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Sirajuddin Haqqani, Home Minister of Afghanistan under Taliban Praised the Sacrifices of ‘Martyrs and Suicide Bombers’, Vows Cash, Land, To Bombers’ Kin

New Age Islam News Bureau

20 October 2021

 

Sirajuddin Haqqani. Photo Credit: Haqqani Network (HN)

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• Islamic Jihad Chief: Attempts To Promote Normalization with Israel among West’s Anti-Muslim Moves

• Tameer-e-Millat Hyderabad Condemns Islamophobia, Mob Lynching Incidents and Delhi Riots at Its Annual Milad Meet

• Pakistan PM Vows to Turn Pakistan into Welfare State Modelled On Riyasat e Madina

• Racist Zionist Ideology Biggest Threat To Muslim World: Algeria’s High Islamic Council

 

South Asia

• Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina Orders Tough Action against Communal Rioters

• Bangladesh Attacks Trigger Protests with Civil Society Members Criticising Govt

• Taliban recognition not on agenda, Moscow hosting conference on Afghanistan

• Taliban satisfied of negotiations with Zalmay Khalilzad

• Grenade targets Taliban vehicle in Afghan capital: Officials

• 2 Taliban fighters, 4 school children wounded in Kabul grenade attack

• Taliban agree to new polio vaccination across Afghanistan

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Mideast

• EU Says Turkey Still ‘Backsliding’ On Reforms, Gloomy On Membership Chances

• Spokesman: Brussels Meeting Aimed at Discussing Grounds for Vienna Talks

• President Rayeesi: Iran Determined to Further Broaden Cooperation with Latin America

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India

• VHP to Hold Nationwide Protest against Attacks on Hindus and Vandalisation of Temples and Durga Puja Marquees in Bangladesh

• Muslim Marriage Doesn’t Negate Maintenance: Karnataka HC

• Karnataka: Muslim Man, Whose Shop Was Vandalised, Injured In an Allegedly Hit-And-Run Incident

• NIA to investigate 4 cases of civilian killings in J&K

• Won’t tolerate moral policing, says Karnataka home minister

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Pakistan

• PPP squanders away public money on party’s programmes, say PTI leaders

• President Alvi Urges Nation to Follow in Footsteps of Holy Prophet As Country Celebrates Eid Milad un Nabi

• Imran Khan at Loggerheads with Army on New Spy Chief, Opposition Comes Together To Oust Pak PM

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Africa

• Mali asks Muslim body to negotiate with al Qaeda-affiliate

• Tunisia’s new government sworn in without parliamentary approval

• 'Turkey aims to boost cooperation in defense industry with Nigeria'

• Ethiopia launches airstrikes on Tigray capital, rebels claim 3 civilians killed

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Southeast Asia

• Xinjiang’s ‘Architecture of Repression’ Targets Muslim Uighurs

• Jakim tells Muslims to be mindful when delivering Dawah on social media

• Floating mosque to be built in Pulau Besar, says Melaka Islamic Dept chief

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Arab World

• Iraq Captures Mastermind of 2016 Islamic State Terror Attack That Killed Hundreds

• Arab coalition says 48 Yemen Houthis killed near Marib

• 10 civilians killed, 35 injured by Assad regime attack in Idlib, NW Syria

• Ministry of Islamic Affairs to Continue To Apply Social Distancing In Mosques

• Five civilians among eight killed in shelling of Syria’s Idlib

• Syria explosion targeting army bus kills 13, wounds three in Damascus

• Lebanese parliament confirms election date as March 27

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Europe

• ‘Wave of Terrorism in Europe Moving Toward UK’: Ex-Counterterror Chief

• Taliban get aid promise but not recognition on eve of Moscow talks

• Greek, Egyptian, Greek Cypriot leaders reiterate their commitment to tripartite alliance

• Illegal claims by Greece, Greek Cypriots behind East Med tensions: Turkey

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North America

• Biden Nominates Middle East Expert Donald Blome as New US Ambassador To Pakistan

• Top US official in Lebanon to discuss energy crisis, border dispute with Israel

• Parties to Syrian constitutional talks begin drafting process

• US again denies unfreezing assets of Afghanistan

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Sirajuddin Haqqani, Acting HM Praised the Sacrifices of ‘Martyrs and Suicide Bombers’, Vows Cash, Land, To Bombers’ Kin

Oct 20, 2021

 

Sirajuddin Haqqani. Photo Credit: Haqqani Network (HN)

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KABUL: The Taliban have promised plots of land to relatives of suicide bombers who attacked US and Afghan soldiers, in a provocative gesture that seems to run counter to their efforts to court international support. The Taliban’s acting interior minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani, offered the reward to family members of bombers gathered at a Kabul hotel, interior ministry spokesman Saeed Khosty tweeted on Tuesday.

Addressing the gathering Monday, Haqqani praised the sacrifices of “martyrs and fidayeen”, referring to fighters killed in suicide attacks, Khosty tweeted. Haqqani called them “heroes of Islam and the country,” according to the spokesman. At the end of the meeting, he distributed 10,000 afghanis ($112) per family and promised each a plot of land.

The event comes as the Taliban attempt to open diplomatic channels with an international community largely reluctant to formally recognise their rule in Afghanistan. The promise of rewards for suicide bombings signals conflicting approaches within the Taliban leadership. They are trying to position themselves as responsible rulers, who promise security for all and have condemned suicide attacks by rivals, the militant Islamic State-Khorasan. On the other hand, they praise such tactics when it comes to their followers. The Taliban cannot afford to alienate the US, which froze billions of dollars in Afghan assets in US accounts.

At the same time, the Taliban cannot afford to lose their hardline base, especially in the wake of a growing IS-K threat. Suicide bombings and roadside explosives were tactics used by the Taliban to wear down Afghan and US forces throughout 20-year insurgency.

Source: Times of India

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Islamic Jihad Chief: Attempts To Promote Normalization with Israel among West’s Anti-Muslim Moves

October 20, 2021

 

The secretary general of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement said one of the West’s moves against Muslims is promoting normalization deals with the Zionist regime of Israel.

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Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 35th International Islamic Unity Conference here in Tehran on Tuesday, Ziyad al-Nakhalah said Western colonization has targeted Muslims with numerous challenges such as imposing economic blockades, waging wars and fomenting conflicts in the Muslim world.

He added that such moves are in line with Judaization of Jerusalem al-Quds and the Zionists’ attempts to take control of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Nakhalah warned against disunity in the Islamic world and said discord and disputes among Muslims are the result of plots hatched by the West’s spy agencies in collaboration with regimes supported by the West.

He also referred to the issue of Palestine as the main issue in the Muslim world and said liberation Palestine is a task upon all Muslims.

The Islamic Jihad chief thanked the Islamic Republic of Iran for its constant support for the Palestinian nation since the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and stressed that it has played a main role in the continuation of Palestinian resistance against the Tel Aviv regime.

Source: ABNA24

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Tameer-e-Millat Hyderabad Condemns Islamophobia, Mob Lynching Incidents and Delhi Riots at Its Annual Milad Meet

By Sumaya Junaid Ahmed

19th October 2021

Hyderabad: All India Majlis-e-Tameer-e-Millat (AIMTM) condemned Islamophobia and expressed its concern for the growing menace in the name of Islam and the role of certain media houses for their biased, provocative and inflammatory propaganda against the Muslim community during the 72nd annual Milad public meeting held today at exhibition grounds Nampally.

The AIMTM extended their support to the ongoing farmer agitation and urged the central government to accept the demands of farmers who are protesting for the last year. A resolution was passed demanding the same from the central government.

The organisation passed two more resolutions in which it condemned the mob lynching incidents, Delhi riots of 2020, arresting of innocent Muslim youth as well as eminent Islamic scholars with “baseless” allegations of forced religious conversions.

The 72nd annual Milad public meeting was held to mark the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammed.

Islamic scholar and former Rajya Sabha member Maulana Obaidullah Khan Azmi was the chief guest of the annual public meeting. In his address, he said, “Prophet Muhammed is the all-time great reformist  whose teachings of equality, rights for human and women, and even all living beings brought a revolution of thoughts, strategies and concepts.”

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) acting general secretary Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani said that societal reforms begin from home and urged Muslims to give due time to their family members.

“Women rights must be honoured,” he added. “people spend exorbitant money on dowry and extravagant weddings but they do not give female members of the family their due share as decreed by the Shariah (Islamic jurisprudence),” Maulana Rahmani said.

Speaking on the occasion, AIMPLB Secretary Maulana Umrain Mahfooz Rahmani urged Muslims to “work for the rights of their spouses, oppressed members of the society, the working labour and other deprived pockets of the community in line with the teachings of the Prophet Muhammed.”

Delivering the presidential address, Tameer-e-Millat president Ziauddin Nayyar reiterated the importance of Tameer e Millat’s Milad programs, “especially in contemporary times which are challenging for Indian Muslims”.

Earlier, chairman of Reception Committee Syed Aneesuddin welcomed the gathering while Tameer-e-Millat secretary Omer Ahmed Shafeeq presented the annual report of the organisation. The former president of the American Federation of Muslims of India Dr Khutbuddin Mohammed was also present on this occasion. Every year, the Tameer e Millat organizes grand public meetings on the occasion of Milad un Nabi.

Source: Siasat Daily

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Pakistan PM Vows to Turn Pakistan into Welfare State Modelled On Riyasat e Madina

October 19, 2021

Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday vowed to continue the struggle for turning Pakistan into a welfare state on the model of Riyasat Madina to take care of poor people, uphold justice, raise moral standards, stop corruption and preserve the family system.

Speaking at the Rahmatul lil Aalameen Conference here on the occasion of Eid Miladun Nabi, he said “We can rise as a nation by following the guiding principles of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).”

The Prime minister said Pakistan had everything but people needed to change their path to achieve success and change Pakistan according to the model of Riyasat e Madina.

About 25 years back, Pakistan Tehreek I Insaf (PTI) was founded to struggle for a welfare state, he recalled.

He said Rahmatul lil Aalameen Authority was formed to make youth familiar about the life and teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The authority will be headed by an experienced scholar well versed in Islamic thinking and life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), he informed.

Courses on Seerat e Nabi were started in schools and the authority will monitor the curriculum, he added. “We will produce cartoons according to our culture.”

Scholars in the authority will monitor the media and an international cell would be formed to stop Islamophobia and convey the world about feelings of Muslims and their love for Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), he told.

Research would be done in universities on the rise of Muslim society while through special projects, citizens would be taught about eminent Muslim personalities who emphasized upon love for humanity and peace, he explained.

