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RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat Repeats Hindu-Muslim ‘Bhai-Bhai’ Pitch, Says Only Pattern Of Worship Is Different

New Age Islam News Bureau

13 October 2021

 

RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat

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• Islamic State Khorasan Province Threatens the Authority of the Taliban Government; Taliban Struggling With New ‘Counterinsurgent’ Role

• Saudi Showcases Culture and History through Dance, Music Performances to a Global Audience at Expo 2020 Dubai

• US Rights Group Call Out Facebook on 'Anti-Muslim Hate' Content

 

India

• Cops Foil Delhi Terror Plan: How Ashraf Ali Was Indoctrinated By ISI ‘Talent Spotter’ In Pakistan

• BJP Workers Asked To Get At Least 30 Minority Votes From Each Muslim-Dominated Booth In UP

• BJP Muslim Face, Akbar and Nazir, Quits Party Role after Kerala Reshuffle

• Hell is waiting for them: Farooq Abdullah on terrorists killing J&K civilians

• Muslim outfit gifts new clothes to villagers in Bankura

• India to ban cargo from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran

• VHP and Bajrang Dal activists allege ‘love jihad’ at Indore Garba

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South Asia

• Poverty Leading To Child Marriages in Afghanistan In Exchange For Weapons

• Afghanistan dropped one position in rule of law, 134th out of 139 countries

• Bush Market’s name changed to Mujahideen Bazar in Kabul

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Arab World

• Shia cleric Sadr issues warnings against interference in forming Iraq government

• Shia armed factions reject Iraq vote results

• Turkish intelligence helped Iraq capture ISIS leader: Reuters sources

• Saudi Arabia calls on UN to monitor distribution of humanitarian aid

• At least 134 Houthis killed in strikes south of Marib: Arab Coalition

• No clear path for unfreezing Afghan funds, Qatar foreign minister says

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North America

• US, Israeli security officials discuss Iran threat, agree to consult closely

• US names veteran diplomat to take over Afghan relocation effort

• US condemns cross-border attack on 'NATO ally Turkey'

• G20 leaders ‘laser-focused’ on anti-terrorism efforts in Afghanistan

• US, Israel, UAE to launch working groups at trilateral meeting: State Department

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Mideast

• US Hopes Abraham Accords Will Help Palestinian-Israeli Issue: Officials

• Islamic Jihad detainees plan hunger strike in Israeli prisons

• Iran, Jordan Review Mutual Cooperation, Regional Developments

• Iran arrests 10 it says spied for intel agencies of ‘regional, hostile’ countries

• Israel opposed to US Palestinian mission in Jerusalem: Justice Minister

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Africa

• Nigerian Women and Children Trek Six Days to Escape from Islamists

• UN welcomes renewed commitment to Mali peace deal

• 90 kidnapped students, staff of college in Nigeria released

• Algeria court jails brother of deposed president Bouteflika

• UN court largely sides with Somalia in sea border dispute with Kenya

• At least 6 killed in 2 separate terror attacks in Somalia

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Europe

• EU Commission pledges over $1B support package for Afghanistan

• We must find pragmatic agreements with Turkey: Merkel

• Turkey rescues 8 more asylum seekers pushed back by Greece in Aegean sea

• Russia-led security bloc to hold military drills near Afghan border

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Southeast Asia

• Apex Court Reserves Decision on SIS Legal Challenge against Selangor Shariah Law

• Prosecution: Were Zahid, wife thinking of Malaysia's poor people while shopping at Armani, LV, Hermes stores?

• Religious school warden jailed one day and fined RM8, 000 for accepting bribe

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Pakistan

• Continuous Up-Gradation of Conventional Capabilities Imperative to Deter Aggression: COAS

• Top court remands TLP chief detention matter back to LHC

• Terrorist killed in N Waziristan operation: ISPR

• Pakistan helps rescue Afghan who once saved Biden’s life

• Top Iranian military commander arrives in Pakistan

• NAB director general appointed as bureau’s deputy chairman

• Pakhtuns not terrorists, says ANP

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

URL:   https://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/rss-bhagwat-hindu-muslim-worship/d/125567

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RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat

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RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat Repeats Hindu-Muslim ‘Bhai-Bhai’ Pitch, Says Only Pattern Of Worship Is Different

SHANKER ARNIMESH

12 October, 2021

New Delhi: RSS Sarasanghachalak Mohan Bhagwat Tuesday said Hindus and Muslims have the same ancestors, and described them as “brothers”, invoking a pitch he has often made in recent weeks amid apprehensions about growing polarisation in India under the BJP-led central government.

“Ancestors of Hindus and Muslims are the same. We all are brothers, living in the same country. Our civilisation is one, only our pattern of worship is different,” he said.

“We can’t discriminate on the basis of patterns of worship. Those who belong to India, their security is our responsibility.”

Bhagwat was speaking at the launch of ‘Veer Savarkar: The man who could have prevented Partition’, a book by information commissioner and former journalist Uday Mahurkar.

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also attended the event.

Bhagwat said “Savarkar’s Hindutva was not different from Vivekananda’s”.

“It was not against Muslims. Our culture is liberal, our culture is Hindutva, nobody becomes separate due to their way of worshipping. Our (Hindus’ and Muslims’) ancestors are one. If this thought process had persisted at the time of the freedom movement, there would have been a way to stop Partition,” Bhagwat added.

Quoting Chhatrapati Shivaji, the 17th-century Maratha emperor, Bhagwat said he always stated that one God has given birth to Hindus and Muslims, and there should be no ambiguity about this.

“There is no such thing as minority and majority, which the Kerala governor recently said at a function. Hindus and Muslims share the same civilisation, which is our culture. Muslims are our brothers,” he added, referring to statements made by Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan last week.

Khan said he disapproved of the binary of “majority-minority” in India as all citizens enjoy “equal rights”.

Bhagwat also referred to the RSS’ dreams of an “Akhand Bharat” — an India that includes Pakistan and Bangladesh — saying the “dream of a united India will happen”.

“It is necessary for the world also. Nobody who separated from India is happy. Lohia’s dream was also united India. Our dream should be to make an adarsh (ideal) brotherhood society in India,” he said.

‘Gandhi, Savarkar respected each other’

Echoing Mahurkar, he said roads should not be named after those Muslim kings who invaded India and “were against our civilisation”.

“Akbar is good but not Aurangzeb. There are so many good examples, from Dara Shikoh to Ashfaqullah Khan (freedom fighter), they should be honoured.

“We always say appeasement of none should be our mantra. It was propagated by Savarkar also.”

Bhagwat said “there was a difference of opinion between Gandhi and Savarkar on many issues but both respected each other”.

“Both cared for the other’s sentiments. It was a few people who tried to create differences between them.”

Rajnath Singh said there was an effort by “Marxist historians” to “defame Savarkar”.

“Some people call him fascist and Nazi, but he was a great nationalist and freedom fighter. On Gandhi’s instruction, he filed a mercy petition, which was the right of every prisoner, but to defame him, it is used as a weapon,” he added, apparently referring to Opposition claims about Savarkar’s alleged apology letter to the British.

“It is not pardonable,” he said. “He was one of India’s finest security strategists. He raised the alarm about several challenges, which emerged true in due course of time.”

Source: The Print

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Islamic State Khorasan Province Threatens the Authority of the Taliban Government; Taliban Struggling With New ‘Counterinsurgent’ Role

Oct 12, 2021

 

The Taliban swept to power in Afghanistan last week. (Image: AFP)

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Afghanistan’s stability rests on a knife's edge as a series of bloody attacks launched by Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISIS-K) threatens the authority of the new Taliban government.

A regional affiliate of the Islamic State group, the ISIS-K has become more brazen in its attacks after US troops pulled out in August. Over the past few weeks, it has killed hundreds of locals, Taliban fighters and Shiite Muslims in a bid to sow sectarian hatred and make the country ungovernable.

Under mounting pressure from the international community to stop such extremist groups, the Afghan government has launched several operations against the ISIS-K.

However, the Taliban, which was an effective insurgent force during the US occupation of the country, is struggling with its new role — that of counterinsurgent.

US chairman of the joint chiefs General Mark Milley has said there is "a real possibility" that ISIS could formally reconstitute in Afghanistan in the next six to 36 months if decisive action is not taken immediately.

'Will not work with US'

Taliban authorities, however, said ISIS-K poses no threat to the country and was at most a ‘headache’ that they can deal with internally, while ruling out any cooperation with the United States to contain such extremist outfits. “We can tackle Daesh [ISIS] independently,” Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen told the Associated Press.

In the first face-to-face meeting between US and Taliban officials in Doha on October 11, the Afghan delegation skirted concerns over law and order while asking the US to end economic sanctions and to “unfreeze” assets worth $10bn. However, any substantial financial assistance is reliant on international recognition, which in turn is dependent on the Taliban regime introducing inclusive policies, and reining in militant groups.

