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Supreme Court of India To Hear Plea For Ban On More Forms of Talaq, Like Talaq-e-Kinaya, Talaq-e-Bain

New Age Islam News Bureau

11 October 2022

 

© Provided by The Times of India

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• Pakistan’s Mission To The UN : Empowered Pakistan Women Have Become ‘Agents Of Change’,

• ‘We Can’t Stay Quiet’: Indonesian Activists Stand In Solidarity With Iran’s Women

• Cleric Urges Muslim Faithful In Nigeria And The World For Deep Reflection On The Virtuous Life Of Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

• Ilhan Omar Equates Women Protesting Islamic Law In Iran With Abortion Fight In US

 

India

• Fear, Panic In Kolkata’s Ekbalpore After 40 Arrests Over Hindu-Muslim Clash on Milad-un-Nabi

• Gyanvapi Mosque Panel To Submit Response To Plea For ‘Shivling’ Carbon-Dating

• Clash Between Hindus And Muslims Over The Playing Of Loud Music Near The Mosque During A Durga Puja Immersion Procession, Six Injured

• NIA raids multiple places in J&K in terror funding case

• Muslim NRI of Saudi Arabia cremated as per Hindu customs by mistaken identity

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Pakistan

• Hilal-e-Pakistan Conferred On Muslim World League Secretary-General

• ‘Anti-Afghan Taliban’ Police Officer Shot Dead In Quetta

• JUI-F refuses to join Balochistan government

• Sana claims leaks ‘resolved’; says staffers ‘did it for money’

• Nawaz breaks silence as politicos gather in London

• President Alvi calls for ‘broader consultation’ on army chief’s appointment

• Two militants killed, four policemen injured in exchange of fire in Swat

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Southeast Asia

• With Elections Looming, Hadi Presents Two Faces To Voters

• Malaysia's Mahathir says will defend Langkawi in upcoming election

• PM had lost support of Umno’s allies, says Ahmad Maslan

• Malaysia’s Mahathir fears Najib would walk free if graft-tainted party wins polls

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Africa

• Tanzania, Kenya vow to curb trans-boundary terrorism

• Show of force in Mozambique’s north, but terror threat remains

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North America

• US relations with Pakistan have gained new momentum: Expert

• Russian attacks on Ukraine 'unacceptable,' says Türkiye's UN envoy

• US lauds 'positive steps' towards reaching Armenia, Azerbaijan peace

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South Asia

• US, Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan Held 'Detailed' Talks In Doha On Doha Agreement, Human • Rights And Opening Of Girl’s School: Source

• Taliban Releases the Manager of a Local Media Outlet after 4 Months of Detention

• Human Rights Situation ‘Continues to Deteriorate’: EU Envoy

• Taliban Official Assassinated in Northern Afghanistan

• Former Afghan Police Commander Assassinated in Pakistan

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Arab World

• Saudi Arabia Jails Nearly A Dozen Egyptians For Up To 18 Years Over 1973 Arab-Israeli War

• Bahraini courts hand down death sentences to four more political dissidents

• Islamic Scholar Mufti Menk Of Zimbabwe Talks About Modernisation And Spirituality of Dubai

• Drone strike kills suspected ISIS member in northern Syria

• Saudi defence minister discusses security, renewal of truce with Yemeni leader

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Mideast

• Erdogan: Hard Winter Ahead for Europe

• Over 100,000 Palestinians Under Israeli Siege In Shufat, Anata After Shooting Incident

• Hamas, Islamic Jihad Slam Israelis' Desecration Of Qur’an After Extremist Settlers Burn Muslim Holy Book

• Israel Satisfied With Draft Of Maritime Border Deal With Lebanon: Israeli Official

• Leader: Athlete Refusing to Compete with Zionist Competitor Truly A Victor

• Rights Group: 50 Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike over Israel’s Detention Policy

• Oil workers in southern Iran strike, protest as anti-regime demonstrations continue

• Palestinian churches concerned about UK’s possible embassy move to al-Quds

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Europe

• Jerusalem Churches Raise Concern Over UK Embassy Talks

• French architects learn about Saudi vision of the future

• Britain no longer a leading nation: Somali drought envoy

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

URL:  https://newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/supreme-court-india-talaq-kinaya-bain/d/128155

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Supreme Court of India To Hear Plea For Ban On More Forms of Talaq, Like Talaq-e-Kinaya, Talaq-e-Bain

 

© Provided by The Times of India

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Oct 11, 2022

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a plea seeking the court to declare Talaq-e-Kinaya, Talaq-e-Bain and all other forms of unilateral and extrajudicial procedures of divorce among Muslims as void and unconstitutional and sought response from the Centre.

A bench of Justices S A Nazeer and J B Pardiwala issued notices to the ministry of law and justice and ministry of minority affairs and tagged the case with petitions against Talaq-e-Hasan and Talaq-e-Ahsan matters.

The bench passed the order on a petition filed by Karnataka-based Syeda Ambreen that asserted the practices were arbitrary, irrational and contrary to fundamental rights to equality, non-discrimination, life and freedom to practise religion. The petition contended the practices are an “evil plague similar to sati” that continue to trouble Muslim women and pose serious health, social, economic, moral and emotional risks.

Source: Times Of India

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Pakistan’s Mission To The UN : Empowered Pakistan Women Have Become ‘Agents Of Change’

 

Photo: Radio Pakistan

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October 10, 2022

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has reaffirmed its commitment to empowering its women in all spheres of life a step it said will enable them to become “agents of change”.

“We are proud that today Pakistani women participate in every facet of public life,” Saima Saleem, a counsellor at Pakistan’s mission to the UN, said in a debate on “Advancement of Women” in the General Assembly’s Third Committee which deals with social, humanitarian and cultures issues.

In this regard, she said Pakistani women have held and are holding some of the country’s top positions.

“Despite challenges,” Saleem noted, “Pakistan is a strong country and a resilient nation because of the power of empowered women, who break the glass ceiling in all fields and have become agents of change.”

At the same time, the Pakistani delegate expressed concern over the series of shocks the world has suffered in recent years — the Covid19 pandemic, commodity inflation, food and fuel crises and climate change that have disproportionately affected women and girls.

Pakistan has been affected by the worst disaster in its history, she said, pointing to recent floods of epic proportions that have affected more than 33 million people, of which almost six million need immediate humanitarian assistance.

While the damage to infrastructure is evolving, it is currently estimated at $30 billion, Saleem said. Among those affected, more than 1.6 million are women of reproductive age, with nearly 130,000 pregnant women in need of urgent health services.

In Pakistan, between 50 to 80 per cent of women are food producers, she noted, adding that due to these traditional roles in the agriculture sector, women are the first to be affected by climate change, she said.

To this end, she drew attention to the national climate change policy that is gender sensitive and caters to the needs of women and girls in the wake of climate-induced disasters.

The fight against the threat of climate change shall not be won without the empowerment of all women and girls, and integrating their perspective and role in disaster risk reduction policies, Saleem said.

“We must mobilise the political will and necessary resources to take critical decisions and to empower all women and girls to prevent humanity from moving towards the path of destroying the hospitality of our planet.”

Source: Pakistan Today

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https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2022/10/10/empowered-pakistan-women-have-become-agents-of-change-un-told/

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‘We Can’t Stay Quiet’: Indonesian Activists Stand In Solidarity With Iran’s Women

 

Amid the ongoing outrage over the death of Mahsa Amini, people protest against the Iranian regime outside Iran’s consulate in London on Monday. (Reuters)

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Sheany Yasuko Lai

October 10, 2022

JAKARTA: Indonesian activists say they are acting in the interests of humanity by joining the chorus of global solidarity with the Iranian women at the helm of the largest anti-government protests in Iran since 2009.

Protests and public anger in Iran have swollen since mid-September, spreading to as many as 80 cities, following the death in custody of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old who was arrested by Iran’s morality police on accusations of failing to properly cover her hair.

At the forefront of the weeks-long uprising are Iranian women, who have cast off their legally required head scarves and cut their hair in acts of defiance, sparking a global show of solidarity in support of the demonstrations.

Several Indonesian activists organized a small protest in front of the Iranian embassy in Jakarta earlier this month, where they symbolically laid flowers at the gate and held placards that read “Solidarity for Mahsa Amini.”

“We want to call attention (to the fact) that what happened in Iran is an international issue, an issue for every nation, and in the name of humanity there must be solidarity,” Ririn Sefsani, a women’s rights activist based in Jakarta and one of the solidarity protest organizers, told Arab News.

“The world must step in, there must be global action to stop the violence in Iran,” she added.

“Even though our first action only involved a few people, we felt like we’re already doing something and I hope we’ll inspire other people to do the same.”

Sefsani said she is organizing another protest in solidarity with Iranian women, which will take place later this month. Iranian authorities have escalated their crackdown on demonstrations, reportedly killing dozens of people and arresting prominent activists and journalists. Norway-based Iran Human Rights estimates that at least 185 people have died, including 19 children.

Amnesty International said Iranian security forces are responsible for deaths and injuries across Iran, as troops have fired “live ammunition, metal pellets and tear gas at protesters.”

Some activists said there are some similarities with what is happening in Indonesia, where women and girls in many parts of the country have been subject to dress codes deemed “Islamic” for years. The world’s largest Muslim-majority nation is not an Islamic state and officially recognizes six religions.

However, Human Rights Watch said in a 2022 report that most of Indonesia’s provinces impose “discriminatory and abusive dress codes on women and girls.”

“It’s also important for us to kind of see how this is actually not very much far from our reality in Indonesia,” Anindya Restuviani, program director at Jakarta Feminist, told Arab News. “But even with no similarity with what’s going on in Indonesia, I think it’s important for us to still show solidarity because of intersectionality.”

Restuviani said the international community must “create some kind of accountability” for the perpetrators of violence in Iran. Though multilateral organizations such as the UN are supposed to do something about it, “they choose not to,” she added.

Damaira Pakpahan, a feminist who also co-organized the Jakarta protest, said acts of solidarity “must be done” not only for women in Iran, but for women everywhere.

“Indonesian women are part of the global women community, so there must be global solidarity on issues that oppress women, discriminate against women, and this is an important issue when it comes to women’s bodily autonomy,” Pakpahan said.

“This is part of an international movement in solidarity that has to be done. It’s a call for humanity; we have to do something, we can’t stay quiet.”

Source: Arab News

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Cleric Urges Muslim Faithful In Nigeria And The World For Deep Reflection On The Virtuous Life Of Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

 

Abuja-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Yahya Al-Yolawi,

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By Barakat Akolade

11 October 2022

As Muslim faithful all over the world celebrate Maulud Nabiyy, the leader of Jamuiyat Nasir Al-Fridaous Al-Tijaniyyah, Sheihk Musa Aloba, has called for peace in the country while advising Muslim faithful against the quest for mundane things.

Aloba stated this at the 2022 Grand Taniat Rosul marking the end of the group’s activities that culminated in this year’s celebration of Maulud Nabiyy at its headquarters in Ilorin, Kwara State capital.

In a statement by the group’s media adviser, Shakir Ajayi, Aloba enjoined Muslims in Nigeria and all over the world to use the occasion for deep reflection on the virtuous life of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and the message of peace, love, tolerance, humility, fairness and justice which he preached in words and deeds.

He, therefore, advised the Muslim faithful to rededicate themselves to the commandments of Allah, including shunning all kinds of mischief, which might disrupt public peace and co-existence.

The prominent Sufi teacher also urged all Nigerians to renew their faith in God and intensify prayers for the country to surmount its challenges.

