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Sunni Muslims in Kerala Declared Fresh War against Wahhabism-Salafism on a University Syllabus

New Age Islam News Bureau

29 September 2021

 

 

• Uttar Pradesh: Muslim Man Playing Ram in Ramlila Gets Death Threats

• Two Boys Discussing Conversion to Islam on Video Booked, Probe Finds They're Hindus, Minors

• Taliban to Implement a Constitution from the Era of Muhammad Zahir Shah: Taliban’s Acting Minister of Justice

• EU Holds 1st Ever Human Rights Meeting With Saudi Arabia

 

India

• Police Ask Kerala Govt to Ban Circulation of 'Mashari Al Ashwaq' -- Book Of Jihad

• Terrorist nabbed during failed infiltration bid exposes Pakistan Army, says 'this jihad is wrong'

• Govt Appointing Mujawar to Perform Hindu Rituals in Datta Peetha Counter to Muslim Belief: HC

• RSS’ Muslim wing opposes protest against arrest of UP cleric

• Muslim artist faces threats for playing the role of Lord Ram in Ramleela

• Students Islamic Organisation to Fund Education of Moinul Haque's Children

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South Asia

• Former Afghan Officials Who Have Fled the Country Along With President Ashraf Ghani Announce Government In Exile

• Taliban to ‘Temporarily’ Adopt 1964 Constitution, With Caveats

• Taliban: US drones must stop entering Afghanistan

• Taliban fighters hit the fairground as Afghans fear for freedoms

• Former Afghanistan officials announce govt in exile, Saleh to lead

• Prices soar at opium market in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan

• 20-war in Afghanistan was a strategic failure, 2,500 troops should have been kept: Milley

• Taliban accuse US forces of violating Afghan airspace, call for upholding commitments made in Doha

• Taliban fighters take over Kabul amusement park

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Europe

• UK, Pakistan Agree On Need for Coordinated Approach To Afghanistan

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Arab World

• Al-Azhar Fatwa Centre Warns Against ’Conquer’ Game Due To Gambling

• Egypt releases four Salafi Muslim preachers from detention

• Saudi Arabia supports global efforts to ensure Iran does not possess nuclear arms: FM

• Senior US official, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince meet for first time under Biden

• UN: New meeting this month to draft Syria constitution

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North America

• US Generals Express Concern over Pakistan’s Nuclear Arsenal in Wake of Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan

• US senators seek assessment of Pakistan’s role in America’s Afghan debacle

• White House delegation heading to Egypt for talks on Horn of Africa, Palestine

• US credibility has been damaged due to Afghanistan withdrawal: Top military general

• US bars flight from landing with Americans from Kabul: Activists

• Top US generals recommended having 2,500 troops in Afghanistan; White House defends withdrawal

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Pakistan

• Pakistan Minister Highlights Importance of Free Thinking Culture to Find Truth–Islam

• Islamabad in a fix over helping Kabul without recognition

• No new law against Islamic guidelines in my rule: PM Imran Khan

• Akal Takht jathedar holds meeting with ETPB chairman

• Pakistan, UK agree to form working group to strengthen ties

• FC soldier martyred in Balochistan's Chukab area in firing by terrorists

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Mideast

• Jordan Slams Israeli Abuses At Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque

• Iranian Envoy Blasts European Trio for Double-Standard Approach

• Minister: Iran, Turkey Play Major Role in Restoring Regional Stability

• UN Ambassador Blasts Israel's Unfounded Allegations against Iran

• Iran says military exercises near Azeri border an issue of ‘sovereignty’

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Southeast Asia

• Johor Islamic Council Drops Bid to Join Putrajaya’s Appeal On ‘Allah’ Ban Case, But Selangor Counterpart Wants In

• After reports of leak, home minister says NRD confirmed its data still secure

• Minister: 4,771 screened under sex offenders against children registry since April 2019

• Sabah CM signals no simultaneous polls for parliamentary, state seats

• Azalina takes veiled swipe at Rina Harun over stalled Special Courts for sexual crimes against children

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Africa

• Nigerian Security Forces Kill Eight Muslim Mourners at Arba’een Procession in Abuja

• Sudan says five security officers killed in clash with ISIS-linked group

• Libyan Fatwa House denounces brutal killing of Muslims in India’s Assam

• Libya’s High Council of State does not want elections to take place: Aguila Saleh

• Algeria’s army chief accuses neighbouring Morocco of ‘conspiracies’

• Pregnant Algerian mom and her five children among 91 migrants rescued off Spain coast

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Sunni Muslims in Kerala Declared Fresh War against Wahhabism-Salafism on a University Syllabus

SEPTEMBER 02, 2021

 

 

Kerala has witnessed strong debates between Wahhabis-Salafis and Sunnis for the last many decades. Alleging pro-Wahhabi-Salafi content in the Arabic syllabus of the University of Calicut, a section of Sunni Muslims in the state has declared fresh war against Wahhabism-Salafism. The faction has strongly opposed the book ‘History of Contemporary Arab World’ prescribed for the university’s second-year MA Arabic course, alleging that it promotes extremist ideology and glorifies Wahhabism and its founder Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab.

The state committee of the Sunni Students’ Federation (SSF) has approached Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, the state Education Minister and the Vice-Chancellor of the university demanding removal of the controversial portion from the study material and department-level action against those responsible for the inclusion of the content in the syllabus. SSF state president Nizamudheen Falili said that the effort to cover up the extremist image of Wahhabism through a university book should be condemned.

“Pages 203 to 206 of the book have been dedicated to discussing Wahhabism, which has always shown traditional Muslims in a bad light. There is also an attempt to ‘whitewash’ Jamaludheen Afghani, who was a promoter of radical Islam. Pages 211, 212 and 213 of the book say that Afghani, who laid the ideological foundation for political Islamic organisations such as Muslim Brotherhood, was an advocate of unity in Islam and a leader of renaissance. This is baseless, such misleading facts will have far-reaching consequences among society,” he said.

Earlier too, Calicut University was forced to withdraw an Arabic book prepared for its BA Afzal Ul Ulama course in 2016, after a section of Sunnis alleged that the book tried to whitewash the Salafi stream of Islam.

An article titled ‘Kudanjozhivakkanakumo Bheekaramukham’ (Can you shake off the face of terror?) written by the state secretary of the Sunni Yuvajana Sangham (SYS), Rahmathulla Saqafi Ealamaram, in Siraj daily, the mouthpiece of the AP faction of the Sunnis in Kerala, said that the controversial book wrongly portrays Wahhabism as an ideology that led Islam to the renaissance. The article added that the Sunni organisation cannot condone the ‘whitewashing’ of the terror tag of Wahhabism, which caused tensions across West Asia for decades.

SSF state secretary KB Basheer told TNM that there have been many similar attempts in the past to include such controversial contents in the Arabic syllabus in schools and colleges, and that the government should be ready to take strong action to avoid such situations in the future. “Glorifying the leaders of Wahhabism and Salafism is a dangerous move. Wahhabism and Salafism are not real Islam and such interpretations should be discouraged,” he said.

Speaking to TNM, Calicut University Vice-Chancellor MK Jayaraj said that his office has received a complaint regarding the MA Arabic book from a section of the Sunni organisation and that the issue will be brought to the notice of the university’s Board of Studies. “We have to conduct a detailed discussion on the contents of the book with the members of the Board of Studies in Arabic prior to taking a final decision on the removal of the controversial portion from the book. We will take a decision soon,” he said.

Social critic and writer Ashraf Kadakkal said that the fresh row over the contents of the Arabic book is a continuation of a decades-old dispute between the Sunni and Salafi streams of Islam in Kerala. “The decades-old intellectual debates about the ideological differences between the Sunni and Salafi streams in Kerala have many layers. In the early 1920s, the Kerala Muslim Aikya Sangham was formed as a collective of reformists. These leaders aimed for educational reforms and women empowerment. But the Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulama was formed as a Sunni body to uphold the traditional beliefs of Islam. Until the 1950s, Salafis or Mujahids were considered reformists and Sunnis were considered conservative, and there were regular ideological debates between them. The reformist groups of the Salafis later played a major role in the formation of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML),” he said.

Elaborating further on the history of the dispute, Ashraf said, “After 1960, there were ideological debates over the political intervention of religion between Jamaat-e-Islami scholars and Salafis in the state, even though the former has an ideological affiliation with the Salafi stream of Islam. Major changes were visible in the Mujahid organisations in Kerala in the 1970s after the influence of the Saudi variant of Salafism, and a crucial split happened in the Mujahid movement after 2000. Now, the Mujahids in Kerala can be considered conservatives under the deep influence of Saudi Salafis.”

He added that the ongoing dispute between Sunnis and Salafis in Kerala cannot be considered part of any reformist move, but is a mere dispute between two organisations.

The recent intervention of the leaders of the left-leaning AP faction of Sunnis to resolve issues within the Indian National League (INL), an ally of the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF), was a major topic of discussion in political circles as INL is a pro-Salafi outfit.

Source: The News Minute

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Uttar Pradesh: Muslim man playing Ram in Ramlila gets death threats

Sep 29, 2021

 

Representative image - Courtesy: udayavani

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BAREILLY: A Muslim theatre artiste, who has been playing Lord Ram in ‘Ramlila’ here for a long time, has been threatened that he would be excommunicated and killed if he does it this year. Thirty-year-old theatre artiste Danish, a resident of the old city area, complained to police that a man from his own community threatened him.

In his complaint, Danish has said his tenant, with whom he has a rent dispute, has tried to make an issue out of a Muslim playing the character of a Hindu god. He also claimed he was attacked by the tenant and his associate with a knife but has managed to escape. Danish is associated with a local theatre group and has been playing the character of Lord Ram in Ramlila for the past six or seven years and he has got recognition for his feat.

Source: Times of India

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Two Boys Discussing Conversion To Islam On Video Booked, Probe Finds They're Hindus, Minors

Sep 29, 2021

Agra: Two boys in Aligarh who were allegedly discussing “conversion to Islam” in a video that went viral were booked by police under a non-Bailable section of the Indian Penal Code for “promoting enmity between classes”. A probe later found that both the boys were minors and belonged to the Hindu community.