This leaves the Taliban with little option but to take on the ISIS-K, which is considered extremist even by hard-right groups.

Haqqani network

Experts say that with the Taliban now “seemingly implementing some moderate reforms”, the ISIS-K is likely to capitalise on its position as the main rejectionist group in Afghanistan to recruit more disaffected former Taliban supporters and to mount more attacks.

The Taliban, however, know their enemy and the terrain. They also have the potential support of two groups that also know the tactics of ISIS-K very well.

As a report from the US-based Soufan Centre explained: "To combat ISIS-K, the Taliban is going to rely on the powerful Haqqani network, Al-Qaeda, and other violent non-state actors for manpower, combat expertise, and logistical support."

To stand any chance at succeeding, the Taliban is going to have to clamp down on internal divisions and mollify members within the organization that believe the group is being either too militant, or not militant enough.

Taliban, ISIS-K at odds

The Taliban and ISIS-K are both Sunni militant groups but, while the new Taliban-led regime in Kabul has promised to protect the minority Shiites, its rival wants to foment sectarian war.

Many of the fighters in ISIS-K fought for the Taliban or allied groups, or come from insurgent movements inspired by Al-Qaeda. But now the groups' strategies have diverged.

The Taliban of 2021 has the goal of ruling Afghanistan under its interpretation of Islamic law, whereas ISIS-K is still wedded to the distant goal of a global "caliphate".

Taliban spokesmen brand the group "takfiri" - Muslims who take it upon themselves to brand others apostates and thus condemn them to death - while ISIS-K propaganda paints their rivals as sell-outs to the Americans and the Chinese. ISIS-K, which was formed in late 2014, considers Taliban militants “apostates”, making their killing lawful under their interpretation of Islamic law.

New leadership

Since 2020, the ISIS-K has been reputedly led by one ‘Shahab al-Mujahir’. He is variously rumoured to have been an Al-Qaeda commander or a former member of the Haqqani network, now one of the most powerful and feared factions in the Afghan Taliban.

Up until last year, overshadowed by the Taliban and targeted by a campaign of US air and drone strikes, the ISIS-K faction was losing influence.

But the arrival of the mysterious new leader seems to have marked a change in its fortunes. There is a renewed emphasis on urban warfare and symbolic violence. It allegedly carried out twin bombings at the Afghanistan airport in August that killed over 150 locals and 13 American soldiers. On October 8, an ISIS-K suicide bomber slaughtered 46 Shiite Muslims during Friday prayers.

ISIS-K also chooses soft targets and has been blamed for some of the worst atrocities in recent years, targeting girls' schools, hospitals, and even a maternity ward. In March last year, the ISIS-K had attacked a Gurdwara, killing 25 Sikhs and several Afghans.

Source: Times of India

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Saudi Showcases Culture and History through Dance, Music Performances to a Global Audience at Expo 2020 Dubai

13 October,2021

Saudi Arabia’s diverse regions and folklore are being represented by vibrant dance and musical performances at Expo 2020 Dubai.

The Saudi Signature Performance Group is presenting unique displays of amazing costumes and beautiful music, songs, and chants at the Saudi Pavilion that are set to showcase the country’s history and culture to a global audience at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Throughout the day, the Saudi Signature Performance Group presents four different dances, called Ardah, from various parts of the Kingdom. Men line up in two rows facing each other or in a circle while they each carry a sword. They are also accompanied by drums and sometimes by a singer or poet.

The group starts the day with the Ardah Al-Najdiyah, which has its roots in the country’s central area called Najd and is considered to be Saudi Arabia’s national dance.

The second performance is of the Al Khubaiti dance, especially prevalent in the city of Jeddah and includes distinctive turns and drops by the dancers.

For their third display, the dancers showcase the Al Liwa dance, inspired by African dances that were able to influence the Arabian peninsula through Oman.

The Al Azzawi dance is the fourth dance to be performed and is the most popular dance in Jizan, which is located in the country’s southwest corner directly north of the border of Yemen. It is often performed by young men because it requires a lot of jumping.

The group ends the night with another performance of the Ardah Al-Najdiyah. The performances take place nightly at the Saudi Arabia Pavilion, located in the Opportunity District, at 7pm, 7.40pm, 8.20pm, 9pm and 9.40pm.

The Saudi Arabia Guiness World Record-breaking pavilion offers a glimpse into the future, taking visitors on a journey through the country’s ambitions across four main pillars: people, nature, heritage and opportunities.

It is second largest pavilion, after the United Arab Emirates, at Expo 2020 Dubai with a total area of 13,059 square meters.

The pavilion promotes the business opportunities presented by the Kingdom’s rapid modernization under the Vision 2030 plan.

It also includes displays championing Saudi Arabia’s culture, nature, and historic tourist attractions including the ancient city of AlUla.

The pavilion offers visitors a glimpse of some of Saudi Arabia’s five UNESCO world heritage sites.

Source: Al Arabiya

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https://english.alarabiya.net/News/gulf/2021/10/13/Expo-2020-Saudi-showcases-culture-and-history-through-dance-music-performances

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US rights group call out Facebook on 'anti-Muslim hate' content

12 October, 2021

After the congressional testimony by Facebook whistle-blower Frances Haugen about hate speech on the platform, a Muslim rights group in the US is calling for greater accountability of the social media giant.

Facebook has come under fire for allegations that it has done little to stop the spread of hate speech on its platform.

Haugen previously warned that hate content on Facebook is fanning violence in countries such as Myanmar, where ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims has taken place.

US rights groups have also called out Facebook for the continued presence of anti-Muslim content on the site.

"It's very clear Facebook has played a very complicit role," Huzaifa Shahbaz, a research and advocacy coordinator at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), told The New Arab. "Even after sustained pressure, anti-Muslim hate has continued."

CAIR is one of several civil rights organisations that have spoken out about what it says is insufficient action on the part of Facebook in addressing anti-Muslim hate speech, events, and forums.

In a press release earlier this month, it pointed to dehumanising language referring to Muslims in India on Facebook, which was followed by violence against them by extremists in the country.

Such content is also widely shared on WhatsApp and Instagram, both owned by Facebook.

A 2019 Southern Poverty Law Firm investigation found that a closed Facebook group was used to organise the surveillance of mosques in southern and western US states.

In April, the civil rights group Muslim Advocates filed a lawsuit against Facebook alleging that the company had falsely promised that when they learn of content that violates their own standards or policies, that content is removed.

Facebook has defended its continued hosting of content deemed harmful by invoking free speech and saying that it is difficult to monitor all content in multiple languages.

Huzaifa, however, noted that other social media companies have taken more concrete steps to address hate speech on their platforms.

Twitter, YouTube, and Reddit have all taken action against users spreading hate and conspiracy theories.

"It's a really simple thing to do - just having a team to vet these groups," says Shahbaz.

Source: The New Arab

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India

 

Cops foil Delhi terror plan: How Ashraf Ali was indoctrinated by ISI ‘talent spotter’ in Pakistan

Oct 13, 2021

NEW DELHI: In the winter of 2001, a “talent spotter” for the Pakistani spy agency ISI laid his eyes on a teenager named Ashraf Ali, who lived in village Kotli Sidhwan in Narowal district. The Class X passout was deemed “vulnerable” by the spotter, code-named Zafar, because Ali’s parents had died within a few months of each other leaving him and his two brothers to fend for themselves and also look after their three sisters.

Ali’s father, Umardeen, a shoe factory worker in Lahore, had barely left anything behind. The family was pleasantly surprised when they started receiving financial aid from an unknown entity. For the next two years, they got money regularly even as Ali and his brothers, Farooq and Saleem, worked to get things back on track.

All this while, Ali was being motivated and radicalised to join jihad and was eventually convinced to work for ISI. Towards the end of 2003, Ali was taken to a camp and trained in weaponry and literature under his handler, code-named Nasir. The boy was finally “ready” in the spring of 2004, after which he was flown to Dhaka with the other recruits.

According to Delhi Police, Ali was first kept in Mirpur and then smuggled into India via Siliguri in West Bengal. He had no weapons or explosives on him and was given instructions to lie low. For a few weeks, he remained in Kolkata, after which he left for Ajmer. He was briefed about various Indian cities, routes and espionage techniques to facilitate his stay, he revealed during the interrogation.

“At Ajmer, Ali befriended a maulvi at a local mosque and stayed there for two years. In 2006, he accompanied the maulvi to Delhi and started tilawat (prayer job) in factories in the Walled City. He met other relatives of the maulvi and won their trust. He then started receiving money from his ISI handler Nasir by Western Union Money Transfer through the IDs of the maulvi’s relatives,” said DCP (Special Cell) Pramod Kushwaha.