Source: Guardian Nigeria

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Ilhan Omar Equates Women Protesting Islamic Law In Iran With Abortion Fight In US

 

Rep. Ilhan Omar speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill on Sept. 29, 2022. Jemal Countess/Getty Images for We, The 45 Million

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October 10, 2022

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., drew comparisons between women risking their lives to protest Islamic law in Iran to women fighting for abortion rights in the United States.

During a campaign rally to re-elect Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison on Friday, Omar said pro-life Republicans are challenging women’s bodily autonomy, much like Iran’s oppressive clerical regime led by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Dozens of people throughout Iran have been killed by police and thousands arrested in protests ignited by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.

"As we watch the brave, incredible young girls in schools in Iran who are standing up to teachers, young women in buses and in public streets who are saying ‘no’ to the morality police – because there is no morality in trying to oppress women," Omar said. "There is no morality in forcing people to participate in a religion they don’t want to. And there is no morality in believing government’s our God.

"So we know the women in Iran are bravely chanting, ‘Women, Life, Freedom’ for their rights, for their right to bodily autonomy," she continued. "So, here in the United States, when the right extremists are challenging our bodily autonomy, we have to stand up and say, ‘Women, Life, Freedom.’"

Omar made the comments in front of a raucous crowd of students at the University of Minnesota, where Ellison, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., were also in attendance.

"We are here to do one single thing, and that is to protect and preserve our democracy," Ellison said, Minnesota Public Radio reported. "What is on the line is whether or not the United States, starting in Minnesota, will remain a democratic, multiracial society that respects everyone's rights."

Omar made headlines in July after she was one of more than a dozen members of Congress arrested by Capitol Police during a abortion rights protest outside the Supreme Court after it overturned Roe v. Wade.

"Today I was arrested while participating in a civil disobedience action with my fellow Members of Congress outside the Supreme Court. I will continue to do everything in my power to raise the alarm about the assault on our reproductive rights!" Omar tweeted on July 19.

Omar’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment Monday.

Source: Fox News

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India

 Fear, Panic In Kolkata’s Ekbalpore After 40 Arrests Over Hindu-Muslim Clash on Milad-un-Nabi

SREYASHI DEY

10 October, 2022

Kolkata: Tinku Prasad assembled a broken frame of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, at his vandalised pan shop. His brother Amarnath, sitting on the road, says they have lost their livelihood. “This shop was started by our father 40 years ago, now nothing remains, how will we eat? We have suffered a loss of Rs 2.5 lakh,” said Amarnath.

Their shop isn’t the only one that faced the brunt of violent clashes between Hindus and Muslims Sunday night. The by lane on B.K. Road in suburban Kolkata’s Mominpur area is covered with shattered glass, brickbats and charred shops.

“We frantically dialled the police, even tried the police headquarters but the cops came after two hours forty minutes. The damage was done,” Munto Shaw rued, sitting on a bench outside his ransacked shop.

“We were at the Milad when we heard screams. We began running for cover, we could hear glass breaking. We had children with us, we were so scared. Then suddenly, we saw flames from the lane and thick smoke. Police weren’t there; the councillor also was unavailable. The forces came from the local station much later and fired tear gas shells in front of our home,” Firoz told ThePrint.

Firoz was born and brought up in Ekbalpore. “I was 12 or 13 when violence had broken out here over a Tazia procession [in 1996 in this area]. But what happened on Sunday was equally horrific,” he added.

Mohammed Islai, a resident of B.K. Road and an eyewitness, said clashes broke out in Ekbalpore’s Mayurbhanj and Mominpur localities around 7.30 pm. “Between 9 pm and midnight. there was violence. Bricks were pelted, shops torched and ransacked. We were helpless, the police came after everything was over. We don’t know what triggered the violence,” said Islai.

On Saturday night, a tiff broke out between Hindus and Muslims in Mominpur’s Dompatti when flags to mark Prophet Muhammad’s birthday Milad-un-Nabi were being installed, residents claimed.

“We heard, a flag on the junction was taken down and vandalised which led to clashes on Saturday night. The following night spread and houses in Dompatti were attacked but we don’t know who it was,” said another resident Aslam.

The lanes have been cleared out by Kolkata Police. Barricades were placed, and Rapid Action Force deployed across the locality, especially outside temples.

Manju, 50, claimed she had to throw chili powder at miscreants to save herself before running out of the house. “We stayed on the footpath outside fearing our lives. Unidentified men threw lit glass bottles [molotovs] inside our house after breaking the window,” said Manju pointing at the staircase. Behind her house lies an empty field where children usually play football. “Police came after four hours, I am scared to go back inside,” she said.

The bedroom of Surendra Malik and his wife Geeta was set ablaze, their cupboards ransacked. Surendra waded through knee-deep water in the room without electricity. “I cannot describe the fear we felt last night. I thought I would die. We ran outside only to come back to smoke and ashes. We have lost everything,” Geeta said in tears.

Ramesh Shaw, 40, who has been living at Dompatti since birth told ThePrint around 2,000 families live in the locality. “Both communities mind their own business, but last night they came charging at us. They threw crude bombs, glass bottles and electricity was also shut.”

Senior police officers including Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs), and those from Special Branch, Kolkata Police Special Task Force and Central Intelligence Branch now stand guard in the intersection where both Hindus and Muslims reside.

Kolkata Police Commissioner Vineet Goyal ordered the imposition of Section 144 of CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure) till 12 October. “Any unlawful assembly of five or more persons carrying lathis, any lethal or other dangerous weapons or doing any act which is likely to cause breach of peace and disturbance is prohibited,” reads the order, accessed by ThePrint.

A senior Kolkata Police officer told ThePrint, four separate cases were filed and 40 people arrested so far for rioting, arson, use of bombs and causing injuries to police on duty. The officer confirmed, 15 police personnel had sustained injuries while trying to control the violence. DCP, South-West Division, Saumya Roy is undergoing treatment at a Kolkata hospital. 

The BJP has written to the West Bengal Governor, the Union Home Minister and the Prime Minister seeking immediate intervention.  While Leader of the Opposition Suvendu Adhikari has sought the deployment of central forces. Former Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta tweeted that he had written to the Prime Minister drawing his attention to “the panic of vulnerable Hindu communities in West Bengal to this ugly assertion of sectarian identity”.

Trinamool Congress MP Sougata Roy said the Kolkata Police has taken necessary steps to bring the situation under control. “Kolkata Police has arrested the miscreants and they will be punished as per the law of the land. The BJP needs to stop playing politics over every incident as they are only trying to vitiate the atmosphere in the state,” Roy told ThePrint.

The Kolkata Police detained BJP state chief Sukanta Majumdar at the police headquarters at Lalbazar when he was enroute Ekbalpore to meet the victims of the clashes. A separate BJP delegation led by Suvendu Adhikari submitted a memorandum at the Raj Bhavan in Kolkata on Monday.

Source: The Print

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Gyanvapi mosque panel to submit response to plea for ‘shivling’ carbon-dating

Oct 11, 2022

The lawyers of Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee (AIMC), which manages Varanasi’s Gyanvapi mosque, will on Tuesday submit their response in a local court to a plea seeking carbon-dating or other scientific investigation of a structure on the mosque premises claimed to be a “shivling”.

Four Hindu plaintiffs sought the investigation of the structure last month. Madan Mohan, one of the lawyers representing the plaintiffs, said Varanasi’s district court on October 7 fixed October 11 for the next hearing in the matter and directed the AIMC to file its response to their demand.

Tauhid Khan, one of the lawyers representing AIMC, objected to carbon dating or any scientific investigation of the structure, saying it was a part of the mosque’s ablution area. “We will file our response,” Khan said.

The court reserved its judgment on September 29 after hearing the plea of the four plaintiffs seeking carbon dating. Another plaintiff, Rakhi Singh, moved an application in the court against carbon dating stating it will make the “shivling” unfit for religious practices.

Hindu plaintiffs have claimed that the “shivling” was found close to a small reservoir used to perform ritual ablutions before offering namaz at the Gyanvapi mosque. The mosque management has maintained it was part of a fountain system.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Clash Between Hindus and Muslims Over The Playing Of Loud Music Near The Mosque during a Durga Puja immersion procession, Six Injured

11 OCT 2022

Six people, including a policeman, were injured as members of two communities indulged in stone pelting over the playing of loud music during a Durga Puja immersion procession in the Baldirai area, Sultanpur on Monday evening, police said.

The incident took place in the evening when the immersion procession was passing at the time of 'Azaan' from near a mosque in the Ibrahimpur area while playing DJ music, Circle Officer of Baldirai Rajaram Chaudhary said.

Tempers ran high and both sides indulged in stone pelting as the processionists were asked to lower the sound, he said.

As soon as the information about the incident was received, a police team led by Chaudhary reached the spot and brought the situation under control.

At least six people, including a police constable, suffered injuries in the incident and they were taken to a Community Health Centre, the police officer said.

A police force has been deployed in the area and the situation is under control, he said.

Source: Outlook India

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NIA raids multiple places in J&K in terror funding case

Oct 11, 2022

SRINAGAR: National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday carried out raids at multiple locations in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with the terror funding case pertaining to the Jamaat-e-Islami, J&K.

Official sources said that assisted by the local police and the CRPF, the NIA sleuths were carrying out raids in Rajouri, Poonch, Pulwama, Shopian and a few other places across J&K.

"These raids are part of the ongoing investigation being carried out by the NIA in the terror funding case," sources said.

Allegations are that the suspects were involved in terror financing. Jamaat-e-Islami was declared an unlawful association in 2019, but it continued to raise funds in various forms on the pretext of charitable purposes.

These funds were allegedly being diverted to terrorist organisations, such as Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Toiba, etc., for promoting terrorist activities in Kashmir valley as well as the rest of India.

The case was registered suo moto on February 5, 2021. The NIA had earlier filed a charge sheet against four persons in the case.

Source: Times Of India

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Muslim NRI Of Saudi Arabia Cremated As Per Hindu Customs By Mistaken Identity

Irfan Mohammed

10th October 2022

Jeddah: In a tragic mistaken identity, the bodies of two NRIs who died in Saudi Arabia got interchanged due to an alleged mistake that resulted in the wrong cremation of an Uttar Pradesh man in Kerala.

The bereaved family in Uttar Pradesh was not able to have a glimpse of their loved one as it went to Kerala and cremated there while Kerala’s mourning family performed cremation twice for the same person within three days.

The death and even deprivation of the last glimpse of the beloved one can only be described as a tragedy.

And the worst aspect of the whole situation is that it was a tragedy that could have been avoided.

While one of the deceased was Muslim, the other was Hindu. Before the lapse could be detected, the body of the Muslim man had already been cremated as per Hindu customs.

The deceased were identified as 46-year-old Shaji Rajan from Alappuzha district of Kerala, and Javed Ahmed Idrishi, 45, who was from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. While Rajan had committed suicide in Al Ahsa town some two and half months ago and Idrishi died at a hospital in Dammam on September 25.

The body of Rajan was repatriated to the grieving family from Dammam via Colombo to Tiruvananthapuram in Kerala through Air Lanka while Javed’s body was repatriated to Varanasi via New Delhi from Dammam through IndiGo carrier.

Instead of Rajan, Javed’s body was sent to Tiruvananthapuram. The family of Rajan assumed that it belonged to their loved one and wanted to cremate the unwrapping face since its months old. However, his daughter has threatened to commit suicide if not shown the face of her father then only they opened and she insisted that it was not her father yet mourning family hastily cremated the body owing to unpleasant odour that emitting from the corpse, said family sources.

At the other end, Mustaqim Ashrafi, father-in-law of late Idrishi was in shock after discovering the discrepancies in the name written on the wooden casket coffin and tagged airway bill. He immediately altered his relatives in Saudi Arabia, in turn they contacted Nass Vokkam Shoukat, noted community social worker in Dammam to inform about the lapse and also authentication of the body.