The PM said Rahmatul lil Aalameen scholarships would be given to students who would be doing research life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The prime minister said in the year 622 AD, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) reached Madina and in ten years he changed the map of Arabia, tens of thousands of persons converted to Islam and prevailed upon the empires of Byzantine and Persia.

He said the Holy Quran stressed on Muslims to learn from the life and teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Our youth would be made aware about the life and teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) through the new authority, he added.

He said Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) raised the level of morality in society and created distinction between good and evil. Muslims of Riyasat e Madina had high moral standards and were endowed with values of justice, equity and rule of law.

The countries which moved ahead in the world had high moral standards, justice and equality, he maintained.

“Our struggle is for justice and creating a society where right prevailed and poor received justice.”

Tribesmen in Afghanistan always remained free due to their justice system and they fought all the super powers of the world, he noted.

So prevalence of justice kept the people free, he said adding system of merit was an important ingredient for a successful society.

He said Riyasat e Madina was the first welfare state which took care of the poor people and vulnerable sections of society. Muslims brought a revolution not through sword but through change of thought, he observed. Baba Farid Ganj Shakar, Data Sahib, Khawaja Moeenuddin Chishti and others followed the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and earned love of the people, he asserted.

The PM said Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) created leaders who were truthful, trust worthy and brave. He said Allah created humans as the best of creatures, adding Muslims gave rights of property to women, made slaves part of society and treated them as their family members.

He said our Prophet (PBUH) stressed on the importance of education and Islamic countries became centers of learning.

Our Prophet (PBUH) was a blessing for the whole humanity not just for the Muslims, he stressed.

Imran Khan said in the Panama case, people were lying in the Supreme Court, if they had done so in a British Court they would have been sent to jail.

He said nobody think in Britain to buy votes and steal the public money. “When I look at our political system, I think that our country cannot strengthen democracy and make progress without moral standards.”

The nations got destroyed when they had different rules for the rich and poor, he noted. On the occasion, a documentary was shown on the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). It described the events which led to the creation of Riyasat Madina which protected rights of women, slaves and minorities.

The prime minister said the documentary showed the reasons why Muslims loved their Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) who brought a revolution in human society and made Muslims a great nation. He said nine million Pakistanis living abroad had money but they could not adjust in Pakistan due to a failed system.

“If few thousand overseas Pakistanis make investment in Pakistan, we will get rid of International Monetary Fund (IMF).” Morality could not be destroyed by bombs as was evident from Germany and Japan which rose back after world war due to high moral standards, he reminisced.

According to the experts of FACTI Panel of the United Nations, he said $ 1000 billion looted through corrupt practices every year were sent from the poor to rich countries. He assured that people would be provided subsidy on food items, loans for houses and opening of businesses besides health cards of citizens would take care of their medical needs.

He expressed concern at the increasing sex crimes in society, adding obscenity destroyed family system in Britain. “We have to protect our children, youth and family from the obscene culture.” He appreciated all those who decorated and illuminated the cities especially Islamabad for celebrating Eid e Miladun Nabi.

Federal ministers, parliamentarians, religious scholars and people from all walks of life attended the conference. Earlier, the prime minister gave away awards to best writers for their books on the Seerat of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and for reciting Naat.

Source: The Nation Pakistan

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Racist Zionist Ideology Biggest Threat To Muslim World: Algeria’s High Islamic Council

October 20, 2021

The president of Algeria’s High Islamic Council said the biggest danger threatening the Muslim Ummah (community) is the racist Zionist ideology advocated by some Christian denominations.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the 35th International Islamic Unity Conference, Bu Abdullah Al-Ghulam Allah said this ideology has been growing in some Christian communities, including in the United States.

He referred to former US president Donald Trump as one of those who supports this ideology, adding that he was the one that relocated the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds.

The scholar said one of the manifestations of this ideology is that its advocates praise certain Muslim countries’ close ties with the Zionist regime but seek to undermine close friendship among Islamic nations like Iran and Algeria.

He called on Muslims to stay away from this ideology that seeks to “Zionize” Islam as it has “Zionized” some Christians.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Al-Ghulam Allah stressed the need for Islamic Ummah’s vigilance and awakening and make the most of its human, economic and geographical capabilities and assets.

The 35th International Conference on Islamic Unity got under way on Tuesday morning in Tehran with the participation of Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi and a number of Iranian and foreign Muslim scholars.

This edition of the event is being held both virtually and in person with a limited number of guests due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

“Islamic Empathy and Sympathy and Avoidance of Tensions and Conflicts” is one of the main themes of the conference which will continue for five days in Tehran.

Just war and just peace, Palestine and Islamic resistance, Islamic fraternity and countering terrorism; mutual respect among Islamic schools of thought; and Ummah Wahida (united community) and a union of Islamic countries will be among the subjects of discussion, according to Shahriari.

230 guests including 52 scholars from 16 foreign countries have taken part in the conference, he said, adding that scholars will give a total of 514 speeches as 360 addresses will be made through video-conference.

The meetings of the conference will be held with maintaining health protocols. The event will wrap up on Saturday with participation of guests and Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf.

Source: ABNA24

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South Asia

 

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina orders tough action against communal rioters

Oct 20, 2021

DHAKA: Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday instructed her home minister to initiate immediate strict action against those who incited violence using religion as she asked the people not to trust anything on social media without fact-checking. The foreign ministry said in a statement that domestic elements that opposed Bangladesh’s independence from Pakistan 50 years ago were still propagating their “toxic narratives to instigate violence, hatred and bigotry”. Attacks on Hindu temples have intensified in Bangladesh since last Wednesday after an alleged blasphemous post surfaced on social media during the Durga Puja celebrations in Cumilla.

During the weekly cabinet meeting on Tuesday, PM Hasina instructed home minister Asaduzzaman Khan to initiate immediate action against those who incited violence using religion, cabinet secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune newspaper. “The Cumilla incident is being investigated. What really happened will be known soon,” he said, adding, Hasina has announced to provide all possible aid to the affected families. Local media reported that six Hindus were killed in separate attacks, but the figures could not be confirmed independently.

Source: Times of India

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Bangladesh attacks trigger protests with civil society members criticising govt

By Tanmay Chatterjee

Oct 20, 2021

Attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh since the Durga puja festival have triggered protests with prominent civil society members criticising the Sheikh Hasina government for failing to protect the religious minority. Hundreds of Dhaka University students on Monday held a protest at Shahbag Square in the heart of the Bangladesh capital and demanded protection for Hindu citizens. Most of these students were Muslims, said media reports. They were joined by monks of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, whose temples were vandalised in the attacks.

The Shahbag Square emerged as a symbol of resistance against fundamentalist forces in Bangladesh in 2013 when thousands took part in an agitation, demanding capital punishment for 1971 war criminal Abdul Quader Mollah and a ban on electoral activities by his organisation, the Jamaat-e-Islami.

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, a former Bangladesh cricket captain and member of the parliament of the ruling Awami League, expressed his anguish over the violence on Twitter. “I witnessed two defeats yesterday. One was that of the Bangladesh cricket team, which pained me, while the other was the defeat of the entire nation that crushed my heart. This is not the red and green (the national bicolour) we wanted. All the dreams and our hard-earned struggle died in seconds. May Allah offer us wisdom,” Mortaza tweeted on Monday.

The communal violence coincided with Scotland’s victory over Bangladesh by six runs in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. Mortaza wrote in Bengali, the official language of Bangladesh.

Hours later, noted Indian lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar tweeted: “What is happening in Bangladesh is a matter of great shame. Those who are trying to crush a vulnerable minority are bullies, cowards and sick communalists. How can Sheikh Hasina who is known for secular values let this happen under her watch?”

Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki wrote on Tuesday: “I do not believe there can be anything that police cannot achieve. Nobody can commit a crime and disappear in thin air. Bangladesh is waiting to know who committed these crimes and waiting to watch them face trial.”

Over a dozen organisations in West Bengal have held protests against the violence since Monday. Over three dozen, actors, writers, poets and painters have taken part in the demonstrations.

The West Bengal Imams Association said those involved in the violence were insulting Islam and the Quran. “Those who carried out random attacks across Bangladesh, saying the Quran was insulted at one of the Durga pujas, not only showed disrespect for Islam and the Quran but insulted both. Nobody has to study rocket science to understand that the alleged act of insult to the Quran was a well-planned conspiracy to create communal tension,” said Muhammad Yahiya, the chairman of the association representing Muslim clerics.

National award-winning director Srijit Mukherji, who is married to Bangladeshi actress Rashid Mithila, condemned the violence. “Strongly, strongly condemn. A barbaric act,” Mukherji tweeted.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Taliban recognition not on agenda, Moscow hosting conference on Afghanistan

20 Oct 2021

It was hoped that the Moscow conference on Afghanistan that comes off Wednesday, October 20 will be focused on recognition of the Taliban along with other issues, but Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said that the recognition is not on their agenda.

Sergey Lavrov said that the Taliban must live up to the promises they made when they came to power which was the inclusivity of the government.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is now struggling with the recognition and Afghanistan’s foreign assets frozen by the US.

It has been more than two months since the Taliban took over Afghanistan but no country has recognized them yet.

In the meantime, India which is one of the attendees of the Moscow Format said that they will put the recognition of the Taliban along with terrorism, and humanitarian assistance on the agenda.

The Indian delegation is expected to be meeting with the Taliban’s delegation in a face-to-face meeting on Wednesday. October 20.

Source: Khaama Press

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Taliban satisfied of negotiations with Zalmay Khalilzad

19 Oct 2021

Afghanistan’s ministry of foreign affairs said that they had progress in their negotiations with the US’s special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad.

Spokesperson of the ministry Abdul Qahar Balkhi in a Twitter post said that the Taliban’s negotiations with two administrations of the US, led by Zalmay Khalilzad were fruitful.

The spokesperson in the post added that they are optimistic about moving forward with the new special representative of the US to Afghanistan, Thomas West.

The post further reads that the full administration of the Doha agreement will normalize relations between the US and Afghanistan.

The Taliban praise their relations with former US special representative to Afghanistan as he failed to ensure an agreement between the Taliban and the Afghan government.

Unlike the Taliban, former Afghan officials and Afghan people are not quite happy with a nearly three-year mission of Khalilzad to Afghanistan.

Source: Khaama Press

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Grenade targets Taliban vehicle in Afghan capital: Officials

20 October ,2021

A grenade was thrown at a Taliban vehicle in the Afghan capital on Wednesday morning, wounding two fighters and four nearby school children, government officials said.