Their families, shocked at the FIR against them, said the boys were students of class 12 and were engaged in a “friendly debate” and “someone complained unnecessarily”.

The FIR was registered against the boys in the video under section 505 (statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill will between classes) of the IPC, a non-bailable section, at the Sasni gate police station on Monday. The case was filed after the video went viral and a local BJP member approached police.

In his complaint, Ram Gopal said, “I have seen a video in which one boy is threatening Hindus and asking them to convert to Islam. The video has created anger among people and the content can create religious enmity.”

In the video, a masked boy on his bicycle is pretending to be Muslim and another a Hindu. Police probe later found that the boys in the video were minors. “They belong to the same community,” said circle officer Raghvendra Kumar, adding that they were not arrested as they were minors and “legal proceedings are on in the matter”.

Families of the two boys said they were taken aback by how quickly the matter had escalated. Uncle of one of the boys, a BJP member from Hathras, said it was “a friendly debate” between them that was misinterpreted. “They were returning from their coaching classes and were discussing things. We will approach police as the boys didn’t mean any harm,” said the uncle.

Source: Times of India

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https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/agra/2-boys-discussing-islam-on-video-booked-probe-finds-theyre-hindus-minors/articleshow/86590553.cms

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Taliban to Implement a Constitution from the Era of Muhammad Zahir Shah: Taliban’s Acting Minister of Justice

28 Sep 2021

Taliban’s acting minister of Justice Abdul Hakim Sharaee said that they will implement the constitution from the era of Muhammad Zahir Shah which was ratified 57 years ago.

Abdul Hakim Sharaee in meeting with the Chinese ambassador to Kabul said that the constitution will be implemented temporarily during their interim government.

A statement released by the ministry of justice reads that the constitution will be implemented in a way that does not violate Sharia law and the principles of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Based on the statement, Sharaee has also thanked the Chinese ambassador for all the help his country is delivering for the people of Afghanistan and added that the IEA is willing to be a good friend of China.

On the threat from Afghanistan, Sharaee said that they want to have good relations with all the countries and added that no threat will be posed to regional countries from the soil of Afghanistan.

The constitution of King Zahir Shah was also temporarily implemented during the first years of Hamid Karzai.

Source: Khaama Press

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https://www.khaama.com/taliban-to-implement-a-constitution-from-nearly-60-years-ago-457457/

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EU holds 1st ever human rights meeting with Saudi Arabia

Agnes Szucs  

28.09.2021

BRUSSELS

The EU welcomed Saudi Arabia’s social and economic reforms, but expressed concern over certain human rights issues, said a statement issued on Tuesday following the first bilateral meeting on human rights.

The EU and Saudi delegations met in Brussels on Monday for the first Human Rights Dialogue, which “offered an opportunity to have detailed discussions on a wide range of topics,” the European External Action Service said.

The bloc welcomed kingdom’s socio-economic reforms, particularly those on women’s rights.

“The EU encouraged Saudi authorities to work towards achieving women’s full enjoyment of all human rights,” the statement noted.

The EU delegation also addressed current labor law reforms in Saudi Arabia, including changes to the "Kefala" system, a sponsorship arrangement that grants employers extensive rights over foreign workers.

They recommended Saudi Arabia to extend the scope of the legislation to domestic employees as well.

They also voiced concern over several human rights issues in Saudi Arabia, such as restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly, an increase in executions, and conditions of detention centers.

The bloc also asked the kingdom to cooperate more with UN institutions on labor and human rights and adhere to relevant international treaties.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/eu-holds-1st-ever-human-rights-meeting-with-saudi-arabia/2377125

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India

 

Police ask Kerala govt to ban circulation of 'Mashari al Ashwaq' -- book of jihad

29th September 2021

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The police department has asked the state government to ban the circulation of 14th-century Arabic text Mashari al-Ashwaq Ila Masari al-Ushaaq, better known as the ‘book of jihad’, which allegedly motivates youngsters to join terrorist organisations. Following the request, the government has formed a three-member committee to scrutinise its content.

The committee headed by PRD Director S Harikishore also consists of Internal Security IG G Sparjan Kumar and National University for Advanced Legal Studies former vice-chancellor N K Jayakumar.

Former state police chief Loknath Behera in 2020 and incumbent chief Anil Kant in July this year had recommended a ban on the circulation of the book on all platforms, including on social media.

They had written to the government that the book contains extremist literature and lures youth into extremism. It was also said that the text has been motivating youngsters to get embedded with international terror outfits, including the Islamic State.

Mashari al Ashwaq is a medieval text written by Damascene scholar Ahmad Ibrahim Muhammad al Dimashqi al Dumyati, popularly known as Ibn Nuhaas. He is said to have been killed while fighting the Byzantine army in 1411. The IS sympathisers in Kerala had, meanwhile, brought out the book’s Malayalam translation, which was named Vijayathinte Vathil Vaalinte Thanalil, and circulated online.

Source: New Indian Express

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Terrorist nabbed during failed infiltration bid exposes Pakistan Army, says 'this jihad is wrong'

Abhishek Bhalla

September 28, 2021

Ali Babar Patra, the Pakistani terrorist who surrendered before the Indian Army along the Line of Control (LOC), has revealed that he is a member of the Lashkar-e-Taiba. The 19-year-old was among two terrorists cornered by security forces in Uri.

"No civilian can cross over without the Pakistan Army's hand in it. Why aren't there such tanzeems in India who send people across? I want to tell youth like me in Pakistan this jihad is wrong," Ali Babar Patra said. He added that he was handed over to the ISI before being trained by the Pakistan Army.

Speaking to reporters in Uri during a press conference called by the Indian Army, Ali Babar Patra said, "After joining LeT, I got Rs 20,000 and was handed over to the ISI. Along with others trained by the Pakistan Army. My family was to be given Rs 30,000 after I got launched in Kashmir."

The Army added in a statement, "As per the surrendered terrorist, Atiq ur Rehman @ Qari Anas r/o (resident of) Village - Pindi, District- Attock, Punjab (Pakistan) had given him Rs 20,000/- for his mother's treatment and had promised to give him additional Rs 30,000/- on safe return from Pattan near Baramulla, where the group was to deliver the warlike stores."

"We had been told that the Indian Army committed atrocities against Muslims in Kashmir but I saw nothing of this sort. The Indian Army treated me well, I was not tortured or beaten up," Ali Babar Patra said.

He added, "The people I saw here seemed happy."

A resident of Dipalpur in Okara in Pakistan's Punjab, Ali Babar Patra, was handed over to the police by the Indian Army after the press conference.

Same route terrorists took in 2016

The operation to foil an infiltration bid at the LoC first took shape on September 18 when the Indian Army received intelligence about six terrorists trying to cross over from Pakistan. This operation went on for 10 days and resulted in the arrest of the 19-year-old terrorist.

Two of these terrorists, including Ali Baba Patra, managed to sneak into India but were soon engaged in gunfire by security forces. While his accomplice was killed, Ali Babar Patra surrendered before the Indian Army. The other four terrorists are believed to have turned back.

The route taken by the terrorists to infiltrate was from Sawai Nala Terrorist camp to Hallan Shumali launchpad to Jabri, leading into Salamabad Nala, the Indian Army revealed.

"It is pertinent to mention here that it was along Salamabad Nala through which terrorists infiltrated in 2016 with the help of the Pakistan Army and carried out a suicide attack on Uri Garrison," the Army added.

Pakistan Army exposed

Ali Babar Patra's interrogation has also exposed the Pakistan Army's complicity since he told the Indian Army that he and the other terrorists were launched from the Pakistan Army's Jabri post at the LoC.

Source: India Today

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https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/pakistan-army-infiltration-terrorist-train-isi-lashkar-ali-babar-patra-india-loc-capture-1858315-2021-09-28

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Govt Appointing Mujawar To Perform Hindu Rituals in Datta Peetha Counter to Muslim Belief: HC

Sep 29, 2021

Bengaluru: In a significant order related to the decades-old controversy regarding the Guru Dattatreya Peetha-Baba Budangiri Dargah dispute in Chikkamagaluru district on Tuesday, the high court of Karnataka quashed a state government order allowing only a mujawar (Muslim priest) to offer flowers and light ‘Nanda Deepa’ (lamp) of Dattatreya Swami as it ran contrary to the Muslim belief system.

The high court said the order is in “flagrant violation of rights of both communities (Hindus and Muslims) guaranteed by Article 25 of the Constitution of India.”

Justice P.S. Dinesh Kumar noted that the government order permitted only a mujawar, to be appointed by Shah Khadri, to enter the sanctum of the cave and to distribute teertha (Charanamrit) to both Hindus and Muslims.

It also took note of the order that the mujawar is also required to offer flowers to the idol and light the Nanda Deepa.

“On the face of it, this portion of the order runs counter to the practices adopted by the Muslim community because idol worship is not recognised by them,” Justice Kumar observed.

Noting that Article 25 of the constitution guarantees freedom of conscience and free possession, practice and propagation of religion, the judge pointed out that the state has “infringed upon the rights of Hindu community to have the pooja (rituals) and archana (prayers) done in the manner as per their faith.”

The judge also said in his order that the state government has imposed upon the mujawar to perform Paduka Pooja and to light Nanda Deepa contrary to his faith.

“Both these acts amount to flagrant violation of rights of both communities (Hindus and Muslims) guaranteed by Article 25 of the constitution of India,” the bench noted.

The court also explained that the Supreme Court had directed the cabinet to consider the pros and cons and take a decision. However, contrary to the apex court order, the government delegated the matter to a high-level committee.

Guru Dattatreya Peetha and Baba Budangiri are worshipped and visited by both Hindus and Muslims. However, a dispute arose following the claim that the place was exclusive to a particular community.

Source: The Wire

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RSS’ Muslim wing opposes protest against arrest of UP cleric

By Nadeem Inamdar

SEP 29, 2021

PUNE A day after the Kul Jamaat E Tanzeem, an umbrella organisation of 22 Muslim outfits announced its plan to hold a protest in front of the District Collectorate to condemn the arrest of cleric Maulana Kalimuddin Siddiqui, the Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) Pune, an affiliate of the Rashtriya Svayam Sevak Sangh (RSS), stated that the organisation opposes the “conversion of non-Muslims”.