“There is are no words left to describe our eternal agony” Ashrafi told this correspondent over the phone from Uttar Pradesh.

With the help of the Embassy, Nass has contacted Uttar Pradesh Police and local authorities to return the body to Kollam in Kerala, which is 2500 KM away.

“The unfortunate and tragic error would have been avoided if the grieving family in Kerala also noticed the airway bill tag same as in Uttar Pradesh”, said a source.

Source: Siasat Daily

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Pakistan

 

Hilal-e-Pakistan conferred on Muslim World League secretary-general

October 10, 2022

ISLAMABAD:

President Dr Arif Alvi on Monday conferred Hilal-e-Pakistan on the Secretary-General of the Muslim World League Dr Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa in recognition of his services to Pakistan in different fields at a special investiture ceremony in Islamabad at Aiwan-e-Sadr.

The award was conferred in recognition of his services in strengthening the brotherly relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia; for being an instrument for the award of scholarships to Pakistani students in educational institutions and higher learning in Saudi Arabia; for pursuing and safeguarding the rights of Pakistani expatriates in the Kingdom; for promoting peace and harmony by holding conferences, seminars and dialogues within the Muslim societies and also with rest of the world with the objective to create harmony and unity in the Islamic world, and showcasing a peaceful harmonious and tolerant picture of Muslims in the world.

Later, Dr Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa and his delegation called upon the president. Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Mufti Abdul Shakoor, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Nawaf bin Saeed Al Malki also attended the meeting.

Talking to the secretary-general, the president termed “Islamophobia” one of the biggest challenges being faced by Muslims, and urged the need to allay the fears of the world regarding Islam.

He said that Islam advocated for peace, solidarity and harmony among the people of the world, and people from different nations needed to be educated about the true message of Islam.

The president urged the need to highlight the true and harmonious nature of Islam in the Muslim world and beyond.

Dr Alvi said that Islamophobia needed to be countered and eliminated through peaceful and harmonious actions in the Islamic world.

He also underlined the need to hold inter-faith conferences, dialogues and meetings to exchange ideas with religious scholars and leaders of other religions to explain the real message of Islam.

The president said that moderation in Islamic societies could go a long way in not only eradicating extremism, terrorism and intolerance but would also ensure the promotion of peace and socio-economic justice.

He also expressed his concern over the increasing trend of Islamophobia in India, adding that Islamophobia in India is deep-rooted and being patronised at the state level.

He urged the need for taking concrete actions to provide relief to the Muslims of India from the negative impacts of Islamophobia.

During the meeting, the president urged the Muslim World League to consider initiating scholarships for students of Shariah, Islamic Studies as well as the scientific and technical disciplines.

He also emphasised the need for an exchange programme for government officials to study governance, particularly the regulation of religious affairs.

The president appreciated the Muslim World League’s efforts for the cause of Islam and the welfare of the Muslim World and commended its work in setting up vocational education and training centres, provision of water, and renovation and construction of mosques and religious institutions.

The president also appreciated the implementation of his idea communicated to the ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Pakistan to set up an Islamic museum in Pakistan.

He said that after the completion of the museum, the people of Pakistan and the rest of the world would benefit from the exhibits and would learn about the different aspects and phases of the life of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

The president thanked the kingdom for providing valuable support to Pakistan to help overcome its most pressing financial needs and for providing generous help to alleviate the sufferings of the flood victims.

During the meeting, Dr Muhammad Bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa appreciated Pakistan’s efforts in raising its voice against Islamophobia at all world forums, including the United Nations, which had declared March 15 as the “International Day against Islamophobia”.

He said that Pakistani scholars and civil society were deeply concerned with the increasing trend of Islamophobia and were playing an active and effective role to showcase the peaceful and true face of Pakistan to the rest of the world.

He also appreciated the president’s address to the two-day International Seeratun Nabi (PBUH) conference titled “Morality of Society, Reformation and Development: In the Light of Seerat-un-Nabi (PBUH) organised by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony, in Islamabad.

Source: Tribune Pakistan

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‘Anti-Afghan Taliban’ police officer shot dead in Quetta

Saleem Shahid

October 11, 2022

QUETTA: An ‘anti-Afghan Taliban’ former police officer was shot dead by unknown gunmen in the provincial capital, police said on Monday.

Police officials said the incident took place on Sunday in The Eastern Bypass area.

The gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on Abdul Samad Achakzai who was riding a motorbike along with his brother.

“Abdul Samad Achakzai suffered multiple bullet injuries and died on the spot, while his brother remained unhurt. However, one passerby suffered a bullet injury,” Manzoor Ahmed, a senior police officer of the area, said, adding that soon after the incident police reached the area and took the body and the injured to Civil Hospital.

Samad Achakzai was a police commander in the previous Ashraf Ghani government in Kabul.

A former adviser to former Afghan president Ghani on public affairs, Akhtar Muhammad Badezai, on his Facebook page confirmed that Achakzai was a police commander and served as deputy commander in Panjvai district of Kandahar province till the Afghan Taliban captured Kabul in August last year.

Achakzai also served as police commander in Urazgan province. He was a close relative of General Abdul Raziq Achakzai, who was the chief of Kandahar border police.

Source: Dawn

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JUI-F refuses to join Balochistan government

Saleem Shahid

October 11, 2022

QUETTA: Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam has refused to accept an offer to join the coalition government in Balochistan and announced that it would play the role of a strong opposition in the assembly.

Chief Minis­ter Abdul Quddus Bizenjo had offered the JUI-F to join the six-party coalition government.

JUI-F provincial chief Maulana Abdul Wasey, in a press conference on Monday, said the decision was taken as CM Bizenjo had failed to take decision on the party’s charter of demands.

Speaking along with Op­­p­osition Leader Malik Sika­n­der, Mr Wasey said many rounds of talks were held with the chief mi­­nister, who had sought time to discuss their demands with other coalition partners. How­­ever, he added that the CM was not empowered to make a decision on JUI-F’s offers.

Source: Dawn

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Sana claims leaks ‘resolved’; says staffers ‘did it for money’

Syed Irfan Raza

October 11, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah claimed on Monday that the leaks controversy, which had put the cyber security of the PM’s official residence and the office at stake, had been resolved and that no “hostile intelligence agency” was involved.

The comments came made during a TV show hours after former prime minister Imran Khan, one of the primary characters in the leaked clips, announced that he would approach the courts for a probe into the matter.

The interior minister said the controversy was resolved, adding that there was no proof of the involvement of a foreign spy agency in the episode. “Some staff members of the PM’s House have been identified… such things are done for money,” the minister added.

The minister added that a “tiny” recording device was regularly planted on the premises to record telephonic conversations and informal chats at the PM’s Office. The interior minister added that the findings of the investigations being carried out could also be shared with courts through an in-camera briefing.

Editorial: More leaks

According to Mr Sanaullah, the probe would continue. He added that there was no harm in making the report of this investigation public, but a final decision in this regard will depend on PM Shehbaz Sharif, the federal cabinet, and the National Security Committee (NSC).

Interestingly, the government had formed three separate investigation and oversight bodies to probe the audio leaks; one team comprised officials of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Intelligence Bureau (IB); the second one included officials of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to ascertain how the US cipher went missing from the PM’s House; while a third team was an oversight committee headed by the interior minister to supervise the investigations.

Source: Dawn

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Nawaz breaks silence as politicos gather in London

October 11, 2022

LONDON: For the first time since he came to London in 2019, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader Nawaz Sharif spoke publicly about the personal and political challenges he and his family have faced since the passing of his wife, Kulsoom.

In a pre-recorded interview with a handful of journalists which was aired on Sunday, the Sharif patriarch spoke at length about the pain of losing his wife, the vilification the family endured in her last days, and the toll his incarceration took on them.

Though he has spoken about his tribulations in the last three years in private on occasion, he has shied away from taking on the subject publicly, and has denied requests for interviews.

Now, with Maryam Nawaz by his side, the elder Sharif appeared to be in a mood to engage and speak candidly. A source who met him ahead of Maryam’s arrival said he was greatly anticipating their reunion, and that her arrival has emboldened him.

Calls for action against judges behind ‘injustices’ meted out to Sharif family; meets Aleem Khan alongside daughter Maryam

Back home, as Imran Khan threatens to march to the capital, and the all-important retirement of the army chief inches closer, London is once again becoming a hub of political activity.

The prime minister was in Lon­don twice last month to hold imp­ortant discussions with his bro­ther. Ahead of Maryam’s arrival, Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, too, was seen in London. While rumours of a possible meeting with Nawaz swirled, they have been roundly denied.

On Monday, disgruntled PTI leader Aleem Khan was also seen leaving Stanhope House after a meeting with Mr Sharif and his daughter, but all participants remained tight-lipped about what was discussed.

Mr Khan was seen leaving Hus­sain Nawaz’s office in Stanhope House, but when asked by reporters to share what was discussed in the meeting, he responded by saying, “please ask me about the weather”.

Later, when Maryam Nawaz exited the building, she did not divulge details about the meeting either. When a reporter asked about the possibility of a change in the Punjab government, she was evasive.

This is not Aleem Khan’s first meeting with Nawaz Sharif. In March this year, as the then-opposition geared for a no-confidence vote against Imran Khan, Aleem Khan met with Mr Sharif at his son’s office.

Though Mr Sharif has largely kept his cards close to his chest for the major part of the last three years, speculations are high that Maryam’s characteristic outspokenness will rub off on him, and the coming days will see more revelations.

The former prime minister, who spoke to journalists alongside his daughter, said that he and his sons had met Maryam after three years, Dawn.com reported.

“I remember all those scenes, how my wife was on her deathbed and how cruelly we were treated,” he said.

Recounting his tribulations, Mr Sharif described one occasion, in Judge Arshad Malik’s court, when he was informed that his wife’s health had worsened and that she was in intensive care. “I was worried… so I went to the jail and in the room of the jail superintendent I asked him to allow me to talk [to my family], but they told me ‘we can’t’.

“I pleaded with them, but they didn’t allow it… after three hours, they came and said ‘we are very sorry your wife has died’.”

He said he had insisted on being the one to inform his daughter who was also in Kot Lakhpat at the time.

“These are events that are never forgotten. This loss can never be repaired or forgotten,” he said, adding: “Today, Maryam came after winning her case and proved the case and punishment were false.”

To a question regarding the cases against him allegedly being part of a “political vendetta”, Nawaz quipped that the question contained the answer itself and referred to the alleged leaked audio clip of former chief justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar regarding Nawaz and Maryam’s trial.

“There is an audio leak and you can’t deny it, its forensic [analysis] has also been carried out… do you need any greater evidence than this? Is there any bigger evidence than the things that judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui said?”

He alleged that he was punished and disqualified for life to keep him away from elections and yet, today, the lifetime disqualification clause was being criticised as “draconian”.

“So where is the rectification for [what happened with me],” Nawaz asked, adding that such matters should be brought before the nation.

He claimed that in the process of “taking revenge” against him, he alleged the country’s fortunes were also sunk.

Nawaz said that the judges who had committed such “injustices” should be held accountable.

Source: Dawn

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President Alvi calls for ‘broader consultation’ on army chief’s appointment

October 10, 2022

President Dr Arif Alvi on Monday said that “broader consultation” on the appointment of the chief of army staff (COAS) was a must so that a consensus could be developed.

In an interview with journalist Asma Shirazi on Aaj TV, the president desired that a summary of the appointment be sent to him after the consultation has been completed.

Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa is set to retire on Nov 29. The outgoing COAS ended all speculations about him getting another extension when at an event in Washington he confirmed that he would be stepping down at the end of his extended tenure in November.

The next army chief’s appointment is at times mentioned as one of the major subplots in the ongoing political crisis engulfing the country.

