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Shortage of Professional Staff in Afghanistan; Theologians are Graduates Of Darul Uloom Haqqania, Pakistan

New Age Islam News Bureau

15 January 2022

 

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• China Claims Support from Gulf Cooperation Council on Uyghur Treatment

• ‘Business Head At Federal Bank’ Calls For Massacre Of Muslims, Booked

• African American Muslims Among Those Targeted By Anti-Muslim Group: Council On American Islamic Relations

• UN Sounds Alarm Over Hate Crimes In Bosnia And Herzegovina, Serbia

 South Asia

• Death Of Democracy In Afghanistan, We Inherited Ethnic Conflicts: Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan Spokesman

• Washington Must Listen To UN And Release Afghan Funds: Taliban

• Pakistani ambassador to Kabul meets Afghan alumni

• With Thousands Of Qualified Afghans Unemployed, Pakistan Intends To Send Manpower To Afghanistan

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Southeast Asia

• Court Documents Amended To State That Student Accused Of Posting Anti-Islam Remarks Is A Chinese National

• Unifor: Non-Islamic houses of worship in Sarawak allowed to open until midnight on CNY

• Adoptive mother’s love conquers race and religion

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India

• Muslims 'Most Secure And Happy' Under BJP Rule, Says RSS Muslim Body, Muslim Rashtriya Manch, Lists Achievements, Appeals For Votes

• Political, Religious Groups Condemn J&K Govt’s Order On ‘Surya Namaskar’

• Mosque Loudspeaker Reunites Victim Of Bengal Train Derailment With Family In Assam

• Muzaffarnagar Riots Case: Local Court Acquits Four Accused Due to Lack of Evidence

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North America

• Bodies of Bronx fire victims taken to Islamic funeral home

• Washington must listen to UN and release Afghan funds: Taliban

• US lawmaker offers condolences for death of elderly Palestinian after Israeli raid

• Muslim community in New York mobilizes to support victims of deadly Bronx fire

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Europe

• UK ‘hitman’ went to blogger Ahmad Waqass Goraya’s home, purchased knife, jury told

• Moscow Offers to Facilitate Talks for Islamic Emirate

• Turkish president, UK premier discuss Ukraine, Syria in phone call

• EU welcomes German court’s conviction of ex-Syrian intelligence officer

• Closure of another mosque in France condemned

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Pakistan

• Chief Justice Of Pakistan Slams Imran Khan Govt For Poor Governance

• Terrorist killed, 2 others arrested during IBO in North Waziristan: ISPR

• Pakistan to seek peace, economic connectivity under new security policy

• Govt to give Pakistani nationality to foreign investors

• FM Qureshi urges importance of debt restructuring as Pakistan assumes G77 chair

• Security policy places economy front and centre

• Talks between Jamaat-i-Islami, PPP finally begin

• SBP urged to allow trade in cash with Afghanistan

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Arab World

• Arab Coalition Strikes Kill 150 Houthis, Destroy 22 Military Vehicles In Yemen

• After A Hiatus Of Two Years, The Prophet’s Mosque Will Allow Iftar Sofras Under Strict Protocols

• US tells Lebanon not to fear sanctions over energy supply plans, PM’s office says

• Attacks on Iraq political party’s HQ, Green Zone raise security fears

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Mideast

• 8 Hamas, 'Islamic Jihad' Leaders Leave Gaza to Live Abroad

• Thousands Of Palestinians Attend Friday Prayers At Al-Aqsa Mosque

• Muslims in Russia value brotherly ties with Iran: cleric

• Iranian, Chinese FMs Vow to Broaden Bilateral Ties

• Senior Cleric Blasts West for Hatching Plots in Vienna Talks

• Iran’s Khomenei’s website shows animated video of drone strike killing Trump

• Many injured as police break up protests in Israel's Negev region

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Africa

• Ennahda Movement Accuses Tunisian Authorities Of Controlling Media

• Tunisia's Ennahda Calls For Jan 14 To Be Marked As 2011 Revolution Anniversary

• New US-Africa envoy to visit Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Ethiopia: State department

• Tunisian court sentences nine to death for killing army official: State media

• At least 108 civilians killed this year in Tigray airstrikes: UN

• Ghana ‘delighted’ following removal from EU money laundering list

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Shortage of Professional Staff in Afghanistan; Theologians Graduates Of Darul Uloom Haqqania Pakistan

 

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Jan 15, 2022

The Islamic Emirate is facing a shortage of professional staff, the New York Times reported, saying that many of the officials in government posts lack professional skills. 

The report said that “many of the selected theologians are graduates of Darul Uloom Haqqania madrasa, one of Pakistan’s oldest and largest Islamic seminaries.”

“Government jobs are given as patronage to ex-fighters and exiles living quietly in Pakistan. But not all possess the technical skills required for the job,” the report read. 

However, the Islamic Emirate denied the report. 

“We deny the report of the New York Times that says the Islamic Emirate is faced with a shortage of staff...” said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate. 

Wahidullah Hashimi, a senior member of the Islamic Emirate's council for training and educating soldiers, relates the staffing problems to the corruption in the former government, as well as to the plot of foreigner’s to drain Afghanistan of talent. 

“Foreigners intentionally evacuated Afghans, most importantly, the educated and professional ones, to weaken the Islamic Emirates and undermine our administration,” Hashimi said as quoted by the New York Times. “We are in touch with some Afghans in different parts of the world and are encouraging them to return to Afghanistan because we desperately need their help and expertise to help their people and government.”

Political analysts say that professional individuals should be appointed to senior government positions.

“The Islamic Emirate should trust the professional individuals and appoint them to senior government posts and include them in decision-making. This helps with professionalism and recognition,” said Toreq Farhadi, a political analyst. 

After the fall of the former government, many high-profile and talented youth left the country. 

Source: Tolo News

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China Claims Support from Gulf Cooperation Council on Uyghur Treatment

 

FILE - Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf, secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, wears a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus as he speaks at a press conference during the 41st GCC meeting being held in Al Ula, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 5, 2021.

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January 14, 2022

Beijing says an organization of several oil-rich Arab monarchies has dismissed the Chinese government’s controversial treatment of Uyghur Muslims as “an internal matter.”

During meetings with Chinese Communist Party officials this week in China, Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf, secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, expressed strong support for China’s “legitimate positions on issues related to Taiwan, Xinjiang and human rights,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told reporters Friday.

Al-Hajraf did not speak to reporters directly, but China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson said he supported the position that human rights issues should not be politicized and “expressed opposition to interference in China’s internal affairs.”

Headquartered in Riyadh, the GCC is composed of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Al-Hajraf’s visit to China is aimed at enhancing economic and security relations between GCC members and Beijing, the Saudi Gazette reported.

China’s government has been widely criticized for its repressive treatment of Uyghur Muslims in the autonomous Xinjiang territory in northwest China, which the United States has labelled a genocide.

“The Chinese government has committed — and continues to commit — crimes against humanity against the Turkic Muslim population,” Human Rights Watch said in a recent report. “In Xinjiang, Turkic Muslims continue to be arbitrarily detained on the basis of their identity, while others are subjected to forced labor, mass surveillance and political indoctrination.”

Similar wording

When they face accusations of human rights abuses, GCC member monarchies like Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates have often used the same “internal affairs” justification as China. Human rights groups criticize the Gulf Arab states for using broadly worded and vague counterterrorism laws to prosecute activists charged with undermining stability and national cohesion.

The world’s two largest economies, the U.S. and China, are intensely competing for greater influence in the Middle East for oil, gas and strategic interests.

In addition to improving trade and economic ties, China has pledged support for the GCC monarchies in resolving disputes and conflicts in the Middle East, analysts say.

“China is slowly but steadily working its way into the Middle East as a powerful and strategic actor,” Nicholas Heras, senior analyst at the Newlines Institute, told VOA’s Mandarin Service.

Beijing appears to have altered its behind-the-scenes approach to the region and is now vigorously promoting its interests, according to Michael Rubin, a senior fellow at the Washington-based American Enterprise Institute.

“That said, the Gulf is not like the rest of the world. They will welcome partnership with China, but they will not welcome China's dominance,” Rubin told VOA Mandarin.

Source: VOA News

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‘Business Head At Federal Bank’ Calls For Massacre Of Muslims, Booked

 

Vishnu Prasad Niddaje (Image | Facebook

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14th January 2022

By Divya Cutinho

MANGALURU: A man who uploaded objectionable posts on social media calling for the massacre of Muslims has been booked by Vitla police.

According to the reports, the person, identified as Vishnu Prasad Niddaje, while commenting on the recent controversy of alleged imitation of Koragajja deity in Vitla during a wedding-related function had asked “Don’t you remember when the last riot happened in Gujarat?”

Vishnu Prasad Niddaje, claimed to be a Business head at Federal Bank on his Facebook profile.

He also allegedly called 'to burn the car, shop, and house of the groom' who donned the attire similar to Koragajja deity. Following Vishnu Prasad's 'genocide' call, activists of the Popular Front of India (PFI) lodged a complaint with the Vitla police.

Nagaraj H E, Vitla police inspector told The New Indian Express that a complaint has been lodged against Vishnuprasad over objectionable posts.

"The accused has been booked under section 505 (making statements conducing to public mischief). We have started an investigation in this case," he said.

The police are investigating whether Vishnuprasad himself made those posts or it was uploaded from fake accounts.

After the complaint was lodged against the accused, the Facebook account in his name has been deleted now. Meanwhile, the authorities of the Federal Bank have also clarified on Twitter that corrective measures will be taken in this regard.

“Federal Bank as a responsible organization never encourages or promotes any indecent, violent, undesirable or questionable acts on the part of our employees. We would like to make it clear that we have a zero-tolerance policy towards any such acts. We disassociate ourselves from the alleged aggressions and the same is being examined for suitable corrective measures,” the bank said after Twitterati demanded the bank to act.

Source: New Indian Express

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African American Muslims Among Those Targeted By Anti-Muslim Group: Council On American Islamic Relations

 

Logos for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), left, and the Investigative Project on Terrorism, right. Courtesy images

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January 14, 2022

By Joseph Hammond

(RNS) — A Muslim American civil rights advocacy group is claiming the Investigative Project on Terrorism targeted African American Muslims and the organizations that worked with them in a multi-year effort.