“This morning a grenade was thrown at a mujahideen vehicle in Deh Mazang, wounding two mujahideen,” Taliban interior ministry spokesman Qari Sayed Khosti told AFP.

Another official said: “Our initial information shows four school students wounded.”

The explosion happened just before 8am (0330 GMT) during rush hour in the Deh Mazang district in the west of the capital, a witness told AFP.

“I was on my way to work, it was 7.55am and I heard this very big explosion on the road. I managed to escape,” said Amin Amani.

Source: Al Arabiya

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2 Taliban fighters, 4 school children wounded in Kabul grenade attack

October 20, 2021

A grenade was thrown at a Taliban vehicle in the Afghan capital on Wednesday morning, wounding two fighters and four nearby school children, government officials said.

“This morning a grenade was thrown at a mujahideen vehicle in Deh Mazang, wounding two mujahideen,” Taliban interior ministry spokesman Qari Sayed Khosti told AFP.

Another official said: “Our initial information shows four school students wounded.” The explosion happened just before 8am (0330 GMT) during rush hour in the Deh Mazang district in the west of the capital, a witness told AFP.

“I was on my way to work, it was 7.55am and I heard this very big explosion on the road. I managed to escape,” said Amin Amani.

“I saw a lot of smoke in the mirror of the car and I saw people running,” the 35-year-old translator said. Images shared on social media showed plumes of smoke and dust rising into the air on the streets of the capital.

On Oct 3, at least five civilians were killed in a bomb blast at the entrance of a mosque in Kabul.

Source: Dawn

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Taliban agree to new polio vaccination across Afghanistan

20 October ,2021

UN agencies are gearing up to vaccinate all of Afghanistan’s children under 5 against polio for the first time since 2018, after the Taliban agreed to the campaign, the World Health Organization says.

For the past three years, the Taliban barred UN-organized vaccination teams from doing door-to-door campaigns in parts of Afghanistan under their control, apparently out of suspicion they could be spies for the government or the West. Because of the ban and ongoing fighting, some 3.3 million children over the past three years have not been vaccinated.

The Taliban’s reported agreement now, after becoming the rulers of Afghanistan, appeared aimed at showing they are willing to cooperate with international agencies. The longtime militant insurgent force has been trying to win the world’s recognition of its new government and re-open the door for international aid to rescue the crumbling economy.

The Taliban leadership did not confirm its agreement, and Taliban officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

But WHO and the UN children’s agency UNICEF said in a statement Monday that they welcomed the decision by the Taliban leadership supporting the resumption of house-to-house polio vaccinations across the country.

Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan are the only countries in the world where polio remains endemic. The disease can cause partial paralysis in children. Since 2010, the country has been carrying out regular inoculation campaigns in which workers go door to door, giving the vaccine to children. Most of the workers are women, since they can get better access to mothers and children.

But large sections of the country have been out of their reach in recent years. In parts of the south, particularly, the ban by the Taliban was in effect. In other areas, door-to-door campaigns were impossible because of fighting between the government and the insurgents, or because of fears of kidnappings or roadside bombs. In some places, hard-line clerics spoke out against vaccinations, calling them un-Islamic or a Western plot.

WHO said a new nationwide vaccination campaign will begin on Nov. 8, followed by another synchronized with Pakistan’s polio vaccination campaign in December.

The estimated target population is Afghanistan’s 10 million children under 5, including the more than 3.3 million who could not be reached since 2018, Dr. Hamid Jafari, WHO’s director of polio eradication for the Eastern Mediterranean region, told The Associated Press.

“Restarting polio vaccination in all areas of Afghanistan now will prevent a major resurgence of polio outbreaks within the country and ensure there is no international spread,” Jafari said.

In this photo taken on March 20, 2019, an Afghan health worker administers a polio vaccine to a child as people look on in Kandahar province's Arghandab district. (AFP)

“This is an extremely important step in the right direction,” said Dapeng Luo, WHO Representative in Afghanistan. He said it was a good sign that multiple campaigns are planned. “Sustained access to all children is essential to end polio for good.”

On March 30, three women were gunned down in two separate attacks as they carried out door-to-door vaccinations in the eastern city of Jalalabad. It was the first time vaccination workers have been killed in a decade of door-to-door inoculations against the disease in Afghanistan.

Such attacks have been more common in Pakistan, where at least 70 vaccinators and security personnel connected to vaccination campaigns have been killed since 2011.

Jafari said the Taliban’s previous ban in its areas was “mainly for security reasons,” not out of opposition to vaccinations themselves. The Taliban, he said, have committed to “the absolute protection and security of all health workers and all frontline workers” in the campaign.

In Pakistan, officials have struggled to overcome deep public suspicion over vaccines particularly since the US used a fake vaccination campaign to unearth the hideout of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Hard-line clerics and militants have stoked the fears by depicting polio vaccinations as a Western plot to sterilize Muslim children.

Afghanistan and Pakistan have seen an increase in cases. In Afghanistan, 56 new polio cases were reported in 2020, the highest number since 2011, when 80 cases were registered. Only one case of the wild virus has been reported in 2021 in Afghanistan.

“This decision will allow us to make a giant stride in the efforts to eradicate polio,” said Hervé Ludovic De Lys, UNICEF Representative in Afghanistan. “To eliminate polio completely, every child in every household across Afghanistan must be vaccinated, and with our partners, this is what we are setting out to do,” he said.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Mideast

 

EU says Turkey still ‘backsliding’ on reforms, gloomy on membership chances

19 October ,2021

The European Union’s executive said on Tuesday that Turkey’s bid to join the bloc had “come to a standstill” amid serious democratic shortfalls, in its most critical annual report since Ankara began membership talks 16 years ago.

The European Commission said President Tayyip Erdogan’s government had overseen a continued erosion of democracy and the rule of law and had ignored the EU’s recommendations last year.

The report also suggested for the first time that Ankara was no longer serious about delivering on EU-backed reforms, even though Erdogan recommited in April to the goal of full EU membership as both sides tried to improve relations.

“The EU’s serious concerns on the continued deterioration of democracy, the rule of law, fundamental rights and the independence of the judiciary have not been addressed. There was further backsliding in many areas,” the Commission said.

“Under the current circumstances, Turkey’s accession negotiations have effectively come to a standstill,” it said.

Turkey’s foreign ministry said the report showed a “double-standard approach” by the EU and rejected the “unfair criticisms and baseless claims”. It accused the bloc of failing to keep its promises to Turkey and of not fulfilling its responsibilities.

“Turkey maintains in the strongest terms its strategic choice of full EU membership,” the ministry said in a statement.

“It would be in everyone’s interest if the EU, taking into account our common general interests, sees Turkey as a candidate country that is negotiating, not as a partner with whom to have daily give-take relations.”

A NATO ally, Turkey has been negotiating its EU membership since 2005 after economic and political reforms that made it an important emerging market economy and trade partner.

But since Erdogan’s hardline response to an attempted coup in July 2016, the paths of EU and Turkey have diverged sharply, despite better diplomatic relations since the start of 2021.

A purge of opponents launched in mid-2016 continues, the report said, noting “broad-scale restrictions imposed on the activities of journalists, writers, lawyers, academics, human rights defenders and critical voices”.

Ankara says its security measures are necessary, given the severity of the threats facing Turkey, which shares land borders with Iraq and Syria.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Spokesman: Brussels Meeting Aimed at Discussing Grounds for Vienna Talks

2021-October-19

Khatibzadeh's remarks came following some misunderstandings from the remarks of Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian in Sunday's closed session of the parliament regarding the start of negotiations between Iran and the Group 4+1 (Russia, China, France and the UK plus Germany).

"As previously announced, the visit of Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Ali Baqeri Kani to Brussels will be solely for the purpose of continuing talks with Deputy EU Foreign Policy Chief Enrique Mora based on the agreement reached in Tehran," the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said.

The visit to Brussels by Baqeri Kani is aimed at exchanging the views of the new Iranian administration with the EU on the conditions and issues pertaining to the Vienna talks on removal of sanctions against Iran and revival of the nuclear deal.

In a relevant development on Sunday, Baqeri Kani in a meeting with Secretary-General of the Austrian Foreign Ministry Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal strongly criticized the passive approach by the three European countries (France, the UK and Germany) in fulfilling their obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

"After the US withdrawal from the JCPOA, Europe failed to comply with its obligations," Baqer Kani said during the meeting.

The fifth round of political talks between Islamic Republic of Iran and Austria was held in Tehran co-chaired by Baqeri Kani and Launsky-Tieffentha.

During the meeting, Baqeri Kani pointed to the age-old history of relations between the two countries of Iran and Ausutria and termed it as a valuable asset.

Emphasizing Iran’s adherence to its obligations under the JCPOA, the Iranian deputy foreign minister said, “Although Europe did not withdraw from Iran’s nuclear deal, after withdrawal of the United States from this important international agreement, it (Europe) did not take effective and practical action within the framework of its obligations under JCPOA."

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President Rayeesi: Iran Determined to Further Broaden Cooperation with Latin America

2021-October-19

"Latin American countries, Venezuela in particular, are prioritized in the Islamic Republic of Iran's economic diplomacy, and we are determined to develop our relations with these countries," President Rayeesi said during the meeting in the Iranian capital.

The Iranian president pointed out that with a long-term cooperation program between the two countries, there is a clear prospect for expanding and deepening relations.

Welcoming the upcoming visit of the Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to Tehran in the near future, President Rayeesi said that during this visit new steps will be taken for long-term cooperation between the two countries.

The Venezuelan foreign minister, for his part, said that the two friendly countries of Iran and Venezuela are united against the hegemonic powers and those who want to harm the independence of these two countries.

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India

 

VHP to Hold Nationwide Protest against Attacks on Hindus and Vandalisation of Temples and Durga Puja Marquees in Bangladesh

Oct 19, 2021

NEW DELHI: The VHP will hold a nationwide protest on Wednesday against attacks on Hindus and vandalisation of temples and Durga puja marquees in Bangladesh.

In Delhi, the protest will be held in front of the Bangladesh High Commission, Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) joint general secretary Surendra Jain said at a press conference here on Tuesday.

"The incidents of violence against Hindu minorities in Bangladesh have broken all records. While thousands of Hindus have been injured, 10 Hindus have been reported dead till now. The Hindu society will not tolerate these inhuman atrocities.

"A massive protest and demonstration will be held on October 20 in front of the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi at 11 am. Along with this, protests and demonstrations will be held in every district across the country," he said.

Attacks on Hindu temples have intensified in Bangladesh since last Wednesday after an alleged blasphemous post surfaced on social media during Durga puja celebrations.