Responding to a question about his role in the decision, President Alvi said that he would approve the appointment of the next COAS in line with the procedure laid out in the Constitution.

He said that in the past, too, the opposition was consulted on the appointment of the army chief. A similar discussion with the then-opposition was held when PTI chief Imran Khan extended the three-year term of General Bajwa in 2019, the president pointed out.

In 2019, Alvi went on, the National Assembly had approved a law to extend Gen Bajwa’s terms after questions were raised before the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

“The law must have been introduced in the Parliament after closure was reached during a consultation.”

‘Not convinced about foreign conspiracy’

Talking about PTI’s alleged foreign conspiracy, President Alvi said that he was not convinced that the United States had lodged a conspiracy to oust Imran.

Ever since his ouster, Imran has said that the no-confidence motion against him was part of a foreign conspiracy, claiming that the cable received from the ambassador on March 7, a day before the opposition officially filed the no-trust move against him, was evidence of the conspiracy.

During the interview today, Alvi said: “I sent that letter to the chief justice. I am convinced that there must be a probe on it. I am not convinced on the fact that a conspiracy was hatched. But I have my doubts [and] there must be a probe.

“I also said that you won’t get a smoking gun on it,” he stated, adding that he had requested the Supreme Court to take into account the circumstantial evidence.

‘Impartial as president’

In response to a question on bridging gaps between the incumbent government and PTI, Alvi said that he was impartial as the president of the country and that his affiliation with the PTI was a thing of the past. “The party is my past. It is a very good past.”

The president said that there were several problems in the country that “a maverick” alone could not solve. A president could make efforts to bridge that gulf, he stated.

On Imran’s refusal to hold talks with the government, the president said that the PTI chief had become “extremely frustrated” when his government was ousted.

“After becoming frustrated, he decided that he would not sit in the National Assembly,” he said, adding that if he was consulted regarding the decision, he “might have offered different advice”.

Source: Dawn

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Two militants killed, four policemen injured in exchange of fire in Swat

October 10, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Two alleged terrorists were killed and four security forces injured on Saturday in an exchange of fire in the Swat district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the counter-terrorism department of police said.

According to police, the law enforcement agencies conducted an intelligence-based operation in the Ingaro Dherai area of the district.

During an exchange of fire, two wanted members of a proscribed militant outfit were killed while four security forces including an army officer got severely injured, police said.

The law enforcement agencies seized arms and ammunition from the terrorists’ custody, it added.

Source: Pakistan Today

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Southeast Asia

 

With elections looming, Hadi presents two faces to voters

K. Parkaran

October 11, 2022

A statement by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang last week appears to have gone unnoticed, if only by the media who did not pick it up despite Hadi’s conciliatory tone, unlike his usual brashness that is unsettling to non-Muslims.

Writing in his column in the party organ HarakahDaily, he said PAS accepts the concept of moderation where there won’t be any force used against any religious practices as long as no one acts extremely against other religions.

He went on to say that since this concept is guaranteed in the Federal Constitution, PAS will oppose any quarters who try to defy this.

Hadi, whose pronouncements are regarded almost like Gospel truth for a section of PAS supporters, said racial fanaticism is “haram” (forbidden) although it is natural for human beings to love one’s own religion, family and racial identity.

However no one should go above their religious beliefs and break the limits. But his subsequent paragraph negated all his exhortations, and left me wondering if this Malay-supremacist champion meant what he had said.

Hadi said: “Because pure Islam does not force others and is fair to people of all races, PAS emphasises that it is mandatory for an Islamic leadership. Only Islam has the spiritual beliefs that brings about self-control personally and civilised behaviour in social (settings) and politics.”

He added that this concept has been embedded in the Malay-Muslim community and must be respected by others. In view of this, he said, PAS will oppose racial fanatics and liberals and anyone who is extreme to the point of losing their morality.

Hadi appears to be contradicting his own stand. On one hand he says Islam is fair to all races and fanaticism is forbidden but in the same breath adds that an Islamic leadership is mandatory and this must be respected by all.

No one disputes that Islam indeed has beautiful tenets that enjoin its followers to treat everyone equally and fairly, without the use of force on anyone.

So Hadi’s statement is a bundle of contradictions, to say the least. Yet this is the brand of politicial Islam practised by PAS to try and remain in power and eventually to be the majority party in a ruling coalition.

Malaysians have not forgotten how Hadi masterminded the fall of the Pakatan Harapan government in 2020, using the race and religious card incisively.

At that time, PAS leaders were openly saying that there were too many non-Malay ministers and deputies in the government, with Hadi saying all key ministerial positions must be helmed by Malay-Muslims. This was despite the fact that more than two-thirds of the PH Cabinet were already made up of Muslims.

The party had also distributed the list of the number of non-Muslim elected representatives which it said had too many non-Malays. He knows the fact that these representatives were voted in by all races. PAS was not happy and used this as a bogeyman to spook the Malays.

Even in the past three months Hadi and several PAS leaders had intruded into the constitutional rights of non-Muslims by calling for action against concerts and alcohol consumption, among other matters.

An obvious message from his statement appears to be clear. Hadi obviously knows from news reports and social media that non-Muslims are pretty upset about his blatant use of the race and religious card which sounds very unreasonable to many.

So with a general election to be held soon, he has begun to placate non-Muslims by saying PAS accepts the concept of moderation and that everyone is equal, and that the party will oppose any form of racism.

Right after that, Hadi says all races in Malaysia should have an Islamic leadership because pure Islam does not force others and is fair to all races. I agree with him but also must remind him that all other religions also have a focus on being fair, honest and treating humanity with kindness. And of course, all religions abhor corruption.

Hadi’s call for an Islamic leadership immediately after saying PAS will practise the concept of moderation is obviously meant for the Malay-Muslim audience with the election approaching. Can we trust a party like PAS then to lead a multiracial and multi-religious secular country like Malaysia?

Actually, PAS is already practising a political concept whereby there are two classes of members in the party, the main Malay-Muslim wing and the minority non-Muslim wing. Members in its non-Muslim wing have absolutely no voting rights and cannot hold any leadership position in the party.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Malaysia's Mahathir says will defend Langkawi in upcoming election

October 11, 2022

PUTRAJAYA — Former two-time prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad confirmed on Tuesday (Oct 11) he will seek reelection by defending his Langkawi parliamentary seat in the coming general election.

However, the Opposition lawmaker did not indicate if he is presenting himself as candidate to be prime minister again, saying the issue depends on whether the Gerakan Tanah Air (GTA) coalition helmed by his Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang) wins the polls or otherwise.

“PM candidates are only relevant if we win. If we lose, it is not relevant,” he told a news conference at the Perdana Leadership Foundation here.

Dr Mahathir also said GTA plans to field 120 candidates nationwide in the 15th general election.

“We will contest in at least 120 seats, including in Sabah,” he said.

He added that the coalition candidates will stand under Pejuang’s banner as the Registrar of Society has yet to approve GTA’s application.

The sole exception would be in Kelantan, where GTA candidates will stand under the banner of Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (Putra), which is led by Datuk Ibrahim Ali as president.

Dr Mahathir said the full list of GTA candidates will be announced by its respective party presidents in the near future.

GTA filed its registration as a political coalition on September 6.

Source: Today Online

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PM had lost support of Umno’s allies, says Ahmad Maslan

'Ainin Wan Salleh

October 10, 2022

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob was forced to dissolve Parliament today as he had lost the support of Umno’s allies in the government, says Umno secretary-general Ahmad Maslan.

“Umno’s position is that a dissolution of Parliament is the best step (forward) since representatives from the parties that form the government no longer show solidarity with the prime minister in his administration,” he said.

“They have even declared Umno and Barisan Nasional as their enemies, showing a loss of trust and respect for Umno in leading the country,” he said during a press conference at the party’s headquarters here.

He added that the Umno Supreme Council meeting today had discussed preparations by the party’s machinery to face the 15th general election (GE15).

Election dates are to be set by the Election Commission, but Ahmad said Umno had recommended that the elections be held before mid-November to avoid the coming monsoon season.

Umno’s general assembly, slated to be held on Nov 23-26 will be moved to a new date, Ahmad said.

Ahmad’s remark about “enemies” was a reference to a statement last month by Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin that his party’s main enemy in GE15 is Barisan Nasional.

He said Perikatan Nasional need not be afraid about facing off against BN. However, PN component member PAS distanced itself from Muhyiddin’s remarks.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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Malaysia’s Mahathir fears Najib would walk free if graft-tainted party wins polls

October 11, 2022

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s veteran politician and opposition leader Mahathir Mohamad predicted on Tuesday that disgraced former prime minister Najib Razak would be released from jail if his graft-tainted ruling party wins an upcoming general election.

Najib began a 12-year jail term in August after being convicted in the first of several cases related to the looting of billions of dollars from state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Malaysia is set to hold a general election in the coming weeks after Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob dissolved parliament on Monday, buckling to pressure from factions in the ruling United Malays National Organization (UMNO) that remain loyal to Najib and others charged with corruption.

Speaking a day later, Mahathir warned that UMNO would rush to get Najib released from prison through a royal pardon as well as drop dozens of other corruption charges if it wins the election.

“Should they be able to win and form the government, that is the first objective, not about the welfare of the people,” Mahathir, who had two stints as prime minister, told a news conference.

Criminal prosecution of UMNO president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is facing 47 graft charges in a case unrelated to 1MDB, will also be dropped, Mahathir said.

Najib and Zahid have both pleaded not guilty, saying they are victims of a political vendetta.

They were both prosecuted, along with other party leaders, after UMNO lost the 2018 election for the first time in Malaysia’s history as voters punished the party for 1MDB and other corruption scandals.

Having led the country for 22 years until 2003, Mahathir came out of retirement to forge a coalition to defeat Najib, his former protege, but that alliance fell apart in 2020, ending Mahathir’s second stint as prime minister and allowing UMNO to make its way back into power.

Now aged 97, Mahathir said he will defend his parliamentary seat in the election, and that he was willing to work with anyone to defeat UMNO.

UMNO is hoping to win a big enough mandate in the upcoming polls to form the government on its own, without the coalition partners it had under Ismail’s administration.

Despite Najib’s claim of political vengeance, the far ranging 1MDB scandal has implicated financial institutions and high-ranking officials globally. At least six countries opened investigations.

Investigators have said some $4.5 billion was stolen from 1MDB — co-founded by Najib during his first year as prime minister in 2009 — and that over $1 billion went to accounts linked to Najib.

The US Department of Justice has called it their biggest kleptocracy investigation.

Najib has said he was misled by 1MDB officials.

Other opposition leaders have also slammed UMNO for pushing for early elections at a time when the economy is slowing down.

Source: Arab News

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Africa

 

Tanzania, Kenya vow to curb trans-boundary terrorism

Kizito Makoye 

11.10.2022

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania

Kenya and Tanzania have agreed to step up their fight against cross-border terrorism and human trafficking, which have put their countries in a bad light internationally.

“We have agreed to fight terrorism, drug and human trafficking, and the rest of the transboundary crimes that are making our region uncompetitive and giving us a bad name,” Kenyan President William Ruto said during a press briefing shortly after holding talks with his Tanzanian counterpart Samia Suluhu Hassan.

The East African nations have lately been plagued by a spate of cross-border terrorism activities which observers say greatly contributed to the waning investor confidence in their lucrative sectors such as tourism and natural gas exploration.

The two countries are seeking to build the capacities of their security agencies to fight cross-border crimes such as terrorism, human and drug trafficking and animal poaching, which pose a threat to the stability of the East African region

Ruto, who is in Tanzania for a two-day state visit, said the two countries have agreed to enhance cooperation between their security forces by sharing information and strategies to tame security challenges and secure the region while reducing negative effects from unsecured boundaries.

