the police are leaving Iranian citizens defenseless against

thugs, robbers and extortionists,” Khamenei told a group of armed forces cadets in Tehran.

Security forces, including police and the volunteer Basij militia, have been leading a crackdown on the protests, with thousands arrested and hundreds injured, according to rights groups, which put the death toll at over 130.

Iranian authorities have reported many members of the security forces killed during the unrest, which has spiraled into the biggest show of opposition to Iran’s authorities in

years, with many calling for the end of more than four decades of Islamic clerical rule.

Khamenei said security forces had faced “injustice” during the protests. “In recent incidents, it is above all security forces including the police and Basij, as well as the people of Iran, who were wronged,” he said.

“Some people have caused insecurity in the streets," Khamenei said, sharply condemning what he described as planned “riots” and accusing the US and Israel - the Islamic Republic’s arch-adversaries - of orchestrating the disturbances.

‘Schemes’ designed by America and Israel

“I openly state that the recent riots were schemes designed by America, the fake Zionist regime [Israel] and their mercenaries inside and outside Iran,” said Khamenei, Iran’s

utmost authority.

Within hours after Amini’s funeral in the Kurdish town of Saqez, thousands of Iranians poured into the streets across the country, with people burning pictures of Khamenei and chanting “Death tothe dictator,” according to videos on social media.

Still, there is little chance of a collapse of the Islamic Republic in the near term, since its leaders are determined not to show the kind of weakness they believe sealed the fate of the US-backed Shah in 1979, officials and analysts told Reuters.

However, the unrest calls into the question the priority that has defined Khamenei’s rule - the survival at any cost of the four-decade-old Islamic Republic and its religious elite.

“Those who ignited unrest to sabotage the Islamic Republic deserve harsh prosecution and punishment,” said Khamenei.

The protests have not abated despite a growing death toll and an increasingly violent crackdown by security forces using tear gas, clubs and - in some cases, according to videos on social media and rights groups - live ammunition.

Protests continued across Iran on Monday, with university students staging strikes after security forces clashed with students at Tehran’s prominent Sharif University on Sunday.

Dozens of students were arrested and many have been injured according to social media posts and videos. Iran’s state news agency said most of arrested students were released on Monday. Reuters could not verify the videos and posts.

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Supreme Leader Blames US, Israel for Iran's Unrest

2022-October-3

The Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Armed Forces made the remarks on Monday as he addressed the joint graduation ceremony for the cadets studying in the academies of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Armed Forces.

"The young girl’s death was a tragic incident that saddened us too," Ayatollah Khamenei said, referring to the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman, who fainted at a police station in Tehran and was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

"But the right reaction to it wasn’t for some to create insecurity for people, burn the Quran, Mosques, banks and people’s cars and to pull off women’s scarves. These weren’t normal acts. They were planned," the Leader noted.

"I openly state that the recent riots and unrest in Iran were schemes designed by the US, the Zionist regime, their mercenaries and some treasonous Iranians abroad who helped them," he added.

"Many riots take place around the world. Especially in France, massive riots occur every now and then, but has the US president ever supported European rioters, issued a declaration or said we stand with you? Is there any record of US media supporting them?" the Supreme Leader asked.

"Is there a history of US mercenaries, like some states in the region including the Saudis, supporting rioters in European countries? But such support against Iran has happened repeatedly. How can some people not see the US and Israel’s hands in this event," he continued.

"This is not about Hijab in Iran," Ayatollah Khamenei stressed.

"Many Iranian women who don’t observe the Hijab perfectly are among the steadfast supporters of the Islamic Republic. It is about Islamic Iran’s independence and resistance. The US cannot tolerate a strong, independent Iran," he stated.

Ayatollah Khamenei went on to say that such support has, on the contrary, happened several times in Iran, and clearly points to the fact that foreign powers are behind recent events in the country.

The Leader underlined that Americans’ expression of regret for Amini’s death is artificial.

“They are happy because of finding an excuse to foment insecurity,” he underscored.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Supreme Leader pointed to the country’s progress in all sectors, efforts aimed at facilitating domestic production, activation of knowledge-based companies, and the country’s ability to neutralize Western sanctions.

“They (enemies) do not want such progress to happen in the country, and have plotted to close universities, create insecurity on the streets, and engage state officials with new issues in the northwestern and southeastern flanks of the country in order to stop the growth,” he continued.

Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized that enemies are gravely mistaken in their calculations, and their plots will not yield anything at all.

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry has announced that the United States and the United Kingdom were “directly” involved in the recent riots across the country.

Dozens of terrorists affiliated with the Zionist regime and anti-revolution groups have been detained during the recent days of unrest, the ministry said in a Friday statement.

The Iranian Intelligence Ministry underlined that 49 MKO terrorists had been arrested for actively propagating fake news, inciting the rioters to organize acts of terror and destruction, directing slogans and being present on the streets to damage public property.

The ministry added 77 members of anti-Iran terrorist groups had also been arrested in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.

The statement pointed to the detention of five members of Takfiri terrorist outfits with 36 kilograms of explosives that were to be used to carry out bombings in gatherings.

The ministry further underscored 92 people affiliated with the former US-backed Pahlavi regime had been identified and arrested in the riots. It added that nine nationals from Germany, Poland, Italy, France, the Netherlands, and Sweden, among others, were arrested during the riots.

It said a significant number of pistols, various types of machine guns and cartridges as well as shotguns and ammunition were seized.

In recent days, Iranian officials have blamed the United States, the European Unions (EU), and several Western states for meddling in Iran's internal affairs over the death of Mahsa Amini, a young woman who died at the hospital a few days after collapsing at a police station in the capital Tehran. They advised the US and its allies against "opportunism and instrumentalization of the issue of human rights" by misusing the incident.

Tehran reminded that the countries, which, themselves, towed a "long history of warmongering and violence" throughout the world, lacked the legitimacy that could authorize them to "moralize others" concerning the human rights.

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Iran: Clinching Deal Still Possible, Needs US Political Will

2022-October-3

Speaking in his weekly press conference, Kana'ani stated that Iran adheres to the process of diplomacy and negotiation, and added there is still an opportunity to reach an agreement and resume the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) implementation.

"We adhere to the process of diplomacy and negotiation. We welcome the goodwill of neighboring countries. We are still present in the process of negotiations and interaction and exchange of messages," the diplomat stressed.

"There is still an opportunity to resume the implementation of the JCPOA, and it is possible to reach an agreement in the shortest time if the other party, especially the US, shows its political will. There is still time to revive the deal," he continued.

“Imposing new sanctions on Iran shows that the US government" is not following a "constructive" approach, Kana’ani said, adding, “It needs to abandon its addiction to sanctions and take on a constructive approach.”

The spokesperson confirmed that the exchange of messages between Tehran and Washington is underway through the European coordinator and some foreign ministers of neighboring countries.

Iran stresses it has not quit the negotiating table with the world powers, but will not put all its eggs in the negotiation basket and will not wait for the United States to return to its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal. Iranian officials stress that Tehran has not left the negotiating table with the world powers, but arriving at a deal requires the US pragmatic attitude.

The United States and Iran have traded responses via the EU to a proposal put forward by the EU's top diplomat Josep Borrell. Tehran submitted its initial answer in mid-August and Washington replied to it about a week later.

Washington claims that Tehran has taken "a step backward" with its latest response to a European Union proposal, calling a near-term agreement "unlikely".

Tehran says its response to Washington's view regarding the EU's proposed draft text was constructive and transparent. Officials stress that receiving guarantees from the Western side is the most important issue in the talks and Iran wants stronger guarantees from the US to clinch an agreement.

Tehran says it will not be able to trust Washington as long as President Joe Biden continues the wrong policy of maximum pressure and sanctions practiced by Donald Trump against Iran. Iranian officials say the Biden administration has yet done nothing but hollow promises to lift sanctions against Tehran. They blast the US addiction to sanctions, and slammed the POTUS for continuing his predecessor's policy on Iran.

Tehran and the five remaining parties to the nuclear deal have held several rounds of negotiations since April last year to restore the agreement, which was unilaterally abandoned by Trump in May 2018.