On late Sunday night, a mob damaged 66 houses and set at least 20 homes of Hindus ablaze in Bangladesh.

Condemning the violence, the VHP reiterated its demand that the Bangladeshi government must stop the violence against Hindus and ensure their safety.

It also appealed to the United Nations to play "a proactive role" and send a peacekeeping force to Bangladesh "to prevent atrocities on Hindu minorities" in the country.

Source: Times of India

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Muslim Marriage Doesn’t Negate Maintenance: Karnataka HC

Oct 20, 2021

BENGALURU: “A Muslim marriage is not a sacrament, (and) does not repel certain rights and obligations arising from its dissolution,” the Karnataka high court has said, rejecting a man’s plea and coming to the rescue of his ex-wife, who has been battling for enforcement of the trial court’s maintenance decree for the past decade.

Contracting another marriage after pronouncing Talaq upon his first wife, a Muslim man cannot say he has to maintain the new wife and their child, and cite the same as a ground for not discharging maintenance, Justice Krishna S Dixit said.

Man ought to have known responsibility towards ex-wife: HC

The petitioner, Ezazur Rehman, had pleaded that he could not pay maintenance to his ex-wife, Saira Banu, as he had remarried and had to provide for his wife and their child. The judge said Rehman ought to have known his responsibility towards his ex-wife, who does not have anything to fall back on. The responsibility of paying maintenance arises from his own act of talaq, and prior to marrying another woman, the court said.

Quoting the Quran and Hadith, the judge said the right of a divorced woman for maintenance is conditioned on three cumulative factors — insignificant mehr amount, inability of the woman to sustain herself, and if she does not remarry. A Muslim marriage “dissolved by divorce, per se does not annihilate all the duties and obligations of parties by lock, stock and barrel”, the judge noted in the order passed on October 7. “In law, new obligations too may arise, one of them being the circumstantial duty of a person to provide sustenance to his ex-wife who is destituted by divorce.”

The judge observed that marriage amongst Muslims begins with the contract and graduates to the status as it ordinarily does in any other community and this very status gives rise to certain justiciable obligations that are ex contractu (from a contract).

The judge also said Rehman’s contention is repugnant to law, morality and ethics and that if such a contention is countenanced, it would only encourage talaq which the law shuns. Citing various conventions on human and particularly women’s rights, the judge pointed out that divorce brings hardship to women, and more so to divorced Muslim women.

Source: Times of India

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Karnataka: Muslim Man, Whose Shop Was Vandalised, Injured In an Allegedly Hit-And-Run Incident

By Kiran Parashar

October 20, 2021

A chicken shop owner was injured in a hit-and-run incident after his scooter was rammed from behind by a two-wheeler on Tuesday evening. This comes days after his shop was vandalised by a Hindu right-wing group on the outskirts of Belagavi city in Karnataka.

His wife, who was riding pillion, alleged the accident was “pre-planned”. The couple, Hasan Sab and Afsana Hasan Sab Khureshi, was returning to their home in Yamanpur at the time of the accident.

Speaking to indianexpress.com, Afsana said, “It was around 7.45 pm, I and my husband were heading back from Belagavi to Yamanapur on our scooter. A bike with probably two persons came from behind and rammed into our vehicle and fled from the spot. They did not even turn back to look and it all happened in the blink of an eye. My husband Hasan has been injured severely in the incident. With the help of locals, we shifted him to the hospital where he is undergoing treatment.”

On October 8, the chicken shop owned by the couple was attacked by a Hindu right-wing group who had previously asked them to close it owing to a temple opening nearby. Though the family had closed the shop, they sent two of their workers to clean it. The group vandalised when they found it open, according to Afsana.

The issue came to light only on Monday when a video of the attack went viral. Prior to that, Afsana said they had approached local police who held a ‘compromise’ meeting. “The police told us that they had settled the matter and would not intervene in our business and told us that there was no need to file a complaint,” she said.

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NIA to investigate 4 cases of civilian killings in J&K

Bharti Jain

Oct 20, 2021

NEW DELHI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will probe four cases relating to recent civilian killings by terrorists in J&K, the victims being Srinagar pharmacist M L Bindroo, Sikh school principal Supinder Kaur and teacher Deepak Chand, Bihari vendor Virendra Paswan, and two Bihari labourers — Raja Reshi Dev and Joginder Reshi Dev — killed in Kulgam.

NIA has been roped in to probe the larger conspiracy behind the killings, purportedly at the behest of groups like LeT & its arm The Resistance Front that get Pakistan support.

Targeted hits seen as attack on ‘positive’ J&K narrative

The home ministry will hand over four relevant cases to NIA for probing the origins of the attacks, seen as a move by ISI-backed terrorist groups to attack a “positive” narrative in J&K which has lately focused on normalcy and development. The attacks on minorities and migrants are intended, feel security forces, to instil fear in the mind of “outsiders” that they are not safe in the Valley. The victims included workers who were catering to local labour needs as well as the influx of tourists.

According to the UT administration there were over million tourists visiting Jammu & Kashmir in July, 1.1 million in August and 1.3 million in September. The seeming peace and normalcy, along with measures to rehabilitate Kashmiri Pandits, ran contrary to the terror script and led to the provocative targeted killings.

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Won’t tolerate moral policing, says Karnataka home minister

Oct 20, 2021

Karnataka’s home minister Araga Jnanendra on Tuesday said that instances of moral policing and other communal violence in the state will not be tolerated even as the number of such crimes appear to be on the rise in the southern state.

“Such incidents will not be tolerated,” Jnanendra said, adding that such matters will be investigated without any consideration for the perpetrators’ religious identity.

“When the police take stricter action, a message will go to such people,” he added.

The statements come after at least dozen instances of moral policing and communal hatred surfaced in the border district of Belagavi, about 500 kms from Bengaluru.

In one incident, a boy was assaulted by a group of Muslim men for talking to a girl from their community in a bus stop. The accused were seen assaulting the boy and pulling the veil off the girl and demanding to know her name and address.

In another incident, which happened on October 8, a group of villagers teared down board of a chicken shop for keeping it open despite a Hindu festival being celebrated in the nearby temple.

A third incident, that happened on October 14, was of an auto driver who took an inter-faith couple to a remote location, called his associates and assaulted the boy for being with a Muslim girl. In this incident, the assaulters even robbed the couple of their valuables.

The police in the district have said that they will register a complaint if the victims come and register a complaint.

A person aware of the developments said that the police have tried to strike a compromise between the assaulters and the victims, leading to delays in filing of cases that was further emboldening other groups to resort to such crimes.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Pakistan

 

PPP squanders away public money on party’s programmes, say PTI leaders

Imran Ayub

October 19, 2021

KARACHI: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leaders on Monday called the Pakistan Peoples Party’s rally at Bagh-i-Jinnah a complete failure in terms of participation of people and criticised the ruling party of the province for squandering away public money on the party’s programmes and putting all government resources at its disposal.

The PPP had brought their supporters on dozens of buses from rural parts of the province to make its show a success but it completely failed to attract Karachiites who rejected the party chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s claims of enjoying widespread support in the metropolis, said Leader of the Opposition in the Sindh Assembly, Haleem Adil Sheikh, and PTI Karachi president and MPA Khurram Sher Zaman at separate press conferences here.

‘Oct 17 rally at Bagh-i-Jinnah complete failure’

“The PPP is responsible for growing poverty and increasing sense of deprivation among people of Sindh,” said Sheikh at his office.

“I call them [PPP leaders] economic terrorists who are not worthy of inheriting Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s party. The PPP rally at Bagh-i-Jinnah ground was not a public meeting but an exclusive gathering of Sindh government employees, who were threatened to ensure their participation in the meet or face consequences,” he said.

He said that despite liberally using government resources on the Oct 17 rally, most of the Bagh-i-Jinnah remained empty hence dozens of buses and other vehicles were parked along the main road to hoodwink people into thinking that the ground must be filled with people.

“There was no participation of people from Korangi, Orangi, West, East, South, Keamari and Lyari in the rally,” said Sheikh who was flanked by Sindh Assembly member Saeed Afridi and other PTI leaders.

“The PPP workers are angry with their party as the families of those who were killed in Karsaz twin blasts tragedy were neglected by the party and most of them are now facing hunger and poverty. Instead of paying tribute to martyrs, Bilawal and his men were dancing to the tunes of music,” he said.

MPA Khurram Sher Zaman said at a separate press conference at party headquarters Insaf House that PPP leaders should stop making fool of people in the name of democracy and lie about their checkered past.

He held the party, which had been ruling the province for the past 13 years, responsible for the chronic issues of price hike, poverty, social injustice and deteriorating condition of government departments.

He said the Sindh government had failed on every front and only the party leadership, not the province, had attained prosperity. The PPP, he said, after having realised reputation of Asif Ali Zardari and his front-men among masses had been trying to project Bialwal Bhutto-Zardari as a future leader but he had failed miserably to create any impact on people.

Source: Dawn

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President Alvi Urges Nation to Follow in Footsteps of Holy Prophet As Country Celebrates Eid Milad un Nabi

October 19, 2021

President Dr Arif Alvi has congratulated Pakistan on the occasion of Eid Miladun Nabi and urged the nation to follow in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) as the country marked the day with traditional zeal and fervour on Tuesday.

The day's celebrations began with a 31-gun salute in Islamabad and a 21-gun salute in all the provincial capitals.

Special prayers were offered in mosques across the country, following Mehfil-i-Naat and conferences held last night.

In his message, President Alvi said that following Prophet Muhammad's example was the key to success in both the world and the hereafter.

"The only solution to the problems being faced by the Muslim ummah, including chaos, oppression and injustice is following the seerat," he said.

The president also appreciated the government's "exemplary efforts to make Pakistan a welfare state in line with Riyasat-e-Madina".

"We need to gain knowledge of seerat in order to understand the true concept of Islam," he added.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said Prophet Muhammad's birth brought a revolution in every aspect of human society, broke the system of oppression in the world and opened the doors of welfare.

"Rabiul Awwal is a month when the creator of the universe sent Prophet Muhammad as a guide for the success of humanity in this world and hereafter."

The premier said it was the effect of the Prophet's arrival that the Arab tribes who were victims of internal chaos for centuries emerged as a nation. The rights of women were protected, slaves were given respect in society, and orphans and needy people got protection, he added.

He said Prophet Muhammad laid the foundation of Riyasat-e-Madina which emerged as an example for others in terms of humanity, justice, and rule of law.

In that state system, minorities were protected, poor and needy were taken care of and rights and obligations of the state and citizens were determined, the premier noted.