Tanzania, which discovered huge reserves of natural gas in southern parts of the country, has been experiencing sporadic incidents of terrorism where gunmen from Mozambique’s restive province of Cabo Delgado have been sneaking into the country to commit crimes that have left dozens of people dead and resulted in loss of property.

Speaking during a televised press conference, President Hassan said drug and human trafficking crimes have tarnished the international images of Tanzania and Kenya.

“We want our security forces to seriously discuss issues related to terrorism and human trafficking and come up with solutions,” she said.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Show of force in Mozambique’s north, but terror threat remains

October 10, 2022

QUIONGA, Mozambique: A column of brand-new armored vehicles is parked outside what remains of a government building in Quionga, a village in Mozambique’s restive northern province of Cabo Delgado.

Kalashnikovs on their shoulders, Mozambican soldiers stare at the convoy — an unusual sight in this northern settlement, which just a year ago was controlled by insurgents who have wreaked havoc across the region.

Senior Rwandan officers were visiting on Monday.

They arrived to oversee a joint military operation with their more poorly equipped local counterparts, a show of force to impress residents and the journalists accompanying them.

“We can say to a large extent that the insurgents have been defeated,” says Rwanda Defense Force spokesman, Gen. Ronald Rwivanga.

But the display of confidence belies a still precarious security situation in the region. Only last week, the UN warned that the conflict had not subsided.

It has been five years since terrorists affiliated to Daesh launched an insurgency that monitoring groups say has killed more than 4,000 people.

Forces from Rwanda and other African countries, deployed in July 2021 after years of jihadist attacks, have helped Mozambique retake control of much of the province.

The militants had raided Quionga last year, burning down the local government office and setting up shop in the village.

They were using it as a base to carry out attacks on both sides of the nearby Tanzanian border.

Rwandan forces eventually ousted them in August 2021.

A year on, calm has returned to the area, and so have most of Quionga’s inhabitants.

Outside a field hospital for civilians, Rwandan and Mozambican generals pat each other on the shoulder.

Rwandan troops have secured the key districts of Palma and Mocimboa da Praia, formerly terrorist strongholds.

“The only incidents recorded are now isolated attacks involving very few individuals,” says Gen. Rwivanga.

“The insurgents no longer have major bases.”

Yet only last week, conflict tracker ACLED recorded a string of attacks, including the beheading of a farmer, and clashes between the militants and security forces.

Known locally as Al-Shabab, analysts say the terrorist group has splintered into smaller cells and started to stage incursions further south.

“The conflict has now spilled into the neighboring province of Nampula, which witnessed four attacks by armed groups in September affecting at least 47,000 people and displacing 12,000,” the UN said in a statement last week.

Since 2017, almost a million people have been forced to flee their homes because of the fighting, it added.

The government is hoping energy giants will resume work on gas projects in the region, where the largest deposits south of the Sahara were found in 2010.

TotalEnergies halted a $20 billion project last year, after a deadly raid on the coastal town of Palma.

The French oil giant’s base is a heavily protected enclave built on the sandy coast of the Afungi peninsula.

Its powerful neon lights shine through the night, creating a halo that can be seen for miles.

Some excavators are still at work near the shore, where building barges lie waiting to be shipped offshore where the gas extraction is to take place.

Inside the compound, the large dormitories and a high-end gym stand empty.

Mozambican and Rwandan soldiers guarding the facilities, as well as the few employees who remain on site, are instructed not to give interviews.

Rumors at the camp hold that operations could soon resume.

But last month TotalEnergies said that would not happen until “security and safety conditions have been permanently restored in the region.”

The terrorist leaders are yet to be apprehended and the group’s inner working remain a mystery.

“We do not understand how they work and how they manage to entice the population, there is a lack of intelligence,” said Mirko Manzoni, the UN’s special envoy to Mozambique.

Mozambique’s security forces are ill-trained and equipped compared to their Rwandan colleagues — and they are little trusted by locals.

Outside some villages, makeshift checkpoints made of wooden poles are guarded with old rifles. Some soldiers wait for passing vehicles sitting under the vegetation.

“Who are they going to arrest with this? It’s only to tax local people,” said one Rwandan officer on condition of anonymity.

Mozambican forces are responsible for about 20 percent of the incidents reported in the area, according to ACLED.

As AFP visited the village of Mute, residents gathered to discuss the funeral of an old man beaten to death by a soldier.

Source: Arab News

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North America

 

US relations with Pakistan have gained new momentum: Expert

Muhammet Nazim Tasci

11.10.2022

A new momentum is being observed in relations between Pakistan and the US, which had been deteriorating with the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, according to a Pakistani expert.

"Pakistan's close relations with China are one of the most important factors in the Washington-Islamabad rapprochement," Ameer Abdullah Khan, an international relations expert at Pakistan’s National Defense University, told Anadolu Agency.

“Pakistan's growing dependence on China for its economic and defense needs was instrumental in the US accepting the F-16 deal,” Khan stressed.

With the rapprochement with Pakistan, Washington is sending a message to India as well as China, Khan said, adding New Delhi’s stance on the Ukraine war and its purchase of Russian energy pushed the US to make this move.

The recent increase in high-level visits by Pakistani officials to the US and Washington's approval of the sale of an F-16 support package to Islamabad worth $450 million point to an increasing momentum in bilateral relations.

After the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August last year, relations between the US and Pakistan became chilly, given Islamabad’s long history of support for the Taliban. In addition, then Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to Moscow on the day Russia kicked off its invasion of Ukraine exacerbated tensions between Washington and Islamabad.

Khan’s remarks on his removal from office, which he blamed on collaboration between the opposition and the US, were also another factor in the deteriorating relations.

“High-level visits by the prime minister, foreign minister and land forces commander to the US mark the re-warming of relations, which fell to their lowest level after the Taliban's control of Afghanistan and Imran Khan's narrative of an anti-US conspiracy,” he noted.

Khan further said that the government of current Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif values relations with the US and will work with the Biden administration in achieving its regional goals.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Faisal, an expert at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad, said the new government in Pakistan needed US support to revive an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and for this reason, the Sharif administration is trying to open a new page with Washington.

Pakistan was on the verge of bankruptcy in June and July and trying to establish close contacts with the US, Faisal said, adding the flood disaster was effective in establishing an urgent relationship with Washington.

After the flood disaster in Pakistan, many US officials and congressmen visited this country. Washington has so far provided $66 million in aid for Pakistani flood victims.

In July, Donald Blome was appointed as the new ambassador to Pakistan, a post that had not been filled for four years.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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Russian attacks on Ukraine 'unacceptable,' says Türkiye's UN envoy

Michael Hernandez, Betül Yürük 

11.10.2022

WASHINGTON

Russian attacks across Ukraine that claimed the lives of more than 10 people Monday are "deeply worrying and unacceptable," Türkiye's ambassador to the UN said.

Addressing the General Assembly in the wake of the widespread strikes, Feridun Sinirlioglu said that while the world continues to urge an end to the bloody conflict, this morning "we woke up once again to shocking news."

"In the face of this news, we reiterate once again our strong support to Ukraine’s territorial integrity, independence, and sovereignty," said Sinirlioglu.

The death toll from Russia's attacks across Ukraine on Monday rose to 11 with dozens more wounded, authorities announced. Some 64 people were injured during the shelling, according to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine.

Multiple explosions were reported in the Ukrainian cities of Odesa, Zhytomyr, Khmelnytsky, Dnipro, Lviv, Ternopil, and Kyiv, a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukrainian intelligence of carrying out what he called a "terrorist attack" on the Kerch Bridge, which connects Russia to Crimea.

Russia has illegally occupied Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula since 2014, and Putin opened the bridge in 2018 as a symbol of Russia's hold on the territory.

Due to Monday's strikes, the Philharmonic building in Kyiv as well as the Hanenko and Shevchenko museums and Shevchenko Park were damaged.

Turning to Russia's recent attempts to annex additional Ukrainian regions following referendums widely rejected by the West as "shams," Sinirlioglu said Türkiye rejects "the illegitimate referanda," saying they constitute "a grave violation of international law."

"Russia’s decision to annex the Donetsk, Luhansk, Herson and Zaphorizhia regions of Ukraine is illegal," he said. "It cannot be accepted."

"The decision to annex Ukrainian territory will only serve to further jeopardize the prospects for peace. We call upon the Russian Federation to reverse its decision and return to diplomacy," he added.

Sinirlioglu also said "it is our obligation to ensure that conflicts are resolved through peaceful means.

"We must collectively ensure that the founding principles of the UN, enshrined in its Charter, are upheld. This is the only way to save ourselves from the scourge of war.

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US lauds 'positive steps' towards reaching Armenia, Azerbaijan peace

Michael Gabriel Hernandez  

10.10.2022

WASHINGTON

Secretary of State Antony Blinken "expressed appreciation" during a telephone call on Monday with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev for "positive steps" taken to achieve peace between Baku and Yerevan.

Blinken pointed in particular to "recent direct talks between the foreign ministers and leaders," spokesman Ned Price said in a statement. Price was likely referring to last Thursday's meeting in Prague of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

During his call, Blinken welcomed Azerbaijan's release of 17 Armenian prisoners of war last week, and urged "President Aliyev to continue time-bound and measurable steps to support the peace process," the State Department said.

"Secretary Blinken reiterated U.S. support, including for clear border delimitation, transportation linkages, recovery and identification of missing persons, return of detainees, and other issues," said Price.

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South Asia

 

US, Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan Held 'Detailed' Talks In Doha On Doha Agreement, Human Rights And Opening Of Girl’s School: Source

October 11, 2022

After the report by CNN, a source from the Islamic Emirate confirmed that a delegation of the Islamic Emirate met with US officials in Doha and held detailed talks on Saturday.

The meeting between officials from the US and Islamic Emirate was the first in three months, following the US announcement that the leader of the al-Qaeda network, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was killed in a drone strike in Kabul.

According to the source, the Islamic Emirate delegation was comprised of representatives from the intelligence department, the Foreign Ministry and the Defence Ministry. The US delegation included the US special envoy for Afghanistan, representatives from the CIA as well as the State Dept and Department of Defence, the source said.

Finding solutions for the dispute and allaying suspicions were reportedly the purpose of the talks.

“These negotiations, which spread through the media and of which everyone is now aware, might have achieved some agreements that called for the Islamic Emirate to take action with two or three issues. First to fulfil the Doha agreement, second to observe human rights and to reopen girls' schools, and third to form an inclusive government,” said Sayed Ishaq Gailani, leader of the National Solidarity Movement of Afghanistan.

Prior to these talks, the US Chargé d’Affaires Karen Decker said that she sees no chance that Washington would militarily engage in Afghanistan. “In the interest of opening a dialogue and giving you my thoughts, I would say there is no chance that the US would engage militarily in Afghanistan and that no one should be counting on that outcome,” Decker said.

Despite the resumption of talks and new progress, both sides still give slightly different versions of the talks. Kabul says the talks focused on the issue of US drones in Afghan airspace and drone strikes in the country, violations of the Doha agreement and its fulfillment, restrictions on Afghan banks, and the transfer of Afghan assets from the Swiss bank.

But Washington said its delegation discussed matters relevant to countering terrorism, women’s access to work and education as well as the formation of an inclusive government.

“The Americans may reach agreements on some issues with the (Afghan) government in Doha; for example issues related to intelligence. But on some other issues, such as the formation of an inclusive government, and changes in Afghanistan, they (US) may not get an immediate result,” said Torek Farhadi, a political analyst.