In north Delhi, he got identity cards made with the help of the owner of his rented room. “He lived there for six months. My father got his Aadhaar Card made for documentation. After he left, we lost touch with him. If needed, we will cooperate with the police,” said Uzaib, Ali’s former landlord’s son.

The neighbours could not recall noticing any unusual activities. “He lived in lane number 4 of Aram Park 15 years ago. He said he worked at a shop in Laxmi Nagar. He had rented the room for about seven months. He went to work in the morning and returned late,” said a local resident.

In 2007, Ali shifted to Ghaziabad where he got married to a woman named Badurnissa who lived in a JJ cluster in Vaishali. However, this marriage was a sham as Ali wanted to get a ration card made using the marriage documents. He deserted the woman in 4-5 months and moved to Katihar, Bihar. There, he got a certificate of residence made by a village pradhan. Using these documents, he got a passport.

Source: Times of India

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BJP Workers Asked To Get At Least 30 Minority Votes From Each Muslim-Dominated Booth In UP

Oct 12, 2021

LUCKNOW: With prominent non-BJP parties propping up the symbols of Hindutva in their poll pitch, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has silently launched a campaign to woo minority voters.

Unlike previous elections, the BJP workers have been given the target of ensuring support for the party from minority-dominated booths.

According to party functionaries, the move is different from previous elections when it remained limited to mere lip service. Party workers up to booth level have been assigned specific targets this time around.

As per a rough estimate, out of over 1.63 lakh booths, approximately 50,000 are the ones where minority votes swing results.

The presidents of these booths and senior BJP minority cell members have been asked to convince at least 15 voters each from their respective booths to support BJP candidates.

Sources told TOI that the directives have been issued by the secretary of UP BJP organization, Sunil Bansal. UP BJP minority cell president Basit Ali, however, claimed that the target to get at least 100 minority votes from each booth has been set this time.

“Nearly 30% of the beneficiaries of various schemes, including free ration distribution and houses for all, are from the minority community. The idea is to tap support from these beneficiaries through various outreach programmes,” Ali said.

He added that programmes would also be organised to win over intellectuals among Muslims and other minority communities.

A BJP leader said earlier the UP BJP minority cell did not have members till booth-level but this time the party has minority cell structure at the grass roots. Of the 50,000 booths identified to be minority-dominated, only 7,000-8,000 booths are yet to be constituted while the remaining have been formed and verified.

Source: Times of India

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BJP Muslim Face, Akbar and Nazir, Quits Party Role After Kerala Reshuffle

By Shaju Philip

October 13, 2021

Indicating growing discontent within the BJP’s state unit after the reshuffle last week, filmmaker-turned party leader Ali Akbar Tuesday quit the party state committee – his decision to resign from “all organisational responsibilities” came close on the suspension of senior party leader A K Nazir.

Meanwhile, BJP minority Morcha state committee member Syed Thaha Bafaky Thangal resigned from the party and its affiliated organisations, saying that the saffron party was insulting the entire Muslim community.

Akbar and Nazir were the Muslim faces of BJP in north Kerala, where the community has a significant presence. Nazer was suspended from the party last week after he said the party was collapsing in the state under the present leadership and that elections are only a means of raising funds for the BJP in Kerala.

Akbar said he would continue as an ordinary BJP worker. However, he objected to the sidelining of Nazir, saying he is a Muslim who joined the BJP much before the present crowd. “He is not like me who joined the party five or six years back. He has a long tradition…I can’t speak about Nazir while being a member of the party’s state committee. I am not part of any group in BJP,’’ said Akbar. Akbar justified his decision to quit all the posts in the BJP saying he was not talking for himself but for the Muslims who got the “Sanghi title” years ago.

Source: Indian Express

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Hell is waiting for them: Farooq Abdullah on terrorists killing J&K civilians

October 12, 2021

India Today TV Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai spoke to National Conference leader and former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah over the spate of violence that Kashmir is facing.

Farooq Abdullah said even radical Islam must know that Islam doesn’t permit killing innocents. These people are doing wrong, for which hell is waiting for them, he added. Excerpts:

Q: Is this a return of the cycle of violence in Kashmir?

We have been thinking of this for a long time. The minute the abrogation of Article 370 took place, we were expecting that things would not get better, they would certainly get worse, and they have got worse.

Q: With seven targeted killings, the fear is we could go back to 1990

If you remember, it’s not just seven killings. There have been 28 killings, out of which 21 are Muslims. So, this has been continuing for some time. It’s only now that people are waking up when non-Muslims have also been targeted.

Q: You’re not linking it to the abrogation of Article 370. Why not first unqualifiedly condemn the violence?

Don’t you think the government has been saying from the first day that demonetisation and the removal of Article 370 are bringing peace to the state? Don’t you see that? I never said that; they said it. They said what was happening before would not happen. So, why don’t you remember that? They were saying there is peace and peace and peace. Is there peace?

Q: Can we at least have a stronger reaction? Why don’t all politicians come together and speak in one voice? Is Kashmiriyat simply on paper?

I don’t know about one voice. But we have spoken, and we have spoken very firmly. I was the first man to go to Bindroo’s house; I had tears in my eyes because the man was good. He never moved from Kashmir in the last 30 years. In the 1990s, when things were bad, Bindroo never left. Bindroo stayed. Even when he was asked to leave, he said no, this is my home.

Q: Mr Bindroo was a symbol of Kashmiriyat. So when he is gunned down, where does it leave the whole notion of Kashmiriyat? Should the recruitment of young Kashmiris as terrorists worry you?

Don’t you see what’s happening in the rest of the country? How Muslims are being targeted? Don’t you think that influence will be on our young people here? When they have no jobs, and 50,000 jobs were promised. What do you think they will do? When you see Muslim officers undermined, and everybody is brought from outside, how do you think they will feel?

Q: I’m sorry to say, but that cannot be an explanation for violence. You cannot be seen to rationalise violence. Violence against innocent civilians is unacceptable. We cannot go down to the roots theory. That’s unacceptable.

We don’t welcome this damn thing that’s happened. We think it’s a terrible thing that’s happened. None of us thinks this is right. This is the worst thing that can happen. Even radical Islam must know that Islam doesn’t permit killing innocents. It’s very clear in Islam. These people are doing wrong, for which the hell is waiting for them.

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Q: Do you see the light at the end of what seems to be a dark tunnel?

There will always be a bright light at the end of the tunnel. We all have to work for it. The government of India has to work for it. We, the majority community of the state, have to work for it. It’s on us that this must not happen.

Q: How will Kashmiri civil society and politicians come together to defeat the gun?

What the Prime Minister said Dil se doori, Delhi se doori. It’s for the government of India to remove that doori. That distance has to be shortened. No one here wants these killings of innocents. Not a single soul.

Q: Why don’t people speak more strongly? Is it fear?

Everybody has spoken strongly. Tell me of one person who has not spoken strongly.

Source: India Today

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Muslim outfit gifts new clothes to villagers in Bankura

Snehamoy Chakraborty 

12.10.21

A group of Muslim youths at remote Lodda village in Bankura district on Sunday gifted new clothes to around 400 poor Hindu families after they held a survey on how many villagers could not buy any for Bengal’s biggest festival.

The 20 youths, mostly farmers and small traders, held a meeting a fortnight ago to survey how many among the Hindu community in their locality needed new clothes.

“Most of the Hindu families in our area are poor. We visited the homes to see if they were able to buy new clothes for their family members. Many could not. So we took details like age and gender of the family members, including children, as these were important before purchasing dresses. We distributed the clothes on Sunday,” said Sheikh Bapi, a member of the Lodda Muslim Yuva Sampradai that organised this event.

On Sunday, during a cultural programme at the village grounds,  the members handed over new clothes to those who had enlisted their names.

“We believe in amity and here both Hindus and Muslims live like brothers. We

also celebrate our festivals together. For us, religion is a personal affair but festivity is for all,” said Sheikh Mojammel, a member.

The youths said that to buy the new clothes they pooled their own money and from other philanthropic villagers to raise Rs 1 lakh. With this, they brought new clothes for the 400 families, including around 50 children and 200 women.

Bablu Bauri, whose elderly parents, wife and child received new clothes from the Lodda Muslim Yuva Sampradai, said he was in deep financial crisis and was in no position to buy clothes.

“I am a daily wage earner and used to work as a mason’s helper here. I have not been earning regularly since the pandemic started. I had no money to buy new clothes for my family during Durga Puja this year,” Bablu said, thanking organisers for the gesture.

Lodda is a village in Khalagram gram panchayat in Taldangra block area of Bankura. The village is the only one in the area with a sizeable Muslim population. The village has around 400 Muslim families, most relatively better-off.

Source: Telegraph India

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India to ban cargo from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran

12 Oct 2021

India’s largest port operator said on Monday, October 11 that they will not handle cargo from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran from November 15.