In quitting the agreement, Trump restored sanctions on Iran as part of what he called the “maximum pressure” campaign against the country. Those sanctions are being enforced to this day by the Biden administration, even though it has repeatedly acknowledged that the policy has been a mistake and a failure.

Iranian officials say the ball is in the US' court, and the Biden administration should assure Tehran that it will not repeat Trump's past mistakes.

Diplomats have also criticized Washington for raising excessive demands from Tehran during the nuclear talks, and blocking efforts to reach an agreement on the JCPOA. They emphasized the Tehran's will to reach a good, strong and lasting agreement, and stressed that the US should lift unilateral sanctions, and assure Iran that it will not repeat its past mistakes.

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Iranian FM Confirms Exchange of Messages with US

2022-October-3

Amir Abdollahian in a phone talk with his Qatari counterpart Mohammed Bin Abdulrahaman Al Thani on Sunday night stated that during his stay in New York more messages were exchanged with the United States through a mediator.

Iran's foreign minister noted that Iran is both serious and willing to reach a strong and sustainable agreement and tries to get it.

"Presence in New York was seen as an opportunity for bringing closer the two sides' views," the top diplomat continued.

Amir Abdollahian said Iran believes the negotiations are now on their right path.

He added that the way for continuation of interactions between the IAEA and the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), too, was being tackled during the AEOI chief's visit of Vienna, which is also a positive development.

The Qatari foreign minister, for his part, noted in the phone talk that his country is willing that exchanging messages through the European mediator will lead to the revival of the JCPOA and a good agreement soon.

Iran stresses it has not quit the negotiating table with the world powers, but will not put all its eggs in the negotiation basket and will not wait for the United States to return to its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal. Iranian officials stress that Tehran has not left the negotiating table with the world powers, but arriving at a deal requires the US pragmatic attitude.

The United States and Iran have traded responses via the EU to a proposal put forward by the EU's top diplomat Josep Borrell. Tehran submitted its initial answer in mid-August and Washington replied to it about a week later.

Washington claims that Tehran has taken "a step backward" with its latest response to a European Union proposal, calling a near-term agreement "unlikely".

Tehran says its response to Washington's view regarding the EU's proposed draft text was constructive and transparent. Officials stress that receiving guarantees from the Western side is the most important issue in the talks and Iran wants stronger guarantees from the US to clinch an agreement.

Tehran says it will not be able to trust Washington as long as President Joe Biden continues the wrong policy of maximum pressure and sanctions practiced by Donald Trump against Iran. Iranian officials say the Biden administration has yet done nothing but hollow promises to lift sanctions against Tehran. They blast the US addiction to sanctions, and slammed the POTUS for continuing his predecessor's policy on Iran.

Tehran and the five remaining parties to the nuclear deal have held several rounds of negotiations since April last year to restore the agreement, which was unilaterally abandoned by Trump in May 2018.

In quitting the agreement, Trump restored sanctions on Iran as part of what he called the “maximum pressure” campaign against the country. Those sanctions are being enforced to this day by the Biden administration, even though it has repeatedly acknowledged that the policy has been a mistake and a failure.

Iranian officials say the ball is in the US' court, and the Biden administration should assure Tehran that it will not repeat Trump's past mistakes.

Diplomats have also criticized Washington for raising excessive demands from Tehran during the nuclear talks, and blocking efforts to reach an agreement on the JCPOA. They emphasized the Tehran's will to reach a good, strong and lasting agreement, and stressed that the US should lift unilateral sanctions, and assure Iran that it will not repeat its past mistakes.

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Iranian FM Reiterates Need for End of Yemen's Siege

2022-October-3

In a phone talk between United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Amir Abdollahian on Sunday night, the two sides agreed on the need for the extension of ceasefire in Yemen.

During the phone conversation, Amir Abdollahian appreciated the UN secretary general for his contribution to establish peace and stability in the region.

The foreign minister emphasized the great importance of lifting the siege of the Yemeni war-stricken nation and the continuation of the ceasefire in the country.

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

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

While the Saudi-led coalition has failed to meet its objectives, the war has killed hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and spawned the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The conflict has been described by the UN as the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis”, and has resulted in the deaths of 377,000 people, more than two-thirds under the age of five, per UN figures at the end of 2021.

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EU holds ‘frank’ talks with Israel after decade’s pause

03 October, 2022

The EU vowed to press Israel Monday on the treatment of Palestinians, settlement expansions and stalled peace efforts at the first meeting in a decade of a frozen joint council.

“We will discuss frankly and openly about some specific issues which are of our mutual concern,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said at the start of the meeting in Brussels.

“I am talking about the situation in the Palestinian territories and the Middle East peace process which is stalled.”

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid dialed in remotely for the EU-Israel Association Council talks and the country’s travelling delegation was headed by intelligence minister Elazar Stern.

Meetings of the council have been suspended for a decade since Israel ditched them over the EU’s opposition to expanding settlements in the West Bank.

The EU has been looking for a fresh start with Israel since right-wing leader Benjamin Netanyahu was ousted from office in 2021 after 12 years in charge.

“All in all, today is a good occasion to show our determination to have a positive and fruitful relationship with Israel, pushing for peace,” Borrell said.

Borrell said support expressed by Lapid in a speech at the UN for a two-state solution with the Palestinians was “very important.”

“We want the resumption of a political process that can lead to a two-state solution and a comprehensive regional peace,” Borrell said.

But he said a UN report on the situation in the occupied territories was “worrisome” as the number of Palestinians reported killed this year reached the highest level since 2007.

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Six EU member states plan Iran sanctions over protests clampdown

03 October, 2022

Germany, France, Denmark, Spain, Italy and the Czech Republic have submitted proposals for new European Union sanctions against Iran for suppressing protests over women’s rights, Spiegel magazine reported on Monday, citing sources.

The proposed sanctions target 16 people, organizations and institutions primary responsible for the clampdown on nationwide protests that were ignited by the death in custody of a young woman, Spiegel added.

Those proposing the sanctions are aiming for the EU foreign ministers to decide on them at their meeting on October 17, with no resistance expected from the members of the bloc.

Germany’s foreign ministry was not immediately available for comment. Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said on Monday that Tehran’s suppression of protests was “an expression of sheer fear of education and the power of freedom” and promised sanctions.

“It is also difficult to bear that our foreign policy options are limited. But we can amplify their voice, create publicity, bring charges and sanction. And that we are doing,” Baerbock tweeted.

The anti-government protests, which began at 22-year-old Mahsa Amini’s funeral on September 17 in the Kurdish town of Saqez, have spiraled into the biggest show of opposition to Iran’s authorities in years, with many calling for the end of more than four decades of Islamic clerical rule.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Israel’s crime of assassinating Palestinians near Ramallah will not go unpunished: Hamas

03 October 2022

The Palestinian Hamas resistance movement has strongly condemned the fatal shooting of two Palestinian men during a raid near the city of Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank, stressing that “such criminal acts will not go unpunished.”

“This cowardly targeted killing reflects the state of panic that has gripped the occupying regime in the wake of daily defeats of its security apparatus throughout the West Bank and al-Quds, especially as resistance fighters have ramped up their operations,” Hamas said in a statement on Monday.

“Today’s crime is in line with the different crimes that our nation is exposed to on a daily basis, namely raids, detentions, expansion of illegal settlements as well as Judaization activities in al-Quds and the al-Aqsa Mosque compound. This requires unified and comprehensive resistance on the part of all Palestinians to be stopped,” the statement.

Hamas then paid tribute to all Palestinian resistance fighters who courageously stand against Israeli military forces and settlers’ attacks, and defend their land, people and sanctities.

Moreover, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh urged the international community to hold Israel directly responsible for the dangerous and bloody escalation of tensions in the occupied Palestinian territories, and for the rise in serious violations of Palestinians’ human rights.

Speaking at the opening of a weekly cabinet session in Ramallah, he called on world countries to exert real pressure on the occupying Tel Aviv regime to immediately stop the escalation.

He also called on the countries that have not yet recognized the State of Palestine, particularly the European Union member states, to do so, protect the so-called two-state solution, and strengthen Palestinian-European partnership.

Earlier in the day, Israeli army killed in cold blood two Palestinian men in a car just outside the Jalazone refugee camp north of Ramallah.