MRM state president and BJP spokesperson Ali Daruwala on Tuesday evening said, “We had sought police permission to protest against the Kul Jamaat Tanzeem but it has been denied. So we will take up the issue by organising a media conference. We strongly oppose the conversion of non-Muslims and at the same time oppose the stand taken by the 22 Muslim organisations in favour of the accused. We condemn and oppose individuals working against national interest s because for us, the nation comes first.”

Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui who runs Jamia Imam Waliullah trust was arrested in Meerut by the Uttar Pradesh anti-terrorist squad (ATS) on September 22. The ATS on Sunday arrested three more associates of Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui, identified as Kunal Chaudhary, Mohammad Hafiz Idris and Mohammad Salim on charges of allegedly running a religious conversion syndicate across the country.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Muslim artist faces threats for playing the role of Lord Ram in Ramleela

SEP 28, 2021

by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

A Muslim theatre artist from Bareilly who has played the role of Lord Ram in Ramleela faced a death threat from a person of his own community. The person, Danish, who has been playing the role for the past few years said that he was also threatened with excommunication as well.

The 30-year-old Danish informed the senior superintendent of police Rohit Singh Sajwan in a complaint that the man who threatened him is his tenant.

Danish said that his tenant owes him two months' rent which he has not paid and is raising this issue in a bid to avoid it. He said that he was preparing for the Ramleela this time but his tenant, along with his associate, came and threatened him with excommunication and death if he played the role of the Hindu deity.

The tenant and the associate allegedly attacked him with a knife but no one was hurt as Danish’s cousin intervened.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Students Islamic Organisation to Fund Education of Moinul Haque's Children

Ismat Ara

Sep 29, 2021

New Delhi: The Students Islamic Organisation has announced that it will fund the education of the three children of Moinul Haque, the man who died after being shot by the Assam Police as he protested against an eviction drive and was then attacked brutally by a photographer.

The SIO, which is the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami, met with the families of Haque and 12-year-old Shaikh Farid, who also died protesting against the eviction in Sipajhar village of Darrang district in Assam, on September 23.

SIO national president Salman Ahmad said, “We want them to study in their area of interest as much as they want. We pray for better life and prosperity for them and punishment for those who made them suffer.”

The police as well as an administration-employed photographer were caught on camera brutally shooting, thrashing and stomping on 30-year-old Haque’s body during the ‘anti-encroachment’ eviction.

Following the incident, the Assam government ordered a probe by a panel headed by a retired high court judge. The cameraperson seen stomping on Haque’s body has been arrested and is currently on 14 days’ judicial remand.

Haque was the sole breadwinner of his family, which comprises his wife, three children and two elderly parents. The vegetables Haque grew gave him meagre earnings.

His two sons, Moqsidul and Muqaddas Ali, are 13 and 14 years old respectively, and his daughter Manzoora, is nine.

Following his death, his wife and elderly parents have moved to the tin makeshift relief camp that has been set up for the 800 families that had been uprooted in the eviction. Nearly all of them are Muslims of East Bengal origin.

Suhail Ahmed, SIO’s north east organiser, told The Wire that this is part of a targeted “witch hunt” of minorities, especially Muslims, by the state and the encouragement given to fringe and vigilante groups by state agencies.

He said, “The Himanta Biswa Sharma administration is using every trick in the book to systematically marginalise, alienate and disenfranchise the Muslim population in the state. In the process, it appears successful in polarising a large section of the society, including the police force.”

The SIO said that the makeshift relief camp is situated in a flood-prone area with no road access. Victims are in dire need of basic facilities such as water, food and medicines,.

Earlier, a joint delegation of the SIO, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind had met chief minister Sarma, his brother and Darrang SP Siddhartha Biswa Sarma and Darrang Deputy Commissioner Prabhati Thaosen, the statement said.

Source: The Wire

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South Asia

 

Former Afghan Officials Who Have Fled the Country Along With President Ashraf Ghani Announce Government In Exile

29 Sep 2021

A number of former Afghan officials who have fled the country along with President Ashraf Ghani announced the continuation of the Afghan government in exile.

A statement released by the Afghan embassy in Swiss reads that, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is the only legitimate government of Afghanistan that is elected by the votes of people and no other government can replace a legitimate one.

The statement reads that Afghanistan has been occupied by external factors and based on the historic responsibility of the Afghan government after consultations with the elders of the country, they decided to announce government in exile.

“After the escape of Ashraf Ghani and his rupture with the Afghan politics, his first vice-president (Amrullah Saleh) will be leading the country.” Reads the statement.

In the meantime, the statement reads that the three powers of the government namely executive, judicial, and legislative will be activated soon and they have been busy consulting in this regard.

Source: Khaama Press

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https://www.khaama.com/former-afghan-officials-announce-government-in-exile-56657567/

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Taliban to ‘Temporarily’ Adopt 1964 Constitution, With Caveats

September 29, 2021

KABUL: The Taliban said on Tuesday they will temporarily adopt a 1964 constitution that granted women the right to vote but eliminate any elements they disagree with.

The Taliban´s acting justice minister issued a statement saying they planned to introduce a constitution used during Afghanistan´s short-lived golden age of democracy, but only briefly and with amendments.

"The Islamic Emirate will adopt the constitution of the former King Mohammad Zahir Shah´s time for a temporary period," Mawlavi Abdul Hakim Sharaee said. But anything in the text found to conflict with Sharia law and the principles of the Islamic Emirate would be discarded, he added.

Source: The News

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https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/896203-taliban-to-temporarily-adopt-1964-constitution-with-caveats

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Taliban: US drones must stop entering Afghanistan

Sep 29, 2021

KABUL: The Taliban on Wednesday warned of consequences if the United States did not stop flying drones over Afghan airspace.

"The US has violated all international rights and laws as well as its commitments made to the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, with the operation of these drones in Afghanistan," the Taliban said in a statement on Twitter.

"We call on all countries, especially United States, to treat Afghanistan in light of international rights, laws and commitments ... in order to prevent any negative consequences."

US officials were not immediately available to comment.

The Taliban Islamist militia swept back into power in Afghanistan last month after most US and other Western troops left, ending a military and diplomatic mission that began soon after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

Source: Times of India

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Taliban fighters hit the fairground as Afghans fear for freedoms

Sep 29, 2021

QARGHAH, Afghanistan: "This is Afghanistan!" a Taliban fighter shouts on a pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop onboard the rickety attraction.

With AK-47 and M4 assault rifles strapped to their chests, the soldiers cling to colourful steel benches as they are flung back and forth, their scarves and headdresses flapping in the wind.

It was decided a rocket launcher one of them was earlier cradling was better left on solid ground.

The group -- ranging in age from 18 to 52 -- is relaxing at a small amusement park next to Qarghah Reservoir on the outskirts of the Afghan capital, where families and children normally ride the Ferris Wheel and carousel.

The scene is an incongruous one: the Taliban fighters were in a playful mood in the capital they seized less than six weeks ago.

Since then, Afghans have feared a return to the group's brutally oppressive rule of the 1990s, when they banned music, photography, television -- and even children's games such as kite-flying.

The Taliban promised a more moderate rule this time, but have already curtailed Afghans' freedoms, including excluding girls from school and sports.

Fighters from around the country flocked to Kabul after the Islamist hardliners swept to power in mid-August and many had never been to a funfair.

Once the three-minute ride is over the battle-hardened fighters clap, grin and giggle amongst themselves -- and the RPG launcher is reunited with its owner.

On the shores of the picturesque reservoir, other Taliban members hop into swan-shaped pedalos as the sun begins to set behind the hills in the distance.

Source: Times of India

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Former Afghanistan officials announce govt in exile, Saleh to lead

Sep 29, 2021

KABUL: Former officials of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan who left the war-torn nation after the takeover by the Taliban announced the continuation of the Afghan government in exile, headed by the former Vice-President Amrullah Saleh.

A statement released by the Afghan embassy in Swiss reads that, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is the only legitimate government of Afghanistan that is elected by the votes of people and no other government can replace a legitimate one, reported The Khaama Press News Agency.

"After the escape of Ashraf Ghani and his rupture with the Afghan politics, his first vice-president (Amrullah Saleh) will be leading the country," read the statement.

The statement reads that Afghanistan has been occupied by external factors and based on the historic responsibility of the Afghan government after consultations with the elders of the country; they decided to announce government in exile, reported The Khaama Press.

As per the statement, three powers of the government namely executive, judicial, and legislative will be activated soon.

It also announced its support to the Panjshir resistance front- the anti-Taliban front led by Ahmad Masoud- and has added that all the embassies and consulates of Afghanistan will be functional as normal.

Source: Times of India

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Prices soar at opium market in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan

Sep 29, 2021

HOWZ-E-MADAD: While the economy teeters on the brink of collapse, vendors at an opium market in southern Afghanistan say prices for their goods have skyrocketed since the Taliban takeover.

Plunging his knife into a large plastic bag filled with four kilograms (nine pounds) of what looks like brown mud, Amanullah, who asked to use a fake name, extracts a lump and places it in a small cup suspended over a primus flame.

The poppy resin quickly begins to boil and liquify, and he and his partner Mohammad Masoom can display to buyers that their opium is pure.

"It is haram (forbidden) in Islam, but we don't have any other choice," Masoom says, at the market on the arid plains of Howz-e-Madad, in Kandahar province.

Since the Taliban overran Kabul on August 15, the price for opium -- which is transformed into heroin either in Afghanistan, Pakistan or Iran before flooding the European market -- has more than tripled.

Masoom said smugglers are now paying him 17,500 Pakistani rupees ($100, 90 euros) per kilogram. In Europe it has a street value of over $50 a gram.

As he sat beneath a canvas suspended from four stakes to protect the precious wares from the burning sun, he said the price prior to the Taliban takeover stood at just a third of what he can make today.

Speaking to AFP on his field a few kilometres away, poppy farmer Zekria confirms that prices have skyrocketed.

He says his opium is more concentrated -- and therefore of better quality -- than Masoom and Amanullah's because the flowers were picked at the start of the harvesting season.