He said the government had formed the Rehmatul-lil-Aalameen Authority to apprise the people and the world about the life and teachings of Prophet Muhammad.

The authority will research the individual and collective aspects of the life of Prophet Muhammad and make the world familiar with the Islamic revolution, he said.

"The authority will make the world aware of the respect that Muslims give to Prophet Muhammad and will take steps for stopping Islamophobia.

"On this auspicious day, I want to appeal especially to the parents to tell their children about the different aspects of the moral values espoused by Prophet Muhammad during education and character building.

"We are determined that together, we will make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state on the lines of Riyasat-e-Madina and will continue to make efforts to live our lives in light of the golden principles of the Prophet Muhammad," the prime minister added.

Later, while addressing the 46th National Rehmatul-lil-Aalameen Conference in Islamabad, the prime minister stressed the need for raising the standards of morals in society and ensuring rule of law in the country by following in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

He explained that it was the only way for Pakistan to progress. "I particularly want to convey this to our youth," he said, adding that the only thing needed for the country to prosper was that the people corrected their ways.

The prime minister said when he founded his party, he had envisioned transforming Pakistan into an Islamic welfare state.

"And the only way to achieve that and become a great nation is to adopt the principles [taught] by the Prophet," he added.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid extended his congratulations to the entire Muslim world on the auspicious occasion and said he was "proud" to be a follower of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

He said the Prophet had laid the basis for a society free of "religious, linguistic, social and economic prejudices" and only by following his example could a better society be built.

"[Only] by learning from the life of the greatest leader in history and following his teachings can we improve our individual and collective lives as well as the hereafter," Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar tweeted.

Other PTI ministers and figures also congratulated Pakistanis on the occasion.

PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif said proof of "true love" for the Prophet was in proper obedience to him.

Noting that the Prophet's life was a role model for Muslims, PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said Muslims should let go of all conflicts and become one ummah.

"We will have to prove to the world through our deeds and actions that we are true ummatis of Prophet Muhammad," he added.

Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong also congratulated Pakistanis on Eid Miladun Nabi, wishing them harmony, prosperity, peace and good health.

PM calls for 'unprecedented' celebrations

Prime Minister Imran had on Saturday urged the nation to celebrate the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in a befitting and unprecedented manner.

He said Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was a great leader in the history of the world. "The great quality of a leader is that he brings together humans and does not spread hate," he added.

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Imran Khan At Loggerheads With Army On New Spy Chief, Opposition Comes Together To Oust Pak PM

Seema Guha

19 Oct 2021

Lt General Faiz Hameed, Pakistan’s powerful spy chief is in the eye of a storm. In an unprecedented move the opposition alliance, Pakistan Democratic Movement, demanded the resignation of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief at a public rally in Punjab’s Faisalabad town.

Slogans were raised for his resignation at the meeting, something unheard of in Pakistan where the men in uniform have invariably called the shots. They have dismissed elected governments, replaced them with those they see as more inclined to do their bidding.

Is Imran Khan - the chosen and installed in power by the army - now at loggerheads with General Headquarters of Pakistan? The opposition stands convinced as it plans to come together to oust Khan. There is much churning going on in political circles in Pakistan as the opposition scents a possible victory. Nothing is clear at the moment.

Leader of Pakistan’s Muslim League, Nawaz Sharif dared to take on the army. His initial political career began under military dictator Zia-Ul Haq. Subsequently, Nawaz Sharif became his own man and had staunchly opposed army interference in civilian matters. Sharif was never allowed by Rawalpindi to finish a term in office. It is well-known that the army had a major role in removing Nawaz Sharif from office and getting Imran Khan elected as prime minister in the 2018 parliamentary elections. Sharif and his daughter Maryam have always maintained that the army plotted with Imran Khan to get Nawaz Sharif out of office.

The current complications date back to a series of high-level military transfers announced by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on October 6. Among other developments, ISI top boss Faiz Hameed was to be replaced by Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmad Anjum. The general practice in Pakistan has that the country’s Prime Minister gets to choose among three names put forth by the Army chief. This is per a common tradition and not an institutional procedure. It is for the first time that a civilian government (spearheaded by Imran Khan) and the military leadership are not on the same page. Khan has suddenly woken up to the fact that he is a democratically elected leader and the choice of Director General is his prerogative. There were statements from ruling party ministers that the Prime Minister has the last word on the appointment of the spy chief.

There was a flurry of meetings between army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and the PM over the issue. Yet so far Imran Khan has refused to notify the transfers leading to speculations about a tug of war between the civilian government and the GHQ. In the past, all such cases were adjudged in favour of the army.

Imran Khan’s insistence that Faiz Hameed remains as spy chief is not surprising, considering that he was ISI’s top gun who helped Khan achieve his prime ministerial ambitions. Hameed stayed mostly behind the scenes. He played a major role in getting Sharif out of office. The idea here would be to help Hameed remain in office so Khan can navigate the political quagmire triggered by rising prices, bad governance and more vocal opposition. Publicly the excuse for retaining Hameed is the crisis in Afghanistan.

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Africa

 

Mali asks Muslim body to negotiate with al Qaeda-affiliate

James Tasamba  

19.10.2021

KIGALI, Rwanda

Mali’s transition government said Tuesday it asked the High Islamic Council to open peace talks with leaders of the al Qaeda-linked Jama’a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin (JNIM) group to end a decade of conflict.

“This is a popular demand, not a question of procrastinating. The overwhelming majority of the Malian population asked for it even before the transition,” Religious Affairs Minister Mamadou Kone told reporters.

Kone last week met the Council to inform them of the government's desire to negotiate with all radical Malian groups, including Iyad Ag Ghali and Amadou Koufa.

Authorities previously endorsed the idea of talks by backing local peace initiatives with militants.

But the latest move by the transition government is seen by analysts as the most concrete step toward negotiations with militant leaders, though not in tandem with the wishes of Mali's chief military ally, France.

France sent troops to Mali in 2013 after unrest broke out in the north.

French President Emmanuel Macron has said French troops would not conduct joint operations with countries having talks with Islamist militants.

Ag Ghali is JNIM's chief and Amadou Koufa leads JNIM's most active affiliate in central Mali.

The pair has been the target of French bombing campaigns.

Moufa Haidara, in charge of negotiations within the Council confirmed his group had been tasked with negotiations, explaining that the mission is to “find a compromise, between Malians, so that the war stops throughout the country.”

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Tunisia’s new government sworn in without parliamentary approval

Hanen Jebli

October 19, 2021

TUNIS — The moderate Islamist Ennahda party, Tunisia’s largest party in parliament, issued a statement Oct. 14 rejecting the new government headed by Najla Bouden. “It’s a de facto government of the unconstitutional Decree 117,” in reference to the order issued by President Kais Saied on Sept. 22, which put the executive and legislative powers in his hands.

Twenty-four members of the new government, which includes 10 women and is headed by a female prime minister for the first time in the history of Tunisia, took the constitutional oath before President Saied on Oct. 11 at the Carthage Palace.

Former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki said in a Facebook post on Oct. 14 that the new government was illegitimate because it did not gain the vote of confidence in parliament since it was suspended by Saied on July 25, in an explicit violation of the constitution.

Political activist Jaouhar Ben M’barek said on Facebook on Oct. 11 that Bouden’s government is an illegal “coup body,” adding, “We will confront it the same way we would a coup, and it will face the same fate.”

Issam Chebbi, the secretary-general of the Republican Party, told Al-Monitor that the new Tunisian government is a clear coup against the constitution, considering Decree 117 to be lacking legitimacy because it puts all powers in the hands of the president.

Chebbi, while praising the appointment of a woman to lead the government, said Saied chose its members and can dismiss whoever he wants. He added that the new government is only tasked with implementing the president’s policies, which will set back Tunisia decades.

On Oct. 11, the Workers’ Party said in a statement that the new government is a “government of coup” and that what Bouden said during her oath were empty promises that Tunisians have repeatedly heard from previous governments and from Saied himself.

However, Hafez al-Sawari, a member of the People's Movement politburo, told Al-Monitor that the new government reflects the will of the people who revolted on July 25 and demanded the overthrow of the current political system, which has been controlled by Ennahda and its allies since the fall of the Zine El Abidine Ben Ali regime in 2011.

Sawari said Saied is building a new system, and that the new government will derive its legitimacy from its ability to resolve outstanding issues, respond to the demands of the Tunisians, and give the country back to its people.

Saied issued exceptional measures on Sept. 22 by presidential decree, according to which the government would answer to him, while he would issue legislation by decree instead of parliament. He also decided to lift the immunity of parliament members and suspend their salaries.

On Sept. 29, Saied appointed Bouden to form the government, a move welcomed by women's rights activists in Tunisia. The head of the National Union of Tunisian Women, Radhia Jerbi, told radio Mosaique on Sept. 29 that Tunisian women deserve the position of prime minister. Jerbi added that Bouden's appointment is the culmination of Tunisian women's struggles over decades for full citizenship and equality.

In a Sept. 29 Facebook post, Frawes Yosra, the head of the Tunisian Association of the Democratic Women, expressed her happiness at the appointment, although she wished it had happened under different circumstances.

Lamia al-Majri, a member of the Association of Tunisian Judges, told the state-run Assabah News website on Sept. 29, “As a national human rights association within the progressive human rights fabric of the national forces in Tunisia, we believe having a woman head the government is a positive thing.”

Saied’s recent moves have received the backing of the People's Movement, the Tunisia Forward movement and the Tunisian Popular Current, in addition to the Alliance for Tunisia, the Tunisian Ba’ath Movement, and the Socialist Party, all of which are leftist parties.

Source: Al Monitor

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'Turkey aims to boost cooperation in defense industry with Nigeria'

Adam Abu Bashar  

19.10.2021

ABUJA, Nigeria

Turkey aims to further its trade and cooperation in the defense industry, along with dialogue on energy and political issues with Nigeria, the Turkish envoy in Abuja said.

The two countries enjoy positive and multidimensional relations, Hidayet Bayraktar told Anadolu Agency.

Turkey is in cooperation with Nigeria on many different areas spanning from economy to defense industry, from energy to humanitarian affairs, in addition to political issues Bayraktar said.

Citing trade figures for 2020, Bayraktar said Nigeria is Turkey's largest trading partner in Sub-Saharan Africa, adding: "However, considering the potential of the two countries, we do not see these achievements sufficient."

He said the relations between Turkey and Nigeria date back to the Ottoman Empire, and Kanem-Bornu Empire that was once existed in the areas which are now part of Niger, Chad, Nigeria, and Cameroon.