The decision Adani ports were made after the seizure of nearly three tonnes of heroin from two containers at the Mundra Port of India’s western coast in Gujrat state last month.

The consignment which authorities said originated from Afghanistan was worth an estimated $2.65 billion.

The decision by Adani ports will also be applicable for all terminals including third-party terminals.

Source: Khaama Press

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VHP and Bajrang Dal activists allege ‘love jihad’ at Indore Garba

Oct 12, 2021

INDORE: Saffron activists barged into a Garba event in Indore on Sunday night and accused the organisers of promoting ‘love-jihad’ by allowing non-Hindus to participate. In Ratlam district, they put up posters banning the entry of non-Hindus.

Indore’s Gandhi Nagar police booked four youths of a minority community under Section 151 CrPC, and the organizers of the Garba at Oxford College for violating the collector’s Covid-safety directives.

The Garba was on when Bajrang Dal and VHP workers entered the college on Sunday night and accused the organisers of “allowing non-Hindus to take part in the event”.

Bajrang Dal Indore convener Tannu Sharma told TOI, “We had received a tip that the directors of Oxford College were organizing a commercial ‘Garba’ on Sunday and were selling passes, which is banned by the administration under Covid-19 guidelines. The event was also being used to promote ‘love jihad’ as entry was given to thousands of Muslim youngsters.”

He said four youths caught by them were found to be “non-Hindus and their identities were verified through their Aadhar cards”. The saffron activists handed them to police.

Sharma alleged that thousands of people were taking part in the event although the local SDM had given permission for 800.

Around 10pm, senior police officers went to the Garba venue and shut down the event. Gandhi Nagar police, on the complaint of one Tarun Devda, lodged an FIR against Akshay Tiwari, director of Oxford College, under section 188 IPC. “We have also registered a case against four persons for violating section 151 CrPC for disturbing peace,” TI Santosh Yadav told TOI, adding that no one has been arrested. Tiwari could not be contacted for his comments.

VHP puts up posters outside Garba pandals ‘banning’ non-Hindus

The incident reminds of the 2014 statement of senior BJP leader Usha Thakur, warning Garba organizers not to allow non-Hindus and asking them to screen participants on the basis of their voter cards.

Thakur is now minister for culture and tourism. She could not be contacted for her reaction to Sunday’s incident.

A few hours later, VHP workers put up posters outside Garba pandals in Ratlam district, ‘banning’ non-Hindus.

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South Asia

 

Poverty Leading To Child Marriages in Afghanistan In Exchange For Weapons

Oct 12, 2021

NEW DELHI: Poverty, unemployment and severe economic problems in Ghur province of Afghanistan have led to child marriages, and a number of families are letting their underage girls marry middle-aged men in exchange for money, weapons or livestock, Raha Press reported.Some shocking stories have come to light where families have sold their one-year-old daughters for money, livestock and weapons, the report said.

The buying and selling rate of an underage girl is usually between 100,000 and 250,000 Afghanis in the province.

According to sources, if the buyer does not have cash, he will give the girl's family weapons or livestock in return.

According to the report, such incidents occur more in the remote districts of the province than in the national capital.

Buying and selling of girls or child marriage in exchange for money were common before, but after the fall of the Afghanistan government and the ensuing economic turmoil, more families are forced to take this route.

Habiba Jamshidi, a women's rights activist in the west of the country, said women form half of the society's population and they should not be treated inhumanely or in a non-Islamic manner.

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Afghanistan dropped one position in rule of law, 134th out of 139 countries

13 Oct 2021

The latest statistics of the World Justice Project WJP indicate that Afghanistan has been ranked 134th out of 139 countries in rule of law that shows one position drop.

As per the statistics, Afghanistan is 6 out of 6 in the South Asia region and 17 out of 18 among low-income countries.

In South Asia, Nepal has come top of the six countries in rule of law followed by Sri Lanka and India.

Nepal has also been ranked 70th out of the world’s 139 countries.

The region’s other countries are Bangladesh and Pakistan that follow India respectively.

Worldwide, there was a decline in rule of law in the previous year caused by the COVID-19 with 74.2% of the world states recorded a decrease in rule of law.

The above percentage accounts for 84.7% of the world’s population or approximately 6.5 billion people.

Source: Khaama Press

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Bush Market’s name changed to Mujahideen Bazar in Kabul

13 Oct 2021

Shopkeepers of the Bush Market in Kabul changed its name to Mujahideen Bazar in downtown Kabul so that it attracts customers especially the Mujahideen-The Taliban.

It is still not clear whether the Taliban themselves ordered the shopkeepers to change the name but photos taken from the scene show that the shopkeepers of the market are hanging the new board.

Earlier, the Taliban changed the name of Hamid Karzai International Airport to Kabul International Airport, Burhanuddin Rabbani University to Kabul Educational University, and Masoud square to Public Health square in Kabul.

Source: Khaama Press

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Arab World

 

Shia cleric Sadr issues warnings against interference in forming Iraq government

October 12, 2021

After winning the largest number of seats in this weekend's early parliamentary elections, Shia Iraqi cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr warned against external interference in the formation of the new government, Anadolu reported yesterday.

Sadr's bloc won 73 seats in the 329-member parliament, according to initial results, followed by the Taqaddoum bloc of Parliament Speaker Mohamed Al-Halbousi with 38 seats and the State of Law bloc led by former Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki came with 37 seats.

Al-Sadr sent a message of reassurance to the US Embassy in Baghdad, saying: "All embassies are welcome unless they interfere in Iraqi affairs and the formation of the government." The US embassy in Baghdad has been subjected to repeated rocket attacks for months and Washington holds Shia armed factions close to Tehran responsible for these attacks.

According to Anadolu, Al-Sadr warned that "any intervention will have a diplomatic response, and perhaps a popular one. Iraq is for the Iraqis only, and we will not allow the intervention at all."

"Weapons must be confined to the hands of the state and the use of weapons outside this scope is prohibited. It is time for the people to live in peace, without occupation or terrorism."

Source: Middle East Monitor

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Shia armed factions reject Iraq vote results

Ali Jawad 

12.10.2021

BAGHDAD

A coalition of Shia political forces and armed factions in Iraq has rejected the preliminary results of this week’s early parliamentary elections in Iraq.

In a statement, the Coordination Framework, an alliance of political forces and factions of the Hashd al-Shaabi, said it has raised “technical observations” about the vote, accusing the electoral commission of announcing the results without addressing these concerns.

“(Therefore), we announce our rejection of the vote results,” the alliance said, vowing to pursue all “available measures to prevent voter tampering.

Initial results announced Monday showed a marked decline of the Al-Fatah coalition – affiliated with the Hashd al-Shaabi – which won only 14 seats in the 329-member parliament, compared to 48 seats it secured in the 2018 elections.

Meanwhile, Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s party won 73 seats, the highest, followed by Taqaddum (progress) bloc of Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi with 38 seats. The State of Law bloc led by former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki came third with 37 seats.

Sunday’s elections saw 3,249 candidates representing 21 coalitions and 109 parties vying for seats in the assembly. The polls saw a low turnout of only 41%, according to the election commission.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Turkish intelligence helped Iraq capture ISIS leader: Reuters sources

12 October ,2021

Turkish intelligence helped Iraq capture a senior ISIS leader who had been hiding out in northwestern Syria, three security sources said on Tuesday, in an operation that points to closer cooperation against remnants of the extremist group.

Iraq announced on Monday that its security forces had captured Sami Jasim, an Iraqi national, in what it described as “a special operation outside the borders”. It did not give details on when or where he was seized.

Jasim is one of the most senior ISIS leaders to be taken alive. He was a deputy to ISIS's founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, killed during a US raid in 2019 in Syria's northwest, and a close aide to its current leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Quraishi, the Iraqi government said.

A senior regional security source and two Iraqi security sources told Reuters that Jasim had been in northwestern Syria and that Turkish intelligence had been key to his capture. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they were discussing covert operations.

Officials in the Iraqi and Turkish governments declined to comment on the sources' accounts of Jasim's capture.

Closer cooperation between Iraq, from where many ISIS leaders came, and Turkey, which has influence in northern Syria, could help tighten the noose on remnants of the extremist group, even after the US military has reduced its presence in the region.

Northwestern Syria is the last major bastion of insurgents who have been fighting Damascus. Turkey holds big sway in the area having sent in troops in a series of incursions beginning in 2016, and also backs some of the rebels there who are fighting President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

The senior regional security source said Jasim was in northwestern Syria when he was caught with help from local security forces - an apparent reference to Syrian rebels. The two Iraqi sources said he was detained in Turkey shortly after being lured over the border.

One of the Iraqi sources said Iraqi intelligence agents had been tracking Jasim for months. Information from an ISIS prisoner detained last year had contributed to his capture, the second Iraqi security source said.