The Council on American Islamic Relations, the country’s largest Muslim civil rights group, is currently conducting an ongoing internal investigation over claims it was spied on by the D.C.-based Investigative Project on Terrorism. Last month, CAIR said its longtime officer of a Ohio chapter of the organization, Romin Iqbal, had admitted to providing information to IPT in an incident that CAIR described as “spying.”

In a press conference on Wednesday (Jan. 12), CAIR revealed a second IPT informant, Tariq Nelson of the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia, one of the D.C. region’s largest mosques.

In a Jan. 11 statement, Nelson said he accepted $3,000 a month from IPT to provide information on Muslim Americans from 2008 to 2012. Nelson admitted he agreed to undertake the work for largely financial reasons, having personally been hit by the 2008 economic recession. Nelson, an African American Muslim, said he was approached directly by Steve Emerson, the founder of IPT, to provide information on CAIR activities.

Although not in an official leadership position, Nelson was a volunteer at Dar Al-Hijrah, working with youth and publicly promoting Islam, according to The Washington Post. Nelson came forward after CAIR after feeling guilty about his past activities.

CAIR said Keith Ellison, one of America’s most prominent African American Muslims, was a “main target” of IPT efforts. Nelson said he provided IPT with an audio recording of then-Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) in 2010. That recording later emerged during Ellison’s campaign to become the chair of the Democratic National Committee in 2016.

In the controversial recording, Ellison voices skepticism of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, saying it “is governed by what is good or bad through a country of 7 million people,” in reference to the state of Israel.

Ellison, who was the first Muslim to be elected to the U.S. Congress, is now the attorney general of Minnesota. Ellison dismissed the recording at the time, stating it was accurate but had been taken out of context.

CAIR also shared screenshots of what it said was a leaked internal email that showed an interest in efforts to discredit the Muslim Alliance of North America, a leading African American Muslim organization. The authenticity of those screenshots could not be verified.

“I would like to take this opportunity to call on the Justice Department, the FBI, on the U.S. Treasury to hold Steven Emerson and the investigative project accountable,” said Nihad Awad, the executive director of CAIR, during the press conference.

During the press conference, CAIR accused IPT of working in league with Israeli officials during some of their activities. CAIR provided alleged email screenshots, which appear to show Israeli officials asking for information about the views of various groups toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the parties involved. One email pertains to Boko Haram, a Nigerian terrorist organization, and another to Students for Justice in Palestine, an NGO active on multiple American college campuses. The organization was founded at the University of California, Berkeley in 1993.

IPT has maintained it is a public organization and has denied that it “accepted any money from the United States government or any foreign source.”

Some of the information CAIR provided is allegedly from a former member of IPT who has asked to remain anonymous.

During the press conference, CAIR Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said it was for “law enforcement to determine” if any laws had been broken through IPT’s action. Mitchell recalled previous efforts by foreign entities to spy on American Muslims, in particular efforts by China to spy on Muslim American voices critical of China’s policy toward Uyghurs and other Muslim groups.

Last year, the FBI announced that Chinese espionage efforts targeting “U.S. based Uyghurs and other Chinese diaspora members” was a violation of U.S. law.

Source: Religion News

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UN Sounds Alarm Over Hate Crimes In Bosnia And Herzegovina, Serbia

Peter Kenny 

14.01.2022

GENEVA

The UN on Friday said it is "deeply concerned" by recent incidents in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Serbia that saw individuals glorifying war crimes and convicted war criminals, triggering anxiety and tensions in communities.

Liz Throssell, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said at a UN news conference that the incidents target specific communities with hate speech and, in some cases, directly incite violence coming in a year both countries have elections scheduled.

“These acts, which happened amid religious holidays last weekend, included large groups of people chanting the name of convicted war criminal Ratko Mladic during torchlight processions or singing nationalistic songs,” said the UN official.

Throssell said the songs call for the takeover of some locations in the former Yugoslavia, and in one incident, individuals fired shots into the air as they drove past a mosque.

The acts took place in several locations in the Republika Srpska entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, including Bijeljina, Prijedor, Foca, Gacko, Visegrad, as well as in the Brcko District, and Priboj and Novi Pazar in Serbia.

“This is a year when elections are due in Serbia in April, and then in October in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the political environment is already extremely tense,” said Throssell.

The UN rights office official said some of the incidents were in locations that saw large-scale atrocity crimes during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, such as Prijedor and Foca.

Fueling anxiety

Throssell said the failure to prevent and sanction such acts, which fuel extreme anxiety, fear, and insecurity in some communities, is a significant obstacle to trust-building and reconciliation.

“The rise in hate speech, the denial of genocide and other atrocity crimes, and the glorification of war criminals in the Western Balkans highlight the failure to address the past comprehensively,” she said.

The UN rights office stressed that the authorities in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina must abide by their international human rights obligations to ensure the rights to truth, justice, and reparation.

“We call on them to condemn and refrain from any advocacy of national, racial, or religious hatred,” said Throssell.

Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic had said Wednesday the country would show no mercy to those who violate peace, alluding to a recent nationalist incident in the southwestern Serbian town of Priboj that he visited following some anti-Bosniak incidents.

“All those responsible for causing trouble will be sanctioned, and we must teach our children how to live together,” said Vucic.

“Priboj is a test whether we are humans or not, and it must not happen that children sing to someone about shooting at mosques,” Vucic said, adding: "As we respect our churches, icons, and monasteries, we must respect our Muslim neighbors.”

Source: Anadolu Agency

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South Asia

 

Death Of Democracy In Afghanistan, We Inherited Ethnic Conflicts: Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan Spokesman

14 Jan 2022

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan reacted to the recent so-called intra-Taliban conflict in the northern Faryab province and added that ethnic conflicts have been inherited from the previous Afghan government.

A spokesman of the IEA Inamullah Samangani in a Twitter post said that escalating and strengthening ethnic conflicts in Afghanistan was the biggest achievement of democracy in the country.

Inamullah Samangani said that democracy is now dead in Afghanistan.

“After the death of democracy in Afghanistan, the pro-democracy people are still striving to cause chaos in Afghanistan.” Reads the Twitter post.

He said that the pro-democracy figures now attribute the Taliban to a single ethnicity in Afghanistan so that they create divergence among Afghans.

Source: Khaama Press

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Washington must listen to UN and release Afghan funds: Taliban

January 15, 2022

KABUL: The Taliban on Friday urged Washington to heed a call by the United Nations chief to unlock Afghan funds frozen in the United States, as a humanitarian crisis deepens.

US authorities froze billions of dollars in Afghan assets after the Taliban seized power in August following the withdrawal of foreign forces. On Thursday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Washington to take the lead and prevent “the nightmare unfolding in Afghanistan” by releasing capital.

“The United States must respond positively to the international voice and release Afghan capital,” the Taliban government’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter.

Washington has taken control of nearly $9.5 billion in assets belonging to the Afghan central bank.

The International Monetary Fund and World Bank have suspended activities in Afghanistan, withholding aid as well as $340 million in new reserves issued by the IMF in August.

Source: Dawn

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Pakistani ambassador to Kabul meets Afghan alumni

15 Jan 2022

Pakistan’s ambassador to Kabul Mansoor Ahmad Khan on Friday, January 14, 2022, met with Afghan graduates who studied in Pakistan and are now working in different public and private sectors.

Mansoor Ahmad Khan said that Pakistan’s Allama Iqbal scholarship scheme for Afghan students is the largest scheme available for Afghanistan anywhere in the world.

Pakistan admits 1,000 male and female students every year who are earning degrees in the fields of Medical, Engineering, IT, Business Studies, Banking, and other professional fields.

The scheme that also covers Masters and PhDs was first launched in 2010.

The Pakistani envoy vowed that his country will continue to do its part in providing education and professional studies to Afghan students.

Source: Khaama Press

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With thousands of qualified Afghans unemployed, Pakistan intends to send manpower to Afghanistan

15 Jan 2022

The Pakistani government has announced that Prime Minister Imran Khan is willing to send to Afghanistan professional and trained manpower.

PM Imran Khan has directed relevant government authorities to explore bilateral cooperation with Afghanistan by sending qualified and trained manpower especially in medical, IT, Finance, and accounting.

It comes as thousands of trained, qualified, and university graduates in Afghanistan are unemployed and seek jobs whether in the government or private sector.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has not reacted to the willingness of Imran Khan yet.

Source: Khaama Press

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Southeast Asia

 

Court Documents Amended To State That Student Accused Of Posting Anti-Islam Remarks Is A Chinese National

Shaffiq Alkhatib

JAN 14, 2022

SINGAPORE - A polytechnic student accused of posting anti-Islam and misogynistic remarks about a rape victim on social media platform Instagram has had his court documents amended to say that he is a Chinese national.

The latest documents also state that Sun Sicong, 21, is a Singapore permanent resident.

Earlier court documents had identified him as a Singaporean.

Sun, from Temasek Polytechnic (TP), appeared in a district court on Friday (Jan 14) and his case has been adjourned to Feb 8.

He is accused of one count each of harassment, uploading online remarks with the deliberate intention of wounding the religious feelings of others and being in possession of obscene films.

Some time between 2018 and 2019, he allegedly created posts on Instagram that contained remarks against Islam.

On June 7, 2020, Sun allegedly caused harassment by creating posts on Instagram containing remarks about a rape victim's recount of the ordeal.

Details about the remarks and recount were not disclosed in court documents.

He is also said to have downloaded two obscene films in April and May that year. These were allegedly found in his mobile phone.

In an earlier statement, the police said that in June 2020, they received "many reports regarding an Instagram user who had posted insensitive comments and threats that could incite violence against the Muslim community".

The police added that the posts contained hate comments that could wound religious feelings.

Officers from Jurong Police Division arrested Sun on June 8 that year and seized items including a computer and a mobile phone.

The police said in their statement that they take a serious view of acts that have the potential to damage racial and religious harmony in Singapore.

TP earlier told The Straits Times that Sun is its student and that he was suspended for two consecutive semesters following investigations in June 2020.