"A treaty of friendship and trade was signed between the two states in 1555-1556. In this respect, Turkey-Nigeria relations have a friendly and historical background dating back many years," he added.

Turkey-Nigeria relations

Recalling President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Nigeria in 2016, Bayraktar said that it was very exciting that a high-level visit will take place again after five years.

The Turkish president on Sunday started a four-day tour of three African countries, including Angola, Togo, and Nigeria.

He stressed that there is a close friendship between Erdogan and his Nigerian counterpart Mohammed Buhari, and said that the two leaders spoke over the phone three times this year.

Erdogan will discuss international issues as well as bilateral issues during his visit to Nigeria, the envoy said, adding that the Turkish president will also attend the Turkey-Nigeria Business Forum and open Turkey's Yunus Emre Institute in the capital Abuja.

"It is extremely important that the win-win understanding that we are trying to establish with Nigeria is adopted by the brotherly and friendly Nigerian authorities and people," Bayraktar stressed.

Nigeria is Turkey's top trading partner in Sub-Saharan Africa with a trading volume of $754 million in 2020, which is expected to rise to more than $1 billion.

Nigeria, Africa's largest oil producer, is among Turkey's oil and gas suppliers.

Besides, the fight against the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the 2016 defeated coup in Turkey, is expected to be discussed during the Turkish president's visit.

There is an expectation from the Nigerian government to show more solidarity in the fight against FETO, Bayraktar underlined.

He observed that Nigerian authorities have been more knowledgeable and conscious about this treacherous structure, and said this is an important development.

Turkey's efforts against the FETO terror group will continue.

Positive image in Nigeria

Turkey has a positive image in Africa, especially in Nigeria, Bayraktar said, stressing the importance of the view in Nigeria that Turkish products are of good quality.

He said the presence and activities of Turkish Airlines in Nigeria and Turkey’s win-win- understanding with Africa also played an important role in this positive view towards Turkey.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Ethiopia launches airstrikes on Tigray capital, rebels claim 3 civilians killed

Andrew Wasike and Addis Getachew  

19.10.2021

The Ethiopian government launched airstrikes on the capital of the troubled Tigray region on Monday, witnesses and state media confirmed.

The rebel group Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) claimed three civilians were killed in the attack on a market in Mekelle.

However, there was no mention of any fatalities in a report by the state-run Ethiopian Press Agency, which said the airstrikes targeted a TPLF communication facility “with the utmost precision to prevent civilian casualties.”

Other local news outlets said a busy Mekelle market, located next to a hotel that housed international aid workers, was hit in the air raid.

Getachew Reda, a senior TPLF official, accused the Ethiopian government of targeting innocent civilians in its bid to wrest control of territory taken by the TPLF.

“[Prime Minister] Abiy Ahmed’s ‘Air Force’ sent its bomber jet to attack civilian targets in and outside Mekelle. Monday is market day in Mekelle and the intention is all too palpable,” he said on Twitter.

“While they are losing big in what they dubbed a final offensive against Tigray, they will obviously continue to target civilians in a desperate move to exact revenge on the people of Tigray.”

Getachew, a former Ethiopian communications minister, alleged that one of the targets in Monday’s strikes was “the Planet Hotel where a dozen or so humanitarian agencies used to have their employees.”

“Our people won’t be cowed into submission by a desperate move by a desperate regime teetering on the brink of collapse,” he asserted.

A doctor in Mekelle, who spoke to Anadolu Agency on the condition of anonymity, also confirmed the attack.

“There were a lot of people shopping [at the market], people have shared photos of the destruction on social media too. Over a dozen people were injured but not all were seriously hurt,” he said.

Other witnesses told Anadolu Agency that the targeted area was littered with debris and there were bloodstains splattered on walls and pavements.

Human wave warfare

The Ethiopian government accused the TPLF of putting civilians on the frontline of the Tigray conflict by relying on “human wave” tactics.

A spokesman warned that the government would be forced to adopt a similar strategy against the rebels.

“TPLF forces have been deploying human waves to fight their war … and human waves can be defeated by human waves, though primitive,” Legesse Tulu, head of Ethiopia’s Government Communication Service, said at a news conference.

He said the TPLF sends “a swarm of civilians with light weapons and sickles … followed by groups with medium weapons and trailed by mechanized forces.”

Legesse admitted that the rebels have captured more areas in Amhara’s South Wollo region, including the historic Wuchale city, and are now eyeing the commercial towns of Dessie and Kombolcha.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Southeast Asia

 

Xinjiang’s ‘architecture of repression’ targets Muslim Uighurs

20 Oct 2021

In November of 2018, Anayit Abliz, a Muslim Uighur from China’s far western region of Xinjiang, was sentenced to three years in prison for using a file-sharing application called Zapya and a virtual private network (VPN) to communicate online the previous year.

During the months of detention leading to his conviction, the teenager’s family was subjected to intrusive surveillance, with their daily activities chronicled in a series of reports filed under the heading, ‘Situation regarding persons who are detained or going through re-education’.

In one incident, a neighbourhood watcher entered Abliz’s family home and reported they had found his father, mother and sister all watching television. Another time, the government-assigned monitor noted that the family members were just “going about their business” inside their house.

It is thought that in Xinjiang, the discovery by authorities of the widespread use of the Zapya application “prompted millions of investigations at the grassroots level” similar to the intrusions faced by Abliz’s family, according to a new report published by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) based in Canberra.

Between July 2016 and June 2017, government monitors assigned by Beijing flagged at least 1,869,310 Uighurs and other citizens in Xinjiang for using Zapya, the report revealed. ASPI’s latest report is based on thousands of documents leaked to the think tank.

Since early 2017, vast numbers of Uighur men and women, as well as other Muslim ethnic minorities, have been arbitrarily detained or imprisoned according to the United Nations and human rights groups.

They include hundreds of thousands who have been sent to prisons, in addition to the one million the UN estimates to have been sent to internment camps.

The detentions and alleged abuses inside enclosed government facilities have been described by the United States and international human rights groups as a form of genocide constituting “crimes against humanity”. Last month, Amnesty International accused China of creating a “dystopian hellscape” in Xinjiang.

China has rejected the allegations, saying its policies towards the Uighurs and other Muslim minorities living in Xinjiang are necessary to “fight extremism” and promote upward economic mobility for the impoverished ethnic group.

But the latest report detailing how China’s “vast system of coercive state control works” only bolsters the allegations of the existence of an “architecture of repression” in Xinjiang targeting Uighurs and other Muslim minorities, according to ASPI.

Publicly-available data

The 82-page report also draws on previously unpublished material from thousands of Chinese-language sources, including police records and budget documents obtained by scraping through publicly available Chinese government websites.

Using the data, ASPI pieced together evidence showing “five key sets of Xinjiang’s repressive policies” from mass internment, forced labour and mass at-home surveillance to “coercive birth control and ubiquitous propaganda”.

In Xinjiang’s capital city of Urumqi, for example, the Beijing-controlled government has deployed “neighbourhood committees” and the police to monitor the community, sending “micro clues … when someone does something irregular”.

That might include families having an unexpected visitor at home, individuals driving a car that belongs to someone else, receiving an overseas phone call, or even using a file-sharing application as Anayit Abliz did.

ASPI said its latest report provides crucial insights into policy-making and those responsible for making and enforcing the decisions.

“There is little knowledge of the government processes or actual perpetrators of these now well-known atrocities, and only a small number of entities or individuals have been identified for their involvement,” ASPI said.

“This project exposes these activities, and those responsible, to further public scrutiny,” according to the ASPI.

“Amid international debates about whether recent events in Xinjiang constitute genocide, and while Chinese officials are actively scrubbing relevant evidence and seeking to silence those who speak out, it is important to carry out a timely and detailed investigation into Xinjiang’s governance now.”

China’s Foreign Ministry has previously accused ASPI of “spreading lies and slanderous rumours” against Beijing.

Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Monday that residents of Xinjiang enjoy “social stability, economic development, solidarity among ethnic groups and harmony among religions”.

“The so-called human rights issues in Xinjiang are an outright political conspiracy.”

‘Mao-era type of campaigns’

Documents obtained by ASPI suggest that “the crackdown against the Uighurs has a striking resemblance to Mao-era mass political campaigns”.

For instance, it details how Xinjiang’s “Trinity” mechanism grants the so-called “neighbourhood committees extraordinary powers to police the movements and emotions of residents, subjecting many to ‘management and control’ orders akin to house arrest”.

In one specific case, Ekrem Imin, a Uighur man, was detained because his “neighbourhood police officer was trying to fill quotas”. As a result of his incarceration, he later contracted hepatitis B as well as syphilis and was left untreated inside a Xinjiang detention facility.

In addition to mass internment and “coercive labour assignments”, Xinjiang residents are required to join in “acts of political theatre” such as show trials, public denunciation sessions of other Uighurs as well as loyalty pledges, among others, the report said.

Two of the people who oversee administration in Xinjiang are officials who spent time as visiting fellows at Harvard University, namely Yao Ning and Erken Tuniyaz, who was appointed Xinjiang’s new acting governor in late September, ASPI added.

“Highly destructive mass political campaigns are not artefacts of a bygone era. Rather, they are occurring at a time when Chinese society is more closely connected with the world than ever.”

Source: Al Jazeera

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Jakim tells Muslims to be mindful when delivering Dawah on social media

19 Oct 2021

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 19 — Speakers who use social media platforms to deliver religious talks or dakwah (Islamic propagation) have been reminded to exercise mindfulness and have disciplinary knowledge.

Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) director-general Datuk Abdul Aziz Jusoh said although the existence of various mediums, especially social media platforms, has brought a positive impact on the approach of dakwah and knowledge sharing, talking about sensitive issues that could result in controversy should always be avoided.

He said the speakers needed to take into account the current reality the intellectual capacity of the community when delivering religious talks to avoid prolonged polemics.

“This is to avoid slanderous remarks that can tarnish the sanctity of the religion and the Muslims themselves.

The speakers are also urged to obtain credentials from religious authorities in their respective states to enable them to deliver talks. All parties are reminded to abide by the conditions and rules set for the benefit of all,” he said in statement today.

Abdul Aziz also advised Muslims to acquire knowledge from scholars who have the right qualifications in the field of knowledge they talk about.

“If you have any doubts, do refer to an authoritative source such as state Islamic religious departments or the office of a state Mufti.

Source: Malay Mail

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Floating mosque to be built in Pulau Besar, says Melaka Islamic Dept chief

19 Oct 2021

MELAKA, Oct 19 — A project to build a shell-shaped floating mosque in Pulau Besar costing about RM30 million is expected to begin early next year, says Melaka Islamic Religious Department (JAIM) director Datuk Che Sukri Che Mat.