The sources declined to give further details including when Jasim was captured, saying this would risk future operations.

His capture could yield significant intelligence about the remnants of the ISIS group which was driven from its cross-border “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq years ago but still carries out attacks in both countries.

Jasim had been flown to Iraq from Turkey in a military plane, the two Iraqi security sources and an Iraqi military source close to the Iraqi military aviation service said.

One of the Iraqi sources shared a photo they said showed Jasim being brought to Iraq on the plane. It showed a person in a yellow jumpsuit, their face covered, being escorted from the plane by Iraqi security personnel in balaclavas. Reuters could not independently verify the authenticity of the image.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Saudi Arabia calls on UN to monitor distribution of humanitarian aid

13 October ,2021

Saudi Arabia called on United Nations organizations to “find accurate, reliable, impartial and transparent mechanisms to monitor the implementation” of humanitarian aid and its distribution, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported Wednesday.

This will “ensure continued confidence in international justice and security, by preventing the exploitation of individuals affiliated with UN or international organizations, which may negatively affect the credibility of the system,” SPA added.

The Kingdom’s remarks were given by Nidaa Abu-Ali, Counselor and Head of Legal Committee and Counter Terrorism at The Permanent Mission of Saudi Arabia to the UN, in a speech at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly.

Abu-Ali also expressed Saudi Arabia’s “appreciation for the efforts made by UN staff and experts delegated to international missions.”

Criminal accountability

However, the counselor said there was a need to “adhere to criminal accountability for UN employees, experts and envoys,” SPA reported, especially since the system was established with the aim of achieving international peace and security and is “an icon symbolizing global justice.”

She added that any violation of the various legislations of the system by those working on it negatively affects the credibility of the United Nations.

Source: Al Arabiya

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At least 134 Houthis killed in strikes south of Marib: Arab Coalition

12 October ,2021

More than 130 Houthis have been killed in air strikes south of Marib the Arab Coalition said on Tuesday.

“We targeted nine military vehicles of the Houthis in Abdiya, and their losses exceeded 134 members,” said a coalition statement carried by official Saudi media.

The Arab Coalition has said that it carried out 43 operations targeting Iran-backed Houthis vehicles and elements in Abdiya in the last 24 hours, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Tuesday.

The coalition also stated that the Houthis were preventing relief organizations and aid workers from entering the area.

Hundreds of Iran-backed Houthis and military have died since fighting for the strategically vital city flared anew last month.

Source: Al Arabiya

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No clear path for unfreezing Afghan funds, Qatar foreign minister says

October 13, 2021

DOHA: There is no clear path for unfreezing Afghan government funds, Qatar’s foreign minister told a conference on Wednesday, highlighting the economic challenges Afghanistan faces under its new Taliban rulers.

Qatar is hosting talks between the Taliban and Western officials and is seen as having influence over the Taliban movement.

Much of the Afghan central bank’s $10 billion in assets are parked overseas.

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North America

 

US, Israeli security officials discuss Iran threat, agree to consult closely

13 October ,2021

Top security officials from the US and Israel met in Washington Tuesday and agreed to consult closely on the threat posed by Iran, the White House said in a statement.

“National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met today in Washington with Israeli Foreign Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid to discuss regional and global issues of strategic importance to the United States and Israel,” the National Security Council said.

On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will hold separate meetings with Lapid and his Emirati counterpart before hosting a trilateral meeting.

According to the statement, Sullivan reaffirmed US President Joe Biden’s commitment to ensuring that Iran never gets a nuclear weapon.

“The officials agreed that the United States and Israel will continue to consult closely on Iran and other critical matters impacting the security and stability of the region.

“The officials also shared their perspectives on the threat posed by Iran,” the statement said.

Sullivan and his Israeli counterpart also discussed the Abraham Accords, which the Trump administration brokered. The deals saw Arab states in the UAE, Bahrain and Morocco normalize ties with Israel.

Source: Al Arabiya

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US names veteran diplomat to take over Afghan relocation effort

12 October ,2021

The US State Department on Tuesday appointed veteran diplomat Elizabeth Jones as a new coordinator for efforts to relocate Afghans who have fled or want to flee their country, spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.

Another long-serving diplomat, John Bass, a former ambassador to Afghanistan, was sent to Kabul in August to be the point person for relocations amid the chaotic withdrawal of diplomatic staff and at-risk Afghans as the city fell to the Taliban.

Jones, a former assistant secretary of state and former deputy special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, will oversee the relocation process all the way from facilitating departures from Afghanistan to resettlement in the United States, Price said.

Price added in a regular news briefing that the appointment represented Washington “centralizing” its efforts to facilitate relocation and resettlement of Afghans.

Source: Al Arabiya

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US condemns cross-border attack on 'NATO ally Turkey'

Servet Gunerigok  

12.10.2021

WASHINGTON

The US on Tuesday condemned a cross-border attack on Turkish soil and offered condolences for the killings of two Turkish police offers in northern Syria.

"We condemn the cross-border attack against our NATO ally Turkey. We express our condolences to the families of the Turkish national police officers who were killed in Syria," said State Department spokesman Ned Price at a news conference.

"We underscore the importance of maintaining cease-fire lines, and halting cross-border attacks," said Price.

Three mortar shells were fired Monday from an area occupied by YPG/PKK into different locations in the Karkamis district of southeastern Gaziantep province. No casualties took place in the attack, according to the Gaziantep governor's office.

The two Turkish special operations police officers were killed and two others wounded when the PKK’s Syrian offshoot carried out a terror attack Sunday in northern Syria.

The casualties occurred when YPG/PKK terrorists attacked an armored vehicle with a guided missile in the Operation Euphrates Shield zone.

"It is crucial for all sides to maintain and to respect cease-fire zones to enhance stability in Syria, and to work towards a political solution to the conflict," said Price.

Turkey has been carrying out operations against terror groups in northern Iraq and Syria, particularly against the PKK and its Syrian offshoot, the YPG.

In northern Iraq, terrorists have been “neutralized” as part of Operation Pence-Simsek and Operation Pence-Yildirim since 2019.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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G20 leaders ‘laser-focused’ on anti-terrorism efforts in Afghanistan

October 12, 2021

WASHINGTON D.C.: G20 leaders holding a virtual summit on Afghanistan Tuesday are “laser-focused” on keeping the Taliban-ruled country from becoming a militant haven and on providing humanitarian aid, says a US readout on the meeting.

Leaders of the world's major economies including US President Joe Biden, joined by representatives of the United Nations and key intermediary Qatar, “discussed the critical need to maintain a laser-focus on our enduring counterterrorism efforts, including against threats from ISIS-K,” a White House statement said.

It was referring to Daesh's offshoot in the region, a bitter rival of the Taliban that has staged a series of deadly attacks of late as it tries to destabilize the country's new rulers.

It claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed 55 people last week in a Shiite mosque.

The G20 leaders also discussed the need to provide safe passage for foreign nationals and “Afghan partners” with documentation who hope to leave Afghanistan, the US readout said.

The leaders also reaffirmed a commitment to provide humanitarian assistance directly to the Afghan people through independent international organizations, and “to promote fundamental human rights for all Afghans, including women, girls, and members of minority groups.”

The US -- which completed a chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan in late August -- remains committed to “using diplomatic, humanitarian, and economic means to address the situation in Afghanistan and support the Afghan people.”

The G20 needs to maintain contact with Afghanistan's Taliban government but this does not mean the Kabul administration will be formally recognised, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi also said Tuesday.

Speaking after chairing a special G20 summit on the Afghan crisis, Draghi said the virtual meeting had been a success despite the absence of key leaders such as China's Xi Jinping and Russia's Vladimir Putin.

“This was the first multilateral response to the Afghan crisis ... multilateralism is coming back, with difficulty, but it is coming back,” Draghi told reporters after the video conference.

There was unanimous agreement among the participants about the need to tackle Afghanistan's mounting humanitarian crisis and safeguard the position of women in the impoverished nation, Draghi said.

“It is very hard to see how you can help people in Afghanistan without involving the Taliban,” Draghi said.

Qatar's diplomatic point man on Afghanistan said countries should engage the country's new Taliban rulers, warning that isolation could lead to instability and a wide-reaching security threat.

Mutlaq bin Majed Al-Qahtani, Qatar’s special envoy for counterterrorism and mediation in conflict resolution, said he's held conversations with the Taliban about combating terrorism.

The Taliban, he said, are committed to fighting Daesh and its affiliates, which are increasingly active in Afghanistan, and ensuring the country is not used by terrorist organizations.

Source: Arab News

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US, Israel, UAE to launch working groups at trilateral meeting: State Department

October 12, 2021

WASHINGTON D.C.: The US, Israel and the UAE will launch two new working groups on Wednesday, a senior State Department official said, as Washington hopes to expand the agreements between Israel and its neighbors known as the Abraham accords.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken will host a trilateral meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan at the State Department on Wednesday.