The Palestinian official news agency, Wafa, identified them as 18-year-old Bassel Qassem Basbous and 21-year-old Khaled Fadi Anbar.

A third, Raafat Habash, 19, was also with them in the car and was wounded in the shooting.

The bodies of the two men were taken by the Israeli army after they were killed, while Habash was arrested.

Israeli forces have recently been conducting overnight raids and killings in the northern occupied West Bank, mainly in the cities of Jenin and Nablus, where new groups of Palestinian resistance fighters have been formed.

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Europe

 

UK summons Iran’s top diplomat in Britain over crackdown on protests

03 October, 2022

Britain’s foreign ministry on Monday said it had summoned the Iranian charge d’affaires, Iran’s most senior diplomat in Britain, over the crackdown on protests following the death of Mahsa Amini in custody.

“The violence levelled at protesters in Iran by the security forces is truly shocking,” British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Russia’s war machine faces ridicule from two allies of President Putin

03 October, 2022

The withdrawal of Russian forces from a strategically important town in eastern Ukraine has prompted two powerful allies of President Vladimir Putin to do something rare in modern Russia: publicly ridicule the war machine’s top brass.

Russia’s loss of the bastion of Lyman, which puts western parts of Luhansk region under threat, touched a nerve for Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of the southern Russian republic of Chechnya.

Kadyrov, who has been close to Putin since his father and former president of Chechnya, Akhmad, was killed in a 2004 bomb attack in Grozny that also killed a Reuters photographer, suggested that Russia should consider using a small tactical nuclear weapon in Ukraine in response to the loss.

The nuclear warning caught the headlines, but his public scorn for Russia’s top generals may have been just as significant in a Russia where public criticism of the war effort from within the top echelons of the elite has been taboo.

“Nepotism in the army will lead to no good,” Kadyrov said, adding that the commander of Russian forces in the area should be stripped of his medals and sent to the front line with a gun to wash away his shame with blood.

Such public contempt for the generals running Russia’s war is significant because it indicates the level of frustration within Putin’s elite over the conduct of the war while also piercing the Kremlin’s carefully controlled narrative.

Kadyrov, who supports the war and has sent many of his own Chechen units to fight, said his criticism was the bitter truth about a Russian fighting force which he said allowed talentless mediocrities to let down the country.

The defense ministry did not respond to a request for comment. Russian officials say the history of Russian warfare shows that fighting often begins badly until the military can be properly organized. Writing off Russia, they say, is a poor bet.

Asked about Kadyrov’s remarks on Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “This is a very emotional moment.”

“The heads of regions have the right to express their point of view,” Peskov told reporters. “Even at difficult moments, emotions should still be excluded from any assessments.”

Setbacks

More than seven months into a war that has killed tens of thousands and triggered the biggest confrontation with the West since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, even Russia’s most basic war aims are far from achieved.

The vast army of a former superpower has been humbled on the field of battle by a much smaller Ukrainian force backed up with weapons, intelligence and advice from Western powers led by the United States.

In a fresh setback for Moscow on Monday, a Russian-installed official confirmed Ukrainian advances along the west bank of the Dnipro River in Kherson region in southern Ukraine, one of four regions Putin claimed last week to have annexed.

The defeats in Ukraine could undermine Putin, said Tatiana Stanovaya, non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

“Until September, the Russian elites had made the pragmatic choice to support Putin as a guarantor against defeat,” said Stanovaya

“But matters have progressed so far that they may now have to choose among various losing scenarios. That makes Putin far more vulnerable, for he may just find that he and the elites settle on different scenarios.”

Putin accuses the West of trying to use Ukraine to destroy Russia itself but says that Moscow will prevail in its “special military operation” there.

In an emotional interview with a pro-Kremlin radio host on Saturday, Andrey Gurulyov, a retired general and member of the State Duma from Putin’s United Russia Party said he could not explain the fall of Lyman. He then said troops defending the town had been doomed by “a system ... of constant lying” that saw problems inside Russia’s military covered up by superiors.

On Russian state television, humility appeared to be seeping into the usual jingoistic rhetoric.

“I’d really like us to attack Kyiv and take it tomorrow, but I’m aware that the partial mobilization will take time,” presenter Vladimir Solovyov said on Rossiya 1 state television.

“For a certain period of time, things won’t be easy for us. We shouldn’t be expecting good news right now.”

Top brass

Chechnya’s Kadyrov said he had raised the possibility of a defeat at Lyman two weeks ago with Valery Gerasimov, chief of Russia’s general staff, but that Gerasimov had dismissed the idea.

Gerasimov, 67, is the third most powerful man in the Russian military after Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Shoigu landed Gerasimov the top military job just a few days after he was appointed defense minister in 2012.

“I do not know what the defense ministry reports to the supreme commander-in-chief (Putin), but in my personal opinion, more drastic measures should be taken,” said Kadyrov, who shed tears for the fallen at a ceremony in the Kremlin last week at which Russia formally annexed the four Ukrainian regions.

Asked about Kadyrov’s remarks, the powerful founder of the Wagner Group of mercenaries, Yevgeny Prigozhin, congratulated the Chechen leader.

“Ramzan - you rock man!” Prigozhin, known as Putin’s chef due to his company’s Kremlin catering contracts, said in a statement. “All these bastards should be sent barefoot to the front with automatic guns.”

When asked if his words should be considered criticism of the defense ministry, Prigozhin doused his reply with irony: “God forbid.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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Türkiye rescues 143 irregular migrants after illegal Greek pushback

Haydar Toprakci  

04.10.2022

Coast Guard units in Türkiye’s western province of Izmir said Tuesday that they rescued 143 irregular migrants after Greek authorities pushed them into Turkish territorial waters.

After receiving information that there were groups of irregular migrants in rubber boats off the coast of Dikili and Seferihisar districts in Izmir, teams were dispatched to the area and the migrants were rescued, said the Coast Guard Command.

In a separate operation, Turkish Coast Guard units stopped a rubber boat off Seferihisar after receiving a tipoff and held 31 irregular migrants.

All of the migrants were transported to provincial migration offices.

Türkiye has been a key transit point for asylum seekers aiming to cross into Europe to start new lives, especially those fleeing war and persecution.

Human rights groups and media outlets have frequently reported on illegal pushbacks and other human rights breaches by Greek authorities.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Chechnya’s Kadyrov says sending teenage sons to Ukraine front

October 03, 2022

MOSCOW: Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, an ally of President Vladimir Putin, said Monday he was sending three of his teenage sons — aged 14, 15 and 16 — to the Ukraine front.

“It’s time to prove themselves in a real fight, I can only welcome this desire,” Kadyrov wrote on Telegram, posting a video of the young boys firing missiles in a shooting range.

“Soon they will go to the front line and will be on the most difficult sections of the contact line.”

He said Akhmat (16), Eli (15) and Adam (14) have been trained for combat “almost from their youngest years” and insisted he was “not joking.”

The video showed the boys in camouflage clothing and dark glasses, on tanks, guns strapped to their waists, shooting rocket launchers and machine guns.

At times the teenagers smile while shooting or made a thumbs-up gesture.

Kadyrov, a former warlord who leads the Muslim-majority Chechnya republic, has been one of the most vocal supporters of Putin’s Ukraine offensive.

The post came as the Kremlin on Monday dismissed his call to use low-yield nuclear weapons in Ukraine after a series of military defeats.

“This is a very emotional moment,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said during a daily briefing with journalists, referring to his statements.

“In our country, the use of nuclear weapons happens only on the basis of what is stated in the relevant doctrine,” Peskov said.

Peskov nevertheless hailed the “heroic contributions” of the Chechen leader to the military operation in Ukraine.

Kadyrov called on the nuclear option after Moscow withdrew from the town of Lyman, which took weeks to gain control of earlier this year.

“In my personal opinion, more drastic measures should be taken, up to the declaration of martial law in the border areas and use of low-yield nuclear weapons,” Kadyrov said on his Telegram channel.

Source: Arab News

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India

 

Muslims join Hindus in welcoming Goddess at puja pandal at Kareli

Oct 3, 2022

Prayagraj: Amidst different Durga Puja pandal being established by the respective barwari of different localities of the city, the Durga Puja pandal set up by the Sarvajani Kareli durga puja barwari at GTB Nagar, Kareli stands apart.