He said the mosque to be built using aluminium, would be able to accommodate about 1,500 worshipers at a time.

“We are still in the discussions stage at this point, and the construction process will start after obtaining a certain amount of funds from the Federal government.

“The unique design of the mosque located on the island would indirectly make it a new attraction for tourists, and most importantly, help spread the Islamic message in the state,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters after the launching ceremony of the Pulau Besar Mosque Construction Wakaf Fund in conjunction with the state-level Maulidur Rasul celebration at the Al-Azim Mosque Auditorium in Bukit Palah here today.

Source: Malay Mail

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Arab World

 

Iraq captures mastermind of 2016 Islamic State terror attack that killed hundreds

Hassan Ali Ahmed

October 19, 2021

BAGHDAD — Al-Qaeda militant Ghazwan al-Zawbaee, who carried out attacks throughout Iraq on behalf of the Islamic State (IS), was captured by Iraqi security forces.

In a tweet, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi confirmed Ghazwan’s capture: "Five years after the terrorist bombing of Karrada, our brave forces succeeded in capturing the terrorist Ghazwan [al-]Zawbaee in a complex intelligence operation outside the country. He is the primary culprit behind the Karrada atrocity and many others.”

The young IS militant, alongside suicide bomber Abu Maha al-Iraqi, coordinated a suicide truck packed with explosives to target late-night shoppers in the Karrada district during Ramadan in 2016. The bombing was one of the deadliest attacks in the world since 9/11 and left at least 346 dead.

IS later took credit for the bombing while it controlled large swaths of Iraqi and Syrian territory. At the time, IS was losing battles to Iraqi security forces who were liberating Fallujah. Many viewed the Karrada bombing by the jihadist group as retribution and an attempt to divert attention from Iraq’s victory in Fallujah.

In an interview with an Iraqi security official who spoke with Al-Monitor on the condition of anonymity, he revealed many details about Zawbaee, including that the operation to capture him took months and involved chasing him in foreign countries that the source did not name.

Born in Baghdad, Zawbaee began a career of terrorizing his people back in May 2007. He was only 15 years old when he first pledged his allegiance to IS and took up arms against American troops as part of the Iraqi insurgency against the 2003 US invasion. Later that year, he was arrested and detained in Cropper Prison located near Baghdad International Airport. He was released in 2008.

Iraqi army spokesperson Yehia Rasool described him as “one of the most wanted persons by the Iraqi judiciary." He added, "This terrorist carried out many criminal operations against the Iraqi people and the Iraqi security forces.”

The notorious terrorist, nicknamed Abu Obaida, returned to the terrorist organization in early 2010 and plotted attacks on security forces through assassinations, sticky bombs, targeting and theft of goldsmiths, until he was arrested again in mid-2011 in the Dora district by the Directorate of Combatting Crime.

He was detained in Abu Ghraib Prison until mid-2013, when he escaped toward the Anbar desert and joined other fugitive terrorists; there, he received military training and religious studies. Then he and a group of trained militants were transferred to the Hamrin Mountains to resume their terrorist activities in Kirkuk and Ninevah provinces.

Prior to the fall of Mosul, Zawbaee and his group received orders by IS to enter the city with light weapons to engage in espionage against security forces and provide information on the forces’ daily operations. This ultimately resulted in the fall of Mosul, where more than 20,000 Iraqi forces failed to defend the city against an approximately thousand-strong IS army.

He later joined IS's Army of al-Usra, which, according to late Iraqi analyst Hisham al-Hashimi, is responsible for ethnic cleansing and the major destruction of Iraq’s religious and heritage sites. He had direct contacts with the emir of Baghdad's Wilayat and was the logistics mind in the organization, where he prepared and transported booby-trapped vehicles, terrorist elements, explosive belts and explosive materials throughout the so-called caliphate.

Source: Al Monitor

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Arab coalition says 48 Yemen Houthis killed near Marib

19 October ,2021

The Arab coalition in Yemen said Tuesday it killed 48 Houthis in air strikes on two districts near the strategic city of Marib, during intense fighting this week.

This is the ninth consecutive day that the coalition has announced strikes around Marib, reporting a total of more than 1,200 Houthi fatalities.

The previously announced bombings were in Abdiya about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Marib -- the internationally-recognized government’s last bastion in oil-rich northern Yemen.

The strikes reported Tuesday were closer to Marib.

“Operations targeted six military vehicles and killed 48 terrorist elements” in the past 24 hours in the districts of al-Jawba and al-Kassara, the coalition said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

Al-Jawba lies about 50 kilometers from the city and al-Kassara is about 30 kilometers northwest.

According to a government military official on Tuesday, fighting between the two sides “continues on a number of fronts but there are no major advances or changes on the ground in recent hours.”

The Houthis began a major push to seize Marib in February and have renewed their offensive since September after a lull.

The Yemeni civil war began in 2014 when the Houthis seized the capital Sanaa, 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of Marib, prompting Arab coalition forces to intervene to prop up the government the following year.

Source: Al Arabiya

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10 civilians killed, 35 injured by Assad regime attack in Idlib, NW Syria

Ahmet Karaahmet 

20.10.2021

At least 10 civilians were killed and another 35 injured on Wednesday by an Assad regime attack in Idlib, northwestern Syria, according to medical sources.

Artillery of regime forces and Iranian-backed foreign terrorist groups targeted a marketplace in the center of the town of Ariha in rural southern Idlib, an area under opposition control.

Medical sources in the town told Anadolu Agency that 10 civilians lost their lives and 35 civilians were injured in the attack.

The casualties are feared to rise.

Syria has been ravaged by a civil war since early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Ministry of Islamic Affairs to Continue To Apply Social Distancing In Mosques

October 19, 2021

RIYADH — The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance, in accordance to the Public Health Authority "Weqaya" recommendations, has confirmed on Tuesday that it is necessary to continue to apply social distance protocols between worshipers in mosques.

The statement came according to the ministry in order to preserve peoples' health, as all ages and people with different health conditions enter mosques.

The ministry also noted that there is no place or any person in mosques to check the health status through the “Tawakalna” application, which may require a great effort to preserve the health of worshipers.

"We are constantly following up with the concerned authorities regarding instructions for precautionary measures as we ensure the safety of worshipers in mosques," the ministry said.

Source: Saudi Gazette

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Five civilians among eight killed in shelling of Syria’s Idlib

20 October ,2021

Shelling by the Syrian army killed eight people, five of them civilians, Wednesday in the northwestern region of Idlib controlled by opposition forces, a war monitor reported.

Rockets struck a busy area of the town of Ariha, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that at least two children were among those killed.

The shelling, which hit the war-ravaged town at a time when children were heading to school, also wounded at least 26 people, the Britain-based monitoring group said.

An AFP reporter on the scene saw at least five dead bodies as first responders were treating the wounded and scenes of chaos filled the streets of Ariha.

Wednesday’s bombardment was one of the deadliest to rattle an Idlib truce deal that was reached in March 2020 and brokered by Turkey and Russia, the two main foreign brokers in the conflict.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Syria explosion targeting army bus kills 13, wounds three in Damascus

20 October ,2021

At least 13 Syrian military personnel were killed in a roadside bomb attack, as their bus crossed a bridge in central Damascus during early morning rush hour on Wednesday, state television reported.

Syrian state TV posted on its Telegram account images of the charred cabin of the bus, and rescue workers could be seen removing body parts. The channel reported at least 13 people were killed and three wounded.

Two explosive devices went off as the bus was on the Hafez al-Assad bridge, it said, adding a third device was defused by an army engineering unit in what officials said was a “terrorist” blast.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Lebanese parliament confirms election date as March 27

19 October ,2021

Lebanon’s parliament on Tuesday voted to hold legislative elections on March 27, parliamentary sources told Reuters.

The earlier than usual date - elections were originally expected to be held in May - was being debated in order not to clash with the holy Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.

It means Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s government has just a few months left in office as it tries to agree a financial recovery plan with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) amidst a deepening economic meltdown.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Europe

 

‘Wave of terrorism in Europe moving toward UK’: Ex-counterterror chief

October 19, 2021

LONDON: The former head of Britain’s counterterrorism operations has warned that a “wave of terrorism” was heading from Europe to the UK and that Britain should raise its terror threat level accordingly.

Nick Aldworth, the UK’s ex-counterterrorism national coordinator, also told Sky News that individuals carrying out “lone wolf” attacks after being radicalized in their bedrooms were becoming the new norm.

His comments came just days after Ali Harbi Ali, believed to be an Islamist extremist radicalized online, murdered Conservative Party MP David Amess.

Authorities faced an “enormous challenge” in identifying potential attackers such as Ali that had been radicalized at home, Aldworth said.

“It’s become the new norm within terrorism: People self-radicalizing and then deciding to do something about it.

“We live in a democratic society, we don’t live in a surveillance society where the authorities can, without cause, tap your phone and monitor your internet usage. It’s an enormous challenge and an enormously resource-intensive challenge.

“My view, from what we’re seeing, is there are similarities this year with what we saw in 2016 and 2017 of a slowly developing wave of terrorism in Europe that’s starting to move toward the UK.

“My belief is we must be quite close to moving up a threat level back to severe (meaning an attack was highly likely),” he added.

During 2016 and 2017, five deadly terror attacks took place in Britain, including the Manchester Arena bombing which killed dozens of people, many of them children, and the murder of MP Jo Cox.

Amess’ killing has prompted renewed scrutiny on the effectiveness of Britain’s counter-radicalization program, Prevent, because Ali had previously been referred to it.

British Home Office figures show there were more than 6,200 referrals to the Prevent scheme in England and Wales in the year up to March 2020.

Aldworth said that the Prevent program was currently not receiving enough referrals from friends and family, who were best placed to notice changes in people’s behavior.

“Typically, about 30 percent of referrals come from education … about 30 percent come from the police, and about 30 percent come from a disparate number of places including health.

Source: Arab News

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Taliban get aid promise but not recognition on eve of Moscow talks

19 October ,2021

Russia, China and Pakistan are willing to provide aid to Afghanistan, the Russian foreign ministry said on Tuesday, but Moscow said it was not yet ready to recognize the Taliban government.

The promise of humanitarian aid and economic support came after talks between Russian, Chinese and Pakistani officials, who will be joined by representatives of Afghanistan’s Islamist rulers at a meeting in Moscow on Wednesday.

But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia was withholding recognition from the Taliban while waiting for them to fulfil promises they made when they took power, including on the political and ethnic inclusivity of the new government.