Source: Arab News

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Mideast

 

US hopes Abraham Accords will help Palestinian-Israeli issue: Officials

13 October ,2021

The United States is working to expand normalization agreements between Israel and Arab nations, known as the Abraham Accords, and hopes restoring such ties can be leveraged to advance progress on the Israeli and Palestinian conflict, senior State Department officials said on Tuesday.

In a briefing with reporters previewing US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s meetings on Wednesday with his Israeli and Emirati counterparts, officials repeated that the Abraham Accords were not a substitute for the two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians.

“We continue to welcome the economic cooperation between Israel and all countries in the region. We hope that normalization can be leveraged to advance progress on the Israeli-Palestinian tracks,” a senior State Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity said.

Blinken will first meet with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and United Arab Emirates Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan separately at the State Department on Wednesday. He will then host a trilateral meeting with both of them, the first of its kind.

The leaders of Israel, the UAE and Bahrain signed the Abraham Accords at the White House last September.

The following month, Israel and Sudan announced they would normalize relations, and Morocco established diplomatic ties with Israel in December, after US President Joe Biden defeated his predecessor Donald Trump in the election.

Palestinian officials said they felt betrayed by their Arab brethren for reaching deals with Israel without first demanding progress toward the creation of a Palestinian state. Until last year, only two Arab states - Egypt and Jordan - had forged full ties with Israel.

The US officials did not say precisely how Washington aimed to use the normalization agreements as a tool to make progress on the Israeli-Palestinian issue.

“Biden administration has started out with a clear commitment to the two-state solution. We continue on with that commitment. We seek to advance as we can, when we can, as best we can,” one of the US officials said.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Islamic Jihad detainees plan hunger strike in Israeli prisons

Qais Abu Samra  

12.10.2021

RAMALLAH, Palestine

Islamic Jihad detainees in Israel plan to stage an open-ended hunger strike in protest of Israeli punitive measures against them following last month’s jailbreak.

In a statement, the Palestinian Prisoner Society, an NGO, said the 400 prisoners will start their hunger strike as of Wednesday.

The strike “is part of the struggle and rebellion against Israeli prison regulations,” the NGO said.

A letter will be sent to the prison authority on Tuesday of the prisoners’ demands, the statement said.

Israeli prison authorities have imposed punitive measures against Islamic Jihad prisoners after six detainees tunneled out of the high-security Gilboa prison in northern Israel last month.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Iran, Jordan Review Mutual Cooperation, Regional Developments

2021-October-12

During the phone talk on Monday, the Iranian and Jordanian foreign ministers explored avenues for bolstering and reinvigorating mutual cooperation in different fields.

The two sides also exchanged views on the regional developments, specially Palestine.

During the phone talk, Amir Abdollahian explained Iran's eagerness for friendly, fraternal and respectful relations with regional countries.

"Tehran and Amman should benefit from the existing economic and trade opportunities in the region to improve bilateral relations," he added.

The Jordanian foreign minister, for his part, said his country attached importance to and respected its relations with Iran, stressing the need for reaching an understanding within the framework of collective interests given the conflicts in the region.

He also described terrorism and extremism as common challenges for regional countries.

In a relevant development in early July, King of Jordan Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein in a message to Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi on behalf of his people and government wished him success in his new capacity.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iran arrests 10 it says spied for intel agencies of ‘regional, hostile’ countries

12 October ,2021

Iran arrested on Tuesday 10 people in the southern province of Bushehr for spying for foreign intelligence services, state news agency IRNA reported.

The report simply said that after “continuous sophisticated” surveillance operations in Bushehr, 10 people were arrested for spying activities linked to “regional and hostile” countries. The report did not name the specific countries.

IRNA added that the 10 people were Iranian expats in the “regional” countries and said their cases were handed over to the judicial authority for sentencing.

Iran’s state news agencies typically refer to Israel as a “hostile” country in the Middle East region.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Israel opposed to US Palestinian mission in Jerusalem: Justice Minister

12 October ,2021

Israel will remain opposed to Washington’s plan to reopen a US consulate in Jerusalem that has traditionally been a base for diplomatic outreach to the Palestinians, even if political conditions change, an Israeli cabinet minister said on Tuesday.

The consulate was subsumed into the US Embassy that was moved to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv in 2018 by then-US president Donald Trump, steps hailed by Israel and condemned by Palestinians.

President Joe Biden wants to reopen the consulate to rebuild relations with the Palestinians, who seek parts of Jerusalem, as well as the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, for a hoped-for state.

“No way, no way,” Justice Minister Gideon Saar told a conference hosted by the Jerusalem Post newspaper when asked if the consulate reopening might go ahead -- perhaps in the event of this or a future Israeli government yielding to US pressure.

“It needs Israeli approval,” he added, speaking in English. “We will not compromise on this issue” for generations to come.

The US Embassy had no immediate comment.

The issue is likely to come up during a visit to Washington on Tuesday by Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, a nationalist atop a cross-partisan coalition, opposes Palestinian statehood, and Lapid has said that reopening the consulate could unsettle the government.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Africa

 

Nigerian women and children trek six days to escape from Islamists

October 12, 2021

YENAGOA, Nigeria, Oct 12 (Reuters) - A group of 15 Nigerian women and children trekked through the bush for six days to escape from Islamist militants who had kidnapped them from churches in the northeast, a state governor said.

Northeast Nigeria has been ravaged for more than a decade by a conflict between Islamist insurgents and the armed forces, in which an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and thousands abducted, some held in captivity for years in remote camps.

Other women who have escaped or been rescued have recounted being forced to marry their abductors and bear their children, among other abuses.

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State said the six women and their nine children were being held by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group in a forest in Buni Yadi, an area of Yobe State, until they escaped and walked for six days to the town of Damboa in neighbouring Borno.

Zulum met the women and children on Monday, and they were due to be reunited with their families, according to a post on his Facebook page. They were abducted in 2020 and 2021, the governor's post said.

Three of the women had been kidnapped from the Chibok area in Borno, where in a separate attack in 2014 fighters from the Boko Haram group had kidnapped 270 girls from their school, drawing global condemnation.

The other three women had been abducted from the village of Cofure in Adamawa State, south of Borno.

Source: Reuters

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UN welcomes renewed commitment to Mali peace deal

James Tasamba 

13.10.2021

KIGALI, Rwand

The UN on Tuesday welcomed the renewed commitment made by Malian parties towards the implementation of a peace agreement at the conclusion of a meeting of the Agreement Monitoring Committee in the capital Bamako.

Stephane Dujarric, the chief spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said the UN also welcomed the Mali government's plan to reintegrate former combatants.

“In particular, our UN colleagues welcomed the announcement by the government of Mali to reintegrate 13,000 ex-combatants by the end of the year and an additional 13,000 within the next two to three years as part of the global disarmament, demobilization and reintegration program in Mali,” Dujarric told journalists at the UN.

“We also welcome the willingness of the Malian parties to proceed with the socio-economic reintegration of ex-combatants already registered, including about 300 women per region.”

Full implementation of the peace agreement remains central to achieving peace and stability in Mali and the Sahel region.

The UN also reiterated its commitment to support the Malians in their efforts.

Mali has been battling an insurgency linked to al-Qaeda and Daesh/ISIS since 2012, when unrest erupted in the north of the country.

In 2015, Mali signed a peace agreement in Algiers with several rebel groups in a bid to curb the violence.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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90 kidnapped students, staff of college in Nigeria released

Ibrahim Garba Shuaibu

13.10.2021

KANO, Nigeria

Over 90 kidnapped students and staff of Federal Government College in northwestern Nigeria’s Kebbi state have been released from their abductors after spending 118 days in captivity. 

The father of one of the students, who requested anonymity, said the students were released late Tuesday evening.

He did not disclose whether they have been reunited with their parents.

Another parent confirmed that he had been informed of the release of the students.

The released captives were making their way to the state capital from the forest, where they were kept.

A security source told Anadolu Agency that government officials will receive them at the state capital.

Armed bandits numbering around 150 were said to have invaded the college in broad daylight and abducted over 90 students and three staff members of the college.

Since the incident, the college has remained shut for fear of further attacks.

Parents and guardians became apprehensive with their children in captivity and said they had lost hope in the ability of the Kebbi state government to secure their release.

Hours after the release of the students, the state government and police are yet to issue a statement on the development.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Algeria court jails brother of deposed president Bouteflika

13 October ,2021

The powerful younger brother of deposed late Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison for “obstructing the course of justice”, the official APS news agency reported.

President Bouteflika was forced to resign in the face of mass protests against his bid for a fifth term in office in 2019, and died in September aged 84.