Its spokesman said: "TP does not condone any action or behaviour that incites hatred and violence. As the case is before the courts, we are unable to comment further."

Source: Straits Times

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Unifor: Non-Islamic houses of worship in Sarawak allowed to open until midnight on CNY

15 Jan 2022

KUCHING, Jan 15 ― Non-Islamic houses of worship including temples and churches will be allowed to open on Chinese New Year Eve until midnight according to schedules fixed by their management, said Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) director Richard Lon.

“Despite so, the management of various temples and churches must ensure that their devotees strictly comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the authorities including maintaining physical distancing and not violating the maximum capacity allowed,” he said when contacted by The Borneo Post’s sister paper See Hua Daily News today.

Richard said even though temples are allowed to offer vegetarian food to devotees, they must make proper arrangements for the distribution of the food items.

He added that it would be ideal for the temple management to prepare packed food for their devotees, advising them to strictly adhere to the SOPs set by the authorities.

He reiterated that they must maintain physical distancing and limit the number of devotees for dine-ins.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) and Unifor jointly announced yesterday that this year’s Chinese New Year celebration is again limited to the first day only, which is on Feb 1.

Only close family members will be allowed for the Chinese New Year Eve reunion dinner, and the capacity allowed is only 50 per cent, subject to the size of the residence.

Source: Malay Mail

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Adoptive mother’s love conquers race and religion

January 14, 2022

PETALING JAYA: Though single, kindergarten teacher Chee Hoi Lan had a heart big enough to take on the task of bringing up an Indonesian woman’s abandoned baby 20 years ago, and ensure the child would have the proper religious upbringing.

Rohana Abdullah was only two months old when she was left behind by her mother, a domestic worker at the kindergarten where Chee worked.

Chee was not married, but that did not stop her from taking care of Rohana like a daughter.

Her story and that of Rohana was reported by Harian Metro today.

Rohana, 22, said her mother, who was married to a Malaysian, had returned to visit her a few times when she was under Chee’s care.

“But now, I have a citizenship problem, because my mother is Indonesian and my father disappeared when I was little. I’ve tried applying for citizenship since 2016 and until now, I’ve yet to receive any reply,” Rohana said.

Chee said that, in bringing up Rohana, she realised that the problem of race and religion would crop up and she worked hard to ensure that Rohana would never lack in terms of being raised as a Muslim.

She enrolled Rohana for Kelas Asas Fardu Ain (Kafa) at her own expense and made sure she got all the basic religious education she needed in school as well as guidance from acquaintances.

“I took the responsibility as a mother, educated her and raised her as she should be. The only thing that differentiates us is our culture and religion.

“I love her like a daughter. Since she was young, I always made sure she ate halal food and fulfilled her daily prayers as a Muslim,” said Chee, now 83.

Her only wish now was to see Rohana tie the knot before she passes on. “I only want to see her getting married, successful and happy before I die. I am relieved that throughout my life I was able to make sure that she has everything she needs as a Muslim,” she said.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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India

 

Muslims 'Most Secure And Happy' Under BJP Rule, Says RSS Muslim Body, Muslim Rashtriya Manch, Lists Achievements, Appeals For Votes

Jan 14, 2022

NEW DELHI: The RSS' Muslim wing on Friday appealed to the minority community to vote for the BJP in the assembly polls in five states, saying Muslims are "most secure and happy" under the BJP rule whereas the Congress, SP and the BSP considered them just as vote bank.

The Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) listed various schemes implemented by the BJP governments at the Centre and in states for the welfare of the community and said the party is "the biggest well-wisher" of Muslims in the country.

The opposition parties, including the Congress, Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), have only considered Muslims as their vote bank and after coming to power, they gave the community members poverty, illiteracy, backwardness and "atrocities like instant triple talaq", the MRM charged.

The MRM's 'Nivedan Patra (letter of appeal), printed in the form of leaflet for distribution in the poll-bound states, was released at a meeting here presided over by its founder and chief patron Indresh Kumar, the outfit's national convenor and in-charge of media Sayed Sayeed told PTI.

He said that leaflets will be distributed among the minority community members seeking vote for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Manipur and Punjab.

It noted, "The Narendra Modi government has started as many as 36 schemes, including Nai Roshni, Naya Savera, Nai Udaan, Seekho Aur Kamao, Ustaad and Nai Manjil, for the welfare of the minority communities since 2014."

The minority community members also benefited from the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Mudra Yojana, Jan Dhan Yojana, Ujjwala Yojana, Atal Pension Yojana, Startup India and other schemes launched by the Modi government, it said.

"Opposition parties, including Congress, SP and BSP, have been running propaganda against the RSS and the BJP for long saying that Muslims will be thrown out of the country if BJP comes to power... How many Muslims have been expelled from the country in the past seven years?" it asked.

"Congress and other opposition parties have considered Muslims only as their vote bank...Muslims got poverty, illiteracy, hatred against Hindus, backwardness, and anti-Islamic atrocities like (instant) triple talaq during the regimes of Congress and so-called sympathisers of Muslims," it added.

The MRM claimed that the incidents of "communal riots and atrocities" on Muslims have come down "drastically" since 2014.

Source: Times of India

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Political, religious groups condemn J&K govt’s order on ‘surya namaskar’

14th January 2022

Srinagar: Various political and religious groups on Friday criticised the Jammu and Kashmir administration’s order directing college heads in the union territory to organise large-scale ‘surya namaskar’ on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.

The event was to be held online on Friday as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations and officials of the Higher Education department did not respond to queries about it.

The Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU), an amalgam of several religious organisations, took strong exception to the order and said the authorities were well aware that Jammu and Kashmir is Muslim-majority and like people from other religions, Muslims will not participate in religious practices of other religions.

“To deliberately force them to do so by issuing directives is mischievous,” it said.

“The Muslims of J-K are respectful of all religions and believe in harmonious coexistence, but will never yield to any pressure, if and when there is any interference in matters related to their faith, it said in a statement.

“The recent open call to genocide of Muslims of India at a religious conference in Haridwar and the silence of the state in this regard is a shocking case of bigotedness and discrimination against Muslims, which has become the order of the day, it alleged.

The amalgam asked the administration to desist from issuing such orders in the future.

Former chief ministers — Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti — and various political parties also criticised the order.

“Why should Muslim students be forced to do anything, including yoga, to celebrate Makar Sankranti? Makar Sankranti is a festival & to celebrate it or not must be a personal choice. Would the BJP be happy if a similar order was issued to order non-Muslim students to celebrate Eid?” Abdullah, the National Conference vice president, wrote on Twitter.

Mehbooba, who is also the PDP president, said the Centre’s misadventures aim to collectively humiliate Kashmiris.

GOIs PR misadventures aim to demean & collectively humiliate Kashmiris. Forcing students & staff to perform surya namaskars by issuing orders despite their obvious discomfort with imposition of something laden with religious connotations gives an insight into their communal mindset, Mehbooba said in a tweet.

Peoples Conference (PC) president Sajad Gani Lone also criticised the directive, saying the administration was undoing what liberal Muslims had earned.

In a series of tweets, Lone said the government will not succeed and the will of the people will eventually prevail.

Why is the govt so insensitive. Now comes the surya namaskar episode. I wish the govt of the day understands that along many bloody battles fought in Kashmir — of immense importance was the war between liberal and radicals, Lone wrote on Twitter.

“And these were not verbose battles. The blood of the Kashmir liberal Muslim was spilled on the streets. The liberals fought to keep the secular liberal traditions of Kashmir alive. They fought the violence. They fought the bullets. The liberals rendered sacrifices, he said.

Lone said with the ‘surya namaskar’ directive, the government was emulating the radicals .

We have seen the brute power of the radicals all through nineties. U will not succeed. The will of the people will eventually prevail, he said.

Apni Party president Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari also took strong exception to the order and said the educational institutions must be kept aloof from political maneuvering and emphasis should be laid on providing quality education to the students.

Source: Siasat Daily

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Mosque loudspeaker reunites victim of Bengal train derailment with family in Assam

14th January 2022

GUWAHATI: A man, injured in the train derailment in West Bengal, was reunited with his family in Assam on Friday with the help of the loudspeakers at a mosque that are used for Namaz.

Safikul Ali, a resident of Dhula in Assam's Darrang district, was among those injured in the Bikaner-Guwahati Express train derailment in the neighbouring state's Jalpaiguri district on Thursday.

Having narrowly escaped the accident that claimed nine lives, Ali was undergoing treatment at the Super Specialty Hospital in Jalpaiguri, where Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw visited the injured on Friday.

"While enquiring about Ali's wellbeing, the minister learnt that he was unable to contact his family as neither does he nor his family members has a mobile phone," a Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) official told PTI.

Ali said he had the phone number of a neighbour, and Vaishnaw immediately got him connected with that person, the official said.

But, the neighbour could not find Ali's family at home, nor did a postman arranged by the minister could track them down, he added.

After efforts to contact the family failed, an announcement was made from the village mosque through the loudspeakers used for Namaz, the official said.

Following this, the family learnt about Ali's condition and got in touch with the railway authorities.

Source: New Indian Express

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Muzaffarnagar Riots Case: Local Court Acquits Four Accused Due to Lack of Evidence

JANUARY 14, 2022

Alocal court has acquitted the four accused in the Muzaffarnagar riots case due to lack of evidence.

On September 28, 2013, the victims, Naeem and his two brothers, Nadeem and Shaukat, residents of Phugana village, had filed a case at Phugana police station alleging that the accused “Yogendra, Nitin Guddu and Vishal, along with dozens of other people" had attacked their house on September 8.

Naeem stated in his complaint that the attackers were equipped with firearms and sharp-edged weapons, and that they assaulted him and his family.

He also said that they “ransacked our house and looted more than Rs 3 lakh, which they set on fire".

Defence lawyer Sohrab Singh said: “The complainant and his two brothers, who were witnesses in the case, became hostile. Therefore, judge Babu Ram’s court (additional district and sessions judge court-6) has acquitted the accused."

This is not the first time that a court has released those accused of violence in the riots.

Source: News18

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North America

 

Bodies of Bronx fire victims taken to Islamic funeral home

January 14, 2022

By Emily Crane

The bodies of those killed in the horrific Bronx fire were taken to an Islamic funeral home on Friday ahead of a mass funeral scheduled for this weekend.