He says he now gets over 25,000 PKR per kilo, up from 7,500 before the Taliban's takeover.

Back at the market, hundreds of producers, vendors and buyers chat over green tea around sacks of opium and hashish, discussing the soaring prices.

The weather, insecurity, political unrest and border closures can all affect the ever-fluctuating opium price, but everyone seems to agree that it was a single statement by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid last month that made the prices take off.

At the time, he told the world the Taliban did not want to see "any narcotics produced" -- but added that international backing was needed to allow farmers to shift away from the trade.

The rumour that a ban on poppy-growing was imminent spread through the province, a historical Taliban stronghold and the centre of the country's opium production and drug trafficking.

Buyers are bracing for a looming shortage, "so the opium price is soaring," said Zekria, who also used a pseudonym to avoid retribution.

But the 40-year-old, who like his father and grandfather has spent much of his life growing poppies, said he did not believe the Taliban "can eradicate all poppy (farming) in Afghanistan".

In 2000, during the hardliners' last stint in power, the Taliban banned poppy growing, declaring it forbidden under Islam, and virtually eradicated the crop.

After the US-led ouster of the Taliban in 2001, poppy farming again proliferated, even as the West poured millions of dollars into pushing alternatives, such as saffron.

Then, with the Taliban switching from ruling Afghanistan to insurgency against US-led forces, they relied on opium production to finance their rebellion.

In 2016, half of their revenue came from the trade, according to the United Nations.

Afghanistan's opium production has since remained high year after year, producing some 6,300 tonnes last year alone, the UN says.

Farmers in the south say it's impossible to eradicate the trade, which the UN estimates is worth $2 billion in annual revenues in Afghanistan.

"We know it's not good but we don't have enough water (or) seeds," he said.

"We cannot grow anything else right now," Masoom said, adding that any other trade would be far less lucrative.

Zekria, the sole breadwinner in a family of 25, agreed.

"Without opium, I cannot even cover my expenses," he said, adding there is "no other solution unless the international community helps us".

Source: Times of India

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20-war in Afghanistan was a strategic failure, 2,500 troops should have been kept: Milley

29 Sep 2021

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US General Mark Milley said that their 20-year presence was their strategic failure and his personal opinion was to have 2,500 troops in Afghanistan.

The US general in his testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee said that he did not advise President Joe Biden about keeping troops in Afghanistan and added that this was his personal opinion.

He believed that several thousand troops were needed to prevent the unexpectedly rapid takeover of the Taliban.

In the meantime, the white house speaker Jen Psaki defended the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and added that president Joe Biden was given split advices over the pullout of troops.

Source: Khaama Press

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Taliban accuse US forces of violating Afghan airspace, call for upholding commitments made in Doha

September 29, 2021

The Taliban on Wednesday warned of consequences if the US did not stop flying drones over Afghan airspace.

“The US has violated all international rights and laws as well as its commitments made to the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, with the operation of these drones in Afghanistan,” the Taliban said in a statement on Twitter. “We call on all countries, especially United States, to treat Afghanistan in light of international rights, laws and commitments ... in order to prevent any negative consequences.”

US officials were not immediately available to comment on the matter.

The Taliban swept back into power in Afghanistan last month after most US and other Western troops left, ending a military and diplomatic mission that began soon after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US.

Since then, the US has carried out two drone strikes in Afghanistan, claiming to have targeted an Islamic State (IS) militant of the group's Khorasan chapter who was involved in the planning of a deadly attack at the Kabul airport and a suicide bomber in a vehicle aiming to hit the airport again.

The strikes were carried out within a day's gap and civilians, including children, were killed in the second attack.

While the US had not confirmed civilian deaths immediately, the Pentagon had later admitted that 10 civilians, including seven children, were killed in the strike. The US military had apologised for the incident, terming it a tragic mistake.

The strikes had also drawn a strong reaction from Afghanistan's new rulers, the Taliban.

At the time, Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid had condemned the US for failing to inform the Taliban before ordering the strike and described the US action on foreign soil as unlawful.

Source: Dawn

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Taliban fighters take over Kabul amusement park

29 September ,2021

“This is Afghanistan!” a Taliban fighter shouts on a pirate ship ride at a fairground in western Kabul, as his armed comrades cackle and whoop onboard the rickety attraction.

With AK-47 and M4 assault rifles strapped to their chests, the soldiers cling to colourful steel benches as they are flung back and forth, their scarves and headdresses flapping in the wind.

It was decided a rocket launcher one of them was earlier cradling was better left on solid ground.

The group – ranging in age from 18 to 52 – is relaxing at a small amusement park next to Qarghah Reservoir on the outskirts of the Afghan capital, where families and children normally ride the Ferris Wheel and carousel.

The scene is an incongruous one: the Taliban fighters were in a playful mood in the capital they seized less than six weeks ago.

Since then, Afghans have feared a return to the group’s brutally oppressive rule of the 1990s, when they banned music, photography, television – and even children’s games such as kite-flying.

The Taliban promised a more moderate rule this time, but have already curtailed Afghans’ freedoms, including excluding girls from school and sports.

Fighters from around the country flocked to Kabul after the extremist group swept to power in mid-August and many had never been to a funfair.

Once the three-minute ride is over the battle-hardened fighters clap, grin and giggle amongst themselves – and the RPG launcher is reunited with its owner.

On the shores of the picturesque reservoir, other Taliban members hop into swan-shaped pedalos as the sun begins to set behind the hills in the distance.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Europe

 

UK, Pakistan agree on need for coordinated approach to Afghanistan

Ahmet Gurhan Kartal 

28.09.2021

LONDON

Britain and Pakistan, along with the international community, are on the same page for a “coordinated approach” to the ongoing situation in Afghanistan, a British government statement said Tuesday.

The British foreign secretary and Pakistani foreign minister discussed various issues during a meeting in London, a statement by the UK's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said.

Liz Truss and Shah Mahmood Qureshi “spoke about their commitment to strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries, including deepening economic links.”

The two ministers “discussed the ongoing situation in Afghanistan, and the need for the international community to work together to ensure a coordinated approach.”

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Arab World

 

Al-Azhar Fatwa Centre Warns Against ’Conquer’ Game Due To Gambling

September 28, 2021

Al-Azhar International Center for e-Fatwa in Egypt warned against playing the “Conquer” due to it encouraging gambling.

“The Islamic Sharia does not stop for a moment to support every beneficial good, and to confront all harmful evil in various times and places. We should not lose sight of the guide that the honorable Sharia has set for playing games so that through them one preserves their religion, themselves, money, and time, their safety, and the safety of others,” the center said in a statement.

Source: Egypt Independent

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Egypt releases four Salafi Muslim preachers from detention

28 September, 2021

Egyptian authorities released four of the country's most prominent Salafi Islamic preachers from prison in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Khalid Al-Masri, a prominent lawyer, reported on Facebook that the Egyptian public prosecutor's office had approved the release of Mahmoud Shaaban, Ashraf Abdul Monem, Hisham Mashali, and Saad Fayyad.

Salafism, an ultraconservative interpretation of Islam emphasising strict adherence to the Quran and Prophetic traditions, has millions of followers in Egypt.

The four preachers were leaders of the Salafi Front, an organisation that opposed current Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi's 2013 coup against Egypt's first democratically elected leader, Mohammed Morsi.

They have been detained and released several times since 2013. Their most recent arrest was in 2019 when they were charged with "incitement to violence and joining a terrorist group".

Source: The New Arab

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Saudi Arabia supports global efforts to ensure Iran does not possess nuclear arms: FM

28 September ,2021

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister has said Riyadh supports international efforts to ensure that Iran does not possess nuclear weapons.

“We stress the responsibility of the international community regarding Iran's nuclear violations. The Kingdom pays great attention to treaties calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons,” Prince Faisal bin Farhan was quoted as saying.

Prince Faisal also said that the Kingdom's position is based on the principle of the right of states to use nuclear energy peacefully.

The Saudi foreign minister’s comments come days after he had met with US special envoy for Iran Robert Malley on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly this week.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Senior US official, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince meet for first time under Biden

28 September ,2021

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday, a senior Biden administration official said, adding that the meeting discussed a broad range of topics.

Sullivan also met with officials in the UAE on Tuesday, the US official told Al Arabiya English.

During his meeting in Saudi Arabia, the US official said detailed discussions on Yemen were held. “Both parties endorsed the efforts of the new UN Special Envoy to Yemen Hans Grundberg and agreed to intensify diplomatic engagement with all relevant parties. Special Envoy Lenderking will remain in the region to follow up on the detailed discussions.”

Sullivan thanked the Saudis for helping evacuate at-risk Afghans during the US withdrawal last month.

Sullivan also welcomed “initiatives to de-escalate tensions throughout the Middle East region, including the Al Ula Declaration and support for initiatives like the Baghdad summit held earlier this month, which brought countries from across the region around the same table to discuss support for Iraq.”

Also present during the meeting, according to the official were, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman, Interior Minister Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef, National Guard Minister Abdullah bin Bandar, and Minister of State and National Security Advisor Musaed al-Aiban.

In the UAE, Sullivan met with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s national security advisor, with discussions touching on bilateral ties, according to the Emirates News Agency (WAM).

“They also exchanged views on regional developments and collaboration towards promoting peace and stability in the region,” WAM reported.

‘Recalibrated’ ties

Sullivan is the most senior Biden administration official to visit Saudi Arabia and meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

His trip to Saudi Arabia comes at a time when bilateral ties between Washington and Riyadh have soured as a result of Biden’s efforts to “recalibrate” the relationship since taking office.

Sullivan is also expected to visit other countries, including Egypt, but the White House has not made any other announcements.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was scheduled to make a trip to the Kingdom while on a tour of the region this month. However, his trip was postponed at the last minute due to what Washington said were “scheduling” issues.

Source: Al Arabiya

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UN: New meeting this month to draft Syria constitution

28 September ,2021

The UN special envoy for Syria announced Tuesday that invitations have been issued for a sixth meeting of the committee charged with producing a new constitution for war-torn Syria in October.