His departure was followed by a string of prosecutions against senior members of his inner circle, most prominently his brother Said who had been seen as the real power behind the throne after the longtime ruler suffered a stroke in 2013.

The prosecution had called for seven years' jail for Said, who was charged with other former officials for “abuse of office”, “inciting the falsification of official documents”, “obstruction of justice” and “contempt of court”.

The main accused at the trial in Dar El Beida, east of Algiers, was former justice minister Tayeb Louh.

He was handed six years in prison while tycoon Ali Haddad was sentenced to two years, APS said. Both were close to the former president.

Ex-inspector general of the ministry of justice Tayeb Belhachemi was also sentenced to two years in prison.

Source: Al Arabiya

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UN court largely sides with Somalia in sea border dispute with Kenya

Andrew Wasike and Magdalene Mukami 

12.10.2021

Somalia will now own a chunk of what used to be Kenya’s territory in the Indian Ocean following a judgment on Tuesday by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

In an illustration issued by the ICJ, despite Somalia not getting what it wanted, the court’s decision awarded it most of the disputed territory.

Joan Donoghue, the ICJ president who was leading the 15-member bench of judges, read out the ruling, asking both Kenya and Somalia to respect the judgment which is final, without appeal, and binding on the parties.

The court unanimously found that that there is no agreed maritime boundary between Somalia and Kenya.

The court also unanimously rejected the claim made by Somalia that Kenya, by its conduct in the disputed area, had violated its international obligations.

In Mogadishu, all Cabinet members led by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Rooble watched together the ICJ decision on the case.

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo hailed the ruling, terming it as a “historic victory” for his country.

“We hope that the Kenyan government will respect the supremacy of international law and will forgo their misguided and unlawful pursuits. Instead, we hope that Kenya will treat the Court’s decision as an opportunity to strengthen relations between the two countries and enhance cooperation between the two peoples,” he said.

Last week, Kenyan Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Macharia Kamau had said: “The delivery of the judgment will be the culmination of a flawed judicial process that Kenya has had reservations with and withdrawn from on account not only of its inherent bias but also of its unsuitability to resolve the dispute on hand.”

Source: Anadolu Agency

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At least 6 killed in 2 separate terror attacks in Somalia

Mohammed Dhaysane  

12.10.2021

MOGADISHU, Somalia

At least three people were killed and several wounded Tuesday evening when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a busy restaurant in Mogadishu's Yaqshid district, according to a police official.

"The suicide bomber blew up in front of the restaurant that is frequented by local youths, killing at least three people wounding several others," Abdifatah Hassan told Anadolu Agency via phone.

He said ambulances carrying paramedics and security officials reached the scene and the wounded were taken to hospitals.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack but Somali-based al-Qaeda affiliated group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for recent attacks in the horn of African country.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Europe

 

EU Commission pledges over $1B support package for Afghanistan

Agnes Szucs  

12.10.2021

BRUSSELS

The European Commission pledged on Tuesday a €1-billion (over $1.15-billion) aid for Afghanistan.

During the G20 Extraordinary Leaders’ Meeting on Afghanistan, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced a €1-billion support package for Afghanistan and the neighboring countries, the EU executive body said in a statement.

“The socio-economic situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating, putting hundreds of thousands of Afghans at risk as winter approaches,” von der Leyen noted.

“Humanitarian assistance alone will not be enough to avert famine and a major humanitarian crisis,” she added, explaining that the bloc had to act fast.

The support package included the previously promised €300-million humanitarian aid with the targeted support on basic needs of the Afghan people and neighboring countries.

The funding will directly go to international organizations on the ground to help local people in need.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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We must find pragmatic agreements with Turkey: Merkel

Ayhan Şimşek

12.10.2021

BERLIN

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended dialogue with Turkey despite current differences, stressing Ankara’s strategic importance for the Western world.

“Turkey has great ambitions and it’s true that we have witnessed many disappointments in our relations. But still, we must find pragmatic agreements, even when our attitudes diverge on major questions,” Merkel told a panel in Israel, Berlin-based Judische Allgemeine newspaper reported.

During a question and answer session at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, Merkel underlined that Turkey and its Western partners “must keep talking to each other” despite their political differences.

“You cannot ignore Turkey. It is a member of NATO, and it also plays a central role for the European Union in the fight against illegal migration,” she stressed.

The German chancellor also said one cannot choose his or her interlocutors in international politics when dealing with major regional and global problems.

“Foreign policy is a mixture of values and interests. Finding the right balance here is the big issue,” she said.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Turkey rescues 8 more asylum seekers pushed back by Greece in Aegean sea

Mirac Kaya, Ali Riza Akkir

12.10.2021

Eight asylum seekers were rescued by Turkish coast guards on Tuesday after Greek authorities pushed them back into Turkish territorial waters.

The incident occurred off the coast of Ayvalik district in Balikesir province in western Turkey, and the asylum seekers were in a fiber boat, according to a statement by the Coast Guard Command.

They were taken to the command office on the island of Cunda before being referred to a provincial migration office.

Turkey and human rights groups have repeatedly condemned Greece's illegal practice of pushing back asylum seekers, saying it violates humanitarian values and international law by endangering the lives of vulnerable migrants, including women and children.

Meanwhile, Turkey also held 58 irregular immigrants – 49 Afghans, 5 Iranians, 3 Syrians, and one Iraqi – in the Fethiye district of the western province of Mugla.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Russia-led security bloc to hold military drills near Afghan border

October 13, 2021

MOSCOW: A Russia-led security bloc that includes some countries adjacent or close to Afghanistan will hold military drills near the Afghan border in Tajikistan from Oct. 22-23, the RIA news agency reported on Wednesday.

Source: Arab News

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Southeast Asia

 

Apex court reserves decision on SIS legal challenge against Selangor shariah law

12 Oct 2021

PUTRAJAYA, Oct 12 — The Federal Court here today reserved its decision on a legal action brought by SIS Forum (Malaysia) to challenge a Selangor Islamic Enactment provision which empowered state Shariah High Court to review fatwa issued by the state religious authorities.

A nine-member panel chaired by Chief Justice Tun Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat reserved judgment after hearing submissions by counsel Datuk Malik Imtiaz Sarwar who appeared for SIS as the petitioner and Selangor state legal advisor Datuk Salim Soib@Hamid who represented the Selangor state government as the respondent.

Counsel Zainur Zakaria and Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla who acted for the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (MAIS) as interveners also submitted during the virtual proceedings.

“We will CAV (curia advisari vult) for the matter. We adjourn this case,” said Justice Tengku Maimun.

The others on the bench were Court of Appeal president, Tan Sri Rohana Yusuf; Chief Judge of Malaya, Tan Sri Azahar Mohamed; Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak, Datuk Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim and Federal Court judges Datuk Seri Mohd Zawawi Salleh, Datuk Vernon Ong Lam Kiat, Datuk Zaleha Yusof, Datuk Harmindar Singh Dhaliwal and Datuk Rhodzariah Bujang.

On September 22 last year, the Apex Court allowed SIS’s application to obtain leave to pursue its legal challenge in the Federal Court through Article 4 (4) of the Federal Constitution.

SIS sought leave to commence the challenge seeking to declare Section 66A of the Administration of the Religion of Islam (State of Selangor) Enactment 2003 invalid.

Section 66A states that the Shariah High Court may, in the interest of justice, on the application of any person, have the jurisdiction to grant permission and hear the application for judicial review on the decision made by the Majlis (council) or committees carrying out the functions under this Enactment.

At the outset, Malik Imtiaz submitted that the power of judicial review was intrinsic and inherent in the judicial power of the civil courts.

“This power is exclusively vested in the civil courts. Such power can only be exercised by the courts established under Part XI of the Federal Constitution. As noted in Indira Gandhi’s case, Shariah Courts are not such courts and therefore cannot exercise the power of judicial review,” the lawyer said.

SIS filed the application in January this year and named the Selangor state government as the respondent.

Source: Malay Mail

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Prosecution: Were Zahid, wife thinking of Malaysia's poor people while shopping at Armani, LV, Hermes stores?

13 Oct 2021

BY IDA LIM

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 13 — The prosecution today questioned if Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and his wife were thinking of the poor in Malaysia when they went shopping at brands associated with luxury goods.

The prosecution said this when highlighting bankers’ evidence of more than RM1.3 million of charitable foundation Yayasan Akalbudi’s funds having been used to pay the credit card bills of Ahmad Zahid and his wife.

The prosecution previously submitted evidence that 43 cheques in Yayasan Akalbudi’s name had been issued to make payments between January 2014 to January 2016 for the credit card bills.

Lead prosecutor Datuk Raja Rozela Raja Toran acknowledged that the couple’s spending habits would not be part of the legal issue involved in proving the criminal breach of trust charges against Ahmad Zahid, but remarked on the shopping shown.