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Taliban Releases the Manager of a Local Media Outlet after 4 Months of Detention

By Saqalain Eqbal

10 Oct 2022

The Taliban Directorate of Intelligence prison released the former owner and editor of Radio Aftab, a local radio station in Daikundi province of central Afghanistan, after 4 months of detention, Afghanistan Journalists Center (AFJC) reported.

After the Taliban forces discovered journalistic posts on his social media accounts, Mirza Hasani, the former editor and owner of Radio Aftab, was arrested in Herat province in north-eastern Afghanistan.

Hasani was detained on suspicion of working as a reporter for the National Resistance Front (NRF), an anti-Taliban militant group, and was subsequently transferred to the Taliban’s intelligence agency’s prison in Kabul.

Through a messaging gap, the AFJC claimed to have confirmed Hasani’s release with his wife Sakina Rahimi. Hasani was detained for four months in direct violation of press freedom before being freed in Kabul.

According to the AFJC, the request of the complaints investigation commission and the efforts of advocates for journalists’ rights made it possible for Hasani to be released.

The AFJC welcomed Hasani’s release but urged the Taliban to also release Khalid Qadiri, who is also detained by the Taliban and given a one-year prison term.

“We (AFJC) also call on authorities to release Journalist Khalid Qadiri who was sentenced to one year in prison in May for allegedly spreading anti-Islamic Emirate propaganda and committing espionage for foreign media outlets, and urge them to ensure journalists can do their work without interference, fear, or reprisal,” AFJC said.

Abdul Hanan Mohammadi, a local reporter for Pajhwok News Agency, was released from the Taliban’s Intelligence Directorate prison in Kabul about two weeks ago, despite the Taliban government officials’ claims that there are no journalists held in the group’s prisons.

Source: Khaama Press

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Human Rights Situation ‘Continues to Deteriorate’: EU Envoy

By Saqalain Eqbal

10 Oct 2022

As he traveled back from Kabul to Brussels, Tomas Niklasson, the special envoy of the European Union (EU) for Afghanistan, said that the situation of human rights in Afghanistan “continues to deteriorate.”

The EU official met with ambassadors, UN officials, women’s rights activists, and members of civil society during his week-long stay in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, as well as the Taliban’s acting Ministers of Justice, Foreign Affairs, Information and Culture, and Education.

He also visited former Afghan president Hamid Karzai, according to a string of tweets from Monday, October 10.

With regard to the current situation in Afghanistan, Niklasson wrote that “The HR (human rights) situation continues to deteriorate.”

The deterioration of women’s and girls’ rights to education, employment, and political participation, the rights of Hazaras and other ethnic and religious minorities, and restrictions placed on the right to free speech are major causes for concern according to Niklasson.

While human rights and living conditions continue to deteriorate in Afghanistan, the country’s population is also dealing with one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, leaving them in desperate need of aid as the winter season draws near.

Tomas Niklasson also called on China, Russia, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to follow in the footsteps of the EU, the UK, and the US in stepping up humanitarian aid, saying that “Afghanistan is facing a harsh winter.”

He also noted that the Taliban has the obligation of protecting Afghans, and stated that the group should take firm actions with regard to the increasing number of terrorists in the country.

Source: Khaama Press

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Taliban Official Assassinated in Northern Afghanistan

By Saqalain Eqbal

09 Oct 2022

The Taliban Head of Economy for the northern Afghan province of Faryab, Abdul Rahman Munawar, was assassinated by unknown armed men, local sources said.

According to local sources, unknown armed men assassinated the Taliban official, Abdul Rahman Munawar, on Saturday, October 8, when he was on his way to his house.

The Taliban Head of Information and Culture for Faryab province, Shamsullah Mohammad, confirmed the veracity of the assassination and said that the incident took place in a village in the Qaisar district of Faryab.

“Abdul Rahman Munawar, the head of economic affairs of the Taliban in this province, was killed by unknown armed men while he was on his way home,” Mohammadi told the media.

The Taliban information and culture official added that while the assassination’s perpetrators were successful in escaping the scene, Taliban forces are still looking for them and that an investigation is ongoing.

The Taliban forces are actively looking for the two unidentified armed men who killed Abdul Rahman Munawar.

Security officials for the Taliban have stated that they do not yet understand the motivation behind the murder and that no individual, group, or organization has claimed responsibility as of yet.

Source: Khaama Press

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Former Afghan Police Commander Assassinated in Pakistan

By Saqalain Eqbal

10 Oct 2022

Abdul Samad Achakzai, a former commander of the Afghan police, was assassinated by unidentified armed men in Quetta, the provincial capital of Pakistan’s Balochistan, said local sources.

According to local sources, the incident that resulted in the death of an Afghan national who was also a former police commander took place on Sunday, October 9.

A former military man, who confirmed the death of former commander Achakzai, also said that he escaped to Pakistan to save his life after the republic regime collapsed to the Taliban.

The former military member praised Achakzai as a brave commander and claimed that he was heavily involved in the conflict in the southern provinces, defending the country.

The security officials of the government of Pakistan have not yet responded to the incident.

Abdul Samad Achakzai was a former commander of the local police for Uruzgan province in the center of Afghanistan, who also served as the police chief for the Panjwayi district of Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan.

Source: Khaama Press

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Arab World

 

Saudi Arabia jails nearly a dozen Egyptians for up to 18 years over 1973 Arab-Israeli War

10 October 2022

A Saudi court has sentenced 10 Egyptian men for up to 18 years over trying to organize a remembrance event for the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, also known as the Yom Kippur War, between the Tel Aviv regime and a coalition of Arab states led by Egypt and Syria.

Two relatives, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, told AFP news agency that the court found the men, from Nubian ethnic group,  guilty of establishing a “terrorist group.”

The Egyptian men were first arrested in October 2019 for trying to organize the event. They were released without charge in December that year, but were re-arrested the following July.

“I have intense anger at the extreme injustice to which our people have been subjected,” the relative said.

One man received an 18-year sentence, one was jailed for 16 years, two for 14 years and the others for between 10 and 12 years, the relative said.

Rights groups had previously campaigned for the men's release, and denounced the proceedings against them as a "travesty" of justice.

They said the men were being prosecuted “for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression in trying to organize a community event.”

Activists said the men had been “denied regular family contact and only allowed access to government-appointed lawyers,” and that “at least two of them are elderly and in ill health.”

Three of the men are over 60 years old, the relative said.

Prominent human rights group Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, in a Twitter post, denounced Monday's sentences as “harsh.”

Democracy for the Arab World Now, a US-based advocacy organization, also said the rulings were “unfair.”

The report comes amid Saudi Arabia’s back-channel attempts to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel.

Back on July 15, Saudi Arabia, in an apparent gesture of openness towards Israel, announced that it was lifting restrictions on “all carriers” using its airspace.

The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) said in a statement on its Twitter page at the time that the country's airspace was open to all carriers that meet its requirements for over flights, in line with international conventions that say there should be no discrimination between civil aircraft.

The move was welcomed by US President Joe Biden, who was scheduled to land in Saudi Arabia for a controversial visit.

Saudi Arabia did not show any opposition when the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco in 2020 became the first Arab countries in decades to normalize relations with Israel in a deal brokered by former US President Donald Trump.

The oil-rich kingdom is yet to jump on the bandwagon, but the two sides have seen growing contacts and de-facto rapprochement in recent years, despite claims that it is committed to the 2002 so-called Arab Peace Initiative, which conditions normalizing ties with Israel on the establishment of an independent, sovereign Palestinian state within the 1967 borders.

The Riyadh regime in November 2020 granted permission for Israeli airlines to use its airspace, hours before the first Israeli flight to the UAE was set to take off.

Source: Press TV

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Bahraini courts hand down death sentences to four more political dissidents

10 October 2022

A London-based human rights organization says Bahraini courts have convicted and sentenced four anti-regime activists to death following unfair trials and based on confessions coerced through torture and ill-treatment.

The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) said in a 61-page report, entitled "The Court is Satisfied with the Confession’: Bahrain Death Sentences Follow Torture, Sham Trials,” that Bahraini courts routinely violated the defendants’ rights to fair trials, including the right to legal counsel during interrogation, the right to cross-examine prosecution witnesses, and through reliance on secretly sourced reports.

The report went on to note that much of the torture and ill-treatment occurred in two locations – the Criminal Investigation Directorate of the Ministry of Interior, which is housed in a compound in the Adliya district of the capital Manama, and the Royal Academy of Policing, located adjacent to Bahrain’s notorious Jau Prison.

BIRD called on Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah to commute the death sentences for all individuals, starting with those convicted on the basis of confessions extracted under torture or ill-treatment.

The human rights organization also urged Bahraini authorities to quash the sentences of all persons whose convictions involved the use of coerced confessions and/or fair trial violations.

It further called for pressure on the Manama regime through public and diplomatic channels from the European Union and the United Kingdom, and at the same time urged London to suspend funding, technical assistance as well as training for Bahrain’s security services and the judiciary.

Meanwhile, dozens of people have staged rallies across Bahrain to dismiss the upcoming parliamentary elections in the country, amid an escalation of political repression and absence of meaningful reforms.

The participants demanded holding a referendum in the country, reiterated their commitment to the Palestinian issue, and condemned normalization of relations with the Israeli regime.

Protesters in Hamala village called for the immediate release of Sheikh Abdul-Jalil Al-Miqdad, a Bahraini Shia cleric who has been sentenced to life in prison, and other imprisoned political opponents.

Earlier, Bahrain’s most prominent Shia cleric repudiated the country’s November 12 parliamentary polls, saying the ruling Al Khalifah regime has shut the door on free elections and political reforms in the tiny Persian Gulf Arab kingdom while trying to enslave the nation. 

“The [Manama] regime slams the door in the face of any voter or democracy advocate and seeks to place the yoke of slavery on the nation,” Grand Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim wrote in a post published on his Twitter page on October 3.

“The regime actively directs every Bahraini citizen to the path of slavery and vassalage. Isn’t there anyone who would fear God and sound the alarm on the situation of his homeland and compatriots?” the senior cleric added.

Demonstrations have been held in Bahrain on a regular basis ever since a popular uprising began in mid-February 2011.

Source: Press TV

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Islamic Scholar Mufti Menk Of Zimbabwe Talks About Modernisation And Spirituality of Dubai

by SM Ayaz Zakir

11 Oct 2022

Dr Ismail Mufti Menk, Zimbabwean preacher and renowned Islamic scholar, was recently in Dubai for a campaign at Mamzar Park.

Titled ‘Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) - If you know Him, you will love Him’, the campaign was organised by Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Islamic Culture under the supervision of the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department.

In an interview with Khaleej Times, Dr Menk shared his thoughts on what the emirate has to offer. “There are so many aspects to talk about in this beautiful city. There is modernisation, a futuristic look, growth in financial and economic perspective, and mind-boggling achievements. But what a lot of them forget is the spiritual aspect of the city,” said Dr Menk.

There are so many beautiful mosques here, which are scattered all around the city and are relatively at full capacity, added Dr Menk.

Speaking about the campaign, “The idea of the event was to remove ignorance and replace it with education.”

The scholar thanked the UAE authorities for this opportunity to talk about the life of Prophet Muhammed’s (PBUH) teachings and kindness.

Dr Menk also highlighted reducing hatred for the betterment of humanity and living in coexistence with each other. “The reduction of hatred among each other will be a great achievement and by accomplishing that will help us respect one another more, come closer together and civilizations will be able to understand each other,” said Dr Menk.

Reducing hatred will also protect the globe and assist towards positive growth of the inhabitants of this globe, he added.

In the city with his family, Dr Menk participated in several activities that the emirate has to offer.

“My children decide the adventure activities they want to try, and I participate with them. We did Skydive, Scuba Dive, zipline, jet ski, water boat, and much more. Safety records are quite high,” said the scholar.