After the failure of the five previous meetings of Syrian government, opposition and civil society representatives, Geir Pedersen told the UN Security Council: “We should all now expect the constitutional committee to begin to work seriously on a process of drafting — not just preparing — a constitutional reform.”

Pedersen said the 45-member drafting committee will meet in Geneva starting Oct. 18, and the co-chairs from the government and opposition will for the first time meet with him the day before to prepare the session.

The last round of talks ended in January without progress. Pedersen said that after eight months of talks he was pleased to announce an agreement on “methodology” for a sixth round. It’s based on three pillars: respect for rules of procedure, the submission of texts of “basic constitutional principles” ahead of the meeting, and regular meetings with him before and during the meeting.

Source: Al Arabiya

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North America

 

US generals express concern over Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal in wake of Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

Anwar Iqbal

September 29, 2021

Top US generals are claiming that they had warned US President Joe Biden that a rushed withdrawal from Afghanistan could increase risks to Pakistan’s nuclear weapons and the country’s security.

“We estimated an accelerated withdrawal would increase risks of regional instability, the security of Pakistan and its nuclear arsenals,” Chairman of the Joint Chief General Mark Milley told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.

“We need to fully examine the role of Pakistan sanctuary,” the general said, while emphasising the need to probe how the Taliban withstood US military pressure for 20 years.

General Milley and General Frank McKenzie, the leader of US Central Command, also warned that the Taliban Pakistan will now have to deal with would be different from the one they dealt with earlier, and this would complicate their relations.

“I believe Pakistan's relationship with the Taliban is going to become significantly more complicated as a result of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan,” General McKenzie told the lawmakers.

Vital air corridor

The Centcom chief also said that the US and Pakistan were involved in ongoing negotiations over the use of a vital air corridor to access Afghanistan.

“Over the last 20 years we've been able to use what we call the air boulevard to go in over western Pakistan and that's become something that’s vital to us, as well as certain landlines of communication,” he said.

“And we'll be working with the Pakistanis in the days and weeks ahead to look at what that relationship is going to look like in the future.”

Both generals, however, declined to discuss more on their concerns about Pakistan’s nuclear weapons and the potential that they could fall into the hands of terrorists.

They said they would discuss this and other sensitive issues in a closed session with the senators.

'Built a state, not a nation'

Earlier in the hearing, US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin told the senators that while the US helped build a state, they failed to build the Afghan nation and that’s why they could not see the collapse that happened in mid-August.

Op-Ed: The Afghan state apparatus collapsed because it was artificially nurtured and pumped up by external stimuli

This was the first testimony by US generals before Congress since the US withdrawal from Afghanistan ended America's longest war.

“We helped build a state, but we could not forge a nation," said Secretary Austin, while responding to a question from the committee’s chairman Senator Jack Reed.

“We absolutely missed the rapid 11-day collapse of the Afghan military and the collapse of their government,” General Milley added.

“Most of (our) intelligence assessments indicated that would occur late fall, perhaps early winter; Kabul might hold till next spring.”

But he acknowledged that military assessments did indicate that the “likely outcome” of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan would be “a collapse of the military, a collapse of the government”.

'Uncomfortable truths'

Secretary Austin urged Americans to “consider some uncomfortable truths” before blaming anyone for the fall of Kabul.

“We did not fully comprehend the depth of corruption and poor leadership in their senior ranks, we did not grasp the damaging effect of frequent and unexplained rotations by president Ashraf Ghani of his commanders,” he added.

“We didn't anticipate the snowball effect caused by the deals that Taliban commanders struck with local leaders in the wake of the Doha agreement, and that the Doha agreement itself had a demoralising effect on Afghan soldiers.”

The Americans, he said, also failed to understand that Afghan soldiers did not have the motivation to fight for a corrupt government.

“We failed to fully grasp that there was only so much for which — and for whom — many of the Afghan forces would fight,” he said.

General Miley noted that the vast majority of Afghan troops “put their weapons down and melted away in a very, very short period of time.”

He too blamed the previous Afghan government for failing to inspire the soldiers.

“I think that has to do with leadership, and I think we still need to try to figure out exactly why that was. […] we clearly missed that.”

Source: Dawn

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US senators seek assessment of Pakistan’s role in America’s Afghan debacle

Anwar Iqbal

September 29, 2021

Twenty two US senators have moved a bill in the Senate that seeks to assess Pakistan’s alleged role in Afghanistan before and after the fall of Kabul and in the Taliban offensive in Panjshir Valley.

Senator Jim Risch, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and other Republicans introduced the Afghanistan Counterterrorism, Oversight, and Accountability Act in the Senate on Monday to address outstanding issues related to the Biden administration’s “rushed and disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.”

The proposed legislation calls for a comprehensive report on who supported the Taliban during America's 20 years in Afghanistan, helped the group in capturing Kabul in mid-August and supported their offensive on Panjshir Valley.

The proposed legislation requires the secretary of state, in consultation with the secretary of defence and the director of national intelligence, to submit a report on entities providing support to the Taliban to the appropriate congressional committees.

The report must reach the relevant committees “not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this act, and not less frequently than annually thereafter”.

The first report shall include “an assessment of support by state and non-state actors, including the government of Pakistan, for the Taliban between 2001 and 2020,” including the provision of sanctuary space, financial support, intelligence support, logistics and medical support, training, equipping, and tactical, operation or strategic direction.

The legislation also requires “an assessment of support by state and non-state actors, including the government of Pakistan, for the September 2021 offensive of the Taliban against the Panjshir Valley and the Afghan resistance”.

Read: 'It's preposterous': NSA dismisses claims of Pakistan supporting Taliban in Panjshir

“We continue to see the grave implications of the Biden administration’s haphazard withdrawal from Afghanistan,” Senator Risch said in a statement issued by his office.

“We face a renewed terror threat against the United States, and the Taliban wrongly seek recognition at the United Nations, even as they suppress the rights of Afghan women and girls.”

Senator Risch said he was proud to introduce the legislation to address these concerns and rebuild America’s credibility.

“I hope the committee will be able to mark it up soon so that we can quickly help those we left behind and protect America’s national security interests before it’s too late,” he added.

The proposed bill also seeks to impose sanctions on the Taliban and others in Afghanistan for terrorism, drug-trafficking, and human rights abuses, as well as on those providing support to the Taliban, including foreign governments.

It states that the US should not recognise any member of the Taliban as the ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States or as the ambassador of Afghanistan to the United Nations, and places restrictions on non-humanitarian foreign assistance to the war-torn country.

It also calls for a comprehensive review of foreign assistance to entities that support the Taliban.

The bill also seeks to establish a US State Department task force to focus on the evacuation of American citizens, legal permanent residents, and Afghan Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) who are still stuck in Afghanistan, as well as impose oversight mechanisms on the processing of SIVs and refugees.

It also calls for strategies for counterterrorism and for the disposition of Taliban-captured US equipment.

Source: Dawn

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White House delegation heading to Egypt for talks on Horn of Africa, Palestine

29 September ,2021

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan is heading to Egypt to discuss the issues in the Horn of Africa and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, a statement from the NSC said late Tuesday.

Sullivan, who visited the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia this week, will head to Cairo for official meetings on Wednesday. He will be joined by NSC Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa Brett McGurk.

“The US and Egyptian delegations will discuss support for Libyan elections and regional security, including in the Horn of Africa,” the statement read.

Sullivan will also reaffirm the importance of human rights and Egypt’s role in “promoting security and prosperity for both Israelis and Palestinians following the visit by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet to Egypt earlier this month.”

Source: Al Arabiya

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US credibility has been damaged due to Afghanistan withdrawal: Top military general

28 September ,2021

Washington’s decision to withdraw from Afghanistan and its results have damaged US credibility around the world, the top US military officer said Tuesday.

Separately, the Pentagon chief said the Doha Agreement, which was brokered by the US, between the Taliban and Afghanistan’s government had a “demoralizing effect” on Afghan soldiers.

Testifying in front of a Senate committee, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Central Command chief Gen. Frank McKenzie defended the US withdrawal and evacuation process from Afghanistan.

“It was the largest airlift conducted in US history, and it was executed in just 17 days,” Austin said in his opening remarks. “Was it perfect? Of course not. We moved so many people so quickly out of Kabul that we ran into capacity and screening problems at intermediate staging bases outside of Afghanistan,” the defense secretary added.

Austin also admitted that the US government may have invested too much time in trying to “forge” a nation with fully functioning institutions.

“We helped build a state, but we could not forge a nation,” Austin said. “The fact that the Afghan army we and our partners trained simply melted away, in many cases without firing a shot, took us all by surprise. It would be dishonest to claim otherwise.”

US credibility damaged: Milley

Milley also took a direct jab at the Afghan army and forces. “I don’t want to say negative things about these guys … and many of them did fight to the very end. But the vast majority put their weapons down and melted away in a very, very short period of time. I think that has to do with will and leadership,” he said.

Asked about US credibility following the withdrawal, Milley said, “damaged is one word that could be used” to describe Washington’s standing around the world.

‘We said 2,500 troops should remain; Biden heard’

Milley also said he was of the view that President Joe Biden needed to keep 2,500 US troops in Afghanistan. “I’m confident that the President heard all the recommendations,” he said when asked why the president ignored the advice of military generals. McKenzie also said he agreed with the recommendation to keep a certain number of troops in the country.

Source: Al Arabiya

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US bars flight from landing with Americans from Kabul: Activists

Sep 29, 2021

WASHINGTON: The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday denied US landing rights for a charter plane carrying more than 100 Americans and US green card holders evacuated from Afghanistan, organizers of the flight said.

"They will not allow a charter on an international flight into a US port of entry," Bryan Stern, a founder of non-profit group Project Dynamo, said of the department's Customs and Border Protection agency.

Stern spoke to Reuters from aboard a plane his group chartered from Kam Air, a private Afghan airline, that he said had been sitting for 14 hours at Abu Dhabi airport after arriving from Kabul with 117 people, including 59 children.

His group is one of several that emerged from ad hoc networks of US military veterans, current and former US officials and others that formed to bolster last month's U.S. evacuation operation they saw as chaotic and badly organized.

DHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment. An administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they were unfamiliar with the matter, but that the US government typically takes time to verify the manifests of charter planes before clearing them to land in the United States.