“When we look at the credit card statements themselves, My Lord, we will be able to see the spending habits of the accused and his spouse.

“Although I admit that this is not an issue, their spending habits is not an issue in our case, My Lord, but one cannot help but wonder whether they had in mind the poor people in Malaysia when they went shopping in Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton or Hermes,” she told the court.

Yayasan Akalbudi is a foundation aimed at eradicating poverty and enhancing the welfare of the poor. It is registered with the Companies Commission of Malaysia, with Ahmad Zahid being a trustee as well as subsequently from June 2013 onwards the sole authorised person who could sign on the foundation’s cheques.

Ahmad Zahid is accused in this trial of having committed criminal breach of trust involving more than RM31 million of Yayasan Akalbudi’s funds, including over RM13 million paid out using 50 cheques — including the 43 cheques for credit card bills.

Previously, Ambank senior vice-president Yeoh Eng Leong as the 10th prosecution witness had in court confirmed credit card statements from December 2013 to January 2016 for Ahmad Zahid's two principal credit cards and two supplementary credit cards for Ahmad Zahid's wife, with total spending of RM1,479,085.44 or close to RM1.48 million during that period.

The Ambank credit card statements had shown that the credit card was used both locally and globally, including Indonesia, Vietnam, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, US, UK, Italy, Ukraine and Dubai in the UAE.

Source: Malay Mail

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Religious school warden jailed one day and fined RM8, 000 for accepting bribe

13 Oct 2021

BY JOHN BUNYAN

IPOH, Oct 13 — A 36-year-old school warden was fined RM8,000 and sentenced to one-day imprisonment for receiving a bribe amounting to RM5,800 in exchange for not deducting the school food contractor’s claims in 2017.

Muhamad Rozi Ahmad Puad, a warden at a religious school in Bagan Datuk, pleaded guilty when the charge was read before Judge Indra Nehru Savandiah.

Muhamad Rozi admitted to receiving the bribe from Ahmad Tarmizi Hariff, who transferred the money to his Maybank account on July 31, 2017, as an inducement to not make any deduction on the food supply contractor service’s claims.

He was charged under Section 165 of the Penal Code, which highlights a public servant obtaining valuable things from person concerned in any proceeding or business transacted by such public servant.

Source: Malay Mail

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Pakistan

 

Continuous Up-Gradation of Conventional Capabilities Imperative To Deter Aggression: COAS

October 12, 2021

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday said that continuous up gradation of conventional capabilities is imperative to maintain a qualitative edge over adversaries and deter aggression, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The COAS said this during his visit to Gujranwala to witness commissioning of state-of-the-art Chinese origin VT-4 tank into the strike formation.

While interacting with officers and troops, the COAS said, “VT-4 tank is another symbol of Pakistan–China strategic cooperation and defence collaboration, and its induction will boost strike capabilities of our formations.”

The army chief emphasised that the fast changing dynamics of warfare demand highest degree of professionalism and rigorous training with due focus on harnessing sophisticated technologies.

Source: Pakistan Today

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Top court remands TLP chief detention matter back to LHC

October 12, 2021

ISLAMABAD: A day after the Punjab government challenged in the Supreme Court a Lahore High Court (LHC) order directing it to release the chief of the proscribed Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) party, the top court Tuesday referred the matter back to a two-member special bench of the lower court to decide after hearing arguments from both sides.

Saad Rizvi, son of the late firebrand cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi, was arrested in April on charges of inciting his followers and party activists to take the law into their own hands after, according to him, the government had reneged on its promise to expel the French ambassador over the publication of blasphemous caricatures.

His detention was scheduled to end on July 10 in light of a decision of the review board of the Supreme Court. However, the office of the deputy commissioner issued a fresh notification extending the detention for another three months under Section 11-EEE (powers to arrest and detain suspected persons) of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.

During the proceedings on Tuesday, the government’s counsel argued before a two-judge bench — comprising Justice Ijaz ul-Ahsan and Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi — that 12 people, including three police officers, lost their lives during the violent protests in April.

He recalled the LHC review board had not extended Rizvi’s detention. At this, Justice Ahsan asked whether a gazette notification of detention had been issued according to the anti-terrorism provisions to which he was informed that it had been.

The counsel for Rizvi, Burhan Moazzam Malik, argued “the government does not have the authority to extend detention after 90 days.”

“Saad Rizvi has been in jail for six months without any reason,” he said.

The bench subsequently remanded the matter to the high court for a two-judge special bench to decide after hearing the case.

CASE HISTORY:

On August 2, Rizvi, through his uncle, filed another petition with the high court, claiming the government extended his detention with “mala fide intention”. He said it implicated him in 14 criminal cases following his detention.

Through the petition, Rizvi’s uncle asked the court to declare the extension of the detention period illegal and order his release. Two weeks later, on August 17, the court sought replies from the authorities on the request.

Subsequently, on October 1, the court declared as illegal the detention of Rizvi. Following the court order, the Lahore deputy commissioner, Umer Sher Chattha, also issued orders for his release.

Source: Pakistan Today

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Terrorist killed in N Waziristan operation: ISPR

October 12, 2021

ISLAMABAD: One terrorist was killed as the military conducted a clearance operation in the Mir Ali town in North Waziristan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Inter-Services Public Relations said on Tuesday.

The security forces conducted the intelligence-based operation in the town, the army’s media wing said in a statement.

The statement added the operation was carried out on confirmed reports of terrorists’ presence in the area.

Source: Pakistan Today

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Pakistan helps rescue Afghan who once saved Biden’s life

October 13, 2021

WASHINGTON: Pakistan played a key role in evacuating an interpreter from Afghanistan who had rescued Joe Biden and two other US senators from a snowstorm 13 years ago, diplomatic sources told Dawn on Tuesday.

The Human First Coalition, a US-based NGO run by two Americans of Afghan origin, supervised the evacuation.

“We are grateful to Prime Minister Imran Khan for his continued support of the evacuation,” the coalition told US media outlets on Tuesday.

The statement said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, Senator Chris Coon, Director of Task Force Islamabad Mark Terkowski and others worked with the coalition in evacuating Aman Khalili and his family from Afghanistan.

Mr Khalili helped rescue then senator Joe Biden in 2008 after his helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in a remote Afghan valley because of a snowstorm. Two other senators — Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and John Kerry of Massachusetts – also accompanied Mr. Biden on that fact-finding mission to Afghanistan.

On Aug 31, Mr Khalili sent a message to Mr Biden through the Wall Street Journal, reminding him that he had been left behind in Afghanistan as the last US troops exited the country.

Source: Dawn

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Top Iranian military commander arrives in Pakistan

October 13, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Chief of General Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Maj Gen Mohammad Bagheri arrived here on Tuesday on a three-day visit.

Lt Gen Saqib Mehmood Malik, chief of logistics staff of Pakistan Army, received him at the airport.

General Bagheri is leading a high-ranking military delegation.

The top Iranian commander will meet Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Nadeem Raza and other senior military officials before travelling to Karachi in the second leg of his Pakistan tour where he will visit military and naval installations.

The two sides, during the visit, would hold talks on border security, regional stability and counter-terrorism cooperation. It is expected that the visit would lead to expansion of defence ties.

Source: Dawn

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NAB director general appointed as bureau’s deputy chairman

October 13, 2021 -

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi in consultation with National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Javed Iqbal has appointed the bureau’s Director General (Operations) Zahir Shah as deputy chairman of the anti-graft watchdog, said a notification issued by the law ministry on Tuesday.

Mr Shah has been serving with NAB for almost two decades and has held key positions in the organisation.

Source: Dawn

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Pakhtuns not terrorists, says ANP

October 13, 2021

PESHAWAR: The Awami National Party has blasted Prime Minister Imran Khan for linking Pakhtuns with Taliban and claimed that they had suffered the most in the war on terror.

In separate statements issued here on Tuesday, ANP central general secretary Mian Iftikhar Hussain and provincial president Aimal Wali Khan alleged that the prime minister had insulted the Pakhtuns by linking them with terrorists. They said linking a handful of terrorists with Pakhtuns was insult of the peace-loving people.

Mr Aimal Wali said ANP leaders and workers had played key role in combating terrorism by offering sacrifices of lives. He said the world knew very well as to who had offered Taliban to open office in Pakistan. He lamented that linking the Pakhtuns with terrorism or describing them as Taliban was unjustifiable and condemnable.

He said Pakhtuns would not remain silent if Imran Khan did not seek apology from them over his derogatory remarks.

Mr Iftikhar said Pakhtuns had been suffering for the past four decades due to the war on terror, saying about 70 proscribed organisations had been active in Punjab but even then Pakhtuns were blamed for terrorism.

He said Pakhtuns were the worst affected as terrorists had targeted their political leaders, worship places, funerals and markets.

Source: Dawn

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