At least 14 of the 17 victims — many of whom were Muslim immigrants — were wheeled into the Paak funeral home in Queens to be cleansed and wrapped according to Islamic tradition.

Covered by white sheets, the stretchers carrying the bodies were moved one-by-one into an elevator inside the funeral home and then lowered to the basement level.

The communal funeral for the victims, who all had ties to Gambia, is set to be held at the Islamic Cultural Center in the Bronx on Sunday — exactly a week after the tragedy occurred.

Funerals for at least two of the victims — sisters Seydou Toure, 12, and Haouwa Mahamadou, 5 — were already held Wednesday at a mosque in Harlem.

Among those who are still yet to be laid to rest include a 2-year-old boy, a mother who died with three of her children, and a husband and wife whose four kids are now orphans.

The medical examiner’s office said all 17 victims who died suffocated from the thick smoke that poured out of a third-floor apartment where officials say a malfunctioning electrical space heater sparked the fire.

Nearly a week after the tragedy, some of the victim’s families are still torn about whether to bury the dead in their West African homeland or in the US.

“There’s lots of emotion — lots of emotion — as we go back and forth about where to bury them, here or taking them back home,” Haji Dukuray, the uncle of Haja Dukuray, who died with her husband and three children, told the Associated Press.

Dukuray’s family decided to bury their loved one in the US.

“This is unprecedented. There’s a lot of emotion in those conversations, whether it’s amongst us here, or it’s among the families in the Gambia,” Dukuray said.

Meanwhile, the family of 27-year-old student, Sera Janneh, are planning to take her remains back to Gambia.

Source: New York Post

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Washington must listen to UN and release Afghan funds: Taliban

Jan 14, 2022

KABUL: The Taliban on Friday urged Washington to heed a call by the United Nations chief to unlock Afghan funds frozen in the United States, as a humanitarian crisis deepens.

US authorities froze billions of dollars in Afghan assets after the hardline Islamists seized power in August following the withdrawal of foreign forces.

On Thursday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Washington to take the lead and prevent "the nightmare unfolding in Afghanistan" by releasing capital.

"The United States must respond positively to the international voice and release Afghan capital," the Taliban government's spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter.

Washington has taken control of nearly $9.5 billion in assets belonging to the Afghan central bank.

The International Monetary Fund and World Bank have suspended activities in Afghanistan, withholding aid as well as $340 million in new reserves issued by the IMF in August.

Many Western nations have also largely suspended their assistance to Afghanistan, one of the world's poorest countries.

Aid agencies and the UN have estimated that more than half of the nation's 38 million population is expected to face hunger this winter.

"We must rapidly inject liquidity into the economy and avoid a meltdown that would lead to poverty, hunger and destitution for millions," Guterres told reporters in New York.

Source: Times of India

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US lawmaker offers condolences for death of elderly Palestinian after Israeli raid

Servet Günerigök 

15.01.2022

WASHINGTON

US congresswoman Betty McCollum from the state of Minnesota offered condolences Friday for the death of an elderly Palestinian-American who was detained by Israel during a raid in the occupied West Bank.

"This week 80-year old Omar Abdulmajeed Asaad, a Palestinian-American living in the West Bank, was pulled from his car, beaten by Israeli soldiers, and left to die on the side of the road. My condolences to Mr. Asaad’s family. He is now another victim of this cruel occupation," the Democratic lawmaker wrote on Twitter.

Fuad Fattoum, the head of the municipal council in the village of Jaljulia, told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday that Asaad, who is from the village, died after being held and assaulted by the Israeli army.

He said soldiers stormed the village and detained Asaad after beating and handcuffing him. Soldiers withdrew, leaving the elderly man lying on the ground inside a house under construction, where he died.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Muslim community in New York mobilizes to support victims of deadly Bronx fire

DINA SAYEDAHMED AND ALI YOUNES

January 15, 2022

NEW YORK: Members of the Muslim-American community in the Bronx area of New York where many Muslim-Americans died in an apartment building fire on January 9 mobilized their efforts to help the residents with support and donations.

At least 17 Muslim Americans of West African origin died in the fire. Eight of the victims were under the age of 18. Their Islamic funeral service will be held on January 16 at the Islamic Cultural Center of the Bronx.

“The smoke alarms were going off but nobody really took it seriously because they go off all the time, so nobody knows when it’s an actual emergency,” Bintou Kamara, 14, told Arab News.

Kamara, who studies at Harlem Prep High School, has lived at the building, 333 East 181st Street, with her family since an early age.

Kamara and her family initially thought the fire was coming from an adjacent apartment building, until they started hearing cries for help and sirens.

“We heard people yelling for help. We’d seen firefighters, so we realized it was our house,” Kamara said.

“We took a scarf and we were waving outside and yelling, ‘help, help.’ It took them like an hour or two to get to us. We were on the 12th floor.”

Fire officials said that a malfunctioning electric space heater had started the fire.

“The heat sometimes is on, sometimes is off. That’s why everybody in this building has a heater. Everybody in this building has a heater,” Kamara told Arab News.

“People don’t wanna freeze. It’s winter. It’s cold. I have a heater in my room. My mom has a heater. Everybody has a heater. If the building was just providing heat, none of this would've happened — if they were just doing what they were supposed to do.”

According to New York fire officials, the flames themselves did not spread through the entire building. Instead, thick black smoke engulfed the stairways and seeped into apartments, blocking the only fire escape and causing several deaths and hospitalizations.

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro told local media that an apparent malfunction of the doors in front of the building and on the 15th floor caused the smoke to spread quickly throughout the building.

Nigro said the apartment’s front door and a door on the 15th floor should have been self-closing and blunted the spread of smoke, but the doors stayed fully open. It was not clear if the doors failed mechanically or if they had been manually disabled.

But malfunctions within the apartment building are not uncommon, residents told Arab News. Fatoumatta Kamara, Bintou’s older sister, said that among the issues they faced were leaky sinks, peeling paint, and pests.

“Usually when you tell the landlord something, it’s either not fixed properly or it damages quickly or they don’t come until a while so you have to repeatedly continue to file for the same complaint on certain issues of the household,” Fatoumatta, a 19-year-old student at Fordham University, said. Eventually, after tiring of long waits, the family would make repairs themselves, she said.

Nearly a week after the fire, many families are still living in a hotel or with other family members, with little communication from the building’s landlord. Lawyers for the families of the victims filed a class action lawsuit seeking $1 billion in compensation from the building owners, city and state officials.

Despite having several issues in the apartment where the fire took place, Bintou and Fatoumatta expressed fondness for the community they’d built over the years.

The 120-unit building is occupied by predominantly low-income communities of various background, some of whom are Muslim immigrants with West African roots. The building sits within a 15-mile radius of several mosques which began mobilizing immediately to help the residents of the building.

Directly outside Masjid ar-Rahman, a nearby mosque, several cars double parked late into Thursday night. Inside, several volunteers huddled over hundreds of donated items, sorting them into different bags: toiletries, snacks, men’s shoes and women’s shoes, men’s shirts and women’s shirts, baby’s clothes, boys’ clothes, and girls’ clothes.

“After we sort through them, we either have family members of people who live in the building come in to pick up any new items immediately and we’ve also been sending some to the hotels,” 24-year-old Jenabu Simaha said.

Masjid al-Taqwa, another mosque in the area, collected monetary donations for the families and Masjid al-Fawzaan also assigned a drop off location for donations. Many of the items are new.

Source: Arab News

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Europe

 

UK ‘hitman’ went to blogger Ahmad Waqass Goraya’s home, purchased knife, jury told

Atika Rehman

January 15, 2022

LONDON: Muhammad Gohir Khan made multiple attempts to reach Rotterdam, and even bought a paring knife during his visit to the Netherlands as he scouted the home and location of exiled blogger Ahmad Waqass Goraya.

Khan also repeatedly asked a middleman in Pakistan — said to be the individual who allegedly hired the defendant for the murder plot — for more information on the identity and whereabouts of the blogger.

On the second day of the trial in which Khan has been charged with conspiracy to murder, the prosecution again made its case to the jury that the defendant intended to kill Goraya. Khan has pleaded not guilty and said he wanted to take the cash — about GBP 80,000 of which an advance of GBP 5,000 was paid — but that he did not intend to kill the blogger.

Covid curbs in Europe created hurdles in free movement of defendant

The trial has revealed chilling details of Khan’s discussions with a Pakistan-based middleman identified through phone messages as Mudz, Zed or Papa. Evidence provided by the prosecution shows Khan expressing frustration at only having a mugshot and an address and demanding more money. Mudz does not give more information, and insists that “R&D is 75% of the job”.

At one point when he is in Rotterdam, Khan suggests staging a robbery at the blogger’s address after his two stake-outs at the location did not yield information. “If it’s a Paki family how do we know who it is?” the defendant asked Mudz at another instance, when the two discussed talking to neighbours or ringing the doorbell of the victim.

Mudz told Khan he would meet his contact, an unidentified individual who appears to be the one with more information on Goraya, but said not to expect more information.

The prosecution’s case also demonstrated how Covid-19 restrictions in Europe, particularly the Netherlands, thwarted the defendant’s travel plans. Khan obtained bogus PCR tests and a bogus invitation letter purporting to be from a fictitious individual Zubair Khan who the defendant said was his relative.

When he arrived at Schipol airport in Amsterdam, immigration authorities who contacted the so-called Zubair Khan became suspicious when the person telephoned hung up when asked if they knew how old Khan was. Khan was then denied entry, and returned to the UK. He later travelled to Paris by train, and then took a bus from there to Rotterdam, where the intended victim lives.

The prosecution also demonstrated to the jury that Mudz and the defendant discussed the need for a weapon. Though Mudz said no tool was required as the target was “a baby not a shark”, Khan said the tool would be purchased in the Netherlands.

Mudz said it was impossible to travel with a ‘tool’ from the UK to the Netherlands. “You’ve been watching too many action movies,” he told the defendant. Mudz emphasised that as far as he understood, a weapon of that size is not required to take out this particular target.