This is the only Durga Puja pandal, which has been established by active support of the Muslim community of the locality. “This Durga Puja pandal is just across my home at Kareli and from past many years the Muslim community of the locality have been very active, right from choosing the theme to supporting the organisers and contributing in all the way that to help organisers” says Mohammad Akram, a local.

The pandal at GTB Nagar‘s Durga Puja Park is attracting many and witnessing heavy footfall of visitors. Displaying an eye catching glimpse of rural folk culture, the pandal has many clay statues depicting life in villages like bullock carts, animals and residents with earthen stoves, sheds etc. The eight feet high statue of Goddess Durga has also been spectacularly displayed. “Nowadays, the younger generation is getting away from the folk culture and that is why the rural environment has been shown artistically in the pandal”, says a member of the barware, Gyandendra Kumar Srivastava. The spectacular decoration of the light will surprise any visitors and so will the artificial flowers, plants and trees displayed inside the pandal. On coming to this pandal, devotees will feel as if we have come to a rural village.

“This pandal is decorated on the theme of Rabindra Nath Tagore’s story Haat Bazar, a soldier will be seen guarding his village at the entrance of the pandal. Shops selling fruits, flowers, earthenware, ration, tea, pan, spices etc along with bullock carts parked at one side and shops of confectionery are all made of clay”, said president of the barwari, Pradeep Dutta. It also shows a Lord Shiva temple and how a farmer looks after the things around him and a milkman takes care of his cattle, he added.

Source: Times Of India

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Hindus, Muslims come together in celebrating Durga Puja in Assam

3rd October 2022

Guwahati: In a pleasant display of communal harmony between the Hindu and Muslim communities in Assam’s Sivasagar town, a Durga Puja Pandal is erected sharing a boundary with a mosque.

The Puja is organised by a local club called Nabajuvak Durgatsav Samiti, which turns 62 this year. It was earlier celebrated somewhere else in the town, but with a space crunch there around 30 years ago, the organisers had to shift the Puja venue to the Thana Road area of the town where the pandal is next to the old local Beparipatty Masjid.

“The club members first tried to get space in a local park, but that could not happen. When they decided to shift it here, then district administration feared disturbance to communal harmony in the area,” the President of the Masjid Committee, Faridul Islam told IANS.

He added: “That time, my father used to be the president of the masjid committee. He, along with other people, approached the administration and urged to conduct the Durga Puja here only with an assurance of not disturbing the harmony between the two communities.”

The celebration of Durga Puja which began by sharing the same boundary wall with the Masjid has been running in a very friendly environment with the active cooperation of the Muslim community as well.

When namaz is offered in the mosque, the loudspeakers in the Puja pandal are switched off.

Sanjay Pareekh, one of the organisers of the Puja said: “We have tremendous support from the Muslim community. They actively take part in carrying Durga idols, and offer support during visarjan.”

Both the silver and golden jubilees of this Durga Puja were celebrated with enthusiasm from Mulsim community members as well, informed Pareekh.

Locals residing in the area expressed that the festivities would become grander and more beautiful with the bond of brotherhood becoming stronger in the coming times.

Guwahati: In a pleasent display of communal harmony between the Hindu and Muslim communities in Assam’s Sivasagar town, a Durga Puja Pandal is erected sharing boundary with a mosque.

The Puja is organised by a local club called Nabajuvak Durgatsav Samiti, which turns 62 this year. It was earlier celebrated somewhere else in the town, but with a space crunch there around 30 years ago, the organisers had to shift the Puja venue to the Thana Road area of the town where the pandal is next to the old local Beparipatty Masjid.

“The club members first tried to get space in a local park, but that could not happen. When they decided to shift it here, then district administration feared disturbance to communal harmony in the area,” the President of the Masjid Committee, Faridul Islam told IANS.

He added: “That time, my father used to be the president of the masjid committee. He, along with other people, approached the administration and urged to conduct the Durga Puja here only with an assurance of not disturbing the harmony between the two communities.”

The celebration of Durga Puja which began by sharing the same boundary wall with the Masjid has been running in a very friendly environment with the active cooperation of the Muslim community as well.

When namaz is offered in the mosque, the loudspeakers in the Puja pandal are switched off.

Sanjay Pareekh, one of the organisers of the Puja said: “We have tremendous support from the Muslim community. They actively take part in carrying Durga idols, and offer support during visarjan.”

Both the silver and golden jubilees of this Durga Puja were celebrated with enthusiasm from Mulsim community members as well, informed Pareekh.

Source: Siasat Daily

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Kerala man convicted in Islamic State recruitment case, gets 5 years in jail

Shibimol KG

Kochi

October 3, 2022

A special NIA Court in Kochi convicted Shaibu Nihar, a native of Koduvally in Kerala’s Kozhikode, accused in the Wandoor Islamic State (IS) recruitment case. He was convicted under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The Court observed that the accused is convicted and sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for five years under Section 125 IPC and to pay a fine of 10,000.

The Station House Officer of Wandoor police station registered the above case on November 6, 2017. The case was registered after it was revealed that around seven people travelled to IS territory in 2015 and 2017.

Later, considering the gravity of the offences, the Ministry of Home Affairs, by its order in May 2018, directed the NIA to take up the investigation. The six others accused in the case are absconding.

Source: India Today

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Southeast Asia

 

PBM entering a crowded market for multiracialism, says analyst

SK Devi

October 3, 2022

PETALING JAYA: Parti Bangsa Malaysia is entering a crowded market for multiracial parties in Peninsular Malaysia, says political analyst James Chin.

He said PBM would be competing with other parties also “selling” the multiracial concept.

“Muda is coming in, Warisan is coming. Unfortunately this is the worst time to promote a multiracial party as the market in Peninsular Malaysia is crowded,” said Chin, who is with the University of Tasmania’s Asia Institute.

Established parties such as PKR and DAP, nominally multiracial, were open to membership from all races. “They don’t stop people from joining, although it is understood that PKR is Malay-led and DAP is Chinese-led,” he said.

Earlier, at PBM’s first general assembly, president-designate Zuraida Kamaruddin said her party will launch a “Bangsa Malaysia” doctrine which will focus on Malaysians accepting each other’s way of life.

PBM cited multiracialism as the first of its core principles, the others being women and youth empowerment, focus on economic development, education and the advancement of science and technology.

Chin said if PBM does not win any seats in the coming election the party will find it difficult to survive, regardless of its multiracial stance.

“The way it works in the Malaysian system is that people don’t take you seriously if you do not have a presence in Parliament, so they (PBM) really need to win some seats,” he said.

Chin also said in the wider context of Malaysian politics, the space for multiracial politics is getting smaller, and this has been made worse by the rise of political Islam, any interpretation of Islam as a source of political identity and action.

“The dividing line in Malaysia now is Islam. Hence, you see people like PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang and Umno playing the Islamic card because whether you like it or not, those sorts of things really work, especially among the rural Malays,” said Chin.

Political scientist Azmi Hassan of Akademi Nusantara said he doubted PBM’s ability to succeed with its multiracial stance.

One reason was the manner in which PBM was formed. “The party does not have a strong base, it’s a party that started with MPs jumping from other parties,” said Azmi.

In contrast, parties like Muda, which started from scratch, were more likely to be able to attract support with a multiracial stand because it was a party that started with the people.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Najib allowed to attend court in suit against Tommy Thomas

V Anbalagan

October 4, 2022

KUALA LUMPUR: Najib Razak, who is serving a 12-year jail term for corruption, has been allowed to attend court on Oct 21 to follow proceedings of his suit against former attorney-general Tommy Thomas for alleged misfeasance in public office.

The former prime minister’s lawyer, Yudistra Darma Dorai, said trial judge Ahmad Bache allowed the ex parte application in a proceeding conducted online.

“The judge has allowed him to be present for the next proceeding on Oct 21,” Yudistra told FMT, adding that an application must be made in advance for each proceeding.

Najib filed the suit against Thomas last year, claiming that the 1MDB-related charges against him were “part of a long-planned, premeditated exercise”.

He is seeking RM1.94 million in damages.