US President Joe Biden's administration has said its top priority is repatriating Americans and green card holders unable to leave Afghanistan in the U.S. evacuation operation last month.

A senior State Department official on Monday said the United States was aware of about 100 American citizens and legal permanent residents ready to leave Afghanistan.

Six Americans, 83 green card holders and six people with US Special Immigration Visas granted to Afghans who worked for

the US government during the 20-year war in Afghanistan were aboard the Kam Air flight, Stern said.

Source: Times of India

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Top US generals recommended having 2,500 troops in Afghanistan; White House defends withdrawal

Sep 29, 2021

WASHINGTON: Top American generals on Tuesday told lawmakers that they had recommended having 2,500 troops in Afghanistan to which President Joe Biden disagreed.

The White House, however, defended the presidential decision, acknowledging that it was a split recommendation from Biden's advisors and generals.

US defense secretary Lloyd Austin, chairman of US joint chief of staff General Mark Milley and Gen Frank McKenzie, commander of US Central Command told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Pentagon had recommended Biden about the need to keep 2,500 American troops in Afghanistan post withdrawal.

“I won't share my personal recommendation to the president, but I will give you my honest opinion, and my honest opinion and view shaped my recommendation. I recommended that we maintain 2,500 troops in Afghanistan. And I also recommended earlier in the fall of 2020 that we maintain 4,500 at that time. Those are my personal views,” McKenzie told the senators.

Milley told the lawmakers that he also agreed with the recommendations that the US maintain 2,500 troops in Afghanistan.

“Their input was received by the president and considered by the president, for sure….In terms of what they specifically recommended, as they just said, they are not going to provide what they recommended in confidence,” Austin told the lawmakers as the furious senators grilled the top Pentagon leadership on the nature of withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.

“I always keep my advice to the president confidential, but I am very much satisfied that we had a thorough policy review and I believe that all of the parties had an opportunity to provide input and that input was received,” he said.

The White House defended the presidential decision in this regard.

“There was a range of viewpoints, as was evidenced by their testimony today, that were presented to the president and his national security team as would be expected. The president asked for a clear-eyed – did not ask them not to sugarcoat it, what their recommendations were,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily news conference.

“It was also clear that would not be a long-standing recommendation, that there would need to be an escalation, an increase in troop numbers. It would also mean war with the Taliban. And it would also mean the potential loss of casualties. The president was just not willing to make that decision,” she said.

“He did not think it was in the interest of the American people or the interest of our troops,” the press secretary asserted.

Source: Times of India

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Pakistan

 

Pakistan Minister Highlights Importance of Free Thinking Culture to Find Truth–Islam

September 29, 2021

LAHORE - Punjab Minister for Higher Education Raja Yasir Humayun on Tuesday stressed the need for promoting the culture of free thinking among students as free thinking leads to find truth and truth leads to Islam.

He was addressing the first National Conference on Research in Education organised by Punjab University (PU) Institute of Education and Research here.

PU’s former vice chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Moeen Nasar, University of Okara Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zakria Zakar, PU Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Saleem Mazhar, University of Baltistan Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Naeem Khan, Dean Faculty of Education Prof Dr Abid Hussain Chaudhry, IER Director Prof Dr Rifaqat Ali Akbar, Sheikhul Hadees Jamia Nusratul Aloom Maulana Zahidur Rashidi, conference secretary Prof Dr Shahid Farooq and eminent scholars from various parts of the country also attended the conference.

Addressing the conference, the minister said: “We must inculcate high moral values among the new generation and educate students to apply logic on issues.” He said that students must not be forced to adopt specific fields of knowledge or ideas.

We must inculcate high moral values in new generation

He said that feeding the hungry and providing basic facilities to the citizens like education and health were the responsibility of an Islamic state. He added that the concept of welfare state was first implemented in Madina by Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW). He said: “Islam taught us to take care of minorities. We must take guidance from the Holy Quran in every sphere of life.”

Source: News Nation

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Islamabad in a fix over helping Kabul without recognition

Khaleeq Kiani

September 29, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan appears to be facing difficulties in providing technical, financial and expert support to the transition government in Afghanistan in the absence of the regime’s international recognition despite emerging challenges like food crisis in the war-torn country.

At a meeting presided over by Minister for Economic Affairs Omar Ayub Khan on Tuesday, key stakeholders considered various options to support the new Afghan administration through capacity building and technical expertise under crash programmes but the major challenge was how to do that without recognition by the world of the Afghan government.

The meeting called to discuss economic cooperation with Afghanistan was attended by Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam, National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Governor Dr Reza Baqir, Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) Chairman retired Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain and other senior officials.

Key stakeholders at a meeting consider various options to support new Afghan administration

Informed sources said the meeting was told that the biggest challenge for the Afghan administration was the void created by major exodus of technical and financial experts soon after the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan.

The brain drain left major institutions, particularly of technical and financial nature, incapacitated to take over essential services like electricity, medical and financial facilities for smooth operations.

The meeting noted that the SBP management could arrange and provide crash training courses to Afghanistan by inviting their staff to Pakistan. At this stage, the Afghan central bank is incapacitated and requires urgent international reorganisation and capacity building for financial settlements.

Likewise, the Wapda administration could also help in capacity building of power sector teams because a power breakdown could result in disruption of water supplies and health facilities in major cities like capital Kabul.

The SBP and Wapda managements have been advised to be prepared for short crash courses so that their teams are fully geared to immediately extend technical support and training even at a short notice to benefit from small window of opportunity.

The meeting noted that there should also be a ‘proper need assessment’ of Afghanistan and support could be extended by Pakistan. Preferably such a need assessment should be coordinated with some international organisations.

Omar Ayub emphasised the importance of bilateral economic assistance in the context of current situation in Afghanistan. A statement quoted the minister as telling the participants that the government was keen to support the people of Afghanistan in addressing their socioeconomic challenges.

“In order to save lives and livelihood of the Afghan people, immediate technical and financial support is required on a humanitarian basis,” he said, adding that Pakistan had a reasonable understanding base with already implemented 20 projects costing $148.35 million in various sectors, including education, health and infrastructure, and nine other projects worth $221.83m currently under execution in Afghanistan.

Pakistan is also providing 3,000 Allama Muhammad Iqbal Scholarships to the Afghan students in various disciplines.

Source: Dawn

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No new law against Islamic guidelines in my rule: PM Imran Khan

Ansar Abbasi

September 29, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has assured the ulema that no law repugnant to Islamic teachings will be made during his rule.

The prime minister said that the contentious government bills -- including one apparently addressing the issue of domestic violence and another drafted to check forced conversions -- will not be enacted as they have provisions which are ‘in direct conflict with the teachings of Islam.’

According to sources, during his meeting with Islamic scholars in Karachi on Monday, the prime minister also expressed his concerns about how to protect the family system and the socio-religious values of Pakistani society.

The prime minister said that some non-governmental organisations are working hard to get such laws and policies legislated that promote westernisation and seriously hurt our family system and socio-religious values.

The prime minister once again pointed out that the spread of indecency and obscenity through the social media seriously threatens our family system which must be protected. He sought the ulema’s views on how to save our society’s values, including the family system.

The sources said that most of the religious scholars identified obscenity, which they said is being spread specially by the social media, as the major threat to our family system. The prime minister was told by some of the ulema that it is the state’s responsibility to regulate the media to ensure that whether these are television channels or any other form of social media including Youtube channels, they operate within the parameters set by the Constitution and the law and they should not be allowed to spread obscenity and indecency.

During his interaction with the ulema, the prime minister also talked about the Turkish drama Ertugrul Ghazi and said that he got it to run on PTV and it became instantly popular and broke all records. The premier said earlier he was being told that producing indecent and vulgar dramas and films was the only choice to make them sell and earn money. He, however, said that the Turkish drama, which shows Islamic history and has no indecent and vulgar parts, has negated this excuse of depending on vulgarity for successful productions.

Source: The News

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Akal Takht jathedar holds meeting with ETPB chairman

Sep 28, 2021

AMRITSAR: Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh held a meeting with Dr Aamer Ahmed, chairman, Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB ) at his office in Lahore on Tuesday and discussed the issues pertaining to the upkeep and preservation of Gurdwaras and other Sikh heritage places left in Pakistan following 1947 Indo Pak partition.

While talking to TOI over the phone from Lahore after meeting the jathedar of Akal Takht, Aamer informed that their discussions were primarily focused on the areas of mutual interests which included the maintenance of the Gurdwara, religious activities, Kartapur Sahib etc.

"I have asked the visiting jathedar of Akal Takht to send a large number of Sikh jathas and have also suggested sending groups of Sikh school and college students to Pakistan so they could visit their religious places and connect with their heritage," he said.

ETPB is an overarching body that not only monitors the functioning of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) and the recently constituted Project Management Unit (PMU), a department to look after the day to day activities of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur Sahib, but also gives a final nod to the decisions including those taken on religious affairs both by the PSGPC and PMU. The former head of Pakistan’s notorious ISI Naseer Ahmad had been the chief of ETPB.

Giani Harpreet Singh had gone to Pakistan to participate in a religious event held to mark the death anniversary of Sikh’s first master Guru Nanak Dev at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur Sahib on September 22.

"Jathedar of Akal Takht hailed ETPB for the maintenance of the Gurdwaras in Pakistan and also expressed gratitude for preserving the Sikh heritage in its original form," said the ETPB chairman.

Source: Times of India

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Pakistan, UK agree to form working group to strengthen ties

September 29, 2021

LONDON: Pakistan and the United Kingdom on Tuesday agreed to form a joint working group to formulate a strategy for strengthening bilateral ties in multiple spheres, including trade and investment.

The bilateral ties were discussed during a meeting between Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and UK Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women and Equality Liz Truss wherein the former put forward a proposal for formation of a joint working group.

Following the meeting, the foreign minister told the media that the secretary of state had accepted his proposal for a joint working group so that the two countries could mutually assist each other in strengthening bilateral ties.

He said the two countries would complete 75 years of diplomatic ties next year so both sides stressed the need for further strengthening the ties.