Source: Dawn

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Moscow Offers to Facilitate Talks for Islamic Emirate

Jan 15, 2022

The Russian Federation’s foreign ministry expressed readiness to mediate between the Islamic Emirate and its "opponents." 

The remarks were made by the Russian foreign ministry’s spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, in a press conference in Moscow. 

“There have been no contacts with Russia in this regard. But it we were asked based on regulations, we will be ready to facilitate the negotiations between the new Afghan authorities and their opponent forces,” she told a press conference. 

But the Islamic Emirate downplays its political opponents, calling them “not serious,” and saying that the chance for negotiations with those who fled the country have been squandered.

“We don’t have any political opponents. Those who left the country and fled, they have also lost the chance for negotiations because we were ready for negotiations in the first place,” said Islamic Emirate spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, speaking to TOLOnews. 

This comes as earlier a delegation of the Islamic Emirate, led by acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Amir Khan Muttaqi, met with Ahmad Massoud, leader of the Resistant Front, and Ismail Khan, the former Herat governor, in Iran. 

Muttaqi confirmed his meeting with Ahmad Massoud and Ismail Khan and said that he assured them that they can come back and live in Afghanistan “without any worries." 

But will such a meeting be effective for the ongoing situation in Afghanistan? 

“The current Afghan problems cannot be solved without negotiations. We are hopeful that such meetings be held, so the Afghan issues can be solved via (talks),’ said Moeen Samkani, leader of Hezb-e-Haq Wa Adalat.

“The Islamic Emirate should talk with its opposition groups and reach a good decision,” said Sayed Hashim, a political analyst. 

Source: Tolo News

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Turkish president, UK premier discuss Ukraine, Syria in phone call

Berk Ozkan, Mustafa Hatipoglu

14.01.2022

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday held a phone call with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and discussed developments in Syria and Ukraine.

According to a statement by Turkiye’s Communications Directorate, Erdogan and Johnson also discussed climate and refugee issues.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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EU welcomes German court’s conviction of ex-Syrian intelligence officer

Burak Bir

14.01.2022

The EU on Friday welcomed the German court’s conviction of a former Syrian intelligence officer.

In a written statement, European Union External Action Service (EEAS) called it a "landmark decision" which found Anwar Raslan guilty of crimes against humanity.

Anwar Raslan, 58, was convicted of committing crimes against humanity, murders, torture, and sexual assault while serving as the head of the investigation unit at Damascus’ al-Khatib prison between 2011 and 2012.

"This verdict is part of the first trial worldwide on state-sponsored torture in Syria and an important step towards the fight against impunity and to secure justice and accountability in Syria," it added.

The EEAS also reiterated the EU’s call to have the situation in Syria referred to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands.

The Higher Regional Court of Koblenz said Raslan was a co-perpetrator in at least 27 murders, 25 cases of dangerous physical injury, many cases of torture, and individual cases of sexual assault and rape.

He was arrested in Germany in 2019 after Syrian torture survivors and witnesses informed the authorities.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Closure of another mosque in France condemned

January 15, 2022

LAHORE:Tanzim Islami (TI) ameer Shujauddin Sheikh condemned the closing down of another mosque by the French govt in Cannes, France, terming it the worst form of state Islamophobic terrorism. Addressing a gathering on Friday, he said the closure of another mosque in France had once again proved that the Western world had become morally bankrupt and cannot allow Muslim minority to worship and practice its religion. The fact is that the so-called champions of democratic values, religious freedom and equality in the West, had been committing willful blasphemy under govt patronage and restricting Muslims from living according to Islamic teachings.

Source: The News Pakistan

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Pakistan

 

Chief Justice of Pakistan slams Imran Khan govt for poor governance

January 15, 2022

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed on Thursday slammed the Imran Khan government for trying to place Islam in the constitutional dispensation and the governance paradigm, adding that the court is burdened by petty issues in the shape of petitions.

"The capacity to enforce rights of the citizens is not growing [and] as a result the hapless people of this country are facing typical problems and their fundamental rights are being violated with impunity," regretted the CJP.

CJP was speaking at the book launching ceremony of "Reading The Constitution of Pakistan -- Article wise discussion, fair comments on the case, law and the history" when he rebuked the government for not handling the public concerns in the true spirit.

He said small matters like cleaning of roads; lifting of garbage, maintaining parks and open spaces, provision of playgrounds and ensuring construction in accordance with bylaws are being brought up in the court of law.

Furthermore, he severely criticised the government and said that these are prime and basic functions of the government, but these basic issues were not being attended to.

Additionally, he urged the government to take heed of the situation around them and make sure that the constitution is enforced in all facets of public life.

Moreover, Justice Khosa enlisted five issues confronting the nation and said unless these were identified and a solution was discovered, the country would continue to face insecurity. "For this, we have to catch the bull by the horn."

Justice Khosa said they had to decide forever what was the role of the state in Islamic dispensation and where they had to place Islam in the constitutional dispensation and the governance paradigm, The dawn reported.

He said the biggest hurdle that was obstructing development was the mindset since "our loyalty was towards our clan or tribe than the state. Such tendencies are now even creeping up in different institutions including the legal fraternity which often goes on strike every now and then. Likewise, we also have to take care about our economic sovereignty.

Under the constitution, Chief Justice of Pakistan said, the judiciary had been bestowed upon the task to ensure that the constitution was applied and enforced in true spirit.

He showed his disappointment in the Pakistani government and said, "The capacity to enforce rights of the citizens is not growing and as a result, the hapless people of this country are facing typical problems and their fundamental rights are being violated with impunity"

Source: Business Standard

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Terrorist killed, 2 others arrested during IBO in North Waziristan: ISPR

January 14, 2022

One terrorist was killed while two others were arrested during an intelligence-based operation (IBO) by security forces in Miranshah, North Waziristan, the military’s media affairs wing revealed in a statement on Friday.

“Weapons and ammunition [were] also recovered from [the] terrorists. Area clearance operation in progress to hunt down any other terrorist in the area,” the ISPR said.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated that the security forces conducted the IBO on the reported presence of terrorists.

Separately, a Pakistan Army soldier embraced martyrdom after terrorists attacked a military post in Bannu’s Janikhel.

In a statement, the ISPR said that terrorists fired on a military post on the night of January 13-14.

“Army troops initiated a prompt response and effectively engaged the terrorists’ location,” the statement said. It added that during the intense exchange of fire, 26-year-old Sepoy Sarfaraz Ali embraced martyrdom.

It is pertinent to note that last week, two soldiers were martyred and many terrorists killed in two separate IBOs conducted by security forces in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

During intense exchanges of fire, two terrorists were killed and three others apprehended, while one surrendered to security forces, the ISPR said, adding that weapons and a huge cache of ammunition, including improvised explosive devices and rockets, were found in the terrorists’ possession.

Source: Pakistan Today

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Pakistan to seek peace, economic connectivity under new security policy

Reuters / Jan 14, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday launched its first-ever comprehensive National Security Policy that it said was centred on regional peace and economic connectivity, and stressed that it wanted improved relations with arch-rival neighbouring India.

The National Security Policy, seven years in the making, is meant to act as a comprehensive framework tying together policies in different sectors. Economic security is listed as the top priority.

"I am confident that effective implementation of this policy will contribute immensely to our country's economic security," Prime Minister Imran Khan said, speaking at an event to launch the public version of the policy in Islamabad.

Officials say the details of the policy, prepared by a department jointly headed by civil and military leaders, will remain confidential.

The policy revolves around seeking peace with neighbours and exploring opportunities to make Pakistan a trade and investment hub.

"Pakistan is poised to take advantage of its geo-economically pivotal location to operate as a production, trade and investment, and connectivity hub for our wider region to strengthen our economic security," the policy document stated.

It also sought peace and better relations with rival India but warned that policies being pursued by its eastern neighbour could lead to conflict.

"The political exploitation of a policy of belligerence towards Pakistan by India's leadership has led to the threat of military adventurism and non-contact warfare to our immediate east," it said.

Pakistan and India, both of which have nuclear weapons, have fought three wars since 1947 and had a number of military skirmishes - most recently a limited engagement between their air forces in 2019.

Pakistan has long been considered by analysts as a security state, where military policy has always trumped other considerations.

Aside from three wars with India, Pakistan has been entangled in two wars in neighbouring Afghanistan, and also dealt with violent Islamist militancy and separatist movements.

Source: Times of India

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Govt to give Pakistani nationality to foreign investors

January 15, 2022

ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to offer Pakistani nationality to foreign investors, especially to fetch heavy investments from wealthy Afghans and Chinese.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry through a late-night tweet on Friday confirmed the plan.

The government believes it will fetch billions of dollars of foreign investment by giving Pakistani nationality and proprietary rights to the foreign investors.

“In line with new National Security Policy, through which Pakistan declared geo-economics as core of its national security doctrine, the government has decided to allow permanent residency scheme for foreign nationals, new policy allows foreigners to get permanent resident status in lieu of investment,” the tweet said.

A source privy to this de­­velopment told Dawn that the government wanted to attract heavy investments from the wealthy Afghan nationals who were presently investing in countries such as Iran, Turkey and Malaysia.

They said the government also hoped that US-based Sikh nationals would be happy to make investment in different sectors in Pakistan due to their affection with Sikh religious sites in the country.

Source: Dawn

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FM Qureshi urges importance of debt restructuring as Pakistan assumes G77 chair

Anwar Iqbal

January 15, 2022

UNITED NATIONS: As Pakistan assumed the chair of the Group of 77 on Friday, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi urged the international community to help developing countries recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Developing countries cannot recover if their budgets are further constrained by austerity packages, imposed increases in energy prices, and weakening of their currencies. No country must be prevented from serving its people,” he said in his virtual address to the annual meeting.

The Group of 77 (G77) is a coalition of 134 developing countries in the United Nations, designed to promote their collective economic interests. Pakistan will chair the group for the year 2022.

Pakistan is one of the founding members of the Group and has had the privilege of serving as its chair in New York on three occasions in the past.