He is alleging that Thomas, who was the attorney-general from June 4, 2018 to Feb 28, 2020, carried out his duties “in line with the plans” of the then Pakatan Harapan (PH) government.

Thomas was appointed after PH won the 14th general election (GE14) and formed the government, with Dr Mahathir Mohamad assuming the post of prime minister for a second time.

He has filed an application to quash Najib’s lawsuit on grounds that the case was filed “for use in the campaign leading up to the Melaka state elections and the next general election”.

The hearing of the striking out application will continue on Oct 21.

Najib and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, were present in court at the previous proceeding on Sept 9.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Proposing dissolution of Parliament is PM’s prerogative, says Ismail

Reshna Reem Ganesan

October 4, 2022

SHAH ALAM: The decision to propose the dissolution of Parliament to pave the way for a general election is the prime minister’s prerogative, says Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Speaking to reporters after an event here today, Ismail stressed that other political parties had no say in the matter.

“Before this, it (dissolution) was never discussed openly. In the past, if the prime minister announced Parliament would be dissolved, it would be dissolved.

“There was no such thing as other political parties giving their views or trying to interfere.”

Ismail said the prime minister had the right to seek a dissolution of Parliament and that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had the final say.

Previously, Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin said Ismail must get the Cabinet’s consent to dissolve Parliament.

The former prime minister said this was based on an agreement between Ismail and the Perikatan Nasional coalition he leads.

Ismail said past prime ministers did not even discuss the dissolution of Parliament with their own parties.

“If the prime minister feels it is the right time to dissolve Parliament, he will seek a dissolution.

“I will consider all ideas and views. But these views do not have any bearing on the (prime minister’s) power to propose (the dissolution of Parliament) to the King.”

Opposition politicians have been speaking out against early elections, citing the monsoon season, economic situation, pandemic, and year-end festivities.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Indonesia's NasDem party endorses Jakarta governor for 2024 presidential race

OCT 3, 2022

JAKARTA- Indonesia's fifth-largest political party NasDem on Monday announced that it is backing outgoing Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan as its candidate for the 2024 presidential election.

Mr Anies has consistently ranked among the top three possible contenders to lead the world's third-largest democracy, according to opinion polls, alongside Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo and Defence Minister and ex-special forces general, Prabowo Subianto.

Mr Nasdem Chairman Surya Paloh said he had spent months deliberating on the party's preferred candidate and ultimately decided that Mr Anies was the best choice.

Mr Anies accepted the endorsement and said he was ready to "walk together" with the party, which in the 2019 parliamentary election won about 9% of the national vote.

At the time NasDem did not pass the required threshold to put forward a candidate alone, meaning it will have to form a coalition with other parties to formally nominate a candidate for 2024.

Presidential candidates are not required to officially register with the country's election body until October next year.

But with incumbent President Joko Widodo constitutionally barred from seeking a third term, intense jockeying is getting underway over who will next lead the world's fourth most-populous country.

Elected as Jakarta governor in 2017, Mr Anies faced criticism at the time for his perceived closeness to hardline Islamic groups.

Source: Straits Times

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Pakistan

 

Pakistan Film Star Cast Violates Gurudwara Maryada’ A Couple of Actors Wearing Shoes and Slippers in the Gurudwara Complex

Oct 3, 2022

AMRITSAR: Star cast of Pakistani movie Lahore Lahore Aye entered the precincts of Gurudwara Panja Sahib, Hasanabdal wearing shoes and slippers.

A video that is viral on social media, shows a couple of actors wearing shoes and slippers in the Gurudwara complex. This is being objected to by local Sangat for violating the Maryada (Sikh code of religious conduct).

The star cast of the movie Lahore Lahore Aye is also seen accompanied by a Sikh young man who tries to persuade other Sikhs to not object on wearing shoes and slippers in Gurdwara complex.

A few Muslim actors playing the role of Sikhs are also seen wearing saffron turbans.

Source: Times Of India

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Imran Khan dodges contempt charges as Pakistan court withdraws show cause notice

Oct 3, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's former prime minister Imran Khan dodged contempt charges on Monday after a court here withdrew the show cause notice issued to him in a case pertaining to 'threatening' a female judge.

The 69-year-old Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief appeared before the Islamabad high court (IHC) on Monday, where the case was heard by a five-member larger bench, headed by IHC chief justice Athar Minallah and comprising Justices Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri and Babar Sattar.

During the hearing, chief justice Minallah observed that the bench was satisfied with the apology and the conduct of Khan, the Express Tribune newspaper reported.

During a rally in Islamabad on August 20, Khan had threatened to file cases against top police officials, election commission and political opponents over the treatment meted out to his aide Shahbaz Gill, who was arrested on charges of sedition.

He had also taken exception to Additional Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry, who had approved Gill's two-day physical remand at the request of the Capital Territory Police, and said she should "prepare herself as action would be taken against her".

Hours after the speech, Khan was booked for threatening police, judiciary and other state institutions at his rally.

Last month, Khan apologised before the IHC for his controversial remarks against the female judge and promised that he will not repeat it in the future.

"I am sorry if I have crossed a red line," Khan told the bench, which was expected to formally indict him in contempt proceedings.

In an affidavit submitted to the court two days ago, Khan had assured the court that he would never do anything in the future that would hurt the dignity of any court and the judiciary, especially the lower judiciary.

Khan had also said that he will fully follow what he said before the court in the last hearing, and added that he was ready to take further action to satisfy the court in this regard.

The deposed premier further said that he was "willing to apologize" if the judge thought that he crossed a "red line".

Three days earlier, Khan had also appeared before an Islamabad lower court to personally apologise to Judge Chaudhry, who was not present there at the time.

Khan was ousted from power in April after losing a no-confidence vote in his leadership, which he alleged was part of a US-led conspiracy targeting him because of his independent foreign policy decisions on Russia, China and Afghanistan.

Source: Times Of India

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Pakistan: Unidentified gunmen kill senior JUI-F activist in Bajaur

3 October, 2022

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa [Pakistan], October 3 (ANI): A senior Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) activist was shot dead in Bajaur tribal district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan by unidentified gunmen on Saturday.

The victim was identified as Maulana Shafiullah, 30, who gunmen attacked in the afternoon in the Badan area of Mamond tehsil of Bajaur tribal district, according to Dawn.

“Mr Shafiullah had respect and admiration among the local community members for his positive thoughts and struggle for the promotion of education in the area,” said a resident of the Badan area, Zakir Ahmed Khan.

Dawn reported citing the locals that the victim died on the way to the hospital due to fatal injuries.

The victim had no feud with anyone, the locals added. Meanwhile, the JUI-F district chapter condemned the killing.

The killing of local leaders of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) has become a regular affair in the region.

Earlier in July, JUI-F protested in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s North Waziristan against the killing of its local leaders and lawlessness in the district.

According to Dawn, locals and officials said that the JUI-F leader Qari Samiuddin and his colleague, Hafiz Numan Dawar were on their way home in Eidek village when their car was ambushed on Bichi Road near Mirali town in North Waziristan on July 14.

Source: The Print

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Policy commitments made by Pakistan continue to apply: IMF

October 4, 2022

The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) resident representative in Islamabad, Esther Perez Ruiz, said on Monday that policy commitments made by the government to resume the support programme continue to apply.

“Policy commitments made by the Pakistani authorities as part of the seventh and eighth reviews under their IMF-support programme continue to apply,” she told Reuters.

She said policy discussions, including how to target support to those affected by the floods while maintaining macroeconomic stability, will commence in the coming weeks after the damage assessment report becomes available.

The IMF official made the comments in response to a question if the recent reduction in fuel prices had been discussed with the lender.

The international lender’s statement comes after the Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, who took over the reign from his party member Miftah Ismail as the finance czar last week, reduced the prices of all petroleum products for the next fortnight by around five per cent — reversing a policy of raising prices monthly through added levies to ensure enhanced revenues as agreed with the IMF.

Dar said imposing additional levies was not justified as the country struggled with catastrophic floods that have killed more than 1,600 people and inflicted at least $30 billion in damages.

“I have been dealing with the IMF for the last 25 years; I will deal with it,” he said, referring to any potential reservations by the lender.

Dar’s statement had come in response to his predecessor’s criticism, who termed the move to slash fuel prices by reducing levy sans IMF approval as “reckless”.