'Prophet Muhammed (PBUH)- If you know Him, you will Love Him' is a 10-day campaign that began its this first-ever public talk by the Zimbabwean preacher.

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Drone strike kills suspected ISIS member in northern Syria

10 October, 2022

A drone strike in northern Syria killed a suspected member of the ISIS group on Monday, a war monitor and an AFP correspondent said.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack that came days after US forces said they had targeted ISIS officials in Syria in a series of raids.

Two explosions hit near the Turkish-held border-town of Tal Abyad in northern Syria, residents and an AFP correspondent said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a drone strike had targeted a suspected member of the terrorist group.

The suspected terrorist was killed while on a motorbike, according to the monitor which relies on a wide network of sources inside Syria.

“I heard aircraft and then a first strike followed by a second one less than a minute later,” resident Ismail al-Barho told AFP.

“I came to the site of the strikes and found a charred body,” he said, adding that a civilian was also wounded.

Another resident identified the dead man as Ammar al-Yehya Ibn Ali, a 35-year-old Syrian who was known to have been a former member of ISIS.

The resident spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

Monday’s strike came after the US Central Command (CENTCOM) said it carried out a raid in northeast Syria on Thursday, targeting an ISIS official known to facilitate the smuggling of weapons and fighters.

In a later statement the same day, it said it had launched another air strike that killed two senior ISIS members.

Washington first deployed troops in northeast Syria in 2014 as part of a coalition to combat the ISIS group.

When they lost the last territory the controlled after a military onslaught backed by the US-led coalition in March 2019, the remnants of ISIS in Syria mostly retreated into desert hideouts.

They have since used these hideouts to ambush Kurdish-led forces and Syrian government troops, while also continuing to mount attacks in Iraq.

In July, the Pentagon said it had killed Syria’s top ISIS terrorist in a drone strike in the north of the country.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Saudi defence minister discusses security, renewal of truce with Yemeni leader

October 11, 2022

RIYADH: Saudi Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman met the head of the Presidential Leadership Council, Rashad Al-Alimi, on Monday.

The pair discussed efforts to renew a UN-brokered truce which expired on Oct. 2, and has not been extended by Iran-backed Houthi militia.

They also discussed ways to achieve security and stability in Yemen and alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people, Prince Khalid tweeted.

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Mideast

 

Erdogan: Hard Winter Ahead for Europe

2022-October-10

Speaking at the TUGVA youth forum, Türkiye's leader noted that the whole continent “is on fire now”, RT reported.

“The entire Europe is wondering: ‘How will this winter go?’” he said.

Meanwhile, according to Erdogan, his country will have no issues with energy resources in the coming months.

“Thank God, we have made all our preparations… we have prepared everything for our nation, both natural gas and coal,” he stated.

He also noted that the main issue for the nation is “how to deliver natural gas to our citizens at more affordable prices”, adding that Ankara is doing its best to achieve this goal.

Erdogan went on to explain that Ankara is acting as a leading mediator between Ukraine and Russia which have been locked in conflict since late February. Several months ago, Ankara and the UN brokered a deal between Moscow and Kiev which unblocked Ukrainian grain exports via the Black Sea. Erdogan has also repeatedly urged the two parties to strike a peace deal.

His comments come as Europe is reeling from an energy crisis fueled by skyrocketing gas prices due to sanctions the West has imposed on Russia over the conflict.

While EU authorities have taken measures to cut energy consumption in a bid to alleviate the situation, various officials and public figures have warned of the desperate situation the continent may find itself.

Earlier this month, Microsoft founder Bill Gates claimed that in a few months Europe may face a “very scary situation” as many could be unable to heat their homes.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Over 100,000 Palestinians under Israeli siege in Shufat, Anata after shooting incident

11 October 2022

Israeli forces have trapped more than 100,000 Palestinians in the Shufat refugee camp and the nearby Anata town amid an ongoing search for the shooter that killed an Israeli soldier.

According to Palestinian news outlets, the Shufat refugee camp and the town of Anata, northeast of al-Quds, have been besieged by Israeli forces since Saturday night, after an Israeli soldier was killed and two others were injured in a shooting attack at the checkpoint leading to the camp.

Entrances and exits to the camp and town have been closed as Israeli forces began search and arrest raids in the area as part of a large-scale campaign to find the suspect.

Reports from the refugee camp said at least 20 people were arrested since the attack, including, according to what Israeli military claims, members of the family of the alleged attacker.

Anata mayor Taha Rifai told the Palestinian WAFA news agency that Israeli forces continued on Monday to break into homes, terrorize families, stop people in the streets and check their papers while forcing shops to shut down.

Since the beginning of the Israeli blockade, Palestinians have been unable to leave to receive necessary health treatments, and many basic supplies like flour are running low. Education within the camp has been suspended as well.

Thaer al-Fasfos, an activist and member of the camp’s popular committee, told Middle East Eye that the situation within Shuafat is “tragic” and that many patients need to go to hospitals in al-Quds to receive dialysis or chemotherapy, but have been unable to do so.

Shawan Jabarin, chair of Alhaq, a Palestinian human rights group, described the siege as a “collective punishment” in which Israeli authorities “feel they are immune from accountability.”

“The life of a Palestinian has no sanctity to them, as well as their livelihoods and dignity. This is embedded in the [Israeli] occupation’s mindset,” he said, adding that “from a legal point of view, this collective punishment amounts to a war crime and violates the Geneva Convention.”

‘Resistance operation will spread’

Ziyad al-Nakhalah, Secretary General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement, described the recent shooting operations in the West bank as a case of “resistance” that is “not spontaneous.”

This is a case of “resistance, an armed uprising, and a true and serious revolution against the occupation. We are doing all that we can in order to escalate this intifada,” al-Nakhalah said in an interview with Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen television network on Monday.

He also said there are efforts to “develop the capabilities of the resistance in the West Bank and spread this into [19]48-occupied territories.”

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

Source: Press TV

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Hamas, Islamic Jihad slam Israelis' desecration of Qur’an after extremist settlers burn Muslim holy book

10 October 2022

The Gaza-based Hamas and Islamic Jihad resistance movements have vehemently condemned the desecration of the Holy Qur’an by the extremist Israeli settlers in the Old City of al-Khalil, south of the occupied West Bank.

In a press release on Monday, Hamas spokesman Abdul-Latif Qanu said the desecration of the Muslim holy book was an “unprecedented escalation” and a “disrespectful racist behavior,” stressing that such a crime showed that the occupying regime and its settlers want “a religious war on Islam.”

Qanu also said that the Jewish religious holidays “involve attacks on the Palestinian people and their holy sites.”

In yet another blasphemous act and provocation against Palestinian Muslims, the Israeli settlers tore and burned the copies of the Holy Qur’an on Monday before "throwing them in a trash container" in the Old City of al-Khalil.

Islamic Jihad official Khader Adnan said in a statement that the burning of the Holy Qur’an by Zionist extremists is “an [at of] aggression targeting our true religion and the eternal message of our Prophet (PBUH), and a dangerous escalation in the context of the aggression against the sanctities, and the storming of al-Aqsa Mosque.”

Adnan stressed the need to boost resistance in all its forms in the areas of clashes with the occupation and its settlers in response to the crime of burning the Muslim holy book and targeting of holy sites.

The Islamic Jihad official said the crime had targeted the “most sublime religions and heavenly missions,” calling for a responsible stance by Muslim scholars in the face of the blasphemous act.

The sacrilegious move took place following a series of recent violations committed by groups of Israeli settlers against al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied city of al-Quds.

Over the past couple of weeks, hundreds of settlers escorted by the Israeli police have intruded into the holy site on a daily basis and provocatively performed rituals during the Jewish holidays.

Over 270 Israeli settlers break into al-Aqsa again

Meanwhile, Palestinian media said scores of Israeli settlers in different groups intruded into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied Old City of al-Quds on Monday morning and later in the afternoon.

The reports said at least 278 extremist settlers, under tight protection from the Israeli military forces, broke into the compound through the Moroccan Gate and performed rituals and Talmudic prayers.

The Israeli occupation police imposed movement restrictions on Muslim worshipers at al-Aqsa Mosque’s entrances and gates while the intrusion was taking place.

More than 4,400 Israeli settlers made their way into the holy site and prayed there last month.

Such mass settler break-ins almost always take place at the behest of Tel Aviv-backed temple groups and under the auspices of the Israeli police in al-Quds.

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

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Israel satisfied with draft of maritime border deal with Lebanon: Israeli official

11 October, 2022

Lebanon and Israel have received a final draft of a US-mediated maritime border deal that satisfies all of their requirements and could imminently lead to a “historic deal,” negotiators from the two countries said on Tuesday.

“If everything goes well, Amos Hochstein's efforts could imminently lead to a historic deal,” Lebanon's lead negotiator Bou Saab told Reuters minutes after receiving the draft from Hochstein, the U.S. official engaged in months of shuttle diplomacy to try to end the dispute.

Israeli National Security Advisor Eyal Hulata who headed the Israeli negotiating team echoed Saab's remarks:

“All our demands were met, the changes that we asked for were corrected. We protected Israel's security interests and are on our way to an historic agreement,” he said in a statement.

While limited in scope, an agreement would ease security and economic concerns in both countries, whose shared history is rife with conflict.

The deal would resolve a territorial dispute in the eastern tip of the Mediterranean sea in an area where Lebanon aims to explore for natural gas, and near waters where Israel has already found commercially viable quantities of hydrocarbons.

Hezbollah, a Lebanese political party and militia backed by Iran, has threatened to use force against Israel should Israel explore for gas near the disputed area before Lebanon is allowed to do so in its own maritime zone.

“We received minutes ago the final draft... Lebanon felt that it takes into consideration all of Lebanon's requirements and we believe that the other side should feel the same,” Bou Saab said.

Israel last week rejected last-minute amendments to the deal by Lebanon that briefly appeared to jeopardize long-standing efforts to reach an agreement.

Officials from both countries were in close contact via the U.S. mediator over the past few days in an effort to resolve outstanding differences.

Lebanon's president said that a deal would not signify a “partnership” with Israel, a country Lebanon does not recognise and officially regards as an enemy.

“We are avoiding a sure-fire war in the region,” Lebanon's caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati said last week.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Leader: Athlete Refusing to Compete with Zionist Competitor Truly A Victor

2022-October-10

During the meeting, Iran's Supreme Leader stressed that the issue of sports is an issue that needs to be addressed as a central rather than a marginal matter.

He also raised some important points with regards to sports and martyred athletes.

Ayatollah Khamenei further emphasized the need to combine technical victory in the sporting field with the victory of values and ethics.

"Sometimes a person might become deprived of a medal; our athlete will refuse to compete with his opponent who has been sent by the usurping regime of Israel," the Supreme Leader said, adding that he is deprived of getting the medal, but yet he is victorious.

"If anyone violates this principle, it would mean that he’s violating his moral victory. If you compete with that opponent, if you face them, it would mean that you’ve officially chosen to recognize the usurping regime - the regime that murders children," Ayatollah Khamenei added. 

Commenting on the double-standard approach of the world’s Arrogant Powers towards sports, which has been manifested in “opposing the boycott of the Zionist regime by Muslim athletes” and “resorting to the sports boycott of Russia”, the Supreme Leader said that arrogant leaders and their followers and in fact, the servants of the world’s superpowers raise their voices to say, "Hey, don’t politicize sports".

He recalled that you saw what they did with sports after the war in Ukraine! They banned some countries from participating in sporting events for political reasons; That is, they easily cross their own red lines when their interests demand it, but then when our athlete refuses to compete with the Zionist side, they start finding faults with it.