Mr Qureshi presided over the proceedings of the opening segment of the handover ceremony held in a virtual format, and also attended by the outgoing Chair (Guinea), UN Secretary-General, and President of the UN General Assembly. The foreign minister pointed out that more than 20 developing countries were in debt distress, and some had already defaulted. “Over 20 countries are food insecure. Famine stalks some, especially in conflict zones in Africa and in Afghanistan,” he warned.

Mr Qureshi identified the triple crisis — the Covid-19 pandemic; the related economic downturn; and the threat posed by climate change” — the world was facing today.

The foreign minister pointed out that this public health crisis had affected the developing countries disproportionately.

“Both because of weak health systems and meager resources, millions in our countries have suffered enormously and mostly in silence. Apart from lost lives, over 150 million have been pushed into extreme poverty,” he said.

Mr Qureshi called for universal distribution of vaccines as the best response to the mutating virus.

The foreign minister reminded the international community that while rich nations had injected over $17 trillion to revive their economies, “most developing countries are still in the grip of the most severe recession in a century”.

He underscored the need for debt restructuring; fulfillment of the 0.7 per cent ODA target; redistribution of the $650 billion new SDRs; and larger concessional finance from the IMF and the multilateral development banks. He also stressed the need to curb the illicit outflow of trillions of dollars from developing countries.

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Security policy places economy front and centre

Baqir Sajjad Syed

January 15, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Amid spiralling inflation and a significant rise in the cost of living for nearly all Pakistanis, it is perhaps fitting that the country’s first-ever national security policy acknowledges economic stability as a key component of national security.

“Pakistan’s vital national security interests are best served by placing economic security as the core element of national security. The country’s security imperatives in the next decade will be driven by the need to realise its economic potential while ensuring national cohesion, territorial integrity, internal security, and citizen welfare,” states the National Security Policy (NSP) 2022-2026.

Approved by the federal cabinet last week, a public version of the policy was unveiled by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday

While the policy puts economic security at the core of its comprehensive national security vision, other elements covered in the document include national cohesion, defence and territorial integrity, internal security, foreign policy, and human security.

The policy, which is being described as an umbrella document for various sectoral policies, provides strategic guidance for action in these priority areas, while identifying opportunities and challenges.

PM admits going to IMF tantamount to compromising country’s security

The policy makes a rare distinction between traditional security that focuses on defence, territorial integrity, internal security, and diplomacy; and non-traditional security, which consists of broader elements that impinge on a country’s economic health and citizens’ well-being.

In accordance with its emphasis on strengthening economy, the policy urges putting geo-economic priorities on a par with geo-strategic imperatives. The strategy proposed is one of “sustainable and inclusive economic growth” to expand the national resource pie, so that more resources can be provided to meet the requirements of defence and other sectors, without having to alter the spending pattern.

Addressing a ceremony held to mark the launch of the report, Prime Minister Imran Khan also echoed this sentiment. “Unless we grow together (as a nation) we will always remain insecure. Security can only be achieved through inclusive development and growth,” he said.

Moreover, PM Khan was quick to underscore that a country cannot be secure without having a sound economy. “When we go to IMF – the lender of the last resort – and accept their conditions, our security is compromised,” he said.

He regretted that the country never had a plan to secure itself economically, adding that Pakistan would remain insecure if the rich kept getting richer with no measures in place to protect the downtrodden and vulnerable segments.

The report also suggests stepping up economic diplomacy by building new economic partnerships that could also support Pakistan’s political and strategic interests.

Defence and internal security

The NSP puts forward the concept of ‘comprehensive national security’ encompassing economic, human, and traditional security for the “safety, security, dignity, and prosperity” of the people.

PM Khan hailed the policy as “all-encompassing and multi-dimensional” as he vowed to align all government agencies towards realization of its objectives. The prime minister linked the military dominance of the national security vision so far to the “insecure environment” in which the country found itself since its creation because of the security threats from India.

Citing the example of USSR, he said, that such one-dimensional approaches cannot ensure unity and integrity for any country.

“Pakistan’s future lies in embracing change and breaking the inertia of status-quo in a world that is undergoing fundamental transformation,” the document states, urging a refocusing of diplomatic efforts for engagement with the outside world under “new realities”.

In the defense sector, the NSP notes that “lingering border disputes” continue to pose security threats and calls for capitalising on “opportunities” afforded by newly-instituted border management initiatives and the fencing of the border with Afghanistan and the merger of the erstwhile tribal areas alongside securing gains made in the fight against terrorism.

However, it says that the use of force by India cannot be ruled out. It attributes this risk to the prevalence of the extremist Hindutva ideology that is dominating nearly all institutions.

“Pakistan is committed to defending its territorial integrity in response to any military misadventure. Requisite conventional capabilities will be ensured through astute investment in constant modernization of our armed forces without embroiling in any arms race,” the policy notes.

It also calls for enhanced indigenous of defence production and prioritisation of network centricity, battlefield awareness and electronic warfare capabilities. As per the policy document, these will be paid for through the gains of an improved economy.

On space security, it states that Pakistan continues to maintain a policy against the militarization of space at international forums, but in view of the developments in the neighbourhood, there will be continued investment in the national space program.

The NSP also says that information and cyber-warfare pose a whole new dimension of security challenges and it was important to put in place robust mechanisms to protect cyberspace from malicious use, recommending investment in the cyber security of critical infrastructure.

Touching upon hybrid warfare, the policy says, “Pakistan will adopt a holistic, interconnected whole-of-nation approach to neutralise attempts to undermine Pakistan’s security and stability through hybrid warfare.”

“The foremost aim of our foreign policy and military capability will remain peace and stability in the region and beyond, based on mutual respect and sovereign equality,” NSP states.

Regional security

The Indian Ocean, the policy says, is fast becoming a contested space and the Indian role there is negatively impacting regional security and economic interests. The NSP recommends a renewed focus on strengthening Pakistan’s maritime capabilities to meet emerging challenges by protecting its Exclusive Economic Zone, ensuring the freedom of navigation, and protection against piracy.

Noting that the expansion of India’s nuclear triad, open-ended statements on nuclear policy, and investments in and introduction of de-stabilising technologies were disturbing the strategic balance in the region, NSP declares that Pakistan’s deterrence regime is vital for, and aimed at, securing regional peace.

Regarding India, the national security policy linked problematic ties between Islamabad and Delhi to the Kashmir dispute and the Modi government’s hegemonic designs.

“Pakistan remains committed to normalisation of relations with its neighbours based on mutual respect, sovereign equality, and a collective effort to find pathways for conflict resolution with the belief that shared economic opportunities are cornerstones for achieving prosperity in Pakistan and the region,” it said.

Continued cooperation with the United States, the document says, will remain critical for regional peace and stability and expresses a desire for diversifying this relationship through “mutually beneficial” engagements.

“Communicating Pakistan’s concerns to policy makers in Washington while seeking to broaden our partnership beyond a narrow counter-terrorism focus will be a priority. Pakistan will continue to seek areas of convergence with the United States in trade, investment, connectivity, energy, counter-terrorism, security, and intelligence cooperation,” it adds.

Internal security

According to the policy document, the threat of terrorism still exists, despite progress in counter-terrorism operations, as it is used by hostile actors for disrupting peace and development projects. Under the policy, the counter-terrorism strategy would continue the capacity building of law-enforcement agencies, efforts to choke terror-financing, conducting intelligence-based operations, undertaking development projects, and promoting an anti-terror narrative.

Violent sub-nationalist activities have also been exploited by hostile foreign intelligence agencies, the policy said and proposed a four-pronged strategy in this regard, which included separating reconcilables from irreconcilables; cutting off recruitment; constricting financial sources; and pursuing targeted socio-economic policies.

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Talks between Jamaat-i-Islami, PPP finally begin

January 15, 2022

KARACHI: The Jamaat-i-Islami and the provincial government of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Friday held first round of talks over the controversial Sindh Local Government Act 2021.

The two sides agreed to continue the process with a clear announcement from the right-wing party that it was not going to end its ongoing protest sit-in outside the Sindh Assembly.

JI-Karachi chief Hafiz Naeemur Rahman announced the Karachi Huqooq March on Sunday on main Sharea Faisal that would end at the sit-in venue.

He said the Sindh government team led by Local Government Minister Nasir Shah held talks with the JI team comprising Advocate Saifuddin, Dr Osama Razi, MPA Abdul Rasheed and Muslim Pervez at the minister’s office in the Sindh Assembly.

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SBP urged to allow trade in cash with Afghanistan

January 15, 2022

QUETTA: President of the Balochistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) Fida Hussain Dashti on Friday urged the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to allow trade with Afghanistan in cash until a proper banking system is made functional on both sides of the border.

He said in a statement that if this facility was not extended to the business community, they would not only face bankruptcy but thousands of people would also become jobless.

Mr Dashti said that the economic development of any country, province or region depended on good and stable trade relations with its neighbours and other countries.

He said promotion of legal trade was top priority of the BCCI and it wanted to strengthen relations with Iran and Afghanistan. However, he said that the conditions set by the SBP for trade with neighbouring countries, especially with Afghanistan, were creating hurdles in smooth trade and business relations.

“We want that the SBP should allow trade with Afghanistan in cash until the banking channel with Afghanistan is made functional,” Mr Dashti said.

He said the government should seriously consider the demand of Balochistan’s traders, otherwise thousands of people would lose jobs, and the trade deficit of Pakistan would further widen.

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Arab World

 

Arab Coalition strikes kill 150 Houthis, destroy 22 military vehicles in Yemen

14 January ,2022

The Arab Coalition carried out targetted military strikes against the Iran-backed Houthi militia in the Yemeni city of Marib, killing 250 “terrorists” and destroying 22 military vehicles, the coalition said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on Friday.

The attack took place over 24 hours and involved 36 different targets, SPA added.

Simultaneously, the Arab Coalition also held military operations on 12 targets in the Yemeni town of al-Bayda, eliminating “80 terrorist elements” and seven military vehicles.

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis launched dozens of cross-border attacks on Saudi Arabia throughout 2021.

In September 2021, the Houthis intensified their efforts to take Marib, a provincial capital which is the government’s last northern stronghold.

As hostilities escalated, the Houthis on January 3 seized a United Arab Emirates-flagged ship that the coalition said was carrying medical supplies.