Dar responded by advising Ismail not to worry as he knew how to deal with the international lender.

“Maybe Miftah sahab was comfortable (in burdening the public). But I’ve been dealing with the IMF for 25 years. I’m the only humble person who’s completed an IMF programme. Miftah sahab or anyone else sho­uldn’t worry… it’s betw­e­en me and the IMF,” he said during an interview on Geo News.

Dar said Ismail should simply call him to seek clarity instead of making public statements. “He should’ve called me. I would’ve told him that’s Solution No 1, that’s Solution No 2 and that’s Solution No 3,” he advised Ismail, a PhD economics from the University of Pennsylvania, in a patronising tone.

“Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif himself told me that during the United Nations General Assembly session, where Miftah was also present, that he proposed IMF officials freeze taxes to which they did not refuse,” Dar added.

IMF deal and PDL

Under the deal with the IMF, the government had to gradually increase the PDL on petroleum products to a maximum of Rs50 per litre to collect Rs855 billion during the current fiscal year.

The previous PTI government had committed a monthly PDL increase of Rs5 on petrol and HSD until it reached Rs50 in January for petrol and April for diesel.

However, before the former prime minister’s ouster, he reduced the PDL to zero on March 1. As the international prices went up, the PTI government not only reduced the petroleum prices by Rs10 per litre but also froze them for the next four months.

Source: Dawn

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Pakistan can benefit from US ‘relaxation’ on Russia oil

Anwar Iqbal

October 4, 2022

WASHINGTON: Pakistan can be one of the beneficiaries of a US decision to “keep Russian oil available” in the market for lower and middle-income countries, a State Department spokesperson told Dawn on Monday.

The spokesperson said that this relaxation should not be seen as a move towards easing the sanctions the US has imposed on Russia for invading Ukraine in February this year, but he was quick to point out that “other countries will have to make their own choices based on their own circumstances in terms of energy imports”.

Earlier, it was reported that the US had allowed Pak­istan to “cut a short-term cut rate deal for Russ­ian crude oil”, but there was no clarity on the mechanism under which this could be achieved, nor was there any confirmation from the US government in this regard.

Speaking to Dawn on Monday, the State Depart­ment spokesperson recalled that while “the United States was able to ban oil, liquefied natural gas (LNG), and coal imports from Russia given our position as a strong energy producer”, Washington was cognisant that all other countries could not afford to do so.

The spokesperson poin­ted out that while the US has barred energy imports from Russia, the American Treasury has issued general licences authorising transactions in energy with sanctioned entities to continue.

“A goal of our discussions with allies and partners is to keep Russian oil available on global markets to buyers in lower- and middle-income countries to help stabilise prices already trending at roughly double pre-pandemiclevels, while working on ways to restrict Russian revenues from the sales, the official explained.

The spokesperson also referred to the September 2 announcement by G7 countries on the Russian oil price cap which, they said, “is a major step forward in advancing these twin goals.”

The G7 move aims to prohibit the provision of services that enable maritime transportation of such oil products “unless purchased at or below a price level determined by the coalition of countries adhering to and implementing the price cap.”

The State Department official said the coalition was now “moving from exploring a price cap to implementing one, broadening our coalition.”

They pointed out that on September 9, the US treasury department had issued preliminary guidance on the ban on services related to the maritime transportation of Russian Federation-origin crude oil and petroleum products.

The guidance explained that a coalition of countries including the G7 and the EU and the United States will implement this policy which covers a broad range of services related to maritime transport.

The policy, constructed as a ban on services, has an important exception: “jurisdictions or actors that purchase seaborne Russian oil at or below a price cap to be established by the coalition will expressly be able to receive such services.”

Source: Dawn

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Imran targeting ‘state institutions’ in bid to escape punishment: PM Shehbaz

Syed Irfan Raza

October 4, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday accused Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan of trying to “create chaos in the state institutions to escape punishment” in the cases pending against him.

According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s House, PM Sharif referred to the audio clips of the former premier and said these clips had revealed the “conspiracy” against the state and its institutions.

PM Sharif said altering a diplomatic cipher was equivalent to putting national security at stake and vowed to hold those who “played” with the national security accountable. “Being a popular [leader] does not mean being exempt from the law; the law is equal for all,” the PM said as per the statement.

Denouncing Imran Khan’s campaign targeting the state institutions, Shehbaz Sharif said, “A thief who has been caught red-handed is maligning state institutions just to escape punishment.” “After creating unrest in the nation, the conspirator [Imran] is trying to create chaos in [the] state institutions,” the premier added.

The premier’s remarks about the cipher came days after the federal cabinet formed an inquiry committee to probe the controversy in the wake of the two leaked audio clips of Mr Khan and his aides. The committee comprising officials of the FIA will frame criminal charges against the PTI chief for purportedly using the cipher for his political advantage.

Separately, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah vowed to defend the Red Zone amid reports that the PTI chairman will announce his march towards Islamabad for ‘real freedom’ within one week.

Source: Dawn

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Yousuf Raza Gilani, Fazl back constitutional powers of PM to appoint COAS

Imran Gabol

October 4, 2022

LAHORE: Chief of the multi-party Pakis­tan Demo­cratic Movement (PDM) and his own faction of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam, Mau­lana Fazlur Rehman, said the Constitution would decide whether an extension could be given to the army chief’s service.

The Maulana said this while addressing a joint press conference with PPP Vice Chairman Senator Yousuf Raza Gilani at the latter’s residence in Multan on Monday. Federal minister and Fazl’s son, Maulana Asadur Rehman, PML-N Multan President Bilal Butt and PPP south Punjab Senior Vice President Khawaja Rizwan Alam were also present on the occasion.

The JUI-F chief said the important thing was what the Constitution said about the appointment of an army chief and the person who had the constitutional auth­ority to give an extension would decide whether to do so or not. The government would follow the Constitu­tion that had vested the authority in the prime minister to decide about an extension or make fresh appointment of an army chief.

His remarks came following former prime minister Imran Khan’s suggestion a few weeks ago to defer the appointment of the next army chief — due in November after the retirement of Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa — until the next general elections.

The Maulana said Pakis­tan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Cha­irman Imran Khan sho­uld not be taken seriously as he was not relevant anymore. “We are making an issue out of nothing, as the PTI is not worth consulting.”

He further said the ruling coalition was able to get rid of Mr Khan after a long struggle and the nation was reeling from the aftershocks of his removal. “People should join hands and help the government in holding this fascist (Imran Khan) accountable. He should not be given much importance,” said the PDM chief.

He further said if Khan wanted to hold a sit-in then Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah was ready to handle it. “These PTI workers and leaders cannot face any hardships,” he commented.

Opposition leader in the Senate Mr Gilani said Mau­lana Fazl had announced his support for Ali Musa Gilani in the NA-157 Multan by-election later this month. He claimed the PTI, which had been proved to be an “imported party” in the prohibited funding case, was levelling allegations of an “imported government” on the incumbent rulers. “People accusing others of corruption should look into their own affairs,” he added.

Mr Gilani said during his tenure as the prime minister, only he and former president Asif Ali Zardari knew about the extension granted to the then army chief Ashfaq Pervaiz Kiyani, as opposed to how this important appointment was being discussed publicly now.

He questioned on what grounds Mr Khan was trying to dictate the government over the army chief’s appointment, calling it a futile exercise. “Imran Khan should not have discussed the extension of the army chief’s service in public gatherings. Our opponents have complicated the entire issue,” he added.

The PPP leader stressed it was the complete authority of a prime minister to appoint the army chief.

Regarding the tough conditions imposed by the International Monetary Fund to secure a loan, he said the ruling coalition parties took measures to save the country from default. “The masses would have suffered if we had violated the agreement that the previous government signed with the Fund,” he said, adding the government had decreased the prices of petroleum products and the masses would soon get relief in the electricity tariff.

Source: Dawn

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Arab World

 

Eminent Saudi Poet: Saudi Culture Represents Saudi Soft Powers In Arab, Islamic World

October 03, 2022

RIYADH — Eminent Saudi poet Prince Badr bin Abdul Mohsin said that Saudi culture in the era of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is witnessing unprecedented keenness and attention. “The Saudi culture constitutes one of the elements of soft powers for Saudi Arabia in the Arab and Islamic world,” he said while attending the Riyadh International Book Fair.