In another part of his speech, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution addressed the issue of the Western world’s efforts to expport their culture into the Islamic Republic of Iran through new, advanced sports, and said, "Our duty is to bring the innovative sports that the other side has created – such as football, volleyball, and the other team sports that exist – let’s learn to advance in these and become professionals without accepting their culture. We shouldn’t let this turn into a bridge for western culture. We need to let our own culture govern it."

Iranian athletes abstain from playing against the athletes of the Israeli regime because they do not recognize the regime. 

Athletes from other Muslim countries in numerous instances have taken the same measure.

In a similar move in early september, as the 2022 Karate 1-Premier League was underway in Baku, Azerbaijan, a Kuwaiti karateka withdrew from facing a Zionist opponent.

Earlier this year, a Kuwaiti tennis player had quitted a game against a Zionist rival in the semifinals of an international tournament in Dubai, UAE.  

Source: Fars News Agency

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Rights Group: 50 Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike over Israel’s Detention Policy

2022-October-10

In a statement released on Sunday, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said thirty Palestinian inmates had stopped taking meals two weeks ago in protest against Israel’s so-called policy of administrative detention, The Palestinian Information Center reported.

According to the PPS, at least 20 more Palestinian prisoners have joined 30 others already refusing food in Israeli jails.

The majority of the hunger-striking inmates were being held in solitary confinement in the notorious Ofer Prison in the occupied West Bank.

In recent days, hundreds of detainees at Israeli prisons have refused to take their meals in solidarity with the hunger-striking detainees.

The detainees in a message last month said that the practices of the Israel Prison Services (IPS) “are no longer governed by the security obsession as an actual driver of the occupation, but rather are acts of revenge due to their past”.

Nearly 500 detainees have been refusing to show up for their military court hearings since the beginning of the year. The boycott includes the initial hearings to uphold the so-called administrative detention order, as well as appeal hearings and later sessions at Israel’s “supreme court”.

Palestinian prisoners are held for lengthy periods without being charged, tried, or convicted, which is in sheer violation of human rights. Advocacy groups describe Israel’s use of the detention policy as a “bankrupt tactic” and have long called on Israel to end its use.

There are reportedly more than 7,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jails. Human rights organizations say Israel violates all the rights and freedoms granted to prisoners by the Fourth Geneva Convention.

They say administrative detention violates the right to due process since the evidence is withheld from prisoners while they are held for lengthy periods without being charged, tried, or convicted.

Palestinian detainees have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes in an attempt to express their outrage at their detention. Israeli jail authorities keep Palestinian prisoners under deplorable conditions without proper hygienic standards.

The prisoners have been subjected to systematic torture, harassment and repression all through the years of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.

Source: Fars News Agency

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Oil workers in southern Iran strike, protest as anti-regime demonstrations continue

10 October, 2022

Workers at petrochemical plants in southern Iran went on strike and staged protests on Monday, according to videos shared on social media, as anti-government protests sparked by the death of a young woman continued.

Over a thousand workers at the Bushehr, Damavand and Hengam petrochemical plants, located in the port city of Assaluyeh, went on strike and staged protests, Radio Farda, the Iranian branch of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, reported.

Striking workers shouted slogans against Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and blocked access roads, according to videos shared by @1500tasvir, a Twitter account with over 200,000 followers that monitors protests and violations in Iran.

Commenting on the strike on Twitter, Karim Sadjadpour, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, noted that striking oil workers “played a critical role” in the 1979 revolution that toppled the former Shah of Iran and brought about the Islamic Republic.

The strike comes amid ongoing anti-government protests that erupted across Iran mid-September after Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman, died in police custody.

Activists and protesters say Amini was beaten by police officers while in detention, causing serious injuries that led to her death. Police deny the allegations.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Palestinian churches concerned about UK’s possible embassy move to al-Quds

10 October 2022

Church leaders in occupied al-Quds have expressed their “grave concern” about Britain potentially moving its embassy to the holy city.

On Monday, the Council of the Patriarchs and Heads of the Churches in al-Quds warned moving the British embassy "would severely undermine this key principle... and the political negotiations that it seeks to advance".

"The religious Status Quo in al-Quds is essential for preserving the harmony of our Holy City and good relations between religious communities around the globe."

Britain's review, they said, implied there was no need for the so-called peace talks and that the "military occupation of those territories and the unilateral annexation of east al-Quds are both acceptable."

Christians have lived in the territory "under many different empires and governments" for some 2,000 years, the leaders said.

Church leaders in Britain have made a similar warning.

The archbishops of Canterbury and Westminster recently expressed concern about the consequences of moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to al-Quds. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby raised concerns about the decision, which was made by British Prime Minister Liz Truss during a meeting with her Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid in September.

Britain has long kept its embassy in Tel Aviv as part of its longstanding policy. By moving the British embassy to al-Quds, Truss would be following in the footsteps of Donald Trump, the former president of the United States, who moved the US embassy to al-Quds despite worldwide condemnation.

In 2018, all 13 Christian denominations gathered in occupied al-Quds to condemn Trump’s decision to move the American embassy there. They announced in a joint statement that the action will definitely ramp up hatred, conflict, violence and suffering in al-Quds and the occupied territories.

The Muslim Council of Britain also said in a letter to the British government that the decision is a sign of “legitimizing the occupation of East Occupied al-Quds by Israel.”

Israel lays claim to the entire al-Quds, but the international community views the city’s eastern sector as occupied territory while Palestinians consider it the capital of their future state.

Last month, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry said the Israeli regime has no rightful claim or sovereignty over the occupied al-Quds. The possible move by the UK would amount to “complicity in Israel’s illegal annexation of the city,” the ministry said.

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Jerusalem churches raise concern over UK embassy talks

October 10, 2022

JERUSALEM: Jerusalem church leaders on Monday expressed their “grave concern” about Britain potentially moving their embassy in Israel to the contested and sacred city.

British Prime Minister Liz Truss last month told her Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid “about her review of the current location of the British embassy in Israel,” according to her office.

The announcement raised the prospect of London following in Washington’s steps under former president Donald Trump, who in 2018 relocated the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The move broke with decades of international consensus, as governments have refused to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of either an Israeli or Palestinian state before a lasting peace accord is reached.

On Monday, Jerusalem church heads warned moving the British embassy “would severely undermine this key principle... and the political negotiations that it seeks to advance.”

The Council of the Patriarchs and Heads of the Churches in Jerusalem represents all denominations in the city, which is home to the holiest site in Christianity.

The Old City, in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, also hosts the most sacred site in Judaism and the third-holiest site in Islam.

“The religious Status Quo in Jerusalem is essential for preserving the harmony of our Holy City and good relations between religious communities around the globe,” said the church heads.

Britain’s review, they added, implied that there was no need for peace talks, and that “the continuing military occupation of those territories and the unilateral annexation of east Jerusalem are both acceptable.”

Israel has occupied east Jerusalem and the West Bank — the site of numerous biblical tales including the birth of Jesus — since the 1967 Six-Day War.

Noting that Christians have lived in the territory “under many different empires and governments” for some 2,000 years, they pressed the British government to “redouble their diplomatic efforts” toward an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Their intervention from Jerusalem follows similar statements by church leaders in Britain.

A spokesperson for the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the senior bishop of the Anglican Church, last week told the UK website Jewish News he was “concerned about the potential impact of moving the British embassy” to Jerusalem.

Source: Arab News

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French architects learn about Saudi vision of the future

LAMA ALHAMAWI

October 11, 2022

RIYADH: Top French architects have traveled to Saudi Arabia to learn about the Kingdom’s landmark infrastructure projects, share expertise and explore opportunities to get involved.

Members of AFEX, a nonprofit group representing 120 French firms, met top executives from Saudi giga-projects for a symposium in Riyadh. They will also tour the city, before traveling to Jeddah and AlUla to view projects and learn more about the country’s ambitions.

The events are part of the second Saudi-French Strategic Partnership for Designing Sustainable Cities for Tomorrow, organized by AFEX in partnership with Business France, a government agency promoting French firms abroad.

“We are here today to first understand the ambitions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The impact of Vision 2030 is obviously to change the Kingdom rapidly, but it also has an impact internationally,” said Reda Amalou, AFEX’s president.

The tour directly connects architects with the leaders of Saudi giga-projects from the Ministry of Culture, Red Sea Development Project, Qiddiya, NEOM’s The Line, Diriyah Gate Development Authority, and the newly added Boutique Group.

“Expertise ranges from heritage, culture, health, transportation, tourism and eco-tourism, and it’s something that is very wide in terms of expertise and could be something of interest in partnerships,” said Amalou.

“Some of the projects are a utopia coming to reality, which the whole world is looking at as something which is exemplary, but it is also about pushing the boundaries of development in terms of sustainability and how we move towards those very large-scale projects and very in-depth changes in a sustainable way.”

The participants in the tour include 21 French design and architecture firms, the largest such delegation to gather in one country. Some are new to the Kingdom, while others have been contributing to major projects such as AlUla.

Speakers at the Riyadh symposium included Sumaya Al-Sulaiman, CEO of the Architecture and Design commission, who highlighted the role of the Ministry of Culture in preserving the Kingdom’s architectural styles in future projects.

“It’s important that we have these cultural exchanges and that we have different platforms where we make sure people understand where we are coming from and how we define ourselves,” Al-Sulaiman said.

Ludovic Pouille, France’s ambassador, concluded the forum by presenting tokens of appreciation to guests who spoke about the Kingdom’s projects.

Source: Arab News

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Britain no longer a leading nation: Somali drought envoy

October 10, 2022

LONDON: A senior Somali official has claimed that the UK has lost its place as one of the world’s leading nations, with dire consequences for the third world.

Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame, the presidential envoy for Somalia’s drought response, told The Guardian during a tour of Europe to drum up support for his country that the UK’s loss of status is harming developing nations because it had played a crucial role in advocating on their behalf on issues such as food security and climate change.

Warsame, who holds dual British and Somali citizenship, said the UK used to be second only to the US on the international stage in terms of influence, but is now letting down its allies.

As a result, he said, countries such as his are being left to face “the new climate reality” on their own, with promises from the international community of access for poorer states to a $96.8 billion climate fund failing to materialize.

“We are living with the deadly consequences of climate change in Somalia,” he added. “Millions of children are malnourished, many will die, and we don’t have one penny of that climate fund.”

He added: “Everyone has been saying, ‘When you have famine declared, you will have attention.’ We are facing more than the scale of 2011, when we lost a quarter of a million of our people. But in 2011 half the people died before famine was declared.

“We are more than famine in Somalia. We are coming out of a long conflict and have had a successful, peaceful election; we are building our institutions, we are building our national army, we are pushing back Al-Shabaab. But at the same time we have this drought.

“In the 2017 drought, the UK and its leadership was vital, its advocacy and energy was great, and it encouraged people like me to match that commitment. Britain was a great ally to Somalia but that is all gone.

“The UK is still an ally, and they help with security, but when it comes to humanitarian response they are not there, not in leadership or in aid. It’s all gone. The UK used to provide a leadership that others would follow.”

Warsame criticized a preoccupation with Ukraine by European nations for glossing over impending climate-related disasters, including famine in Somalia.

“No one is interested in the climate, in food security,” he said. “It’s all ‘Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine.’ It gets all the political attention.”

He added: “If we had not had Ukraine, COVID-19 and the (2019-2022) locust invasion then the effect might be less, but the drought is caused by climate change.

“We have had four failed rainy seasons now. The cycle of drought used to be every 10 years, now it’s four years and soon it will be two years. That is not caused by Somalia — that was caused by the climate crisis.”

Warsame said climate funds, diverted into technology, infrastructure, agriculture and fishing, would ward off the threat of famine in Somalia if it was given access to the $96.8 billion pot.

Source: Arab News

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