The Iran-backed militia targeted civilian areas and energy facilities in the Kingdom with explosive-laden drones and ballistic missiles.

The Arab Coalition has been carrying out attacks against legitimate military Houthi targets in Yemen in recent months, warning civilians to not approach or gather around the targeted sites beforehand.

Source: Al Arabiya

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After a hiatus of two years, the Prophet’s Mosque will allow iftar sofras under strict protocols

January 14, 2022

MADINAH — The Agency for the Affairs of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah announced on Thursday a plan to resume mass iftar (breaking fast) program at the mosque during the upcoming holy month of Ramadan after a hiatus of two years.

The iftar program has been suspended as part of precautionary measures following the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic since Ramadan 1441, which started on April 24, 2020.

The agency said the resumption of iftar meal at the Prophet’s Mosque will be under strict health protocols to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Only those people who are licensed to spread iftar sofra (spread on which food is laid) will be allowed to do so at their previously designated places. The exact number of worshipers allowed at each sofra will be informed later after reviewing the pandemic situation.

The agency stressed that the iftar meal providers have to conclude contracts with approved catering companies to prepare meals, and to restrict the number of people on one sofra to 5 in the event of implementing regulations to maintain social distancing, and 12 people in the event of not applying social distancing measures.

The regulations also include seating on one side of the sofra, facing the qiblah. Those licensed to provide iftar meal service shall update their data effective from the beginning of the month of Rajab (Feb. 2, 2022), the agency added.

The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques had suspended spreading iftar sofras and performing i’tikaaf (the practice of staying at a mosque for worship for a certain period of time) at the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah during the last two seasons of Ramadan as part of the coronavirus protocols.

However, the presidency made arrangements to distribute individual ready-made iftar meals for those visiting the Holy Mosques under strict measures. Only bottled water and packets of dates were allowed to serve within the precincts of the Holy Mosques.

Before the outbreak of the pandemic, mass iftar at the Prophet’s Mosque during Ramadan used to provide a unique spiritual experience not only for the people of Madinah but also for the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and visitors who come to the holy city from different corners of the world.

The iftar sofras at the Prophet’s Mosque are considered as the longest food table in the world. Dates, bread, yogurt, Arabian coffee, and water bottles are supplied in abundance to meet the requirements of the increasing number of worshippers who break their fast at the mosque.

Heavy dishes such as kabsa, mandi, meat, rice, as well as fruits and juices were served in the shaded courtyards around the mosque where there were separate sections for women. Massive and elaborate arrangements for iftar were made inside and outside the mosque with worshippers filling all its corners.

According to sources, there were around 30,000 sofras spread out in the mosque and 63,000 sofras at its shaded courtyards during the holy month before the outbreak of the pandemic.

Source: Saudi Gazette

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US tells Lebanon not to fear sanctions over energy supply plans, PM’s office says

14 January ,2022

The US ambassador to Lebanon told the Lebanese government it should not fear a US sanctions law over its plans to receive energy supplies from the region, the office of Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said on Friday.

Lebanon, which is grappling with a deep financial crisis, is seeking to import energy from fellow Arab states to ease an acute power shortage.

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However, supplies would have to transit Syria, which is subject to a US sanctions law.

US Ambassador Dorothy Shea handed Mikati a letter from the US Treasury Department “to answer some of the concerns the Lebanese authorities had regarding regional energy agreements that the United States helped facilitate between Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt,” the statement from the prime minister’s office said.

Under a plan agreed between Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and Syria in September, Egyptian gas would be piped to Lebanon via Jordan and Syria to help boost Lebanon’s power output, which now delivers a few hours a day of electricity at best.

The plan, which has US backing, aims to pump the gas through an Arab pipeline established about 20 years ago.

However, the plan has been complicated by US sanctions on the Syrian government, under President Bashar al-Assad, prompting Lebanese officials to ask Washington to grant an exemption. Damascus has said it was ready to cooperate.

Senior Republican lawmakers and former US officials quickly hit out at the Biden administration.

“Exceptionally poor advice. Lebanon should absolutely worry about violating US sanctions. So should every other country involved,” Senator Ted Cruz tweeted.

He added: “Congress isn’t going to allow Team Biden to enrich Iran’s proxies, especially not bloody tyrants like Assad. US sanctions will be enforced.”

Congressman Joe Wilson echoed Cruz’s sentiment. “The Caesar Act is clear. Congress will hold Biden accountable for any sanctions relief provided to Assad. Lebanon’s energy and economic crisis will not be solved by enriching mass murderer Assad and Iran’s proxies,” he said.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Attacks on Iraq political party’s HQ, Green Zone raise security fears

January 15, 2022

BAGHDAD: An explosion from a hand grenade hit the headquarters of Iraqi parliament speaker Mohammed Halbousi’s Taqaddum party in Baghdad early on Friday wounding two guards, police sources said.

The blast caused damage to the building’s doors and windows, police said. No group claimed responsibility and there was no comment from Halbousi or the Iraqi government immediately for the incident.

A similar incident hours later targeted the Baghdad headquarters of the Azm party of another Sunni politician, Khamis Al-Khanjar, police said, but caused only light damage.

There was no claim of responsibility for the second incident.

Iraq’s parliament, newly elected after an Oct. 10 general election in which the populist Shiite cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr was the biggest winner, voted to reinstate Halbousi for his second term as speaker on Sunday.

Shiite parties aligned with Iran and which rival Al-Sadr, opposed the selection of Halbousi.

On Thursday, Iraq’s Federal Supreme Court, the country’s highest tribunal, provisionally suspended Halbousi, after two fellow deputies lodged a complaint claiming his re-election was unconstitutional.

This will affect the work of parliament whose first task is to elect the country’s president, who then must name a prime minister tasked with forming a new government following October elections.

But the court said suspending the speaker should not affect a 30- day deadline to elect Iraq’s new president.

Separately, three people including two children were wounded in rocket attacks on Thursday in Baghdad’s Green Zone, with one hitting a school and two smashing into the US Embassy grounds, Iraqi security sources said.

“Three rockets were fired toward the Green Zone,” a high-ranking Iraqi official said, preferring anonymity. “Two of those fell on the grounds of the American Embassy, and the other on a school nearby, injuring a woman, a girl and a young boy.”

In recent months, dozens of rocket assaults or drone bomb attacks have targeted American troops and interests in Iraq.

The attacks are rarely claimed, but are routinely pinned on pro-Iran factions.

These factions in Iraq are calling for the departure of all US forces stationed in the country.

Source: Arab News

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Mideast

 

8 Hamas, 'Islamic Jihad' Leaders Leave Gaza to Live Abroad

14 January, 2022

Senior leaders of Palestinian factions have left their homes in Gaza Strip and are currently living in luxury hotels in rich countries, together with their families, said intelligence sources in Israel.

According to a report by Yedioth Ahronoth, "From refugee camps to 5-star hotels," at least eight top figures from the Hamas movement and the "Islamic Jihad" left the enclave over the past year.

The first to take part in this exodus was Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas’ political leader abroad, who left his home in the Al-Shati Refugee Camp for the extravagant hotels in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

Haniyeh justified his departure due to his candidacy for the leadership of Hamas - but the election ended a few months ago. He pressured Egyptian authorities to allow his wife and children to leave the Strip through the Rafah crossing, and they are currently living with him in opulence in Qatar, said the report.

Another key figure is Khalil al-Hayya, who until very recently served as the deputy of Hamas' leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar. He left the enclave several months ago after receiving a promotion as the group’s "head of Relations for Arab and Muslim Countries."

Just like Haniyeh, Hayyah managed to get his family out of Gaza and move to Doha.

Others on the list include Salah al-Bardawil, a senior member of the group who obtained permission to leave Gaza with his family for one year; Hamas' spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri and veteran diplomatic advisor and Haniyeh’s personal deputy Taher al-Nunu.

Doha is not the only destination, with Turkey becoming the new home of Hamas top figure Fathi Hamad.

Source: Aawsat

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Thousands of Palestinians attend Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa mosque

January 15, 2022

Despite tight security conditions imposed by the Israeli regime and the rainy weather, thousands of Palestinian people held Friday prayers today at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound.

Sources estimate the number of participants at around 30,000, according to a report by Palestine Today.

This is while Israeli security forces imposed tight security around the old Jerusalem al-Quds and areas leading to the holy mosque.

According to the report, Israeli forces prevented the entry of some Palestinians to the al-Aqsa Mosque while also searching citizens’ personal data-x-items and checking identity cards.

The al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza, houses both the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque.

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Muslims in Russia value brotherly ties with Iran: cleric

January 14, 2022

He made the remarks in a meeting with the Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Kazem Jalali, noting that officials of the two countries have consolidated trustable ties in years before.

“Russian Muftis Shura Council and the Religious Administration of Muslims in Russia expanded amicable ties with Iranian religious communities in line with a good relationship between the two nations,” he noted.

Pointing to cultural commonalities between Russian and Iranian Muslims, he argued that Russia’s Tatars are keen to maintain and expand cultural and religious ties especially due to their interest in Persian culture and language.

He also urged the Iranian ambassador to convey warm greetings from Russian Muslims to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and President Ebrahim Raisi.

Jalali, for his part, said that the Iranian diplomatic mission in Moscow will do its best to maintain good cooperation with Russians in particular in the religious arena.

He further referred to the fact that Sheikh Rawi Ainuddin enjoys a special position in religious circles in Iran because of his efforts to enhance constructive dialogue.

Source: Tehran Times

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Iranian, Chinese FMs Vow to Broaden Bilateral Ties

2022-January-14

During the meeting in the Chinese capital today, the Iranian and Chinese foreign ministers explored avenues for bolstering and reinvigorating bilateral relations in various areas.

Amir Abdollahian departed Tehran for Beijing on Thursday to hold meetings and talks with high-ranking Chinese officials on bilateral ties, as well as regional and international issues.

During his visit, bilateral relations in the political, economic and cultural fields, as well as international and regional issues will be discussed.

Speaking in a press conference on Tuesday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin announced that Iran's foreign minister will visit his Chinese counterpart on Friday.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Senior Cleric Blasts West for Hatching Plots in Vienna Talks

2022-January-14

Addressing a congregation of people at Tehran's Imam Khomeini Grand Mosalla (congregational prayers site), Hojjatoleslam Hajaliakbari said, "The negotiators in the Vienna talks should courageously neutralize the enemy's plots on the removal of the US sanctions."