Prince Badr expressed happiness at signing the anthology of his poetic works at the fair. “It’s an immense pride for me to see the prestigious position that the Riyadh International Book Fair has occupied at the regional and international levels,” he said.

Prince Badr signed his anthology of poetic works at the pavilion dedicated to his poetic works in the 10-day book fair, which is being held at the Riyadh Front under the theme of ‘Culture Chapters.’

The anthology included five collections of poems such as Witnessing of letters; Important Clouds; Painting perhaps a poem; Message from a Bedouin, and what carves the sparrow in the Athaq dates. The anthology is considered as one of the most distinguished poetic works that influenced the literary life in Saudi Arabia.

It is noteworthy that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman decorated Prince Badr bin Abdul Mohsen with the Sash of King Abdulaziz in appreciation of his contributions and efforts in serving the national cultural scene.

On the occasion of World Poetry Day, UNESCO honored the prince for his artistic contributions over the past 40 years at a function held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

Source: Saudi Gazette

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Saudi prince has immunity in Khashoggi killing lawsuit, say lawyers

October 4, 2022

WASHINGTON: Lawyers for Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, facing a US lawsuit over the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, told a court yesterday the crown prince’s appointment as prime minister last week ensured him immunity from prosecution.

Khashoggi was killed and dismembered by Saudi agents in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in an operation which US intelligence believed was ordered by Prince Mohammed, who has been the kingdom’s de facto ruler for several years.

The prince denied ordering Khashoggi’s killing, but acknowledged later it took place “under my watch.”

Last week his elderly father King Salman named him prime minister in a royal decree which a Saudi official said was in line with responsibilities the crown prince was already exercising.

“The Royal Order leaves no doubt that the Crown Prince is entitled to status-based immunity,” lawyers for the prince said in a petition requesting a federal district court in Washington dismiss the case, citing other cases where the US has recognised immunity for a foreign head of state.

US president Joe Biden, who fist-bumped the crown prince on a visit to Saudi Arabia in July to discuss energy and security issues, had told Prince Mohammed that he considered him responsible for Khashoggi’s killing.

He said Prince Mohammed denied involvement and asserted those involved had been held to account.

Khashoggi, who had criticised the crown prince’s policies in Washington Post columns, had travelled to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain papers he needed to marry Hatice Cengiz, a Turkish citizen.

The lawsuit was filed jointly by Cengiz and a human rights group founded by Khashoggi, and sought unspecified damages against the crown prince, known in the West as MbS. It also named more than 20 other Saudis as co-defendants.

It charged that MbS, his co-defendants and others carried out a plot to “permanently silence Mr. Khashoggi” after discovering he planned to use the group as “a platform to espouse democratic reform and promote human rights.”

The court had asked the US department of justice to express a view on whether Prince Mohammed had immunity, setting an Oct 3 deadline for a response.

After the prince’s appointment as prime minister last week, the department said on Friday it was seeking a 45-day extension to prepare its response to the court “in light of these changed circumstances.”

Yesterday, US district judge John D. Bates granted the request for an extension but said absent compelling evidence, this would be the only extension he would allow.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Saudi Arabia wins bid to host 2029 Asian Winter Games in TROJENA

04 October, 2022

Saudi Arabia has won its bid to host the 2029 Asian Winter Games (AWG) in NOEM’s TROJENA, the Kingdom’s Minister of Sports Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Faisal announced Tuesday.

The announcement came after Prince Abdulaziz, who is also the President of the Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee (SOPC), headed a delegation to the General Assembly meeting of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) in Cambodia.

“With the unlimited support by the Saudi leadership & HRH Crown Prince to the sports sector, we are proud to announce we have won the bid to host AWG TROJENA2029 as the first country in western Asia, which will continue to place the kingdom as one of the leading countries in sport,” Prince Abdulaziz said in a tweet.

The announcement was made in the presence of NEOM CEO Nadhmi al-Nasr.

TROJENA, part of the megacity NEOM, is located 50 kilometers from the Gulf of Aqaba coast, with elevations that range from 1,500 meters to 2,600 meters.

The project looks to redefine mountain tourism and capitalize on the different climates in the year to become the go-to place for sports such as skiing, waters sports, and hiking as well as a place for living in apartments, chalets and hotels, according to the project’s website.

“TROJENA will offer year-round outdoor skiing and adventure sports to be completed in 2026, an unrivalled experience and a global landmark for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” a statement on TROJENA’s website says.

Saudi Arabia’s win comes after the SOPC submitted in August a letter of interest to the OCA to host AWG.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Protesters set fire to government building in southern Iraq

Haydar Karaalp  

04.10.2022

BAGHDAD

Protesters set fire to a government building Monday in Dhi Qar Governorate, Iraq, according to security sources.

A group of masked men took to the streets of the city center of Nasiriyah to stage demonstrations, the sources said.

The demonstrators then set fire to the governor's office with Molotov cocktails, they added.

A curfew was declared in the city over the incident.

Nasiriyah, located 350 kilometers (217 miles) south of the capital Baghdad, is mired in poverty and plagued by poor infrastructure and joblessness, especially among young people.

It was the main stronghold of the anti-corruption protest movement.

In 2019, mass anti-government protests erupted which lasted for months and forced then Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi to step down.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Lebanon says no partnership on maritime border with Israel

Wassim Seif El-Din  

03.10.2022

BEIRUT, Lebanon

Lebanese President Michel Aoun said Monday that there will be no partnership on the maritime border with Israel.

Speaking during a meeting with French diplomat Anna Guegue in Beirut, Aoun said Beirut will decide its position regarding a US proposal for maritime border demarcation with Israel.

"Lebanon will indicate its position on (US mediator Amos) Hochstein's proposal in consultation with the heads of the legislature and the government," a presidential statement quoted Aoun as saying during his meeting with Gueguen, the director of North Africa and the Middle East at the French Foreign Ministry.

“There will be no partnership with the Israeli side," he added.

Lebanon and Israel are locked in a dispute over a maritime area of 860 square kilometers (332 square miles), according to maps sent by both countries to the UN in 2011.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Depositor retrieves savings by force from Lebanese bank in Beirut

Wassim Seifeddine  

03.10.2022

BEIRUT, Lebanon

A Lebanese depositor withdrew his savings by force from a bank in Beirut on Monday, according to a banking association.

The Association of Depositors said on Twitter that the depositor stormed a Blom Bank branch in Haret Hreik in the southern suburb of Beirut and “retrieved his savings.”

The association shared a video of the bank holdup on its Twitter page.

The Depositors’ Outcry NGO, for its part, said the depositor, who was identified as Zahir Khawaja, recovered $11,750 from his bank account.

At least eight storming attempts were reported in Lebanon last month during which depositors managed to recover amounts from their frozen funds.

The incidents pushed the banks to close their doors for several days to protest the holdups.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Iraq’s anti-terror Hashd al-Sha’abi repels attacks on bases; over a dozen killed

04 October 2022

The Iraqi anti-terror Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have foiled a series of attacks by groups of unknown assailants on their bases in the country’s oil-rich southern province of Basra, inflicting losses on the assailants.

Sabereen News, a Telegram news channel associated with the PMU, known in Arabic as Hashd al-Sha’abi, reported that PMU forces managed to thwart the assaults on Tuesday morning, forcing the gunmen to flee.

It put the number of casualties among the assailants at nearly a dozen.

Earlier, the news outlet reported that a series of explosions had ripped through PMU bases, triggering clashes between the forces inside and unidentified gunmen, who were fiercely seeking to barge into the complex.

It said that at least eight Katyusha rockets landed in the vicinity of the Presidential Palace compound in Basra early on Tuesday.

The report added that four of the projectiles struck the al-Tannumah neighborhood.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks.

Hashd al-Sha’abi is an Iraqi government-sponsored umbrella organization composed of around 40 factions of volunteer counter-terrorism forces, including mostly Shia Muslims besides Sunni Muslims, Christians and Kurds.

On June 15, 2014, Iraq’s prominent Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani issued a fatwa calling on all Iraqi people to join forces with the army to confront Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.