Critics say the former rebel movement is backtracking on pledges not to sideline women and minorities, or persecute foes.

“Official recognition of the Taliban is not under discussion for now,” Lavrov told reporters. “Like most of other influential countries in the region, we are in contact with them. We are prodding them to fulfil the promises they made when they came to power.”

Russia seeks leadership

In mid-August, the Afghan government collapsed as the United States and allies withdrew troops after 20 years on the ground, leading the Taliban to seize power in a lightning offensive.

Russia, which fought its own disastrous war in Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989, is trying to seize the diplomatic initiative to avoid instability in the wider region that could damage its interests. In particular it is worried by the possibility of Islamist militants seeping into the former Soviet republics of Central Asia, a region Moscow views as a defensive buffer.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Greek, Egyptian, Greek Cypriot leaders reiterate their commitment to tripartite alliance

Ahmet Gençtürk  

20.10.2021

Convened in the Greek capital Athens, leaders of Greece, Egypt and the Greek Cypriot administration reiterated their commitment to a tripartite alliance.

In a joint declaration released following the 9th Trilateral Summit on Cooperation and Coordination, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greek Cypriot administration leader Nicos Anastasiades, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi underlined their countries’ support to each other’s positions in various essential issues -- including the Cyprus issue, Libya, maritime zones in the Eastern Mediterranean, Syria, Palestine-Israel dispute, irregular immigration, cooperation in the energy sector, and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) that caused serious problems between Egypt and Ethiopia.

Reiterating the Greek-Greek Cypriot narrative on the Cyprus issue, countries pointed out that a bi-zonal, bicommunal federation with a single sovereignty, single international entity, and single citizenship is the only solution.

Referring to the maritime zones in the Eastern Mediterranean, the countries accused Turkey of violating maritime zones established by international law. The countries also claimed that Economic Exclusive Zones off Cyprus island have already been set and so drilling and seismic surveys carried out by Turkish vessels are "illegal."

In the declaration, it was also claimed that Turkey violates the Greek national airspace and continental shelf in the Aegean Sea.

Turkey, which has the longest continental coastline in the Eastern Mediterranean, has rejected the maritime boundary claims of Greece and the Greek Cypriot administration, stressing that the excessive claims violate the sovereign rights of both Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots.

Turkish leaders have repeatedly stressed that Ankara is in favor of resolving all outstanding problems in the region – including maritime disputes – through international law, good neighborly relations, dialogue, and negotiations.

In a closely related issue, the joint declaration maintained that the military and security cooperation agreement inked between Turkey and Libya’s elected, legitimate GNA government in November 2019 violated international law and undermined regional stability.

Similarly, the countries claimed that the memorandum of understanding between Libya and Turkey on the delimitation of areas of maritime jurisdiction in the Mediterranean cannot produce legal effects.

Greece and the Greek Cypriot administration also strongly and openly reiterated their support to Egypt regarding the GERD that caused a serious dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia.

“We recognise the existential threat that the GERD could pose to Egypt if it is operated unilaterally,” the declaration added.

Despite increasingly deepening strategic ties between Greece, the Greek Cypriot administration, and Israel, the countries said they back the formation of an independent and viable Palestinian state with secure and recognized borders in the pre-1967 alignment, with East Jerusalem as the capital, adding that they also recognize Israel's right to exist in peace and security.

Expressing satisfaction for the level of cooperation, the countries unveiled a plan that envisages the creation of a tripartite electricity interconnection that would enable transmission of Egyptian electricity to Europe via Greece.

Parties agreed that the next Trilateral Summit will take place in Egypt in the second half of 2022.

In a related development, the Greek leftist opposition party MeRA25 led by former Finance Minister Yannis Varoufakis released a statement on Tuesday evening and strongly criticized the summit and joint declaration.

Mitsotakis is trying to build a profile of a strong Greece that claims a role as a player in the wider region of the Eastern Mediterranean, wishing to capitalize the expensive military agreement with France and the equivalent with the US, the party said.

No bilateral or trilateral agreement will solve the problems of the Eastern Mediterranean, it noted.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Illegal claims by Greece, Greek Cypriots behind East Med tensions: Turkey

Ahmet Gençtürk  

20.10.2021

Maximalist and illegal claims by Greece and the Greek Cypriot administration which overlook the presence of Turkish Cypriots are behind the tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said late Tuesday.

The ministry was responding to a joint declaration released earlier in the day following a tripartite summit between Greece, the Greek Cypriot administration and Egypt in the Greek capital Athens.

Calling the declaration a new manifestation of hostility by Greece and the Greek Cypriot administration, the ministry said that Egypt’s participation in the declaration indicates that the country “has not yet grasped the real address that it can cooperate with in the Eastern Mediterranean.”

Reiterating Turkey’s determination to protect its own legitimate and legal rights and those of Cypriot Turks in the region, the ministry underlined that Turkey already proved that no initiative in the region can be successful without involving Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).

“Turkey supports energy projects that will enhance cooperation among the countries in the region. However, these projects should not ignore the rights and interests of Turkey and Turkish Cypriots, and they should be inclusive,” the statement said.

Referring to a statement by the TRNC’s Foreign Ministry on the declaration, the ministry stressed that an understanding which neglects the realities on the island cannot contribute to the settlement of the Cyprus issue.

“We remind once again that a new negotiation process will not be possible unless the sovereign equality and equal international status of the Turkish Cypriot people are reaffirmed,” the ministry said.

Turkey, which has the longest continental coastline in the Eastern Mediterranean, has rejected the maritime boundary claims of Greece and the Greek Cypriot administration, stressing that the excessive claims violate the sovereign rights of both Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots.

Turkish leaders have repeatedly stressed that Ankara is in favor of resolving all outstanding problems in the region – including maritime disputes – through international law, good neighborly relations, dialogue and negotiations.

The ministry also responded to the baseless claims in the declaration on the Turkish-Libya maritime jurisdiction and military cooperation agreements.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Biden nominates Middle East expert Donald Blome as new US ambassador to Pakistan

Anwar Iqbal

October 20, 2021

United States President Joe Biden is nominating Donald Armin Blome, an expert on Middle East affairs, as his new 'Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan', the White House announced on Tuesday.

Donald Armin Blome, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service belonging to the class of minister-counselor, is currently the US ambassador to Tunisia.

Prior to that, Ambassador Blome was chargé d’affaires at the Libya External Office in Tunisia, consul general at the US Consulate in Jerusalem, and director of the Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs at the US Department of State.

He has also served as political counselor at the US Embassy in Kabul and minister-counselor for economic and political affairs at the US Embassy in Cairo. Earlier in his career, Ambassador Blome served as the civilian co-director at the Multinational Force Strategic Engagement Cell, Baghdad, political counselor at the US Embassy Kuwait, and as Israel desk officer, deputy director and acting director at the Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs.

Ambassador Blome earned a BA and a JD from the University of Michigan. He also speaks Arabic.

His nomination follows the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, which caused the collapse of the US-backed government in Kabul and forced Washington to move its diplomatic mission to Doha, Qatar.

The changes have given Pakistan a major diplomatic role in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan and the United States wants Pakistan to use its influence to create space for an inclusive government in Kabul. The United States is also seeking air access to Afghanistan via Pakistan.

Source: Dawn

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Top US official in Lebanon to discuss energy crisis, border dispute with Israel

19 October ,2021

A top US official landed in Beirut Tuesday in what the State Department said was a trip to discuss “sustainable solutions” to Lebanon’s energy crisis.

On his first trip to Lebanon since being appointed by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Senior Advisor for Global Energy Security Amos Hochstein will also resume Washington’s role as a mediator between Lebanon and Israel over their decadeslong maritime border dispute.

The Israeli-born diplomat held a similar role under former US President Barack Obama.

In Lebanon, he will “underscore the Biden Administration’s willingness to help Lebanon and Israel find a mutually agreeable solution to their shared maritime boundary for the benefit of both peoples,” the State Department said.

Traditionally, the US diplomat in this role shuttles back and forth between Beirut and Tel Aviv to discuss the maritime border dispute. He is expected to fly to Israel after Beirut, but no official announcements have been made.

Several US diplomats have attempted to mediate, but the most success seems to have been under the Trump administration, where Lebanese and Israeli officials sat in a room for discussions on the matter.

After a few rounds of talks, progress was stalled in what US officials have said was the result of Lebanon reneging on initial boundary claims submitted to the United Nations.

Hochstein will now try to revive the stalled talks and build off his previous experience in the Obama administration.

Lebanon is experiencing an unprecedented economic and financial collapse, which has resulted in a shortage of fuel needed to run power plants in the country.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Parties to Syrian constitutional talks begin drafting process

Peter Kenny 

20.10.2021

GENEVA

Representatives of the Syrian Constitutional Committee have stated a commitment to presenting "constitutional texts" and would begin to identify provisional areas of agreement and disagreement, the office of the UN special envoy on Syria said Tuesday on the second day of new talks.

Jenifer Fenton, the spokeswoman for the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, said the current round of talks is scheduled to last until Friday.

Both sides filed in for the negotiations and then left after the day.

A new round of talks focusing on a new constitution for war-torn Syria began Monday in Geneva, with the opposition side noting they will continue but said the outcome is unclear at this stage.

"The constitutional committee has now begun a process of drafting," said Fenton at a UN briefing in Geneva.

"All delegations have stated their commitment to presenting draft constitutional texts and to begin to identify provisional areas of agreement and disagreement, including by proposing amendments and submitting revisions."

Fenton noted that for the special envoy, the constitutional process is "important."

Pedersen will "therefore also continue to work to facilitate a wider process to progress the implementation of Security Council resolution 2254," which outlines a process for an end to Syria's civil war.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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US again denies unfreezing assets of Afghanistan

20 Oct 2021

United States is still holding its previous stance on the Taliban and said that they will not release nearly ten billion dollars of Afghanistan now frozen in US banks.

US’s deputy minister of Finance Wally Adeyemo on Tuesday, October 19 said that it is important to keep pressure on the Taliban but added that the people of Afghanistan should not be harmed.

Wally Adeyemo said that new means must be sought in order to provide Afghan people with humanitarian aid.

“We will not let the Taliban access the money in an ongoing situation. We will continue to assert our restrictions on Haqqani network and the Taliban but will continue humanitarian aids to Afghan people.” Said Adeyemo to senators.

He said that the US is committed to providing Afghans with humanitarian aids but reiterated that the Taliban must facilitate the distribution process.

The Taliban have used a number of diplomatic channels to release the frozen assets but none has succeeded yet.

Source: Khaama Press

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