FM discusses Afghanistan, Kashmir situation with British counterpart, chairs of House of Commons committees

Mr Qureshi also invited his British counterpart to visit Pakistan to attend the fifth round of Pakistan-UK Strategic Dialogue, which she accepted. He said both sides discussed bilateral cooperation, Afghanistan as well as the situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

The foreign minister thanked the UK for continuing GSP plus facility for Pakistan which resulted in increasing bilateral trade by 32 per cent last year despite the Covid-19 pandemic. He called for exploiting the potential of 1.6 million Pakistani diaspora in the UK to enhance trade and investment.

Ms Truss told Mr Qureshi that the UK special envoy on trade would visit Islamabad to discuss way forward with Pakistan’s trade ministry.

When the foreign minister proposed that both countries should initiate a discussion on free trade agreement, the secretary of state said they could form a joint commission on the subject.

Mr Qureshi said Pakistan had last year received record remittances of $4 billion from the UK and thanked the British Pakis­tani community as well as the UK government for its positive role.

The foreign minister also handed over the copy of a well-researched dossier to the secretary of state in which Pakistan has documented over 3,000 cases of human rights abuses in IIOJK that fall under the category of war crimes.

He said Indian actions in the occupied territory were also a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention as the country was carrying out a demographic reengineering to convert the Muslim majority state into a Muslim minority territory.

Lauding the UK’s advocacy for human rights, Mr Qureshi said its application should not be selected or in one part of the world as the human rights abuses were being overlooked in IIOJK.

Source: Dawn

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FC soldier martyred in Balochistan's Chukab area in firing by terrorists

September 29, 2021

KARACHI: Terrorists targeted a Frontier Corps border post from Iranian territory with small arms fire in Chukab area of Balochistan, an ISPR press release said on Tuesday.

Sepoy Maqbool Shah of the Frontier Corps embraced martyrdom while another soldier was injured in the firing, the press release said.

Source: Dawn

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Mideast

 

Jordan slams Israeli abuses at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque

28 September, 2021

Israeli abuses at Al-Aqsa Mosque have drawn the ire of neighbouring Jordan, which on Tuesday submitted a complaint to Tel Aviv over its conduct at the Muslim holy site.

The East Jerusalem mosque is the most sacred Muslim place of worship in Palestine and the third most revered in all of Islam.

Since the holy city fell under illegal Israeli occupation in 1967, the area has frequently been the scene of aggression from settlers and Israeli forces.

Israel was urged to acknowledge the rights of the Islamic waqf department, which is managed by Amman and administers the mosque and its compound, Jordanian foreign affairs ministry spokesperson Haitham Abu Al-Foul said, Anadolu Agency reported.

"The ministry sent an official protest note to demand Israel halt its violations and provocations and respect the historic and legal status quo and the sanctity of the mosque," Abu Al-Foul said.

Source: The New Arab

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Iranian Envoy Blasts European Trio for Double-Standard Approach

2021-September-28

"The International Atomic Energy Agency, the United States and the three European countries should know that they cannot remain silent in the face of the Zionist regime's terrorist acts and not prevent it, and simultaneously, call for the continued monitoring and presence of IAEA cameras in facilities that the act of sabotage has been carried out there," Qaribabadi said.

"When the IAEA monitoring equipment fails by the Zionist regime, do not expect Iran to re-install it without any action by the IAEA and the claiming countries regarding the activities of the (Zionist) regime," he added.

Qaribabadi stated that the recent agreement between Iran and the IAEA was fully implemented within the agreed time, and said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran is also monitoring how its goodwill is being responded and will take appropriate action at each stage."

The European Troika issued a statement accusing Tehran of failing to fully comply with the September 12 agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency, citing an anti-Iranian report by Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Grossi.

"France, Germany and the United Kingdom would like to thank Director-General Grossi for his report of Sunday 26 September, updating Board members on the IAEA’s ability to conduct verification and monitoring activities of Iran’s nuclear-related commitments. We are profoundly concerned that Iran has not fully implemented the agreement it reached with DG Grossi on 12 September, and that the DG has been forced to issue a report on non-cooperation after only two weeks," the statement read.

"If Iran does not allow the IAEA to replace cameras at the Karaj centrifuge component manufacturing workshop, the IAEA will lose the ability to re-establish continuity of knowledge in the future. We urge Iran to immediately provide the IAEA access to the Karaj facility and allow for the replacement of cameras there," it claimed.

Iran announced on Monday that it has sent a protest letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency over the biased and inaccurate report on cooperation with Tehran.

Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi called on the IAEA not to disrupt the constructive process with “purposeful and biased reports”.  

He said that after the inaccurate report by the IAEA chief, the Iranian ambassador to the Agency provided some explanations.

Kamalvandi said that Iran has sent a protest letter to the IAEA.

On Sunday, Qaribabadi rejected the UN nuclear watchdog's claim that an agreement had been made with Tehran on access to TESA Karaj Complex, a centrifuge component manufacturing workshop in Northern Iran.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Minister: Iran, Turkey Play Major Role in Restoring Regional Stability

2021-September-28

"Creating security in the region is the joint responsibility of the two countries," Vahidi said during the phone talk with his Turkish counterpart.

The Iranian interior minister reiterated that Iran and Turkey are two important regional powers that play a very important role in creating stability and peace in the region.

Süleyman Soylu, for his part, voiced Turkey's resolve to broaden mutual cooperation with Iran.

"I hope that we will advance the path of cooperation in favor of the interests of the Turkish and Iranian nations," the Turkish interior minister said.

He also expressed his readiness to travel to Tehran in the coming weeks so as to hold talks with his Iranian counterpart.

In a relevant development in late June, Iran's International Police Chief Brigadier General Hadi Shirzad and his Turkish counterpart Lütfi Çiçek underlined the need to broaden mutual cooperation.

Shirzad and Çiçek, in an online meeting, emphasized the necessity of deepening bilateral ties and exchanging experiences.

Source: Fars News Agency

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UN Ambassador Blasts Israel's Unfounded Allegations against Iran

2021-September-28

"Iranophobia runs rampant at the UN. The Israeli regime PM’s speech was full of lies on Iran," Takht Ravanchi tweeted on Monday.

"That regime is in no position to discuss our peaceful program when it has hundreds of nuclear warheads. And its silence on Palestine illustrates a determination to deprive Palestinian rights," he added.

During his Monday UN address, Bennett repeated Israel's baseless allegations against Iran's peaceful nuclear program.

The Israeli prime minister claimed that Iran is seeking to destroy Israel and that it wanted to dominate the region, and that it wanted to do so with its nuclear program.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Iran says military exercises near Azeri border an issue of ‘sovereignty’

28 September ,2021

Tehran on Tuesday invoked its “sovereignty” to dismiss Azerbaijan’s concerns over Iranian military exercises near their shared border.

“The drills carried out by our country in the northwest border areas... are a question of sovereignty,” Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a statement on the ministry website.

Tehran “will take all measures it judges necessary for its national security,” he said, adding, “Iran will not tolerate the presence of the Zionist regime near our borders” – an allusion to Azerbaijan’s relations with Iran’s enemy Israel.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev had criticized Tehran over the drills, calling them “a very surprising event.”

“Every country can carry out any military drill on its own territory. It’s their sovereign right. But why now, and why on our border?” he said in an interview with Turkish news agency Anadolu published on Monday.

No further details were available on the military exercises.

Fighting broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia in September last year over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, claiming some 6,000 lives over six weeks.

A major supplier of arms to Azerbaijan, Israel came under diplomatic fire from Armenia over the struggle between the Caucasus neighbors.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Southeast Asia

 

Johor Islamic council drops bid to join Putrajaya’s appeal on ‘Allah’ ban case, but Selangor counterpart wants in

28 Sep 2021

BY IDA LIM

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 28 — The Johor Islamic Religious Council (Maij) has dropped its bid to be part of the Malaysian government’s appeal against a High Court decision that had quashed a 1986 ban on the word “Allah” in Christian publications.

In this case, the home minister and the Malaysian government are appealing against the High Court’s March decision this year in favour of a Sarawakian Bumiputera Christian, Jill Ireland Lawrence Bill.

The Malaysian government’s 1986 directive to ban the use of the word “Allah” was used by authorities previously to justify the seizure in 2008 of eight educational compact discs meant for Melanau native Jill Ireland personal use, with the CDs returned to her seven years later in 2015.

The word “Allah” is Arabic for God and has been adopted into the Malay language where it has been used for generations by Malay-speaking Christians in the country, especially those living in Sabah and Sarawak.

In March, the High Court declared that the government’s written directive via the Home Ministry’s December 5, 1986 circular was unlawful and unconstitutional.

The High Court had also in March made two other declarations to uphold the Bahasa Malaysia-speaking Jill Ireland’s constitutional rights to import the eight CDs in exercise of her rights to practise religion and right to education, and that she is under the Federal Constitution guaranteed equality of all persons before the law and protected from being discriminated on religious basis.

With the Malaysian government and home minister appealing in March, Maij as well as the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council (Maiwp) were later reported in June to have filed applications to be interveners or to join the appeal.

It is understood that the Selangor Islamic religious council (Mais) had in early August applied to also be an intervener or to be part of the appeal.

Yesterday, the appeal had come up for case management at the Court of Appeal before deputy registrar Radzilawatee Abdul Rahman.

Source: Malay Mail

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After reports of leak, home minister says NRD confirmed its data still secure

29 Sep 2021

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 29 — The National Registration Department (NRD) has confirmed that there were no data leakage from its personal data base, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin.

He said this was because the firewall of the data security control system was very secure and all information is protected.

“My ministry has always ensured the security and integrity of data on Malaysian is assured under NRD.

Source: Malay Mail

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Minister: 4,771 screened under sex offenders against children registry since April 2019

29 Sep 2021

BY KENNETH TEE

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 29 — A total of 4,771 individuals nationwide have been screened for a background check under the Sex Offenders Against Children Registry from April 2019 until July 2021, a parliamentary reply has revealed today.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Harun gave the latest update in a parliamentary reply to Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh who wanted to know about the latest statistics on the registry since its inception.

Yeoh had also asked Rina to provide a breakdown by states, cumulative number of applications, application status, conviction records and frequency of registry updates.