The historic fatwa led to the formation of Hashd al-Sha’abi, which rushed to the aid of the army and took the lead in many of the successful anti-terror operations, which ultimately led to the collapse of Daesh’s territorial rule and liberation of the entire Iraqi land in December 2017.

Daesh, the world’s most notorious terror group, had managed to occupy large swathes of territory in Iraq earlier in 2014.

The lightning gains made by the terrorist group caught Iraq’s national army off guard, pushing government forces to the verge of collapse and leaving the Arab state in disarray.

Source: Press TV

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Africa

 

Somalia says top al-Shabaab commander killed in joint operation

Hassan Isilow  

03.10.2022

JOHANNESBURG

A top commander of the al-Shabaab terrorist group has been killed in a joint operation by the Somali military and international partner forces, Somali authorities said on late Sunday.

“Abdullahi Nadir, a top leader of #Alshabab terrorists, wanted by Somali government for long time has been killed in an operation,” the Information Ministry said on Twitter.

According to the Somali National News Agency, Nadir, who was also known as Abdullahi Yare and had a $3 million US bounty on his head, was one of the co-founders of al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-linked terror group.

The ministry said the operation was jointly conducted on Oct.1 by the Somali army and international security partners in Haramka village in the southern Middle Jubba region.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Al-Shabab attack kills 20, wounds 36 in town in Somalia

Oct 3, 2022

MOGADISHU: Islamic extremist fighters on Monday targeted the local Somali government headquarters in the Hiran region, leaving 20 people dead and 36 wounded in a town at the center of a recent mobilization against the extremists, officials and witnesses said.

The Somalia-based al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack in Beledweyne, a town more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) north of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

Somalia's government earlier Monday announced that it and international partners had killed a top al-Shabab leader, Abdullahi Nadir, over the weekend. The U.S. military said it conducted an airstrike on Saturday in southwest Somalia but didn't name the al-Shabab leader killed.

The Hiran governor, Ali Jayte Osman, who survived Monday's attack, told The Associated Press that the health minister of Hirshabelle state and the deputy governor of Hiran in charge of finance were among those killed in Monday's attack. At least 36 others were hurt.

"The first explosion occurred at the entrance gate, and after a few minutes a big truck rushed toward the headquarters building and exploded, killing many civilians who came to the office to receive services," the governor said. "This attack was carried out by cowards, but their brutal acts will never distract from the public uprising against them."

He said the attack badly damaged the administration's headquarters.

Witness Elmi Hassan told the AP that a truck laden with explosives rammed the government headquarters around 10:00 a.m.

"I have seen with my own eyes several bodies that were discovered from the wreckage of the attack, human flesh scattered on the ground," he said.

The police commissioner of Beledweyne, Bishar Hussein Jimale, said the attack occurred at the Lama-Galaay military camp that also serves as the government headquarters.

"What happened here today is a disaster that killed many innocent people, including government officials, civilians and security personnel," he said.

Despite the attack, some residents remained defiant as efforts continued in the region to seize communities back from al-Shabab control.

Source: Times Of India

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Multiple bombings leave several dead in central Somalia: Report

Hassan Isilow 

03.10.2022

JOHANNESBURG

Multiple bombings hit the central Somali town of Beledweyne on Monday, killing several people, the state-run news agency reported.

Four people, including Dr. Zakariye Mohamed Ahmed Hurre, the health minister for Hirshabelle state, were killed in the explosions, according to the Somali National News Agency (SONNA).

According to SONNA, Beledweyne has been the epicenter of a recent local mobilization against the terrorist group al-Shabaab.

The bombings came a day after Somali authorities announced that Abdullahi Nadir, a top leader of the al-Shabaab terrorists, had been killed in a joint operation by the Somali military and international partners.

Nadir had long been wanted by the Somali government, with a $3 million US bounty on his head.

Al-Shabaab has waged a deadly campaign against the Somali government and international forces since 2007.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned the "heinous terrorist attacks in the strongest possible terms."

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Türkiye, Libya agree to further cooperate in media, communications

Merve Aydogan

03.10.2022

As part of an official visit to the Libyan capital Tripoli, Türkiye's Communications Directorate on Monday signed an agreement with Libya's communication and political affairs minister.

Fahrettin Altun and Walid Al-Lafi signed a memorandum of understanding to further strengthen cooperation in the field of media and communication, according to a statement by the Communications Directorate.

The two countries will make efforts to establish a Joint Media Platform, the statement said, noting that Türkiye and Libya will act jointly to fight fake news and disinformation.

"In addition to the training and exchange programs to be held between the two countries in the field of media and communication, cooperation between official news agencies is encouraged and mutual exchange of visual, audio and electronic content is anticipated," the statement added.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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North America

 

White House criticizes crackdowns on peaceful protests in Iran

03 October, 2022

The White House on Monday denounced the crackdown by Iranian security forces against peaceful protests in Iran, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

“We’re alarmed and appalled by reports of security authorities’ responding to university students’ peaceful protests with violence and mass arrests,” she told reporters traveling with President Joe Biden to Puerto Rico.

The ongoing protests are in response to the death two weeks ago of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was beaten by security forces for wearing an “improper” hijab.

Jean-Pierre said university students in Iran are “rightly enraged” by her death and that the weekend crackdowns are the type of events that prompt young people in Iran to leave the country “and seek dignity and opportunity elsewhere.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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US to impose further costs on Iran over protest response: Biden

Servet Günerigök  

04.10.2022

WASHINGTON

US President Joe Biden expressed concern Monday over the response by Iranian security forces against peaceful protests, saying Washington will this week impose sanctions on perpetrators of violence against protestors.

"I remain gravely concerned about reports of the intensifying violent crackdown on peaceful protestors in Iran, including students and women, who are demanding their equal rights and basic human dignity," said Biden in a statement.

He said the US will impose "further costs on perpetrators of violence against peaceful protestors" this week, adding that Washington will continue holding Iranian officials accountable and supporting the rights of Iranians to protest freely.

The president also said the US will make it easier for Iranians to access the Internet, including through facilitating greater access to secure, outside platforms and services.

"The United States is also holding accountable Iranian officials and entities, such as the Morality Police, that are responsible for employing violence to suppress civil society," he added.

The president accused Iran of denying fundamental freedoms to its people and suppressing "the aspirations of successive generations through intimidation, coercion, and violence."

He said the US stands with Iranian women and all the citizens of Iran, who he said are inspiring the world with their bravery.

The death toll in the weeks-long protests in Iran over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody on Sept. 16 has surged to 92, according to a Norway-based human rights group Sunday.

The Biden administration also announced sanctions against Iran’s morality police, who detained Amini before she fainted and was later pronounced dead at a hospital, for alleged violence against women.

Iran, in reaction, decried what it called “foreign interventionist positions” regarding the incident and advised these countries to “avoid opportunism and selective use of human rights.”

On Sunday, Iran’s Intelligence Ministry said it had arrested nine foreign nationals for involvement in “riots" along with 256 members of outlawed opposition groups.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Army chief to receive honour cordon at Pentagon today

Anwar Iqbal

October 4, 2022

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of Defence Lloyd J. Austin will host an enhanced honour cordon on Tuesday for Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa when he arrives at the Pentagon for an official meeting.

The pooled press will be given access to the event, although there will be no briefing.

An enhanced honour cordon is reserved for the US president, vice president, statutory appointees, general or flag officers of the US military, foreign dignitaries occupying positions comparable to these US officials, and for occasions in which such ceremonies promote international goodwill.

Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also received an enhanced honour cordon when he visited the Pentagon in April this year for bilateral talks with his American counterpart.

The army chief is currently in Washington for a series of meetings with senior US officials. While the Pakistan embassy has not released the chief’s itinerary, other sources said Gen Bajwa was expected to meet National Intelligence Director Avril D. Haines, and CIA Director William J. Burns, besides the defence secretary.

Recent media reports suggested that he may also have a one-on-one meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, but US sources say that it seems unlikely.

Media reports have suggested that DG ISI, Chief of the General Staff and DG Military Operations are also accompanying the army chief, who reached New York on Friday. The COAS met the head of the UN peacekeeping forces in New York before leaving for Washington.

Source: Dawn

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