"We are in no hurry in the negotiations, but we will not allow the negotiations to last too long," he added.

The senior negotiator called on the negotiators to thwart the enemy's plots with wisdom, rationality, trust in God and the workable plans.

Iran and the G4+1 group of countries – Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China – resumed talks in Vienna on January 3 after the parties took a three-day break for the New Year. The US is not allowed to directly attend the talks due to its pullout in 2018 from the landmark deal with Iran.

The eighth round of the Vienna talks began on December 27 with a focus on the removal of all sanctions that the US imposed on Iran.

During the previous round of the talks, the first under Iran’s new President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi, Iran presented new proposals at the negotiating table to help the talks move forward and later criticized the European signatories of the JCPOA for failing to follow suit and remaining passive.

One year after Washington’s exit from the deal and the failure of the European signatories to uphold their commitments under pressure from the US, Iran took a set of retaliatory steps away from the deal in several stages in line with its legal contractual rights.

With a new administration in office in the US, Washington says it wants to rejoin the deal, but it has been dragging its feet in removing the sanctions on Iran.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iran’s Khomenei’s website shows animated video of drone strike killing Trump

14 January ,2022

The website of Iran’s supreme leader has showcased an animated video that appears to show a robot calling in a drone strike to assassinate former US President Donald Trump.

The animated video was part of a contest to mark the January 3, 2020 killing of former Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander Qassem Soleimani, who was slain in an American drone strike in Baghdad.

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The video, posted Wednesday on the website of Khamenei’s office, appears to show Trump, on the golf course at his Mar-a-Lago, Florida, being targeted in a drone strike.

It was shared by many on social media.

The video mirrored a propaganda poster last year also showing Trump on a golf course, calling for revenge for Soleimani’s slaying.

Earlier this month, Iran’s extremist President Ebrahim Raisi demanded Trump be “prosecuted and killed.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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Many injured as police break up protests in Israel's Negev region

Abdelraouf Arnaout

14.01.2022

JERUSALEM

Several protesters were injured as the Israeli police used brutal force to suppress a demonstration in the Negev region in southern Israel, an Arab human rights center in Israel said.

On Thursday, hundreds of local Arabs in Negev staged protests against their land confiscation by the Jewish National Fund.

In a statement, Adalah, the legal center for Arab minority rights in Israel, said that the Israeli police, disguised in Arab clothes, also arrested a large number of demonstrators.

The police used sound bombs, rubber bullets, and tear gas to disperse people, causing several injuries, according to the statement.

It said that Arabs in the Negev had obtained prior permission from the police to organize the demonstration.

The police dispersed Thursday's demonstration before it could start, the statement added.

For its part, the Israeli police said in a statement that their forces tried to control riots in the Shaqib al-Salam and Tel el-Saba' areas.

The Israeli police did not reveal the exact number of demonstrators detained.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Africa

 

Ennahda Movement accuses Tunisian authorities of controlling media

Adel al-Thabti 

14.01.2022

TUNIS, Tunisia

Tunisia’s Renaissance Party, or Ennahda Movement, has accused the country’s authorities of "striving to put a political and security hand on the public media."

"The suppression of rights and freedoms was manifested in the deprivation of political parties from appearing in public media and the blow against syndicates’ right to stage strikes, protest, and negotiate in order to improve the deteriorating conditions of this sector," Ennahda said in a statement released on Thursday.

The authority, according to Ennahda, "seeks to put a political and security hand on the public media, whose liberation through the revolution was the greatest gain."

On July 25, President Kais Saied deposed the government, suspended parliament, and assumed executive authority.

He insisted that the "exceptional measures" were intended to "save" the country, but critics accuse him of planning a "coup."

Ennahda, which was founded in 1981 and is the largest party in the now-suspended Tunisian parliament, called the accusations "politicized" and demanded that the suspension be lifted immediately.

The head of the Journalists Syndicate, Mahdi al-Jelassi, said in a media statement Tuesday that "there is a political decision to prevent all parties from entering public television and participating in its programs, which represents a major setback for press freedom in the country."

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Tunisia's Ennahda calls for Jan 14 to be marked as 2011 revolution anniversary

Yamena Salemi  

14.01.2022

TUNIS, Tunisia

The Tunisian Ennahda party on Friday made a public call to mark the anniversary of the country's 2011 revolution on Friday amid calls by various groups to rally against a power grab last year by President Kais Saied.

"We call upon the Tunisian people to celebrate the glorious revolution anniversary and to express with all legal and peaceful means the commitment to the revolution's values and goals," said a statement by the political party.

Ennahda, the largest party in the now-suspended Tunisian parliament, called on people in the country to condemn Saied's "coup path that aims to restore the authoritarian autocracy rule" in Tunisia.

Meanwhile, a movement named Citizens Against Coup, which spearheads protests against Saied's power seizure, said on Friday that security forces had arrested a number of demonstrators in the capital Tunis without specifying the exact number of detainees.

Authorities are yet to comment on the arrests.

Jan. 14 marks the anniversary of the Tunisian revolution that toppled Ben Ali. Saied, however, changed the date to Dec. 17, when fruit seller Mohammed Bouazizi set himself ablaze after an altercation with police, the incident which ignited the uprising.

Saied ousted the government on July 25, 2021, suspended parliament and assumed executive authority, insisting that the "exceptional measures" were meant to "save" the country.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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New US-Africa envoy to visit Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Ethiopia: State department

15 January ,2022

The US special envoy for the Horn of Africa will visit Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Ethiopia next week amid ongoing crises in the two African nations, the State Department announced Friday.

David Satterfield and Assistant Secretary of State Molly Phee will travel to Riyadh, Khartoum and Addis Ababa from January 17 to January 20.

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In Riyadh, the pair will meet with the Friends of Sudan, a group calling for the restoration of the country’s transitional government following a military coup in October.

The meeting aims to “marshal international support” for the UN mission to “facilitate a renewed civilian-led transition to democracy” in Sudan, according to the statement.

Satterfield and Phee will then travel to Khartoum, where they will meet with pro-democracy activists, women’s and youth groups, civil organizations and military and political figures.

“Their message will be clear: the United States is committed to freedom, peace, and justice for the Sudanese people,” the statement read.

In Ethiopia, the pair will talk with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to seek a resolution to the deepening civil war.

“They will encourage government officials to seize the current opening for peace by ending the air strikes and other hostilities,” the statement read.

They will also ask for the establishment of a ceasefire, the release of political prisoners and the restoration of humanitarian access.

Satterfield, the former US ambassador to Turkey, was appointed to replace Jeffrey Feltman as special envoy on January 6.

Feltman quit just as he visited Ethiopia in a bid to encourage peace talks to end more than a year of war following the withdrawal of Tigrayan rebels.

The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which last year threatened to march on Addis Ababa, by December had withdrawn to its stronghold, and the government has not pursued the rebels further on the ground.

Feltman had also sought to tackle the crisis in Sudan, but he was treated unceremoniously in October when Sudan’s military ruler, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, carried out a coup just after the US envoy had left the country.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Tunisian court sentences nine to death for killing army official: State media

15 January ,2022

A Tunisian court specialized in terrorism sentenced nine defendants to death in the case of killing Said Ghozlani, a first sergeant in the Tunisian national army, the state news agency TAP reported on Friday.

At least 15 others were ordered imprisonment from 32 to 44 years.

Source: Al Arabiya

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At least 108 civilians killed this year in Tigray airstrikes: UN

14 January ,2022

At least 108 civilians have been killed this month in a series of airstrikes in the war-torn northern Tigray region of Ethiopia, the United Nations said Friday.

The UN also warned of a looming humanitarian disaster in the region, with its food distribution operations on the verge of grinding to a halt.

The UN human rights office urged the Ethiopian authorities to ensure the protection of civilians, saying disproportionate attacks hitting non-military targets could amount to war crimes.

Northern Ethiopia has been beset by conflict since November 2020 when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent troops into Tigray after accusing the region’s ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), of attacks on federal army camps.

“We are alarmed by the multiple, deeply disturbing reports we continue to receive of civilian casualties and destruction of civilian objects resulting from airstrikes in Ethiopia’s Tigray region,” rights office spokeswoman Liz Throssell told reporters in Geneva

“At least 108 civilians have reportedly been killed and 75 others injured since the year began, as a result of air strikes allegedly carried out by the Ethiopian air force.”

She detailed a series of airstrikes, including the January 7 attack on the Dedebit camp for internally displaced persons, which left at least 56 dead and 30 others wounded, of which three later died in hospital.

On Monday, 17 civilians were reportedly killed and 21 injured after an airstrike hit a flour mill, and on Tuesday, the state-owned Technical Vocational Education and Training institute was hit, reportedly killing three men, said Throssell.

Numerous other airstrikes were reported last week, she added.

“We call on the Ethiopian authorities and their allies to ensure the protection of civilians and civilian objects, in line with their obligations under international law,” said Throssell.

“Failure to respect the principles of distinction and proportionality could amount to war crimes.”

Meanwhile the UN’s World Food Program said its distributions were at an all-time low, with the escalation of the conflict meaning that no WFP convoy has reached the Tigrayan capital Mekele since mid-December.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Ghana ‘delighted’ following removal from EU money laundering list

Enoch Fiifi Forson  

14.01.2022

ACCRA, Ghana

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo on Friday announced that his country has been removed from the EU gray list of high-risk third countries in money laundering activities.

“We are delighted that, on 7th January 2022, we received a notification from the European Commission, through the intermediary of the Commissioner for Financial Services, Financial Stability, and Capital Markets Union, Mairead McGuinness, that Ghana, after the pursuit of some rigorous reforms, has now, formally, been removed from the Grey List of high-risk third countries in money laundering activities,” Akufo-Addo said.

He was speaking at a joint news conference with Hungarian President Janos Ader, who is on a state visit to Ghana.

In May 2020, the European Commission listed Ghana and 11 other countries as having loopholes in their anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism regimes, posing a threat to the EU's financial system.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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