According to Rina’s parliamentary written reply, the Department of Social Welfare received a total of 279 sexual offenders’ background check applications from various agencies and individuals.

“Based on the Department of Social Welfare’s record, all of those screened have not been convicted of any sexual crimes against children.

“Information on offenders who have been convicted of any sexual crimes against children will be obtainable through the Court Registrar which will be periodically updated in the registry trimonthly,” Rina said.

Selangor recorded the highest number of individuals screened at 1,299 followed by Sarawak (680), Kedah (657), Sabah (537), Kuala Lumpur (535), Negri Sembilan (352), Kelantan (204), Terengganu (181), Perak (131), Pahang (77), Johor (40), Perlis (21), Penang (33), Melaka (24) and Labuan (0).

Meanwhile, Kedah recorded the highest number of applications submitted at 83 followed by Kuala Lumpur (69), Kelantan (39), Selangor (31), Sabah (14), Pahang (10), Sarawak (7), Johor (6), Perak and Penang (5), Perlis (4), Terengganu (3), Melaka (2), Negri Sembilan (1) and Labuan (0).

Source: Malay Mail

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Sabah CM signals no simultaneous polls for parliamentary, state seats

29 Sep 2021

BY JULIA CHAN

KOTA KINABALU, Sept 29 — Sabah is unlikely to continue the trend of holding simultaneous elections for its parliamentary and state seats, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said today as his administration marks its first year in power.

The Gabungan Rakyat Sabah chairman said he wants to serve the full five years of the mandate.

As such, he is unlikely to seek a dissolution of the state assembly should the federal government go for snap polls, which many political observers believe may happen next year.

“Yes, our mandate is for five years and there is no reason why we should not complete our term,” Hajiji told reporters at the Sabah government’s first anniversary celebration here.

Sabah has had simultaneous state elections the last four general elections, but the Warisan-led government called for snap polls last year following an attempted coup by former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman.

Hajiji’s GRS coalition had won the last snap polls after Warisan had been in power for just over two years.

GRS comprises BN’s Umno and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS), Perikatan Nasional’s Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, Sabah STAR, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), PAS and Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS).

Source: Malay Mail

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Azalina takes veiled swipe at Rina Harun over stalled Special Courts for sexual crimes against children

29 Sep 2021

BY EMMANUEL SANTA MARIA CHIN

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 29 — Umno’s Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said today took indirect aim at the women, family, and community development minister for the lack of an action plan to curb sexual crimes against children.

When debating the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) in Dewan Rakyat today, Azalina revealed the government previously agreed for specialised courts to be formed to handle cases involving sexual abuse against children.

She said despite the approval given by the administration when she served as legal affairs minister from 2016 to 2018, nothing has been done since.

She then criticised the Women, Family, and Community Development Ministry for this lack of progress, but did not identify any specific person.

“This is why we wanted a special court, with a special witness room, using a specific approach because the children are the ones who are the victims here.

“And now with Covid-19, how many cases are there of children abused at home, how many cases of children becoming victims of crimes, and where do they have to go?

“If you want to be a minister and you cannot even solve this issue, no need to be the minister,” she said.

Source: Malay Mail

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Africa

 

Nigerian Security Forces Kill Eight Muslim Mourners at Arba’een Procession in Abuja

2021-September-29

The casualties were reported on Tuesday after police and security forces used live ammunition to disperse hundreds of mourners commemorating Arba’een along a major road in Gwarinpa district, presstv reported.

The religious procession was organized by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), a group that has over the past years been under severe attacks from the Nigerian government forces following widespread protests against the detention of its leader, prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky.

Abdullahi Muhamed, an IMN member, said participants were walking peacefully along the Abuja-Kubwa expressway when a combined team of police and soldiers fired tear gas and live bullets at them. Muhamed added eight people were shot dead and two were taken away by the security forces.

Videos and images posted on social media and published by Nigerian news websites showed bodies lying on the ground and people running from what appeared to be clouds of tear gas.

“It was around 10:00 am that we started hearing gunshots along the road. The shooting lasted about 10 minutes,” a witness was reported as saying, adding, “I can’t say how many people were killed but the corpses we have counted were eight. What I can tell you is that up to eight people were killed in the incident.”

Media reports said “many” had sustained gunshot wounds after the violent incident.

Abdullahi Musa, the Secretary of the IMN’s Academic Forum, also confirmed the incident but did not provide the exact number of casualties.

“We assembled at the Galadima gate in Gwarinpa around 9:00 am and staged our religious walk peacefully for about an hour. We neither made any demand on the government nor criticized anyone during the trek. It was purely a spiritual exercise for us,” Musa noted, adding, “But as we were about to disperse, security operatives arrived at the scene and opened fire on our members, injuring many and killing some people.”

Musa stressed that the IMN has been leading the Arba’een procession since six years ago when the Nigerian military demolished the movement’s center in the town of Zaria in Kaduna state and detained Shiekh Zakzaky.

In December 2015, Nigeria’s military launched a crackdown on the movement, which Abuja has branded as illegal. The campaign saw troops attacking Zakzaky’s residence in Zaria, afflicting him and his wife with serious injuries that reportedly caused the cleric to lose his left eye.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Sudan says five security officers killed in clash with ISIS-linked group

28 September ,2021

Five Sudanese security officers were killed in a clash during a raid on an ISIS-linked group on Tuesday, a statement by the general intelligence service said.

Security forces arrested “11 foreign terrorists from different nationalities” in the raid, the statement added.

Sudan is led by a civilian-military administration under an August 2019 power-sharing deal signed after president Omar al-Bashir’s ouster by the military in April that year following mass protests against his iron-fisted rule.

Sudan’s government said it thwarted a September 21 coup attempt involving military officers and civilians linked to the regime of imprisoned Bashir. At least 11 officers were among those arrested.

Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has since called for reforms within the army, a highly sensitive issue in Sudan.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Libyan Fatwa House denounces brutal killing of Muslims in India’s Assam

September 28, 2021

The Libyan Fatwa House has decried the oppression and killing of Muslims in India at the hands of the Hindu government, demanding immediate action to protect the victims and hold the aggressors accountable.

In a statement, Monday, the Sharia Research Council of the Fatwa House expressed its bewilderment at the silence and lack of appropriate response of the international community to this situation.

"The Council is following what is happening in India at the hands of the criminal Hindu government under the eyes of the so-called international community that raises the slogans of human rights, women’s rights, children’s rights, and other slogans, which they use to blackmail other countries, but ignore them when it comes to Muslims in reprehensible racism and hateful intolerance," the statement reads.

The council also called on media outlets to address these aggravated offenses in order to bring them to the center, reminding Muslims of their duty to use any legitimate means to defend the Muslims of India, including severing ties with the Indian government.

The Indian authorities have launched a campaign to drive hundreds of Muslim families from the Dholpur Gorukhuti area of Darrang district in the northeastern province of Assam.

Source: Libya Observer

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Libya’s High Council of State does not want elections to take place: Aguila Saleh

28 September ,2021

Aguila Saleh, the speaker of Libya’s House of Representatives, considered that the only way out of the crisis in Libya is through elections, but that the High Council of State “does not want the elections to take place.”

Saleh, speaking to Al Arabiya during a live television interview on Tuesday, confirmed that “the Libyan House of Representatives insists on holding presidential and parliamentary elections.”

He considered that “those who live in chaos in Libya do not want elections,” adding that “everyone in the Libyan authority now refuses elections for fear of their interests.”

The Libyan politician told Al Arabiya that securing the elections is the responsibility of the Government of National Unity (GNU), calling for “Arab, regional and international supervision of the elections in Libya.”

Regarding his plans to run in the upcoming elections, Saleh said he has not yet decided whether he would stand.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Algeria’s army chief accuses neighbouring Morocco of ‘conspiracies’

28 September ,2021

Algeria’s army chief accused neighboring Morocco of conspiring against his country and vowed a “rigorous, firm” response, in a speech he delivered Tuesday at an army base near their border.

“This expansionist regime has gone too far in its conspiracies and subversive propaganda campaigns, which aim to reduce Algeria’s regional role, exhaust its capacities, prevent its development and undermine the unity of its people,” Said Chanegriha said, in a speech published on the defense ministry’s website.

Relations have soured between the two North African nations in recent months and Algeria on August 24 cut diplomatic ties with Rabat, accusing it of “hostile actions.”

Last week it also banned all Moroccan aircraft from entering its airspace.

Chanegriha said Algeria’s “enemies” had recruited “traitors” as spies in order to “weaken Algeria from the inside and pressure it to renounce its principles.”

Algeria accuses Morocco and Israel of backing the separatist MAK movement, which seeks independence for the restive Kabylie region, and the Islamist Rachad movement, both listed as terrorist organizations by Algiers.

Morocco normalized ties with Israel last year in a US-backed deal that also saw Washington recognize Rabat’s sovereignty over disputed Western Sahara.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Pregnant Algerian mom and her five children among 91 migrants rescued off Spain coast

28 September ,2021

A pregnant Algerian mother and her five children were among 91 migrants rescued off the coast of Alicante in southeastern Spain overnight, the Red Cross said on Tuesday.

The sea route to mainland Spain and its Balearic and Canary Islands is frought with danger, with the International Organization for Migration saying at least 1,025 people have died in 2021 in “the deadliest year on the migratory route to Spain.”

The woman “was eight months pregnant,” a Red Cross spokeswoman told AFP, saying she had been taken to hospital suffering from stomach pains, while her five children were with their father.

Most of the arrivals were from Algeria although one boat was carrying refugees from Syria, she said.

“The first boat was found near Santa Pola with four women and six minors on board, including a baby of seven months while the others were between four and six,” she said.

Of the 23 on board, “most of them were Syrians.”

A spokeswoman for the Salvamento Maritimo coastguard said five vessels had been found in total, while the rescue of a sixth was underway.

All of the boats were thought to have set sail from the Algerian coast, which at its closest lies around 270 kilometers (170 miles) by boat from Alicante.

Last week, the bodies of eight migrants, among them three women and a child, washed up on the shores of southern Spain near the city of Almeria, the local authorities said. The boats had likely set off from Morocco or Algeria.

Source: Al Arabiya

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